BNI threatens Space FM news editor
A female officer of the BNI in Accra, on Monday, August 22, 2011 at about 10am, called the News Editor of Space FM in Sunyani, threatening to deal with him drastically for daring to report that the Omanhene of the Berekum Traditional Area, Daasebre Dr. Amonkona Diawuo II has been appointed as chairman of the university council of the IDEAS University College at Fiapre, near Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo region.
The said BNI operative, who called with a Vodafone number 0202110220, did not mention her name and angrily asked our news editor who gave him the authority to do the story on Daasebre Amankona Diawuo’s appointment as chairman of the university council.
“How dare you write that the Omanhene of Berekum is the chairman of the university council, go and retract the story immediately else I will deal with you drastically”, she ranted on the phone and cut the line.
All attempts by our editor to calm her down and make her points clearly did not move this BNI operative who claimed she was acting on the orders of Mr. Rexy Lovell Mensah. The matter has been reported to the police, who have initiated investigation.
On Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at about 5pm, authorities of IDEAS University College met students and staff of the school. At the said meeting, Daasebre Dr. Amankona Diawuo II, was introduced as the chairman of the school’s council. (IDEAS University College Students Handbook, pg 162)
Former Inspector General of Police, Nana Owusu Nsiah, was named as Vice Chairman. Other members of the council are Madam Comfort Adampah, (Proprietress), and Nana Dr. Kwasi Diawuo-(Rector).
The rest are, Mr. J.R. Agyemang Badu, (Former Director of Education), Mr. K. Ankamah Kyeremeh, (Educationist), O.G. Brobbey, (Architect), Professor Ohene Afoakwa, (University of Ghana), Kofi Adampah, (MD, SIBCO, Sunyani), Nana Asante Krobia, (Representing the Traditional and Historical interest), Madam Georgina Boakye, (Headmistress, Sunyani Senior High School), Madam Lydia Amoah, (Businesswoman), George Yiadom Boakye, (Educationist) and Dr. J.B. Hayfron-Acquah.
At the same meeting, a new management headed by the Rector, Nana Dr. Kwasi Diawuo (BSc, MSc, Phd, Electrical Engineering) was also announced.
The new management had Mr. Peter Oppong Kwasi (MBA, Marketing) as Registrar and Mr. Collins Amankwaa (BSc Adm, CA Pt II) as Finance Officer.
Other members of the management team are, Ms. Genevive Martha Dennis (BSc Mgt. /Computer Science)-Administrative Secretary, Mr. Michael Yeboah (MSc Information Technology)-System Administrator, and Madam Comfort Adampah (Comm. Ed/Hospitality Mgt.)-Proprietress.
The rest are, Professor Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa, (Phd, Food Science) Dr. Hayfron Acquah, (Phd, Computer Science) Mr. JR Agyemang Badu (MA, Int. Affairs/M. Ed.) and Mr. George Yiadom Boakye (BSc Adm.)
The next day, Space FM carried the story, copy of which was published on ghanaweb.
Source: Francis Owusu-Ansah, Space FM, Sunyani