President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said his unflinching support and that of his administration to free media remains unquestionable.

That commitment, he said, was evidenced by the atmosphere of free speech prevailing in the country.

However, he said in the midst of the freedoms, it was incumbent on all to be measured in whatever they put out because ‘words could be as incendiary as guns”.

President Akufo-Addo said this when he joined Muslims at the newly inaugurated National Mosque Complex at Kanda in Accra on Tuesday, July 20, for the Eid- ul-Adha prayers. 

Eid-ul-Adha commemorates the story of the  Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith when he was commanded by God to sacrifice his son, Ismail.

The festival also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Power of tongue

Making reference to the Holy Bible, which mentions that death and life are in the power of the tongue, the President reminded his country men and women  that the tongue, if not properly used, could be destructive.The festival also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Power of tongue

Making reference to the Holy Bible, which mentions that death and life are in the power of the tongue, the President reminded his country men and women  that the tongue, if not properly used, could be destructive.

 He said it took the muttering of words by irresponsible journalists, amplified by the power of radio, to ignite the tragic genocide in Rwanda.

He said the recent hikes in the number of infections was a source of worry for him and all Ghanaians.

“From the rising numbers, it is safe to conclude that we have let our guard down. We're beginning to live our lives and conduct our businesses as though we are in normal times.

“As we continue to count on the grace of God to protect our country from the ravages of the pandemic like we have done since its outbreak, we can only minimise its health effects and avoid a full-blown third wave, if we continue to be responsible and observe the safety and hygiene protocols,” he said.

 

Vaccines

President Akufo-Addo reminded Ghanaians that the virus was still causing ravages and that until Ghanaians received a double dose of the vaccine, the protocol must continue to be a part and parcel of all daily activities

He gave an assurance that the Ministry of Health was working hard to ensure that even in the midst of a global shortage of vaccines, the target to vaccinate 20 million Ghanaians was undertaken.

“Until that goal is achieved, I will continue to count on the support and cooperation of the Ghanaian people to ensure our collective security,” he added.

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 He said it took the muttering of words by irresponsible journalists, amplified by the power of radio, to ignite the tragic genocide in Rwanda.

More jobs

President Akufo-Addo stated that the Ministry of Finance recently gave financial clearance to the Ministry of Education and the security agencies to recruit some 11,800 people to beef up their operations.

Additionally, he said, the Minister of Finance, through the mid-year budget to be presented before Parliament tomorrow, would announce the creation of some one million jobs under the Ghana Cares Obatanpa project in the course of the next three years.

He said the measures were part of the government’s determination to pursue its agenda for job creation to give opportunities to the youth to nurture their talents for the development of the country.

Development initiatives

Turning his attention to development projects, President Akufo-Addo said the numerous projects and programmes the Zongo Development Fund and the erstwhile Ministry of Zongo Development had undertaken across the country were being inaugurated.

He called on the youth in the Zongo communities to take advantage of the developments to develop their talents and thereby contribute to the development of the country.

All those projects that were taking place, the President explained,  were part of the fulfillment of the New Patriotic Party’s promise to the people

.“We have lived up to that promise, because we see Zongo communities with great potential and talent, which can be harnessed for the development of the Zongo communities and the entire country,” he said.

 

 

Muslims across the country celebrated Eid-ul-Adha yesterday with COVID-19 and peace messages taking centre stage.

In the various regions, the Chief Imams led congregational prayers and together with political leaders, spoke on the need for the people to keep to the safety protocols of the pandemic while upholding the peace of the nation.

Kumasi

Emmanuel Baah writes from the Central Mosque in Kumasi that scores of Muslims converged to offer prayers to mark Eid-ul-Adha.

The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Haroun Abdul Mumin, admonished the Muslim community to continue to preach peace.

 

“Let’s shame the devil by forgetting our past and forge forward,” he told the gathering.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah, urged the Muslim community to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols, adding that the new Delta variant was real.

Bolgatanga

Vincent Amenuveve reports that hundreds of Muslims converged on the Bolgatanga Arts and Crafts Village Park for prayers to mark Eid-ul Adha.

The Upper East Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Adam Yussif, led the prayers and entreated Muslims in the region to reflect on the significance of the celebration.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, said the government was committed to executing policies and programmes to help develop the country, including the Upper East Region.

