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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017
The 2007 All Africa Games (AAG) silver medallist, Bastir Samir has lambasted sensational Braimah “Bukom Banku” Kamoko for using delay tactics to prevent their match advertised fight because he [Banku] fears loosing. According to Samir, Bukom Banku has been bragging for too long but he is running from their bout. He has also accused the boxer of manipulating the system to get the date for their bout changed from September to November. The much anticipated bout between Bukom Banku and Bastie Samir was  set to come off on September 30, this year. However, the bout has been postponed to November.  Samir speaking to Rainbow Sports complained that he has not been officially informed despite the change of date. Samir who was infuriated said he will defeat Banku even if he appoints his mother and father as judges for the bout. ‘’I am ready for the bout but Banku is not ready…I will defeat him even if he appoints his mother and father as judges for bout,’’ he told Isaac  Worlanyo Wallace in an Interview. The bout has now been moved from September 30, to October 21, 2017 at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra. A statement signed by Mr. Alex Ntiamoah Boakye, Chief Executive Officer of Box office promotion, said the postponement is due to request from a major TV partner which needs an ample time for pre-fight promotions, good planning for a world class production and programming to cover the event. He apologized to Ghanaians for any inconvenience caused and promised to bring to the boxing fans and the general public the best boxing promotions for the new schedule date.
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Country Director for The Hunger Project-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Afrane has said,  we must stop at nothing in ending early child marriage. Child marriage, defined as marriage of a child less than 18 years of age, is a widespread practice in the developing world.  In particular, the marriage of young girls is common in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. He said the Hunger Project-Ghana has embarked on several advocacy campaigns targeting majorly policy makers, religious leaders and parents on the subject. He insisted that by law, one can only marry at the age of 18 and when one is given to marriage below 18, it violates the law and that is something we must discourage. Poverty, cultural practices are some of the factors that led to child marriage but I will say that, poverty has been the major factor. The District Assemblies and traditional rulers should assist THP-Ghana in the fight to totally eliminate early child marriage across the length and breadth of the country, he said. The Hunger Project-Ghana is currently running an early child marriage education and awareness program christened “Her Choice Project”. Twenty-one (21%) of girls in Ghana are married before they are 18 and the rates continue to ascend yearly hitting at high as 39% in the northern part of the country. In February 2016, the Government of Ghana launched a national campaign to aid end child marriage as part of the African Union’s regional campaign to end the practice in the region.  ‘’We have to stop at nothing to ending child marriage. We have to enforce the laws and crack the whip on those violating the rights of such victims,’’ he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The organization he stressed is focusing on providing opportunities to young girls through education, and training to understand the negative impact of early child marriage. ‘’We are empowering young girls to stand up for their rights. We are helping them to understand the laws and speak against early child marriage,’’ he said. The role of the Gender Ministry, UNICEP and other NGOs in the fight he said has been encouraging.
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The Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS), has urged government to expand the coverage of the free secondary education policy to include private schools to save them from possible collapse. At a press conference today [Wednesday], expressed its disappointment with the effect the policy is having on admissions in private schools, with reports that enrollment of first-years has dropped significantly. National Secretary of CHOPSS, Joseph Dzamesi, said the free SHS policy has rendered them jobless. “What is to happen to the millions of Ghana cedis that have been invested into our schools. What is to happen to 10,000 plus Ghanaian workers who are employed in our schools,” he questioned. “Our schools should be tagged private and the parents should be informed that when a private school is selected, the students would have to pay the school fees,” Mr. Dzamesi stated. “With this, a student who may not be happy with his or her placement or a student who is not able to find a school that he or she likes may select a private school on the website and go to that private school.” They also suggested that government could give beneficiaries the money for their education so they will choose between a private and public. “We, therefore suggest that the amount of money earmarked per student to attend senior high school be granted to the student, whether he or she attends a public or private senior high school… if a parent needs to add GHc200 to it in order to afford the total fees in a private senior high school then that becomes the option of the parents.”
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A communicator with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana K. Opare says Ghanaians are extremely happy for the implementation of the free Senior High School policy. The NPP since 2008 championed the free education policy and because of that, Ghanaians were anxious and wondered if indeed the party was going to implement the ambitious campaign promise. Speaking on Frontline with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, government has admitted that, there would be challenges however, the challenges will not make us fail with the implementation. The policy is about Ghanaians and not any political party, he said. The president is committed to this policy and has resolved to give priority to education to afford every Ghanaian child an opportunity to attend secondary school at no cost. The president he added, was called a liar when he promised to invest in the future of the youth by implementing the policy. ‘’The man is committed to help develop this country. He is committed to seeing to it that every Ghanaian child gets access to secondary education at no cost. We are happy Ghanaians trusted the NPP on the free SHS and has helped in the implementation. He admonished the public to have patience as Nana Addo is going to deliver on every other single promise.  President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday launched the free SHS where he lamented the humiliation he went through in 2008 when he first promised the policy. The president recounted how he was ridiculed by his opponents   and his policy was described by many as political gimmick. “When I proposed this policy in 2008 many were those who said free SHS could not be done. The idea was ridiculed and described by propagandists as a vote buying gimmick even though ironically it did not win me that election. I was labeled a liar by my opponents who went on to state that free SHS could only be possible in 20 years’ time,” Nana Addo said. “…The Ghanaian people were discerning and believed it was possible. The culmination of that belief inter alia, resulted in the decisive victory won by the New Patriotic Party and my good self in the election of 2016.”
