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The Ghana Police administration has cautioned the public against a syndicate involved in vehicle sale fraud across the country. A statement issued and signed by the Deputy Director of Public Affairs DSP Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman said, the car fraud syndicate is very common in Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Obuasi, Tarkwa and Sekondi-Takoradi. ''This self-styled owner usually meets the buyer and seller at a busy public place. At this meeting, the said owner shows and hands over documents covering the vehicle together with the ignition key to the buyer in exchange of the purchase money. Thereafter, under the pretext of accompanying the buyer to hand over the vehicle to him or her, members of the syndicate manage to escape with both the money and the vehicle, leaving the buyer stranded with fake car documents and ignition key,'' the statement added.           Below is the full statement from the police: BEWARE – FAKE VEHICLE DEALING SYNDICATES AT WORK The Police Administration wishes to bring to the notice of the general public some syndicates involved in vehicle sale fraud across the country particularly in Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Obuasi, Tarkwa and Sekondi-Takoradi. The modus operandi of these syndicates is to advertise vehicles for sale with their phone numbers both on vehicles and at online marketing sites, mostly on tonaton.com and car mudi and cheki.com, luring unsuspecting persons to contact them. Typically, when a potential buyer calls the advertised number to express interest, the supposed seller arranges to meet the buyer at a place where the vehicle is parked, usually at a workshop, fuel station or by the road side. The potential buyer is given opportunity to examine and test drive the vehicle. When negotiations are concluded the seller opts to introduce the buyer to another member of the syndicate, sometimes tagged as the owner of the vehicle. This self-styled owner usually meets the buyer and seller at a busy public place. At this meeting, the said owner shows and hands over documents covering the vehicle together with the ignition key to the buyer in exchange of the purchase money. Thereafter, under the pretext of accompanying the buyer to hand over the vehicle to him or her, members of the syndicate manage to escape with both the money and the vehicle, leaving the buyer stranded with fake car documents and ignition key. In some instances, members of the syndicate rather approach people who have advertised their cars for sale and pretend to be interested, only to bolt with the car in the process of test drive. The public is advised to be cautious in dealing with persons other than known dealerships who offer vehicles for sale at cheap prices, and persons who show interest in their vehicles which they advertise for sale. The signs to look out for include quoted prices far below the market price of the said vehicle. Report any suspicious act involving the sale and purchase of vehicles to the nearest police station, police social media platforms or call 18555. SGND DEPUTY DIRECTOR/PUBLIC AFFAIRS [SHEILLA KESSIE ABAYIE-BUCKMAN] DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE   THE MEDIA
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Mr. Amponsah Bediako has decried that activities at the institution has stalled due to corruption and financial malfeasance under the former administration. Mr. Amponsah Bediako in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the GSA is now sick and retrogressing because of the corrupt practices under Dr. George Crenstil, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He was responding to the report which has cited the former CEO in a of $ 1.2 million bribe scandal. The investigative report alleges that the former CEO of the  Authority received a $1.2million kickback from a contractor. Lemet Construction Company is said to have worked on a new block of the Standards Authority Training School at a cost in excess of GHC15 million. The contractor did not state why he gave out the money but the report indicates Dr. Crentsil admitted receiving the cash. The PRO in his submission lamented said, the GRA is financially handicapped, however, we will not be discouraged. We will do our best to redeem the image of the GRA. We will do our best to make the institution  financially strong, that is the best we can do,’’ he added. According to him, the former CEO should be prosecuted since he has admitted to the offence. The prosecution of Dr. Crenstil will serve as a deterrent to others, he noted. ‘’He has admitted to the offence but has refused to state the amount, because he claims it was sensitive and so, if it is sensitize, we must investigate him and fish out the truth. This will help to sanitize the system and prevent others from doing same.’’ He described the issue as embarrassing and shameful adding, ‘’we need to investigate and I am extremely happy at the assurance given by the Trade and Industry Minister. He has said, a forensic audit would be conducted into the matter and that we fully support. Anyone involved should be investigated.’’ He opined, the former administration hid a lot of information from the transition team.   ‘’But for the change of government, we would not have discovered the rot…That is why the forensic audit is important, it will expose more rot at GSA. It will also determine whether the former Trade Minister, Spio Garbrah was truthful in his claim that, he did not receive the report on time for further action.’’            
