The Turkish parliament's deputy speaker said on Wednesday that Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO)-linked schools were not only a threat for the security of Turkey, but also for other countries where the terror group is active.
In a meeting with the head of the Ghana-Turkey Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group, Sualihu Alhassan Dandawa, the Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Yasar Tuzun drew attention towards the presence of FETO-linked schools in Ghana.
Tuzun reiterated that a total of five FETO-linked schools were active in Ghana.
"These schools are employing the terrorist organizations' members and are serving
the traitorous aim of FETO under the mask of education", said Tuzun.
"These schools were not only a source of threat for the security of Turkey but also for the countries where they are active."
FETO and its U.S-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkey which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Dandawa said Ghanaian authorities were aware of the threat.
"I want to give you a guarantee related to FETO schools: we are working on it," he said.
"Our president takes this issue very seriously, he is also working on it. We are also ready to give the proper response to you. Turkey is Ghana, Ghana is Turkey. Anything that affects Turkey affects Ghana as well. If Turkey is not happy, Ghana is also not happy."
Source: Anadolu Agency
The Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency, Alhassan Suhuyini says the Minority has endured the disrespect the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has exhibited in the House for far too long.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Naa Darkuah Dodoo, the legislator stressed that, nobody has monopoly over insulting language.
He expressed his disappointment over the way and manner the Majority Leader speaks to his colleagues as ‘’he is a headmaster talking to his students.’’
The situation he decried does not augur well for the development of the Parliamentary democracy.
He has therefore called on civil society organizations and Ghanaians in general, to draw attention to the Majority to refrain from the exercise of Majoritarian oppression.
‘’We think the language that is used in the House should be decorous at all times and it should not be so or expected to be so from only the Minority side,’’ he said.
He said the Majority Leader and others are fond of calling people who say less provocative things on the Minority side to order. But when they are on a rampage, it seems nobody calls them to order and we think it is unacceptable. I think they should check themselves and understand that, we are colleagues who are interested in the progress of this country. Our approaches maybe different but we are all guided by the passion to see this country grow,’’ he added.
According to him, he had no idea why the Majority Leader subjected the Minority to insults when their leader stated their position on the principle of law.
The Minority staged a walkout in parliament yesterday [Tuesday] after complaining the report by the ad-hoc committee was too voluminous.
After the report was laid, the Minority Leader requested for more time to enable them examine the over 140-page report.
But they walked out after their request was turned down.
Angela Merkel's conservatives (CDU/CSU) have finally hashed out a coalition deal with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) that could break months of political deadlock in Germany.
Negotiators have agreed on the division of key ministries - one of the last hurdles towards forming a government.
It could end more than four months of wrangling since inconclusive elections in September.
But the deal will still need to be approved by SPD members.
Many in the party fear that re-entering a coalition with CDU/CSU could damage it in the long term.
In a joint news conference on Wednesday, Chancellor Merkel said the agreement gave the basis for a "good and stable government".
SPD leader Martin Schulz thanked the conservatives for making what he said were tough compromises.
In a tweet, he said the deal "achieved a lot for people" and he would be recommending that his party members accept it.
Ireland has signed a Double Taxation Agreement with Ghana, an important step to increase trade with West Africa.
The Agreement, the first that Ireland has concluded with a West African country, was signed by Ireland’s Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Seán Hoy and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, at a ceremony in Accra on Wednesday February 7th. Representatives from ESB International, Guinness and Tullow Oil, all of which have a significant presence in the Ghanaian market, were invited to join the Irish delegation at the ceremony.
Commenting on the Agreement, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D said:
“I have just returned from a visit to West Africa and was struck by the huge potential for Irish companies. At a time when our companies are seeking opportunities beyond traditional markets, this Agreement will be key in facilitating trade with Ghana which saw strong real GDP growth of 7.9% in 2017.
Ghana remains a strategic market for Irish companies in West Africa, mainly in the food and beverage sector. Bilateral trade between Ireland and Ghana totalled €43.4 in 2016. Ghana is the 6th largest market in Africa for Irish food and drink exports. It is also an important beef export destinations outside the EU. Links in the education and energy sectors are also growing. The signing of the Agreement follows the largest ever Irish Trade Mission to West Africa in 2015 which was led by then Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D.
The Minority in Parliament on Wednesday failed to actively participate in discussing on the floor of the House, Rainbow Radio’s Parliamentary correspondent, Naa Dakuah Dodoo has reported.
According to her, the Minority refused to comment on any business in the House after asking only three questions.
The Minority she also reported failed to participate in a Finance Committee report discussed in the House.
‘’The Minority did not second any motion on the floor and that included a motion to adjourn sitting when the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu proposed.’’
The action by the Minority, comes barely 24 hours after staging a walkout in parliament Tuesday over the cash-for-seat report presented by the ad-hoc committee.
NDC MP for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, has accused the Speaker of ‘‘exhibiting impunity in the highest order'' by referring the report to the Privileges Committee.
He said the Speaker had no such powers and what he did showed that, Ghanaians voted for impunity and has received same.
He went ahead to ask the Majority to run Parliament the way they want to.
On his part, spokesperson for the committee, Buabeng Asamoah, chided the Minority for filing to incorporate their report when they had the chance.
President for the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice 'Obour' Osei Kuffour has come under yet another serious bashing from award winning hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kese.
The ‘Abodam’ hitmaker minced no words in describing Obour as corrupt and one who has failed to defend musicians in Ghana.
He made the remarks in an interview with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Wednesday].
He made reference to the recent CAF Awards and how Ghanaian musicians billed for the event were disrespected.
The unfortunate incident he lamented would not happen anywhere in the world apart from Ghana.
He asked the host to point out anything special Obour has done as MUSIGA president.
