President Akufo-Addo Appoints Chief Executive Officers And Deputy Chief Executive Officers Of The Development Authorities
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appointed, in accordance with applicable laws, the following persons to act as Chief Executive Officers and Deputy Chief Executive Officers of the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities.
COASTAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
NAME POSITION PROFESSION
1. Samuel Attah-Mensah Chief Executive Officer IT Professional
2. Jerry Ahmed Shaib Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
3. Bob-Charles Agbontor Deputy Chief Executive Officer Quantity Surveyor
4. Mona Gertrude Effah Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
5. Emmanuel Affram Anim Deputy Chief Executive Officer Administrator
MIDDLE BELT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1. Joe Danquah Chief Executive Officer Administrator
2. Joyce Opoku-Boateng Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
3. Vincent Frimpong Manu Deputy Chief Executive Officer Development Practitioner
4. Alexander Ferka Deputy Chief Executive Officer Accountant/Banker
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1. Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun Chief Executive Officer Agricultural Economist
2. Lariba Zuweira Abudu Deputy Chief Executive Officer Teacher
3. Osmani Aludiba Ayuba Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chartered Accountant/ Banker
4. Stephen Yir-Eru Engmen Deputy Chief Executive Officer Development Practitioner
The appointees are to act pending the receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing Boards of the Development Authorities, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission. The three Development Authorities are tasked with the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) – the Programme which will ensure the disbursement of the equivalent of $1 million per constituency per year, in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s 2016 campaign pledge.
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The 2016 presidential candidate for the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Lartey, has challenged President Akufo-Addo to allow the Special Prosecutor to investigate former President Jerry John Rawlings.
According to him, the former president in a recent video attacked his integrity when he [Rawlings] lacks the moral right to attack people over corruption.
He said, the Special Prosecutor should question Mr. Rawlings whether he has 15 percent share in the Ghana Rubber Estates.
The political leader in an interview with Rainbow Radio said, the former president claims to hate corruption, he claims to be someone who is a strong advocate for probity and accountability. He should answer the questions I have asked him about the Abacha cash.
‘’How did his [Rawlings] wife bought the Nsawam Cannery? I am told they have 15 per cent shares in Ghana Rubber Estates, is that true? How come the Black Star Shipping Line was sold? I petitioned CHRAJ for the man to come and respond but he did not respond. So I would want to appeal to Nana Addo to use the Special Prosecutor in investigation Mr. Rawlings. He should be probed to answer these questions. The Special Prosecutor says he will not spare anybody and I will entreat him to go to the top and start with Rawlings. He should follow the Brazilian example because they’ve gone for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva a former president and jailed him,’’ he stated.
Dr. Lartey has also asked that the Special Prosecutor question Mr. Rawlings over what happened to the remaining £30 million loan from the initial £31.5 million that was issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland to International Generics (for which Mrs. Rawlings was the primary benefactor through a ‘frontman’ named Leon Tamman) under the British Export Guarantee Facility for the construction of La Palm Hotel and Coco Palm Hotel?
Aside that, he is questioning if it was true that the Rawlings were using transporting gold to Switzerland on a regular basis?
Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings,’ company, Carridem Development Company (CDC), a limited liability company, bought Nsawam Food Cannery for 2.9 billion cedis.
Mrs. Rawlings told an Accra High Court in 2006 that CDC paid the money to the Divestiture Implementation Committee (DIC) in installments with the last installment being paid in 2000.
Dr Henry Lartey recently dragged Mr. Rawlings to CHRAJ and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) following the latter’s admission that he indeed received a 2 million dollar gift from former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha in 1998.
Actress and model, Moesha Boduong, has rendered an apology to Ghanaian women over her recent comments she made in an interview with CNN.
The actress came under serious lambast after she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the hardship in Ghana has made her date a married man in order to make her survive.
“Ghana our economy is such that you just need someone to take care of you because you can’t make enough money as a woman here,” she told Christiane Amanpour.
But she was seriously attacked and trolled on social media. She had earlier responded to her critics saying, she would use the stones being thrown at her to build her house.
