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Corruption at Atebubu District Education office


By Fred Sarpong
The District Director of Education at the Atebubu District in the Brong Ahafo region, Alhaji Sulaiman Jacon has been sited of doing deals at the District.
Investigation conducted by this reporter revealed that the District Director have been making a lot of money through illegal means.

What he has been doing is that, he recruits People Teachers (PT) for the district and he charges each PT between GHc600.00 and GHc800.00. As from the time of doing this investigation (Early this year) he has already recruited 600 People Teachers to the district.

The investigative team also realizes that, Alhaji Sulaiman failed to cross check the various certificates of these PTs from their various educational institutions, especially from the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for those coming from Senior High Schools. However, our investigation also revealed that most of the result slips from these 600 PTs are fakes.

Interesting, he gives the appointment letters to these teachers, which some have been rejected by Accountant General. When he also signs the appointment letters, he does back date it. The investigative team, who became applicants, realized that some appointment letters given them were back dated far from 2011 to deceive authorities. He then liaises with some PTs so that when their salary comes he takes his shares. 

Another revealing was that he has found his way to deduct some amount from the capitation grant sent from the government to the district. He deducts them and shared among his colleagues. Over GHc80,000 was realize taken from the capitation grant before the end of last year.

Some of the benefits he has derived from the deal is that, he has bought America Ford Explorer and tractors. At the time of going to press, Alhaji Jacon has taken the car from the district and cannot be relocated.

Responding to the investigation finding, Alhaji Jacon denied all these but accepted to the fact that he issued the appointment letters to the PTs and signed them at the same time, which should not be the case at the district. He supposed not to issue appointment letters.

To the surprise of the investigative team, Alhaji Jacon said his son who is currently in United State of America bought him the car and he has even been promised by his son to buy him tractors.

But as a father he do not know the kind of work his son does and the amount of salary his son even earns, for a period of two years that his son has been in the state.

‘Assuming my son was not the one who bought me the car, as a civil servant and someone who I have been in the civil service for a long time, can’t I buy a car for myself?’ Alhaji Jacon asked the investigative team.

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