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SSNIT OBS Trial: Ernest Thompson Given 8 Weeks To Study Evidence

The case involving a former Director General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has been adjourned to December 14.

This was after counsel for the former DG, Ernest Thompson, prayed for more time to peruse the evidence the state intends to use against his client in court.

In court on Wednesday, the Director of Public Prosecution, Yvonne Attakora Obuobisa, told the court they had filed documents at the court registry and enquired if the defence lawyers have been duly served.

Mrs Obuobisa explained that the 127-page document including a pen drive with other documents was filed on September 24 at the Court’s registry.

However, all the defence lawyers said they had not received copies of the documents, a stand judge Henry Anthony Kwofie corroborated.

Lawyers for the accused persons insisted that given the volume of the documents, they needed three months to study them.

One of the defence lawyers, Thaddeus  Sory, noted the Supreme Court decision on pre-trial disclosures did not say prosecution should just furnish the defence with documents but also give adequate time for preparation of trial.

Justice Kwofie, however, gave them eight weeks in his ruling for them to prepare.

The case follows investigations into the award of $72 million Operating Business Suite (OBS) contract for the development of the software to help SSNIT in its dealings with pensioners.

Ernest Thompson has since been charged with conspiracy to willfully cause financial loss to the state, willfully causing financial to the state, defrauding by false pretence, contravention of Public Procurement Act, possession of forged documents, authoring forged documents, among others.

Comedian Teacher Kwadwo Sews New Uniforms For Pupils In His School With His Salary

Renowned Ghanaian Comedian Teacher Kwadwo born Michael Owusu Afriyie has sewn 18 new uniforms for pupils in his school using his hard-earned money.

According to him, he has thrown a challenge upon himself to do this every month. Meaning for every single month, he would sew 18 new uniforms for 18 pupils.

Read his full post below as shared on Facebook:

Well, these are 18 pupils from the School I teach Akrofuom D/A Primary in the Adanse South district.

I have taken it upon myself to help the students so every month I sew new uniforms for 18 pupils in the school.

These are my 1st batch as you can see all of them are wearing new uniforms.

I am not a millionaire.I use the money I earn from my Teacher Kwadwo videos and my salary as a teacher to do all these. Just for the LOVE and with the HELP of Almighty God.

Many of you might ask why I do not use the money to buy myself a property first.

Yes,property is important but seeing these needy children "SMILE" is the bigest property I seek on this earth.

I will be glad if people can come on board to help me make this project a bigger one because I want to help every needy child in Ghana not just my school Pupils as far as school is concerned.May God bless each and everyone willing and surely ready to help(donate). Inbox me if you wish to donate.

God bless you all. Dnt forget to remember me in your prayers. Piaaaawwww

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