Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei Ameyaw has revealed that some disgruntled staff of the authority are among those who have unleashed mercenary journalists to malign and blackmail him.
Though he will not mention specific names, he disclosed on Citi Fm’s Point Blank on Monday that these workers who hitherto his assumption were engaged in underhand dealings and averse to his latest reforms, connived with some media practitioners to blackmail him.
“People can come on a fishing expedition. They will come and make all manner of noise. People have been rented as mercenaries because of change and reshuffle at the NLA. They latch onto any piece of paper or any documentation and they take in out to some mercenary journalist and they go on a frolic trying to malign and intimidate and extort [money] from people.”
It would be recalled that we last week reported of how a certain media practitioner (name withheld) had allegedly conspired with others to hang a ‘perception of corruption’ on the Nana Akufo-Addo led-government and some of the President’s key appointees.
The modus operandi was targeted at victims who would be smeared with allegations of corruption through a manipulative and fierce ‘trial-by-media’.
Key on the list is the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, Chief Executive of COCOBOD Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Deputy Chief of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor, Trade Minister Alan Kyeremanten and Director General of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei Ameyaw who has moles from his outfit manufacturing fictional allegations and leaking same to journalists as though they were authentic.
As part of the plot, a supposed bank statement of the NLA was passed around media circles with the collusion of some peeved elements at the Authority with a bizarre story that Osei-Ameyaw had used a credit card of the Authority to purchase a box of jewelry for the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The idea was to throw the nasty story out in the public domain, set an agenda for it to become a topical issue, get particular anti-corruption organizations to pick it up and call on the President sack the NLA boss and to order a probe into it the allegation.
But speaking to issues of alleged corruption and conflict of interest under his watch with the host of Citi Fm’s Point Blank, Umaru Sanda Amadu, the former Asuogyaman lawmaker disclosed that he does not preside over procurement at the NLA as claimed.
“I don’t preside over the processes of procurement and people will just go around and make preposterous allegations… It is about time Ghanaians should stop all this hullabaloo about who is a relative and who is not a relative and who is a friend. First and foremost, we must understand that if a corporation or a company that is a separate legal entity bids for a project competitively and the competition is open, fair, equitable, transparent and accountable, and somebody wins, I don’t think it is a conflict of interest.”
“I have never had any sister or anybody come to me for a contract and I have willfully manipulated to suit them. That is absolute nonsense. It will not happen under my watch”, he promised