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Collective efforts required to combat terrorism financing and money laundering – Oppong Nkrumah

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The Minister of Information feels it is time for the media to educate the public about the implications of money laundering and terrorist funding, as well as how individuals may help to put an end to this practise.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, has entrusted the media with leading the fight to educate and enlighten the public about the hazards of money laundering and terrorism funding.

According to Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who was speaking at a sensitization workshop for journalists organised by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering, an ECOWAS specialised institution, money laundering and terrorist financing divert resources away from the ultimate economic activity and exacerbate income inequalities because proceeds benefit a small group of people.

It also discourages international investors by indicating a lack of strength in the country’s regulatory and governance system.

The Minister of Information feels it is time for the media to educate the public about the implications of money laundering and terrorist funding and how individuals may help to end this practice.

“As the fourth estate of the realm good quality journalism can shed light on the activities of money laundering and terrorist financing and how government. This can also push the government to strengthen its anti-money laundering measures. If the media takes centre stage in the education this will also provide a platform for whistle-blowers to volunteer information on these menace,” Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.

The Information Minister believes that more needs to be done to raise awareness, citing a recent incident in the Northern part of Ghana in which the effort to arrest some persons suspected of being affiliated with some terrorist group was thwarted by the youth of the town, who later ended up attacking the national security operatives.

“The culture of monetizing every aspect of our national lives from religion, through sports, politics and social standings needs to be re-examined and with the right tools, media outfits will not bastardize every successful person nor blindly promote just anything. The capacity enhancement of media persons is key in ensuring that sensitization on this menace is done,” Kojo Oppong Nkrumah added.

Albert Dwumfour, President of the Ghana Journalists Association, expressed pleasure with plans to open GIABA desk offices in chosen media outlets to combat money laundering and terrorist funding at all levels.

“It will be a good initiative to see the establishment of GIABA desk offices in some selected media houses in the country. As the GJA we are strongly behind the move,” Albert Dwumfour said.

Timothy Malaye, who represented GIABA Director General Edwin W. Harries Jr, stated that the agenda of ensuring that member states lead the charge against money laundering and terrorist financing will be held in high regard, adding that the components of GIABA, which includes protecting member states’ economies from money laundering and terrorist financing, will be held in high regard.

“GIABA’s core mandate which includes ensuring that member states economies are free from money laundering and terrorist financing will be held in high esteem. The Economic Community of West African States considers this particular event an essential one because of the impact it will make representative of the Director General of GIABA said.

“As GIABA the best way to fight this menace is to equip journalists with knowledge with the right tools to report money laundering and other financial crimes to ensure that we have a safe society to live in. We expect that this will be a springboard to champion this agenda adding that sharing of information is essential to winning this fight.

“We must also note that the anti-draft fight cannot be effective without the active involvement of the media. It is not a task for journalists alone but all stakeholders”Timothy Malaye said.

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The president needs to show leadership to stop ‘dumsor’ – Agyeman-Duah

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Professor Agyeman-Duah also chastised the administration for the slow speed at which it is addressing electricity concerns. He argues that given the frequency of power outages, the government should have taken a more serious approach to finding long-term solutions, but this has not been the case.

Professor Baffior Agyeman-Duah, a Governance Expert, has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to show leadership by summoning all major players in the power sector, including the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRDCo), the Volta River Authority (VRA), and the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC), and giving them marching orders to resolve the power crisis.

He believes he’ll be astonished if the president hasn’t done so already.

Speaking on the Ghana Tonight broadcast on TV3 on Monday, April 22, Prof Ageyman Duah remarked, “I will be surprised that the president has not called the leadership of the VRA, GRIDCo, ECG, and PURC, to sit them down to give them the marching order that he doesn’t like what they are doing.

“That is leadership, we need the president to be giving the marching orders. As I said, if he has done it privately I don’t know but based on the public pronouncements by these state agencies in charge of the energy sector, it seems like he hasn’t done that.”

Professor Agyeman-Duah also chastised the administration for the slow speed at which it is addressing electricity concerns.

He argues that given the frequency of power outages, the government should have taken a more serious approach to finding long-term solutions, but this has not been the case.

He went on to say “The government hasn’t been too active in seeking solutions to problems”

Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah also urged the state power distributor, the ECG, to produce a load-shedding schedule.

