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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017
The Majority in Parliament has described as mischievous claims by the Minority that Ghana is the second highest country that contributes fighters to ISIS in Libya. Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Okudzeto Ablakwa has said, ‘’Rather worrying for Ghana, we are considered to belong to the second highest category of 50-100. This has been explained by the Attorney General of Libya’s office to mean between 50 to 100 Ghanaian migrants in Libya have been identified as active frontline fighters of ISIS in Libya. Ghana appears in this category with seven other countries namely; Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Niger, Eretria, Mali and Somalia.’’ According to the Minority, ‘’While it is obvious to us that many Governments and intelligence agencies across the world would find the content of the Attorney General of Libya’s inquiry very disturbing, we in Ghana ought to be even more concerned due to the revelations made about our dear country.’’ ‘’According to the Libyan Attorney General’s Chief Investigator, Al-Seddiq al-Sour, Ghanaian migrants feature prominently as members of the so-called Islamic State in Libya,’’ the Minority lead by Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, Okudzeto Ablakwa said. But Mr Dompreh, who is also MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri said: “We thought that as a responsible opposition, things bothering on security, it is important we all thread with caution. Let me say that the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and for that matter the government, is fully aware of this. We have done enough checks at the Ministry and the Ministry is already aware. What is important is that the Ministry is conducting an investigation into the matter and so for anybody to allege that the Ministry is aware and is not doing anything about it is neither here nor there.” Speaking to Accra based Class FM he said, :“It is also important for us to state among other things that we haven’t seen the said report, it is also being alleged that some Ghanaians have been mentioned, but that has not been proven; the authenticity of these Ghanaians cannot be proven at this stage. “In August 2015, regarding the report that a KNUST student has joined an ISIS group, we were then in the Minority, we behaved responsibly, we never rushed to the media to throw this thing out to cause unnecessary fear and panic. What we did was to report to the security agencies to conduct investigations. “But they are clearly creating mischief and indulging in fomenting mischief because if a report has been put out there by another Republic of which its authenticity has not been proven, all you need to do as a responsible opposition or Minority, is to report this matter to the state agencies for investigations to be conducted.”
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The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Mr Peter Amewu has said the ministry did not and is not planning to institute an independent public inquiry into the Prestea - Nsuta mining disaster. The minister made the statement in response to a question by Hon Ras Mubarak MP for Kumbungu when he appeared before parliament today [Tuesday]. Hon Mubarak wanted to know whether the ministry would institute any public inquiry into the Prestea - Nsuta Minining disaster. The minister said the accident was caused by illegal mining activities. Explaining measures taken by the ministry when some illegal miners were trapped in a mining pit in Prestea - Nsuta, the minister said government among other actions declared a 6 - month moratorium on all small scale mining activities in April 2017. By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
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Greece's parliament has approved a new law that will make it easier for people to change their legal gender. Citizens over the age of 15 will now be able to change their gender with a court ruling and without requiring a medical operation. LGBT activists said the new law was an improvement, but criticised it for not doing enough to establish "full self-determination" for transgender people. The Greek Orthodox Church said the move was "immoral". The bill, which passed by 171 votes in Greece's 300-seat parliament, removes medical requirements from the process of changing legal gender. Under the old law, those wanting to change their gender on official documents had to undergo sex-change surgery and medical tests. This was heavily criticised by human rights groups and LGBT activists. ILGA-Europe, an LGBT rights advocacy group, described it as an "outdated and oppressive practice that violates individuals' bodily integrity". Speaking after the vote, Evelyne Paradis, the group's executive director, said: "Progress - but not perfect. That sums up my feelings at the moment." "Today is a great step forward, but it's a shame that the step was not one towards full self-determination for all trans people in Greece." During a debate on Monday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged lawmakers to support the change. "We are on the side of those who have no voice, or whose voice is stifled," he said. However, the law change was opposed by conservative politicians who said the minimum age of 15 was too young. The leader of conservative opposition party New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said: "For us it is inconceivable to bar 15-year-olds from consuming alcohol, yet enabling them to take such an important decision." The Greek Orthodox Church also opposed the bill and called for it to be withdrawn. In a statement (in Greek) they said it "defies customs and common sense, and, above all, destroys people". In response, Prime Minister Tsipras said: "Absolutely no tradition, no perception of family calls for people to be sidelined or tossed aside into a social and institutional abyss." Source: BBC
