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IMANI Africa states reasons why CSOs oppose the new biometric voter system

The EC wants to rip out a system worth $60 million, of which value at least $40 million has accumulated since just 2016, and spend $150 million (plus contingency) constructing a new one.

A careful analysis of best practice in procuring biometric technology for elections in Africa shows that the EC’s proposed spending plans are inflated by about 60%. In short, the EC’s proposed system is brutally expensive compared to other countries in Africa.

The EC’s claims about the existing system’s weaknesses are flawed and untrue because the biometric data can be salvaged and facial recognition technology already exist through visual inspection.

Source: imaniafrica.org

‘Year of Return’: Lady narrates how she bought back her iPhone from Circle

Kaiser Coby is a YouTube beauty guru who was part of the ‘Returnees’ to Ghana when it marked 400-years after the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown in Virginia during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

The Ghanaian born British visited Ghana with her twin sister Mariah Coby in December 2019 during the ‘Year of Return’ and lost her latest iPhone 11 Pro Max at Bloom Bar in Accra on December 22, 2019.

Narrating her ordeal on her YouTube Channel, Kaiser Coby stated that she visited Bloom Bar with her twin sister, cousins and friends to have fun. It was actually her third visit to the place so she was familiar with whatever goes in and around the place.

She said after struggling to enter the bar, she realised that her bag was open but luckily for her, her iPhone 11 Pro Max was in her pocket which was rather deeper than her bag so she felt safe at that moment. Therefore, she decided to have a very good time with her folks at the bar.

At 1.00am, they decided to leave Bloom Bar and go to the next joint which was Onyx Night Club to continue their fun. Whilst they were exiting Bloom Bar, a scuffle ensued right in the middle of the bar so she decided to find a safe place to stand in order not to get hurt. During that time, she felt her phone slide out of her pocket.

“I was like oh my [gosh], what is happening to me, am I being pickpocketed right now. I was like are you guys mad, just give me my phone right now, I’m gonna go mad…,” she said.

She added that her phone wasn’t insured, either, her contacts weren’t backed up because she has never lost her phone before therefore there was no need to either insure her phone or back up her contacts.

At that moment Kaiser said she used ‘Find my iPhone’ App on one of her friends’ phone to at least track her phone but it was to no avail because the phone was turned off.

She said she was screaming that she will be paying any amount just to get her phone back; that the person who had it shouldn’t leave the bar [Bloom Bar] with it.

“My sister, cousins and friends told me that the phone is gone and I’m not going to get it back so we should go to Onyx, drink the night away and forget about it until tomorrow.”

After 24-hours, Kaiser got a notification from ‘Find My iPhone’ indicating that the phone has been turned on and was a mile away.

According to Kaiser, she had earlier instructed her boyfriend to put up a post on her Social Media handle that her phone was missing.

The tweet read, “GUYS PLEASE! RETWEET!!!!! I JUST LOST MY PHONE IN GHANA AT BLOOM BAR! IF ANYONE HAS FOUND IT PLEASE CAN YOU DM ME! I’LL PAY ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR IT! IT HAS A LOT OF MY CONTENT ON IT”.

She said her Ghanaian Twitter followers kept replying that she should go to a place known as ‘Circle’.

After locating where the phone was on her ‘Find My iPhone’ it directed her to Circle. So, she left her place of abode to Circle with a family friend.

This family friend knew someone at Circle who can be described as an “area guy” who knew people who could help her find her phone.

After narrating how her phone got missing to this “area guy” at Circle, the guy [area guy] also had to contact another “area guy” who knew the “ins and outs” of Circle to help her.

Kaiser said the guy assured her that he would help her find her phone but unless she compensated the “thief”. The compensation was to be in the form of buying back her phone from the thief which was also a sign of respect for his hustle.

‘Confused’, Kaiser, after trying to understand how the Circle system works decided to agree to buy her own phone back for GHC500.00 that is, £66.78 but on condition that she saw her phone.

After waiting for long hours, the “area guys” at circle returned without the phone but with some words of encouragement that she should go and come the next day by which time they would have found the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

An upset Kaiser later called her auntie for the latter to introduce them to another “area guy” who later arrived and after a long back and forth told the guys Kaiser had contacted earlier that they should work together.

The guys then told her that after finding the phone she must pay GHC3,000 (£400.61; $524.93).

Kaiser agreed to the terms and conditions of the guys and went straight to the bank to cash out the money for them but her bank ATM could only allow her to cash out GHC2,000.

