President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo conveniently selected areas that suited his agenda and highlighted them in his maiden State of the Nation Address to parliament on Tuesday February 21, Fiifi Kwetey, Member of Parliament for Ketu South, has said. According to him, the president was partisan in the address and also failed to paint a holistic picture of the real state of the nation in his address. Speaking in an interview with Emefa Apawu on Class 91.3FM’s 505 programme after the president’s address, Mr Kwetey said: “He talked about the huge debt in the country but did not talk about the massive infrastructure that the loans were used to put up in the country, which is going to become very important for him in the economic growth and economic expansion that the country wants. S
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 delivered his first state of the nation address after his investiture as President of the land. The president presented an outlook of the state in various sectors of the economy, as inherited from the John Mahama-led administration and also outlined his vision for the development of the country for the next fiscal year. Below is the full speech: MESSAGE ON THE STATE OF THE NATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017. Mr. Speaker, It is good to be back here again in this Chamber, where I spent some 12 memorable years as a Member of Parliament. I recollect with nostalgia the vigorous debates of my day...
President Nana Akufo-Addo will today, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, deliver his maiden state of the nation address before Parliament in accordance with Article 67 of the Constitution. His address will present an outlook of the state in various sectors of the economy, as inherited from the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government led by John Mahama. President Akufo-Addo will be expected to outline his vision for the development of the country for the next fiscal year. His address is likely to focus more on the country’s economic sector which the government, while in opposition, was very critical about, and condemned the then government for undertaking unproductive ventures that have plundered the country into a crisis situation. The address will be his second major national
Mr Freddy Blay’s dream of clinching the ruling New Patriotic Party’s National Chairmanship slot with the backing of President Akufo-Addo has suffered a major jolt as credible information reaching The aL-hAJJ indicates that the President has now thrown his weight behind Upper West Regional Chairman, Alhaji Abubakari Abdul-Rahaman for the National Chairman post. The NPP’s acting Chairman lost his “position” to Alhaji Abdul-Rahaman, popularly known as “Ahaji Short” following what some kingpins of the governing party described as his “marriage of convenience” with the National Democratic Congress ahead of the December 2016 elections. Mr Blay was made acting National Chairman of the NPP in 2015 following the indefinite suspension of duly-elected National Chairman, Mr Paul Afoko, over
Starr News can confirm that former appointees under the erstwhile John Mahama-led administration have started receiving their end of service benefit popularly known as ex-gratia. The former appointees especially ministers, their deputies and former Members of Parliament are being directed to the Flagstaff House for their packages. According to Starr News sources, former appointees are sent a WhatsApp message after which they are directed to specific individuals at the seat of government for their cheque. One of such appointees is former Roads and Highways Minister Inusah Fuseini. The Tamale Central lawmaker in an interview with Starr News said he only came to terms that the Mahama administration is out of power after he got to the Flagstaff House for his benefit. “I rece
All the perpetrators who manhandled a young lady who was accused of stealing GHS1,100 at Kejetia, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, will be identified and dealt with accordingly, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, has assured. According to him, police have access to the video of the assault showing the faces of the perpetrators who will be identified and be made to face the full rigours of the law. On February 14, the lady suspect was stripped naked, beaten, and paraded barefooted on the streets of Kejetia by a marauding crowd of men, who repeatedly pushed her down, forced her legs open for mobile phone pictures and videos to be taken of her vagina, while others violently inserted their toes into her orifice and spanked h...
