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Give us copy of #Number12 documentary for investigation – GFA urges Anas

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The Ghana Football Association is asking Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas to furnish it with a copy of his latest exposé on corruption in local football dubbed ‘Number12.’

It said this would enable them ensure that an independent body investigates the allegations of corruption captured in the film.

In a statement issued on Thursday, June 7, 2018, the GFA said it takes the allegations “very seriously” and wishes to take steps to address them.
“…We view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them,” the statement said.

It further assured that it would not shield any official found to have taken bribes to breach football procedures.

The credibility of the Ghana Football Association, which manages all national football activities in the country has been dented by Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ investigative film which exposes massive rot and corruption in local football.

The video among other things captured top officials of the football association including its President Kwesi Nyantakyi taking bribes to influence the offer of an invitation of players to the national team, influencing the duration of playing offered to some players and influencing the selection of unfit players and referees to participate in games.

Also, more than 100 referees were caught on tape taking bribes to manipulate the outcome of games in a team’s favour.

Following the first screening of the video on Wednesday which attracted more than 3,000 persons, many have begun calling for a complete dissolution of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and immediate resignation of its embattled president, Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is also the first Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet to comment on the film.

He is already facing investigations from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service after President Akufo-Addo filed a complaint after watching excerpts of Anas’ video that the embattled FA President was using his name to lure foreign investors.

Read the GFA’s full statement below:

The Ghana Football Association (GFA)’s attention has been drawn to the airing of a documentary by Tiger Eye PI alleging acts of corruption by some match officials and senior officials of the federation.

The Gfa was not provided with an opportunity to watch the premiering of the documentary as it was neither provided with an advanced copy of the said documentary nor furnished with tickets by Tiger Eye PI to watch the airing.

Though the GFA did not commission Tiger Eye PI to undertake this exercise and have not been provided with the opportunity of watching the documentary, we view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.

To this end, we believe its only fair and proper that Tiger Eye furnishes us with the said documentary and hereby request Tiger Eye as a matter of urgency to furnish us with all the recorded material on this documentary to enable us to forward it to the appropriate quarters for further investigations.

The GFA wishes to emphasise that it is an association incorporated under the laws of Ghana and as such governed by the laws of Ghana as well as its own Rules and Regulations. It is also affiliated to CAF and FIFA

The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption.

The GFA wishes to assure all that as an institution it does not condone any manner of corrupt practices.

We wish to put on record that eight months ago, we got evidence of some external influences seeking to manipulate matches in our various competitions.

As soon as it became clear to us that we were facing the possibility of some external influences seeking to destroy the sanctity of the game in Ghana, we wrote to FIFA seeking assistance to help combat this menace.

The action we took was in furtherance of the GFA’s desire to fight against match manipulation and maintain the integrity of our game and federation.

We received a full FIFA response a few days later, with an action plan on how we can fight the menace of match manipulation through a roadmap for the implementation of the national integrity initiative.

We are still working with FIFA Integrity Department to find the appropriate dates for the action to help educate our members on the dangers of this menace.

The GFA will subsequently be undertaking a holistic review and continue with our reforms geared towards the enhancement of its operations in dealing with alleged acts of corruption in the game.

We urge the football fraternity to remain calm and provide us with all the support we need as we bid to restore confidence and trust in our beautiful game.

We ask anyone with information about these allegations to get in touch with us through [email protected]

 

Source: citinewsroom.com

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VIDEO: I’ve Lost All My Girlfriends Because Of The Viral Video – Gun Welding Man claims

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Obour, one of the guys in the viral video of gun welding men have granted an interview to TV3 following the armed robbery accusations.

Speaking to a TV3 journalist, he once again denied being an armed robber as speculated by bloggers because of the viral video and some photos on his Facebook wall. According to Obour he and his guys aren’t into armed robbery.

Speaking to a TV3 journalist, he once again denied being an armed robber as speculated by bloggers because of the viral video and some photos on his Facebook wall. According to Obour he and his guys aren’t into armed robbery.

