Even the Pope will be corrupted by political system in Ghana – Carl Wilson

Former Chairman of the Confiscated Assets Committee says even the Catholic Pope is bound to be corrupted by the system of governance being run in Ghana if he is made the country’s president.

“We know the Pope is an embodiment of holiness but the system will not help him but will rather make him corrupt,” Mr. Carl Wilson asserted.

“You can bring the Pope and make him the president in Ghana and within one year, you will be calling the Pope corrupt”, he told Onua FM’s Yen Sempa hosted by Bright Kwasi Asempa on Monday.

He suggested that the current government is not doing what is expected of it due to corruption.

“The ship is not heading towards the right direction. The NPP ship is not heading into the right direction and people are calling for change. The ordinary people are suffering”, he observed.

He explained that “I heard 18 factories commissioned under the One-District-One-Factory…we have 216 districts and you are telling us 18 have been commissioned?”

Mr. Wilson noted that “I spoke for Ghana prior to the 2016 elections but we were all deceived by the propaganda. We were deceived by the messages but I was campaigning for Ghana”.

He remarked, “I believe in Ghana. I believed what was happening in Ghana at the time was not good”.

Source: 3news.com

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Woman found dead at Okorase, police suspects murder

Police in the Eastern Region have begun investigations into the death of a young woman whose body was found lying in the streets of Okorase near Koforidua on Tuesday.

According to sources, the deceased, who is said to be a seamstress apprentice returned home from work to take her bath and left to town only for her to be found dead on Tuesday morning.

Speaking to Citi News, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, said the police is yet to make an arrest in connection with the alleged murder.

“Police received information this morning that the body of a middle-aged woman has been found lying in the street at Domeabra a suburb of Okorase. We proceeded to the crime scene to verify the information and saw the body of the woman”.

“Preliminary investigations indicate the lady was a seamstress apprentice at Okorase, and that she came home to eat and take her bath, after which she left home last night only for her body to be found dead this morning”

“We have processed the crime scene with pictures taken and the body has since been deposited at the Koforidua Central hospital for autopsy and further examinations as we speed up investigations into the incident”.

DSP Ebenezer Tetteh added that “we are yet to make an arrest, even though we have picked up some signals. I will use this opportunity to call on residents in and around Okorase to volunteer information that will help our Investigations”.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Legal Council tightens rules against lawyers who misbehave

The Chief Justice, Ms Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo on Friday said the General Legal Council (GLC) would continue to tighten the rules against lawyers who misconduct themselves.

“I must emphasize that, the GLC will not spare any lawyer who commits professional misconduct, we have tightened and will continue to tighten the rules,” she stated.

She has therefore tasked lawyers to take their Professional Code of Ethics extremely seriously and avoid a brush with the law to ensure that disciplinary or criminal prosecution were not instituted against them.

The Chief Justice was speaking at the 56th Enrolment of 279 lawyers at a ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Justice Sophia Akuffo announced that the GLC has now decided to revert to a two-year programme for the Professional Law Course (PLC), in order to ensure a quality outcome.

She explained that the PLC, which was changed to one year in the classroom and six-month internship, brought untold hardship on both students and lecturers.

The Chief Justice congratulated the newly qualified lawyers saying that; “You have earned the right to be called lawyers and I officially welcome you into the legal profession and I congratulate each of you for coming out of your studies with flying colours”.

Ms Sophia Akuffo told the newly qualified lawyers that the avenues for practicing law had become more diverse and as result lawyers were needed in all spheres of life.

According to her lawyers were needed in churches, traditional councils, banking and investments, politics, academia, diplomacy among others.

“Indeed wherever there is human activity, there is the need for the guiding hand of a lawyer,” she stressed.

However the Chief Justice said where these lawyers found themselves, the values expected of them remained the same, adding that, “the hall marks of a good lawyer include integrity, honesty, hard work, punctuality and strict attention to details.”