Gospel singer Florence Obinim has been married to her husband, Bishop Daniel Obinim for years. Despite all the brouhaha about the Man of God, the ‘Osuro Ne Me Fie’ singer has solidly stood behind him as any faithful and good wife would do. The female gospel musician in an interview with Dave Hammer on Hello FM in Kumasi has said nothing will push her to say goodbye to her heartthrob husband. The multiple award-winning songstress said her marriage to the Bishop was ordained by God so she can never walk out of it. Mrs Obinim continued that she nearly divorced her husband many years ago but it was not because of the many negative stories in the media. When asked how she met Bishop Obinim for them to become an item, Florence replied Dave Hammer, host of the show that it all started on
Former president JJ Rawlings has once again declared his confidence in President Akufo-Addo to deliver. He said the former Foreign Minister has “certain principles and values” which could help in the fight against corruption. “We are very fortunate also that somebody like Nana Akufo-Addo has emerged over here. People think I love that man to high heavens. No. But I respect him for certain principles and values,” Rawlings, who served Ghana for about two decades, said when a group of movie actors paid a courtesy call on him at his Ridge residence. “I will continue to pray and sincerely hope that he will devote possibly even 30 percent of his time, 70 percent for the development and project etc. but at least 25 to 30 percent he would probably need more than that to fight corrupti
Specialist assistant at the Psychiatric Department of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Dr Ruth Owusu- Antwi has stated that between four to ten out of hundred people are epileptic in Ghana. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Speaking on the Ultimate Breakfast show with Host Lantam Papanko, Dr. Ruth Owusu Antwi disclosed that the disease comes as a result of abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. She further added that, epileptic seizures cause damage to human brain adding that it halts the way the brain seamlessly and complexly coordinates functions. ‘Note that we have electricity in the brain, but for
The outgoing Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Nathan Kofi Boakye, has thanked the chiefs and people of the region for their support for him during his stay in the region.According to him, the unflinching support he enjoyed both from the chiefs and the people as well as his colleague officers led them to make major gains, hence the same support should be demonstrated toward his replacement, COP Ken Yeboah.COP Kofi Boakye has been reassigned to head the Accra Police Research and Planning unit. This was announced in a statement on Tuesday, 7 February.Other prominent transfers include COP Rose Atinga Bio, Director General Research and Planning, who is now Director General Technical. Director General of Services COP James Oppong-Boamah becomes Director General, Administratio...
Actor Prince David is known as the loverboy for something, dude knows how to make his woman feel special just by his writings. Prince’s wife, Louisa Nana Ama Aseiduwaa Osei turns a year older today, February 19 and the actor does not want his followers on Instagram to have their peace of mind. The Ghanaian actor has written a long birthday message to his woman he engaged seven years ago. In the post, the actor shared the ups and downs they have been through just to make their relationship work after they first met when they were students at the University of Ghana, Legon. Prince David Osei wrote “So it all started from the University of Ghana. Legon Hall Annex Room 111 thanks to Bilobes,Kk,Kingsley aka otiudros 😆😆 my roommates…You knew me as Nana yaw yourfriend,then I became the s
The wife of Zimbabwe’s president, Grace Mugabe, is courting controversy after she said that her husband, Robert Mugabe is so much loved by people to an extent that even if he dies, he will still be field as a valid candidate in a presidential election. “If Mugabe dies, we will field his corpse as a candidate for elections to prove that people love him,” she told thousands of supporters at a rally in Buhera, Eastern Zimbabwe. “You will see people voting for Mugabe as a corpse. I am seriously telling you just to show people how people love their president,” she added. She said this during a rally by the ZANU-PF and further accused some members of the party for plotting to take over from President Mugabe. Grace Mugabe further echoed her husbands role during the guerrilla war a
Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has entreated President Nana Akufo-Addo to name his cabinet ministers to Parliament in accordance with Article 76 of the 1992 constitution. Seconding the motion for the approval of regional ministers-designate in Parliament on Friday 17, 2016, the minority leader said 46 ministers have so far been approved by the House and the time has come for the President to name his cabinet ministers. This, according to him, will enable Parliament to hold such ministers to respond to actions and inactions of government. Haruna Iddrisu said, “If for nothing at all, I want to know the status of my leader in Parliament (Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu),” who is the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. Article 76(1) of the Constitution
