Alex Boateng, alias Sikapa the Boss, a self-acclaimed businessman, engaged a garage owner, Charles Amanio, at Tantra Hill to purchase a 2014 unregistered Toyota Corolla vehicle with chassis number: 5YBURHESEP05426 at a cost of GH¢64,000.
To prove that he meant business, Mr Boateng gave GH¢20,000 to Charles Amanio as part payment and introduced Messrs Nii Ayibontey Benjamin Abraham and Morgan as his guarantors. An agreement about the payment schedule was subsequently written and signed by the parties. Mr Boateng then took the garage owner to his supposed home to prove that he cannot run away with his money.
When the payment for the first tranche was due, Mr Amanio called Mr Boateng, but he could not reach him. After several attempts, he proceeded to his house, only to be told that Mr Boateng (the buyer) hired the room for only three months, and that he had relocated.
On May 20, this year, Nii Ayibontey Benjamin Abraham, who guaranteed the purchase of the car for now run away Alex Boateng, displayed the same car for sale on tonaton.com. This attracted another buyer, Ms Priscilla Oduro, who contacted Godfred Sossah, also a car dealer, to buy the car for her.
Alex Boateng and Nii Ayibontey Benjamin Abraham, who have currently been arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court with Morgan, who is at large, affixed a tracking device on the car displayed on tonaton for sale.
The Prosecutor Inspector Eric Pobee, last week Wednesday, told the court presided over by His Honour Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that the accused persons, together with suspect Morgan, had the intention that after the sale of the car, they would report to the police that it had gone missing. They would then go ahead to resell it after the police had retrieved it for them.
The prosecutor said Godfred Sossah (2nd car dealer), not privy to this wicked intention of the suspects, contacted the complainant in the case, Emmanuel Yao Tsatsu, and showed him pictures of the said car, and the latter expressed interest in buying it.
Godfred contacted suspect Benjamin, who arranged to meet the complainant at Atomic Junction with the vehicle. Unknown to them, the suspect had procured forged documents, including an importer identification card, bearing the name of one Florence Agyeman.
First accused person (A1) Alex Boateng, according to the prosecution, accompanied Benjamin (A2) to meet the buyer of the car, but when they were approaching Atomic Junction, the first accused person (Boateng) got down to allow the second accused person (Benjamin) to negotiate the deal with their victim, Emmanuel Yao Tsatsu.
Benjamin sold the car to the victim at a price of GH¢48,000, an amount that was paid into A2’s Consolidated Bank account at Baatsona in Accra.
Inspector Pobee indicated that the proceeds from the sale of the car were distributed, and Alex made away with 80 percent and Benjamin 20 percent.
After sharing the proceeds, Alex, who claims he now resides at Dansoman, on May 7, 2020, made a report at the Airport Police Station that he had been robbed by two armed men on the Spintex road who made away with his unregistered Toyota Corolla.
Alex also informed the police that he sustained injuries as a result of the attack and had been hospitalised at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
To help the police find the alleged car, he revealed to them that the car had a tracking device, and this led to the arrest of one Gamel Agbesi, a mechanic who was working on the vehicle. Agbesi also led the police to apprehend the supposed owner, now a complainant.
Inspector Pobee further told the court that after reporting the supposed missing car to the police, the suspects phoned the original car owner and told him that they had defrauded him, and that the car had been parked at the Airport Police Station. The original owner proceeded to the police station to lodge a complaint.
Police checks later revealed that Alex had not been on admission at the KBTH. It also came to light that A1 had been involved in a similar case at the Odorkor Police Station.
Alex had been charged with various offences and had admitted to same. Meanwhile, a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest since he failed to appear before the court at the last adjourned date.
Benjamin has also been charged and admitted to the offences levelled against him.
According to Inspector Pobee, A2 has promised to refund the 20 percent he received.
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is very much aware of the second defeat of John Dramani Mahama against the incumbent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, come December 7, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated.
According to the ruling NPP, the evidence was clear of the rather unpopular campaign messages of their opponent, same of which has been rejected by Ghanaians.
The statement of the NPP comes to add to what their presidential candidate, President Akufo-Addo, last week said of the campaign of his main opponent, John Mahama.
Touring Greater Accra for two days, President Akufo-Addo asserted on several platforms that the NDC campaign had collapsed “in confusion, outright lies and misrepresentation.”
Mr Mahama received the baptism of fire after he openly declared he first rolled-out the now popular free Senior High School policy.
Addressing a news conference in Accra yesterday, the Deputy Manager for the NPP 2020 Campaign, Dr Mustapha Hamid, said Ghanaians“have seen how the free SHS programme has enabled their children go to school. For many families in those areas, it is the free SHS programme that got many families to have their first ever SHS graduate in their lifetime.”
