The Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus in the Parliament of Ghana wants the 17 member Addison Committee that inquired into the AMERI power purchase agreement to be investigated for violating the 1992 Constitution.They see no reason why a committee tasked with the responsibility to investigate a company which has allegedly been cited for wrong doing in a business transaction with the Government of Ghana will allow itself to be sponsored by the same company to perform the given task.
The Addison Committee, according to the Minority NDC MPs, placed itself in a situation of conflict of interest which is a clear violation of 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.Addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, to put a spotlight on the 100 days in office of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the NDC MPs noted the information came to them as a surprise when the Addison Committee initially billed to spend three days in Dubai suddenly decided to stay for one week.
MP for Ajumako Enyan Essiam and former deputy Minister for Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, who addressed the press over the AMERI deal said the Addison Committee apart from travelling on a first class ticket via the Emirates Airline 787 to Dubai and also stayed in a first class hotel all at the expense of the company they were tasked to investigate.That notwithstanding, their (Addison Committee) per diem and shopping were fully paid by AMERI.
“It is undoubtedly true that the Addison Committee is a ministerial committee and therefore, a public body. The Committee was under constitutional obligation not to place itself in a situation of conflict of interest. However, as stated above, the committee blazingly breached this constitutional obligation when it accepted the above-mentioned ‘freebies’ from a company it was tasked to investigate. Given the public embarrassment of allowing a private entity to bear the cost of the work of the committee or public body, this constitutional breach must be properly investigated and the guilty members of the committee should be appropriately sanctioned.”