Friday, February 26, 2010

Atta Mills: A Very Wicked Person

President Professor John Evans Atta Mills is a very wicked person. He is a wicked man, a man who deliberately and with his eyes wide open, goes about hurting other people.

I have been following the on-going debate over Kosmos Energy and the EO Group, and my conclusion, is that President Atta Mills is not only opaque, but he is also wicked!

This is a man who is very vicious by nature, a man who, in pursuit of his own political pursuits, would be willing to hurt the economy of this country!

Several years ago, former Minister of Energy Mr. Kan Dapaah travelled to the United States to drive up investor support for our then virtually non-existent oil industry. When he got there, Ghana’s embassy in the United States decided to gather some industry players to be addressed by Kan Dapaah.

The man who was charged to gather the industry players was a certain George Owusu, an environmentalist working with Shell International, the oil multi-national.
After successfully organizing the meeting, George Owusu became acquainted to Kan Dapaah and took an interest in assisting some oil companies to come into the nation of Ghana for oil prospecting.

As part of these efforts, he was offered shares in the various consortiums that he brought into the country, which eventually led to the introduction of Kosmos Energy, the company that discovered crude oil in Ghana in commercial quantities, and has resulted in the Jubilee Fields, whose benefits we are all about to enjoy.

For bringing Kosmos into Ghana and serving as the Ghanaian representative, George Owusu and his business partner were offered 3.5 percent shares in the 90% belonging to Kosmos Energy in the agreement between Ghana and the international contractors. GNPC and the government of Ghana hold the remaining ten percent.

It was through the efforts of Kosmos and George Owusu that Ghana eventually, after nearly two hundred years and after the sinking of over one hundred oil wells, that Ghana discovered oil, in commercial quantities!

In terms of years, Owusu and his partners had spent close to six years following up on the dream of oil discovery in Ghana. They had spent tens of millions of dollars. They had sweated blood, and for their reward, they had received a stake in Ghana’s oil.
That was the state of affairs when President Professor John Evans Atta Mills assumed the mantle of power in this country on January 7, 2009. Soon after President Atta Mills and his NDC took over, news began to emerge that Mills and his people were hounding George Owusu.

The NDC was indeed hounding George Owusu. As I write this piece, this person, through whose singular efforts we discovered oil in this country, has had his bank accounts seized. He has had his house raided by BNI thugs.
He has hard his privacy abused, and it is a fact that the Attorney General is currently contemplating hitting him with at least twenty-five spuriously contrived charges!

Mills is indeed a wicked man, for other reasons. When George Owusu was scouring the world looking for investors to come into Ghana to prospect for oil, one of the nations he went to was the communist state of China. He approached one of the biggest Chinese oil companies to partner him prospect for oil. The Chinese were not interested.

Today, after making the situation so uncomfortable for Kosmos Energy, President Atta Mills and his government are waiting for Kosmos to go so that they can seize and sell their shares to the same Chinese people who refused to come to Ghana to prospect for the oil.
Mills is a wicked person, because his interventions in the oil sector, and that of his associates, have the real potential of undermining developments towards bringing the oil to the surface so that this nation can benefit.
I am saying that the antics of Mills and people like Tsarist Tsikata have a direct bearing on whether this nation would get the oil to sell in time to reap the benefits that we are all waiting so breathlessly for.

But Mills is willing to put all of our hopes on the burner, just so he can score political points, because in his tiny pea-brain, he believes that his predecessor, John Kufuor, is the man behind George Owusu.
When you see Mills, remember one clear fact; he
is a man who endorses evil for his own political ends.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gbevlo’s Evil …..

Akufo Addo’s Land Cruiser Rots At National Security!

It’s getting onto a year now that a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to Nana Akufo-Addo, flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2008 elections was snatched from his driver.

With February coming quickly to an end, we would enter March, the month in which, in 2009, agents from National Security seized the vehicle. As off yesterday, it was still rotting at the Blue Gate in Accra, where it was parked after the seizure.

Nana Addo’s vehicle with registration number GE 1466 Z car was snatched when he was outside the country for holidays following the heated campaign in the 2008 electioneering campaign by a posse of persons who claimed they were National Security operatives.

A driver of Nana Addo, whose name was given as Joe, was said to have taken the vehicle to Opera Square in Accra when on his way back the men approached him and demanded the keys to the car.

The operatives claimed they were acting on instructions from above and are said to have driven the car to the Osu Castle, the official seat of government.

Even though the driver told them it was not a state vehicle and is privately owned vehicle by Nana Akufo-Addo and showed insurance documentation on the vehicle that had Nana Akufo-Addo's name in it, they still took it away.

The operatives after seizing the vehicle called-in fully armed policemen and they had all manner of confrontations with this driver and retrieved the vehicle from the driver to the Castle.

Almost a year on, the car is still parked at the National Secretariat popularly call Blue Gate and nobody knows whether the National Security Coordinator, Lt. Col Gbevlo Lartey, is going to add it to his fleet of vehicles or probably give it to the “VEHICLES GRABBING” syndicate at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
It would be recalled that when the Mills administration took over, it attracted an avalanche of criticism over the confiscation of vehicles in the street suspected to be state assets.

Many former ex-government functionaries are said to have suffered the blow of the embarrassment with some forced to pick taxis back home.

At least, son of former President Kufuor, Chief Kufuor, the Managing Director of Barclays Bank and a former deputy minister under the Kufuor administration became victims of it.