MP blames late President Atta Mills, President Mahama for GYEEDA rot

849072360_570517Deputy Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Youth and Sports, Boniface Gambila has said Ghanaians should blame the late President John Evans Atta Mills and President John Dramani Mahama for the rot in the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

According to him the GYEEDA project was a special project that the late President Mills and the then Vice President Mahama had direct oversight of and control of monies involved.

Speaking on “Burning Issues” on Adom FM, Mr. Gambila stated that the two could therefore be held directly responsible for the mismanagement and misapplication of the monies involved in the program.

He said all monies that were signed for and withdrawn were signed during the 2012 election period and were authorized by both the late president and the current president.

“Looking at the monies involved, there is no way a junior member of government would have signed such huge amounts of money except high officials in government including the president and the then vice president,” he argued.

Mr. Gambila stated that “a lot of controversies such as lack of framework, non-compliance with financial accounting administration regulations, no clear leadership and the weaknesses in the structure of the GYEEDA” were a result of poor leadership on the part of the late President Mills and President Mahama.

According to him, the committee set up by the president to investigate the GYEEDA rot was part of a scheme by the president to shift attention away from himself.

He stated that the GYEEDA Report, which recommended that the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) should prosecute officials cited as engaging in financial impropriety, will not amount to anything because those cited for fraud by the report had the backings of the president.

Mr. Gambila said the recommendations in the report will be treated just like Martin Amidu-Waterville case, where government has still not had the courage to collect the money from Waterville.

The MP challenged the president to take immediate and drastic actions on the GYEEDA Report if he (the president) believes he has no hand in the rot.

He stated that “If I were the president or the Youth and Sports Minister I would have resigned long time on good moral grounds knowing that I am involved in the rot.”



Elephant Man accused of defrauding Ghanaian event organizers $25,000

Elephant-Man-PromoJamaican music icon Elephant Man known as ‘Energy God’ is being trailed by two Ghanaian event promoters for refusing to return an amount of $25,000 they paid him to perform in Ghana.

Though Elephant Man did not turn up for the performance, he is reported to have refused to refund the money to the event organisers.

The Jamaican musician was supposed to perform in Accra on July 6, at the 2013 edition of Bass Awards by Rackus Productions in collaboration with Bullhaus Entertainment and Solid Multimedia.

Artiste Manager Bull Dog is in charge of Bullhaus while Sadeeq Abdulai Abu is from Solid Multimedia. Elephant Man was paid an amount of $25,000 excluding flight and accommodation, to perform.

But the dancehall musician, born O’Neil Bryan, did not show up. Well over a month after the event, the organizers are having a tough time retrieving their money from Elephant Man.

According to information available to NEWS-ONE, “All efforts to get the money from him have proven futile. He doesn’t want to pay back the money.”

Other reports from Europe allegedly captured the musician in a similar situation. It was reported he had done the same thing to other event promoters across Europe.

“Dancehall star Elephant Man is taking a beating in the German press which reports he has not shown at several reggae shows for which he was booked,” according to the Jamaican Observer.

It is also alleged retainer fees were collected on his behalf. One of the shows was the annual Chiemsee Reggae Summer Festival, one of Europe’s largest reggae shows, which takes place in the south of Germany in August.

Elephant Man was advertised to perform on August 23, at the opening night of the three-day show in Uebersee near Munich. Contacted by the Jamaica Observer, Maria Perreiter, public relations officer for Chiemsee, referred to a public announcement on the show’s website which reads:

“We regret to inform you that Elephant Man will not be appearing at the Chiemsee Reggae Summer Festival 2013. After appearing on various shows in Europe, the artiste has hastily left from Brussels towards Jamaica, apparently with a six-figure amount he received in advanced payments as retainer fees from several show promoters. With this behaviour, Elephant Man has shown that he has no regard for contracts, and even worse, for his fans.”

It is also reported that Elephant Man failed to show up for a concert at The Docks in the German city of Hamburg on August 17. It is alleged he was paid a retainer fee by promoters. The promoters were, however, not available to confirm or deny these allegations.

Elephant Man has had prior run-ins with German promoters. Scheduled tours to the country by the self-proclaimed ‘Energy God’ were cancelled in 2009 and 2012.

Contacted by the Observer, Elephant Man denied claims by organisers of the Chiemsee Reggae Summer Festival that he failed to show up. “I didn’t have any show in Germany on Friday, nor did I collect a deposit to perform.

I was in Europe for two weeks where I performed at several music festivals. If I was slated to perform on Friday I would not have left the continent on Thursday to return to Jamaica,” said Elephant Man. He added that he had another engagement in the United States last Friday.


Ozil signs for Arsenal

Mesut_Ozil_2655225bMesut Ozil has sealed a spectacular 40 million pound move to Arsenal after signing a five-year contract.

The Gunners have smashed their transfer record to land the Germany international, who underwent the second part of his medical in Munich on Monday after agreeing personal terms with the club.

