The dismissal of Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko is in the right direction, however, there still remain several issues the government must answer to, relating to the new Ameri deal, Mikdad Mohammed, Principal Research Analyst at the Institute of Energy Security (IES), has said.
President Nana Akufo-Addo sacked Mr Agyarko Monday night.
A letter dated 6 August 2018, signed by Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, said Mr Agyarko is to hand over his office to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, who will act temporarily as Minister of Energy, until a substantive appointment is made.
Mr Arhin told journalists in subsequent interviews that the new Ameri deal, which is currently before parliament, has also been canceled.
The president wished Mr Agyarko well in his future endeavours.
Mr Agyarko’s dismissal is in connection with the Novation and Amendment Agreement of the controversial $150 million Ameri deal signed by the John Mahama administration.
Mr Agyarko came under heavy criticism when he claimed that Ghana will gain $405 million from the new power deal with Ameri Energy but it was discovered that the country will rather lose up to $472 million.
But speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM hosted by Chief Jerry Forson on Tuesday, 7 August, Mr Mikdad said: “Yes, the sacking of the Minister is good, we welcome it but the issues still remain.”
“The government must state its clear position on the Ameri deal. As we speak, the agreement, which is a bad one, is before parliament and could be passed, and, so, we want the government to state its clear position.”