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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 10 April 2018
The National Sports Authority (NSA) says it will investigate and take the necessary steps to unravel the truth on the alleged involvement of its Director General in the Commonwealth Visa fraud saga. This was contained in a statement issued by the Governing Board of the NSA. The release was issued and signed Davis Fredericka following a story which has gone viral and pointing fingers at the NSA director as a brain behind the visa fraud. The statement read: ‘’The stories circulating on social media purportedly emanating from ABN Ghana, regarding the alleged involvement of the DG of NSA in a supposed visa fraud with respect to the Commonwealth Games in Australia, have come to the notice of the Governing Board of the National Sports Authority. The Board wishes to assure the general public that it will investigate and take the necessary steps to get to the bottom of this rather unfortunate development,’’ it added. The National Security is currently probing the circumstances that led to the deportation of some 50 supposed journalists who were deported from Australia where the 2018 Commonwealth games is being organized. The Sports Ministry and the National Sports Authority (NSA) have been accused of facilitating the acquisition of the visas as the travel documents presented by the affected individuals were genuine even though they did not appear to be journalists.
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The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has revealed that oil funded projects in the three Northern regions in 2016 are nonexistent. This was disclosed at a press conference today [Tuesday] which was addressed by Dr. Steve Manteaw, Chairman of PIAC. According to him, “Six projects were inspected in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions [and] the findings and observations were overwhelming with fifty percent of the projects being nonexistent.” He went on to state that an interaction with residents of the various regions during “our district engagement in about sixty districts later in 2016, concerns were raised as to whether PIAC verifies projects which have been reported by the Ministry of Finance to have been undertaken with Petroleum revues.” He said “over fifty percent of school projects inspected showed signs of serious deterioration in less than three years after completion” including a six-unit classroom block Apedwa SDA primary school in the East Akim District of the Eastern region which has begun to sink due to poor siting and shoddy work. “On these visits, we discovered, to our dismay, that about half of the projects were either non-existent or poorly executed,” Dr. Manteaw said. ‘’There was a particular case of the Duuri Dam where an amount of about GHc 58,000 was allocated for rehabilitation works. The allocation was done in 2014, but as at 2016 when we visited the project site, nothing had happened. The project was actually non-existent.” “There is also the case of Nakore dam in the Wa central municipality. There was the Farikiya Islamic school in Tamale. Again, when we visited [these sites], the projects were nonexistent,” he added.
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Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings will lead government’s delegation to South Africa to join in the memorial service for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, A statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency Eugene Arhin, said: ‘’The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is dispatching a Government delegation to represent Ghana at the funeral, in Soweto, South Africa, on Saturday, 14th April, 2018, of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, renowned freedom fighter and champion of women’s rights, who has been described by South Africa’s President, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, as the “voice of defiance”.’’ The statement added: ‘’The President is of the firm view that her contribution to the liberation of South Africa from the racist ideology of apartheid merits recognition and honour.’’ She would be accompanied by other officials including the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Owiredu. ‘’The delegation is led by the former First Lady of the Republic, Her Excellency Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, and includes the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Charles Owiredu; Deputy Minister for Information, Hon. Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, MP; Ambassador-at-Large, Dr. Edward Mahama; and Protocol Officer at the Office of the President, Ms. Ama Serwaa Nyarko,’’ the statement concluded.