Tema, Adenta

The Tema Metropolitan Chief Iman, Adam Abubakari, urged the Muslim youth to desist from negative acts that tarnished the image of the religion and the teachings of Islam, reports Benjamin Xornam Glover.

Speaking to journalists after leading the Eid-ul-Adha prayers at the Tema Sports Stadium, he said Islam enjoined its followers to be tolerant and law abiding.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive for Tema, Mr Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, urged Muslim faithful in particular and Ghanaians in general to remain faithful and devoted to God, while the Member of Parliament for Tema East, Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, said in remembrance of the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, the Muslim community should continue to sacrifice for one another and seek the well-being of the nation.

Meanwhile David Paa Kwesi Able reports from Adenta in the Greater Accra Region that charity organisation, DirectAid Ghana yesterday offered 300 bulls at the cost of GH¢900,000 in keeping with its tradition of giving to support the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha.

Hundreds of celebrants who trooped to the Mercy Centre head office of the organisation were each handed three kilos of meat.

In Accra alone, DirectAid Ghana said it offered 100 bulls, handing out live bulls in many cases to faith-based organisations and groups, and butchering most.

The remaining bulls were distributed in similar fashion at the organisation's other offices in the Northern, Ashanti and Central regions.

Sunyani

Biiya Mukusah Ali reports that hundreds of Muslims in the Sunyani Municipality converged on the Sunyani Jubilee Park for the Eid-ul-Adha prayers.

They were joined by some government officials and the leadership of the various political parties in the region to pray and give thanks to Allah.

Even though those gathered wore face masks to protect themselves against COVID-19, they could not observe the social distancing protocol due to the sheer numbers.

The Deputy Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Baba Seidu, who led the prayers, slaughtered a ram to pave the way for the Muslims to do so in their homes after the prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

The Ministry of Finance has schooled top management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority on the Public-Private Partnership Act and the Public Investment Management Regulations introduced in 2020.

It forms part of a nationwide sensitization to provide information to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) on the rights, guidelines, and due processes necessary to stay within the legal boundaries for procurement and infrastructural investment.

Mr Daniel Yeboah-Forson, Lead at the Infrastructure Sector of the Public Investment and Assets Division at the Ministry of Finance, outlined some of the new modules entrenched in the regulations.

He stated that, “the law mandates GPHA to set up what we call the Public Investment Unit to help develop and prepare their project ahead of time.

“As a government entity, they need this training to ensure that the Public Investment Unit understands the functions and roles they need to play when it is set up.”

 

Mr. Yeboah-Forson said implementation of these laws, will help state agencies like the GPHA to adequately prepare, secure funding, cut cost and complete projects within projected timelines.

Finance Ministry engages GPHA on new procurement regulations

The Ministry of Finance has schooled top management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority on the Public-Private Partnership Act and the Public Investment Management Regulations introduced in 2020

It forms part of a nationwide sensitization to provide information to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) on the rights, guidelines, and due processes necessary to stay within the legal boundaries for procurement and infrastructural investment.

Mr Daniel Yeboah-Forson, Lead at the Infrastructure Sector of the Public Investment and Assets Division at the Ministry of Finance, outlined some of the new modules entrenched in the regulations.

 

He stated that, “the law mandates GPHA to set up what we call the Public Investment Unit to help develop and prepare their project ahead of time.

“As a government entity, they need this training to ensure that the Public Investment Unit understands the functions and roles they need to play when it is set up.”

Mr. Yeboah-Forson said implementation of these laws, will help state agencies like the GPHA to adequately prepare, secure funding, cut cost and complete projects within projected timelines.

Finance Ministry engages GPHA on new procurement regulations

The Ministry of Finance has schooled top management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority on the Public-Private Partnership Act and the Public Investment Management Regulations introduced in 2020

It forms part of a nationwide sensitization to provide information to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) on the rights, guidelines, and due processes necessary to stay within the legal boundaries for procurement and infrastructural investment.

Mr Daniel Yeboah-Forson, Lead at the Infrastructure Sector of the Public Investment and Assets Division at the Ministry of Finance, outlined some of the new modules entrenched in the regulations.

 

He stated that, “the law mandates GPHA to set up what we call the Public Investment Unit to help develop and prepare their project ahead of time.

“As a government entity, they need this training to ensure that the Public Investment Unit understands the functions and roles they need to play when it is set up.”

