The Special Prosecutor’s Office has begun an expedited investigation into the suspected corruption and corruption-related activities at the Northern Development Authority (NDA).
The office is narrowing on a GH¢10 million contract awarded by the authority to the A&Qs Consortium for consultancy services under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, especially in respect of the quantum of the contract sum.
A statement signed by Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng has thus directed the Controller and Accountant General to immediately freeze payments arising from the contract.
In view of the above, “the Special Prosecutor has invited the Coordinator for Special Initiatives at the Jubilee House and several serving officers, including the Chief Executive, and relevant past officers of the NDA and officers of A&Qs Consortium for questioning”.
All the invited persons have been placed on bail and if found culpable, will be charged and arraigned before the High Court for prosecution.
Mr. Kissi Agyebeng’s office was petitioned by a private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, to investigate accusations of irregularities at the NDA.
“In the circumstances, kindly investigate the cases presented above in accordance with your mandate as by law stipulated in the Office of Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) to save mother Ghana the millions of Ghana Cedis we risk losing,” he said in his petition.
It will be recalled that a former NDA CEO Dr. Sulemana Anamzoya had petitioned the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, over a fraud issue involving his successor.
Dr. Anamzoya, in the petition, accused his successor, Sumaila Abdul Rahman, of falsifying figures and forging his signature to cash in on a GH¢10,400,000 contract.