Ghana is considered to be one of the more stable countries in West Africa, since its transition to
multi-party democracy in 1992. Corruption exists in all branches of Ghanaian government, and
there is often a lack of accountability. The culprits often enjoy impunity. The judiciary and police
are viewed as the most corrupt. However, the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor
supposed to instilled new hope in Ghana’s anti-corruption efforts but even with that because of political intervention in the work of the special prosecutor, has made the work to be tough for the institutions fighting crime in the country.In the petition to the President the NDC youth Wing stated, On point 5 that Government should.Stamp out corruption by prosecuting corrupt officials in their government
other than shielding them. They also said, that there is a fierce urgency to halt the
hopeless nature of cronyism that has crept into the Government.
Below is a list of some scandals under Nana Akufo Addo Government and more that have rocked the Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia Government; and some of this reasons did triggered the Youth of the National Democratic Congress leadership to protest and expressed their displeasures towards the government in the fight against corruptions.
1. BOST – Gh15m Contaminated fuel
A scandal; where Ghana has lost about Gh15 million in revenue following moves by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) to sell contaminated fuel to non-existing oil companies. Documents sighted revealed that BOST agreed and sold 5 million litres of contaminated fuel to non-existing Movenpinna Energy, ZUPOIL.
2. Ministry of Trade/Presidency – $100,000 Cash4Seat saga
Cash4Seat scandal; where the Presidency and Ministry of Trade and Industry and some private persons organized a program for which anyone seeking to sit close by the President had to pay $100,000 bribe to have access.
3. MASLOC – CEO in a unilateral Second hand car importation deal
A scandal where the CEO of Microfinance and Small Loan Center (MASLOC) CEO has been caught in matters of impropriety including singlehandedly procuring about 1,800 home used vehicles from Dextro Impex.
4. GEPA CEO and Deputies sharing company cash
A scandal about the CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority, [GEPA] and her 2 Deputies transferring monies from the State Enterprise coffers into their personal accounts.
5. NLA CEO granting his in-law sole sourced contract exceeding CEO’s limit
A scandal about the CEO of the National Lotteries Authority [NLA], Kofi Osei Ameyaw awarding 11 contracts to the sister-in-law, an issue which has raised questions of conflict of interest. The CEO approved the contracts worth more than half a million cedis to Rama Hassan to supply end-of-year packages.
6. MMT CEO/Procurement Officer on tape seeking to breach procurement processes
Metro Mass Transit [MMT] scandal in which the Managing Director was caught on tape circumventing procurement processes in the acquisition of some 300 buses for the company.
7. Planting 4 Food/Jobs – Gh18million dubious expenditure
A scandal where Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Afriyie Akoto was found wanting over a GH10million contract to supply chemicals to fight fall army worms. The procured chemicals turned out to be fake, could not help farmers combat the devastating worms. The Gh8million allocated for the public education to combat fall army worm invasion also saw very little being done, leaving farmers at the mercy of the worms.
8. Dubious $2.5m Ghana Post GPS deal
A scandal where the Akufo Addo Government connived with a company, Vokakom to “dupe” the country $2.5 million in a digital and property address system deal. Even between President Akufo Addo and Dr Bawumia, there is contradiction over the cost of the project as one claim $2.5 million and the other $2.3million. A system Tech Experts say already exist on our phones.
9. Dubious $178 GVG Kelni/NCA deal
A scandal where the Ministry of Communication has signed a $178 million questionable 10 year contract with KelniGVG to provide calls monitoring and revenue assurance, all of which an existing company, Afriwave and NCA have the capacity to do. KelniGVG which is known for supply of building material and groceries has no specific office locations, non-functioning website and reliable contacts for the new project.
10. Dubious $4m mobile interoperability deal
A scandal in which the Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia regime spent whopping $4.5million state money on a mobile money interoperability platform which the State would have gotten for free.
11. Ghana@60; Gh5.3m GoG expenditure
The Akufo Addo/Br Bawumia Government spent GH5.3million of tax payers’ money on Ghana@60 celebrations, contrary to promises that tax payers’ money would not be used. The Chairman of the Ghana@60 Committee, Ken Amankwah who doubles as the President’s brother inlaw is yet to fully render account for the celebration.