He said musicians in Ghana are not benefitting from MUSIGA and the globe does not recognize the union.
When asked if he would via for the position as president in the near future, he answered in the negative adding, we need someone who is competent.
He called for someone with knowledge in music to be appointed as president for the union.
According to him, the president of MUSIGA should not necessarily be a musician.
He further took a swipe at Obour for alleging that he [Abodam], has failed to pay his dues and was indebted to the union to the tune of GHc580.
The MUSIGA office he claimed was being used for church services under Obour.
Award winning hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kese originally known as Emmanuel Botchwey, has said that, the security agencies shouldn’t be selective when it comes to protecting people.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua Wednesday, the ‘Abodam’ hitmaker said it gets to a point when security agencies only save or protect wealthy people, leaving the less privilege aside.
‘’We should not only have quick response for people in authority or the wealthy but rather protect all citizens notwithstanding the level of authority or how wealthy one may be’’
He was reacting to the discharge of Bulldog originally known as Nana Asiama Hanson by Accra Central District Court who was accused murdering Fennec Okyere, a Music Producer in May 2014.
The court presided over by Mr Worlanyo Kotoku held that when the matter was called in court prosecution and complainant in the matter was not in court.
According to the judge at the court’s last sitting, prosecution was conspicuously absent adding that he (the trial Judge) had no option than to discharge Bulldog.
But reacting to the issue, Kwaw Kese who was managed by the late Fennec until his untimely death, lambasted the police for failing to do a diligent job.
He expressed shock at the inability of the police to apprehend a single suspect three 4 years after the death of his manager.
''I was not happy at the way the murder case was handled,'' he fumed.
In his view, this could make people lose confidence in the police service.
He appealed to the IGP to take a look at the way his men handle cases like this ‘’because people are bitter about the way things are going. When a civilian is killed nothing happens but when a police man or military man is killed, we find results; then they [police] are working for Ghanaians. It is painful,’’ he said.
Osei Richard Darlington [intern Rainbow Radio]
Award winning hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kese originally known as Emmanuel Botchwey, has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, former hiplife artiste Lord Kenya who is now a reverend minister, has asked him to consider doing the work of God. Speaking in exclusive interview with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua Wednesday, the ‘Abodam’ hitmaker said Lord Kenya who was his inspiration as upcoming artiste became his best friend and he [Kenya] visited him [Abodam] in prison. ‘’We became paddies. When I was in prison, Lord Kenya came there. Just that he wants me to become a man of God but I am not ready. I have not received the calling from God to do his work.’’ He was however quick to add that, I will not hesitate to do God’s work when he calls. ‘’I cannot disobey the voice of God when he calls,’’ he indicated. In his view, 90 percent of pastors who attend bible school are not original and not being called by God. ‘’It should be a natural call. I would be extremely happy if God calls me to work for him. God is supreme and bigger than my music so when he calls, I will not hesitate to obey him,’’ he posited. The Madtime CEO promised to maintain his ‘Abodam’ name when he becomes a pastor. He also mentioned Madtime International Church as the name for his church so he establish one.
Controversial hiplife artist, Kwaw Kese has revealed the reason behind his name ‘Abodam’.
In an interview with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the ‘Abodam’ hitmaker said the challenges he went through as an upcoming musician, made him choose the name.
Originally born Emmanuel Botchwey, Kwaw Kese adopted the name in 2005 and in revealing the reason for the name, he said, ‘’life was though for me in the past. I was going through a lot. Imagine being broke and yet your songs are hit songs and enjoying massive airplay.’’
The musician said life in those days was not different from that of a mentally challenged person. ''I was not different from a mad person in those days. 'Abodam' means you are focused,'' he explained.
Kwaw Kese narrated how he used to walk from Ashaiman to Accra to record his songs.
‘’Life was though […] I was in the studio recording then I started reflecting on my life. I was not known despite my popular songs,’’ he told the host.
Kwaw Kese’s major break came when he was featured on Obrafour's Executioner's Diary with his 'Oye Nonsense' track.
In 2007, he released, another album, 'Abodam 2007'. He scored a big hit with the songs, 'Odeim', ' Na Ya Tal remix' and 'Wose Mmaa Pe Wo'. The success of the album and his amazing performances through out the year earned him 5 Ghana Music Awards in 2008, including Artist of the Year.
The Cocoa Processing company (CPC), has urged share holders and customers to continue to be patient and have confidence in the company as it has in the short and medium term, put in place measures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations.
The Managing Director of CPC, Nana Agyenim Boateng disclosed this in an interview with the media after presenting the state of the company at the Ghana stock exchange in Accra.
According to him, the fortunes of the company have reduced significantly as a result of some financial challenges the company encountered in the last five years.
This therefore affected the company's operations resulting in the withdrawal of support from the financial Institutions (the banks) and also the non supply of Cocoa beans from their parent company ie COCOBOD to them.
The managing Director however indicated that inspite of all the challenges the company was confronted with, the new management of CPC since assuming office in September 2017, adopted measures which includes the expansion and operating at full capacity to increase production and also expand the revenue base of the company.
He also said that even though the company processes only 2000 tonnes which does not even cover operational cost , CPC will continue to seek support from COCOBOD to settle their debt till 2020 (per the agreement between CPC and its parent company COCOBOD) after which there would be additional increase in production to continue to expand production and the revenue base.
He further noted that plans of providing drinking chocolate to students is to provide them an opportunity to continue to patronise cocoa products even after completing school.
Nana Agyenim Boateng again observed that due to the high quality of Ghana's chocolate , there are request to supply them to countries such as Togo, Benin and other Asian countries.
These exports are not only going to expand the revenue base of the company but would in addition create employment, he concluded.
By: Ebenezer Amponsah