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Aug 22, 2018
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has dropped it's flags in memory of the late former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. This was contained in a statement issued and signed by National Chairman, Kofi Porturphy. The statement by the party read: "The NDC cannot forget the solid role Kofi Annan played to raise the flag of Ghana when he was Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) during the Rwanda Crisis when President Rawlings was Leader of the Republic of Ghana. It was no surprise that Kofi Annan became the substantive General Secretary of the UN." The former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan died last Saturday in Switzerland. Mr. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council, and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself. He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007. Kofi Atta Annan was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Read Below the full Statement: Press Release _________________ NDC Drops Flags In Memory Of The Late Kofi Annan _________________________ The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has dropped all the Party's Flags, at the passing away of Kofi Annan. The NDC mourns the passing away of a Son of the Soil. The NDC cannot forget the solid role Kofi Annan played to raise the flag of Ghana when he was Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) during the Rwanda Crisis when President Rawlings was Leader of the Republic of Ghana. It was no surprise that Kofi Annan became the substantive General Secretary of the UN. On behalf of the NDC, I salute Kofi Annan for flying high the Flag of Ghana worldwide. Condolences to his immediate family, and condolences to Mother Ghana. May the soul of Kofi Annan rest in perfect peace. Comrade Kofi Portuphy (National Chairmen and Leader of the NDC).
Aug 22, 2018
A child actor who was featured and played the role as ‘Strika’ in ‘Beast of Nation’ is now a beggar, a Facebook user has disclosed. The Facebook user, Caleb Nii Boye, a student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), said, the actor approached and begged him for alms today [Monday]. He was shocked and wondered why an actor who featured in the movie alongside Abraham Attah, who is now a global icon would be begging. The post by the GIJ student read: ‘’I am sad this morning. I was heading to the Ghana Institute of Journalism campus and I met Striker. You would ask who is Striker? Striker starred in the movie Beast of No Nations. The said film that made Abraham Attah. Today I met him begging for money on the road leading to GIJ. I called him and brought him to campus. Speaking to him he tells me he now works with a gentleman who sells Yam at Agbogbloshie Market. He stays with his grandma at North Kaneshie”. Meanwhile, he has granted an interview to a number of media houses where he has reportedly stated that, he has benefitted from the $30, 000 he made from shooting the movie. Social has been awash with comments over the matter with some calling on lawyers to intervene on behalf of the actor who they claim have been cheated.
Aug 22, 2018
A former presenter and political talk show host, Nana Kwabena Bobie-Ansah is admonishing party delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to vote for Koku Anyidoho as General Secretary. He has vouched for the integrity of Koku Anyidoho, who is currently the deputy scribe of the umbrella family. Penning an article to encourage delegates to vote Koku Anyidoho, the Bobie-Ansah said, ‘’ Koku I can confidently attest that he’s not corrupt, Infact you cannot throw mud on corruption at him and will stick; no way! Very honest person, straightforward, not a sycophant, a loyal and committed politician, Infact very diligent in his dealings.’’ Kwabena Bobie-Ansah went on to state that, Koku Anyidoho’s competence and sacrifice for the party is unquestionable, adding, ‘’Koku’s commitment to NDC cannot be challenged with any theory and his willingness to die for NDC is a proofing story, his competence as a writer, communicator and administrator too cannot be matched; I wish Koku will win this race for the late Mills and NDC; but am I God?. Read Below his full piece Kwabena Bobie Ansah writes: Good morning folks; obviously my fingers seem heavy as I type this unsolicited article, but whatever it’s I have a burden to deliver as my followers know me to be a consistent person. Preferably I hardly change positions in my decisions unless under strange circumstances. I have vowed not to meddle in the internal affairs of NDC impending regional , national and flagbearer elections; however I am forced to show solidarity to my friend, a brother and a confidante Koku Anyidoho who’s vying for the GS position for NDC. Koku I can confidently attest that he’s not corrupt, Infact you cannot throw mud on corruption at him and will stick; no way! Very honest person, straightforward, not a sycophant, a loyal and committed politician,Infact very diligent in his dealings. What really made me draw soo close to Koku is his ability to stand alone and fight alone if he is damn convinced in his actions; Koku is a typical lion and I naturally enjoy associating myself to such characters. He is not timid. Koku’s commitment to NDC cannot be challenged with any theory and his willingness to die for NDC is a proofing story, his competence as a writer, communicator and administrator too cannot be matched; I wish Koku will win this race for the late Mills and NDC; but am I God?. I am not by saying this despising the efforts of my General and a good friend Mr. Aseidu Nketia; obviously a gallant “soldier “. His qualities and experience is crucial for the party and so I am always glad for him. However my allegiance is to Koku my friend, a brother and a colleague “warrior “, I call him EFO. I wish my brother well, silver and gold I have not but I sincerely from my heart wish Koku well. We have fought side by side, holding each other with firm hands though sometimes shaking because of fatigue but we never lose sight of what the late Mills thought us; INTERGRITY. Bro, this is Kwabena echoing from afar, stay strong and lift up your head. The battle seem tight but play it clean and safe for posterity, put your best foot front and prepare to still be committed to the course no matter the outcome. You are a son of a soldier so you know the rules; play it safe Sir. cheers
Aug 22, 2018
International Relations expert and lecturer at Kings University College, Professor Kwame Agyenim Boateng has opined that, the legacy of late former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan will forever live on. The lecturer in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, Kofi Annan was a firm and courageous personality despite the opposition that came his way during his tenure at the United Nations. When asked if the role of Kofi Annan impacted Ghana positively, he said, the appointment of Kofi Annan placed Ghana on the global map and opened opportunities for the country. ‘’His appointment made Ghanaians proud. He projected Ghana in a positive light and assured people of how great Africans were,’’ he said. The late Kofi Annan he added, contributed immensely to global peace, education, peaceful elections among others. To him, the late Annan was not scared of the powerful nations because he of his courage and firmness. ‘’He was a great leader. He did his best for the United Nations,’’ he added. The lecturer predicted that, the late Annan would be honoured across the world because his contributions have help shape the world. Mr. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council, and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself. He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007. Kofi Atta Annan was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Beginning today [Monday], August 20, the national flag would fly at half-mast across the country and in all Ghana’s foreign missions, in honour of the late Annan, who died on Saturday in the Swiss capital, Berne, at the age of 80. President Akufo-Addo in a statement said “the Government and people of Ghana, First Lady, Rebecca and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death, in Berne, Switzerland, of one of our greatest compatriots, Mr. Kofi Annan”. “I extend, on behalf of the entire Ghanaian nation, our sincere, heartfelt condolences to his beloved widow, Nane Maria, and to his devoted children, Ama, Kojo and Nina, on this great loss. I am, however, comforted by the information, after speaking to Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep.” “Rest in perfect peace, Kofi. You have earned it. God bless.” The statement said the late Kofi Annan was a consummate international diplomat, who brought tremendous honour to the nation – serving as the first UN Chief from sub-Saharan Africa and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena.
Aug 22, 2018
Residents at Akokofoto, a suburb of Dansoman where the wife, three children and a mother-in-law of a pastor with Seventh Adventist Church burnt to death, are still a state of shock over the fire disaster. Scores of the residents were seen Monday morning around the scene in shock when Rainbow Radio’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi visited the area. Some he made attempt to speak to could not hold their tears for the departed souls. They told him the disaster was a painful one and prayed God comforts the bereaved husband and entire family. Reliable information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com has it that, Pastor Kesse is traumatised and currently at his father’s residence. The deceased including a pastor’s wife, three children and mother-in-law were burnt to ashes when fire gutted their storey building. Pastor Ato Kessie, the Dansoman District pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church was not in the house at the time the incident happened. Some have alleged that the fire service arrived at the scene late. But the fire service disputed the claims insisting they arrived at the scene seven minutes after the distress came through. However, the residents and eyewitnesses who saw the incident rubbished the response form the GNFS.
Aug 22, 2018
Shareholders of defunct uniBank have expressed disappointment in Bank of Ghana (BoG) for failing to provide them with details on the report authored by KPMG on the reasons that led to the collpase of the bank. The shareholders in a letter cited by rainbowradioonline.com described as unprofessional on the part of the Central Bank to provide them with a copy of the report although they requested for it. The shareholders have also slammed the BoG over what they described as a purported report circulating in the media when they [shareholders] have not received an official copy. The letter by the shareholders said, ‘’ It is unacceptable for the Bank of Ghana and KPMG to deny Shareholders access to the report, even as material in the report is being widely disseminated to discredit uniBank and instigate public contempt and opprobrium against uniBank. No opportunity has been provided to the Shareholders of uniBank to respond to any purported findings of KPMG and yet they are being tried by the court of public opinion without the full facts of the case.’’ The BoG in assigning reasons for the collapsed explained that; ‘uniBank persistently maintained a capital adequacy (CAR) ratio below zero (currently negative 24%), making it technically insolvent. This contravened the 10% minimum CAR required; uniBank suffered liquidity shortfalls and consistently breached its cash reserve requirement. As a result, UniBank relied extensively on liquidity support of over GHS 2.2 billion from the Bank of Ghana over the past two years to meet its recurring liabilities; uniBank conducted its credit administration in a manner that has jeopardized the interests of depositors and the financial sector as a whole; uniBank failed to comply with a directive of the Bank of Ghana dated 26th October, 2017, under section 105 of Act 930, prohibiting the bank from granting new loans and incurring new capital expenditures; uniBank failed to comply with several other regulatory requirements, including Lending to a number of borrowers in excess of its regulatory