CORRUPTION RUNS AMOK UNDER AKUFO- ADDO

… A-Plus Confirms BOST Contract Without Tender

… Abu Jinapor Scandal At GSC Gets Covered Up

Kwame A Plus, otherwise known as Kwame Asare Obeng, the third rate musician who has reinvented himself into an activist of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has switched on full hazard lights for the benefit of the Akufo-Addo government.

He has warned, in a spiraling public spat with some regime actors, that if the ruling party does not call off attack dogs that have been unleashed on him, he will be compelled to blow the lid off stinking corruption that is secretly festering in the administration.

For teaser, Mr. A Plus hints at a scandal in which one of President Akufo-Addo’s two deputy Chiefs of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor, plucked cake at the Ghana Shippers Council.

In a tirade on social media, A Plus warned that Jinapor would be the wiser to walk a tightrope since he has a rap sheet on him already.

“You Abu Jinapor, you are someone that should not even dare speak up!”

According to the musician-cum-activist, the only reason Mr. Jinapor’s rascality at the Shippers Council is not yet a scandal is that Asempa FM, a private radio station based in Accra, has been prevailed upon to cover it up.

In that same tirade, an angry A Plus boasted that he has lost interest in a contract that the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) Company had given him and that he was penning a letter to BOST to cancel the contract.

“I dey pull a letter, me I dey pull letter to BOST to kill the contract. Am pulling a letter right now, to BOST and say I don’t want your contract anymore. And I’ll put it on my Facebook page.”

The tirade, which was recorded and broadcast on social media, comes as part of ongoing war of words that A Plus is having with President Akufo-Addo’s two deputy Chiefs of Staff – Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor.

A Plus has already alleged that the two are “stupid thieves.”

The vow to reject the BOST contract comes as a confirmation of an earlier allegation by Kwame Baffoe, the ruling NPP’s Regional Youth Organizer for Brong Ahafo, that the Akufo-Addo government had given A Plus a juicy contract through BOST.

According to Mr. Baffoe, who is popularly known as Abronye DC, the juicy contract has already sweetened A Plus with a cool Ghc3million, (old cedi equivalent of 30billion).

A Plus’ own revelation also corroborates rife suspicion in public circles that BOST’s scandal-prone managing director, Alfred Obeng Boateng, has been using his position to dish out contracts, like Last Supper bread, to NPP apparatchiks.

This is the same Alfred Obeng Boateng who was only recently in the news for selling 5million litres of contaminated fuel to unlicensed crony companies, including McWest Zupp Oil and Movenpiina – Movenpiina being allegedly owned by his business partner.

Following the outbreak of the contaminated fuel scandal, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central, had mounted a spirited defense, on behalf of Mr. Obeng Boateng, angrily revealing that up to 800 companies belonging to NPP aficionados had suddenly mushroomed with the advent of the Akufo-Addo government, and taken to pestering the BOST MD for contracts.

Apparently, A Plus is one of those people who had hurriedly put together companies to receive contracts, like manna, from BOST.

In a manner very stylistic of how the contaminated fuel was sold, it appears that whatever contract that BOST gave A Plus, did not go through tender.

In a recorded tirade posted on social media, the failed musician- turned-NPP activist boasted that he did not need contracts from the NPP government to survive and that before NPP came to power he was comfortable in life.

He decried intolerance for dissent in the ruling party, saying his harp on ongoing corruption in the Akufo-Addo government had led to the ruling party unleashing party attack dogs on him.

A Plus, in the latest tirade, mentioned a so-called NPP Facebook army as one of the assault squads unleashed on him by the ruling party.

In an earlier tirade against Deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso Boateng, however, A Plus had called the NPP attackers “stupid robots.”

According to him, these ‘attack dogs’ had constituted themselves into hatchet men and women for uncaring slave-drivers in government who only call on them and pay them peanuts whenever there is dirty work to be done.

For example, A Plus revealed that at the last National Delegates Conference of the NPP, which was held in Cape Coast, some high-up opportunists in the ruling party had creamed off Ghc1,900 that the party had allocated to each delegate, handing out Ghc100 each and food to the delegates instead.

It is in that same tirade, which happened on Facebook, that A Plus called Samuel Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso-Boakye, both deputy Chiefs of Staff, “thieves” and “stupid.”

In reply, Mr. Asenso-Boakye has since dismissed A Plus as a “sheepish” blackmailer and an infantile whiner with a sickening sense of entitlement to the spoils of government under Akufo-Addo’s NPP government.

Mr. Asenso Boakye did not mention exactly what A Plus had attempted to blackmail him over, but it has since been alleged that A Plus recently approached the Deputy Chief of Staff for a contract to print pay slips.

A Plus, in reaction to that allegation, has said the NPP people who made that claim are “stupid.”

“Look at how stupid people can be; can you imagine how stupid people can be? Who prints pay slips in Ghana today, tell me!”

Implying that the allegation is all part of plots to silence him, A Plus warned that corrupt appointees of President Akufo-Addo are pushing him to the wall, and by so doing, are tempting him to reveal more corruption in the government.

He vowed that he will continue to harp on sleaze in the government until President Akufo-Addo sees it fit to call him into a personal meeting so he can spill his guts.

