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Ben Ephson is unreliable – Spio Garbrah

Former Vice Chairman and Flag bearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has lashed out at the Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch, Ben Ephson saying he is unreliable.

Dr Spio-Garbrah says Ben Ephson’s newspaper’s report that he earns $ 10,000 every month as a Member of the Board of Anglogold Ashanti is inaccurate and not factual.

In its Tuesday, May 24 edition of the Daily Dispatch, the newspaper said its investigations have revealed that Dr Spio-Garbrah, who chose to serve on the Anglogold Ashanti Board, earns at least US$ 120,000 a year and in addition, he wanted to be made the Chairman of at least two other boards, GETFund and COCOBOD.

But speaking on Dwaso Nsem on Adom FM on Tuesday, Dr Spio-Garbrah rubbished the newspaper’s claims saying the amount quoted was not even true because he received far below that.

He said even the Chairman of the Anglogold Board does not receive that huge amount of money so there was no way he could be paid that much adding that the company could not even pay them so much because it has its social responsibility projects to attend to.

He challenged the Managing Editor of Daily Dispatch to stop cooking up figures and conduct his own checks at the company’s offices on the allowances the Board of Directors receive adding it is not his responsibility as a Board members to talk about how much they are paid.

Dr Spio-Garbrah disclosed that he was not in the country to amass unnecessary wealth and that if his only motive had been to make money, he would have accepted the request from South African President, Jacob Zuma to serve on a Board in the country.

He said he has the interest of the nation at heart and will not indulge in selfish acts that would cost the nation a lot of money further stating that he will continue to serve the interest of the people of Ghana.

On why he decided to contest for the flag bearer of the NDC, Dr Spio-Garbrah, who was the former head of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation said he came to pick up the nomination forms as a symbol of the need for peace in the party.

He stated that even if it has to take him and the other aspirants; President Mills and former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings stepping down to ensure peace and unity in the party, he would do everything possible to ensure that the decision is taken.

Commenting on how his campaign is going, he disclosed that the endorsement process is going on smoothly even though some intimidation has been encountered alleging that some of the people they have approached have been reluctant to sign for fear of being tagged as belonging to one faction.

He revealed that he knew beforehand that he would face some challenges in his bid so he is not really surprised at what is happening now but expressed optimism that he would overcome them and emerge victorious at the NDC’s July Congress.

Story: Samuel Mantey/Adom News/Ghana

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May 24, 2011 - Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA

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