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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ex- President Kufuor to be hauled before Bui Power Authority

By Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/Citifmonline.com | Mon 16th August, 2010 
Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor may soon be hauled before the Bui Power Authority to account for his stewardship as the past Board Chairman of the authority.

General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress Johnson Asiedu Nketsia made this known to Citi News in an interview.

According to Mr. Asiedu Nketsia, the former president who opted to steer the affairs of the authority after ‘‘he had forced parliament to pass a law approving his appointment’’, has questions to answer regarding monies he(Mr. Kufuor) claimed were voted to construct a Bui city.

Until the constitutional provision was amended, a sitting president could not chair any State Owned enterprise.

Government signed the contract with the Chinese engineering and procurement organization, Sinohydro in April 2007, to construct the long awaited dam that would add 400 megawatts of power to the national grid. The project commenced in April 2008.

The construction of the Dam is costing the government of Ghana $60million out of the total project cost of $622m, largely funded by the Chinese government. It is expected to be completed and commissioned in December 2012.

Reacting to Mr. Kufuor’s recent criticism of the NDC administration as one that endorses corruption, Mr. Asiedu Nketsia stated that Mr. Kufuor was the most corrupt leader Ghana had ever produced.

 “Kufuor is the first president of this country who requested to be the chairman of a state owned enterprise as a sitting president. He insisted he wants to be the Chairman and it went to Parliament and it was passed. We have taken over from him and we discovered to our amazement that the first six months that Kufuor was the Chairman, not a single sentence by way of minutes of all the meetings they have attended could be found. All the decisions that were made were done arbitrarily and implemented in a very haphazard manner''.

''President Kufuor told Ghanaians that they were going to build a Bui City with a University and Airport as part of the project. Indeed they made a pictorial representation of how Bui City looks like, and then we took over and realized there is no single word about the Bui City in everything that is being done there''.

''There is no pesewa meant for Bui City and you told us that you have brought money from China to build the dam and build a city. If it were any other person, he would have called that person to account for that, and very soon we would have to invite President Kufuor to come and show us where he lodged the Bui City money because we are taking over from a former board, and we have the right to invite the former Board and their chairman to account for their stewardship’’ he added. 

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