Armed military personnel on Tuesday clashed with Alfred Woyome to value his property.
Reports say the security operatives numbering over 25, made up of personnel from the National Security, military and officials from the Ghana Valuation Board besieged the residence of Mr. Woyome to value the building to offset the GHS51.2million the Government of Ghana is trying to retrieve from him.
Mr. Woyome is said to have questioned how the military personnel secured a court warrant to come and value his property.
In a bid to prevent the security operatives from entering into some parts of his Trassaco home, a police officer reportedly pointed a gun at Mr. Woyome’s wife claiming that he was being recorded.
In an interview with Star Fm, Mr. Woyome said he only allowed the security operatives into his home after they produced what looked like “an order from the Supreme Court.”
According to him, the security officers taunted him after one of them had pointed a gun on his wife. Mr. Woyome added that he is willing to repay the GHc51million but added that he is being harassed by the state.
Residents at Sowutuom have lauded Sariki Awala the Zongo chief for his philanthropic nature.
They say the Zongo chief has initiated a number of projects in the area that have benefited residents immensely.
According to the residents, Sariki Awala has initiated a scholarship scheme that has provided support to needy but brilliant students in the area.
He has helped in putting up structures for schools, hospital and other facilities that is inuring to the benefit of residents, they said.
The residents prayed and asked for God’s guidance upon his life and asked that he regains whatever resources invested in the residents.
The CEO of Awala Company in an interview said he was elated but said he is obliged to serve his people as chief.
He explained, the duty of every leader is to see to it that his subjects and people have access to basic needs to ensure that they do not lack.
Sariki Awala said he derives joy from helping others and that has also brought blessing upon him and as a believer of Islam, he is commissioned to help the needy hence his resolve to do so.
He added that he will continue to provide the needed support in the best way possible to assist the needed and less privilege.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo talks too much. He must crack the whip on corruption and stop talking, lawyer Abraham Amaliba has said.
According to the private legal practitioner, the president’s commitment towards the fight against corruption is nothing to write home about.
In the view of lawyer Amaliba, Presdient Akufo-Addo has failed in his fight against corruption and he has also lost respect because of his inability to deal with the canker.
President Akufo-Addo should have given a strong signal with the allegation of bribery leveled against Boakye Agyarko when he appeared before the vetting committee.
The lawyer said the president should have stayed the appointment of Agyarko until investigations into the matter were concluded.
The president lost my respect when he gave Agyarko his appointment instrument before parliament came out with its findings. That is not a person that claims to be fighting corruption.
‘’The fight against corruption is not about talking…The president enjoys talking but the fight against corruption should be fought head on. He should learn from the Tanzanian president and stop talking.’’
On the appointment of Special Prosecutor he said, we do not need a Special Prosecutor rather the president can appoint one of his Deputy Attorney General to that office.
‘’We didn’t even need a Special Prosecutor. Is the Special Prosecutor not going to be a human being? When he [Nana Addo] was Attorney General, he prosecuted NDC officials including former First Lady Konadu Agyemang Rawlings who is today his best friend…We have three Attorney Generals, why can’t you appoint one of them as the Special Prosecutor? It will be waste of money to appoint a Special Prosecutor. This is the first time we have three Attorney Generals and so why can’t you appoint one of them?
He stressed that Nana Addo was not a a Special Prosecutor when he prosecuted some state officials over corrupt practices hence he should act now.
A member of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) legal team, lawyer Abraham Amaliba has posited that, the matter involving musician A-Plus and two Deputy Chiefs of Staff is deeply rooted in politics.
The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police yesterday [Monday] cleared the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff Abu Jinapor and Asenso-Boakye of any wrongdoing.
A statement issued and signed by the Director General of the Police CID, Bright Oduro said after weeks of investigations it was evident the allegations by A Plus lack credibility.
But commenting on the issue, lawyer Amaliba said the matter goes beyond the clearance because there is some level of politics in the matter.
He lamented how Kwame A-Plus accused former President Mahama and some of his appointees of being corrupt even when he had no evidence to buttress it and yet the NPP hailed and believed him.
‘’A-Plus accused former President Mahama and some of his appointees of being corrupt even without evidence. The NPP hailed and believed him and even composed a song out of it. But today, they are feeling uncomfortable because he [A-Plus] accused them of being corrupt. They are now demanding for evidence. And so that is the political angel of it. Why did they believe in the accusation leveled against Mahama without evidence and yet they are now demanding for evidence.
He described it as a double standard and hypocrisy in our body politics stressing President Nana Akufo-Addo benefited from the lies of A-Plus to become president.
‘’Nana Akufo-Addo benefited from the lies of A-Plus and today he is the president. He [Nana Addo] praised him [A-Plus] in his acceptance speech and praised him. The same person today is saying that your government is corrupt and you are uncomfortable and that you want evidence, that is a double standard,’’ he told Rainbow Radio’s Kwame Tutu.
