Kuffour’s administration harassed and victimized me – Tsikata

''My role as adviser to the Energy Minister was never played out, as i was not given the chance to perform. The NPP that succeed Mr. Rawlings targeted some of us at the GNPC and that led to political victimization''.

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Former GNPC Boss, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata

Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, Former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has disclosed that the Kuffour led administration was not fair to him as he claims he was “victimised” and “harassed”.

Former GNPC Boss, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata
Former GNPC Boss, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata

According to him, even though former President Rawlings announced on radio that he’s been transferred from the GNPC to the Energy Ministry as an adviser, the Kuffour administration never gave him the change to carry out his duties after the NPP won the 2000 election.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show with Kojo Yankson on Wednesday December 9, said despite the failure or the inability of Mr. Rawlings to discuss his transfer before going ahead to announce it on radio, the former president was in no way indebted to him on grounds of explanation.

“He didn’t owe me anything, he didn’t owe me any explanation.”

It will be recalled that prior to the 2000 general elections, Mr. Rawlings announced on radio that Mr Tsikata has been reassigned to the Energy Ministry as an adviser to the Minister, according to Mr. Tsikata explained that the change in government after the elections, was an impossible venture as he was never allowed the room to function as an adviser just as he was reassigned to do.

Recounting his time under the Kuffour regime, Mr. Tsikata said, NPP which succeeded Mr. Rawlings was full of “harassment and victimization”

Mr Tsikata however bemoaned the some what refusal of the Kufuor administration to pay certain entitlements due him and three other.

“…What I am addressing, what I am concerned about based on representations [from GNPC] that had indicated to me that the board of GNPC is concerned to resolve, once and for all, some outstanding issues of entitlements of certain officers being wrongly denied them and being denied frankly as a matter of political victimization”.

Not long ago, the board of the GNPC issued a statement in which it stated the they have approved the payment of ex-gratia owed Mr. Tsikata and three others which included his wife, Ester Cobbah who served in the capacity of as the Public Relations Manager for the corporation for over a decade.

In an interview with Citi FM’s Richard Sky Mr Tsikata noted that the money approved by the board of GNPC is not a favor they are doing him and the three others but some thing which is due him.

“I’m entitled to that money as it is my entitlements that have been outstanding for over a decade after leaving the state oil firm in 2001, It’s not a favour that anybody is doing me”.

Source- NewsGhana.com.gh

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