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GIPC scandal: Ishmael Yamson must resign on principle - Joe Debrah
From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Isaac Essel          Published On: November 29, 2012, 18:56 GMT
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GIPC scandal: Ishmael Yamson must resign on principle - Joe Debrah

Mr Ishmael Yamson

Corporate and investment lawyer Joe Aboagye Debrah has joined the voices calling for the resignation of the Board Chairman of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ishmael Yamson.

GIPC has been rocked by a series of scandals including the expenditure of Ghc 9,000 for drinks on the occasion of Yamson’s birthday.

Yamson had argued on Joy FM that he ordered the immediate return of a cheque for GH˘20,000 meant for his birthday to GIPC, but former GIPC Chief Executive George Aboagye contradicted that claim, alleging that GH˘9,000 of the total amount went towards the birthday celebration.

The GIPC saga was compounded when the organization issued a cheque for GH˘4,000 to a pro-NDC group, Volunteers for Mahama. This matter is currently under investigation.

Aboagye, who resigned on Wednesday, said he did so in response to the organizational lapses that led to the release of the cheques and the leaking of other confidential documents to the media.

According to him, the publication of those confidential documents could lead to a loss of confidence in the Centre by the investor community, so his best option was to take responsibility for the events and step down.

In an interview on Joy FM’s Top Story on Thursday, Debrah described the two circumstances as “worrying scenarios” and suggested that Yamson must heed the calls and resign.

He commended Aboagye for going against the “culture” of top officials refusing to resign over such scandals in this country.

“On principle, if the CEO had to go on this matter, I think that the Board Chairman also on principle has to go…especially when there are conflicting statements coming from the two top officials involved in this,” he said.

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