The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) says it has never issued fake cheques to 1,350 beneficiaries who are being funded as part of government’s effort to promote business development and support for start-ups in the country.
Reports have gone viral on social media platforms alleging that the Ministry of Business Development and its implementing agency, the NEIP issued fake cheques to 1,350 beneficiaries under the government’s support to start-up businesses.
But the NEIP in a statement issued by its Head of ICT/Media Relations, Joseph Osei Oppong- Brenya, Friday, said there is no iota of truth in such publications and urged the public to treat such with the contempt that they deserve.
Below is the full statement:
RE: NEIP ISSUED FAKE CHEQUES TO BENEFICIARIES*
The attention of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan-NEIP has been drawned 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 it’s 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.
Joseph Osei Oppong- Brenya
Head of ICT/Media Relations, NEIP