Former Deputy Minister for Energy, John Jinapor says the news of government suspending its agreement with Power Distribution Services (PDS) due to ‘falsified’ documents does not come as a surprise to him.
According to him, the Akufo-Addo government was warned when it decided to change the roadmap the previous government had done to hand over ECG to an experienced company, capable of moving it forward financially.
“I am not surprised because I knew that if we don’t take care, we will get to this point. You will recall that when this government took over power from the NDC, we gave them handing-over note directing the new government the roadmap and at that time, we had done RFP and RFQ, meaning that we had gone far to get companies which are experienced and capable of handling ECG and move it forward. This government decided to change everything but we warned the government that they should be careful with the decision they are taking, otherwise it will put the country into a serious problem,” he recounted.
A statement signed by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, late on Tuesday, disclosed that 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 has been discovered upon further due diligence.”