Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the man who has elevated from his role as deputy information Minister to Information Minister in the first reshuffle by President Akufo-Addo has commended his former boss, Dr Mustapha Hamid. The legislator in an interview with Accra based Joy Fm revealed that, Dr Hamid taught him and his other deputies a lot in political communication. He also assured the president of his dedication and his quest to deliver to the best of his ability. ‘’Mustapha Hamid has taught us a lot in political communication; myself and two of my other colleagues at the ministry. I assure the president I will deliver to the best of my ability…As I have always done wherever I find myself.’’ Meanwhile, Dr Hamid who has been moved to the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry has disclosed he recommended Oppong Nkrumah when he was given the opportunity to name a deputy after he was appointed by the president as minister in charge of information. I, with the acceptance of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made Kojo Oppong-Nkrumahmy deputy. The President was gracious to me, when he asked me to be minister for Information, he was gracious to me by saying, I want you to nominate somebody who shall be your deputy, and I said to him that, I want Kojo, first of all, because, I had developed a relationship with Kojo over the years, I trusted his expertise in this area and experience and when I suggested it to the President, the President said you have it." Oppong Nkrumah who is the MP for Ofoase Ayiribi would have to be approved by Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee to assume his role as Information Minister.
Assembly Members of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) at its special meeting today, overwhelmingly endorsed Hon. Alfred Asiedu Adjei as Presiding Member (PM) for the Assembly.
The newly elected PM, who is the Assembly Member for the Avenor Electoral Area secured 52 votes, representing 96% of the 54 votes cast by Assembly Members present during the meeting.
He thanked the assembly members for the confidence reposed in him and promised to work hand in glove with them to ensure that the Mayor’s vision of making Accra a smart, sustainable and resilient city is achieved.
He further promised to work hard towards ensuring that the assembly members were given whatever was due them in time so they could also work towards developing their various electoral areas.
The Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah in his address indicated that there was no assembly without Assembly Members hence the need to fill the seat of PM after the former PM, Hon. Thomas Mustapha Ashong term of office ended some months ago.
The elections which was conducted by the officials of the Electoral Commission was done in a peaceful manner and the elected PM was immediately sworn into office by Her ladyship Abena Opoku Adjin- Doku a circuit court Judge.
The 40 year old newly elected Presiding Member, is a social worker with Absolute Community Network, a non-governmental organization that caters for vulnerable women in deprived communities.
A Tamale circuit court presided over by Justice Tsumasi Appiah, has sentenced two armed robbers Imoro Abdul Rahman and Mubarik Abu to a total of 55 years imprisonment in hard labour.
Imoro Abdul Rahman was charged on three counts i.e conspiracy to commit crime, robbery and causing unlawful harm.
Mubarik Abu was also charged with conspiracy to commit crime to wit robbery and robbery.
The two pleaded guilty on all counts
First accused was sentenced to 15 years on count one, 15 years on count two and 5 years on count three, all sentences are to run concurrently.
Second accused was sentenced to 10 years on count one and 10 years on count two and the sentences are to run concurrently.
Accused persons are currently serving their sentences at the Tamale central prisons.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
The Ghana Athletics Federation has congratulated the four athletes who participated in the just-ended African Senior Athletics Championship in Nigeria and thanked idividuals and organizations who supported Team Ghana during the championships. Ghana was represented by four athletes; Janet Amponsah, Hor Halutie, Abigail Kwarteng and Emmanuel Yeboah. Janet Amponsah won a silver and bronze medal in the 100 and 200 metres respectively. Hor finished in the finals of both 100 and 200 metres, while Abigail Kwarteng finished 4th in the womens high jump. Speaking to Rainbow Sports about the team’s performance in Nigeria, The GAA Treasurer, Dr Marc Dzradosi said, he was happy with the performance of the athletes. “The team faced a lot of challenges prior to the championship, but we took it in good faith”. We are proud of the athletes for working hard to represent the nation well, and come home with two medals. Financial issues have been the main problem of the Federation. Out of about 16 athletes including the relay teams that qualified, GAA was only able to send 4 of the athletes. Dr. Dzradosi further indicated that, without financial support, they won’t be able to organise enough competitions to promote athletics and help the athletes to improve their performances to compete at the world stage. “A lot of sports federations have to find money to sponsor sportsmen and women to international competitions”. When quizzed about the previous championships, he said, “We were in South Africa in 2016 and finished 6th out of all the African countries that participated. We were hoping to win four medals, but we came home with 2, which is not bad”. The Ghana Athletics Federation was fortunate to have support from Just Because Fitness, individuals and corporate organizations to enable us organize our Circuit Championships, and we are grateful to all of them. The Ghana Athletics Association will organise National Athletics Circuit Championship at the Tamale Sports Stadium on 26th August, 2018. Dr. Marc Dzradosi further called on the government for financial support for the Federation and also to invest in athletics to help develop the sport, unearth talent and develop athletes to compete at the world stage. Team Kenya were the official winners of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship after finishing with a total of 19 medals - 11 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze whilst Ghana won 2 medals. By: Isaac Mortey (Intern Rainbow Radio)
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djabah has been reassigned.
She has been appointed as Ambassador to Italy and the former Ambassador, Paulina Tangoba Abayage has been appointed as Upper East regional minister designate.
The changes, which take immediate effect, had the Information Minister, Dr Mustapha Hamid removed from the ministry to head the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry.
John Peter Amewu who was appointed in acting capacity as Energy Minister has been given the role substantively.
He moves from the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry.
Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh who was previously the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister would now occupy the position.
Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah is now the substantive Minister for information. He was formerly a deputy information minister.
Mr Kofi Adda is now going to head the Aviation Ministry whereas, the former Aviation Minister, Madam Cecilia Dapaah will move to the Sanitation Ministry.
Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, is now Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection Designate.
Mr Evans Opoku Bobie, the Member of Parliament for Auna North constituency, and former deputy Brong Ahafo regional minister, is now Brong Ahafo regional minister designate.
Mr Martin Otin Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North constituency is now Deputy Minister for the Brong Ahafo Region.
Former Zongo Development Minister, Boniface Abubakar Saddique has been appointed Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President.
Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President.
Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Youth and Sports Minister, is now Deputy Minister of Information.
Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy information Minister is now Deputy Minister, Youth and Sports.
The statement which was signed by Eugene Arhin, Communications Director at the presidency said, ‘’President Akufo-Addo is hopeful 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, so they can assume their respective offices as quickly as possible.’’
A section of the Ghanaian public have appealed to Presidnt Akufo-Addo to maintain Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh at the sector due to his splendid performance.
The individuals who spoke to Nyankonton Mu Nsem noted that, the minister has displayed competence and shown that he is capable.
They also made reference to the implementation of the free senior high school as one major policy that has helped parents across the country.
Another minister who they prayed to be maintained and not reshuffled, is the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu.
According to them, the minister’s commitment to the fight against illegal mining popular called galamsey has yielded positive results.
Alan Kyeremanten was also mentioned as another minister who should be maintained at the Trades and Industry Ministry.
Meanwhile, they want the Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba sacked and another person appointed.
Others were indifferent and were not bothered as to who is fired or appointed.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his Government to decongesting the prisons across the country.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Officer Cadet Course Intake 25 of the Ghana Prisons Service, at the Prisons Officers Training School, on Thursday, 9th August, 2018, President Akufo-Addo noted that the country’s prisons, built to accommodate some 9,875 inmates, has been exceeded by some 48%.
“Nsawam prisons, for example, was built to house eight hundred and fifty (850) persons. Its current occupancy stands at three thousand, four hundred and fifty (3,450) persons, of which two hundred and twenty-three (223) are remand prisoners. Originally, there was no provision for remand prisoners at Nsawam,” he said.
To this end, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that “we need to do something about these figures, and my Government is determined to so.”
Following the successes chalked under the Justice for All Programme, the President indicated that the programme is expanding steadily to cover prison facilities such as the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, and to prisons in Tarkwa, Sekondi, Akuse, Obuasi and Winneba.
He indicated that, under the Programme, two projects, namely the construction of a two thousand (2,000) capacity remand prison at Nsawam, and the expansion of residential accommodation for staff at Ankaful Maximum Security Prison, have been started, and will be completed and operationalized soon.
With agriculture continuing to remain the anchor of the country’s economy, President Akufo-Addo was happy with the new focus of the Prisons Service.
“Already, the Service has taken delivery of five tractors, four mechanical planters, and a number of other agricultural equipment to increase the production of cash crops and staples. Also, construction work on a new prison camp in Ejura, in the Ashanti Region, is progressing steadily, and, hopefully, will be handed over to the Prison Administration by the end of this year,” he added.
This, the President said, will help the Prisons Service take advantage of the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”, and will also serve the dual purpose of training inmates in modern practices of agricultural production, and also help generate income to supplement government subvention to the Service.
President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the number of medical personnel assigned to the Service has also been increased, and, shortly, all prison infirmaries across the country will be upgraded and adequately resourced.
In addition to providing logistical and infrastructural support to the Service, government, he added, has also given clearance for the recruitment of 1,000 young men and women to augment the staff strength of the Service.
The President assured the Director General of the Prisons Service of his support to help change and sanitise the reformation and rehabilitation effort of the country’s prisons.
