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Domelevo resumes duty, refuses to comment on controversies

The Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo showed up at his office at the Audit Service Headquarters in Accra at 8:20 am amid tensions with the Audit Service Board.

Today marked the end of the controversial 167-day accumulated leave he was forced to take from July 1, 2020, to March 3, 2021.

Mr. Domelevo has however refused to comment on matters surrounding his forced leave or the current controversies.

The Audit Service Board has questioned Mr. Domelevo’s nationality and his age.

The Board is claiming Mr. Domelevo should have retired in 2020.

In a series of letters between the Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Prof. Edward Dua Agyeman and Mr. Domelevo, the Board alleged that records at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) provided by the Auditor-General indicated that his date of birth was in 1960.

But Mr. Domelevo holds that his date of birth is June 1, 1961, because the 1960 date was a mistake.

He said he noticed that the 1960 date of birth was a mistake when he checked his birth details in the baptismal register of the Catholic Church in Adeemmra.

The board also said records also showed that the hometown of Mr. Domelevo is Agbetofe in Togo but was now Ada in the Greater Accra Region.

Addressing the Togo links, Mr. Domelevo said his grandfather was a native of Ada in the Greater Accra Region but migrated to Togo and stayed at Agbetofe.

“I was born in Kumasi and my mother in less than three weeks after my birth, returned to Kwahu Adeemmra and I was baptized in June 1961,” Mr. Domelevo added.

Despite the responses, Prof. Dua Agyeman has said the retired health professional will be considered a retired official whose tenure expired in June 2020.

He said his outfit will be relying on the available records.

“As far as we know, the documents are authentic, our information is authentic, he should have retired in 2020, and therefore he is deemed to have retired,” Prof. Dua Agyeman said.

Source: Citinews

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Nana Agradaa arrested; two TV stations showing ‘money-doubling rituals’ shut down

Money doubler and spiritualist, Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa, has been arrested.

Nana Agradaa, known for her moneymaking ritual, ‘sika gari’, was arrested by a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority on Tuesday night.

Two TV channels – Thunder TV and Ice1 TV – that allegedly broadcast money doubling content at Kasoa in the Central Region, were also shut down for operating without licenses.

The team seized two pieces of equipment each used in the alleged illegal transmission from both premises.

This was announced by the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on her social media page on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Information available suggests the TV channels owned by the self-styled traditional priestess have been operating without authorization for years leading to their closure.

The state’s action follows recent concerns about the broadcasting of inappropriate content in the media space by persons parading themselves as spiritualists

It is on the heels of the gruesome killing of an 11-year-old boy allegedly by two teenagers for money ritual purposes.

Source:citinewsroom

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Akuapem Poloo granted GHS80,000 bail

Social media sensation, Rosemond Brown, known in showbiz as Akuapem Poloo, has been granted bail by the Criminal Division of the High Court pending an appeal filed by her lawyer against her 90-day jail sentence.

She was granted bail in the sum of GHS80,000 with two sureties.

In addition to the bail, she is to report to the case investigator every two weeks and is to deposit her passport with the registrar of the court.

Akuapem Poloo was handed a 90-day jail term for publishing obscene material and violating the dignity and integrity of her 7-year-old son in a nude photo she posted social media.

Since the ruling was made, some people, especially showbiz personalities, have condemned the punishment meted out to her. They also signed a petition in a bid to have her freed.

Rosemond Brown, who was given the 90-day jail term following her conviction on charges of publication of obscene material and domestic violence after pleaded guilty to all three charges last Wednesday and was convicted on her own plea by the court.

Her lawyer, Andrew Vortia had made a mitigation plea to ask for a more lenient punishment.

Mr. Vortia maintained that the custodial sentence handed out was harsh.

“The mitigating factors in her favour are greater than the aggravating factors. When you consider this offence, it is not rape. It is not murder. It is a misdemeanour in which she could have been dealt with lightly,” he said.

The lawyer also questioned the lack of concern for Rosemond Brown’s seven-year-old son.

“Social welfare should have been bought in. We are protecting the child. The mother is gone, so who takes care of the child? Absolutely nothing was done to that effect,” Mr. Andrew said.

The judge, Christina Cann, bemoaned the spate of nudity on the Ghanaian social media space when she handed the sentence on Friday.

According to her, the punishment meted out to Rosemond Brown must serve as a deterrent to others.

Source:citinewsroom

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‘Pokuase BSP tie-in to transmission line will result in power cuts in Accra’

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) will, from May 10, 2021, begin the tie-in of the 330 kilovolt Aboadze-Volta Transmission Line to the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point (BSP) to allow the inflow of power to the GRIDCo transformers.

The power will then be stepped down by GRIDCo transformers and subsequently reduced to reasonable voltage by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for onward distribution to consumers.

The tie-in process will last for a week, which would compel the ECG to cut power supply to some communities in the northern parts of Accra to enable the engineers do the break-in.

The GRIDCo has, therefore, collaborated with the ECG and other stakeholders to plan a load shedding time table for communities in Accra to be affected during the period.

Mr William Amuna, the Technical Controller of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), made the disclosure in a media interview when Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Energy, led a delegation to inspect the progress of work at the Pokuase BSP.

The Minister was accompanied by Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, Mr Jonathan Amoako Baah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GRIDCo, Mr Eson Benjamin, the CEO of MiDA, Mr Munesu Dizamuhupe, the Project Manager of SMEC, Mr Ebenezer Amankwaah, Corporate Communications Officer of GRIDCo, and some officials of the ECG and Volta River Authority.

The Pokuase BSP can hold 580 MVA, which is the largest in West Africa and is over 95 per cent done.

It is expected to be completed by the end of July or August, this year, and would distribute power to about 350,000 existing ECG customers, especially residents of Kwabenya, Ofankor, Legon, Nsawam, and Anyaah.

Mr Amuna said the project’s completion would ensure sufficient power supply for domestic purposes and boost business operations, while minimising the intermittent power outages.

The US$60 million project is being funded by the United States Government through its Agency; the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and being implemented by MiDA on behalf of the Government of Ghana.

Works on the project started in April 2019 under the MCC Power Compact, of which Ghana received US$308 million.

Elecnor SA Ghana is the contractors for the project while SMEC, a member of Surbana Jurong Group, is the supervising engineers.

Mr Amoako Baah said the Pokuase BSP was fifth in Accra and when completed would reduce the power load on the existing power substations and ensure efficient supply of electricity.

He said the Greater Accra Region required an excess of 800 megawatts of power due to population growth and consumed about 25 per cent of the entire power generated in Ghana.

Mr Amoako Baah said the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the May 31 deadline for completion because the equipment and other essential items needed for the project delayed.

The Pokuase BSP comprises the Control Buildings for GRIDCo and ECG, drainage systems, installation of four transformers, fencing, gantries, Switchgears and storage yards.

Currently cables were being laid and some equipment would be commissioned soon, Mr Amoako Baah said.

The project would also lead to a significant reduction in technical losses in the GRIDCo transmission system while the ECG’s power distribution would contribute towards improving the financial viability of the company, he said.

Source:GNA

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