July 19, 2013

Frank Annor-Dompreh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsawam-Adoagyiri in the Eastern Region, has warned President John Mahama against manipulating a documented report on alleged widespread financial malfeasance at the Ghana Youth Employment Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

The 5-member committee on Tuesday July 16 presented its report to the President at the Flagstaff House. The GYEEDA investigative report indicts Zoomlion, and calls for prosecution of other persons.

The six officials of GYEEDA cited for corruption and fraud are Alhassan Tabsoba, Second National Deputy Coordinator in charge of operations; Omar Ibrahim, the Ashanti Regional Coordinator as well as Joseph Osborn Djeni, a former National Deputy Coordinator who has resigned from GYEEDA to take up a new post as the Community Relations Manager of the Ghana Gas Company Limited.

The President has promised that the recommendations contained in the report will be studied carefully and a review of GYEEDA’s operations immediately undertaken.

Pressure is also mounting on government as Chief Policy Analyst at the Ghana Institute of Public Policy Options, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby also known as Tarzan has challenged government to make GYEEDA report public.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story, Frank Annor-Dompreh warned the President not to attempt to manipulate the report.

“If they think they can adulterate or manipulate this report they are joking”, he cautioned.

He also counseled government against “picking and choosing” politically convenient aspects of the report for implementation. In his assessment, government is not taking the report seriously.

An “uneasy and increasingly worried” MP said the GYEEDA program is the “heartbeat of the youth” in Ghana.

The opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) MP questioned the basis for government’s promise to restructure GYEEDA when it is reluctant to publish the report.

The MP who is also a member of the Special Budget committee in parliament, complained of “unguarded unfettered plunge into state coffers” to make suspicious payments into the program.

It was his hope that the report would not hit a dead-end on the desk of the Attorney-General under the claim that it was studying it.