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Feb 22, 2018
The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, has given a hint of government's intention to support National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) with the GETFUND policy. Speaking at the 48th anniversary launch of the National Vocational Training Institute under the theme: "promoting TVET to provide solutions to Ghana's unemployment challenge: The Role of NVTI", the minister ,said, unemployment is the most critical challenge of our national development today, and the role of NVTI acting as lead skills solutions to government's employment agenda cannot be overemphasised. He added that, the urgency to create jobs for the teeming youth has become paramount considering the fact that, about 60% of our population is under 35years. "You would all agree with me that, unemployment especially among the youth, has almost become a national security issue. Thus , interventions towards addressing this phenomenon are crucial and a paramount preoccupation to government. He said. Hon Ignatius added that Ghana has attained a middle income status as a country and therefore, there is the need for a significant level of technocratic skilled workforce without which we cannot develop our country further. He said a skilled workforce is required to build and maintain our roads, bridges, railways, markets, health and educational facilities and run our transportation, energy and Oil/Gas industry. The minister said ,it is for this reason that government has decided to introduce reforms of the entire TVET system. , This is to ensure that TVET in Ghana is given not only policy coherence and harmonisation but also the technical, operational and financial support TVET requires for its transformation to enhance the employability of our youth progressively and thereby address the unemployment problem entirely. By: Vivian Arthur
Feb 22, 2018
The Member of Parliament for Bia East, says the proposed reduction of petroleum tax from 15-13 percent is a waste of time. The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday laid a Special Petroleum Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that seeks to reduce the Special Petroleum Tax of 15 percent to 13 percent to help reduce the prices of petroleum products. The tax which was introduced by the NDC in 2016 was to shore up revenues generated from fuel prices when crude oil prices were plummeting. But speaking on the issue, the NDC MP said the reduction is a waste of time. According to him, although the NDC introduced the tax, it has outlived its use. Government he noted promised to reduce taxes but has failed to reduce them. In his view, the 2 percent is neither here nor there and it is a waste of time and would have no impact in the market. Meanwhile, Parliament has passed into law the amended bill after going through the various stages. The Minority in Parliament accused government and the Majority for failing to completely scrap the entire tax on petroleum as promised.
Feb 22, 2018
Some members of the main opposition party NDC in the Saboba constituency of the Northern Region, have expressed their anger and displeasure towards some constituency leaders of the party, for allegedly engaging in secret registration of party members in the area with the fear of being contested in any internal election. Speaking exclusively to Rainbow Radio’s Northern Regional correspondent, Prince Kwame Tamakloe, an aggrieved member of the party, Mr. William Amuzu, explained that, some party members including some of his own family members, in the Saboba constituency are being registered by party leaders leaving out some other known members. He claimed that, the act is as a result of some of the unregistered members of the party’s intention to contest the incoming internal intention. “My brother if they realize you might contest for any internal election, they won’t register you. Mr. William lamented that, “it is interesting to see how these people toil for this party even at their ages but were relegated to the background when we won elections in 2008 and 2012. Today, they are coming back to collect ID cards to register them” The aggrieved NDC man said he has evidence to back my claims and challenge anyone in leadership of the NDC his preparedness to respond to his assertions. ”Any member of the NDC in leadership either at the National office or Regional office should please respond to this for clarification, is the ongoing NDC membership registration meant to register members in secret or public? Mr. William quizzed. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Feb 22, 2018
Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa's president after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. He was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday so no vote was needed to make him president. MPs from the ruling African National Congress broke into song at the announcement. In a speech to parliament Mr Ramaphosa, 65, said that corruption was on his radar. The ANC had told Mr Zuma to step down or face a vote of no-confidence. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his party's decision. Mr Zuma faces numerous corruption allegations but denies any wrongdoing. One opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, walked out of the parliamentary debate. It wants new elections, rather than the ANC deciding on the identity of the new president. Source:BBC
Feb 22, 2018
