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Rainbow Radio International is by this article rendering an unqualified apology to Mr. Nana Opoku Kwarteng, father of late dancehall diva Ebony Reigns, over derogatory comments made against him on our entertainment show, GH Entertainment on Saturday, April 21, 2018. We wish to apologize for any damages caused Mr. Kwarteng due the unsavoury comments by our guests and host on the show. The show was not aired to denigrate or defame the character Mr. Kwarteng but we use this opportunity to apologize for the harm and pain caused the bereaved father. We wish to also use this opportunity to console Mr. Kwarteng, for the death of his late daughter who was posthumously declared the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), Artiste of the Year. We wish to assure Mr. Kwarteng that, Rainbow Radio will not publish, air or repeat the comments that has caused him considerable pain, harm, distress and embarrassment.
Private legal practitioner, Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, has demanded for the actual financial cost of having 998 presidential staffers. The lawyer in an interview with Kwame Tutu, on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm quizzed if the president indeed presented to parliament the full list of the staffers because some individuals have raised eye brows over the issue. President Nana Akufo-Addo last week presented before parliament list of the total number of staff working at the presidency. The release of the list is in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires the President to submit annually to Parliament, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President. The breakdown was given as nine ministers of state, 27 presidential staffers, 256 other/junior appointees and 706 employees of public/civil service staff. These appointees are entitled to emoluments just as Article 71 Office Holders. According to him, he has commenced an action at the Supreme Court seeking clarification on some of the benefits enjoyed by Article 71 office holders as well as other public servants in that category. In his writ, the lawyer further wants presidential staffers who benefit from salaries, allowances, and privileges almost like an Article 71 office holders, to be stripped off such gratuities claiming it “is inconsistent with Article 71 and therefore unconstitutional.” He is also seeking for “A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 17, 98 (1), and 71 of the 1992 constitution the approval by the President (on the recommendation of the Committee set up under Article 71) for the enjoyment of retiring benefits or awards by Member of Parliament on the basis of a model that does not oblige Members of Parliament to contribute to any pension insurance scheme, during their years of service in Parliament before drawing on public funds for the payment of their pension is discriminatory against all other public sector workers employees in Ghana, unfair, unconscionable and contrary to Article 17 of the constitution and therefore unconstitutional,” Mr. Agbemava stated in his writ. The lawyer in his reliefs is also seeking “a declaration that on true and proper interpretation of Articles 98(1), 95 (6), 44 (2) and (3), 155 (1), 68 (4), 194 (5), 187 (14), 199, 203 (3)(c), 208 (3) (c), 233 (1) and 71 of the 1992 constitution, gratuity and pension is payable under the 1992 constitution after a full and final retirement of a public servant from public service and not intermittently while he/she is still in public service.” In his view, presidential staffers are not listed under Article 71 Office Holders hence it will be unconstitutional to make them benefit as such. He has posted his Facebook page to express his opinion on the list saying: ‘’Protecting the public purse has become a mere slogan. We do not know the actual financial cost of having 998 presidential staffers since the president forwarded mere names to Parliament. Some have questioned the integrity of that list saying it is incomplete. How does our Parliament find out if it’s a complete list or not and truly perform its oversight function in this regard with mere names? Submitting only 10 names would still not be ideal since the purpose of reporting to Parliament with a list includes the regulation of the financial cost of staffing the presidency. Adding actual figures would help accountability and transparency since the list would later be verified by the Auditor General’s report to Parliament. The story below shows that Trump’s list to congress includes the salaries and allowances of his staff. We wish the president would also tell us how much it is ACTUALLY costing Ghanaians to have 998 staff under him alone.’’
Violence against women does not only pose danger to the victim but to families, communities, and economies. Worldwide, one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime. Globally, the call to ending violence against women has been organized annually to intensify awareness towards that fight. In view of this, young filmmaker, Dela Finn, has shot a short narrative film ‘ABUSED’ to help raise awareness’ about violence against women. 'ABUSED, is a Short Film based on the issues of Violence Against Women happening around the Globe. ‘ABUSED’ is a short narrative film which tells the story of a lady - DZIFA who suffered domestic violence and lost her baby in the process. Three (3) years later, after rebuilding herself, DZIFA decides to empower other women going through similar situation by narrating her trauma and advising the general public. The beautiful film stars Joyce Everest, Nelson Mandela Jnr, Rebecca Wornu, Nomo Esther Dede, Celestina E. Dogbey, Kpodo Rose, Nana Yaa Danso and Gloria S. Britwum. The film was written and directed by Dela Finn and produced by Deland Films. Screenplay was by Stella Mawulorm and the genre is drama. ‘ABUSED’ will premiere at the Global Cinemas on May 19th, 2018.
The Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has assured unemployed graduates to wait patiently especially health graduates as the President, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, will ofcially launch the Nations Builders program on May 1, 2018. He was speaking at a stakeholders and the media at the 2018 Health Summit at the Labadi Beach Hotel today [Monday]. The vice president told the gathering that government is very cognizant of the importance of making sure there is adequate staffing of the health facilities. ‘’On May 1st, the President is going to be launching the Nation Builders Corps where we want to provide work for our tertiary graduates to help in nation building. We have seven modules for the National Builders Corps and one of the modules is the health module.’’ He bemoaned the number of qualified nurses who have not been engaged after years of graduating from school and gave an assurance that, some 10,000 health professionals would be recruited under the health module. ‘’We have quite a number of nurses and health assistants who are sitting at home. They’ve qualified for years and have not been engaged. And we have now engaged the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and we will be prepared to recruit up to 10,000 nurses and health assistants, to be part of the National Builders Corps for a contract of up to three years to provide health services for our people…’’ Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also lauded the ministry of Health for their proposed digital system to ensure quality health care delivery in Ghana. About 100,000 graduates who have completed their national service are expected to be engaged under NABCO this year. The modules are Feed Ghana, Educate Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Heal Ghana, Enterprise Ghana, Digitise Ghana and Governance Ghana. In the case of the Revenue Ghana module, the graduates would work with the Ghana Revenue Authority to help in the collection of revenue, he said, while under the Heal Ghana module, nurses who had been at home for years without jobs would be engaged to work in the health sector. In respect of the Enterprise Ghana module, graduates would be assigned to various private sector enterprises for jobs and skills training, as well as development, while in the Digitise Ghana module, graduates would be posted to the IT sector for the Digital Ghana agenda; the transformation agenda, where they would be attached to the National Identification Authority (NIA), the Ghana Post, the Births and Deaths Registry or the Land Title Registry to work, he said. In the case of the Governance Ghana module, the graduates would be attached to various local authorities.
Deputy General of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has said presidential staffers should be experienced individuals who will bring a lot of experience to the governance system. He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, aside the ministers, staffers are appointed to give direction to a government and not necessarily about the numbers but efficiency. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the outspoken politician said, the comparison between previous NDC government and that of the ruling NPP is needless, unwarranted and baseless. He said, ‘’let us focus on what is happening today. What is in the past should be left in the past.’’ Koku Anyidoho stressed that the presidential staffers are more experienced and the remuneration is above that of special aides at the presidency. He also indicated that what Eugene Arhin, Lord Commey and others are doing today and being given the status as staffers, he [Anyidoho] and Nii Lante Vanderpuye were doing it as aides. ‘’So if they have decided to bloat the government payroll,’’ they should go ahead, ‘’Ghanaians will also decide.’’ ''If there is no efficiency and no experience; they will be looking for bloated numbers and to hide behind that and say there are more jobs to be done. The president already has 110 ministers and he is justifying it,’’ and so it is not surprising they are justifying the bloated list. Mr. Anyidoho said, the interesting thing about the Nana Addo led administration is that, the various agencies and state institutions have an over bloated payroll. He charged the media to focus their attention at institutions like the National Lotteries among others. ‘’If you also go to the government department and agencies like Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, National Lotteries; if you go and see what is happening there in terms of over bloated payrollt; it is equally alarming and I am sure that is the next place you should be focusing on.’’ He suggested. He used the lotteries as an example and alleged that, the place is being managed by a CEO and three deputies who are all political appointees. When asked if the number is huge and should be reduced, he said, ‘’I will pass judgement. I leave the judgement to Ghanaians and the media.’’ President Nana Akufo-Addo last week presented before parliament list of the total number of staff working at the presidency. The release of the list is in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires the President to submit annually to Parliament, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President. Th breakdown was given as nine ministers of state, 27 presidential staffers, 256 other/junior appointees and 706 employees of public/civil service staff.
