A 52 year-old hunter and farmer, Opanyin Agya Appiah has allegedly shot his wife dead at Manso Afraso in the Ashanti region.
Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s reporter, Abdul Malik Anokye narrating the incident on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the suspect had consistently exchanged heated words with the wife at the least provocation.
He blamed the deceased for his inability to catch or kill trapping animals.
According to him, the hunter upon returning from his usual routine Thursday, picked a fight with the wife. The wife whose name was given as Ama Sewaa, 42 rushed into a neighbour’s room for cover but the hunter fired his gun through the neighbour’s door, and the wife was hit in the tummy leading to her death.
He later attempted suicide after realizing that the wife was dead but was unsuccessful and is currently on admission at the hospital receiving treatment.
Abdul Malik Anokye said Agya Appiah after his action went to a dumping site where he attempted the suicide but had his hand chopped off.
The Deputy Director General in charge of Finance and Administration at the Social Security and Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Mr. Michael Addo has revealed that, the number of pensioners increase on the average is about 1,500 a month.
Mr. Addo delivering a message at the launch of the 25th Anniversary celebration (Silver Jubilee) of the National Pensioners Association, reiterated that SSNIT shall process and pay benefits to eligible pensioners and declared dependants.
SSNIT shall pay old age pensions, invalidity pension and death and survivors lump sum benefits, he added.
He said, SSNIT holds that mandate sacred and will not relent in doing so.
Mr. Michael Addo indicated that SSNIT has since 1991, been increasing and paying the monthly pensions of pensioners promptly to improve their living conditions.
‘’We have never defaulted in paying your monthly pension,’’ he said.
SSNIT in July 2017 paid a total of GHc184 million to over 182,000 pensioners adding, SSNIT from January to July 2017 paid 1.2 billion as pension benefits and lump sum to deserving pensioners.
He said, despite all these no pensioner would be left behind and the lowest pensioner receives GHc 270 a month as benefit.
The welfare of pensioners he said ‘’is paramount to SSNIT and that is why we have a listening ear.’’
The request by pensioners to be given special attention has been granted and some measures has been taken to ensure that, speed and convenience are key in service delivery, he assured.
On his part, General Secretary of the Pensioners Association Edward Ameyibor said, as part of the celebration, the association will bring to the attention of the public and particularly government, issues of ageing and the support they [petitioners] need.
He said there was an urgent need for better post retirement health care and National Endowment Fund ‘’to support all ages in case of catastrophic diseases. This is important to reduce the humiliation suffered by families through frequent public appeals for help.’’
The association he announced will intend to hook up with pensioners groups outside Ghana for their mutual benefit and to work more closely with SSNIT to improve the welfare of pensioners.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged Christian lawyers, in their work and advocacy, to be at the forefront of championing government’s commitment to build a modern, developed, prosperous and progressive Ghana, and free her from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and handouts.
President Akufo-Addo noted that with their help, “we will build a new Ghanaian civilization, where there is fair opportunity for all in education and health, where hard work, enterprise and creativity are rewarded, where there is an abundance of decent jobs with good pay, where there is a dignified retirement for the elderly, and where there is a social safety net for the vulnerable and disadvantaged.”
He made this known on Thursday, August 17, 2017, when he delivered the keynote speech at the Advocates Africa convocation on the theme “Awake, awake, O Zion (Africa), put on your strength and beautiful garments.”
President Akufo-Addo indicated that he was elected into office because the Ghanaian people were dissatisfied with their living conditions and the direction in which the economy, and, indeed, the country was headed.
“I pledged to help build a prosperous society, which creates opportunities for all its citizens, a society where there is discipline and fairness, where people go about their lives in a free and responsible manner, a society where there are safety nets for the vulnerable and decent retirement for the elderly, an open society protected by well-resourced and motivated security services, and where the rule of law works,” he said.
To this end, the President stated that his government has set about this task, firstly, by seeking to build a business-friendly economy that will enable the country get to the stage where the opportunities that are available will help it build an optimistic, self-confident and prosperous nation – A Ghana Beyond Aid. Fundamental to this, he added, will be maintaining a stable macroeconomic environment in the context of a growing economy, and, thereby, attracting private sector investment. Reiterating his commitment to enhancing accountability in the nation’s public life, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned that corruption has become the bane of Ghana’s progress.
“The Office of Special Prosecutor, which will be enacted in the next Session of Parliament, will work independently of the Executive, and will have the responsibility to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption, free from predictable claims of witch-hunting. Words can no longer defeat the canker of corruption. Concrete actions must,” the President said.
He continued, “Our industrial regeneration, through our policy of 1-District-1-Factory, our agricultural revival, through the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, targeted infrastructural development, especially of our roads and railways, and promoting access to digital technology are going to be the main avenues for job creation.”
In September, President Akufo-Addo noted that his government will redeem its pledge of providing free Senior High School Education in our public schools, stressing that it is an important tool for the development of our country.
“We have begun to clear the arrears of debt that were strangling the National Health Insurance Scheme, Kufuor’s great legacy to our nation, so that we will have, again, a buoyant health delivery system to which even the poorest in our society can have ready access,” he added.
