Ameri sponsored Addison Committee – Kwabena Donkor

The Minority in Parliament has alleged that the Philip Addison-committee that probed the Ameri deal, which was  signed under the erstwhile Mahama government, was sponsored by the energy company.

According to former Power minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, the Turkish firm paid the hotel bills and plane tickets when members of the committee traveled outside the country to investigate it over the contract signed in 2015.

The Addison committee  charged to review, restructure and recommend areas of amendment of the Ameri power deal, has recommended that the deal be re-negotiated or abrogated on grounds of fraud, after it emerged that Ghana was made to pay 150 million dollars extra in commission to Africa & Middle East Resources Investment Group LLC (Ameri Energy) for the construction of the power plant.

Ameri in its agreement with Government dated February 10th, 2015, charged Ghana significantly higher than what it was charged by the Turkish registered company – PPR, which financed and executed the project, the committee said.

Speaking to the media on the development at a press conference Monday, Dr. Donkor urged the government to be candid with Ghanaians on the issue.

“Members of the Addison Committee, including Mr Addison, visited Dubai, they had meetings with AMERI even after this report was written. We will want to ask who paid for their tickets. We want to ask; who paid for their tickets, who paid for their hotel accommodation? We have the evidence that Ameri energy paid for the hotel that they used, paid for their tickets.

“If you’re going to investigate someone, do they pay for your accommodation and host you? We are in a country of law, our side will not want to see an energy sector divided between NDC and NPP  and therefore they should be candid with us,” he said.

 

 

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