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PAC Asks Government To Review Current Guarantor System For Workers To Pursue Higher Education

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The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has asked the government to review the current guarantor system used to support workers to pursue higher education.

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According to the Chairman of the Committee, most of the beneficiaries do not comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement after completing their programmes, adding that this situation makes it difficult for the State to recover the investment made in these workers.

James Klutse Avedzi was of the view that government could allow interested applicants to use banks as guarantors instead of individuals so that defaulted workers can easily be tracked.

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Mr. Avedzi made this known at the ongoing public hearing of the Committee when the Ministry of Health and their various agencies appeared before them to respond to a number of infractions cited in the Report of the Auditor-General on the Public Accounts of Ghana, Ministries, Departments and Other Agencies (MDAs) for the year ended 31st December 2020.

When the Minister of Health, Kweku Agyeman Manu, Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Chief Director and Senior Officers of the Health Service appeared before the Committee, the Chairman ordered the arrest of two guarantors of two former staff of Korle-bu Teaching Hospital for failing to fulfill bonds after being sponsored to pursue their higher education.

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According to the report of the Auditor-General, the former workers of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital have failed to honour their bonds or refund an amount to the tune of Gh 98,546.00, which was spent on their studies abroad.

Members of the Committee asked questions relating to the queries cited in the Auditor-General’s Report and officials from the Ministry of Health and agencies including NTC-Pantang, Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics, Nurses Training College Damongo among others.President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 9, 2023 asked Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to serve as the caretaker Minister of Trade and Industry.

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The development came after the President accepted the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen after reports emerged he tendered his resignation on Thursday 5, 2023.

For some people on social media platforms, the choice of Ofori-Atta as caretaker was problematic to the extent that he already had his hands full with the Finance Ministry.

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Another school of thought asked why one of Alan’s deputies could not be handed an acting role till the vacancy is filled.

In an explanation as to why none of Alan’s two deputies were ‘promoted’ to acting capacity, Kow Essuman, who is a lawyer for president Akufo-Addo said it had to do with what the law says and also the specific oath an appointee took.

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“As Deputy Minister, you were nominated by the President, vetted and approved by Parliament and swore the Deputy Minister’s oath before the President. You were appointed pursuant to art. 79 to assist your Minister, who participated in Cabinet meetings.

“In your Minister’s absence from Cabinet, his/her colleague Cabinet Minister held his/her brief and provided reports and briefings to Cabinet and not the Deputy Minister,” Essuman explained.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Leaked Audio Tape: Court Orders Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Kwaku Boahen To Answer To Charges

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Leaked Audio Tape: Court Orders Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Kwaku Boahen To Answer To Charges

The High Court in Accra has ordered the former National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, and a former Deputy Communications Officer, Anthony Kweku Boahen, to open their defence to charges.

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The two were charged in 2019 with conspiracy to cause harm following a leaked audio tape in which they were alleged to have plotted to harm the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and the Chairman of the Peace Council.

Both are also separately facing a charge of assault on a public officer, but have pleaded not guilty and been granted bail.

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In the course of the trial, the prosecution called three witnesses to give evidence towards the proof of their various charges. But, after the closure of the prosecution’s case, the accused persons through their lawyers, each filed a submission of no case to answer on November 24, last year.

They contend that the prosecution’s witnesses were unable to prove the charges against them, so the court should acquit and discharge them.

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Ruling on the submission of no case on Thursday, January 26, Justice Samuel Asiedu, now a Justice of the Supreme Court sitting as an additional High Court judge, said a prima facie case has been established against them by the prosecution.

According to the judge, there is evidence on the record in respect of the charges brought up against them, and the court is satisfied that, given the evidence before it, it is fit and proper that the accused persons are called upon to open their defence.

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“The court has examined the evidence which has been placed before it by the prosecution vis-à-vis the charges which the accused persons are facing and the court has come to a conclusion that there is evidence on record in respect of the charges brought up against the accused persons.

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“This is not the stage for the court to review the evidence and make pronouncements as to the guilt or innocence of the accused persons. The court is satisfied that given the evidence before it, it is fit and proper that the accused persons be called to enter upon their defence.

“In this regard, the court adopts the statement of the law espoused in Asamoah and Another vs. The Republic (supra) to the effect that: ‘There is no rule of law or procedure which gives an accused person the automatic right to make a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution’s case in a criminal trial.

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“In a summary trial, it is at the discretion of the Judge to determine whether or not a prima facie case has been made out against the accused persons, having regard to the evidence adduced.

“Where there is cogent evidence against the accused a trial Judge did not have to waste time inviting counsel for the accused to make a submission of no case…An appellate court only has to ascertain whether, at the close of evidence in support of the charge, a case was made out against the accused sufficiently to require him to open his defence.

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“Furthermore, the standard of proof the prosecution bears at the stage of the trial before the appellants open their defence is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt. See Tsatsu Tsikata v The Republic [2003-2004] SCGLR 1068.”

“For the above reasons, the court said, “the submission of no case to answer is hereby overruled. The accused persons shall open their defence accordingly.”

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The accused persons have been charged with the offence of conspiracy to cause harm contrary to sections 23(1) and 69 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29), as amended. This charge appears in count one of the charge sheet.

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The 1st accused has also been charged, in count two, with the offence of assault on a public officer contrary to section 205(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29). Likewise, the 2nd accused has also been charged.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Muslims Will Support Bawumia As They’re Not Welcome In NDC – Koku Anyidoho

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Muslims Will Support Bawumia As They’re Not Welcome In NDC – Koku Anyidoho

The Executive Director of the Atta Mills Institute, Koku Anyidoho, has said the recent change in leadership of the Minority caucus in Parliament, will bring about tribal, religious and ethnic divisions among the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

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According to the Atta Mills’ Institute Executive Director, changing the Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu and Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, who are both Muslims without replacing them with Muslims but rather non-Muslims, sends a certain signal to Muslims that the party does not want them.

Speaking on CTV’s Dwabre Mu, Friday, 27 January 2023, Mr Anyidoho indicated that the NDC party will now become a laughing stock for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

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He told co-host of the show, Hajia Bintu Saana that: “We have two Muslims, Haruna and Muntaka, two practicing Muslims. NDC has been mocking NPP, all the time that they don’t like Muslims.

“Now you remove the two Muslims, you didn’t bring another Muslim to replace them. Today, NPP people are laughing at us because we who claimed to like Muslims, have today sacked them.”

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Mr Anyidoho indicated that the change was not good for the NDC party, as Muslims would rather turn to support the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who is also the Vice-President, due to the party’s decision to remove the two leaders.

“So today, they’ll go to the Mosque and pray to Allah that NDC doesn’t like Muslims, so they resolve that from today, they’ll rather go where they will be celebrated as Muslims and then they’ll all go and support Bawumia.”

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He added that: “The ethnic and religious dimension has already begun. Go to Tamale South, go to Asawase, aren’t you hearing the things that we’re all hearing. So the ethnic dimension, the religious dimension the tribal dimension has already kicked in.”

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Bawumia To Launch Rent Assistance Scheme On January 31

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Bawumia To Launch Rent Assistance Scheme On January 31

The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, launch the National Rental Assistance Scheme (NRAS) at the Accra International Conference Centre in the Greater Accra Region.

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The launch of the scheme is in fulfilment of the Akufo-Addo-led government’s promise in view of the difficulties Ghanaians, especially the youth, face in securing decent residential rental accommodation in urban areas.

The Ministry of Works and Housing announced the launch in a statement dated January 26, 2023.

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Below is the full statement:

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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