A former Deputy Power Minister and Member of Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee, John Jinapor wants the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu hauled before Parliament to explain to the House some aspects of the Corporate Social Investment spending by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).
A leaked internal memo from the state oil firm revealed that almost GHC 2 million has been allocated to causes such as the 20th Anniversary of the Okyehene with further funding to the First Lady’s Foundation among others.
Speaking to the media John Jinapor indicated that there was no justification for such spending by the GNPC.
“We intend to bring the Minister before the House to explain when these protocols were adopted. Is the Minister aware of this or it is a policy decision by the government that GNPC can engage in this kind of expenditure? What are the protocols involved and is this something that has been happening over the years? So we know what we can do to streamline the operations of the corporation. If we want to support people, let’s do it in a proper fashion, equitable fair and transparent manner.”
Mr. Jinapor who is also the Member of Parliament for the Yapei Kusawgu further said they will demand for details of GNPC’s spending during subsequent budgetary allocations to the corporation in a bid to check such spendings.
“GNPC itself will be appearing before the [Mines] Committee for approval of their 2020 budget. Let me assure that, we are not going to take bulk figures. Sometimes they bring bulk and composite figures which are embedded with all these kinds of things. Let me state unequivocally that, we want to insist and get details of every expenditure item.”
According to him, such expenditures are not new and are in line with GNPC’s vision.