General News of Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako reacted to unconfirmed news that the government has appointed former Energy Minister, Dr Oteng-Adjei, as the chairman of the Board of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).
Speaking on Accra-based Peace FM on Wednesday, Mr Kweku Baako said Oteng-Adjei’s appointment to such an enviable post was a bad decision that ought to be reversed.
His comment follows news that Dr Oteng-Adjei took home a luxury vehicle in his possession six months after exiting his post as Energy Minister.
After a caustic media criticism, the Ex-Minister returned the vehicle, which was one of 38 purchased by the Ministry of Energy at a cost of Ghc5,584,508 from a budget meant for extending electricity to 1,200 communities under the Multi-Donor Budgetary Support Programme between 2010 and 2012.
Explaining why he continued to use the vehicle after leaving the ministry, Dr Oteng-Adjei said when he moved from the Energy Ministry to the Ministry of Environment and Science, “their financial situation was a bit difficult and so I worked out with the previous ministry to keep the car.
If confirmed as GNPC Board Chairman, Dr Oteng-Adjei will replace Ato Ahwoi who has led the seven-member board over the last few years.
The current board members include GNPC CEO, Alex Mould, Awulae Atibrukusu, Cadman Mills, Kweku Temeng, Alexandra Amoako Mensah and Kyeretwie Opoku.