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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Friday, 20 October 2017
The Ghana Water Company (GWCL) has admonished Ghanaians to pay their monthly bills regularly.     The company believes the prompt payment of bills will help government generate more revenue for national development.     Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Stanley Martey made the appeal when he appeared on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.   He was explaining the new e-billing system introduced by GWCL.     The system he explained is a more convenient payment system than the previous system used in billing customers.   The new e-payment system would also allow all customers nationwide to pay their bills electronically in the comfort of their homes and from any location nationwide. The platforms facilitating the GWCL’s e-payment system include mobile money platforms, a number of banks and e-payment services.  The e-billing is currently being implemented in four regions, namely Greater Accra, Central, Ashanti and Western.          
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Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Mr. Stanly Martey has said the e-billing system introduced by the company, will do away with human errors.   The system he explained is a more convenient payment system than the previous system used in billing customers.     The e-billing system he told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow radio 87.5Fm came up following engagements with customers and research done by the company.       ‘’The e-billing  is also to help address customer challenges and inconsistencies associated with the current manual system, as well as block leakages in revenue collection. The new electronic system will calculate the water consumption instantly and automatically send to customers their corresponding bills via text message and or e-mail,” he said. The new e-payment system would also allow all customers nationwide to pay their bills electronically in the comfort of their homes and from any location nationwide. The platforms facilitating the GWCL’s e-payment system include mobile money platforms, a number of banks and e-payment services.    Customers can also download the GWCL Customer app on Google play store where they can lodge their complaints.     The call centre could be reached by text message through 1700 and on WhatsApp through 0555123393 or 0555155524.       In June 2016, the Ghana Water Company Limited informed customers that it is changing over from paper bills to electronic bills where customers will receive their bills on their cell phones via text messages and/or emails. The process is still ongoing and very soon, a full transition with a cutoff date for paper bill will be announced.
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Award winning gospel artiste, Nii Okai, has revealed the rationale behind his annual Hymns Unlimited concert.   In an interview with Nat Sankofa Tete Arthur on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the musician said, Hymns Unlimited is held every year to revive the tradition of hymns and get young and old lovers of gospel music to appreciate the value worship.     He said, ''growing up, I realized that although the hymns are powerful, but sometimes our relationship with God is questionable. We sing the hymns but we don’t feel the power and don't really get the import of why the hymns were written. So I realized that, one of the gifts God gave me was to make the hymns relevant in our times. So working with other worshipers, we just pick a hymn and render it again. We realized that the effect was double. It makes those who already know the hymns have a revival and those who feel the hymns are old, get an awakening and that, it is not the problem with the hymns but because of our sour relationship with God, that’s why cannot feel the power. Since we started, it has brought some two way effects to the fore; those who love the hymns already,  have realized they have to sing the hymns as a form of worship and not just as a religious activity,’’ he said. He indicated further that the hymns are a form of preserving the doctrines of the church. The musician who turned turned 40 on September 19, has chosen to support people in need. As part of his celebrations, Nii Okai is raising funds to support free open heart surgeries for 40 children with congenital heart problems at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.     The free surgery, according to Nii Okai, is his way to show gratitude to God for His providence.   This is the second time the musician is embarking on such a campaign. The first was when he celebrated the 10th anniversary of his album, Moko Be, when he raised funds for surgery for 10 hole-in-heart children. The free operation is being spearheaded by the Nii Okai Saving Hearts Foundation  (NOSHF), which is also advocating the establishment of a cardiothoracic centre at KATH to cater for those with heart problems in the country’s northern sector.