The EU funded Ghana Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme (ARAP) in collaboration with CHRAJ and NCCE has organized a multi stakeholder training workshop on public education for anti-corruption agencies, law enforcement agencies and public education institutions in the country. Participants at the workshop were taken through anti-corruption campaign message and content development that influences behavioural change, target audience identification and for them to identify areas for collaboration to facilitate the fight against corruption. The three day workshop, which was held in Ada in the Greater Accra Region brought together prosecutors, investigators, researchers, administrators, public and civic education experts among others from the Police Service, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Parliament, Judiciary, Civil Society Organization and other state agencies. Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Director of Anti-Corruption at CHRAJ Mr. Charles Ayamdoo- was unhappy with the low level of involvement and participation of stakeholders towards the implementation of National Anti Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) in the fight against corruption.  According to him, though there have been an increase in the number of participating institutions, the rate of increase is not encouraging. In the first year of the implementation of the programme in 2014, 19 stakeholders/institutions reported on the implementation of their activities under NACAP; this has however increased to 55 stakeholders at the end of 2016. “Though we have seen an increase from 19 to 55 stakeholder participation, the increase is not as expected since there are about 200 public institutions, 216 MMDAs and about 3500 CSOs in the country”, he noted. He observed that this low participation and involvement of the institutions in implementing the NACAP could be attributed to lack of resources and awareness on NACAP activities, which he quickly added that his outfit is working hard to address. “We are currently addressing these challenges and we also have assurances from the current government to support NACAP achieve its objectives”, he added. He hinted that NACAP has presented its first Annual Progress Report to Parliament for consideration and approval after which CHRAJ is expected to use the approved document to produce the state of corruption in Ghana to be presented to the general public in December this year. The main aim of the NACAP is to ensure that all stakeholders agree to contextualize and mobilize all resources to combat corruption in the country. To achieve this, NACAP has formulated four action points to deal with the challenges and these include building of public capacity to fight corruption; transparency, accountability and efficiency in preventing corruption; participation of civil society; and investigation and prosecution. The Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations at the NCCE, Mr. Samuel Asare Akuamoah was of the view that the fight against corruption needs a collaborative effort, particularly in the area of public education which is the mandate of NCCE.  “Civic education is a shared responsibility therefore the support and collaboration between NCCE and other institutions in the country should be encouraged”, this he believes would have an overall impact in the fight against corruption. Mr. Akuamoah held the view that bringing the state institutions and other stakeholders together to deliberate and collaborate sets the agenda for the appreciation of oneness and presenting a united front towards the fight against corruption. He however encouraged stakeholders to show commitment towards this fight by playing their roles as individuals and also partners to yield the desired results. The Governance Advisor to the EU, Sotirios Bazikamwe, noted that the EU having observed the impact of corruption on development and human lives in the past decades, decided to support the strengthening of institutions across the world to fight the canker. He stressed that the programme is wholly owned by the Ghanaian institutions while the EU is only providing support to ensure the success of the programme. The European Union (EU) delegation to Ghana is the funding partner of the ARAP programme. ARAP, launched in May 2016 in Accra, is a five year programme of EUR 20 million aimed at supporting the anticorruption, rule of law and accountability programmes.   The objective of the programme is to build the capacity of civic education providers such as the –NCCE, CHRAJ, CSOs, and the media– to conduct campaigns, advocate and lobby for increased accountability and a reduction in corruption. Secondly, it is aimed at strengthening law enforcement agencies. This includes building the capacity of prosecutors to prosecute corruption and related offences. It also aims at building the capacity of the Judiciary to hear and decide corruption cases and related offences, as the best means of enhancing accountability standards in the country. And it will also support the police and judiciary to combat corruption amongst their ranks.                       
President Nana Akufo-Addo has in a series of tweets condemned the bombing in Manchester, UK, in the early hours of Monday. The president described it as despicable and cowardly the acts of persons behind.   “Shocked and saddened by yesterday’s terror attack in Manchester, resulting in the deaths of 22 people and injuries to 59. I condemn these despicable and cowardly acts, and extend my deepest condolences to the affected families.’’   At least 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade. The attack, which took place in the foyer, left hundreds of people fleeing in terror, with young people at the concert separated from their parents in the chaos. It left carnage inside the concert venue, with medics describing treating wounds consistent with shrapnel injury. Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, said: “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”   By: rainbowradioonline.com/the guardian 
A communication officer and stalwart of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Stephen Atubiga has confirmed he is contesting to lead the NDC in 2020 and beyond. He says he is the man the grassroot of the NDC is yearning for. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the man who was jailed in 2013 during the 2012 landmark Supreme Court Election petition said, he has been nursing this dream since childhood adding, ‘’It is true that I have that ambition. I had the ambition to serve Ghana at 18 years.’’ He revealed to the host that he had wanted to stage a coup at the age of 18 following the example of former president Rawlings. He said, the father advised him to rather concentrate on building his political career through the ranks so he will be well refined and go through the democratic processes.. Atubiga said, his posters were designed by his supporters and party stalwarts who believes in his dream. He said, ‘’I have what it takes to contest and I will give the other contenders a run for their money…My interaction with the party supporters gave me the strength to contest. I know I can deliver, I have a lot to give to mother Ghana and I know I have a lot of things that will change the face politics in Ghana,’’ he said. He added, ‘’for the first time, a no body is taking up the challenge to run for the presidential slot.’’ When asked his choice of running mate, Atubiga said he will consider former First Lady and 2016 presidential candidate for the National Democratic Party (NDP) as his running mate because he feels, she will be the best.  Meanwhile, he has pledged to put his ambition aside and support former president Mahama should he decided to contest in 2020, in the interest that he is a good brother, even though I did not benefit anything from him.                            
