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 policy analyst and media practitioner with over eight years of experience in policy, data and investigative 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 strategic project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast, a PgD in Fiscal Policy for financing sustainable development from the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, in South Africa and a PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is the founder and country president of SOA Ghana Hub. Gideon is a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence.

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