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Ameri deal followed due process – Jinapor throws out Addison’s report

Former deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor has rejected claims by the Philip Addison-led committee that the previous government failed to do due diligence before signing the Ameri contract.

A seventeen member committee chaired by private legal practitioner, Philip Addison recommended a re-negotiation of the Ameri deal over some issues of fraud.

It also recommended a possible abrogation of the contract if Ameri Energy is not cooperating with the re-negotiation process. But, speaking with 3FM News, John Jinapor indicated that the deal went through all the laid down processes before it was sealed.

“Parliament is the master of its own rules, parliament’s duty is to have oversight responsibility over ‘we’ the executive. I do recall that it went through all the processes from procurement to cabinet through to parliament”.

He added “Parliament has representation from both the NPP and the NDC and as far as I’m concerned this contract was approved by consensus from both sides and so I can just tell you that it went through all the necessary processes all the laid down processes”.

Meanwhile, energy consultant, Kojo Poku has indicated that Ghana never benefitted from the Ameri Power deal.

“Everybody in this country who have heard about the Ameri deal and read about it knows that it wasn’t the best deal Ghana could have gotten under the circumstances, so basically that is not news”.

Source: 3 News

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