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    The ex-National Coordinator of the now defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Abuga Pele, has revealed what he was doing to keep himself busy at the Nsawam Prison

    According to the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Chiana–Paga he did everything possible to make a good impact in the lives of other inmates when he was jailed.

    He revealed that he devoted himself to the service of other convicts to change their lives, expressing the believe that God sent him to prison to help other prisoners.

    According to him, he became a headmaster to the Nsawam Prison’s tertiary school and coached the football team.

    “The people in prisons are my younger brothers, my sisters, and my fathers. Some of them needed help [and] maybe God sent me there to help them,” he said.

    He made the remarks upon his return to his hometown for the first since he got amnesty from President Nana Akufo-Addo.

    He received a rousing welcome at his hometown.

    According to him, “I became the headmaster of the school that produced graduates. They do the Distance [Learning] course from Cape Coast [University]. I was the coach for the young football team. I took the opportunity to entertain the whole prison”.

    It would be recalled that Mr Abuga Pele  was sentenced to six-year imprisonment by an Accra High Court in 2018, for causing financial loss to the state while he was the National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency.

    Mr Abuga Pele was accused of acting in a manner that resulted in government’s ¢4.1 million loss after businessman Phillip Akpeena Assibit had made false claims that he had secured a $65-million World Bank funding to create one million jobs for the youth.

    He was later  found guilty on two counts of abetment of fraud and five counts of wilfully causing financial loss to the state and received six years for abetment of fraud and four years for wilfully causing financial loss to the state, both to be served concurrently.

    But three years into his sentence, Mr Akufo-Addo granted him a presidential pardon due to ill health.

     



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