Besides, he said, Ghana had not broken any international law or protocol for contributing troops to ECOWAS mission in The Gambia. In view of this, he said, the embattled Gambian President Yahya Jammeh had decided to step down. However, he said, it was a deterrent measure to force Mr. Jammeh to step down, and that made Mr. Barrow’s swearing-in appropriate. Mr Jammeh has since refused to relinquish power despite mounting regional and international pressure to do so. Mr Jammeh has since declared a state of emergency.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: 3news.comGhana readies to evacuate Ghanaians from The GambiaGovernment has put in place measures to evacuate Ghanaians from The GambiaGovernment has put in place the necessary measures to evacuate Ghanaians from The Gambia where a political crisis is imminent following Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to cede political power to the elected Adama Barrow. The government has been criticised for not evacuating Ghanaians in The Gambia before committing over 200 troops to ECOWAS to help oust Jammeh who lost last December’s elections to Adama Barrow. Security analyst with the Kofi Anan Peacekeeping Training Institute, Dr Kwesi Aning has meanwhile expressed concerns over the government’s failure to evacuate Ghanaians from The Gambia in view of the fluid situation there. However, minister-designate for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, told Parliament’s Appointments Committee during his vetting Friday night that preparations have been put in place to evacuate Ghanaians from The Gambia should it become necessary. Mr Nitiwul said there are currently about 50,000 Ghanaians in The Gambia, most of who are fisher folks, noting that if it becomes necessary to evacuate them, “That has been taken are of.
According to them, during the 2016 electioneering campaign, Nana Akufo-Addo visited the Evalue-Gwira-Ajomoro Constituency and promised the people that he would nominate Catherine Afeku if given the nod. The people jubilated when the name of their legislator was mentioned by President Nana Akufo Addo as the minister-designate for tourism and creative arts. According to the statement, Hon. Catherine Afeku would be the first female Minister to be appointed in Nzemaland, adding that she is the first person to win the Evalue-Gwira-Ajomoro seat for the United Party (UP) tradition. Catherine Afeku on an alleged fraud case”.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: abusuafmonline.comWe will fire Mahama’s appointees - Osafo-MarfoYaw Osafo Marfo, Senior Minister-designatesSenior Minister-designates, Yaw Osafo Marfo has revealed that President Nana Akufo-Addo is likely to terminate the last-minute appointments of former President John Dramani Mahama. Answering questions for the Appointment Committee of Parliament, Mr Osafo Marfo said “we had an agreement with the outgoing NDC government not to make recruitments and procurements. The NPP government reserves the right to lay off any person recruited after the election results were announced.”According to the Senior Minister-designate, he, for example, had to stop about eight attempts to auction off vehicles. He also added that the NDC government erred in law when it made appointments and signed contracts. “The Transition Act was breached as it requires the outgoing government to submit handing over notes a one month to the elections.”Shortly after John Mahama’s loss of the December 2016, there were reports that a number of government institutions were being filled with the appointment of people suspected to be his party faithful.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: kasapafmonline.comTwo wrongs will never make one right – Kan-Dapaah tells NPP supportersAlbert Kan-Dapaah, Minister designate for National SecurityMinisters designate for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, has told property seizing supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to immediately put an end to their nefarious activities or risk facing the full rigours of the law when caught. Kan-Dapaah who on Friday appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for questioning relating to the portfolio he has been designated to is of the firm belief that “two wrongs will never make one right”. Commenting further on the subject, he commended the Ghana Police Service for living up to expectations in maintaining peace and order in the country. ” I must commend the efforts the Ghana Police Service has made in recent times to try to stop this. He added “I fully support the fact that we must make people to agree to respect the laws of Ghana.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comTamale police beef up security over possible ethnic conflictFile PhotoPolice in the Tatale Sanguli district of the Northern Region have beefed up security to avert a possible ethnic conflict between the Basari and the Konkombas tribes. Police officers have been deployed from Yendi to join their counterparts in Tatale whilst the military has been dispatched to the area as well. Speaking to Joy News the divisional police commander ASP Eric Akobor said the police had to beef up security in the area following the withdrawal of members of the Konkomba community in the area. He suspects political differences may have been at the heart of the possible clashes between the two ethnic groups. Already one of the factions are reported to have gone on demonstration wielding mahetes and wearing red armbands.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: 3news.comFinance minister-designate pays NPP’s GHC2million debt to Prudential BankMinister-designate for Finance, Kenneth Nana Yaw Ofori-Atta, says he has settled the controversial GHC2 million debt owed Prudential Bank Limited by the New Patriotic Party. The bank in 2015 wrote to the NPP to demand repayment of the amount which the party secured as loan to prosecute its campaign but reportedly reneged on its repayment plan. The GHC 2,290,631.36 million loan was obtained to support the operations of the party’s polling station agents during the 2012 general elections. “I am personally liable for any obligation that arises from this transaction and not in any way the New Patriotic Party,” he said in the statement. When asked during his vetting Friday as to whether he has paid the said amount, Mr Ofori-Atta said “I have put closure to the prudential debt so that is closed.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comControversial NPP Prudential Bank debt fully paid – Ken Ofori-Attaplay videoKen Ofori-Atta is Finance Minister-designateThe Finance Minister-designate says the over GHC2 million debt owed to Prudential Bank by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been paid. “It has fully been paid certainly it was in December,” Kenneth Ofori-Atta said amidst smiles. NPP has been battling its critics after a leaked document from Prudential Bank revealed the party obtained the sum of ? The Prudential Bank letter addressed to Mr Ofori-Atta in 2015The Bank wrote to the NPP demanding for the payment of the money, but Mr Ofori-Atta responded saying the loan was a private business transaction he did with the bank. According to him, the facility was secured to complement resources the Finance Committee had raised to support the operations of the party’s Polling Agents during the elections.
