The Supreme Court has dismissed the suit filed by New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juabeng South, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah praying the court to annul government’s contract with Karpower.
The court presided over by Justice Jones Dotse did not give reasons for the dismissal in open court but indicated they will file their entire ruling with the Supreme Court registry.
The member of parliament filed the suit against the Attorney-General, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Ecobank at the Supreme Court for going ahead with the Karpower agreement without recourse to parliament.
Dr. Assibey Yeboah was seeking the constitutionality of the Karpower agreement which will cost the taxpayer $100 million to enable the government ‘import’ 450 megawatts of power from Turkey to offset the current energy supply deficit.
Per the agreement, Karpowership was to build an emergency power barge for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to ease the power challenges in the country.
The suit first came to light when the MP for Effutu, Alex Afenyo Markin, who filed the suit on behalf of, Mr. Assibey, announced the matter on the Floor of Parliament.
The Minority in Parliament insisted that government seeks parliamentary approval before proceeding with the deal but government argued otherwise.