The Secretary General (SG) of the Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr. Solomon Gayoni Gbolo has addressed the media regarding some concerns raised on the Floor of Parliament by Hon. Samuel Nartey George and calling for investigations into the activities of the Ghana Red Cross Society.
The Secretary General informed the press that “the matter raised on the floor is already under investigation, Parliament is involved, and Parliament has already referred it to the Attorney General’s Department for further action”. He used the presser to thank Hon. Sam George for raising the matter on the floor of parliament since it gave him the opportunity to clear the air about the matter “we have a very special relationship with Parliament, and one of our aims with this response is to let the House know that, yes, there were some issues in the past, but we are happy to inform the House that, the past two years have seen massive integrity transformation of the Red Cross that they can be proud of anytime and anywhere”.
Mr. Gayoni conveyed a message to the Red Cross fraternity across the country that the issues raised was not a new case, but an old one that his administration taking over two years ago has taken concrete steps to further investigate and address. “Let me take this opportunity to also inform our members and volunteers across the country not to panic, and that the issue is not a new one emerging. It is the old issue that the current administration under my leadership promised to address and never for it to happen again. We are still committed to that promise. Once it is with the Attorney General, we cannot comment deeply on it but I can assure you, a lot of work has been done by my team, and our preliminary findings indicate that the report as you heard in the past is not entirely accurate”.
Mr.Gayoni admitted that there were reports of some malfeasances and misconducts reported in the 2021 report of the Auditor General before he was appointed and one of reasons for his appointment was to clean the mess. “It is instructive to note that the matters surrounding the statements made on the floor happened between 2014 and 2021. In fact, the current administration of the Ghana Red Cross Society has been charged with a specific responsibility to unravel the actual truth, address the issues raised and to put measures in place to maintain sanity. We have gone very far with this, but we have to wait for the invitation of the Attorney General to enable us comment on the matter.
The SG indicated that the Ghana Red Cross does not take its relationship with parliament for granted, and they want their relationship to continue growing and to be a model for all African countries to admire and follow. He mentioned that it is through positive publicity from people like parliamentarians that the Red Cross can thrive and be able to attract assistance for their countries in times of disasters and need.
Specifically he said the Rt. Hon. Speaker recently spoke on the floor urging members to collaborate with the Red
Cross on a project to fight diabetes and hypertension, and their related consequences. He said “that was a major
milestone, and we and our international partners saw it as a great privilege and opportunity to succeed further
with the delivery of our mandate” He further indicated that a positive statement Hon. Samuel Okudzeto
Ablakwa recently made about the Red Cross may have given justification for their international partners’ to do
more for the Akosombo Dam splillage victims, releasing about GHS5m worth of disaster relief for the people of
North Tongu and South Tongu in the Volta Region, and Buipe in the Savannah Region of which 12,000 people
from 2000 households are to benefit within now and January.