Joy News 2015 Review: 365 days of news in Ghana

It’s been 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months. We bring you the JoyNews 2015 Year in Review. We look at major highlights of year from politics to business and from sports to entertainment.

January
Nayele
There was such a huge interest in the arrest of Nayele Ametepe at the Heathrow Airport for carrying 12 kilos of cocaine. And this massive public interest in what became the Nayeli Ametefeh cocaine scandal forced the Isleworth Crown Court to issue tickets for seating two hours before hearing. She pleaded guilty on her first appearance for illegally trafficking cocaine and was jailed.

Also in January, there was the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea where the Black Stars defied all odds to finish second after hard luck hit them in a penalty shootout defeat to Ivory Coast.

The post-tournament talk was all about how much was budgeted by the Sports Ministry for the continent’s flagship football event. This irritated then minister Mahama Ayariga who fired back at journalists.

A list of beneficiaries of the controversial honorarium to the Black Stars Management team intercepted by JOY NEWS suggested that some unnamed officials of the Youth and Sports Ministry were also paid.

When the GFA President, Kwasi Nyantakyi appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into the Brazil 2014 World Cup, he said the money was shared by over 20 people though the coefficient used in taking the money was seven. But JOYNEWS intercepted the list of beneficiaries the GFA submitted to the Commission. Manasseh Azure Awuni had more on this.

Ebola
Ebola was also a big issue in January. Government assured of quick containment of the Ebola virus should the disease break out in Ghana. Deputy Health Minister Dr Victor Bampoe said government was satisfied with measures put in place to deal with the disease.

KKD Trial
Kwesi Kyei Darkwa, KKD, was also trending. There was a lot of talk in the media about the propriety of the action of the ace broadcaster who had been arrested for raping a 19 year old lady at the African Regency Hotel. And Lawyer Isidore Tuffuor told JoyNews the media trial of the case was prejudicial. Eventually the case was discontinued because the state did not have enough evidence to continue prosecution.

Kwaw Kesse
In Kumasi, a circuit court adjourned the case of hip life musician Kaw Kesse to February 5 due to the musician’s ill health. The Abodom hitmaker was facing trial for allegedly smoking marijuana. Kwaw Kesse’s lawyer requested the court gave ample time to allow his client to travel to Accra for medical care.

AFCON
Let’s talk more about the AFCON.
Black Stars coach Avram Grant early in the month released the final list of 23 players to represent the country at the 2015 African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea. Ghana has been drawn against Algeria, Senegal and South Africa in Group C. The coach had less than two weeks to prepare the team to make the dream of winning the cup a reality even though that was not the target he was given. Some Ghanaians shared these views on the squad.

NSS boss trial
Trial of former National Service Scheme boss, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro for theft of 86.9 million cedis was put on hold as prosecutors pleaded for more time to conclude investigations. Alhaji Imoro as well as some regional and district directors of the scheme were picked up by the Bureau of National Investigations in 2014 for planting more than 22 thousand ghost names on the scheme’s payroll. They allegedly diverted the allowances for these ghost names into their personal accounts.

CHRAJ boss issues
The Commissioner of CHRAJ Lauretta Lamptey who had been suspended for spending huge sums of money on her accommodation already generated some headlines. President Mahama suspended the commissioner in January after the chief justice established that there’s a case for the CHRAJ boss to answer. A five member committee was appointed to investigate claims Madam Lamptey allegedly spent $148,000 on rent for 33 months. She’s also alleged to have spent $180,000 on the renovation of her official residence. Speaking for the first time after the revelation, Madam Lamptey told Super Morning Show host, Kojo Yankson that she did not resign because she wanted to stay in office to go through the probe.

Dzidzor Mensah
Another story that generated headlines was that of the former HIV/AIDS Ambassador Joyce Dzidzor Mensah. She said she has been receiving treatment from a psychologist following what she described as the harrowing experiences since revealing that she was not HIV-positive after campaigning as an AIDS ambassador for seven years.

Central Medical Stores
It was a national disaster. Ghana’s Central Medical Stores which was biggest storage facility for drugs and other medical supplies in the country was in flames. Medicines for diseases such as Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Ebola were kept there. It took the Ghana National Fire Service several days to put out the blaze. The Acting Head of Public Affairs of the Fire Service Ellis Robinson Okoe spoke about the challenge.

