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Audit Service Board raises issue with Domelevo’s retirement date

The tussle between the Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo, and the Audit Service Board has reached a crescendo, with the board writing to inform the appointing authority, the President, that the former has reached retirement age.

This follows the board’s alleged findings that Mr Domelevo had changed his date of birth on the records of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) from June 1, 1960 to June 1, 1961.

“Records made available to the board indicate that your date of retirement was 1st June 2020 and as far as the Audit Service is concerned you are deemed to have retired.

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Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, reports to work after long leave

The Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo, has reported to work after the 167-day accumulated leave.

Mr Domelevo proceeded on a compulsory leave on July 1, 2020.

He showed up at the office of the Audit Service headquarters in Accra at 8:20am amid some misunderstanding with the Audit Service Board.

The board, in a letter addressed to the President has stated that Mr Domelevo reached his retirement age on June 1, 2020.

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Investigate Frontiers Covid-19 testing contract at KIA – Vitus Azeem

Anti-graft campaigner Vitus Azeem is demanding a probe into circumstances leading to the signing of the Covid-19 testing contract at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

It follows details alleging that the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) was short-changed by Frontiers HealthCare Services which was contracted by the government to conduct Covid-19 tests.

Documents sighted by JoyNews show that the company agreed to pay $10 to the GACL per antigen test conducted.

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Council of State cannot fight corruption – Vitus Azeem tells Akufo-Addo

Anti-Corruption campaigner and Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Vitus Azeem says he is not sure of the capacity of the Council of State in the fight against corruption.

He believes the Council can only contribute to the fight as an advisory body but has no powers to fight the menace as stated by President Akufo-Addo during their (Council of State) swearing-in ceremony.

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Consider the police, if you want to strengthen institutions against corruption – Governance Expert advises

Governance Expert Williams Amofa has cautioned that if the country wants to rid of corruption by strengthening institutions, the police institution must be the first place of call.

According to him, our constitution has made it impossible to make the Police independent and that is affecting the corruption fight in the country.

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Justice for sale in Ghana

The power of Ghana’s corrupt judiciary system is stronger than the strength of the Biblical Samson. Probably many people like to live in a country which judiciary system is weak and corrupt, whereby offenders have an easy game, enjoy impunity, while honest people suffer.

However, the fact is a country without rules is abandoned to violence, abuse, crime, without culture and eventually becomes the victim of ignorance and human misery.

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GACC charges public institutions to publicize procurement data to curb corruption

The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has underscored the need for proactive disclosure of procurement data, to enable the public to access and report corrupt activities in public procurement.

Speaking at a day’s workshop in Accra, on 23th February, 2021, Ms. Faustina Djabatey, Communications Officer at GACC, said, citizens should know about projects being done, the cost involved and as well as the location, in order to eliminate corruption.

“Making procurement data available will enable Civil Society Organisations, the media and the general public to subject such procurements to a thorough scrutiny and if there are any red flag, it will be raised before the contracts are even awarded.

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Applauding the Forestry Commission for listening and acting

Who tells you that all public institutions in Ghana are weak, corrupt and mostly nonchalant hence are not fit for purpose?

Following my recent publication on 3 February 2021, in regards of the felling of neem trees by some Chinese nationals in the Wiamoase area, precisely in Kokoteasu, the Forestry Commission did not hesitate to contact me over the issue.

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Corruption Risk Assessment in prevention efforts

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in the latter part of 2020, conducted what it described as a Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) on the Agyapa Royalties deal.

This would have been the first time a CRA was operationalised by a law enforcement agency in Ghana.

The outcome of that exercise generated a lot of furore about whether it was indeed a Risk Assessment for corruption, (refer to Section 2 C of the OSP Act, 959 (2017) or an investigation of suspected corruption (Section 2A).

The two subsections are complementary, but are they interchangeable?

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Rise above being mere bag carriers for your corrupt political godfathers – Kwaku Azar cautions

US-based Ghanaian Professor of Law and social commentator, Prof. Stephen Kwaku Asare, who is popularly known as Prof Kwaku Azar has called on the youth in Ghana to desist from carrying bags of their political Godfathers.

According to him, the youth is at the receiving end when leaders take bad decisions and do not put the people first in their activities hence the need not to join them stifle the growth of the youth in the country.

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