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Captain Dennis Mahama (rtd) father of the late Major Maxwell Mahama has appealed to corporate Ghana, philanthropists, individuals and other bodies to donate in cash or kind towards a campaign he is leading against mob injustice. Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the retired army capo said, the death of his late son was so terrible that he couldn’t bear it. According to him, what readily comes to mind when he reflects on the terrible incident is that ‘’never again should this happen to any human being and for that matter anybody in Ghana.’’ He said they have set up ambassadors against mob injustice and they have lined up a number of activities for the campaign. Captain Dennis Mahama (rtd) said, some of the activities include talk shows, schools visitation, community outreaches among others. He said, the campaign will see the ambassadors visit markets, attend festivals and other important events to sensitize people on the negative impact of mob injustice. The late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama who was slain in the line of duty, was given a state burial with full military honours. The burial service came off at the Forecourt of State House in Accra, after which he will be buried at the Osu Military Cemetery. The Captain was was killed on May 29, after some of the Denkyira Obuasi residents claimed they mistook him for an armed robber. He had a weapon on him, which incensed the residents to lynch him, it has been reported. 1. He was born in 1985 and was 31 years old. 2. He was born to a military officer [his father – 3rd Infantry battalion Capt. Chubby Adam Mahama (RTD)] whose father was also a military officer. 3. He attended Services Basic School and John Teye Memorial School and Akosombo International for his basic education. 4. He is an old student [Old Saint] of Saint John School, Sekondi [Completed in 2004]. 5. He joined the Military after Senior High School. 6. He enrolled and studied Political Science at the University of Ghana [Accra City Campus] 7. He completed his first Masters’ degree program after his BA degree. 8. He had enrolled in an MSc Criminology program in 2015 [Distance Learning] at the University of Leicester and was due to due to graduate at this summer’s degree ceremonies. 9. He got married to Barbara in August 2012. 10. The couple has two children. 11. He loves to play tennis and does so at the professional level 12. He is peace loving and often prefers dialogue in addressing situations according to his father. 13. He had just completed an exam to be promoted to the rank of a ‘Major’. 14. He is a nephew to former President John Dramani Mahama
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The Editor-In-Chief of the Informer Newspaper, Andy Kankam has taken former President John Dramani Mahama to the cleaners. He asserts that the former president disrespected the National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) structures when he organized his walk. The recently held peace walk organized by Mr. Mahama he alleged was not sanctioned by the party. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Andy Kamkam described the peace walk as needless as it failed to even unite party supporters but rather divide it further. He was reacting to a publication in his Wednesday edition of the Informer newspaper where a former MP, Mr. Dan Abodakpi, has lambasted former President Mahama for organizing a needless walk. The walk he insisted was not sanctioned by the party and for Mr. Abodakpi to express such an opinion means that, he [Mr. Mahama] has failed to respect the party structures. He said, for people to see the peace walk as a strategic approach to our re-branding is problematic. Andy Kankam said, I am reliably informed that the party has in place a structure and people to work towards the rebranding of the NDC, but the peace walk by Mahama, was not within the structures of the NDC. That kind of attitude he lamented was part of the problems that caused their defeat. He said if people continue to disrespect party structures, they will not take it easy. The paper quoted Mr. Abodakpi as saying ‘’what is this charade of a unity walk? Is that the best way to take responsibility for the acts of omissions and commissions that led to last elections? Are these so called walks the party’s strategic approach to redefining and rebranding ourselves to convince our teaming supporters and Ghanaians at large that we have indeed purge ourselves of the arrogance that got associated with us during our tenure? ‘’I am not in the habit of talking to the platform to express my frustration about how we have conducted the affairs of our party in and out of government. But I think the time has come for all us to re-think and come to the realization that we need to chart a new strategic path in order to have trust and confidence restored in us as a political entity.’’
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The commencement for the National Identification registration exercise is expected to start in November this year, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has hinted. Originally, the exercise was to kick start on September 15, 2017. The Vice President explaining the change in date said, is due to a decision to first complete the National Addressing System, which will be a critical input in gathering of data for the National ID exercise. “By November God willing, the next bit of digitization will be the National ID Card. That is very critical, and we are hoping to try the addressing thing launched before the National ID, so that when you come to register for the National ID, we will have your address as well so that we will put it there [in the data]. He made the remarks at  the launch of a training programme for National Service Personnel into the National Communications Authority (NCA), in Accra. “It is all digitizing in Ghana; we are moving to get these things done. The National ID is very critical for everything that we are going to do going forward. Whether its health, whether its education , taxation; everything will now be dependent on your National ID number, which will be your unique ID which will follow you from birth all the way to death,” he added.
