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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Friday, 12 May 2017
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Birim North district in the Eastern region, Mr. Raymond Nana Dartey says he will adopt measures to curb the increasing cases of teenage pregnancy among school girls in the district. Mr Dartey made this known to Rainbow Radio’s Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah in an interview. He expressed concern about the high teenage pregnancy cases, which had resulted in school dropouts. He said education should be the utmost priority to the residents especially parents. He opined that, there was the need for the district to intensify sexual and reproductive health education for the youth so they can make informed choices.   The DCE opined that, there was the need for young girls to be educated. He lamented over the fallen standards in education within the district and has pledged to do his best in maintaining a higher standard. Education he stressed is the surest way to give young people the confidence and skills to excel. The DCE who until his appointment was based in the US said he decided to come down to help the current administration manage the country following the president's call some few months ago.  
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The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Kwabibirim district of the Eastern region, Mr. Seth Antwi Bosiako has pledged to reintroduce the President’s Special Initiative (PSI) for palm kennel in the area. In his view, when the initiative is revived it will create opportunities for residents in the district. He revealed that Ghana would have raised enough revenue from the PSI on oil palm if the previous administration carried through with the programme introduced under the erstwhile Kufour administration.  The programme was then headed by Mr. Kyerematen as the Minister for Trade and Industry. Key among the projects under PSI was the Ayensu Starch Factory located at Bawjiase in the Central Region which produces starch, a major industrial raw material for export to Europe and America. The cultivation of Oil palm- which is said to have a bigger potential than industrial starch, was increased to about 100 hectares under the programme. The programme was halted about the NDC took over office in 2014 but the MCE says he will revive it to benefit the residents. Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah he said, his mandate will be to create job opportunities that will generate income for development in the district. Mr. Bosiako said he will be working under what he has termed ‘Let’s Create and Share for the Community’. That is what we are coming to do. We have to work hard and find other sources of revenue to develop the district. We will work in line of the policies of President Nana Akufo-Addo,’’ he added.    He further pledged to carry out his mandate in a non-partisan manner.  He concluded by expressing his gratitude to the Assembly Members for the overwhelming endorsement.    
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The chief of Ngleshie Amafrom Nii Kwashie Gborlor IV has charged traditional leaders to focus on development. He said apart from political leaders, another crop of leaders who can spearhead development in this country are traditional leaders. According to him, the days of depending on the government for everything are over, hence the need for traditional leaders to develop strategies to help transform their communities. Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Banahene Agyekum, he indicated that, if traditional leaders are able to initiate development projects, it will bring about a long-lasting cordial relationship between them and their subjects. He also admonished them to eschew any form of selfishness and avoid seeking their own parochial interest. Traditional leaders should avoid engaging in worthless things which do not benefit their people and the nation in anyway, he added. He made the remarks at a graduation ceremony at the University of Professional Studies where he graduated with a Diploma in Chieftaincy and Leadership. Nii Kwashie Gborlor IV said, education is highly important and will enlighten an individual hence was fortunate to undergo the training program which he believes will enhance his leadership skills as a traditional leader. Leaders need to plan properly and for me I believe the training will go a long way to help me as a chief, he stated.  The training was organised by the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II.    
