General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: citifmonline.comGHC70,000 salary for Cocobod CEO unthinkable – HackmanHackman Owusu-Agyeman, Board Chairman of Cocobod. The new Board Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, believes the slashing of the “outrageous” salaries of Cocobod’s top management is only a reasonable step to align the Board with the state remuneration structure. “For me, it is absolutely unthinkable that the gross salary of the Chief Executive Officer should be in the neighbourhood of GHC70,000 to GHC75,000 a month, and the net is about GHC55, 000 to GHC57,000 a month. All I am saying is those who do the work should benefit more than anybody else,” he noted. Mr. Owusu-Agyeman was sworn in today [Tuesday] by President Nana Addo as Chairman of the Board, together with other board members.
Politics of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: adomonline.comObimpeh’s ‘campaign cash comment’ Kwaku Ananse story – Yamoah PonkohFormer Chief Executive of Ejisu-Juabeng Municipal Assembly, Yamoah Afrifa PonkohFormer Chief Executive of Ejisu-Juabeng Municipal Assembly, Yamoah Afrifa Ponkoh, has described as Kwaku Ananse story claims by the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Obimpeh that he did not receive money for the 2016 campaign. Earlier, there were claims that former President Mahama will drop names of functional executive committee members whom he gave money for the 2016 campaign which ended up in individual pockets. The issue fueled suspicions within the party after several accusations that some executives of the party have embezzled funds meant to run the campaign. But Mr Yamoah Ponkoh in a rebuttal described the claim as a ‘folk tale’ adding that funds were given to the regional executives for the campaign. He indicated that, claims by Chairman Obimpeh is part of face-saving efforts by some executives who contibuted to their humiliating defeat.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: Peacefmonline.comFinance Minister indirectly shoots down one-district, one-factory policy? Finance Minister, Ken Ofori AttaMinister for finance, Ken Ofori Atta is believed to have breached article 174(2) of the 1992 constitution, GIPC Act 2013 (865) as well as inter-country protocols on trade and investments through the withdrawal of tax exemptions from strategic investing companies in Ghana. This was largely confirmed by Kweku Kwarteng, deputy minister designate for finance during his vetting in parliament today. Many strategic investors have chosen Ghana ahead of its West African neighbours because of the tax exemption incentive through the Ghana investment promotion Act. 'The minister of finance has responsibility to administer tax exemptions.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: citifmonline.comHackman Owusu-Agyeman sworn in as Cocobod ChairmanHackman Owusu-Agyeman is Board Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board. President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn in former Minister of Water, Works and Housing under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, as Board Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board. Other members who were appointed to serve on the Board including Kwame Sarpong, Carlos Ahenkorah, Nana Johnson Mensah, among others, were also sworn in today [Tuesday]. Mr. Owusu-Agyemang takes over from the immediate-past Board Chairman of COCOBOD, Daniel Ohene Agyekum, who served as Ashanti Regional Minister and Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration. The swearing ceremony comes weeks after a probe into the activities of the former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Frimpong over corruption allegations.
Religion of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: Solomon AdjeiThe Power of the cross for Saturday April 29Power of the CrossThere comes a time when men and women are called to get closer to the cross of Jesus Christ. This call is oftentimes christened experiencing the power of the cross. The question however is; is there any power in the cross? We are cut short from the enjoyment because we have failed to acknowledge the power in the cross of Jesus Christ”, he said. Pastor Atuahene therefore wishes to call on all to return to the cross, and to experience the power therein, and live in enjoyment whiles glorifying God, and he respectfully invite everyone to attend this event to experience the power of the cross.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comWe've not been given money to run libraries for two years - LibrarianMinister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku PrempehAshanti Regional Librarian has said for the past two years that she has been in charge of the facility, they have not been given any money to run the libraries in the Ashanti region. Elizabeth Arthur said lack of power is the regional libraries major setback and called on government to sorted it out. Pupils to the library struggle to read as there is low visibility to read or access the library which owes over GH24,000. Authorities say the over 500 patrons who visit the library daily have been enduring the situation since the beginning of the year. The Ashanti Library established in 1950 which is the oldest and biggest of the four public libraries in Kumasi has a wide patronage.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: Graphic.com.gh4-year SHS students better than 3-year counterparts - Prof YankahProfessor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State-designate in charge of Tertiary EducationThe Minister of State-designate in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, has defended the four-year Senior High School curriculum saying that students who went through that system performed better than their counterparts who went through the three year course system. Prof Yankah shared his views on the matter when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday. Answering questions on a wide range of issues, he described the complaints that private universities were much more expensive that public ones as a myth noting that the gap between public and private universities was narrowing. “We don’t need to delude ourselves that GETfund is for public universities but for all private and public institutions to benefit. He retired lecturers could still take up positions at the private tertiary institutions and lecture.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: kasapafmonline.comFormer deputy local government minister’s residence ransacked over missing state vehicleDeputy local government minister, Emmanuel Kwadwo AgyekumOfficials of the presidential Taskforce on the retrieval of state assets Tuesday morning ransacked the Ashongman Estate residence of the former Deputy Local Government Minister, Emmanuel Kwadwo Agyekum on suspicion that he’s keeping state vehicles. “Apart from the leader of the group, one Ahenkorah who showed his ID in the process, the rest of the men were without any ID, including the two uniformed police men. When they took my car papers and saw that everything was okay, they told me they would have to do a photocopy of it and return it later. I suspect this false information was given to them by my neighbours. His family was caged in their home, including his children who had to forfeit school because they were not ready to release the vehicles in the house for more than two hours.