Load shedding
Load shedding across the country worsened as power producers shed more than 600 megawatts of power. GRIDCo admitted it was shedding four hundred and twenty megawatts of power due to the shortfall in gas supply from Nigeria. Some consumers expressed their frustration about it.

BECE and Hijab
The Islamic Unit of the Ghana education Service in the Western Region challenged the Controller of the West African Examination Council in the region to withdraw a controversial directive to Islamic schools. WAEC officials in the region asked Muslim girls registering for the BECE to remove their headscarves or hijab, before taking passport pictures for their exam registration.

Asiedu Nketia winter coat
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress Johnson Asiedu Nketsia revealed that a winter coat he wore while in Germany with the president was that of his wife. Pictures of him wearing the ladies winter coat went viral. Speaking on Kumasi based radio station Hello FM, Mr Asiedu Nketsia popularly known as General Mosquito said he mistakenly took his wife’s winter coat but was not bothered about the reaction of the public.

Hiplife artiste Kwaw Kesse also started a campaign against the use of narcotics by young people. Kwaw Kesse was arrested in December for smoking marijuana in public but was later released due to his ill health. The Abodam hip-maker says he decided to embark on his new project while on remand at the Kumasi Central Prison. He says a lot has changed in his life now.

February
In February, there was a story about the physical assault of children at the Country Side Children’s Home at Winneba in the Central Region. In a documentary produced by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, children of various ages were seen being slapped repeatedly by caregivers at the orphanage. The story also uncovered how donations meant for children were diverted. Anas spoke about the investigation.

Shake-up at the presidency; Chief of Staff, Dotse Malor and Atuguba out

There was some shake-up at the presidency. The chief of staff, Prosper Bani was replaced by Valerie Sawyer who was the deputy chief of staff. Also out was the executive secretary to the president, Dr. Raymond Atuguba. Our sources said the contract of senior communications consultant to the president at the time, Ben Dotse Malor had not been renewed.

Kumasi prisoner revolt
The Ashanti Regional Security Council ordered a transfer of some prisoners at the Kumasi Central Prisons. It followed a bloody revolt there which left one person dead and at least five others injured. Regional Minister Samuel Sarpong said the transfer would ease the congestion at the prison. The incident is said to have started when some prison inmates refused to return to their halls after a fire outbreak. Many assaulted the prison wardens while others tried to escape. The regional minister spoke about the situation.

St Paul Senior High School Shooting
Authorities of the St. Paul’s Senior High School visited the family of a student who was accidentally shot and killed by police officers during rioting there. The student Rakhid Adio, was hit by a stray bullet when the Police fired live ammunition to disperse the students who were rioting.

The Education Ministry summoned some school heads charging exorbitant registration fees for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE. It followed a JOYNEWS’ expose which revealed some schools in the capital were charging as high as GHc200 for the whole registration process instead of 17.40 Ghana cedis per candidate. The Education Ministry had directed that the schools could charge additional fees based on negotiations with parents. But some schools flouted this.

Occupy Ghana on luxury vehicles for the Energy Ministry

Pressure group Occupy Ghana demanded the Auditor General disallowed unauthorized expenditure on luxury vehicles by the Energy Ministry and surcharge those found to be behind it. The 2013 Auditor General’s report presented to Parliament revealed the Ministry spent about 1.7 million dollars on 38 luxurious vehicles as part of a Multi-Donor Budgetary Support Programme. Sources at the Ministry have said the purchase of the vehicles, were approved by Parliament in 2008 as part of a 350 million dollar US Exim bank facility meant for extending electricity to 1,200 communities.

Sounds of protestors at the opposition New Patriotic Party led demonstration which led to a virtually traffic hold up in the city centre. Hundreds of supporters and sympathizers joined NPP flagbearer Nana Akuffo Addo and leading figures of the party including former chairman Paul Afoko as well as Minority MPs to protest what they described as government’s poor handling of the power crisis.

Minority on Joe Oteng Adjei Lexus
The opposition New Patriotic Party, NPP questioned the role of former energy minister Dr Joe Oteng Adjei in the purchase of luxury vehicles for a contract for an electrification project signed in 2008. The Minority in Parliament said there was no component for purchase of such vehicles in the original contract. At a news conference minority spokesperson on energy KT Hammond refuted claims by the Power ministry that Dr Oteng Adjei saved Ghana some money by constituting a value for money audit.

