Rainbow Radio 87.FM’s Agyemang Prempeh aka Agyengo has bagged two nominations at the 2017 Radio and Television Personality awards.
The award winning show host was nominated in the Radio Entertainment Talk Show Host 2016-2017 and Gospel Show Host categories respectively.
Agyemang Prempeh was adjudged as the Radio Entertainment Show Host for the third time in a roll in the year 2016.
This year’s event is slated for October 2017 and under the theme, ‘’Celebrating Personalities and Brands that inspire, Entertain, and Shape our Society.
The Radio and Television Personality Awards recognizes outstanding media personalities whose work show exemplary leadership towards building a vision and a future for Ghana’s media platform. The RTP AWARDS is the biggest, most prestigious and highly advertised event in Ghana with the focus to honour excellence in the media industry.
The main aim of the Awards is to give deserving personalities the spotlight and adulation they deserve, whilst motivating others in the industry to elevate their standards to ensure focus is placed on providing quality, relevant content to the public.
The Minority in Parliament has served notice that it will boycott deliberations on the controversial AMERI deal.
Members of the Mines and Energy Committee in Parliament led by Hon. Adam Mutawakilu the spokesperson for Mines and Energy in a statement said: ‘’ We, the Minority Members of the Mines and Energy Committee, have decided upon careful consideration of the relevant facts, not to take part in the deliberations of the Committee in respect of the urgent motion filed by Hon. K.T Hammond requesting that the House rescinds the decision it gave in approving the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) agreement between the Government of Ghana and Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group LLC (AMERI Energy) on grounds of gross misrepresentation.
The statement added, ‘’ The Minority does not want to be part of any bad precedent as far as parliamentary practice is concerned. Parliament as an arm of Government conducts its business on the dictates of the standing orders as stipulated under Article 110 (1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. In other words, any action or move taken by any Member of the House has to be witnin the remit of the Constitution and the Standing Orders. It is worthy to note that there is no part, section or rule of the Standing Orders that allows for a motion to be referred to a committee after it has been moved and seconded to without any deliberations by the House. This cannot be found in the current Standing Orders or any Standing Orders of the Parliament of Ghana since Independence.
Secondly, it is strange that Hon. K.T Hammond, who was/is not a party to the agreement, is requesting Parliament to rescind its decision on the basis of gross misrepresentation. Hon. K.T Hammond has NO LOCUS STANDI in this matter. Though we in the Minority respect the concerns and Standing of Hon K.T Hammond as a member of the Committee on Mines and Energy to take up matters pertaining to the sector, in the overall circumstances of this matter, we think his request should not be honored.
In all these developments, it is surprising that the Government of Ghana which is a party to this agreement has remained silent on its position. We therefore call on the government to come clear on its position with regards to the agreement.
It must be noted that, though Parliament has a constitutional role in the approval of International Economic or Financial Agreements to which the Government is a party, Parliament becomes FUNCTUS OFFICIO after approving such agreements. Once approved, the agreements are now in the domain of the parties thereto which, in this case, the Executive Arm of Government and AMERI Energy. If there is anything untoward about the agreement, it is for the parties to say so and take the necessary action within the framework of the agreement to vindicate their rights and not for any other person.
Indeed, in the Supreme Court case of NDEBUGRE v ATTORNEY-GENERAL & ANOR, Suit Number J1/5/2013 (unreported), the Supreme Court held that where Parliament exercised its constitutional function of approving an agreement without indicating that it has a future role in the termination or variation of the terms of the agreement, Parliament cannot subsequently purport to partake in termination or varying such terms. In the specific instance of AMERI BOOT agreement, Parliament failed and/or neglected to indicate in the approval decision that it retained a future role in the termination of the agreement. Therefore, the attempt to do so using the motion filed by Hon. K.T Hammond is, in our considered opinion, ultra vires the powers of Parliament and hence unconstitutional.
