A Lebanese businessman, Mohammed Alhaji has been shot dead by armed robbers in Tema today [Wednesday].
The deceased who was the accountant for the Delta Agro Ghana Limited is said to have killed by the armed men after redrawing GHc200,000 from the Zenith Bank branch in Tema.
He is said to have been driving in a white Toyota corolla with registration number GN 1174-12 when he was shot by the unknown assailants.
According to an eyewitness account, the armed men numbered about eight and drove a car and a motorbike.
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says the conviction of Abuga Pele has been a painful moment for the umbrella family.
He said, the former legislator for the Chiana Paga constituency is a family man but has found himself foul of the law and has since been convicted.
He made the comments at a press conference held on Tuesday by the NDC, to state their position on the latest Transparency International corruption index ranking, which saw Ghana drop 11 places in 2017.
He said, although NDC sympathises with the family, friends and sympathizers of our former MP in such matters the interest of the state cannot be subjected to an individual or partisan interest.
He further urged the current Nana Akufo-Addo led-government to emulate the example of the Mahama administration and, bring appointees under his administration accused of corrupt practices to justice instead of praising them and misleading Ghanaians that all his ministers and appointees are clean.
Abuga Pele and Philip Assibit, a businessman were convicted in GHc4.1 million GYEEDA scandal by the Accra High Court (Financial Division).
He was handed a 6 year-jail term for willfully causing financial loss to the state.
His accomplice, Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill International Group, Philip Assibit, was convicted of defrauding by false pretence and dishonestly causing financial loss.
He was jailed for 12 years.
The mortuary attendant who has been captured on tape fondling the breast of female dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns, and her female friend, Francisca Kuri, must be sanctioned, private legal practitioner, Gary Nimako has posited.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Kwabena Agyapong, on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the lawyer described the act as irresponsible and unfortunate.
A mortuary attendant can be seen in the video touching and examining the badly injured upper bodies of the duo.
The location of the mortuary is Mankraso Government Hospital but the identity of the attendant is unknown but more than two persons were captured in the video engaged in the insensitive act.
Commenting on the issue, lawyer Nimako, said there is a certain dignity we must preserve for even the dead and videoing such an awful act should be dealt with.
‘’The Ministry of Health and National Security should bring the mortuary attendant to serious. This is extremely bad. We should not encourage this sort of things. The administrator general of the hospital should set up an administrative enquiry so the offender is punished,’’ he added.
Lawyer Nimako, described the death of Ebony and her friends as painful and still fresh in the minds of friends and family and the offenders should be brought to book.
He has also charged the family to petition the Minister of Health to deal with the matter should the hospital fail to deal with the case.
The lawyer stressed, this is unfortunate and irresponsible. What was the motivation for what the mortuary attendant did? Did they not take into consideration the pain of the family? We should stop these kinds of irresponsible attitudes. We don’t do things like that. The offenders should be brought to book. This is very wrong, this is very bad. Whoever is in charge of the hospital should bring the attendant to book. He should be punished. This is breach of privacy,’’ he concluded.
Nana Poku Kwarteng, the father of the late Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns has threatened to seek legal redress against the hospital where a morgue attendant recorded a video of his daughter's corpse.
Mr Kwarteng in an interview with Accra-based Hitz FM said although he has not watched the video, he will meet whoever is involved in the recording in court
“I’ve been told [but] I haven’t seen that. I hate to watch it. Trust me…you and I know it’s too bad a thing to do and therefore we are going to take them on…,” he said.
Mr Kwarteng, who revealed he was going to start the legal process shortly, warned that “Whoever is involved in the recording… we will meet at the court.”
The macabre video shows the naked bodies of the late singer and her friend Francisca Kuri.
A mortuary attendant can be seen in the video touching and examining the badly injured upper bodies of the duo.
The location of the mortuary is unknown as well as the identity of the attendant but more than two persons were captured in the video engaged in the insensitive act.
The 20-year-old songstress met her gruesome death, along with two others (Francisca Nkansah Kuri aged 27 years and Lance Corporal Vondee Francis Atsu, aged 29 years), in a road accident at Nyamebekyere in the Ahafo Ano South District in the Ashanti Region on February 8, 2018, a week before her 21st birthday.
She was scheduled for a tour in Europe and was to leave the country on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Gender, Children and social Protection Minister, Madam Otiko Gyaba, has assured that justice would be found for the victim and family of the defilement case at Akyem Adadientem in the Central Region.
Briefing parliament on the defilement of the 6-year-old girl, the Minister disclosed the perpetrator who has been in remand since the incident occurred would be arraigned before court tomorrow [Thursday].
She told the House the incident occurred on October 13, 2017.
According to her, the mother of the victim negligently left her home to attend a funeral while the father was also at the farm.