“I WILL FIX IT” promise
President Mahama announced he would not just manage the current power crisis; he said he would fix it! Presenting the 2015 State of the Nation address in Parliament the president outlined an elaborate plan to generate over 3600 megawatts of power over the next five years. He said his governments would solve Ghana’s power problems once and for all.

Supreme Court ruled on legality of district level election

The Supreme Court ruled on the suit challenging the legality of the March 3 district level elections. A disqualified aspirant for the position of assemblyman in the Eyipeh Electoral Area in the Central Region, Benjamin Eyi Mensah dragged the Electoral Commission to court for failing to include him in the election. Well, the verdict went in favour of Mr Mensah. The election was called off and another one held later.

March
Police recruitment scam
The Ghana Police Service arrested five more people in connection with the sale of fake police recruitment forms. Over 250 people were left stranded at various police depots after they paid thousands of Ghana cedis in a bid to gain employment into the Service.

“Locked and forgotten”
JoyNews ran both television and radio documentaries on the plight of some remand prisoners in the country. In his documentary titled “Locked and Forgotten”, Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng highlighted how some remand prisoners had been languishing in jail, some for as long as 10 years without trial. This woman Yaa Faustie was one of them. She was in the Tamale prisons as remand prisoner for four years. Yaa and so many other remand prisoners had their cases heard. Some were convicted, freed or granted bail after the documentary.

Interior Minister Mark Woyongo said work would continue to ensure the prisons are decongested.

“Mahama and the dead goat”
President Mahama said he had the dead goat syndrome to deal with agitations on the labour front which may happen next year. Speaking to Ghanaians in Botswana he noted that strikes and demonstrations where characteristic of election year and he is amply prepared next election year-2016.

Woyome walks free
Businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome was freed on both charges of fraud and causing financial loss to the state. The presiding judge Johnson Ajet-Nassam said the state failed to prove its case in the 51 million cedi judgment debt case it brought against him.

The judge minced no words in describing how shoddy the prosecution had executed its case. Mr. Woyome was accused three years ago of fraudulently benefitting from a 51 million cedis judgment debt. His lawyer was elated.

Bawumia on the economy
NPP running mate Dr Mahamoud Bawumiah questioned the credibility of the data government presented to the IMF about the country’s economic situation. This was at a lecture at the Central University College at Prampram. Listen.

Nigeria elections
Nigeria may be miles away but the election in the country had a lot of following across Africa. Prior to the announcement of the results there was huge anticipation as the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission wrapped up the process. Here is Chairman of the INEC, Prof Atahiru Jega.

Well, Buhari was eventually announced winner. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan lost. Gen Buhari commended President Goodluck Jonathan for relinquishing power peacefully, after the latter had called him conceding defeat yesterday.

April
Methodist Church on levying of church members to bail out university

The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante defended the churches’ decision to levy its members across the country to pay a loan acquired by Methodist University. The school was struggling to pay back a ten million cedi loan it obtained for infrastructural projects. But the decision was greeted with mixed reactions. However Most Reverend Emmanuel Asante said that was the way to go.

Judgment Debt Commission report recommends proactiveness from state prosecutors and head of state agencies in handling of judgment debt cases

The Judgment Debt Commission recommended increased pro-activeness from officials at the Attorney General’s department and heads of MMDAs in handling judgment debt cases. The Justice Yaw Apau led Commission was set up by president Mahama in 2012 to look into the payment of dubious judgment debts to individuals and agencies.

The commission also recommended that businessman Alfred Woyome paid back the 51 million cedi judgment debt awarded him. Well, JOYNEWS Kwakye Afreh Nuamah spoke to the lawyer of the sole commission, Dometi Sokpor on some of the key recommendations by the commission.

YFM presenter’s alleged abduction
Another story that received a lot of commentary was the abduction of a radio presenter in Takoradi in the Western Region. The female presenter was rushed to hospital after nude pictures of her were distributed by her alleged kidnappers. YFM general manager in Takoradi Franklin Fiati who contacted the police after seeing the disturbing pictures spoke about the incident.

Diversion of cocoa chemicals
LuvNews uncovered massive diversion of chemicals meant for government’s free mass cocoa spraying exercise in the Ashanti Region. Various collaborators, including persons believed to be security personnel collude to sell the products supplied by government on the open market at the expense of poor cocoa farmers.

