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Residents at La, a community in the La Dade Kotopon Municipality of Greater Accra region have underscored the need for house owners (landlords and landladies) to construct toilet facilities in their homes. The residents, majority of who queue to attend to natures call bemoaned the lack of adequate toilet facilities in and around the community. They further lamented over the way and manner they had to queue at public toilets, a situation according to them is uncomfortable since it makes them late for school, work among other activities. Others also were worried because at mid-night, when they suffer stomach upset they are left no option than to ease themselves in polythene bags and dump them in gutters because the public toilets in the community are closed. Others who spoke to Pelagie Gnehi, an intern with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, they prefer to ease themselves at the beach due to the situation. ‘’So we are pleading with our landlords and landladies to have toilet facilities in their homes to make tenants feel comfortable,’’ a resident said. According to some of the landlords and landladies, there are public toilets in the community and so, they don’t see the big deal to have toilet facility in their homes and if tenants and the house owners do not visit the public toilet, how would the government get money to facilitate the governmental projects in the community aside the revenue and tolls the government acquire. The pungent smell that emanate from these choked gutters with human excreta in polythene bags is an eyesore so the landlords should provide toilet facilities in their various homes before giving their rooms out for rent, another resident indicated. The One Household-One Toilet Project, which aims to eradicate open defecation in the city, was launched at Town Council Line in Accra some few months ago. The project is a collaboration between the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the World Bank. The cost of the facility is GHȻ4,000 and the AMA through the World Bank pays half the price (GHȻ2,000). Beneficiaries, who were initially requested to pay the remaining balance of GHȻ2000 per toilet, would now pay only GHȻ1100 to have the facility. Speaking at the launch, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, said every household was required by law to have a toilet. Mr Sowah reminded the public that it was not the responsibility of the Assembly Member, neither was it that of the Member of Parliament nor the AMA to build toilet facilities for them. “If you build a house, you should have a toilet facility in the house,” he added. “Landlords build residential houses for rentals without toilet facilities and the worst part is that those who have toilet facilities have converted them into residential apartments,” Mr Sowah lamented, adding that it was for these reasons that AMA had introduced this toilet facility to ensure that every household got a toilet. By: Pelagie Gnehi (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Deputy Majority Chief Whip of Ghana’s Parliament, Mr Moses Anim has reacted to comments by the Minority and other individuals that the party showed opulence during their internal party polls. The MP for Trobu said by his own principle, he does not subscribe to the waste of resources in the printing of posters and billboards during internal party politics. According to him, because the race is an internal party politics and involves delegates who are known, the use of posters should be reduced to the barest minimum. ‘’I do not subscribe to use of posters and billboards for internal party politics. Although it is an internal party election and a national delegates’ conference, the delegates are known. It was not a national election involving every registered Ghanaian. We knew the delegates’ and so I want to advice that we look into that in the future. But there was not show of opulence; I did not witness the sharing of money. I will stress the need for us to introduce regulations that will help us reduce the use of the posters and billboards for internal party polls. We know the delegates’ and we go to them to campaign and so if they will vote for you, they will vote for you.’’ Commenting on the concerns raised by representative of the UK Conservative Party, Dr. John Overt, he said, the man raised the issue because he [Overt] was shocked at what he saw. The foreigner had questioned why the rationale the flamboyant organisation of the New Patriotic Party’s national delegates conference held at Koforidua in the Eastern Region on Saturday. He described as waste of resources the investment made into posters and banners by the contestants contesting the national elections of the NPP Mr Anim said, the Conservative party and all other foreign parties do not do these things. The countries we are learning from don’t do these elections, he added. The legislator went ahead to call on all political parties to find mechanisms to help reduce these activities. ‘’The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu had called on political parties in the country to find other methods in doing these things. People will go round and invest heavily but will lose the elections. It is not because he was not liked by the people, but it was an election. But if there is an alternative used by America, Britain and all the developed countries practicing democracy and it is working, why don’t we use these methods and stop the acrimony and reduce this hideous approach…When we are able to do that, it will help to make our political parties nationalistic as stipulated by our constitution.’’ The kind of political system we run in Ghana he lamented breeds hatred, disunity, acrimony and also leads to waste of resources and time. The delegates’ conference he said was successful and has also united the party more and will sure bring them victory for 2020 and beyond.
