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Dec 16, 2017
Morning show host for Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kwame Tutu has asked government to declare the sanitation situation in the country a national crisis. According to him, ‘’ the capital city, Accra smells bad. Almost every gutter, market or bus terminal is covered in filth.’’   He added, ‘’ Aban, I sincerely think today that our environmental health which has direct impact on the health, productivity and life span of citizens is extremely important than a directional app.’’   Kwame Tutu who started what he termed ‘’CITIZEN’S REPORT’’ to allow callers give a vivid picture of the communities on his show said ‘’ I therefore indulge you Mr aban to make sanitation your top most priority, declare the current situation as a national crisis and find emergency solution to it, it will be of immense good if the military is invited to help.’’       Some listeners who since Monday called into the show expressed disgust at the sanitation situation in the communities. They have therefore called on government to enforce the laws and sanction people who violate the sanitation laws.   Below is the full post on his Facebook page   A note to Ghana aban. DECLARE THE FILTHINESS OF THE COUNTRY A NATIONAL CRISIS. Hello Ghana aban, your citizens are living in an unprecedented insanitary conditions. Filth is engulfing the Nation. Everywhere one drives or walks there is garbage gathered there. The capital city, Accra smells bad. Almost every gutter, market or bus terminal is covered in filth. Aban, if you don't know I wish to inform you that over 80% of hospital admissions are as a result of poor environmental sanitation. Diseases such as malaria, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, upper respiratory infections, etc are all caused by living in dirty environment. I was among those who hailed the GhanaPost digital address application which a whooping $2.5 million dollars was used to procure. Aban, I sincerely think today that our environmental health which has direct impact on the health, productivity and life span of citizens is extremely important than a directional app. I therefore indulge you Mr aban to make sanitation your top most priority, declare the current situation as a national crisis and find emergency solution to it, it will be of immense good if the military is invited to help. Yours Spectator, Kwame Tutu, Kromoase - Asante.   Top of Form
Dec 16, 2017
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged decision-makers from all sectors of national life to support policies which empower women and girls. At the launch of the HeForShe platform, at the Independence Square, in Accra, on Tuesday, 12th December, 2017, the President also invited men and boys across all communities in the country to become agents of change, and join this platform. “I invite lawmakers to continue their work in advancing progress for women’s and girl’s rights across the nation. I invite traditional leaders, as gatekeepers of our moral and cultural values, to work in helping to tear down the cultural barriers, which prevent our women and girls from being equal citizens,” he said. The President continued, “I invite you all to become champions of women’s rights, and agents of change, in and out of our borders.” HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging men and boys as agents of change and take action against negative inequalities faced by women and girls. With President Akufo-Addo holding the dual positions of co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates on the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the African Union Gender Champion for 2017, he noted that “we do ourselves and future generations a great disservice if we leave women out of the agenda for development.” Reiterating the significance and importance of all of the SDGs, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that “as the AU Gender Champion, I must, perforce, single out, for special mention and attention, during my stay in office, SDG 5, which defines the goal of gender equality and full female empowerment. In my estimation, it is at the heart of the structure of the SDGs.” The President was, thus, proud that Ghana has joined several other countries who have launched the HeForShe platform, in support of creating a better world, “where we extend a blanket of protection to all women, and to ensure that their rights become the bedrock for equality and social justice.” As AU Gender Champion and the Co-Chair of the UN SDGs Advocates, President Akufo-Addo pledged to work with all actors to ensure that gender equality becomes reality in Ghana, and across the continent. “Today, I commit to giving full support to the three focus areas under the HeForShe platform for action in Ghana: to end child marriage and negative cultural and traditional practices; to increase women’s participation and representation in political/decision-making spheres, by passing the Affirmative Action Bill in 2018; and to increase women’s economic empowerment, through capacity building and a healthy business environment,” he said As Ghana goes HeForShe, President Akufo-Addo urged the gathering and Ghanaians to remind themselves that “inequality has an unbearable burden and cost on our economy, society and the development of our nation. Today, I join the millions of people around the world who stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality and say I am a HeForShe.”  
