President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered for the dissolution of the board of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company.
A statement signed by the Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, and copied to his Deputy Ministers, noted among other things that the dissolution should be done in accordance with the provisions of the “company’s regulations.”
The board has been at logger heads with Frances Essiam, the CEO of the company. She has been accused of unilaterally contracting a loan to pay workers’ February salary without the board’s knowledge and approval.
Six of the nine-member board recently voted in favour of Ms Essiam’s suspension at a meeting held outside the premises of GCMC due to a lock-out on the orders of the embattled CEO.
River Oda at Anhwiankwanta in the Bekwae District has over flooded its banks following continuous heavy downpours which has destroyed over thirty houses and displaced over 105 persons.
Residents claim the construction of a fishpond around the area, has resulted in the flooding which is troubling the residents over the past 3 years.
Explaining, Rainbow Radio’s correspondent, Kwabena Amoateng said, the residents weren’t facing these challenges when there was no construction of a fish pond there.
They have therefore pleaded with the leaders to speak with the owner of the fishpond to address this issue on their behalf.
Speaking to the District Caretaker, Kyei Baffour said they have put some measures in place to address the issue to curb other disastrous unforeseen circumstances.
Expressing his concerns about the issue, he urged the residents that they would take some drastic steps as soon as possible to solve this problem and expressed his deepest condolences to those who have lost their homes because of the heavy downpours.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
National First Vice Chairman Aspirant of the NPP, Michael Omari Wadie has presented a petition to the President and Acting Gen. Secretary regarding the voting pattern proposed by the electoral commission to select 1st ,2nd and 3rd National Vice Chairpersons for the NPP scheduled for 6th-8th July at Koforidua.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5 this morning (Wednesday), Chairman Omari Wadie said that his petition was to bring to fore the consequences that may result from the alteration of the voting process.
The voting process, he said over the years would allow delegates to vote for 1st, 2ndand 3rd National Vice Chairpersons on the ballot paper.
Afterwards, it would be tallied to bring out the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd chairperson positions respectively.
The alteration seeks to allow delegates to vote for only the National 1st Vice Chairman on the ballot paper.
The old system he said should be maintained.
His petition, he added has taken back intentions to alter the voting process.
He finally thanked all delegates for the warm reception in the constituencies and said he will never disappoint them when elected.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
National Communications Officer for NDC and National Organizer aspirant, Mr. Solomon Nkansah has expressed his concerns with the allegations by Owusu Bempah claiming the members of the party are the murderers of the former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
He said that the main reason why Islam dominates in Africa is because Christians do not follow the rules and regulations as stipulated in the bible.
He would not accuse any pastor as being fake but it becomes mind boggling when these same pastors debunk tax payments in the country.
Adding, he said that these taxes according to some pastors are being spent by the President and some government officials.
These same pastors are the very people who take huge offerings in their churches for their personal gains, he stressed.
If Ghana is densely populated by Christians, there is the need for Ghanaians to read and understand all that the bible projects, he added.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Court of Appeal has dismissed the stay of execution application filed by the National Communications Authority (NCA) following the injunction against the Kelni GVG deal.
According to Graphic Online's court reporter, Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson, the Court of Appeal on Wednesday re-affirmed the injunction against the Kelni GVG deal.
Subah Infosolutions filed a suit challenging the deal and subsequently applied for the injunction which was granted.
The NCA filed for a stay of execution.
Some residents of Adoagyir, Akwamu, Owuraku and Ntoaso in the Eastern region Wednesday morning demonstrated against the former first lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings claiming that she has illegally given out their lands to KOANS Estate without their knowledge.
The aggrieved residents are saying that they feel cheated over the act since no consultation was done to that effect.
They are also alleging that, on 22nd February, 1977 the erstwhile Supreme Military Council compulsorily acquired a land by executive instrument E.I 31 State Lands (Nsawam site for Pineapple production) instrument, 2977 containing an approximate area of 635.20 acres at Nsawam in the Eastern region.
They have accused KOANS estate of using land guards to constantly terrorize them.
The residents presented a petition to the municipal Chief Executive for the area demanding that the former First Lady surrender their lands to them or face a series of action against her.
The MCE, Isaac Kojo Buabeng advised the residents to exercise restraint and allow the law to work.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, to lead the Ghanaian delegation for a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa, on the invitation of its President, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa.
The purpose of the visit is to deepen further the already strong relations that exist between the two countries, as well as explore other areas of co-operation to their mutual benefit.
The President will return to Ghana on Friday, 6th July, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, honoured Ghana’s first 10 Foreign Service Officers at an event at Jubilee House.
