AMERI deal is watertight; it cannot be abrogated - Ace Ankomah

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

Private legal practitioner, Ace Ankonah

Private legal practitioner, Ace Ankonah has questioned the basis upon which some members of the public are asking for the AMERI deal to be abrogated.

According to him, even though he believes the deal was rushed through, its abrogation would cost the country huge sums of money.

Speaking on Accra-based Joy FM, Lawyer Ace Ankomah said "the agreement is tight. Ghanaians are making a lot of noise that we should abrogate it. Sorry we can't. If you do, we are going to pay a lot of money."

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, Ace Ankomah believes the power minister has more explanation to do on the matter.

"The minister is under a lot of pressure. Maybe in the course of delivering the statement, he didn't avert his mind to some questions that need to be clarified. The minister mght have to come back and respond to these questions," Lawyer Ankomah added.

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