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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 17 May 2018
The independent presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY) has described President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda as a mere rhetoric. In his view, the way the current president and his team are managing the country will make the agenda difficult to achieve. The President Nana Akufo-Addo some few weeks ago announced the creation of a 10-member committee to work out a charter in the next six months for ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda. The committee, according to the President would be chaired by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo and would comprise of three members each from ministries of finance and employment and labour relations, Organized Labour and the Private Enterprise Federation. JOY said, the agenda is good but that mantra by itself is a national security threat. It is not different from Nkrumah’s ‘the African man is capable of managing his own affairs which saw Africans overthrow him.'' The politician told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the mantra may have dire consequences for Ghana and the countries that have supported us over the years will frustrate the process. ‘’That is why everything is stalling in Ghana. The Ghana beyond aid mantra will encounter serious frustrations from our donors. They will frustrate the process,’’ he insisted. He added, what you will do is what will determine the success of the beyond aid agenda. He made reference to small scale mining and illegal mining and the poor way government is employing is solving it. Ghana will generate over $ 12 billion from the sector but look at how they are handling it. ‘’If you want to embark on a beyond aid agenda, it is not a rhetoric but strong policies,’’ he concluded.
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A Hawaiian volcano is blasting out "ballistic blocks" the size of kitchen appliances and the authorities are warning it could get worse. Since a new zone of Mount Kilauea began erupting almost two weeks ago, lava has wrecked dozens of homes and forced hundreds of people to be evacuated. An ash plume rising up to two miles (more than 3,000m) prompted officials to warn pilots to avoid the area. Quakes as strong as magnitude 4.4 have been felt on the largest island. The floor of the volcano's caldera (the bowl where lava erupts) is deflating, causing stress at the volcano's base. This is causing earthquakes and new fissures to open in the ground, and creating the risk of new, highly explosive steam-powered eruptions as the magma meets underground water. The ash plume can be seen from the International Space Station. Boulders of up to 2ft (60cm) were found a few hundred yards from the crater, reported the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. But it warned things could get much more dangerous. "During steam-driven explosions, ballistic blocks up to 2m (yards) across could be thrown in all directions to a distance of 1 km (0.6 miles) or more," it said. "These blocks could weigh a few kilograms (pounds) to several tons. Smaller (pebble-size) rocks could be sent several kilometers... mostly in a downwind direction." Lava, earthquakes and projectiles are not the islanders' only concerns:  Vog - volcanic air pollution - contains sulphur dioxide which can cause breathing problems and irritate the eyes  Ash - the area is already dusted with volcanic ash but authorities say this could get worse, posing risks to human and animal health, agriculture and power and water supplies  Disrupted transport links - a red aviation code has been issued, a warning to pilots to avoid the potentially damaging ash cloud. Hawaii is one of the world's most isolated population centres Source: BBC
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Popular song writer and musician, Akwaboah, has released his first album and has named it ‘Matters Of The Heart’. The album houses twelve complete tracks including a powerful gospel track in such soothing and extraordinary voice. In an interview on Rainbow Radio with Sokoohemaa Kukua, he explained that, he named the album matters of the heart to portray love and marriage stories. The album features artistes from Ghana, Nigeria and some other African countries like, Sarkodie, Strongman, Efya, Seyi Shay, txt etc. Gladstorm Kwabena Akwaboah Jnr., known by his stage name Akwaboah Jnr, is a Ghanaian singer-songwriter and producer from Mampong Beposo. He wrote "Daa Ke Daa" for Becca and"Ayeyi Ndwom" for DSP Kofi Sarpong. Both songs won their respective artistes' awards at the 2010 Ghana Music Awardswith Akwaboah subsequently being adjudged the "Song Writer for the Year" for"Daa Ke Daa". Akwaboah, who is a master keyboardist, has played for several local and international artistes including Hugh Masekela and John Legend, and has assisted several musicians to make it big in the industry. On the 14th of March talented singer, songwriter and producer Akwaboah was signed unto Sarkcess music, a record label owned by BET Award winner Sarkodie. Akwaboah also produced and co-wrote BET Award winner Sarkodie's fourth album Mary. By: Anita Ahenkorah (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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Pressure group OccupyGhana has written to the Central Bank demanding ‘’for copies of contract documents and agreements between the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and Sibton Switch Systems Limited in relation to the Mobile Money Interoperability contract abrogated by the current Government of Ghana. We specifically require documents relating to and surrounding the termination of the Sibton Contract.’’ The pressure group in the letter signed by Kwaku Segbefia said, is also requesting for ‘’…all relevant documents pertaining to the new contract signed with the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) to execute the Mobile Money Interoperability project.’’ Vice President Bawumia launched the first mobile money payments interoperability system in Ghana on Thursday 10th May, 2018. The system is expected to largely eliminate the difficulties associated with traditional banking services, and make banking services more accessible to the large unbanked population, estimated to be about 70%. Speaking at the launch of Ghana’s first private Third Party Processing Company, Payswitch, in Accra on Wednesday 16th May, 2018, the Vice President said Ghana’s system was unique, and the conclusion of the second phase would make it even more advanced. “What Ghana has done, which we did last week, has not been done in Africa” Vice President Bawumia declared. “We're doing something that is unique. We are allowing interoperability between the mobile companies, so whether you are an MTN, Vodafone Tigo or Airtel user, you can send money between these operators. That is the standard type of interoperability that you see for example in Kenya or Tanzania, but we went one step ahead of that. We brought in the banks so that you have the telcos and the banks, so you can send money from your mobile phone to your bank account and from the bank account to your mobile phone. That is something that is missing in other countries in Africa and Ghana is the first country to get there.” Below is the letter from Occupy Ghana The Governor, Bank of Ghana, High Street, Accra. Dear Sir, REQUEST FOR COPIES OF ALL SIBTON SWITCH AND GHIPPS CONTRACT DOCUMENTS OccupyGhana® respectfully writes to formally request for copies of contract documents and agreements between the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and Sibton Switch Systems Limited in relation to the Mobile Money Interoperability contract abrogated by the current Government of Ghana. We specifically require documents relating to and surrounding the termination of the Sibton Contract. We, additionally, request to be furnished with all relevant documents pertaining to the new contract signed with the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) to execute the Mobile Money Interoperability project. We further request to be furnished with all related tender documents and legal opinions obtained by you in relation to the above mentioned contracts between you and the two contractors (Sibton Switch and GhIPSS). We count on you to furnish us with the requested contract and tender documents no more than 14 calendar days after the date of issuance of this letter. We would appreciate it if your good office considers our request under the enshrined citizens’ Right to Information under Article 21 of the 1992 Ghana Constitution. Yours faithfully, Kwaku Segbefia, For OccupyGhana® CC: 1. Office of the Vice President 2. The Minister Jubilee House Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning, Ministries, Accra 3. The Chief of Staff Office of the President Jubilee House Accra
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Ghana now has the most advanced electronic payments system on the African continent, following the launch last week of the Mobile Money Payment Interoperability System, and this will allow for greater financial inclusion, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has declared. While some countries on the continent have the ‘standard’ mobile money interoperability system, which allows seamless transactions between customers of the various telecom service providers, Ghana’s system allows transactions between telcos as well as banks, making financial services more accessible to the populace. Vice President Bawumia launched the first mobile money payments interoperability system in Ghana on Thursday 10th May, 2018. The system is expected to largely eliminate the difficulties associated with traditional banking services, and make banking services more accessible to the large unbanked population, estimated to be about 70%. Speaking at the launch of Ghana’s first private Third Party Processing Company, Payswitch, in Accra on Wednesday 16th May, 2018, the Vice President said Ghana’s system was unique, and the conclusion of the second phase would make it even more advanced. “What Ghana has done, which we did last week, has not been done in Africa” Vice President Bawumia declared. “We're doing something that is unique. We are allowing interoperability between the mobile companies, so whether you are an MTN, Vodafone Tigo or Airtel user, you can send money between these operators. That is the standard type of interoperability that you see for example in Kenya or Tanzania, but we went one step ahead of that. We brought in the banks so that you have the telcos and the banks, so you can send money from your mobile phone to your bank account and from the bank account to your mobile phone. That is something that is missing in other countries in Africa and Ghana is the first country to get there.” Vice President Bawumia indicated that the second phase of the interoperability system would be fully implemented in about two months, with the tying-in of the