The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama has described President Akufo-Addo’s nominees for the District Chief Executive (DCE) position are experienced, apt and capable men and women who can hold of their office.
The Minister in a statement said the nominees are: ‘’ “capable men and women with expertise, experience and temperament to head the Assemblies and inspire a new era of rapid development in our country.”
“It is natural that those who were shortlisted and vetted by the President's Committee had high expectations that they will be appointed to serve the nation as Chief Executives of the Assemblies and be the chief representatives of the central government in their districts. But, it is obvious that only one person can serve in that capacity in every Assembly. The President is grateful to all persons who showed keen interest in this exercise and indicated their availability for this important office.
“It is the wish of the President that those who were not named will appreciate that there are other positions they may be called upon to serve in the interest of the nation. This is the time for solidarity and focus on overcoming the great challenges that confront our nation so we can build together the prosperous, thriving Ghana we all desire.
“It is the expectation of the President that this will be the last time Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives will be appointed in this manner. The time has come for the expansion of local democracy to provide for their direct election by the people of their districts. This was the pledge of the NPP manifesto. Government is to begin the process of amending the Constitution, and putting in place the necessary measures to ensure the direct election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives. The President, from henceforth, will have no hand in their appointment. That power will be reserved to the people.”
Meanwhile, out of the 212 nominees only 34 women made it onto the list.
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Sixty Nine (69) Illegal mining machines have been confiscated and destroyed by an anti galamsey Taskforce At Dunkwa Offin .
The 'Stop Galamsey Operation' Taskforce at Dunkwa -On-Offin in the Central Region destroyed 50 machines on Wednesday and 19 machines others on Tuesday used by illegal mining operators at Dunkwa Offin.
The machines were used by the operators to mine on River Offin which serves as the major source of water for residents in the the Upper Denkyira East district.
The Taskforce was set up by the Chief of Dunkwa Offin, Okofrobuor Obeng Nuako III in collaboration with the Dunkwa Offin Small Scale Mining Association and representations from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Minerals Commission, Police Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dunkwa Traditional Council.
The Public Relation Officer of Stop Galamsey Taskforce Dunkwa Offin Mr Peter Ayilkey confirming this to the media,said government’s effort to crackdown on galamsey would be better fought if traditional leaders and small scale mining got involved.
He further appealed for support from government to reduce or halt activities of illegal miners which has caused the pollution of many water bodies in the country.
According to dunkwa small scale mining association,they supported Lands Minister,John Peter Amewu’s roadmap to ending activities of illegal miners blamed for the pollution of the country's water bodies,because of the death traps the galamseyers are creating in the community,
“We have always advised them to leave but they don’t want to leave,” he said, adding they have tasked the Taskforce to destroy equipment used by the miners.
Also instructed the team to handover those apprehended to the polic
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says threats to vote him out in the 2020 election will not stop his government’s anti-galamsey fight.
Speaking at the commissioning of an ICT Center at Suabe in the Eastern Regional town of Akyem Wenchi Wednesday, the president said he will continue the fight against galamsey to preserve our environment.
“Mining along the water bodies cannot continue if we want to preserve nature and our water. It cannot continue,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo has been threatened by some miners that they will vote against him in 2020 should he carry through plan stop galamsey in the country.
The Small Scale Miners Association in Kumasi also said it intends to petition the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to talk to government to reconsider the galamsey crackdown.
The group at a meeting on Tuesday called on President Akufo-Addo to roll out his plan in giving small scale miners the opportunity to operate legally.
The Brekuso Health Centre is in a deplorable state and if efforts are not employed, healthcare delivery in the community, will be hampered, the Midwife Madam Georgina Opare has lamented.
In an exclusive interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi, she said the facility which used to be a CHIPS compound, provides general healthcare services however; they are facing serious infrastructural challenges.
According to her, the facility is unable to also pay for their electricity bills and when the worse occurs, they consult traditional leaders to assist them.