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The Minority in Parliament has revealed at a press conference that Ghana has been classified as the country with the second highest membership with terrorist group ISIS. This according to them was contained in a Libyan Attorney General’s Islamic State Inquiry. According to the Minority, ‘’While it is obvious to us that many Governments and intelligence agencies across the world would find the content of the Attorney General of Libya’s inquiry very disturbing, we in Ghana ought to be even more concerned due to the revelations made about our dear country.’’ ‘’According to the Libyan Attorney General’s Chief Investigator, Al-Seddiq al-Sour, Ghanaian migrants feature prominently as members of the so-called Islamic State in Libya,’’ the Minority lead by Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, Okudzeto Ablakwa said. ‘’Rather worrying for Ghana, we are considered to belong to the second highest category of 50-100. This has been explained by the Attorney General of Libya’s office to mean between 50 to 100 Ghanaian migrants in Libya have been identified as active frontline fighters of ISIS in Libya. Ghana appears in this category with seven other countries namely; Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Niger, Eretria, Mali and Somalia.’’ Below Is the full statement PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT ON THE LIBYAN ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ISLAMIC STATE INQUIRY AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS TO GHANA’S SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL IMAGE. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the press. We consider it an honour to warmly welcome you to this press briefing. The Minority in Parliament has obtained and studied the report of a special inquiry commissioned by the Attorney General of Libya after the recent NATO backed liberation of Sirte from the so-called Islamic State also known as Daesh. We have taken keen interest in this report because Ghana is mentioned a number of times and in ways that it would not be in our collective strategic interest to ignore. We shall return to the specific context in which Ghana comes up later in this presentation. The report, however, details crimes committed in cities across Libya by the terrorist group. The Attorney General’s inquiry did also shed light on the inner workings of the terrorist organization in Libya including its “government structure, leadership organogram, funding and membership”. At a Press Conference in Tripoli, Libya a few days ago, precisely on the 28th of September, 2017, Head of Investigations at the office of Libya’s Attorney General, Al-Seddiq al-Sour presented highlights of this much awaited inquiry to the international media. According to al-Sour, most of the current revelations were obtained from confessions of captured Daesh fighters who have now been detained by Libyan authorities. The content of the report which is generally troubling has revealed that contrary to previous speculations, the notorious emir of IS’s branch in Barqah (eastern Libya) is still alive and believed to be operating in Libya’s central region deserts, that IS’s government structure created a Diwan (Ministry) for ‘Borders and Migrants’ which is led by the dangerously elusive Hashem Hussian Abu Sidraha a former member of Al Qaeda in the Maghreb and Darnah’s Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade while Al-Mahdi Rajab Danqou is IS’s Defence Minister both of whom are still alive. The inquiry provides fresh insight into the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, the Manchester City bombings, Eretrian killings, the beheading of the Egyptian Copts and where they were buried. The mystery surrounding over 200 assassinations including that of former Libyan Attorney General Abdulazizi al-Hassadi, former head of Benghazi Security Directorate Faraj al-Dressi and the two Tunisian journalists Sofiene Chourabi and Nedhir Ktari amogst others appear to have been resolved. This inquiry has additionally exposed Daesh’s funding sources which include revenues from kidnappings, control of State-owned enterprises and factories, drug trafficking and its latest modus operandi of bank robberies - 7 in Sirte alone with one involving $54 million. While it is obvious to us that many Governments and intelligence agencies across the world would find the content of the Attorney General of Libya’s inquiry very disturbing, we in Ghana ought to be even more concerned due to the revelations made about our dear country. Without hesitation and before proceeding further, the Minority will like to stress that we have, after careful consideration decided on the importance of striking a fair balance by the need to avoid creating panic among the Ghanaian citizenry, the need to limit how much information we put out at this stage for obvious national security reasons and the obligations imposed on us by our constitutional mandate to help preserve the security of the State and the safety of Ghanaians we represent in Parliament. This is what is done by responsible members of the legislature everywhere in the world and it is this principle that guides us in this present context. Ladies and Gentlemen, It must also be understood that the outcome of the inquiry conducted by the Attorney General of Libya’s office is no longer classified information. The key findings have already been presented to your colleague international journalists who were present at the 28th September, 2017 press conference in Tripoli, therefore, adopting silence or playing the ostrich cannot be a responsible approach given the circumstances. As we will all agree, good patriots and nationalists who care about the image of their country and the security of their fellow citizens do not sit idle when their country’s name has been brought up publicly in the most uncomplimentary and frightful terms as has been done by this Libyan report. Inquiry’s findings relating to Ghana According to the Libyan Attorney General’s Chief