A petition has been filed against some television stations by two broadcasters for showing films containing pornographic materials.
The two broadcasters, Messrs Tommy-Annan Forson and James Kwasi Oberko, made complains against TV XYZ, Ice TV and Thunder TV, for showing the pornographic materials.
They presented the petition to the National Media Commission (NMC) and the Ministry of Information.
The two broadcasters, Tommy Annan Forson and
“We have realized that these TV stations are showing things that are against the media commission’s standards and as concerned citizens, we thought it wise to make a complaint to the right authorities, to prompt them to take the necessary actions.’’
Presenting a file containing shots from the films on the stated channels, Tommy Annan-Forson said: “these things have been going on for quite a while. It started on social media and people started asking questions as to why some television stations would show porn. Some years ago, Cable Gold was doing same, I captured it, reported to the media commission and they stopped them.”
Executive Secretary of NMC Mr. George Sarpong in his response congratulated James and Tommy saying, “I want to thank you for the effort that you put into this and I hope that we will get back to you. In fact, this gesture shows there is a lot of hope for the media landscape.’’
The two have hinted of petitioning hey would the National Communications Authority, the Chief Justice and Speaker of Parliament.
The Accra Regional Police Command has begun investigations into the murder of the late, Nii Tettey Sarbah, a development chief at Amasaman community in the Ga East Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region.
The deceased, Nii Tettey Sarbah was found dead in his room which was close to the stool house.
The deceased when found had two curved cuts on his stomach and dried blood is seen everywhere.
The statement from the police said, the late development chief was shot and butchered by unknown assailants at the family house at Ardeyman on June 8, 2017.
‘’The police deem it unfortunate and is assuring the general public especially, family members and residents of Ardeyman to exercise restraints as Police continue to pursue the perpetrators of the crime through our intelligence-led operations,’’ the statement added.
‘’The Regional Command is also appealing to community members to provide credible information that will enhance investigations through Police Hotlines, 191 and 18555.
Meanwhile, Police patrols have been intensified within Ardeyman and its environs to prevent reprisal attacks and maintain peace,’’ the statement concluded.
The planning committee for the Silver Jubilee celebration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed its gratitude to party supporters for their contributions towards a successful celebration.
A statement signed by General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said, ‘’the Planning Committee of the 25th Anniversary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), congratulates and thanks all members who contributed in diverse ways to make the celebration of the Silver Jubilee Anniversary a success.’’
The statement added: ‘’the Committee deeply appreciates the media for effective coverage of the Panel Discussion at the Party’s Headquarters, The Friday Muslim Prayers, the Rally at Ashaiman, and the Christian Church Service on Sunday.’’
The statement further expressed gratitude to both the Islamic and Christian communities for their prayers said on behalf of the party during the period.
‘’We express much gratitude to the Islamic and Christian communities for their prayers and support.
To all Party members, we say ayekoo and may God bless us all as we work relentlessly to keep the spirit of the NDC alive.
May God continue to bless our Homeland Ghana and make this Nation greater and stronger,’’ the statement concluded.
The Silver Jubilee celebration was under the theme, 'Mirroring the Past into the Future.
The nominee for the position as Ghana’s next Chief Justice (CJ), Sophia Akuffo will be vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Monday June 19, 2017.
Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, in an interview with Accra based Citi Fm confirmed the date
He said: “We are changing our modalities a little bit, but we have proposed the 19th and 20th June. Unless there are some changes, it is going to be 19th and 20th of June. We have decided that we will take CVs, and then five days after we have taken CVs, we begin working so if we said 19th and 20th and say for example the CV of the Chief Justice comes on the 17th , we’ll give ourselves five days , so if anyone delays CVs then he or she will be delaying the vetting.’’
She will be taking over form the immediate retired CJ, Georgina Wood who retired from her 10 year service last week.
About the CJ nominee
Sophia Akuffo had her Masters in Law (LLM) from the Havard University in the United States.
She has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force.
In January 2006, she was elected one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights initially elected for two years, she was subsequently re-elected until 2014 and is at present serving as Vice-President of the Court.
She has written The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process – the Ghanaian Experience, a presentation to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002). If confirmed by parliament Justice Sophia Akuffo will be the fifth Chief Justice under the fourth republic after; Isaac Kobina Abban who served between 1995 to 2001.
Edward Kwame Wiredu also served between 2001 and 2003 while George Kingley Acquah served from 2003 to 2007 before Georgina Theodora Wood from 2007 to 2017.
Justice Akuffo will also be the 13th Chief Justice in the history of the Republic of Ghana.
The National Service Scheme (NSS) has cautioned the public especially graduates awaiting their postings, against persons allegedly extorting money from them under the pretense of posting them to preferred companies or institutions.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), of NSS, Mr. Ambrose Entsiwa in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, posting of service personnel does not attract any fee neither has the NSS contracted anyone to collect money on its behalf.
