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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Policy think tank, Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa (STRANEK-Africa), has sued the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Attorney-General on the removal of the Voter ID card as an identity document required before a person can obtain Ghana citizenship card. The think tank is invoking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Ghana and seeking five reliefs. STRANEK-Africa in its writ is seeking a declaration that, upon a proper interpretation of Articles 6 and 42, of the 1992 constitution, a person with a Voter’s ID card has passed the citizen requirement. The think tank is also seeking a declaration that upon a proper interpretation of Article 42, the ‘’purported removal from the National Identity Register (Amendment) Act 2017, Act 950, the Ghana voter’s from the identity documents required before a person can obtain the Ghana citizenship card is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.’’ STRANEK-Africa is also seeking a ‘’declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the constitution specifically Article 6 of the 1992 constitution, proof of citizenship should not be limited by the provisions of the National Identity Register (Amendment) Act, 2017, Act 950.’’ According to STRANEK-Africa, the court will settle the matter by interpreting who qualifies to be a citizen of Ghana. The think tank is also seeking ‘’an order directed at the 2nd Defendant to included the Ghana Voter’s card as one of the identity document for the purposes of acquiring the Ghana Citizenship card,’’ and ‘’any other order or others as the,’’ the apex court will deem fit in the circumstances.’’ The Defendants are the Attorney General and National Identification Authority (NIA).
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The Minority caucus in parliament is heading to court over what its members have termed as exclusion in the ongoing registration and instant issuance of the Ghana card. The Minority has boycotted the registration being organized by the National Identification Authority (NIA) on grounds that, the criteria for the registration will denationalize Ghanaians. Ghanaians are required to present a passport or birth certificate as documents for the registration. But the Minority has called on the NIA to accept Voter ID cards as part of the criteria for registration. Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, described said their position is to represent the interest of the public. The Minority he announced will continue to boycott the exercise until their concerns raised are duly addressed. The legislator lamented only 7 million Ghanaians are being considered in the ongoing exercise and the Minority is of the view that, the Voters ID is a legitimate document that has been excluded. ‘’We are of the strong belief that, this exercise must be all inclusive. Therefore, our boycott is to ensure that there is no denial of legitimate Ghanaian citizens having their due to be part of the National Identification System. We find the reference document of only the passport and birth certificate inadequate and insufficient,’’ he noted.
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The Minister in charge of Special Development Initiatives, Madam Hawa Koomson, has informed Parliament that the projected $1 million for per constituency for the 275 constituencies will be disbursed this year. She made the disclosure when she appeared before the House yesterday [Tuesday]. According to the minister, projects had already started in terms of the provision of water and toilet facilities in some constituencies under the One-constituency, $1-million policy. "Let me take this opportunity to assure members of this House that the cedi equivalent of $1 million per constituency annually has been provided for in the 2018 budget… The money would be duly used to finance the needed basic socioeconomic infrastructure in the constituencies "to better the quality of life and improve the living conditions of the populace". She was in Parliament to answer a question posed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mion, Mr Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, on when the government would release the cedi equivalent of $1 million to each constituency, as captured in the 2017 budget statement. The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2016, promised to give each of the 275 constituencies a million dollar each for development projects. This will be part of a proposed US$275 million allocation per year to tackle issues relating to infrastructural development and poverty alleviation in rural and deprived communities across the country. Dr. Bawumia, the Vice President in 2016 said the money for this programme will be drawn out of the capital budget of the country, which, according to the 2016 budget, stands at US$1.6 billion. With each of the 275 constituencies benefiting from this programme, Dr. Bawumia noted that “we are going to put resources at the disposal of the rural communities and the poorest communities in every constituency.”
