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Assembly Member accuse House of Chiefs Registrar, others of corruption in charcoal proceeds


Assembly Member for Daboya West in the North Gonja District, Shaibu Mahama has broken his silence on the alleged missing monies accrued from the collection of royalties from commercial charcoal operators in 2021.

At a press conference held in Damongo on Tuesday, May 16, the Assembly member accused the Registrar of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs, Mr. Abutu Kapori and others of misappropriating the proceeds made from the royalties.

This comes after a section of the youth in Gonjaland accused him of being part of a group that squandered the proceeds to the tune of over three hundred sixty thousand Ghana cedis from the North Gonja District alone in August of 2021.

Mr. Shaibu, who himself has been accused of hoarding the monies taken in the name of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs disassociated himself from the accusations.

He explained that he was a secretary of a local committee constituted by the Registrar of the Gonja Traditional Council, Mr. Abutu Kapori and the paramount chief of the Mankpang Traditional Area HRM Jakpa Achoade to issue receipts to commercial charcoal operators who were given a window to cart their products from Gonjaland after a ban was placed on their activities in the Savannah Region.

Mr. Shaibu who had a hard copy of a mobile money statement as evidence of how the monies were shared alleged further that he shared the monies to some individuals on the instruction of the Registrar of the Gonja Traditional Council, Abutu Kapori.

According to him, he sent a total amount of One Hundred and six Thousand Ghana cedis to the Registrar Abutu Kapori on his instruction and another colossal amount of Fifty Nine thousand Ghana cedis to one Mr. Adam Mahama, a sub chief in the Wasipe Traditional Area who was the chairman of the local committee tasked to collect the Royalties and Four Thousand, two hundred and fifty Ghana cedis to one Mr. Abdul Samed Abubakari popularly known as Prince Gbanso.

"Myself and the rest of the committee was given an amount of Forty one thousand Ghana cedis out of which, I  had Six thousand Ghana cedis as a compensation for my tireless work in the realization of the whooping amount", he stated.

Shaibu further disclosed that the remaining amount left with is below Forty Thousand Ghana cedis and expressed his preparedness to make them available when the need be.

He continued, "Im out with this information because my name is continuously being soiled in Gonjaland and have to protect my reputation because as a young politician and family man, my people are worried", he added.

He challenged those he mentioned in his presser to come with contrary information if they believe what he said is untrue.

Following these revelations, many have expressed mixed reactions to this development and called on the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs to come clear on the matter.

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