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Three former appointees under former President John Dramani Mahama are being investigated for stealing by the Criminal Investigations Department. The former appointees are Inusah Fuseini, former Lands and Natural Resources Minister and current MP for Tamale Central. The other two are the Member of Parliament for Ada, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah, who served as a Minister of State in-Charge of Social and Allied Institutions and Eric Opoku, former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister. Speaking to the media after meeting the CID, Mrs Cudjoe-Ghansah, said she cannot be faulted for receiving double salary during her tenure as a Minister of State in-Charge of Social and Allied Institutions. The Tamale Central MP has also denied the allegations and attributed it to political criminality.
Mr. Graham Sabbah, the Project Coordinator for the One-House-One Toilet Project has revealed that the project, a collaboration between the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the World Bank, has constructed 4,500 out of the total 19,000 projected to be constructed by year 2020. In an exclusive interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Sabbah said, they are looking forward to construct 6,600 toilets by June 2018. He explained, it is expected that 10 persons will use one toilet facility. So when you do the tabulation, you will realize that, we have removed over 45,000 people from open defecation. The cost of the facility is GHȻ4,000 and the AMA through the World Bank pays half the price (GHȻ2,000). Beneficiaries, who were initially requested to pay the remaining balance of GHȻ2000 per toilet, would now pay only GHȻ1100 to have the facility. The One Household-One Toilet Project, which aims to eradicate open defecation in the city, has been launched at Town Council Line in Accra. He encouraged landlords to embrace the project so they can have access to affordable toilet facilities which would in turn help eradicated open defecation. ‘’Government is paying for 70 per cent of the total cost. So I will encourage landlords to embrace the project before we run out of cash. If we exhaust the money allocated for this project, you would have to pay GHc4, 000 for the toilet. But through the efforts of government and the World Bank, you will pay GHc1, 100,’’ he appealed.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has told investors and business leaders from the United Kingdom that Ghana is the ideal place in the West African Region, and on the Continent, to invest and conduct business. According to President Akufo-Addo, “Ghana is a haven of peace, security and stability, a country where the principles of democratic accountability are now firmly entrenched in its body politic, and where the separation of powers is real, to promote accountable governance.” Delivering the keynote address at the 2nd edition of the UK-Ghana Investment Summit, organized by the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, 17th April, 2018, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his government is keen on establishing a business-friendly economy to attract foreign direct investments to exploit Ghana’s great potential on mutually satisfactory terms. Stressing that investments are protected in fact and in law in Ghana, the President assured that “the rule of law in Ghana is not a slogan, but an operating principle of state development. We want to participate in the global market place, not on the basis of the exports of raw materials, but on the basis of things we make.” He continued, “We want to bring greater dignity to the lives of millions of people in Ghana. We want to build a Ghana Beyond Aid. I believe very strongly that Ghana is on the cusp of a new, bold beginning, which will repudiate the recent culture of failure.” Private sector key President Akufo-Addo indicated that his Government is of the firm conviction that the role of the private sector in the development of our national economy is crucial, adding that “it is the very essence of our economic philosophy, and has been so for 70 odd years.” In furtherance of this, he stated that over the past 15 months in office, his administration has set about putting in place the measures needed to reduce the cost of doing business and improve the business environment in Ghana. The President noted that “our actions have resulted in the growing stability of the macro-economy and the cedi, reduction in inflation, and an abolition of nuisance taxes whose aim is to shift the focus of the economy from taxation to production.” The “effective economic policies” put in place, he said, have ensured that the fiscal deficit, which stood at 9.5% at the end of 2016, has been reduced to 5.6% at the end of 2017, and is projected to go down to 4.5% in 2018. Inflation, the President added, has declined from 15.6% at the end of 2016 to 10.4% at the end of March this year, and is expected to decline even further to an end-of-year single digit target of 8.9%with economic growth increasing from 3.6% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017. The President stressed that “as a result of appropriate policy, and the normalisation of the power situation in Ghana, these interventions have also led to the revival of Ghanaian industry, from a growth rate of negative 0.5% in 2016 to 17.7% in 2017. Interest rates are declining, and we are now witnessing a more stable cedi, our national currency. Our macro-economy is growing stronger.” At the same time, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that Government has implemented specific measures which are leading Ghana and her economy into the new digital age. These, he said, include the introduction of an e-business registration system, a paperless port clearance system, a digital addressing system, a mobile interoperability system, and a national identification card system, all of which are designed to formalise the Ghanaian economy, reduce the cost of doing business, and facilitate interaction between businesses and
Ghana is ready to share her development experiences with Liberia and will be willing to lend a hand to her West African neighbour as she seeks to move on from the devastating war of a few years ago. The ties between Ghana and Liberia will also be strengthened as the two nations explore ways to share knowledge and help meet the aspirations of their citizens. The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, made these commitments when the Vice President of Liberia, H.E. Jewel Cianeh Howard Taylor, paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House, Accra on Tuesday 17th April, 2018. Citing the challenges the Nana Akufo-Addo government faced when it assumed office about 15 months ago and the strides made since then, Vice President Bawumia assured H.E. Jewel Taylor that her country’s fortunes could be turned around with dedication and hard work. “Issues such as stabilising the macro economy, restoring business confidence and making the education curriculum relevant to the needs of the people of Liberia are key”, Vice President Bawumia stated, adding “ensuring value addition to agricultural products and a policy of infrastructure development and industrialisation would also go a long way to provide jobs for the youth.” On her part, H.E. Jewel Taylor indicated she and her team are in Ghana to learn from her experiences and share ideas on how to develop Liberia and the subregion as a whole. They would also explore the possibility of engaging the services of retired Ghanaian doctors and teachers to help strengthen the capacity of Liberian institutions, according to the Liberian Vice President. H.E. Jewel Taylor expressed the gratitude of Liberians for Ghana’s assistance during the war period and even after, when a large number of refugees were hosted at Buduburam in the Central Region, declaring, “Ghana has become like home to us.”
