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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 28 June 2018
National Youth Organizer for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Siidi Abubakar, has sent a strong warning to the President of Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo that, the umbrella family is ready to engage in a civil disobedience over the removal of Mrs Charlotte Osei as the Chairperson for the Electoral Commission (EC). Speaking in an interview with rainbowradionline.com, he said, ‘’clearly we are not going to accept this decision by the president and that, we are very shocked and we never believed the president Nana Akufo-Addo will take such a decision.’’ Mrs Charlotte Osei, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa have removed as Chair and Deputy Chair persons respectively. The Electoral Commissioner, Mrs Charlotte Osei and her two Deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa have been removed from office, a statement signed by Information Minister, Dr Mustapha Hamid has said. The removal is on the recommendation of a committee set up by the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate alleged acts of corruption, misconduct and misbehavior by the three commissioners. A statement signed by the Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid said the committee recommended the removal on the basis of stated misbehavior and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution. A statement by a Minister for Information, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid on Thursday, said the President had directed the three persons to hand over their respective schedules to the Director of Human Resources at the Commission, while thanking them for their service to the country. “The provisions of Article 146 (9) of the Constitution require the President of the Republic to act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee ” the statement said. But Siidi Abubakar says the NDC will not accept any nominee by the president and ‘’we are going to resist it and we are sending a serious warning to the president that, anybody he [Nana Akufo-Addo] will appoint as EC boss, the NDC will not work with the person. We will not work with the person. We are also telling them that, Ghanaians and for that matter the NPP, should prepare for civil disobedience and march protest.’’ He added, ‘’we are not going to sit down and allow this thing to happen. I can say for sure that this decision Nana Addo has taken shows that, Nana Addo does not have Ghana at heart. All that he cares about is his pocket. And that, we are going to resist this decision with every blood in our body. NDC will resist it. This decision is not something we shall accept. ‘’We are sending a signal to Nana Akufo-Addo that he should know that, the destiny of this nation is in his hands and he shouldn’t make untoward decision that will affect the peace and stability of this nation. We are not going to sit down and allow him to do that. We are going to resist because Ghanaians are with us. We are going to resist with our blood, we are ready to put our lives down to make sure that Ghana works. We are ready to put our lives down to protect this nation.’’ ‘’We are not under oppressors rule, we are under democracy and Nana Addo cannot be able to cow us down, we are going to march, we are going to have a lot of protests and we are going to make sure he rescind this decision if not, the country is going to be ungovernable for him and for all of us.’’
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The Electoral Commissioner, Mrs Charlotte Osei and her two Deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa have been removed from office, a statement signed by Information Minister, Dr Mustapha Hamid has said. The removal is on the recommendation of a committee set up by the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to investigate alleged acts of corruption, misconduct and misbehavior by the three commissioners. A statement signed by the Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid said the committee recommended the removal on the basis of stated misbehavior and incompetence, pursuant to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution. A statement by a Minister for Information, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid on Thursday, said the President had directed the three persons to hand over their respective schedules to the Director of Human Resources at the Commission, while thanking them for their service to the country. “The provisions of Article 146 (9) of the Constitution require the President of the Republic to act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee ” the statement said. Background A five member committee was set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the tree commissioners after a petition was brought against them. Some staff of the EC petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo in July 2017, to remove Mrs. Osei from office over allegations of fraud and financial malfeasance as well as abuse of office. Some of the allegations involved the unilateral award of contracts by the EC boss in the run-up to the 2016 general election. The petition against her alleged among others the funneling of GHc3.9 million to partition an office, the receipt of a Toyota Land Cruiser from the Mahama government, and the use of about $14 million when the Public Procurement Authority had authorized her to use only $7.5 million. Mrs. Osei also responded by making allegations of corruption against her deputies. She claimed she was only being hounded because she sought to introduce systems to curb mismanagement. Charlotte Osei accused a deputy Chairperson of the Commission of illegally signing contracts worth over GHc 40 million without her approval.