National Switch & Biometric Smart Card Payment System, to complete the payment systems chain. “In the next couple of months we will be bringing in the e-zwich system to be part of it and we will complete the triangle between the e-zwich, the banks and the telcos. That is phenomenal, and in this context Ghana is arguably the leading country right now in Africa in the area of mobile payments interoperability. We have overtaken Tanzania, Kenya and other countries in this area.” Commending the Board, Management and Staff of Payswitch for the “tremendous work done”, the Vice President assured that the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo is committed to supporting start-ups through policies and programmes designed to ensure their success. “Government is poised to support start-ups and emerging technology firms who are daring to apply technology to tackle our everyday problems of doing business and in governing… Other countries have seen the growth of technology because their governments made deliberate efforts to promote local start-ups to flourish. The government of Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not be left behind.” He challenged industry players to take advantage of government’s programmes and policies aimed at boosting economic prosperity for businesses and individuals by collaborating to dominate key sectors of the national economy while engaging government when the going gets tough. “Most important, tell us what government can do to help this process” the Vice President urged.
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The Accra Circuit Court has acquitted and discharge six persons alleged to have aided seven inmates escape from the Kwabenya Police Station. George Yeboah, Edward Lartey, George Sarbah, Elvis Owusu, George Asante and Theophilus Bandah were set free after the court established that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie against them. The court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, however, ruled that the prosecution established a prima facie case against four others; Prince Osei, Nancy Dentaa, Kofi Seshie and Prince Kofi Acheampong, the other accused person. Mr Tandoh accordingly ordered them to open their defence and adjourned the case to May 23, 2018 Cell-break On January 21, 2018, seven inmates of the Kwabenya Police Station cell escaped from custody through a cell break carried out by six armed men. The cell break led to the death of a police officer at the station, Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi. The police were able to arrest four of the escapees, and nine people alleged to have aided them in their escape, but three of the escapees- Chibuzor Akwubu, Rockson Edem Dzigbede and Dickson Ofori, are still on the run. Giving more details of the cell break, the prosecutor, Superintendent of Police, Mr Kwaku Bempah informed the court that before the operation, two members of the gang had surveyed the police station by intentionally visiting the place to lodge a complaint. They complained that someone had borrowed their money and refused to pay, for which a policeman told them to institute a civil action at the court. “At that moment, the two signaled the rest who had laid ambush to launch an attack on the charge office. They shot Inspector Ashilevi, who was on duty. “They took the keys to the cells and released seven of the inmates, namely, Prince Osei, Atta Kwadwo, Chibuzor Akwubu, Emmanuel Kotey, Kofi Darko , Rockson Edem Dzigbede and Dickson Ofori,’’ he said. Source: GraphicOnline
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Political science lecturer at the University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mohammed Abass, says the Deputy Special Prosecutor nominee, Madam Cynthia Lamptey must be commended for her description of Mr. Martin Amidu as temperamental. The political scientist is also of the view that, the comments by Cynthia Lamptey to resign should she be sidelined was good. He was reacting to a question posed to him whether the comments by the nominee was in good taste. Appearing before the appointments committee of parliament yesterday [Wednesday], Cynthia Lamptey threatened to resign from her job if she is sidelined. “…If I should face something of that sort I will resign because I wasn’t put there just for a cosmetic sake. I was put there to work…“I cannot be a puppet over there,” she said. She also promised to obey ‘temperamental’ Amidu. “Thankfully I worked with him when he was deputy attorney general and when he became attorney general too I worked with him. He is a workaholic so if he gives you work and you do it, that is it. I wouldn’t sit here and go to an office where I will be given work and I wouldn’t do it. Because one day when he is not there, the work comes to you as the deputy. So I will do everything that I’m asked to do,” she told the Appointment Committee of Parliament during her vetting Wednesday. Responding to a question on how she will co-exist with her no-nonsense boss, she said: ” I have worked with him before and so I know how he works and who he is. You study the person and you know the person is temperamental so you also find ways to cooperate with him so that the work can be done”. Some analysts have expressed varied views that the comments by the lawyer with more 29 years working experience, will affect the working relationship with Mr. Amidu. But Mohammed Abass disagreed and described Cynthia Lamptey as a firm woman who can deliver on her mandate as the Deputy Prosecutor.
