Institute of Energy Securities questions credibility of the team investigating the PDS contract saga that is reported to be fraudulent
PDS contract saga; Institute of Energy Securities questions credibility of the team investigating the reported fraud.
The Institute of Energy Securities (IES) is questioning the credibility of the composition of the team investigating the PDS contract saga that is reported to be fraudulent.
A team has been set up by government to investigate allegations of fraud in the power concession agreement between PDS and ECG after news broke out that the contract was suspected to be fraudulent without legal guarantees which led to its suspension.
But IES says the move by government is cosmetic since the personalities involved in unraveling the rot in the ECG-PDS deal are complicit in it.
Research and Policy Analyst at IES, Mikdad Mohammed in an interview on Daybreak Upper East said government should task independent entities to investigate into the scandal and not delegate the work to officials that work directly under the Presidency to carry out the task.
According to him, “Government cannot delegate Ministry of finance and Ministry of energy officials to be in charge of an investigation of a problem that they caused in the first place. It will be like making yourselves referees, match commissioners and even football management executives in a match that you have an interest in.
He stressed the need for an independent body to look into the matter rather than what has been set up by government.
“For us who were hoping that the step of disclosure and suspension was a good step; we lost faith at that point where virtually the same people who caused the mess are asked to investigate themselves.” He expressed.
Mikdad Mohammed who was responding to the President Nana Akufo Addo’s recent public assurance of fighting corruption and its related cases indicated that a possible action will be taken against government if the issues surrounding the PDS contract are no acted upon appropriately.
Mikdad Mohammed is also urging politicians to stop politicizing issues about fuel in the country because government has no factual role in reducing fuel prices.