EOCO probes suspects of GYEEDA malfeasance

corruptionMore than 30 people have been interrogated by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) since September, this year in connection with alleged malfeasance at Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

They include two ministers, a former minister, a Member of Parliament and 23 officials GYEEDA.

Others are officials from five service providers under the various models of the programme and several other public officials, including the Secretary to the Ministerial Committee on GYEEDA.

According to a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of EOCO, Mr Justice Char, the CHRAJ had also submitted two dockets to the Attorney-General for review and further action, while other documents were at various stages of preparation.

EOCO said the task of its current investigations was to establish the criminal culpability, if any, and the necessary evidence to support prosecutions,

It also said that required extensive work and time and assured Ghanaians that it would soon complete its investigations for the law to take its course.

President John Mahama on Friday, November 15, this year met with officials of anti-corruption agencies and networks  at the Flagstaff House and directed them to make public, their efforts so far.

EOCO was one of the agencies specifically enjoined by the President to make public, its investigations so far into the activities GYEEDA and other initiatives embroiled in allegations of corruption.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Legal and Investigations of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Joseph Whittal,  has also indicated that CHRAJ might have to review its investigation into the Savana Accelerated Development Agency (SADA), following the meeting with the President,.

“We will have to go back to the drawing board because of the far-reaching directives by the President on the matter under investigation,” the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Legal and Investigation, Mr Whittal said.

He was responding to questions on the basis for the President’s directives on SADA, when the commission had not concluded its investigation into the matter.

However, Mr Whittal was of the view that regardless of that fact the directives were timely. He said in the light of the directives, CHRAJ would be finalising the investigation, bearing in mind the directives given.

He also said the commission was enthused about the initiative of the President and would continue its work in investigating administrative injustices and corruption.

Source: Daily Graphic

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