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Coby Frimpong paid for useless strategic plan

Government has paid off a long-time close associate of former President, Bharrat Jagdeo for a strategic plan that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday said was useless by the current Minister of Social Protection.

Harmon said US$40,000 (approximately GYD$8 million) was paid to  Dr. Cobina “Coby” Frimpong as part payment on a contract that the consultant had inked with the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) government.

“The work, which was done by Dr. Frimpong, is not work which the present Minister of Social Protection can use,” Harmon told a post-cabinet news conference. Prior to the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections, that entity was known as the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security.

The Minister said government decided to pay Frimpong the remainder of the money because it was a contractual obligation. “It had to with a strategic plan which Dr. Frimpong was to provide for the Ministry of Social Protection but we are committed to contracts and because we are so committed to these contracts, the balance of the money which was held in the Ministry of Finance was paid over,” he said.

Frimpong had worked at the Ministry of Finance while Jagdeo had been at the helm there. He later worked at the Office of the President.

Since assuming office, the APNU+AFC government has been sued by several persons for breach of employment contract.

  • Col123

    It brings to question whether a useless plan is better than none …Where is a copy of this useless plan?..”work which was done …is not work which could be used”…yet the govt is pursuing all those PPP projects which they previously opposed..Where is the leadership in the govt… Where is Naggaraman ?….slipping and sliding without any progress…what next?…print million dollar bills and blame it all on Jaggie?

    • Gtloyal

      “Government has paid off a long-time close associate of former President, Bharrat Jagdeo for a strategic plan that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday said was useless ….”
      This was how BJ passed the taxpayers money on to his friends.
      There are many who still defend these fraudulent deals because they undoubtedly were at the receiving end themselves.

  • SYL

    What about the 5 million Hammie in reference to the tele communication deal you went to China to collect while it was already paid. Is there any legal scholars still in GT to scrutinize the previous contracts and find legal loopholes to avoid paying all those tax payers dollars ? Could it be that there is an inside operative that’s dealing but sugar coating the breaking news bulletin to create a good impression of the coalition and a continued bad one for the previous govt.? On the other hand you guys are skillfully crating the news to through political dust in the public eyes. So pay out all the tax payers money, raise income taxes and other services , bankrupt the country , pay yourself and blame the PPP.. Its surely looks like that’s the road the country is navigating at present. A former president used to say the real man is the small man , the people interrupted that to mean ” the rail man is real man” Meaning you ride on the small man as a track rail all the time. The politicians screw up and make poor deals and the small man [ rail man ] always pays. TELL US ABOUT THE 5 M.