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Parliament directs GNPC to furnish House with details of $100m Karpower deal

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Ghartey, who was presiding over the House Wednesday said the directive has become necessary because MPs have been left in the dark regarding both deals.

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Ghartey, who was presiding over the House Wednesday said the directive has become necessary because MPs have been left in the dark regarding both deals.
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The directive came after the MPs approved the 2016 programme of activities for GNPC.

“Hon. Members, I am directing the GNPC to submit details of these to the House latest by Friday, June 17, 2016,” Joe Ghartey said.

“Additionally, this House serves notice and notice is hereby served on the GNPC that henceforth, the House will demand the approval of their programme of activities before their budget for the ensuing year is approved,” he added.

Minority protest

Minority MPs wanted the House to reject GNPC’s programme because it had deviated from its core mandate.

The House had on two occasions rejected GNPC’s programme over alleged wasteful expenditure.

Fierce debate

MPs of both divide argued fiercely for the approval and rejection of the budget.

NPP MP for Effutu Alex Afenyo Markin held that by guaranteeing the $100 million for Karpower, it meant the money no longer belong to GNPC.  He added that the money was not approved by parliament, suggesting the GNPC broke the law.

But the Majority disagreed with him, arguing that anything that has to do with exploration of oil and gas is part of the mandate of GNPC.

According to him, the $100 million Karpower guarantee was part of activities approved in 2015.

On GNPC’s new head office building, NPP MP for Atwima Mponua, Isaac Asiamah questioned the need for investing so much money into it.

He lashed out at GNPC, saying “it was becoming a monster” and called for further interrogation of the issue of the new building because he has been informed that $40 million has been budgeted for the renovation of its old head officer- the Petroleum House, in Tema”.

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