The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has threatened to embark on a strike action and withdraw all services at various hospitals if concrete steps are not taken to deal with perpetrators involved in the attack on Dr. David Kolbila, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH). A statement by the GMA issued today [Tuesday] said, “The GMA would like to place on record that if concrete step are not taken to deal with this canker, the GMA will not hesitate to ask its members to stay off the hospital premises until their safety can be assured.’’ “The GMA condemns in no uncertain terms these acts of barbarism and lawlessness and calls on government not to reward such acts by kowtowing to the demands of these misfits. However, the perpetrators should immediately be brought to book by the Security Agencies. It is important that the Traditional and Religious Leaders come together with other stakeholders to quickly deal with this matter and nip this canker in the bud,” the GMA added in a statement signed by its Vice President, Frank Serebour. The Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching hospital in the Northern region Dr David Zaawumya Kolbila was allegedly assaulted by members of an NPP affiliated vigilante group Kandahar Boys after they stormed the hospital. The incident occurred Monday morning, Rainbow Radio’s Northern regional correspondent Prince Kwame Tamakloe reported. The CEO’s office was locked and the key taken away by the irate group which accuses him of incompetence. Meanwhile Dr. David Kolbila has been reinstated.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called for the Church and Government to collaborate in the collective agenda of uplifting the moral, political, spiritual and economic life of the Ghanaian people, and, thereby, help accelerate the pace of development in the country.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “We want a partnership which is founded on common values of service to mankind, of love and solidarity with our fellow human beings, and of truth, honesty and integrity. If we focus on these values, it will enable us to lift up our country and fulfill the word of God, and realise the promise of immortality that Christ offers to all true believers.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 14th August, 2018, at the end of his 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region, when he addressed the 29th Biennial General Council Meeting of the Assemblies of God Church, held at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
Welcoming the support of the Assemblies of God Church on some Government initiatives, such as in sanitation, education and the building of the National Cathedral, the President noted that these are positive examples which must be emulated by all churches in the country.
Whilst reiterating his determination to ensuring that every Ghanaian child gets a minimum of secondary school education, President Akufo-Addo explained that education is the most important contribution he can make to the welfare and progress of Ghana, and he is determined to do so.
“Education is a tool for development, and not for self-serving partisan political debates. This tool is what all of us should commit ourselves to, that every young person in this country, no matter where they are in Ghana, no matter the circumstances of their parents, have access to education,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “We don’t know what village is going to produce the Ghanaian Einstein, and if we have that perspective, then we will support the initiative that makes it possible. The first year of the Free Senior High School ensured that 90,000 more young men and women got into school than they did the year before.”
Thus, the spectre of at least 100,000 young men and women dropping out of the educational system at the level of Junior High School was one he was determined to stop.
With 180,000 more students expected to be enrolled in Senior High Schools across the country in September, the President told the gathering that his government has had to “devise intelligent solutions as to how we could use the existing infrastructure to cater for this additional number of people”, i.e. the Double-Track system.
To the members of the General Council, President Akufo-Addo indicated that he has no difficulty asserting his Christian faith, stating, unequivocally that, “I see myself as a Christian in politics and as one whose political views are deeply influenced by his Christian values.”
A businessman is on the run after he was declared wanted by Dubai Police for fraud.
According to the 2016 Auditor General's report, the businessman, Kennedy Agyapong, allegedly brought the ladies to be sold as maids after he recruited them from Ghana to the Emirates to serve.
Responding to the issue, Director of Finance at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Bismark Amoako said, the mission is yet to locate the man to pay AED1,000 as monies Ghana's Dubai Mission spent on the ladies.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, added that, over 20 Ghanaian football supporters who were abandoned by their agents at the just ended Russia World Cup, were airlifted by the Nigerian government together with hundreds of Nigerians who were equally stranded.
Ayorkor Botchway lamented over the lack of funds to cater for emergency situations such as stranded citizens.
Chairman for PAC James Klutse Avedzi however assured his committee will recommend creation of an expenditure line for such exigencies.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RuffTown Records, Ricky Nana Agyeman has announced through a press statement that, the record label is no more interested in releasing unreleased songs of late Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng professionally known as Ebony Reigns.
The statement signed by the former manager of the reigning Artiste of the Year said, ‘’with this, the label will not be releasing any song from the 90s Bard Gyal. RuffTown Records owns 60% of royalties of Ebony Reigns unreleased songs but we are giving away full ownership to her father, Mr Opoku Kwarteng.’’
The statement further indicated that, ‘’all her unreleased songs that wrote herself are owned by her father Nana Opoku Kwarteng. But the ones written by other songwriters still remains their intellectual property.’’
