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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has challenged the Majority Leader Alban Bagbin to produce evidence that the NPP sabotaged efforts to get the power barge delivered on time.
The government failed to meet a number of deadlines it set for the arrival of the 225 MW Karpower barge expected to mitigate the country’s power challenges.
Having been delayed for almost a year, the barge finally arrived in Ghana last week but it is yet to be hooked on to the national grid.
Responding to issues raised in a recent press conference addressed by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo, Alban Bagbin told Accra-based Neat FM that the NPP sent a delegation to Turkey to frustrate the manufacturing of the power barge.
The arrival of the Karpower barge initially touted as an emergency solution to the energy crisis rather delayed more than necessary.
“Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is aware that a team from their party (NPP) even went to Turkey to try to prevent and convince the authorities in Turkey not to send in the power barge he is aware of that.
“When information got to government, government had to send a team to Turkey to convince them that what they were told is not true, he is aware of all that,” he alleged.
Alban Bagbin who is also the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo constituency stated that the opposition party should be the last to complain about dumsor (the load shedding).
“If there is anybody to blame for the delay of the power barge it is the NPP for their backbiting against the government” he added.
But the Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea has vehemently denied the allegation.
He is demanding Mr. Bagbin substantiated his claims in order to redeem his “integrity” or should apologize to the NPP.
“This is an extremely wild story; obviously it has been put out there without shred of evidence. What would the NPP gain by sending people to go to Turkey,” he questioned.
He added that the deal, worth millions of dollars, favours the Turkish company rather than the government of Ghana, and wondered how the NPP could afford to compensate the company for that arrangement.
“The NPP will take an extremely serious view of this matter,” he asserted.