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General News of Saturday, 23 November 2013


Casely-Hayford petitions Council of State, CHRAJ over GYEEDA

A Financial Analyst, Sydney Casely-Hayford, has petitioned both the Council of State and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to conduct further investigations into alleged corruption at the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

According to him, when issues such as these are referred to the Attorney General’s Department and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) for investigations, “we the people of this country hear nothing of it until somebody decides that they should release snippets of information to us.”

The EOCO says it has formally arrested about 12 persons for questioning in connection with the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) report.

This follows an investigation by a Presidential committee into the activities of GYEEDA following allegations of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Casely-Hayford indicated that the Council of State has the power to set up an independent commission “on its own to investigate cases of corruption where it feels the issues are severe.”

He has therefore requested the Council of State to “actually use its muscle…and insist on the GYEEDA issue and investigate it thoroughly and properly.”

Mr. Casely-Hayford also explained that his second petition to CHRAJ is requesting that “CHRAJ should insist that time is allowed to make sure that the report is completed to its fullest” because “in the President’s report, it said very clearly that the report was incomplete according to the commission that was set up; that they were unable to reach further into the districts and some of the municipalities where they felt there was a lot they could have reported on.”

According to him, his petition to CHRAJ “goes beyond what has been instructed to the AG’s Department and others. I’m asking CHRAJ to specifically investigate the role of the AGAMS group and also to investigate the roles of the heads of the various funds that were used to finance GYEEDA.”

He warned that refusal by the appropriate authorities to act on the findings of CHRAJ “I will take it to the Supreme Court because if they are not going to act on anything that CHRAJ does, then we are making CHRAJ completely redundant and we are disabling it.”

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