The DCE for Zabzugu Hon Ahmed Idrissu Abubakar, together with World Vision inaugurated a three-unit classroom block with a staff common room and headmaster's office at Kalegu Junior High School in the Zabzugu district.
The building was constructed by World Vision- a nongovernmental organization however with an agreement that it be furnished by the Zabzugu District Assembly.
Speaking to the media during the inauguration of the building, the DCE, Hon. Ahmed Abubakar, explained that, the project was a fulfillment of the Nana Addo led administration and the Zabuzugu District Assembly's commitment to complement NGOs' efforts in the area of education.
He said, as part of efforts in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, his assembly is poised to working with its development partners in the field of Education and its allied agents.
The project is expected to ease congestion and facilitate serene teaching and learning ambiance in the school.
The DCE mentioned that, the teachers now have a rest room in the school, stocked with comfortable sofa, creating a cozy environment to mark students' exercises.
In a related development, the DCE equally inaugurated mechanized boreholes in some communities with the district namely Tasundo, Sabare No.1, Moncheni and Zakurli A and B providing technical support, and also pledged to take control of their maintenance and sustainability.
“I challenged these beneficiary communities to observe Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) so as to increase Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities in the District. The share of social amenities will now be tied to strict adherence to Sanitation". Hon Ahmed counseled.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
The establishment of the Special Prosecutor Officer and nomination of Martin Amidu, to hold the office has been seen as a measure to help eradicate corruption.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has consistently posited that the Special Prosecutor will help fight corruption efficiently.
The president has said he has confidence in the Office of the Special Prosecutor to deal with corrupt government officials, adding that, “the Office is expected to get rid of the fear of partisan prosecution among Ghanaians”.
“Let me state again that, current office holders are as likely to be investigated and prosecuted by the Special Prosecutor if a case is made out against them, as past office holders,” President Akufo-Addo said.
At his vetting yesterday [Tuesday], Martin Amidu described himself as the best candidate to hold that office.
However, the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana)-a policy think tank, has cautioned Ghanaians not be so excited about the Special Prosecutor.
The think tank believes the fight against corruption would be fruitless without proper ‘’forensic research investigations’’.
He admonished government to consider ‘’…restructuring the structures of the economic, social and security institutions, to suppress the seepages than to Waite till it occurs because there's a Special Prosecutor.’’
The statement signed by Executive-Director, Peter Bismark, underscored the need for the Right to Information Bill to be passed because ‘’ The Bill would check everyone to enhance transparency and accountability including the State Attorneys.’’
Read Below the Full statement
A Cup of Coffee to The President
To many, the hope of fighting corruption is the Office of the Special Prosecutor. Corruption is just like the Tongue of the human's oral cavity that cannot be easily tamed. It won't be an easy task for the Special Prosecutor to even reduce this organized crime by 30% without proper forensic research investigations. However, it's my fervent prayer that he succeeds to recoup a substantial amount for the State.
In my candid opinion, the best solution is to prevent the corruption from happening than to allow it to occur before sending it to the prosecutorial pharmacist to look for drugs to dehydrate the perpetrators. There's is a maxim that states:"prevention is better than cure". If this statement is not a fallacy of hasty generalization, then this self explanatory adage must be upheld. My worries are that, I have not seen any measurable outputs of the government to close the porosity of the public institutions that baths under corruption shower and smears its lotion. The undermonitored supply chain management of government's expenditure and distribution of resources with related leakages from the central government through to the decentralized system have had little or no attention.
Government's hope of fighting corruption must first be to restructuring the structures of the economic, social and security institutions, to suppress the seepages than to Waite till it occurs because there's a Special Prosecutor. These institutions do not need to be empowered any more. For how long do we need to empower the same people who steal with impunity? Overhaul and hunt for means of patching those created holes that steals from the State coffers.The systems in place to mobilize and distribute resources are weak like a day old chick. I feel what's stolen from State is more than what's given to the State.
The Right to Information Bill is needed at this time. Verified Information and documentary evidences would be needed to cure and prevent corruption from laying its dirty hands on Law abiding taxpayers monies. The Bill would check everyone to enhance transparency and accountability including the State Attorneys. I remembered last year, when I decided to help community in the Western Region to fight for their rights because a State Institution is fighting for a foreign company against its own people due to the "bribery incentives" the State institution receives. My Institute (#ILAPI) decided to investigate this from the Minerals Commission. At the Minerals Commission, we were asked to pay $500 before we could get assess to such information of which the Commission might be sighted in our report. It ended there because I was not ready to pay. RTB will help us cushion the SP to prevent and kick corruption out.
Embrace the blockchain to prevent and fight corruption. The immutability of the blockchain can track all government's expenditures, resource mobilization and distribution as well as humans identity. #ILAPI has the innovation. The potentials exhibited by this technology can make Ghana and Africa work again if we are serious to tame corruption. Government resources often ends in the hands of the few selfish individuals, milking and diverting them for special interest projects, and ushering the majority into poverty. The technology has the tendency to make work easier for governments. Pilot it at one sector of the economy to test the validity and reliability of the blockchain. The blockchain technology would help in Land Title Registrations, National Identification Cards issuance, Birth Certificates, fighting crime and especially at the health sector were the technology is much needed. At the Metropolitan Municipal District offices where corruption is a Baobab tree with no hope of withering now, can track Internally Generated Funds, such as Property Rate collection, ticketing, and the common funds and loans.
The best coffee for the president to fighting corruption is to prevent than to cure.
Mr. Martin Amidu, the appointee for the Office of Special Prosecutor, has revealed that there was a breach of trust when he served under late Mills hence his resignation from office.
He made the remarks after he was asked whether he was sacked for insubordination under the late Mills.
Mr. Amidu stated that he offered to resign after a misunderstanding and wasn’t sacked as it has been widely reported in the media.
“Mr. Chairman, I can assure you that I was not dismissed for insubordination…there is a court judgement that stated that my dismissal was unlawful.”
The citizen vigilante added “so if anybody gives the impression that I was dismissed for insubordination, he should go to the court and read the judgment.”
According to him, the previous Atta Mills government was asked by the court to pay him a settlement salary which the previous government continued to drag its feet about paying.
He described the late Mills as a ‘’close friend’’ and he [Amidu] was his ‘’close confident and advisor’’.
The death of the late Mills he noted pained him and that was why I wrote a tribute in honour of his memory.
“Professor Mills was a very close friend and I was a close confidant and adviser and I’m saying that His Excellency Sir Bebako Mensah his secretary will tell you there’s no week he doesn’t send for me specifically until the thirteenth. I don’t know who asked him to call me and my brother’s wife and put those questions to me, that’s when I thought there was breach of trust so I told him I won’t serve you again. I said it that you asked me to come as a friend, if you don’t trust me as a friend I will not serve you again.
“…On the nineteenth, they announced that they had terminated my appointment then somebody goes and says my appointment was terminated for misconduct, so I went to court. That’s the situation, Bebako Mensah is alive, he was Ambassador to the Vatican, he was there, Martey Newmann was there, Bettey Mould Iddrisu was there, I was there. Bettey Mould’s husband and I continued talking, I have the emails here, don’t let us go there. That is why I wrote a tribute when Prof. died, it pained me that he died, Naadu (late President Mills wife) will tell you that we were very close even after the event. Prof. told people what he thought about being pressured to let me go.”
The nominee for the office of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has said the prosecution of Woyome over the GHc51.2million judgement debt paid him was bugled.
Appearing before the vetting committee on Tuesday, the former attorney general posited that, he was hounded from office in order to prevent him from prosecuting the case.
He said the case was bugled to get Mr. Woyome out as the only beneficiary of the money.
Mr. Woyome should have been prosecuted alongside his “accomplices”, he noted when he was asked about his article titled ‘Woyome’s suspected crimes and the missing link.”