The Chief Justice, who is also the Chairperson of the General Legal Council, urged the newly enrolled lawyers to plan their future well and acquire the necessary skills through what she described as “faithful pupilage”.

“A new lawyer starts at the bottom of the professional filed. In view of that, mistakes are almost inevitable. But do not let that discourage you.

“Many successful lawyers in the early years of their career did make mistake, but quickly learnt from them, so make sure you learn from your mistake. Have a teachable and learning attitude,” she said.

According to the Chief Justice, it was important that the lawyers also aspired to emulate great legal luminaries such as the late V.C.R.A.C Crabbe, who distinguished himself on both local and international scenes and left behind a legacy for the country when it comes to Legislative Drafting.

She further urged them to put their client interest first and be an asset to society.

Mr Jainie Jainie Agovi was adjudged the best all-round performance in the Professional Law Examinations; Mr Louis Boakye was awarded the best student in Civil Procedure, as well as the best in Law Practice Management and Legal.

Mr Charles Amoh, was adjudged the best student in Criminal Procedure; Ms Bertha Asumah Yeboah was adjudged best students in Law of Evidence, and Mr Senam Kalitsi was adjudged the best student in Advocacy and Legal Ethics.

Mr Kwasi Amoah Danso was decorated with the best students in Interpretation of Deeds and Statutes; and Ms Susie Quagraine, for Conveyancing and Drafting.

Ms Khadijah Nubalanang Jakali picked the best students in Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Maame Efua Addadzi-Koom, the best in Family Law and Practice.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

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UDS denies holding ‘sex party’ for students

Management of the Nyankpala Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has denied media reports suggesting that a “sex party” has taken place on the premises of the University.

According to the Dean of Students Dr. Adu Gyamfi, the said party was an event organised by the Students Representative Council (SRC) to welcome first year students to school.

He said at the event, some photos were taken while the students, in a frenzy, danced to the popular hip life song “one corner” by Patapaa.

He said it was those photos which had gone viral on social media that has led to the said reports of a “sex party” on campus.

“You know how some people, especially the youth react to the “One Corner” song and it was in such frenzy that, those pictures which went viral were captured and cannot be said as a sex party” he said.

Dr Adu Gyamfi, therefore, described the reports as “fabricated and an attempt to tarnish the hard earned reputation of the University”.

“Jersey on Jeans”

Reacting to the reports, President of the SRC, Sadick Kilwa said the event, dubbed “Jersey on Jeans (JOJ)” was organised last Friday to welcome first year students to the school.

He alleged that, the pictures on social media were taken by some members of the various students’ religious groups on campus who use the venue as their place of worship and posted shared them on social media platforms, hence the misrepresentation.

Kilwa further explained that, the JOJ was an event where students wore their favourite football club Jerseys over jeans.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Nicholas Gborse of Bishop Herman College adjudged National Best Teacher

A teacher of Bishop Herman College, Kpando in the Volta Region has been adjudged as the National Best Teacher at the 2018 edition of the World Teachers Day.

Nicholas Mawunya Gborse walked away with the award which has been rebranded as the ‘Ghana Teacher Prize’.

He is expected to receive a 3-bedroom apartment and GH¢5000 endowment fund as his prize.

Speaking to Myjoyonline.com after the ceremony, a humbled Mr Gborse expressed his thanks to God for the recognition and prayed that others who are striving in their sectors would be noticed as well.

“…today might be my turn but tomorrow may be their turn,” he said.

Speaking on the process used to select him, Mr Gborse noted that the candidates were taken through rigorous interviews and shortlisting.

“They also went to our schools to interview teachers and students at random to assess the impact of our teaching on them. Besides that they interviewed people in the communities as well to know how we have impacted there,” he narrated.

“The purpose of the award is to raise the standard of teaching to meet international standards so that aspect was considered too,” he said. He added that he is a writer and also does a lot of radio interviews so that contributed to his success.

The History, Government and English master said he will use his endowment fund cash to establish an ICT centre in his home village, Adaklu in the Volta Region where the standard of living of the people is low, which affects education as well.

