The Managers of the National Youth Employment Program (NYEP) have sacked the District Coordinator in Ajumako Eyan Essiam (AEE), Andrews Kojo Dodoo, for pocketing GH¢7,600 being part of the allowances paid to those on the programme. His deputy, Isaac Abeiku Nyanful, has been suspended indefinitely for abetment of crime, whilst the Assinman Rural Bank, which operates the accounts of the beneficiaries’, is to be investigated.

A three-member committee, made of up of personnel from the Operations, Administration and Finance departments of the NYEP, has been tasked to investigate the matter.

The National Coordinator of the NYEP, Abuga Pele, made this known in an interview with The Chronicle in Accra yesterday.

According to him, the decision was a result of the outcome of the crisis meeting his outfit had with the principal characters in the matter, following The Chronicle’s publication that exposed the rot in the district.

“Our preliminary investigations confirmed that Kojo Dodoo was guilty of the allegations leveled against him. In fact, he confirmed that he indeed, ordered the retention of one month allowance of the beneficiaries. Because of that, we have decided to dismiss him. Such an act was a criminal offence,” said Mr. Pele.

Asked why Mr. Dodoo had not been handed over to the police, Mr. Pele said: “The option of the police to arrest Dodoo is not ruled out. With experience in this business, we need to establish many facts, and so we’ve asked him to immediately refund the money to the beneficiaries.”

He told The Chronicle that his outfit could not establish any facts against Mr. Nyanful, but had asked him to step aside to pave way for investigations into the matter.

According to him, Mr. Nyanful’s continuous stay in office may affect the work of the Committee tasked to investigate the matter.

“We cannot say we are sacking his deputy too. It’s too early to do that. But, if he remains in office, there will be a lot of cover ups.

“We would also want to know exactly, the number of persons in connection with this matter, before we can come to a definite conclusion,” noted Mr. Pele.

Mr. Dodoo and Nyanful are yet to be written to officially by the NYEP to vacate their posts, according to Mr. Pele.

Beneficiaries of the NYEP in the AEE District in the Central Region were holding the throats of their bosses for allegedly pocketing their allowances worth GH¢7,600.
They also accused their bosses of deducting GH¢10 each from their allowances for the months of September, October and November, without any explanation.

The Central Regional Coordinator, Nana Osibey Quansah, and Mr. Dodoo, both denied the episode. However, Mr. Nyanful, when contacted, confirmed the incident, and insisted his share of the money was under lock and key, as an exhibit.

They were, however, ordered to a crisis meeting in Accra by their managers on March 1, 2011, to answer queries arising out of their misdeeds.

Mr. Pele told The Chronicle that his outfit had also ordered the APEX Bank, mother of all the rural banks in the country, to immediately investigate the Assinman Rural Bank on “how money could be taken from individual accounts without their consent.”

Mr. Pele, therefore, thanked The Chronicle for a good job done in exposing the rot at the AEE, saying, “This kind of publication helps us to know what is happening in the districts.”

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