Meanwhile, he has suggested that the musician is not liable to any prosecution unless the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff initiate a civil case against him.
Private legal practitioner lawyer Abraham Amaliba says the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff Abu Jinapor and Asenso-Boakye- could take civil action against musician Kwame A-plus after the CID cleared them of any wrongdoing.
A statement issued and signed by the Director General of the Police CID, Bright Oduro said after weeks of investigations it was evident the allegations by A Plus lack credibility.
The musician originally known as Kwame Asare Obeng had accused the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff of bribery and corruption.
“That on August 27, 2017 A Plus made allegations of corruption and thievery against Messers Asenso Boakye and Jinapor on his facebook post.
“The allegations of thievery was dropped by A-Plus but that of corruption was maintained,” the statement said.
When probed further on the issue of corruption A Plus cited an intervention by the two Chiefs of Staff on a matter involving the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
“That following a petition by Unibank Ghana Limited to the effect that the management of Korle Bu had abrogated an existing MOU with them without any reason and that the Korle Bu had not treated them fairly, Messers Asenso-Boakye and Jinapor among others intervened to seek clarity from the hospital’s management regarding the said petition,” the statement said.
The Police CID did not find the intervention by the two as illegal or inconsistent with the laws of the country, stating, “the allegation of corruption of corruption was found to be baseless, unsubstantiated and without credibility,” the statement from the CI read.
In an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on whether there was any law that could be applied in sanctioning the musician, lawyer Amaliba said, there was no such law however, the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff are at liberty to take a civil action against A-Plus.
He said, if the two feel defamed, they can initiate a civil action against A-Plus because there is no such law that can be applied to sanction the musician. If the two feel defamed, they can go to court and then bring an action on defamation to redeem their reputation but we cannot call for the prosecution and imprisonment of A-Plus. The individuals involved should take the civil action and bring an action against him [A-Plus].’’
He was however quick to add that there was some level of politics in the matter saying, when A-Plus accused Mahama of being corrupt, the NPP hailed him and failed to demand for an evidence to buttress his allegations against Mr. Mahama.
But today, they are uncomfortable that he [A-Plus] had accused two appointees of Nana Addo. They demanded for evidence. That was hypocritical on the part of the NPP, he added.
A Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba says his reason for relocating to another country following the victory of President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2016 was to stay and fight the lawlessness under the ruling government.
In 2016 the fierce critic of President Nana Akufo-Addo prophesied that the presidency of the latter would be characterized with lawlessness and impunity.
In an interview with Rainbow Radio in 2016, the Deputy Organizer promised to relocate his family because President Akufo-Addo will unleash terror on Ghanaians under his rule.
However, after nine months Nana Addo was declared winner and sworn in, he [Akamba] has not relocated as promised.
When asked by Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm why he has failed to honour his promise he said, I stayed because I wanted to fight Nana Addo’s lawlessness.
He said, you remember I told you Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, would unleash a reign of terror on Ghanaians if handed the keys to the Flagstaff House on December 7. Has he not done that? Have we not witnessed the lawlessness of the Delta and Invisible Forces? The number of robbery cases recorded under this current government affirms my position held in 2016 that he [Nana Addo] would unleash on us terror.’’
‘’I promised to relocate my family should Nana Addo win but upon a second thought I decided to stay back and fight and that is what I did. We have been able to maintain peace in the country,’’ he added.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will on September 21, 2017 will embark on a solidarity march to commemorate ‘’ the Founders Day Celebration of the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Founder and first President of the Republic of Ghana.’’
In a statement signed by aa Deputy General Secretary of the NDC Koku Anyidoho, the NDC said, ‘’The March, which will commence at 6am, will move from Nima, through Kwame Nkrumah Circle, to UTC and end up at the Community Center next to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.
Party loyalists must endeavour to show up massively to join the March in solidarity with all Ghanaians as well as all Socialist and Progressive Forces,’’ the statement added.
‘’It is a fact that "Nkrumah Never Dies", the statement concluded.
Below is the full statement
NDC Solidarity March
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), will be embarking on a Solidarity March on Thursday, September 21, 2017, to commemorate the Founders Day Celebration of the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Founder and first President of the Republic of Ghana.
The March, which will commence at 6am, will move from Nima, through Kwame Nkrumah Circle, to UTC and end up at the Community Center next to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.
Party loyalists must endeavour to show up massively to join the March in solidarity with all Ghanaians as well as all Socialist and Progressive Forces.
It is a fact that "Nkrumah Never Dies".
Long live Ghana's Founders Day and long live Mother Ghana.
(Deputy General Secretary, Operations ).
Monday, September 18, 2017.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that African countries would have to change the structure of their economies, from raw material dependent economies to industrialised, value-added economies if they are to fully finance the implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to President Akufo-Addo, several countries on the continent, including Ghana, are taking steps towards converting the 17 SDGs into concrete outcomes for their peoples, with the conviction that they cannot expect others to do it for them.
