Regional News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Kasapafmonline.comOne shot in Aburi-Atwiasin chieftaincy disputeOne person has been injured in a shooting incident which occurred Sunday at Aburi-AtwiasinOne person has been injured in a shooting incident which occurred Sunday at Aburi-Atwiasin in the Eastern region over Chieftaincy dispute. The London based Queen mother of Atwiasin upon return to the area has made attempts to bypass the Kingmakers to install a new Chief but couldn’t succeed due to opposition by the kingmakers. The case was reported to the Akropong Traditional Council and subsequently to the Aburi Police following which the process was foiled. The action triggered confusion leading to gunshots allegedly fired by guards of the Queen mother with some of the pellets hitting one Kwame Asiedu who attempted to resist them, injuring him in the process. The Kingmakers headed by Oheneba Kwame Gyan are expected to meet Aburihene, Otobuor Gyan Kwasi II over the matter.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghAdapt to changing trends in the world - Pastor Otabilplay videoFounder and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa OtabilThe Founder and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil, has attributed the country’s economic woes to the inability of its leaders and citizenry to think and adapt to changing trends in the world. Such anomaly, Pastor Otabil said, needed to be addressed through an absolute change in attitude, policies and systems for the progress of the country. We are still obedient to the colonial master,” Pastor Otabil said. ChangePastor Otabil said Ghanaians and Africans in general had refused to evolve with new changes but were rather focussing on past achievements. The general overseer also called on policy makers to abandon their comfort and conventional and traditional methods of doing things.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghGHS adopts new policy on adolescent health development serviceAn adolescent and a provider at a youth friendly cornerGhana, has for a long time now, acknowledged the need of taking care of the health and development of its adolescents. Strategic policyIt is in this vein that the UKaid, WHO, UNICEF, the Palladium Group and partners recently provided support to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to develop a new service policy and strategy for Ghana’s Adolescent Health and Development Programme (ADHD). The aim of the service policy and strategy is to provide the framework within which health service provision and other health related interventions for adolescents and young people would be coordinated and implemented. The formulation of the strategy is informed by the findings of the ADHD programme evaluation conducted from January to March 2016 and the revised National Adolescent Health Policy (2016). It reflects some of Ghana’s new health commitments and the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals to provide the enabling environment for quality health service delivery for the adolescents.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comRein in your ‘rampaging’ task force - MP to governmentPresident Akufo-AddoThe Member of Parliament for Sekyere Affram Plains, Alex Adomako Mensah, has sternly condemned the task force set up by the government to trail and retrieve alleged looted state vehicles, describing their modus operandi as outlandish. He thus charged the President, Akufo-Addo, to immediately rein in the rampaging force before it plunges the country into chaos. The force on Saturday, February 18, 2017 impounded the lawmaker’s vehicle on the assumption that it was looted from the state. The Task ForceThe government on February 4, 2017 set up a special task force to track and retrieve all state assets with certain individuals including ex-government officials who are yet to return those assets. The task force includes members from the Ghana Police Service, Bureau of National Investigations, the Ghana Revenue Authority (Customs Division), the Driver Vehicle Lisensing Authority and Office of the President.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comLeaked Flagstaff House tape: Punishing soldiers needless – Amoako BaahDr Richard Amoako BaahIt is unnecessary to penalise security officials at the Flagstaff House for allegedly leaking a tape showing an assault on a policeman by suspected members of the New Patriotic Party’s Invincible Forces, Dr Richard Amoako Baah, former Head of Department of History and Political Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University and Technology, has said. A military officer is currently in detention at a guardroom at Burma Camp for allegedly leaking a CCTV tape which captured persons suspected to be members of the Invincible Forces. “He called me on Friday that he had been called to report to the Flagstaff House but he didn’t know…why he had been called. When the EBS team contacted the Director of Operations at the Flagstaff House, Lord Commey, for government’s side of the story, he replied via text: “I don’t think I’m the right person to talk to. “If it didn’t happen he couldn’t have videotaped it, so it is not good, but at the same time the Flagstaff House should take time to make sure that people are not able to do these things at will,” he admonished.