play videoDr. Kwabena TwumThe Health Committee Chairman and medical doctor of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Dr. Kwabena Twum has expressed his disappointment about the poor media reportage often made about the facility.According to Dr Twum there is usually a one-sided bad report of the services and quality of the hospital, which has over the years tinted the reputation of the hospital.Dr. Twum made the statement during a media interview at the Innovation Summit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, held at the hospital’s premises earlier today, February 5, 2020. “Korle Bu is a very big hospital, as you know, the foremost hospital in Ghana. They do a lot, but unfortunately, we always see them or hear about them for the wrong reasons,” he stated.He mentioned the ‘no bed’ scandal in December 2019, where the hospital had little resources, including beds available at the Accident and Emergency Centre (A&E) to cater for the large, overcrowded number of patients as a classic case of unfair reportage.“Usually we are in the news for the wrong reasons like people not getting beds to sleep in when they come here,” he bemoaned. He applauded the hospital’s staff and board members for the Innovation Summit which shined the light on the innovatory mechanisms the Doctors and Nurses have birthed to improve and treat diseases, using robust technology. “This is a good opportunity for them to showcase some of the good things they are doing in the hospital, and I believe it will make the public have a lot of confidence in Korle Bu, that they can rely on them in times of need. And what we’ve witnessed so far is really mind-boggling,” he concluded.Watch the video below:
Ursula Owusu (Left), signing the documentGhana and the State of Israel have signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) to strengthen Cybersecurity.The MoU was signed in Tel Aviv, Israel, where Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has led Ghana’s delegation to take part in the three-day CyberTech Global 2020 conference which took place last week in Tel Aviv, Israel from 28-30 January 2020.The delegation was made up of representatives of the National Cyber Security Centre, National Communications Authority, National Information Technology Agency and members of the Ghanaian business community.David Amsalem, and Yigal Unna, Head of the Israel National Cybersecurity Directorate, signed the MoU on behalf of Israel.Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful signed on behalf of Ghana.The agreement focuses on co-operation to strengthen cybersecurity and co-operation between the two countries in the fields of telecommunications, post and information technologies.To boost co-operation to strengthen cybersecurity between the two countries, the MoU recognises that the proper functioning and security of the digital environment (including the internet) are essential to the performance of economies and societies, and stimulate growth, innovation, well-being and inclusiveness.The MoU also highlights the role of public and private organisations in managing cybersecurity risks, as well as the pivotal role of governments in developing and deploying policy measures, tools, regulatory and operational responses to mitigate cybersecurity risk.It provides opportunities for capacity-building which will complement the work that the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Communications, has already started.Ghana will also be able to explore areas of cooperation and seek further ways of sharing and exchanging information, especially on cybersecurity incidents, as an “early warning system” which threatens the digital ecosystem.This year’s conference on cybersecurity, under the banner CyberTech 2020, attracted high-level government officials, technocrats, experts and business leaders from across the world to deliberate on common challenges facing their countries/organisations and devise strategic policies to combat cybercrime worldwide.Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful noted that technology and processes alone are not enough to protect the citizens of Ghana and Israel and stressed the need to develop the necessary human resource base to support the processes.Ghana therefore would seek support from Israeli universities and institutions, the Minister said, to train Ghanaian officials by means of academic exchanges and professional development courses.She added: “This MoU is a perfect mechanism to achieve this important goal for the Government of Ghana.”The Minister also said the MoU is expected to further support Ghana’s development in cybersecurity, as the proposed Cybersecurity Bill is expected to be passed into law this year, as well as fully operationalize the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy.It is envisaged that the MoU will complement national efforts, especially in the area of cybersecurity research and development, towards achieving self-reliance and building exports of cybersecurity products and services in the sub-region, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said.Under cooperation in the fields of telecommunications, post and information technologies, both countries agreed on the basis of equity, reciprocity and mutual benefit to develop telecommunications and postal services between the two countries, in accordance with the provisions in the MoU.The MoU is also expected to facilitate further discussions between Ghana and the State of Israel on the development of telecommunications and information technologies.The Ministry of Communications has taken certain steps in the past three years to scale up cybersecurity across all sectors of the Ghanaian economy.The Government has established both a computer emergency response team (CERT) and a security operations centre (SOC) for both the telecommunications and financial sectors: two critical areas of the digital ecosystem.
File photoThe house of legislature has called on the Ghana Legal Council (GLC) to remark all scripts of failed students in the 2019 Ghana School of Law (GSL) entrance exams.Parliament’s recommendation follows the mass disqualification of over 1,600 law students who sat for the 2019 entrance exam for admission to the Ghana School of Law.Out of the 1,820 candidates who sat for the examPa, only 128 of them passed, according to the results posted on the notice board of the school, representing a pass rate of seven per cent.The National Association of Law Students presented a petition to the president and to parliament.In a report by Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee presented in parliament on Wednesday, 5 February 2020, chairman of the committee, Ben Abdallah, called for the submission of a new bill to replace the Legal Profession Amendment Bill 2018 for the achievement of the recommendations.It stated: “The committee strongly recommends to the House, to the Hon. Attorney General and Minister for Justice to submit a new bill to the House to replace the Legal Profession Amendment Bill 2018 to achieve the above-stated purpose.”The Committee also called on the Ghana Legal Council to begin the remarking of the scripts of students who failed the 2019 examination.“Mr. Speaker, the Legal Profession Amendment Bill 2018 is currently before the House for consideration. On the account of the controversy surrounding the results of the 2019 entrance examination for admission into the Ghana School of Law, the Committee recommends to the General Legal Council to commence the process for remarking of the scripts upon request and payment of reasonable fees,” the report added.
File photo of security personnelSoldiers are scrambling to be drafted into the Military/Police Joint Task Force, Operation Vanguard because it has become a good enterprise to make money from illegal miners, the immediate past CEO of the Ghana Minerals Commission, Dr. Toni Aubynn, has revealed.Operation Vanguard was set up by the government in 2017 to combat the operations of illegal mining in the country.However, their operations have not been without controversy or incidents of crimes as three members of Operation Vanguard were arrested for their alleged involvement in a bribery and extortion racket.Speaking to Kasapa News Nana Ama Annor, Dr. Toni Aubynn who’s the Founder and President of the Africa Institute of Extractives Industry (AIEI) stated that the interest some soldiers have being drafted into Operation Vanguard is as high as they want to go for peace-keeping duties abroad.‘I’m reliably informed that some of the Soldiers scramble to be deployed in the Operation Vanguard Taskforce. There are rumours that it’s now a privilege in the military to be part of the Taskforce. Some of them are fighting hard to get the opportunity of joining Operation Vanguard just like going on peace-keeping in Lebanon. The soldiers know that once you’re part of the Operation Vanguard team you can make huge money.”
Former MD of defunct UT Bank, Prince Kofi AmoabengFormer MD of defunct UT Bank, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, the former second Dep. Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Johnson Pandit Asiama and four others have been charged by the State with forty-two (42) counts of Fraudulent Breach of Trust, Fabrication of Evidence, Deceit of Public Officer, Fraudulently Causing Financial Loss to the Republic, Contravention of the Bank of Ghana Act and Wilfully Causing Financial Loss to the Republic.According to the Charge sheet signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Yvonne Atakora Obuabisa and filed at the Criminal Division of the High Court in Accra today the 5th of February 2020, the other Accused persons were named as follows; Raymond Amanfu, UT Holdings Ltd, Catherine Johnson, and Robert Kwesi Armah.According to the Facts Sheet as filed by the Attorney General, “Johnson Pandit Asiama, the 1st accused person, was the 2nd Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BOG) between May 2016 and December 2017. Raymond Amanfu, the 2nd accused person, was the Head of Banking Supervision Department (BSD) at BOG from 2014 to October 2017. UT Holdings Limited (UT Holdings), the 3rd accused person, is a holding company which held shares in UT Bank Ghana Limited (UT). Prince Kofi Amoabeng, the 4th accused person, was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UT from its inception in 2009 until his retirement on 31st December 2015 and is a shareholder and director of UT Holdings. Catherine Johnson, the 5th accused person, was the Head of Treasury who had also acted as the Head of Corporate Banking of UT. Robert Kwesi Armah, the 6th accused person, was the General Manager of Corporate Banking of UT”.“By an Agreement dated 1st November 2013, UT granted a credit facility of $15 million to Lushann International Energy Ghana Ltd (Lushann) for the purchase of crude oil to be supplied to Petraco Oil Company (Petraco) by Lushann. As security for the facility, Lushann assigned the stock to UT. In furtherance of the supply of the crude oil to Petraco, Lushann chartered a vessel called Olympic Faith owned by Melville Enterprises SA (Melville), a Liberian company which was contracted by Lushann to receive the crude oil for onward delivery to Petraco”.The Facts Sheet further noted that “on 14th January 2014, Melville issued a Writ of Summons out of the Registry of the High Court, Accra, against Lushann claiming the sum of $6,775,269.90 as unpaid fees for the charter of Olympic Faith. UT applied to join the suit as an interested party to contest Melville’s claim to the cargo under a Stock Assignment Agreement.By an order dated 27th January 2014, the High Court directed that the cargo be sold and $7million out of the proceeds deposited in an escrow account with UT in the name of the Registrar of the High Court at an interest rate of 2% per annum pending the final determination of the matter”.“A letter dated 21st February 2014 addressed to the Registrar of the High Court and under the hands of the 4th accused person and Gwendy Miranda Bannerman, the Head of the Legal Department of UT, confirmed the opening of the account and the payment of the sum of $7 million into the account as ordered by the Court. Subsequently, UT submitted to the Registrar a statement of account and purported details of a call investment signed by the 5th and 6th accused persons and one Stephen Azumah which turned out to be false”.Investigations the Facts Sheet indicates “revealed that even though the 4th, 5th and 6th accused persons knew there was no money in the account they deliberately persisted in submitting false statements to the Registrar.On 14th August 2017, the Bank of Ghana (BOG) revoked the operating licence of UT for violating banking laws and subsequently went into receivership. Investigations conducted in the course of the receivership of UT revealed that investments totalling GH? 51,334,387.08 and $8,799,917 placed with UT by some 15 companies, had been transferred to UT Holdings, by UT without the knowledge and or consent of the companies”.“It was established that UT Holdings did not have a licence to take deposits and investments.By a letter dated 28th April, 2016, UT requested additional liquidity support in the sum of GH?650 million from BoG. Upon the recommendation of the 2nd accused person, the 1st accused person approved an unsecured liquidity support facility of GH?460 million without following prescribed mandatory statutory conditions. No payment was made for the facility.By the same letter, UT also requested a waiver of single obligor limits for Letters of Credit in respect of MBG Limited in the sum of GH?45.8 million, Kofi Jobs Limited in the sum of GH?46.9 million and Holman Brothers Limited in the sum of GH?48.5 million”.“Again, upon the recommendation of the 2nd accused person, the 1st accused person, without following prescribed mandatory statutory conditions, gave approval for single obligor waiver in respect of Letters of Credit previously granted by UT to its customers as follows: MBG Limited in the sum of GH?45.7 million, Kofi Jobs Limited in the sum of GH?46.91 million, Holman Brothers Limited GH?48.48 Million out of the BoG liquidity support of GH?460 million, GH?413.09 million remains due to BoG”.“Based on these facts, the accused persons have been arraigned before this court for trial” the Facts Sheet stated at the end.
Dr Duffuor has been charged with money laundering and dishonestly receivingThe Attorney-General (A-G) has dragged former Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor and former 2nd Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Mr Johnson Asiama to court over the collapse of defunct uniBank.Dr Duffuor has been charged with money laundering and dishonestly receiving, while Dr Asiama has been charged with willfully causing financial loss to the state.The charge sheet signed by the Director for Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa, and seen by Graphic Online was filed at the Accra High Court on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.Other accused persons named in the criminal case filed at the Accra High Court are the son of Dr Duffuor, Dr Kwabena Duffuor II, who was the CEO of uniBank before it collapsed and other executives of the bank, reports Graphic Online’s court reporter, Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson.The others are Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis; the Chief Operating Officer of the bank, Elsie Dansoa Kyereh; Executive Head of Corporate Banking, Jeffery Amon; Senior Relationship Manager, Benjamin Ofori; Executive Head of Credit Control and Kwadwo Opoku Okoh; Financial Control Manager.The other accused persons have been slapped with several charges including fraudulent breach of trust, money laundering, conspiracy to commit crime and the contravention of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Act. A-G’s caseThe A-G has accused Dr Duffuor, who was also a shareholder of uniBank of using the HODA Group, to take money from the bank and “dishonestly” transferred the money which was depositors funds.It is the case of the A-G that Dr Duffuor and HODA group allegedly dishonestly received more than Gh¢660 million from uniBank.The A-G has accused Dr Asiama of using his position as 2nd Deputy Governor of the BoG to approve the transfer of Gh¢300 million which was an unsecured facility from uniBank to Universal Merchant Bank (UMB).According to the A-G, Dr Asiama knew that uniBank was in financial distress but he allegedly went ahead to approve the deal.
