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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Some angry concerned youth of Bia West and East in the Western region have given a one week ultimatum to government to fix their electricity problem for them else they will embark on a naked demonstration. Speaking to the general secretary of the group, Ackaah Joseph, aka Nana Kass ,he said businesses in the affected areas are collapsing due to the erratic power supply popularly known as 'dumsor'. He is alleging that their lights go off more than 20 times in a day without any notification from the ECG. ''Meanwhile both the past and the present government have failed in solving this problem, he lamented. They also complained about the poor nature of their roads a situation they noted has affected activities in the region. ‘’We are therefore asking the government to address our grievances’ or we will never vote again in the upcoming election and will never allow any political party to campaign in the area again,’’ he warned.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the effective execution of the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, as well as the introduction of other innovative strategies, means that “Ghana stands ready to beat malaria.” Speaking at the Malaria Summit London 2018, on Wednesday, 18th April, 2018, on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, President Akufo-Addo stated noted that the fight against malaria in Ghana is an age-old one. “According to the Ghana Health Service, malaria tops Out Patient Department cases, and is responsible for the death of three children, every day, in the country. Indeed, in 2016, 10.4 million cases of malaria were recorded in a population of some 30 million people,” he said. The President continued, “Although the figure from 2016 represents an improvement over that of 2015, we recognise that a lot of work has to be done in reducing prevalence of malaria to the barest minimum.” Reiterating the “solid, decade-long work and advocacy undertaken by my fair lady, Rebecca, Ghana’s First Lady, through her Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation”, the President stated that this has reinforced his conviction that Ghana’s aim of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75%, by the year 2020, is attainable. Ghana’s goal, through the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, he said, is to achieve and sustain near-zero malaria deaths, and, ultimately, a malaria-free Ghana. Key interventions of this Plan, the President outlined, include integrated vector management; malaria case management, including malaria in pregnancy; integrated community case management; seasonal malaria chemoprevention; integrated support systems, including advocacy and behavioural change communication; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; and the strengthening of health systems. “Additionally, Government is providing tax exemptions on anti-malarial commodities, adopting measures to deal with antimalarial drug resistance, and implementing policies to mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, that impact on malaria transmission,” he added. Ghana’s strategy, the President told the gathering, is based on innovation, as Ghana is one of the first countries to adopt the new generation of insecticides for indoor-residual spraying, as well being one of the three countries testing the new malaria vaccine. “I am confident that the effective execution of this Plan and strategy would mean that Ghana stands ready to beat Malaria” he concluded.
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Head Coach for Kumasi Ash Town Ladies, Nana Sekyere, has told Rainbow Sports that, the defeat the team chalked when they played Pearl Pia Ladies was as a result of ill health. The coach noted that majority of the players were suffering from malaria and that weakened them hence their defeat. He was however quick to add that the team is hopeful they will fully recover to play their next match during the weekend. ‘’The players are sick. They suffered malaria and that affected their health and the performance. We are however hopeful they will fully recover before they play their next game,’’ he added. Pearl Pia Ladies defeated Ash Town Ladies in the week play off of the Fresh Park Women’s League over the weekend.
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CDH Financial Holdings has renewed its annual commitment to the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards Night, with a sponsorship package of GHc 25,000. The package forms part of the company’s sponsorship for the 43rd MTN SWAG Awards fixed for Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC). Mr. Kwabena Yeboah, President of SWAG commended the company for renewing their support for the Association. He said, the package comes at an opportune time for the Association, since it would provide the necessary financial backing for the organization of the event. Mr. Martin Asamoah, Executive Director of CDH Financial Holdings commended the Association for ensuring the continuous growth of the event. “We shall continue to support the development and growth of the event and the awards each year. “We believe in the SWAG brand and the idea of rewarding sports men and women each year. “CDH Holdings would continue to support the organization of the event each year,” he added. SWAG would confer honours over 30 sports men and women, who excelled in the year 2018.
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MMT Boss asked to step aside

The Managing Director for the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT), Bennet Aboagye, has been asked by the Board of Directors to proceed on leave with immediate effect. The embattled manager has been accused by some aggrieved staff of engaging in some corrupt deals. He was also accused of bribing workers to conceal information that could implicate him. Mr. Aboagye is expected to proceed on leave with his personnel assistant, Yiadom Kesse.
