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Ghana's Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo says it will be an act of irresponsibility on the part of government to allow the current Ghana Football Association (GFA), to function after some officials were captured on tape allegedly accepting bribes to influence their work. The minister said although she is willing to give executives from GHALCA an opportunity to meet her over the intended plans to dissolve the GFA, it will not halt the processes for the dissolution. GHALCA met with the Sports Minister, Mr Asiamah and have suggested taking over the running of the Ghana FA and call for an emergency congress. But the minister rejected their proposal and insisted government will not reverse the dissolution plan. GHALCA has since planned on meeting the Attorney General. However, before they even meet to discuss their issues, Madam Akuffo says the plan to dissolve GFA will not be reversed. ‘’I can only say categorically that, we will go on with this petition. We are seeking a restructuring…Our position is that, the GFA as presently constituted, especially if you consider, it is not only the subscribers who are involved in this. Referees, regional directors, almost everybody associated…are not only bleeding and using the FA for their personal gain through illegal means, but they are also affecting the performance of football in this country.’’ According to the minister, although government has invested resources in revamping football in the country, the nation has not benefited from the heavy investments saying, ‘’…in fact it is inequitable, it is illegal, it will be irresponsible if we continue to sit back and allow the FA as presently constituted to continue to operate.’’ Madam Gloria Akuffo said, the court action which resulted in a ten-day-ban on all FA activities, was triggered because two of the officials made an attempt to travel to Russia to attend a FIFA event over the weekend. An Accra High Court has banned GFA activities for ten days. The order of the court, therefore bars the GFA and its officials from carrying out all official duties at least for ten days. The injunction comes after the government filed a petition at the High Court for the dissolution of the GFA. The minister explained, the injunction will hold the situation pending the determination of the petition which is asking that, the GFA be liquidated because it is the view of government that, the GFA as constituted presently, is not performing the objects for which it was incorporated. And from the Anas video, clearly, its being used as a vehicle for illegality and the government cannot sit back…’’
A presidential staffer has been suspended for 30 days after engaging in social media banter with some supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP). Dr Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor has been suspended from her duties at the presidency, as statement from the seat of government, Jubilee House has stated. The statement which announced her suspension described her conduct as disparaging to the Ghanaian society. The suspended staffer incurred the wrath of NPP supporters last week through a Facebook which she posted on her page. Ms Donkor, who is the number 114 on the list of 998 is, in addition to her presidential staffer role, a leading member of controversial girls group PepperDem. Her post on Facebook which got her suspended read: “You shouldn’t”, she encouraged her friend who posted it. “You can’t reason with them (footsoldiers).” She said. “It’s like tribalist”, she added.
Founder and General Overseer of the Glorious Wave Church International, Prophet Badu Kobi in 2016 called on Kwesi Nyantakyi, the resigned President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA). The prophet had called on the embattled lawyer to step down because he had done enough for the FA. He was speaking in interview with Rainbow Radio’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi. ‘’Nyantakyi should step down because if he steps down, things will go in his favour,’’ he said, and when he was told Nyantakyi’s mandate has not being exhausted fully he said, ‘’you are saying his time is not yet up but I would advise him to step down. If he is not willing to step down now, he should not go for re-election.’’ At the time of the interview, the prophet as waded into the rift between Nyantakyi and the immediate past Sports minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye saying: ‘’I heard him attacking the former minister, I was shocked…He must be a leader and deviate from all those things,’’ he had said. The prophet who made a number of revelations also called for the reconstitution of the Black Stars National Team. The ill treatment meted out to the our former team members he lamented brought a curse on the national team. The undercover investigation, captured in a documentary, entitled #Number 12, has since led to the resignation of the GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi who was secretly filmed engaged in alleged corrupt practices with undercover agents disguised as Arab investors interested in sponsoring Ghana football. Mr Nyantakyi, who is also the First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football and a member of the FIFA Council, was last Thursday handed a 90-day worldwide ban from all football activities pending investigations by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.
General Secretary for the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr. Justice Yankson, has said every Ghanaians is at risk of dying from the ‘No Bed Syndrome’. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the medical doctor called on government to release resources to resolve the challenge in the emergency care services. ‘’These problems do exist and it is up to the state to ensure that, we channel a lot more resources and investments into emergency medical services, both in terms of the human capital and the material. Human capital is that; the doctors and nurses and health personnel should have their capacity built. We don’t have enough trained emergency care practitioners. All these things are lacking. We may have it, but it is lacking,’’ he told the host. He added: ‘’we still have a lot to do. People usually think it is about a doctor and nurse issue. But nobody is immune from this problem. As a doctor, this can happen to me. I know some senior doctors who have died as a result of the no bed syndrome. At that point, it is not about being a doctor. It is about how functional our system is. As medical practitioners, we see the situation on daily basis. The situation is growing worse due to growth in population. Our medical facilities are being stretched due to our growth in population.’’ The lack of no bed syndrome which has led to the death of a number of Ghanaians he stated has been more than a decade problem. ‘’Generally, the principle that people go to three, four, five, six or eight hospitals and are rejected over lack of beds is not a new problem. The problem has existed over the last seven to ten years especially in Accra, it has been persistent. The challenge is usually recorded at nights with emergency cases,’’ he said. Emergency care he explained is an important service which has been neglected despite being an essential service. Emergency cases in other countries, are managed by the Ambulance Service and because the officials are able to communicate with hospitals, they are able to determine where to send you in order to prevent them from roaming unnecessarily. Dr. Yankson decried the lack of world class emergency units in our various facilities and until we invest in these areas, we will continue to experience the ‘no bed syndrome’, he said.
