Scam rocks NSS after registration of teachers on study leave

The 2018 year graduates group of University of Education Winneba Kumasi campus English class, has accused management of National Service secretariat (NSS) and management of University of Education Winneba Kumasi campus management of using their names and index numbers for fraud.

The group made up of 76 teachers who just completed their study leave in the university complain they never registered for national service however, their names and index numbers have been captured in the national service system which has been used by unknown people to do their service.

Speaking in an interview with Ultimate FM’s Isaac Justice Bediako, the group accused the national service secretariat and management of University of Education Winneba Kumasi Campus of being behind the scam.

“Look my brother we are teachers with over 15 years’ experience in the teaching profession. We did our national service after training college education therefore, we don’t qualify to do service again, and therefore we did not worry ourselves to register again because we are teachers on study leave. We are highly disappointed to note people are using our index numbers and our names to do service’’ he lamented.

According to the group several attempt to compel managers of the National Service Scheme to act on the matter has been unsuccessful.

“When we realised people are using our details for their national service, we reported the matter first to the national service secretariat office in Kumasi and later informed minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Opoku Mensah Ashanti regional manager and Dr. Kingsly Nyarko board member of national service secretariat hoping that they will do something about it but we are yet to hear anything from them. For this reason we surely believe they are behind this scam” the group alleged.

The group revealed that, those using their detail to do national service are all working in the northern regions.

“We manage to speak to a number of the those impersonators using our details to secure national service job and their told us they registered through agents whom they paid an amount four and five hundred Ghana cedis for the registration but when they realised we were trucking them they have deactivated their mobile phone numbers’’ he noted.

Meanwhile Manager of the Ashanti regional branch of national service secretariat Mr. Opuku Mensah confirmed they have detected the fraud in the system and blame the development on the administration of the Winneba Kumasi campus.

“I think we should rather investigate the Winneba Kumasi campus for this scam, how did people get their index number and names of teachers on study leave to register for the national service?. I suspect insider from the school’s administration is behind this case. I can’t speak to you on record but am assuring you that this case will be investigated. In our next management level meeting that will be the agenda on the table. I will direct my secretary to write to national headquarters on the development’’ he assured.

Akufo-Addo commissions NaBCo beneficiaries today

The ceremony is expected to take place at the Independence square in Accra with some 100,000 beneficiaries passing out to begin work as government moves to tackle the unemployment situation among the youth.

According to the Information Minister designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the organisers of the NaBCo programme do not want to burden all the beneficiaries with coming to the capital so the rest will be outdoored elsewhere.

On 1st May 2018, President Akufo-Addo, launched the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), where over 100,000 young men and women will assist in the public sector service delivery needs of Ghana.

NABCO’s central focus, the President said, would be to create employment avenues and opportunities for young people who hold diplomas or degrees from accredited tertiary institutions, adding that “NABCO will enhance the dignity and self-esteem of our graduates, and will also present them with the added benefit of efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of some essential public services.”

President Akufo-Addo was confident that by the time NABCO trainees exit the scheme, which is for a 3-year period, “the requisite work readiness skills and experience, often deemed a barrier to their employment as fresh graduates, would have been resolved.”

E/R :Three die in Oboho accident

Three persons have died after a Truck carrying lumber was involved in a fatal accident at Oboho a community near Anum Apapam in the Eastern Region.

The bodies of the deceased persons have been deposited at the Suhum Government Hospital while the two others in critical condition admitted at the same hospital.

The accident occurred Tuesday October 16,2018.

According to the Ayensuano District Director of the National Disaster Management Organization, Joseph Okai Gyan, the Truck loaded with lumber failed break while descending a hill and crashed into a ditch killing three out of the five passengers who were onboard.

He said the driver identified as Yakubu Lawah,was part of the deceased persons.

Latest statistics from the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) indicate a total of 293 died through road crashes between January and September 2018 in the Eastern region.

This is against 270 recorded same period in 2017.

Also, a total of 1,615 were injured during the same period in 2018 as compared to 1,515 recorded in 2017.

To this end, the MTTD says it is gathering stakeholders’ inputs and commitments to help tackle the alarming spate of road accidents in the region.

