General News of Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has promised to reward the security man of Ghana Senior High School (GHANASS) in Koforidua with a cash prize of GHC 5,000 for blowing the cover of the senior matron of the school.
Madam Comfort Oduro Bruce, senior matron of GHANASS has been invited by the regional police command over an alleged stealing of some foodstuffs meant for the students and selling them outside.
The matron was reportedly caught pants down by the chief security man of the school, Kofi Kanjaga, when she and the driver (one Alfred) was transporting the foodstuffs with the Regional Ghana Education Service vehicle with registration number, GN 6717-15, over the weekend.
She was allegedly assisted by one of her staff, Appiah, who later exposed the rot on Oman Fm – an Accra-based radio station – after Kwame Baffoe aka Abronye DC, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) had been informed about the alleged criminal act.
Mr Kofi Kanjaga confirmed in media interviews that the matron, who was transferred from Krobo-Odumase Girls’ SHS to the school last year, had been stealing foodstuffs meant to feed GHANASS students – particularly the first years, as part of the government’s Free SHS policy – and selling them outside on daily basis.
According to him, the action of Madam Comfort Oduro had been causing food shortage in the school, making the students complain of insufficient meals being served to them.
Mr Kanjaga disclosed that on 16th November, 2017, at 7pm, the matron packed the big truck with sacks of gari, cartons of milk, rice, tins of Milo, cartons of tomatoes, among other items.
He said he had information that Madam Oduro had packed the food items into the truck and so he ordered the junior security man to block the main road so they used logs and stones to block it. When the driver got to the main gate, Kofi said, he ordered them to return the foodstuffs to the store, but the matron asked the driver to drive at top speed which Alfred did, and nearly knocked him (Kofi Kanjaga) down.
He added that after the incident he called the headmaster and even wrote an official report to him that very night but he (headmaster) refused to cause their arrest and allowed them to transport the foodstuffs away.
He indicated further that thereafter a five-member committee comprising the two assistant headmasters, senior house master and mistress and the bursar was setup by the headmaster, Rev Abraham Osei Donkor, to investigate the matter. He maintained that after the investigation, the report has been kept inside the headmaster’s drawer and has refused to take action on it.
This allegation of the security man has led to serious investigations by security agencies in the country.
Commenting on this on Adom TV’s Badwam on Tuesday, the Assin Central MP said the security man deserves to be awarded for being patriotic and exposing people like the Chief Matron.
“The security man should come to me for a GHC 5,000 reward as Christmas gift. He deserves to be rewarded…I will bring the money to you [Omanhene] for you to give to him, such people are heroes and we need to reward people like that to be able to fight corruption,” he said.
Ken Agyapong also demanded that the headmaster of GHANASS, Rev Abraham Osei Donkor must be sacked from his position for delaying to report the case.