L-R: Linda Ofori-Kwafo, Beauty Emefa Narteh and Dr. Franklin Oduro
Three prominent anti-graft and governance institutions have called for an independent probe into the possible bribery scandal that has hit Parliament and the National Lotteries Authority (NLA).
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) want the leadership of Parliament to “sweep the allegations under the carpet.”
It emerged this week that the NLA, the regulator of lotteries and all forms of gambling in the country, and the immediate past members of Parliament’s Finance Committee carried out acts that bordered on bribery and subtle extortion.
In what appears to be a case of misappropriation of taxpayers’ money, the lotteries regulatory agency led by former Boss, Brigadier General Martin Ahiaglo (Retired), spent GHȻ150,000 to facilitate deliberations on the amendment of the National Lottery Act, 2006 (Act 722).
The Authority is reported to have used the money to pay allowances to members of the Select Committee on Finance after it organised a workshop for them on amendments to the new lottery law, Act 722.
Read: the only way for the House to clear its name is to institute an independent probe.