The Chief of Berekuso Nana Oteng Korankye II, has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government for the newly introduced Nations Builders Corps (NaBCo) which is going to employ about 100, 000 graduates.
Speaking at a press conference today [Friday], Nana Oteng Korankye questioned some critics saying, the GHc700 allowance is small for a graduate to take home and has admonished such critics to embrace the policy instead of rubbishing it.
He however, encouraged every government that comes to continue this good idea to get the unemployed youth something to do after completing school.
Nana Oteng Korankye II used the opportunity to appeal for support from corporate bodies, individuals and philanthropists for his educational fund which has given scholarships to over 100 students into the tertiary and senior high schools.
By: Vivian Arthur
934 Community Protection officers trained by the Ghana Police Service to help combat the increasing rate of crime in the country, have graduated from the National Police Training School in Accra.
The personnel who were recruited across the country under the Youth Employment Agency’s Community Protection Officers (COPs) module, underwent a three-week intensive training to equip to be able to assist the police in discharging their duties as law enforcement officers.
The 934 personnel between the ages of 18 to 35 took courses in report writing, community policing, traffic management, crime scene management, among others to deal with the heightened wave of robbery attacks in the country where lots of individuals and some big companies have been at the mercy of these criminals.
The graduating ceremony which took place at the National Police Training School at Tesano in Accra Friday was well attended by dignitaries including; Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, YEA Board Chairman - Sammy Awuku, Ishmael Ashitey - Greater Accra Regional Minister and Vice President, Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia.
Speaking at the passing out ceremony, Vice President, Dr. Bawumia reiterated that the Community Protection personnel programme is part of government’s resolve to help solve graduates unemployment in the country.
He said, the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) which was recently launched to engage over 100,000, among other initiatives are proofs that President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government is committed to solving heightening youth employment in the country.
‘’The passing out of the Community Protection Personnel today only goes to enforce our commitment to solving the challenge and reducing the unemployment in Ghana. The Community Protection Programme forms part of the youth in community service and security module of the youth employment agency. The objective of the programme is to promote peace and security in the country by adding to the human resource strength of the Ghana Police Service,” Dr. Bawumia stressed.
He added, ‘’Recruits have gone through vigorous training as required by the Community Protection Programme and they will help the Ghana Police service to deliver excellent result in its operational areas across the country.’’
The Vice President also encouraged the recruits to work hard and give off their best in serving Ghana with the newly acquired skills which will go a long way to promote peace and stability.
About the YEA Community Protection Personnel
As part of effort to reduce the rising rate of unemployment in the country, the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in partnership with the Ghana Police Service launched a new module: Community Protection Officers in 2017.
The agreement is to provide training, recruitment and deploy 15,000 Community Protection Officers (COPs) into the various communities to provide ground intelligence to the district Community Policing centers.
Out of the 15, 000 to be deployed under the module, 13,114 personnel have so far benefited from the scheme.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 4th May, 2018, reinstated, with immediate effect, the suspended Upper West Regional Minister, Alhassan Suleman, following the completion of Police investigations into the attack on the Upper West Regional offices of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), in Wa, which led to the suspension.
President Akufo-Addo’s decision is informed by Police investigations, for which a report dated 22nd February, 2018, was submitted to the President, after which a thorough assessment of the report was undertaken.
The report exonerates the Regional Minister from any wrongdoing in the unfortunate incident of 31st January, 2018, including attempting to pervert the course of justice. Nine (9) persons – Kamal Ismail, Bongaamwini Issahaku, Salifu Seidu Adnan, Abdulai Hakeem, Suglo Nugu, Dakura Peter, Nuhu Mohammed, Kasim Dramani and Issah Salifu – who are alleged to have been responsible for the criminal action have been arraigned before court for prosecution, having been charged with the following offences:
1. Conspiracy to commit crime to wit assault contrary to Sections 23 and 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
2. Assault contrary to Section 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
3. Conspiracy to commit crime to wit threat of harm contrary to Sections 23 and 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
4. Threat of death contrary to Section 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 196, (Act 29); and
5. Rioting contrary to Section 196 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).
The judicial proceedings in the matter are ongoing.
Director of Communications
This year’s celebration of World Press Freedom Day ended in Accra on Thursday with a charge to all countries to put in place robust legal regimes and policy frameworks to promote press freedom and fight crimes against journalists.
In what has come to be known as the Accra Declaration, the 900 participants, drawn from 200 organisations across 90 countries, called for an independent media that would not be subjected to any form of influence by government.
Among other things, the Accra Declaration underscored the need for countries to review cases of journalists who were in prison for their work, with a view to releasing anyone whose prosecution was not constitutional and inconsistent with international standards.
Apart from the mandate placed on the state to protect journalists from all forms of harm, the declaration also charged the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), journalists and media organisations, civil society organisations CSOs) and other stakeholders to play their role appropriately to strategically position the media to play their role in promoting democratic governance.
The document charged journalists to be responsible in the dissemination of credible and accurate information, especially in the wake of increasing penetration of social media platforms, where all manner of information was churned out without verification.
It further charged owners of media organisations to put in place safety mechanisms at their workplaces and provide journalists with safety tools to reduce their vulnerability in the line of duty.
For the CSOs and academia, the Accra Declaration charged them to support research and monitoring efforts in the area of safety for journalists with a view to ensuring that accurate information about threats, risks and attacks was provided to the relevant authorities for swift action to be taken.
The declaration also urged UNESCO to continue to provide the right leadership on the United Nations (UN) plan of action on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity on the media front.
It further called on UNESCO to support the training and capacity building of journalists in the area of digital safety and security, including the use of open and other technologies.
The Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Getachew Engida, who led the way for the adoption of the draft declaration at the closing session of the historic event underscored the need for pragmatic steps to be taken to remove all barriers to media freedom across the world.
“What the world is adopting in Accra here today is a wonderful document that will lead our way as we seek freedom of expression for media practitioners; so by the acceptance of the declaration, we speak against all forms of crimes against journalists and ask for justice to be done to all victims across the world,” he added.
He lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other stakeholders for their support for the Ghanaian media and asked for more to be done to make the media landscape more liberal.
For his part, the Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, observed that the hosting of the world event in Ghana showed that the country’s media was a vibrant one and a shining example for most countries.
“Ghana prides herself as the most democratic country in Africa so the onus lies on us to strengthen our media systems to empower our journalists to be able to operate in a manner that will deepen our democratic governance processes,” he said.
He reiterated the government’s commitment to passing the Right to Information (RTI) Bill which, he said, held the key to ready access to reliable and relevant information for the media.
To symbolise the official closure of the two-day event, Dr Abdul-Hamid handed over a ‘gong-gong’ to the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Engida.
Source: Daily Graphic
The Bank of Ghana has appoin an advisor to the Sovereign Bank Limited in April 2018.
A statement from the bank said, an advisor for Sovereign Bank has become necessary due to “some governance and capitalization challenges which needed to be addressed” after its on-site examination.
Below is the full statement:
The Bank of Ghana did not previously publish notice of the appointment of the advisor, as it was done as part of its normal supervisory routine. Given the recent press reports on the bank, however, we find it necessary to release this press statement to clarify the issues on Sovereign Bank.
Sovereign Bank was licensed by the Bank of Ghana as a universal bank in January 2016. As part of its supervisory functions, the Bank of Ghana completed an on-site examination of the bank in December 2017. The outcome of the on-site examination revealed some governance and capitalization challenges which needed to be addressed.
The Bank of Ghana has a range of powers under the Banks and Specialized DepositTaking Institutions Act of 2016 (Act 930) to take prompt remedial action to address supervisory concerns it identifies in a regulated institution. One of such powers is to appoint an advisor under section 101 (1) of Act 930 that will advise an institution’s management.
Consequently, and in accordance with section 101 (1) of Act 930, the Bank of Ghana appointed an advisor in April 2018 to advise the management of Sovereign Bank Limited. The Advisor is expected to help monitor the bank’s recapitalization efforts and implementation of governance reforms agreed with the Bank of Ghana.
The Advisor will stay in the bank until otherwise advised by the Bank of Ghana, and will furnish the Bank of Ghana with a status report on the bank as frequently as the Bank of Ghana may require. It is important to note that an advisor, unlike an official administrator, does not take over the powers, responsibilities, and duties of the bank’s shareholders, directors, or management. Under Act 930, the Advisor may attend meetings of the Board of Directors without voting at such meetings.
The Bank of Ghana takes this opportunity to assure depositors and customers of Sovereign Bank Limited that Sovereign Bank remains open for business under the control of the bank’s own management, and that customers’ deposits are safe.
The Bank of Ghana remains committed to promoting a strong and resilient banking sector that retains the trust and confidence of the general public.
The Tempane District Assembly attempts the first time to elected a presiding member Tuesday, 2 May 2018 have failed.
The Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Tempane constituency, Mr. Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has expressed his disappointment over the inability of Assembly Members to elect their presiding member.
He has since admonished them not to waste time in electing their presiding member.
The Deputy Justice Minister says it was about time the assembly leaders put their political differences aside and elect a presiding member to ensure that work begins effectively at the assembly level.
The legislator appealed to the members to come together and elect a presiding member on May 14, 2018 after failing to elect same on Tuesday.
On his part, Deputy Regional Minister and MP for Zebilla constituency, Mr. Frank Adongo opined that, this is a new assembly so they should look for development first before their political colours.
He also said about 95 percent of the appointees to the assembly by the President, are members the party of the president and that will contribute to the development as a whole.
The two candidates who stood for the election were Mr. Kolan Yakubu the past Presiding Member for Garu/ Tempane District Assembly and also a member of NDC. He polled 12 votes after the first round and Mr. Joseph Ayaba Asakiba polled 12 vote for the first time in name of NPP.
But in the second round Mr. Joseph polled 13 votes and Mr. Kolan polled 11 votes.
By: Anthony Issah
General Secretary for the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Justice Duffu Yankson says the association is collaborating with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and other appropriate bodies to crack the whip on abuse of tramadol.
The medical doctor and legal practitioner told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the use of tramadol should be based on a prescription and direction by a doctor.
However, the doctor said people are abusing the drug without any prescription and some pharmacies are selling the drugs to people even without prescription.
He also blamed the porous nature of our borders and the non-adherence to the use of prescription and dispensing of drugs which he lamented has brought us to this point.
Drug peddlers, bar operators and unregistered individuals are also contributing to the existing problems we are encountering today.
Dr. Yankson called for strict enforcement of the rules and appropriate punishment backed by proper intelligence and investigation to help resolve the challenges.
He stressed on the punishment for persons engaging in such illegality.
''Higher doses of tramadol and combinations speed up the negative effects and the nervous system is the part that is highly damaged,'' he warned.
''Persons who abuse tramadol have higher suicidal tendencies, seizures, respiratory depression, sudden deaths because it has suppressed your normal breathing,'' he said.
‘’You will also become an addict and if you do not take care, you will become a complete waste in society or will die. We need to wage a war against the abuse of tramadol so we can save the lives of our youth,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the FDA has said it will leverage technology to help in the fight against tramadol abuse.
CEO of FDA, Delese Darko, has announced that starting in the third quarter of this year, the FDA will be rolling out a technology that will enable consumers to determine fake and unregistered drugs on the market.
Controversial radio personality, Alfred Kwame Larbi popularly known as DJ Oxygen, has denied in all clear terms that he is a homosexual and allegedly having a sexual relationship with popular prophet, Reverend Owusu Bempah.
An audio is in circulation with someone alleging that, DJ Oxygen confronted him and confessed to being gay and having sex with Rev. Bempah.
The content of the audio is so damming and serious. Reacting to the allegations in an interview with Danny Fii Abrantie on the Away Bus show, DJ Oxygen denied the claims insisting that, he is not gay.
