Moses Abor for NPP youth organiser

Moses Abor for NPP youth organiser

The constituency youth organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ayawaso Central, Mr. Moses Abor, has declared his intention to contest for the position of Greater Accra Regional youth organiser of the ruling party.

Speaking at a mini-rally in Accra, Mr. Abor called on all the NPP fraternity not to wait until the 2020 general elections before campaigning. “We don’t wait in politics because the next general elections are just around the corner, we should all start campaigning for the party we all love”.

Mr. Abor, who has been appointed by the Accra Metropolitan Authority to head the busy hub of Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, appealed to the youth to continue to show the zeal and enthusiasm that brought the party to power.

He stressed that his work records are there for Ghanaians to admire, from his time as the Assembly Member for the Mallata electoral area and as the constituency youth organiser of the NPP.

“I initiated various programs as an Assembly Member to create awareness and encourage the people to be clean and ensure that sanitation is not taken for granted” he said.

Nick-named Junior IC Quaye, due to commonalities with the former Greater Accra Regional minister during the administration of President JA Kufour, he urged the party’s faithful and the public to respect the appointments of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. “We believe in him and his works that is why we voted for him, same as the ministers he has appointed” he added.

In another development, the Kayayei representative in Accra, Haruna Galadima, has lauded Mr. Moses Abor as their (Kayayei) protector in Accra against unscrupulous men who want to take advantage of them, especially at the Malata Market.

He revealed that Moses has participated in many outreach programs with non-governmental organisations for the future and welfare of the Kayayeis at the market.

Multi-lingual Abor speaks Gurunee (Frafra), Ga, Hausa, Twi, Ewe and Dagbani, which makes him favourite among the contestant in addition to his popularity.

11 controversies that rocked NPP government in 2017

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will officially mark the first year of its administration on 7th January, 2017, after wrestling power from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government led by John Dramani Mahama.

The party claimed electoral victory on the back of many campaign promises aimed at boosting social infrastructure and providing a convenient economic environment for private businesses to thrive.

According to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP was poised to ensure good governance, by eroding the foundation of gross corruption laid by John Mahama and the NDC government.

His statement was in reference to the many controversies, often with a dent of corruption, that had engulfed the erstwhile government.

After almost 12 months in office, the NPP government has also been caught in various controversies which seem to have made the party unpopular in some circles.

Governance Plagiarism:

President Akufo-Addo and his handlers were caught in a controversial act of plagiarism in his inaugural speech.

The speech, although widely commended, was found to have excerpts of it copied directly from Thomas Woodrow Wilson, an American politician, and academician who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921.

Wilson, in a 1913 speech said, “We are bound by ideals that teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these ideals. Every citizen must uphold them…. I ask you to be citizens. Citizens, not spectators. Citizens, not subjects. Responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”

The phrase, which was repeated by George Bush in 2001, was included in Akufo-Addo’s inaugural address without reference to the original author.

It read, “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. Let us work until the work is done. Holy Scripture in Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

The incident, which caught the eye of international media gave the NDC minority in parliament the grounds to demand a withdrawal of the address.

The Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi, who led the charge, asked the NPP to withdraw the “plagiarized address” and resubmit another speech which will reflect all “attributable sources.”

“The sanctity of Parliament must be respected and preserved, and it is our expectation that the new Speaker of Parliament The Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye who thankfully is an academic of some repute, will better appreciate the full ramifications of what is before us,” it said in an address.

110 competent ministers:

Not long after the gaffe, the government again found itself in an uncomfortable position as it was subjected to criticism from various quarters including some Civil Society Organization over the appointment of 110 Ministers of State including deputies.

Following the appointment, President Akufo-Addo became the first head of state in the 4th Republic to have more than a hundred (100) ministers serve in his government.

He beat his predecessor, John Mahama by about 26 ministers.

While the government was accused of creating an opportunity to fleece the state, the Presidency said the appointment of the ministers was necessary to revamp the economy which had been supposedly collapsed by the John Mahama government.

Founders’ day vs. Founder’s day:

President Nana Akufo-Addo, whose political history stems from the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), formed on August 4, 1947 to bring about Ghanaian independence, stirred controversy when in his presidential inauguration address he suggested that members of the UGCC including his father Edward Akudo-Addo and uncle, J.B Danquah, were the main brains behind Ghana’s independence.

