The Herald has chanced upon a leaked memo from Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) showing its Board has approved some outrageous amounts running into millions of Ghana Cedis as donation and sponsorship requests for various institutions including the Rebecca Foundation believed to be owned by the First Lady; Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The GNPC Board is chaired by the New Patriotic Party Chairman, Freddie Blay, but the Memo was addressed to the GNPC Chief Executive Dr. KK Sarpong by the Board Secretary; Matilda Ohene, and it is dated 29th October 2019.
It was titled “Board Approval for payment of various sponsorship/support requests”, and shows the Rebecca Foundation allocated a colossal GH₵120, 000.00 from the coffers of the GNPC for the stated reason aside donation and sponsorship requests.
However, the biggest amount, is allotted to Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, for his 20th Anniversary marking his ascension to the Ofori-Panin Stool.
On October 4, 1999, the Okyenhene was enstooled as the 35th Chief of Akyem Abuakwa, and state resources are to be used in celebrating that accomplishment.
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, who is a cousin to President Nana Akufo-Addo, is getting a total of GH₵1, 800,000 for the celebrations for over three years period specifically for “environment and greening”.
The Okyenhene, also gets additional GH₵300, 00.00 to organize the 20th Anniversary, which was launched on October 8th at a ceremony at the forecourt of the Palace at Kyebi in the Eastern Region, with the Guest of Honour, being Kofi Dzamesi, Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
The preparation for the 2019 Damba Festival for the people of Dagbon State of the Northern Region has also being dished a massive GH₵400, 000.00.
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is getting GH₵50, 000.00 of the GNPC cash while the Ghana Boxing Association (GBA) is getting a US$30,000.00 for no specified reasons aside donation and sponsorship requests as captured by the Memo, which has since gone viral on social media platforms.
The anti-corruption body; Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) is getting a whopping GH₵550, 000.00 also for no stated reason.
It is however, not clear why a EOCO which is under the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and allotted budgetary support annually will be getting donations and sponsorship from the GNPC another state institution.
The memo mentioned that “At the meeting of the Board of GNPC, held on 25th October 2019 the Board approved the recommendation of the Brand, Communication and CRS Committee for the following requests”.
Attached is the leaked memo…
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