Born on 5th June, 1979, Godfred Yeboah Dame obtained his GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Certificates from Adisadel College between 1989 and 1996. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in 2001. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law from where he obtained his professional law qualification in 2003.
On being called to the Bar in October, 2003, Godfred Yeboah Dame commenced his professional law practice with the firm of Messrs. Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co., an elite law firm in Ghana, specializing in various aspects of civil litigation.
Godfred Yeboah Dame rapidly and firmly established himself as one of Ghana’s leading advocates, conducting with a remarkable degree of success many of the politically important trials and constitutional cases in the Superior Courts of Ghana.
In 2006, in recognition of his contribution towards the defence of media and human rights, rule of law and civil liberties generally in Ghana, Mr. Dame was one of a few lawyers from across Africa and the rest of the world awarded the Open Society Initiative Fellowship, and selected to pursue the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.
Mr Dame’s active law practice saw him take charge of a significant number of high profile and landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Ghana which contributed to the advancement of constitutional law, human rights, criminal law and good governance in the country, including serving as counsel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in many cases of moment for the party between 2012 and 2016.
In 2016, he was a member of the NPP Manifesto Committee on Governance which drafted the Party’s proposed policies for the Legal and Governance Sector. In 2013, together with three of the Party’s former Attorneys-General, Hon. Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Hon. Ayikoi Otoo and Hon. Joe Ghartey, he was appointed to review the 2013 Election Petition Verdict and come up with proposals to avoid a defeat of the Party in the 2016 elections which would result in another election petition, after having already served as one of the counsel for the Petitioners in the Election Petition.
From 2011 to 2016, Godfred Dame was part of the teaching faculty for Company Law and Practice at the Ghana School of Law. In January, 2017, he was appointed as a teacher in Advocacy and Legal Ethics at the Ghana School of Law, a commitment he was unable to fulfill as a result of his appointment as Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice in President Akufo-Addo’s first term as President.
He also served on very sensitive committees of the Ghana Bar Association contributing to the formulation of policy in the training of lawyers, notable among them being the Pupilage and Juniors Committee, which is concerned with the upholding of standards among junior practitioners of the law. In 2014, he was appointed member of the Ghana Bar Association’s legal team.
Mr. Dame, between 2009 and 2017, served as the Vice-Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association. Earlier, from 2008 to 2009, he had been Chairman of the Greater-Accra Regional Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee. From 2011 to 2017, he was also a member of the Ghana Football Association Elections Committee.
In 2017, Godfred Dame was appointed Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice of Ghana, a position he holds to date. In that position, he distinguished himself in his active defence of the Government in various high-profile law suits against the Government and international arbitration involving the Government of Ghana.
He transformed the image of the Attorney-General’s Office into a formidable force in litigation. He is particularly noted for leading the efforts of the Government to recover the money paid businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, ensuring the termination of three mining leases given in favour of Exton Cubic Company Limited, the challenge to the constitutionality of the appointment of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor, the challenge to the creation of new regions in Ghana, the challenge to the compilation of a new register of voters by the National Democratic Congress and many other cases.
He served on the Legal Service Board, the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Justice, the Board of the University of Ghana Medical Centre and the Board of the Public Procurement Authority.
He is a Christian and married to Dr. Joycelyn Assimeng Dame. They have two children.
List of NPP Gurus Who Are Destroying Our Land And Water Bodies With Galamsey
From the attempted gag of Otumfuo to Kweku Baako’s threat to Kennedy Agyapong’s admission that ruling party bigwigs are complicit in the menace of galamsey, it is increasingly obvious the fight against illegal small scale mining is not just against some Chinese and their Ghanaian collaborators in the trenches but also against political elements who walk in the corridors of power.
As intimated by Kweku Baako, it has become crystal clear that the fight against galamsey will continue to be a charade until President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his sector ministers are keen on prosecuting his own party members found complicit in galamsey.
From 2018 when the battle commenced to early 2021 when the government renewed its commitment after watching it collapse in late 2019, a barrage of allegations, mostly unsubstantiated have been levelled against known NPP members who are said to be undoing the government’s effort in that regard.