A Deputy General Secretary of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has predicted that there will be a people's revolution due to the lawlessness and injustice under the Nana Addo led administration. The outspoken politician could not understand why the Delta Force 8 case was dropped and the Attorney General claiming that she was unaware. A Kumasi Circuit Court Wednesday struck out the case against the eight who allegedly aided the escape of 13 of their colleagues standing trial for assaulting the president’s Security Coordinator for the Ashanti region. The case was dropped because there was no evidence to prosecute the case. However, the Information Ministry in a statement after the case was dropped said, the A-G was not aware of the decision to discontinue the case against the eight members of the vigilante group, Delta Force who raided the court in Kumasi to aid the escape of 13 of their members. Koku Anyidoho, commenting on the issue and other matters under the current administration, slammed the A-G stating, she would be lying to claim that she was unaware. ‘’So if Gloria Akuffo sits in Accra and tells you she doesn’t know what is going on in the Kumasi A-G’s department, it’s a blatant lie. They are abusing the justice system, they are abusing democracy and very soon there will be a people’s revolution. The people will stand up   because we cannot sit down and allow these things to happen. Citizens will rise up against this government,’’ he said. Koku Anyidoho when asked if the revolution did not happen in the era of Mahama considering the cases of corruption under his administration, he said, some groups like OccupyGhana revolted against government adding, there are so many ways of staging a revolt and he believes Ghanaians will use legitimate means to express their displeasure at the way and manner Nana Addo is managing this country. He also accused the government of appointing families, cronies and friends to rule this country. On the dismissal of some state workers, he lambasted the president noting, Nana Addo is repeating the era of Apollo   When asked how soon the revolt will come on, he said very soon the people of Ghana will revolt against this government. The majority who cannot stand it any longer, will come out and revolt.’’   In an answer to whether the NDC and NPP may not have the opportunity to rule after the revolt, he said, ‘’that is the more reason why as politicians, we must be concerned because from where things are going, the citizens will lose confidence in all politicians. That is why it is important as responsible politicians, we all rise up and make sure that what is going on must stop…I am a leader of a political party. I get calls, I am concerned, people are mad, angry and swearing fire and brimstone. I must manage their anger and if we all don’t work together as politicians, it will be bad for this country.’’
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the government intends to shift the national fight against corruption from rhetorics to an action-based phase to end the menace with the urgency it demands.   He said as President, he was not naïve about the enormity of the problem and how it continued to undermine national development and, therefore, would not sing the chorus of the problem without addressing it.   In a speech delivered on his behalf at the 2017 edition of the Ghana Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Summit in Accra on Monday, Nana Akufo-Addo said the scale and level of “tolerated corruption” under the Fourth Republic and especially in recent times needed to be arrested immediately.   The two-day summit, which is the biggest gathering of business leaders in the country, is on the theme: “Digital innovation economy for business growth.”   “My administration believes that the fight against corruption must move into its new phase – a phase characterised by action, not words, and one inspired by the collective desire of our people to see a deadly but enduring practice ending,” he said.   The President submitted that his administration was focused on tackling the menace because it had established that no country in the world had attained economic development in an atmosphere characterised by corruption, nepotism, incompetence, disinvestment in agriculture, distorted aid programmes, high politics and national fragmentation.   He was of the opinion that corruption heightened the cost of doing business and the resulting transaction cost could deter both local and international investors.   Initiatives for action-based fight   President Akufo-Addo said initiatives to facilitate an action-based fight against corruption included the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor by the close of the next session of Parliament, during which the law to establish that office would be passed.   The move, according to him, was intended to "separate politics from criminal investigations” and allow the law to deal with anyone found culpable of corruption, irrespective of political affiliations.   He said efforts would be made to ensure inclusiveness in the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor to ensure it was devoid of politics.   Corruption Reporting Centre   The President also disclosed plans to establish a business reporting bureau at the Presidency where the corrupt activities of state officials would be reported for action to be taken.   “I will establish a business reporting bureau where the corrupt activities of staff and officers of state-owned enterprises, regulatory institutions, revenue agencies and the public and civil services will be reported,” he declared.   The establishment of the bureau, he said, would leverage active support from the private sector in the fight against corruption.   To ensure that action was taken against persons reported and heads of institutions held accountable, the President said, he would order the quarterly publication of all complaints received and steps that had been taken in respect of persons involved.   Nana Akufo-Addo said his office was open to suggestions from the business community with regard to the establishment of the business reporting bureau to uproot corruption.   “I encourage ideas on making this proposal more feasible and effective being submitted to my office through an avenue to be announced by the middle of June, latest by July,” he said.   President Akufo-Addo highlighted the importance of corruption-free institutions towards enhancing the survival of businesses and also boosting investment.   "We need to fight corruption collectively and the joint efforts of the captains of business will be most welcome. We need all hands on deck to fight corruption,” he added.   Systems must work   He said his administration believed that the private sector was a major tool to enhance national development and, therefore, the government would focus on creating the enabling environment for the sector to thrive.   That enabling environment, he said, included good governance that would allow the national system to work effectively, so that businesses would have a level playing field to thrive, instead of thriving based on political or state institutional connections.   CEO’s remarks   In his remarks, the Founder of the Ghana CEOs Network, Mr Ernest De-Graft Egyir, underscored the need for Ghanaian businesses to adopt digital technologies to remain relevant in the contemporary global business world.   “The digital economy is developing rapidly worldwide. It is the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth, holding huge potential. But, unfortunately, most CEOs are yet to exploit this gold mine,” he said.   He was of the opinion that the public sector could not develop or exist without the private sector, while an inefficient public sector would stunt the growth of the private sector.   Mr De-Graft Egyir, therefore, called on the government to engage relevant stakeholders in a critical analysis and privatise state-owned enterprises (SOEs), adding: “The prospective benefits of the privatisation of SOEs will inure to all stakeholders.”   Credit: DailyGraphic
Outspoken former  moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Very Reverend Prof. Emmanuel Martey says some appointees of President Akufo-Addo are corrupt. Speaking to the media, he said their corrupt nature dents their image and bad choices for the president. He said, “NPP also has bad elements.” “Even some of their appointees are not correct…they are corrupt,” he added. On the issue of illegal mining popularly called galamsey, Rev. Prof. Martey accused the Mahama led administration of allowing the menace to thrive.     “I don’t want to go into politics but it was in Mahama’s administration that this thing [galamsey] became worse. I met Mahama, we sat down and I complained about this galamsey. He told me that he was able to identify the Ghanaian who was bringing the Chinese to Ghana so they will deal with it. But rather, things got worse, so if the government will sit up and selflessly manage our country, this galamsey business will be solved,” he said.
The President for the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce (GNCC), Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankwaso I has stated that notable in the key sectoral projects announced in the 2017 budget was the ‘One-District-One-Factory Policy initiative. Addressing the GNCC industrial Forum on the policy under the theme, ‘’Leveraging on the One-District-One-Factory, One Factory Policy for Private Sector Growth’’ he said, the GNCC ‘’is of strong conviction that this policy is laudable and worthy of pursuit for sustainable growth and social improvement of the country. He opined, although government has announced the release of GHc465 million for the project, which is expected to commerce in the first quarter of 2017, the business community find that there is little clarity on how the project will be implemented. The business community he stressed need urgent answers to some questions regarding the implementation of the project so it helps in decision making. Stakeholders he said are willing to participate in the initiative with the view of ensuring a successful implementation. He described the GNCC as a natural ally of government and one that ‘’is enjoined to engage government at various levels of the implementation process of policies and programmes that are of commercial and industrial value.’’ The forum was organised to bring together policy makers, industry practitioners, financiers and other relevant stakeholders to share their perspectives on the policy and its subsequent implementation. He revealed later that a communique will be generated and presented to government as recommendations for the design and implementation of the policy.   Meanwhile, the GCB has announced that it will inject an amount of GHc 1 billion cedis for the project whereas the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanten has hinted government will inject not more than 30 percent equity contribution towards each project.
The Kasoa Regional police command has arrested two fake military officers who have been terrorizing and harassing innocent residents within Kasoa and its environs. The Divisional Commander, ACP Dennis Abade, addressing the press today [Monday] said, the fake military officers upon interrogation confessed to being barrack boys who have lived at the barracks for years. He told the press that these fake military officers with some others stormed the residence of their victims to threaten and assault them. The commander revealed, one Kojo Osei went to the Ojobi police station and reported that some military officers and a civilian by name Abeiku, came to his house and attacked them. He said, whiles taking the complaint, the said Abeiku and two persons dressed in military uniforms, Fredrick Afrifa and Odei Asante stormed the police station to lodge a complaint but upon investigation, it was realized that they were the aggressors. The police commander said upon interrogation, the two who were dressed in the military uniforms confessed to not being military personnel but barracks boys who have lived in the barracks for a long time. He further disclosed that Abeiku a taxi driver told the police that he was unaware that the two suspects were not military men. Three others are also custody. The five he added will be arraigned before court as soon as possible.         
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