Home  »  News

YEA, other agencies easy avenues for corruption – Casely Hayford
Source: citifmonline.com   |   June 12, 2017   |  65 Views

Social commentator, Sydney Casely Hayford, has said agencies like the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) remain soft targets for corrupt politicians.

“Corruption has been the bane of these agencies, whatever name you put it,” Mr. Casely Hayford stated, as he noted that the malfeasance cited under the erstwhile Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) had reared its head again.

Aside from YEA, other agencies like the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) have also been hit with similar corruption scandals, prompting overhauls from the government.

Mr. Casely Hayford, who was speaking on The Big Issue, was commenting on the financial malfeasance to the tune of GHc 50 million uncovered after an internal audit carried out by new management at YEA.

The amount is believed to be a sum of unearned salaries paid to unposted beneficiaries, funds for official use which were paid into personal accounts, and procurement without adherence to due process.

Explaining how this cycle of corruption occurs in such agencies, Casely Hayford said, “this is what always happens: somebody sitting in government sees GHc 100 million floating around some nefarious agency unattended, with no lion guarding the pit and then suddenly realizes that if we can put somebody malleable in there and somebody who we can use to siphon…This is the way politicians get their hands into the meat. As soon as they realize that there is an avenue with soft control, that is where they go and hang themselves. Then you get the cronies of these persons who have mastered the art of being able to coerce the DCEs and the heads of all these different places to be able to get their fingers into the pie.”

The YEA was established under the Youth Employment Act 2015 (Act 887) to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation.

Its objective is to support youth, between the ages of 15 to 35 years, through skills training and internship modules to transit from a situation of unemployment to that of employment.
 

ghanaweb.com | August 22, 2017
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will on Friday 25th August 2017 at 1pm launch his...
tongagh.com | August 22, 2017
The 2016 flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, is...
tongagh.com | August 22, 2017
It appears the camp of former President John Dramani Mahama is beginning to subtly take control of...
tongagh.com | August 22, 2017
Despite President Akufo-Addo’s complaint that his infant government is unduly been criticized...
ghanaweb.com | August 22, 2017
Ashanti Regional former first Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)...
tongagh.com | August 21, 2017
The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency and a former Deputy Minister of Education...
tongagh.com | August 21, 2017
After 13 years of legal battle over the ownership of Winners Chapel, the Accra High Court has...
tongagh.com | August 21, 2017
Medical doctors will from this year, apply for postings after their horsemanship.   That is...
tongagh.com | August 19, 2017
The Ministry of Works and Housing has served notice that 35 squatters in government bungalows will...
tongagh.com | August 19, 2017
The Police at Sowutoum in the Ga Central Municipality of the Greater Accra Region have arrested a...