A farmer in his thirties, has poisoned himself after catching his wife with another man in bed at Kwame Adjeikrom in the Western region.
The victim, according to Rainbow Radio's reporter, Odeshiaba Kwadwo, caught the wife and the man in the act and said he could not stay alive over what the woman did to him.
He said, this is not the first time; the wife has cheated on him. The woman cheated on him some three years ago and he decided to divorce her but he rescinded his decision after the family intervened.
He took the poison today [Wednesday] and was later rushed to the hospital, he said.
He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the victim is currently on admission at the hospital battling his life.
The victim and his wife are blessed with two children, he added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured Ghanaians that he is determined to ensure that the open-border policy adopted by his government, since June 2017, will not undermine the economy.
According to President Akufo-Addo, a fundamental part of Government’s strategy for growth has been to associate Ghana strongly with the process of regional and continental integration, adding that the measures his government has put in place should make Ghanaian businesses more competitive in West Africa, Africa and beyond.
“It is for this reason that government has taken the decision to open all our borders to operate for twenty-four hours. This will boost trade and tourism, and, then, we can reap the economic benefits,” he said.
The President continued, “The opening of our borders is giving true meaning to the ECOWAS Protocols on Free Movement of Goods and Persons, and will spur on progress and prosperity for our peoples. That is why, since 8th June, 2017, the Aflao border post has been running for 24 hours, and same has been extended to Akanu and Segbe border posts. In due course, Elubo, Sampa, Golokrom, Hamile and Paga will follow.”
Government, the President noted, is mindful of the security threats and challenges this policy may bring, especially so with the growing threat of terrorism in the region.
He assured the Ghanaian that “our security agencies have been put on high alert, and are co-ordinating effectively with our neighbours to keep our respective countries safe. So far, the Immigration Service has played a key role in this co-ordinated effort, as it has provided critical and vital intelligence in addition to manning our borders rigorously during this period.”
The President noted, however, that the 24-hour opening of Ghana’s borders has also increased the spate of smuggling from the country.
He, therefore, urged the officers of the Immigration Service to be vigilant in assisting to combat this scourge, and help bring the perpetrators of these crimes to book.
“I am determined that our open-border policy will not lead to the undermining of our economy, and I need your support to ensure that,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 26th October, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the at the graduation parade of the Immigration Service Officer Cadet intake 9 at Immigration Academy and Training School, at Assin Fosu.
Immigration taking centre stage
In recent years, the President noted that issues of migration have taken centre stage in national, regional, continental and global discussions. These issues have cost Presidents and Prime Ministers elections, and brought in new leaders, in some countries, as a result.
“Immigration has been tied to global security, especially within the growing threats of terrorism. The fear of attacks is driving a growing link between anti-terror measures and immigration policy. At the same time, immigration has been proven to be a strong developmental tool of many countries, playing key roles in the rapid expansion of their economies,” he observed.
It is for this reason, he stressed, that in the 2016 Manifesto of the New Patriotic Party, the party assured that if it won the election, “we will offer extensive training in specialist areas in the growing areas of crime detection and prevention, customer service relations, and trends in global cross-border crimes and anti-terrorism tactics. We will also provide modern and strategic equipment to make them more efficient, as well as offering competitive remuneration to enable the Service attract the best personnel.”
President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of his government to the realisation of these campaign pledges, adding that “from the last 10 months, the period of stay of my government in office, you can all attest to the fact that when I promise, I deliver.”
To the graduating class, the President noted that they are entering the service at a critical time of its development.
“The training you have received will assist you greatly in the discharge of your duties, and also in helping to realise the vision of the Immigration Service. I urge you to maintain high levels of discipline, and strive not to compromise on your professional ethics. Diligence, integrity and honesty must be your watchwords,” he added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the vision of his Government is to establish Ghana both as an aviation hub within West Africa, and as the preferred destination of choice for travellers.
Government, President Akufo-Addo added, hopes to achieve this by working with the private sector to offer modern, attractive air transport infrastructure, and by building capacity and establishing institutional and policy framework to enhance safety and security of air services.
