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General News of Friday, 23 December 2016


Suspend AMERI, T3 deals - Minority

The Minority in Parliament are advocating for the suspension of the of a new deal brought before the House.

The deal involves the re-powering of the Aboadze T3 power plant by AMERI. If approved, the 138 million dollar project will see the provision of four gas turbine engines in Takoradi to boost the capacity of the T3 plant.

The Minority Leader, Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu during proceedings in the House today [Friday] said, ‘’ It will be a trajectory if this House should vote for this on accounts of what the Minister is telling us, completely misleading this House, it will be a tragedy. Mr. Speaker I’m advising that we step this down for the time being.

Mr. Speaker I will beg of the Majority Leader to please intercede that we step this down and do better diligence on it if we have to come back on the 4th of January and deal with it decisively by which time the House would have been given the relevant documentation, Mr. Speaker then I guess we can deal with that but certainly not now.’’

Reporting from Parliament, Naa Darkuah Dodoo said the deal has been suspended to January 4, 2017 when the House resumes. She added Parliament has approved a 255 million dollar tax waiver for the supply of two Karpowerships in Tema and Sekondi in the Greater Accra and Western Region respectively.

The Minority few days ago held a press conference to express their extreme disgust at what they termed a unilateral decision by government at the last minute. They threatened to boycott Parliament if government continue to take decisions at the last hour.