At 8.30am the guys returned with her iPhone 11 Pro Max but everything was off her phone, that is, her contacts, as well as documents; everything was off her phone.

Kaiser said she paid that huge amount of money because she thought she would get her contacts and other documents when the phone was found.

“When I realised that all my contacts were gone, I was like wow! This was a good day but wasted,” she said.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Ghana gets €250 million Euros to upgrade electricity transmission infrastructure

The German Government has given Ghana €250 million Euros to upgrade and expand the country’s electricity transmission infrastructure.

The arrangement evolves from Germany’s Compact with Africa programme, where the European nation has put in place a one billion Euro fund to boost the private sector in Compact countries, of which Ghana is one.

As a result, Siemens, a German power giant, and Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), signed an agreement at the Jubilee House, Accra in the presence of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, Mr. Joe Kaeser on Tuesday.

The Memorandum of Understanding was initialled by Mr. Jonathan Amoako-Baah, CEO of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), on behalf of the Government of Ghana, and by Sabine Dall’Omo, a representative of Siemens.

The MoU enjoins the two companies to collaborate to improve Ghana’s electricity grid capacity and stability and to ensure that the country expands her ability to export power to neighbouring countries in West Africa, such as Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin.

President Akufo-Addo who was happy about the deal, said it was an important development in Ghana’s energy sector, adding that Ghana benefiting from the ‘Compact with Africa’ programme, was a big vote of confidence in the country.

He said the project would inure immensely to Ghana’s industrialization drive that would be hinged heavily on reliable accessibility to power, pledging that Ghana would make sure that the project comes to proper conclusion.

Mr. Joe Kaeser was confident that the agreement would enable Ghana to modernize its grid infrastructure to bring power to the people in a more efficient way, and thus help Ghana build the country for the future

Source: ghananewsagency.org

Defunct UT Bank’s Kofi Amoabeng charged with stealing, money laundering

The founder of UT Group, Prince Kofi Amoabeng has been put before an Accra circuit court for his role in the collapse of his bank in 2017.

Mr. Amoabeng is facing charges of stealing and money laundering.

Citi News‘ court correspondent, Fred Tettey Djabanor said Kofi Amoabeng was put before court together with the CEO of defunct Beige Bank, Mike Nyinaku.

According to the prosecution, the two men who run different organizations allegedly misappropriated funds in excess of GH¢200 million belonging to their customers.

The prosecution said investigations were still ongoing into their separate cases to ascertain the full extent of their offences.

The Court, presided over by Justice Essandor, subsequently granted Mr. Amoabeng bail to the tune of GHS110 million cedis with two sureties who earn not less than GHS 2,000.

The Bank of Ghana on August 14, 2017, announced that it had revoked the license of UT Bank and ordered GCB Bank to take over its operation because it had severe capital impairment.

Provisional figures released by the central bank showed the total liability of UT Bank stood at GH¢850 million while its total asset was pegged at GH¢112 million.

Speaking on the matter after nearly two years after the BoG’s action, Kofi Amoabeng in a TV interview said the fortunes of the bank could’ve been turned around if the Bank of Ghana had given him more time.

The government found us in that situation, [but] was this the best route to take? because we had investors who were ready with some proposals. They [government] decided that the best thing is to close down UT Bank which I find really difficult to take but from where they are sitting, they decide that was the best thing for the country. I don’t bear grudges but the point is, if as UT Bank we owed GH¢800 million and an investor comes and he says I’m ready to pay GH¢400 million [so] Bank of Ghana write off the [other] GH¢400 million, but BoG takes a decision to close down the bank which will cost the nation at least GH¢ 2.2 billion, it doesn’t make sense to me,” he said.

Source: citinewsroom.com

Asamoah Boateng cited in land fraud

Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Director-General of State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA), has been accused of complicity in the illegal seizure of two plots of land belonging to one Daniel Yeboah.

Report suggests the former Information Minister and one Patricia Quaye have constituted themselves into a nuisance, terrorizing the original owner and workers working on the property on a daily basis.

The disputed land, according to our checks, is located along the Prampram seashore in the Ningo-Pramparm District of the Greater Accra Region.    

Documents corroborated by the Tetteh-Wayo family of Adimli Wem in the Prampram Traditional Area, who are the original owners of the land, indicate that Daniel Yeboah satisfied all the legal requirements to acquire the property.

Speaking exclusively to GhanaWeb, Daniel Yeboah, who is domiciled in the United States, said after acquiring the land on August 16, 2013, he started the construction of a two-storey building, after securing a building permit.

