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General News Sat, 13 Oct 2018

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We’ve not issued dud cheques – NEIP

The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan-NEIP has described as “malicious publications” reports that it issued fake cheques to beneficiaries recently.

Reacting to a publication making rounds in a section of the media and social media, NEIP clarified that beneficiaries are paid through their bank accounts and has never issued cheques to them since its operation.

“As a matter of fact, the only time cheques were introduced was during the launching of the Presidential Business Support Programme where beneficiaries were asked to hold cheques to represent the amount they will receive and this was done just for the ceremony,” an official statement stressed.

It added: “We see the false publication as an attempt by individuals with evil agenda to bring the name of the Vice President, NEIP and the Ministry into disrepute.

“We want to re-emphasize that over 95% of beneficiaries have received their funding through their bank accounts and have called to confirm receiving the funding and are very happy that the support will go a long way to help their businesses.”

Below is the full statement

RE: NEIP ISSUED FAKE CHEQUES TO BENEFICIARIES

The attention of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan-NEIP has been drawn to a malicious publication attempting to ridicule government’s support to over 1,350 entrepreneurs who are being funded as part of effort to promote business development and support for start-ups in the country.

The publication which has been sighted on social media and blogs alleged that the Ministry of Business Development and its implementing agency, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan-NEIP issued fake cheques to beneficiaries of the NEIP business Programme in the three Northern regions of the country when the Vice President H. E Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia held a ceremony to launch the Presidential Business Support Programme.

We want to state categorically that, nowhere did NEIP nor the ministry issued fake cheques to beneficiaries.

In fact, over 95% of beneficiaries have received their funding through an account they opened with National Investment Bank (NIB).

As a matter of fact, the only time cheques were introduced was during the launching of the Presidential Business Support Programme where beneficiaries were asked to hold cheques to represent the amount they will receive and this was done just for the ceremony.

We see the false publication as an attempt by individuals with evil agenda to bring the name of the Vice President, NEIP and the Ministry into disrepute. We want to re-emphasize that over 95% of beneficiaries have received their funding through their bank accounts and have called to confirm receiving the funding and are very happy that the support will go a long way to help their businesses.

We are therefore urging the public to disregard these malicious publications and treat it with the contempt it deserve.

NEIP, for that matter the Government assures the general public of continues commitment to provide an eco-system that encourages entrepreneurship and business development in Ghana.

Thank You

Issued by

Joseph Osei Oppong- Brenya

Head of ICT/Media Relations, NEIP

Source: starrfmonline.com

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