Finally, we must make it abundantly clear that the terms of the agreement contain dispute resolution mechanisms including resort to court action. We want to urge Hon. K.T Hammond to make his evidence of gross misrepresentation available to the Government which is a party to the agreement for the appropriate action to be taken. Government has every right to review past contracts and to correct every wrong therein in the interest of the people of Ghana; we take the view that this must be done in the right way and through the right means and not through the subterfuge of a motion for rescission.
The Minority Members of the Committee are ever ready and willing to listen to, enquire into and deliberate on any issue appropriately brought before the Committee.
The Committee is accordingly advised to take note of the decision of Members of the Minority.
The IT Company contracted by the previous Mahama led administration to provide services for the
National Single Window and Risk Management System in Ghana has been taken over by a Dubai company.
In a statement, the IT Company said an agreement was reached by the two companies for the takeover.
The statement said: “Customs World, a subsidiary of Ports Customs and Free Zones Corporation (PCFC) Dubai, has signed an agreement to take over West Blue Ghana Limited, the company engaged for the provision of the National Single Window and Risk Management System in Ghana. This agreement formalizes the establishment of ‘Ports & Customs World Ghana Limited.’’
The statement added: ‘’Customs World International is committed to “investing significant resources including capital, world-class technologies and human expertise in Ghana as they have done in Dubai and other countries.”
“The implementation of these new systems will be based on a robust risk engine that will improve efficiency in Ghana’s ports and customs operations thus, increasing revenue to the Government of Ghana and at the same time significantly reducing the cost of doing business in Ghana’s ports. The takeover by Ports and Customs World Ghana will automate Customs, Free Zones and Port processes in Ghana and also build Ghana’s capacities through the application of technology and services that will mirror the operational model in Dubai. This solution will be implemented through segments like the Risk Engine, Mirsal 2, the Client Management System, Smart Applications and the management of free zones and customs warehouses,” the statement added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has received the Africa-America Institute’s (AAI) National Achievement Award, on behalf of the people of Ghana, at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the New York Public Library.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the award, which recognises Ghana’s status as a free, democratic and stable country in Africa, is as a result of the contributions of successive generations of Ghanaian patriots who played invaluable roles in establishing the free, sovereign and democratic Ghana that has been honoured by the AAI.
Delivering his acceptance speech, the President noted that over the course of Ghana’s long, tortuous history it has emerged that ”the spirit of the Ghanaian, in his or her quest for peace, progress and prosperity, cannot be quenched. We are a determined lot, who cannot be deterred.”
Despite taking a while to reach a consensus on the establishment of multi-party constitutional, democratic rule in Ghana, he added that “today, after quite some time, we are recognised as a beacon of democracy and stability on the African continent. We are a country governed by the principles of democratic accountability, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the rule of law, an aspiring modern nation.”
It is for this reason that President Akufo-Addo indicated that, in the aftermath of the disputed elections of 2012, “we demonstrated clearly that it was not the ambitions of Akufo-Addo, or the fortunes of the New Patriotic Party, that we sought to promote. The stability and progress of Ghana, and the enhancement of her democracy were the paramount considerations that guided our every action in those difficult days.”
President Akufo-Addo told the packed gathering that the time has now come for Ghana to move on even further to deepen her democracy.
“It is time to make sure that we have a genuine separation of powers between the various arms of government. Our Parliament, the legislative arm of government, must grow into its proper role as an effective machinery for accountability and oversight of the Executive. Our Judiciary must inspire confidence in the citizens, so we can all see the courts as the ultimate, impartial arbiters when disputes arise, as they would,” he stressed.
Additionally, he noted that Ghana must also decentralise more, and devolve more power with corresponding resources to the base of her political system and to her people, in the regions and communities.
“We must trust the individual and collective wisdom and good sense of our people. We must create wealth and restore happiness to our nation. We can only do this when we have a powerful private sector, with a strong sense of enterprise, innovation and creativity, and an educated and skilled population that is capable of competing in the global economy,” President Akufo-Addo added.
It is for this reason that his government, he told the gathering, is insisting on making basic education, i.e. kindergarten through primary school to junior high school to senior high school, free in all the country’s public schools, to guarantee access to quality basic education to all of Ghana’s children, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth.
