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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Presidential candidate hopeful, Mr Kojo Bonsu, has officially launched his campaign today [Wednesday]. The former Mayor of Kumasi at the launch in Accra rubbished claims of him being incompetent. According to Mr Bonsu, he was rather surprised that some NDC party members are questioning his competence to lead the party, saying that should be left to the delegates to decide. . “My experience at Ghana Oil, my experience as the Chairman of the National Sports Council, Mayor of Kumasi and the work I have done in Ghana, I wonder how somebody would say there is a question mark with my competence. I believe in myself. I think I have performed. And even with the NDC unity walk I was able to bring thousands of people on the streets. When you do this, is it incompetence.’’ Mr Bonsu who declared his intention to contest has insisted he has what it takes to become president despite being described ass unqualified by Chairman Ade Coker. also rejected allegations he bloated the contract sum used for the construction of the now poorly maintained Kumasi Rattray Park when he served as the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly. The budget for the Rattary Park was $4.4 million. That was the budget. But the actual expenditure as I was leaving the office was about GHc5.4million, which if you do the equivalent translation it;s about $1.2million. That was the actual money spent. I want to clear this [misconception]. KMA never had the $4.4 million everybody think I squandered.” “It was a budget and funding from funding sources like UDF, IDF and a lot of funding sources. So we took money from there. So the difference of actual spent money and budget is totally a different thing. KMA is public office and everybody can go there and check. We have made so much money and paid off the debt. At the moment KMA has collected a lot of inflows so you cannot say I squandered the money,” the former KMA boss argued.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the last 21 months, the time in office of his administration, has been inspiring, and has impacted positively on the life of every Ghanaian and in every part of the country. According to President Akufo-Addo, “We have shown, over the last 21 months, that the destiny of Ghana is safe in our hands. We have proven, by all accounts, to be good managers of the Ghanaian economy, and we have made significant progress in all aspects of our nation’s life.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018, when he addressed a conference held for the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives at the Institute of Local Government Service Campus, at Obgojo. “Whether it is in the economy, where we have increased the GDP growth rate from 3.6% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017, and have engineered a decline in inflation and interest rates; or in education, where we have implemented the Free Senior High School policy, which has enabled 270,000 more Ghanaian youths to access Senior High School, than they otherwise would have done,” the President said. He noted that, in health, his administration has revived the National Health Insurance Scheme, so that the NHIS card is, once again, meaningful; “or in agriculture, where we have instituted the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which ensured that, this year, we did not import a single grain of maize into the country.” President Akufo-Addo added that his administration, through the reduction in utility tariffs, has brought relief to the Ghanaian people, and “spurring on business and industry, through significant reductions of utility tariffs, contrary to the experience of the previous 8 years which had witnessed systematic increases in utility tariffs.” In spite of these modest successes, the President reminded the MMDCEs that “if you who are gathered in this room do not perform creditably in the next two years, then our best efforts will come to naught.” President Akufo-Addo urged for effective partnership between Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies, which are in close proximity to each other and located in one functional geographical area, as they represent the best way to dealing with issues such as sanitation, transportation, disaster management and security, amongst others. “Currently, such a system is being implemented in the Accra Metropolitan Area. Together, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and some municipal assemblies in Accra, are working to deal with the vexed issue of sanitation. This collaboration has achieved significant results so far. The heaps of rubbish that were once permanent features in the assemblies in question are no longer in existence,” he added. President Akufo-Addo urged the MMDCEs to also pay particular attention and help in the effective delivery of our flagship programmes such as Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs, and the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, which is providing the equivalent of one million dollars per constituency to finance capital expenditure for infrastructure and other facilities in the localities. “The challenge is very much for you to take advantage of these programmes to bring change to your districts. You have the opportunity, through these policies, to change your districts from places where people move from, to places where people move to, and I entreat you to help ensure the effective implementation and the sustainability of these flagship programmes in your districts, municipalities and metropolises,” he added. The President noted further that a Referendum to remove the entrenched clause of Article 55 of the Constitution to permit direct popular election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives is one the cards. Additionally, Government is in the midst of the process of regional reorganization to accommodate popular demand for the creation of new regions to bring governance closer to the doorsteps of the people. “If the people of Ghana endorse our quest to make governance at the local level more democratic, you should brace yourselves to face the electorate directly to account for your stewardship and justify your positions as the Chief Executive of the Metropolis, Municipality or District. I believe your performances in office should put you in good stead,” the President stressed.
