Woyome Is A Wicked Gladiator-Ind. Prez Aspirant Declares
1/24/2012 9:19:35 PM -
By Gordon Asare-Bediako: The New Crusading Guide 16 Jan, 2012
An independent Presidential aspirant, Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY2012), has jumped into the infamous 'Woyomegate saga' and branded Alfred Agbesi Woyome as 'a wicked gladiator against Ghana's tax payers' money'.
The 43 year old Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology trained Engineer buttressing his stance against the money given to Woyome stated in an interview with The New Crusading GUIDE over the weekend stated 'So far I've not had any legal or common sensical argument why Alfred Woyome should have the effrontery to chase and cash in this colossal amount. Even legally, the owner of a limited liability company and the company itself are different entities. The colossal amount involved is not the main point of this Woyome saga. What is important is whether there was a justification for payment of even GHC100, 000'.
Below is part one of the interview.
NCG: JOY2012 What do you make of how the President Mills led NDC government is handling the Woyome judgement debt saga, especially whilst the AG is in court fighting the default judgment, President Mills seems rather not to have an issue with Woyome but those whose acts caused the filing of the case by Woyome against the government.
JOY2012: Is the President against his AG? or the NDC government has not recovered from its dizziness by the dazzling blow of revelation of how tax payers money is being used by the government? I am highly disappointed and awfully bastardized about the relevance of our education with regard to legalities and common sense.
NCG: Do you think there might have been some indiscretion on the part of the government to pay the judgement debt in full within such a short time.
JOY2012: Absolutely, gloss and gross indiscretion. Not only the short period of full payment but also the legal and common sense rational that informed and justified the wilful payment to the person of Alfred Woyome.
As a businessman, I was first to defend Woyome based on the initial submission by his brother's assertion on Adom FM but I was wrong. This explains why Former President Rawlings intimated that his own party members were greedy bastards. Integrity is the total sum of everything about President Mills and the NDC government.
NCG: So you regret for having defended Woyome because you feel he is not an honest character or what?
JOY2012: Woyome is a wicked gladiator against Ghana's tax payers' money. So far I've not had any legal or common sense argument why Alfred Woyome should have the effrontery to chase and cash in this colossal amount. Even legally, the owner of a limited liability company and the company itself are different entities. The colossal amount involved is not the main point of this Woyome saga. What is important is whether there was a justification for payment of even GHC100, 000.
NCG: Do you think President Mills might have a hand in this case as alleged by a section of the populace?
JOY2012: This is an awful paradoxical position for President Mills. On one hand, if he comes out to say that he has a hand in the pay-off, he the president is dead on the altar of impeachment and all the propaganda about his integrity and peaceful nature will be whisked as a smoke. On the other hand, if he claims he did not see nor was he informed, then the opposition will have an array of political punches to give the president and the government this year. I think the Prez might have assumed the latter among the two evils by admitting during his recent interaction with editors in the castle that if a court of competent jurisdiction has given a verdict he the prez does not even need to be informed about the payment and that the Finance Minister can go ahead and do the payment. Mills Boom Boom!!
NCG: Do you think EOCO's investigations as directed by the President is the right thing to do?
JOY2012: I do not wholly agree with the President because of his integrity especially if he the President indeed radiates integrity as being preached by the NDC and he wants to inspire trust in the public. President Mills directives to EOCO in this case is in awful bad taste and tend to bring either his true personality or clouded and forced personality on him by his cronies. Legally, morally and common sense wise, the President should listen to the public and set up an independent Commission of enquiry if he wants the public to learn something about it. To me JOY2012, the truth is out and what sort of investigation and enquiry does the President want EOCO to unravel? Assuming the NPP government made a mistake, should a pesewa be paid to the person of Woyome?
NCG: Who do you think he should be punished?
JOY2012: All persons who have been parties to approving and condoning the payment of this GHC 92M, especially the AG.
NCG: What sort of counsel can you give to President Mills or assuming you were the President at the centre of such a judgment debt?
JOY2012: The truth alone can set President Mills free and can give life and relevance to the NDC government. The lee way for him as a Professor of Law, is to assume unawareness of the payment so that the consequences of accountability will be meted on Woyome and his cronies so that the NDC can strategise and embark damage control.
