Atta Akyea to Ghanaians: SML doing world-class monitoring for Ghana, ignore the propaganda

In December 2019, the GRA contracted SML to perform revenue audits and assurance control measures in the petroleum downstream sector

Samuel Atta Akyea, the chairman of Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee, has rejected allegations suggesting that Ghanaians were cheated in the GRA-SML contract, labeling them as mere propaganda.

Following an investigative report by the Fourth Estate in December 2023, SML refuted claims of a 10-year contract, asserting instead that the agreement spanned five years. Moreover, SML denied accusations of siphoning US$100 million annually from the deal.

During a visit to the Tema division of SML for fact-finding purposes, Atta Akyea cautioned against hastily branding the contract as a channel for political corruption.

He stressed the importance of awaiting the findings from President Akufo-Addo’s initiative and engaging formally based on KPMG’s assessment.

“The committee is very careful not to prejudice what President Akufo-Addo is trying to do. Let Jubilee House come out with their findings based on what KPMG will say, we will engage them formally. What I hate is to try and do propaganda when you don’t have the facts and that is what some people are doing.

“A lot of people don’t have any clue as to what these individuals, this company is doing, yet they come to conclusions and for me, that is very sad.”

“You have not even gone to their data room to see what they are monitoring and the world-class audit they are doing, and you come to the conclusion that this is a conduit for political bribery and all the kinds of things people might want to say, it leaves much to be desired. Those who are interested in knowing the truth will know.”

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