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Flagbearer hopeful who doubles as the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has advised party supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to bury their differences and support who ever emerges as candidate for 2020. The legislator told a crowd of NDC supporters at a mini-rally at Asawasein the Ashanti Region on Saturday that, “The problems challenging Ghana, the problems challenging the NDC, the problems challenging the Asawase constituency are not for the faint-hearted. We need bold, courageous leadership to be able to solve the problems. What we are doing now in trying to reorganize the party is a family matter. We want everybody onboard. We want everybody to show love and loyalty to the NDC.” “Competition is the spirit of democracy and so wherever there is competition, it’s a show of how competent or how better you are than your opponent. It is not a time for war; it is not a time for insults. This is the time you have to show commitment to the vision. And so whatever is happening in NDC should not discourage any persons, it’s a family contest. And I’m assuring you that whoever is elected the parliamentary candidate, the presidential candidate, we all have to give our 100% support to that person,” he added. He also called on party supporters to prepare for victory 2020. He chided the NPP for lying its way into power, stating the NDC will win the 2020 polls to develop Ghana. “We have one goal and that goal is that 2020 we must win the election. We are not just going to show Nana in 2020 we are going to win the election to develop mother Ghana. Politics is service to the people, if you deceive the people to win power it is like pregnancy, tomorrow it is the lies that will lead to your downfall. So I want to appeal to all of you in politics to let truth prevail. If you are leading people and the people don’t trust you, there is nowhere you can develop the people because leaders themselves don’t produce, it is the followers who work and produce,” he added. Dignitaries present included Member Parliament for Odododiodioo, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, Member Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, Member Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, Member Parliament for Asawase, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak and other Members Parliament from the Minority side.
The offices of the National Youth Employment Programme located on the third floor of the Ridge building, Accra has been gutted by fire, Rainbow Radio’s Fiifi Ankomah has reported. According to him, office equipment including computers, files, furniture and other valuables have been reduced to ashes as a result of the fire. He told rainbowradioonline.com that, about four fire tenders and personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service were at the scene to prevent the spread of the fire.
Eduzina.com an organization that connects International students with Indian Institutions, has organized its maiden education conference in Ghana. The organization which was established in 2011 is one stop solution for international students to study in India. Its core activity lies in assisting students to make the right choice with regard to pursuing undergraduate education in Indian institutions. Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm at the event, CEO of Eduzina, Saurabh K. Mishra said, the platform provides information regarding higher education in India to 35 countries and has a command over the education system India. He explained to Rainbow Radio that, Eduzina assists the international students on the admission and selection process to Indian Institutions. According to him, ‘’the platform created by Eduzina to connect the international students & the Indian Institutions is the simple answer to all the needs and requirements of the international students.’’ The maiden edition saw participants write an examination through which some would be selected to benefit from available scholarships. The scholarships he revealed would cover tuition fee for the second and third years whereas; the beneficiaries would pay for their first year and accommodation when selected. He said the cost of living covering food and accommodation would amount to $1,200 per year. This, he described as economical as compared to universities here in Ghana. Eduzina he said have presence online in 79 countries and offices in 12 countries. A total of 1,000 students would be selected across Africa and the Middle East. The same examination conducted in Ghana ‘’is being conducted in Togo, Ivory Coast, and Benin,’’ he added. That of Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania is in the offing, he announced. He gave the assurance that, the seminar would be an annual event so qualified students would have the opportunity to study in Indian. ‘’Indian is the best place to study because we have the highest number of scientists, doctors, engineers and IT professionals in the world,’’ he touted. He described citizens of Indian as friendly and welcoming. They are eager to learn more from other countries. Aside that, students interested in learning in India would be shocked at the special student discounts and would also find the cost of living unbelievably affordable.’’ He said tuition rarely exceeds $1300 per year at private universities or $1000 at public universities, making studying in India an affordable option for most international students. Some participants who wrote the exams expressed strong optimism in passing so they would benefit from the scholarships. Those who spoke to Rainbow Radio decried the lack of resources to further their education and described the opportunity offered them as life saving. Interested persons looking forward to studying Indian can visit www.eduzina.com for further details.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Africa has the resources and capacity to finance access to quality education of its citizens, and also promote the interests of the continent. According to President Akufo-Addo, “We cannot depend on other people to finance the education on our continent. I am saying that not to turn my back or to be ungrateful to all these important or noble people who have committed themselves to helping, no. But, if we make our policy dependent on other people, when their policy changes, we will suffer. But, if we make the policy for ourselves, then it means that, at all times, we will be in control of our own destiny.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 2nd February, 2018, when he led the Ghanaian delegation to the 3rd International Conference on the “Replenishment of the Funds of the Global Partnership for Education”, at the invitation of their Excellencies, M. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. Reiterating his belief that there is an abundance of resources on the continent to finance the development of Africa, President Akufo-Addo stated that the resources can be put to good use by eliminating corruption in public life; having more intelligent arrangements for those who want to exploit the resources on the continent; and preventing the flight of capital out of the Continent. “Thabo Mbeki’s Commission that looked at the illicit flows of capital out of Africa, has estimated that for every year, in the last ten years, $50 billion goes out of Africa through illicit means. Can you imagine what those monies, if we had our eyes open, and we were not complicit in that illicit outflow, would mean for the capacity of our nations?” he asked. The challenge, therefore, confronting Africa, the President opined, is “how we can organise ourselves to make sure that the wealth, the huge wealth of this great continent, at least, in the first time in modern history, is used on behalf on the peoples of the continent, and not those outside.” President Akufo-Addo was confident that “if we are able to close that gap, we will come here to Dakar to talk about education, and not the funding of education by others. We will be talking about the quality of our education, the changes we need to make to our curricula, and the emphasis we have to place on our history and sociology.” He continued, “So that, I am not misunderstood, all those who have been making the pledges, it is all good. But, I think it is extremely important for us to get our whole mind set right. We have within us the capacity to develop and promote the interest of our continent ourselves. Let’s do it.” Importance of Education Touching on the importance of education to the advancement of the continent, President Akufo-Addo stated that the paradox of Africa having the youngest population, and being the richest continent on the planet, but with the worst living conditions can only be broken by education. He indicated that “we are going to have to make sure that every young child, boy and girl, has access to education. Not only do they have access to education, but they have access to an education that will allow them to be able to address the challenges of the 21st century.” Narrating the experience of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stated that the country is determined to open opportunities for everybody. “So, in the last 5 years, before my government came, every year, over 100,000 young Ghanaian students were unable to transition from Junior High School to Senior High School, largely because of money. Many of them fully qualified, but their parents were unable to support their higher education. We felt that at this stage in the history of our country, the Ghanaian State should take on that responsibility. So, as from September past, Senior High School education in the public school system has been made free,” he said. The President continued, “What it has done is that the figures have revered. 90,000 more students entered senior school this year than the year before. It is the first step in ensuring that the educational system in our country, from kindergarten through primary to secondary, and ultimately through University, are open for everybody.” In confronting the question of the quality of education that will prepare the young population of Africa for the life of the 21st century, he indicated that it is only a greater focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which will guarantee the future of the continent. “We have seen that in the development of the economies of Asia, in China, India, Japan, and Korea. That is the way forward, to be able to make the transition from poor to prosperity,” the President added. President Akufo-Addo was accompanied to the Conference by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway MP; the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh; and officials of the Presidency, Foreign and Education Ministries.
Senior Democrats have warned President Donald Trump not to use a controversial memo as a "pretext" to fire the special counsel investigating alleged Russian involvement in the US election. They warned that such action could trigger a constitutional crisis not seen since the Nixon era. The memo, written by Republicans, accuses the FBI of abusing its powers. President Trump approved the declassification of the memo and said it revealed a disgraceful story. It accuses the FBI and the justice department of using an unsubstantiated and Democratic-funded report to obtain the warrant that gave permission to spy on an aide to Mr Trump. Democrats said the release of the memo was aimed at disrupting investigations into alleged links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. President Trump has consistently denied any such collusion. The FBI had warned against the memo's release and said key facts had been omitted. Democrats say the memo, released on Friday, is a "shameful effort to discredit" the FBI and inquiries into Russian meddling. In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Nancy Pelosi and eight other senior Democrats warned Mr Trump against trying to sack special counsel Robert Mueller or the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. "We write to inform you that we would consider such an unwarranted action as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation," the statement said. They said such action could result in a constitutional crisis not seen since the 1970s when then President Richard Nixon gave orders to fire justice officials involved in the Watergate scandal. The White House later said "no changes" would be made at the Department of Justice and Mr Rosenstein was fully expected to continue in his job. The memo focuses on the court-approved wiretapping of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who was put under electronic surveillance by the FBI. But the memo accuses the FBI and the justice department of using unsubstantiated evidence to obtain the October 2016 warrant. It says that they did not tell the authorities their claim to the warrant was partially based on a dossier funded in part by the rival campaign of Hillary Clinton. It also says that the author of that dossier, a former British intelligence agent called Christopher Steele, told a senior justice department official that he was "desperate" that Donald Trump not win the vote. Republicans who support the release of the memo say it exposes malpractice and political bias within the FBI and justice department. Asked about the contents of the memo, Mr Trump said a lot of people should be "ashamed of themselves". Earlier on Friday the president accused top officials of politicising FBI and justice department investigations to damage his Republican party. Devin Nunes, who commissioned the memo, has said it shows "serious violations" of public trust and he hopes it will trigger reforms. Mr Page said he would use the memo in upcoming legal action against the justice department. But not all Republicans supported the release of the memo. Senator John McCain accused his party colleagues, and Mr Trump, of playing into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Our nation's elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows," he said in a statement. "If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin's job for him." Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May, tweeted that the memo was "dishonest and misleading". That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs. — James Comey (@Comey) February 2, 2018 SOURCE: BBC
