Comedian and braggart, Togo Borga has sarcastically told Danny Fii Abrantie on the Away Bus Show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he sponsored President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his week-long working vacation in London.
President Akufo-Addo and his family are currently in London for a week-long visit, a statement from the presidency stated.
The statement which was signed by Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin said, the president on Wednesday May 9, 2018 left Ghana for the United Kingdom on a week-long vacation, his first since being sworn-in as President on 7th January, 2017. He was accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, his children and grandchildren.
Some have slammed the president for wasting state resources on a vacation with his family.
An accountability group has questioned President Akufo-Addo’s decision to take a week-long vacation to the UK at a time it said the country is faced with a number of challenges.
The group, Alliance for Social Equity & Public Accountability (ASEPA), said it is worried by the “indiscriminate” foreign trips by Akufo-Addo, a situation it said, was draining the very public purse the president promised to protect.
But Togo Borga on Friday in his usual bragging attitude disclosed that, he financed the trip of the first family and asked Ghanaians to shut up.
‘’Nana Addo is not using state resources to embark on the travel, I sponsored him. I want Ghanaians to understand that I paid for the trip. It is not only Nana Addo who benefited from my sponsorship. I once sponsored Adu Boahen, former President Kufour among others,’’ he said sarcastically.
Meanwhile, Eugene Arhin has revealed that the president is financing the trip from his own pocket.
“It’s never ever true that government is financing President’s vacation trip…the fact remains that this is not a state sponsored trip because the President is financing it himself,” he said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen of Friday.
Akufo-Addo is scheduled to return to Ghana on Wednesday, 16th May 2018. It is the first time he is going on a vacation since assuming office in 2017.
The Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, will act in his stead.
Acting National Chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has contradicted the Acting General Secretary, John Boadu that Hajia Fati, the party loyalist who assaulted a female journalist does not have an office at the headquarters of the elephant family.
Mr. Boadu, in a recent interview disputed suggestions that the NPP supporter although is not an executive member occupies an office at the Asylum Down office of the party.
But appearing on Asempa Fm's Eko Sii Sen today [Friday], the former legislator disclosed that, Hajia Fati has been allocated an office at the party's headquarters.
He said: ‘’ “Me, I’m aware, I’m not contradicting the General Secretary, and maybe he may not be aware. The new offices that we have built, she has one room there. Hajia was even occupying an office even in the main block some time ago, and we needed it for our deputy, so we decided to give her another place. She has other people she meets so we gave that office to her.’’
Hajia Fati recently attacked Ohemaa Sakyiwaa, a female journalist with Adom FM who was at the party’s headquarters to cover the picking of nomination forms by interested candidates in the upcoming national executive elections.
She has since apologized for her attack on the journalist and asked for forgiveness.
Freddie Blay recounted the support Hajia Fati has given the party and indicated that although she is troublesome she is still a loyal member.
“This is our own internal arrangement. We are not bowing to pressure that because somebody made a mistake here and there, therefore the party should isolate that person and put the person away. Hajia admittedly may have her own faults which we try to advise her on, but there are positive aspects of her as far as our party is concerned.”
“Those days we were struggling against dictatorship, against NDC bullying here and there, we relied on Hajia. She’s been very supportive of the party leadership and those who identified with the party. So we found a way to advise her to restrain herself from other things that could cause collateral damage to us. Hajia is a loyal member of the party irrespective of the few problems that we’ve had,” he added.
“…Those we find useful, those we know overtime, and those we know and have confidence in as well as those who sell, we give them some offices to even keep their paraphernalia and they use that as their office. So there is nothing wrong with that,” he noted
The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clemnt Apaak has lambasted the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the return of fall army worms in some farms across the country.
The legislator in a write up recounted how he was attacked by government when he spoke about the devastation the fall army worms brought to some farms in his constituency.
The Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto in September 2017 took a swipe of playing politics with the armyworm invasion which engulfed some farms around the northern part of Ghana, impacting negatively on the actual yields of farmers.
The devastating nature of the worm left the farmers frustrated and some even accused the ministry of not doing enough to combat the worms.
Reports gathered by Rainbow Radio revealed how some farmers depended on So Klein, a popular detergent to kill the army worms because they said the one provided by government was ineffective.
