Sacking NYA CEO, Deputies shameful and regrettable – Minister

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Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah has described the dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri and his two deputies Mr. Richard Ebbah Obeng and Bright Acheampong as a sad moment.

“It is a shameful moment for themselves, family members and their relatives”, the Regional Minister observed when he spoke on ‘Kumasi FM”s morning show hosted by Nana Yaw Mensah Joel in an interview monitored by mynewsgh.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sacked the CEO  and his two deputies over alleged  procurement breaches, in a letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports signed by the sector Minister Isaac Asiama

“This is regrettable because the public now are going to see these sacked appointees children and family with jaundice eyes”, the Ashanti Regional Minister stated bemoaning corruption allegations levelled against government appointees under the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, last Friday ordered Mr. Asigri to step aside over a petition brought before her against the CEO for engaging in questionable procurement practices.

The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) had reportedly been asked to investigate the allegations against Asigri.

Procurement breaches

The NYA chairperson, Francisca Oteng Mensah claimed there was one procurement in which the CEO had allegedly breached procedures, awarding the said contract without the knowledge of the board.

The matter was referred to the PPA last month to investigate. The PPA assigned a team of investigators to gather information on it.

The NYA board acted following receipt of a petition from one Ibrahim Ofori alleging corruption relating to procurement. The board met to confer on the matter on July 2 2019.

The NYA chair followed this up with a letter to the Minister of Youth and Sports on July 10.

Criminal investigations

In contention is the procurement method used to engage Prefos Ltd for training 500 young people to install, maintain and repair streetlights. The value of the procurement in question is GHS4.5 million.

Officials of Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) are currently investigating the matter to determine whether there were indeed breaches as claimed and if there would be possible prosecutions.

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