General News of Monday, 16 April 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comFaulty traffic lights at Madina Ritz junction, Legon pose danger to publicplay videoPolice personnel reportedly come to intervene in the rush hours on MondaysDrivers who ply the Madina Ritz Junction road constantly have been left with the extra task of maneuvering their way through the traffic at the intersection for well over two months since the traffic lights broke down. During this period drivers heading towards Adenta, Dodowa, Aburi, Agbogba, Ashale Botwe, Legon and environs have to practically ‘fight’ their way through the congestion at the intersection. Some residents noted that a number of road accidents have occurred during the two-month period; pedestrians have also been run over by speeding vehicles. They averred that, the Police intervention in controlling the traffic was rather worsening the situation since they tend to miscalculate; keeping cars in a particular direction in traffic for quite a long time. Many of the hawkers also noted that their businesses had been adversely affected as they were unable to sell their wares without having to worry about their safety.
April 16, 2018 01:18 UTC
If you are alleging criminality and somebody’s liberty is at stake, we cannot limit the discussion to conjecture, speculation etc. Mr. Ofosu Kwakye like his colleagues, believes this is a mere attempt by the ruling government to witch-hunt NDC members following their protests against the US military deal. He recounted previous instances where similar accusations were brought up by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong and the image of people were tarnished. The first person to make the allegation once again was Ken Agyapong, a senior official within the NPP. For those receiving less than their colleagues, they were upgraded in accordance with the prescriptions of the emolument committee and the ex-gratia was paid”, he explained.
April 16, 2018 00:45 UTC
Feature Article of Monday, 16 April 2018Columnist: Anthony Obeng AfraneMahama will soon soar like the eagleJohn Dramani Mahama, Former President of GhanaThe eagle has some amazing characteristics; traits found in top-notch leaders. Fearless: The eagle is very brave and never intimidated by the size of its prey. When other birds fly away from the storm with fear, an eagle takes advantage of the current to soar to greater heights. As soon as its new talons grow, the eagle starts plucking its old and heavy feathers; and after five months, it is rejuvenated and lives for another 30 years. He will soon rise and soar like the eagle.
April 16, 2018 00:45 UTC
Entertainment of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: attractivemustapha.comFancy Gadam does not deserve to win most popular song of the year - Attractive MustaphaFancy Gadam won Most Popular Song of the Year Award at the VGMAsNational Organizer of Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana Mustapha Nii-Okai Inusah known in showbiz circles as Attractive Mustapha has stated without mincing words that Fancy Gadam's song 'Total cheat' does not deserve to win the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards most popular song of the year . Speaking on Onua FM after the event, Attractive Mustapha said even though a section of the people think there is no substance in Patapaa's song, the rhythm resonated well with music lovers, enjoyed maximum airplay and became a household sound both in Ghana and internationally. "Even if we use the audience at the event as a sample size, it is obvious that 'one corner' is more popular with them than total cheat considering the general reaction after the award was given to Fancy Gadam", Editor of Attractivemustapha.com addedHe continued that some section of the general public may have also voted for Patapaa and the others but recommended that organizers should decide to make that category a decision by the board and adopt a methodology to come out with results that truly reflect who wins instead of 100% public votes. Vodafone Ghana Music Awards came off yesterday at Accra International Conference Center with many music fans both present at the event and commentary on social media raising concerns about why Fancy Gadam won the most popular song of the year. Last year, ‘Christie’ by Dobble won the Most Popular Song of the Year award
April 15, 2018 21:45 UTC
Diasporian News of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: Eddie AmehNPP Canada elects new officers at congressA group photograph of some old and new executivesThe Canada branch of the New Patriotic Party has elected new officers to steer affairs of the party for the next four years. “The NDC will come at us as wounded lions in 2020 and we will need the help of the Canada branch more than ever,” he said. Election is NPP Canada’s firstJust like congress, this is the first time NPP Canada branch has held an election. Benjamin Nartey went unopposed as branch treasurer, Philomina Boateng also went unopposed as women organizer and so did Omar Bawa as Nasara coordinator. Canada is NPP’s first external branchThe Canada Branch of the New Patriotic Party was the first external wing of the party.
