Tsatsu: I’ll collect the money

Tsatsu Tsikata, former Chief Executive of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has said he will accept payment from the corporation as his end-of-service benefits, even a decade-and-a-half after leaving office.

He pointed out that GNPC owed him, though he did not know the total amount involved.

Mr.Tsikata told an Accra-based radio station, Joy FM yesterday that the payment “would be proper” and that he would accept it.

“I will accept entitlement being restored to me because those are entitlements; nobody is doing me a favour in that context, especially when it is being done as part of a comprehensive resolution of what I see as historical failures to address these matters. I think that would be proper,” he said.

According to him, the GNPC owed him salaries and provident fund benefits that were due him at the time of leaving office in 2001.

The GNPC has confirmed approving payments to Mr Tsikata and three other former employees of the corporation, comprising one other former Chief Executive and two Managers. The four served the corporation for periods ranging between 12 and 21 years.

The Member of Parliament for Asokwa, K.T. Hammond who had raised issues with the payment and called on the President to investigate it, has been sued by Mr. Tsikata for insinuating that he was benefitting from criminal payments by the GNPC.

A statement released by the Corporate Affairs Department of the GNPC, described payment to the two former Chief Executives, Mr.Tsatsu Tsikata and Nana Boakye Asafo-Adjei, as well as Benjamin Dagadu, Field Evaluation and Development Manager, and Ms Esther Cobbah, Public Affairs Manager, as “valid obligation”.

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