President John Dramani Mahama will not be stampeded into implementing the recommendations of the committee that investigated reports of graft and maladministration at the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency, the Youth and Sports Minister has said.
Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah says the president must be allowed to – in his own time – assess the investigative report and implement its recommendations having regard to the political and social consequences.
He said the public must recognize that “if for instance the committee recommends that they should sack everybody in GYEEDA, it has political ramifications, it has economic ramifications, it has social ramifications so before the president will come out and implement the recommendations, all these things need to be analysed.”
Mr. Afriyie Ankrah, who was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday dispelled suggestions that the P.V Obeng committee was set up to review the report and issue a new one.
What Mr. Obeng’s committee was set up to do, he insisted, is to “look at the final report which has been with the president and then they will look at the recommendations and look at how they will be implemented.”
There’s been confusion over what exactly government intends to do with a damning investigative report occasioned by persistent and serial reports of corruption, plain stealing, and maladministration at GYEEDA by Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni.
Upon receipt of the report, President Mahama promised a radical restructuring of the agency.
But a wary public and civil society organizations started piling pressure on the president and demanding that he releases the reports and starts implementing the recommendations contained thereto.
In an apparent response, the president announced a PV Obeng Committee , set up to review the report but that did not appear to assuage the fears of a cover-up by the government .
Some have suggested the presidency is simply using Mr. P.V Obeng’s group to water down the report, obfuscate the issues and escape harsh criticisms from the public.
But speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday, the Youth and Sports Minister under whose aegis the investigation was conducted and who submitted the committee’s report to the president, said the P.V Obeng Committee is not going to produce a new report; “no! That is not what it is; the report is already there but they are going to advise on how and the manner in which it will be implemented; there are various scenarios and strategies that can be applied.”
He supported suggestions of the president that the contents of the final report may differ from those of a draft report circulating in the media.
Mr. Afriyie Ankrah will, however, not state any specific difference except to maintain that “if I’m investigating you…and I get documentations and representations from people and I don’t hear from you and in the process I do a draft, when I finally hear from you, your input and comment will feed into the final report so definitely it will be different.”
He faulted the media for publishing the draft report; “it is not even appropriate that you see a document with draft and then it is put out there in the public domain.”