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Investigative journalist and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tiger Eye PI, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has petitioned the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), The Attorney General’s office, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Financial and Intelligence Centre to investigate Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss for money laundering. The award winning journalist, whose latest Number 12 expose has led to the resignation of the GFA boss and planned dissolution of the FA, believes the lawyer has breached the criminal laws of Ghana including offenses as money laundering. The investigative journalist wants Mr. Nyantakyi to be investigated over some money laundering claims he made in his latest investigative documentary titled #Number12. The investigative journalist in his bases of complaint said: ‘’we have found Mr Nyantakyi abusing his office, breaching his fiduciary duties, engaging in acts of egregious conflict of interest demanding and receiving gifts and other benefits, and engaging in bribery and corruption, and money laundering. These were uncovered by way of hard facts, captured on audio/visual recording, electronic mail correspondent, and a memorandum of understanding drafted by Mr Nyantakyi his handwriting, and subsequently type-printed and signed by him.’’ ‘’By his conduct, as detailed in paragraph two above and evidenced by the attached documentary evidence, it is our firm belief that Mr Nyantakyi breached the criminal laws of Ghana including offences as money laundering, corruption, bribery, and fraud by false pretenses, by abusing his office.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged Chief Executive Officers of leading Ghanaian and multinational business operating in the country to help in the realization and implementation of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As co-Chair of the Advocates Group of Eminent Personalities on the SDGs, President Akufo-Addo explained that his role is to mobilise political support on the continent, and described the CEOs “as the primary promoters of social and economic transformation”, who are key to the success of the SDGs. At a breakfast meeting with CEOs on Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, at the Banquet Hall of Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo stated, unequivocally, that “I am going to bring you on board the process of making sure that these goals are implemented, and brought to a successful end.” The President stated that the SDGs must not remain within the public consciousness as “some abstract remote phenomenon that is debated amongst a few political leaders and bureaucrats in the floors of the General Assembly of the United Nations”, but rather must “become an active set of goals within the public consciousness, because people can recognise that they do affect all of us.” As AU Gender Champion, he stated that the goal of gender equity is one of the goals of the SDGs that should have moved from the area of rhetoric into reality. “That statement is a statement that affects more than majority of people in Ghana. We know that 52% of our population are women. When we are talking about gender equity, we are talking about what affects all women, young and old,” he said. He continued, “We are talking about access to education. We know the importance of education in our country. We have made a huge commitment to ensuring that every Ghanaian child is able to go to school, at least within the present context to secondary school level, and it is an extremely important tool for the future development of our country.” With the SDGs presenting the world with a unique opportunity to fight inequality on all fronts, wipe out extreme poverty, tackle the issues of climate change, and reverse the degradation and unsustainable use of our environmental resources, the President indicated that the attainment of these goals should be something that matters in their daily lives. “These are some of the broad goals that I am hoping to realise... We have a relatively short period to be together, but I am hoping that, in this relatively short period, and, in subsequent engagements that we are going to have, we would be able to address these goals of this meeting that we have set up,” he added.
The Financial Intelligence Centre has directed all banks as well as non-financial institutions in the country to furnish it with specific information on former president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi. The financial institutions are also requested to provide the same information on Ghana Football Association. The centre suspects that Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi may have been involved in money laundering following the exposé of alleged corruption in football administration by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. CEO of the Centre, Kwaku Dua in a letter dated June 11, 2018 to the banks said: “Pursuant to Section 28 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2008 (Act 749), as amended, kindly furnish us with the following information on subjects and any other connected accounts: “1. Mandate and Account opening forms. “2. Business Registration Document. “3. Legible copy of photo identity. “4. Evidence of Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD). “5. All transaction details (bank statement) from January 2014 to date. “6. Copies of all SWIFT Messages received for the same period (if any). “7. Copies of Verification of Beneficiary Owners form completed in respect of transfers. ” The financial institutions were asked to send soft copy of the requested documents to the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Intelligence Centre by Thursday, June 14, 2018. Meanwhile, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has dragged Nyantakyi before EOCO, Bank of Ghana over the expose. The petition has been sent to the Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Justice, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and the Executive Director of the Economic & Organised Crime Office (EOCO).
