Akufo-Addo Ready

nana akufoThe twice-defeated flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party [NPP]  Nana Akufo-Addo has appealed to the Judgment Debt Commissioner, Justice Yaw Appau to invite him to answer questions over the controversial sale of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation’s drill ship in 2001.

Nana Akufo-Addo was Attorney General and Minister of Justice at the time the transaction took place.

He advised government on the transaction and his office drafted the power of attorney that was given to the former Deputy Energy Minister, K. T. Hammond to sell the ship.

The Judgment Debt Commission has been investigating how an amount of $24 million that accrued from the sale of the ship was paid as  judgment debt to Societe Generale Bank, out of which $3.5 million could not be accounted for.

The Sole Commissioner on Monday expressed his disappointment in the Attorney General’s office for not following up on the court case which the GNPC had begun against Societe Generale and sat down until a default judgment was given by the United Kingdom court, before it then sent K.T Hammond to go and negotiate.

But Mustapha Hamid, an aide to Nana Akuffo-Addo, has announced that his boss would be willing to appear before the Judgement Debt Commission and asked that the invitation extended to Messrs K.T. Hammond and Albert Kan Dapaah be extended to him.

“Yes I am saying on authority that Nana Akufo-Addo is willing to appear before the Judgment Debt Commission to answer any questions that would be put to him regarding the drill ship.”

Nana Akufo-Addo is currently in London, taking a break from Ghanaian politics after his petition to overturn the 2012 presidential election results was dismissed at the Supreme Court in August.

Mr Hamid said Nana Akufo-Addo would be in town anytime soon to avail himself of any invitation.

“He himself would be in Ghana in the next couple of days or weeks or something like that,” he said.

According to him, his boss has “never worried” about his name coming up strongly in the drill ship saga with his critics indicting him for his role in the transaction of the Discoverer 511 (drill ship).

The commission has taken a few days break to study a document presented to it on the sale of the drillship.

Public Relations Officer of the commission, George William Dove disclosed that the commission has not “gotten to the bottom” of the matter yet.

He said it was perusing the documents and would therefore “not make any conclusive statement at the moment”. ghanaweb

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