The default feeling about this government now is that the things you know about are terrible, but those you do not know about might be several magnitudes worse.
Ministries are the umbrella body under which agencies and departments fall, but that does not bestow on them the power to dip their hands into their funds at any point they like- especially when paying them back then becomes a task.
From the below documents, intercepted by Joy Fm, it seems such practice is a norm in the workings of government. The Labour and Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu seems to have made it a habit. He requests for funds, huge funds, to do whatever the hell he wants- and these people always comply, whether it’s out of obligation or fear or perhaps something else, we do not know.
According to the documents, the Minister requested as much as Ghc 900,000 from the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), as funds to plan a trip to a foreign conference. That was in May last year, for an International Labour Organisation Conference in Geneva.
He made other requests on the YEA, Ghc 129,000 to pre-finance another conference. On each occasion, the request was made with the promise for the Ministry to pay back the money, although that has not yet been done as at this writing. At a point, the YEA boss had to write to the Minister to bemoan the excessive cash demands being put on them.
At another juncture, Honourable Iddrisu wrote to the agency to request them to amend their procurement plan to include two pick-ups and another vehicle. Why that would be under the Minister’s purview, who knows?
Although he says it does, speaking on Joy Fm Monday morning. He also said that there is “nothing wrong with the Minister relying on funds of its agencies”. So maybe we are the ones who have it all wrong.
What a country!
See the documents below..