The Supreme Court has asked the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo to file her written response to the suit challenging Ghana's defence cooperation agreement with the United States of America in seven days.
Ghana's defence agreement with the US is to allow US military and civilian personnel access to certain facilities in Ghana and provide them privileges, exemptions and immunities equivalent to those accorded to the administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961
Ghana is expected to benefit from aid package amounting to $20million from the USA in the areas of training and grant.
But the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Yaw Brogya Genfi thinks that was a bad deal for Ghana.
He has subsequently gone to the Supreme Court asking that the agreement should be nullified, as the ratification by Parliament, in his opinion, is unconstitutional.
His argument is that, the agreement is invalid because the President of Ghana failed to execute the agreement as prescribed by Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution before sending it to Parliament for ratification.
The writ filed on Monday, March 26, 2018 has the Attorney General Gloria Akuffo and Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul as the first and second defendants.
According to Mr Genfi, the two government appointees breached several laws in their bid to have the controversial Ghana-US military agreement ratified.
A Principal State Attorney who represented the AG in court on Thursday applied for an extension of time to enable the AG file a response.
The Ghana Police Administration has selected some 2,000 interested individuals for medical screening, a statement from the security firm has said.
The prospective applicants are expected to pay an amount of GHc400 as cost for the screening, the statement added.
The statement signed by David Eklu, police PRO said "All qualified applicants are to note that the cost of Medical Examination is Four Hundred Ghana Cedis [GH₵400.00]. Details of the cost will be made available when they report for the medical screening. Meanwhile, applicants notified for each day of the screening will be required to report at the Police Headquarters, near the Ghana National Fire Service Headquarters on the Ring Road, Accra before they proceed to the Police Hospital."
The statement further directed that all enquiries or concerns about the recruitment process should be addressed through the official Ghana Police Service social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and its live-chat page on the website - www.police.gov.gh.
The screening will start on Monday June 25-July 5, 2018.
Acting General Secretary for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has advised General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, to vent his anger on the Minority in Parliament over the criteria for the Ghana card registration.
The aspiring general secretary in the upcoming NPP national executive race says the Minority in parliament endorsed the Act that paved way for the National Identification Authority (NIA), to demand for birth certificate and passport as documents for the registration and issuance of the Ghana card.
But the NDC and other political parties including the PNC, APC and UFP are against the criteria and want the NIA to consider the Voter’s ID card as part of the documents.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he suggested the cold blooded war that hit neighboring Côte d’Ivoire may hit Ghana should the NIA fail to allow such category of Ghanaians register.
"We will not agree with the NIA to exclude the Voter’s ID card…Why should Ghanaians be prevented from registering? If people will sit somewhere and prevent Ghanaians from registering, then it would be better not to register. People fight with their blood in places where these things have occurred. Go to Côte d’Ivoire, one man, Alhassane Outtara prevented somewhere from registering his name. It brought civil war in that country and the country was destabilized for more than ten years. It took several efforts before the country was stabilized and today, the man who was prevented is the president of that country.’’
"The people you are preventing from registering their names, do you know the number of presidents in that number?" he queried.
But reacting to the comments, John Boadu slammed Asiedu Nketiah and advised him to blame the Minority for failing to address the issues before the law was amended and passed.
The NDC and their surrogates he noted cannot do anything and are only making ugly noises.
The NIA has said only birth certificates and passports will be used as identification for acquisition of the card, as provided for by the National Identification Amendment Law 2017 (Act 950). As a result of the above and to achieve a full enrolment, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has recruited and trained 2,700 commissioners of oath to operate alongside staff of the NIA during the registration for the Ghana Card. The NDC last week issued a statement calling on the NIA to accept voters’ ID card as a form of identification for the registration.
An aspiring Naasara Coordinator in the upcoming national elections of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sulemana Akakpo has said, Zongo communities are the embodiment of every society.
Zongos he noted have always been special in our lives and the major political issues, are in the Zongo communities and there is nothing government can do without the Zongos.
Zongo constituents he said are a united people; they have focus, have self love, vision, we have intelligent people and we are also sincere.
Sulemana Akakpo said there are a lot of qualities in the Zongo communities but politics has over the years caused disunity and mistrust but ‘’thank God Nana Addo has created a special ministry to bring us together so we will sell our culture to the world so they will know we have a great culture,’’
Appearing on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the aspirant told Kwame Tutu that, the Zongo communities forms a population of the Ashanti region and if any political party gets 50 per cent from the Zongos, ‘’you are automatically forming government.’’
According to him, there is no government that is ready to give attention to the Zongos but President Akufo-Addo has taken Zongo project as a priority.’’
For him, when communities are well developed, it will generate enough revenue for the country through tourism and culture.