The Inter Party Coalition for National Sovereignty has issued a statement after it met to deliberate over some pressing national issues. The communiqué has described the budgeted cost for the registration and issuance of Ghana card as outrageous. The Coalition has adopted the position taken by the Minority and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the need for the National Identification Authority (NIA) to review the criteria for the registration. Signed by Chairman Bernard Mornah, the communiqué said, ‘’ At the meeting the coalition adopted a common stance on the Ghana card issuance and endorsed the position taken by both the Minority in Parliament and the leader of the APC Hassan Ayariga at a press conference last week. ‘’ The Coalition has also described the latest expose of alleged corruption at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as unfortunate. According to them, ‘’It noted that while the focus is on cleaning up football administration in the country, the damning insight of corruption and fishy deals in the Akufo-Addo government as captured in the video cannot be relegated to the background. COMMUNIQUE The Inter Party Coalitionfor National Sovereignty met in Accra yesterday June 11 2018 to deliberate on pressing national issues. Matters concerning the issuance of the citizen identity cards and the Anas expose on the rot in Ghana football dominated discussions. The meeting also considered as grave, statements made by former GFA Chairman KwesiNyantakyi whichpoint to possible corruption and sleaze in the highest echelons of the Akufo-Addogovernment. At the meeting the coalition adopted acommon stance on the Ghana card issuance and endorsed the position taken by both the Minority in Parliament and the leader of the APC Hassan Ayariga at a press conference last week. The coalition took particular note of the following: The outrageous cost of 1.2billion dollars for the project Blatant breach of procurement procedures Restrictive identity requirements for registration which will disenfranchise millions of Ghanaian citizens. On the topical issue of the Anas tape, the Coalition expressed grave concern about the extent to which Ghana’s international image has been severely dented. It noted that while the focus is on cleaning up football administration in the country, the damning insight of corruption and fishy deals in the Akuffo Addo governmentas captured in the video cannot berelegated to the background. In this regard, the coalition is emphatic that the smokescreen apology by the former GFA chairman does not absolvePresident Akufo-Addo or any of the named officials. Therefore the matter is far from over. The Coalition will next week hold a joint press conference to dilate further on the national situation. Signed BenardMornah (Chairman of PNC) Spokesperson of the Coalition
The registration and issuance of Ghana card for the legislative house has started today [Tuesday]. Despite threats by the Minority to boycott the exercise, the registration has commenced with some members of the house ready to go through the process. The Minority has raised concerns over the criteria being used by the National Identification Authority (NIA) for the registration. In a statement, a Minority leader and Tamale South MP said the National Identification Authority (NIA) has not been honest with the Ghanaian people over the cost of the project with two figures - $1.4billion and $293 million, - according to reports. Member of Parliament for kumbugu Ras Mubarak says concerns raised my minority have not been addressed. According to him this exercise was initiated by the NDC government in 2009 with the purpose of registering all Ghanaians; however the difference is they couldn't give the cards out as it was supposed to be. The registration exercise is a key government initiative to collect data for economic planning purposes and also to formalise the economy. Presidential staffers at the Jubilee House sucessfully registered and received their cards. Parliament, the Judiciary Service and security agencies are the NIA's next stops as it prepares for a nationwide takeoff. Portions of the statement by the Minority read: ‘’ Furthermore, we remain opposed to the restriction of identification requirements for registration to Passports and Birth Certificates. Our analysis show that this will prevent about 23 million Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and deprive them of any benefit thereof. We also have grave concerns about potential breaches of Procurement laws and processes. In view of the foregoing, we are unbale to participate in the registration exercise slated for tomorrow at Parliament house. Subsequent to this statement, we will hold a comprehensive press conference on Tuesday,12th June,2018 to shed more light on our position and matters arising out of the National Identification project.’’