The allegations have been thrown in from several quarters.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has announced a few names, the Small Scale Miners Association in the past released a list and most interestingly leading NPP members including the maverick Kennedy Agyapong have made some claims against their own party folks.
Despite the widespread nature of these claims, little effort has been made by law enforcement agencies to investigate and prove the veracity or otherwise of the allegations.
As the campaign continues, here is a list of five NPP members who have either been ALLEGED to be galamsey kingpins or accused of aiding in the menace.
When audio emerged of her threatening and accusing the Minister of Roads and Highways, Amoako Atta of incompetence, a group affiliated to the NPP issued a statement, ordering her to apologise else, in their words ‘we will expose your galamsey activities.’
The National Women’s Organizer of the NPP according to the statement from the Atewa Youth Association is a galamsey ‘queen pin with a decade of experience in the banned activity.
“Madam Kate Gyamfua has over the past ten years been mining in the Atiwa enclave and as at today holds the biggest mining concession in the constituency, and with this can she happily point to any project a community within the constituency has benefitted from her mining company?.”
Barely, two months after that statement, it has emerged that over eight excavators belonging to her mining company have been set ablaze by military personnel in the ‘Operation Halt’ drive.
Meanwhile, XtraGold Mining Company, the mining company which has Kate Gyamfuah as its General Manager has denied allegations it is involved in galamsey.
“These unlawful actions are a clear violation of the rule of law,” the company. Our company pays big money royalties, taxes, stool land fees”.
“We are socially responsible, and employ hundreds of local workers. At the same time that we are paying all these huge taxes, the military is burning millions of dollars of our mining equipment,” the company bemoaned.
The powerful Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP has often been accused without evidence as being the El Chapo of galamsey in Ghana.
The involvement of Wontumi in galamsey was highlighted by then Minority lawmaker Adam Mutawakilu in a July 2018 press conference in parliament.
“…The chief of Jakobu came out clearly [to tell me] that the CEO of the forestry commission and Wontumi, chairman of NPP in the Ashanti Region, are engaged in galamsey.
“It is a fact and a slap in the face of the president. I believe that the president is probably doing a cover-up for these people because the information we the minority have is that the CEO of the Forestry Commission, Sir John, uses his office to put signposts that certain areas are marked for reclamation, the natural fact is that there is serious galamsey going on in there. This is just to let the military not invade those places,” he said.
This claim by Adam Mutawakilu was premised on a statement by chiefs at Jakobu in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region.
The spokesperson of the chiefs said “Sir John and the Ashanti Regional Chairman sent about 30 excavators into the forest with the protection of military men. As the chief of my community, I didn’t know anything about that.
“All we hear was that they were coming to reclaim the land. But not too long just about two weeks, they [Sir John and Wontumi] began illegal mining activities.”
This led to a call by the Small Scale Miners Association of Ghana for the arrest of these two personalities but nothing happened.
Chairman Wontumi’s office released a statement denying those reports.
It read in part: “The office of chairman Wontumi wishes to state unequivocally that Mr. Antwi- Boasiako is NOT directly or indirectly engaged or linked in any acts of illegal mining, neither is he engaged in any act of illegal mining in the Amansie area or in the said forest reserve, as alleged by the traditional leaders.
“It, therefore, considers the allegations as very unfortunate, especially coming from no mean persons, but the revered and respected traditional leaders of Amansie traditional Area.”
Charles Bissue who was then the secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining was implicated in an investigative documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas as an alleged enabler for galamsey.
Bissue allegedly facilitated for ORR Resource Enterprise, a company seeking to circumvent laid down processes to be given clearance for its mining operations.
The matter was referred to Special Prosecutor then Martin Amidu but Bissue was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service before Amidu could finish with his investigations.
The allegation against the former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources was levelled by Kwabena Boaffoe Abronye, Bono Regional chairman of the NPP.
According to him, the main reason the Akufo-Addo administration lost its fight against galamsey in the first term was because Peter Amewu who was bent on ridding the country of galamsey was substituted for Asomah-Cheremeh by the president.
Abronye alleged on three different occasions – on Oman FM, Wontumi FM and Peace FM – that Asomah Cheremeh could not beat galamsey because he was a player himself.