Many, including the Chairman of the CPP, Prof. Edmund Delle, accused him of distorting the country’s history to lessen the role of Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana’s attainment of independence, but members of the NPP argued that the achievements of the Kwame Nkrumah was only because of the exposure and support he had received from the UGCC before he broke away to establish his Convention People’s Party (CPP).

The government subsequently canceled the former government’s decision to celebrate September 21; Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday as Founder’s Day, and rather set August 4, as founders’ day to recognize all who helped Ghana to attain independence.

The proposal is to be backed by law to take effect.

Corruption ‘Boakye-Agyarko bribe’:

The then Minister for Energy nominee, Boakye Agyarko, became the center of what appears to be the most interesting and complex corruption scandal in the first quarter of 2017, when the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, alleged that Mr. Agyarko had bribed members of Parliament’s appointments committee GH¢ 3,000 each to unanimously approve him after his vetting.

The allegation which was backed by the Member of Parliament North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, and MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, led to a probe by a special committee set up by Parliament.

The committee, which was headed by MP for Essikado-Ketan, Joe Ghartey, ruled that Mahama Ayariga’s claims were baseless, and he was subsequently ordered to apologize, which was done, although many claimed he did it reluctantly.

BOST’s sale of contaminated fuel: 

In June 2017, it emerged that the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) sold about 5 million liters of contaminated fuel to some unlicensed companies; Movepiina and Zup Oil, causing the state to lose GH¢7 million

The development sparked outrage from Ghanaians including stakeholders such as the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, Chamber of Petroleum Consumers, and the African Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), who condemned the action, alleging that it was an illegal trend that needed to be arrested.

The Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, however at a press conference cleared the Managing Director of BOST, Alfred Obeng Boateng of wrongdoing citing a Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), and National Security report.

Corrupt deputy Chiefs of Staff:

Controversial musicians and sympathizer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A-Plus, took to Facebook to accuse President Akufo-Addo’s two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye, and Abu Jinapor of being corrupt.

He also described them as thieves who are arrogant.

Although he did not state their exact action that warranted the accusations, his comment generated a lot buzz especially from loyalists of the party, some of whom chided A-Plus for the comment.

Francis Asenso-Boakye subsequently rejected the claims describing them as false.

After receiving a lot of backlashes from the public including some members of the government, A-Plus apologized to the President for his actions, admitting that he used the wrong platform to voice out his concerns.

President Akufo-Addo subsequently ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to conduct an investigation into the matter.

The department, after its investigations, said it found A-Plus’ claims to be baseless, but A-Plus in a subsequent media interaction expressed his disagreement with the report.

A leaked audio tape later emerged with a conversation between A-Plus and a senior CID officer in which the officer supposedly indicated to A-Plus that the report was skewed to favour the government officials.

The CID officer in the tape, who was then Deputy Director of the CID, ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, later claimed that the tape was doctored, adding that A-Plus had threatened to blackmail her with it.

After receiving a petition to investigate the matter, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), exonerated the two deputy Chiefs of Staff of any corrupt act, ending the several weeks long controversy.

Diversion of premix fuel:

In November 2017, Citi News revealed at least over 230 cases of premix fuel diversions that had been cited by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), since January 2017 to October, at a time when fisher-folks were complaining about inaccessibility to premix fuel, subsequently leading to a decline in the nation’s fish stock.

The Ministry of Energy, in May 2017, subsequently ordered the Fisheries Ministry to probe the companies alleged to be complicit in the fuel diversion, but that did not happen.

When quizzed on her role in the scandal by Citi News, the Fisheries Minister, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, said the NPA was in a better position to act on the widespread diversion of premix fuel, because her Ministry did not have a tracking system to identify culprits.

Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, also defended her decision to appoint her brother as the Acting Administrator of the National Premix Secretariat, saying he was competent enough and has since left the position, and replaced by a substantive appointee.

Both the NPA and the Energy Ministry, had avoided commentary on the matter. However, after a joint meeting with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the National Premix Fuel Committee, the stakeholders agreed to among other things ensure that the premix fuel committee ceases supply to some Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) found to be complicit in the diversion of premix fuel, and more effective collaboration between them to avert such incidents from happening in the future.

Extortion of expatriates: 

The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, alleged in Parliament in December 2017 that the Trade Ministry charged expatriates between $25,000 and $100,000, to book a seat at the recent Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA) which had President Akufo-Addo in attendance.

