The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has finalized its outreach program to be carried out in all the 10 regions of Ghana.
A statement signed by Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho, said the finalization was reached at the party’s Functional Executive Meeting held today [Tuesday].
The exercise according to the statement will commence on Thursday February 8, 2018.
Party members have been asked to participate fully in the exercise ‘’for maximum positive effect’’.
Read Below the full statement:
Re-Registration Outreach Exercise
The Functional Executive Committee (FEC), of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), at its meeting on Tuesday, February 06, 2018, has finalised its Outreach Program to be carried out simultaneously in all 10 Regions.
The Exercise, which commences on Thursday, February 08, 2018, has the following as Team Leaders:
Upper West - Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Upper East. - Alhaji Saeed Sinare
Northern Region- Hajia Joyce Zeinab Mahama
Brong Ahafo - Bede Ziedeng
Ashanti Region - Koku Anyidoho
Eastern Region - Kofi Adams
Western Region - Anita Desoso
Central Region - Joshua Hamidu Akamba
Volta Region - Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo
Greater Accra - Mahdi Gibril
All Party members across the length and breadth of the country are being implored to take note and endear themselves positively to the process for maximum positive effect.
For the avoidance of doubt, National Executives are not limited only to the Regions they have been assigned to, and are permitted to support colleagues in other Religions.
(Deputy General Secretary, Operations).
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 06, 2018.
President of King Faisal Football Club, Alhaji Grusah has expressed optimism in winning his case against the Ghana Football Association, (GFA).
His excitement comes following the successful court injunction on the FA by Accra Great Olympics.
Speaking to Rainbow Sports, Alhaji Grusa said he trust the justice system of the country and will be going to court this month over some irregularities involving his team.
‘’We usually are not seen at the division one competition but expect to see us this time around,’’ he stated.
By: Adnan Osman
Executive Committee Member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr. Albert Commey has stated that the court is not to be blamed for the injunction on the GPL.
He indicated that, because of the respect the FA has for the judicial system of the country, they had to step aside for the law to take its full course.
In an interview with Rainbow Radios' Isaac Worlanyo Wallace, Mr. Commey said the GFA was about launching the Premier League yesterday when they received a court order barring them from doing so.
The court injunction which came at the eleventh hour has cost the FA huge amounts of money he revealed.
Following Accra Great Olympics relegation from the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League, the club felt they had been treated unfairly and sort to seek redress from the Disciplinary Committee of the FA which they annulled.
The team however filed a case against the GFA which has brought about the recent court injunction.
Currently the 2017/18 Ghana Premier League is on standby until the court injunction is lifted.
By: Adnan Osman (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Minority members in Parliament on Tuesday walked out of the House after complaining the report of the five-man ad hoc committee was too voluminous.
Rainbow Radio’s Parliamentary correspondent, Naa Darkuah Dodoo reporting the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem said, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, indicated before the House that, they needed more time to go through it before triggering any debate whatsoever.
Meanwhile, the committee has cleared the Trade Ministry of any wrongdoing after two weeks of probing the matter.
The Committee in a 146-page report said “… After the hearings and the analysis and evaluation of the evidence adduced before it has come to a conclusion that there is no merit in the allegations leveled against the Ministry of Trade and Industry as contained in the Motion and which culminated in the setting up of the Special Committee.”
The Committee, however, made the following recommendations: “That the Controller and Accountant General and the Ministry of Finance should consider in the formulation of the new Regulation of the PFM Act, adequate provision to cater for public private partnership arrangement and emerging or contemporary issues.
“That there is a need to have a second look at the recall mechanism and ensure that it is not needlessly invoked at any time because of its mandatory nature in the Constitution. Upon a recall, Mr. Speaker may have to establish that there is a “prima facie” case and if Mr. Speaker is not satisfied that there is a good reason for the summoning, he may dispense with the meeting. This test is likely to curtail frivolous and vexatious request for a recall.