JOY2012: Let me state that if President Mills' intention is to use EOCO to cover up as alleged by some section of Ghanaians, he might end up being impeached in the process. This Woyome saga is to reveal to the younger generation of how the PEN dictates and destroys future generations' destiny. The same historical antecedents announced 'JJ Rawlings' and brought June 4 Revolution in 1979 which every discerning and responsible politicians must consciously avoid.
We've not learnt our lessons from history to do the needful to ensure that we do not give the chance for unpleasant history to repeat itself. A service person who even got a loan of current GHC50 was given a firing squad. The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) shocks me most about their official silence on this issue. We want to see the significance of the GBA especially in an era of democracy and their relevance in giving out their professional opinion. What is the relevance of June 30 celebrations if the AG and the lawyers of Woyome can falsely twist the legal principle to make such a payment? NCG. Have you had any dealings with Woyome before? Do you know Woyome?
JOY2012: I've never met Woyome before and I do not need to know him to make a comment based on principle and available information about the issue. He might have been an angel in all his other dealings but on this judgement debt payment, I am afraid Woyome has goofed horribly and greedily with his cronies in the government.
NCG. What's your thought on the Chinese $3bn loan to the NDC government as the central pivot for Ghana's infrastructural development for this year, 2012?
JOY2012I've indicated as far back as in September 2010, that I am not impressed and I am afraid it might end up like the STX Korea deal. The God given natural and mineral resources to Ghana, lack leadership treats that can transform them for the benefit of Ghanaians. Let's ask ourselves, if the loan is not made available, does it mean Ghana cannot develop? The government should think outside the box for JOY2012 has already given solutions.
What is happening is NOT a new Scenario to Natural Resource rich nations in Africa. If Ghana treads the path of Nigeria's Oil money management, Ghana and the future generation will pay dearly. If all these borrowing could be used to positively impact on our GDP then we have the key to development. Normally, natural resource rich governments in Africa use such loans to quell down dissenting voices and groups. This leads to massive corruption in the country which in turn leads to high social vices and injustices.
NCG.. How successful do you think the NDC government will be in securing the loan, especially coming to think of STX housing deal?
JOY2012The success of the loan for this year is about 30%. This year's 2012 general elections outlook is a key determinant for any prudent nation to give loan to Ghana. The intelligence information available to the investor community, especially, Centre for strategic Information System (CSIS) July 2011, report indicated election 2012 can destabilize the country.
The experience of the STX deal should informed the government that, with international loans, if even it uses the 'tyranny of the majority' concept to get loan passed by parliament and uses all Ghana security forces to protect the MPs, it can still fail. The prudent direction is a deep introspection of good analytical returns on investment to Ghanaians.
He is married to Mrs Hilda Osei Yeboah , with four (4) children, Jacobel, Janice, Jeremy and Jeffrey. He is an Engineer, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Philanthropist, a Social Thinker and a transformational leader.
Jacob Osei Yeboah is the founder for Mpontuo Mining in 2010, a small scale mining and consulting services for small scale miners (galamsey) with the view to providing Technology and Financial assistance to the industry so as to mine gold safely without environmental degradation and mercury pollution.
Jacob Osei Yeboah is also the founder and West Africa Director of Vital Source Limited (VSL), in 2006, a procurement and logistics company focused on the gold mining and Oil & Gas industries within West Africa. VSL provides consulting services for engineering, oil contamination and filtration, logistic and supply chain management for companies focused on the mining and oil sectors in West Africa.
He also worked for Ashanti Goldfields Company (AGC) over a period of 7 years, as Director and leader of Senior Staff of the Obuasi Mine Divisional Board barely a year after his national service in 1996. His period saw a review of the company's procedures and processes that led to a very significant transformation and cost reduction from USD320/ounce to USD178/ounce (Jan 2001-June 2002) and he was the Special Projects Coordinator, having practiced as Instrumentation Superintendent of the Processing Plant.
Jacob holds an MBA from Warwick University, UK with Masters in Global Supply Chain Management from Mannheim University, Germany.
Jacob holds an Electric/Electronic Engineering Degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where his outstanding contributions to JCR meetings of Katanga Hall were imbibed by fellow Kantangese as astute and discerning Christian leader. He attended Opoku Ware School in Kumasi, where he became Scripture Union (SU) member in 1984.
Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY2012) is motivated by what John Ruskin, an art critic, a social thinker, poet and artist once said:
'Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build forever, let it not be for the present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendant will thank us for, and let us think as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come, when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them. And that man will say as they look upon our labour and wrought substance of them. see! This our fathers did for us'.