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President Nana Addo has ordered the immediate arrest of the head of Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi for defrauding by false pretence. Information gathered by rainbowradionline.com has it that, the President Akufo-Addo issued the order after a security briefing on Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest investigative expose on Ghana’s football scene. Although the ‘Number 12’ film, a latest work by Anas is yet to be screened, the GFA President has been the first big shot to be implicated. A quote attributed to him and from Tiger PI read: ‘’I’II also suggest that he finds a gift for Mr. Asenso. He’s very close to the president and reminds him of discussions he’s had with people. The president is 72.’’ Another one read: ‘’Uhuh! And it’s cool money. We can charge 20%, 25%. Then among us, we agree that this person gets this percent. Everybody should be sorted out then there would be peace. You understand,’’
Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has forcefully declared that Ghana will never legalize same sex marriage. The longest serving legislator made the remarks after the issue came up for discussion on the floor of parliament today [Tuesday]. The Second Deputy Speaker said, Ghana will not be misled, pressured to legalize same sex marriage. He was responding to concerns raised by some legislators on the topic. The Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku, Bernard Okoe Boye, Helen Adjoa Ntoso (M.P for Krachi west), and Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, who is the member of Parliament for HO west, made statements on the topic which has been on the minds of citizens, as to whether Ghana will accept it or not, and even went further educate the public on some of the negative effects homosexuality brings onto people who engage in it. Member of Parliament for Kpandai, Matthew Nyindam, who doubles as Deputy Majority Chief Whip in parliament ‘’I don't see those who engage into homosexuality as only mentally challenged but they also need prayers. They are really suffering from spiritual illness.’’ Mr. Bagbin, on his part commended the legislators for their stance on the issue. Mr. Bagbin, who is considering his intention to contest the presidential primaries when the National Democratic Congress (NDC), gives the green light hinted of a possible guideline from parliament on the subject to bring an end to the brouhaha. He said: ‘’we will not be misled…The future of the world belongs to Africa. We will not be misled again. This is the strongest indication from the house and if need be, we will move to a motion one day and resolve to give direction to the country. This is a matter that people are trying to force on us [but] we are no longer the small boys and girls of any country and so we will not take it.’’ He added: ‘’…we are looking forward to leadership and if need be, for us to come to the House to debate it and resolve to give a clear indication to everybody that Ghana will not compromise on our stance against homosexualism or lesbianism or gayism or whatever.’’
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has opened Human Trafficking Fund Account with seed money of GHc500, 000, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba has announced. The Minister who took her turn at the ‘Meet the Press’ today [Tuesday] said, as part of efforts to combat human trafficking, the ministry has also supported four shelters which are rehabilitating rescued victims of trafficking with an amount of GHc27, 800. She also disclosed that shelter and rehabilitation services for 159 rescued child victims and 7 adults have been established. Meanwhile, the ministry has finalized, printed and disseminated its National Plan of Action on Human Trafficking to give detailed implementation plan in fighting the menace in Ghana. On securing the inclusion for persons with disability, the minister disclosed that, a framework and strategies on disability mainstreaming in MMDAs has been developed. The provisions in the document she added will serve as a guide to MMDAs on how to include disability issues in development plans. The school feeding programme has been expanded and the number of beneficiary pupils has been increased from 1,671,777 to 2,174, 000 representing 30 percent and a figure of 501, 536 pupils. She said. An amount of GHc 285 million has been released to pay for arrears owed caterers under the programme, she concluded.
The case of a final year student of the Mozano Senior High School in the central region Portia Donkor, who was burnt to death during prayers has been transferred to the Attorney Generals Department. The Breman Asikuma District Police Commander, ASP Emmanuel Donkor Baahon, disclosed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Tuesday] that, the case has been transferred to the Attorney Generals Department for proper studying of the docket and will then give an advice on it. ASP Donkor added that, it is after that, that the case will be sent to Cape Coast High Court for trail. He however added that, the suspect, prophetess Efua Eguama is still on remand for proper investigations. Efua Eguama , 45, the Prophetess and leader of the African Faith Church at Breman Bedum whose church the girl’s family had visited is said to have poured oil on the girl in the course of the church service . She is said to have lit a candle and given to the girl to hold as part of the fortification process to help her pass the WASSCE exams. The cloth of the student however caught fire in the process causing her to suffer severe burns and had to be sent to the Breman Asikuma hospital as the fire could not be readily quenched, and later transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching hospital where she passed on. By: Vivian Arthur
The Public Relations Officer of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), ,Mr. James Lartey has said that, apart from banning the six herbal medicines suspected to have been laced with a substance for treating erectile dysfunction, it is going to take drastic regulatory sanctions against the producers of such drugs. The FDA ordered the recall of six herbal medicines from the market after investigations revealed that, they have been laced with a substance for treating erectile dysfunction. The drugs including X Plus Men Power Bitters Syrup, Laud P Capsules, Vigoupe Capsules and Time Natural Capsules. Speaking on frontline today, Mr.Lartey said, the drugs have this active ingredient for sexual enhancement and it is not supposed to be a herbal product and so when the regulatory sanctions is applied on them, it will serve as a deterrent to others. ‘’As an institution, we will take a drastic regulatory sanction apart from banning the drugs to serve as a deterrent to others. The law says that, it is offence to put on the market products that have not been approved by the FDA. When you read Sections 118 and 123 of the Public Act, it is clear that, it is an offence to put unapproved drugs on the market.’’ He also stressed further that the law frowns on the sale of products with ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA. By: Vivian Arthur