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 An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the northeast region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organisation says three deaths are being linked to the virus, and it is taking the situation “very seriously”. One of those killed had tested positive for Ebola after coming down with a haemorrhagic fever last month in Bas-Uele, a province which borders the Central African Republic. WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier has told Sky News that work is under way to find people who may have been in contact with the Ebola sufferer. The health agency’s regional director is also on their way to Bas-Uele, where residents are being given advice on how to treat their loved ones and perform safe burials. Another WHO spokesman, Eric Kabambi, said: “The case is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky.” The DRC suffered a three-month outbreak of Ebola in 2014. Although it was quickly contained, 49 people were killed. Ebola occasionally jumps from animals including bats and monkeys to humans – and without preventative measures, the virus can spread quickly between people. The virus is fatal in up to 90% of cases, and the WHO recently developed an experimental vaccine for use in emergencies. In a statement, the DRC’s health ministry said: “Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of international significance.” Ebola caused alarm globally in 2013 when the world’s worst outbreak began in West Africa – killing more than 11,300 people and infecting an estimated 28,600 as it swept through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Liberia was only declared free of active Ebola virus transmission last June. The WHO has warned that the virus could resurface at any time, as it can linger in the eyes, central nervous system and bodily fluids of some survivors.   Source: Sky News    
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has described the services of the outgoing Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Theodora Wood as extraordinary. The president made the remarks when he announced Justice Sophia Akkufo as the new Chief Justice at the Flagstaff House today [Friday]. “Her career has been extraordinary and I pay warm tribute to her distinguished service to our nation and I wish her a well-earned retirement even though her public service will not be over as a place on the Council of State awaits her,” the president said. After her retirement on June 8, 2017, Georgina Wood will become a member of the council of state, since the advisory council to the President must also include a former Chief Justice, per Article 89(2)(a)(i) of the constitution.     Georgina Wood worked with the Ghana Police Service as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years.  She later joined the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate in 1974. She rose through the Circuit and High Courts to become the presiding judge of the Appeal Court in 1991.[2] She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Kufuor on 12 November 2002,[3] an appointment she had earlier declined.[2] She was nominated for the position of Chief Justice of Ghana in May 2007.  On 1 June 2007,the Parliament of Ghana approved her nomination as the new Chief Justice of Ghana by consensus.    As at June 2007, this made her the first woman in the history of Ghana to head the Judiciary and also made her at the time, the highest ranked female in Ghana's political history; that rank was surpassed by the appointment of Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo as Speaker of the 5th Parliament of Ghana's 4th Republic in January 2009.     Chief Justice Wood assumed office on 15 June 2007. Since taking office, she has sworn-in three Presidents, the late President John Evans Atta-Mills in January 2009, then Vice-President John Dramani Mahama upon the death of the President on 24 July 2012 and President-Elect John Dramani Mahama, winner of the December 2012 General Elections on 7 January 2013. And on 7th January 2017 sworn-in the winner [Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo] of December 2016 elections into office as President of the Republic of Ghana. 
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has eulogised the newly appointed Chief Justice (CJ) Justice Sophia Akuffo. The president in his speech in announcing the second Lady CJ who is taking over from the outgoing first Lady CJ, Her Ladyship Theodora Wood, described her as a hard working person. According to the president, the new CJ is a “worthy successor” to Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who retires from the post on June 8, 2017. He said: ‘’I have known Justice Sophia Akuffo well, for over 40 years. Indeed, she was my first junior in practice, as barristers call their work. She impressed me considerably with her hard work, her capacity for detailed research, her independence of mind and spirit, her honesty and integrity, her deep-seated respect for the rule of law, and her abiding belief in the sovereignty of Almighty God. I believe these are the qualities which sustained her brilliant career as a lawyer that propelled her to the notice of the 1st President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, who appointed her to the Supreme Court on November 30, 1995, some 22 years ago.’’   According to President Akufo-Addo, Justice Sophia Akuffo ‘’has been one of the leading lights of the Court since her appointment, and her contribution to the Court’s work and the growth of our nation’s jurisprudence has been extensive. She has enriched her judicial experience by serving with credit on continental judicial bodies such as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, where she ended up as President of the Court.’’   He added: ‘’I have no doubt that Justice Akuffo will be a worthy successor to Chief Justice Wood and uphold jealously the independence of the Judiciary. I expect discipline, fairness, integrity and the continuing modernisation of judicial activities to be the hallmarks of her tenure as Chief Justice if she is so endorsed by the constitutional bodies. It is important for the development of our nation that we have a Judiciary that commands the respect of the nation by the quality of its justice delivery, as well as by the comportment of its judges.’’
