By Simon Agana-22:56AM
Mr , Richard Ebbah Obeng, one of the two Deputy Chief Executives of the NYA who had their appointment terminated by the President, through the minister of Youth and Sports has said that he and few good people at the NYA “held and took the strongest possible opposition to the NYA-Prefos streetslighting training engagement.”
Mr Richard Obeng took to his social media handle, Facebook to react to the termination of his appointment and said he had “no hand in the recently reported procurement violations at NYA”.
He Said “I wish to thank President Akufo-Addo for giving me the opportunity to serve the youth of our country. For the sake of the record, I wish to state that I have no hand in the recently reported procurement violations at NYA.”
To support his claim of innocence, Mr Richard said ” As the Schedule Officer responsible for approving payment vouchers, I REFUSED to ever approve any payments intended to that company( Prefos).”
“I did not approve the over one million and eight hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 1.8 million). I actually stopped the payment voucher covering that transaction and locked it up. It is still in my possession. As to why and how that Cheque was written in spite of the Payment Voucher blockade, I leave it to the team of investigators and possibly prosecutors.”
The dismissed Deputy CEO also said, he adviced the Director of Procurement to consider opening bid for that transaction if they wanted him to be party to approving payment. He said he and his colleague Deputy CEO in charge of Operations met the Chief Executive Officer and gave him their professional advice,cautioning him not to proceed with the transaction but his advice was not taken.
” I did advise my Director of Procurement to consider opening bid for that transaction if they wanted me to be party to approving payment. Together with my colleague Deputy in charge of Operations, I proceeded to the Chief Executive Officer in his office and gave my professional advice which essentially cautioned him not to proceed. And since that didn’t happen, I duly advised myself never to approve any cash transaction to that Company.”
Mr Obeng has therefore called for speedy investigations into the issue” to serve justice to all who stood for the right things and punish those who in a blatant way dented the image of this government with this matter”
Mr Isaac Asiamah, the Minister of Sports on Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019 in a letter, terminated the appointment of the Acting CEO, Mr Emmanuel Asigri and his two deputies, Mr Rechard Ebbah Obeng and Mr Bright Acheampong over procurement breaches at the NYA.
The shakeup at the NYA comes days after news emerged that the Authority has signed a contract worth Ghc 45,205,000.00 for the training of 500 youth in streetlights repairs without going through the right procurement procedures.