The Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Bertha Sogah, has been relieved of her appointment following a series of allegations against her, including conflict of interest.
Information and Media Relations Minister Mahama Ayariga, who confirmed this to DAILY GUIDE yesterday, said ‘preliminary enquiries were made based on which the President thought that some thorough investigations should take place. In order that the possibility of the investigations being obstructed in any way doesn’t occur, she should proceed on leave.’
Mrs Sogah is said to have abused her position following allegations of malpractices and conflict of interest in the discharge of her duties.
Although Mr Ayariga declined to give details of the allegations, it is believed some of them border on alleged diversion of an amount of GHC500,000 (C5billion) MASLOC fund into a private micro-finance company, Amisgold Microfinance Services Limited, supposedly owned by her husband.
Unconfirmed reports said the embattled MASLOC boss had returned the money after an ‘alarm blow’.
The National Security has meanwhile been tasked with the responsibility of investigating the matter and the agency is expected to submit a report soon.
The Information Minister however said the internal department of MASLOC would also be involved in the investigations, giving an assurance that ‘it will be expedited so that we know the full details of exactly what has happened to enable a decision to be taken.’
Bertha Sogah is said to be the owner of popular vehicle rental company, Pergah Transport.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu