Information reaching rainbowradioonline.com has it that the 2016 parliamentary candidate on the ticket of the opposition Progressive People's Party (PPP), for the Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro constituency Rev. Fred Adjetey Larbie likely to be appointed the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Ga South.
A crunch meeting according to our source was held on Friday on the choice of MCE for the area. Residents are rooting for an indigene who will serve their interest.
According to them, they will not approve of any other candidate for the position if that individual is not a true indigene of a Ga-Dangbe.Rev. Larbi before contesting on the ticket of the PPP was a member of the ruling NPP but crossed carpet to represent the Dr. Nduom led party.
Deep throat sources say, Rev. Larbi appears to be the favourite among other candidates because the residents see him as an indigene and a grass root person.The source said, Rev. Larbi is likely to be appointed.
Rev. Larbi is said to have presented his Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration.
The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was scheduled to name the various Municipal Metropolitan Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at the Flagstaff House.However, the list has not yet come out and the general are anxious to know the luck ones who would be assigned or appointed.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante -Appeatu has declared war on vigilante groups in the country.
The police capo has stormed Kumasi with an anti-terrorist squad from the police service.
The police has also warned individuals riding on the back political party vigilante groups to desist from doing so.“The Police service hereby declares a war on the act of vigilantism and all forms of mass disorder and disturbances,” the IGP, David Asante-Apeatu announced in Kumasi Saturday morning. Mincing no words, the IGP warned criminal characters who have formed various political vigilante groups to cause violence to cease forthwith as Police will deploy all available force to stamp out such groups.“We shall employ all legitimate means available to us including dialogue, enforcement and enactment of laws… We shall clamp down on it [vigilantism] with all the force we can marshal.''
He further admonished the public not take the law into their own hands in order to have their grievances addressed.The Delta Force group stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court on Thursday, and freed the members of their group who were facing charges for causing disturbances at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.The 13 were detained in connection with the group’s raiding of the Regional Coordinating Council on March 24, where they were alleged to have assaulted the newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.
The Chinese mission in Ghana has accused the media of targeting China in their reportage on illegal mining.The mission has also expressed anger at the manner the issue is being handled by government.The letter which was addressed Mr. John Peter Amewu, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources said if nothing changes about the nature of campaigns against illegal mining in the country, bilateral relations between Ghana and China would be affected. The letter said, “a number of distorted or biased reports and stories on Chinese people, especially some reports and cartoons that are defaming Chinese leaders and senior officials,” in the media concerning the incident of illegal mining popularly known as galamsey. “The Chinese side is very concerned about this unhealthy tendency. We hope that the Ghanaian government will pay due attention to this situation, take the necessary action to stop such things from happening again and guide the media to give an objective coverage on the illegal mining issue so as to create a good environment for further development of our bilateral exchanges and cooperation.” The mission says ts [Chinese] government attaches great important to the illegal mining issue and is firmly against the involvement of Chinese in illegal mining in Ghana. The letter also admonished government to guide how the media reports on the menace as the mission will do its best to ask their nationals to go back to China.“We sincerely hope that the Ghanaian government shall take responsibility of guiding the media and requesting them not to publicize such defamatory reports or stories against Chinese leaders officials and the Chinese government. This will help create a sound environment for our joint efforts to address this issue and the continuous development of our bilateral relations.”
Although calls for the disbandment of political party vigilante groups have intensified, Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay says it will be difficult to do so.The Minister of National Security on the floor of Parliament said the actions of political vigilante groups are against the laws of the country hence the law enforcement agencies are taking serious steps to deal with such groups.He made the statement in response to a question which was asked on behalf of Hon. Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, the Minority Chip and MP for Asawase in Parliament today [Thursday].The Minister in his submission he said ‘’we must not mix criminality with politics; lawlessness must be punished as demanded by the laws of our country. Government has made it clear through the Inspector General of Police (IGP), to deal appropriately with all criminals irrespective of their political affiliation.’’Political parties he stated must play a key role in dealing with the existence of vigilante groups.‘’We must resolve as a house-urge all political leaders in the country to come together and deliberate on measures to discourage the establishment and recognition of such groups in political structures within the interest of state security.’’ Meanwhile, Freddie says: “The Minister of Security said that those Forces are loyal members of the party and as a group or as individuals, they may do something wrong but if they do so the law must take its course. If you join a party and you call yourself a name and the company is not registered, particularly when it is not an organisation that is created to this party, I don’t see how it can be banned but I will say that we should disassociate from any act of vandalism, we should dissociate the party from any act of lawlessness and not just condemn it. You should ask the security authorities to act when it is necessary for them to act. We won’t prevent them. I don’t think the government will condemn them.''
