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The Municipal Chief Executive of Adenta in the Greater Accra Region, Daniel Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, says he will soon seek a court order to demolish buildings on waterways to prevent the perennial flooding in his jurisdiction. The MCE in an interview with Accra based Citi FM said the demolishing exercise will prevent the flooding which has been a challenge for residents. “We will seek legal help and remove those buildings because all these buildings do not have any permit because nobody will allow them to build in such areas. So why are people building without permits, we need to bring a bit of discipline into our system if the whole society is supposed to benefit,” he said. He also stated that there will be drenching of key waterlogged areas to give water passage to prevent flooding with the onset of the rains. Parts of the capital including Kaneshie, Odwna, Adenta, Amasaman and others got flooded after few hours of thw downpour.
The Executive Director for Social Impact Studies, Richard Kojo Elimah, says he does not fathom the reason why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has hinted of plans to lift the ban on small scale mining. In the view of the development planner, the purpose for which the ban was placed has not been achieved and so it makes it difficult for him to point out why the announcement for the ban to be lifted. Mr. Elimah in an interview with Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the major factor that led to the ban on small scale mining was on environment effects. The ban he noted was enforced to allow our polluted water bodies to take shape but as we speak, when you travel across these affected areas, the water bodies have not taken shape as expected. ‘’People were complaining about how polluted our major water bodies were due to galamsey. And so the ban was placed to allow the water bodies to take shape. But when you travel to these areas, you will realize that, we have not had any major change in the water quality. It hasn’t happen and so I don’t know why the ministry is satisfied and the plan to lift the ban,’’ he noted. Mr. Kojo Elimah stressed, ‘’per my view, the major reason for the ban; which is for the water quality to be restored-I don’t think we have been able to achieve that. This is because I have travelled over the past two weeks across the country; River Prah has not changed, River Ankobrah and the rest have all not changed, and so, if that is the major indicator of success, then I can safely say that the ban has not achieved any purpose.’’ He was however quick to add that, if the purpose was to sanitize the system and prevent illegal mining, then I can say some level of success has been achieved due to the use of the Operation Vanguard. He called on government to provide the details on the indicators informing the decision by authorities to lift the ban. Meanwhile, he says the lifting of the ban is long overdue, adding, it was an unfair practice because there were some individuals who were licensed and genuine to operate. The ban he added affected such persons due to the illegal activities of unlicensed miners. ‘’We should lift the ban so those who are licensed to operate,’’ he posited. Delivering the keynote address at the sensitisation workshop for traditional and religious leaders and stakeholders on the elimination of illegal mining in Ghana, held at the Accra International Conference Centre yesterday [Monday] President Akufo-Addo assured that, shortly, Government will put out a statement setting out a comprehensive roadmap, including the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining, to deal with, on a permanent basis, the grave threat of galamsey to the present and future health of Ghana. The comprehensive roadmap, according to the President, will involve the reclaiming and re-afforestation of mined-out areas; the restoration of impacted water bodies; and strict supervision of the processes of awarding mining licenses and associated permits. Additionally, the road map will incorporate the establishment of a mercury pollution abatement project; the implementation of alternative livelihood projects; systematic control of the engagement of excavators and changfans in mining areas; and continued formalisation and regulation of the small-scale mining sector.
