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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Friday, 13 October 2017
The producer price of cocoa beans for the 2017/2018 season has been maintained at 7600 per tonne despite the drop in the price of the commodity on the world market. This translates into 475 cedis per bag of 64 kilograms, which starts today, October 13, 2017. The Minister of Agric Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto at a press conference said government decided to maintain the price to cushion cocoa farmers despite the sharp drop in the price on the world market from 3000 dollars to 1900 dollars. According to him, “The price of cocoa on the international market has witnessed a dramatic decline to a ten year low from more than $3000 per tonne only 10 months ago to as low as $1900 in recent months. The situation has compelled other countries to reduce drastically their producer prices of cocoa.’’ He further explained that the drop in price of the commodity has already cost government about one billion dollars. “Government has maintained the producer price of cocoa in order to eliminate the harsh effects of the drastic decline in international cocoa prices on the earning of our hardworking cocoa farmers.’’ He indicated further that the huge drop in the world price of cocoa has reduced revenues to an extent that the stabilization fund is not enough to cushion farmers and other stakeholders in the domestic value chain. “Therefore government has sacrificed its share of the FOB(i.e export duty) in order to keep the producer price at 7,600 per tonne. “Licensed Buying Companies (LBCs) are to take note of this and pay our cherished farmers accordingly.’’ “These include the Buyers’ margin, haulers’ rate, warehousing and internal marketing costs as well as fees for disinfestations, grinding and selling. The margins, rates and charges have seen reductions over last year’s levels due to the price drop”.
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The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) says it will submit its final report on the gas explosion at the Madina Zongo Junction in two weeks. Public Relations Officer (PRO)for GNFS Prince Billy Anaglatey gave the hint in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. Mr. Anaglatey said the department has in the mean time, submitted its interim report to the Sector Minister and is working hand in hand with the necessary stake holders to get the information needed to bring their investigations to a close. Speaking on the interim report, he made it clear that the incident leading to the explosion was that, during the discharge of the gas, the hose they were using erupted as such leading to leakage into the atmosphere and the consequent explosion of which they are yet to pin point it source. A major challenge the department faces in times like this according to the PRO, is cooperation of people that matter to open up about incidences leading to the disaster. Mr. Anaglatey confirmed that, in the current explosion, most of those involved have opened up to the department and commended them for their cooperation By: Patience Adarkwah (Intern)
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The Accra High Court has cautioned the government over the bidding process of the planned concession of Electricity Company of Ghana to a private entity. That was after counsel for some workers of the ECG, Mr Martin Kpubu, who are challenging the concession told the court today that the bidding process was ongoing despite an interlocutory injunction filed by the workers. In view of the concern raised by counsel, the presiding judge, Mrs Justice Laurenda Owusu, told the defendants (Attorney -General and the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) to take note of the effect of the interlocutory injunction filed by the workers. The case was adjourned to October 19, 2017 for the application for interlocutory injunction to be moved by lawyers for the ECG workers. Background A thousand and one workers of the ECG dragged the government and MiDA to court challenging moves to hand over the operations of the company to a concessionaire without any redundancy package for them. They are urging the Labour Division of the Accra High Court to declare that sending ECG workers, including the plaintiffs, on permanent transfer constitutes a redundancy. Source: GraphicOnline
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The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has shutdown 21 fuel stations for failing to comply for failing to meet various safety standards following inspections on Thursday, 12 October. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the NPA Alhassan Tampuli told journalists on Friday that “Yesterday[Thursday] our inspection and monitoring team closed down 21 stations across the country, now that is just the number of stations that they monitored and today they will continue and hopefully continue next week”. The closure of the LPG stations follows a gas explosion at Atomic Junction near Madina in Accra last week Saturday which killed seven people and injured 132 others. Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed that henceforth the Cylinder Recirculation Model of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution be implemented. This model means that LPG Bottling Plants will be sited away from congested commercial and population centers and will procure, brand, maintain and fill empty cylinders to be distributed to consumers and households through retail outlets. Low risk stations will be designated for the supply of gas to vehicles. This whole exercise must be completed within one year. In the interim, the President has directed that the following steps be taken to give comfort to and ensure the safety of our citizens: 1. immediate inspection of all gas stations and the vigorous enforcement of existing regulations by the National Petroleum Authority; 2. review of the current licensing regime to ensure that only those with demonstrable capacity and competence engage in the LPG distribution business; 3. institution of mandatory training and certification of the staff of Regulators, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and LPG Marketing Companies to ensure the safe handling of LPG; 4. review the safety protocols along the entire value chain through the combined efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), National Fire Service (NFS), Town and Country Planning Department of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Factories Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations; 5. deployment of a task force, within 30 days, to assess the risk that our current LPG infrastructure poses in terms of public health and safety. High risk stations will be immediately closed down, in accordance with relevant law and without regard to any political or special interests. Low risk stations will be designated for the supply of gas for vehicles with improved safety standards; 6. the immediate incorporation of standards and guidelines developed by Ghana Standards Authority on the handling, storage and distribution of LPG and other petroleum products as technical regulations to strengthen the enforcement regime; 7. the recruitment by NPA of 200 safety auditors to join the staff of the Factories Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to check regularly on all stations to ensure full compliance with safety standards and practices; 8. expedition of action by the Fire Service and the Police Service of on-going investigations. Any operator or regulatory official, against whom any act of criminal negligence is established, will face the full rigors of the law; 9. immediate cessation, until further notice, of all construction of facilities intended for use as gas or petroleum retail stations. The safety of citizens is the paramount objective of Government, and the President will take all necessary steps to ensure that citizens are safe.
