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NPP Drags Popular Journalist To Special Prosecutor -See More Details

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NPP Drags Popular Journalist To Special Prosecutor -See More Details

The Ashanti Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is planning to haul Nana Kwadwo Jantuah, the Morning Show host of Nhyira FM, an affiliate of Multimedia Group, to the Special Prosecutor anytime soon.

The ruling political party wants the Special Prosecutor to find out whether Nana Jantuah was indeed given US$2,000 bribe by former President John Dramani Mahama or not.

Nana Jantuah has been in the news for negative reasons lately after Frank Kwaku Appiah aka ‘Appiah Stadium’, an NDC member, alleged that he (Jantuah) has taken money to work against the NPP government.

According to the Ashanti Regional NPP, issues of bribery is a criminal case, which is against the ethics of journalism and the laws of the state, so the matter should not be swept under the carpet.

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At a press conference in Kumasi, which was addressed by Dennis Kwakwa, the Ashanti Regional Communications Director of the NPP, the party said it would not let the case die naturally.

Kwakwa stated that it is a criminal case so “we are taking steps to petition the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) as far as the criminal aspect of the matter is concerned.”

According to Kwakwa, the NPP has nothing against Nana Jantuah in person, but they (NPP) were only taking up the matter since it has something to do with criminality.

Kwakwa said even before the party officially report the case to the Special Prosecutor to take action, other stakeholders in the media fraternity have been petitioned to also take action.

Some members of the party have already petitioned the National Media Commission (NMC) and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to take particular interest in this matter, regarding the conduct of the journalist, since it bothers on ethical breaches of the noble media profession, while we take steps to petition the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) as far as the criminal aspect of the matter is concerned,” he stressed.

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He said “we want to state that the directorate is not against the personality of Nana Kwadwo Jantuah and the Multimedia Group, but as an advocate for democracy and good governance, we believe Nana Kwadwo Jantuah should have exhibited strong professionalism to reflect his claims as an astute professional advocate of good governance and anti-corruption.

He who calls for equity must come with clean hands. Nana Jantuah should have known better and should have shown remorse. His arrogant posture after the revelation of the alleged payment should be condemned by all democratic and good governance advocates, especially members of the media.”

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Kwakwa said “it is our expectation that society would name and shame him for such irresponsible conduct that has dragged the reputation of the media into the gutters.”

Source:  www.GhanaCNN.com

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Bawumia Launches Employable Skills Programme To Benefit Young People In Ahafo  

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Bawumia Launches Employable Skills Programme To Benefit Young People In Ahafo

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday launched a youth development employable skills programme that seeks to create jobs for more than 1,200 young people in the Ahafo Region.

Dubbed “Promoting Youth Employment through Employable Skills Training and Entrepreneurship”, the Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) are sponsoring the programme.

The beneficiaries would be engaged in welding and fabrication, barbering, fashion design, hair dressing and dressmaking, bakery, masonry, wood technology, vulcanizing, general spraying and auto mechanics.

Speaking at the ceremony held at Goaso, the Ahafo Regional capital, Dr. Bawumia said about 72 per cent of the nation’s population were young people below 35 years, and thus commended the Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council for the initiative.

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The Vice President noted “this is the first regional-led youth employment and skills training initiative in the country” and promised the government’s support for the programme to yield positive outcomes.

Dr. Bawumia, therefore, stressed the government’s commitment to transform Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to make the sector more attractive for the youth.

Mr George Yaw Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister, said the programme’s implementation would well position the beneficiaries to create jobs for themselves to reduce youth unemployment in the region.

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“This would also economically empower young people and help to end the issues of illegal mining and logging in the region,” he added.

Mr Boakye said the Management of NGGL had set aside GhC1 million for the procurement of training equipment and start up tools, and applauded the company for that assistance.

He said an amount of GhC25,000 has been set aside for each of the six politically-administrative districts and municipalities for the implementation of the programme.

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Nana Kwasi Bosompra I, the Paramount Chief of Goaso Traditional Area, advised the youth to develop interest in employable skill training and avail themselves to benefit from the programme.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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2023 Budget: Minority Vows to Resist 2.5% Increment In VAT

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2023 Budget: Minority Vows to Resist 2.5% Increment In VAT

The Minority in Parliament has vowed to resist any attempt by the government to revise the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) upwards in the 2023 budget.

Government has given an indication VAT rate will be increased from the current 17.5% to 20%.

Speaking to the media in parliament, MP for Asuogyaman, Thomas Ampem Nyarko argued such a move will further exacerbate the current hardship in the country.

The NDC MPs rather want the government to cut down expenditure especially from the presidency vault.

“In fact the information we are picking up doesn’t look good for our dear country. The budget that is due to be read tomorrow promises to be a budget full of taxes. What we are hearing is that this government intends to increase VAT by 2.8 percent. They intend to increase income taxes and they intend to remove a lot of exemptions to Mobile Money (MoMo). So even merchants are going to be subjected to taxes.

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“We have known this government to be insensitive but we never knew that their level of insensitivity would be this high. Because in this time of serious hardship in this country with inflation so high none of us expected that they would be increasing taxes to this level,” the Member of the Finance Committee stated.

He continued: “Our (Minority) posture is that we are willing to support the government in these difficult times. Because they need help if we don’t help this economy will crash. However, the government must come clear to show they are going to reduce expenditure drastically.”

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The Vice Chairman for the Finance Committee, Patrick Yaw Boamah on his part expects that the budget will address the debts unsustainability challenge and offer hope to Ghanaians.

“I pray that the Minister presents a good budget to give Ghanaians the hope for debt sustainability, to ease the economic hardship. To bring a program in collaboration with the Central Bank towards the standardization of our currency.

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“Ghanaians need hope from the budget, that is all what Ghanaians need,” the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi Central reiterated.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Nobody Has The Right To Be A Minister; Ofori-Atta Must Go – ACEP Director

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Nobody Has The Right To Be A Minister; Ofori-Atta Must Go – ACEP Director

The Executive Director for Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has added his voice to calls for the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to resign.

Speaking in an interview on JoyNews’ The Probe, Mr Benjamin Boakye stated that being a minister is not a constitutional right therefore if people are calling for his resignation, he should go.

“When you have 85% of the people’s representative saying that they have lost confidence in you, they do not want you, I do not think that anybody has the right to be a minister – there is no constitutional right to be a minister for which anybody can defend,” he said.
This comes after the Finance Minister appeared before the 8-member Adhoc Committee of Parliament hearing a motion of censure against him by the Minority to defend himself.

According to Mr Boakye, there is no need for Mr Ofori-Atta to defend himself.

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“This is an unnecessary addition to what we need to do at this point in terms of what we need to do to recover,” he said.

“It is the constitutional process of people voting and the will of the people that say that he has to go at this point. We are told that 85% of his people in his own camp says he should go and the entire Minority, put that together, it is an overwhelming number,” he added.

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He stressed that the Finance Minister must resign.

Mr. Boakye added that “considering the difficulty that Ghanaians are in, we have to clear the air and give confidence to the market and people who want to deal with Ghana for us to come out of the difficulty.”

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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