The Eastern Regional MTTD Commanding Officer, Chief Superintendent Prince Jude Cobbinah explained tbat within the past three months, 69 persons have died through accident on the road.

Last Saturday, a Science Teacher with Mangoase Senior High School ,Kofi Kyei died when the School bus crashed while embarking on Educational trip.56 students were also injured.

By: Kojo Ansah

Farmers demand for proper compensation from Newmont

Farmers whose activities have been affected by the mining operations of Newmont Akyem Mines, have petitioned the company, demanding for a roundtable discussions to enable them renegotiate properly for their source of livelihood that have taken away from them.

The farmers, under the umbrella name, Newmont Akyem Affected Farmers Association (NAAFA), in their petition dated October 16, 2018, and signed by their National Chairman, Ntiamoah Denkyira and eight others, claims that their farm lands which were their only source of income had been taken away of which no adequate compensation has been made to them.

Their meeting with the mining company, they noted, will enable them to negotiate properly for adequate compensation for their loss of livelihood.

The farmers also want Newmont Akyem Mines to renovate all their buildings that have received series of cracks and others demolished due to the constant blasting by the company.

Further to that, they want the mining company to restrain itself from allegedly manipulating or influencing some of their leaders to intervene on their behalf anytime the association raises such matters or declares its intent to demonstrate against them for “cheating and negative effects of the company’s activities of the farmers”.

They have in effect, giving the mining company seven working days to respond to their petition or risk facing an “unending demonstration” which will be very difficult to control by the Police.

Transparent Engagement

But Newmont in press statement also issued the same day said they are committed to transparently engaging with local communities to improve lives and collaboratively identifying solutions to mitigate impacts from its operations.

The company said the demands by the farmers have been heard but appealed to them to allow the legal process to run its course following earlier mediation efforts.

Kweku Baako sues Kennedy Agyapong for GH₵25m

The Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has sued the Member of Parliament (NPP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, praying to the court to award him GH₵25,000,000.00 as general damages for defaming his character.

He is also praying to the court for perpetual injunction to restrain the maverick politician, his agents, assigns, and servants from further publishing any defamatory words against him.

Baako is further praying to the court to declare that the statements made by the Assin Central lawmaker in both Twi and English Language on some radio and television stations, notably, Net2 TV, Adom TV, Oman FM and Asempa FM, are defamatory.

He wants to the court to also award him exemplary damages for malicious conduct of Mr. Agyepong in defaming him.

In his statement of claim in the writ of summons filed at an Accra High Court, October 16, 2018, Baako avers that on July 18, 2018; July 24, 2018; July 25, 2018 and August 21, 2018 and on several occasions thereafter, Kennedy Agyapong caused to be published on Net2 TV, Adom FM, Oman FM and Asempa FM several statements against him which are defamatory.

He further avers that on July 18, 2018, on the Net2 TV station in a dialogue with the host, Abedi Anim, Mr. Agyepong said of him in both Twi and English Language that he is a “very corrupt guy”.

That notwithstanding, on same program, Mr. Agyepong also described him as being involved in galamsey than anybody in Ghana.

Baako further said even the call by the host of the program on Mr. Agyepong to make a rational and fact-based analysis could not deter him from making the disparaging comments.

He said by way of innuendo, the false and malicious utterances made by Mr. Agyepong meant and were naturally and ordinarily understood by right-thinking members of the society to mean that he:

  1. Lacks honesty and is possessed with the particularly bad moral of corruption which is not only an offence under the laws of Ghana but a canker that the State is putting in every effort to eliminate from its social fabric.
  2. Is engaging in an illegal act which destroys the environment and will not halt his activities despite the State and civil societies’ efforts to fight illegal mining in Ghana.
  3. Is a morally reprehensible person with malicious intents against his beloved country.

That Mr. Agyepong has also described him as someone who is highly materialistic and cannot be trusted.

These acts of Mr. Agyepong among others, Baako claims, have “drastically reduced his envied reputation into dishonour, contempt, and reproach, hence, his demand for GH₵25,000,000.00 as general damages among other claims.

