A former President of the Ghana Auctioneers Association (GAA) Calvis Okine, is alleged to have been involved in countless fraudulent activities since his exit from office in 2017.
The Ghana Auctioneers Association, the sole Registered Professional Body, under the Auctioneers Registration Board at the Ministry of Interior and the with Accreditation from the National Accreditation Board (NAB) has its basic responsibility to regulate Professional Auctioneers in Ghana for which Mr. Calvis Okine was until somewhere 2017, the President of the Association.
After his painful exit, and with all the intent and purposes best known to him, he proceeded without following proper regulations and due process and single handedly founded the so called “Ghana Institute of Auctioneers” knowing very well he had no capacity to form such an association. Further Checks at the Registrar General’s Department revealed that, Mr. Calvis Okine, falsified and doctored the signature of the current secretary of the Ghana Auctioneers Association, Henry Maama Nelson to facilitate, the registration of his frivolous institute.
It is believed that young Ghanaians who wanted to belong to the Ghana Auctioneers Association, upon hearing the name Ghana Institute of Auctioneers, enrolled in such an Institute and Mr. Calvis Okine charged each Candidate a whooping amount of GH1,500.00 for a fictitious examination. The said amount was paid into the Kaneshie Branch of the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) Bank Ltd, with Account Name: Ghana Institute of Auctioneers and Account Number; 1000107434801. This said amount per a publication in the daily graphic on July 16, 2018 was to cover cost of examination, course materials, snack and lunch. To their faith, little did the examinees know that, they had been misled and fraudulently misrepresented by this rogue and had caused abrupt confusion, stir and anger in the minds of this right-thinking members of society by extorting their hard-earned currency.
Mr. Calvis Okine, bullied his way to extort GH 400.00 from these innocent and young enterprising men and women as per a directive by the incompetent executives of the so-called Ghana Institute of Auctioneers, that by end of April 2020, they were going to publish a purported list of its members in Good Standing. The publication of auctioneers in good standing remains the preserve of the Auctioneers Registration Board at the Ministry of Interior and Chaired by the Deputy Minister of Interior, which he (Mr. Calvis Okine) has full knowledge of without any iota of doubt as a former President.
When these revelations were brought to the attention of the Ministry of Interior, they issued a disclaimer statement, disassociating themselves from the alleged dishonest activities of Calvis Okine and his Ghana Institute of Auctioneers indicating in express terms that, such an Institute was not recognized and certified by the National Accreditation Board and the Auctioneers Registration Board, under the Ministry of the Interior, which is solely mandated by Auction Sales Act, 1989 ( PNDCL 230) to register and license auctioneers in Ghana.
Flowing from these alleged fraudulent activities, affected students have proceeded to petition the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department at the Police Headquarters in Accra to as a matter of urgency, cause and initiate investigations into the activities of Mr. Calvis Okine. This is further fortified by a case at the High Court filed by the Interim Management of the Ghana Auctioneers Association as this activity is nothing short of a willful calculated agenda intended to mislead right thinking members of society and render the Association into disrepute and public ridicule.
This has been in the circles of the Ghana Auctioneers Association for which members of the noble association have decided to open the Can of Worms to disclose who Calvis Okine is and that he must be made to face the full rigors of the law.