It’s GH¢138,000, not $2m

BY: Kwame Iarweh

THE National Sports Authority (NSA) says it has been asked to recover an amount of GH¢138,000 and not the the entire $2million provided by Anglogold Ashanti for the construction of multi-purpose courts in selected areas in the country.

According to the NSA Chief Executive, Robert Sarfo Mensah, steps are being taken to act on the recommendations of an Auditor-General’s report for them to retrieve the excess money paid over the certified contract sums for the construction of the multi-purpose courts.

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At a press conference to react to the Graphic Sports’ story in its mid-week edition last Wednesday,
Mensah Sarfo denied that the Auditor General’s report had indicted his outfit over the entire $2m as well as the claims that the facilities ‘could not be sighted.’

“The multi-purpose facilities have been constructed across the country, none of them is ‘ghost’ as the Graphic Sports purported, indicating that some of the facilities were at Obuasi and at the University of Ghana, Legon.

“Also the report from the Auditor General we have in our possession did not state any unaccounted for money to the tune of $2 million dollars,” Sarfo Mensah stressed.

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He said his management had begun the process of recovering the money as recommended by the report, with the setting up of a five-member audit committee which would investigae and establish the final outcome of the GH¢138,000 financial loss occasioned by four contractors contracted by the authority to construct multi-purpose sports complexes across the country

The committee is headed by Chartered Accountant, Simeon Tawiah.

Also on the audit committee would be a senior management member, a board member of the NSA and two others, namely Elisha Asiedu-Amponsah and Ishmael Pappoe.

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The action from the NSA is in reaction to a letter written by the Auditor General’ßs Department to the NSA to retrieve all the money from the said contractors whose unfinished work caused the said fiancial loss to the state, naming the contractors as M/S CAKS Construction, M/S G.T Freeman, M/S Desmith and M/S Charles and Stephen.

According to the audit management letter report, these contractors bloated the number of incomplete work done so far and therefore the over priced monies must be retrieved from them.