Vice Chairman of Health Committee and MP for Asokore Effiduase, Dr. Nana Atiew Afriyie has attributed the challenges confronting the heath sector to the lack of beds, the negative attitudes of health professionals, inadequate drugs for special cases as well as delay and self medication by some patients. He hinged on the fact that some health persons exhibit negative attitudes in terms of human relations and poor customer services towards patients. He lamented over the inadequate number of health professionals as compared to the number of patients that visit our health facilities, a situation he said puts undue pressure on the doctors and nurses, adding, he will grade the attitude of health persons in terms of reception and customer relations at 50%. ‘’The attitude of staff in general in the health sector; if I should grade in terms of human relation and customer services in the hospital sector, I will probably give 50%. I will not go above 50%. It is so poor. “These attitudes are poor. Most people fail to go to the hospital to receive healthcare because of their previous hostile experiences of some healthcare attendants, delay in waiting at hospitals and so on”, he said. On the death of Mr. Anthony Opoku Acheampon, the Vice Chairman expressed his disgust in the way the deceased was treated. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today (Wednesday), he said it is a matter of ethics and morality. There is the need for these health practitioners to change their line of doing things in recognizing the feelings of customers. There is a referral protocol through which practitioners must follow with regards to the patient’s history, a letter showing reasons why the patient in question cannot be attended to at that particular hospital, sometimes accompanied by a nurse and so on. In his case, he was just sent away. This is bad, he stressed. Lamenting, he exempted the private sector because they may have some internal policies that binds them but for the public health sector being paid by the tax payer’s money, it is very pathetic the way they treated Mr. Anthony Prince Opoku Acheampon. Updating listeners on the committee set up by parliament to investigate the case of the deceased, the Speaker of Parliament is angry, very disappointed and wants to bring all persons responsible to book. The committee is therefore under compulsion to submit the terms of reference to parliament today (Wednesday) after they met yesterday. ‘’We will not disappoint Ghanaians,’’ he said. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Ranking member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has called on Ghanaians to partly blame the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the death of the late 70-year-old man who died as a result of the ‘no bed syndrome’ last Sunday. The former health minister under the previous NDC government opined that, a functioning University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), and other completed health facilities by the previous administration would have resolved the ‘no bed syndrome.’ The MP for Wa West made the comments in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The 70-year-old man reportedly died in his car at the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie in Accra after he had been turned away by seven hospitals because they claimed they had no beds to admit him. He emphasized the need for the country to take a critical look at our emergency units in all government hospitals, resource them so they work efficiently. ‘’…but the current government is also largely to blame, because if they had operationalized the 617 bed facility in the University of Ghana Medical School, this would have eased the pressure on beds in Accra. Secondly, if they had operationalized the many of the facilities that have been completed and not put in use, if they had employed doctors who are at home and not engaged; these are all things that could help solve the problem,’’ the MP said. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, suggested the use of monitoring and evaluation by ensuring people are held responsible for their time and use of resources, since this will largely help improve e the sector.
A former Health Minister under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Joseph Yieleh Chireh says there are many challenges confronting the health sector, and every government have tried to resolve them. The pharmacist, barrister, diplomat and current MP for Wa West told Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, there are several things that are wrong with the system. ‘’Coming directly to this issue, there are several things that are wrong, one; it is attitude of professionals, health professionals generally and in particular those who man the emergency centres; number two, resource constraint and resource include beds and also; three, management of facilities and information management. So if you look at it, those who turned away the 70-year-old man- did they have the correct information about the situation of beds? Were they negligent in their duty as professionals or was there no sense of responsibility? These are the issues we should look at,’’ he said. For him, a person doesn’t have to lie on a bed to be treated when it is an emergency situation. He said, when people are rushed to the hospital, the first contact of people who have to attend to you are those at the emergency and it appears this was not done in the case of the late Acheampon, who died after he was turned away by six hospitals over the ‘no bed syndrome’. He challenged Ghanaians to seek legal redress against facilities that perpetrate this action. Commenting on the call by the Speaker on the Legal Committee to criminalize the ‘no bed syndrome’, the legislator stressed the need for management of such facilities to also be punished for such unprofessionalism so it will serve as a deterrent to others. He admonished the media to engage with management of facilities when issues like these are being discussed and not politicians alone. The politician was of the view that, should an investigation be conducted, it may turn out that; there were special beds at the hospitals that turned away the late Acheampon. He called for a system where the quality of service will be checked on regular basis to ensure Ghanaians get the best of service. The ruling government he said should be partly blamed for failing to operationalize the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) and other health centres, a move he indicated could have prevented such a situation.