He said, ‘’why should I listen to such a tape when I am serious concentrating managing my radio station.’’
He accused Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi as the one behind the tape due to the bad blood between him and his former spiritual father, Rev. Bempah.
‘’Prophet Badu Kobi is the one behind the tape. He is doing this because of the bad blood between him and Rev. Bempah.’’
Mr. Larbi said, ‘’two male animals don’t sleep with each other and so why should I be engaging in a gay relationship? President Nana Akufo-Addo is not even ready to legalize same sex marriage.’’
‘’I am ready to expose Badu Kobi. He took me to his house at Sakumono, gave me picture of someone who resembled Nana Addo so I will use the picture as a tool to disgrace Nana Addo but I refused and so he has employed some boys working for him to make allegations against me. These are the same men who once worked for Rev. Bempah, Computer Man and Badu Kobi. I warned Badu Kobi to be careful with these men who were following him but he refused to heed to my advice. I don’t have time to explain.’’
He also alleged that Prophet Badu Kobi’s prophecy about Nana Addo not able to become a president and Rev. Bempah’s prophecy about Mahama loosing the same elections in 2016, was the issue that brought about the ongoing bad blood between them.
''I went in to resolve the differences but it could not work. The two never knew I was coming for peace. I tried my best to ensure that the two bury their differences but it failed to work.''
Tarkwa Divisional Crime Officer, Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong says they are currently searching for a gospel musician, identified as Kwaku Mintah who has been fingered in the murder of Lance Corporal Nicholas Duku after robbing GH¢900,000.
The robbers after shooting the police escort, took away GH¢900,000 from the businessman identified as Rajinder Singh.
The robbers later abandoned the vehicle they used in the operation, a Nissan Rogue with registration number GE 411-16, at the outskirts of Tarkwa.
The police have arrested some four robbers suspected to have planned and executed the robbery but the gospel musician and five others are currently at large.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the crime officer said, per the account of the arrested suspects, Kwaku Mintah drove the Toyota Corolla including David, Mohamed Dauda and him [Kobby] with the money while the robbers from Accra used the Mazda Tribune to follow.
He added: ‘’the police have mounted a search for Kwaku Mintah and the others. They are currently at large. We are appealing to the general public to assist the police with information so we can apprehend the culprits. The total number of robbers is ten. Five came from Accra and the remaining five are residents in Tarkwa.’’
When asked if the police have been able to retrieve the amount of money robbed, he said, GHc50, 000 has been retrieved from one of the suspects.
National organizer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has said government cannot be commended for the Nations Builders Corps (NaBCo), because it is not an innovative initiative.
Mr. Adams told Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) lacks the competence to create sustainable jobs.
He said, it is important that we create jobs but NaBCo should not destroy an existing policy adding, ‘’NaBCo will destroy permanent jobs we have in the country.’’
In his view, the explanation from government on NaBCo has revealed the policy will not be sustainable and it looks like we are not a serious country.
‘’I will not clap for government for a thoughtless process. If you ask for details, they are unable to give answers.’’
The politician questioned why trained professional nurses will still be going under training again under NaBCo.
Government should have used the paid internship module under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) for this policy instead of creating another bureaucracy, he added.
He has therefore asked government to give financial clearance so the Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service and other bodies will employ trained graduates.
The Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) is a government initiative aimed at addressing graduate unemployment in Ghana.
The programme was launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on May 1, 2018.
Central to its objectives is to engage the raw talents of unemployed graduates and equip them with skills through a process of value addition and training.
The scheme will this year employ 100,000 graduates under seven modules; namely, Educate Ghana, Heal Ghana, Feed Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Digitize Ghana, Civic Ghana and Enterprise Ghana.
Placement in the NaBCo will last for a period of 3 years under a stipend of GH¢700 every month.
The NaBCo is opened to all Ghanaians who have discharged their national service obligations.
To enrol onto the NaBCo, prospective applicants would have to log on to the programme’s website, www.nabco.gov.gh to fill out application forms at no cost or charge.