Mrs Evelyn Keelson, a Chief State Attorney, has stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) and Goodwill International Group (GIG), did not commit the government of Ghana to any cost.
She said under the MoU, GIG, a consultancy firm and NYEP were strategic partners and thus, would share profit equally.
The Chief State Attorney said these when she cross-examined Mr Abuga Pele, former National Coordinator of Ghana Youth Employment Agency (GYEEDA), one of the accused standing trial for allegedly causing GH¢4.1 million financial loss to the state.
Mrs Keelson told the Financial Division of the Accra High Court presided by Mrs Efia Serwah Asare-Botwe that introduction of a MoU addressed by Mr Pele to the then Minister of Youth and Sports, suggested he (Mr Pele) relied on a non-existent agreement because there was no MoU between the NYEP and Management and Development Productivity Institute/ GIG.
She suggested to Mr Pele, who is also the former Member of Parliament for Chiana Paga Constituency in the Upper East Region, that the NYEP did not have any contractual relationship with MDPI.
But Mr Pele insisted that although the MoU did not commit the government of Ghana to any specific cost, the fact that the NYEP invested resources into the arrangement meant there was cost.
He said it was stated on page 2 of the MoU that the two parties have agreed to share the net proceedings equally.
Mr Pele disagreed with assertions by the Chief State Attorney that he handled certain documents labeled as exhibits “D” and “D1.
He said the documents were often referred to the finance department to be written, and described the argument of the prosecution as ridiculous.
According to Mr Pele, the write-ups were preceded by discussions and it was virtually impossible for the prosecution to suggest “I handled it alone”.
He explained that “the internal auditor, chief director and deputy coordinator of finance would require reports and documentation, as well as report from the module co-ordinator”.
Mr Pele and Mr Philip Akpeena Assibit, a representative of GIG, are facing various charges of causing GH¢4.1 million financial loss to the state.
Assibit is accused to putting in false claims that he had secured a 65-million World Bank funding for the creation of one million jobs under the NYEP, now GYEEDA, which led the government to part with cash GH¢4.1 million to his company.