3 Arrested over killing of two policemen

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers at Gomoa Buduburam, near Kasoa in the Central Region on Wednesday afternoon.

The three suspects, all male are being held at the Kasoa Police station, Graphic Online has gathered. The two police officers have been confirmed dead.

One died on the spot whilst the other was rushed to the police hospital in Accra in critical condition where he also died. The shooting incident happened on Wednesday afternoon between the police and the assailants.

The one who died on the spot with multiple shots has been identified as Sergeant Michael Dzamesi. Sergeant Dzamesi after he was hit in the head, was said to have run into a nearby provision shop, ostensibly to take cover, but collapsed on entering the facility.

The second officer who Graphic Online gathers had gunshots at the lower pelvic and left side of the back died at the Police Hospital whilst he was being prepared for the theatre.

He has been identified as Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal, according to Graphic Online sources.


Police confirmation

The Central Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Irene Oppong who confirmed the incident to Graphic Online said the incident happened around the Buduburam stretch of the Accra-Winneba road.

She said it happened during the usual checks by the Kasoa Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and that the police signalled an unregistered vehicle to stop but the driver refused to stop.

She said the police gave the vehicle a chase but the occupants at a point began shooting at occupants of the police vehicle. The police officers were hit. Ms Oppong said the police mounted a search for the vehicle and its occupants.



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Voter Id Registration: Social Distancing Protocols Breached

The mass voters registration exercise to prepare for the December 7, 2020 general election took off yesterday on an enthusiastic note with thousands of Ghanaians showing up to have their names on the new electoral roll being compiled by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The EC, which described the first day of the exercise as largely successful, has estimated that 16 million Ghanaians are eligible to take part in the 38-day exercise.

Across 14 out of the 16 regions, reporters of the Daily Graphic visited some registration centres where enthusiasm in the exercise was visible. 

However, late start, people showing up without nose masks and challenges with social distancing characterised the opening day. Also, poor communication on the cluster system resulted in many people showing up at some registration centres only to find out that the exercise at those polling stations had been scheduled for other dates.

The reporters who visited the centres were Kester Aburam Korankye in Accra; George Folley in the Eastern Region; Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah and Biiya Mukusah Ali in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions; Vincent Amenuveve in the Upper East Region; Daniel Kenu and  Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor in the Ashanti Region;  Dotsey Koblah Aklorbortu, Western and Western North regions; Shirley Asiedu-Addo, Central; Della Russel Ocloo, Tema; Mohammed Fugu, North East Region and Northern regions; Mary Anane-Amponsah and Nana Konadu Agyeman in the Volta Region, and Emmanuel Modey in the Upper West Region.

Persons who had the Ghana Cards and passports did not have much problems going through the process but for those without any of the two source documents, they had to wait for others to finish with their registration to vouch for them.
Agents of the two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), were at post to observe the exercise.

In several of the registration centres, enthusiastic Ghanaians had queued up by 6a.m. in order to be among the first to be registered.

There was a unique situation at the Kasoa Iron City in the Central Region where some persons who went to the registration centre very early used stones to form a long line in a bid to secure their places before going back home to prepare and return later to go through the registration.

But, registration officials, on seeing the stones, said the plan would not work. They therefore asked those reporting to form a queue to be attended to.

As of 12 noon, 20 people had registered at the Additrom registration centre in the Korle Klottey Constituency in Accra.

At the Presby Primary Number One centre in Bolgatanga, six people had registered as of 8:30a.m. while at the Sunyani Technical University registration centre, 32 forms had been issued as of 9.30 a.m.

In Tema, as of 9:05 a.m., only 10 participants had successfully registered at the Community Two Police Station centre.

In  Cape Coast, 10 persons had registered at the Wiseway centre as of 10 a.m. while at Nalerigu in the North East Region, 34 persons had registered at about 9 a.m. At the Kabore Primary School Centre at Ho Bankoe, 40 people had gone through the process as of 8:00a.m.

The COVID-19 safety protocols were not fully complied with. For instance, although Veronica buckets were placed at the registration centres to enable people to wash their hands before going through the registration, many people ignored the  washing of hands.

However, the ‘no nose mask, no entry’ policy was applied to the fullest.

But, the most abused protocol was the social distancing.

Few technical challenges delayed the exercise to the chagrin of party agents and prospective registrants.

In the Asawase Constituency in Kumasi, the process was temporarily truncated following a technical fault in some of the kits at the Mallam La Dan registration centre.

Apart from the technical challenges, there were also human-centred challenges, some having to do with the vulnerable.

An example was in the Volta Region where persons who fell in the vulnerable group struggled to be prioritised in the exercise.

The National Organiser of the NPP, Mr Sammy Awuku, who was at the Alajo Central Mosque registration centre, in an interview, said the party had equipped all their representatives across the country with a poll book to record how many people were registered and also capture their details.

The NDC Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who also visited some of the centres to observe the conduct of the exercise, expressed satisfaction at the massive turnouts, the timely start of the exercise and various COVID-19 containment protocols, but noted that there were some challenges with the pace of the process.

In its assessment of the first day of the exercise, the EC said it was largely successful, reports Timothy Ngnenbe.

The Director of Electoral Services at the EC, Dr Serebour Quarcoo, however, admitted that a number of challenges characterised the process.

“We had initial challenges with people refusing to observe social distancing and some of our officials not being able to operate the biometric registration kits, but the success rate was beyond our expectation,” he told the Daily Graphic.

On social distancing and other safety protocols at the registration centres, he said, the situation was worrying and required stakeholder collaboration.

Touching on claims that some of the biometric registration kits were malfunctioning, he indicated that what happened was a technical challenge but not a breakdown of the machines.

Dr Serebour added that the EC had some 5,000 technicians on the ground to help fix faulty registration kits.

He debunked claims that some of the registration kits had been used to register some persons ahead of the mass registration.

Dr Serebour attributed the late start of the registration exercise in some areas to distribution challenges and gave an assurance that the challenge had been resolved.


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GFA Elections: Afriyie seeks divine intervention

One of the leading contenders for next month's Ghana Football Association's (GFA) presidential race, Mr George Afriyie, was at the Unity Church in Kumasi yesterday to seek divine intervention ahead of the elections scheduled for October 25.

Afriyie, together with other contestants, are vying to occupy the 'hot seat' left vacant after last year's Anas Amereyaw Anas corruption exposé at the FA.

Much as he was so sure of taking over the reigns of implicated Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former All Blacks/Gamba All Blacks boss believes the ultimate decision over who would win the election rested with God.

He was the special guest of the church owner and bankroller of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr Kwame Kyei, who had also paraded his Kotoko players for prayers ahead of the team's second leg second round CAF Champions League match against Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel.

Sounding so confident, Afriyie, one of seven candidates for the slot, urged his fellow candidates to concede and support him ahead of the contest.

Flanked by his team, including Mr Jeffrey Asare, a journalist, Mr Afriyie said he remained the most experienced and competent candidate having participated in the last three FA elections.

"I know delegates can change their mind at the last minute but I am confident they will not let me down," he said.

About 248 delegates who form the FA's electoral college are expected to cast their ballots to elect one of the seven candidates to rebuild Ghana's damaged football image and reactivate competitive domestic football.

By the close of filing of nomination last Friday, all the seven, including two of Afriyie's hottest rivals, Messrs Wilfried Kweku Osei (Palmer) and Fred Pappoe, had all filed their nominations.



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NDC must apologize to Okyenhene

The Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council in the Eastern region has given the National Democratic Congress (NDC) three days to apologise to Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, the Okyenhene.

The group said if the NDC fails to do that, they will not accord the party any clearance to hold any activity in the area.

“Should they choose to ignore these pronouncements and demands, Nananom will not accord them any future request for clearance …..If they fail to heed, the National Democratic Congress, its ward executives, branches, constituencies, region, national executives will be banned from all official functions organised under the auspices of the Ofori Panin stool and shall be declared persona non grata in all palaces of the over 940 towns, villages, and settlements in Akyem Abuakwa.”

The call comes after the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the party, Kwame Zu, suggested that the Okyenhene had shared a common source of drinking water with animals until former President John Dramani Mahama gave the people potable water.

This led the residents and chiefs of Akyem Abuakwa to stage a protest against the leadership of the NDC on Monday.

Speaking to the press, the secretary of Okyeman, D.M Ofori-Atta said Mr. Zu’s conduct was an assault against the unity, customs, tradition, and peace of the nation.

He has therefore called on Mr. Zu to render a personal apology to the Okyenhene and perform some ritual pacification. He also demanded that NDC should sanction Mr. Zu for his conduct.

“We want their Presidential candidate to know that the Ofori Paninfie and the NDC had no issues under his predecessors namely President Rawlings and President Mills, they respected this house. We are therefore very concerned about what is happening under the current NDC leader’s watch”, Ofori-Atta said.



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Planned Destabilization of Ghana fails

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in a statement detailing how the suspects and their operations were busted, says the whole plot was targeted at the presidency and with the ultimate aim of destabilizing the country.
The statement lists a number of items seized in the operation and a number of individuals taken into the custody of the Bureau of the National Investigations for interrogation.
According to the statement, "the persons arrested are Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm and his two accomplices – Mr. Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Mr. Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC)”, said the statement issued Monday, September 23.

It assured the public that the security agencies were vigilant and working to safeguard the nation, and advised all to remain calm and provide information on suspicious characters and activities to the security agencies.

Below is the full statement by the Ministry of Information.


1. On Friday, 20th September 2019, a joint security operation of personnel drawn from Defence Intelligence, CID and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), conducted a successful operation which led to the arrest of three persons and the retrieval of several arms, explosive devices and ammunition from locations in Accra and Bawaleshie near Dodowa.

2. The joint operation was to neutralize an elaborate plot targeted at the Presidency, and with the ultimate aim of destabilizing the country. The arrest and seizure come after fifteen (15) months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the prime suspects and others.

3. The persons arrested are Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm and his two accomplices - Mr. Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Mr. Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (aka BB or ADC).
4. The following items were retrieved as part of the operation:

a. Citadel Hospital (Alajo, Accra)
• 5 x locally manufactured pistols with magazines fitted on.
• 1 x foreign pistol (Reg. No. PX154006) with 2 X magazines.
• 3 x locally manufactured pistol barrels.
• 3 x smoke grenades.
• 22 x Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
• 9 x 7.62mm NATO AK47 rounds.
• 2 x AK47 magazines.
• 1 x long Knife.
• The outlined plan for the operation presented by some soldiers at one of their meetings at Next-Door Resort.
• 7 x mobile phones.
• 2 x IPADs.
• 2 x decoders.
• 1 x modem.
• 3 x tablets.
• 1 x Ghanaian passport.
• 2 x pen-drives.
• 1 x voice recorder.
• 1 x USB connector.
• Machines and materials for manufacturing weapons and IEDs.

b. Bawaleshie near Dodowa
• 63 x 9mm NATO rounds.

5. Surveillance on the activities of the persons involved commenced in June 2018, when Dr. Mac-Palm and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu ("BB" or "ADC"), started organizing a series of meetings at the Next-Door Beach Resort, in Teshie, and other locations in Accra, in furtherance of their objectives.

6. Between June and August 2018, BB, acting for and on behalf of Dr. Mac- Palm, contacted a number of serving military personnel, and talked them into hatching and executing a plot to obtain weapons, take over key installations, and secure funding for the purpose of taking over the reins of government. These meetings were closely monitored.

7. In August 2018, Dr. Mac-Palm and two others, Kennedy Amoah and Dr. Albert Sam (Based in the USA) formed a group called "Take Action Ghana" (TAG), under the guise of mobilising the youth for nation- building, education, health, and providing shelter to the needy. Evidence available shows the intent was to build a support base of youth, and radicalize them against the political authority in Ghana.

8. In furtherance of this scheme, Dr Mac-Palm contracted one Mr. Ezor from Alavanyo to produce locally made weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for the operation. In July 2019, Mr. Ezor set up a workshop in a container, originally used as an X-Ray laboratory, at the premises of Citadel Hospital, and started producing the weapons and IEDs in-house.

9. On 10th September 2019, Dr. Mac-Palm and Mr. Ezor procured from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, some essential chemicals to be mixed with gun powder, stone chippings, surgical needles and powdered pepper for their operations. He also contracted a worker at the Base Workshop in Burma Camp to supply 10 AK 47 riffles. He made an advance payment of GH07,OOO.OO.

10. On Thursday, 19th September 2O19, at about 23OO hours, still under surveillance, Dr. Mac-Palm, Mr. Ezor, and one soldier went to an area close to the Laboma Beach to test fire some of the locally manufactured weapons.

11. On the following day, 20th September 2019, between 0915 and 1755 hours, a team of security personnel undertook the operation which led to the arrest of Dr. Mac-Palm and his accomplices, and the subsequent retrieval of the items listed above.

12. The IEDs and all the exhibits are currently in the custody of the BNI, whilst investigations are being carried out for further action. Meanwhile, the suspects are undergoing interrogation.

13. State security agencies assure the general public that they remain vigilant, and will work to safeguard national security and public safety. The public is encouraged to remain calm and advised to provide information on any suspicious persons or activities to the police for necessary action.

14. The Government of Ghana will also continue with efforts to provide the necessary logistics and motivation to the security agencies for intelligence gathering, capacity building and other operations, to protect the country from terrorism, subversive activities, and other violent crimes. END.





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Takoradi missing girls confirmed Dead

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Ghana likely to play Algeria in friendly

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has disclosed that they are in talks with Algeria, the champions of the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON), to engage in a friendly next month.

It is known that the senior national team, the Black Stars, have been in contact with the Desert Foxes of Algeria pertaining to the upcoming friendly.

According to sources, the match could come off on either the 5th or 9th of September depending on which other opponents could be available for a match.

The Algerian Football Association does look forward to playing Ghana's Black Stars as it would serve as a good preparation towards the 2022 preliminary World Cup matches.

This could also serve as the Normalization Committee's first experience to be part of friendly match negotiation and subsequent fruitfullness within FIFA stipulated friendlies period if the deal pans out right.


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3 Arrested over killing of two policemen

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers at Gomoa Buduburam, near Kasoa in the Central Region on Wednesday afternoon.

The three suspects, all male are being held at the Kasoa Police station, Graphic Online has gathered. The two police officers have been confirmed dead.

One died on the spot whilst the other was rushed to the police hospital in Accra in critical condition where he also died. The shooting incident happened on Wednesday afternoon between the police and the assailants.

The one who died on the spot with multiple shots has been identified as Sergeant Michael Dzamesi. Sergeant Dzamesi after he was hit in the head, was said to have run into a nearby provision shop, ostensibly to take cover, but collapsed on entering the facility.

The second officer who Graphic Online gathers had gunshots at the lower pelvic and left side of the back died at the Police Hospital whilst he was being prepared for the theatre.

He has been identified as Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal, according to Graphic Online sources.


Police confirmation

The Central Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Irene Oppong who confirmed the incident to Graphic Online said the incident happened around the Buduburam stretch of the Accra-Winneba road.

She said it happened during the usual checks by the Kasoa Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and that the police signalled an unregistered vehicle to stop but the driver refused to stop.

She said the police gave the vehicle a chase but the occupants at a point began shooting at occupants of the police vehicle. The police officers were hit. Ms Oppong said the police mounted a search for the vehicle and its occupants.



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SSNIT to issue account statements

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) will, from October 1 to December 31, 2019, issue statements of account of contributors to them via e-mail or text messages. The initiative is aimed at ensuring that members are made aware of their contributions held in their names under the SSNIT pension scheme.

It will also enable members to know whether their employers are paying the exact deductions made on their salaries every month and the actual amounts that are transferred to the scheme on their behalf.

The Deputy Director-General in charge of Operations and Benefits at SSNIT, Mrs Laurette Otchere, made this known in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday to clarify the objective behind a public notice issued by SSNIT and published in the dailies yesterday.

In what was expected to be an annual exercise by SSNIT, Mrs Otchere said it was necessary for every member of the scheme to know his or her standing as far as his or her account was concerned and expressed the hope that the exercise would help achieve that objective.

She said it would also offer members the opportunity to update their records with the scheme to facilitate the release of their due when they retired or passed away while still in active service.

“There are many members who might have joined the scheme using addresses which they do not use any longer. We are offering them this opportunity to regularise their records to make them current,” she added.

She also noted that “there may be some employees who do not know whether their deductions are transferred to us by their employers every month or not and so this offers them the opportunity to also know and reconcile any anomalies with their employers on what they deduct and transfer to us every month”.

Mrs Otchere, therefore, entreated contributors to heed the call to make the exercise successful.

Public notice
The notice published in the dailies stated: “Management of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) wishes to inform the general public that it will issue statements of account to members from October 1 to December 31, 2019.

“To ensure a successful exercise, members of the scheme should update their email addresses, mobile phone numbers and any other record with the trust by September 22, 2019. This will ensure that statements are sent to the right persons and the right addresses.”

The notice further indicated that “SSNIT would not be responsible for sending statements of account to an inaccurate or shared e-mail address provided to SSNIT by a member.


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Policeman shot dead at Buduburam

People within Kasoa environs did not hear good news as one of the police officers of that area got murdered by armed men around Buduburam this afternoon.