“That the practice of some Members of Parliament trooping to the media to make allegations against highly placed officials must cease. The Committee is of the view that Members of Parliament who indulge in such acts ought not to be heard in Parliament if they should thereafter bring those matters before Parliament for Parliament to deliberate on the matter.”
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers-Ghana has served notice that it will embark on a demonstration tomorrow [Wednesday] over what it described as ‘’persistent increase’’ in petroleum products.
A statement signed by its Executive Secretary Duncan Amoah, said ‘’Several press releases on the subject matter including a recent press conference addressed by the leader of the largest Workers Union in the Country-ICU, has so far yielded very little results as the increases continues unabated, with the most recent one being yesterday.
Several attempts to draw the attention of authorities to the need to review the pricing formulae or build up and the taxes has equally not seen yielded any noticeable results including a petition on same matter submitted to the Presidency in the month of September 2017,’’ it added.
Below is the full statement:
CHAMBER OF PETROLEUM CONSUMERS-GHANA
NOTICE OF A DEMONSTRATION
The past 5 months across most pumps has seen a persistent increase in the price of petroleum products in Ghana with the corresponding hardships these increases often come with.
Several press releases on the subject matter including a recent press conference addressed by the leader of the largest Workers Union in the Country-ICU, has so far yielded very little results as the increases continues unabated, with the most recent one being yesterday.
Several attempts to draw the attention of authorities to the need to review the pricing formulae or build up and the taxes has equally not seen yielded any noticeable results including a petition on same matter submitted to the Presidency in the month of September 2017.
In view of the above, the Chamber together with several other Transport unions across the country and the general workforce with the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, will stage a peaceful street protest and demonstration tomorrow morning at exactly 7am.
This walk will start from the famous Obra Spot at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra through some major streets to the Accra Arts Centre following which another petition will be submitted to both the Ministries of Energy and Finace, The Parliament of Ghana, and the Office of the President.
We entreat the public and everyone who feels the pressures of these incessant increases in fuel prices to join this peaceful expression of uneasiness in our pockets.
The excuses must indeed end, the Taxes must be reduced to bring some reductions and stability in prices.
The public is by this notice cordially invited to join in this peaceful demonstration first thing tomorrow morning.
Long live the progressive drivers of this Country and all other Unions.
Long the ICU
Long live Copec Ghana
Long live Ghana.
The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid has justified why the current ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has taken custody of 34 out of the 49 fleet of VIP vehicles purchased under the previous John Dramani Mahama led administration.
Addressing the media today [Tuesday], the Minister said the reduction in the number of vehicles to 34, consequently reduced the initial cost of 9 million dollars by about 3 million dollars.
He further revealed at the briefing that, government also avoided incurring a judgement debt, by deciding not to cancel the contract.
He said: ‘’Government is bound by the terms of the contract signed with Amalgamated Securities Limited. Abrogating the contract may incur significant liabilities for government. In doing so, government has however made sure to obtain maximum gain for the public purse and also for ensuring the security of the state. The government of President Mahama ordered 43 VIP vehicles at a cost of 9.1 million United States Dollars.’’
According to him, the renegotiation and reduction in the number of vehicles helped in procuring 100 Toyota Corolla cars for the Police Service which he noted as ‘’in line with our commitment to retool the Police Service to enable them play effectively, their role of protecting the Ghanaian people.’’
Mr. Hamid added: ‘’ we have done all this with a total amount of 8.8 million United States Dollars. This decision is consistent with our approach towards contracts that we came to meet, where if possible; we have renegotiated the terms to make them more favourable to the Ghanaian people. In the Ministry of Education for example, we renegotiated the cost of printing textbooks, which the former government had signed with printers. Instead of 134 million cedis, we renegotiated downwards to 89 million cedis. It is in this same spirit that the Finance Minister asked the Auditor General to audit the financial liabilities that had been bequeathed to us, and which has revealed that some 5.4 billion cedis of legacy debts are dodgy.
