¢1.8bn shopping list for GNPC boss

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Uneasy calm seems to be enveloping the working relationship at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), following concerns raised by some workers over their Chief Executive’s alleged demand of GH¢180,000 (1.8bn) to furnish his official residence.But, in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle, Nana Boakye Asafu-Adjaye denied ever submitting any list of items worth the aforementioned amount to the Board of Directors of the GNPC for consideration.

Nana Asafu-Adjaye is reported to have submitted a list of items worth GH¢180,000 (¢1.8bn) to the Board of Directors for approval to furnish a new residence the state-owned corporation recently rented for the Chief Executive..

Among the list he is reported to have submitted for approval, include eight split-unit air-conditioners valued at GH¢8,000, two plasma/LCD 48” television sets at the cost of GH¢9,000, a mower valued at GH¢2,500, three gas cylinders valued at GH¢300, six burner gas cooker valued at GH¢1,970, and three plasma/LCD 32” television sets valued at GH¢4,800 -among many other household equipment and machinery, with an overall amount of GH¢53,215.
In addition to the above, the Chief Executive was reported to have included in the list GH¢42,700 worth of soft furnishing, household furniture worth GH¢69,750, computer and accessories valued at GH¢7,435, as well as GH¢6,900 worth of furnishing for his boys’ quarters.

However, Nana Asafu-Adjaye, in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle, denied ever requesting the said amount.

“I want to make it clear that I have not furnished my house to the tune of GH¢180,000. I have lived in my own house for the past two years. It was only in December 2010 that I moved to the official residence that was allocated to me by the corporation.

“Every item in the house belongs to me. There are items that are twenty years old, as well as those that are over thirty years. But, they are all my items. The only thing that the corporation has bought for the house is DSTV… just the connection, even the television is mine. The only expenditure that I did on behalf of the corporation was the very first day I moved to the house, thieves invaded the house, so the security fencing had to be changed. That is the only thing that I changed,” a furious looking Nana Asafu-Adjaye charged.

According to him, the Board of Directors of the state-owned corporation only approved an amount of GH¢50,000 when the issue of furnishing his newly acquired residence cropped up at one of their Board meetings. The GNPC boss said per the terms of his engagement, the corporation was to provide accommodation and furnishing, but there was no furnishing policy to guide the Board of Directors to arrive at a decision, ever since he was appointed.

He said due to the problem at hand, the corporation deemed it fit to develop a furnishing policy. A proposal was submitted to the Board for consideration, but after carefully scrutinising the list of items, the Board rejected some.

“There is a sort of furnishing policy that is being developed. We have a list of items that are supposed to be bought by the Corporation. The list of items was shown to the Board, but we realised that there were a number of items, that really, I wouldn’t need. An example is the electrical iron. So, after carefully studying the list, the Board decided that we don’t need all those items, but an approved sum for the people involved to buy what they need,” Nana Asafu-Adjaye told The Chronicle.

“To be able to arrive at the sum that can be used for the furnishing, you need to provide a guideline. If you go to the Board and say I need GH¢100,000 to go and buy this or that, the Board will ask what is the basis? So, that is the basis on which it was decided that a guideline has to be provided to assist the Board in arriving at a decision on which amount to approve of,” he added.

Flanked by the Directors of Exploration and Administration, Thomas Manu and Andrews Badoo respectively, Nana Asafu-Adjaye said the allocation of an official residence to him by the Corporation was historic, since the previous heads of the state-owned corporation were living in their own residences.

Meanwhile, The Chronicle investigations have revealed that the corporation is paying a whooping sum of $5,000 a month for the newly rented house for Nana Asafu-Adjaye.

“Yes, the corporation is paying $5,000 for the house. It is a guest house that has been rented. The corporation is supposed to provide me with accommodation, and that Guest House is one among the numerous rented guest houses for our consultants,” said the GNPC boss.

Surprisingly, the age-long state owned corporation, The Chronicle learnt, has no permanent residence of its own to house its directors.

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