Don’t politicize CTN – Group to Ghanaians

A pressure group, COALITION FOR TRANSPARENCY AT PORTS AND HARBOURS has waded into the controversial Cargo Tracking Note system issue which implementation started on Monday, October,15, 2018 saying the CTN policy is the sure way to securing the country’s economy.

The group expressed their appreciation to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the government of Ghana for taking a bold step in rolling out CTN policy.

A statement by the coalition said:” As a group, we will admonish that CTN is not politicized…we have assessed and weighed the Objectives of CTN and strongly believe it will be a mistake for Ghana or Ghanaians not to support the GRA or State with regards to the implementation.”

It continued: “What the CTN stands for in Ghana is a secured supply chain, theft prevention, reduction in insurance, faster clearance of goods, less screening, less documentation, better risk proofing and it also represents a proactive anti-terrorism paradigm.”

The implementation started at the sea ports on Monday, 15 October 2018, despite a suit challenging its implementation.

Per the policy, importers whose imports, from records exceed thirty-six (36) Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per year will be required to obtain a CTN Number in the country of export.

“This means, any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is exempted from CTN-compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers, will be exempted,” the notice said.

Below is the full statement:

We as a group have been rooting for the implementation of CTN for a very long time, and would like to use this medium to express our appreciation to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the government of Ghana for the bold step taken to roll out this policy (pilot stage).

We also thank all the major stakeholders GUTA, GIFF, FFIA etc..for their immense contribution in shaping the implementation process with regards to all their concerns raised which were duly acknowledged. Ghana is the winner!!

Now, what is CTN and what is CTN bringing to Ghana as a whole?
We in CTPH believe that our quest to champion the implementation of CTN in Ghana offers us a major role in disseminating the right information, educating Ghanaians as a whole and ensuring the whole process (CTN) is well understood. CTN we believe is the solution, and we shall take our time to give Ghanaians vivid and concrete reasons with explanations to support our stand and why CTN should be embraced by every Ghanaian.

Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) or the ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note), introduced worldwide in 2001 following the infamous September 11th attacks on the USA, serving as a means of improving security around maritime shipments, is an advanced notification in order to improve the security of the supply chain. Simply put, CTN is a system for collecting documents and processing information when importing/exporting by sea in order to obtain prior information to participate in security measures, resources planification, statistics, and more generally in order to participate in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) recommendations on trade facilitation and security.

Furthermore, in accordance with the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards for international cooperation between its member states for security of ships and port facilities, the “ISPS” code was introduced and is now of global maritime security policies. Ghana is a member of the aforementioned organization after joining it in 1959 and binded by every directive as well.

The second obligation of the new provision implies on the part of each signatory countries; that in the context of international maritime cooperation, which consists of organizing data, processing on all shipments and all vessels departing to a final destination. This is where the CTN comes in. At the destination, the CTN is used to initiate an analysis of the cargo, define a security level for vessels prior to their arrival, increase the protection of ports against terror attack and be able to improve the Customs valuation of the goods and freight.

As a group, we have assessed and weighed the Objectives of CTN and strongly believe it will be a mistake for Ghana or Ghanaians not to support the GRA or State with regards to the implementation.
Below are some of the Objectives of CTN for your perusal

1. CTN is to improve the security and safety of supply chain and help Customs see a detailed profile of products we are bringing in as a country.

2. The CTN is in fact a very useful instrument now that we are in a terrorist regime as there is crisis all over the world today. Though Ghana hasn’t yet come under any attack like our neighbouring countries Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Burkina etc, we cannot afford to ignore anything that will enhance maritime security and beyond maritime, we have to seriously take a cursory look at supply chain security. CTN will help us know the *origin* and *destination* of cargoes and help us know our enemies. Our enemies may be far away and stockpiling, with the CTN, we will be able to fish out these anomalies.

3. CTN will reduce the entire time spent along the supply chain and this also reduces the hassle that various stakeholders have to pass through. Even anxiety can be a big problem by causing a lot of delay but if we can attain a level of accuracy to predict by having a profile of every shipment, it expedites the way we handle things and the process enhances the turnover which brings immense benefits in business in general terms.

