The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will from Thursday, 19th July, 2018, to Wednesday, 25th July, 2018, embark on a 7-day tour of the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.
This tour comes on the heels of the President’s recent 3-day tour of the Volta Region, having visited earlier in the year, the Brong Ahafo and Western Regions.
The week-long tour will see the President visit the Bolgatanga Central, Bolgatanga East, Navrongo Central, Builsa North, Bunkpurugu, Nalerigu Gambaga, Walewale, Tamale Central, Karaga, Savelugu, Tolon, Yapei Kusawgu, Damongo, Wa Central, Daffiama/Buise/Issa, and Jirapa constituencies.
Beginning from the Upper East Region, President Akufo-Addo, will, in the two-day tour, inspect ongoing work on the Bongo-Balungu-Namoo-Zorko road; visit the 1-village-1-dam project site at Kuyellingo, in Bongo; inspect ongoing work on the Navrongo-Chuchuliga-Sandema Road; cut the sod for the construction of a new district police headquarters; and interact with chiefs and traditional rulers, amongst others.
Whilst in the Northern Region, from Saturday, 21st July, 2018, to Monday, 23rd July, 2018, is expected to cut the sod for the construction of the Nasia-Janga Road; inspect ongoing works on the Nalerigu/Gambaga town roads; cut the sod for the 1-village-1-dam Integrated Agriculture with Renewable Energy for Poverty Eradication (IAREPE) project in Savelugu; cut the sod for the construction of a district hospital in Tolon, and also inspect ongoing works in the construction of a warehouse there as well.
The President will also commission the Motor king assembly plant at Lamashegu, cut the sod for the construction of an accident and emergency centre at Yapei/Kusawgu, and will interact with Chiefs and traditional rulers in Damongo, Buknkrugu, and Nalerigu/Gambaga.
In the Upper West Region, the President is expected to commission the new Upper West Regional House of Chiefs building; commission the new library/Amatrol laboratory complex of the Wa polytechnic; inspect ongoing works at the construction of a multi-purpose Youth Development Centre in Wa; inspect ongoing works on the Wa-Han road; and commission projects at the Ullo Senior High School in Jirapa.
The President will end the tour on Wednesday 25th July, 2018.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has cut the sod for works to begin on the Grade Separation of the Tema Motorway Intersection as part of the Improvement of Ghanaian International Road Corridors project.
The Motorway forms an integral part of the Trans-Africa Highway, stretching from Lagos through Lomé, Accra, and Abidjan to Dakar, and effectively serves as the junction to the Sub- region.
Phase One of the Grade Separation project, which began in February 2018 and will last for 28 months, will see the construction of 2.1 km three lane Dual carriageway with 730m Underpass on the National route N1; Improvement of approximately 1.9km two lane Dual carriageway on the National Route N2 from the Ashiaman Roundabout onto the Harbour Road; construction of Service Road Ramps, retaining wall and box culvert, road base and pavement; construction of Pedestrian Bridges; and provision of adequate Road Safety furniture to safeguard lives and property.
Phase Two of the project commences after the successful completion of Phase One comprises the construction of a flyover on the Akosombo -Tema Harbour Road, according to officials of the Ghana Highway Authority.
The project will also conduct detailed design improvements for rehabilitation of National Trunk Road N8 in the Central Region.
The Japanese government is providing the funding of approximately $55.6m through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA).
Speaking at the Ground Breaking ceremony on Wednesday 18th July, 2018, Vice President Bawumia said the grade separation works were in line with Government’s agenda of enhanced national development through the provision of the necessary road infrastructure to facilitate the developmental goals and social aspirations of the people.
Hon Kwasi Amoako-Attah, Minister for Roads and Highways, explained that the Tema Motorway Grade Separation project was part of a larger undertaking to open up the road connection between Accra and the port city of Tema as well as open arterial roads within Tema.