The centre will be furnished with computers and laptops and personnel to help the students appreciate the teaching of ICT practically.

Closely related to that, he intends to build an online platform where teachers can upload audio-visuals of the lessons for students to access after class

Besides that, Mr Gborse has a passion for promoting girls in technical education and intends to use part of his cash prize to fund same.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, noted that the government is bent on improving the standards of teaching and that has informed the introduction of the licensing of teachers.

Besides that, the government is converting all the Colleges of Education to University Colleges, which will make a Bachelor’s Degree the minimum qualification to be a teacher in the public sector.

| Myjoyonline.com| Oswald K Azumah|

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‘Board allowance increased by 729%’ – Workers want PMMC MD sacked

Workers of Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) have called on the President Akuffo-Addo to remove the CEO of the company.

The aggrieved workers cited Opare Hammond’s bad human relations, misappropriation of company funds and several others allegations as the reasons they want him booted out.

On Thursday, they beseeched the offices of the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) saying the former Director of Finance and Administration of the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) poor management style could lead to the collapse of the company.

The secretary for the Ghana Mineworkers Union, Agnes Ayitey, who spoke to Joy News said, “the staff of PMMC have harboured irregularities for a long time.”

She complained that Mr Hammond “does not follow proper administrative procedures and at the moment the company does not know who is a staff and who is not”.

She further alleged that Mr Hammond has raised the board allowances to 729% while the staff takes only 12% increment.

“The CEO does not work with his management staff,” she stated adding there was an instance he assaulted an auditor and subsequently sacked him.

According to Mrs Ayitey, the CEO has adopted a Machiavellian tactic which he employs in his divide and rule management of the company.

She explained that he talks only to those who give him information on happenings among the employees.

“When a gold buyer comes to get a license now, the person is charged ¢7000 but is issued with a receipt of ¢5000; where is the GH?2000?” she quizzed.

The secretary of the Mineworkers Union also questioned why the company now has 33 security guards who are being paid more instead of the usual 13.

But embattled CEO told Joy News’ Joseph Ackah-Blay that he is shocked by the actions of the workers.

According to Mr Hammond, since he took over as the Chief Executive he has tried his best to work closely with all the staff.

He assured Joy News that he and his team will release a statement to tell their side of the stories and respond to all the allegations levelled against him.

A petition is to be presented to the chairman of the Ghana Mineworkers Union to be forwarded to the management of the company.

Joy News’ Justice Baidoo who was present at the main office of PMMC said the workers refused to work until they get substantial feedback from the Union.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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COCOBOD CEO salary slashed by 30% – Gov’t rejects Minority overspending claim

The government has shot down the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) claims of overspending by the COCOBOD.

Deputy Agriculture Minister, Kennedy Osei Nyarko at a press conference Thursday stated that the claims of increasing administrative cost at the cocoa price regulating board by NDC Parliamentarian for Bia East, are not factual.

He stated that in fact, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD is receiving 30% less salary than what his predecessor, the embattled Stephen Opuni received under the erstwhile NDC government.

“I can tell you that the Board decided to reduce the salary of the Chief Executive by 30% because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government thought it was not proper at the time COCOBOD was going through financial crisis…to keep the salary of the CEO at that level,” Mr Nyarko told the media.

“For the past three years, nobody at COCOBOD has had an increase in salary. So it tells you the commitment of the government that some administration cost is brought down in order not to affect other sectors,” he added.

The Deputy Minister was responding to claims by the Minority in Parliament that the government has grown insensitive to the plight of the cocoa farmer.

Bia East MP, Richard Acheampong accused COCOBOD of refusing to increase the producer price for cocoa and rather increasing administrative cost.

“Why increase the administrative cost for those sitting in air conditioners at the headquarters when the poor cocoa farmers who produce the cocoa for them to enjoy those things are not rewarded,” Mr Acheampong quizzed.