A member of the cash-for-seat committee, Dr. Dominic Ayine is calling for the withdrawal of the final report laid before parliament yesterday [Friday]. He claims the report presented before the House did not contain the input from the Minority. Dr. Ayine told Accra based Citi Fm that, though the minority members including himself and Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi had detailed their perspectives on the saga, the Majority side had refused to integrate them before presenting the document to the house. “I was expecting the committee chairman to integrate the report I had prepared with what he had prepared but he stated that he would not integrate my report since it was titled ‘Minority report’.’’ Dr. Ayine, therefore, demanded that the Minority’s views be integrated in the final report, saying “I have made a complaint to leadership and they are working on it but I do not pre-empt the steps that they will take. The report should be withdrawn and the proper thing should be done in the sense that the Minority’s views should be filed and integrated as a composite document.” Portions of the Minority report cited the organizer of the Expatriate Business Award, Ashim Morton for forgery. The members, James Klutse Avedzi and Dr. Dominic Ayine in their report said Mr. Morton forged documents to cover up the fact that expatriate businessmen and women paid monies to sit closer to the president during the Awards ceremony organized on December 8, 2017. The report also alleged that the organizers of the event, Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF) engaged in “deceitful practices” in the process of organizing the awards. According to the report, the organisers “selected companies for awards even when the companies had not submitted information meeting the designed criteria and also forged documents meant to deceive the Committee and Parliament as a whole.” It further accused the Ministry of Trade and Industry of contravening existing laws on public financial management, engaged in major ethical violations “by allowing its credibility as a public agency to be used to amass profit for a private non-profit organization which it cannot hold to public standards of accountability as well as by using the name of the President of the Republic as a means to make such profit.” “The Ministry of Trade and Industry failed or neglected to take account of possible violations of foreign corrupt practice laws and regulations in the conception, design and organization of the expatriate business awards,” the report from the Minority said. The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye set up the committee few weeks ago to probe the alleged sale of presidential seats to expatriates by the Trades Ministry.
An autopsy conducted on a 33-year-old female teacher from the Kumasi Girls Senior School indicated that she died by hanging, the Kumasi Regional Police Command has said. Family of the teacher had raised concerns over circumstances leading to the death. Father of the deceased, Nana Bonsu has indicated that the family suspects foul play and demanded further investigations into the matter. The deceased was on Monday, January 29, 2018 found dead in the room of her police boyfriend, Sergeant Bright Opoku, an officer with the Konongo Divisional Police Command in the Asante Akyem Central District of the Ashanti Region. The deceased according to reports was found in blue knickers and a white vest hanged with a police lanyard and tied to one of the burglar proofs when police arrived at the scene. It was also alleged that a laceration was seen on the lower arm and a blood stained knife was found in one corner of the room. But a statement signed by Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Fred Adu Anim indicated that “an autopsy report has indicated that cause of death as hanging”. According to the statement, some stomach content from the deceased has been given to the Ghana Standard Authority for analytical tests since there was an indication that the deceased might have ingested some poison before hanging herself.
Rainbowradionline.com would like to use this publication to apologize to Rev. Owusu Bempah, the General Overseer of the of the Glorious Word Ministry, over the ‘Rev. Owusu Bempah 'arrested' for threatening to 'kill' a man of God’, story published on our website yesterday [Thursday]. We wish to also draw the attention of readers that, the man of God, was invited by the police administration, to direct them on a prophecy he gave during his 31st December Watch Night Service, last year. Any damage caused him, his church and followers, is deeply regretted.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday joined other Muslims at the Abossey Okai Central Mosque in Accra to thank Allah to partake in the Jummah prayer. Dr. Bawumia who was accompanied by his wife, Samira Bawumia used the opportunity to thank Allah for restoring his health. He expressed gratitude to President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Chief of Staff, his wife and Ghanaians for the support he received. He said, “I’m so grateful to all Ghanaians, all walks of life, religion, churches and mosques, for the prayers that they have done on my behalf when I took a medical leave. I’m so thankful and grateful for their prayers and I’m happy that I have come back Insha Allah in good health, ready to continue work.” “When you go around, you take your health for granted, but it is when you don’t feel well that you appreciate what God has actually given you. And when God gives you good health you really have to appreciate it and look after your health. And I’m most grateful for that. Good health is better than riches and we have to thank God for the good health,” he added. Dr. Bawumia had earlier posted on his Facebook wall expressing gratitude to Ghanaians for their support. The post read: ‘’ Fellow Ghanaians,I appreciate the fellow feeling, love and best wishes expressed during my recent medical leave. I am most grateful to the Almighty God for his mercies. In particular, I thank President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Chief of Staff, the Government, my lovely wife Samira Bawumia, my family, and you, the Ghanaian people, for the support. My sincere gratitude also goes to the mosques, churches and individuals who in diverse ways interceded on my behalf, as well as the medical staff who discharged their duties in a most professional manner. I have resumed work today, Friday, 2nd February 2018, to continue with President Akufo-Addo’s dream of helping build a prosperous Ghana. God bless our homeland Ghana.’’
