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Oct 17, 2018
The renowned marriage and relations coach in Ghana; Opanyin Kwadwo Kyere, has admonished Ghanaians not to allow politicians to divide us. He was speaking at a five-day life conference organized by Lather Rain Assemblies of God Church under the theme ‘’Living in peace with People’’. According to Opanyin Kwadwo, it is unwise to see great citizens of this country fighting each other all in the name of politics. He said, politicians of this country will always try to deceive and influence us but we should not give them the chance to divide us for their selfish interest. Opanyin Kwadwo Kyere indicated that, it does not matter the situations we will find ourselves; it does not matter whether we are rich or poor, we should learn to love and understand each other and we will still be the great people of this great country. He ended by calling on all religious leaders of Ghana to preach peace and unity to encourage Ghanaians to love one another. By: Stephen Thompson (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Oct 17, 2018
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his administration is using the country’s oil revenues to create assets, and not waste it on consumption and the accumulation of debt. According to President Akufo-Addo, “we are investing revenues from oil in one of the most ambitious social programmes of our country’s history, i.e. the Free Senior High School policy. In the 2018 budget, GH¢455.9 million of petroleum revenues was allocated to the Free SHS programme.” The President stressed that “Free SHS is ensuring that our oil revenues are being equitably distributed to our people, and not ending up in the pockets of a few. The most important resource of any nation is its people.” He continued, “Investing in our children and in the future of our country is the most appropriate investment any Government can make, and we are fully committed to continuing on this path.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 15th October, 2018, when he launched the oil and gas licensing round 2018, at the Kempinksi Hotel, Accra. Addressing the gathering, the President noted that the countries that have benefited immensely from their oil and gas resources, are those that implemented policies to accelerate value addition activities in their economies, through the development of forward and backward linkages, and by investing oil revenues in strategic social and economic programmes. President Akufo-Addo stressed that his government is following suit, adding that “if we are to sustain and broaden the scope of our social interventions that rely on petroleum revenues, we must consciously work to increase crude oil production.” That is why, in furtherance of petroleum exploration activities, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) is also making great progress in its efforts to discovering oil and gas deposits onshore in the Voltaian basin. Again, in seeking to increase Ghana’s oil reserves and improve on oil and gas production, Cabinet is expected to soon approve a ‘Blueprint and Roadmap for Accelerated Oil and Gas Exploration and Development’, which is based on a new strategy of aggressive exploration. “The strategy seeks to build synergies with the domestic downstream petroleum sector; to increase Ghanaian content and Ghanaian participation in the oil industry; and to accelerate the pace of institutional capacity development to manage our oil and gas resources efficiently,” President Akufo-Addo said. Achievements in oil sector With Ghana having discovered oil and gas deposits some eleven years ago, as a result of the bold and farsighted policies of the Kufuor-led NPP government, President Akufo-Addo noted that the current NPP Government, under his leadership, has chalked a number of successes in Ghana’s upstream petroleum sector, since January 2017. They include the establishment of a petroleum register, launched earlier this year to allow the public access petroleum agreements, licences, permits and authorisations, with the view of enhancing transparency in the management of the petroleum upstream sector. Government, he added, has launched the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme, which is empowering local firms to play progressively active roles in the oil and gas value chain through capacity development, and financing and partnership support. Laws such as the Petroleum Exploration and Production (Data Management) Regulations 2017, LI 2257, the Petroleum Exploration and Production (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulations 2017, LI 2258, and the General Petroleum Regulations, he said, have also been passed. President Akufo-Addo added that his government finalised “the interconnection between the National Gas Transmission System and the West African Gas Pipeline system”, and has also ensured “a 17% reduction of the delivered price of domestic gas from $8.8 to $7.29 per mmbtu, in line with Government’s strategy to position the gas industry as a leading contributor to value added industrialization in Ghana.” Next