We remain committed to our goal of protecting the public purse, while ensuring value for money and securing the greater good of the Ghanaian people,’’ he concluded.
Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, says the appointment of Martin Amidu defeats his principles.
The outspoken politician told Kwabena Agyapong that the NDC a party is neither against the fight against corruption nor the appointment of the former attorney general, rather Mr. Amidu criticized the establishment of this same office has been appointed to occupy.
He said it does not matter whether Amidu is NDC or not. He is a Ghanaian and nobody is questioning the competence of Amidu as a lawyer…We are rather cautioning him to work devoid of vengeance, vendetta, and anger.
Mr. Anyidoho added that the onus lies on Martin Amidu, to dispel any rumour that, he [Amidu] will be on a personal vendetta spree.
‘’The way Mr. Amidu will conduct himself will show if he is on a vendetta or vengeance…Even if he decides to go on a personal vendetta, why should we [NDC] be worried? If you have done no wrong and Mr. Amidu goes on a vengeance spree, it shouldn’t worry you,’’ Mr. Anyidoho said.
Mr. Amidu is to be vetted on Tuesday, February 13, by the Appointment’s Committee of Parliament for the position.
President Akufo-Addo nominated him to the Office of the Special Prosecutor in January, with a charge to him to deal with public sector corruption.
The Hunger Project Ghana (THP-Ghana) in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) havebegun a five-day Training workshop in Koforiduato train Community Health Nurses (CHN)working in Epicenter Clinics or Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) Compounds in the Volta, Eastern and Central Regions to offer family planning services (Insertion, Removal of birth control implant and infection prevention at their various facilities). The five-day workshop aimed at addressing the worrying maternal mortality ratio, especially in rural areas will equip participants (Community Health Nurses) with the requisite skills and knowledge on family planning services.
According to a report by UNICEF, Maternal Mortality in Ghana is unacceptably high with an estimated 378 deaths per 100,000 live births. The latest multiple indicator cluster survey revealed that only seven(7) out of ten (10) pregnant women in Ghana have access to a skilled birth attendant, which is a major contributing factor to the high death rate.
It is for this purpose, The Hunger Project launched the “maternal and child healthcare improvement project” designed purposely to address maternal mortality related cases. The project which is funded by Else-Kroner Fresenius Foundation (THP- Donor Partners in Germany) will run for two years in 15 epicenters in 11 districts.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, the Country Director of THP-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Erasmus Afrane stated that the healthiness of a nation is very instrumental to the undertakings of The Hunger Project, hence the reason for their continuous support in the area of health. Mr. Afrane also applauded the effort of The Ghana Health Service for constantly supporting the activities of the Hunger Project. The Country Director said this will also help address the shortage of midwives at the Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds. He tasked participants to pay attention to details that will be passed on by facilitators.
The Eastern Regional Public Health Nurse, Ellen Asare in her opening remarks indicated that periodic training sessions of such nature for health practitioners will aid lessen the child-birth mortality rate.
Madam Ellen Asare likewise thanked the Hunger Project Ghana for continuously supporting the GHS.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has in a statement signed by its General Secretary; Johnson Asiedu Nketia called on Parliament’s Committee to rise above partisanship during the vetting of nominee for the Special Prosecutor’s Office, Martin Amidu.
The statement also made reference to some provisions in the constitution and opined that, the appointment of people to man such offices should be ‘’carefully thought through’’.
‘’We believe that it is in the supreme national interest that the appointment of the person to head such an important institution be carefully thought through, that above all such an individual should enjoy the respect and confidence of all sides of the polity, and must have the impartiality and objectivity of a judge and the integrity of a clergyman. The office must not be seen or treated as a political outpost for witch-hunting or the performance of hatchet jobs for an incumbent administration. That would most definitely lead to needless socio-political tensions and national instability.
Article 296 (a) and (b) of the 1992 Constitution states that where discretionary power is vested in any person or authority (as in the case of a Special Prosecutor).’’
