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Allotey Jacobs voluntarily Withdraws from Kokrokoo Morning Show

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Allotey Jacobs voluntarily Withdraws from Kokrokoo Morning Show

Allotey Jacobs voluntarily Withdraws from Kokrokoo Morning Show: Former Central Regional Chairman of Nationa Democratic Congress (NDC) Bernard Allotey Jacobs has called in this morning to voluntarily withdraw from attending Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show.

Ghananewspunch.com monitored this when Mr. Allotey phoned the host of the show Chairman Kwame Sefa Kayi live to confirmed his voluntary boycott of the show.

According to Mr. Allotey Jacobs, he has thought deeply about his suspension from his party NDC and after consulting many family and friends, he has decided to stop participating in the Kokrokoo morning show  which discusses trending political news headlines until further notice. He appealed to Kwame Sefa Kayi to bear with him for his hard-made decision which he believes is in the interest of both of them.

He assured his supporters that his decision may or may not be vindicated at the end of everything.

READ ALSO: NDC officially boycotts Peace FM Kokrokoo Morning Show


Background of Allotey Jacobs’ suspension from NDC Party

NDC Suspends Bernard Allotey Jacobs from the party

A letter confirming the suspension of the former Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Party (NDC) Bernard Allotey Jacobs has been sighted by Ghananewspunch.com.

The suspension letter addressed to Mr. Allotey: NDC Suspends Bernard Allotey Jacobs.

In the letter sent to Mr. Allotey and signed by the Party’s Chairman Ofosu Ampofo, it states; “the Functional Executive Committee which acted on behalf of the party’s National Executive Committee at its meeting held on Wednesday the 6th day of May 2020, has suspend you forthwith as member of the party pursuant to Articles 46(1), 46(6), and 46(8)(b) of the Party’s constitution for your persistent anti-party conduct.”

The letter further stated that the matter has been referred to the Party’s Disciplinary Committee for further actions.

This latest development is of no surprise to most Ghanaians as it’s obvious that Chairman Allotey Jacobs and the Communication unit of the country’s biggest opposition party have not been in good terms since last year.

This whole internal stiffness began when a ‘phone text message’ from the Party’s Communication Officer Sammy Gyamfi was sent to Mr. Allotey barring him from representing the party on any media platform in the country. The text message made it clear that Mr. Allotey no longer speaks for the party on any media platform.

This irritated Mr. Allotey and he took a stance not to defend the party in any social discussions.

He’s been heard on several occasions vowing to deal with the Party’s communication Officer Sammy Gyamfi at the right time. Well, we are not quite sure of the deep secrets that have been making him vow in dealing with Sammy Gyamfi. Time will sure tell its own story.

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Speaker Alban Bagbin travels again to Dubai for medical checks

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Alban Bagbin

Speaker Alban Bagbin travels again to Dubai for medical checks

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) again for his due medical review.

In a letter to President Akufo-Addo, the Speaker explained that his trip for another medical review was due on January 7, 2022.

“I am writing to inform you of my absence from Ghana from Friday, 7 January 2022 till Sunday 23, 2022 in order to honour an appointment for a medical review in the United Arab Emirates.”

“It is also important to bring to your attention that the House will resume its sittings for the First Meeting of the Second Session of the 8th Parliament on Tuesday 25 January 2022,” the letter from the Speaker’s Office noted.

Speaker Bagbin also informed the President that “prior to the resumption of the House, Parliament intends to undertake a Covid-19 (booster) vaccination exercise for Members of Parliament and Officers of the Parliamentary Service.”

Copy of the Speaker’s letter to Prez. Akufo-Addo;

alban bagbin's letter to Akufo-addo

Alban Bagbin was in UAE in November 2021, for similar medical check-ups.

Meanwhile, Parliament will be resuming the controversial debate on the 1.75% Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) which has divided the House and caused massive uproar amongst Ghanaians.

The E-Levy approval is expected to rake in a little above ¢6 billion in tax revenue for the country.

