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A Vigilante Group associated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Kumasi, the Ashanti Vigilante Group has threatened to resign as members from the ruling party should Ghana’s Commissioner to South Africa, Goerge Ayisi Boateng is sacked. This was contained in a statement issued by the group and signed by its leader, Nana Kwadwo Pipim. According to the group, the apology by the TESCON patron settles the matter hence the ruling government should not be forced to sack him because of pressure from the confused opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), and their hypocritical minority will swiftly trigger the resignation of the entire membership. "Enough is enough, after the minority had succeeded in getting an apology from Mr Ayisi Boateng, which shouldn't have been done even in the first place because a spade will forever remain a spade, not a big spoon, we want to pledge our unflinching support to the respected diplomat, and also declare our readiness to resist any frivolous calls by any individual or group, notably the minority in parliament to demand the removal or resignation of H.E George Ayisi Boateng, from his post,” the released said. Below is the full text of the release ASHANTI VIGILANTE GROUP (AVG) IF THE MINORITY SUCCEED IN COMPELLING AYISI BOATENG TO RESIGN, WE WILL ALSO RESIGN EN BLOC The attention of Ashanti Vigilante Group (AVG), an identifiable group of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has been drawn to the persistent frivolous and hypocritical calls by the minority in parliament to demand the resignation of H.E George Ayisi Boateng, Ghana's High Commissioner to South Africa, over an alleged "partisan comments" he made at a TESCON gathering, at the Kumasi Technical University. Mr Ayisi Boateng, who reportedly vowed to prioritize NPP members in his dealings with Ghanaians humbly, rendered an unqualified apology to all Ghanaians after receiving backlash from a section of Ghanaians over that honest and unharmful statement to let sleeping dogs lie. Despite the unprecedented show of humility and maturity by the Ashanti regional Patron of TESCON to render an apology, the minority in parliament still remains resolute and unequivocal in their calls to demand an immediate resignation of George Ayisi Boateng. However, we the members of AVG, totaling over 600 people, see the posture of the minority and the NDC at large as a symbol of hypocrisy and double standards. Past appointees of NDC since time immemorial have been synonymous with discriminatory and divisive comments that are worse than this, but none ever apologized or resigned. For example, page 4 of the Daily Guide newspaper reported on 25th November 2009, a press conference held by Hon Mahama Ayariga, the then presidential spokesman of Late Prof. Atta Mills. At the said press conference, Mahama Ayariga disclosed that the president has directed all government appointees to give job opportunities to NDC members first before others. In spite of the public opposition to this unfortunate pronouncement, neither the president, nor his spokesman, apologized or resigned. The minority therefore do not have the moral right to fuel calls for the resignation of Mr Ayisi Boateng who made an honest and unharmful comment at the right place, at the right time. Now, the position of AVG is clear, we are saying "enough is enough" after the minority had succeeded in getting an apology from Mr Ayisi Boateng, which shouldn't have been done even in the first place because "a spade will forever remain a spade, not a big spoon", we want to pledge our unflinching support to the respected diplomat, and also declare our readiness to resist any frivolous calls by any individual or group, notably the minority in parliament to demand the removal or resignation of H.E George Ayisi Boateng, from his post. We want to conclude by saying that any attempt by any NPP party official, or any member of the appointing authority of the current regime to influence the removal or resignation of Mr Ayisi Boateng, because of the needless agitations from the confused opposition NDC and their hypocritical minority will swiftly trigger the resignation of the entire membership of Ashanti Vigilante Group (AVG). Long Live H.E George Ayisi Boateng!! Long Live Ashanti Vigilante Group (AVG)!! Long Live NPP!! Long Live Ghana!! SIGNED: Nana Kwadwo Pipim (President) 0509628866 Mr Joel Bonsu (Secretary) 0550718930 Mr Asiedu Agyapong Bismark (Director of Research) 024 659 6911 / 0200939780    
A lecturer at the department of ICT, University of Professional Studies, (UPSA)., Charles Nii Ayiku Ayiku has explained that unlike Google maps which gives users the opportunity to only locate places, the Ghana Post GPS have other elements aside the map. He said the Ghana Post is an integration with Google map but there are people who rely on other maps to locate places and seriously, one cannot develop an app without incurring a cost. Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle, or public transportation. According to him, even if Google is free, there are other cost that the developer of the app will incur because there is work that goes into making an app complete.   Nii Ayiku Ayiku was however quick to that, there are other things the developers should reconsider and take criticism from the public in good faith.   The app he said cannot go for free but at a cost. You are integrating other apps into the system and that cannot go for free, he stressed. Nii Ayiku Ayiku underscored the need for local app developers to be empowered to do more instead of attacking them.   On comments made by former President John Mahama on the app, he said, the app cannot be free as he [Mahama] suggested.
