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Four people, including the former Director General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Mr Ernest Thompson have been indicted by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) for causing financial loss to the state. The others are Mrs Juliet Hasana Krama, CEO of Perfect Business System (PBS), John Hagan Mensah, former OBS Project Manager at SSNIT and Caleb Afaglo who was General Manager of Management Information Systems (MIS) at SSNIT. The chairman of the board of SSNIT, Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor made this known at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, reports Graphic Online's Maxwell Akalaare Adombila. The move followed a complaint to EOCO that Perfect Business System (PBS) whose Chief Executive Officer and Director is Mrs Juliet Hasana Krama was contracted for the procurement of an Operations Business Suite (OBS) for SSNIT. The complaint alleged that a total amount of about $70million was paid to PBS in respect of the OBS project. It said the original OBS contract sum was $34milion but at the time the project was completed the contract sum had shot up to $66.8million and Gh₵36 million. This meant that at the end of the OBS project, an additional amount of $32 million and Gh₵36 million was paid to PBS. Five suspects including Thomas Sampson Owusu were subsequently arrested for investigations. However, four of them, Ernest Thompson, Mrs Julet Hasana Krama, John Hagan Mensah and Caleb Afaglo after the EOCO investigations have been charged with willfully causing financial loss to the state. Source: GraphicOnline
Is the world not in a frame of mind to express gratitude to Putin and Russia for not firing back at those Western vessels? I have spent many hours pondering over what to say to Macron and Theresa May. What to say to the knowledgeable statesmen and women of the world. What to say to the masses of this world whose ignorance and belief in the Western propaganda and deceit would have emboldened Macron, Theresa May and the blowman in the White House to do what they did Friday night. I don’t know what I can say or do to make people wake up to the fact that Putin and Assad are innocent of the charges leveled against them. What can I say to people around the world to make them realise that Macron, Theresa May and presumably Trump should all be aware that two other countries very much aligned to Britain, France and the US have been responsible for this gassing operation all this while. If the masses of this world and the supposed intelligentsia cannot even see which two nations could very well be guilty of this gassing operation then they do not deserve the freedom and justice that is slowly but surely being curtailed by the savagery of capitalism. The British have told this lie in a hysterical and passionate manner, while the French have told theirs in a cold and calculating manner. If Theresa May, Macron, Trump, Boris Johnson, some selected personnel around them and their intelligence machinery are prepared to subject themselves to the polygraph test to prove to the world that they did not know that the allegations they were directing at Putin and Assad were false, and Putin and Assad to also prove their innocence which I believe in, I will spend the rest of my life apologizing to them (West) and wage a campaign telling the world what monsters Putin and Assad are. If Assad the supposed monster were to be subjected to a polygraph test, I believe and I know that he will pass the test…his truth will pass the polygraph test. If Putin of Russia were to be subjected to a similar test, I believe and I know his truth will also pass the polygraph test. I also believe and know that if President Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson were also subjected to the same test on a polygraph, their truth will fail the test and they know it. Assad and Putin are no saints but they definitely are not guilty of this monstrosity brewed in a Western pot. Events of this kind have been staged many a time by warmongering nations and exploited for their own political ends. Wars have broken out following the staging of these kinds of deceitful events. The last well known example was the one the US staged at the UN. By the time the truth had been established, America and her so-called allies had prosecuted the war against Iraq with its indefensible consequences. On 11th April 2017, a similar staged gas attack was orchestrated right on the verge of a joint Assad/Putin victory in the Syrian conflict and the global outcry fed into Western agenda. Almost to the date of the anniversary of this atrocious crime, it has been committed again when the Assad government has just about won the war. The most recent attempt to stage and accuse Russia and more directly Putin was on British soil but was fortunately exposed by another British institution. What other evidence did the world and its statesmen and women need to recognize the intentions of some of these Western nations? We all remained silent risking the probability of a World War. Is the world so unaware of how close we came to the outbreak of war? We may therefore not be in the correct frame of mind to recognize the need to express our gratitude to