General News of Saturday, 26 October 2013
Three days after the story broke of the Ghc144 million scandal involving the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Subah Infosolutions Limited, government is yet to make a public statement on the matter.
This according to the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) does not auger well for the government which claims to be a listening government committed to the fight against corruption.
The Executive Director of the GII, Vitus Azeem, in an interview on Eyewitness News said: “A government that is supposed to be a listening government, up till now has not come out to say anything about it. I was expecting that this morning, at the usual media briefing, the Minister or Deputy Minister of Information would have made a comment on this.”
His comment follows a revelation that about GH¢144 million has over a three-year-period been paid to Subah Infosolutions Limited by the GRA for no work done.
Mr Azeem has since advised that immediate action should be taken to investigate, recover the money and punishment of implicated GRA and Subah officials because “when you leave the people sitting there, you cannot be sure that there will be no attempt to tamper with some documents.”
Responding to claims by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) that it has initiated steps to investigate the matter, Mr. Azeem stated that although it is good news to the Ghanaian, “but for a very long time, CHRAJ has been complaining of lack of resources… so probably CHRAJ is having some problems and so even though they have said that they are interested, the time they take on the investigation may not meet the expectation of Ghanaians.”