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Apr 29, 2017
Prophet Badu Kobi, General Overseer of Glorious Waves Church says ‘galamsey’ in itself is not wrong but a source of employment, however, what makes it bad is the destruction to water bodies. The man of God, commenting on what could be done in the fight against illegal mining, admonished government to regulate activities of small scale miners. The Ashanti regional chapter of small scale mining association have voiced out against the NPP government pragmatic measures put in place to stop illegal mining in the country. The spokesperson for the group Mr Frank Osei said, the group will also petition the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II over government’s fight to halt illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, across the country. Others in the Eastern Region have threatened to vote against the Nana Addo led administration in 2020 should he stop galamsey but Nana Addo, has called the bluff noting that, his desire is to see to the development and implementation his promises and not was not bothered about election defeat. Prophet Kobi speaking to Uncle Nat on Rainbow Radio 87.5 said, ‘’galamsey in itself is not wrong- and a form of  employment but what makes it wrong is the destruction to our water bodies. That is very wrong and so any kind of employment that will threaten the country should be prevented or regulated by law. You don’t have to stop this form of job rather, you have to put in laws to prevent them from mining in our water bodies.’’ He further suggested to government to roll out alternative livelihood programs so the miners maybe put on it. ‘’You have to engage the miners and explain to them the rationale behind your decision, let them understand the dangers of what they are doing and provide them with an alternative livelihood. You cannot ask them to stop when you have not provided them with an alternative,’’ he said.   He was of the view that crime could rise if the affected miners are not given any form of support.
Apr 29, 2017
President Akufo-Addo delivering his maiden State of the Nation Address on Tuesday February 21, 2017 described himself as a man who was in a great hurry to develop the country. He said he got to work to immediately after his inauguration by quickly putting his team that would help him govern because there is no time to waste. "I have heard it said that I am behaving like a man in a hurry, Mr Speaker I am indeed in a hurry. The times in which we live demands that we all be in a hurry to deal with the problems we face,’’ Nana Addo had said. However, two months after making that comment, General Overseer of the Glorious Waves Church, Prophet Badu Kobi has faulted the president for making such a comment. Speaking to Uncle Nat on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the renowned prophet said I was highly disappointed in the president for making such a statement. ‘’You are a hurry going where? God who created the universe and everything in it, is not in a hurry so why should you an ordinary being say you are in a hurry? God created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh day so why should you say you are in hurry?. The day he made that statement, I said, these people will destroy this country.’’ He added, ‘’I am looking for the opportunity to meet the president and question him why he made that statement. I will ask why he is in a hurry and for what. He needs to lay the foundation and take his time. You can’t say your are in a hurry because God is the one who direct our steps and so if you are in a hurry, you will commit blunders.’’   Prophet Kobi stressed that, some men of God have failed to chide the president for making that comment and has indicated that Nana Addo should allow God to guide his steps so he can succeed.
Apr 29, 2017
 Total Petroleum Ghana Limited, the Oil Marketing Company which has been known over the years for its quality lubricants, has launched two new lubricant products in the Total Quartz range: Total Quartz INEO MC3 5W30 and INEO Long Life 5W30. Speaking at the launch that gathered representatives from the National Petroleum Authority, the Association of Oil Marketing Companies and major Automotive Companies, Mr. Olivier Van- Parys, the Managing Director, said that the two products were developed in response to the fast growing technological trends in the automotive market and to satisfy the need of the Ghanaian vehicle users.   In his public address, the Managing Director described the Total Quartz INEO MC3 5W30 and Total Quartz INEO Long Life 5W30 as ‘fully synthetic engine oils designed for excellent engine protection for the latest generation cars no matter the driving condition’. He further explained that the Total Quartz INEO lubricants clean the engine and extend oil change interval and in addition, protect the anti-pollutant devices which eventually reduce the harmful emission of Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), and Carbon Monoxide (CO). He also stated the authenticity of the lubricants as meeting the US Specification API, the European specification ACEA C3 and the Euro V environmental standards and gaining the approval of major Automotive Manufacturers. The UPPF Coordinator of the National Petroleum Authority, Mr. Samuel Asare Bediako, commended Total Petroleum Ghana Limited for the innovative and quality products they frequently introduce into the Ghanaian Market.   He added that the National Petroleum Authority as a regulatory body will keep on providing the right regulatory environment for all players in the Downstream Petroleum Sector to conduct business in a healthy, fair and competitive manner. He used the opportunity to entreat the company not to compromise on safety standards which are vital in the operations of the Downstream Petroleum Industry. The Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr. Abdul-Rahim Siddique in his closing remark encouraged customers to patronize the high performing lubricants and assured them of the company’s continuous effort to innovate and deliver quality products and services to the Ghanaian consumers.   Source: Total Ghana 
Apr 29, 2017
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has launched the newly opened biometric membership registration centre to register its members. The party’s Director of Elections, James Kwabena Bomfeh popularly called Kabila in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the initiative is meant to make the party more attractive. According to him, the patriotism displayed by citizens during the late Nkrumah’s era does not exist anymore which he thinks has breeded the avenue for corruption and other activities officials of state display in recent times. This and more are the reasons the party has put together this form of registration to put its members together making the party attractive.    