But barely 24 hours after making that comments, she has apologized saying: ‘’Dear Ghana this is Moesha. I have been humbled by all that is going on and I have also learnt a lot in the last few days since the CNN video came out. I have had a lot of time to think and reflect and I APOLOGIZE TO ALL, ESPECIALLY MY AFRICAN SISTERS. I pray u all find it in your hearts to forgive me. It was definitely not my intention to offend any of you. I respect all the hard working women of our beloved country and accept that some of my utterances were not a reflection of what happens in most homes. GOD works in mysterious ways and everything happens because he says so ?? Thanks for the love, pieces of advice and criticisms. GOD bless us all! The full version of the interview drops this weekend and I hope you can appreciate what I said in its entirety. Thank you. God bless you all!,’’ she posted on her official Facebook page.
The prophetess in connection with the burning and subsequent death of a final year West African Senior Secondary Exam student has been arrested.
The prophetess is the leader of the African Faith Church.
The deceased, 18, identified as Portia Donkor, had visited the church with her mother for special prayers to ensure success in the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) on April 1.
However, in the process of the prayers, the 18 year-old girl caught fire when the anointing oil smeared on her body came in contact with the flame from a candle.
The deceased was initially rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, but gave up the ghost on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
After more than two years of being dismissed for embarking on an ‘’unauthorized assembly’’ in protest against what they [recruits] described as ‘’maltreatment’’, some of the dismissed recruits say they will not give up until they recalled.
The recruits who stormed the studios of Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, today [Friday], said they have still not heard from authorities despite the assurances they have received.
They told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, ‘’we have not heard from anyone. We have not been told whether or not we would not be recalled or remain dismissed. What are we going to do? Why have our authorities remained mute over the issue?
When asked why they have not given up, spokesperson of the group [name withheld] said once a soldier always a soldier and anyone trained to be a soldier will always remain a soldier even in civilian life.’’
The group insists they have not being informed on whether they still remain dismissed and they are still holding their appointment letters with service numbers.
‘’The appointment letter still holds because we have received any text message or any information on the outcome of the investigations initiated.’’
They also took a swipe at security experts in the country for failing to speak on such a sensitive matter.
The recruits further revealed that, they have been chasing after lawyers to help them but the financial demands the lawyers were demanding was huge.
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in December 2015 dismissed some 501 military recruits for staging an ‘’unauthorized assembly’’.
Some of the recruits have not given up the fight for their instatement.
But speaking in an exclusive interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel Aggrey Quarshie in 2016 said the decision to dismiss the recruits was established after they were found to have misconducted themselves and therefore they will not be re-called.
He explained that if by the protest something positive came up, they would have all benefited hence the affected recruits should accept their fate and move on.
‘’Some investigations were done and that is how come they [Board] were able to establish what they did,’’ he stressed.
According to him, Ghanaians will soon come to appreciate this bold decision taken by the GAF to dismiss the recruits although many have expressed concerns over the action.
World Health Organisation, W.H.O, says Africa can now be declared a polio-free continent.
According to the Country Director of W.H.O, Dr. Owen Kaluwa, the region has not reported any case of wild poliovirus since August 2016.
He however called on member countries to live up to the Sustainable Development Goals and commit to concrete actions to help totally eradicate the poliovirus disease.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has operationalised its payment platform system for the collection of dues.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the National Organizer, Kofi Adams.
According to the statement, members of the party are to pay their monthly dues through the new system and not supposed to pay cash to anyone aside the operationalised systems.
The statement further detailed how members are supposed to pay their dues through the platform
PAYMENT OF NDC PARTY DUES
All Registered Party Members are to take note that the payment platform for party dues is now operational.
All members shallpay their dues through the platform.
No member shouldpay cash to anyone as membership dues.
Party members are to follow the following steps to pay their DUES using MTN or AIRTEL MONEY
Step 1: Dial *713*40#
Step 2: Select 1; Pay Dues
Step 3: Select appropriate status
E.g. General Member
Party Official (Branch, Constituency)
Step 4: Select Payment Options
e.g. 1 Month
12 Month (1 year)
Step 5: Select your ID type
E.g. Membership ID
Step 6: Enter ID Number (found in front of the card)
Step 7: Select payment Method
E.g. MTN, Airtel
Step 8: Enter Mobile Money Number
E.g. 024………., 026……….. etc.
