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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 28 September 2017
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has paid tribute to “one of the legends of the ages” at an event held in celebration of the academic life and achievements of Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia. According to President Akufo-Addo, “one runs out of adjectives trying to describe this noble Ghanaian. A few come readily to mind, though – composer, ethnomusicologist, writer, scholar, instrumentalist, and, above all, Ghanaian patriot.” He noted that Emeritus Prof. J.H. Nketiah’s work in the field of music has been globally acknowledged. “Indeed, such has been his impact that, today, his concept and interpretation of time and rhythmic patterns in Ghanaian, and other African, folk music have become the standard for music scholars around the world, complementing that of another Ghanaian musical legend, Ephraim Amu, who, coincidentally, was his mentor. Such is the quality of the man we are celebrating today,” he added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 27th September, 2017, when he participated in a festival celebrating the academic life and achievements of Emeritus Prof. J.H. Nketia, at the Banquet Hall of the State House. Touting the achievements of Prof. H.H. Nketia, the President noted that they are worth celebrating “because they give us formidable cultural capital to fortify our unique African identity, forge a great Ghanaian nation, and pursue our historic pan-African vocation. His life’s work is a great message for the youth, that the sky is the limit for anyone who wants to work hard.” The President continued, “This celebration also affords us the opportunity to apply Emeritus Professor Nketia’s ideas to nation building. He has given us the gilded marbles, retrieved from the past, and it is our duty to incorporate them in the architecture of our culture and national identity, going forward.” Prof. J.H. Nketia’s life’s experiences, he added, point to the crucial significance of education. “Education, as we all know, is the equaliser of opportunity. At this juncture in our nation’s history, broad access to education is vital if we are to transform our economy from one dependent on the production and export of raw materials to a value-added, industrialised one. That is the rationale of the free Senior High School policy. It is meant to ensure that the doors of education, at least up to the end of senior high school, are open to all, irrespective of the circumstances of birth. An educated workforce is our surest bet of ensuring the progress and prosperity of our nation,” he said. Touching on inclusive education, which has been stressed through the years by Professor J.H Nketia, the President noted that “this is the reasoning behind the learning of Ghanaian and African history, our cultures, oral traditions, festivals, languages, folklore, dance and music, amongst others.” Education that seeks to apply local knowledge to foreign ones, as advocated by Emeritus Professor Nketia, according to the President, is what Ghana needs at this point of globalisation, where holistic cultures and identities play key roles in how to navigate the challenges posed by globalisation. “Education, which combines performing arts, such as music, and the humanities, is what will define our identity and cohesiveness as Ghanaians,” he said. President Akufo-Addo was confident that if the nation applies the works of Professor Emeritus Nketia in helping to reclaim the past, in order to nourish the present and to seize the future, “we shall be further emboldened to construct a modern, democratic nation based on equity, respect, and inclusion. We will then build a new Ghanaian civilization, a Ghana Beyond Aid, a new flowering of Ghanaian art and culture.”
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Musician and sympathizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as Kwame A-Plus, slammed the Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), ACP Maame Yaay Tiwaa Addo-Danquah for accusing him of leaking a conversation he [A-Plus] had with her. He described the Deputy CID of being a liar who called and insulted him of being stupid and plotting to blackmail her. ACP Maame Yaay Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has accused Kwame Asare Obeng, also known as A-Plus, of doctoring an audio circulating in the public which suggest that there was a cover-up in the probe of President Akufo-Addo’s two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. The leaked tape suggested that the senior police officer coached A-Plus on how to drop the allegations against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. ACP Maame Yaay Tiwaa Addo-Danquah said after listening to the leaked tape, she will conclude that “it is very obvious that my conversation with him has been doctored and/or edited to achieve a deliberate, mischievous and evil purpose.” According to her, part of the conversation “is a total fabrication and figment of the author’s imagination.” However, speaking on Accra based Asempa FM the musician confirmed that it was his voice in the tape but disputed doctoring the tape as suggested. ‘’I am not an expert and so I cannot confirm if the tape was doctored…The CID officer rushed in releasing the statement. She cannot make such an allegation against me without any hardcore evidence. She should sue me if she suspects I leaked or doctored the tape.’’ ‘’She is a lair because she is currently feeling guilty. She called and told me that she knew I recorded our conversation…People are planning to put the blame at my doorstep but I will not entertain that. If you move one step, I will move two steps,’’ he told the host on Asempa FM.
