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Cudjoe – Dev’t Authorities Appointments Mockery Of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’



The President of Policy Think-Tank IMANI Africa has described the appointment of 13 people to the newly established development authorities as a mockery to President Akufo-Addo’s ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda.

The president last week announced the appointment of the boss of Accra-based Citi FM Samuel Attah-Mensah, Joe Danquah and Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun as Chief Executives Officers (CEOs) for the three development authorities—Coastal, Middle belt and Northern.

They will be assisted by 10 deputies with Atta-Mensah leading with four.

Their appointment was “in accordance with applicable laws,” a statement from the presidency said Friday April 13.

“The appointees are to act pending the receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing Boards of the Development Authorities, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission,” said the statement issued by Eugene Arhin the Director of Communications, with a task of implementing the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).

The Programme will ensure the disbursement of the equivalent of $1 million per constituency per year, in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s 2016 campaign pledge.

But speaking on Morning Starr with Francis Abban Monday April 16, Cudjoe argued that not only are the appointments incomprehensible but the reasoning behind the establishment of the three development authorities.

“It is essentially aggravated waste really and possibly job for the boys. And if you add this to the fact that we are going to have…38 new districts and then regions…the thing becomes more like some grand consent in which we are actually mocking this whole concept of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’…because ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ also means not being profligate and being mean in terms of the decisions you take,” he said.

Asked by Abban “to your mind, for these deputies that we are seeing; three of them what do we do, should we scrap it down to one deputy or no deputy at all?”, Cudjoe responded: “I’m just saying that the whole enchilada, both in thought that went into the creation of the development [authorities] together with its deputies and CEOs is a complete waste of resources, complete waste of our time and it is not the best use of our resources. So, if a follow up question is to be asked what we should do of the three deputies, well, they shouldn’t have existed.”

The Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies Dr. Eric Oduro Osae however disagreed.

Speaking on the same program, he said such creations and appointments help in accelerating the country’s development.

“For the Coastal Development Authority for instance for the four deputies I can imagine that the coastal base of Ghana, stretching from the Volta region to the Western region,” he said, adding, “we can have the Volta region, we can have the Greater Accra region, we can have the Central region and we can have the Western region. That constitutes four regions within the Coastal Development Authority’s area of jurisdiction.”

“So, if my thinking is right and my assumption is right” he posited, “then the Chief Executive will provide the direction and then give additional responsibilities to each of these deputies to be responsible for any of the regions.”



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Teacher found dead in her home at Asesewa



Police in the Eastern Region have begun investigations into the death of a teacher at Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region.

The teacher, Regina Mintah, was found dead in her room on Thursday morning after her room was forced open by the police after a report by fellow tenants.

Her co-tenants were alerted by the stench emanating from her room, although she had told them that she was travelling for a holiday.

According to ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, the police are working towards conducting a post-mortem on the deceased.

“On April 18th police in Asesewa, CID received a complaint from Moses Tetteh and Smart George Gbli who are both tenants with Minta Regina a teacher at Asesewa, that they could smell a bad odour from Regina’s room even though they believe she is on holidays after schools vacated.”

“They informed police that they had tried several times to reach the teacher on phone but they had not been successful so police accompanied them to the house where upon forcibly entering the room they found the semi-decomposed body of the teacher kneeling with the head resting on the bed with blood stains on the floor.”

ASP Ebenezer Tetteh added that, “upon careful search and inspection of the room nothing incriminating was discovered so pictures were taken and the body was sent to the Asesewa Government Hospital for preservation as we make arrangements to transfer it to the police hospital for post-mortem examination. We therefore want the general public to assist us with information that can help us with our investigations.”



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No One Can Impose Homosexuality On Us – Gov’t



The Government of Ghana has shot down incessant calls by Western leaders for the legalisation of homosexuality.

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday called on African leaders attending the Commonwealth Heads of government meeting in London to decriminalise homosexuality in their various countries.

It is wrong, according to her, for homosexuals to be persecuted for their sexual orientation, offering her country’s readiness to help African countries to reform their laws to accommodate the interest of homosexuals.