Oct 17, 2018
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Ghana is ready for business, and has urged investors from the United Kingdom, and, indeed, from around the world, to take advantage of the growing business-friendly climate in the country and invest. According to President Akufo-Addo, since since assuming the reins of office last year, his first order of business has been the implementation of economic policies to promote a business-friendly environment. “This Government believes that growing the economy the right way, with a level playing field, is the best option for our country’s future, and that is what we are trying to do,” he said. Delivering the keynote address at the UK-Ghana Investment Summit, on Monday, 14th October, 2018, at the Kempinski Hotel, Accra, President Akufo-Addo noted that, within 21 months, his administration has worked hard to put the Ghanaian economy back on track. A growth rate of 8.5% in 2017, the attainment of single digit inflation, a relatively stable currency despite the challenges of a strong dollar, reduction of lending rates, and the implementation of policies such as the paperless port system, e-business registration system, and the mobile interoperability system, which are helping to formalise the Ghanaian economy, lowering the cost of doing business and cutting down excessive bureaucracy, are examples of some of the steps being taken to revive the Ghanaian economy. In addition to these, he noted that a number of taxes, which were strangling businesses and business owners, have either been abolished or reduced. “Utility tariffs, i.e. of electricity and water, have also seen significant reductions, with businesses and industry enjoying electricity tariff reductions of as high as 30%, and 10% reduction in water tariffs,” he stressed. All these are being done, President Akufo-Addo said, is because “there is a government in place that believes in the primacy of the private sector, and is working to enhance the prospects of a win-win environment for both private sector and country; an environment where companies cannot just survive, but actually thrive.” With global car manufacturing giants, Volkswagen of Germany and Sinotruk of China; energy giants, ExxonMobil of the United States of America and Noway’s Aker Energy, as well as tech giant, Google, signalling their intentions of establishing bases in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted that “it is an exciting time to be in Ghana and to do business in the country.” To the business delegation from the UK, the President commended government’s flagship policies of “One District, One Factory”, “One Village, One Dam”, and the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”, to them. He indicated also a number of projects in water, health, housing, road and rail infrastructure, transport, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum and gas, the exploitation of our mineral wealth of bauxite, iron ore and gold, renewable energy and ICT growth, for which government is seeking private sector investments. “Irrespective of where you decide to investment, Government has instituted a number of incentives for the investor, depending on the nature of the activity, or the location of the investment. This is to ensure that your investment succeeds,” he said. Some of these incentives include exemption from payment of import duty for plant and machinery; 25 per cent tax rebate for companies located in regional capitals; and 50 per cent tax rebate for companies investing outside regional capitals in the regions. Additionally, the President stated that zero percent corporate tax for ten (10) years, and, thereafter, 8 per cent for companies in the Free Zones enclave; full repatriation of dividends and profits; transfer of funds to service foreign loans; and laws against arbitrary confiscation of companies or investments, are examples of some of the incentives available. “I assure you that your investments will be safe and protected, not because I have said so, but, more importantly, because Ghana is a country governed in accordance with the rule of law, where the separation of powers, with an independent judiciary to engender accountable governance, is real,” he added. With some expressing anxieties about Ghana looking eastward to China for investments to the neglect of the West, President Akufo-Addo reiterated that “we believe it is the constant duty of government to get the most competitive deal for Ghana. I just want to emphasize that my government is giving equal access to all investors to compete freely and fairly in the Ghanaian economy, irrespective of where they come from.” Ghana, the President added, “is ready for business. Join us. Be part of this new, exciting and profitable phase.”
