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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
A self styled lawyer in Kumasi has been apprehended by the regional police command. The suspect,  Michael Asante who is also known as lawyer Asante, has been parading himself as a law lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the police told journalists today [Thursday].   According to the police, the fake lawyer also promised to, among other things enlist some of his victims into the security services, get them admissions into tertiary institutions and other unspecified jobs.   He however failed to fulfill his promise to those he took money from until he was arrested 24th October, 2017.   The police further revealed that the suspect on other occasions presented himself to his unsuspecting clients as a travel consultant and a Senior State Attorney at the Attorney General’s office in Kumasi. During the month of April through to October 2017, the suspect introduced himself to two contractors as a special assistant to the CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) with a promise that he could secure them contracts to build oil storage tanks for the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR). He then asked the two contractors to pay him an amount of GHS695,000 to facilitate the process for them.
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The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Tamale, Iddrisu Musa aka Musa Superior has described the call for his removal from as Thirty-one (31) Assembly members out of the total number of 51 have area demanding for the removal of the MCE from office.   The Assembly members in accordance with Order 17 (3) of the Standing Orders of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies of Ghana, are seeking to pass a vote of no confidence against the MCE, Iddrisu Musah, also known as Musah Superior.     The assembly members are accusing the MCE of financial misappropriation. The Assembly members in a letter to the Presiding Member, copied to the Coordinating Director and notified them of their resolution to pass a vote of no confidence against the MCE. They indicated  that they have lost confidence in him, hence the need for a general assembly meeting to initiate his removal from office. The MCE was also accused of taking critical decisions without prior approval of the Assembly, and lying or withholding information from the Assembly members, and by extension from the people of Tamale.   They also alleged that, he mismanages the Assembly’s meagre resources, by appointing two personal assistants to himself, paying each of them Ghc1, 400 a month. He is also accused of constituting and paying a 61-member non-functional Task-force which cost the Assembly Ghc9, 150 a month.   But in a Face book post, the MCE said, ‘’I have just received a petition by some Assemblymen of TaMA to impeach me as the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tamale. It is limbless, flamboyantly outrageous and totally without basis.   ‘’I am focused on fixing the problems of my city and people. As a law abiding fellow, I will subject myself to laws of the land,’’ he added.
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The Member of Parliament for Manso Adubia, Hon Yaw Frimpong Addo, says it will be unfair for critics to criticize President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo barely a year into his administration. He contends that, the current president was handed a four year term hence it will be proper for Ghanaians to wait until his term ends before they can criticize him. He was responding to claims by A Deputy National Organizer of the opposition NDC that, the NPP has failed Ghanaians and were showing signs of incompetence. Joshua Hamidu Akamba, who was also on the same show with the MP asserted that, the current administration  is running a family and friends government with corruption increasing by the day.   But the MP said, what we can use to judge this government is to wait patiently for Nana Addo’s term to end. In anyways, the previous president, John Dramani Mahama was defeated because Ghanaians were fed up with his level of incompetence. For an incumbent president to lose an election shows that, the voters were fed up with the incompetence. When an incumbent is defeated by one touch it means he was incompetent. He was not defeated in simple terms but gargantuan terms.’’ The legislator said when you are in government; you talk less and do much. The NPP has managed to introduce major policies after winning power. The NDC he indicated has not recovered from their humiliating defeat hence their unfair criticism of the president who is doing his best to revive the economy.   He quizzed what will happen in subsequent years following the implementation of the free SHS and other social intervention policies.   Ghanaians are discerning and at the end of the day, they will decide whether this government has been able to deliver on what they promised.
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A Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba says Ghanaians are currently experiencing harsh financial crisis under the Nana Addo led administration. Nothing in his view is working because the NPP, is not genuine but 419 with family and friends at the helm of affairs, grabbing of properties, lies and incompetence being the results of what we voted for. He challenged Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm, to go out and interview commercial drivers and he will be shocked at the challenges they are facing.   The lawlessness being perpetrated by the various vigilante groups affiliated to the ruling party he lamented is confirming perception that the president supports such activities. Mr. Akamba said, if indeed the NPP will deliver on their promises, we would have seen the signs. Ghana needs the intervention of the Almighty God because the president is grossly incompetent and his style of leadership is heading Ghana into a ditch. ''At this point, we can only call on God to come and take over the steer because President Nana Addo has lost it. He is unable to steer the affairs of state.''   The NPP is clueless, and have no shame and if God does not come in, we will be disappointed. On his part, the Member of Parliament for Manso Adubia, Yaw Frimpong Addo disputed the claims stressing, the competence of this government has set the economy back on track. He said, year 2020 will be a perfect period to assess the current administration. The victory chalked by the NPP in 2016 confirmed that, the NDC was incompetent and Ghanaians were fed up with them.   The NPP he said will talk less and rather work hard to ensure that they deliver on their campaign promises.    
