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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 01 November 2018
The contractor in charge of the New Edubiase Sports Stadium, Mr Nurudeen, has disclosed on Rainbow Sports today [Thursday] that, the change of government has affected the progress of work. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, he raised a certificate for him to be paid an amount of GHc1.1 million for work done but he has not received the money. The contractor said, after he was tossed several times, the current Minister, Mr Isaac Asiamah, told him he had no contract with government for him to be paid the GHc1.1 million. ‘’I told them the sod cutting was done by former President John Dramani Mahama but they insisted I did not have a contract with government. I later received an invitation from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to come and respond. I took all the documents covering the contract to the BNI, the former Director at the Sports Ministry, Alhaji Red, was also invited where he confirmed to the BNI that, I had a contract with government.’’ The contractor says he received his first payment of GHc 917, 000 under the previous government. That was the first mobilisation. Later, I raised a certificate of GHc690,000 but the previous administration paid only GHc500,000.’’ He recounted the pressure he went through to ensure the project was completed as scheduled but the current administration stalled the work on ground that he did not have a contract with government. ‘’I have raised GHc1.1 million certificate after the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) came into office but it has not been paid. I have a valid contract with government and I will pursue my mo9ney until it is paid. The previous government went into a contract with me. I am a businessman and worked for all our former presidents including late Mills, former President Kufour and John Dramani Mahama. I have all the valid documents with me. Another judgement debt is looming because I have a valid contract with government,’’ he stressed. The current Sports Minister, Mr Isaac Asiamah has revealed before parliament that, his ministry cannot trace the source of funding for the New Edubiase Sports Stadium. According to the Sports Minister, the funding for the project was not captured in the budget for 2015 and 2016, and there is no evidence of sponsorship for the project. The minister further disclosed that, a payment of one million, six hundred and fifty thousand, two hundred and seventy-one Ghana Cedis (GH₵1,650,271.00) had been received in cash by the construction company in charge of the project, Shakdeen Limited from the then Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye. The issue has been referred to the BNI to investigate.
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Former Member of Parliament for New Edubiase constituency, Mr Edward Yakah, has jumped to the defence of former sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye over the alleged misappropriation of the GHc1.6 million meant for the construction of the New Edubiase sports stadium. According to the former legislator, it will be unfortunate for anyone to accuse the former sports minister because the stadium was awarded as a contract hence there is no possibility for him [Vanderpuye]to misappropriate the money as speculated. The current Sports Minister, Mr Isaac Asiamah has revealed before parliament that, his ministry cannot trace the source of funding for the New Edubiase Sports Stadium. According to the Sports Minister, the funding for the project was not captured in the budget for 2015 and 2016, and there is no evidence of sponsorship for the project. The minister further disclosed that, a payment of one million, six hundred and fifty thousand, two hundred and seventy-one Ghana Cedis (GH₵1,650,271.00) had been received in cash by the construction company in charge of the project, Shakdeen Limited from the then Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye. But reacting to the story, Mr Yakah recounted that former president John Dramani Mahama announced in parliament and it was captured in the 2016 budget. ‘’I am not sure the former minister misappropriated the funds. If the current minister has prove to buttress his claim, I suggest we conduct an investigation to unravel the truth.’’ The project he lamented has stalled and wondered why the current administration has failed to show interest in completing the project. We have to establish the truth and that can only be done through a proper probe. The stadium was one that brought glory to New Edubiase and so, I will ask that we conduct a probe. However, I doubt if the former ministry misappropriated the funds.'' Former President John Mahama cut sod for the construction of the 10,000 seater stadium back in 2016, but the project has since been left unattended, although the current government promised to complete the construction. The matter has been referred to the National Security for investigation regarding the source of funding.