According to him, the monies were not approved by Parliament, adding that the monies were also not accounted for in the Internally Generated Funds [IGF] of the Ministry’s accounts.

The issue has further been reinforced by Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Okudzeto Ablakwa, who suffered verbal assaults from Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah over the matter.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry dissociated itself from the allegations. In a statement, it said it played no role in determining prices for seats at the event, and clarified that it only facilitated the implementation of a new initiative by the Millennium Excellence Foundation.

Amidst the brouhaha, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo said he found the allegations against the Ministry to be baseless following a query to the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanten, demanding answers from him over the allegations.

A statement from the government said “the facts, as reported to the President, do not disclose any wrongdoing on the part of the Minister of any government official.”

The Minority in Parliament last week called for an urgent Parliamentary meeting over the matter although the House was on recess.

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye subsequently granted the request and has since called for an emergency sitting on Friday 5th January, 2018 although the Parliamentarians were originally expected to resume sitting at the end of January.

GH¢800,000 budget for website:

Again, in December 2017, it emerged that the Ministry for Special Development and Initiatives had budgeted GH¢800,000 of taxpayers’ money to build a new website.

The amount, although heavily criticized by the minority in Parliament, was approved by Parliament since the NPP has the majority in the House.

Many Ghanaians criticized the government and the sector minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson for the budget which many said was a recipe for corruption.

Mavis Hawa Koomson, in a surprising U-turn, claimed that the GH¢800,000 was a typographical error and that the actual amount was GH¢80,000.

The Minority made calls for her to resign over the matter because it was a sign of “incompetence.”

The Minister however in a subsequent defense said the amount was for the creation of different websites for the new development authorities; Northern Development Authority, Coastal Development Authority, and the Middle Belt Development Authority.

She added that, the GH¢ 1.1 billion total allocations to the Ministry for the important projects such as purchasing of vehicles to facilitate the work of the new development authorities.

Security Delta Force on rampage:

A major dent on the NPP government’s administration in 2017 was the heightened acts of impunity and lawlessness perpetrated by individuals and groups most of whom are affiliated with the government.

Following the election of Akufo-Addo as president, there were several instances of the forceful takeover of some state assets and facilities including some public toilets from the managers perceived to be affiliated to the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

The development assumed the height of national concern and controversy when a vigilante group, Delta Force, affiliated to the NPP, attacked the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator at his office in broad day light.

They said he was not actively involved in the party’s electioneering campaign hence must not be “rewarded” for the appointment.

While standing trial in court, another set of members of the vigilante group stormed the court premises and freed their colleagues, causing fear, panic, and chaos in the courtroom.

The case ended with the first group of suspects being set free after payment of a GH¢1,800 per head fine, heavily criticized by some lawyers as “paltry” and not deterrent enough.

Those who set the suspects free from court, were set free for supposed lack of evidence, an incident that got many angry.

Karaga NPP youth on rampage:

Many believe the precedent set by the Delta Force group and the subsequent punitive measure meted out to them, encouraged a similar incident in Karaga in the Northern Region where some NPP youth, stormed a police station to set arrested suspects free.

Eastern Regional Minister Expresses Worry Over Activities Of Prayer Camps

Mr Eric Kwakye-Darfuor, the Eastern Regional Minster, has expressed worry over the activities of some prayer camps who unduly detain HIV patients instead of allowing them to seek appropriate medical care.

He said that practice was an affront to the national efforts in the HIV and AIDS response and called on the Ghana AIDS Commission to put in place appropriate measures to curb the practice.

Mr Kwakye-Darfour said the fact that the national average of HIV prevalence was 1.8 and the Eastern Region’s prevalence was 2.6, “we are already threatened and we should not allow people to do their own things to aggravate the situation”.

The Minister was speaking at a dissemination forum on findings of visit to prayer camps and healing centers in the region organized by the Regional AIDS Committee (RAC) under the umbrella of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC).

The visit to the prayer camps was necessitated by high defaulting rates of clients on the Anti-Retroviral drugs (ART) and loss to follow-ups, alarming rate of recording of new infections and the rate at which infected persons were getting weaker.

Ms Golda Asante, the Regional AIDS Coordinator, said they visited 85 prayer camps in 18 out of the 26 districts in the region and described the situation as very bad as many people were found to be very sick and almost at the point of death.

She said at some of the prayer camps, people were sleeping on the bare floor at the mercy of the weather and others were living under poor conditions.

