PDS saga: We’ll resist any restrictive tendering – Crusaders

Crusaders against Corruption Ghana  says it will resist any form of restrictive tendering in the interest of transparency and accountability as country starts the process of replacing Power Distribution Services (PDS).
The government has terminated its concession deal with Power Distribution Services Limited regarding the distribution of electricity in Ghana.
A letter dated October 18, 2019 signed by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, said “following consultations with government, we wish to emphasise that government remains strongly committed to the Compact and to private sector participation in the Electricity Company of Ghana.”
In a press statement signed by Emmanuel Wilson Jnr, Chief Crusader of Crusaders against Corruption Ghana, maintains that in replacing PDS, immediate plans must be instituted to open up the ownership of this new concession to all Ghanaians.
24NEWS.NEWS reproduces full statement below:
GHANAIANS WILL REJECT ANY FORM OF RESTRICTIVE TENDERING
In our press conference dated 2nd of October 2019 at the International Press Centre in Greater Accra, Crusaders against Corruption Ghana, an NGO standing for the welfare and economic interest of the Ghanaian people, according to Article 1 of the 1992 Constitution, in whom sovereignty rests, and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down by our Constitution, made the following demands of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with time lines:
1. To communicate to the nation, the Government’s final position and decision on the PDS.
2. That the PDS contract be terminated and handed over to Ghanaian Consortium Management
Team, and all funds or loans received on behalf of ECG or withdrawn from ECG cash flow be
analyzed forensically.
3. To institute immediate plans to open up the ownership of the PDS company to all Ghanaians,
and not limit it to just a handful of individuals and companies as previously done.
Pursuant to the above demands, Crusaders against Corruption Ghana, do acknowledge the response by the Government through the 9-page letter from the Ministry of Finance dated 18th October 2019 and do appreciate that our President has terminated the PDS contract.
We are however reminding the President that Crusaders against Corruption Ghana will not relent on the remaining of its demands. In accordance with Article 35(8), “The State shall take steps to eradicate corrupt practices and the abuse of power”. We are therefore demanding of the President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo:
1. To ensure that all funds that were withdrawn from ECG’s cash flow or borrowed on behalf of
ECG is analyzed forensically. We demand sight of the MiDA board Minutes over the past year,
as the members were placed there on trust for the good people of Ghana, not for their own
enrichment and self-interests.
2. That in replacing PDS, immediate plans must be instituted to open up the ownership of this
new concession to all Ghanaians, and not limit it to just a handful of individuals and companies
per Article 36 (6), which states that “The State shall afford equality of economic opportunity
to all citizens…”
Crusaders against Corruption Ghana will resist any form of restrictive tendering in the interest of
transparency and accountability as Ghana begins the process of replacing PDS.
Signed
Emmanuel Wilson Jnr
Chief Crusader
BY 24NEWS.NEWS//GHANA

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