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Rawlings Had More Integrity Than Me – Amidu

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Martin Amidu has admitted that even though he is a man of proven integrity, former President JJ Rawlings had more integrity than him, when he served as head of state of the country.

Responding to questions on his role in the PNDC era at his vetting in Parliament Tuesday, Amidu noted “The chairman (JJ Rawlings) himself had more integrity than me that is why he was able to control the ship of state to a successful ending”.

The Special Prosecutor nominee also noted he is unable to live at peace with criminals.

“I can’t live in harmony with criminals, that I can’t. Decent people, I can live with them but criminals, I can’t”.

The former attorney general also boasted he was the best person for the post of special prosecutor.

“…If you want anybody who will be meticulous in investigation and prosecution, the president has made the best choice for you,” he said.

Stopping leakages and corruption

Mr. Amidu who is a former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 told the Appointment’s Committee that he accepted the President’s offer because wants to stop the leakages and corruption bedeviling the country since the return to constitutional rule.

“It’s important that this country is stabilized to make sure that no one gets the excuse to stage a coup. This can be done when we protect the national purse,” Mr. Amidu said.

The vetting of Mr. Amidu was in near limbo after a former deputy Attorney General Dr. Ayine filed a suit at the at the Supreme Court on Monday arguing that the nominee is too old to hold the position.

He wants the apex court of the land to annul the appointment because “…by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).”

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Court To Determine Fate Of Over 1000 Goldfields Staff March 2

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Labour High Court Presided over by Justice Laurenda Owusu will on the 2nd of March 2018, deliver its ruling on a suit instituted against Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL) by the Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMU) seeking to stop the GGL from executing its redundancy exercise.

According to the Mineworkers Union, the GGL plan, if allowed will render over 1700 workers jobless.

The court Tuesday February 20 indicated to the parties that in line with relevant provisions in civil procedure rules, CI 47, it will rely on all the processes filed to deliver its ruling on the 2nd of March 2018.

After the court sitting, lead counsel for the applicants, Charles Bawaduah, expressed satisfaction at the decision and directions of the court.

Per the writ he filed on behalf of his clients Mr. Bawaduah, a former Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), explained that workers are praying the court to restrain Goldfields from going ahead with the intended redundancy exercise until all the stakeholders involved “have concluded or negotiated on whether the exercise can be averted, and if not, the category of workers to be affected and measures to minimise the impact on workers.’’

They are also seeking a declaration from the court that the redundancy exercise is “unlawful” because the reasons given by the mining giant to lay them off do not meet the “requirements, conditions or grounds for redundancy, as provided by Section 65 of the Labour Act, 2013, Act 651.”

The workers further want the court to declare that the purported authorisation of the redundancy exercise by the Chief Labour Officer as “illegal, unlawful and null and void.’’

Parly petition

The Mine Workers Union December last year petitioned Parliament to intervene and stop Goldfields Ghana Limited from sacking about 1,500 of its members.
The retrenchment is expected to affect most of its miners at the Tarkwa mine.

Confirming the exercise in an interview, Goldfields Ghana’s Vice president and Head of Corporate Affairs David Johnson explained that the move is part of measures to change its business model and make the company profitable due to the relatively short lifespan of the mine.

This is the second time in three years that the mining firm has embarked on such a massive retrenchment exercise. In 2014, it laid off about 400 of its workforce over similar concerns.

According to him, the company’s mining fleet has changed and “will need to be replaced now looking at the types of mines that we have which is five to six years of active mining, if we were to pump that money into fleet replacement we will not actually be able to recruit that money back because we are talking of a huge capital investment here.”

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Nyanshegu Gets CHPS Compound

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The first lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has commissioned a CHPS Compound built by her foundation – the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation – for the Nyanshegu Community in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital.

This forms part of her efforts to reduce malaria, especially in vulnerable populations.

The reduction of malaria, Mrs Akufo-Addo noted, could be achieved through improving access to preventive care and effective services across the country.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said at the commissioning ceremony that she would always support any effort “to provide door-step health services to ensure a productive population.”

She said she was delighted the CHPS compound would also bring HIV information and services, particularly on prevention of mother-to-child transmission, “to our brothers and sisters in this community.

“Our hope is that in a few years, there will be zero transmission of HIV from mother to child.”

She therefore, expressed her gratitude to the team at Infanta Malaria as well as other institutions and individuals who contributed to the construction of the Nyanshegu facility.

She applauded the Ghana AIDS Commission, the Ghana Health Service, peer educators, models of hope, heart-to-heart ambassadors, the Ernest Peyer Foundation of Switzerland, HFC Bank, Inesfly, Polytank, Ashfoam, Super Care and Dayden Pharmacy for supporting her Foundation to construct and resource the facility.

Mrs Akufo-Addo commended Dr Yeh and Mr Alhassan Suhuyini, Member of Parliament for Tamale North, for supporting the project.

She entreated all to know their HIV status, receive counselling and change behaviours that put people at risk of a condition that could be avoided.

 

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No fears for Kotoko coach

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Asante Kotoko coach Steven Polack has played down concerns about a possible intimidation in Congo when the Porcupine Warriors face CARA Brazzaville in the return leg of CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday.
Kotoko hold a slight advantage heading into the second leg after failing to make the most of home court. The Kumasi-based club, despite being awarded four penalties, won the match 1-0 in their own backyard.

Before the game in Kumasi, the Congolese side is said to have applied rough tactics. The team refused to honour the mandatory training session; instead turned the Baba Yara Stadium into a urinal.
And with those happenings, some fans fear Kotoko would be bullied by CARA in their bid to overcome the slim deficit. However, gaffer Steven Polack is remaining steadfast.

”I don’t get intimidated by anybody because a wise man – that’s my father – taught me so. I have confidence in myself and I don’t get intimidated by anybody else; and I don’t take notice of what anybody has to say,’’ Polack told Joy FM.

“I don’t feel pressure. Pressure for me is: if I go home and I see a woman with three children begging for food or money, that’s pressure. If I have a job to do, I do it and I don’t run away from it. It makes me stronger and I have to make people know I’m good at what I do,’’ he’s reported as saying.
The match will be played at Stade Alphonse Massamba-Débat, Brazzaville.
The winner will be up against the winner of the tie between Ben Guerdane of Tunisia and Al Hilal Juba of South Sudan.

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