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Sections of the Ghanaian public have suggested that the harsh economic condition in the country is having serious impact on them and their families. Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the respondents said although Ghana may have chalked positive economic outlook, it has not reflected in their pockets. A chop bar operator said, ‘’we appreciate the free senior school policy but the prices for goods and services are high and due to that, we are unable to recoup what we invest into our business. The prices for rice, oil and other commodities are high and have affected our business.’’ Another trader opined, ‘’the economy is not strong. The figures they have given us do not tally with the reality in our markets. We are struggling. They keep increasing food prices on daily basis. The current administration should do something about it otherwise, we will show them the exit in 2020.’’ One other respondent was however confident that, the Nana Addo led administration has done extremely well over the past one and half year. In his view, the reduction in electricity tariffs, introduction of the free senior high school policy and other socio-economic initiatives have boosted the economy. In a telephone interview with National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bia East, Mr. Richard Acheampong, said the NPP hoodwink Ghanaians to vote for them only for them to assume office and fail woefully. The one-district-one-factory, the $1 million per constituency he stated have turned into a ghost promise and reality has dawn on the ruling party. ‘’Ghanaians will agree that the NPP has deceived them and the NDC was far better than the ruling NPP,’’ he noted. Ghana's economy expanded by 8.1 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, following an upwardly revised 9.7 percent growth in the previous three-month period. Considering 2017 full year, the economy grew by 8.5 percent, the fastest rate in five years, mainly boosted by oil and gas production. GDP Annual Growth Rate in Ghana averaged 6.94 percent from 2000 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 25 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and a record low of -3.80 percent in the first quarter of 2014. (tradingeconomics.com)
The UK government says it’s ready to help Ghana and other colonies remove anti-gay laws from their statutory books. The country blamed itself for introducing such laws when they colonized countries including Ghana. Addressing the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London today [Tuesday], Prime Minister, Theresa May said, she “deeply regrets” the UK’s role in introducing the anti-gay laws. The Prime Minister told the gathering that the UK’s role seems to have resulted in a “legacy of discrimination, violence and even death,” in some of its former colonies. “I’m all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.” “Yet there remains much to do…Nobody should face discrimination and persecution because of who they are or who they love. The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible,” she said. The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye has consistently posited that, Parliament will not be coerced to legalize gay marriage in Ghana. Addressing a group of religious leaders who paid a courtesy call on him in February this year, Prof Oquaye insisted that the current crop of parliamentary leadership would not endorse an act that majority of Ghanaians abhor. “If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micropause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing.” The president had also noted in an interview that the legalization of homosexuality was not a pressing issue in Ghana but was bound to happen should such groups push for it. In an interview with Qatar-based Al Jazeera, President Akufo-Addo said he felt such a push was “bound to happen” and possibly pave the way for the decriminalization of homosexuality. “This is a social, cultural issue, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana.’ “At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” he added. Chapter 6 of the Criminal Code, 1960, as amended by the Criminal Code Act, 2003, cautions against unnatural carnal knowledge. Section 104 states “whoever has unnatural carnal knowledge of (a) any person of the age of sixteen years or over without his consent shall be guilty of a first degree felony and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than twenty-five years; or (b) of any person of sixteen years or over with his consent is guilty of a misdemeanour; or (c) of any animal is guilty of a misdemeanour.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has granted Executive Approval for the immediate implementation an Action Plan to deal with road accidents in the country. The approval comes after a three-man committee comprising the ministers of Interior, Transport and Roads tasked to develop a an action plan, presented its report to the president. The approved action plan are three areas of action, a statement issued and signed Deputy Information Minister, Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto, said. The three areas of action are education, enforcement and engineering. On education, the statement said: ‘’resource the Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to scale up public education and sensitize on road safety with an additional GHc 5.5 million from the Road Fund.’’ On enforcement the statement read: ‘’enforcement of Road Traffic Laws by the Police through spot fines by automation of MTTD Operations,’’ and ‘’partner with private towing companies and Nationwide Traffic Management and Enforcement Limited (NTMEL) to vigorously enforce regulations.’’ On Engineering the statement said: ‘’resource the Ghana Highway Authority Department of Urban Roads and Department of Feeder Roads with at least GHc 335 million a year to provide signage and road markings for roads over a three (3) year period.’’ According to the statement, the committee tasked the Ghana Police Service, Road Safety Commission and other relevant road sector agencies to immediately commence the enforcement of the action plan as approved by the president.’’
