We don’t trust EC, we’ll go into 2024 elections with our own referee – Mahama


Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has urged stakeholders in the country, including the Electoral Commission, to ensure that the December 7th, 2024 Presidential and Parliamentary elections are conducted freely and fairly.

Delivering a public lecture at Christian Service University in Kumasi as part of the university’s 50th anniversary on the theme ‘Sustainability of Democracy in Africa: The Ghanaian Experience,’ the former President said, ‘Disputed elections, as witnessed in other African countries, have triggered civil unrest resulting in loss of human lives. So, elections have the potential to disrupt peace, which is why we emphasize that elections must be transparent, free, and fair.’

The former President further explained that if elections can be free and fair, there is a need for a fair arbitrator who is not a partisan referee and will be fair, transparent, and neutral between the political parties.

He said, ‘Dr. Afari Gyan was the electoral commissioner with se
veral deputies, and he conducted several elections. Up till today, Dr. Afari Gyan is respected as one of the best electoral commissioners in the whole of Africa. Charlotte Osei was appointed by me as the electoral commissioner, yet the elections that she supervised, I lost. This points to the need for fairness and non-partisanship. Up till today, the NPP describes the election as the best and fairest election that has ever been held.’

The NDC flagbearer explained that they are not accusing the Electoral Commission for nothing, stressing that in the 2020 elections, many things went wrong on the part of the Electoral Commission, which must be avoided in the upcoming elections.

‘There were several issues raised and reiterated about the Electoral Commission not being as neutral as expected. Indeed, it must be true that this government concocted reasons to remove three electoral commissioners and replaced them with people of their choice who are known for their NPP credentials,’ he said.

He added that even thou
gh the President has the right to appoint, the President must ensure that the people he appoints are not openly known to be affiliated with any political party, which this President did not care about.

‘People who were patrons of TESCON are today sitting as electoral commissioners. If you go to the Bono region and ask about one of the deputy commissioners, Appiagyei, he was their elections director, IT director, and a communication member. Who do you expect such a person to be neutral in his work?’ he asked.

Speaking on the day-to-day running of the Electoral Commission and national election activities, Mahama accused the Electoral Commission of demonstrating total bias against the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

‘This Electoral Commission has demonstrated that the commissioner cannot be neutral in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. A commissioner said the NDC is the most serious existential threat to Ghana’s democracy, and he is still a commissioner. How do you expect so
mebody like that to conduct a free and fair election? So, despite the adversity, the Electoral Commission will do its best to prove me wrong in this election.’

After justifying his claims, the former President said the NDC is not asking the Electoral Commission to rig the elections for them.

‘We are just asking them to conduct a free and fair election for the country and let the will of Ghanaians prevail. That’s all we are looking for. But as Azumah Nelson said, this time we are going into the elections with our own referee. We will knock down the NPP to the level that the Electoral Commission can never overturn the results for the NPP,’ Mahama assured.

Source: Ghana Web

Adakabre releases snippet of a 1-hour interview of late Labianca CEO


Broadcaster Adakabre Frimpong Manso has aired the first three-and-half minutes of an audio recording of the late Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Labianca Company Limited, Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh.

In the audio, aired on the Wednesday, June 19, 2024, edition of his programme on Neat FM, the late businesswoman shared details of her journey to becoming a multimillionaire frozen foods importer from a humble beginning as a pure water seller at the Tema Harbour.

“I went to the harbour in 1978 as an iced water seller. In our time, there was nothing like ‘Slay Queen,’ so you had to work hard. I am the type that likes living; I was born with it, so I tried to work in order to cater to my lifestyle.

“After completing my education, I went to the harbour and served traders coming from Kumasi, Dunkwa, Nkawkaw, and others. I was named ‘Small Girl’ due to my size,” she stated.

She noted that at the time, only the State Fisheries Company and Mankoadze Fisheries Limited were importing frozen foods into the co
untry.

Through diligence, Madam Asomah-Hinneh said she learned a lot about the business and later had the opportunity to travel abroad, where she built contacts.

“I didn’t stay long; I returned to continue working at the harbour. I didn’t come to hurt anyone. I traveled with the objective of searching for suppliers, so when I returned, I knew what I was coming to do – I met fish suppliers and chicken suppliers,” she stated.

She revealed that her journey into entrepreneurship brought her challenges in the form of instigated media attacks.

“I started experiencing troubles a little after I began working. The trials I went through were that I would get up one day, and I had been handed over to a newspaper to be dealt with. I went through tribulation for 13 years.

“Sometimes, I was compelled to ask myself whether I should stop the work or continue. But I also realized the business was booming because of the quality of products my suppliers were bringing me,” she stated before Adakabre ended the broadcast of t
he tape.

