Feature Article of Thursday, 17 August 2017Columnist: Kofi AmenyoWhat is happening to “our” Ghanaweb features page? File photoThere is something happening to Ghanaweb these days. Perhaps the most original part of ghanaweb is the Features section. Some five, or so, years ago, three or four features are posted in the early morning Ghana time. Articles posted late in the day do not often attract many readers even from the Americas.
August 17, 2017 03:56 UTC
Politics of Thursday, 17 August 2017Source: atinkaonline.comNDC founder debate unhealthy – Kofi AdamsKofi Adams, NDC National OrganizerThe National Organizer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described comments made by Valerie Sawyerr and Obed Asamoah as needless and uncalled for. Former Chief of Staff, Valerie Sawyerr in an opinion piece questioned why the ex-president, Jerry John Rawlings has been quiet on some important national issues. ..Is he trying to say that his reign was unblemished or that his twin brother’s (President Akufo-Addo) reign is unsullied? Former national chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Obed Yao Asamoah congratulated former deputy Chief of Staff Dr Valerie Sawyerr for criticizing former President and founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings adding that the former president is not the founder of the NDC. Speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, Kofi Adams explained that the “founding fathers” debate is not healthy for democratic rule since the former President cannot be left out when the issue of leadership is raised in the NDC.
August 17, 2017 03:45 UTC
Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 17 August 2017Source: atinkaonline.com5 private security guards arrested for using unapproved uniformsThe taskforce made the arrests at Sukomono, Batsoona in the Tema West MunicipalityA Ghana Police Service and a Ministry of Interior joint task force have arrested five private security guards for using unapproved uniforms. The taskforce made the arrests at Sukomono, Batsoona in the Tema West Municipality on Wednesday. Speaking in an interview with Atinka FM, Mr. Shedrack Mensah, Desk Officer- In-charge of Private Security Operations at the Interior Ministry, said businesses and individuals who want to engage the services of any private security firm must also check with the police to ensure that such companies are duly registered and are operating within the confines of the law before contracting them. ‘’This is because they will be violating the law by engaging the services of such unlicensed PSOs, not to mention the security risk of using the services of such PSOs,’’ he said. The task force said they will sustain the monitoring and enforcement operation to ensure that all PSOs comply with the law.
August 17, 2017 02:03 UTC
“The area of instituting pitch fees. “Go and do the work, come and present and the client decides sometimes long before you have even done the work, they know exactly where they are going. The pitch fees when successfully implemented will help agencies cover some costs incurred during the pitching period. Mr. Nettey said the pitch fees only apply to customers who have shortlisted a number of agencies out of a lot and have asked them to present their strategies based on a brief. Now, because at that stage you have commissioned them to do [the] work, and so that is when pitch fees come in.
August 17, 2017 01:30 UTC
Politics of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: GNASod-turning ceremony held for construction of Foreign Service InstituteMadam Botchwey said the initiative stalled after that initial ceremonyMadam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Mr. Shri Mobashar Jawed Akbar, India’s External Affairs Minister, has turned the sod for the construction of a Foreign Service Institute in Accra. The four-storey project, which is being funded by the India Government, would provide practical training to all Foreign Service Officers as well as officials from other Ministries, Departments, and Agencies. She said subsequently, a sod-cutting ceremony was performed on Monday, 10th November 2008 by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr. Akwasi Osei Adjei. “Fast forward eight plus years later, on July 2015, the idea for the construction of the Foreign Service Institute was rejuvenated. “It was on that date that a contract valued at $ 4,789,682 was signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Seftech India Limited for the construction of the Foreign Service Institute,” she said.
August 16, 2017 22:52 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comTwo vehicles go up in flames after collision; At least 4 feared deadFire service personnel are said to have had a tough time bringing the raging flames under controlA ghastly head-on collision by two vehicles Wednesday evening at Kikam in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region has left at least four persons feared dead. The two vehicles went up in flames after one of them, a bus running on gas, rammed into the other a passenger vehicle, eye witnesses say. A local journalist, Lydia Mensah, reports the flames have been totally doused. Fire service personnel and police are said to have had a tough time to bring the raging flames under control. However, Lydia reports casualty figures could be higher as authorities assess the situation.
August 16, 2017 22:30 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: Ghana News AgencyCSO’s endorse establishment of Special Prosecutor’s OfficeSome members of the delegationCivil Society Organisations (CSO’s) have declared support for the setting up of the Office of Special Prosecutor, but have, however, expressed concern that the process for its establishment may take too long. They have also noted with concern what they describe as the ambiguity in the detailing of the draft legislation on how the Office would deal with corruption, particularly those involving public office holders. The CSO’s expressed these sentiments when they met with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday. Professor Emmanuel Gyima-Boadi, the Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), who led the delegation of CSO’s, said although they endorsed the setting up of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, there should be a clear path of action from government in dealing with issues on corruption. Prof. Gyima-Boadi suggested that the President should, in the interim, appoint a focal person on anti corruption and good governance, stressing on the need for Government to give a roadmap to fight corruption pending the establishment of the Office.
August 16, 2017 20:26 UTC
Regional News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: adomonline.comManya youth declare war on chief over sale of landsThe youth have protested over what they descibe as indiscrimate sale of lands. Irate youth of Manya Krobo in the Eastern region have protested against the Divisional Chief of the Community, Nene Tei Djahene Korabo IV over what they describe as indiscriminate sale of lands in the area. According to the angry youth, the community lacks social amenities because the chief has decided to release lands to private developers instead them for the community. They are therefore calling on the chief to make lands available for the One-District One-Factory project or face their wrath. But Nene Tei Djahene Korabo IV when contacted denied the allegations by the youth claiming the community has benefited a lot for the past 18 years.
