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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 01 March 2018
The 2018 Ghana @ 61 Independence Day Awards for pupils, have been rescheduled. The event which was originally slated for March 5, 2018 has been rescheduled to take place on March 6, 2018 to allow President Nana Akufo-Addo, grace the occasion. This was disclosed at a press conference by the Director of Operations at the Presidency, Lord Commey. He told journalists that, the ceremony would be held at the Accra International Conference Centre after the Ghana@61 March Parade. Announcing the new date, Lord Commey, said the president who is currently out of the country, directed that, the event is rescheduled so he would be able to attend. ‘’The event was originally scheduled for the 5th of March, 2018 but the president so keen in wanting to be here and do it himself, has asked that the 5th of March President’s Awards be shifted to the 6th of March after the parade. So that program for the awards, is shifted from the 5th of March as originally slated to 6th of March from 4:30-6pm and the venue remains unchanged,’’ he said. Since its inception in 1993, the President’s Independence Day Awards celebrate pupils from each of the ten regions of Ghana, who have performed creditably in their Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).
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The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Kofi Ada, has reiterated the commitment of government to make Accra the cleanest city in West Africa. The Ministry on Thursday, held a press conference to announce a clean Ghana campaign as part of activities earmarked for Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary which is under the theme. ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’. The vision of the president he stated is to raise the bar in managing waste in the country. According to him, he has embraced the challenge in solving the insanitary conditions in the country. Accra has been segmented for the roll out of the campaign. The exercise is expected to start from the Ministerial exclaves then to tourist sites, schools, markets among others. The Minister and senior government officials are expected to participate in the exercise that will take place at the ministerial enclaves on Friday. The national exercise will follow on Saturday with a nationwide campaign. He encouraged Ghanaians to join the campaign in keeping Ghana clean. Volunteer groups including service providers, security services have committed to the exercise, he announced. He announced further that the national exercise on Saturday will not be a nine day wonder because there would be a programme based a checklist by the ministry to help in the clean Ghana campaign. The strategy by the ministry which has been adopted by government and the allocation of GHc 200 million he indicated will help in achieving the vision of the ministry. Government will this year commit an amount of GH¢200 million to address the vexed issue of sanitation in the country. Additionally, government will work closely with various private sector operators to find a lasting solution to the country’s sanitation problems, as well as ensure strict enforcement of sanitation laws. The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowa, on his part said, enough logistics have been provided for the exercise in Accra. According to him, the AMA will be collaborating with LEKMA and other municipal assemblies to clean the Motorway. The city centre will focus on the Nima market, Accra Girls, Asulym Down, Osu, Circle Odwna Enclave, Obestebi Lamptey Roundabout and the Central Business District. ‘’This is a city wide exercise and our men have been equipped with enough logistics and equipment to be able to evacuate every refuse that would be seen on the street apart from the targeted areas.’’ The Mayor told journalists that the AMA will also desilt the drains and contracts have been awarded for the desilting of all tertiary drains within the central business district.
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Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah has cut sod for the renovation of the Kaneshie Sports Complex. The renovation will cost 18 million Ghana cedis. The project is supposed to be completed within 16 months and will have a standard fifa pitch, 8 running lanes, conference room, counseling centre and ICT centre. The junior national teams will camp at the complex after renovation. “We have gotten funding to renovate the place. It will be called Youth and Sports Centre. We have awarded the facility to a contractor and we shall cut sod next week. We will reconstruct the various building there, two bedroom apartments so that various national teams can camp there,” he said. The Minister added: “Azumah Nelson Sports Complex is well located [yet] we have left it for animals like snake to take over the facility”.
