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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Monday, 03 September 2018
Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East and Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has advised contractors to unite their front so they could win more contracts from government. She wants the contractors to assist government to achieve its infrastructure deficit including housing. The minister said, the housing deficit in the country currently stands at 1.7 million and it has been projected to reach 1.9 million by 2020. Without the assistance from contractors, housing Ghanaians would be extremely difficult hence the need for them to come together and help the government towards this aim. ‘’Contractors are responsible for building houses, constructing roads among others. Whatever we do in this country, we require the services of these contractors and so if they are not united, we will not have quality service delivered. They should have a united voice, and help us.’’ The president she added is willing and ready to assist and collaborate with Ghanaian contractors to ensure the infrastructure gap is closed. She was speaking at an event organised by the Association of Contractors today [Monday]. On his part, the newly elected President for the association, Mr Yaw Prosper, underscored the need for government to have confidence in Ghanaian contractors and stop awarding all major contracts to foreigners. He said, ‘’we have skilled and qualified contractors in Ghana. We equally have qualified and skilled engineers in this country who can work effectively for the country.’’ He also appealed to government to pay contractors on time to enable them work efficiently.
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Financial analyst, Jerry Jelili Afolabi, has lambasted government for signing the Sinohydro deal with China without a proper cost effective analysis. He reiterated that the foreign world has abandoned human slavery due to advocacy and now engaging in economic and mental slavery in African countries including Ghana. Reacting to the new deals signed between Ghana and China, Mr Afolabi stressed the Western world is still colonising Africa both financially, mentality and economically. ‘’So these are the dimensions. This is still colonialism and slavery.’’ Jerry Jelili Afolabi making specific reference to the Sinohydro deal wondered why our leaders signed the deal for an insignificant amount of money when we could have raised the resources ourselves through value addition. The $2 billion Master Project Support Agreement (MPSM) between the Government of Ghana and Sinohydro Corporation Limited for the construction of infrastructure projects in Ghana has been signed in Beijing. The agreement was signed following a state visit to China by President Nana Akufo-Addo. The barter trade facility will be used to construct roads, hospitals, houses, rural electrification, interchanges, bridges and other government priority projects. The agreement received parliamentary approval in July despite protest by the minority who insisted that agreement is a loan. Ghana he noted should be moving from an import driving economy to export driving economy. He opined China is using its mental capacity to enslave African countries and due to that, they have succeeded to become a powerful exporter to African nations. The analyst has urged Ghana to move from this kind of deals asking, ‘’if someone decides to give you $ 2 billion and mine your bauxite for 15 years, does it make sense to you? Are we serious? Are we thinking? It is unfortunate. We could find ways to add value to our natural resources. If we are able to do that, we will be able to be dependent. But because we are unable to do that, they have enslaved us. This is economic slavery and for anyone to justify this deal makes me wonder whether he or she thinks or reason. You are going be their slave for 15 years. This is bad and unprecedented. They [Chinese] will come and mine our bauxite like our gold and do nothing for us. Don’t we have leaders who think? He lamented the lack of basic social amenities despite the mining of our gold since our independence. ‘’We have to begin to think. It is unprecedented. Nobody should be happy because China has given us $2 billion. What I am saying is that we should have rather chosen a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT). What is wrong with us? Some of our leaders lack sense despite their high level of education,’’ he fumed. Ghana and China have signed eight (8) Co-operation Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, in different sectors of their respective economies, aimed at deepening the ties of co-operation and the bonds of friendship that exist between the two countries. The agreements were signed on Saturday, 1st September, 2018, after the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping, held bilateral talks, as part of President Akufo-Addo’s State Visit to China. The agreements are the “One belt one road Memorandum of Understanding”, “Memorandum on Regional Aviation Co-operation”, “Agreement for Co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy”, and “Co-operation to carry out Maternal and Child Health Project”. The rest are “Framework Agreement on Financing Insurance Co-operation” ($2 billion Sino-Hydro deal), “Economic co-operation on Phase 2 project of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho”, “Co-operation on the expansion of the Cape Coast Stadium”, and “Co-operation on the supply of police vehicles to the Ghana Police Service.”
