Investigate EX-TOR MD over bribery allegations – GII


Anti-graft body, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has called on the government to investigate the bribery allegations against the immediate past Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Mr Asante Berko.

Mr Asante Berko on Wednesday April 15 resigned from his post and submitted his resignation letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He has been accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States of America of having arranged a US$2.5 million bribe for some Ghanaian government officials and MPs in connection with helping a Turkish firm secure a power purchase agreement deal in Ghana.

The former Goldman Sachs banker, according to the US SEC, allegedly made the payments in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Berko, in a statement, said that the claims against him were false.

But GII in a statement said government, in spite of the attention given to the COVID-19, must also dedicate time and probe the matter.

GII said  : “…If conscious effort is not made, there is the high tendency and risk of government’s attention being shifted from addressing anti-corruption issues resulting in these allegations being swept under the carpet,” GII wrote.

President Akufo-Addo must “commit to ensure, in the spirit of transparency and accountability, that government will publish the findings of the investigations to assist public officials and politicians to recognise and desist from similar incidences of corruption (i.e. if anything untoward is found) in the future,” GII said.



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