Gov't has blown GHC500m on shady firm - NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the John Dramani Mahama administration of paying GHS500million to a company with no contractual agreement with the state.

According to the party, cabinet has given the go-ahead for the use of the 10 per cent of the District Assembly’s Common Fund allocated to the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) for the illegal payment.

This was revealed by the Policy Advisor of the NPP, Mr Boakye Agyarko, at a news conference at the party’s headquarters in Accra on Wednesday 16 November.

Mr Agyarko said: “This amount is meant to pay for 45,000 workers who are actually on the payroll of the various district assemblies. So, the assemblies are responsible for paying the wages of the 45,000 and not the service provider. This act of corruption is a matter for which Ghanaians must demand and deserve answers.

“We also need to note the fact that the board of the Youth Employment Agency is being asked to take all necessary steps to ratify the sanitation contract for 2013 to 2015. Since this contract has expired and not in operation, why will they ratify it by back dating? They try to justify the necessity by claiming that sanitation activity could not be brought to an abrupt end countrywide. Yet this is not the case for nurses, teachers and other essential service workers who have active ongoing contracts yet have not been paid their salaries, which are many months in arrears,” he added.

Mr Agyarko further disclosed: “This illegal payment for non-existent contract is related to a previous scheme dating back to 2012, the same year that some $2billion of unbudgeted funds were spent in a reckless and corrupt way to fund John Mahama’s election bid,” adding: “The Auditor General’s report on the infamous Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) highlighted the misappropriation of public funds, fraudulent transfers and illegal payments to various entities linked to friends and families of President John Mahama.”


Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Jordan Ayew.

The 23-year-old forward has signed a five-year deal with the Club and joins from French side Lorient for an undisclosed fee.

The Ghana international arrives at Villa Park following the acquisitions of fellow Ligue 1 players Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye.

Manager Tim Sherwood said: "I'm really pleased to bring Jordan to the football club.

"He is a fantastic young player who is perfectly suited to the Premier League."

Ayew completed his medical at Bodymoor Heath this morning before meeting his new team-mates for the first time.
Akuffo Addo and J. Mahama
Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a weak opposition party that cannot contest the Mahama administration in any electoral battle.

Speaking on Radio Gold’s “Alhaji and Alhaji” programme, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu said the NPP is not strong to keep the government in check and ensure that the government does not abuse the mandate that Ghanaians have given her.

“The NPP is a very weak political opposition. And I think that naturally it’s to our advantage. I have always said that President Mahama will always humble Nana Akufo-Addo in any electoral fight…We need a very strong virile opposition to keep the democracy running and to keep government in check, and to control excesses and abuses of government if there are any,” he said.

He further stated that the NPP flagbearer- Nana Akufo-Addo- is no match for President John Mahama so far as elections in the country are concerned.

According to him, President Mahama is not worried about Nana Addo contesting him and will not be threatened by him.

“He is not the President’s worry…The President’s worry is to fix the energy crisis and get the economy back on track but never threatened by the personality or the race of Nana Akufo-Addo,” he stressed.


Ghana's President Dies

John E.A Mills died today at a Military Hospital in Ghana. He was 68. He became Ghana's President in 2009 after winning a general election by a slim margin. His health had generated discussions among many Ghanaians for years until now.
This makes him the first president to have died in office since independence. A statement today, from the chief of staff confirming the death also intimated that the vice president will address the nation in due course.

President Mills returned from the USA after a routine medical check-up.