Feature Article of Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Columnist: Sarpong, Justice
The constitution mandates the President and his administration to declare their assets upon assuming office so why is President Mahama not enforcing this edict in the constitution? People like Ablakwah and a whole lot of the Mills appointees came to office practically without any assests except the shirts on their backs and within four years almost all these people have built mansions with a fleet of cars. Ablakwah has so much money he can put 25,000 Ghana cedis about 13,000 dollars in his car trunk or boot and lose it without telling Ghanaians where that money came from and our non performing legislature will not even drag this thief to Parliament to tell the nation where he got that money. It is on this prolepsis that Mahama recently was talking about passing of the right to information bill which he does not need to declare his assets and that of his appointees.
Ghanaians have to daven nonstop to avert the calamity hovering over the horizon regarding the corrupt administration of the Mahama Government. There was an article in the forum on 03/30/13 by one of the prolific Ghanaweb columnists, Adofo Rockson, titled; “I Strongly Believe President Mahama is a Thief”. In as much as I don’t agree with President Mahama and NDC regarding their political philosophy and the way the country seems to be deterriorating economically, socially and politically, I will not use the word “THIEF” when talking about the President of the country but Mahama is a corrupt individual and there are a lot of evidence to show that he is not a person who should have been given the keys to the country’s kitty. As a Vice President, he engaged in many fraudulent contract signings that even President Mills was not enthused with and planned to set up a committee to investigate his activities but the NDC honchos sensing the backlash suct an investigation will affect its political fortunes in the December 2012 elections torpedoed such an idea and President Mills died suddenly under mysterious circumstances.
Now Mr Mahama is the President whether Ghanaians voted for him or not, which is not the issue here but few months on the Presidency has exposed him as a corrupt man regarding the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority(SADA) Guinea fowl and tree planting projects. President Mahama is using his power as the President of Ghana to divert Taxpayers money to his busness partner, one Roland Agambire,the Chief Executive Officer of Ghanaian Telecommunications company, rLG communications to set up an NGO,Asongtaba Cottage Industries,which received about 8 million dollars of Taxpayers money(GHc15 million) to start the guinea farm project. What is the meaning of Asongtaba? Translated from Guruni language, it means ‘You scratch my back I scratch your back’ and that is exactly what Mahama and this Agambire guy are doing, they are scratching each others back with our tax cedis. They are fleecing Taxpayers out of our money. As noble as these two projects are if implemented to benefit the three Northern Regions farmers and to a larger extent, all Ghanaians, President Mahama and his business partner Agambire are using this fake NGO to divert taxpayers money into their own pockets. How is the people of the North going to benefit from this project which is supposed to alleviate some of the hardships in the North by resourcing as many farmers as we can by helping them to set up their own cottage industries if we hand over such a huge amount to one individual? How did an individual without any history in farming become the point man in this noble guinea fowl project that if properly implemented can alleviate a big chunk of the poverty in the North and become a foreign currency earner for the country since there is a big market out there for guinea fowl meat.
As usual in Ghana with any policy meant to help the poor, it is the elite amongst the Northerners like Agambire and Mahama who are going to benefit. If Agambire and his Asongbata NGO are going to hold 60% of this joint venture, can somebody account for their so called GHc25 million or $13 million contribution towards this project? Was their contribution in cash, land, goodwill, personal or combination of these? Mahama is the worst thing to happen to Northerners. The problem with Northerners is that, they always assume the Southerners, especially the Akans and to a larger extent, the Asantes are not for their best interest and blindly support anybody from the North even when it is not in their best interest. SADA is supposed to help the poor in the North but see how the Northern Elites have stolen what is meant to help the poor over there and let anybody accuse these Northern thieves and the poor Northerners will turn up in their numbers defending them. Ghana has sunk more than 16 million dollars in the planting of tick and other trees, supposedly five million trees but instead Agambire and his parners planted only 300,000 trees and pocketed more than thirteen million dollars no wonder giving one million dollars to Chris Brown to come to Ghana to smoke weed was not a big deal to Agambire and his rLG company.
Who are the people behind this Asongbata NGC? Chief Executive Officer of Ghanaian Telecommunications company, rLG communications, Roland Agambire, is the face behind Asongtaba Cottage Industries & Exchange Programme, the company behind the GH¢15 million Guinea fowl and GH¢33 million tree planting projects.Mr Agambire, a businessman with very close links to the President John Mahama, is a member of the Executive Council of this Asongtaba Cottage Industries and Exchange Programme, which was incorporated in the year 2004 and registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation.
“The objectives of Asongtaba (translated from Guruni to mean ‘You scratch my back I scratch your back’) as spelt out on the ‘Form 3’ of the Company’s registration documents include: “To establish and train the youth in cottage industries like basketry etc., with the view to making them self employed; To help members in times of need; and To engage in cultural exchange programmes.” The business occupation of Roland Agambire, as stated on the form is that of an “Exporter” with residential address “H/No. 485/3, Madina, Accra”. As of 2004, four other Directors of the company included Miriam Ajavon, Lucy Ajavon, Paul Ajavon and William Asare. Strangely enough, all four directors have the same residential address as Mr Agambire and are all “Exporters”.
However, a notification in the change of directors was made to the Registrar General’s Department on October 30, 2009, where the original directors in the persons of Lucy Ajavon, Paul Ajavon and William Asare, all resigned from the company. George Yeye also resigned as secretary of the company and was replaced by Miriam Ajavon.
What really is going on here if this is not a scam Agambire and some people with political powers are trying to perpetrate on our country? The same Agambire is going to build the 10 billion hope city as a private Investor without Ghana knowing where he is getting his source of financing from. In as much as we should encourage people like Mr Agambire in helping to develop our country, they should not do it through corrupt means.
In Adofo’s article which called President Mahama as a thief, he alleged that, Lordina Mahama is even a beneficiary of the guinea fowl scandal and I quote from his article:
“Taking the case of the Guinea fowl project where the government has dished out GHC15 Million to a privately owned company via SADA but without enough to show for that capital outlay. It has turned out that almost all the money was secretly diverted to Mahama’s wife to enable her import, although banned, turkey tails and wings, into the country. The money in effect, has allegedly found its way into the purse of Mrs. Mahama, the President’s wife. The money finding its way into his wife’s purse is not only corruption but also, a daylight robbery on the people of Ghana. Moreover, it is criminal for his wife to continue to import banned turkey tails into the country. Importation of turkey tails into Ghana is banned because of the health issues it raises.”
It is not beyond the realm of reality Lordina Mahama has become entrapped by power and the lure of money and I was surprised this woman who a few years ago even left President Mahama to do “WALATU WALASA” in Holland like the rest of us JOE SIX PACKS in diaspora was promising and dashing Vans to some chiefs in the Brong Ahafo Region. Where did he come by her money because she did not earn that much as a Yam seller in Ghana, did she?
(CARDINAL of TRUTH)