“As Attorney General, I had said that Woyome cannot be prosecuted alone and that all his accomplices must be prosecuted,” he said
“if we are going to prosecute, we should prosecute everybody involved and not Woyome alone.”
“That is one of the reasons why the hoodlums hounded me so that they would not be prosecuted. So Woyome alone was prosecuted and if you remember, in the judgment, the judge said that Woyome could not be prosecuted alone and that those who acted with him were not brought. So [John] Ajet-Nasam, who was proven to be a corrupt judge, later acquitted Woyome.”
“If I had prosecuted that case, together with the accomplices, the result would be different and my perception is that, the prosecution was bundled to get that guy out,” Mr. Amidu added.
Mr. Woyome was paid GHc 51 million after he claimed that he helped Ghana to raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the 2008 African Cup of Nations.
The businessman had sued the state for a breach of contract relating to the construction and was awarded the default judgement because the state did not put in a defence.
However, an Auditor General’s report released in 2010 said the amount was paid illegally to the Mr.Woyome, who is a known National Democratic Congress financier.
He was subsequently arrested on February 3, 2011 after the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), which was commissioned by the late President John Atta Mills to investigate the matter, had cited him for wrongdoing.
Mr.Woyome was initially charged with conspiracy, defrauding by false pretence and corrupting a public officer.
He was later re-arraigned and charged with two counts of causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretence.
The interim report of EOCO, which was presented to the President on February 2, 2012, also indicted Yaw Osafo Maafo, the then-Minister of Education, Youth and Sports and his deputy, Mr. O. B. Amoah.
But Mr Osafo-Maafo secured a court order which declared that EOCO’s investigation of him as illegal.
On June 5, 2012 Mr.Woyome was discharged but re-arrested and charged with two counts of causing financial loss and defrauding by false pretence.
The case unravelled until March 12, 2015, where the Fast Track High Court trying Mr. Woyome, again discharged him.
Delivering his judgment, Justice John Ajet-Nasam, said the State woefully failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. Woyome was guilty.
Justice Ajet-Nasam also said there were no contradictions to the documentation evidence on the agreement for compensation claimed by the accused person.
Parliament’s Appointments Committee has by a unanimous decision approved the nomination of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor.
The approval came after the committee had grilled the nominee for nine hours on Tuesday.
Confirming the decision on Joy FM, Deputy Majority Whip, Mathew Nyindam said it was inconceivable that anyone will oppose Mr Amidu’s nomination.
The lawmaker said the anti-corruption campaigner left a lasting impression in the minds of Ghanaians with his answers during his vetting.
Mr. Amidu among other things told the committee that, he accepted the appointment to help in the fight against corruption.
He also indicated that he would be in harmony with everyone but not criminals.
According to him, ‘’ This country is not a milking cow but it has suffered several acts of corruption. Even as an Attorney General I wrote to the speaker Doe Adjaho telling him the Chinese loan agreement was not in the national interest. You will have something wrong with you upstairs if you neglected the advice of the Attorney General. Even though the Attorney General does not give approval for project he advices. If you ignore the counsel of the AG you are ready for suicide.’’
When asked what he would do differently in the fight against corruption, the nominee said
‘’I am not the one who chooses victims. Perpetrators of corruption are warned that if I am I have doubts about whether we will succeed but I have the belief that once a credible office is set up, independent with no reason to bend over backwards, then many people will stop being corrupt.’’
Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor nominee says he has no regret as a founding member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The nominee said by his appointment, he do not have to be linked to any political party.
He was responding a question on whether he was still a member of the NDC or resigned.
The nominee said ‘’since my appointment as prosecutor, I have been neutral. I have been a member of the NDC and I will never regret. There are so many issues I have refused to reply to just because of this appointment. I would have.
By operation of law, I do not have to be linked with any political party and that is what I intend to do. It doesn’t have to take me to resign,’’ he added.
The Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu, has declined to give reasons for accusing former President Mahama of appointing Madam Charlotte Osei, the EC chair, to rig the 2016 elections in favour of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Martin Amidu accused his party of appointing Charlotte Osei to the Electoral Commission to rig Ghana’s election in its favour when they were in office.
Mr. Amidu in an article insisted that “…as I said time without number during the 2016 elections, she was appointed by a corrupt Government precisely because of her incompetence that made her susceptible for use for an election rigging agenda.”
“Her appointing Government failed in the rigging agenda despite all the attempts by the Commission to narrow the election to a two-party race to facilitate easy rigging for the incumbent. She has, either on her own or at the instance of her mentor, been trying to recycle herself as a neutral Electoral Commissioner after her Church Papa mediated her peaceful announcement of the election results,” he added.
Appearing before the vetting committee on Tuesday, the nominee was asked to provide evidence for his assertion but in his response, he said any comments on the matter, would be prejudicial to the pending case before the committee investigating the EC boss and her two deputies.
‘’I am immune. The subject person has a case before the Chief Justice. I would have wished that at the time I was making this claim, the government should have picked me, quizzed me and sent me to court so I will prove my case there. It is too late in the day to ask me to provide an answer now when the EC chair is currently before the Chief Justice with a possible impeachment hanging around her neck,’’ he said.
Prior to the 2016 general elections, the nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, launched scathing attacks on former President John Dramani.
He admonished Ghanaians to vote against the former president because he was corrupt and further accused him of leading a looting brigade.
Martin Amidu also told Ghanaians in a recent statement that, Mahama would have bankrupted the state if he had won power.
“When I look at how the Looter Government is preparing its final exit after its miserable and unprecedented defeat at the polls, I am left in no doubt that Ghana would have been bankrupted with another four years of this looter Government in power,” Mr. Amidu stated.
The former Attorney General made the claim on the back of the last minute appointments and award of new contracts initiated by the outgoing National Democratic Congress (NDC) government which is currently preparing to handover power to the president elect Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7,2017.
But appearing before the Appointments Committee in parliament today [Tuesday], Martin Amidu, said describing Mahama as a looter, and corrupt was premised on perception.
He gave the answer after Samson Ahi asked him to justify why he made the allegations against Mahama.
He also told the committee that, if the attributions the legislator referred to him were true, then it would be defamatory for him to have made the allegations.
''If the statement he made is true, it can be said to be defamatory and the ex-president could have dealt with me but he didn’t and I don’t want to go into that now when he is out of office.''
The Special Prosecutor Nominee, Martin Amidu, has expressed strong optimism that, Ghana would not have to depend on foreign aid, donations or loans if the leakages and seepages in the system are blocked.
Answering why he accepted the role as Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to the Committee that, he accepted the role to help uproot corruption to save the country money so we are able to achieve the Ghana beyond aid mantra.
He said corruption has done many damages to this country and as a Special Prosecutor; he wants to set up a credible institution and a credible culture to block the leakages and seepages.
The nominee said he is coming to do a job not because of politics because a crime is crime no matter who committed it.“I want to set up a credible institution with a credible culture and block all the leakages in the system. I don’t care if I’m unable to prosecute anyone because part of the law talks about prevention.”
The Citizen Vigilante boasted he is the best choice for the tedious fight against corruption.
“…If you want anybody who will be meticulous in investigation and prosecution, the president has made the best choice for,” he said.
He added: “But if you want somebody who will look other way just disapprove.”
President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the Office of Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, says he has shied away from accepting awards because of his selflessness.
Appearing before Parliament’s Appointments Committee, the former attorney general said he does not work for award.
“People called me about my case at the Supreme Court and offered me awards but I told them that it wasn’t about me, it’s about Ghana,” the Citizen Vigilante as he is popularly called told the Committee.
He added: “I generally don’t accept awards, I’d prefer people to emulate what I have done.”
About Martin Amidu
Martin A. B. K. Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills.
Amidu, a member of the NDC, served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government.
After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.
In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both, however, lost to President John Kufuor that year.