This month [January 2022] we will go back to the floor of Parliament with the E-Levy and ensure that it gets passed by the end of the month,” Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu-Boahen said during the investiture of the newly elected president of the Association of Ghana Industries, Humphrey Anim-Dake.

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Data from SIM card re-registration is bogus; we advised them to stop – NIA Boss

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Data from SIM card re-registration is bogus

Data from SIM card re-registration is bogus; we advised them to stop – NIA Boss

Photos of letters signed by the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA) in response to the National Communications Authority (NCA) regarding the commencement of the SIM Card re-registration reveal NIA’s initial rejection of the move since September 2021.

The Executive Secretary of NIA, Prof. Kenneth Attafuah has described the so-called biometric data being collected by the various telecommunication companies in the ongoing SIM card re-registration as useless.

In the letter, Professor Kenneth Attafuah, and his outfit cannot confirm that the data being collected by the telcos “will meet the standard to enable successful verification against the National Identification System (NIS) database.”

The letter was in response to a request for information to ascertain the synergy between the NIA data collection and the exercise being conducted by the telcos as being championed by the Communications Ministry through NCA.

“NIA is unable to confirm that the biometric data to be collected by the NCA for the purpose described above will meet the standard to enable successful verification against the National Identification System (NIS) database,” portion of the letter stated.

“The use of an App that is not developed or certified by NIA to rend the Ghana Card using a two-step data collection and verification process is outside NIA’s control. NIA is, therefore, unable to guarantee the results of such a process.”

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Scanned copies of the letters dated September 2021 were first shared by one Selorm Branttie, Vice President at Imani Center for Policy & Education who doubles as Global Strategy Director at mPedigree Network, on his Facebook timeline.

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Nigeria commits to pay off US$28.7 million capital arrears in Shelter Afrique

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Nigeria Finance Minister Dr Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Shelter Afrique MD Andrew Chimphondah

Abuja – January 11, 2022: The Federal Republic of Nigeria has pledged to pay the full capital arrear of US$28.7m in Shelter Afrique, Nigeria’s Finance Minister Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed disclosed at a meeting with Shelter Afrique Group Managing Director and CEO Mr. Andrew Chimphondah in Abuja.

The Minister further disclosed that the payment will be made in four installments starting January 2022.

In September 2020, the pan African housing development financier received US$$9.4 million from Nigeria. The contribution moved Nigeria to become the second-largest shareholding in the organization with 13.27% of the shareholding, behind Kenya with 17.78%, and ahead of the AfDB at 12.83%.

Lauding the government of Nigeria for its show of confidence in the institution and a stamp of approval for the organisation’s financial turnaround, Mr. Andrew Chimphondah said, “This is a major milestone which is set to propel Nigeria to become the largest shareholder in Shelter-Afrique when the country meets its capital commitment. This is a strong testament of the strong shareholder commitment and support of the Shelter Afrique Board and Management.”

Housing Bond

Shelter Afrique is planning to raise 250 Billion Naira Bond (US$500million) in 2022 to support its affordable housing projects in Nigeria. The Company is set to commence the road shows with prospective investors in January 2022 and is expected to conclude fundraising by end of February.

Shelter Afrique has embarked on a defined strategy of developing and deepening local capital markets so that access to local currency which is competitively priced can be made available to Nigerian Developers from the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Large Developers and Tier 1 and Tier 2 Banks and Primary Mortgage Lenders. The significance of this is that Shelter-Afrique will have been successful in dealing with the foreign exchange exposure risks that have crippled many African countries caused by the weakening of local African currencies against hard currencies such as the United States Dollar and the British Pound Sterling,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

Thanking the Finance Minister Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed for supporting the Bond Issue by the approvals received on critical waivers from the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Chimphondah noted that Nigeria was a critical and strategic market for Shelter Afrique, adding that the fund realized from the bond issue will go a long way in address the affordable housing shortage in the country, now estimated at 17 Million Units against the continent’s 56 million units.

“As a response to addressing this housing shortage, Shelter Afrique will implement a transformative strategy that will crowd in additional capital funding into the low cost large scale affordable housing market in a commercially viable manner,” Mr. Chimphondah concluded.

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