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President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn in a nine-member governing board

President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn in a nine-member governing board to oversee the work of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Per the Act establishing the Office of Special Prosecutor, the office becomes fully operational when there is a Governing Board to direct affairs.

The board is made up of representatives of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, the Ghana Police Service, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), and the National Security Ministry.

University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC)

The government has announced that it will open the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) on July 18, 2018.

This was announced by the Ministries of Information and Health, together with the Interim Management Committee of the University of Ghana Medical Centre.

 Addressing the media, the Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said that the UGMC will only take referral Out Patient Department (OPD) cases.

He further narrowed the focus to specialist services in three departments - Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) services.

He also indicated Laboratory and Pharmacy services are expected to be available.

Officials stated that the facility will start operations with about 30 to 40 approved staff by the Ministry. Other staff members will be recruited to unused facilities after which they will be made operational.

The hospital, which was one of the last projects commissioned by ex-president John Mahama is a 650-bed facility built at a cost of $217 million raised through loans from Israel.

However, the hospital has not been operational due to a tussle between University Authorities and the Health Ministry over management of the facility.

This turf war which many Ghanaians saw as needless caused an uproar on social media. Some people signed a petition to compel the government and the university open the facility.

A University student, Reginald Sekyi-Brown, was arrested for wielding a placard demanding the opening of the facility at Korle Bu, where the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo was delivering a speech.

After a 70-year old man died from what has become known as the no bed syndrome many questioned the priorities of government officials.

This even put more pressure on the government to open the facility.

The coming months will see the commencement of work on the second Phase of the Medical Centre following approval of the 50 million dollar loan facility.


‘Opulence’ at NPP conference

A US-based lawyer, Kwaku Asare, has advocated for the capping of financial contributions individuals and businesses can make to political campaigns.

“Currently, I do believe our leaders spend too much on seeking power,” he said on Citi TV’s Point of View.

 Minority demands audit of GNPC over Freddie Blay's 'vulgar opulence'

File photo: A lot of Ghanaian women and their babies die through child birth.

The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has set up a committee to investigate how a 30-year-old pregnant mother and her unborn child died at the Suntreso Government Hospital.

All civil servants will be given a 10-day period to produce evidence of their employment.

The Auditor-General’s department is set to embark on a major audit of the civil service from July 17, 2018.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office is also going to be in the loop as the department makes a new attempt to rid the country’s payroll of ghost names.

A Human Rights Court has overturned the three-year suspension of Francis-Xavier Sosu from practicing as a lawyer.

The court presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Gifty Agyei-Addo set-aside the orders of the General Legal Council, which were handed out in June 2017.

The court also set-aside the one-year mentorship handed to Sosu.