Some students of the Ghana Institute of Management And Public Administration (GIMPA), have descended on the Students Representative Council (SRC) leaders for fraud to the tune of GH45,000.00.
According to the complainants – Benjamin Don Winas, Rosalyn Enyo Yevoo, Edward Oppong and Cyprine Okonye – the SRC President, Mr. Benjamin Asuman; his Vice, Henry Tuffour and Delali Anthony, Financial Secretary, took the said amount from the Council’s kitty in January this year, claiming that they were going to produce diaries, pens and key holders for the students, but had failed to produce them.
The irate students said the three leaders later told the students body that the company they awarded the contract to had bolted with the money.
‘Efforts to make the students’ leader account for this money have proved futile,’ according to one of the complainants, adding that that was not the first time the leadership of the SRC had adopted a similar means to embezzle their money.
Mr. Cyprine Okonye alleged that the SRC President, who is a signatory to the SRC account, withdrew an amount of GH¢100,000 without the knowledge and authorization of the general assembly and some of his executives.
‘Per the constitution, three persons, including the President, Vice President and the Treasurer, are the only signatories to the Council’s account,’ he posited.
However, on assumption of office, Mr. Okonye said Mr. Asuman made himself the sole signatory to the account and therefore withdrew cash whenever he needed and when he was questioned, he told members that he used the money for other purposes.
He claimed that the school started putting up an SRC block which had gotten to some level, but the authorities had asked the Council to continue with it. ‘Since his assumption of office, we have not been able to buy a single block to continue the project, and yet he uses the money as if it was his personal account,’ he indicated.
Okonye again alleged that Asuman withdrew an amount of GH¢20,000 to organize fundraising and a get-together for all the alumnae, but no information had been given as to how much was realized from the fundraising activity.
Touching on how students pay their SRC dues, the concerned students told DAILY GUIDE that GH¢25.00 per student was incorporated into the main tuition fees.
Meanwhile, when this paper contacted Chief Superintendent Aboagye Nyarko, the Tesano Divisional Police Commander, he said the police, upon receiving the complaints, invited the leaders for questioning.
Upon interrogation, it was detected that the leaders also had reported the case of fraud against a company called Dor Consult, in consultation with the school management, and the matter was under investigations by the Police Criminal Investigations Department and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
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BY Linda Tenyah
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