United States Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson has posited that the decision by the US to slap Ghana visa restrictions is neither a threat nor a hasty decision as suggested.
According to him, the US is only enforcing its immigration laws and that, the over 7,000 Ghanaians who are facing deportation orders have either overstayed their visas or violated US laws.
He told Accra based Citi Fm that, said the US has maintained a very cordial diplomatic relation with Ghana and has always sought to deport Ghanaian citizens who have overstayed their visas or broken US laws to be deported in a very safe way.
He said Ghana is currently reneging on its legal obligation to issue travel documents to Ghanaians under deportation orders which will allow them to be deported via commercial flights.
He also revealed the number of Ghanaian deportees is the 6th largest in the world.
“The United States in Ghana have a great relationship. It is unfortunate that almost 7,000 Ghanaians are facing deportation from the US because they have overstayed their visas or broken US law. We have been working with the government of Ghana my entire time here to repatriate people in the most humane way possible,” he said.
“The statement that the embassy issues saying that Ghana could face visa sanctions is not a threat, and I don’t want it to be a threat. What I want is for the embassy of Ghana in the United States to interview one person facing deportation and issue one travel document every business day. If the Embassy does that, we will solve this problem. It is not any more complicated than that. We’ve gone public because we see a few travel documents being issued and it stops,” he added.
He added: “Just as Ghana deports people, the United States also have the right to deport people. I’ve been talking with the government of Ghana about this for over two years. This is not [a] hasty [decision]. I talked to Members of Parliament. I talked to people in the old government; I talk to people in the current governments. I am acting on instructions. This is not something I am initiating. We will enforce our immigration laws.”
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has refuted claims that has failed meet its obligations under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAD).
The Ministry in the statement said it ‘’continues to engage its Missions in the United States of America on the matter and has already communicated their concerns to the US Embassy in Ghana about the need to do due diligence and establish the nationalities of the deportees before they are issued with travel documents.’’
A meeting between the government of Ghana and officials from the world football governing body, FIFA has been successful, a tweet by the Ministry of Youth and Sports has said.
The Ministry says Ghanaians will be duly informed over what transpired at the meeting held today [Friday] at the appropriate time.
There was an attempt to postpone the meeting, however, the delegation from FIFA was already in the country and in the bid to accord them the needed respect, the meeting was held.
The fear of a possible ban due to the intended dissolution is also out of the question and will not happen, information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com has indicated.
The meeting was held between FIFA and government but there was no GFA official at the meeting, we also gathered.
Present at the meeting were Godfred Yeboah Dame, Samuel Abu Jinapor, Isaac Asiamah, Sports Minister and Frank Quist as well as the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid.
The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of TUC has held a press conference in Accra(CMB) expressing their fear in the demolition exercises by Ghana Railway Corporation (GRC) which has created their total evacuation. This exercise is geared towards promoting the railway business. Speaking on Nyankonton mu Nsem this afternoon (Friday), the branch chairman, Atta Frimpong said that, the Ghana Railway Corporation has sold all the lands to private individuals who in turn have constructed stores in which they work. “We have been on this land long before these stores were built.We weeded this land many years ago on which we have been working. As a station, we have 27 lorry stations which makes use of over fifty routes to nine of Ghana’s regions which has contributed immensely to the development of the country”, he stressed. Adding, he said that after some time if there is no response, they will continue to press on because this issue is causing great distress to them. There also a big pipeline which is now leaking as a result of the construction of these stores, he lamented. He therefore pleaded that government should come to their aid to relieve ‘’us of all our problems, he pleaded. Greater Accra Regional Chairman of GPRTU, Mr. Emmanuel Ankrah, has confirmed that the land at Accra(CMB) on which these drivers work is a property of the Ghana Railway Corporation (GRC). Mr. Emmanuel Ankrah said that the management of GRC should have given these drivers an earlier notice since they have been working there with them for a very long period. He added: ‘’we have been there for a very long time. If GRC wishes to use their lands, they could have communicated with us for us to come to a compromise.There was a very big pipeline laid there which serve some parts of Ghana with water and if buildings are now been built there, it will not augur well, he said. Government should come into this issue for us to render good services to Ghanaians, he stressed By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, is furious and agitated over the invitation extended to him to appear before the privileges committee over alleged contemptuous comments he made about the House.
He has also threatened to give Muntaka Mubarak, the Minority Chief Whip a showdown for reporting him to the House over his alleged comments.
He is also threatening to expose the Asawase MP over information he [Muntaka] allegedly asked him [Agyapong] to give to Ursula Owusu-Erkuful during the vetting period.
Kennedy Agyapong has been dragged before the privileges committee for allegedly describing parliament as a useless house.
He is expected to appear before the committee on Tuesday June 26, 2018.