“To compound the woes of the NDC, their attempt to claim authorship of the free SHS programme has subjected them to public ridicule. Candidate John Mahama has become the butt of many jokes in Ghana today. They know they are losing. Indeed, they know they have lost,” he added.
He continued: “They have, therefore, decided that they will resort to the politics of calumny, vilification and mudslinging as a last-ditch attempt at reviving their dead campaign. NDC campaign no, atonsuom. NDC campaign, egblen. NDC campaign, yamutu. NDC nim campaign maa, kpiya. So, they have started throwing in doctored videos, manufactured and concocted documents, all in an attempt to cast NPP actors in [a] bad light and hope that it will attract some revulsion for the NPP, and hopefully revive their campaign.
“But no amount of fake news, concoctions, distortions and lies and vilification will revive a dead campaign. Dead campaigns are revived by coherent strategy, anchored on a sound message. Nothing else will work. So, we are putting the public on notice that they should watch out for these fake stories in the last week of campaigning. Let us treat them with the contempt that they deserve.”
He concluded by asserting without fear of contradiction that the NPP was the only party in the Fourth Republic that has initiated and executed programmes that have benefitted the mass of the people, making a point for Ghanaians to vote for them.
“So, anytime the NDC come into office, what do they do? Nothing. It is all about create, loot and share. The bankruptcy of ideas on the part of the NDC is even more telling in this election cycle.”
The NPP are confident that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo shall be given another four years to do more for the country.
Buttressing his assertion, Dr Hamid indicated that the industrialisation programme of One District, One Factory, anchored on a revival of the agricultural sector with the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, providing jobs for thousands of Ghanaians.
Dr Hamid explained that the party picking number one position on the ballot was indicative of the position they shall occupy when all the ballots were tabulated.
That notwithstanding: “Let us protect our progress. Let us come out in our numbers on December 7, 2020 and give Akufo-Addo a resounding victory that will teach politicians that Ghanaians will only accept governments that work to further the interests of the citizens, not those who come to power for the sake of it and who invest in guinea fowl authorities which fly to Burkina Faso,” he remarked.
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), yesterday, received another set of Personal Protective Equipment to contain the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The items, consisting boxes of hand gloves, nose and facemasks, disinfectants and many more, were donated to the GIS through a collaborative effort between the European Union (EU), International Organisation on Migration (IOM), and Free Movement of Persons & Migration (FMM), under the European Union-Economic Community of West African States (EU-ECOWAS) Assistance project.
The purpose of the project is to provide support to border management within the West Africa region.
Addressing the dignitaries who gathered at the GIS Headquarters to witness the ceremony, Mr Kwame Asuah-Takyi, Comptroller of GIS, indicated that Covid-19, aside the major economic implications it has had on the country, has also changed the country’s border management.
He indicated that though the GIS is striving in these trying times to live up to its mandate of regulating and monitoring of entry and exit of all travelers, such a mandate has not been easy, since its officers are also at risk of contracting the disease in the course of discharging their duty.
It’s even challenging in these moments when restrictions on migration and movement in and out of the country have been eased. It is, therefore, critical that extra care and resources are committed to ensuring that the men and women at the borders are safe, Mr Asuah-Takyi said.
“So this donation has really come at the right time. It has come at the time when the GIS needs it most. It will help us to regulate the movement of people very well.”
He assured the sponsors that the items would be used judiciously to facilitate the smooth implementation of Covid-19 response activities.
From the EU, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, H.E. Ambassador Pieter S. Van Gelder, observed that there had been an unprecedented halt to the mobility of people due to the pandemic. He said the situation had caused socio-economic a melt-down throughout the world, and West Africa was not left out. He said this even led to increases in food prices.
“This is clear that free movement of persons within the ECOWAS zone is crucial for regional economic integration, and, therefore, the development of West Africa, and that’s the reason we are donating these items to support the government’s effort.”
He said the items are expected to assist the beneficiary countries to conduct safe and healthy movements, as their borders are being opened to the public in order to promote economic growth in the region.
They are also expected to reduce the risk of infection and spread of the virus within the ECOWAS region, as well as increase the capacity of immigration and border officials and support with the provision of essential services more effectively and efficiently.
Ambassador Gelder indicated that a whopping sum of £200,000 had been put aside to support five ECOWAS member countries, namely Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Niger and Benin, to support them through the provision of PPE for their personnel operating at the most engaged points of entry.
Madam Abibatou Wane-Fall, IOM Chief of Mission for Ghana, Benin and Togo, also indicated that migration can increase the cases of the Covid-19, hence, the need to adopt swift measures to minimise the cases of infection.
She acknowledged the Government of Ghana’s effort in fighting the disease, but said there was the need to strengthen the capacity to contain the disease, hence, the support being rendered by her outfit.
Mr Tei Konzi, Commissioner of FMM, also opined that the GIS was one the crucial institutions at the forefront of the fight against the Covid-19, so there is the need to support them with all available resources.
