A 28-year old nurse, Emelia Buadi, who was promised a job as a nurse in Kuwait with a lucrative salary ended up being sold out as a housemaid upon her arrival in the gulf country.
The nurse arrived in Kuwait in September this year, and went to the office of the Agent of Ibadams Ghana Travel and Tours Limited, a travel agency that facilitated her trip, but her passport and other travelling documents were seized and she was sold out as a housemaid.
Madam Buadi was also made to undergo medical check-up and the result revealed that she was one month pregnant but her agent advised her to terminate the pregnancy, which she refused.
She therefore called the Agent in Ghana, Ibrahim Adams, who facilitated her travel to Kuwait to assist her return home but he refused.
Madam Buadi informed her husband in Ghana who subsequently lodged a complaint with the police and Adams, who happened to be the Managing Director of the travel agency, was arrested on November 3, this month.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr. Richard Boatey, narrated the case to the chagrin of the presiding judge, her ladyship Mrs. Rita Duku, at the Takoradi Circuit Court.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused person, Ibrahim Adams, informed Madam Buadi, the complainant that his agent in Kuwait needed some nurses to work with, and therefore she should pay GHc2, 800 for processing of her traveling documents, which she obliged.
However, when she arrived in the gulf country of Kuwait, she was sold as a housemaid and suffered maltreatment and abuse.
The Agent also refused to assist her to return home until her husband bought a plane ticket at a cost of GHc1,850 and sent it to her in Kuwait to enable her to return home in October this year.
The accused was charged with human trafficking and exploitation but pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of GHc20, 000 with two sureties to be justified.
BREAKING NEWS: BoG takes over Unibank
The Bank of Ghana has announced it has taken over the management of private bank, Unibank.
The Governor of the central bank explained at a press conference, the takeover is due to challenges facing the bank. He mentioned weak supervisory standards and weak operations as the cause of the challenges.
Ernest Addison said the bank, adjudged the 6thbest performing company in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in 2017, provided inaccurate data during the central bank’s effort to resolve the problems last year.
He assured depositors their money is safe, stressing “we are not liquidating the bank, we are saving it.”
The take-over comes weeks after Unibank announced it was taking over adb.
The top management of Unibank are Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II who is Chief Executive Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Owusu-Ansah Awere, Executive Clifford Duke Mettle, Director of Risk Management Kwesi Nkrumah Pimpah.
Photo: CEO Kwabena Duffour II was awarded the most enterprising young executive award in 2017.
The bank’s company secretary is Sylvia Assimeng-Archer, Executive Head of Treasury and Global Trade John Collins Arthur, Executive Head of Corporate Banking Elsie Dansoa Kyereh and Executive Head of Innovations and Business Execution Florence Ohene.
This executive management are expected to give way to new control, KPMG appointed by the central bank.
The bank was founded in 1997 by Kwabena Duffour who later became Finance minister under the Mills administration.
But after 20 years of private management, Kwabena Duffour who is a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana loses control of unibank to his former employers.
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