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Captain Dennis Mahama (rtd) father of the late Major Maxwell Mahama has appealed to corporate Ghana, philanthropists, individuals and other bodies to donate in cash or kind towards a campaign he is leading against mob injustice. Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the retired army capo said, the death of his late son was so terrible that he couldn’t bear it. According to him, what readily comes to mind when he reflects on the terrible incident is that ‘’never again should this happen to any human being and for that matter anybody in Ghana.’’ He said they have set up ambassadors against mob injustice and they have lined up a number of activities for the campaign. Captain Dennis Mahama (rtd) said, some of the activities include talk shows, schools visitation, community outreaches among others. He said, the campaign will see the ambassadors visit markets, attend festivals and other important events to sensitize people on the negative impact of mob injustice. The late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama who was slain in the line of duty, was given a state burial with full military honours. The burial service came off at the Forecourt of State House in Accra, after which he will be buried at the Osu Military Cemetery. The Captain was was killed on May 29, after some of the Denkyira Obuasi residents claimed they mistook him for an armed robber. He had a weapon on him, which incensed the residents to lynch him, it has been reported. 1. He was born in 1985 and was 31 years old. 2. He was born to a military officer [his father – 3rd Infantry battalion Capt. Chubby Adam Mahama (RTD)] whose father was also a military officer. 3. He attended Services Basic School and John Teye Memorial School and Akosombo International for his basic education. 4. He is an old student [Old Saint] of Saint John School, Sekondi [Completed in 2004]. 5. He joined the Military after Senior High School. 6. He enrolled and studied Political Science at the University of Ghana [Accra City Campus] 7. He completed his first Masters’ degree program after his BA degree. 8. He had enrolled in an MSc Criminology program in 2015 [Distance Learning] at the University of Leicester and was due to due to graduate at this summer’s degree ceremonies. 9. He got married to Barbara in August 2012. 10. The couple has two children. 11. He loves to play tennis and does so at the professional level 12. He is peace loving and often prefers dialogue in addressing situations according to his father. 13. He had just completed an exam to be promoted to the rank of a ‘Major’. 14. He is a nephew to former President John Dramani Mahama
The Editor-In-Chief of the Informer Newspaper, Andy Kankam has taken former President John Dramani Mahama to the cleaners. He asserts that the former president disrespected the National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) structures when he organized his walk. The recently held peace walk organized by Mr. Mahama he alleged was not sanctioned by the party. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Andy Kamkam described the peace walk as needless as it failed to even unite party supporters but rather divide it further. He was reacting to a publication in his Wednesday edition of the Informer newspaper where a former MP, Mr. Dan Abodakpi, has lambasted former President Mahama for organizing a needless walk. The walk he insisted was not sanctioned by the party and for Mr. Abodakpi to express such an opinion means that, he [Mr. Mahama] has failed to respect the party structures. He said, for people to see the peace walk as a strategic approach to our re-branding is problematic. Andy Kankam said, I am reliably informed that the party has in place a structure and people to work towards the rebranding of the NDC, but the peace walk by Mahama, was not within the structures of the NDC. That kind of attitude he lamented was part of the problems that caused their defeat. He said if people continue to disrespect party structures, they will not take it easy. The paper quoted Mr. Abodakpi as saying ‘’what is this charade of a unity walk? Is that the best way to take responsibility for the acts of omissions and commissions that led to last elections? Are these so called walks the party’s strategic approach to redefining and rebranding ourselves to convince our teaming supporters and Ghanaians at large that we have indeed purge ourselves of the arrogance that got associated with us during our tenure? ‘’I am not in the habit of talking to the platform to express my frustration about how we have conducted the affairs of our party in and out of government. But I think the time has come for all us to re-think and come to the realization that we need to chart a new strategic path in order to have trust and confidence restored in us as a political entity.’’
