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A traditional priest, Kofi Anane, has met his untimely death at Drobonso after rituals he was performing failed him yesterday [Monday]. The scene was described as fatal by Rainbow Radio’s Abdul Malik Anokye. Narrating the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Malik Anokye said, the priest mistakenly stabbed himself during a ceremony to outdoor him. According to him, the priest was performing wonders to the amusement of the crowd gathered. However, he stabbed himself in the process. He later requested to be sent to his shrine so he could work on himself but all efforts to revive him failed, he said. ‘’The priest was strangely jumping from one roof to the other. But all of a sudden, he fell off the roof after stabbing himself. The crowd was shocked at the scene and became scared. The priest requested that he is taking to his shrine to work on himself but he could not survive from the knife wound,’’ he narrated
The Auditor-General has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he has received a response from the Attorney-General (A-G) regarding his request for prosecutorial powers. In an interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Daniel Domelevo said the (A-G) has acknowledged receipt of his application and has promised to work on it. ‘’I have received the response. They say they are going to go through the processes and get back to me. They even acknowledged receipt of it,’’ he announced. He said the focus of his work ‘’is audit not prosecution except that, I have a legal unit and practicing lawyers and I was thinking that, if we are giving the fiat just as the police, VRA and etc have, we will take some of the burden off the shoulders of the A-G.’’ He stressed, his duty ‘’ is to audit, disallow and that is the end of my job. It is the duty of the prosecution authority to take it from there.’’ Mr. Domelevo on Monday disclosed at a press conference that he has applied to the Attorney General to grant him prosecutorial powers to haul persons indicted in his report before the court. "If the Attorney-General gives me a fiat which I have applied for, you will see me in action", he said.
The Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo has alluded to the fact that, we [Ghanaians] are enemies of ourselves due to the discovery of rot at the various institutions of state. He told Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline Tuesday, that what we are going through is ‘’self inflicted wound’’. In his view, if we have made judicious use of the resources available to us, ‘’I don’t think Ghana will be where we are today.’’ The report from his outfit he said ‘’is not about one class of person but comes down from everywhere including our elementary schools up to the top. ‘’We are enemies of ourselves. These are self inflicted wounds. Nobody seems to be ready to do the right thing. I think it is time Ghanaians rise up for the right thing and do it,’’ he added. When asked to give an advise on the way forward, Mr. Domelevo opined that, ''if every Ghanaian play his/her role, Ghana will move forward as we all expect. ‘’Usually we all look at up to the next person [but] we forget it starts with ourselves. So if I start and you start, we will be there,’’ he concluded.
The Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, has said sacrificing his job at the World Bank to accept his new role means he has an agenda to pursue for the country. Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Domelevo said, he was looking for an opportunity to prove that, things could be right in Ghana. ‘’Honestly, I was looking for an opportunity to prove that, things can be done right in Ghana otherwise it does make sense to leave World Bank to come and work in Ghana,’’ he noted. According to him, the working condition he was enjoying at the World Bank was in multiples than what I am enjoying here. So to sacrifice that good employment and come for this, means I have an agenda and that is what I am pursuing,’’ he added. Mr. Domelevo was appointed in 2016 by former President John Dramani Mahama. Mr Domelevo’s appointment came after President Mahama’s appointment of a new Commissioner for the Commission of Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) as well as the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE). The President, who was leaving office in two weeks came under heavy criticisms for his appointments which many said are deliberate attempts to sabotage the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by Nana Akufo-Addo. Anti-corruption crusader, Martin Amidu described the appointments as “midnight appointments” that confirmed his belief that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was a looter government that do not deserve to remain in office. However, the current Auditor-General, has been hailed for his dedication and commitment to his work. He has uncovered ¢5.4 billion wrongfully paid to contractors and other service providers by officials at the various ministries between 2014-2017. Daniel Dormelevo has since disallowed such payment and has recommended prosecutions of the officials who presided over such payments. The discovery and recommendations follow a 2016 audit of the finances of the various ministries, department and agencies.
