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Martin Amidu Used Less Than Half Of Over GHS300m Allocated To His Office Since 2018 : Finance Ministry

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It has emerged that the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu used less than half of the total amount of money allocated to his office since 2018.

A report from the Ministry of Finance indicates that the Office of the Special Prosecutor utilized GHS129,016,189.52 out of the GHS322,097,921.40 budgetary allocations made to the office from 2018 to 2020.

The Ministry pointed out that over GHS138,146,482.40 was allocated to the Office of the Special Prosecutor as at 16th November 2020.

The Ministry added that a total of GHS3,791,214.00 and GHS180,160,225.00 were allocated to the office as at the end of the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years.

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The Office recorded the lowest allocation of GHS3.79 million in 2018 because the office had now been established and their allocation formed part of the 2018 budget of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney -General’s Office.

The Ministry further indicated that one major challenge identified during the implementation of budgets of the Office of the Special Prosecutor was “their inability to initiate transactions on the GIFMIS platform to facilitate the release of funds.”

The Office of the Special Prosecutor utilised GHS154,261.84 in 2018, GHS65,690,067.55 in 2019 and GHS63,171,860.13 by November 2020.

The Ministry’s clarification has been necessitated by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu’s claim that his office lacked the requisite resources to effectively carry out its mandate.

Mr. Amidu in his resignation letter described what he said was his inability to do what was required of him due to the failure of the government to provide him with what he required to do the job.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, however, denied this claim saying the office was adequately resourced.

President Akufo-Addo in a statement disclosed that he had instructed the Chief of Staff and the Minister of Finance to ensure the expeditious set-up of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, adding that he did his best to ensure that the Office and the human resources it had, were provided with the necessary assistance in terms of funds and administrative support to execute their duties without hitches.

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10 Government Officials Demanding Bribes From Me : American Investor

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An American Businessman and Managing Director of Alafei Foods Company Limited, Claude D Convisser, has alleged that between eight to ten government officials are demanding bribes from him.

According to him, many Ghana businesses do not survive in the long term because they spend huge sums of money to pay bribes before they get assistance to develop.

He added that Ghana’s economy slow growth is linked to the continuous demand for bribes by people in authority from potential investors.

“We haven’t paid bribes and I must say I’m a very stubborn investor even though you have people in government who keep asking how much is in for them.

Eight to ten officials in this administration have demanded bribes from me,” Mr Convisser said Friday on the Morning Starr.

Mr Convisser added that “the NPP parliamentary candidate of Yendi’s secretary keeps demanding bribe from me.”

For the past six and a half years, the American investor who has lived in the country indicated that Ghana would have been the lead business country in West Africa and the continuous demand for bribes.

Mr. Convisser applied to set up a soy and vegetable factory in Zugu, a community in the Yendi Municipality of Ghana under the 1D1F to meet the protein and vitamin needs of the Ghana School Feeding Program in the Northern region.

If set up, the company would have employed over 30,000 farmers and supply to the GSFP at a lower cost. Still, authorities have frustrated him and are unwilling to grant him a letter of intent to secure funds from his sponsors.

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Edinson Cavani Facing Three-Match Ban For Using Racial Term On Instagram

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Edinson Cavani, Manchester United striker could be hit with a possible three-match ban for a ‘racist’ celebratory post-game comment

FA disciplinary committee has launched a probe into the Instagram message after the Uruguayan scored twice to help Manchester United to a 3-2 comeback win against Southampton.

A fan posted ‘Asi te queiro Matador’ in Spanish, which translates to: “I love you, Matador!”

Cavani replied on his Instagram story: “Gracias Negrito!”, a Spanish term which translates as ‘black’.

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Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani facing three-match ban for using racial term on Instagram

The striker, 33, later deleted the image from his Instagram story after he was notified as such terms are perceived very differently in the UK.

 

The incident is likely going to bring at least an FA charge and warning as well as and a suspension of a ‘minimum’ three matches.

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John Dumelo And Lydia Alhassan In A Near Fight At 3FM Constituency Debate

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One constituency to look out for in this year’s (2020) general elections is the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.

The candidates of the two major political parties, NDC and NPP have been matching each other in equal measure just to mount pressure to aid one win the seat.

Contrary to this, in a new video sighted, the two aspiring parliamentary candidates nearly broke the peace-pact.

It all started when the moderator/MC asked Lydia about John Dumelo being stopped after trying to dredge some gutters in the constituency.

However, Lydia Alhassan answering this question said instead of trying to find the proper procedure to follow, Dumelo just jumped in anyhow senselessly.

Mr Dumelo then got upset following the way and manner Ms Alhassan commented. He regarded it as an insult and insisted that she apologized to him.

Lydia refused to render an apology while insisting that her comment was not an insult to her contender.

He attempted to leave the venue after she failed to apologize but the hosts of the event – Johnnie Hughes and Alfred Ocansey – persuaded him to stay on.

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