12. President Akufo Addo’s assurance that homosexuality in Ghana ‘is bound to happen”
A scandal where President Akufo Addo had through an interview on Aljazeera assured same sex lobbyists, advocates etc that Ghana will legalize the practice and all that his government required was pressure from the advocates.
13. $20,000 Flag Staff House [Presidency] appearance fee
A scandal that the Flagstaff House charges any investor seeking to meet President Akufo Addo $20,000, says Kennedy Agyapong. The MP who made the revelation on Oman fm said the last time he visited the Presidency; the particular office taking the bribe had an unimaginable queue.
14. Kwesi Nyantakyi/Akufo Addo, $5m; Dr Bawumia, $3m etc deal
Ace Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has his lenses caught Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi negotiating a deal on behalf of President Akufo Addo, Vice President, Dr Bawumia and other top Government officials. Nyantakyi who is the President’s ally is seen in a video indicating he has Akufo Addo and his govt in his pocket and that to be able win all manner of contracts in Ghana, $5 million is enough to buy the President.
15. Over 100 Govt member delegation to UN General Assembly in USA in 2017
President Akufo Addo at the last United Nationals General Assembly travelled with over 100 member delegation including family members, party apparatchiks, Chiefs, friends etc, all at the expense of the poor tax payer. Videos of the account showed the entourage in expensive cars.
16. $2.25billion Kenbond scandal
A scandal in which the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah who sourced a dubious $2.25 billion loan that attracted the angst of the public. The prospectus notice around the bond was more than limited. 95% of the bond ended up been acquired by a company, Templeton whose Director doubles as the Board Chairman of a company which Ken Ofori, his wife Angela and friend Keli Gadzekpo holds majority shares.
17. Non full disclosure of Assets by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah
The Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice [CHRAJ] has revealed in its report after investigations into the $1.25billion dubious Kenbond that Finance Minister hasnt disclosed interest in some businesses of his, raising Asset non-declaration matters. Ken Ofori Attah’s action contradicts, Prez Akufo Addo’s claim that all appointees have fully declared their Assets.
18. Unprecedented #998 Presidential staffers list
A scandal about the Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia Government on appointment of #998 Presidential staffers culminating in wanton depletion of the public purse instead of the promise to protect it.
19. $20M mortgage of Ghana to USA (for Military base)
A scandal that the Akufo Addo Government accepted a $20million from the USA to allow the establishment of a military base here in Ghana, an action Ghanaians described as unsafe and a mortgage of the country’s destiny.
20. Collapse of 7 indigenous banks under Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia Government
A scandal in which in less than 2 years in office, the Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia government has presided over the collapse of seven indigenous banks. This is contrary to campaign promise that NPP will set up a Financial Stabilization Council to stabilize the struggling financial sector. Clueless Dr Bawumia is unable to help the government avert the situation. Over 15,000 workers have lost their jobs through the collapse of banks and other companies.
21. Appointment of Ex-girlfriends/In-laws/Natives/Ancestors/Friends into Government
The Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia campaign contrary to the promise not to run a family and friends government has made unimaginable appointments including 3 Ex-girlfriends, sons and daughters, in-laws, natives, friends and ancestors i.e.– seeking to name UG after JB Danquah.
22. Gh800,000 Website cost; Gh770,000 Classroom block; etc
Ministry for Special Developments under the Akufo Addo/Bawumia Government quoted a whopping Gh800,000 for a simple website. As part of the ludicrous budget which attracted the scoffing of Ghanaians, a Mechanized borehole that cost Gh60,000 in 2016 now cost Gh132,000, a 6-unit classroom block which cost Gh450,000 now cost Gh770,000.
23. Air ticket fares costing Akufo Addo appointees Gh100,000
According to A Plus, profligacy has taken over the Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia Government to the extent that the cost of ticket for a single journey is Gh100,000.
