A former deputy Minister for Power, John Jinapor has expressed the NDC minority in parliament’s commitment to fully support any investigations that is geared towards unraveling the truth surrounding the AMERI power deal that was initiated by the former NDC government.
According to him, an investigation by the current NPP government into the AMERI power will surely go a long way to vindicate the position of the former administration and help restore the trust the majority of Ghanaians have for the NDC.
“First of all, we are committed to any investigation and we are also committed to make sure that the truth comes out. Sometimes these investigations help you in the sense that it allow the general public to know that all the comments made about you is not true. You will hear some people make disparaging remarks about a politician, but to be honest with you most politicians speak the truth. So we are not running away from any investigation,” he said
The NDC Minority group in parliament had issued out a statement condemning the distasteful manner in which former Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, was harassed by the police during an early morning raid of his house on Tuesday, this week, when his laptops and pen drives were seized.
The policemen, who had a search warrant from the court, were seeking documents about the controversial $510 million AMERI power deal.
It could be recalled that in 2015, the former NDC government agreed to rent the 300MW of emergency power from AMERI at the peak of the country’s power crisis and, as part of the deal, AMERI was to build the power plants and operate them for five years before transferring it to the government at a cost of $510million, an agreement which got overwhelming approval from parliament on 20th March, 2015.
However, following the assumption of power, the Akufo-Addo government is bent on finding fault with the AMERI power deal even after Lawyer Philip Addison’s committee got itself entangled itself in a conflict of interest position by accepting sponsorship from AMERI to travel and stay in Dubai for some days as it investigates AMERI.
But Mr. Jinapor, who is the Member of Parliament for Yapei/Kusawgu constituency in the Northern Region, during an interview, with this paper, said the minority is not deterred by the actions of the current NPP administration and gave the assurance of the full cooperation of the minority team in parliament.
“The leadership of the minority will take the matter up and have a thorough discussion with the speaker to see how we can straighten things up. We want to work with the police, we want to work with government and we want to our country Ghana but if we are chased and intimidated I think would not augur well,” he stated.
He further revealed how the NDC government in efforts to curb the erratic power supply in the country brought on board so many power plants to help improve the country’s energy sector and even made available crude oil meant for running the power plants before leaving the reins of power to the incoming NPP government.
“The bottom line is when we were handing over power to the NPP government we handed over a Dumsor-free energy system to the NPP and it is a fact. I mean this is not an opinion where we will have to debate. We left a system where there was no Dumsor. Even before leaving office we’ve ordered for crude oil that will be needed. It’s during the time of former presidents Atta Mills and John Mahama that we witnessed the massive construction of our gas infrastructure,” he contended.