Her call comes on the back of a similar one by the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tove Degnbol who called on Ghanaians to respect the rights of gays and lesbians.

May’s call was followed by the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Prof. Philip Alston who described Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, as delusional over his opposition to the legalization of homosexuality in Ghana.

The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values has vowed to oppose any attempt at legalizing homosexuality in Ghana declaring: “We going to make this a political issue…we are going to campaign against all political parties in this country that will not openly defend the right of Africans to believe in what we believe in, because that is our custom and we have the right to do so.”

Commenting on the calls by the UK Prime Minister and the UN Special Rapporteur, the Information Minister Mustapha Hamid said as far as Ghanaian law, tradition and customs are concerned “gayism and lesbianism are un-Ghanaian.”

“And therefore, really, it is difficult to see how foreign interest can impose foreign cultures on us. So as far as, I am concerned…it is a non-issue,” he added.



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Family To Auction GHANASCO Cars As Govt Fails To Intervene



The family of late Lionel Mahama, a former headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco) in Tamale, who won a court case against the school and Education service for wrongful demotion and freeze of salary, is ready to auction the confiscated assets of the school after failure by authorities, including government to pay a judgment debt awarded by the court.

Diana Awuni, daughter of the late headmaster told Starr News the family had finally secured a clearance document from the court and that a Kumasi-based auctioneer would arrive in Tamale in a fortnight to begin the process to liquidate the vehicles.  The only bus of the school, an official Pick up vehicle, and two Nissan patrol cars belonging to the education service have been left rotting in the courtyard for two years now since its confiscation in 2016, after the school failed to pay up salary arrears of the late tutor.

Mr. Lionel Mahama died few months before a High Court ruled in his favor in a matter he sent asking for accumulated salary arrears as ordered by the Commission of the Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) after he was wrongly deposed as headmaster and his salary blocked circa 1997.

The vehicles were impounded in November 2016, three years following authorities’ failure the pay the debt after the court ruled in April 2013.  The debt stood at GH200,000  (Two Hundred Thousand cedis) but has now ballooned to staggering GH400,000.

The development comes more than a month after the Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed and Director of Education, Alhaji Mohammad Haruon Cambodia told the school, during its Speech and Prize Award Ceremony early last month that government had intervened to pay the staggering debt for the release of the vehicles, after the headmistress painted a picture of a chronic transport difficulties.

The Regional Minister at that event told the gathering of students, masters, parents, chiefs, politicians, religious leaders and well-wishers that the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia had volunteered to “own the problem” and so they would be released by the end of March.

Mr. Saeed added by promising the school and worried stakeholders that the arrears was going to paid as judgment debt by government before warning journalists to censor the news.

“Ehh, with due respect this one off record, I said off record,” Mr Salifu cautioned reporters covering the event after making noting: “the good news is that, His Excellency the vice president, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumiah, this one he said is home matters, even though he is the vice president for everybody, but sometimes when it come to Ghanasco matters we have to come down…because first of all, they were going to auction the vehicle so vice has to intervene”.

The Regional Education Director also said he informed President Akufo-Addo about the seizure and that he ordered the Education Ministry to capture the arrears in the 2018 budget and went on to describe the administration as “Government who means business”.  He said he had evidence that the Ghana Education Service was processing the cheque and that the money would be paid by second week of March, last month.

However, weeks after this announcement by the top officers in the region, the family of the late headmaster said they were “going ahead to auction the vehicle” because they had “heard nothing from them”.

The daughter of the headmaster expressed fury about the vehicles which were abandoned at the courtyard and slammed authorities for being indifferent because the vehicles were not their personal assets.

She said the family had engaged the parties enough and could not wait any longer.

“We are going ahead to do the auction. We are going to get the certified auctioneer to get contract with the court and then we do it,” Diana Awuni told Starr News.

“In fact, those vehicles have been there for one and half years; one and half years. Is it right? Is it because it is not their personal vehicle? can you allow your vehicles to stand there in sun and rain to deteriorate for one and half years? This is sheer wickedness. Some people have taken it personal and they are behaving the way the want. We have engaged them long enough what else are they going to say? We are waiting for them. If by that time they are able to bring it, fine,” she fumed.



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