… But Kufuor Is Angry



kuffourThe office of former President John Agyekum Kufuor has reacted angrily to some comments made by the former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tsatsu Tsikata, when he appeared before the Judgement Debt Commission on Tuesday.

Mr. Tsikata was invited by the Commission to help unravel how a GNPC’s drill ship, “Discoverer 511,” was sold for $24 million in 2001, to offset an indebtedness to Societe Generale (SG), out of which $3.5 million went missing.

When Mr. Tsikata gave his side of the story, he described the circumstances under which the sale took place as “unwarranted”.

He said there was neither a judgement nor a judgement debt against the corporation to be paid at the time he left office in 2000 and wondered why the Kufuor administration was interested in selling the ship to pay SG.

He further stated that the alacrity with which the vessel was disposed off, should be condemned because those who facilitated its sale had no basic knowledge and technical expertise on marine asset to enable them sell it at the right price.

He accused the former President of acting more or less as a debt collector for the SG.

However an aide to ex-President Kufuor has described as “reckless and irresponsible” comments made by the former GNPC boss.

A statement signed by the aide, Frank Agyakum, said attempts by Mr. Tsikata to impute wrongdoing to Mr Kufuor were unfortunate, adding the measures taken by the ex-president to restructure the corporation were based on expert advice from competent committees “set up to clear the mess that had been created at the corporation over the years.”.

The statement urged the commission to get to the bottom of the scandal and lay the truth bare.

It noted that “until such time, it will be wrong and reckless for anybody to jump to his own conclusions only to malign others”.

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