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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 15 March 2018
Government of Ghana has signed a $39 million loan agreement with the African Development Fund (ADF) to support government’s planting for food and jobs program. According to a statement from the Finance Ministry, the loan facility will finance the Savannah Zone Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project (SAPIP), the statement added. The project will be implemented over a five year period, beginning this year. It would be carried out under four components namely; Crop Productivity Improvement Component, Value Chain and Agribusinesses Development Component, Infrastructure Development Component and Project Coordination, Management and Monitoring & Evaluation Component. According the statement, the objectives for the project are: to increase farmers’ food and nutrition security, increase incomes through increased productivity and diversification, as well as enhance the creation and strengthening of agribusinesses to increase incomes of actors along selected value chains in a sustainable basis. Some 500,000 people in the savannah zone and 250 thousand people indirectly. The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana, whilst Dr. Yero Baldeh, the Ghana Country Manager of the African Development Bank signed on behalf of the Fund.
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A newly installed pedestrian bridge has collapsed at Florida International University and police say there are several fatalities. Images of the buckled structure at the college in Miami were shared across social media on Thursday afternoon. The 950-ton span only went up on Saturday, CBS Miami reports. Local media report that an unknown number of people were trapped underneath the bridge, which was built over a motorway. Florida Highway Patrol Lt Alejandro Camacho told CBS News there were several fatalities and five to six vehicles crushed. Aerial footage shows first responders trying to get under the bridge to trapped cars. The university issued a statement saying rescue efforts were still underway. “We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge,” said a university spokesperson. “At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information.” Miami-Dade County Emergency Management urged commuters to avoid the area. A witness told ABC News that the screams coming from the cars were “terrifying”. “As soon as I looked outside, I saw dust flying everywhere,” Tiona Page said. “I knew the bridge had collapsed.” Another witness, Damany Reed, told CBS News: “I heard a big kaboom…it sounded continuous. We look outside…we thought something had fallen but it was the bridge that collapsed. It was just surreal at that moment and pretty scary”. Florida Governor Rick Scott responded to the accident on Twitter: “I have spoken with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the pedestrian bridge collapse at FIU. “I will be in constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump was aware of the incident and would send any assistance needed to help local law enforcement officials. The bridge, which connected the college to a student housing area, had long been requested by students and staff at the university so they could avoid the traffic below, according to the Miami Herald. In August 2017, a student was hit and killed by cars while crossing the busy road. Munilla Construction company (MCM), a family-owned contractor that helped build the bridge, tweeted “thoughts and prayers” for those affected by the tragedy. “We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way,” the firm tweeted. The university had touted the new swinging span on Twitter just days ago. The 174ft (53m) cable-supported footbridge was to be publicly opened in 2019, local media say. Costing $14.2m (£12.5m), it was funded by the US Department of Transportation. NBA basketball team Miami Heat tweeted their support to the FIU community. Source: BBC
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the strategy of his government is to expand technical and vocational opportunities at both secondary and tertiary levels, and, thereby, strengthen the linkages between education and industry, as well as empower young people to deploy their skills, to employ themselves and others. According to President, Government is paying critical attention to technical and vocational training in the country, explaining that the transformation of the structure of the Ghanaian economy, and the reduction of unemployment, hinge on technical and vocational education and training. “What I envisage in the technical and vocational education sector would involve a truly radical change in attitude on the part of all of us. Throughout the years, enough lip service has been paid to the TVET sector,” he said. The President stressed that “this time we are backing the talk with money and political will. This time, the interventions will be focused and seen through to proper conclusion.