The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is challenging the decision by government to dissolve the body following the latest expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Lawyers for the FA in their response to the Attorney-General said the GFA was not established in the interest of the public hence could not be dissolved since it was established in the interest of its members.
The lawyers said GFA as a limited liability company cannot be dissolved by government as planned.
Paragraph seven of about 83-page-response read: “interest” in the activities carried out by Respondent’s members (football clubs) in their associative relationship with one another in the form of a company limited by guarantee, is narrowly limited to the emotional attachment and the joy that the football activities carried on by Respondent’s members bring to them, but such members of the public have no legal or equitable interest in any of Respondent’s members or Respondent itself for that matter.
The response from the lawyers further indicated that the AG’s petition was in response to the video of the then president of the association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, where he allegedly took bribes.
Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned few weeks ago and apologized to President Akufo-Addo, his Vice Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for using their names in the video to allegedly solicit for financial gains.
He is currently under probe cy the CID for allegedly defrauding by false pretenses.
A group calling itself Cape Coast Youth Development Association, a non partisan association, has threatened to embark on a demonstration if the Atta Mills Memorial Library is not opened.
The group in a statement said the intended six anniversary celebration of the late Mills will be needless with the library shutdown.
‘’We don't see the reason why the 6th anniversary will be celebrated, when a memorial library constructed in his honour has been locked since its construction,’’ the statement said.
‘’This action has become necessary since both the NDC government and NPP government have all refused to take bold steps to ensure that the library is opened,’’ it added.
The Atta Mills Library is closed due to lack of funds.
The contractor who worked on the project is said to have locked up the place and taken the keys away, denying the university access to the two-storey building situated opposite the Cape Coast Castle.
The library has a 100-capacity auditorium, 45-seater multi-media centre, seminar rooms and a museum that holds historical materials that reflect the life and works of the late President.
The edifice also has a virtual sound room that echoes the voice of Prof. Mills in his memorable speeches and images that bring to life his sojourn as a celebrated academic, keen sportsman, humble politician, devout Christian, servant leader, President and peace-loving Ghanaian.
Read Below the full statement
PRESS RELEASE !! PRESS RELEASE
OPEN ATTA MILLS LIBRARY NOW OR WE DEMONSTRATE - CCYDA
We the members, of the Cape Coast Youth Development Association, a non partisan association, that see to the development of Cape Coast youth, are calling on the government and local authorities to ensure that, the Atta Mills Memorial Library is opened to the public before celebration of the 6th anniversary of the former President is organized or we demonstrate.
We don't see the reason why the 6th anniversary will be celebrated, when a memorial library constructed in his honour has been locked since its construction.
This action has become necessary since both the NDC government and NPP government have all refused to take bold steps to ensure that the library is opened.
Very soon, Ogua Fetu Afahye will be celebrated and this will bring lots of tourists to Cape Coast who after visiting the castle will like to pass by the library, which is just opposite the Castle, we are therefore calling on Authorities to open the Library before Oguaa Afahye is celebrated else we will demonstrate.
We can't sit idle and watch this beautiful edifice go to waste especially as it is situated closer to the sea.
Great fisherfolks before the construction use to mend their nets at the place, before they agreed to moved away because they taught the place was going to be used for a profitable venture which can equally benefit the development of Cape Coast as a whole, but what do we see now? a white elephant .
We are calling on government to as a matter of urgency open the edifice else we will demonstrate.
Last year, the library was opened, and just after the celebration of the anniversary it was closed again, seriously they are taking the people of Cape Coast for granted. Therefore as a sign of seriousness we want the place opened by the end of the month.
We should remember that the man was a president of this great nation, and we see it as a disgrace to the nation therefore we want the place opened, to redeem the name of "asomdwe hene"late pres. John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills. Thank you
Deputy Chairman ( Capecoast Development Youth Association)
The head of NADMO for Greater Accra Mr. Evans Anakwa, has directed residents around the Weija Dam to relocate with immediate effect.
The directive follows planned spillage of the dam.
In an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the NADMO officer said, due to the torrential rains in the past weeks, the dam is filled above its normal level.
According to him, the current water volume of about 47 feet is spilling through four gates.
More water he noted will be spilled if the level keeps rising.
He expressed worry about citizens who stay close and are always affected saying they will call on the NADMO officials once again to come to their aid after the dam is opened and they are tired because the citizens have been told to evacuate and relocate but they have refused.
He therefore called on the authorities to help enact the laws on the airline demarcation that will help evacuate citizens living around the dam.
“This will help them have the authority to demolish buildings around the dam area to prevent loss of lives and problems whenever the dam is opened annually” he said.
He advised citizens around the dam area to evacuate or relocate to prevent loss of lives, properties and stay safe.
By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
A 38 years old woman at Tano South in the Brong Ahafo Region is reported to have killed her husband.
Popularly known as Maame Adwoa Bene, Adwoa Mansa is reported to have struck her husband.
When he fell, she allegedly stabbed him with a knife and then stoned him to death.
Reporting, District Police Commander for Tano South Electoral Area, Superintendent Abraham Bansah said that, the police was informed at about 7am yesterday [Thursday] about the unfortunate incident.
