Alan’s vetting: Group petitions Appointments Committee over alleged “chop chop”

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A former Board Secretary for the Komenda Sugar Factory, Mr Ransford Vanni-Amoah and former Special Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Mohammed Naziru, are calling on the Appointments Committee not to approve Alan Kyerematen.

According to them, the Trade Minister Designate’s performance in his first term was not satisfactory and therefore does not deserve to be given another chance.

Speaking with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie, the Former Board Secretary for the Komenda Sugar Factory, levelled some allegations against the Minister Designate, saying that he peddled falsehood against the Managers of the Komenda Factory to discredit the previous government when he was made Minister.

Mr Vanni said the Former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Robbert Ahomka-Lindsay accused the managers of the Komenda Sugar Factory of buying sugar and presenting it to authorities that it was produced by the factory when he was called to answer some questions pertaining to the Auditor General’s Report on the Ministry by the Public Accounts Committee on the 10th of August 2017.

Although Mr Vanni admits Alan himself did not make those comments, he said Ahomka-Lindsay was his deputy and therefore they want the matter to be settled before the Appointments Committee so that the NPP Communicators will know the truth .

“We have presented evidence of all what he said to the Committee so Alan will offer answers when he appears before them. I don’t believe President Akufo-Addo will give him an appointment again, because when it comes to lying on projects he does well. Alan was in charge of the ministry and so if the deputy goes to say certain things, it means that he is privy to information given by his deputy,” he said.

Mr. Vanni also further alleged that during their tenure, they awarded a contract to PwC (transaction adviser) to do an evaluation of the factory and its machines and after the evaluation, PwC (transaction adviser) said the seeds and machines will cost 34.6 million dollars but when Alan took over, he paid the same PwC (transaction adviser) to do re-evaluation at a cost of 12 million dollars.

“Under the Factory Valuation Report on page 8 of the Report on Komenda Sugar Factory, it was stated that the PwC (transaction adviser) provided a valuation report on 17th October, 2016 which valued the cost of the plant and machinery at US$34,678,400.00. Another valuation report was submitted on 15th September, 2017 which the cost of the plant and machinery depreciated to US$12,029,715.00 as an open market value and US$10,826,743.00 as a forced sale value. Was this report really emanated from the PwC?,” the Group quizzed.

“Parliament should investigate this matter, because the facility was not built with John Mahama’s pocket money or NDC’s pocket money, it was built with the money of Ghanaians. Because by this action, he has caused financial loss to the state,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Alan Kyerematen is scheduled to appear before the Appointments Committee on Thursday, February 25, 2020 for vetting.

Ghana|| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori