This is because a three-man committee, chaired by the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Ekow Alfred Gyan, has been tasked to ascertain the truth or otherwise of allegations leveled against him.
The rest of the members are Samuel Ofori Larbi, Regional Budget Officer and Alex Zormelo, Regional Internal Auditor.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Western Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), has set up the committee to look into the claim that the Mayor had defrauded the Assembly to the tune of GH¢30,000.00.
It will be recalled that about two weeks ago, it was reported in a section of the media that Capt Cudjoe allegedly took GH¢30,000.00 from the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) with intent to travel to Columbia, but failed to make the trip.
He was alleged to be part of officials from Ghana who were to take part in the United Nation’s sponsored conference from April 4 to 11, 2014 in Columbia.
According to the reports, the STMA Chief Executive did not return to the metropolis to work but rather went to cool off in Tema in the Greater Accra Region.
It was indicated that even though Cpt. Cudjoe did not make the trip to the South American country, he did not return the money into the assembly’s chest.
He was reported to have denied taking GH¢30,000.00 as was asserted, but allegedly confirmed that the amount he received was rather $1,400.
The committee has been given this Friday to complete its work. However, it had been tasked to use the weekend to compile its report so that it could submit it (report) on Monday.
Inaugurating the committee, the Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, explained that the group was formed based on media reports on the alleged malfeasance against the Mayor.
He indicated that since the MCE is a public figure, there was the need to conduct investigations into the matter to ascertain the truth.
He indicated that the claim that issues raised against the MCE were allegations did not mean they should not be investigated.
‘The committee will also look at the processes for taking money at the assembly and whether or not the money was given to the MCE in cash or in cheque,’ Mr. Aidoo articulated.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Alfred Gyan, indicated that since the issues raised were allegations, the committee would conduct thorough investigations into them to establish actually what happened.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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