Last week, Adakabre announced that he would release portions of the said recording.

He stated that the audio is from an interview conducted with Eunice Buah in August 2023.

He recounted that on the day in question, he was at home when he received a call from Eunice Buah, who requested a meeting at her residence.

Adakabre complied with the late businesswoman’s request to arrive without his car.

Upon reaching Eunice Buah’s home, the Neat FM broadcaster claims he was escorted to her bedroom, where she confided in him and recounted various events for over an hour.

After the recording session, Adakabre asserts that Eunice Buah instructed him not to broadcast the tape but to retain it until after her passing.

Following the businesswoman’s death on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, Adakabre expressed his uncertainty about what to do with the audio he had safeguarded since then.

Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh, the proprietor of Labianca Company Limited, a major frozen food importer in West Africa, passed
away on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

A report by citinewsroom.com stated that Eunice Buah, a Western Regional representative on the Council of State, succumbed to a brief illness.

Additional reports suggest that she had recently returned to Ghana after receiving medical treatment overseas.

Source: Ghana Web

Excavator operator robbed of GHS35,000 at gunpoint at Obuasi


A 33-year-old excavator operator, Agya Owusu Ansah has been robbed of his cash and other valuables amounting to 35,000 Ghana cedis at Dadwen, near Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.

According to a police situational report sighted by MyNewsGh.com, the victim while asleep in his room, suddenly woke up and saw six (6) masked men, with three (3) wielding guns, pointing at him.

The other three (3) tied him up with ropes and robbed him of his cash the sum of GhS30,000, together with a Samsung ‘A15′ mobile phone valued at GhS1,850.00 and an Infinix Spark ’19’ mobile phone valued at GhS1,400.00.

The victim suspects one of the six who robbed him as being the mastermind of the robbery.

Source: Ghana Web

86,000 passports uncollected – Osafo-Maafo laments


Senior Presidential Advisor, Yaw Osafo-Maafo has expressed concern about the huge numbers of uncollected passports at the various passport centres in the country.

Speaking during an Update on Results Achieved Under the Public Sector Reform Project, the Senior Presidential Advisor revealed that a total of 86,000 passports remain uncollected, a situation he describes as problematic.

‘We are faced with a problem that we ourselves don’t understand. A number of people do not come to collect the passport. People are so anxious and do whatever they can to get the passport but after they have gone through to produce the passport they don’t come to collect it.

“These centers have these uncollected passports. Takoradi alone has 8,000, Cape Coast has 8,696, Accra has 19,500 passports uncollected.

“Because we subsidize the production of these passports – we are printing for people at about $4.00 when we should be printing them for $100. So it means the subsidy of all these passports is locked up capital of government
.’

The former Minster for Finance described government’s investments in all these subsidized passport as a big problem.

‘We did a quick count this morning and found out that we have a total of about 86,000 passports uncollected,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

NGO builds capacity of smallholder women farmers on access to marketing opportunities

The Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM), a gender-focused organisation in collaboration with ActionAid Ghana, has trained leaders of smallholder women farmers’ groups in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region on access to marketing opportunities for their farm produce.

The leaders, drawn from 10 communities of the district, were equipped with ways they could create a market for their farm produce, take advantage of technology to market their produce and adopt best agricultural practices to maintain soil fertility for high yields.

They were also taken through a variety of seeds available and adaptable to their soil, as well as other agriculture projects at their disposal that they could benefit from, including access to farm input.

The training formed part of the Green Economy project aimed at promoting food security and climate change resilience.

Ms Nancy Awinbisa Amiziah, the Project Officer, WOM, said the sensitisation became necessary following concerns by the smallholder farmers over their lack o
f information about high-yielding crops and market opportunities for their products.

‘We work with these women groups, and during one of our meetings with them last year, it came out that most of them do not have information on which crops were in high demand and readily available for the market, and so they end up producing crops that they find it difficult to sell,’ she stated.

This, she said, coupled with the fact that the women had limited access to land and considering how they could maximise those lands to get higher yields to support their families and earn income for themselves, occasioned the collaborations of the two organisations to help them make informed decisions.

‘The main aim is to inform them about cropping, and that is why we have organised this training in this period of the season so that the women would know whatever crops they should go for to enable them to make profit out of their produce to support their families,’ she added.

Mr Matthew Sulemana, the Talensi District Director of t
he Department of Agriculture, reiterated that his outfit was open to assisting the farmers reach a larger market and urged them to reach out for assistance.

He also emphasised that agriculture projects, including the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs, the Ghana Landscape Restoration and Small Scale Mining project, and the Food System Resilience project, were there to benefit smallholder farmers and encourage them to take advantage.

