The Minority spokesperson on Local Government, Kwasi Ameyaw Kyeremeh, is accusing Engineers & Planners, a company owned by the president's brother, of using state equipment for private work.

Government claimed it released new heavy duty machinery and equipment to the company to dredge the Odaw River for free.

But Mr. Kyeremeh told Joy FM’s Top Story aside the arrangement being “irregular, improper, and illegal”, some of the machines have been sighted in places being used for the company’s private activities.

Some of the equipment were found in Ashaiman in the Greater Accra as well as in the Northern region working on private contracts, he asserted.

Earlier Thursday morning, the Minority in parliament asked Engineers and Planners to pay for the equipment that was improperly released to them.

Even though the state has defended its action and said the state rather benefited from the arrangement, Mr. Kyeremeh said the government was “not being truthful.”

He questioned why machinery purchased for district assemblies would be hoarded at the ministry and released to a private firm.

“The whole arrangement stinks,” he declared.

He suspects the Local Government “deceived” Parliament to approve the budget to buy the equipment knowing very well they were not going to distribute them to the intended beneficiaries.

He is also wondering why the state would purchase the equipment if the assemblies do not have the expertise to handle them as government claims.

Mr. Kyeremeh told Joy News the Minority would further probe the release of the equipment to the president’s brother's company, suspecting that the president abused his office when he endorsed the release.

Tags: