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BOST Fraudulent Payment: Akufo-Addo Should Prove His Critics Wrong By Showing Fairness

We were all in this country where Mr. Wayomi received a wrongful payment under the authorization of the then Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu and the payment was condemned by every well-meaning Ghanaian

September 14, 2018

We were all in this country where Mr. Wayomi received a wrongful payment under the authorization of the then Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu and the payment was condemned by every well-meaning Ghanaian both in Ghana and abroad as illegal and fraudulent.

Those who spoke vehemently against that GHS 51 million Wayomi scandal were Mr Martin Amidu and NPP Minority in Parliament at the time. Mr. Wayomi was put before both criminal and civil courts as a sign of how serious Ghanaians considered the scandal.

As part of his readiness to fight corruption, the former President Evans Attah-Mills quickly compelled Mrs Betty-Mould Iddrisu to resign as a Minister without a committee because the overwhelming evidence spoke for itself.

Mr President the scandal at BOST by George Mensah Okley and John Kojo Arkoful is similar  to that of Wayomi scandal with overwhelming evidence available in the public domain but the culprits are still at post and no effort is being made to retrieve the taxpayers GHS 14.4 million from Springfield Energy (Kelvin Okyere).

One significant question still remained unanswered is that Ghanaians want to know whether the President’s refusal to sack and prosecute George Mensah Okley and John Kojo Arkoful and retrieve the money from Springfield is because of the fact that the CEO of Springfield, Kelvin Okyere is married to first lady’s younger sister?

Mr President your failure to quickly sanction these wrongdoers in the face of the overwhelming evidence is very unfair and does not speak well about you and your government considering your campaign promises which includes protection of public purse?

Almost all the 100 people spoken to in Accra and Kumasi described the scandal and the President silence as very sad, unfortunate and disheartening. Some further emotionally lamented that the only country we have, had been suffering from bad leadership from government to government and we are now moving from frying pan to fire.

Others said the President inability to sanction a mere acting chief executive officer who had committed such unprecedented crime within three months in office shows the weakness and incompetence on the part of the President. As a result of this together with Mr Asamoah Boateng’s assertion during BOST management meeting on Tuesday 11th September 2018 that he Asamoah Boateng brought George Mensah Okley to BOST and had told the President to ignore the allegations and allowed George Mensah Okley and John Kojo Arkoful to continue their work at BOST of which the President had agreed had caused many people to lose confidence in the President. Some are questioning whether President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo can really govern the nation?

Asamoah Boateng further stated that after the removal of Alfred Obeng from BOST, the President decided to dissolve BOST Board but when he Asamoah Boateng spoke to the President not to do it, the President changed his decision immediately but from what is happening to George Mensah Okley and John Kojo Arkoful, it seemed to him that some of the Board of Directors are not ready to protect Okley and Arkoful and therefore would inform the President to dissolve the Board without further delay. He warned the workers that if they thought Okley and John Kojo Arkoful would be sacked for their roles in the scandal, then they had got it wrong.

The issue is what are the functions of the executive secretary of state enterprise commission? Has Asamoah Boateng not taken undue advantage of the weakness in Akufo-Addo led NPP government to allocate unfettered powers to himself? Is Asamoah Boateng not misleading President Akufo-Addo to fail because after all Asamoah Boateng contested Nana Addo during primaries before 2016 election.

In another development, Asamoah Boateng without recourse to any laws in the country had been demanding GHS 2 million from 11 state owned agencies and GHS 500,000 to GHS 1 million from others. The reason for collecting these funds is that his budget is small so he played on the vulnerability and intelligence on these CEOs to defraud the state. The sad thing is that those who would fail to pay such illegal invoice become his target and start writing false information about them to Jubilee House.

We shall come out with more details on this illegality being perpetuated by Asamoah Boateng very soon.

We are committed for fairness and just in the country in that if Wayomi does it and it is considered wrong, it must be considered wrong if Kelvin Okyere does the same thing.

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