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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Monday, 10 September 2018
The mortal remains of the late former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, have finally arrived in Accra. The remains, draped in a UN Flag, came via a chartered flight from Geneva, Switzerland, accompanied by the widow, Jane Lagergren and her children. President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; Second Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Akufo-Addo y and other dignitaries were present at the Kotoko International Airport today [Monday] to welcome relatives of the late Kofi Annan as part of a short ceremony. Also present were the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye, First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, among others. Prayers, both Christian and traditional, were also held for the late UN Secretary-General. The body has been moved to the Accra International Conference Centre. On September 11, Kofi Annan’s body will be laid in state at the Accra International Conference Centre. On Wednesday, September 12, dignitaries will file past and pay their last respects to Mr. Kofi Annan. A burial service will then take place on September 13 at the Conference Centre before he is finally laid to rest at the new Military Cemetery. Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
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The Ghana Bar Association (GBA), has admonished government to as a matter of urgency, resource the office of the Special Prosecutor so officials there would be able to discharge their lawful duties. President of the GBA speaking at GBA’s conference on the theme’ The Impact of Technology on the practice of law to move with changing times’, he asked President Akufo-Addoto resource other anti-corruption institutions such as the Ministry of Justice, EOCO, CHRAJ and among others. “We commend government on the appointment of the Special Prosecutor to fight corruption. To make his office meaningful however, we call on the government to adequately resource the office of the Special Prosecutor as well as the other anti-corruption institutions which already exist, and indeed the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General,” he added. The GBA president further called on government to deal with the challenges confronting the implementation of the flagship free senior high school education policy. The President of Ghana on his party urged Members of the Ghana Bar Association to be the natural champions of a law-based state, whose establishments should be solid enough to sanction effectively vigilantism, bank frauds, cyber frauds, sharp practice, illegal mining, unlawful exports of fertilisers and oil products, identity thefts, stealing of public funds, bribery and corruption, criminal cartels, and criminal behaviour in general. “The employment of technology to the practice of law and the administration of justice will help facilitate the nation’s ability to reach these goals,” he added. He stated, in his address, that one apparent restraint to Ghana’s progress, i.e. the missing link in the country’s governance system, which hampers the rapid economic development we seek, is the deficit in the application of the rule of law. “It affects everyday life. It is about breaking rules and regulations in many aspects of our lives, and wanting to, and, indeed, circumventing the laws that are meant to guide our society,” he said. He continued, “It has to do with driving recklessly, and breaking all the traffic regulations and trying to bribe the police when you are pulled up. It has to do with not getting the proper permit to build a house, and it has to do with looking the other way when something wrong is going on.”
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has indicated that many of the problems that plague the country have something to do with the mal-functioning of the law, including the banking crisis that has led to the collapse of some indigenous banks. According to President Akufo-Addo, “the story of every bank that has had problems, be they indigenous Ghanaian banks or international banks, like Barings Bank, Lehman Brothers, Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), each one can be traced to someone or some people breaking the law, or trying to cut corners by flouting regulations.” The effects of these acts of lawlessness, the President said, “have been, invariably, the loss, and threat of loss, of innocent depositors’ savings and jobs.” President Akufo-Addo was speaking at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Ghana Bar Association, on 10th September, 2018, when he made this known. He stated, in his address, that one apparent restraint to Ghana’s progress, i.e. the missing link in the country’s governance system, which hampers the rapid economic development we seek, is the deficit in the application of the rule of law. “It affects everyday life. It is about breaking rules and regulations in many aspects of our lives, and wanting to, and, indeed, circumventing the laws that are meant to guide our society,” he said. He continued, “It has to do with driving recklessly, and breaking all the traffic regulations and trying to bribe the police when you are pulled up. It has to do with not getting the proper permit to build a house, and it has to do with looking the other way when something wrong is going on.” For members of the legal fraternity, the President stated that “it has to do with sharp practice and unethical behaviour by some lawyers, which jeopardise the administration of justice and the interests of ordinary people. It has to do with judicial corruption, which, a priori, constitutes a violation of the judicial oath.” The degradation of the environment, pollution of the atmosphere and water bodies, petty bribery and corruption, bribery and corruption on a grand scale, he added are clear cases of people braking the law. “When a road that was built barely a year ago develops potholes, someone or some people have been breaking the law or cutting corners. The story of environmental degradation occasioned by illegal mining, what we call galamsey, is a clear case of people breaking the law,” he added. The President urged Members of the Ghana Bar Association to be the natural champions of a law-based state, whose establishments should be solid enough to sanction effectively vigilantism, bank frauds, cyber frauds, sharp practice, illegal mining, unlawful exports of fertilisers and oil products, identity thefts, stealing of public funds, bribery and corruption, criminal cartels, and criminal behaviour in general. “The employment of technology to the practice of law and the administration of justice will help facilitate the nation’s ability to reach these goals,” he added.
