Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has disputed claims by organizers of the annual Radio and Television Personality Awards (RTP) that he will be attending the 7th edition of the event.
Big Events Ghana, organizers of the event in their advertisement which is aired both on radio and television, announced that, the second gentleman of the land, will be attending.
But in a face book post, aide to the Vice President, Agyei-Twum stressed that, “The Vice President has nothing to do with the 2017 RTP awards and will not be present at the said ceremony.”
The 7th edition of the Radio & Television Personality (RTP) Awards is scheduled for October 28, 2017.
The Radio and Television Personality Awards recognizes outstanding media personalities whose work show exemplary leadership towards building a vision and a future for Ghana’s media platform.
The RTP AWARDS is the biggest, most prestigious and highly advertised event in Ghana with the focus to honour excellence in the media industry. The programme attracts the largest gathering of media personalities in the country.
The RTP AWARDS is exclusively designed to bring together all personalities in the radio and television industry across the ten (10) regions of Ghana, thereby creating the largest ever media platform for promoting any product or brand. This annual award, apart from offering marketing opportunity for individuals, firms and corporate institutions to sell their brands, also drives the media to strive towards excellence in their total output.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the fight against deforestation and forest degradation is critical to Ghana’s successes of tackling Climate Change.
With Climate Change being, perhaps, the biggest threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, President Akufo-Addo noted that it is fast becoming a developmental issue of grave concern to most leaders across the world.
It is for this reason, the President added, that signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have initiated the process of reducing considerably greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and also encourage tree planting.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 19th October, 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the 2nd National REDD+ Forum, on the theme “Strengthening Law Enforcement for Effective REDD+ Implementation.”
The President reiterated the commitment of his government towards every action that prevents forest degradation and deforestation, and also increases the country’s forest cover.
“Our fight against the illegal mining phenomenon, also known as galamsey, is a case in point. In the 2016 Manifesto of my party, the New Patriotic Party, we indicated strongly our commitment to reforestation, forest rehabilitation and forest protection activities, realizing that forest cover has been depleted significantly in the last two decades,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He continued, “We intend to undertake massive forest plantations, with both indigenous and exotic tree species, and also develop the bamboo and rattan industry, as they would serve as effective substitutes for furniture and other wood products.”
President Akufo-Addo urged farmers and local community not to allow illegal logging and mining to continue, and charged Security agencies on the roads, ports and borders not look on unconcerned and allow illegal timber products just to pass without confiscation or with corrupt purpose.
“Most importantly, the Forestry Commission should strengthen its law enforcement measures to curb illegal logging, mining and unsustainable harvesting of forest products. To our students gathered here, I urge you to inculcate the habit of tree planting and conservation. As you do this, you begin to build a generation that is more sensitive to issues of environmental conservation,” he added.
To media houses and other civil society actors, the President noted that “your work on advocacy is critical to keep all of us on our toes. Do not relent in your efforts, and deepen even further your knowledge on environmental issues and their reporting.”
President Akufo-Addo urged the Chief Justice and members of the Judiciary, to ensure that the fines and punishments that are pronounced on perpetrators of illegal forest activities are deterrent enough, and quickly delivered and effected.
The Vice President of the Republic, H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the automated business registration system, ‘e-Certificate’ and ‘e-Payment’ on the online portal of the Registrar General’s department with an assurance that the long delays associated with business registration is now a thing of the past.
Launching the system at the Banquet Hall, State House on Thursday, Dr. Bawumia described it as the “starting point to make Ghana the most business friendly nation in Africa.” During a surprise visit to the Registrar General’s Department on 18th January, 2017, the Vice President charged the acting Registrar General to improve the turnaround time for business registration and speed up the process of going online with business registration after bitter complaints from clients of the Department.
“The objective of the e-Registration is to put in place an appropriate business registration and filing regime. Reforms are also intended to lead to a reduction in the time and cost of registering businesses, the provision of customer friendly business registration” Dr Bawumia disclosed at the launch.
The Vice President highlighted how critical Information Communication Technology (ICT) is in the 21st century and pointed out that Ghana will leverage technology to effect a digital transformation.
“His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration has embraced this digital transformation and will lend his support to ensure the smooth operation of this process for improved customer satisfaction. The importance of ICT cannot be overstated in this 21st century and Ghana will leap frog to catch up whenever the opportunity arises.” Dr.Bawumia assured.
The Vice President urged the management and staff of the Registrar General’s Department to adopt innovative approaches to maximise revenue and also customer satisfaction. “I therefore urge staff and management of the Registrar General’s Department to intensify their stakeholder engagement programs through the use of all available channels, including print and social media to build consensus to enhance its revenue operations and boost revenue collection.
