PDS SAGA; GOV’T PROTECTING PUBLIC INTEREST – INFO MINISTER
Government of Ghana is working hard to protect public purse from been looted via reckless deals, Information Minister Honourable Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah has said.
According to the Minister, the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will not relent on its effort to protect the interest of the citizenry. He said, the PDS contract with the government of Ghana was halted after government through thorough scrutiny identified breaches in the agreement signed between the two partners (PDS and Ghana).
The Government of Ghana has suspended the concession agreement with Power Distribution Services (PDS), bringing back the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to be in full control of power distribution.
A statement read by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on behalf of the government said, the decision was taken after government detected “fundamental and material breaches of PDS’s obligation in the provision of Payment Securities (Demand Guarantees) for the transaction which have been discovered upon further due diligence.”
Minority through their Spokesperson on Energy, Mr. John Jinapor appealed to the government to terminate the deal.
Former MCE for Ejisu Juaben Municipality tasting side of the meal described the tactics of the government as a cover up.
According to Mr. Yamoah Ponko, the government refused to be due diligence in going signing the agreement hence preparing grounds to cover their bad deals and the ministers at fault.
He said now the casket has been opened and every Ghanaian has seen the reckless and the incompetence leaders steering the affairs of the nation.
“You can’t hide from the truth because now you are naked”, Mr. Yamoah added.
Currently, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Power Distribution Services (PDS) have both agreed on some modalities to ensure that there is no disruption in power supply and service delivery in the country.
As part of the modalities, both companies have agreed to allow PDS to carry on with “all activities related to electricity retail sale.”
According to a statement, jointly-signed by Ing. Samuel Boakye-Appiah, MD of ECG and Rev. Ing William Hutton-Mensah, CEO of PDS, Power Distribution Services will be responsible for meter reading, billing, distribution of bills, bill reconciliation, revenue collection, and new service connections.
PDS will also undertake disconnection exercises, replacement of faulty meters and networks, repair works as well as attend to complaints and fault reporting to the call centres.
This comes on the back of the Finance Minister’s directive for ECG to assume oversight responsibility of movement of funds to and from all accounts operated by PDS.
Some Ghanaians smelling future disruption in power supply have disagreed with the move.
But the Minister of Information who doubles as the legislator for Ofoase Ayirebi is optimistic the agreement will have no consequence in the running of electricity supply in the country.
He said, government via ECG monitors and controls day-day activities of PDS and will make sure to protect public interest by preventing any interruption in power supply to the people.
Mr. Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah said this at a press briefing at True Vine Hotel in Kumasi.
Touching on the freedom of the media, he said the New Patriotic Party Government has tasked Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), GBA, GIBA and other media institutions to come out with modalities on how to educate journalists through workshops and varieties of media encounters which will be financed by the government.
He stressed that the NPP government will not in any way frown over the freedom of journalists and will not all allow security agencies in any way to intimidate journos.
He added the government will rather seek justice for journalists who will be attacked especially in their line of duties and protect the ink fraternity.
On cocoa roads, the Ofoase Ayirebi MP uncovered that, the erstwhile Mahama administration misused cocoa funds and mismanaged GHc 5 billion meant for cocoa roads through dubious means but said the government has find solution to start the construction of cocoa roads very soon.
“We’ve acquired fund to begin roads and it will commence soon”, Oppong Nkrumah optimistically stressed.