Mr Tsatsu  Tsikata

Mr Tsatsu Tsikata

Former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

Education:  LLB, first class honours, University of Ghana; Bachelor of Civil Law, first class honours, Oxford University; Junior Research Fellowship, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. 

Career: Lecturer, University of Ghana law faculty, 1974-88; Advisor to Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings (then Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council), 1979 and 1982; Legal Representative, Jerry Rawlings, May 15 uprising treason trial, 1979;  Chief Executive Officer, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), 1988-2000; advised Equatorial Guinea on the formation of national oil company GEPetrol;  advised Benin on developing the Seme oilfield.

Commentary: In June 2008, after a six year trial, Tsikata was sentenced to five years in prison for wilfully causing financial loss to the State of US$230,000 and misappropriating public property. Tsikata had guaranteed a loan from Caisse Française de Développement to private company Valley Farms, on behalf of the GNPC. When the company defaulted in 1996, the GNPC was, as guarantor, forced to pay the debt.

In January 2009, Tsikata rejected a pardon by outgoing President John Agyekum Kufuor, saying he would clear his own name in court. He was subsequently released by President John Atta Mills, days after his inauguration. In prison, he had suffered severe bouts of asthma, a lifelong ailment.

Many viewed the charges against Tsikata as politically motivated and an attempt by the Kufuor government to tarnish a key member of the opposition. President Mills agreed, saying that Tsikata deserved a national award, not prison.

As the Accra government decides how to develop its oil and gas sector, Tsatsu Tsikata has re-emerged in public life, this time as a key advisor to President Mills on GNPC reform. 



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Vol 55 N0 18


Popping the gas balloon

Some of Yankey's biggest critics are in the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, which led the push for exploration in the 1980s and 1990s under its former Chairman, Tsatsu Tsikata...

Vol 54 N0 20


Drill-ship in the dock

Since 2001, Hammond, Albert Kan Dapaah, who was Energy Minister at the time, and other NPP leaders have claimed that the former GNPC Chairman, Tsatsu Tsikata, was personally responsible for the heavy losses from the derivatives...

Vol 54 N0 18


The Court lowers the curtain

NDC counsel Tsatsu Tsikata’s cross-examination of Mahamudu Bawumia, Akufo-Addo’s running mate, on the pink sheet serial numbers turned into a feat of physical endurance for both men...

Vol 54 N0 15


The vote on trial

The NDC’s lead counsel, Tsatsu Tsikata, has argued that the NPP legal team had made serious errors in compiling its case: his team has questioned the validity of the 400,000 documents and copies that the NPP submitted to the Court...

Vol 54 N0 15


How the parties judge the judges

All the hearings are broadcast live on national television and just as the counsel for the NDC, Tsatsu Tsikata, and for the NPP, Philip Addison, have become national figures, the judges have become celebrities in their own right: some are witty, some prickly and some just sticklers for procedure...

Vol 51 N0 17


A government team in the oil battle

They are ex-colleagues of Tsatsu Tsikata, the influential former GNPC Chairman and Managing Director of the energy consultancy firm Stratoil...

Vol 50 N0 17


A new economic team emerges

The former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Tsatsu Tsikata, still has influence on energy policy, particularly on the development of a gas network...

Vol 50 N0 3


Lining up the Mills team

Kufuor pardoned several top officials convicted of various crimes, including Tsatsu Tsikata, former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, who had been sentenced to five years in gaol for wilfully causing financial loss to the state...

Vol 50 N0 1


Two and a half cheers for democracy

The former Ghana National Petroleum Corporation head, Tsatsu Tsikata, will fight on against his conviction, despite having received a presidential pardon from Kufuor...

Vol 49 N0 16


Presidents and lawyers

Even his opponents concede that Tsatsu Tsikata is a gifted lawyer, whose ties with ex-President Jerry John Rawlings have kept him at the centre of Ghana's bitter political battles...

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