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Dont Blame Parliament For Mess In AMERI Deal – Nitiwul

Dr kwabena Donkor1An investigation conducted by a Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) has suggested that government signed the AMERI power deal with a Norwegian fraudster at an inflated cost of $510 million.

According to the publication, Ghana paid double the price for the power plant through a self-styled Dubai prince Umar Farooq Zahoor.

Sections of the Norwegian media have reported that neither the power company nor government did due diligence on the project which has resulted in some fraudulent transactions.

But government is insisting it carefully scrutinised the deal before signing onto it.
Majority of Ghanaians held the view that Parliament did not do due diligence on the deal.

But, Dominic Nitiwul pointed out that government should rather be held liable for failing to diligently investigate the deal before presenting it to the House.

It was established that investigations by two Norwegian journalists revealed that Ghana may have been shortchanged in the deal due to a possible inflation of the price when it was reported that Ghana is paying $510 million for ten power turbines when the market value of the turbines is $220 million.

Parliament was blamed for doing a shoddy job as far as the AMERI deal is concern.

However, the Minority Leader who was speaking on Citi News said it will Parliamentarians cannot be held responsible for the mess, since they carefully scrutinized the deal for three weeks before approving it, insisting that the House was rather misled by government.

“The government misled Parliament…There is nobody in Parliament who would have been able to have that security background. It is the government that should give us that information. The BNI, the National Security, the CID, that this guy is a criminal. They should do the background checks and feed us,’ he said.

He also explained that he was aware that the joint committee took three weeks to ask the Minister a series of questions when it was referred.

“They took three weeks to go through the due process. It happens everytime, not just in Ghana,” he said and indicated that though the deal was successfully approved in Parliament, the Minority in Parliament is devising measures to “get to the bottom” of the matter and see how it can be rectified.

Source: http://newsghana.com.gh/dont-blame-parliament-for-mess-in-ameri-deal-nitiwul/

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