The two minority members in the cash for seat probe have accused the organizer for the Expatriate Business Awards, Ashim Morton of forgery. The members, James Klutse Avedzi and Dr. Dominic Ayine in their report said Mr. Morton forged documents to cover up the fact that expatriate businessmen and women paid monies to sit closer to the president during the Awards ceremony organized on December 8, 2017. The report also alleged that the organizers of the event, Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF) engaged in “deceitful practices” in the process of organizing the awards. According to the report, the organisers “selected companies for awards even when the companies had not submitted information meeting the designed criteria and also forged documents meant to deceive the Committee and Parliament as a whole.” It further accused the Ministry of Trade and Industry of contravening existing laws on public financial management, engaged in major ethical violations “by allowing its credibility as a public agency to be used to amass profit for a private non-profit organization which it cannot hold to public standards of accountability as well as by using the name of the President of the Republic as a means to make such profit.” “The Ministry of Trade and Industry failed or neglected to take account of possible violations of foreign corrupt practice laws and regulations in the conception, design and organization of the expatriate business awards,” the report from the Minority said. The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye set up the committee few weeks ago to probe the alleged sale of presidential seats to expatriates by the Trades Ministry. The Investigative Committee was chaired by Sunyani East MP, Kwasi Ameyaw-Kyeremeh with representation from both divides of the House. The members were New Juabeng South MP – Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah, Adetan MP - Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, Ketu North MP and Deputy Minority leader – James Klutse Avedzi and Bolga East MP – Dr Dominic Ayine. The committee was asked to investigate whether any levy had been imposed on the expatriates and the collection of same. It was also asked to investigate how payments were disbursed and whether the disbursements offended any laws. The committee was to investigate when the matter arose, whether it could be perceived to be something new that has arisen, whether the matter could have been raised during the regular sitting and also whether the matter had been raised during the last session. The Minority’s conclusion and summary read: ‘’ In light of the evidence adduced before the Committee, we are convinced that: 1. In the overall circumstances surrounding the organization of the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards, whilst the proponent of the motion could not justify his use of the word “levy” from a legal-technical point of view, it cannot be denied that, from the evidence on record, the Ministry of Trade and Industry played a pre-eminent role in the determination of the amounts ‘solicited’ by the MEF. In short, the manner in which the sponsorship package was designed and executed conforms to Honourable Muhammed-Muntaka Mubarak’s conception of a levy as “money that you have to pay.” The pre-determined sums of money were paid with the backing of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the agency with oversight responsibility for the business sector of the economy; 2. Notwithstanding denials to the contrary, there is evidence on record to the effect that, in its initial conception, the event had the President of the Republic as the center of attraction and that payment for seats bore a direct relationship to the distance of the payor’s seat from the presidential high table. Furthermore, the evidence shows clearly that Mr. Ashim Morton forged documents in a desperate attempt to cover up this blatant fact; 3. The Ministry of Trade and Industry contravened existing law on public financial management, particularly the Financial Administration Regulations, by allowing the use of an existing account for the receipt of monies that it claimed were private funds; 4. The Ministry of Trade and Industry engaged in serious ethical violations by allowing its credibility as a public agency to be used to amass profit for a private non-profit organization which it cannot hold to public standards of accountability as well as by using the name of the President of the Republic as a means to make such profit; 5. The MEF engaged in deceitful practices in the process of the organization of the awards event by selecting companies for awards even when the companies had not submitted information meeting the designed criteria and also forged documents meant to deceive the Committee and Parliament as a whole; and 6. The Ministry of Trade and Industry failed or neglected to take account of possible violations of foreign corrupt practice laws and regulations in the conception, design and organization of the expatriate business awards.’’
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