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

2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and News Content at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is a columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program.

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