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A serious management tussle between the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Dr. K.K Sarpong and Madam Comfort Aniagyei, the Chief Finance and Administration Officer is threatening to collapse the state-owned oil company.
This bitter tussle has led to Dr. KK Sarpong issuing a February 4, 2019 Memorandum zapping Madam Aniagyei from an interim role she is playing as the Director of Procurement for GNPC.
According to very reliable sources within GNPC, Madam Aniagyei is using her connection to the Chief of Staff Frema Opare and others within the Jubilee House to usurp the authority of K.K Sarpong whose influence at the Jubilee House appear to be wobbling.
With her connection at the Jubilee House and backing from some powerful individuals within the GNPC Board, Madam Aniagye, who has been gifted a four and half years post retirement contract, has reportedly become the de-facto CEO a position that has allegedly emboldened her to awarding several contracts without the knowledge of the Dr. Sarpong – including a major Exxon Mobile contract involving state-owned oil marketing company GOIL.
Whatsup News gathered that Dr. Sarpong recently travelled to Israel, and before he returned, his nemesis at GNPC had signed several contracts, employed over 17 people believed to be cronies close to the seat of government and has given double promotions to others.
Additionally, while away on his Israel trip, Whatsup News gathered that Madam Aniagyei instigated the GNPC board to remove KK Sarpong on grounds of his age. Upon return, the board was forced to vote on the matter, but Dr. Sarpong won by five votes, proving that he still has backers within the Board.
Shortly after the board’s decision, an emboldened Dr. Sarpong wrote the memo removing Madam Aniagyei from controlling the corporation’s procurement in such a manner that has attracted allegations of corruption and a warning from the Minister of Energy, Peter Amewu.
“As you are no doubt aware, the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) and the Central Tender Review Committee (CTRC) have, in correspondence received recently, indicated challenges with GNPC’s Procurement function. The Honourable Minister of Energy has in a letter dated 4th January 2019, (in which you were copied) re-echoed observations made by the Central Tender Review Committee,” the memo said as Dr. Sarpong placed GNPC’s procurement under his direct supervision “with immediate effect”.
In the memo intercepted by Whatsup News, Dr. KK Sarpong accused Ms. Aniagyei of “marginalising” the officer in charge of GNPC procurement, “The Management of the Procurement function, has since my assumption of duty in 2017, been under your supervision. You have had your own way of managing that function…thereby limiting the level of oversight required to manage the procurement function effectively. This no doubt, accounts for the Corporation’s inability to meet procurement standards as set by the PPA and the CTRC,” the angry GNPC CEO wrote.
GNPC has been fraught with countless scandals which have led to the current turf war. Whatsup News had contacted Madam Aniagyei in the past to elaborate on these issues, she asked for a questionnaire which was not acknowledged when delivered.
Source: Whatsup News