Ms Asante said some of the prayer camps were accommodating TB patients and were sharing the same room with others because they had been made to understand that HIV and AIDS were spiritual diseases and that only prayers and fasting could cure them.

Ms Asante said the most alarming was that “these prayer camps are congregating around areas with high prevalence in the region like the Krobo areas and feeding patients with superstition”.

She said the matter was a grave concern and called on stakeholders to join efforts together to monitor and supervise the prayer camps to ensure that people are not kept there to the detriment of their health.

Dr S.B Ofori, a consultant and HIV Prevention and Treatment Specialist, said there was no proof to show that HIV and AIDS were spiritual and that the ART was the only drug proved to be effective in the management of the disease.
He said as a medical practitioner, he has personally seen clients who were doing well on the ART and were capable of working but after defaulting the treatment they come back later in ‘wheelchairs and wheelbarrows’.

Dr Ofori called on pastors and all other religious groups to use their platforms to educate the public that HIV and AIDS are real and the only form of treatment for now was the ART and not by drinking concoctions and being kept at prayer camps.

Source: GNA

Absence of Special Dev’t Ministry would’ve saved Ghana ¢300m – IMANI

President of policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe has said about GHc300 million of taxpayers’ money would have been saved if President Akufo-Addo had not created the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives.

“The Ministry for Special Development Initiatives should not have existed in the first place. We could have saved GhC300 million of that budget if we had allowed the other ministries to do the things in the budget,” he argued.

The revelation of a GHc800, 000 budget request for the creation of a website has caused public uproar, with the Minority calling on the sector Minister to resign.

Although government has since attempted to clarify that the GHc800,000 for website was a typographical error, many believe it was an attempt to fleece the national coffers.

Speaking on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday, Franklin Cudjoe said most of the projects the embattled ministry is requesting funds for are the work of other ministries and hence, it should not have been created in the first place.

“If you look at the expenditure of this ministry, it seems to be the amalgamation of other ministries,” said.

The December 22 edition of The Big Issue saw members of the panel review President Akufo-Addo’s first year in office.

The first year of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration has been rocked by a number of corruption allegations including the BOST contaminated fuel scandal, allegations of corruption by A-Plus against the two deputy chiefs of staff, allegations of conflict of interest against the Finance Minister over the issuance of a Bond, and recently the allocation of GHc800,000 for the creation of a website for the Special Development Ministry.

Franklin Cudjoe used the opportunity to advice President Akufo-Addo to be wary of the corruption allegations that have rocked his administration saying they are likely to sink him.

“There is a perception of people that may eventually sink the administration if they don’t take care. That has been the trajectory in the past. One year of Akufo-Addo’s administration, the macroeconomic indicators look good…but I think if they don’t take care, these allegations of corruption, most of which are emanating from their own camp will be the ones that will sink them,” he added.

Embattled Special Dev’t Ministry engages Zoomlion to distribute recycling machines

In another development, it has emerged that the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives has entered into a contract with the Zoomlion Ghana Limited to distribute plastic recycling machines to some districts in the country.

Mavis Hawa Koomson – Minister for Special Development and Initiatives

A letter signed by the sector minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson and sighted by citifmonline.com indicated that District Chief Executives (DCEs) in areas selected to benefit from the program were to allocate land areas for the project.

“The Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, in order to realize the Government’s vision to transform rural and urban communities, identified sanitation as one of its priority areas. This aims at instituting proper sanitation and waste management system, which will improve health and the general living standards of the people,” it said.

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana

Hajia Hawa Haruna,Organizer for the Arise for Ghana.

Pic;Hajia Hawa Haruna,Organizer for the Arise for Ghana.

NPP Group lauds Hon. Ayorkor Botchway for exemplary leadership
A political group sympathetic to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Anyaa Sowotoum constituency in the Greater Accra has lauded the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, for being a worthy diplomat for the country.
Members of Arise for Ghana (AG) think that the Hon Ayorkor Botchway has within a short span of time rendered her services as the country’s number one diplomat creditably and has brought international respect to Ghana.
The organizer of the group. Hajia Hawa Haruna, speaking in an interview said the minister has proven that women are up to the task in delivery quality leadership and services in whatever capacity they find themselves in.
“Our honourable minister has so far made us very proud and we the youth from the Anyaa Sowotoum constituency are proud to recognize her as our role model and we will continue to aspire to walk in her footsteps” she said.
Hajia Hawa noted that the performance of Hon Ayorkor Botchway is a call on the president to appoint more women to positions of responsibility in the public sector to help in the development of the country.
“Hon and other hardworking women have proven beyound all reasonable doubt that women are up to the task and for this reason we appeal to our father, President Nana Akufo-Addo, to appoint more women in his administration”.

