We suspended PDS agreement in public interest – President

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – President

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the decision to suspend the concession agreement with PDS was taken to protect the over $3 billion worth of assets of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

He added that, going public on the agreement suspension was “for the country to know exactly what is going on, and, therefore, hold the government to account for its stewardship.”

He was addressing the Ghanaian community in Angola as part of his two-day state visit at the invitation of the Angolan President, Manuel Gonçalves Lourençost.

President Akufo-Addo said his government inherited an arrangement in which the United States government, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), had offered the country half-a-billion dollars for the reform of the energy sector, particularly the ECG.

One of the conditions for the facility was for Ghana to get a private electricity coordinator to partner with ECG to manage electricity generation and the distribution system.

After, a bidding and tendering process, PDS was selected to take over the running of the assets of the ECG.

The government, he said, later discovered that there had been breaches of the concession agreement by PDS – a fundamental requirement that it put up a guarantee to cover $400 million.

“It turned out that there are problems with this guarantee. Therefore, the protection that we should have in the transaction was not really there,” he said.

He assured the gathering that, the suspension of the agreement with PDS will not disturb the flow of electricity in the country.

Source: GNA

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