Huge expenditure by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the tune of 54.2 million Ghana Cedis in 2019, stirred controversy at the sittings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Tuesday, September 01, 2020, when the Deputy Ranking Member of the Committee, Mohammed Hardi Tuferu objected to further probe into the matter at the Committee sittings.
The Deputy Ranking who is the Member of Parliament for Nanton on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), took offence at the probing questions from his colleague Member on the Committee, Sam George, who had directed his question at the GNPC officials who were before them to account for their stewardship.
Mohammed Tuferu rudely interrupted the questioning process which was being undertaken by the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George. And also challenged the authority of the Committee Chairman, James Klutse Avedzi for admitting the public interest question which sought to unravel the circumstances which led to the donation of cash to individuals and quasi-government institutions to the tune of 54.2 million Ghana Cedis as Corporate Social Responsibility activities.
According to him, the issue which the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram was seeking to probe was not properly before the Committee and therefore it was unfair for the Chairman to have allowed the questioning process to go on when the Officials from the GNPC were not fully prepared and ill-equipped to answer the questions.
It would be recalled that there was public uproar over the 2019 expenditure pattern of GNPC which was approved by its board on October 25 where the public entity approved an amount of 1, 500, 000.00 million Ghana cedis for the 20th anniversary of the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin to be used for environment and greening; and an amount of 400, 000.00 was also donated to the 2019 Damba festival while an amount of 50, 000.00 was also donated to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
The Rebecca Foundation owned by the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo received an amount of 120, 000.00; while the Ghana Boxing Association also received a donation worth 30, 000.00 Dollars; and the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) also got a donation of 550, 000.00 Ghana Cedis from the GNPC.
The Committee Chairman, James Klutse Avedzi, justified his reason for the admitting the question. According to him, he felt that the question was in the public interest and therefore granted the permission as the Chairman for the question to be asked.
However, the Chairman suspended the probe and further deliberations on the matter after the interruption because the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, Joseph Dadzie, who led the delegation to the Committee hearing indicated that he was not seized with the full facts on the issue.
Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com\parliamentnews360.com