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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 06 September 2017
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Ghana Mission In Namibia Hosts NDC

The Ghana High Commission in Windhoek, Namibia, played host to a delegation from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), that participated in the just-ended African – European Party Dialogue Of Socialists And Democrats, which took place in Namibia’s capital city between the 4th and 5th of September, 2017. Ghana’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia, Her Excellency Elizabeth Forgor, was present in person to receive the NDC delegation made up of Koku Anyidoho, NDC Deputy General Secretary in-charge of Operations, and Dr. William Kofi Ahadzie, Director of Research, and Acting Rector of the NDC’s Party School. In line with established accepted protocol norms, the NDC delegation informed the Ghana High Commission of its presence in Namibia, and the High Commissioner reciprocated the gesture by accepting a visit to the High Commission from the NDC delegation. The interaction, was extremely warm and cordial, and a further boost to Ghana’s brand of accommodating politics.
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News broke some few days ago that some fish farmers inject their fish especially tilapia to look puffy. This led to Rainbow Radio’s reporter Fiifi Ankomah leading a team of journalists to Asikuma in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern region, where majority of the tilapia we consume come from to investigate. Speaking to the journalists, Torgbui Darteh II, Senior Divisional Chief and Business man who is also into tilapia farming corroborated the story but disassociated Ghanaian fish farmers from the saga. According to him, some Chinese nationals have taken over the tilapia business and instead of them trading the tilapia after six months of farming them, they do so only in three to four months after they have injected the fishes with dangerous chemicals. The traditional ruler and fish farmer said, the tilapia from the Chinese appears bigger than that of the locals yet that of the Chinese, is unwholesome for consumption. He said, the Chinese use dangerous chemicals in farming their fishes and that will have serious health implications on the consumer. He expressed his displeasure at the fisheries ministry and the delays they have attached to conducting investigations into the matter. He opined that, the ministry should with immediate effect suspend the activities of the Chinese traders’ otherwise by the time investigations are concluded, half of the consumers purchasing the tilapia would be dead. He said, the tilapia from the Chinese does not look normal and but hazardous for the consumer, he added. On her part, the Zonal Fisheries Director, Asuogyaman Ditrict, Madam Akyerema said , they  constituted a team made up of the Fish Health Unit, the Fisheries Assessment Unit and the Aquaculture Unit and the team conducted and sampled some of the tilapia for laboratory assessment. She told the team that they would need proof and evidence to confirm the allegations.  The Minister in charge of fisheries she noted has expressed  her commitment in dealing with persons enagaging in illegal fish farming. The Ministry she stressed ''is on top of issues hence the public should have confidence it. Some market women also lamented over the issue indicating that it has affected their trade negatively. In a related development, the Tema High Court has issued an arrest warrant for two Chinese nationals over the importation of unwholesome tilapia into Ghana. The two, Zhang Ming Alias Gary, 37, and Chu Yong Shuai, 29, have been charged with the offence of importing tilapia fish in commercial quantity into Ghana without permit contrary to the section 130 (1) and (3) of Fisheries Act 2002, (Act 625). The suspects are believed to be hiding around Madina in the Greater Accra Region or might have traveled to their country. According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Olivia Turkson, Zhang Ming Alias Gary, a businessman and Chu Yong Shuai on January, 2016 imported 1,310 cartons of tilapia into a cold store in Tema for sale.
