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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has shutdown radio Accra based Okay FM and Kumasi based Hello FM after the thirty (30) days grace period granted them following the revocation of their licenses elapsed.   The two stations under the Despite Group of Companies were part of the 131 radio stations sanctioned by the NCA for violating portions of the Electronic Communications Act (2008).   Meanwhile, managers of the station have informed Accra based Citi Fm that they are working to get back on air.   According to the NCA, eleven (11) radio stations have been requested to pay application fees for renewal of Authorisation, and also pay a fine in accordance with the NCA’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties for failure to apply 3 months before the expiry of Authorization within 30 days. Two (2) radio stations have been asked to submit renewal application within 30 days. Sixteen (16) radio stations have been asked to submit renewal application, pay application fees, and pay a fine in accordance with the Authority’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties within 30 days. Twenty‐four (24) radio stations have been asked to submit omitted documents and pay a fine in accordance with the Authority’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties within 30 days. Fifteen (15) radio stations will have their Authorisation processed after payment of fines in accordance with the Authority’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties. One (1) radio station has been asked to settle its outstanding indebtedness before renewal of Authorization is considered. Twenty (20) radio stations have been asked to settle their Provisional Authorization (renewal) fees which have been invalidated due to non‐payment within sixty days – to pay interest on due amount.   Eight (8) radio stations have been asked to pay a fine in accordance with the NCA’s gazette Schedule of Penalties before the authority conducts inspection as requested by the stations.
The Police Service says it has not commenced any recruitment exercise. It has therefore cautioned the general public against  any advertisement announcing any recruitment processes. The police in statement said: ‘’ “The Police Administration’s attention has been drawn to a fake recruitment advertisement circulating on social media especially Facebook indicating that there is recruitment into the Police Service for 2017/2018. The Administration wishes to state categorically that currently there is no recruitment exercise going on in the SErvice and that the advertisement on such recruitment is fake.   There Police is therefore, calling on the general public to ignore this fake recruitment advertisement and that when there is the need for recruitment, the police will come out with the appropriate advertisement on criteria for enlistment into the Police Service.”
The Member of Parliament for Abirem constituency Mr. John Osei Frimpong who is a member of the Energy Committee in Parliament has said, the MP for Adansi Asokwa KT Hammond, was of conviction that the AMERI stinks hence his call on the House to rescind the approval. He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5 that, the MP appearing before the committee said, AMERI acted in a way that was contrary to its proposal to the government for which reason he had seconded the motion for the agreement to be ratified two years ago.       KT Hammond he indicated told the committee the former administration made a number of misrepresentations to get the deal approved.   The boycott by the Minority at the committee’s review hearing he said will not affect them.   The Minority in Parliament has challenged the Majority to head to court if it believes the $510m AMERI Power deal signed in 2015 was fraudulent.     The opposition lawmakers said they will support moves to review the contract if their political opponents are able to produce documents that point to fraud.     The legislator said  the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmakers stated they did not want to be associated with processes to rescind the deal.     But we have the number to still review the deal, he said.
The Member of Parliament for Buem constituency, Daniel Kwasi Asiamah, has charged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to call his colleague MP for Assin Central constituency, Kennedy Agyapong to order.   He contends that  utterances and attacks by the MP, on state officials are unwarranted.   He said, the behaviour of his colleague who doubles as the chairman of the Communications Committee in Parliament, is becoming unbecoming.     He recounted how Mr. Kennedy Agyapong without any evidence, attacked the Electoral Commissioner, Madam Charlotte Osei and accused her of trading her body for her appointment.   He also recounted the attacks Mr. Agyapong mounted on the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah and other individuals in the country.   He was responding to the allegations he made against the former CID boss, Mr. Bright Oduro that he was sponsoring land guards in the country. Ghanaians must be very careful of him especially the president because anytime, he [Agyapong] makes allegations against people; he says he does that in favour of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. I want him to call him to order. He is not being fair to the people he is attacking, especially civil servants. He should be called to order, he stressed.   How can someone work for the country and be asked to proceed on leave three months to his retirement? ‘’I respect Kennedy so much but his behaviour is unfortunate and does not speak well of him as a legislator. He should always provide substantiated evidence when he alleges. I will ask Nana Addo to call him to order if he [Agyapong] is his best friend as he once said.    Mr Bright Oduro was appointed as CID boss in January 2017 at the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) and was recently promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (COP). He was unexpectedly asked to proceed on leave last Friday, October 13, 2017, a few hours after the maverick Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong had reiterated a series of allegations on radio, accusing him of protecting and shielding criminals and land guards at Miotso in Greater Accra.     But he claims the entire allegations are force and an attempt to tarnish his reputation in the service over the years.
