Ofori-Atta ‘hijacking’ Energy Minister’s work – Mutawakilu

The Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, Adam Mutawakilu is unhappy with some developments in the energy sector.

According to him, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has been hijacking the work of the Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu.

Speaking to Citi News, Mutawakilu, who is also the spokesperson for the Minority on energy, alleged that the Independent Power Producers and other stakeholders in the energy sector now report directly to Ofori-Atta instead of the Energy Minister.

Matawakilu said he will ensure that Amewu is summoned before the Energy Committee of Parliament and if possible the Finance Minister over the development including the increasing debt in the sector.

Last week, Senior Staff of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) withdrew emergency services with a pledge to declare a full-blown strike if the debts owed the company are not settled.

Mutawakilu told Citi News that the Energy Minister must appear before the committee to brief them on steps being taken to settle the debt.

He had in an earlier interview urged the government to release funds to settle debts owed GRIDCo to avert possible intermittent power cuts.

The Senior Staff of GRIDCo had alleged that ECG and NEDCo owe about GHS607 million and GHS177 million respectively, while VALCO and PDS owe over US$32 million and GHS94 million respectively.

After seven days, staff of GRIDCo plan to march to the ECG head office and the Ministry of Finance to picket in demand for their money.



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