A group that calls itself Zongo for Bawumiah, says they have overwhelming evidence to get the General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Johnshon Asiedu Nketiah behind bars by tomorrow.
The spokesperson for the group Alhaji Muazu in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, said the involvement of the chief scribe of the umbrella family in allegedly aiding the registration of non-Ghanaians numbering about 10, 000 to cast their votes in 2012.
According to him, they have documentary evidence with audio, photos to aid their petition presented to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service.
He noted the former legislator is not above the law who cannot be apprehended.
Alhaji Muazu stressed the General Secretary is a threat to the security of this country hence the need for him to be arrested.
The Zongo for Bawumiah a fortnight ago organised a press conference in response to counter calls by Johnson Asiedu Nketiah for the arrest of the running mate of the NPP.
They have today presented a petition to the CID demanding for the immediate arrest of General Mosquito as he is popularly refered to.
''We have overwhelming evidence to put Asiedu Nketiah behind bars and by tomorrow, we are sure he will be arrested by the CID, Insha Allah,'' he said.
A leading member of OccupyGhana and renowned economist, Sydney Casely Hayford says Ghana has become too expensive to live in considering the untold hardship brought on Ghanaians by government.
''The living conditions in the whole country are completely out of the ordinary. Ghana has become so expensive. Food, drugs, petrol are all expensive, Ghanaians cannot afford anything.''
According to him, the killer taxes and hikes in tariffs and petroleum are just but a few of the wickedness of the Mahama led administration.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the leading member of the pressure group said it was about time Ghanaians rise against the incompetence of the ruling government and demand for accountability, equity and transparency.
The group has declared today as a red Friday in protest against the 59.2% and 67.2% increment in electricity and water respectively as well as the 27% in petroleum prices.
Mr. Casely Harford said one other issue that the group is fighting against the resettlement of the two former Guantanamo Bay Prisons detainees who are in Ghana for a two year stay following an agreement between Ghana and the United States.
The red Friday he revealed is being intensified by OccupyGhana to remind government of the difficulties Ghanaians are going through.
We are doing all we can to demand for change but it seems government remains adamant therefore, ''In order for us to remind government, consistently that we are not happy with the way things are going, we have intensified the red Friday campaign to ensure that any one who feels unhappy of the mishaps in the country, you wear red in protest,'' and demand for the change needed.
The economist hinted that the group will once every month declare a red Friday to pressure government until change comes.
''Everything has to be fixed, it has to be corrected. Because we cannot continue living like this when there is no increase in salary and increase income supply of private people. It is not just working and very soon Ghana will come to a halt because people will not be able to afford anything,'' he lamented.
He called on Ghanaians to ''identify their problems and challenges and express them by wearing anything red and let government know that we [citizens] are upset and angry over what is going on.''
Mr. Casely Hayford when asked if they will petition authorities if the problems they have identified persist, then they will seek redress at the law court.
Taabea Company Limited has donated educational materials to the Dedesua DA Basic School to boost teaching and learning.
The School, which is located in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti regions lacks several teaching and learning materials making it difficult.
Leading a team of staff to present the educational materials was the wife of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs. Clara Akua Agyemang.
The educational materials included a brand new projector, tables for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), exercise books, boxes of pen, and bags branded with Taabea products worth GHC 10, 0000.
The presentation was in fulfillment of the company's corporate social responsibility to make teaching and learning easier.
Speaking to frontline, the CEO of Taabea Company Limited. Mr. Christian Agyemeng noted the donation forms part of a pledge made to the school some time ago by his wife.
According to him, government cannot provide for educational institutions hence the need for other corporate firms to also contribute their quota to the promotion of quality education.
He revealed the company intends to replicate this in other deprived schools to enhance the teaching and learning.
Mr. Christian Agyemang said the youth and most especially those dwelling in the rural communities are the future leaders who therefore the need to for society to play their roles to enable them be educated well to take up leadership roles in future.
