Former Minister of Finance, Yaw Osafo Maafo has expressed displeasure at the decision by the Appointments Committee of Parliament to vet the president's nominee for the position of Vice President in public. Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama Tuesday and is waiting to be vetted. The Appointments Committee of Parliament has decided to hold the vetting on-camera. But according to Mr Osafo Maafo, the vetting should be done in-camera to protect the dignity
Since Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings took over power in Ghana in a coup d’état on December 31, 1981, Ghana has been governed by one John after another. IT is said that different folks have different strokes and probably bear different yokes. Similarly, different towns and countries have different popular names. In the United Kingdom, the commonest first name for male is Oliver, while it is Olivia for female. Interestingly, in the United States, there is no universally acceptable commonest name for either the male or the female
The family of President Evans Atta Mills is against the government’s decision to bury the departed president without consulting the family in all the funeral preparations. The funeral planning committee is headed by Kofi Totobi Quakyi, a former National Security Minister. Kojo Ampiah, the head of the Odomna family of Otuam, where the late president hailed from, told DAILY GUIDE that President Mills’s family was virtually ignored in the whole process. For instance, he complained that the date for the funeral was unilaterally picked without due consultation
Information available to Daily Guide indicates that President John Evans Atta Mills might have died before arriving at the 37 Military Hospital where he was rushed to after he slumped at the Castle a week ago. Sources said the late president got to the health facility at around 1:35pm unannounced, looking pale and cold when he was examined in the ambulance van that took him to the hospital. The sudden death of President Mills is generating issues, with some calling for an autopsy report. The sister of the president, Mercy Araba Quarshie, said she and other siblings were with the president
Construction of a number of graves has begun at the Flagstaff House, the Presidential palace located along the Independence Avenue in Accra, for the burial of President John Evans Atta Mills who passed away a little over a week ago. Yesterday, a number of Ghanaian workers and their Chinese supervisors were seen busily working on the graves at the forecourt of the facility, with a bulldozer excavator and a tipper truck on site. The graves are nine in number, raising questions about the other bodies to be interred in them apart from that of President Atta Mills.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) founder and former president, Jerry John Rawlings and his political soul mate, Nana Konadu will eternally regret the aftermath of the unexpected death of their once darling boy, President J.E.A Mills. Ever since the genteel professor of Law and ex-President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills passed on to glory on Tuesday 24th July this year, his former mentor and boss, Jerry Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu, as if by design, continued to experience sleepless nights.
Ghana High Commissioner to UK His Excellency Prof Kwame Danso-Boafo has strongly advised that it will be a bad idea to bury the late President H.E. Prof J.E.A. Mills at the proposed burial ground by the Funeral Planning Committee. Prof Danso-Boafo argued that “the late President Prof John Mills would be sad in his grave, if the committee finally reach a decision to bury him at the flagstaff house. He added that Prof Mills would have rejected it if he was told he would be buried at the flagstaff house
THE meeting was devoid of the usual exchange of banters. From his mood at the parley at the Force Headquarters yesterday, the police chiefs present if they had not appreciated the magnitude of the task before them, must have known better after the drilling by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar. It was a meeting that may have also revealed the burden the police boss bears and his fiery side. Once the meeting started, the IGP told the officers that the number one on the agenda of the security meeting
A non-governmental organisation, Jubilee Democratic Emancipation Group (JUDEG), Wednesday gave reason why Northern Governors’ Forum was opposed to state police in the country, saying that the governors were resisting establishment of state police because it will curtail the North’s security advantage over the South. President of JUDEG, Dr. Niwo Oluwatade, who stated this while exchanging words with journalists in Benin City, also explained that the other reason northern governors were not supporting
The Coordinating Minister on the Economy/Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, may have walked herself into trouble over her fialure to attend a scheduled session with the Senate yesterday. Her travail is over the fuel implementation of this year’s budget. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, according to feelers from Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, may be in a fix as she is in London on official engagement. She is supposed to face the Senate session tomorrow. Ekweremadu threatened her arrest over the minister’s alleged
Elder statesman and former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, Wednesday in Abuja berated the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) for constituting themselves into the opposition. Clark, who was a guest lecturer at a symposium organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, said the PDP governors had taken over the party and turned themselves into the opposition
The suspected masterminds in the murder of Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde, Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State yesterday, gave a vivid account on how he was killed at his Benin GRA residence this year. The six suspects, who allegedly confessed to the crime, however, said they were not assassins, but armed robbers. Oyerinde was killed by gunmen on May 4 in his residence at 65, 2nd Ugbor Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo State in circumstances depicting politically-motivated killing to frustrate Oshiomhole’s
Police have arrested a 35-year-old female teacher in Lagos for allegedly using a pencil to defile a four-year-old girl. Patience was said to have inserted a pencil in the private part of one of the pupils in her class. The victim said to be feeling the pains of the teacher’s action, however, did not reveal the secret to her parents until when her mother was bathing her. The mother noticed that her daughter was feeling uncomfortable as she was bathing her. Upon interrogation, Taiye told her mother that her class teacher inserted
Despite the many efforts of the Federal Government, Nigeria is not doing enough to check terrorism as exemplified by the activities of Boko Haram, a report by the United States has observed. The report, titled ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2011’, was presented to the media on Tuesday by the Bureau of Counter-terrorism’s Ambassador-at-Large, Daniel Benjamin, who added that the US has been working to address the issue of insecurity in Northern Nigeria.