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Jun 24, 2018
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has taken a swipe at former President John Dramani Mahama over his ‘’incorruptible’’ claim. The NPP in a statement signed by Acting General Secretary, John Boadu, described Mr Mahama as someone who ate and drank corruption when he was in power. The statement was in response to a statement issued by special aide to Mr Mahama refuting the allegations leveled against the former leader of diverting an amount of $13 million meant for development project into his personal account. But Joyce Mogtari described as false the allegations and described Mr Mahama as an incorruptible person. But the NPP has laughed off the claims insisting Mahama was a corrupt person considering the number of allegations including SADA, GYEEDA, SUBAH among others. “The NPP is utterly shocked at these claims being made by the Former President, who for all intents and purposes, ought to have risen above such pettiness and recklessness, having had the rare opportunity to occupy the highest political office in the country,” the party stated. The statement further added, “On their second claim about Mahama, rather than Akufo-Addo, being incorruptible, we find this as perhaps, the biggest joke of the century that will see every Ghanaian laughing. Need we remind them of how synonymous the name, John Mahama had become with corruption? Need we remind them that John Mahama superintended over the worst corrupt regime in the history of this country, where on daily basis, Ghanaians were greeted with one form of corruption scandal or another?” The statement added, "need we remind them of the GYEEDAs, the SADAs, the SUBAs, the Amajaros, the Smarttys, the Brazil World Cup scandals, the Woyomes, the Isofotons, the Watervilles, the Fortives, the Kanazoes [where Mahama accepted a "bride" of a Ford Expedition from a Burkinabe contractor]? Need we remind John Mahama of the uncountable corruption scandals, most of which he personally supervised during his tenure? Need we remind John Mahama that one of the reasons for his unprecedented electoral humiliation at the 2016 polls was because of his personal involvement in a lot of these corruption scandals?" Read Below the full statement: NPP REPLIES FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN MAHAMA OVER HIS CLAIM OF INCORRUPTIBILITY AND UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON THE PERSON OF HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO The attention of the NPP has been drawn to a statement purportedly emanating from the Office of Former President John Mahama and said to be a response to a petition filed by some four citizens of Ghana at the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the Former President for alleged diversion of $13 million meant for the development of the Western Region by the E.O group of company as part of their corporate social responsibilities. In the former President's response to this petition, as contained in a Press Statement signed by his Special Aide, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, it was claimed that "the said petition is another orchestrated but failed attempt by the NPP government to divert attention from the numerous corruption scandals suffocating it". Their Statement further alleges that "Former President John Mahama, unlike President Nana Akufo-Addo, is incorruptible". The NPP is utterly shocked at these claims being made by the Former President, who for all intents and purposes, ought to have risen above such pettiness and recklessness, having had the rare opportunity to occupy the highest political office in the country. Even though the party would ordinarily not respond to such pettiness, we are nonetheless minded to do so because of the reverence we accord the office of a Former President. First of all, the party has absolutely no knowledge about the said petition nor has it instructed anyone to file same on its behalf. But, as a party that believes in good governance and holds unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption, we would, on any day, encourage citizens to, in exercise of their civic rights, report cases of wrongdoing and alleged corruption to the appropriate statutory bodies for proper investigations. This is what President Akufo-Addo and the NPP have always stood for and we have no apologies. On their second claim about Mahama, rather than Akufo-Addo, being incorruptible, we find this as perhaps, the biggest joke of the century that will see every Ghanaian laughing. Need we remind them of how synonymous the name, John Mahama had become with corruption? Need we remind them that John Mahama superintended over the worst corrupt regime in the history of this country, where on daily basis, Ghanaians were greeted with one form of corruption scandal or another? Need we remind them of the GYEEDAs, the SADAs, the SUBAs, the Amajaros, the Smarttys, the Brazil World Cup scandals, the Woyomes, the Isofotons, the Watervilles, the Fortives, the Kanazoes [where Mahama accepted a "bride" of a Ford Expedition from a Burkinabe contractor]? Need we remind John Mahama of the uncountable corruption scandals, most of which he personally supervised during his tenure? Need we remind John Mahama that one of the reasons for his unprecedented electoral humiliation at the 2016 polls was