The rate of unemployment in the country could spell an uncontrollable intolerance in Ghana, former president Kufour has warned.
He is there calling for measures to be adopted to manage the unemployment situation since due to its security crisis.
The former president made the remarks when leadership of the International Democratic Union (IDU) who are attending a conference in Accra, called on him at his office.
“Populations are getting unmanageable, educated youth want aspiration and they can’t get it when development of economies are not keeping pace with population explosion. Every year these universities and other tertiary institutions are putting out hundreds of students qualified, very intelligent, they read…understand what is going on around them. If such resourceful youth will leave universities and not counting their cousins who even haven’t gone in there but who are all smart and they can’t hope for gainful employment then I tell you there’s a measure of intolerance that even regular good governance cannot be able to cope with.”
Ghana’s unemployment rate hit 11.9% in 2015 according[RR1] to the Ghana Labour Force Survey Report by the Ghana Statistical Service.
This is about twice the figure recorded in 2012/2013 (5.8%) based on the Statistical services strict definition of unemployment – where “one was not working, actively looking for a job and available for work.”
Per the report, Unemployment rate for Ghana is 11.9% and is particularly high among 15 to 24 year olds (25.9%). Unemployment rate is highest in the Upper West Region (18.4%) and lowest in the Brong Ahafo Region (8.4%). Two thirds (67.6%) of the population; 15 years and older, are employed while 23.3 percent are outside the labour force. About one-tenth (11.7%) of the employed population are underemployed. Of this proportion, females account for slightly more than half (50.7%) whiles close to half (49.3%) are males.
Some angry supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region who are Muslims attempted burning down the house of Chairman Bugri Naabu.
The irate youth in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe said, they decided to burn the house of the fire brand politician because he has failed to show solidarity since they started the fast.
It took the intervention of the police to foil the attempted arson by the irate youth.
Prince Tamakloe said it is unclear whether the youth were satisfied and any possibility of them returning back to the house was high.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
It begins upon the visual sighting of the last full moon of the year and lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on the year.
The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month.
Radio host and a sympathizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwabena Nana Bobie-Ansah has said what is happening to the umbrella family today is nothing new in the political arena.
Parties in government losing touch with its grass root after winning power is a political disease that affects every party, he said.
The renowned journalist in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) suffered a similar incident in 2008 where the party empanelled some persons to review the cause for their defeat.
Mr. Ansah said, although the Prof. Kwesi Botchwey should be commended, the report is nothing new, adding, the recommendations are not the only things that make the report.
He added, there was nothing new in the 8 bullet points because what they captured were so obvious.
The party lost touch with the grass root base, the communication team did not approach issues well but when you complain, you are seen as a bad person.
He said, the NDC’s communications team were unable to raise a sound argument against what the NPP did in 2016.
Nana Bobie-Ansah warned of further cracks within the party if leadership does not adopt measures to resolve utterances from some past government officials and some committee members.
‘’NDC should be careful because this kind of personal antagonisation could further deepen the cracks within the party.’’
He made reference to a comment made by Dr. Zeberu a committee member who is reported to have slammed Dr. Omane Boamah for causing the defeat of the party because he failed to give information out to party members.
Dr. Boamah reportedly slammed back insisting he did his best as Minister under former president Mahama.
This kind of attacks could go worse and when that happens, the party may not be able to resolve it, he said.
He advised party supporters to be circumspect in their utterances since that could afford the pro-NPP media firms to feed on the negativity within the party.
The 74 million Euros Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange project is now a dumping site, rainbowradioonline.com has gathered.
The project funded with a loan from the Brazilian government, under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC), on daily basis sees individuals dumping their refuse with expectation that, the rubbish would be collected by managers of the place.
The rubbish tied in sacks, polythene bags and other materials are dumped on the walkway under the flyover in the evening.
The facility, which has three flyovers, also has a recreational facility, library, bus terminal, restaurant, fire, police and ambulance stations, could lose its glory if the situation was not checked some pedestrians who spoke to rainbowradioonline.com said.
The Road Safety Management Services, on daily basis collect the heap of rubbish but it seems those who dump their rubbish therehave used that as an excuse to dump with the hope that they will be collected.
The Data Protection Commission has in statement expressed its disappointment in over 15o companies for violating the requirement to register with it, in accordance with Section 27 (1) of the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843).
