John Jinapor Calls Energy Minister Pathological Liar

Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu

Former Deputy Energy Minister in the erstwhile Mahama administration, has described Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, as a pathological liar and asked him to eschew misinformation and stick to facts, considering the critical role the Energy Sector plays in the growth and development of the country.

To do this, John Abdulai Jinapor, who is the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Yapei-Kusawgu, asked Mr Amewu to be sober in handling issues surrounding the energy sector.

Mr Jinapor, in press statement, sounded unhappy with a recent pronouncement by Mr Amewu that "Government is currently paying $500 million annually for power not being used, due to Mahama's bad policies "without providing any evidence.

"For the records, ECG is the only off-taker for IPP contracts. From the latest report submitted by ECG to Parliament on the out-turn for year ending 2019, the report reveals that the $270 Million liability as captured, is only attributable to the Reserve Margin (which is a necessity) and not a so-called excess capacity. Nowhere in the entire document can one find a so-called $500 Million Excess Capacity liability or payment", Mr Jinapor's statement emphasized.

He questioned "is it the case that Mr Amewu cannot read and comprehend report generated by SOEs under his Ministry or the Minister is as usual engaged in sheer mischief? How the Minister is able to concoct such wild and baseless conclusions defies simple logic".

The MP, further recalled how the "same Minister made similar claims to the effect that the NPP Government had saved Ghana an amount of US$7.6 billion from the termination of some 11 Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) entered into by the erstwhile Mahama Administration. Sadly, he has since not produced any evidence to support such a spurious claim".

"The Minister and his government have since been challenged by myself and other industry players to publish details of the so called terminated PPAs which he has since failed to honour".

According to the MP, "these wild claims of making savings from terminated PPAs were recently discounted by the ECG (which is the off-taker and the signatory to the said terminated agreements) at a presentation to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy".

He added that "it is rather intriguing to note that while the NDC achieved an impressive record in the sector by increasing access to electricity from 54% to 84%, the current NPP government has only managed to achieve a disappointing 2% increment in national electricity expansion under the stewardship of Mr Peter Amewu".

The ex-Deputy Energy minister, insisted that "rather than continuously whining about a so-called excess capacity, the Akufo-Addo government should focus on expanding national electricity coverage and the exportation of power to neighbouring countries which the Mahama administration made significant progress".

Below is the full statement issued by Mr Jinapor

WHEN THE MINISTER OF ENERGY BECOMES A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR.

One would have thought that considering the critical role the Energy Sector plays in the growth and development of our country, the current Minister of Energy, Mr Peter Amewu would have been sober, eschew misinformation and stick to facts, but unfortunately this has not been the case.

During a recent political programme, Mr Peter Amewu in his presentation stated among others, and without providing any evidence that "Government is currently paying $500 million annually for power not been used due to Mahama's bad policies"

For the records, ECG is the only off-taker for IPP contracts. From the latest report submitted by ECG to Parliament on the out-turn for year ending 2019, the report reveals that the $270 Million liability as captured, is only attributable to the Reserve Margin (which is a necessity) and not a so called excess capacity. Nowhere in the entire document can one find a so-called $500 Million Excess Capacity liability or payment.

Is it the case that Mr. Amewu cannot read and comprehend report generated by SOEs under his Ministry or the Minister is as usual engaged in sheer mischief? How the Minister is able to concoct such wild and baseless conclusions defies simple logic.

It will be recalled that this same Minister made similar claims to the effect that the NPP Government had saved Ghana an amount of US$7.6 billion from the termination of some 11 Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) entered into by the erstwhile Mahama Administration. Sadly, he has since not produced any evidence to support such a spurious claim.

The Minister and his government have since been challenged by myself and other industry players to publish details of the so called terminated PPAs which he has since failed to honour.

Interestingly, these wild claims of making savings from terminated PPAs were recently discounted by the ECG (which is the off-taker and the signatory to the said terminated agreements) at a presentation to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy.

It is rather intriguing to note that while the NDC achieved an impressive record in the sector by increasing access to electricity from 54% to 84%, the current NPP government has only managed to achieve a disappointing 2% increment in national electricity expansion under the stewardship of Mr Peter Amewu.

Rather than continuously whining about a so called excess capacity, the Akufo-Addo government should focus on expanding national electricity coverage and the exportation of power to neighbouring countries which the Mahama administration made significant progress.

Even more disturbing is the fact that the expansion of our transmission lines from 161KV to 330KV which begun under President Mahama with the intention to expand exportation of power to Burkina Faso and other neighbouring countries, has since stalled under this Government.

How can the very people whose gross negligence, incompetence and culpability led to the near collapse of the Energy sector turn around to falsely accuse Mr Mahama for their own failures?

This is a Minister who is quick to make outrageous claims of achievements but never able to substantiate same with evidence.

Clearly, the Akufo-Addo government and the NPP have lost focus, hence, their continuous resort to total mendacity and sheer political chicanery.

Thank you.

John Abdulai Jinapor (MP)

Former Deputy Minister of Power.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com