The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has been caught in the muddy pit of corruption, with its Executive Secretary, Isaac Bampoe-Addo fingered as the Executive Committee’s directive for a fresh audit into the Association’s account of 2015, which was rejected by the Committee is yet to be complied with.
A well-placed source within the leadership of the association who spoke on condition of anonymity indicated that, the association has a fund (CLOGSAG Fund) and Tier 2 fund, which involves the tier two (2) deductions of members, which fund is managed by Hedge Pension Scheme.
Our source further stated that the Executive Secretary and the National Treasurer of CLOGSAG are Members of the Board and at the same time signatories to the operational accounts of Hedge Pension Scheme, a case which does not create room for accountability.
It was further revealed that, persistent calls from members of CLOGSAG to the current national executives have fallen on deaf ears, and this has created serious tensions within the association.
Reverend Asante Wiafe, the Eastern Regional Chairman of the association indicated that, when the association went for congress in 2016, congress rejected the accounts presented by the Executives who were represented by the treasurer. Congress members described the accounts as full of corruption, misappropriation and misapplication of funds, further labeling it as dubious, shambolic and shrouded in thievery.
He said congress tasked each region to ring representations for the formation of an audit team to audit the accounts of the association, and this was done, however, the report has since been hidden from members of the Association. It is not clear what has caused the delay in the release of the report.
Sections of the leadership of the CLOGSAG are therefore calling on the entire membership to rise against the corruption and impunity going on in the Association because they claim people are using the group’s monies for their selfish interests; “especially at a time when anybody who rise to hold them accountable is victimised”.
They called for the immediate removal of the Executive Secretary of the Association who they claimed has entrenched himself with the position.
“Corruption in Ghana has in recent times assumed endemic proportion and this seems to have permeated the very fibre of the socio political life of the nation. It is sad that CLOGSAG is also finding itself in this situation at this time,” our source stated, lamenting the fact that almost every corruption rating that has been conducted 4th Republican democratic dispensation has deepened this assertion, resulting in Corruption being a political campaign issue each time.
“It however, raises serious concerns when institutions and bodies which otherwise are expected to stand for the interest of the general populace and the taxpayer, rather wallow themselves in the muddy pit of corruption, a case of ‘who watches the watchman?’”
Source: George Ampofo Ayeh