GYEEDA Axed RLG, Zoomlion & Others

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..And Kick Starts Restructuring

By Alfred K Dogbey

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Kobby Akyeampong, has confirmed to The Herald the termination of all contracts the Agency signed with service providers, including RLG Communications Limited and the sanitation module contract with Zoomlion Company Ltd.

Mr. Acheampong, who was recently appointed by President John Mahama to head the Agency, disclosed that the decision to abrogate the contracts “with immediate effect,” was part of the restructuring and reorganization of the operations of GYEEDA, as promised by the Government.

He further disclosed that services being sourced from the infamous Asongtaba Cottage Industry & Exchange Programme (ACI&EP) and the Better Ghana Management Services Limited, a subsidiary of Jospong Group, the parent company of Zoomlion, have all been terminated.

Other organisations and institutions that have been affected by the directives are ZEERA Groups of Companies, Zongo Empowerment & Entrepreneurial Development (ZEED), Youth Enterprises & Skills Development Centre (YESDEC), Ghallywood African Film Village, Timelink Company Limited and Craft PRO Limited.

An official letter dated January 9, 2014 and intercepted by The Herald from the Ministry of Youth and Sports titled “Termination of Contract – RLG Communications Limited” and signed by the Ministry’s Chief Director, Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu said, “I am directed to convey to you, Government’s decision
to discontinue or terminate the contract with immediate effect.”

The letter, which has been addressed to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RLG Communications Limited, Roland Agambire on behalf of the Government and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Elvis Affriyie- Ankrah, explained the decision to cancel the various contracts of the service providers.

The letter said, the decision was reached following “series of meetings that officials of the Ministry had with your good self at the Midinidi Hotel, Cantonments on the above contracts, as part of the on-going restructuring of GYEEDA”.

The letter further directed the RLG boss that “You are hereby requested to continue to have engagements with the Attorney -General’s Department and Ministry of Justice on your liabilities to GYEEDA and ensure the refund of same to Government,” the letter added.

The letter has also been copied to the Attorney- General and Minister of Justice, the Minister of MOYS and the Executive Director of GYEEDA.

The RLG Communications Limited contracts between GYEEDA, then National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), under Ministry of Youth and Sports was signed in July 23, 2012.

The new management of GYEEDA has taken charge of the restructuring and reorganization of the operations to restore sanity in the operations of the energy.

Asongtaba Cottage Industry & Exchange Programme has been undertaking the Guinea Fowl rearing and tree planting projects, under the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), but again the company operating under the Agams Group has been failing.

It would be recalled that President Mahama initiated an investigation on the running and conduct of the GYEEDA programme.
Upon its completion, the report was presented by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, July 7, 2013.

At the time, the President assured Ghanaians that his Government will, “…in the next few days, weeks, implement those recommendations in a very firm manner”.

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