General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has urged the office of the special prosecutor to ensure that anyone who played a role in the ‘shady’ Agyapa deal faces the full rigours of the law.
Speaking at the 16th press briefing of the NDC, Tuesday, Aseidu Nketia stated that, Martin Amidu is obligated under the Public Procurement Law to prosecute perpetrators involved directly or indirectly in the Agypa scandal.
“The Special Prosecutor ought to be reminded that he is mandated by law to investigate and prosecute among other offences, breaches of the Public Procurement Law and the other offences he has uncovered through his investigations into this Agyapa scam.
This, he said, is the only way to “salvage the failing fight against corruption” in the country.
“The OSP must conduct criminal investigations into this matter and ensure that anyone who directly or indirectly played any role in this Agyapa scam, faces the full rigours of the law,” he said.
Mr Amidu after conducting a Corruption Risk Assessment into the agreement revealed bid-rigging and a high risk of corruption activity in the selection process of the deal.
He also uncovered occurrences of alleged manipulation of the procurement process by the Ministry of Finance by adding an unapproved rider for collaboration with a Ghanaian firm.
Reacting to the new development, the General Secretary of the NDC noted that the fraudulent deal cannot be remedied by parliament even after its referral to the House by President Akufo-Addo.
“The findings of Procurement rigging, fraud, potential money laundering and corruption, among others, border on serious offenses that cannot be remedied by any Parliamentary review of the deal.”
Asiedu Nketia indicated that the “Agyapa” scam and other similar corrupt acts of the Akufo Addo government, will not go unpunished if the NDC is given the nod come December 7.
“His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the NDC “Insha Allah”, shall investigate this “Agyapa” robbery and punish all the culprits and masterminds behind it through the Operation Sting crusade. Let it be known that crime has no expiry date. It is just a matter of time,” he concluded.