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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 05 April 2018
President Nana Akufo-Addo has described opponents who have accused him of trading Ghana’s sovereignty through the ratification of the agreement between Ghana and the United States government as ‘’reckless self-seeking politicians.’’ Breaking his silence on the issue through an address to the nation, the president admonished Ghanaians take issue with the front-line politicians who have sought to mislead the people of Ghana in this blatant manner, and those who, for mischievous purposes, leaked the document destined for the scrutiny of Parliament prematurely to a section of the media, who then went on to describe it as a “secret document”. “How could a document intended for the consideration of Parliament be described as a “secret document”? How could anyone who has been in government and run the administration of this nation feign ignorance of the conditions under which Ghanaian troops undertake peace-keeping operations, or the conditions under which our country has collaborated with major international institutions?” he asked. The President continued, “It is difficult to understand that such people, knowing what they do know, would set about so blatantly to confuse people, and go as far as calling for the overthrow of our democracy? A democracy that has become the beacon of good governance in Africa?” He was confident that this kind of cynical manipulation by “reckless self-seekers”, in the fullness of time, will be acknowledged and condemned by Ghanaians, stressing that “as the facts become clear and widely available, and as the people come to terms with the evidence, they will reject the falsehood and deliberate attempts to destabilize our peaceful country. Truth is sacrosanct.” President outraged In conclusion, President Akufo-Addo expressed his outrage at the defamatory comments from him political opponents, to the effect that Ghana’s sovereignty had been sold by his government and himself. “I will never be the President that will compromise or sell the sovereignty of our country. I respect deeply the memory of the great patriots whose sacrifice and toil brought about our independence and freedom. I have stood with you, the Ghanaian people, all my adult life, fighting for our individual and collective rights,” he said. He assured Ghanaians that “Everything I have done, since assuming the great honour and privilege of serving you as President of the Republic, demonstrates that I remain focused on building a self-reliant, free, prosperous Ghana, which will be able to make her own unique contribution to the growth and development of Africa and the world.” President Akufo-Addo, thus, urged Ghanaians to “concentrate and spend our energies on working together to achieve that goal of a happy and prosperous Ghana, and reject the hypocrisy of the naysayers who led our country into bankruptcy and the worse economic record of modern Ghanaian history. Let us rise above them, and build the Ghana of our destiny, the land of freedom, justice, progress and prosperity.”
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has affirmed, in no uncertain terms, that Ghana has “not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America.” According to President Akufo-Addo, “the United States of America has not made any request for such consideration and, consistent with our established foreign policy, we will not consider any such request.” In an address to the nation on Thursday, 5th April, 2018, the President stated that “in consideration of the realities of our circumstances and the challenges to peace in our region in our time, we have deemed it prudent to continue the Co-operation Agreement with the United States of America.” He was confident that the US-Ghana Military Co-operation Agreement “will help enhance our defence capability, and offer an important layer of support in our common effort to protect the peace in our region.” Explaining why his Government had departed from the previous norms of predecessor governments to keep military co-operation agreements entered into with the United States of America secret, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his government was of the view that such agreements should be subject to the appropriate scrutiny of Parliament, in consonance with the requirements of accountable governance and the teachings of the Constitution. “But for this decision to be open about this agreement, how else would we, the people of Ghana, have ever known that, for several decades, Ghana has had defence and security co-operation collaborations with the United States of America? How else would we have known that, in some instances, we have provided them with facilities for the movement of personnel and equipment to help some of our neighbours who were facing security and health challenges?” he asked The President continued, “And how else would we have exposed the unspeakable hypocrisy of the fraternity of some frontline politicians, who make a habit of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds, who secretly wallow in the largesse of the United States of America, whilst, at the same time, promote anti-American sentiments to a populist constituency?” 1998, 2000, 2015 Agreements Touching on the conduct of Ghana’s foreign policy, the President stated that the country’s foreign policy has been consistently bi-partisan, and no successor government has found the need to tamper with any Agreement of a non-commercial nature, entered into by its predecessor. He noted that “we respect the age-old norms of international diplomacy that, when a country has accorded concessions and privileges to another, these are not removed or altered by a successor government, unless, firstly, the conditions under which they were granted have been reversed; or, secondly, there is proven evidence of abuse.” The President explained his administration came to know that Ghana had entered into a Co-operation Agreement with the United States of America, in 1998, 2000, and under the government of my predecessor in 2015. His government was, nonetheless, satisfied that the conditions which necessitated the Agreements of 1998, 2000 and 2015, namely the creeping threat to the peace of the region, had not disappeared, adding that if anything, the threat had increased and, therefore, the need had arisen for continuing with the co-operation with the United States of America. President Akufo-Addo stressed that no suggestion had ever been made that the United States of America had abused any of the privileges or concessions