Sections of the Ghanaian public have suggested that the harsh economic condition in the country is having serious impact on them and their families. Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the respondents said although Ghana may have chalked positive economic outlook, it has not reflected in their pockets. A chop bar operator said, ‘’we appreciate the free senior school policy but the prices for goods and services are high and due to that, we are unable to recoup what we invest into our business. The prices for rice, oil and other commodities are high and have affected our business.’’ Another trader opined, ‘’the economy is not strong. The figures they have given us do not tally with the reality in our markets. We are struggling. They keep increasing food prices on daily basis. The current administration should do something about it otherwise, we will show them the exit in 2020.’’ One other respondent was however confident that, the Nana Addo led administration has done extremely well over the past one and half year. In his view, the reduction in electricity tariffs, introduction of the free senior high school policy and other socio-economic initiatives have boosted the economy. In a telephone interview with National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bia East, Mr. Richard Acheampong, said the NPP hoodwink Ghanaians to vote for them only for them to assume office and fail woefully. The one-district-one-factory, the $1 million per constituency he stated have turned into a ghost promise and reality has dawn on the ruling party. ‘’Ghanaians will agree that the NPP has deceived them and the NDC was far better than the ruling NPP,’’ he noted. Ghana's economy expanded by 8.1 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, following an upwardly revised 9.7 percent growth in the previous three-month period. Considering 2017 full year, the economy grew by 8.5 percent, the fastest rate in five years, mainly boosted by oil and gas production. GDP Annual Growth Rate in Ghana averaged 6.94 percent from 2000 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 25 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and a record low of -3.80 percent in the first quarter of 2014. (tradingeconomics.com)
The UK government says it’s ready to help Ghana and other colonies remove anti-gay laws from their statutory books. The country blamed itself for introducing such laws when they colonized countries including Ghana. Addressing the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London today [Tuesday], Prime Minister, Theresa May said, she “deeply regrets” the UK’s role in introducing the anti-gay laws. The Prime Minister told the gathering that the UK’s role seems to have resulted in a “legacy of discrimination, violence and even death,” in some of its former colonies. “I’m all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.” “Yet there remains much to do…Nobody should face discrimination and persecution because of who they are or who they love. The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible,” she said. The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye has consistently posited that, Parliament will not be coerced to legalize gay marriage in Ghana. Addressing a group of religious leaders who paid a courtesy call on him in February this year, Prof Oquaye insisted that the current crop of parliamentary leadership would not endorse an act that majority of Ghanaians abhor. “If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micropause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing.” The president had also noted in an interview that the legalization of homosexuality was not a pressing issue in Ghana but was bound to happen should such groups push for it. In an interview with Qatar-based Al Jazeera, President Akufo-Addo said he felt such a push was “bound to happen” and possibly pave the way for the decriminalization of homosexuality. “This is a social, cultural issue, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana.’ “At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” he added. Chapter 6 of the Criminal Code, 1960, as amended by the Criminal Code Act, 2003, cautions against unnatural carnal knowledge. Section 104 states “whoever has unnatural carnal knowledge of (a) any person of the age of sixteen years or over without his consent shall be guilty of a first degree felony and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than twenty-five years; or (b) of any person of sixteen years or over with his consent is guilty of a misdemeanour; or (c) of any animal is guilty of a misdemeanour.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has granted Executive Approval for the immediate implementation an Action Plan to deal with road accidents in the country. The approval comes after a three-man committee comprising the ministers of Interior, Transport and Roads tasked to develop a an action plan, presented its report to the president. The approved action plan are three areas of action, a statement issued and signed Deputy Information Minister, Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto, said. The three areas of action are education, enforcement and engineering. On education, the statement said: ‘’resource the Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to scale up public education and sensitize on road safety with an additional GHc 5.5 million from the Road Fund.’’ On enforcement the statement read: ‘’enforcement of Road Traffic Laws by the Police through spot fines by automation of MTTD Operations,’’ and ‘’partner with private towing companies and Nationwide Traffic Management and Enforcement Limited (NTMEL) to vigorously enforce regulations.’’ On Engineering the statement said: ‘’resource the Ghana Highway Authority Department of Urban Roads and Department of Feeder Roads with at least GHc 335 million a year to provide signage and road markings for roads over a three (3) year period.’’ According to the statement, the committee tasked the Ghana Police Service, Road Safety Commission and other relevant road sector agencies to immediately commence the enforcement of the action plan as approved by the president.’’