“It is in pursuit of this that Government has given policy approval for the establishment of a Home-Based Carrier with private sector participation, as part of efforts to fulfill our aviation-hub vision and also to enhance connectivity,” the President said.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 25th October, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the 1st Aerospace and Aviation Industry Show in West Africa, held at the Kotoka International Airport.
Since assuming office in January 2017, and following his Government’s decision to remove the 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on domestic air fares to make domestic travel affordable, President Akufo-Addo noted that domestic airfares have some seen reduction, and the passenger throughput has increased significantly from 302,270 as at September, 2016, to 373,429 as at September, 2017, representing a 23.5% increase.
Additionally, the President noted that the number of international airlines operating in the country has increased from 35 to 37 this year, noting that other domestic airlines will, hopefully, follow suit soon.
“I have been reliably informed that the captain of our Senior National Team, the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, has obtained an Air Carrier License (ACL), and is working feverishly to establish an airline, called Baby Jet Airlines. I want to appeal to other Ghanaians, both home and abroad, to invest in the rapidly growing aviation sector,” he added.
With growth rate in Ghana’s aviation industry averaging 7.9% per annum, the President revealed that his Government’s overall direction for national development, as contained in his Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (CP) (2017-2024), is to create the conditions for the private sector to thrive in the aviation industry in order to propel growth and create employment, especially for the youth.
That is why, he added, “my Government has re-created the Aviation Ministry to develop the Ghanaian aviation industry, and make it highly competitive within the West African region. There are on-going and up-coming projects in Ghana’s aviation sector, which will lead to an enhanced air travel experience.”
These ongoing projects include: construction of Terminal 3 at Kotoka International Airport (K.I.A), designed to accommodate five (5) million passengers in the next 5 years to be completed in April, 2018; construction of Modern Air Navigation Services Centre at K.I.A, to ensure safety and security of aircrafts and passengers in our air space; and construction of Phase II of both Kumasi and Tamale Airports.
“The need for these investments in infrastructure and air navigation systems is to respond to anticipated traffic growth, and also to keep up with the dynamism in technology that the aviation industry demands,” he added.
Lamenting the challenging nature of air travel connectivity in Africa, President Akufo-Addo noted that the 1999 Yamoussoukro, when fully implemented by all States, will improve air transport and guarantee lower fares and increase traffic on the continent.
“Ghana has shown commitment to improving connectivity on the African continent, by being amongst those who signed the Yamoussoukro Decision. I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to urge all industry stakeholders to play their part in the full implementation of the agreement to improve connectivity on the continent,” he added.
The President continued, “With Ghana determined to fulfill its role as the gate way to West Africa, Government is poised to build the most people-friendly and business-friendly economy in Africa, to boost the confidence of the private sector to invest in the Ghanaian economy.
I, therefore, respectfully, call on all investors to partner domestic counterparts to ensure the realisation of this vision. This is the way to creating jobs and prosperity for all Ghanaians.”
Kenya will hold a controversial repeat presidential election on Thursday as planned, the head of the election commission has announced.
Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, won in August but the poll is being held again over irregularities.
Amid reports of unrest, he urged Kenyans to vote and remain peaceful.
Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has called on his own supporters to join him in boycotting the ballot, which he wants to hold later.
A bid to delay the election fell apart after only two out of seven Supreme Court judges showed up for a hearing.
One judge, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, failed to appear after her bodyguard was shot and wounded by unknown gunmen on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court annulled the original election in August by a 4-2 majority, saying there had been "irregularities and illegalities".
Some international observers have reduced their involvement in the poll because they say the conditions are not conducive for a free and fair election.
There have been running battles between police firing tear gas and stone-throwing protesters in the city of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold.
Election commission chief Wafula Chebukati said the polls would open at 06:00 (03:00 GMT) after being given assurances by the authorities.
"Based on assurances given to this commission by the relevant authorities and security agencies... the elections as scheduled will go on tomorrow, 26 October 2017," said Mr Chebukati.
But he also complained of threats to the electoral commission's staff and said he could not guarantee their security while at work.
In a televised address, President Kenyatta said the security forces would ensure the safety of voters on Thursday.