General News of Friday, 20 January 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comKufuor's gov't didn’t set up committee to sell drillship – Kan DapaahNational Security minister-designate, Albert Kan DapaahThe National Security minister-designate, Albert Kan Dapaah, has denied the knowledge of a committee that was set up to sell the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation’s drillship. The GNPC’s drillship, Discoverer 511, was sold to pay off a US$19 million judgment debt owed to French multinational bank, Societe General. The ship was sold during the previous New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration of former president John Kufuor. Reports that emerged during a Judgment debt Commission sitting in 2013 claimed that a committee was setup by the Kufuor administration to sell the national asset. Answering a question to that effect before parliament’s Appointments Committee during his vetting Friday, Mr Daapah said no such committee was established.
General News of Friday, 20 January 2017Source: kasapafmonline.comWe’ll lay off workers whose names appear on payroll after Dec 2016 – Osafo MarfoYaw Osafo Marfo , Senior Minister designatSenior Minister designate, Yaw Osafo Marfo has revealed that the Akufo Addo-led government will not hessitate in sacking all public sector workers whose names were put on the payroll after December 2016. There have been numerous reports that the NDC government after losing the December 7 elections employed several persons into the public sector. According to him, it was because of this last minute employment that NPP supporters decided to besiege some public institutions, threatening to eject the workers. Osafo Marfo who’s also a former Finance Minister during the esrtwhile Kufour Administration stated that the NPP Transition Team had a big problem with the employment last-minute employment that happened under the NDC government. If names appear on the payroll after December we’ll definately lay them off quietly.”
Business News of Friday, 20 January 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comI’ll reboot ailing economy — Ofori AttaFinance Minister-designate, Ken Ofori-AttaFinance Minister-designate, Ken Ofori-Atta has pledged to protect the public purse stating that it is key to “rebooting” the country’s ailing economy. He also hinted of a tighter fiscal policy to cut down on leakages in the system. “When I look at the current state of our country’s finances I suspect we need tighter monitoring and control,” he told the committee. He said nothing is beyond the AKufo-Addo administration and that the numerous campaign promises made during electioneering will be fulfilled. He said: “We will be able to fulfill the promises in our manifesto within our term; we’ll work hard at it.”
Entertainment of Friday, 20 January 2017Source: Ghanaweb.comKumawood’s Lilwin makes history at Asantehemaa’s burialLilwin dressed as an executioner Photocredit: Okyeame Akwadaa NyamePopular Ghanaian comic actor Kojo Nkansah known in the entertainment industry as Lilwin in paying his last respect to the late Asantehemaa Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II in a historic way. Donned with a black cloth wrapped around his waist, Lilwin left the thousands of mourners gathered at the burial ceremony in shock when he appeared with his body painted with soot and sword in his hands and posed as an executioner. As is the culture with the Asante tribe, a four-day funeral ceremony which ended yesterday, January 19, 2017, was held in honour of the late Asantehemaa Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II at the Manhyia palace, Kumasi the Ashanti regional capital city. Politicians, Clergy, Security institutions, actors/actresses, movie producers and people from all walks of life were present at the spectacular burial ceremony.
Business News of Friday, 20 January 2017Source: abusuafmonline.comMahama used 'Lazy ways' of raising revenue - Osafo-MarfoSenior Minister-designate, Yaw Osafo-Marfo seems to be accusing the erstwhile government of the National Democratic Congress of employing “lazy” approach to raising revenue. Osafo Maafo has therefore reiterated Akufo Addo’s government’s resolve to review Ghana’s tax regime. Appearing at the vetting committee of parliament, the former Finance Minister argued, the erstwhile NDC administration’s move to impose corporate taxes on companies was a “lazy” way of securing revenue. Osafo-Marfo forms part of two other ministers who are being vetted before parliament under Nana Addo’s administration.
Business News of Friday, 20 January 2017Source: kasapafmonline.comWorld Bank misled Ghana in collapse of Bank for Housing & Construction – Osafo-MarfoSenior Minister-designate, Yaw Osafo-MarfoThe Senior Minister designate, Yaw Osafo Marfo has said it was regrettable for the system to allow the Bank for Housing and Construction to collapse. Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo reiterated that the World Bank misled the country over the collapse of the facility because in his view, “the reasons assigned to the collapse of the bank were not tenable.”The bank was liquidated following heavy losses, official sources said at the time. The country’s housing needs is in short supply of 1.7 million units, and is projected to climb to two million by 2018, analysts say. The situation required the introduction of pragmatic and deliberate policies and private sector participation to raise supply in the sector. Mr. Osafo-Marfo is an engineer and a project analyst by training and he established his credentials as a banking and finance leader by heading and successfully restructuring two major Ghanaian banks, the Bank for Housing and Construction and the National Investment Bank between 1979 and 1992.
I expect President Akufo-Addo to demonstrate transparency, accountability and zero tolerance for corruption by declaring his assets and ensuring that his appointees do same in his first hundred days in office. I expect President Akufo-Addo on his own accord to present the true state of the nation on all aspects of the economy to get all of us on the same page. I expect President Akufo-Addo, by the end of his first hundred days in office, to demonstrate an appreciable all-inclusive government and a President-for-all posture with his ministerial and other public office appointments. I expect President Akufo-Addo to do same by revising and presenting realistic goals based on the reality on the ground. President Akufo-Addo must demonstrate his intention to cut down public expenditure drastically by ensuring a modest celebration of Ghana at 60.