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Former President John Dramani Mahama is urging the Akufo-Addo government not to run away from the views it championed on loans during its recent days in opposition. He said, in opposition, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) made it look like borrowing was evil, and that they could administer the country without borrowing money. But after coming into office, the former President noted that the NPP is not only running away from all they said about borrowing but they are also denying their own quotations on the issue. Addressing NDC delegates at Dodowa in the Shai Osu-Doku constituency of the Greater Accra Region on Thursday, Mr Mahama singled out Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia for saying that “borrowing is a lazy man’s way of development”, and that as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank he knew Ghana is not constrained by money because “the money is here”. Former President Mahama is therefore asking the Akufo-Addo government to eat a humble pie and apologise to Ghanaians for doing the reverse of what its position was on financing government programmes through loans, especially as it borrowed about 40 billion Ghana Cedis in its first 18 months in government. Mr Mahama said the NDC borrowed to develop social infrastructure across the country, including building hospitals, roads, schools, expanding electricity and water, among others, adding that same cannot be said of the NPP.
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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Asiamah has referred a case involving former Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye to the National Security to investigate him over GHc1.6 million money paid to a contractor by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration. The said amount was earmarked for the construction of the New Edubiase Sports Stadium but the 2015 and 2016 budget statement did not capture the payment. Details available to rainbowradioonline.com have it that, the funding for the project was not captured and the current sports minister has confirmed it. There is also no evidence of sponsorship for the project and the source of funding remains unknown. It has also been disclosed that the amount so far paid to the contractor totaling GHc1, 650,271.00 was received in cash from then minister of sports. Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, Mr Asiamah says his ministry is committed to providing sports infrastructure throughout the country and therefore will see to the completion of the New Edubiase Sports Stadium. He has hinted of his partnership with the Finance Ministry towards that goal. In a related development, the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) will next week Tuesday November 6, 2018 appear before the Sports Committee of Parliament over the life ban placed on Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi.
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The National Deputy Organizer for the National Democratic Congress [NDC], Joshua Hamidu Akamba, has called for the arrest of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the Kwasi Nyantakyi’s saga. The president he suggested is not above the laws of this country and must be arrested. According to Mr Akamba, Kwasi Nyantakyi mentioned President Nana Addo’s name in Anas video and that makes him an accomplice because he aided and abetted Nyantaktyi. He said, the President should not wait for the opposition NDC to take him to court; he should rather submit himself to the police for a serious investigation if he thinks he is innocent. ‘’I want the statement of Nana Addo to be published just like Nyantakyi statement was published to the public. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the politician slammed Nana Addo for ‘’embarrassing and disgracing Ghana.’’ The ban given Mr Nyantakyi by FIFA he noted has exposed the plot by government to protect Mr Nyantakyi who is a good friend of the president and financier of the NPP. By: Stephen Thompson (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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The Greater Manchester Police Cadet on Thursday, 1st November, 2018 visited the Ghana Police Service National Headquarters at Accra. The Director- General/ Public Affairs ACP/Mr. David Eklu, welcomed the team and briefed them on the mandate and operations of the Ghana Police Service. The team was taken round some sections of the Headquarters such the Criminal Investigation Department and the Communication Unit to have a fair knowledge on how these sections operate . Credit: Ghana Police
