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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has operationalised its payment platform system for the collection of dues. This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the National Organizer, Kofi Adams. According to the statement, members of the party are to pay their monthly dues through the new system and not supposed to pay cash to anyone aside the operationalised systems. The statement further detailed how members are supposed to pay their dues through the platform PAYMENT OF NDC PARTY DUES All Registered Party Members are to take note that the payment platform for party dues is now operational. All members shallpay their dues through the platform. No member shouldpay cash to anyone as membership dues. Party members are to follow the following steps to pay their DUES using MTN or AIRTEL MONEY STEPS Step 1: Dial *713*40# Step 2: Select 1; Pay Dues Step 3: Select appropriate status E.g. General Member Party Official (Branch, Constituency) Bulk Payment Step 4: Select Payment Options e.g. 1 Month 2 Month 12 Month (1 year) 2 years Step 5: Select your ID type E.g. Membership ID Voters ID Step 6: Enter ID Number (found in front of the card) Step 7: Select payment Method E.g. MTN, Airtel Step 8: Enter Mobile Money Number E.g. 024………., 026……….. etc. Step 9: Confirm payment (SMS on your Phone) SIGNED Kofi Adams National Organizer
The Ghana Education Service has directed all staff who have retired but still at post to with immediate effect hand over and proceed on compulsory retirement. This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Director-General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa. The statement said: ‘’The attention of Management has been drawn to the fact that some officers who are supposed to have proceeded on compulsory retirement are still at post despite the earlier directives for them to do so per a letter dated the 5th of June, 2017. Management wishes to remind all Regional/Metropolitan/District and General Managers of Education Units to ensure strict compliance with the following: 2. That officers who have submitted their applications on the correction of date of birth but are due for retirement should leave their position while waiting for the outcome of the decision of management. 3. That all officers who have retired and are still at post should in their own interest hand over and proceed on compulsory retirement immediately. All heads of second cycle and basic schools are also expected to take note and comply accordingly,’’ it concluded.
Some residents at Dome Kwabenya have complained bitterly about the poor nature of their roads. The area which is in the Ga East Municipality according to residents has very poor roads and affecting productivity and businesses. Some of the residents who called into Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the roads have developed pot holes. The poor nature of the roads they noted affects the free flow of traffic. In 2017, government awarded some major roads that are in deplorable state to contractor, Ghacos Ghana Limited. The scope of work to be carried out by the contractor includes; Construction of 1.5km of dual carriage way from Atomic Roundabout to Taifa with provision for roadside drains; Construction of ancillary roads to improve traffic management and safety in the area; Construction of 750 meters of storm drainage works to reduce the perennial flooding within the area; Construction of walkways along the roads to improve pedestrians safety; and streetlights to improve visibility at night for both motorists and pedestrians. Other roads earmarked to benefit from this facelift are Old and New Agbogba, Hatso, Dome Pillar 2 (Auntie Mary), Kwabenya and Abokobi. The cost of the project is GH₵19.093million with contract duration of twelve (12) months. The project is however to start despite the sod cutting ceremony in November, 2017. Efforts made to reach the MP for the area, Madam Sarah Adjoa Safo proved futile. The MCE Madam Janet Tulasi Mensah, was also in a meeting and could not respond to the issue. The regional chairman, Ishmael Ashitey is currently out of the country and in South Africa when he was called top comment on the issue.
The Northern regional chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu, is alleging that, some government officials are taking bribes in order to award contracts to their cronies. The outspoken politician said he will no longer sit unconcerned and watch people bypass him and award contracts to people when the youth in the region, are unemployed and worse off than when the party was in opposition. He was reacting to the attack on a local contractor when was awarded a contract for the building of a storm drain at Gumani in Tamale. The youth claim the contractor is an outsider who played no role in the NPP’s election victory, and undeserving of the contract. Mr. Naabu, justified the attack stressing that, the angry youth attacked the contractor because they have been neglected after contributing to the victory of the NPP in 2016. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said contracts are being awarded at the blind side of the regional chairman and as political leader, he is not going to allow people to use ‘’sakawa’’ to award contracts to people when the youth of the party, are going hungry. ‘’Since our government came into power, people have been given contracts and the regional chairman, does not know anything and that is not the way it is supposed to be. Before a project is awarded, the chairman and the minister will sit down and look at it critically before the tender board could award. Nobody knows what is going on in the region and our people, the youth, are just walking there without a job…Everybody eye red and any contract that comes into the region, we want to know who awarded it,’’ he said. Bugri Naabu said the party members in the region will not sit down and watch contracts awarded without their knowledge. ‘’We have been talking and they will go and do something; we are just in darkness and if something spoil somewhere, it is the party that is supposed to put things right…I was trying to cover this but because you punished me, that is why I am telling you this,’’ he added. When asked if he have particular contractors he would prefer to work with, he said, every contractor is a contractor but ‘’we can’t sit down and allow people to use the state contracts to make money for themselves when those who brought the party into power, would be sitting like stooge…Do we want power or we don’t want power? We want power so we things to be going are going normal…so that when I am coming to campaign the next time…they will know that yes, Mr. Bugri Naabu, is a good man, I will vote for the party. We cannot allow for some people to use sakawa and collect contracts, collect money; then the party’s name will spoil. We have to do the right thing.’’