In addition, management should brainstorm and adopt other innovative revenue enhancing strategies to raise the level of compliance and transparency in the Ghanaian business registration system.” he said.
The automated business processes will reduce the human interface and turnaround time associated with registration. The e-Registration portal makes use of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) to distinguish portal users and the e-Certificate has been designed to provide flexibility, transparency and accountability for businesses.
There was a heated debate in Parliament today [Thursday] between the Majority and Minority sides of the House following a statement made in the House by the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu- Ekuful, on the Radio Spectrum Audit carried out and the actions taken by the NCA to enforce the law on communication services in the country.
Making the statement Hon Ursula Owusu- Ekuful said, the government of President Akufo Addo is determined to apply the laws of the country and ensure sanity in all sectors.
She said it will therefore be absurd for one to suggest that the implementation of a law passed by Parliament is a threat to media plurality and a calculated attempt by government to kill some radio stations because of their perceived political bias.
However the MP for Ningo Prampram Hon Sam George argued that, the NCA did not come to Parliament to seek approval for its reviewed schedule of fees for the imposition of penalties against the 131 defaulted radio stations.
He said no attempt should be made to curtail media pluralism in the country.
The Member of Parliament for Effutu Hon Alex Afenyor Markins defended the action of the NCA and said nobody has been able to point out based on the law that the NCA is acting contrary to the law and wondered whether those condemning the NCA would like the media to be irresponsible in the name of press freedom.
The MP for Bawku Central Hon Mahama Ayariga said in carrying out its obligation the NCA should not be over zealous in enforcing the law on the defaulted media houses else freedom of expression will be seriously undermined in the country.
By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
Yes, I must say one of the toughest jobs in the world today is taken on a job as a breakfast show host on radio. This is because thousands or millions of people look up to you for education or information and even entertainment.
The kind of information you put out early in the morning can completely ruin or uplift the spirit of your listeners. If the individual gets demoralised it will affect his or her well being which will automatically affect his/her productivity etc. so I am always careful of what I say. I pray about it. Life and death the Bible says is in the tongue.
The challenge doesn’t only end there. The real challenge is understanding the myriads of socio-political topics one has to deal with every 24 hours' the many documents you have to read and understand to enable you question professionals and politicians on.
In an era where news and information is readily available, it then requires that you have to be on top of the game to deal with whatever issues that comes up. Then there is the other of staying in competition in a game where we have the many champions still playing. It’s been tough but per the ratings I have beaten the competition.
I have not had a good sleep in the past 3 years knowing the task is tough and the competition unending. Today many of the major headlines on the various popular news websites and Newspapers are culled from Frontline - my show.
My headache of hosting a breakfast show is how people unnecessarily tag me politically simply because a comment might have not gone well with one party followers or the other.
I believe I have brought extraordinary dexterity in the morning radio in the country with different segments, boldness in taken on politicians on and choice of songs plus the use of professionals and experts to discuss pertinent national matters.
Morning Show Host
Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has shutdown radio Accra based Okay FM and Kumasi based Hello FM after the thirty (30) days grace period granted them following the revocation of their licenses elapsed.
The two stations under the Despite Group of Companies were part of the 131 radio stations sanctioned by the NCA for violating portions of the Electronic Communications Act (2008).
Meanwhile, managers of the station have informed Accra based Citi Fm that they are working to get back on air.
According to the NCA, eleven (11) radio stations have been requested to pay application fees for renewal of Authorisation, and also pay a fine in accordance with the NCA’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties for failure to apply 3 months before the expiry of Authorization within 30 days.
Two (2) radio stations have been asked to submit renewal application within 30 days.
Sixteen (16) radio stations have been asked to submit renewal application, pay application fees, and pay a fine in accordance with the Authority’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties within 30 days.
Twenty‐four (24) radio stations have been asked to submit omitted documents and pay a fine in accordance with the Authority’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties within 30 days.
Fifteen (15) radio stations will have their Authorisation processed after payment of fines in accordance with the Authority’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties.
One (1) radio station has been asked to settle its outstanding indebtedness before renewal of Authorization is considered.
Twenty (20) radio stations have been asked to settle their Provisional Authorization (renewal) fees which have been invalidated due to non‐payment within sixty days – to pay interest on due amount.
Eight (8) radio stations have been asked to pay a fine in accordance with the NCA’s gazette Schedule of Penalties before the authority conducts inspection as requested by the stations.
The Police Service says it has not commenced any recruitment exercise.
