Even before the dust settles on the $72 million software purchase scandal at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) for the Operational Business Suite (OBS) project, another report has emerged that the Trust, under the Joshua Alabi-led board, spent a whopping $150 million on a housing project without value for money audit.
Alabi, who is nursing the ambition to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 elections, appears to be highly enmeshed in the SSNIT scandal, particularly the $72 million OBS contract awarded to Perfect Business System for the provision of the software for the Trust’s operations.
Mr Joshua Alabi’s board also allegedly engaged the sacked SSNIT General Manager (MIS), Caleb Afaglo, to acquire fake degrees.
The housing project is yet to be completed and it is not clear if SSNIT’s partner, Regimanuel Limited – an estate developer – provided its counterpart funding.
According to reports, the latest revelation indicates that the Joshua Alabi-led SSNIT board authorized the use of the fund in 2015 to build top-range houses.
Kenyan election annulled – Mahama, Mbeki exposed
A ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court yesterday – which annulled the results of last month’s presidential election due to irregularities – has undoubtedly cast doubt on the credibility of key observers of the Kenyan polls, including former Presidents John Dramani Mahama of Ghana and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.
The observers had praised the conduct of the Kenyan election, held on August 8, this year, describing it as free and fair, despite protests by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his followers that the results, which went in favour of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, were manipulated.
The Electoral Commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.
However, the European Union Election Observer Mission, headed by Marietje Schaake, had in its first assessment of the poll, refuted claims by the opposition leader that the exercise was rigged.
92% BECE students for frees SHS
Out of a total number of 460,941 registered candidates who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), 424,092 candidates have qualified to benefit from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s flagship ‘Free Senior High School’ policy.
The policy takes off by the middle of this month when President Akufo-Addo launches it, possibly at the West Africa Secondary School, Adenta.
On Thursday the president heralded the implementation of the programme in the next couple of weeks with the unveiling of the logo.
The number of qualified candidates to be selected through the Computerized School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) for enrolment into their various choices of public second cycle schools represents 92 percent of the overall number of candidates who wrote the BECE.
Muslims hail free SHS
On the occasion of this year’s celebration of the Eid-Ul-Adha festival, Muslims in the country have welcomed the implementation of the ‘Free SHS’ policy, which kick-starts on 13th of this month (September) to cover all junior high school students who gained admission into the various public senior high schools across the country.
The logo for the ‘Free SHS’ programme was unveiled on Thursday by President Nana Akufo-Addo together with his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, at a short but impressive ceremony at the Flagstaff House.
Leading the praises for the introduction of the policy was Alhaji Baba Musa, a member of the National Planning Committee for the celebration of this year’s Eid-Ul-Adha, which took place at the Black Star Square (Independence Square) yesterday.
He said the ‘Free SHS’ policy would no doubt be very beneficial to the Zongo communities, as well as all Ghanaians.