Deputy National Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Prisons Service, Francis Agyiri Kwakye has bemoaned the amount of feeding rate allocated to prisoners, making it extremely difficult for officials to feed inmates.
In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem he said, government only allocates just GHC 1.80Gp for the welfare of a prisoner per day- this amount he said caters for both breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It emerged at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sitting yesterday that, the Nsawam Government Hospital had cut healthcare to inmates due to a debt of over GHC 80, 000.
The prison service made a request of Ȼ62,000,000. But only Ȼ14,000,000 million was approved by parliament to run the Service. So far, ¢10,000,000 out of the Ȼ14,000,000 has been released to the service by government.
This the Deputy PRO noted makes it extremely difficult for them to provide the needed care for inmates.
Responding to a question as to whether the service cannot embark on farming to feed the inmates, Mr. Francis Agyiri noted that, although they have some prison farms, yet they are faced with a number of challenges making it difficult for them to depend on rainfall agriculture, therefore it will be prudent for them to enter into mechanized farming to increase their yields.
He explained that, one major challenge also making it difficult for them to engage inmates in farming activities are because, some of them are hardcore criminals who cannot be used for farming activities.
Mr. Francis Agyiri added that, they lack the needed logistics to assist the service should they decide to invest in merchandise farming hence government must assist them in that regard.
Mr. Richard Oduro Anokye a New Patriotic Party's (NPP) parliamentary hopeful who intended to contest in the party's primaries but had his dream curtailed due to a popular acclamation by the party to have their incumbent MP, Hon. KT Hammond go unopposed has announced to go independent.
The parliamentary hopeful said he will win the parliamentary elections by 55%; a win he said will retire the former energy minister.
According to him, the party violated the constitution by declaring Hon. KT Hammond as the sole candidate to represent the party in the upcoming 2016 parliamentary elections.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the defunct elephant member posited that, the party failed to go through due process after candidates had expressed their interest in contesting Hon. KT Hammond to represent the party in the 2016 elections.
He said, his decision to go independent was because the constituents believes he is the only candidate who can represent their interest and push for more developmental projects in the constituency.
Mr. Richard Oduro Anokye stressed that, Hon. KT Hammond is not a heavy weight as people may think, because the incumbent MP has lost touch with the constituents hence his intention go independent to ensure that, his people benefit from his plans of bringing them the development they want.
About 1,351 ex-military men who belong to the 1977, 1978, 1979 to 1983 year intake groups of the Ghana Armed Forces, have sued the security agency for their ''unlawful removal'' from the service in November 2010.
Those joined to the suit are the Chief of Defence Staff and the Attorney General.
According to the ex-military men, their recruitment was subject to terms and conditions laid down in the regulations of the Ghana Armed Forces, but their removal did not recognize that process.
They are therefore seeking a declaration that their “removal from the service without recourse to the Armed Forces regulation and due process is unlawful.”
They are also seeking “an order that each of the affected ex-soldiers be compensated with an amount of GHc20, 000 as damages for the unlawful release.”
Below is Nana Addo’s tribute to Jake:
He was Otanka, I was Addo Dankwa. These were the names our respective fathers called us from the beginning. So they were the names we called each other all through.
I first met him in 1950, when I was 6. Uncle Tsebi, Emmanuel Obetsebi Lamptey, the iconic “Liberty Lamptey” of the independence movement, and his beautiful Dutch wife, Auntie Margaret, brought him to Betty House, my parents’ residence in Korle Wokon, Accra Central, to visit. Even then, he was taller, although it turned out that he was, in fact, only 4, i.e. 2 years younger. We became and stayed friends until his sad departure on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, in London.
Our lives were truly intertwined.
Our fathers were friends, professional colleagues and political associates. They were among the Ghanaian patriots who gathered at Saltpond on that seminal day of 4th August 1947 to launch the United Gold Coast Convention, UGCC of blessed memory, that set our people on the road to national freedom and independence. They were both members of the legendary Big Six, who are now commonly regarded as the founding fathers of the Ghanaian nation.
They were both members of the Opposition in the 1950s and 1960s, which sought to develop an alternative vision and direction for the Ghanaian people from that of Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP government. Uncle Tsebi paid bitterly for his part in the Opposition, by dying in prison without trial as a detainee in Nkrumah’s time. This event had, understandably, a traumatic impact on the young Otanka’s life. Our fathers’ friendship came, thus, to an abrupt end.
