Gov’t rejected GYEEDA payment claims of over GH¢34 million in 2017

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iWatch Africa can confirm that the Audit Service rejected liability claims of GH¢34,017,015.00 presented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) as monies owed defunct agency Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

Documents reviewed by iWatch Africa indicates that the said amount was supposedly owed to thirty-four companies for various services provided as at 31 December, 2016; but the ministry failed to provide relevant documentations to the Auditor-General arguing that the records could not be traced.

The claim of GH¢34,017,015.00 was however rejected by the Auditor-General.

GYEEDA, a social intervention programme aimed at providing employable skills to the youth in the country recorded some shady deals in its hay days.

Background to GYEEDA corruption scandal

Some companies including waste and sanitation giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, IT company RLG, Better Ghana Management service limited, among others were contracted to render services under various modules for the GYEEDA programme; which metamorphosed from the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).

GYEEDA which was a public initiative targeted at youth development however failed to achieve its purpose as it was charaterised by shady deals and corruption related activities.

Following reports of siphoning of state funds, government in 2012 ordered for an investigation into activities of GYEEDA and subsequently terminated the contracts with the various companies.

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Former GYEEDA boss, Abuga Pele and Philip Assibit were later hauled before court for the various roles in the corruption in the programme.

By Moro Seidu, Edited by Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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