The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini has expressed skeptism about decisions made by President Akufo-Addo after reports emerged that the latter was misled into granting executive approval for the new AMERI deal.
“If the president can be misled then how sure are we that he was not misled in other contracts and decisions that have been made so far in his administration? The fact that the president can be misled makes other agreement he has signed questionable,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo, according to reports, was misled into granting executive approval for the deal under the guise of there being an urgent need to have a bill laid in Parliament before the House rose.
Under the new proposal, the Greece-based Mytilineos International Trading Company was to assume management responsibility for the AMERI emergency power-generation arrangement negotiated by the past NDC government, in effect extending the original outsourcing agreement by ten more years.
But on his return to Accra from the 53rd session of the ECOWAS Heads of State meeting in Togo, Akufo-Addo quickly requested and received a further briefing on the new deal.
At the briefing, it emerged that the agreement to which he had given executive approval on July 31 lacked the requisite input from the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance.
Suhuyini, who was contributing to a panel discussion on Radio Gold‘s Alhaji and Alhaji, Saturday added that if the ‘Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces can be ‘misled’,“then our security as a nation is not even that secure“.
The Tamale North MP also wondered why the appointee who ‘misled’ the President is still walking free. According to him, that person should be punished for deceiving the First Gentleman of the country.
“To say that the President was misled is scary…how safe are we?…now that the president can be misled, the Commander-in-chief; then our security as a nation is not even that secure. It beats my imagination if this is the only time the president has been misled. It is a serious indictment on his ability to govern; either way he can’t win…(meanwhile) whoever led him to undertake that act has not been sanctioned…I don’t think it is something which is acceptable“.