But in 2015, Mr Asamoah Boateng, who is affectionately called Asabee in flagrant disregard for the law, together with Patricia Quaye, mobilized some thugs to pull down the building, which was 90 per cent complete.

Consequently, a formal complaint was lodged to the police by Daniel Yeboah and after police investigations, it emerged that the former Minister and Member of Parliament had no direct interest in the said, but fronting for Ms Quaye.

All efforts to reach Mr Asamoah Boateng to get his side of the story proved futile.

Meanwhile, Naagbee Tetteh-Wayo, the chief of the area confirmed in an interview that Daniel Yeboah is the legitimate owner of the two plots of land closer to the sea.

“I don’t know any Asamoah Boateng. Daniel Yeboah is the one who bought the land from me…Asamoah Boateng claims my brother sold the land to him but as chief of this town, I don’t know anything about it.”

“When I heard that he was about to demolish Daniel’s property I summoned him before my kinsmen but he [Asamoah Boateng] refused to honour my invitation. Therefore, I want to decree that Daniel Yeboah should be allowed to develop his property,” Naagbee Tetteh-Wayo stressed.

In a Facebook Messenger conversation between the two, Asabee asked Daniel Yeboah to meet up with him and when he is coming, he should be ready with a US$500 payment for supposed documents on the land before he [Daniel Yeboah] starts working on the land again.

“…okay, if you ready make a payment of $500. I meet you at the sight this week for documents…”

Daniel Yeboah then probed the former Minister of State, “Why do we have to bring $500 for document” but the conversation ended abruptly.

Asabee later called Daniel Yeboah to arrange a meeting between himself and Daniel in Texas, USA.

The former Minister claims that he does not fight over land because he would not be buried together with it but he is surprised about the mood and the way the whole brawl is being carried out because the Musician and a sympathizer of the ruling NPP is defaming him on Social Media.

“That idiot A Plus after hearing the matter should have approached me to hear my side of the story rather than going to insult me on Facebook,” he said.

But calm Daniel Yeboah advised the Director-General of SIGA not to insult the musician through him.

“I am from Konongo Zongo and I have hustled through life…for such a boy to tarnish my imagine on Facebook…” angry Asabee narrated.

Asabee then promised to call Daniel Yeboah immediately he arrived in Houston.

“How can you demolish a property to the tune of 30,000 [USD) and you tell me to meet up with you and give you an amount of $500. You’re not even thinking of the damage and the loss you’ve caused me,” Daniel Yeboah told Asabee on phone.

The building was rebuilt after it was demolished

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

2023: Disquiet over ANN’s romance with RCCG

The debate over the 2023 general elections seems to be gaining momentum daily. This is irrespective of the fact that the current administration has more than three years to end.

That talks over the next election cycle, is to say the least, becoming destructive.

Little wonder the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, called for the jettisoning of the 2023 debate.

Tinubu, after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said attention should be focused on good governance, not the zone to produce the presidency in 2023. This admonition like others before it does not seem to make any meaning to the pro-2023 campaigners.

One of the vehicles that seems to be gainining prominence in this debate is the Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, which appears to have the backing of a religious body to produce a presidential candidate in the 2023 election.

Sources said ANN is believed to have the backing of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye on this.

According to sources, the party is believed to be a launching pad for a Christian presidential candidate, particularly of the Redeemed Church stock.

However, an informed source close to Pastor Adeboye pooh-poohed this, claiming this kite is being flown by fifth columnists close to the President, with the intention of de-marketing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to this source, the main idea of flying this kite is to poison the mind of the President against Osinbajo. The plan, it was learned, is to portray him as being disloyal to the ruling APC and therefore make his chances of succeeding Buhari slim.

Another impeccable source told Vanguard that the plot ultimately seeks to discredit Osinbajo, after which he would be replaced with a top religious cleric from the Southwest.

It’s absolutely premature—Bewaji, CODER scribe

Expressing disappointment over the 2023 debate, a one-time member of the House of Representatives and Secretary of Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform, CODER, Dr. Wunmi Bewaji, said it will cause distraction.

Bewaji said: As regards preparation, I think it is absolutely premature for any political party or group to start heating up the polity. “We all know there will be elections in 2023, but the current government has not spent a year of its four years tenure.

For anybody to start the talk, it will make us lose focus which means, we are ridiculing the electoral process. “I think there should be something about performance, the fulfillment of mandate and evaluation of the works of the government that have been elected.