The petitioners (staff of Electoral Commission) whose petition led to the dismissal of Mrs Charlotte Osei have petitioned the Special Prosecutor to prosecute her for procurement infractions. They have also expressed their happiness at the dismissal of the EC commissioner. “We are also prepared to submit to the Special Prosecutor complaint and evidence of her dealings with other companies and individuals which we deem to amount to abuse of office, breach of trust and conflict of interest,” the group said. A member of the petitioners and an Electoral Assistant, Mr Rabiu Sulemana, said the group will use any means necessary to ensure that “her removal is permanent and cast in stone”, told the media at a press conference today [Monday]. President Akufo-Addo in June 2018 removed the EC boss and two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa from office. This came after a committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal from office. The Committee recommended their removal on the basis of stated misbehavior and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution. Some staff of the EC petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo in July 2017, to remove Mrs. Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance as well as abuse of office. Some of the allegations involved the unilateral award of contracts by the EC boss in the run-up to the 2016 general election. The petition against her alleged among others the funneling of GHc3.9 million to partition an office, the receipt of a Toyota Land Cruiser from the Mahama government, and the use of about $14 million when the Public Procurement Authority had authorized her to use only $7.5 million. Mrs. Osei also responded by making allegations of corruption against her deputies. She claimed she was only being hounded because she sought to introduce systems to curb mismanagement. Charlotte Osei accused a deputy Chairperson of the Commission of illegally signing contracts worth over GHc 40 million without her approval.
The Ministry of Communication says it has made available documents covering the US $178 million contract with Kelni GVG to the Attorney General’s Department. According to the Ministry’s Communication Specialist, Madam Sandra Frimpong, details of the contract would be filed at the court’s registry by close of work, Monday. An Accra High Court last Tuesday ordered the Minister of Communications to release the telecommunications sector revenue monitoring contract, awarded to Kelni GVG Limited, to three plaintiffs who have filed a suit seeking to annul the contract. The court ordered the Minister to hand over the contract to the three plaintiffs - John Ato Bonful, Nana Ama Adom-Boakye Kanyi and Citizen Ghana Movement on or before July 9, 2018. The plaintiffs also feared the implementation of the contract would breach their rights to privacy. But Ms Frimpong noted that the Common Monitoring Platform is not a project which is aimed at compromising the privacy of consumers. She, therefore, gave the assurance that technical specifications have been provided to provide a further layer of protection and security to address the privacy concerns of the Mobile Network Operators. “A filtering server and mirroring installation have been included to ensure that only the signalling information needed for the purposes of traffic monitoring will be received by the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). No other information - voice, SMS, video or data will be received by KelniGVG servers,’ she said. “Ghanaians should be assured that, the issues regarding content of customer’s voice and data are no longer valid,” she added. Source: GraphicOnline
Chairman of the National Peace Council, Prof. Emmanuel Asante has said the work of the Parliamentary Press Corps has helped in deepening the country’s democracy by reporting accurately parliamentary businesses to the entire nation over the years. He made this known in his opening remarks as chairman at the ongoing West African Parliamentary Press Corps (WAPPC), 2018 Symposium & Media Summit under the theme: ‘’Sustaining Parliamentary Democracy in the West African Sub-Region: The Role of the Media’’. Parliament he stated provides a national platform for the nations elected parliamentarians, to engage in an open and frank debate, and discussions and diverse ideas premised on multi-party democracy. He said parliament also serve as a nation institution instituted to scrutinize the executive including government spending, make a change through debating and generate ideas and policies that goes to enhance holistic development of the nation as a whole. Prof. Emmanuel Asante further noted the media is an important institution that needs to be supported. Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid on his part to help the continent achieve or break the barriers that hinder us from trading among ourselves. WAPPC was formed in 2010 to help countries share ideas and experiences to see how best Parliamentary democracy in West Africa could be consolidated.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will from Monday, 9th July, 2018, embark on a 3-day tour of the Volta Region. This tour of the Volta Region forms part of President Akufo-Addo’s ongoing nationwide tour, which has seen him visit, so far, the Brong Ahafo and Western Regions. The 3-day tour of the Volta Region will see President Akufo-Addo visit the Keta, Ketu North, Adaklu, Ho Central, Hohoe, Buem, Krachi East, North Tongu constituencies. Amongst others, the President will inspect ongoing projects at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), inspect the construction of a youth development centre at Adaklu, visit the Hohoe-Jasikan stretch of the Eastern Corridor Road, and cut the sod for an irrigation project at Torgome, in North Tongu. He will also interact with Chiefs and Queen mothers from South Dayi, North Dayi, Ho West, Ho, Kpando, Hohoe, Afadjato South, Nkwanta North, Nkwanta South, Krachi West, Krachi East, Krachi Nchumuru, Jasikan, Biakoye, Akan, Kadjebi, Anlo, Keta, Ketu North, Ketu South, Akatsi, North Tongu, South Tongu, Adaklu and Agortime Ziope. President Akufo-Addo will end the tour of the Region on Wednesday, 11th July, 2018.
