Former Deputy Minister of Energy and Minority Spokesperson on Energy and Mines, KT Hammond says two of the recipients of the Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC) ex-gratia, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata and Nana Boakye Asafu-Adjaye (Ag. Chief Executive) should be jailed by the state for running down the company.
The very angry MP for Adansi Asokwa said the payment of the ex-gratia to the above mentioned individuals and the two twos is ‘criminal’.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News Monday evening, Mr. Hammond challenged the basis for the payment of the ex-gratia.
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“The place had collapsed. If it was a company, the company had collapsed. There was no money to be paid to anybody. Indeed, for running the company the way he did, Mr. Tsikata would have had to account in the criminal court for what he had done.”
“I don’t dispute the fact that he may have been entitled to some ex gratia” but “if it wasn’t paid [then], it would not be paid in 15 years,” he reiterated.
According to a statement from the Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC), the four served the corporation for periods ranging between 12 and 21 years, adding that they were all removed from office in 2001 under circumstances that did not allow for the payment of their respective accumulated separation entitlements.