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The Council of Chiefs and Queenmothers of Ahafo, in the Brong Ahafo Region, have expressed their gratitude to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the implementation of policies aimed at improving the living standards of Ghanaians. According to the Omanhene of Yamfo Traditional Area, Nana Ansah Adu Baah, who is also Chairman of the Ahafo Council of Chiefs, he told President Akufo-Addo that “we are equally delighted at the introduction of the Free SHS initiative that has hit the spine of the entire nation.” He assured the President further that “we pledge to assist you to actualise this bold programme and make it a success for posterity.” The Ahafo Council of Chiefs were also “specifically grateful” to President Akufo-Addo and government for “choosing to launch the [programme for] Planting for Food and Jobs at Goaso.” With residents of the Ahafo engaged predominantly in farming, Nana Ansah Adu Baah told President Akufo-Addo that “we have seriously plunged into agriculture, given the conducive factors of production” which exist in the Ahafo areas. The Omanhene was confident that, through the programme, the country will record a bumper harvest, leading to an export of food staples from Ghana. The Council of Chiefs and Queenmothers of Ahafo made this known on Wednesday, 27th September, 2017, when they paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo to congratulate him on his victory in the 2016 elections, as well as to wish him good fortune during his tenure of office. Touching on the matter of the proposed “Ahafo Region”, Nana Ansah Adu Baah told President Akufo-Addo that “the imminent creation of Ahafo Region will leave positive and indelible impressions about you. This will be for posterity. We trust the commitment and zeal you have exhibited so far in re-shaping the destiny of Ghana.” On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Ahafo Council of Chiefs for the courtesy of their visit and for wishing him well during his tenure of office. Citing the example of the United States of America, which began to transition to publicly funded high school education in the mid-19th century, President Akufo-Addo indicated that this development set up America for 20th century success, creating a workforce fit for rapid economic development, which has inspired the emergence of the most powerful economy so far known to human history. “I want you to support and back me fully in the implementation of the Free SHS policy. We are implementing this policy because we want to rapid progress of our country. So I am happy that you, the Ahafo Council of Chiefs, are in support of this programme,” he added. On the declining fortunes of agriculture inherited from the previous administration, President Akufo-Addo noted that such was the dire state of the country’s agriculture that the country had to resort to the importation of plantain from neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire. “It is for this reason that we instituted the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs. This is just a pilot programme, beginning with just two hundred thousand farmers. I am hopeful that by the end of the four years, at least two and half million farmers would have been involved in the programme,” he assured. He continued, “We want to make food staples affordable in Ghana, and also export the surplus. This has been done before in Ghana and I am confident we can repeat this feat again. I need the support of all of you in combating the smuggling of inputs and fertiliser. Those engaged in these despicable acts only hurt our collective future.” On the proposed Ahafo Region, President Akufo-Addo noted that “it is long overdue.” He indicated that in the coming weeks, he will appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the need for the creation of the Ahafo Region, and should the Commission be convinced that such a need pertains, it will recommend the places and issues for a referendum. The President noted that he will be obliged to refer the matter to the Electoral Commission for a referendum to be held according to the recommendations of the Commission. A vote for reorganization will be carried, only if a minimum of 50 percent of affected registered voters vote, and of those voting, 80 percent vote in favour. To this end, President Akufo-Addo reminded the Chiefs of the crucial role they have to play in the creation of the Ahafo Region in mobilising support from the people.
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The Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has reiterated government’s commitment to the strengthening of bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China. His Excellency Dr. Bawumia made this known when the Chinese Vice Minister for Commerce, Mr. Qiam Keming, paid a courtesy call on him at the Flagstaff House. The Vice President in June this year, led a delegation of government officials to China in a quest to deepen diplomatic and economic ties, as well as create opportunities for Ghanaian businesses to form partnerships between the two countries. Government is seeking to leverage Ghana’s natural resources, specifically bauxite, through its recent partnership with China to commit about $19 billion to Ghana’s economy. Dr. Bawumia disclosed that the government sees several opportunities to cooperate with her partners in areas like agriculture, infrastructure, trade and even culture. “Partnership with China is a win-win approach. We want the Chinese government to encourage businessmen in China to come and set up businesses in Ghana and also make the climate conducive in China for Ghanaian businesses” he urged. The Vice President underscored the importance of prioritising projects in Ghana to meet pressing demands, with employment creation projects topmost on the list. “We have to prioritise what we do. The ‘One District One Factory’, ‘One Village One Dam,’ road construction and agriculture products processing are very important for this government and so we will appreciate it if Chinese experts will partner with us to see them realised” Dr Bawumia indicated. Mr. Qiam Keming on his part said, he is in Ghana to follow up on Dr. Bawumia’s recent visit to China during which discussions on bilateral trade were held. He emphasised that the two countries intend to complement and strengthen further their industrial and agriculture cooperation to add value to agricultural products, especially cocoa. “China seeks to strike a balance between short and long term developments and is focused on prioritised projects. Ghana is a fast developing country and we are ready to partner with you in global development”. In the meantime, a Chinese team is undertaking feasibility studies on a number of projects including a medical facility, 13 bridge projects in Western region, Daboya and Nagone in the Northern region, he disclosed. China is also partnering Ghana to provide human capacity building training in Ghana. This is to develop human resources and equip them with the requisite skills to stay abreast with contemporary trends in development. Present at the meeting were H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong, China’s Ambassador to Ghana; H.E Mr. Edward Boateng, Ghana’s Ambassador to China and other government officials.