Ghana Statistical Service has started a nationwide exercise to screen applicants who have applied for the Pre-Certification Training Programme for Regional Trainers. The screening, which is taking place in all districts of the country, is scheduled to last for a week.
The pre-certification training programme, which will combine virtual with in-person modules, will equip selected applicants with the tools to effectively communicate key concepts to other trainers and to enumerators.
Trainees who successfully complete the programme will be selected as Regional Trainers for the 2021 Population and Housing Census, which is scheduled to take place in May and June next year.
Regional Trainers will be responsible for training the 75,000 Enumerators and Supervisors who will collect data during the census.
The online application process, which did not require the payment of fees, attracted 14,453 applications from all over the country. The competitive screening process will lead to the selection of 8,775 trainees for the pre-certification training programme.
The conduct of the Census is in accordance with the objectives of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to provide quality, relevant, accurate and timely statistical information for the purpose of national development as stipulated in Clause 3 of the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003) and oversight of capacity building in the statistical ecosystem.
In another development a total of 6,639 registered voters are expected to take part in the 2020 special voting in the Eastern Region today, Tuesday December 1, 2020.
The Special Voting list covers security, media personnel and election officials who cannot vote on the Election Day because of their work.
The results of the Special Voting will, however, not be declared until after the general election.
The compilation of the Special Voting list began on October 2, 2020 and was concluded on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
Out of the number, New Juaben South constituency has the highest voters of 837 with Ofoase/Ayirebi recording the lowest of 50 in tomorrow’s special voting across the 33 constituencies.
679 Registered Voters in the Lower West Akyem Constituency of the Eastern Region are expected to participate in the December 1, 2020 Special Voting Exercise
According to the Electoral Commission’s Special Voting Register, 324 Voters will vote in Suhum, 87 in Akwatia, 79 in Asene Manso Akroso, and 301 in Upper West Akyem Constituency.
In Yilo Krobo, Lower Manya and Upper Manya, the three constituencies believed to be the stronghold of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), following their pattern of voting, would see 149, 368 and 155 voters respectively voting.
The rest are 92, 294, 226 and 97 for Okere, Asuogyaman, Atiwa East and Atiwa West. Fanteakwa South, Fanteakwa North, Kade and KwahuAfram Plains North would have 94, 185, 101 and 304 voting, whilst Ayensuano has 113, Kwahu South -135, Nkawkaw-368 and Nsawam Adoagyiri, 368.
New Juaben North has 507, Abuakwa South-212, Achiase-112, Akim Oda-240 and AkimSwedru would see 77 expected voters in the special voting.Meanwhile, the New Juaben South and Ofoase-Ayierbi recorded 837 and 50 respectively with Akuapem South having 164, Akuapem North -245, Abuakwah North -178, Afram Plains South -222 and Birem North-175
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The Central Regional branch of Alliance of Drivers Ghana, which claim to be the mother association of all drivers in the country, has unanimously endorsed President Nana Akufo Addo in the run up to the December polls.
The association has also resolved to support all NPP Parliamentary Candidates in the various constituencies in the region so as to ensure a resounding victory for the NPP in the region.
This was made known by the group during a press conference held at the Abura Taxi rank in the Cape Coast North Constituency yesterday.
Their decision was based on their claim that the Akufo-Addo government has done so much for Ghanaian drivers and Ghanaians at large, more than any government has done in its first term.
According to the group, the Akufo Addo administration has implemented a number of interventions that have ameliorated their plight as drivers, adding that those initiatives needed to be safeguarded by retaining the government.
They pointed out that government has successfully implemented the Instant Driving Licenses policy which allowed drivers to have easy access to driving license upon application and renewal.
They further alleged that the cost of third-party insurance policy kept galloping with frequent increments under the erstwhile NDC administration, but it has been maintained and stabilised by this government
They also mentioned the successful implementation of the famous Free SHS policy, which has made it possible for their wards to access secondary education for free, to buttress their decision.
Numerating other initiatives by the government to merit their unflinching support, they mentioned that there had been significant reduction of the cost of acquiring and renewing driving license.
They stated that a proposed implementation of towing levy that would have had dire consequence on vehicle users had been abandoned by the government
“We, therefore, need to show our sincere appreciation and gratitude to President Akufo-Addo by voting massively for the NPP to renew his mandate”, they stated.
Government, they said, had upgraded license B category which permitted holders to drive sprinter cars and other 14-passenger vehicles without being troubled by the police.
“Across the length and breadth of this country, we have witnessed massive road infrastructure, from the construction of new roads, to the construction of interchanges, to the asphalting of roads among many others”. They posited. “We are also using this opportunity to urge all Ghanaians to vote for the NPP to continue the many good works they have started. It is on the basis of this that this press conference is dubbed NANA TOASO”. They saidThe was read by Mr Francis Gyando, the treasurer of the alliance
President Akufo-Addo says former President John Dramani Mahama does not fear God and that his claim of introducing the Free Senior High School policy looks weird.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, before the 2016 General Elections, Mr John Mahama derided his idea of introducing the Free SHS.