Step 9: Confirm payment (SMS on your Phone)
The Ghana Education Service has directed all staff who have retired but still at post to with immediate effect hand over and proceed on compulsory retirement.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Director-General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa.
The statement said: ‘’The attention of Management has been drawn to the fact that some officers who are supposed to have proceeded on compulsory retirement are still at post despite the earlier directives for them to do so per a letter dated the 5th of June, 2017.
Management wishes to remind all Regional/Metropolitan/District and General Managers of Education Units to ensure strict compliance with the following:
2. That officers who have submitted their applications on the correction of date of birth but are due for retirement should leave their position while waiting for the outcome of the decision of management.
3. That all officers who have retired and are still at post should in their own interest hand over and proceed on compulsory retirement immediately.
All heads of second cycle and basic schools are also expected to take note and comply accordingly,’’ it concluded.
Some residents at Dome Kwabenya have complained bitterly about the poor nature of their roads.
The area which is in the Ga East Municipality according to residents has very poor roads and affecting productivity and businesses.
Some of the residents who called into Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the roads have developed pot holes.
The poor nature of the roads they noted affects the free flow of traffic.
In 2017, government awarded some major roads that are in deplorable state to contractor, Ghacos Ghana Limited.
The scope of work to be carried out by the contractor includes; Construction of 1.5km of dual carriage way from Atomic Roundabout to Taifa with provision for roadside drains; Construction of ancillary roads to improve traffic management and safety in the area; Construction of 750 meters of storm drainage works to reduce the perennial flooding within the area; Construction of walkways along the roads to improve pedestrians safety; and streetlights to improve visibility at night for both motorists and pedestrians.
Other roads earmarked to benefit from this facelift are Old and New Agbogba, Hatso, Dome Pillar 2 (Auntie Mary), Kwabenya and Abokobi. The cost of the project is GH₵19.093million with contract duration of twelve (12) months.
The project is however to start despite the sod cutting ceremony in November, 2017.
Efforts made to reach the MP for the area, Madam Sarah Adjoa Safo proved futile.
The MCE Madam Janet Tulasi Mensah, was also in a meeting and could not respond to the issue.
The regional chairman, Ishmael Ashitey is currently out of the country and in South Africa when he was called top comment on the issue.
The Northern regional chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu, is alleging that, some government officials are taking bribes in order to award contracts to their cronies.
The outspoken politician said he will no longer sit unconcerned and watch people bypass him and award contracts to people when the youth in the region, are unemployed and worse off than when the party was in opposition.
He was reacting to the attack on a local contractor when was awarded a contract for the building of a storm drain at Gumani in Tamale.
The youth claim the contractor is an outsider who played no role in the NPP’s election victory, and undeserving of the contract.
Mr. Naabu, justified the attack stressing that, the angry youth attacked the contractor because they have been neglected after contributing to the victory of the NPP in 2016.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said contracts are being awarded at the blind side of the regional chairman and as political leader, he is not going to allow people to use ‘’sakawa’’ to award contracts to people when the youth of the party, are going hungry.
‘’Since our government came into power, people have been given contracts and the regional chairman, does not know anything and that is not the way it is supposed to be. Before a project is awarded, the chairman and the minister will sit down and look at it critically before the tender board could award. Nobody knows what is going on in the region and our people, the youth, are just walking there without a job…Everybody eye red and any contract that comes into the region, we want to know who awarded it,’’ he said.
Bugri Naabu said the party members in the region will not sit down and watch contracts awarded without their knowledge.
‘’We have been talking and they will go and do something; we are just in darkness and if something spoil somewhere, it is the party that is supposed to put things right…I was trying to cover this but because you punished me, that is why I am telling you this,’’ he added.
When asked if he have particular contractors he would prefer to work with, he said, every contractor is a contractor but ‘’we can’t sit down and allow people to use the state contracts to make money for themselves when those who brought the party into power, would be sitting like stooge…Do we want power or we don’t want power? We want power so we things to be going are going normal…so that when I am coming to campaign the next time…they will know that yes, Mr. Bugri Naabu, is a good man, I will vote for the party. We cannot allow for some people to use sakawa and collect contracts, collect money; then the party’s name will spoil. We have to do the right thing.’’