The incident is reported to have been caused by an exchange Adwoa Mansa had with her husband, the deceased, Kwaku Sah over food.
The suspect claims her husband slapped her and she does not know what happened afterwards, he explained on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
“When we went to the crime scene we saw the metal, knife and stones that were used”, he emphasized.
Adwoa Mansa has currently been arrested and kept in police custody whereas her husband has been sent to the mortuary awaiting autopsy to establish the main cause of his death.
Concluding, he said investigations are still ongoing and updates on the issue would be communicated whenever any unfold.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Reports have it that Radiance Filling station at Adeiso in the Upper West district of the Eastern Region have been invaded by well-built armed robbers at 1am this dawn.
Narrating the incident on Nyankonton mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM, Eastern Regional Correspondent, Prince Collins Benin said, these armed robbers on arrival struck the security personnel with a very huge metal while he was trying to shout for help and tied him with a rope.
Both male and female staff of Radiance Filling Station were also beaten mercilessly and tied as well.
They managed to turn all the lights in the filling station off making it easier for them to gather a lot of assets namely mobile phones and the sales of the day which had not been put into their main save, he added.
When a station master, Chief Inspector Kwasi Baah came with the police to the scene at the point where these robbers were busily breaking into the station’s main save, they were unable to fire any shot because the whole area was very dark.They assumed that the workers were also lying at crime scene, he explained.
One female staff member was also raped even though she was in her menstrual period by one of these robbers. Her sorrowful pleas to the robber proved futile, he said sadly.
These criminals have fled. Nevertheless, one out of the six robbers was shot on arrival by the police and the police are still on guard busily trying to arrest these criminals.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Former MCE for Agona West in the Central Region, Samuel Oppong, has cautioned members and supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to desist from voting for inefficient people in the upcoming constituency party elections across the country tomorrow [Saturday].
He advised the supporters of the party to elect members who are competent, reliable and trustworthy for the positions to secure victory in the 2020 national election.
In an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he stated that, members of the party should elect members who are fit for the job and have interests in programmes that are economically viable and business.
He also advised the members of the party to ignore interpersonal conflicts and group interests and unite at the national level to win the hearts of the citizens and the 2020 elections.
He also suggested that, the party should be more concerned in the regions they select running mates to secure them more votes.
“I will prefer a running mate from the Brong Ahafo region or Greater Accra region because there is overwhelming acceptance” he quoted.
He also thinks the party’s former President John Dramani Mahama is ahead of other persons who have expressed interest in running as candidate for the party in their presidential race and advises him to keep up the good work and select a partner who is very good in the business and labor community to secure the party victory in the 2020 national elections.
By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The government of Ghana has granted tax concession of $259 million to Anglogold Ashanti-Ghana mine.
The fiscal concession grant was ratified by Ghana’s parliament yesterday [Thursday].
The report jointly signed by Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah and Emmanuel K. Gyamfi chairmen of Finance and Mines, and Energy respectively charged The Stakeholders in the agreement to develop a sustainable livelihood programs to keep mining communities under their jurisdiction relevant even after the mining activities years to come.
The committees “recommends to Government, AGAG and other stakeholders to put sustainable and alternative livelihood programmes and industry in place within the mine area”, according to the report “this will ensure that the economy of Obuasi continues to function properly even after the exhaustion of the minerals deposits thereat”.
Per the Agreement, the AGA is required to be exempt for the Stability Period from the application of new taxes that may be imposed under an enactment.
The Minority is however questioning the waiver arguing that, the deal was poorly negotiated.
Minority’s spokesperson for Finance, Mr. Ato Forson said: “The intention is that AGA is going to invest $880 million to revamp the Obuasi mines. They are saying that the project will not be viable until the government of Ghana decides to grant them a tax concession worth $259 million dollars,”
“… in the agreement, they are reducing corporate income tax that is supposed to be for mining companies which is 35 percent. In the case of Ashanti Gold, they are giving it to them at 32.5 per cent. So I ask myself, why the discrimination? For a company with the strength of AGA, why are they reducing their tax exemptions?”
The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said, the Ghana Education Service (GES) will punish staff who are found caught engaging in sexual relationships with female students.
He was responding to a question in Parliament asked by Member of Parliament, (MP) for Amenfi West, Eric Afful as to the causes of the high rate of sexual harassment in Basic and Senior High Schools in The Country and what The Ministry’s preventive measures are?.
The Minister is his response indicated that, “The Ghana Education Service is determined to evoke the severest of sanctions to serve as deterrence to staff in cases which would be established. Heads of Schools are encouraged to intensify guidance and counseling sessions of the schools to give the students the confidence to report such cases to authorities for appropriate actions.
“It must be emphasized that The Ministry and Ghana Education Service depreciate such conduct if established and specific provisions are in the code of conduct for staff of GES. Some of the reports have been reviewed and final decisions pending before The GES Council for approval so that they could be enforced”.\
He added: Parent Teacher Associations, (PTAs') are also being sensitized for parent to guide their wards and to encourage them to behave well in school and to have the confidence to report such cases, stressing the point “The National Teaching Council which is the professional regulatory body for teachers is also taking steps to ensure that teachers are up to their professional ethics in order to minimize such incidents”