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I served as whistleblower at NYA – Dismissed Deputy CEO speaks

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, terminated the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri.

The appointment of his two deputies, Bright Acheampong and Richard Ebbah Obeng was also terminated.

Although no reason has been given for the sacking of the three appointees, JoyNews has learnt that it may be linked to their alleged involvement in some questionable procurement practices at the Authority.

One of such is the ward of a contract valued at ?1.8million, to Prefos company to provide training on street lighting.

However, Mr. Richard Obeng, who until Monday’s announcement, was in charge of Finance and Administration, said he did his best to ensure the contract was stopped.

Bright Acheampong has also broken his silence in a statement he has issued.

A 24-hour reflection on the termination of my appointment on a letter signed by the Hon. Minister for Youth & Sports is enough time for me to reflect, rebuild, especially so that, I was not given a hearing on the matter.

To safeguard the Party and Government from impending danger, I did not only act by informing the Sector Minister but also served as a Whistle Blower, who per the law needs to be protected at all times.

In fact and indeed, this is not the first time that I and my colleague deputy, blew the whistle in a decision that the then CEO, NYA, Emmanuel Asigri has unilaterally executed which frowns on basic PFM Act and that of Procurement Act.

It should be noted that as a Deputy in charge of Programs and Operations, I got to read a copy of the MOU between NYA & Prefos a week to the first batch of the training Program, and in most of the meetings, I raised issues with it.

I have questioned why we were in a rush especially so that, we ( NYA) have not to signed an agreement with the Local Government Ministry for a Trainee’s to be absorbed by them after the training Program.

At the time that the Hon Minister appeared at the Audit hearing of the Ministry, the Hon, Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP) , knew that the first batch of the training has been done, meanwhile he reported that, the Ministry through the NYA, was about to train Youth to help in the maintenance of our Street light across the country.

The underlisted aberration came to light in more than 3 meetings related to the NYA Prefos matter, which was chaired by the sector Minister; 1. The Board did not approve before payment and first batch of training was done. 2. I advised that, we hold on and deal with all the other arrangements leading to a Mega launch of the Program 3. Payment Vouchers were not approved by the designated officer ( DCEO, NYA, F & A, then) 4. The cost per training was on the high side 5. Entity has not sat on it for onward referral to Central Tender based on the figures involved. 6. The Procurement Director ill-advised.

With the above, I wish to state unequivocally that, as far as Payment, Approval and figures were concern, I sent my strongest disapproval to the Program except the idea in all meetings that were held.

I wish finally to thank the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the Honour done me, for the past 2 and a half years.

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