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28.04.2015 Diaspora (USA)

Presbyterian Hymn #603 To Prof. Martey

By NDC USA
Presbyterian Hymn #603 To Prof. Martey
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We love it When Prof. Emmanuel Martey speaks, and we have found one of his comments or better still call it a speech published on Ghanaweb.com on April 21st 2015.

The article in part reads:
Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, the Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has charged church leaders to boldly and constructively speak against the ills in our society. According to him, church leaders should actively engage in public advocacy and education on national issues that affects the livelihoods of Ghanaians. Rev. Martey, who is also the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, made the call at the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Christian Council of Ghana which took place on April 15, 2015 at the Rev. Peter Kwei Dagadu Memorial Methodist in Osu, Accra.

In the Bible, great people like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Nehemiah, Esther and above all, our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, were all advocates for change. So, if our Master Jesus engaged in constructive advocacy, even at the peril of His life, why have some Christian leaders decided to keep quiet and be passive about issues that affect the livelihoods of the people we serve.

In a matter of principle and in the name of our own Presbyterian Church of Ghana Principles, we do agree with any leader, be it our Moderator, A chief, An Assemblyman or in that matter any leader to speak out on evils in our society but want to take this opportunity to advice our Moderator to go back and read Presby Hymn # 603

As much as we respect Prof Martey and in this matter any leader's fredom to speek we wish he will check his fact before he speaks.

We are just waiting to hear Prof Martey to mount the pulpit to praise HE the President of Ghana Oseadeyor John Dramani Mahama on the numerous infrastracture spreading like bush fire in Ghana.

If Prof Martey does not see these developments in Ghana, we can point and outline them for him to check by himself. Please check and verify from the people and chiefs of these towns:

1. Cape Coast Stadium
2. Tamale Teaching Hospital
3. Atuabo Gas Plant
4. Legon Teaching Hospital
5. Military Hospital in Kumasi
6. Upgrading of Tamale Airport to an International Standard

7. Ultra-modern Kwame Nkrumah Interchange
8. Upgrading of Kumasi Airport into an international standard

9. Construction of 695 km Eastern Corridor Road
10. Construction of 200 Day Senior High Schools are at various stages in all 10 regions

11. Construction of Aworshie-Pokuase Motorway
12. Expansion of Police Hospital
13. Upgrading of Ridge Hospital into a Regional Hospital

14. Construction of water plants at Ashanti-Mampong, Osenase and the Akwapim Ridge in the Eastern Region, Adenta and Teshie in the Greater Accra Region. Just to mention a few.

Where was Prof Martey when NPP came to power? Or is it beacause he loves every bit of President Kuffour actions? Can we remind Prof Martey to go back to read the Auditor General's Report In 2005?

The following is a summary of the report, and it is not too late for Prof. Martey to condemn it:

1. When Nana Akufo Addo was Foreign Minister, US$1,446,396 cash was withdrawn from the Ministry's Special Collections Accounts of seven embassies without the knowledge of the Controller and Accountant-General.

2. In addition, US$106,168 was misappropriated at Ghana's Embassy in Cote D'Ivoire

3. Contrary to financial regulations, ¢3,539,254,000 was diverted from the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Private Sector Development and Presidential Special Initiatives to Ghana Trade Fair Company. (Alan Kyeremanten was the Minister)

4. The same Ministry took monies amounting to ¢995,398,812 with the claim that they were used to buy cloths to promote some National Friday Wear Programme. They claimed that these were distributed for free. However, there is no evidence of the persons or organizations that were given these garments since there was no distribution list.

5. Under Alan Kyeremanten again, the National Plastic Waste Management Task Force (NPWMTF), under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Private Sector Development and Presidential Special Initiatives, withdrew ¢234,943,000 in cash from the Ghana Commercial Bank High Street. They failed to account for ¢68,021,375 of the amount; yet there were no questions asked.

6. Between 2002 and May 2005, one Mr. Victor Owusu was unlawfully paid emoluments totalling ¢122,034,500 in his capacity as Regional Co-ordinator of the Rural Enterprise Development Programme. At the same time he was paid as a full-time employee of the Ghana Energy Commission.

7. Contrary to the rules, the Ghana Trade Fair Company was single-sourced and awarded a contract for ¢1,438,038,201, under Alan Kyeremanten.

8. In Kumasi, fifty-one cheques amounting to ¢4.4 billion (¢4,371,312,205) which were written in favour of IRS for the payment of withholding taxes were altered to read variously as I.R.Samuel and Sons Ltd, J.R Samuel and Sons Ltd or I.R. Service Ltd and the amount subsequently cashed and misappropriated.

9. Under the Ministry of Education, an amount totalling ¢298,831,561 that was claimed to have been paid to various people, contractors and suppliers were not supported with the necessary expenditure documents. It was therefore not possible to determine the genuineness of the payments.

10. Under the Ministry of Transportation where Richard Anane was Minister, the Department of Urban Roads in Kumasi failed to present for audit, vouchers for page 27 payments totalling ¢13 billion that they claimed they made to contractors. The propriety of the payments could therefore not be ascertained.

11. Under the same Richard Anane, Ghana Highways Authority in Accra paid mobilization allowances amounting to C13.1 billion to various Ghanaians to undertake jobs for the Government, which were not done. Contrary to the rules they had not been recovered as at end of December 2005.

12. Under Richard Anane again, a contract amounting to C10.96 billion was varied to C12.78 billion without going through the Central Tender Board; causing the country to lose C1.82 billion.

Prof. Martey, it is not too late to react to this issues; we are waiting to hear from you.

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