Musician, Kwame Asare Obeng otherwise known as A Plus had accused Mr. Jinapor and his colleague Francis Asenso Boakye of fraud.
A Deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor has finally opened up about the corruption accusations against him.
According to him, the whole issue arose when he attempted to act on a petition he received from uniBank who were complaining about being treated unfairly by the management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Unibank used to collect revenue on behalf of the hospital. The bank, however, felt sidelined after the management of the hospital outsourced that role to another bank, without giving it (uniBank) an opportunity to put in a bid.
The bank subsequently petitioned Board of Korle Bu and copied the Office of the Chief of Staff.
Jinapor said as a Deputy Chief of staff at the Presidency, one of his roles is to receive petitions on behalf of the president, Nana Akufo-Addo and act on them.
“The complaint having been made, I picked up a phone and called Dr. Anyaa [Chief Executive Officer of Korle Bu] and sought to find out about the complaint I received…we spoke for about 1 minute 30 seconds.
“Haven spoken to him and waiting for a response which never came, I mentioned the issue to the Minister of Health and he said he himself will intervene and deal with the matter,” he said on Accra-based Joy FM.
“So far as that was concerned, I and my colleague [Asenso Boakye] have dealt with the matter,” he added.
When asked if it was not possible for him to use his Office to force the management of Korle Bu to give the contract to uniBank, Mr. Jinapor said he “will never, ever do that.”
He said: “I’m not that stupid and I won’t do that. And it never happened; it couldn’t have happened.”
“First of all there was no issue about giving a contract…it had everything to do with a process.
“In all of this, neither myself nor Mr. Asenso Boakye held the view that Korle Bu was wrong…we never came to that conclusion,” he said.
Musician, Kwame Asare Obeng otherwise known as A Plus had accused Mr. Jinapor and his colleague Francis Asenso Boakye of fraudulent conduct in dealing with the matter.
The Police CID investigated the matter and concluded that the allegation was “baseless”.
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