BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NATIONAL Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of spending at least $6.8 million on “private firms to carry out work (audit) that is already being done or has been completed by state agencies.”
According to the NDC, it has in its possession a certain document purporting to emanate from a Cabinet Committee said to be responsible for the ‘Coordination of Investigations/Forensic Audits.’
The said report, according to the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, is intended “to tarnish the hard-won reputation of ex-appointees of the former NDC government and, by extension, the NDC.”
Addressing the media on issues on governance at the party’s headquarters in Accra yesterday, Mr Nketia said, “an amount of at least US$6.8 million has, so far, been paid by the NPP government under President Akufo- Addo’s watch to these private firms to carry out work that is already being done or has been completed by State agencies.
“We have evidence from some former NDC appointees that while they have been or are being subjected to EOCO investigations and while they have submitted themselves to regularly reporting to EOCO, they have also received letters from some of these private firms to answer the same questions they have already answered at EOCO,” the NDC scribe lamented.
The NDC is therefore calling on President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government to render account for the US$6.8 million that is supposed to have been spent on the “illegal and ghost audits” and to justify to the Ghanaian public why those amounts were paid when state investigating agencies were mandated to do the same work.
“We also call on Messrs Osafo Maafo and Dua-Agyeman to clarify their ownership interests in some of the private audit firms that conducted the ghost audits, in particular, Baffour Awuah and Associates.
“We further call on the secretary to the Cabinet, Madam Debrah-Karikari, to make public her findings on the culprit who leaked the bogus Cabinet Committee report to the NPP press, or otherwise resign from office for violating her constitutional oath of office.”
Osafo Maafo must come clean
Mr Nketia, affectionately called General Mosquito, added that instead of state institutions being allowed to conduct these audits, private companies were sole-sourced by Mr Edward Dua-Agyeman, who also works in the office of the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo.
“We also have information that it was Mr Osafo Maafo’s idea to convert the illegal reports of the unauthorised private firms into a supposed Cabinet Committee Report.
“We therefore wish to ask Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo and the Secretary to the Cabinet, Madam Debrah-Karikari, when the said Cabinet Committee was set-up, who set it up, who the members of the Committee are, details of their meetings and why and how a non-Cabinet Member, Mr Edward Dua-Agyeman, came to be appointed Secretary of the Cabinet Committee.”
Dr Bawumia in a ‘missing Helicopter’ to Tamale
Mr Nketia said per Mr Dua-Agyeman’s forensic audit report, the Ghana National Gas Company under the previous NDC government caused financial loss to the state by purchasing helicopters.
“Yet it is on record that those helicopters are stationed at the Ghana Air Force base, being actively used by the Ghana Air Force, and that it was one of those helicopters that was used recently to convey Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia to Wa, where he went to distribute expired relief items for which his brother-in-law, who is the Deputy National Coordinator of NADMO, has been suspended.”