Issues AMERI deal: Parliament was misled - Nitiwul

Many Ghanaians have hit hard at parliament for not doing due diligence on the deal, as the House spent only six minutes to debate the merits of the deal.

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The Deputy Minority leader in Parliament Dominic Nitiwul has said parliament should not be blamed for the controversial $510 million AMERI power deal.

Many Ghanaians have hit hard at parliament for not doing due diligence on the deal, as the House spent only six minutes to debate the merits of the deal.

A Norwegian news website, VG, revealed that Ghana's Power Minister Dr. Kwabena Donkor has signed a deal with a Pakistani Norwegian for the acquisition of ten gas turbines for more than twice the actual cost of the turbines.

The story claims the cost of the gas turbines is around 220 million dollars and not the 510 million dollars Ghana paid.

It also revealed that Umar Farooq Zahoor, the man who posed as the CEO of AMERI is a notorious fraudster wanted by Norwegian and Swiss police for spectacular acts of fraud committed in the last ten years.

But, Dominic Nitiwul believed government should have done background investigations before presenting the deal before parliament.

“The government misled Parliament…There is nobody in Parliament who would have been able to have that security background. It is the government that should give us that information. The BNI, the National Security, the CID, that this guy is a criminal. They should do the background checks and feed us," he told Accra-based Citi FM.

“I know that the joint committee took three weeks to ask the Minister a series of questions when it was referred. They took three weeks to go through the due process. It happens everytime, not just in Ghana,” Dominic Nitiwul added.

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