Taabea Company Limited are the produces of Taabea Herbal Mixture and capsules for the treatment of malaria and other ailments.
The company is well known for its contribution to the development of the less privilege in society.
Headmistress of the school Cynthia Kwanin was grateful to the company for their donation and called on other corporate institutions to emulate same.
Meanwhile she mentioned lack of inadequate classroom blocks and library as some of the pressing needs of the school nothing that teaching would improve steadily if these needs are met.
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, January 21, 2016, consoled victims of two separate fire outbreaks in Kumasi, which hit the Kumasi Central Market and the ‘Dagomba Line’ area, in Aboabo, within a spate of five days.
Making his way, first, to the Kumasi Central market, Nana Akufo-Addo was taken to the worst hit parts of the market, where some 400 shops had been razed down by the January 6, 2016, fire.
Addressing a huge crowd of market women, the NPP flagbearer bemoaned the failure of government to pay critical attention to markets across the country, and put in place measures that will reduce the incidence of market fires.
Contributing 200 bags of cement towards the rebuilding of the market, Nana Akufo-Addo assured the market women that “an Akufo-Addo government will ensure that securing our markets, which is the source of livelihood for many families across the country, is a topmost priority. We will make our markets safe for you so that you can make a decent living out of trading. The spectre of losing your livelihood because of fire outbreaks must end.”
This pledge by the NPP flagbearer was met with wild scenes of jubilation by the market women.
With less than 10 months to the holding of the 2016 election, Nana Akufo-Addo explained that it is imperative for all eligible Ghanaian voters to exercise their God-given power and elect, peacefully, a government that will replace the incompetent administration of President John Mahama.
“I want you to put your trust in me and put Ghana under an Akufo-Addo government,” he said.
“My government, I assure you, will manage the resources of this country prudently and put the country back onto the path of progress and prosperity. I am not coming into office to steal your money. I am not seeking your mandate because I want to enrich myself. No! I am coming to assemble a first class government whose sole aim will be to bring relief to all Ghanaians. I am coming so all Ghanaians, without discrimination, can make a decent living,” he said.
To this end, Nana Akufo-Addo urged the market women to help send the NPP’s message of hope to every corner of the Ashanti Region, so that “the NPP will record a massive margin of victory in the Ashanti Region, and across the country, when the results of the 2016 elections are declared.”
Visit to Dagomba line
Accompanied by party stalwarts, Nana Akufo-Addo also visited the Dagomba line area, located around the main Aboabo drain in Kumasi. The fire of January 11, 2016 destroyed about 200 makeshift structures, which served as shelter for residents.
There also, Nana Akufo-Addo donated 100 bags of cement and 5 packets of roofing sheets to aid in the reconstruction efforts. He donated 100 textbooks and 100 school uniforms to school children in the area.
Addressing the residents of ‘Dagomba line’, running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, stated that there are 290 more days to the holding of the November 7 election
“We have 290 more days left for Ghanaians to witness the proper management of the National Health Insurance Scheme to be put, 290 days towards the restoration of teaching and nursing trainee allowances, and 290 more days for the prudent management of the nation’s resources.” Dr. Bawumia noted.
Describing the John Mahama government as incompetent, a description which was met with a raucous response from the residents, Dr. Bawumia urged the electorate “to vote for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He’s the leader who has your welfare at heart and has always put the Ghanaian people first.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, in his brief remarks to the gathering, also urged them to vote for him and the NPP, so that Ghana’s fortunes can be turned around, beginning, God-willing, January 2017.
He stressed his determination to ensure that his government, as a matter of priority, assists small-scale enterprises and self-employed people, like them, to grow and expand their businesses.
The NPP flagbearer was accompanied on his visits by Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo; Mr. Freddie Blay, Acting NPP National Chairman; John Boadu, Acting NPP General Secretary and other leading members of the party
A local government and rural development expert, Mr. Albert Kyei Baffour has alleged that President Mahama and his style of leadership has weakened anti-corruption institutions in the country.