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The receiver of the John Mensah Sabah Award, representing the overall best student at the recent swearing in of some 250 new lawyers, Isaac Agyire Danso has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM that is was not rosy for him growing up. Speaking in an interview with Nat Sankoa Tete Arthur, the chartered account cum private legal practitioner said, he and his siblings went through tough times. According to him, the mother was a petty trader whereas the father was a teacher. He told the host that, he gave up the dream of becoming a doctor and pursued business after his teacher advised his father that the course would not help him due to their financial difficulties. ‘’My teacher advised my father to allow me pursue business if he could not afford my science course. He told my father that, if you cannot afford the science course, let him do business because with the science, you will purchase a lot of books. I also assessed my condition and pursued the business course,’’ he added. He also revealed further that, he got admission at Achimota Senior High School however; the parents decided that he attends Okuapemang due to financial difficulties. Mr. Danso said he struggled through his education but because he was determined and focused, he pursued his dreams. One other thing that helped him was that I was awarded a government scholarship during my second year. University education he indicated was also a challenge for him until he met a former Assembly man at Tutu who was also a chartered accountant. ‘’The man asked me to bring my results and after assessing my results he said, it will not be good for me to sit at home. So he enrolled me at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He told me that he was preparing for retirement and could not enroll me into the university. This was because he did not want me to be stranded along the way.’’ Isaac was the first to qualify as a member of the ICAG at 21. He completed all his papers within a period of 2 years, and was able to write 15 professional papers consecutively without a fail. He touted the now University of Professional Studies (UPSA) as the best business school in the country and recounted his days at the school and the challenges he confronted. ‘’I was travelling from Tutu to school because my benefactor could not afford my hostel fees. So I was gradually shuttling from Tutu to school until I met a friend who introduced me to a pastor who agreed for me to sleep in his church. I was sweeping the church and attending church services at the same church. All these were part of the struggles I went through to survive. I stayed in the church for a year until I met a friend who also assisted me. So it has not been rosy for me growing up and achieving the great results today.'' Mr. Danso told the host that God through his grace took him through the challenges and can only be grateful to him and those who helped him along the way.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reinforced his and the commitment of Government towards the full enforcement of the new regulatory measures for the operations of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry, issued after the Cabinet meeting of Thursday, 12th October, 2017. At a meeting of the Ministerial Co-ordinating Committee, set up by the President on Friday, 13th October, 2017, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Committee is to ensure the strict adherence and implementation of the regulatory measures, and depart from the era non-compliance, which has been the status quo in recent years. The Ministerial Co-ordinating Committee, chaired by the Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, comprises the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation; the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development; the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations; and two deputy Ministers for Energy. The Ministerial Committee is to be supported a Technical Implementation Committee, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Hassan Tampuli. The other members of the Committee are the Chief Fire Officer of the National Fire Service; the CEO of Standards Authority; the CEO of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Director of the Land Use and Spatial Development Authority; and the Director of the Department of the Factories Inspectorate. Reiterating his commitment to ensuring the full implementation of the measures, President Akufo-Addo assured that his government does not intend to follow the practice in recent years, where the political will to enforce measures protective of the citizenry has not been present. “I do not intend to have that as a feature of my government. The people of Ghana are looking up to us to protect them. I want to emphasise that, beyond the statement that was issued yesterday, there is a strong political will that something will be done about it. I have a clear mandate to change things in this country,” President Akufo-Addo said To the members of the Committee, President Akufo-Addo noted that the measures rolled out by his government “cannot work and will not work if those of you implementing it are not on board, dragging your feet or not adhering to its implementation.” He, thus, urged them to co-operate and co-ordinate fully, and “get out of the practice I found, since coming into office, that the right hand and left hand don’t know what is going on in the same issue.” The Committee members assured the President of their determination to enforce fully the measures rolled out by government, to forestall the occurrence of any more gas explosions, and to co-ordinate effectively their actions. The CEO of the NPA, Hassan Tampuli, indicated, to this end, that from Friday, 13th October, 2017, his outfit has commenced the immediate inspection of all gas stations and the vigorous enforcement of existing regulations by the NPA. Additionally, his outfit has begun reviewing safety protocols and, from Monday, 16th October, will begin the deployment of a task force to assess the risk that the current LPG infrastructure poses in terms of public health and safety. Thus far, he noted that 21 high risk stations have been closed down, in accordance with relevant law and without regard to any political or special interests. The National Fire Service assured the President that a full report of the Atomic Junction Gas explosion will be ready in two weeks.
