AMERI Saga: Calls for dismissal of Dep. Energy ministers misplaced – Annor Dompreh

The Chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Frank Annor Dompreh has discounted calls by the Institute for Energy Security (IES) for President Akufo-Addo to sack all three Deputy Ministers of Energy following dismissal of the sector minister, Boakye Agyarko.

According to the IES, the deputies, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam Anta, William Owuraku Aidoo and Joseph Cudjoe should all be sacked for their involvement in the controversial renegotiated Ameri deal.

“It is common knowledge that the Energy Minister, Mr. Boakye Agyarko doesn’t work alone. The Honorable Minister, in addition to his three deputies, worked with a 7-member committee comprised of representatives from the PURC, Ministry of Finance, VRA and the Attorney-General who recommended the Novation Amendment Agreement to the Minister who in turn forwarded same to the President,” IES said in a statement.

The statement added: “IES calls on the President to sack all the three Deputy Ministers of Energy, namely; Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam Anta (in charge of Petroleum), Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo (in charge of Power), and Hon. Joseph Cudjoe (in charge of Finance and Infrastructure). IES will be very shocked if any of these persons is given the opportunity to become the substantive Minister of Energy. We also ask that the Committee should not be left off the hook.”

However, Mr. Dompreh said he disagrees with the call by the IES insisting their call is not well placed because deputy ministers act on the orders of their substantive minister and do not sanction agreement.

“With other people from other institution, who are involved, am not too sure that, that call is well placed. What is important in my view is that the president has made one of the critical important decision. We all know matters relative to this Ameri deal and what we said then. When we were in opposition, we said we were going to renegotiate it then because there were corruption associated with it.

“It’s just fair that the president has to do what he did, and then going forward lets just ensure that Ameri will not take this country for granted and the country will not lose such funds unjustifiably. So all put in contest I don’t subscribe to the call that the deputy ministers should go with him, I don’t agree to those who are making that call” he told TV3.

Meanwhile the former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, has hinted he will disclose the circumstance surrounding his removal from office.

After his removal, Mr. Agyarko took to Facebook, hinting of telling his side of the matter shortly.

“When the dust settles my side would be heard,” he said in a post on social media.

By: Alex Semordzi