God, Putin and Russia for the restraint they have exercised in this provocation. We must also congratulate the Russian and Syrian military for intercepting most of the recent missiles. How could Theresa May, have fallen for this act? How could the capitalist West feel threatened and intimidated by a Russian leader who has earned the true respect, admiration and loyalty not only of his people, but the world at large? The leadership of both China and Russia are providing the needed international stability while the US and her allies find their feet and their moral compass. The leadership of China and Russia appear to have adopted a sympathetic and supportive role to enable the West recover. In spite of this, the West and her allies are abusing human rights with downright impunity and insensitivity. The cool-headedness of Putin as opposed to the desperation and sometimes hysterical behaviour of certain Western leaders has made a heroic figure of Putin well beyond his borders. A fine opportunity to create a better and stable world based on freedom, justice and morality is being undermined, being rejected in what appears to be a desperate attempt to restore a Cold War climate. Can’t leaders of this world speak out? For those of us in the developing world, we only need to remind ourselves of the powers that kept the brutal apartheid regime propped up for so long. A cursory glance at the fate of Palestinians and Yemenis should tell us the callous creature that the savagery of capitalism has turned out to be since the collapse of the bipolar authority. America and her allies have over the years appeared determined to maintain a unipolar power no matter what it takes through incidents of unjust wars, wanton provocation, intimidation and casting of judgement without trial. If integrity, truthfulness and justice must give way to falsehood and deceit to enable them control and rule the world, so be it and to hell with it. If the integrity of intelligence operatives and others can be subjected to polygraph tests to ascertain their integrity and truthfulness, what puts politicians and others above the truth in circumstances of this nature? – By: Jerry John Rawlings
Private legal practitioner, Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, has challenged African leaders to rise up against any foreign influence that will force them to legalize same sex marriage in their respective countries. His comments is coming after British Prime Minister, Theresa May, admonished its colonized African states to remove anti-gay laws from their statutory books. Addressing the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London today [Tuesday], Prime Minister, Theresa May said, she “deeply regrets” the UK’s role in introducing the anti-gay laws. The Prime Minister told the gathering that the UK’s role seems to have resulted in a “legacy of discrimination, violence and even death,” in some of its former colonies. “I’m all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.” “Yet there remains much to do…Nobody should face discrimination and persecution because of who they are or who they love. The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible,” she said. But reacting to the issue on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the lawyer said our cultural values frowns on same sex marriage. He told the host that it will not be possible for Ghana to legalize same sex marriage despite the foreign pressure because ‘’we are an independent state and have our way of making laws and reforming and developing our own society.’’ ‘’They can bring their good sides which we can adopt but we will not accept,’’ this bad conduct which is also a bad social vice. It is bad and unacceptable,’’ he added. The lawyer went on to stress on the need for African leaders to reject any kind of comments in the face of foreign leaders who try to impose on them the need to legalize same sex relationships. He described as disappointing the inability of our African leaders to respond and reject these calls with the urgency it deserves. ‘’If we are to defend our nation and defend the independence our fathers won for us, then the way to go and is to address specific issues and not to indulge in general meaningless diplomatic language.’’ He said. Ghana he explained can argue on grounds of customary law because it is part of our laws, ''no one can force Ghana to remove anti-gay laws''. He said, Ghana had already banned gay relationships before the British came to Gold Coast. ‘’She [Theresa May] was speaking as if homosexuality was accepted here and they brought a law to change it…At the time they came to the Gold Coast, homosexuality was already banned. So I am saying that, the law they brought was just a coincidence. They didn’t bring anything new. So she shouldn’t talk as if we were in a bad situation and they came to reform it and now they want to take us back to that bad situation. I find it very unfortunate for such a statement to made. And it is even worse for the leaders to be sitting and be listening to these things and refusing to respond…It was very unfortunate,’’ he jabbed. Lawyer Agbemava, said the laws we have in Ghana are enough and homosexuality is not something we should accept and anything we can do to reject it should be done.
The Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Anwhiaso Traditional Area, and President of the Western regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, has asked President Akufo-Addo, not to lift the ban on small scale mining due to the undue pressure mounting on him. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the traditional ruler said he has gathered intelligence that the president is under pressure to lift the ban. ‘’But I want to appeal to the president not to bow to the pressure being mounted on him to lift the ban on small scale mining. He should allow our water bodies to regain its natural state before lifting the ban,’’ he said. Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II also called on the Association of Small Scale miners to exercise patience and allow the government to bring an end to illegal mining activities and stop putting pressure on the president. Government, in January 2017 placed a ban on small scale mining for a period of six months. The ban was however extended in October 2017, for another three months, which ended in January 2018. But speaking at an awards ceremony by the Bureau of Research, Governance, Commerce and Administration, the Lands and Natual Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu explained that his outfit had to extend the ban again after small scale miners failed to meet the target set for them to have it reviewed.
A small scale miner based in the Western region, Mr. Isaac Oteng Krah, has alleged that although the ban on galamsey activities has not been lifted, some individuals are defying the orders to mine illegally. In his view, the ban was a good initiative however; the government targeted the wrong people. Mr. Krah said there were registered miners who agreed in principal to halt their activities to assist government fish out the illegal ones. But it seems the illegal miners are still mining despite the ban. He also called on government to allow registered miners to resume operations so they roll out measures to regulate them. Government, in January 2017 placed a ban on small scale mining for a period of six months. The ban was however extended in October 2017, for another three months, which ended in January 2018. But speaking at an awards ceremony by the Bureau of Research, Governance, Commerce and Administration, the Lands and Natual Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu explained that his outfit had to extend the ban again after small scale miners failed to meet the target set for them to have it reviewed. Mr. Krah commenting on it said there are still some Chinese nationals who are engaging in galamsey activities and have Ghanaians fronting for them. He also alleged that some of the Operation Vanguard team are also relenting in their efforts and has charged authorities to allow the team to be running shifts to prevent illegal miners from bribing them.
The Food and Drugs and Authority (FDA) has ordered the closure of all Citydia supermarkets in the country to allow for the immediate removal of all products labelled in Spanish and French. The decision by the FDA is in response to the Daily Graphic publication of Monday, April 16, 2018 which drew attention to some supermarkets and mother care shops in Accra and its outskirts which are selling food and baby products labelled in Chinese and Spanish, in contravention of the law. Responding to the Daily Graphic enquiries, an FDA official confirmed that the shops had been closed for the authority to investigate the retail chain but declined to give further comments. Market surveillance On the China Mall, the Amelena Mothercare and other retail outlets and street hawkers contravening the law, the official said a market surveillance team had been sent out to deal with the issue. During a visit to the Citydia Dzorwulu and Adabraka supermarkets yesterday, the Daily Graphic team observed that they had been closed as of 10 a.m. However, by 2 p.m. the team observed that the Adabraka Citydia branch had been opened. The team spotted a shopper walking out of the supermarket with a trolley. A source close to the supermarket had told the Daily Graphic that if the company managed to complete the withdrawal of products with foreign labels, then it might be opened to shoppers. Background According to the Daily Graphic publication, since some of the items might contain substances that could trigger allergic reactions, it was important for consumers to have full knowledge of their contents in a language they understood before patronising them. While products on the shelves of Citydia, a retail chain with 13 supermarkets in Ghana, included pasta, chicken soup, bottled asparagus, bottled Chinese salad, pickled scallion, fruit juice, sauce, chocolate, bottled pepper, stuffed almond and toiletries, those of the China Mall on the Spintex Road were mainly non-food kitchen items. During a visit to the central business district (CBD) of Accra last Monday, the Daily Graphic found that Amalena Mothercare, for example, had stocked baby cots that had Chinese manuals that might make it difficult to assemble the cots. In some mothercare shops in the CBD, there were toys, baby wipes and diapers, all with Chinese labels. What the law says Ghana Standards Authority (food, drugs and other goods) General Labeling Rules, 1992 (LI 1541) require that the labels of products, including food, shall be printed, impressed, embossed or stamped in the English Language. Section 8.2 of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Guidelines for the labelling of pre-packaged food also states that “if the language on the original label is not acceptable (not in English) to the consumer for whom it is intended, a supplementary label containing the mandatory information in English may be used instead of relabelling”. It also states: “In the case of either labelling or a supplementary label, the mandatory information provided shall fully and accurately reflect that in the original label.” Source:GraphicOnline
Former Lands and Natural Resources Minister under the erstwhile Mahama led administration, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, says he confused as to why he and other former appointees are being investigated for stealing. The MP for Tamale Central and some other colleague Minority MPs have been accused of receiving double salaries while serving as MPs and ministers or deputies, are being investigated for stealing. He has however flatly denied the stealing allegations and insisting that, ‘’I am not a thief and I did not received double salaries. I am distressed due to the ongoing issue,’’ he added. Commenting on claims by Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, that some of the former appointees provided two different accounts and signatures to receive double salaries, the MP said, ‘’if that is true then it is a serious matter. Majority Leader has said some people gave out two signatures and two different account numbers. I have not been able to establish that but if it is true, then it is a serious matter.’’ “They said they were investigating a case of stealing against me. I have denied that allegation. I didn’t steal anyone’s money. To be honest with you I am too confused over the matter.’’ ''I know in my mind I never received double salary and I am happy we are being investigated individually. My confusion is not because I am not clear in my mind. My confusion is coming because of the different accounts I am hearing.''
Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, has cautioned teachers having sexual affairs with their pupils and students to desist from doing so. He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on the sidelines at an award ceremony in Kumasi on Tuesday that, the ministry has cautioned teachers and any one found culpable would be dealt with. According to him, schools are not brothels where teachers can take advantage of students sexually. In January this year, some girls at the Ejisuman Senior High School (SHS) in the Ashanti Region said they mostly engage in sexual acts with their teachers in order to pay their fees. Nine teachers were indicted following alleged sexual abuse of female students. Over 10 students alleged they were forced by some of the teachers to stroke their manhood until they ejaculate. Others spoke about how the teachers demanded sex and how they were forced to have sex with their teachers.
Morning show host for Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kwame Tutu, has lambasted Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) for their recent Afrobarometer survey which favoured President Nana Akufo-Addo for election 2020. According to him, the report could have come six months before the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls or three years after Nana's rule. His comments were in relation to the latest Afrobarometer survey report which suggests majority of Ghanaians still prefer the NPP to the NDC. The survey report which was released by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) revealed that about half of the respondents would go in for the ruling NPP if elections were to be conducted today. According to the report, 49% of those surveyed said they would vote for the NPP, whiles only 22% said they would vote for the NDC. However, commenting on the report, the outspoken morning show host said, the survey is needless. He charged them to rather focus on surveys on why young people are going into prostitution, why people are experiencing extreme poverty. He further opined that, the survey released would allow the important bread and butter issues to be neglected. Kwame Tutu. said the two major political parties are unwilling to speak to Ghanaians on relevant issues that can help the nation develop and the survey will worsen that agenda. ‘’I believe in surveys because I am trying to be an academic and surveys are very important for learning. But this current survey is needless and coming at the wrong time. The CDD should conduct a survey on sanitation, they should conduct surveys on poverty and why children are into prostitution due to poverty. You should conduct surveys on relevant issues…The NPP and NDC are not ready to discuss important issues in the country and so you always set us in an election mood…These surveys can come maybe three years after Nana Addo’s administration. That would have been fine…We are not going into an election so why do you ask if elections were held today,’’ he quizzed.
CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report. The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place over Easter weekend, unnamed officials said. Mr Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang. But this unexpected and clandestine meeting would mark the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000. “We have had direct talks at… extremely high levels,” Mr Trump said from Florida, where he is hosting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The president added that he gave his “blessing” for talks between the South and North to discuss a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War. South Korea has also signalled that it may pursue a formal resolution of the conflict. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and Mr Kim are scheduled to meet at the end of April. What do we know about the ‘secret meeting’? The news that Donald Trump’s nominee for US Secretary of State had travelled to North Korea for a clandestine meeting with Mr Kim was first reported by The Washington Post newspaper. Very little is known about the talks other than that they were to prepare for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit. According to the paper, the meeting took place soon after Mr Pompeo was nominated as secretary of state and is attributed to two anonymous sources “with direct knowledge of the trip”. Source: BBC
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