Give us jobs or there’ll be chaos – Invisible forces

Some irate members of the NPP’s invisible forces Tuesday stormed the town hall meeting at Tema to threaten government of mayhem if they are not immediately given jobs.
According to the group, officials of the Akufo-Addo government, who hitherto to the elections were on good terms with them, suddenly do not pick up their calls if they call them.
“We mobilised ourselves to come and meet you and you promised us that there are some jobs on the way coming, we exchanged numbers with those that were supposed to employ us. I have called them for almost two months now, nobody is ready to answer my calls.
“And we are the soldiers and will still be the soldiers. Please, we want to tell our people, if they will not give us jobs to do, what happened in Kumasi will happen in Accra. We are even ashamed, some of us are home and they are laughing at us,” an angry member of the group told the gathering at the event, which was being hosted by the Ministry of Information.
The invisible forces has been noted for chaos and mayhem since the Akufo-Addo government assumed office.
An affiliate of the group, Delta Forces, in April stormed a Kumasi High court and freed some of its members who were standing trial.
The NPP has admitted they used the youth groups, often made up of muscled men, to protect the ballot during the 2016 elections.
Source:
Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM

Speaker Is A Threat To Democracy – Minority

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has accused Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye of threatening democracy in parliament.

The Minority staged a walk-out in protest to what they described as the referral of a motion to the Energy Committee without prior debate. The motion was filed by Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi-Askowa, K.T. Hammond to seek cancellation of the controversial US$510 AMERI power deal signed under the Mahama administration.

In a press conference shortly after the walk-out on Tuesday, 1 August, Mr Iddrisu said: “We (Minority) had no option than to protest the manner in which he (Speaker) is endangering parliamentary democracy and its practice”.

“Let me place on record to protest against the conduct of the Speaker in referring a motion to a committee of parliament – a motion which has not been debated and a motion for which no decision has been taken.

“This is a house governed by procedure and a house governed by rules and standing orders. Nowhere – and I challenge you to peruse the standing orders and give us basis and justification for the referral,” he argued.

Source: classfmonline.com

NPP must apologise to Ghanaians – Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu has called on the government to apologise to Ghanaians for the sudden about-turn on the two Guantanamo Bay detainees.

He said the New Patriotic Party (NPP had promised Ghanaians to return the two detainees if they won power because former President John Mahama had made the nation unsafe by accepting to host the two persons in the country.

Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa made the call when he spoke to the media in Parliament on matters relating to the two Guantanamo detainees.

Madam Shirley Ayorkor-Botway, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was summoned to the House to answer questions asked by Mr Okudzeto-Ablakwa on the current position of the government on Ghana’s hosting of the two Guantanamo detainees in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision.

The Supreme Court decision on June 22, is that the former Head of State should have sent the agreement he had with the United States government on the two Guantanamo detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby to Parliament for ratification pursuant to Article 75.

 

Mr Okudzeto-Ablakwa also stated that the Supreme Court ruling offered the NPP government a wonderful opportunity to return the two Guantanamo detainees for it to be consistent with the position they took when they were in opposition.

He said when Mr Mahama administration decided to receive the two Guantanamo detainees in agreement with the United States, he was accused by the NPP of putting the country up for all kinds attacks.

Mr Okudzeto-Ablakwa noted that President Akufo-Addo in opposition issued a statement that he was not consulted on the matter.

He said at the time, President Akufo-Addo distance himself from this whole arrangement.

He said on January 13, 2016, Nana Akomeah, Director of Communication of the NPP issued a statement that the presence of the two Guantanamo detainees was causing heighten tension and hysteria in the country.

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Exclusive: Mega Fraud At GCNet

The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) a company that ostensibly should help in trade facilitation at Ghana’s Ports has dominated front pages of local news papers from the wrong reasons and despite  a huge public relation role out plan by the company, it is yet to convince the public and stakeholders that all is well.
 
