President Akufo-Addo has released the full KPMG report on the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Strategic Mobilisation Limited (SML) deal.

President Akufo-Addo on January 2, 2024, ordered an audit into the SML-GRA Contract and suspended its performance.

The contract was entered into to enhance revenue assurance in the downstream petroleum sector, the upstream petroleum production, and the minerals and metals resources value chain.

However, a statement signed by the Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin explained that on April 24, 2024, President Akufo-Addo received a request from the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), under section 18 of the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989) (RTI Act), for a copy of the KPMG report on the contracts and transactions between Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Strategic Mobilisation Limited (SML).

“Bearing in mind the provisions of the RTI Act, particularly section 5 (1) (a) and (b) (i) of the Act, the President denied the request by MFWA since the KPMG report constitutes matters exempt under section 5 of the RTI Act.

“Section 5 (1) (a) and (b) (i) of the RTI Act states that “information is exempt from disclosure where the information is prepared for submission or has been submitted to the President or Vice President for consideration or contains matters the disclosure of which would reveal information concerning opinion, advice, deliberation, recommendation, minutes or consultation made or given to the President or Vice President and is likely to undermine the deliberative process on the part of the President or Vice President.”

“However, the President, in the interest of full transparency in governance, openness, and honesty with the public, has decided to waive the privilege under section 5 of the RTI Act and has directed the publication of the KPMG report in full.”

Attached below is the full report

Source: Ghana/