Police Service promotions between 2008 and 2016 were politically motivated – COP Mensah

COP Alex George Mensah, the police service’s current director of operations, told the ad hoc committee investigating the leaked audio on the attempt to depose IGP Dr. George Akufo-Addo that promotion in the service between 2008 and 2016 was politically motivated.

He said that some police personnel promoted during these times did so because the NDC was in power.

According to him, his promotion was delayed for more than 8 years, and it required the NPP government to elevate him.

He further said that the present IGP was promoted to Commissioner solely because the NDC was in power, rather than because he earned it.

His remarks elicited a response from Vice Chair of the Committee James Agalga, who called his statements untrue.

He disagreed with the allegations and requested that the Committee make an exception.

The Chairman’s counsel, Atta Akyea, responded, stating the officer’s comments were his personal perspective and did not reflect the genuine situation of promotions in the military.

When asked if his promotion was because his party, the NPP, was in power, he stated that he was promoted because he was due.

He emphasised that promotion under the NDC is usually politically influenced, but it is not the same as in the NPP.

Source: Ghana Web

GEPA honours Gifty Kafui Kamassah as 2023 Volta Regional Woman Icon

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has honoured Mrs Gifty Kafui Kamassah, the Executive Director of Maphlix Trust Ghana Limited, as the 2023 Volta Regional Woman Icon.

Maphlix Trust Ghana Limited is an agribusiness company that is into the cultivation and exportation of fresh vegetables to the European market and beyond.

The Authority, in a citation presented to Mrs Kamassah, said the honour was in recognition of her extraordinary efforts in the world of agribusiness and international trade.

The citation was presented by Dr Afua Asabea Asare, the Chief Executive Officer of GEPA in Ho, during the opening ceremony of the Women Icon Regional Exhibition programme.

The citation said Mrs Kamassah’s diverse contributions to Ghana’s entrepreneurship push, social responsibility and women empowerment, culminated into her being christened as the agribusiness trailblazer in the Volta region.

It said as one of the driving forces behind Maphlix Trust Ghana Limited, Mrs Kamassah led the production and export of fresh vegetables to Europe and beyond, redefining the possibilities of agribusiness on a global scale.

‘Beyond your business acumen, you empower women with essential agricultural skills, including innovative cassava processing techniques, effective agricultural practices, income generation skills and adherence to health and safety standards on and off the field.

‘The Board and Management of Ghana Export Promotion Authority is privileged to honor you as ‘GEPAs Woman Icon’ of the Volta Region for 2023,’ it said.

Mrs Kamassah, receiving the citation, expressed appreciation to the Authority for the honour and recognition of her work as well as contribution in the export sector.

She said her current position placed more responsibilities on her to work harder in contributing to the export industry and promoting made-in-Ghana products.

Mrs Kamassah said women played key role in enhancing the socio-economic development of the country and that the women icon regional exhibition was a good initiative for businesswomen to market their products.

GEPA, in November last year, launched an initiative dubbed ‘Women Icon Regional Exhibition,’ promoted by female iconic figures across the country, to showcase made-in-Ghana products and services, produced by women-owned enterprises.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nottingham Forest are a big club – Ghanaian Callum Hudson-Odoi

English player of Ghanaian descent, Callum Hudson-Odoi is filled with excitement as he embarks on a new journey with Nottingham Forest after signing from Chelsea on deadline day.

Hudson-Odoi, who made 126 appearances for Chelsea and was part of the Champions League-winning squad in 2021, is ready to make his mark at his new club.

Forest’s latest addition has committed to a three-year deal and will wear the No14 shirt. Speaking about his move, Hudson-Odoi expressed his eagerness to begin this new chapter in his career.

“It’s massive for me to be here, and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a new chapter for me,” Hudson-Odoi stated with enthusiasm. “I know a couple of the boys already, which was a big thing for me, and I obviously know the manager well, so it’s nice to be here and see familiar faces around.”

Recognising Nottingham Forest as a prestigious club with a rich history, he added, “Forest are a big club that won two massive trophies [the European Cup], and I’m really excited to play at the City Ground.”

“I know all about the atmosphere having watched a couple of times and I can’t wait to get playing in front of the Forest fans.”

The 22-year-old was born in London to Ghanaian parents. He has featured for England youth teams but he remains on the radar of Ghana.

Source: Ghana Web

Kogi Guber: APC National Chairman Targets 99% Support, Electoral Victory

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Umar Ganduje, has tasked the citizens of Kogi State to give the party nothing less than 99 per cent support and electoral victory in the State’s forthcoming November 11 Governorship Election.

Ganduje gave the charge on Saturday while addressing party members and supporters at the official inauguration of the party’s National and State Campaign Councils for the November 11 Governorship Election.

The national chairman said that Kogi was a traditional APC State and so believed that the people would come all out to cast their votes solely for APC entrenchment of good governance.

“Today we are officially inaugurating the State campaign committee that will join hands with the national campaign committee and the local government areas campaign committees to ensure victory at the polls.

