As pressure mounts on the government to ensure that all those indicted by the investigative report on the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Authority (GYEEDA) by a ministerial committee are brought to book, some well-known political personalities in the country have called for critics and politicians to cease attacks on the companies which are cited in the report.
According to these personalities, these attacks on these companies will lead to their collapse, but such companies by all standards have contributed to the development and youth employment in the country.
Speaking on Accra-based Oman FM’s National Agenda, the former National Youth Organiser of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bonfeh, A deputy Communications Director of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Ernest Owusu Bempah and a Deputy Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Buadu, were of the view that these companies have contributed immensely to the youth development and therefore unwarranted attacks should not be entertained.
According to John Buadu, the companies have employed people and have ventured into telecommunication and sanitation which hitherto was left to international organizations or was left untouched.
He said if the companies indeed have done something wrong ‘let’s look at it but the current means of persecuting them is a wrong approach.’
He said all attention must be directed at government since “we pay our taxes to government not the companies. The companies are businesses which are set up to make money…which business man would not be paid after work done and if he sees an avenue to take advantage why chastise him?”
The companies have set up branches in other countries like Nigeria, Gambia, Senegal and Gabon among others.
Pro-opposition pressure group, The Young Patriots, says it is imperative the government goes about dealing with the report with utmost transparency.
Opposition Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has expressed suspicion that the government may be up to no good with the report.
Many civil society organizations and anti-graft bodies including the Ghana Integrity Initiative have vociferously called on the government to publish the report so that the public and organizations could monitor progress on the implementation of the recommendation.