ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has been appointed as the acting Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.
Her appointment according an internal memo, takes immediate effect and she is taking over from COP Bright Oduro, who has been asked to proceed on leave.
The senior police officer was recently caught up in a purported tape which captured her voice and that of musician A-plus, coaching the latter to deny his allegation of corruption against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff.
She later issued a statement to deny and said her voice was doctored.
ACP Addo-Danquah was born to Mr. Kwame Adiya-Nimo and Nana Adwoa Agyekumwaa II (Queenmother of Banka) on 19 August 1969 at Konongo in the Asante Akyem district of the Ashanti Region. She is second of six children.
She got recruited into the Ghana Police Service on 27 July 1990.
The maiden edition of the Muscle Qlassic has been slated for November 11, 2017.
The event being organized by Tizo Muscle Evolution is geared towards promoting good health and healthy lifestyle.
It will be organized at the West Hill Mall, Weija and it’s a free event.
The event is opened to both Ghanaian and foreign athletes.
Categories for the event will be Men’s Physique, Ladies Bikini, Body building (lightweight, middle weight, and heavy weight).
The prize package according to organizers is over GHc25,000.
Organizers have promised a remarkable event and have urged athletes to participate in the upcoming activity.
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to set up a strategic co-operation framework, and have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SAP), to that end, which will give new momentum to Ivorian-Ghanaian co-operation.
This agreement covers the areas of Defence and Security; Cocoa and cashew economy and other strategic crops; Maritime cooperation; Mining, energy and environment; Transport; and Economic policies.
Signing the agreement on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that “this Agreement will bind our two countries in even closer intimacy, and go beyond the conventional tools of co-operation, and, I am confident, will yield results of a historic and enduring nature for our two peoples.”
The signing of the Agreement was conducted at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, 17th October, 2017, at the end of the 2-day visit to Ghana by the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.
On Defence and Security, the two countries agreed to reinforce the relationship among the relevant agencies, to organise joint exercises and operations and to establish joint training programmes.
“In order effectively to fight terrorism, maritime piracy, cybercrime, human trafficking and narcotics, the illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, and the spread of destabilizing acts from one territory to the other, the two Governments have decided to strengthen their cooperation in the field of information exchange and intelligence,” the agreement read.
In order to exercise better control over the international price of cocoa, the two Governments, through their respective cocoa institutions, namely the Coffee-Cocoa Board for Côte d’Ivoire and the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) for Ghana, agreed to adopt common policies on the marketing, storage and processing and promoting local consumption of cocoa.
Additionally, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire pledged to put in place a common strategy, including the need to converge towards a harmonised and consolidated price to be paid to farmers, to contribute to the eradication of smuggling of cocoa and cashew.
On Maritime Co-operation, the two Governments reaffirmed their commitment to abide strictly by and cooperate to implement the ruling of the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered on 23rd September, 2017, in the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean.
In accordance with their commitment, the two Governments agreed to develop practical arrangements for the joint exploitation and management of trans-boundary oil and gas and other resources.
“They will also work to achieve stronger cooperation in the areas of oil research, hydrocarbon exploration, development and management, and sharing of information,” the agreement added further.
Taking into account their rich mining potential, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire reiterated their commitment committed to strengthening their co-operation in the areas of mining, policies, increase in national participation and exchange of information, and capacity building.
“A specific emphasis shall be put on combating the proliferation illegal small- scale mining with the view to eliminating its negative impact on the physical and social environment. Furthermore, cooperation should be strengthened as far as climate change and coastal erosion is concerned,” the statement added.
The two Governments also decided to strengthen their cooperation in the area of air, sea, rail and road transport. In the short term, they have agreed to speed up the Abidjan-Accra highway project.
In order to create a prosperous society, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire pledged to increase the volume of trade between the two countries, and to create a stable inclusive economic environment, commit to execute the relevant instruments and take the necessary measures towards closer convergence of their economic policies.
To this end, a Conference of Heads of States shall be established within twelve (12) months of the signing of the Agreement, which will be responsible for guiding and promoting the implementation of the common strategic policies defined in this Agreement.