Executive Director for policy think tank, Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana), Peter Bismark has commended the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for consolidating Ghana’s democracy. This was contained in a write up by Peter Bismark and copied to rainbowradioonline.com. He said in his statement that, ‘’democratic consolidation is indispensable when the right institutions are created to exhibit neutrality and that's what we are experiencing.’’ The statement was in reaction to the task ahead of the Special Prosecutor and his quest in the fight against corruption. Corruption in his view is an organized crime, leading to deliberate "stealing" from what belongs to everybody. He used the opportunity to admonish government pursue a path of policy formulation and implementation for measurable impact and avoid policies that will create problems for citizens especially when the population keeps increasing. He said ‘’when democratic accountability is assured, economic growth and development is consolidated for prosperity,’’ he added. Read Below the Full Piece The long practice of the principles of democracy brings out the beauty to justify government of the people by the people and for the people, for the creation of matured institutions. Institutional maturity matters and the dynamism of the principles of democracy have led to the creation of the office of the Special Prosecutor. Democratic institutional maturity is attained when all agree to strengthen the rule of law and the legal framework to fighting a particular canker (corruption) to give more credence to the need to uphold its principles. Ghanaians to some extent have understood their democratic right and national governance to help create economical, political and legal environment for peace and harmony. As democracy matures, new institutions are created to meet the demand of the wants and needs of the political system under practice. Democracy marries lots for political ideologies such as communism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, libertarianism and it related economic principles. The birth of the sensitive Office of the Special Prosecutor to tame the dirty hands of corruption in our contemporary political economy expounds the dynamism and an unending institutional establishment for a better society. Democratic consolidation is indispensable when the right institutions are created to exhibit neutrality and that's what we are experiencing. We have had strong institutions with weak personalities, weakening the strong institutions. However, the New Patriotic Government have created a strong institution and placed in a strong man to man the office, so institutional maturity could be achieved. Democratic recession looks far from visiting Ghana's 25 years of consistency in democratic practice. The spontaneous democratic movement to fighting corruption has been addressed by the NPP Government. Corruption is an organized crime, leading to deliberate "stealing" from what belongs to everybody. In the coming years as the population keep increasing every decade, new democratic institutions would be created to address the failures of policies, hence the need to have a third eye for policy formulation and implementation for a measurable impact and avoid policies that create problems. When democratic accountability is assured, economic growth and development is consolidated for prosperity. Kudos to the NPP!!. Peter Bismark ILAPI
Feb 22, 2018
The Chairman, Technical Committee for the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC), Ishmael Agyekumhene, has said it is not entirely correct that all the utility providers are demanding for 200 percent increment. It was reported by some media portals that the Ghana Water Company Lim¬ited (GWCL), Volta River Au¬thority (VRA), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) are seeking tariff increases that amount to over 200%. But speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Agyekumhene, said it was NEDCo that had their proposal reaching 200 percent. However, the others averagely requested for an upward adjustment of not more or less than 35 percent. According to him, with the exception of NEDCo requesting for 200 percent, GRIDCo, Ghana Water, VRA are proposing between 31.26%-35%. He said the PURC is to scrutinise the proposals and determine what in¬creases the utility providers deserve.
Feb 22, 2018
The Director in-charge of Education, Research and Training at Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Alexander Obeng has described the use of sirens by MPs as illegal. According to him, the service has noted with concern the unauthorized use of sirens and horns by some motorists in the country. He was speaking in an interview on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on the unlawful installation and use of siren by some individuals. He cautioned the public to desist from the unlawful act and be guided by the warning issued by the police on same matter. Regulation 74(2) of L.I. 2180 provides that … a person shall not fit on a motor vehicle a warning appliance other than a type approved by the Licensing Authority (DVLA).The law is therefore clear on who can install and use motor vehicle warning appliances including bells and sirens in their vehicles. The law lists categories of entities permitted to install and use sirens and horns. They are listed as follows: 1. a government vehicle used for official purposes by the Head of State 2. a Police vehicle 3. a motor vehicle used by the Fire Service 4. a motor vehicle used as an ambulance by a hospital or clinic 5. a motor vehicle used by other recognized Government security agencies 6. a bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority.
Feb 22, 2018
The Member of Parliament for Atwima Kwanwoma, Mr. Appiah Kubi, has blamed the police for the killings of some two individuals following disagreement over the siting of a new district capital. Two persons were shot and killed at Foase in the Atwima-Kwanwoma Ditrict of the Ashanti Region after police personnel reportedly fired gun shots to disperse angry youth who were protesting against the relocation of the district capital from community to Twedie few days ago. Several others were reported to have sustained serious injuries following the incident. The protest according to information gathered, started after the DCE attempted to enforce a Supreme Court order. Reacting to the incident, the MP who has also been accused of sabotaging the process refuted the allegations. According to him, the police acted unprofessionally and that led to the death of the two persons including a 20-year-old man. The legislator described the incident as unfortunate because it ''would be needless for people to die all because of the location of a district capital''. He stressed, ‘’I am not the one behind the protest. The apex court ruled on the matter and so who am I to disregard a ruling by the court? ‘’Some people are behind the allegations orchestrated to blame me falsely. Nana Akufo-Addo cannot also influence the Supreme Court’s ruling and I cannot also influence him on the issue,’’ he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm
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