The Managing Director of the Metro Mass Transit Limited, Mr Bennet Aboagye, has been asked to proceed on leave for investigations to be commenced into some corruption allegations.
A letter signed by Mr Ahmed Arthur, Chairman of the Board of MMT, on April 17, 2018, addressed to the MD, after an emergency meeting, indicated that the leave takes affect from Wednesday April 18, 2018.
According to the letter, the board held a meeting on 16th April, 2018, where the Board discussed with the MD the allegations leveled against him by an employee of the outfit.
The statement continued that, based on the above, the Board decided to set up an investigative committee to probe the series of allegations and give the MD an opportunity to respond to the allegations.
“In order for the Committee to have an unfettered atmosphere within which to conduct its activities, the Board has further decided that you proceed on leave with effect from Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
“You are, therefore, requested to hand over your duties to the Deputy Managing Director in charge of Operations,” the letter noted, copied the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah.
A petition from the workers of MMT was sent to the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, on alleged procurement malpractices and fraud involving the MD and others.
Mr. Aboagye has been accused of breaching several procurement laws in the acquisition of some 300 buses since taking over the company a year ago.
Mr. Aboagye and a leading member of the NPP, Dr. Amoako Tuffuor, are accused of attempting to bribe the whistle blower with GHC40, 000 when they were confronted with evidence.
But the embattled MD described the allegations as attempted blackmail.
According to him, his office was bugged with a recording device by his accuser, who also threatened to release some audio conversations of him to the public if an amount of GHC 1m was not paid.
Mr. Aboagye confirmed paying an amount of GHc40, 000 to his accuser, known as Lawal, but stated that the amount was to trap his accuser to retrieve the supposed recording from him, as advised by the Police CID.
By Maxwell Ofori/thechronicle.com.gh