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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Sunday, 08 October 2017
The Objective Media Forum has called on President Nana Addo Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediate effect investigate the Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei Ameyaw over allegation of corruption leveled against him by the Concerned Voters Movement (CVM). The Objective Media Forum in their statement described as scandalous the allegations leveled against the NLA boss. The statement said: ‘’CVM alleged that that Mr. Ameyaw, David Lamptey (AG Director, legal of NLA) and Merlin Gaming Ghana Limited have conspired to defraud the nation of GHC15,000,000.00 as settlement for a legal claim by the Merlin Gaming Limited. CVM further alleged that there was no legal, contractual agreement or justification for the payment to the company and currently, one Kojo Graham, Executive Vice Chairman of Lots-Services Ghana Limited has initiated a legal action following the payment at the Accra High Court. They also alleged that the NLA boss has violated Section 3 of the Lotto Act whicjh mandates the authority to transfer the net balance in the Lotto Account on monthly basis to the Consolidate Fund by refusing to do same and rather transferred it into a private account without the board’s approval.’’ Below is the full statement: INVESTIGATE NLA BOSS OVER CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS The Objective Media Forum wishes to draw the attention of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to a petition brought before him by a group calling itself CONCERNED VOTERS MOVEMENT’ over corruption allegations leveled against the current NLA boss Kofi Osei Ameyaw. CVM alleged that that Mr. Ameyaw, David Lamptey (AG Director, legal of NLA) and Merlin Gaming Ghana Limited have conspired to defraud the nation of GHC15,000,000.00 as settlement for a legal claim by the Merlin Gaming Limited. CVM further alleged that there was no legal, contractual agreement or justification for the payment to the company and currently, one Kojo Graham, Executive Vice Chairman of Lots-Services Ghana Limited has initiated a legal action following the payment at the Accra High Court. They also alleged that the NLA boss has violated Section 3 of the Lotto Act which mandates the authority to transfer the net balance in the Lotto Account on monthly basis to the Consolidate Fund by refusing to do same and rather transferred it into a private account without the board’s approval. Aside that, they have also alleged that the proposed 30,000 kiosks by the NLA boss was not authorized by the Public Procurement Authority and these kioks would be built in China at a cost of $4000 per one. Kofi Ameyaw was also accused of paying an amount of $12,000 to the Africa-America Institute without approval from the board. The allegations are serious and scandalous hence our call on the president to immediately initiate a body to investigate the NLA boss. We also stand by the call by the group on the president and particularly parliament to kick against passing the Lotto and Lotteries Authority Bill, 2017 into law. Under the Lotto and Lotteries Authority Bill, 2017, no provision has been made for the legalisation of banker-to-banker lottery and aside that “no provision was made for the Public-Private Partnership of NLA with the Banker-to-Banker Lotto Operations. We strongly stand by the position of the group that passing the Lotto and Lotteries Authority Bill, 2017, into law will amount to creating a monopoly for the NLA. Objective Media Forum is calling on the CID, EOCO, BNI to investigate Kofi Osei Ameyaw over GHC15,000,000 rot.