According to the President, John Mahama is on record to have said that even if Free SHS can be implemented, it will take Ghana 20 years and that the idea of Akufo-Addo to implement Free SHS was a dangerous one.
President Akufo-Addo made these pronouncements when he granted an interview to Kumasi-based ANGEL FM yesterday, as part of his three-day Ashanti region tour.
After the radio interview, President Nana Akufo-Addo visited the Akomadan community in the Offinso North Municipality.
Addressing a mammoth rally, Akufo-Addo said four years ago, he came to the people of Akomadan and appealed to them for their support to help him steer Ghana from economic backwaters, which they obliged.
Expressing appreciation to the traditional leaders, Moslem leaders, and the entire Akomadan community for giving him and his entourage a rousing welcome, Akufo-Addo appealed to them to renew his mandate on December 7, 2020 and also vote for his parliamentary candidates.
He hailed Mr. Collins Ntim, the Member of Parliament for Offinso North, who doubles as the deputy minister for Local Government and Rural Development.
On his part, Mr. Collins Ntim appealed to the constituents to vote for the NPP, adding that the margin must be 10,000 votes.
Touting the achievements of the Akufo-Addo government in Offinso North, Ntim revealed that they are blessed with government institutions such as the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Training School, National Ambulance Service Training School, Green House Project, and office of Drivers and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA), which is a partnership with a private firm.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, who was the first to address the gathering, told the function that the upcoming polls have to do with works of Akufo-Addo, which has eased the burden for parents and guardians across Ghana.
He, therefore, appealed to Ghanaians to ignore the NDC and vote for NPP.
Baobab Children Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has donated personal protective equipment to ten schools and two health posts in its operational catchment areas to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The items were made up of 2,000 pieces of face marks, ten large sized Veronica buckets and accessories, quantities of tissue paper, and twenty gallons of hand sanitiser and liquid soap.
Beneficiary schools/health posts
The schools were the Baobab Training Centre, Dompoase Kokwado, Kwahin Krom, Kissi A&B, Kissi English and Arabic, Kyease M/A, Kissi Ebenezer Methodist, Anwim Junior High Schools and Kissi A&B Primary
The Kissi Health Centre and Anwim Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound were the other health posts that benefited from Boabab’s kind donations.
The General Manager of Baobab, Alhaji Issaka, who led a team of staff to present the items, told the media that it formed part of Baobab’s social corporate responsibility and desire to assist in the fight against the pandemic.
“When the virus started spreading across the country some months ago, we gave out nose masks and hand sanitisers to some of the schools and some market women, which many cheerfully acknowledged,” he said.
He added that the centre noticed that some of the Veronica buckets meant for regular hand washing at the beneficiary institutions were problematic, and also too easy to be taken away from their vantage points.
In view this, he said, with financial support from Deutsche Zusammenarbeit, Baobab procured more user-friendly buckets with their accessories and all the aforementioned items for onward presentation to the named facilities.
According to Alhaji Issaka, the virus has not died down completely, adding that there was still the need for all the various laid down protocols, including regular hand washing, wearing of face masks and social distancing, to be observed at all times
A Senior Midwifery Officer in charge of the Maternity Unit at the Kissi Health Centre, Madam Patricia Djimate, received the items on behalf of the staff and Physician Assistant of the facility.
She described the bucket with its complete accessories that allowed the user to draw both liquid soap and water from different angles without touching and turning taps, as fit for purpose and a more improved one.
She further expressed heartfelt appreciation to Baobab for the continuous support to the centre, and appealed to Baobab to continue to remember the health centre anytime it decides to do any further donations.
Teachers and pupils of the beneficiary schools expressed joy and gratitude to Baobab for coming to them with the improved Veronica buckets and other items.
Mr Joseph Obeng Hammond, Assistant Headmaster of Dompoase Kokwado School, who received the items, thanked Alhaji Issaka and his team for coming to their aid.
He noted that the bucket was more durable as compared to the one used by the school, and, therefore, promised to take good care of it so that it could serve its intended purpose.
Ghana recently experienced what appeared to be a spike of the Coronavirus pandemic, as some new cases were recorded after some of the stringent protocols were relaxed.
It has, therefore, become imperative for the citizenry to continue to strictly abide by all the measures put in place, including social distancing and the wearing of masks, to prevent further spread.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Friday, inaugurated a sixty-bed capacity hospital at Praso in the Twifo-Atti Morkwa District in the Central Region.
The facility, which was begun by former President John Agyekum Kufuor, has been described as the panacea to the pressing healthcare needs of the people in the area.
