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Law School Exams Leaks: GLC’s IEC Must Be Dissolved – Dafeamekpor Demands

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Member of Parliament for South Dayi Rockson-Nelson Etsey Dafeamekpor is demanding the immediate dissolution of the Independent Examinations Committee IEC of the General Legal Council following the reported leakage of this morning’s entrance examination into the Ghana School of Law.

Hours before the examination, the questions got leaked and were all over social media compelling the authorities to cancel the exams and rescheduled it for a latter time.

The leakage is coming at a time when there is an unending debate over expanding access to legal education by doing away with the entrance examination and giving the mandate to the various law facilities which run the LLB program to teach the professional courses as well.

The GLC chaired by the Chief Justice has so far remained adamant to calls for reforms.

To make matters worse, the Council recently came out with a proposal to make prospective students to make an undertaking not to demand remark after the entrance examination. The Council also failed to indicate what constitute a pass mark for admission in to the School of Law popularly known as Makola.

The South Dayi MP, himself a lawyer and member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee of Parliament has been at the forefront advocating reforms in legal education.

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He is currently sponsoring a private member’s bill to among other things allow accredited law facilities to run professional courses. He also wants to see judges taken off the General Legal Council.

Dafeamekpor Press Release

Press release
23rd September, 2022

LAW SCHOOL EXAMS LEAKS AGAIN: THE GLCs IEC MUST BE DISSOLVED NOW
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Hours before the Ghana Law School entrance examination was expected to take place today 23rd day of September 2022, reports contain that the paper had leaked, leading to contemplations on the part of the authorities on the way forward.

This has come within the times of wide public debates on opening up access to the Ghana School of Law given the rising interest in individuals who want to get training in the legal profession.

Following from public concerns over how entrance to the Law School is restricted through the employment of means including compelling lawyer hopefuls to sign undertakings that take off their rights, including rights not to appeal for remarking, coupled with the unpublished passing criteria, desperations remain the only means through which many individuals would undertake to gain access to legal education.

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It remains a challenge that, even though this institution may not be the only institution recording leakage in examinations, it is worth reminding us of the prestige that the profession is associated with. The respect and trust the profession enjoys, remains one of the cardinal integrity worthy of protection.

It is becoming a worrying situation when these leakages are becoming regular. Just 14th July this year, the Independent Examinations Body of the General Legal Council had had to cancel the Civil Procedure paper which was scheduled to be taken on July 15, 2022.

On or about 28th July 2018, similar incidents were reported in the media of leaked entrance examination papers for the Ghana School of Law hours before the paper was scheduled to be written.

The more these instances are recorded, the more it raises questions about the body responsible for the examinations. The more also, it raises panic among students and the general public who are interested in receiving professional legal education including critics of the Council.

The General Legal Council must, as a matter of urgency, ensure to institute measures to prevent these incidents from occurring in the future. It must, as a matter of priority, ensure to institute investigations to unearth the individual(s) responsible for these incidents.

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The general public needs to hold strict confidence in the legal profession even as discussions continue to dominate on easing access to professional legal education in order to provide quality and qualified legal practitioners for the various legal services that are required in this country and beyond, and for that matter, the General Legal Council through the Independent Examination body must ensure integrity in the system.

Signed:
Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Esq.
MP, South Dayi
Member, Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Parliament of Ghana

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SIM Card Re-Registration – Blocking Of Unregistered SIM Cards Postponed, Final Decision Next Week

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The intended exercise to block all unregistered SIM cards effective tomorrow, Saturday, October 1st 2022, has been postponed.

According to new reports, a final decision on the next steps to be taken by the National Communication Authority (NCA) and the Ministry of Communications will be communicated to the public next week.

According to sources, a roadmap for the intended sim card blocking exercise is being drawn up and would be finalised by next week.

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Under the new modalities, the punitive measures introduced earlier in September which were later scrapped would be brought back.

According to Graphic Online citing sources close to the decision-makers, subscribers who have done stage one (linked their Ghana Cards to their SIM cards via *404#) will have up to the end of the year to complete stage two of their registration.

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Meanwhile, those who have not registered their SIMs at all, will be blocked from receiving calls, making calls, using data services, among other things.