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 15th March, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the National Conference on Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET), held at the Koforidua Technical University. The President bemoaned that whereas the education budget, as a whole, has always come under pressure, it is sad, but true, that the TVET sector is very much the poor relation. “It has obsolete and inadequate facilities and equipment, matched by equally obsolete academic curricula, that do not keep up with contemporary labour needs. We do not have enough qualified teachers and instructors, and there is an absence of tertiary degree awarding institutions, that will train teachers in skill development,” he lamented. Above all, he stated that the greatest difficulty we have has been the low perception of technical and vocational skills and graduates in our society, as the effect has been catastrophic, and is staring us in the face and all around us. It is for this reason that the President told participants of the conference that his government is things, starting with the launch of a major project that will emphasize the importance of TVET, and redeem the misconception that technical and vocational education is inferior, and patronized only by less endowed students. “We are aligning and bringing all public TVET institutions in the country under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education to streamline their curricula, and improve the co-ordination of their training. To this end, one Deputy Minister for Education is to be specifically responsible for technical and vocational education, like there is a dedicated Minister of State for Tertiary Education,” he said. The 5-year Strategic Plan for TVET, approved by Cabinet, involves the undertaking of structural reforms, which include the setting up a TVET Service and TVET Council, and dedicating a whole division of the education service to technical and vocational education, which would have its own Director General. “We are tackling the perennial infrastructure problems of the TVET sector. Work will start soon on the construction of 20 modern TVET institutions in various areas of the country,” he said. The President, “We are also upgrading some 35 National and Vocational Training Institutes across the country, and upgrading colleges of education that specialize in technology. There is underway a major revision of the curricula of TVET schools to make them relevant to the needs of our changing economy.” President Akufo-Addo noted further that the success or failure of many of his administration’s projects will depend on how TVET fares, and was hopeful that adding that the conference will lead to the raising of interest amongst investors, who would collaborate with institutions to bolster our technical capacity, and strengthen skills training in the country. Strengthening Economy The President told the gathering that his administration is determined to strengthen the Ghanaian economy, as the current, positive macroeconomic signals are clear. A rapid improvement in our skills development will quicken the pace of translating these signals into jobs and better quality of living, stressing that “the success of the government’s flagship programme, 1-District-1-Factory, a programme government will fulfill, for example, is very much tied to the availability of the type of skilled workforce that TVET produces.”
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Highlife musician and Zylofon Music first signed artiste, Kumi Guitar, says a collaboration with colleague signed artiste, Stonebwoy is a must. In a recent interview with Rainbow Radio’s Danny Fii Abrantie, the ‘Betweener’ hitmaker disputed suggestions that he hates Stonebwoy. According to him, all his other colleagues are doing extremely well under Zylofon Music. Kumi Guitar has been lambasted for dissing Stonebwoy through a song following a fracas between him and the firm. The highlife musician has however rubbished the claims insisting that, he was only advising Stonebwoy through the song and the intention was not to diss him as suggested by some individuals. He urged the public to support Zylofon instead of attacking it with negative comments. When asked if he will accept a collaboration with the Bhim Nation CEO, he said, ‘’what kind of question are you asking me? In fact is a must. He [Stonebwoy] is my brother and collaboration with him is a must. Ghanaians should expect something big from the two of us.’’ Kumi Guitar revealed on the show that, the CEO of Zylofon Media, Nana Appiah Mensah,, who was his classmate, approached him to support his music but because of his good intentions, he convinced him to work other artistes. He described Nana Appiah Mensah as a great personality whose interest is to see the creative industry grow.
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The ruling New Patriotic Party has set guidelines for the upcoming regional delegates’ conference. Acting general secretary of the party, John Boadu, at a press conference today [Thursday] said: ‘’ The GUIDELINES for the conduct of the 2018 Regional elections provide as follows: 1. There shall be constituted, a Regional Elections Committee (REC) which shall assist the EC to conduct the elections of the regional executives at a scheduled date (between 21st to 24th April, 2018) and at a venue as the REC may determine. 