The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has stated that the recent agreement tabled before Parliament regarding the AMERI Power Plant is in bad faith.
The party also believes the deal is a stab on the back of the Ghanaian populace.
The PPP is wondering why the NPP government is in a hurry to renegotiate and extend beyond 15-years, a deal whose life span will soon elapse in the next two years, after which Ghana will fully own the whole power plant.
The previous deal agreed in February 2015 under the erstwhile Mahama administration with Africa & Middle East Resources Investment Group (AMERI) to Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) a power plant with with 10 Gas Turbines producing a guaranteed output of 230MW at a cost of $510million for 5 years has proven to be more beneficial after 3-years than what has been proposed in Parliament by the Akufo-Addo-led NPP for Parliamentary approval.
A press statement signed by the party’s National Secretary, Murtala Mohammed, said this revised agreement as it stands will rather increase the cost of electricity and overburden the already overburdened Ghanaian dweller for the next 15-years.
“After all why would the NPP, which claimed the previous government had been short changed by AMERI to the tune of $150 million turn around overnight to accept and propose another deal whose payment could only prolong the total ownership of the power plant from 5-years to beyond 15-years,” statement asked.
The PPP maintained that the least the NPP government could have done after failing to abrogate the contract was to prosecute former NDC government officials they claimed were involved in the $150 Million financial loss to the state, but not to endorse another agreement that will end up being detrimental to the people and a strain on the state’s coffers for another 15-years to come.
“What happened to the proposed renegotiation suggestion recommended by the Addison Committee to protect the National purse and save Ghana some money,” the party asked.
It added that recent agreement clearly did not take away a pesewa from AMERI as recommended by the government’s own investigation committee, it rather prolonged the government’s desire to remain in this quagmire of greasing the palm of some few Ghanaians for an extended 15-year period.
“What is preposterous and suspicious about the new deal is the fact that, both Ameri and Mytilinoes are owned by same shareholders.
“The PPP is convinced that nothing could motivate the signing of this agreement apart from unbriddled corruption, greed and personal aggrandizement on the part of government officials,” the party said.
Over the past two and half years, it said government has paid an amount of $171 million out of the $510 million to AMERI.
“The outstanding balance of $339 million is due to be paid over the next two and a half years.
“Why rush into another marathon deal that will stall Ghana’s quest for a reliable energy supply for more than years,” the further questioned.
PPP implored government to explore alternative source of energy like wind energy, solar energy and biomass to compliment the existing traditional source.
It called on the NPP majority in Parliament to be patriotic enough to throw this agreement out to save the little image of the August house and not appear to be a rubber stamp parliament.
The government, according to the party, should concentrate on paying the balance due, and free the people of Ghana from both AMERI and Mytilinoes.