The modern, prosperous society that his government aims to build, he said, however, is hinged on a foundation of good governance and the rule of law, and “that is where you come in, firstly, as Christians, and, secondly, as Christian lawyers. Together, let us also promote a spirit of reconciliation amongst all of us for the sake of our beloved Ghana and Africa, her progress and prosperity.”
Indian businessman whose deportation by the Interior Ministry was quashed by an Accra High Court some few weeks ago has petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to call Ambrose Dery, Minister of Interior and the Director of Immigration to order.
In the petition, he accused the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, Director/Comptroller of the Immigration Service, Kwame Takyi and Deputy Comptroller General in-charge of Operations, Laud Afrifa of plotting to illegally deport him and take over his company. Ashok Kumar Sivaram said he is constantly being harassed by officials of the Ghana Immigration Service and he believes his frustrations are part of a grand scheme to transfer his interest in his company, Jai Mai Communications Limited, to his business partner.
Excerpts of the petition read: ‘’ “Mr. President, the action of the respondents is a deliberate ploy to render my status in the country without a valid permit in order to easily facilitate my removal from the jurisdiction. This action by the respondents is also a clear attempt to undermine the order for valuation of the company the by high court dated 5th May, 2017. Mr. President, I implore you as the father of the nation to graciously step in to resolve the matters raised in my petition. I shall forever be grateful to you for your prompt action on this matter,” he added in the petition. An Accra High Court on July 31, 2017 quashed the deportation of Mr. Ashok by Ambrose Derry. According to the court by presided over by Justice Kwaku Ackah Boafo, the Interior Minister exceeded his jurisdiction by determining fraud against the Ashok without recourse to the court. The court also indicated that the Interior Minister breached the rule of natural justice by not giving the plaintiff a hearing after he had accused him of allegedly committing fraud. The Interior Minister and the Comptroller General of Immigration are said to have approved the deportation of Mr Sivaram on grounds that he obtained a fake marriage certificate to enable his stay in Ghana; a claim Mr Ashok Kumar Sivaram who had lived in the country for close to a decade rejected. “Mr. President, whilst the respondents are failing to conduct their statutory work, they keep sending Immigration Officials after me ostensibly to arrest and repatriate me so to lock my huge investments in Ghana in order to aid my business partner to take over my business interest. Mr. President the respondents are refusing to restore my residence/work permit even though the deportation order based on which my residence/work permit was cancelled by them has been quashed by the High Court in a ruling delivered on 31st July 2017.”
The full petition is attached.
Public Financial Management expert Dr. Kwabena Ntiamoah, has underscored the need for the various assemblies to stop depending on the central government for funds but find innovative ways to generate their own revenue.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, developed countries do not depend on government for resources rather; they issue municipal bonds to the public so they are able to generate revenue for development.
He said, the assembly can use these loans for infrastructural projects including markets and pay the principal and interest on the loan, through the revenue that would be generated after leasing the structures.
The various district financial heads he said have been trained on how to raise revenue independently adding, if they get a little push, they will be able to raise enough money for development.
He said most of the assemblies can work without depending on government. They only need to be efficient because we have conducted financial review assessments and we found out that, some of the Assemblies including KMA, AMA, TMA and others can generate their own revenue.
Civil society groups (CSOs) have asked the government to formulate a road map to fight reported cases of corruption until such a time that the Office of the Special Prosecutor will become operational.
They also called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint a focal person on anti-corruption and good governance to liaise and coordinate the work of the CSOs.
A delegation from the CSOs, led by the Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, made the demand when it paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House on Wednesday.
Other members of the delegation were the Executive Director of Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwettey; the President of IMANI Ghana, Mr Franklin Cudjoe, and the Executive Director of the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Dr Steve Manteaw.
The groups said the issue of fighting corruption was one of the main campaign messages of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run up to the 2016 general election.
Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor would take a long period for it to become fully operational and, therefore, an interim measure or arrangement was urgently needed to deal with cases of corruption.
The group advocated a two-level approach to the establishment of that office, saying in the short-term, the office could be created out of a parliamentary act or, in the long term, a constitutional instrument could be enacted to give legal backing to the work of the office.
Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said although the CSOs were in support of the idea of the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, there were some aspects of the draft legislation for the setting up of that office that required attention.
Draft law needs fine-tuning
He was of the view that coverage of the law needed more articulation, especially corruption involving public officials, and suggested that the law ought to focus on procurement and high financial crimes and leave other areas of corruption to other state institutions such as the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).
Prof. Gyimah-Boadi also touched on assets declaration and made an advocacy for the expansion of the current law to cover all political appointees.
Beyond that, he called on the President to make the assets that he had declared public to serve as an example for all other appointees to emulate.
He said the fight against corruption would be greatly enhanced when all public officials made their assets publicly known to enhance the avenues of transparency and accountability.
Right to Information Bill
On the Right to Information Bill, Prof. Gyimah-Boadi expressed reservations over the delay in the passage of the law, which was one of the campaign promises of the NPP.