Additionally, a Joint Implementation and Monitoring Committee shall be established, consisting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of the two Governments in charge of the strategic areas defined in this Agreement. The Joint Committee shall be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the decisions of the Conference.
The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has launched an Electronic Billing and Payment System to help facilitate operations.
According to GWCL, the new payment system is to enable customers receive and pay bills electronically via emails, text messages on their mobile phones.
The E-billing system is expected to phase out the paper system and the company will partner the various Telecommunication companies and other financial institutions to carry out a successful implementation.
GWCL said the transition from paper to electronic billing, which was started in June 2016, has been rolled out in the Greater Accra, Central, Western and Ashanti regions.
Through the new system, customers can as well send their complaints via WhatsApp, including Google locations of their homes or properties to the GWCL call centre.
The company said the process is still on-going and very soon, a full transition with a cut off date for paper billing will be announced.
The new system was officially launched in Accra on Tuesday.
Former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen has responded to the call on him to state his position on the appointment of family members by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The outspoken politician in 2016 slammed former President John Dramani Mahama for practicing nepotism.
Per a research he conducted in 2016, he said, Mr. Mahama appointed people from his hometown to various positions of state.
He was challenged by MP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, to slam the current president like he did to Mr. Mahama.
The MP in an interview said, ‘’Professor Adei must be bold and criticize the current administration over nepotism. He accused Mahama of appointing his own people but today, he [Nana Addo] is appointing his family and friends including in-laws among others. Has he [Adei] not seen that?
Reacting to challenge, Prof. Adei has issued a statement expressing his disappointment in Nana Addo for appointing family and friends.
The statement said, ‘’I must take this opportunity, through this release, to state that I am highly disappointed in the size of family members, friends, business associates and mostly, tribesmen in the government of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.’’
Read below the full statement:
ON MATTER OF PRINCIPLE I STAND TO COMMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES IN AKUFO-ADDO'S GOVERNMENT
I have noted with admiration, several calls from the public, soliciting my views on the size of family members in the government of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo.
I see these calls as fair, considering the position I took against the then president of the republic His Excellency John Dramani Mahama over the number of family members and friends who were serving under his administration.
I must take this opportunity, through this release, to state that I am highly disappointed in the size of family members, friends, business associates and mostly, tribesmen in the government of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.
While at that, I must point a weakness in running this type of government - fighting corruption becomes difficult as individuals to be prosecuted and perhaps ridiculed for indulging in corruption would be relations as we are witnessing already.
It must be on record that I stand by this principle which I am committed to and would always advance anytime I see such nepotism being practiced in our governance structure.
Prof. Stephen Adei
Former Rector, GIMPA
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Honorable Joseph Kofi Addah has outlined that the new transformation and digitization of their paper billing system to the E- billing and payment system is in line with the vision of the president and second to Ghana Port and Harbor Authority (GPHA) to roll on the paperless system ensuring efficient delivery. He however indicated that Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is owed 850 million Ghana cedis with 42% by domesticcustomers while 58% is owed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies urging that the new system is much convenient and forthcoming in paying bills as it is assumed that the current system is not convenient not because they are broke. On his part, the Managing Director for GWCL, Mr. Clifford Abdallah Brimah underscored that the new system is as a result of adopting technology in the world and indicated it can be accessed 24/7 by smart phones , IOSplatforms and through partner banks. By: Nana Adjoa Owusu
Former Trade and Industry Minister Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah says he is still in consultation with the grass root of the party and will soon announce his intention to contest in the presidential race.
Speaking to rainbowradioonline.com he said we should wait on what the Almighty God will do, because as I speak to you, I am in a consultation process.
According to him, he is aware that there are a lot of people who have high hopes for him to contest as candidate on behalf of the party.
He indicated, the grass root are disappointed and are looking forward to a candidate who will mend the broken bridges.
He was emphatic that, the party is currently undergoing a reorganization and as a member, he wants to help in that process so later he will declare his intentions for the race when the time comes.
Mr. Garbrah said, he appreciates the desire by people to see him contest but he wants the healing process to be completed first and the party well organized then the rest will follow.
He also added, he is aware that a lot of people have expressed interest but the most important thing is for them to commit to the reorganization so the party will not suffer any more seeming tension.
