General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: kasapafmonline.comAttack on Mahama, a ploy to frustrate his candidature – Kwesi PrattManaging Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has said the noises coming from the largest opposition front-NDC, is a ploy by certain faceless individuals who are bent on knocking former President Mahama out, even before the contest of the Presidential Candidate position is open in the party. “The fear of a possible Mahama candidature is also part…, Pratt said on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji programme Saturday. they will be very happy, if former President Mahama will come to say that I’m no longer interested.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: classfmonline.comNDC's infighting good for healing process - Irbard IbrahimIrbard Ibrahim, Political analystRecent outbursts by leading members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) may have put Ghana's main opposition party in disarray but it could be a blessing in disguise, political analyst Irbard Ibrahim has stated. According to him: “The early indication of cracks is good and will afford the NDC enough time to do the necessary reforms before the next election,” he told Class FM on Saturday, March 25. Since the defeat of the party at the 2016 general elections, several members of the NDC have been accusing each other of being the cause of the party’s fall. Others have put the blame on former President John Mahama, who was flag bearer of the party in the last elections. He added that the current situation of the NDC is to the advantage of the party in power.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comKintampo Waterfall accident an act of negligence, not God – Law lecturerplay videoPrivate legal practitioner, Berlinda PwamangA private legal practitioner says the lack of professionalism on the part of managers of the Kintampo Waterfall is to blame for last Sunday’s tragic accident that killed 20 students. A total of 20 revellers lost their lives at the Kintampo Waterfall on March 19 after a huge tree fell on them. Hours after the accident, it emerged the Waterfall was under the management of members of NPP's Invincible Forces at the time of the disaster. "There was negligence on somebody's party," she said, adding claims that it was an "act of God" are not tenable. Editor-in.Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, said there is no "material or scientific" linkage between the Invincible Forces and the accident.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: classfmonline.comOye Lithur urges crackdown on vigilante groupsFormer Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye LithurFormer Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Nana Oye Lithur has charged President Akufo-Addo to ensure that the spate of vigilante group attacks is curbed. In an open letter addressed to the president and security agencies in the country, she stated that the “unlawful acts [of such groups] have dire national security implications”. Read her letter below:Mr President, Minister of Interior, National Security Advisor, please address with urgency, the operation of vigilante groups and the unlawful extra judicial unorthodox methods being used by the Invincible Forces, Delta Force and other vigilante groups to seek justice or address issues in Ghana. These unlawful acts have dire national security implications. I strongly urge our national security agencies to get a grip of this national security issue and solve this security problem.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: classfmonline.comNDC flagbearer endorsements 'reckless'- KukuborFormer President John Mahama is been 'pressured' to lead the NDC in the 2020 elections. Governance and policy analyst Kofi B. Kukubor has condemned leading figures within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who have publicly declared support for certain individuals to be presidential candidates of the party few months after their defeat in the 2016 elections. His response comes before the 13-member committee led by Prof Kwesi Botchwey, tasked by the NDC to investigate the cause of the party’s defeat in the December 7 polls, presents its report. To him, such conduct does not augur well for the impartiality of the party’s leadership. “You are throwing the credibility and the neutrality of the executive into disrepute,” he added.
The books are to be distributed among selected public basic schools in the two districts, as a means to intensify road safety education campaign in public schools. Mr Kwesi Agyenim Boateng, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Planning Officer told the Ghana News Agency that his outfit had intensified road safety advocacy campaign in public places in the region. This is aimed at educating the general public on road safety, and alert them on the debilitating effects of road crashes on the individuals and the country as a whole. He said efforts ought to be stepped up to minimise road accidents in the region this year and appealed to them to take road safety education serious and contribute their quota to control road accidents. Earlier, the commission in collaboration with the Techiman Municipal Command of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTD) organised road safety education for commercial drivers in the municipality.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: citifmonline.comGovernment to build military hospital in TamaleVice president Dr BawumiaGovernment has reiterated its commitment to fulfill its campaign promise of building a military hospital in Tamale. I have a strong belief that with the necessary intervention, the infrastructural challenges of the Armed Forces will be resolved.” He said government will soon complete the third phase of the 37 Military Hospital. As medical graduates, it may interest you to know, that as part of our manifesto, we promised to build another military hospital in Tamale. This hospital is expected to cater for the medical needs of personnel in the Northern sector of the country. We also intend to complete the third phase of the 37 military hospital project as well as upgrade its equipment to meet modern medical challenges.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: graphiconline.comEnhance competence to deal with security challenges - President tells Armed ForcesVice-President Dr Bawumia rewarding JUO Teng Yenbil Bernard as the All-Round Best Cadet OfficerPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to upgrade their knowledge and enhance their professional competence to deal with national security challenges. He said global dynamics posed new forms of security challenges that could only be dealt with at the national level if security personnel adopted innovative strategies and adhered to ethical standards. "In the prevailing global environment, security scenarios are shifting and, therefore, as military officers, you must prepare yourselves mentally, physically and professionally to meet that challenge," he said. At the colourful event characterised by artistic military displays, 99 medical professionals who undertook a five-month military training were officially inducted into the GAF. He observed that the move would ensure that the military personnel lived in a better environment that would motivate them to protect the country at all times.