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says about 322 million people around the world are affected by depression, and needed serious collaborative support from stakeholders to address the growing health challenge.Dr Owen Kaluwa, Country Representative of WHO, who revealed this at launch of this year’s World Health Day in Accra on Friday, said depression affected people of all ages, from all walks of life and in all countries.He also said depression currently affected close to 30 million people from the African Region, meaning that everyone was at risk, due to the numerous negative circumstances that people faced daily in their lives, which makes them sad and miserable from time to time.New estimates of depression, he said, show an increase by 18.4 per cent between 2005 and 2015, with more than 80 percent of the affected, living in low and middle-income countries, he said.The celebrations, which was jointly organised by the Ministry of Health and the Mental Health Authority in collaboration with the WHO focused on the topic: “Depression-Let’s Talk”, and aimed at drawing attention to the global burden of the common mental health disorder, with the objective of ensuring that more people with depression in all countries seek and get help.The Day also offered an opportunity to encourage governments and civil society around the world to address the problem as a widespread illness that affected individuals, their families and their peers, and to recognize that it was a treatable condition.Dr Kaluwa said despite the seriousness of the situation, resources to prevent, identify and treat mental health problems such as depression were scarce, saying the Africa Region as a whole and Ghana particularly, was faced with a critical shortage of qualified professionals, with the current ratio being just one psychiatrist per 1.5 million people and a similar number of psychologists.He said the Mental Health workforce of the psychiatric nurses; occupational therapists and social workers were woefully inadequate, notwithstanding the worrying challenges of unavailability of psychotropic medicines, proper information with well-structured psychotherapy and other effective measures for primary health care services to treat depression.The WHO he said, had published guidelines to help countries to increase and improve healthcare services for people with mental health disorders through care provided by health workers who were not specialists in that field.These he said include the mental health Global Action Programme and interventions guide, and the Global Mental Health Action Plan (2013-2020); saying with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, millions of people in the Region with depression could begin to lead normal lives, even where resources were scarce.Dr Kaluwa further called for stronger collaboration among governments, health partners and civil society to bring depression out of the shadows in the Region, and urged the Ministry of Health to support mental health programmes by allocating adequate human and financial resources to respond to the growing burden.He cited interventions such as school-based programmes to provide counseling and support to persons with the condition and the development of community-based services to address stigma and other forms of discriminations against affected persons.Dr Joseph B. Asare, who was the Former Chairman of the Ghana Mental Health Authority, in a presentation on the theme, said depression was a socio-moral challenge which affected people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries, and was a widespread illnesses, with the causative factors including poverty, unemployment, loss of loved ones and lack of self-esteem.The condition he said could be looked at as a common mental illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that the accepted persons normally enjoyed, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks, and must be treated with urgency from the very early stages of human development, particularly among children.He explained that people with clinical depression would have symptoms such as sad or irritable mood that does not go away, loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable, lack of energy and tiredness, feeling worthless or guilty about nothing, loss of appetite or eating too much, sleeping difficulties, thinking about death and difficulty in concentrating or making decisions. The situation, he said was becoming more worrying as statistics kept rising, adding that, stigma and fear of social isolation were the major barriers to seeking help, and called for urgent for support, to prevent and treat those affected, saying the condition could lead to devastating consequences including suicide. Dr Asare said depression could be prevented through the provision of adequate public knowledge, proper parenting, encouraging good interpersonal relationship, ensuring good mental health practices such as assertiveness, self-identity and acceptance and regular exercise.He urged the public to be alert of the early signs of depressive disorders and report for treatment.Source: GNA
Recent activities of riotous groups affiliate to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) – “Invincible Forces and Delta Force,” has turned the country into a “ticking time bomb,” the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) stated on Friday.“We therefore call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take responsibility and muster political courage to deal with the rebellious groups decisively and urgently restore the sanctity of national security."Ghana cannot and should not continue to entertain groups that are gradually transforming into a terrorist group as their recent bravado of invading a circuit court in Kumasi is an affront to the country’s judicial system,”Professor Edmund N. Delle, CPP Chairman told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Friday.The CPP joins right thinking Ghanaians to condemn the act; stressing that “the acts of these two groups especially after the December 7 Elections could result in social unrest as the increasing violence, threatens country’s security and political stability”.Prof Delle called for broad based national investigation into their operations, saying “these groups may have stock piled arms and ammunitions. We are dealing with a major national security risk but our responses are weak and uncoordinated”.The CPP Leader who described the April 6 act of terrorism at the Kumasi Circuit Court as “Impunity and aggression against the Judicial Establishment,” urged the NPP to denounce the group; “their action is not in the interest of the nation you are governing”.He explained that the group started attacking individuals and groups just after the victory of the NPP; alluded to themselves the power to seize purported state property in the hands of individuals, attacked School Feeding caterers; and defied the Police.Prof Delle said the group has now moved a notch higher of taking over national security; “Ghanaians are not safe…President Akufo-Addo must act now”.He also acknowledged the swift responses from the Interior Minister, Minister of Defense and the Inspector General of Police but stressed the need for demonstration of Political will by government; “security dealings with politically affiliated groups are delicate unless the Political establishment gives the green light security personnel are incapacitated”.The CPP Chairman commended the media for reportage on the issues and also creating a platform for national condemnation; “We urged the fourth estate of the realm to be vigilant and hold us political actors accountable. The media must continue to play its watch dog role”. Some members of Delta Force, a vigilante group affiliated to the ruling NPP in the Ashanti region on Thursday morning stormed a Kumasi Circuit Court to free 13 of their members who were facing charges for causing mayhem at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.The 13 members were detained in connection with attacking the Regional Security Coordinator.The marauding group was alleged to have attacked the presiding judge who had earlier ruled that the suspects be remanded to appear before court on April 20, 2017.Source: GNA
Maverick New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has threatened to bring down the party if Kan Dapaah, the Minister of National Security does not stop his threats.