Individuals who are interested in knowing when the songs would be coming out are to speak to father of the late artiste.
‘’If you wish to know more about when those songs will be coming out, please contact her father.’’
The CEO thanked Ghanaians for the support shown the record label.
A private legal practitioner who has declared his intention to contest as presidential candidate on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress, lawyer Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, has waded into discussions over the role of board of directors of companies following the collapse of local banks.
The lawyer who says he represents the face of the youth and hope for Ghana, in a post said, board of directors are supposed to protect the interest of customers when shareholders go to sleep.
He literally meant that, board of directors cannot exclude themselves from scandals that hit their companies.
His post is coming after Dr Mensa Otabil reacted to the collapse of Capital Bank, where he was the board chair until it became insolvent.
The man of God in his statement said he cannot be guilty of the collapse because he was not involved with the day-day management of the bank.
However the lawyer thinks otherwise.
According to him, some board of directors lack the understanding of their core mandate.
The post read: "the Board of Directors is actually the final authority in any company. It is the organ the shareholders trust to protect their money and other interests. When the shareholder sleeps in the afternoon the board member is supposed to be wide awake.
However many Board members do not understand their role and the consequences or liabilities that come with their function. It is a heavy duty. When courses are structured for their education most are not interested because they don’t see the “benefit”. Benefit in this context is what immediate income will such education bring or what do they they stand to lose immediately if they don’t participate. Once the company can pay salaries everything is okay."
He added: "But on the day of reckoning the Managers are mostly full of excuses and are able to produce documents showing approvals by the Board and the Directors are rather left in a quagmire. It’s all about standards and principles. Always insist on the right thing being done and do not trust. If you choose to trust still double check."
In his view, "the world has lost the love for one another and one is hardly able to completely trust. In any case trust in business should only take you as far as your due diligence report. I hope all directors in Ghana will learn from this hard lesson in corporate governance presented by the Bank scandal and take their function more seriously."
The Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Company Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah, has apologised for describing the Bank of Ghana as a joke.
This was contained in a twee by the businessman on his official twitter account.
Mr Mensah a week ago described the Central as a joke after they described his operations as illegal and cautioned the public against operating with them.
According to the BoG, Menzgold is breaching the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930).
The Bank of Ghana in the notice signed by Mrs Caroline Otoo, Secretary to Governor Dr Ernest Addison, reiterated that Menzgold Ghana Limited is not licensed and has no authority to engage in the solicitation, receipt of money or investments and the payment of dividends or returns to its clients which is captured in the Act.
The Menzgold boss last week posted: "TODAY'S JOKE: Bank of Ghana, so now you dey do propaganda???? I beg paa "Tell Ghanaians exactly what happened with the 5 or so collapsed banks you duly LICENSED & SUPERVISED for years. Please don't attempt to use our dear Menzgold to cover up?. I beg make we think!".
But he has apologised in a new tweet saying: "Owing to the fallible nature of man, i sincerely apologise for my initial reaction to the Bank of Ghana press release".
Mr Mensah also revealed that his company is engaged and cooperating with the BoG and other state agencies to resolve their issues.
"We've engaged & are cooperating with the BoG and other state agencies, to cordially resolve in the interest of our beloved Republic of Ghana.#GhanaShallProsper," he added.
The governing council has dismissed five principal officers of the University of Education, Winneba.
The dismissal came after an emergency meeting was held yesterday [Monday].
The dismissed officers are Vice-Chancellor who was serving a suspension, Professor Mawutor Avoke, Finance Officer, Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, Daniel Tetteh, Mary Dzimey and Frank Owusu Boateng.
One other official has had her appointment terminated.
The dismissed officials were interdicted in July 2017 by the UEW governing council to allow for investigations after it emerged that some vital documents at some offices at the centre of an ongoing investigation had gone missing.
A Winneba High Court in 2017 ordered Professor Mawutor Avoke, to step aside until a case brought against him and the University’s Governing Council is determined.
The order was made in a case brought before the court by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, who insisted that the Vice Chancellor and the Finance Officer, were operating under the institution’s defunct governing council.
The plaintiff adduced that the University’s Council’s mandate had expired in November 2013, but the Education Ministry failed to constitute a new Governing Council for the university, and rather allowed and permitted the defunct Governing Council which had no mandate whatsoever to continue the functions of a properly constituted Governing Council as if same had been properly constituted.
This, Mr. Kwayera insisted was unlawful, and hence his legal action against the University of Education, Winneba.
However, before the substantive claims were looked into, the University, through its lawyers, applied to the court to dismiss the suit on the three counts, but the application was dismissed.