24. Agric Minister’s 745,000 phantom jobs
Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Akoto Afriyie had been mocked by Ghanaians over his 745,000 created jobs claim. They say the jobs are a mere phantom.
25. Another Presidential fleet, aside Osafo Marfo’s request
President Akufo Addo on assumption of office ordered for a new presidential vehicle fleet aside the earlier request made by Osafo Marfo to the outgoing government.
26. Ken Ofori Attah packing key positions with family/friends/acquaintances
The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has taken on the Akufo Addo Government, and in particular Minister for Finance Ken Ofori Attah for what it says is incessant dependence on “Special Assistants”; family members, friends, natives, Ex-girlfriends etc. for work. CLOGSAG at a press conference said Ken Ofori Attah has so far employed ‘30 Assistants’ who have taken over the duties of Civil Servants at the Ministry.
27. GCMC – Frances Asiam’s stinking deals which attracted the fury of the Board
The CEO of the Cylinder Manufacturing Company, Frances Asiam has side stepped procurement procedures in her management of the company over which the Board met at an Emergency meeting to sack her. The Board rather got dissolved by President Akufo Addo.
28. NHIA – Expose’ by the Auditor General
The struggling National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has been cited for wanton financial waste and abuse of procurement processes. Audit work done by the Ghana Audit Service shows that the Authority may be losing close to 23 million Ghana cedis, plus over 3 million dollars, through a duplication of contract activity and unsubstantiated payments. The Authority has also been found to have abused the single source procurement method.
29. MMT CEO on tape saying President Akufo Addo won’t get Gh2m cut from deal
Metro Mass CEO who was caught on tape circumventing procurement processes was also heard saying he would deny President Akufo Addo his Gh2millon cut from the deal.
30. Unprecedented increases in fuel prices from 2017
The Akufo Addo Government contrary to promises to reduce fuel prices has rather ensured continual increase in the price of same, taking it from GH14 per gallon in late 2016 to about Gh22 which is about 63% increase in less than a year and a half.
31. Profligacy scandal; a minimum of 12 luxurious parties thrown by the first family
Contrary to the promise to protect the public purse, the Akufo Addo/Bawumia Government on assumption of office started organizing luxurious parties for themselves and family. By the end of 2017, the first family alone threw about 12 expensive parties.
32. A Cathedral promise which has sealed the lips of the Clergy
The Akufo Addo Government on assumption of office promised the clergy a Cathedral, a promise which has succeeded in sealing the lips of members of the clergy including those who were critical of the previous Government.
33. Australia 2018 Commonwealth Games Visa scandal
A Visa scandal that had hit the Akufo Addo Government having a Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, NSA CEO and Board Chair have all in a way been implicated per the report compiled by the Youth and Sports Minister.
34. NIA dubious $1.22b national registration exercise
A scandal that the National Identification Authority [NIA] has entered into a dubious deal to provide ID cards at a cost of $1.2billion, a price 1000% more than the past Government was going to do it.
35. TOR for a tank farm fight between Energy Minister/TOR CEO
The Energy Minister and CEO of Tema Oil Refinery [TOR] have been on each other’s throat over Government’s intention to convert TOR’s tanks to permanent tank farms as against the company’s core mandate.
36. National Security paying for Prez Akufo Addo’s private land acquisitions
Following the election of Nana Akufo-Addo as the President and the overnight enrichment, the National Security officials have taken charge of assets acquisition and ejection and eviction of age old squatters in and around Prez Akufo Addo’s private Nima residence, the National Security officials have given the traders and artisans up to March 15 to vacate the area.
37. COCOABOD CEO fight with Board Chair
COCOABOD CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo and Board Chairman, Hackman Owusu Agymemang have both been at each other’s throat over management matters at the company.
38. NPP’s key officials attempt to undermine Asantehene
A group calling itself the Concerned Youth of Ashanti has strongly accused leading members of the NPP of speaking ill and undermining the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
39. Dr Bawumia’s $19b China cash that never came (leveraging/loan/partnership)
Vice President Dr Bawumia returned from a China trip and told Ghanaians he had secured $19 billion facility for all manner of developments in Ghana but a dime of the money is yet to arrive.
