A former Ghanaian diplomat under the John Dramani Mahama led administration, Victor Smith says some people are dying to help to take this country [Ghana] forward.
Ghanaians he stated are looking for leaders with the drive, courage and the vision to take our country forward and to tackle the issues affecting us properly and effectively.
The former Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, said he’s willing to serve to the best of his ability if his countrymen needs him to do so.
He made the comment after host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm asked if he will be willing to run for the presidency should former president Mahama, refuse to return.
According to him, he’s not eyeing any national executive position within the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), but on a light side, some of us are dying to take this country forward. I belong to the NDC and so if this country needs somebody like me, I will serve to the best of my ability, if my party needs me, I will serve. I cannot refuse to serve, I will join like-minded people to serve my country and if it falls on my laps to serve in that capacity, I will serve.’’
Mr. Smith emphasied the need for Ghanaians to join forces to develop Ghana instead of politicising everything in this country.
He used the opportunity to encourage the youth to shun corruption, block the loopholes so it will create opportunities for investors to invest in this country which will in turn, create jobs for the teaming unemployed youth.
The youth should not see corruption as an easy way to make money, he advised.
Former Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Victor Smith has prayed for Akufo Addo to have the courage to punish corrupt officials.
The 2016 parliamentary Abuakwa North candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in an interview with Kwame Tutu said corruption is killing Ghana.
Ghana he noted has gained international notoriety due to corruption.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, corruption has been institutionalised and investors are usually frustrated when they come down to do business in Ghana.
He revealed, as a former High Commissioner I received complaints from investors who wanted to register their companies that some individuals wanted to extort monies from them.
In his view, we have not been able to fight corruption, therefore it will be important for people who have been mandated to enforce the law to do so.
He said, the fight against corruption requires a courageous leader who will not bend the laws in favour of anyone. Ghana needs to move forward. Ghana must come first in the fight against corruption. The law must work at all times no matter what, he added.
Mr. Smith also took his gun at the media over ‘soli’ adding, it has become part of corruption. He said, that compromises their work and so I will urge media owners to pay their workers well so they don’t depend on ‘’Item Thirteen’ or ‘noko fio’.
‘’Bribery and corruption has been a major problem and every stakeholder must join in the fight. We should help our leaders to fight corruption so Ghana can move forward.We are stakeholders of this nation. We have leaders and we have followers but we are all stakeholders in the fight against corruption,’’ he concluded.
Ghanaian footballer, Sulley Muntari has lost his father, rainbowradioonline.com has gathered.
Muntari’s father, Alhaji Muniru Muntari, had been battling illness for some time.
He was a former footballer, and later coach of Okwahu United and Kano Pillars.
Alhaji Muniru Muntari is expected to be buried in Tafo on Tuesday morning in accordance with the Islamic rules.
Ghana has been cautioned by the World Bank to control its current expenditures, especially spending on the wage bill.
Country Director for Ghana Henry Kerali, speaking at a forum to outdoor a validation report on Ghana’s Public Expenditure said, the wage bill will be an important determinant of Ghana’s fiscal balance in the medium-term since the public sector remains the largest employer in the country.
He added: ‘’ “To contain its expansion, the bold steps that were taken in the last two years –such as hiring freeze and limited annual wage increases, eliminating payroll irregularities should be maintained.’’
According to him, Ghana’s fiscal consolidation process requires concerted efforts on both the expenditure and revenue sides of the budget.
On debt management, he said, “Debt service costs put significant pressure on the budget. Proactive debt management is necessary to reduce interest payments and mitigate risks to the public debt profile.’’
He indicated that limited fiscal space has reduced the level of resources available for public investment in Ghana.
If debt levels are not controlled it will have a negative impact on growth, job creation and public service delivery, he warned.
“While currently tight fiscal space will not allow any drastic increase in capital spending in the short term, experience from other countries shows that improving the quality and efficiency of public investments could also support economic growth.’’
Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery.
Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters.
He was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives, an official said.
Al-Shabab occasionally passes such sentences for sexual offences in areas it controls in Somalia.
In 2014, a teenage boy was stoned to death after being convicted of raping a woman.
In 2008, a young girl was killed in a similar manner after being convicted of adultery.
In the latest case, a woman filed a complaint of rape against Hassan, but the court tried him for adultery as it is easier to prove, says BBC Somali's Mohamed Mohamed.
Hundreds of people watched him being stoned death in Ramo Adey village in the south-central Bay region, said Moalim Geedow, the al-Shabab governor for the area.