granted under any of these agreements, and it would, thus, have been deemed an unfriendly act to attempt to deny them any concession granted them under the earlier agreements. Conditions of agreement Touching on the conditions of the Agreement, President Akufo-Addo explained that these conditions mirror closely the conditions under which Ghana participates in peace-keeping operations under the United Nations, citing the example that when Ghanaian troops go on most peacekeeping duties, they do not carry their national passports, but rather carry their military identity. Again, the President noted that quite apart from how this Agreement involves the military as an institution, it was worth pointing out that, virtually since independence, Ghana has had very fruitful relations with a range of foreign embassies and major international institutions. These, he said, include the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the African Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, amongst others. All these agencies enjoy similar conditions as those which the Co-operation Agreement offers to the US military here. “No one has dared suggest that granting these foreign embassies and international institutions these concessions constitute an attack on the sovereignty of Ghana. Nor has anyone also felt that the concessions have in any way worked against the interests of Ghana. Indeed, I have no doubt that it would be the general consensus of all well-informed Ghanaians that this nation has benefitted significantly from the presence and activities of these institutions over the past decades,” the President said. It was clear to President Akufo-Addo that, if the people of Ghana knew the conditions under which foreign embassies and our friendly international institutions operate in Ghana, nobody would have been surprised that a Defence Cooperation Agreement would make such provisions. “Such knowledge would have spared many citizens the genuine anxiety and concern they have felt about the Agreement. It is my firm belief that the case for openness and transparency in our governance has been clearly demonstrated, and the argument conclusively settled by these events,” he said. Reckless self-seeking politicians President Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians to take issue with the front-line politicians who have sought to mislead the people of Ghana in this blatant manner, and those who, for mischievous purposes, leaked the document destined for the scrutiny of Parliament prematurely to a section of the media, who then went on to describe it as a “secret document”. “How could a document intended for the consideration of Parliament be described as a “secret document”? How could anyone who has been in government and run the administration of this nation feign ignorance of the conditions under which Ghanaian troops undertake peace-keeping operations, or the conditions under which our country has collaborated with major international institutions?” he asked. The President continued, “It is difficult to understand that such people, knowing what they do know, would set about so blatantly to confuse people, and go as far as calling for the overthrow of our democracy? A democracy that has become the beacon of good governance in Africa?” He was confident that this kind of cynical manipulation by “reckless self-seekers”, in the fullness of time, will be acknowledged and condemned by Ghanaians, stressing that “as the facts become clear and widely available, and as the people come to terms with the evidence, they will reject the falsehood and deliberate attempts to destabilize our peaceful country. Truth is sacrosanct.” President outraged In conclusion, President Akufo-Addo expressed his outrage at the defamatory comments from him political opponents, to the effect that Ghana’s sovereignty had been sold by his government and himself. “I will never be the President that will compromise or sell the sovereignty of our country. I respect deeply the memory of the great patriots whose sacrifice and toil brought about our independence and freedom. I have stood with you, the Ghanaian people, all my adult life, fighting for our individual and collective rights,” he said. He assured Ghanaians that “Everything I have done, since assuming the great honour and privilege of serving you as President of the Republic, demonstrates that I remain focused on building a self-reliant, free, prosperous Ghana, which will be able to make her own unique contribution to the growth and development of Africa and the world.” President Akufo-Addo, thus, urged Ghanaians to “concentrate and spend our energies on working together to achieve that goal of a happy and prosperous Ghana, and reject the hypocrisy of the naysayers who led our country into bankruptcy and the worse economic record of modern Ghanaian history. Let us rise above them, and build the Ghana of our destiny, the land of freedom, justice, progress and prosperity.” Next
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has rubbished suggestions that the Defence Cooperation Agreement between Ghana and the United States government is an attack on the sovereignty of Ghana. He described the claims as misleading and unwarranted. The president believes the decision by his administration to present the agreement before Parliament, for ratification shows he did not want to secretly sign the document like his predecessors did. In his view, the agreement will enhance the contribution of Ghana towards peacekeeping across the world and sub-region. He also gave the assurance that, Ghana will not consider any request for the establishment of a military base in Ghana and the US government has not requested to establish a military base in Ghana. He also described as outrageous claims by his opponents that he has sold the sovereignty of Ghana through the ratification of the deal. The defence agreement was ratified by Parliament two weeks ago. The Minority side of the House staged a walk-out. The agreement is to reaffirm “the strong defense relationship between the parties based on a shared commitment to peace and stability and common approaches to addressing regional defense and security issues." It is also to “reaffirm the recent dialogue between the Presidents of the United States and Ghana on the importance of the bilateral defense relationship; and also “considering that, by arrangement between the United States and Ghana, United States forces may be present in Ghana in pursuit of common defense efforts, as well as to provide support to the security of United States Government personnel and facilities in the region.”
