We will resist govt’s attempt to move Ameri power plant to Kumasi at cost of $35m - Minority

The Minority in Parliament has disclosed that it will oppose moves by the government to spend a whopping $35 million on the Ameri power plant.

John Jinapor

According to the Minority, the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration intends to spend that amount on moving the Ameri plant from Takoradi to Kumasi.

Speaking to reporters in Parliament in Accra, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu, John Jinapor said the amount is ridiculous.

“We wish to state as a Minority that we are vehemently opposed to the whole idea of spending a whopping $35 million dollars, which translates to over GH¢280 million. We call on the government to transfer that plant to the Volta River Authority, as was originally envisaged.”

“The VRA has the capacity to handle and manage the plant. We will use every parliamentary process to ensure that this illegitimate way of appropriating the Ameri plant to cronies will not be tolerated, and we will do everything within our means to ensure that we live up to expectation.”

In March 2021, the government gave indications of relocating the Ameri Plant located at Aboadze to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region to help stabilise the national grid.

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had explained that the relocation was to help establish Ghana’s power supply.

“Mr Speaker, in 2020, the country had adequate generation capacity to meet the demand for domestic, commercial and industrial customers… In 2021, the Ameri Plant will be relocated to Kumasi to help stabilise the national grid,” he said at the time.

Former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko who was sacked because of the Ameri novation deal recently disclosed that he is no longer on talking terms with President Akufo-Addo.

"I do not have a relationship with him [President Akufo-Addo] now. No, I don’t. People get married for thirty years and they get divorced, don’t they? …Not because of hatred.”

"Me, I will never let anybody bring me so low as to hate him. I don’t hate anybody, but there comes a time when circumstances make it that you go your way, you have to move on," he said.

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