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comNDC Ministers ‘march’ to Flagstaff House for ex-gratiaThe ex-gratia is a lump sum paid to all officials who fall under the 71 office holdersStarr News can confirm that former appointees under the erstwhile John Mahama-led administration have started receiving their end of service benefit popularly known as ex-gratia. The former appointees especially ministers, their deputies and former Members of Parliament are being directed to the Flagstaff House for their packages. According to Starr News sources, former appointees are sent a WhatsApp message after which they are directed to specific individuals at the seat of government for their cheque. The Tamale Central lawmaker in an interview with Starr News said he only came to terms that the Mahama administration is out of power after he got to the Flagstaff House for his benefit. The payment is made after a new administration takes office.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comMPs' bribery saga: Pass Conduct of Public Officers’ Bill - GII revives callSpeaker of Parliament Prof. Mike OcquayeGhana Integrity Initiative has revived calls for the passage of the Conduct of Public Officers' Bill following bribery allegations against some Members of Parliament. Five MPs have been named in a bribery saga under investigation by s special ad-hoc committee of parliament . But a more holistic approach to fighting corruption within the public space is the passage of the Conduct of Public Officers' Bill to ensure an effective ethical governance. Codes of conduct for public officers are not new. CHRAJ in 2006 launched the Code of Conduct for Public Officers of Ghana and Guidelines on Conflict of Interest based on Chapter 24 of the 1992 Constitution.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghWhy I was ineffective during 2016 campaign - NDC youth organiserSidii Abubakar Musah — NDC National Youth OrganiserThe National Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Sidii Abubakar Musah, has finally broken his silence on his role in the 2016 campaign of the party that culminated in its electoral defeat. The NDC stalwart claims he was starved of logistics and literally neglected because the youth wing was not factored into the national campaign structure; hence his inability to function as expected by the youth who reposed confidence in him and made him their national youth organiser. “This is the first time a campaign team was set up and the national youth organiser was not part of. The youth organisers believe the organiser of the demonstration, Mr Sidii Abubakar, who is the National Youth Organiser of the NDC, contributed to the defeat of the NDC in the last election so they will not listen to him. Speaking to Adom News’, the NDC Youth Organiser of the Fanteakwa South Constituency, Mr Mark Okraku, said Sidii Abubakar could not organise the NDC youth well, a situation which created apathy among the youth.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghFire razes three cubicles at Akatsi College of EducationOne of the ravaged cubicles. More than 48 female students of the Akatsi College of Education in the Akatsi South District in the Volta Region lost their belongings when fire razed three adjoining cubicles on a one-storey girl’s dormitory on campus. He said the fire started at about 1.30 p.m. on Saturday and the timely response of personnel of the Ghana National Fire Services (GNFS) prevented the fire from spreading to other cubicles. The school is scheduled to take a short break this week, before reopening for a new semester later next month. Cause of fireThe Akatsi South District Commander of the GNFS, Divisional Officer II, Edwin Tettey Nartey, said their initial investigations indicated that an electrical fault in one of the cubicles may have caused the fire outbreak.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghAglow prays for country’s developmentAglow prayed for God’s intervention in factors hindering the development of the country. AGLOW International at the weekend prayed for God’s mercies and favour for Ghana, as the country prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary on March 6, 2017. The non-denominational service drew hundreds of people to pray for the country, a monthly routine for many years. Aglow prayed for God’s intervention in factors hindering the development of the country. Pray for graceFor her part, the National President of Aglow International, Dr Mrs Dorothy Danso, admonished Christians to pray for the country without ceasing.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comMy KNUST exit ‘politically motivated’ – Amoako BaahDr Richard Amoako BaahThe former Head of Department for History and Political Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Richard Amoako Baah, has blamed his departure from the institution on machinations by the erstwhile government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). According to him, it was normal practice for the university to offer lecturers who hit retirement age a two-year contract engagement. However, he was not given any such offer even though all his colleagues retiring last year got an extension. This, he said, made him believe that some political figures were behind the decision not to extend his stay at KNUST. It is very bad but shameful really.”He continued: “My department is dying, there are no people there to teach, there are not enough professors.
