The sanctions imposed on some 131 radio stations by the National Communications Authority (NCA) deserves commendation, Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has posited.
She told journalist that the action taken by the NCA According to her, forms part of measures to sanitize the country’s communications sector, deserves commendation.
”We all need to recognize that the NCA has a mandate to regulate frequencies in this country and without adhering to those regulations, we run the risk of having it descend into jungle status. We spend valuable time in Parliament passing laws and we frequently bemoan our own inability or reluctance to enforce our own laws making them lose significance. That’s the difference between a civilized society and a state of nature.”
“I think that the actions of the National Communications Authority (NCA) to enforce the Electronic Communications Act passed in 2008 by this august House, is a step in the right direction and ought to be commended by all right-thinking members of society.”
The airwaves regulator last week published a list of 131 FM Authorisation Holders it has sanctioned for violating various aspects of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775.
A further 13 FM Authorisation Holders are said to have been issued with reprieves as pertains to their authorisations.
The NCA also revoked completely the authorisations of 21 FM stations whose authorisations had expired over several years and were operating illegally.
Accra-based Radio Gold, Atlantis Radio and Radio XYZ, 3-FM,were either fined or had their licenses revoked by the National Communications Authority (NCA) following the completion of a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit.
Radio XYZ was fined GHc 4,090,000, Atinka FM GHc 14,800,000, while Radio Gold and Atlantis Radio picked up the heftiest fines with GHc 61,330,000 and GHc 60, 350,000 respectively.
An unknown man wielding a knife is chasing traders in around the Makola Shopping Mall an eye witness has told Rainbow Radio.
Narrating the incident, the eyewitness said the unknown man inflicted wounds on a trader who attempted to overpower him to retrieve the knife from him.
He said, the man moves from spot to spot wielding the knife and scares the traders with it.
According to him, the traders are now scared for their lives and have appealed to the police to rush to the location to prevent any unforeseen incident.
At the time of publishing the story, the police was yet to move to the scene.
The Member of Parliament for Akim Swedru Hon. Kennedy Osei Nyarko has been appointed Deputy Minister designate for Agric.
His appointment follows the resignation from the immediate-past deputy minister Hon. William Quaitoo who resigned following his recent disparaging comments about Northerners.
This was captured in a communication from the Presidency and read on the Floor of Parliament by the Speaker, Mike Oquaye.
“Mr. Speaker, following the resignation of the former Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Hon. William Quaitoo, MP, in consultation with my Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, pursuant to article 79 (1) of the Constitution, I have nominated Hon. Kennedy Osei Nyarko, Member of Parliament for Akim Swedru as Deputy Minister designate for Agriculture for approval of Parliament,” he read.
Controversial entertainment critic and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oxy Fm Alfred Larbi aka DJ Oxygen has thrown a challenge to former President John Agyekum Kufour to dare him so he will mention the names of the individuals who contracted him to publish a scandalous story about President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo then candidate in 2008.
DJ Oxygen some few weeks ago on GH Entertainment said he published a story about the current president at the influence of a cabal within former President Kufour's camp who were against the choice of Nana Addo as presidential candidate in the year 2008.
However, the former president through his aide Frank Agyekum described the comments by Oxygen as scandalous and dared him to mention the names of those who contracted him.
The statement said: ‘’Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed extreme dissatisfaction with assertions by Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi aka DJ Oxygen, of Oxzy FM, that people from his alleged ‘camp’ hired him to write scandalous things about then presidential aspirant Nana Akufo-Addo in the run up to the 2008 NPP primaries.
Former President Kufuor condemned the association of his name to the story, and said as President, he had no faction and did not need to have factions in his government, despite false claims by people.
The former President, currently on a working tour of Europe, challenged Mr. Larbi to name whoever approached him for the alleged transaction as published in the story making rounds in some of the media.
He warned against persons trying to ingratiate themselves with the current government from using others as footstools for their ambition or for settling personal scores.’’
But responding to the statement on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, DJ Oxygen called the bluff of the statement and threatened to give the names of those individuals and where they held a meeting to facilitate the contract.
He went ahead to demand that we ask who popped a Champaign after Nana Addo lost the 2008 presidential polls, the relationship between Nana Addo and Kwadwo Mpianim, the problem between Richard Anane and Nana Addo adding, if there are able to answer these questions, I will give out the names of those that contracted me to publish the story.
