Credible information reaching Daily Analyst revealed a massive corrupt practice which has rocked the Eastern Regional Headquarters of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in Koforidua.
The corrupt practice, Daily Analyst gathered has created tension, division and confusion among the fire officers within the Koforidua office of GNFS which needs immediate intervention of the Minister in Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery to safeguade the alarming situation.
Daily Analyst investigations have uncovered what would go in history as arguably the worst corruption scandal the Eastern Regional Headquarters of the GNFS in Koforidua has witnessed under the leadership of the Eastern Regional Fire Officer, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO), Mr Samuel Sarpong Mensah.
There were also multitudes of gross impropriety, acts of criminality and maladministration that were uncovered which situation was generally affecing fire personnel there to provide an efficient and effective world class fire disasters fighting and rescue service to the people and organisations in Koforidua enclaves.
According to sources close to the Koforidua GNFS headquarters, Mr Mensah has allegedly arrogated to himself too “many powers” to the extent that no fireman nobody dares question his decisions and actions.
Daily Analyst was reliably informed that Mr Mensah with the connivance of some top officials at the GNFS headquarters in Accra and Koforidua, allegedly use fire tender as the commercial water tanker with registration No FS 502 to sell water to residents, schools, churched, hospitals and other private organisations, with the proceeds shared amongst themselves.
The source told Daily Analyst that “..if you dare question Mr Mensah’s actions and decisions you will incur his wrath.”
Further investigations unfolded that during the lock down in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mr Mensah ordered water to be fetched for health care facilities and some information organizations within the Koforidua.
And the money that was paid for this service, this paper gathered, found its way into the personal account of Mr. Mensah.
That act by Mr Mensah, the fire service Myurce disclosed, infuriated some fire men and drivers who apparently had been drawing the water for people to question his why he was using state property to make money for himself.
Aside raising alarm over corrupt practice of Mr Mensah, the aggrieved
firemen accused him for non performance, saying that Mr Mensah through the central government has failed in providing them with the basic fire disasters fighting and rescue service logistics, resources and structures to aid them in their work to combat fire outbreaks.
They further accused Mr Mensah and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Adoo administration of messing up the Koforidua office of GNFS, leaving it worse off than the current administration came to meet it.
They lamented that the GNFS office at Koforidua Municipal Assembly was in a much deteriorating state.
They added that although there is a Technical Services Department in the GNFS office at Koforidua Municipal Assembly being headed by Technical Services Fire Officer, the office lacks most suitable type of fire fighting equipment, tools, vehicles and communication equipment, a worrying situation, they said, was affecting their operations.
They revealed that the two fire fighting vehicles including communication facilities in GNFS office at Koforidua Municipal Assembly for the fire officers to ensure the proactiveness of the current command to combat fire outbreaks in Koforidua enclaves were broken down due to lack of money to buy spare parts to repair them.
“Our vehicles in the GNFS office at Koforidua Municipal Assembly were broken down for the past two to three years now and that any time that there is fire outbreak in Koforidua enclaves, we have to order vehicles far away from Suhum or Asamakese before we can go to fight fire outbreaks.
“We understand that the office needs GH¢5,000.00 to help repair the two broken vehicles but these vehicles were still packed under the mercy of weather at the premises of our office,” aggrieved fire officers at Koforidua Municipal Assembly noted.
They stated that they cannot control fire outbreaks in the communities of Koforidua effectively because of unavailability of property fire fighter logistics.
When Daily Analyst reached Mr Mensah via WhatsApp text message on phone on Monday November 9, 2020 for his reaction, Mr Mensah described the fire personnel accusing him of wrong doing as pathological liars.
The senior fire officer stressed that
“This is what they did to all past Commanders,” adding that I will let my PRO contact you.How can we tell your true identity.?”
However, when contacted the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Eastern Regional office of GNFS, Assistant Divisional Officer, Mr Ingenious Kwabena Beidoo denied allegations to the effect that Mr Mensah and his cohorts use fire tender as the commercial water tanker to sell water to residents, schools, churches, hospitals and other private organisations, with the proceeds shared amongst themselves.
He explained that the Eastern Regional office of GNFS sometimes being ordered by the authority to use the water tanker to render humanitarian water delivery services to some residents, schools, churches, hospitals and other private organisations who are in dire needs of water but they did not charged of the services they rendered to those people.
“We never used our water tanker vehicle to do commercial business of fetching water for households in Koforidua. But I can say on authority that sometimes people that we render humanitarian water delivery services do give us money willingly to buy petrol for our water tanker vehicle but it doesn’t means that we use the water tanker for the commercial water business,” Mr Beidoo further explained.
He also described as untrue the allegations that the Koforidua office of GNFS have to order vehicles far away from Suhum and Asamakese before the fire men there can use to go to fight fire outbreaks within the Koforidua areas.
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