Apr 29, 2017
Confidence Nyadzi,  the Sector Commander of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), at the Tema Port, , has denied claims that 500 kilogrammes of cocaine worth about $30 million dollars has disappeared from the Port. According to the Finder newspaper, a ship carrying some containers with cocaine onboard arrived in Tema Pot in December 2016, but the suspected cocaine vanished before February 23, 2017, when all stakeholders conducted compulsory tests on the container. The report stated that, K9 Dogs which are specially trained to detect cocaine, confirmed traces of cocaine in the said container, while UK’s Operation West Bridge also conducted sampling by the use of itemisers which also confirmed traces of cocaine. But Confidence Nyadzi says thorough investigations conducted by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), the Ministry of Interior and other sector institutions, revealed that no container with cocaine had been detained at the Port.   “I can tell you that there is no truth in that reportage. I know that this matter has been dealt with at the office of the Minister of Interior and at that meeting was the commissioner of customs, the ex-commissioner, Mr. John Vianney, myself, NACOB and the relevant stakeholders. We looked at all the issues involved, as to whether there was a cocaine missing or not, I don’t think anybody can tell you that. And I’m telling you that the report is misleading. There was no cocaine in Tema Port in anybody’s custody which got missing.” “We have done investigation, BNI has done investigation, NACOB is doing investigation. It is expected that we will know what exactly the story is; whether there is cocaine at all or not. On authority, I can tell you that I’m not aware of any cocaine shipment. I’m the head of Customs at Tema Port and I’m not aware of cocaine shipment. I am telling you categorically that I am not aware of any missing cocaine at Tema Port. If somebody says so perhaps he has some facts I don’t have,” he stated
Apr 29, 2017
The Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr  Akoto Osei has slammed colleague Ministers for attending an event held for them and their Chief Directors, late. In his closing remarks as the chairperson at the programme for signing of chief directors 2017 performance agreements, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Old Tafo, apologized on behalf of his colleagues but expressed his disappointment. ‘’I noticed one thing when I came in and forgive me if I speak my heart, Madam Chief of Staff. She [Chief of Staff] came on time, I [Akoto Osei] came on time, and the Chief of Directors came on time but unfortunately, most of my colleagues [Ministers] did not come on time. I apologise for that. This is not how we are running government. President Akufo-Addo has told us; when we want to start a meeting at eleven and its eleven, you cannot come in again.’’ He also apologided on behalf of the other sector ministers who failed to attend the programme stressing that, ‘’ we cannot run government the way it used to be run. Nine O’clock is  nine o’clock, and not five after nine.’’    
Apr 29, 2017
The Chief of Staff Madam Frema Opare has indicated that, President Nana Akufo-Addo is not interested in witch-hunting and that all he requires is professionalism; corporation and hard work to enable him perform his functions. She made the remarks as the Guest of Honour at the signing of performance agreement by Ministers and their Chief Directors here in Accra. She said as government, we shall not tolerate non-performance...The harm that non-performance has caused the fortunes of this heavily endowed nation of ours is great and this must not be allowed to happen.’’ Madam Frema Opare pointed out that, the president expects the Chief Directors to deliver the performance agreement they have signed. The agreements she added has being signed in a transitional period where a new set of political actors have taken over office and they ‘’need to convince themselves that you [Chief Directors] will neither sabotage  or hide things from them. They need to trust and have confidence in you. Confidence and trust can only be built through transparency and accountability. Without them, there is going to be suspicion…We will make conscious effort to avoid mistrust.’’ She also urged the various ministers to have regular review meetings with their Chief Directors to ensure that their targets are progressively met. She further called on the Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation to take keen interest in the performance agreement signed. Chief Directors she explained play a crucial role in the performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The Chief of Staff admonished the Chief Directors to demonstrate to the president through the performance of their ministries that ‘’you are capable and willing to help him executive his agenda,’’ because Nana Addo has already told Ghanaians that he is in a hurry to deliver.           Performance agreement she noted are about establishing expectations, apportion accountability and setting a standard for execution. Such an establishment is usually to ensure quality performance and so they must be consequences for meeting them.    
Apr 29, 2017
A member of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Ras Mubarak has charged the legislative house to give them prosecutorial powers.The legislator for the Kunbungu constituency made the suggestion in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm.There have been interesting revelations since the committee begun its sitting on Tuesday.PAC on Tuesday grilled officials of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and an auctioneer to the ministry for grossly contravening the auction laws and auctioning 24 vehicles to mostly staff of the ministry at ridiculous prices.The auctioneer, Alex Adjei, side-stepped all the laws governing the proper disposal of government vehicles and disposed of the vehicles, mostly double cabin pick-ups, to the staff of the ministry and pocketed GH¢33,203 as his 7% commission on the sale of the vehicles.On Thursday, PAC slammed the Health Ministry for selling  25 state vehicles, and over 140 motor cycles in 2014 in a manner that breaches the Financial Administration Regulations.Earlier, the Director General of the Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare raised concerns over some of the conclusions in the 2015 Auditor General’s report in a strongly worded letter. But after the committee probed further, he  agreed that it was wrong for the vehicles to have been sold to staff members, some for as low as 350 cedis without contacting the Auditor General. Commenting the developments, Ras Mubarak described it as worrying adding, as a country this has become pervasive and is not peculiar to only a party. He quizzed, for how long will we continue to disregard rules, regulations and laws of the country. ''It is a serious violation and it means that people don't respect the laws, and these are people who work in the Civil Service. Politicians are later blamed for these unfortunate incidents.'' According to him, these Civil Servants are aware of the laid down laws but disregard them with no recourse. ''Going forward, we have a job to do...If you are patriotic, you will respect the law,'' he said.He said, ''we [PAC] don't have the power to prosecute and that is unfortunate. In other countries like Uganda, the Public Accounts Committee has such powers to prosecute such individuals and so i will suggest that ,Ghana's PAC is given such powers to serve as a deterrent to others. Parliament can consider extending the mandate of PAC. Our powers are so limited and so they should expand our powers.''
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