Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me
General News

General News (10357)

Children categories

McDan Boss Wins Top Award

McDan Boss Wins Top Award (0)

Dr. Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company, has won the ‘CEO of the Year Award’. This was at the second edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards, jointly organize by Globe Productions, the Transport Ministry, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Graphic Communications Group, in Accra. Mr. McDonald Vasnanie, CEO of Conship, was adjudged the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ with the ‘Promising Entrepreneur’ award going to Isaac Amoako-Mensah. Mrs. Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group took the prize for the ‘Reporter of the Year’. Over 40 shipping companies including Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Sea and Shore services Ghana Limited, Transglobal Logistics Limited, Benmarine Services Limited and Swissport Ghana Limited received prizes. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, applauded the initiative to recognize excellence in the shipping industry. The awards would serve as motivation to everybody – to up their game and improve the quality of client service. He underlined the government’s unswerving determination to create the right conditions and support local and private enterprises to succeed. This was vital to its drive towards job and wealth creation to put the nation beyond aid. Mr. Asiamah said the paperless system at the ports was meant to bring about efficiency and facilitate business operations at the ports. He encouraged the companies to continue to stick with best practices to expand and lead the nation’s socio-economic growth. Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of GSA, said the award was to recognize individuals and companies that played significant roles in the growth and development of the industry. It was also to acknowledge the key functions within the industry which promoted growth and sustainability. She announced that there was an 18 percent increase in demurrage payment in the first quarter of the year. That came to US$15.4 million dollars. Source: The New Crusading Guide

View items...
Deputy Commissioner at the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Mr. Amadu Sule has insisted that the EC used one voters’ register for both the presidential and parliamentary elections.   Responding to a question at the closing ceremony of the two day stakeholders’ forum on the voters’ register, the deputy commissioner denied allegations held by some parties that the EC in 2012 used two separate registers.   ‘’On the e-day 7th December, 2012, we used one voters’ register for both presidential and parliamentary elections. If you should throw your minds back, you got to the centre, you are first identify by the list officer who will look and then be able to identify your position in the register and see if you are either on page 2 left or page two right and he will indicate this to the verification officer then the voter moves straight to the verification officer who was holding one register, then the verification takes the verification device and put the censor on your name then you put any of your fingers on the device to verify yourself. After you done that you move to the table of the presidential ballot, you continue and move to the parliamentary ballot, you voted and left,’’ he explained.   Amadu Sulley insisted that the process was clear, transparent and credible and so to say the EC used two separate registers, will be false and unfounded. The New Patriotic Party in 2012 after the general elections accused the EC of using two separate voters' register to organise the general elections, but the deputy general secretary of the ruling NDC, Koku Anyidoho took the opportunity during the open forum at the stakeholders' forum, to request from the Electoral Commission to state clearly to Ghanaians whether they used two separate registers for the elections in 2012,  but the deputy commissioner Amadu Sulley stated categorically that, they never used two registers but only one register.    ‘’We did not use two registers, we used only one register,'' the deputy commissioner stressed.                                                                  
As part of the electoral reforms adopted by the EC, there will be no ‘‘strong room’’ in election 2016 as done in the past. This was revealed at the two stakeholders’ conference organised by the Electoral Commission to discuss whether to compile or not compile a new register. The Commissioner Madam Charlotte Osei responding to questions by participants at the two day forum explained that as part of efforts to ensure transparency and credibility of the electoral process, the commission has taken the decision to operate with this new idea so more people participate in the process. According to her the move will be more ‘’inclusive’’ and diffuse the minds of Ghanaians on the assertions they have about the so-called ‘’strong room’’ Madam Charlotte Osei said the process will allow cameras and screens inside the chamber where certification of constituency results will be taken in a more open and transparent manner. “A more transparent process will be introduced, what we are going to have is a bigger room that we will have cameras and more inclusiveness of the electorate.” The commissioner has assured Ghanaians of their readiness to accept and abide the recommendations made by the five member panel. Madam Charlotte Osei believes that there is no perfect system around the world and therefore stakeholders’ must work together to ensure that the credibility of our elections is guaranteed.  ‘’Looking ahead the view of the EC is this, there is no perfect registration system in the world and we do want to ensure that we have a credible register which will be the foundation for a credible elections in for election 2016. As an election management body it is critical. There is no perfect system and we must all work to ensure there is a credible register.’’    
The re-elected National Chairman for the Progressive People’s Party, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond has charged Ghanaians to vote the PPP government into office come 2016. Addressing delegates at the National Conference of the party at Takoradi in the Western Region today, he said a PPP government will be incorruptible, transparent, and accountable and above all make judicious use of the national resources. The PPP is assuring you of an accountable government, transparent, credible, incorruptible and people cantered governance. We will use government financial resources to invest in our people, invest in our farmers, invest in our fishermen, and invest in every person in this country, he said. He added, Ghanaians must afford a decent living, Ghanaians should not continue to sleep in the streets, Ghanaians should not continue to sleep in kiosk, no that is not good, that is not a country  we should have. We should have a country where every Ghanaian can have a roof over their head, access to good drinking water, access to quality healthcare, access to stable and uninterrupted power. According to Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, the current government has failed the Ghanaian voter woefully for their mismanagement and lack of leadership to manage the resources of our country. An endorsement for the Mahama led administration is an endorsement for corruption, mismanagement and mediocrity, if a government fails you in four years, vote them out. Do not give them another four years just because they deceive you to maintain them in power to continue to steal from you, he stressed. The National Chairman of the awake party, admonished the teaming delegates and Ghanaians to vote out the PPP if they fail to deliver on their mandate. He said, you cannot afford to drink water with sheep and goats in modern day Ghana, it is impossible, it is unacceptable and that is something we want to change as a government when voted into power. The PPP as part of their campaign ahead of the 2016 general elections, started with their 'Awake and vote for change tour' to convince Ghanaians to vote for them come 2016, it is the aim of PPP to gain 20 or more parliamentary seats in 2016.      
The Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Koku Anyidoho is saddened for the opposition party for the disgrace and embarrassment they brought upon themselves at the stakeholders’ forum on the voters’ register. ''I feel sorry for the NPP and i am happy that the NDC has advanced a superior argument very well.'' Speaking in interview with rainbowradioonline.com, after the two days forum, Mr. Anyidoho insisted that the argument by the NPP was flawed, without merit and lack substance to inform  for the decision for the  compilation of a new voters’ register. The NPP left here embarrassed, ashamed and disappointed because their ‘’wild’’ allegations of a bloated register, was refuted by a stronger and legal arguments by the Electoral Commission. From the beginning, we in the NDC has held the position that, the NPP was deceiving Ghanaians with their fabricated lies surrounding the voters’ register, Koku said. He explained that the forum provided stakeholders’ the opportunity to dialogue, argue and state clearly their claims on the current state of the register. He added, Ghanaians saw the proceedings and will judge for themselves on whether we will compile or not compile a new register, but for the NDC we still insist that, the current register credible. Mr. Anyidoho however opined that the consensus by the majority of parties that came to the forum was for the register to be audited and cleaned of the ineligible voters existing in the document. ''What we need  now  is not a new register. Let us work with what we have and clean it up because what we have is now credible. The deputy chief scribe of the ‘Akatamanso’ party was however surprised that Nana Akufo was present at the forum to witness the ‘mess’ he has created for himself for making wild allegations of a bloated register with over 2 million non-eligible voters. ‘’The legal argument presented by the EC is so strong that it has shot down the so-called allegations by Nana Addo since he went about alleging and making unnecessary noise on the voters’ register. For me as an individual, am so embarrassed for Nana Addo, someone who claim to be an astute lawyer making baseless arguments he is not here to see how the EC defeated his argument with cogent legal argument, he added.      
The Judicial Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG), will from Monday embark on a nationwide indefinite strike after all attempt to get their allowances which are in arrears failed. The members has expressed disappointment on the part of government, to fulfill its promise to pay the outstanding arrears of JUSSAG, following a number of meetings and negotiations. According the Deputy General Secretary of the group, Charles Osei Bonsu they reached this decision because they had no other option In a statement signed by Charles Osei Bonsu the Deputy General Secretary, he outlined what JUSSAG intends doing until their issues are resolved. “We are disheartened that all efforts to realize the payment of our allowances amicably have proved futile”. "Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th November, 2015 all members are to wear red arm bands at work nationwide. "This will be followed by partial withdrawal of service where all staff are expected to report to work at 12noon. "On Monday November 9 all members are to embark on indefinite strike nationwide should the earlier efforts fail to catch government’s attention." The directive according to the statement is bound on all members nationwide.
The National Youth Organiser of the ruling NDC, Sidii Abubakar Musah has advised Sammy Awuku and the flagbearer to concentrate on resolving the challenges and divisions confronting their party rather than disturbing Ghanaians with the call for the compilation of a new register. Abubakar Musah in a statement released in response to some comments made by NPP National Youth Organiser, described his stamentment as unfortunate and has called on the secretary agencies to be alert. Sammy Awuku on his facekbook expressed fears at the comments made by the EC boss as an effort to resist attempts to compile a new voters’ register. ‘’ “By her posture and utterances, the EC boss is setting the stage to deny the youth and the people of Ghana a new and credible voters register for the 2016 elections. We will not sit down for our future to be toyed with. The cost of a new credible voters’ register is cheaper than the cost of violence. Guess it’s time for the Youth to Arise! We cannot afford to fail the masses in 2016. Youth Revolution imminent.’’ However in rebuttal by the NDC, the National Youth Organiser said, ‘’ Akuffo-Addo and belligerent Sammy Awuku, must concentrate on solving the wide divisions within the NPP and stop disturbing the ears of the majority of peace-loving Ghanaians.  No Youth Revolution is imminent: Ghana shall not die because of reckless Akuffo-Addo and Sammy Awuku!!’’ ‘’ It has not come as a surprise to the Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC); that, the National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic (Pathetic) Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku, is threatening of an “imminent youth revolution”, after his party greatly disgraced itself at the just-ended two-day Electoral Commission organised forum to discuss the weak-kneed call by the NPP to have a new voters register at all cost,’’ Musah Abubakar added.    Below is the Full statement by the NDC National Youth Organiser   Press Release   No Youth Revolution Is Imminent!!!   ————————————–   It has not come as a surprise to the Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC); that, the National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic (Pathetic) Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku, is threatening of an “imminent youth revolution”, after his party greatly disgraced itself at the just-ended two-day Electoral Commission organised forum to discuss the weak-kneed call by the NPP to have a new voters register at all cost.   At the end of the day; it has come to light that the NPP Flagbearer, Nana Akuffo-Addo and his Party have no case and instead of licking their wounds and hiding their shame; Sammy Awuku rather chooses to cowardly threaten mayhem.   The Youth Wing of the NDC wants to let Sammy Awuku know that his cowardly call for a “Youth Revolution” SHALL not be countenanced.  Any attempt by Sammy Awuku and his Akuffo-Addo led handful of brigands and buccaneers to misbehave; SHALL be met with the due process of law!   The NDC Youth Wing is calling on the Security Agencies as well as all well-meaning Ghanaians to be alert and awake to the evil machinations of Akuffo-Addo; Sammy Awuku; and his handful of destructive followers.  We must make it loud and clear that: Akuffo-Addo & Sammy Awuku SHALL not be allowed to kill innocent Ghanaians with “wormafunu”, just because of one man’s inordinate ambition to become President “at all cost”.   Akuffo-Addo and belligerent Sammy Awuku, must concentrate on solving the wide divisions within the NPP and stop disturbing the ears of the majority of peace-loving Ghanaians.  No Youth Revolution is imminent: Ghana Shall not die because of reckless Akuffo-Addo and Sammy Awuku!!   Signed   Sidii Abubakar Musah   (NDC, National Youth Organiser).   October 30, 2015.  
