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I’m still trying to put my life together after incarceration – Abuga Pele

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The embattled former boss of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency [GYEEDA], Abuga Pele says he is still trying to piece his life together. This is almost a year after being pardoned from prison by President Nana Akufo Addo on health grounds.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show in Navrongo, Mr. Pele, while grateful to the president for the pardon explained that he is still trying to find his bearing in life.

“I am still struggling to get my bearings after incarceration. You know it is not very easy when you are out of the system. [I am trying] to recoup what I have lost, to try to see what I can do to organise my life and put myself back into the mainstream [society]. It has not been easy but I am fighting on,” he said.

While he may have gone through an undeserving ordeal [as stated by Abuga Pele], Mr. Pele explained to A1 Radio that he still maintains his conscience and “kindness towards humanity.”

“I will still go on fighting for the benefit of those I can help. [I am trying] to brighten the corner around me and brighten the faces of people. Putting smiles [on the faces] of a few friends and family around me is what I am up to every day of my life. I pray to God that I will continue to do this.”

While primarily based in the Greater Accra Region, Mr. Pele explained that he often touches base with his friends and family in the Upper East Region.

An Accra High Court on February 23, 2018, sentenced Abuga Pele while the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill International Group, Philip Assibit was jailed for twelve years on various counts, including willfully causing financial loss to the state.

Manasseh’s report resulted in the retrieval of Ghc60 million from the AGAMS Group of Companies. Some other contracts under GYEEDA were also abrogated, a move that help Ghana save not less than Ghc500 million.

On July 1st, 2021, president Akufo-Addo granted Abuga Pele a presidential pardon on health grounds after he had served 3 years behind the bars.

Earlier, Mr Pele said despite the fact that investigative reports from Mannaseh Azure landed him in prison he still has admiration for the work of the ace investigative journalist, Manasseh Awuni Azure.

In 2013, Manasseh Azure conducted some reports into the work of GYEEDA that resulted in the imprisonment of Abuga Pele and Philip Asibit.

He also said he still could not fathom why he was prosecuted by the state.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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