The Ho Airport will soon be handed over for use following the completion of major construction works on the facility.
The $25million project was funded by the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) to boost economic activities and tourism in the Volta Region.
The Minister of Aviation, Madam Cecilia Dapaah who paid a working visit to inspect the facility ahead of its commissioning on Thursday, expressed satisfaction at the work done by the contractors, Amandi Holding Limited; and urged the Volta Regional Coordinating Council to develop a business plan to market the airport.
The project, which was scheduled for completion in September 2016, has 1,900 metres runway, traffic control tower, 1,150 capacity passenger waiting area, an ultramodern airbus terminal and an automatic fire detection system.
The airport, with the slogan, “Ho Airport, the New Destination” is expected to host domestic and commercial flights and open up the region for growth.
Former President John Agyekum Kufour has reacted to the arrest of one Felicia Kufour who was part of a syndicate arrested at Heathrow Airport for importing £32 million worth of cocaine.
The former president has disassociated himself from the lady indicating through the statement that he is not related to the lady.
The statement which was issued by the office of the former President and signed by his Senior Aide, Dr. Kwabena Osei-Adubofour, said Felicia Kufuor is not known to Mr Kufuor and is no niece or relative of his.
“A social media circulation of the arrest in December 2016 by the Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom authorities of several people including three UK-based Ghanaians and their recent imprisonment for a total of 139 years that included one Felicia Kufour has come to the notice of the Office of Former President John Kufuor. Some sections of the media are erroneously linking the said Felicia Kufuor to the former president as his niece.
“The office of Former President John Kufuor wishes to let all in the media and the general public to know that the said Felicia Kufour is in no way related to the former president. It is instructive that there is a picture of the said Felicia Kufour associated with the said publication. The former president wants to make it known to all and sundry that that individual is not known to him and is no niece or relative of his,” the statement read.
Second Lady, Samira Bawumia is of the opinion that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), is impacting lives positively.
She said the NPP is far better than other political that only focus on winning political power instead of working to change the lives of citizens.
The Second who was speaking at the official sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of an ultra-modern office complex for the Ashanti regional branch of the party held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 said the leadership of President Akufo-Addo is aimed improving upon the economy of the country.
"Ghana needs visionary leadership, competent leadership, dedicated leadership, and it's the NPP under the leadership of president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo..," she added: "for many people winning political power is the end, for us in the NPP, it's the means to the end. The end is what? It's raising this country, lifting it up from poverty, lifting the human resources, developing the people, so that every child, very woman, every man, who has a dream, who has a vision, who has hope, who has aspirations can live up to that under competent leadership”.
"Our leaders don't sleep. Do you know something, look at the age of our president, when he goes to work by 11[am], 12[pm] he will still be in the office working to serve all Ghanaians," she said.
To party supporters she urged to be dedicated and continue supporting the NPP because "we won the fight, we fought a good fight, we fought with a united front, let's maintain our unity, let's maintain our focus".
Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has waded into the debate over the double salaries saga. He is of the view that the MPs involve abused their office for their personal gain.
The anti-corruption campaigner believes Ghanaians have to be realistic in discussing the issue because legislators have to behave honourably due to their work as law makers.
In an interview with Accra based Citi Fm, he said even if government by mistake pays money into your account…and you double there you should know that you have been over paid and your duty is to tell your bank to return one of them.’’
He explained that you are supposed to opt as Member of Parliament when you are appointed a minister whether you are going to retain your parliamentary salary and receive only a top up…’’
MPs alleged to have received double salaries while serving as Ministers in the Mahama administration will not go scot-free, Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has said.
Some of those MPs include Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, Second Deputy Speaker Alban Bagbin, who nurses a presidential ambition, as well as Wa Central MP and ex-minister of Public-Private Partnerships, Dr Rashid Pelpuo; Inusah Fuseini, former Lands and Natural Resources Minister; Comfort Doyoe Ghansah, former Minister of State in charge of Social and Allied Institutions; Mr Eric Opoku, former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister and Fifi Kwetey, former Deputy Minister of Finance.
Commenting on the matter, Mr. Amidu said: “What is worrying for me is the knowledge that some people are even talking to the president to compromise so that crime will be overlooked because they are Members of Parliament”.
“… Why should a Special Prosecutor be prosecuting ordinary Ghanaians and your honourables will be involved in these things; then they will be talking to the president to wash it up. Then I have no need sitting here. I won’t even have the conscience to continue. “Will I have the conscience to prosecute any other body for corruption if the CID finds something prosecutable and are not allowed to prosecute because Members of Parliament are involved? That is not fair,” the former AG said.