He was insistent that he was asked to publish the story about Nana Addo being a womanizer and they asked me to do the story because the camp of Kufour was against Nana Addo. They hated Nana Addo and I still stand by my stance. So the names I have given you; go and ask them the relationship between them and Nana Addo and what was the cause of their frosty relationship with Nana Addo. You can also ask them the presenters they contracted to malign Nana Addo.’’
He said, some people came to me trying to give me money to destroy Nana Addo. They spoke to me personally and said that Nana Addo was violent. There was a particular person who said he did not want Nana Addo to become a president and asked me what could be done to prevent him from becoming a president.
DJ Oxygen further revealed that he was once frustrated by the same cabal within Kufour’s camp when he travelled to some foreign countries to do his work as a journalist because they claimed he was contracted by Nana Addo to shoot documentaries in those countries.
‘’I also dare the spokesperson of Kufour to tell Ghanaians what they did against Nana Addo when he was a foreign minister and expressed interest in becoming a president. Some ministers of former President Kufour paid bribes to even NDC people to destroy Nana Addo. The claims that Nana was a smoker, short, violent, arrogant were all orchestrated from the camp of NPP to the opposition in 2008.’’
When asked if he had a good relationship with Kufour, he said I had a good relationship with Kufour and till date, I still have that good relationship.
When asked if he had evidence he responded by asking if he was a mad man to be alleging without a proof.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the $55.50 million Wa Water Project, at Jambusie, on Monday, 2nd October, 2017, at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the Upper West Region.
The Water Project, which was constructed with a facility from the Korean Exim Bank, will supply 3.3 million gallons of water per day to the 100,705 residents of Wa.
Commissioning the Project, President Akufo-Addo described it as a very happy day for him, especially as the project was began “at the time of the great Ghanaian leader, John Agyekum Kufuor.”
The President noted that “it was in his (President Kufuor’s) time that the financing for this project was secured, as far back as 2008. But, unfortunately, after he left [office in 2008], it took five years under the NDC successor governments before the construction of the project began.”
President Akufo-Addo added that “God has his own way of doing things. A project that was begun by Kufuor is going to be commissioned by Akufo-Addo. That is the way the Almighty works.”
Assuring residents of the Upper West Region, and by extension the entire Ghanaian population of more water projects, President Akufo-Addo noted that there are various projects that are in the pipeline, of which this (Wa Water Project) is the first, and stressed that his government, as contained in the 2016 Manifesto of the New Patriotic Party, would pursue a “Water For All agenda”, which will ensure that that every Ghanaian has access to potable water.
“We are determined to realise all the commitments that we made to the people of Ghana before they gave us their vote. This is because we want the people of Ghana to understand that not all politicians are liars, and that not all politicians make promises just to get the vote. But there are some who make promises and commitments because, they know that if you give them the chance, they can do it,” he said.
Making reference to the Free Senior High School Policy, which he launched on the 12th September, 2017, President Akufo-Addo stated that “they told me I couldn’t do the Free SHS, and that I was lying to the people of Ghana, and that it was an election gimmick. Well, the gimmick is out today. We can all see the gimmick.”
President Akufo-Addo conveyed the gratitude of government and the people of the Upper West Region to the Korean government for the assistance given for the completion of the project.
“We would wish that we could do these things with our own money, but for the time being, we are still having to depend on our friends for their support. Korea is one of our best friends, and is one of the friends that we would want to continue to have excellent relationships with.
For myself, personally, I am inspired by the development of Korea, from how they came out from conditions just like ourselves and, are, today, one of the leading economies of the world. They have done a great job that we want to duplicate in Ghana”, he said.
President Akufo-Addo urged residents of Wa to “look after the project and make sure you use the water with care. Turn off the taps [when not in use], continue to conserve water, and settle the little bills that would come, so that the project would continue to run and provide you with the service.”
International and renowned Evangelist Dr. Lawrence Tetteh is set to hold a healing and crusade at Denkyira Obuase in October, where a mob action led to the death of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, a Detachment Commander.
According to the President the UK based Worldwide Miracle Outreach, the crusade will start on October 11, 2017.
Explaining to Kwame Tutu why he decided to hold the crusade at Denkyira Obuasi, Dr. Tetteh said the community has gone through traumatizing times.
He said the death of the late Major Maxwell Mahama was a great loss for not just the military for Ghanaians.
He described it as a painful death adding that the late military personnel was a Ghanaian before becoming a military man.
He opined that the late military officer was a citizen of Ghana and so it was important that we look at his case in the context of a Ghanaian losing his life instead of him being protected.
