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Akufo-Addo’s government facing communications challenge – Pratt

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Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has said the Akufo-Addo administration is having a major problem communicating effectively to the citizenry on issues of public interest.

According to him, the communications challenge if not checked will have dire consequences for the government.

Kwesi Pratt made the comment while commenting on the Communication from government officials about the happenings in Ghana football following the latest exposé by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which uncovered the corruption in Ghana football.

It also captured the President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi using the name of President Akufo-Addo to extort $65,000 from some ‘investors’ while over a hundred referees and match officials were captured taking bribes to compromise their fairness in matches.

Following the rot exposed in the football game which is the passion of the nation, government through the Minister of Information Dr Mustapha Hamid released an official statement indicating that the government is taking steps to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following the investigative piece.

At the same time the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah granted interviews to the media indicating that the GFA had been dissolved and ongoing domestic league suspended.

But the veteran journalist finds a problem with the two statements from the two Ministers.

“There are two statements meaning two different things, when there’s an issue, the little I know being a Communications person is that you ensure there’s only one reference point not two. There’s been so many instances where we have communications from government institutions and officers saying different things on the same issue.I think it’s a major problem for government machinery, they should have one reference point at all times and not two. That will help the government and the nation as well.

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VIDEO: I’ve Lost All My Girlfriends Because Of The Viral Video – Gun Welding Man claims

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Obour, one of the guys in the viral video of gun welding men have granted an interview to TV3 following the armed robbery accusations.

Speaking to a TV3 journalist, he once again denied being an armed robber as speculated by bloggers because of the viral video and some photos on his Facebook wall. According to Obour he and his guys aren’t into armed robbery.

Speaking to a TV3 journalist, he once again denied being an armed robber as speculated by bloggers because of the viral video and some photos on his Facebook wall. According to Obour he and his guys aren’t into armed robbery.

 

He stressed that because of the viral video and the misinformation attached to it, he’s lost all his girlfriend as they think he is an armed robber. Read more: We’re Galamsey Guys, Not Armed Robbers – Gun Welding Guys Uses Schnapp & Eggs To Explain Details Of Viral Video

 

 

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‘I didn’t say Akufo-Addo cannot shower in Presidential jet’ – Defence Minister defends his statement

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Dominic Nitiwul 1024x697Dominic Nitiwul, Defence Minister

Thu, 17 Jun 2021Source: www.ghanaweb.com

• Dominic Nitiwul says his comments was misreported by the media

• He said, the private luxurious jet was hired thinking of the President’s safety

• He claims even though the Presidential jet is airworthy, it has some challenges

Dominic Nitiwul has debunked reports that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addowanted to take his shower that is why the country decided to hire the luxurious £15,000 per hour private jet for his recent trip abroad.

According to him, the G-Kelt aircraft was hired for the President to travel in because of his safety and that of his crew because the Presidential jet recently had some challenges.

The Defence Minister came under attack when he told Parliamentarians that the presidential jet was not conducive and presented many challenges when the President was embarking on his 10-day foreign travel.

He stated that despite the Falcon jet being airworthy, it lacked certain facilities like a washroom and it could contain less of the President’s entourage.

“This aircraft will carry a load of 11 passengers minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the United States of America or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage.

In fact, the President would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting,” he stated.

This, the Defence Minister claims, was misreported by the media.

GhanaWeb monitored Dominic Nitiwul’s explanation on Joy FM where he said:

“What we looked at was the safety of the passengers and the crew, not the amount involved in it. That is the first thing we look out for before we look at other factors. It doesn’t mean we don’t look at the amount but what we look at first is the safety of passengers. When it comes to the choice of the President’s travel, it is a schedule. It is determined by two groups of people; National Security and the Ministry of Foreign affairs.

Also, in this COVID era, when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the President’s recent trip, the Falcon jet couldn’t have been taken because we would have had to do technical stuff which is not desirable. When he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing that has brought huge sums of money to this country, the President may need not just the Falcon.

At no point did I ever say that President Akufo-Addo cannot shower that is why he used the G-Kelt aircraft.”

He stated that the decision was taken by the government in order not to incur any additional costs if the presidential jet had been used because the team that travelled with the President would have been flown earlier and camped at a hotel which would come at a cost before the President arrives.

“I said that when a President has to travel like that it is unwise to use a small aircraft because the entire team has to travel two or three days before to wait for the President. The hotel bills alone cumulatively add up to the state and it is more expensive,” Dominic Nitiwul explained further.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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VIDEO: FDA closed down Shoprite’s meat section at Accra Mall

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Frozen Meat 9FDA has also fined Shoprite for mislabeling their product

• The meat section of Shoprite has been closed down

• The reason is for selling imported frozen chicken

• FDA has also fined Shoprite for mislabeling their product

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on Tuesday, June 15, closed down the meat section of Shoprite at the Accra Mall.

According to the Deputy Chief Executive of the FDA, Akua Amartey, Shoprite was selling imported frozen chicken as locally produced chicken.

She furthered that the mislabeling of the chicken by Shoprite apart from deceiving its customers also has health implications on consumers.

Akua Amartey disclosed that the Food and Drugs Authority has fined Shoprite for engaging in such an act.

Akua Amartey in explaining the action taken by the FDA said, “It came to our attention that they actually label frozen chicken that they thaw as fresh chicken, and that is against the Public Health Act…Apart from it being deception, it also has some health implications, because we all know that you don’t actually thaw a frozen product and then put it back into the freezer for it to freeze.”

“The FDA has given an administrative fine to pay that is going to make it punitive for them not to repeat such an action,” Akua Amartey said.

Akua Amartey noted that the FDA will visit other branches of Shoprite to check on their goods to ensure the safety of customers.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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