Madam Beatrice Saa, the President of the Upper East Regional Widows Network and Leader of the Wakii Women Group, said the training had exposed her to a lot of things she was unaware of and would be beneficial to her and the members of her group.

She, however, bemoaned that access to land and tractor services were major problems affecting their farming activities.

‘As women, we don’t have access to good land. Last year, for instance, I wanted to farm, and they gave me an outer place where monkeys are, so the monkeys, together with cattle destroyed my crops,’ she said.

So
urce: Ghana News Agency

ACFE Ghana to host second annual fraud conference in Accra

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Ghana Chapter is to host its second national fraud conference to improve awareness on the need to effectively collaborate and build resilient systems to fight fraud and corruption.

The Conference, scheduled for 11 to 13 September, in Accra, will engage distinguished speakers, array of experts, thought leaders and practitioners from various sectors, both local and international, who will share their experiences and insights on creating robust systems and practices that uphold integrity.

Speaking at a Media Launch of the event in Accra, Dr Rebecca Lomo, President of ACFE Ghana, noted that the Conference aimed to foster a culture of integrity and resilience against the treacherous threats of fraud and corruption that continued to challenge Ghana’s institutions and the whole Nation.

She said resilient systems would protect Ghana against fraud, adding that ‘the people who should execute and manage the systems should have high integrity, and integrity means hon
esty, it means be committed to ensure that the right things are done.’

The event, which is to be held at the Accra International Conference Centre, will also feature insightful keynote addresses, interactive workshops, and panel discussions designed to equip participants with cutting-edge strategies, tools and how to engage the assistance of artificial Intelligence to prevent, detect and combat fraud.

Emerging financial crime trends and its impact on the economy, the challenges of Cyber Security and Data Integrity, use of artificial intelligence (AI), its impact on business processes, ethical issues of use of AI and addressing its challenges, Fraud Risks Management and investigation, Whistle blower’s protection, Re-imagined internal Auditing in the digital age, Navigating Uncertainty: Business Continuity role in advancing ESG Goals.

The Conference is on the theme: ‘Elevating Integrity: Building a Fraud and Corruption Resilient Future.’

Dr Lomo anticipated that the event would provide a unique platform for
networking and the exchange of ideas among professionals dedicated to the fight against fraud and corruption, saying, these interactions will strengthen Ghana’s collective efforts and foster new partnerships that are crucial for driving systemic change.

Commissioner of Police (COP) Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Executive Director of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) also underscored the need for law enforcement agencies to collaborate effectively in addressing fraud related issues.

She said fraud and corruption were pervasive issues, which posed significant threats to stability and integrity of organizations, adding that they further undermined economic stability, erode public trust and sustainable development.

‘As we gather here today, we are reminded that fraud is a constantly evolving threat, it requires our collective efforts to stay ahead of the fraudsters and protect the integrity of our institutions.’

Mr John Awuah, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Association of Bankers, said in the f
ight against fraud it was extremely important to address ethical issues.

He mentioned that a report released by the Bank of Ghana indicated that of all the fraud related issues that occurred within the banking system about 50 per cent of these cases had to do with internal staff who were tagged as accomplices.

Mr Awuah said the fight against fraud and corruption must be a national priority and Ghana needed to invest in systems and controls that would aid in the prevention of fraud.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We will go into 2024 elections with our referee – Mahama


The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has urged stakeholders in the country, including the Electoral Commission (EC), to ensure that the December 7th, 2024 Presidential and Parliamentary elections are conducted in a free and fair manner.

Delivering a public lecture at Christian Service University in Kumasi as part of the university’s 50th anniversary on the theme ‘Sustainability of Democracy in Africa: The Ghanaian Experience,’ the former President said, ‘Disputed elections, as witnessed in other African countries, have triggered civil unrest resulting in loss of human lives. So, elections have the potential to disrupt peace, which is why we emphasize that elections must be transparent, free, and fair.’

The former President further explained that if elections can be free and fair, there is a need to have a fair arbitrator who is not a partisan referee and who will be fair, transparent, and neutral between the political parties.

He said, ‘Dr. Afari Gyan was the elec
toral commissioner with several deputies, and he conducted several elections. Up till today, Dr. Afari Gyan is respected as one of the best electoral commissioners in the whole of Africa. Charlotte Osei was appointed by me as the electoral commissioner, yet the elections that she supervised, I lost. This points to the need for fairness and non-partisanship. Up till today, the NPP describes the election as the best and fairest election that has ever been held.’

The NDC flag bearer explained that they are not accusing the Electoral Commission for nothing, stressing that in the 2020 elections, a lot of things went wrong on the part of the Electoral Commission, which must be avoided in the upcoming elections.