The incident is said to have happened around the Buduburam stretch of the Accra-Winneba road during the usual checks undertaken by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD). This was confirmed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Irene Oppong.

During the checks, the police notified an unregistered vehicle to stop but the driver did not oblige to this call but rather sped off. The police gave them a hot chase and a gun fight began, resulting in one of the policemen being shot and killed. The identity of the unfortunate policeman was revealed later and was identified as Sergeant Michael Dzamesi. May his soul rest in peace.


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Fart Brings Debate To An Abrupt Halt

Fart is an unpleasant gaseous substance that accumulates from digestive processes in the alimentary canal of humans and even some animals.

This gaseous substance is then discharged at will by a person when prompted by nature. However, due to its unpleasant smell, most humans show courtesy by excusing themselves from amongst other humans so as to be in a safe place to release the fart from his or her anus.

On the contrary, this was not the case at a Kenyan Regional Assembly as a member (name withheld) of the Assembly did not consider the discomfort it might cause his colleagues if let out. He comfortably farted and polluted the air as the heated debate was on-going, giving the air in the room a new label.

Julius Gaya, a member present could not take it any more and therefore spoke about the situation amidst pointing of finger at a potential suspect, alleging he knew the culprit. He said "Honourable Speaker, one of us has polluted the air and I know who it is,...".

Funny enough, the member Julius pointed accusing finger at also blurted out "I am not the one. I cannot do such a thing in front of my colleagues...". Almost confirming the old adage, "who the cap fits, let them wear it".

According to reports, it took a combination of strawberry and vanilla flavoured air freshners to help get the strength of the fart to reduce for them to continue with their debate.

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Unfreezing of PDS accounts questioned

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has made a move to unfreeze the bank accounts of the energy company, Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana Limited to the dismay of some energy experts.

One of such energy experts who has shown his dislike for MoF's move is Mr Kwame Jantuah. He said in a statement that the Ministry of Energy did suspend PDS with reference to Clause 27 of the electricity sale license under the law of the state.

He stated in an interview on Joy FM's Friday programmed, Top Story Friday, saying “Let me go to (c) the decision by ECG to suspend the provisions of right and obligations defined under the Lease and Assignment Agreement (LAA) pending the determination of all consequential matters arising out of the above. So, when did Energy Commission change its mind,...”.

Prior to that, the Ministry of Information had already announced, and with immediate effect, the suspension of the said concession agreement between the Ministry of Finance, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and PDS.

The decision of the MoF to unfreeze the accounts came following reactions from workers of PDS. The workers disclosed their disatisfaction pertaining to how the operational costs and workers would be covered if accounts are frozen. Mr Jantuah, CEO of African Energy Consortium Limited, has shown a contrary concern to that effect.

He stated in the interview, saying “If it is that they need money to operate, they should have opened an escrow account. And ECG should have been the one to make sure that whatever monies are taken out of the PDS account into the escrow account is monitored,...”.

It is clear that Mr Jantuah wants the investigation to be done thoroughly without giving privilege to any of the parties involved.


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2Face Idibia is seriously ill

It has been confirmed that the popular Nigerian musician, 2Face Idibia, is seriously ill. This came from his actress wife, Annie Idibia.

Annie stated that her husband has been put on several drips and still under the keen observation of his medical doctors. Annie disclosed the state of 2Face Idibia's health on the social media platform, Instagram.

She stated, “Baba has been so ill and on drips and plenty meds. Doctor was by his side 48 hours. We all didn’t think he could make it to this big event that was all about him and the Nigerian stock exchange”, she added on instagram.

About the event in her statement, she was making reference to her husband being able to attend the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) event where he was unveiled as the NSE's ambassador despite his ill health.


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Asamoah Gyan Still Grappling With General Captaincy Position

It came as a shock for most Ghanaians when news broke that the coach of the senior national side, Kwesi Appiah, had given the captaincy of the team to Andre Dede Ayew but stressed that the former captain Asamoah Gyan was going to be given the role of a general captain.

The General Captaincy role is not known by most soccer or football fans and seem to have no specific role stipulated under that banner.

This angered the former skipper Asamoah Gyan, popularly known in the football circles as Baby Jet to the extent of refusing to show up for this year's African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019). It took the President of the Republic to intervene in the situation before Asamoah Gyan felt pacified.

The senior national football team, the Black Stars, however had a terrible AFCON run this year to the amazement of not only Ghanaian football lovers but also their fans from all over the world. They exited the tournament at the round of sixteen (16) at the hands of the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

Asamoah Gyan stated in an interview on Joy FM based in Accra, “Since I got into football, since I became a professional, I don’t understand general captain. A captain is a captain. I don’t understand the meaning of general captain. It’s a title on me now but I don’t understand but I have to accept it. And I said ok, what is the captain gonna do?”, he concluded.

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Ohemaa Mercy is ready for Tehillah Experience

Gospel music is a music genre patronized by most Ghanaian Christians. As such, mega gospel music shows are organized at different times of each year. Due to its high patronage, quite a number of giant industries have hopped onto the train to sponsor the events.

One Gospel music talent whose show always moves the crowd year after year since its inception is Ohemaa Mercy. This Gospel music icon has firm grip on her annual show dubbed the 'Tehillah Experience'.

This year's edition would be its sixth (6th) and it is scheduled to take place at the ICGC Calvary Temple, on Sunday 11th of August, at 4:00pm GMT. Other famous Gospel artistes billed to perform at the event include Diana Hamilton, Ceccy Twum, Elder Mireku and Joe Mettle.

The Tehillah Experience event would also have some international gospel artistes performing on the day.The foreign artistes include Evelyn Wanjiru from Kenya, Lebo Sekgobela from South Africa, and Michael Mahendere from Zimbabwe.

This year, the event promises to take believers who would be present to another spiritual level in their Christian faith.


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John Dumelo Eyes Ayawaso West Wuogon Seat

John Dumelo, a popular actor in the Ghana movie industry believes he would be the best middle man between the elite and the general populace of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.

The movie star, for some time now, has been eyeing the parliamentary seat for that constituency. His political ambition started as a rumour among his fans. While some doubted, others gave him the green light even though it was not clear as to his stand. However, it has become clear that he really has a passion for active politics aside acting.

He is associated with the National Democratic Congress (NDC), one of the biggest political parties in the country. Mr Dumelo would be running on the ticket of the NDC come next parliamentary election.

On top of his political agenda is the issue of sanitation in that constituency. He looks forward to tackling it vigorously. His other areas of interest, as part of his agenda, include employment and security.

Mr Dumelo made it clear in a statement that with him leading the battle for that seat, the NDC stands a much greater chance of winning it for the first time.

The NDC parliamentary primaries would be held on Saturday the 24th of August, 2019, and he would be competing with Suzzy Afua Adoboe.


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Former ICCES Coordinator Shot Dead

Mr Donatus Kumah, formerly of Integrated Community Centre for Employable Skills (ICCES) has been shot dead. The sad incident took place at his residence within the Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality, specifically the Anaji Queen of Peace vicinity.

It is believed that unidentified gun men stormed his house and shot him dead on the dawn of Saturday 10th August, 2019. Mr Donatus Kumah was the former ICCES Regional Coordinator for Western region.

The Ghana Police Service has began investigation into the incident. May his soul rest in peace.

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Monday Declared A Public Holiday

His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has made a public declaration concerning next week Monday, 12th August. He has declared that day a public holiday and must be observed throughout the country.

A press release from the Ministry of Interior, bearing the signature of the Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery, has stated that this holiday is due to the Eid-ul-Adha festival. Eid-ul-Adha is an Islamic festival revered and celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

The actual festival day happens to be coming Sunday, 11th August. According to the Muslim belief, this festival is celebrated worldwide in remembrance of Abraham's obedience to God when he was commanded to kill his son for a sacrifice.

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Chris Rock joke tagged as Racist

This would not come as a surprise for most people. Chris Rock does make racist jokes as part of his stand-up comedy acts. However, the timing of this particular joke has been tagged as poor and in bad taste by many as the United States of America has been thrown into a state of mourning following the recent shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, and also in Dayton, Ohio.

The comedian posted a meme with the photo of Betty White, a Golden Girls star, which read "...the first thing people say when a mass shooting is announced,...". And in came the pun punchline "Bet he white".

It has been a rib cracking joke for some but Chris Rock's post has certainly not gone down well with many as well. His joke is clearly implying that such mass shootings are a "white thing", as the culprits most often turns out to be caucasian.

This has sparked a lot of reactions from folks on Rock's social media platform. However, the comedian is yet to respond to some of the comments on his platform.

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Voter ID Card replacement begins today

Today, 8th August 2019, is set to mark the beginning of Voter ID card replacement process at various places. The Electoral
Commission (EC) of Ghana made this known in a press release signed by the Chairperson of Ghana's electoral house, Mrs Jean

The replacement exercise was started some time back but had to be suspended to enable them focus on the Limited Voters
Registration Exercise meant to begin at various district offices of the Electoral Commission all over the country. The exercise
meant to be at a cost of Ghc 5.

According the press release, for one to replace a lost voter ID card, a replacement fee of Ghc 5 will be required from the applicant.
Applicants are to make payment for the replacement into the bank account of the EC and are to submit the payslip to the District Office.

The Electoral Commission's main bank for this exercise is Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB).


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Counselor Lutterodt defends Prophet Badu Kobi

Ghana's controversial counselor, Counselor Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt, popularly known in Ghana as Counselor Lutterodt has
lambasted Ghanaians recently for their reaction towards Prophet Badu Kobi.

The famous prophet, Prophet Badu Kobi has been in the media in recent times for the seemingly wrong reasons. He is the pastor and leader
of the Glorious Wave International Church.

The prophet came under public attack after his ethnocentric statements at a church service in the past week. The public outcry was so loud
and involved some bigwigs in the media industry, including ace journalist and radio show host of Peace Fm's morning, Kwame Sefa Kayi.

It is alleged that the prophet insulted the Fante tribe, describing their women as "foolish sometimes". He further went on to say that Asante
women are very greedy. As for Ewe women, they are not different from "doormats". He also urged his followers not to marry from such tribes.

He has received a lot of criticisms and so many people have condemned him for making such statements. However, he has not lost all his fans.

He has the like of Counselor Lutterodt standing strong for him and defending his controversial statement.

Lutterodt claims there's nothing wrong with Prophet Badu Kobi's remarks and that Ghanaians are only being hypocritical. The Counselor stated
that the prophet's statement was biblically inclined and sees no foul play.


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Globacom customers to enjoy 400MB data for GH¢1

Globacom, the telecom giant in Africa has come out with a statement to make their customers in Ghana feel pampered. It is an opportunity
they are giving to their customers. Like all telecommunication giants, there's always a way to make their customers feel engaged and also
retain them for the long term.

The statement issued has to do with data. Ghanaian customers will now enjoy 400MB worth of Data and enjoy unlimited calls at a very low cost
of Gh¢1.00.

The telecommunications giant, since its establishment, has come up with numerous exciting products. For their customers to enjoy these new
benefits, one must purchase a Glo Sim card and recharge or load it up with a minimum of Gh¢1.00. This guarantees a 250MB of data instantly and
also gets unlimited Glo-to-Glo calls for a period of two(2) days.

The statement also pointed out that the first minute of the day call is free and not restricted to Glo numbers alone. This means one can make
such free calls to other networks as well within the stipulated time frame. However, it is also bound by the same two-day period.

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Hon Sarah Adwoa Sarfo gets married

Marriage said to be a long journey in our local Ghanaian parlance. It is a beautiful thing to behold and as such, most people on earth dream of experiencing one for themselves.

