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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 03 August 2017
The Private Security Operations Directorate (PSOD) of the Ghana Police Service, has served notice to Private Security Operators who are using uniforms having resemblance with those being used by the Police Service, Prisons Service, the Ghana Armed Forces or any of the other State Security agencies to withdraw  them. They are to submit same to the police with immediate effect.   Those whose uniforms have not been vetted by the police are also to immediately submit them for vetting. Those who are also operating without appropriate licenses are to take immediate steps to obtain license from the Ministry of Interior. This was made known at a press briefing addressed by the Director General of Private Security Operations Directorate, DCOP Paul M. Awini. Businesses and individuals who want to engage the services   of any private security he said must also check with the police to ensure that such companies are dully registered and are operating within the law before contracting them. ‘’This is because they will be violating the law by engaging the services of such unlicensed PSOs, not to mention the security risk of using the services of such PSOs,’’ he said. The Police and Ministry of Interior  Joint Taskforce will sustain this monitoring and enforcement operation to ensure that all PSOs comply with law.   According to him, the law provides that the IGP shall not approve any article for use under the law if the article has a resemblance to similar article used by any of the state security services.   The law he further explained prevents any person licensed or granted a permit under the Legislation from possessing fire arm or ammunition. However,  some PSOs are operating without licenses, engaging employees without permits, using unapproved  uniforms and articles, while others defiantly arm their security guards with weapons, he said. He added, ‘’as a result this violations, there is the likelihood for criminals to take advantage of the situation to engage in various criminal activities such as robbery, stealing, and virtually terrorize law abiding citizens using these weapons, uniforms and other articles.’’   ‘’Following these developments, the police embarked on an operation to arrest employees PSOs engaging in such activities. In all, a total of 23 employees from 11 PSOs were arrested during their exercise. Their offence principally for now is using unapproved uniforms bearing resemblance to Police and Military uniforms. Investigations are still ongoing to check their status regarding other provisions in the Regulation after which they will be arraigned before court for prosecution,’’ he said.
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National Communications Director for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Paa Kow Ackon, has asserted that Parliament recommended the implementation of the “Mandatory Tow Levy,” because money changed hands. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the outspoken politician who described Ghana as a sick country said, the implementation of the levy will not be enforced since the PPP will stage a massive demonstration against it.   Paa Kow Ackon in his view said, the various district assemblies must contract their own towing companies and collect the approved fees to pay those contractors from fines imposed on offenders.   He said, this is not difficult to do and if the government cannot enforce this simple solution, then we will not pay-‘YENTUA’, he said. ‘’We cannot continue to sit aloof and watch while successive government continue to milk the operation the state with impunity under the guise of parliamentary approval. What happened to consultation with the people? According to him, Parliament must represent the interest of the people but in this particular instance, the decision of Parliament did not represent the interest of Ghanaians and therefore, we must reject this so-called advisory report from the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport. He further stated that, this particular clause inserted into the law, the PPP asserted was a recipe for corruption which every Ghanaian must be worried about.   Meanwhile, the PPP has issued a statement on the same issue and in the statement, the party said, ‘’Ghanaians must object to this lackadaisical attitude towards solving problems in this country. The penchant of successive governments to opt for easier methods of solving problem in this country must not be countenanced. These shortcuts decisions in a long- run go to affect the country adversely.’’ “We cannot continue to sit aloof and watch while successive governments continue to milk the state with impunity under the guise of parliamentary approval. What happened to consultation of the people?” the statement asked. “Its public knowledge that the owners of this company are behind the companies in the SUBAH and SADA scandals that caused the country to lose close to 1 billion Ghana cedes during the NDC administration.   “On what basis did the government and Parliament of Ghana come to the conclusion that, that particular company is the only company in the world that can deliver towing services to Ghana? The district assemblies must contract their own towing companies and collect the approved fees to pay those contractors from fines imposed on offenders. This is not difficult to do and if the government cannot enforce this simple solution, then we will not pay – YENTUA,” the statement stressed.
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Parliament Staff gets 15% pay rise

Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Oquaye on Wednesday announced a 15 percent pay increase for staff of Ghana’s legislative House. The decision was taken by the Parliamentary Service Board, and announced by the Speaker Prof. Mike Oquaye Wednesday night before the House rose for recess.     “The Board has approved 15 percent salary increment for all parliamentary service staff,” the Speaker said but did not give details relating to when it takes effect. “This will help them [the staff] perform better,” Prof. Oquaye added.   According to him, the Board also approved the establishment of a parliamentary assurance unit which he said will deal with matters that are raised on the floor of the House but would require further follow ups and attention.   “I believe that the adoption and implementation will contribute to enhancing the integrity of the House and its members,’’ he said.   An approval  has also been given for the setting up of a legal department in parliament, noting recruitment for relevant staff to fill that department would be done.     “The Parliamentary Service Board has approved the establishment of a legal department in parliament, something which has been lacking for a very long time.’’       “Offers will be invited from possible developers on public/private partnership basis where appropriate in order to develop lands and property, which are being taken away,” he said.