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FORMER MASLOC BOSS REFUTES CORRRUPTION CLAIM

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Former Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre, Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, has refuted corruption claims against her.

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre, Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, has refuted corruption claims against her.

 

The former MASLOC boss in reaction to the Daily Statesman publication of October 3, 2017, where the paper disclosed that under the leadership of Mrs Attionu, the nation may have been robbed of over $2 million as a result of the alleged inflation of $15,500 Chevrolet Aveo vehicles to $18,000.

However, the former MASLOC boss insisted otherwise and said she was prepared to fiercely resist attempts to ruin her hard-earned reputation by the current MASLOC administration.

"I refute in no uncertain terms these spurious and baseless allegations intended to tarnish my tenure as CEO of MASLOC. I am happy that some officials of the GPRTU have spoken out, of their own volition, to refute the lies of the NPP administration," she said.

According to her, since exiting office as MASLOC boss on January 7, 2017, several spurious allegations and fabricated stories have been leveled against her tenure, with, “some of the claims are so bizarre, one wonders how seemingly productive thought processes were harnessed to put together such outrageously and palpably false figments of imagination.”

She accused Publisher of the Daily Statesman, Gabby Asare Okyere-Darko, for using the “Statesman newspaper and his personal social media handles, have been out and about claiming that three hundred and fifty vehicles acquired by MASLOC have been left abandoned because their intended beneficiaries, the GPRTU, have rejected them since the former management and government inflated the cost of the vehicles to US$2million.”

The former MASLOC boss explained further that the vehicles procured by the previous government through MASLOC were still where they are “because after the handing over of the administration of Government and MASLOC, on January 7, 2017, the new management of MASLOC has failed or refused to proceed with the processes towards handing over the vehicles to the GPRTU members.”

Mrs Attionu said as a professional with over twenty-five years working experience in both the Private and Public Sector, she believed she served Ghana to the best of her  ability with competence, integrity and humility.

Moving forward, she urged “the general public to disregard the irresponsible and bogus publications by the Daily Guide and Statesman Newspapers.”

On the MASLOC/GPRTU project, she said former President John Dramani Mahama initiated the MASLOC/GPRTU Hire Purchase Programme to assist GPRTU augment its fleet, following a meeting with the leadership of the Union at which they recounted the challenges being faced with accessing funds to revamp their fleet.

“Note that the John Mahama Government had successfully retooled the InterCity STC, augmented the Metro Mass Transit Company’s fleet, and implemented the Bus Rapid Transport system (BRT) and with newly Ayalolo Buses. It was now the turn of the Private Sector – GPRTU would be assisted to acquire 250 (1.3litre) cars for commercial taxis and 100 (33-seater) buses under the MASLOC Vehicle Hire Purchase Programme,” her statement read.

She continued, “It is important to state that this process started as far back as May 20, 2016, with a letter from the GPRTU with reference number IV/C.11/SF.3/VOL.6/91, and signed by Mr. Issah M. Khaleepha, GPRTU General Secretary, requesting MASLOC to assist the Union financially to acquire vehicles for their members to replace the old and rickety ones on the roads.”

According to Mrs Attionu, the letter indicated that the GPRTU were already in talks with MAC Auto & Spare Parts (Gh) Limited for the supply of some vehicles as follows (price is per unit without VAT and NHIL): 100 Chevrolet Spark LITE @ $13,850.00; 150 Chevrolet Aveo @ $15,850.00; 100 IZUZU HB-208 @ $94,800.00.

In order to enable the Union acquire the buses under softer financial arrangements in terms of pricing and tax regimes, she said  MASLOC applied through the Chief of Staff to the Ministry of Finance to waive the taxes and duties on the vehicles after which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the parties on June 8, 2016.

“A supplementary Memorandum of Understanding reviewing the Principal Memorandum of Understanding was signed on August 2, 2016, stating that MASLOC would make a 30% down payment with the balance paid in equal quarterly installments over a period of twenty-four (24) months.

The Memorandum by GPRTU on the Acquisition of the Vehicles from MAC Auto and Spare Parts Limited financed by MASLOC was signed on August 11, 2016, by their National & Regional Executive and MASLOC. A pricing schedule/ re-payment plan was discussed and accepted,” she said.

She said a letter was written to PPA requesting their approval to single source the vehicles from MAC Auto.

She said, “MASLOC had several meetings with the Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Finance and Chief Director of Finance on the matter. The Minister for Finance indicated that they would pay 30% of the total amount as deposit; MASLOC would set up a line purchase mechanism to repay that advance and purchase price for the buses; all recoveries would be paid into a revolving fund out of which the supplier would be paid; interest that accrued would be used for subsequent purchases.”

However she said these processes could not be concluded before she exited office on January 7, 2017.

“The vehicles have remained parked where they were before January 7, 2017, and neither the new CEO nor the Chief of Staff has initiated the processes to have the vehicles released to the GPRTU,” she said.