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NDC Bigwigs Approached Me To Rain Insults On Rawlings And Konadu

As earlier indicated in Professor Ahwoi’s “Working with Rawlings” book that the likes of Dr. Omane Boamah, Felix Kwakye Ofosu and Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa were recruited purposely to speak ill of the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a former Deputy General Secretary of the NDC Koku Anyidoho claims he was asked to do a similar job.

According to him, while working as the Director of Communications at the Presidency under the late President Atta Mills, he was approached on two occasions by two different big men in the party to launch verbal attacks on Mr Rawlings and his wife Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

Ahwoi’s book claimed some people were recruited to insult President Rawlings, I was also called on two different occasions by two different big people that I should go and insult Rawlings,” he disclosed.

Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, the Chief Executive Officer of Atta Mills Institute said that he shared that information with the late President Atta Mills about the intention of these NDC bigwigs.

He added that the late President Atta Mills warned him not to adhere to the stalwart’s wishes as that will end his political career.

When I went upstairs to inform President Mills about it that some two persons want me to insult Rawlings and Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, he told me that I should not allow myself to be used as cannon fodder for someone’s cause; the day you will insult Jerry Rawlings, that is the end of your political career,” he admonished.

Those people who are calling you to insult Jerry Rawlings, they have sought audience with me on several occasions to dispense with your services, but I told them I won’t sack you today, I won’t sack you tomorrow. So, this is their next modus operandi; immediately you insult Jerry Rawlings, they will come to me and say ‘you see what Koku has done?’” he said.

God Has Hardened Mahama’s Heart Like Pharaoh’s – Charles Owusu Preaches

It’s been days since the Akyem Mafia & sakawa boys debate started.

There have been calls for the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama to apologize for validating the post by MP, Isaach Adongo.

A post which has been described by many as ethnocentric.

Charles Owusu of the Forestry Commission who feels Mr Mahama should have apologised immediately the criticisms started, asked Ghanaians to understand the former President because God has hardened his heart like Pharoah.

“I thought if you do something and a lot of people are speaking against it; you apologize or explain yourself but I’m not surprised; a similar thing happened in the Bible. With all the miraculous works God performed, you would expect that Pharaoh would have a change of heart but it didn’t happen. God hardened his heart and so Ghanaians should understand and be patient with Mahama. Because God wanted to shame Pharaoh and bring glory to His name he hardened his heart…You’ve been a president in this country…” he said on Peace FM morning show ‘Kokrokoo

 

Heated exchanges at PAC over GNPC allocations to Okyenhene, Rebecca Foundation, et al

There have been some heated exchanges at the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) sittings on Tuesday, over the GNPC’s allocations to Okyehene, EOCO, Rebecca Foundation, and others.

During today’s sitting, Ningo Prampram MP, Sam George asked why the board of GNPC had to directly approve over 5 million cedis to be paid to the above-mentioned individuals and entities without routing it through the GNPC foundation.

Board Secretary, Matilda Ohene who was present struggled to answer the questions raised  resulting in a follow up from Chairman for the Committee, James Klutse Avedzi.

This was however greeted with disdain from deputy ranking member for the committee, Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru.

The development brought proceedings to an abrupt end.

Dissipating Ghana’s Oil money

There was a public backlash against GNPC over the payment of GH¢5.42 million as sponsorships and donations to Okyenhene Amoatia Ofori-Panin, First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and others by the institution.

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers, a consumer advocacy group in November 2019 waded into the matter and called on President Nana Akufo-Addo, to, as a matter of urgency, initiate investigations into the processes leading to what it described as wanton dissipation of the taxpayers’ monies by the country’s national oil company, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

The call came in the wake of an internal memo which revealed how the corporation approved the said amount for a sponsorship package for some institutions including the 20th-anniversary celebration of the Okyenhene and Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation, a foundation owned by Ghana’s First Lady.

Leaked Memo

The General Manager-in-charge of Sustainability at GNPC, Dr. Kwame Baah Nuarko, who justified the approval of the sponsorship package at the time said, the GH¢120, 000.00 to First Lady’s Rebecca Foundation, the US1.8 million dollars for the celebration of Okyenhene’s 20th Anniversary, GH¢50, 000 to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), US$30, 000 to Ghana Boxing Association, including a GH¢400,000 towards the preparations of the Damba Festival, were not new as they are in line with GNPC’s vision.

Ghana won’t return to IMF after current programme – Akufo-Addo

Government is working hard to build a strong and resilient economy to avoid returning to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial bailout after the exit of the current programme by the end of the year.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who made the announcement said his government was doing everything possible to successfully wean the country off the IMF and run the economy independently of the Bretton Woods institutions.

He was speaking at the St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica in Kumasi at a thanksgiving mass held in his honour as part of his five-day tour of the Ashanti Region.