Sacked for keeping bushy hair
Headmaster of the St. Johns Grammar Senior high school, Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle allegedly stopped three final year students from writing a WASSCE exam because they kept bushy hair. The Ghana Education Service asked that the 3 students be registered and prepared to write the paper in the November WAEC remedial examinations. Mr Fiemawhle denied the allegation.

Maritime dispute
The maritime dispute between Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire was raging. The Special International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea gave this ruling after submissions from both Ghana and Cote D’Ívoire.

May
In May, the death of NPP Upper East Regional Chairman Adams Mahama dominated discussions in the media.

Voices of angry supporters of the New Patriotic party greeting the news of the Upper East regional chairman Adams Mahama’s death. He died following an acid attack on him. The incident threw Bolgatanga into confusion as angry youth destroyed property and attacked the second regional vice chairman of the party. The family was devastated.

Mr. Adams Mahama was a moslem, do we know what the plans are already for his burial? General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketsia said the violent elements of the NPP must be controlled to maintain peace in the country.

Yvonne Nelson on dumsor
Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson led an online campaign to speak against the country’s power crisis. She spoke to the BBC about the erratic power supply.

On 15th of April Ms Nelson led a vigil at the Tetteh Quarshie interchange after a lot of back and forth with the police. It’s obvious that almost every Ghanaian felt the pinch of the crisis. This 65-year-old pensioner Maame Yaa talked about how the outages were draining her meager pension benefits.

June
Flood and fire
On the 3rd of June the nation witnessed the worst disaster in its history. More than 150 people were killed in a fire outbreak at a Goil Filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle here in Accra. Our Parliamentary correspondent Elton Brobbey was in the thick of affairs.

President Mahama addressed journalists following a crisis meeting of the National Security Council. A three-day national mourning was observed in memory of the dead.

July
The prayer for the nation
The voice of Archbishop Duncan Williams leading a throng of Christians who gathered in Accra today to say prayers for the nation. The national day of fasting and prayers called by the National Association of Charismatic Churches was held under the theme, “ Overturning a National Crisis”. Several heads of charismatic churches in the country were present at the event, which was held at the Christian Action Faith Ministries.

Seth Kwame Boateng honoured by Prisons Service Council

Our own Seth Kwame Boateng was honoured by the Prisons Service Council following his documentary ‘Locked and Forgotten’ which highlighted the plight of remand prisoners.

Bird Flu
Bird Flu was a big issue. Over 30,000 birds were destroyed in Accra, Tema, and the Volta region. President of the Poultry Farmers Association, Victor Oppong told JOYNEWS the farmers would petition government demand compensation for their members who have been affected.

Standoff between ADB management and UNICOF
Members of the Union of Industry Commerce and Finance Workers UNICOF, accused management of the Agricultural Development Bank, ADB, of bad faith. This followed the bank’s decision to begin floating shares despite a challenge of its sale. John Esiape is General Secretary of UNICOF.

Demolition of Old Fadama
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly demolished large swathes of the Old Fadama slum. And the displaced residents were to be relocated to government’s proposed location at Pokuase near Accra. Deputy Works and Housing Minister Sampson Ahi said this. More residents of the slum were displaced following another demolition exercise in the area in what the AMA said was the final phase of its demolition exercise there. This woman could not hold back her tears.

TV license wahala
Starting August 1, everyone who owned a television set was expected to pay 36 cedis annually as TV license fee. The fee is among other things expected to help GBC to financially to deliver on its public service broadcasting mandate. One of the concerns that had come up in the past was the failure to effectively collect the fees. But Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Major Don Chebe told Beatrice Adu that they would use modern technology this time around.

State attorneys on strike
Some courts in Accra were forced to adjourn cases following the strike called by state attorneys. The prosecutors at the Attorney General’s Department embarked on the strike to protest what they said were poor conditions of service. National Secretary for the State Attorneys association Charles Ofori, reiterating their position.

Ali Gabass judgment
An Accra Circuit court handed Takoradi-based doctor Ali Gabass 25 year prison sentence for sodomizing a 16 year old boy. JOYNEWS broke the story in October last year and although Dr Sulley Ali Gabass initially denied the accusation, he was subsequently picked up by police and had been on trial since. His victim who had been diagnosed with HIV, said he’d had to change his name to avoid stigma from friends. Manasseh Azure Awuni told the story.