Giving an inaugural speech, President Akufo-Addo explained that the hospital was part of the Ghana Hospital Project initiated by the Kufuor government in 2008.
According to him, the people have been waiting for the facility for far too long, adding that the “demand for a district hospital with quality has been realised.”
President Akufo-Addo, therefore, expressed the hope that residents would now gain access to improved healthcare from the Twifo Praso Hospital.
He further explained that the construction of the facility fell under the government’s broader objective of providing infrastructure for the delivery of effective healthcare across the country.
“The goal of government is to establish in our country a strong and accessible healthcare system of world class quality, which will guarantee the wellbeing of our people,” he stated.
To realise this, the government, he mentioned, had since assumption of office in 2017, provided financial clearance for the recruitment of some 90,696 nurses and other staff in the health sector
Word of caution
Nana Akufo-Addo cautioned the managers of the newly-inaugurated facility to, as a matter of urgency, take proper care of the hospital so that it could last to serve its purpose.
“I want to reinforce the call to the administrators to embrace and strengthen the culture of maintenance… It should not fall in the ways several institutions like this in Ghana have gone,” he stressed.
He noted that the edifice cost the country the nation US$339,000 million, it must, therefore, be maintained and put in good condition for many years to come.
President Akufo-Addo charged the leadership of the facility to set a good example with a periodic maintenance policy that would prolong the lifespan of the facility, because they would be held accountable for it.
Chief praises Nana Addo
Oseadieyo Kwesi Kennin IV, Paramount Chief of the Morkwa Traditional Area, expressed delight that the people of the area now had a befitting hospital.
According to him, the inauguration of the hospital would end the situation where they could not receive healthcare without travelling long distances.
“We thank you for this project which has come to fruition within your last few years in office as the President. I have bestowed the name Oseadieyo on you because you deliver when you promise,” he said.
He appealed to the President to consider upgrading the Morkwa Health Post to, at least, polyclinic status so that other residents behind the Pra River could also receive adequate healthcare.
The inauguration of the Twifo Praso Hospital brought to five the number of hospitals the President has inaugurated under the Ghana Hospital Project.
Already, similar facilities under the project have been inaugurated at Wa in the Upper West Region, the Ga East Municipal Hospital in Accra, the Ahafo Ano Municipal Hospital in Tepa, and the Tain Hospital in Nsokor.
The Ghana Hospital Project involves the design, construction and equipping of one military hospital, two regional hospitals, and six district hospitals in Ghana.
A 250-bed regional hospital in Sewia in the Bosomtwi District in the Ashanti Region is being constructed under the project.
Other hospitals being constructed under this project include a district hospital in Salaga in the Savanna Region, and sixty-bed capacity hospital in Konongo in the Ashanti Region.
Expected to be completed and inaugurated by the end of the first quarter of 2021, all the projects are being constructed by the Euroget De-Invest S.A, an Egyptian construction firm
The government has reportedly kick-started the process to acquire 20,000 acres of land for the development of a Petroleum Hub at Bonyere in the Jomoro District of the Western Region. According to a story we have carried at our business page today, government officials have already met with the chiefs and people in the area to explain to them the significance of the project.
Dr. Eric Yeboah, a Land Advisor at the office of the Senior Minister, told stakeholders that the government was ready to pay for anything that is of economic and social significance on the proposed land for the project, which first phase has been estimated to cost between $10-12 billion.
The hub would include a water treatment plant, waste treatment plant, manufacturing of spare parts, refinery, and tank farms amongst others. Dr. Eric Yeboah further told the stakeholders that the government would follow the agreed procedure with the stakeholders.
The Chronicle sees the entire project as the game changer for the Western Region, and that is why we are happy that the process has finally started. But, whilst commending the government for her efforts to develop the petroleum hub, we wish to also draw her attention to the procedure to adopt to pay compensation to the landowners.
Many families, especially those in the national capital, Accra, are living as destitutes because their forefathers sold family lands, either to the government or individuals, and misused the proceeds. The descendants of these poor families have nowhere to lay their heads, whilst educating their children has become a herculean task for them.
They wouldn’t have found themselves in this current mess if their forefathers had used the lands as equity, instead of outright sale for generations unborn to also benefit.
To avoid repeating some of these mistakes in the Western Region, The Chronicle suggests to the government to convince the families whose lands are going to be acquired for the Petroleum Hub project to use them as equity in whatever investment the state intends making. This way, the families will be getting regular income, which generations yet unborn would also enjoy.
This might be a strong statement, but it is a fact that some of the family heads do not know what is called investment. Their interest is to collect the money from the government and use it without thinking about their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
As a country, we need to stop this bad habit, because if our forefathers who fought and acquired the lands had exhibited the same attitude, the assets would not be there for us to enjoy today.
