Melcom Group of Companies have expressed their displeasure in the release of the report following the collapse of its former Achimota branch after five years of the incident.
Addressing the press on Wednesday, Director of Communications, Godwin Avenorgbo, questioned why the investigate report following the collapse of the building which they rented from a private owner, has not been made public.
He said as an investor creating jobs in Ghana, Melcom ‘’is concerned that not a single investigative report on the collapse of that property (owned by Nana Kwesi Boadi, Director of Kinsadus Company) has been released.’’
He therefore called on the various agencies who conducted the investigation to release because we believe it will address the following concerns: ‘’Was the construction covered by a building permit by the relevant state agency?; Was the soil test conducted before such a huge 6 story building was put up?; Was a qualified structural engineer contracted for the project?; and Were the building materials used of the right specification and mix?
Mr. Godwin Avenorgbo indicated that if the investigative report answer no to all the questions, then the ‘’obvious cause of the sudden collapse of the building was improper, shoddy and haphazard construction without permit, supervision and technical expertise.’’
The company also expressed their disappointment on why the owner of the building which they occupied was not brought to book under the laws of Ghana.
He said, ‘’Melcom as an investor operates within the laws of Ghana and we expect that the same law should protect our investment as security and incentive for growing our business for the larger benefit of the economy.’’
He was also of the view that the protection of local businesses would influence external investors to have confidence in the business environment in the country.
‘’We call on the state agencies that have something to do in the matter of the collapse building that housed the old Melcom shop in Achimota owned by Nana Kwesi Boadu, Director of Kinsadus Company…to dust their files, fast track their processes and prosecute to bring justice to bear and finality to the case.’’
Five years he lamented was too long for the company which suffered such huge losses in human and material resources to look helplessly while the inaction of state agencies allows the culprit freedom without any penalty to serve as a deterrent,’’ he posited.
The company some few weeks ago officially opened their new branch in Achimota named Achimota Melcom.
Nine people died and nearly 70 rescued after the old Achimota branch of Melcom collapsed.
Officials had said faulty construction caused the multi-storey shopping centre to collapse in Ghana's capital, Accra, killing at least nine people, officials have said.
The building according to officials in that year, did not have the necessary permit and so had not had a safety inspection.
The Melcom Group of Companies owns Ghana's biggest chain of retail department stores, according to the company's website. It is owned by an Indian family that has lived in Ghana for generations.
Eno Barony, Ghanaian female rapper who is considered one of Ghana’s best rappers shocked listeners of Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm after singing medley of gospel songs on the Mid-morning show with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua.
She also revealed on the show that she leads praise and worhip in church.
According to her, the fact that she has not recorded a gospel song does not mean she will not do same in future.
Eno Barony originally born Ruth Eno Adjoa Amankwah Nyame Adom (born October 30, 1991), is a Ghanaian Rapper and songwriter.
Born in Tema, Accra, she released her debut single Wats Ma Name and also Tonga, the refix of the sensational hit-track Tonga by Joey B- featuring Sarkodie in 2014 that lifted her into the limelight.
Founder of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga has described the 2018 budget statement presented before Parliament by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta as ‘’Azonto Budget.’’
At a press conference today [Wednesday], the 2016 disqualified presidential candidate said although a budget should be a livewire, it failed to be same.
‘’As you are all aware, the budget statement of every government is supposed to be the livewire of its citizens during the period it covers. Budgets are basically estimates. The New Patriotic Party in its eleventh month in office has presented its second Budget to Parliament after the first one in March this year which it called the Asempa budget. After the Asempa budget achieved nothing but Asembone for Ghanaians the New Patriotic Party has now brought another set of empty promises it is calling “Adwuma” budget. Having slapped heavy hardship on Ghanaians immediately after the Trojan horse budget, we have decided to delve into the hidden truth behind the empty essay presented by Ken Ofori Atta to parliament last week,’’ he said.