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Parliament has given approval for the appointment of Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as Minister of Information. Also approved to be appointed as Minister of Gender is Cynthia Morrison and four others as ministers and deputy ministers. Members of the Majority and Minority described the nominees as competent individuals who had the work experience and intelligence to deliver in their respective ministries. The approval followed the presentation of the report of the Appointments Committee of Parliament (ACP), which recommended by consensus, the approval of the nominees. They are Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah for the Ministry of Information, Cynthia Morrison for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Mr Evans Opoku Bobie for the Brong Ahafo Region. The rest are Mrs Paulina Tangaba Abayage for the Upper East Region, Mr Martin Oti-Gyarko, Deputy Minister nominee for the Brong Ahafo Region, and Mr Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, deputy minister nominee for Eastern Region. Constitutional arguments There was a constitutional debate between the Majority and Minority sides regarding nomination of Mr Oti-Gyarko as deputy minister for Brong Ahafo. The Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, said per Article 256 and Article 79, the President was supposed to consult the substantive regional minister before nominating Mr Oti-Gyarko. However, he said, when Oti-Gyarko was being nominated there was no substantive minister for the Brong Ahafo Region as the substantive minister, Mr Asumah Cheremeh, had been moved to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. Mr Iddrisu said he would go to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation to the Article 256 and Article 79 on the requirement for the President to consult substantive ministers before nominating their respective deputy ministers. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, supported the position that the nomination of Mr Oti-Gyarko was unconstitutional because there was no consultation with the minister. But the Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the MP for Abuakwa South, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, and the Chairman of the CAP, disagreed with that position and indicated that the President acted within the ambit of the Constitution. Mr Atta Akyea said the use of the 'may' in respect to the consultation meant that the President had the discretion to consult the minister or not. Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the Presidrnt had consulted the substantive regionsl minister a day before he was reshuffled to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. Giving his ruling, the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, said the use of "shall ' was always mandatory while the use of 'may" was permissible. Therefore, he said, it was a matter of discretion for the President to consult a substantive minister before nominating his deputy but not mandatory. Source: GraphicOnline
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The Minister of Planning, Professor George Gyan-Baffour, has said Ghana is a poor policy implementer. Ghana he opined is very good at planning but poor when it comes to the implementation of the plans. The minister said the reason why we are not good at implanting is that, planning is backed by resources, the timing of the planning is as important as the planning itself. That is why the president has decided to take steps to ensure that, plans are well executed under his administration. He was responding to the decision by the United Nations (UN) to support Ghana with 441.6 million dollars to enable the West African country tackle development challenges in education, health, agriculture, sanitation and other key areas in order to improve the livelihood of the people. The UN will also partner the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by it in the various areas. He underscored the importance of the SDGs to the attainment of the country’s total development plans. “The government has a responsibility of achieving the SDGs through national development strategies, enlisting the support of civil society, the private sector and the development partners. Agricultures he stated would receive 50 million dollars, the private sector will receive 21 million dollars to help the sector create descent jobs, social services including education, health and others is expected to receive 125 million dollars and 36 million dollars to be used for the marginalised society. The money he said was spread in these specific areas in order for the country to have positive impact. Dubbed: the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP), the initiative is meant to support the country to align the activities of UN agencies with national development strategies. The partnership framework, also set out in the UNSDP, brings together the efforts of more than 20 UN agencies in Ghana to provide coherent and efficient support for key sectors of the local economy. In particular, the UNSDP focuses on four thematic areas: a shared prosperous economy, social investment in people, a protected and safe environment and inclusive accountable governance.
