The embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Microfinance and Small Loans
Centre (MASLOC), Bertha Ansah-Djan, otherwise known as Bertha Sogah, has openly
admitted taking an amount of GHS 500,000 from the accounts of the state-run
organisation and handing it over to a private company owned by her
However, Mrs Sogah, who was asked to step aside so that
investigations could be conducted into a series of allegations, including
conflict of interest, leveled against her, said there was nothing wrong with her
husband benefiting from the MASLOC magnanimity.
Amisgold Microfinance Services Limited, owned by her husband, Professor Dotsevi Sogah, was given
GHS500, 000 to run its operations.
“It is important to state that the mere existence of a family relationship does not automatically constitute
conflict of interest. If this were the case, it would be difficult for the head
of any organisation in Ghana to be involved in any decision making in the
country because of the existence of interrelations and familial relations among
Ghanaians,” the suspended MASLOC boss said in a written response to allegations
that she had doled out money to Amisgold.
President Mahama had ordered Mrs Sogah to step aside for investigations to commence into the multiple
allegations of fraud, conflict of interest and diversion of funds into her
personal bank accounts.
In her lengthy response to the allegations which are being investigated by the National Security apparatus, a copy of which is in
the possession of Daily Guide, she parried all the allegations leveled against
her as contained in a report.
The report, among other things, alleged that “Madam Bertha Ansah-Djan, took undue advantage of her position as CEO of
MASLOC to develop a fraudulent scheme which enabled her to divert monies
belonging to MASLOC into her son and husband’s company Amisgold Microfinance
Services Ltd, to the tune of Five Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis.
The report further alleged that “the money allowed Amisgold Microfinance Services
Ltd to commence operations by giving out loans to its clients.
In her response, Madam Ansah-Djan, as she is fondly known openly admitted, “MASLOC,
indeed, placed an amount of GHS500,000 in an investment account with Amisgold
Microfinance Services limited.