Comedian and braggart, Togo Borga has hinted on staging a one-man demonstration should the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), fail to ban the use and sale of shisha in the country.
He has admonished the FDA to take a cue from Rwanda and Kenya for banning shisha from their respective countries.
Kenya became the third country in East Africa to ban the smoking of water-pipe tobacco, popularly known as shisha, after Tanzania and Rwanda.
The ban contained in a legal notice dated December 28, prohibits the importation, manufacture, advertising, sale and use of shisha in commercial establishments such as restaurants and night clubs Kenya.
“No person shall import, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, use, advertise, promote, facilitate or encourage shisha smoking in Kenya,” the notice read.
Torga Borga believes Ghana should follow in that example considering the health hazards.
Also known as hookah smoking can be as damaging, addictive, and dangerous as cigarettes, because the tobacco is no less toxic in a water-pipe.
Research has it that, a habitual shishasmoker might breathe in much more poisonous fumes during an hour-long session than a typical cigarette smoker inhales in a few days.
Tuberculosis outbreak in Middle East Countries was linked to shisha. Also, Carbon Monoxide (From The Coal) is 30 times harder to dissolve in water then oxygen.
In a single session smokers inhale up-to 200 times more smoke than from a cigarette.
Smoking kills around 114,000 people in the UK each year.
The longer the hookah session, the more nicotine and toxins one takes in.
Based on these facts, Togo Borga, has stressed the need for authorities to ban the used, importation and sale of shisha.
He told Rainbow Radio’s Danny Fii Abrantie that, he will embark on a one-man demonstration should authorities fail to heed to his call.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Friday, 23rd February, 2018, for a 10-day visit to Togo, the United States of America, and Germany.
Whilst in Togo, President Akufo-Addo will resume the mediation efforts he begun on 19th February 2018, with representatives of the Government of President Faure Gnassingbé, the Union for the Republic Party, and the Coalition of 14 opposition parties, aimed at finding a lasting solution to the political impasse in that country.
In the United States of America, the President will address the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, in Washington, DC, thereby becoming the first African leader to address the 50 US Governors at an NGA meeting. President Akufo-Addo will also take part in the World Leader’s Forum programme, organised by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
In Germany, the President will deliver the keynote address at the 5th German-African Economic Forum, in Dortmund, being held under the auspices of the Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herr Armin Laschet. He will also deliver the keynote address at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s German-Ghana Business Forum. Prior to leaving Germany, President Akufo-Addo will hold bilateral talks with German Chancellor Frau Angela Merkel, aimed at strengthening the ties of co-operation that exists between the two countries.
The President will return to Ghana on Monday, 5th March, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
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The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for considering him as a fit and proper person to the office even though he comes from the ''opposite pond of social democracy''.
In his acceptance speech after being sworn-into office, Martin Amidu said, he would not have accepted the job if he did not trust the integrity and honour of the president.
He pledged to discharge his duties with the same integrity and honour.
The propaganda about witch-hunting he noted will not daunt him from prosecuting all corruption crimes without reference to political consideration.
He said ‘’once a suspected offender is established by investigation, to have committed offences prosecutable in the national interest. I will treat crime as crime and nothing else.’’
Martin Amidu assured Ghanaians that he will do his best to vindicate the trust imposed in him.
He also revealed that, he has not been served with any writ or statement of case or injunction challenging his nomination, approval and appointment so as to restrain him from accepting the appointment.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished the newly sworn-in Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, not to use his office for vengeance.
Delivering a speech after swearing-in the Special Prosecutor, the president said: ‘’ The establishment of this Office is for a high purpose, and must not, under any circumstances, be used as an avenue for persecution or vengeance. The Office will be required to do justice to all manner of persons.’’
According to the president, ‘’the overwhelming, popular acceptance by the good people of Ghana, and the strong consensus approval by Parliament, of Mr. Amidu’s nomination justify the confidence I repose in him. Indeed, his eloquence and grasp of issues, displayed to the public during his recent vetting, is further testimony of the soundness of his appointment.’’
He pledged to respect the office of Special Prosecutor and will not infer in it’s activities as alleged by some individuals.
‘’I want to assure him that not only will the Executive, including the Attorney General, respect scrupulously the independence of his Office, but will also provide him with whatever assistance is required to enable him discharge his high duties effectively, in the interest of the Ghanaian people.’’
He described Martin Amidu as a man of integrity adding, ‘’ I have known Martin Amidu for several years. Indeed, I was his opposing counsel in many of the landmark constitutional cases in the early years of the 4th Republic in the 1990s, and can personally testify to the tenacity with which he holds onto his views. That tenacity has now to be exercised in favour of the Ghanaian people in his new office.
I congratulate him on his deserved appointment, and wish him God’s guidance in the effort he will undoubtedly be making to try to instill integrity and accountability in the governance of our country. The ultimate beneficiaries of his actions, indeed, of the actions of all of us in public office, will be the Ghanaian people.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 23rd February, 2018, swore into office Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser as the Special Prosecutor.
At an event at the Flagstaff House, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Ghanaian people expect the Office of the Special Prosecutor to rise to the occasion, and collaborate with other existing law enforcement agencies, to fight relentlessly, and help eliminate corruption in the nation’s public life.
“We expect the Special Prosecutor to discharge his duties vigorously, with courage, without fear or favour, ill-will or malice, in accordance with the rule of law. The establishment of this Office is for a high purpose, and must not, under any circumstances, be used as an avenue for persecution or vengeance,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo further noted that “the overwhelming, popular acceptance by the good people of Ghana, and the strong consensus approval by Parliament, of Mr. Amidu’s nomination justify the confidence I repose in him.”
He added: ''The Ghanaian people expect the Office of the Special Prosecutor to rise to the occasion, and collaborate with other existing law enforcement agencies, to fight relentlessly, and help eliminate corruption in our public life. We expect the Special Prosecutor to discharge his duties vigorously, with courage, without fear or favour, ill-will or malice, in accordance with the rule of law. The establishment of this Office is for a high purpose, and must not, under any circumstances, be used as an avenue for persecution or vengeance. The Office will be required to do justice to all manner of persons.''
‘’I have known Martin Amidu for several years. Indeed, I was his opposing counsel in many of the landmark constitutional cases in the early years of the 4th Republic in the 1990s, and can personally testify to the tenacity with which he holds onto his views. That tenacity has now to be exercised in favour of the Ghanaian people in his new office.
I congratulate him on his deserved appointment, and wish him God’s guidance in the effort he will undoubtedly be making to try to instill integrity and accountability in the governance of our country. The ultimate beneficiaries of his actions, indeed, of the actions of all of us in public office, will be the Ghanaian people.
Thank you, and may God bless us all and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong,’’ he concluded.
Premier league club, Kumasi Asante Kotoko has relieved coach Steven Polack of his post as head coach for the Kumasi based team.
This was contained in a statement issued by management saying the decision takes effect immediately.
The statement which was issued and signed by Director of Communication, Obed Acheampong said: ‘’The management of Asante Kotoko S.C has relieved Coach Steve Polack as head coach of the club effectively immediately.
‘’We wish him well in his future endeavour and we assure our teeming fans of our continuous dedication to ensuring the club consolidate gains while charting new fruitful courses,’’ the statement concluded.
The statement did not state reasons or a reason for the decision but it could be as a result of his abysmal performance against.
Kotoko was crashed out following a shoot-out defeat to Congolese side CARA Brazzaville in the Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round second leg on Wednesday.
Lawyer Kwaku Paintsil, counsel for Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill International Group, Philip Assibit, who has been jailed for 12 years, for defrauding the state by false pretense, says they will file an appeal.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Afia Kwarteng Asimening, after the ruling by the Accra High Court, he expressed his displeasure at the ruling by the court.
The court today [Friday] sentenced Mr. Assibit to 12 years imprisonment and Abuga Pele to 6 years after they were found guilty of 19 counts including dishonestly causing financial loss to the state.
The Court was satisfied that the prosecution had proved 13 of the 19 counts Abuga Pele faced ranging from aiding and abetting crime to willfully causing financial loss to the state.
Some of the counts included intentionally misapplying public property and dishonestly causing loss to public property.
The court also ordered the state to recover all assets and money belonging to the state from the convicts.
But lawyer Kwaku Paintsil says Ghanaians should expect an appeal in the coming weeks.
