3news.com has gathered that government suspended the concession
agreement with Power Distribution Services (PDS) after discovering that
the person it had been dealing with was a fraudster.
It is now emerging that the officer who executed the Demand Guarantees
(Lease Payment Security and BSA Payment Security) submitted by PDS was
PDS was supposed to manage the operations of the Electricity Company of
Ghana (ECG) for 20 years starting from Friday, March 1, 2019.
But government was forced to suspend the agreement with immediate effect
as a precautionary measure, 3news.com understands, having realized the
element of fraud in the transfer of ECG’s assets and management to PDS.
When authenticated, it could lead to the nullification of the entire ECG concession agreement.
Sources close to the deal told 3news.com this major development came to
light following a series of due diligence tests the guarantees were
subjected to by the ECG.
In the course of ECG investigations, a commercial insurer and reinsurer,
Al Koot, which is based in Qatar wrote a letter to ECG dated 16th July,
2019 claiming among other things, that the officer who executed the
Guarantees from Al Koot was not authorized and that the guarantees are
null and void.
The letter also accused the officer of committing fraud.
A number of meetings were subsequently held between government and
stakeholders on July 28 culminating into the suspension of the
concession agreement on July 30.
Meanwhile, a government delegation is expected to travel to Qatar on
Wednesday July 31, 2019 to meet with officials from Al Koot in order to
verify the information specifically on the fraud aspect.
Government has also assured that it is taking steps to ensure the
development does not affect distribution, billing and payment services.