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Oct 18, 2018
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he is not the only citizen who wants to see the nation developed. The president says he is committed to policies that will help the nation develop in order to transform the living condition of Ghanaians. Delivering a speech at the graduation ceremony of Nation Builders Corps (NABcO) beneficiaries on Wednesday, the president said, I know I am not alone in aspiring to see a transformed Ghana, which has joined the ranks of developed nations, and moved to a situation beyond aid, i.e. a Ghana Beyond Aid.’’ He admonished the beneficiaries to help build the nation. ‘’As you return to your respective destinations to commence work, your marching orders are clear – help build a nation you will be proud of. Live by the core values of knowledge, punctuality and integrity. Live as nation builders. Let us, together, fulfil the dreams of progress and prosperity that animated the great patriots whose toil and sacrifice brought us our freedom and independence.’’ According to the president, ‘’NABCO trainees must bear in mind that Government is investing some GH¢3 billion of taxpayer’s money into this programme. Your monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis is not free money, and you must earn every pesewa of it through hard work and dedication, which I am confident you will do. To the Ghanaian people, you will feel the presence and contribution of these one hundred thousand (100,000) NABCO trainees in your towns and villages, your constituencies and districts, and in critical sectors of the economy. Work with them, and believe that, together, we can build a progressive and prosperous nation, the equal of any on the face of the planet.’’ He said, ‘’ The one hundred thousand (100,000) NABCO trainees will be deployed in seven critical aspects of our economy, i.e. education, revenue mobilization, agriculture, health, governance, digitisation and the private sector. They are going to assist in the realisation of Government’s vision of an educated population, an industrialised, robust and well-manged economy, the delivery of good governance, and, for the sustenance of all these, a reliable, skilled and efficient workforce. Additionally, the NABCO trainees will be engaged in a structured work and learning programme environment. For every four weeks of work, one week will be dedicated to acquiring soft, future employability, and work readiness skills. Within three years, NABCO trainees would have obtained 36 weeks of solid training and value addition to enable them transition smoothly into the world of permanent work. By this, we would have also addressed the very issue that keeps our graduates out of the labour market, in spite of their educational qualifications. The managers of the programme have struck up a partnership with the Council for Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (COTVET), and some universities, both domestic and foreign, for the validation of the content of the learning programmes, so that the trainees receive appropriate certification of their skills and training for their deployment to the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, Information Services Department, Local Government Service, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry,’’ he concluded.
Oct 18, 2018
The president of the republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has refuted claims that his decision to create regions is unlawful. Speaking at a meeting with some traditional rulers from the Volta region at the Jubilee House, the president mounted a spirited defence for the creation of the new regions. The president explained to the chiefs he is being guided by the constitution of Ghana in creating the regions. He admonished the chiefs to support the creation of the region. “I would not be party to anything that attempts to subvert the constitution of Ghana. I fought all my life for constitutional rule in this country; and fIf I become president and I am the one undermining the constitution then I’m making a nonsense of myself. I wouldn’t do that. I don’t see this thing as having anything to do with ambitions, dislike or hostility, no. So Torgbui, through you and the senior chiefs that have come with you, I’m pleading with you, let the temperature on this matter come down.’’ The Electoral Commission (EC) has set December 27, 2018, for the referendum on the creation of six new regions. Before this, the Commission will embark on a series of activities including the registration of new and continuous voters, the exhibition of the voters’ register, as well as processes for the transfer of votes and or the grant of proxy votes.
Oct 18, 2018
Three people have been shot dead at Drobo in the Brong Ahafo region today (Wednesday). The incident occurred during the celebration of the Japekrom Munufie festival. Rainbow Radio's Abdul Razak reported on Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, a confrontation between the youth of Japekrom and Drobo youth escalated leading to the shooting that instantly killed the 3 who are yet to be identified. He stated that, there is an existing chieftaincy and land dispute between the two communities. Abdul Razak said, the Japekrom residents were returning from a float in commemoration of their festival but were prevented from using the Drobo stretch of road by the Drobo youth. This led to a confrontation between the two groups, a situation that led to the shooting and death of the three. The situation he noted could not be managed by the police in the area and a back up of a joint military and police force have been deployed from Sunyani to the area. He says the situation is getting out of hands.