The Commission in its statement said, it will have no option ‘’but to commence the prosecution of the offending institutions and the publication of their names to prevent reckless misapplication, use and abuse of personal data.’’
According to the statement, ‘’this is the first in series of publications that the Commission will be undertaking. We are advising offending institutions to as a matter of urgency to REGISTER NOW to avoid prosecution.’’
The Data Protection Act “mandates all entities (public and private, local and international), consultants and individuals who collect, hold and use personal data in Ghana to register with the Data Protection Commission in accordance with Sections 27(1) and 46(3),’’ the statement added.
The offenders included airline companies, hotels, shopping centres among others.
The statement signed by the Executive Director of the Commission Mrs. Teki Akuetteh Falconer said, ‘’ The general public is also cautioned against providing their personal information to such institutions since it increases the dangers associated with the unlawful processing of their personal data which includes sale of their information (such as credit card details, residential address, phone numbers, etc) to third parties for criminal and fraudulent purposes, lack of access or control over their information and identity theft.’’
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Road Safety Management Limited (RSML), Roland Walker his denied claims of monopoly in the award of contract to it by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), in the collection of the new mandatory towing levy.
Government suspended the implementation of the law that mandates vehicle owners to pay an annual mandatory towing levy.
Some have questioned the basis for which the NRSC awarded the contract to RSML a subsidiary of the Jospong Group owned by businessman Joseph Siaw Agyapong.
Some have raised concerns of monopoly and in the statement issued by the Transport Ministry directing that the implementation is suspended, it said there have been concerns of monopoly among others hence the suspension
But speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.56Fm, Roland Walker debunked the assertions explaining that, there is no monopoly because per our contract with the NRSC, RSML is supposed to operate with other tow operators and we have contract with all these tow operators and we cannot monopolize the deal. That will be against the agreement we had with NRSC.
When asked the impact of the suspension of the implementation, he said, RSML and its third party companies have prepared ahead of the July 1, 2017 implementation but because of the suspension, they have incurred cost.
‘’The third party operators have already purchased their equipment for the project. RSML have also employed workers for this project and paying them but the public have raised concerns and so the Ministry says we should hold on. We cannot do anything but wait until the broad stakeholder consultation is done then we see the way forward.’’
The National Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sidi Abubakar has launched a scathing on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu.
The youth leader of the largest opposition party says, within the police administration, the IGP has succeeded in politicizing the police service.
When asked if there was any evidence to support the claims, he said, some insiders are unhappy with the current state of the police service under the current IGP.
Per his view, there are better people who can do the job better than Mr. Apeatu.
The IGP he said is too political for the job as head of the law enforcement agency.
‘’He is highly a politician to be an IGP. He is being politically manipulated.’’
He made reference to the recent mob atatcks, vigilantism and lawlessness in the country stressing that, the current IGP has failed to maintain law and order in the country.
‘’He has done nothing about the vigilantism we talked about. Sometimes you wonder why he has failed to do something about our concerns and sometimes you could see that he has refused to take certain actions because he is doing the bidding of his boss, President Akufo-Addo.’’
Sidi Abubakar in an interview with Rainbow Radio said, if there is anything the NPP got it wrong, then it will be the appointment of the IGP and the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul.
Commenting on the call on the police to deal with lawlessness individuals including that of the ruling government, he said, the incompetence of the IGP is manifesting and findsit strange that he [IGP] should wait for directives from the president before dealing with lawlessness.
President Akufo-Addo after swearing in the new CJ at the Flagstaff House assured Ghanaians that he will not shield any member of his party and charged the police to deal with lawless people without fear or favour.
‘’To persons perpetrating acts of lawlessness in the name of being members of the ruling party, let me make it clear to you that you will find no shield in my government from the law.’’
‘’I urge the police to do everything in their power to bring to book all those who fall foul of the law. We cannot have development which will bring jobs to our youth without order,’’ the president said.
But Sidi Abubakar says the IGP has failed and is only looking for political favours from the NPP,and should wait till a directive comes from the president before working.
‘’Why will the president be calling on people to crack the whip on lawlessness? The IGP himself should know that this is his duty. Was he appointed to be sitting down and wait for directives from the president? Certainly no. That is why I am telling you that, the man is not apt for the job. I think he is somebody who wants to handle things from the political angle. He is politically bias and the only thing I can commend him for is the free haircut for the police service and nothing else.’’
