The Member of Parliament for Wa West Constituency and former police officer, Peter Toobu, has noted with concern that the theft case involving the former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, poses a lot of threat to other government appointees and National Security.
According to him, the conduct of the Minister was scandalous and has the tendency to mount pressure on the personal security of other Government Appointees and the National security service as a whole.
He noted that youth unemployment was a major threat to national security in the country as thousands of unemployed graduates resorted to hacking on the street, and for the Minister to have had a million dollar and thousands of euros stolen in her bedroom alone raises eyebrows.
The Member of Parliament made this assertion when he was speaking on A1 radio’s Day Break Upper East show with Mark Smith on the case of the Republic versus five others, which led to the resignation of the Minister.
He said that apart from the fact that he was “highly scandalised and terribly disappointed” by the act of the Minister, he was surprised by the silence of the Special Prosecutor, especially when the act by the Minister could be attributed to money laundering.”
For him, the former Minister must be investigated, as the source of such an amount in her bedroom alone was doubtful.
Meanwhile, a financial analyst at Delax Finance, Alhassan Mutawakillu, who spoke to Mark Smith on the show, asserted that the Minister could not have made such an amount legally considering her income and the fact that she was a politician who was not known to have other businesses.
He explained that” an average middle-class earner like a Doctor, Lawyer, chattering accountant, or even a businessman who earns GH20,000 a month would require 48 years to make 1 million dollars given an exchange rate of 1 dollar to 11.5 cedis, and this is even with the assumption that the person is not spending a pesewas from this amount”.
An average Ghanaian works for 33 years; thus, if he starts work at the age of 27, this tells you that one can never make such an amount in his or her life in Ghana by working, knowing it is impossible for one to save all earnings in a month”.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana