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Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Cut GNPC powers- Minority MPs demand

According to Isaac Assiamah, MP for  Atwima Mponua, the corporation has shown disrespect to parliament and the laws of the country in so many ways in recent times.

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Some members of parliament on the minority side have called for the powers of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to be curtailed.

According to Isaac Assiamah, MP for  Atwima Mponua, the corporation has shown disrespect to parliament and the laws of the country in so many ways in recent times.

He admits that GNPC needs to be given autonomy to carry out its mandate but their powers must be regularly checked.

"The Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA) says Parliament should approve of your work programme. You came to Parliament with a rental option and Parliament said no, go and build. But what did we see? They went and rented," he said.

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"So, even now, they are disobeying orders and if you are not careful and you allow them to do their own things, then it will just be dangerous," he said.

With this and many other examples in place, the MP said the committee was cautious of the corporation's current requests, which are aimed at strengthening its balance sheet and legal status to maximise value from petroleum for the country.

A deputy Minister of Petroleum, Mr Benjamin Dagadu, confirmed Parliament's posture on GNPC's request in a separate interview.

He explained that the feeling by MPs was that "GNPC can overstep its boundaries if they (Parliament) are not careful."

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