Former Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor, says a claim by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) that 50% of oil-funded projects are nonexistent is false.
The appointee of the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration has said in a release that the claim by PIAC is an attempt to twist facts and achieve a politically motivated interest.
“The report is not just misleading, but a clear attempt to twist facts and to serve political parochial interest,” he said.
The 2017 Project Inspections Report by PIAC revealed that about half of all oil-funded projects in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions were ‘ghost projects’.
Chairman of PIAC Dr Steve Manteaw said at a press conference on Tuesday that, “six projects were inspected in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions; the findings and observations were overwhelming with fifty percent of the projects being nonexistent.”
He said PIAC is compiling a list of ‘ghost projects’ and will soon call upon the Auditor General for further investigation.
But responding to the claim by PIAC, the Member of Parliament for Yapei/Kusawgu Constituency said in the release on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 that, “From the 2017 budget presented by the Finance Minister, total petroleum receipts in 2016 was 49.2% below target and the budget report confirms an amount of GH¢711.1 million realised against a budget target of GH¢1,400.8 million.
“Some of these budgeted projects could not commence as planned due to huge revenue shortfalls.”
Below is the full statement
My attention has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media attributed to Dr Steve Manteaw, chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC). The report is not just misleading, but a clear attempt to twist facts and to serve political parochial interest.
The said report quotes Dr Manteaw as saying “50% of oil-money projects are missing.”
The claims made in the report are false. The facts are as follows:
First of all, the point must be made abundantly clear that budgeted projects are contingent on realisation of projected revenues.
From the 2017 budget presented by the Finance Minister, total petroleum receipts in 2016 was 49.2% below target and the budget report confirms an amount of GH¢711.1 million realised against a budget target of GH¢1,400.8 million.
Some of these budgeted projects could not commence as planned due to huge revenue shortfalls.
• For the records, there are about 500 budgeted petroleum-related projects in Ghana since the production of Oil and Gas in 2011. The Public Interest and Accountability Committee as part of its mandate visited just 46 of these proposed project sites.
It’s therefore statistically impossible to conclude that 50% of oil revenues cannot be accounted for as reported by some media houses.
Ghana’s total petroleum lifting proceeds and other income from inception in August 2011 to the end of December 2017 amounted to US$3,982,530,000 out of which 41% was allocated to Annual Budget Funding Amount, 31% to the Ghana National Petroleum Cooperation and the remainder to the Heritage and stabilisation funds.
Moreover, nowhere can this claim be found in the 2016 Public Interest and Accountability Report which was subsequently laid before parliament.
It will, therefore, be erroneous to conclude that half of the total petroleum revenues cannot be accounted for.
•We wish to assure Ghanaians of our commitment to transparency and accountability at all time.