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You have not turned the corner; rather, you have exacerbated Ghanaians’ hardships – Mr Ato Forson to Ofori-Atta

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You have not turned the corner; rather, you have exacerbated Ghanaians' hardships - Mr Ato Forson to Ofori-Atta

Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, has called Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s comments about Ghana’s economic improvement “false and misleading.”

Dr Ato Forson contends that Ghanaians’ problems have worsened under the Akufo-Addo administration.

Mr Ofori-Atta stated in the 2023 Mid-Year Budget Review, which was tabled in Parliament on July 31, that Ghana is making moderate progress in turning the economy around after experiencing significant economic problems in 2022.

He emphasised that the government’s goals and programmes are beginning to bear fruit, and he asked the public to recognise the key milestones reached in the last three years.

Dr Ato Forson, in reaction to the Finance Minister’s remarks on the floor of Parliament, maintained that the data and figures show differently.

He expressed various reservations regarding the present status of the economy. He said, for example, that economic growth has been lowered downward from 2.8% of GDP to 1.5% of GDP, indicating a weaker recovery than was previously predicted.

“The performance so far shows that we have turned the corner. Unfortunately, the evidence and the numbers before us, show us that he has rather deepened our woes,” Cassiel Ato Forson said.

“I say this because he has said to us today that he’s revising economic growth from 2.8% of GDP to 1.5% of GDP. Again, he said to us here and now that he has borrowed 5.5 billion Ghana cedis from January to June, from the T-Bill market. Mr Speaker, not long ago, this same Minister informed us that he will not borrow at all in the year 2023. And that going into the remaining parts of the year, he is going to borrow another 41 billion Ghana cedis.”

“Aside from that, the Cedi depreciation we are seeing so far, it’s largely because we have defaulted in the payment of external interest and principal. That is why the cedi has depreciated.”

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Menzgold: NAM1 enters a not guilty plea to allegations of money laundering, fraud, and other offences

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In 2019, the Attorney General launched an inquiry on NAM 1, accusing him of scamming hundreds of clients out of millions of Ghana cedis through his gold dealership enterprise. The case was adjourned numerous times until new charges were brought on August 30, 2023. Mr Appiah Mensah stated plans to unfreeze locked up cash of Menzgold clients in exchange for 650 for verification. Following that, he altered his intention to force former clients to obtain a verification access card in order to authenticate transactions and confirm claims, despite substantial public and consumer outcry.

Nana Appiah Mensah, the former CEO of Menzgold, also known as NAM 1, has pleaded not guilty to all 39 charges of wrongdoing.

Nana Appiah Mensah, widely known as NAM 1, was charged with 39 counts of crimes, including money laundering abetment, deceiving by false pretences, carrying out deposit-taking without the required licence, unlawful deposit-taking, and money laundering.

This is a decrease from the 61 counts originally filed against him.

In 2019, the Attorney General launched an inquiry on NAM 1, accusing him of scamming hundreds of clients out of millions of Ghana cedis through his gold dealership enterprise.

The case was adjourned numerous times until new charges were brought on August 30, 2023.

Mr Appiah Mensah stated plans to unfreeze locked up cash of Menzgold clients in exchange for 650 for verification.

Following that, he altered his intention to force former clients to obtain a verification access card in order to authenticate transactions and confirm claims, despite substantial public and consumer outcry.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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Limited Voter Registration: Two people detained for attempting to register twice

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Meanwhile, some party operatives are pleased with the outcome thus far.

Two people were detained in Asokore Mampong Municipality for allegedly attempting to double register in the current Limited Voters’ Registration Exercise.

According to Municipal EC official Angela Afriyie Osei, the two suspects were apprehended after being validated as people existing in the Electoral Commission’s database.

As a challenge to the procedure, Madam Angela Afriyie mentions duplicate registration and efforts to register minors.

“The challenge we have been facing is about the double registration. At times when applicants come and we interrogate them, they insist he or she hasn’t registered before but when they go to the biometric column then it will come out that the person has registered.

“At the moment, we’ve handed two to the police. On male and a female. Another issue is also with the registration of minors,” she indicated.

Meanwhile, some party operatives are pleased with the outcome thus far.

“So far, we are satisfied with the entire process except some few challenges but that aside, we are very much comfortable with the process. All in all, everything is great,” an agent told JoyNews.

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Black Sherif prophesy: Prophet Nigel Gaisie makes u-turn

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"We see in bits and pieces, and what I saw in the spiritual realm is Sherif Black, but any logical person can make projections and deductions from it." If I hear a prophecy about Ako and my name is Akosua, I will definitely act on it," he said in parables. Regardless, the man of God exhorted those who were convinced of the prophecy to fast and pray in order to avoid death. Prophet Gaisie, who dismissed charges that his doom prophecies concerning celebrities are only for fame, stated that he will quit making them public in order to prevent insults and derision.

Nigel Gaisie, the founder and head of the Prophetic Hill Chapel, has stunned Ghanaians by backtracking on his prophecy regarding artist Black Sherif.

Prophet Gaisie had a vision in which he witnessed the mother of musical sensation Black Sherif sobbing excessively in a post on his official Facebook page.

As a result, he pushed the musician to seek safety before December, implying his impending death.

However, in a recent interview, Prophet Gaisie clarified that the prophecy is for a particular Sherif Black and not the Konongo-based performer.

“We see in bits and pieces, and what I saw in the spiritual realm is Sherif Black, but any logical person can make projections and deductions from it.” If I hear a prophecy about Ako and my name is Akosua, I will definitely act on it,” he said in parables.

Regardless, the man of God exhorted those who were convinced of the prophecy to fast and pray in order to avoid death.

Prophet Gaisie, who dismissed charges that his doom prophecies concerning celebrities are only for fame, stated that he will quit making them public in order to prevent insults and derision.

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