According to him, the failure of the president to show example in the fight against corruption is making it difficult to deal with the canker.
''The President as the Head of State must be an outstanding leader so others can emulate his example. If he eschews corruption, his appointees will also not be corrupt.''
Speaking in an interview with the host of frontline, Mr. Baffour said because those appointed to these institutions holds allegiance to the president and his political party, it makes the fight against corruption difficult.
He opined that people who are appointed to head various institutions are people who are hostile to opposition party but friendly to government.
Mr. Kyei Baffour said many governments including the current one only engages in witch hunting to punish his opponents for corruption but shields his own even if they have been cited for financial crimes.
The former executive director of National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana indicated that many heads of institution who deserve to go on retirement are still at post all because they work in the interest of government.
A former Education Minister and High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Lee Ocran has confessed that he is happy he is no more a minister of state due to the monetary pressure that comes with the office.
''I am telling you that...I am happy am no more in that position,'' because the monetary pressure is high.
He made this comment in an interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline when he was asked how corruption can be eradicated in the system.
According to him, the monetary pressure that comes with holding a public office is high hence the high rate of corruption in public office.
He revealed to the host that he was forced to go for a loan to give to a friend who came to him for money after he was appointed as deputy minister of state.
''I have a personal experience where in 1979 i was appoinbted deputy regional minister. The following day a friend when i was in secondary school i use to go to his to eat..he came to me to lend him money...i can not help but he flt bad and told me i should not turn him down because i am a minister...i had not been vetted to be confirmed as minister,'' and because of the undue pressure i had go for a loan to give to him.
Ambassador Lee Ocran advised that, until the public stop putting undue pressure on public officers because that is one of the cause of widespread corruption in public office.
Health news in Ghana over the past 2 weeks has been dominated by the outbreak of meningitis in the Brong-Ahafo Region and Yellow fever in the Northern Region. Both diseases are of high public health importance and we all need to understand them well, in order to be able to better protect ourselves and to allay unnecessary fear and panic.
Here is a briefing about the two diseases.
Meningitis simply means inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (the meninges). This inflammation is usually due to bacterial or viral infections, but may also result from parasitic infections and non-infectious agents like irritation from blood and cancer cells.
In the context of an outbreak, meningitis refers to a bacterial infection of the meninges.
There are many types of bacterial infections that can cause meningitis outbreaks: Neisseria meningitides, which is highly infectious is the major cause of outbreaks, but in adolescents Pneumococcus, which is not as infectious, is a common culprit, like we are seeing in the current outbreak. The term Cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) is a term reserved for meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitides.
Meningitis is mainly transmitted through the inhalation of respiratory droplets (from e.g. sneezing or coughing) from an infected individual (NB: infected individuals do not necessarily show symptoms; some are silent carriers).
The classic triad of symptoms is fever, severe headache and neck stiffness. Other symptoms are nausea, vomiting and photophobia (intolerance of bright light). Seizures, irritability, confusion and coma may also occur. Complications like kidney failure and bleeding disorders may occur in severe cases. Survivors of severe disease may end up with permanent disability like blindness, hearing impairment and mental retardation.
Diagnosis is through the laboratory analysis of a sample of spinal fluid tapped from the lower back, a procedure referred to as a lumbar puncture.
Bacterial meningitis is fatal without treatment. A delay in initiating treatment worsens the prognosis. Treatment involves the administration of appropriate antibiotics and supportive therapy as necessary.
Vaccination is a potent way to prevent severe infections. The immunization schedule of children in Ghana include vaccination against some of the organisms that cause meningitis. Immunization drives are also organized periodically for vulnerable populations to ensure they are protected, as happened in 2012 in Northern Ghana. There are also vaccines that are deployed during outbreaks with particular strains of Neisseria meningitides to protect individuals in the outbreak zone; this current outbreak is not one such.
