The public accounts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for the financial year ended December 31, 2017 have revealed that the overall financial impact of weaknesses and irregularities discovered by the Auditor-General amounted to over GH¢892 million.
The breakdown is: tax irregularities GH¢655 million; cash irregularities GH¢190 million; stores/procurement irregularities GH¢41 million; payroll irregularities GH¢1.7 million; outstanding loans/advances GH¢2.6 million ; and rent irregularities GH¢195 million.
Finance Ministry tops with GH¢697m
The Finance and Economic Planning Ministry recorded the highest irregularities, amounting to GH¢697 million. It is followed by the Employment and Labour Relations ministry with GH¢l35 million.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection corded GH¢25 million (GH¢25,561,177) as the third highest figure. The Health Ministry accounted for the fourth highest irregularities of GH¢21 million.
'League Table' of Irregularities of others MDAs
Others MDAs found culpable include
Interior Ministry GH¢2.8 million
Communication Ministry - GH¢2.4 million
Trade and lndustry ministry-GH¢1.1 million
Local Government and Rural Development Ministry - GH¢1.2 million
Ministry of Agriculture - GH¢1.7 million
Education Ministry GH¢743,721.
Chieftaincy Ministry GH¢ 142,916
Fisheries Ministry - GH¢54,747
Defence ministry - GH¢39,099
Lands and Natural Resources - GH¢96,006
Ministry of House and Housing - GH¢16,887
Roads and Highways - GH¢395,773
Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department - GH¢6,371
Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources - GH¢65,124
Information Ministry - GH¢16,366
Judicial Service - GH¢902,107
Office of Government Machinery GH¢107,642.
In the report, which has been submitted to Parliament, the Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, pledged to investigate these further and, if possible, hold the officials accountable by way of disallowing the items of expenditure and surcharge.
Tax irregularities GH¢655m
According to the report, tax irregularities constitute 73.46% of the total financial infraction reported.
The amount includes , GH¢11.5 million which was in respect of Prestea Sankofa Limited’s mineral royalties indebtedness to the government as of August 2016 and which had remained uncollected by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) since 2012.
Ghana Revenue Authority’s failures
It noted that these irregularities could be traced mainly to failure on the part of the GRA to collect tax revenue and also apply measures and sanctions against defaulters as stipulated in Paragraph 40 and 41 of the Income Tax Act 2015, (Act 896) Sections 135(2) and 136 of the Internal Revenue Act, 2000 (Act 592).
Source: The Finder
The Editor-in-Chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper, Mr Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has indicted the committee that recommended the removal of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, for exceeding its powers.
He has accordingly filed a writ invoking the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to declare that the committee exceeded its scope when it recommended the removal of Mrs Osei on grounds of misbehaviour and incompetence.
The writ, which was filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr Samson Lardy Anyenini, at exactly 10 a.m. at the Supreme Court in Accra Tuesday July 10, is also praying the apex court to hold that the Chief Justice’s prima facie determination against Mrs Osei was inconsistent and in violation of Article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.
Mr Baako’s suit has been filed exactly a week after a Ghanaian, Ms Fafali Nyonator, filed a similar writ challenging the processes leading to the removal of Mrs Osei and her two deputies.
The 18 reliefs being sought by Mr Baako include a declaration that upon a true and proper construction of Article 146 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, a petition for the removal of the chairperson of the EC, pursuant to the provisions of Article 146, was only valid if such a petition alleged stated misbehaviour or incompetence relating to the performance of the core constitutional functions of the chairperson of the EC.
He is also seeking a declaration that the finding by the Chief Justice (CJ) that a prima facie case had been made out in respect of six allegations contained in the petition for the removal of Mrs Osei pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution and which allegations were not founded on acts of stated misbehaviour or incompetence against Mrs Osei in the performance of her core functions as Chairperson of the EC was unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.
The same act was inconsistent with and in violation of the provisions of Article 296 Clause (c) of the 1992 Constitution and accordingly arbitrary and unconstitutional.