Reroy Cables Limited, an indigenous cable manufacturing Company, has commended the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) for cautioning the general public against the use of sub-standard cables.   The company was reacting to GSA’s revelation that about 70 percent of cables in the market are sub-standard. A nationwide surveillance conducted by GSA last Friday revealed that more than 70 per cent of all imported electrical cable brands on the market were substandard and could cause fires.     Out of 22 electrical cable brands sampled for laboratory testing, only two, which were manufactured locally, passed the critical safety requirement test for conductor resistance at the GSA Cable Laboratory in Accra.    The test showed that 20 of the brands, all imported products, were not designed or test-approved to meet the requirements in safety standards.   Director General of the GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo has given an assurance that the state institution will continue to roll measures to rid the system of such fake products.   Deputy PRO of Fire Service has also indicated that the fake products causes majority of domestic fires in the country.   He said most domestic fires could be attributed to the use of inferior wiring and defective electrical materials for buildings. He said an alarming 80 per cent of all domestic fires in the country resulted from the use of substandard electrical cables to wire buildings. Following the revelation, Reroy issued the statement to commend the GSA for the surveillance conducted  and has promised to continue to deliver approved standard cables for use in the country. ‘’We at Reroy pledge to the entire nation our commitment to deliver high quality standard cables for the domestic Market and we would keep bringing power to your world. We work closely with the Energy Commission and the Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals all over the country. All our products have gone through Critical Examination Certification at Ghana Standard Authority,’’ the statement signed by Anthony Mensah, Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Reroy said.   Reroy cables Limited  is ISO 9001:2008 certified. Their   products are produced according to the standards of the International Electro technical Commission and enforced by the Ghana Standards Authourity. They are approved and recommended by the Energy Commission of Ghana.        Below is the full statement: NEWS RELEASE REROY WELCOMES GHANA STANDARDS AUTHORITY (GSA) CAUTION AGAINST THE PURCHASE AND USE OF SUBSTANDARD CABLES Reroy Cables Limited an indigenous cable manufacturing giant has welcome the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) caution against the purchase and use of substandard cables on the market, warning that these cables can cause fires. 1. Reroy is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company and we produce quality product that reduces the burden of risk and create a better safer atmosphere for everyone within the country. 2. Reroy Cables would continuously deliver quality that meets international standards to our customers both local and international because safety is our hallmark and also customer safety and satisfaction is our priority as a company into the production of cables. 3. Mr. Billy Anaglatey, Deputy Director Public Relations of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) who was recently at the an event within Reroy Cables premises when Reroy donated some cables to the Ghana National Fire Service to support the Electrical Works at their newly constructed facility in the Upper West Region of Ghana recommended to the public our products after he and his team were taken through series of demonstration at our ultra modern laboratory in our factory located in Tema. 4. Reroy strongly believe this recommendation from the Ghana National Fire Service is enough testimony to the entire Nation that we produce quality cables and other electrical accessories for our local market and the public to consistently buy this our products that is available in all market across the country. 5. We at Reroy pledge to the entire nation our commitment to deliver high quality standard cables for the domestic Market and we would keep bringing power to your world. 6. We work closely with the Energy Commission and the Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals all over the country. 7. All our products have gone through Critical Examination Certification at Ghana Standard Authority. ANTHONY MENSAH Public Relations Officer (Reroy Group Ltd) THE MEDIA ACCRA Top of Form   Bottom of Form  
The Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) has decorated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with Pawa’s Nobel Patron of the Arts Award. The decoration was done on the occasion of the celebration of the 24th International African Writers’ Day and the official opening of PAWA’s Continental Colloquium. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was presented with a medallion, a certificate and a traditional stool.   General Secretary of PAWA, Prof. Atukwei Okai said the presentation was in recognition for the president’s contribution to PAWA. President Nana Akufo-Addo was the Guest of Honour at the 9th and 13th International African Writers’ Day Celebration on November 7, in 2001 and 2005 when he was the Foreign Affairs Minister.