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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 04 April 2018
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commended the Public Utilities Regulatory for reducing electricity tariffs for residential, non-residential, mines and special load tariff customers, effective 1st April, 2018. According to President Akufo-Addo, towards reducing electricity tariffs, government, as set out in this year’s Adwumapa budget, Government proposed a review of the tariff setting methodology and cost structure of our energy production. This, the President said, resulted in the proposed reduction of electricity tariffs. “Happily, the PURC has taken forward the proposal of Government to make it effective. Residential customers, as from 1st April, are now enjoying a 17.5% reduction; non-residential customers have seen their electricity bills cut by 30%; the mines are now entitled to a 10% reduction; whilst special load tariff customers are also enjoying a 25% reduction,” he said. The President continued, “It is important, in the view of government, that we bring relief to the Ghanaian consumer and industry.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 4th April, 2018, at the Jubilee House, when he swore into office two members of the Board of the PURC. The President noted that, since its inception, the PURC, through the development of regulations, tariff setting guidelines, establishment of monitoring systems and, arguably, a transparent and independent tariff setting process, has contributed positively to the promotion and sustainability of competition, evident in the introduction of private sector investments in the utilities. Through this, he indicated that, the country has seen a marked improvement in accessibility to utility services. “However, one of the most notable functions as seen by most Ghanaians to be effectively discharged by the PURC has to do with the review of utility tariffs most often than not in an upward manner,” he said. The President continued, “It would appear that the other functions, primarily to do with the protection of the interests of the consumer and the delivery of quality service by utility providers, have been largely shirked by the PURC. This perception can no longer be allowed to fester. It must change.” The President, in accordance with Act 538, noted that the Ghanaian people demand that the PURC protect their interests as well. “In consonance with Section 13 of the Act, I urge you to ensure that, where a public utility provider fails to meet any required standard of performance, it is appropriately and duly sanctioned. The board has a duty to contribute to the development of a competitive energy sector, to drive the industrial and economic development of our country and at the same time, ensure that the ordinary Ghanaian has access to efficient, affordable energy,” the President added.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 4th April, 2018, at the Banquet Hall of Jubilee House, swore into office 5 new Court of Appeals Judges, in fulfilment of Article 144(3) of the Constitution. The five Justices, three men and two women, who were sworn into office by President Akufo-Addo, upon the advice of the Judicial Council, were described by the President as being “eminently fit and qualified for the position of Justices of the Court of Appeal, and have the independence of mind and impartiality of spirit to hold this high office.” They are Justice Nicholas Charles Abbey Agbevor, Justice Alex Berchie Poku-Acheampong, Justice Anthony Kwadwo Yeboah, Justice Merley Afua Wood, and Justice Amma Abuakwaa Gaisie. Describing the Judiciary as one of the most important arms of Government responsible for the preservation and longevity of the 4th Republic, the President noted that the 1992 Constitution affirms that final judicial power in the State is vested solely in the Judiciary, and not in any other agency or organ of the State, be it the Presidency or the Parliament. “It has, thus, onerous responsibilities to protect the individual liberties and fundamental human rights of citizens, to act as the arbiter in disputes between the State and the citizen, to act as the arbiter in disputes between citizens, and to serve as the bulwark for the promotion of the orderly development of our nation, and for the defence of the liberties and rights of our people,” he said. To the new Justices of the Appeals Court, the President urged them to bear in mind that the growth of Ghana demands that we have a Judiciary that commands the respect of the people by the nature of its delivery of justice, as well as by the comportment of its judges. “It is vitally important that we have judges who are honest, possess integrity and a sound knowledge of the law.Application of the laws of the land must occur, in the words of the judicial oath, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, and, therefore, without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land,” the President said. He continued, “When you fall foul of the law, we expect that they must be dealt with accordingly, and the law enforcement agencies, including you at the Appeals Court, must ensure this is done. We cannot have development, which will bring jobs to our youth, without order.” President Akufo-Addo indicated further that the strict application of the laws of the land would help restore confidence of the Ghanaian people in the Judiciary, following the recent, dramatic exposé of corruption in the Judiciary by one of the nation’s leading investigative journalists. “With the Special Prosecutor having been sworn into office, to ensure accountability of public officials, past and present, who engage in acts of corruption and financial malfeasance, it is my expectation that you help facilitate the work of this Office,” he added. President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of his government to build a new Ghanaian civilisation, where the rule of law is not a slogan, but an operating principle for the development of our State, where the separation of powers is real and meaningful, where public officials behave with honesty and integrity, where the liberties and rights of our people are fully protected, and where law and order provide a firm basis for our social and economic development.
