“I had series of calls about the suit yesterday and so I am aware that he is going to court. I have spoken about the approval and the payment of the money and these are statements of fact; I don’t know what is defamatory about that. I will meet him in court; I wish him luck, Good luck to him,” the former Deputy Energy Minister K.T Hammond said in an interview on Joy FM.
According to the Adansi Asokwa MP he is prepared to meet the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Tsatsu Tsikata in court over the ex-gratia controversy between them.
Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata has sued K.T Hammond in court for defamation at an Accra High Court. The astute lawyer is praying the court to call Mr. Hammond to order for spreading falsehood about him.
Mr. Hammond in a radio interview revealed that Mr. Tsikata and three other former workers of the GNPC, including his wife Esther Cobbah had been paid an ex-gratia.
But, Mr. Tsikata has denied receiving any amount from GNPC like being alleged by the MP.
“After over 12 years of service to the Ghana National petroleum Commission as chief executive, even salary payments during the 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 benefit of any sort were ever paid. A letter I wrote to the chairman of the board of directors was not answered."