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General News of Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Disclose amount blown on error-ridden brochures – PNC

The People’s National Convention (PNC), is demanding full disclosure of the amount paid to the company that printed the brochure for Ghana’s 59th Independence Day parade.

According to a statement signed by the General Secretary of the PNC, Atik Mohammed, it is imperative that government comes clean on the matter.

Government has come under intense criticizing for allowing printing and distribution of over 3,000 error-ridden brochures for the important national event.

The brochure, which contained information about Ghana and the programme outline for the day, captured the name of Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya as the President of Ghana.

The brochure among other things, had several grammatical and typographical errors which critics say are unpardonable.

President Mahama in his first public comment on the matter on Monday, admitted that the errors could have been avoided and further blamed it on what he described as the “printers devil”, but said the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, is putting in place adequate measures to forestall such occurrence in the future.

“We actually went through the brochure and he [Uhuru Kenyatta] didn’t show that he noticed that he was described as the president of Ghana but I’m sure in communication you people call it the printers devil. It’s unfortunate and I think those mistakes are avoidable.

"The Chief of Staff is working on it to make sure that, that doesn’t happen again. It was a beautiful celebration I don’t think it should have been marred by something as simple as the printer’s devil in a brochure,” he added.

Full disclosure on the incident is needed - PNC

The party in a statement charged both the National Security and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), to “without hesitation move into full action in order to establish the truth about this national disaster and place culpability where it duly lies.”

“We particularly emphasize that these investigations must be able to produce information about how much was incurred in the production of the said anniversary brochures,” the statement added.