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Policy Think Tank, Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana) has added its voice at the demand by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for Ghanaians to register for the Tax Identification Number (TIN). ILPAI-Ghana through a statement alleged that although the TIN is supposed to be free, some persons are being charged between GHc 10-50 before they register for their TIN. The statement which was issued by the Executive Director, Peter Bsimark said: ‘’Information reaching ILAPI also indicates that elsewhere in Kumasi TIN officers charge GH₵10.00 per TIN and since most Ghanaians do not know their left and right as far as the TIN acquisition is concern, they also pay for them.’’ According to the statement, ‘’If no action is taken against the suppliers of TIN, the dream of GRA to increase our tax net and our revenue will yield no fruit. One of the basic principles of a good tax system is that, it must be costless. Meaning one should not incur an extra cost in paying his/her taxes so if we should pay for acquiring just TIN then the government stands to lose.’’ The directive requires all businesses and individuals to obtain a TIN before they are able to conduct official business in the country. Beginning April 1, 2018, a person cannot open a bank account, file a case in court, acquire a passport or obtain a driving licence without the TIN. Without TIN, a person cannot also register a vehicle, clear goods in commercial quantities from the ports or register any title to land or any document affecting land. Other services for which the TIN is needed to access include: obtaining a certificate to commence business at the Registrar General’s Department or any District Assembly office; receiving any payment from the Controller and Accountant General or a District Assembly in respect of a contract for the supply of any goods or provisions of any services. Read Below the full statement SUPPLIERS OF ‘’TIN’’: THORN IN THE FLESH OF GRA - ILAPI The Ghana Revenue Authority (G.R.A) is in the right course of giving out TIN (Tax Identification Number) to registered businesses and individuals who have attained the minimum working age. Truly GRA is on the right direction of identifying all tax payers with the intention of widening the tax net and the tax base of the nation. The development of every good country depends greatly on the taxes the citizens pay so with this initiative, if GRA does it properly, the revenue of the government will increase. However, the mere distribution of TIN to the individuals is not a good principle of tax system or policy. Why is GRA giving TIN to Ghanaians? Do they just want to boast that they have distributed TIN to Ghanaians or it will have a direct impact on our economy? Are the holders of TIN going to pay a direct tax or indirect tax? A lot of Ghanaians have TIN but they do not pay any tax. TIN acquisition is supposed to be free but that is not the reality on the ground. The suppliers intentionally restrict supply just to make the demanders desperate to pay for it. There is a supplier induced prices that is attached to something which is supposed to be free. In some parts of the country, TIN officer has putting time restriction on the acquisition by providing the TIN in two weeks. So anyone who wants it less than two weeks must pay a minimum of GH₵50.00 and the TIN will be ready within an hour. Information reaching ILAPI also indicates that elsewhere in Kumasi TIN officers charge GH₵10.00 per TIN and since most Ghanaians do not know their left and right as far as the TIN acquisition is concern, they also pay for them. If no action is taken against the suppliers of TIN, the dream of GRA to increase our tax net and our revenue will yield no fruit. one of the basic principles of a good tax system is that, it must be costless. Meaning one should not incur an extra cost in paying his/her taxes so if we should pay for acquiring just TIN then the government stands to lose. Peter Bismark Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) Tema.
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The Amassan Divisional Police Command has arrested an alleged fraudster following a complaint filed at the command by one Sameul Akufo Abrokwah in an alleged money doubling scandal. The complaint is said to have confronted one Nana Ali the suspect, who promised to double money for him [Victim] so he could expand his business. Addressing the media, the Commander, Chief Superintendent Yiribaare Francis, who confirmed the story said the suspect, promised to conjure money and assist the victim recover from some spiritual challenges he was going through. He also revealed that the suspect reportedly bolted with an amount of GHc 7,000 after asking the victim to pay so he could double it for him. He said the two have been contacting each other from April 4, 2018 until he was arrested on April 9, 2018. The police he noted is currently investigating the matter and will soon process him for court. Chief Superintendent called on the public to assist the police with any information to assist with their investigation. He cautioned the public to desist from the quest for quick money so they will not fall prey to tricks and fraudsters like Nana Ali. The suspect he added is a spiritualist with a shrine within the locality he was arrested.