How do we achieve this, which is part of the responsible citizenship we are talking about?

“If we jump from one election and start talking on the next election, where is the mandate, assessment, performance, and evaluation, amongst others?

“If you allow this government to perform, or not to perform, you allow the party to perform, deliver or not to deliver, that will shape whatever political discussion we are going to be having on the 2023 polls.

On religious bodies supporting a political party, he called on the Corporate Affairs Commission or the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to sanction such a body.

He said: “If there is any such religious body doing so, it is very shameful. It is shameful, and I will expect the Corporate Affairs Commission or the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to take appropriate action.

Religious bodies are charity organisations, so they do not have the license to involve in politics. In our constitution, there is a clear separation of the state from the church. The church does not interfere in the state, and the state does not interfere in church activities. Nigeria is a democracy, not a theocracy.

A situation where we allow any religious bigots to impose any candidate on us, I think it will be taking us back to centuries.”

It is wrong — Okorie

Also speaking, the National Chairman of United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, faulted the development.

He said: “First, it is against the constitution of Nigeria. I don’t know the religious body they are talking about, I am a member of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Church can never do it.

It is not in the character of the Catholic Church to be partisan anywhere in the world. If they are talking of Christian bodies, maybe they are talking about Pentecostal.

“To use a religious denomination to endorse a particular candidate is not only dangerous considering the nature of our country as a multi-ethnic and religious society but also unconstitutional.

It could lead the nation into religious politics that could snowball into a religious war. The issue of religion is a matter of the heart, not a matter of the head.

“So if Muslims say they are endorsing a party that party will fail 10 times over. The same applies to this one that one denomination is supporting.”

RCCG denies involvement

But dissociating itself from the speculations that it is planning to adopt a political party ahead of the 2023 general elections, the church said there is no truth in such a rumour.

Speaking with Vanguard, the church’s head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, said there is no truth in such a rumour.

Olubiyi, who is also the Managing Editor of the official magazine of the church, the Redemption Light, said RCCG is home to everybody including politicians from different persuasions and cannot possibly align itself to a particular political party.

His words: “Besides, RCCG, a church organisation destined by the Lord Himself to take the world for Him, is not a political association which can transmute from its divine responsibility to affiliate itself with any political party to the detriment of its numerous members who belong to several political associations in the country.

“So there is no truth in that rumour. The RCCG has no desire to align itself with any political party ahead of 2023 or at any time. Ours is a spiritual organisation with a mission to take as many people with us to make heaven.

We intend to pursue that objective until every nation in the world is reached for the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Bakare keeps mum

Efforts, however, to get Pastor Bakare proved abortive as his telephone line was not reachable.

Source: vanguardngr.com

Adongo’s criticism of Ofori-Atta, BoG Governor under the influence of alcohol – Fadi Dabbousi

A staunch member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Fadi Dabbousi has accused Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Isaac Adongo of criticising Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and Bank of Ghana governor Ernest Addison under the influence of alcohol, adding that he is an incompetent braggart who holds “schools under trees certificates”.

“By their effusions, they shall be known to be under the stupor of a rather toxic combination of compounds and herbal extracts. It is my opinion that it rather does not seem coincidental that the brand “Adonko Bitters” was coined from the name “Adongo” for its toxicity and buzzing effect, similar to the manner that this failed MP carries himself. Sometimes I am inclined to believe that my opinion is true because it was only John Mahama, who awarded best farmers bottles of adonko bitters to booze their misery away in support of this stooge. I mean how can a legislator supposedly with “schools under trees” certificate be made a member of the august house of parliament? If it remained at that, it would be half the gargantuan embarrassment that he is to this nation, but the curse is far beyond human comprehension,” he wrote in an article taking the MP to the cleaners.

Mr Adongo is a regular critic of both the Finance Minister and the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, especially on how they have carried out the financial sector cleanup which resulted in the collapse of banks and other financial institutions. But Mr Dabbousi believes that it the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration led by former President John Mahama that caused the mess which the NPP government has cleared.

“This incompetent braggart attacks Ken Ofori-Atta and Dr Ernest Addison with ineffective venom continuously without accepting the fact that his shamed NDC government under John Mahama squandered so much money. They even attempted to print one billion Ghana Cedis to run their election campaign. In light of their failure, they slacked the requirements for setting up a bank so that fraudsters operating as susu agents and others would play ball with them. The idea was to allow for the proliferation of banks in order to sweep people’s money to masturbate John Mahama’s eccentric ego that had blown out of proportion,” he alleged.