In our view, if the chiefs and people of Bonyere will not accept this suggestion of using the land as equity in the investment, the state must use her coercive powers to force them to accept the proposal.
As we earlier pointed out, we must be thinking about generations yet unborn, and not what we think will benefit us today. The state must certainly have a say in this. It is our hope that the people of Bonyere will also not throw the advice made by the government overboard in the interest of their grandchildren.
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- The Swift Institute for Public Policy Options has noted with some concern the current and orchestrated attacks on Ghana’s Electoral Commission. The impression that has been sponsored and deliberately fostered in the minds of the public, in Ghana and on the international arena, is that the Electoral Commission is out on an agenda to rig the upcoming general election in favour of one party as against others, and we believe that this is unfortunate, in the absence of any clear evidence to that effect.
- The Swift Institute for Public Policy Options believes that all actors in our political space have a duty to speak out when it is clear and the evidence is preponderant to demonstrate that things are not as they should be. If there is evidence of rigging or favouritism, it should be made clear.
- However, in the absence of such evidence, we do not think that it is healthy for our democracy for an atmosphere of suspicion to be deliberately fostered and engendered to create fear and disaffection for the Electoral Commission.
- The Swift Institute for Public Policy Options notes that strangely, it is the attempts by the Electoral Commission to create a greater degree of transparency in its operations, that is leading to the attacks on the EC.
- These innovations from the Electoral Commission include but are not limited to the decision to publish an online version of the Voters Register, and the decision to ensure that the results of the 2020 general elections are published as soon as possible.
- These decisions have brought the EC under a veritable barrage of attacks, which we believe is counter-productive of all aspirations of the generality of Ghanaians as to how the EC should conduct its affairs.
- We recall that in times past, the Electoral Commission had conducted its affairs under very opaque circumstances, and had totally refused to acknowledge that it is responsible to Ghanaians for its conduct.
- We recall that in the 1990s and the 2000s, when the EC operated under Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan and later Madam Charlotte Osei, the EC operated under a cloak of great opacity, such that hardly anybody had access to how the EC conducted its affairs.
- Not only did Ghanaians not know what took place behind the walls of the EC, we also were not even privileged to be given responses to general concerns, and even when the EC deigned to respond, it was contemptuous in its approach, insisting that it had constitutional independence and immunity.
- We recall, for instance, that in the 2004 general elections, the EC released the national voters’ register to political parties just two days before the general elections, and that this register was on CD Roms. Compare that situation, to the situation today when the register is available for scrutiny online, weeks before the general election.
- We recall the lists of horrors that became manifest during the conduct of the 2013 election petition hearing before the Supreme Court of Ghana.
- We would not soon forget the reasons that made it necessary for groups like Let My Vote Count to be formed in this country.
- We believe that the current Electoral Commission, which is very responsive and timeous in its responses to public concerns, should be commended.
- The creation of an active website of the EC, on which all press releases and communications are placed and updated, as well as ability to check on the register, as well as modern means of reaching the Electoral Commission by several communication avenues, are all innovations that should be encouraged.
- Swift Institute for Public Policy Options believes that the bastardization of the EC for political reasons must come to an end, and players must begin to actively engage with the EC to improve the process of service delivery to Ghanaians.
CURRENT AREAS OF DISPUTE
- Currently, the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken umbrage with the EC for two initiatives from the EC.
- These are;
- The decision to publish the Voters’ Register online, and
- The determination to ensure that results are published within 24 hours.
- With regard to the first initiative, Swift Institute for Public Policy Options believes that all political parties operating with sincere motivations should jump or should have jumped at this initiative. To begin with, it means that the parties would have access to lists of names of voters at each polling centre which can be used to track these voters. It is a valuable campaigning as well as research tool f and for foot soldiers visiting houses to campaign for votes. It is an initiative that political parties should encourage and support, or should have encouraged and supported.
- On the determination to ensure that results are out within 24 hours, we believe that once again this is a good initiative that should be encouraged, if the EC and political parties have the demonstrable capacity.
- Given the current schematics and timelines, it should be possible to have results declared within 24 hours. If this were to happen, the days of anxiety and distress that all players are forced to go through would be avoided.
- We call on the players to encourage these initiatives and support them.
- Finally, we believe that the atmosphere of unnecessary suspicion and aggravation deliberately cultured and promoted by certain interests in this country, must stop.
- For political parties, what is necessary is to put in place the requisite degree of transparency to ensure that they achieve their aims.
Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie
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Members of the Coalition of aggrieved Customers of Menzgold (CACM) have declared their support for former President John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December 7 elections.
Their declaration is based on their conviction that the next NDC administration would help them retrieve their monies from Menzgold.
They believe the opposition NDC is compassionate and committed, evidenced in former President Mahama’s concern to retrieve their monies for them when he wins the December 7 elections, while the current President and government rather choose to insult them for being greedy and foolish to have indulged in the operations of Menzgold.