Oct 18, 2018
Following the implementation of the new tax laws, the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications on behalf of its members have decided to review the cost of services upwards. This was contained in a statement issued by the the chamber on behalf of its members-AirtelTigo, MTN and Vodafone. The statement said: "The government as part of the 2018 mid-year review of the budget amended the Acts referenced above. The objective was to “give effect to the conversion of NHIL and GETFL into levies that are not subject to the input-output mechanism, and delinking them from VAT by removing the option of input tax deductibility,” thereby giving both levies a unique and different legal identity and distinguished from VAT." Read below the full statement: The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications on behalf of its members – AirtelTigo, MTN and Vodafone – wishes to notify its esteemed customers and the general public of tariff modifications following the implementation of the new tax laws. The government as part of the 2018 mid-year review of the budget amended the Acts referenced above. The objective was to “give effect to the conversion of NHIL and GETFL into levies that are not subject to the input-output mechanism, and delinking them from VAT by removing the option of input tax deductibility,” thereby giving both levies a unique and different legal identity and distinguished from VAT. Our members, who are responsible corporate entities, would comply fully with Ghana’s laws and ensure the distinction between VAT and the new levies emanating from their separate origins and basis in law. As intended the incidence of the two new levies will thus be on consumers and will result in the increase of the cost of telecommunication services. Customers of telecommunication services will be notified by their service providers prior to any changes being made and the expected changes will take effect on 1st of November 2018. The telecommunications industry remains committed to full transparency and accountability to both the Government of Ghana and their customers.
Oct 18, 2018
The Abeka Sanitation Court in Accra has convicted five persons for improper disposal of refuse at unauthorized places in the city contrary to section 56 (a) and (b) of Act 851, of the Public Health Act 2012. They are Charles Amoah 25, Vincent Onyewuen 28, Kwame Frimpong 27, Daniel Adu 32 and Felix Chukwu 30. The court presided over by Her worship Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu,fined all 5 persons GH600.00 cedis each for the offence but defaulted in payment hence the sentence . According to the prosecutor, Madam Delight Dzansi, the five were arrested by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly's (AMA) sanitation task force on the 14th of October, 2018, around Tudu and Tema station all suburbs of Accra. Gilbert Nii Ankrah, Head of Public Affairs at the AMA, in an interview cautioned the public to desist from such negative behaviour and urged all residents to desist from engaging the services of unauthorised waste collectors and register with accredited service providers assigned to their respective areas. "The operation will continue and we will advise households or residents to register with the accredited solid waste company for your waste to be collected and disposed of in the right way," he said. He indicated that the Assembly had accelerated efforts to address the sanitation situation in the city and urged all to cooperate with the Assembly and support the Clean Accra Agenda. Source: AMA (PR Unit)
Oct 18, 2018
A member on the Normalising Committee went berserk after a journalist confronted him over his lateness at a press briefing organised by the committee today [Wednesday]. The committee held the presser to brief the media on what they have been to do few months after they were appointed. Veteran journalist Ekow Asmah confronted a member of the Committee, Kofi Duah Adonteng after the latter showed up an hour late. However, the committee member flared up and described the approach by the journalist as ‘’stupid’’. Ekow Asmah, stated that Mr Adonteng’s lateness “set a bad example.” “Punctuality is very important. As a member of the Normalization Committee, I expect that you set a very good example and this is a very bad example. The conduct is not befitting of a member that’s leading the transition to the new FA. I deem that he’s not fit to be on this Commission,” the journalist said. Mr. Adonteng, a lawyer and former Managing Director of Ghana Post did not take kindly to comments and words from the journalist. “Have you asked me why and how [I was late]? I’m not interested in this stupidity,” Mr. Adonteng angrily said.
