The General Manager for OB TV, Mr. Samuel Asare has confirmed to Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment that, they do not have a licence from the National Communication Authority (NCA) to operate as an authorized satellite TV Station.
However, he explained that OB TV which started operation 2014 is currently undergoing processes to be licensed by the NCA.
The Manager who is also host of a show on OB TV said, although they have not being licensed, they cannot be said to be operating illegally because they are under KNET which is licensed to operate channels in the country.
The NCA served notice to KNET to discontinue the unauthorized satellite TV Stations including stations like OB TV.
But Mr. Samuel indicated, KNET did not explain things properly to them yet when he was asked if he was not playing double standards in applying for a licenCE from the NCA after claiming that they [KNET] had a licence to operate satellite TV Stations, he said their aim at OB TV is to operate as an independent TV Station.
He posited, KNET erred in failing to explain to their clients before giving them the right to operate on their platforms.
He stressed that, engaging with KNET is not illegal because their activities and operations are legal and file their tax returns despite the current order from the NCA.
Efforts to reach to other Managers of the various satellite TV Stations proved futile since they declined to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile about 12 satellite TV Stations have been taken off from air following the order from the NCA.
These stations includes, Fire TV, OBTV, CINE PLUS, Sweet TV, TVGold, Cross TV, Zoe TV, BAT TV, ATV, CARE TV Kessben TV and Elijah TV.
Parents are complaining bitterly on recent huge increase on commodity prices making them bankrupt because their wards in Senior High Schools demanding for provisions let them go crazy on the amount they spend on this commodity, like Gari, Milo, Shito and other common provisions.
An olonka of Gari which sold for GHC 5 is now selling at GHC 7 w hile a bag of ''Shemima' biscuit which sold for GHC 5 is now selling at GHC 7.
A big size bottle of black pepper in the past sold at GHC 35 but is now selling at GHC 40.
A cup of sugar has increased from GHC 1.50Gp to GHC 2 with Nido which sold at GHC 3 now selling at GHC 3. 50Gp.
A tin of milk has also increased from GHC 2 to GHC 2.50Gp.
Some parents who shared their grievance with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, called for reduction in the prices of these commodities.
Nyankonton Mu Nsem's reporter, Dorothy Asante who visited the Accra Central Market came through with the following report.
A 35 year old farmer, Emmanuel Acheampong has allegedly stabbed his wife in the breast over GHC 1000 which he claims she stole.
The victim and the suspect both live together at Asempaneye a village in the Ashanti Region.
Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Abdul Malik Anokye said the man was angered because he had gone for a loan to the tune of GHC 1000 to establish a business which he accused the wife of stealing.
However, the victim denied stealing the money but Emmanuel Acheampong who was adamant demanded for the money.
The argument between the two later generated into a fight with the suspect subsequently allegedly stabbing the wife in the breast.
She [victim] is current battling her life at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital with Emmanuel Acheampong on the run.
President John Dramani Mahama, on Tuesday, urged Ministers of State to strictly adhere to government policies, which would help improve on the living standards of Ghanaians in their areas.
That, he said, could be achieved by implementing and monitoring all policies based on the tenets of good governance, democracy and transparency.
President Mahama stated this when he swore into office two Deputy Ministers whose appointment has been approved by Parliament.
The Deputy Ministers, who took the oaths of Secrecy, Office and Allegiance are Mr Andy Osei Okrah, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister and Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, the Deputy Upper East Regional Minister.
President Mahama advised them to work effectively in collaboration with their substantive Ministers to achieve the development targets of the Government before the close of the year.
He advised the Upper East Regional Minister to forge ahead with the planned irrigation project at the Kulkpong River, which is expected to help farmers in the three northern regions, to do all year round farming when completed.
President Mahama said although Ghana was politically decentralised, more was yet to be carried out in the districts and regions to make the decentralised Departments independent and effective.
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He, therefore, pledged the commitment of his administration to work around the clock to ensure effective decentralization, which would ensure that district officers were no longer accountable to national officers only.
“You were carefully selected…because of your vast experience in your various fields and… and we are all counting on you to deliver on our promise to the people of Ghana,” President Mahama stated.
Dr Kuganab-Lem, on behalf of his colleague, thanked President Mahama for the appointment and gave the assurance that they would work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after falling to a 1-0 defeat in Egypt in their Group G match on Tuesday.