“You have tested good governance from Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration and, as a party, we hope to do more with our flagbearer, Alhaji Usman Ododo, once elected into office.

“Ododo is your son, whom you know very well as a very loyal and hardworking person that is ready to serve you and the state in the capacity of governor.

“We are expecting nothing less than 99 per cent victory votes from the people of Kogi in this forthcoming November 11 governorship election,” he said.

He told the residents that President Bola Tinubu had promised to support the State in providing an enabling environment required for a peaceful and credible conduct of the governorship election.

Also, Alhaji Yahaya Bello gave assurance that the citizens of Kogi were all ready to cast their votes for the APC, given the choice of a credible and articulate candidate in the person of Ododo.

Usman Ododo, the APC Kogi State governorship flagbearer.

“Alh Usman Ododo, the APC governorship flagbearer, is politically well-groomed, with the needed experience and competence, to lead Kogi to the next level of its development.

“Here in Kogi, we are of the belief that with Ododo as my successor, he will leverage on my performances to turn around the fortunes of the State to greater heights,” said Governor Bello.

Governor Yahaya Bello

The governor said that all that was needed was for all residents to rally round the APC and Ododo on November 11 for total victory “since we don’t have any serious opposition party posing any challenge or threat to our success here in Kogi.”

Ododo, the APC flag bearer, shortly after being presented with the party’s flag, with his deputy, Oyibo Salifu, thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Bello, and the entire party members in Kogi for their support and encouragement.

He expressed the hope to build on the enduring legacies of Governor Bello, especially in the area of security, education, health and agriculture to bring about the State’s desired growth and development, if elected on November 11.

Both the Kogi State and National Gubernatorial Campaign Councils were inaugurated by the APC national chairman.

While Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, heads the national campaign Council, the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello heads the State campaign council.

In his acceptance speech, Abiodun pledged his council’s commitment and resilience to work with the Governor Yahaya Bello-led State campaign council to conduct a vigorous and peaceful campaign that would attract the opposition to supporting the APC and its flagbearer for outright victory.

Source: Voice of Nigeria

Graduate unemployment eroding the hope of young people

Dr Beth Offei-Awuku, the President of Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), has disclosed that only about 10 per cent of all University graduates gain employment in the public service annually.

She said this had left many graduates to wallow in a mental frame of hopelessness.

Dr Offei-Awuku who made the disclosure at the national launch of Raising Next Professionals Initiative (RNPI) said, ‘it is disheartening we even have an association for unemployed graduates.’

RNPI is a programme by GAUA to expose public school children to various professional areas in a creative and interactive way.

It also aimed at providing access to seasoned professionals to facilitate career counseling activities within the catchment areas of the various Member Universities.

‘This narrative is unfortunate and bad for a country whose focus among others is to bring secondary education to every single Ghanaian,’ Dr Offei-Awuku said.

She said by the RNPI, GAUA would restore hope and vision to average public-school pupils and groom them to become future leaders with critical thinking skills and abilities.

‘This will help break this crippling mentality of graduate unemployment,’ she asserted.

She said education was to give people skills needed to innovate, create and start any trade or enterprise of their choice and to excel in their professions.

The President said it was unfortunate that public school children who were educated and groomed for the various careers were disengaged from professionals of their dream occupations.

She said GAUA as a unique mix of senior University Administrators and professionals including specialists and consultants, would act as role models by building the needed mentoring relationships with public school children, with the rolling out of the Initiative.

Dr Offei-Awuku stated that GAUA would put at the disposal of every public-school senior administrator and professionals from public Universities to assist with career day activities, counselling, modelling and mentoring, among others.

On the decline of professional ethics and integrity, she said the Ghana Integrity and public survey statistics, showed that the country lost a whooping amount of GHC5 billion to bribes and various forms of corrupt cash practices in 2021.

The President noted that GAUA through the Initiative would partner the Ghana Education Service to help raise ethical professionals who would help reduce bribery and corruption in the country.

She intimated that GAUA through the RNPI was in a strategic position to provide expertise, experience and research-based consultations on career, cognitive and conceptual gaps of Senior High School students to the Ghana Education Service.

Mr Charles Kugbeadzor, the Head Teacher of the Adaklu Kodzobi District Assembly Basic School, which was adopted by the UHAS chapter of GAUA, said the focus of the institution was to ensure the holistic development of the pupils.

He was hopeful that through the Initiative the pupils would not only be equipped with knowledge and skills but also gain the confidence and clarity to pursue their dreams.

Togbe Dzegblade IV, the Chief of the community, was full of praise for GAUA, especially the UHAS chapter, for selecting his community’s school and assured that he and his subjects would collaborate with the Association to achieve their aim.

GAUA is made up of administrators from about 16 public Universities in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Okraku Mantey must be up and doing – Natty Borax

Enterprising lyricist Natty Borax has charged Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mark Okraku Mantey and other stake holders to be up and doing.