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017, swore into office 4 ambassadors and 1 High Commissioner, at a ceremony at the Presidency. The five persons, who received their letters of credence, according to President Akufo-Addo, have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour, adding that “they are eminently fit to represent Ghana in their respective places of accreditation, which have expressed satisfaction at their appointments.” They are: (1) Mrs. Dufie Agyarko Kusi, an experienced, international public servant, who is to represent Ghana in the vibrant Republic of Korea; (2) Madam Virginia Hesse, a respected, former, senior civil servant, who is going to Prague, the Paris of Central Europe, in the Czech Republic; (3) Mrs. Francisca Ashitey-Odunton, a well-known media practitioner, who will be Ghana’s High Commissioner to Kenya; (4) Mr. Alowe Leo Kabah, a seasoned lawyer and politician, who is heading as Ambassador to the Republic of Benin; and (5) Prof. Abena Busia, an internationally acclaimed academic and poet, who will be our Ambassador to the giant of South America, Brazil. With the onerous responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation amongst the comity of nations is high, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “you represent a country that, as a result of the commendable conduct of the Ghanaian people, is regarded as one of the most stable on the continent, which is a functioning democracy, governed by the rule of law, and respect for individual liberties, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability.” He continued, “We are regarded as the beacon and standard bearer of democracy in Africa, and, recently, in April, according to the reputable RMB Global Markets Research, the 4th best place to invest and do business in on the African continent. You are the most visible symbol of our country out there, and in all your actions you must guard jealously our country’s image. I am confident this is a charge you will uphold.” We will fix economy Having been elected into office in the December 2016 elections because the Ghanaian people were dissatisfied with their living standards, and were not happy with the direction in which the economy and, indeed, the country was headed, President Akufo-Addo noted that one of his government’s biggest challenges is to fix the economy they inherited. “They voted for us to fix the economy and put our country on the path of progress and prosperity. Indeed, we have begun to fix the economy, and the mid-year review presented on Monday by the brilliant Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, shows that we are on track. We will fix the economy. We will bring jobs and prosperity to Ghana,” he said. He urged them to remember vividly the slogans of his government’s flagship programmes, 1-District-1-Factory; 1-Village-1-Dam; Planting for Food and Jobs, describing them as descriptions of government’s commitment to the rapid development and transformation of the nation’s industrial and agricultural sectors. “We are determined to create the appropriate macroeconomic environment which will attract domestic and foreign investment into these, the real sectors of our economy. You have to help in that exercise,” he said. President Akufo-Addo also urged them Ambassadors and High Commissioner to strive to develop cordial working relations with the professional Foreign Service officers you will find at their duty posts, as well as develop a good rapport with the Ghanaian communities in their respective countries. “Ghana is on very good and cordial terms with the countries to which you have been posted. Our bilateral relations span several decades, and our ties of co-operation remain strong. Your role is to deepen these even further, as well as to explore other areas of effective co-operation, which will inure to the mutual benefit of our respective populations,” he said. He continued, “In doing so, you will recall at all times our objective – to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, a Ghana which is self-reliant and exploiting its own resources, honestly, with hard work, enterprise and creativity, to build the free, prosperous Ghana of the dreams of the founding fathers of our nation.”     Credit: presdiency.gov.gh
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017, swore into office 4 ambassadors and 1 High Commissioner, at a ceremony at the Presidency. The five persons, who received their letters of credence, according to President Akufo-Addo, have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour, adding that “they are eminently fit to represent Ghana in their respective places of accreditation, which have expressed satisfaction at their appointments.” They are: (1) Mrs. Dufie Agyarko Kusi, an experienced, international public servant, who is to represent Ghana in the vibrant Republic of Korea; (2) Madam Virginia Hesse, a respected, former, senior civil servant, who is going to Prague, the Paris of Central Europe, in the Czech Republic; (3) Mrs. Francisca Ashitey-Odunton, a well-known media practitioner, who will be Ghana’s High Commissioner to Kenya; (4) Mr. Alowe Leo Kabah, a seasoned lawyer and politician, who is heading as Ambassador to the Republic of Benin; and (5) Prof. Abena Busia, an internationally acclaimed academic and poet, who will be our Ambassador to the giant of South America, Brazil. With the onerous responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation amongst the comity of nations is high, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “you represent a country that, as a result of the commendable conduct of the Ghanaian people, is regarded as one of the most stable on the continent, which is a functioning democracy, governed by the rule of law, and respect for individual liberties, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability.” He continued, “We are regarded as the beacon and standard bearer of democracy in Africa, and, recently, in April, according to the reputable RMB Global Markets Research, the 4th best place to invest and do business in on the African continent. You are the most visible symbol of our country out there, and in all your actions you must guard jealously our country’s image. I am confident this is a charge you will uphold.” We will fix economy Having been elected into office in the December 2016 elections because the Ghanaian people were dissatisfied with their living standards, and were not happy with the direction in which the economy and, indeed, the country was headed, President Akufo-Addo noted that one of his government’s biggest challenges is to fix the economy they inherited. “They voted for us to fix the economy and put our country on the path of progress and prosperity. Indeed, we have begun to fix the economy, and the mid-year review presented on Monday by the brilliant Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, shows that we are on track. We will fix the economy. We will bring jobs and prosperity to Ghana,” he said. He urged them to remember vividly the slogans of his government’s flagship programmes, 1-District-1-Factory; 1-Village-1-Dam; Planting for Food and Jobs, describing them as descriptions of government’s commitment to the rapid development and transformation of the nation’s industrial and agricultural sectors. “We are determined to create the appropriate macroeconomic environment which will attract domestic and foreign investment into these, the real sectors of our economy. You have to help in that exercise,” he said. President Akufo-Addo also urged them Ambassadors and High Commissioner to strive to develop cordial working relations with the professional Foreign Service officers you will find at their duty posts, as well as develop a good rapport with the Ghanaian communities in their respective countries. “Ghana is on very good and cordial terms with the countries to which you have been posted. Our bilateral relations span several decades, and our ties of co-operation remain strong. Your role is to deepen these even further, as well as to explore other areas of effective co-operation, which will inure to the mutual benefit of our respective populations,” he said. He continued, “In doing so, you will recall at all times our objective – to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, a Ghana which is self-reliant and exploiting its own resources, honestly, with hard work, enterprise and creativity, to build the free, prosperous Ghana of the dreams of the founding fathers of our nation.”    
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