EC’s Voter Registration Case: SC Gives Plaintiff 24hrs To File Statement

State prosecutors yesterday   pleaded for an adjournment in the case involving Abuga Pele, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chiana-Paga in the Upper East Region and Philip Akpeena Assibit, a businessman.

The request, they explained was because their witness in the case could not avail himself as he was informed at short notice and had to proceed on an assignment.

Abuga Pele and Assibit are facing trial in connection with the loss of GHc 3.3 million meant for youth development in the country, under the then National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).

A consensus was reached between the state prosecutors and the defence counsel and the Financial Division One Court, presided over by Justice Afia Sewaa Asare-Botwe, and adjourned proceedings to October 6, 2014.

Abuga Pele, the former National Coordinator of the NYEP, now Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA), is facing charges for eight criminal offences out of 19 while Assibit has been charged with 11 criminal offences.

He is facing two additional charges of abetment of crime and defrauding by false pretence, and intentionally misapplying public property.

Abuga Pele is said to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of NYEP without recourse to either the then Minister of Youth and Sports, Madam Akua Sena Dansua or the Attorney-General.

Assibit’s charges include defrauding by false pretence and dishonestly causing loss to public property.Abuga Pele has been granted a self-recognisance bail while Assibit was granted a GH¢2 million bail with four sureties, two to be justified.

State prosecutors told the court that the former NYEP Coordinator entered into a MoU on behalf of the NYEP with Goodwill International Group (GIG), represented by Assibit, without consulting the Minister, Madam Dansua or the government’s legal representative, the Attorney-General.

The two parties agreed to combine their labour, property and skills for the purpose of engaging in resource mobilisation, investor sourcing, management consultancy, capacity building, career development and training services, among others.

According to state prosecutors, GIG which was responsible for resource mobilisation, decided to provide preliminary funds for the development of the programme, with the parties agreeing to share the profits that might accrue equally, even though there were no records regarding proposals or documents warranting the engagement of GIG as a strategic partner.

By Winston Tamakloe.


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