The Youth Employment Agency, (YEA), has justified a decision to transfer some of its district officers across the country saying it was carried out to sanitize the corruption-ridden institution.
Management of YEA last week transferred over 300 of its staff in the various regions, explaining that it was part of an “ongoing restructuring exercise to re-position the Agency for higher productivity.”
Justifying the action, the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justine Kodua Frimpong, said the move will go a long way to rid the agency of corruption.“…When we realized that there were several inefficiencies in the system, we tried to look at how best we can rectify all those challenges to make sure that the agency is in the position to be able to perform its duties efficiently. So everything that we are doing as management is to make sure that the agency performs its work efficiently,” he added.
The YEA CEO also assured that, all culprits implicated in the recent internal audit report will not get off scot-free.
The agency had earlier disclosed that, the country had lost nearly GHc50 million due to various forms of fraudulent activities within the agency.
The amount is believed to be a sum of unearned salaries paid to unposted beneficiaries, funds for official use which were paid into personal accounts, and procurement without adherence to due process.
Earlier this year, YEA suspended the payment of allowances to over 60,000 beneficiaries on suspicion of discrepancies in the report handed to it by the managers under the previous administration.
The full-scale audit revealed that, many people who did not deserve to receive money from the Agency were doing so fraudulently. So far, the Agency under the new managers, has deleted some 16,839 names from the payroll, which it says has saved the country Ghc20 million.