Outrage over assembly’s spending on security officers

By Yussif Ibrahim, GNA

Agogo (Ash), Sept 07, GNA – The Asante-Akim
North District Assembly is mired in confusion over the money spent on security
officers sent to the area to prevent tension between the people in Agogo and
Fulani herdsmen from escalating.

Some assembly members are alleging that
GHȼ90,000.00 was spent monthly on the police and military detachment for five

The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Paul
Averu, sharply discounts the figure and insists that averagely GHȼ70,000.00 was
spent and that they had even put in a claim for reimbursement by the National
Security Council.

An attempt by more than one-third of the
membership of the assembly to pass a resolution, authorizing an investigation
into the matter in line with the Standing Orders, on Tuesday, ended in violent
clashes – throwing of punches.

The Presiding Member, Mr. Agyemang Prempeh,
was forced to call off the meeting.  

One of the members, Mr. Derick Amoah, pushing
for thorough investigation to determine how much went into the maintenance of
the security personnel accused the DCE of not being transparent in the
assembly’s spending.

Again, he claimed Mr. Averu, had failed to
account for the money realized from the commercial use of a tractor bought by
the assembly. 

Additionally, he was misusing the official
vehicle, resulting in frequent breakdown and high repair costs.

Mr. Averu, however, denied any wrong doing and
told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that this was an attempt to throw mud at him –
a smear campaign, something, which would not work. 

He said revenue generated through the hiring
out of the tractor was paid to the assembly’s account and not to him.


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