Former Energy Minister Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko has called those accusing him of causing financial loss to the state in a $170m judgment debt as stupid and ignorant people.
He added that it is “ludic” for anyone to open their mouth and mention him.
“It amazes me that some people can stick their mouth and say that because I was Minister, I should be personally charged with the responsibility of that liability. It is ludic.”
His comment comes after a power company, GPCC dragged the government of Ghana to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) after their contract was terminated by Boakye Agyarko in 2018. A UK court has now awarded the company an amount of $170 million to be paid by Ghana.
Reacting to this on Citi FM’s Eyewitness news monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Boakye Agyarko attacked those mentioning his name as the person to blame for the judgement debt, revealing that he only made a presentation to Cabinet and they took the decision, not him.
“It is an act of ignorance and stupidity [to make such suggestions]. When a Cabinet decides on a matter, how does it become the personal decision of the individual who has to do the representation of Cabinet? To think like that means you are not even fit to participate in governance” Mr. Boakye Agyarko said.
“A Cabinet takes a decision based on a report produced by a technical committee and the sector Minister is asked to go and implement the report then you say that it is the sector Minister’s personal liability?” he asked.
According to him, there was nothing he could do outside Cabinet’s order.
“I know that when I was in office, some people tried to get me to vary the report as approved by Cabinet and my position was clear that if you are a sector Minister and Cabinet approves, it does not lie within your remit to alter the decision by Cabinet. You cannot do that … so it amazes me that some people can stick their mouth and say that because I was Minister, I should be personally charged with the responsibility of that liability. It is ludic.”