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Dec 16, 2017
Commissioner for the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei has written to president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo demanding an official copy of a petition seeking her removal.   The embattled commissioner also wrote to the Judicial Council acknowledging the invitation to appear before the Committee to preside over her possible impeachment proceedings. She was quick to demand, however, a copy of the petition, as well as the composition of the  committee, constituted.  Meanwhile, Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin has redirected the commissioner to request for the letter from the CJ. Some workers sent a petition to the president accusing the Electoral Commissioner of some alleged impeachable offences.   The aggrieved workers claimed Mrs Osei fraudulently cancelled a contract awarded to Superlock Technologies Limited (STL), a company contracted to supply and manage Biometric Voter Registration machines (BVRs) and Biometric Voter Devices (BVDs). They also alleged she single-handedly renegotiated the same contract with the vendor without the involvement of key members of the Commission, leading to the award of $21,999,592 contract.   On receiving the petition, the Chief Justice wrote to the EC Chair to respond to the allegations contained in the petition, which she did after a prima facie case was established against her.   According to her, after her official response to the allegations, she has neither heard from the Chief Justice nor officially been communicated to, only to receive a summon to appear before a committee that is likely to trigger her impeachment. 
Dec 16, 2017
A football administrator, Jonathan Abbey Pobi has slammed the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), for renaming the Tamale Sports Stadium after the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama, a former vice president under Kufour’s administration. He says the current administration failed to do a broad stakeholder consultation before taking the decision and has described it as purely political. President Akufo-Addo signed an Instrument to rename the Tamale Sports Stadium to Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, in honour of the late Aliu Mahama, the former Vice President.   The renaming is part of the fifth-anniversary celebration of his passing.   “It is proper to name after it the former Vice President to recognize his immense contribution to the development and promotion of sports, particularly, football," the Instrument said.  It added, "his significant contribution to the construction and development of the Stadium and his commitment to ensuring discipline and inspiring leadership in the youth of Ghana.”     The ceremony was officially led by the current Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.   In his speech he said, ‘’ H.E. Alhaji Aliu Mahama was a true patriot, nationalist, philanthropist, and a sports champion. He was instrumental in ensuring that the stadium got built in Tamale to support the development of sports in the North. He also played a critical role in unifying several teams into one first class team called Real Tamale United that became a force to reckon with in the football league. He supported many sports men and women such as Abedi Pele and others to rise in their respective sporting careers.’’ I am happy that this glorious day has arrived. This memorable action is also a fulfillment of a campaign pledge that we made during the 2016 election to rename the Tamale Sports Stadium after the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama.   However, in an interview with Rainbow Sports, Mr. Pobi, likened the renaming to a political appointment where the NDC would appoint its own people as well the NPP appointing its own people.   ‘’It is politically motivated. Ghanaians have not agreed to this and so I will describe it as a decision by the NPP. They decided to rename the stadium after the late leader for their own political interest. The one they named it after was a member of the NPP that is why I have referred to it as a political appointment,’’ he said.       The late Aliu Mahama was a native Dagbon, who served as President John Agyekum Kufuor's Vice President from 2001 – 2008.    
Dec 16, 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has posited that the story of Africa’s hitherto inability to develop is primarily the story of bad governance and our damaging colonial heritage.   Speaking at a high level Africa round-table meeting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, President Akufo-Addo charged leaders to make governance and our governance systems work for the eradication of poverty and the creation of prosperity and wealth.   President Nana Akufo-Addo stressed that as African leaders embark on this path, they must commit to building accountable and transparent institutions.   He also said it will take selfless and empowering leadership, smart and progressive policies, as well as the empowerment of Africa’s women to ensure the full implementation of the SDGs in Africa.   He urged the leaders of the African continent to commit to making sure that the SDGs are implemented in their various jurisdictions.   The Roundtable Discussion The roundtable discussion has as its specific objective to define fundamental enablers to achieving success in implementation of the goals at the Africa regional level and country levels. It is also a call to ignite action and mobilise regional support for the implementation of the goals, propose practical, smart and innovative actions needed to underpin their accelerated implementation. The six main issues that the discussion focused on were; the policy, institutional and structural levers to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs in Africa; the capacities needed for appropriate data collection to support the monitoring and evaluation of support of the progress made in the implementation of the SDGs; optimisation of infrastructure, technologies and innovation as drivers for accelerating the implementation of the SDGs; innovative approaches to mobilizing resources to finance the SDGs and optimising the role, expertise and resources of the private sector.   The others are targeting actions of a “quick win” nature to accelerate the empowerment of women towards achieving the SDGs and opportunities for sharing best practices in the implementation of the SDGs and defining a strategy to scale up such practices.