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A Tamale circuit court presided over by Justice William Tsumasi Appiah, has sentenced two people to a court fine of 300 penalty units amounting to Gh3, 600 cedis or five years in prison by default for buying stolen medical equipment belonging to the Tamale Teaching Hospital. The victims, Ibrahim Abudu Jalil a business man and Shahadu Adam a Private legal practitioner all pleaded guilty for their charges of dishonest possession of the medical items belonging to the hospital. Six people were arraigned before a Tamale circuit court yesterday for their involvement in a scandal over some medical items that were missing from a 40 feet container at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. In the year 2015 during the Ebola outbreak, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) donated some medical equipment to the premier hospital in Tamale to help treat any casualty should there be a case of such. In September 2017, it was reported that the container was allegedly broken into by Kubari Thomas, Nuhu Abdul-Malik all workers of TTH and Mohammed Nurudeen Idrissu a security man at the same facility and stolen some items in it. However, Kubari Thomas, Nuhu Abdul-Malik, Mohammed Nurudeen Idrissu and Adam Munkaila all pleaded not guilty to their various charges and are to reappear before the court on the 13th of March, 2018. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has waded into the discussion over the state of insecurity in the country. The former leader in a tweet on Thursday directed the various security agencies to up their game to help fight the recent crimes in the country. He however added to the statement indicating that he hopes no one was behind the recent robbery attacks. “Let us hope the recent robbery and killings is downright plain robbery and not a politically motivated action from within or without, calculated to undermine those in charge of the security machinery in order to pave the way for certain parochial ambitions,” the former President stated. “Let us all confront this menace with utmost confidence and professionalism while ensuring that no one, high or low takes advantage of our vulnerabilities,” he added in his statement. Meanwhile, a joint military and police force have been formed to fight the recent crimes. Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid made the announcement at a press conference today [Thursday]. Mr. Hamid said the ongoing operation ‘Calm Life’ aimed at combating criminal activities in all parts, “has been enhanced with immediate effect.” “We are therefore calling on the public not to panic or be nervous when they find police and military teams in their various areas. They mean no harm. They will harm no person that are going about their lawful duties and they are only in search of criminals and suspected criminals,” the Information Minister added.
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The Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, has disclosed in a press conference held in Accra today [Thursday] that, the vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has met the heads of security in the country and has changed them to do everything within their mandate to fight criminals in the country. According to the minister, a lot of measures have been outlined in aid to stop the recent happenings of robbery cases. The police has also been charged to stop all unauthorized vehicles that are found using Sirens, except the PRESIDENT OF GHANA, VICE PRESIDENT,POLICE,BULLION VANS,AMUBULANCE AND SOME SELECTED HEADS OF INSTITUTIONS. Also, financial institutions has been advise to install CCTVs at their various operations point and link it to the Nation Central Control room to assist the security in the search of criminals and robbers, should there be any unfortunate incidents robbery at their point. “We are therefore calling on the public not to panic or be nervous when they find police and military teams in their various areas. They mean no harm. They will harm no person that are going about their lawful duties and they are only in search of criminals and suspected criminals,” the Information Minister added. Other interventions from government In response to the recent robbery and murder cases, the government has also said: • There will be enhanced surveillance on financial institutions, forex bureaus and money vending points across our cities. • That all financial institutions take steps to install CCTV cameras on their premises. • That the Government will roll out a programme to link all these CCTV cameras to a national operation command centre. • That the Ministry of Energy has been directed to accelerate the pace of its cities and communities lighting programme in order to light up our cities and communities in especially crime-prone areas. • The security personnel will crack down on citizens using mounted sirens on vehicles illegally. –
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A major shake-up in the police service has been carried out following recent rise in criminal activities including robbery attacks. A total of 11 senior officers have been reassigned, a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, David Eklu said. The statement said Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, Director General of Police Operations, will now head the Police Research and Planning Department. He is to be replaced immediately by the Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Simon Afeku. Rev. David Nenyi Ampah-Benin, Central Regional Commander is now the Director-General of Police Special Duties. Below is the full list of the reassignments: No. Name Old position New position 1 COP/Dr. George Akuffo Dampare Director-General/Operations Director-General/Research and Planning 2 COP Christian Tette Yohunu Director-General/Special duties Director-General/Police Intelligence 3 COP/Rev. David Nenyi Ampah-Benin Central Regional Commander Director-General/Special Duties 4 DCOP/Mr. George Tuffuor Tema Regional Commander Volta Regional Commander 5 DCOP/Mr. Simon Afeku Eastern Regional Commander Director-General/Operations 6 DCOP/Mr. Paul Manly Awuni Director-General/Private Security Operations Central Regional Commander 7 DCOP/Mr. Alphonse Adu Amankwa Commander in charge of Central Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), Accra Region Regional Commander/Eastern Region 8 DCOP Nana Asomah Hinneh Volta Regional Commander Tema Regional Commander 9 ACP/Mr. Anderson Fosu Achaah, Commander of the Police Academy Commander in charge of the Central Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), Accra Region 10 ACP/Dr. Sayibu Pabi Garibu, Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS) Director, National Operations 11 ACP/Mr. Eric Winful National Operations Project Unit, Police Headquarters