April 15, 2018 19:41 UTC
Business News of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: Graphic.com.ghEastern Corridor Fibre Optic Network Extension handed over to GhanaDanish Ambassador to Ghana Issah Yahaya and some other officials witnessed the handing over ceremonyDenmark has provisionally handed over the Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Network Extension Project to the Ministry of Communications, which will be managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA). The 165 kilometres, which connects the Eastern Corridor Optic Fibre from Ho to Accra, was financed with a grant of € 3,795, 017 from the Danish Government. The Ho – Accra Fibre Optic Extension Project was executed by Nokia – Alcatel-Lucent Denmark in partnership with a local subcontractor – Kenpon Constructions Company Limited. She said the Eastern Fibre connects 120 communities along the route; and that major towns like Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Gushegu were all connected through that. The whole of the Eastern Fibre Optic Project cost the Government € 38 million with a loan facility from the Government of Denmark.
April 15, 2018 18:45 UTC
General News of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: ghanaguardian.comDouble salary scandal: Blame controller – Casely-HayfordSydney Casely-HayfordA Financial Analyst, Sydney Casely-Hayford has said the the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) should be blamed for the double payment of salaries to some Members of Parliament who also served ministers and deputy ministers under the erstwhile Mahama administration. Speaking on The Big Issue on Saturday, he said although the beneficiary MPs must equally share the blame for not notifying the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, the department had a greater responsibility of ensuring that the right salaries were paid. You don’t take the money and hope that the person will not notice it and therefore you keep the money. [but] to a large extent the problem is coming from the controller and accountant general’s department. He will only work on paperwork that has been giving to it from the administrative centers that are managing the salaries….
April 15, 2018 17:37 UTC
Business News of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: Myjoyonline.comProspects of Ghana issuing samurai bond good - Ken Ofori-AttaMr Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance MinisterThe Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, has observed that prospects for Ghana issuing a Samurai bond in the medium term looked good, judging from the interaction and reception accorded a Ghanaian delegation on the Non-deal investor roadshow in Tokyo. Speaking to journalists in Tokyo at the end of the road show, Mr Ofori-Atta explained that the non-deal road show was not tied to the issuance of a Samurai bond immediately. Mr Ofori-Atta said going forward; government would work on sustaining and improving macroeconomic indicators to improve Ghana’s credit rating, which is rated by Fitch, Moodys, and Standard and Poors at B, B3, and B- respectively. These included meetings with Taro Aso, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Finance; State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masahisa Sato and Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President of JICA. The seminar was organised by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, and the Ghana Embassy in Tokyo.
April 15, 2018 15:00 UTC
General News of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: Graphic.com.ghI received double ex-gratia payment in 2009 – Kyei Mensah-BonsuMajority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah BonsuThe Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has explained it is possible for MPs and Ministers to receive double payment for salary and ex-gratia but insisted the recipients have a responsibility to help correct the anomaly. Using himself as an example, he said he received double payment for ex-gratia in 2009 as a Member of Parliament and as a Minister of State. According to him, when he received the cheque, he made a photocopy for reference and returned it with the explanation that he had already received payment from Parliament and that the second cheque was a mistake. Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu gave the explanation in the radio interview as part of a public education on the ongoing CID investigations that some former ministers in the NDC administration received double salary as well as double ex-gratia. He added that while the paying institutions can be blamed for failing to communicate, the beneficiaries have a responsibility to, when they notice the double payment to inform Parliament or the Presidency.
