The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says its investigation into allegations of corruption at the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has been hampered by lack of resources.
The commission has not received any budgetary allocation this year and as a result, investigation is still in its preliminary stages.
Speaking to Joy News’ Joseph Gakpo on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Richard Quayeson, noted that the commission is yet to even conclude the preliminary stage of investigations.
CHRAJ in April last year announced it has begun preliminary investigations into alleged corruption revealed in a Joy News investigative report on SADA.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, the commission is equally concerned about the slow pace of investigation into the allegation of corruption and attributed it to resource constraints.
“We are still at the preliminary stages of investigations so we have to wait a little to evaluate the evidence that had been put together to support the allegations”, Richard Quayeson noted.
The deputy commissioner said CHRAJ is currently at the stage of determining whether or not there is sufficient evidence for the commission to begin full scale investigation.
“We have to take as much evidence and information as possible. [We] Have to go to places where SADA was operating and speak to people, who are alleged to have been involved in the matter; have evidence in the form of documents and materials to support the allegation”, Richard Quayeson explained.
Meanwhile, the commission said it has received sufficient cooperation from persons it has been able to contact to assist in investigation, even though not all have been contacted due to lack of resources.
“We have not been able to contact all the people that we need to contact because of resource constraints, so we are hoping to follow up with the investigations as soon as resources [are] made available to the commission this year”, the deputy CHRAJ commissioner indicated.
Additionally, he said, the resources will determine the pace at which investigations into the allegation will go.