Lawyers for the former CEO of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Sedina Tamakloe Attiounu, have described as defamatory published audit report by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO). The report indicted the former CEO and some other officials of MASLOC. The report, among other things, revealed that MASLOC invested an amount of GH¢500,000 in a 91-day fixed deposit with Obaatampa Microfinance Company Limited, at an interest rate of 25% per annum on July 24, 2014. The former CEO, Sedina Tamakloe, in a letter dated August 28, 2014, however instructed the microfinance company to terminate the investment and pay back the amount. But the report established that the money which was repaid cannot be traced. The auditors recommended that Mrs Sedina Tamakloe “should be held responsible for the refund of the amount of GH¢500,000 with interest in accordance with regulations 61(5) of the Financial Management Act, 2003 (654).” But the lawyers have rubbished the report describing it as defamatory and an agenda to ridicule Mrs. Attionu. Read Below the full statement PRESS RELEASE PURPORTED AUDIT AND/OR EOCO REPORT WITH DEFAMATORY REMARKS. We write as Solicitors for and on behalf of Sedina Tamakloe Attionu on the above subject matter. Our attention has been drawn to publications of a purported audit and or EOCO report on various platforms belonging to the Multimedia Group in relation to embezzlement of funds and or malfeasance during to her tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of MASLOC. The said publication contains statements that are highly defamatory of our client and calculated to ridicule her person in the eyes of decent thinking people and society as a whole. It must be observed that sometime last year whilst our client was overseas, an invitation letter from the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to her was reported in the media and upon her return she honoured the said invitation with her lawyers. Various allegations were made against our client. The said allegations were denied by our client and she gave a statement to that effect to the investigative agency (EOCO). It is our belief that EOCO as the investigative body is doing its professional work and within the ambit of the law. We wish to state that whilst it is the duty of the investigator to do their duty to gather evidence to complete their work, a private auditing firm by name Baffour Awuah & Associates wrote to our client to give them information and also respond to the same issues that our client had responded to at EOCO. We found the request from the said firm curious and an attempt to elicit information from our client after the fact, unacceptable. Upon our advice, our client declined the said invitation to participate in this private audit process. The process employed confirmed our suspicion that the said audit firm was being used to do a hatchet job as opposed to the professional work as dictated by ethics and the law governing the profession. It is our duty to state categorically that there is no truth whatsoever in the purported publication being published in the media, especially by the Multimedia Group. For the avoidance of doubt, our client has denied all allegations leveled against her and we wish to reiterate that our client did not misappropriate any funds of MASLOC during her tenure as Chief Executive Officer. For Multimedia Group to bandy around the so-called audit report and to create the impression that whatever has been stated in the report is sacrosanct is most unfortunate and regrettable especially when the said media group has set some standard as a credible institution. We must observe that in as much as the media is to inform the populace, it also has the duty not to defame, destroy the reputation of persons and make malicious comments about persons that allegations have been leveled against since under our laws everybody is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law. We also expect EOCO to adhere to the age long, tested and proven criminal processes if they are of the view that our client has done anything criminal and not to persecute her in the media. Meanwhile, we have the instructions of our client to commence legal action against all persons and corporate entities publishing these defamatory statements about our client with the sole purpose to destroy her hard earned professional reputation built over her working life of over 25 years. Be advised accordingly. VICTOR KWADJOGA ADAWUDU Esq. ALL MEDIA HOUSES.
The Brong Ahafo regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, has admonished final year students sitting for the 2018 West African Senior Secondary Exams, to avoid any form of examination malpractice. He has also called on the students to desist from relying on ‘apo’ and rather do their best to pass their exams. He made the remarks at the Brekum Methodist Senior High School, after visiting some examination centres in the region on Thursday. The minister also admonished the final year students to assist their parents at home and avoid engaging in any form of social vices. According to him, completing senior high school is just a step to pursuing higher education hence the need for the students to assist their parents so they can prepare for their tertiary education. Some 380, 000 students from 915 schools across the country are sitting for the exam which is currently ongoing.