Mr Baako is further praying the court to rule that the CJ exercised an administrative rather than the functions and duties of a judge or judicial officer.
Another relief being sought is a declaration that in exercising the constitutional functions and duties of a committee constituted by the CJ under Article 146 (4) of the 1992 Constitution, the committee so established exercised an administrative rather than the functions and duties of a judge or judicial officer and that the committee was required to act in accordance with regulations governing the exercise of its discretionary power under Article 146 (4) of the 1992 Constitution.
Null and avoid
Mr Baako wants the Supreme Court to declare that the recommendations for the removal of Mrs Osei upon which the President acted were inconsistent with Articles 43 (1)(a), 44 (2), 45 and 146 (1) of the 1992 Constitution and for that matter, null, void and of no effect.
To that effect, Mr Baako is seeking a declaration that on the basis of the defective nature of the petition, Mrs Osei is and remains the Chairperson of the EC.
A Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as criminals.
Joshua Hamidu Akamba believes the party is infested with lairs who have insulted Ghanaians following the documents available on the purchasing of the 275 mini buses for the various constituencies.
He wondered why Freddie Blay would be credited with the buses when documents are available to provide details that he was only a guarantor.
‘’So now, it also tells you that the NPP is full of lairs, excuse me to say they are criminals. We were in this country when the NPP led by Dr Bawumia went to China to beg for money…All of a sudden, the NPP is able to raise $11 million to buy mini buses for their constituencies and Freddie Blay claiming at that time that, he purchased the buses. That should tell you the kind of people the NPP are. They are governing this country with lies.’’
The incompetence of the NPP he lamented has brought untold hardship on Ghanaians.
‘’The NPP is not consistent. They always lie. Because of them, Ghanaians are suffering, nurses are suffering, journalists are suffering, lawyers are suffering, taxi drivers are suffering, and Ghana is in darkness. Ghana is sinking at a very speedy rate. It is a shame. Businessmen can no longer clear their wares at the ports. Businessmen are crying, Ghanaians are suffering, doctors are suffering and everybody is suffering and the NPP is rich and their wives and relatives are rich and they are insulting us and calling us foolish for demanding for answers.’’
He is also questioning the level of income Mr Blay would have to allow him pay for the $11 million used in purchasing the mini buses.
Mr Blay has described as foolish the demand for him to be investigated over the purchase of the buses.
Speaking in an interview with Accra based Joy FM, the newly elected chairman said: ‘’ ‘’the party needs to be resourced. People think parties are leeches on government. I say that they don’t need to be leeches. Whether we are in or out of government, parties must run. We want to generate income for the party. It is not dash. The buses are to work and bring in money for the party.
‘’It is not me sitting down there who is buying the buses. The party may not have the means to acquire the buses, so a stop-gap measure, I am doing it for the party as chairman.’’
“I informed the steering committee, I told them at a meeting,” he added.
On the allegations of vote buying, Mr Blay furiously shot down the claims; saying “it is amazing that people will suggest that”.
“It’s very foolish for people to ask that,” he noted.
Commenting on it, Mr Akamba slammed Freddie Blay for insulting Ghanaians who are demanding for an investigation to be conducted on him and his activities at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) where he [Blay] chairs the board.
‘’Freddie Blay was insulting Ghanaians. He insulted whoever dared to ask questions. He insulted and called us foolish. When Asiedu Nketia sued him, he was unable to pay but today, he is able to purchase 275 mini buses.’’
Aduana Stars head coach, Yusif Abubakar who recently helped the team to win Ghana Premier League and the Super Cup is no more the coach of the club.
Reporting according to information sourced from management, Rainbow Radio’s Isaac Worlanyo Wallace said, Yusif Abubakar was not sacked but rather had a mutual agreement with the Aduana Management which has laid him off as Aduana Coach.
The former Inter-Allies Coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi would be signed on formally as Aduana Stars Coach today (Wednesday) following the meeting held between Aduana Stars Patron, Nana Agyemang Badu and Kenichi Yatsuhashi.
