Isaac Aryee, a former national welterweight champion was allegedly knocked down whilst driving a motorbike by a car driven by one officer Aikins of the Mamprobi Police on Wednesday afternoon on the Mortuary Road in Accra.
Some eyewitnesses who spoke to Rainbow Radio Sports said, the officer drove away without attending to the injured boxer who was in critical condition until Aryee was saved by a good samaritan who rushed him to the Korlu-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The boxer who is still on admission suffered a broken neck and that has affected his spinal cord.
In a related development, the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) led by their president, Peter Zwennes have paid a visit to Isaac Aryee in hospital and are working with the Police to ensure justice in the matter.
The Secretary to the Asere Stool, Nii Gyesi Ankrah has admonished the youth in the Ga-Dangbe community to be responsible citizens and help in uplifting the image of the Ga State.
According to him, the role of the youth is crucial in uplifting the image of the Ga State.
He said there is no country without laws, rules and regulations hence the need for the youth to respect and abide by these laws.
He charged them to stay away from alcoholism, smoking and any form of lawlessness.
He lamented over the increasing rate of prostitution and stealing among the youth.
The youth he stressed must take the bull by the horn, learn and understand their cultural practices since it will help in preserving the history of the Ga State.
The traditional leader challenged the youth to also help in the fight against filth in the capital city.
Nii Gyesi Ankrah used the opportunity to dispel assertions that Ga-Dangbes are fetish and emphasized that, ‘’we trust and believe in the Supreme Being and I will urge the youth to as trust in him, be committed and dedicated to God.’’
He also urged the public to respect the ban on drumming and noise making because it is a period where the Ga State prepares towards the Homowo festival.
The one month ban will commence from May 8 and end on June 8, 2017, with the Odadao custom to signify the lifting of the ban.
He said, ‘’ the ban on drumming and noise making is a very important feature in the activities leading to the celebration of the Homowo Festival by the Ga people.The period is used to fast and pray for peace, progress and the welfare of the Ga-Dangme people in particular and the country as a whole.
He was speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Nhyiraba Asirifi at the funeral ceremony of the late Nii Owula Kpakpa Blofonyo who was the Ga State Akwaashon Mantse
Government and stakeholder in education have been called to encourage girls to pursue science related courses if they want Ghana to achieve the development needed in the country. This call was made by the coordinator for northern Ghana projects for the Integrated Social Development Center ISODEC, Ms Agnes Gandaa during the opening ceremony of this year’s Science, Technology and Mathematics Education STME clinic held in Tamale. Addressing participants, Ms. Gandaa explained that ISODEC and its partners have contributed to the development of girls in most communities in northern Ghana, and the country at large hence the need for every Ghanaian to join hands to ensure that most girls will have the interest in offering science and technology related programs. She added that over 8,000 girls have so far benefited in the area through a number of interventions including girl camps, clubs activities, study tours among others.However, the district director of education for the West Mamprusi district who is also the acting director of education for the Mamprugu Moanduri district, Hajia Sulemana Mase lauded ISODEC and VSO with its partners for their contributions towards the uplift of educational standard in the her districts disclosing that, as a result of the “ Tackling Educational Needs Inclusively” (TENI) project by ISODEC and VSO, there have been over 20 percent increment in school enrolment, with more than 1,300 teachers who have received training on participating teaching methodology which she believed has contributed immensely to the development of education in the West Mamprusi and the Mamprugu Moanduri districts of the Northern region.Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Director of the Ghana education service Alhaji Mohammed Haroon has counseled young girls to challenge themselves in science and technology related programs in order to bridge the gap between women in science and that of men in science and technology. He explained that, women have everything it takes to compete with men in the offering of science and technology courses therefore girls should not see science as a difficult program to offer but a program that can be done by everyone that insist on pursuing it.By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
The Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Nurses are to start work by July 1, 2017, rainbowradioonline.com has gathered.
This follows a meeting between the nurses and the Ministry of Health today [Thursday.
The nurses are to expect their postings before the end of June 2017 to enable them start work July 1.
Thursday’s [April 4, 2017] edition of Daily Guide’s newspaper reported that, state transporter, Metro Mass is on the heels of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over buses the party rented whilst in government but allegedly failed to pay for the services the company rendered to it.
According to the paper, a pro forma invoice issued to the NDC after it had lost the general elections on December 7, last year, a total of GH¢1.921,896.99 was supposed to have been paid to the state transport company by the then governing party.
But responding to the claims, Deputy National Organizer of the NDC, Mardi Gibril described the story as mischievous.
According to him, the party paid GHc 420, 000 as a down payment adding, ‘’and so if you are not being mischievous, why would come out to allege that someone owes you GHc 1.9 million.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Deputy National Organizer confirmed that they went into an agreement with the state transporter through which they were to give their services at a ‘’fare base agreement’’.