40. Disorganized Hajj pilgrimage
Over 500 Hajj pilgrims stranded at the Tamale Hajj village. It follows the failure of the aircraft that was supposed to airlift them from the Tamale International Airport to Saudi Arabia to show up. Other issues are about visa for pilgrims. The disappointment came just a day after Dr Mahamudu Bawumia promised to ensure Hajj is devoid of all hitches.
41. Hajj Board Chair and Board member fraud scandal
A scandal where a Ghana Hajj Board member, Zakaria Rahman is in hot waters for collecting money from prospective pilgrims who could not travel to Mecca. Four women have reported Rahman to two separate police stations in Accra – Airport and Nima over his inability to acquire Visas and flight tickets for them to travel to Saudi Arabia to observe the Holy pilgrimage.
42. Gov’t only verbally equipping the security services
Ghanaians have been asking when the Akufo Addo/Bawumia Govt will honor its promise to equip the security services. Government had announced plans to allocate some GH¢ 800million to the Ghana Police Service to procure helicopters, drones, to fix CCTV cameras in all Police stations across the country in an effort to improve security.
43. Scandalous $1.37 billion AMERI Novation and Amendment deal
The Akufo Addo government has been rocked by a scandal of an attempt to rip off Ghanaians by seeking to inflate the cost of the AMERI plants from $510 million to $1.37 billion.
44. Resignations rocking the Akufo Addo/ Dr Bawumia Government
Former NPP Women Organizer, Otiko Afisa Djaba and Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Joseph Tetteh have all resigned from the Akufo Addo’s government. Otiko’s resignation is in protest of her new appointment. Joseph Tetteh’s in solidarity with Energy Minister, Boakye Agyaako’s dismissal. Otiko, Tetteh and Agyaako are all Krobos. First Vice Chair, Kwame Baffoe aka Abronye has also announced his resignation from the NPP’s Communication team.
45. Forestry Commission CEO and Ashanti Region NPP Chair involved in galamsey
Some chiefs in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region have said that Forestry Commission CEO, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and Ashanti Regional NPP Chair, Bernard Antwi Bosiako are involved in illegal mining in the Apampram Forest Reserve.
46. Ministerial Appointment jumped from #110 to #112
Contrary to expectations that President Akufo Addo will heed the call of Ghanaians to cut down on his Ministerial appointments from #110, he rather increased the number to #112 appointees.
47. Two Thieves of Staff at the [Flag] Bribe Staff House
Two Deputy Chiefs of Staff accused of corruption by A-Plus and tagged as “Thieves of Staff.”
48. A University campus stolen from Afram Plains people to Bunso, near Kyebi
Contrary to original plans to locate in Donkorkrom, Afram, a campus of University of Environment and Development studies, the Akufo Addo/Dr Bawumia Government has diverted the project to Bunso – Akyem, attracting the angst of the people of Afram Plains and Somanya.
49. Gh5million released by Presidency for NPP Cape Coast conference
An enraged NPP Deputy General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen caught on tape exposing President Akufo Addo and the Flag Staff House on the poor tax payers Gh5million released for the organization of the NPP’s Delegates Conference in Cape Coast.
50. DKM/God is Love/Jester Motors victims
A scandal out of the failure of the Akufo Addo Government to honor promises made to DKM/God is Love/ Jester Motors victims of scam to have their savings refunded.
51. GNPC’s underpricing of Ghana’s crude oil
Crude oil underpricing scandal has hit the government and GNPC. $34million has so far been lost as revenue out of the underpricing. Some have accused government of deliberately doing so to divert the money into private pockets at the expense of critical needs including infrastructure for a struggling free SHS program.
52. Questionable payment by BOST to Springfield
A scandal that has hit BOST in 2018 over questionable payment made to Springfield Energy, a company whose debt claims, an independent auditor, Ernst and Young investigated in 2013 and cleared BOST of any indebtedness.