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The deputy minister for Energy and MP for Effia, Joseph Cudjoe says government is putting up measures in place to increase renewable energy sources which is safer as compared to led energy generation in the country to help sustain our energy generation in the country and reduce cost of generation. According to the deputy minister, government has estimated 70% megawatts of power generation of biomass over the next twenty- two years. The minister was answering a question filed by the MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak wanting to know plans to transform Ghana's energy system away from fossil fuel efficiency and sustainable energies such as wind and biomass. The minister has also reiterated government’s commitment to send solar to all the government institutions including public schools. He said Parliament will go solar by the close of the year as stated in the budget. By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
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The Acting Director for the National Identification Authority (NIA), Francis Palmdeti has admonished Ghanaians to prepare ahead of the mass registration for the Ghana card. He asked individuals who are interested in registering for the Ghana card to get the required documents for the card. Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the Ghana card is ECOWAS complaint and so, the Ghana card will allow bearers to travel to any West African country. He insisted, the law requires interested persons to have a passport, birth certificate or two persons who will witness for them so they are registered. ''I will advise Ghanaians to make good use of the opportunity and prepare for the registration. Ghanaians should prepare and register for the Ghana card because it has a lot of benefits,’’ he said. The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Ken Agyemang Attafuah, the registration in the Greater Accra Region would last for approximately three months, but he was quick to add that a lot would depend on the speed of the registration exercise. The NIA intends to register all Ghanaian citizens in Ghana within one year. The Ghana Card will replace the sectoral identity cards in circulation and become the only card to be used in transactions where identification is required, as provided by law. Among other things, it will enable other stakeholders to run their applications on the national identity card. The NIA started the registration at the presidency and moved to the legislative house. Currently, personnel from the various security agencies, the Ghana Bar Association are being registered under the special exercise. From the Greater Accra Region, the registration team will move to the Volta Region, followed by the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Western, Ashanti, Eastern and Central regions. In 2017, Parliament passed the National Identity Register (Amendment) Act, 2017 (Act 950), which was gazetted on December 6, 2017 after receiving Presidential assent on December 4, 2017. Per Section 8(2) of Act 750, as amended, where an applicant is unable to submit any of the above-listed documents, the NIA shall require a relative of the applicant to identify the applicant under oath. Alternatively, where the applicant has no known relatives available, two persons determined by the NIA Board may identify the applicant under oath. Section 2(2)(b) of the National Identification Authority Act, 2006 (Act 707) enjoins the NIA to ensure the accuracy, integrity, confidentiality and security of the data it collected. Under Section 2(2)(d) of Act 707, the NIA shall make the data in its custody available to persons or institutions authorised by law to access the data.
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GES will refund GHc10 Deductions-CCT PRO

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Coalition of Concern Teachers Norbert Borborchie has disclosed that the Ghana Education Service (GES) will refund the deduction of GH₵10 from their June salaries as premium for a new insurance cover. He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the GES has for deducting the money without informing the teachers. Nobert Borborchie said the GES will also issue a statement to officially apologise for the mishap. Majority of the teachers described the deduction as daylight robbery and have called for their monies to be refunded. According to the CCT, despite endorsing the insurance cover policy, it has never agreed to the deductions because it has not consulted its members after it was proposed. The coalition said the initial arrangement did not involve the deductions hence the endorsement of teacher unions because they were told the policy would be fully sponsored. ‘’The GES has apologise and they have agreed to refund the deductions. They will also apologise officially,’’ he noted. A statement for GES said “There was an initial agreement signed between the teacher unions, GES and SIC Life for an insurance cover of which government will pay a premium of Ten Ghana cedis for each teacher. It was also agreed that the GHC10 premium will be added to each teachers’ salary and subsequently deducted for SIC Life by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD).” “Government through the Ministry of Education, GES and SIC Life later made a new proposal to the effect that, each teacher should make an additional Ten Ghana Cedis contribution to the premium to make it Twenty Ghana cedis for each teacher. This will effect increase the benefits,” the statement noted.
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Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has lambasted Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong for accusing him of killing the late JB Danquah-Adu. The award winning journalist who was angered by the allegation challenged the MP to report him to the police so he would be arrested and prosecuted. The Assin Central MP has stated that he suspects Anas had a hand in the murder of J.B. Danquah-Adu and will soon be calling for his arrest. Ken Agyapong's suspicion, he claims, is based on concrete information he has gathered concerning Anas and J.B. Danquah's widow, Ivy Heward-Mills. But reacting to the allegation in an interview, Anas Aremeyaw Anas said, ‘’I have heard some people say that I had killed JB Danquah. This is the first time I am have heard that I have killed someone, and I felt that listen; this is such a high profile case If you think you have evidence that I have killed JB, what do you do? You take it to the police; they arrest me and I will be very willing to be arrested for having killed JB Danquah.’’ It will be recalled that J.B. Danquah-Adu murdered on February 9, 2016, by some armed people who made their way into his room in Accra. Although, Daniel Asiedu, 19, was immediately arrested in connection with the murder has been on trial from that time, Kennedy Agyapong is roping in Anas into the murder as he battles the journalist. The Assin Central MP has been on a mission to destroy Anas over his 'Number 12' exposé excerpts of which have led to the arrest of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kwesi Nyantakyi for soliciting bribes with President Nana Akufo-Addo's name.