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of private candidates who took the 2018 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). The council had hosted the results online on the official website of WAEc a released issued by Deputy Director of Public Affairs Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, said. Withheld results The statement said the entire results of seven candidates had been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into alleged examination malpractices, adding that those withheld results would be released as soon as the council concluded its investigation. Statistics of candidates A total of 11,886 candidates made up of 6,886 and 5,000 males and females respectively sat the examination which was written at 41 centres throughout the country. This year’s private BECE recorded the highest number of candidates since its inception in 2015. For instance, last year, 1,379 took part in the examination, while 1,418 and 1,181 candidates sat for the exams in 2016 and 2015 respectively. Selection of schools Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced to the general public that candidates who sat the private BECE in February this year should visit the WAEC’s website for the selection of senior high schools of their choice. A release signed and issued by the Head of the Public Relations Unit of the GES, Ms Cassandra Twum Ampofo, asked the candidates to visit www.waecinternetsolution.org “to go through the school selection process to be considered for placement for the 2018/2019 academic year.” Deadline “Again, candidates are urged to carefully read the guidelines for the selection of schools before they start the process,” the statement said. The statement concluded that the deadline for the selection was Monday, July 2, 2018. By: Rainbow Radio and additional files from GraphicOnline
The government has through the Education Ministry supplied 2,586 pieces of assorted Science, ICT, Technical and Vocational equipment to the Mampong Technical College of Education in its bid to revamp technical education in the country. The equipment includes electronic kilns, heat transmission ovens, concrete block making machines, desktop and laptop computers, sewing machines, grinding machines, biological models, portable strobe lights, VCD/DVD combos, graph boards, and developing tables, among others. The college has been allocated GHS 372,249.00 for academic facility infrastructure and faculty development through the GETFund. The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh who made the presentation later joined graduants of Mampong Technical University to congratulate them on their graduation.
One of the eldest sons of Anthony Opoku Acheampon, the 70 year-old man who died after he was turned away by six hospitals including Ghana’s premiere hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital over lack of beds says the family maybe considering a legal action. Obiri Yeboah told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the family lawyer is currently out of the jurisdiction and will be back on Sunday. The family he noted will seek the advice from the lawyer on the way forward. The death of his late father he said was as a result of negligence on the part of the various hospitals that rejected them over the ‘No Bed’ syndrome. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched investigations into the circumstances that led to the death of the 70-year-old man. Director General of the GHS, Dr Nsiah Asare, said he is disturbed by the death of the 70-year-old man. Reacting to the probe, Obiri Yeboah called on GHS to expedite the probe and come out with concrete policies that will prevent such occurrences in the future. Anthony Opoku Acheampon, 70, died in his car at the LEKMA hospital after six other hospitals refused to admit him due to lack of beds. The incident he said happened on 3 June 2018 when his brother, Ishmael Opoku received a phone call from his mother to come home and assist in taking his father to the hospital because he was complaining of headache and dizziness. At midnight, Mr Opoku and his mother drove his father to the C&J Hospital at Adabraka where the nurse turned them away with the no bed excuse without even administering first aid. They left C& J Hospital to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where the same excuse of no bed was cited. From Korle Bu, they made trips to Korle Bu Polyclinic, the Accra Regional Hospital, the Police Hospital and the LEKMA Hospital where his father eventually died. All the hospitals they visited turned him away over claims that there was no bed. At the LEKMA hospital, Mr Opoku recalls his mother knelt before a doctor and pleaded that his father be attended to but the doctor refused to take care of him insisting there was nothing he could do. Mr Acheampon died in his son’s car after all attempts to get him medical treatment failed.
One of the eldest sons of Anthony Opoku Acheampon, the 70 year-old man who died after he was turned away by six hospitals including Ghana’s premiere hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, over lack of beds, has revealed that, the father warned them not to take him to the hospital when he started feeling severe headache. Narrating the circumstances that led to the death of his father, Obiri Yeboah said his father started complaining of headache and his wife, attempted giving him paracetamol, but my father said, ‘’this not a pain paracetamol can cure. So my mother told him we needed to take him to the hospital. But my father said, don’t take me to the hospital because if you do, I will die… ‘’So my mother asked why he made that comment and insisted we have to take him to the hospital. My mother called my senior brother and that was the beginning of our horrific ordeal.’’ Anthony Opoku Acheampon, died in his car at the LEKMA hospital after six other hospitals refused to admit him due to lack of beds. The incident he said happened on 3 June 2018 when his brother, Ishmael Opoku received a phone call from his mother to come home and assist in taking his father to the hospital because he was complaining of headache and dizziness. At midnight, Mr Opoku and his mother drove his father to the C&J Hospital at Adabraka where the nurse turned them away with the no bed excuse without even administering first aid. They left C& J Hospital to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where the same excuse of no bed was cited. From Korle Bu, they made trips to Korle Bu Polyclinic, the Accra Regional Hospital, the Police Hospital and the LEKMA Hospital where his father eventually died. All the hospitals they visited turned him away over claims that there was no bed. At the LEKMA hospital, Mr Opoku recalls his mother knelt before a doctor and pleaded that his father be attended to but the doctor refused to take care of him insisting there was nothing he could do. Mr Acheampon died in his son’s car after all attempts to get him medical treatment failed.
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