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Gov't begins full-scale investigation into PDS concession deal breaches

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

The Minister for Information has disclosed that the government has commenced a full-scale investigation into the Power Distribution Services, PDS' concession agreement.

According to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the investigation into detected breaches in the concession agreement will be expected to be completed within 30 days.

Addressing the press on Thursday, August 1 after the government decided to suspend the PDS concession agreement, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the team conducting the inquiry comprises insurance investigation experts, officials of the Energy and Finance Ministries and officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as well as Millennium Development Authority (MIDA).

“The inquiry will determine the nature of the breaches and advise on suggested next steps. By Tuesday, the team is expected in DOHA-Qatar as part of the inquiry. All interested parties are cooperating with the inquiry at this stage,” the Information Minister said at a press conference in Accra, Thursday, August 1.

Giving details on government’s next line of action, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the inquiry will determine the nature of the breaches and advise on suggested next steps.

“By Tuesday, the team is expected in DOHA-Qatar as part of the inquiry. All interested parties are cooperating with the inquiry at this stage. A second team has been tasked to continue engagement with the American government through its agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation,” he said.

The Ofoase Ayeribi MP said the engagement is about the possible next steps after the inquiry and channels for sharing information as part of this inquiry. That team is expected to also be in the USA possibly next week as part of their engagement.

He added that final efforts to ensure a smooth transition between ECG and PDS officials are proceeding without incident.

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