Prevention also involves avoiding crowded places, hand hygiene (washing hands regularly and using hand sanitizers) and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Outbreaks of diseases may occur from time to time, but once we are aware of how to protect ourselves, such outbreaks should not cause much havoc. The ministry of health and its agencies are doing their best to contain the situation; let’s do our bit to stay safe.
Yellow fever is a viral infection of humans. It derives its name from the yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice) that occurs late in the disease, when it causes liver damage.
It is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito (in most cases), which is different from the Anopheles mosquito that causes Malaria.
In Ghana and other African countries, yellow fever typically occurs in epidemic form.
The outbreaks usually occur in urban settlements near forest areas, since the organism maintains its life in forest primates like monkeys. When an infected primate is bitten by a mosquito and that same mosquito bites man, an outbreak can occur, with the virus spreading from person to person through the bite of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito– unlike the malaria-causing Anopheles mosquito which bites at night– bites in the mornings and early evenings.
The initial (acute) symptoms are fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are common to many other infections and this non-specificity in symptomatology makes disease difficult to diagnose in the early stages. This acute phase typically lasts a few days (about 4 days) and resolves spontaneously without complications. This is the case for most of the infections.
About 15 percent of cases will progress to a toxic phase where the virus affects the liver, causing liver damage and resultant jaundice and bleeding- from any orifice. This results in multiple organ failure in about 20% of such severe cases, eventually leading to death.
Treatment is purely supportive- that is, medical personnel manage the symptoms as they arise and allow the infection time to “blow over”. Such supportive therapy may include antipyretics for fever, fluids for dehydration, analgesics for bodily pains and blood transfusions as necessary. There is no cure and prevention is thus very important.
“Vaccination is the most important preventive measure against yellow fever. The vaccine is safe, affordable and highly effective, and a single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to confer sustained immunity and life-long protection against yellow fever disease and a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine is not needed.” (WHO, March, 2014). The earliest age for vaccination is 9 months.
Survivors of the infection also have lifelong protection from the disease.
Preventing mosquito bites, by wearing protective clothing when outdoors in forest regions, using mosquito repellants and sleeping in insecticide-treated mosquito nets is also important in preventing infection in the non-vaccinated population.
By: K.T. Nimako (MB ChB)
Dr. Kojo Nimako is a private medical practitioner with an interest in public health, and Citi FM’s Chief Medical Correspondent. He is also the editor of healthbloggh.com and the Executive Director of Helping Hand Medical Outreach, an NGO focused on health education.
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According to a former chairman of the public accounts committee, the Auditor General has never conducted procurement audit hence the violation of the procurement law by public officers.
Hon. Kan Dapaah explained that the Public Procurement Act, 2003 enjoins the Auditor General to audit every major procurement undertaken by state institutions but it has never conducted one.
Section 11 of the Procurement Act (Act 663) states ''(1) The Board shall keep books of account and proper records in relation to them and the accounts books and records of the Board shall be in a form prescribed by the Controller and Accountant-General and approved by the Auditor-General. (2) The books and accounts of the Board shall be audited annually by the Auditor General or by an auditor appointed by the Auditor-General.
This Hon. Kan Dapaah notes the A-G has failed to do.
Citing the controversial GHC 3.6 million re-branding of the 116 metro mass transit buses and the infamous Ameri deal, the former legislator said the state could have prevented the financial malfeasance if the Auditor General had done their job.
Hon. Kan Dapaah noted the failure of the A-G to conduct the procurement audit has led to the violation of the law by many state officials who deserves to be prosecuted.
He could not understand why officials involved in the bus re-branding saga have not being sanctioned.
In his view all those who signed the contract, issued the payment should be immediately sanctioned.
Our institutions needs to work, because we have the laws but we fail to implement the laws, then we cannot eradicate corruption.