As a result, the Coalition has initiated “Operation One Customer, Ten Votes for NDC” to ensure that John Mahama wins the elections for them to get their monies.
The message says the elections are about voting to get their money, hence, their position to vote massively for the opposition NDC.
Mr. Francis Owusu, First National Chairman of (CACM), expressed the disappointment of their members with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, which they accused of insensitivity to their plight over the past two years.
He disclosed that most of their members had passed away out of frustration and shock.
He said as a result of their decision, they would convince their families and friends to endorse the NDC in the upcoming December 7, 2020 elections.
According to him, the government was allegedly looking on unconcerned as Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM1), who claims to be untouchable, is encouraged to engage in more scams.
He revealed that the current government was the real owner of Menzgold to enable its party make money for their political fortunes, and to also suppress the banking sector, thus making the sector unattractive for customers to do business.
The CACM Spokesman said the delay in freezing NAM1’s accounts for almost five months, without any positive action against Nana Appiah Mensah, explains the government’s entrenched position in the Menzgold saga.
The government has kick-started the process to acquire 20,000 acres of land for the development of a Petroleum Hub at Bonyere in the Jomoro District of the Western Region. As a result, a stakeholder meeting has been held with the chiefs and people of Bonyere to explain to them the significance of the project.
Earlier, similar stakeholder meetings had been held with the other communities, which would be impacted as a result of the project.
Dr. Eric Yeboah, a Land Advisor at the office of the Senior Minister, told the stakeholders that the government was ready to meet with communities that fall within the hub to address issues that border on crop compensation and land purchase.
He said anything economic and of social significance on the land would be paid for, after it had been acquired.
The petroleum hub project would see the development of a water treatment plant, waste treatment plant, manufacturing of parts, and refinery among others.
The hub development is in three phases.
Under phase one of the project, an amount of $10-12 billion is expected to be invested in the project, with a total of 150,000 sustainable jobs expected to be created.
A refinery and tank farms are also expected to be set up under Phase One of the project.
On land purchase, Dr. Eric Yeboah announced to the stakeholders that the government would follow the agreed procedure with the stakeholders, so that the land compensation would be treated as an inter-generational asset.
During an open forum, the stakeholders wanted to know whether the communities that fall within the hub would be resettled, but the Land Adviser assured them that there would be no resettlement under the plan.
The Land Advisor also assured the stakeholders that under the package of developing the petroleum hub, the government would train the youth in the area in welding, fabrication and pipe-laying as a move to give them skills.
This is because the project requires skilled labour.
US President-Elect, Joe Biden, is set to announce a Nigerian-born attorney, Adewale ‘Wally’ Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury secretary, US-based media Politico reported on Sunday.
Adeyemo, who is a former senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration, will serve under former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who Biden plans to appoint to lead the US Treasury Department.
Adeyemo’s appointment is one of many key cabinet positions Biden is expected to announce in the coming days.
Born in Nigeria, Adeyemo was raised in California where he obtained a bachelor’s degree before proceeding to Yale Law School for his legal education.
Before his appointment into the Obama administration, Adeyemo worked as an editor at the Hamilton Project, then served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to Jack Lew in the United States Department of Treasury.
He later worked as the chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and also served as the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under Elizabeth Warren.
In 2015, he was appointed to concurrently serve as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council.
He went on to become the first president of the Obama Foundation.
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The Nigerian military has accused civilians of failing to provide information about terrorists and their activities.
Major General John Enenche, Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, dismissed the allegations of sabotage made against the military.
He insisted that for effectiveness of operations, citizens must offer credible intelligence.
“You need a guide, you need information. Will they tell us? That’s one of the issues we have been ensuring to overcome, with civil-military cooperation activities, reaching out to them, even sending people by proxy to talk to them.”
The spokesman lamented that locals keep quiet even when they know insurgents have planted bombs against troops.
“Our patrols will pass through a route, in a village. By the time you are going, some people are looking at you. When you are coming back, the next thing is that you meet an IED planted on the road. And people saw them, they won’t tell you.”
Enenche added that it is not possible to force information out of people.
The General said the military is trying to build up people’s confidence in the system and encourage them to divulge useful information.
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The Presidency on Monday stated that the 43 farmers that were killed by Boko Haram on Saturday did not have military clearance to be on the rice farms when the attack happened.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with the BBC on Monday.
He said while not blaming the victims for the incident, the truth must be said.
Shehu said, “The government is sad that this tragic incident has happened. 43 or thereabout of innocent farm workers, most of them had their throats slit by a heartless band of terrorists. People need to know what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area.
“Much of those areas have been liberated from Boko Haram terrorists but there are a number of spaces that have not been cleared for the return of villagers who have been displaced. So, ideally, all of these places ought to pass the test of military clearances before farmers or settlers resume activities on those fields.”
