Gov’t Denies Gyeeda Scapegoat Claims

Mr Felix Ofosu kwakye -Deputy Minister for Information and Media RelationsGovernment has denied claims that Abuga Pele, former National Coordinator of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), now Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), is being used as a scapegoat in the GYEEDA corruption saga.

According to Felix Ofosu Kwakye, a Deputy Information Minister, the government would not benefit anything by using using anyone, including Mr. Pele as a scapegoat in the GYEEDA scandal.

The response comes after threats by constituents of the embattled Member of Parliament for Chiana-Paga, to vote against the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), if the criminal charges leveled against Mr. Pele, who is their Member of Parlaiment, were not dropped.

Mr. Pele and the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill International Group, Philip Akpeena Assibit are facing a total of 19 charges including causing financial loss to the state of about US$3 million and defrauding by false pretences.

Mr. Pele has however denied charges leveled against him.

The prosecution of the two men comes on the heels of a recent assurance by President John Mahama that all those found culpable in the whole GYEEDA saga would be dealt with.

“What does government stand to benefit in engaging in scapegoating” Mr. Ofosu Kwakye queried.

He added that “the same people who are bastardising government and claiming that government was unwilling to take action are suddenly saying that when specific individuals are ar-raigned before court on specific charges, there is scape-goating.”

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