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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has rolled out a sensitization programme at the Agbogloshie market. The event dubbed, ‘’Enhancing Food Security through Safe Food Practices’’, was held to sensitize market women on food safety issues and raise concerns that bothers on public health and safety.   The Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Authority, Delese A.A Darko (Mrs) in her speech said, activities of some market  women at our market places serve as a source of food contamination which can compromise food safety and health.’’   Exposure of produce to unfavourable storage conditions, poor hygienic practices and conditions in our markets and food adulteration/food fraud are some of the challenges we face in our country. These challenges she explained are a threat to foodsecurity and food safety in Ghana. Fraud alone is estimated to costs consumers up to $40 billion globally and the food industry $10-15 billion per year, she said.   The increase in demand for semi processed foods has led to the emergence of various types of food products on the market.   This she noted has resulted in an increased level of deception by people in the food sector for financial gains. ‘’Although most food fraud occur unnoticed, the FDA in line with its mandate to protect public health and safety has carried out several investigations into activities of food fraud in recent times. Some of which include adulteration of palm oil with Sudan IV dye, the mixing of powered peeper with bixa seeds, colouring corn chuff as tomato powder…These examples demonstsrate the prevalence of the practice in Ghana. The FDA boss concluded  that, we all have a responsibility to curtail these unsafe practices.   The market durbar will help gather the relevant information needed to develop interventions that could be used to promote safe food practices among the Ghanaian populace, thus enhancing food security and promoting public health and safety.
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The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has directed the Committee on Foreign Affairs to investigate the alleged inhuman treatment meted out to Ghanaian visa seekers by some embassies in the country. The directive follows a statement presented before the House by a Ranking Member on the committee, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa. The legislator yesterday [Wednesday] bemoaned the treatment Ghanaians go through when seeking for visas at some of the embassies.     The MP said, ‘’It is indeed sad to observe that most of these embassies in question have made no provision whatsoever for a decent and safe waiting area where visa applicants may be hosted as they wait their turn during visa interview appointments. I have personally made the effort to visit a number of embassies during their interview appointment periods and what I have observed leaves me rather outraged.  You find fellow Ghanaians standing in open places; some left to wait at street shoulders and roundabouts with no one caring about the associated risk posed by motorists, others are left at the mercy of the vagaries of the weather – to these embassies, they couldn’t be bothered if the sun is scorching, if it’s raining or even if there is a category five hurricane – they simply don’t seem to care.’’   Mr. Okudzeto added, ‘’many of our constituents are also complaining about the reception they receive at the hands of staff of these embassies. Reports of disparaging remarks, poor human relations and outright insults are becoming rife. What is even more worrying is the fact that often some of the embassy staff who treat Ghanaian visa applicants with such disdain are fellow Ghanaians.   The Speaker on his part asked the committee to  investigate and present to him a report in the shortest  possible time.   He said, the committee must analyze the problem and where necessary corporate with the various embassies.   The committee he said, must report to the House adding, Parliament will not abandon its inquisitorial role of enquiring into matters that touch on the concerned and afflicted.
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Political science lecturer, Mohammed Abass has said the increasing rate of vigilantism in the country is dangerous for the body politics of Ghana.     He has therefore called for a thorough investigation into reasons why vigilante groups keep increasing, the level of their activities and continuous existence.     Knowing the effects these groups may have for the country, will help provide solutions to redirect their activities to benefit the country politically.     The existence of vigilante groups Mohammed Abass believes is a threat to the nation.     According to him, it is also very dangerous for us to allow them to harass and attack appointees of government because they do not approve of them.   The power to appoint does not rest in anybody but the President of the Republic of Ghana.     These groups do not fear our national security or the police and that is dangerous for the country. It is not an NPP problem but a national problem, he said.   The solution he said, must start from the top because these people get support from politicians who are at the top. These top politicians support these groups for their parochial interest and so for us to deal with it, it must start from the top, he said.
