The Vice-chairman of All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG), Mr. Dzadey Sitsofe Micheal who doubles as a member of the Board of Directors of the association has given some cautionary statements to members of the association in relation to the mismanagement and corrupt practices employed by the Chairman of the association.
In a press release issued by the Vice-chairman on Sunday, 24th of May, 2020, he indicated that the chairman of the association ought to be investigated thoroughly as certain things are not right with his mode of operating the association. “As the Vice-chairman of the association, I have never seen a copy of the association’s accounts statement, whether the accounts have been audited or not, I’m not aware” he emphasized.
According to the Vice-chairman of the recently formed Teachers’ association, the chairman of the association has clearly deviated from the main idea based on which the association was formed. “The association was formed so that the grassroots members would be relieved of any unfavorable treatment by our employees and from what was believed as lackadaisical attitude on the part of the already existing unions in relation to handling problems of teachers. However, contradictory to this motive, the chairman of the association has deviated away from the main motive”, he added.
Mr. Dzadey who according to his statements is part of those who registered the association has since from that time not been given a copy of the registration documents upon several requests made from 2016 to date. He also added that during the time of registration at the labor Department, he signed as the General Secretary of the association but the chairman forcibly changed his position to Vice-chairman so that he will not be a signatory to the association’s accounts.
Mr. Dzadey again stated that upon resisting some of these acts of omission by the chairman, the chairman has unilaterally suspended the National PRO of the association and kept him in the dark with respect to the day to day activities of the association. “The constitution of the association which is supposed to be the supreme document of the association too has been blatantly been disregarded by the Chairman for reasons best known to him even though the chairman was ordered by the Chief Labour Officer in 2019 to strictly follow the constitution at all times”. says the Vice-Chairman.
The Vice-chairman claims that he together with other directors of the association petitioned The Criminal Investigations Department (CID), The Economic and Organized Crime Organization (EOCO), The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), and the office of the Special Prosecutor but has since last year not received any positive feedback.
He clarified that he is doing all these to clear his image and further dissociate himself from the corruption involved in the association.
He, therefore, used the opportunity to caution the members that their funds are not in safe hands and hence should use their discretion in this regard until everything gets back to normal. He further called on relevant stakeholders as well as state institutions to intervene in order to get to the root of this matter.
So far as the funds involved are funds from Ghanaian citizens, I believe the Auditor General can step in and conduct a forensic audit into the record books of the association in order to unravel the mystery and financial malfeasance the Chairman has entangled himself with. He concluded.
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