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The Deputy Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), ACP Maame Yaay Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has accused Kwame Asare Obeng, also known as A-Plus, of doctoring an audio circulating in the public which suggest that there was a cover-up in the probe of President Akufo-Addo’s two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. The leaked tape suggested that the senior police officer coached A-Plus on how to drop the allegations against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. But the statement from the Deputy CID Director accused of the musician of doctoring their conversation. ACP Maame Yaay Tiwaa Addo-Danquah said after listening to the leaked tape, she will conclude that “it is very obvious that my conversation with him has been doctored and/or edited to achieve a deliberate, mischievous and evil purpose.” According to her, part of the conversation “is a total fabrication and figment of the author’s imagination.” Read her full statement below PRESS RELEASE TO ALL MEDIA HOUSES RE-PURPORTFD TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN A SENIOR OFFICER AND KWAME ASARE. DARKO @ A-PI.US 1. My attention has been drawn to a purported telephone conversation between a supposed Senior Police Officer and Kwame Asare Darko @ A-Plus in respect of investigation of allegations made by him against the 2 Deputy Chiefs of Staff. Further, my picture and a voice recording purporting to be mine have also been associated with the said conversation. For the records, the unequivocal Facts are as Follows: 2. The A-PIus corruption allegations were thoroughly investigated by a team of four senior detectives, headed by the Director-General of the Criminal investigations Department (CID), of which I was a member. 3. In the course of the investigations. I had series of discussions relating to the subject matter with A-Plus, some of which were via telephone. 4. Of particular significance. amongst others, was my insistence for him to document his denial of the thievery allegation against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff by coming back to give a further statement. He however failed to report back to document his denial of the thievery allegation even though he had categorically stated in his verbal narration. 5. I wish to categorically and emphatically state that I have never intimated to A-Plus,in any conversation whatsoever, that I believe that his allegation of corruption against the two Senior Government Officials had been confirmed following our investigations. 6. I. certainly. I could not possibly had come to that conclusion when at the time I spoke to he. A-Plus, whilst insisting that he documents his denial of thievery against the two, the investigative team had not had the benefit of a response from the two appointees. 7. I have listened to the purported telephone conversation between myself and A- Plus many times and it is very obvious that my conversation with him has been doctored and/or edited to achieve a deliberate, mischievous and evil purpose. Much of the content of the said tape is a total fabrication and a figment of the author’s imagination. He mischievously picked some aspect of my voice in a later conversation I had with him when the report was released. Significantly, it is imperative to indicate that the said telephone conversation that has been doctored or edited lasted for 56 seconds. It should be clear to discerning Ghanaians that the said mischievous recording lasted for over 5 minutes. 8. After the report was released on Monday 18“' September 2017, A Plus called on me Tuesday 19th September to disagree with our findings. After that he sent me a text message and threatened to put my voice in the public domain because the team had insulted him by saying the allegation was baseless. 9. I was and remains fully in agreement with the conclusions reached by the investigative team which is that the allegations of corruption levelled against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff were completely baseless and without merit and also lacked credibility. Indeed the accuser provided no evidence at all to back his allegations and the investigative panel found no wrongdoing. His statement to the Police as well as the investigative report evidences this conclusion beyond doubt. The foregoing are the bare facts relating to my dealings with the accuser. 10. I feel pained by this calculated and dastardly attempt to soil my reputation and 1 condemn same in no terms. In spite of this to distract me from my work, I remain a committed Police Officer who will fight and expose crime wherever I find it and regardless of who is involved. MAAME YAA TIWAA ADDO-DANQUAH (MRS) Assistant Commissioner of Police Deputy Director-General/CID
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Journalists are among the most wicked group of people in Ghana. They are far wicked than politicians. They take bribes from public office holders to ‘kill’ important issues, former Member of Parliament for Takyiman South in the Brong Ahafo region Hon. Adjei Mensah has posited. He was responding to the purported leaked tape between Kwame A-Plus and a senior police officer on the investigations conducted into the corruption and thievery allegations leveled against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff by the latter. The legislator in his view said the tape cannot be a doctored one and from what he has gathered, he believes the musician and the senior officer indeed talked and made the comments. He was however disappointed that majority of the media are not interrogating the issue because of their allegiance to the ruling government. He said, the police officer appeared to be a NPP member because she was coaching the musician to lie. ‘’How many media houses will play the tape like Rainbow Radio has done? I am expecting Kwame Sefa Kanyi, Adakabre and Kaba to play the tape on their shows so that we subject it to critical analysis’’ He went on to add that if journalists in Ghana become fair and balanced, the country will transform. There are some leading journalists in the country who have to stop being partisan and be fair and truthful in what they do because that is the only way the country can transform. ‘’The likes of Kwesi Pratt, Kwame Sefa Kanyi, Adakabre, Kweku Baako, Kaba; if these leading journalists and others in the country stop taking bribes and soli from politicians and do their work professionally, we will progress.’’ ''The media is supposed to be an independent body and help in the fight against corruption. The media's fight against corruption should be unparalleled but it is quite unfortunate that the media is as guilty as the politicians. I will not mince words in saying that the media is as corrupt as politicians.'' The Criminal Investigative Department of the Ghana Police Service recently described as baseless and unsubstantiated allegations of thievery and corruption leveled against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff by Kwame Asare Obeng popularly called A Plus. The Department has thus cleared the two- Messers Abu Jinapor and Asenso-Boakye- of any wrongdoing. A statement issued and signed by the Director General of the Police CID, Bright Oduro said after weeks of investigations it was evident the allegations by A Plus lack credibility. However, it has emerged that the statement was cooked by the CID despite strong evidence gatnhered on same matter. In the said tape, the senior officer coached A-Plus on how he should eat back his words on the allegations against Asenso and Jinapor.