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AMA equips street sweepers to clean Accra

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has provided additional working tools for its “street sweepers” to enhance their visibility and operation. The items include branded tricycles, waste collection sacks, branded reflectors and waste pickers. The sweepers who were spotted in their AMA branded reflectors on Saturday along ceremonial and some major streets namely the Independence Avenue, John Evans Atta Mills High Street, John Agyekum Kufour Avenue, Dr. Busia Avenue, Asafoatse Nettey Street, Lutterodt Street and Mortuary Road engaged in cleaning activities such as weeding road medians, sweeping kerbs and streets as well as desilting gutters and drains as part of a routine exercise started by the AMA dubbed “Clean Accra Project". The cleaning activities which lasted for about four hours were concurrently done in all the six (6) sub metros of AMA (Ashiedu Keteke,Osu Klottey,Ablekuma South,Ablekuma Central,Okaikoi South and Ayawaso Central.) In an interaction with the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah who was on the field to verify the efficiency of the new strategy being implemented said the Assembly has embarked on synchronized activities all targeted at realizing the President’s vision of a clean Accra. These activities he said include, enforcement of the by-laws, public education to encourage attitudinal change and the provision of logistics and equipment. He revealed that the AMA would sustain the exercise and advised city dwellers and commuters to support the vision by engaging in environmentally friendly activities and exhibiting a high sense of discipline. He pointed out that environmental cleanliness was a joint responsibility of city authorities and citizens adding that “respect for sanitation is a civic responsibility." He urged citizens to play their part by ensuring that they do not litter the streets, dump refuse into drains and dispose refuse indiscriminately.
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Retained Greater Accra Regional Chairman for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Joseph Ade Coker, has said it does not take an individual to win an election. For a party to win an election, the branches must be effective and revitalise the base of the party so every individual would be poised for victory. Mr Ade Coker told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he is bringing on board a fresh move to unite the front of the party and ensure party discipline and total transparency, and enough resources to help party supporters work effectively. Party leaders he said should be accountable to party supporters and this is what the party must focus on. He has also admonished the party to allow every card-bearing member to vote for parliamentary and presidential candidates so it will show respect and discipline and when you do all these things, part of the battle is won, he added. When asked to name one thing that could influence Ghanaians to vote for the NDC in 2020, he said, the economy is very bad. Unemployment and collapse of businesses are also part of the challenges confronting the nation. He revealed on the show a strong member of the NPP confided in him that the current leadership under Nana Akufo-Addo is performing abysmally and that will surely influence Ghanaians to vote for the NDC. He was optimistic the NDC will win the 2020 polls massively and unseat the NPP.
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The President and Chairman of Groupe Nduom (GN), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has admonished Ghanaians to be circumspect in how they attack financial institutions due to the collapse of banks over the past few months. The business mogul has also called for prudent but gentle measures to help sanitize the industry. In a Facebook post on his official page, the former presidential aspirant wrote: ‘’“With regards to the financial industry, we must be careful not to capsize the ship. We must gently but urgently put it on the right course and make change happen. The sooner the better. We can do this.’’ He was worried over the overwhelming attacks on suspected persons who may have caused the crisis despite supporting calls for them to be prosecuted. ‘’I believe that representatives of government, labour and employers must sit down quickly, with urgency, and discuss win-win solutions. We need lower cost of money, phased and guaranteed payment of government debts, managerial and shareholder/shareholder discipline, appropriate punishment for those who will not accept correction and a sustained program to buy Made In Ghana among others. With regard to the financial industry, we must be careful not to capsize the ship. We must gently but urgently put it on the right course and make change happen. The sooner the better. We can do this. Let’s make the ship of our nation stable. Our banks and financial institutions safe and sound and our companies working.’’ Read below his full post: IT IS TIME WE REMIND OURSELVES THIS: John 8:7 King James Version (KJV) “7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” It has become commonplace for a number of Ghanaians to shout “Crucify him”; “Jail them and throw away the keys”; “Seize their assets”; “Theives”! We hear these on the streets, from lawyers, economists, consultants, government officials and others. We have been here before as a nation. Some lost their lives. Yet, we are where we are. It is a fact that seven locally-owned banks have been stripped of their licenses by the regulator. It is appropriate for those alleged to have caused losses or engaged in criminal conduct to be taken through the dictates of the rule of law. But why this overwhelming attack on ALL Ghanaian banks, investment and finance houses and insurance companies? ALL professions and industries in Ghana have problems and many are under stress. This includes Legal, Media, Health, Education, Pharmacy, Public Sector, Football, Music, etc. We cannot continue the hourly recounting of wrong-doing, challenges and problems. LET’S FIND SOLUTIONS. That understandably, is a difficult thing to do but we cannot give up on our own entrepreneurs, professionals and workers. My point is LET’S HELP THOSE LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO SHOW SERIOUSNESS ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THINGS BY EMBRACING DISCIPLINE, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND PRUDENT BEHAVIOR. Our economy, jobs and well-being are at stake. We must also not lose sight of the other side of the problem. What about our citizens who take loans and other facilities from the local banks, finance houses, microfinance companies and others but do not pay them back? Government stills owes billions of Ghana Cedis in energy, infrastructure and other areas. Government’s difficultly is understandable. But when contractors and service providers do not pay the local banks loans and other funds they have taken, the financial enterprises suffer liquidity problems. When losses mount, businesses stop buying from others and companies reduce cost including the number of employees. At Groupe Nduom, we have over 6,000 employees. Most of them work hard. They have families and they have hopes for a better future. I agonize over even one employee who has to go home because the business cannot support him or her. Once in my life, I had to sell almost everything I owned and cherished and start all over again. But my dignity and knowledge was intact so I bounced back. I will do it all again if I have to. But not everyone has the choices available to me. So what should we do? I believe that representatives of government, labour and employers must sit down quickly, with urgency, and discuss win-win solutions. We need lower cost of money, phased and guaranteed payment of government debts, managerial and shareholder/shareholder discipline, appropriate punishment for those who will not accept correction and a sustained program to buy Made In Ghana among others. With regard to the financial industry, we must be careful not to capsize the ship. We must gently but urgently put it on the right course and make change happen. The sooner the better. We can do this. Let’s make the ship of our nation stable. Our banks and financial institutions safe and sound and our companies working. We are all involved! God bless our nation Ghana. STILL, #Support Made in Here.
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Kofi Asiedu, 35, a resident of Pakyi in Kumasi has allegedly stabbed a friend in the stomach with a broken bottle. The incident occurred in the area over the weekend. Narrating the incident to Nyakonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our reporter, Sir Fresh said, the victim, Dankwa, 17, was stabbed in the stomach following a scuffle between him and Kofi Asiedu. He [Dankwa] had gone to Asiedu’s house to demand for payment for roofing sheets he sold to Asiedu to roof his building. The confrontation between the two later turned sour leading to the unfortunate incident, the victim’s sister, Akosua narrated. Akosua further disclosed that the two were separated in a fight but they later exchanged blows in a second fight, which resulted in the stabbing of Dankwa. Akosua told Sir Fresh the suspect claimed the victim owed him GHc20 and ‘’so I was expecting him to deduct the GHc20 from the cost of the roofing sheets. He had no business fighting him.’’ According to the sister, his brother has been admitted at the emergency ward of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The suspect, a driver and physically challenged is currently on the run.
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Former President John Dramani Mahama has admonished the newly elected regional executives to bring every one on board for victory 2020. The former president in a series of tweets said, there are losers because he believes the NDC remains the winner hence the need for party to work together to bring victory in 2020. One of the tweets read: ‘‘as I’ve always said, there are no losers. The NDC is the winner. It is time for the new executives to reach out and bring every one on board for victory in 2020.’’ Mr Mahama added, ‘’the real work has just begun and we must all put our shoulders to the wheel going forward.’’ He further disclosed that he has personally called to congratulate the winners and encouraged those who could be elected be still show commitment in helping the party win in 2020. ‘’I’ve spoken to our newly elected regional chairmen and asked them to pass on my congratulatory wishes to all who won positions in the elections. I’ve also called and personally encouraged many of candidates who were not successful in the elections.’’