The Minister in interview with a radio station reportedly slammed the legislator and asked him to shut up because he knew nothing about security.
The Minister also questioned why the media continue to engage the MP on security matters.
But responding to the Minister, Hon. Agyapong fired salvos at him and questioned his loyalty to the party.
He also slammed the Delta Force group over their attack on the Kumasi Circuit Court. According to him, he supports them but will not support them on this attack.The group he added has sacrificed for the party and deserve to be rewarded.
He also decried the demand of certificates from the members of the force before employed. He questioned if the boys were asked for their certificates when the party was looking for individuals to protect their ballot boxes in 2016.He described Kan Dapaah as a disaster and further lambasted the National Security for poorly handling the Kumasi Security Coordinating Council attack.
They have attempted to kill me but if they don't take care the way i will bring this party down; they will regret it. I have a lot of secret but for the sake of Akufo-Addo, I have remained calm. I would have stripped them naked but because of the promise I made to Nana Addo, I have decided to keep quiet.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is advocating for the growth of bilateral ties and relations between Ghana and Korea, as government seeks to embark on an ambitious programme of social and economic transformation modeled on the programmes used by the ‘Asian Tigers’.The President made this known when Mr.Lyeo Woon-Ki, the outgoing South Korean Ambassador to Ghana, called on him at the Presidency to bid him farewell, as his 2½ year duty tour of Ghana has come to an end.According to President Akufo-Addo, “many of us see your country (South Korea) as an inspiration of how, with organization, determination, hard work and creativity, a poor nation can, within a generation, transform itself to become one of the leading economies of the world.”He added, “It continues to be a beacon for us, because we all know about the parallel periods of birth of Ghana and South Korea, and, yet, Korea is one of the advanced economies, and we are still struggling.”To this end, President Akufo-Addo indicated that, under his tenure of office, he would intensify efforts to deepen the relations between the two countries, stressing that economic exchanges between the two countries have a lot more room for growth and development.“We are particularly interested in getting Korean industries to interest themselves in Ghana as a basis for producing things not just for the country, but for the regional and continental markets. We are about to institutionalize the continental free trade area. All of this is to give us an opportunity to develop our own industrial and manufacturing basis. I think the involvement of Korea in this exercise will be mutually beneficial for all of us,” he noted.To the outgoing South Korean ambassador, President Akufo-Addo expressed the appreciation of Ghanaians for the work done by Mr.Lyeo Woon-Ki during his stay, which, amongst others, led to the signing of a framework agreement between the two countries, enabling Ghana obtain a concessionary loan facility of $200 million from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDF).“We know how committed you have been to developing and deepening the relations between our two countries. And, that is why Ghanaians will always have a very fond memory of you as ambassador. We know very well that, in you, Ghana has a committed friend.“Ghana-Korean relationship would grow and flourish, and it will all be as a result of the work that you have done here. You go back to Korea with your head held high. You have done a great job for your country,” President Akufo-Addo said.On his part, the South Korean Ambassador described leaving Ghana as “the moment I have been afraid to face, because I fell in love with Ghana during the last 2½ years.”He was confident of Ghana’s future because “President Akufo-Addo has a great vision for the development of the country. He has a strong commitment to enhancing our bilateral relationship. In a sense, I feel very sad leaving this country, but I also confident that our bilateral relations will be much stronger in the coming years.”