Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has debunked reports that President Akufo-Addo was misled into granting executive approval for Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group LLC (AMERI) deal.
He contends that the president was fully aware of the deal before granting executive approval.
“I will never believe it when they come out to say that the president was misled into approving the deal. He knew what it entails but still went ahead to approve it and now you make a sudden u-turn to disprove it. They should stop lying to us,” he said on Accra-based Neat FM monitored by Adomonline.com.
Information gathered from the offices of the President gave the indication that the deal was going to be cancelled by the President after a cabinet meeting on Thursday.
A Jubilee House source said the President was misled into granting executive approval for the deal which was sent to him under the guise of “urgent need to have a bill laid in Parliament before the House rose”.
The proposed deal was going to see Greece-based Mytilineos International Trading Company assume management responsibility for the AMERI emergency power-generation arrangement negotiated by the past government, in effect extending the original outsourcing agreement by ten more years.
But on his return to Accra from the 53rd session of the ECOWAS Heads of State meeting in Togo, Akufo-Addo requested and received a further briefing on the new deal.
At the briefing, it emerged that the agreement to which he had given executive approval on July 31 lacked the requisite input from the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance.
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But Inusah Fuseini says the NPP in opposition heavily criticized the NDC government for brokering the AMERI deal at the cost of $510, accusing them of inflating the deal by $150 million.
He wondered why the NPP government has now renegotiated the same deal at the cost of $1.1 billion.
He has described the development as a complete rip off,noting that it is mediocrity to think that the President was misled.