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Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has denied ever taking bribe his entire life. The journalist whose latest expose Number 12 has caused explosions in the football fraternity says, he has never accepted a bribe because any attempt to accept a bribe will discredit all his investigative works he has done in the past. Speaking on Accra based United Television, the award winning journalist said, his integrity will suffer irreparable damage should he accept a bribe to ‘kill’ a story about an individual. According to him, he is prepared to subject himself before any institution to help them unravel the mystery behind the Number 12 expose. He also rubbished the allegation by Kwesi Nyantakyi that, he was asked to pay $150,000 so the expose could be dropped. ‘’He who alleges must prove it… I have told those who are making the claims to provide the evidence. As for me, I have never taking any bribe from anybody in respect of either Kwesi Nyantakyi or any other story I have done in my entire life. You know what that means? If I am found culpable of taking a bribe, I will lose all the work I do across the world. I have to be smart enough. How much is the money compared to what I make when I work outside? He said he decided to take some people to court to come and prove their allegations of him accepting a bribe. Anas Aremeway Anas who also expressed his anger at the allegation of him killing the late JB Danquah challenged his accusers to go to court and stop blowing hot air. According to him, those who lambast his modus operandi are entitled to it but some do so out of ignorance. Investigative journalism he stated comes with risks and people attack your integrity and when that fails, they will try to rip your credibility and when that also fails, they then attempt to kill you or send people to finish you. The attacks he posited will not affect him or divert his attention. ‘’Many African journalists have not survived this but we will survive it because our hands are clean. I learnt under the formidable and energetic hands of Abdul Kweku Baaku and purge off fear long time ago. So these things, they don’t do anything to me. They rather strengthen me…’’
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Kwadwo Korankye a lotto writer has described as bad strategy the decision by the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) to license banker to banker operators. Popularly known as Yellow Man, Kwadwo Korankye says ‘’from my experience as A lotto writer "POS" and an Agent, NLA decision to license the Cabal ( Banker to Banker ) lotto operators is very bad strategy. Is either NLA has not researched or do not know why 95% of Ghanaian lotto writers and the stakers patronize Banker to Banker.’’ According to him, ‘’the lotto writers base on 5 and the stakers 3reasons in working with these Cabal which NLA has failed in their quest to understand and map a strategy to win back their lost sales of millions of Ghana cedis to this cabal illegally. NLA as a legal entity of the state Ghana has over the years allowed the Cabal ( Banker to Banker) in taking advantage of their lose operational lapse and steal the millions of revue that should have gone to the state.’’ He further noted that, ‘’some staff of NLA, Lotto Marketing Association, politicians, businessmen, Security Personal are part of this cabal 'Banker to Banker' hence has been able to influence NLA to Accept their proposal to license them so they can continue to denial the state the huge revue and pay a peanut in the name of license fee. He said ‘’In Ghana, lotto writers are estimated to be over 800,000 but less than 30,000 work for NLA. Banker to Banker are not and cannot be private lotto operators. The legally Private lotto Operators are Sports lotto, Golden Souvenir, Vag west raffle, Bingo lotto, Obiri lotto, Alpha lotto, International lotto, Sunday special, vision2000,Africana etc who have their own drawing machine and draw their own numbers.’’ In his view, ‘’the NLA has created all this unofficial jobs to these Ghanaians but they have allowed the Cabal to convinced them that they have created these Jobs. He has therefore appealed to the NLA to rescind its decision saying: ‘’I am appealing to The Board and the Management of NLA to rescinds the decision to license Banker to Banker because there is a very simple solution that can flush This Cabal 'Banker to Banker ' within a year and to give employment to more youth. Those unofficial job of lotto writers will not be affected, it will strengthen their job because NLA need them as well as they need NLA. This is the big question Ghanaians should ask: NLA and The Cabal ' Banker to Banker' : If this cabal rely on NLA winning numbers to operate, who have created these jobs for Ghanaians. ?.