An Accra High Court has convicted former National Coordinator for GYEEDA, Abuga Pele and businessman, Mr. Philip Assibit over the GHc4.1 million scandal that rocked the state firm in 2013. The two were sentenced to 6 and 12 years respectively. Assibit was found guilty of six counts of defrauding the state by false pretence while his boss, a former legislator was found guilty for causing financial loss to the state. The court is also ruled that it had no evidence to prove that, Abuga Pele received proceeds from the crime. Presiding judge, Mrs. Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe ordered the state to take possession of Assibit’s property to offset the amount. Background Abuga Pele and Philip Akpeena Assibit, stood trial for committing acts that led to the loss of GH¢4.1 million to the state. Assibit pleaded not guilty to six counts of defrauding by false pretence and six counts of dishonestly causing loss to public property, while Pele also pleaded not guilty to five counts of willfully causing financial loss to the state, abetment of crime and intentionally misapplying public property. The prosecution claimed that Pele, who was the National Coordinator of the agency when it was known as National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), entered into a contract with Assibit to engage in activities which did not inure to the benefit of the state. The facts of the case, per the prosecution, are that in 2010, Pele entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the GIG, represented by Assibit, without any “recourse to the then sector Minister of Youth and Sports, Akua Sena Dansua, or the Attorney General’’. Between May 2011 and May 2012, the prosecution said, Assibit made a number of payment claims for consultancy services ranging from “the provision of exit programmes for the NYEP to the provision of financial engineering services’’. Assibit, the prosecution said, claimed his services led to the NYEP securing a World Bank facility of $65 million and also helped the agency to recruit 250 youth to support the implementation of what was known as the Youth Enterprises Development Programme. The prosecution added that in August 2012, investigations revealed that Assibit was paid an additional “GH¢835,000 under the guise of what was referred to as tracer studies for the World Bank’’.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings, has said the yet to be sworn-in Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, was ostracized by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to him, although Mr. Amidu was a good material for the party, he was underutilized and avoided by the NDC right from the era of late Professor Mills and former President John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Rawlings said, just like he and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings. were ostracized by the NDC, Martin Amidu suffered same fate in the hands of late Mills and John Dramani Mahama.
But it took President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and a party completely opposed to the NDC, to appoint him as Special Prosecutor.
He admonished Ghanaians to praise Nana Addo for appointing Martin Amidu.
The former president expressed optimism that, the appointee will help clean up the situation of corruption in the country.
‘’He is going to help us restore integrity back into governance,’’ he added.
When asked if he trust Martin Amidu, he said, ‘’if you don’t trust Martin Amidu, don’t trust anybody.’’
On the challenge pending before the Supreme Court over his age, the former president shot it and described it as an insult.
He said, judges could stay until they are 70 years old and further called for the law on age and retirement for public officers to be reviewed.
The Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana), says although the 15% of the 2016 corruption data under the former National Democratic Congress (NDC), might be small in the eyes of men, it contributed to the recent index by Transparency International.
Ghana dropped 11 places in the latest 2017 Corruption Perception Index.
Ghana placed 81st among 180 countries- a performance described as worse in history since 2012.
After the report was released, the Minority and Majority in Parliament have blamed each other over the report.
The Minority MPs said the report was a reflection of the corruption in the country and an indictment on the government, which came to power on the back of promises to fight corruption.
But the Majority MPs said the report used 2015 and 2016 data and so the corruption perception rather pertained to the era of the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in 2015 and 2016.
However, the Executive Director for ILAPI-Ghana, Bismark Peter says although the figure of percentage used under the NDC maybe small, in contributed to our poor performance.
Read Below his full write up
15% of 2016 Corruption spill over into 2017
The 2017 Corruption Perception Index of the Transparency International ranked Ghana 81st among 180 countries. This annually ranking on corruption, saw Ghana dropping 3 points and 11 positions on the recent index.
13 Data sources where used to add up to the survey conducted by the Transparency International of which we do not know the sample size. With the 13 data source, 2 of them are from 2016, that's: African Development Bank Country Policy & Institutional Assessment, 2016, AND the Global Insight Country Risk Rating, 2016. The other 11 data source are 2017 making 75%. The 15% from 2016 might seem small in the eyes of men but a contributing factor to the index.