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I AM VERY COMFORTABLE WITH ZYLOFON MEDIA

Some Ghanaians have asserted that Joyce Blessing’s move to a new record label Zylofon Media is not helping her music career. In an interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 on the mid morning drive on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm,Joyce Blessing debunked those assertions and said that she is very comfortable with her new record label. She also said that Zylofon Media is a new brand so Ghanaians should allow the brand to grow. The Zylofon media signee added that her new song that has been released under the label namely; ‘’I swerve’’are all doing well and enjoying massive air play. Joyce Blessing pleaded with Ghanaians to support Nana Appiah Mensah,C.E.O of Zylofon Media with their prayers so that he continues to invest in the careers of musicians and the creative arts in general. By: Festus Abassa-Hammond (Intern)
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The Minority in Parliament has accused government of using the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to harass Minority MPs. At a press briefing today [Tuesday] the Minority said: ‘’We have called this press conference to react to a desperate attempt by the Akufo-Addo Government to criminalize and harass the Minority in what we believe to be a fruitless and cowardly effort to silence us. ''Last week, twenty-five of us received strange letters and phone calls from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service inviting us to confer with Mrs. M.Y.T. Addo-Danquah, Deputy Commissioner of Police and to assist in investigations of allegations of double salaries made against us by Government.’’ ''It is sad that the hitherto respected and highly professional CID is being forced by excessive political maneuvering and underhand tactics to make that noble organization blunder and lose its credibility. Following this embarrassment to Government, they have now resorted to the arena of propaganda. Our attention has been drawn to a publication in today's Daily Guide newspaper alleging that some 22 Article 71 appointees of the erstwhile Mahama administration were overpaid whilst serving as Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Members of Parliament. In a bizarre twist, as we were readying to appear before the CID this week beginning from yesterday considering that we had been grouped to appear on separate days, the CID called some of our colleagues to inform them that they were no longer required to appear as they had made mistakes with 18 of the 25 Minority MPs originally contacted. Yes, you heard me right. As many as 18 of the 25 invitations have since been withdrawn on the basis of mistakes committed by the Government,’’ the statement added. Read Below the full statement PRESS CONFERENCE BY NDC MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT IN RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENTAL HARASSMENT AND SPURIOUS ALLEGATIONS OF ARTICLE 71 APPOINTEES OF THE MAHAMA ADMINISTRATION RECEIVING DOUBLE SALARIES Ladies and Gentlemen of the Parliamentary Press Corps, we warmly welcome you to this press conference. We have called this press conference to react to a desperate attempt by the Akufo-Addo Government to criminalize and harass the Minority in what we believe to be a fruitless and cowardly effort to silence us. Last week, twenty-five of us received strange letters and phone calls from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service inviting us to confer with Mrs. M.Y.T. Addo-Danquah, Deputy Commissioner of Police and to assist in investigations of allegations of double salaries made against us by Government. In a bizarre twist, as we were readying to appear before the CID this week beginning from yesterday considering that we had been grouped to appear on separate days, the CID called some of our colleagues to inform them that they were no longer required to appear as they had made mistakes with 18 of the 25 Minority MPs originally contacted. Yes, you heard me right. As many as 18 of the 25 invitations have since been withdrawn on the basis of mistakes committed by the Government. Government must really be in an indecent hurry to divert attention from its failings by this pathetic attempt to cow us into submission. No wonder Government ended up with eggs on its face yesterday. It is sad that the hitherto respected and highly professional CID is being forced by excessive political maneuvering and underhand tactics to make that noble organization blunder and lose its credibility. Following this embarrassment to Government, they have now resorted to the arena of propaganda. Our attention has been drawn to a publication in today's Daily Guide newspaper alleging that some 22 Article 71 appointees of the erstwhile Mahama administration were overpaid whilst serving as Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Members of Parliament. The said publication can only be a figment of the imagination of a Government that continues to betray the trust of the people. We must state for the records, that contrary to the claims by the Daily Guide, no appointee has offered to make refunds of double salaries. We challenge the Daily Guide to adduce evidence of their claims. We also find it curious that the Daily Guide was unable to produce the full list of the alleged 22 appointees. Ladies and Gentlemen, As a matter of practice and convention, Article 