She said, in the absence of the parents, a 16 year-old JHS pupil was alleged to have defiled the girl.
The victim she noted was initially rushed to Assin Manso Clinic but was referred to the St. Francis Xavier Hospital where she was admitted for six days and discharged.
The medical bills she revealed were paid by the MP for Assin South, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour. She thanked the MP for the support.
The victim she added was sent to the Police Hospital for further medical examination and the family was given some funds for food and their upkeep.
Madam Djaba said, during her visit, she met with the family of the offender so they would produce him to the police to aid prosecution.
The victim she stated was doing well and they have been relocated to their original home.
The Speaker on his part, asked the Minister not to allow any family settlement.
On October 13, 2017, a 16-year old boy allegedly defiled the six-year-old child while her parents were attending to social functions.
There should be "no private, personal, official or whatever intervention to kill the case or settle it behind closed doors...no priest or chief can intervene," the Speaker said.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says notwithstanding the excellent relations that exist between Ghana and Germany, Ghana has decided to turn our back on the old Ghanaian economy, which has been dependent on the production and export of raw materials, and also dependent on aid.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “we want our relations with Germany to be characterised by an increase in trade and investment co-operation.”
The President explained that an increase in trade and investment co-operation between the two countries is the only way to put Ghanaian products at the high end of the value chain in the global market place, and, thereby, create jobs for the teeming masses of Ghanaians, particularly the youth.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 28th February, 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the German-Ghanaian Economic Forum, organized by the German Chamber of Commerce, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Expressing his delight that German Development Co-operation is now being aligned with his government’s vision of moving Ghana Beyond Aid, President Akufo-Addo added that his my administration has implemented measures aimed at attracting investment, domestic and foreign, into Ghana, as well as stimulating growth of the Ghanaian private sector.
“We have introduced a monetary policy that is stabilising the currency and reducing significantly the cost of borrowing; and have initiated a raft of tax cuts that is bringing relief to and encouraging businesses,” he said.
These interventions, the President noted, have ensured that the fiscal deficit, which stood at 9.5% at the end of 2016, has been reduced to 5.6% at the end of 2017, and is projected to go down to 4.5% in 2018.
Additionally, he stated that inflation has declined from 15.6% at the end of 2016 to 10.3% at the end of January this year; the economy has grown from 3.6% in 2016, to 7.9% in 2017, and, this year, is estimated to grow at 8.3%, which would make it the fastest growing economy in the world.
President Akufo-Addo indicated further that Ghanaian industry was undergoing a spectacular revival, a decline in interest rates, a more stable cedi, and, overall, “our macro-economy is growing stronger.”
These measures, he stressed, have been put in place to build the most business-friendly economy in Africa, and create jobs and prosperity for all Ghanaians.
Additionally, he told the gathering that his Government has taken specific measures which will lead the country and its economy into the new digital age.
These include the introduction of an e-business registration system, a paperless port clearance system, a digital addressing system, a mobile interoperability system, and a national identification card system, all of which are designed to formalise the Ghanaian economy, reduce the cost of doing business, and facilitate interaction between businesses and their clients, particularly in a technology-driven era, where connectivity through digital services is an important element in achieving competitiveness.
“I am, thus, notifying the German Business community, to take advantage of the growing business-friendly climate in the country to invest in Ghana,” he said.
The President continued, “Our flagship policies of ‘One District, One Factory’, ‘One Village, One Dam’, and the ‘Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs’ map out areas of opportunity, which I commend to you, as I do areas in the development of renewable energy and ICT growth. We are particularly keen to receive German investment in the area of renewable energy, for reasons that are self-evident.”
Addressing the challenge of the country’s infrastructural deficit, he told the gathering that his government is embarking on an aggressive public private partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both the country’s road and railway infrastructure.
“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours to the north, i.e. Burkina Faso, to the west, i.e. Cote d’Ivoire, and to the east, i.e. Togo. We believe that this is an area where German and European technology and expertise would be very welcome,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo was confident that Ghana is on the cusp of a new, bold beginning, which will repudiate the recent culture of failure.
“We are determined to lift our country out of the doldrums. We want to use all the blessings that the Almighty has bestowed on us to bring progress and prosperity to our people, in our time. The Black Star is poised to shine and shine again, for, truly, the project is Ghana Beyond Aid,” he added.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has directed its Steering Committee to investigate Deputy General Secretary for alleging that, Flagstaff House sponsored the party’s National Delegates Conference with 50 billion old cedis.
A tape which captured the maverick politician among other things alleged that government sponsored the NPP with quoted amount to organize the conference.
But a statement signed by Acting General Secretary, John Boadu, described the claims by Obiri Boahen as ‘’palpable falsehood’’.