He explained that the media landscape is replete with many examples of persons who become hardened in prison, and are unable to successfully integrate themselves into the society upon their release, and, thus, end up perpetrating criminal acts, which bring them back to prison.
“It is important that we give them the assurance of a better life after prison, by upholding their dignity and human rights. Officers of the Service must, at all times, exhibit high levels of discipline and professionalism in the discharge of their duties,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo urged the country’s security services to guard jealously the peace, security and stability of the nation.
Crime, he said. is becoming more sophisticated and multi-dimensional, and the country cannot win the war against it if the security agencies engage in needless tussles for supremacy.
“Each one of you has a unique mandate towards the maintenance of peace and security of our country. I can assure you also that, under my watch as President of the Republic, the laws of this land will be applied to the letter, and without recourse to the ethnic, religious or political affiliations of the person involved,” he said.
The President continued, “And, to those who are sending chiefs and men of God to the Special Prosecutor to intervene on their behalf, to try to dissuade Mr. Martin Amidu from conducting his investigations, from the little I know of the man, they are engaged in a fruitless venture.”
President Akufo-Addo, in concluding, acknowledged the two officer cadets who excelled and distinguished themselves in the course, i.e. the best-all-round officer cadet, Senior-Under-Officer Stephen Kumah, and the best in academic performance, Junior-Under-Officer Mabel Asomaning.
“Their achievements make them the proud and worthy recipients of the Sword of Honour, and the Academic Cane Awards, respectively. On behalf of Government and the people of Ghana, I say a big ayekoo to them,” he added.
The official inauguration of the Regional Football Coaches Association has been slated for August 11, 2018.
The event according to a former goalkeeper for the senior national team, the Blackstars as well as Real Tamale United, Abubakar Damba, will be held at the Media Centre, Accra Sports Stadium at 10 am prompt.
The former goalkeeper and trainer added that, coaches play a significant role in the field of football.
There is the need for all football coaches to be united and have a common platform to take divergent views.
“We train players for matches. It is very important that we come together. We also work with club owners so there is the need for us to establish a good relationship with the club owners”, he stressed.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Sports Journalist, Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi, he stated that all lovers of football are cordially invited to be present at the inauguration.
“We also invite all media persons. For without journalists, we cannot achieve our aim”, he said.
The Finance Committee in Parliament has resolved to look into circumstances that led to the collapse of some local banks in the country.
Ranking Member on the Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, has revealed that modalities for the probe is currently being considered.
The former deputy finance minister under former president John Mahama, said, the issues of the collapse of the seven banks is a matter that should be probed and he has since communicated with the chair to have the matter investigated.
He said, because parliament is on recess, members on the committee would have to be informed so they can all agree on a timetable for the probe which is expected to be made public.
He also indicated plans to engage with leaders on both sides of the House to have the matter probed.
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) last week Wednesday announced that it has revoked the licenses of five banks and put them together as Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited. The Banks are uniBank Ghana Limited, The Royal Bank Limited, Beige Bank Limited, Sovereign Bank Limited, and Construction Bank Limited and has appointed Mr. Nii Amanor Dodoo of KPMG as the Receiver for the five banks.
According to the governor, Dr Ernest Addison, the Bank of Ghana is mandated by law to promote the safety, soundness, and stability of the financial system and to protect the interests of depositors. In this context, the Bank has over the last year rolled out measures to strengthen the financial system to protect the interests of depositors however, a number of legacy problems have plagued the banking sector including macroeconomic factors, poor corporate governance and risk management practices, related party transactions that were not above board, regulatory non-compliance, and poor supervision, (questionable licensing processes and weak enforcement) leading to a significant build-up of vulnerabilities in the sector.
The Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is demanding with immediate effect, the transfer of all their funds being kept on their behalf by the National Pension Regulatory Authority (NPRA) to the Ghana Education Service Scheme.
President of NAGRAT, Mr Angel Karbonu at a press conference Thursday said, the association will embark on an industrial strike action if their demands are not met immediately.
He described the holding of their funds by the NPRA as illegal.
He also called on the Ministry of Finance to remove all impediments in the way of the NPRA and the board of trustees in this endeavour.
The position of the law and the out of court settlement he added should form the basis of decisions in the management of the scheme.
He stressed on the need for the board of trustees of the Ghana Education Service Pension Scheme to be sufficiently allowed to hand, manage and invest monies for teachers.
He admonished government to hands off ‘’its influence on our funds.’’
‘’If the monies are not transferred immediately, NAGRAT as an association, do not have a choice of engaging itself or embarking on series of industrial actions to ensure that what is lawful is done.
He also warned the government no to impose fund managers i.e Data Bank, Prudential Bank and GLICO on them.
The current administration he lamented is repeating the mistakes of the previous administration by politically imposing fund managers on them.