General News of Saturday, 21 February 2015
Power Minister, Dr Kwabena Donkor, has been summoned to Parliament to brief the House on the power purchase agreement for the deployment of powership from Turkey.
The powership has the capacity to produce 450 megawatts of power to augment the country’s current energy supply.
The summon follows concerns raised by members of the House on the agreement and whether or not it requires parliamentary approval.
Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo-Markin moved the proposal on the floor and demanded clarity on the agreement.
The MP said government must not be allowed to go ahead with the deal until it is fully scrutinised and due diligence is done.
He said the House will consider a court action if government fails to brief members on the deal.
“If government remains adamant we will take the matter to the Supreme Court because we must not encourage government to breach the constitution,” he stated. First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ebo Barton Oduro who sat in for the substantive Speaker has consequently directed the Business Committee of Parliament to make room for the Power Minister to brief the House on the power purchase agreement.
Meanwhile the Majority Leader of Parliament, Alban Bagbin said a report to investigate the current energy crisis in the country will be ready next week.