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Female musician Mzbel, originally known as Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah, has disclosed that she never slept with the former Unique Trust Bank (UT Bank) boss Prince Kofi Amoabeng. According to the controversial musician, she made up the story of having slept with the business mogul on several occasions to satisfy speculators and false attributions by the media. In an interview she granted to Deloris Frimpong Manso about a year ago, the musician admitted that she has indeed had sexual relations with Price Kofi Amoabeng, founder and former boss of UT Bank. The admission shocked Ghanaians and it made them question  the paternity of Mzbel’s son Aaron. However, speaking in an exclusive interview with Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mzbel said she made the story up because she wanted to satisfy the media and speculations people had about her and the former UT boss. She insisted that Mr. Amoabeng was only a friend who helped her in so many ways but never took advantage of her sexually as speculated by people. She also disputed claims that the former UT boss is the father of her son Aaron.  She however, failed to disclose the father of her son indicating that she has agreed in principal with the father of her son not to disclose his identity to the public. Mzbel told the host that she later called Mr. Amoabeng and apologized for embarrassing him with the sex story. ‘’Ghana Celebrities started the speculations. Most of the stories you read about me are also false. I have a lot of adult friends but am unable to even snap photos with them because the gullibility of Ghanaians. They will later speculate that I am in a relationship with the person. He [Amoabeng] is my friend and not my sex partner. I never slept with him. I made up the story. I have told you several times that he was not my sexual partner. Ghanaians are always expecting that I say he is my partner. He is my friend and I talk to him all the time,’’ he told the host.
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The Northern Regional Minister Hon. Salifu Saeed has called on investors to invest in Tourism in the Northern Region because the region has the largest collation of ecotourism resources in Ghana which earn them outrageous profit needed for the growth of their business. The Regional Minister made this call in a speech he delivered at the launch of the 2017 World Tourism Day Celebration and Northern Ghana Tourism Investment Summit held in Tamale today Tuesday, September 12, 2017. According to the Hon. Minister, the Northern region has a lot of tourism potentials which businesses can exploit and therefore it is up to private individuals to take advantage and grow their businesses. Meanwhile, the 2017 World Tourism Day Celebration and Northern Ghana Tourism Investment Summit, which is under the theme “Sustainable Tourism, a Tool for Development” will be held in Tamale from Monday the 25th to Wednesday the 27th of September, 2017.  The objective of the programme is to promote the development of tourism in the Northern Regions in order to improve job creation, income generation, and higher standards of living. The programme will also expose the untapped tourism potentials of the Northern Regions to investors and generate the needed investment and as well create marketing and networking opportunities for businesses in the area. The Northern Regional Minister however beseeched the media to support and market key investment areas in the three regions of the North and the country as a whole. He stated that although the region has the largest collation of ecotourism, it has the least visitation and facilities to host tourists and it is the media’s report that would either attract or deter investors. “As media men and women, you must try as much as possible to focus your attention on the positives of the three regions of the north more than the few negatives”.  By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
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Information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com has it that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is set to meet to deliberate on some key issues and the delivery of the promises by the current Nana Addo led administration. We have also gathered that the meeting will also address an alleged statement circulating on social media and purportedly signed by the Acting General Secretary that the party has amended its constitution on the free senior high school. Meanwhile, the party has denied the claims and asked Ghanaians to treat the statement with contempt. The statement which has gone viral on social media and purportedly signed by John Boadu read: ‘’ "The Npp will redefine BASIC EDUCATION to include SHS 1,and make it available to a SELECTED few on a SCHOLARSHIP basis to SOME Ghanaians" This replaces the 2016 one which was written when we were in opposition. Please refer to the amended one in all deliberations.’’ However, the party has denied the claims insisting that its being done by the opposition to deceive Ghanaians. The party will later communicate to the media the outcome of the NEC meeting. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday launched the flagship education policy the free SHS. At the launch, the president gave the assurance that a key component of the Free Senior High School policy must be the provision of quality education. According to President Akufo-Addo, “Government is collaborating with various partners to implement major programmes and interventions such as the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), the expansion of physical infrastructure, and free supply of core subject text books to students.” Central, too, to the prospects of the Free SHS policy, the President added, is the teacher. “A well-trained, confident and contented teacher is essential in the delivery of quality education. If we are to succeed as a nation, and if we accept that education is central to national development, then it is clear that quality teacher training is vital to our nation’s development,” he said. Government, the President indicated, is committed to teacher professional development through schemes such as Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL), at a cost of 17 million pounds sterling. T-Tel is a four-year Government of Ghana programme supported by the UK’s Department for International Department (DFID). It seeks to transform the delivery of pre-service teacher education in Ghana, by improving the quality of teacher education and learning through support to all public Colleges of Education from 2014 to 2018. The programme will enhance quality education delivery in the Colleges of Education, with government looking forward to its continuous implementation after 2018. “The restoration of the teacher trainee allowance, which also begins today, is part of the comprehensive policy of engendering the production of quality teachers,” the President added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 12th September, 2017, when he launched the Free SHS policy at the West Africa Senior High School.
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