But even before he appears before the committee, the MP is already furious and threatening to give Muntaka Mubarak a showdown for reporting him to parliament.
According to him, the Minority MP failed to tell parliament what necessitated his action.
‘’If Muntaka wants a showdown with me, I will give him a showdown. And I want to remind him, during the vetting; what he told me to go and tell Ursula.’’
Mr Agyapong who is the chairman for Parliament’s Communications Committee was angry and cautioned the MP not to provoke him.
Meanwhile, Muntaka Mubarak has expressed his readiness to appear before the committee and support them in probing the matter.
‘’I am not aware that I have to show up on Tuesday. But I respect Parliament and so I will show up on Tuesday. What is painful is that, there are some parliamentarians who only consume any information and don’t even read it, don’t digest it and only consume information and call for it to be sent to Privileges Committee,’’ he said.
The MP reiterated he does not just talk but speaks with hard facts and will on Wednesday June 27, 2018 show ‘Who Watches the Watchman’, the video meant to reveal his allegations of corruption against Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The Staff Unions of the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority (GPHA) have apologised and withdrawn allegations they levelled against the Board Chair of the Authority, Peter Mac Manu.
The staff in a statement signed by Henry Papa Oppong and Maxwell Cudjoe, apologized for the 'embarrassment and inconvenience' they have caused to Mr Manu and his family.
‘As a Union and social partner with a common objective of working together with management towards achieving the objectives of GPHA, we had some serious concerns about the happenings in GPHA which we were not happy about,’
‘After the press conference, it has come to our notice that we did not engage management as we should have done before holding the press conference,’ the statement said.
Mr Manu was last month accused by the staff of engaging in alleged corrupt deals.
Mr Manu was also accused of breaching procurement processes for his personal benefit, so they impressed on the president to dismiss him.
However, the GPHA Board Chair described the allegations as lies.
He later demanded for an apology and retraction from the staff through his lawyers.
Chairman of the Senior Staff Union of the Authority, Joseph Aseeph, who addressed the press today [Friday] apologised to Mr Manu and his family.
‘Some facts have come to our notice which on hindsight, we should not have brought into the public domain against Mr Mac Manu and his family at our press conference,’ the union said.
The Privileges Committee of Parliament will on Tuesday June 26, 2018, sit to consider the alleged contemptuous comments by the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong.
This was disclosed by Minority Chip Whip, Muntaka Mubarak who is also the MP for Asawase in the Ashanti region.
‘’I am very hopeful I will appear before the committee and testify in the matter pending before it. The language he used was unguarded. To describe Parliament as a useless house was distasteful. How can you describe Parliament as a useless House? I don’t think this Parliament is useless.’’
In his view, attacking the House and the Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, was not the best.
Meanwhile, Kennedy Agyapong has apologized to the Majority leader but reacting to the apology, Muntaka Mubarak says he is expecting the embattled MP to show remorse.
‘’I hope his demeanor before the committee and an apology may inform the committee on the decision to take. My prayer is that, he is our own and if indeed he is remorseful, the Committee and the House will forgive him. But if he appears before the committee and remains adamant and insist he was right, then his apology will not be accepted. I hope his apology will be sincere so the House will forgive and it will serve as an example for others.’’
The legislator told Rainbow Radio’s parliamentary correspondent, Naa Darkuah Doodo that, although he believes some of the issues normally raised by Kennedy Agyapong, the insults and unwarranted attacks makes it difficult for him to support him.
He added, if not because of the behaviour of the loud mouth law maker, by now he may be holding a position in parliament due to his experience in the House.
‘’Kennedy Agyapong is always insulting people. That is not the best. I pray he will turn over a new behaviour and desist from insulting people…He should not be the one who should be doing what he is doing. He would have been holding a position if not for his behaviour, he is a senior MP and his level of experience should have guided him to desist from engaging in such acts’’ he suggested.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is challenging the decision by government to dissolve the body following the latest expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Lawyers for the FA in their response to the Attorney-General said the GFA was not established in the interest of the public hence could not be dissolved since it was established in the interest of its members.
The lawyers said GFA as a limited liability company cannot be dissolved by government as planned.
Paragraph seven of about 83-page-response read: “interest” in the activities carried out by Respondent’s members (football clubs) in their associative relationship with one another in the form of a company limited by guarantee, is narrowly limited to the emotional attachment and the joy that the football activities carried on by Respondent’s members bring to them, but such members of the public have no legal or equitable interest in any of Respondent’s members or Respondent itself for that matter.
The response from the lawyers further indicated that the AG’s petition was in response to the video of the then president of the association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, where he allegedly took bribes.
Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned few weeks ago and apologized to President Akufo-Addo, his Vice Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for using their names in the video to allegedly solicit for financial gains.
