May 27, 2024
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For the sake of Ramadan; Bawumia could at least be truthful ~ Hon. Suhuyini

Member of parliament for Tamale North, hon. Alhassan S. Suhuyini is of the belief that the vice president, Dr. Mahamaud Bawumia has succeeded in transcending his habit of lies into the holy month of Ramadan.

According to Mr. Suhuyini, if not for any other thing on earth but for the sake of the Holy month of Ramadan, he was very much hopeful that, a fellow Muslim like Dr. Bawumia could at the very least be truthful to Ghanaians even if he wanted to be controversial.

For the sake of the Holy month of Ramadan, yesterday I was hopeful as a fellow Muslim that he will at the very least be truthful even if he was controversial. Unfortunately once again he was who people believe he is.

Unfortunately once again he was who people believe he is.

Mr. Alhassan Suhuyini says, as a younger brother to the vice president who is also from the North, it comes as a shock why Dr. Bawumia could lie about the countries ‘Excess Capacity Charges’!

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, told Parliament in June last year that the government paid $937.5 million to three independent power producers (IPPs) for excess capacity charge between 2017 and 2020.

He said out of the amount, AKSA was paid $347 million, Karpower $359 million and Cenpower $251 million.

Giving a breakdown of the payments, Mr Ofori-Atta stated that AKSA was paid $35.7 million in 2017, $59.4 million in 2018, $136.8 million in 2019 and $115.3 million in 2020.

In the case of Karpower, he said, the company received $65.5 million in 2017, $108.9 million in 2018, $138 million in 2019 and $46.8 million in 2020.

With regard to Cenpower, the finance minister indicated that the company received no payment in 2017 and 2018 but was paid $86.5 million in 2019 and $144.8 million in 2020.

As a young man brought up in a responsible and respectable royal home from the North, I feel embarrassed, when our senior brother is caught on many occasions peddling untruths.

On Thursday 17th June 2021 I asked the Minister responsible for Finance a question about Capacity charges, the cost and payments made between 2017-2020.

The Minister of Finance said; $937m was what was paid in 4yrs. Clearly Dr Bawumia’s claims that we paid $1bn for excess capacity annually, is a lie.

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