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A member on the Normalising Committee went berserk after a journalist confronted him over his lateness at a press briefing organised by the committee today [Wednesday]. The committee held the presser to brief the media on what they have been to do few months after they were appointed. Veteran journalist Ekow Asmah confronted a member of the Committee, Kofi Duah Adonteng after the latter showed up an hour late. However, the committee member flared up and described the approach by the journalist as ‘’stupid’’. Ekow Asmah, stated that Mr Adonteng’s lateness “set a bad example.” “Punctuality is very important. As a member of the Normalization Committee, I expect that you set a very good example and this is a very bad example. The conduct is not befitting of a member that’s leading the transition to the new FA. I deem that he’s not fit to be on this Commission,” the journalist said. Mr. Adonteng, a lawyer and former Managing Director of Ghana Post did not take kindly to comments and words from the journalist. “Have you asked me why and how [I was late]? I’m not interested in this stupidity,” Mr. Adonteng angrily said.
An opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), presidential hopeful, Augustus Goosie Tanoh, has reiterated his resolve to win the trust of delegates and Ghanaians at large towards victory 2020. He said, it would be important for the NDC to restore its capacity as the great mobilising force for ordinary Ghanaians and the grassroots.’’ ‘’We need to empower the grassroots and go back to the original founding principles of the NDC. Not simply by sloganeering but by actual practice in terms of restoring the probity and accountability, development and social justice agenda,’’ he posited. He paid a glorying tribute to the late Professor Mills and described him as a champion of these principles and one who stood by same until his demise. He was speaking to the media after officially informing the Greater Accra regional office of his plan to start his campaign tour in the region today [Wednesday] at the regional party office AT Kokomlemle. The Greater Accra chairman, Mr Ade Coker and other executives of the party officially received him. The chairman said, the meeting was important because it would afford the candidate an opportunity to receive the green light by the executives to campaign in the region. The aspiring candidate described the meeting, which was held in camera, as successful. Delegates he noted have bought into his message in rebranding the party for victory 2020 through grassroot participation. The party he suggested has lost its key principles, which are probity and accountability, social justice and grassroots democracy. He is looking forward to restore these principles in order to strengthen the base of the NDC and make it more attractive for victory 2020. The aspiring candidate said, once we lose sight of these principles, we lose the faith with the people. ‘’We must restore our faith with the party people and the Ghanaian people. These principles are key to the development of our country.’’ Ghana in his view is in crisis hence the need for us to have a candidate with the requisite skills to save Ghanaians from the economic challenges they are facing. ‘’We are in a situation where the country is in crisis; everything is in crisis, health care is in crisis, the economy is in crisis, we have a problem with people between the ages of 15-24; 48 percent of them being unemployed. The woman are going to hospitals to give birth and lying on the floor, the kids are in school, bed bugs are sucking their blood; we don’t send our children to school for bed bugs to suck their blood. ‘’And so, if we remain faithful to these ideas and become purposeful through a solid organisation, solid leadership and solid grassroot mobilising power, there is not very the NDC cannot do to transform this country.’’ On the perceived overwhelming support former President John Dramani Mahama, is having over the other candidates, the aspirant said, there was an overwhelming perception in 2016 that he [Mahama] was going to win but lost. According to him, he is in the race to win and hopefully by end of the primaries, he would be declared as flagbearer of the NDC.
The receiver of defunct uniBank, KPMG, has been slapped with a counter suit by three out of the 17 defendants who were sued over the collapse of the bank. The counter suit is coming after the receiver, Nii Amanor Dodoo sued the CEO of the bank, Dr. Kwabena Duffour and 16 others over the collapse of the bank. In a counter suit, the three argue that the Central Bank would not have revoked Unibank’s license but for what they claim are acts of misrepresentation and the rent-seeking behaviour of KPMG and the receiver. The three, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, Professor Newman Kusi and Boatemaa Kakra Duffuor Nyarko, are seeking a declaration that the procedure leading to the appointment of KPMG as an official administrator was unlawful, illegal, and contrary to the prevailing and acceptable custom of the banking industry and sector. They also want the court to declare that the plaintiff was not authorized by law to set aside, impugn or interfere with any or all transactions duly entered into between Unibank and any of its customers. The three want the court to also declare that the plaintiff was not authorized by law to set aside, impugn or interfere with any or all transactions duly entered into between Unibank and any of its customers. The defendants further want the court to declare the purported imposition of sanctions and culpability on them for transactions done and concluded prior to the coming into force of Act 930, was contrary to Article 107 of the 1992 constitution. They have also denied abusing their fiduciary duties and further indicate that it was on record to have obeyed all given rules from the Central Bank. Few weeks ago, the Receiver for uniBank, Nii Amanor Dodoo, sued the 17 shareholders of over the repayment of a GHC 5.7 billion debt. The shareholders according to him left the GHC 5.7 billion debt. Nii Dodoo contended that the defendants “have breached their duties as directors of uniBank Ghana Limited, and are liable for all the loss to uniBank Ghana ltd by their acts of breach.”
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is confident of the success of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) progamme, explaining that in the National Builders Corps programme, the seeds for Ghana’s growth and future have been planted. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, when he declared the one hundred thousand young men and women recruited under NABCO ready for work, at an event at the Black Star Square, Accra. Describing the day as “a very happy day for me”, the President indicated that the NABCO programme represents the beginning of “the process of banishing the spectre of desperation, and restoring hope and dignity to our youth.” Commending the 100,000 NABCO trainees for not listening to the loud cries of the cynics and ‘Jeremiahs’ who cast aspersions on the programme, he indicated that the trainees “are going to assist in the realisation of Government’s vision of an educated population, an industrialised, robust and well-manged economy, the delivery of good governance, and, for the sustenance of all these, a reliable, skilled and efficient workforce.” Additionally, the NABCO trainees, President Akufo-Addo said, will be engaged in a structured work and learning programme environment, where, for every four weeks of work, one week will be dedicated to acquiring soft, future employability, and work readiness skills. “Within three years, NABCO trainees would have obtained 36 weeks of solid training and value addition to enable them transition smoothly into the world of permanent work. By this, we would have also addressed the very issue that keeps our graduates out of the labour market, in spite of their educational qualifications,” he stressed. The managers of the programme, the President emphasised, have struck up a partnership with the Council for Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (COTVET), and some universities, both domestic and foreign, for the validation of the content of the learning programmes, so that the trainees receive appropriate certification of their skills and training for their deployment. With exit strategies clearly defined, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the public services and institutions, having benefitted from the services of NABCO trainees over the three-year period, will, naturally, have opportunities that allow the retention of trainees, who have justified their value. Another pathway, the President added, is the building of an entrepreneurial base among the trainees, where five hundred business leaders will mentor 500 NABCO trainees under the Enterprise Ghana module. “A dedicated fund, amounting to the equivalent of their third-year allowances, is to be made available for them to start their co-operative ventures. An equivalent matching fund will be sourced from a private investor to complement the GH¢4.5 million fund,” he said. Again, trainees under the “Educate Ghana” module will have the opportunity to undertake further studies at the University College of Education Winneba, and University of Cape in the early childhood care and development sector, after which careers will be guaranteed. President Akufo-Addo admonished the NABCO trainees to be dutiful and productive in the areas they have been assigned, and demonstrate, on a daily basis, that they value knowledge as a basis for effective performance and productivity. “You must show your professional credentials through timeliness and punctuality, and, above all, live beyond reproach so you can discharge your responsibilities with efficiency, so that all, at the end of the day, can vouch for your integrity. Your performance will be monitored through an innovate mobile application, which will be deployed soon,” he added. NABCO trainees, the President reiterated, must bear in mind that Government is investing some GH¢3 billion of taxpayer’s money into this programme. “Your monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis is not free money, and you must earn every pesewa of it through hard work and dedication, which I am confident you will do,” he stressed. President Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians, who will feel the presence and contribution of the 100,000 NABCO trainees in their towns and villages, and in critical sectors of the economy to work with them, “and believe that, together, we can build a progressive and prosperous nation, the equal of any on the face of the planet.” Whilst paying tribute to the invaluable contribution of “my brilliant Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and his hardworking team” for the NABCO initiative, the President urged the 100,000 young men and women to help build a nation they will be proud of. “Live by the core values of knowledge, punctuality and integrity. Live as nation builders. Let us, together, fulfil the dreams of progress and prosperity that animated the great patriots whose toil and sacrifice brought us our freedom and independence,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The mass registration and issuance of Ghana card will start in November this year at Adenta in the Greater Region, the National Identification Authority has announced. The announcement will come as good news for some individuals have lambasted the NIA for the delays. But the Director of Public Affairs at the NIA, Francis Palmdeti said the mass registration has delayed because of insufficient Commissioners of Oath He indicated that more Commissioners of Oath are being brought on board to fast-track the process. The PRO told Accra based Citi Fm that, “Our requirement mandates that…when you don’t have the necessary documents, you should have a relative who has already registered to vouch for you under oath or two people who know you and can attest to the fact that you do not have the documents must also vouch for you under oath.” “We realized that the Commissioners for Oath available were not adequate for our work. Because we will be deploying a lot of our people across the country and the numbers that we will be deploying, we will need a commissioner of oath to be at all the centers.” He said the judicial service is currently recruiting extra commissioners for the NIA saying “as of last week they have finished conducting interviews for those commissioners and training them, after the training they should be ready to be deployed to assist us in the registration.” “That is why we haven’t started with the mass registration. But we have the equipment and the personnel. Once this commissioner for oath element is addressed, come November [2018] we will start registration of the general public, and we will start at Adentan.”