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The Judiciary on Saturday held a church service at the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Accra to usher in the 60th Legal Year. The theme for this Legal Year is: “Quality Judges, Delivering Quality Justice.” Rev. George O. Kwapong, the District Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Tema North, in a sermon, admonished lawyers and judges to deliver services to the public as if they were rendering services to God, to whom they would render an account. He said as lawyers and judges, it was improper to think and do things anyhow with the intent that “after death that is all”. He said there was a reward for rendering faithful services, and tasked them to be faithful to the end of their lives in order to receive a reward. Rev. Kwapong, using Samuel as a leader in the Bible, challenged lawyers and judges to see their work as a call to serve mankind. He lauded the Judiciary for selecting the theme, which he described as apt and relevant for the country. He said quality justice was fundamental because it made the public have absolute confidence in the judiciary, adding that quality could not therefore not be compromised. He noted that the Judiciary had undergone several transformations, but its core values of protecting the rights and property remained the same. Administering quality justice depended on the values of the individual’s creed, and those who administered quality justice were influenced by those values, he said. He said there were several meanings to quality justice, which may include the speedy manner in which a matter was dealt with, the use of appropriate laws and statutes, and how people were treated in the administration of justice. Rev. Kwapong said quality justice was possible so long as individuals were willing to work no matter the challenges. He advised the judges and lawyers against covetousness, greed and pride among other things, but urged them to continue to believe in their God by serving faithfully and wholeheartedly because they would account for their stewardship. The service brought together judges of the superior and lower courts, lawyers and chiefs. Other dignitaries include former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and Mr Tony Forson, the National Vice President of the Ghana Bar Association. Prayers were offered for Ghana, the Judiciary, Executive and the Legislature. – Source: GNA
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said cabinet will soon meet to decide on the way forward following the gas explosion at Madina Zongo Junction. Speaking during his tour of the Northern region the president said cabinet will meet on Thursday and draw a comprehensive programme to prevent such disaster from occurring again. The explosion has so far claimed seven (7) lives, with 132 others sustaining varied degrees of injury. The president said, “Cabinet will be meeting on Thursday, and I believe that out of that meeting, the country will know what our programme is – the comprehensive programme – that we intend to have to bring such incidents to a stop. The one that happened yesterday [Saturday], is one too many, we cannot afford more of that,” he said. He also called on the businesses in the fuel sector, to cooperate with government as it seeks to find a way of preventing future fuel station explosions. “I would like everybody involved in the industry to recognize that we all have to make adjustments to be able to guarantee the safety and the security of our people so that these things do not happen again. I need the support and cooperation of the people of Ghana to make the policies that we will be bringing up succeed so that such incidents become a thing of the past and not of the future.’’ The president tweeted earlier expressing his devastation over the explosion. He tweeted saying: ‘’ “The news of last night's gas explosion at Atomic Junction, resulting in the loss of 4 lives and injuries to several others, has left me devastated. My deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, and I wish the injured speedy recovery. I have dispatched the Vice President to the scene of the tragedy this morning. Government is resolved, now more than ever, to ensure such an incident does not occur again.”
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The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has issued a statement to express it heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the Madina gas explosion on Saturday. The statement which was signed by the Deputy General Secretary Koku Anyidoho said: ‘’The National Democratic Congress (NDC), sends its utmost and heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's unfortunate gas explosion at the Atomic Junction in Accra.’’ The statement added, ‘’In this time of grief for the whole nation in general, and in particular for the families of the deceased as well as those who are injured and have lost valuable properties, we pray that the Lord Almighty showers divine mercies and grace on them to be able to go through these very trying moments.’’ The statement commended the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) for the swift response in bringing the situation under control. ‘’The NDC congratulates; the Ghana National Fire Service, the Ghana Police Service, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), all security Agencies, the Media, and all persons, who helped to arrest the inferno and prevent it from causing much more havoc than it did.’’ The statement further commended the various hospitals treating the victims who sustained injuries as a result of the explosion. ‘’We also thank all hospitals and medics that helped, and are helping, to save the lives of the injured. The NDC is assured in hope, that the Government of Ghana, will do all it takes to bring relief to the victims and families of those who have been hard-hit by the explosion.’’
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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has described as tragic the Madina Zongo Junction Gas explosion which occurred on Saturday. The Vice President who was at the scene to assess the situation and commensurate with victims of the disaster, said never again should this happen. On behalf of the President, he extended his condolences to the bereaved families and all those who were injured. He said, the incident was a major tragedy "but at the end of the day, this is one too many. This is about the eight explosion in three years and I think what Ghanaians really want is a solid policy to deal with this matter once and for all. We are going to move and deal with it." He stressed that this would not be about any committee as government will take the necessary steps by drafting new policies and those who will resit them, will not be listened to. Dr. Bawumia told journalists that the safety of Ghanaians will be the top most priority of government. According to him, it will be in the interest of Ghanaians to support government in enforcing the laws. "We are all going to be involved as we put this new policy together and we are going to move quickly to do it. Is not one that we will wait weeks for it to happen. Its going to happen relativity quickly." He also thanked the security services adding that, the fire service responded quickly to the scene to control the inferno. He described the effort by the various security services as a major one that ensured that, the disaster was not worse than what was recorded. We thank them most sincerely, he added. He also appreciated the role played by the media in the coverage of the disaster.
