General News of Monday, 2 March 2015
Former Youth and Sports Minister has said the recent Auditor General’s report which indicted him in the infamous GYEEDA scandal is not sacrosanct.
Kofi Humado is willing to mount a strong defence if hauled before a court of law or the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to clear his name.
Two people are currently before the courts for their roles in what has become known as the corrupt GYEEDA scandal which broke as a result of an investigative piece by Joy FM investigative journalist Manasseh Azure-Awuni.
Former National GYEEDA coordinator Abuga Pele and Philip Assibit are being prosecuted by the state for fraud and causing financial loss to the state, charges both men have pleaded not guilty to.
Pele is on record to have said that he is being used as a sacrificial lamb when other high profile members of government were rather to be held responsible for the malfeasance.
Kofi Humadi was the sector Minister and superintended over the alleged malfeasance but became a witness for the prosecution when the GYEEDA scandal was taken to court.
However a final report released by the Auditor-General to Parliament but intercepted by Joy News cited the former Minister and the National Coordinator for blame.
The report in part asked that Mr Humado should be held to account for the misappropriation of some GH¢3,330,568.53.
But Speaking to Joy News’ Evans Mensah, the former Minister said he is yet to read a copy of the report indicting him for his role in the GYEEDA scandal.
According to him, nobody contacted him during the Auditor General’s investigations adding, “I have a defence and I am ready to acquit myself on the issue.”
Kofi Humado said at a time when GYEEDA was operating under no legal regime he was the one who worked diligently to restructure the whole programme.
He said due process must be followed and he is ready to take part in that due process.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the new look GYEEDA- Youth Employment Agency- Kobby Acheampong said responsibility to retrieve monies wrongfully paid to some service providers under the GYEEDA scandal is that of the Attorney General and not his office.
He said the AG has already begun processes to ensure that those monies are paid back into the coffers of the state.
Acheampong said the major problem which affected the GYEEDA project had to do purely with administrative issues.
He did not understand how the programme worked without an internal auditor who would subject finances to thorough scrutiny.
He is convinced with the new law which set up the Youth Employment Agency, the challenges faced during the GYEEDA programme will not recur.