Kenichi Yatsuhashi is a Japanese National who began coaching in Ghana with the Accra Hearts of Oak and later joined Inter- Allies.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The committee established to investigate the circumstances that led to administration of expired drugs on a one-year-old boy at Ga West Municipal Hospital has completed its work.
The report has been presented to the authorities for appropriate action to be taken, Mrs Linda Sarpong, mother of victim has told Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
She revealed in an interview today [Wednesday] that, she received a call from a member of the committee informing her about the completion of an investigation into the matter yesterday [Tuesday].
Mrs Sarpong said the hospital wanted to cover up the story until the media took interest in the story.
She expressed her gratitude to Rainbow Radio and the Multimedia Group for showing keen interest in the matter.
Mrs Sarpong’s son was diagnosed with “Bronchus Pneumonia” an infection of the respiratory system.
Mrs Sarpong saw a doctor and the doctor prescribed anti-biotics for the treatment of her son’s condition. She visited the dispensary of the hospital and purchased the drugs. But unfortunately, all the seven drugs prescribed for the son were expired.
The mother said it took the vigilance of the nurse who was on night shift, to realize the drugs were expired but unfortunately, the nurse who was on duty in the day had injected my son with one of the drugs, she stated.
Meanwhile, Mrs Sarpong says she has kept her fingers crossed and expecting a true reflection of what happened when she visited the facility a month ago and will not entertain any cover up.
According to her, her son could have lost his life hence her desire to see to it that the appropriate sanctions are applied where necessary.
Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mahdi Mohammed Gibrill has declared his intention to contest the position as National Organizer for the umbrella family.
He has promised to deliver a resounding victory for the main opposition party.
‘’Yes, 2020 is possible, but only with an efficient pair of hands that can re-energize our people and effectively mobilize in affability within and without the Party.’’
In a statement issued and signed by the young politician, he said, ‘’As publicly affirmed by many, I have proven beyond all reasonable doubts, through my service to the party in various capacities from the branch level to the national level; that I possess that efficient pair of hands required in the mix to deliver a resounding victory.’’
‘’By this statement, I will wish to humbly declare my intention to contest for the position of a National Organizer when nominations are opened. In line with our collective resolve to efficiently re-organize our party to recapture power as speedily as possible, I offer myself to serve you in this bid,’’ he added.
Read Below the full statement
DECLARE OF INTENTION TO CONTEST FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS NATIONAL ORGANIZER
After an extensive consultation with Senior Party Comrades, major Party stakeholders, work colleagues and families, I have decided to humbly heed to the call from the rank and file of our great party - the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to contest for and win to become the next National Organizer for the Party.
By this statement, I will wish to humbly declare my intention to contest for the position of a National Organizer when nominations are opened. In line with our collective resolve to efficiently re-organize our party to recapture power as speedily as possible, I offer myself to serve you in this bid.
Considering the unnegotiable need for us to save this country from the ailing hands of the Akufo Addo Government, we don’t have any excuse to gamble with who we elect as a National Organizer. What the party needs is an Organizer who does not only have the commitment, the wit and the mettle to mobilize an efficient election winning machinery, but also possess the experience to deliver political victory with efficiency.
Yes, 2020 is possible, but only with an efficient pair of hands that can re-energize our people and effectively mobilize in affability within and without the Party.
As publicly affirmed by many, I have proven beyond all reasonable doubts, through my service to the party in various capacities from the branch level to the national level; that I possess that efficient pair of hands required in the mix to deliver a resounding victory.
Once again 2020 is possible, but conditioned on Commitment and Hardworking. HARD WORK remains a function of SUCCESS; which is the greatest attribute of MAHDI MOHAMMED GIBRILL.
Fellow Akatamansonians, I look forward to serve, work tirelessly for you and with your support bring victory to the party in the general elections in 2020.
Let’s join hands to deliver Ghana together, for in our collectivity lies our strength.