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The former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei has pledged to stage a demonstration against vice president Alhaji Mahmudu Bawumia to force him to reduce the number of cars in his convoy. The outspoken academician says he personally observed Bawumia's convoy of about 16 Four Wheel Drives occupy both lanes on a trip to Cape Coast. He gave the hint when he delivered an address at the at the 20th-anniversary celebrations of Morrison and Associations (an international audit firm), where he said the "about 16 cars" in Bawumia's convoy was excessive. He said: "And so far the government is doing well except that if you go to the right quarters tell them that the next time I see Bawumia or any of them travelling with 16 four-wheel drives and then occupying the two lanes, so that coming and going should stop, I am going to do a one-man crusade. "That must be stopped at once because I followed them to Cape Coast last week and I was trying to overtake them to tell him to stop, and then the police stopped me and said oh Prof can you give a distance..."
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The Executive Director of Bureau of Public Safety, Nana Akwandah has commended the media for its activeness in reporting disasters including Saturday’s Madina gas explosion. In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem as the world observes Disaster Reduction Day he said, technology is far advanced to alert any pending disaster especially natural ones. Based on this he believes disaster reduction is being achieved gradually. He used the opportunity to admonish the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to use the occasion to outline ways of dealing with disasters in the country. Meanwhile, the organization has commended the president for the directives issued to deal with the explosions in the country. The government after the cabinet meeting further ordered the “immediate cessation” of all construction of facilities intended for use as gas or petroleum retail stations. The new directive is “until further notice” as government rolls out safety and regulatory measures to save lives and properties in the wake of the Atomic Junction gas explosion which claimed seven lives. Other actions directed by the President include: 1. immediate inspection of all gas stations and the vigorous enforcement of existing regulations by the National Petroleum Authority; 2. review of the current licensing regime to ensure that only those with demonstrable capacity and competence engage in the LPG distribution business; 3. institution of mandatory training and certification of the staff of Regulators, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and LPG Marketing Companies to ensure the safe handling of LPG; 4. review the safety protocols along the entire value chain through the combined efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), National Fire Service (NFS), Town and Country Planning Department of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Factories Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations; 5. deployment of a task force, within 30 days, to assess the risk that our current LPG infrastructure poses in terms of public health and safety. High risk stations will be immediately closed down, in accordance with relevant law and without regard to any political or special interests. Low risk stations will be designated for the supply of gas for vehicles with improved safety standards; 6. the immediate incorporation of standards and guidelines developed by Ghana Standards Authority on the handling, storage and distribution of LPG and other petroleum products as technical regulations to strengthen the enforcement regime; 7. the recruitment by NPA of 200 safety auditors to join the staff of the Factories Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to check regularly on all stations to ensure full compliance with safety standards and practices; 8. expedition of action by the Fire Service and the Police Service of on-going investigations. Any operator or regulatory official, against whom any act of criminal negligence is established, will face the full rigors of the law; 9. immediate cessation, until further notice, of all construction of facilities intended for use as gas or petroleum retail stations.
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A retired military capo and former security advisor to former President John Dramani Mahama, Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah is advocating for the combination of both military and civilian governance in the country. In the view of the former military officer, civilians have failed the state and from what he has gathered over the years, civilians are incompetent to manage the affairs of state. He gave the suggestion in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. ‘’I don’t think civilians alone can rule Ghana. They should invite the military to help them. They [civilians] cannot plan and rule, and it is not only limited to Ghana but the entire Africa.’’ When asked how the military could help per his call, he said, I am not saying they should run this country but be at the background and help. He recounted how former president Mills, wanted to use retired military officers as DCEs but his party, would not allow him since they were not members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He said, they should not be at the frontline but at least they should be at the background and help. When you suggest these things people don’t take it. I am not a politician but a patriot who is interested in seeing to it that the country progress.
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A senior statesman and former security advisor under former president John Dramani Mahama, Rtd Brigadier Gen. Nunoo Mensah has predicted that, Ghana will soon witness a civil war. The retired military officer believes patriotism, which in the past was a dominant trait among Ghanaians has become deficient in recent times. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, nobody thinks about the country first; we all think about ourselves first. Corruption, selfishness, and greed he lamented has infested leaders and they are not living up to expectation. Governance he said should be for the people and by the people however, people are stealing anyhow. He stressed, what happened in Liberia, Congo and other African countries will happen in Ghana if we don’t take care. Our leaders are corrupt and greedy. They don’t think about Ghanaians. Ghana he lamented is a failed state because people are still struggling to make ends meet whereas our leaders are living extravagant lifestyles.
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