With just one game remaining and only the group winners to qualify, Nigeria cannot make up their five-point deficit to table-toppers Egypt. Ramadan Sobhy’s 65th-minute winner puts Egypt on the verge of qualification. Egypt face Tanzania in June and will book their place in Gabon with any result better than a 3-0 defeat. Nigeria won the Nations Cup in 2013 but have now suffered back-to-back eliminations in qualifying.
They threw everything forward to find an equaliser on Tuesday and came close when West Ham winger Victor Moses crashed a shot against the post in the 84th minute. The match in Alexandria became a virtually all-or-nothing tie for Nigeria after Chad withdrew from the group on Sunday, citing financial difficulties, and all results from their matches were erased.
That left only three teams in Group G and in accordance with the rules of the Confederation of African Football only the winner would qualify for the finals.
Egypt have seven points with one match to play, against bottom club Tanzania, who have only one point but two games remaining.
To have any chance of qualification Tanzania would need to beat Egypt by a better scoreline than the 3-0 defeat they suffered in Egypt last June because head-to-head records would come into effect if the sides finished level on points. Tanzania would still have to beat Nigeria in their final match in September.
About 40 dismissed Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) recruits have picket in front of the head office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Accra.
The recruits are protesting over what they described as wrongful dismissal from the service asking the NDC to intervene on their behalf.
A statement from the Ghana Armed Forces, last December said the training of the 500 recruits was terminated after they staged an unauthorized assembly and subsequently marched to their instructor’s accommodation to demand that they send them home.
Some of the recruits numbering over ten stormed the studios of Rainbow Radio still insisting that, their dismissal was wrong hence they plead with authorities to intervene on their behalf.
The group have hinted of a similar exercise at all the headquarters of the political parties until their concerns are addressed.
But speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel Aggrey Quarshie said the decision to dismiss the recruits was established after they were found to have misconducted themselves and therefore they will not be re-called. He explained that if by the protest something positive came up, they would have all benefited hence the affected recruits should accept their fate and move on.
Executive Director of policy tink tank group, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe says the outgoing governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Paul Wampah allowed himself to be caught up in the storm of armstrong politics although the latter's effort expanded the banking industry.
His comments comes on the heels of the announcement made by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) that, Dr. Paul Wampah will exit as governor on the 1st of April 2016.
Franklin Cudjoe in a post said, because the governor was over-submissive, ''he made it easy for his predecessor and current Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur to be missed. Paa Kwesi was one who could tell the Finance Minister literally to go to hell over the payment of arrears when the latter wanted to unduly delay payment.''
He indicated, Dr. Paul Wampah was not a good listener neither was he firm because if he were, he would have boldly opposed the setting of ''the Ghana Infrastructure Fund whose mandate is clearly not economic but simply a political slush fund for petty projects . Wampah should have been telling government to sell off non - performing state assets and use the proceeds to fund critical infrastructure instead of setting a political bank to play with our money,'' Franklin Cudjoe added.
He had an advise for the upcoming governor who will be taking over from Dr. Paul Wampah saying ''I hope that the next Central Bank Governor ensures at least a more pragmatic monetary policy that truly asserts the independence and effectiveness of the Central Bank. Perhaps the next Governor can be bolder and aspire to copy the habits of highly effective countries such as what I experienced last November in the UK after an insightful meeting at the Bank of England with its Director for International Development my notes were
''Three roles for the central bank, ensuring micro prudential, macro prudential and monetary Policy. The Bank is independent in ensuing the fiscal targets set by any UK government is met. However, if the government deviates from what the bank proposes to be done, then it loses credibility and will be punished by the voting public.''
Below are details of the post
My brief comments on the resignation of the Governor of the Central Bank.
1. He did ensure that the banking industry was fairly expanded but evidently he allowed himself to be caught up in the storm of armstrong politics. He made it easy for his predecessor and current Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur to be missed. Paa Kwesi was one who could tell the Finance Minister literally to go to hell over the payment of arrears when the latter wanted to unduly delay payment. Paa Kwesi was a good listener. I recall when IMANI conducted series of exposé in the banking industry and within hours, he had called IMANI and our professional allies to meet and explain the challenges we identified and crucially what to do about them.
2. Wampah was too subservient. He should not have allowed the sloppy management of the Merchant Bank sale. That was one big miscalculation and sent signals of supporting underhand dealings in a divestiture arrangement involving hidden players .
