Feature Article of Friday, 28 April 2017Columnist: Prince Obeng-AdjeiNana Addo’s 100 days and countingPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-AddoThe first 100 days of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, the only man I know with two “Addo’s” in his name has been okay except it was nearly marred by insurrection from ignoble thugs who feel and think their rabble rousing behavior forced us to vote for the NPP. He has implemented and is continuously implementing most of the promises that were flagship of his 2016 campaign. From the budding of this present government I can fully repose my confidence in them and hope and pray they succeed. Mere talks by the President won’t stop the issue! Nana Toaso!
General News of Friday, 28 April 2017Source: www.ghanaweb.comUG SRC election results were rigged - Presidential aspirantA disgruntled SRC Presidential aspirant is crying foul over the collated results of the elections at the University of Ghana. He stated that the result of the mishap in the elections was due to the university’s adoption of the electronic system of voting. “Before this election started, the CI of the SRC stated that we wanted to go manual. General assembly of Legon approved manual as the system of voting and students agreed, a lot of us came into it. The embattled SRC aspirant called for the electoral authorities to validate the results which declared him a loser.
But what was quite bizarre but interesting, nevertheless, was the public statement that the extant Interior Minister, Mr. Mark Woyongo, made that seemed to heartily celebrate vigilante violence. Made aware of violent clashes between the NDC-sponsored Azorka Boys and the NPP-affiliated Bolga-Bull-Dogs, Mr. Woyongo riposted that the logical response to violence was with violence. Now that the political tables have turned in favor of the New Patriotic Party, the key operatives of the National Democratic Congress are pretending as if the unsavory institutionalization of militia vigilantism just became a national political reality with the 2016 electoral victory of the New Patriotic Party. In reality, vigilantism, as we presently know it, is the veritable invention of the Jerry John Rawlings junta of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), the ideological antecedent of the Chairman Rawlings-led National Democratic Congress. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Yeboah reportedly further stated that he and his staff had woefully miscalculated by assuming the Delta Force operatives to be more disciplined than they have demonstrated themselves to be (See “Delta Force Attack: We Did a Poor Job” MyNewsGhana.com/ Ghanaweb.com 4/8/17).
Sports News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: GHANAsoccernet.comVFB Stuttgart coach dazzled by Ebenezer Ofori's performanceEbenezer OforiVFB Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf has revealed his delight following Ebenezer Ofori’s exciting display over the weekend. The left footed Ghanaian was handed a rare start in their 3-1 win over Union Berlin and he did not disappoint. “He has shown all his footballing quality - and the center dominates," Wolf said. “He is technically gifted and has shown that he has all the abilities to play here so I am so much excited to have him.'' In the summer of 2013, the talented midfielder then took the big step and switched to the Swedish first division AIK Solna and he has never really looked back since then.
His name is only given as Rafik, and he cynically claims that Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, the younger half-brother of former President John Dramani Mahama, did not issue 44 dud, or bounced, checks to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) – (See “Ibrahim Mahama Never Issued 44 Cheques to GRA – Aide” Abusuafmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 4/27/17). One thing, though, is clear about yours truly’s stance on this issue as well as the stances of the overwhelming majority of Ghanaian citizens: we generally do not trust people with single names, especially when such people also happen to be fronting for brazen mega scam artists like Mr. Ibrahim Mahama. Now let’s cut to the chase; and it is simply that, according to Mr. Rafik, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama issued “only 24 checks” to the Ghana Revenue Authority that were dishonored by the banks, 12 each for his aforementioned two companies. Mr. Rafik, the Ibrahim Mahama aide, also claims that the Akufo-Addo government has reciprocally committed itself to honoring its liability to at least two of the companies owned by the Fiaga/Awomefia of Check Bouncers. I don’t recall any key New Patriotic Party operatives entering into any contractual agreements with Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, during the course of the last 8 years on behalf of the Ghanaian people.
Mr. Kinmo Cai, Country manager of Infinix Ghana in his opening remarks highlighted the successes Infinix has chalked in Ghana and the plans in solidifying the gains with better quality services and introduction of improved mobile phone devices in the Ghanaian market. In her presentation April took guest through the various features and the very make of the Infinix S2. “Infinix S2 comes with rear cameras in order to capture exciting moments of the world, plus continuous breakthroughs in front cameras to fully show the charisma of the user. Snapshots by Infinix S2 will make your party and friends look more attractive. Infinix S2 is indeed the definition of stylish”, she concluded.
Sports News of Friday, 28 April 2017Source: ghanasportsonline.comMedeama parts ways with midfielder Joshua LaryeaJoshua LaryeaMedeama has officially parted ways with young midfielder Joshua Laryea. The Takwa-based Club confirmed ending their relationship with the midfielder who joined the Club this season. Laryea arrived in Takwa from Eleven Wise but failed to break into the first team. We have mutually parted ways with midfielder Joshua Laryea. We wish the young lad well!
General News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: classfmonline.comBond saga: CHRAJ confirms receipt of petitionCommissioner for CHRAJ, Joseph WhittalThe Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has confirmed it has received a petition to investigate the recent $2.25billion bond issued by the government of Ghana. One single investor, Franklin Templeton Investment Limited, purchased almost 95% of the Bond issued by the Minister for Finance. The following are also Directors of the Enterprise Group Ltd. – Dr. Angela Ofori Atta, wife of the Finance Minister, Keli Gadzekpo, business partner of the Finance Minister, Hon. There is no record available to the effect that the Finance Minister disclosed his relational interest in the transaction. • Were the initial pricing guidelines of the Bond issued around 5:37pm on March 30, 2017, after normal working hours?
