Alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Friday staged a demonstration in protest against decision by the school to turn the Katanga Hall which has been an all male hall into a mixed hall.
The demonstration started from the Kwame Nkrumah circle and ended at the Education Ministry where they presented a petition to the Ministry of Education.
In a report filed by Rainbow Radio’s Daniel Asuku, the Alumni resisted the decision and has called on authorities of the school to rescind the decision with immediate.
Reasons assigned towards the directive by the school they complained were not justifiable enough.
They asked the University immediately consider other alternatives including the construction of new hostels to accommodate female students.
The Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh in July this year backed the decision.
Speaking at the 52nd Congregation Ceremony of the University said he fully supports the decision.
“Recently in Unity Hall, there was a demonstration because the University had attempted to make it a mixed hall. I received the protest notes but my conscience told me if there is any hall that can be made a mixed hall it is of course of Unity Hall… If we want to create an equal, level playing field we cannot insist that Katanga or Unity or any hall should be reserved for a particular group. So Katanga, take the women, be bold.”
But the Alumni of Katanga and Unity Halls have opposed the decision, describing it as an attempt to promote a culture of silence at the school.
The University Hall popularly known as Katanga was built to commemorate the attainment of University Status of the then Kumasi College of Technology and officially named “University Hall”. It was dedicated by Mr. Kwaku Boateng, the then Minister of Education, on January 19, 1963.
Zambia's former African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, has been banned for two years by world governing body Fifa.
It follows a Fifa investigation into his links to banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin HammamFifa's Ethics Committee said Bwalya, a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee member, was banned for two years from "all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level".
Fifa said in a statement it had been investigating the 54-year-old since February 2017 "focused principally on benefits that Mr Bwalya had received from Mr Bin Hammam"."The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Bwalya guilty of having violated article 16 (confidentiality) and article 20 (offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the Fifa Code of Ethics.
"A fine in the amount of 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,600, £78,900) was also imposed on Mr Bwalya," the Fifa statement added.
Bwalya was voted African Player of the Year in 1988 by Caf and later went on to be coach of the Zambia national team and president of the Zambian Football Association.
He was not immediately reachable for comment.
Mr Bin Hammam was banned for life from football by Fifa in 2011 for his part in a cash-for-votes scandal.
President Trump has doubled US tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium, as the precipitous fall of the Turkish lira accelerates.
In a tweet, Mr Trump said the currency was weak against "our very strong dollar", adding that "US relations with Turkey are not good at this time".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech that the drop was part of a "campaign" led by foreign powers.
The lira has lost around 20% of its value in the last 24 hours.
It had already fallen more than 40% in the past year.
In a televised speech on Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on citizens to exchange foreign currency and gold for lira, calling it an "economic war".
"This is a domestic and national struggle." he said, as the lira continued to fall.After he spoke, Mr Trump tweeted that aluminium tariffs "with respect to Turkey" would be raised to 20% and steel to 50%.
The reaction from global currency markets to the rift between two Nato allies caused the euro to slump to a 13-month low and pushed the dollar to a one-year high.Shortly after Mr Trump's tweet, Mr Erdogan spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A statement from the Kremlin said the two leaders had discussed economic and trade ties.Officials from Mr Erdogan's office said the two men had "expressed pleasure" that relations between Turkey and Russia were progressing "positively" amid joint defence and energy projects.
Diplomatic relations between the US and Turkey have declined since the failed 2016 Turkish coup.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 10th August, 2018, at the start of his 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region, cut the sod for the commencement of the Kumasi roads facelift project.
The project, funded by the Government of Ghana, Road Fund and the French Development Agency, will ensure that 260 kilometres of roads within the Kumasi Metropolis, Ejisu Juaben, Sekyere East, Bekwai and Mampong municipal areas, witness major improvements.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo noted that the present state of roads in the Kumasi does not befit its status as Ghana’s 2nd largest city, the reason why Government is committed to improving quickly the condition of the roads in Kumasi, and by extension in the Ashanti Region.
That is why Government, through the Ministry of Roads and Highways, has begun work on some critical roads in the region.
These include the Kumasi Drainage and Roads Extension Project, which involves the construction of the lake road into a two-by-two dual carriageway, from the Coca Cola bottling plant to Dompoase junction; lining of the Sissai River for two kilometres, to reduce the incidence of flooding; construction of critical bridges and footbridges over the Sissai river to connect communities along the river; and asphaltic overlay of ten kilometres of roads within the project area.