She lamented that, there are accommodating both children and adults in a small office in the community and has therefore called on government to come to their aid by construction a new facility to ensure quality healthcare.
Madam Georgina Opare told our reporter that, the chief in the area has allocated a land for the construction of a new hospital.
According to her, the poor road network in the area is also hampering their work.
‘’We have only two beds at the space used as ward. The one at the maternity ward is in a deplorable state and when we get more than two patients, it becomes extremely difficult to manage them,’’ she said.
The facility is faced by an acute shortage of vital facilities and can hardly cope with the high number of patients, she added.
The health facility, she said, has 10 nurses including community health nurses, psychiatric officers, technicians and midwives.
Mampong and Nsawam she noted are the two referral hospitals for the facility.
A tax expert, Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey has stated in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the happenings of mismanagement and financial misappropriation that is captured by the Auditor General’s Report annually, is only 25% of the actual monies that goes down the drain.
The Auditor General he posited does selective auditing and should they be doing what is really required of them, Ghanaians will be shocked at the outcome adding, ‘’this is only a tip of the iceberg’’.
He was responding to the $41 million bauxite export not captured in the Central Bank’s report.
This came to light when officials of the bank, appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Tuesday April 25th, 2017- which is considering the report of the Auditor General on the statement of foreign exchange receipts payable to the Bank of Ghana for the half year ended June 30, 2015, and December 31, 2015.
The committee was unhappy with the failure of the Central Bank to capture a transaction involving the export of more than 40,000 tonnes of bauxite by the Ghana Export Company Limited in its audited accounts for 2015.
The committee, chaired by Mr James Klutse Avedzi, consequently directed the central bank to furnish the PAC with the report today as it began sittings to scrutinise the audited accounts of some state institutions for the 2015 fiscal year.
Mr. Akpabey quoted the PPA’s Act 2003, Act 663 which states that: ‘’ (1) The Auditor-General shall conduct annual audits of the procurement activities of entities and shall furnish copies of reports on the audits to the Board upon request from the Board; (2) The Auditor-General shall also carry out specific audits into the procurement activities of entities and compliance by contractors, suppliers and consultants with the procurement requirements in this Act and regulations made under this Act at the request of the Board.’’
The tax expert added, ‘’the Auditor General has never ever done this…If the Auditor General has been carrying out this specific order, this thing should have been reconciled long ago. So there is some negligence somewhere at the Auditor Generals Department- as to the reason why, I don’t know, because this should have been captured long ago.... The Auditor General have powers to carry out specific audits in all these areas…This one is not a surprise to me; there are many volumes of fraudulent and dubious transactions that have not been captured in the Auditor General’s report. The report we have been reading is just about 25% of the malfeasance and the fraud that is happening in the country. So I am not surprised. Those that you see in the report is just a small portion of what we see happening in this country,’’ he concluded.
Ghanaian musician, Kumi Guitar says he has no regret practicing music.Speaking to Sokoohemaa on her Mid-Morning Show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he pointed out that he did not give up despite the challenges and difficulties he encountered.According to him, his motivation to others will be to admonish them to fight on no matter the difficulties.He encouraged Ghanaians not to give up because of what others say, or because of things are hard rather, ''use it to push harder until you achieve your aim,'' he said.He added, it is a slow process towards achieving greatness but giving up should not be an option.Using himself as an example, he said, there is an improvement comparing from where I started some years ago. Things were rough and though but we kept fighting. I will not say all is rosy today but I can confidently say that, there is an improvement in my life.
The Highlife musician has recently signed a five-year deal with Zylofon Media, an entertainment company and a record label based at East Legon – Accra, with a Hyundai Sonata brand new saloon car, a house situated at East Legon and a 100,000 dollars as part of his entitlements.He has since relased a track produced by Kin Dee and features Obibini a single off his album expected to be unveiled later in the year.