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A Ghanaian based in Holland, James Boadum, has admonished Ghanaian leaders to adopt the example of Holland in the management of waste in Ghana. He believes the indiscriminate disposal of waste in the country would be a thing of the paste should Ghana go the Holland way. James Boadum told Kwame Tutu Monday morning that in Holland, a system has been developed where at every 500 metres in communities; a hole has been drilled with sophisticated metals and coded to allow residents dump their waste. The system he explained is underground and due to the system, when a particular site is filled, it alerts authorities to come around and cart the waste away. The system to him could be replicated in markets, communities and ‘’this will help us manage the waste we generate. He was contributing on Frontline when listeners were asked to suggest ways Ghana could use to manage the waste we generate. Meanwhile, some other listeners who called want the sanitation police policy to revisited to allow people punished should they dispose waste indiscriminately. Over 4,000 people in Holland are employed to address issues related to living space, housing and environment in this country. Efforts are also made to plan, conduct and supervise government projects, concerned with housing and environmental sustainability policies Majority of the Dutch population recycles their waste. Citizens in Netherlands separate, and correctly dispose of, their organic waste. This waste goes on to be made into compost, and reused in gardens and agriculture. For every two million tons of paper and glass, collected in the Netherlands, close to 90% gets recycled and used to make new products There are numerous environmentalist programs and activities that any resident of the Netherlands can join. Outside of Amsterdam, most Dutch households are given between two and four separate waste containers. They are for: Green waste, Paper waste, Plastics metal, and drink packaging (PMD) and All remaining waste. This system he indicated when practices in Ghana would benefit and resolve our challenges. The country also has in place a recycling plant for glass. There is also a system were citizens are encouraged to return their bottles to the shop for a partial refund, rather than disposing of them. They get a refund on the following types of bottle Glass soft drink bottles are Large acrylic plastic bottles. These are called ‘euroflessen’ in Dutch and Some small glass bottles or jars. Aside the glass, they also have a system that allows them to recycle paper, batteries, chemical waste, medicine, clothing, and large waste. The waste separation and recycling station is referred to as the ‘Afvalscheidingsstation‘ in the Netherlands. Anything that is too large to be put in your regular waste container can be taken to a waste disposal station. It can also be used for specific items, such as chemical waste. The country also has in place a recycling tax and under the recycling tax, whenever you purchase any new, electronic or household equipment, you will automatically be charged a ‘recycling tax’ on it This is also known as ‘removal tax’, and translates as ‘verwijderingsbijdrage’ in Dutch. You will be charged this tax, whether or not you are handing in an old appliance, as you purchase the new one. The thinking behind this is that, for each new appliance purchased, the old one will have to be environmentally disposed of or recycled at some point in time Accra and Kumasi, generates over 4,000tons of solid waste daily. It has become a major challenges for waste management departments to collect this huge amount of solid waste. The previous Sanitation Minister, Mr Kofi Adda at his last press briefing said the Quick Impact Measures adopted were to evacuate illegal refuse heaps at public places, namely the Mallam Market, Glefe, Adedenkpo, Trinity University at Legon and Okponglo. He explained that the clearing of other visible sites of refuse at the markets was to be undertaken by private service providers who were under contract to do so regularly. However, he said, it turned out that due to outstanding debts; some of the private service providers were not doing so regularly, while others actually abandoned their concessions. Hon Adda, therefore, called for the timely release of funds for the successful execution of the quick impact measures In the Philippines, plastic waste is turned into fuel, Sweden generates energy from its waste to power a quarter of a million homes while Singapore has created an island from its solid waste attracting tourists to the country.
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A United Nations (UN) plane carrying the mortal remains of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Busumuru Kofi Annan has set off from Geneva, Switzerland to Accra. The casket, draped in a UN flag, is accompanied by his wife, children and some UN officials. The body of the global icon will be received at a brief ceremony to be led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Kotoka International Airport. Kofi Annan died at age 80 in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday, August 18, surrounded by his wife, Nane Maria, and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina. He was reported to have fallen ill on his return trip from South Africa after he had attended the centenary celebration of the birth of a former South African President, Nelson Mandela. He was hospitalised in Geneva and later airlifted to the Swiss capital, Bern, where he died peacefully. Annan will be accorded a state burial and his body interred at the new Military Cemetery in Accra on September 13, 2018 after burial service at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Wednesday, September 12. An outline of the programme issued by a member of the Kofi Annan Funeral Planning Committee, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who is also the Minister of Information designate, said the general public would be given the opportunity to file past the remains on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. It said dignitaries, including chiefs, Members of Parliament (MPs), ministers of state, and members of the diplomatic corps would file past the body on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Credit: GraphicOnline
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Award winning dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy has lambasted his colleague musician and dancehall artiste Shatta Wale for accusing him of killing his mother. The musician who was infuriated by the comment from Shatta Wale dared him and any other person to come and stand in front of him and make the same claim and see how beautiful Ghana would be. Speaking to Accra based Hitz Fm, Stonebwoy posited that Shatta Wale would have been a dead man if he were to be living in Jamaica due to his loud mouth. ‘’You go round and say I killed my mother; I am waiting for one person to come and stand in front of me including himself, to tell me that I killed my mother, and it will be beautiful in Ghana…He should f*** up. If it was in same Jamaica, he should be dead by now,’’ he angrily said. He further revealed Shatta Wale was nearly beaten in London if not for Bola Ray.
