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General News of Sunday, 26 January 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

GYEEDA was created to loot state funds – IMANI Boss

The founding President of Policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has described the modules under the GYEEDA programme as "vehicles to siphon money" from the state.

According to him, there was no competition and transparency in the GYEEDA modules. "Clearly there was no competitive playing field, these were projects that were cooked and then handed over to people…"

Speaking on Citi FM’s News analysis programme, The Big Issue, Mr. Cudjoe described the whole GYEEDA programme as a “charade’’.

Mr. Cudjoe also said the government appeared to be treating Ghanaians as “toddlers” as far as the GYEEDA issue was concerned.

“The reasons why we are evidently angry is that we are being treated like toddlers…"

His comment comes as a result of discussions on two individuals; a former National Coordinator of the programme, Abuga Pele and CEO of Goodwill International Group, Philip Akpeena Assibit, who have been charged and are standing trial as a result of the GYEEDA scandal.

But Mr. Cudjoe said the GYEEDA report was "elf-indicting" and as such all the Ministers, individuals and companies who were involved should face prosecution.

He further stated that the action being taken against the two gentlemen does not cover comprehensively the range expected.

The Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) was set up by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to address youth unemployment in the country.

Government of Ghana signed a number of contracts with various private firms who presented proposals about several employment modules that were incorporated into the programme.

It, however, emerged that most of the contracts were fraudulently entered without any work done.

A committee was set to investigate the whole module and a report indicted certain individuals and companies.

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