The Gbawe family has disputed claims that the Assembly Member for Gbawe Electoral Area, Mr. Robert Nii Armah Tagoe is an Assistant Secretary and a surveyor to the family. Their denial follows a press held by a group calling itself Concern Citizens of Weija who have staged a campaign against the appointment of the Assembly Member as MCE of the newly-created Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly which was curved out of Ga South Municipal Assembly. The group at press conference last week said they have gathered information that, Mr. Tagoe was seriously vying for the position. Spokesperson for Concerned Citizens of Weija, Nii Gyan Amartey, indicated that any attempt by President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo to appoint Mr. Tagoe as the MCE for the newly crafted municipality will be resisted with all seriousness. He mentioned that by virtue of Mr.Tagoe's position as the Assistant Secretary to the Gbawe Family Land and the official surveyor to the family, he will be biased in handling issues between the people of Gbawe and Weija communities. According to Nii Gyan Amartey, Nii Tagoe's appointment will not augur well for peace and development in the area. However, the family have refuted the claims and denied the allegations. The family spokesperson for the Gbawe family, Mr. Solomon Nii Afutu Quartey, said the allegations levelled against Mr. Tagoe, as he being the family's surveyor, and also an assistant secretary to the family, were false and should be treated with the contempt it deserves. He maintained, Mr. Tagoe, has never been a surveyor for the family and that the family has a licensed surveyor. He added, as the secretary for the family there is no such position as an assistant secretary as alleged by the group. He however advised people who have interest and want to be nominated by the president as MCE to do so and desist from fueling any unsubstantiated allegations against the Assembly Member. He expressed surprise as to why people would think an MCE has the power to influence operations of the municipality as alleged by the Concerns Citizens of Weija noting that, the MCE only implement government policies and does not have the power to embark on his personal ambitions.
The Deputy Minister for Energy in charge of Petroleum, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, has launched the Petroleum Register in accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Law. The Petroleum Register is an online platform (www.ghanapetroleumregister.com) of a Public Register that host Petroleum Agreements and contracts ratified by Parliament as well as Petroleum Permits, Certificates, Authorizations, Approvals and Consents. It is aimed at broadening the boundaries of transparency and information disclosure in the Upstream Petroleum activities. It will also ensure efficient and effective utilisation of Ghana’s petroleum resources and provide the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) the single point or platform to monitor all upstream activities. Speaking on behalf of the Minister for Energy, Dr. Amin congratulated Ghana’s Upstream Regulator, Petroleum Commission for fulfilling government’s commitment of deepening transparency in the petroleum upstream sector and encouraged them to continually update the information in the Register for the benefit of Ghanaians. Present at the launch of the Petroleum Register were Lawyer Egbert Faibille Jnr, Chief Executive of Petroleum Commission, Mr. Lawrence Apaalse, Chief Director of Ministry of Energy, Dr. Steve Manteaw, member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), reps from the organizations in the petroleum sector and some Directors of Petroleum Commission.
The Hunger Project-Ghana has initiated a programme dubbed ‘Maternal and Child Healthcare Improvement Project’ at their Epicenters across the country. The project would be implemented in 11 districts (15 epicenters) in three regions, namely Eastern, Volta and Central, with funding from Else-Kronner-Fresenius Foundation for the two years. The project which is in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) would be running for two years. Maternal and Child HealthProject Coordinator, Stephanie Ashley, in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, said as part of the project, we will train community health nurses so they would be able to offer family planning-especially birth plan services. Madam Ashley noted that formerly it was only midwives who were offering such services in the communities but this project has been initiated to train the community nurses to offer same services. The coordinator added, the workshop would assist participants to learn how to use the birth implants and how to remove them. “They will be trained to do effective counselling on family planning she added. She said out of the 15 epicenters where the project is being implemented, thirteen came from the Eastern Region whiles Central and Volta had one each at Mfantseman (Taido) and North Dayi (Tokome). Family planning is the practice of controlling the number of children in a family and the intervals between their births. Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. Family planning enables people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.
