Daily Guide – JB family cries for fresh probe.
The family of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu aka JB, Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region, who was murdered in cold blood last year, has made a passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to order the security agencies to re-open the whole case again.
Although two young men are currently standing trial at an Accra High Court over the gruesome murder of the former New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, the family is insisting that justice might never be served due to the way in which the security agencies, particularly the Ghana Police Service, have handled the case so far.
A petition jointly signed by N. Kwaku Solomon and Kofi Atta, spokespersons for the Acheampong family which they say represents JB said, “Just as the Ghanaian people want to know, tens of questions are lingering on the minds of the late J.B. Danquah-Adu’s family which includes you (Mr. President) requires immediate steps to unravel the mystery behind his murder and arrest and prosecution of all those who have a hand in this.
In the petition, the family recounted instances that have given them cause to come to the conclusion that the late JB’s killers might never be found if the president does not intervene.
Mahama left huge debt- Nana
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the assurance that despite the huge debt bequeathed his administration by his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, he is on course to deliver on his promises.
According to the president, he inherited empty coffers from the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, with the national debt running around GH¢122 billion from the GH¢9 billion Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) government left for the NDC in 2009.
“I inherited a poor economy. My predecessor did not leave me much money. What he, rather, left me was a lot of debt. Nonetheless, we are beginning to turn the fortunes of our country around, and we will find the money for the construction of the stadium and the completion of the university,” President Akufo-Addo said this yesterday at a durbar held at Dormaa Ahenkro by the chiefs and people of the area on the final day of his two-day tour of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
NDC lied over $2.3bn bond
The Ministry of Finance says its attention has been drawn to a statement issued by the Minority in Parliament, which seeks to cast negative aspersions on the recent GH¢9.7 billion (US$2.25 billion) domestic bond issue by the Government of Ghana.
Reacting to the report, the ministry described the statement as unfortunate, especially coming from Cassiel Ato Forson, a former deputy finance minister, who knows the workings and processes for the issuance of domestic bonds.
The ministry has therefore called on him to stop making such “baseless allegations.”
Just after news of the bond issue broke, the minority said that the issuance was shrouded in secrecy and that other investors were denied the opportunity to participate in the transaction.
The minority NDC also alleged that the transaction was “cooked” to favour a particular investor – Franklin Templeton (FT) – just because a director of one of the funds FT managed knows the finance minister.
3,000 ghost names removed from YEA
New authorities at the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) say they have discovered a total of about 3,000 ghost names on the Agency’s payroll which was handed over to them by the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
As a result, the Agency has indefinitely suspended the payments of allowances to all beneficiaries of YEA.
According to a statement issued by the Agency, a preliminary audit on the payroll revealed the following: “Some beneficiaries using the same E-zwich numbers; 2,999 beneficiaries not at post but continue to draw allowances; payments made to some beneficiaries for no work done; non-payment of some beneficiaries since May 2016 leading to huge arrears; some beneficiaries working without appointment and assumption of duty letters.”
It continued, “This preliminary audit by management has saved the agency and the Ghanaian taxpayer, one million, sixty-seven thousand and seven hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢1,067,700) per month.”