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The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Prince Billy Anaglatey has said, for now that we have developed to a level as a country, , GNFS need helicopters for fire fighting and rescue purposes to manage disasters caused by fire. Mr. Anaglatey said, despite their readiness and expertise in fire fighting, the service lacks the needed logistics to fight major fire outbreaks. ‘’…For now that we have developed as a country to a level, the Fire Service need helicopters for fire fighting and rescue purposes but this is not what we have…If you talk about our readiness in terms of training, in terms of human ability, we have it and we have all what it takes to fight fire.’’ He was speaking in reaction to the challenges the GNFS confronted in bringing under control the gas explosion at the Madina Zongo Junction Saturday evening. He revealed, if it had not been the expertise of the fire men, the fire would have turned out to be more devastating. Mr. Anaglatey said, the fire men were on top of the issue and had it not been the professionalism of their men, we would have witnessed a worse situation adding that, if the service had helicopter, the trouble they went through quenching the fire would have been reduced. Meanwhile, six people have been confirmed dead with 35 others injured out of which five are on admission at the Intensive Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for sustaining serious burns.
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MADINA GAS EXPLOSION: Six Confirmed Dead

Six (6) people have been confirmed dead following the gas explosion at the Madina Zongo Junction Saturday evening, our reporter Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah has said. Reporting from the scene Sunday morning, he said he got the confirmation from the PRO for the Ghana National Fire Service, Prince Billy Anaglatey. He says over 35 others have sustained very serious injuries from the inferno and on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching and the 37 Military Hospitals. Five out of the number are on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. A fuel station exploded at Atomic junction in Accra near the overpass that connects Legon to Madina (Zongo junction). The incident happened at about 7:30pm Saturday. The fire was said to have started at a Total Fuel station and extended to another station
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A former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Mr. Alex Mould has called for the introduction of centralized automatic fuel stations in non-commercial and residential areas. The former NPA boss who served under the former President John Mahama’s administration in a statement issued few hours after the Madina gas explosion said, “Government should take serious the closing down all the filling depots for safety reasons and having 3/4 filling stations in the country and using the existing depots as re-selling depots only.” According to him, discharge protocols should be strictly adhered to, suggesting that could have been the cause of the latest explosion, and was the cause of the last three such explosions. “These explosions are normally when a tanker is discharging and there is a leakage in the coupling (make to female connections on the offloading hoses). The seals in these couplings become brittle and as such fail to seal the liquid discharge and some gas escapes. Sometimes too the coupling just removes and large spillages occur. Normally, these are rectified when there are attendants watching with the fire warden standing by ready with carbon dioxide and foam retardants. It is similar to the seals in your home cylinder where the regulator from your stove pipe goes into the cylinder.’’ A fuel station exploded at Atomic junction in Accra near the overpass that connects Legon to Madina (Zongo junction). The incident happened at about 7:30pm Saturday. The fire was said to have started at a Total Fuel station and extended to another station. Meanwhile, Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the number of death could be more than one but the number would communicated in due course.
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GFA petitions FIFA over game with UGANDA

Ghana Football Association (GFA) has petitioned the world playing body FIFA for a replay of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Uganda after South African referee Daniel Bennett disallowed a "perfect goal", the football association has announced. A statement from GFA said, ‘’ The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday. The GFA filed the protest to football's world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala. Mr Bennett and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal. Below is the full statement Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday. The GFA filed the protest to football's world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala. Mr Bennett and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal. The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second-half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box. These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask FIFA to examine their performances. The GFA respectfully asked FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve the ends of justice without fear or favour.
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The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to tour the gas explosion scene at the Madina Zongo Junction. He left Tamale for Accra to assess the gravity of the Atomic gas explosion. The Vice President was on tour in the Northern region with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo but has left to Accra to the scene of the incident. A fuel station exploded at Atomic junction in Accra near the overpass that connects Legon to Madina (Zongo junction). The incident happened at about 7:30pm Saturday. The fire was said to have started at a Total Fuel station and extended to another station. Meanwhile, Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the number of death could be more than one but the number would communicated in due course.
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