“In doing so, we must expand our horizons and embrace science and technology as critical tools for our development. We want to create a society of opportunities and incentives. We have to build a confident Ghana which is united, at peace with itself and takes pride in its diversity, and which continues to pursue its pan-African vocation,” he added.
Tribute to successive generations
President Akufo-Addo paid tribute to a tall list of Ghanaians who made the receipt of the award possible.
This list included the members of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society; the great nationalists who gathered at Saltpond to inaugurate the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC); Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and leading stalwarts of the government of the Conventions Peoples Party.
The President also paid tribute to some others, who are not listed among the forefront fighters for political freedom, but who fought equally hard for our cultural integrity and identity of who we are as Ghanaians, such as Philip Gbeho, Ephraim Amu, Theodosia Okoh, Amon Kotei, Kofi Antubam, Ayi Kwei Armah and Ama Ata Aidoo, Esther Ocloo, Dede Asikisham, Akua Shorshorshor, and other pioneer entrepreneurs.
He also paid tribute to his predecessor Presidents of the country, ”all of whom contributed in their diverse ways, during their respective tenures of office, variously to the Ghana we are celebrating tonight, the Ghana of Freedom and Justice, the stirring words of our national motto.”
Embattled businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome has maintained that he’s been consistent with his narrative on the GHc51 million judgement debt paid him whereas government has been inconsistent.
According to him, his documentary evidence since the case started has remained the same.
‘’The narratives from the accuser; those who represent the state has always changed. You and I know that the narratives from the beginning, discussions have always changed by them and I have never fought my case in the media because the case is in court…’’
He was responding to the storming of his Trassaco residence by armed military men with officials from the Land Valuation to value his property.
He wondered why the military should be dragged into civilian court matters and questioned whether he was operating illegal structure and described it as criminal.
Some armed men stormed their Trasacco residence in Accra, to value Mr Woyome’s home as part of steps being taken by the State to recover GHC51.2-million controversially paid him as judgment debt.
Mr. Woyome said he questioned the authenticity of a court warrant granting access to the house for valuation in view of the fact that the country’s courts were on legal vacation.
He disclosed in an interview with Rainbow Radio that the armed clocked a gun at his wife and in his view, an attempt was made to get him to react so they assassinate him and report later that he was inferring with the work of the team.
‘’This thing is truly criminal and how they are dragging the military into civilian court matters, I don’t understand,’’ he said.
The chairperson for the Volta River Authority Division of Public Service Worker Union, Madam Esther Agyemang Asafo has indicated that due to the bad off-taker arrangement with AMERI, VRA is losing an amount of $11 million every month.
She told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the monthly figure has accumulated to a total of $218 million within the first 19 months of operations.
She said the period spanned between January 2016 and July 2017.
Madam Asafo said VRA is supporting four thermal business entities in addition to running its own operations.
She also revealed that when the operation started, they had no idea and before they got to know about the AMERI deal, it has been signed into agreement.
She was emphatic that the AMERI deal is incurring more debt and by the end of the five year agreement, we would have incurred more debt.
‘’The with the deal is for the next five years, workers and we believ the future of the Authority is bleak,’’ and so we are calling for urgent measures by government to reverse any serious implications.
In 2015, the John Mahama administration signed a $510 million Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) Agreement with AMERI Energy to help solve power crisis the country was enduring at the time.
The then opposition NPP, raised questions over the deal. There were claims the deal had been inflated by about $150 million, an allegation officials of the former administration have rejected.
The Ghana Police Service at the Upper West region is facing serious logistical constraints.
An informant who pleaded anonymity stated that, the force lacks major accoutrements such as guns, vehicles and most importantly, fuel to help them in enhancing their work.
Information we gathered as indicated that the situation has adversely affected operations as the police are unable to attend to emergency cases.
The source also told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that some officers due for promotion have not been promoted.
According to the person, the affected police officers feel cheated because even though they have served the minimum years that qualifies them for promotion.