Mr Adongo recently called out the Bank of Ghana for printing high-value denomination notes without recourse to the due processes. But Mr Dabbousi debunked this and rather accused the former NDC government of running down the economy and attempting to print money to finance their campaign.

“…the country became bankrupt and Isaac Adongo’s NDC government had to call in the IMF thieves to step in. NPP upon assumption of power in 2017 promised to extricate Ghana from the grasp of the IMF pseudo limbs. Ken Ofori-Atta took the necessary steps to generate enough funds to support the economy, and pay off the debt that had an interest element compounding in endless fold. Parasite contracts were cancelled, like the PPAs (power producer agreements) that were draining the coffers. These measures saved the nation billions of GHS that would otherwise have dissipated into the pockets of foreigners who continue to share profits with NDC persons.

During NDC’s tenure in office, Isaac Adongo’s affiliates at the Bank of Ghana with the blessings of the amateurish John Dramani Mahama printed special notes. He was in on the game when the latter was about printing one billion Ghana Cedis to fund his campaign. That he did not have a problem with. The unrepentant lazy student of John Mahama’s schools under trees, Isaac Adongo, can barely justify his position in society having colluded and connived with his cohorts to loot the nation in the worst government under the 4th Republic at all,” Mr Dabbousi lashed out.

He concluded by calling on Ghanaians to reelect President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2020 so that he can continue to do his good work of properly governing the country.

Source: mynewsgh.com

Opuni Trial: Court strikes out A-G’s affidavit on perjury motion

An Accra High Court hearing the trial of Dr Stephen Opuni, the former CEO of COCOBOD and Seidu Agongo, the CEO of Agricult Ghana Limited, has struck out Attorney-General’s affidavit in opposition against a motion of perjury filed by one of the accused.

Mr Samuel Cudjoe, the Counsel for Dr Opuni has cited Dr Yaw Adu-Ampomah, the third prosecution witness in the trial for perjury.

When the case was called on Thursday, Mr Cudjoe objected to the affidavit in opposition filed by the State for the respondent Dr Adu-Ampomah.

The witness, who is a former Deputy Chief Executive Officer at COCOBOD in Charge of Agronomy and Quality Control, had in his evidence-in-chief, in May 2019, told the court the procurement practice at COCOBOD for fertilizers had always been by open tender.

This, he said, was done through advertisement in the newspapers, where the product required was specified, and interested companies, whose products have been tested and certified by Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, were required to support their bids with documents.

Whilst the trial was ongoing, Mr Cudjoe pointed out at least 18 contract documents which were sole-sourced at COCOBOD under the signature of Mr Adu-Ampomah.

The witness, however, stood his grounds and maintained that COCOBOD always engaged in a competitive tender and that sole sourcing can also be used to procure fertilizers at COCOBOD.

Mr Cudjoe in his objection said the State had no right to file an affidavit in opposition on behalf of the respondent and that it was unconstitutional and breaches the status quo.

He said the respondent should be made to engage his own lawyer to respond to the motion.

“We are objecting to the A-G representing the respondent in a quasi-criminal application such as the application for the perjury,” he said.

He said it was their submission that, the A-G representation or filing affidavit in opposition breaches Article 88 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

He said he was unaware of the respondent’s filing of an affidavit in opposition but rather sought to rely on the A-G’s own and that the A-G could not work against the republic.

Mrs Stella Ohene-Appiah, Principal State Attorney in her response said the A-G was representing as an interested party and not for the respondent.

She said they were duly served as an interested party and that has been indicated in paragraph three of the affidavit in opposition.

“It is our understanding that the respondent can align himself with our affidavit,” she added.

It was on these augments that Justice Clemence Honyenugah, an Appeal Court Judge, sitting as an additional High Court Judge struck out the affidavit in opposition filed by A-G on December 20, 2019.

He urged the respondent to consult a lawyer to file the necessary documents to respond to the perjury allegations.

Meanwhile, Nutifafa Nutsukpui, who held brief for Benson Nutsukpui, Counsel for Agongo, commenced a cross examination of Dr Adu-Ampomah.

Mr Nutsukpui asked the witness, whether it was his evidence that in 2014 COCOBOD procured 700, 000 litres of liquid Lithovit fertilizer from Agricult Ghana Limited and he answered in the affirmative.

“Is it your case that in 2015, COCOBOD bought one million litres of the same product from Agricult Ghana Limited,” he asked and the witness again answered in the affirmative.