My sports Org media in collaboration with Ghana 60 years on planning committee is organizing a special presidential cup Football match between Ghana’s two most glamorous clubs Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, slated for May 1 and 28 in Accra and Kumasi for two legs respectively.
Member of the Sports Org Media who doubled as Sports Editor for Despite Media Group Mr Dan Kweku Yeboah, at the press launch praised President Nana Addo’s administration for been the first president to have introduced sports dimensions to Independence Day celebration apart from Ghana’s first president Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s strong interest he showed to Ghana and Africa sports so we in sports media are grateful the president and planning committee of Ghana 60 years on celebration for the recognition given to sports this time around.
The organizers of the match in consultation with their sponsors revealed that the two legged encounter will fetch each team fifty thousand Ghana cedis as appearance fees with transportation, accommodations and food all fully paid for which part payment of twenty five thousand cedis was presented to them by Mr Jerry Boachie Danquah, branding and marketing manager for Vivo Energy distributors of shell fuel, the headline sponsor of the event. Mr Ken Amankwah, chairman of Ghana 60 years on planning committee told Rainbow Sports that his committee came on board to add colour and national touch but he announced adding fifty thousand Ghana cedis to what the sponsors are paying the clubs. He again said that Ghana Black stars proposed friendly with Nigeria national team in October may not come on because Nigeria is not showing match interest but organizers are looking for other West African Countries to play on same date.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Hon. Pius Hadzide, told the gathering how important government attach to the match through his ministry but edged the Ghana 60 years on committee to do it for other sporting disciplines as done to Boxing and Football because they at sports ministry refuse to accept what people call lesser known sports in Ghana sports fraternity.He also advised fans of both clubs to comport themselves when they troop to the stadium because it was these same Hearts and Kotoko which brought Ghana’s worse memory in football and coincidentally it is again happening in the month of May. By: Nana Prempeh
President Akufo-Addo is expected to announce his nominees for the remaining Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive (MMDCEs) positions today.Ahead of the public announcement at 15:00 hrs rainbowradioonline.com has intercepted a list of some of the nominees.List published belowBRONG AHAFO1. Asutifi North – Anthony Mensah2. Asutifi South – Dwomoh Mensah Robert3. Tano North – Ernest Kwarteng4. Tano South – Collins Offiam Takyi5. Asunafo North – Yaw Osei Biahen6. Asunafo South – Osei Bonsu Snr7. Sunyani East – Evelyn Kumi Richardson8. Sunyani West – Martin Obeng9. Sene East – Abraham Mbanye10. Sene West – John Nyarba11. Atebubu – Edward Owusu12. Pru – Steven Jalula13. Wenchi – Dr Prince Kwakye Afriyie14. Kintampo Municipal – Micheal Sakodie Baffoe15. Kintampo South – Alexander Gyan16. Techiman – John Donyina17. Techiman North – Peter Mensah18. Nkoranza Municipal – Atta-Kusiwaa Diana19. Nkoranza North – Gifty20. Dormaa Central – Drissah Quattara21. Dormaa East – Kofi Agyemang22. Dormaa West – Mary Ameyaa23. Tain – Oforiwaa Dwomoh24. Banda – Mary Akonneh25. Jaman North – Adane Ankomah26. Jaman South – Alhaji Abuu27. Berekum Municipal – Kofi AdjeiASHANTI REGIONKojo Peprah – Adansi SouthNana Okyere Tawiah – Atwima KwanwomaCENTRAL REGIONErnest Arthur – Cape CoastUPPER EASTRex Asanga (Bolga)Urtaz Umar (Bawku)Madam Esther (Navrongo)Emmanuel Asore (Garu-Tempane)Thomas Duanab (Talensi)Dina Aburiya (Bongo)Madam Florence (Nabdam)Dandori (China-Paga)Madam Victoria (Bawku West)Hon. Jerry (Pusiga)Hon. Yakubu (Binduri)James Gariba (Builsa North)