With the above mentioned, there are more benefits with regards to CTN which we shall address in the days ahead with a press conference to affirm our stand on why every Ghanaian has to rally behind the State to make CTN a success. Some of the benefits of the CTN are as follows:
1. Asset Tracking
2. On Board Status monitoring,
3. Gateway Facilitation,
4.Freight Status information,
5.Network Status information,
6. Fight against the import of illegal, fake or cheap products
7. Fight against under invoicing, under valuation
8. Fairness and equity in import/export duty charges
9. Increase Government revenue in terms of Import duty charges as realistic taxes will be accrued by the state
10. A safe and secured import system in Ghana

As a group, we will admonish that CTN is not politicized because it is a critical step in securing Ghana’s economy. We also advocate for continuous engagement with critical stakeholders in the industry as this remains crucial to the overall success of this noble initiative.

What the CTN stands for in Ghana is a secured supply chain, theft prevention, reduction in insurance, faster clearance of goods, less screening, less documentation, better risk proofing and it also represents a proactive anti-terrorism paradigm. In a nutshell, the CTN brings all the critical stakeholders to check. This is what Ghana needs, Ghana will succeed. CTN Akwaaba!!

SIGNED
……………………..
BENJAMIN EFFAH AMPONSAH
(CHAIRMAN )

ISAAC ESSUMAN
(SECRETARY)

FREDDY KING DODOU
(PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER)
0206364717/0240549464

VIDEO: Akua Donkor threatens Akufo Addo with a gun

Madam Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), who has never hidden her dislike for President Akufo Addo must have scaled up her aversion for the latter as she’s being captured in a video threatening the President to step down.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Madam Akua Donkor who has been described by many as the biggest joker in Ghanaian politics is seen holding pump action gun with rounds strapped around her shoulder asking President Akufo Addo.

“I’m very serious about what I’m saying, President Nana Akufo Addo must step down immediately. What he’s doing will not help him.” Akua Donkor threatened.

It is unclear what has triggered Akua Donkor’s threat to the President and what her next actions will be if the President does not resign as she calling for.

In June 2018, Akua Donkor filed a suit at the Supreme Court seeking the removal of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia over the exposé in football corruption by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

In her writ, Madam Donkor states that in the expose, the names of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia were mentioned by the immediate past President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, as people who could be influenced with money in the award of contracts.

She therefore wants the Supreme Court to order the Attorney-General, who was named as the defendant in the suit, to advice the two highest office holders in the country to step down.

According to her, the President and Vice President must step down to allow “fair” investigations into the claims of Mr Nyantakyi.

“An order of this honourable court directing the defendant to advise the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to step aside since their names were mentioned in the documentary video by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas,” she stated in her statement of claim.

 

Why do we allow this madness to continue? I think she should be arrested . Press 1 of you agree

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Actor John Dumelo and wife Gifty welcome baby boy

Gifty Mawunya Nkornu Dumelo, the wife of Ghanaian actor John Dumelo has given birth to a baby boy.

This comes some months after the pair married in a private ceremony in Accra.

Dumelo confirmed the news through a post on Photo sharing app Instagram post writing:

“John Jnr @johnd_jnr I’m glad you have finally arrived. It’s been months, weeks, days and hours of waiting…..You look just like we imagined. Infectious smile, bright eyes, curly hair and chocolate skin. 
Before I get all emotional and write a whole book, lemme let you have these few words to guide you. 
You can do anything you want and be whoever you want to be just like how my dad allowed me to explore….
Never give up. Always aspire to be better and do better than before. 
Be a beacon of kindness and truth in this world. 
Don’t have hate in your heart or carry grudges. It is not worth the time and effort it takes when there are so many things in this world to enjoy and love.
Do not let others influence who you choose to be, both as a person and in a career, because it is not their life to live, it is yours and it is the most beautiful thing.
Think outside the box JJ. Be a risk taker just like I am and don’t be afraid to fail. Failure gives you experience. Use that experience to conquer the world. 
Let God be your best friend and let Him guide your steps. 
I will start reading the Bible to you soon and that’s when you will understand how mysterious God works. 
And one last thing….I really don’t know how to change diapers, so please don’t laugh when that’s happening. 
I want to be better than my father….and I want you to be greater than me. 
Love, John Setor Dumelo, your Dad.”