Oct 18, 2018
An opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), presidential hopeful, Augustus Goosie Tanoh, has reiterated his resolve to win the trust of delegates and Ghanaians at large towards victory 2020. He said, it would be important for the NDC to restore its capacity as the great mobilising force for ordinary Ghanaians and the grassroots.’’ ‘’We need to empower the grassroots and go back to the original founding principles of the NDC. Not simply by sloganeering but by actual practice in terms of restoring the probity and accountability, development and social justice agenda,’’ he posited. He paid a glorying tribute to the late Professor Mills and described him as a champion of these principles and one who stood by same until his demise. He was speaking to the media after officially informing the Greater Accra regional office of his plan to start his campaign tour in the region today [Wednesday] at the regional party office AT Kokomlemle. The Greater Accra chairman, Mr Ade Coker and other executives of the party officially received him. The chairman said, the meeting was important because it would afford the candidate an opportunity to receive the green light by the executives to campaign in the region. The aspiring candidate described the meeting, which was held in camera, as successful. Delegates he noted have bought into his message in rebranding the party for victory 2020 through grassroot participation. The party he suggested has lost its key principles, which are probity and accountability, social justice and grassroots democracy. He is looking forward to restore these principles in order to strengthen the base of the NDC and make it more attractive for victory 2020. The aspiring candidate said, once we lose sight of these principles, we lose the faith with the people. ‘’We must restore our faith with the party people and the Ghanaian people. These principles are key to the development of our country.’’ Ghana in his view is in crisis hence the need for us to have a candidate with the requisite skills to save Ghanaians from the economic challenges they are facing. ‘’We are in a situation where the country is in crisis; everything is in crisis, health care is in crisis, the economy is in crisis, we have a problem with people between the ages of 15-24; 48 percent of them being unemployed. The woman are going to hospitals to give birth and lying on the floor, the kids are in school, bed bugs are sucking their blood; we don’t send our children to school for bed bugs to suck their blood. ‘’And so, if we remain faithful to these ideas and become purposeful through a solid organisation, solid leadership and solid grassroot mobilising power, there is not very the NDC cannot do to transform this country.’’ On the perceived overwhelming support former President John Dramani Mahama, is having over the other candidates, the aspirant said, there was an overwhelming perception in 2016 that he [Mahama] was going to win but lost. According to him, he is in the race to win and hopefully by end of the primaries, he would be declared as flagbearer of the NDC.
Oct 18, 2018
The receiver of defunct uniBank, KPMG, has been slapped with a counter suit by three out of the 17 defendants who were sued over the collapse of the bank. The counter suit is coming after the receiver, Nii Amanor Dodoo sued the CEO of the bank, Dr. Kwabena Duffour and 16 others over the collapse of the bank. In a counter suit, the three argue that the Central Bank would not have revoked Unibank’s license but for what they claim are acts of misrepresentation and the rent-seeking behaviour of KPMG and the receiver. The three, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, Professor Newman Kusi and Boatemaa Kakra Duffuor Nyarko, are seeking a declaration that the procedure leading to the appointment of KPMG as an official administrator was unlawful, illegal, and contrary to the prevailing and acceptable custom of the banking industry and sector. They also want the court to declare that the plaintiff was not authorized by law to set aside, impugn or interfere with any or all transactions duly entered into between Unibank and any of its customers. The three want the court to also declare that the plaintiff was not authorized by law to set aside, impugn or interfere with any or all transactions duly entered into between Unibank and any of its customers. The defendants further want the court to declare the purported imposition of sanctions and culpability on them for transactions done and concluded prior to the coming into force of Act 930, was contrary to Article 107 of the 1992 constitution. They have also denied abusing their fiduciary duties and further indicate that it was on record to have obeyed all given rules from the Central Bank. Few weeks ago, the Receiver for uniBank, Nii Amanor Dodoo, sued the 17 shareholders of over the repayment of a GHC 5.7 billion debt. The shareholders according to him left the GHC 5.7 billion debt. Nii Dodoo contended that the defendants “have breached their duties as directors of uniBank Ghana Limited, and are liable for all the loss to uniBank Ghana ltd by their acts of breach.”
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