I haven’t received my GNPC ex-gratia yet – Esther Cobbah

esther-cobbah-489x330A former Public Affairs Manager at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Esther Cobbah has refuted claims by K.T. Hammond that she, along with three others, have been paid ex-gratia.

GNPC announced on Monday that its board has approved the payment of ex-gratia to the four, including her husband and former CEO Tsatsu Tsikata.

The rest are Nana Boakye Asafu-Adjaye (Ag. Chief Executive) and Mr. Benjamin Dagadu (Field Evaluation and Development Manager).

Though GNPC did not state the amount, the Minority spokesperson on Energy and Mines, K.T. Hammond has alleged that Esther Cobbah has been paid GHc600,000, while Tsatsu Tsikata took home GHc1 million and called on the President to probe the matter.

However a statement from Esther Cobbah said the the allegations by K.T. Hammond,  “are really totally without basis.”She said “as at now, no payment has been made to me by GNPC though I am owed significant amounts for work done and from my contributions to the Provident Fund whilst I was in the employment of the Corporation.”

She argued that the claims by K.T. Hammond appear to be attempts to “deny me my due after service that I have rendered to the Corporation.”

Esther Cobbah said she worked in various capacities for the GNPC from 1989 to 2001.

“I worked in various capacities for GNPC from 1989 when I set up the Public Affairs Department of the Corporation, including being Public Affairs Manager. In 1999, I was sent on secondment to the West African Gas Pipeline project as the External Affairs Manager. I set up the External Affairs Department of the project with staff from the four countries – Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana. I was in that role when in May 2001, I went with the Project Manager, an employee of Chevron, to a meeting at the office of the then Minister of Energy of Ghana. Quite unexpectedly, the Minister announced that the Government was removing from the project.”

She explained that though her appointment as External Affairs Manager of the West African Gas Pipeline project, “I decided not to contest the issue, having regard to the circumstances of the day.”

source: citifmonline.com

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