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Government’s desire and ability to mobilise and maximise domestic revenue is an integral part of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has underscored. Thus, government is putting in place the necessary blocks, such as the issuance of a national ID Card, a National Digital Property Addressing System, and the use of a Tax Identification Number to access key services, to broaden the tax base and reduce the tax burden on the estimated 1.2million taxpayers supporting a population of about 27 million. The Vice President reiterated Government’s commitment to developing Ghana using domestic revenues and ingenuity at an ongoing Conference in Accra on Moving Ghana Beyond Aid - Revenue Mobilization in Accra on Wednesday April 4, 2018. The Conference, organised by the Africa Centre For Economic Transformation in collaboration with Ministry of Finance and the International Monetary Fund, is being attended by countries which have signed on to the G20-Compact With Africa (CWA) including Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia. Outlining a number of measures Government is implementing to strengthen the economy and boost domestic revenue growth, Vice President Bawumia said President Akufo-Addo’s vision of Moving Ghana Beyond Aid was not mere rhetoric but a reflection of the reality, as aid and donor fatigue grows. “Judging from our history and our vision for the future, there is no doubt that we need to rethink how we develop as a country. It has become obvious that, we need to be more efficient and effective in managing our resources to ensure rapid economic growth and transformation. “Going beyond aid is an inevitable conversation, and we can choose to confront it now or postpone it to our peril. “In fact, a greater illusion is for us to think that we can continue to build schools to educate our children, provide adequate health services for a healthy Ghana, provide safe and adequate water, provide sanitation services for a clean Ghana, provide law and order for a good society, on the inexhaustible charity of donor projects.” One of the key pillars of the vision of moving Ghana beyond aid, Vice President Bawumia reiterated, was to enhance domestic revenue, while pursuing a more transparent, prudent and accountable use and management of public resources. “For now, Ghana Beyond Aid is resting on five pillars: First, and most obvious, is to enhance domestic revenue mobilization. And we must do so in ways that do not undermine productive activities, or distort private incentives for work. “Second, is to encourage higher private savings as a source of loanable funds to support domestic credit and capital market, and expand financial inclusion. “Third, is to pursue a more transparent, prudent and accountable use and management of public resources. “Fourth, is to leverage our resources that are buried deep in the ground for development in more innovative ways than the conventional model of royalty and tax regimes. “Fifth, is innovative mobilization and use of external resources in the emerging development finance landscape.” Vice President Bawumia urged conference attendees to come up with new ideas and new and better ways of improving revenue collection. “How can technology help? How do we minimize human interface and the risk of collusive behavior in avoiding and evading taxes? I will encourage resource persons and participants to help us address these challenges. “Let me assure you that we are committed to implementing policies and operational steps that will put us on a sound footing to mobilize the required revenue for sustainable development.”
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The salary arrears due members of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) have been settled, Information Minister Dr. Mustapha Hamid has revealed. The Minister also posited that the strike action declared by NAGRAT was “dead on arrival." NAGRAT on Wednesday declared an indefinite strike action because their salary adjustments and promotions have not been effected since 2013 and until that is done; they will not go back to the classroom. President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu told journalists that members of the Association, are unhappy and incensed with the manner in which they have been treated. He said government’s promise of paying all the arrears when it took office in 2017 has remained just that, “little did we know that even the inclusion of it in the 2017 budget was only a red herring since not even a pesewa was paid to any teacher.” He also decried the lack of commitment on the part of government in fulfilling its promises to resolve their concerns. “Instead, what we see are orchestrations, tactics, and manipulations employed by the ministry of finance and the government for that matter to drag its feet and possibly refuse to pay the arrears at all.’’ He advised heads of institutions and departments not to yield to any so-called pressure from above in an attempt to intimidate teachers who are demanding for what is theirs to call-off the strike action. But the Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid who made this known said the arrears have been settled as of Wednesday April 4, 2018.
