Football Administrator, Mr. Jonathan Abbey Pobee has stated that corruption is eating- up the credibility of Ghanaian football.
His comments comes after the President’s Second State of the Nation Address (SONA), Mr. Jonathan in an interview with Rainbow Sports said the President has virtually said nothing relevant in relation to Ghanaian football.
He further indicated that, the President ought to have addressed the 2014 Brazil Report which was presented to the government.
Adding that the country lost an estimated 10 million USD.
Mr. Jonathan, revealed that corruption has become the norm and the President should have spoken about it instead of making promises of reconstructing the Accra Sports Stadium and building of Astra Turfs around the country.
He added that, the erstwhile Mahama government was removed from power because he did not tackle the corrupt event that took place in Brazil.
The Former Neoplan Stars Owner was quick to add that Nana Addo’s government has no plan for Ghanaian Sports.
By: Adnan Osman (Intern Rainbow Radio)
The President of the Republic, Nana AddoDankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that the savings made by his government, in 2017 alone, in the area of public procurement amounted to some GH¢800 million in 2017.
Contrasting this to what transpired under the government of former President John DramaniMahama, President Akufo-Addo noted that, in 2016, a total of zero savings were made by the Public Procurement Authority.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that in 2016, a total of 622 Sole Source Requests were made, out of which 597 of that number, 98%, were approved, with 25 Rejections. Additionally, there were 592 Requests made for Restricted Tenders, and 587, representing 99.15% were approved, with only 5 Rejections, stating that “a grand total of zero savings was made.”
However, in 2017, his first year in office, the President indicated that 394 Sole Sourcing Requests were made, out of which 223 (56.6%) were approved, and 171 (43.4%) were rejected.
In addition to these, the President stated that there were 346 Requests for Restricted Tenders, out of which 167 (48%) were approved, and 179 (52%) rejected.
“Now here is the interesting part. The savings, made over the year as a result, amounted to some GH¢800 million,” the President said, on Thursday, 8th February, 2018, as he delivered his Message on the State of the Nation to Parliament.
Spectacular as the savings are, and with the figures being impressive, President Akufo-Addo told Parliament that “we have taken the lessons to heart, and continue to improve upon the government procurement process. I said I would protect the public purse, and that is exactly what I am doing.”
Thanks to these figures, President Akufo-Addo stated that “for the first time in a long while, we have been able to provide better budgetary support to the constitutionally-mandated institutions that hold government accountable, i.e. Auditor-General, Parliament, Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), and the Police. Again, nowhere near the levels we would all like, but, when you are starting from inside a deep hole, it takes a while to make an impression on the ground, and the good thing is that we are pointing in the right direction.”
The President added further that thanks to the diligence of the hardworking Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius BaffuorAwuah, MP for Sunyani West, Government has been able to transfer some GH¢3.1 billion of Tier 2 pension funds into the custodial accounts of the pension schemes of the labour unions, funds that have been outstanding for six years, and about which the labour unions had been loudly complaining.
“As a result of engagements with organised labour, we ensured that the National Daily Minimum Wage was determined and approved before the laying of the 2018 budget by the Minister for Finance, and, happily, Mr. Speaker, there were no strike actions last year. We will continue the constructive dialogue with organised labour to find mutually satisfactory solutions to their concerns, in order to guarantee industrial peace,” he added.
The President of the Republic, Nana AddoDankwa Akufo-Addo, says government has an obligation to treat the Auditor-General’s Report seriously, and to work to retrieve illegally acquired monies from those who would impoverish the Ghanaian people.
Delivering his Message on the State of the Nation, on Thursday, 8th February, 2018, President Akufo-Addo noted that year in, year out, the nation’s Auditor-General produces a report on the country’s public finances, which is often full of grand cases of corruption in our public services.
“The Auditor-General’s Report on MDA liabilities as at 31st December, 2016, makes truly alarming reading. I make reference to the fact that a staggering amount of GH¢5.4 billion has been identified as constituting fictitious claims. In the course of this address, Mr Speaker, the House has heard me struggle to identify a source of funding to build our roads,” the President said.
He continued, “Every day, we hear reports on our radios and televisions of dilapidated classrooms, and children who sit on floors at school. Just think of the difference that GH¢5.4 billion would make to the nation’s finances. That would certainly be enough to build and furnish hundreds of classrooms, and construct the Eastern Corridor roads. Every citizen is affected by acts of corruption, and we should all work to tackle them.”