Investigator, Al-Seddiq al-Sour, Ghanaian migrants feature prominently as members of the so-called Islamic State in Libya. At al-Sour’s press conference which was delivered in PowerPoint, he placed emphasis on a particular slide which categorized the foreign members of Islamic State in Libya into four groups and according to their population. (We hereby present to you a copy of this slide) Rather worrying for Ghana, we are considered to belong to the second highest category of 50-100. This has been explained by the Attorney General of Libya’s office to mean between 50 to 100 Ghanaian migrants in Libya have been identified as active frontline fighters of ISIS in Libya. Ghana appears in this category with seven other countries namely; Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Niger, Eretria, Mali and Somalia. Only four other countries; Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan and host nation Libya who all belong to the first category of 100 and over, were found to have more Islamic State fighters than the category Ghana finds itself. What is more unnerving; the special inquiry found that kidnappings of expatriates were mostly carried out by Islamic State foreign fighters from Ghana, Turkey and Tunisia. This dreadful report, highlights of which was presented to a packed room of international journalists in Tripoli a few days ago must necessarily trigger a number of immediate actions from our Government - actions which all Ghanaians must demand in our collective national interest. To this end, therefore, the Minority makes the following demands: Government must publicly react to this inquiry by the Libyan Attorney General’s Office due to its grave ramifications to Ghana’s image. Government must provide the needed assurances to Ghanaians and our international security partners that this matter is receiving very high level attention within a Ghana Libya Counter Terrorism Framework and the global fight against terror. Government must take steps to ascertain to what extent the Ghanaian nationality claims in the report is accurate. Ghana’s national security apparatus must exchange intelligence with their Libyan counterparts on how these Ghanaians if indeed they are Ghanaians are being recruited and radicalized with the view to eliminating all such threats and conduits. Government must put measures in place to ensure that none of these alleged Ghanaian Islamic State fighters are allowed to return to Ghana without strict security clearance and surveillance. Government should consider establishing a generous and enticing reward scheme for families, friends and loved ones who volunteer vital and credible information on any known ISIS ties of their loved ones either living in Libya or being recruited to go to Libya. Government should provide details of all steps it is taking to work with other friendly countries who have previously provided intelligence support to monitor all terrorist recruitment activities and what steps it is taking to deal with the challenge to a joint Parliamentary committee of Defense and Interior and Foreign Affairs so that the people's representatives can be assured that government is taking all necessary steps to protect the Ghanaian people. Government should explain what steps are being taken to provide public information on how terrorist recruitment is conducted in order that citizens can be aware of how the "signs of radicalization" in our young people should be looked out for. Government should engage religious leaders of both Moslem & Christian groups to get them to reach out to their congregations and develop programmes within their organizations to create awareness of attempts to radicalize young people and to prevent them from falling prey to ISIS propaganda. Ladies and Gentlemen, This is not the time to panic. It is the time to work together and to look out for each other. We are confident that with the right collaboration and strategy which harnesses the contributions of all Ghanaians including our experts, we are more than capable of eliminating all known threats to our territorial integrity and collective wellbeing. The Ghanaian reputation - internationally acclaimed for being a peace loving people and a people who abhor and detest violence must be jealously guarded by all of us. Thank you for your attention, we will now take your questions.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the decision taken by him, in run up to the 2016 elections, to restore the nursing training allowances if he won the election was not mere political rhetoric, campaign talk, and neither was it meant to deceive nursing trainees in order to get their votes. According to President Akufo-Addo, “it was much more than that. We believed, and still believe, that Ghana needs all the nurses and healthcare workers she can get, if the nation is to have a solid, world class healthcare system, and we think it necessary to provide the relevant incentives to make that possible.” The President was speaking at the Sunyani Nursing and Midwifery Training College on Tuesday, 10th September, 2017, when he made this known, at the restoration of the nursing and midwifery training allowances. Bemoaning the cancellation of the allowances, in 2014, by the government of the former President John Dramani Mahama, President Akufo-Addo noted that this singular action brought untold hardships to the thousands of nurses and midwives in the country, who depended on it for their studies and for their welfare. The cancellation, according to the President, left many trainee nurses demotivated and demoralised. “The New Patriotic Party and I heard your cry, and assured you of the restoration of these allowances, if we won the election. By the grace of God, and by the generosity and trust of the Ghanaian people, I am here, today, as President of the Republic, ready to fulfill the pledge we made to you,” he said, to a rousing applause from the packed auditorium of the school. To this end, President Akufo-Addo stated that, for the 2017/2018 academic year, effective September, 