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Kwabenya fugitives’ case adjourned

An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday adjourned to April 5, the hearing of the case in which some armed men freed inmates at the Kwabenya Police Station after an attack on the station, killing a Police Officer on duty. All the accused were in court on Wednesday when case was mentioned. The facts of the case as presented by Prosecution led by Superintendent of Police, Kweku Bempah were that, the complainants are Policemen stationed at Kwabenya District Police station. Prince Osei, 25, is a scrap dealer living at Glefe Dansoman; Atta Kwadwo, 20, is a driver; and Kofi Darko, 25 also a trader living at Glefe, Dansoman. Nancy is 28 and lives at Dome; and George Yeboah is 30 and lives around the Graphic Road. Prince Kofi Acheampong is 32 and lives at Afienya; Edward Lartey is 20 and lives at Tema Newtown; Kofi Seshie is 28, George Sarbah is 23, Elvis is 31, George Asante is 33, whiles Theophilus is 25. Mr Bempah said on January 21, at about 0130 hours, a gang of armed men numbering six planned and attacked the Kwabenya Police station and freed their colleagues who were being held in detention for various violent crimes. He told the court that in execution of their plan, the assailants proceeded to the station whilst two of them who pretended to have a complaint to lodge, entered the charge office and told the counter Non-Commission Officer (NCO) that someone borrowed money from them and had refused to pay back. The counter NCO No. 43225 G/Cpl. Robert Owusu advised them to seek a redress at the civil court since the case they were reporting was civil matter, the two then signalled the rest, who had laid ambush within the premises, and launched an attack on the Policemen at the charge office. The prosecution said they shot Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi, who was on duty as a Monitoring Officer on the right buttocks, held the counter NCO, his counter orderly, the charge office guard, and the night investigator hostages. He said they took the keys to the cells and released seven of the inmates, namely, Chibuzor Akwuba, Emmanuel Kotey, Rockson Edem Dzigbede, Dickson Ofori, Prince Osei, Attah Kwadwo, and Kofi Darko. After the armed attack, the assailants fled the scene, the NCO and the night Investigator arranged for an ambulance and rushed Inspector Ashilevi to the Police Hospital for treatment, but they were referred to the 37 Military Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Source: GNA
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The White House has said the US military mission in Syria is coming to a "rapid end", but not announced a timetable for a full troop withdrawal. A statement said the Islamic State (IS) group was almost completely destroyed, and that the US would consult its allies regarding future plans. President Donald Trump declared last week that the US would "be coming out of Syria very soon". But advisers reportedly persuaded him that would risk a jihadist resurgence. A senior administration official told NBC News that the president had agreed at a meeting on Tuesday to keep troops in Syria for an undetermined period, but "wasn't thrilled about it, to say the least". "The president made his displeasure clear about any kind of long-term presence in Syria," the official added. The US has about 2,000 personnel on the ground in eastern Syria supporting an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). With the help of US-led coalition air strikes, SDF fighters have captured tens of thousands of square kilometres of territory from IS over the past three years. Source:BBC
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The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, has revealed that government's free SHS is a significant tool to eradicate poverty in Ghana thereby contributing to improved livelihoods among Ghanaians. She said this today April 4, 2018, during a one day sensitization workshop for MMDCEs in the three regions of the north held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale. The event was organized by the Secretariat of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program. The Minister explained that, education is crucial in the fight towards poverty eradication thus the free senior high school is keen in achieving this objective. Madam Otiko mentioned that, poverty is not for Ghanaians but rather a disease to Ghanaians which needs to be eliminated and for that matter the introduction of the LEAP program. She said, the program currently has over 213,044 beneficiary households across the 254 districts in the country which translates into about 937,904 individual beneficiaries. The Gender Minister underscored the need to support the LEAP program saying, the new direction of the LEAP program is in accordance to the vision of President Nana Addo and his government to build a Ghana beyond aid. In a related development, the Northern Regional Minister Hon Salifu Saeed has implored all MMDCEs to consolidate their successes and take the LEAP program to a greater height by working closely with stakeholders of the program to address the challenges faced by the program. Hon. Salifu Saeed recounted the importance of the sensitization workshop stating that it would enable MMDCEs to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills on the LEAD program. “As MMDCEs you need to possess knowledge and skills on LEAP program and have clarity of their roles and responsibilities in order to be able to discharge your duties towards a successful implementation of the LEAP program in your respective areas” He urged. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