The President is in the region to cut sod for the commencement of various projects, inspect on-going ones and engage the people to know their felt needs to aid government in its development agenda.

He said he owed Ghanaians a duty to learn at first hand their problems and had resolved to visit all the ten regions each year.


He noted that government was pursuing policies that would guarantee inclusive and coherent society for a peaceful and stable country and called on everybody including the church to play their roles to build a prosperous and peaceful nation.

Most Rev. Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye, Metropolitan Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, said Ghana could be a secured and stable country if people learned to accommodate opposing views and accepted the wisdom in them.

Ghana, he said, would even be more peaceful if the people eschewed corruption, vindictiveness, depletion of natural resources and showed love to one another.

“The media must denounce and stop people from making derogatory and unsavoury comments about others on their platforms.”

Most Rev. Anokye underscored the need for Ghanaians to be law-abiding, disciplined, united and refused things that were too cheap, beautiful and nice.

He counselled the President to avoid cheap policies and infrastructure and aim at projects that would last 50 years and beyond.

My critics ashamed because I’m delivering- Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has hit hard at his critics who say he has achieved nothing since he became president.

READ MORE: Nana Akufo-Addo cuts sod for Kumasi roads facelift project

The president, who is on a five-day tour of the Ashanti Region, on Friday launched the Kumasi roads facelift project in the Kumasi Metropolis.

The project, funded by the Government of Ghana, Road Fund and the French Development Agency, will ensure that 260 kilometres of roads within the Kumasi Metropolis, Ejisu Juaben, Sekyere East, Bekwai and Mampong municipal areas, witness major improvements.

Addressing hundreds of his supporters at Bantama, after paying a courtesy call on the Ashanti King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu III, the president said many of the roads in Kumasi are going to be asphalted.

“I am excited with what I have seen here. From Bantama to Manhyia is going to be asphalt. All of the roads,” he said to thundering cheers and applause.

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“We just began, we just began, we are doing this project for Kumasi to regain its past glory,” he continued: “Those going about saying I cannot fulfil my promises, and I am lying, they are ashamed. They’ve all been ashamed.”

“I am going to fulfilling all my promises equally,” he concluded.

Man sentenced to 12 years for stealing mobile phone and GH¢7

A 30-year man has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Circuit Court for robbery.

Kofi Baah, together with three other accomplices who are on the run, attacked and robbed a security man at the Kumasi campus of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) of his mobile phone and cash.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence but the court ruled otherwise.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Felix Akowuah told the court, presided over by Ms. Mary Nsemkyire, that the incident happened on March 25, this year, at about 0500 hours.

The victim was on his way to the workplace on foot, from his house not far from the University campus, when Baah and his accomplices, attacked and ordered the victim to surrender everything he had on him or get killed.

They forcibly removed a mobile phone and cash of GH¢7.00 he was carrying on him, the prosecution said.

He said the victim later spotted Baah at the Sofoline lorry terminal, alerted the police and apprehended him before he could escape.

The phone stolen from the victim was found on him during a body search by the police.

Head teacher busted sitting student’s exam

A head teacher in Burundi has been arrested for trying to disguise himself as a student and sit a national exam on another person’s behalf.

Police officers burst into the exam hall where Benjamin Manirambona took the test after a tip-off.

Little did he know that plain-clothes officers had staked out the school overnight, waiting to catch him.

With nowhere to run, the head of Butere Technical College admitted to the deception on the spot.

Mr Manirambona explained he was taking the electronics exam on behalf of a soldier who is serving in Somalia at part of a Burundian peacekeeping force. He said the student wanted the grades to qualify for university.

The head teacher said the soldier promised him a payment on his return to Burundi.


“Everything you’re saying is a lie, so we’re taking you away,” said Burundi’s Education Minister Janvière Ndirahisha, who arrived at the scene in the capital, Bujumbura, with uniformed officers.

“We’re going to investigate because from what we hear it’s not the first time [you’ve done this],” she told Mr Manirambona.

The minister was accompanied by reporters to witness the arrest.

He was arrested alongside four other students also suspected of cheating – one of them is accused of putting the soldier and headmaster in touch.

Mr Manirambona is now being held in police custody.

In Burundi, students taking important public exams are sent to sit them in other schools. This explains why Mr Manirambona was not recognised by other people in the exam hall.

 

President pledges to complete KATH maternity block

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday began a five-day tour of the Ashanti Region, giving an assurance that one of the legacies he will want to bequeath to posterity is the maternity block of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) whose construction has stalled for more than 40 years.

He called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, to work in concert with the government to secure the necessary funds to complete the maternity block project.

The President gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene at the Manhyia Palace at the beginning of his five-day tour of the region.

Mother and Baby Unit

Last year, the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, raised more than GH¢10 million to put up a new Mother and Baby Unit to ease congestion at the old ward of the KATH.

According to conservative estimates, about U$100 million is required to complete the maternity block.