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Physician assistants across the country have laid down their tools over salary discrepancies. The assistants in a statement jointly signed by the President and acting General Secretary, Alhaji Chief Imoro Bandana II, and Peter Eyram Kuenyefu, said the decision has become necessary because government and the sector agencies “have not shown any commitment to resolve the numerous problems presented.” T6he statement further detailed the concerens raised by the assistants as salary discrepancies, obsolete job description, poor conditions of service, career progression/advancement/specialization for physician assistants, financial clearance for both public and privately trained physician assistants, internship allowance, and NHIS medicine list.’’ Members have been asked to abide by the directive issued. The strike action takes effect today [Monday]. “All members are to adhere to the 1st phase of the earlier road-map outlined. Leadership will not entertain any form of intimidation of its members by superiors,” the statement said.
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The 19-year-old teenage Ghanaian who was stabbed by his Chinese bosses in Kumasi last week, Peter Frimpong, has disclosed to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the evidence to support the attack on him has been tampered with. He told Kwame Tutu Monday morning the company where the incident occurred records every movement and activity of workers and uses same to sanction those who are caught sleeping on duty. However, when the police visited the company to have first hand information over what happened, the owners of the company said the incident was not recorded. A Chinese Manager of plastic manufacturing firm in Kumasi and his assistant were last week arrested for stabbing a Ghanaian worker. Peter Frimpong, a factory hand was stabbed three times at the neck back and palm over laxity at work. Liu Zhen Zhong 32, the manager of the enterprise, which recycles plastics into polythelene bags at Fabi in Kumasi, is alleged to have stabbed the 19 year old over why he was sitting idle at work. His assistant Liu Wan 34 was also arrested. Peter Frimpong narrating his ordeal told the host he was on night shift on the day the incident occurred and while working, his boss approached him and asked him to drop a scissors he was working with because he [boss] disliked it. According to him, after dropping the scissors, the boss attempted slapping him ‘’I dodged and all of a sudden, his assistant walked towards where I was and gave me three dirty slaps. He then pushed me to the ground, the boss then gave him the scissors which he used to stab several times.’’ ‘’He then went for a knife and attempted to stab me in the neck with it but I blocked it with my hand but the knife cut me in the neck. I struggled to escape from them. I bled profusely and had one to defend me. I later managed to jump a wall and run to another company where I managed to call my brother before I was sent to the hospital,’’ he said.
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Kwaku Ohene Djan as a Deputy Executive Director of Ghana’s National Service Scheme. This follows the resignation of Henry Nana Boakye who occupied the position. Henry Nana Boakye popularly referred to as Nana B resigned because he wanted to dedicate his time to his duties as National Youth Organizer for the ruling New Patriotic Party. Prior to this appointment, Kwaku Ohene Djan served as Executive Secretary of the National Youth Wing of the NPP. At present, he serves as Vice Chairman of the International Young Democrat Union (I. Y. D.U), which is a global alliance of Centre-Right political parties and organizations. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the GIMPA School of Governance and Public Policy. Additionally, he is an alumnus of The Theodor Heus International Academy of Leadership and the International Visitors Leadership Program of the US State Department.
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Security forces and armed men are reported to have clashed at the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Libya's capital, Tripoli. An armed group is said to have stormed the building, and several blasts and gunfire could be heard, witnesses say. Last week, the UN announced a truce between warring militias had been agreed in the capital. A UN-backed government is nominally in power in Tripoli. However, militias occupy much of the rest of the country. An NOC member of staff, who said he had jumped out of a window to flee, told Reuters news agency three or five gunmen were shooting inside the building and several people had been shot. The NOC chairman, Mustafa Sanallah, has been safely evacuated, a witness quoted by Reuters added. Rescue services are at the scene to treat the wounded coming out of the building. It is not yet clear who carried out the attack. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Source: BBC
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