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Police failed to prosecute officers caught stealing Saglemi building materials worth $7m – Sam George

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Police failed to prosecute officers caught stealing Saglemi building materials worth $7m – Sam George

Sam Nartey George, MP for Ningo Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, has accused the Tsopoli Police Command of neglecting to prosecute several police personnel caught for stealing building materials worth $7 million from the abandoned Saglemi Housing Project.

On JoyNews’ AM Show on Tuesday, he stated that his people had spotted the officers removing building supplies for the project’s development from the site.

He further stated that, despite the fact that the criminals were turned over to the police, they did not act because the perpetrators stated that they were directed by their Commanders to steal the building supplies.

He claimed to have received multiple reports of theft from his constituents but dismissed them because he questioned them.

“At 1 am my guys called me and said Honourable we’ve been telling you, you said we are lying, now we’ve caught them. So, I drove to the site at 1 am and called police officers with a KIA Bongo truck that had loaded tiles, sanitary wares, toilet bowls and all from the site.

“We took them to the Tsopoli Police Station, from there, we marched them on to the Tema Regional Command – that case has died because the guys made it clear that they were sent by their Commanders to come and steal the things.”

He went on to say that the rot continued under the present administration’s watch.

“They abandoned the site, put national security and police officers on the site that they were protecting the site and $7 million worth of building materials that was left in there – tiles, cables, pipes were stolen,” he added.

The Saglemi Housing Project, which began in 2016, has been halted after the government stated that it was not in the best interests of Ghanaians.

Some former government officials are on trial for allegedly causing the state financial damage during the projection’s execution.

Nonetheless, the present administration has begun a new housing project in Pokuase.

Former President John Dramani Mahama recently chastised President Akufo-Addo for abandoning his administration’s Saglemi Housing project.

Mr Mahama calls the President’s choice to scrap the project while spending billions of cedis on the contentious National Cathedral “unacceptable.”

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According to him, the Akufo-Addo administration put its own parochial interests over the interests of common Ghanaians.

“It is unacceptable for Akufo-Addo to spend over half a billion cedis on a national cathedral project that has ultimately failed due to corruption and is now abandoned, yet refuses to commit funds to complete a housing project that will benefit thousands of Ghanaian families.”

“Knowing the NPP government, they did not want to complete the Saglemi housing project simply because it was initiated by John Mahama and an NDC administration.”

“Leaders must always prioritise the well-being of their citizens and ensure that they benefit from government resources and projects, regardless of who initiated them,” he said in a Facebook post.

Thus, he described President Akufo-Addo’s remarks that the government is not receiving the necessary cash to complete the project as insulting.

“The misplaced priorities of a government that claim it is unable to raise money to complete the Saglemi housing project and yet is willing to spend half a billion cedis on the largest civil excavation in Africa is a humiliating slap in the face of Ghanaians who entrusted Akufo-Addo with their mandate.”

“Just think about the countless number of Ghanaian families who could have had decent living conditions over the past 7 years and the individuals who could have had a place to truly call home in Saglemi,” he added. 

Source: myjoyonline.com

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‘The 24-hour economy is the solution to Ghana’s economic difficulties – Mahama

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John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has declared that his planned 24-hour economy proposal is the solution to Ghana’s financial and economic problems.

In a unique live broadcast titled ‘Mahama Conversations,’ the former president stated that the planned 24-hour economic project is the solution to Ghana’s current and future concerns.

Mr. Mahama stated that the effort will provide an enabling and supportive environment for enterprises, companies, and government agencies to create more jobs and hire more people.

He detailed the benefits of the 24-hour economy project, which he claims would raise and increase the standard of life for many more Ghanaians.

“The 24-hour initiative is the answer for now and in the future. It will create an enabling environment with deliberate policies for businesses, companies, and government institutions to operate 24/7 in a three-eight-hour shift system.

“In addition to the traditional 8-hour shift system, the two additional work shifts that my administration will introduce will double and sometimes triple the number of jobs that participate in public and private entities that we currently have.

“This is the 24-hour economy optimization strategy: giving more to society, providing efficient service delivery, and generating decent and well-paying jobs. The benefits of this system will include but not limited to; 24-hour port and harbour services, 24-hour customs services, 24-hour DVLA services, 24-hour agro-processing factories, 24-hour manufacturing industries, 24-hour construction companies and many more.”

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Mahama: My administration will retrieve riches taken via corrupt methods

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Making reference to former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah's controversial stashing of over $1 million in her Abelemkpe residence, which was stolen by her domestic staff, Mr. Mahama pledged in a live broadcast titled 'Mahama Conversations,' that he will foster collaborations in his quest to recover every Cedi that was illegally taken from taxpayers. "Despite all of these socioeconomic challenges, the young people continue to witness the affluence of the [New Patriotic Party] administration's leaders and their families chartering private aircraft for $20,000 per hour for journeys that our own Falcon Executive Jet could have completed.

John Dramani Mahama, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, has pledged that if elected president in the upcoming December 7 general elections, his administration will work with relevant authorities and partners to recover funds and properties obtained through corruption.

Former President Mahama lamented the mounting incidences of corruption and apparent contempt for fiscal discipline by the Akufo-Addo administration, promising to do his utmost to guarantee that any funds wrongfully gained are recovered if he wins the forthcoming elections.

Referring to former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah’s controversial stashing of over $1 million in her Abelemkpe residence, which was stolen by her domestic staff, Mr Mahama pledged in a live broadcast titled ‘Mahama Conversations,’ that he will foster collaborations in his quest to recover every Cedi that was illegally taken from taxpayers.

“Despite all of these socioeconomic challenges, the young people continue to witness the affluence of the [New Patriotic Party] administration’s leaders and their families chartering private aircraft for $20,000 per hour for journeys that our own Falcon Executive Jet could have completed.

“And as the Minister for Defence explained, it [the Falcon Executive Jet] had no shower for a presidential bath. Ghana’s youth have further experienced how a minister could stash millions of dollars in her home and only God knows the full extent of Ghanaian taxpayers’ money that has been stashed away by many others.

“But I say to the good people of Ghana that, working with Ghanaians and international anti-corruption partners, we shall do all that is humanly possible to retrieve such wrongly acquired wealth.”

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Mahama promises 20% salary incentive for rural teachers if voted

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This adds to Mr Mahama's various plans and pledges made to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 election.

John Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has vowed that if elected President, teachers who agree to serve in a rural school will receive a 20% wage increase.

The former President believes the idea would motivate more teachers to accept posts in rural regions.

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Mr Mahama revealed this in a Facebook post.

This adds to Mr Mahama’s various plans and pledges made to Ghanaians ahead of the December 7 election.

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