The Member of Parliament for Suhum constituency, Hon. Frederick Opare Ansah on Saturday morning led a team including constituency executives and party faithfuls to tour and monitor the ongoing limited voters registration exercise and be abreast with the turn of events as far as the exercise is concerned in Suhum municipality.
The team visited the municipal office of the Electoral commission in Suhum and observed events unfolding for a while, he commended the registration officials, security team and all stakeholders present for a smooth and peaceful exercise so far. He encouraged the exhibition of same attitude till the end of the registration exercise and subsequent ones.
After the the visit to the municipality center of the electoral commission, the law maker climaxed the tour in Nankese, a community also under his jurisdiction where the offline registration center had gotten to on similar agenda. He spent time interacting with stakeholders present and commended the peaceful atmosphere that has characterized the exercise so far.
Director of Communications NPP, Suhum
The Member of Parliament for Suhum Constituency, Hon. Frederick Opare Ansah last Friday led a delegation including Constituency executives and some party faithfuls to interact with four selected communities (Supresu, Kukua, Koransang and Kromameng) on current national and economic issues and solicit their views and areas of needful relieves.
The law maker and his team first arrived at Supresu where he had good time interaction with teachers, students, community leaders and all people present.
There, he took time to explain current policies the Akufo-Addo led government has put and is yet to put in place to bring relief to the ordinary Ghanaian. He threw more light on the Planting for Food and Jobs policy, the free Senior High School policy, the Sinohydro deal which is geared towards bringing massive infrastructural development and the reasons for the implementation of the Double-track policy in some second cycle schools.
He stated emphatically that government is bent on putting up many infrastructure in schools implementing double-track for them to be able to accommodate all students in a single track from September this year. This is in line with Akufo-Addo’s government commitment to better and accessible education. The people gathered, posed several questions for clarity and were duly addressed by the legislator. Closing from Supresu, he donated 40 bags of cement and 300 pieces of roofing sheets and 5 streetlights to aid the renovation of a classroom block and community development.
In Kukua and koransang, the Member of Parliament met similar gathering, addressed them appropriately, responded to their questions and worries accordingly and gave them assurance of remediation in the shortest possible time. He donated 30 bags of cement and 15 streetlights to Kukua and Koransang respectively.
Ending the tour with Kromameng, also under his jurisdiction, he had deep interaction with the community on pertinent issues of government and societal development. He encouraged the spirit of communalism among members of the society to help build a better Ghana. He satisfied a promise of 50 bags of cement which he had made to the community to aid the construction of school block and urged them to make productive use of it to the benefit of all.
The Member of Parliament is expected to embark on similar patrols to remaining communities under his ambit in the shortest possible time.
Director of Communications NPP, Suhum.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has conditionally approved a multi-year funding commitment of GH¢1,560,551,812.33 for the commencement of 14 road projects.
The approval will see the reconstruction, rehabilitation and upgrading of road networks spanning 381.3 kilometres across Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Northern regions from 2019 to 2013, to be funded through the medium-term budgetary allocation
A statement issued by the Public Relations unit of the Finance Ministry which indicated that the approval was given last Friday, June 28, explained however that the approval is “subject to section 33(1) of Ghana’s Public Financial Management (PFM) Act, (Act 921), which requires a yearly breakdown of each project as well as detailed information on all on-going road projects, as well as a complete assessment of all projects for efficiency and impacts.
According to the statement, the Finance Ministry expects the Ministry of Roads and Highways to provide the required information as stipulated by the PFM act, by July 15, 2019.
The affected projects are:
Reconstruction of the Osiem-Begoro road – 24.80km
Reconstruction of Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom road – 41.40km
Upgrading of Anwiankwanta-Obuasi road – 30km
Upgrading of Mampong Kofiase road – 14km
Reconstruction of Kwabeng Akropong road & Akropong town roads – 23.3km
Upgrading of Nsuta – Beposo road – 7km
Upgrading of Salaga – Bimbilla road – 71km
Upgrading of Kwadaso – Trabuom road – 30km
Rehabilitation of Adankrono – Kade – New Abirem road (Lot 1) 21km
Rehabilitation of Adankrono – Kade – New Abirem road (Lot 2) 22.4km
Upgrading of Atronie – Mim road 17km
Reconstruction of Asuom – Subi – Kade road – 22km
Reconstruction of Akropong – Pramkese – Adankrono road – 27.2km
Upgrading of Odumase – Adentia – Badu road – 30.2km.
The statement said apart from insisting on strict adherence to procurement processes as enshrined in the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act 914), the Ministry of Finance has also requested the Ministry of Roads and Highways to submit all projects’ contracts for inclusion in the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling against embattled businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
The apex court has ordered that several properties belonging to the businessman be sold to offset some 51 Million Ghana Cedis judgement debt owed the State.