Editor in chief of Vroom newspaper, Castro K.F Amoako has called for the need to educate public especially drivers, on road safety regulations adding that it needs to start from our schools. His call comes on the back of recent reports by the Ghana Road Safety Commission (GRSC) that a total number of 592 people lost their lives in the first quarter of 2018 alone. The campaigner and Front-runner of the “Think GH” campaign stated on the frontline with host Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM this morning that, it’s a miracle if you leave home and return safely in Ghana due to the rate at which people lose their lives to road accidents in the country. He said, this has brought the need for introducing the “Think GH campaign, an initiative put together by the Vroom Newspaper to help fight against the high rate of road accidents. Mr. Amoako reiterated that, it’s not the roads or the vehicles that kills us but rather the drivers who lack proper training on how to use the roads. “The drivers and the(MTTU) are supposed to make sure that these things do not happen but it appears they are ignorant or just lack education, he revealed. When asked if he was shocked at the findings of the (GRSC), he stated that he has suspected it all this while and believes the figures could be more than what the public has been made to believe because his personal research made him discover a staggeringfigure of around 400 people as of March 2018 alone. He passionately cited the death of the late dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns and a couple of icons who have lost their lives through road accidents and suggested that their pictures should be on the “Ayalolo” buses instead of having pictures of our heads of states, this he thinks would help in the fight against the canker. He finally called on Ghanaians to have a change of attitude which he said should start from our schools. Story by:Adnan Osman (Intern)
Executive Chairman for Radford University College, Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, says the inability of the country to have a new breed of entrepreneurs is due to politics and bad policies. He told Rainbow Radio’s Kwame Tutu that, we waste time on politics and that has influenced the youth of today to fight for political appointments and positions instead of planning to establish their own enterprises. Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, opined that, until we change our attitude and our mindset, we will not be able to raise a generation of billionaires in modern times. Entrepreneurs in Ghana he noted are not recognized or appreciated and when we don’t appreciate people excelling as Ghanaian entrepreneurs, we abuse them. The dependency rate in Ghana he lamented is extremely high hence the need for opportunities to be created for people to be self dependent. Mr. Sarpong said when you travel to America; you will see how entrepreneurs are appreciated and respected. They are the force behind the economy but in Ghana, we do not recognize private business owners. Government workers are given state vehicles and state bungalows and so it is not encouraging people to be entrepreneurs.’’ He was speaking on the topic, ‘’How do we [Ghana] create the next generation of millionaires? In his view, the leaders in the helm of affairs have never been entrepreneurs and do not know what it takes to be an entrepreneur. ‘’They just read books and interpret. Entrepreneurship is not book reading. You need an experienced person and not a book long,’’ he added.
The physician assistant connected to the death of four persons at the New Senchi Health Centre has been granted bail by a Koforidua High Court. Simon Takrama, was granted GHc 20,000 bail with two sureties. The bail is coming after the Physicians Assistants declared a sit down strike following the arrest and detention of their colleague. Simon Takrama was arrested alongside James Yeboah, a retired Disease Control Officer who administered the said contaminated injection, whiles working at the facility illegally. The bail was granted by the presiding judge, Cecilia Naa Shormey Davis, after the lawyer for the accused person, Sulleymana Musah, successfully argued for same.
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