President Nana Akufo-Addo has said his administration is committed to ensuring that the rule of law works n Ghana.
According to him, Ghanaians will enjoy their rights and liberties as citizens without any infringements.
Speaking at the Opening Session Of The 4th Rotary International District 9102 Conference in Accra, the president said, ‘’We are determined to build a new Ghanaian and African civilisation, where the rule of law works, where individual liberties and human rights are respected, and where the principles of democratic accountability are the foundation of public policy.’’
He said,’’the first responsibility of any government to its people is to ensure peace and stability. Your first chosen area of focus is Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution. You might not think you are in government or even being political, but your stated aims and activities do not differ from what we in government should do.
It is noteworthy that the four countries in your District all currently enjoy relative internal peace. Let us always keep in mind that peace is something we have to strive for at all times, and I am glad to have you as an ally to work to keep the peace and prevent conflict.’’
The president stated further that, his administration will build a prosperous nation free from the world economic order.
‘’We are determined to forge a new Ghanaian and African, who is neither a victim nor a pawn of the world economic order, but who will be a dignified member of a successful, thriving, prosperous society.’’
Touching on his One-District-One-Factory policy he said,‘’…I urge you to take a good look at our One District One Factory programme. It is a programme in which private sector participation is essential. Come and join us make a success of it. You have a lot of people with good business acumen and experience amongst your ranks. There are a lot of opportunities and I invite you to join us bring prosperity to our people.’’
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday said his government would institute regulations to guide and control indecent social media content.
He said regulating indecent communication was essential and could help control content posted on social media, which would also avoid denigrating Ghanaian societal norms and values.
The President noted this would instill some level of sanity and decency in the way information was disseminated in the advent of social media and technology.
President Akuffo-Addo said this when he paid a courtesy call on Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, the Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area on the final day of a two-day working visit to the Brong- Ahafo Region. He had been to Goaso in the Brong-Ahafo on the first day to launch the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ initiative.
The visit was also to thank the people of Dormaa for voting him into power.
The President was responding to a remark made by the Omanhene to the effect that many Ghanaians were deliberately employing social media to indiscriminately and unreservedly malign, castigate, abuse and destroy the hard-won reputation of some highly respected and prominent personalities in the country.
President Akuffo-Addo expressed his government’s preparedness to cooperate and work with traditional rulers irrespective of their political, ethnic and religious inclinations.
He reiterated his government’s commitment and resolve to fight the galamsey menace and called for a concerted effort towards its total elimination noting that it was extremely crucial and vital to safeguard and preserve the country’s natural resources for posterity.
He added that although the resources bequeathed to him by his predecessor was meagre and his government was determined to prudently find ways of managing and generating resources to prosecute Ghana’s development agenda.
Touching on the emergence and activities of vigilante groups, he said people who committed criminal offences should be made to face the full rigours of the law irrespective of their status in society.
“Nana, even if you should go against the law you will be punished. Because the law is not a respector of persons”, he stated. He indicated that he would continue to seek the advice of the country’s former surviving Presidents and hold periodic meetings with them to draw on their valuable experiences and wisdom to shape his government. “This will not be nine-day wonder”, he added.
The President tasked the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister to work with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to ensure that a veterinary laboratory facility was provided to help poultry farmers in Dormaa to diagnose diseases of live birds and for research purposes.
“In the same manner, I will work to find solutions to taxes on medicines for poultry and construct cocoa roads”, he emphasised.
On victims in Dormaa-Ahenkro whose households were struck with severe rainstorm in March causing extensive damage to property and several injuries, he tasked the Regional Director of NADMO to work together and help provide assistance to the victims.
The President expressed his determination to fulfil all campaign promises including executing and implementing the one district one factory agenda, free SHS policy and restoration of nurses training allowance.
Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, Paramount Chief of the Dormaa traditional area commended President Akufo-Addo for his recent initiative to seek the advice and consult the former Presidents of the land.
He described it as unprecedented in the history of the nation and asked him to make it a routine occurrence. He appealed to the President to continue with the good works started by his predecessor in the provision of infrastructure for Dormaa including roads, development of a University Campus in Dormaa, and to complete the Community Day SHS in Danyame. Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, pledged his full support as well as that of his subjects towards the success of Akuffo-Addo administration.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASADU Royal Waste, Dr. Edward Asadu has appealed to government to scrap import duty on waste management equipment imported into the country by industry players.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the man who has been in the industry for 15 years in Ghana and worked in Germany for 8 years, lamented over the exorbitant import duty charges on their imports.
According to him, the import duty is just unbearable and affecting them.
Dr. Asadu told Rainbow Radio that, a waste collector which he paid GHc 70, 000 to clear, is now GHc 120,000.
According to him, Ghana is the only place in the world that its harbours charge very expensive duty charges.
He was of the view, government can either scrap the duty on waste management equipment, or import them and give to operators at very affordable rates.
He said, if the government is indeed committed fighting waste then it should consider his appeal.