‘There were several issues raised and reiterated about the Electoral Commission not being as neutral as expected. Indeed, it must be true that this government concocted reasons to remove three electoral commissioners and replaced them with people of their choice who are known for their NPP credentials,’ he
said.

He added that even though the President has the right to appoint, the President must ensure that the people he appoints are not openly known to be affiliated with any political party, which this President did not care about.

‘People who were patrons of TESCON are today sitting as electoral commissioners. If you go to the Bono region and ask about one of the deputy commissioners, Appiagyei, he was their elections director, IT director, and a communication member. Who do you expect such a person to be neutral in his work?’ he asked.

Speaking on the day-to-day running of the Electoral Commission and national election activities, Mr. Mahama accused the Electoral Commission of demonstrating total bias against the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

‘This Electoral Commission has demonstrated that the commissioner cannot be neutral in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. A commissioner said the NDC is the most serious existential threat to Ghana’s democracy, and he is still a
commissioner. How do you expect somebody like that to conduct a free and fair election? So, despite the adversity, the Electoral Commission will do its best to prove me wrong in this election.’

After justifying his claims, the former President said the NDC is not asking the Electoral Commission to rig the elections for them.

‘We are just asking them to conduct a free and fair election for the country and let the will of Ghanaians prevail. That’s all we are looking for. But as Azumah Nelson said, this time we are going into the elections with our own referee. We will knock down the NPP to the level that the Electoral Commission can never overturn the results for the NPP,’ Mahama assured.

Source: Ghana Web

RTU’s relegation: Management is not to be blamed


Real Tamale United’s relegation from the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League has been a topic of much debate and speculation. However, the true reasons for their demotion have finally been unveiled, shedding light on the factors that have contributed to their downfall.

Relegations are a harsh reality in the world of sports, and no team is immune to the possibility of being demoted to a lower league.

One of the main reasons for RTU’s relegation is poor performance on the field. Despite their history of success in the past, the team has struggled to maintain their level of play in recent years. Their lackluster performance in key matches and their inability to secure crucial victories have ultimately led to their relegation.

Another factor that has contributed to RTU’s relegation is financial instability. Like many clubs, RTU relies on gate proceeds over the years and individual support to run the club.

However, poor financial management and a lack of investment in the team have left RTU struggling to stay afloat.
Without the necessary resources to strengthen their squad and support their players, the team has found it difficult to compete with other teams in the league.

RTU’s financial crisis became a thing of the past after the new CEO, Mr. Zakaria Safianu, fully took charge of the club not long ago.

According to reports, Mr. Zakaria has been the sole sponsor of the team even before being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Club.

He decided to come in and help the club at a time when the club was no longer in a position to travel and play their remaining matches in the second round of the betPawa Premier League.

His intervention has brought stability to the club, and many of its challenges were resolved, except for the players’ 6-month salary arrears. His arrangement with the club was not his responsibility to pay because those arrears span out of three administrations: notably, Mr. Kasim’s administration, Karim Star Boy’s administration, and Jawhari’s administration. Those 6-month salary arrears, acc
ording to my source, are being worked on by the current acting board chair of the club, Chief Pishigu Lana, before the players boycotted the remaining two matches.

The decision of the players to boycott the remaining two matches was unquestionable, poor judgment, and faceless individuals within the club with vested interests to see the club fail instigated the players not to back down on their demand.

RTU faced challenges beyond their control that hindered their ability to avoid relegation, and it would be unfair to blame the current management for factors that may have contributed to the team’s relegation.

Even though management plays a key role in setting strategies, making decisions, and providing guidance, it ultimately falls on the entire team – including players, coaching staff, and management – to work together towards a common goal.

Relegation is a collective failure that should prompt reflection and improvement from players, coaching staff, and management.

While it is easy to point fingers at ma
nagement for RTU’s relegation, it is important to consider the various factors that may have contributed to the team’s relegation.

The relegation of RTU has been the result of a combination of factors, including poor performance, financial instability, and internal conflicts.

In my candid opinion, what actually happened within the club is a blessing in disguise that has now presented the club a rare opportunity to restructure the entire club and regain its glory in the Ghana Premier League, as the pride of the North.

It was shocking to the ears that at the time when the management of the club was struggling to finance the team’s remaining matches and agitation by players for their salary arrears, the vice president, who is the proud son of the land, was looking on while he went to Kumasi to donate GHS500,000 to a national team, the Black Stars, who didn’t need that money.

The vice president can do the people of the north and, for that matter, Dagbon a huge favor by securing a headline sponsor for the club
instead of giving them a handout, which is not enough to play more than two matches and is not sustainable. His position as the second gentleman of the land has given him the rare opportunity to do this to save the club, and his name will be written in the annals of history as the man who helped to rebirth RTU.

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Source: Ghana Web