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General News of Tuesday, 4 September 2018


I’ve never taken rent advance - Tampuli pulls down ‘villagio lies’

Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Hassan Tampuli has shot down what he holds to be ‘lies’ about rent advance paid him by the NPA for his alleged Villagio rent.

A propaganda piece making rounds on social media has claimed Mr Hassan Tampuli paid to himself the sum ¢15.5 billion as rent allowance for one year.

The NPA boss, the propaganda alleged, caused the NPA to make this payment to him in June this year after he took up residence in the “plush Villagio apartment building which costs $27,000 a month.” Having decided to pay one year advance fee ($27,000 X12 months) which is $324,000, he got his accountant to pay him the cedi equivalent (the exchange rate was then $1 to GH C4.8). This amounted to GH ¢1,555,200, which is the same as ¢15,5 55,200,000 (Fifteen billion, five hundred and fifty-five million, two hundred thousand old Ghana cedis). checks at villagio even reveal that the top accommodation there costs a little over $10,000 and not up to $27,000, further trashing the piece going round.

But responding to a follow-up by on the matter, the CEO himself rubbished the report.