“I wonder how people can diminish the presidency. It’s not your fault. It’s neither your father nor mother who toured the country to campaign to bring the party to power. All you are seeking to achieve is to amass wealth for yourself whilst the President struggles.
“A Cabinet Minister, a Peter Amewu successor, was arrested for his involvement in galamsey activities,” angry Abronye DC said.
He continued, “The Tarkwa MCE arrested this Minister who had visited galamsey sites in Tarkwa to take money from the illegal miners. The former MCE and his Task Force accosted the Minister and his boys. The case is at the Tarkwa Police station. This happened in 2020,” Abronye said.
Horace Ekow Ewusi was caught on tape discussing galamsey plans with a former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology.
In the said tape Ekow Ewusi who is the former NPP Central Regional Vice-Chairman was heard detailing to Professor Frimpong Boateng how they can use galamsey to finance party activities.
He stated: “The last time you met my MP [Elvis Donkor] in Parliament, he told you that he will also need a machine to work with and you even asked him to come and see me because I have a lot of these excavators.”
Professor Frimpong Boateng however denied the content of the leaked audio in a GhanaWeb interview.
I Am Angry, I Am Sad, I Am Pissed – Sam George Weeps Bitterly As He shares His Sad Story
Yesterday evening around 8pm, I got a call and messages from an Assemblyman in my Constituency whilst I was at church that his 12 year old son had been rushed to the Battor Catholic hospital in the morning. The situation had been deteriorating and a decision was made early afternoon to transfer the child to Accra.
Calls were made to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital but they refused to accept the child that there was no bed. Calls were made to 37 Military Hospital and they agreed to take the child. This was about 3pm. Then the next hurdle began. The National Ambulance Service was called to transport the child. Getting the Service was another issue entirely. After getting the service, they insisted that they cannot move the child until they got their own independent confirmation from 37 Military Hospital. For well over 5 hours, they could not get anyone from 37 to confirm.
It was at this point the Assemblyman in desperation called me. I quickly reached out to my Colleague and Brother Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who is the MP for the area to see if he could intervene with the Battor Clinic. He immediately called Dr. Atuguba who is the Head of the facility and put me in touch with him. It became clear quickly that Battor had done all they could and it was in the hands of 37 Military Hospital.
Hon. Ablakwa again called a Constituent of his who is a doctor at 37 to see if he could help us. At this point we had finally gotten an ambulance on standby to convey the child. By the time we got a Doctor at 37 to get involved and give the all clear to the ambulance service, the little boy blacked out and could not be resuscitated. He died at 10:05pm.
Why it would have to take 2 MPs to find a bed for a dying child who needed critical medical care has deprived me of sleep. Why we have ambulances that cannot move because there is no system in place to let them know where to go anger me. Why we have a world-class facility like the University of Ghana Medical Centre with so many empty beds rotting away beats my understanding.
Yet another needless death. Should you know a big man somewhere for you to get the basic necessities? This death has really pained me. It has left me bitter at the system. It has left me angry at the #FixYourself folks. How could the Assemblyman or his 12 year old fix this issue?
The Republic is indeed very sick and needs to be fixed. How much longer can we go on like this. May the soul of this little child whose only crime is to be born Ghanaian rest in the bossom of the LORD.
Reasons Why Sammy Gyamfi Ignored NPP To Join NDC Finally Revealed – Full Details
He was born on March 28, 1989. Sammy is from Sunyani in Ghana’s Bono Region, but he has spent almost his entire life in Kumasi.
He attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he was very active in politics.
Sammy was always around members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at KNUST’s Unity hall until he experienced discrimination and intolerance from members of the TESCON group. As a result, he found the NPP unappealing.
He then became a member of the NDC tertiary group TEIN. Sammy won the hearts of several TEIN-NDC KNUST members due to his outspokenness, intelligence, and in-depth political knowledge. He was highly hailed by all.
Sammy Gyamfi rose to become the President of TEIN-NDC KNUST between 2011-2012. His name was known throughout the Ashanti region, prompting the then-Mayor of Kumasi, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, to appoint him as the spokesperson and public relations officer for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) between 2012-2016.
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