The Electoral Commissioner, Madam Charlotte Osei has said there is no existing law which bares anyone fearing being on two registers. Presenting their position at the stakeholders’ forum yesterday, she explained that the allegations of foreigners on the Ghana’s voter register should not  be only focused on ECOWAS countries because there could be a possibility of some other Ghanaian voters or perceived foreigners from other countries who may appear on the register as alleged by the NPP. The EC boss stated that, the EC as a body sees the issue beyond the sub-region and any attempt to delete or focus on those raised could be discriminatory. She said if the request for perceived foreigners in register is anything to go by, then efforts must be put in place to have all the original Biometric Information (Original Fingerprint images before any processing) in a centralized location to help manage or address the issue. The Electoral Commission according to her, proposed for ‘’Cooperation with neighboring countries Electoral Commissions, sharing the biometric data and comparing the biometric information (De-duplication process) to filter out individuals who registered in MORE than more country.’’ However Madam Charlotte Osei opined that, if such a proposal be approved it may raise a legal and sovereign issues including the location for the centralized point and which country to manage the process. She also indicated, the proposed idea may also create problems for neighbouring countries with regards to private information of voters’ and the integrity or trust by parties to provide information on their voters’ register. Madam Charlotte Osei explained fur countries that may wish to participate in these processes may have to agree on a legal frame work to support them in achieving the intended goal.   Political Parties role The EC boss admonished political parties to assist the Commission in ensuring that foreigners do not get the opportunity to register when an exercise of registering voters is due. ‘’EC relies on the cooperation of  the community and party agents  to prevent foreigners from registering.’’ As stakeholders’ you must prevent anyone (Non-Ghanaian) who falsely state they are Ghanaians when applying to be registered, she added. She stressed, such people must be challenged and if possible when the exhibition of the voters’ register is announced, all efforts must be implemented to get such people out of the register.   Who qualifies to get into Ghana’s register? Madam Charlotte Osei said the eligibility of a voter in Ghana’s voters’ register is a legal or constitutional provision. Birth in or outside Ghana If parent or grandparent is a citizen, it is also presumed that a child not more than 7 years with parents unknown qualifies as a voter when he or she turns 18 years. By adoption, marriage, and naturalization. Madam Osei maintained that stakeholders must use the existing mechanism of removing unqualified voters on the Register, and in doing so they should raise objections during exhibition of the voters’ register.
Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor has assured Ghanaians of government’s commitment to end the power crisis in December this year. According to the Minister, if all things go as planned, dumsor will be no more in December. The minister gave this assurance at a sod cutting ceremony of a Ghanaian-owned power distribution firm, Enclave Power Company on Friday in Accra. Dr. Donkor reiterated government’s commitment to ensure that, Ghanaians have stable power and because of that some infrastructural projects are being undertaken to help manage the situation.  “Several units of the AMERI energy project have landed on our shores, civil works ongoing are quite close to completion and we expect that before the end of the year, that should also be working. “All things being equal, we believe we are on schedule, but we cannot be 100 percent certain, but in terms of our planning, in terms of equipment availability, we should be in a position to pronounce load shedding over by the end of the year as planned,” the minister said. However the minister says Ghanaians will have to be ready to pay more to be able to enjoy reliable and uninterrupted [power since the source of our energy, the Akosombo Dam is not in good condition. “The Akosombo Dam has historically provided us with very cheap power when it generates at less than two cents per kilowatt hour and this has enabled Ghana become the cheapest source of power in the sub region. “However, as the role of Akosombo diminishes and we now have to have a lot more thermal complementation, the mix makes the marginal cost of any additional megawatt higher and therefore if we are to sustain the industry, then cost must be reflected in the price we pay for power”, he posited.
