The North Tongu legislator is back on the Auditor General's report. This time he is giving it to his colleague MP for Odadee constituency, Hon. Collins Adomako Mensah.
It will be recalled that, a couple of days ago, the NDC MP disclosed how a brother in law of Nana Addo was given a colossal amount of 57.6 million Ghana Cedis for investment in three of his companies. This money was taken from the Ghana Infrastructure Investigation Fund (GIIF).
After that disclosure, the NPP MP came out in attempt to discredit the facts given by Ablakwa. But the North Tongu legislator has his defence mechanism. He replied his colleagues with unimpeachable facts.
According to the NDC MP, the Auditor General stated clearly that the audit was done from 2019 to 2021 contrary to the claim by Odadee MP. He also sated that if his colleague's argument was anything to go by then GIIF should be guilty of forgery because they backdated certificates for the auditor general which should be investigated.
He questioned why Hon. Adomako Mensah was silent on the nepotism aspect of his allegations. Check Ablakwa's post on Facebook below.
"I have read a response to the GIIF mismanagement and nepotism concerns from my colleague in Parliament and fellow Odadee, Hon. Collins Adomako Mensah, who also confirms he is a member of the GIIF board.
1) He gets it wrong when he claims the audit was carried out in 2019 “when the certificates were not ready.”
The Auditor General stated without ambiguity at paragraph 907 of page 191 that he conducted the audit for two years — that is for the financial year ending 31st December 2019 and the financial year ending 31st December 2020.
2) In any case, even if it was a 2019 audit, GIIF management should have produced the said two certificates the MP belatedly produces to the audit team since the MP claims they are dated April 25, 2019 and June 4, 2019. A 2019 audit will be carried out after the 2019 financial year (within the first 6 months of 2020 as Article 187 (5) of the 1992 Constitution stipulates) and not before April, 2019.
3) Is this a clear case of a backdated certification? If it is not, why did GIIF management agree with audit queries and promise in their management response to comply with the recommendations of the Auditor-General?
4) Where is the backdated certificate of the third company in issue: Marinus Energy Limited?
I hope the loud silence is not because of the terrible financial loss GIIF has caused the state due to the bad investment of this particular entity within the Ghana Gas enclave? This is a matter I shall delve into with much incontrovertible detail later.
5) Why did Hon. Adomako-Mensah conveniently ignore the glaring conflict of interest issue raised? What was the transparent criteria used in selecting President Akufo-Addo’s brother-in-law’s company and what made him qualify for the blatantly discriminatory package of a staggering GHS57.6million GIIF cash and a hefty GHS134million tax waiver?
6) GIIF’s financials have been on the decline as the Auditor-General reports. In 2020 GIIF’s financial performance declined by 10.3%. I am ready for a full debate on the financial health of GIIF.
Do accept my very best wishes junior Odadee, and see you in Parliament later today."
Ablakwa continues to give Ghanaians details of the auditor general report so they can contribute to the discussions for national development. He was the one who disclosed how a whooping 50 billion Ghana Cedis went missing from 2017 to 2021. He also mentioned the scandals at the Electoral Commission among others.
We shall be monitoring posts from the NDC legislator and will bring updates to followers in due course.
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