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The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of General Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has expressed his satisfaction in the conduct of schools partaking in the 2018 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). During a random visit to Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, Legon, Faith Community School at Madina and Achimota School in Achimota, the minister inspected the candidates and their invigilators in their assigned spaces. Last year, the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh warned headmasters and headmistresses not to prevent students who had failed to pay their fees from writing their WASSCE. Dr. Adutwum, referencing that instance, said he was happy that no such report had reached him, adding quickly that teachers and their heads should maintain that trend to ensure access for all. The deputy minister concluded by wishing the candidates the best of luck in their final examinations. Credit: MOE
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The Minister of Finance Ken Ofori -Attah has stated that the main priority of NPP government is to create more jobs for the youth in the country. Speaking at an event organised by "Alliance for Africa Think Tank" he said, the measures that NPP government led by president Nana Akufo Addo will use to reduce unemployment in the country, are removal of unnecessary taxes, planting for food and jobs, One District One Factory and the Nation Builders Corps which will be soon launched by president to employ more people in different sectors. He also added that the government will also help and support the private sector to create more jobs in the country as stated in 2018 budget. The Executive Secretary for IDEC, Emmanuel Tetteh on his part said, the government should empower the youth to create their own jobs rather than encouraging to depend on government jobs.
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ETHIOPIA has sold $56 million worth of bond to its diaspora population to finance a 6,450 megawatts dam being built on the Blue Nile River. Speaking to journalists end of March, Meles Alem, spokesperson, Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said Ethiopia aims to include the diaspora in nation building exercise with the bond sale. The bond sale to Ethiopia’s diaspora, estimated to number more than 2 million, covers a period close to seven years, ever since the construction of the 6,450 MW dam was started on April 1, 2011. Ethiopia has already collected several hundred million dollars from the public at home to finance the construction of the $4.7bn dam. Alem added that the Ethiopian government has helped form an association, Ethiopian International Professional Support for Abay (EIPSA), bringing economists, engineers and water experts of Ethiopian origin to provide technical expertise on the dam. Named Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and located in western Ethiopia, 40 km from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, it is the largest hydro project in Africa. Expected to be entirely financed with domestic funds, GERD has been billed as a landmark project signalling Ethiopia’s renaissance. Already a $1bn high voltage electric transmission line built by State Grid of China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company (SGCC) has been inaugurated, waiting for GERD’s total commissioning to be operational. Credit: Editorial Staff
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The Australian High Commission has confirmed that the Australian Border Force (ABF) cancelled the visas of several dozen travellers from a variety of countries, including Ghana, who attempted to travel to Australia posing illegitimately as journalists, athletes or officials. The Ghanaians, some of whom have since been deported travelled to the country in the guise as journalists to cover the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. However, officials of the Australian Border Force were reportedly not convinced about their reasons for travelling to the country or their claims of being journalists. This is because, although they possessed genuine visas, they did not have journalism equipment such as laptops, recorders, mobile phones and money required to cover the games. "While this situation is regrettable, anyone wishing to enter Australia, including athletes, team officials and the media, must hold a valid visa and accreditation and must be deemed to be a legitimate visitor," a statement issued by the Australian High Commission said. "The ABF is working hard to ensure smooth entry for legitimate Commonwealth Games visitors and for a safe and secure Games. According to the statement, the Australian High Commission will continue to liaise with relevant authorities from the Government of Ghana to get to the bottom of the issue. The first batch of the deported Ghanaians arrived in the country Wednesday night and the remaining are due in Accra in the coming days. Meanwhile, the Deputy Sports Minister Pius Hadzide, who has launched a probe into the matter has disclosed that the deportess received an endorsement from the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) before embarking on the trip to Australia. “I have spoken to the GOC, that is the Chef de Mission, on this matter, and their position is that they did not facilitate any such thing," Mr Hadzide said in an interview with Citi FM. “However my checks from the Games organizers in Australia indicate that the when they receive these nominations, they seek clarification and validation from the GOC before they are allowed to travel. “So as to whether someone was complicit or someone just didn’t do a good job we are still investigating,” he said. Source:GraphicOnline
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General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Asiedu Nketia, has alleged that some members of the various vigilante groups associated with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), have been admitted into the police service. Addressing a press conference to outline the party’s guidelines for the branch elections, the chief scribe of the umbrella family stated categorically that, some of these vigilante group members were part of the team that arrested the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, over his alleged treasonable comments. Mr. Nketia said these vigilante members were uniformed and handed guns and stationed at the CID headquarters on the day of Koku's arrest. He admonished President Akufo-Addo, to use his Thursday’s evening encounter on the US and Ghana military pact agreement. to address the issue he has raised. He also called on the president to comment on the recent attack on the NDC’s MP for Asunafo South, Mr. Eric Opoku, who was attacked at his private residence and property destroyed. The attack he lamented shows the failure on government to deal with the existence of vigilante groups and their lawlessness in the country. To him, it would be prudent for the president to either assure Ghanaians that he has ended vigilantism or support them. Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia noted that, there are a lot of issues calling for the intervention of the present and he would be expecting the president to use his evening encounter to address them. ‘’We are not happy about the security situation in the country…We are now at a peak where a sitting Member of Parliament has been attacked, his house vandalized, and his vehicles destroyed…We cannot bury our heads in the sun like ostriches and pretend that everything is well about the security situation in the country. We expect the president in his address to make a statement on this,’’ he said. He also appealed to the president to comment on the verbal attack on the military which came from Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament (MP), for Assin Central who referred to the PRO for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Colonel Aggrey Quarshie, as a fool. “He is a fool, ….if he knew what was going on in the military, he wouldn’t be going round speaking nonsense that he is a professional and that I can make all the noise.” “Are you my mate? If my people are not recruited in the military so what? Do you know how many people I have employed in Ghana? If he likes let him retire and come to me, I’ll give him a job to do. What work does he have to do if he leaves the military now? He can only be a security guard, useless”, he said. But reacting to the verbal attack on the military, the chief scribe of the NDC described IT as unfortunate saying, ''the nation deserves better than that and the nation cannot sit unconcerned when the military high command is subjected to such abuse.'' ‘’We expect the president not only to call him to order but assure Ghanaian that he will evaluate the content of his statements.’’
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Ghanaian highlife musician, Kwabena Kwabena has declined to comment on a prophecy given by Prophet Badu Kobi that, President Nana Akufo-Addo will only be a one term president. The musician told Fiifi Pratt on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he is a musician and will not engage in any political discussions. The founder and leader of the Glorious Waves Church International, Prophet Badu Kobi has revealed in an interview that, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will lose the 2020 polls if they should file Nana Addo as candidate because he [Nana Addo] is only a one term president. The prophet went on to state that the NPP may win the 2020 polls should they file Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as candidate. When asked to comment on it the musician who declared his support for Nana Addo is 2016 said: ‘’as far as politics is concerned, I only want to concentrate on music now. I am a musician and I feel I only want to concentrate on music.’’ Musically, Kwabena Kwabena said God has been good and so I will concentrate on my career and allow the politicians to concentrate on their politics. On the performance of the current president, he said his desire is to see the current administration succeed so his musical career will blossom.
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Ghanaian musician, guitarist, and an accomplished draftsman, Kwabena Kwabena, has described the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), as a ‘’private party’’ organized by a private entity for their personal gains. The musician in an exclusive interview with Fiifi Pratt on Highlife Paradise on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, he boycotted the awards scheme because it is not national in nature as depicted by the organizers. According to Kwabena Kwabena, he didn’t find it necessary to file for nomination for the VGMAs this year because it made no sense for a musician to file for a nomination before he is recognized. When asked if he will agree the scheme is a bogus scheme he said, ''I will not say it is bogus but it is not a national award. My worry is why we sat down and describe the award as national when it is not national. We have to dialogue on it and if it is going to be national, it has to capture every one. Why does is not capture traditional artistes. I don’t see it to be a national award. I see it as a private award.’’ He advised the organizers to sit down and restructure the scheme properly to reflect the national purpose. Kwabena Kwabena also described the production for the VGMAs as poor and using the Grammys as an example, he said, the one organized in 1975 is still a good content for people to watch but that of the VGMAs is nothing to write home about. He said, coordination, music and every associated with the VGMAs are not professionally done and so I will say that, the awards is a private party organized by an individual who invites friends to attend. The plagues presented to me in 2014 and 2016 are not in good shape and he cannot show them to his children because they were not professionally made, he added.
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