Urging people to vote, he said: "Our forefathers fought and died for the right of the African to vote, we dare not reject this inheritance."
In a speech in Nairobi, Mr Odinga called for "free, fair and credible elections" within 90 days.
He said: "From today we are transforming the Nasa [National Super Alliance] coalition into a resistance movement."
"Do not participate in any way in this sham election," he told cheering supporters. "Convince your friends, neighbours, and everyone else not to participate."
Reversing an earlier call for massive demonstrations, he asked people to stay at home or pray because the government was a "bloodthirsty regime" which would "massacre" them.
The Minister of Roads, Hon. Amoako-Atta has given reasons why the four roundabouts in between Kumawu and Ejisu in Ashanti region, are to be removed.
The construction of the roundabouts he said has outlived their usefulness.
He said, contrary to expert claim they are for safety purposes, the structures have become a major cause of heavy vehicular traffic and road crashes.
The decision to remove them he added was done after a careful engineering reviews and expert advice.
He is hopeful when removed, it will give new a relief to motorists and commuters.
Mr Amoako-Atta said the roundabouts were constructed and fixed with cobalt stones that could be driven on but most drivers refused to drive on the stones and used just the asphalted portions, leading to the narrowing of the roundabout.
Majority Leader of Parliament, Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has explained that, the late Major Mahama bill before parliament, was laid because the money to be allocated for the fund, is from state resources.
He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, it has become necessary to get approval from parliament before the fund is established.
The bill would not have been laid before parliament if it was a private fund, he explained further.
The exact amount he said cannot be specified but assured that the house will ensure hastiness in passing the bill into law before the next budget is read in the house.
The bill will cater for the spouse and children of the slain soldier who was lynched by a mob in Denkyira Boasi, now New Oboase.
Major Mahama was the commander of a military detachment stationed at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region to check the activities of illegal miners, popularly known as galamseyers. He was lynched on suspicion that he was an armed robber, after a group of residents from whom he asked for directions during a Monday, May 29 dawn jogging session, spotted a pistol on him. Government promised a Trust Fund to help the family of the deceased with a seed fund of GHS500,000, with President Akufo-Addo also pledging some GHS 50,000 from his personal coffers to the bereaved family.
Melcom, a supermarket chain has officially opened its 38th branch at Achimota.
According to Melcom, the new building was designed to be a four (4) story reinforced concrete (RC) structure with a single level basement parking lot.
The building also has a concrete roof top with parapet walls to serve as roof top patio.
The building comprises of fully ducted air conditioning in shopping area, passenger lift (8 passenger, 15 passenger and another 8); Emergency fire exit staircase; Pharmacy with consulting room; a bank with ATM; ATM lobby; 120 plus car parking space and fire hydrants (exterior and interior).
In his speech at the official opening, Group Chairman for Melcom, Bhagwan Khubchandani was grateful to the Ghanaian public for patronizing Melcom all these years.
The opening of the new Achimota branch he said will increase the patronage.
He was also grateful for the warm hospitality he and the family, received since coming to Ghana some 88 years ago.
‘’Ghana has been our adopted home and we are grateful for the warm hospitality we have received, he said.
Communications Director for the Company, Godwin Avenorgbo said, the company adhered strictly to continuous quality assurance with regards to maintaining structural integrity on all their buildings in favour of public safety.
He said, ‘’ the reinforcements were installed in accordance with structural design and the strength of the concrete mix was in compliance with the specific design strength. He said, ‘’It can be assured that this building has been duly constructed as per the approved structural designs. The building was constructed is deemed to be structurally sound for its intended use.’’
The Achimota branch he noted will also promote the made-in-Ghana campaign and also help create better opportunities for the unemployed.
On his part, Deputy Trades and Industry Minister, Mr. Ahomka Lindsay commended Melcom for the huge investment they have made in Ghana.
Government has shown commitment in providing the needed environment for businesses to thrive in Ghana, he indicated.
Policies including the one-district-one-factory and Planting for and Jobs are initiatives to help create more jobs for the unemployed.
He said, we need to upgrade the physical infrastructure for our retail trading to create a conducive atmosphere for people.