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The Deputy Communications Officer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Boahen has alleged that, the reason why some students have not been placed to their choice of senior secondary schools was due to a quota system given to the various senior high schools. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, it is a statement of fact that government is using this as a means to reduce the number of beneficiaries for the free senior high school at the boarding level. He insisted that government has directed all government secondary schools in the country to use the quota system to help reduce the usual number of students admitted every academic year. Some disgruntled parents and guardians on Tuesday and today [Wednesday] besieged the premises of the Education Ministry to express their frustration over the non-placement of their wards in their preferred schools. A visit by Rainbow Radio to the Ministry, witnessed some unhappy parents and their wards making frantic efforts to get their preferred placement. But Kwaku Boahen has said the affected parents should forget about getting the preferred choice for their wards because government has used  the quota system to reduce cost. ‘’What they are doing now shows that they have adopted a quota system to reduce the number of students admitted every academic year. It is a statement of fact and not an assumption.’’ He told the host that the quota system accounted for the 267,327 candidates that secured places in schools of their choices, with 150,770 candidates not been placed in a school of their choice. He said government has selected over 98% day schools for those who failed to secure their choice of schools. ‘’They have selected only day schools for the 150,770 candidates so they will reduce the cost for the free senior high schools. Government used the system to reduce cost. That shows the deceit of the NPP. They have deceived Ghanaians and that is what very sad, ’’ he stated.
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A Deputy Finance Minister Kwaku Kwarteng has told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the Agricultural Development Bank (adb) is a limited liability company and not a state own entity where the president or any other state official can easily manipulate or direct its board. He was responding to allegations by the Minority in Parliament that, the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta breached due process by approving a loan facility from Agricultural Development Bank to McDan Shipping Company Limited. At a press briefing which was addressed by the Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu, the caucus said the Minister breached the procurement Act when he awarded a GHȻ10m COCOBOD contract to a private businessman. According to him,  the contract given to McDan Shipping Company Limited, did not pass through the Central Tender Review committee. The MPs say the contract was awarded on June 9, 2017, but the Review committee which is to do the approval was only constituted on August 1, 2017. But Kwarteng disputed the claims by the Minority stressing that the bank wrote to the Minister and asked him to approve the credit facility because they had no board and also the credit facility was beyond its limit. He also emphasized that, the bank wrote a similar letter to the other share holders of the bank hence it makes the allegations by the Minority flawed. According to him, the Minority may have held the press conference because they’ve not read the full details of the letter the bank wrote to the various shareholders. He has therefore asked the media to engage with the other shareholders and find out whether there was a majority decision by the shareholders on the approval of the credit facility. The call on the president to reverse the decision he said, was unfounded and baseless because the Minister did no wrong as being speculated by the Minority. ‘’The Minister did no wrong and the president is not the one to constitute the board of directors for the bank. The Minister acted in his capacity as a significant shareholder of the bank,’’ he said. He insisted, the Minister in his letter instructed the bank to do due diligence and bring before the board to ratify the approval of the credit facility. The Agricultural Development Bank (adb)  Limited is a universal bank offering a full range of banking products and services in consumer corporate, parastal, SME, Agriculture, Trade and E-Banking services. Its business focus is universal banking with a developmental focus on Agriculture and more. The bank successfully listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) on December 20, 2016. The new ownership of the bank structure is as follows: Government of Ghana has 32.30% with Belstar Capital Limited having 24%. Starmount Development Company Limited-11%; SIC Financial Services-10%; Bank of Ghana-9.50%; EDC Investment Limited-6% and Retail Investors and ADB Staff-7.20%.
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Global partners and investors from Sweden and Norway of the Hunger Project-Ghana have arrived in the country to survey progress of the various epicenters in some rural communities. The five day tour is to afford the investors monitor activities at the various centres, Country Director Samuel Erasmus Afranie disclosed to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The Hunger Project in July 2016 handed over multi-purpose epicentres established in 16 communities in the Birim South District in the Eastern Region to beneficiaries, in line with efforts to alleviate poverty and hunger in the area. The project mobilises clusters of rural communities within 10 kilometre radius and brings together between 5,000 to 15,000 people in what is referred to as Epicentres to take actions to meet their basic needs. People in the 16 communities have, in the past ten  years, been receiving financial and technical assistance from The Hunger Project and the beneficiaries have reached a point where they can be self reliance status, he added. Some of the beneficiary communities include Ofosukrom, Akotekrom, Kumi Kwakwo, Achiasehene, Asopongi and Oforikrom, Maatekrom, Aboabo Parkso, Mensakrom, Ningo Sunkwenya and Asuokoo. The Country Director noted that they would be moving to communities like Odumase-Wawase, Nkawanda, Afram Plains among others together with the investors. He noted that, some of communities were underdeveloped and lacked access to basic facilities but after the epicentres were handed over to the beneficiaries, it has helped them reach a status of self reliance. The epicentre has facilities for the operation of a Community Health Planning Services (CHIPS) compound to cater for the health needs of the people; a micro finance unit which encourages the children to save part of their earning and have access to loans; an agro-chemical centre for the supply of agro inputes and a conference hall for community meetings. The Hunger Project is a non profit charitable organisation incorporated in California, USA, committed to the sustainable end of hunger in the world.