2. The Regional Elections Committee (REC) shall be constituted as follows: a. Two National Representatives, appointed by the National Steering Committee, one of whom shall be appointed as chairman b. One Representative appointed by the Regional Council of Elders 3. Composition of the Regional Elections Committee in all ten regions. Read Below the portion on the regional conference REGIONAL ANNUAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE As stipulated in Article 9(26) of the party constitution, in every year, at least four weeks prior to the National Annual Delegates Conference, there shall be a regional annual delegates conference which shall be attended by the following delegates: a. Members of the Regional Executive Committee b. Members of Parliament in the region c. Members of the Constituency Executive Committee in the Region d. Regional Representatives on the National Council e. One TESCON member from each of the recognized tertiary institutions in the Region f. Ten patrons in the region g. All founding members from the region who are signatories to the registration document of the party at the electoral commission Also, Article 9(27) states that the presence of at least one-third (1/3) of the delegates to the Regional Delegates Conference shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the conference. The GUIDELINES for the conduct of the 2018 Regional elections provide as follows: 1. There shall be constituted, a Regional Elections Committee (REC) which shall assist the EC to conduct the elections of the regional executives at a scheduled date (between 21st to 24th April, 2018) and at a venue as the REC may determine. 2. The Regional Elections Committee (REC) shall be constituted as follows: a. Two National Representatives, appointed by the National Steering Committee, one of whom shall be appointed as chairman b. One Representative appointed by the Regional Council of Elders 3. Composition of the Regional Elections Committee in all ten regions: ASHANTI REGION:  F.F. Anto (National 1st Vice - Chairman)  Hon Sameul Osei Mensah (Secretary)  Dr. Nana Kwakye Marfo (Member) CENTRAL REGION:  Hon. Kojo Asomani (MP Gomoa West- Chairman)  Hon K.K Essumany (MCE Mfantsiman- Secretary)  Hon. Aba Hagan (DCE AAK- Member) EASTERN REGION:  Abankwa Yebaoh (Chairman)  Hakman Owusu Agyeman UPPER WEST REGION:  Nuhu Mahama (Chairman)  Alhaji Abdul Haqi Mohammed (Secretary)  Aloy Mole (Member) BRONG AHAFO REGION:  Mr. Adu Gyan (Chairman)  Prince Doyena (Secretary)  Mr. G.K. Awuah (Member) GREATER ACCRA REGION  Hon. Adu Mantey (Chairman)  Nii Aryitey Boafo (Secretary)  R.O Solomon WESTERN REGION:  Hajia Saudatu Saed (Chairperson)  Hon. Kwesi Nkrumah (Secretary)  Dr. Isaac Segoh NORTHERN REGION:  Abdulai Kamal-Deen (Chairman)  Dr. Clifford Braimah (Secretary)  Alhaji Mumuni Musah Neeman VOLTA REGION:  Bob Charles Agbontoh (Chairman)  Ken Ayim (Secretary)  Mrs. Agnes Okudzeto UPPER EAST REGION:  Joseph Akazusi (Chairman)  Thomas Duanab (Secretary)  Abdul Rahman Gumah (Member) 4. The REC shall be responsible for the vetting of all prospective candidates 5. Nominations shall be open from Monday, 20th to Friday 24th March, 2018 6. Vetting shall be held from 27th to 29th March, 2018 7. Vetting results shall be released not later than 31st March, 2018. 8. A member of the Regional Elections Committee shall not be eligible to contest for any position in the Regional primaries. 9. A prospective candidate must be an active and known member of the party of good standing for at least two years. 10. Constituency/Electoral Area/Polling Station Officers who wish to contest in the Regional elections shall resign or vacate their respective positions before filing their nominations. 11. Applicants who wish to contest in the Regional Executive Elections shall pay to the chairperson of the Regional Elections Committee, a non-refundable nomination fee of one thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 1,000) for the chairperson position and five hundred Ghana cedis (GHC 500) for the other positions. 12. Only prospective aspirants are entitled to purchase Application Forms from the Regional Elections Committee. 13. No prospective aspirant shall be denied access to procure Application Form. 14. If for any reason, an applicant is unable to procure an Application Form from the REC, he/she may petition the General Secretary, for an endorsed Application Form at the National Secretariat 15. An aspirant for any of the Regional Executive Elections shall be nominated by one (1) registered member and seconded by ten 10) registered members of the party who are known, active and reside in 10 constituencies across the region, all of whom shall be members in good standing. 16. Three passport sized photographs shall accompany each Application Form. 17. The Constituency Albums in the Region shall be used as the Register for the conduct of the elections. 18. The delegates to the conference shall vote with their party ID cards; but where same is unavailable, National Voters' ID cards may be admitted by the REC for the purpose of voting. 19. The REC shall, at the close of polls; paste photographs of all elected Regional executives on prescribe Form and hand it over to the Regional secretariat for compilation of the Constituency Album. 20. The positions to be contested for are; i. Regional Chairperson ii. Regional 1st Vice Chairperson iii. Regional 2nd Vice Chairperson iv. Regional Secretary v. Regional Assistant Secretary vi. Regional Treasurer vii. Regional Organizer viii. Regional Women Organizer ix. Regional Youth Organizer x. Regional Nasara Coordinator CONCLUSION The party wishes to once again, make a passionate appeal to all stakeholders especially the would-be candidates for the various positions in the upcoming primaries and their supporters to respect the rules of engagement and conduct this exercise with the necessary maturity so that we would have incidence-free primaries. We wish all the aspiring candidates the best of luck in the elections. Let us remain united and committed to the call of our party and government at all times so that we can continue to deliver the needed prosperity to the Ghanaian people. Once again, let it be said that the NPP came out of the 2018 primaries as a much stronger party.