The Northern Regional Minister Hon. Salifu Saeed has called on investors to invest in Tourism in the Northern Region because the region has the largest collation of ecotourism resources in Ghana which earn them outrageous profit needed for the growth of their business. The Regional Minister made this call in a speech he delivered at the launch of the 2017 World Tourism Day Celebration and Northern Ghana Tourism Investment Summit held in Tamale today Tuesday, September 12, 2017. According to the Hon. Minister, the Northern region has a lot of tourism potentials which businesses can exploit and therefore it is up to private individuals to take advantage and grow their businesses. Meanwhile, the 2017 World Tourism Day Celebration and Northern Ghana Tourism Investment Summit, which is under the theme “Sustainable Tourism, a Tool for Development” will be held in Tamale from Monday the 25th to Wednesday the 27th of September, 2017.  The objective of the programme is to promote the development of tourism in the Northern Regions in order to improve job creation, income generation, and higher standards of living. The programme will also expose the untapped tourism potentials of the Northern Regions to investors and generate the needed investment and as well create marketing and networking opportunities for businesses in the area. The Northern Regional Minister however beseeched the media to support and market key investment areas in the three regions of the North and the country as a whole. He stated that although the region has the largest collation of ecotourism, it has the least visitation and facilities to host tourists and it is the media’s report that would either attract or deter investors. “As media men and women, you must try as much as possible to focus your attention on the positives of the three regions of the north more than the few negatives”.  By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com has it that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is set to meet to deliberate on some key issues and the delivery of the promises by the current Nana Addo led administration. We have also gathered that the meeting will also address an alleged statement circulating on social media and purportedly signed by the Acting General Secretary that the party has amended its constitution on the free senior high school. Meanwhile, the party has denied the claims and asked Ghanaians to treat the statement with contempt. The statement which has gone viral on social media and purportedly signed by John Boadu read: ‘’ "The Npp will redefine BASIC EDUCATION to include SHS 1,and make it available to a SELECTED few on a SCHOLARSHIP basis to SOME Ghanaians" This replaces the 2016 one which was written when we were in opposition. Please refer to the amended one in all deliberations.’’ However, the party has denied the claims insisting that its being done by the opposition to deceive Ghanaians. The party will later communicate to the media the outcome of the NEC meeting. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday launched the flagship education policy the free SHS. At the launch, the president gave the assurance that a key component of the Free Senior High School policy must be the provision of quality education. According to President Akufo-Addo, “Government is collaborating with various partners to implement major programmes and interventions such as the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), the expansion of physical infrastructure, and free supply of core subject text books to students.” Central, too, to the prospects of the Free SHS policy, the President added, is the teacher. “A well-trained, confident and contented teacher is essential in the delivery of quality education. If we are to succeed as a nation, and if we accept that education is central to national development, then it is clear that quality teacher training is vital to our nation’s development,” he said. Government, the President indicated, is committed to teacher professional development through schemes such as Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL), at a cost of 17 million pounds sterling. T-Tel is a four-year Government of Ghana programme supported by the UK’s Department for International Department (DFID). It seeks to transform the delivery of pre-service teacher education in Ghana, by improving the quality of teacher education and learning through support to all public Colleges of Education from 2014 to 2018. The programme will enhance quality education delivery in the Colleges of Education, with government looking forward to its continuous implementation after 2018. “The restoration of the teacher trainee allowance, which also begins today, is part of the comprehensive policy of engendering the production of quality teachers,” the President added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 12th September, 2017, when he launched the Free SHS policy at the West Africa Senior High School.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 12th September, 2017, paid a brief visit to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadou Buhari. Addressing a press conference after the visit, President Akufo-Addo noted that “all of us have been very anxious about his (President Buhari) well-being, and it was very good news to hear that he had returned. We are Africans, and it meant that I had to come and see things for myself.” President Akufo-Addo added that “I am very delighted to see that he has come back, and is very vigorous, and, as always, very engaged in the issues of the day. We had a good half an hour together; reviewing matters, both in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as matters to do with what is going on in the ECOWAS community.” President Akufo-Addo and President Buhari also discussed matters bordering on the rapid expansion and growth of their respective economies, and the fight against terrorism on the continent and in the world. The two leaders President also reiterated their commitment towards strengthening the ties of friendship that exist between the two countries during their respective tenures of office, and in the years ahead. The visit by President Akufo-Addo is the second visit paid to the Nigerian President by a foreign Head of State, following his return from London after his 3-month medical leave. President Akufo-Addo, on his arrival, was made an honorary citizen of Abuja by Muhammad Musa Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital of Abuja, and was handed a symbolic key to the city. President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister for National Security, Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah; Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Charles Owiredu; National Security Adviser, Gen. Emmanuel Otchere; and officials of the Presidency.
The District Chief Executive for the Kwahu Afram Plains North in the Eastern Region, Hon. Samuel Kena has applauded the Hunger Project Ghana (THP-Ghana) for their insistent efforts aimed at improving the living conditions of Ghanaians in rural areas through tailored-programs that unite about 5 or more communities under what is termed as the Epicenter Strategy. The DCE who had spent most of his years in the district said, he has always admired the programs implemented by THP even before his appointment as the head of the Assembly because, the process unifies rural communities to pursue a common interest of ending poverty and hunger. Hon. Kena pledged the preparedness of the Assembly to partner with THP-Ghana on upcoming projects, assuring them the Assembly’s involvement in the activities of The Hunger Project in the Area than they had before. He indicated that, it is towards this goal that the Assembly selected participants from the Mem-Chemfre Epicenter to be a part of a Trade Exhibition program being organized in the Regional Capital, Koforidua. The Country Director, Mr. Samuel Erasmus Afrane who was inspired by the DCE’s admiration for his organization stated that, the major target of THP’s program is to help lessen the burden of the Local and Central Governments and ensure that rural people gain access to basic communal facilities and services. He was thankful for the unceasing support shown by the Assembly to safeguard THP’s programs. Global Investors & Partners from Sweden and Norway arrived in the Country on 3rd September, 2017 on a five-day tour, projected to assist survey progress of Epicenters in some rural communities in the country.  The group visited the Asenema, Odumase –Wawase, Nkawanda and the Mem-Chemfre Epicenters during their stay Ghana. BY EKOW BURT-FLETCHER
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has completed investigations into over one thousand 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results that were withheld, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Agnes Teye-Cudjoe has revealed. According to her, students whose results were withheld will be able to see if their results were cleared by end of day today [Tuesday]. “At the meeting, we decided to take action and by the close of work today when candidates go online and check their results, they’ll be able to know their fates.’’ “We’ve taken action on all the results so whether it will be released or cancelled, action has been taken. I’ll not be able to give details on how many have been cancelled and how many have been released now,’’ she told Accra based Citi FM. WAEC withheld 1,298 subject results of some candidates who sat for the examination over alleged examination malpractices.