The Auditor-general, Daniel Domelevo, says he has applied to the Attorney-General to grant him the powers to prosecute those indicted in the annual Auditor-General's report often riddled with repetitive stories of mismanagement. He said "If the Attorney-General gives me a fiat which I have applied for, you will see me in action.’’ At a press conference in Accra today [Monday] the Auditor-General indicated that his office has already applied to the Attorney General’s office to be given a fiat to prosecute individuals found culpable. “Do you have prosecutorial powers? No, I don’t have, as at now completely zero. Can I hav? Yes! That is if a fiat is given by the Attorney General to Audit Service just like he has given to the police and others to prosecute…If I get that fiat, you will see me in action.’’ According to him, his department has a legal division who scrutinize cases before being made public and the Attorney General’s office has so much work hence if he is given the authority to prosecute, surcharging can be expedited to retrieve wrongly paid monies. The Auditor General uncovered a ¢5.4 billion wrongfully paid to contractors and other service providers by officials at the various ministries between 2014-2017. The discovery and recommendations follow a 2016 audit of the finances of the various ministries, department and agencies. Section 16 of the Audit Service Act gives power to the Auditor General to conduct special audit of the ministries and submit a report to Parliament.
The Chief of Appeadu in the Central Region, Nana Kwadwo Dekye Ababio II, has taken a swipe at the Managing Director of the National Investment Bank (NIB), Mr. K. Asamaoh for allegedly using the military to intimidate him. He has also accused Mr. Asamoah of destroying an ongoing pipe laying project he [Nana Ababio III] has initiated for some apartments in his area. He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the bank manager has on four occasions, destroyed the project, used the military to intimidate contractors working on the project. Nana Ababio III called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to call Mr. Asamoah to order because he is abusing his office and giving the government a bad name. ‘I cannot understand why a bank manager would be assigned military protection. He is not the President of Ghana or the Finance Minister or top official of state to be assigned military protection.’’ He also made claims that, the bank manager dumped human excreta into the project to deter the workers from continuing with the project. Nana Ababio III said he reported the incident to the MCE but nothing positive came out of the issue despite the resolution reached. According to him, the military officers protecting him have no business to stop the ongoing project or intimidate the workers. ‘’The military cannot stop any project. It is the responsibility of the Assembly to stop a project,’’ he added. The case was also reported at the police station but the dockets were sent to the headquarters and although it was established that, he erred, they have not taken any action against him.
A section of media reports within the week claimed that caterers in Sisipe and Matilipo primary schools near Salaga were cooking unwholesome boiled maize for pupils on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However some parents of the school children are angry with the report and have come to the defense of the caterers of the National School Feeding Program in the District. The parents, who spoke to our Northern Regional Correspondent Prince Kwame Tamakloe, indicated that, the report was purely bogus and has no iota of truth, explaining that, they [parents] visit the school recurrently and have never witnessed such a case. “We come here every week to see how our children are doing but we have never seen anything of that sort, so how can the media report these lies” A parent lamented. “I want to tell the whole world that, our children are not fed with malnourished meal, they eat very well in the school” The parents have therefore counseled Ghanaians to disregard the report and have promised a constant support for the National School Feeding Program in the District by continuously visiting the school. With regards to school children being forced out from classrooms due to the situation and also chiefs and members of the communities demanding the removal of the catering service providers, the parents debunked that as well. In a related development, the Northern Regional Secretariat of the Ghana School Feeding Program has described the report as a fallacy and mischievous. An interview with the Northern Regional Coordinator the NSFP Mrs. Felicia Tettey revealed that, a comprehensive investigation into the report have found it untrue, clarifying that, the menu provided by caterers varied under the Programme and varied from the districts. She went on to say that in this particular case, although boiled yam was an acceptable meal for pupils in the East Gonja district, the meal referred to in the report didn’t come from her caterers. “Per our investigation, the head master, the DCE, the caterer and the community have denied”, she said, explaining “the caterer, Madam Saani Suabra said she has never cooked anything like that in the school. The headmaster also said never has there been a case that the caterer has cooked only maize for the pupil, so they don’t know where the image is coming from. I don’t know why the headmaster would lie, I don’t know why the community would lie. The headmaster will not shield the caterer for anything”. “The School Feeding is taking a shape in the Northern region, because we are committed in giving the people the best that we can and my zonal coordinators are always in the field to ensure that caterers give the pupil one hot nutritious meal as established by the Ghana School Feeding and therefore need the support of everyone to make the NSFP a prosperous one to its beneficiaries the district and Ghana as a whole" Mrs. Tettey said. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
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