Chief Executive of the Ghana Railway Development Authority dies of COVID-19

Chief Executive of the Ghana Railway Development Authority dies of COVID-19

-According to a source, he had been battling the contagion since January 2021

-He was the son of one of the founding fathers of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP)

-Until his appointment in 2017 by President Nana Akufo-Addo, he worked in the UK

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Information reaching indicates that the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA), Richard Dombo, has died.

Dombo, understands died from COVID-19 complications.

He died on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Chief Executive of the Ghana Railway Development Authority dies of COVID-19
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The son of the late Chief Simon Diedong Dombo, one of the founders of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition, President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed him to head GRDA in 2017.

He had been battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic since January 2021.

He was the operations manager for Southwest Rail, one of the largest rail operators in the UK. He has been in the sector since 1994.

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COVID-19 fatalities in Ghana stand at 561 following the deaths of 28 more people in the country as at the time of filing this report.

A total of 702 new COVID-19 cases were also recorded, making the active cases 7,866.

However, there seems to be a reduction in the active cases and the total recorded cases as statistics from February 15 indicated that there were 718 new cases and 8,216 active cases.

Ghana has had 77,748 confirmed cases of infection with 69,321 recoveries.

The Greater Accra Region leads with the highest number of active cases followed by the Ashanti Region and Western Region with 665 cases.

Meanwhile, Sara Adwoa Safo, the former Procurement Minister of State, has told the Appointments Committee of Parliament that she did not know the processes that led to the selection of the company conducting the COVID-19 test at the Kotoka International Airport.

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The government of Ghana engaged Frontier Healthcare Solution Services Limited under emergency procurement to carry out rapid COVID-19 tests at the airport following the reopening of the facility to international passenger flights.

The company began its operations in the country without the necessary license.

Questioned for further details on the process leading to the selection of Frontiers, the Gender Minister-designate said former Minister, Ken Offori-Atta, was the best person to furnish the committee with those details.

The Dome-Kwabenya lawmaker hinged her response on the fact that the Public Procurement Act of 2003 was not changed during her tenure as Minister of State for Public Procurement.

“So, the supervisory minister which is clearly stated in the law is the Minister for Finance,” she said.

Already, four key government officials have distanced themselves from the contract including former Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu and former Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame.

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