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President Nana Akufo – Addo of Ghana has relieved Minister for Energy Boakye Agyarko of his post with immediate effect , the presidency said .
According to the presidency , Akufo – Addo has asked Agyarko to hand over to John Peter Amewu , the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources , who would act temporarily as Minister for Energy , until a substantive appointment is made.

No reason was assigned for Agyarko’ s sack . However , local reports say his dismissal was linked to attempts by his ministry to amend portions of the controversial 510 million dollars power deal signed between Ghana and the UAE – based Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group Energy in 2015 by the previous government.

The new agreement was to extend the current five – year deal with AMERI Energy which is currently operating

a 300 MW emergency power plant in Ghana to 15 years and bring on board a new company to manage the plant for the period .

The government believes there was no value for money in the first agreement hence the Energy Ministry ’ s

decision to go for renegotiation which has created controversies after the deal was withdrawn from parliament after Ghanaians raised concerns about the cost .

NAN reports that President Akufo – Addo apitnted Agyarko as minister of energy in January 2017 .

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( Xinhua/ NAN )