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The Ablekuma Central District Sanitation and Motor Magistrate Court, has prosecuted nine institutions for contravening Sections 1, 2, 3 and 10 of the AMA Waste Management bye-law 1995. They are the Korle bu Branch of the Ghana Private Transport Union (GPRTU), Abbosey Okai branch of Ghana Oil (GOIL), Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Samir Engineering Company, Prudential Bank, Access Bank and the Yellow City Hotel. They were fined various amounts of money totaling GH¢2,280.00 equivalent to 190 penalty units for their refusal to register with the AMA Accredited Waste Management Contractor assigned to their area. Prudential bank, Goil, GPRTU, ADB, Samir Engineering were made to pay a fine of GH 360 each while Access bank and Yellow city hotel also paid GH 240 each due to efforts to register after the summons. Her Ladyship Linda Amissah who presided over the court cautioned institutions who flouted sanitation laws that anyone caught not complying with AMA bye-laws would be made to face the law to serve as deterrent to others. She admonished the offenders to be ambassadors of a clean environment, and all who have not registered with waste service providers under the polluter-pay policy to do so. A bench warrant was also issued for the arrest of the Abossey Okai branch managers of Ghana Commercial Bank and Best Point Savings and Loans for their failure to appear before court when they were summoned. Prosecutor, Mr. Edward Nii Ayi Okai,said all nine institutions failed to comply with the assembly's directive to register with its Accredited Waste Management Contractor to collect their waste . In a related development some eleven persons, including two women have been arrested by the AMA for allegedly dumping household refuse on the kaneshie portion of the Accra - Kasoa Highway. They are Janet Ganu , Constance Badu , Eko Kobina , Eric Mensah , Richard Asumani , Afamu Cyril , Theophilus Ashong , Evans Tettey , Kwaku Frimpong , Nii Okine and one other who gave his name as Awudome Cemetary. The suspects, who live in and around Kaneshie, were grabbed when official of the Okaikoi South Sub- Metro carried out an operation last Thursday night with police assistance to arrest persons who were flouting sanitation laws. The exercise covered the Pamprom traffic lights to the Kaneshie First Light from 9p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
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The La Sanitation and Motor Court has sentenced three persons to eight months each imprisonment for indiscriminate dumping of refuse in7 some parts of Accra. The three, Mawuli Kumodzie, Peter Nytel and Abdul Razak who were sentenced on their own plea were unable to pay a GH₵600.00 fine equivalent to 50 penalty units when they appeared before the court on Tuesday 13 March 2018, together with some four other persons for contravening Act 851 section 56 a and b of the Public Health Act 2012. The prosecutor Nii Okaine Aryee, told the court presided over by Her Ladyship Juliet Duduo that the accused persons were arrested by the assembly’s taskforce on 12th March, 2018 at about 4:30am while on their routine walks around the central business district for dumping refuse at unauthorized places . The four namely Diana Doudu,19, Regina Tsotsoo Money, 41, Elizabeth Serwaa 47, Grace Akolatse, 38, however managed to pay the GH 600 fine each totaling 4,200 Ghana cedis. However the cases of Sulley Muntari , 21, Mathew Akrofi 45, Michael Oko 24 and Hakeem Salifu 26 have been adjouned to 5th Apirl 2018. As part of efforts to improve sanitation in the city, the AMA has deployed its taskforce to patrol the city during the night and at dawn as those are the times some people dump their rubbish on the streets. The assembly is therefore urging city dwellers to be disciplined and to desist from acts that are against the Assembly’s bye laws or risk being prosecuted. Source : AMA (PR Unit)
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Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has turned out to be the only Minister who reports to work on time, investigations conducted by Rainbow Radio’s morning show team has revealed. The team on Wednesday began a report to find out if state officials and civil servants were observing the official working hours. Although civil servants were aware of the official working hours, majority of officials and employees do not observe the official working hours. There were reports that some government officials and employees do not observe prescribed office hours, while others fail to account for their attendance. Out of the ministries and state institutions visited, it was Dr, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who reported or observed the office hours. The team visited the Education Ministry, Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry, Ghana Road Safety Commission, The Ghana Football Association (GFA), Finance Ministry, Environmental Protection Agency, Tourism Authority, Ministry of Information and Ministry of Health. Our team also established that, employees and employers are to report to work latest by 8:30am. But the number of workers, who had reported to work at the time of our visits, were less than 50 percent of the total number of workers. Out those who had reported, a sizable number of them were interns and not permanent staff. An interesting scenario occurred at the GFA when our reporter Wallace Worlanyo visited the place. As at 8:10am, the security guard at post told him he could not enter because official work had not started. A similar scenario that characterized our visitation by Daniel Asuku and Worlanyo indicated that, cleaners who clean the facilities were not done with their work although official work had started. Some ministers, who double as MPs, according to our sources, go to parliament before reporting to work.
