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Revealed: Corruption hits anti-retroviral drugs distribution

The management and distribution of anti-retro viral drugs in Ghana has been hit by financial impropriety leading to the loss of an estimated 590,000 Ghana cedis.An audit also reveals that contracts for the supply of the drugs costing more than 220,000 dollars awarded in 2008 and 2009 had not been delivered although the money have already been disbursed. The Auditor General says the situation has resulted in the rationing of anti-retro viral drugs to people living with AIDS.According to the audit report, the shortages resulted from failure to supply all the ARVs purchased and partial delivery of the drugs.The findings beg the question: where are all the ARV’s purchased with the tax payers money if only partial deliveries are made?There are also delays in submitting returns, submission of inaccurate data, delays in clearing drugs from the airport, and improper accounting for monies collected.Two contracts for the supply of ARV drugs costing US$222,764.00 which were awarded in 2008 and 2009 respectively had not been delivered at the time of the audit.The 2012 Auditor General’s report into the management and distribution of ARVs reveals that a total sum of 594,000 cedis collected from sales of ARVs by the treatment centers were not lodged in the prescribed bank accounts. The money cannot be accounted for.The National Aids Control Programme has now been directed to retrieve monies collected by individual staff members and those invested in private accounts with the accrued interest.Authorities at the AIDS Control Programme have also been directed to sanction staff members found to be exploiting for personal financial gain the heavily subsidized scheme for the distribution of anti-retro viral drugs to people living with AIDS.Click Here for the Full Report

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Bombande disagrees with Otabil over fears of violence

Mr. Emmanuel Bombande and Pastor Mensa Otabil Contrary to the prophecy by Dr. ...

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Six-year-old boy survives hours trapped in sand dune

The 6-year-old boy was buried under the sand for more than three hours. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boy-buried-hours-11-feet-sand-emerges-alive-article-1.1397878#ixzz2Z7zvoBI5For 3 1/2 hours, rescuers dug desperately to reach the 6-year-old boy swallowed whole in the northern Indiana sand dunes. But the more they dug, the deeper Nathan Woessner seemed to sink in the 11-foot mound of sand...

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NIA warns public against bribing its officials

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has issued a strong warning to the public against bribing officers undertaking a mass registration exercise in the three regions in the north of Ghana.The warning comes in the wake of reports that some residents were forced to pay unauthorised fees before being registered.Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North, Alhassan Dahamani confirmed to Joy News he received reports that some residents paid money to NIA officials before being registered during the just ended National ID card registration exercise in the Northern Region.But the Authority has reminded the public that paying money to officials in order to be registered is a criminal offence.Registration for National ID cards ended in the Northern Region on Saturday July 13, but residents have complained the ten day period used for the exercise was too short.Mr Alhassan Dahamani said although NIA officials have denied the allegations, he is certain that due to the short duration of the exercise, those who could not register thought they would have to pay in order to get registered after the deadline.Public affairs Director of the NIA, Bertha Dzeble, said the police should investigate the alleged bribe taking by the NIA officials. She added that those who pay money to a registration officer themselves commit an offence.She has also called on the general public to report any suspicion of bribery or demands for money before registration to the police.Meanwhile, the NIA would have to re-register scores of people in the southern part of the country whose already captured data cannot be processed due to technical difficulties.Some of the data which were collected could not be processed because, according to Bertha Dzeble, they did not meet approved standards.Also, according to Joy News' Mannaseh Awuni Azure, out of the over 14 million data collected by the NIA, only 3 million ID cards have been printed and only 700 cards have been distributed.The remainder of the cards have been locked due to financial constraints.

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BNI Arrests Eleven (11)

Eleven people have been arrested by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) officials for their alleged involvement in the shipment of 250 kilogrammes of marijuana or Indian hemp to the United Kingdom.Those arrested include: Mr Sam Yeboah, Manager of Ghana Perishable Cargo Centre; Edmund Mensah Essilfie and Joel Osei Boateng, both freight forwarders of the ESS Foray Ventures. The names of the other suspects were not given for security reasons.The parcels of marijuana were found concealed in 10 boxes containing yams at Heathrow Airport.The discovery of the drugs at Heathrow Airport sparked a serious controversy between the NACOB and Air Ghana, operators of the Ghana Perishable Cargo Centre, shippers of the boxes that were found to contain the marijuana.According to the Executive Secretary of the NACOB, Mr Yaw Akrasi Sarpong, following the discovery of the drugs, TV3 aired a story that the NACOB had placed a temporary ban on non-traditional exports from Ghana.Denying the TV3 story, he stressed that NACOB did not have the mandate to give such a directive. ...