On fiscal discipline Hassan Ayariga said: ‘’ On the issue of fiscal discipline, the government boasted they resolved to be fiscally disciplined and respect the limits parliament set for them within it appropriation claiming they are well on course to end the year with a fiscal deficit of 6.3 percent lower than the 6.5 percent contained in the budget. He went on to praise himself that this is only the second time in a decade that a government has managed to stay within its budget deficit target. Hon Ken are we serious? Look this is ridiculous!!!! When you are not spending you will definitely stay within appropriation. Infact any government can achieve that by deciding to be lazy and not spending.’’
''The 2018 budget is an Azonto budget for Ghanaians to dance to. The somersault from Asempa to Adwuma budget is an unmodulated beat of music that has no message. Practically Adwuma budget should be first before the Asempa budget, but our friends in the NPP couldn’t see it coming, hence it backfired. The truth is that as a result of the mismanagement and corruption in this New NPP’s and President Nana Addo’s administration stuffed with 110 ministers; • Teacher are suffering and crying; • Nurses are suffering and crying; • Patients are Suffering and crying; • Traders are suffering and crying; • Pensioners are suffering and crying; • Drivers are suffering and crying; • Contractors are suffering and crying; • Civil servants are suffering and crying; • Farmers are suffering and crying; • Fishermen are suffering and crying; • Industries are suffering and crying; • Artisans are suffering and crying; • Kayayei are suffering and crying; • Delta forces are suffering and vandalizing; • Invincible Forces are suffering and destroying; • Bolga Bull Dogs are suffering and rampaging; • Flagstaff House workers are suffering and whining • Ghanaians are suffering and crying • SHS students are suffering and crying; When Dr. Hassan Ayariga talked, you say Ayariga is talking, how can a PHD holder supervise this? Sometimes we need to trust our leaders. Nana Addo promised a magic to create jobs by Ken Ofori Atta. We want to see jobs not flukes.''
Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery has said the two suspected criminals who were recently shot by the Police in Kumasi were individuals who had been on the wanted list of the regional police command over a year.
He was in Parliament today [Wednesday] to respond to questions.
According to the Minister, investigations are currently under way to establish the facts of the matter.
“[One of them] has been on the regional wanted list since 16 June, 2016 for his involvement in a robbery case that occurred at a bakery in Kenyase where they shot a worker Aba Kyere and took away a pump gun and GHc13, 500.
“Two of his accomplices, Farouk and Saliu are currently in prison custody…names of the suspects are also on a list of suspects allegedly involved in the illegal acts of land guards in the Kumasi metropolis,” Mr. Dery said.The police on Thursday, November 9, shot and killed two suspected armed robbers at Sepe, in the Asawase constituency who were said to be terrorizing residents of Kumasi.
Female rapper, Eno Barony has said she leads praises and worship in church despite her career as a secular rapper.
Speaking in an interview with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the controversial rapper said, the reason why she dresses seductively is for the purpose of show business.
According to her, the brand for her career as a rapper does not make her an evil person as some may believe.
The rapper who worships with God’s Tower Ministries and House of Faith said, going to the presence of God is a different thing all together.
The host asked her, I know you have pierced your face and so do you go to the presence of God with the piecing?
In her answer she said, no because going to the presence of the Lord is a different thing all together. If you are going before God, you have to do so in humility and respect. This is business. I have to package myself in a hip hop way because I am a hip hop artiste but when I am going before my maker, I humble myself. This is just a lip piercing and an earring. I can easily take it off,’’ she said.
When asked why she has chosen to do secular raps she answered and said, the fact that I have not done gospel rock does not mean she will not do it.
Eno Barony said although she is an entertainer, she is also conscious of her dedication to God and the judgment ahead of her.
She said, entertainers should be dedicated to God and should not allow their show business to draw them away from God.
Ruth Eno Adjoa Amankwaa Nyame Adum is her real name and has a number of hit songs to her credit.
