Make details of AMERI deal public - ACEP to Govt

ACEP believes, this will erase all doubts associated with the agreement government entered into with AMERI


The Africa Centre for Energy Policy, ACEP is urging government to put the entire details of the AMERI deal in the public domain for proper scrutiny.

This, ACEP believes, will erase all doubts associated with the agreement.

Government is under intense pressure to explain how it allegedly signed a major power deal with wanted Norwegian fraudster.

According to a publication by a Norwegian news outlet, Ghana paid double the price for the power plant through a self-styled Dubai prince Umar Farooq Zahoor.


It has been revealed that one Umar Farooq who signed the deal with the power minister and the deputy attorney general Dominic Ayene is a criminal who is wanted by Swiss and Norwegian authorities.

The Power Ministry in a statement has denied all the issues raised by VG a Norwegian newspaper on the deal with government.

The statement said, "per the agreement with AMERI, the Government of Ghana through the Volta River Authority (VRA) will only make payments to Ameri for power produced and supplied to the VRA just like any other Independent Power Producer (IPP)."

However, head of policy unit at the Centre, Ishmael Ackah has told Accra-based Citi FM, "we are finding it difficult to understand this because at the end of five years, they are going to transfer the plant to us. If they are not going to get us how much they are producing, what basis will it be for them to transfer the plant to us. Let us have access to all the contract to understand some of these things."

Meanwhile, the ministry of power has insisted that due diligence was done in the Ameri gas turbines deal to provide 250 megawatts of power.


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