Information has surfaced that managers of the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) failed to inform members of the incoming administration during the transition period of the existence of a $5 million public-private partnership.
According to a report published by Adomeonline, when managers of the GNPC presented their handing over notes to the transition team in December 2016, they failed to mention the existence of the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), a public-private partnership located in Takoradi.
EDC is a partnership between Tullow Oil and the Government of Ghana via the GNPC, a training center equipped with state of the art equipment geared towards training small scale enterprises to get contracts in the oil industry.
The center was previously being operated by Tullow Oil, but the company suspended operations. The Energy Ministry subsequently asked GNPC to takeover operation of the center prior to the change of government. Although both institutions failed to mentioned the facilities existence in their handing over notes even thought the state already had a stake in it.
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In the mean time, on Friday January 27th, 2017, two workers of GNPC by the names of Lawrence Kwao Sam and Paul Yeboah went to the EDC building to more out equipment but personnel from the BNI and Police CID prevented them from doing so.
When Adom News contacted GNPC, they stated that the reason the center was not mentioned in the handing over notes was because discussions with regards to the transition from the Tullow management to the GNPC one were still ongoing.
"GNPC has been asked by the Ministry of Petroleum to take over the operations of the EDC (but) there are ongoing discussions with individuals at the Ministry who are in charge of the EDC, and the transfer is not yet complete. This is why it was not captured in the handing over notes."
On why employees were sent to move equipment out of the center GNPC said it was because the rent on the building was running out.
"A joint team from the partners GNPC and Tullow, visited the office on Friday to relocate EDC assets to a GNPC-owned facility. They were prevented from doing so – not because there was any issue – but because according to the Western Region office of the BNI, due to recent incidences of public property being taken over by some youth, the minister-designate (at the time) and the three-member representatives from the Western Region serving on the Transition Team, had to be informed before any assets were moved."
Although this is comment the facility's landlord, John Donkor, referred to as a "mischievous lie" because he had informed GNPC that he was willing to let the equipment remain in the building free of charge for the next few months while the new government got settle in as his contribution towards job creation in the region.
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