CEO of National Youth Authority resigns over procurement breaches- Report

Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri

The CEO of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri, has resigned over procurement breaches, sources within government say.

A few days ago, a member of the board of the Authority Arnold Boateng also resigned over what he termed as “real issues.”

Mr. Asigri is resigning at a time a pro-government newspaper – the Statesman – is reporting that the chief of staff Frema Osei Opare has ordered him to bow out over a petition.

The NYA chair, Francisca Oteng, confirmed one procurement in which the CEO had allegedly breached procedures, awarding the said contract without the knowledge of the board.

This matter was referred to the PPA last month to investigate. The PPA assigned a team of investigators to gather information on it.

The NYA board acted following receipt of a petition from one Ibrahim Ofori alleging corruption relating to procurement. The board met to confer on the matter on July 2 2019.

The NYA chair followed this up with a letter to the Minister of Youth and Sports on July 10.

Criminal investigation?

In contention is the procurement method used to engage Prefos Ltd for training 500 young people o instal, maintain and repair streetlights. The value of the procurement in question is GHS4.5 million.

The Daily Statesman also understands that the matter has been reported to National Security.

Security officials will look to the PPA investigation to determine whether the matter should be reported to the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

Presidential directive

The Daily Statesman can confirm that the President directed that all allegations of impropriety, whether under investigation or not, be brought to the immediate attention of the Chief of Staff to take proactive measures.

Source: Daily Mail GH with additional files from the Statesman

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