71 office holders including Members of Parliament, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers are always paid on account awaiting the establishment and finalization of the work of the Presidential Emoluments Committee. This is currently what pertains even in the life of this 7th Parliament and with all current Ministers of State. In the case of the Mahama Administration, it should be recalled that the Presidential Emoluments Committee did not complete its work until November 2016. This meant in effect that all payments made to all Article 71 office holders, including Members of Parliament, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State were only payments made in advance of the determination of the actual salaries payable and conditions of service due these office holders. In consequence, upon the completion of the work of the Presidential Emoluments Committee in November 2016, the then Minister of for Finance, Hon. Seth Terkper issued a release to the Controller and Accountant General Department and to the Accounts Department of the Parliamentary Service, for the attention of the Accounts Unit). It is important to note that the Minister for Finance instructed the Auditor-General to subject the releases to audit and reconciliation to determine the actual amounts due each individual Article 71 office holder since they had only been paid in advance. This was duly done and it emerged that Government owed the Article 71 office holders huge salary arrears. At the point of the audit by the Auditor-General, it was also detected that the advance paid to a handful of Article 71 office holders were more than others had received. Most of these were computational errors. This notwithstanding, the amounts paid to this category of office holders were not in excess of their salary entitlements as determined by the Presidential Emoluments Committee. Therefore, there could not have been a situation of overpayment or double receipt of salaries by the said office holders. Historically, it is important to recall that this has always been the case since 1993. In 2009, when President John Evans Atta-Mills took over the reins of Government, in the process of implementing the Chinery-Hesse Presidential Emoluments Committee Report, an audit revealed that some Article 71 office holders under the Kufour Administration received more salaries in advance than other equally situated appointees. Accordingly, a similar reconciliation was performed under an audit before final payments were made to the then appointees. Furthermore, the Single Spine Salary Scheme implementation also gave rise to many positive and negative adjustments. Another challenge is the dual system used to pay MPs who are also Ministers. It is common to pay some of them from the Office of the President (as Ministers) while others were paid by the Parliamentary Service (as MP/Ministers). Again, given that MP/Ministers had a more permanent tenure in Parliament, the former Ministers (in consultation with the Chief of Staff and Rt. Hon Speaker) directed that Parliament takes over the payment of ALL salaries and benefits due to these public servants. Ladies and Gentlemen, Even now, the salaries and emoluments of the current 7th Parliament and current Ministers have not been determined per Article 71 of the Constitution and therefore can best be described as salaries in advance. The only way to avoid this situation is when Presidents act timeously in appointing Presidential Emolument Committees so as to avoid payments in advance and the subsequent need for auditing and reconciliation of accounts. This will avoid the ritual rush in paying Article 71 Commission adjustments close to the end of tenure of an exiting administration. Ladies and Gentlemen, We repeat for emphasis that there has been no wrongdoing on our part. The NDC Minority stands ready to submit to the highest standards of accountability any day. Those assurances given, we know a witch-hunt when we see one. We wish to send a crystal clear message to the Akufo-Addo Government that the Minority will not be intimidated nor cowed into shirking our democratic and constitutional duties. We shall remain resolute and faithful to our mandate and the high expectations of the people who elected us to represent them in Parliament. Thank you for your attention.
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Gospel Artiste nominee of the year, Joyce Blessing has expressed confidence in winning the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs). She believes she’s work so hard to deserve the award and Ghanaians can also agree with her position that, she deserves to be crowned the Gospel Artiste of the year. Speaking to Sokoohemaa Kukua on Rainbwo Radio 87.5Fm, the ‘I Swerve It’ hitmaker said ‘’It depends on hard work and how relevant you are in the system. I deserve the Gospel Artiste of the year. To me and Ghanaians, I deserve the award.’’ When asked if she performed better than the other nominees, she said, ‘’we have all done well. To be nominated means you have done well but the winner should be someone who has worked extremely hard the year under review.’’ Joyce Blessing is in that category with the reigning Artiste of Year, Joe Mettle, Patience Nyarko, Celestine Donkor, Nacee and Gifty Osei. She is also in the gospel song of the year category with her Boot-4-Boot song together with Obi Nyanime - Patience Nyarko, Efatawo – Nacee, Adom - Gifty Osei and Jehovah - Ceccy Twum.
