In a recent appearance on Joy TV’s Newsfile, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, brought attention to a contentious issue involving the stashing of monies by Honorable Cecilia Abena Dapaah, a minister from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The statement raised questions about the disparity in responses between the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parties when faced with similar financial controversies in the past.
Sam George’s remarks centered on the discovery of substantial sums of money stolen by the ministers house help in the bedroom of Honorable Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the current NPP minister. Drawing a comparison to a past incident in 2013 involving an NDC minister, who was secretly recorded discussing a dream of owning a million dollars, the MP emphasized that the Mahama administration took swift action and dismissed the minister in question. In contrast, he highlighted that the NPP minister faced no such consequences even after the money-stashing revelation came to light.
While there may not be any specific legislation governing where anyone should keep their funds, the legislator and a lawyer, asserted that the scale of money found in Honorable Dapaah’s home—amounting to a million dollars and more —raises significant concerns. The fact that she reportedly remained unaware of its absence until her husband stumbled upon their house help syhoning it sparked further worries.
The MP called for a thorough investigation into the legitimacy of the money found in Honorable Dapaah’s possession. Additionally, he demanded an inquiry into the trail of the funds’ origin and whether any necessary commensurate tax had been duly paid to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Addressing the public’s concerns about transparency and accountability of government officials, Sam George challenged the NPP to clarify the matter by providing concrete evidence of the money’s legality and its source. He reiterated that such a substantial amount of money should not go unnoticed or unaddressed, given its potential implications on the nation’s welfare.
Source: Edwin kobina Coleman