Amass Ghana has observed with great concern the brouhaha that has characterized this week in respect of the agreement between the government of Ghana and the African and Middle East Resources investment Company (AMERI) on the provisions of power turbines for the generation of power aspart of the solution to help solve the current power crisis which has bedeviled the country.
The recriminations by the two dominant political parties thus the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) questioning the eligibility or otherwise of the AMERI agreement is an unfortunate development.
It is in view of this that Amass Ghana, a peaceful Advocacy group finds this development quiet worrying, bewildering and wish to seek clarification on the following questions.
1. Did AMERI agreement with the Government of Ghana go to parliament? If yes, did parliament subject this agreement to proper scrutiny? If no, why?
2. Did parliament refer the agreement to the appropriate select committee? If yes, what report did the select committee furnish the entire house with?
3. Was it parliament who approved the agreement? If yes, was it unanimous approval?
4. Has parliament as an institution with all the resources at its disposal do a background check on the company call AMERI in ensuring that it is indeed a credible company? If yes, what information did they gather?
Amass Ghana thinks these are pertinent questions begging for answers and the answers supplied to these questions will inform Ghanaians as to whether our parliamentarians are indeed working industriously for mother Ghana or have conked-out on the job and therefore deserve our mandate or not.
Amass Ghana wish to also state emphatically that if indeed it turns out to be the case that Ghana has been shortchanged as a result of this agreement, then; it will be a slur cast on the image of parliament as an institution and not a particular political party, hence Amass Ghana is asking on how issues of national interest are always politicize on the floor of the august house.
Amass Ghana is of the view that if this practice is not halted; well-meaning Ghanaians will have their confidence eroded in our parliamentarians and this may have a far reaching consequences as far as parliamentary business is concern.
Amass Ghana will also like to put it on record that majority of Ghanaians perceive parliament as also corrupt institution just as the judiciary; following the recent herculean investigation conducted by the ace investigative Journalist,AnasAremeyawAnas who exposed rot in the judiciary.
Amass Ghana wish to advice parliament that they still have the chance to purge themselves of the perception that parliament is corrupt, however if parliamentarians themselves openly make counterclaim of each other on corruption, then the stark reality will then be that parliament too is corrupt.
Amass Ghana as a peace advocacy group knows how corruption can ruin a country and when the populace loses confidence in our institution which parliament is one, they resort to unorthodox means to sanitize the system and this is what Amass Ghana seeks to protect by asking parliamentarians to lead the fight against corruption in any endeavor and should be seen exhibiting it in their actions, instead of jabbing each other on corruption.
After all, if two people accuses each other of corruption, it means, both can be guilty of the same allegation.
It is in totality of this that, Amass Ghana finds it prudent to humbly call on parliament to up their game in ensuring that, any deal that comes to the house follows due diligence before any approval is considered to avoid a repeat of this usual banter between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Amass Ghana also wish to advise the two major political parties, the NDC and the NPP to try and live above reproach to discredit the corrupt tags which has become albatross on their neck per their own actions and inactions.
Finally, Amass Ghana and Ghanaians need parliament to execute their mandate as prescribed in the 1992 constitution for the betterment of Ghana. Once again parliament should sit up.
Long Live Ghana
Long Live Amass Ghana
Mr. Kofi Asamoah-Ababio
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Mr. Benjamin Asalimba
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Mr. Kofi Seidu
Mr. Joseph Amoateng
Mr. Elisha Adarkwah
Source: Amass Ghana
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