Economist and businessman, Dr. Kofi Amoah has lambasted the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government for mismanaging the affairs of the country.
He added that there was the need for new hands because Ghana can no longer afford to dance with the wolves.
The one-time Ghana Football Association (GFA) administrator made the comment in in connection with a recent disclosure by former Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, about having unfairly been dismissed by president Akufo-Addo over the Ameri deal.
“It is obvious that Ghana has been mismanaged and mis-operated under the current NPP govt for quite some time. Why is Boakye Agyarko telling us this now?
“What else has he not told us yet? Ghana can no longer afford to DANCE WITH THE WOLVES. We need NEW hands,” he wrote in a July 22, 2023 tweet.
Boakye Agyarko narrates how Gabby Otchere-Darko allegedly negotiated Ameri deal for Ghana
According to a news report by energynewsafrica.com, Boakye Agyarko in an interview on Kumasi-based Asanteman FM, alleged that New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, re-negotiated the Ameri deal without the consent of the committee set up by the government to work on the deal.
He added that when he confronted Gabby on the matter, he told him to be quiet because President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was already in the know of the steps he (Gabby) had taken.
He narrated that he was on a flight to the United States of America when Gabby called him, lamenting about not being able to reach him.
“I told him I was onboard a flight travelling. Then he (Gabby) told me that he was sending me a document via email so I should check.
“When I arrived safely and went to my hotel room, I opened my email address and saw the document. To my surprise, Gabby had, on the blind side of the Committee set up and approved by the President to renegotiate with Ameri Energy Group, contracted a law firm to engage Ameri Energy Group and completed their negotiation and recommended a certain company to operate the Ameri Power Plant and extended the contract to 20 years.
“I sent Gabby a mail and asked him what authority he had to do that. And I told him Cabinet has given specific instructions to follow and his response was what makes me think that my Boss (President Akufo-Addo) doesn’t know about what he has done…so I kept quiet,” he is quoted to have said by energynewsafrica.com.
The former energy minister said that when he spoke to President Akufo-Addo on the matter, the president asked him whether there was something wrong with what Gabby did.
Boakye Agyarko said that he told the president that, “the authority to renegotiate the terms of the Ameri Power Plant doesn’t lie in the hands of Gabby and that the proposal the firm he contracted made had violated all the Cabinet instructions and extended the contract to 20 years.”
Agyarko added that Akufo-Addo agreed with his reasoning but went ahead and asked him to forward the deal Gabby had negotiated to the committee that was set up to renegotiate the deal.