Additionally, the President indicated the facelift project will involve the rehabilitation of 100 kilometres of roads within Kumasi and Mampong, and the construction of over 100 kilometres of highways and feeder roads in the Region, all funded by the Sino-Hydro facility.
The project, he added, will also take into account the remodelling of the four roundabouts, between Ejisu and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and also asphaltic overlay on 135 kilometres of roads within the Kumasi Metropolis, to deal with the issue of potholes, and, thereby, give the roads in the Metropolis a new lease of life.
“Let me use this occasion also to announce that, before the end of this year, construction works will begin for the dualization of the road from Accra to Kumasi,” President Akufo-Addo said, much to the delight of the gathering.
On other road projects in the offing include the construction of the Tamale interchange, which will be the first interchange in the North, the construction of the Suame Interchange, the PTC interchange in Takoradi and the completion of the Sofoline project.
President Akufo-Addo urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways and its implementing agencies to ensure that adequate and proper supervision is given to all the works being undertaken, and, thereby, guarantee value for money.
“I urge all those whose properties might be affected by the various projects to co-operate with the Ministry of Roads and Highways and other relevant state institutions in accessing the compensation due them. We shall ensure that fair and adequate compensation is be paid to all persons and properties that shall be affected,” he added.
These projects, the President said, represent an exciting phase in the infrastructural development not only of Asanteman, and, but, indeed, of the entire country.
“We are on the cusp of a bold, new beginning, and I urge all Ghanaians to join hands with Government as we strive to bring progress and prosperity to all parts of our country,” he added.
Prior to the ground-breaking ceremony, President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to inform him of his 5-day tour of the Region, and the activities he will be undertaking whilst in the Region.
The Asantehene, on his part, thanked the President for the gesture of his visit, and wished him well during the tour.
A mentally challenged woman has given birth to a bouncy baby boy at Baffikrom, a community at Mankessim in the Central region.
Rainbow Radio’s Nana Yaw Asare told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, an eyewitness, Madam Esi, who sell doughnuts said she was on her way to purchase some items to fry her doughnuts when she chanced on the woman.
According to the eyewitness, she had to appeal to another passerby to go back home and get some cloth so they could wrap the newborn with it.
Madam Esi told the reporter that the woman who was close went home to bring the cloth. The incident occurred yesterday [Thursday].
Efforts were made to reach relatives of the mentally challenged woman who later took her to the Roman Catholic Hospital in the area.
Political science lecturer at the Methodist University, Dr Osei Bonsu-Wusu has underscored the need for the current administration to reform the ministerial appointments just like the public sector reforms.
Reacting to the reshuffling done by the president, the lecturer said, he was not surprised but was expecting the number of ministers to have reduced drastically to save us some money.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he opined that, the ‘obolo size’ governance practiced in the country is having a negative impact on our public purse hence the need for us to reform the ministerial appointments.
On the reassigning of Mr Kofi Adda, Dr Bonsu-Wusu said he gathered information that, the former minister was not allocated with the needed resources to work and that affected his performance, adding, it would have better to keep him at the ministry than reassign him because the new person will also under perform if she is not allocated the needed resources.
The President Nana Addo is guided by Article 78 (2) of the constitution in making his appointments.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has currently appointed a total number of 112 people to serve as ministers, ministers of state and deputies in his administration.
Out of the total 110, 20 are Regional Ministers and their Deputies, 42 ministers for various ministries, with 50 deputies.
By this number, the Nana Addo-led administration would have the highest list of ministers and deputies to serve in any government since the start of the fourth Republic.
National Youth Organizer for the opposition Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Divine Nkrumah has slammed President Akufo-Addo for failing to decrease his appointees when he had the opportunity to reshuffle.
Mr Nkrumah said, although the constitution allows the president to appoint without a cap, it did not also mean he should just be appointing anyhow.
In his view, the reshuffling was nothing to write home about and can best be referred to as a ''colour mixing theory''.
Divine Nkrumah said he was disappointed in the president because Ghanaians will not benefit from the appointments.
Making reference to the sanitation ministry, he said, the minister who has been reassigned to the Aviation ministry failed woefully.
The number of ministers he added should not exceed 40 considering the population size of Ghana.