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Former management member of Accra Hearts of Oak, Farouk Al-Wahab has expressed his disappoint in government over plans to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA), following the latest explosive expose from Anas Aremeyaw Anas. He did not understand why the government is taking immediate steps to dissolve the football association when they have no such powers to take that decision. The GFA has been slapped with a 10-day ban by Accra High Court and prevented from undertaking any activities. Government has also set up a five member interim management team to manage the affairs of the association. He believes the decision by government is wrong and unfortunate stressing, government does not have the authority to do so. He stated the football association is under FIFA and could not be dissolved through the processes initiated by the current administration. Even FIFA and CAF granted a provisional ban so why is the government planning to dissolve the football association. He also stated that, he sees no use in the appointment of 5 member interim management committee, as described it as needless. They cannot run the association on their own they will be fruitless.'' The problem was with some individuals not the entire management of the football association therefore, the best solution was to remove those implicated and replace them with new faces, he suggested. He also took a swipe at the Tiger Eye PI team describing their expose and the method as unprofessional. The video he said is a disgrace to the nation because we have been exposed to global embarrassment. The government has set-up a five-member Interim Management Committee to oversee the administration of football and other related matters in Ghana. According to a release issued by the Ministry of Information, the Committee chaired by Dr Kofi Amoah has Cudjoe Fianoo, Abedi Pele, Reverend Osei Kofi and Eva Okyere as members. Mr Dan Kweku Yeboah will serve as the committee's spokesperson. A statement signed by Information Minister, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said, ‘’pursuant to an application for interim at the instance of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, for an order restraining members, directors and officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from exercising such powers as are ordinarily conferred on them by the provisions of the Companies Act (Act 179, the GFA statutes and other appointment of executives and other officials, the High Court Commercial Division, yesterday the 12th June, 2018, granted the said application as prayed, for a limited at the end of this period, to seek a more permanent injunction. ‘’In the meantime, the government of Ghana has decided to set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to overseer the administration of football and other related matters in Ghana.’’
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Government has set up an interim committee to manage football in the country. A statement signed by Information Minister, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said, ‘’pursuant to an application for interim at the instance of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, for an order restraining members, directors and officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from exercising such powers as are ordinarily conferred on them by the provisions of the Companies Act (Act 179, the GFA statutes and other appointment of executives and other officials, the High Court Commercial Division, yesterday the 12th June, 2018, granted the said application as prayed, for a limited at the end of this period, to seek a more permanent injunction. ‘’In the meantime, the government of Ghana has decided to set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to overseer the administration of football and other related matters in Ghana.’’ The five-member committee is made up of: Dr. Kofi Amoah, Chairperson; Mr. Cudjoe Fianoo, Member/Secretary; Mr. Abedi Pele, Member; Rev. Osie Kofi, Member and Ms. Eva Okyere, Member.
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Investigative journalist and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tiger Eye PI, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has petitioned the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), The Attorney General’s office, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Financial and Intelligence Centre to investigate Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss for money laundering. The award winning journalist, whose latest Number 12 expose has led to the resignation of the GFA boss and planned dissolution of the FA, believes the lawyer has breached the criminal laws of Ghana including offenses as money laundering. The investigative journalist wants Mr. Nyantakyi to be investigated over some money laundering claims he made in his latest investigative documentary titled #Number12. The investigative journalist in his bases of complaint said: ‘’we have found Mr Nyantakyi abusing his office, breaching his fiduciary duties, engaging in acts of egregious conflict of interest demanding and receiving gifts and other benefits, and engaging in bribery and corruption, and money laundering. These were uncovered by way of hard facts, captured on audio/visual recording, electronic mail correspondent, and a memorandum of understanding drafted by Mr Nyantakyi his handwriting, and subsequently type-printed and signed by him.’’ ‘’By his conduct, as detailed in paragraph two above and evidenced by the attached documentary evidence, it is our firm belief that Mr Nyantakyi breached the criminal laws of Ghana including offences as money laundering, corruption, bribery, and fraud by false pretenses, by abusing his office.’’
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged Chief Executive Officers of leading Ghanaian and multinational business operating in the country to help in the realization and implementation of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As co-Chair of the Advocates Group of Eminent Personalities on the SDGs, President Akufo-Addo explained that his role is to mobilise political support on the continent, and described the CEOs “as the primary promoters of social and economic transformation”, who are key to the success of the SDGs. At a breakfast meeting with CEOs on Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, at the Banquet Hall of Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo stated, unequivocally, that “I am going to bring you on board the process of making sure that these goals are implemented, and brought to a successful end.” The President stated that the SDGs must not remain within the public consciousness as “some abstract remote phenomenon that is debated amongst a few political leaders and bureaucrats in the floors of the General Assembly of the United Nations”, but rather must “become an active set of goals within the public consciousness, because people can recognise that they do affect all of us.” As AU Gender Champion, he stated that the goal of gender equity is one of the goals of the SDGs that should have moved from the area of rhetoric into reality. “That statement is a statement that affects more than majority of people in Ghana. We know that 52% of our population are women. When we are talking about gender equity, we are talking about what affects all women, young and old,” he said. He continued, “We are talking about access to education. We know the importance of education in our country. We have made a huge commitment to ensuring that every Ghanaian child is able to go to school, at least within the present context to secondary school level, and it is an extremely important tool for the future development of our country.” With the SDGs presenting the world with a unique opportunity to fight inequality on all fronts, wipe out extreme poverty, tackle the issues of climate change, and reverse the degradation and unsustainable use of our environmental resources, the President indicated that the attainment of these goals should be something that matters in their daily lives. “These are some of the broad goals that I am hoping to realise... We have a relatively short period to be together, but I am hoping that, in this relatively short period, and, in subsequent engagements that we are going to have, we would be able to address these goals of this meeting that we have set up,” he added.