because of his personal involvement in a lot of these corruption scandals? It is pretty obvious from the foregoing that, Joyce Bawah Mogtari only sought to ridicule Former President Mahama by suggesting in the statement that he is incorruptible. How can somebody who eats and drinks corruption be said to be incorruptible? Certainly, this, cannot even be told the marines. We encourage the Office of the Former President to rather respond directly to the serious allegations made against him in the said petition and not engage in these red-herrings and unprovoked attacks. President Akufo-Addo, on the other hand, has, all his life, both in private and in public service, never been accused or alleged to have been involved in any act of corruption. He is by far, the only politician in our recent history to have boldly said that, "I, Nana Akufo-Addo, am not corrupt; I have never been corrupt and I shall demand same of all my appointees". And indeed, for all the corruption allegations levelled against his appointees by surrogates of the NDC, President Akufo-Addo had ensured that they were all thoroughly investigated notwithstanding their frivolity. That is a mark of an incorruptible leader which we never saw in John Mahama, who would rather offer promotion to such appointees to reassigning them to the Office of the President to help advance their corrupt enterprises. Ghana has certainly moved on and we cannot afford to go through the corrupt Mahama experience any more. Forward, we move. Thank you. JOHN BOADU General Secretary (Ag)
Jun 24, 2018
An OccupyGhana member, Nana Sarpong Agyemang-Badu has called on the government to make a wakeup call on the emergency response services of the country by suggesting a command center. He said the command center will pick data of every hospital in the country on the number of beds every hospital have, either occupied or not occupied on regular basis 3 times daily. This will help hospitals alert citizens on the availability of beds in hospitals before visiting them and taking emergency cases he added. This will save time, energy and most importantly, save lives of citizens from the “no bed syndrome” after the death of the 70year old man who was rejected by six hospitals over lack of beds two weeks ago. He also suggested the introduction of new emergency numbers or codes which should be short and simple to call as compared to lengthy landline and phone numbers given by the police. These numbers should be able to reach all emergency services such as the police, fire services and ambulance services. He suggested some hospitals should be assigned only for emergency cases so as to know where emergency cases should be sent for early treatment. These hospitals should have well trained educative health care professionals that will handle basic emergency cases and healthcare. “Laws should also be enacted to prevent doctors and nurses from turning away patients with emergency cases with the excuses of no beds available. It is only the administrators who have the authority to do so” he quoted. He also called on government to strengthen the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to be able to cover emergency cases. He concluded by appealing to government to purchase more ambulances for emergency cases. He was speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. By: Nicholas Nii Nai Ollenu (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Jun 24, 2018
The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has underscored the need for Ghana to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3- which seeks to reduce maternal deaths to less than 70 per 100, 000 births. Maternal and infant health she noted are of great concern to her because it has become so critical that, they have become a measure for development. The First Lady says although Ghana is recording less maternal and infant deaths, we should be quick and to also concede that, we need to do better. In the view of the First Lady, Ghana can do so through pragmatic and results oriented measures which will allow us achieve the Goal 3 sooner than later. Mrs. Akufo-Addo who was speaking at the commissioning and handing over of the renovated and refurbished Bawjiase Health center by the Rebecca foundation, the donation includes hospital bed, wheelchairs, incubator and equipment which will enable the Health Center work effectively in the district. She also advised women to take their antenatal serious during their pregnancy period to avoid challenges during their delivery. She went on to advise nurses to work as professionals and with passion to help reduce maternal and infant deaths in the country and her aim for this foundation is to help provide good and quality health care for the people of Ghana. The goal of President Akufo-Addo she explained is provide better health care for citizens through internal resources hence his aim to see a Ghana beyond aid. On his part, the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, Mr Nenyi George Andah, on behalf of the district expressed gratitude to the First Lady and the Rebecca Foundation for the support. He also urged the constituents to have hope in the ruling government since they have started delivering most of their campaign promises and as member of Parliament, he will make sure he will fulfill his campaign promises he made to the people of Awutu Senya West.