2017, fifty eight thousand health trainees, comprising nurses and midwives, will be paid their allowance of four hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢400.00) per person, for each of the ten months of the academic year. “This means government will be spending a total of GH¢232,000,000 for this academic year. The E-Zwich platform will be used to effect payment, as it will ensure convenience, prompt payment, and accountability,” he said. The President continued, “To the professional cynics and skeptics, those who have made an industry out of constantly asking ‘is this policy sustainable?’, I wish to assure them that, with the proper management of our public finances, the nation’s budget can accommodate such an amount.” The implementation of the Free SHS policy, on 12th September, 2017, he added, should be an indicator of the fact that leadership is about choices. “I have chosen to invest in the education and in the future of our young men and women, and I will use the blessings the Almighty has so amply bestowed on us to this end,” he added. The payment of the allowances, the President noted, would also not have been possible without the prudent management of the economy. NHIS, Employment of nurses It is the judicious application of resources, he explained, that is heralding the revival of the National Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which has led to the payment of GH¢560 million out of the GH¢1.2 billion debt inherited from the Mahama administration, which was strangling the NHIS. Government, he added, is committed to paying the balance within the next 12 months, indicating that “in the meantime, payments to service providers in the NHIS are now current, with no arrears being built up.” President Akufo-Addo added that it is the work of Ministers like Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, and the brilliant, resourceful Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, that is restoring the health of our public finances, leaving rapidly behind us the era of corruption, incompetence, mismanagement and profligacy that sent us cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for relief. “We are going to make our public finances robust again, so we can pay our way in the world, like any self-respecting nation should,” he added. The President revealed that, within the short space of 9 months, Government has employed some 16,000 qualified young nurses and midwives and other health professionals, who, though qualified, had not found employment over the last few years. Before the year ends, he assured further that additional nurses and midwives will be employed. “Next year, we plan to employ even more healthcare workers. To your colleagues in private nursing and midwifery training institutions, who have been at home for a number of years, next year our healthcare institutions will begin recruiting them,” he added. The aim of his government, he stressed, “is to banish the spectre of nurses, midwives and health assistants who are not posted after completion of their courses.”
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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October's election re-run. Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, which saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner, after finding irregularities. But Mr Kenyatta says he is ready to proceed with the new vote as planned. The country's electoral commission said Mr Kenyatta had won the August vote by a margin of 1.4 million votes - or 54% of the total, compared to Mr Odinga's 44%. The re-run was due to take place on 26 October, but Mr Odinga said on Tuesday: "We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC [electoral commission] to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel... All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one." As a result, he said, "considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large" it was best that he withdrew from the race. The opposition party has previously made clear its participation in the election was contingent on reforms being made. It believes the election will have to be cancelled as a result of Mr Odinga's withdrawal, allowing "adequate time to undertake the reforms necessary to conduct an election that is in strict conformity with the constitution, the relevant laws and the constitution". Mr Odinga has also called on people to protest on Wednesday, using the slogan "no reform, no elections". But Mr Kenyatta, speaking at a rally in the southern town of Voi, said: "We have no problem going back to elections. We are sure we will get more votes than the last time." Source: BBC
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The Microfiance and Small Scale Loans Centre (MASLOC) has signed an agreement between it Dextro Impex Company Limited. The purpose of the agreement is to document a framework of cooperation between the parties and support MASLOC in one of its modules for the supply of 2011 Model Fiat Panda European made cars to MASLOC. The said agreement intercepted by rainbowradioonline.com revealed that, Dextro Company Limited shall ensure and facilitate the shipment of the cars from Germany to the final destination, Port of Tema, Ghana, the agreement stated. According to the agreement, repayment period shall be spread over duration of Thirty (30) months. ‘’MASLOC shall make an initial payment of 10% of the value of the cars with the remaining 90% payable over the period indicated,’’ the agreement which was signed by the current CEO of MASLOC, Stephen Amaoh added. Per the agreement, the shipment will include a total number of 1,800 units of cars and ‘’there shall be a first shipment of 300 units of the cars with the remaining quantity 1,500 shipped over a period of 5 months. 300 of the cars shall be shipped every month over a period of 5 months. The company, Dextro Impex shall make available spare parts for the said cars and conduct after sales services under a separate agreement for separate fees, the agreement concluded.
