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Oct 20, 2017
The Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa constituency, KT Hammond has admonished Parliament to withdraw the AMERI agreement signed under the previous administration.   The legislator argues that his move is premised on the fact that there was gross ‘’misrepresentations’’ by the company when the deal was presented to the House under the Mahama Administration.   He told Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee on Wednesday that AMERI failed to live up to portions of the agreement presented to Parliament in March 2015. According to him, AMERI acted in a way that was contrary to its proposal to the government for which reason he had seconded the motion for the agreement to be ratified two years ago.   “The law allows for procurement to be made and sole-sourced. The government went through that procedure and brought the agreement to Parliament. We agreed on the $510 million, and expected that they would go out there and achieve results the way it had been presented to us. It’s the process that [it went through] that has brought me here. They made so many misrepresentations,” he said.
Oct 20, 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday launched the One-District One-Warehouse component of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).             He cut the sod for the construction of a 1000 metric tonnes capacity warehouse at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.     The one-district-one-warehouse policy launched by the president will not only create employment but be attractive to farmers and encourage them to grow more foodstuffs, he said. The warehousing project is part of the Planting for food and jobs project which was launched recently.       When completed, the warehouses will provide handling and storage space for food crops planted by farmers and reduce drastically the post-harvest losses that hamper the work of farmers.     The president said, “Government will accelerate the construction of the warehouse and will ensure each of them is fitted with modern equipment including drying or freezing systems.” 
Oct 20, 2017
The Concerned National Service Personnel Association of Ghana, has threatened to picket the Flagstaff House next week Monday, if the government fails to pay them their allowances.     The group told Rainbow Radio that the government has failed to pay service personnel two months into their service, a situation that is negatively affecting its members.           Convener of the group  William Agbodo, said, “Since we started service from 4th September, nothing has been done by the government so far to ensure that our monthly allowance is paid. They keep telling us to exercise a little patience but up till now, there is no hope that they will be paying us soon. Most of us come from far away to our work places, and we always have to walk a long distance to get to our places.                     “If we come to realization that nothing will be done, then we will be compelled to picket at the Flagstaff House. All National Service persons are willing to partake in such activities and we know that the government will be willing to listen to us.”
Oct 20, 2017
Three teacher unions, including the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT),  the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) – GH, have given the government a one-week ultimatum to pay their salary arrears, else they will be forced to “use other channels.”  “We refer to our letter dated 21st June 2017, and subsequent meetings that followed on the subject matter above, and regret that the concerns raised have been left unaddressed to date,” the unions said in a letter addressed to the Finance Minister.     According to them, in the said meeting, the stakeholders agreed in principle to commence the validation exercise of teachers for payment of salary arrears on September 11, 2017, for which notices were sent to members across the country. The unions indicated further that it was also agreed that, 65, 013 forms were to be validated in 88 days.     However, they said they are amazed that “as we write and one month down the line, no action has been taken to commence the exercise and we see this as a deliberate ploy and betrayal of good faith in dealing with the matter.”       They said, “the circumstances in which we find ourselves, it would be extremely difficult for the leadership to restrain our members from expressing their anger in forms that may affect the sanctity of the school environment.”    
Oct 20, 2017
New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) chairman for the Agona West constituency, Mr. Kojo Addo says the current government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is delivering on their campaign promises one after the other Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, government’s agric policy will not only motivate farmers but give them greater revenue. The one-district-one-warehouse policy launched by the president will not only create employment but be attractive to farmers and encourage them to grow more foodstuffs, he said. The warehousing project is part of the Planting for food and jobs project which was launched recently.       When completed, the warehouses will provide handling and storage space for food crops planted by farmers and reduce drastically the post-harvest losses that hamper the work of farmers.   Mr. Kojo Addo said the sustainability of the policies under this administration will be paramount. On technology he said, government has also shown commitment in taking advantage of the advancement in technology to formalize our economy just like any developed country. He lauded the e-billing system introduced by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), the Digital Address System, and the National Identification System.   ‘’We cannot ignore technology if we really want to develop. Nana Addo has shown commitment in developing this country. He has a vision for Ghana and that is the kind of leader we want to see rule this country.’’   Meanwhile, he advised the party to be focused and avoid being complacent. The massive victory chalked by the NPP in 2016 should not eat into our heads. We must work hard to retain the seat in 2020. We cannot afford to fail Ghanaians. Our over 50 percent victory should not make us relax because we are starting everything afresh.''