53. Re-introduction of Shift system of Education due to lack of infrastructure and funding
The Government has been hit by a scandal of re-introduction of shift system [cleverly termed double track] into Ghana’s educational system as a result of poor planning – inadequate infrastructure, etc. Inadequate classrooms, dormitories, administration blocks, dining halls etc and inability to absorb the associated school fees forced the government to introduce shift system or semestral system of education instead of the normal 3-terms.
54. Bernard Avle’s question which Prez Akufo Addo and Dr Bawumia failed to answer
It became a topical matter when Bernard Avle’s simple economic related question to President Akufo Addo had to be parried to Dr Bawumia who could not satisfactorily answer raising questions about his economic competence.
55. Free SHS program without policy document/Congestion/Diseases outbreak
The Government was hit by a scandal of proceeding with a fundamental program as free SHS without a policy document which has led to congestion and diseases outbreak.
56. Goats/Cows/Money as bribe for Akufo Addo MMDCEs Appointment
A scandal that the former Northern Regional Chair of the NPP, Bugri Naabu was collecting goats, cows and money from potential MMDCEs from the Northern region. Bugri could not deny but to also hit back, accusing Otiko Afisa Djabah as not being a straight person.
57. The American dollar [$] finally hits Gh5.0 to the chagrin of local importers
The US dollar has hit Gh5.0 contrary to claims by Dr Bawumia that the dollar has been arrested and placed in jail and the key handed over to the Inspector General of Police for safe keeping [effectively indicating the dollar is under control]. Ghanaians are questioning the Vice President’s competence over the development.
58. Scandal over failure to provide 51 factories in 2017
Government’s inability to meet the self-set December 2017, deadline to inaugurate 51 factories under the One District One factory. From all indication the 51 factories would be difficult to deliver in 2018, let alone the 60 planned for inauguration in 2018.
59. Scrapping of teacher trainee allowance
At the astonishment of Ghanaians, the NPP that campaigned to restore trainee allowance and won the 2016 elections largely based on it has started taking steps to scrap same trainee allowance starting this 2018/2019 academic year.
60. Appointees’ Girlfriends on Payroll and sexual favors scandal
From some unhappy NPP foot soldiers, a scandal that had hit Akufo Addo/Bawumia government, that some appointees and party executives have their girlfriends on payroll of State Enterprises. Some other NPP ladies also had complained they are denied opportunities by appointees because they refuse to give in to the sexual demands of the appointees.
Below is the full text of the Petition.
March For Justice
6th July, 2021.
PETITION TO PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO BY THE NATIONAL YOUTH
WING OF NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS.
The framers of the 1992 Constitution were spot on when they made provision
in clause 1 of article 1 that “the Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the PEOPLE
OF GHANA in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government
are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in this
Constitution.” In the strict adherence to the meaning of this provision, Your
Excellency, you took the presidential oath on January 7, 2017 when you were
first elected President of the Republic. Although our party, the NDC
contested the general elections which was subsequently decided in
your favour by the Supreme Court of our Republic, you took the same oath
on January 7, 2021 to serve another four-year term. The Presidential oath,
as we know it, was not and cannot be fanciful words said for purposes of
Despite the polarized nature of our country, Ghanaians who voted for you,
and indeed, those who voted for your opponents succumbed to our
Constitutional arrangements and entrusted their will and aspirations in your
hands. The hopes of every Ghanaian, including your political adversaries was
to see you uphold the tenets of our Constitution, sustain the peace you
inherited from your predecessor, improve upon the economic wellbeing of
Ghanaians, fight corruption ruthlessly, provide decent employment for the
youth in particular, and ensure the safety of everybody, amongst other
things ; needless to say, these were the very teething issues you campaigned
on and promised to deliver.
Your Excellency, without mincing words, it is heart wrenching to state that
your government has so far delivered the antithesis of almost all what you
promised Ghanaians. It cannot be gainsaid that if you objectively and
sincerely looked back, reflect on the state of the country bequeathed to you
and what you have done with it in five years, you have eroded almost all the strides our country have made. If our country was a clock, you have rolled
it anti-clockwise. Though our country was riddled with some age long
challenges before you took over; issues of corruption, unemployment,
nepotism, cronyism and insecurity among other things, have increased
unimaginably. You will agree with us that our country needs fixing and there
cannot be any good time to fix it than now.