This, he believes, will help power consumers arrange their lives more effectively.

“The wise thing to do is to issue a timetable,” Professor Baffour Agyeman-Duah said.

Meanwhile, Richard Ahiagbah, Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has stated that power shortages in certain areas of the country are annoying.

However, he stated that there is light at the end of the tunnel for the problem.

Mr Ahiagbah ascribed the problem to the Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) maintenance work.

He told us that the job would be done quickly.

“The recent power outages have been understandably frustrating. However, there is an end in sight. The maintenance works are almost complete, and we can soon expect access to an uninterrupted power supply around the clock, as we have become accustomed to under the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia Administration.”

Regarding the criticism that members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have made against the administration over the outages, he stated, “The NDC is the last political organization to point fingers because Ghana has not forgotten the hurts of the ‘real dumsor,’ suffered under H.E. Mahama.

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Gomoa Akotsi: Truck collides with a police car, killing one and injuring several others

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It struck a Chinese national's car before colliding with a police vehicle stationed on the side of the road near Akotsi Junction. An eyewitness, Nai Appiah Nortey, told Citi News that several cops were in the parked police car and two more were in the trunk. The police were said to be making purchases nearby when the tragedy happened. "The vehicle was descending from Gomoa Akramah hills towards the Akotsi junction. But it suddenly lost control, crossed the main road, and collided with a police vehicle sitting on the shoulder of the road. It pulled the police vehicle and then parked in front of a business.

A collision on the road between Gomoa Akramah and Akoti Junction in the Gomoa East District, Central Region, is said to have killed one police officer and badly wounded many others.

According to sources, a KIA Rhino truck (registration number GX 4135-24) had a braking failure and went off track.

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It struck a Chinese national’s car before colliding with a police vehicle stationed on the side of the road near Akotsi Junction.

An eyewitness, Nai Appiah Nortey, told Citi News that several cops were in the parked police car and two more were in the trunk. The police were said to be making purchases nearby when the tragedy happened.

“The vehicle was descending from Gomoa Akramah hills towards the Akotsi junction. But it suddenly lost control, crossed the main road, and collided with a police vehicle sitting on the shoulder of the road. It pulled the police vehicle and then parked in front of a business.

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“There were some police officers in the trunk of the truck, and some even fell out as soon as the collision occurred. “One person has died, and the rest, including the Chinese national, have been rushed to the Trauma and Specialist Hospital in Winneba,” Nai Appiah Nortey said.

The Central East Regional Operations commander and other senior officials came on the spot to evaluate the magnitude of the damage.

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Calls for Napo’s removal as Energy minister intensifies

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“Where we have gotten to, there is no circuit and so what is the use of the minister in that space? He must be relieved, probably to concentrate on any other agenda he is bidding for. He must be relieved of his post. It is becoming too much. Is it not insulting with the statement that he made? Total disrespect to consumers. Are we asking for too much? “For God’s sake, I am a prepaid consumer. I have paid for that power that you need to supply me. In fact, you chose to put a meter in my house at a fee, that is also a contract in a form, and he chose to take my money in advance. “If I am not going to get the power, then just out of respect, at least tell me when I can have the power. But don’t look into my face and say, I should go and produce my own timetable.”

The Institute of Energy Security (IES) has urged for the urgent dismissal of Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, citing the escalating energy situation.

According to the IES, the current status of the energy industry demands immediate action, leading to their call for the minister’s removal.

Nana Amoasi VII, Executive Director of IES, voiced concern with the minister’s apparent delay in an interview with Eyewitness News on Monday.

He emphasised the minister’s apparent separation from the realities of the energy situation, raising the question of his position in such a key location.

“Where we have gotten to, there is no circuit and so what is the use of the minister in that space? He must be relieved, probably to concentrate on any other agenda he is bidding for. He must be relieved of his post. It is becoming too much. Is it not insulting with the statement that he made? Total disrespect to consumers. Are we asking for too much?

“For God’s sake, I am a prepaid consumer. I have paid for that power that you need to supply me. In fact, you chose to put a meter in my house at a fee, that is also a contract in a form, and he chose to take my money in advance.

“If I am not going to get the power, then just out of respect, at least tell me when I can have the power. But don’t look into my face and say, I should go and produce my own timetable.”

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