Oct 17, 2018
Former host of late afternoon political talk show [Pampaso] on defunct Accra-based Montie Fm, Salifu Maase popularly called Mugabe has sent the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to the cleaners for failing to heed to his call when he warned them of an intension by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), to rig the 2016 polls. The loudmouth broadcast journalist slammed the NDC for not putting in place proper structures to prevent the NPP from allegedly rigging the 2016 presidential race. Mugabe, who has made a return to radio after nearly two years of being quiet disclosed on his new political show on Radio XYZ that, he warned the NDC to be vigilant because the NPP had imported a machine to enable them rig the polls that saw former President John Dramani Mahama lose. He went on to state that, it would be difficult for the NDC to provide a collated results if they were asked to do so in order to be declared winners. The host on Monday October 15, 2018 on his ‘Inside Politics’ show said, ‘’I warned the NDC over a plot by the NPP to rig the elections. I told the NDC the NPP had imported a rigging machine but they kept quiet. Till date, if the NDC were asked to provide the results to be declared winners, they will not be able to do so. Government in power at that time; what a shame? People squandered campaign cash just like that.’’ The electorate division of the NDC last week revealed its budget for the collation of results was not approved. The body aslo had to rely on a manual system to collate its results because the electronic system crashed. Acting Director of Elections, Mr Bede A. Ziedeng, said, ’What happened, however was that during the 2016 elections, there was an attempt to establish a new infrastructure for the collation of results from the polling stations. But this was completely outside the directorate and the elections directorate was not involved in its management. Unfortunately, it was this infrastructure which crashed soon after it was deployed and therefore failed to provide any results for the party.’’ This he added was alluded to in the Kwesi Botchway report. The party had to fall back on the election directorate to collate the results manually. He was however quick to add that, ‘’if the system put in place outside the national election directorate of the NDC had survived, it would also have been the first time in history of election collation that, such a system would have been used.’’
Oct 17, 2018
A member of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders and a lecturer at Kaaf University College, John Adu Jack has dragged the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to court over the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Note Policy. The Cargo Tracking Network Policy seeks to allow shipments to Ghana including transit Cargo and shipping exporters and forwarders at various ports of loading globally to obtain validated CTN number to help track the right content of consignment to avoid undervaluation at the ports. The policy from a statement issued by the GRA is expected to kick-start today [Monday]. The plaintiff among other things praying the court: 1. Declare that the introduction and implementation of the policy is illegal, unconstitutional and a breach of the provisions of the said trade facilitation. 2. Perpetual injunction to restrain the defendant (GRA , Commissioner and CTN Ghana Ltd ) assignees etc from introducing and implementing the CTN in its current state. Meanwhile, the GRA has issued a statement announcing the full take off of the policy from October 15. Below is the full statement: IMPLEMENTATION OF CTN This is to serve notice that the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) policy begins in earnest on Monday, 15th October 2018. The intervention is to provide greater scrutiny of our major imports for both valuation and security management purposes. From Monday, 15th October, 2018 importers whose imports, from records, exceed thirty-six (36) Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs)per year will be required to obtain a CTN Number in the country of export. This means, any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is exempt from CTN compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers will also be exempt. These exemptions are to ensure that our small and medium scale importers, mostly petty traders, our market women and men, small distributors, and other small to medium businesses are free from the requirements of this intervention. Government will monitor closely the implementation of this important customs management tool with a view to learning the needed lessons and adjusting the scope and mechanics of the policy to achieve both the valuation and security enhancement objectives of the intervention. We thank all stakeholders for their cooperation as Ghana Customs prepares towards the rollout of this national exercise. Commissioner-General
Oct 17, 2018
