Senin, 15 April 2013


A five-member committee has been set up by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to investigate alleged corrupt deals that  have characterised the operations of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Agency (GYEEDA).

Known as the Ministerial Impact Assessment and Review Committee, members are to review the operations of GYEEDA and make recommendations to improve the long-term viability and sustainability of the programme.

The committee is expected to complete its work within eight weeks and shall have two weeks to submit its final report thereafter.

However, the committee would submit interim reports to the Minister of Youth and Sports every fortnight, prior to the submission of the final report.

Also, where the committee finds appropriate, it shall refer any matter for prosecution for further investigation, or convene a separate body of enquiry as it may deem appropriate on the conduct of any agency, department, ministry or persons.

Members of the committee are Mr Ferdinand Gunn, a senior partner at Ernest and Young, and Chairman of the committee; Mr Edward Amuzu Tuinese, a lawyer and lead consultant for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ); Mr Randolph Nsor-Mbala, an accountant; Mr Kwame Edem Senanu, a management and development consultant, and Mr Mike K. Gaba, a human resource manager and representative from the Public Services Commission.

GYEEDA, formerly the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), was established to arrest the rising youth unemployment in the country. So far about 450,000 people have benefitted from the programme.

Speaking at the inauguration of the committee in Accra yesterday, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, said the terms of reference of the committee included: performing current state analysis of financial management of GYEEDA; operation of bank accounts, procurement and contacting procedures, disbursements, human resource and other management practices.

It would also review the capacity of persons entrusted with certain key responsibilities related to the mandate of the programme; conduct in-depth investigations into possible irregularities of crime and related financial loss and actions taken by management to recover possible embezzlement of money and other assets as the case may be.

Mr Afriyie Ankrah said the committee would evaluate administrative and accounting procedures and disbursement procedure that had been followed over the years and review and investigate potential conflicts of interest, among others.

Mr Afriyie Ankrah was, however, quick to add that the terms of reference of the committee might be added to, varied or amended as and when it became necessary.

He reiterated that the government was not interested in witch-hunt, adding that the prime objective of the exercise was to undertake an overall impact assessment of the programme since its inception in 2006.

“It has become necessary to take corrective measures to ensure that the mandate of the programme is delivered in the supreme interest of the collective youth of this country,” he said.

He said currently, measures were being put in place to diagnose and prescribe remedial therapy to the programme as it was posing a huge inconvenience to its service providers, partners and some beneficiaries.

He expressed regret about the current state of the programme and expressed optimism that the committee would deliver on its mandate.

He also urged all persons to cooperate with the committee and give it the necessary support.

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