3. Up close during the Senchi Economic Forum, I witnessed how diffident he was when I posed the question when he was ending his dirigiste forex rules. His answer, while looking at the Finance Minister was " I am waiting for him ( Finance Minister Tekper) to be fiscally responsible first." Perhaps a brilliant answer and one that struck at the core of incoherence in policy making IMANI identified, is one major bane of economic policy making in Ghana. However, that honest answer from Wampah wasn't bold enough given how long and painful it took him and his senior mangers at the Bank to reduce the pain. The pain of the crazy forex rules still lingers as we are experiencing second round effects.
4. Wampah should have been bolder in reigning in the voracious appetite for borrowing by the government to fund mostly poorly costed projects with dire consequences for the moribund private sector.
5. Wampah should have been bolder to tell it to the face of the Finance Minister that he cannot be borrowing hefty sums from the NHIL and render it penniless all the time. If readers will remember, I warned that by June this year, the NHIS will be cash strapped as the finance ministry has improperly borrowed almost 300m cedis from the fund for yet to be disclosed expenditure. Now news reports of a cash strapped NHIS vindicate my position and it is NOT because we didn'pay our 2.5% levy. It was paid and the fund is a consolidated one and Wampah should have been admonishing the finance ministry of such economic autarky !
6. Wampah should have opposed the setting up of the Ghana Infrastructure Fund whose mandate is clearly not economic but simply a political slush fund for petty projects . Wampah should have been telling government to sell off non - performing state assets and use the proceeds to fund critical infrastructure instead of setting a political bank to play with our money.
7. There is more but I will stop here and hope that the next Central Bank Governor ensures at least a more pragmatic monetary policy that truly asserts the independence and effectiveness of the Central Bank. Perhaps the next Governor can be bolder and aspire to copy the habits of highly effective countries such as what I experienced last November in the UK after an insightful meeting at the Bank of England with its Director for International Development my notes were
“Three roles for the central bank, ensuring micro prudential, macro prudential and monetary Policy. The Bank is independent in ensuing the fiscal targets set by any UK government is met. However, if the government deviates from what the bank proposes to be done, then it loses credibility and will be punished by the voting public. Curiously, the Monetary Policy Committee’s decisions are published but will in the interest of transparency and market confidence, publish minutes of its meetings including what each of the nine -member committee said in its meetings. So, prudent monetary policy management must resonate with prudent fiscal foresight. Our finance minister in Ghana should not have a fiscal target whilst the central bank can have a mind of its own, and the electorate can simply applaud".
One Kwame Baffoe, a youth activist of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Brong Ahafo Region has sued the Electoral Commission, seeking an injunction on the impending limited registration exercise.
He argues that the voters’ register in its current state is flawed and “not fit” for the conduct of the 2016 general elections.
Kwame Baffoe is therefore praying the court to order the EC to cancel the limited registration exercise scheduled for 18th and 26th April, 2016.
“That, unless the EC is restrained by an order of this Honourable Court, the EC will go ahead to conduct the proposed limited registration of voters slated for 18th and 26th April, 2016.”
According to Mr. Baffoe “the proposed limited registration and all related arrangements by the EC will constitute sheer waste of the tax payers’ money.”
Lead counsel for the three South African ex-police officers who were arrested in the Central Region for allegedly engaging in activities with national security implications and later deported yesterday, lawyer Atta Akyea has described Ghana as a Banana Republic with no regard for the rule of law.
According to him, although he does not against the deportation of his clients, the process was unlawful and affront to laid down procedure.
The three — Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (retd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 — were put on board South African Airways flight number 210, which departed around 9:26 to Johannesburg yesterday.
But lawyer Atta Akyea argues that, the Ghana Immigration Service should have invited the lawyers for the trio to be part of the process prior to their deportation.
''On what basis were the trio deported, he quizzed. What we want to know is the circumstances leading to their deportation...It is the constitutional right of the GIS to deport them but the process should be done right,'' he added.
Speaking with Kwame Tutu, host of frontline on Rainbow Radio, the legal practitioner said he felt sad for the embarrassment that the NDC has brought upon the nation.
He explained Ghana will be seen as politically unstable and a lawless country with no regard for the rule of law following what has happened.
Lawyer Ata Akyea stressed Ghana can best be described as an empty can making the most noise when it comes to the respect for the rule of law and democratic rule.
When asked if the Accra Circuit Court's order in granting bail was violated, the Abuakwa South MP answered in the affirmative.
He suggested, the court needs to redeem its image after it was dragged in the mud by the display of lawlessness.
Lawyer Atta Akyea added, although the rights of the trio was violated, they cannot take any legal action on their behalf unless they request them to do so.