April 15, 2018 14:37 UTC
General News of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.com20 killed in gory accident on Accra-Tamale roadThe mangled Yutong busTwenty (20) people have so far been confirmed dead following a gory accident along the Accra-Tamale stretch of the road whilst several others have been reported injured. Reports reaching Ghanaweb from the scene indicates that the Yutong bus collided with a market car believed to be heading from Tamale. The incident happened this morning in a village called Yapei-Yipala some few miles away from Tamale. Most of the victims are currently unconscious and have since been rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital. It is yet to be confirmed the total number on board the bus and the number of injured passengers.
April 15, 2018 11:26 UTC
The National Executives Committee (NEC) of the NDC fixed April 14 to 30 for the conduct of branch elections across the country in a bid to strengthen the party at the grassroot level ahead of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls. Hence, he charged the election committee members who are to supervise the branch elections to be fair, firm and transparent in the conduct of the elections at the various branches in the region. He also urged the branch members to vote for persons committed and competent for the execution the party’s agenda to recapture power in 2020. A statement issued by the National Organizer of the party, Kofi Adams stated that ”for the avoidance of doubt, the constituency election directorate should work with the constituency executives in all processes leading to the holding of branch elections. and former party executives at all levels, residents in the constituency must be involved in the supervision of the branch elections”.
April 15, 2018 09:56 UTC
According to him, the ruling party will witness a drastic reduction of voter turnout in the Ashanti Region, as well as in the Eastern Region which might influence their victory. In the 2012 presidential elections, the then NPP’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had 70.9 percent in the Ashanti Region – then President, John Dramani Mahama managed to poll 28.4 percent out of the total ballots cast in the Ashanti Region. The party polled 76.3 percent in their claimed ‘World Bank’. Then President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) garnered a paltry 23 percent in the Ashanti Region. In 2012, the NPP polled 56.9 percent of votes cast in the presidential elections in the Eastern Region, while the NDC polled 42.0 percent.
April 15, 2018 09:22 UTC
The rise of Fancy GadamFancy Gadam beat Sarkodie and some others to win the Hiplife Song of the YearQuite a number of people are still astonished as to how Fancy Gadam managed to win those two very competitive categories at last night's 34th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Fancy Gadam announced his arrival on the national stage last year after winning New Artiste of the Year at the prestigious VGMA ceremony, beating Medikal. Last night, Fancy Gadam beat Sarkodie, Captain Planet et al to win Hiplife Song of the Year. Talking of TOTAL CHEAT', fans of the 'pa2pa' hitmaker Patapaa may feel totally cheated after missing out on the Vodafone Song of the Year award to Fancy Gadam. It goes without saying, like Hamza Suhuyini rightly pointed out after Fancy won, that Fancy Gadam does not have the means to cheat even if he wanted to.
April 15, 2018 02:48 UTC
Feature Article of Sunday, 15 April 2018Columnist: Suntaa Abudu IbrahimMoesha, sleeping with married men is not the ultimate solutionActress Moesha BoduongMoesha Boduong a Ghanaian actress and a model was interviewed by a CNN journalist on an issue of dating married men to make a living and this is what Moesha Boduong said, "In Ghana our economy is just in a way that you just need someone to take care of you. Even when you want to get an apartment in Ghana you pay two years in advance. He expects me to be loyal and just date him only – and give him sex when he wants”. Please we don't need to embrace such statements and we must therefore condemn such statements for the betterment of our upcoming generations. She should not attribute such to the country's economic hardship because other ladies are surviving in it without sleeping around with married men.
April 15, 2018 01:18 UTC
General News of Sunday, 15 April 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comObinim sticker comment: What’s wrong if someone wants to help your plight? Perhaps through his stickers President Akufo-Addo may just be able to resolve the nation’s woes, this is the posturing of Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo. Mr. Adongo believes the ‘powerful’ man of God, Bishop Daniel Obinim should be arrested if government truly perceives the stickers as evil and bad. And that has sparked the Obinim Sticker Challenge on social media.“I have been watching social media lately, and there’s something that has come, and I think it cures everything. It’s the Obinim sticker, the President and his government need an Obinim sticker.
April 15, 2018 00:56 UTC