It has therefore cautioned the general public against any advertisement announcing any recruitment processes.
The police in statement said: ‘’ “The Police Administration’s attention has been drawn to a fake recruitment advertisement circulating on social media especially Facebook indicating that there is recruitment into the Police Service for 2017/2018.
The Administration wishes to state categorically that currently there is no recruitment exercise going on in the SErvice and that the advertisement on such recruitment is fake.
There Police is therefore, calling on the general public to ignore this fake recruitment advertisement and that when there is the need for recruitment, the police will come out with the appropriate advertisement on criteria for enlistment into the Police Service.”
The Member of Parliament for Abirem constituency Mr. John Osei Frimpong who is a member of the Energy Committee in Parliament has said, the MP for Adansi Asokwa KT Hammond, was of conviction that the AMERI stinks hence his call on the House to rescind the approval.
He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5 that, the MP appearing before the committee said, AMERI acted in a way that was contrary to its proposal to the government for which reason he had seconded the motion for the agreement to be ratified two years ago.
KT Hammond he indicated told the committee the former administration made a number of misrepresentations to get the deal approved.
The boycott by the Minority at the committee’s review hearing he said will not affect them.
The Minority in Parliament has challenged the Majority to head to court if it believes the $510m AMERI Power deal signed in 2015 was fraudulent.
The opposition lawmakers said they will support moves to review the contract if their political opponents are able to produce documents that point to fraud.
The legislator said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmakers stated they did not want to be associated with processes to rescind the deal.
But we have the number to still review the deal, he said.
The Member of Parliament for Buem constituency, Daniel Kwasi Asiamah, has charged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to call his colleague MP for Assin Central constituency, Kennedy Agyapong to order.
He contends that utterances and attacks by the MP, on state officials are unwarranted.
He said, the behaviour of his colleague who doubles as the chairman of the Communications Committee in Parliament, is becoming unbecoming.
He recounted how Mr. Kennedy Agyapong without any evidence, attacked the Electoral Commissioner, Madam Charlotte Osei and accused her of trading her body for her appointment.
He also recounted the attacks Mr. Agyapong mounted on the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah and other individuals in the country.
He was responding to the allegations he made against the former CID boss, Mr. Bright Oduro that he was sponsoring land guards in the country.
Ghanaians must be very careful of him especially the president because anytime, he [Agyapong] makes allegations against people; he says he does that in favour of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. I want him to call him to order. He is not being fair to the people he is attacking, especially civil servants. He should be called to order, he stressed.
How can someone work for the country and be asked to proceed on leave three months to his retirement?
‘’I respect Kennedy so much but his behaviour is unfortunate and does not speak well of him as a legislator. He should always provide substantiated evidence when he alleges. I will ask Nana Addo to call him to order if he [Agyapong] is his best friend as he once said.
Mr Bright Oduro was appointed as CID boss in January 2017 at the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) and was recently promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (COP). He was unexpectedly asked to proceed on leave last Friday, October 13, 2017, a few hours after the maverick Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong had reiterated a series of allegations on radio, accusing him of protecting and shielding criminals and land guards at Miotso in Greater Accra.
But he claims the entire allegations are force and an attempt to tarnish his reputation in the service over the years.
The Member of Parliament for Manso Adubia constituency, Mr. Yaw Frimpong Addo, has expressed his disappointment in the out gone CID boss, Mr. Bright Oduro over his media engagements following his dismissal.
The legislator speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the action taken by the ousted police officer is unfortunate and needless.
He told the host that the decision to ask him to proceed on leave is not political victimization as suggested by other individuals.
The former CID boss has expressed his displeasure at the way and manner he was ousted.
He fingered National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah and MP for Assin Central of being behind his dismissal.
Mr. Oduro was asked to proceed on leave this week but he has questioned the rationale behind the action taken by the police administration.
Mr Bright Oduro was appointed as CID boss in January 2017 at the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) and was recently promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (COP).
He was unexpectedly asked to proceed on leave last Friday, October 13, 2017, a few hours after the maverick Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong had reiterated a series of allegations on radio, accusing him of protecting and shielding criminals and land guards at Miotso in Greater Accra.
But he claims the entire allegations are force and an attempt to tarnish his reputation in the service over the years.
Commenting on the issue, Mr. Yaw Frimpong Addo said, the former CID boss could have resolved his concerns in the quiet instead of granting media interviews.
‘’I was a bit disturbed when I heard his media interviews…Asking him to proceed on leave was the first time it has been done. I thought he would have kept quiet. If he should have protested on the quiet and allow some of us to take up the issues on his behalf, it would have been better,’’ he said.