To Borax, the once vibrant Okraku Mantey has been dormant since he assumed the ministerial position and therefore should be up to the task.

He said in an interview that the lackadaisical attitude of the Deputy Minister and key figures like Bice Osei Kuffour (Obuor) has created a huge gap between Ghana and Nigeria in the music industry.

The beleaguered artist said ” …l think Okraku Mantey is sleeping, he should be up and doing. He has all it takes by way of expertise and contacts to push our industry to the pedestal but he has been dormant since he became a Minister.”

The dreadlocked musician added ” Obuor in like manner was a serious advocate until recently, he is now the CEO of Ghana Post, which is not a bad idea but he is not the the Obuor we knew some time past. They should up their games.”

Source: Ghana Web

I regret my secret conversation with Buguri Naabu – COP Mensah

Mr Alex George Mensah, a Commissioner of Police and a witness in the ongoing probe of an alleged secret recording plot to remove Dr George Akuffo Dampare, IGP from office, says he regretted his secret conversation with Mr Daniel Bugri Naanu, a former Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party.

When asked during a public hearing if the Commissioner of Police (COP) Mensah had any regrets following the leaked audio, he responded in the affirmative.

He said: ‘Honestly, yes, because I thought I was speaking to a well-respected confidential friend. I didn’t know that I was just speaking to such a person who would record our conversation,’ he told Parliament’s bi-partisan Committee on Friday.

On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, a leaked audio recording, allegedly involving a Police Commissioner and a politician discussing a plot to remove Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dampare from office came into public.

Consequently, the Minority Caucus in Parliament called for a probe into the leaked tape.

Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, constituted a seven-member bi-partisan Committee to probe the secret recording of an alleged plot to remove Dr Dampare, IGP from office ahead of the 2024 general election.

The Committee, which has up to September 10 2023 to report back to the House, is made up of three members each from the Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, and a technical person.

Mr Naabu also the Paramount Chief of Namong in the North East Region in the Mamprugu Kingdom during his appearance at the public hearing by the Committee cited three Police officers as engaging in the conversation.

Three Police officers, Commissioner of Police, George Alex Mensah, Superintendent George L. Asare and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi were cited by Mr Naabu, a former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, as the ones he engaged in the conversation with at his office in Osu.

Meanwhile, COP Mensah, also a former Director General in charge of Technical, Ghana Police Service, in his Thursday, August 31 and Friday, September 1, 2023 appearances before the Committee denied the authenticity of the audio.

He alleged that IGP Dampare leaked the tape and as such had the original copy.

The committee is chaired by Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South with Mr James Agalga, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Builsa North as the Vice-Chairman.

It has Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah, NPP MP for Okaikwei Central; Madam Ophelia Mensah, NPP MP for Mfantseman; Mr Eric Opoku, NDC MP for Asunafo South and Mr Peter Lanchene Tuobu, NDC MP for Wa West as members of the Committee.

While Dr Isaac Lartey Annang, a lawyer and a human rights activist, is a technical person appointed by Mr Bagbin.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Plot to oust IGP: There are patterns of lies in COP Mensah’s confessions – Security Analyst

Security Analyst, Adams Bonah, has raised concerns over what he perceives as inconsistencies and a pattern of lies in the testimonies of Commissioner of Police (COP) George Alex Mensah.

COP Alex Mensah was the former Director of Operations in the Ghana Police Service and one of the names mentioned by Bugri Naabu as one of the faces behind the voices in the leaked tape to oust the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare from office.

During his appearance before the investigative committee, COP Mensah initially said the audio was doctored and he was uncertain about the source and content of the audio.

However, in his subsequent statements, he admitted to the authenticity of the voice on the tape.

Reacting to this, Adam Bonah indicated that the inconsistency in the confession shows a pattern of lies in what COP Mensah said.

“When they put it to him that they could play his own voice back to him, he told them that he didn’t say them from his mind the previous day. And so, what I am saying is that you can see a pattern of lies from the COP.

“In one way he admitted that is his voice, then yesterday he actually said it sounds like his voice. So, then you see the inconsistencies and the lack of flow. His inability to sustain a conversation every now and then. His lawyer also didn’t help him, you could see he was not very understanding with these answers,” he said.

Adam Bonah also noted that COP Mensah appeared ill-prepared during his initial testimony, displaying confusion and hesitation in his responses.

He contrasted this with Bugri Naabu’s demeanour during his testimony, describing the former Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as relaxed and forthcoming.

“In the two days of testimonies by COP Mensah and the other day of testimony by Bugri Naabu, you can see how relaxed Bugri Naabu was in giving his testimonies.

“On the first day, you can see how the COP took things. He was a little bit confused, and he appeared he didn’t know whether to say a yes or a no to some of the questions he was being asked. He was not forthcoming with answers on the first day.

He continued “On the second day, you saw bitterness in him, you saw confusion, tension and at a point he said some of the things he said, he didn’t say them from his mind,” the expert added.

Source: Ghana Web