The Economic Fighters League’s (EFL) spokesperson, Nii Aryee Opare, has described Parliament as “den of thieves acting like a criminal enterprise” for dereliction of duty.
He says Parliament’s refusal to act on the incorporation of the Volta River Authority Health Services (VRA-HS) under one private individual makes them an accomplice of the crime that has been committed.
The 2022 Auditor General’s Report names one Raymond John Lartey as wholly owning the VRA-HS by registering the entire shares in his name. The act, which the Board of Directors of the Authority has been asked to revert has remained so three years down the lane without Parliament instituting any action.
With the Auditor General stating explicitly that Mr. Lartey can lay claim to the state asset at any point in time, Nii Aryee says Parliament has shirked its responsibility of ensuring that the VRA-HS returns to the state.
According to the Auditor General’s Report 2022, the “Volta River Authority Health Services was incorporated and issued with a certificate of commencement of business on 25th day of February 2014 as a Limited Liability Company. We requested for the Registrar General’s incorporation documents to confirm the ownership of the Company; however, the Form 3 & 4 were not available at the Hospital for our review.”
“Our review of incorporation documents obtained from Registrar General’s Department revealed that Raymond John Lartey wholly owns Volta River Authority Health Services Limited with 500,000 shares. The inability of current Directors of the Hospital to duly transfer the 500,000 shares into the name of Volta River Authority accounted for the lapse. Raymond John Lartey can claim ownership of the Hospital at any time,” the Auditor General’s report says in some part.
Even though the Report “recommended that the Board should ensure that the 500,000 shares are transferred immediately to Volta River Authority” with Management of the Authority indicating “they would take necessary steps to have 500,000 shares of VRA Health Services Limited transferred to Volta River Authority,” nothing has been done about it yet.
Nii Aryee also cited the House’s role in leasing out almost the entire Obuasi township to AngloGold Ashanti to mine without providing for the indigenes what is due them as well as what is due Ghana in the percentage share of mineral royalties as stated in the Minerals Commission Act.