Director of National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Samuel Annor, has announced the introduction of a new app which would aid Ghanaians to be able to renew their NHIS cards with ease devoid of stress. Adding, he said this app can be easily accessible on mobile phones. This he said can assist all to know more about the scheme. “The grievances of patients and people who said they must go through stress to our district offices to renew their cards have been heard. We also went round our district offices to put together some challenges which have made it expedient for such an app to come on board. Therefore, management has put a lot of measures in place to put NHIS services on easy reach through our phones to Ghanaians”, he explained. Speaking to the media at an event organised yesterday [Monday], he said, all these innovations has been done ahead of the coming of the Ghana card. NHIS card after 5 years would be invalid. The new Ghana card would now be used for health care and other services, he stressed. He further said that they have already started their piloting in some constituencies. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Deputy National Chairman of NADMO Mr Abu Ramadan has confirmed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, his team have rescued quite a number of people who were affected by yesterday’s heavy downpour. He said his team were available to rescue citizens who were affected by the rains yesterday and assured citizens that they are still available doing their job to keep them safe. He indicated that NADMO have set up emergency respond teams and phone lines to ensure that their operations will limit the impact of the flood. He also encouraged citizens to stay safe because more rains are going to come to worsen the situations. He further cautioned citizens to stop littering around and desilt gutters because that is one of the main causes of the floods. The public can call this number in case of an emergency: 0202014040/0299350244 By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Special aide to former President John Dramani Mahama, Joyce Bawa Mogtari has described as false the allegation of diversion of $13 million meant for development project in the Western region. Four Ghanaian citizens have petitioned the Special Prosecutor to investigate the former president. The petitioners, Emmanuel Owusu, Eric Dumenu Akatsi, Peprah Kyei Baffour and Dawda Eric, said in their petition, dated June 18, 2018, that they wish to "invoke section 3(1)(b) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act,2017(Act 959) to have former President John Dramani investigated for alleged diversion of $13m meant for the development of Western Region from the E.O. group of company as part of their corporate social responsibilities. The petitioners are citizens of the Republic of Ghana with the constitutional right to expose and combat crime in the interest of the good people of Ghana." The basis for the petition, according to the petitioners, is informed by an article published on Ghanaweb.com on December 2, 2016, by Mr Amidu, before he was appointed as Special Prosecutor. “We do consider the allegation against him as criminal and for that matter, we humbly beseech your office to have this matter investigated to get those monies retrieved back to the public purse. It is our conviction that, the issue be considered in the interest of the Republic of Ghana,’’ the petition stated. But Joyce Bawa Mogtari has slammed the allegation stressing it is an attempt to divert attention. According to her, Mahama is an incorruptible individual. “The above is obviously another false and dubious claim. Furthermore, the said petition is another orchestrated but failed attempt by the NPP Government to divert attention from the numerous corruption scandals suffocating it.” Making reference to the allegation as captured in the article written by Martin Amidu, Mogtari said: “It actually makes a mockery of the Special Prosecutor that the surrogates of the NPP will cite as their evidence, an article they say was written by him. This is a man who during his public vetting before parliament said the allegations he made against various people over the years, were based on perception.”
Some four Ghanaian citizens have petitioned the Special Prosecutor to investigate former President John Dramani Mahama over an alleged diversion of an amount of $13 million meant for development in the Western region. The petitioners, Emmanuel Owusu, Eric Dumenu Akatsi, Peprah Kyei Baffour and Dawda Eric, said in their petition, dated June 18, 2018, that they wish to "invoke section 3(1)(b) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act,2017(Act 959) to have former President John Dramani investigated for alleged diversion of $13m meant for the development of Western Region from the E.O. group of company as part of their corporate social responsibilities. The petitioners are citizens of the Republic of Ghana with the constitutional right to expose and combat crime in the interest of the good people of Ghana." The basis for the petition, according to the petitioners, is informed by an article published on Ghanaweb.com on December 2, 2016, by Mr Amidu, before he was appointed as Special Prosecutor. “We do consider the allegation against him as criminal and for that matter, we humbly beseech your office to have this matter investigated to get those monies retrieved back to the public purse. It is our conviction that, the issue be considered in the interest of the Republic of Ghana,’’ the petition stated.