A 64 year old woman by name Madam Alice Asiedu, has met her untimely death due to the unavailability of an ambulance to transfer her to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on time. Madam Alice Ansah who was involved in a severe accident, was transported all the way from Koforidua to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where she was supposed to receive treatment from her severe accident which reportedly damaged her legs, in a taxi. Daughter of the deceased Abena in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the mother was transferred from the Koforidua Government Hospital due to her condition. According to her, they requested for an ambulance however, the authorities at the hospital told them that they had called the ambulance to come and transport the mother to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital but the driver did not respond to the emergency and so ‘’the doctor asked that we charter a taxi to transport my mother to the hospital in Accra.’’ ‘’My mother was in serious pain and so I had no other option than to hire the taxi to transport my mother to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. After we arrived at the hospital, the treatment we received at the hospital was extremely poor. They did not even offer us a bed to lay my mother on it. She was in severe pain but we were not attended to on time. I had to beg a nurse who was on duty at the hospital before she attended to my mother. However, she gave up the ghost even before a doctor could attend to her,’’ she explained. In an interview with the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ambulance Service, Mr. Simon Yusif, he  said, the current situation at the Ambulance service was nothing to write home about. According to him, they received a call from the hospital to come and transport the deceased to Accra but they could not do so due to  the condition of the ambulance. He indicated that only two ambulances serve the entire Eastern region and they only transport patients to hospitals within the region due to its poor state. He said every hospital should have access to an ambulance however; the situation we are faced with today gives more room for improvement. Majority of the ambulances we have in the country, have broken down and the picture in the Eastern region is not different from other regions in the country. He has therefore appealed to government to resource the Ambulance Service to enhance their work.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entreated beneficiaries of government’s free Senior High School to be proud of themselves. In his address at the official launch of the flagship education policy, the president said the beneficiaries have every reason to be proud for enrolling in school for free. He encouraged them to study and work hard, avoid negative social vices so they would be an asset for the state after their education. ‘’To our freshers who are about to start a new chapter in your education, you have every reason to be proud of yourself. Study and work hard and avoid all negative tendencies so that you grow up to be responsible citizens and an asset to this nation. Seize the opportunity of having the good fortune to be admitted into this school as pioneers of this exciting new venture in our national life.’’ Ghana he said needs the skills and talents of the beneficiaries adding, ‘’and I know you will not fail us.’’ Parents of over 400,000 students entering senior high school for the first time after qualifying from the junior high level, have been relieved of the burden of funding the education of their children at the senior high level as government rolls out the programme this academic year. The president said the introduction of the policy has seen a drastic reduction in the number of graduates whose education is terminated at the junior high school level from over 100,000 to just about 36,000. 
A Board Member of The Hunger Project-Sweden (THP-Sweden), Annica Sohlström, has expressed concern about the poor living conditions of people in the rural communities of Ghana. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbowradioonline.com, the Board member of THP-Sweden said the conditions of people in rural communities do not reflect the middle-income status attained by Ghana. Annica Sohlström and a group of Investors and Partners with The Hunger Project-Sweden who were in Ghana on a five-day tour to four Epicenter-communities in the Eastern Region said she was quite surprised about the level of poverty in rural communities because of Ghana’s middle-income grade. “I mean they were not starving, they had enough to eat but the quality of the housing; they couldn’t afford using electricity, and how they cooked their food on open fire was quite surprising to me.” She said. Annica indicated that, through the Hunger Project’s program in Ghana, political leadership at the local government levels could be strengthened, and partnership discussions with the Central Government opened up in the near future. The Board member made this observation after a four-day visit to some rural communities (Ohene-Akura, Mem Chemfere, Odumase, Wawase, etc.) in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Throughout Africa, THP’s Epicenter Strategy mobilizes the population of a cluster of villages or communities within a 10km radius to create an epicenter or a central area from which community-led development originates and spread to the surrounding areas. Through this strategy, community members are guided to establish and manage their own programs to address food security, nutrition, health, education, microfinance and water & sanitation problems. Epicenters go through four distinct phases over a period of eight years on a path towards self-development and containment. By Ekow Burt-Fletcher
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