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has in accordance with Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution has in consultation with the Council of State, nominated Supreme Court judge Justice Sophia Akuffo as the next Chief Justice. The president a short ceremony said, ‘’In order to ensure a smooth succession to the office and preserve the integrity of the judicial branch of government, I have decided to initiate the constitutional processes for the appointment of her successor, so as to preclude any undue vacuum in the office. I have, thus, today, sought, by letter, consultation with the Council of State, in accordance with Article 144 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic, in order to nominate for the approval of Parliament the appointment of Justice Sophia Akuffo, a Justice of the Supreme Court and a senior member of the Court, as the new Chief Justice of the Republic. If the constitutional processes conclude in a satisfactory manner, and I have every expectation that they will, she will be the thirteenth person to hold that important office of State.                 Read the full speech below: In three and a half week’s time, on 8th June this year to be precise, a remarkable chapter in Ghana’s legal and judicial history will come to a close. On that day, Her Lordship the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, will step down from an office into retirement. The twelfth occupant of that office in independent Ghana, she is the first female to head the Judiciary, and its longest-serving leader, who will have been in office for three days short of ten years. Her career has been extraordinary, and I pay warm tribute to her distinguished service to our nation, and wish her a well-earned retirement, even though her public service will not be over as her place on the Council of State awaits her. In order to ensure a smooth succession to the office and preserve the integrity of the judicial branch of government, I have decided to initiate the constitutional processes for the appointment of her successor, so as to preclude any undue vacuum in the office. I have, thus, today, sought, by letter, consultation with the Council of State, in accordance with Article 144 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic, in order to nominate for the approval of Parliament the appointment of Justice Sophia Akuffo, a Justice of the Supreme Court and a senior member of the Court, as the new Chief Justice of the Republic. If the constitutional processes conclude in a satisfactory manner, and I have every expectation that they will, she will be the thirteenth person to hold that important office of State. I have known Justice Sophia Akuffo well, for over 40 years. Indeed, she was my first junior in practice, as barristers call their work. She impressed me considerably with her hard work, her capacity for detailed research, her independence of mind and spirit, her honesty and integrity, her deep-seated respect for the rule of law, and her abiding belief in the sovereignty of Almighty God. I believe these are the qualities which sustained her brilliant career as a lawyer that propelled her to the notice of the 1st President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, who appointed her to the Supreme Court on November 30, 1995, some 22 years ago. She has been one of the leading lights of the Court since her appointment, and her contribution to the Court’s work and the growth of our nation’s jurisprudence has been extensive. She has enriched her judicial experience by serving with credit on continental judicial bodies such as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, where she ended up as President of the Court. I have no doubt that Justice Akuffo will be a worthy successor to Chief Justice Wood and uphold jealously the independence of the Judiciary. I expect discipline, fairness, integrity and the continuing modernisation of judicial activities to be the hallmarks of her tenure as Chief Justice if she is so endorsed by the constitutional bodies. It is important for the development of our nation that we have a Judiciary that commands the respect of the nation by the quality of its justice delivery, as well as by the comportment of its judges. We are all witnesses to the stormy winds that have buffeted the Judiciary in recent years and to the efforts Chief Justice Wood has been making to restore public confidence in the institution. I expect Justice Akuffo to continue and intensify that work.  The Judiciary has the onerous responsibility of being the bulwark of the defence of the liberties and the rights of our people. It can only discharge that responsibility effectively if it has the unalloyed respect of the people. We are determined to build a new Ghanaian civilisation, where the rule of law is not a slogan, but an operating principle for the development of our State, where the separation of powers is real and meaningful, where the liberties and rights of our people are fully protected, and where law and order provide a firm basis for our social and economic development, so that the dreams of prosperity that animated the great patriots, who are the founders of our nation, can find expression in our generation. I will be a genuine and trusted partner of the Judiciary so that, together, the Executive and Judiciary can co-operate in a spirit of mutual respect to attain this goal for the benefit and welfare of our people. I am confident that, in Justice Sophia Akuffo, I will find a worthy collaborator in this noble endeavour. I commend her to the constitutional bodies, the Council of State and Parliament, for appointment as Chief Justice of Ghana. Thank you. May God bless our homeland Ghana and make her great and strong.               
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The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has denied claims that he has been captured on tape having sex with the Chinese galamsey queen Aisha Huang. A video is circulating on social media with some suggesting that the male who is having sex with the lady purported to be Aisha Huang, is the legislator. But he has denied it a Facebook saying ‘’I have become aware of the circulation of a video on social media purportedly showing me engaged in a sexual intercourse with a lady of Asian origin. Those involved in this dastardly and barbaric act seem to suggest that I provided the lady and her company with a licence to engage in "galamsay" mining during my tenure as the Minister of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation in exchange for sexual favors. I categorically deny the mindless suggestion that I am the male actor in the video and all the inferences it draws. Those who orchestrated this agenda and promoted it has only succeeded in giving us a glimpse of the crude and the unfulfilled lifes they live. I want to assure the people Bawku and Ghanaians that I am grateful and respect the opportunity they have given me to serve as their Member of Parliament and the different portfolios I was privileged to work. The thought that I serve at the behest of the people never departs me, it is what informs and drives every decision I make; this will not change. In accordance with my Islamic faith I forgive the architects of this video and agenda, I see these orchestrations as negative campaigning against targeted opponents and an evidence of our debased politics. Thank you.''    
