- The Akufo-Addo government has been exposed to a number of scandals since its assumption of office in the year 2017
- The scandals have affected various ministries, departments and agencies and generated discussions among Ghanaians
- Some of the scandals have led to the dismissals of government officials from office
The growing trend of scandals that hit political administrations in Ghana appears to have come to stay.
Year in, year out, accusations of bribery and corruption are flung far and wide by politicians, their opponents and the neutrals who observe both sides and pass judgments.
The Akufo-Addo administration, after assuming office in January 2017, has had its share of accusations of financial misappropriation.
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YEN.com.gh has sampled five of such high profile scandals that have come to the attention of Ghanaians in the year 2019:
1. Contracts for Sale:
1. The suspended Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), A.B Adjei, has been reported to the Commission on Human Rights AND Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor, after the release of a documentary titled Contracts for Sale.
President Akufo-Addo, YEN.com.gh has learnt, has tasked the deputy CEO, Frank Mante, to act as CEO as investigations continue.
2. PDS scandal:
The minority side in Parliament has called for a thorough investigation of what has come to be referred to as the PDS scandal.
This follows the abrogation of the contract between Ghana and the Power Distribution Service with regard to the management of power supply in the country owing to allegations of financial misappropriation.
3. NYA saga:
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sacked the chief executive officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA) and his two deputies, Richard Ebbah Obeng and Bright Acheampong.
Per a report by pulse.com.gh, they were sacked over GH₵1.8million streetlight installation contract controversially awarded to a private company, Prefos.
Three separate letters signed by the minister of youth and sports, Isaac Asiamah, directed them to hand over to the Director of Technical Projects at the NYA, Emmanuel Anaman-Mensah.
4. Anas' galamsey expose:
The former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining (IMCIM), Mr Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue was charged with acts of corruption.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service however exonerated him and concluded that he did not circumvent the laid down procedures of the IMCIM to favour ORR Resource Enterprise, the company at the centre of the incident, graphic.com.gh reports.
5. The Kroll scandal:
The senior minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, was accused of using the finance ministry to make full payment of more than GHc 1 million to Kroll and Associates with no proof of work done.
Osafo-Maafo, in his response said “Proofs of work done by Kroll and Associates are contained in their respective reports submitted to the office of the Senior Minister, COCOBOD, Bank of Ghana and Economic and Organized Crime Office(EOCO). The Consultancy services with Kroll is ongoing and expected to continue for a period of four years”.
In other news, six Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) officers have been honoured for rejecting GHC25,000 offered by smugglers.
The smugglers attempted to divert 1950 bags of fertilizers intended for the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
They planned to transport the fertilizers via Fielmon, an unapproved route at the border between Ghana and Burkina Faso in the Upper West region.
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