 

He stressed that because of the viral video and the misinformation attached to it, he’s lost all his girlfriend as they think he is an armed robber. Read more: We’re Galamsey Guys, Not Armed Robbers – Gun Welding Guys Uses Schnapp & Eggs To Explain Details Of Viral Video

 

 

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‘I didn’t say Akufo-Addo cannot shower in Presidential jet’ – Defence Minister defends his statement

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Dominic Nitiwul 1024x697Dominic Nitiwul, Defence Minister

Thu, 17 Jun 2021Source: www.ghanaweb.com

• Dominic Nitiwul says his comments was misreported by the media

• He said, the private luxurious jet was hired thinking of the President’s safety

• He claims even though the Presidential jet is airworthy, it has some challenges

Dominic Nitiwul has debunked reports that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addowanted to take his shower that is why the country decided to hire the luxurious £15,000 per hour private jet for his recent trip abroad.

According to him, the G-Kelt aircraft was hired for the President to travel in because of his safety and that of his crew because the Presidential jet recently had some challenges.

The Defence Minister came under attack when he told Parliamentarians that the presidential jet was not conducive and presented many challenges when the President was embarking on his 10-day foreign travel.

He stated that despite the Falcon jet being airworthy, it lacked certain facilities like a washroom and it could contain less of the President’s entourage.

“This aircraft will carry a load of 11 passengers minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the United States of America or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage.

In fact, the President would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting,” he stated.

This, the Defence Minister claims, was misreported by the media.

GhanaWeb monitored Dominic Nitiwul’s explanation on Joy FM where he said:

“What we looked at was the safety of the passengers and the crew, not the amount involved in it. That is the first thing we look out for before we look at other factors. It doesn’t mean we don’t look at the amount but what we look at first is the safety of passengers. When it comes to the choice of the President’s travel, it is a schedule. It is determined by two groups of people; National Security and the Ministry of Foreign affairs.

Also, in this COVID era, when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the President’s recent trip, the Falcon jet couldn’t have been taken because we would have had to do technical stuff which is not desirable. When he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing that has brought huge sums of money to this country, the President may need not just the Falcon.

At no point did I ever say that President Akufo-Addo cannot shower that is why he used the G-Kelt aircraft.”

He stated that the decision was taken by the government in order not to incur any additional costs if the presidential jet had been used because the team that travelled with the President would have been flown earlier and camped at a hotel which would come at a cost before the President arrives.

“I said that when a President has to travel like that it is unwise to use a small aircraft because the entire team has to travel two or three days before to wait for the President. The hotel bills alone cumulatively add up to the state and it is more expensive,” Dominic Nitiwul explained further.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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VIDEO: FDA closed down Shoprite’s meat section at Accra Mall

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Frozen Meat 9FDA has also fined Shoprite for mislabeling their product

• The meat section of Shoprite has been closed down

• The reason is for selling imported frozen chicken

• FDA has also fined Shoprite for mislabeling their product

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on Tuesday, June 15, closed down the meat section of Shoprite at the Accra Mall.

According to the Deputy Chief Executive of the FDA, Akua Amartey, Shoprite was selling imported frozen chicken as locally produced chicken.

She furthered that the mislabeling of the chicken by Shoprite apart from deceiving its customers also has health implications on consumers.

Akua Amartey disclosed that the Food and Drugs Authority has fined Shoprite for engaging in such an act.

Akua Amartey in explaining the action taken by the FDA said, “It came to our attention that they actually label frozen chicken that they thaw as fresh chicken, and that is against the Public Health Act…Apart from it being deception, it also has some health implications, because we all know that you don’t actually thaw a frozen product and then put it back into the freezer for it to freeze.”

“The FDA has given an administrative fine to pay that is going to make it punitive for them not to repeat such an action,” Akua Amartey said.

Akua Amartey noted that the FDA will visit other branches of Shoprite to check on their goods to ensure the safety of customers.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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