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Apr 25, 2018
Deputy General of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has said presidential staffers should be experienced individuals who will bring a lot of experience to the governance system. He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, aside the ministers, staffers are appointed to give direction to a government and not necessarily about the numbers but efficiency. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the outspoken politician said, the comparison between previous NDC government and that of the ruling NPP is needless, unwarranted and baseless. He said, ‘’let us focus on what is happening today. What is in the past should be left in the past.’’ Koku Anyidoho stressed that the presidential staffers are more experienced and the remuneration is above that of special aides at the presidency. He also indicated that what Eugene Arhin, Lord Commey and others are doing today and being given the status as staffers, he [Anyidoho] and Nii Lante Vanderpuye were doing it as aides. ‘’So if they have decided to bloat the government payroll,’’ they should go ahead, ‘’Ghanaians will also decide.’’ ''If there is no efficiency and no experience; they will be looking for bloated numbers and to hide behind that and say there are more jobs to be done. The president already has 110 ministers and he is justifying it,’’ and so it is not surprising they are justifying the bloated list. Mr. Anyidoho said, the interesting thing about the Nana Addo led administration is that, the various agencies and state institutions have an over bloated payroll. He charged the media to focus their attention at institutions like the National Lotteries among others. ‘’If you also go to the government department and agencies like Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, National Lotteries; if you go and see what is happening there in terms of over bloated payrollt; it is equally alarming and I am sure that is the next place you should be focusing on.’’ He suggested. He used the lotteries as an example and alleged that, the place is being managed by a CEO and three deputies who are all political appointees. When asked if the number is huge and should be reduced, he said, ‘’I will pass judgement. I leave the judgement to Ghanaians and the media.’’ President Nana Akufo-Addo last week presented before parliament list of the total number of staff working at the presidency. The release of the list is in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires the President to submit annually to Parliament, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President. Th breakdown was given as nine ministers of state, 27 presidential staffers, 256 other/junior appointees and 706 employees of public/civil service staff.
Apr 25, 2018
The 39th Annual Synod of the Koforidua Diocese of the Methodist Church has elected Very Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Asare-Kusi, the Superintendent Minister of the Adweso Circuit, as the new Bishop of the Diocese. Very Rev. Dr Asare-Kusi will succeed the outgoing Bishop, Rt. Rev. Michael Agyarkwa Bossman, whose term of office ends in September, this year. The 57 year old Methodist Bishop-elect defeated two other contestants; Very Rev. Emmanuel Ansah, the Superintendent Minister of the Larteh Circuit, and Very Rev. William Mpare-Gyekye of the Ghana Methodist Church Missions in Canada. Very Rev. Dr Asare-Kusi completed the Sunyani Secondary School in 1982 and proceeded to the Trinity Theological Seminary, University of Ghana, Legon where he completed in 1991. He went for further studies at the Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, United States of America, and then to Asbury Theological Seminary, USA. Rev. Dr Asare-Kusi was a teacher within the second cycle institution before he was ordained a minister of the Church in 1990. He has served in various circuits of the Methodist Church including Tamale, Kumasi, Wa, Koforidua, Konongo, Accra and the Methodist Church of Ghana Missions in Canada. Very Rev. Dr Asare Kusi also worked as the Director of Evangelism Missions and Renewal of the Church’s headquarters in Accra. He has three publications to his credit: “The Practice of the Means of Grace,” “The Holistic Mission of the Church in Northern Ghana,” and “I believe in prayer”. Source:GNA
Apr 25, 2018
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has dissociated himself from comments made by President Buhari which described Nigerian youth as lazy. Mr. Buhari came under attack for describing youth in his country as lazy. He was speaking on Wednesday at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. He said, Nigerian youth are lazy and always wanting freebies at the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. “More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil-producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, health care, education free. Mr. Rawlings reportedly commended Mr. Buhari for his comments but he has disputed the claims and warned people not to associate him with the comments. Read the statement issued by the Communications Directorate of Mr. Rawlinigs and signed Kobina Andoh Amoakwa: April 22, 2018 FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS HAS MADE NO COMMENTS ON PRESIDENT BUHARI STATEMENTS ON NIGERIAN YOUTH The attention of the office of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana, has been drawn to a post on various media, especially in Nigeria, professing his support for comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerian youth. The office wishes to state that former President Rawlings has made no comment whatsoever or issued a statement on the comments by President Buhari. Any comments purportedly coming from Mr. Rawlings are false and a creation of individuals who wish to use the former President of Ghana’s name for their own political interests. All official statements or comments by Flt Lt Rawlings can be found on his Twitter handle @officeofJJR or his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/President.J.J.Rawlings/
Apr 25, 2018
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will win the 2020 elections by 82 per cent, the retained Ashanti regional chairman, Bernard Antwi Bosiako aka Chairman Wontumi, has posited. In his address after the elections on Saturday, Mr. Bosiako told the newly elected executives that, they were given the mandate by the delegates to ensure that, the ruling party chalks victory in 2020 and 2024. He charged them to work in unity so it will be difficult for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to return to power again. ‘’We [elected executives] are coming to work extremely hard to surpass what we did in 2016. In 2016, we won the polls by 52 per cent but we have to win the 2020 polls by 82 per cent,’’ he urged his executives. Mr. Boasiako, emphasized the party’s resolve to capture the Ejura/Sekydumase, Sekyere Afram Plains and the Asawasi constituencies which are currently held by the opposition NDC. President Akufo-Addo, polled 5,716,026 to beat the then incumbent former President John Mahama who had 4,713, 277.
Apr 25, 2018
The retained Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, is alleging that some top officials from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have confided in him that, they received double salaries under former President John Dramani Mahama. Mr. Boasiako, popularly called Chairman Wontumi, was speaking at the regional delegates congress held at Ejura in the Ashanti region on Saturday to elect regional executives of the party. The outspoken politician told the gathering that, the top officials came to see him so he will plead on their behalf because they did not want to go to prison for receiving double salaries. The CID has begun a probe of the officials involved. Some of the names mentioned are Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli West in the Upper West Region; ET Mensah, one of the ‘three wise men’ under Mahama’s presidency and former MP for Ningo Prampram; Haruna Iddrisu, former Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and MP for Tamale South, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, former Petroleum Minister and MP for Ellembelle in the Western Region and Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and former Youth and Sports Minister and MP for Odododiodioo Constituency. Meanwhile, some of the mentioned names have denied any wrongdoing. Commenting on the saga for the first time, Chairman Wontumi said, ‘’about five days ago, some five top NDC officials came to me to plead for leniency for receiving double payments. They came to me and confessed and asked me to go plead on the behalf so the issue is resolved internally because they have realized that, the ruling NPP will take them to court and possibly jail them.’’ Although he failed to mention the names of the five top officials, the regional chairman said, they are willing to refund the money but ‘’I told them to go and pay the money to the police because they erred in organizing a press conference to deceive Ghanaians that they never received double payments.’’
Apr 25, 2018
A former presidential staffer and current Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, has described comments made by Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, over the number of presidential staffers as false. President Akufo-Addo has come under serious lambast for the 998 list of presidential staffers presented to parliament. The release of the list is in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires the President to submit annually to Parliament, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President. The breakdown was given as nine Ministers of state, 27 presidential staffers, 256 other/junior appointees and 706 employees of public/civil service staff. But reacting to the concerns raised by some Ghanaians, Dominic Nitiwul told Accra based Joy FM that, majority of the staff at the Office of the President, was inherited from the former government. Mr. Nitiwul says 678 of the current 998 Presidential staff was bequeathed to President Nana Akufo-Addo by former President John Mahama. However, Dr. Apaak, has rubbished the claims by the minister and questioned if he [Apaak] and other appointees that worked under Mahama, were part of the current list. According to Dr. Apaak, the submission by Nitiwul suggested that he [Apaak] was still part of the list because the total number of appointees under Mahama amounted to 678 hence the claims by the minister was false. Read below what the former staffer wrote” Re: Mahama Left 678 of 998 Staff - Nitiwul: False, poor Nitiwul, so you mean Myself, Stan, Kpessah, Chief Debrah, Madam Valarie, Karle, Nii Moi, etc are still working at FSH? For your education, the 678 JM submitted to Parliament as list of his Staff at his Office included both political appointees, myself included, and public/civil servants. NADAA's 706 public/civil servants alone dwarf JM's political appointees and public/civil servants combined, 678, and you say what?! Your 998 of 706 public/civil servants plus 292 political appointees is unprecedented. You did not inherit, you created, just as you created 110 ministerial and countless CEO positions!
Apr 25, 2018
A suicide attack at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 31 people, officials say. More than 50 others were injured in the blast which hit a crowd waiting at the entrance to the building. The Islamic State group (IS) has claimed via its Amaq news agency that it carried out the attack. Voter registration began this month for legislative elections which are due to take place in October. The Amaq report said that a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt targeted the centre, which is in the Dashte Barchi area of western Kabul. Images from the scene show blood-stained documents and photographs on the floor. Abandoned shoes and broken glass litter the area and nearby vehicles are riddled with holes. Eyewitness Bashir Ahmad said many of the victims were women with children who were there to get their identity cards and register for the elections. There have already been at least four attacks on such centres since voter registration got under way a week ago. Sunday's attack was Kabul's deadliest since at least 100 people were killed in a district full of government buildings and embassies in January. Afghanistan's interior minister told the BBC earlier this year that both the Taliban and IS were targeting civilians to provoke people against the government and create chaos. The legislative elections later this year will be followed by a presidential poll in 2019. BBC research earlier this year found that the Afghan government has full control over just 30% of the country, with the rest of the country under significant threat from the Taliban, and, to a lesser extent, IS. IS is fighting both Afghan military forces and the Taliban for control. Source:BBC
Apr 25, 2018
Former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, will today assume the Chairmanship of the TANA High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, taking over from President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria. Based in Ethiopia, the TANA Forum is a platform for African leaders, stakeholders and thought leaders to collaboratively engage in exploring and exchanging ideas on African-led solutions to its security challenges. The Forum was launched in 2012 and is actively supported by the Ethiopian Government as an African- owned initiative to explore solutions by Africans for the continents security challenges. Today’s ceremony will end two days of discussions on the theme, Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provisions.
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