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Audit GH¢54.3M Spent On Food For Vulnerable During Lockdown – STRANEK Appeals To Auditor-General

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Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa (STANEK-Africa), a policy think tank has called on the Auditor General to audit how an amount of GH¢54.3 million which was allegedly spent in providing food for the vulnerable and needy during the COVID-19 lockdown period in the country.

This was after the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori- Atta revealed in the mid-year budget review that, GH¢54.3 million was used to provide food for the needy during the lockdown.

“Government through the Gender Ministry and NADMO provided 1,827,581 and 917,142 cooked food packs to vulnerable persons within Accra and Kumasi respectively. In collaboration with Faith-Based Organizations, the government also distributed dry food packages to about 470,000 families.”

“Mr. Speaker, the support to households, in terms of supply of dry food packs and hot cooked meals cost government GH¢54.3 million to enable them to mitigate the impact of the pandemic,” Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta revealed.

STRANEK sent an appeal to the Auditor General to audit how the funds were used by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

“We write with regards to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection spending a colossal amount of GH₵ 54.3 million on dry food packs and cooked meals shared in Accra and Kumasi during the three-week lockdown period.”

“We humbly request you to specially audit the amount spent on the COVID-19 food by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection since the country has been thrown into a state of shock, to ascertain in detail what actually went into that amount,” the statement appealed.

Source: GHANAFEED.COM

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You Ignored Warnings Over The Western Togoland Issue, Resign Now – Adib Saani To Kan-Dapaah

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Security Analyst and Executive Director of Jatikay Centre for Human Security and Peace Building, Adib Saani has called for the resignation of Minister of National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah after repeated lawlessness by secessionist group, Western Togoland.

According to him, at the peak of the Western Togoland brouhaha, security experts warned government to deal with this issue at once and for all, however, little to nothing was done.

Mr Saani in a statement said, “When this Togoland issue started, some of us within the security space did not spare any moment or mince words, raising serious concerns about their activities and the existential threat they posed to the security of Ghana.

“Unfortunately, over the past few years, they have become more audacious and brazen and we can only expect more. They are able to make strong political statements and control the narrative. They seem to be succeeding in bullying government into submission. They have succeeded in disrupting lives and holding the nation hostage.

“Soon, we might go beyond condemning their actions to asking them what their demands are. With a heavy heart, I predict they might start targeting critical infrastructure. They have the capacity and geographical advantage (forest cover and international border) to engage in an asymmetrical warfare that could be hard to win.

“We ignored the early warning signs and thought this was all a joke. We arrest and release, re-arrest and release again. Despite the presence of intelligence officers, they have largely failed to gather actionable intel in real-time.

“Going forward, the over 100 kilometre Accra – Atimpoku – Juapong stretch is very crucial and needs permanent detachment stationed within that enclave. The Adome Bridge and the dam are high-value targets that we cannot trade-off. Let us invest in human security because largely, these secessionists have some level of Community support.

“Let us collaborate more effectively with Togolese authorities so the group does not engage in cross border activities and the trafficking of weapons to oil their seeming war machine.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Kennedy Agyapong Pleads Not Guilty In Court After His Tape Was Played To Him

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Controversial MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has pleaded NOT GUILTY in a contempt trial after he allegedly insulted a judge.

The lawmaker’s NOT GUILTY plea came after his offense was read out to him by the court clerk.

The maverick politician was made to listen to a tape containing the alleged contemptuous comments after his plea.

The case has once again been adjourned to 28th September 2020.

More Soon……………….

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Journalists Prevented From Covering Kennedy Agyapong Contempt Case Due To ‘Instructions From Above’

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Journalists who were present to cover proceedings for the contempt case involving Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong were prevented from covering the proceedings.

Kennedy Agyapong is currently being charged with contempt after raining insults and threats on a judge who granted an injunction against him over a disputed piece of land.

According to Citinews,  members of the Judicial Press Corps present at the Court were prohibited from entering the premises.

Police personnel present explained their actions for turning away journalists as only following ‘instructions from above’.

The report, however, adds that after long exchanges between the pressmen and the police, representatives were sent into the courtroom on behalf of all the media houses present at the court.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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