As part of the five-day tour, President Akufo-Addo will visit the Manhyia South, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Bosomtwe, Bantama, Sekyere Central, Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo, Mampong, Subin, Ahafo-Ano South, Kwadaso, Atwima Kwanwoma and Oforikrom constituencies.

Yesterday, he cut the sod for a facelift of major roads in Kumasi to ease traffic, promote business and reduce flooding.

The works include the asphaltic overlay of 150 km, resealing of 145 km of roads and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of 180 km of roads within Kumasi and its environs.

The works will also cover the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 100km of roads and safety works, including improvement of roundabouts, pedestrian footbridges and walkways.

Vester Oil

At Aputuagya in the Bosomtwi District in the Ashanti Region, the President visited Vester Oil, a private oil-producing company.

He also visited the new site of the factory at Aputuagya to inspect the facility and find out how the government could lend its support to the company.

Interacting with the management of the company, the President said the government was currently studying a proposal from the company to access the equivalent of $5 million to expand its operations.

If successful, Vester is expected to increase its workforce from 100 to 200 and introduce new products.

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Kwasi Nyamekye, told President Akufo-Addo that the company could help reduce the number of unemployed youth if given the necessary support by the government.

$3-million food processing factory to be established at Afienya

The sod has been cut for the construction of a $3-million food processing factory under the One-district, One-factory (1D1F) initiative at Afienya in the Ningo Prampram District in the Greater Accra Region.

Work on the factory, which rests on a 15-acre land, is expected to be completed and operationalised by the end of this year.

The Leefound Foodstuffs Ghana Limited is a partnership between the Tianjin Food Group Limin Condiment Company Limited and the Ghana Grand Rice Food Limited, both Chiese entities.

The factory, a medium to large-scale entity that will produce tomato paste and spices, will source its raw materials largely from local producers.

Sod cutting

A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, joined other dignitaries for the sod-cutting ceremony at Afienya yesterday.

 

 

Present were the National Coordinator of the 1D1F initiative, Mrs Gifty Ohene-Konadu; the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashitey; the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ningo-Prampram, Mr Jonathan Doku; the President of the Chinese Business Association, Mr Tang Hong, and traditional rulers from the Ningo Traditional Area.

Approval

Mr Ahomka-Lindsay disclosed that 57 businesses had been approved for the 1D1F programme in the Greater Accra Region, out of which 14 were ready to start work, with Leefound Foodstuffs being one of them.

“For a start, this factory will directly employ 140 people locally and expand to 500 on completion. It is a medium to large-scale factory and will help small-scale businesses to blossom and create more job opportunities along the value chain,” he added.

He urged the factory to ensure that it stuck to the local content law by sourcing its raw materials from the local market.

Local content

For his part, Mr Doku stressed the need for operators of the factory to employ the youth of the area for the people to feel the real impact of the entity.

He urged the company to ensure that the factory was completed on schedule and became operationalised.

The Deputy General Manager of the Tianjin Food Group Company Limited, Mr Zhang Jun, said the company would adhere to the local content law and also operate within the legal framework in the country.

He called for support from the local community to ensure the successful operations of the company.

Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire agree on guidelines to plot boundaries

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to develop a document that will show the plotted maritime boundary for both countries.

The document will be developed at the third meeting of the joint committee on the implementation of the decision of the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), scheduled for October 2018 in Cote d’Ivoire.

The agreement was arrived at during the joint committee’s second meeting in Accra to deliberate on outstanding issues holding up the implementation of the ruling by the Special Chamber of the ITLOS on the maritime boundary dispute and the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

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Communiqué

In a communiqué signed by the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, on behalf of Ghana and the State Mediator for Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Adama Toungara, and issued in Accra after the two-day meeting, Ghana indicated that it had reviewed the chart with the plotted coordinates of the maritime boundary as provided by ITLOS and found them to be acceptable in principle.

The chart was submitted by Cote d’Ivoire at the joint committee’s May 2018 meeting in Abidjan.


The three-point communique also indicated that, “The parties subsequently jointly plotted the seven coordinates and azimuth in accordance with the ITLOS decision and have agreed to execute a document evidencing the plotted maritime boundary at the next meeting scheduled for October 2018 in Cote d’Ivoire.”

Coordinates are a group of numbers used to indicate the position of a point, line or plane, while an azimuth is a horizontal angle or direction of a compass bearing.

According to the communiqué “the parties have also agreed to discuss the draft framework agreement on cooperation in the areas of maritime boundary, hydrocarbons and other natural resources between the two countries at the next meeting.”

 

In 2014, Ghana instituted arbitration proceedings at the ITLOS to ensure the resolution of its maritime boundary dispute with Cote d’Ivoire.

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the Special Chamber of the ITLOS, constituted to hear the dispute, unanimously declared that Ghana had not violated Cote d’Ivoire’s sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.