General News of Thursday, 17 October 2013
President Mahama a few days ago reassured the nation that officers indicted in the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) saga have been invited by the police and are helping in investigations.
According to him, “if the indicted persons are found culpable, the dockets will be prepared and given to the Attorney General for prosecution.”
However, Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr., is of the view that the nation has passed the stage of talking and reassurances as far as the GYEEDA report is concerned.
Quoting from the action paper government issued concerning the GYEEDA Report; paragraph 4 titled: “Actions and directives” which says: “The ministerial impact assessment and review committee admits that they did not have access to all information they would require and did not have enough time to get into greater details on certain aspects of the report. It is also known that the committee was unable to interrogate some of the individuals mentioned in the report.
Consequently, and in compliance of the principle of natural justice, EOCO and the Attorney Generals department as well as the police CID has been directed to commence action against all persons and organisations cited in the ministerial committee report in respect of financial and administrative proprieties as well as retrieval of monies to the state…”, Kweku Baako said on PEACE FM’s Kokrokoo that the nation must be told which action has been taken and what has happened to the suspects.
According to him, the president is no longer the one who should be talking on this matter because per the action paper, agencies like the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), the Attorney General and the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) have already been directed to commence action against those indicted.
He is of the view that those agencies must give the country progress report and not reassurances from the president.
“Those agencies assigned are those who should be giving us report. That is where we are and so each time he comes to reassure the nation - it is like nothing really is happening. To avoid people from going wild with their imagination, these groups must come out with what they have done so far; there is nothing secretive about it.
“I think factual information somewhere is missing along the line. And consistent presidential reassurance clearly is not enough cure... We need clear actions to get rid of some of these mischief and doubts in people’s mind.”