Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Member of Parliament for Zabzugu constituency, Alhassan Umar has described his opponent on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ticket, John Benam Jabaah as a “scammer”, “liar” and one who engages in divisive politics.

The MP, who is seeking for reelection to represent the people of Zabzugu for the second time in parliament made these remarks when he was addressing a garthering to hand over the newly built health facility for Ghana Health Service in the district.

“My opponent on the NPP ticket is going round saying he has performed better than me. Ask him, for the eight (8) years he served as MP for Zabzugu constituency, what did he do for the people? He is a liar. It was through his lies that the only rural bank we had here collapsed. He is the one who has embezzled huge sums of monies when he was appointed by this government at Buipe Shea Nut factory. So if you don’t know which name to call him, call him a sakawa man or armed robber. He has been working in various governmental offices for 18 years, ask him what he has done for the people?”, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate said.

“John Jebaah has also engaged in divisive politics. He has told Konkombas not to vote for me because I am a Dagomba man, telling the DCE not to release my common fund for me to develop this area. He should tell the people what he can do. Not which tribe he belongs to”, he added.

In July this year, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has directed the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Mr. John Benam Jabaah to pursue and refund over GH¢1.5M which he personally withdrew from the Produce Buying Company’s (PBC) account to purchase nuts from a dealer in Burkina Faso in 2018 but have still not been received as at now.

In a two-page letter from CHRAJ signed by the Ashanti Regional Director, Mrs. Cynthia Martinson instructing the former General Manager of PBC, and now the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, published by, the Commission disclosed that, Hon. Benam’s earlier response to CHRAJ did not disclose the PBC’s Board involvement in his decision to purchase the shea nut through the mode he used even though the Board received a permission letter of his travel to Burkina Faso.

CHRAJ asked him to as a matter of urgency submit any other minutes of the Board suggesting its involvement in his decision latest by July 15, 2020.

In its conclusion, CHRAJ advised Hon. John Benam Jabaah to take the appropriate steps to retrieve the GH¢1.5M from the suppliers who have to date not made available the shea nuts products to forestall loss of money to Produce Buying Company (PBC).

“Please take notice that you have already admitted that the Cheque, as well as the requisition, was made in your name. We, therefore, advise that you take appropriate steps to retrieve the said money from the supplies to forestall loss of money to Produce Buying Company (PBC).

You have up to the 15th of July, to make the documents we have requested available for us to make a final decision on the case.”

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