Press Releases of Sunday, 24 July 2011
Source: Central Regional Youth for Unity
We the Youth Members of Central Regional Youth for Unity, Stability and Development are calling on the Central Regional Minister, Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe to resign her position as Central Regional Minister for misappropriation and embezzlement of funds meant for the Cape Coast Sports stadium .
The fact of the matter is that we are fully aware that the Ministry of Finance as part of its efforts to honour President Mills commitment to complete the Cape Coast stadium project allocated 500 million Ghana Cedis for the speedy completion of the project. We are aware that that 70 million Ghana Cedis has been released by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to the Central Regional Administration for the project to resume and be completed latest by March 2013. We were excited by this project as it would give hundreds of us youth who are unemployed and walking aimlessly along the beaches and markets something to do.
So far what we have seen are contractors coming and going from the regional office and on the site but no work has begun on this project. Our investigations reveal that instead of focusing to deal with this important project to lift up the image of the Region and to fulfil the promise made by President that Cape Coast will get a befitting stadium just like other regional capitals, The Regional Minister and her allies at the Regional Secretariat are alleged to be using the money for their selfish personal agendas. We are angry to learn that Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe between April and June distributed 3000 Ghana Cedis to all the women organisers of the party in the region without the knowledge of regional executives. She has also bought large tracts of land confirmed to be 100 acres each in Briwa and Mumford . She has also awarded 3 road contracts , 17 school building contracts and 8 contracts to rehabilitate the government houses in Cape Coast municipality to herself . Meanwhile Cape Coast Stadium which is needed to serve the needs of the people and restore the Central Region as a competitive arena for sports remains a dream.
We call on President Mills to set up a committee to investigate the circumstances regarding management and disbursement of funds by Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, the conduct of officials of the Youth and Sports in the region as well as the Finance department of the regional secretariat in failing to follow proper procedure. We are tired and fed up with Ama Benyiwa Doe and others who are undermining the President’s vision for the region. If the Cape Coast Stadium monies are not properly accounted for then we the members in Cape Coast and the entire region will advise ourselves in 2012.
Samuel Kojo Boham
Kwesi Orleans Lindsay
Source-Central Region Youth for Unity, Stability and Development, Cape Coast, Central Region