General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: mynewsgh.comExcuse President Akufo-Addo, he is still in campaign mood - MuntakaMuntaka Mohammed described the President's SONA as mere political talk and not issue basedThe Minority Chief Whip in Parliament Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has observed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is still in a campaign mood and must be excused by Ghanains who expected a lot from him during his address. He indicates that some of some of the areas he touched on in his maiden State of the Nation’s Address to Parliament were mere political talk and not issue based as one would have expected. “The president is still in the campaign mood. I disagree with some of things he said just to paint a gloomy picture of the Ghanaian economy. How can you say the there is no money yet you are embarking on projects”, he asked.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comTakoradi-Paga railway to begin this year - Akufo-AddoTakoradi-Paga railway to begin this yearThe construction of the Takoradi to Paga railway, connecting the Eastern and Western corridors, will be initiated this year to open up the country President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed. Mr Akufo-Addo revealed this when he delivered the State of the Nation address to parliament on Tuesday, 21 February. Successive governments have made attempts to revamp the rail sector to facilitate movement of goods and passengers in a more rapid manner. It is recalled that former President John Dramani Mahama before leaving office commissioned the reconstructed Western railway lines which consisted of the development of a five-kilometre single lane from Kojokrom to Sekondi and a 10-kilometre lane from Kojokrom to Takoradi in November 2016. Other rail lines Mr Akufo-Addo’s government is expected to reconstruct include the Tema-Akosombo railway, the Eastern railway line from Tema to Kumasi via Boankra Inland Port, sub-urban railway lines between Accra-Amasaman-Nsawam and Kumasi-Ejisu.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: GhanaWeb.comCARTOON: State of the Nation AddressPresident Akufo-Addo presents his maiden State of the Nation AddressPresident Akufo-Addo is currently presenting his State of the Nation Address in parliament as he outlines policies that will help in fixing the economic challenges facing the country. Even before the President delivers his statement, Akosua of the DailyGuide created a cartoon about the President getting ready to deliver his address as he boards a car to the venue. Photo credit: Daily Guide
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: 3news.comSONA 2017: Atuguba is ‘Chief Justice’Her Ladyship Wood is said to be in Cairo, Egypt, attending the Conference of Chief JusticesSupreme Court judge Justice William Anaam Atuguba acted in the stead of Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood on Tuesday at the maiden State of the Nation address by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Her Ladyship Wood is said to be in Cairo, Egypt, attending the Conference of Chief Justices. She has attended every single State of the Nation address since becoming Chief Justice in 2007. Wood JSC attended the sessions under John Agyekum Kufuor, John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama, whose last address was on January 5, 2017. Curiously, Justice Atuguba acted as Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana between May 25, 2016 and June 3, 2016, when Wood JSC travelled out of Ghana.
Business News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Adomonline.comEconomy in a ‘bad way’, debt stands at GHC 122 billion - Akufo-AddoPresident Akufo-AddoThe President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the economy of the country is currently in disarray. “I say nothing new or dramatic, when I tell this Honourable House that the economy of our country is in a bad way,” he said. “Total projected expenditure for 2016 was GH¢43.9 billion (26% of GDP) but actual expenditure amounted to GH¢50.3 billion (30.2% of GDP). “As at the beginning of 2009, Ghana’s total debt stock was GH¢9.5 billion. By the end of 2016, the debt had ballooned to GH¢122 billion“Ghana’s debt stock now stands at 74% of GDP, after all the previous denials to the contrary“In fact, 92% of Ghana’s total debt stock was incurred in the last eight years under the previous government.
Business News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comI'll surcharge criminal public officers - Auditor GeneralNew Auditor General Daniel Yaw DomelevoNew Auditor General Daniel Yaw Domelevo has warned that his office will seriously start surcharging public officers who are proven to have misapplied state funds. There is more or less ‘a culture of impunity’ – as you complain about it, they are doing it. From now going the Auditor General is not going to complain to parliament anymore. The decision is theirs to do what the law says and if you are very conversant with that section, it says the Auditor General ‘may’, so, they did not and I am very happy to do it. ‘Shall’ means it’s compulsory, no option but they exercised their discretion of reporting all the offences to parliament instead of taking the action themselves.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comState funds leaked through payroll – Auditor GeneralAuditor General Daniel Yaw DomelevoOne area through which state funds are leaked by public servants is in the payment of salaries, Auditor General (A-G) Daniel Yaw Domelevo has said. According to him, his office will surcharge any head of public institution who continues to certify the payment voucher of persons who may have left the organisation but their names continue to appear on their payroll. “Another area of leakage [in the public sector] is the payroll,” he told show host Moro Awudu. We will surcharge and then the headmaster will go and look for the ghost.”He also identified procurement as one of the major means through which public servants siphon state funds. According to him, during auditing, the Auditor-General’s Service often identifies a lot of leakages in the public sector through the procurement process.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Enerst LarteyFree SHS: A chance for Akufo-Addo to make history – Inusah FuseiniHon. Inusah Abdulai Fuseini has said that a successful implementation of the free Senior High School policy will make President Akufo-Addo a statesman who will be remembered by many generations to come. Inusah Fuseini explained. In his opinion, all the manifesto promises were for political gains and that the president will assess the real ones that are achievable and roll them out. “No private sector person is a father Christmas to doll out monies for project that won’t benefit him or her.
General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comBribery probe waste without cross-examination - Sylvester MensahSylvester MensahA former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, has said the entire parliamentary bribery probe will amount to nothing without cross-examination. Speaking to Class News’ parliamentary correspondent, Ekow Annan, after the proceedings, Mr Mensah said the best way to unravel the truth in the bribery allegation is for the committee to allow for cross-examination. “My position is that without cross-examination, there is no way we can unravel this. This issue will always be judged in the court of public opinion. If anything at all, whatever we have heard today has reshaped and reinforced public opinion on what really transpired.
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.