The fight against filth he noted are a shared responsibility and cautioned against the politicization of the fight against filth in Ghana.
He further admonished government to partner with the private sector in improving upon the current situation in the fight against waste.
There are people who cannot pay for their waste and so it will be prudent for government to subsidize the fee for such households, he said.
He also called for the enforcement of our by-laws to deter people from dumping their waste anyhow.
‘’If we can enforce our laws and allow people to be jailed for a day, it will prevent others from dumping their waste indiscriminately.’’
Using the German example, he said, before one rents an apartment, the charges including utility, waste and rent are joined and the tenant pays before occupying the room, and if we can use that example, I think we can make a head way in fighting filth in Ghana.
The National Sanitation Day launched under the erstwhile NDC administration has not helped in managing the situation. It was an opportunity for politicians to gather and take photos, he added.
Waste management or sanitation must be done every hour and we will need all the agencies mandated by the constitution and the government to join forces in that regard.
He stressed that the government, the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) and other stakeholders in the waste management industry need to act promptly and find a permanent engineering landfill site that could last beyond 10 years.
The Labour and Employment Minister, Ignatius Baffour has hinted that government will hold a crunch meeting with the leadership of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) to resolve issues regarding allowances of its members.
JUSSAG has given government up the end of April to clear all outstanding arrears or they will embark on an industrial strike action.
But the Minister says the stakeholders meeting will ensure that issues regarding the payment of allowances are addressed amicably. “I have said that all the stakeholders involved in this particular issue be brought to a round table discussion on Tuesday.The letter itself was not addressed to us as a Ministry. It was addressed to the Chief Justice and we were copied but that notwithstanding we still think that it will be important to invite all the stakeholders to see how best the issue can be solved amicably.”
A letter signed by Alex Nartey, President of JUSSAG said “The leadership of JUSSAG has been under severe pressure as a result of the failure to release funds for the payment of the above named allowances. Respectfully , it will be recounted that staff of the Judicial Service were assured of the implementation of the consolidated salaries with effect that once the consolidated salaries are paid, the protracted payment of benefits and allowances due staff will be a thing of the past.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that programmes designed to help the poor and vulnerable must have clear-cut exit strategies, and is, therefore, urging the citizenry not to be unduly reliant on long-term aid projects.
According to the President, such aid programmes and initiatives must be structured to enable beneficiaries strike out and be able to lead an independent life.
“I remember when the LEAP programme was envisaged and introduced under President Kufuor, we were clear in our minds that, whereas we wanted it to cover all those who would qualify under the definition of the programme, it was meant to be a hand-up, not a hand-out,” he said.
The President continued, “If someone has to go on the LEAP programme, it should not be for the rest of that person’s life. There should be a definite time limit to being a LEAP beneficiary, and the beneficiary should be able to stand on his or her own after the stated period.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 21 April 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the 4th Rotary International District 9102 Conference, held at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The President, himself a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Club, Accra South, explained that after 60 years of independence, “I want us, in Ghana, to break out from our aid dependent and charity driven economic outlook. I want programmes that would be dynamic in content and help us to think big and be dissatisfied with remaining poor.”
Touching in the “Six Areas of Focus of Rotary”, President Akufo-Addo noted that members of the Rotary Club have always been well placed to influence events and policies in Ghana.
In the area of health, he stated the infection rates of poliomyelitis, one of the six childhood killer diseases, had been reduced from an annual worldwide infection rate of 350,000 cases in over 125 countries, to a mere 75 cases in only 3 countries. This feat, he noted, has been achieved thanks to the efforts of Rotary.
“You have taken on the other great killer of our part of the world, malaria, and I wish to congratulate Rotary on your Roll Back Malaria project. It does look as though we are finally making headway in the fight against malaria. This is also the result of collaboration between government and non-governmental organizations.
Touching on the Water and Sanitation area of focus, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am pleased to learn that you have started the second phase of a US$6 million Rotary International/USAID Water Collaboration. We could not ask for a better partner than Rotary as we seek to implement our government’s programme to provide potable water and good sanitation to all our people”.
On Basic Education and Literacy, another area of focus of Rotary, the President stressed that “education is the only way to give a good head start and provide equal opportunities for all our children. This government believes that a lot hangs on the success of our education programmes, and we welcome enthusiastically all the help that we can get from organizations such as Rotary in delivering quality education to our people.”
President Akufo-Addo also charged Rotary to partner with the Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, in its Economic and Community Development area of focus, in the development of initiatives and projects which would help people in the rural areas, in particular those who are dependent on such initiatives.
He also urged Rotary to partner government in in the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, which was launched in Goaso, in the Brong Ahafo Region, on Wednesday, April 19, and also in the implementation of the 1-District-1-Factory programme.
“It is a programme in which private sector participation is essential. Come and join us make a success of it. You have a lot of people with good business acumen and experience amongst your ranks. There are a lot of opportunities and I invite you to join us bring prosperity to our people,” he added.