He said that required allocation of resources to strengthen the structures of anti-corruption institutions and building of the human resource capacity of bodies with the mandate to prosecute reported cases of corruption. The purpose of the forum was to garner institutional support and inter-institutional collaboration to fight corruption efficiently. He said the continuous reliance on colonial institutional set ups was a disincentive to the fight against corruption. "There is the need to strengthen ethical individual and strong collaboration between civil society organisations (CSOs) and state and public institutions to comprehensively fight corruption,” he added. She said a working group comprising dedicated staff from anti-corruption institutions had been constituted to act as focal points to facilitate the efficient running of ALAC.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: dailygraphiconline.comLocal Government Service develops policy framework to improve service deliveryDr Callistus MahamaThe Head of the Local Government Service (LGS), Dr Callistus Mahama, has called for the continuous operationalisation of the LGS policy framework to ensure improved and efficient service delivery at sub-national levels. New ActDr Mahama provided an overview of the LGS as stipulated in the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936), which repealed and replaced the Local Government Service Act, 2003 (Act 656) that established the Service. The LGS is a public service institution with the mandate to secure the effective administration and management of the decentralised local government system in the country. Policy frameworksDr Mahama said since its establishment, the LGS had developed a number of policy frameworks to help it to discharge its mandate. These include Capacity Building Framework, the Performance Management System and the Service Delivery Standards.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: dailygraphiconline.com‘Civil Society Organisations must demand accountability’- CHRAJ directorMrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo (left), the MP for Abuakwa North, chatting with Mina Mensah (right)Civil society and non-governmental-organisations have been encouraged to demand accountability from various governmental institutions. That, the Director in charge of Human Rights at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Dr Isaac Annan, said, would ensure good governance. The human rights workshop which was funded by Danida brought together civil society organisations (CSOs), NGOs, governmental organisations and United Nations’ representatives. “In human rights, the state has a duty and when I talk about state, I am not referring to governance. Dr Annan expressed the need for civil societies to demand accountability so that institutions could work effectively to ensure their rights were implemented.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: dailygraphiconline.comGhanaians abroad should invest in country — Nana Serwaa BonsuNana Serwaa BonsuGhanaians living abroad have been urged to invest in the country to enhance the country's economic fortune. Nana Serwaa Bonsu, who is Otumfuo Saamanhene-Nkosuohemaa, said Ghanaians living abroad should be motivated to invest in the country because one day they would come back home to benefit from their fruits. Nana Bonsu said she had created job avenues as her contribution to national development by opening three restaurants in Kumasi alone, at Ahodwo Roundabout, Kumasi Sports Stadium and one on the Harper Road, Adum, and that she would soon start another in Accra. She advised government appointees to hold the positions given them in high esteem and work to justify the confidence Ghanaians had reposed in them. She stressed that it was also prudent for women to ensure that they developed their God-given potential to enhance their living standards.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comAbuse of victims attracted me to Obinim case, not popularity - ComplainantBishop Daniel Obinim,The complainant in the case of Bishop Daniel Obinim and two of his pastors’ assault case says the assertion by defence counsel that she was hungry for cheap popularity was wrong and misplaced. The witness said she saw the abuse by the accused persons on television and a video that had gone viral. The first prosecution witness admitted that she did not ‘personally’ know the victim in the case but maintained that she had personal knowledge of their abuse. The complainant said it was the abuse of the victims that attracted her attention to the matter. According to the prosecution in the full glare of the church, Obinim allegedly removed his belt and assaulted them.
Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: dailygraphiconline.comTwo grabbed for online fraudYaw Owusu and Isaac Akye at the Accra Police CommandTwo men are in the grip of the police for allegedly advertising vehicles on an online trading platform to defraud people. Osabarima Pinkro said the suspects, on February 28, 2017, advertised a Hyundai Santafe for sale on tonaton.com and were contacted by one of their victims. He said the victim, however, arranged to make an initial payment of GH¢50,000 and pay the rest later which Emmanuel agreed to. ArrestOsabarima Pinkro said while investigations were ongoing the suspects used the same modus operandi to defraud another victim at Tesano. The victim is said to have prevented him from absconding and raised an alarm leading to the arrest of Yaw.
General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comIt is time to increase counter-terrorism security in Ghana - Ablakwaplay videoSamuel Okudzeto Ablakwa,Member of Parliament for North TonguMember of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says it is time the nation increases it counter-terrorism security. This was after a man drove a car along a pavement in Westminster knocking down pedestrians and leaving dozens injured. The attacker stabbed and killed a policeman and was shot dead by the police in the grounds of London’s Parliament. Speaking on Joy FM/MultiTV's news analysis programme Newsfile Saturday, he said the acts of terrorist should inform the nation to increase security and not leave anything to chance. Parliament has so far called for improved security since the Westminster incident.