Monday, 06 July

Minority tackles GNPC over GHS3m ‘father Christmas’ donation

General News

The Minority in Parliament has criticised the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for its “improper” expenses in terms of donations to Okyehene's 20th-anniversary celebration among others.

The GNPC, in a leaked memo, earmarked GHS3 million for the Okyehene's tree-planting initiative, the Rebecca Foundation of First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo as well as general financial sutpport to investigative body Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) and the Ghana Journalists Association.

The allocation to the said bodies comes at a time that the corporatioan is said to be in a funding deficit exceeding GHS1.2 billion.

In the view of the Member of Parliament for Yapei-Kusawgu, Mr John Jinapor, GHS3 million expenditure is unacceptable.

Speaking to Class 91.3FM’s parliamentary correspondent Ekow Annan, the opposition MP urged the GNPC to focus on its core mandate and desist from such unnecessary spending.

He also added that the Energy Minister will be summoned before parliament to justify the expenditure and provide a detailed breakdown of same.

“If these documents had not been leaked, none of you would have known that those monies were being expended. Even more worrying is when GNPC decides that it wants to extend this sponsorship to EOCO.

“EOCO is an investigating body, the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party is the Board Chair GNPC, moreover EOCO’s budget was approved here in parliament. The budget was debated and, so, how can we approve a budget for EOCO only for EOCO then to fall on GNPC for so-called donor sponsorship”, the former Deputy Minister of Power wondered.

“I think it is improper, I think it is not fair and at the parliamentary level, we intend to escalate this matter so that we can get to the bottom of the matter.”