lending limit (single obligor limit); uniBank was borrowing from the inter-bank market without the written approval of the Bank of Ghana when its CAR was less than the prescribed ten percent (10%), in breach of the BoG laws; uniBank was outsourcing a number of services such as those of tellers, receptionists, and security, to affiliate companies without the prior approval by the Bank of Ghana, contrary to BoG Laws; uniBank refused to cooperate with the Bank of Ghana in the performance of its supervisory responsibilities, including deliberately concealing some liabilities from its balance sheet, and failing to submit documents and records for supervisory inspection; uniBank was engaged in poor corporate governance and risk management practices which rendered the bank vulnerable to macroeconomic shocks and uniBank was generally conducting its affairs in a manner detrimental to the interests of depositors and the financial system as a whole. Read below the full letter by the shareholders SHAREHOLDERS OF uniBank (GHANA) LIMITED P.O.BOX AN 15084 ACCRA-NORTH The Shareholders of uniBank observe with great concern that a report purporting to be the KPMG Report on the Financial Condition and Future Prospects of uniBank Ghana is being disseminated in the media, even though on the 13th of August 2018, the Shareholders received a letter from the Secretary of the Bank of Ghana, stating that the Bank “is unable, at this time, to make available to you a copy of the Official Administrator’s Report on the bank”. No reason was assigned for the refusal to provide the report which the Shareholders had requested in a letter dated the 3rd of August 2018. It is unacceptable for the Bank of Ghana and KPMG to deny Shareholders access to the report, even as material in the report is being widely disseminated to discredit uniBank and instigate public contempt and opprobrium against uniBank. No opportunity has been provided to the Shareholders of uniBank to respond to any purported findings of KPMG and yet they are being tried by the court of public opinion without the full facts of the case. We note that in the purported Report it is stated that the said Report should not be made available or communicated to any party without the prior written consent of KPMG. There is a further statement by KPMG that “we have not sought to verify information contained herein... accordingly we are unable to determine the extent to which information and explanations provided to us are complete and accurate and the report should be read in that context.” The recent appointment of KPMG as the Receiver in respect of some assets of uniBank and four other banks shows KPMG seeking to benefit from the report that it provided to the Bank of Ghana through a further paid engagement, a clear conflict of interest situation which does not put KPMG in a good light. The Shareholders intend to ensure that the Bank of Ghana provides them with an official copy of the Report so as to enable them to address the contents of the report. SIGNED SHAREHOLDERS OF UNIBANK GHANA LIMITED
Aug 22, 2018
Head of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Ghana, Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih has admonished politicians to refrain from the needless verbal attacks on the new chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa. He found the trend worrying and further admonished political leaders to refrain from attacking the new commissioner and the electoral body itself. The religious leader said, it would be unfair to discredit the new commissioner who was appointed and sworn in few weeks ago when she hasn’t started her work. Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih noted that persons who are appointed to manage the Electoral Commission (EC), don’t make any difference rather, principles does. Speaking at the recent Jalsa Salana UK event organized recently, the Ahmadiyya Muslim leader stressed, if the person is principled enough and prepared to serve and serve well, that is what is important.’’ He said, ‘’it doesn’t really matter who the person would be. It is the work output,’’ that is important. He described the new EC boss as a well-known Ghanaian who has been in public for quite a long time and we’ve never seen her demonstrating political partisanship in any of her undertaking. For him, ‘’we need to allow her [EC boss] to do what she can do and see what happens. It is then we would be in the position to criticise her.’’ The President, Nana Akufo-Addo on August 1, 2018, sworn in Jean Adukwei Mensa as the new Electoral Commissioner, who took over from dismissed Mrs Charlotte Osei who was sacked from office on grounds of misbehaviour breach of procurement processes. The Executive Director of Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) will be deputized by the Head of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Dr Eric Bossman and the Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission, Mr Samuel Tettey. A corporate lawyer, Mrs Adwoa Asuama Abrefa has also been sworn in as a member of the commission.
Aug 22, 2018
Drive Time Host of award winning Away Bus on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Danny Fii Abrantie, has advised young women to break up men who have refused to marry them after two-three years of dating. The multi-talented host in a tête-à-tête with Kwame Tutu who was ending the morning said, it would be waste of time, resources, and energy for people to date for more than two-three years without marrying each other. The host argued that, dating someone for that long without showing interest in marrying the person is an act of irresponsibility and encouraged young women not to entertain such men. He admonished young men to be responsible and be bold to marry women they have dated and stop wasting their time. Danny Fii Abrantie known as Daniel Ababio, in October 2017, tied the knot with Trishia Gyan. The well attended marriage ceremony was held at the Church of Pentecost Kwashieman Official Town Assembly (K.O.T.A). Some top notch musicians, Radio DJs and other entertainment show hosts were present at the ceremony.
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