The MCE for Asokre Mampong in the Ashanti region, Alidu Seidu says investigations conducted by his office has revealed that, a teacher asked students of the Parkoso Community Day Senior High School to sit on the bare floor in the bid to fast track a donation from a philanthropist.
It was reported by some media houses that students sit on the bare floor for class work, and the few desks available, are shared by students in pairs.
However, speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the MCE said a teacher told the students that someone was planning to donate some educational materials to the school hence to ensure that, the items were delivered to the school, they were asked to sit on the floor.
He said the students who were captured on camera sitting on the floor, confirmed that the teacher arranged with them to paint that negative picture.
The teacher he revealed would be sanctioned for painting a negative picture.
He said, we identified the class where the incident occurred and upon entering, we saw all the students sitting on desks writing a class test. And upon interrogation, they confirmed that the teacher asked them to sit on the floor.''
Mr. Seidu said any teacher or education officer who would work against the education policy, maybe asked to step aside.
The chief of Mamfe Gidikpe, Torgbi Dzidzi has admonished parents to support in the effective management of the free senior high school policy.
He says instead of Ghanaians attacking the policy and predicting its failure, they should rather support it.
The voluntary fund proposed by government he noted was highly acceptable and has charged individuals to contribute when it becomes operational.
Using himself as an example, he said he studied under a tree but was determined and focused hence his ability to pursue higher education.
Torgbi Dzidzi called into the morning show after host; Kwame Tutu had slammed doomsayers of the policy.
He commended the host for his position on the issue and said he had personally employed pupil teachers to teach children in the area and as as citizens, we have to help in giving our children better education.
The Paramount Chief of the Krachi Traditional Area, Nana Mprah Besemuna III, has said the process to divide the Volta region started in 1970 and not today.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the traditional leader said, traditional leaders during the era of the late Prof. Busia petitioned government to divide Volta North from Volta South.
The decision he revealed was because residents in the northern part of the region, did not get a fair share of the national cake.
He said development from government stopped at Hohoe hence their decision to appeal to government in 1970 to divide the region.
Nana Mprah Besemuna III stressed, the process did not start under President Nana Akufo-Addo as speculated. He added, after the process stalled under Prof. Busia, we again petitioned former President Kufour and we were asked to come and defend our request and we were told that the Council of State will have a role to play and make recommendations to the president, however, the process was not completed before Kufour left office.
So when the current president was on tour during his campaign, we appealed to him to get the region divided and he gave his assurance that he will pursue it. And after he won, we sent another petition to him to remind him of our request, he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
He also expressed shock at those claiming that he [Nana Besemuna II] was influencing the division of the region when the same process started in 1970.
The Herald newspaper had reported that a group in the region, expressed their disappointment in the ruler for being a ‘’traitor’’.
But he says the move is in the best interest for residents in the region and an individual cannot be credited or blamed for pursuing a course to get the region divided.
He concluded that there was nothing bad asking reiterating a call by their forefathers in the bid to seek better development for their people.
Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, could be sworn in as the new president within hours, the ruling party says.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, is due to arrive back on Wednesday, the Zanu-PF says.
His dismissal led both the party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mr Mugabe's 37-year long rule.
The news sparked wild celebrations across the country late into the night.
The announcement that the 93-year-old was stepping down came in the form of a letter read out in parliament on Wednesday, abruptly halting impeachment proceedings against him.
In it, Mr Mugabe said he was resigning to allow a smooth and peaceful transfer of power, and that his decision was voluntary.
A Zanu-PF spokesman said Mr Mnangagwa, 71, would serve the remainder of Mr Mugabe's term until elections which are due to take place by September 2018.
He is expected to land back in Zimbabwe at 11:30 GMT and be sworn-in on either Wednesday or Thursday, one of his allies, Larry Mavhima, told Reuters.
Nicknamed the "crocodile" due to his political cunning, Mr Mnangagwa issued a statement from exile calling on Zimbabweans to unite to rebuild the country.