Chairman for Government’s Assurances Committee, Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, has explained that, the $1 million per constituency policy was not meant to go directly to the constituencies. The chair indicated that, there’ve been misconceptions about the special initiatives ministry and the distribution of the $1 million per-constituency. He explained that the $1 million per constituency has been used for projects in the various constituencies and was not meant to go directly to the beneficiaries. He said, the various projects were initiated based needs assessment done by the various development authorities. Former President John Dramani at his Upper East regional campaign tour expressed shock over a claim by the Akufo-Addo government that the 2017 allocation of the one million dollars per constituency per year expired with the budget of December 2017. Minister for Special Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has said the money technically expired with the budget in 2017 as the structure needed to implement the programme was not available. She was reacting to a question by Member of Parliament for Mion, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, when government would release the Cedi equivalent of one million dollars to every constituency. But Mr Mahama is wondering how a million dollars per constituency meant for the development as promised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections could expire. He asked “have you ever seen one million dollars expiring?”, adding that “I am aware that rice has expiry date, oil has expiry date and other commodities but one million dollars has no expiry date”. However, Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo has said there are ongoing projects, which are being funded through the $1 million per constituency. The Manso Adobea said, ‘’the money is for projects. We have established the development authorities and these development authorities will facilitate the projects the constituencies selected. So the money is not coming to the constituencies direct.’’ He said, the ministry has initiated projects across the country and so we [Committee] ‘’need to go round and see if these projects are on the ground. Reacting to his colleague, the MP for Ho West, Mr Emmanuel Bedzra Kwasi said, the money was initially planned to go directly to the various constituencies but that plan failed and development authorities were formed to facilitate the distribution of the money for the various projects. The development authorities he noted are mandated to facilitate the projects when it has been accepted. But the initial understanding is not what we are witnessing today. Meanwhile, the Government Assurances committee is set to embark on a verification visit to some four-sector ministries to inspect ongoing projects under these ministries. Chairman of the committee, Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, it is their core mandate to inspect projects promised by government. The ministries involved are education, energy, special initiatives and railways, he said. The deputy-ranking member commenting on the decision by the committee said, it would afford them an opportunity to track government’s flagship projects to see if the projects were being done.
Oct 17, 2018
Residents at Nsakina and other adjourning communities in the Ablekuma municipal assembly have staged a demonstration in protest against the poor nature of their roads. The residents set the roads ablaze by burning lorry tyres on Monday, October 15, 2018. Workers, students and commuters were unable to move to their various locations because the demonstrators blocked all the major routes in the area. Rainbow Radio gathered that, vehicles could commute in or out of the centre of the demonstration. The residents say the roads are so bad that bike riders often fall off the bikes. There is also difficulty in accessing the health facility at neighbouring Oduman, due the nature of the roads. The residents who were agitated stressed on the need for authorities to repair the poor roads in order to enhance their life. The poor nature of the roads they lamented is having negative effects on their businesses. Traditional leaders have supported the demonstration but the police have expressed shock. The Amasaman District Police Commander, Sup. Fred Asare Mensah said the police were not informed about the intended protest. Meanwhile, information gathered has it that nine persons have been arrested.
Oct 17, 2018
Lawyer Kwame Agyapong, lead counsel for Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has expressed his displeasure at what he described as unfair reportage on the p[art of journalist in the ongoing case between his client and investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the lawyer said, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ suit was fraught with errors and as counsel for the legislator, he drew the attention of the court on the matter because the Supreme Court had ruled on the matter on the need for plaintiffs to provide proper address when they sue someone. He indicated that they had to go to court through a motion to set aside the suit brought before their client due to the errors on the face of the suit. He indicated the counsel for Anas opposed their motion to asked the court to set aside the motion. At Thursday's sitting, the court directed Anas to furnish Mr Agyapong with a more detailed address in 10 days as the current address provided is not sufficient. The Court noted that Anas uses North Labone Crescent while Kweku Baako, who also lives there, describes it as North Labone Estates in a writ he filed in the Supreme Court. The private legal practitioner further explained that, made a request before the court for him to be allowed to know the person who had sued him. He said, my client told the court wearing of a mask and the concealment of Anas's identity breached his constitutional rights under article 33 of the Constitution. But the judge responded by indicating that he would not touch on the matter because if does, he would be delving into the substantive matter. He further revealed after the court ordered the plaintiff to make corrections on the address, the judge wanted to award a cost to his client but he declined. According to him, the reports that came out were untrue and did not represent what the court said and were orchestrated by persons who dislike his client. He admonished journalists to be accurate. He also stated that the writ by Anas is technically not in existence due to the directive from to court.
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