Persons who are due for posting he revealed only pay an amount of GHc40 adding, some of the individuals make request to go to a specific or particular place and when that occurs, they are exploited by unscrupulous people who promise to post them to their preferred institution.
Mr. Entsiwa said, the situation is recorded yearly but the NSS is working hard to put in measures to prevent such persons from doing so.
He also challenged individuals with evidence to establish that their staff are embroiled in such corrupt practices so they will be exposed.
A political science lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Kingsley Agyei is advocating for a shift from political party manifesto to a long-term development plan.
This he explained, will ensure that leaders who take over the management of the country follow through the plan no matter their political party.
The two major political parties that is, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will continue to deceive Ghanaians with their ‘unrealistic and ambitious promises’ if we do not pursue this course, he suggested.
The situation where Ghanaian voters complain bitterly over the non-performance and failed promises by political parties they vote for, is due to the lack of a long-term national plan and that is what we should pursue, he emphasized.
‘’We should stop the blame game and ensure that we have a long-term plan based on performance criteria so we can assess the performance of our leaders and vote them out of office should they fail to deliver on what they can do from the national plan.’’
The NDC and NPP have done their part but we have more work to do. We can only commend them for their efforts but we have more work to do, he posited.
Sports Editor for Rainbow Sports, Nana Prempeh has attributed the massive support the Black Stars team received when they played against Ethiopia in Kumasi yesterday [Sunday], to the return of Kwesi Appiah as Coach of the national team.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the coach and players have all appealed to supporters to support the team despite the Brazil fiasco which marred the support for the team at the previous World Cup.
Mr. Prempeh said the supporters have also been admonished to support the team and the coach after call for his return materialised.
The 5-0 victory will also help supporters to put the past behind them and support the team.
The Black Stars have enjoyed excessive bashing from the populace following the unforgettable money-kissing drama in Brazil in 2014.
The embarrassing incident which saw players given their $100,000 appearance fees compelled many Ghanaians to denigrate the team and refused to give them their support as they were seen as money making players other than honouring the national colours.
But responding to this, Nana Prempeh said Ghanaians are gradually putting this behind them so they can fully support the national team so they win laurels for the country.
He charged the coach and his team to be careful of their utterances so they don’t court disaffection from supporters.
Outgoing British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Jon Benjamin has said the UK is worried over the fire that razed down the Central Medical Stores at Tema some few years ago.
The Central Medical Stores was in 2015 razed down by fire.
The Central Medical stores is a place where medical equipment are stored for onward distribution across the country.
In January 2016, 12 suspects were busted in connection to the arson.
The 12 were interdicted and there were: the head of the CMS, Mr Peter Ekow Gyimah; a member of the Interim Management Committee of the CMS, Alhaji Yusif Inua; the acting head of the CMS, Mr Iddrisu Abdul-Karim; the Principal Pharmacist/Warehouse Manager, Ms Gifty Esi Mankartha, and a warehouse Manager, Zeboat Doh.
The others are the Line Warehouse Manager/General Pharmaceuticals Unit, Mr Ibrahim Laryea Amartey; another Warehouse Manager, Mr Kwame Foli; a Warehouse Manager in charge of General Pharmaceuticals, Mr Mathias Senaya, and Abdul Karim, whose designation was not stated.
The rest are the Senior Supply Officer of Project Stores, Victoria Anning; the Pharmacist/Systems Analyst, Mr James Benjamin Annan, and a storekeeper, Mr Peter Atiaba Addah.
About $80 million worth of medicines were burnt into ashes in 2015 when fire razed the Central Medical Stores at Tema in the Greater Accra Region resulting in the destruction of medical supplies and equipment.
Speaking to Accra based Citi Fm, Jon Benjamin said his government was worried because it contributed an amount of 4 million pounds into the project.
“In the Central Medical stores, there were 4 million pounds worth of medicines bought by the UK through our DFID programme that were there and were destroyed and we had to account for that money and questions were asked in the UK Parliament. So we had to say what had happened and what was being done about it. So I think that was a legitimate reason for us to raise our concerns,” he said.
The Minority Chip Whip and Member of Parliament (MP), for Asawase constituency, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak was involved in an incident last week Saturday.
The accident which occurred at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region after a truck rammed into the Toyota Land Cruiser of the MP left him unhurt.
He took to his Facebook page to thank Allah for saving his life from the accident.
The legislator wrote: "Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah!!! Allah Saved my life today in a fatal Accident. I'm most grateful and thanks to all my well wishers. Allahu Akbar!".
The Immediate past Archbishop of Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church-Ghana, Right Rev. Professor Osei Sarfo Kantanta has commended the Nana Addo led administration for beginning to roll out some of its campaign promises.
According to the Bishop, the president has demonstrated his commitment in delivering on his campaign promises he made to Ghanaian voters in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.
Right Rev. Osei Kantanka expressed strong optimism that the president will be able to discharge as he promised if Ghanaians give him the needed support.
He admonished the appointees of the president to be accountable to Ghanaians and support the president to deliver to the voters what he promised them.