General News of Sunday, 30 December 2018
The last edition of Newsfile for 2018 stood out in terms of content as the most topical issues of the year were discussed.
The topics discussed included Menzgold saga and the banking sector reforms, corruption and the Right To Information Bill.
The first segment of the programme featured guests such as Bright Simons, Kojo Anan Ankomah, Clara Beeri and Amanda Clinton to talk on the Menzgold and financial sector reforms.
Customers of Menzgold have threatened to vote out the government should they fail to assist them to retrieve their money. Some suspect that the Government is in bed with the Menzgold CEO, Nana Appiah Mensah reason for which no action has been taken by government.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament have categorically stated that government will not intervene in the matter and that customers should consider their investments lost a position that has been challenged by the Minority in Parliament.
Updates from the Bank of Ghana indicate that majority of the banks have met the minimum capital requirement of GHC400 million with the fate of the remaining banks to be decided after December 31, 2018, deadline.
The Bank of Ghana consolidated 5 banks and gave approval for GCB to take over two banks over the last year, yet punitive measures are yet to be meted out to the liable persons. This has caused many to question the seriousness of the intended reforms in the sector.
Panellists suggested that law enforcement bodies could do more to ensure those who are at fault in the scheme of affairs are dealt with and measures put in place to forestall future occurrences.
The second segment of the programme witnessed CDD’s Executive Director, Prof. H Kwasi Prempeh and former CHRAJ Commissioner Emile Short join Bright Simons and Kojo Bentil to discuss efforts on the war on corruption, the creation of new regions and handling of allegations against the government by the President.
Watch a playback of the show here