‘’If we are going to take Zongo serious, the only tourism Zongo can give us is Zongo Gangara. Lets us modernized it and sell it to the foreigners and see the revenue it will generate for us,’’ he stated.
‘’People pay plane tickets and come to Ghana for the Zongo Gangara. Let us modernize it and make it attractive so it will generate more revenue for the country…We have a lot of talents in our Zongos and Nana Addo has asked that we develop these talents and export them for money.’’
Zongo Gangara is a special ceremony of Zongo chiefs that follows the Sallah celebration.
The Zongo Development Fund and Ministry he posited needs proper coordination so they can help fulfill Nana Akufo-Addo’s promise for the Zongo communities.
‘’We don’t want to revisit the SADA case. I am saying this because Zongo is bedeviled with a lot of challenges…The CEOs appointed should work as a united body and push this agenda of Nana Addo forward,’’ he advised.
Contesting a position being fought by 13 others, he expressed strong optimism in winning the race due to his experience and sacrifices for the party.
Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has slammed the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), for making ugly noises over the mentioning of President Akufo-Addo’s name by Kwesi Nyantakyi in the Anas expose.
The Coalition of Inter Party Coalition comprising the NDC, APC, UFP and PNC have called for an independent body to probe President Akufo-Addo, his Vice and all other ministers mentioned in the Anas tape.
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the General Secretary of the NDC says there two major issues from the Nyantakyi’s confession but only is being pursued with regards to the Ghana Football Association.
He wants the president and his vice as well as the ministers mentioned to be dragged before a commission of enquiry so they will be examined and cross examined.
But reacting to the issues raised, John Boadu slammed Mr Nketiah and wondered why the NDC and the other parties have failed to go to court if they believe the president is corrupt.
He wondered why the NPP has been excluded from the Coalition suggesting that, the intention and objectives of the coalition is geared towards national agenda but only an attempt to denigrate the ruling party.
‘’What can we do to satisfy the NDC? What was the outcome from the Commission of Enquiry that investigated the Brazil brouhaha? That commission wasted our public resources. Is that the kind of commission they want us to set up? What did Nyantakyi say to warrant this commission?
In his view, the call is a needless and unwarranted one.
‘’If the coalition feels Nana Addo is their target, they should take him to court,’’ he stated.
General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nkekiah, says we need an independent commission to investigate President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia over the Nyantakyi’s comments in the Anas expose.
The president and his vice he suggested should be dragged before the commission so they will be examined and cross examined over the issues raised by Kwesi Nyantakyi who was captured on tape allegedly taking bribe.
The former Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss is currently being investigated for allegedly defrauding by false pretences.
The lawyer and longest serving GFA boss in the latest expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, bragged about how he and the investors [Tiger Eye] could take over the country if he [undercover agent] is able to give him $11 million to split among some top government officials including President Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. He disclosed in the secret recording that, the President will be willing to talk business should he [businessman] dole out some amount of money. The President was to receive an amount of 5 million dollars, while 3 million would go to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, while the Minister and his deputy would receive an amount of 2 million and 1 million each. “I can promise you that I can take you to whoever is important in Ghana “We will meet them one on one and then you can give the money to them personally “Give them something small for starters with your own discretion and when you get the big contracts we can go back and give them more money. “When we do this we will take over the whole country,” he said.
Making reference to these comments, Asiedu Nketiah said, the president has ignored this side of the Nyantakyi’s comments and only focusing on the GFA.
‘’There were two major issues but the one that embarrassed us was the one about the presidency and his ministers. He [president] has abandoned this one and focusing on the GFA. He is the president and cannot investigative his own case. We should have a commission of enquiry so the president and his people, will appear before that commission. The major issues Nyantakyi raised were true. He [Nyantakyi] revealed the top secrets of this government. Nyantakyi who was a former GFA boss and CAF member was not bragging as suggested. Nobody will believe that he was bragging,’’ he said.
‘’We cannot ignore this issue, we need to investigate it,’’ Asiedu Nketiah told the host indicating that, the position represents that of the Inter Party Coalition comprising of the All People’s Congress (APC), People’s National Convention (PNC) and United Front Party (UFP) and NDC.
Family spokesperson for the late JB Danquah who was murdered at his private residence some few years ago is demanding for protection for the key suspect, Daniel Asiedu who is popularly referred to a sexy dondon.
Daniel Asiedu on Wednesday said that he will name his contractors when the time comes and that they are officials of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
When he was offered the opportunity, he confessed that he was contracted to kill the former Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North.
Reacting to the confession, Kwesku Solomon told Kwame Tutu that, the family sees Daniel Asiedu as their key suspect and his recent confession is a major revelation hence the need for the suspect to be protected.
