$1.2m GSA rot has opened ‘can of worms’ – PRO
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Kofi Amponsah Bediako, has denied reports that he sounded the alarm on the $1.2million bribery scandal the institution’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr George Crentsil, was allegedly engaged in.
According to him, although he agreed with whoever exposed the alleged corrupt act, he did not blow the whistle because he was unaware of such a scandal.
Dr Crentsil has been reported for taking a bribe worth $1.2million from Lemet Construction Company, the firm awarded a contract to build a new training school and hostel facility for the institution.
Speaking on this matter in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday May 23, Mr Bediako said he had noted that some reports were making the rounds, especially on social media, that he blew the whistle regarding the matter.
According to him, the revelation of this matter had opened a can of worms on other alleged dubious deals that were undertaken by Dr Crentsil.
He assured that in the coming days, Ghanaians would be furnished with more details on those questionable deals Dr Crentsil undertook.
He said: “The structures at the Ghana Standards Authority are in such a way that I as the PRO wouldn’t be in the know of this act by the CEO, and so I wasn’t aware of that incident until it was revealed by someone. Until a thief is caught, you wouldn’t know that he is a thief.
“Let me place it on record that I wasn’t the one who blew this matter because I didn’t know about it. There are more issues that that this matter has brought up and I am sure in the coming days we will now be aware.
“Some of us have long suspected that some dubious deals were being undertaken but we did have any concrete evidence or basis to confirm our suspicions so we all kept quiet.”
He added: “I will want the media to question Dr Crentsil on this matter because he is the best person to answer questions on this.”