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Domelevo is mischievous, untruthful; He left out names of several NDC MPs – Former GETFund boss

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Sam Garba, a former administrator of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has slammed the Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo for being unfairly mischievous with the latter’s recent report on the secretariat’s administration of scholarships in the country.

According to him, the Auditor-General was selective in capturing the supposed ‘unlawful beneficiaries’ in the report when in fact there were a lot more beneficiaries, raising concerns about the credibility of the report.

The Auditor-General’s department in a performance audit report has implicated the GETFund Secretariat in the disbursement of scholarships.

GETFund’s annual report spanning from the year 2012 to 2018 reveals that the secretariat spent GHC425,698,937 on scholarship on 3,112 persons.

Out of the number, 2,217 persons did not necessarily deserve the scholarship schemes they were awarded.

The report further suggests that a whopping GHC1.8 million of the funds was spent on awardees who were not prepared to pursue further studies at the time of applying for the scholarships.

Additionally, an amount of GHC449,000 was paid as tuition fees to six universities; five in the UK, one in Dubai on behalf of six beneficiaries who did not enroll in the schools at all. The secretariat subsequently paid over 700,000 cedis for the same beneficiaries to attend different universities.

Persons who have been captured as beneficiaries include Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Deputy Majority Leader, Adwoa Safo, a deputy Minister for Agric, Kennedy Osei Nyarko, a lecturer with UCC, Prof John Gatsi and the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Prince Armah.

The Auditor-General in his report among other things noted that GETFund “breached the object of the fund and administered the scholarship themselves” adding that it “did not establish any systems, policies, and procedures to ensure the economic, efficient and effective use of public funds.”

But Mr. Garba in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM believes the report is skewed, demanding the whereabouts of some other members of Parliament who were not captured.

“Beneficiaries are from both sides of the house. The records are in the GETFund. They come with a letterhead from Parliament asking for sponsorship,” he explained.

“The auditors saw them, so why do you pick some and leave some.

“You choose what suits you and leave others out. The Auditor-General should ask them. Whom did they leave out? They know those they left out,” he said.

 

 


–: ABCNEWS

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“My Government’s Record In Agriculture Is Impressive” – President Nana Addo

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“My Government’s Record In Agriculture Is Impressive” – President Nana Addo

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. President of the Republic of Ghana has described the record of his government in the growth and development of the agricultural sector as impressive. 

Speaking at the 35th edition of Farmers’ Day on Friday, 3rd December, in Cape Coast, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government, since 2017, has set out to transform Ghanaian agriculture through investment in integrated and mutually reinforcing measures, that are yielding positive results. 

With the central pillar of the Government’s transformative policy being the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, the President stated that “we have, through the Programme, achieved a yearly average growth of agriculture of 5.8%, from 2017 to 2020, compared to the 2.7% growth we inherited in 2016.” 

To date, according to him, “a total of 1.4 million metric tonnes of fertilizers, and some ninety-one thousand metric tonnes (91,000MT) of certified seeds have been made available to farmers since 2017, with the number of beneficiary farmers now hitting the 1.7 million mark, taking off from the initial number of two hundred and seven thousand (207,000) farmers in 2017.” 

Through Planting for Export and Rural Development, which was launched in 2019 to promote the rapid development of six (6) strategic tree crops, i.e., rubber, oil palm, cashew, mango, coconut, and shea, and, thereby, diversify and augment our export earnings, President Akufo-Addo revealed that some twenty-nine million (29 million) seedlings have been distributed to some two hundred and twenty thousand (220,000) beneficiary farmers. 

Rearing for Food and Jobs, aimed at expanding domestic meat production, and reducing the huge annual import bill for meat and meat products of some three hundred million dollars ($300 million), he said, has seen thousands of different livestock species being distributed to seven (7) national livestock breeding stations in one hundred and sixty-six (166) MMDAs across the country. 

“Vegetable production, under the greenhouse village concept, has also been promoted intensively, with three centres established at Dawhenya, Akumadan and Bawjiase for commercial production, and training of youth interested in establishing agribusinesses in the vegetable value chain,” he said. 

President Akufo-Addo added, “To improve the efficiency of farmer operations, a total of eight thousand, nine hundred and eighty (8,980) units of various types of machinery and equipment have been imported to enhance access to mechanization services by farmers. Sixty-three (63) out of the proposed eighty (80) one thousand metric capacity (1,000MT) warehouses have been completed.” 

This, he indicated, has increased the warehouse capacity owned by the Government to ninety-seven thousand metric tons (97,000 MT), with additional warehouses set to be constructed to handle the expected increased production of grains to enlarge storage, and reduce post-harvest losses. 

On irrigation, the President stated that “the result of significant investment by my government in the Ghana Commercial Agriculture Progamme has resulted in the availability of a total of thirteen thousand, one hundred and ninety (13,190) hectares of additional irrigable land, through the rehabilitation of Tono, Kpong Left Bank and Kpong Irrigation Schemes, for rice and vegetable cultivation.” 

