Our Media friends,
We want to thank you very much for responding to our invitation albeit at short notice.
It has come to the attention of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) that Mr. Kwadwo Awotwe Nkansah, a Deputy General Secretary in charge of Administration and Labour Relations has caused to be published in the Finder News Paper of Tuesday, 12th January, 2016 with the front page headline “Corruption Galore in GNAT”. The said publication sought to create the impression that there is gross mismanagement leading to massive corruption in GNAT.
Even though the write up was provided by Mr. Awotwe Nkansah, the publishers sought to publish only his side of the story without recourse to the Ghana National Association of Teachers which would have created a balanced reportage. Since this basic principle of the profession of the Fourth Estate of the Realm was not adhered to, we have decided to assemble you here to narrate our side of the story.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the press, Mr. Awotwe Nkansah raised a lot of issues; prominent among them are the following:
a) PROCUREMENT OF SOUVENIRS
On this issue, we have been very transparent in our dealings with the suppliers and in the distribution of the souvenirs to our members.
Last year, there was a shortage in the supply of the Mini Radios we imported for our members as souvenirs. The supplier was shortchanged by the Chinese company which made him launch an investigation into the issue at his own cost. That explains why some of our members did not receive theirs. It was not the result of malfeasance on the part of anybody in GNAT.
Ladies and gentlemen, it will interest you to know that what we gave our members the previous year was leather files and we still have some in stock which we have been giving out to new members at workshops and seminars.
b) CLANDESTINE ATTEMPT TO COVER UP CORRUPTION
The allegation made by Mr. Awotwe Nkansah can only be a figment of his imagination. Ever since he started writing series of letters alleging corruption, committees of enquiry have been set up and their recommendations, implemented. For example, the I.K. Gyasi Committee of 2005 and the Apanga Committee of Enquiry of 2015 were both set up as a result of allegations of financial malfeasance Mr. Awotwe Nkansah leveled against some top officers of the Association. So, wherein lies the truth that there is a clandestine attempt to cover up and thwart his efforts to expose his perceived corruption in GNAT.
When our accuser talks about leakages in the system which he brought to the attention of Mrs. Irene Duncan-Adanusa without any action on them, we do not know the sort of leakages he is talking about.
c) AN ALLEGED RELEASE OF US$ 400,000 TO UNIQUE INSURANCE COMPANY
Ladies and gentlemen, this allegation Mr. Awotwe Nkansah made against GNAT is a palpable lie. The GNAT has not released any amount to Unique Insurance. We challenge our accuser to provide evidence to support his claim because we want to emphasise that we have not and never paid any amount to Unique Insurance Company.
d) FOREIGN ACCOUNTS SHROUDED IN SECRECY?
It will interest you, ladies and gentlemen, to know that our accuser was sponsored by GNAT from our Foreign Account to pursue a Master Degree Programme in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2008. In our operations, we have signatories to our accounts so, how can it be shrouded in secrecy?
Is the foreign account a secret to our accuser or the GNAT?
e) THE ALLEGATION THAT GNAT NEVER HELD A
JOINT ACCOUNT WITH STANDARD TRUST
We wish to state that the GNAT had an account and still has an account with UBA which used to be called Standard Trust. This is an investment account from which we paid for the Abankro project.
f) BARBISOTTI RECEIPT NOT DATED?
We want to place it on record that the Barbisotti & Sons Company’s payment for the Abankro project, near Ejisu was effected on 7th June, 2005. After all the non-dating of the receipt was an error on the part of the said company and not GNAT. And we do not think that the non-dating of a receipt for payment done alone constitutes fraud or corruption. Perhaps our accuser may have to come again and come more concretely.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we of the GNAT are of the opinion that Mr. Awotwe Nkansah is coming out with those unfounded allegations as a strategy to fight his imminent retirement which is due on 26th March, 2016. Mr. Awotwe Nkansah has three (3) dates of birth – 23rd March, 1956, 26th March, 1956 and 20th December, 1958. He is insisting that the GNAT uses his 20th December, 1958 date against overwhelming evidence that his correct date of birth is 26th March, 1956. Again, Mr. Awotwe Nkansah was born in three (3) different towns, namely, Sefwi-Bekwai, Accra, and Cape Coast. Do we have to place any value on statements from such a person?
It is unfortunate that Mr. Awotwe Nkansah who is one of the top management officers should come out with accusations based on hasty generalization and conclusions with the object of tarnishing the reputation of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT). We also believe that these actions have come as a result of his unsuccessful bid to become the General Secretary of GNAT.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we want to assure our members, stakeholders, development partners and indeed the entire Ghanaian citizenry that GNAT is a formidable organization with proper structures in place. Although we may not be perfect, our systems are robust to prevent the flimsy and concocted allegations of corrupt practices.
Thank you for coming.
Mr. M.V.V.K. Demanya
Ag. General Secretary
Date: 13th January, 2016.