The man who has dragged the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to court over the implementation of the Cargo Track Note policy, Kwame Adu Jack says importers will soon close down their shops if government fails to halt the implementation. Speaking to Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the freight forwarder the implementation was rushed. He also alleged the report presented to President Akufo-Addo was not the one stakeholders and the GRA agreed and signed onto. The Cargo Tracking Network Policy seeks to allow shipments to Ghana including transit Cargo and shipping exporters and forwarders at various ports of loading globally to obtain validated CTN number to help track the right content of consignment to avoid undervaluation at the ports. ‘’The GRA faked a report and presented it before the president in order to get him to approve the implementation of the CTN. The president was deceived by the GRA because a member of GUTA at a meeting with the president drew the attention of the president about the report. Someone is acting in bad faith. This is unfair,’’ he said. ‘’If they are insisting on implementing the CTN, we have nothing more to say because we have done our best and staged our protest. At the end of the day, the customer would be the one affected.'' He said, there are a lot of conflicting issues and something fishy ongoing with regards to the implementation of the CTN. Mr Adu Jack wants the court to declare the planned implementation of the CTN as illegal. He also wants the court to place an injunction on the implementation of the system, which is set to be effective from October 15, 2018.
Veteran Ghanaian journalist, Mr David Ampofo, has called on government of Ghana to show our displeasure at the death of Turkish journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. He wants Ghana to take a strong stance against the death of the journalist to send a signal to the globe that, we do not entertain such inhuman actions. Saudi Arabia has been under intense international pressure to explain Khashoggi's apparent death, which has created a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and the West. Mr Ampofo said, he was shocked and disgust at the incident. He said, Ghana might not be able to do anything about this. However, we can talk and take a strong opposition against what happened.’’ According to him, he would never entertain an infringement on his right to free speech and liberty to express his opinion. In a sorrowful mood on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the outspoken journalist described the manner in which the journalist was killed as gruesome and unacceptable. ‘’This is sorrowful. I could not sleep over this matter. Some may say it does not concern me but the journalist is a human being, what happened to him was disgusting and horrific. Why should a journalist be subjected to this inhuman act.’’ He admonished Ghanaian journalists and journalists across the globe to protest the gruesome murder of the colleague journalist and show that, we will not accept this kind of thing’’. The individuals who killed Khashoggi he noted will not go unpunished and has urged the various journalist associations across the globe including Ghana to issue statements to condemn the act. Fresh reports coming indicate that It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die. A Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist's last moments told Middle East Eye that, Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said. Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said. "The consul himself was taken out of the room. There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him,” the source told MEE. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet. Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source told MEE.