“We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil,” Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said. “He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”

Goal has learned that Ozil has signed a deal worth £130,000-a-week that will run until 2018 after Real Madrid gave the green light to his departure.

He has comfortably become Arsenal’s highest-paid player as well as the club’s record signing, after Wenger sanctioned the first £20m-plus transfer in their history.

Goal revealed on Sunday that Arsenal was in advanced discussions with Real to sign Ozil before Monday night’s transfer deadline.

The two clubs agreed a £40m fee before Ozil’s representatives began discussing personal terms with senior Arsenal officials.

An agreement was reached late on Monday morning, as was revealed by Goal, before Ozil underwent medical tests in Germany, where he had been based as the national team prepare for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League,” Ozil said. “It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger.”

Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano passed a medical on Monday morning, and agreed the terms of a season-long loan from Palermo.


Arsenal Complete Capture of Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano

125910982_42838Arsenal have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan deal from Palermo.

The 27-year old, who has six Italy caps to his name, spent last season on loan at Fiorentina where he made 32 Serie A appearances, having joined from Inter Milan in 2012.

Viviano has also previously had spells at Brescia and Bologna, and he is a goalkeeper that Arsene Wenger has followed for some time.

The Arsenal manager told the club’s official website: “Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan.

“He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.”

The deal for Viviano could be the first of three signings that Arsenal are hoping to complete before the transfer window closes at 11pm.

Arsenal are also understood to be interested in a loan deal for Chelsea striker Demba Ba and are also trying to finalise a club record deal for Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.


‘Essien is not using Ghana to revive his career’

Michael-EssienGhana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi sharply disagrees with the asserting that Black Stars returnee Michael Essien is taking advantage of Ghana to revive his career which seems to be faltering.

The Chelsea midfielder took a break from international football following injuries he sustained playing for Ghana- first was at the 2010 Nations Cup.

The 30-year-old, who is yet to play in the premiership for his club side Chelsea after returning on a season long loan from Spanish side Real Madrid this season has been described as an opportunist and is only returning to the Black Stars because he wants to revive his career by some football pundits.

But Nyantakyi who doubles as chairman of the Black Stars management committee disagrees.

“We should appreciate the fact that Essien has gone through a lot, the two career threatening injuries that afflicted his life all occurred during his time with the national team,” said Nyantakyi.

He added: “I don’t agree with that suggestion because there is no guarantee that if he plays for the national team it will enhance his career opportunities, I do not think that is the motivation for him to come back and play but is out of the love he has for his country.

“All the players are patriotic Ghanaians and that is why they have decided to come and play for Ghana, if you read ulterior motives to their actions you may not be fair to them.”


World Cup Qualifier: Kevin arrives tonight

kevGhana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is expected to arrive in Accra on Monday night to rejoin the Black Stars ahead of their deciding World Cup qualifier against Zambia on Friday.

The 26-year-old made his debut for Schalke in their 2-0 win over Bayern Leverkusen on Saturday following his move from AC Milan a day earlier.

The versatile midfielder is now expected to get a huge reception on his return to join the Black Stars haven rescinded his decision to quit international football.

Boateng shocked the world over two years ago when he announced his premature retirement from the Black Stars.

He however wrote to the Ghana FA last month to declare he was available for national team selection after several consultations.

Boateng will however miss Ghana’s opening training session which begins on Monday evening at the Accra Sports Stadium at 4pm local time.

Captain Asamoah Gyan has already arrived to lead the team in the opening training session on Monday.

He will be joined in training by Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Fatau Dauda and Mahatma Otoo.

Others to train on Monday include Razak Braimah, Rashid Sumaila, Awal Mohammed, Mubarak Wakaso and Albert Adomah.


Black Stars get down to work in Accra

wpid-Ghana-could-be-camping-in-Ethiopia-for-Nations-CupThe Black Stars held their first training session on Monday in Accra, marking the beginning of a key week for Kwesi Appiah’s men.

Ghana take on Zambia on Friday in Kumasi in the last match of the second round qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

With the Black Stars sitting top of the Group D standings and looking to confirm their place in the third round stage, twelve players turned up for training on the first day at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Captain Asamoah Gyan, Albert Adomah, Rashid Sumaila, Mahatma Otoo, Kwadwo Asamoah, Jonathan Mensah, Razak Braimah, Fatau Dauda, Rabiu Mohammed, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso and Awal Mohammed were all present on the first day.

Also joining in was Michael Essien, who took part during the groups running sessions but remained on the sidelines when the ball work started.

Kwesi Appiah expects more player arrivals for Tuesday’s double session.

The Black Stars are in first place and one point better than Zambia on the table ahead of their final meeting at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Winners of the second round stage will advance to the final round where ten sides will be paired off for the final stage during October and November with the winners of the five home-and-away ties qualifying for Brazil 2014.