Ghanaians wail as Export Promotion Authority blows GH¢100k on a 3-minute documentary

Afua Asabea Asare-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA)

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has spent a total of GH¢100,000 on a three-minute video documentary attracting the fury of sections of the Ghanaians.

According to a breakdown of the amount involved in producing the documentary, GH¢55,000 was spent on editing, voice over, animation, soundtrack and intellectual work while GH¢35,000 was used for the hiring of drones, cameras, sound and lighting gears.

An additional GH¢10, 000 making the total amount GH¢100,000 was devoted to accommodation, food and transport according to the invoice that has been leaked to the public dated March 10, 2019.

Checks by have revealed that the video documentary has since been produced implying the amount could be paid to the pri

Whereas some claim the amount is outrageous and could be likened to the infamous Ministry of Special Development Initiatives budget in 2018 the ministry earmaked to spend GH¢800,000 approximately $200,000 in designing a website for the Ministry as contained in its 2018 proposed budget.

It would be recalled that the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GEPA, Gifty Klenam, and her deputies including Eric Amoako Twum were fired after being accused of indulging in massive mismanagement of funds belonging to the authority.

According to reports, Madam Klenam and her deputy collected $132,000 or GH¢580,800 for house rent, covering a period of two years in gross violation of state procurement laws.

The amount was said to have actually been cashed from First Atlantic Bank Ghana and used for the rents, and the authority in its response failed to address the substantive issues that have been raised against Ms Klenam and her deputy.