The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, has described as disgraceful, the Minority’s decision to write to the United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana for an investigation into government’s suspension of the concession agreement with Power Distribution Services (PDS).

Mr Oppong-Nkrumah said he was shocked at the conduct of the Minority in Parliament because the group had consistently criticised the US government on issues concerning US and Ghana.

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He said investigations were underway to determine the cause of the debacle and therefore could not fathom why the Minority would be in a haste.

“It is this same Minority that once lashed out at the American government when it was rumoured that they were having a military base in Ghana. Now you have a challenge in your country and because you don’t trust your country to do a proper job, you then head to the US to investigate the issue. I think this is very disgraceful and should be condemned,” he said.

Mr Oppong-Nkrumah made this known on Adomo FM’s morning show ‘Dwaso Nsem’, Thursday.

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The petition by the Minority was personally delivered on Wednesday, August 14 by the Ranking Member on the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

According to the petition, the Akufo-Addo-led government cannot be trusted to conduct “thorough and independent” investigations into the agreement because it “stands complicit with top functionaries and cronies.”

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Mr Ablakwa said Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan could help enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the US in bringing closure to the scandal.

But, to the Information Minister, the petition was needless since the American government had expressed its confidence in government’s ability to conduct a fair investigation.

Mr Oppong-Nkrumah has, therefore, given the assurance that the government has the integrity to conduct a good probe.

Source: | Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy