Details of money trail in Woyome saga

Details of the bank account into which government, through its agents including the then Attorney-General, Betty Mould-Iddrisu and Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, paid Alfred Agbesi Woyome, National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier his supposed GH¢51.2million judgment debt, have emerged.

Available documents reveal that these payments were made with the express consent and approval of the two ministers involved, Betty Mould-Iddrisu and Dr Duffuor, after exchange of a number of correspondences between them and Woyome’s lawyers.

First was the payment of an amount of GH¢17, 094, 493. 53 into Alfred Woyome’s Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) account number 1161000009158 which is held at the ADB House in Accra on September, 22, 2010 with Swift Code: ADNTGHAC.

This payment was made with a letter from the Finance Ministry to the Controller and Accountant General and signed by Dr Duffuor himself.

It was followed by another payment of GH¢10, 000, 000.00 to the same ADB account on January 27, 2011, whilst a similar amount of GH¢10, 000, 000.00 on April 8, 2011.

All the above payments were charged to Government of Ghana Reserved Fund Vote account at the Bank of Ghana, as contained in the 2010 and 2011 budgets.

Subsequently, the Finance Minister issued further instructions for the payment of an amount of GH¢14, 188, 987.06 at the same bank and the same account, bringing total payments to GH¢51.2million as against the court approved GH¢17million.

This time it was charged to Intra Sectoral Vote account.

Betty issued instructions for Duffuor to pay the money involved “in respect of the rehabilitation of the Ohene Djan, Baba Yara and El Wak Sports stadia to Mr Alfred Woyome.”

Dr Duffuor’s letter gave explicit instructions for the payment of these sums to be charged to the budgets of the respective years in which the payments were made to Woyome in his personal capacity when he had no contract with the state.

With the exception of the first payment, the remaining payments which were made thereafter to Alfred Woyome, currently in police grips for over three counts of suspected fraud against the State, were without recourse to the provisions of the court and the High Court judge that sat on the case.

This was evident in a letter written and signed by then Attorney-General, Mrs Mould-Iddrisu, to Finance Minister Dr Duffuor, per the terms of the agreement on 15th September 2010 in which she stated, “Following a writ filed by me subsequent to this judgment, His Lordship Tanko Amadu granted a partial stay of execution of the Terms of Settlement but ordered that the first instalment of GH¢17, 094, 493.53 that was due Mr Woyome on 30th June 2010 plus interest accruing thereon should be paid to Mr Woyome pending the final determination of the suit between the parties.”

The judge had asked the state to pay Woyome the sum of GH¢51.2million in three equal instalments beginning 30th June 2010 and ending 31st August 2010; GH¢41, 811, 480.59 as judgment debt; GH¢9, 447, 000.00 as interest from September 2006 to April 2010 and GH¢25,000.00 as cost, all amounting to GH¢51, 283, 480.59.

But while the case was pending at the court, Betty entered into an agreement with Woyome’s lawyers, Peasah-Boadu & Co., to pay the rest of the money per a so-called pre-trial settlement conference on December 7, 2010.

She therefore authorised the Finance Minister, Dr Duffuor, to pay the remaining GH¢34million to Woyome in a letter dated December 9, 2010, two days after the pre-trial settlement conference.

Source : http://wangoweb.com/2012/02/10/details-of-money-trail-in-woyome-saga/

Ghana’s electricity thieves; total rot at ECG as uncovered by Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Eight months’ undercover investigations by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas have uncovered acute maladministration, massive corruption, pilfering and plain stealing at the Electricity Company of Ghana, losing for the country millions of Ghana Cedis.

From 5 Star hotels to telecom companies, from state institutions to educational institutions, from lush resorts to plush residential facilities, all are involved in, to a very high degree, either power stealing or simply not paying their bills.

Emptying the contents of the investigations on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, Anas said there are a thousand and one ways by which the nation is duped by fraudulent individuals and companies with the active connivance of devious ECG officials.

Whilst companies and some individuals, the richest and financially sound and well placed, procure the services of greedy ECG staff to tamper with meters to slow them down in order that they will malfunction, others all together tap electricity directly from the mains, thereby enjoying free power.

Some companies instead of paying their bills in full to the ECG, pay paltry sums to selected ECG officials and keep piling up their bills for years. After three of more years, they fictitiously fold up and their bills are declared a bad debt by the ECG. They then move their machinery and operations to another location under a different company name and the cycle continues.
Prepaid metering system which was introduced a few years ago to deal with the problem of nonpayment of bills, Anas, said, has not solved the problem for as Chenua Achebe said in his Things Fall Apart, ‘when birds fly without perching hunters shoot without missing’; ECG officials deliberately and perhaps criminally create an artificial shortage of the prepaid meters – a situation they exploit to extort money from applicants for the meters.

With angst, Anas, who as part of the investigation took up a job with the ECG under the pseudo name Agbesi Kojovi, said the blatant arrogance with which some staff ask for unlawful payments for meters and other services is chagrin.

He produced a long list of companies that were owing millions to the ECG as of November 2011.

Some of the companies are: Office of the President – GHS675,805.55; State House (Parliament) – GHS635,781.31; Police Headquarters – GHS393,736.65; Ghana Water – GHS617,105.51; Ministry of Finance – GHS524,924.67; Vodafone – GHS 886,814.15; MTN – GHS 349,811.19; Airtel – GHS56232.48; University of Ghana – GHS4,388,500.63; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – GHS2,981,228.93; University of Cape Coast – 1,871,556.40; ECOBANK – GHS320,275.56; La Palm Royal Beach – GHS238,621.89; Movenpick – GHS 577,631.07 and Vienna City – GHS44,435.14.

Some companies, however, deserve commendation for consistent and prompt payment of their electricity bills.

The list includes Ghancem, Intravenous Infusions, Graphic Communications Group Ltd., NOVOTEL, Guinness Ghana, Accra Brewery, Fanmilk, Cocoa Research Institute, Ameen Sangri, and the National Investment Bank (NIB).

A documentary detailing the findings will be aired on television.

Anas says the video will show the extraordinarily high amounts of money that board members of the ECG take as allowance and yet preside over these inefficiencies and corrupt tendencies.

From: Ghana l Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline.com

Homosexuality is VILE AND AN EVIL SIN IN THE EYES OF THE SUPREME CREATORr .

It is our considered opinion that same sex marriage/ homosexuality offends the process of creation. According to Qur’an 2: 30-35 Allah gave Adam a woman as a partner (Hawa’ or Eve) and not a man. The Bible also affirms that after creating Adam (Genesis 2:7) God created Eve (Genesis 2:22) and not another male.

The Supreme Creator has ordered the nature of things in pairs, male and female, positive and negative. Only thus can the world run its due course. Therefore any attempt to legalize same sex marriage is not only an act of disobedience to Allah but also an attempt to cause commotion in society.
Many Muslims and Christians and all other religious bodies who worship the One True God have gotten lazy and relaxed in taking a stand for what is right and what is of God. Because of this, homosexuality is running rampant in an ever-increasing number. Well enough is enough.
It is time to take a stand and stand up for what is right. Homosexuality is a SIN. VILE AND EVIL SIN. Standing up and speaking against this vile evil does not make you homophobic as the homosexuals would have you believe. Homophobia is a fear of homosexuals. As children of the one and only eternal and loving true God, we have nothing to fear from these sinners. In fact, it is they who are afraid of us. They are afraid of us because we stand up against them and proclaim homosexuality for what it is, a VILE AND EVIL SIN.
The time has come to make a choice. Are you on the side of those who are committing an abomination in the eyes of God or are you on God’s side, the side of truth and righteousness?
Have you bothered to know about the medical risks with this evil acts?
Well here are some facts for you.
The Negative Health Effects of Homosexuality
Homosexual activists attempt to portray their lifestyle as normal and healthy, and insist that homosexual relationships are the equivalent in every way to their heterosexual counterparts. Hollywood and the media relentlessly propagate the image of the fit, healthy, and well-adjusted homosexual. The reality is quite opposite to this caricature which was recently conceded by the homosexual newspaper New York Blade News:
Reports at a national conference about sexually transmitted diseases indicate that gay men are in the highest risk group for several of the most serious diseases. . . . Scientists believe that the increased number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) cases is the result of an increase in risky sexual practices by a growing number of gay men who believe HIV is no longer a life-threatening illness.
Instability and promiscuity typically characterize homosexual relationships. These two factors increase the incidence of serious and incurable stds. In addition, some homosexual behaviors put practitioners at higher risk for a variety of ailments, as catalogued by the following research data:
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1994 to 1997 the proportion of homosexuals reporting having had anal sex increased from 57.6 percent to 61.2 percent, while the percentage of those reporting “always” using condoms declined from 69.6 percent to 60 percent.[2]
• The CDC reported that during the same period the proportion of men reporting having multiple sex partners and unprotected anal sex increased from 23.6 percent to 33.3 percent. The largest increase in this category (from 22 percent to 33.3 percent) was reported by homosexuals twenty-five years old or younger.
Following in the footsteps of the generation of homosexuals decimated by AIDS, younger homosexuals are engaging in dangerous sexual practices at an alarming rate.
• A Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health study of three-hundred-sixty-one young men who have sex with men (MSM) aged fifteen to twenty-two found that around 40 percent of participants reported having had anal-insertive sex, and around 30 percent said they had had anal-receptive sex. Thirty-seven percent said they had not used a condom for anal sex during their last same-sex encounter. Twenty-one percent of the respondents reported using drugs or alcohol during their last same-sex encounter.
• A five-year CDC study of 3,492 homosexual males aged fifteen to twenty-two found that one-quarter had unprotected sex with both men and women. Another cdc study of 1,942 homosexual and bisexual men with HIV found that 19 percent had at least one episode of unprotected anal sex–the riskiest sexual behavior–in 1998 and 1997, a 50 percent increase from the previous two years.
HPV is a collection of more than seventy types of viruses that can cause warts, or papillomas, on various parts of the body. More than twenty types of HPV are incurable STDs that can infect the genital tract of both men and women. Most HPV infections are subclinical or asymptomatic, with only one in a hundred people experiencing genital warts.
• HPV is “almost universal” among homosexuals. According to the homosexual newspaper The Washington Blade: “A San Francisco study of Gay and bisexual men revealed that HPV infection was almost universal among HIV-positive men, and that 60 percent of HIV-negative men carried HPV.”
• HPV can lead to anal cancer. At the recent Fourth International AIDS Malignancy Conference at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Andrew Grulich announced that “most instances of anal cancer are caused by a cancer-causing strain of HPV through receptive anal intercourse. HPV infects over 90 percent of HIV-positive gay men and 65 percent of HIV-negative gay men, according to a number of recent studies.”
• The link between HPV and cervical cancer. Citing a presentation by Dr. Stephen Goldstone to the International Congress on Papillomavirus in Human Pathology in Paris, the Washington Blade reports that “HPV is believed to cause cervical cancer in women.”

Homosexuals are at increased risk for this rare type of cancer, which is potentially fatal if the anal-rectal tumors metastasize to other bodily organs.

• Dr. Joel Palefsky, a leading expert in the field of anal cancer, reports that while the incidence of anal cancer in the United States is only 0.9/100,000, that number soars to 35/100,000 for homosexuals. That rate doubles again for those who are HIV positive, which, according to Dr. Palefsky, is “roughly ten times higher than the current rate of cervical cancer.”[49]

• At the Fourth International AIDS Malignancy Conference at the National Institutes of Health in May, 2000, Dr. Andrew Grulich announced that the incidence of anal cancer among homosexuals with HIV “was raised 37-fold compared with the general population.”
Reduced Life Span. A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology on the mortality rates of homosexualsconcluded that they have a significantly reduced life expectancy:
In a major Canadian centre, life expectancy at age twentyfor gay and bisexual men is eight to twenty years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality were to continue, we estimate that nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged twenty years will not reach their sixty-fifth birthday. Under even the most liberal assumptions, gay and bisexual men in this urban centre are now experiencing a life expectancy similar to that experienced by all men in Canada in the year 1871.
In 1995, long after the deadly effects of AIDS and other stds became widely known, homosexual author Urvashi Vaid expressed one of the goals of her fellow activists: “We have an agenda to create a society in which homosexuality is regarded as healthy, natural, and normal. To me that is the most important agenda item.” Debilitating illness, chronic disease, psychological problems, and early death suffered by homosexuals is the legacy of this tragically misguided activism, which puts the furthering of an “agenda” above saving the lives of those whose interests they purport to represent.
Those who advocate full acceptance of homosexual behavior choose to downplay the growing and incontrovertible evidence regarding the serious, life-threatening health effects associated with the homosexual lifestyle. Homosexual advocacy groups have a moral duty to disseminate medical information that might dissuade individuals from entering or continuing in an inherently unhealthy and dangerous lifestyle. Education officials in particular have a duty to provide information regarding the negative health effects of homosexuality to students in their charge, whose very lives are put at risk by engaging in such behavior. Above all, civil society itself has an obligation to institute policies that promote the health and well-being of its citizens. —

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