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An aspiring presidential candidate hopeful, Elikplim Agbemava, has suggested government has failed the youth by paying lip service to youth development. The private legal practitioner has promised to give critical attention to youth development. He believes the youth policy must be handed over to the Ministry of Education so the ministry would be fully in charge of youth development just like it was done under former President Kufour’s era. The aspiring presidential hopeful seeking to represent the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2020, made reference to the National Youth Policy Plan 2014 which states that “Young people constitute a significant proportion of Ghana’s population. They are a major source of the nation’s human capital and key agents for socio-cultural, economic, and political development as well as technological innovation. Their imaginations, ideals, energies and vision are essential for the development of the nation”. Despite the statement above, government is failing the youth by paying lip service to youth development. Instead of allocating more of Government’s revenue to youth development Government has cut the youth budget by 30% in 2018. In 2017, the Ministry was given a budget of GHS 46.9 million for its activities. However in 2018, the Youth and Sports Ministry will receive an estimated amount of GHS 32.8 million to work with for all activities and programmes. Lawyer Agemava is of the view that ‘’the youth deserve first class jobs and not menial jobs. Those who cannot be reschooled should be trained in artisanal work with modern technology. The days of approaching Carpentry with saws in the hand are long gone. It’s all about meaningful and honest approaches to solving our problems.’’ In a detailed vision for the youth of Ghana, he added, ‘’… the adults we have is the evidence of how well we train our youth. We cannot stop corruption, ensure good governance and patriotic conduct when we do not inculcate these values in our youth before they become adults. The Eli2020? campaign is all about the youth getting the right tools to face adult life and contributing to national development. We will invest more in our universities and create more meaningful jobs for the youth. He has also underscored the need for more resources to be channelled to improving quality education at the tertiary level. ‘’More money must be invested in our existing universities to improve the quality of teaching, entrepreneurial development and research. The 586 million dollars that will be spent on NABCO every 3 years must be halved and half given to our universities. More universities must also be built in the regions especially those closer to our neighboring countries to attract foreign students and foreign exchange for investment into the educational sector. We need to be innovative in our policy planning.’’ Read Below the full piece by the lawyer: WE THE YOUTH OF GHANA DESERVE BETTER “Young people constitute a significant proportion of Ghana’s population. They are a major source of the nation’s human capital and key agents for socio-cultural, economic, and political development as well as technological innovation. Their imaginations, ideals, energies and vision are essential for the development of the nation”. (National Youth Policy Action Plan, 2014). The 2010 population census and expert estimates since then place the percentage of the youth amongst Ghana’s population above 60%. Despite the statement above, government is failing the youth by paying lip service to youth development. Instead of allocating more of Government’s revenue to youth development Government has cut the youth budget by 30% in 2018. In 2017, the Ministry was given a budget of GHS 46.9 million for its activities. However in 2018, the Youth and Sports Ministry will receive an estimated amount of GHS 32.8 million to work with for all activities and programmes. Sadly half of the budget (16 million cedis) is used to pay salaries of workers at the Ministry and its agencies. We continue to pay lip service to the youth when this segment represents the work force and future. WHAT CAN BE DONE? Eli2020 ?? campaign believes Youth policy first of all must be handed over to the Education ministry for the Education Ministry to be in full charge of issues affecting the development of the youth. This was done under President Kuffour’s government and it was a brilliant move. The youth begin to grow through Education and it is difficult to understand why youth policy is not part of our education policy management or why education policy management does not include youth policy. The current situation gives room for duplication of functions and waste of resources on acquiring more logistics and employing additional hands at the Ministries to tackle youth development when the real work on the ground is not getting done . Secondly most of our difficulties with development has to do with money. It is important that more money is pumped into youth development,qualified and competent professionals hired to tackle issues affecting the youth with constant monitoring. The scant attention given to youth development has seen mediocre Human Resource managing the youth. Cutting the youth budget by 30% and further using half of the already cut budget to pay salaries does not show any seriousness for youth development. More money must be invested in our existing universities to improve the quality of teaching, entrepreneurial development and research. The 586 million dollars that will be spent on NABCO every 3 years must be halved and half given to our universities. More universities must also be built in the regions especially those closer to our neighboring countries to attract foreign students and foreign exchange for investment into the educational sector. We need to be innovative in our policy planning. The youth deserve first class jobs and not menial jobs. Those who cannot be reschooled should be trained in artisanal work with modern technology. The days of approaching Carpentry with saws in the hand are long gone. It’s all about meaningful and honest approaches to solving our problems. To conclude, the adults we have is the evidence of how well we train our youth. We cannot stop corruption, ensure good governance and patriotic conduct when we do not inculcate these values in our youth before they become adults. The Eli2020 ?? campaign is all about the youth getting the right tools to face adult life and contributing to national development. We will invest more in our universities and create more meaningful jobs for the youth. #ItisPossible #GetInvolved #BelieveToWin
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Chief Executive Officer of KOANS Estate, Professor Kofi Anokye, says the decision to construct a national cathedral is a good idea but the planned demolition of some buildings including that of the judges’ flats, is a terrible idea. According to him, the president is threading on slippery grounds following the location of the cathedral. He is also claiming that an acre of land in the area where the cathedral would be constructed would cost $4 million. The land in the prime areas is extremely expensive hence the need to use it for purposes that could generate enough resources for the country. However, I am coming from the decongestion point of view. We need to relocate the cathedral from Accra to another location.’’ He opined the cathedral would require 50 acres of land and so ‘’we have to plan it big. I am appealing to government to rescind its decision to demolish the buildings for the national cathedral because I am willing to give government 50 acres of land for free for the construction of the cathedral.’’ ‘’Accra is congested and yet you want to demolish the flats belonging to judges for a national cathedral. The idea is bad. I don’t know the kind of people surrounding the president and those who advice him. Why demolish these buildings for a cathedral when you can construct it a different location. I want Nana Addo to heed to our advice.’’ Government properties housed on 14-acres of prime lands in Accra are to be pulled down to make way for the construction of a national cathedral. The buildings include residential accomodation for Appeal court justices. The judicial service is also paying for the construction of more these accomodations.