To this end, President Akufo-Addo noted that the role of OccupyGhana, in increasing awareness of the importance of the work of the Auditor-General, should be recognised.
All corruption allegations investigated
With the Preamble to the Constitution of the Republic enjoining all Ghanaians to uphold the principles of Freedom and Justice, Probity and Accountability, and in furtherance of this, the President noted that he has made it publicly known that anyone, who has information about acts of corruption by any of his appointees, should bring it forward, and should be prepared to back it up with evidence, for he will have it investigated.
“So far, every single alleged act of corruption levelled against any of my appointees has been investigated by independent bodies, and, in some cases, by Parliament itself, and the findings made public,” the President said.
He added all the allegations against the Minister-Designate for Energy at his parliamentary confirmation hearings; to that against the CEO of BOST; to those against the two deputy Chiefs of Staff; to the conflict of interest allegations against the Minister for Finance; and, most recently, to the claims of extortion against the Trade and Industry Minister, have been investigated, and no evidence has been adduced to suggest any act of corruption, conflict of interest or wrongdoing.
“It appears, however, that some are determined to stick to their politically-motivated view that there has been corruption. This, surely, is not helpful. It is important to note that, in my first year of office, despite having a clear parliamentary majority, two separate bi-partisan probes in Parliament have been established to inquire into allegations of corruption, as against zero in recent years, notwithstanding the persistent calls by the then Minority over several allegations,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo, in quoting from the Minister for Information, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, stated that “no matter how long a log stays under water, it will never become a crocodile.”
Election of MMDCEs
On the proposed creation of new regions, President Akufo-Addo expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the constitutionally-mandated processes so far, and stressing that “I believe this exercise will be a success, especially as it is being undertaken with scrupulous adherence to the teachings of the Constitution in this sensitive area.”
Touching on another ambitious decentralisation exercise, which is the direct election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives on a partisan basis, President Akufo-Addo noted that “it is a firm manifesto commitment of the New Patriotic Party”, to which he remains committed.
He noted that his discussions with the nation’s political leaders, including the former Presidents of the Republic, convince him that it is a step that must be taken.
“The constitutional impediment to this, in Article 55 of the Constitution, an entrenched clause, must, therefore, be removed. To ensure the judicious use of the country’s resources, I propose that the constitutional processes for a Referendum should be initiated in such a manner that the holding of the Referendum will take place at the same time as next year’s District Assembly elections,” he said.
He continued, “If successful, the outcome of the Referendum will mean that the current set of MMDCEs will be the last batch of Chief Executives to be appointed under the current system. I have no doubt that the resourceful Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, HajiaAlimaMahama, MP for NaleriguGambaga, will be able to shepherd this process to a positive conclusion.”
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has noted that, although Ghana places great importance on nutrition, the input into the training curriculum of our training institutions has been nominal.
The Minister, was of the belief that, a curriculum should be based on a policy that positions nutrition as a cross cutting developmental issue that will address all known nutritional concerns and challenges comprehensively.
Mr. Manu made the call in a speech read on his behalf at the opening ceremony of a two-day validation workshop on the ‘Revised Curricula and Training Modules in Nutrition for Health Schools, Universities, and Teaching Programmes for Agronomist across Africa.
The Minister said the policy would provide guidance in determining the content of any nutrition training curricular that may be developed.
Nutrition he opined, encompasses undernutrition particularly in children less than five years of age, micro-nutrient deficiencies among women and children, sub-optimal infant and young child feeding and increasing rate of obesity and nutrition related non-communicable diseases.
He also touched on the area of nutrition he felt has been ignored has to do with relationship between malnutrition and food security, food safety, hygiene and sanitation.
‘’We can have all the nutrition knowledge we deserve, we can have all the best strategies but if the food is not there, there is little the nutrition officer could do, if the food is not handled properly, it could be contaminated and bring about infections that could compound the nutrition problem,’’ Director-in-charge of administration at the Ministry, Adam Adaklugu, who read the speech on the Minister’s behalf said.
He said a wide range of nutrition specific interventions are currently available for implementation and various interventions are ongoing in countries across the sub-region.
''It is not only integrated training for nutrition officers we need but we also need appropriately trained complementary professionals that may work with the nutrition experts on the field, so as to ensure such professionals work as teams on the field.''
‘’The nutritional training curriculum should be informed by an all encompassing policy aimed at addressing our nutritional concerns in a cost effective and sustainable way using locally available nutritional substitute,’’ he added.
