Job For The Boys Galore! As NDC Blows GH₵200M On GYEEDA

Since the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government led by President John Mahama, assumed office, it appears a single day does not pass without one form of alleged corruption or malfeasance being exposed.

More of these were exposed when Members of Parliament were approving the budgets for the various ministries for the 2013 fiscal year.

One of the such alleged corrupt deals that was found against the NDC government just before Parliament went on recess was the GH₵200 million which was over spent by the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) under the Ministry of Youth & Sports.

The ministry was said to have over spent close to 200 million Ghana Cedis outside its budget for the 2012 financial year.

This came to light just when the Maputo scandal and the Guinea fowl gate scandal had rocked the nation, with the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Deo Adjaho, calling for action against those indicted in the Maputo scandal.

When the Minister for Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, appeared before Parliament to explain why the ministry over spent and what the money, he said the money was used in paying the employees under the GYEEDA programme.

According to the minister, the government had created over 30 modules under the programme which according to him meant a lot of beneficiaries were employed into it and had to pay.

Lamenting on this development, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Malik Kwaku Baako Jnr, on Joy FM’s Newsfile programme, dismissed this assertion and argued that many of the modules that were created under the programme were ‘propaganda tools’ just to create the impression that something was being done, just to win political power.

He noted that officials at GYEEDA created the modules without the proper assessment of the capacity to manage, monitor and evaluate them.

“The result is the barefaced corruption we are seeing,” he stated, adding the officials found to have engaged in corruption must quickly be punished.

Mr Baako regretted what he described as deep-seated nepotism and official cover-ups at the Ministry for Youth and Sports.

Speaking on the issue and linking it to the Maputo scandal, Mr. Baako said some of the names indicted in the Maputo report were names known to have engaged in several acts of corruption in the Ministry but no action was taken against them.

He said it is now time for the ministry to take serious action on all found to have misappropriated public funds.

For his part, the former deputy National Coordinator of once National Youth Employment Programme, (NYEP) now GYEEDA, Murtala Mohammed, dismissed assertions that nothing had been done to address the issues of corruption in the system.

The deputy information minister designate and Member of Parliament for Nantong hinted that some of the district manager of the then NYEP were interdicted and sacked following the claims of the corruption against them.

He said some of them were made to repay the monies they were alleged to have embezzled and that the National Security is yet to make available its report on the nationwide investigations it conducted.

Following this expose, the minster, according to him has announced a temporary freeze in payment of allowances to correct what he described as administrative lapses and corruption in the system

This action follows the unravelling of deep-seated corruption in the implementation of the youth employment programme.