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Nov 21, 2017
The Minority in Parliament has demanded a full list of presidential staffers working at the presidency. A former presidential staffer who worked under the erstwhile Mahama administration says it will be in the best interest of government to provide the list. Dr. Clement Apaak said “It is a requirement per the Presidential Office Act 1993, that the office of the president should furnish parliament with the full list of persons working at the presidency and that includes presidential staffers…. We are not saying that government has breached the law…. But we believe that at this time the government has settled in and all the staff that the presidency needs to be able to function to its optimum is in place, and therefore the time has come for us to know who they are and what positions they occupy.’’   The legislator representing the Builsa South constituency filed a question in parliament directed at the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu on the matter. Dr. Clement Apaak in February this year staged a similar protest in request for the list of cabinet ministers.   On the demand for the list of presidential staffers, he said, “Full complement to allow us to assess matters to do with expenditure as far as the presidency is concerned, and matters of accountability and transparency… It is in the interest of the Presidency to make this list available to ensure that people do not use the name of the office of the presidency to engage in acts of fraud and acts that are untoward.’’
Nov 21, 2017
Zimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to last week's army takeover, has urged President Robert Mugabe to resign immediately. Emmerson Mnangagwa said he fled abroad two weeks ago when he learned of a plot to kill him, and he would not return until he was sure of his security. The ruling Zanu-PF party is expected to begin impeachment proceedings in parliament later on Tuesday. Mr Mugabe is accused of allowing his wife to "usurp constitutional power". Speaking from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, Mr Mnangagwa said the 93-year-old president should heed the "clarion call" of his people and step down. "I told the President that I would not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of the manner and treatment given to me upon being fired," he said in a statement. Mr Mnangagwa's dismissal earlier this month was seen by many as clearing the way for Mr Mugabe's wife Grace wife to succeed him as leader. The move riled top army officials, who stepped in and put Mr Mugabe under house arrest, though he nominally remains the president.   The military said they have planned a "roadmap" with Mr Mugabe for the future. On Sunday, despite intense pressure, Mr Mugabe surprised many by failing to resign in a TV address. He instead vowed to preside over next month's Zanu-PF party congress.   Source:BBC
Nov 21, 2017
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 20th November, 2017, held bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MP, at 10 Downing Street. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the ties of co-operation between the two countries, and move the bilateral relations to a point beyond aid. The pair also discussed issues bordering on next year’s Commonwealth Summit, as preparations for the Summit intensify. Congratulating Ghana on her 60th Independence Anniversary, Prime Minister Theresa May told President Akufo-Addo that she and the people of the United Kingdom were “looking forward to building a sound relationship, and also developing historic ties with Ghana for the next 60 years.” The British Prime Minister indicated that increasing the volumes of trade between the two countries was the key to boosting the growth, progress and prosperity of the two countries and their respective populations. Prime Minister May noted further that next year’s Commonwealth Summit, which will be held in London, will present member states with the opportunity “to grow together”, and was pleased that President Akufo-Addo would be participating in the Summit. She was hopeful that during her tenure of office, the United Kingdom will continue to build “on the strong relationship we have with Ghana.” On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the British Prime Minister for the warm welcome afforded him and his delegation. Despite it being “60 years since we parted company”, President Akufo-Addo noted that Ghana and the United Kingdom “didn’t part company for good”. Strong relationships between the two countries, the President, indicated, have existed, regardless of the governments of the day, and assured Prime Minister May that, under his leadership as President of Ghana, the already strong relationship will continue. President Akufo-Addo was hopeful that his and the period of office of his British counterpart would be marked by the strengthening of the bilateral relations between the two countries for the mutual benefit of the two countries and their respective populations. According to the President, Ghana was looking forward eagerly to next year’s Commonwealth Summit, which would provide the opportunity to reinvigorate the Commonwealth around its theme of “A Common Future”, and make it a dynamic instrument for the growth of the global community in the 21st Century. President Akufo-Addo congratulated British Prime Minister Theresa May on the decision of the British government to host next year’s Summit.  
Nov 21, 2017
The Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu has expressed worry over the quality of justice delivery in the country. Using the recent ruling in the Delta Force 13, the overlord said the handling of the issue was unfortunate and lenient.     In the view of the Asantehene, the GHc1,800 each fined the Delta group compared to the hefty sentencing of other crimes questions the quality of justice delivery in the country.   “If someone steals a goat and is fined GHc 5,000 and is additionally slapped with a jail term, how can people who invade a courtroom, overpower a security, release suspects and put the lives of a judge and staff in danger, and as their punishment are given a paltry fine of GHc 1,800 and discharged. Has justice been served?” “If such judgments come from the court, how can you prevent people from questioning the quality of justice delivered by our judges? Unfortunately, it takes only one case or very few cases for the quality of justice that you profess to deliver to be through into the woods.” “I hope and pray that by the end of this forum, such ramification of quality justice will be more meaningfully appreciated so we can all be witnesses for the realization of the vision of quality judges delivering quality justice,” he added.   He made the remarks at at the Chief Justice’s forum in Kumasi on Monday.
Nov 21, 2017
The Ministry of Finance today [Monday] organized a post 2018 budget sensitization workshop for IFEJ, the parliamentary press corps members and other journalists.   The sensitization workshop accorded participants the opportunity to engage with technical team and officials who put the budget together. It also served as a platform for further clarification to aid public education about initiatives highlighted in the budget, through the mediums the participants represented.   Head of Public Relations at the Ministry, Cecilia Akwetey said the Finance Ministry will reproduce the statement in about 7 local languages, hold community forums in the bid to simplify the 2018 budget for citizens. She said the Ministry had been collaborating with the Information Services Department, Ghana Education Service and other institutions at the district level to distribute the translated budget copies as well as explaining the content of the budget to the people. The local languages are Ga, Ga-Dangbe, Nzema, Dagbani, Asante Twi, Ewe and Gonja. Madam Eva Mends, the First Female Director of Budget of the Ministry of Finance, said the budget was the most important document of the Ministry because it contained key policies and programmes of government that would influence the lives of the people. On his part, Mr Rayborn Bulley, the President of IFEJ, said for journalists to communicate effectively to the public, it was important for them to understand the rationale underpinning the budget, therefore the meeting was important and timely, which would afford them the opportunity to listen to technical and expert views on the budget to enhance their knowledge and understanding.   Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corps, Nana Agyemang Birikorang  in a statement read on his behalf, appealed to the Ministry to organize pre-budget workshop for journalists to prevent politicians from peddling falsehood ahead of the presentation. He made specific mention of the claims by the Minority before the presentation that government was planning to tax mobile money transactions. However, it turned out to be false after the budget was presented before parliament last week.     Dr Mawuli Gaddah, the Head of Macro Research at the Ministry of Finance, took participants through some policy initiatives proposed by government, while Dr Alhassan Iddrisu, the Director of Economic Research and Forecasting Division of the Ministry, also explained the macroeconomic indicators of the 2017 budget and projections in the 2018 budget statement and how it would influence the business environment.
Nov 21, 2017
Staff of Rainbow Radio has today [Monday] signed the book of condolence in memory of colleague journalist, Kwadwo Baffour Acheampong aka KABA, host of afternoon political show, ‘Ekosii Sen’ on Asempa 94.7Fm. The team was led by the morning show host, Kwame Tutu. He was accompanied by news editor, Kwabena Agyapong, Executive Producer, Vivian Arthur, parliamentary correspondent Naa Darkuah Dodoo, two of our News anchors, Nana Adjoa Owusu and Casablanca as well as our Sales Manager, Darko Stephen Odame. The 2017 RTP Radio Show Host of the year died Saturday morning after a short illness. His sudden demise has shocked the entire nation with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia expressing shock. Former President John Dramani Mahama has also expressed shock at his death. Senior political heads including Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the opposition NDC and the Acting General Secretary of the ruling NPP. have all expressed their shock at his demise. The deceased left behind a wife and a nine  month old baby.    
Nov 21, 2017
Former lands and natural resources minister under the erstwhile the Mahama led administration, Inusah Fuseini has kicked against the extension of the ban on small scale mining. The ranking member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs committee in Parliament said, the first ban by the minister was laudable because it was meant to sanitize and clean the small scale mining sector. However, I am kicking against the extension since the extension will adversely affect licensed small scale miners who have gone for loans and hired heavy equipment for their work. The minister should understand those who are legal and illegal. He should also seek help from the registered or licensed miners in ensuring sanity in the sector.   Government some few weeks ago extended the ban on scale mining by three months.  Mr. Inusah Fuseini further described the extension as ‘’totally unfair’’ and has asked the minister to reconsider the extension because it is unfair for those who have gone through the process of acquiring a license, he stressed.   The Lands and Natural resources, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement said the ban is expected to be lifted by January 2018. “There is an extension for three months, and the Association has been informed. The people we are dealing with are aware. The ban has been extended. This was supposed to end somewhere in October,” he added. The government earlier in 2017 imposed a six-month ban on small-scale mining as part of efforts to end illegal mining and its related activities, which adversely affected the environment, particularly water bodies and forest reserves.       Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator said some individuals have also abused the laws and they are being treated the same as those who have registered and that is an illegality.
Nov 21, 2017
  Frafraha Community Senior High School (FACOSH) in Adentan has organized their maiden Speech and Prize Giving Day to honour some individuals on Saturday.   The school which is one of the community day schools commissioned by former president John Dramani Mahatma, last year has a population of about 980 students and 52 teaching staff.   FACOSH's first anniversary was themed "Building The Nation Through Quality & Holistic Education (The Role of Community Senior High School). The event  attracted high profiled dignitaries like Member of Parliament for Adentan constituency, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoah, Municipal Chief Executive of Adentan Municipal Assembly , Nii Moi Adumoah, Mr Michael Nsowah (Chairman, GES Council), Prof Opoku Kwasi Amankwah (Director General, GES) and Board Chairman of the school Mr Kwesi Nkansah (COP/Rtd)   The event which was held at the school's premises saw some students receiving honours for their brilliant academic and sporting performance for the year. Emmanuel Agyapong received the overall best student award with a cash prize of GHC1,000.   The colorful event featured displays from the School's Cadet Corps, Cultural display by the Drama Troupe and the school choir.   Speaking at the occasion, the deputy Minister of Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum who was the guest speaker charged all stakeholders of the school to do their best for the school to he named among the elite senior high schools in Ghana.       Meanwhile, the headmaster of Frafraha Community Senior High School Mr Ofori Antwi took the opportunity to expose some of the challenges the school is facing.
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