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: classfmonline.comPatrick Missah is new Prisons bossPatrick Darko Missah, Acting Director-General of the Ghana Prisons ServicePresident Akufo-Addo has appointed DOP Patrick Darko Missah as the Acting Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service. According to a press release from the Ministry of the Interior on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, “His Excellency, the President of the Republic, pursuant to Article 207 (1) of the Constitution and Section (1) of the Prisons Service Act 1972 (N.R.C.D 46) as amended, has appointed Mr Patrick Darko Missah as the Acting Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service.”Mr Missah, who has more than 20 years’ working experience with the Ghana Prisons Service, will succeed Emmanuel Yao Adzator, who is expected to be given a new role. Mr Missah’s appointment takes effect immediately.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: rainbowradioonline.comOnly incompetence will make a government complain of 'galamsey' - ErnestoSome women indulging in galamseyA member of the Economic Fighters League and National Youth Organizer has slammed President Akufo-Addo for complaining about the activities of illegal mining aka ‘galamsey’. According to him, the President who doubles as the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces should be complaining about ‘galamsey’. In his view, it is only incompetence on and misplaced priorities that will lead a Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces to complain. The Minister at the meeting said: “We are not saying Chinese governments or Chinese corporations should not come to Ghana. We will come after you.”“We are prepared to work with you and collaborate with you to address this problem.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: 3news.comChairman Wontumi summoned to Flagstaff House over 'Delta Force'Bernard Antwi Boasiako is the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPPThe Ashanti regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly called Chairman Wontumi has been summoned to the seat of government over the recent acts of a vigilante group known as Delta Force. The group which is allegedly formed by Chairman Wontumi has claimed affiliation to the governing NPP. Over 100 members of the Delta Force vigilante group attacked the offices of the Ashanti regional Security Coordinating Council and threw out the coordinator – George Adjei, indicating that they (the group) do not recognise him and that he was not from the region. Four other members of the group have been picked up by the police for interrogation and to help with investigations. Mr. Antwi Boasiako is to answer questions about the activities of the group and why it was formed in the first place.
Health News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comGhana to build first international paediatric cancer centrePresident Akufo-AddoAn International Paediatric Cancer Centre, the first of its kind in the world, is to be built in Ghana as a center of excellence in cancer care on the African continent. The centre is the first step of a broad global initiative being undertaken by the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation to enhance the rate of cure of cancer in children, through increasing access to comprehensive cancer care. The 94-bed state-of-the-art, according to Dr. Trippett, will also serve as a teaching facility for medical professionals in Ghana and the continent, with the infrastructure of the hospital also designed to meet high international standards for delivery of quality cancer care for children. She also revealed that the centre will factor in lodging facilities for patients and parents, in addition to the recruitment of visiting international medical professionals to aid in training of medical professionals in the delivery of high quality care. Four of such centres, Dr. Trippett stated, will be built across the world in four other continents, with the centre in Ghana being the “flagship project.” The project, she added, will be completed within two years.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: Starrfmonline.com400 structures to be demolished on Bolga-Bawku road9 kilometres of the 116 kilometres covered with bitumen so farNo fewer than 400 structures in the Upper East region have been marked for demolition amid the ongoing reconstruction of the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakon Road, engineers have announced. Temporary structures, residential buildings, commercial structures, electric poles, waterlines – all of them will be affected. We are working within about 22 metres of road width that include walkway, drains and space for construction equipment to turn around,” Ing. I’m appealing to the Minister of Road to [have] this contracted terminated and added to the main contractor. I wish that the minister would look at it seriously and terminate that contract immediately from Nangodi to Red Volta.
In an interview after a forum to discuss sustainable funding options for the policy on March 22, Dr Manteaw said Ghana’s Free SHS project was an onerous one considering its dynamics. “You have to look at the resources available, see what cost it can cover, and cover that in year one for every child. As we proceed to year two, you can bring on additional cost, and then by year three or four, we would have covered all cost. “To me it is a better strategy than to attempt to cover all cost in year one, and put unnecessary pressure on the budget,” he said. Touching on other funding options, he said the mining sector had the capacity to contribute towards funding the Free SHS and there must also be efforts to redirect Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending to prioritise contribution to education.
General News of Tuesday, 28 March 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comDelta, Invisible forces to join National Security – AgyapongSome invincible forces have purported acts of violence in recent timesThe various vigilante groups associated with the opposition New Patriotic Party will be enrolled with the National Security, a bank roller of the governing party has hinted. According to Kennedy Agyapong, the youth groups are recognised within the structures of the New Patriotic Party and must be protected, now that they are in power. One of the groups, Delta Force, has come under public scrutiny following their attack on the Ashanti regional security coordinator. “The vigilante groups are recognized in the party and so I will personally make sure they are recruited into national security. “Any of the Invincible Forces and Delta Forces who have no work should come to me today, we will give them work,” Agyapong told Adom FM Tuesday.