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International banker, Emmanuel Amoah Darkwah has admonished government to conduct a rigorous education campaign to help citizens appreciate and understand the electronic system of payment being introduced in recent times. In an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Kwame Tutu, the economist said although the electronic system being introduced is good, citizens lack better understanding hence the need to educate them to ensure the successful implementation of the various electronic payment systems. Mr. Darkwah said because majority of citizens lack understanding on economics of money, it becomes difficult for them to make use of the electronic processes. Speaking on the mobile money interoperability, he described the system as good since it forms part of efforts to make Ghana a cashless system but I will underscore the need for government to educate citizens to understand the systems. ‘’Ghanaians must understand and accept these systems. If they lack understanding they will not accept these systems, it will yield no positive impact. It is s step in the right direction but let us increase the education,’’ he added. Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has justified the reason why the governing NPP to review the controversial 4.6 billion cedis Sibton Switch System deal downwards, describing it as the right decision. Speaking at the launch of the Pay Systems Company Limited in Accra today [Wednesday], Dr. Bawumia said the country is getting more at less cost under the reviewed deal. “One company bid GHC 14 million and another company, for the same scope of work, bid 5 million Ghana cedis A third company, for the same scope of work, bid 4.6 billion Ghana cedis and guess who won? 4.6 billion cedis won that bid. “What are we trying to provide? And we have been able to do it for 4.5 million dollars and we have become the leading country in interoperability.”
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Zylofon Cash rescues Premier League

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has signed a five years contract (sponsorship package) with Zylofon Cash for the premier league. The ceremony was held at the plush Movenpick Ambassador Hotel here in Accra today [Thursday] May 17, 2018. The deal is reportedly worth $10 million over a five year period, with all 16 Ghana Premier League club’s expected to receive a combined sum of $2 million annually over the period. The league will now be known as Zylofon Cash Premier League, Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi stated. Chief Executive Officer of Zylofon Group, Nana Appiah speaking at signing ceremony said: ”Zylofon Cash has proudly taken a decision to be the headline sponsor of the Ghana Premier League. “We are aiming to use our brand to help the development of football in the country, and there is no better place to start than supporting the local league.’’
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The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has summoned the Minister of Interior, Ambruce Dery and Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul over the clash between some military officers and police personnel in the Northern region yesterday [Wednesday]. The two ministers are to appear before parliament by next week Tuesday May 21st, 2018, to brief the house on the issue and haw it's been handled. The ruling by the speakers was necessitated after the Minority Leader; Haruna Iddrisu expressed disgust at the issue. ‘’Mr. Speaker, I am inviting you so that the honourable Minister for Interior and the Minister of Defence will be obliged to come before this House and assure the public that we are safe and secured and in particular that the people of Tamale have no reason to want to live in fear and panic,’’ he stated. The situation he decried will lead to lawlessness and will make the public lose trust in both the military and police. Seven officers from the Northern Regional Police Command have been injured after a scuffle with their military counterparts on Wednesday. The police in the Northern region indicated that, one AC2 Eric Danso of the Air Force Unit of GAF had reported to the police CID on Wednesday as part of bail requirement but left the premises unnoticed after he was told he would be arraigned for court. Eric Danso was pursued by two police officers for re-arrest and could only be arrested few meters away from the Tamale branch of the Bank of Ghana, which coincidentally has a military post. Some other military officers who noticed how the colleague was being molested ” by police officers, the military men intervened to defend him and in the process injured the two officers.
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