Mr Tuffic Abdul Karim Sienu an authorized speaker of Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, has cleared the airwaves with statements claimed to be released by their camp. He confirmed in an interview that the first statement received was a leaked version of the original statement and was a draft copy. According to him the leaked version was a draft copy because it did not entail the signature of Mr. Nyantakyi; therefore the second statement released was the original version from their camp because it entailed the signature of Mr. Nyantakyi. Mr. Tuffic Abdul said there was a little delay in reacting to the number 12 video by the ace journalist Anas because they had to set certain records straight. He said, it’s been just two weeks after the expose and they think it is in the right sense to set records straight in the same month of June which the video was released. Mr. Nyantakyi has watched the video on BBC he said after being asked. He also confirmed Anas through a third party demanded $400,000 to cover up part of the video involving Mr. Nyantakyi but they could not afford. It was bargained to $150,000 but Mr. Nyantakyi could only afford $100,000. “The name of the third party has been held due to personal security reasons and legal issues but the demand was made, an attempt was also made” he said. He stated the $100,000 was given to the middle man whom he suspects gave the money to Anas. He also established, saying the middle man is well known and confirmed he is from the camp of Anas due to evidences of conversations and phone calls made when asked if the middle man is genuine and known. He was speaking Kwabena Agyapong on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5. By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured that, shortly, Government will put out a statement setting out a comprehensive roadmap, including the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining, to deal with, on a permanent basis, the grave threat of galamsey to the present and future health of Ghana. The comprehensive roadmap, according to the President, will involve the reclaiming and re-afforestation of mined-out areas; the restoration of impacted water bodies; and strict supervision of the processes of awarding mining licenses and associated permits. Additionally, the road map will incorporate the establishment of a mercury pollution abatement project; the implementation of alternative livelihood projects; systematic control of the engagement of excavators and changfans in mining areas; and continued formalisation and regulation of the small-scale mining sector. “When the ban is lifted, you will have a responsibility, as was successfully discharged in the days of our forefathers, to continue to help preserve our lands, water bodies and environment,” the President said. He continued, “We all have a duty to say no to galamsey for our own common survival and the survival of those who are to come. If we allow it, we are jeopardising both our present and our future. This cannot be over-emphasised.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 18th June, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the sensitisation workshop for traditional and religious leaders and stakeholders on the elimination of illegal mining in Ghana, held at the Accra International Conference Centre. Recalling his remarks to the same gathering a year ago, the President acknowledged that because of the difficulties the nation had gone through in recent years, some personshad decided to find unorthodox means, including galamsey, of keeping body and soul together. In dealing with galamsey, the Akufo-Addo government set up, at the level of the Cabinet, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, with the world-renowned scientist, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, in the chair. The Committee, at the commencement of its work, recommended an initial 6-month ban on small scale mining activities, a request which was assented to by the President. The ban has, since then, been extended. Government, the President said, gave directives to the Committee to carry out certain activities to bring sanity into the artisanal gold mining sector, including the launching of Operation Vanguard; the training of small-scale miners in sustainable mining methods at the George Grant University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa; and regular interactions between the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the Small-Scale Miners Association to craft a Code of Practice for small scale mining operations. President Akufo-Addo added that the formation of District Mining Committees against illegal mining with clearly defined terms of reference; and the deployment of satellite imagery and drone technology to monitor the mining activities of illegal miners, have been undertaken by the Committee. “Government also ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, as the 40th State Party. The objective of the Minamata Convention is to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions, and releases of mercury and mercury compounds into the environment,” he added. President Akufo-Addo expressed his and the appreciation of the nation to the country’s revered religious leaders, and eminent Chiefs and Queenmothers, for the support they have offered, and continue to offer in the fight against galamsey. “I was in the Western Region for a 3-day tour a little over a week ago, and I was comforted by the strong remarks of support by the Chiefs I encountered, who attested to the marked improvement in the vegetation and the quality of the water bodies, in comparison to the situation a year ago,” he added.
