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Oct 20, 2017
The outgoing Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Commissioner of Police (COP), Bright Oduro has accused Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong and National Security Minister Kan Dapaah of orchestrating his dismissal. The CID boss who was asked to proceed on leave says the action taken was unfair and unfortunate considering his dedicated service to the country. According to him, although he has an unquestionable track record after his 29 years of dedicated service, he has been humiliated and be made to proceed on leave shamefully. He contends that, the maverick politician’s utterances and baseless accusations against him caused his removal from office. He said, the legislator has consistently accused him falsely and repeated same on various media platforms that he [Oduro] sponsors activities of land guards. Mr. Oduro was asked to proceed on leave prior to his retirement on January 3, 2018 and has officially handed over yesterday [Tuesday]. But commenting on the circumstances that led to the directive, he said, he was not given a fair hearing and no explanation was given to him. He however confirmed that he was due for retirement next year and explained further that he should have started his terminal leave on August 30 this year but the convention in the Police Service allows officers due for leave to stay and work till their retirement.   He further suggested that, the National Security Minister failed to call the legislator to order despite complaining several times to him. He told Accra based Oman Fm that, he suspects the Minister and the legislator orchestrated his dismissal. He told the host on the show that the MP started his attacks on him three months after he was appointed as Director of CID.     He touted his achievements in the police service stressing that, ‘’I am proud of my achievements. I led a team to arrest the most hardcore criminals in the country. And that track record is one that I am proud of.''
Oct 20, 2017
ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has been appointed as the acting Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.   Her appointment according an internal memo, takes immediate effect and she is taking over from COP Bright Oduro, who has been asked to proceed on leave.   The senior police officer was recently caught up in a purported tape which captured her voice and that of musician A-plus, coaching the latter to deny his allegation of corruption against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. She later issued a statement to deny and said her voice was doctored. ACP Addo-Danquah was born to Mr. Kwame Adiya-Nimo and Nana Adwoa Agyekumwaa II (Queenmother of Banka) on 19 August 1969 at Konongo in the Asante Akyem district of the Ashanti Region. She is second of six children.     She got recruited into the Ghana Police Service on 27 July 1990.      
Oct 20, 2017
The maiden edition of the Muscle Qlassic has been slated for November 11, 2017.             The event being organized by Tizo Muscle Evolution is geared towards promoting good health and healthy lifestyle.         It will be organized at the West Hill Mall, Weija and it’s a free event.       The event is opened to both Ghanaian and foreign athletes.         Categories for the event will be Men’s Physique, Ladies Bikini, Body building (lightweight, middle weight, and heavy weight).         The prize package according to organizers is over GHc25,000.     Organizers have promised a remarkable event and have urged athletes to participate in the upcoming activity.
Oct 20, 2017
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to set up a strategic co-operation framework, and have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SAP), to that end, which will give new momentum to Ivorian-Ghanaian co-operation.       This agreement covers the areas of Defence and Security; Cocoa and cashew economy and other strategic crops; Maritime cooperation; Mining, energy and environment; Transport; and Economic policies.     Signing the agreement on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that “this Agreement will bind our two countries in even closer intimacy, and go beyond the conventional tools of co-operation, and, I am confident, will yield results of a historic and enduring nature for our two peoples.”       The signing of the Agreement was conducted at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, 17th October, 2017, at the end of the 2-day visit to Ghana by the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.       On Defence and Security, the two countries agreed to reinforce the relationship among the relevant agencies, to organise joint exercises and operations and to establish joint training programmes.         “In order effectively to fight terrorism, maritime piracy, cybercrime, human trafficking and narcotics, the illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, and the spread of destabilizing acts from one territory to the other, the two Governments have decided to strengthen their cooperation in the field of information exchange and intelligence,” the agreement read.         In order to exercise better control over the international price of cocoa, the two Governments, through their respective cocoa institutions, namely the Coffee-Cocoa Board for Côte d’Ivoire and the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) for Ghana, agreed to adopt common policies on the marketing, storage and processing and promoting local consumption of cocoa. Additionally, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire pledged to put in place a common strategy, including the need to converge towards a harmonised and consolidated price to be paid to farmers, to contribute to the eradication of smuggling of cocoa and cashew. On Maritime Co-operation, the two Governments reaffirmed their commitment to abide strictly by and cooperate to implement the ruling of the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered on 23rd September, 2017, in the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean.           In accordance with their commitment, the two Governments agreed to develop practical arrangements for the joint exploitation and management of trans-boundary oil and gas and other resources.         “They will also work to achieve stronger cooperation in the areas of oil research, hydrocarbon exploration, development and management, and sharing of information,” the agreement added further.         Taking into account their rich mining potential, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire reiterated their commitment committed to strengthening their co-operation in the areas of mining, policies, increase in national participation and exchange of information, and capacity building.         “A specific emphasis shall be put on combating the proliferation illegal small- scale mining with the view to eliminating its negative impact on the physical and social environment. Furthermore, cooperation should be strengthened as far as climate change and coastal erosion is concerned,” the statement added. The two Governments also decided to strengthen their cooperation in the area of air, sea, rail and road transport. In the short term, they have agreed to speed up the Abidjan-Accra highway project.         In order to create a prosperous society, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire pledged to increase the volume of trade between the two countries, and to create a stable inclusive economic environment, commit to execute the relevant instruments and take the necessary measures towards closer convergence of their economic policies.         To this end, a Conference of Heads of States shall be established within twelve (12) months of the signing of the Agreement, which will be responsible for guiding and promoting the implementation of the common strategic policies defined in this Agreement. Additionally, a Joint Implementation and Monitoring Committee shall be established, consisting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of the two Governments in charge of the strategic areas defined in this Agreement. The Joint Committee shall be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the decisions of the Conference.  