The 10 Officers, 8 of whom are dead, are Harry Reginald Amonoo, Frederick Sigfried Arkhurst, Kwaku Baprui Asante, Frank Edmund Boateng, Kenneth Kweku Sinaman Dadzie, Abraham Benjamin Baah Kofi, Alexander Quaison-Sackey, Henry Van Hien Sekyi, Richard Maximilian Akwei, and Ebenezer Moses Debrah.
According to President Akufo-Addo, these 10 young men had the onerous responsibility of advancing and promoting the image of a country which had recently gained independence, and was leading the struggle for liberation of Africa from colonialism and imperialism.
“They were the most visible symbol of our country. Prior to their selection, they were subjected to the most rigorous of selection procedures, which ensured that their appointments were based wholly on individual merit, and not on ethnic, religious or political affiliations,” the President said.
Fondly remembered as the “G-10”, President Akufo-Addo noted that the 10 persons served Ghana with distinction and dedication, and left so many identifiable diplomatic achievements and landmarks, that have served to enhance the image of our country.
“They achieved legendary status in the annals of Ghana’s public service. The present generation of Foreign Service Officers should emulate them, and draw the required inspiration from their legacies with the determination to match, if not excel their enviable records,” he added.
History, the President indicated, has it that the “G-10”, as individuals or as a collective, represent, arguably, the best collection of diplomatic talent that Ghana has ever assembled and possessed.
“It is also a view held by many that, because of their achievements, Ghana has become well-known and well-respected all over the world. Successive Ghanaian diplomats, as a result, have been inspired to enhance further our country’s position amongst the comity of nations,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, through its proposed Foreign Service Institute, for incorporating into its proposed training curricula, the study of the achievements of the “G-10”, with the view of producing other distinguished Ghanaian diplomats.
He also expressed the gratitude of the Ghanaian people to the families of the 10, especially their spouses and children, who supported them throughout the tenure of their assignments, both from close quarters and from afar, as they criss-crossed the world in the service of the country.
“Ghana is proud to have received from your loved ones the quality of dedicated service, which has enabled us to become the heirs of a country that enjoys international respect and an enviable diplomatic recognition. I think it fitting that they should be so honoured, as they have been today, even if, in the majority of cases, posthumously,” he added.
About the G-10
The late Ambassador Alex Quaison-Sackey, who served as the first African President of the United Nations General Assembly, at its 19th session, from 1964-65, is credited with having introduced the notion of “consensus”, which has since become a favourite word, especially in multilateral diplomacy.
The late Ambassador Ken Dadzie’s name continues to reverberate within the circles of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from where he, if fate had been kind to Ghana earlier, could have risen beyond being the first African Secretary-General of UNCTAD, perhaps, to becoming the overall head of the United Nations, even earlier than our illustrious compatriot, Kofi Annan.
Having opened Ghana’s Diplomatic Mission in Moscow in 1960, the late Ambassador F.E. Boaten worked at the Foreign Ministry between 1962 through to 1966, when he was elected the Secretary-General of the “Accra Assembly”, which gave birth to a peace initiative known internationally as the “World Without the Bomb”. He subsequently served at the UN in the capacity of Permanent Representative of Ghana, and was named by the UN as one of 27 Eminent Personalities on Disarmament, with his name featured in the “Who is Who” publication of that period.
The late Ambassador Fred Arkhurst, who joined the Foreign Service of Ghana, after having obtained a First Class in Economics in Scotland, subsequently served at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), then headed by another eminent Ghanaian, Dr. Robert Kweku Atta Gardiner, regarded easily as the official with the record of longest service at UNECA. Ambassador Arkhurst devoted his life, after retiring from the Ghana Foreign Service, naturally to the writing of books and other engagements within academia.
For the late Ambassador K.B. Asante, his diplomatic life was centered on multilateral engagements, having served mostly in Europe, where he focused on the latter’s relations with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and on the European-based UN Institutions. On his return to Ghana, he became a public figure, who was eager to engage, publish, inspire and promote social, political, academic, media and other related causes.
The late Ambassador Amonoo, remembered for the role he played as Secretary to the Aburi “Conference on Nigeria and Biafra” in 1967, became a distinguished representative of Ghana, especially during the time he served in Ethiopia where he became Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity’s Committee on Refugees; Member of the OAU Restructuring Committee; and Vice-Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
The late Ambassador Henry Van Hien Sekyi was the quintessential scholar, with an exceptional musical talent. As an astute diplomat, he gave distinguished service at key bilateral Diplomatic Missions of Ghana in Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. Popularly referred to as “Sir Henry”, he was one of the Foreign Service Officers who accompanied our first President, Kwame Nkrumah, on his ill-fated trip to Hanoi in 1966. In retirement, he became the first Ambassador-In-Residence at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD).