The trial of Bishop Daniel Obinim, the Founder of God’s Way International Church and two of his pastors began in an Accra Circuit Court with the complainant mounting the witness box. The two other pastors are Kingsley Baah and Solomon Abraham have been charged with abetment. Madam Irene Abotchie-Nyahe, a private legal practitioner, recounted that how the video of Bishop Obinim and the two other pastors received criticisms at an international human rights conference in the USA. According to Lawyer Abotchie-Nyahe, this was after the video was aired at the conference noting that the behaviour of the accused persons brought Ghana’s image into disrepute as the country. She alleged that International firms such as Amnesty International called on Ghana government at that time over
Founder and Leader of the Heaven's Gate Ministries, Nicholas Osei, popularly known as Prophet Kumchacha, has revealed they use the church's tithes as monthly salary. According to the man of God, it is not a sin to use tenth part of one's annual income contributed by members for the upkeep of servants of God. To tithe is to make a contribution equal to one-tenth of your income, usually to a church or religious institution. Devout church-goers usually tithe, even in years when their finances are very tight. But some have questioned the essence of tithe especially when its use is not explained to church members who make the contribution. But Prophet Kumchacha on Accra-based 3FM said tithe and offerings given in church are for the upkeep of pastors. “If you come to my church
Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, says he will resign if anyone produces evidence that he threatened to dismiss any head of public school that records 90 per cent of failure in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination. Dr Opoku Prempeh was reported to have warned basic and second cycle school heads they will be dismissed should their students record 90 per cent failure in their final examination; a comment that has been condemned. “Any school head who superintends over a failure of over 90% cannot be allowed to continue operation without accounting to the Ghana Education Service (GES),” he told heads of senior high schools in Kumasi. Some teacher unions have rather called for the dismissal of the Minister accusing him of failing to identify problems
A former lecturer of the University of Ghana, Dr. Ebenezer Kofi Hayford is urging Ghanaians to fiercely resist moves by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, led by President Akufo-Addo to use the Heritage Fund to finance the Free Senior High School programme. According to him, the Heritage Fund for whatever purpose must not be use by any government since the fund was for the unborn generation. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced that the Free SHS promise will take effect from September this year noting that government will fund the cost of all who qualify. The Ghana Heritage Fund was established in 2011 by Section 10 (1) of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, 2011 (Act 815). It is meant to serve as an endowment fund for future generations. It is not supposed...
Government’s revenue from rent increased by more than 4000 percent between 2015 and 2016, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has said The amount collected increased from GH¢145,434.51 to GH¢6,739,107.76 between the period. According to the GRA, revenue from excise recorded the worst performance as it dropped by 91.75 percent within the one year period. Revenue from excise dropped from GH¢336,286.99 in 2015 to GH¢27,742.27 in 2016. The figures were contained in a report by the Special Revenue Mobilisation task force of the GRA. The task force which commenced operations in 2015, collected a total of GH¢183,559,387.70 in revenue under nine different tax types. This represented a thirty-two percent increase compared to the 2015 figure of GH¢138,827,203.91. Of the nine categories, VAT and NHI
Elections for regional representatives to serve on the Council of State took place on Thursday across the country. Two representatives each from the 216 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, constituted the Electoral College which elected the various regional representatives to the Council of State. Over 100 aspirants contested for a place on the Council, which is enjoined by the 1992 Constitution to counsel the President in the performance of his functions. The election nationwide, largely came off without hitches, except in the Upper East Region, where voting commenced late after confusion had erupted over a lawsuit against the process. The elected regional representatives are: Eunice Jacqueline Buah, Western Region Kwadwo Agyenim Boateng, Brong Ahafo Reg...
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID), of the Ghana Police Service, has released the five vehicles it confiscated from National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams. The vehicles; two land cruisers and three pick-ups, were seized following allegations that some officials of the previous government had misappropriated some state assets including vehicles. The Public Relations Officer of the CID, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwah, confirmed on Eyewitness News today [Thursday], that the vehicles were released after the CID discovered they did not belong to the state. “It is very true that this afternoon, the Police released the five vehicles belonging to Kofi Adams after investigations revealed that the cars were not state property…We had a duty to