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Former and Attorney General and Justice Minister, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has been appointed as a member of the International Court of Arbitration. Her appointment takes effect from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021, the appointment letter signed by Alexis Mourre, President? of ICC International Court of Arbitration said. This was contained in a statement signed by Alexis Mourre?, President, ?ICC International Court of Arbitration The statement read: ‘’ Dear colleague, Paris, 27 June 2018 I am writing to congratulate you upon your appointment as a member of the International Court of Arbitration following the ICC World Council meeting which took place in Paris on 21 June 2018. I am delighted that you have agreed to serve as part of the 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2021 term of office; the inauguration of this revitalized and fully gender-balanced Court opens a promising new chapter in the Court’s history with its largest, most regionally and generationally diverse network of members to date. In line with the Court’s decision not to permit members to serve for more than two consecutive full terms, close to half of the Court members are new entrants. The new Court is a unique group of outstanding professionals, and it will be a privilege and an honour for me to work with all of you over the next three years. We look to our renewed members to carry forward the Court’s unparalleled institutional knowledge and experience from the current term of office, as well as counting on incoming members to bring fresh enthusiasm and a broad range of new perspectives to the essential work of the Court. The Court must continue on the path set by its outgoing members, to whom the Court is indebted for their invaluable expertise and input throughout the years, and continue striving to offer global excellence to users worldwide, in particular with respect to the Court’s signature service of award scrutiny. You will have ample opportunity throughout this term of office to contribute first-hand to this unique service by participating in the sessions of the Court and I look forward to counting on your active engagement in this regard. The Court’s success rests on the immense dedication of its members and I am confident that the Court will continue to provide users with a service of the highest quality, helping to secure ICC’s position as the parties’ preferred institution in every continent. The ICC International Court of Arbitration is a unique organisation. It is in fact the only truly global arbitral institution, administering arbitrations from its offices located in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Sao Paolo and Singapore, with a Secretariat able to work in more than 20 different languages and Court members from over 110 different countries. Before the next term begins, I would like to draw your attention to a change in ICC’s practice with regard to reimbursements for Court members. Up to and including the current term, reimbursements were made biannually to Court members. Please note that as of 1 July 2018 reimbursements will be discontinued due to internal operational reasons. Court members remain responsible for making their own travel arrangements and any related expenses are not defrayed by ICC. A list of hotels with which ICC has negotiated rates for its members is attached for your reference. We do not offer video link participation for plenary sessions, however remote participation can be arranged for the weekly and special committee meetings of the Court, meaning that members need not systematically travel to Paris in order to be active in the role. Similarly, you are welcome to participate from the Hong Kong, New York, Sao Paolo and Singapore offices whenever convenient. I attach the 2018 and 2019 Court schedules for your perusal and encourage you to attend regularly. In particular, I draw your attention to the importance of the Working Session which sees the full Court united in Paris once annually. Please mark your diaries as the Working Session provides a unique opportunity for the Court as a whole to discuss matters of ICC Court practice and policy. In order to schedule your participation in any sessions of the Court, you are invited to contact Francesca Hill Caucat who will be delighted to provide you with all necessary information in relation to the organisational side of your new role and answer any questions you may have in this regard. If you have not already done so, please verify that you have completed the administrative formalities requested at the stage of your nomination, in particular ensuring that your curriculum vitae and a signed copy of the non-disclosure agreement have been returned to the Secretariat before 1 July 2018. I look forward to a fruitful collaboration in the coming three-year term and trust that you will make the most of this opportunity both to represent your region at ICC and also to promote ICC in your region. Yours sincerely, Alexis Mourre?, President, ?ICC International Court of Arbitration
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Controversial investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas says he did not have the $12million dollars required to have proceeded with an investigation into whether or not President Akufo-Addo is corrupt during an expose to uncover corruption in football. In the expose titled #Number12, the embattled former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi was captured in a meeting with Anas' Tiger Eye PI collaborators who posed as a businessman, soliciting sums of money on behalf the President ($5million), Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia ($3million), the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah ($2 million) and his deputy Anthony Karbo ($1million) to secure government contracts. “The guy who is there [at the Transport Ministry], Asiamah; that is his [Kennedy Agyapong’s] small boy,” Kwesi Nyantakyi said. “So, he [Karbo] mentioned that they wanted to make him [Kennedy Agyapong] a minister because of the contribution he made to the campaign. [Kennedy Agyapong] says he cannot be a minister because he is not a disciplined person to be a minister. But they [the government] gave him a ministry. They created a ministry and gave it to him and he nominated somebody as the minister. Yes, Ministry of Transport.” Critics of Anas' documentary have questioned why he did not follow up the links to the Presidency to ascertain whether or not Akufo-Addo would have accepted the $5million Nyantakyi claimed could secure government contracts. However, Anas in a radio interview on Joy FM Thursday said it was impossible for him to raise the $12million required for that probe. He said: “Let’s put the investigation in context. How did President Akufo-Addo’s name come in? You speak to somebody, he begins to drop names. He says okay, if you want to speak to the man, you must carry an amount of $12milllion. Where was I going to get $12million? It’s not possible; nobody does an investigation with a budget of $12million. “The fairness in all this is that somebody has made an allegation, are you giving the other party a fair opportunity of answering those allegations? So yes, then we went to the president and he gave us his side of the story, we went to the vice president, we spoke to all the ministers involved to give us their side of the story, then, we can understand the context which the person used to speak". He urged anyone with concerns about the way that part of the investigation ended to proceed with an investigation of their own. “It’s up to anybody who thinks he has issues with it to have to do furtherinterrogation. We are all journalists, we have subjects we look at. If anybody feels that that place was not looked at properly, the person has the right, you can also look there. I know how to do a political story and I know how to do a football story. For God sake, it cannot be the same. They are different subjects.” Anas insisted that his focus of the investigation was on football and therefore he decide to focus solely on the subject. Source:GraphicOnline
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