When asked if he was not blaming the farmers for going to the area, Shehu responded, “Not exactly but the truth has to be said. Was there any clearance by the military which is in total control of those areas? Did anybody ask to resume activity? I have been told by the military leaders that they had not been so advised and certainly, therefore, it was a window that the terrorists exploited.”
The President’s spokesman said terrorists had planted land mines in several places in Borno State and nobody ought to go to these places until the military has cleared such places.
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United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres says the terrorists that perpetrated the Borno massacre on Saturday must be held accountable.
His comment was in reaction to the murder of 43 Zabarmari farmers.
They were attacked at Koshebe village in Mafa Local Government Area and buried on Sunday.
Guterres condemned the gruesome killing and abduction in the strongest terms.
The UN chief extended his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and Nigerians.
He wished the injured a swift recovery and called for the immediate and safe return of the captives.
Guterres expressed hope that “those responsible for these heinous crimes will be quickly brought to justice”.
The top diplomat reaffirmed UN commitment to support Nigeria in its fight against terrorism, violent extremism and response to humanitarian needs.
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A Federal Government delegation led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan arrived in Maiduguri, Borno State by mid-day on Monday on a condolence visit over the killing of farmers at the weekend by terrorists.
Members of the delegation include the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; Ministers of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello; Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.
This was disclosed in a statement signed on Monday by Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media, Ola Awoniyi.
The delegation was received on arrival at the Airport by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Umar Gadafu.
The Deputy Governor including the former governor of the state Kashim Shetimma later led the delegation to Zabarmari, the community in Jere local government area, where 43 farmers were killed by insurgents.
The delegation is in Borno, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to commiserate and identify with the family of the victims, the Government, and the people of Borno State over the incident.
At least 40 farmers were killed on Saturday morning around Marrabati and Hammayya villages, near Zabarmari in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists.
The farmers were waylaid on their way to their rice farms which they were harvesting before the surprise attack happened. Some other farmers were also taken away by the insurgents.
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Ghanaian Afro-pop, Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Stonebwoy has organised a peace walk in Ashaiman as part of a campaign to promote peace and unity before, during, and after the 2020 general elections.
The peace walk attracted fans of Stonebwoy from different genres. They were dressed in white T-shirts and displayed placards with various peace messages.
He said peace messages needed to be drummed into Ghanaians across the regions.
He, therefore, called on all Ghanaians to spread the message of peace, hope, and unity before, and after the December 7 polls.
The peace walk would be climaxed with a musical concert and musicians on the bill are King Promise, Fancy Gadam, Fameye, and Macassio.
The rest are Efya, Teephlow, Darkovibe, and Bethel Revival choir. The event is powered by Burniton Music Group (BMG).
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Foreign Minister asked to apologise to filmmakers …after saying Parliament is a place of serious business and not a place for movie actors
Pressure is mounting on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey to apologise to stakeholders in the film industry for denigrating them.
The outgoing Member of Parliament for Anyaa Sowutuom constituency was captured on camera by YEN news to have said Parliament is a place of serious business and not a place for movie actors.
“Parliament is for serious minded people and not people who have done some movies and think they are popular.
“It is a serious place, I will tell him; the laws of the country are enacted in parliament. If our President can continue his job very well, he needs Lydia Alhassan in Parliament to do the job so that all you need as a constituency will be easily given to you.”
She, therefore, urged the people of Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency to choose Lydia Alhassan over John Dumelo.
Her statement did not sit well with most stakeholders in the creative arts space.
“The comment made by the well-respected minister is unhelpful, and we hope that we can address them and move on and make sure that no politician will ever make such needless statement about the art profession,” one filmmaker said, adding “Unintelligent talk from a whole minister who should know better. President Ronald Reagan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, President Donald Trump were all actors.”
Source: Kasapa FM
Legendary Highlife artiste, singer and music producer Kwabena Nyamekye Amoo-Mensah known by his stage name as Pat Thomas has described rapper Sarkodie as an eye-opener who saved him from losing thousands of dollars to fraudsters who were making money from his songs on social media without his knowledge.
Pat Thomas telling his story in an interview stressed that, had it not been the help he received from Sarkodie, he would not have had an idea of what actually happens on social media not to talk of making money there.
“One time when Sarkodie had come from the US, we met and he was asking ‘Uncle a whole lot of your songs are on Spotify but do you get the money?’ I said no, and he said then someone must be cashing out your money. He was talking about the amount in thousands of dollars”, Pat Thomas revealed on Kumasi-based Pure FM in an interview monitored by MyNewsGH.com.
“Even those of us who just started are getting huge sums of money and not you who started many years ago”, Pat Thomas quoted Sarkodie.
According to Pat Thomas, with the help of Sarkodie, he has been able to secure all songs people have posted on various online platforms and he is making thousands of dollars from that.
Source: My News GH
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