AMERI deal: IES cautions against hasty decisions

The Institute of Energy Security (IES) is urging that the government takes its time before going ahead with any further action on the AMERI deal.

The energy think tank wants the acting Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu to clarify all outstanding issues before making any move on the agreement.

The comments follow the President’s decision to relieve Mr. Boakye Agyarko of his post due to concerns with the proposed AMERI deal.

The Executive Director of the Institute of Energy Security, Kwasi Anamuah Sakyi believes that the revised decision could have impacted adversely on ordinary Ghanaians.

He has therefore welcomed the decision to reconsider the novation agreement currently before the government.

Mr. Anamuah Sakyi tells Citi Business News, delaying any further action for now, should yield intended results in the long run.

“I do not think that we need to be in a rush to amend this deal; it was indeed that something untoward happened in 2015 and if we made a mistake, we need to look at. We are two in a half years into the deal and in the next five years, the plant is ours; why the rush?”
The former energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko had explained that the country would make some gains with the revised deal.

This has been opposed by the Minority in Parliament and the Senior Staff Association of the VRA.

In all, the IES boss says that the development could have been averted had there been a little more engagement with relevant stakeholders.

President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe couldn’t agree more.

In his view, other close officials to the President such as the lawyers, should be brought to book considering the magnitude of the deal.

“You don’t just write a letter for a multimillion dollar agreement of this magnitude; you just don’t write a single letter and say you were misled. I am not really buying that. I think that there is a whole enterprise that needs to be looked at… the President’s lawyers have to be questioned because they must have seen and read it,” he argued.


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