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Frema Adunyame Quits Metro TV?

Metro TV on air host Frema Adunyame, formerly Frema Ashkar, has reportedly quit her job at the Accra based television station. Her departure comes mere days after the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) closed down the station over a significant backlog of unpaid taxes. According to razzonline, which has close ties to Frema, she has decided to quit her position at channel. Frema has worked at TV3, and ETV before joining Metro and also has experience as a radio host. She’s the longtime manager and some say love interest of highlife star Kwabena Kwabena. By: Darlington Crew
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The Financial Intelligence Centre has directed all banks as well as non-financial institutions in the country to furnish it with specific information on former president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi. The financial institutions are also requested to provide the same information on Ghana Football Association. The centre suspects that Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi may have been involved in money laundering following the exposé of alleged corruption in football administration by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. CEO of the Centre, Kwaku Dua in a letter dated June 11, 2018 to the banks said: “Pursuant to Section 28 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2008 (Act 749), as amended, kindly furnish us with the following information on subjects and any other connected accounts: “1. Mandate and Account opening forms. “2. Business Registration Document. “3. Legible copy of photo identity. “4. Evidence of Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD). “5. All transaction details (bank statement) from January 2014 to date. “6. Copies of all SWIFT Messages received for the same period (if any). “7. Copies of Verification of Beneficiary Owners form completed in respect of transfers. ” The financial institutions were asked to send soft copy of the requested documents to the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Intelligence Centre by Thursday, June 14, 2018. Meanwhile, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has dragged Nyantakyi before EOCO, Bank of Ghana over the expose. The petition has been sent to the Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Justice, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and the Executive Director of the Economic & Organised Crime Office (EOCO).
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Mother of Kwasi Mathias, the one and half year -old baby who was allegedly injected with expired drugs at the Amasaman Government Hospital, has taken the management of the facility to the cleaners. In an exclusive interview on Frontline hosted by Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mrs. Linda Sarpong said the hospital wanted to cover up the matter. According to Mrs. Sarpong, she had reservations in sending her son to the hospital due to their poor services but had no option because she had visited a friend around the hospital when her son’s temperature rose. She further disclosed that her son was diagnosed with “Bronchus Pneumonia” an infection of the respiratory system. Mrs Sarpong saw a doctor and the doctor prescribed anti-biotics for the treatment of her son’s condition. She visited the dispensary of the hospital and purchased the drugs. But unfortunately, all the seven drugs prescribed for the son were expired. The mother said it took the vigilance of the nurse who was on night shift, to realize the drugs were expired but unfortunately, the nurse who was on duty in the day had injected my son with one of the drugs, she stated. ‘’Later that night, a nurse came to check on my ward for the second dosage only to realize the drug given to the child was expired. She checked the remaining drugs and observed they were all expired. Six (6) of the drugs expired in 2017 while 1 expired in March 2018. “I was in shock and disbelief. The nurse shouted Jesus after I told her my son was injected with one of the expired drugs,” she narrated. Mrs Sarpong told Kwame Tutu she reported the incident to the hospital but management denied purchasing of the drugs from the hospital dispensary. ‘’I then brought out the receipt and again, they wanted to deny that the nurse injected my son with the expired drug. They farmed a story saying the nurse realized the drug was expired, and so she later changed it and injected my son with a different drug. I was shocked at the way the hospital wanted to manage the issue,’’ she painfully said. She was very disappointed in their acts when a nurse quoted “if something would have happened to your son it would have occurred long ago”. The comment forced her to file a report to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr E Sarpong Ntiamoah for further investigation and sanctions to enforced but nothing has been done till now. She continued: ‘’ I later went to the dispensary to purchase the same drug the next day but was refused with excuses. The one in charge told me there was shortage of that drug. At this point, I became furious and wondered why the man lied to me. I asked him why he lied after selling expired drugs to me a day before then he [pharmacist] said his boss had gone out with the key.’’ The Medical Superintendent she noted made an attempt to retrieve the expired drugs from her but the husband refused and only gave the doctor 2 out of the remaining six. ‘’The medical superintendent promised to investigate the issue and deal with it. However, he has refused to pick our calls and he is also not calling us as he promised.’’ Mrs Sarpong was preparing to send her son to a private hospital at the time she granted the interview. By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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