“Let me assure all Ghanaians that this project is not a stand-alone one. It is going to bring a lot of benefits in two areas: It is going to create (1) what we call Tema Arterial Roads and (2) Tema Motorway Project. By the time this project
“By the time we complete the construction of this project the Tema arterial roads linking this roundabout to the ongoing port expansion being undertaken by Meridian Port Services would have come to an end. We are going to open up all arterial roads from this roundabout to link the port expansion project through the Tema Hospital road into a dual two-by-three lane road.”
He continued,“At the same time it will link Tema Motorway with the Tetteh Quarshie interchange in Accra, and the project is designed in such a way that by the time this particular project comes to a close the Tema motorway, as part of the Abidjan-Lagos project, which is being turned into a 6 lane dual carriage highway, would have also come to an end and it has been remodelled and redesigned to take the current congestion at the Tetteh Quarshie interchange.”
Hon Amoako-Attah expressed confidence that the completion of these projects would ease the terrible traffic congestion at the Tetteh Quarshe interchange because of the Accra Mall, and make travel on the International Corridor easier, to facilitate trade in the sub-region.
Madam Fafali Nyonator, a private citizen of the republic of Ghana has filed an interlocutory injunction praying the Supreme Court to restrain President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from appointing a new person to replace Mrs Charlotte Osei as chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
She filed the suit following media reports that President Nana Akufo-Addo will this week appoint a new Electoral Commissioner to replace Mrs Charlotte Osei who was removed from office together with her two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa on grounds of misbehavior and incompetence.
She filed the suit praying that President Akufo-Addo would be restrained until her earlier suit was determined by the court.
She is seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining President Akufo Addo from appointing any person to the position of chairperson of the Electoral Commission until that position has become lawfully vacant in accordance with proper processes and procedures as by law established.
The plaintiff is seeking “a declaration that the determination by Her Ladyship the Chief Justice of a prima facie case pursuant to Article 146 of the constitution for the removal from office of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission is inconsistent with article 130 (a) of the constitution as by the said determination Her Ladyship the Chief Justice usurped the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to construe and/or define the scope of application of the provisions of the constitution, particularly Articles 44 (2) and 146 thereof."
Madam Nyonator who filed the injunction suit today [Wednesday] is seeking the apex court to;
“a. A declaration that the determination by Her Ladyship the Chief Justice of a prima facie case pursuant to article 146 of the Constitution for the removal from office of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission is inconsistent with article 130 (a) of the Constitution as by the said determination Her Ladyship the Chief Justice usurped the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to construe and/or define the scope of application of the provisions of the Constitution, particularly articles 44 (2) and 146 thereof.
“b. A declaration that the Committee set up by Her Ladyship the Chief Justice pursuant to article 146 of the Constitution to inquire into the petition for the removal from office of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, exceeded its powers by construing, or defining the scope of application of, provisions of the 1992 Constitution, including articles 44 (2) and 146, and thus acted in violation of article 130 (a) of the Constitution by usurping the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to interpret the provisions of the Constitution;
The suit added “that in November 2017, the Her Ladyship Chief Justice (“Chief Justice”) established a prima facie case in respect of some of allegations made against Mrs. Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, as contained in a petition submitted to His Excellency the President of the Republic (“President”) for her removal from office as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
That subsequently, the Chief Justice set up a Committee pursuant to Article 146 (4) of the 1992 Constitution to inquire into the allegations for which a prima facie case had been established.
That in the Committee’s report dated 25th June 2018, the Committee recommended the removal from office of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei. (Annexed hereto and marked as Exhibit FN 1 are relevant extracts from the Committee’s Report).
Ghanaian rap sensational, Pop Skinny now AsoudenGod earlier today in an interview with Sokoohema on Daybreak Show on Rainbow Radio, has refuted the rumours that he was sacked from the Multimedia Group of Company from hosting 'Kasahari' level on Adom fm.
The CEO of Asuoden Empire said, his decision to host the 'Kasahari' level on Adom when Doctor Duncan left, was to help underground rappers hit the limelight.