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Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the announcement to float a US$50 billion century bond for infrastructure project. The legislator is shocked because he claims the previous Mahama administration was lambasted by the NPP over the decision by Mr John Dramani Mahama to invest heavily in infrastructure. He is therefore asking if the announcement could be described as joke. President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that Ghana may soon join the likes of Argentina, Austria and Mexico to issue the rare 100-year bonds to finance national projects. President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced this at a ceremony in Beijing to sign some eight Ghana-China co-operation agreements. “The Ministry of Finance and the economists in Ghana are looking at floating a $50 billion Century Bond. This will provide us with the resources to finance our infrastructural and industrial development. We are hoping that, at some stage, China will interest itself, and take a part of it as China’s contribution to Ghana’s development,” he told Chinese President, Xi Jinping on Saturday. But reacting to this, Dr Apaak quizzed, ‘’does it make sense to mortgage the future of Ghana for hundred years? Mr. President? Mr. PRESIDENT, infrastructure is now important? Did you not pooopoh JM for investing in infrastructure? MR PRESIDENT do you know what will happen 20 years from now!’’ Ghana and China on Saturday eight co-operation agreements and memoranda of understanding, in different sectors of their respective economies, aimed at deepening the ties of co-operation and the bonds of friendship that exist between the two countries. The agreements were signed on Sturday September 1, 2018, after the President and the President and Xi Jinping held bilateral talks, as part of President Akufo-Addo’s state visit to China. The agreements are the “One belt one road Memorandum of Understanding”, “Memorandum on Regional Aviation Co-operation”, “Agreement for Co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy”, and “Co-operation to carry out Maternal and Child Health Project”. The rest are “Framework Agreement on Financing Insurance Co-operation” ($2 billion Sino-Hydro deal), “Economic co-operation on Phase 2 project of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho”, “Co-operation on the expansion of the Cape Coast Stadium”, and “Co-operation on the supply of police vehicles to the Ghana Police Service.” Read His full post: What? Tell me this is the biggest joke of the century! GHANA 'PLANS' US$50 BILLION 'CENTURY BOND' TO FINANCE INFRASTRUCTURE AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT and the Government of Ghana says what?..."President Akufo-Addo has outdoored a long-term (100 YEARS) idea under review by the government to issue a 100-Year US$50 Billion "Century Bond" to finance infrastructure and industrial development in Ghana during his State Visit to China. The underlying idea is for Ghana is to gradually shift, as we have done recently with stellar results under our 'debt reprofiling' strategy, from short-term, multiple bond issues to a possible single-bullet, long-term debt". Does it make sense to mortgage the future of Ghana for hundred years? Mr. President? Mr. PRESIDENT, infrastructure is now important? Did you not pooopoh JM for investing in infrastructure? MR PRESIDENT do you know what will happen 20 years from now! If I may ask, what will be the population of Ghana, what will be the level of technology, will Ghana even be a democratic state? will Facebook even be alive and viable, will NPP even exist! The questions are many, please add yours! Kai, one hundred years plan and what happened to NDPC? Mr. President don't ridicule your already questionable legacy any further! I remain a citizen! Dr. Clement Apaak MP, Builsa South
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