The late Ambassador Abraham Benjamin Baah Kofi is remembered for the key assignments he played, especially on the eve of the formation of the OAU, when he was sent, in the company of the late George Padmore and the late Mr. Ako-Adjei, Foreign Minister, to confer with several African Heads of States, on the issue. He also accomplished, with distinction, his assigned task of opening a number of Ghana’s Diplomatic Missions.
Ambassador Richard Akwei, beyond his distinguished service as the fourth Permanent Representative of Ghana to the UN, became the Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission and, thereafter, became the Commonwealth representative for the training of prospective young diplomats for South Africa.
Ambassador E.M. Debrah is a familiar face in the Foreign Ministry where he has operated as a “Consultant-In-Residence”. As Ghana’s first Ambassador to Ethiopia, a Conference Room has been named after him in the new Foreign Ministry building.
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Abraham Amaliba, has described the newly appointed 4 Supreme Court judges by President Akufo-Addo as qualified individuals.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, all the four appointed judges are qualified for the job.
President Akufo-Addo has appointed four persons as justices of the apex court.
They are: Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau, Justice of Appeal; Justice Agnes M. A. Dordzie, Justice of Appeal; Prof. Nil Ashie Kotey, former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon; and Nene A. 0. Amegatcherr, Private legal practitioner and former President of the Ghana Bar Association.
Commenting on the names and their capabilities, the lawyer said, Justice K. Marful-Sau and Justice Agnes M.A Dordzie are Court of Appeal judges and there is no reason why they cannot be Supreme Court judges unless on matters relating to conduct and I have not heard anything bad about their conduct and so on the face of it, they are qualified.
On Nene Amegatcherr and Professor Kotey he said, ‘’as for qualification, they are qualified. But we will now be watching their judgements and look at it and see if they can do the job. But for qualification, I am of the view that, they are qualified.
The president in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament said: "Upon receipt of the Judicial Council's advice and in accordance with my duty under Article 144 (2), I consulted with the Council of State by submitting the names and curricula vitae of the nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court," President Akufo-Addo's letter to the Speaker of Parliament stated. "The Council of State has notified my office that the consultation process for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court is now complete," it added. "I am therefore in accordance with Article 144 (2) seeking the approval of Parliament for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court. Their curricula vitae are hereby attached." "Mr Speaker, it is my respectful hope and expectation that the approval of the nominees will proceed expeditiously, to enable them to assume office as soon as practicable.’’
There are now 12 justices at the Supreme Court. They are the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo, Mr Justice William Atuguba, Mr Justice Julius Ansah, Mrs Justice Sophia Adinyera, Mr Justice Jones Dotse and Mr Justice Anin Yeboah. The rest are Mr Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Mr Justice A.A. Benin, Mr Justice Sule Gbadegbe, Mr Justice Yaw Appau, Mr Justice Gabriel Pwamang and MrsJustice Vida Akoto Bamfo.
The Member of Parliament for Banda constituency, Ahmed Ibrahim. has expressed disgust at the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta for failing to appear before the House whenever he is billed to appear.
The legislator who was furious told Rainbow Radio’s parliamentary correspondent, Afia Kwarteng that, it has become usual of the minister to absent himself whenever he is billed to appear before the house.
He also lamented over the attempt by some Majority members including Dr. Akoto Osei to apologise on behalf of the minister.
‘’You have accepted to work as Finance Minister but you are always dodging when it is time for you to appear before the house. Since we came to this house, he has never appeared. They are always asking Akoto Osei to apologise and lay his papers for him. The work of the Minister for Finance is important when it comes to the business on the floor of the house. We cannot continue to accept his apologies and if is incapable, he should resign and allow someone to take over.’’
‘’If are always dodging and the Speaker is always calling on ministers to appear before the House, then it means you don’t have any respect for the speaker. Why is he dodging? He should let us know why he is dodging.’’
Mr. Ahmed raised this concern on the floor of parliament, when the minister for finance who was expected to assist in laying a paper on Commercial Facility Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and Bank Hapoalim B.M. of Israel for an amount of €6,520,000 to finance a turnkey project involving Expansion Works at the University Hospital in Legon, Ghana, failed to appear.
Mr.Ofori-Atta, dedicated one of his Deputy ministers, Abena Osei-Asare to represent him in laying of the loan facility.
Mr Ahmed Ibrahim added that, he has never seen an absentee minister like the type of Mr Ken Ofori Atta, in all his years in parliament.