"There are many talents out there that need to be helped out. I needed to help, and so when Doctor Duncan left off 'Kasahari', I held it up to keep the fire burning, but at a point I felt I was been left out from the rap game. So for now I have taken a break from hosting 'Kasahari' to focus on the rap thing, but I will go back for it", he said.
The pioneer in 'Akuapem' rap reiterated that Ghana's hardcore rap is dead and he is taking measures to revive it; and such, inspired his new single titled:'72 bars'.
The rapper expressed his appreciation to the ace broadcaster, Daddy Bosco, for giving him his first ever radio job on Adom fm.
"Daddy Bosco gave me my first job on radio. I once received a call from him that i should come to Adom fm; and surprisingly he introduced me to his boss, saying'this is Pop Skinny, the Rapper i told you he can host the 'Kasahari' level'show. And that is how I got to hosting Kasahari levels on Adom fm."
The rapper revealed that aside what is known out there, he is more attached to God than most know of him; and thus shared how he mostly meditate every morning with gospel songs.
"I always meditate in the morning with gospel songs; and often when travelling. My taste lie in the old gospel songs like Yaw Sarpong and 'Asomafuor' tracks."
He as well, extended a piece of advice to the youth, and thus said "...don't let any body fool you; especially the youth, there is only One God, and He does exist. The Almighty God talks to us, and we must open ourselves up to establish that relationship with Him."
When asked whether he has personal issues with Tictac, the rapper expressed that he need an apology from Tictac for calling him a snitch.
"TicTac called me a snitch simply because Shatta Wale is my friend. The fact that he has issues with my friend Shatta Wale does not mean he has to throw heat at me. TicTac has to apologise to me for calling me a snitch"; the Asouden God demanded.
By: Ibrahim Mohammed Atikutse (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Prior to the presentation of the mid-year budget by the finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) in Parliament, citizens throughout some of the regions in the country have aired their views on their expectations as far as the mid-year budget is concerned.
Citizens in the Brong Ahafo Region expect that there would be no tax increment on goods and services.
“When we go to sell our goods, there is low patronage due to the high prices. We are finding everything difficult. We plead with government to come and subsidize the taxes so that we would know that he has fulfilled the promise he made to us. If the President is not careful, we will vote him out of power”, they said aggressively.
Other fellows in the Western Region also hinged on the issue of tax that is awaiting increment. They also said that they would be happy if budgets for their bad roads are factored in the mid-year budget.
“Majority of Cocoa produced in Ghana come from the Western Region, but our roads are very bad’, they lamented.
Adding they said, “When there is an increment in tax then fuel prices go up. Increase in fuel prices also result in increase in transport fares and this does not help in the standard of living of individuals in the country.
“We also plead that the prices of cocoa produced in the Western Region would be increased since this is our only source of livelihood”, they stressed.
People in the Northern Region have also said that they expect that the funding of the free SHS would be exempted from the budget.
Explaining, they said that the inclusion of free SHS funding in the mid-year budget prevents government from running its affairs.
Central Region folks have also emphasized that if taxes go up, prices of goods and services will go up.
“Government should maintain the current tax value or increase the salaries of workers to be able to cater for the increment in the taxes. This they said can help individuals to maintain their standard of living”, they said.
People in the Greater Accra Region conclusively said that, they expect that government would reduce the monies invested in the free SHS, instead they suggested that government should concentrate more of health. They should focus resources to train more doctors, roads and infrastructure. The government should concentrate on also implementing social housing projects, they stressed.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The University of Ghana Medical Centre has been officially commissioned today [Wednesday].
Ghanaians took to social to demand for the immediate opening of the facility which is Africa’s Quaternary facility after was commissioned by former President John Dramani Mahama.
The facility, which was initially scheduled to open in November 2017, was kept locked to the public due to a tussle between the Minister of Health and the University of Ghana over who manages the $217 million facility.
But the facility has finally been operationalized.