The complaint of the frequent breakdown of the GCNet system at the ports is not as alarming as an incident in which investigations confirmed that a senior staff member of the GCNet was involved in the fraudulent manipulation of the system to assist an importer evade payment of requisite duty and taxes to customs.
 
In other jurisdictions where trade facilitation is an issue of priority to governments, a company that engages in such mal practice would have lost the credibility to continue to do business with government.
 
The Customs, Excise & Preventive Services (CEPS) had to write to the International Police Organization requesting for assistance to arrest the GCNet worker behind the fraudulent act.
 
The letter, signed by Nana Egyin Buadu for  the CEPS Commissioner read:
 
“Mr. Elliot Ansah is an employee of GCNet Company
Preliminary investigation by CEPS Investigations department has confirmed the involvement of Mr. Ansah in fraudulent manipulation of GCNet System to assist an importer to evade payment of requisite duty/taxes to Customs.
 
“Reliable source has revealed that Mr. Ansah has resigned from his workplace and he is likely to travel to the United Kingdom any moment from today, 3rd September, 2010.
We would be most grateful if you could assist to apprehend Mr. Ansah in his attempt to abscond.
 
“Please find a photograph of Mr. Elliot Ansah as a guide.”
 
The PUBLISHER recalls that stinking saga and reproduces below the complete and unedited letter from GCNet confirming the fraudulent practice and admitting it was done by one of its workers.
 
Dear Commissioner,
MALPRACTICES IN GCNet/GCMS OPERATIONS
 
Further to your letter dated 6th September, 2010 on the above subject, we have identified a breach of the system in respect of the entries noted in your letter.
 
From the system logs reviewed so far, the breach is suspected to involve a GCNet employee, (Elliot Ansah) who resigned from the Company with effect from 6thSeptember, 2010 and carried these breaches in the period leading up to his departure from the Company.
 
Fortunately, in view of the multiple integrity layers in the system, data on the respective transactions are still available in the system, even where attempts were made to tamper with the transaction details. As a result, outstanding duty and tax payments due from Declarants on these transactions are still available. In this regard, we wish to emphasize that no data has been lost in spite of the attempted manipulation.
 
To review this breach and to take safeguard measures against its possible recurrence, we have engaged the services of an external systems security specialist from the United Kingdom to review all system logs and to assess the extent of the attempted breach. These details will be made available to you once our internal investigations are comleted.
Although the former employee is believed to haev travelled to the United Kingdom, we wish to assure you that GCNet is prepared to pursue all available avenues to bring him back to the country to help with the investigations.
We also wish to assure you that GCNet is ready to collaborate with the investigations and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. In pursuit of this, we have taken the liberty to invite the Serious Fraud Office to assist with the investigations in view of the implications of the malpractice and the likely collusion with some Customs Officers, Importers and / or Declarants.
We trust that collectively we can expeditiously address this breach.
Yours faithfully,
SIGNED,
Alwin Horgerle,
General Manager.
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World Bank ‘exposes’ Adwoa Safo

The World Bank has denied dealing with individuals for any development project.

Rather, it deals with governments and does not play any role in the internal politics of the day in any of the countries it operates in.

This was the response by the World Bank to a question posed by Joy FM’s investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni who was probing into claims by the Deputy Majority Leader Adwoa Safo that she lobbied the World Bank for the construction of the Kwabenya Senior High School.

Ms Safo, who is also the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons when she sought to take credit for a school project she hardly contributed to.

The MP is heard on tape telling constituents of Dome Kwabenya that she lobbied World Bank officials for the construction of the school project.

But for her role, the then NDC government would have built all the new Senior High Schools in NDC stronghold she told the constituents.

Her claims have been heavily disputed by former government officials, with an avalanche of trolls on social media.

The former Deputy Education Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was the first to deny her comment, stating the school in question was one of the 200 SHS the then government promised to build.

Out of the 200 it intended to build, the World Bank funded and completed 23, one of which was the Dome Kwabenya SHS.

He found it strange how the MP, who did not even bother to attend the opening of the school, will now find it worthy a project to claim credit for.

The NDC in Dome Kwabenya is angered by the claims.

The Deputy Constituency Chairman Isaac Lamptey said the claims by the MP are unfounded.

Describing her as a “chronic liar” Mr Lamptey said the Member of Parliament must, with immediate effect apologize for her comments.

Several efforts to get in touch with the MP for her comments proved futile.

source: myjoyonline

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