Immediate past Board Chairman of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Samuel A. Jabanyite has described as false the claim by the current Board Chair that the past regime purchased bicycles at GHȻ15,000 each.
The former Board Chair in a statement Thursday said Sammy Awuku’s claim forms part of a grand scheme to smear the John Mahama administration.
“[The] bicycles were procured in 2006 by the then Kuffour Administration but had been left in the stores of the agency” until their attention was drawn to the development and Board “directed Management to assign these bicycles to the Community Police Assistants (CPAs) and not for District and Regional Coordinators,” he said.
Mr Awuku reportedly claimed that the YEA under the erstwhile Mahama government purchased bicycles at a unit price of whopping GHȻ15,000.
The YEA Board Chair who also doubles as the Youth Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), said many of the bicycles were procured primarily for the District and Regional Coordinators of the Agency.
But the former Board Chair has parried the claim, saying it was done prior to the National Democratic Congress coming into power in 2009.
Mr Jabanyite noted the “agency never procured bicycles over the entire period the NDC was in power from January 2009 to January 2017.”
Read the full statement below:
The erstwhile Mahama government purchased bicycles for ¢15,000 each.
My attention has been drawn to a recent media publication following comments by the Board Chairman of the Youth Employment Agency, Sammy Awuku that the agency under the erstwhile Mahama government purchased bicycles for ¢15,000.00 each. According to him, many of such bicycles were procured for the District and Regional coordinators of the agency. One will ask, how do you buy bicycles for regional and district Coordinators, for monitoring purposes?
I would like to make it clear that the agency never procured bicycles over the entire period the NDC was in power from January 2009 to January 2017. The bicycles were procured in 2006 by the then Kuffour Administration but had been left in the stores of the agency until the immediate past board learnt of the bicycles and directed Management to assign these bicycles to the Community Police Assistants (CPAs) and not for District and Regional Coordinators.
It should, however, be noted that approval was sought for and subsequently, 216 AG100 Yamaha Motorbikes were procured. These were procured for District Coordinators. The Motorbikes were procured from Japan Motors Co. Ltd for 2, 845,000 Million Ghana Cedis, worked out at ghc13, 171.29 per bike as at April 15, 2016 after going through the National Competitive Tendering procedures specified in the Public Procurement Act, 2003 and in the Guidelines of the Public Procurement Authority of the Republic of Ghana. The bikes arrived when NPP had come to power.
I have learnt that these Bikes are currently being distributed to NPP Constituency Organizers under the watch of Mr Sammy Awuku instead of the destined Coordinators
This is one of the many stories being bandied by the new Board Chairman and Management. They must realize that the propaganda phase is over. They have to work now.
Tender evaluation report and recommendation for the award of the contract is available to any state investigative body on request.
Hon. Samuel A. Jabanyite
Former Board Chairman
Youth Employment Agency
November 2, 2017