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She stole my money to buy phone for her boyfriend

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A major challenge faced by successive governments of Ghana over the years is the creation of jobs for the tens of thousands of the unemployed workforce.

In tackling the increasing unemployment rate in the country, private individuals establish businesses to absorb a percentage of the overwhelming numbers.

However, some business owners have bemoaned the dishonest and unscrupulous work ethics of their employees.

Speaking on Luv in the Morning on Luv FM, Economist and businessman, Evans Nunoo revealed that his trusted female employee embezzled funds from his company’s coffers to pay for the expenses of her boyfriend.

After attempts to get the employee to speak the truth, the distributor of petroleum products said the lady debunked claims of embezzlement. However, it was eventually discovered that the employee used part of the stolen money to buy a phone for her boyfriend.

“In my first experience, I employed this lady for my business thinking as a female, she will be lenient and not be a fraud. But unfortunately she stole huge sums of money from me. When I called her to demand answers, she told me it was the gods of her family that stole the money. I later investigated through her friends and I was told she was actually spending this money on a guy. And, at the time the phone I was struggling to buy was the phone the guy was using,” he told show host, David Akuetteh.

This is just one of the many complaints by private business individuals on why they refuse to entrust Ghanaians, including relatives, with their hard-earned business establishments.

Mr. Evans Nunoo also referenced that a close relative who took over the business also run it down.

“I recruited a brother to look after the job and it was the same thing. In fact, he did organized crime. Because of his position in the business he was able to get key employees to connive with and steal to an extent that one of his guys, I was told, had two taxis in less than a year,” he said.

What could be done to heighten honest working ethics?

Some Ghanaian business owners, however, suggested that improved salaries could stop the undisciplined behaviours of employees, instead of employing expatriates for their businesses.

Chief Executive of the Mckweon Group, Kwaku Adu-Aninkorah attributed many employees’ propensity to steal to the high cost of living in the country.

He advised employers to provide living salaries for their workers to cushion them against the staggering economic situation.

The business magnate believes a better working condition would force employees to devote themselves to their employers for productivity.

“Improving their salaries will not completely eradicate this issue, but at least it will bring it down. Consider the rate of inflation currently in Ghana. The rate at which prices of goods are going up. If the person is taking GHC200 as salary, what would you expect? The person will definitely find a way to fill the gap because transport fares and food prices have gone up. We can get local people who, when they are paid well, can work magic for you rather than recruiting foreigners,” he said.

Mr. Adu-Aninkorah suggested setting aside a day to commemorate a ‘National Day of Integrity’ to instill in the younger generation the virtue of honesty.

He said everyone has a role in eradicating the menace.

“Families, churches, media and politicians have a role to play. We have to teach our children about integrity to aspire to do the right thing. It is important that we discuss this issue of dishonesty at the workplace at the national level and all platforms that there is the need for us to go beyond the talk. It appears the preaching at the church is not doing the trick because the pastor giving the sermon is doing otherwise. We need to start from the basics,” he noted.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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ECG disconnects Osu Police Barracks over illegal connection

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ECG disconnects Osu Police Barracks over illegal connection

The national revenue mobilisation taskforce of the Electricity Company of Ghana disconnected three blocks at the police barracks at Osu in Accra due to an illegal connection (connected power directly without a metre).

The task force discovered the illegality on Tuesday while on its routine rounds to recover customer monies.

Aside from pursuing people who owe ECG debts, the task force takes advantage of the opportunity to look for illegal connections.

“Since it’s an illegal connection, we have the first right to disconnect before we deal with issues.” The manager in charge of external communications, Laila Abubakari told Citi News.

The disconnection is part of a national exercise to collect monies owed to ECG by customers and to also ascertain the condition of all meters.

“The Ghana police would have to come to ECG where a bill will be generated for them covering a period of 12 months,” she added.

She stated that power would be restored once they paid the surcharge.

“The administration block also owes, but due to security implications, we’ve spared that facility while we discuss further the amount involved. We consider the police accommodation facilities (blocks) a general facility, hence the disconnection”.

Meanwhile, the ECG Revenue Mobilization Taskforce was held hostage for about 30 minutes after they disconnected the Ghana Post Company over GH¢89,000 debt.

On Tuesday, the task force was at the premises to conduct its ongoing revenue mobilisation exercise when staff prevented it from leaving the Accra main office.

The disconnection exercise is in its second week of a month-long national exercise to recover GH5.7 billion from their books.

Source: adomonline.com

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Pastor closes church after winning bet

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After winning 100 million Ugandan Shillings from sports betting, a pastor in a local church in Uganda abandoned his church members by closing the church.

Explaining his motivation, the overjoyed pastor revealed that the lottery was a gift from God and a quick way to get him out of poverty, which he had been experiencing.

He also revealed that he established the church as a source of income rather than through anointing.

“I must admit I opened this church due to greed but not anointing. I saw how several pastors make money by having large crowds and making false prophecies to attract more,” he opened up.

He stated that running a church without a calling became extremely difficult, resulting in sleepless nights. Burdened with guilt, the pastor chose to close it and seek other sources of income.

“As time went on, I realized this was not right; I started having sleepless nights and I would always have weird dreams.

“Before I opened this church, everything was normal on my side. Even without money, I did not have any strange dreams. So I decided to abolish this and look for other ways of making money” he said.

The pastor stated that he tried his luck at gambling, putting a whopping Ush1 million on the line.

“I had to pay for these games and surprisingly it took me about a month to receive them. They told me they had issues with their system and the process of securing games takes time. I almost gave up and called them scammers but they contacted me with the details and wow! I went full swing and got odd of 700,” he said.

He stopped going to church after discovering that he made far more money gambling than he had ever made operating a church in his entire life.

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The Energy Ministry has not been disconnected from the power grid – ECG

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The Energy Ministry has not been disconnected from the power grid - ECG

The Managing Director of Ghana’s Electricity Company, Samuel Dubik Mahama, has denied reports that the Ministry of Energy had been disconnected from the national grid due to unpaid bills for power supplied.

Mr Mahama hinted that reports of the Ministry’s disconnection are just a few of the innuendos thrown into the media sphere in an attempt to divert attention away from the power distribution company’s revenue mobilisation drive.

Mr Mahama revealed on Citi TV’s Point of View that government establishments owe 15% of the GH5.7 billion he hopes to recover within a month.

He emphatically disclosed that “The Ministry of Energy doesn’t owe us and the Ministry is exclusively on prepaid meters and that is the case with most of the MMDAs and state-owned enterprises.”

“We are not going to favour anybody and our main debtors are industry, they are not doing what they are supposed to do, and they are pretending not to know that they owe us,” Mr Mahama further lamented.

The power distribution company is currently on the ground, attempting to recover debts owed to it in order to improve its operations.

Mr Mahama also stated that the company is putting in place the necessary processes to digitalize power vending in order to increase revenue inflows and eliminate long lines at vending points.

“Hopefully, in the next month or two and with my digital process, queues will be a thing of the past because very soon consumers will be able to purchase ECG credit with their mobile devices with NFC connection.

“Very soon there will be no queues, and we are going to be customer-driven and even now postpaid customers are able to sit in the comfort of their homes to pay their electricity bill.”

Source: citinewsroom.com

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