Mr. Yeboah-Forson said implementation of these laws, will help state agencies like the GPHA to adequately prepare, secure funding, cut cost and complete projects within projected timelines.

Finance Ministry engages GPHA on new procurement regulations

The Ministry of Finance has schooled top management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority on the Public-Private Partnership Act and the Public Investment Management Regulations introduced in 2020

It forms part of a nationwide sensitization to provide information to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) on the rights, guidelines, and due processes necessary to stay within the legal boundaries for procurement and infrastructural investment.

Mr Daniel Yeboah-Forson, Lead at the Infrastructure Sector of the Public Investment and Assets Division at the Ministry of Finance, outlined some of the new modules entrenched in the regulations.

 

He stated that, “the law mandates GPHA to set up what we call the Public Investment Unit to help develop and prepare their project ahead of time.

“As a government entity, they need this training to ensure that the Public Investment Unit understands the functions and roles they need to play when it is set up.”

Mr. Yeboah-Forson said implementation of these laws, will help state agencies like the GPHA to adequately prepare, secure funding, cut cost and complete projects within projected timelines.

Finance Ministry engages GPHA on new procurement regulations

Sacked BNI Chief Gets National Security Post

 

Those who were sacked and those who resigned because of disciplinary issues over the years in sister-security agencies have found their way there.

DAYBREAK has gathered that a onetime operative of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) now National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) who was sacked over cocaine-related issues have been given a juicy appointment at National Security recently.

According to sources, no background checks were conducted on the onetime Commander of the BNI who was stationed at one of Ghana’s entry points.

 

Full details on Tuesday

Sacked BNI Chief Gets National Security Post

 

 

 

A Private legal practitioner, Akoto Ampaw is denying what he calls a diabolical and crazy judicial bribery scandal in which he was alleged to have colluded with the Chief Justice to win a case for a client.

The astute lawyer in a statement condemned the allegation in its totality and maintained that he will not “permit anyone to sully my name on the altar of politics or personal convenience.”

He denied ever meeting the Chief Justice over the said case in contention where a former lawyer of his client was claiming that the case was taken from him on the advice of the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah. “For the record, I wish to state, without any equivocation, that the only dealings I have had with the Chief Justice in this matter have been in open court as the lawyer for Ogyeedom. Beyond that I have had no dealings whatsoever with the Chief Justice in this matter.”

“Furthermore, even though, of course, I have known the Chief Justice since his law student days in the 1970’s, once he became a judge, I have kept my respectful and studious distance from him, as I have from other justices of the Supreme Court, past and present, even if they may have been my friends in school”, Mr. Akoto Apaw indicated.

A Kumasi-based lawyer by name Akwasi Afrifa, whose client complained to the Ghana Legal Council (GLC) that he had persuaded the client to give him a substantial amount of money to pay bribes in order to assure a successful outcome for his case.

The lawyer in response to a petition filed against him before the GLC alleged that his client, Ogyeedom, had informed him that he (the client) had been taken to see the Chief Justice by a friend, and the Chief Justice, allegedly promised to procure a favourable outcome in Ogyeedom’s case before the Supreme Court, provided that he, Ogyeedom, agreed to pay him a whopping sum of $5million and further to replace his lawyer with Akoto Ampaw.

The Chief Justice in an earlier statement denied the allegation and referred the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for appropriate action.

Akoto Ampaw has also denied the allegation, stating that he initially did not want to respond to the preposterous allegation but “Ghana being what it is, tomorrow, people might say, but Akoto Ampaw did not deny the allegations.”

Genesis

Giving a genesis of how he became counsel for Ogyeedom, Mr. Akoto Ampaw said some time at the end of July, 2020, Ogyeedom came to see him at his office with a request that he wanted the lawyer to take over the prosecution of his case in the Supreme Court.

“I indicated that it would be foolhardy on my part to take over a case before the Supreme Court that was to be heard in some two to three days’ time. I therefore urged him to still rely on his current legal team in the pending application and, if thereafter, he still wanted my professional services, I would be ready to hear him out.”

He said sometime later, during the legal vacation, last year, Ogyeedom came back to consult with him and, with much reluctance, he agreed to take up the brief, upon the very clear understanding that if he wanted him (Akoto Ampaw) to take up the case because he thought he was politically connected or had friends within the judiciary, then he was at the wrong place, as he did not carry on his work as a lawyer by such dishonourable means.

