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Daily Graphic- SSNIT verifies certificates of workforce.

The academic certificates of 2,465 workers of the social security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) are being verified by the trust as part of moves to cleanse the system of possible fake certificates holders.

The exercise comes against the backdrop of the revelation that the dismissed Head of the Management Information Systems (MIS) of the Trust, Dr Caleb Afaglo had used fake certificates to gain employment with SSNIT in 2015.

According to the Director General of SSNIT, Dr John Ofori Tenkorang the management gave the directive to the Human Resource Department two weeks ago as part of moves to cleanse the system of possible culprits.

Ports go paperless

…system to be fully tested today

The much-touted paperless clearance system at the Tema Port which took off without any hitches last Friday, September 1, 2017, is expected to prove its mettle when normal business resumes today.

Last Friday was a statutory holiday because of the Eid-ul-Adha celebration and the delivery units at the port which required clearance transactions did not function.

This means that the full functionality of the system could not be put to the test as a result of the absence of the usual traffic that characterises business transactions at the port.

But officials of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) said the ship side of port operations was functional last Friday and that two people made online requests which the operational team was able to respond to and serve appropriately.

“We received two requests for service from the Ghana Integrated Cargo Clearance System (GICCS) platform – one was a reefer container and the other was a dry container. When the requests were received, we were able to generate invoices and sent them back to the GICCS platform for the agents to have access,” the GPHA’s Corporate Planning and Monitoring Manager, Ms Josephine Gyima-Akwafo, said.

GJA cautions media on reportage on businesses

…Media foundation for West Africa disagrees

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has cautioned the media to be circumspect in their reportage, especially with regard to investigative stories.

In a statement signed by its President, Mr Affail Monney, the GJA urged journalists to verify all facts when they conducted any investigative piece, adding that such reportage must be “strictly guided by ethical values and, especially, the GJA Code of Ethics”.

“It is adherence to ethical principles which will serve as the shield to the investigative journalist and provide the canopy of credibility to his or her work,’’ it said.

The association also called for investigative stories to be “balanced’’ and that “all facts must be fully verified before they are thrown into the public domain”.

“We should be mindful of using the media to wage a smear campaign against individuals, especially local businesses and personalities who have made substantial contribution to the growth of the economy,’’ it added.

Communications Minister refutes corruption allegation

The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has vehemently refuted corruption allegations levelled against her by the Member of Parliamet (MP) for Assin North, Mr Kennedy Agyepong, concerning certain contracts at the National Identification Authority (NIA).

Mr Agyapong is reported to have accused Mrs Owusu Ekufful and the NIA of disregarding his bid for a contract to print NIA cards in favour of more expensive bidders.

Following the allegation and other allegations of corruption agasint the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff at the Presidency, Mr Francis Asenso Boakye, and Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, by the hip life musician, Mr Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A Plus, the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service (CID) opened investigations by inviting Mr Agyapong and A Plus to substantiate their allegations.

 

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