Member of Parliament of the Adentan Constituency and Communication Director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, has indicted that appointees of the former government fear being prosecuted for rots perpetuated during their stewardship.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in collaboration with UNDP has engaged some private investigative firms to stage a forensic audit in our state institutions with a financial support from UNDP, an amount not exceeding $100,000 on the investigation.
However, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by their General Secretary, Mr. Asiedu Nketia at a press conference on Tuesday, September 2, alleged that these investigations were being done at a staggering cost to the state.
In an interview with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, Buabeng Asamoah explained that it was proper they answered the NDC on the various lies and diversionary tactics to disturb the forensic audit going on.
And that Asiedu Nketiah may be apprehensive of the audit implicating some appointees of the Mahama-led administration.
According to the lawmaker, engaging a forensic audit demands an in-depth investigation which demands that one could employ the services of a private firm to do so.
An audit into the finances of some state-owned companies uncovered the misappropriation by some former heads of 16 institutions for over Ghc 800m.
The companies, which include the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST), Micro and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Ghana Free Zones Board, Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Ghana Gas and the Ghana Technology University College, were part of 16 companies whose activities were probed.
Reports on six of the institutions have so far been forwarded to the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO). The NDC General Secretary believes it was a “create, loot and share” by the NPP. To them, other state investigative bodies could perform the audit.
However, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah noted that there was nothing wrong with EOCO engaging some private firms carry out forensic audit.
The Act, Economic and Organized Crime Act, 2010, Section 14 (3) gives EOCO power to engage experts to advice it and work for it. Beside, currently EOCO has limited personnel to carry out such work.