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The Weija Gbawe Traditional Council has paid a courtesy call on the Greater Accra regional Minister, Ishmael Ashiety, in order to lobby for one Robert Nii Armah Tagoe, as Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the newly created Municipal Assembly. The traditional leaders on Wednesday called on the minister and admonished him to lobby on their behalf so their favourite would be appointed. Principal stool elder and spokesperson for the Traditional Council, Nii Kwatei told Rainbow Radio’s Fiifi Ankomah that, the one to be appointed for the newly created assembly, should be an illustrious son of the area. The appointee he said should be accepted by all and well known and from what they have gathered and concluded, Robert Nii Armah Tagoe, remains the best choice. He told our reporter that, the nominee who has been endorsed by the council, distinguished himself as a former Assembly Member for the area and also a son of the soil. Robert Nii Armah Tagoe he added will work to ensure the one-district-one-factory policy of government is realized. He expressed optimism the appointment of their candidate will help the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) fulfill their campaign promises in the municipality. When asked the response from the minister, he told the reporter that, the minister told us he does not have any influence when it comes to the appointment of the MCE. However, he promised to convey our request to the president and will furnish us with any information when necessary.
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The Public Relations Officer (PRO), for the Ministry of Health has admonished unposted nurses to exercise patience as government is working around the clock to get them posted. Mr. Robert Cudjoe, said, at the last picketing organized by the nurses, they were promised to be posted by March this year. However, speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the nurses will start working this year and that, the promise given them was not emphatic for them to start in March. He emphasized, we call not go ahead and post the nurses without financial clearance from the Finance Ministry. The number of unposted nurses he said is so huge and we are working hard to get the over 20,000 nurses posted. ‘’We are on it and definitely they will start working this year,’’ he added. Meanwhile, President for the unposted nurses, Samuel Asante, says he cannot fathom why the ministry has started shifting the goal post. He said the nurses were given an assurance that they will be posted by end of March. According to him, it does not augur well for them and the leadership of the unposted nurses, is engaging with the ministry to ensure their processes go through and members posted. The group he stated has given the ministry a week ultimatum to see what the turnout would be before they will decide on the next line of action. Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, at a news conference in February, said the Finance Ministry has given clearance for them to be employed. He however did not state specifically which month they will be engaged. “This year, government is employing 32,000 health professionals, and out of that 27,000 are nurses. The 32,000 are graduates from 2014 to 2016, who are going to be employed, these are people who were left unattended to by the previous administration and we are going to employ them.”
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NAGRAT declares indefinite strike

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has declared an indefinite strike action with effect today [Wednesday]. At a press conference, NAGRAT said their salary adjustments and promotions have not been effected since 2013 and until that is done; they will not go back to the classroom. President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu told journalists that members of the Association, are unhappy and incensed with the manner in which they have been treated. He said government’s promise of paying all the arrears when it took office in 2017 has remained just that, “little did we know that even the inclusion of it in the 2017 budget was only a red herring since not even a pesewa was paid to any teacher.” He also decried the lack of commitment on the part of government in fulfilling its promises to resolve their concerns. “Instead, what we see are orchestrations, tactics, and manipulations employed by the ministry of finance and the government for that matter to drag its feet and possibly refuse to pay the arrears at all.’’ He advised heads of institutions and departments not to yield to any so-called pressure from above in an attempt to intimidate teachers who are demanding for what is theirs to call-off the strike action.
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