ABC in Chinese
The movement of Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan to China’s Shangai SIPG seemed to have spawned a new interest in the Chinese language among Ghanaians. But the passion turned comical as some people created their own interesting renditions of how the Chinese alphabets are pronounced. Listen to this one.

Interesting.
Amissah Arthur wife on chalk
The wife of vice president Kwesi Amissah Arthur generated controversy. Mrs Amissah Arthur told the headmistress of Kukurantumi Presby Primary School that teachers and the PTA should be able to provide chalk for the school. She was responding to a request for chalk from the headmistress.

Akua donkor on Mahama’s trip
Flagbearer of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Akua Donkor said criticism from a section of the public following her trip to Italy with president Mahama were unjustified. Government came under bashing for including the GFP leader in some official trips. But Madam Donkor insisted her presence was useful.

Doctors strike over conditions of service
Several patients in the country’s public health facilities were left stranded as doctors across the country began a strike as part of process towards full resignation in three weeks. Talks with government for the institution of service conditions for the doctors broke down after a July 29 deadline elapsed. The doctors accused government of feet dragging in the negotiations.

August
One of the biggest stories in the month of August was the deranged gunman Charles Antwi who attempted to assassinate President Mahama. His incarceration by circuit court judge Justice Obiri attracted public lash compelling the Attorney General to direct a review of the case.

Another story that dominated public discussion was the presidential convoy accident that claimed the life of Ghanaian Times Reporter Samuel Nuamah and several of his colleagues sustaining various degrees of injuries.

The twist in this story was when GJA President Affail Monney when he came under fire from senior editors after endorsing Chief of Staff’s claim that there was no wrongdoing in the presidential press corps accident.

Also was the 45 year old polling station youth organizer, George Boateng who wanted President Mahama in the presidential primaries. Mr Boateng said the reason why he wanted to contest Mr. Mahama was that the president has failed to improve the plight of the poor in the country.

And the claim by the opposition NPP that more than 76,000 Togolese nationals registered in Ghana to vote as it makes a strong case for a new voters’ register.

September
1. In September the running story was the judicial scandal by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. It will go down in history as one story met with fierce opposition by the some members of the judiciary. But, what it would be remembered for was for justice was put on sale for tubers of yam and goats. And it was a cocktail of suits against the premiering of the video, the journalist and the chief justice.

2. There was also police brutality of protestors led by Let My Vote Count Alliance who defied an injunction order requiring them to use only specified routes.

October
FDA warns against consumption of Palm oil
The Food and Drugs Authority during the year in review warned against the consumption of palm oil across the country. The Authority revealed samples it taken from market indicated the presence of highly dangeroustextile dye – Sudan 4 which causes cancer. Maria Johnson is Head of Food Safety Management Department at the FDA. The police also arrested some vendors following the discovery.

EC holds forum on voters register
The electoral commission this year held a two day public forum on the future of the voters, it followed demands by the New Patriotic Party for a new registrar. The NPP claimed the register is bloated and thus not credible. Chairman of the EC Charlotte Osei however insisted the final decision on whether or not Ghana will have a new voters’ register will be based on the rule of law and the constitution and not on mere allegations.

Still on the EC forum, it generated some confusion within the NPP when suspended chairman Paul Afoko showed up to represent the party. Mr Afoko joined the team of executives including General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong representing the party at the forum. Addressing the media, Paul Afoko maintained he was at the forum as leader of the party to back the NPP’s push for electoral reforms.

November
Residents of Esikado in the Western Region were thrown into a state of shock when a mother killed her two children

Residents of Esikado in the Western region were thrown into a state of mourning after a 40 year old woman poisoned her two daughters. 40 year old Naana Amenana believed to be mentally unstable fed her children, a seven and six-year old, with tea containing a substance believed to be poison. Sister of the Suspect, Nana Esiaa spoke to JOYNEWS.

JOYNEWS investigations uncovered disparities in official figures quoted by the DVLA for a contract to FOTO-X for the printing of licenses

JOYNEWS’ investigations revealed disparities in official figures quoted by Drivers’ and Vehicle Licensing Authority for a contract awarded to a private company, FOTO-X for printing of drivers’ licenses. The DVLA board approved 3.6 million dollars contract for the printing of licenses. But the contract sum has shot up to 9.9 million.