He is currently under probe cy the CID for allegedly defrauding by false pretenses.
A group calling itself Cape Coast Youth Development Association, a non partisan association, has threatened to embark on a demonstration if the Atta Mills Memorial Library is not opened.
The group in a statement said the intended six anniversary celebration of the late Mills will be needless with the library shutdown.
‘’We don't see the reason why the 6th anniversary will be celebrated, when a memorial library constructed in his honour has been locked since its construction,’’ the statement said.
‘’This action has become necessary since both the NDC government and NPP government have all refused to take bold steps to ensure that the library is opened,’’ it added.
The Atta Mills Library is closed due to lack of funds.
The contractor who worked on the project is said to have locked up the place and taken the keys away, denying the university access to the two-storey building situated opposite the Cape Coast Castle.
The library has a 100-capacity auditorium, 45-seater multi-media centre, seminar rooms and a museum that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late President.
The edifice also has a virtual sound room that echoes the voice of Prof. Mills in his memorable speeches and images that bring to life his sojourn as a celebrated academic, keen sportsman, humble politician, devout Christian, servant leader, President and peace-loving Ghanaian.
Read Below the full statement
PRESS RELEASE !! PRESS RELEASE
OPEN ATTA MILLS LIBRARY NOW OR WE DEMONSTRATE - CCYDA
We the members, of the Cape Coast Youth Development Association, a non partisan association, that see to the development of Cape Coast youth, are calling on the government and local authorities to ensure that, the Atta Mills Memorial Library is opened to the public before celebration of the 6th anniversary of the former President is organized or we demonstrate.
We don't see the reason why the 6th anniversary will be celebrated, when a memorial library constructed in his honour has been locked since its construction.
This action has become necessary since both the NDC government and NPP government have all refused to take bold steps to ensure that the library is opened.
Very soon, Ogua Fetu Afahye will be celebrated and this will bring lots of tourists to Cape Coast who after visiting the castle will like to pass by the library, which is just opposite the Castle, we are therefore calling on Authorities to open the Library before Oguaa Afahye is celebrated else we will demonstrate.
We can't sit idle and watch this beautiful edifice go to waste especially as it is situated closer to the sea.
Great fisherfolks before the construction use to mend their nets at the place, before they agreed to moved away because they taught the place was going to be used for a profitable venture which can equally benefit the development of Cape Coast as a whole, but what do we see now? a white elephant .
We are calling on government to as a matter of urgency open the edifice else we will demonstrate.
Last year, the library was opened, and just after the celebration of the anniversary it was closed again, seriously they are taking the people of Cape Coast for granted. Therefore as a sign of seriousness we want the place opened by the end of the month.
We should remember that the man was a president of this great nation, and we see it as a disgrace to the nation therefore we want the place opened, to redeem the name of "asomdwe hene"late pres. John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills. Thank you
Deputy Chairman ( Capecoast Development Youth Association)
The head of NADMO for Greater Accra Mr. Evans Anakwa, has directed residents around the Weija Dam to relocate with immediate effect.
The directive follows planned spillage of the dam.
In an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the NADMO officer said, due to the torrential rains in the past weeks, the dam is filled above its normal level.
According to him, the current water volume of about 47 feet is spilling through four gates.
More water he noted will be spilled if the level keeps rising.
He expressed worry about citizens who stay close and are always affected saying they will call on the NADMO officials once again to come to their aid after the dam is opened and they are tired because the citizens have been told to evacuate and relocate but they have refused.
He therefore called on the authorities to help enact the laws on the airline demarcation that will help evacuate citizens living around the dam.
“This will help them have the authority to demolish buildings around the dam area to prevent loss of lives and problems whenever the dam is opened annually” he said.
He advised citizens around the dam area to evacuate or relocate to prevent loss of lives, properties and stay safe.
By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
A 38 years old woman at Tano South in the Brong Ahafo Region is reported to have killed her husband.
Popularly known as Maame Adwoa Bene, Adwoa Mansa is reported to have struck her husband.
When he fell, she allegedly stabbed him with a knife and then stoned him to death.
Reporting, District Police Commander for Tano South Electoral Area, Superintendent Abraham Bansah said that, the police was informed at about 7am yesterday [Thursday] about the unfortunate incident.
The incident is reported to have been caused by an exchange Adwoa Mansa had with her husband, the deceased, Kwaku Sah over food.
The suspect claims her husband slapped her and she does not know what happened afterwards, he explained on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
“When we went to the crime scene we saw the metal, knife and stones that were used”, he emphasized.
Adwoa Mansa has currently been arrested and kept in police custody whereas her husband has been sent to the mortuary awaiting autopsy to establish the main cause of his death.
Concluding, he said investigations are still ongoing and updates on the issue would be communicated whenever any unfold.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)