Jun 24, 2018
Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah and two other officials from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) are expected to meet FIFA over the recent challenges confronting the Ghana FA following the expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah is representing the government of Ghana, with Mr Isaac Addo General Secretary as well as Mr. Alex Asante Protocol Officer of the GFA. FIFA is said to have refused to hold the meeting if officials from the GFA did not accompany the Sports Minister. The Sports Minister will present the views of government on the immediate steps being employed towards the dissolution of the GFA, whilst Mr. Addo would also make a presentation on the position of the GFA. Last week, an Accra High Court granted government a 10-day injunction preventing FA officials from all activities. Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo says it would be irresponsible and an act of criminality should government fail to dissolve the GFA following the fallout from the Number 12 video.
Jun 24, 2018
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ho West, Mr. Kwesi Bedrah is set to resign as legislator, rainbowradioonline.com has gathered. According to reports, his action is due to a protracted unresolved issue between him and some constituency executives of his party. The Minority Caucus according to information are trying to convince him to rescind his decision. Bedzrah is a Development planner, Architect and Quantity surveyor by profession. He was born on September 11, 1949 and hails from Bowiri-Anyinase in the Volta Region. He holds a Diploma in Education which he acquired at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana’s Central Region in 1980, an Ordinary Technician Diploma (OTD) from the Takoradi Polytechnic in 1988, an Advance Diploma in Quantity Surveying from Ellis School of Building Worcester, England in 1992, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Ghana, Legon in 2003 and a Master’s degree in Development Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) from 2010 to 2012.
Jun 24, 2018
Policy think tank, Institute of Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) has issued a document on the loss of revenue through gift tax. According ILAPI, Government lost GH 8.863 Billion via Gift Tax alone in 2017. ILAPI stated that, the think tank sampled 6200 people nationwide and asked them simple questions as to whether they have received gifts from loved ones who are not directly related to them. ‘’By interacting with our participants, we collected data for this study through face-toface interviews and open ended questionnaires which were given to all participants and collected after they have answered them. Several questions were asked but the two relevant for this study were 1. Are you aware of gift tax? And Have you ever paid gift tax on the gifts you receive? (YES or NO). Out of the categorization, religious leaders recorded a taxable gifts amounting to GH₵157,893,705.00 and evaded gift tax of GH₵ 23,684,055.75 About 2000 ‘Special People’ responded as whether they were aware of gift tax and in their responses, 302 answered YES representing 15%; 1442 answered NO representing 72% whereas 256 responded somehow representing 13%. On whether the respondents paid tax, only 20 out of the 2000 representing 1% answered YES. 95% representing a figure of 1890 said they never paid tax. Ninety (90) representing 5% said they somehow paid tax. ‘’The special people recorded taxable gifts of GH¢146,6 Apart from the persons who fall under the first two categories or group of persons, all the others are classified by this study as ordinary people. Regardless to their occupation, social or economic status, they are described by this study as ordinary people. Be it police, truck pusher, organizer of an association or party, president of a group, accountant what so ever, they are called by this study as ordinary people • The study interviewed 3000 Ordinary People.91,600 and evaded tax of GH¢22,003,740,’’ the document added. Out of the ‘Ordinary People’, 60 representing 2% said they paid tax whereas 2940 never paid gift tax representing 98%. ‘’The ordinary people received tax amounting to GH₵61,785,656.00 for which they did not honor the gift tax and evaded gift tax of GH₵9,267,848.40 • So, In 2017, Ghanaians exchanged taxable gifts amounting to GH₵366,370,961. As part of the gift amount, 15% were supposed to be paid as gift tax but the amount went off the government coffers unnoticed. So in 2017, government lost GH₵54,955,644.15 as gift tax revenue on 6200 Respondents of OUR survey.’’ The gender structure of the respondents is as follows: Male: 2352 and Female: 3848making a total of 6200 respondents. ‘’For just a year with only 6200 people not paying gift tax ,produced an amount of GH₵54,955,644.15,’’ the statement posited. According to ILAPI, ‘’ If 6200 people produced GH₵54,955,644.15, then 1,000,000 people will produce GH₵ 8,863,813,572.58 (GH₵8.863 Billion) using simple proportion. So with this analysis, ILAPI Ghana can say with authority that Ghana loses GH₵ 8,863,813,572.58 annually. Ghana’s government budgeted GH₵ 1.6 billion for free SHS for a year so if we divide GH₵ 8,863,813,572.58 by GH₵ 1.6 billion a year gives 5.5 years. So ILAPI want to tell Ghanaians that if we should all honor our gift tax obligation, the revenue from gift tax alone a year could finance free SHS for approximately 6 years without OIL MONEY. If the government is losing GH₵ 8,863,813,572.58 from gift tax revenue annually, then simple mathematics tells us that for every second, the government loses GH₵ 281.07’’. ILAPI is therefore making the following recommendations: Change of channel of payment; Building of trust by the government; Accessibility of gift tax return form; Proximity of tax offices and Avoidance of poor reception by tax officials.
Jun 24, 2018
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kaakyire Music Productions, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, has disclosed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he has suspended music because it is no longer lucrative. The highlife musician told host of Akwankwaa Nuase, Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi that, some Ghanaian DJs have also contributed to the 'collapse' of highlife music because they have failed to play highlife songs. The musician was asked why he is currently concentrating on producing movies and abandoned his musical career. Kaakyire Kwame Appiah in his response indicated that, highlife musicians are not making profits and due to that, he has decided to focus on movies. He said, ‘’majority of the current DJs are not helping highlife music. 90-95 per cent of DJs are killing highlife music. Some have suggested highlife music has collapsed but I will say highlife music is not dead as suggested; rather, the airplay has reduced drastically. If we should increase airplay of highlife music, it will progress.’’ Highlife musicians he lamented invest a lot of money into their works and spend a lot in promoting the songs but only a few DJs are able to play the songs on air.’’ ‘’There are over 404 radio stations in the country; we no longer pay payola but if you should drop at least GHc100 at every station you visit, that will amount to GHc44,000…So it got to appoint you release a song but you will not get the airplay and that is why I had to suspend my music career and focus on movie production.’’ He also disclosed his desire for acting is not new because he started acting many years ago and got his name Kaakyire from the early stages of acting. His label he said has produced 38 musicians including Paa Solo, Stella Addo, Abena Amponsah, Michael Osei Bonsu, and Nana Yaw Asare among others.
Jun 24, 2018
US rapper XXXTentacion, who quickly rose to fame with two consecutive hit albums, has been killed aged 20. He was leaving a motorcycle dealership in south Florida on Monday when an armed suspect shot him. Police in Broward County said XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was often described as one of rap’s most controversial artists and was facing domestic violence charges. The polarising rapper, who first found an audience by uploading songs to the website SoundCloud, had been hailed as a breakthrough talent and tributes have been pouring in from hip-hop luminaries in the wake of his death. The county sheriff’s office said that Onfroy was leaving the dealership shortly before 16:00 local time when two armed suspects approached. At least one of them shot him before both fled the scene in Deerfield Beach, which is 43 miles (69km) north of Miami, in a dark-coloured SUV. Investigators said it appeared to be a “possible robbery”. Video posted on social media apparently showed Onfroy slumped in his car. A witness told celebrity news website TMZ that multiple shots rang out outside the dealership. The rapper, whose hit songs include SAD! and Moonlight, quickly rose to prominence following the release of his debut album 17 last August. His follow-up ? debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in March and has been listened to hundreds of millions of times online. Source: BBC
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