‘’There are better men who can do the job…We have seen what his predecessors did but he is not apt for the job. He should sit up. The best for him to do if he’s unable to do the job, is to step aside and allow a new person to take over.’’
The immediate-past Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood has been officially sworn onto the Council of State by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The president in his speech described the former CJ as an experienced person a rich vein of information and experience to help him in the administration of the country.
On her part,Madam Wood said: “I do recognize that largely, the constitutional role of the Council of State is consultative and advisory, but I do also recognize the crucial importance it plays in the governance of this nation and having listened to you a number of times spell out your vision and the goals that you have for this country, job creation, improving the economy, job creation and fight against corruption and impunity, all which are meant to enhance the lives of the good people of Ghana, Mr. President you can count on my loyalty to the people of Ghana and to the constitution.’’
She is joining the Juabenhene Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Sam Okudzeto, Nana Kofi Obiri Egyir II, Stanley Adjiri Blankson, Mrs Alberta Cudjoe, Alhaji Aminu Amadu, Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, Alhaji Sahanun Moqtar, Mrs. Georgina Kusi, Alhaji Sule Yiremiah, and Mr. Paa Kofi Ansong who are all members of the council.
Other members are Lt. General J.B. Danquah, a former Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, and Nana Owusu Nsiah, a former Inspector General of Police.
President Nana Akufo-Addo’s appointee for the position as the new administrator for the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), Irene Naa Torshie Addo, has promised to profess sanctions officials who may delay the release of funds for legislators.
The former MP for Tema West Constituency, answering a question when she appeared before the Appointments Committee, on what she will do to prevent the frustration MPs go through in accessing their common fund said, she will collaborate with parliament to make sure that the problem is solved.
Some MPs have over the years blamed the lack of development in their respective regions to delays in release of their common fund.
Some MPs have in the past blamed MCEs for deliberately frustrating the release of their funds for no apparent reasons.
But appearing before the vetting committee on Tuesday, the nominee said, although this was in the ambit of the Local Government Ministry, she will use her supervisory role to profess sanctions against such persons and has charged parliament to support her in that regard by approving of these sanctions when presented before it.
When asked if she have plans to help deprived communities and those that are unable to raise funds themselves, she said she will encourage them to access some of the funds that are available.
She further pledged to woe investors into communities that are viable for business and will encourage MPs to help develop their own constituencies and communities.
The Professor Kwasi Botchwey Committee tasked to investigate the cause of the defeat handed the National Democratic Congress in the 2016 elections has described the view held by some party supporters that the 13-member committee was unnecessary, as unfortunate.
The committee chair, in an interview after they presented the 455-page report to the National Executive Committee (NEC), yesterday [Monday] said it was wrong for those who held that view to do so because it was necessary for the party to setup the committee to review the cause for the party's defeat.
‘’When the committee was formed there were many who thought we didn’t need a pathologist to establish the fact, and I think that view was wrong.’’
Using the analogy of a man with a long history of heart disease; who falls on his knees and dies, he said, it will be obvious that the person may have died due to heart failure but when a pathologist is employed to conduct an investigation, it could be established that, the person may died as a result of food poison or something else.
‘’It pays to do a rigorous analysis of what happened in each and every constituency,’’ he said.
The NDC after the terrible defeat of the party in 2016 set up the committee to review why the party lost.
The committee were also tasked to make recommendations for the party.
Below are the recommendations:
1. That the party puts together a group of credible and eminent members of our party to undertake a peacebuilding and healing of the country.
2. That the party takes steps to restore the integrity of the biometric register and the expanded electoral college.
3. We recommend that steps be taken to restore the capacity and effectiveness of the party's organs especially at the branch level where we believe these organs are the most critical because they are the party's immediate connection to the people, we are afterall a truly mass party.
4. We also have recommendations on ways we can and must improve the collation of election results.
5. We also believe that steps ought to be taken by the party to reconnect itself properly to our social democratic roots and the principal actors in these social democratic roots.
6. We recommend that steps ought to be taken to strengthen research and intelligence in the party. This should involve crowding in a larger body of the party's intellectual base which has not been particularly active in the past, this will help to support the party's research capacity.
7. There are recommendations that the party will scale-up and re-invigorate its work in the area of youth organisation.
8. The organisation of women, we note that significant changes have taken place in the country's demographic profile and that the party ought to take notice of this and all the implications of these change