- Lawyer Phillip Addison is the leader of the committee investigating the Government of Ghana's deal with AMERI
- Mr. Addison says the deal was fraudulent
- Mr. Addison has recommended a renegotiation of the agreement with AMERI
Mr. Phillip Addison, a local legal practitioner and member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has alleged that the AMERI group has no expertise in building and managing power plants.
Mr. Addisson is the head of the aptly named Addison Committee charged by Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko to investigate the power agreement the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration entered with the AMERI group.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, April 27th, Mr. Addison pointed out that in the agreement there was no mention of a third party, and that all guarantees were given by AMERI.
Although in reality according to Mr. Addison, AMERI group only served as an agent in brokering the deal and subcontracted various other companies to build, install, and operate the power plants. According to Mr. Addison, one of the subcontractors AMERI roped in was General Electrics (GE).
“If you see the contract, there is nothing in that contract that tells you that it would be performed by a third party… Now it turns out that this is a company that has no idea, expertise, and history about power projects; so how did they enter into this kind of agreement? So if you make statements by which another party is induced and it turns out that those statements are false, they are fraudulent misrepresentation,” he said.
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Mr. Addison also pointed out what he felt were discrepancies in the contract between the Government on Ghana and the AMERI group. One of these anomalies was the fact that there were variable charges that were pegged at a fixed price, at $16.6 million.
“In the agreement, there are variable charges which had been put in the agreement as $16.6 million.
I questioned this both here in Ghana and at Dubai. At both places the answer I got was that it was a mistake. The reason why it struck me was that, how come a variable cost could have a fixed sum. I’m advised that the plant even at maximum production should be around $8 million,” he said, adding “…and it is not Ameri that is performing the contract so what is the variable charge for?”
Government of Ghana’s agreement with AMERI has received criticism both locally and abroad, with the Norwegian newspaper VG, also alleging that the price the Ghanaian government was grossly inflated.