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The Member of Parliament for North Tongu and Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa has bemoaned the treatment meted out to Ghanaian visa applicant by some embassies in the country. In a statement he presented before Parliament yesterday [Wednesday], the legislator said, although Ghana great diplomatic relations with many countries over the last six decades, ‘’there is however a blot that threatens to affect the good relations Ghana enjoys with some of these nations with diplomatic missions in Ghana.  The blot I speak of; is the shabby and dehumanizing treatment many Ghanaian visa applicants are subjected to virtually on a daily basis.  There is also what many Ghanaian visa applicants consider to be extortionist conduct on the part of some of these embassies.’’   The MP said, ‘’It is indeed sad to observe that most of these embassies in question have made no provision whatsoever for a decent and safe waiting area where visa applicants may be hosted as they wait their turn during visa interview appointments. I have personally made the effort to visit a number of embassies during their interview appointment periods and what I have observed leaves me rather outraged.  You find fellow Ghanaians standing in open places; some left to wait at street shoulders and roundabouts with no one caring about the associated risk posed by motorists, others are left at the mercy of the vagaries of the weather – to these embassies, they couldn’t be bothered if the sun is scorching, if it’s raining or even if there is a category five hurricane – they simply don’t seem to care.’’   Mr. Okudzeto added, ‘’many of our constituents are also complaining about the reception they receive at the hands of staff of these embassies. Reports of disparaging remarks, poor human relations and outright insults are becoming rife. What is even more worrying is the fact that often some of the embassy staff who treat Ghanaian visa applicants with such disdain are fellow Ghanaians.   He also touched on what he described as  a new trend which is also emerging where some embassies apart from their standard visa processing fees, demand all kinds of extra fees and charges under various guises.     ‘’The guises range from express fees, early appointment fees, email fees, text message fees and so on and so forth.  The sad reality is that in many instances, despite the fact that applicants pay through the nose, the embassies who charge all these extra fees do not keep to their side of the bargain while these vulnerable visa applicants are made to keep paying for the inefficiency and unreliability of the embassies.   The statement further read: ‘’… the time has come for all of us to accept that visa applicants from every nation on this planet have rights.  Visa applicants deserve respect.  Visa applicants do not lose their basic human dignity because they have applied for a visa.  These principles must apply whether the visa request will be granted or not.     The visa applicants who are being battered and disrespected are the very same people who pay all fees and charges demanded.  They are the very same people who pay for their own flight tickets and fill the international airlines that leave Kotoka Airport every night.  The very same people who pay for their own hotel bills when they have arrived at their destinations and they are the very same people who indulge in other expenditures all of which must be quite beneficial to the local economies of these countries,’’ he noted.
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The National Safety Campaign, a safety advocacy group has issued a statement to remind the Sports Minister, Mr. Isaac Asiamah, of his commitment to renovate all the deplorable nature of our stadiums. The safety advocacy group believes the Minister do not have any excuse and Ghanaians can no longer wait for any disaster to occur before we act.   The group has underscored the need for the Minister to expedite action in repairing our deplorable stadiums. ‘’We humbly ask the Hon. Minister to as a matter of urgency, expedite the moves to get the place put in order before the new season commences, or the venue should not be allowed for use. As a nation, we will keep doing ourselves disservice if we relax till the unfortunate happen to one object before we go ahead to as it were, console with, and intensify measures to protect all others,’’ the statement said.   Below is the full statement       Press Statement:   SPORTS MINISTER HAS NO MORE EXCUSE   Eventually the Ghana Premiere League is over successfully and this leaves no more excuse for the Hon. Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Isaac K. Asiamah to delay in ordering for the all important renovation of the Accra Sports Stadium. The minister before September 2017 came out clear that government was halting the processes of renovating the facility in giving a listening ear to Accra Heart of Oak Sporting Club. The club requested for extension of time to begin maintenance works till the end of September, at which time they believed the league would have been over since they use the pitch as their home grounds. The National Safety Campaign (NASACA) at the time found it an unfortunate situation since accidents never consider beautiful excuses. We also saw how endangered the lives of spectators, playing body, match officials and all others were since most of the metal works at the venue were in tatters. At the time we doubted the league could end by the end of September and indeed, it extended beyond that. Our fears, and that of the nation, went up upon the closure of the commentary box following the high level of threat it posed to the lives of journalists. Thank goodness, the season is over and we keep smiling for being safe regardless of using a somewhat dilapidated facility. We humbly ask the Hon. Minister to as a matter of urgency, expedite the moves to get the place put in order before the new season commences, or the venue should not be allowed for use. As a nation, we will keep doing ourselves disservice if we relax till the unfortunate happen to one object before we go ahead to as it were, console with, and intensify measures to protect all others. Likewise, all other stadia in the country be inspected and properly maintained to ensure some level of SAFETY and beauty of the game. We also want to suggest that covered stadia should be considered henceforth in Ghana as the benefit they come with is enormous. At least what is termed "rained off matches" would be said good bye to. Don't wait till it occurs.   ...signed... Daniel Asuku SAFETY advocate 0244 123 789   Christopher Biney Coordinator   0248 389 389
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The commissioning of the South-bound Suhum overpass on the Accra-Kumasi Highway was halted following concerns raised by residents over their safety.   The Minister of Roads and Highways, Amoako Attah, was forced to halt the commissioning because the residents expressed concerns over the safety of their children who cross the road to and from school on daily basis.   Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Amoateng who was at the venue for the event said, the residents told him they were disappointed that safety measures were not considered.     According to him, there were no speed ramps, no streetlights, no reflectors and no pedestrian footbridge at the intercession to guarantee the safety of the residents in the area who cross to either side of the road daily.   The Minister addressing the media said: ‘’ “We have assessed the road critically, and we have come to the conclusion that we need to put in place other things to ensure total and maximum safety. We do not want to rush and commission it once our attention has been drawn to some lapses. We do not want to experience any fatalities and accidents after commissioning it.’’       “I have asked the engineers and contractors to put in place all the necessary safety measures to ensure maximum and optimum safety of residents. From the technical point of view, everything is set, but there is no need to rush in commission it because up ahead, there are schools there, and we do not want to put the lives of the pupils who cross the road at risk, and it is for this reason we want to put in place all the necessary safety measures to avoid possible disasters,” he said.
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