The Ministers of Interior and Defence have jointly assured the nation of full collaboration between the two institutions to promote security and peace in Tamale and the entire country . Hon Ambruce Dery Minister of Interior gave the assurance in Parliament today in a joint statement by his Ministry and the Ministry of Defence to Parliament on the violent clashes between some military and Police personnel in Tamale last week Wednesday . The two ministries he told parliament held a meeting and a decision was reached to dispatch a team of high powered delegation of police and military capos and it was suggested for them to organized a durbar after which a guideline was reached for the full implementation of sanctions for those who breached the law. “Meanwhile from the preliminary investigations, the two institutions have agreed to hold regular joint durbars and other activities to enhance interaction and cooperation between the two institutions. “Currently, full operational cooperation and collaboration have been restored in Tamale and the entire Northern Region as pertains in the other regions of the country,” he told parliamentarians. Investigations have been initiated and I wish to assure the house that anyone found culpable will be punished as by law established, he said. “They held a joint durbar with the rank and file of the two institutions and agreed to fully implement existing guidelines regarding the handling of personnel on disciplinary issues and breaches of the law. “The adherence of this will forestall future occurrence of such incident…a preliminary investigation has been carried out as a prelude to detailed investigations to be carried out by the five-member team to seek the causes of the clashes,” he said. The police and military he added are committed to working to ensure that citizens are safe and have called for the maximum cooperation from the general public. On his part, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu was happy the Interior Minister gave a strong assurance that the peace and safety of Ghanaians is guaranteed. He urged the security institutions to work together to avoid such unwarranted incidents in the future. Deputy Majority Leader, Madam Sarah Adjoa Safo, commended the two ministries for responding to the summon by the speaker swiftly. The assurance given by the ministries is ‘’well taken and we urge that they should continue with whatever they are doing to arrest the situation to the satisfaction of Ghanaians who are worried about the incident.’’
The queen mother of textile and fabric distributors at Rawlings Park, Comfort Boahen, has said traders are not enthused at the decision by former President John Dramani Mahama to contest the presidential race. In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Casablanca Nana Ama Bekoe, Madam Booahene slammed Mr. Mahama over his decision to contest despite his abysmal performance as president. In her words, the former president brought untold hardship on traders due to the depreciation of the Ghana cedi against the United States dollar when he was in charge as president. ‘’We are not enthused about Mr. Mahama. The traders do not even want to hear the name Mahama. When he was president, the cedi depreciated against the dollar. We have not forgotten about what happened under the National Democratic Congress (NDC).’’ Traders from neighbouring countries including Liberia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Gambia and others came to Ghana to purchase fabrics but due to the depreciation of the cedi, they have stopped coming. She also alleged that the former president and his wife, Lordina Mahama were slashing the annual budget into two for their personal use. ‘’Some chief executives who were meeting him [Mahama] in his house and allowing him to slash our annual budget into two so he and the wife will use; we have not forgotten about that,’’ she said.
Husband of the 21-year-old pregnant woman and her triplets who died at the Koforidua regional Hospital in the Eastern region after she was allegedly abandoned by nurses on duty, has narrated the circumstances that led to the death of his wife. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Mawuli Alator, disclosed that, the late wife was due for a caesarean session to allow her deliver. However, the triplets died even before there were removed, he added. The husband who gathered courage to narrate the story disputed claims also that the triplets died as a result of wounds from the operation. He also disclosed that his wife fell off the bed on her face and that could have caused her death. The deceased, Sodzi Prisca, according to her family was first admitted at the Suhum Government Hospital last Thursday while in labour, but due to her condition, she was referred to the Regional Hospital for further examination. According to the bereaved husband, this was the first time his wife was going to deliver and was also the first time he was expecting his first set of children. He commended professionals at the Suhum government hospital for exhibiting professionalism in caring for the wife before she was transferred. ‘’My wife was not in a critical point. She was not in severe labour as reported by some individuals. I will us this opportunity to commend officials at the Suhum government hospital for their professionalism. They did their best for my late wife,’’ he noted. He rather blamed the health officials at the Koforidua government hospital for their negligence. Their unprofessional conduct led to the death of my wife. They failed to care for her. They did not pay attention to her and she fell on her face and that was what led to her death. A pregnant woman falling on her face will surely led to serious implications. They failed to job a diligent job and that has caused my wife’s death.’’ ''I was not satisfied with what my late wife went through and so I am suing them for the death of my wife,'' he warned.
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, has revealed that government has set up a technical working committee to champion the implementation of the freedom pass for the aged. She indicated that the technical working committee, will also be mandated to develop a framework including a bill that will be presented to parliament for consideration on the aged. The ministry she also announced is meeting with the transport ministry towards a pilot programme for the freedom pass. The previous administration started with 25,000 aged persons under the urban transport and as part of efforts by this government, we will continue with the pilot before scaling it up at the national level, she said. One of the major highlights in the manifesto of the NPP was to provide Freedom Cards to the aged to have free access to all public transportation and other public facilities. Responding to a question posed to her at the Meet the Press series organised by the information ministry, the Minister said, the programme will consider aged persons above 65 years.
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