Speaking at the official opening, Head of Capital Projects at the Ministry of Health, Ben Ampomah Nkansah, has said five additional health facilities will be completed and will be ready for use before the end of this year .
“There are about two regional hospitals and six district hospitals. As I speak to you most of them are almost at the level of completion. By November we will be looking at the completion of Wa Regional Hospital, Tepa District Hospital as well as Madina. Nsoko in the Brong Ahafo will also be completed. The other four which includes Twifo Praso, Salaga, Kumasi and Konogo is slated for completion by the end of first quarter of next year.”
On his part, the chair for the Interim Management Committee, Dr Asamoah Baah gave an assurance that the facility would not be managed like Ghana’s premiere Teaching Hospital, Korle-Bu.
The UGMC will adopt a better work culture to ensure patient satisfaction at the facility,’’ he said.
“Consistently we’ve been advised by different people that ‘don’t make this like Korle-Bu, so we are very keen that we establish a different culture. A culture that makes this place patient-friendly, that the patient comes first, a culture that is patient-centered where health workers have the right attitude and the right motivation to provide the highest level of services,” he said
. “But in order to make sure this does not become like Korle-Bu, it doesn’t just depend on health workers, it is important that we have the right people at the top, the right management. The health sector is not just money it is also with management and leadership so we want to establish that here.”
The 650-bed facility built at a cost of $217 million has been dormant for more than 18 months after the first phase of the project was inaugurated by former President John Dramani Mahama.
Meanwhile, Parliament has approved credit and commercial facilities totalling €47 million to finance expansion works at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).
The credit facility of €40.6 million is between the government and Bank Hapoalim B.M., while the commercial facility of €6.5 million is also between the government and Bank Hapoalim B.M.
Maverick Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has dared renowned journalist and Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Kweku Baako to deny he is into illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.
The legislator who has been on logger heads with investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas over his mode of exposing corruption said, Kweku Baako is deeply involved in illegal mining and allegedly fronting for a company called C&J Aleska Limited.
Appearing on Net 2’s National Agenda, the MP said, ‘’Kweku Baako should tell us whether he is not into galamsey. He should tell us whether he knows this company. He should tell Ghanaians and stop telling us ‘Smear campaign against C&J Continues…Two Cabinet Ministers Fingered’. Kweku Baako should come and tell us whether he is into galamsey or not… Let him come out, I will challenge him. They will see the kind of videos I will release.
Kennedy Agyapong is bent on exposing Anas because he claims the award winning journalist is corrupt and uses his investigative works to blacKmail people. Anas has since sued him for defamation and demanding for GHc25 million.
Meanwhile, the MP is praying the court to strike out the suit filed by Anas. The legislator through his lawyer, EricO. Darko of Darko Law Firm, is praying the court to strike out the writ of summons and statement of claim by Anas and consequently the entire suit because, according to him, the lawful attorney Anas has appointed to represent him, in the person of Listowel Yesu Bukarson is ''irregular, woefully incompetent and indeed vexatious.''
Pope Skinny, Ghanaian lyricist has challenged Sarkodie to a battle in the bid to unravel who is the best rapper.
The controversial rapper told Sokoohemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, fans of Sarkodie are trying to fuel something negative between them.
He said, Sarkodie knows what I can do. We are not fighting but Sarkodie knows what I can do. If they are doubting, they should call for a rap battle and lets see who is best. I am not sure Sarkodie will accept the challenge because he knows what I can do. ’’
He indicated that he started rapping for many years before Sarkodie started.
When asked if he will battle Sarkodie he said, ‘’I don’t battle. I murder. I will murder him. He [Sarkodie] knows what I can do. Every rapper in Ghana knows what I can do. When they meet me they give me accolades. They appellate me but they don’t do same when they appear in the media. I don’t rap, I spit bars.’’
He added: ‘’I am sure Sarkodie would not want to battle me. I am throwing the challenge but I am not sure he will come.’’
Pope added that critics who label him a mere rapper are people who don’t listen to his songs.