The police administration is clearly violating and is being inconsistent with respect to the provisions in the Policy Guidelines of the Service.
According to the person, though the Policy Guidelines of the Service on promotions mandated the hierarchy of GPS to promote officers who had served a four-year term in their respective rank without any charges, the Policy Guideline had now being flouted.
A Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba has disputed a publication by the Daily Guide Newspaper that former President Mahama per the Kwesi Botchwey report lost the elections because he rejected a strategy the party adopted in Akuse in 2016.
According to the publication, the Kwesi Botchwey Committee made a damming conclusion against Mr. Mahama.
The paper said, the report indicated that Mahama’s movie star lifestyle contributed to their defeat.
According to the 65-page Executive Summary of the report, “President Mahama lives a life of a movie star,” getting to the election in which the NDC performed abysmally.
“President Mahama ignored the Akuse strategy. It included no flamboyant campaign, no amorphous group, etc,” it said.
However, Mr. Akamba slammed the publication stressing that it lacks the merit and credibility to make such false representation of the report.
Although he confirmed a meeting by the NDC at Akuse to strategize in 2016, he rubbished the other claims made by the paper.
‘’Yes we went to Akuse to plan how the campaign would be run. But is that what was in the report?
The owners of Daily Guide are NPP stalwarts and so why should I trust what they publish?
He wondered why the paper will concentrate on focusing on a party in opposition when ‘’the current administration is failing in their promises. Have they not seen that?
When asked if indeed former President Mahama rejected the party’s strategy for 2016 he said, ‘’If I wanted you to know about that one, I would have organized a press conference. If I wanted you to know the inner problems of the NDC, I would have organized a press conference…We are not going to disclose these things to you.’’
He said, I can tell you with all confidence that this publication is not coming from the report
The 2014 winner of the Man Ghana Championship, John Anum alias Agogo has appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo to prioritize other sporting disciplines including fitness and bodybuilding.
According to Agogo, in Ghana we have focused too much on football at the detriment of other sporting disciplines including bodybuilding.
He said if individuals and government assist upcoming athletes and bodybuilders, it will really go a long way because ‘’I know a few Ghanaians who are competing outside at the pro level…A lot of Ghanaians are outside and are doing really good. Ghanaians are blessed with the genetics but we need to polish it up. So I will say Ghana has a lot of potential and we need a little bit of support,’’ he suggested.
He also confirmed that he will make a return to the 2017 edition of the nation's flagship bodybuilding competition slated for September 23 at the Osu Presby Hall in Accra.
Discipline and hard work he added were his hallmark towards success.
Speaking to rainbowradioonline.com he said, he started bodybuilding 11 years ago and whiles doing that he was also pursuing his engineering career.
He left Ghana to Canada in 2014 where he has been competing over the past years to test his skills against the finest bodybuilders on the local scene.
He said, ‘’over years, I have been working towards that goal, I left Ghana in 2014 and I’ve been in Canada for the past three (3) years and I’ve been competing there.’’
In 2016, he won the Houston Championship and won the OPA Gala Championship and from there he competed in the Arnold Classic.
Fitness he said is growing and almost everybody is interested in fitness.
His participation in the Man Ghana 2017 he added is to motivate and encourage the upcoming athletes that when there is a will, there is a way.
Gospel musician Patience Nyarko has lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the implementation of the free SHS policy.
In an interview with Sokoohemaa on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the musician said the policy came at the time when a number of parents were unable to afford their wards fees.
The policy in her view is good and should be supported by all.
She however advised the president to do his best and continue any good project started under former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to her, the interest of the state should be the top priority of the current administration adding, he [Nana Addo] should not abandon any good project started under the previous government. He should continue and complete them if possible.
She bemoaned the situation where successive governments abandoned projects because they were not started under them.
She made specific mention of the affordable housing project which she lamented was abandoned for political reasons.
‘’God should touch Nana Addo’s heart so he takes into good faith my appeal. I will also appeal to anyone who is able to govern this country to build on the legacies of his or her predecessor. When you this, it does not take anything away from you but makes you a wise person.