$1.2m GSA rot: Ex-Board Chair welcomes probe
A former Board Chairman of the Ghana Standard Authority (GRA), Amadu Sorogho, has said he welcomes the intention of the Akufo-Addo government to conduct a forensic investigation into the alleged $1.2million bribery allegation against the former Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Dr George Crentsil.
Dr Crentsil has been indicted for taking bribe worth $1.2million from Lemet Construction Company, the firm awarded a contract to build a new training school and hostel for the GSA.
The indictment followed an investigation conducted into the matter by a team put together by the then-board of the GSA with authorisation from former Trade Minister Ekwow Spio-Garbrah before the exit of the NDC administration.
The report, according to Mr Sorogho, was submitted to Mr Spio-Garbrah when the transition process had almost finished with its work, and, so, the report was not part of the documents handed over to the new government.
However, the new government got hold of the report and forwarded it to the Attorney General for advice.
Speaking in an interview with Emefa Apawu on Class91.3FM’s 505 news programme on Tuesday, 23 May, Mr Sorogho, under whose watch the alleged bribery occurred, said: “By the time the report got to Spio-Garbrah, they had almost finished with the transitional [process] so the report was not part and it couldn’t have been part of the transitional report.”
“It was the last minute that I sent the report with a covering letter. He [Spio] received it, I sat with him and I told him what it was contained and the need for further investigations. He thanked me and said even though it had come late, he would see what he would do. So it was never part and it couldn’t have been part of the transitional team.
“The point here is that we did our work (investigations) and we submitted it. However late it was, we still submitted it and today if they (government) say they want to go and do forensic investigations, I fully welcome it, we don’t have a problem,” the former Madina MP said.