Awake News has sighted a leaked memo circulating on social media purporting to be coming from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) showing an alleged Board approval for the donation of over 3.4million Ghana cedis as a donation and sponsorship to some institutions including the Rebecca Foundation believed to be owned by the First Lady; Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The highest amount, GHc500,000.00 of the donation spanning for 3years is towards the 20th Anniversary of Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, for marking his ascension to the Ofori-Panin Stool at Kyebi, the home town of the President Akufo-Addo.
The GNPC Board is chaired by the New Patriotic Party Chairman, Freddie Blay, but the Memo dated 29th October 2019 was addressed to the GNPC Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong by the Board Secretary; Matilda Ohene.
The momo with the subject “Board Approval for payment of various sponsorship/support requests”, shows the Rebecca Foundation allocated GH₵120, 000.00; and GH₵400, 000.00 towards the preparation for the 2019 Damba Festival for the people of Dagbon State of the Northern Region.
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is getting GH₵50, 000.00 of the GNPC cash while the Ghana Boxing Association (GBA) is getting a US$30,000.00.
The anti-corruption agency; Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) is getting a whopping GH₵550,000.00.
It is, however, not clear why a EOCO which is under the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and allotted budgetary support annually will be getting donations and sponsorship from the GNPC another state institution.
On October 4, 1999, the Okyenhene was enstooled as the 35th Chief of Akyem Abuakwa, and state resources are to be used in celebrating that accomplishment.
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, who is a cousin to President Nana Akufo-Addo, is getting a total of GH₵1,800,000 for the celebrations for over three years period specifically for “environment and greening”.
The Okyenhene, also gets additional GH₵300,000.00 to organize the 20th Anniversary, which was launched on October 8th at a ceremony at the forecourt of the Palace at Kyebi in the Eastern Region, with the Guest of Honour, being Kofi Dzamesi, Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
The memo mentioned that “At the meeting of the Board of GNPC, held on 25th October 2019 the Board approved the recommendation of the Brand, Communication and CRS Committee for the following requests”.
Attached is the leaked memo…