General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has warned that, the bloody Côte d’Ivoire experience-that saw the country experience 10 years of civil war- maybe encountered in Ghana should the National Identification Authority (NIA), fail to include the Voter’s ID card as a form of identification for the Ghana card registration.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the chief scribe of the NDC said, the NDC and the other Inter Party Coalition of political parties including PNC, APC and UFP will fight with their blood to resist the attempt to prevent Ghanaians from registering for the Ghana card.
According to him, people have sacrificed with their lives and prevented leaders from abusing their rights and that example will be replicated in Ghana to allow people register for the Ghana card.
He posited that demanding for birth certificate and passport for the registration is an infringement on the rights of Ghanaians who are supposed to register for the cards.
‘’We will not agree with the NIA to exclude the Voter’s ID card…Why should Ghanaians be prevented from registering? If people will sit somewhere and prevent Ghanaians from registering, then it would be better not to register. People fight with their blood in places where these things have occurred. Go to Côte d’Ivoire, one man, Alhassane Outtara prevented somewhere from registering his name. It brought civil war in that country and the country was destabilized for more than ten years. It took several efforts before the country was stabilized and today, the man who was prevented is the president of that country.’’
‘’The people you are preventing from registering their names, do you know the number of presidents in that number?
Johnson Asiedu Nkekiah stressed the need for the NIA to rescind the decision and allow people to use the Voters’ ID to register.
''If people will sit and think it is a political issue, they should look at Côte d’Ivoire and what happened in that country,'' he concluded.
Family of the late Dr. Aya Hayfron, the medical doctor was killed due to Monday’s downpour is appealing to the media and the general public to stop circulating the photos of the late doctor.
They also asked to be given the space to mourn the departed family member.
A statement issued Wednesday evening expressed gratitude to the general public for the support.
The statement said The family of the Late Dr Aya Hayfron wish to thank the general public for the outpouring of love and support in the wake of the search of their loved one. The family wish to officially communicate that the body of the late Dr Aya Hayfron has been found. They wish to thank all those who assisted in the search process.
These are trying times for the family and they will wish to appeal to the general public and the media to give them the needed space and time as they grief over the loss of the late Dr Aya Hayfron.
We also wish to appeal to the general public and the media to treat the memory of the late Dr Aya Hayfron with the needed respect and desist from circulating pictures and inaccurate reportage about her on social media.
The family is in deep sorrow at this loss and hope this humble plea of the family will be heeded by the media and the general public. Thank you for your support and keep praying for the family.
The body of Dr Aya Hayfron who drowned last Monday has been found in the Kpeshie Lagoon.
The body was covered with weeds when it was found.
She was carried away by floodwaters at Teshie Rasta in Accra and was swept in the Lagoon.
US President Donald Trump has bowed to public pressure and signed an executive order promising to "keep families together" in migrant detentions.
Mr Trump reversed his own policy amid international fury over the separation of undocumented parents and children.
He said he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing.
But the order does not address families already separated by the policy.
US immigration officials say 2,342 children were separated from 2,206 parents between 5 May and 9 June.
"It's about keeping families together," Mr Trump said at the signing ceremony on Wednesday.
"I did not like the sight of families being separated," he said, but added the administration would continue its "zero tolerance policy" of criminally prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally.
The executive order calls for:
Immigrant families to be detained together while their legal cases are considered
Expediting immigration cases involving families
Requesting the modification of a court ruling that dictates how long immigrant children can be detained
The president said his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, who reportedly have been applying pressure on him to drop the policy, "feel strongly" about ending the practice of separating migrant families.
"I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it," he said. "We don't like to see families separated."
Vice-President Mike Pence and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has emerged as the face of the White House policy, were both present for the signing of the order on Wednesday.
Before his U-turn on Wednesday the president had previously said "you can't do it through an executive order", insisting that only Congress could fix the policy by passing immigration reform.
Republican congressional leader Paul Ryan said the House of Representatives will vote on Thursday "on legislation to keep families together".
He did not immediately provide details of the bill, but said it resolves the issue of so-called Dreamers, undocumented adult migrants who entered the US as children, "in a very elegant way".
Ten (10) individuals have been confirmed dead after the heavy downpour Monday morning.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) says the dead were from the Central, Volta and Greater Accra Regions.
“We’ve lost ten lives across the country. If I say across the country meaning Greater Accra, Volta and Central Region,” Deputy Director-General of NADMO, Abu Ramadan, disclosed on Citi TV’s Evening Show, The Point of View.
According to him, six people died in Accra, three in the Volta Region and one in the Central Region.
“Where we had the worst cases were around the Teshie and Kisseman-Dome-Kwabenya areas. The damage was huge,” he said.
“In Kisseman for instance, a woman got stacked on a tree for close to three hours because we couldn’t even get to where she was because of the currents and level of water. Our boats even couldn’t power itself there because of the level and the currents of the water,” he added.
Ghana’s EXIM Bank is quietly but fundamentally transforming the country’s economy into one driven by private sector led industrialization, utilizing local inputs while substituting imports and diversifying non-traditional exports.
Established less than a decade in Ghana, the EXIM Bank has become the main financial driver behind the government’s flagship Commerce program, the “One District, One Factory (1D1F) Initiative which seeks to accelerate Ghana’s industrialization and socio-economic development. It is anticipated that the program will empower entrepreneurs by giving them access to market for their output and also create jobs.