The Ghana Tourism Authority on Tuesday closed down the La Pleasure Beach Resort in Accra over poor sanitary conditions existing at the facility. The Bamboo Pub and Accra Del Mar Restaurant at the Titanic Beach Resort on the Sakumono-Tema Beach road also in Accra were closed down for similar offences in clear violation of the Tourism Act (LI 1205, Accommodation and Catering Enterprises Regulation). The law enjoins hospitality services to maintain highest standards in the discharge of their operations to satisfy clients as well as boost the tourism industry. A joint team from the GTA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carried out the exercise which took them to other facilities including the La-Boma Beach Resort, Billy Jane Restaurant and Vienna City Restaurant among others. It followed increasing public outcry over the deplorable conditions of some hospitality institutions in the country and the danger or discomfort it posed to patrons. In a recent video gone viral on social media which perhaps triggered the action of the joint taskforce, patrons of some of these facilities complained of the stinking filth in such places of relaxation and the indictment it had on the country’s tourism sector. A tour of the facilities by the tem confirmed the allegations as some of the resorts had heaps of refuse collected on their shores with others having awful or no places of convenience for patrons. An inspection of some kitchens of the resorts visited also saw utensils in very unhygienic state as others had exposed electrical wires and gadgets which could spark fire at any given moment. The La Pleasure Beach for instance, had its main toilet sewage gushing out in an uncovered pit with abandoned wooded structures dotted all over the beach as some operators also burnt refuse openly disregarding the health risk it posed to patrons. The Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GTA, Akwasi Agyemang speaking to the media disclosed that the Authority in conjunction with the EPA had earlier written to the management of some hospitality institutions that were operating below acceptable standards. “We had received complaints of conditions prevailing at the La Pleasure Beach and we have confirmed them for ourselves so we have temporarily closed down the facility till such a time that we see concrete action to put the place in good shape for tourists,” he stated. The CEO indicated that his outfit would engage management of the facility moving forward to ensure the right standards were upheld. He allayed fears that such harsh actions could cripple Ghanaian-owned businesses saying, “We are mindful of the high patronage of such facilities and the revenue they accrue for the country so our intentions are not to collapse businesses but only that the right thing is done.” Credit: Ghanaian Times
Ten people are reported dead after a head on collision of two Yutong buses on the Suhum-Nsawam highway Wednesday dawn. Information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com indicated that, the accident which occurred around 5 a.m left many others injured. The buses, one from Techiman to Accra and the other from the opposite direction collided head-on at Asuboi near Suhum. As at 8 a.m officials from the police and fire service were at the scene to retrieve bodies from the wreckage, Maxwell reports. The injured are currently on admission at the Suhum Government Hospital receiving treatment.
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Tony Lithur has issued a statement appealing to the general public to respectfully give him and his family the privacy to deal with an intended divorce he filed against his wife, Nana Oye Lithur, the former Gender Minister. A petition of divorce filed against the former minister by the husband who is seeking for divorce, has gone viral on social media with some media portals publishing the story. But lawyer Lithur through the statement appealed to the public to give them privacy to deal with the issue in private. The statement read: ‘’my attention has been drawn to the publication on social media of the docket copy of a petition for divorce I have filed against Nana Oye Lithur at the Divorce and Matrimonial Division of the High Court, Accra and some pictures of us. While acknowledging the existence of the filed petition, I would like to say that the process is an emotional difficult one for us and our children. ‘’I would, therefore, very respectfully and humbly, ask the general public to kindly give us, our children and loved ones some privacy to deal quietly with this painful stage of our lives,’’ the statement concluded.
Two Nigeriens, a husband and a wife, Jamal Mahamadu, 28, Naser Mahamadu, 27, have been arrested by the Police in Brong Ahafo region after they stole nearly Ghc16,000 from a shop, selling construction materials in Tamale. According to Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwane Tamakloe, the two , approached the shop owner, Aminu Haruna and introduced themselves as charity workers who were building mosques for some Muslims in the region’s remote villages. The suspects reportedly lured the the owner that were buying some building materials for the charity work Superintendent Kusi Appiah, the Regional Crime Officer,aid the husband managed to engage the shop owner in a conversation and was able to convince him to take a walk away from the office where the money was kept. According to the Crime Officer, the wife who was left behind then sneaked into the room and picked the money; GH15, 400.00, from a drawer. The two left the shop area almost immediately after the heist in a Toyota Corolla vehicle but an informant was able to identify the registration number of the vehicle as GE 4547-18. The police he noted received a wireless message after the shop owner reported the issue, informing officers across the region about the crime. The vehicle was later intercepted by police at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region few hours after the wireless message. He said a search by officers found the amount and the two were taken into custody. The crime officer said the two had been transferred to Tamale and have been charged with conspiracy to steal and stealing. They are expected to have their first appearance in court today, Wednesday 13, to face the charges. The police revealed the couple were already on a wanted list for stealing GH3,000 from a mobile money vendor three months ago.
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