The friendship between our mothers was also strong, so strong that it was Auntie Margaret who persuaded my mother to name my younger sister Marigold, later Goldie to all and sundry. Their relationship was enhanced by the national crisis of 1948, when the ex-servicemen’s demonstration over their grievances led to the 28th February Christianborg Crossroads shootings and the national uproar they engendered. Their husbands, amongst, in Aitken Watson’s words, the six directing minds of the UGCC’s Working Committee, were arrested by the British colonial authorities and imprisoned at an unknown location.
The two of them worked in concert to harangue the colonial authorities to reveal the whereabouts of their husbands and the others, and the nature of their treatment. More transparent arrangements were then made by the colonial power for the detention of the men who came to be eulogized by the Ghanaian people as the Big Six. That was part of our mothers’ contribution to our nation’s history.
In 1954, at the age of 10, my parents sent me to prep school in England. Almost inevitably, the following year, his parents sent Otanka and Afadi, his younger brother, to the same school. We had our basic education, primary and secondary, in England, strengthening further the bonds between us. One of them was a great love of cricket, about which we had endless discussions!!
The adult Otanka had a varied and colourful life. After a successful career in broadcasting in the late 1960s, having been one of the first stars of the then newly established Ghana Television Service, he went into advertising, very much a fish into water. Initially, an employee of the Unilever subsidiary, Lintas, he and his trusted business partner, the late Peter Hasford, joined together to buy Lintas from Unilever.
He became its chief executive, and, over the next two decades, made Lintas the most renowned advertising, or rather, in today’s language, PR company in the country. Thus, in 1992, when the New Patriotic Party was established, he was the obvious choice to head its Publicity Committee, which managed to help impose the NPP brand in the political market place as the other principal brand of Ghanaian politics. He was particularly keen on branding the NPP as the private sector party, for it was his unshakeable conviction that an empowered Ghanaian private sector was the most effective vehicle for promoting the rapid social and economic development of our nation.
His party career was exemplary. Creative chairman of the Publicity Committee; the Greater Accra Regional Chairman during whose tenure the party won the majority of seats in Greater Accra, going from 9 to 16 seats; Campaign Manager of the historic, victorious campaigns of 2000 and 2004, which led to the much-acclaimed two-term NPP administrations of President John Agyekum Kufuor; and National Chairman who presided over the party’s attempt to return to government in the 2012 election, which ended up in the Supreme Court with a highly contested verdict in the celebrated election petition. Passionate believer in the values of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, the advancement of the party was the centrepiece of his life, and he was prepared to do whatever was legitimately possible to attain its goals. The NPP owes him a lot.
His period in government was equally commendable. He held various important posts in the Kufuor administrations. The first Minister for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff, he had the heavy responsibility of assisting the new President Kufuor to put his government firmly on the ground. After that, he went to the Ministry of Information, and ended up finally at the Ministry closest to his heart, the Ministry of Tourism and Modernisation of the Capital City.
He discharged his duties with distinction, and was certainly one of the bright talents of Kufuor’s government of all the talents, who served his beloved Ghana to the very best of his abilities.
Gregarious, good natured, fun-loving and tolerant, he made friends easily and had little difficulty interacting with his political opponents. A voracious consumer of books, he was one of the best-read persons of his generation. A bon viveur with a healthy appetite, he loved good food, drink and bright conversation. In sum, he was excellent company.
He married three delightful and beautiful women – Sharleen, his first wife, who died tragically early and left him a lovely daughter, Charis; Jeanette, the vivacious Liberian, who bore him another lovely daughter, Rachelle; and finally Esther, the rock on which he built the latter years of his life, and who was an indispensable and invaluable helpmeet. He doted on his daughters and grandchildren. They, like all those of us who had the benefit of his acquaintance, will miss him sorely. Perhaps I more than most, since, in this critical year of trial for the party and myself, his astute analysis and political feel would have been most welcome.
Jacob Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey was an outstanding Ghanaian patriot. Uncle Tsebi would have been proud of him. The work he, Danquah and the others began, in trying to build an open society in Ghana, governed by democratic institutions which respected human rights and the rule of law, and which relied on individual initiative and enterprise to inspire the rapid economic growth of the country, had been given a significant boost by his son and like-minded colleagues of their generation. His sacrifice had not been in vain.
My wife, Rebecca, and our daughters join me in extending our deepest condolences to Esther, his daughters, Charis and Rachelle, his brothers, Afadi and Nii Lante, his sister, Naa Ayele, Charles Taylor and his entire family on the great loss.
May God bless him and give his soul peaceful rest until the last day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
A patient who is suffering from severer illness has been rejected by three government hospitals over lack of beds.
The hospitals include the 37 Military Hospital, Police Hospital and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital respectively.
According to a relative of the patient, the woman who was admitted at a private hospital was transferred to the 37 Military Hospital due to the nature of the illness.