Speaking in Tamale during a stakeholders meeting, the CEO for the EXIM Bank Mr. Lawrence Agyinsam reiterated the bank’s commitment to provide Ghanaian businesses the support needed to grow and flourish with ease.
He explained that, Ultimately, the Ghana EXIM Bank seeks to support the private sector with a view to improving the country’s economic fortunes and therefore, in choosing enterprises it would support, Ghana EXIM Bank considers three key benchmarks which are derived from development instead of commercial objectives.
The CEO mentioned that, the Bank’s effort is intended towards employment creation, value addition through production efficiency and foreign exchange revenue potential, and added that, a lot of business ideas and existing businesses in Ghana suffer malfunction as a result of the lack of capital, will be a thing of the past.
Mr. Agyinsam however implored entrepreneurs in the northern region to take advantage of the existence of the EXIM Bank in growing their trades such as the smock manufacturing, Shea butter production among others.
The Ghana EXIM Bank has the vision of becoming a strong financial institution that will be a key engine in the development of Ghana’s export trade, facilitate cross border trade and make Ghana a pillar in regional and continental trade and also to facilitate the transformation of Ghana’s economy into an export one by supporting and developing trade between Ghana and other countries, overseas investments by Ghanaian Companies and eliminate critical market failures in the Ghanaian economy thereby making Ghana competitive in the global marketplace.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyremanten has informed parliament some 329 companies have been screened for the government’s one-district-one-factory policy.
The Minister indicated that his Ministry had received over 700 proposals, adding that significant progress had been made on the creation of factories.
“Over 700 proposals have been received by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, out of this figure 329 of these projects have been screened and recommended to financial institutions for support for the implementation of these projects,” Mr. Kyeremanten said.
He was responding to questions raised by the Minority on how far government has reached with the policy implementation.
The screened projects he noted have subsequently been forwarded to the appropriate financial institutions for funding.
A leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Akyem Oda constituency, Kwadwo Korankye popularly known as Yellow Man, has admonished delegates to vote for Sammy Awuku as National Organizer.
Yellow Man is of the view that, Sammy Awuku is an effective politician whose tenacity and experience saw the party win political power from the incompetent National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He told rainbowradionline.com that, Sammy Awuku as a youth Organizer, he was able to unify the youth irrespective of which faction they belong to.
He also believes a vote for Sammy Awuku will bring victory for the governing NPP in 2020.
He said: ‘’He l[Sammy Awuku] listened to every foot soldier and had a listening ear for their problem and did his best to help. He is approachable and communicates very well and that motivates the youth to always work hard for the victory of the party.’’
A victory for Sammy Awuku will bridge the gap between the youth and the elders within the party.’’
Yellow Man also called on the party to consider victory for the NPP because going into the 2020 election, we need to search some with a positive attitude to lead and organize, and galvanize all members to fight hard and maintain power come 2020. The delegates will not be far from right to vote for Sammy Awuku massively for the work to be easy,’’ he posited further.
He concluded: ‘’A vote for Sammy Awuku is a vote for efficient party operations towards retaining power 2020.’’
Sammy Awuku, has promised to the party a winning machine when elected.
Mr Awuku’s bold promise comes ahead of the party’s national delegates’ conference slated for July to elect party executives.
According to National Organiser aspirant, when given the nod, his policies would make the NPP the most vibrant and attractive political party in the country.
He also promised to liaise with the Youth Organizer that will be elected, to establish a youth secretariat of the party to coordinate the affairs of the young ones in the party.
The National Identification Authority (NIA) has announced its preparedness for the mass registration after registering staff of the Presidency and Parliament.
Speaking on Nyankonton mu Nsem onRainbow Radio 87.5FM today (Wednesday), the Public Relations Officer of NIA, Francis Palmdeti said that, registration of institutions is currently ongoing in Accra and added that the mass registration will soon kick start in Accra.
He also said the schedule for the registration will be 3,2 and 1-month(s) registration in Greater Accra, Ashanti, Volta, Northern, Brong Ahafo, Upper West, Upper East, Eastern, Central and Western region respectively.
He further explained that, the dense population in Greater Accra and Ashanti Region informed the 3 and 2 months registration duration.
He later said that the exercise might extend into next year since all these regions will not have their registration simultaneously.
On the requirements for the Ghana Card as stipulated by the National Identification Authority, Mr. Palmdeti said, the authority will consistently create awareness on the requirements for the registration exercise for Ghanaians to be abreast with necessary requirements for the registration.
People we have already registered at Jubilee House, Immigration and Prison Service were already abreast with the requirements. Nevertheless, we will continually educate people on the requirements for the registration, he said.
On the issue on whether the requirements for registration will change in the rural areas or not, the PRO emphasized that, their main aim is to register a larger population of Ghanaians resident in and outside Ghana and they do not seek to exempt anyone from the registration and the law also frowns upon it.
We were instituted by Parliament. We are not law makers but law abiders, he stressed.
He added, if you do not have a passport or birth certificate, a registered relative can guarantee for your registration.
Two guarantors can also serve as witnesses to register on an individual’s behalf in the absence of an already registered relative.
Based on the rejection of the NHIS or the Voters’ ID card as a registration requirement, he said the information on these cards including the passport and SSNITwill be scanned for the details for easy data harmonization and integration in the future.
“There is the possibility that NIA would liase with other institutions like DVLA, EC, GRA or SSNIT in the future. Ghanaians are therefore urged to come along with these cards if any for the registration to aid NIA data harmonization in the future”, he further explained.
By: Prscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)