02 CONTENT DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 DAILY QUOTE The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly — Stendhal ANNIVERSARIES Friday June 15 Eid ul-Fitr Monday July 02 Republic Day Wed. August 22 Eidul-Adha Published by: EIB Network / Heritage Communications Ltd. Managing Editor: William Asiedu: 0208156974 Editor: Kofi Enchill: 0265653335 ISSN: 0855-52307 VOL 7 Location: Meridian House (Starr FM) Ring Road. Box AD 676, Adabraka, Accra,Ghana. Telephone: +233-0302- 236051, 020-8156974 026-5653335 Adverts/Mktg: Paul Ampong-Mensah 024-4360782 Fax: +233-0302-237156 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.dailyheritage.com.gh WORLD Liberian newspaper raided BUSINESS Star Beer extends gold bar promo VIEW PG.04 Ghana’s sovereignty mortgaged: The radio spectrum control and warfare (Part I) PG.06 SPORTS PG.10 We will not allow Palmer to undermine Appiah’s work — Takyi Arhin PG.15 Opuni back in court today BY MUNTALLA INUSAH firstname.lastname@example.org THE FORMER Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, together with two others charged with causing financial loss to the State, will reappear in court today. Dr Opuni, charged along with one Seidu Agongo, and Agricult Ghana Limited are facing a total of 27 charges but pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against them. Their 27 charges include abetment of crime and defrauding by false pretence, wilfully causing financial loss to the state, contravention of the Public Procurement Act, manufacturing fertiliser without registration, money laundering and corruption by public officer. Nine State legal team On March 26, when the matter was called for the first time, the Attorney General’s (AG) Department, led by Ms Gloria Afua Akuffo, assembled nine legal brains for the trial of the former CEO. Mr Godfred Yeboah-Dame, Deputy AG, Joseph Dindion Kpemba, Deputy AG, Mrs Evelyn Keelson, Chief State Attorney, Frances Mollen-Ansah, Principal State Attorney, Stella Ohene Appiah, Senior State Attorney, Sefakor Batse, Senior State Attorney, Richard Gyembiby, Senior State Attorney and Pinena Ansah, Senior State Attorney, all joined the AG. Seven for defence On the part of the defence, Dr Opuni is being represented by Lawyer Samuel Cudjoe and Johnson Normesinu with Agongo, MD for Agricult, having a five-member legal team. • Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, former CEO, COCOBOD They are Benson Nutsukpi, also the president of the Ghana Bar Association, Nutifafa Nutsukpi, Joel Annor Afari, Emmanuel Kumadey and Jemima Dei. Bail They were granted a GH¢ 300,000.00 selfrecognisance bail each by the court, presided over by Justice Jackson Clemence Honyenugah, a Court of Appeal judge sitting as an additional high court judge. Facts The facts of the case as presented by the AG were that Agricult Ghana Limited is a company incorporated under the law of Ghana and its object is general goods, dealers in agricultural equipment and the importation and exportation of farm produce. She said on May 15, 2014, COCOBOD forwarded a sample of Lithovit fertiliser submitted by Seidu Agongo on behalf of Agricult Ghana Limited to the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) for testing and certification. According to her, the tests were in two phases - phytotoxicity test on seedlings, which takes a period of about six months and a field test on matured cocoa for at least two main cocoa seasons – and a certificate valid only for the year of issue, is then issued upon the successful completion of the test. Ms Akuffo stated that the certificate is renewable only upon evaluation and laboratory tests that confirm efficacy of the product by CRIG. She said in the instant case, the phytotoxicity test was conducted on the fertiliser, which was submitted by Agricult Ghana Limited after which a draft report on the effect of the Lithovit Foliar fertiliser on cocoa seedlings was submitted to the Head of Soil Science. Upon receipt of the draft report, the Head issued a final report recommending Lithovit Foliar fertiliser to be applied to the mature cocoa, though no field tests had been conducted on the matured cocoa nor had any residual test been performed on the effect of the Lithovit Foliar fertiliser on the cocoa fruits as required. She stated that investigations revealed that upon assumption of office, Dr Opuni as CEO, directed, contrary to established practices, that the period for testing fertilisers be shortened. The AG continued that upon the direction of Dr Opuni, no field or laboratory tests were conducted for the renewal of certificates for the use of Lithovit Foliar fertiliser during his tenure of office. Jubilation galore • As Ga Mantse visits Captain Kojo Mankattah family GA MANTSE, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, on Monday, April 9, 2018, officially paid a visit to Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah Family house. With hundreds of youth from Ga communities gathering at the Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah Family house in Ga Mashie in Accra, the arrival of Dr King Tackie Teiko Tsuru and his elders was characterised by drumming and dancing amid wild jubilation. This historic visit recalls the long-standing relationship between the two royal houses and the pact of trust that existed between their fore-fathers, being Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah I and Ga Mantse King Tackie Tawiah I. History recalls that the third Anlo War fought between Ga Dangmes and Anlo people saw the former group of people winning. The Anlo War of 1874 led by Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah I, saw the Ga Dangmes seizing seven guns from the opponents. These historic relics have been kept at the house of the 1st Ga Mantse and Asafoatse since then. By custom and tradition, all GA Mantsemei who qualify to sit on the Ga throne pay their respect to the residence of Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah and swear an oath of allegiance with the seven guns. The Supreme Paramount King on Monday officially stepped his foot into his own house in Abola, precisely Nii Mankattah family, to perform the rites expected of a Ga Mantse. King Tackie Teiko • CONTINUE ON PAGE 3
WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 03 Akufo-Addo harassing us BY BENJAMIN TANDOH THE MINORITY caucus in Parliament has described as state-sponsored harassment attempts by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to probe some members of the Minority over allegations of drawing double salaries under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, contrary to the law. According to the Minority, the allegation against the Article 71 appointees is “a desperate attempt by the Akufo- Addo government to criminalise and harass the Minority in what we believe to be a fruitless and cowardly effort to silence us.” Addressing the press yesterday in Accra, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, Minority spokesperson on Finance, narrated that sometime last week, “25 of us received strange letters and phone calls from the CID of the Ghana Police Service inviting us to confer with Mrs M. Y. T. Addo-Danquah, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and to assist in investigations of allegations of double salaries made against us by the government. “In a bizarre twist, as we were readying to appear before the CID this week, beginning from yesterday, considering that we had been grouped to • Minority fumes over double salary charge • Cassiel Ato Forson, Minority spokesperson on Finance appear on separate days, the CID called some of our colleagues to inform them that they were no longer required to appear as they had made mistakes with 18 of the 25 Minority MPs originally contacted. “Yes, you heard me right. As many as 18 of the 25 invitations have since been withdrawn on the basis of mistakes committed by the government.” Mr Forson claimed that the hitherto respected and highly professional CID is being forced by excessive political maneuvring and underhand tactics to make that noble organisation blunder and lose its credibility. Article 71 office holders The Minority explained that as a matter of practice and convention, Article 71 office holders, including Members of Parliament, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers, are always paid on account awaiting the establishment and finalisation of the work of the Presidential Emoluments Committee. “This is currently what pertains even in the life of this 7th Parliament and with all current Ministers of State. “In the case of the Mahama Administration, it should be recalled that the Presidential Emoluments Committee did not complete its work until November 2016. This meant in effect that all payments made to all Article 71 office holders, including Members of Parliament, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State, were only payments made in advance of the determination of the actual salaries payable and conditions of service due these office holders. “In consequence, upon the completion of the work of the Presidential Emoluments Committee in November 2016, the then Minister of for Finance, Hon. Seth Terkper, issued a release to the Controller and Accountant General Department and to the Accounts Department of the Parliamentary Service, for the attention of the Accounts Unit. “It is important to note that the Minister for Finance instructed the Auditor-General to subject the releases to audit and reconciliation to determine the actual amounts due each individual Article 71 office holder since they had only been paid in advance. This was duly done and it emerged that Government owed the Article 71 office holders huge salary arrears.” The National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament further explained that at the point of the audit by the Auditor-General, it was also detected that the advance paid to a handful of Article 71 office holders were more than others had received. “Most of these were computational errors. This, notwithstanding, the amounts paid to this category of office holders were not in excess of their salary entitlements as determined by the Presidential Emoluments Committee. Therefore, there could not have been a situation of overpayment or double receipt of salaries by the said office holders,” Mr Forson stated. Background Yesterday, media reports indicated that some 22 ministers under the erstwhile Mahama administration took double salaries. According to the reports, the ministers, who were Members of Parliament (MPs), were drawing salaries as MPs and at the same time receiving their monthly salaries as ministers. Jubilation galore • As Ga Mantse visits Captain Kojo Mankattah family • READ FROM PAGE 2 Tsuru prayed for peace and goodwill among all Ga people, believing that the peace that the Ga State is currently enjoying will be maintained even as Ga Dangmes prepare for their annual festivities. The Ga Mantse was accompanied by Elders of the Ga Paramount Stool Dsase, the Abola Mantse, who doubles as the Councillor to the Ga Mantse, the Ga Akwarshongtse, Nii Boi Kakadan II, and a host of Asafoatsemei and Asafoanyemei amid pomp and circumstance. He walked through the Accra High Street, veered off past the Abola Piam Street, Abola Mantse We to Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah We and was welcomed by Obonufoi and Asafobii led by Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah IV and other elders of the royal house. King Tackie Teiko Tsuru assured all the Asafo Command, led by Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah, that in his capacity as Ga Mantse, the Asafo Command would be restored to its rightful position to enable them to play their full role. In a hearty embrace with Captain Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru promised he would continue to keep the pact that existed between the two Royal houses. The Ga Mantse Asafoatse vowed to be the fore-walker of the King for as long as they both live.