To address the perennial challenges of access to credit for our farmers and fisherfolk, the President stated that the Ghana Incentive-Based Risk Sharing Agricultural Lending Scheme (GIRSAL), which was established in 2019, has approved and issued credit guarantees for agricultural loans to the tune of two hundred and seventy-three million cedis (GH¢273 million). 

On reviving Agricultural Extension Services, President Akufo-Addo noted that Government has increased the staff strength from of the Services from 1,580 in 2016, to 4,280, following the recruitment of 2,700 more extension officers in 2019. 

“I am happy to inform you that approval has been given by Cabinet for the recruitment of an additional number of one thousand, one hundred (1,100) veterinary officers into the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Fifty percent (50%) of this number will be recruited in 2022, and the remaining fifty percent (50%) progressively taken on board over a two-year period,” he added 

Fisheries expansion, and cocoa pension schemes 

Construction works on fishing landing sites and harbour projects, located in the Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions, President Akufo-Addo said, are progressing steadily, with the projects expected to facilitate the transformation of the fisheries sector, by providing modernised berthing, handling, processing and mechanisation facilities to fisher folk. 

Cabinet, according to the President, has granted approval for the procurement of a research vessel and four (4) patrol boats for the fisheries sector, with the four (4) patrol boats set to strengthen enforcement capacity, to help address the issue of overexploitation and overfishing, as well as help curb the pervasive incidence of Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

On cocoa, President Akufo-Addo stressed that the sector has seen significant transformation since 2017. 

“From an average production of eight hundred and eighty thousand (880,000) tonnes, the country hit an all-time record production of one million, and forty-seven thousand, three hundred and eighty-five (1,047,385 tonnes) in 2021, being the highest ever yearly production of cocoa, since it was introduced into Ghana in 1879,” he added. 

This, he said, has been made possible by the introduction of productivity improvement techniques that ensure higher yields from the same acreage, the adoption of technology and practices that modernise cocoa production in an environmentally, socially and sustainable manner, the design of policies to address the inequalities in the international marketing system of cocoa by paying a Living Income Differential of four hundred United States dollars ($400) per tonne of cocoa to farmers, and the fostering of partnerships and collaborative actions of stakeholders towards greater investments. 

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that the commencement of the provision of a pension scheme for farmers started in 2020 under his government, even though the law was promulgated in 1984, with successive governments being unable to bring it into being. 

“The pilot pension scheme has, initially, covered some two thousand, eight hundred (2,800) farmers in the New Edubiase Cocoa District of the Ashanti Region, and a nation-wide registration of all cocoa farmers is on-going under the cocoa management system to speed up the process,” he added.

 


Source: Presidency.gov.gh

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“You guys can go to hell” – Captain Smart charges after released from Police custody

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“You guys can go to hell” – Captain Smart charges after released from Police custody

Fearless broadcast journalist Blessed Godsbrain Smart popularly known as Captain Smart has reaffirmed his resolve to fight the cause of the ‘New Ghana’ agenda, a campaign he is leading to uncover corrupt politicians.

Captain Smart was arrested last Thursday 2nd December 2021 by the Nima Police Command after a video he made attacking politicians on the rot going in the country on his ‘Onua Maakye’ morning show on Onua FM went viral. The Police arrested him with the charge that his unsavory comment was inciting violence and a threat to national peace and security.

On his show ‘Onua Maakye’ on Wednesday, Captain Smart, whilst voicing his displeasure about happenings in leadership, called for an uprising.

“Where we have reached, we require an uprising with positive defiance. I am even shocked at Ghana’s soldiers.

“You can enter Parliament when MPs are being sworn in but when MPs are fooling, you can’t enter Parliament to arrest them. Everybody is quiet in this country,” he said.

He was however released from the Police custody the same day.

Speaking on his Onua Maakye show on Friday 3rd December 2021 after his release, he reiterated his preparedness to fight until the country’s political leaders act well.

“You guys can go to hell for all I care. I don’t care about anything you want to do; I don’t care about anything you want to say.

“The New Ghana Agenda has come to stay and will forever remain in my heart. If I die today and the Church of Pentecost finishes overseeing my burial and I’m in a casket, ready to be buried, then I see the government in power abusing their authority, I will emerge from the casket, go and tell them my mind and then return to be buried,” he added

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Captain Smart Arrested by Nima Police Command

Nima Divisional Police Command has arrested Captain Smart for using unsavoury pronouncements, inciting people to go on rampage whiles on live radio.

Blessed Godsbrain Smart popularly known as Captain Smart is a broadcast Journalist with Onua FM and TV, a subsidiary of Media General Limited.

A statement issued by the Divisional Police Command on Thursday 2nd December 2021, said Capatin Smart was arrested following some unsavoury pronouncements that hinge on peace and security.

“He has been cautioned on the offence of offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace as provided under section 207 of the Criminal Act,1960 (Act 29),” the statement added.

The Police said Captain Smart is currently in their custody assisting the investigations.

Police released arrest notice:

Captain Smart Arrested

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