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  The Supreme Court has dismissed moves by Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome to stop the valuation of his properties by the government as part of efforts to retrieve the Ghc 47.2million that he owes the state Lawyers for the businessman filed an application arguing that the writ of execution that the Attorney -General (A-G) used to do the valuation was illegal.   According to them the A-G failed to seek consent from the Supreme Court to renew the writ of execution and, therefore, any action based on that writ was a nullity.   But the court, presided over by a single justice, Mr Justice Alfred Anthony Benin, on Friday morning ruled that the A-G did nothing wrong because the writ of execution had not expired and was effective. The court held that the first writ of execution which was filed on January 9, 2015 was still in effect when the A-G filed for another one on January 6, 2016 and, therefore, the issue of renewal did not arise. The decision by the court today paves way for the continuation of the oral examination of Mr Woyome by the A-G which has been adjourned to October 30, 2017   Source: GraphicOnline
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Maverick Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has threatened to strip the immediate CID boss Mr. Bright Oduro naked if he does not keep mute. Speaking on Accra based Oman FM, the legislator asked Mr. Oduro to seek counsel from Woyome if he wants to suffer like the NDC financier is currently suffering after he blew his cover over the GHc51 million paid him by the state.   Mr. Bright Oduro has in a series of media interviews, described as unfair the directive for him to proceed on leave in lieu of his retirement.   The former CID boss had accused Mr. Agyapong and the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah  of masterminding his dismissal. Mr. Agyapong accused him of sponsoring land guards to perpetrate illegality in the country. He however denied it and took a swipe at the legislator. But reacting to the concerns raised by Mr. Oduro, the NPP MP said, he has in his custody evidence to support his allegations.   He said, ‘’if he dares me, I will strip him naked. I want him to go to court and I will embarrass him. The evidence I have piled,’’ he said.   Do you think the proceed on leave was done because I [Kennedy Agyapong] accused you? The investigations conducted before the action was taken confirmed the allegations, he added.   He told the host that, some junior police officers gave the hint that the CID boss and other senior police officers,  were giving directions for land guards arrested to be set free. He said, every top official at the police service are involved. I will not mention anyone's name but I will mince words in saying that officials at the top of the police hierarchy are involved.
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Deputy Director in Charge of Finance and Administration at Ghana Post, Mr. Kwaku Tabi Amponsah, has announced that individuals who do not have access to  android phones and other smart phones, will have to use an offline application to register for the Digital Addressing System.         The National Digital Property Address System, which is expected to make it easier for locations to be found across the country and boost emergency service delivery, was launched in Accra few days ago.     The first step is to visit your app store to download the GhanaPostGPS App for free, from Google Play Store for Android users and Apple store for IOS users.     Once the app is installed, follow the instructions to register, verify and confirm your login details. After this process, you are ready to use the GhanaPostGPS app. No payment is required for the download or use of the GhanaPostGPS app. Some individuals who do not have access to an android device have complained that, they may not be able to access the app but Mr. Amponsah speaking on Rainbow Radio said, the app developers developed an offline application so individuals who do not have access to internet will easily register. Individuals who may want to use the offline application will have to visit any Ghana Post offline closer to them and register effective, next week.   He also hinted that Ghana Post together with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) will roll out a campaign aimed at educating Ghanaians on how the Digital Address System works.     The GhanaPostGPS,  is a global addressing system which divides Ghana into grids of 5m x 5m squares and assigns each one a unique address, known as a digital address. With this system, every land and property gets a permanent address. The system is location-based and it is expected to provide an effective means of providing an address to every location and place in the country, including undeveloped parcels of land, using an information technology application (app). The app will generate a unique code for every property or location in Ghana with the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. A national address registry will be imbedded in the system to enable individuals to validate their home and business addresses for easy direction and identification.
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A television presenter by name Oheneba Kwame has placed a curse on controversial radio personality and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Oxy FM, Alfred Kwame Larbi aka DJ Oxy.   The disgruntled television presenter, who said he formerly worked with the radio owner but was not paid a penny, used Psalm 109 to curse DJ Oxy.   He asked God to make DJ Oxy strip naked in public and go insane. In a video circulating on social media, Oheneba Kwame accused Mr. Larbi of maligning him without any substantive evidence. Mr. Oheneba, in the video holding a bible and standing in front of a small container, with smoke billowing out of it, described Oxy as an animal and used other unprintable words on him. He knelt and said, ‘’Almighty God, you know that I have a clean heart. I have done him [Kwame Alfred] no wrong but he is going round maligning me. He is going round peddling lies about me. Lord Jesus, if you are indeed alive; in the same way Kwame Alfred’s father went mad before dying; I want Kwame Alfred to also go made by stripping himself naked. My God, you cannot keep mute when he is peddling falsehood against me. God you cannot keep mute when Kwame Alfred is going about peddling lies about me. I have not wronged him rather he is the one indebted to me. I have not wronged him but he is the one disgracing me. God Almighty, if you are indeed alive and a living God, and you reward the evil one, then please, let him and his generation go dumb…Let him have no peace in his entire life. God Almighty, if you have indeed called me to serve you, and I am not the one deceiving people, and not by my greediness but you called me as a man of God and he [Kwame Alfred] is denigrating me, then deal with me.’’ Oheneba Kwame in the video promised to serve God with all his heart if he deals with Kwame Alfred as he has requested for.  ''I was serving you with humility and love but today, you have rewarded me evil.'' When contacted via phone, Mr. Larbi declined to comment on the issue.    