However, the robust nature of life sometimes makes it seem marriage is not for everyone. At this juncture, we say big congratulations to Member of Parliament, Honourable Sarah Adwoa Sarfo on her successful nuptial ceremony.

She is one of the most prolific and vocal speakers of our time and is loved by the citizens of her constituency, Dome-Kwabenya Contituency.

Madam Adwoa Sarfo is also the daughter of the famous Kantanka Car manufacturer and preacher-man, Apostle Kwadwo Sarfo. She is beautiful, eloquent, and elegant on all levels. She is known to have a child from her previous relationship with ace politician, Kennedy Agyapong.

This also goes a long way to break the myth that highly women do not get married or are unable to find for themselves, a husband.

The Vim Lady of Multimedia Group was at the event to play her role as Master of Ceremony (MC). Honourable Sarah Adwoa Sarfo is not only a politician but a brilliant lawyer as well.

Congratulations once again to the honourable member of parliament.


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Ugandan activist gets nine more months in jail for her vagina poem

Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan feminist and activist reacted with fury and defiance after being sentenced to nine more months in prison for publishing a metaphorical poem about the birth of President Yoweri Museveni and his mother's vagina.

She was given an 18-month sentence but has already served nine months in Luzira Women's Prison after publishing the verse that magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu said should never have been put in the public domain, describing it as "obscene" and "indecent" including suggestions which "could only be made by an immoral person."

The final ruling of the case took place on Thursday and Friday at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court.

On Friday, Nyanzi only appeared in court on a television screen from Luzira Prison. Furious at not being permitted to physically attend the final judgement, the activist repeatedly shouted "f*** you, f*** you," put both her middle fingers up, and flashed her breasts. Nyanzi has stripped as a form of protest in the past, and this along with her use of graphic language is described by some commentators as "radical rudeness."

The academic was also charged with "offensive communication," but found innocent on that count.

The ruling took place following an unsuccessful revision of the case at Uganda's High Court earlier in the week.

Nyanzi's team applied for the revision on nine grounds, including that the lower court "acted illegally, irregularly and improperly when it closed the accused person's case without affording her the mandatory or necessary facilities to call any evidence."

Nyanzi's lawyers did not attend court on Thursday or Friday, enabling the activist to speak for herself in response to the state prosecutor's statement.

"I planned to offend Yoweri Museveni Kaguta, because he has offended us for 30-plus years," said Nyanzi on Thursday, who explained that she was disappointed not to be found guilty of offending the President "because that is what serious mothers in Uganda should be doing".

A line from a poem posted by Stella Nyanzi's Facebook account on Thursday reads: "I never came to your Court seeking for justice. I came to your Court to play the game of politics."

Nyanzi's courtroom speech on Thursday also included a focus on conditions for women in prison, and sacrificing her role as mother to her three children in order to "speak truth to power."

About 130 members of the public crowded into court on both days, some dressed in blue Stella Nyanzi T-shirts representing opposition party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and others wearing red "people power" berets -- the hats worn by supporters of Bobi Wine, a musician turned opposition politician in Uganda.

Heavy police deployment did not stop Nyanzi's allies from singing and chanting, and one woman vowed to "sing the Ugandan national anthem until we have justice." While Nyanzi was making her statement on Thursday, the courtroom shouted "people power" and the academic herself led a chant of "viva opposition."

As the magistrate read out the academic's final sentence on Friday, her voice could barely be heard among shouts from Nyanzi's supporters. While some walked out of the courtroom as they heard the sentence, others continued to shout and chant.

The ruling ended in unrest, as a plastic bottle was thrown at the magistrate and police officers clashed with spectators in the courtroom which was then evacuated.

Speaking to the media after the incident, FDC politician and Nyanzi ally Ingrid Turinawe explained that when people saw Nyanzi on the television screen she "was quarrelling, she was protesting, she was crying, and that caused a lot of anger within the people who support her."

Turinawe added that members of the opposition party in the courtroom had been arrested.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango told CNN six people were arrested on charges of assault, malicious damage and contempt of court.

They are an "unruly and undisciplined group of people," he added.


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Huawei Announces $54 billion revenue and 23% increase for first half of this year 2019

Huawei announced its business results for the first half of 2019:  USD $58.34 billion in revenue, a 23.2% increase over the same period last year. The company’s net profit margin for H1 2019 was 8.7%.

According to Huawei’s Chairman, Liang Hua, operations are smooth and the organization is as sound as ever. With effective management and an excellent performance across all financial indicators, Huawei’s business has remained robust in the first half of 2019.


In Huawei’s carrier business, H1 sales revenue reached USD $21.29 billion, with steady growth in production and shipment of equipment for wireless networks, optical transmission, data communications, IT, and related product domains. To date, Huawei has secured 50 commercial 5G contracts and has shipped more than 150,000 base stations to markets around the world.

In Huawei’s enterprise business, H1 sales revenue was USD $4.59 billion. Huawei continues to enhance its ICT portfolio across multiple domains, including cloud, artificial intelligence, campus networks, data centers, Internet of Things, and intelligent computing. It remains a trusted supplier for government and utility customers, as well as customers in commercial sectors like finance, transportation, energy, and automobile.


In Huawei’s consumer business, H1 sales revenue hit USD $32.1 billion. Huawei’s smartphone shipments (including Honor phones) reached 118 million units, up 24% YoY. The company also saw rapid growth in its shipments of tablets, PCs, and wearables. Huawei is beginning to scale its device ecosystem to deliver a more seamless intelligent experience across all major user scenarios. To date, the Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem has more than 800,000 registered developers, and 500 million users worldwide.


“Revenue grew fast up through May,” said Liang. “Given the foundation we laid in the first half of the year, we continue to see growth even after we were added to the entity list. That’s not to say we don’t have difficulties ahead. We do, and they may affect the pace of our growth in the short term.”