Tiger Eye PI has issued a counter statement to rubbish claims raised in the statement issued and signed by Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) over alleged corruption leveled against him in the Number 12 video. Nyantakyi among other responses refuted being bribed with an amount of $65,000 by the Anas’s team. He further claimed that he only received $40, 000 out of a total amount of $61, 000 which supposed to be reimbursement for his travel expenses. Kwesi Nyantakyi further alleged that Anas through a third party demanded $150, 000 as bribe so he will drop the case. But Anas in his statement refuted it saying: ''The claim that a third party made a demand of $150k for Anas is a complete fabrication, a figment of Mr. Nyantakyi’s imagination and has no merit. We dare Mr Nyantakyi to name this third party. In fact, Tiger Eye is willing to provide undercover support to assist him find this third party should he extend an invitation to us again. Regarding the purported hacking of Mr Nyantakyi’s email, this is also manufactured to make him appear like a victim. Again, we dare him to substantiate who hacked his email and how the person did. In this day of advanced technology, these events are traceable.'' Read the full statement below; PRESS RELEASE Our attention has been drawn to a statement making the rounds in the media attributed to the suspended FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi over our latest deception reporting on Ghana football. The statement in part states that “….there was a demand on me through a third party to part with $150k for Anas to drop the videos on me. I didn’t have the said amount of money to meet his demand”. We understand that, under the circumstances Mr Nyantakyi finds himself, he would want to clutch unto any straw to become credible. Anyone who knows Nyantakyi well, knows that he does not give up easily. And as a lawyer he knows that the rule of the game is evidence. The claim that a third party made a demand of $150k for Anas is a complete fabrication, a figment of Mr. Nyantakyi’s imagination and has no merit. We dare Mr Nyantakyi to name this third party. In fact, Tiger Eye is willing to provide undercover support to assist him find this third party should he extend an invitation to us again. Regarding the purported hacking of Mr Nyantakyi’s email, this is also manufactured to make him appear like a victim. Again, we dare him to substantiate who hacked his email and how the person did. In this day of advanced technology, these events are traceable. We wish to advise Mr Nyantakyi to address the issues uncovered by Tiger Eye investigations without seeking to pull others into his behaviour. The meeting was between the Tiger Eye team on the one part and Nyantakyi and Alhassan Abdulaih (Abu), former Northern regional GFA president, on the other part. Under no circumstances was there a meeting with a third party. We are not aware/privy to any meeting with former footballers and two others. This is also another lie. We are not surprised at his rate of manufacturing stories without any proof. He is good at it. From his own admissions, Mr Nyantakyi did not have the consent of the political authorities to negotiate on their behalf, yet he made a fantastic presentation on their behalf. In conclusion, we would like to re-emphasize that Mr. Nyantakyi was given $65k as a gift. All hotel and accommodation expenses were borne by the Tiger Eye team although this was an official meeting. The raw tape together with all documentary evidence have been submitted to the security agencies to investigate.
It has emerged that the statement issued in the name of Kwesi Nyantakti, the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss was not original one although all the contents in the statement were from the original one. PRO for the embattled former FA boss, Dr. Martin Luther Obeng, in an exclusive interview with rainbowradioonline.com alleged that, someone who was asked to print the statement leaked it without authorization from Mr Nyantakyi. The first statement that came out was not signed by Nyantakyi but contained the name and contact details of the PRO. However, the second one which was released few minutes ago has been officially signed by Kwesi Nyantakyi. It also contained some added information which was not originally captured in the first statement. The PRO further disclosed that the lawyer for Anas who he failed to provide the name, confirmed to Kennedy Agyapong, the Assin Central MP that, he [Anas] demanded an amount of $150, 000 so he will drop the video against him. But Nyantakyi was able to raise an amount of $100, 000 and paid it to Anas. When he was pushed to give the name he declined saying, ‘’at the right time. We will provide the media with the details about the name of the lawyer. Some of the issues are currently in court and so I will not disclose some of them but we will soon address the media on them.’’ He also indicated the video from the Tiger Eye PI was doctored and that the amount given Kwesi Nyantakyi was $40,000 out of the $61,000 travelling cost he incurred for his travels to meet the fake businessmen who deceived him. ‘’I have already dealt with the circumstances under which I received the money from the Sheikh. Of key significance however, is the allegation that I received the sum of $65,000. ‘’Travel expenses for the three (3) trips came up to $61,000.00 the breakdown of which is as follows: I. Cost of air ticket for two (2) trips, board and lodging -$10,000.00 II. Cost of first-class air tickets for three others -$26,000.00 III. Cost of board and lodging for the three others at Burj Arab Hotel Dubai for five days -$25,000.00 Total cost= $61,000.00 I was handed the sum of $40.000 only in eight (8) bundles of US$ 50 banknotes but not $65,000 which both I and the Sheikh’s agent understood to be reimbursement for the travel costs incurred by me, at the Sheikh’s request. It is very easy to confirm how much was given to me from the video tapes. The money was exposed before I was tricked to put in the bag personally. A critical review of the video clip will reveal that when the money was handed to me, there was no mention of shopping. A different video has a voice emerging from a faceless speaker saying “shopping for now”. This insertion of an over riding voice was clearly an after thought. Based on the agreement with Suale, the $40,000 was a refund and not a gift or bribe. Its disingenuous to purport to donate a gift when the donor owes a lawful debt for cost of travels’’, portions of the statement read.
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