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Government of Ghana has announced criminal investigation into the Number 12 against Kwasi Nyantakyi has been concluded and will soon be forwarded to the Attorney General for prosecution. A statement issued and signed by Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide said disputed claims by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that, government has abandoned the case. ‘’Criminal investigations have been concluded by the Police CID and we expect that a docket will soon be presented to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for advice. Appalled by the excesses and possible acts of bribery and corruption at the GFA, government took steps leading to the dissolution of the Executive Committee and related structures of the FA and the formation of a Normalization Committee with the view to restoring dignity and public confidence in footballing in Ghana,’’ the statement said. This comes after the opposition National Democratic Congress urged the government to expedite action into investigations on the conduct of the former GFA boss. Nyantakyi was handed a life ban from all football activities at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) by FIFA on Tuesday. Following the ban, the NDC called on the president to subject himself to probe and allow the CID to conclude the probe and publish the findings. But the statement by the ministry said: ‘’ It is untrue claims made by the NDC that Mr. Nyantekyi is a close confidante of the President. The President has had a professional working relationship with the then President of the GFA, just as he has several other persons occupying positions of public interest. ‘’Mr. Nyantekyi himself has admitted peddling falsehood relative to the claims he made about the President, the Vice President and other government officials and has since publicly apologized.’’ Re: National Democratic Congress Statement on FIFA’s Lifetime Ban of Kwasi Nyantakyi The Ministry of Information has taken notice of a statement captioned, “National Democratic Congress Statement on FIFA’s Lifetime Ban of Kwasi Nyantakyi”, dated 30th October 2018 which was signed by Kofi Adams, the party’s National Organizer. In the statement, the NDC, among other things, sought to bring the name of His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo into disrepute. Ordinarily, the Ministry of Information would not respond to prejudicial statements intended to smear state actors. We are however compelled to set the records straight and respond as follows: 1. It is untrue claims made by the NDC that Mr. Nyantekyi is a close confidante of the President. The President has had a professional working relationship with the then President of the GFA, just as he has several other persons occupying positions of public interest. 2. Mr. Nyantekyi himself has admitted peddling falsehood relative to the claims he made about the President, the Vice President and other government officials and has since publicly apologized. 3, It was the President who caused for criminal investigations to commence into this matter following his viewing of the “Number 12 video documentary”. 4. Criminal investigations have been concluded by the Police CID and we expect that a docket will soon be presented to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for advice. 5. Appalled by the excesses and possible acts of bribery and corruption at the GFA, government took steps leading to the dissolution of the Executive Committee and related structures of the FA and the formation of a Normalization Committee with the view to restoring dignity and public confidence in footballing in Ghana. 6. The President has had a public service record spanning more than four decades with an unblemished reputation. He has never been associated with matters of corruption in his entire life, private and public. It is not surprising that even the founder of the NDC has on several occasions, vouched to the incorruptibility of President Nana Akufo-Addo. Also, his commitment, both in words and in deeds, to the fight against the canker of corruption remains admirably unwavering and indubitable, perhaps, never seen in the history of this country. Government will continue to support all state institutions to do their work without let or hindrance and follow due process in all its endeavors.
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The Director of International Relations for the ruling Patriotic Party (NPP), Emmanuel Attafuah-Danso, has taken the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to the cleaners over a statement issued by the party calling on President Akufo-Addo to subject himself to probe over the Kwesi Nyantakyi’s Number 12 saga. He particularly slammed Deputy National Organizer of the NDC, Joshua Hamidu Akamba and described him as an individual who fantasizes underage girls. He made reference to the viral video in which Mr Akamba was seen inciting senior high school students against the president at the Tempane secondary school few weeks ago. When his attention was drawn to the fact that, he was abusive and unfair to his political opponent, he insisted that, Mr Akamba from the video he saw, was fantasizing the underage girls hence he does not have the credibility to slam the president. ''The NDC as a party lacks the credibility, moral and political right to make such a call,'' he added. Mr Akamba on the same show called for the arrest of President Akufo-Addo because he has aided and abetted Nyantakyi. Mr Akamba told Kwame Tutu the president must be banned from any political activities in Ghana because he has embarrassed, disgraced and subjected Ghana to international ridicule. He challenged the president to subject himself to probe to establish if he benefitted from the Nyantakyi’s saga or not. However, in a sharp rebuttal, Attafuah-Danso, disagreed insisting that, the issue has not embarrassed Ghana as speculated but projected the country in a good light as a country that is against corruption. ‘’The NDC as a party is not credible. The Kwesi Botchway report told us the party lack ethical values, does not have integrity and so why should such a party, attack the president. The president reported the case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and so why should we allow the NDC to slam the president? The NPP leader said, the NPP believes in the rule of law and not the rule of ‘’fucking men who dabbles in politics to denigrate their opponents.’’ The incredible performance of the president he posited has maintained his position given him by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, to serve as Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for an additional two years. He asked Ghanaians to disregard the claims by the NDC and focus on the good works being done by the NPP led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
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