President John Dramani Mahama’s first term in office has been buffeted by several scandals that have cost Ghana huge sums of money in lost revenue and, in some cases, embarrassment.
Here are eight of such scandals:
- Mahama ‘Ford Expedition’ gift scandal
A revelation in June 2016 that President John Mahama received a Ford Expedition vehicle estimated to cost $60,000 from a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, provoked widespread public outrage.
The businessman was said to have won two contracts worth over GH¢100 million after the president took possession of the vehicle.
The development prompted several opposition political parties and civil society organisations to accuse President Mahama of receiving a bribe. He, however, denied any wrongdoing.
2. Bus branding scandal:
Last year, investigations into the branding of 116 Metro Mass Transit Buses involving GH¢3.6million revealed that the company contracted, Smarttys, over-billed the government to the tune of about GH¢1.9million.
The development provoked public outcry, which compelled the Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor, to resign in December.
The government subsequently reached an agreement with Smarttys for the company to return GH¢1,548,608.04 to government chest.
3. GYEEDA Scandal
In 2013, Manasseh Azure Awuni, a reporter for Joy FM, conducted an investigation in the operations of GYEEDA and uncovered massive corruption, which led to policy change in the running of the agency.
The government set up a five-member committee to probe the allegations further. The committee’s report largely corroborated Manasseh’s findings and made various recommendations to government.
As part of the reforms, parliament passed a law to regulate the operations of GYEEDA, which was later renamed Youth Employment Agency (YEA).
His investigation also led to the cancellation of all GYEEDA contracts with service providers, except the contract with Zoomlion Limited. This saved the nation millions of cedis.
4. NSS Scandal
In 2014, officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) uncovered a GH¢7.9 million deep-rooted rot at the National Service Secretariat (NSS).
Investigations showed that the amount represented the allowance paid to 22,612 non-existent service people in more than 100 districts across the country.
Twenty district directors of the NSS were picked up for their alleged roles in the malfeasance.
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