President John Mahama has placed on record that the supposed GYEEDA report in circulation is not what is in possession of government.
Nevertheless, the President has given a firm assurance he will implement recommendations in the GYEEDA report.
The president made what appears to be his first comment on the alleged rot at GYEEDA weeks after an investigative report was presented to him at a meeting with civil society groups on issues of corruption and other concerns in the country.
President Mahama admitted that the youth programme has been bedeviled with managerial challenges but promised to turn things around.
“GYEEDA has run into some problems because of poor management and coordination…The government is working on that.”
The President reiterated: “We are going to restructure GYEEDA and let it achieve the objective for which it actually was set up”.
Mr Mahama was responding to a question asked by the Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem.
Vitus Azeem, among other issues, had charged the government to commission prompt investigations into reports of allege corruption, publish the findings and justify why it doesn’t accept parts of the findings if the need be. He also cited several exposés by ace investigative reporter Anas Aremeyaw which he said government has failed to decisively act on them.
President Mahama announced that the committee headed by PV Obeng which was tasked to study the GYEEDA report is ready with its work, and was prepared to work with it.
“The ministry [of Youth and Sports] conducted an investigation into GYEEDA, and it is my intention to publish the report. There is a version of the report that is circulating, which is not the final report, it was a work in progress at that point in time, we have the final copy of the report, which might defer in some ways from what is being circulated.”
The President said his government is willing to investigate any corrupt practice that is brought to its attention, however, he appealed to civil society groups to give the government “further and better particulars” about the incidents complained to make it easier for the government to investigate.
Bright Simmons of IMANI Ghana also brought to the attention of the president that a forum made up of educators has identified that it was needless for the government to construct 10 new colleges of education. Rather, the group suggested that the existing colleges should be expanded.
In his response, the President assured that the forum’s concern would be considered, and if found viable government would not go ahead with the full plan of putting up these colleges.