"Together, we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy, and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity," Mr Mnangagwa told Zimbabwe's NewsDay on Tuesday.
His firing by Robert Mugabe two weeks ago triggered an unprecedented political crisis in the country.
It had been seen by many as an attempt to clear the way for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband as leader and riled the military leadership, who stepped in and put Mr Mugabe under house arrest.
Under the constitution, the role of successor would normally go to the serving vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko. However, Mr Mphoko - a key ally of Grace Mugabe - is not believed to be in the country, and there are reports that he has been fired by Zanu-PF.
Some have questioned whether the handover to Mr Mnangagwa will bring about real change in the country.
He was national security chief at a time when thousands of civilians died in post-independence conflict in the 1980s, though he denies having blood on his hands.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told the BBC he hoped that Zimbabwe was on a "new trajectory" that would include free and fair elections.
He said Mr Mugabe should be allowed to "go and rest for his last days".
Prominent opposition politician David Coltart tweeted: "We have removed a tyrant but not yet a tyranny."
African Union president Alpha Conde said he was "truly delighted" by the news, but expressed regret at the way Mr Mugabe's rule has ended.
"It is a shame that he is leaving through the back door and that he is forsaken by the parliament," he said.
Only 56 out of the 674 public senior high schools (SHSs) in the country have so far submitted their returns on the funds released to them under the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy. None of the well-endowed schools have submitted their returns. No school in the Volta, Upper East and Upper West regions has submitted any returns either, while one and two schools in the Western and Ashanti regions respectively, have submitted theirs. Four schools each in the Brong Ahafo, Central and Eastern regions have submitted their returns while five schools in the Greater Accra Region have also submitted their returns. The Northern Region is the only one that has the highest number of 36 schools submitting their returns. Implementation plan Under the implementation of the Free SHS programme, all schools received an upfront payment of 20 percent of their funds, based on the number of students that they had stated they could admit. This was to help them acquire perishable food items for feeding the students and also for the general running of the schools. The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, who disclosed this in an interview, explained that “the balance was to be released to a school once it has submitted its returns to the GES on the number of students they have actually enrolled and the necessary deductions made.” So-called first-class schools Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said, strangely, none of the so-called first-class schools had submitted their returns, stating, for instance, that in the Central Region, those that had submitted their returns were Eguafo-Abrem SHS, Bisease SHS, Swedru School of Business and Enyanmaim Community SHSs. He added that in the Ashanti Region, Asare Bediako SHS and Adomewure SHS were the only schools that had submitted theirs, while the Accra Girls’ SHS, Tema SHS, Our Lady of Mercy SHS, Ada Technical Institute and Odorgonno SHSs, all in the Greater Accra Region, had also submitted their returns. Team on tour Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said the GES had decided that it would process the returns it had received so far for the remaining funds to be made available to the schools. He indicated that a team made up of the Chairman of the GES Council, acting Deputy Director-General of the GES, the Coordinator of the Free SHS Secretariat and a representative of the National Food Buffer Stock Company had embarked on a nationwide tour from November 20 which would end on December 8, 2017 to meet heads of schools to address such challenges. He added that the service was hopeful that the heads of schools would take advantage of the tour and submit their returns to enable the GES to reconcile with their figures and be able to disburse the rest of the funds allocated to them. Outgoing CHASS President Referring to a comment by the outgoing CHASS President, Mrs Cecilia Kwakye Coffie, to the effect that even though heads of schools had submitted the enrolment figures and also engaged the government on several occasions, nothing was forthcoming; he said Mrs Coffie was not being honest with the truth. Prof. Opoku-Amankwa stated that Mrs Coffie and CHASS contributed in the discussions they had prior to the arrangements agreed on before the implementation of the Free SHS programme, and was, therefore, surprised that she would choose to make such statements. Mrs Coffie was quoted as saying that “it is a fact that heads of schools are under serious pressure but are afraid to voice it, for fear of intimidation and sanction.”