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The Deputy National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Kwaku Boahen has referred to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government as ‘’tugyimi’’. ‘’Tugyimi’’ is a term used to describe an unwholesome form of rice grain in the local language and Kwaku Boahen minced no words in describing the current administration as such. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kwaku Boahen said, the current administration came into office to amass wealth for themselves and not to improve upon the lives of the poor. The NPP he posited have taken Ghanaians for granted after deceiving them to vote for them. The president he alleged appointed his family member Ken Ofori-Atta as the Finance Minister  and other appointees to help him so they will help him [Nana Addo] rob the state in their selfish interest. The president he lamented has taken the position of an ‘I don’t care’ personality and ignoring the plight of the Ghanaian voter. The reduction in fuel promises and other commodities he noted was a scam promised Ghanaians in 2016. The NDC will bounce back in 2020. We will surely come back in 2020 because whatever brought the NPP into office will send them back into opposition, he said. According to him, Kennedy Agyepong the Assin Central MP has made claims that the party did not win the polls in 2016 fairly and that will soon be exposed. He said, the promise by Nana Addo to contruct good roads has hit a snag, the free senior school is also facing serious challenges, all other promises by the NPP is gradually becoming impossible.. The NPP is currently exibiting extreme arrogance. They are power drunk and that is what will cause their 2020 defeat.
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The Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat Mr Kingsley Agyemang has said the free senior high school policy which is expected to take off next week will not replace the Northern Scholarship enjoyed by SHS students in the northern part of the country. He made the revelation at a press conference held by the secretariat yesterday [Tuesday] Mr Agyemang, He said: “As far as the Northern Scholarship is concerned I wish to place on record that continuing students in the second and third years will continue to enjoy their scholarships.”  He said, “the introduction of the Free SHS is only coming in as an add-on to rope in other students who hitherto would not have benefitted from Government scholarship.”  Mr Agyemang said the Northern Scholarship would run alongside the Free SHS policy with all students continuing to benefit from the programme.  He said a new system of payment to ensure the transfer of funds directly into the accounts of schools has been introduced “to not only eliminate cost and the high risk of travelling to Accra to collect cheques but also and more importantly ensure prompt payments of scholarship claims.”
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The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta has rubbished  claims he breached due process by approving a loan facility from Agricultural Development Bank to McDan Shipping Company Limited. At a press briefing which was addressed by the Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu, the caucus said the Minister   breached the procurement Act when he awarded a GHȻ10m COCOBOD contract to a private businessman. According to him,  the contract given to McDan Shipping Company Limited, did not pass through the Central Tender Review committee. The MPs say the contract was awarded on June 9, 2017, but the Review committee which is to do the approval was only constituted on August 1, 2017. According to them, the selection of the beneficiary company in the award of this contract raises serious conflict of interest issues that must be addressed since it was the same company that allegedly facilitated the smuggling into Ghana of some South African mercenaries by the then opposition to train their militant group.’’ The Minority said the Minister of Finance has by this action usurped the authority and functions of the Bank’s directors, which has curiously not been constituted despite several reminders and complains. However, the Minister has denied the claims. At a press briefing the Minister said,  bank’s credit committee was responsible for  the ultimate approval or otherwise. “That will be the purview of the credit committee of the bank…with banking transaction, the credit committee goes through and then makes their recommendation. I would imagine that on my part it was the right thing,” he explained.
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