He insisted that there is no available record to show that the NDC rented the buses to transport the members to and fro.
He expressed his disappointment in Metro Mass stressing, the amount quoted by the paper is incorrect and mischievous.
He revealed to the host that, the MMT brought the cost of the service rendered but the NDC protested the figure and asked them to go back and bring the correct figure but they have not done that, he added.
''We did not use the buses for free because we were in power. We agreed to pay and gave them a down payment. Anyone with the impression that we used the buses for free, and failed to pay is only being mischievous.''
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is advocating for the 24-hour opening of the borders between Ghana and Togo, explaining that this will boost trade and tourism, and, thereby, ensure that the peoples of the two nations reap the economic benefits thereof.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the opening of our borders will give true meaning to the ECOWAS Protocols on Free Movement of Goods and Persons, and will spur on progress and prosperity for our peoples.”
He made this known on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, when he delivered a brief speech at a State dinner held in his honour by the President of the Republic of Togo, His Excellency, Faure Gnassingbé.
With President Akufo-Addo determined to aide in the strengthening of the ECOWAS community, he noted that it is extremely important for the welfare of the 350 million people living in West Africa, that its leaders show strong political will to make ECOWAS an economic and political success, and to make the integration real.
“I am fully committed, and I know President Faure Gnassingbé is too. With West Africa’s population set to reach some 500 million people in 20 years time, there are immense opportunities to bring prosperity to our region with enterprise and creativity. The time for West African integration is now. Ghana and Togo should take the lead in converting ECOWAS into a true regional market, and, indeed, in helping to facilitate the wider efforts at continental integration and unity,” he added.
A functioning, common regional market in ECOWAS, in President Akufo-Addo’s view, has to be a very fundamental objective of all of the peoples and governments in ECOWAS, and it is for this reason that “I am very much for the 24-hour opening of the borders between our two countries. This will boost trade, tourism, and, then can we reap the economic benefits.”
It was the hope of President Akufo-Addo that during his and the term in office of President Faure Gnassingbé, Ghana and Togo will continually search for ways to co-operate and harness fully the benefits of their shared resources.
“The resources of the Volta Basin, the exploitation of our mutual iron ore deposits, the rapid construction of dams to extend the supply of electricity to the northern parts of our countries, the joint respect of our maritime borders, the completion of the construction of water treatment plants to deliver potable water, as well as the sharing of knowledge and information, will create jobs and wealth for our two peoples,” he said.
To this end, President Akufo-Addo told his Togolese counterpart that “it is not right that the last meeting of the Permanent Joint Commission of our countries was held in 2009, some 8 years ago. It would give me great pleasure to welcome your team to Accra for the next Joint Commission meeting, hopefully in July. We must hasten the process of the attainment of our shared objectives.”
New Generation of African Leaders
President Akufo-Addo praised the Togolese President for promoting a spirit of national reconciliation amongst the Togolese people, a reference to the presence of the erstwhile leader of the Togolese opposition, Gilchrist Olympio, who was also present at the State dinner.
“They have both exhibited considerable courage in bringing the process this far. They have demonstrated that the forward movement of this country is their only and utmost concern. Long may they continue on this path,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo noted that “Africa is breeding a new generation of leaders”, adding that “this generation of African leaders must not fail the longsuffering African masses. They must help bring dignity and prosperity to our continent and its peoples.”
The new generation of leaders emerging on the continent, he noted, are committed to governing their peoples according to the rule of law, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the principles of democratic accountability, and are looking past commodities to position their countries in the global marketplace.
He added that this new breed of African leaders are determined to free their peoples from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and hand-outs; are bent on mobilizing Africa’s own immeasurable resources to resolve Africa’s problems; and recognise the connectedness of their peoples and economies to those of their neighbours.
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Ghana and Togo have resolved to deepen co-operation, as well as strengthen the ties of friendship that exist between them in the sectors of security, immigration, agriculture and water, health, trade, digital economy, environment, energy, transport and the issue of maritime borders.
A communiqué issued at the end of the official visit of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to the Republic of Togo noted that, together with President Faure Gnassingbe, both leaders have indicated their willingness to activate “the High level permanent joint Commission of cooperation between the two countries.”
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the two leaders visited the Joint Border Post at Noepe and Akanu. Despite the commissioning of the post some 3 years ago, it is yet to function. To this end, the two Presidents instructed their respective Ministers to speed up the interconnection of Customs IT systems so as to operationalize the post, and aid in the free movement of goods and persons across the Ghana/Togo border.
With reference to agriculture, the single largest occupation of the populace of both countries, the two leaders called for the intensification of technical cooperation, and the exchange of experience between the two countries, particularly in aquaculture, and the development of coffee, cocoa and cashew nuts.
On the Sogakopé-Lomé drinking water supply project, the two Heads of State stressed the need to speed up the implementation of the project, as the ripple effects of this project will be of immense benefit to the two countries.
President Akufo-Addo and President Gnassingbe also expressed their determination to strengthen actions to combat illegal timber trade, and tasked their respective ministers to put in place the appropriate mechanisms to this end.
Touching on the continuation of the programme of electrification of the localities along the borders of their respective countries, the two countries renewed their commitment to ensuring the completion of the joint hydroelectric dam project in Juale.
In the area of road infrastructure, the two Presidents instructed their respective Ministers to seek funding in the ECOWAS framework for the construction and rehabilitation of the roads linking Kemerida-Kara-Nachamba, in Togo, and Tatale-Yendi, in Ghana.
Addressing the issue of common borders between the two countries, President Gnassingbe and President Akufo-Addo agreed to give priority to high level dialogue, instead of resorting to the courts to answer the delimitation of their maritime boundaries, on the basic of the principle of equity and the right of each country to have a sea front.
At the end of his visit, President Akufo-Addo expressed his deepest gratitude to President Faure Gnassingbe for the warm and fraternal welcome extended to him and his delegation. He extended an invitation to his Togolese counterpart to pay a reciprocal visit to Ghana, an invitation which was accepted by President Gnassingbe.
A Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong says to some extent, the Ghanaian media has helped in championing the development of the country.
He was answering a question asked him by host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on whether the Ghanaian media has been able to champion the development of Ghana based on its freedom.
The MP for Ofoanse Ayerebi said, Ghana recognizes the freedom and Independence of the media and to some extent, we have championed the development of Ghana but they are challenges, the legislator added.
He indicated that one of the major challenge is the over politicization of issues and development adding and ‘’so sometimes there is over politicization of development subjects. That’s problematic.''
He also decried sensationalism in the media.
‘’Predominantly we are championing development through the press but there are challenges we need to address.’’
Mr. Nkrumah also touched on expertise in subject areas and stressed the need for practitioners to upgrade themselves so we will be able to have media personnel specialize in various areas to improve upon our work.
He was speaking in relation to the world press freedom day which is marked every year, on May 3.
He revealed that government will soon allocate funds to help give the press some capacity building.
Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) after the 2016 defeat set a 13-member committee to diagnose the cause for their humiliating defeat.
The committee, which was formed by the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee (NEC), and approved by its Council of Elders, is being chaired by a Former Minister of Finance and Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, Kwesi Botchwey.
The committee was set up to “review and validate the results of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections and find out the causes of the poor performance of the NDC in both the presidential and the parliamentary election, as well as to deal with other matter reasonably related to the above objectives and to make recommendations to the National Executive Committee about the way forward.”
But an activist of the party, Lord Hamah is asserting that, ‘’the Dr Kwesi Botchwey's committee is just to white wash the guilt and criminality of the bad leadership of the NDC.
According to him, he does not understand why the committee was set up to investigate the cause of their defeat when it was obvious what caused it.
He said, ‘’I don’t understand why the committee was set. Why was it set up? Don’t we know the cause of our defeat? So why the committee?
He called for reorganization of the party and an overhaul of the leadership of the umbrella family
In his view, the NDC can only come to power if the entire leadership of the NDC is changed adding, the current leadership have failed, and they are stubborn
When asked if he was ready to meet the leadership of the party to address his concerns, he said, there is no correct leadership for the NDC party adding the whole leadership of NDC has collapsed.
The entire leadership of the NDC needs to be wiped out. The December 2016 polls did part of the work in cleaning up the party, the rest should be done at an early Congress," he said.
President John Mahama was defeated by the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Akufo-Addo in the December 7 elections.
Nana Addo secured the presidency after a third attempt, beating the incumbent, President John Mahama with 53.85 percent of valid votes cast.
Mr. Mahama, who ran on the ticket of the NDC secured 44.40 of valid votes cast.
Former John Dramani Mahama was declared in 2012 by then former Electoral Commissioner Dr. Afari Gyan as winner of the presidential election.
He polled 5.57 million or 50.70 percent of the 10,995,262 valid votes cast to edge out his closest challenger, Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party who polled 5.24 million votes or 47.74 percent in that year’s presidential polls.
His victory was described as resounding but a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Lord Hamah says John Mahama became President by accident.
He made the comments in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 8.5Fm.
The political activist in the interview said, he [Mahama] was a president by accident and he also failed the nation and could not perform creditably as expected by those who entrusted into his hands the management of Ghana.
The NDC had no message to sell to Ghanaians during the 2016 general elections.
According to him, he joined the NDC based on conviction but the current happenings in the party calls for serious reorganization.
Lord Hamah told the host that he saw the defeat of the NDC coming and warned them but they failed to listen to him.