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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 04 January 2018
General Overseer of the Glorious Wave Church International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi, has rubbished claims that he consulted an oracle to make him potent as a man of God.   The strong worded statement issued by the prophet is coming on the heels of a threat from Rev. Owusu Bempah, that he [Badu Kobi], had a hidden secret and that; he [Owusu Bempah] will collapse his church.   But Prophet Badu Kobi who described Rev. Bempah as his ex-spiritual father denied consulting any deity so he could be a strong man of God.   According to him, Rev. Bempah loved him as a son and he also saw him as a spiritual father. ‘’In the midst of my God given assignment, I willingly submitted myself to him first as my mentor and later as my spiritual father. I therefore use this opportunity to thank Him for all that He has done for me,’’ the statement read.   He added: ‘’Also, i wish to use this medium to inform all my followers that never have i and ever will I consult any deity for my god given assignment because God almighty is enough for me.’’       Press release from Prophet Badu Kobi Date: 4/01/2018 I wish to express my profound gratitude to my ex spiritual father prophet Dr. Isaac Owusu Bempah, the leader and founder of glorious word and power ministry He has loved me as a son and I have also loved him as a father for the past seventeen years of our spiritual relationship In the midst of my God given assignment, I willingly submitted myself to him first as my mentor and later as my spiritual father. I therefore use this opportunity to thank Him for all that He has done for me. By this release I wish him well in all his future endeavors. Also, i wish to use this medium to inform all my followers that never have i and ever will I consult any deity for my god given assignment because God almighty is enough for me. Thank you. Sign  Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi Leader and founder of Glorious Wave Church International.    
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 4th January, 2018, met with the leaders of the various political parties in the country to seek their views on some governance-enhancing measures his administration intends to take. The political parties represented by their Chairpersons and General Secretaries, were drawn from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP), Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Peoples National Convention (PNC), and the National Democratic Party (NDP). The rest were Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), United Peoples Party (UPP), All Peoples Congress (APC), Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), United Front Party (UFP), and the Democratic Peoples’ Party (DPP). The meeting, which was the first between a sitting President and leaders of the political parties in recent years, lasted well over three hours, and was held in a good atmosphere, one of frank exchanges and mutual respect. Issues discussed included the commemoration of the Silver Jubilee of the 4th Republic, on Sunday 7th January, 2018; the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives; and the creation of new regions, amongst others. It is the intention of President Akufo-Addo to have further such meetings in the future, with the leaders of the political parties, who described this initiative as a laudable one.    
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Mrs. Ofori-Atta, wife of the late Williams Ofori-Atta, one of the founding fathers of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), has received a brand new Toyota Corolla from the General Overseer of the Glorious Wave Church International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi.   The prophet handed over the car to the wife of the late politician as part of her 85th birthday celebration which fell on December 31, 2017.   The gift came to her as a surprise as she least expected  and could not also hold her tears. The prophet has also taken care of the monthly salary for the driver that will be driving her.    
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Public Relations Officer (PRO), for the Ministry of Health (MOH), Robert Cudjoe says students at the Kumasi Academy are now safe and there’s no cause for alarm.   He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, students of the Kumasi Academy, together with teachers, non-teaching staff and journalists, were on  Thursday, December 21, 2017  vaccinated in the wake of the suspected outbreak of Influenza Type A H1N1 [Swine Flu] at the school. He said the Ministry did not relent in its efforts in managing the situation.   According to him, the GC FLUMulti, the Influenza Vaccine administered during the exercise, prevented spread of the virus. He emphasized that the students, teachers and non-teaching staff are safe.   ‘’We have done everything possible to confine the spread. We have fumigated the school and educated the students on the signs and symptoms of the flu. We have also stocked the sick bay at the school. I don’t think anybody should entertain any fear when going to KUMACA,’’ he assured.     On the recorded cases of meningitis in some secondary schools across the country, he said the situation has been brought under control.