Newly elected General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu says the major duty for him would be to strengthen the structures of the party to make the elephant family stronger for victory 2020. John Boadu noted in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the move will help Ghanaians to benefit from policies of the current Nana Addo led administration. ‘’We are not talking about major new agenda but we are focusing on strengthening the structures of the party so we can build a stronger party to ensure Ghanaians benefit from the policies of the NPP. In his view, a strong party will make the government effective and any party that is able to resource itself without depending on government and appointees, is a party that is boldto advice the government to rectify anything that may affect its chances in an election. Mr Boadu touched on cohesion between appointees of government and executives of the party. He underscored the need for that relationship to be strengthened so party officials would be well informed so they can speak on issues efficiently and effectively. The party he indicated would have to work in a manner that would help them win the 2020 elections without any major hindrance. He beat his sole contender Richard Ahiagbah convincingly, to win the slot with 4,277 votes. Ahiagbah polled 1,274 votes. John Boadu was elected as the National Organizer of the NPP in 2014 at the party’s national delegates conference. He was later made to act as General Secretary after Kwabena Agyepong was suspended by the party ahead of the 2016 elections. From 1996 to 2000, John Boadu was the Polling Station Chairman and Polling Agent for the NPP at the Korle Bu Polling Station in Accra. From June 1999 to November 2002, he was the Constituency Secretary of the Ablekuma South Constituency in the Greater Accra Region. In 2002, he was elected the National Youth Treasurer of the NPP. He also became the Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Liberal Youth (OALY) between 2003 and 2006. He then moved on to the position of National Youth Organizer between 2006 and 2010, and then went on to become a Deputy Director of Communications from 2011 to 2013.
Former National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme and a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Kwame Amoako Tuffour has commented on the fate of three suspended former national executives in the persons of Paul Afoko, former national chairman; Kwabena Agyapong, former general secretary and Sammy Crabbe, former first vice chairman. Speaking to Kwame on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the elder and founding member of the party said, the suspension has not being lifted and the former officers are still on suspension. Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe were handed an indefinite suspension by the party for engaging acts that were against the constitution of the elephant family. Dr. explained that, there are laid down procedures the suspended former officers have to follow if they want their suspensions to be lifted. He said, if you want to appeal a decision, you will have to petition the National Steering Committee, then the petition will go to the National Executive Committee and back to the National Council. If the Council is unable to resolve it, it will then go to the National Delegates Conference for a decision to be taken. He insisted that, ‘’there are processes that one must follow if he or she wants to appeal a decision taken. There are processes that one must follow at any stage and the processes must be followed at all times. The processes within the party and,’’ it is important for members to follow same.
The newly elected Women’s Organizer for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Madam Kate Gyamfuah has promised to work with her contender in the just ended delegates’ conference, Joyce Konokie Zampare. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Women’s Organizer said, she spoke to her contender after she was declared winner and admonished her to assist with the work because it entails a lot. According to her, it would be important for her to work with her in ensuring that, the victory chalked in 2016, is repeated but with a wider margin. She believes the victory of NPP in 2020 should be massive so Ghanaians will know that, the record and unprecedented achievements of the party did the magic for them. She described the free senior high school policy as an unprecedented policy which has brought relief to parents whose wards are now benefiting from secondary education at no cost. Madam Gyamfuah promised to empower women through capacity building, skills and vocational training so they can be self employed. She also pledged to use her office and influence to assist women have access to MASLOC loans to expand and set up their businesses. Kate Gyamfuah was a Polling Station Chairperson for over ten years in the Akwatia Constituency. She subsequently became the Constituency Women’s Organizer in Akwatia for another eight years. She served as Deputy National Women’s Organizer from 2012 to 2014. She is currently a member of the National Council of Patrons of the NPP, and the life patron of the Eastern Region NPP Women’s Wing. In 2016, she formed a group called Women for Change which she personally financed and managed.
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