Dec 16, 2017
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has taken over investigations into the recent guns and ammunitions intercepted by the Tamale police command.   The CID  took over the investigations  due to the gravity of the case, says the Northern regional police command told our reporter, Prince Kwame Tamakloe.   It could be recalled that, on Friday, December 8, 2017, Police at Gambaga in the East Mamprusi district of the Northern Region, intercepted a Nissan Patrol vehicle with registration number GE 5433-16 and retrieved six pump action guns and 130 cartridges from it.       Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Yussif Tanko, Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, who confirmed this to the Nyankonton mu nsem in Tamale on Friday, said six occupants of the vehicle including a woman were arrested and detained at the Police station whiles retrieved items were kept for evidential purposes.     ASP Yussif Tanko said the vehicle was travelling from Tamale, and it was headed toward the direction of Namong, a village in the Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo District.   The occupants of the vehicle, Haruna Issa 30 year, Jabok Nwoyo, 37, Frank Fuseini 42 Dansu Suuk 30 wife of Nwoyo, Teibu Kwabena 30 and Tahiru Ayariga 55 years.   Meanwhile the Northern Regional Police Commander COP Patrick Adusei Sarpong revealed that during investigations Teibu Kwabena claimed ownership of the guns and the ammunitions but the case has to be referred to the CID head quarters in Accra due to the seriousness of the case.           By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Dec 16, 2017
Four new cases of the Swine flu or H1N1 disease have been reported at the Kumasi Academy.   Director of Health for the Ashanti region, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, who confirmed the new case said apart from the four new cases, nineteen students who are on admission in three different hospitals and are responding to treatment.   In an interview with Radio Ghana, Dr. Tenkorang assured the public that containment measures have proved effective and emotional support will be given to the students to ensure total recovery.        
Dec 16, 2017
President of the Republic of Ghana and Co-Chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has bemoaned the deficit in human resource development in the sub-region. Addressing a high level African Round Table Discussion on the theme, ‘’Mobilizing Support and Accelerating, Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’’, the Co-Chair said The successful implementation of the SDGs will end poverty, protect the planet and secure prosperity. he noted. He added, there are reasons that make him optimistic about the future and the most important one for him is that ‘’increasingly, Agenda 2030 is no longer seen as some else’s agenda. Extraordinary efforts and actions required to achieve the SDGs, are beginning to coxless the partnership that we are building across national governments, civil society and the private sector.’’   According to him, as the Co-Chair, he has taken a strategic decision to prioritize championing accelerated implementation of the goals in Africa.’’ ‘’I am compelled to do this because sadly, the deficit in human development, is highest in our continent. If we are to succeed in our noble ambition to transform our continent and poor masses of our people out of poverty, and deprivation, Africa must pursue implementation of the SDGs with a strong sense of urgency and unparalleled commitment to act now,’’ he added.    
Dec 16, 2017
Nai Kwao Otuo, the Chief of Awutu Makesem who is also the Akobiahene of the Awutu Traditionala Council, has called on his subjects to construct for him, an ultra-modern palace to befit his status as a ruler. He made the appeal at a ceremony to mark his 56th Anniversary on the throne. The current palace he said has been in existence since the era of Ghana’s independence hence the need to get a new one for the people under the jurisdiction. Nai Kwao Otuo said he has served his people and community well since he was enstooled. He further pledged to do his best as a ruler to ensure that his subjects benefit from his reign.      
Dec 16, 2017
Following a failed attempt by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly in November this year to elect a presiding member due to the inability of the contestants to secure the required votes, Mr. Patrick Laweh AtitiatI last Thursday was   elected as the Presiding Member. He obtained 33 votes out of the 48 votes cast, while Mr. Joseph Koto had 13 votes with one rejected ballot. Mr. Akwesi Poku who contested with the two in November pulled out this time around to enable Mr. Atitiati to secure majority of the votes casts.  Mr. Atitiati in an interview after the election said he will support the leadership of the Assembly especially the MCE, to enable them improve on revenue collection. He also hinted of the provision of laptops for all members as a way of improving   communication and a reduction in the use of papers.  He said ‘’we are going to have a paperless Assembly with every member been provided with a laptop, this will enable us to have an effective communication among ourselves and to reduce the use of so much papers during our  meetings’’ . When asked if he gave Mr. Koto money to compel him to step down , he indicated that he never lured him with any monetary reward as Mr. Koto had been a friend to him for over 35 years as a result of which he willingly stepped down to support him to win the elections. The election was supervised by the Tema Metropolitan Director of the Electoral Commission, Nana Oduro Nimapau in Tema.   By: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah 
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