He believes the food the suspect will eat and his care should be paramount.
‘’We do not want to go back to court for him to come and tell a different story. If that should happen, we will conclude our long held perception that, the death of our beloved family member is not being treated seriously. We want Daniel Asiedu to be protected,’’ he stressed.
Daniel Asiedu is currently facing a committal process at the District Court for a murder trial at the High Court.
The Attorney General will therefore take account of his confession at the District Court and add it to the bill of indictment for the court to consider whether the state has a prima facie case against Asiedu for him to be tried for murder.
It is at the High Court that the jury will determine whether Asiedu is guilty.
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has warned that, the bloody Côte d’Ivoire experience-that saw the country experience 10 years of civil war- maybe encountered in Ghana should the National Identification Authority (NIA), fail to include the Voter’s ID card as a form of identification for the Ghana card registration.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the chief scribe of the NDC said, the NDC and the other Inter Party Coalition of political parties including PNC, APC and UFP will fight with their blood to resist the attempt to prevent Ghanaians from registering for the Ghana card.
According to him, people have sacrificed with their lives and prevented leaders from abusing their rights and that example will be replicated in Ghana to allow people register for the Ghana card.
He posited that demanding for birth certificate and passport for the registration is an infringement on the rights of Ghanaians who are supposed to register for the cards.
‘’We will not agree with the NIA to exclude the Voter’s ID card…Why should Ghanaians be prevented from registering? If people will sit somewhere and prevent Ghanaians from registering, then it would be better not to register. People fight with their blood in places where these things have occurred. Go to Côte d’Ivoire, one man, Alhassane Outtara prevented somewhere from registering his name. It brought civil war in that country and the country was destabilized for more than ten years. It took several efforts before the country was stabilized and today, the man who was prevented is the president of that country.’’
‘’The people you are preventing from registering their names, do you know the number of presidents in that number?
Johnson Asiedu Nkekiah stressed the need for the NIA to rescind the decision and allow people to use the Voters’ ID to register.
''If people will sit and think it is a political issue, they should look at Côte d’Ivoire and what happened in that country,'' he concluded.
Family of the late Dr. Aya Hayfron, the medical doctor was killed due to Monday’s downpour is appealing to the media and the general public to stop circulating the photos of the late doctor.
They also asked to be given the space to mourn the departed family member.
A statement issued Wednesday evening expressed gratitude to the general public for the support.
The statement said The family of the Late Dr Aya Hayfron wish to thank the general public for the outpouring of love and support in the wake of the search of their loved one. The family wish to officially communicate that the body of the late Dr Aya Hayfron has been found. They wish to thank all those who assisted in the search process.
These are trying times for the family and they will wish to appeal to the general public and the media to give them the needed space and time as they grief over the loss of the late Dr Aya Hayfron.
We also wish to appeal to the general public and the media to treat the memory of the late Dr Aya Hayfron with the needed respect and desist from circulating pictures and inaccurate reportage about her on social media.
The family is in deep sorrow at this loss and hope this humble plea of the family will be heeded by the media and the general public. Thank you for your support and keep praying for the family.
The body of Dr Aya Hayfron who drowned last Monday has been found in the Kpeshie Lagoon.
The body was covered with weeds when it was found.
She was carried away by floodwaters at Teshie Rasta in Accra and was swept in the Lagoon.
US President Donald Trump has bowed to public pressure and signed an executive order promising to "keep families together" in migrant detentions.
Mr Trump reversed his own policy amid international fury over the separation of undocumented parents and children.
He said he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing.
But the order does not address families already separated by the policy.
US immigration officials say 2,342 children were separated from 2,206 parents between 5 May and 9 June.
"It's about keeping families together," Mr Trump said at the signing ceremony on Wednesday.
"I did not like the sight of families being separated," he said, but added the administration would continue its "zero tolerance policy" of criminally prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally.
The executive order calls for:
Immigrant families to be detained together while their legal cases are considered
Expediting immigration cases involving families
Requesting the modification of a court ruling that dictates how long immigrant children can be detained
The president said his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, who reportedly have been applying pressure on him to drop the policy, "feel strongly" about ending the practice of separating migrant families.
"I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it," he said. "We don't like to see families separated."
Vice-President Mike Pence and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has emerged as the face of the White House policy, were both present for the signing of the order on Wednesday.
Before his U-turn on Wednesday the president had previously said "you can't do it through an executive order", insisting that only Congress could fix the policy by passing immigration reform.
Republican congressional leader Paul Ryan said the House of Representatives will vote on Thursday "on legislation to keep families together".
He did not immediately provide details of the bill, but said it resolves the issue of so-called Dreamers, undocumented adult migrants who entered the US as children, "in a very elegant way".