He urged stakeholders to look beyond aid in the funding and investments in the area because the interventions may not survive if donor support dies out.
On his part, the Deputy Director General for the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), Dr. Laurent A. Assogba, decried the high prevalence rate of malnutrition, which is a major public health concern.
The existing data review globally he said shows a high prevalence of stunting, while the average reduction rate is put at 5% to reach the targets by 2025 as set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Malnutrition he lamented ‘’is contributing to more than 33% of child deaths,’’ adding ‘’malnourished children are exposed to diseases and have a higher risk of death than others.’’
Dr. Assogba, touching on the workshop said. it became necessary for institutions and individuals to be strengthened in order to optimize and sustain nutrition interventions.
The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the content of the curricula and modules. It addition, it will serve as a framework for adopting the proposed documents and identifying implementation options, he concluded.
The third edition of ‘Afemua Aseda’ was successfully held few days ago.
The annual event building on its two previous electrifying and successful events in 2016 and 2015, gave patrons who attended the free event, a night to remember.
The artistes billed for the event one after the other, gave their best and treated patrons to great tunes.
‘Afemua Aseda’ is one of the flagship events organized by Maakora KAA Group Limited.
The name ‘Afemua Aseda’ is an Akan dialect meaning yearly thanksgiving.
It is organized on the last Saturday of January every year to thank God for ushering us into the New Year.
The maiden edition was held on Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Rainbow Park, Taifa, Accra.
Artistes that performed during the maiden edition were Joyce Blessing, Kwaku Gyasi among others.
The second edition was held at the same venue in 2017 and Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Uncle Ato and other seasoned musicians, performed at the event.
The third edition came off under the theme ‘’Ebenezer’’ on January 27, 2018.
The main artistes were Selina Boateng, Becky Bonney and Ernest Opoku Agyemang.
Other performers on the day were Present King Choir, Angelic Vocals, Pastor Bright Gold and Emmanuel Anaman.
The Superintendent Minister of the Kwashiman Circuit of the same church, Major Ebo Efraimwho, delivering an exhortation on behalf of Most Rev. Titus Awotwi Pratt, Presiding Bishop, Methodist Chuch Ghana- underscored the need for the organizers of the event to be supported.
The superintendent minister explained in plain words saying, God deserves more praises at all times for what he keeps doing for mankind.
If God was charging for every bit of goodness he bestow upon man, we are nowhere near the purchasing power of paying him, so all we can do is to honor him always.
He encouraged the organizers of ‘Afemua Aseda’ to forge on because the event has a promising future.
He also called on society not to give anything to chance each time the event was on.
This year's edition drew worshipers from far and near to join musicians at the Liberty Centre Assemblies of God Church at Lapaz in Accra. It was under the organizational leadership of Maakora Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah of Rainbow Radio International 87.5 Fm to praise God in singing and dancing.
Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah, popularly referred to as Maakora was short of the deserving words in showing appreciation to God for his
He expressed gratitude to all the musicians who graced the occasion.
He did not leave out the audience some of whom reported to the venue hours before the announced time.
By: Daniel Asuku
President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the year will see the continuation of the process of passing the Legislative Instrument of the National Youth and Sports Act.
Government will also pursue the enactment of the draft National Sports College bill and create a Sports Fund to improve sports development in the country, he said when he delivered his second state of the nation address.
"Government also remains committed to the development of football in the country.
"We have began the rehabilitation of the Accra Sports Stadium, otherwise known as the Ohene Djan Stadium and in partnership with the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry and the Ghana Football Association we are constructing a number of football pitches in the Zongos and across the country to aid in the revival of colts football which has been responsible for the production of talents such as Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah,’’ he added.
The p[resident was of the view that, "We need to catch the talents at a young age if Ghanaian football is to continue with its traditions of excellence and perform well on the national and international stage".
‘’The acute accommodation problems that face our Armed Forces must be, and are now being tackled,’’ President Akufo-Addo has said.
According to him, resolving the accommodation challenge confronting the Armed Forces should be our priority.
‘’ We know that it is in all our interests, that those charged with ensuring our security, and who put their lives on the line for our safety, are able to concentrate on their jobs without distractions like inadequate and inappropriate housing. It is vital that all of us give maximum support to the noble and brave men and women of our security services, involved in Operation Calm Life, Operation Vanguard, and Operation Cow Leg, aimed at guaranteeing the safety of our people, the integrity of our environment, and the peace of our nation,’’ he added.