Business News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: classfmonline.comCFOs should focus on value creation not costs - ExpertStephen Kwame Boamah OmaneThe ever-changing trend of the corporate world requires Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) to go beyond their traditional roles and add value to the firms in which they operate, Stephen K.B Omane, the Executive Director of Africa Trust Capital LLC, has admonished. Mr Omane indicated that CFOs would need to realise the evolvement of their roles as business advisors for which “they need to know what other departments do and how it affects the business”. The former Group Financial Controller (Africa Region) for Persistent Energy Africa advised CFOs to be abreast of changing trends of regulations in the sector in which the business operates. He told host Moro Awudu CFOs must understand the in-depth risk profile to support their businesses to develop effective strategies for growth while remaining cost- competitive. To this end he commended the ACCA for their programmes which trains and equips individuals to effectively operate in the business environment.
Business News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: classfmonline.comIPPs won’t rip Ghanaians off under my watch - Akufo-AddoPresident Akufo-AddoPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he will not allow Independent Power Producers (IPP) to rip Ghanaians off although his government will provide the needed atmosphere for the private sector to flourish in the country. Mr Akufo-Addo said this at the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of an LPG-powered power plant in Tema on Thursday 27 April. Dare I say, however, that, thus far, it looks like the government of Ghana has not fared very well in these negotiations with Independent Power Producers (IPP). I believe it is possible for the power producers to make a reasonable profit with a fair agreement that does not sink the fortunes of the country. “This power project will, therefore, be one of several initiatives that would be introduced along the power supply value chain in order to achieve a cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable energy sector,” he added.
General News of Friday, 28 April 2017Source: Graphic.com.gh‘Not all men in public office are great’ – Zanetor Rawlingsplay videoDr Zanetor Rawlings, MP for Klottey KorleThe Klottey Korle MP Dr Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings has emphasised the need to have more women in government, indicating that “not all men seen in public office are that great and if we were to use the same standard by which men get appointed, a lot more women will get in”. For her, “there are a lot of qualified women” who can equally execute such tasks so society must give women enough opportunities to serve the country. Dr Agyeman-Rawlings emphasised that “we need to just allow more women in” to have a balanced representation in society. She charged women across the country to “enrich their knowledge and allow others to also improve themselves to get to such heights”. These remarks were contained in a video post on Facebook wall an event organised by Charterhouse.
General News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: classfmonline.comAuctioneer sells state cars for GHC 350The committee Thursday questioned officials from the Ministry of healthThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Ghana Police Service are on the hunt for an auctioneer who failed to account for the disposal of government vehicles totalling GHS30,000. The report uncovered that the said auctioneer, with Shelter Mart, after selling the vehicles belonging to the Ghana Health Service, only accounted for GHS9,500 cedis out of the realised GHS44,000. The auctioneer is reported to have sold some of the cars for as low as GHS350. He also told the committee that the said auctioneer was recuperating at a health facility in the Volta Region. “About GHS61,800 was paid by the Ghana Health Service to the non-tax revenue account of the Bank of Ghana for Ghana.
General News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: citifmonline.comNorthern region minister urges ceasefire over MMDCE nominees’ hostilitiesNorthern Regional Minister, Salifu SaeedThe Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, has called for permanent ceasefire of the hostilities that has characterized the nomination of some Municipal and District Chief Executives for some 25 district assemblies in the region. The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, today (Thursday), visited some of the hotspots and called for calm. He appealed to the Tolon Regent to accept the President’s nominee and support her get the assembly members’ confirmation. Salifu Saeed said it is the collective responsibility of traditional rulers and government to develop the nation. The Regional minister promised to whip all MMDCEs in the region in line with the government’s positive change agenda.
Business News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: citifmonline.comNDC’s Brogya Genfi petitions CHRAJ over $ 2.25bn bondYaw Brogya Genfi,Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the National Democratic CongressThe Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Brogya Genfi, has petitioned the Commission of Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to investigate the $ 2.25 billion bond issued by government. The Minority had alleged that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, secured 95 percent of the bond for family and friends. Ken Ofori-Atta have any shares or business interest in Databank Ltd. or did he have any shares or business interest in the immediate past? • Did the Minister for Finance make full disclosure of his relational interest in the bond issuance either before or during the process? Did the Attorney-General make full disclosure of her relational interest in the bond issuance either before or during the process?
General News of Thursday, 27 April 2017Source: 3news.comDeputy Health Minister ‘muffled’ at PAC sittingJames Klutse Avedzi, Chairman of the Public Accounts CommitteeDeputy Minister of Health Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu who was to represent the sector minister at the Public Accounts Committee sat through the sitting without uttering a word today. The oath would have enabled him to represent the Minister of Health Agyemang Manu. The committee was looking into the audit report by the Auditor General on the disposal of government vehicles by the Ghana Health Service. He however agreed that the Deputy Minister of Health who is the MP for Bibiani Anweaso Bekwai should be allowed to sit in for the substantive Minister Agyemang Manu but will not be allowed to take any oath. Other officials from the Ghana Health Service were allowed to take their oaths.