• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

EOCO investigating Zongo Development Fund, CEO over financial irregularities – Report

The Economic and Organized Crime Office is reportedly investigating Arafat Suleman Abdulai, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Zongo Development Fund Secretariat, and other agency executives for possible financial misconduct.

The probe followed a tip by a whistleblower who provided the anti-graft agency with information to corroborate charges of various financial infractions, including procurement discrepancies and project cost inflation, according to a Daily Guide story.

The alleged misdeeds, such as the inflating of astro turf projects and anomalous payments for contracts under the secretariat’s administration, are reported to have occurred over several months.

The acting CEO is being investigated for allegedly causing financial lost to the state, while a female procurement officer for the agency is also being questioned about some of the CEO’s activities.

An accountant at the secretariat is also cooperating in the current probe on several matters, including a COVID-19 sensitisation programme that purportedly cost the state GH50,000 in per diem payment.

According to the article, the per diem recipients include those who are not affiliated with the Zongo Development Fund.

An internal auditor, as well as contractors and engineers, are all involved in the continuing probe.

According to the study, several auditors who refused to comply with the secretariat’s misdeeds were pushed out of the government agency.

Musah Yahaya Jafaru, the Fund’s Public Relations Officer, has denied knowledge of the EOCO probe.

The Zongo Development Fund was formed by an Act of Parliament in 2017 to give financial resources to help Zongo villages improve and transform their social and economic conditions.

Initially, the Fund was administered by the Ministry of Zongo Development and Inner City Development.

However, the ministry presently functions as a secretariat under the presidency.

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