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Zylofon Media’s only gospel signed artiste, Joyce Blessing, has disputed suggestions that she is struggling to make hits after signing onto the media conglomerate. In exclusive interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on the mid morning show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Joyce Blessing said, Zylofon Media is a new record label and will certainly face challenges just like any new business. The ‘Unbreakerble’ musician told the host she is doing ‘’very well’’ at Zylofon Media and she would not accept the view that she was struggling to make it at Zylofon. ‘’I am progressing steadily at Zylofon Media. There are some people who will never appreciate your efforts even when you are doing your best. Ghanaians should learn how to appreciate and commend people for their hard work. By the grace of God Almighty, I am doing well. It is God who gives us the hits and not by our own strength. I am very comfortable and okay at Zlyfon. I am okay with everything but one thing I would tell Ghanaians is that, in everything you do, you will encounter challenges. Zylofon is new record label and will certainly encounter challenges,’’ she said. Zylofon media, a creative arts and entertainment conglomerate, signed on to its record label Joyce Blessing in 2017. At a press briefing held at the company’s premises at East Legon in Accra on Wednesday, 28th June, 2017, the Head of Communications for Zylofon Media, Samuel Atuobi Baah said the label had signed a four-year contract with the two artistes. “We are signing a four-year deal with Joyce Blessing and Obibini. It’s a complete record deal – and when I say ‘a complete record deal’ it includes distribution, promotion, production and marketing as well. We’ve also given them goodwill money that they will need for their personal running,” Mr. Baah disclosed.
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The government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme has received a boost following the signing of a 20-million euro credit between Ghana and the Czech Republic Export Bank. The money will be divided into two tranches, with the first tranche being utilised for the procurement of 220 sets of compact tractors, while the second tranche will be used to purchase 300 multi-purpose mini tractors. Beneficiaries will be interested small and medium holder farmers across the country who will be given four years to work and pay for the tractors. The credit facility comes with no interest payment by the farmers and no financial commitment on the part of the government The tractors will be supplied by a consortium of companies, led by the Knight a.s Transfer of Technology in the Czech Republic. Ghana’s Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Knight a.s Transfer of Technology, Dr Karl Laryea, signed the agreement in Brno, the Czech Republic at the opening session of this year's Agriculture Trade Fair Show yesterday. Planting for Food and Jobs is an initiative of the government launched in April 2017 to encourage the youth to go into agriculture and increase agricultural production. The programme is expected to increase the production of maize by 30 per cent, rice by 49 per cent, soybeans by 25 per cent and sorghum by 28 per cent from the current production levels. Additionally, the initiative is expected to create 750,000 direct and indirect jobs. Ghana Touching on the usefulness of the tractors, Dr Akoto said they would not only help boost agriculture and improve food sufficiency but also create job opportunities for the youth. He said the agreement was, particularly, beneficial, considering the fact that Ghanaians were small-holder farmers and procuring such tractors would help them improve their productivity. "This is what the Planting for Food and Jobs programme is all about — supporting small-holder farmers to expand their productivity," he added. Dr Akoto said he was grateful to Dr Laryea for renewing the age-old relations between the two countries. Tractors For his part, Dr Laryea said the tractors, with 60-70 horse power, come with ploughs, trailers, mulchers, boom sprayers, mist blowers, threshers, rotovetess and rippers. He said the tractors could be used on rice fields and fields planted with other food crops, adding: "When you are using the compact tractors, you don't need combine harvesters, since the rippers can perform similar functions when the rice is ready for harvesting, while the threshers can be used to sieve the rice from the trash." He said one of the challenges faced by the country’s rice farmers was that they always had to wait for a combine harvester to harvest their rice. “The difficulty with this is that when there is a delay in the deployment of the combine harvester, it could lead to the destruction of the rice because the harvest is time-bound," he noted. Dr Laryea stressed that the compact tractors had been designed and conditioned with rice-cutting implements and threshers to perform functions similar to those performed by combine harvesters. Opening ceremony Opening the fair, the Agriculture Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr Jiri Milek, expressed delight at the exhibition, the third biggest fair in Europe and which had earned respect for the country. He thanked the exhibitors for their show of the latest, modern and cutting-edge technology in the agricultural sector. Describing agriculture as the foundation of human existence, the President of the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, Mr Zdenek Jandejsek, urged governments to focus on lifting the sector from its current state to a higher level. The Mayor of Brno, Mr Petre Vokral, said the exhibition was an indication of how the Czech Republic valued the agricultural sector. Speaking after the opening session, Dr Akoto expressed optimism that at the end of the fair, the Ghanaian delegation would have learnt useful lessons and made significant contacts and collaborations to move Ghana’s agricultural sector to another level. He was not happy that currently Ghana spent over $300 million on the importation of poultry and poultry products and expressed the conviction that promoting that industry would create more jobs for the youth Source: Graphiconline
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