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From Guggisberg Economy to the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda

A writer, a philosopher, a scientist, a politician, a patriot, an inventor, publisher, and a founding father of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin, once observed that “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Indeed, this is consistent with our own long-held view and popular adage which says “how well one lays his bed determine to a large extent how much he/she will enjoy the sleep”. It is in the light of these truisms that effective planning has been considered as an essential pre-requisite for achieving success in any national development efforts.A carefully crafted national development policy framework, with the appropriate choice of policies, programs and projects, well-sequenced and implemented will lead to desired social and economic development outcomes...

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NRSC To Be Upgraded Into An Authority

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is to be upgraded into an Authority in order to give it more powers to operate efficiently.Mr Yaw Boateng Gyan, Board Chairman of the Commission, said this during a farewell dinner for the former Executive Director of the Commission, Mr Noble John Appiah and former deputy director in charge of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Rudolph Perfect Beckley, in Kumasi.Mr Appiah has been transferred to head the Metro Mass Transit Limited while Mr Beckley had been elevated to head the Driver, Vehicle and Licensing Authority.The Board Chairman said the upgrading of the Commission to an Authority would enable it employ more human resources to execute its mandate effectively and efficiently.He said all the necessary legal documentation had been completed and it’s currently at the Cabinet level for approval before it goes to Parliament to be passed into law.Mr Gyan, who is also the National Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), described the former Executive Director of the Commission as humble, hardworking, innovative and an honest person.The new Executive Director of the NRSC, Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, described his predecessor as an industrious person who brought a lot of innovations into the Commission to reduce carnage on our roads.She asked for the cooperation and support of the entire staff as they work together to decrease road crashes to the barest minimum in the society.Mrs Obiri-Yeboah, on behalf of the Commission, presented a citation and a plaque to both Mr Appiah and Mr Beckley for their meritorious service to the Commission.The night was full of entertainment with melodious highlife songs from Super 07 Band while some food and drinks were served to make the night memorable.

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Hajj Committee Requests Face Masks For 2013 Pilgrims

The National Hajj Committee (NHC) has requested the Ministry of Health, to provide face masks for the 2013 pilgrims to Mecca, to insulate them against the SARS-like coronavirus Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).The request is in line with a directive from the Saudi Authorities for pilgrims to wear the mask at heavily populated places in the country to avoid getting infected with the deadly disease.NHC will also run a series of public education on the signs and symptoms of the disease.Chairman of the Committee, Mr Ibrahim Abdul Rauf Tanko made this known in Accra on Saturday. He said according to the World Health Organisation the disease could cause fever, coughing and pneumonia, sneezing and is spread from human to human.Mr Tanko said coronavirus infection causes severe acute respiratory disease, which requires ventilation support similar to severe form of pneumonia.According to him the symptoms and signs of the disease include sudden onset of difficulty in breathing, kidney failure, heart disorders and bleeding tendencies in some patients.The outbreak of MERS has been reported since April 2012 in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and parts of the Middle East.The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia had so far confirmed 38 deaths and 65 cases.According to the WHO, the disease has not yet assumed pandemic potential and may simply die out.

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NDC activists calls for national debate on strikes

Mr Anthony Gyampo, Eastern Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has called for national debate on the nature and timing of industrial actions.He said even though workers’ embark on strike to demand their rights as permitted by law, it should not end up endangering lives.Mr Gyampo made the call in an interaction with media personnel in Koforidua.He cited the recent industrial action by medical practitioners, explaining that their withdrawal of emergency services caused the death of many people.Mr Gyampo said it was also inappropriate for teachers to go on strike when students were writing exams.He appealed to National Labour Commission to be proactive and ensure the implementation of the labour laws on industrial actions to ensure sanity.

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Nobody Is Bigger Than The NPP – ‘Sir John’ Warns ‘Big Wigs’

The General Secretary of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has warned “all those who call themselves big wigs in the party” to either conform or face the consequences.“Nobody is bigger than the party and that must be made clear to all members of our party. Nobody is above the party and nobody is bigger than the party”, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie emphasised.He wondered: “…If gold rusts, what then will iron do?”According to him, “they are the people who should ensure that there’s discipline in the party” rather than “behave in a manner that the National Executive Committee deems as inappropriate”.He says the Party will be encouraging “chaos” within its folds if such “big wigs” are not disciplined when they go wrong.Mr. ...

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