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Three persons suspected to be Ghanaians have been arrested in Britain for being part of a 13-member drug syndicate that smuggled £32 million (GH¢203,001,958.59) worth of cocaine and cannabis into the country. The three, Felicia Kufour, Mark Agoro, 52 and Wilfred Owusu, 30 were arrested in separate raids across the southern part of England with other members of the gang in 2016. Mark Agoro has been sentenced to 14 years and 6 months in prison whilst Wilfred Owusu received a 20-year sentence. Felicia Kufour however, is still awaiting her sentence. Felicia was arrested when she went to the Heathrow Airport to pick up a drug-laden bag from a Rio flight. According to a report by dailymail.co.uk, she was waiting in arrivals to pick up the bag, but staff of the British Airways noticed the Rio suitcase should not be there and rolled it away. Upon sensing danger, Kufour tried to flee but was seized by border force officers. The report further indicated that Mark Agoro and Wilfred Owusu were part of the wholesalers with international contacts who raked cash in for the gang. Owusu organised couriers to fly in and collect the luggage and walk away without any customs checks, Southwark Crown Court heard. Over 100 kilograms of cocaine, which had an average of 78.5% purity, was seized during the 15-month scam. The drug smugglers were led by two corrupt British Airways baggage handlers. The syndicate stuffed suitcases with the restricted and prohibited items from Brazil from the international arrivals carousel at Heathrow Airport to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks and were being aided by baggage handlers to sneak the cases out of the airport. Security agents used CCTV footage at the airport to close down on them. Source: Ghanaweb
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A Deputy CEO for the Coastal Development Authority who will be in charge of the Central region, Mr. Emmanuel Affram Anim, has taken a swipe at individuals attacking President Nana Akufo-Addo over what his critics have termed as poor performance. Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Kwabena Agyapong, he noted that, Ghana should have fast developed but due to the Kwashiokor economy managed under the former Mahama administration we have gone through serious challenges. Kwashiokor is a form of malnutrition caused by protein deficiency in the diet, typically affecting young children in the tropics. The current administration he stated cannot use one and half years to repair the damages caused under former President John Dramani Mahama. However, ‘’we have managed to roll out our flagship programmes including the free senior high school, the restoration of the nursing and teacher training allowances. He [Nana Addo] has also managed to stabilize the erratic power situation, pay a huge percentage of the health insurance debt accumulated under the previous administration. I will appeal to Ghanaians to have patience because the president will surely deliver on his campaign promises.’’ The three Development Authorities – Coastal Development Authority, Middle Belt Development Authority, Northern Development Authority – 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. CEO of Accra-based radio station Samuel Atta-Mensah heads the Coastal Development Authority. Each of the Chief executives is being assisted by four deputies.
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A Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Coastal Development Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Affram Anim has revealed on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that every constituency under the development authorities will have coordinators. He made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Kwabena Agyapong. Ghanaians have lambasted President Nana Akufo-Addo for appointing CEOs with 4-5 deputy CEOs for the three development authorities. Some analysts have argued that, the appointments are a waste of public resources. But Mr. Anim refuted the claims insisting that the president has specific development programmes for each constituency hence the authorities. The coordinators he added will facilitate and coordinate projects and report directly to the Deputy CEOs assigned to the specific regions. From the disclosure, coordinators that will work under all three development authorities will amount to 275 constituencies because this is a constituency based project. He commended Nana Addo for the initiative because it will help bridge the development gap. ''Nana Addo is a selfless and visionary leader. He means business and has appointed competent leaders to help him achieve his goals. The end results is the most important thing we should consider and not the number of workers.'' ‘’For example, we have 23 constituencies in the Central region and so we are going to have 23 coordinators working at the constituency level. The three Development Authorities – Coastal Development Authority, Middle Belt Development Authority, Northern Development Authority – 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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A chartered accountant Jason Gyimah, has indicated in an interview that, the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) which is a microfinance apex body responsible for implementing the Government of Ghana’s (GoG) microfinance programmes targeted at reducing poverty is not longer a national policy but a political policy. He said although MASLOC and other governmental programmes were ideally established to help alleviate poverty, unfortunately those aspects of our policy has become a political policy. ‘’If it is a national policy, every government would have continued from where their predecessors left off but when a new government assumes office, they abandon projects undertaken by previous administration all in the name of politics. If we don’t change our ideas and how we manage these programmes, we will continue to be where we are,’’ he said. He called for a change in mindset, spend within our means, develop a saving culture so we can raise a new generation of billionaires. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the education system has been structured in a manner that, every young person would want to work for people instead establishing their own businesses. ‘’We need to change our objective and perspective on how we see things. Our system does not encourage people to set up their own businesses. We need to raise and encourage people to create or set up their own businesses,’’ he told the host.
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Nigerian Gospel Sensation Steve Crown has revealed his first ever collaboration was with Ghanaian Gospel musician Celestine Donkor and it was exciting working with her. This revelation came about when the host of the mid-morning drive on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM, Sokoohemaa Kukua called Steve Crown via telephone to surprise Celestine Donkor who was being interviewed. In the phone conversation, Steve Crown mentioned that Celestine is such a wonderful musician and he really enjoyed working with her. Asked the number of collaborations ‘You Are Great’ hit maker has done so far, he said this is his first time collaborating with a gospel musician. He disclosed that he hasn’t regretted collaborating with a great Gospel Minister like Celestine Donkor. The title of their collaboration is ‘Bigger’ and it is enjoying massive airplay already. The song promises to be one of the biggest songs yet by Celestine Donkor. By:FESTUS A.HAMMOND (Intern)
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