August 16, 2017 19:52 UTC
Business News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comHFC Bank's Anthony Jordan set to be named new MDAnthony JordanInformation gathered by Joy Business indicates HFC Bank (Ghana) Limited's General Manager in charge of Risk Management, Anthony Jordan is likely to be confirmed as the bank's new Managing Director. The announcement as the new MD, will see Mr Jordan overseeing the administration of the bank with the total assets valued at $234.3 million, equivalent to GHS 435.3 million. Prior to his appointment at HFC bank, Mr Jordan was the Assistant General Manager in charge of Corporate and Investment banking at Republic Bank Limited in Trinidad and Tobago. Mr Jordan is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in London. One of his immediate challenge as a new MD would be to oversee a smooth transition process from HFC bank to Republic Bank by the last quarter of this year.
August 16, 2017 19:30 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: 3news.comRawlings ‘battling with’ malaria for the past six monthsFormer President, Jerry John RawlingsFormer President Jerry John Rawlings has stated that he has been battling malaria for the past six months. Mr Rawlings had made a late entry to the event and in his apology to the audience said he has not been well for the past six months. He, therefore, craved the indulgence of the organizers to allow him to leave a few moments after he makes his submission. Mr Rawlings spoke to the theme of the forum – ‘The Role of the Council of State: A Critical Assay’ – by calling for slight revisions to the constitutional provision on the composition of the Council of State. “Is the money also injured?” Mr Rawlings quotes Madiba as asking the emissary in the face.
August 16, 2017 19:18 UTC
Other Sports of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: Ghana News AgencyI was impressed with my performance in Nigeria – Derek AbrefaDerek Abrefa is Ghana's current Tennis championDerek Abrefa, Ghana’s number one ranked Tennis player Wednesday said he was impressed with his performance in the just ended 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Nigeria Open Challenge. The 2016 best Ghanaian tennis player lost to Kazeem Makanjuola and Adeosun Adenkule both from Nigeria in the preliminary stage. “I was impressed with my performance at the competition although I couldn’t win any medal. I have learnt a lot as a professional tennis player. Derek Abrefa also expressed gratitude to the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), African World Airline and Tesano Spinners TT Club for their immense support prior to the competition.
August 16, 2017 19:18 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comMr President publish your assets - CSOs challenge Akufo-AddoPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-AddoThe Coalition of civil society groups has challenged the president to make public details of his assets which he has declared in accordance with the law. While the coalition is impressed by the president’s decision to declare his assets, it was quick to add that the content of assets so declared must be published and made public. They would rather public officers declare and publish their assets so that the public can ascertain what public servants acquire whilst in office. Members of the coalition of civil society groups did not waste the opportunity to ask the president to publish his assets. The president promised to conduct comprehensive consultation with his team and other stakeholders before taking a decision on the publication of assets.
August 16, 2017 18:22 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: classfmonline.comCouncil of State relevant – RawlingsFormer President Jerry John RawlingsEx-President Jerry John Rawlings has said that the Council of State plays a critical condition in the development of the country and should not be abolished. Several critics have said that the council of state is a waste of national resources because there is a cabinet that advises the president of the country on important matters. However, he argues the two “have different roles clearly outlined in the constitution” and cannot be scrapped. He emphasised that the council of state “is not one of the institutions in the 1992 constitution of Ghana that should be abolished.”He said it grew out of the African traditional system of governance where a king or chief becomes as “good only as the elders who surround him.”Mr Rawlings who was speaking at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) on the role of the Council of State as part of the Accra Dialogue event on Wednesday, August 16, 2016 said the traditional elders served as a check for chiefs and similarly, the council of state is supposed to serve as an advisory authority to keep the president in check. He said individuals with a high sense of honesty, wisdom, spirituality, patriotism, courage among others are supposed to be appointed on to the council of state but “unfortunately, some members of the council over the recent years do not have these qualities.”Even though he supports the council of state as an institution, he was of the view that certain changes need to be made in order to make it more effective in delivering the mandate outlined in the constitution.
August 16, 2017 18:11 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: mynewsgh.comAccountant blows NMC GH¢115,882 on ‘chilling’File photoGilbert Kwasi Mensah Addision, an Accountant on secondment at the Western Regional Office of the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) is hot after an audit uncovered that he blew about GH¢115,882 in living a luxurious lifestyle. The suspect, who is currently assisting police in their investigations, is reported to have confessed using the stated amount which belongs to the institution according to a Graphic Online report to build a garage, a living room and a store room among other expenses for his personal comfort. It was revealed that Mr Addission was on secondment to the health institution from the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department but within between May 2013 and December 2014 used the period to allegedly embezzle funds under dubious meansThe police have taken over investigations into the matter according to the Registrar of the Nurses and Midwifery Council, Mr Felix Nyanteh who told Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.
August 16, 2017 18:00 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 16 August 2017Source: 3news.comRawlings agrees with Kufuor ‘for once’ on changes to Council of StateMr Rawlings stressed that the Council 'is an important constitutional body and should be retained'Former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor have with one voice called for a revision in the functions and composition of the Council of State. This view, Mr Rawlings observed, is “for once” the first time he agrees with Mr Kufuor on an issue. Mr Rawlings stressed that the Council “is an important constitutional body and should be retained”. Mr Kufuor, who succeeded Mr Rawlings as President of Ghana in 2001, said the Council members should be crammed into a second chamber to Parliament for deliberations on national issues. He suggested that their functions should, therefore, be open and transparent, a point agreed to by Mr Rawlings.
August 16, 2017 17:48 UTC