In concluding, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that “we are determined to build a new Ghanaian and African civilisation, where the rule of law works, where individual liberties and human rights are respected, and where the principles of democratic accountability are the foundation of public policy. We are determined to forge a new Ghanaian and African, who is neither a victim nor a pawn of the world economic order, but who will be a dignified member of a successful, thriving, prosperous society.”
The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has ordered the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engineers and Planners, Ibrahim Mahama to pay about GHC12 million to the Economic and Organised by May 8, 2017.
The amount represents duty for goods he cleared with dud cheques in 2015 plus interest. The interest on the amount was determined by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
EOCO communicated the information to the businessman and brother to former president John Dramani Mahama today [Friday].
Area Deacon for the Christ Apostolic Church, Kasoa Division Joshua Kpornortei, has called on Christians to keep spreading the gospel of Christ who came into the world to redeem sinners and from the bondage of sin.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said Christ is still in the miracle business hence the need for Christians to go out and make disciples of all nations as stated in the bible.
According to him, the power of God has manifested at Kasoa and was hopeful many more souls would be won in that locality.
The Kasoa area is moving with the power of the Holy Ghost, and I believe we will change the area with the power of God, he added.
He called on individuals who are yet to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal saviour to do so since his death was an infinite payment for our sins.
He also charged Christians to emulate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
He was emphatic that Christians should only look to God and pray in time of difficulties instead on focusing on other ungodly means.
He used the opportunity to also thank sponsors and supporters of the church and those who follow them on the various social media platforms.
The Judicial Services Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) has warned that they will embark on a strike action over some outstanding allowances.
They have serve notice of their industrial action should government fail to clear the outstanding arrears this month.
The letter signed by JUSSAG’s President, Alex Nartey, and addressed to the Judicial Secretary, said its members are economically constrained as a result of government’s failure to pay the allowances.
“The leadership of JUSSAG has been under severe pressure as a result of the failure to release funds for the payment of the above named allowances. Respectfully , it will be recounted that staff of the Judicial Service were assured of the implementation of the consolidated salaries with effect that once the consolidated salaries are paid, the protracted payment of benefits and allowances due staff will be a thing of the past.”
“We count on government and management … to alleviate the economic stress on our members to fend off any industrial action,” it added. JUSSAG said the delay has plunged their members into “unbearable and untold hardship” adding that members nationwide are “extremely constrained economically as a result of the delay,” the statement added.
In view of the above mentioned challenges, the National Executive Council of JUSSAG on 19th April are demanding the “payment of all outstanding allowances be made forthwith while efforts are made to have the consolidated salaries implemented.”
National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram Sam George has debunked media reports that the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has seized the passport of Ibrahim Mahama.
The outspoken legislator said the businessman was not a flight risk to warrant EOCO to seize his passport.
Speaking in an interview with the media he said, "Someone who owns a cement factory and owns the kind of businesses that he owns in this country cannot be deemed to be a flight risk and so we should stop this sensationalism.’’
The Economic and Organised Crime (EOCO) has ordered businessman Ibrahim Mahama to deposit his passport with the state investigative body latest by today [Wednesday].
The businessman is being investigated by EOCO over an alleged financial malfeasance.
He was served with the invitation on Thursday April 13, 2017 and reported Tuesday April 18 for interrogation.
Reports say Mr. Mahama was invited to answer questions over some dud cheques he issued to customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at Tema Port to clear some heavy duty equipment he had imported.
Responding to the issue, Sam George said, “another falsehood that has been put out there and has to be corrected is that Ibrahim’s passport has not been seized, as I speak to you he is in possession of his passport."
"When he went to EOCO on Wednesday, EOCO made a copy of the data page of his passport, his passport is still in his possession. Ibrahim is not a flight risk, someone who owns a cement factory and owns the kind of businesses that he owns in this country cannot be deemed to be a flight risk and so we should stop this sensationalism," he said.
Richard Quashigah, the Member of Parliament for Keta has called on the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to apologize to the Minority for calling them ignorant.
The Vice President has referred to Minority MPs as ignorant following their press conference to allege that, the $2.25 billion 15 years domestic bond was cooked and sold to cronies and family members of Finance Minister Seth Terkper.
The Vice President speaking to the media at Washington DC said: “This shows a lack of understanding, the Minority have never understood this economy and it’s just amazing that people on that side who were actually in charge of managing the economy will be making such statements. It really shows ignorance and I am so sad when I hear that from people who should know better.”
But the NDC MP in a statement said: “If indeed those were his words, then it is not only unfortunate but a very jaundiced conclusion to have been made by him.” “If indeed the reportage as put out by the media is accurate, then he is advised to learn to speak with diplomacy and dignity expected of a vice president or else before long he could cause this nation an incalculable international embarrassment.”
The statement further said: “Assuming without admitting that the Minority got it wrong, couldn't he have clarified without insults? Dr Bawumia, the current Vice President of Ghana, must do the excellent thing by withdrawing and must apologise to the good people of Ghana. The use of intemperate language is unbecoming of the Vice President.”