Read below the full statement from the NPP:
NPP RESPONDS TO LEAKED OBIRI BOAHEN'S TAPE
The attention of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been drawn to a secret recording making rounds on social media involving the deputy general secretary of the party, Nana Obiri Boahen, in which he alleged that the Flagstaff House advanced an amount of “GHC 50 billion” to the NPP in support of the conduct of the party's 2017 National Annual Delegates Conference held at Cape Coast.
The party wishes to place on record that, no such thing happened and that, the claims are a palpable falsehood.
Indeed, Nana Obiri Boahen himself has subsequently admitted to the falsity of his baseless allegation.
Nonetheless, the party takes serious view of his unfortunate comments and has accordingly tasked the Steering Committee to immediately look into the matter and make appropriate recommendations.
Finally, we wish to assure our members and the Ghanaian people that, the NPP is scrupulously minded of the line that exists between government and the party and would uphold the distinction at all times.
The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), has directed that with immediate effect, the peddling of drugs in any form, must not be allowed on the vehicles of its members.
In a letter to its branches in Accra, the Union said any member who would flout the directive would be severely sanctioned.
The statement, signed by George Ofori-Davis, the Deputy General Secretary/Administration of the GPRTU, reminded the branches that the peddling of drugs on commercial vehicles was a clear violation of section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012- Act 851.
One could be prosecuted for violating it, it cautioned.
“The Act states that: ‘A person shall not manufacture, prepare, import, export, distribute, sell, supply or exhibit for sale of drug, herbal medicinal product, cosmetic, medical device or household chemical substance unless the article has been registered by the Food and Drugs Authority.’”
“It has come to the attention of the Management of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) that some of the Union’s vehicles are being used as platforms by drug peddlers to practice their trade,” it stated.
The statement said the practice had created a very bad image for the Union in the eyes of the Government and the public, for aiding and abetting illegal activities.
The GPRTU therefore asked the branches to ensure that the directive was conveyed immediately to their members for strict compliance.
Majority Leader in Parliament and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, says food prices have reduced drastically by 100 percent due to government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’.
The Minister and legislator who was contributing to the debate on the State of the Nation Address, delivered by President Nana Akufo-Addo, some few weeks ago, stressed, the prices of foodstuffs on the market, have reduced by 100 percent over the past month.
Mr. Bonsu said agriculture is being revamped and the planting for food and jobs is yielding positive results across the length and breadth of the country.
Farmers he indicated would receive commensurate dividends to motivate them to produce more to ensure we get more raw materials for our factories.
Meanwhile, consumers have been asked to embrace themselves to pay for the same quantity of food they purchase at least for the next four months.
Esoko Ghana, an information and communication service for agricultural markets in Africa, says the prices of foodstuffs have increased by 150 percent and expected to last for four months.
The hikes according to Esoko Ghana has been recorded since the beginning of February this year. Thee hilkes they noted attributed to the change in weather pattern, rising imports among other factors.
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nkeia, has taken a swipe at civil society groups, religious leaders, anti-corruption crusaders and groups for failing to speak against alleged cases of corruption under the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr. Nketia told journalists on Tuesday that, the failure on the part of these groups in criticizing the current administration, contributed to the poor performance of Ghana on the recent CPI index by Transparency International.
He said the former President John Dramani Mahama, was lambasted, attacked and called all manner of names when he was in government due to perceived corruption.
However, these same groups have failed to attack this government in the same manner they did to Mr. Mahama and that could have contributed to our abysmal performance this year on the CPI index.
According to him, the contribution of these groups would help in putting government on its toes hence the need for them to start talking against the various corrupt deals under the NPP.
The NPP he added should be solely blamed for our poor ranking and stop blaming the NDC for their abysmal performance.
The NPP government however “inexplicably decided to play unwholesome politics with a matter as serious as this, and did the unthinkable by blaming the past NDC government for the country’s catastrophic decline in the survey.”
“The Akufo-Addo government promptly deployed a phalanx of spokespersons to churn out a most illogical and implausible spin, that events which took place three or four years earlier account for the horrible 2017 CPI [Corruption Perception Index] results.”
“According to these government spokespersons, the erstwhile NDC administration is to blame… It is either the president has not apprised himself of the CPI report or he is a conspirator in an effort to deliberately mislead the public,” he said.
“It is a matter of public knowledge that the CPI for 2017 was provided from nine data sources. Only two or 22% out of these are traceable to 2016. The remaining seven or 88% emanated from 2017. This means that an overwhelming majority of data sources used in this survey were based on happenings in the first year of President Akufo-Addo,” he added.
The 2017 CPI scored Ghana 40 out of a possible clean score of 100 and ranked the country 81 out of 180 countries/territories included in this year’s index.
The 2017 CPI used nine out of the thirteen data sources of independent institutions with high level of credibility to complete the index for Ghana.
According to Transparency International, the 2017 CPI reveals some disturbing information that despite attempts to combat corruption globally, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts.