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$65 million secured was not released – Witness

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, July 18, GNA – Mr Jacob Atule Adongo, a
Director for Gender and Disability of the National Youth Employment Programme
(NYEP) says the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency
(GYEEDA) secured the $65 million loan from World Bank but it was not released.

He said loan was secured and communicated to
the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the NYEP in a meeting approved by the
World Bank to the equivalent of $60 million for the youth enterprise project,
meanwhile in an earlier between the World Bank, the Ministry and NYEP, they had
agreed to give $5 million for the preparatory activities.

Mr Adongo said there was about a 1,000 miles
from securing funds from a donor partner, to its being released.

He said once a loan was secured, the
government needed to go through a rigorous process for release of the fund from
the donor.

“We as a country not that am aware of has
accessed even GH¢1.00 of the secured fund,” he added.

He said these funds were all put together to
arrive at the $65 million and it was after the approval that NYEP then,
commenced the preparative activities including the tracier study, integration
into the Public Services Commission, a trip to Latin America, enactment of a
law to govern the organisation and even to establish an office to implement the
projects.

He said it was not the business of the
consultants, Goodwill International Group (GIG) to ensure that the funds were
released but rather, it was the government and its agencies duty to that
effect.

He said GIG at all material times delivered on
its mandate to the NYEP by of providing services, they were consulted for.

He said after the approval, the World Bank put
all these into a codified document called the project appraisal document and
its summary the loan agreement, what the fund meant to do and even made mention
of was the $5 million support from DANIDA for work on persons with disability
regarding employment.

The Witness said he was one of the key parties
in the implementation of the project.

He said the World Bank indicated that they
intended to concentrate a portion of their resource on disability employment,
so he was asked to familiarise himself with the project document to enable him
track the progress of the project to benefit the people.

“The World Bank handed over to me a Braille
and print copy of the document and l still have copies in my custody,” he
added.

The witness, through the Counsel of Mr Philip
Akpeena Assibit, a representative of GIG led the Defence Witness to tender the
copies of the Braille and print copies of the appraisal document from the World
Bank, which the State objected too.

The court even though admitted the exhibits
referred the braille document to the University of Ghana for it to be
translated into print, since the state was in doubt of its authenticity.

Mr Abuga Pele, the former National
Co-ordinator of GYEEDA and Mr Philip Akpeena Assibit, a representative of GIG,
are facing various charges of causing financial loss of 41.1 million Ghana
Cedis to the State.

Assibit is being accused of putting in false
claims that he had secured a 65-million-dollar World Bank funding for the
creation of one million jobs for the youth, which led government to part with
GH¢ 41.1 million.

The court adjourned Wednesday July 19, for the
witness to be cross-examined.

GNA

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