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You can’t blame me; I’m not a lawyer; I didn’t draft GPGC power agreement’ – Kwabena Donkor

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A former Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, has exonerated himself of any wrongdoing or negligence in a power purchase agreement with the Ghana Power Generation Company (GPGC), which has led to a $170 million judgement debt being slapped on the government of Ghana after it was abrogated.

He has thus called the bluff of the Attorney General to probe all who were involved in executing the deal.

The Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, has said he is duty-bound to ensure that the case is investigated and persons found culpable duly prosecuted.

He explained that the probe is not targeted at any particular individual, and that it is in the interest of the State to bring clarity on issues such as the relevance of the agreement and the cost.

“I have indicated that first and foremost we are going to refer part of the process for examination by the CID, and that enquiry will even establish whether it was necessary for the agreement to be entered into, whether indeed it was expensive,” he said.

But Dr. Donkor, under whose tenure the agreement was signed, has said he isn’t afraid of any investigations whatsoever.

According to him, he is not a lawyer, and that he wasn’t responsible for the drafting of the agreement.

He explained the drafting of the agreement was done by the legal advisors of the Ministry under the supervision of the Attorney General’s office.

“As the Attorney General who is the chief legal officer of the country, he has a right to call cause for investigation and I will cooperate fully because I am a law-abiding Ghanaian. So if the CID says they want to investigate something, why do I have to hide.”

“When you have a clear conscience and act in the national interest, you are not afraid of anyone. Everyone has a right to investigate. I have my documents. I went to the cabinet and it was approved. If they say the whole cabinet was wrong, fine. I submitted it to Parliament and if they say the whole Parliament is wrong, fine. I’m not a lawyer. I didn’t draft the agreement. The agreement was drafted by the legal officers of the ministry under the supervision of the Attorney General’s office. So if you say the draft was wrong, am I a lawyer?” he asked.

Dr. Donkor made these comments in an interview with an Accra-based television station, Joy News.

Addressing journalists in Accra, the Pru East legislator also said he cannot be intimidated by the Attorney General’s threat to drag some persons to the CID over the matter.

“We were all here with the AMERI. They raided our homes at dawn. It amounted to nothing. I acted in the best national interest. If anybody disagrees, he has the right to investigate. But you don’t sit on the radio as Attorney General and try to intimidate people like me. We are not intimidated. If he wants me to go to the CID headquarters, I’ve been there several times… The CID has consummate professionals. They are not political foot soldiers,” he said.

Background of the judgement debt

The GPGC dragged the government of Ghana to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) after an official termination in 2018, demanding compensation from the government for a breach of the contract.

The court subsequently awarded the company an amount of $170 million to be paid by Ghana.

Ghana challenged the arbitration award in a UK court, but could not meet the deadline to file its case, citing the COVID-19 pandemic among others as reasons for the delay.

The Attorney General, Godfred Dame, has stated that processes are underway to thoroughly probe circumstances that led to Ghana being being slapped with the $170 million judgement debt.

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Good news! Over 11,000 NABCO personnel to be employed permanently

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Good news! Over 11,000 NABCO personnel to be employed permanently

Following the latest financial clearance by the Ministry of Finance for  the various government agencies to employ 11,840 permanent staff to augment their existing staff strength, the government has revealed that it is going to employ more of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) personnel.

Speaking on Kumasi-based FM station, the Deputy Minister of Finance John Kumah hinted that more of these employees who are temporal staff at some agencies will be given permanent employment as promised by the government.

“Already, the government has absorbed half of NABCO trainees. The objective now is that every NABCO person will be made permanent in his or her place of work with this new directive from the government”, Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. John Kumah announced.

In six separate letters, four to the Interior Minister (for Police, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Service) and the remaining two to the Education and National Security Ministers confirming the clearance to employ staff members, the Finance Minister indicated that the effective date for the people to be recruited will be 1st of August 2021.

Speaking on Kumasi-based Hello FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejisu commended President Akufo-Addo led administration for this new initiative.

“It was part of the Akufo-Addo government to give the unemployed youth jobs. It is an indication that Ghana’s economy is doing better amidst of Covid-19”, Hon. John Kumah told the host, King Edward, during a telephone conversation.

