The President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, has today relieved Mr. Boakye Ayarko of his position as the Energy Minister.
According to a statement from the Communications Directorate of the Presidency on Monday, Mr. Boakye Agyarko’s firing takes immediate effect.
The statement said Mr. Agyarko has been directed to “hand over his office to the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. John Peter Amewu, who will act temporarily as Minister for Energy, until a substantive appointment is made.”
“The President wishes Mr. Boakye Agyarko well in his future endeavors,” the statement added.
The statement failed to give reasons for his dismissal, but reports indicate that it is related to the renegotiated Ameri deal which alarmed many, including the Minority, who described it as a “stinky” deal for Ghana.
The government has reportedly withdrawn the deal following the uproar.
The Akufo-Addo government took the revised deal to Parliament last week under a certificate of urgency, but the House deferred its deliberation on the contract due to concerns over the cost and value for money.
The new agreement was to extend the current five-year deal with Ameri Energy which is currently operating a 300MW emergency power plant in Ghana to 15 years and bring onboard a new company from Greece, Mytilineous International Trading Company, to manage the plant for the period.