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Monday, 13 July 2009

Ghana: Corruption detected in institutions in Volta Region

Ho, June 18, GNA - Massive corruption has been detected in the National Disaster Management Organization, (NADMO), National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) all in the Volta Region.

Mr Joseph Amenowode, the Volta Regional Minister, told a meeting of the Volta Region House of Chiefs on Wednesday that "the institutions are characterized by ghost names, persons employed in more than one institution, persons taking salaries for no work done, persons using fake certificates to work and actually stealing of funds in the NHIS", Mr Amenowode said.

He said in the "School feeding programme for example due process was not followed in the selection of caterers and in many cases no health checks of the caterers before they began work". Mr Amenowode said state lands were also sold by the Regional Lands Commission "sometimes under duress or threat by government functionaries."

"In all these malfeasances, the region is the ultimate loser and this would not be allowed to continue. We will do everything to sanitize the system in the region", he said.

Mr Amenowode said the Lands Commission in the Volta Region had been instructed to provide records of all state lands disposed off within the past four years in Ho. "Similar exercises would take place in all districts very soon", Mr Amenowode said.

Source: GNA

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