Five year old boy goes blind after his mother plugs his eyes with broken plastic plates in rage at Amassaman in Accra

A five year old boy lost his eyes after his mother stabbed him in a fit of rage with broken plastic plates at Amasaman here in Accra. The incident happened whilst the father had travelled.

Mahama on incompetence
President Mahama stirred the political hornets’ nest with this reaction to statements by the NPPs Dr Mahamadu Bawumia accusing him of incompetence. The NPP as well as some political analysts described the President’s comments as one that didn’t augur well for his position as a statesman. But government said his comments suggesting opposition flagbearer’s running mate Dr Mahmoud Bawumia cannot question his competence had been misinterpreted. Dr OmaneBoamah is Communications Minister.

The President’s comments were greeted with mixed views from some Ghanaians on the streets of Accra.

Former GNPC boss TsatsuTsikata described defended payment of ex-gratia to him by GNPC

Former Chief Executive of the GNPC Tsatsu Tsikata said a call by the Adansi Asokwa MP KT Hammond for him to be investigated is a tactic by the MP to divert attention from his own troubles. Mr Hammond revealed the approval of 1.6 million Ghana cedis by the GNPCto be paid to MrTsikata and his wife as ex-gratia. Speaking on the Super Morning Show, Mr Tsikata said he deserved his entitlements.

Mr. Tsikata also indicated he will ask Mr. Hammond to cough up the evidence of his alleged criminal conduct in court despite legal suggestions his case is weak.

Mr Tsikata went ahead to sue KT Hammond for defamation, but the Adansi Asokwa MP hit back daring former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to face him in court.

2-PURC announced increases in Utility tariffs, almost 60 percent more for electricity and 67 percent more for water

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission approvednew tariff increases which took effect from Monday December 14. Electricity tariffs went up by over 60 percent and water 67 percent.

The increases were rejected by organized labor, which demand their suspension will the power situation in the county improved. The industrial and commercial workers union pledged to join organized labor in demanding a reduction in the hikes, Solomon Kotei is the ICU general secretary

The Minority in parliament joined in the chorus, with K.T. Hammond accusing of insensitivity to the plight of Ghanaians.

3-23 Judges sacked for taking bribes.
23 judges found to have taken bribes in their line of duty were dismissed by the Chief Justice. This followed an investigative report by AnasAremeyawAnas detailing corruption in the Judiciary. After the dismissal of the Judegese Chief Justice, Georgina Wood pledged more will be done to purge the judiciary of corruption.

Transport Minister resigns over controversial bus branding saga

It started with public outcry. Followed by an official enquiry on the orders of the Chief of Staff and then the resignation of Transport Minister DzifaAtivor. Outcry over the controversial Metro Mass bus branding saga pushed the Chief of Staff to order the Attorney-General to retrieve 1.9 milion cedis from Messrs Smartty’s Management Limited, the company that branded the buses.

But some believed these were not enough, Member of Citizen Ghana Movement, Dr.Esi Ansah, wanted more issues on the scandal resolved.

Former Attorney-General Ayikwei Otoo who was also on the show expressed concern about government’s tendency to resort to sole sourcing.

NPP General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong began a long stay in the political wilderness together with the party’s second national vice chairperson Samme Crabbe. The Duo were suspended by the National Executive Committee of the NPP for acting in contravention of the party’s constitution.

Well, the Suspended Kwabena Agyepong did not go down silently; in a statement he totally rejects all the reasons ascribed by the party for his suspension, especially any intended or unintended attempts to impugn his good name.

Former Chief Executive of VRA Dr. Wereko Brobbey proposed “legal scrutiny” of controversial AMERI deal over concerns sub-contractor METKAis taking about 350 million dollars

A former Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority Dr. Wereko-Brobbey is proposed a thorough investigation into the controversial AMERI deal in which Ghana is paying 510 million dollars for ten gas generators. It follows revelation that a sub-contractor METKA hired to perform the contractual obligations could get about 350 million dollars.

Under the controversial power purchase agreement, government will be required to pay 510 million dollars for electricity supplied by the company over the next five years. Reports however suggest that power could have been delivered at a much lower cost. Dr. Brobbey says the deal raises many questions.


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