In what further deepens the much-criticised cronyism in the Akufo Addo administration, latest revelations show that President Akufo Addo’s three daughters have cleverly leveraged their influence as First Daughters to arm-twist state institutions to part with millions of cedis to fund their charity organisation.
The charitable organisation of the sisters is called My Sisters’ Keeper Foundation and was registered just six months (June 2017) after their father became president at the Registrar General’s Department with registration number CG070472017. The organisation claims its objective is to “Support Women and Children in Ghana”, but critics say it is just one of the conduits used in the administration’s state capture.
There are paper trails showing how Edwina Akufo-Addo, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo and Valarie Obaze used their organisations to extract juicy funds from several public institutions, including the state bank, Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) which recently gifted them some staggering GHC 227,000.
Yet, on its website: www.mysistersassociation.org, its states that it has only raised US$ 5000 to care for neglected old women. “Through fundraising activities and your generous donations, we have raised money that has gone to care homes, communes, hospices and other places where the need of aged women has been great,” the privileged charity wrote on its website.
In just 29 days after its founding in 2017, the group organised a flambouyant fundraising ball that hosted the entire crème de la crème of the Jubilee House, including President Akufo Addo himself, his brother, Edwards Akufo Addo “Bumpty”, First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo, among others.
The following day, an excited First lady too to Facebook to shower glowing accolades on her daughters and step-daughters. “My daughters’ foundation, My Sisters Keeper, together with Glam Africa Magazine, hosted a fundraising ball last night to create awareness about Autism and to support the lovely children at the Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre (AACT) IN Accra. I am extremely proud of this initiative because it puts the spotlight on an issue that certainly requires a lot of attention,” First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo wrote.
The revelation of the activities of the charity organisation by Sammy Gyamfi, the Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has whipped up massive public outcry at the blatant influence peddling of the “Family and Friends” of the President and how they are basically ambushing state institutions and economic pillars of the country for their personal gains.
Indeed, just a few months ago, the First Lady herself received scathing criticisms from the Ghanaians public for using her influence to extract some US$ 1 million from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for her personal foundation, The Rebecca Foundation from 2018 to date.
Closely in the heels of the First Family in the feast off state largess is the Palace of the local chief of the President’s hometown, Okeyenhene Amoatia Ofori- Panin, who was greased by GNPC with some US$ 1.8 million in the past three years to celebrate his 20th anniversary on the throne, and to supposedly plant threes in his kingdom.
Whatsup News has gathered from reliable sources that the state oil corporation may have also gifted the Sisters’ Keeper Foundation some staggering amount. Whatsup News is still digging for details of this potential scandal.