North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has declared his intention to initiate proceedings to summon the Finance and Energy Ministers, as well as the Attorney General, before Parliament.
The summon is over the disbursement of GH¢230 million to settle a judgment debt owed to Trafigura.
Trafigura, the majority owner of the power company Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC), secured the award in January 2021 after an arbitral tribunal in London ruled that Ghana had unlawfully terminated a contract for the installation and operation of two power plants.
The government was mandated to pay $170 million to the company or face the risk of losing its property through auctioning.
In response, the government has released $20 million to kickstart the payment process.
In an interview with Citi News, the North Tongu legislator emphasised the need for the sector ministers to provide answers.
“Our oversight role in terms of summoning these ministers and finding out why they created this, and seeing if there can even be a vote of censure, failed the last time we tried that because we did not have the two-thirds majority.”
“But we will not give up, and we have already served notice that we are going to pursue this matter because this is such a colossal amount of money wasted, and people must answer questions.
“You can’t waste all of these resources which could have been used to build roads, and hospitals, solve our water problems, and address our housing challenges for displaced persons. So, I can assure you that we are not going to be derelict on this matter.”
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