Tuesday Briefing: Akufo-Addo, NCA $4m cash, Cash-for-seat c'ttee, EOCO-EC 'attack'

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Austin Brakopowers | M: Austin.powers@myjoyonline.com | Instagram: @realbrakopowers
Date: 16th-january-2018 Time:  8:19:37 pm

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Here are the big stories that made the news today:

1. Minority, ACEP, ISODEC take dead aim at Akufo-Addo over electricity tariff reduction announcement

The Minority in Parliament, African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) and Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) have criticized the president after he announced a reduction in electricity tariff. Representatives of the three institutions say president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s action amounts to a needless interference of the functions of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), which is charged with the responsibility of tariff adjustment.

2. Ghana discovers Lithium

A new mineral, lithium has been discovered in Ghana, the Ghana Minerals Commission has confirmed to Joy News. The discovery was made in the Volta, Western and Ashanti regions. Chief Executive of the Minerals Commission Mr. Kwaku Addai Antwi Boasiako told Joy News that the discovery was made during a nationwide exploration by the Minerals Commission.

3. I had no knowledge of NCA $4m cash

Director of Legal Division at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Abena Asafu-Adjei, told an Accra High Court, she had no knowledge of a $4million contract signed between the Authority and Infralocks Development Limited in 2015 for the supplying of some security gadgets. Abena testified today as a prosecution witness in the case arising from the contract that has seen former Board Chair, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie; former CEO of NCA, William Mathew Tevie and three others charged with causing financial loss to the state.

4. Cash-for-seat c'ttee adjourns sitting indefinitely after expat failed to show up

The Cash-for-seat Parliamentary Committee has suspended its sitting indefinitely after expatriate witnesses failed to show up to assist investigations into claims the presidency was unethically used to raise money. The committee had invited 23 expatriate businesses that sponsored the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards last December. But none of them was present to testify when the committee sat on Tuesday10am.

5. NPP outdoors reviewed constitution to address strife, internal crisis

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has made some amendments in its constitution targeted at eliminating strife and internal crisis. Acting NPP General Secretary, John Boadu, has explained the changes were contained in proposals made by members and duly adopted by the party at its Congress in December last year.

6. 'He was my brother but now my sister' - Man says after Transgender undergoes operation

Angela Coleman was born male, but her female characteristics seemed more dominant, meaning she behaved more like a woman than the man she was naturally born to be. But the society will have none of that. People in the neighbourhood she lived in while growing up, she said, made life unbearable for her.

7. Bawumia continues to lie - Minority jabs Veep

The Minority in Parliament has accused Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia of blatantly deceiving Ghanaians by distorting the country’s 2016 arrears in his recent speech at the New Year School. The opposition lawmakers say he has the penchant for manipulating figures to his own advantage in order to distort the true picture of the ailing Ghanaian economy.

8. EOCO apologizes to embattled Deputy EC boss over 'Rambo-style' attack

Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) Executive Director, K.K Amoah, has apologised to Deputy Electoral Commissioner, Georgina Opoku Amankwah, over the violent approach with which he led police personnel into her office Monday. Lawyer for the Deputy EC boss, Nana Boakye Adu Poku told Joy News Mr Amoah showed remorse after the incident.

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