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Braimah Kamoko, also known as "Bukom Banku" a popular Cruiserweight boxer, on Friday thrilled fans on the streets of Accra, with his unique brand of music and entertainment during the OMY TV Accra Float. OMY TV is a new sports and entertainment satellite station in Ghana. Kamoko, who is also a musician and comedian, led the management and staff of the TV through some principal streets such as Abeka Lapaz, Circle, Kaneshie, Darkuman and back to the offices of the new television station at Tabora, suburb of Accra. Whilst on the float, the popular boxer, who took pictures with fans and at some points created a dance floor and danced with them, whilst cracking more jokes. Kamoko, who is an icon of the new TV Station, also cracked jokes with fans on the trip and distributed branded OMY TV Polo shirts and flyers to fans. Kamoko, in an interview after the float, said he had been looking for an opportunity to work with a television station as his potentials were being under utilised. "I am very grateful to the management of OMY TV for this unique opprtunity. I would do everything possible to make the station well known in Ghana. "Fans should watch out for me. I am coming out with a unique TV programme, that would thrill them at every point in time. "I am appealing to all my fans to switch on to OMY TV for a new television experience. We are out to give them the best in sports and entertainment," he added. The float was part of activities that would herald the opening of the new television station. It was also to send the station to prospective viewers at their shops, homes and on the streets. Madam Joyce Aku Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of OMY TV, said her outfit has been preparing for the float in the past few months and was happy it had come to fruition. According to her, the float was just one of the activities planned by her outfit to introduce the station to Ghanaians. "We believe in the brand and popularity of Bukom Banku. It was the reason we brought his on board to assist us. She said OMY TV is coming on the market to introduce a new television experience to Ghanaians and the international world. The float would commence at Race Course in the morning, to Lapaz, Achimota, Accra Mall, Airport, Accra Central, High Street, Circle, Kaneshie, Darkuman, Nyamekye and converge at the premises of OMY TV. OMY TV, is expected to thrill viewers with fond memories of old football matches of the Black Stars and other national teams, some exciting World Cup, UEFA Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations matches, which would give viewers historical nostalgia. In addition to football, viewers will be thrilled with some old boxing bouts and athletics championships. OMY TV: Feel the difference! GNA
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Political science lecturer, Dr. Dominic Degraft Arthur, has stated emphatically that, former President John Dramani Mahama as candidate for 2020, will not inure to the benefit of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). The lecturer who lectures at the University of Development Studies (UDS) said, there is nothing in politics like an unfinished business and so; Mahama’s claim of returning for an unfinished business should not be taken serious. In explaining his point he argued, ‘’in national politics, there is nothing like an unfinished business. You came to serve; you have done your part and left power. You have no business coming back for an unfinished business.’’ He went on to say: ‘’Mr Mahama would have been elected as president in 2016 if he had an unfinished business to complete like he is claiming today. Ghanaians felt Mahama had finished his business and had nothing better to offer.’’ He opined that although Mr Mahama will win the internal primaries, he will be a ‘’cool chop for the NPP. With Mahama as candidate in 2020, the NPP will win the 2020 easily. What is going to be his [Mahama] message? He should step down and rather support a fresh face. He should give his support to a new face to allow the party win the 2020 polls.’’ Dr. Degraft Arthur underscored the need for the 12 candidates contesting to also consolidate and allow four people to contest to make their chances of winning the 2020 polls brighter.
