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Boakye Agyarko must speak up now – IES

The Institute of Energy Security (IES) wants the former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, to disclose the circumstance surrounding his removal from office.

After his removal, Mr. Agyarko took to Facebook, promising revelations when the dust on his dismissal settles.

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“When the dust settles my side would be heard,” he said in a post on social media.
But the IES maintains that now is the time to make his voice heard.

The Executive Director of the Institute, Paa Kwasi Anamuah-Sakyi said to Citi News, “the energy space is already dusty and it is not going to settle now so we will rather challenge him to come out as soon as possible.”

“We have heard the reports that were was interference in his work and he was pushed to do things. Who knows this? He could have spoken earlier on, not now.”

“If he thinks he has more to say, it is the right time to speak or forever hold his peace,” Mr. Anamuah-Sakyi said.

The Presidency noted that Mr. Agyarko’s dismissal as the Energy Minister was due to his handling of the AMERI novation and amendment agreement.

Read: AMERI Deal: President Akufo-Addo is the ‘worst culprit’ – Asiedu Nketia

The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin said the dismissal “is to do with the issue of the controversial AMERI deal.”

“The President believes that in the interest of the Ghanaian people, in the interest of the country and in the interest of his administration, the Minister for Energy, Hon. Boakye Agyarko should be relieved of his position,” Eugene Arhin told Citi News.

The new agreement was to extend the current five-year deal with Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group (AMERI) Energy which is currently operating a 300MW emergency power plant in Ghana to 15 years and bring onboard a new company from Greece, Mytilineous International Trading Company, to manage the plant for the period.

The government took the revised deal to Parliament last week under a certificate of urgency.

But the House deferred its deliberation on the contract due to concerns over the cost and value for money.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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