- K.T Hammond turns down Nana Addo's offer
- Disappointed Adansi Asokwa MP is allegedly unhappy because he wasn't made Energy Minister
Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa constituency, K.T Hammond has rejected the chance to be named board chairman of Ghana Gas.
According to a report by Starrfmonline.com, the lawmaker was initially handpicked by President Nana Akufo-Addo to head Ghana Gas, however, he declined, because he felt snubbed with regards to ministerial appointments.
K.T Hammond previously served as deputy-Minister for Energy under the erstwhile John Agyekum Kuffour government and was projected as the frontrunner to be named the substantive minister of the sector when Akufo-Addo became president.
However, that portfolio went to Boakye Agyarko – who was named Energy minister earlier this year.
Mr Hammond was also one of the most influential members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the campaign period, as the party won power in the 2016 elections. However, he was not given any ministerial appointment, leading to reports that the MP has been unhappy.
Further reports suggest that Mr Hammond has since turned his back any appointment, with the latest being a proposal for him to become board chairman of Ghana Gas.
He is reported to have knocked back the appointment when the Chief of Staff brought it before him, as well as declining to grace the ceremony where President Akufo-Addo turned on the valves on the FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor.
It is currently unclear what the relationship between President Akufo-Addo and K.T Hammond is, and it remains to see if the MP will be offered a higher position after also rejecting the chance to become chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee.
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