The statement added: ‘’ The NDC therefore expects that when the time comes for the vetting of the nominee for the position of Special Prosecutor, Parliament will discharge its obligation mindful of the above constitutional provisions. In the interest of good governance, accountability, probity and fair play, we urge that the national debate and the forthcoming vetting of the nominee be guided by these principles and not by the rather shrill partisanship that we have begun to witness among the rather predictable sections of the political spectrum.
Finally, we wish to state that the NDC remains committed to the fight against corruption both in respect of the past and even more especially the present.’’
Find below the full statement
STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) ON THE SCHEDULED VETTING OF MR. MARTIN AMIDU TO THE
OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.
The Office of Special Prosecutor has recently been setup, and Mr. Martin Amidu a former Attorney General and one-time NDC running mate for Professor Atta Mills nominated as Special Prosecutor.
As a party with rich knowledge of the workings of machinery of state, we respect all national institutions including especially those that are designed to assure good governance, probity, accountability and judicious use of the country’s resources.
We note that the Office of the Special Prosecutor adds to already existing institutions performing similar functions such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal and Investigations Department of the Police Service (CID), Parliament’s Oversight Committees and indeed the Office of Public Prosecutions which falls under the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office.
We observe that after falling out with the NDC administration, Mr. Martin Amidu was allowed free rein to express his opinions without let or hindrance, something he did by openly castigating and issuing threats to the NDC and its leadership.
We are not at all concerned, contrary to the insinuations of some that he should now to be handed the full authority of state power to possibly pursue this agenda.
Our issue with the nomination of Mr. Martin Amidu is based purely and solely on important matters of principle. We note among others that Mr. Amidu has previously published a document challenging the constitutionality of the newly established Office of Special Prosecutor, the very office he has accepted to occupy.
We believe that it is in the supreme national interest that the appointment of the person to head such an important institution be carefully thought through, that above all such an individual should enjoy the respect and confidence of all sides of the polity, and must have the impartiality and objectivity of a judge and the integrity of a clergyman. The office must not be seen or treated as a political outpost for witch-hunting or the performance of hatchet jobs for an incumbent administration. That would most definitely lead to needless socio-political tensions and national instability.
Article 296 (a) and (b) of the 1992 Constitution states that where discretionary power is vested in any person or authority (as in the case of a Special Prosecutor)
1. That discretionary power shall be deemed to imply a duty to be fair and candid
2. The exercise of the discretionary power shall not be arbitrary. Capricious or biased whether by resentment, prejudice or personal dislike and shall be in accordance with due process of law.
The NDC therefore expects that when the time comes for the vetting of the nominee for the position of Special Prosecutor, Parliament will discharge its obligation mindful of the above constitutional provisions. In the interest of good governance, accountability, probity and fair play, we urge that the national debate and the forthcoming vetting of the nominee be guided by these principles and not by the rather shrill partisanship that we have begun to witness among the rather predictable sections of the political spectrum.
Finally, we wish to state that the NDC remains committed to the fight against corruption both in respect of the past and even more especially the present.
Hon Johnson Asiedu Nketiah
By: Delali Ad
A traditional priest, Kofi Anane, has met his untimely death at Drobonso after rituals he was performing failed him yesterday [Monday].
The scene was described as fatal by Rainbow Radio’s Abdul Malik Anokye.
Narrating the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Malik Anokye said, the priest mistakenly stabbed himself during a ceremony to outdoor him.
According to him, the priest was performing wonders to the amusement of the crowd gathered. However, he stabbed himself in the process.
He later requested to be sent to his shrine so he could work on himself but all efforts to revive him failed, he said.
‘’The priest was strangely jumping from one roof to the other. But all of a sudden, he fell off the roof after stabbing himself. The crowd was shocked at the scene and became scared. The priest requested that he is taking to his shrine to work on himself but he could not survive from the knife wound,’’ he narrated