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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Monday, 30 April 2018
But for the time timely intervention of Haalifax Ansah Addo, musician Wisa Greid, would have spent two years in jail after failing to raise an amount of GHc8, 400 after he was found guilty by an Accra High Court for removing his manhood in public in 2015 during a stage performance. The court further indicated that, Wisa admitted to showing his penis on stage in his initial statement to the police but stated that the supposed manhood was a dildo during the trial. He was found guilty of gross indecency during his performance at the ‘Decemba 2 Rememba’ concert at the Accra International Conference on December 24, 2015. The court in its ruling said the Accra International Conference Center was a public place thus found Wisa Greid guilty of the offence and sentenced him accordingly. He was however unable to raise the money but newly appointed Head of Communications for Zylofon Cash and Zylofon Events, Halifax Ansah Addo bailed him out with GHc10,000. According to Halifax Ansah, all efforts to reach Wisa Greid and his Management team proved futile so in his fervent wish to save the young artiste from perishing in jail, he contacted Attractive Mustapha who was in court to witness proceedings that led to the judgment.
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CLOSSAG decries interference from gov't

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), has accused government of interfering r in the structure of the Civil Service. The Association at a press conference today [Monday] expressed worry over what they termed as breaches of employee privacy, audit-related infractions and the culture of recruiting special assistants, among others. It has therefore given government two week ultimatum to recall all civil servants compelled to proceed on leave in favour of hired special assistants. They also accused the Finance Minister Ken Ofoori Atta, of recruiting outsiders to play critical roles in the ministry. Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, Dr. Isaac Paul Bampoe Addo, said “these issues border on the excessive use of political power to obstruct laid down procedures and processes in appointments and administrative matters.” “There are situations where some ministers have assumed administrative responsibilities and signed letters to civil servants for them to proceed on leave. Where some of these civil servants were deemed lucky, they were side-lined by special assistants of these ministers to encumber their positions.” CLOSSAG has also called for ministers who employed services of internal auditors which was in a “clear violation of procedures in the civil service,” to be punished. “Through such consultancies, private individuals and companies have gotten access to confidential information on workers within the civil service. Now, it is a common phenomenon from our members to receive telephone calls from some companies or enterprises,” Dr. Bampoe concluded.
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Political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mohammed Abass, has posited that the defeat chalked by some big shots at the regional level by some aspirants of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is not surprising. He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the shock some former executives including Bugri Naabu, suffered in the Northern region may repeat itself at the national level. He explained, because we are in a democratic state, anything is possible when parties go the polls to elect officers. He charged the so-called big wigs in political parties not take delegates or party supporters for granted because when they do that, these party supporters will punish them at the polls. Mr. Abass said political leaders usually ignore the grass root when they get the opportunity to lead them. He underscored the need for political leaders to appreciate the role of the grass root. ‘’This is a lesson for the big wigs in the party because what affects the grass root, is the true measure of their democratic nature or reputation rather than feeling they are on top,’’ he added.
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The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP,) has slammed the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), for suggesting that, President Nana Akufo-Addo has approved of same sex relationship. The opposition leader, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, on Saturday alleged that, the president has approved of same sex relationship. He made the allegation at Kumasi where the party held its unity walk on Saturday. But reacting to the claims by the chief scribe of the NDC, Acting General Secretary for the NPP, John Boadu, described Mr. Nketia as a liar and has asked him to focus on uniting his party. He said: ‘’On Asiedu Nketia, who also spoke at the event, where he stated categorically that the Nana-Addo led NPP government had legalized homosexuality, allowing for same sex marriage in the country, the party would ordinarily not respond to a character like Asiedu Nketia who has reduced an otherwise serious business of politics to comic relief. But we are minded to respond to him because of the position he holds unfortunately. In doing so, we wholly associate ourselves with the befitting response he got from the Communications Directorate of the Office of the President in a statement issued same day. The statement reads in part, “Speaking at the NDC's health/unity walk, on Saturday, 28th April, 2018, in Kumasi, the NDC General Secretary is reported to have stated that "Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women." This is nothing but a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana. For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, "men will marry men, and women will marry women". Indeed, the President remains focused on delivering on his mandate, and improving on the quality of lives of the Ghanaian people. It will NOT be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalized in Ghana. We will neither ask for an apology or retraction from the NDC General Secretary, who, obviously, is still stuck in the age of the politics of lies, deceit and propaganda, which was rejected decisively by discerning Ghanaians in the 2016 general elections. We will rather appeal to Ghanaians to, once again, ignore the falsehoods of the NDC, and urge Mr. Asiedu Nketia to concentrate his energies on uniting his divided and discredited party.” There can’t be a better response to Asiedu Nketia's lies.’’
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The Ghana Police Service says it is following due process to weed out the bad nuts in the service to ensure it protects its integrity. Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the service, ASP David Eklu, told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the police service have an effective monitoring system in dealing with personnel who misconduct themselves. He called on the general public to trust the police because its patrol and response systems have improved significantly. He indicated that, the service have professional personnel who abide by the ethics of the profession despite the bad ones involved. The recruitment processes have also been reviewed and made rigorous to ensure only disciplined persons are employed. The condition of service for the police personnel he said is not the best ‘’but that should not justify reasons why some bad nuts will engage in robberies or the sale of guns to armed men.’’ ASP Eklu, underscored the need for a scientific study and hardcore evidence to help the police weed out the bad ones from the services. He called on the public to send the police a Whatsapp message or video of any personnel who misconduct themselves on duty. The WhatsApp number you can reach them on is 0206639121. You can also call them on 18555 to lodge any complaint. In 2017, twenty -one police personnel were dismissed for various offences. Thirty seven were also reprimanded while thirteen were reduced in ranks. The offences bothered on robbery, delay in investigating, abuse of office among others.