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The 37 Military Hospital says it has been hit by shortage of consumables, including bandages, plasters, dressing and cotton wool, infusions, drainage and administration products, surgical gloves, gauze products and protective clothing. This was made known by Acting PRO Miss Juana in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Nana Ama Nyamiwaa Casablanca, when she visited the hospital to give an update on the condition of victims admitted following the explosion at Madina Zongo Junction last week Satuurday. She has therefore appealed to corporate bodies, pharmaceutical companies, individuals and other philanthropists to come and donate to the facility so they can take care of the victims on admission. ‘We are appealing to the general public to donate these items to the hospital so we can take care of the victims,’’ she humbly appealed. Miss Juana also disclosed to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, a total of 40 victims were admitted at the facility following the Saturday’s gas explosion at Madina Zongo Junction. Out of the number, one was declared dead on arrival at the hospital whereas one other person died on admission at the hospital. Two of the victims on admission are receiving treatment at the intensive care unit due to the severe nature of their burns. Nineteen (19) have been discharged with 5 others admitted at the allied ward. Three others are on admission at the trauma, surgical and emergency ward. One other person is on admission at another ward at the hospital, she said. In total, 11 victims are still on admission comprising one female and 10 males.
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Acting Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the 37 Military Hospital Miss Juana has disclosed to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that a total of 40 victims were admitted at the facility following the Saturday’s gas explosion at Madina Zongo Junction. Out of the number, one was declared dead on arrival at the hospital whereas one other person died on admission at the hospital. Two of the victims on admission are receiving treatment at the intensive care unit due to the severe nature of their burns. Nineteen (19) have been discharged with 5 others admitted at the allied ward. Three others are on admission at the trauma, surgical and emergency ward. One other person is on admission at another ward at the hospital, she said. Doctors she stressed are on the beat to ensure that those who are still on admission are treated. ’’Those on admission are responding to treatment,’’ she assured. In total, 11 victims are still on admission comprising one female and 10 males. A total of 7 people have been confirmed dead with some 132 others sustaining serious injuries following the gas explosion.
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Two separate Accra Central District Courts have ordered the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital to furnish the police with the autopsy reports of Major Maxwell Mahama and Mr J.B Danquah-Adu respectively. In the case of Mr Danquah-Adu, the court, presided over by Ms Arit Nsemoh ordered the Head of the pathology department of KBTH to furnish the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with the full autopsy report of the deceased Member of Parliament (MP) within one month. She then adjourned the case to November 10, 2017 Major Mahama autopsy In the Major Mahama's case, the court, presided over by Mr Ebenezer Kweku Ansah, ordered the Head of the Pathology Department, of the 37 Military Hospital and Dr Lawrence Adusei, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the military officer, to furnish the Director of CID, with the autopsy report before or on October 26, 2017. The two officials , Mr Ansah, said must appear before the court on October 26 if they fail to carry out the orders. The two courts gave the orders after the prosecutor in both cases, DSP George Amegah, revealed that the police had still not received the full autopsy reports of the MP and the military officer. Mr J.B Danquah-Adu was killed in cold blood in his bedroom in January , 2016 while Major Mahama was lynched at Denkyira Obuasi in May, 2017 Source:GraphicOnline
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