On MASLOC Boss & John Kumah
The National Service Scheme (NSS) boss, who took a whopping US$150,000 cash from state coffers to waste for a 3-day workshop at Boston-Massachusetts in the United States of America, has been discovered to have lied about those on the trip.
Mustapha Ussif, in a press statement issued last week, had claimed that the he was on the expensive 3-day workshop with Stephen Amoah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), but The Herald’s findings, have established that he is rather in Ghana.
Again, John Kumah, the CEO of National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) formerly Youth Employment Support (YES), whom the acting Executive Director of NSS, mentioned was also on the all expenses paid trip, The Herald has been informed, was also not on the trip.
It is not clear why the NSS boss, will mention people as part of the trip, whilst they were still in Ghana.
While, Stephen Amoah, who is in the news over the purchase of some over-aged fiat cars, was seen in the welcoming ceremony of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, when he touched down at the Kumasi International Airport from Brazil, John Kumah, according to The Herald findings, has all these while been inside his office in Accra.
Stephen Amoah, was among the huge number of various groups in the Asante region such as, the Ashanti Youth Association, Kumasi Youth Association and Asante Students Union, as well as a retinue of chiefs, politicians and heads of the security services, who had lined up at the airport to welcome Otumfuo.
Also missing from the NSS-sponsored trip, is the Education Minister Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, who was listed in the invitation letter from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Sloan), that he “will only be attending the welcome Reception on Day 0”. Meaning he had no business traveling to the US apart from going to eat and drink at the reception.
But The Herald’s information is that, Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, is on an official trip to an African country.
The NSS boss, released additional names of people who he said were on the US$150,000 3-day workshop at Boston-Massachusetts, meaning the country is paying more.
The press statement mentioned that “…in total, the delegation of Ghana’s MIT REAP TEAM numbered sixteen (16)”.
Interestingly, the courses that they are out to study at US$150,000 to the Ghanaian taxpayer, are taught at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) which is under the Flagstaff House; the seat of government
The 16-member Ghanaian delegation is made up of Mustapha Ussif – Acting Executive Director of NSS; Kenneth Thompson – Rep. of Risk Capital & CEO of Dalex Finance; Patrick Awuah – President, Ashesi University; John Ampontuah Kumah – CEO, NEIP; Stephen Amoah – CEO, MASLOC and Kosi Atwiwa Yankey – Acting Executive Director of NBSS.
The rest are Emmanuel Asigri – CEO, NYA; Justin Kodua Frimpong – CEO, YEA; Morgan Asiedu – ECOBANK, Rep. of Corporate GH; Victor Agyeman – Director General, CSIR; Professor Kwaku Appiah Adu – Office of the Vice President; Kwabena Ampofo Appiah – MD, State Housing Company; Yaw Owusu – CEO, Venture Capital; Hene Aku Kwapong – Rep. of Entrepreneurs; Professor Samuel Nii Odai – Pro-Vice Chancellor, KNUST and Vincent Kwapong – Ghana MIT REAP Team Co-ordinator.
MIT Sloan had listed good governance, leadership and entrepreneurial skills as subjects that the participants are to be taken through but NSS boss in his statement copied The Herald, said the US$150, 000 3-day workshop is “…an event aimed at restructuring the NSS as an avenue to equip national service personnel with entrepreneurial skills”.
Details of a Bank of Ghana transfer of the US$150,000 from state coffers to waste for a 3-day workshop at Boston-Massachusetts.
The Bank of Ghana wired the US$150,000 from the accounts of National Service Scheme into another account belonging to the Bank of America in New York on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 on the order of Mustapha Ussif for the US trip.
The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication code (SWIFT code) used for the international transfer reveals the Beneficiary Customer Account number as /004632424694 at CITIBANK N.A in New York.
The account Name and address were also mentioned as SONGHAI LLC8209 SANTA ROSA CT SARASOTA, FL 34243. The purpose of the transaction was also mentioned as Remittance to /RFB/EXEC ED-REAP COHORT 5 PMT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES FEE.
This is happening at a time National Service Personnel have not been paid for two months forcing a group calling itself Concerned National Service Personnel Association of Ghana to threaten it’s going to picket the Flagstaff House if government does not pay their allowances.
The group insists the failure of government to pay their allowances has made life difficult for them.
Since “an empty stomach cannot stand,” the group said it is giving government an ultimatum of October 23, to pay their allowances.
Speaking to myjoyonline.com’s Oswald K. Azumah, leader of the group, Williams Agbodo said, “we are pleading with government to pay our allowances because some of us are suffering without it, adding “the day of the picketing will be decided after the ultimatum expires but we hope government will listen to our plea and pay the allowances before Monday”, he added.
National Service personnel who began their mandated one year service in September this year have not received their monthly allowance of GH¢559.40.