 

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John Jnr @johnd_jnr I’m glad you have finally arrived. It’s been months, weeks, days and hours of waiting…..You look just like we imagined. Infectious smile, bright eyes, curly hair and chocolate skin. Before I get all emotional and write a whole book, lemme let you have these few words to guide you. You can do anything you want and be whoever you want to be just like how my dad allowed me to explore…. Never give up. Always aspire to be better and do better than before. Be a beacon of kindness and truth in this world. Don’t have hate in your heart or carry grudges. It is not worth the time and effort it takes when there are so many things in this world to enjoy and love. Do not let others influence who you choose to be, both as a person and in a career, because it is not their life to live, it is yours and it is the most beautiful thing. Think outside the box JJ. Be a risk taker just like I am and don’t be afraid to fail. Failure gives you experience. Use that experience to conquer the world. Let God be your best friend and let Him guide your steps. I will start reading the Bible to you soon and that’s when you will understand how mysterious God works. And one last thing….I really don’t know how to change diapers, so please don’t laugh when that’s happening. I want to be better than my father….and I want you to be greater than me. Love, John Setor Dumelo, your Dad.

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2020 Elections will be warfare – Fmr. Dep. Chief of Staff

A former deputy Chief of Staff John Osei Kofi says the 2020 elections will be warfare between the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party.

According to him, the NDC will not allow itself to be intimidated by vigilante groups associated with the ruling party again.

“The empowered NPP vigilante group Delta  and Invisible forces in Ashanti also have brothers and family members who also belong to the NDC, so what is going to happen is that the NPP and NDC guys will like to protect themselves therefore there will be blue on blue, a military term which means brother on brother because of political interest,’’ he noted.

He said although such an action might threaten the security of the state, it is necessary for fairness in the polls.

“The national security has already been threatened  long ago by the NPP even when the NDC was in government, so as for national security it’s under serious threat, but one thing they have to know is that, in modern warfare  conflict, there’s no winner and everybody will face the pinch, hurt and people from both side will die .

“So am telling you it not necessary to entertain the Delta forces, the invisible forces and so on, the NDC could also put out forces”.

Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama has described the 2020 general elections as a final match between him and familiar political rival, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Referring to the 2012 polls as “a title fight” and the 2016 elections as “a rematch”, Mahama called the 2020 polls “a decider” and predicted the tiebreaker would return him to the helm of government.

Mahama won in 2012 as a first-timer on the ticket of then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), securing a 5,574,761 votes that represented 50.7%. Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s main opposition leader at the time and presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), got 5,248,898, representing 47.7%.

“They say, ‘Why are you bringing your former president? NDC, don’t you have people?’ And we say you, too, didn’t you have people? In 2008, you brought somebody. Professor Mills defeated him. You should have brought a fresh face.

“You brought him again in 2012. John Mahama defeated him. You should also have brought a fresh face. And you brought him again in 2016 and it’s only at that time he won. So, fine. He was defeated several times; you still brought him. And this is what you call a title fight,” Mahama told NDC delegates and supporters in the Bolgatanga Central Constituency during his just-ended tour of the Upper East region.

We’re reforming Ghana football – Normalization C’ttee to Sports Minister

The five-member Normalization Committee led by its chair, Dr Kofi Amoah has briefed the Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, on the activities that the committee has been embarking on since its inauguration about a month ago.

He disclosed that the committee was putting everything in place to ensure that Ghana football was totally reformed for the benefit of Ghanaians who are the owners of the game.

He also stated that the Normalization Committee is setting up various ad hoc committees to help improve on its mandate.

Dr. Kofi Amoah further informed the Youth & Sports Minister that the Committee would be interacting with the various stakeholders of the game to solicit ideas for the growth of the game.

That notwithstanding, the Committee would also hold its maiden media engagement on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, to brief members of the inky fraternity of its activities.

On his part, Hon. Isaac Asiamah commended the Committee for its work so far and assured them of the ministry’s readiness to assist them to meet their goals.

He then appealed to Ghanaians to assist the Committee with cogent ideas and suggestions as part of the reform process.

He reminded the committee about the passion Ghanaians have for the game and urged them to work hard to accomplish what the nation expects from them.