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has described as laughable the suspension of the Deputy Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide and Robert Safo Mensah, the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) over the visa fraud saga that has rocked Ghana’s participation at the Gold Coast Commonwealth games. In his view, the suspension is meant to cover up the rot that has painted Ghana in a bad manner on the global stage. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said, it has been the trade mark of the NPP to use grammar to confuse Ghanaians when appointees under them corrupt their office. He said, a similar incident he noted happened under former President Kufour asked Dr. Richard Anane to step aside only for Ghanaians to realize that, he was running his office from home and withdrawing salary. The chief scribe of the NDC went on to state that, President Akufo-Addo has also introduced suspension which has no meaning or confusing Ghanaians. He quizzed what has happened to the Denkyira Obuasi DCE who was suspended and whether he was still drawing salary from the state. The former legislator who is popularly referred to as General Mosquito said, the current administration enjoys confusing Ghanaians with grammar and cover up corruption so citizens will see them as committed to the fight. ‘’I do not see this government as a serious one in the fight against corruption. Aside that, the way and manner this president conducts his investigations; he knows that in theory the investigation is not meant to expose the truth but the fact that he and his propagandists deceive Ghanaians is what he wants. The president enjoys covering up corruption. He is not committed to exposing them. The suspension of the two officers is not a way of exposing corruption but a cover up,’’ he noted. ‘’This will amount to nothing. I am not the only one expressing this position. Majority of Ghanaians share in my opinion. You can use the cash for seat saga, the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital and the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff and the outcome as examples. The leaked tape of the CID officer was also another issue Ghanaians were expecting to be dealt with but the woman was promoted and appointed as the substantive CID boss.’’
Corporate Affairs Manager for the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Michael Boadi, has urged men of God and Islamic clerics to use their pulpits and mosques to help in the fight against corruption. The fight against corruption he told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, is a collective one hence the need for religious leaders to add their voice and speak to their followers to understand the need to eschew all forms of corruption. He also admonished corrupt individuals to desist from the act and asked anti-corruption agencies not to give up the fight on corruption. He was reacting to the call by President Nana Akufo-Addo on civil society groups to help him fight corruption. Akufo-Addo made this plea while meeting with members of the National Anti-Corruption Coalition at the Jubilee House on Tuesday. Nana Addo said his fight for corruption will be effective if there's an holistic approach from all government institutions. “[Corruption] is a national concern to all of us. Not only about the reality but also the perception about the fight against corruption because in many ways, the perception is as significant as the reality. We are working in these areas and [want] your input as to how best authorities can forge their weapons to fight against corruption", he pleaded. Mr. Michael Boadi described the call as a great one and urged institutions in the country to also world effectively to ensure that persons who are found culpable of corrupt offences are punished for their crimes.
A lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mohammed Abass, has underscored the need for Ghana to adopt a long term development plan. The plan he noted should be premised on the challenges confronting the nation and be given a parliamentary approval so it would be binding on any government Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the political scientist said, because we currently do not have such a blue print, every government that comes into office tries to draft a plan to enable them achieve their goals. He was reacting to the launch of government’s 7-year Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies. The launch was done by the president on Wednesday, 11th April, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre. The President stated that this vision is informed by the need to establish a strong economy, that creates opportunities, inspires people to start businesses, stimulates expansion of existing businesses, and, ultimately, leads to the creation of jobs, increased economic growth and higher incomes. Additionally, the President stated that the industrial policy, under the Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies, will provide direction to enhance the operational capacity of existing firms, and to facilitate small business incubation as a way to promote the Government’s “One District, One Factory” initiative. “The industrial policy is to be supported by targeted provision of infrastructure to eliminate critical bottlenecks in the areas of roads, rail, aviation, water, sanitation, and energy, and distribute infrastructure fairly and comprehensively across the country,” he said. Government’s social policy regime, President Akufo-Addo explained, is to invest in people, by improving access and ensuring the provision of quality education, healthcare, and affordable housing. Commenting on it, Mohammed Abass stressed that, the policy is a good one and that is how it should be but emphasized the need for the current administration to do their best and get the nation a development plan that will bind every government before exiting office. ''Without the national development plan, the nation will lose a lot of resources because every administration would want to draft their own development plan''.
A 45 year old man at Kwahu has been allegedly shot to death by Fulani herdsmen. The deceased whose name was given as Kwesi Boateng, was a farmer had returned from the farm and was directing his caretaker who was manning his cattle to close and go home. The two later saw some individuals armed with guns and hovering around the area. The alleged Fulani herdsmen fired the gun at the two with Kwesi Boateng being hit by the gun fired at them. The caretaker, Kwesi Asare, 16, rushed home to narrate the incident to neighbors who rushed to the scene where they found Kwesi Boateng lifeless. They reported the incident to the police and the body was subsequently deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy. The incident occurred yesterday [Wednesday] evening.
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