The 39th Annual Synod of the Koforidua Diocese of the Methodist Church has elected Very Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Asare-Kusi, the Superintendent Minister of the Adweso Circuit, as the new Bishop of the Diocese. Very Rev. Dr Asare-Kusi will succeed the outgoing Bishop, Rt. Rev. Michael Agyarkwa Bossman, whose term of office ends in September, this year. The 57 year old Methodist Bishop-elect defeated two other contestants; Very Rev. Emmanuel Ansah, the Superintendent Minister of the Larteh Circuit, and Very Rev. William Mpare-Gyekye of the Ghana Methodist Church Missions in Canada. Very Rev. Dr Asare-Kusi completed the Sunyani Secondary School in 1982 and proceeded to the Trinity Theological Seminary, University of Ghana, Legon where he completed in 1991. He went for further studies at the Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, United States of America, and then to Asbury Theological Seminary, USA. Rev. Dr Asare-Kusi was a teacher within the second cycle institution before he was ordained a minister of the Church in 1990. He has served in various circuits of the Methodist Church including Tamale, Kumasi, Wa, Koforidua, Konongo, Accra and the Methodist Church of Ghana Missions in Canada. Very Rev. Dr Asare Kusi also worked as the Director of Evangelism Missions and Renewal of the Church’s headquarters in Accra. He has three publications to his credit: “The Practice of the Means of Grace,” “The Holistic Mission of the Church in Northern Ghana,” and “I believe in prayer”. Source:GNA
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has dissociated himself from comments made by President Buhari which described Nigerian youth as lazy. Mr. Buhari came under attack for describing youth in his country as lazy. He was speaking on Wednesday at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. He said, Nigerian youth are lazy and always wanting freebies at the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. “More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil-producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, health care, education free. Mr. Rawlings reportedly commended Mr. Buhari for his comments but he has disputed the claims and warned people not to associate him with the comments. Read the statement issued by the Communications Directorate of Mr. Rawlinigs and signed Kobina Andoh Amoakwa: April 22, 2018 FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS HAS MADE NO COMMENTS ON PRESIDENT BUHARI STATEMENTS ON NIGERIAN YOUTH The attention of the office of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana, has been drawn to a post on various media, especially in Nigeria, professing his support for comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerian youth. The office wishes to state that former President Rawlings has made no comment whatsoever or issued a statement on the comments by President Buhari. Any comments purportedly coming from Mr. Rawlings are false and a creation of individuals who wish to use the former President of Ghana’s name for their own political interests. All official statements or comments by Flt Lt Rawlings can be found on his Twitter handle @officeofJJR or his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/President.J.J.Rawlings/
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will win the 2020 elections by 82 per cent, the retained Ashanti regional chairman, Bernard Antwi Bosiako aka Chairman Wontumi, has posited. In his address after the elections on Saturday, Mr. Bosiako told the newly elected executives that, they were given the mandate by the delegates to ensure that, the ruling party chalks victory in 2020 and 2024. He charged them to work in unity so it will be difficult for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to return to power again. ‘’We [elected executives] are coming to work extremely hard to surpass what we did in 2016. In 2016, we won the polls by 52 per cent but we have to win the 2020 polls by 82 per cent,’’ he urged his executives. Mr. Boasiako, emphasized the party’s resolve to capture the Ejura/Sekydumase, Sekyere Afram Plains and the Asawasi constituencies which are currently held by the opposition NDC. President Akufo-Addo, polled 5,716,026 to beat the then incumbent former President John Mahama who had 4,713, 277.
The retained Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, is alleging that some top officials from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have confided in him that, they received double salaries under former President John Dramani Mahama. Mr. Boasiako, popularly called Chairman Wontumi, was speaking at the regional delegates congress held at Ejura in the Ashanti region on Saturday to elect regional executives of the party. The outspoken politician told the gathering that, the top officials came to see him so he will plead on their behalf because they did not want to go to prison for receiving double salaries. The CID has begun a probe of the officials involved. Some of the names mentioned are Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli West in the Upper West Region; ET Mensah, one of the ‘three wise men’ under Mahama’s presidency and former MP for Ningo Prampram; Haruna Iddrisu, former Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and MP for Tamale South, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, former Petroleum Minister and MP for Ellembelle in the Western Region and Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and former Youth and Sports Minister and MP for Odododiodioo Constituency. Meanwhile, some of the mentioned names have denied any wrongdoing. Commenting on the saga for the first time, Chairman Wontumi said, ‘’about five days ago, some five top NDC officials came to me to plead for leniency for receiving double payments. They came to me and confessed and asked me to go plead on the behalf so the issue is resolved internally because they have realized that, the ruling NPP will take them to court and possibly jail them.’’ Although he failed to mention the names of the five top officials, the regional chairman said, they are willing to refund the money but ‘’I told them to go and pay the money to the police because they erred in organizing a press conference to deceive Ghanaians that they never received double payments.’’
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