General News of Saturday, 21 June 2014

Source: Energy Ministry

Energy Ministry to investigate NPA’s lavish spending

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum says it will investigate reports that the National Petroleum Authority is paying 63 thousand dollars as monthly rent for its offices at East Legon in Accra. This was contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Head of Communications, at the Ministry.

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has agreed with the public concerns on the high cost of the premises recently rented by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as offices.

According to the Minister, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, ‘’if the NPA ‘s office was rented at $63,000 per month as has been reported, then that hardly represents prudent use of state resources, no matter how conducive or appropriate the facility is for their operations.’’

‘’The Minister would be demanding from the Board and management of the NPA an explanation for such a decision, especially the consideration that went into a decision that runs at variance with philosophy and preferences of His Excellency the President as far as the use of public funds concerned,’’ Mr. Buah stated.

The public is assured that the Ministry will do everything possible to get to the bottom of this matter.