The danger, Your Excellency, is that there is no commitment from you and
your government that these life threatening challenges facing our country
will be, at least, reduced. Instead of teaming up with those who have taken
inspiration from your edicts to be citizens and not spectators to fix the
country, your government is surprisingly averse to calls asking for
the fixing of our beloved country. Those crusading for the country to be fixed
have become enemies of your government as they are either being
intimidated, harassed or killed.
Respectfully Mr President, it is not out of place to point out to you that,
though Ghanaians signed a social contract with you to resolve their
problems, your government has become an insurmountable challenge that
they are struggling to resolve. Objective minds in our nation and those in
your own government whispering on corridors have growing apprehension
about where you are leading this dear country of ours. The leadership you
have provided so far is one of “let’s finish everything today because there is
no tomorrow.” There is no hope for the youth under your stewardship. The
very people you promised to protect are the ones being beaten and/or killed
daily by thugs recruited into our Security Services, those you promised jobs
have either been laid off, lost their investments or have not been employed
at all. You have failed to build a just society. Today, more than ever in the
history of the construction of our State, access to the few opportunities is
soley based on possession of an NPP party card. Those you promised
infrastructural development have either have what your predecessor started
abandoned by you or not seen any infrastructure at all. Perhaps, the best
thing about your government is how far your family members and cronies
are feeding on the national kitty to the chagrin of all of us.
The case of students, nurses, teachers, tailors, carpenters, Okada
riders, trotro drivers, doctors, Masons, lawyers, traders, civil servants,
farmers, to the last man on the street, has been of agony, pain and sorrow.
There is simply no hope in sight. In the world all over, governments are
elected to work for people and not otherwise. Your Excellency, your
government is not working for the generality of Ghanaians but a
select few, mainly family members and cronies.With each passing day, you and your government manifest more examples
of insensitivity to the cries of Ghanaians. The latest being your decision to
pay your wife Rebecca and Samira Bawumia salaries equivalent to Cabinet
Ministers at a time like this. Clearly, you have lost it.
The Country our forefathers labored at the peril of their lives to build for us
cannot be gambled with and treated this way. Without sounding
exaggerative, where you have led the country to, points to a direction that
we urgently need liberation from the ills of state powers which must start
from the seat of government ; we are not lost at all of the powers allocated
to the executive arm of our government and it’s authority to change things
for the better. The ills of your government are just too many to mention but
of course you cannot be bothered. You fulfilled a long held ambition to be
President and that is what appears to matter to you most.
Though it sounds needless to remind you of your pledge and campaign
messages to the good people of Ghana, it is worthy to make the following
1. Immediately, implement recommendations of the Emile Short Commission
of Inquiry Report forthwith. In particular, pay compensations to all victims
and direct the Attorney General to prosecute all culprits.
2. Beyond investigating all acts of violence perpetrated by officers of the
security agencies under your watch, ensure that all victims get justice as
required by law. Victims of acts of violence
from Ejura, Ablekuma Central, Odododiodioo, Banda etc must all not be
3. Make provisions towards providing decent jobs for the teeming youth of
the Country through proper structural economic reforms and business
support for enterprises of young people.
4. Ensure the safety and security of all Ghanaians
5. Stamp out corruption by prosecuting corrupt officials in your government
other than shielding them. We ask that there is a fierce urgency to halt the
hopeless nature of cronyism that has crept into the Government.6. Take steps to fulfill campaign promises to the good people of
Ghana and be respectful and truthful to the citizenry.
7. De-politicize the Security Services introducing reforms to give true
meaning to its independence. We charge that these reforms be led by
experts in our country and not partisan appointees.
8. Instruct the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice to improve the
justice system and Wean the Judiciary off partisan political influence.
We count on your fail-safe commitment to our nation as its President in this
Written for and on behalf of the Youth of Ghana.
Under my hand,
George Opare Addo, Esq.
National Youth Organizer, NDC.
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