He said ‘’In much the same way, we are beginning to address the problems of our Armed Forces. I am happy to report that work has started on the Barracks Regeneration Programme.
He was however quick to add that, the housing deficit was not limited to our security services, it is a nationwide problem that is caused mostly by the intolerable pressure on land prices.
‘’This has put affordable housing out of the reach of most people. We have begun the difficult process of making housing affordable for Ghanaians. Government, last year, abolished the 5% VAT/NHIL on real estate sales, and continues to create a conducive environment that is reducing interest rates on mortgage loans. Discussions are also on-going between the Pensions Regulatory Authority and the Banks to underwrite an effective mortgage system. This will facilitate access to housing for the ordinary budget. Government will also continue to create the enabling environment that will promote private sector investment in cheaper housing for the people,’’ he concluded.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says government has initiated the process to rehabilitate the kraals and ranches that were abandoned under former President Kufour, to help manage the nomadic herdsmen and residents of Agogo menace.
Delivering his second state of the nation address, the president said ‘’…I am aware that the entire nation is extremely anxious and perturbed by the activities of the migrant, nomadic herdsmen in the country. We are rehabilitating the kraals or ranches that were abandoned after the Kufuor-led NPP government left office in 2009.’’
After rehabilitation, ‘’they [ranches] will become operational shortly to provide secure, grazing places for cattle. At the same time, efforts are also being intensified to find an ECOWAS-wide solution to an issue, which goes beyond the boundaries of our country, and is affecting the entire West African region.’’
Lawlessness, impunity and instability he warned would not be entertained under his leadership.
He said ‘’…we shall not allow miscreants of any sort to terrorize our population; and I promise that there will be no hiding place for criminals. I am certain that the interventions we are introducing will boost morale in the service, and I urge the House and all citizens to support the police to deliver the service we deserve. The formidable Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, MP for Nandom, needs our effective co-operation to carry out his all-important functions.’’
President Nana Akufo-Addo has hinted of government’s preparedness to retool the police to enable the service combat crime.
The president said in the medium to long term, his administration ‘’will purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime. The crime laboratories will be modernised, and properly equipped to provide the necessary support.’’
He also announced that, ‘’The police intelligence unit will also be strengthened. The perennial problems associated with police accommodation will be tackled, and a compensation package introduced to cover officers in their line of duty.’’
The safety and security of Ghanaians he told Parliament in his state of the nation address was paramount and would do everything possible to protect citizens.
He said ‘’…the safety and security of our people are at the heart of all that we do. Ghanaian citizens have a right to expect to go about their daily lives in an atmosphere of peace.’’
He added: ‘’A Ghanaian has a right to expect that those who break the law must be subjected to the sanctions laid down under the law. The police, the prosecution services and the judiciary owe it to all of us to make us feel and be safe. I do not need to repeat that crime wears no political colours, and I am certain that message has gone down to all.’’
The police he said will crack down very hard on all those who would disturb the peace of our nation. We will give the Police the resources they need to do their job.
‘’An initial amount of GH¢800 million is being made available to procure and supply, within the next six months, critical, modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the police to enforce law and order, including one thousand (1,000) vehicles, motorbikes, and ammunition. The equipment is to facilitate visibility, mobility and improved responsiveness of the police to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful economic and social environment for Ghanaians to work and thrive. Already, the successful renegotiation of existing contracts has enabled us purchase, forthwith, 100 vehicles for the Police,’’ he announced.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has waded into the 2016 Auditor-General’s report over a staggering GHc5.4billion identified as fictitious claims.
The president said the report on MDA liabilities as at 31st December 2016, makes alarming reading.
He noted every citizen is affected by acts of corruption, and we should work to tackle them.
Government has an obligation to treat the Auditor-General’s report seriously, and to work to retrieve illegally acquired monies from those who would impoverish us all.’’
He commended pressure group OccupyGhanaa for their role in the fight against corruption, he said.
‘’The role of OccupyGhana in increasing awareness of the importance of the work of the Auditor-General should be recognized.’’
He lamented over the reports on dilapidated classrooms, and children who sit on floors at school and wondered why we waste state resources through corrupt practices.
‘’Every day, we have reports on our radios and televisions of dilapidated classrooms, and children who sit on floors at school. Just think of the difference the GHc5.4billion would make to the nation’s fiancés. That would certainly be enough to build and furnish hundreds of classrooms, and construct the Eastern Corridor roads,’’ he added.