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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Friday, 21 April 2017
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EOCO orders Mahama to pay GHc 12 million

The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has ordered the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engineers and Planners, Ibrahim Mahama to pay about GHC12 million to the Economic and Organised  by May 8, 2017. The amount represents duty for goods he cleared with dud cheques in 2015 plus interest. The interest on the amount was determined by the Ghana Revenue Authority.   EOCO communicated the information to the businessman and brother to former president John Dramani Mahama today [Friday].
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Area Deacon for the Christ Apostolic Church, Kasoa Division Joshua Kpornortei, has called on Christians to keep spreading the gospel of Christ who came into the world to redeem sinners and from the bondage of sin. Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said Christ is still in the miracle business hence the need for Christians to go out and make disciples of all nations as stated in the bible. According to him, the power of God has manifested at Kasoa and was hopeful many more souls would be won in that locality. The Kasoa area is moving with the power of the Holy Ghost, and I believe we will change the area with the power of God, he added. He called on individuals who are yet to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal saviour to do so since his death was an infinite payment for our sins. He also charged Christians to emulate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He was emphatic that Christians should only look to God and pray in time of difficulties instead on focusing on other ungodly means.   He used the opportunity to also thank sponsors and supporters of the church and those who follow them on the various social media platforms.
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The Judicial Services Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) has warned that they will embark on a strike action over some outstanding allowances. They have serve notice of their industrial action should government fail to clear the outstanding arrears this month. The letter signed by JUSSAG’s President, Alex Nartey, and addressed to the Judicial Secretary,  said its members are economically constrained as a result of government’s failure to pay the allowances. “The leadership of JUSSAG has been under severe pressure as a result of the failure to release funds for the payment of the above named allowances. Respectfully , it will be recounted that staff of the Judicial Service were assured of the implementation of the consolidated salaries with effect that once the consolidated salaries are paid, the protracted payment of benefits and allowances due staff will be a thing of the past.”    “We count on government and management … to alleviate the economic stress on our members to fend off any industrial action,” it added. JUSSAG said the delay has plunged their members into “unbearable and untold hardship” adding that members nationwide are “extremely constrained economically as a result of the delay,” the statement added.   In view of the above mentioned challenges, the National Executive Council of JUSSAG on 19th April are demanding the “payment of all outstanding allowances be made forthwith while efforts are made to have the consolidated salaries implemented.” 
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National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram Sam George has debunked media reports that the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has seized the passport of Ibrahim Mahama.     The outspoken legislator said the businessman was not a flight risk to warrant EOCO to seize his passport.     Speaking in an interview with the media he said, "Someone who owns a cement factory and owns the kind of businesses that he owns in this country cannot be deemed to be a flight risk and so we should stop this sensationalism.’’   The Economic and Organised Crime (EOCO) has ordered businessman Ibrahim Mahama to deposit his passport with the state investigative body latest by today [Wednesday]. The businessman is being investigated by EOCO over an alleged financial malfeasance.         He was served with the invitation on Thursday April 13, 2017 and reported Tuesday April 18 for interrogation. Reports say Mr. Mahama was invited to answer questions over some dud cheques he issued to customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at Tema Port to clear some heavy duty equipment he had imported. Responding to the issue, Sam George said, “another falsehood that has been put out there and has to be corrected is that Ibrahim’s passport has not been seized, as I speak to you he is in possession of his passport."     "When he went to EOCO on Wednesday, EOCO made a copy of the data page of his passport, his passport is still in his possession. Ibrahim is not a flight risk, someone who owns a cement factory and owns the kind of businesses that he owns in this country cannot be deemed to be a flight risk and so we should stop this sensationalism," he said.
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Richard Quashigah, the Member of Parliament for Keta has called on the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to apologize to the Minority for calling them ignorant. The Vice President has referred to Minority MPs as ignorant following their press conference to allege that, the $2.25 billion 15 years domestic bond was cooked and sold to cronies and family members of Finance Minister Seth Terkper. The Vice President speaking to the media at Washington DC said: “This shows a lack of understanding, the Minority have never understood this economy and it’s just amazing that people on that side who were actually in charge of managing the economy will be making such statements. It really shows ignorance and I am so sad when I hear that from people who should know better.”   But the NDC MP in a statement said: “If indeed those were his words, then it is not only unfortunate but a very jaundiced conclusion to have been made by him.” “If indeed the reportage as put out by the media is accurate, then he is advised to learn to speak with diplomacy and dignity expected of a vice president or else before long he could cause this nation an incalculable international embarrassment.”     The statement further said: “Assuming without admitting that the Minority got it wrong, couldn't he have clarified without insults? Dr Bawumia, the current Vice President of Ghana, must do the excellent thing by withdrawing and must apologise to the good people of Ghana. The use of intemperate language is unbecoming of the Vice President.”
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The Deputy Defence Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, Major (rtd) Derick Oduro has advised the 501 dismissed recruits to petition the Speaker of Parliament if they want their concerns addressed once and for all. He revealed, some of the recruits  petitioned the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament but has charged them to petition the Speaker who will then forward the case back  to the committee for further action. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm after some of the recruits, joined the host to lament over the difficulties they are going through after their dismissal, he said, the unauthorized assembly staged by some of the recruits was a serious offence under military rule but it was unfortunate that some other innocent persons got affected. The recruits were said to be undergoing a six-month training to be absorbed into the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) when they were sacked over what the military termed misbehaviour and threat to national security. Colonel E. Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of Public Relations of the GAF, in a statement released in 2015 , explained that the recruits’ behaviour was far-reaching and inimical to the security of the state. After investigating the matter, the board was said to have found the recruits guilty on grounds of misbehaviour and misconduct, which could pass for mutiny in military circles, but for their relatively short stay in the camp, they were spared any stringent discipline.   The statement further said, the sacked army recruits have been further barred from joining any of the country’s security agencies as a result of the action.
