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Prof Adei’s Allegations of Impropriety: Ministry of Roads Says it’s Been Exonerated by EOCO

The Ministry of Roads and Highways says it’s been cleared of corruption following the conclusion of a probe by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) over allegations of corruption in the award of road contracts.

The allegations were first made last year by former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen Adei who said in an interview with TV3 that bribes determine who gets to be awarded road contracts in Ghana.

After that interview, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoato-Attah petitioned EOCO to investigate the allegations as his outfit denied wrong-doing.

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In a statement on April 12, the Ministry, not EOCO announced that the financial crimes office had completed its investigation.

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“The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) in a letter dated 21 March 2024 with reference no. E10/92/162/V.1/69, informed the Ministry that it has completed its investigations into the allegation of organised crime at the Ministry of Roads and Highways made by Professor Stephen Adei in October 2023,” the statement said.

It further noted that EOCO found the Professor’s comments to be “unsubstantiated and highly presumptuous.”

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“EOCO has determined that ‘from the totality of the available information to the office, Prof. Stephen Adei’s comments were found to be unfortunate and general within the context of perceived corruption in the country,” the statement added.

Since the release of the Ministry’s statement, Professor Adei has yet to make a statement.

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