- NDC's General Secretary, General Mosquito, has punched holes in a an audit report that revealed that some aircraft were missing
- According to him, the report is fake, as Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the Ghana Airforce are using them
- He added that Dr. Bawumia used one of the aircraft when he recently donated relief items to victims of the Bagre Dam disaster
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that some airplanes that were declared missing after a forensic audit, are being used by Vice President Bawumia and the Ghana Airforce.
Shedding light on the matter, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia stated that the aircraft are not missing as being speculated.
According to Nketia, also known as General Mosquito, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia travelled in one of the alleged missing helicopters to the Upper West Region to deliver relief items to victims of Bagre dam spillage.
Describing the auditors as fake, General Mosquito believes the forensic audit report is a ploy by government to nail some appointees of the erstwhile Mahama government.
“This so-called forensic audit report alleges that the Ghana National Gas Company under the previous NDC government caused financial loss to the state by purchasing helicopters which cannot be found, that there was some loan to Ghana Gas Company, a component of which was for the procurement of helicopters.
Then these fake auditors go there then produce a report that those helicopters cannot be found and then it is widely publicized as if the previous management of the Ghana Gas Company have taken money meant for the purchase of helicopters and these helicopters cannot be found anywhere,” General Mosquito said.
He went on to say that that records show the airplanes are stationed at the Ghana Airforce Base.
The NDC’s accusation follows the uncovering of some procurement irregularities amounting to US$137,861,127.15 at Ghana National Gas Company during the erstwhile administration of John Mahama by a private firm, Morrison and Associates.
Commissioned by the government, Morrison and Associates’ forensic audit of Ghana Gas further detected that helicopters purchased from China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) by Ghana Gas “have never been used for purpose of its purchase.”
According to the audit report, a whopping $54,800,000 has gone down the drain as “financial loss to the state.”
It added: “Abnitio training cost not fully utilized for its intended purpose” amounts to US$300,000, making a total of US$61,058,366.756.
The report which has been submitted to President Akufo-Addo and his cabinet also detected procurement breaches worth US$34,451,650.22 and US$42,351,110.17 in contracts with Memphis Metropolitan Limited and Kingspok Company Limited respectively.
The report covers the board chairmanship tenure of Dr. Kwesi Botchwey also exposed that equipment for the helicopters worth $5,958,366.76 “were not delivered even though it was part of the contract price.”
A former member of the Ghana National Gas Company board, Dr. Valerie Sawyerr has since challenged report of the forensic audit describing it as shoddy.
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