Dr. Solomon Forkuo Kwarteng, Business development manager at the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU)
Business development manager at the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) Dr. Solomon Forkuo Kwarteng says it would be prudent for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to scrap the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources after the resignation of the former Minister Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah.
“I have noticed that we have a Minister for Works and Housing which is led by Bantama MP Hon Asenso Boakye, we also have Minister of Land and Natural Resources led by Hon Samuel Abu Jinapour while Madam Cecilia Dapaah was also Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources. So the question I keep asking is, are the water resources not part of the Natural resources?” Dr Forkuo Kwarteng told the programme’s host Captain Koda.
Speaking on the Kumasi-based OTEC 102.9 FM’s breakfast show dubbed “Nyansapo”, on Monday July 24, 2023, he added “this is an overlapping thing the President should have taken an opportunity to collapse the ministry after Madam Cecilia Dapaah reigned”.
The Senior Lecturer believes, since there is so much expenditure on government, there is the need to scrap the ministry, especially when there is too much expenditure at hand which has ended the country at the IMF.
Meanwhile, Former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, who was arrested by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), was subsequently granted bail with surety late Monday evening at approximately 10:20 p.m.
She was released after spending hours in the custody of the OSP, who had earlier conducted searches at both her official residence in Cantonments and her private residence in Abelemekpe. The searches were related to the alleged million-dollar cash theft by housekeepers, which led to her resignation on Saturday.
Earlier on Monday, July 24, 2023, Mrs. Dapaah was taken to her official residence in Cantonments, where OSP officials executed a thorough search. Following this, her Abelemekpe residence was also searched by agents of the Special Prosecutor.
Details surrounding the arrest and searches remain undisclosed at this point. However, sources suggest that the OSP is likely to provide updates to the Ghanaian public on the arrest and the outcome of the search operations on Tuesday.
While the exact nature of what was discovered during the searches is yet to be fully known, OTECNews has learned from reliable sources that the OSP may have stumbled upon “something significant.”
As part of the ongoing investigation, sources say that more of Mrs. Dapaah’s relatives will be questioned.
Furthermore, she has been served with the declaration of income and property forms, indicating the seriousness of the allegations against her.
Mrs. Dapaah’s arrest and the subsequent search operations have undoubtedly captured the nation’s attention, given her previous role as Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources.
The situation raises questions and concerns among Ghanaians, who are keenly awaiting the OSP’s official statement concerning the developments.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor, established to tackle corruption and related offences, has always insisted that it remains committed to upholding the principles of transparency and accountability.