Tsatsu, Dapaah, K. T. Summoned

Mr. Justice Yaw Apau, Sole CommissionerThe cloud of uncertainty hanging on the whereabout of the $3.5million balance from the sale of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation’s (GNPC) drill ship to defray a purported judgement debt, will soon come clear.

This follows the official summons of the key players in the deal-Tsatsu Tsikata, former Chief Executive of GNPC, Albert Kan Dapaah and Kwabena Tahir Hammond, former Minister and Deputy Minister of Energy respectively-by the Judgement Debt Commission.

Messrs Kan-Dapaah and K.T. Hammond are scheduled to appear before the Commission on Monday, November 25, while Mr Tsikata is to report on Tuesday, November 26, in connection with the disposal of the vessel.

The Discoverer 511, was sold at $24 million in April 17, 2001, under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration to defray the corporation’s $19.5 million indebtedness to Societe Generale, a French bank.

After the disbursement of the money in settling all the debts GNPC owed, the balance of $3.5 million could not be traced as the Bank of Ghana had already told the Commission that it had no information relating to the account on its database.

But the acting Controller and Accountant-General, Madam Grace Adzroe, who was at the Commission upon a subpoena on Thursday, November 7, intimated that the account had been traced and found at the Ghana International Bank (GIB) in London.

She said that the account number 0001191613 opened in July 26, 2001, with one thousand and eight pounds (£1,008) balance in it, was closed in December 2005 and the amount transferred into a new account number 00011191610 of the same Ghana International Bank in London.

Earlier, Dr Amos Ofori Quaah, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GNPC, in his appearance on Thursday, October 24, said that the drill ship was sold when the case was still pending at a high court in London, while Mr Fredrick Boniface Senahia, a Senior Manager of State Enterprise Audit Corporation, former auditors of GNPC, also told the Commission on Tuesday, October 8, that the outfit had destroyed the working documents on the vessel.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Judgement Debt Commission, Mr George William Dove, said that officials from the Bank of Ghana, Lands Commission, Ministries of Roads and Highways, Water Resources, Works and Housing, Employment and Labour Relations as well as the Attorney General’s Department, would also appear before the Commission, same day. By Castro Zangina-Tong

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