Politics of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comI’m now a registered NPP member - Amoako BaahDr. Richard Amoako Baah, former head of the political science department, KNUSTHarsh critic of the Mills and Mahama administrations, Dr Richard Amoako Baah, has revealed he is now a registered member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP). “Right now, yes, I am for any party that sees to the progress of Ghana, yes I am NPP now, I’m registered NPP,” the former head of the political science department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Monday, 20 February. Asked when exactly he joined the NPP officially, Dr Amoako Baah said: “It’s been a while,” and laughed. According to him, the Mills and Mahama administrations were failures, thus his decision to join the “alternative”. “I’m happy NDC lost,” he added, saying he has been to the Flagstaff House a few times to meet with Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and some government officials.
Feature Article of Monday, 20 February 2017Columnist: Kuunifaa, Cletus D.The hopeful 100-days in office of President Nana Akufo-AddoPresident Nana Akufo-AddoBy Cletus D KuunifaaThe first hundred days of any presidency could be measured by the successes and accomplishments as of the time of assumption of office. We are in a cruise for President Nana Akufo-Addo’s 100-day mark and we are expectant just as we are hopeful for a very good 100th day score. Reason why it has been good news to hear President Nana Akufo-Addo charged his ministers to declare their assets in two weeks. Quality education is a must for Ghana and if President Nana Akufo-Addo can firm out a policy ensuring quality education to Ghanaians by ensuring the nation achieve that vision, it would be a good step in the right direction. It was good news to hear the president mention the creation of an agency responsible for diaspora relations.
Movies of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: zionfelix.netUse smaller gods to swear-in State officials – Pete Edochie tells Rawlingsplay videoPete Edochie and Ex Prez. RawlingsNollywood legend Pete Edochie who is in Ghana to shoot Kofas Media and Miracle Wave International collaborated movie has suggested that African leaders swear with smaller gods instead of the bible. To him, God forgives easily so these officials do not take the oath serious whenever they hold the Bible to swear. The Nigerian actor further said that the smaller gods are not merciful like the Almighty Who created heaven and earth so that will put fear in these corrupt leaders. To him, the gods give instance justice to persons who break their oath and that will deter politicians from ‘chopping’ state cash.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: dailyguideafrica.comWe won’t fail you - Ministers tell Akufo-AddoAkufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in a group photograph with the newly sworn-in Regional MinistersThe 10 Regional Ministers who were sworn in last Friday have assured President Akufo-Addo that they would not disappoint him with the tasks given them. Thanking the president for the honour and privilege done them, the Western Regional Minister, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, said with emphasis, “On behalf of my colleagues, we want to extend our sincerest thanks to the president for the honour that has been reposed in us and we make this solemn pledge that being mindful of the hard toil that this president has gone through, we will not fail him,” to a spontaneous applause from the crowd that had gathered at the Credential Hall of the presidency to witness their swearing-in. ResolveDr Kwaku Afriyie assured, “We are very clear in our minds and the president has even made allusions to that; our pledge has been encapsulated in this Latin phrase ‘Semper humilis,’ always humble; we shall be humble but we shall always be very diligent and..…… make sure that the policies that have been enunciated in our party manifesto are carried to fruitfulness. “In this instance, we pledge that we’ll cooperate with our fellow colleagues, the sector ministers and we also pledge to go to the grassroots; we will collaborate with traditional authorities and the Ghanaian community at large, so that your vision will be fulfilled.”Congratulating the ministers and wishing them Godspeed in the discharge of their duties, President Akufo-Addo said, “I’m confident that with God’s guidance, you will succeed.”He could not but thank the Speaker and Members of Parliament (MPs) for the speedy manner in which they vetted and approved his ministerial nominees. For him, “It is a good demonstration of the spirit of cooperation of the executive which I want to make a hallmark of my presidency.”ChargePresident Akufo-Addo insisted, “You know my resolve; it is to provide good, honest government for our people which will enable our economy to recover and grow rapidly, to create jobs especially for our young people and to generate prosperity for the mass of our people in conditions of freedom and responsibility.