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Jan 12, 2016

President Mahama Refutes Allegations Of Receiving $300m For Hosting Guantanamo Bay Detainees


 

President Mahama has refuted claims that he received three hundred million dollars as reward for agreeing to accommodate the two Guantanamo Bay detainees here in Ghana.

He said there is no monetary gains or whatsoever in the deal with the United States in relation to the two detainees.

President Mahama assured Ghanaians that he will not do anything to compromise the security of the country, adding that adequate consideration came to bear on the decision to accommodate the detainees.

The President said this when he answered questions from the media at the Flag staff House in Accra.

On the issue of Nurses and Teachers who attempted picketing at the Flagstaff House demanding postings, President Mahama explained the causes of delayed postings and said government has put stringent measures in place to halt such anomalies.

President Mahama says promises made by some political parties to restore teacher trainee allowances are political talk which cannot materialize.

He said there was no problem at the time the colleges of education were not tertiary degree awarding institutions since they were being trained as professional teachers.

However, since they have now been raised to the level of tertiary and degree awarding institutions they cannot be paid allowances.

He stated that the banning of quota and allowances has increased teacher trainees enrolment to 63 percent, which he said is encouraging.

President Mahama said it is not necessary to inject politics into policy making.

Meanwhile, President Mahama says the Attorney General has retrieved more than GH¢50m after he directed the AG to retrieve all monies paid allegedly to individuals.

President Mahama who has been criticised by some people for not doing enough to fight corruption says he will continue investigating all public officials until all corrupt ones are dealt with adding that he will not play the blame game.

In a related development, the load shedding committee is expected to brief the media tomorrow on the state of the power management and challenges.

President Mahama who was answering questions on the energy crisis said government intends to invest one $100 million in ECG to improve its capacity and efficiency. – GBC