Oct 20, 2017
  A large tree collapsed on two vehicles at East Legon, causing serious traffic near the KFC fast food joint on the Lagos Avenue, after nearly an hour-long downpour on Wednesday afternoon.     One saloon car and a commercial vehicle [trotro] were affected but there have been no casualties recorded.         Some passengers according eyewitnesses were able to evacuate the commercial buses,  affected, before the full impact of the tree. Fire service personnel also arrived at the scene to take measures to cut and remove the tree trunk from the cars.    
Oct 20, 2017
A Deputy Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Boahen has said the party belongs to the grass root however, they are sometimes neglected when the party wins power. He said, the grass root is an integral part of the party but they have been neglected on several occasions. Kwaku Boahen told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, it was time the party gives them the necessary attention so they will contribute to the success of the party.   He was responding to the reforms adopted by the NDC towards their reorganization and restructuring.   He was optimistic the party will win power in 2020 due to the implementation of the Kwesi Botchwey report. The NDC has scrapped its biometric register because it was a credible document. Party Chairman, Kofi Portuphy announced at a media encounter yesterday [Tuesday] the decision to scrap the register was unanimous by the National Executive Committee (NEC).   He said, ‘’In line with the wishes of the majority of our party members and in the wake of recommendations made by the Election Review Committee led by Prof. Botchwey, the NEC, which is the highest decision making body after congress, unanimously voted for the scrapping of the register which was used to conduct our internal elections last year.’’ NEC he said decided to adopt the manual process of capturing the names of members, at all branches nationwide. The decision to scrap the biometric register he indicated was because the biometric register, did not meet the required standards to make it qualify for a biometric register.   The new process to be adopted is intended to restore integrity to the party’s register and it will become the basis of the new process that the party is going to capture the names of our members. Party members he stated were not happy with the registration exercise conducted previously and the dissatisfaction caused ‘’us a lot in the last election and we have no option but to discard the old register and create a new one which will have a lot of integrity and will also b accepted by all. He stressed that the new process will revive all branches of the party and to also make the branches the most important entry point as far as membership is concerned. Mr. Boahen explaining further said, the reforms are geared towards empowering the grass root. ‘’We have always neglected the grass root but we want to empower them through these reforms so they will contribute towards our victory in 2020.We want them to own the party at the branch level. We want to appeal to them to forget the past and focus on the future. Sometimes, when we win power, we neglect them, but we want to stress the need for them to forget the past. The reforms we are implementing have united our front,'' he said.
Oct 20, 2017
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu, says  the launch of Ghana’s Digital Property Addressing System will boost the operations of the Ghana Post. In her address at the official launch of the system, the minister told the gathering that, “the inability to keep up with technological advances in the past, bedeviled Ghana Post and almost killed it. Ironically, the technological advances of today have become the salvation and rejuvenation of Ghana Post, and this is what we are about to witness today [Wednesday].’’     According to her, the digital addressing system will unlock a new window into the area of modern technology for the country and will also help the country in the identification and registration of lands in the country, while banks will find it easier to locate their clients and borrowers.           The location-based system will provide an effective means of addressing every location to facilitate the implementation of key government policies. Vokacom, a Ghanaian Information Technology firm, designed the system at the cost of 2.5 million dollars. The digital address system will be a precursor to the National Identification Authority’s Ghana card.
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