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The Member of Parliament for North Dayi, has lamented the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in her constituency. Delivering a speech on the floor of parliament today [Thursday] the legislator said ‘’Mr Speaker, all around us in almost every constituency, we see a growing number of teenage girls getting pregnant and having to prematurely assume the role and responsibility of adults.’’ Many factors she stated account for the teenage pregnancy; and in giving examples she said, adolescent exuberance, exploitation of sexuality of the teenager, lack of parental control or parental guidance, drug abuse, peer pressure, absence of sex education or in worse, lack of it, etc.’’ She added: ‘’In Ghana, teenage pregnancy is a major cause of maternal mortality, as the bodies of most teenage girls are not well developed and matured to accommodate a baby. Teenage pregnancy also results in most affected girls dropping out of school, becoming unskilled and unfit for the labour market, even as they prepare to become mothers. This double jeopardy of being an unskilled teenager with a responsibility of taking care of the young is what demands that some immediate, relevant, national policy is crafted to halt the worrying trend of teenage pregnancy in North Dayi and beyond.’’ She further called on stakeholders to prioritize sex education in our schools. She said ‘’…sex education in our basic schools must be prioritised and taught. Parents must know and ought to be interested in the extracurricular activities of their children, especially the teenage ones. We must begin as a country to teach safer sex practices amongst the youth instead of assuming that our children are ignorant of sex as an act and sexuality as a topic. ‘’Condom use must be mentioned whiles preaching the abstinence we desire as parents and teachers. The effort required to address this social problem of huge significance can only be effective if it is multi-faceted,’’ she opined. In her view, ‘’The approach to solving this problem must acknowledge the role of parents, teachers, community leaders, chiefs and Queen mothers, religious leaders as well as politicians, myself and every Member of Parliament included.’’ She continued: ‘’Ghana has over 60% of its population below 35 years. This feature of the population should be ordinarily an asset for Ghana but unfortunately, the huge unemployment situation amongst the youth has made the statistic a curse rather than a blessing. If our young teenage girls find themselves getting pregnant in addition to their unemployed state, the social problem created culminates into a crisis with the potential to threaten social cohesion and stability of the state. This is how serious the teenage pregnancy phenomenon is getting. Mr Speaker, as we discuss innovative ways to prevent our youth, particularly teenage girls from getting pregnant, we must concurrently find ways of integrating pregnant girls into our schools when they deliver the babies they carry. Every effort to get girls back to school after delivery is as important as the effort made at preventing the pregnancy in the first place. The pregnant teenager is not the problem, the problem is the factors that lead to the pregnancy. That is why we must focus our energies on addressing those factors rather than isolating pregnant teenagers for condemnation,’’ she concluded.
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The government cannot release public funds to support the John Evans Atta Mills Presidential Library in Cape Coast because the memorial and research facility is a private initiative. The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan, told the Daily Graphic in an interview on Wednesday that “this facility is purely a private enterprise to immortalise President Mills, so government cannot commit funds to its running.” He said because the project was a private initiative such as presidents Kufuor and Rawlings’s foundations, no government funds could be released to fund the library. “Besides, when I was taking over as minister, nothing on President Mills’s Library was included in my hand over notes, so we can’t fund it,” he said. Mr Duncan said he could recall during the inauguration of the facility, a committee was constituted to run the affairs of the library, and added “I remember a committee was constituted, under the chairmanship of Mr Kofi Totobi Quakyi to fund the library.” “So there is no way the government can step in at this stage. The government will not commit one cedi to this project,” he said. The John Evans Atta Mills Presidential Library has been closed down for lack of funds to run it. The two-storey building, situated opposite the Cape Coast Castle, has been under lock and key few months after it was inaugurated and handed over to the University of Cape Coast (UCC) because there is no budget to fund the facility. President John Dramani Mahama inaugurated the library on July 24, 2016 to coincide with the anniversary of the death of President Mills. The library has a 100-capacity auditorium, 45-seater multi-media centre, seminar rooms and a museum that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late president. Credit: GraphicOnline
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