The Member of Parliament for Manso Adubia constituency, Mr. Yaw Frimpong Addo, has expressed his disappointment in the out gone CID boss, Mr. Bright Oduro over his media engagements following his dismissal.         The legislator speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the action taken by the ousted police officer is unfortunate and needless.       He told the host that the decision to ask him to proceed on leave is not political victimization as suggested by other individuals.   The former CID boss has expressed his displeasure at the way and manner he was ousted.       He fingered National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah and MP for Assin Central of being behind his dismissal.       Mr. Oduro was asked to proceed on leave this week but he has questioned the rationale behind the action taken by the police administration.   Mr Bright Oduro was appointed as CID boss in January 2017 at the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) and was recently promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (COP).     He was unexpectedly asked to proceed on leave last Friday, October 13, 2017, a few hours after the maverick Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong had reiterated a series of allegations on radio, accusing him of protecting and shielding criminals and land guards at Miotso in Greater Accra.   But he claims the entire allegations are force and an attempt to tarnish his reputation in the service over the years. Commenting on the issue, Mr. Yaw Frimpong Addo said, the former CID boss could have resolved his concerns in the quiet instead of granting media interviews.       ‘’I was a bit disturbed when I heard his media interviews…Asking him to proceed on leave was the first time it has been done. I thought he would have kept quiet. If he should have protested on the quiet and allow some of us to take up the issues on his behalf, it would have been better,’’ he said.    
The Asokwa District Court in Kumasi presided over by Korkor Achaw Owusu has sentenced the 13 members of the  Delta Force vigilante group to a fine of ₵1,800 each or in default, serve 12 months in jail. In addition, they are to sign a bond of good behaviour for 12 months.     The 13 pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime by rioting.   Their counsel, Frederick Kankam Boadu, pleaded for non-custodial sentence for them.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated a nine-member Commission of Enquiry to oversee the process of creating new regions in the country.             The Commission is headed by a retired Supreme Court judge Justice S.A. Brobbey. Other members of the Commission include Dr Grace Bediako, former Government Statistician; Maulvi Mohammed Bin-Salih, AMEER, Missionary in-charge, Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana; Prof. Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa, former Vice-Chancellor of the KNUST; and Ms Gladys Gillian Naadu Tetteh, a local government expert.           The rest are, Mr Robert Ajene, retired Director of Education; Dr. David Wellington Essaw, Senior Research Fellow, University of Cape Coast; Prof. George Owusu, Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research, (ISSER)/Director, Centre for Urban Management Studies, University of Ghana; and Ms. Josephine Hughes, legal practitioner.           The President urged the members of the commission to execute their constitutional duties without fear or favour.             The Commission is to tour the country especially the Volta, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Western regions to gather the necessary information to create the new regions.  
The Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa constituency, KT Hammond has admonished Parliament to withdraw the AMERI agreement signed under the previous administration.   The legislator argues that his move is premised on the fact that there was gross ‘’misrepresentations’’ by the company when the deal was presented to the House under the Mahama Administration.   He told Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee on Wednesday that AMERI failed to live up to portions of the agreement presented to Parliament in March 2015. According to him, AMERI acted in a way that was contrary to its proposal to the government for which reason he had seconded the motion for the agreement to be ratified two years ago.   “The law allows for procurement to be made and sole-sourced. The government went through that procedure and brought the agreement to Parliament. We agreed on the $510 million, and expected that they would go out there and achieve results the way it had been presented to us. It’s the process that [it went through] that has brought me here. They made so many misrepresentations,” he said.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday launched the One-District One-Warehouse component of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).             He cut the sod for the construction of a 1000 metric tonnes capacity warehouse at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.     The one-district-one-warehouse policy launched by the president will not only create employment but be attractive to farmers and encourage them to grow more foodstuffs, he said. The warehousing project is part of the Planting for food and jobs project which was launched recently.       When completed, the warehouses will provide handling and storage space for food crops planted by farmers and reduce drastically the post-harvest losses that hamper the work of farmers.     The president said, “Government will accelerate the construction of the warehouse and will ensure each of them is fitted with modern equipment including drying or freezing systems.” 
The Concerned National Service Personnel Association of Ghana, has threatened to picket the Flagstaff House next week Monday, if the government fails to pay them their allowances.     The group told Rainbow Radio that the government has failed to pay service personnel two months into their service, a situation that is negatively affecting its members.           Convener of the group  William Agbodo, said, “Since we started service from 4th September, nothing has been done by the government so far to ensure that our monthly allowance is paid. They keep telling us to exercise a little patience but up till now, there is no hope that they will be paying us soon. Most of us come from far away to our work places, and we always have to walk a long distance to get to our places.                     “If we come to realization that nothing will be done, then we will be compelled to picket at the Flagstaff House. All National Service persons are willing to partake in such activities and we know that the government will be willing to listen to us.”
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