General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu reacting to the ruling during a panel discussion on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, indicated it is a mission that has been accomplished by the elephant family.
According to him, the NPP promised to retrieve the money and so the ruling is a plus for the party.
“NDC didn’t want us to talk about the Woyome issue. This matter is close to our heart. I believe it’s a plus for us… it is a promise we made that has been fulfilled. I believe it is a victory for us”, he said.
The properties are two executive buildings located at Trassaco in Accra, the office complex of Anator Holdings, a company owned by Woyome, two residential buildings at Caprice and Abelemkpe, both suburbs in Accra, as well as a mining quarry owned by him in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has unanimously dismissed a case filed by beleaguered businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, against the state.
The court said Woyome’s right to non-discrimination, right to equality before the law, equal protection before the law and his right to be heard by an impartial tribunal had all not been violated.
Right to be heard by an impartial tribunal
Woyome had argued, this right was violated because a Supreme Court judge Justice Jones Dotse had made some personal remarks against him when he brought the controversial judgment debt saga to the Supreme court for constitutional interpretation.
Justice Dotse expressed a personal opinion on a non-constitutional matter when he stated Mr Woyome had “entered into an alliance to create, loot and share the resources of this country as if a brigade had been set up for such an enterprise.”
That comment in July 2014 went viral.
Woyome alleged at the African court in May 2018, this comment denied him the right to be heard by an impartial tribunal as he lost the constitutional case at the Supreme Court.
He pointed to the guarantees of this right as stated under Article 7 of the African Charter, a document which forms the basis of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right.
But the African Court ruling on this matter said Justice Dotse although he wrote the lead judgment on the constitutional matter, he was only one of the 11 judges.
“The court is of the opinion that a single judge’s remarks cannot be considered sufficient to taint the entire bench. Furthermore, the applicant has not illustrated how the judge’s remarks at the ordinary bench later influenced the decision of the review bench”
Court proceedings being read
Right to non-discrimination, right to equality before the law, equal protection of the law
The Arusha-based court also found that “the applicant has not demonstrated or substantiated how he has been discriminated against or treated differently” under Article 2 and 3 of the Charter.
The Malawian judge, Lady Justice Tujilane Rose Chizumila , also said the court could grant the applicant’s request for reparations because no violation had been established. “The issue of reparation does not arise,” she said.
”Consequently, the applicant’s prayer for reparation is dismissed”, the court said and also decided not to award cost to any party.
The Republic of Ghana signed to the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights on 1 March 1989, and to the protocol to the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of an African Court on Human & Peoples’ Rights on 16 August 2005.
It deposited on 6 March 2011, a declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol, accepting the jurisdiction of the court to receive cases from individuals and Non-Governmental Organisations.
Embattled businessman Alfred Woyome who is contesting the state’s action to retrieve a 47.2m debt says he is ready to cooperate if he loses the case at an Africa court.
The African Court on Human and People’s Rights, based in Arusha, Tanzania is expected to deliver its judgement Friday 10am, determining if his human rights have been abused in a 2010 judgement debt saga.
Already, he has lost the case at the Supreme Court which ordered Thursday, that the state goes ahead to auction listed assets valued at ¢20m to defray the debt.
But speaking on JoyNews’ Upfront, the businessman who has been busy battling the state in court since 2012 indicated he will lay down the avenues of court and now pay up.
“I am ready to sit with government and schedule this” he said and stressed he has never been unwilling to pay. “Debtors must also eat”, he paraphrased a popular local proverb.
He said all of government’s effort to find his properties and sell them off will not be needed if he loses. “I will bring a payment plan”, he said.
Alfred Agbesi Woyome has paid only 4m of a 51.2m judgement debt payment he was ordered to refund in 2014. He rejected accusations he refused to follow through a repayment plan he agreed with the state.
He maintained, he only paused a repayment plan because he had proceeded to the Africa Court of Human Rights to protest the abuse of his rights.
The government, he said, should be ready to abide by the ruling of the court if he on the other hand prevails.
“If I win, and govt does [not abide by the judgment] then there is a coup d’etat against the constitution. This is how serious it is.”
He said Ghana risks being branded a rogue state if it disrespects an unfavourable judgment of the court to which it is a signatory to its treaty.
“Show me one case in which we have disobeyed international law?” he stressed Ghana’s obligation to abide by international laws and conventions.
The businessman said Ghanaians should be concerned if government could infringe on his rights or disrepect the constitution.
“Everything that has been done [against me] is a precedent that can be used against you.”
Businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome has described as an error an order by the Supreme Court for his assets to be sold to defray part of the GH₵51million judgment debt illegally paid to him by the state.
The apex court gave the Attorney-General the order on Thursday.
Two Executive buildings and two other residential facilities at Caprice and Abelenkpe in Accra; are part of properties earmarked for sale under the court order.
But the businessman, however, disagrees with the court.
He told Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, that he will seek a review of the judgement since he believes that the judgement was unlawful and based on wrong facts.
“I believe that the sole judge erred both in facts and in law. So far as he has erred. I still have a right to review. I will exercise that right of review,” he said.
The two properties identified by the courts are estimated at GH₵20 million and the court believes that their sale could prove vital in retrieving the GH¢51.2 million judgement debt he allegedly received from the state unlawfully.
The now-defunct UT Bank has claimed some of the properties identified by the state as theirs. It was the claim of lawyers of the defunct UT Bank that Woyome, used the said properties as collateral for loans at the bank which he failed to pay back. Ownership of the properties according to UT Bank, based on the failure to pay back the loans, transferred to the bank automatically.
But Woyome has rejected the claim. He said there was neither a loan nor any act of collusion with the now defunct bank.
Minister of Education and MP for Manhyia South, Matthew Opoku Prempeh has sued Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi for allegedly making defamatory comments that sought to link him to one of the accused persons in the Canadian women kidnapping case.
The plaintiff is demanding from Mr. Gyamfi, a sum of one million cedis in damages.
Mr. Gyamfi is said to have stated during a press conference that there was a relationship between Dr. Opoku Prempeh popularly referred to as NAPO (Nana Poku) and Seidu Yakubu, one of the accused kidnappers.
“Seidu’s association with the NPP is more than meets the eye. He is alleged to be the personal bodyguard of the Asokore Mampong MCE, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, and an errand boy for both Manhyia MP, Hon Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako (aka Wontumi),” Mr. Gyamfi reportedly stated at the press conference.
The plaintiff in the suit, however, insisted that the statement is not “only false but malicious” as the said Seidu is not an “errand boy” for him.
On June 4, 2019, the suspects in the kidnapping of the Canadian women were said to have rented a vehicle, a Toyota Corolla and went searching for a victim to kidnap.
While roaming the town, they came across these two Canadians who had just sat in an Uber.
They followed the Uber and accosted the victims at the hostel where they were residing.
After kidnapping the two Canadians, the suspects drove the victims to an uncompleted building in Kumasi, got in touch with their family members and decided to ask for an $800,000 ransom.
Ghana security officials subsequently arrested the suspects and rescued the kidnapped Canadian women.
A single Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Alfred Benin, has ordered that several properties identified as belonging to the embattled businessman Alfred Woyome, be sold to off set some 51 Million Ghana Cedis judgement debt paid illegally to him by the State.
The properties are two executive buildings located at Trassaco in Accra, the office complex of Anator Holdings, a company owned by Mr. Woyome, two residential buildings at Caprice and Abelemkpe, both suburbs in Accra, as well as a mining quarry owned by the judgement debtor in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The state identified the properties owned by Mr. Woyome which are estimated at GHc 20 million that it believes could prove vital in retrieving the GH¢ 51.2 million judgement debt he received from the state unlawfully.
The now defunct UT Bank has claimed some of the properties identified by the state as theirs. It was the claim of lawyers of the defunct UT Bank that Woyome, used the said properties as collateral for loans at the bank which he failed to pay back. Ownership of the properties according to UT Bank, based on the failure to pay back the loans, transferred to the bank automatically.
The state represented by the Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, argued that there is no evidence to show that the said properties were used as collateral by Woyome to secure loans from UT Bank. The properties, the state maintained, are owned by Mr. Woyome and therefore prayed the court to declare same as true to pave way for the state to sell them.
The Apex Court was expected to deliver its judgment on the 13th of May, 2019. However, after meeting with all the parties involved in the case in chambers, enquiries by journalists revealed that judgement on the UT Bank side of the case according to the judge is ready but that of the Anator Holdings is not ready. The Presiding Judge therefore instructed that the parties should return to court today the 27th of June, 2019 for a joint decision.
In his judgement, Justice Benin said he has concluded that the claim by UT Bank that Mr. Woyome used the two buildings at Trasacco as collateral for a loan is false as they did not provide any credible evidence to substantiate their claim. On the issue of the office complex of Anator Holdings, the Court held that all evidence point to the fact that they are indeed owned by Mr Woyome and not anyone else. Subsequently, all the properties identified by the State are to be sold in satisfaction of the judgement debt owed the State.
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