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Speaker still has security protection – National Security Ministry

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin

The Ministry of National Security says the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, still has security protection and that reports creating the impression that his security protection had been withdrawn are a “misinterpretation.”

The Ministry, in reaction to reports to the effect that soldiers protecting the Speaker have been withdrawn, said the personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces did not form part of the security detail of the Speaker of Parliament and that the service was only undertaken by the Police through the parliamentary security support.

A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra by the Ministry of National Security said: “contrary to the aforesaid misinterpretation of the withdrawal of the Speaker’s security all requisite resources, including logistics and personnel, required for the full protection of the Speaker have been provided.”

The Ministry added that if there was a special need for any other security agency to offer security support, that is done on a “need-basis.”

“The Ministry of National Security has taken note of the circulation of leaked correspondence between the office of the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces and the Speaker of Parliament on social media.

“Subsequently, the content of the correspondence has been misinterpreted as an attempt by the Executive arm of government to deprive the Speaker of the resources required for his full protection.

“The Ministry of National Security would like to place on record that, contrary to the aforesaid misinterpretation, all requisite resources, including logistics and personnel, required for the full protection of the Speaker have been provided.

The statement said for the first time since 2017, the security arrangements for both the Speaker and Members of Parliament had been significantly enhanced.

It said the personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces did not form part of the security detail for the Speaker and Parliament as Parliamentary security support was provided by the Ghana Police Service.

It said any need for specific agency support was typically executed on a need-basis in accordance with stated protocols.

“To reiterate, there has neither been a withdrawal of the security detail for the Speaker nor a reduction in the security strength of Parliament.

“The good people of Ghana are, therefore, entreated to disregard any unfounded speculation to this effect,” the statement said.

Source: GNA

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I didn’t embezzle PNC funds; I used it for 2020 campaign – Apasera

David Apasera

The 2020 flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), David Apasera, has denied allegations of embezzlement made against him by the party’s General Secretary, Janet Nabila.

According to him, all the funds he has been accused of embezzling were used for the 2020 campaign after they were disbursed to the party’s candidates.

“For whatever we raised, this is the first time everybody knew the amount we raised and the first time it was lodged in the party account and the first time every officer of the party presented a programme and a budget that was funded. This money was for campaign, and it wasn’t meant for anything else. I applied it, and it was disbursed by the treasurer, which everyone knew about,” he said in a Citi News interview.

The General Secretary of the PNC, Janet Nabila announced at a press conference last Thursday that David Apasera and their National Chairman, Moses Danibaah have been sacked from the party.

The two were previously suspended by the party over allegations of misconduct and embezzlement of party funds to the tune of GHS 1.7 million, but David Apasera says the claim is false.

He said he was surprised by Madam Nabila’s conduct, as she was present when the party’s treasurer gave a detailed account of expenditure at their first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

“The treasurer gave an account at the first NEC meeting, everybody applauded it. Janet only objected to one thing [and that was about the filing fees],” he said.

Mr. Apasera further said Janet Nabila did not have the power to suspend him, as she is herself a suspended executive.

“Janet Nabila is no longer the General Secretary, she has been suspended. The Greater Accra Regional Chairman has been suspended. The General Secretary has been suspended, and so they have no locus to call themselves NEC members,” he said, stressing that his supposed suspension is null and void.

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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Akufo-Addo appoints Mahama as ECG Managing Director

Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed legal practitioner, Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama, as Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). 

He takes over from Kwame Agyeman–Budu, whose statutory retirement starts next week. 

Jones Ofori–Addo, who is the Deputy Managing Director responsible for sales, customer service and finance, was made Acting Managing Director on May 12, while government finalised the hunt for a substantive officer. 

In the letter announcing Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama as the substantive MD on May 13, the Presidency urged the Energy Ministry to trigger necessary modalities to facilitate his regularisation in accordance with Company Act, 2019 (Act 992). 

Outgoing ECG MD, Kwame Agyeman-Budu retires on May 17, 2022. 

PROFILE OF SAMUEL DUBIK MAHAMA

Samuel Dubik Mahama is a lawyer and a partner at the law firm, Dubik and Associates. 

He has been doing business in Ghana for almost 2 decades, having worked in both the private and public sectors. 

During his tenure in the public sector, he worked with the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) whose sole aim is to promote foreign direct investment in Ghana, Dubik Mahama served as the head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the GIPC. 

During his business life, he has focused mainly on the energy sector where he has worked with American companies such as Bridgewell resources LLC based in Portland Oregon, Gulf South Forest products based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Elsewedy Electricals based in Cairo Egypt for a decade now. 

Mahama has wide experience in consulting for local energy, mining, and engineering firms by assisting them to identify viable projects with necessary funding for turnkey projects. 

He also serves on the Board of a few companies including Wilkins Engineering Limited, De-Montag Company Limited and Ghana Industrial Holding Company (GIHOC).

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Wranglings in PNC: Apasera, Dani Baah sacked, 12 others step aside

David Apasera ( Left) and Janet Nabla

The internal wranglings within the People’s National Convention (PNC) has deepened, following the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to terminate the membership of its Leader, David Apasera and the National Chairman, Moses Dani Baah.

They were dismissed for breaching Article 14 (b) of the party’s constitution which states that “A member of the Party who is in breach of the above shall be liable to dismissal under this Constitution, except otherwise agreed by the National Delegates’ Congress upon an appeal by the said member of the Party.”

The decision to sack the two from the party was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the party’s NEC meeting held in Accra yesterday.

It said the leader and the national chairman have a penchant for breaching the party’s constitution and have disrupted the pursuit of the collective goals of the party and derailed its progress.

Recall

The decision to dismiss the two is coming on the heels of a press conference held by the leader of the party, Mr Apasera, last Friday, May 6, 2022, to announce the suspension of six of its regional and national executive indefinitely for contravening Article 67 of the party’s constitution.

Those suspended were the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Bala Maikankan; Ashanti Regional Secretary of the PNC, Sulemana Seidu; the Northern Regional Secretary, Suale Karim; the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser, Muniru Seidu; the Central Regional Secretary, Samuel Adeyfio, and the Second National Vice-Chairman, Henry Haruna Asante.

Their suspension also followed a petition brought before the disciplinary committee for the necessary recommendations to be made against a purported NEC meeting held in Kumasi during which the suspended executive were found to have contravened the party’s constitution.

Step aside

At a press conference, the General Secretary of the PNC, Janet Nabla, who read the communiqué, said the NEC also directed 12 national and regional executive of the party, who attended the purported Standing Committee meeting convened by Messrs Apasera and Dani Baah, that took the decision to suspend the six regional and national executive for indiscipline to step aside from their respective positions pending disciplinary hearing.

They are the first Vice-Chairperson, Hajia Hajara Ali; third Vice Chairperson, Alhaji Omar Bekure; National Organiser, Abass Nuhu; the Bono Regional Chairman, Mr Sampson Asampana; Oti Regional Chairman, Mr Richard Dzreke and the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Mr Abraham Kaba Hirohito.

The rest are the Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Siba Salifu Sakibu; the Western Regional Chairman, Mallam Yakubu Tahir; the Ashanti Regional Organiser, Arimeyao Ali; Volta Regional Secretary, Oliver Ganaku; Bono Regional Secretary, Mr Abdul Samed Nurideen and the National Women’s Organiser, Ms Hidaya S. Ibrahim.

Source: Graphic Online

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