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We have not urged anyone to obtain Prof. Mills’ autopsy report – Ekumfi chiefs

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"To be clear, the Paramount Chief Odeefo Akyin VIII has not elected or delegated anyone or any group of people to His Excellency (H.E.) President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo or any other institution to request an autopsy on the late Professor Mills on our or the family's behalf." "We therefore want to state emphatically that any attempt to link the Chiefs of Ekumfi to any such action is malicious, untrue and mischievous, and must be treated with the contempt it deserve," the statement went on to say. The statement further urged the people, particularly Ekumfi indigenes, from being exploited to propagate any despicable deed related to Prof. Mills' death.

Odeefo Akyin VIII, the Paramount Chief of Ekumfi traditional region, has advised Ghanaians to regard any attempts to link him or the traditional authority to a demand for the autopsy report of the late former President, John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, as “malicious, untrue, and mischievous”.

The Ekumfi Traditional Council has urged the public to regard such activities with disdain.

The Ekumfi Chiefs issued a statement on Monday, January 29, 2024, stating that they are unaware of any group that just visited the Jubilee House to seek Professor Mills’ autopsy report from President Akufo-Addo.

“To be clear, the Paramount Chief Odeefo Akyin VIII has not elected or delegated anyone or any group of people to His Excellency (H.E.) President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo or any other institution to request an autopsy on the late Professor Mills on our or the family’s behalf.”

“We therefore want to state emphatically that any attempt to link the Chiefs of Ekumfi to any such action is malicious, untrue and mischievous, and must be treated with the contempt it deserve,” the statement went on to say.

The statement further urged the people, particularly Ekumfi indigenes, from being exploited to propagate any despicable deed related to Prof. Mills’ death.

“Ekumfi Nananom led by the Paramount Chief Odeefo Akyin VIII also wish to send a strong signal to anyone or group of persons purported to come from Ekumfi or elsewhere, and who allow themselves to be used to perpetuate such disgraceful and malicious act, may have to prepare to face the wrath of Nananom,” the statement went on to say.

“The late Professor Atta Mills must be allowed to rest in peace!” according to the statement.

The statements follow recent exchanges between the late President’s maternal and paternal families, in which one party demands the report and the other claims to have it.

During a visit to the Jubilee House, the late Prof. Mills’ maternal family requested that President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assist them in obtaining their kinsman’s autopsy report.

On January 12, 2024, the Kyedomhemaa of Ekumfi Asaman, Nana Enyinfua III, the head of the maternal line, visited the President with other family members to thank him for restoring the Asomdwe Park – Prof. Mills’ burial grounds – for them.

However, after the maternal family’s request, the late President’s brother, Samuel Atta Mills, stated in a series of media appearances that the “legitimate” family members of the late first gentleman of the nation had his autopsy report, which is not public record.

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Minority seeks investigation into GH¢68.5 million reportedly spent on photocopying WASSCE ‘Pasco’

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Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them study sufficiently for the WASSCE. Mr. Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.

The Minority in Parliament is pushing for an inquiry into an alleged GH¢68.5 million spent on photocopying old questions for WASSCE candidates in 2020 and 2021.

The Ministry of Education allegedly spent GH¢33.6 million in 2020 and over GH¢34 million in 2021 for this reason, both through single-source procurement.

Speaking to the media, Ashaiman Member of Parliament Ernest Norgbey urged the Special Prosecutor to thoroughly investigate what the caucus believes is a potentially corrupt practice.

“We cannot countenance this, and this is fraud. If this is not corruption, what else will be corruption? A photocopy costs GH¢78 per paper, and GH¢59.10 per paper, totalling GH¢68.5 million, what are we doing? And so, we in the Minority are taking strong exception to this, and we are saying that the Special Prosecutor must look into this matt
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them to study sufficiently for the WASSCE.

Mr Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.


“To help prepare the final year Senior High School students for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Ministry has procured 446,954 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00. The procurement will be funded from the Free Senior High School Account

“Mr. Speaker, in 2020, Government through its efforts to help students amidst COVID-19 to prepare for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination procured 568,755 past questions for students to try their hands on before sitting for the actual exams.”

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Political scientist tells Akufo-Addo: Be tough and consent to anti-gay bill

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Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo's first role should be to defend Ghana's national interests and cultures. He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians' aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community. "LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians' interests before any other country.

Professor Alidu Seidu, Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, has encouraged President Akufo-Addo to resist international pressure and sign the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill.

Parliament enacted the measure on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, making LGBT activities illegal, including promotion, advocacy, and funding.

In an interview with Citi News, Prof. Seidu emphasised the significance of President Akufo-Addo prioritising national interests while upholding Ghana’s cultural norms, which typically prohibit same-sex unions.

He emphasised the power of LGBTQ lobbyists in America and Europe, highlighting the tremendous pressure they exerted on their governments to impose similar attitudes and practices on other countries.

Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo’s first role should be to defend Ghana’s national interests and cultures.

He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians’ aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community.

“LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians’ interests before any other country.

“It is his utmost responsibility to protect our national interests and culture as president. And so if the people of Ghana are saying this is what they want but the international community is saying that it is not what it wants, he has to weigh the options.”

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Power crisis: We had a maintenance hiccup – ECG boss

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"We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel." You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It's a machine. "The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it's a machine issue that we were trying to fix," he said. Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public. "I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement."

Samuel Dubik Mahama, Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has ascribed frequent power disruptions in Accra and other locations to maintenance concerns rather than fuel-related problems.

Numerous neighbourhoods have been experiencing inconsistent power supply for several weeks without prior notification from ECG.

Speaking on Starr FM on Thursday, February 29, 2024, Mr Mahama informed listeners that ECG is working hard to rectify the issues and restore electricity to the impacted areas.

According to him, the current challenges are mostly related to severe maintenance concerns, not fuel shortages.

“We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel.” You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It’s a machine.

“The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it’s a machine issue that we were trying to fix,” he said.

Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public.

“I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement.”

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