Oct 20, 2017
 The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has launched an Electronic Billing and Payment System to help facilitate operations.   According to GWCL, the new payment system is to enable customers receive and pay bills electronically via emails, text messages on their mobile phones.     The E-billing system is expected to phase out the paper system and the company will partner the various Telecommunication companies and other financial institutions to carry out a successful implementation.     GWCL said the transition from paper to electronic billing, which was started in June 2016, has been rolled out in the Greater Accra, Central, Western and Ashanti regions.     Through the new system, customers can as well send their complaints via WhatsApp, including Google locations of their homes or properties to the GWCL call centre.   The company said the process is still on-going and very soon, a full transition with a cut off date for paper billing will be announced. The new system was officially launched in Accra on Tuesday.
Oct 20, 2017
Former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen has responded to the call on him to state his position on the appointment of family members by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The outspoken politician in 2016 slammed former President John Dramani Mahama for practicing nepotism. Per a research he conducted in 2016, he said, Mr. Mahama appointed people from his hometown to various positions of state. He was challenged by MP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, to slam the current president like he did to Mr. Mahama. The MP in an interview said, ‘’Professor Adei must be bold and criticize the current administration over nepotism. He accused Mahama of appointing his own people but today, he [Nana Addo] is appointing his family and friends including in-laws among others. Has he [Adei] not seen that? Reacting to challenge, Prof. Adei has issued a statement expressing his disappointment in Nana Addo for appointing family and friends. The statement said, ‘’I must take this opportunity, through this release, to state that I am highly disappointed in the size of family members, friends, business associates and mostly, tribesmen in the government of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.’’ Read below the full statement: 17-10-2017 Press Release ON MATTER OF PRINCIPLE I STAND TO COMMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES IN AKUFO-ADDO'S GOVERNMENT I have noted with admiration, several calls from the public, soliciting my views on the size of family members in the government of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo. I see these calls as fair, considering the position I took against the then president of the republic His Excellency John Dramani Mahama over the number of family members and friends who were serving under his administration. I must take this opportunity, through this release, to state that I am highly disappointed in the size of family members, friends, business associates and mostly, tribesmen in the government of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo. While at that, I must point a weakness in running this type of government - fighting corruption becomes difficult as individuals to be prosecuted and perhaps ridiculed for indulging in corruption would be relations as we are witnessing already. It must be on record that I stand by this principle which I am committed to and would always advance anytime I see such nepotism being practiced in our governance structure. SIGNED: Prof. Stephen Adei Former Rector, GIMPA
Oct 20, 2017
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Honorable Joseph Kofi Addah has outlined that the new transformation and digitization of their paper billing system to the E- billing and payment system is in line with the vision of the president and second to Ghana Port and Harbor Authority (GPHA) to roll on the paperless system ensuring efficient delivery. He however indicated that Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is owed 850 million Ghana cedis with 42% by domesticcustomers while 58% is owed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies urging that the new system is much convenient and forthcoming in paying bills as it is assumed that the current system is not convenient not because they are broke. On his part, the Managing Director for GWCL, Mr. Clifford Abdallah Brimah underscored that the new system is as a result of adopting technology in the world and indicated it can be accessed 24/7 by smart phones , IOSplatforms and through partner banks. By: Nana Adjoa Owusu
Oct 20, 2017
Former Trade and Industry Minister Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah says he is still in consultation with the grass root of the party and will soon announce his intention to contest in the presidential race. Speaking to rainbowradioonline.com he said we should wait on what the Almighty God will do, because as I speak to you, I am in a consultation process. According to him, he is aware that there are a lot of people who have high hopes for him to contest as candidate on behalf of the party. He indicated, the grass root are disappointed and are looking forward to a candidate who will mend the broken bridges. He was emphatic that, the party is currently undergoing a reorganization and as a member, he wants to help in that process so later he will declare his intentions for the race when the time comes. Mr. Garbrah said, he appreciates the desire by people to see him contest but he wants the healing process to be completed first and the party well organized then the rest will follow. He also added, he is aware that a lot of people have expressed interest but the most important thing is for them to commit to the reorganization so the party will not suffer any more seeming tension. ‘’As you can see, the party is in a state of reconstruction , restructuring, and healing…The Kwesi Botchwey report identified a number of challenges,’’ and that is what our focus should ne now.
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