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged African writers to be ‘’brutally frank’’ in their publications. He also admonished them to desist from writing false and negative stories about people and the continent for their selfish interest. He said when you write, it must have integrity and African writers should project Africa in a positive light through their publications. According to him, when the integrity of the writer is compromised, the library is ‘’well and truly burnt’’. The generation today has a special responsibility to be responsible writers, tell the true African stories without compromising themselves since that will be the only way our stories would be told positively. He made the remarks at the opening of the 24th International African Writers’ Day by the Pan African Writers’ Association (PAWA) Continental Colloquium under the theme, ‘’Language, Library and the Book Industry: the Urgent Agenda for Africa’s Destiny.’’ General Secretary of PAWA, Prof. Atukwei Okai on his part said, the association has over the past faced challenges and support from individuals and corporate bodies have contributed to their survival. Leading writers, librarians, and language arts experts from within and outside Africa are expected to participate at the colloquium, he said.   On his part, Prof. Beban Sammy Chumbow, President, African Academy of Languages, African Union who delivered a statement on the Conference on the theme, ‘’Language, Library and the Book Industry: the urgent Agenda for Africa’s Destiny’’ and on the sub theme, ‘’Language for African Literature? Language of the heart or language of the head? underscored the need for African writers to use the African language in partnership with the foreign language in their publications. He said, the use of both languages of the heart and head is complementary, ensuring a greater outreach and exploiting the advantages of both. ‘’This underscores the partnership between African languages and official languages of the colonial legacy envisaged by the African Union’s Language they master, for a more effective mobilization to ensure participatory development, whereas the use of one of the two will, unwittingly, lead to exclusions and marginalization in the enterprise of development,’’ he said.     President Nana Akufo-Addo was later at the opening decorated with PAWA’s Nobel Patron of the Arts Award. He was presented with a medallion, a certificate and a stool by PAWA. The presentation was done by PAWA General Secretary, Prof. Atukwei Okai and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey. The historic PAWA continental colloquium which coincides with the 28th anniversary of the existence of PAWA is dedicated to the exploration and discussion of answers to these and related questions including: the national policies on languages, books, libraries and the book industry in general.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given an assurance that h e will not turn a blind eye to what he described as  “the new phenomenon of vigilantism” in Ghana.   The president delivering an address at a meeting with the National House of Chiefs on Monday said: ‘’ “On the new phenomenon of vigilantism, I will do everything in my power to arrest its development. I will not walk the path of others trod who found it convenient to turn a blind eye to the criminal misdeeds of their followers and took no action, as it would displease them.”   “I am walking another path, the path of making reality the principle of the rule of law, the idea of equality of every citizen before the law. Wrongdoers wear no political colours. They are just wrongdoers, and will be dealt with as such,” he said.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has thrown salvos at former President John Dramani for describing the recently digital address system as 419. He further described the former leader as clueless and jabbed him by saying that he [Bawumia] reserved the right to criticize him because he’s now the Vice President. “I read that the former President described Ghana’s National Digital Addressing system as a 419 scam. When I read his reasoning for such a description, it became very evident to me that he has no clue about what he was talking about and was just engaged in parroting pr he system is a “national database system that provides the digital address for every landed property in Ghana.” “Basically every 5x5m property has a unique digital address on the grid with region, district and postcode. Under this system, 16.1 billion addresses have been generated for the whole of Ghana. It relies on surveyed data from Lands Commission and the Latitude and Longitudes to generate postcodes and addresses for every square inch of Ghana.” He further pointed out that, the system is “independent of Google and any other mapping tool” adding that “Google will not give the postcode, region or district for a particular location for example. It will not give you a register of addresses for every user. Banks for example cannot confirm an address by going to Google maps, but they can do so through the NDPAS for registered users.”   opaganda. I actually had a good laugh.” “We know a 419 scam when we see one, and that unfortunately was the hallmark of the administration of former president Mahama. Ghanaians will find out more soon as people are held legally accountable. With the record that former president Mahama has in the area of governance, it is incredible that he would have the effrontery to talk about “419 scams.”
