Anti graft crusader Dr Steve Manteaw has called for the resignation of the CEO of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), Mr. Mr Kwaku Dua, for sleeping on his job with regard to cases of corruption levelled against COCOBOD and former CEO of Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei.
Speaking on the sidelines of the resignation of the Special Prosecutor, Martin ABK Amidu, Dr Manteaw, who is the Chairman of the Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas, expressed his outburst at the series of corruption scandals that have rocked the Akufo-Addo government.
“Some of us who campaigned for Nana Addo prior to the 2016 election on the grounds of his assumed incorruptible nature are ashamed for our actions” he said while pointing to the huge amounts of money in the accounts of the fired PPA boss few years after occupying the office.
In an interview with Good Morning Moonlite host Kwasi Kumi Boadu on Moonlite Fm, Dr Manteaw hinted the political meddling of the current government in the role of state agencies which should be battling corruption in the country is preposterous and a tool to impede their mandate.
“As the head of the Financial Intelligence Centre, the Constitution provided for him to be autonomous and devoid of political interference, but immediately this government took over, they replaced the then CEO Mr Samuel T Essel with Mr Kwaku Dua, this in effect has a compromised implication of the appointee. Hence if huge sums of amounts have passed through the accounts of government appointees who do not earn such sums without even a bark from the CEO of FIC, then My brother he needs not to be at post,” Dr Manteaw fumed.
In a press statement Monday, Mr Amidu said the monies in Mr Boateng Adjei’s account is more than the ¢14 million stated but rather ¢41 million [if one uses a conversion rate of 1 cedi is to ¢5.7]. He arrived at the figure after reviewing the bank statements of Mr Boateng Adjei for the period 01/01/17 – 31/08/19.
Dr Manteaw however bemoaned the posture of the president, Nana Addo on his purported intent to persuade the Special Prosecutor to either shield or tamper with his Corruption Risk Assessment of the Agyapa Minerals Royalties Deal.
“It is really disturbing if the President indeed wanted to persuade the SP to save the face of His implicated appointees in the Agyapa Deal. It will Marvell you to know that just two corruption scandals under this government surpasses all corruption scandals under the erstwhile Mahama government” he indicated.