The court adjourned the trial to January 21 and the hearing of the perjury to January 28.

Dr Opuni and Mr Agongo are facing 27 charges, including defrauding by false pretenses, wilfully causing financial loss to the state, money laundering, corruption by public officer and acting in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

They have pleaded not guilty and have been granted a GH¢300,000.00 each self-recognisance bail by the Court.
GNA

Source: ghananewsagency.org

EC replies opposition political parties

The Electoral Commission has once again denied the allegation that it intends to rig this year’s election in favour of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“We have no intention of rigging the election; we make sure we involve all the political parties in everything we do; there is transparency in our processes”, Communications Officer of the Commission, Sylvia Annor said.

This reaction follows a decision by some opposition political parties to embark on a series of demonstrations against the EC’s decision to compile a new voters register.

This group named: interparty resistance against new voters register is made up of the largest opposition party; NDC, PNC, APC and others.

Sylvia Annor who was speaking in an interview with Nana Yaw Kesse on Peace FM morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, continued to justify reasons for a new voters’ register.

Source: peacefmonline.com

UEW blasts Rawlings over resignation claims

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has said former President Jerry John Rawlings calls for Reverend Professor Afful-Broni to be made to step aside as Vice-Chancellor of the University to allow for some unspecified investigations are misplaced.

In a statement, the school said Mr. Rawlings, who made this call when he addressed a durbar to climax the 38th anniversary of the 31st December revolution, had “become the latest advocate of an unworthy cause that is laden with mischief and fraud.”

The school noted that Prof. Afful-Broni is not the subject of any investigation after Mr. Rawlings said he was indicted for financial mismanagement in an Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) probe.

“The University, again, wishes to state clearly to the general public and, in particular, ex-President Jerry John Rawlings that, the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Anthony Afful-Broni is not under any form of investigation; no prima facie case of wrongdoing or misconduct has been established against him; and, no disciplinary action has been initiated against him by the Governing Council to warrant his stepping aside.”

It added that the claim that the Vice-Chancellor should be made to step aside “is completely misplaced and remains the figment of the imagination of those who quickly desire to initiate social injustice into an institution where none exists.”

The school also said Mr. Rawlings’ suggestions that over 20 staff of the school had been dismissed was incorrect and an attempt “to make the Management of the University look bad in the eyes of the unsuspecting members of the public.”

“It must be put on record that the figure 20 representing the number of persons claimed by ex-President, J. J. Rawlings as having been dismissed by the University totally betrays his ignorance and the mischief of those who fed him with such lies.”

Mr. Rawlings’ primary concerns were with the dismissal of the former Vice-Chancellor of the school, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, Dr. Theophilus Ackorlie, Ing. Daniel Tetteh, Mr. Frank Boateng, and Ms. Mary Dzimey.

The statement, however, reminded the general public that the dismissals had “nothing to do with any Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) Report or any other report by a state agency.”

The EOCO report actually exonerated former Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Professor Mawutor Avoke and the other principal officers of procurement and management breaches.

The Report indicated the Chief Technical Officer for the Ghana Revenue Authority, Winneba Office, Lawrence Lamptey, for willfully causing financial loss to the state.

The Efutu Member of Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin in May 2017 petitioned EOCO through the Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, with 13 allegations against some principal officers of the University.

The investigations concluded that the University complied with the provisions of the Public Procurement Authority Act as amended in its award of contracts to Sparkx Ghana Limited for five distinct projects.

Background

Prof. Avoke’s troubles date back to 2017 where a Winneba High Court ordered him to step aside until a malfeasance case brought against him and the University’s Governing Council was determined.

The case brought before the court by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, who insisted that the Vice-Chancellor and the Finance Officer, were operating under the institution’s defunct governing council.

The plaintiff argued that the University’s Council’s mandate had expired in November 2013, but the Education Ministry failed to constitute a new Governing Council for the university and rather allowed the defunct Governing Council which had no mandate whatsoever to continue in the functions of a properly constituted Governing Council.

Supi Kofi Kwayera also alleged financial and procurement irregularities on the part of the Prof Avoke.

Following the Court’s ruling in December 2017, Prof Avoke, together with some other Principal Officers of the University, was removed by the school’s Governing Council.

This was described by some lecturers as politically motivated.

Later the Supreme Court overturned the High Court decision which led to the removal.

The management of the school, however, insisted Prof. Avoke will not be reinstated because his dismissal was determined by the institution’s Governing Council.

Source: citinewsroom.com