He was also critical of the fact that in spite of the many instances of corruption reported by the media, no steps had been taken to deal with those allegedly involved.
The President’s meeting with the CSOs was the second and was meant to solicit views from the groups on how the fight against corruption could be given more fillips.
The meeting was also intended for the CSOs to express their views on some of the problems facing the nation and how they could be solved.
President Akufo-Addo said he was gladdened by the conscious efforts that CSOs were making in the country towards the promotion of good governance.
He expressed confidence in their ability to provide valuable inputs towards the envisaged prosperous future of Ghana.
After the initial remarks, the meeting between the President and the CSOs retired into a closed-door session.
Source: Daily Graphic
Joe Boxall, construction manager for Home Leon, an organization that embarks on slum solution for relocation to new communities’ has said, there is an explosion of people who are crumbling into tiny little spaces.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio from Sierra Leone, Joe Boxall said, there was the urgent need to relocate people into areas more suitable for housing but also, to build business around agriculture, tried and tested businesses.
He said without employment there is no life; work is life and life is work and for self esteem issues, you have to work.
He was responding to the mudslide which has killed more than 400 people with several others missing.
Houses were submerged in mud after a night of heavy rain that saw a hillside in the Regent area collapse, with roads described by witnesses as being turned into "churning rivers of mud".
A precise death toll is not yet clear and is likely to rise as many people might have been asleep when the mudslide happened in the early hours of Monday.
An estimated 2,000 people have also been made homeless after heavy rains caused properties to disappear under water.
Commenting on the disaster, Joe Boxall said, the area Freetown has a population of 2,000,000 residents and 50 percent of that number lives in slum conditions.
He explained that 8-10 people sleep in the same pan house under the slum condition with 50 people sharing one toilet facility.
‘’Fifty people to one toilet is the statistics. You can imagine how though that is in some of these places. Its just so difficult and hard in slums’’, he said.
According to him, the draw would have to be to relocate the slum dwellers to a location good for housing.
He described the disaster as a huge one and estimated that more than 12,000 people maybe missing as compared to the estimated 600.
Many of the impoverished areas are close to sea level and have poor drainage systems, exacerbating flooding during the country's rainy season.
He called for a housing policy in the housing sector in Sierra Leon as many people have no homes, food, clean water and sanitation remains a major challenge since the debris has damaged the waterline.
He said efforts must be put in place so that more homes are constructed for slum dwellers, homes that are well designed, he stated.
According to him, the vision of Home Leon is to relocate hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, by leading through example.
A local governance expert Ing. Amon Kotey, has slammed the idea for the formation of four new regions.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm, he said the reasons for the establishment of the new regions are illogical.
The Council of State has, unanimously, informed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that there is a substantial demand for the creation of new regions, after studying the petitions for the creation of new regions which were forwarded to the Council.
The Council has therefore, advised President Akufo-Addo to appoint a Commission of Enquiry “to inquire into the need and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation of the new regions.”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had said that the creation of the new regions the process includes a referendum that requires at least 80 percent of residents in the affected region to approve of the split.
He noted that the regions that were to see the split include the Northern Region, Western Region, Volta Region and the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The principal arguments for this demand are accelerated development and administration efficiency.
However, the local governance expert is of the view that, development can be done without necessarily creating new regions.
Decentralization or bringing local governance to people, has a laid down procedure and we must find out reasons why we are unable to do so adding, there some regions bigger than the other and so if we say we want to develop and bring governance closer to people, then we should as well divide other regions.
He admonished government to reconsider its decision of creating new regions and rather redirect its attention to deprived communities within existing regions, and give them a face-lift.
The country he said is bedeviled with serious challenges and the creation of new regions should not be a priority of government.
Former President John Rawlings has fired back at Dr. Valerie Sawyer, a former Deputy Chief of Staff for attacking him.
The former president says Dr. Sawyer is intimated by his [Rawlings’] integrity hence her outburst.
The former Deputy Chief of Staff, criticized the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over what she described as demonizing comments he made against the current leadership of the NDC.
In an article, she accused Mr. Rawlings of “still flogging a dead horse” although they are in opposition.
“They say he booms … I say he buzzes … like an agitated mosquito … looking for his next victim. Again, he heads for other Heads of State … describing their governance as riddled with corruption. Is he trying to say that his reign was unblemished or that his twin brother’s (President Akufo-Addo) reign is unsullied? Really? Who born dog … in fact … who born monkey?”
“JJ oooo JJ … the great Papa JJ … the one and only Junior Jesus … the great saint who never does wrong … you are still flogging a dead horse … the NDC is in opposition in case you have not noticed, while a living raging bull is moving around with reckless abandon destroying everything it finds in its path including the assets and citizens of this nation,” Dr. Sawyer said in her write up..
Responding to the attacks on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of Accra Dialogue said, “NDC is at a crossroads between those with integrity and those without. Those who lack it feel threatened by those of us who have the influence of integrity and that is what is frightening them. None of all these calls against us will hold. I mean it’s false, they know it but they have to propagate it.”