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GYEEDA trial adjourned to October

By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, July 31, GNA – Philip Akpeena Assibit a representative of
Goodwill International Group (GIG) on Monday told the Financial Division of the
High Court that there was a trip to some Latin America to study some of the
youth employment projects in that area.

Mr Assibit, who is one of the accused persons in the on-going trial in
the Ghana Youth Employment, Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) said
the trip sent public officers and other parties linked to the project
implementation to see by way of understanding the type of projects being
implemented in Chile and the Dominican Republic.

Mr Assibit continuing his evidence in chief said the idea to travel to
Latin America was borne out of the World Bank’s request, after they gave their
drafted proposal by the consultants of which he was one to the bank’s
officials.

The court presided over by Mrs Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe adjourned the
case to October 31st due to the legal break.

Mr Abuga Pele, the former National Co-ordinator of GYEEDA and Mr
Assibit, a representative of (GIG), are facing various charges of causing
financial loss of 4.1 million Ghana Cedis to the State.

Assibit is 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 the government to part with the GH¢ 4.1 million.

He said initially, the World Bank proposed a trip to Kenya and South
Africa but later decided on the Latin America trip.

The Accused person said the World Bank’s request came among other things
that Latin America had a more youth employment flagship projects like the
proposed one drafted by the consultants.  

He said the trip embarked on was led by Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the
then Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and among other
delegates were one Glady Ghartey, a witness in the case, Sam Pee Yarlley, a
Lawyer with the Ministry of Labour and CEO of Council for Technical and
Vocational Education and Training.

On June 19, 2015 the Court ordered Philip and Pele to open their defence
in respect of a GH¢4.1 million malfeasance case against them.

The order came after the Court had ruled that the State had established
a prima facie case against the two, in respect of 19 counts of defrauding by
false pretences, abetment of crime, dishonesty and intentionally misapplying
public funds and wilfully causing financial loss to the State.

GNA

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