Following corruption allegations leveled against the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Afadzato South, Angela Oforiwaa Alorwu-Tay, by a youth group from the district, Globalfmonline.com have, visited the area to verify the claims.
The group, Intelligent Youth of Afadzato South (IYAS) in a seven paged press release, catalogued a number of issues they want the DCE to be investigated on.
They have accused the DCE of failing to execute water projects earmarked for construction in 16 communities with support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Madam Alorwu-Tay has also been accused of shortchanging an implementing agency; Environmental Development Youth Movement (EDYM), in a Government of Japan sponsored Tafi Abuife CHPS Compound project with an amount of GH¢ 35,000.00.
“The GH¢35,000.00 that our DCE has lied to have spent on her private residence, instead of GH¢7200.00.The manipulations and vindictiveness engineered by our DCE that led to the transfer of 17 Assembly Staff including the District Director of Education and then the six one has to do with our DCE harboring NADMO relief items at her residence in Have” Raphael Agala, the communication director of the group said.
“Until all these are taken into consideration, we as group would not take it lightly at all” he added
However, Globalfmonline.com, tour in the district revealed that the water facilities, situated in Nyagbo Sroe, Nyagbo Gagbefe, Nyagbo Konda,Tafi Abuife, Tafi Atome, Leklebi Duga, Leklebi Fiafe, Liate Wote, Liate Dzogbega. Liate Datem New Town, Liate Peter Kofe, Goviefe Dudome, Ando Kofe, Golokuati and Ve Kledzo, have been completed and are functioning.
Works on the Nyagbo Fiafe project is near completion. Contractors on the project, have attributed the delays to the inaccessibility of the community
located at the peak of the mountains.
Some residents from the 15 beneficiary communities, told the Ho-based Global FM that, the constructed water systems brought great relief to them.
“It’s false please; they constructed the facility for us. It helping us so much; the community is fetching it and we sell it daily. Every month we
render account to the community” a member of the community water committee disclosed.
“We no longer climb the hill every day to fetch water. We just move from our homes to the tap to fetch water,” another resident added
Contrary to claims by the youth group that, the DCE inflated the price of rent at her residence to the tune of Gh¢35, 000.00, documents signed by the Authorizing Officers in the District Assembly, which the radio station claimed it had sighted, revealed that, an amount of GH¢10080.00 was paid into the account of the owner of the facility for a period of 24months as rent.
The documents, included payment voucher paid in two installments at half the total amount, warrants committing the government of Ghana into the agreement and signed by the then District Finance Officer, Daniel Belley, the former Deputy District Director, Francis Tsey, and the current DCE, who is also the Parliamentary nominee of the governing NDC for the area.
The documents were dated May 23, 2013 and October 8, 2013 respectively.
Per the documents, renovation works on the building was done at the cost of Two Thousand and Ninety Nine Ghana Cedis.
With regards to the Tafi Abuife CHPS Compound project, portions of a commitment letter sent by the Assembly to the Japan Embassy reads; “We are therefore using this medium to appeal to your good offices to come to our aid in supporting Environmental Development Youth Movement (EDYM) to construct a modern CHPS Compound at Tafi Abuife. The Assembly is ready to commit a total of GHC35, 000.00 as part of its contribution for drilling and construction of a mechanized bore hole at the facility and an elevated water tank support with full accessories”.
This commitment, the Chief Executive said, the Assembly has fulfilled.
She explained that, instead of giving the fiscal cash of GH¢35, 000 to EDYM, the Assembly, realized it was economically prudent to execute the project by itself, as it was eventually done at a cost lesser than projected by EDYM.
Global FM’s visit to the site, saw the water facility completed. The CHPS Compound, is still under construction; currently; at its roofing stage.
Madam Alorwu-Tay, has denied any claims of corrupt practice leveled against her. She urged the youth group, whose members mostly reside outside the district, to cross check information with the Assembly, before going public.
“The cases are false, baseless and I call on my people, the youth; the IYAS group to come home and see what we have done so far. They should not listen to one person and make comments”
The Assembly, which was carved out of the erstwhile Hohoe District in 2012, has seen some developments in the areas of health, water and sanitation.
It has also benefited from the rural electrification project.