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The Founder and General Overseer of Alive Chapel International, Bishop Elisah Salifu Amoako has underscored the need for junior pastors to submit themselves when learning under great men of God. According to him, training moves one into the realms of professionalism, however, people fail under training due to indiscipline, greed, hatred, pride and insubordination. Speaking to Nat Sankofa Tete Arthur on Rainbow radio 87.5Fm on his Stories of Life segment he said, people fail in the process of training and without training you will fail. Without training you cannot survive.’’ He revealed to the host that he never went to a bible school but trained under Prophet Amoako. He said, ‘’I did not attend a bible school but trained under Prophet Amoako. The bible says when the servant is well trained, you become like your master but you cannot go beyond your master.’’ Comparing the Disciples of Christ and how they were described as Christ-like disciples, he said, it was because they have been with Christ. The renowned prophet stressed that without proper training, you will fail even in your marriage. Some men lack training, they have normal basic school knowledge but they lack wisdom and proper training. They lack discipline, humility and respect because they were not  properly trained .’’ ‘’God took me through the process of training; there is no bible school which is better than serving under a man of God. Bible school gives one the theory but the real impartation is derived from serving. Elijah served Elisha, he did not attend a bible school. The sons of the prophet who went to a bible school failed…Joshua served Moses and after he died, God called him and used him.’’ Prophet Salifu Amoako had this advice for the current generation. ‘’I want to advice the current generation; your greatest opportunity is to have a great man of God; sit under a great man of God and serve a great man of God. Anything great can make you great, anything great can impact your life,’’ he concluded.    
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Former Gender and Social Protection Minister under the erstwhile Mahama led administration, Nana Oye Lithur has in a congratulatory message described the yet to be confirmed Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo as one of Ghana’s finest legal brains. The legal practitioner and human rights activist in a Facebook message said, ‘’Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo.Congratulations.I am proud of you.I am happy for you.More importantly Ghana has one of its finest legal brains as a Chief Justice nominee. May God chart your path so that justice will roll like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream in Ghana.’’ According to media reports, the Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo will be confirmed as the second female Chief Justice today [Friday] by the president. If confirmed, she will be taking over from Her Ladyship Theodora Georgina Wood who will be retiring in June this year.   The former Minister in the statement said, ‘’ You were strict,efficient,hardworking,no nonsense and compassionate as head of chambers.One of the few female senior lawyers heading a law firm in those days.You had left Mobil Ghana as their solicitor and set up the law firm Akuffo &Co.You groomed us all in your law firm to become sharp lawyers.Shiela Minkah Premo,Kwame Akuffo and I.We had to be excellent, professional in our approach, punctual to meetings and perfect!.’’   Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution provides that “the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.   Article 144 (2) provides that “the other Supreme Court justices shall be appointed by the President, acting on the advice of the Judicial Council, in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.   Below is the full statement from Oye Lithur    I remember in 1994/95 when I walked into your office and you told me that President Rawlings had nominated you as a Supreme Court Judge.In a reflective mood,you told me it was a call to serve Ghana. You had done so well as Chairperson of Civil Aviation Authority.The airport saw massive transformation under your leadership.Under your tenure you zoned and developed the Holiday Inn airport area, the airport saw a major expansion and you set up the Aviation Social Centre. There was an uproar within the Ghana Bar Association about the President's nomination .I distinctly remember the objection by the late ED Kom.You have proved them wrong. You were strict,efficient,hardworking,no nonsense and compassionate as head of chambers.One of the few female senior lawyers heading a law firm in those days.You had left Mobil Ghana as their solicitor and set up the law firm Akuffo &Co.You groomed us all in your law firm to become sharp lawyers.Shiela Minkah Premo,Kwame Akuffo and I.We had to be excellent, professional in our approach, punctual to meetings and perfect!. You excelled at the Supreme Court and African Human Rights Court.   Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo.Congratulations.I am proud of you.I am happy for you.More importantly Ghana has one of its finest legal brains as a Chief Justice nominee. May God chart your path so that justice will roll like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream in Ghana.
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