He added, “But we will stay the course. We are fully confident in what the future holds, and we will continue investing as planned – including a total of USD $17.44 billion in R&D this year. We’ll get through these challenges, and we’re confident that Huawei will enter a new stage of growth after the worst of this is behind us.”


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A Head of State once asked me out – Juliet Ibrahim

Nollywood actress Juliet Ibrahim has disclosed that a president of a country asked her to be his "chick".

The curvy actress made this disclosure on BBC Pidgin’s show “Question Till Mouth Pain You.”

Juliet however refused to mention the name of the president or the country the president he hails from.


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Congress Woman Ilhan Omar Trolls Donald Trump With Visit To Ghana

Somali-born US congresswoman Ilhan Omar has trolled President Donald Trump with pictures from her recent trip to Ghana.

President Trump caused much uproar last month when he urged a handful of Democratic Congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places which they came from".

Alluding to President Trump's comment in a post on Instagram, Ilhan Omar shared a photo of herself and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Ghana.

She posted: "They said “send her back” but Speaker @SpeakerPelosi didn’t just make arrangements to send me back, she went back with me ✊🏽 So grateful for the honor to return to Mother Africa with the @TheBlackCaucus and commemorate The Year of Return! #Doorofreturn #Ghana".

Ilhan Omar was among Members of the US Congressional Black Caucus who travelled to Ghana with Ms Pelosi. The Minnesota 5th congressional district representative received a huge cheer when she was introduced to Ghana's Parliament by Ms Pelosi in Wednesday.

She was born in Somalia and became a US citizen as a teenager.

In a series of tweets last July, Trump didn't mention any names, but the majority of news outlets and social media users assumed that he was referring to new Congresswomen, including Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.

He as well suggested that Speaker Pelosi would be "very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements".

Days after his comments, people attending his campaign rally broke into a chant of "Send her back!" when the president was talking about Omar.

About Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born October 4, 1982) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2019. The district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs.

Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party line. In 2018, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, marking a number of historic electoral firsts: she is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, and the first non-white woman elected from Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) to serve in Congress.


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The Names Behind PDS Deal Revealed

There have been some speculations on the composition and credibility of the Ghanaian local consortium holding 51 per cent of the shares in the Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana Limited with some suggesting that a group of barbers at Osu in Accra are the ones behind it.

The government on Tuesday announced that it has through the Ministry of Finance and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Limited suspended the concession agreement with PDS with immediate effect.

The government explained that the decision followed the “detection of fundamental and material breaches of PDS’ obligation in the provision of Payment Securities (Demand Guarantees) for the transaction which has been discovered upon further due diligence.”

There have been some suggestions that the government did not do due diligence on the shareholders and the demand guarantees they presented.

Graphic Online, therefore, set out to find out the names behind PDS and how they got the concession agreement.

Names behind PDS

Information available to Graphic Online indicates that the Ghanaian local consortium holding the 51 per cent of the shares in PDS are TG Energy Solutions Limited (TG), a lead local consortium sponsor with 18 per cent, Santa Baron Ventures Limited (Santa), a local technical lead with 13 per cent, GTS Engineering Services Limited (GTS), a local financial lead with 10 per cent and TBK Ghana Limited (TBK), a local financial sponsor also with 10 per cent.

The remaining 49 per cent shares are for two foreign companies, Manila Electric Company Limited (Meralco), a Filipino company with 30 per cent shares and Aenergia, an Angolan company with 19 per cent shares.

The two foreign companies are the Technical Lead for the Consortium and by extension PDS, Graphic Online understands.


In 2017, after a protracted re-negotiations with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the original arrangements to give 80 per cent of the assets of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to foreigners were changed to a 51 per cent ownership by Ghanaians and 49 per cent to foreigners.

This new arrangement required the original foreign bidders to find a local Ghanaian consortium who was to take up the 51 per cent of their shareholding to make their bid whole.

Graphic Online gathers that Manila Electric Company Limited (Meralco) who was one of the original foreign bidders to accept the new arrangements struck an accord with Mr. Philip Asare Kwame Ayesu, a strategist and a serial entrepreneur and chairman of TG Energy Solutions to put together a strong local Ghanaian team in order to create the Meralco Consortium that would present an unassailable bid to the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA).

Mr. Ayesu is said to have recognised this challenge as a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the Ghanaian entrepreneurial drive and enable him to leave a lasting legacy that would prove that Ghanaians can do it.

He reportedly took up the challenge to find the Ghanaian team with the right pedigree of complementary attributes that would provide the requisite technical and financial credentials for the bid.

This, Graphic Online understands led to the formation of the local Ghanaian consortium made up of TG Energy Solutions Limited (TG), a Lead Local Consortium Sponsor with 18 per cent, Santa Baron Ventures Limited (Santa), a Local Technical Lead with 13 per cent, GTS Engineering Services Limited (GTS), a Local Financial Lead 10 per cent and TBK Ghana Limited (TBK), a Local Financial Sponsor with 10 per cent.

Ghanaians behind PDS

TG Energy Solutions Limited according to information available to Graphic Online has Mr Philip Asare Kwame Ayesu, a strategist and a serial entrepreneur as its Chairman.

He is also a partner of the Multiple Concepts Group (Charterhouse, Mediaedge and Multiple Concepts).

Mr Ayesu is also the Cofounder of GH ONE TV which was sold, SAP Investments Holding, DaddyCare founder and creator of the X MEN brand including other companies.

Mr Ayesu has over 20 years of experience in Business set ups, integrated marketing communication and branding.


It is his association with the X MEN brand located at East Legon in Accra, which is a men’s grooming centre which has probably fueled the speculation of barbers behind PDS.

He has no association with the barbering shop at Osu which has similarities to what the X Men located at East Legon does.

Mr Ayesu is a member of the International Advertising Association (IAA), and an associate member of the Global Marketers Network (GMN).