He reiterated the need for Metropolitan, District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to be elected.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made the following changes to the composition of his government, with immediate effect
: 1. John Peter Amewu, former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and acting Minister for Energy, is now Minister for Energy;
2. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Minister for Lands and Natural Resources;
3. Hon. Kofi Adda, Member of Parliament for Navrongo constituency and former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, is now Minister for Aviation;
4. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, former Minister for Aviation, is now Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources; 5. Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, former Minister for Information, is now Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development;
6. Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Member of Parliament for Ofoase/Ayirebi constituency and former Deputy Minister for Information, is now Minister for Information designate;
7. Hon. Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, is now Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection designate; 8. Paulina Tangoba Abayage, former Ambassador to Italy, is now Upper East Regional Minister designate;
9. Hon. Evans Opoku Bobie, Member of Parliament for Asunafo North constituency and former deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
10. Hon. Martin Oti Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North constituency, is now Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
11. Hon. Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament for Madina constituency and former Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, is now Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President;
12. Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President;
13. Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, is now Deputy Minister for Information;
14. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy Minister for Information, is now Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports; and
15. Otiko Afisa Djaba, former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, is now Ambassador-designate to Italy.
''President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the Ministers-designate for Information, and Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Regional Ministers-designate for Upper East and Brong Ahafo, as well as the deputy Regional Minister-designate for Brong Ahafo, so they can assume their respective offices as quickly as possible,'' a statement signed by Director of Communications at the presidency said.
Eastern regional chairman for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Tawiah Boateng, has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo honourably resign because he has disgraced Ghanaians and his own people in Akyem.
He was reacting to the dismissal of Mr Boakye Agyarko as the Energy Minister over the renegotiated Ameri deal.
Dismissing Boakye Agyarko he lamented was an attempt to save the president from embarrassment. The executive approval given the renegotiated deal he said was not only disgraceful but an indictment on the president.
On the reshuffling of ministers, the regional chairman said he is sad that the president failed to reduce the number of appointees but increased it by 2.
He slammed the president for failing to justify why he has increased the number and reasons for reassigning and appointing new persons.
On the Information Minister Dr Mustapha Hamid being moved to the Zongo and Inner Development, he said, ‘’after Dr Hamid did all the dirty jobs for Nana Addo, peddling lies to save the government from being embarrassed, he has been asked to go to the Zongo Ministry.’’
He was expecting Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Trades Minister; Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Asenso to be sacked due to the number of scandals and corruption allegations levelled against them.
‘’Nana Addo has also disgraced himself and Ghanaians. He should have sacked himself. He signed the deal and later said he was misled? He should have sacked himself and not Agyarko. The disgrace he has brought on Ghana is unprecedented,’’ he added.
Following the President, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first reshuffle of Ministerial positions, the former Minister of Aviation who has now become the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has commented on fond memories Ghanaians should have as she leaves the Aviation Ministry.
Speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5 today (Friday), she emphasized that a lot of work has been done in the Aviation Ministry.
She said that they have been able to achieve the vision of the current government in terms of aviation.
She explained,” The vision of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo is to make Ghana the aviation hub in the whole West Africa and I believe we have reached that point. This month, I received an award as the best aviation member. We have received the loan for Tamale terminal building. We are also on the one at Kumasi. On the terminal three, we were also working diligently on it.
She indicated that all these are enough evidences of the good work towards making Ghana the aviation hub in West Africa and a lot of work that has been done as she takes on the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Deputy Majority Chief Whip of Parliament, Moses Anim has slammed persons engaging in same sex relationship.
The legislator in an interview Friday said, animals in the animal kingdom do not accept homosexuality so why should human beings entertain such acts?
Homosexuality he noted is unacceptable, un-Ghanaian, unbiblical and culturally disgusting.
Reacting to the assurance given by President Akufo-Addo that he will not endorse homosexuality at the Synod of the Global Evangelical Church, the MP said, Nana Addo is a God fearing man who upholds his Christian values and will not endorse such an ungodly act.
Moses Anim further noted he was not surprised the president gave the assurance because it will never be endorsed.
Legalizing gay rights he stressed will never be endorsed, entertained and encouraged in Ghana.
‘’I will ask those calling for gay rights and gays to go to the animal kingdom and practice their gay life. But I am convinced the animals will not even entertain their distasteful act.’’
He called on Ghanaians to pray for such individuals so they will have a change of character from their evil ways.
President Akufo-Addo addressing Synod of the Global Evangelical Church said his administration has no plans to legalize gay marriage.
He said, ‘’let me assure that, this government has no plans to change the law on same sex marriage. We have no authority and we will not seek any authority to do so.’’
The president who described himself as a Christian in politics stressed that he cannot endorse homosexuality, adding, ‘’I am a Christian in politics and will continue to be so. A politician who is deeply influenced by Christian values.’’
For him, it will be in our interest to pull our resources together, to build a happy and prosperous nation. I know the church can be influential in making a dramatic difference in education, health and sanitation.’’