Mr Acheampong, who is a member of Parliament’s Finance Committee has argued that the farmers were expecting at least GH¢500 and being paid some benefits in kind so government must do better.

His comments followed the Agric minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto’s announcement on Monday that government will maintain the price of each bag of cocoa at GH¢475.

Addressing these concerns, the Deputy Minister explained that the government will have to cough out about GH¢1.3 billion to increase the producer price.

He explained that although the price of cocoa has appreciated on the world market, that increase is a marginal 6%.

The 6% is marginal because according to the Deputy Minister, as at the time the NDC was leaving office in 2016, price of cocoa was $2,950 per tonne. This according to him has however plummeted to $1,917 per tonne.

The Deputy Minister said per that reduction on the world market, the producer price should have been reduced but the NPP government declined to do so.

“We spent GH¢ 2 billion to cushion the farmers,” he said. He added the government is therefore constricted from spending extra GH¢1.3 billion to increase the price again.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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NABCO: 90,000 applicants accept placements

 

The Ministry of Information has revealed that 90,000 applicants of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) Programme have accepted their placement in all seven modules of the programme across the country.

The placed applicants, the Ministry said have subsequently submitted their letters of acceptance.

A post by the Ministry of Information on Twitter added that in all 100,000 graduates are expected to be enrolled onto the programme for the first year and will be on the programme for three years.

Ministry of Information@moigovgh

90,000 applicants of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) Programme have accepted their placement in all seven modules of the programme across the country.

Ministry of Information@moigovgh

Chief Executive Officer of NABCO, Dr. Ibrahim Anyars speaks about how NABCO, an initiative of the Akufo-Addo government is addressing graduate unemployment in Ghana.

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Revealed: Martin Amidu’s letter to Attorney General before his public outburst

It appears the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu decided to go public with his plights after internal structures he used to have his problems resolved failed.

citinewsroom.com has sighted a letter dated September 10, 2018, written by Martin Amidu and addressed to the Chief of Staff, copied to the Attorney General, Finance Minister and the Chairpersons of the Special Prosecutor’s Governing Board.

Portions of the letter were first made public on Joy FM’s News File programme over the weekend, by the Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr.

In the full letter available to citinewsroom.com, Martin Amidu catalogued his concerns including having a “small” and “inadequate office accommodation” for his 13-member staff.

He also complained about lack of subsidiary legislation to regulate the office as well as other logistical and human resources challenges.

Mr. Amidu at a forum last week publicly spoke about his challenges for the first time, seven months after being sworn into office.

He said Ghanaians are expecting more from his office, and yet he lacks the things needed to make his office run efficiently and effectively.

“As at the time of writing this letter, there are thirteen officers including the Special Prosecutor, the Deputy Special Prosecutor and four persons from the Jubilee House forming the staff of this office.”

“The office accommodation is woefully inadequate with the Deputy Special Prosecutor, Secretary, Chief Accountant not having room for their respective secretariats. Indeed, every officer currently uses the private secretary to the special prosecutor for the discharge of their official duties. The office is yet to figure out how to accommodate and service the three detectives [assigned to the office of the Special Prosecutor] when they report for duty,” he stated in a letter.

Source: citinewsroom.com

Below is the letter Mr. Amidu wrote complaining about his challenges:

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Groom crushed to death en route to wedding reception

What was supposed to be a joyful moment for a newly wedded couple last Sunday turned tragic when the groom was crushed to death en route to his wedding reception.
The couple, Disu Kamaru and Janatil Firdaws Yakubu, are said to have blessed their marriage in Takoradi last Saturday in accordance with Islamic practice and were in Accra Sunday for a post wedding party.The post wedding celebrations was to take place at the Africana Guest House, opposite the TF Hostel at Atomic Junction.

However, on their way to the venue, a vehicle trying to overtake another vehicle run into theirs at Madina.The couple were rushed to the Legon Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival, while the bride is said to be receiving treatment at the same hospital.

BY: Graphic.com.gh

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