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Kufuor instituted the allowance for First & Second Wives; Mills and Mahama increased benefits – Oppong-Nkrumah

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Kufuor instituted the allowance for First & Second Wives; Mills and Mahama increased benefits – Oppong-Nkrumah

Allowance for First & Second Wives: Information Minister and a Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi Hon. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has clarified the public misunderstanding regarding the formalization of the presidential spousal allowance into proper salary regime.

In his engagement with Daily Graphic, he stated that the payment of allowance to the wives of the country’s former and current president and vice-presidents is not anything new as this was instituted by erstwhile president John Agyekum Kufuor’s government.

“President Kufuor, in his wisdom, instituted this because of the bad situations of some spouses of some former heads of states then. President Mills and Mahama even increased the rates of these benefits during their time” he stressed.

This issue of salary for presidential wives has gained national attention and it’s been trending across social media platforms with some claiming that the President wants to put his wife and the vice-president’s wife on payroll despite the hardship situation Ghanaians found themselves now in the country.

But Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah has refuted this claim and emphasized that “the President does not approve salaries and benefits for the Executive. Under Article 71, the First Lady and Second Lady are not office-holders, so no one can determine their benefits under that article.”

“However, a committee [on emoluments] only recommended that an arrangement for the spouses be made formal and that received approval from Parliament,” he indicated.

Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah further disclosed that “the truth of the matter is that, all surviving spouses of Heads of State, current and former, have always received salaries. Lordina Mahama, Naadu Mills, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Faustina Acheampong, Fulera Liman etc have all been receiving salaries since President Kufuor’s time. What has happened now is that the arrangement has been made formal, but that was done legally based on the recommendation by the Emoluments Committee [in 2019].”

Meanwhile former President John Mhama has opposed this new development saying that “the government’s attempt to sneak the First Second wives into the Article 71 holders group is clearly problematic”.


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Good news! Over 11,000 NABCO personnel to be employed permanently

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Good news! Over 11,000 NABCO personnel to be employed permanently

Following the latest financial clearance by the Ministry of Finance for  the various government agencies to employ 11,840 permanent staff to augment their existing staff strength, the government has revealed that it is going to employ more of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) personnel.

Speaking on Kumasi-based FM station, the Deputy Minister of Finance John Kumah hinted that more of these employees who are temporal staff at some agencies will be given permanent employment as promised by the government.

“Already, the government has absorbed half of NABCO trainees. The objective now is that every NABCO person will be made permanent in his or her place of work with this new directive from the government”, Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. John Kumah announced.

In six separate letters, four to the Interior Minister (for Police, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Service) and the remaining two to the Education and National Security Ministers confirming the clearance to employ staff members, the Finance Minister indicated that the effective date for the people to be recruited will be 1st of August 2021.

Speaking on Kumasi-based Hello FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejisu commended President Akufo-Addo led administration for this new initiative.

“It was part of the Akufo-Addo government to give the unemployed youth jobs. It is an indication that Ghana’s economy is doing better amidst of Covid-19”, Hon. John Kumah told the host, King Edward, during a telephone conversation.

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Renowned sound engineer Sugar Tone in very poor state; turns drunkard

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Renowned sound engineer Sugar Tone in very poor state; turns drunkard

Renowned Ghanaian Sound Engineer popularly known as Sugar Tone and born Gideon Darko  is currently in a very poor state with calls to musicians who have benefitted from his works to come to his aid.

A video of the hitherto vibrant sound maker who produced hits for top musicians in the country including Bandana (now Shatta Wale ) Moko Hoo album, Kumi Guitar’s 1 litre, Daasebre Gyamena’s Still I love you, Reggie Zippy for sale, Kofi B, Daddy Lumba, Ofori Amponsah among others, was found lying weak and struggling to sit up.

It is unclear what actually may have happened to Sugar Tone whose last media encounter was a threat to take musician, Nana Yaw Kumi to court for giving out the song to Mark Okraku when they had a contract about its release.

Sugar Tone owned Options Digital Studio sited at Osekua estate located in-between Santa Maria and the Anyaa market.

Sugar Tone’s love for music was wonderful and can be described as an inheritance because his father is Okyeame Bediako secretary to MUSIGA, Onyina his uncle and relates to Agya Koo Nimo from his mothers’ side.

Sugar Tone at a very tender age joined a lot of gospel bands where he played the drums, keyboard, guitar and actually played the entire musical instrument except the base guitar.

He was a student of Labone Secondary and later to Ghana Films where he studied how to arrange songs, mix, program and in all how to package music in an appealing way. He first did his attachment at Despite Studios where he studied under Mr. Ebenezer Agyekum who is currently in Canada. He proceeded to TNT studios at Tema after his attachment.

Sugar relocated himself at West Wise Digital Studio at Spintex Road where he worked on Bandana’s maiden album “Moko hoo”. He then moved to the giant in the engineering sector that is Zapp Mallet of TLC studio located at Mile Eleven (11) for some finishing touch to his carrier. Some where along the line he passed through Freddima studios at Nkrumah circle one of the oldest recording studios in the capital where most of the sound engineers started their training.

He established his own recording studio years later and the first artiste he recorded in his studio was Daasebre Dwamena and produced hit after hit for different artistes. He can boast of working with artiste like Tinny, Etuo Aboba (now Bullet of RuffTown records), King B, Absorber, Bandana, Reggie Zippy, Lucky Mensah, Sydney, Lenny Akpadi and the list is endless.

 


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Angel Can’t Even Stop Corruption in Ghana – Kwesi Pratt agrees with Agyebeng

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Angel Can’t Even Stop Corruption in Ghana – Kwesi Pratt agrees with Agyebeng

One of Ghana’s senior journalist Mr. Kwesi Pratt Junior has applauded the incoming Special Prosecutor Lawyer Kissi Agyebeng for his bold comment on corruption fight in Ghana during his parliamentary vetting on last Thursday, 22 July 2021.

In answering a question from the vetting committee on how he is going to fight the growing corruption in the country, Mr. Agyebeng responded saying;

“I can’t stop corruption…rather, I will make corruption costly in the country.”

“…at the end of the year, publicize the results as to which institution is performing well and which institution is not performing well. In that quest, if you are the Head of an institution and persistently your institution is drawing the short straw in terms of perception of corruption, from the point of view of experts, from the point of view of business people, you will sit up.”

In responding to this comment of Lawyer Agyebeng from the vetting, seasoned journalist Kwesi Pratt on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo morning show said;

”It’s true. Even if you appoint an Angel as Special Prosecutor, it’s not him alone who can eradicate corruption”. 

He further stressed on the need for all to support the new Special Prosecutor in fighting the corruption in the country.

‘We’re watching him. We will offer him any help and encouragement he requires but he, himself, should do his work effectively and in accordance with the law”, he added.

The Special Prosecutor’s position became vacant after Mr. Martin Amidu shockingly resigned from the office in the heat of December 2020 elections. This deemed it necessary for the President of the Republic who created the Special Prosecutor’s Office to appoint a new Prosecutor to man the office.

President Akufo-Addo upon the Attorney General’s advice nominated Lawyer Kissi Agyebeng to take over the Special Prosecutor’s job.

Mr. Kissi Agyebeng has successfully gone through the vetting process in parliament and has been approved by the parliamentary appointment committee.

He is therefore expected to be sworn into office by the President very soon.

 


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