Members of pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group, Delta Force in the Old Tafo constituency, have threatened to beat up their Member of Parliament, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei.
The aggrieved members of the vigilante group are accusing the MP and member of the economic management of neglect.
They threatened to beat him should he attempt to run for the office of MP in 2020 or campaign in the constituency.
According to them, he used them for party activities during the 2016 elections but has failed to deliver on his promise to get them jobs.
‘’He does not pick our calls. He has refused to give us the jobs he promised us. Although he gave us support in 2016 as a vigilante group, he has neglected us after the party won power,’’ a member of the group by name Sariki said.
Saraki who was infuriated described the MP as a s***** man.
‘’He is very s*****. Tell him Saraki says he is s*****,’’ he angrily said.
Another member of the group said, we have been neglected by the party despite being promised jobs.
He reminded the party and government to fulfil their promise or face the consequences in 2020.
The members further accused the MP who is also the Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation of working against President Akufo-Addo.
According to them, the MP is working to make Nana Addo unpopular because he hates the president and does want him to succeed.
‘’He does not want Nana Addo to succeed. We were once told he does not want the president to succeed and his attitude has confirmed the assertion. We would want the president to know what his appointee is doing.’’
‘’My wife has left me because the work I did for the NPP. I don’t know the whereabouts of my wife all because I worked for the NPP,’’ another member said.
‘’The youth in Tafo constituency are not happy. We are disappointed. We are demanding for the jobs they promised us. We have suffered and struggled in making the party win power. The jobs they promised us should come. We are loyal to the party but if we don’t get the jobs, we will advice ourselves. If the jobs come, we will follow the party and serve it even if it should take us thousand years.’’
Dr Anthony Akoto Osei escaped an attack after members of Delta forces stormed and interrupted a meeting in the process to register their displeasure at the constituency party office today [Sunday].
Public Relations Officer (CEO) for the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), Prince Tseegah, has said, musicians received less in royalties’ distribution because the rights organisation less amountr of money in royalties.
He told GH Entertainment on Saturday that GHAMRO is unable to collect enough due to the increasing rate of piracy.
This unlawful act denies the right owners of the appropriate income expected from the sale of their works, he lamented.
He indicated that although the Cpoyright Law prevents people from reproducing the works of musicians, it does not capture pen drives and other storage devices hence the need for them to consult the Attorney General to make changes to the law to capture that.
He said, music pirates have adopted the use of laptop and desktop computers to download both local and foreign music on pen drives, and other devices in order for them to sell same.
Per the law, any person or organisation that uses music commercially in the form of downloading , or generating any form of benefit from music digitally must apply to GHAMRO for a license in order to be legitimate.
Failure to get a license contravenes Act 690 section 42 of the Copyright Law 2005 and is punishable under section 43, to a term of imprisonment of not more than 3 years or a fine or both.
Some radio stations in the country he said are not paying their royalties and we have sued some of these stations.
The software to monitor radio stations he disclosed is expensive and priced at $1 million and from the resources we have, we would not be able to buy it. We will appeal to the president to remember the promise he gave musicians and his quest to protect our works.
He admonished members of GHAMRO to support leadership to manage the piracy in the system in order to help protect their intellectual property.
GHAMRO started the distribution of royalties for June-July from September 24 despite the delays in the blank levy.
A press release signed by the PRO, Prince Tsegah, noted that the Blank Levy expected from government has not been paid.
But the statement said it found it necessary to distribute royalties accruing from Collections rather than waiting for the Blank Levy.
‘’ The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) wishes to inform its esteemed members that the distribution of royalties would start from Monday, 24th September 2018, this decision has become necessary due to the delay in the release of blank levy due to the Society from the Government of Ghana.
As you are already aware, GHAMRO conducts its distribution twice in June –July and December of each year with the Blank Levy used for the June distribution whilst the collections used for the December distribution. Given however the current situations where the Blank Levy has unexpectedly delayed, and considering the burden it has placed on members, a decision has been reached to immediately disburse collections so far made to assist members.
It is important, however, that members would kindly take note that since the collections are ongoing and the amount of ¢500,000 to be distributed is just part of collections made, the due payments to members would be low as compared to previous distributions,’’ the statement read.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inaugurated the 225 kilovolts Bolgatanga to Ouagadougou Power Interconnection Project, which will see up to 100 megawatts of power supplied directly to Burkina Faso from Ghana.
At the inauguration ceremony on Friday, 5th October, 2018, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, President Akufo-Addo stated that the successful completion of this project is credit to the strong bonds of friendship and co-operation that exist between our two countries, and long may they continue.
The implementation of the project, one of the priority projects of the West African Power Pool, has also achieved the objective of strengthening regional integration under the ECOWAS protocols and the realization of a Regional Electricity Market.
The Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu, who was present at the ceremony, told the gathering, which included the President of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Roach Marc Christian Kabore, considering the huge financial outlay for electricity infrastructure, particularly for power generation infrastructure, it is only appropriate that such facilities are shared within the Region.
“Implementation of regional projects, like this 225kv Bolgatanga-Ouagadougou Interconnection one, would allow for the export of power from Ghana to Burkina Faso to serve the purpose of the creation of the West African Power Pool,” the Energy Minister said.
He was hopeful that upon full completion of the 330kv Aboadze-Prestea-Kumasi-Bolgatanga transmission backbone project, the target of 100 megawatts of power to Burkina Faso will be achieved.
“Ghana currently has adequate capacity for cross border transmission to neighbouring countries. Let us, therefore, continue to engage one another to make the necessary investments in order to put up the infrastructure that would enable us utilize the resources within the region to push the industrial agenda of our countries,” John Peter Amewu added.
In conclusion, the Minister encouraged power utility companies in West Africa to intensify their collaboration in the development of projects under the West Africa Power Pool, urging “countries within the region to create the necessary atmosphere in order to attract investments in pursuit of common projects.”
The Christian Council of Ghana has commended President of Groupe Nduom, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom for taking the initiative of restoring customers’ confidence in Indigenous banks.
Dr Nduom who is also the Board Chairman of GN Bank is currently on a nationwide tour, dubbed “Stop the Panic Withdrawal and Strengthen our Indigenous banks” to allay fears of customers who are rushing to cash out their monies from Indigenous banks for fear of losing it.
The Business mogul who started the tour in Greater Accra region, has also been to Koforidua and Nkawkaw in the Eastern region, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and Sunyani, Wenchi and Techiman in Brong Ahafo Region.
At a gathering to engage customers of Indigenous banks at Wenchi, Dr Nduom appealed to them not to cash out monies they do not genuinely need at the moment, as that would result in undue pressure on the banks to release monies to those who genuinely need it.
He added that ” GN Bank has come to stay and would never collapse. So stay calm because your monies are safe with us”.
On his part, the council’s Brong Ahafo Regional Executive Dr DK Mensah, thanked Dr Nduom for championing financial inclusion and “making it possible for every Ghanaian to bank anywhere in the country”.
He was full of praise for Dr Nduom for “showing a great sense of selfless leadership at championing a nationwide campaign to save our Indigenous banks and economy at large”.
Also present, Nchirahene, Nana Baffuor Addo Kwaabo II used the platform to encourage customers gathered there to be ambassadors “and spread the message to save our local banks”.
A representative of the Chief Imam at Wenchi, admonished Ghanaians to patronize our own, adding “Zongo community is rest assured that GN Bank would not collapse.”