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Renowned sound engineer Sugar Tone in very poor state; turns drunkard

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Renowned sound engineer Sugar Tone in very poor state; turns drunkard

Renowned Ghanaian Sound Engineer popularly known as Sugar Tone and born Gideon Darko  is currently in a very poor state with calls to musicians who have benefitted from his works to come to his aid.

A video of the hitherto vibrant sound maker who produced hits for top musicians in the country including Bandana (now Shatta Wale ) Moko Hoo album, Kumi Guitar’s 1 litre, Daasebre Gyamena’s Still I love you, Reggie Zippy for sale, Kofi B, Daddy Lumba, Ofori Amponsah among others, was found lying weak and struggling to sit up.

It is unclear what actually may have happened to Sugar Tone whose last media encounter was a threat to take musician, Nana Yaw Kumi to court for giving out the song to Mark Okraku when they had a contract about its release.

Sugar Tone owned Options Digital Studio sited at Osekua estate located in-between Santa Maria and the Anyaa market.

Sugar Tone’s love for music was wonderful and can be described as an inheritance because his father is Okyeame Bediako secretary to MUSIGA, Onyina his uncle and relates to Agya Koo Nimo from his mothers’ side.

Sugar Tone at a very tender age joined a lot of gospel bands where he played the drums, keyboard, guitar and actually played the entire musical instrument except the base guitar.

He was a student of Labone Secondary and later to Ghana Films where he studied how to arrange songs, mix, program and in all how to package music in an appealing way. He first did his attachment at Despite Studios where he studied under Mr. Ebenezer Agyekum who is currently in Canada. He proceeded to TNT studios at Tema after his attachment.

Sugar relocated himself at West Wise Digital Studio at Spintex Road where he worked on Bandana’s maiden album “Moko hoo”. He then moved to the giant in the engineering sector that is Zapp Mallet of TLC studio located at Mile Eleven (11) for some finishing touch to his carrier. Some where along the line he passed through Freddima studios at Nkrumah circle one of the oldest recording studios in the capital where most of the sound engineers started their training.

He established his own recording studio years later and the first artiste he recorded in his studio was Daasebre Dwamena and produced hit after hit for different artistes. He can boast of working with artiste like Tinny, Etuo Aboba (now Bullet of RuffTown records), King B, Absorber, Bandana, Reggie Zippy, Lucky Mensah, Sydney, Lenny Akpadi and the list is endless.

 


source: mynewsgh.com

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Angel Can’t Even Stop Corruption in Ghana – Kwesi Pratt agrees with Agyebeng

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Angel Can’t Even Stop Corruption in Ghana – Kwesi Pratt agrees with Agyebeng

One of Ghana’s senior journalist Mr. Kwesi Pratt Junior has applauded the incoming Special Prosecutor Lawyer Kissi Agyebeng for his bold comment on corruption fight in Ghana during his parliamentary vetting on last Thursday, 22 July 2021.

In answering a question from the vetting committee on how he is going to fight the growing corruption in the country, Mr. Agyebeng responded saying;

“I can’t stop corruption…rather, I will make corruption costly in the country.”

“…at the end of the year, publicize the results as to which institution is performing well and which institution is not performing well. In that quest, if you are the Head of an institution and persistently your institution is drawing the short straw in terms of perception of corruption, from the point of view of experts, from the point of view of business people, you will sit up.”

In responding to this comment of Lawyer Agyebeng from the vetting, seasoned journalist Kwesi Pratt on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo morning show said;

”It’s true. Even if you appoint an Angel as Special Prosecutor, it’s not him alone who can eradicate corruption”. 

He further stressed on the need for all to support the new Special Prosecutor in fighting the corruption in the country.

‘We’re watching him. We will offer him any help and encouragement he requires but he, himself, should do his work effectively and in accordance with the law”, he added.

The Special Prosecutor’s position became vacant after Mr. Martin Amidu shockingly resigned from the office in the heat of December 2020 elections. This deemed it necessary for the President of the Republic who created the Special Prosecutor’s Office to appoint a new Prosecutor to man the office.

President Akufo-Addo upon the Attorney General’s advice nominated Lawyer Kissi Agyebeng to take over the Special Prosecutor’s job.

Mr. Kissi Agyebeng has successfully gone through the vetting process in parliament and has been approved by the parliamentary appointment committee.

He is therefore expected to be sworn into office by the President very soon.

 


SOURCE: AccraMail.com

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