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The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rubbished allegations made by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Aseidu Nketiah. Addressing the media, the Director of communications to the party Mr Yaw Boabeng Asamoah, stated emphatically that, under no circumstances has the government spent the acclaimed $6.8million dollars for the investigation and also has not taken Money from UNDP but rather just a technical advice in fighting against corruption. Mr Asideu Nketiah on Tuesday alleged that “The NDC has credible information that an amount of, at least, $6.8 million has so far been paid by the NPP government under President Akufo-Addo’s watch, to these private firms to carry out work that’s already being done or has been completed by state agencies”, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said. He added; “Meanwhile, the taxpayers’ money is being spent on state agencies like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO), the Special Prosecutor’s Office, the Auditor-General’s Department and the Attorney General’s office. Any of these [institutions] could have carried out these audits.” But Mr Asamoah slammed Mr Nketiah for peddling falsehood in order to generate sympathy for himself in order to make it easier for him to win the General Secretary position. He also alleging that Mr Nketiah is finding it difficult to convince delegates to maintain him as general secretary and because of that, he held a press conference to peddle lies against governed. He admonished the NDC chief scribe to allow the state institutions investigating the number of corrupt deals perpetuated by former appointees of Mahama to deal with the matters. He challenged the NDC to provide evidence to buttress their claims or forever remain quite. Also on the helicopter allegation he explained that, the one the vice president used for the donation in the Northern region, was not from Ghana Gas but rather from Ghana Airforce.
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Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has "firmly" denied raping a woman in a US hotel room almost a decade ago. The Juventus forward, 33, said he was calm over "any and all investigations" as he had a "clear" conscience over the allegation he attacked Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. He spoke out ahead of her lawyers giving a press conference on Wednesday. He had previously said the allegation, first reported in German magazine Der Spiegel, was "fake news". On Wednesday, he issued a statement through his Twitter account: Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, had filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident. But the next year, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations. Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void. Las Vegas police confirmed on Tuesday they had initially investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case. "At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description," a statement said. "As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided," it added. Ronaldo's lawyers have previously said they will sue Der Spiegel magazine over its reporting. Source: BBC
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that the rationalisation of the banking sector, undertaken by his Government, has ensured that deposits of one million, one hundred and forty-seven thousand, three hundred and sixty-six (1,147,366) Ghanaians were saved. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the new Standard Chartered Head Office on Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018, President Akufo-Addo added that noted that his administration assumed the reins of office in January 2017, with the country’s banking sector in deep trouble. According to him, some banks were saddled with high non-performing loans, $2.4 billion energy sector legacy debts, and were also thinly capitalised, and, as such, were unable to underwrite big ticket transactions. “With time, even more toxic problems emerged, such as systemic widespread abuse, poor, irresponsible governance practices, liquidity challenges, circumvention of banking laws, all with the apparent complicity of some high-ranking officials of the Bank of Ghana,” the President said. He continued, “There were situations where directors of banks took depositors’ monies, lent those monies to themselves or to their own businesses, and failed to pay back. This led to liquidity challenges and the inability of these banks to pay back when the depositors came calling.” The President noted that the banks, caught up in these malpractices, became insolvent, and relied on liquidity support from the Bank of Ghana. What this meant was that, President Akufo-Addo explained, without injection of liquidity from the Bank of Ghana, these were bound to fail and collapse, with depositors losing their entire savings, and all their workers losing their jobs. The intervention of his Government and the Bank of Ghana, the President said, prevented a banking crisis, with GH¢12.7 billion of public funds, made up of an GH¢8 billion bond issued by the Ministry of Finance, and GH¢4.7 billion of liquidity support from the Bank of Ghana, being injected into the seven banks that failed. “These measures saved not only the deposits of one million, one hundred and forty-seven thousand, three hundred and sixty-six (1,147,366) Ghanaians and their businesses and the people they employed, but also minimised job losses in the banking sector,” he added. President Akufo-Addo reiterated that the rationalisation and clean-up of the financial sector were necessary to safeguard the health and strength of the economy. “I have said it before, and let me reiterate, that those responsible for the sequence of activities that led to the ‘crisis’ will face the full brunt of the law, if they are found to have broken the law, and suffer all the consequences prescribed by law,” the President stressed. Banking sector Speaking on the role of the banking sector to the progress and prosperity of the country, the President noted that “when banks do not become mere profit-making enterprises, but see themselves as partners with Government actively to build a heathy and stronger economy, then we would be making significant progress.” He indicated that the perennial problems of the slowdown in credit to the private sector, high bank lending rates, and financial exclusion continue to be matters of great concern to Government and are being addressed. Firstly, the President noted that the introduction of the National Financial Inclusion and Development Strategy (NFIDS), which is currently before Cabinet, should help increase the penetration of financial services from 58% in 2013 to some 85% by 2023. Secondly, Government, he added, is working with financial institutions and regulators to promote digital finance, mobile money usage, and formalise the Ghanaian economy. With mobile money penetration in Ghana being the second in Africa, and, with reforms to our payment system, the President was hopeful that Ghana will have a strong competitive edge in the region for financial innovation and access to credit. “The introduction of the mobile money interoperability platform, launched in May this year, resulted in GH¢12.5 million worth of transactions within the first month alone. Currently, mobile money transactions are worth GH¢155.8 billion, up from GH¢78.5 billion in December 2016, representing an increase of 98.5%. We are moving our country’s payment systems from being a pre-dominantly cash-based one to an electronic one,” he added.
