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Our situation would have been worse if COVID-19 happened under Mahama – Kofi Bentil

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Our situation would have been worse if COVID-19 happened under Mahama – Kofi Bentil

The Vice President of IMANI Africa Lawyer Kofi Bentil has expressed his view that even though times are hard in Ghana now, they cannot be better than what happened under John Dramani Mahama and the NDC administration.

“I can say emphatically and I can defend my position that the circumstances now as bad as they may be are not as bad as they were and the despondency at the time was not the same level of despondency we have now.”

To him, Ghana was plunged into a mess by John Dramani Mahama that it appeared the country cannot be pushed out of the mess.

He indicated that if COVID-19 had happened under the NDC and John Dramani Mahama’s administration, the economic situation of the country would have been dire by now.

“Nobody will say that the present government has lived up to expectation. I don’t have any problem making that clear. You are measured according to the expectations you create and this government created a very big expectation and they haven’t met it. But I will also say that the issues are not the same. Dumsor is threatening to come back.

The Dumsor we have now is not what we were facing. This is not what drove us onto the street. I can debate anybody on that. So the issues are similar but they are not the same. The cedis for instance has depreciated but I can tell you that any analyst will tell you that if you consider a number of things, there has been some relative stability of the cedi now than you had then.”

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Black Stars players silently arrived in Ghana at 3:00am after shameful AFCON defeat

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Black Stars players silently arrived in Ghana at 3:00am after shameful AFCON defeat

Black Stars players silently arrived in Ghana at 3:00am: The day of shame that Ghanaians can never forgive its national team is when the team conceded 3-2 goals defeat to Comoros in the 3rd round of play at the group stages of the AFCON 2022.

Most Ghanaians are very disappointed in the national team after they performed abysmally in the tournament that got them out of the game.

Ghana was in Group C with Morocco, Gabon, and Comoros and couldn’t win any of their three matches. This placed Black Stars at the bottom of the group with a single point.

Black Stars since 2006 has never been eliminated from AFCON at the group stages, therefore this leaves behind a humiliating defeat history.

Some sports lovers on social media have some updates regarding the secret arrival of the Black Stars team players in Ghana at the blind side of Ghanaians.

TV3 Sports journalist, by the name Thierry Nyann tweeted that; “Correct source says Black Stars arrived in Ghana at 3AM this morning. 3AM !!!!!!!! If they won the trophy, they’d have arrived in the afternoon to get fans. They’ve gone to their homes silently.”

Meanwhile, the Youth and Sports Ministry has summoned the leadership of the GFA to an emergency meeting following the poor performance at the AFCON 2022 in Cameroon.

A statement signed by the Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif said the performance of the team was hugely disappointing and Ghanaians want an urgent response.

It further stated that an emergency meeting has been scheduled for Friday, with the leadership of the Ghana Footbal Association (GFA) summoned to discuss how to get the team back on track.

“The entire country is extremely disappointed by the abysmal performance and early exit of the Black Stars from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports shares in the nation’s sentiment,” a section of the statement said.

“With the government providing the team all the needed logistical and financial support including resources for preparation and participation in the qualifier stage to the tournament and eventually a pre-tournament camping in Qatar, the ministry is particularly disappointed in the team’s performance.

“The Ministry has summoned the Ghana Football Association (GFA) leadership to an emergency meeting scheduled for Friday, 21st January, 2021,” it added.

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NDC’s Ato Forson charged for causing financial loss to the state; granted GHC3 million bail

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NDC’s Ato Forson charged for causing financial loss to the state; granted GHC3 million bail

The trial of Dr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the former deputy finance minister and the current member of parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency in the Central Region has begun in Accra High Court.

During the initial sitting, honorable Ato Forson pleaded not guilty to charges including “willfully causing financial loss to the Republic” and the presiding judge granted him GHC3 million self-recognizance bail.

The Ranking Member on the Finance Committee of Parliament is in court with two other people, Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa, a businessman. They also pleaded not guilty to their respective charges.

In court on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, the Attorney General (AG) Godfred Yeboah Dame who was in court together with his two deputies – Alfred Tuah-Yeboah and Diana Asonaba Dapaah and two State Attorneys did not oppose the grant of bail.

Except to urge the court to admit Hon. Ato Forson to a self recognizance bail as he is a public officer while the two others who are businessmen admitted bailing sums that will compel them to stand trial.

The trial was adjourned to February 15, 2022.

They have been charged five counts in total. These include:

  1. wilfully causing financial loss to the Republic of Ghana, contrary to Section 179A (3) (a) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29),
  2. 2. abetment of crime, namely wilfully causing financial loss to the state, contrary to Sections 20 )1) and 179 A (3) (a) of the same Criminal Offences Act 1960,
  3. contravention of the Public Procumbent Act 2003 (Act 663), contrary to Section 92 (2)(b) of the said act, and
  • intentionally misapplying public property, contrary to Section 1 (2) of the Public Property Protection Act 1977 (SMCD 140).

 

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Milovan is the best coach we have now; we can’t just sack him – Kurt Okraku preaches calm

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Milovan is the best coach we have now; we can’t just sack him – Kurt Okraku preaches calm

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss Mr. Kurt Okraku has said the immediate calls from Ghanaians for the dismissal of coach Milovan Rajevac is premature as Milovan is the best coach the country has for now.

Speaking on Asempa FM for the first time after the humiliating defeat of the national team in the ongoing AFCON tournament, Mr. Kurt cleared that the FA in due course will take the necessary decision for the country in this regard.

“It is important we have cool heads, engage and take the right decisions for Ghana”, he said.

The FA boss also emphasized that the selection of the players for the tournament was the sole responsibility of the coach and that the FA in no way has an influence on the coach’s decision.

“Milovan is the ultimate selector of players for the national team. When he names his squad, he sends it to a committee and justifies his call-ups to them. Nobody selects players for the coach,” the GFA boss emphasized.

“Any Ghana coach that allows people to select players for him doesn’t deserve to coach the Black Stars.”

“Milovan and his assistants selected the players and gave us the best players available at this time. He selected players who are very dedicated and ready to serve our dear nation.”

Mr. Okraku further stressed that he understands the frustration Ghanaians are going through after the unfortunate exit of the national team Black Stars from the AFCON tournament.

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