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The Volta Regional House of Chiefs has suspended indefinitely the Nkonya and Alavanyo chiefs and queen mothers following renewed clashes-leading to the death of two people on Wednesday. According to the House of Chiefs, the suspension is due to their inability to maintain peace among within the two communities. Nana Soglo Alloh, the President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs confirmed the suspension stressing that the decision was reached after a close door meeting.     “We are saying that, as far as we are concerned, even though we are not blaming them for their direct involvement, we think they have a responsibility of bringing peace in their traditional areas.”   Nana Alloh added, the Nkonya and Alavanyo chiefs and queens have also been stripped off any privileges they enjoy including financial benefits “until a peaceful solution is attained and the issue is resolved.” 
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Some of the military recruits who were dismissed for misbehavior and threat to national security are still appealing to authorities to address their concerns. The 501 recruits were undergoing six-month recruitment training at the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS) at Shai Hills, Accra. They were to be absorbed into the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) after training. But they were sacked for joining an unauthorized assembly in 2015. They have also been barred from joining any other security agency as a result of their action. Joining Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Friday] April 22, 2017, seven of the recruits complained bitterly that, they are facing extreme difficulty two years after their dismissal. Preventing them from joining other security services they lamented, is also another blow for them. They insisted that, they never engaged in an unauthorized assembly as suggested. ‘’We have no one speaking on our behalf. We have written petitions but we have not heard from anyone. Things are extremely hard for us. We are therefore appealing to President Akufo-Addo intervene. We cannot even join a private security because of the situation. We have no hope and so what we can only do is to appeal to the president to help us.’’ Meanwhile, the Nkoranza North MP and Deputy Defence Minister, Major Derrick Oduro said, the mutiny staged by the recruits was a serious offence under military training. He said, a board of enquiry was constituted and after investigations were conducted, the recruits were asked to go home. Some of them did not partake in the exercise however, they have also been affected, he said. He revealed, the recruits have petitioned the Defence and Interior Committee but advised them to copy the Speaker so he will refer the case back to the committee for further action.   He said, ‘’the dismissed recruits cannot join any security service and that is a serious burden on them...I will however encourage them to copy the Speaker with their petition.’’
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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has described the Minority as ignorant following the arguments they raised over the issuance of the $2.25billion 15 years domestic bond. The Minority in Parliament has alleged that, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta sold the ninety five percent of Ghana’s recent 2.25 billion dollar bond to friends and cronies. They have therefore called for a full scale investigation into the case since they believe it smells. The Minority Spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, claimed at a press conference on Tuesday that  a non-executive director on the board of investment firm, Franklin Templeton that purchased majority of the bonds is also the Chairman of the Enterprise Group; a company closely aligned to the private interests of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. But the Vice President who is attending the Word Bank/IMF spring meeting, in an interaction with the media said, “It shows a lack of understanding, the Minority have never understood this economy. It is amazing that people on that side who were actually in charge of managing the economy will be making such statements, it shows ignorance and I am so sad when I hear that from people who should know better,” the Vice President who had just finished a meeting with investors said.   “And so they need to understand, maybe they should read a little, that they need to understand what took place, we issued a cedi bond and there is no secrecy to the matter, it was very well invested in, the holders have invested many times in Ghana, the bonds that were in place when Seth Terkper issued them, they [same investors] bought them, 24 per cent interest rate, this time its 19 per cent, so we are doing even much better.”   “This is what politics has been reduced to, trying to say things that really have no basis. It’s basically rapped in ignorance and I’m a bit sad for Ghana, and for them because they are really demonstrating a lot of ignorance of the process of management of this economy and I think that is where we are.”   Dr Bawumia added that the issuance of the 15-year bond was part of government’s plans to use long dated papers to reduce the public debt.     “The strategy of re-profiling is just replacing shorter term debt with longer term debt, and more expensive debt with less expensive debt, and this is what we started doing a couple of weeks ago, and it is proving very successful and we hope to continue doing that. Ultimately, to be able to bring down your debt burden, there are two things you need to do, you need to grow your economy, when you grow your economy it expands, your revenues grow, GDP grows, your debt to GDP ratio also falls so the burden of the debt will also fall.”
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The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Awal Mohammed has explained that the institution suspended the payment of salaries for some 24, 000 beneficiaries due fraud in the system. According to him, the suspension was necessitated due to some discrepancies detected on the beneficiary payroll. Awal Mohammed speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm said preliminary audit on the payroll revealed that some beneficiaries using the same E-zwich numbers; Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine (2,999) beneficiaries not at post but continue to draw allowance;  Payments made to some beneficiaries for no work done; Non-payment of some beneficiaries since May 2016 leading to huge arrears; and Some beneficiaries working without appointment and assumption of duty letters. YEA in a statement issued earlier said the ‘’preliminary audit by Management has saved the Agency and the Ghanaian taxpayer, One million, sixty seven thousand and seven hundred Ghana cedis (GH? 1,067,700) per month. On the basis of these findings, Management has commissioned the Internal Audit Agency to conduct a special audit into the operations of the Agency. This has become necessary in order to provide a platform for the new administration to take measures to prevent the scandals that rocked the Agency in the past.’’ He told the host that the offenders who manipulated the payroll would be pursued and punished according to the law. According to him, EOCO has been brought in to reconcile the matter.   ‘’We are investigating to ensure that we pay those who deserve to be paid and those who should be deleted and finally those who should be prosecuted. We do not want the beneficiaries to be complaining of unpaid allowances and so we have to investigate and reconcile the issue,’’ he added.
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