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The Minority’s spokesperson on Roads and Highways Kwame Abrogya is asking the management of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority [DVLA], to refund monies charges anyone for the First Aid Kits.   He told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the DVLA is engaging in an illegality since it has no mandate to charge anyone for the kits.   He said GHc108 for First Aid kits is outrageous and unjustifiable.   The legislator said if we do not take time, the DVLA will start selling car tyres because they will tell you that your tyres have worn out. Instead of telling the driver to go and bring new tyres, they will tell you, we are selling tyres.''   ‘’If we don’t take time, DVLA will become a commercial entity selling accessories instead of ensuring driver and vehicle licensing in this country. We should not tolerate that,’’ he added.   The Minority had threatened to drag the DVLA to court should they refuse to halt the mandatory charges. The law he said does not allow them to sell and even if they want to do so, it should not be compulsory. Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry has directed the DVLA to halt the mandatory charges.   Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover, said the Ministry instructed the DVLA to halt the charges. “Let me put it on record that the Ministry of Transport is not aware of the sale, because if there should be any major decision, the management needs to discuss with the board of DVLA, and it’s also on record that the board is not aware of the sale. So we were all taken unawares when this issue came up, so what we intend doing, is to invite the Chief Executive of the DVLA and his team to the Ministry. The choice is on the driver, they have to walk into any shop and buy their own First Aid Kits. If the drivers in my constituency want to use any First Aid Box they can walk into Community One and just grab one and pay for it.”   “You must have the right to express yourself on the price, but where you force it down the throat of the drivers; they can resist it because first of all, there has not been any proper engagement and this is a New Year. They have to halt it because this is a national security matter. If the drivers decide to lay down their tools, it will become a problem for all of us,” the Deputy Minister said.    
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Former Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short, has asked that the appointment of the Special Prosecutor be done through an application process open to the public.   In his view, it will make the process transparent and will be devoid of any biases.   He stressed, “This position should be advertised so that people can apply and then you set up a committee to interview the applicants and then maybe you shortlist about three names, give these names to the President and the President appoints one of those three.’’   President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday January 2, 2017 gave his assent to the Special Prosecutor Bill.   President Akufo-Addo stated that “my hope and expectation is that the establishment of this office is going to be an important step in our collective determination to root out corruption in the public life of our country.”   The President continued, “All of us know it (corruption) is a major bane in the development of Ghana, and, hopefully, this office will make sure that public officials, past and present, are held to account for their actions, and that corrupt acts will no longer go without investigation, and, if necessary, sanction, once due process has been respected.”
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The Transport Ministry has halted the mandatory charges for First Aid kits which the management of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority [DVLA].   Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover, said the Ministry instructed the DVLA to halt the charges which were widely kicked against by the general public.   The Minority in Parliament threatened to sue the DVLA over what they termed as exorbitant charges.   The Minority spokesperson on Roads and Highways Kwame Abrogya said the Authority is engaging in an illegality since it has no mandate to charge anyone for the kits.   He said GHc108 for First Aid kits is outrageous and unjustifiable. The Communication Director of the Authority, Francis Tuffour, justified reasons for the price saying critics of the fee should consider the safety of motorists than the cost. But the Deputy Minister said the DVLA needed to have engaged its stakeholders properly before introducing the policy.   In an interview with Accra based Citi Fm he said: “Let me put it on record that the Ministry of Transport is not aware of the sale, because if there should be any major decision, the management needs to discuss with the board of DVLA, and it’s also on record that the board is not aware of the sale. So we were all taken unawares when this issue came up, so what we intend doing, is to invite the Chief Executive of the DVLA and his team to the Ministry. The choice is on the driver, they have to walk into any shop and buy their own First Aid Kits. If the drivers in my constituency want to use any First Aid Box they can walk into Community One and just grab one and pay for it.”   “You must have the right to express yourself on the price, but where you force it down the throat of the drivers; they can resist it because first of all, there has not been any proper engagement and this is a New Year. They have to halt it because this is a national security matter. If the drivers decide to lay down their tools, it will become a problem for all of us.” 
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Pressure group, OccupyGhana is advocating for the mandatory TV Licence law to be scrapped.   The group in a statement questioned the constitutional or statutory basis for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation retaining the revenue from what is essentially a tax, and then determining how to use it, outside laws passed and appropriations made by Parliament. They also want the law, established in 1966 with only a few amendments, to be repealed and replaced with a new one that will reflect today’s realities.   Director-General for the state broadcaster, Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow, has justified reasons why GBC needs the revenue. The Chief Justice set up the special TV license courts to deal with people who refuse to pay the mandatory TV license fees in line with the TV licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89). The law notes that, “any person who contravenes any provision of this law or regulation shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.” However, OccupyGhana says: ‘’ The entire TV Licence regime that was established in 1966 (with just a few amendments) has become obsolete. What is required is not a forcible re-implementation of it, but a root-and-stem review that repeals the existing law and regime, and, if necessary, introduces a new statute and regime that takes the current realities in broadcasting into account.’’   Read Below their full statement   OCCUPYGHANA® CALLS FOR THE EXISTING TELEVISION LICENCE REGIME TO BE REPEALED AND REPLACED OccupyGhana® has followed the recent discussions regarding TV Licence Fees, particularly the announcement that specific courts have been established to try defaulters. We disagree with these moves for two reasons: 1. There is no constitutional or statutory basis for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), simply as the designated “licensing authority,” retaining the revenue from what is essentially a tax, and then determining how to use it, outside laws passed and appropriations made by Parliament, and 2. The entire TV Licence regime that was established in 1966 (with just a few amendments) has become obsolete. What is required is not a forcible re-implementation of it, but a root-and-stem review that repeals the existing law and regime, and, if necessary, introduces a new statute and regime that takes the current realities in broadcasting into account. We will address these matters in turn: UNCONSTITUTIONALITY AND ILLEGALITY The Television Licensing Act, 1966 (NLCD 89) and the various Television Licensing Regulations passed under it, provide for the payment of TV Licence Fees for the licensing of the installation and use of “television receiving sets.” These are to exist and operate under the auspices of a “licensing authority” that would be either “the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation or any other statutory corporation appointed by the Minister by legislative instrument.” Every contravention of the Act (including the non-payment of the fee) is an offence punishable by up to a fine of 250 penalty units (GHS3,000) and/or up to one year’s imprisonment. The TV Licence Fee is simply a tax for owning or dealing in the affected apparatus. GBC is merely the currently designated body to administer the licences and collect those taxes, as an agent of the government. We are not aware of any statute that gives GBC the power to retain the revenue derived from the tax and then use it for its operations, developing content, sharing with other broadcasters or for any other purpose. That tax revenue is also not listed as one of the sources of funds of the GBC under section 10 of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Act, 1968 (NLCD 226). Although that section provides that GBC’s funds include “moneys accruing to the Corporation in the course of the performance of its functions,” tax revenue does not accrue to the GBC and does not fall under this rubric. Similarly, if the Minister were to designate another statutory corporation as the “licensing authority” under the Act, that entity would not have the right to use the revenue. Further, that revenue does not constitute GBC’s “internally generated funds” (IGF). Article 176 of the Constitution demands that “all revenues or other monies raised or received for the purposes of, or on behalf of, the Government;” and “any other monies raised or received in trust for, or on behalf of, the Government,” must be mandatorily paid into the Consolidated Fund. Exceptions, particularly retentions, are only permitted under an Act of Parliament. That is why statutes such as the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (Retention of Funds) Act, 2007 (Act 735) and the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) contain strict rules on the use of IGFs, and our statute books are replete with specific statutes (too many to be listed here) in which Parliament expressly allows entities to keep all or part of IGFs. We are not aware of any such statute with respect to the GBC. It is on these bases that we believe that the automatic retention of the TV Licence Fees by the GBC for its purposes is unconstitutional and illegal and we therefore call for that practice to cease forthwith. Absent a specific enabling legislation, all TV Licence Fees collected should be immediately deposited in the Consolidated Fund. OBSOLENCE We further contend that both the regime and the law on TV licensing are obsolete for three main reasons: (i) The Act defines “television receiving set” as “an apparatus CONSTRUCTED SOLELY for the reception of pictures, with or without sound transmitted by radio” [Emphasis added.] This means that if the apparatus in use, by its manufacture and technology, is not restricted to only receiving pictures (with or without radio-transmitted sound), but is capable of receiving other signals, that apparatus is not the subject of licensing and consequently the payment of the fee. We think that contrary to your expressed view, the law expressly rules out the vast majority of apparatuses (Smart TVs, phones, pads, tablets, etc.) that are currently in use, and which are manufactured to receive and process more than just pictures. Indeed what may even be called “TVs” today are not mere linear broadcast receivers and translators of pictures. They are also used to play games, watch movies, project presentations, display location adverts and browse the Internet. The reality is that a strict application of a law that is based on 1966 technology, to 2017 apparatuses would leave the licensing authority with precious little or almost nothing to enforce the licence against. (ii) With over authorized 505 radio stations (392 operational) and 75 television stations, Ghanaians have a lot of media sources to consume both local/public and international content. This ensures competition that should result in producing quality content. Also, Ghana has recorded a tremendous growth in the number and diversity of media channels, with Ghanaians having countless media sources such as radio, newspaper, magazines, websites and other online platforms. Further, online platforms such as YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video and Google ChromeCast are redefining content broadcasting online and pointing to the future of TV broadcasting. All these are available and consumed in Ghana, driving the growth of data usage. There are also cable-TV services in Ghana who broadcast local channels through set-top boxes. Some of these have become the first choice channels for media content consumption, thereby reducing the audience share for traditional TV transmission. Evidently, GBC is not the only TV media source where public information is consumed for it to warrant an automatic right to TV Licence Fees and to be able to produce and broadcast public information. Further, not all Ghanaians or TV owners in Ghana will consume GTV’s content. (iii) GBC (managers of GTV) is a commercial broadcaster. For years, it enjoyed an absolute monopoly in television broadcasting and the income from adverts and sponsored contents. Now it has competition and is faltering. Compelling Ghanaians to pay TV Licence Fees to GBC is grossly unfair and anti-competitive. Announcing the setting up of a court for these purposes sends the wrong signal to Ghanaians, that draconian steps are being taken to use the judiciary a tool of enforcement of a grossly unpopular tax. If GBC is unable to be profitable, in spite of years of government subvention and TV Licence Fees, then it may be time to consider selling it. CONCLUSION In conclusion, the world of television has moved from being analogue to the digital sphere. The rules have changed. In a world of digitisation, Ghana should be thinking of laws and policies that look into the future, and seek to create the enabling smart digital environment for prosperity and opportunities for all. You cannot, in 2017, be seeking to implement laws based on obsolete and currently inapplicable 1966 technology and then seek to punish Ghanaian for not complying with it. That is why we are advocating the repeal of the 1966 law and regime, and if necessary, the enactment of new laws that take the new realities into account. Yours in the Service of God and Country.    
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Current WBO Super Middleweight African Champion Habib Ahmed will on Saturday February 3, 2018 take on WBO World Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto Ramires, at Bank of America Centre, Corpus Christy, Texas, United States of America. In an interview from Wisdom Gym Club where the boxer trains, trainer Ofori Asare told Sports Editor of Rainbow Radio International, Nana Prempeh, that Team Habib intensified preparations from last year and could not even celebrate Christmas in their quest to win the World Title and make Ghana, the hub of African Boxing proud. Habib Ahmed said he is more than ready for Gilberto’s Challenge come February 3, Mexican  Ramires who has an enviable record of 35-0-0 will face stiffer opposition because the world title opportunity is what I have been looking for in my boxing career,  Habib Ahmed added. Habib Ahmed had his debut professional boxing on August 5, 2011 which he won through TKO against Ghanaian David Okai, and has since not lost a fight in his 25 bouts except his second fight against George Bmson, on June 18, 2015 which ended in TD draw. Habib, was confident saying One Hundred and Twenty Three (123) rounds of boxing in the ring coupled with skill and athleticism on the canvass is enough experience for him to challenge and win the title for himself and Country Ghana. He also promised a good fight for boxing fans that will throne the Arena on the night to witness as he lift his first World Title belt in America. Promoter Mr Henry Kermah and Manager Mr Kwesi Kermah, revealed that they believe in hard work because it pays and because Habib Ahmed is doing so, they shall surely reap the results of good seed the team have sole long ago.   STORY BY: Nana Prempeh.
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Convener for the Coalition for Democratic Governance (CDG) a pressure group, Dr. Ebenezer K. Hayford, has described as ‘’outrageous’’ government’s allocation of some 100 million Ghana cedis as capital expenditure for the presidency.   He quizzed, what is the president doing special to warrant such an outrageous amount of budget allocation?   Comparing previous budgets to that of the current president, he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the figure is so huge and should be slashed since it will have a drain on the public purse.   According to him, the items to be spent on, including renovation of the Flagstaff House and the Peduase Lodge, aren’t a priority as compared to other pressing needs of the country.   He called on the president to rather channel the outrageous amount into development areas including the construction of roads, schools and other facilities. ‘’When the money goes to the presidency, he [President] has nothing to show. He is just using the money the way he wants but nothing comes out it,’’ he said. He said the current administration instead of protecting the public purse is rather wasting the money anyhow. He said, within the space of 9 months, the office of the President spent a total of about 76 million cedis on goods and service. What kind of goods and services will amount to that figure when there are school children in need. They are wasting the tax payers money, adding that “69 million cedis of this amount was spent at the office of the Chief of Staff, and 4 million new cedis at the Vice President’s Secretariat. I want to stress that the budget is outrageous and should be slashed. We have potholes on our streets, we need markets and other things yet you have allocated such an amount to the presidency. This is unfortunate and should not be entertained in any shape or form. They are mismanaging our resources at the expense of the tax payer who is suffering. It is unfair especially when you compare the budget to previous administrations.”      
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