He is also responsible for the creative department and business head of Multiple Concepts Advertising.

Mr Ayesu according to Graphic Online’s sources has helped set up and structured some businesses and that he spearheaded campaigns for clients such as World Bank-IFC, John Hopkins University, Ghana Aids Commission, Interplast, Sikkens, UT Financial Services, Western Union, National Lottery Authority, GRA, MTN, Ideal Finance and a host of other companies in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Until recently, Mr Ayesu was a permanent speaker at the Annual Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI) programme hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), a permanent speaker and mentor at Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (MBA class), and also the creator, writer and director of the longest-running award-winning radio ad project, Atongo.

Between 1996 and 2002, he worked as a salesperson at the radio station, Joy FM in Accra and has always had the objective of running a business to offer solutions and not to make money with the belief of offering the right solutions and satisfying the consumer as the art of making money, Graphic Online gathers.

GTS Engineering Services Limited GTS Power Limited

On the part of GTS Engineering Services Limited (GTS), which holds 13 per cent shares in PDS, Graphic Online understands it is a wholly-owned Ghanaian engineering services company that is active in the development and maintenance of energy sector infrastructure in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.

GTS is the 100 per cent owner of GTS Power Limited, a special purpose vehicle incorporated for the MiDA bid.

GTS Engineering Services Limited and it's associate companies have been operating in Ghana and West Africa since 1984 and have provided leadership in the execution and management of various energy infrastructure projects in power generation, transmission and distribution

Santa Baron Ventures Limited /Santa Power Limited

On the part of Santa Baron with 10 per cent shares in PDS, Mr Kwabena Boateng Aidoo, said to belong to the top brass of successful millionaires in Ghana is the main principal, according to Graphic Online's sources.

Santa Power Limited is 100 per cent owned by SBV and was incorporated as a special purpose vehicle for the MiDA bid.

Mr Aidoo is said to have been doing business for over three decades mainly in the security and real estate sector.

His companies reportedly command staff strength of over 800 across the world and he is the Chief Executive Officer of Santa Baron Ventures Limited, and also owns Amalgamated Properties Limited, Apex Consulting Services Limited, PTL Solar Ghana Limited as part of his portfolio of investments.

His company, Santa Baron Ventures Limited, is said to have an estimated value of $50 million and a yearly turnover of about $6 million and has been a long-standing member of the British Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, two of Mr Aidoo’s companies, PTL Solar Ghana Limited and Apex Consulting Services Limited are said to have a combined value of over $10 million.

In the housing industry, his real estate company, Amalgamated Properties Limited is said to have an estimated value of $18 million.

He reportedly owns plush properties in prime areas of Accra, Wisconsin Avenue in Washington County, Maryland and other parts of the USA and in Saint Leonard Hill, Windsor in the United Kingdom.

In South Africa, Mr Aidoo is said to be the owner of Shani Boutique Hotel, which is located opposite the University of Pretoria, which serves high-end customers such as University Lecturers and other customers who visit the University.

He reportedly also owns several millions worth of commercial properties in South Africa, some of which are said to have been leased to various High Commissions and Embassies of foreign countries.

Mr Kwabena Boateng Aidoo engages in various social responsibility projects and benevolence but is said to have shied awa

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NDC Chokes On Agreements

Former Finance Minister Seth Terkper has claimed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration started the renegotiation of the take-or-pay agreements that are crippling the energy sector.

He, however, said they could not succeed in converting the take-or-pay agreements to take-and-pay because of what he called the usual delays in getting the renegotiations done.

Interestingly, Mr. Terkper, speaking on Citi FM, after Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta had read the 2019 Mid-Year Budget Review on Monday, could not point to a single renegotiation agreement but was able to demand that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration should not take credit for the take-and-pay efforts.

Controversial Agreement

The take-or-pay agreement was designed such that whether the IPP’s are producing power or not the country pays them hefty sums as fees.

It was during the era of the Mahama NDC administration that most of these controversial agreements were signed but immediately the NPP assumed office then Minister Boakye Agyarko started calling the power producers to come back to the negotiation table because the country could no longer bear the obnoxious agreements.

The Finance Minister affirmed in Parliament that the government had resolved “to convert all take-or-pay contracts to take-and-pay contracts.”

“Accordingly, starting 1st August, 2019, government is to pay for energy and gas that we actually consume. All take-or-pay contracts will be renegotiated to convert to take-and-pay for both PPAs and Gas Supply Agreements (GSAs). Government will seek parliamentary ratification where appropriate,” adding that the NPP administration was suspending “indefinitely or terminate all PPAs currently under negotiation.”

He also said they had resolved “to immediately place a complete moratorium on signing new PPAs and Put-Call Option Agreements (PCOAs),” and also “to subject all future PPAs competitive and transparent procurement procedures. Government will, therefore, no longer entertain any unsolicited proposals.

He further said, among other measures, that they had resolved “to implement the economic merit order dispatch which means that the most efficient power plants will be dispatched first,” and also “to improving the performance of the distribution utility and has agreed with the concessionaire a plan to reduce electricity losses and increase collections based on an agreed investment plan.”

Mr. Terkper was adamant, saying “this (take-or-pay arrangement) is not something unique to the Mahama administration. It is not unique to the Mills administration. Bui Dam, Sonon Asogli and others that were signed under the NPP era are on take-or-pay.”

“It was the Mahama administration that rather attempted to change this from take-or-pay to PCOA (Put/Call Option Agreement), which means you pay for what you take. As usual, there was a delay in the implementation. We had already started the process of changing to the Put Call Option. It is verifiable,” he said.

He added that “…We were in a process in collaboration with the World Bank to organize a meeting on this conditions including whether we should use gas and LNG and talk to the IPPs and start the process of negotiations. All new agreements were to be on the PCOA, the old ones to be negotiated and that is exactly what the minister is announcing as if it is new,” he added.


Source: Daily Guide

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