General News Thu, 1 Aug 2019
New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Adansi-Asokwa, Kobina Tahir Hammond, has called for the prosecution of all those involved in the concession agreement with the Power Distribution Services (PDS) if it is proved that there was a fraud.This follows the government’s suspension of the contract with PDS on Tuesday.
According to the statement from the Information Ministry, “the decision follows the detection of fundamental and material breaches of PDS’ obligation in the provision of payment securities…”
Reacting to the fallouts, K.T Hammond who is a former Deputy Energy Minister in the John Agyekum Kufuor regime, said the officials involved in the deal must be held accountable and prosecuted if further probes find them liable to this “gargantuan fraud.”
The NPP legislator also sided with the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu’s call for a Parliamentary probe into the scandal.
According to the legislator who is also a Member of the Mines and Energy Committee, the committee raised red flags on the deal but okayed it due to assurances from the government.
On February 27, 2019, PDS took over power distribution in the country from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), to ensure efficiency.
But just five months into their work, a statement from the Ministry of Information signed by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, states that the contract has been suspended.