K.T. Hammond, the head of the parliamentary panel looking into the censure motion against Ken Ofori Atta, recalled past assertions that he doesn’t purchase fuel.
On Thursday, November 17, 2022, the chairman of the ad hoc parliamentary committee looking into Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, against whom the minority caucus has filed a resolution of censure, made the statement to dispel media rumors that he does not purchase petrol since he does not possess a car.
On Tuesday, Mr. Hammond said sarcastically: “I don’t buy fuel, I don’t have a car, so I don’t buy fuel”.
The committee co-chair’s joking remark came in response to fellow committee member Haruna Iddrisu, who had asked if he had noticed the increases in fuel prices.
Mr. Hammond reiterated on Thursday after criticizing the “skewed” media coverage and said he was not happy with it: “MPs buy fuel, we don’t have any coupons, we don’t have rebates, we don’t have anything, we are suffering the same way every Ghanaian is suffering”.
“We appreciate it, it’s been put on record many times, we all know what is going on, it’s not a matter anybody is running away from; we are all in it together, how we get out of it is also in the hands of all of us”, he enhanced.
Before the Public Interest Accountability Committee (PIAC) testified at the hearing, Mr. Hammond provided the explanation.
While PIAC is an independent statutory organization tasked with promoting transparency and accountability in the administration of petroleum income in Ghana, GNPC is the state agency in charge of exploration, licensing, and distribution of operations linked to petroleum in that country.