- Energy minister, Boakye Agyarko, has been sacked from office
- This was contained in a press statement from the presidency
- Boakye Agyarko's sacking follows the controversial Ameri deal
President Akufo-Addo has sacked the energy minister, Boakye Agyarko. This was contained in a press statement signed by the head of communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin.
This was after a decision was taking over the controversial AMERI deal which the former power minister is argued to have 'deceived' the president.
"President Akufo-Addo has asked Mr. Boakye Agyarko to hand over his office to the minister for lands and natural resources, John Peter Amewu, who will act temporarily as minister for energy until a substantive appointment is made," excerpts of the letter stated.
The decision to fire Boakye Agyarko comes after reports that the president was mislead when he approved the agreement for parliamentary consideration of the controversial Ameri deal.
Boakye Agyarko has been at the Presidency but met with the Chief of Staff Frema Opare. He was been under growing public pressure on him to resign with workers of the Volta River Authority the latest to call for his sack.
The controversial $510 million Ameri power deal was signed between the Mahama led government in 2015 at a time when the country was experiencing the power crisis.
This power deal was to help bring Ghana out of the energy crisis which had cost the country millions of cedis.
However, the deal triggered a well of controversy with civil society groups including IMANI, ACEP raising issues about the cost of the power plant.
Before the Akufo-Addo administration, the NPP vowed to review the agreement if it won power and shortly after it did, the Akufo-Addo led government quickly set up a 17-member committee led by Philip Addison, a lawyer, to investigate the details of the agreement.
Based on this new agreement, the government believed a new deal will save the country a whopping amount of $400 million over a 15-year period.
Under this agreement, a new company- Mytilineous International Trading Company will take over the management of the Ameri power plants for 15 years.
The new company has offered to pay Ameri an amount of $52,160,560.00, with the government paying the remaining $39 million to the Dubai based company so they can wash their hands off the deal entirely.
According to Boakye Agyarko, this new agreement will see the price at which government buys power to be reduced from 14.5919 cents to 11.7125 cents per kWh which will lead to a savings of $405.067 million.
“The drop in the tariff of US cents 2.8793 per kWh has resulted in a yearly cost savings of about $27.004 million. The total cost of savings over the 15 year period is $405.067m,” excerpts of the new agreement stated.
This new agreement by Boakye Agyarko was fiercely rejected by the opposition NDC which argued that the deal will make Ghana pay double the amount for the original contract to AMERI.
Based on all these controversies, the government set up a committee to examine the new agreement only to realize the entire power agreement was a poor job done.