General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: GNAWe’re guilty of environmental abuse; let’s change – MinisterProfessor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and InnovationProfessor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Innovation, on Monday, asked Ghanaians to be safety conscious and change their attitudes for a safe environment for the wellbeing of all. He explained:“We have to change our attitudes; there must be a change like President Akufo-Addo said, we should not be spectators but be active participants”. He reminded the EPA officials that they had a major role to play in leading the crusade of keeping a safe environment. “We have a better way of helping women who make charcoal in a place like Sissala in the Northern Region. As part of the Minister’s visit, a staff durbar was held where the Minister interacted with the staff of the Agency to know their peculiar issues and challenges.
In 2011, my old passport expired and I paid 120 dollars and filled in passport forms from the Ghana High Commission. I had witnessed on his passport forms for him to renew his passport. Are there any lawyers on Ghanaweb to come to my rescue to help stop this rot at the Passport Office in Accra? Employees at Ghana passport office should sit up. We have had the hang of such crap from the Passport Office.
Diasporian News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: NPP-USANPP-USA Responds to Nzema Chiefs on Ghana Gas. NPPThe attention of NPP-USA has been drawn to a statement byÂ someÂ chiefs of the Nzema area kicking against the appointment of Dr. Ben K .D Asante as Acting Chief Executive of Ghana Gas. The overriding deciding factor must always be on competence, and from that standpoint, not too many come close to Dr. Asante. ÂDr. Ben Asante has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. In fact, NPP-USAâ€™s imprint on the discovery of commercial quantity petroleum that ushered in a bona-fide oil and gas industry in Ghana cannot be denied.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Daily GuideKrobos angry with NDC over 'Agyarko conspiracy'Boakye Agyarko, Energy Minister‘Krobos for Change,’ a group made up of Krobos residing in the Western Region, has vented its spleen on members of the minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament. According to the Krobos, the minority have subjected two of their (Krobos’) blood relations – Boakye Agyarko, Minister of Energy and the Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba – to public ridicule. Some minority members in parliament accused Mr Boakye Agyarko of attempting to bribe them, ostensibly to have his nomination approved – after he had gone through the vetting process. The allegation came hours after the minority had refused to support the approval of Mr Boakye Agyarko and Osafo Maafo (then Senior Minister-designate) after raising concerns over some statements he (Agyarko) made before the committee. “We know Boakye Agyarko very well; he is not corrupt.
Regional News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: dailyguideafrica.comGHS500,000 to maintain Buipe bridgeKwasi Amoako Atta interacting with the project manager at BuipeThe Minister of Roads and Highway, Kwasi Amoako Atta, has stated that government will spend GH¢499,000 for the emergency maintenance of the Buipe bridge in the Central Gonja District in the Northern Region. The minister hinted that the rehabilitation on the bridge would be cheaper because there would be no external consultants or engineers, but rather engineers from the sector. According to the minister, the Buipe bridge is in a critical stage and must be worked on as quickly as possible. Ghana Highway Authority has announced the closure of the Buipe bridge in the Northern Region to enable repair works to be carried out on the bridge. The road minister stated that there are serious challenges with the Buipe and Yapei bridges and something must be done about it to save the bridge.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: ATVDr. Nduom warns politicians to stop stealing state assetsDr Papa Kwesi NduomThe spate at which the state loses assets when there is a change of government has been condemned by the 2016 flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom. The PPP stalwart in an address on ATV’s Ghana Great and Strong show bemoaned the practice of taking home assets which belong to the state. His concern stems out of the refusal by some individuals to return various state assets, including landed properties and vehicles, to the state. In his view, we wouldn’t progress as a nation if we continue to shortchange the nation by buying state properties which haven’t been properly valued. It is on this note that Dr. Nduom called on both politicians and civil servants to put a stop to the practice of forcefully owning properties which belong to the state.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: kasapafmonline.comSame-sex marriage is an abomination – SpeakerProf. Mike Oquaye, Speaker of ParliamentSpeaker of Parliament, Rt. Same-sex marriage, he noted, is abomination since the culture, religion and traditions of the Ghanaian setup frown on it. I believe these are some of the challenges of this modern world which are manifest of abomination”, he noted. Sam Korankye Ankrah was specifically concerned about the proliferation of churches in the country, which in his view, was affecting the work of God. ”I am encouraged today that if the world is in doubt about Ghana’s stance on homosexuality, the Speaker has said it all that same-sex marriage is an abomination to God“, he emphasised.
Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: Okoampa-Ahoofe, KwameWho are these NDC clowns on the PAC? That it came from the same source that healthily exposed the Woyome Heist, made the need for a thorough investigation all the more warranted. In the aforesaid column, I also vividly remember calling on the Assin-Central New Patriotic Party’s Member of Parliament to consider handsomely compensating Mrs. Osei and the genuinely aggrieved. Which clearly harks back, once again, to the fact that the minority members on the PAC may, after all, not be qualified for the purpose for which they were selected and seated on the PAC. Yes, these NDC-PAC members are a pack of clowns and buffoons, and I make absolutely no apologies for reasserting the same.
Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: Kwarteng, FrancisAkufo-Addo behaving irresponsibly like his plagiarized inaugural speechPresident Akufo-Addo at his inauguration ceremony“I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. AKUFO-ADDO A SPECTATOR, NOT A CITIZENClearly the target of Akufo-Addo’s plagiarized inaugural speech was the Ghanaian, supposedly an audiential referent very much in tune with the swearing-in hoopla. This view however contradicts the moral and hopeful subtext of his inaugural speech, a speech made of stolen parts. The notoriety of Akufo-Addo’s plagiarized speech, either advertently or inadvertently transplanted this controversial context onto the Ghanaian political and moral landscape. Realizing these noble goals however boils down to citizenship, social justice, political morality, equity and fairness, and political action.
To cut to the chase, as it were, the Sixth-Form National Service wasted a full-year of the lives of most of the participants. And from the look of things, some three decades on, the Post-University or Tertiary National Service Scheme does not appear to be any better. At any rate, Ms. Djaba says that she was unable to fulfill her National Service commitments because she was out of the country. In principle, I have absolutely nothing against the National Service Scheme, which was officially implemented at full-throttle by the Acheampong-led junta of the National Redemption Council (NRC), later renamed the Supreme Military Council (SMC – I). And this is what the NDC-PAC members would have Ms. Djaba morally regret for not having been a part of?
Instead, we are told that some armed military men from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) entered Mr. Adams’ residence, while the latter was out of the country and commandeered the aforesaid vehicles. And to be frank with the dear reader, I am not the least bit sorry for Mr. Adams. And so it is decidedly untenable for Nana Obiri Boahen and his men to cavalierly presume to take the law into their own hands. But, of course, all such evidence means absolutely nothing, unless the appropriate procedure for tracking and retrieving stolen State property is followed. Which means that it may be rather too early or premature for Mr. Adams to feel morally superior to his detractors and political opponents.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: citifmonline.comBribery Committee stops Okudzeto from giving further oral evidenceSamuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North TonguParliament’s 5-member ad-hoc committee investigating the alleged bribery scandal involving members of the Appointments Committee, today [Monday], stopped MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, from giving additional oral evidence as a witness. The Committee at its hearing today, gave opportunity to three witnesses namely Boakye Agyako, Energy Minister, Muntaka Mubarak, Minority Chief Whip, and Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central. However, it did not allow Mr. Okudzeto to give further evidence orally aside the information he read to Parliament from his written statement. He said the proper thing for Mr. Okudzeto to do per their procedure, was to submit any further evidence aside what he read before the committee by memoranda. The petition that led to Parliament forming the ad-hoc committee, was signed by three minority MPs namely Mahama Ayariga, Alhassan Suhuyini and Okudzeto Ablakwa.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: peacefmonline.comAkufo-Addo's government gives $90,000 to MPs to buy cars? Nana Ofori Owusu, Director of Elections for PPPDirector of Elections for the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu has disclosed that the Government of Ghana has issued a cheque of 90,000 dollars to Members of Parliament to purchase for themselves cars. He made this shocking revelation on Peace FM's Kokrokoo in relation to the free Senior High School policy by the government. He wondered how it would be difficult to fund the project when Parliamentarians are being given $90,000 each just to buy cars. But they have given a cheque for $90,000 each to Parliamentarians, the 275 of them all that came recently, to go and buy 4WDs...Multiply the $90,000 by 275.
Entertainment of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: peacefmonline.com"30 Other celebrities sent their naked pictures" -Jasmine Baroudi's husband opens upplay videoWilliams and JasmineWilliams Ofori Atta, husband of actress Jasmine Baroudi who was accused of sending his naked pictures to another woman, has finally opened up about the allegation. A few months ago, naked photos of Williams Ofori Atta, an Accra-based fitness trainer and boyfriend of Ghanaian actress-Jasmine Baroudi leaked online together with a host of Ghanaian Celebrities including Starr FM’s Giovanni Caleb. Williams Ofori Atta refused to confirm or deny the allegation and has not commented openly about it until now. Williams Ofori Atta better known as Flask Kick who explained the incident on the show in the presence of his wife actress-Jasmine Baroudi, admitted sending the nude picture adding that he was not the only one who sent those pictures but about 30 other male celebrities also sent their nude pictures to the same person. He also mentioned among other things that Ghanacelebrities.com Editor - Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri also fell victim and sent his nude pictures but in order to protect the release of his nude pictures, he conspired with Chris Morgan to defame him but it all couldn't work.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comBribery scandal: I’m no conspirator – AblakwaSamuel Okudzeto Ablakwa faced the committee to oversee probing into the alleged bribery caseMember of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has told the Ghartey Committee he will never conspire to bear false witness against a ministerial nominee. His comment comes on the back of a bribery allegation leveled against the leadership of the Appointments Committee. Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga has alleged that Mr Boakye Agyarko, the then-Minister of Energy-designate through the Chair of the committee, Mr Joe Osei-Owusu, attempted to bribe Minority members of the committee through Minority Chief Whip Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka to approve his nomination. Mr Osei-Owusu had informed the committee when he appeared before them that Mr Ablakwa had told him the allegation was a joke to equalise the NPP’s claims that former president John Dramani Mahama was corrupt. But Mr Ablakwa told the five-member ad hoc committee investigating the allegation on Monday February 20 that the evidence given by Mr Osei-Owusu that he [Okudzeto] had said the allegation was a joke, was untrue.