Egyapa Mercer Finally Faces PDS Ghost Today

Deputy Minister of Energy nominee, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer Deputy Minister of Energy nominee, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer

The Sekondi Member of Parliament, will finally today, have to tell Ghanaians about involvement in the Power Distribution Service (PDS) deal which was to take over the management of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) but was botched by selfishness and conflict of interest.

The deal which got Ghana losing over US$190 million in grant from the United States' Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) under the "Power Africa" initiative, had President Akufo-Addo's family and friends at the centre of what was essentially a corrupt arrangement.

The Deputy Minister of Energy nominee, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, it was established had acted as director, lawyer and company secretary to TG Energy Solutions Ghana; one of the companies involved in the PDS deal.

He appears before the Appointment Committee of Parliament later today, to tell Ghanaians about his involvement with the PDS arrangement, having sat in Parliament as a lawmaker to approve a deal in which he stood to gain financially as director, secretary and lawyer and secretary of TG Energy Solutions Ghana.

Despite the deal being botched, the PDS elements are reported to be keeping the countries millions of dollars at a private bank, which they are collecting the interest on. The bank in question is believed to be CALbank based in Accra.

Mr Mercer, in an interview with The Herald about two years, admitted being a director of TG Energy Solutions Ghana, but said he cannot be accused of conflict of interest, because he had explained his role in the company to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who had questioned him on his involvement in the company in Parliament.

He claimed he was only engaged as lawyer to register the TG Energy Solutions Ghana, but he decided on his own volition to act as Director and secretary to the company until the owner, David Asare, settled down for business and appointed substantive officers. After this, he resigned from his two positions in TG Energy Solutions Ghana.

But The Herald was to discover that the said David Asare, was only a front man for the owner of Zoomlion Waste Management Company, Joseph Siaw Agyapong.

Mr Mercer, during the interview, had described the situation as "not the best thing to do. But some of these things you just go ahead and then…"

The NPP MP, also discounted the significance of his vote in parliament on the deal and several times dismissed accusations of conflict of interest.

Strangely, however, Lawyer Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer's role in TG Energy Solutions Ghana, went beyond playing the roles of a director and a secretary.

His office address on the 7th Floor of Heritage Tower in Accra, has been identified as the "Principal Place of business" for the company.

He also denied participating in the voting process which approved the deal, saying "I was not even in the chamber when the process was pushed through". I didn't participate… In any event, it was a voice vote. It was not a recorded vote".

To him, if there were divisions, and Parliament had gone into various sides, then he could be accused of conflict of interests but this did not happen and the vote was voiced.

Lawyer Mercer, also claimed he was not aware that TG Energy Solutions Ghana was participating in the EGC concession process until the agreement came before Parliament and the Minority Leader saw his name and drew his attention.

It is not clear, who saw the Second MP on July 24, 2018, walking out from Parliament ahead of the voting exercise and can vouch for this.

But in yet another twist to the story, the same Lawyer Mercer, who did not participate in the deal, says he is yet to resign from TG Energy Solutions Ghana as Secretary and Director of the company.

But, although he insisted that he was not in parliament, The Herald obtained Minutes of Forty-Second Sitting of the second meeting of Parliament; the day on which the ECG concession agreement was approved, and Lawyer Mercer was captured as having taken part in the "Votes and Proceedings" on the day.

He was number 161 in the records from Parliament.

This means Lawyer Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer lied, when he said he did not participate in parliamentary proceedings, because he was not in the House or on the Floor of Parliament.

The Herald, uncovered a possible scam to be perpetuated on unsuspecting Ghanaians through the controversial second ECG Concession, by prominent individuals in society and the political environment.

Some of these individuals are shockingly MPs, other government officials and the rest are private businessmen, who almost toiled with the destinies of the over 6, 000 workers of ECG.