The High Court subsequently found Professor Avoke, and the school’s Finance Officer, Dr. Theopholus Senyo Ackorlie, guilty of procurement and other financial irregularities.
The court subsequently ordered the retrieval of all monies paid to the contractors of the North Campus Roads and a forensic audit of the project.
By: Rainbowradioonline.com with additional files from citinewsroom
Religious leaders have been admonished to involve themselves in national development and build up social interventions to help humanity.
The call was made by the organizer of the annual Jalsa Salana Awards, Ahmed Owusu-Konadu at this year's Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK held from August 3-5, 2018.
The religious leader touted the contributions of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the impact it is having on people in deprived communities in Africa and other countries.
He emphasized that the Ahmadiyya Community is a religious group and cannot be influenced politically ‘’ and what we do is to serve our God and if you want to serve God, then you have to prove it by service to the creation of the Almighty God. And that is why you see all these schools, eye clinics and hospitals.’’
Ahmed Owusu-Konadu said the contributions of the Community through representatives in Africa and other countries have helped in transforming lives hence the decision by authorities to initiate the award scheme to appreciate such personalities.
The essence of the award is to appreciate people who have contributed to the service of mankind.
The organizer explained that the award scheme was initiated to appreciate the efforts of Africans who have the continent and the Ahamadiyya Muslim Community tremendously under the late ‘Abdul Wahab Adam Award’.
The second award under the ‘Abdul Rahim Nahir Award’ who brought Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Ghana and other countries including Nigeria, he added.
He said the contribution of the founder has been remarkable and so, the organizers give that award to people of non-African origin who have travelled to Africa, sacrificed their families, countries and to live in Africa and serve the continent.
When asked to point out to the impact the awards scheme have had on the African continent and Asian Pacific, he said, ‘’we know what we have seen… At I present, we have more than 600 schools, so many hospitals, so many clinics, so many activities are also going on in Africa. Ahmadiyya is trying to empower Africans to stand on their feet and develop themselves.’’
He referred to school projects in deprived communities in Africa, Water for Life Project among other things.
He said, the Community wants to imbibe this in the youth so they would contribute to the development of their various countries.
According to him, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a lot of influence because it is a global community with existence 212 countries around the world.
On his part, the External Secretary for the Community, Fareed Ahmed described the event as a well attended one.
He commended the leader for the Worldwide Mission, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, for his exceptional leadership and dedication to the activities of the Community.
The Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK is a unique event that brings more than 35,000 participants from more than 90 countries to increase religious knowledge and promote a sense of peace and brotherhood.
Eminent speakers discuss a range of religious topics and their relevance to contemporary society.
Additionally, a number of parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats from different countries also address the gathering and underline the convention’s objective of enhancing unity, understanding and mutual respect.
A special feature of this convention is that it is blessed by the presence of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
He addresses the convention over each of the three days, providing an invaluable insight into religious teachings and how they are a source of guidance for the world today.
Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko,Dr Kwame Kyei, has appointed a new management committee for the Kumasi base club.
Dr Kyei dissolve the old management yesterday [Monday] and they are expected to hand over their various positions today.
A communiqué from the club indicate that the new management are to take over from the old management with immediate effect.
A statement from the club also admonished supporters to support the new management to turn the fortunes of the club.
The new management consist of eleven members with lawyer Samuel Sarfo Duku as the club's new director of communications
By: Isaac Mortey (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Fast rising musician, Samuel K. Appiah who is popularly known in the showbiz circles as AjinQwa, says Shatta Wale’s career is just a flash.
The musician believes the self acclaimed dancehall king, is just trying to stay relevant in the industry and doing things for people to know he can do it better the others but will fade out soon.
‘'He is rushing. The way he is rushing is the same way his music is following,’’ he said.
People he said would be tired of Shatta Wale’s music because his songs are not on the level it should be.
The tracks released by the Zylofon Music signed artiste cannot stay in the system for long, he stressed.
‘’That is how he chose to do it. His tracks cannot stick and stay,’’ he added.
Shatta Wale he said could do better than what he is doing today if he dedicates himself to quality music.
''I believe he can do better than what he is doing now. He should do better music because he got the talent but he is not making good use of it.’’
When asked to name his top five artistes, he mentioned Samini describing him as a ‘god of music’, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Teephlow and Kelvin Boy
Meanwhile, he has advised Stonebwoy to part ways with Zylofon Music for disrespecting him by signing his rival, Shatta Wale.
‘’They didn’t give him the respect because he can do better than Shatta Wale,’’ he posited.
For him, it was a bad decision to sign Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy on the same music label.