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General News of Thursday, 24 June 2021


US$170m judgment debt was for wrongful termination, not signing – Donkor to Dame

Dr Kwabena Donkor and Godfred Dame Dr Kwabena Donkor and Godfred Dame

Former Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor has told Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame that the US$170 million judgement debt to the Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC), was a result of wrongful termination and not the wrongful signing of the agreement.

The Pru lawmaker told Dzifa Bampoh on the First Take on 3FM Wednesday, June 23 that the agreement went through due process before it was signed.

Mr Dame had said the decision by the signatories to sign such an agreement was uninformed.

“The fundamental question that we asked is why the agreement was entered into in the first place? Why did John Jinapor and his former boss execute the signatory of this agreement and afterwards set up a committee to review those agreements?

“It is because you yourself had realised that this was going to result in excess capacity,” he said.

“Indeed, the cost was very, very monumental. As per the report of the PPA Committee, if all the agreements signed by John Jinapor and his former boss had been allowed to run, each year, the nation was going to be exposed to payment to the sum of US$586 million.

“Cumulatively, between 2013 and 2018 the nation was going to pay as much as US$1.76 billion,” he told Joy News.

Reacting to his comments, Dr Kwabena Donkor told Dzifa that “The awards was given for wrongful termination, not for wrongful signing. I am therefore surprised that the Attorney General does not deem it fit to confirm that whoever terminated will also be referred to the CID.

“The Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC) was sent to cabinet, it had cabinet approval. Indeed, the Secretary to Cabinet wrote to Parliament on the 3rd of July 2015, and parliament approved the agreement.

“It went through the constitutional process set out for these agreements.

“This agreement had the lowest tariffs of all the emergency power purchasing agreements. It had the shortest duration, four years and that agreement did not require any financial security from the state of Ghana and therefore it was one of the agreements negotiated.”