‘’As you can see, the party is in a state of reconstruction , restructuring, and healing…The Kwesi Botchwey report identified a number of challenges,’’ and that is what our focus should ne now.
Feed the Future and CRS marked the 3rd Annual Ghana Soybean Kick-Off Event in the Northern Region.
The 3rd annual Ghana Soybean Kick-Off event has taken place today October 16, 2017 at the conference hall of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute in Nyanpkala in Tolon district of the Northern region.
The event saw the participation of about 200 participants cut across industrialists, farmers, processing firms, development organizations among others to showcase the latest advances in soybean development in Ghana and Africa at large.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Mawuli Asigbee the Agricultural program manager at the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Ghana, who are the in- country coordinating partner for the Soybean Innovation Laboratory (SIL), said the program is aimed at identifying new technology to support the improvement of the yield of soybean production in the country.
He said the CRS for the past 7 years have been working with the Ghanaian people to tackle poverty with a holistic approach including projects that improve child and maternal health; increase access to clean water and sanitation; scale up farm production; and enhance community level savings and general livelihood development.
Meanwhile a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) food security Specialist at the event, Ms. Grace Sebugah said, that through Feed the future, USAID partners with the Government of Ghana and research institutions, including Savanna Agricultural Research Institutions, have worked to improve soybean breeding, production, and utilization in the Ghana and Africa as a whole.
“SIL's work to strengthen the soybean value chain from start to finish provides valuable contributions to support the Ministry of Food and Agriculture's planting for Food and jobs initiative” Ms. Sebugah added.
However, Dr. Peter Goldsmith a Principal Investigator at the SARI revealed that, Feed the Future's Innovation Laboratory for Soybean value chain research program, has resulted into an overwhelming improvement in soybean production in the country especially in northern Ghana.
The 2017 annual Ghana Soybean Kick-Off Event was organized by Feed the Future in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI),and the World Food Program(WFP) with fundings from USAID and under the theme: “Showcasing Innovations and Technologies to Improve Soybean Yield”
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Fire has engulfed the storehouse of the Walewale government hospital in the Northern region, Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe has said.
Reporting the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Tamakloe said, drugs worth thousands of Cedis have reportedly been destroyed by the blaze with many patients running for their lives.
No death has been recorded, he added
The cause of the fire is not yet known he indicated.
Meanwhile, officials of the fire service have arrived at the scene and working to put out the flame.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has scrapped its current biometric register and currently preparing to adopt a manual form of registration. National Chairman of the party, Kofi Portuphy at a media encounter announced the decision was unanimous by the National Executive Committee (NEC).
He said, ‘’In line with the wishes of the majority of our party members and in the wake of recommendations made by the Election Review Committee led by Prof. Botchwey, the NEC, which is the highest decision making body after congress, unanimously voted for the scrapping of the register which was used to conduct our internal elections last year.’’ NEC he said decided to adopt the manual process of capturing the names of members, at all branches nationwide. The decision to scrap the biometric register he indicated was because the biometric register, did not meet the required standards to make it qualify for a biometric register.
The new process to be adopted is intended to restore integrity to the party’s register and it will become the basis of the new process that the party is going to capture the names of our members. Party members he stated were not happy with the registration exercise conducted previously and the dissatisfaction caused ‘’us a lot in the last election and we have no option but to discard the old register and create a new one which will have a lot of integrity and will also b accepted by all. He stressed that the new process will revive all branches of the party and to also make the branches the most important entry point as far as membership is concerned.
‘’All party members who are desirous of having their names in the register, must ensure that they identify their branches and register at the branches.’’ NEC he added approved of the timetable for their polls. The branch membership registration is slated for November-December 2017 with branch elections in last week of January, 2018. Constituency elections will be conducted from 24-25 of March, 2018. The regional, youth, women, Zongo caucus is for June 2-3, 2018, regional elections is to held between June 9-10, 2018. National youth, women and Zongo caucus to be held from 13-14 July,2018 and the national elections 27-29 July, 2018. Meanwhile, the party will from tomorrow [Wednesday] embark on move to engage the branches and educate members on the re-registration exercise.