“See, if you come after me a hundred times, I will come after you two hundred and it will go on and on and on. Let Nana Addo call me and I will tell him what is going on. Anybody has a problem, they are at the Flagstsaff House, let them go and report to Nana Addo and let Nana Addo call me and I will tell him that ABC is going on.”

As appetizing overture, A Plus has named Samuel Abu Jinapor as a jutting stinker. “Abu Jinapor for instance when am coming after you, I will come after you with evidence.

“Ask the people at Asempa FM, they had intended to blow the lid on an issue involving you, you and some Shipping Council matter. It was I who told them not to reveal the matter…. You, Abu Jinapor, you are someone that should not even dare speak up,” A Plus thundered.

A Plus, whom some view as one of many Frankenstein monsters that the NPP has reared for itself,  also denounced the manager of the Accra Digital Centre, Eric Ofosu Nkansah, popularly known as Kofi Ofosu, as a “senseless” being, for daring to tell NPP activists that there are no jobs available in government for them.

“You Kofi Ofosu when people come looking for jobs you tell them they don’t have qualifications to get jobs under NPP. You Kofi Ofosu, that is how you talk because you are senseless.

“People campaigned for NPP. The time they were campaigning and you said you were pursuing agenda for jobs, you did not tell them that it was agenda for jobs for people with qualification, but said it was for everybody. Now that you have come, the time the Royal Ladies were chasing you for jobs, you said they did not have qualifications to work under NPP. You people you think human beings are animals?”

Kofi Ofosu, a popular Facebook user, had been appointed as acting manager of the Accra Digital Centre by President Akufo-Addo to the shock of many.

Meanwhile, yesterday, news portal of Accra-based Citi FM, Citifmonline, reported that A Plus, together with Assin Central MP, Ken Agyapong, had been invited by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to substantiate allegations that they have been making publicly against the Akufo-Addo government.

Citifmonline’s report carried a speculative tone, but it would be recalled that prior to A Plus’ rough tango with the two deputy Chiefs of Staff, Ken Agyapong had alleged that the President’s cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, had spawned in place an extortionate scheme at the Flagstaff House which is used to fleece prospective investors.

According to Ken Agyapong, Gabby demands $20,000 as precondition for the opportunity to meet with the President.

The firebrand Assin MP’s claim had been a corroboration of earlier allegation that Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah, General Overseer of Glorious Word Power Ministry International, had made about Gabby.

According to the man of God, who has openly campaigned for Akufo-Addo and used his ministry to hazard prophecies about Akufo-Addo’s Presidency since 2008, Gabby and some cohorts at the Flagstaff House, had monopolized the President and made him inaccessible to people who want to meet with him.

As it has come to be the tendency that all the people who allege corruption against the government are aficionados of the ruling party, the drama has left Ghanaians in awe with many believing that the frog which has emerged from the river to announce the death of the crocodile in broad day light cannot be dismissed off-handedly.

However, in response to the allegations of sleaze, President Akufo-Addo has warned that he will not allow anybody to capsize his government which he said was akin to a boat in which he is the captain.

At the ruling NPP’s National Delegates’ Conference in Cape Coast over the weekend, the President warned that anybody who alleges corruption against his appointees must be prepared to substantiate with hard cold evidence.

“We are told that there is corruption in the Akufo-Addo government. Let me reassure you of one thing. Any allegation about corruption against any official member of my government will be investigated by the law enforcement agencies. And those who made that allegation better be prepared to support it when they are making these allegations of corruption…”

Interestingly, long before the President would issue the veiled threat to whistle-blowing, Kwame A Plus had made it clear that he would relish a meeting with President Akufo-Addo so he can spill his guts.

“Let Nana Addo call me and I will tell him what is going on. Anybody has a problem, they are at the Flagstsaff House, let them go and report to Nana Addo and let Nana Addo call me and I will tell him that ABC is going on,” A Plus, reiterated in his latest tirade on social media.

Already, some anti-corruption activists have faulted the President on the way he is fighting the canker, almost unanimously pointing out that the President is side-stepping accountability mechanisms, rather than using them to build on successes from the Mahama era.

A member of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, Daniel Batidam, for instance, has pointed out that the President has failed to support the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) – a 10-year blueprint for fighting corruption that started in 2015 and is expected to end in 2025.

Even though it was formulated based on consensus with various stakeholders and unanimously approved by Parliament as a working document to tackle corruption in the country, the President has tiptoed around it, so far.

“You can’t fight corruption by just making statements. You must give expression to the statements you make by saying the question, ‘how’. Every public policy student knows that the question you must ask every policy maker is ‘how are you going to do the things you say you are going to do?

“We have been on a certain path for some time and I was very, very sad and disappointed when in the President’s first opportunity to engage the media he (failed to mention) the word ‘NACAP,’ in terms of how he intends to address corruption in this country,” Mr. Batidam, who was Advisor on Governance and Corruption to former President John Mahama, said on a Joy News Current Affairs program, PM Express.

On the same program, a manager at the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Mary Awelana-Addah, also said the President must investigate allegations of corruption levelled against some government officials because that is what will prove his resolve to fighting corruption.

The GII is already on record to have expressed misgivings about the manner that the BOST contaminated fuel scandal was handled by the government.

 

 

 

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels

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