Those blocked will however, be able to access *404# to start their registration, and also be able to receive their Unique codes via SMS.

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$100m Crude Revenue Was Used To Pay GNPC Loan – Samuel Atta-Akyea

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The Chairman of the Mines and Energy Commission of Parliament, Samuel Atta Akyea, has debunked claims by the minority that $100m oil revenue has gone missing from the Petroleum Holding Fund (PHF).

According to him, the funds were used to settle upfront, a loan taken from the Ministry of Finance by GNPC Subsidiaries which was used to purchase shares in the TEN and Jubilee oil fields on behalf of the state.

Atta Akyea said there might have been an administrative error in not placing the money in the fund before being used but there can be no doubt that the money was used to engage in activities which will inure to the benefit of the state.

“Well, I think it’s a storm in a teacup because sometimes the impression is being given that the money has been spirited away. There was an opinion from the attorney general to the effect that they needn’t place the money in that account for the simple reason that there’s a seven-per cent equity acquisition in the TEN and Jubilee fields by GNPC Subsidiary and they didn’t have the money so the ministry of finance borrowed them the money so they do this acquisition; they are trying to improve the governmental stakes in these petroleum blocks,” Atta Akyea said.

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“When they [GNPC Subsidiaries] took the loan, they were unable to pay, so, they used the petroleum receipts due them to settle it, so, the ministry of finance took the money and paid for the loan upfront”, Mr Atta Akyea explained.

“The whole problem is simple: that the sheer fact that the money was not lodged in the PHF does not mean the money has been spirited away or stolen. … It’s all a balancing account but when push it to the political dimension that some money has been spirited away, it leaves much to be desired.

“The sum of money, if you look at it, is equal to the seven per cent equity stake that the government, through GNPC Subsidiary has acquired. Let’s look at it from that perspective. So, when somebody is using his ingenuity to confer advantage and benefit to Ghana, ultimately, how can that be a problem? And if the money was not so lodged in the PHF but it is shown that, indeed, the shares have been acquired, and the shares have been paid for, how can that be anything to undermine this country, financially?” he wondered.

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The minority in Parliament accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of engaging in a new clandestine ‘Agyapa deal’.

According to a statement dated September 29th, 2022, the NPP government has failed to account for $100m of oil revenue accruing from Ghana’s Petroleum lifting in the first quarter of 2022.

According to the Minority, the decision by the NPP Government to transfer revenues accruing from about 944,164bbls of crude lifting in the Jubilee and TEN fields to a company established in a haven (outside Ghana) without Parliamentary approval, amounts to a gross violation of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, 2011 (Act 815) and Public Financial Management Act (Act 921).

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The statement signed by John Abdulai Jinapor, Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, said that the NPP government has proven over and over again that they cannot be entrusted with the country’s oil revenues.

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E-Levy To Be Reviewed As Proceeds Woefully Below Expectations – Ken Ofori-Atta

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The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has revealed that the electronic transaction (e) levy is set to be reviewed as the proceeds so far are woefully inadequate.

Speaking during an interview, Ofori-Atta said the levy has so far failed to raise even 10% of Ghc 600m monthly figure that the government projected it to raise.

Ergo, Ken Ofori-Atta said the government will soon review the programme and also take measures to increase the number of Ghanaians who are compliant with the tax.

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He said the review is part of measures to increase domestic revenue mobilisation.

“Such exercises form part of an ongoing drive to ensure we take significant steps forward in remedying long-standing challenges with domestic revenue mobilization, indiscipline, corruption and leakages,” Ofori-Atta said.

“Of course, heightened tax compliance and increased tax audit exercises will continue to be complemented by policy initiatives that allow us to tap into a wider pool of taxpayers in the years ahead. Towards this therefore we are looking at areas around the E-Levy to ensure its efficient implementation,” he added.

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Currently, Ghanaians are paying 1.5% of the value of any electronic transaction above Ghc 100 to the government, the controversial e-levy.

Recently, Ghanaians have complained that the tax is being charged even on transactions below Ghc 100.

Source: theGhanainVoice.Com

 



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