But upon reaching the 37 Military Hospital, they were told there are not enough beds so should go and come another day, they therefore continued to the police hospital to seek further treatment where they were again denied admission, and then moved to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital as their last hope, the story was the same.
They are now stranded at the 37 Military Hospital whiles the patient is seriously suffering in pain in a wheel chair.
They narrated their ordeal to Nyankonton Mu Nsem.
By: Vivian Arthur
Spokesperson for disgruntled customers of DKM micro finance company limited has accused the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Opoku of extortion.
Maxwell Mahama alleged that the regional minister has taken opportunity of the road-map to repay customers to extort money from them.
As part of the road-map to repay customers deposits, affected persons are to present evidence to get their savings re-payed by close of May, 11, 2016.
But Maxwell Mahama has alleged that, the regional Minister Hon. Eric Opoku has reportedly appointed some commissioners of oath in collaboration with the regional coordinating council to extort GHC 20 from every customer before the taking them through the re-payment process.
He chided the minister for being incentive and unconcerned over the plight of depositors.
Maxwell Mahama was of the view that, the liquidation of DKM micro-finance limited is an exercise in futility since that will not bring them back their money.
He lambasted government for politicizing the issue and deceiving customers of resolving the situation.
He recounted the alleged contradictory statement that President Mahama made, accusing the Bank of Ghana of failing to regulate the micro-finance sector leading to the saga-while the Bank of Ghana came out to also claim that they had done no wrong.
Maxwell Mahama called on the regional to desist from extorting money from the customers and rather focus on how best the aggrieved and affected customers will be re-payed their deposits.
He posited that, government has made no attempt in retrieving their deposits and that he finds it strange that, the liquidator, Bank of Ghana and government have no concrete information on DKM's financial standing.
In his view the request for evidence by the liquidators is needless since the Central Bank is in possession of every single information needed to repay depositors cash.
The Electoral Commission of has handed over a final certificate to All People's Congress (APC), a political party founded by 2012 Presidential Candidate Hassan Ayariga, at a short ceremony today.
APC was provisionally certified by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) in February, a few days after its formation.
Mr. Hassan Ayariga resigned from the People's National Convention (PNC) after losing the to former candidate Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama.
According to him, the PNC did want him, hence his decision to form his own party to pursue his presidential ambition.
Reporting from the ceremony organised at the conference room of the EC, Eugene Nkansah said Mr. Ayariga who was sure of victory when Ghanaians go to the polls, said his party remains the only alternative to Ghana's economic challenges.
Mr Ayariga has announced that his party will target the youth of Ghana.
Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond films, has died aged 93.
Former 007 actor Sir Roger Moore tweeted that he was "incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid".
Hamilton directed Sir Roger in Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun.
He also directed Sir Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever.
A hospital on the Spanish island of Majorca - where Hamilton lived - confirmed to the Associated Press that the film-maker had died there on Wednesday.
Bond producers EON have paid tribute in a statement:
"We mourn the loss of our dear friend Guy Hamilton who firmly distilled the Bond formula in his much celebrated direction of Goldfinger and continued to entertain audiences with Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun.
"We celebrate his enormous contribution to the Bond films."
Hamilton's other films included The Battle of Britain, Force 10 From Navarone, Evil Under the Sun and The Mirror Crack'd.
He went to school in England but his family lived in France and he started his career in French cinema in the 1930s.
He started out as a tea boy in a French studio, and said he "discovered how a studio worked the hard way".
He was British director Carol Reed's assistant for five years, but finally moved to become a director after the war.
Hamilton said he wanted to be a director before the age of 30 and he "squeezed in just" and directed The Colditz Story, the Devil's Disciple, Funeral in Berlin.
(L-R) conductor Malcolm Arnold, composer Sir William Walton and director Guy Hamilton, with an orchestra and the film playing in the background, Denham Studios, Bucks, April 8th 1969.
He came to Bond as producer Cubby Broccoli was an old friend.
"He said 'how would you like to make Goldfinger?' I said 'I would absolutely love to', because I had a very clear idea of what I would like to do and how I'd like to go about it and it was a very happy experience."
Hamilton said many people thought there was a formula for making a Bond film but he didn't agree.
But he said the key to Bond's survival was "that anyone to do with Bond is not lazy".
"I work very hard, I drive people very hard", he admitted.
He was at the helm at the golden age of Bond films and oversaw when the role passed from Sean Connery to Roger Moore in 1973.
Speaking about his style of directing he said he wanted value for money.
"In the making of Bond films we are some of the meanest toughest film makers. If we spend a million dollars it had better be up there on the screen."