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Stop exposing your ignorance on Komenda Sugar Factory- Former Board Sec to Akufu-Addo

Re - Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, Ransford Vanni-Amoah And The Public Accounts  Committee Of Parliament May Be The Cause Of The Inactivity Of Komenda Sugar  Factory
Mr.Ransford Vani-Amoah

A Former Board Secretary for the Komenda Sugar Factory, Ransford Chatman Vani-Amaoh, has lampooned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akurugu-Addo, over comments that the factory which was established by the erstwhile Mahama administration was ill-thought and has therefore, become an albatross around the neck of the nation.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo’s comment is a wanton advertisement of ignorance which lacked better understanding about the Komenda Sugar Factory.

In a statement released on Thursday, October 21,  Mr.Vani-Amaoh explained that the Mahama administration used a backward integration approach in which strategy, the establishment of the factory was meant to influence sugarcane cultivation.

He said, this strategy is an established international approach to the founding of factories that would process perishable agro-products and as such, the claims by the New Patriotic Party(NPP)led by President Akufu-Addo that raw materials ought to have been procured Ahead of the Factory are misplaced.

“In the establishment of sugar factories, backward integration approach is adopted.Sugarcane is perishable, so if you grow the raw materials before building the factory, you will cause a financial loss because there will be no machine for milling when the sugarcanes mature.” Mr.Vani-Amoah explained.

The outspoken former Board Secretary added that the company’s board at the time envisaged about 500 to 700 tons of sugarcane from out-grower farmers within the Komenda enclave and all plans were put in place to use these materials for production before the NDC exited power in 2016.

The Komenda Sugar Factory was established by the NDC government with an amount of $35 Million. It aimed at reducing Ghana’s sugar import significantly and also to creat about thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

The Akufu-Addo government however, refused to operationalise the state-of the -art edifice despite the much talked about industrialization agenda which government has christened as 1D1F.

Source:Nationalistgh.com

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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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