With the implementation of the SDGs agenda set to cost between 3.5 trillion to 5.0 trillion dollars per year, and with the news that aid to Africa will be cut significantly by the current US administration, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “Africa must be efficient and effective not only in mobilising resources, but also looking beyond the benevolence of others to finance implementation of the SDGs agenda.
He noted that “We are a continent reliant on foreign aid, despite economic growth in parts of Africa significantly outpacing the global average. Truth be told, the full implementation of the SDGs in Africa cannot be done with a mindset of dependence.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, September 18, 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development, at a packed auditorium of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York.
The President stated that the first priority of African countries, to this end, must be to change the structures of the economies on the continent, which are dependent largely on the production and export of raw materials, adding that it is this reliance on raw material exports that feeds our dependence on foreign aid, and subjects us to the politics of the West.
Citing the example of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, which produce nearly 60% of the world’s cocoa and yet earned, in total, in 2015, only $5.75 billion out of the $100 billion chocolate market, the President stressed that such scenarios can no longer continue.
“We certainly cannot finance the vision of building sustainable development on the continent with such scenarios. There can be no future prosperity for our peoples, in the short, medium or long term, if we continue to maintain economic structures that are dependent on the production and export of raw materials,” he said.
The President continued, “We must add value to our resources, and we must industrialise. Unless we do so, we cannot finance on our own the full implementation of the SDGs. The agenda surely has to be an Africa Beyond Aid.”
Ghana, a case study
It is for this reason that President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his government has introduced measures to stimulate the private sector, through the introduction of a monetary policy that is stabilising the currency, reducing interest rates, and reducing significantly the cost of borrowing, in addition to a raft of tax cuts to bring relief to and encourage businesses.
It is the competitiveness of Ghanaian enterprises, particularly in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors, he added, that will determine Ghana’s capacity to create wealth for her youth and women, and wealth in our society, and the sustainable development of the country.
“The competitiveness of Ghana’s private sector is key to addressing issues of inclusion, economic development and growth of Ghana. That is the way to building a self-reliant Ghana, with a strong economy, capable of generating jobs and prosperity for the mass of her people,” he added.
This process of economic and industrial transformation, he added, is going along with the most basic elements of social justice are met, i.e. Free Senior High School education, and the revitalization of the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Africa must follow suit
In a similar vein, President Akufo-Addo noted that “we need to build an Africa that is able to look after her peoples through intelligent management of the resources with which she has been endowed, and embark on a new path. This path offers a new Africa. It is an Africa that will be defined by integrity, sovereignty, common belief, discipline, and shared values. It is one where we aim to be masters of our own destiny, and establish an Africa Beyond Aid.”
The success of the Continental Free Trade Area on the African continent, he was confident, will present immense opportunities to bring prosperity to the continent with hard work, enterprise and creativity, stressing that “a working, common continental market has to be a very fundamental objective of all peoples and governments on the continent.”
To guarantee an Africa Beyond Aid, President Akufo-Addo noted that Africa must breed a new generation of leaders who, amongst others, “are looking past commodities to position their countries in the global marketplace; leaders who are determined to free their peoples from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and hand-outs; leaders who are bent on mobilizing Africa’s own immeasurable resources to resolve Africa’s problems.”
This new generation of African leaders, the President added, must “help bring dignity and prosperity to our continent and its peoples.”
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has described allegations against two presidential staffers by musician A-Plus are unfounded and baseless.
A statement from the CID said: “the allegation of corruption was found to be baseless, unsubstantiated and without credibility.”
The maverick musician in recent post on social media accused two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor of being corrupt, without giving details to back his claim.
However, the CID in the statement said that A-Plus’ corruption allegations stemmed from Francis Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor’s involvement in the management of the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital.
According to the statement the allegations had to do with a petition by Unibank Ghana Limited to the effect that the management of Korle-Bu had abrogated an existing MoU with them without any reason, and that Korle-Bu had treated them unfairly.
“Their [Francis Asenso-Boakye, and Abu Jinapor’s] intervention was transparent, borne out of the protection of the public interest and consistent with their duties as chiefs of staff,” the CID’s investigations concluded.
The Licensed Small Scale Miners Association is appealing to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reconsider the ban on small scale mining.
The association argues that government has discriminated against them with the ban because the large scale mining companies are still operating at the detriment of the small scale miners.
Director of Operations for the association, Mr. Emmanuel Yirenkyi Antwi explained to Nyankonton M Nsem that, activities of licensed small scale miners are regularized by the Minerals Commission just like the large companies hence it was unfair to ban them.
He lamented over the inability of the association to work over the past seven months due to the ban insisting that, government should have rather revoke the license of companies that violated the laid down procedures instead of punishing all of them.
‘’We are appealing to government to lift the ban on the small scale mining because we are losing our investments as licensed small scale miners.’’