The Deputy Minister of Power under the erstwhile Mahama administration, John Abdulai Jinapor has revealed that the Akufo Addo led government has failed in taking over the Afrca and Middle East Resource Investment ( AMERI) thermal power plant.
The government of Ghana is expected to take ownership of (AMERI) power plant today. The Volta River Authority, VRA, is mandated to put in place all the necessary protocols for a successful take-over of the 250-megawatt (MW) Africa and Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI) thermal power plant and add the plant to their stock.
However, the former deputy minister has said that the “government of Ghana has failed to take over the Ameri Plant as stipulated in the (BOOT) agreements due to its inability to procure the services of an independent Auditor to assess the plant”.
He noted that “the Ministry of Energy has formally requested for a postponement of the handing over to April ending contrary to the terms of the Agreement”.
John Jinapor added that “this decision will certainly result in an additional cost to the state as well as uncertainty on the agreement. And that, this latest development may disrupt power supply to Electricity consumers”.
It would be recalled that AMERI wrote to the energy minister last year in September 2020 to inform the government of its intention to hand over the plant to the government on the stipulated date stated in the contract.
Filed By : Agaatorne Douglas Asaah / awakenewsroom.com