Dr. Apaak, whose constituency was one of the affected areas, took to social media and narrated what he believed to be the truth on the ground and in doing that, he gave the account of Mahama Ayariga, a colleague MP from Bawku Central, who toured some farms.
But the agric minister slammed him saying: “Farmers in his constituency are very angry and they feel he is not grateful to the government for the assistance he is getting from the government.”
However, Dr. Apaak has returned with slams on government asking why the army worms have returned if indeed they were defeated.
He wrote: ‘’Fall Army-worm Diaries - When I provided direct evidence to show the devastation being caused by the fall army-worm last farming season, I was accused of doing politics. The Agric Minister accused me of seeking to dampen the successful government policy of planting for food and jobs. He went on to say that contrary to detractors, Ghanaians should expect a BUMPER harvest, after he had fraudulently declared that the army-worm had been defeated. When I confronted him again, when he appeared before the public accounts committee sitting on the same issue with more evidence from Builsa South, he exploded angrily and said even if all the farms in my constituency were infested/destroyed by the worm, it will not affect the expected bumper harvest nationally because the farms in my constituency constituted a very small proportion. He accused me of condemning government and asked that I commend government for a job well done in fighting the fall army-worm. Well, how could there be a shortage of maize across the nation when the army-worm purportedly had not negatively affected the maize crop nationally except in Builsa South? How can we have a shortage of maize when planting for food and jobs guaranteed a BUMPER harvest and has created 745, 000 jobs? The Truth will always Stand! The Truth is that the Agric Minister deceived Parliament, deceived Ghanaians with regards to the magnitude of devastation the fall army-worm caused. Today the truth has exposed him. He is clearly super incompetent and must honourably resign or be fired! I remain a citizen Mr. President.’’
The Minister for Aviation, Cecelia Abena Dapaah has said despite the challenges the Aviation industry is confronted with, it is still relevant in the development of the country as it enhances connectivity for economic growth.
She said: “Air travel is essential to Africa to enhance connectivity, trade job creation, and to drive tourism and economic growth." Speaking at the China- Africa Regional Aviation Cooperation Conference in Accra, she said although the African air transport industry currently supports almost 7 million jobs and US$ 80 billion in GDP.
“Africa with its 1.1 billion populations and China with a slightly higher population of 1.3 billion have a lot to offer to each other in Aviation cooperation and partnerships for mutual benefit" she added. According to the minister, Ghana has embarked on a number of programmes in the Aviation industry as part of government effort to make Ghana the Aviation hub in the West Africa sub- region.
Key among these programmes she mentioned include the construction of a new passenger Terminal at Kotoka International Airport, construction of a state- of- the Art Navigation services complex and On- going establishment of a home based carrrier. Madam Cecelia Dapaah commended China for its cooperation with Ghana which has yielded various support for the country. Madam Cecelia Dapaah however urged China to increasingly focus on human capacity building and skills technology transfer in 'its cooperation with Africa to ensure the accelerated growth and sustainability of Africa's Aviation industry. By: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah
The Objective Media Forum, a public interest group has challenged the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, to give a true account of the state of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).
The Forum in a statement is demanding from the minster to give an account of $50 million supposedly left in the coffers of TOR by its former MD, Awuah Darko.
It has also admonished the minister to also account for some 2 million barrels of crude oil left by the former MD.
The statement is coming after the current MD, Isaac Osei rejected plans by the Energy Ministry to scrap the refinery and turn it into a tank farm.
However, the current MD believes the problems that TOR has had in the past must not in any way be used to judge its future, the Managing Director for TOR Isaac Osei has stated.
The MD has indicated that the challenges that confronted TOR including the frequent the production losses it recorded in the past and the frequent break down of the plants have been resolved.
But the Forum insists there are questions to be answered.
The statement from the Forum read: ‘’The Objective Media Forum has followed with keen interest the turf war between the Energy Ministry and officials of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) over plans to turn the refinery into a tank farm.
The decision by the Energy Ministry has been rejected by the management and Board of TOR.
Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko announced recently that, government plans to build a new refinery of about 150,000 bbls capacity to take care of the new industrial drive.
As part of the plans, Boakye Agyarko says government will convert the current refinery which has a capacity of 45,000 bbls into a tank farm.