Dec 16, 2017
Government will partner the private sector to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make the life of the ordinary Ghanaian better, Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated. According to Dr Bawumia, achieving the SDGs would benefit both the private sector, who would have a healthy, skilled work force, and Government which would have fulfilled its obligation to the citizenry to provide a safe, healthy and economically sound environment for growth. “At the end of the day we have to ask the question: what is the opportunity cost of us not achieving the SDGs? We will have a lot of hunger, we will have a lot of poverty, we will have issues with sustainability of the environment, and so on. That picture of what would happen if we don’t achieve the SDGs makes it therefore very imperative, and in the interest of the private sector, that we do achieve the SDGs.” The Vice President gave the assurance when he took part in a panel discussion on the topic “The Private Sector and SDGs” at the High Level African Roundtable on Mobilizing Support And Accelerating Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held in Accra on Tuesday December 12, 2017. Dr Bawumia emphasised that Government was committed to achieving the UN goals, which include eliminating poverty and hunger; ensuring good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality; clean water and sanitation; and decent work and economic growth, among others as they would have a direct impact on her ability to meet the needs of the ordinary Ghanaian. “Then we would have a more prosperous society, a more educated workforce and a healthier population and these are all necessary brickworks that would make the private sector do very well. “If we achieve the SDGs it would mean that the necessary investments have been made, and those investments present a huge opportunity for private sector participation in national development.” The Vice President indicated that government recognises the crucial role played by the private sector in achieving these goals, and would create the enabling environment for them to play their role in national development. “The private sector is going to be very key because the type of resources we need to invest in achieving the SDG cannot be provided by the public sector alone; it is just not feasible. The public sector is going to be there as a partner, to make sure that the investment climate is therefore conducive for the private sector to participate.” The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.  
Dec 16, 2017
Doug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore. His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49. Mr Moore has so far refused to concede. All votes have now been counted. He fought a controversial campaign, in which allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. Mr Moore, a firebrand conservative who has said he believes that homosexual activity should be illegal, has repeatedly denied the claims against him. The contest was for the seat vacated by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year.     Source: BBC
Dec 16, 2017
Rapper and Song writer, Donzy has told Rainbow Radio’s Sokoo Hemaa Kukua that, his collaboration with Kofi Kinaata on the hit song, ‘’The Crusade’’ was a blessing to him. He was responding to a question posed to him by the host on how much he made from the song. The 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominee in an answer said, it was not all about the money because it comes with a lot of  things; the exposure and a lot of things. When pushed to specifically mention the amount of money he made he stressed, it was okay as compared to before.   According to him, the number of shows he performed before the song was released, could not be compared to the ones he got after the song became a hit.   ‘’It brought positivity into my life but I will say I got a lot of money. It was part of the process so if you are talking about money, I will say that, it was okay because I shot videos and did one or two things,’’ he told Sokoo Hemaa Kukua. Donzy  and  Kofi Kinaata  released their hit track in 2015 and later released the official visual for their most hyped single "The Crusade" -- a song produced by Seshie.   The video directed by Yaw Skyface saw the duo gather men, women and children for a crusade where Donzy preaches as Kofi Kinaata interprets.
Dec 16, 2017
  The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has shut down Accra-based television station Metro TV, reportedly over their failure to pay their taxes.     Entry into the premises has been restricted by the GRA.   The station is currently off air and likely to remain so for a couple of days, according to sources.    
Dec 16, 2017
The Supreme Court has struck out a petition brought before it against Gender Minister, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba.         The panel presided over by the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo said it was unable to hear the case because the lawyer for the two plaintiffs, Godwin Tamakloe, did not possess a valid Solicitor General’s license at the time of issuing the writ.   The court also described the writ as incompetent.   Two NDC MPs, Ashaiman’s Ernest Norgbey and MP for the Juaboso Constituency, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh went to court in February this year challenging the legality of Madam Djaba’s appointment as Local Government Minister due to her failure to undertake the mandatory National Service.   They prayed the court to declare the appointment and swearing-in of Madam Djaba as Minister as null and void due to the breach was certain aspects of the constitution pertaining to National Service Act.
Dec 16, 2017
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, George Oduro has told Parliament that, government has earmarked 311 facilities for intervention towards the one-district-one-factory.   According to him government out of the number,  identified a total of 131 facilities for expansion or general rehabilitation.   He said 180 have been identified for new construction in addition making a total of 311 facilities earmarked for intervention   He disclosed this in his submission following a question posed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bole/Bamboi,  Yusif Sulemana.                       When he was asked how  many output (produce) market linkage contracts have been established between crop farmers and produce off-takers under the ongoing 'planting for food and jobs ' initiative the MP said ‘’the planting for food and jobs initiative which was launched in the Brong Ahafo region in April 2017, has six  thematic pillars- Improved seeds production and promotion, Increased Fertilizer Usage and promotion for increased productivity, Promoting and strengthening market linkage, Improved Extension Service, Fertilizer Monitoring and National Agriculture Census and One-Village-One Dam.’’   He continued: ‘’the sustainability of this initiative is very much dependent on providing ready markets for farmers under this programme. To motivate more farmers to sign up to this initiative, the Ministry of Agriculture through the National Buffer Stock Company, has put measures in place to purchase harvested farm produce under the planting for food and jobs initiative. The Ministry has so far registered 1,303 aggregators and given them license through the National Food Buffer Stock Company to purchase the produce from the local farmers under the planting for food and jobs for the 2017/2018 cropping season.’’   The MP sort to clarify the number of contracts signed between the farmers and aggregators and in his answer, the Deputy Minister said the 1,303 represents the number of contracts signed and spread nationwide.     The legislator later requested that list of aggregators is published on the official website of the Agric Ministry as well as the state owned newspapers.
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