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Former Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) Kweku Mortey Akpadzi is likely to be disqualified from contesting the parliamentary primaries of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) after a petition accused him of economic sabotage.   The Ho West parliamentary aspirant, Kweku Akpadzi is expected to face a vetting panel this Friday after a petition was filed against him.   The former EOCO Boss is being accused for misappropriating state funds and still using state vehicles several months after his retirement.   The petition was filed by anti-corruption crusader and tax expert, Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey who for several occasions have petitioned various state institutions cover alleged financial malpractices by state officials.   In an earlier petition addressed to the Presidency, Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey requested for the disqualification of the Ho West Constituency who have involved himself in an alleged financial malpractice.   Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey was this morning hosted by Kwame Tutu, host of the breakfast show on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm. Speaking with Kwame Tutu, he expressed his worries over the failure on the part of government to address the issue he has constantly petitioned it on.   The Chief of Staff, Hon. Julius Debrah who was listening to the show in his office invited the anti-corruption crusader to his office so he could inform him on his investigations.   After the meeting, the Chief of Staff congratulated Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey for his bold step taking in investigating the malfeasance.     Mr. Akpabey had also petitioned the NDC to disqualify the former EOCO boss, below is the petition addressed to the General Secretary of the NDC                                         I wish to submit a petition for the suspension of Mr. Kweku Mortey Akpadzi, former Executive Director EOCO (Economic and Organised Crime Office) who's vetting is scheduled for Friday, the 9th of October 2015 at Ho. While in office, Mr. Kweku Mortey Akpadzi was involved in the following malpractices; 1.Opened an "illegal"Operations Account with Bank of Ghana 2. Misappropriating GHc 190,000.00 out of the GHc 200,000.00 released to support the office to investigate the Ghana School Feeding Program. 3. Unable to account for GHc 200,000.00 released to finance research and investigations into the activities ofDics(Destination Inspection Companies)Importers and Clearing agents 4. Using official residence and official vehicles illegally whilst on retirement since May 15th, 2015. He has kept the following vehicles in his custody and using them for his private business. The vehicles are 1. Land cruiser#UE 1008-09 II. Toyota Camry#GW 3060-09 III. Toyota HILUX#UE1012-09 He also has in his custody the keys to the official residence of EOCO. Attached is a copy of the petition submitted to the President of the Republic. Thank you for your co-operation Yours faithfully, Gilbert C. Akpabey      
The spokesperson for the psychiatric nurses who embarked on a strike action to demand for the salaries which were in arrears has said that, the nurses have suspended their strike action but not called it off as its been suggested. Fredrick Asare- Donkor revealed that the decision to call off the strike action was to demonstrate that they cared for their patients. ‘’The main reason why we have suspended our strike is because of our patients’’. He said that nobody imposed it on them to suspend their strike because whiles their other colleagues were on strike, they were still going to the various wards to monitor the situation. Asare –Donkor revealed that the patients to nurse ratio was not encouraging and aside that the nurses are constantly attacked by patients. ‘’We get attacked day in day out, I have been hurt thrice in the line of duty’’ he said. He revealed that currently their salary has hit the hospital’s coffers and any moment from now they could go for it. The spokesperson for the psychiatric nurses indicated that suspending their strike is to also give authorities the ample time to sort things out. He insisted that, ‘’we have only suspended and not call it off’’.          
  CAF president Issah Hayatou has taken over as the acting FIFA president after Mr Sepp Blatter’s suspension by the Fifa’s ethics committee for three months.   Blatter is said to have signed contracts which are not in good interest of world’s football governing body and had also paid monies to Uefa president Mr Michel Platini.   Below is Issah Hayatou’s statement   HAYATOU'S STATEMENT   Today, amid extraordinary circumstances, I have assumed the office of FIFA President pursuant to Article 32 (6) of the FIFA Statutes. I will serve only on an interim basis.   A new President will be chosen by the Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016. I myself will not be a candidate for that position.   Until the Extraordinary Congress, I pledge that I will dedicate my best efforts to the organization, the member associations, our employees, our valued partners, and football fans everywhere. FIFA remains committed to the reform process, which is critical to reclaiming public trust. We will also continue to cooperate fully with authorities and follow the internal investigation wherever it leads.   Football has never enjoyed greater support throughout the world, and that is something everyone associated with FIFA should be proud of.  
The Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) led by its chair, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Doku on behalf of Ghana, has finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Accra. The MOU between NALAG of Ghana and the Municipal League of Arkansas, is aimed at gaining economic benefits from each party. It is also expected to bring about economic development among sister cities in both nations. NALAG chairman, Hon. Doku indicated that the MOU signed between the two countries would allow them to tap into the experience and progress chalked in both countries. He stated that all the district assemblies within the country (Ghana) agreed to sign the MOU with Arkansas so we to enable them partner towards developmental projects and programmes. He explained that the world is now connecting faster than it was in the past and therefore it would be important that countries with similar interest in areas of economy and development join hands and work together. He revealed that the Municipal League in Arkansas consist of District Chief Executives just like in Ghana and therefore working together would be of enormous benefit. On his part, the president of the Municipal League of Arkansas, USA, Hon. Orville Ricky Elumbaugh stated that is a delight for Arkansas to sign this MOU. He stated that they are in Ghana the work with the community, build trust establish a working relationship that would benefit both countries. He said the most important thing is to build trust among the countries ''so that they can be possibilities of money put on the table'' for the intended partnership. According to Hon. Elumbaugh, one of the largest manufacturers of rice based in the USA are in talks with Ghana to see the possibility of a working relationship between the two countries because of the quality of rice we have, this he said would create job opportunities for Ghana and the USA. He encouraged Ghanaians to build the can-do spirit and believe in themselves. He admitted although Ghana may not be at pal with the USA in terms of development, they (USA) started from somewhere and are still having issues of national development.  
The coordinator for the Association of Unpaid Nurses, Jefferson Danquah has stated that the decision to suspend their strike action is not ‘’because they trust government’’ but because of the assurance given to them by their mother organization to suspend their strike as government takes steps to address their issue. He said the Ghana registered nurses and mid-wives association has given them a positive assurance that they would pressure government to fulfil his promise by paying all outstanding arrears by the close of this month. Jefferson Danquah stated further that they have their patients at heart and therefore it was very prudent for them to call off the strike action. He said ‘’we are not suspending the strike because we trust government, we are suspending the strike because we have our clients at our mind and we love them, we want to cater for them. We don’t want to stay on strike, that is not our motive, we wanted to tell the general public that, government is owing us, government is cheating us, government doesn’t want to pay us’’. The Association of the Unpaid Nurses embarked on a nationwide strike action after what they described as the failure on the part of government to pay outstanding arrears spanning between 6-22 months.  
The coordinator for the Association of Unpaid Nurses, Jefferson Danquah has stated that the decision to suspend their strike action is not ‘’because they trust government’’ but because of the assurance given to them by their mother organization to suspend their strike as government takes steps to address their issue. He said the Ghana registered nurses and mid-wives association has given them a positive assurance that they would pressure government to fulfil his promise by paying all outstanding arrears by the close of this month. Jefferson Danquah stated further that they have their patients at heart and therefore it was very prudent for them to call off the strike action. He said ‘’we are not suspending the strike because we trust government, we are suspending the strike because we have our clients at our mind and we love them, we want to cater for them. We don’t want to stay on strike, that is not our motive, we wanted to tell the general public that, government is owing us, government is cheating us, government doesn’t want to pay us’’. The Association of the Unpaid Nurses embarked on a nationwide strike action after what they described as the failure on the part of government to pay outstanding arrears spanning between 6-22 months.  
President Mahama has said that anyone who has a problem with the current national voter register must follow due process in addressing their concern. He indicated that Ghana’s voter register is relatively young and has been used to conduct only one successful elections and therefore if anyone has any challenge with the register, follow due process. The president was interacting with students of the Bordon University in France, president Mahama said, the electoral commission is an independent body which takes decisions based on consultation with all stakeholders. He stated further that the electoral commissioners has a security of office and when they are appointed, they cannot be removed by the president or their work be influenced by any party. He continued that he as a president ‘’I am not supposed to interfere in the work of the electoral commission, I have no right to interfere in that electoral list. Ghana has an independent electoral commissioner that is independent and does not consult the president’’ if she needs to do anything. President Mahama stated that the electoral commission called on all the political parties who are members of inter-party committee to present their proposal on the voter register after calls were placed by some parties over the need for the compilation of a new voter register. He said that the voter register ‘’is a relatively young register because we used it for only one election and it was a register that was biometrically compiled and as we’ve done in the past’’ when there is a problem with the register all the stakeholders involved agrees to clean the register but ‘’one party says they want it scrapped completely and a new one compiled. There have to look at whether they have a case and that is why they have presented their view but they have not only presented their view, they’ve been holding demonstrations and so on and so forth’’. President Mahama explained that the final decision  to compile or not to compile a new register is for the electoral commission to do.  