Mr. John Mahama, former president of Ghana, will lead a Commonwealth group to observe Zimbabwe’s general elections on July 30, the Commonwealth Secretariat has announced.
The secretariat, in a statement by its Media Division, said Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, would deploy Mahama to lead other eminent persons from across the regions of Commonwealth.
Zimbabwe is not a member of the Commonwealth. It withdrew from the organisation in 2003 after it was suspended for being in breach of the Harare Declaration, which sets out the Commonwealth’s core principles and values.
However, in May, President Emmerson Mnangagwa wrote to the Commonwealth’s Secretary-General, expressing an interest in re-joining the association and requesting the Commonwealth to observe its forthcoming elections.
The observation group’s report on the election would contribute to the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s informal assessment of whether Zimbabwe should be readmitted, the Secretariat said.
It quoted the Secretary-General as saying: “I am extremely pleased to be deploying a group to observe the elections.
“Its report on the electoral process will give member countries a clear view of adherence to Commonwealth values in Zimbabwe, including democracy and rule of law plus protection of human rights such as freedom of expression.
“Our heads of government have said twice, in 2009 and 2011 that they look forward to Zimbabwe’s return.
“I very much hope that the forthcoming election proves that the conditions are right’’.
Following the visit of a pre-election assessment team to the country in June, the Secretary-General has constituted a 24-member team of observers, led by Mahama.
The former Ghanaian president had previously led the Commonwealth teams observing elections in Sierra Leone and Kenya.
There are 23 presidential candidates in coming Zimbabwe’s election.
In accordance with Zimbabwe’s constitution, if no presidential candidate receives a clear majority in the election on July 30, a run-off vote will be held on Sept. 8.
The 270-seat House of Assembly is comprised of 210 members elected from constituencies and 60 women elected by proportional representation.
Commonwealth observers would assess factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process as a whole, the secretariat said.
They would consider the pre-electoral environment, voting process, counting and tabulation procedures and the announcement of results.
“The group is independent and will determine, in its own judgement, whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards of Zimbabwe’s election-related legislation as well as relevant regional, Commonwealth and international commitments.
“Observers will act impartially and will adhere to the standards of the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory,’’ the Commonwealth Secretariat said.
The Group would submit its report to the Secretary-General, who would send it to the Government of Zimbabwe, its Electoral Commission, political parties and all Commonwealth governments.
The report would then be made public.
The Observer Group would arrive in Zimbabwe on July 23 and would be supported by a nine-member staff team from the Commonwealth Secretariat, led by Katalaina Sapolu, Director of the Governance and Peace Directorate.
Ghanaian rapper, Pope Skinny has demanded for an apology from musician Tic who was formerly called Tic Tac for calling him a snitch.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on the mid-morning show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Pope Skinny stressed that, the career of Tic has hit the rocks.
According to him, there is no way Tic can compare himself to him [Skinny] because he is more talented then he [Tic] is.
When asked if Tic has done something to him hence his constant attacks on him he said, ‘’yes. He called me a snitch. He is not my friend. I have never being his friend and will never be his friend. Why should he call me a snitch? Do you understand the meaning of a snitch? I am demanding an apology from him otherwise it will be a different thing all together wherever I meet him.’’
He further disclosed that Tic has hated him because of Shatta Wale. ‘’Shatta Wale is my bosom friend and because of that, Tic has hated me. He is not in talking terms with Shatta Wale and because of that he is not in talking terms with me. Recently, he ordered that I should be removed from a WhatsApp group. I was removed from the group because VIP had issues with Shatta Wale. But later, Prodigal called me and apologized and as I speak with you, Prodigal is in good terms with Shatta Wale.’’
When advised him to sort things out with Tic he said, ‘’he should apologise to me. He is not my friend and I have not being his friend. He had a problem with Shatta and because of that, he attacked me.’’
In his view, Tic has lost relevance and due to that, he is trying to collaborate with the current shining artistes like Kidi so he will revive his dead career.