It has emerged that, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi in the Kwahu East district of the Eastern Region, who doubles as Minister of State in charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, has been raking a whopping GHC5 million every month from the state into his pocket.
Bryan Acheampong’s company, has been managing the entire public sector payroll since the days of John Mahama administration. The contract was awarded to him to execute by the then Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, and details of it have remained sketchy.
It is strange that the NPP, after assuming the reins of power reviewed and cancelled many contract awarded by the then Mahama administration, but not the public sector payroll awarded the man who was to become a Minister of State in charge of National Security.
The Abetifi MP, is currently in the news for deploying a heavy-handed National Security team at Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election which saw NDC party members and MP beaten and shot with many injuries recorded.
Last week, Bryan Acheampong’s involvement in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election gun violence and thugery, once again brought to the fore the public sector payroll contract awarded him by the Mahama regime, with many saying money has gone into his head, hence he is less thoughtful and disrespectful to many, including bigwigs of the governing NPP.
Details of the controversial contract awarded by then Finance Minister to Bryan Acheampong’s Company, first came to light in February 2017 – exactly two years ago.
At the time, NPP member and anti-corruption activist, Kwame A Plus, alleged that the contract executed by Bryan Acheampong under NDC was dubious.
He alleged that ghost names were created by the software to facilitate create, loot and share. He was consequently sued and both parties are believed to have reached an out of court settlement.
It is not clear, how much the state is paying in total for the huge contract awarded to the National Security Minister. Some have mentioned something in the region of GHC120million.
Following the Ayawaso incident, a former MP for Adentan and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) Fund, Kojo Adu-Asare, confirmed it on facebook, while many of his followers with knowledge on the matter expressed regret.
He calls the decision to award the contract to Bryan Acheampong “daft”.
“Bryan Acheampong Has Forgotten it Was Seth Terkper’s NDC That Gave His Company The Payroll Contract. How Daft We Were…” he wrote on his Facebook wall.
Another former NDC MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasa Namoale added: “They will not believe the Juicy Contract JM gave to NPP Hon Bryan Acheampong during our time. They have closed their minds to truth.”
Interestingly, both Seth Terkper and Bryan Acheampong, have remained silent on the contract.
More to come!