The Objective Media is worried and is demanding for some answers from the Energy Minister.
We wish to ask the where about of the $50 million which Awuah Darko left in the coffers of TOR.
We wish to also ask the ministry whether the former MD of TOR, Kwame Awuah Darko, left behind 2 million barrels of crude oil at the state institution.
At the time Kwame Awuah Darko was leaving TOR, the institution was in a better financial position to restructure itself.
Kwame Awuah Darko before his exit, embarked on activities which saw to it that, the frequent breakdown of the plants was resolved.
An additional profit of $1.5 million after the second consignment of a million barrels processed from May to August 2016 was also estimated for the company.
Therefore, the forum is by this release demanding for clarity and answers to the issues raised.
If the current MD is rejecting plans to scrap TOR, then there are questions begging for answers.’’
Private legal practitioner and Executive Secretary for the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Foh- Amoaning has said, another way African countries and particularly Ghana are been forced to accept same sex relationship is through films.
He is of the view that, one other way these foreigners are trying to buy our minds through cultural imperialism is through lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) films.
He has therefore challenged Ghanaians to lead the crusade to resist it and be a shining example for other African countries not to entertain any agenda to pressure our leaders to endorse or legalize LGBT.
Foh-Amoaning called on parliament to be firm and reject any attempt towards the legalization of homosexuality.
He impressed upon the Christian caucus in parliament to lead the crusade and ensure that Ghana does not accept gay rights.
To him, our leaders can stand up against such pressures if they set their minds on it.
He was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. When he was asked what may have influenced the foreign media to ask African leaders why they have refused to grant gay rights, he said, these journalists are LGBT activists and because they do not respect Africans, they try to push such activities.
‘’The white does not respect us [Africans]. They think we are uneducated and so they are trying to push this agenda. We must resist this gay agenda because it is evil and have serious medical implications.’’
‘’One of the strategies they are using is to make it socially acceptable and so they promote it through films…They want to break our cultural responses and force us to accept it. That is one of the strategies they are using. That is why the media must be vigilant and reject such films. Stakeholders in the entertainment and movie industry should see the tricks and reject them. We need education to understand what they are doing. Let us be able to tell the foreigners that homosexuality is not good for us and we will not accept it,’’ he added.
The Coalition has set July 1st, 2018 for a national prayer and has therefore asked Ghanaians to fast from June 28th -30th and climax it with the national prayer on July 1, 2018 so we will turn to God to help in the fight against the legalization of homosexuality.
Government says it has raised more than the target for its 2018 Eurobond which was concluded on Thursday, May, 10 in London.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Finance Minsiter, Ken Ofori Atta.
According to the statement Ghana targeted an amount of $750 million, it raised a total of US$ 2.0 billion.
“Demand for Ghana’s credit peaked in excess of US$8.0 billion, representing an over subscription of three times the targeted amount,” the statement noted.
“$750m of the issuance represents new debt, while a portion of the remainder will be used to swap for more expensive existing Eurobonds, as well as other liability management operations,” it added.
The bond was in two categories; 10 and 30-year bonds, with the former raising $1.0 billion at 7.627%, while the 30-year bond raised another $1.0 billion at 8.627%.
The statement added: “It is also the first time Ghana has extended its international capital market funding to 30 years.’’
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most. Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle, has been transferred to Cape Coast and will now be in charge as the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese.
This follows the resignation of Archbishop Mathias Nketsiah, has resigned from his post.
A communiqué from the Apostolic Nunciature in Ghana, issued by Most. Rev. Jean Marie Speich, said Pope Francis had accepted the resignation.
The communiqué said: "His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Grace Archbishop Mathias Nketsiah of Cape Coast and has appointed His Grace Most Rev Charles Palmer-Buckle as the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast."
"The news is released from the Apostolic Nunciature by His Excellency Most Rev. Jean Marie Speich, the Apostolic Nuncio."
No reasons were assigned to the resignation.
His Grace Archbishop Mathias Kobena Nketsiah, 76, was installed as the Archbishop of Cape Coast in June 2010.
He was ordained as the Titular Bishop of Abaradira in 2007, and appointed Apostolic Administrator of Sekondi-Takoradi in 2011, but ceased occupying the post in 2014.
