GNPC categorically rejects allegations by Hon. Isaac Assiamah, suggesting disregard for Parliament and impropriety on the part of the organization in the rental of temporary office space in the Dennis House building in Tema.
The Board of GNPC gave approval to rent space at the adjacent Dennis House, because of the dilapidated state of the Petroleum House building (that GNPC owns), which requires urgent refurbishment.
The seven-floor building, which has not been refurbished for the last 25 years, also poses a high-risk to GNPC staff, because it has no fire exits. In addition, Petroleum House limits our ability to hire critical staff that we require to help drive our operations, because of the nature of the building and the constraints with space.
The Board, in line with GNPC’s governance structure, approved GNPC’s rental of the temporary office space at Dennis House. Although GNPC has the utmost respect for Ghana’s Parliament, in this instance their approval was not required.
The accusation of impropriety is untrue and disappointing.
The move to Dennis House is to accord GNPC the ability to carry out the much needed renovations to Petroleum House. GNPC’s rental of multiple floors at Dennis House, is a temporary solution, whilst the worst affected floors at Petroleum House receive emergency renovation. This is why multiple floors have been rented in phases, with staff occupying them through separate tenancy agreements as and when spaces became available; and it is worth critically noting that, even so, Dennis House cannot accommodate all GNPC staff, some of whom continue to work at Petroleum House.
GNPC readily provided copies of these tenancy agreements to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, upon request, as there is nothing to hide on this. GNPC will in fact, open its doors to members of the media shortly, to tour Petroleum House and form their own opinions in order to drive an informed conversation.