He encouraged Melcom to construct a branch in each of the district across the country.
Melcom is a supermarket chain consisting of 38 shops spread all over Ghana It was started in 1989 by Indian magnate Bhagwan Khubchandani. Melcom consists of four companies under the Melcom brand name.
Skipper of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan is set to start an airline operation after he was granted a license.
The company will commence operations with cargo handling, before expanding subsequently to passenger service.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said, the operation is expected to bear Gyan’s nick-name Baby Jet Airlines.
He made the announcement when he delivered a speech at the ongoing Air Expo in Accra.
The President said he has been “reliably informed that the captain of our senior national team, the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has obtained a carrier license and is working feverishly to establish an airline obviously called ‘Baby Jet Airline’’.
The African Airshow is an aviation industry fair that brings together players in the sector to network.
The Expo also provides an opportunity for manufacturers and service providers in the sector to explore and meet potential customers.
Also, it will highlight the importance of infrastructure within the aviation industry to discover first-hand the range of new technologies and solutions that the industry has to offer.
Information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com has it that, popularly Ghanaian musician; Nana Quame has allegedly defrauded a Ghanaian, one Fawiz to the tune of $3,000.
According to Fawzi, the musician promised to secure him a United States Visa at the cost of $11,000 but had to pay $3,000 to get the process started by the musician.
However, after paying the money, the musician absconded to the United Kingdom where he is currently hiding.
He also disclosed to rainbowradioonline.com that, the musician designed an agreement form which the two signed as evidence for the deal.
He has since reported the case to the CID of the Ghana police service but because the musician is out of the jurisdiction, he has not been arrested.
The agreement from which has been intercepted by rainbowradioonline.com read: ‘’Nana Kwame has entered into agreement to assist Fawzi Abdulai to acquire USA Visa on agreed amount of $11,000 cash . A down payment of $3,000 is effected on the 31st January, 2017 being processing fee. However, the said amount would be refunded to Fawzi Abdulai should Nana Kwame fail to acquire the Visa on behalf of Fawzi Abdulai.’’
He also indicated that, the musician started giving him excuses after receiving the $3,000 and refused to pick his calls and only got to know of his absence recently.
The private residence of the ‘Guy Guy’ maker was always shut and I never got to meet him after paying the money, he added.
He further revealed that, the musician promised not do anything bad considering his reputation as a musician and I also trusted him because someone recommended him to me, he said.
A lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Laud Mensah says the decision by ECOWAS to accelerate the common currency by 2020 is a rush.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio on 87.5Fm he said, the common currency brings some form of benefits including enhanced free flow of goods and services, within member states but will need some infrastructure.
He said, if ECOWAS intends to accelerate the common currency, where is the communication means to ensure free flow.
He said, we need the common currency alright but we need infrastructure base to realize the benefits and so, if we are unable to put in the base within the next years, it will not make sense to have the common currency in 2020.
The 4th meeting of the Presidential Taskforce on a common currency for the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) has taken place in Niamey, the capital of Niger, with the firm commitment towards the acceleration of the processes leading to the use of the single currency by 2020.
The meeting was attended by the members of the Presidential Taskforce, namely the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari; the President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara; and the host, His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.
Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), His Excellency Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of the Togolese Republic, was also present, and took part in the proceedings.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the 1-day meeting, on Tuesday, 24th October, 2017, the members of the Taskforce took note of the report of the Ministerial Committee meeting held earlier, and acknowledged the quality of the conclusions as well as the relevance of the recommendations made, whose substantive parts relate to the measures for the acceleration of the ECOWAS single currency programme.
The Taskforce appreciated the progress made by all ECOWAS institutions involved in the conduct of ECOWAS Single Currency Roadmap activities, and reaffirmed its commitment to the pursuit and the acceleration of the economic, financial and monetary integration agenda of ECOWAS.
But Dr. Mensah says the leaders are in a rush because the needed infrastructure is not available to make us realize the full benefits.
In his view, the needed infrastructure will take some time before it could be achieved.
He stressed the need for ECOWAS not to rush the process but take their time and put in the needed infrastructure so we do not face serious issues with common currency.