Aduana Stars captain Yahaya MohammedNana Agyemang Badu 1, the owner of Aduana Stars has presented a gift of ghc 5,000 to Yahaya Mohammed after he scored his 7th goal of the season.He scored his seventh goal of the campaign on matchday 7 through a powerful free-kick to inflict a 1-0 defeat on Medeama at Dormaa on Sunday.Yahaya Mohammed has been carrying Aduana Stars on his shoulders this season, scoring seven goals and providing two assists to inspire the league champions to assume to top spot with 16 points.Yahaya Mohammed before the start of the season promised o score over 20 goals to win the Ghana Premier League and he seems to be walking the talk.Meanwhile Aduana Stars have appointed Kwame Amofa as coach of the club.
It’s a regional derby between Medeama and KarelaTwo-time FA Cup Champions Medeama SC face a daunting task to seek trophy number 3 as they have been paired against premier league rivals, Karela UnitedThe Mauves and Yellows won the FA Cup in 2013 and 2015 and will commence this season’s campaign from the Round of 64 stage. It’s the same story for Karela who will play host to Medeama at the Akon Park in this encounter.Both teams currently use the facility for their home games and definitely will come as familiar territory for them.Karela United have had an inconsistent spell in the ongoing league season while Medeama SC look a strong title contender; currently lying 3rd on the league table.
Kotoko will play WAFA tomorrowAsante Kotoko head coach Maxwell Konadu has named his 20-man squad to face WAFA on match day eight of the Ghana Premier League on Wednesday.Songne Yacouba has been omitted again from the squad for the third time in a roll following his refusal to extend his contract with the Porcupine Warriors.Wahab Adams and Naby Keita have also been ruled out of the game due to injuries as Abdul Ganiu and Maxwell Baakoh make a return to the squad after spending months on the sidelines.Below is the 20-man squad for the WAFA clash:Goalkeepers: Felix Annan, Kwame BaahDefenders: Abdul Ismail Ganiu, Patrick Yeboah, Christopher Nettey, Habib Mohammed, Imoro Ibrahim, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Augustine SefahMidfielders: Kingsley Osei Effah, Justice Blay, Kwame Adom Frimpong, Martin Antwi, Collins Ameyaw, Sam AdamsForwards: Richard Arthur, William Opoku Mensah, Matthew Kelvin Andoh, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Maxwell Baakoh.
Joseph Esso, Hearts of OakHearts of Oak striker Joseph Esso says he is not overly worried about his lack of goals in the ongoing Ghana Premier League campaign, adding that he will continue to work hard and not be too hard on himself.Esso, who helped Hearts of Oak to a vital win over Dreams FC at the Theater of Dreams in Dawu says sometimes a player needs luck to score consistently in the league.“I keep working hard everyday and I will keep my hard up and the goals will come. I am not too worried. Today (against Dreams) I had two attempts hit the goalpost when it should have been going in but it is part of life and I will keep going”.Esso has become an integral part of a rejuvenated Hearts of Oak side and has been praised by many for his hard work and ability to create goals for his strike partner Kofi Kordzi who got the winner for the Phobians in Dawu last Sunday.The Phobians returning from their defeat to arch-rivals, Asante Kotoko, were desperate not to make it two defeats on the bounce and they did exactly that by outlasting their host in Dawu.The defeat was Dream FC’s first at home since 2016 and demonstrates how good Hearts of Oak were on the day.Despite not getting his name on the scoresheet, Joseph Esso’s impressive display in the game did not go unnoticed as he was adjudged the Man of the Match, winning souvenirs from sponsors NASCO.