The Akufo-Addo-led government has had its fair share of ups and downs in the year 2018.
Various policies implemented, as well as some public figures, have been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
YEN.com.gh has sampled six of such incidents that have left sour tastes in the mouths of a cross-section of Ghanaians:
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1. Ameri scandal:
The Ameri deal was signed by the previous NDC administration at the height of the power outages that rocked Ghana from 2014 onwards.
The then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) declared the deal as fraudulent and vowed to cancel if they win power in 2016. The NPP didn’t abrogate the contract when they won power however, but rather decided to renegotiate it.
The renegotiation by then minister of energy, Boakye Agyarko, led to a scandal that revealed that the cost Ghana is expected to pay Ameri is much higher than the initial amount paid for the deal.
This led to the firing of Boakye Agyarko by President Akufo-Addo and his subsequent replacement with John Peter Amewu from the ministry of lands and natural resources.
2. Cash-for-seat scandal:
At the beginning of the year, the Akufo-Addo government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry was accused of colluding with the Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF) to charge between $25,000 and $100,000, to enable expatriates to sit close to the President at an awards ceremony.
3. Commonwealth Visa Scandal:
During the Commonwealth games in Australia in April 2018, officials of the host country arrested over 50 Ghanaians who had travelled to the games as journalists.
Investigations revealed that they were not media men, but were part of a visa racketeering syndicate that got them there to pose as media men.
4. Kelni GVG scandal:
In June 2018, policy think tank, Imani Ghana, revealed that the government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Communications, has entered into an agreement with Haitian company, Kelni GVG, to monitor the revenue of telecommunication companies in Ghana.
The deal, in their estimation, was a duplicate of previous ones signed under the erstwhile NDC administration and it was a waste of the nation’s resources.
They also claimed that without any work done, Kelni GVG has already been paid millions of dollars.
5. Ghana Maritime Authority scandal:
Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A Plus, shared some documents on his Facebook page on an alleged misappropriation of funds and conflict of interest against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Kwame Owusu.
In the documents, the boss allegedly squandered GH¢135,000 on a staff end-of-year party in 2017. He also revealed that the CEO and other seven members of management of the Authority spent GH¢10,652 in one night on food.
However, the GMA debunked reports that it spent over GHC10,000 on food for eight (8) members of its staff in 2017.
6. BOST GH15m contaminated fuel scandal:
A scandal; where Ghana has lost about GHC15 million in revenue following moves by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) to sell contaminated fuel to non-existing oil companies.
Documents sighted revealed that BOST agreed and sold 5 million litres of contaminated fuel to non-existing Movenpinna Energy, ZUPOIL.
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