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The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, is demanding an immediate response from President Akufo-Addo why his administration allegedly paid an amount of $6.8 million in order for private firms to conduct forensic audit, which could have done by the Auditor-General at no cost. The MP was reacting to the press conference addressed by General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah who accused government of spending $6.8 million on a ‘’bogus forensic audit’’ to denigrate former appointees of the erstwhile administration. Mr Asideu Nketiah on Tuesday alleged that “The NDC has credible information that an amount of, at least, $6.8 million has so far been paid by the NPP government under President Akufo-Addo’s watch, to these private firms to carry out work that’s already being done or has been completed by state agencies”, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said. He added; “Meanwhile, the taxpayers’ money is being spent on state agencies like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO), the Special Prosecutor’s Office, the Auditor-General’s Department and the Attorney General’s office. Any of these [institutions] could have carried out these audits.” Reacting to the allegation, Dr. Apaak wondered if government’s decision was to enable them benefit financially. He said: ‘’ So if the AG could do this, why do you pay $6.8m to private companies to do a job that the state already pays the AG to do? Is it a case of chop chop or is it because the AG refused the attempt to use him in concocting allegations against JM and his appointees? Mr. President, your decision to employ private audit firms to do work that should be done free can't be taken for granted, especially so when you, until this misinformed move, had very positive things to say about the work of the Auditor General. ‘’ Read Below his piece Hon. Dr Clement Apaak writes: Mr. President! How could the state expend such an amount, $6.8m, when we have a very competent, fearless, bold and no nonsense Auditor General? Sir didn't you commission the AG to conduct a forensic audit on road contracts awarded by the previous NDC government? Here is what you said Mr. President, in relation to the work of the AG in your second media encounter earlier this year: " We have had to subject 11 billion cedis of arrears, bequeathed to us in 2017, to a process of audit review and validation. The audit service has certified payments to the tune of GH¢5.5 billion, and rejected about GH¢5.7 billion cedis, representing a potential savings of 51% on these outstanding commitments. This shows the validity of our criticism that so much of contracts awarded in the Mahama era were inflated, and apparently, in some cases, non-existent". So if the AG could do this, why do you pay $6.8m to private companies to do a job that the state already pays the AG to do? Is it a case of chop chop or is it because the AG refused the attempt to use him in concocting allegations against JM and his appointees? Mr. President, your decision to employ private audit firms to do work that should be done free can't be taken for granted, especially so when you, until this misinformed move, had very positive things to say about the work of the Auditor General. Sir please see your own tweet below titled Auditor General's Report#SONA2018, it an indictment on you! In all honesty you owe Ghanaians an explanation! I remain a citizen! Dr. Apaak M.P, Builsa South
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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs. Delese Mimi Darko has received the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) award for her Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the Prevention and Control of Nonconmmunicable Diseases (NCD). The award was presented to Mrs Darko at the third High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, 27th September 2018. These awards, presented by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes, WHO, are the first ever to be given out by the UNIATF and they were initiated earlier on in the year to recognise Governments, Institutions or Individuals making an outstanding contribution to NCD-prevention and control. Non-communicable diseases are usually diseases which are not transmitted but last for long periods of time and progress slowly. NCDs include mental disorders, alcohol and drug addictions as well as cancers and heart diseases to name a few. These diseases are a leading cause of death globally. In the light of the alarming statistics associated with NCDs, the UN Secretary General established the task force in 2013 under the leadership of The World Health Organisation (WHO) to coordinate the activities of relevant UN organisations and other inter-governmental organisations in supporting the realization of the commitments made by the Heads of States and Governments back in 2011 to respond to NCD