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The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has cautioned all aspiring candidates in the upcoming national elections, to desist from initiating legal action against the elephant family when they disagree with the outcome of the polls. Acting General Secretary for the party, John Boadu, at a press conference warned that, any aspirant who fails to use internal means to resolve any challenge and resort to court, will be prevented from contesting for any position in the party. He was emphatic that, the NPP will tolerate any form court cases against it by any aspirant when the appropriate systems have not been exhausted. He said: ‘’members who wish to contest any position must report their grievances to the channels the party have created before going to court else that person will not be allowed to contest any position in the party.’’ Mr. Boadu also announced that, any aspirant vying for any position should be a member of the party for five or more years and in good standing. Per the constitution of the NPP, a 5 member committee shall be constituted to stir the affairs of the elections. The elections have been slated for June 15-17th, 2018 at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
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Mr. Emmanuel Eduah Offoh, former chairman, TOR and member of the General Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union and a member of the Trades Union Congress has bemoaned the poor conditions of Ghanaian workers. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, he said the unemployment rate in the country is still growing high. He has therefore admonished government and the private sector to create more jobs to help reduce the rate of joblessness in Ghana. He said, our main target is to call on government and employers to create more jobs to reduce the rate of unemployment.’’ He told the host that, the creation of jobs will help Ghana meet the sustainable development goals which promotes decent jobs for people. Mr. Offoh went on to decry the negative effects of outsourcing of staff for companies adding, it is not helping because it is not beneficial. Outsourcing of jobs is rather increasing rate of jobless and so we will call on government to help address that. He was speaking ahead of the 2018 May Day Celebration. Goal 8 the sustainable development goals encourages countries to ‘’Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.’’ It is expected that by 2030, countries will be able to ‘’achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.’’ Countries are also expected to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms by 2020. As well as ‘’Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.’’ Targets set for countries include Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries; Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors and Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.
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An Accra Circuit Court has fined Ghanaian artiste, Eugene Ashie popularly known as Wisa Greid, an amount of Ghc 8,400 with a default sentence of 24 months for gross indecency. According to the presiding judge, Mrs. Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, there were inconsistencies in the police statement and the account Wisa gave during the trial. The court further indicated that, Wisa admitted to showing his penis on stage in his initial statement to the police but stated that the supposed manhood was a dildo during the trial. He was found guilty of gross indecency during his performance at the ‘Decemba 2 Rememba’ concert at the Accra International Conference on December 24, 2015. The court in its ruling said the Accra International Conference Center was a public place thus found Wisa Greid guilty of the offence and sentenced him accordingly.
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Acting General Secretary for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has lambasted former President John Dramani over his comments on the approach adopted by government in the fight against illegal mining. According to Mr. Mahama, the government’s deployment of a joint police and military task-force to rid the country of the illegal small-scale miners is counterproductie. “…it is true that if we don’t do something about it, it will destroy the environment. But we need to apply wisdom. Because we’ve chased young people involved in illegal small-scale mining with soldiers in the past in this country but it didn’t work.” “But if we put a blanket ban and send soldiers after the young people, that is not the way to go. As you stop illegal small-scale mining, at the same time you must put in place a livelihood package so that as you are displacing people from illegal mining, they have something to do….But when there is nothing to do but you are just chasing them, shooting them, it is not the way to go,” he said. “We [NDC] decided that we will bring a new mining law that will regulate galamsey that persons who do it well will be able to sustain themselves…So immediately, the [Akufo-Addo] government must look at these regulations and come up with good policies so that those who want to do it, will do it within the law,” he added. But reacting to the comments by Mr. Mahama, John Boadu said, the former president should be cautioned because he may soon promise to free jailed criminals. He was disappointed in Mr. Mahama for expressing such sentiments when he failed to crack the whip on illegal mining and instead of appreciating his [Nana Addo's] efforts, you are rather dabbling in unnecessary politics, he added. ‘’If you don’t speak to Mr. Mahama to stop these kind of politics, he will soon promise to release jailed criminals when he gets the opportunity as president for the republic,’’ he noted.
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Government has been urged to allow small miners to lift the ban on small mining and issue a poor characterization and reclamation policy. Geologist John Asafo Akowuah, in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the ban is rather depriving people of their jobs. Small scale mining he posited goes on in countries across the globe but because these countries have proper structures in place, they are able reclaim all these mined lands. He believes activities of small miners create jobs hence the need for government to regularize their activities instead of placing a ban on it. He called on miners to also employ services of geologists to help them with their operations. He is also calling for an intensive education on mining and the impact it has on our natural resources so they will have the requite knowledge. In his view, when they get the knowledge, they will engage in responsible mining which will in turn reduce the negative impact on our lands. Small scale mining he suggested contributes 30 per cent to the natural resources mined a figure he added cannot be generated by the mining giants in the country. He stressed, a comprehensive characterization exercise is essential for all types of geotechnical projects in the mining and sector. Mr. Akowuah is also a mining and environmental specialist. Worked with New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral resource. He worked with the United States Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Abandoned Mine Lands. Following the widespread devastation of water resources and forest reserves as a result of the activities of illegal mining, government, in January 2017 placed a ban on small scale mining for a period of six months. The ban was however extended in October 2017, for another three months, which ended in January 2018. But speaking at an awards ceremony by the Bureau of Research, Governance, Commerce and Administration, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu explained that his outfit had to extend the ban again after small scale miners failed to meet the target set for them to have it reviewed.
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