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  EU leaders have agreed to start preparing for trade talks with the UK - as Theresa May admits there is "some way to go" in negotiations.           As expected, her 27 EU counterparts agreed at a Brussels summit that not enough progress had been made on other issues to begin formal trade talks now.             But by starting internal talks, they are paving the way for them to begin, possibly in December.           Mrs May said she was "ambitious and positive" about the negotiations.           The other 27 EU leaders have gathered in Brussels for a crunch summit to assess the progress made so far in Brexit negotiations with the UK, which is due to leave the EU in March 2019, following last year's referendum result.             They have officially concluded that "insufficient progress" has been made in negotiations over citizens' rights, the UK's financial obligation and the border in Northern Ireland to allow them to move onto the second phase of talks with the UK dealing with trade discussions, after a discussion lasting just 90 seconds.             But European Council president Donald Tusk said they had given the green light to preparations for the "second phase" of Brexit talks, dealing with trade.             Speaking after the summit, Mrs May said: "I am ambitious and positive for Britain's future and for these negotiations but I know we still have some way to go."             The prime minister made a personal appeal to her EU counterparts at a working dinner last night, telling them that "we must work together to get to an outcome that we can stand behind and defend to our people", a senior government source told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.   Source: BBC
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The 13 members of the Delta Force vigilante group sentenced to a fine of GHc1,800 fine each for rioting maybe dragged before the court to explain their action under a National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) government, Joshua Hamidu Akamba, a Deputy Organizer, has hinted.   The Asokwa District Court in Kumasi presided over by Korkor Achaw Owusu  sentenced the 13 members of the  Delta Force vigilante group to a fine of ₵1,800 each or in default, serve 12 months in jail. The 13 pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime by rioting.   But Mr. Akamba has alleged that, the sentence was cooked and the Delta 13 were reliably informed that the court was going to set them free. He said, the Delta 13 were in white and jubilated over the sentence given them because they knew they were going to be freed. But let me remind them, the criminal case is not over and one day they will be dragged to answer those questions. When asked where one day means when, he said, ‘’One day soon, the day of reckoning, the day of lawlessness, the day a president who will come and make sure that the law works, a day that a president will come and make sure that there is equality before the law. He wouldn’t mind if you a member of the government or not. The day will catch fast with them and the proper law would be applied. Already John Boadu, who is the Acting General Secretary, has said the NPP is not afraid to lose the 2020 polls. He stressed, the Delta team maybe free today but they are not off the hook and even if takes 100 years; the Delta 13 will face the full rigours of the law.   The NDC will revisit all political cases and ‘’even if  there is an NDC who went on his way to do anything under the NPP, we will revisit these issues and trail them properly because you will need to set a good precedence...We need to protect our institutions. Our institutions must work regardless who is who.''
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A Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba has asserted that, Ghanaians are no longer safe under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.     Mr. Akamba was reacting to the sentence given the 13 Delta Force members who stormed a court in Kumasi and freed the members of their group who were facing charges for causing disturbances at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council,Mary Senkyire.       The group vandalized some court properties, and almost assaulted the Judge, Mary Senkyire. The escapees later reported themselves to the police.     The action was widely condemned by civil society groups, political parties and the Ghana Bar Association. They were put before court and after months of court proceedings, the 13 were sentenced to a fine of GHc1,800 each. They were also made to sign a bond of good behaviour.   Responding to the fine, Joshua Hamidu Akamba said, he was extremely disappointed that members of the vigilante group, were left off the hook with the lenient sentence.   Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, he insisted that the case was from the beginning treated with kid gloves.   He said, I am not a lawyer but from the day one, the case has not been treated with any seriousness.   ‘’For me what I can say is that, Ghana is not safe. Ghana under Nana Addo is no longer safe for Ghanaians. If macho men can go scot-free after attacking a court, then Ghana is sitting on a time bomb. This is extremely dangerous for the country.’’
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