LONG LIVE NDC
LONG LIVE GHANA
MAHDI MOHAMMED GIBRILL
Horrific accounts of gang rape, throats being slit and mass shootings in South Sudan are described in the latest United Nations report on the country.
It blames the violence in Unity state on government and allied forces.
One woman, who said she lost everything told investigators that "it would have been better if they had killed me".
Leaders signed a ceasefire deal in June aimed at ending the five-year civil war. Millions have been forced to flee as a result of the fighting.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed.
The violence detailed in the report may amount to war crimes and those responsible should be brought to justice, the UN's human rights body says.
South Sudan's army has not yet received the report, and therefore could not comment, its spokesman told Reuters news agency.
The UN investigators focussed on a five-week period in April and May when government soldiers and their allies attacked opposition-controlled villagesin the south of Unity state.
The violence followed clashes between government and rebel forces, the report says.
In all 232 civilians were killed with "some hung from trees and others burned alive in their homes", the report adds.
'Raped while bleeding from labour'
A 14-year-old girl was quoted in the report as saying she would never forget the atrocities she had witnessed.
"How can I forget the sight of an old man whose throat was slit with a knife before being set on fire?" she said.
"How can I forget the smell of those decomposed bodies of old men and children pecked and eaten by birds? Those women that were hanged and died up in the tree?" the girl added.
The investigators found that about 120 girls and women were raped or gang-raped, and the victims included women who had recently given birth.
"I was still bleeding from labour, but one of the soldiers raped me. I kept quiet and did not resist as I saw other women being shot dead for refusing to have sex with the soldiers and youth," a 20-year-old woman said.
South Sudan became independent in 2011. It has been wracked by civil war, which has seen ethnic cleansing and numerous atrocities, since 2013.
omen have often taken to the streets to demand an end to the violence
It began when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar, accusing him of planning a coup - an allegation he denied.
Several attempts to find a peaceful solution have failed.
The latest agreement, signed in June in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, saw the two leaders agree to a ceasefire, but they have yet to agree on a full-blown peace deal.
General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Justice Yankson has said medical practitioners cannot be blamed for the poor medical system in the country.
He has attributed the challenges confronting the sector to government.
He said, “truth be told this is part of the bigger challenge that we are all facing and to a large extent, as a country we are trying to play ostrich. Basically, this is our problem; our emergency medical services are not in the best of state.
“As a country, we are doing so good in some areas of our healthcare but this particular area, the emergency medical services, we have been caught pants down as a result of the systematic refusal over a long period to invest properly in that area from infrastructure to the training of emergency medical professionals and now we have been exposed.
It has emerged that, some patients on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital’s surgical ward have been directed to purchase plastic chairs due to unavailability of beds.
Social media was awash with photos of patients sitting on plastic chairs receiving treatment.
The Public Relations Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Mustapha Salifu, said the hospital is not enthused about the situation and is working to decongest the ward.
He said the hospital as part efforts to decongest the ward is sending information to other hospitals not to refer emergency cases there.
The Police Administration says investigations into the alleged assault of Joy News reporter, Latif Iddrisu, have stalled because the victim is yet to help identify the alleged culprits.
A statement signed and issued Tuesday by the Director General of Police Public Affairs, ACP David Eklu said the victim is also yet to present witnesses to assist in investigations as well as return the police medical report form which was issued to him when he lodged the complaint.
The statement comes on the back of a threat by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to boycott a forum scheduled for Wednesday to foster media-police relations as a result of the police’s inability to find the officers who allegedly assaulted Mr Iddrisu.
Mr Iddrisu was allegedly assaulted by policemen in front of the CID headquarters when the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, was arrested.
Riot police were stationed at the CID headquarters to control a small crowd of NDC supporters who had come to the headquarters to show solidarity to their General Secretary.
According to Mr Iddrisu, the police attacked him when he had asked one of them a question to facilitate his report; leaving him with a fractured skull.