Counsel said he eventually agreed to take up the brief and filed notice of change of lawyer in the Supreme Court sometime in October and has since been in the Supreme Court on a few occasions in respect of the matter to move an application to adduce new evidence in response to the Court’s grant of an earlier application by the appellant to adduce new evidence.
He indicated that on March 31, 2021, the Supreme Court granted the application by a four to one majority ruling.

 

 

 
 

Telecommunication firm, MTN has announced  the addition of new network codes after it received new blocks of numbers from the National Communications Authority (NCA).

The new network codes are; 059-7, 059-8, 059-9, 025-6 and 025-7. These new network codes come to add to the existing codes of 024, 054, 055 and 059. 

Commenting on the addition of the new codes and block of numbers, the Chief Corporate Services Officer of MTN Ghana, Sam Koranteng said the addition will help meet the needs of customers who require numbers for their personal use,  businesses, mobile money business as well as other digital devices.

The new number block  according to him will also help MTN Ghana in optimizing its services with high quality Data, Voice and Mobile Money services. 

“We are excited about these new blocks of numbers because it will facilitate the fulfilment of our belief that everybody deserves the benefit of a modern connected life which starts with gaining access to a SIM card that connects you to the network”. Sam Koranteng urged customers acquiring these new numbers to ensure that they register their sims using valid documents as required by law,” he said. Abubakar Mohammed, the Acting Chief Sales and Distribution Officer of MTN indicated that the new numbers are available at all MTN Service Centers and Connect Shops across the country.


“Customers will enjoy the opportunity of Dynamic Numbering Service where the system generates a list of random numbers for the customer to choose their preferred number.” 

The public is advised and reminded  to take note of the addition of the new network codes to the list of MTN codes and to accept them for their activities.
The format for making calls with these block of numbers remains the same. To make calls or send SMS customers are required to add relevant prefix to the number being dialed e.g. 025 and the customer’s unique number (0257000000).

 
 

 

 

 

 

Source: asaaseradio.com

 

 

The Resident Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Ghana, Mr Baba Gana Wakil, has urged Ghana to be prepared at all times to “forestall any incursions” from neighbouring countries in the wake of terrorist threat alert on the country.

Mr Wakil noted that Ghana “is a bright spot” in the sub-region for terrorist activities given that its surrounding neighbours including Burkina Faso, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire have all been invaded by terrorists. He made the remarks in an interview with the Daily Graphic when he led a delegation to present Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) equipment to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) at the Burma Camp in Accra last Monday.

 

Commendation

Mr Wakil commended Ghana for managing to keep terrorists at bay over the period in spite of being surrounded by countries with “high terrorist activities.” He urged the country to “continue doing what it has always been doing” to protect its boundaries against terrorist invasion.

“Unknown to Ghanaians, Ghana is a bright spot in the sub-region when it comes to terrorism. You are surrounded by neighbours where terrorist activities are very high.

“But somehow, Ghana has managed to keep terrorists at bay. So whatever Ghana was doing to achieve that, it should continue to do it; to be prepared at all times to forestall or prevent any incursions, especially from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo which are the immediate countries that already have high terrorist activities.”

Mr Wakil indicated that the ECOWAS commission had prioritised peace and security issues as it was critical to the attainment of the ECOWAS integration agenda. He gave an assurance that the commission would continuously support security agencies to guarantee the safety and protection of citizens in the region.

 

Warning signals

Security experts and analysts have over the past months been beating warning drums over the possibility of terrorists extending their operations into Ghana following repeated cases of terrorist attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso.

The warnings were amplified when another terrorist attack in northern Burkina Faso last month led to the killing of 160 civilians – the deadliest attack since 2015. 
The Government of Ghana has indicated that based on intelligence of potential terrorist activities in the country, the government had beefed up security at border regions, particularly in the northern part of the country.

Addressing the media last Sunday, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, described the growing terrorism and piracy situation in the sub-region as worrying and said the issue attracted much of the attention of Cabinet last weekend when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo met with senior government officials.

“The Akufo-Addo administration has in the last four years worked hard by putting in place measures to ensure our borders are safe from these attacks. Nonetheless, there is the need to do more and we want to assure the Ghanaian public that we will tighten measures to ensure the safety of the people,” the minister said.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: graphiconline.com

 

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