He continued: “The ordinary man going to jail is a human being like a Ghanaian. I don’t like this whole idea about political elite. Honourables you are supposed to be, and then you are just fleecing the country. Indeed, that is an offence of abuse of office for private gain”. “Money was ever paid into my account… When my bank notified me I told them to return it because that is not what me and the Attorney General agreed. I could have kept it. This is what they should have done. You don’t keep the money for six months, one year, two years or three years, you’ve left office, one-and- half years, you’ve not made any efforts to return it. Then when the CID begins seeing it now you are rationalising it and yet when the ordinary man takes plantain one bunch, he goes to jail for 15 years. So, what is the political elite telling us?”
“If it’s been happening since 1992 and no one has seen it, now it has been seen, those responsible should bear the consequence,” he added.
The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has selected Meralco Consortium, Company to manage the Electricity Company of Ghana [ECG], under the power compact Two agreement.
The Company which is led by Manila Electricity Company from Philippines is known to have the highest combined technical and financial score, and has therefore been designated as the Preferred Bidder, a statement from MiDA said.
According to MiDA, the company have distribution network which covers a third of the Philippines and serves a customer population in excess of six million. It will be recalled that CH Group recently pulled out of the list of bidders leaving BXC Company Limited and Meralco Consortium.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation will inject an amount of 418 million dollars into whiles Meralco will invest about 500 million dollars.
A landlord at Bibiani in the Western region has allegedly stabbed his tenant over rent arrears.
Narrating the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our correspondent, Christopher Anto, said the landlord went to the tenant to demand for his two months outstanding rent which the tenant owed him.
However, the tenant, Stephen Okyere, 29, refused to pay the money a situation which resulted in a misunderstanding.
Infuriated by the action by his tenant, the landlord, Paul Kumi, 49, allegedly went in for a knife and reportedly stabbed him [Okyere] multiple times on various parts of his body.
The incident he noted occurred on Wednesday April 18, 2018.
The landlord has since gone into hiding after the incident whereas the tenant has been admitted at the hospital.
Government of Ghana has reacted to the statement delivered by Professor Philip Aston, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Humans that politicians in Ghana are champions of slogans but are not good at programmes which can significantly benefit the country’s economy or the lives of its citizens.
Addressing the press today [Thursday], Minister of Information, Dr. Mustapha Hamid, said the report by the UN representative is coming at a time when programmes of social protection have been given high priority status.
The minister told journalists that ‘’the budget for social protection shot up by 300 per cent last year, the highest ever on record under any government in Ghana since independence.’’
Professor Alston indicated that the one district, one factory and one village, one dam, although attractive on the surface, achieve very little in principle.
But reacting to the statements, the Information Minister said farmers in the three Northern regions, in particular are seeing a significant increase in their incomes since the introduction of the planting for jobs programme.’’
He said government has reduced the cost of fertilizer by a massive 50 per cent and on top of halving the cost, farmers are not asked to pay first hand; moreover they are given the option paying with their produce rather than cash after harvesting.’’
The one-village-one dam which will take off this year, is another poverty alleviation policy to enable farmers in three regions of the north to engage in all year agriculture.’’
He also described as inaccurate as inaccurate claims by the professor that ‘’informed estimates that existing taxes yield less than 10 per cent of their potential because of exemptions that have been included to satisfy special interest,’’ adding ‘’this is inaccurate. In 2017, we missed our revenues target by only 4 per cent. While this may not be exactly good news, because we need to collect the maximum tax projections, it nonetheless shows that his ‘’informed estimates’’ are not exactly informed.’’
He was optimistic that the policies by government will see marked improvement in the lives of poor communities of our country, that hopefully will help bridge the gap between the wealthy and the poor…So we have moved beyond mere sloganeering to actual implementation of programmes that are physically visible on the ground.’’
The Minister of Sanitation Mr. Kofi Adda has disclosed at the second Annual General Meeting of Environmental Services Providers Association (ESPA) that GH¢99 million out of the GH¢400 million realized from the plastic waste levy from 2014 cannot be traced.
He is alleging that the money disappeared during the erstwhile John Mahama government.
He added: “As of September 2016, about GH¢99 million was taken but we cannot account for it, we don’t know where it is. Our government cannot trace the money,” he said.
The Ministry he noted has taken new steps to prevent a repeat of the malfeasance.
“…so this year we put in mechanisms in place through the Ministry of Finance to ensure that once that money is collected we make it available for use to support sanitation,” he said.
He made the revelation after the Ghana Plastic Management Association (GPMA) demanded from the government to give them what is due them.