If you’ve no corrupt deals to hide, release cocoa roads audited report-Apaak to Gov’t

The Member of Parliament for Builsa South Dr. Clement Apaak has questioned what the President Akufo-Addo’s led administration is hiding from Ghanaians following the refusal to publish the audited cocoa roads report.

The legislator is worried that the report has not been published after $10 million of state funds were used to conduct the audit.

Former President John Dramani Mahama first made the call describing it as unjustifiable, President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to abandon the cocoa roads project.

Addressing a durbar of chiefs at Bopa in the Sefwi Akontombra District of the Western North Region, Mr. Mahama said Mr. Akufo-Addo and the NPP, because of politics, stopped the ongoing road projects, leading to a neglect of the roads for almost four years, and eroding the progress already made on those roads.

Mr. Mahama, who is the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he doubts the existence of any audit report.

“They should tell us the findings. Which contractors were paid for work they had not done? But there is no such report. Because of politics, you abandon the roads and now that it’s close to elections, you’re now scrambling to fix roads. Meanwhile you had four years to do so” he disclosed.

Explaining the reason for instituting the cocoa roads project, the NDC Leader said his government observed that the cocoa growing communities had some of the poorest roads in the country and together with Cocobod, agreed to vote $150 million of cocoa proceeds annually into constructing roads for those cocoa growing areas.

But the NPP in their response slammed the former president saying he presided over an administration that inflated cost of cocoa roads hence he had no moral right to demand that the report is published.

However, Dr. Clement Apaak has renewed calls for the report to be published.

He says if the report was not to be made public, whoever sanctioned the audit should have used their personal funds to pay for the cost.

”In fact those who commissioned the audit ought to be held accountable. This is daylight thievery, using public resources for private interests is corruption.
Truly, the level of impunity and plain disregard for the public interest under the NADAA NPP government is unparalleled in the history of Ghana.

Read his full opinion on the issue below

Make Cocoa Roads Audit Report Public – Why is the NADAA government keeping the Cocoa Roads audit report to itself?

It is our contention that Government expended a substantial amount of public money/funds, $10 million, to conduct an audit in the public interest. And as such, the public has a right to the audit report.

How could Government tell the people/public whose resources it holds in trust and applied same to conduct the said audit that the outcome of that audit is not for public consumption?

In whose interest was the audit conducted using public funds? If the intent was to keep the outcome of the audit private and not public, then those who commissioned the audit should have used their private funds not public funds.

In fact those who commissioned the audit ought to be held accountable. This is daylight thievery, using public resources for private interests is corruption.

Truly, the level of impunity and plain disregard for the public interest under the NADAA NPP government is unparalleled in the history of Ghana.

Dr. Clement Abasinaab Apaak 
M.P and PC, Builsa South

By: Rainbowradioonline.com

You might also like

Comments are closed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More