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Acting General Secretary for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu has threatened to sue Inquisitive Ventures publishers of The Inquisitor newspaper for publishing a scandalous story about him. The newspaper in its Thursday’s edition with the headline captioned: ‘’Accountability for Greater Tomorrow! GHc5.1 million Chop-chop hits NPP…Cash for Cape Coast Conference Blown…Delegates After John Boadu’s Blood,’’ made claims that party delegates are after John Boadu's head. According to the paper, the Office of the Chief of Staff gave out some GHc5.1 million to the party to organize the conference however, delegates were forced to sleep in vehicles and students hostels infested with bed bugs and mosquitoes. The paper also alleged that John Boadu happens to be the one being accused of badly organizing the conference. But responding to the publication, John Boadu disputed it and hinted of a possible legal action. John Boadu said he believes someone has hired the paper to tarnish his image. ‘’I don’t know who has hired the paper to tarnish my image. I am gathering all the needed evidence and will soon take a legal action against the paper. I sometimes find it difficult to sue the media because we work together. However, I don’t know why this paper keeps publishing false news about me,’’ he added. Explaining how the conference was organized, he said a committee was formed and as the Acting General Secretary, I was not a member of that committee. I was only responsible to making sure that the organization was apt. Payments and anything about money was handled by the committee and our treasury. ‘’John Boadu had nothing to do with the resources allocated for the organization of the conference. I was not a committee member,’’ he stressed. He said feeding, transportation and other logistics for the conference involving over 5,000 delegates would certainly make the cost for the conference high.
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The Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) has lambasted the Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko for ‘’peddling falsehood’’ that he has met with them on several occasions. General Secretary Michael Adumata speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm disputed claims by the Minister that he’s engaged PUWU on several occasions. He also revealed that the Minister does not respect them as a union because if he does, he would have responded ''to our letters written to him''. Mr. Adumata said the union has written more than three letters to the Minister without any response and from what they’ve gathered; the Minister does not care about them. ‘’We have written three letters but he has not responded to any of them. And let me put it on record; the Minister has not held a single meeting with the labour union since he took over office. And so he would be a liar to say he has met with us. He met stakeholders which the union represented but that was not the labour union. The labour law requires that he meets with the union. We did not post the letter but presented it ourselves in his office yet he keeps saying that he has not seen any of the letters,’’ he said. He was responding to comments by the Energy Minister on their redundancy package. PUWU on Tuesday held on Tuesday picketed at the premises of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), demanding for severance pay for ECG staff before they participate in the privatization of ECG under the Millennium Power Compact Two programme. But reacting to the demands at a press conference, Mr. Agyarko insisted that, workers of ECG who want their severance packages will not be prevented, but must leave the company after receiving it. “…If you decide to leave ECG, then you will be paid your severance, but you should not have the expectation or guarantee that the new company will take you on. You have made a decision to sever your relations with ECG, and it should not put you in faithful expectation that going forward you have a job with the new company. So it is opened, all the ECG workers who want to leave and not join the new company are at liberty to do so and their severance so arranged.” “But it is not going to be a collective bargaining situation where all 6,500 ECG workers are paid the severance and then transferred to the new company. You are at liberty to transfer yourself to the new company and carry with you all the benefits from ECG and continue accruing new benefits. You are equally at liberty to say that I want to wash my hands off ECG and go my own way,” he said. But responding to the Minister’s comments Mr. Adumata said the union will not banter with the Minister in the media. According to him, there are a number of options that they will consider if their grievances are not resolved. ‘’There are so many options available and so to say that we are going back to the drawing board is not frightening,’’ he added.
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