Editor in chief of Vroom newspaper, Castro K.F Amoako has called for the need to educate public especially drivers, on road safety regulations adding that it needs to start from our schools. His call comes on the back of recent reports by the Ghana Road Safety Commission (GRSC) that a total number of 592 people lost their lives in the first quarter of 2018 alone. The campaigner and Front-runner of the “Think GH” campaign stated on the frontline with host Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM this morning that, it’s a miracle if you leave home and return safely in Ghana due to the rate at which people lose their lives to road accidents in the country. He said, this has brought the need for introducing the “Think GH campaign, an initiative put together by the Vroom Newspaper to help fight against the high rate of road accidents. Mr. Amoako reiterated that, it’s not the roads or the vehicles that kills us but rather the drivers who lack proper training on how to use the roads. “The drivers and the(MTTU) are supposed to make sure that these things do not happen but it appears they are ignorant or just lack education, he revealed. When asked if he was shocked at the findings of the (GRSC), he stated that he has suspected it all this while and believes the figures could be more than what the public has been made to believe because his personal research made him discover a staggeringfigure of around 400 people as of March 2018 alone. He passionately cited the death of the late dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns and a couple of icons who have lost their lives through road accidents and suggested that their pictures should be on the “Ayalolo” buses instead of having pictures of our heads of states, this he thinks would help in the fight against the canker. He finally called on Ghanaians to have a change of attitude which he said should start from our schools. Story by:Adnan Osman (Intern)
Executive Chairman for Radford University College, Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, says the inability of the country to have a new breed of entrepreneurs is due to politics and bad policies. He told Rainbow Radio’s Kwame Tutu that, we waste time on politics and that has influenced the youth of today to fight for political appointments and positions instead of planning to establish their own enterprises. Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, opined that, until we change our attitude and our mindset, we will not be able to raise a generation of billionaires in modern times. Entrepreneurs in Ghana he noted are not recognized or appreciated and when we don’t appreciate people excelling as Ghanaian entrepreneurs, we abuse them. The dependency rate in Ghana he lamented is extremely high hence the need for opportunities to be created for people to be self dependent. Mr. Sarpong said when you travel to America; you will see how entrepreneurs are appreciated and respected. They are the force behind the economy but in Ghana, we do not recognize private business owners. Government workers are given state vehicles and state bungalows and so it is not encouraging people to be entrepreneurs.’’ He was speaking on the topic, ‘’How do we [Ghana] create the next generation of millionaires? In his view, the leaders in the helm of affairs have never been entrepreneurs and do not know what it takes to be an entrepreneur. ‘’They just read books and interpret. Entrepreneurship is not book reading. You need an experienced person and not a book long,’’ he added.
The physician assistant connected to the death of four persons at the New Senchi Health Centre has been granted bail by a Koforidua High Court. Simon Takrama, was granted GHc 20,000 bail with two sureties. The bail is coming after the Physicians Assistants declared a sit down strike following the arrest and detention of their colleague. Simon Takrama was arrested alongside James Yeboah, a retired Disease Control Officer who administered the said contaminated injection, whiles working at the facility illegally. The bail was granted by the presiding judge, Cecilia Naa Shormey Davis, after the lawyer for the accused person, Sulleymana Musah, successfully argued for same.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Sagnarigu constituency, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, has lambasted the Daily Guide newspaper for suggesting that he has been granted police enquiry bail over the alleged double salaries under the former Mahama administration. In an interview on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator said, ‘’the Daily Guide is someone who has died in a market and you don’t need to announce their demise.’’ Mr. Fuseini went on to state that the newspaper ‘’is a sycophantic mouth piece of this supper incompetent government,’’ peddling lies and dirty propaganda. He insisted that former appointees under former president Mahama did not draw double salary as alleged. He explained, former appointees were paid on account and did not receive double salary. According to him, because this administration has been exposed over the corrupt deals, they are under pressure to use this story to criminalize the Minority. ‘’There was no salary. Salaries of MPs are determined by the president upon recommendation by the emoluments committee. So they could not have been double salary. When was it paid? The CID he suggested is being used as a tool to intimidate the minority.
It has emerged that the 34 year old man, Mumuni Adakudugu, who allegedly slashed four children in Bawku leading to the death of two was high on tramadol. Mumuni Adakudugu, on Monday slashed the four children unprovoked. Two of the victims died on the spot. The remaining two are currently on admission at the Presbyterian Hospital. Rainbow Radio’s Issah Anthony, told rainbowradioonline.com that, father of the 34 year old man, Adakudugu Azure, confirmed to him that, his son was high on tramadol at the time of the unfortunate incident. Meanwhile, the suspect died following mob action. He was apprehended and tied by some angry residents who were awaiting the arrival of the police.
Football administrator, Mr. Abbey Pobih, has said he warned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, against the appointment of Isaac Asiamah but he failed to heed to his advice. He told Kwame Tutu in an interview that, the president will soon vindicate him for warning him against Isaac Asiamah and some two others including O.B Amoah and Mr. Odotei. The scandals at the Sports Ministry and the recent Australia visa fraud he noted is because of greed for money by those who are appointed to man the place. He wondered why the state has changed 16 ministers at the Sports Ministry over the years. ‘’I advised Nana Addo to exercise patience in appointing a sports minister. I also asked him to appoint a sports adviser because the ministry is a slippery place. I gave him three names and warned him not to appoint them. These persons were Isaac Asiamah, O.B Amoah and Odotei Sowah. This was published in the Ghanaian Times newspaper. I am sure Nana Addo will vindicate me very soon,’’ he stated. Mr. Pobih, said the ‘’so-called NDC and NPP are those collapsing sports in Ghana. We have a number of scandals but we have not seen any action taken. If you were in opposition for 8 years and we witnessed scandals and just after a year and half in office we have another scandal, what was the change you promised Ghanaians? He made reference to the Brazilian report and said, ‘’because of Afriyie Ankrah, former President Mahama failed to implement the report and rather gave him a position at the presidency.’’ When asked his expectation in the ongoing Australian visa fraud saga he asked, ‘’is an independent body going to probe the matter or the ruling NPP will investigate its own people? The politicians come into office for their own selfish interest and do not provide the change Ghanaians want. We have seen a number of scandals in the country and yet we have not seen anyone punished. That is why we are still witnessing the scandals. The probe will not yield any positive results. It is the same old story,’’ he posited. ‘’Our politicians are rooks. They do not interest of developing sports in the country. They are rather collapsing sports in Ghana,’’ he added. He emphatically stated that, the president does not have what it takes to probe the matter and his response to the question on the Brazilian White Paper Report exposes his lack interest in dealing corruption at the Sports Ministry.
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