Former Chief Executive of GNPC Tsatsu Tsikata has sued Adansi Asokwa MP K.T Hammond for defamatory statements against him.
Mr. Tsikata in his writ said: “"I have had a writ issued in the High Court against the Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, Hon. K.T. Hammond, for defamatory statements against me that have been given extensive publicity."
Mr Hammond recently alleged that Mr Tsikata and three other former top-level management staff of GNPC – Esther Cobbah (Mr Tsikata’s wife), Nana Asafu-Adjaye (former Acting CEO) and Mr Benjamin Dagadu, were paid ex-gratia packages by the Corporation, despite leaving the state institution more than a decade ago.
But Mr. Tsikata in a statement stated that "after over 12 years of service to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, (GNPC), as chief executive, even salary payments during a period when I was on leave in 2001 were not made to me.
"My entitlements to the Provident Fund were never paid – not even my own contributions. No End of Service benefits of any sort were ever paid.”
According to the astute lawyer [Tsatsu Tsikata] his going to court will also afford Mr. Hammond the “opportunity in court to justify this and other false and defamatory statements he has been making against me”.