Although some individuals within the National Democratic Congress (NDC), are calling for the return of former President John Dramani Mahama as candidate for the party in 2020, he says it is premature for him to make any declaration now. According to the former president, a lot of people have called on him to make his declaration known but addressing party supporters, at the peace walk organized by the party in the Central region over the weekend. he said the point he has made is that ‘’my declaration of my intention to run or not to run will distract the attention of the party from the work we have to do.’’ He stressed, and that is why I say it is a bit pre-immature to declare presidential intension although there is nothing wrong with it. He also cautioned party supporters to desist from insulting or attacking individuals who have expressed their interest to run because it is the right to do so. Those who have expressed interest to run, I do not have any problem with them, he noted further. “I have no problem with any of my colleagues who has expressed interest in leading this great party. Let us not attack anyone because whoever is elected to lead us to victory 2020, will need the support of each and everyone.”     He said: “Spio was my boss and later became my minister; Joshua was my colleague in Parliament and later became the Vice Chancellor of UPSA, Sylvester was the NHIS Boss and later a Presidential Staffer… It’s not now that they want to contest that I will have a problem with them. Atubiga is even my favourite Presidential candidate. Let us all work in unity for victory 2020,” he added.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has admonished members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to concentrate on the work ahead of them and not be distracted. Mr. Mahama, who was addressing some supporters of the party at a peace walk in Cape Coast, over the weekend said, the party has a lot of work to do hence the need for them to concentrate on them. He also commended the Minority in Parliament stressing that the Minority are behaving like the Majority. He further urged them to continue to put the Majority on its toes. ‘’We have work to do; the Minority in Parliament is doing a good job. They are in Minority but they are behaving like the Majority. They are dribbling the Majority and I want to congratulate our MPs,’’ he said.   He also admonished party members to come out in their numbers when the party begins registration at the various branches across the country.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has said, his favourite candidate among those who have expressed interest in running for the 2020 presidential candidate slot, for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is Stephen Atubiga. The former president who lost the presidential election to the current President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016 said he does not fear any of the candidates that have expressed their interest in contesting him when the party opens for nominations.     Some individuals including Prof. Joshua Alabi, Sylvester Mensah, former NHIA boss among others have expressed interest in contesting. About 80 Minority MPs have also threatened to stage a demonstration against Mr. Mahama if he fails to contest. Some are also against those who have decided to contest Mr. Mahama but addressing supporters of the party at a peace walk organized in Cape Coast said, “I have no problem with any of my colleagues who has expressed interest in leading this great party. Let us not attack anyone because whoever is elected to lead us to victory 2020, will need the support of each and everyone.”   He said: “Spio was my boss and later became my minister; Joshua was my colleague in Parliament and later became the Vice Chancellor of UPSA, Sylvester was the NHIS Boss and later a Presidential Staffer… It’s not now that they want to contest that I will have a problem with them. Atubiga is even my favourite Presidential candidate. Let us all work in unity for victory 2020,” he added.
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