epidemics worldwide over the period 2013 – 2020. In 2018, nominations were invited for individuals and organization in the following categories for the first ever awards: Ministries of Health Ministries Outside Health United Nations Country Team Mrs. Darko won the award for An Outstanding Individual in Ministries outside Health. Her name was amongst an impressive list of winners including a President, Ministers, a First Lady and senior government officials across the world and has put Ghana firmly in the forefront on the continent for the significant progress made in controlling NCDs by her and her team at FDA over the years. Mrs. Darko is a world-renowned and globally recognized regulator with expertise in safety monitoring and consumer protection. She is a pharmacist by profession with over 27 years experience in regulation of medicines with respect to clinical trials, marketing authorization and post-approval safety monitoring of medicines. Her opinion is sought across the world by the affiliate institutions of the World Health Organization as well as the African Union and the West African Health Organization. Her hard work and effort with the support of a dedicated team has positioned Ghana’s FDA at the forefront of medical products regulation and patient protection. This has resulted in Regulators from several African Countries visiting Ghana to understudy the regulation of herbal medicine, clinical trials and pharmacovigilance and recently the food regulation system. In addition to being CEO of FDA, Mrs Darko is a founding member of the African Vaccines Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of AVAREF. The sterling work of the team at Ghana’s FDA has led to interest in and support from key global players like the UK Department for International Development, the WHO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, WAHO and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative(IAVI). The award to Mrs. Darko also reflects the hard work and contributions being made by several Ghanaians in the control of NCDs and should spur more Ghanaians to join the noble and important task of rolling back these diseases
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Political science lecturer, Dr. Dominic Degraft Arthur, has called on aspiring presidential candidate hopefuls in the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC), internal race to rescind their decision and support a candidate if they want to win the 2020 polls. In the view of the lecturer, some of the candidates who have declared their intention to contest, are not presidential material and lacks what it takes to be elected as president of Ghana. He believes the party should prone the number from 12 candidates to 4 so the party would elect a viable candidate who is experienced, strong and with a firm political background. He was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm but failed to give specific names. The lecturer was worried some politicians who are inexperienced monetize our electoral system both internally and externally to win power. The situation he lamented has become a tradition and sometimes we vote people who lack the political record, experience, skills and competence to hold sensitive positions. Using parliament as an example, he said, some MPs lack the skills, competence and maturity to work in the legislative House and that has become the major challenge confronting the House. ‘’I will reiterate that, majority of the individuals who have declared their intention lack the experience, qualities and the needed requirement for the office of president. The candidate should be a matured politician with a strong background. The NDC should also look out for a candidate with a solid parliamentary experience and one with a track record in Ghana’s politics.’’ ‘’The NDC needs a candidate that is strong, firm and one with the needed capabilities to manage the office as president.’’ About 12 persons have expressed interest in the presidential candidate slot. Apart from former President Mahama, who wants a second shot at the presidency, former Rector of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah and Second Deputy Speaker and NDC MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, are all in the race. Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester A. Mensah, former Central Regional Minister and NDC MP for Cape Coast South, George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, are also contesting. Augustus Goosie O. Tanoh, who abandoned the NDC ahead of the 2000 general election, which the NDC lost to then opposition NPP, has also joined the race. A lawyer and NDC Communications Team member called Elipklim Agbemava, a banker and oil and gas consultant, Nurudeen Iddrisu and one David Dotse Kwame Kuwadah have all declared intention to challenge the former president. Stephen Atubiga has also declared to contest.
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