General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Enerst LarteyState of Nation address is serious business not blame game – Kojo Oppong NkrumahMember of Parliament for OfoaseAyirebi, Hon. Kojo Oppong NkrumahThe Member of Parliament for OfoaseAyirebi, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has hinted that the president will use his ‘State of the Nation Address’ today to make key policy announcements that will give hope to the Ghanaian people and not to chastise the previous government. The president’s State of the Nation Address is not for blame games. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghUnresolved chieftaincy disputes frightening - Security analystNana Owusu SekyereA security analyst, Nana Owusu Sekyere, has observed that the number of unresolved chieftaincy disputes across the country is not only frightening, but also poses a security threat to the entire nation. As a way forward, he suggested that the government and security agencies should place a premium on identifying, detecting and curbing chieftaincy disputes in the country. Mr Sekyere stressed that the increase in chieftaincy disputes across the country required a thorough national debate for a sustainable solution. 325 unresolved disputesIt will be recalled that during his ministerial vetting, the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, revealed that there were 325 unresolved chieftaincy disputes across the country, noting that the Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute would only add up to the number of unresolved chieftaincy disputes. “The gravity of these chieftaincy disputes do have a telling effect on society and our nation as a whole.
Bodybuilding of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: The FinderSports Ministry owes me $11,500 - Powerlifter Charles NatteyCharles Nattey, PowerlifterPowerlifter Charles Nattey who represented Ghana at the Paralympic Games in Brazil last year is pleading with the government to pay him his $11,500 which was money he used in pre-financing himself to the Paralympic Games in Rio last year. He said, “I am entitled to $11,500 from the government which is money I spent for the qualifiers and the pre-camping in the USA for three weeks. We feel we are not been treated well because it looks as if the Ministry is against we the disabled. Charles Nattey and two other Paralympic Athletes represented Ghana in the Paralympic Games in Rio last year and they are yet to receive their bonuses. It will be recalled that the former Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, told the media that he had instructed the GFA to invite only locally-based players for the Ghana-Rwanda AFCON 2017 qualifier since the team had already secured qualification.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: GhanaWeb/JoyNewsLIVESTREAMING: Reactions to President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Addressplay videoPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-AddoWatch a livestream of President Akufo-Addo’s maiden State of the Nation Address as he delivers and outline policies to tackle the economic challenges facing the country. This is in fulfilment of Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution that stipulates that: “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of parliament and before the dissolution of parliament, deliver to parliament a message on the state of the nation.”His address will present an outlook of the state in various sectors of the economy, as inherited from the previous National Democratic Congress government led by John Mahama. The President in his campaign message during the 2016 elections made several promises to Ghanaians on how he will tackle the ailing economy by providing one factory in every district, jobs for the youth, one village one dam and the free SHS policy which will be starting this September. The minority in parliament are anticipating knowing how the President will address the issue of funding free SHS programme without using the heritage fund and how the other projects he said in his campaign message will be rolled out. Watch a livestream of the programme here.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: 3news.comInserting legs and fingers in ‘thief’s’ genital is barbaric – Otiko boilsOtiko Afisa Djaba is Minister designate for Children, Gender and Social ProtectionGender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba says she is appalled by the acts of violence meted out against a 27-year-old lady for allegedly stealing in Kumasi. Speaking in an exclusive interview with 3FM’s Mercy A. Catherine Adjabeng, the Gender Minister said the act is dehumanizing and doesn’t reflect the ideals of the Ghanaian society. “I really want to condemn this barbaric and cruel act that took away the dignity and self-esteem of this young lady. Calling the situation as worrying, the Gender Minister, noted that the incident showed the Ghanaian society was gradually becoming intolerant. “The beating, prodding and humiliation she suffered is not like the Ghanaian society that I know.
Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: Obrempong Yaw AmpofoOpen letter to chiefs in ‘galamsey’The discolored Pra River affected by galamsey. It is regrettable to see many of you in the Western, Ashanti and Eastern regions engaging and defending ‘galamsey’ [Illegal mining] silently. For those of you Nananom involved in this, whichever way you look at galamsey, its negative and long term effects are damaging than the short-term happiness you pursue. The cool rivers that your ancestors used to fetch water while in their farms have been polluted. Nananom, I respect tradition and people who stand for it.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghAgona West NPP youth accuse MP of destroying partyMr Patrick Quainoo (middle) addressing the mediaSome aggrieved activists of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have accused the Member of Parliament for Agona West Constituency, Mrs Cynthia Morrison, of perpetrating acts that have the tendency of damaging the reputation of the party. Press conferenceAddressing a well-attended press conference at Agona Swedru, the leader of the group, Mr Patrick Quainoo, said the conduct of the MP towards the masses and the foot soldiers was malevolent. According to the Youth Leader, the constituency chairman of the party had earlier consulted the MP for the preparation of the list and she asked the party executives to go ahead, but on the day of the swearing-in, the MP rejected the approved list. Subsequently, he pointed out, the MP presented her own list of appointees to be sworn in, which even included known activists of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Act on petitionHe, therefore, called on the leadership of the party to act on a petition presented to them towards addressing the impasse in the constituency.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghI respect Akufo-Addo for his principles, values - RawlingsFormer President John RawlingsFormer president Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has said he respects President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his principles and values. No, but I respect him for certain principles and values and I will continue to pray and sincerely hope that he stays on track and devote possibly over 30 per cent of his time to fight corruption and corruptible tendencies,” Mr Rawlings said. According to a press release from his office, Mr Rawlings said Ghana was fortunate to have somebody like Nana Akufo-Addo because of his principles and values. He also described the emergence of Presidents Buhari of Nigeria and Akufo-Addo of Ghana as a divine intervention because of their respected anti-corruption credentials. President Rawlings commended the production of the movie which has been titled ‘Greedy Bastards’, for its important and valuable theme.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comNo plot to seize ex-UFP leader's cars - Nana Obiri BoahenNana Obiri BoahenThe Deputy General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied allegations he is planning on confiscating the vehicles of Dr Agyenim Boateng (Gyataba), a former presidential aspirant of the United Front Party (UFP) in the 2016 elections. If the army commander calls me in connection with suspected stolen cars in my possession, I will go. If the Inspector General of Police calls me I will go, but if Abronye DC and Nana Obiri Boahen attempt to seize my cars, cars I duly procured, I will deal with them as armed robbers and crush them. We are not in a lawless society or under a military dictatorship.”“Nana Obiri Boahen and his nephew Abronye DC, together with some youth of the NPP, held meetings at Manhyia in Kumasi, planning how to confiscate my cars. I want to tell them that if they attempt, I will deal with them as robbers.”However, reacting to these comments on the same programme, Nana Obiri Boahen said: “It is never true that I held a meeting with some NPP youth in Kumasi to seize Gyataba’s cars.
Many of them have been found to have high concentration of heavy metals including lead, iron and copper in their internal organs. This is said to have come about because of their exposure to heavy metals contained in used engine oil. The Suame Magazine is home to more than 800,000 artisans, and provides engineering and metal fabrication services to motorists from all over the West African sub-Region. He said human biological samples of the artisans were taken and analyzed for heavy metal concentration. Prof Adom-Asamoah said they were yet to determine the association of that health condition with the heavy metal contamination.
Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: Bernard AsubontengAll concerned soccer fans must join forces to push out inept GFA HeadKwesi NyantakyiThe head of Ghana FA, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, has every right to attempt to justify his accomplishments in football all he wants. Regardless of the falling standards of Ghana soccer, the one-sided cheerleaders and some other Ghanaians continue to live in alternative reality world of Mr. Nyantakyi’s egoistic capers. Among others, they point out that under Mr. Nyantakyi’s watch there is an upswing regarding the competitiveness of the nation local league system. So, Mr. Nyantakyi has not much to brag about on this front. Right before playing pro-football, too, the National Football League has vigorous pre-orientation program called Rookie Transition Program that helps the new recruits adjust into their football careers.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: nairaland.com12-year-old Nigerian housemaid disappears with Ghanaian family’s daughterThe suspect reportedly went out with the victim last ThursdayA 12-year-old housemaid, identified only as Mary, has disappeared with her boss daughter, Faith Ayeh, in the Iju Ishaga area of Lagos State. He said, “My family needed a house help and one of my wife’s friends arranged one for us. She brought Mary to my family about five months ago. “I was told that last Thursday, Mary disappeared from the house with my daughter. Paul said the agent who brought the suspect to the family had been arrested, adding that she was assisting the police with investigations.
No economy can sustainably provide the social, political and cultural public and private goods if the economy is not working. The expectation therefore, is for the presentation by the President to provide the real context and performance of the economy along these sound economic measurement indicators. EnergyA key component of the economic recovery strategy is the recovery of the power sector to supply sustainable and affordable power to the individual and corporate consumers. HealthcareClosely linked to the economy and education is the health sector; the health of the nation is its wealth. IMANI will provide a full review and assessment of the presentation by the president within time, to engender proper contextual conversations around the emergin
“Government should not shy away from utilising any available fund, to implement the Free Secondary School policy. “The government should not be afraid to resort to it as a source of funding the Free Education policy. Free education is the only sure way that every citizen can benefit from the oil money.”Read National Media Center’s full statement on the Free SHS policy. Government should not shy away from utilizing any available fund, to implement the Free Secondary School policy. The Free SHS policy should not be looked at as a political policy, but a collective national agenda.
Politics of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Citizen Korsi'Stephen Atubiga for President 2020' posters pop upStephen AtubigaPosters of two-time failed parliamentary candidate aspirant of the National Democratic Congress in the Binduri Constituency, Mr Stephen Atubiga, as presidential candidate for the 2020 elections on the ticket of the main opposition party have started trending on social media. The campaign posters show a smart looking Stephen Atubiga dressed in glitzy black suit, white inner shirt and ‘designer’ red tie to match with a blend of the red, black, white and green colors of the NDC at the background interspersed with the inscriptions “Stephen Atubiga for President 2020” and “the visionary man, the grassroots choice”. Mr Atubiga announced his presence on Ghana’s political scene when he contested the 2012 NDC parliamentary primary in the Binduri constituency but lost by three votes. Determined to achieve his dream, Mr Atubiga made another failed attempt in 2015 to contest the 2016 parliamentary election on the ticket of the NDC in the Binduri constituency. Relentless on seeing the NDC retain power, he joined the party’s campaign team and toured the length and breadth of the country with then President Mahama.