An anti-corruption crusader and tax expert, Mr. Gilbert Kudjo Akpabli has casted doubt on the competence of the minister, Mr. Seth Tekper in managing the economy of this country. He indicated that the finance minister was not appointed to travel outside the country to hold meetings with IMF other international bodies rather he was appointed to concentrate on how he would he would generate domestic revenue to beef up the economy of the country. He opined that ‘’people who are competent to do the work are not put at the right places to do the work, that is what we do in this country’’ When asked whether the finance minister was incompetent, he said ‘’the minister of finance is not interested in domestic revenue, he is interested in travelling and around the world’’ looking for money. He described Ghanaians as ‘’lazy’’ when it comes to revenue mobilization. Mr. Akpabli revealed that the country is losing an amount of $30 billion dollars as against the $15 billion released by the special task force set up by the president. He felt disappointed and ashamed over the 1 billion Eurobond that Ghana went for because he insisted that it was needless. ‘’Am saying that, we don’t need to go and borrow a pesewa’’ Mr. Akpabli said. He revealed that since the Special Operations Unit (SOU) was set up by the president, they have not done any work although they are been paid. Speaking with the Kwame Tutu host of frontline on rainbow radio, he said ‘’ let me give you a shocking revelation, I don’t know whether the president is aware, since they appointed SOU there hasn’t been any cooperation. You go and find out, you are journalist, go to SOU and find out whether there is any cooperation for them even to work’’. Mr. Akpabli indicated that the finance minister has not shown any interest in the matter after a number of petition he presented to the ministry. He said that there is too much wastage and corruption in the system especially at our ports but authorities have failed to show interest in the matter. The anti-corruption campaigner said that Ghanaians are only interested in mediocre and not serious matters of financial malfeasance. ‘’Am saying that we interested in video, films, movies that is what we are interested in, if I were to show a video there would come, like the Anas video’’. He said although the Anas video maybe important, would the total amount of money allegedly giving to the judges’ amount to the billion dollar Eurobond we went for, he quizzed. ‘’Let me ask this entire country, Anas…the alleged corruption, what is the total amount, let’s think about the immoral aspect of it, you are taking money to set an armed robber free, that is a very serious thing. But let’s put together the amount of money that was giving, so called giving out to these judges, is it up to $ 1 billion dollars?... That is what we are interested in, we are interested in mediocre in this country, we don’t like talking’’ he added.  
Over 180 judicial staff implicated in the latest Anas judicial scandal would be facing the judicial committee today. The committee led by  Court of Appeal judge, Justice Avril Lovelace Johnson would be meeting the judicial staff workers who were allegedly caught on camera taking bribes and others allegedly demanding for sex to influence judgement. The over 180 judicial staff members allegedly acted as middle men in the Anas video to influence some 34 implicated judges on cases there were presiding over. The Justice Avril Lovelace Johnson led committee, have other members including Derrick Annan, Mr. John Bannerman Chief Registrar of Courts, Nana Opoku Asumani Secretary, Patricia Quansah, Circuit Court Judge and Mr. Frederick Badoo, Deputy of Human Resource Some of the judicial staff have already watched the video which have implicated them in an alleged corrupt practice. 22 magistrates and seven High Court judges have already been suspended by the Chief Justice. Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger P.I Team in the last two years conducted a pain staking investigation in the judicial service to expose some alleged corrupt practice in the system. The 3 hour video captured some 34 judges and over 180 judicial staff members on camera taking bribes. Some 24 out of the judges have been suspended by the judicial council. Another 7 high court judges have been suspended at the directive of the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur after a prima facie case was established by the CJ.      
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