Praise Gov’t over PDS Suspension – Afenyo Markin To NDC
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Efutu Constituency in the Central region, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin has dismissed claims by the opposition National Democratic Congress that the controversial PDS concession deal with ECG is a coy by some people within government and the ruling party to unfairly take control of strategic national assets.
Following the announcement by government that the concession deal has been suspended over “serious breaches”, members of the minority have called for an audit into the shareholding structure of the local partners in the PDS deal.
Some members of the minority have claimed there are beneficial owners behind the actual people claiming to be the local shareholders.
However the lawmaker believes otherwise. According to him, claims by the opposition lacks merit and therefore should be rejected by the populace.
”This thing was not uncovered by a media personnel. It was not uncovered by a vigilante citizen sitting his somewhere and was interested in this matter and realized that, let me take steps to find out. It is the parties to the transaction, ECG that did further due diligence, wrote to them asking questions and had this response.
”Now, upon receipt of this response. Did they go to bed? No but rather disclosed it to government. Government said, lets conduct investigations. Let’s suspend immediately. In doing this, it’s a procedure, it’s a process. So if someone else now begin to attack government, then I begin to wonder. The several attacks on government concerning this matter is unreasonable” he said on Newsfile, a news analysis programme on Joy News last Saturday.
Government has sent a delegation to Qatar to gather more information on the company that supposedly offered the guarantee insurance on the PDS deal to enable it decide on the future of the contract.
Meanwhile, ECG which was given the mandate to manage power distribution in the country following the suspension of the PDS contract has given back several of the roles to PDS despite the suspension announced by the state and backed by the President.