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General News of Saturday, 26 October 2013

Source: radioxyzonline

Gov’t will ‘hound’, ‘hang’ Ghc144m Subah rot culprits - Ayariga

The Government of Ghana says it will dig into the Ghc144 million Subah rot saga at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and make sure any culprits are punished.

“We are still looking into it... If we find out that something happened there that is clearly illegal, I can assure that Government will not hesitate to take the Agency on and get the right thing done”, Information and Media Relations Minister, Mahama Ayariga promised on Saturday.

Subah Info Ghana, according to the Chronicle Newspaper which first broke the story, received Ghc144 million as payment from the GRA, even though, according to the paper, the company rendered absolutely no services to the revenue collecting organisation.

The private company was contracted by the GRA in 2010 to provide telecommunication traffic monitoring services and was given monthly payments averaging Ghc4million, despite the lack of evidence of any such work done.

The hefty sum funneled into Subah’s coffers through Stanbic Bank Account number 0140002687401 by the GRA, was in turn, disbursed to a litany of companies, including C.A Nzema Oil, Local Enterprises and skills Development Programme (LESDEP); China-based ZTE and the Road Safety Management Services (RSMS).

C.A Nzema Oil - incorporated in 2011 - a subsidiary of the Jospong Group; owners of private waste management company, Zoomlion, received a total of Ghc1.9 million.

LESDEP, a public-private partnership under the Local Government and Rural Development ministry received two separate payments captured in its accounts as “loan repayments” of Ghc2 million in January and December 2012.

Similarly, China-based ZTE received Ghc200,000 for certain services.

Subah also paid the Jospong group Ghc5.8million. The Group’s CEO is also reported to have received various payments between 2011 and last year.

The Road Safety Management Services (RSMS), also a Jospong subsidiary received a total of Ghc4,06 million.

The Ghana Police Service also benefitted from some payments from Subah.

Mahama Ayariga says the Government will investigate the matter to determine whether the purported services were necessary, and if so, rendered.

“…Let’s go and look at the whole technology and see whether you need a monitoring mechanism to ascertain exactly how much the telecos owe”, he said on Joy FM’s news analysis programme on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

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