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Veteran actress, Grace Omaboe aka Maame Dokono, has lambasted the Minister in charge of Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts, Madam Catherine Afeku, for snubbing her. Speaking with Bola Ray on Star Chat on Wednesday evening, the celebrated actress said, the Minister has bluffed her on several occasions. She revealed on the show that anytime she visit the ministry to confer with the minister, they always give an excuse that, she [Afeku] was busy. Madam Omaboe described persons appointed by the president to manage the Creative Arts Ministry, as incompetent. The persons there does not have the arts at heart especially theatre, she told the host. The originator of ‘By the Fire Side’ a popular television programme said, she did not go to the ministry for monetary benefits but went there to confer with her and exchange ideas on how best the creative arts industry could be improved. In her view, the officers at the Ministry including the Minister enjoy bragging on radio and television instead of working. ‘’We are campaigned for the party before it won political power. But because you are a minister today, you are bluffing me. ” I don’t think the people there have passion for the theatre. I will say it and nobody can do anything to me. Before the campaign, I had constructed three houses, I had my car, I had my children and educated them. My children are doing well. I have a son who is a medical doctor. I have one working at the World Bank. I have two who are nurses. One is working in Scotland and the other in Holland. So why do you bluff me?
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Fierce critic of former President John Dramani Mahama, Fadi Dabbousi, has unleashed scathing attacks on the man who lost the 2016 presidential race. The author, journalist and sympathizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), in his latest book ’59 Dark Hour-A FreeSpeech Campaign’ lambasted the former president. He described Mr. Mahama in the book as the ‘’most corrupt president’’ under Ghana’s democratic rule. The leadership of Mahama he noted was characterized by thievery, incompetence and malfeasance. A chapter of the book read: ‘’It was descriptive of the unfortunate status quo of negative growth and endemic thievery tagged more appropriately to an NDC government of lies, chicanery, misfeasance, and incompetence. A government presided over by a most corrupt president who had no clue what to say or do, running his mouth without any restraints, and contradicting himself he said.’’ He went to state on page three of the book that, education under Mahama suffered a retrogress. He wrote: ‘’Then agin, how would the efficacy of education not retrogress when teacher trainees were not paid their allowances forcing many to drop out along the way, leaving the failed Ministry of Education and other arms of the Ghana Education Service (GES) with a shortfall of teachers which positions were filled by semi-illiterate NDC party faithful? But how would such illiterate people raise an educated class when they could hardly construct a sentence in English, which is the official language of Ghana? President John Dramani Mahama was elected into office in 2012 after serving as president for few months after the demise of late Professor John Evans Fifii Atta Mills. He lost the 2016 race to current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He polled 44.40% representing 4,713,277 votes whereas President Akufo-Addo polled 53.85% representing 5,716,026 votes.
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Acting General Secretary for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that no executive of the party is entitled to a car for official duties. No executive member at the national level has received a car for official duties because you are to use your own car for party work, he added. He was reacting to the leakage of a tape which captured the voice of Deputy General Secretary of the party, lawyer Obiri Boahen, who lamented bitterly for being neglected by the party. Lawyer Boahen among other things complained that he has not been given a car for his official duties and keeps using his own resources for party activities. He also disputed claims in the tape that the Flagstaff House gave NPP 50 billion for its recent delegates conference. ‘’The NPP has not received 50 billion from the Flagstaff House for its delegates conference. There is nothing like that. The party does not meddle in the affairs of government and that is why we have asked all our party executives appointed by the president to resign from their positions within the party,’’ he said. He added, there is no point in the party where party executives were paid. I have not been paid in my acting capacity. No party executive has received any money as payment for their work. No party executive has been given a car to work with, he explained. “The only people that are paid or are supposed to be remunerated in our party are the General Secretary and the National Organiser. They are full time employees of the party. All other officers are not given a salary so if you expect to be given an allowance or a salary then it means that you don’t understand your mandate.’’ Obiri Boahen has since admitted he made the comments, including his suggestion that the government gave the party GHc50 billion in 2017 for its annual delegates conference, but claimed that he had deliberately misled the NDC sympathizer, who was looking to extort money from him.
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