The President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I- who is also a board member on the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA) board, has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) did not consult his board before the Cargo Tracking Note policy was implemented. He was speaking to Kwame Tutu following a press conference addressed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He has therefore challenged the Ghana Revenue Authority to come out to either deny of confirm his position. The GNCCI is admonishing the GRA pull the breaks on the CTN policy insisting that the move will increase cost of imports. Full implementation of the CTN started on Monday [October 15, 2018] despite a lawsuit against the GRA by a concerned freight forwarder. He said, it would be important for authorities to do a broad stakeholder consultation before implementing new policies like the CTN. However, some appointees have become lord over citizens and doing things their own way. ‘’Let me reveal to you that as a board of GPHA and also the committee chair for the finance and administration, nobody consulted us on the CTN. We were not consulted. There is no stakeholder consultation. Call GPHA CEO and find out from them if they consulted or even wrote officially to us on the implementation.’’ He disappointed in the GRA and other state officials but stressed that, the implementation has started and so we should lambast authorities for long but underscored the need for broader consultation on issues before they are implemented. Meanwhile, the Commissioner General, Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti has said the implementation of the CTN has come to stay. Speaking at a media conference in Accra, he said: “Our friends from the media, I wish to assure you that CTN has come to stay. I once again appeal to you to help GRA sensitise the trading and general public about benefits the nation stands to gain in our efforts to actualise the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda. He explained: “From Monday, 15th October 2018, importers whose imports – from records – exceed 36 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per year will be required to obtain a CTN Number in the country of export. “This means any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is exempt from CTN compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers will also be exempt,” he said. He said government will monitor closely implementation of the important Customs-management tool, with a view to learning the needed lessons and adjusting the scope and mechanics of the policy to achieve both the valuation and security enhancement objectives of the intervention. “We thank all stakeholders for their cooperation as Ghana Customs prepares toward the rollout of this national exercise,” he stated.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has reiterated the resolve of the Nana Akufo-Addo government to transform Ghana within the shortest possible time through the implementation of policies and programmes designed to make Ghana a modern economy. According to Vice President Bawumia, after just 20 months in office, the Akufo-Addo Presidency has done more to digitise and formalise the Ghanaian economy and society than what has pertained in Ghana for several years. “The Akufo-Addo Government is doing things, life transforming activities and reforms, what we haven’t done as a nation over the past 61 years, in just in 20 months. We are implementing reforms that will provide the critical, soft infrastructure that will ensure that Ghana becomes a modern economy. “In just 20 months, we have implemented policies and programmes designed to formalise the economy and make life easier for both the ordinary Ghanaian and businesses. For instance today, through the use of technology, getting a Drivers’ Licence has been made easier and cut out the need to pay a middleman before accessing an essential service. This is certainly good for the ordinary Ghanaian and business.” “This government is building a new, confident, modern Ghana through the use of technology and the implementation of critical reforms. We have delivered in this short period, and will continue to deliver in the coming days, months and years,” the Vice President maintains. Vice President Bawumia touted the achievements of the Nana Akufo-Addo government in its short stay in office when he addressed participants at the UK-Ghana Investment Summit in Accra on Tuesday 16th October, 2018. Outlining a number of critical building blocks for formalisation such as ensuring unique identification (Ghana Card, to be rolled out nationwide soon), location (National Digital Property Addressing System-GhanaPostGPS implemented), seamless payment system (Mobile Payments Interoperability implemented), justice delivery (E-case tracking ongoing), improved access to education (Free SHS, E-education ongoing), and facilitating business operations (paperless port, E-registration of companies, etc), Vice President Bawumia maintained that the government was committed to moving Ghana beyond aid while creating the environment for the growth of the private sector. Other reforms, such as a streamlined, online process for passport acquisition, digitisation of all land records, injecting transparency into the procurement processes by making all processes easily trackable online, and the ongoing development of a national Emergency Number linked with the emergency services, fire and police services, and designed to give a caller’s location for faster response times were all part of the jigsaw, Vice President Bawumia stated. “In the area of health, processes are underway to ensure the speedy supply of urgently required blood and medication to isolated, hard-to-access communities through the use of drones. The processes should be completed soon, and I’m happy to say that Government is not paying a pesewa for this. It is being funded by the private sector,” the Vice President disclosed. Vice President Bawumia urged the investor-community to take advantage of Ghana’s business-friendly environment to engage their Ghanaian counterparts to set up shop, while pledging Government’s commitment to staying the course of formalisation “While we strive to make further efforts to make Ghana a leading business destination through the formalisation agenda, I will urge you to talk to your Ghanaian counterparts and explore ways we can work together to make Ghana better. Given what we have been able to do within this short period, you can be rest assured that we are poised to achieve even more.”
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