"The man had a third woman who was a divorcee... He deceived her, saying that he went to a sheikh [religious leader] and that he married her," Mr Geedow told Reuters news agency.
"However, when the woman got pregnant, the two families debated and there was no trace of valid matrimony. The court ruled he did not marry her legally and he was stoned to death."
Al-Shabab is fighting to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
It has lost control of many towns and cities to a 22,000-strong African Union force supporting the government.
But the group, linked to al-Qaeda, still has a strong presence in many rural areas.
Some commercial drivers within Ablekuma Manhyia, Oduma and Nsakina in the Greater Accra Region, today [Monday] demonstrated over the deplorable nature of their roads.
They claim the poor nature of the roads have not been given any attention for close to ten years.
The drivers blocked the main road linking to the areas mentioned above to drum home their concerns.
The aggrieved drivers burnt tyres on the road and prevented workers and students from plying the route. Chanting “we want roads”.
In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the drivers lamented over the damage caused to their vehicles due to the deplorable state of the roads.
According to them, they spend between GHc50 and GHc200 every day to fix their vehicles.
They appealed to authorities to address their concerns or they will advise themselves.
The Minister in charge of Public Procurement and Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Madam Adjoa Safo has directed all MMDA’s and MDAs to refer all ‘’questionable contracts’’ to her office before they are abrogated.
The Minister in a statement said, ‘’ The Minister of state responsible for Public Procurement, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo has observed with grave concern, recent media publications regarding abrogation of Government Contracts by some MMDA’s and MDAs
She has, therefore, advised all heads of entities within the MMDAS and MDAS to refer all such questionable contracts to her office for expert and legal advice.’’
Below is the Minister’s full statement ABROGATION OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS The Minister of state responsible for Public Procurement, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo has observed with grave concern, recent media publications regarding abrogation of Government Contracts by some MMDA’s and MDAs
She has, therefore, advised all heads of entities within the MMDAS and MDAS to refer all such questionable contracts to her office for expert and legal advice.
The Minister has no doubt about the competence of heads of entities to make a judgement on what a good contract is from a bad one, however, she believes it is always important to seek legal and expert advice before a decision to abrogate a contract is taken.
Hon. Adwoa Safo noted that the move will prevent any unnecessary legal battles between government and contractors which could spark needless and avoidable payment of judgement debts.
In effect, she has a letter communicated to all Heads of entities within MMDAS and MDAs to stop terminating contracts forthwith.
Ms Safo has further directed that all queries on some of these contracts should be directed or be referred to the office of the Minister of State responsible for Public Procurement for further investigations and recommendations.
Please send all correspondence in the interim to this office: Office of the Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement Office of the President – Flagstaff House, Accra P.M.B 62, Accra -Ghana Or Parliament House 9th floor (West Wing), Room 22.
Signed, HON. SARAH ADWOA SAFO (MP) MINISTER FOR PROCUREMENT
The police and residents in Somanya have reportedly engaged in a fracas resulting in the injury of two people.
The confrontation according to an eye witness was as a result of the arrest of the person who led a demonstration against the ECG offices over what they [residents] described as outrageous.
Properties at the facility were destroyed in the process.
A vehicle belonging to the police was reportedly vandalised by the angry youth of Krobo.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio, an eyewitness said the Assemblyman who led the demonstration Dindiindin Adamitey, was picked up by the Police Monday morning and is currently in custody assisting with investigations.
Chaos has engulfed the town as the Police resort to warning shots in an attempt to disperse the angry crowd, Isabella the eyewitness said.
The Director General for Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr. Paul Asare Ansah has stated that they have adopted innovative ways through which they generate revenue for infrastructural projects.
He was responding to the issue concerning the 3 billion dollars allocated to the Authority for projects within a period of 5-10 years.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio, he disclosed that, they use their own documents to facilitate loans without any assistance from government.
Touching on expansion works at the ports he said, the Authority managed to secure a loan of $ 135 million for a jetty project which was commissioned last year.
He said, the Authority also collaborated with MEORSK to facilitate a loan for an expansion work at Takoradi Ports.
The amount he revealed amounts to 357 million euros for bulk jetty, dredging among other expansion works.
He hinted that he has set up a committee which would be launched soon to find other innovative ways for revenue mobilization for other projects at the Authority.
In the view of Mr. Ansah it was prudent to set up the committee so they will they will find means for the Authority to be self-dependent and avoid the situation where they depend on individual investors which finally put pressure on them to increase port charges.
According to him, they will soon set up a ‘Port Infrastructure Development Fund’ to help the Authority just as some countries have successfully done.