He said, ‘’I am going to Denkyira Obuasi because I believe the people must be restored. They seem to be isolated… This incident has taken place in so many places, brothers have been killed, sisters have been killed, wives have been killed and the only reason why this one came out and became public was because he was an army personnel. But for that fact that he was on a national assignment and was where he was, this would have been swept under the carpet. After his death, more other people have died and I have this message that this nonsense must stop.’’
He was of the view that Ghanaians need to be more informed on issues to prevent such lawlessness.
He said we sometimes use our intellectual abilities to undermine the very things that should bring people together.
‘’It is how informed people are that determine how they live their lives. That is why education is paramount. The press has a responsibility, the parties has a responsibility, everybody have a responsibility,’’ to help in building Ghana.
Lynching people he lamented is not the only lawless act in the country because there are a lot of men who take the liberties of messing up with women. They abuse women, they rape women, they harass women, they do a lot of things; go to our universities. It is happening there.
He said, these things do happen because people don’t understand the rule of law and we don’t concentrate on social matters but we rather waste time on politics.
Evangelist Dr. Lawrence Tetteh added many prophets or men of God will not do what he is going to do at Denkyira Obuasi.
‘’I am going there because the bible says we should go to every part of the earth to preach the gospel,’’ he said.
Investigations conducted by Rainbow Radio indicate that the average world market price for one Martiz 250 saloon car is between $1,600-$4,000 and the quotation in Ghana cedis is GHC7000-18000.
The highest price or amount is GHc18,000 however, the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), is selling the same range of vehicles to the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU) for GHc85,000.
That means MASLOC is selling to them times five of the average price.
MASLOC in 2016 purchased the vehicles, comprising 100 33-seater buses and 250 saloon cars, and were to be used for commercial operations.
However, after the vehicles were commissioned on the 3rd of December, 2016 they have been abandoned at a parking space within the premises of the International Conference Centre.
Parts of the brand new vehicles have started wearing out because they’ve been left at the mercy of the weather. Some of the vehicles have rusted with tyres deflated.
According to Hon. Inusah Fuseini, former Minister, Roads, MASLOC at the time of procuring the cars didn't seek clearance from the Ministry of Finance. Hence the Finance Minister at the time, Mr Seth Terkper refused to pay.
Meanwhile, the new MASLOC boss Stephen Amoah says that cannot be entirely true since the Finance Ministry made some payments at the time of procuring the 350 abandoned vehicles.
The price quotation for a bus is 4.5billion old cedis and from the look of things, the cars might not be used any time soon since GPRTU has expressed their inability to raise enough money to pay for the vehicles.
The National Communications Authority has given approval for the merger between Bharti Ghana Limited (Airtel) and Millicom Ghana Limited (Tigo), to proceed subject to some conditions.
A statement from the NCA on Monday evening indicated that the merger will result in an entity which will be the second largest mobile network operations in the country.
The merger, which was first announced in March 2017, required the regulator to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the application and the regulatory ecosystem.
To ensure efficient and equitable distribution and access to the spectrum, the merged entities would have to submit a network integration plan to the NCA which will indicate how they intend to relinquish portions of their total spectrum allocation.
This, however, will be done in phases on geographical area basis and over a period not exceeding eighteen (18) months to avoid disruptions on the network.
On the issue of numbers, the merged entity shall retain all the numbering resources held by the merging entities.
The NCA has also requested the merged entity to submit a plan to educate customers about changes and related measures within 30 days from date of merger.
The merger approval is also conditioned with an option for Government participation.
Based on agreements which have been accepted by the merging entities and the payment of relevant fees, a supplementary agreement to the licenses of the merging entities will be signed between the NCA and the merging entities; the day of the signing of the agreement will be the effective date of the merger.
The merged entity will have a 3G Licence valid until January 25, 2024, while their 2G Licence will be valid until October 30, 2021.
The NCA wishes to assure all stakeholders, especially consumers, that their various interests will be protected and that the Authority will endeavor to maintain stability within the industry, the statement added.
Some trotro drivers within Ablekuma and its environs have complained bitterly over the use of counterfeits by some unscrupulous passengers.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, some of the drivers said the individuals involved in such activities usually board the cars in the evening and pay their fares in the GHc50, GHc20 and GHc10 notes.
One driver told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that they are able to detect the counterfeits after they close from work and count the amount of money generated in a day.
They have therefore appealed to authorities to intervene since the activities of such persons are affecting them negatively.