The Executive Director of the African Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), Benjamin Boakye, is questioning the veracities of all the letters coming from the office of the President and signed in the name of Executive Secretary, Nana Bediatuo Asante.
This comes on the back of comments by Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, on the matter of the executive, slashing down the budgetary allocations to both the legislature and the judiciary.
According to Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the details of the letter from the president's office were without the knowledge of the president.
To wit, he said that President Akufo-Add, was not aware of the details of that letter.
Reacting to this while speaking on Newsfile on JoyNews on Saturday, March 27, 2021, Benjamin Boakye indicated that it gives cause to worry about the many controversial letters that have emerged from the president's office, signed in the name of his secretary.
He wondered, with such a revelation, which of the letters of such nature should be considered to have interpreted the minds of the president, and which did not. "It's not really about believing it or not. I think I'm even much more worried beyond that, where the president's secretary writes and the president says I'm not aware or somebody says the president was not aware. And that fundamentally raises some significant questions about the many letters that have been coming from the president's secretary. Which one do we believe and which do we not? And much of the work we have done, really, that we've done, that are contentious, we've got the flag from a foreign country.
"Most of them, bear the signature of the Executive Secretary, so, which one was the president aware and which one was he not aware? You're talking about AMERI, you're talking about Agyapa, you're talking about the transfer of the Aggregator Row of gas from the GNPC to Ghana Gas.
These are significant contentious issues that have implications for the physical nature of Ghana and all of them bear the signature of the Executive Secretary.
So the fundamental question is that, when we are rolling back and tracking these letters, which ones can we say that the president indeed knew about and which ones did he not know," he explained.
Last week Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, revealed that Nana Asante Bediatuo, unilaterally wrote the letter cutting down budget estimates for the judiciary and legislature.
According to him, although there was discussion ongoing on the budget with President Akufo-Addo, it was inconclusive before his departure to Cote d'Ivoire.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, disclosed that the President was shocked that a letter went to Parliament from his Executive Secretary, slashing the estimate for the House.
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, recently warned he would block the approval of the 2021 budget and economic policy of the government, if the Executive maintains its decision.
However, President Akufo-Addo in a letter to Parliament, announced that the budget for the Legislature will be slashed by ¢119 million, whilst that of the Judiciary will go down by ¢77 million.
Speaking to JoyNews in an interview, the Majority Leader, said the Secretary to the President wrote the letter even though the matter had not been conclusively dealt with.
According to him, talks were temporarily truncated when the President left the country for Ivory Coast some weeks ago.
But "on account of what had been happening earlier, the Secretary wrote the letter."
"I think it's a yesterday issue, but we have agreed that the proper thing should be done," he further said.
A new letter has since been written to the Speaker and read by him in the House. To prove his innocence, the new letter was signed by the President himself.
The President, according to the Majority Leader, had explained that his correspondences with the House, including his trips abroad, are normally under his handwriting, but this had come from Nana Asante Bediatuo.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho West, Emmanuel Bedzrah is calling for a probe into circumstances leading to Nana Asante Bediatuo writing a letter to Parliament without the full backing of the President.
It is unclear, how many other letters, Nana Asante Bediatuo, has written to Parliament or any other institution for and behalf of President Akufo-Addo that he is not in the know, but actions were taken believing they were directives of the President.
Nana Asante Bediatuo, has in the past appended his signature to many Executive letters from the Presidency, on projects and government transactions which became controversial.
Not long ago, Gabby Asare-Ochtere Darko, had through his newspaper; The Statesman wrote that President Akufo-Addo, had been misled on the controversial AMERI novation agreement which led to the dismissal of Boakye Agyarko as Energy Minister.