National Youth organizer of opposition NPP, Sammy Awuku has expressed fears that the EC may not a compile a new register and has therefore charged Ghanaian youth to arise and demand from the Electoral Commission, a more credible register. The outspoken youth leader of the NPP believes that the posture of the EC boss, could not guarantee the compilation of a new voters’ register which to him will form the basis for credible elections in 2016. "By her [Charlotte Osei] posture and utterances, the EC boss is setting the stage to deny the youth and the people of Ghana a new and credible voters register for the 2016 elections,’’ he said. According to Sammy Awuku, the cost in compiling a new voters’ register is far cheaper than the denial to give Ghanaians what they are yearning for, since in his opinion, the new register will allow for peace to prevail among all stakeholders. He said, ‘’we will not sit down for our future to be toyed with. The cost of a new credible voters register is cheaper than the cost of violence. Guess its time for the youth to Arise! We cannot afford to fail the masses in 2016. Youth Revolution imminent." Sammy Awuku’s statement which he expressed on his facebook page, follows the submission made by the EC boss yesterday at the stakeholders’ forum. Madam Charlotte Osei in her presentation said: ‘’Looking ahead the view of the EC is this, there is no perfect registration system in the world and we do want to ensure that we have a credible register which will be the foundation for a credible elections in for election 2016. As an election management body it is critical. There is no perfect system and we must all work to ensure there is a credible register. ‘’One of the question we’ve been asking ourselves is, Ghana probably has the most inclusive process a creating a register. How can such an inclusive process bring results that parties says are so flawed that requires change every four years? Surely we may have to think is the problem with the technology, with the EC or with the people themselves. Are we the problem and we just keep shifting from one technology to another? If the people and the stakeholders do not want a credible process, we cannot have a credible register just by putting money into it. We must all get involved and want the same thing for us to arrive at the same destination.’’ Meanwhile the National Youth Organizer of the governing NDC, Sidii Abukakar Musah has expressed his disappointment at the statements by Sammy Awuku saying that there will be no violence in Ghana as perceived by the NPP. He insisted that the security forces are very alert to prevent any attempt to destabilize the country. Musah Abubakar in a statement said “any attempt by Sammy Awuku and his Akuffo-Addo led handful of brigands and buccaneers to misbehave; SHALL be met with the due process of law!” He has also called on the security forces to be alert following these statements made by the NPP leader.    
Former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Peter Mac Manu says the NPP is vindicated on their petition that the current voter register is bloated and not credible. Speaking in an interview with rainbowradioonline.com, after the two day stakeholders’ forum, he said the Electoral has indeed accepted that the biometric system in itself is characterized by system failure which cannot identify the errors and correct them making, it impossible for the system to be relied upon to clean the register. He stressed that, the NPP still stand by their three core allegations of a bloated register with over 53, 000 voters existing in the register which cannot be accounted for, a number which he described as statistically incorrect and defective. Mr. Mac Manu charged the Electoral Commission to investigate thoroughly the allegation of 0ver 76, 000 Togolese in the register. Aside that, the NPP claim there are about 13,000 Burkinabe’s in the voters’ register making the document flawed and not credible to conduct a credible election. Mr. Manu expressed shock at the demand by the EC for the NPP to provide them with the Togolese register because they have been able to get that of South Africa and Kenya, and so what prevented them from going for that of Togo themselves. However he has indicated the party’s readiness to provide the EC with the evidence. Mr. Mac Manu expressed shock at the demand by the EC for the NPP to provide them with the Togolese register because they have been able to get that of South Africa and Kenya, and so what prevented them from going for that of Togo themselves. He pointed out that the EC had not properly responded well to the allegations raised by the NPP, although they accepted that there were failures with the system.   Presentation by some parties illegal The former chairman of the Elephant party was disappointed at the opportunity given to the Ergle and Reform parties to present a petition at the forum, because to him, that was an illegality since those parties in the last 10 years had not participated in any IPAC meeting. I Peter Mac Manu, I am saying it with confidence that, a party like Ergle and Reform had no business presenting petitions to the panel because I have not seen them in the last 20 years at IPAC meeting.’’ Why are we allowing such an illegality, why should we allow these so-called parties to present petitions at the forum, for what purposes? I am disappointed totally in the EC, he said.        
  1. Popular
  2. Trending
  3. Comments

Calender

« July 2018 »
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31