About Palmer- Buckle
The Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer- Buckle (born 15 June 1950 in Axim, Ghana) is a Ghanaian Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, a former teacher and a key figure in the political scene in Ghana.
He is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra and is the second Ghanaian native to become Archbishop of Accra.
Installed in 2005, he became the 4th Ordinary for Accra since its establishment as a diocese. He was also the first Bishop of Koforidua.
He was educated in the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary in Ghana and at the Pontifical Urban University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and another in Sacred Theology. He also holds a Doctorate Degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.
He had also been a chaplain and teacher at both the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary and at Achimota School.
By: Festus Hammond
An amount of GH₵8.8 million has been released by the government for the payment of the outstanding utility bills of 688 public senior high schools.
The amount covers the cost of electricity and water that were supplied to the schools for the first term of the 2017/18 academic year, following the implementation of the free SHS policy.
Out of the amount, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) received about GH₵3.3 million, while the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) received GH₵3.7 million and GH₵1.7 million, respectively.
Already, about GH₵120.2 million has been released to 250 suppliers to supply textbooks, uniforms, house vests and clothes to students in 453 SHSs, while efforts are being made to supply to the remaining schools.
In an interview, the Head of Communications at the Free SHS Secretariat, Mrs Josberta Gyan Kwakye, said some of the suppliers had already delivered the textbooks to the schools, while contractual details were being followed to ensure that the books were supplied to all schools
She reiterated the fact that the secretariat and the Ministry of Education were working closely with other stakeholders to address the challenges confronting the implementation of the free SHS policy.
Throwing more light on the utilities, she said the utility bills for the second and third terms were being processed.
“The practice is that the utility companies have to submit their bills to the Free SHS Secretariat, which will be followed by a confirmation of the figures by the schools before processes are activated to pay.
“We are still receiving bills and doing due diligence, so as soon as we are done with the processes, the bills for the second and third terms will be paid as well,” she said.
Mrs Kwakye described the payment of the bills as a major move to addressing the challenges that the free SHS policy faced, especially concerning the payment of utility bills.
“Previously, we had situations where suppliers cut services to schools due to outstanding bills. With this release of funds, it means that the schools can operate smoothly,” she said.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the free SHS policy at the West Africa Senior High School at Adenta on September 12, 2017.
Per the policy, all fees approved by the Ghana Education Service Council for first-year students have been absorbed by the government, except dues imposed by parent-teacher associations (PTAs).
The cost of utilities in SHSs is also covered under the policy.
Source: Daily Graphic
The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values says it will intensify the fight against any attempt to legalize homosexuality.
Its Executive Secretary and Spokesperson, lawyer Foh Amoaning has hinted that, the association will soon petition traditional rulers to add their voices to the fight.
He challenged the President for the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV to speak against the pressure being mounted on our leaders.
The outspoken lawyer believes it was about time we amend our laws to criminalize homosexuality adding, ‘’the talking is enough. We’ve had enough assurances but what we need now is an amendment of our laws to criminalize homosexuality.’’
The Coalition he added is conducting research and will soon organize a colloquium where they will impress upon our traditional rulers to also review our customary laws.
‘’From there, we will collate a data and call on our National House of Chiefs to codify the law and publish it…From there, we will move to parliament and demand for a law to criminalize same sex relationship.’’
Meanwhile, he has indicated that the reasons why people engage in same sex relationship vary and so, we will set up counseling centres and offer help to people who are willing to change. We will have counselors who will be at these centres to offer help to such individuals. That will be part of the solution based legislation. The second part is that, those who will be adamant and be insisting that we have to legalize same sex relationships, will be prosecuted. It will not only be those engaging in it but those who solicit and propagate information on homosexuality will be committing an offence. All these people will be prosecuted,’’ he told Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio.
He commended the Ghanaian media for standing up against the attempt by the foreign media to champion gay rights and has admonished them to continue in that fight.
The practice of homosexuality he said is medically unwise because the risk of having HIV/AIDS is ten times more compared to heterosexual relationships.
‘’The implications are more and so we do not have to allow this to happen. We do not have to bow to pressure by allowing foreigners to impress upon our leaders to legalize homosexuality. We have to stand up against homosexuality. We cannot allow the evil practice to be legalized,’’ he concluded.