Thursday, August 31, 2017

Were embarrassed by SSNIT scandal – Organized labour

The Ghana Federation of Labour says Organised Labour is embarrassed by the scandal that has rocked the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

Even though the SSNIT Board has caused a forensic investigation into the scandal which has been a subject of public discussions in the last two weeks, the Ghana Federation of Labour maintains that labour must get competent people to represent its interest on the SSNIT Board.

The President of the Federation, Abraham Koomson, told Citi News that, as organized labour, we cannot defend what has happened because it is very embarrassing to us. Going forward, we must make sure that we nominate qualified people, knowledgeable people not necessarily the Secretary General to be part of the board of Trustees. We have to make them understand that periodically we have to revert to the labour structures for us to understand what goes on there.

The board of Trustees of the SSNIT includes representatives of Organized Labour.

SSNIT is being investigated by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) for blowing $72 million on procuring and installing a software and other hardware systems known as the Operational Business Suite (OBS) in a bid to digitize the Trust.

The cost, which was originally $34 million, later ballooned to $66 million and then to $72 million due to maintenance and additional infrastructure, and the variation was approved by the Trust's board.

The new Board Chairman of SSNIT, Kwame Addo Kufuor, in an earlier interview with Citi News, said about 15 people had already appeared before EOCO as witnesses in the matter.

SSNIT has also contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an audit into the contract.

The Ghana Federation of Labour is calling for a complete restructuring of the Trust to avert any such scandals in the future.

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Poverty Will No More Be Hindrance To Quality Education – Yankah

Lack of money by parents should no longer be a barrier to quality senior high school education in Ghana, Minister of State-designate in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, has said.

Prof Yankah, who was speaking on Thursday, August 31, at the launch of the official logo for governments free SHS policy which begins September 2017 emphasized that: Poverty, gender deprivation, should no longer be barriers to quality education.

He said the government is ready to ensure a fair and just society and equal opportunities for all irrespective of family circumstances.

He stressed that the expected expansion to quality education will be achieved without compromising on quality.

Prof Yankah explained that the package comes with qualitative instructional material, improvement in school infrastructure as well as teacher motivation and capacity building.

He said free education is the foundation for national development and inspires students from diverse backgrounds to aspire to expand their knowledge for the benefit of society.

He said: The free SHS adds value to prevailing free primary and junior high school policies to make pre-tertiary education a totally free undertaking that should eventually position Ghana to enhance the quality of its human capital to boost national development.

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Deaths In Mumbai Building Collapse, 'Dozens' Trapped

At least 19 people died and more than a dozen were feared trapped when a building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai on Thursday after days of heavy rain swamped the city.

Rescuers using diggers could be seen sifting through the remains of the four-storey residential building, which gave way around 08:40am (03:10 GMT) in the densely populated area of Bhendi Bazaar.

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Farmers Schooled On Need To Test Soil Before Farming

Farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region have been urged to test the soil of their farmlands before the beginning of a new farming season, to ensure the lands are capable of supplying adequate quantities of essential plant nutrients to grow crops.

The Head of Soil Laboratory at the Soil Research Institute in Kumasi, Dr. Francis M. Tetteh, told This Website in an interview that the main aim of soil testing was to evaluate the fertility status of the soil, which was essential in the growing of crops.

"The laboratory test is a means of making an inventory of the Chemical condition of the soil and determining the treatments required. Soil testing provides basis for the recommendation of fertilizer and soil amendments such as lime," he added.

His expert advise comes at a time where farmers, mostly those who cultivate maize have lamented over poor yield in some parts of the region despite the application of fertilizers in large quantities.

Dr Tetteh attributed the decline in crop yield across the country to the inability of farmers to embrace modern ways of farming which encourages the testing of soil before planting season.

He said if farmers adopt the act of testing their soil in the laboratory, they would know which nutrients their farmlands lack and know the right fertilizers to apply on their farms.

Dr Tetteh said Ghana's soils are old and have been leached for a long period of time hence "they are low in inherent soil fertility, organic matter and buffer capacity."

According to the soil Scientist, although crops require soils that are deep with no impediments to root development well drained and aerated, with the capacity to store sufficient soil moisture to help fine crop growth and neutral to slightly acid, farmers needed to know that testing their soils Was The way to boost yield.

Advising the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) to provide laboratory equipments to test soils at the district levels, he also urged farmers not to hesitate to fall on extension officers with samples of soils picked randomly from their farms to be tested at available soil laboratories in the regional capitals for a fee to avoid low crop yield.

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Engage Now Africa Officially Launches Literacy Campaign; Urges Govt To Spread Internet Connectivity

The Ghana office of Engage Now Africa (ENA), a development-focused non-governmental organisation, on August 30 launched this years International Literacy Day, coinciding with the official launch of its adult literacy campaign.

The launch of Engage Now Africa Literacy project at the International Press Centre in Accra is meant to officially unveil the organisatons relentless campaign to improve adult literacy in Ghana.

ENA, which present in Ghana and four other African countries â€" Sierra Leone, Namibia, Uganda and Ethiopia â€" has been a champion of numerous development initiatives since 2002 in a bid to support individuals, families, and communities to develop through education, provision of clean water, micro credit assistance among others.

Speaking at the simultaneous launch of ENA Literacy project and the International Literacy Day, Ghana Director of ENA, Cecilia Amankwah, urged the government to spread internet connectivity across the country and invest in adult literacy.

For many, digital technologies provide better access to information and knowledge that used to be out of reach or costly, while facilitating the use of obtained information and knowledge. Digital technologies also enable host services â€" including administrative, educational, health and agricultural ones to be delivered in a more accessible efficient way, she said.

Mrs Amankwahs call fits into the theme for this years International Literacy Day, Literacy In a Digital Worldâ€" which is slated for September 8.

International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges.

Literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

ENA is operational in all ten regions of Ghana, but currently runs its adult literacy programmes in eight regions. The official launch of the literacy programme, according to Mrs Amankwah, signals moves to spread into the remaining two regions.

The ENA adult literacy project has a learner population of 5,487, comprising of 3,018 females and 2,469 males. More than 1,000 adult learners have already graduated with ENA literacy certificates.

Present at the launch of ENA Literacy project on Wednesday was Deputy Minister of Education, Barbara Ayisi, who stated governments resolve to reducing illiteracy figures across the country.

She notes that Ghanas socio-economic development lags behind with high illiteracy rate figures as those who can neither read nor write are unable to benefit from the opportunities presented by the digital information age.

Government of Ghana is working through various policies to change this trend, she said.

Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mrs Elizabeth Sackey, who delivered a short speech at the launch event lauded ENAs efforts and promised the help by her outfit.

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Otabil Turns 58 Today

Today, Thursday August 31, marks the 58th birthday of the founder and leader of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil.

Born in 1959 to Dinah and Lloyd Otabil, Pastor Otabil, from humble beginnings, has grown to become one of the most influential personalities in the country.

He is the founder and Chancellor of Central University College, and the Chief Executive Officer of Otabil and Associates, an executive and leadership growth consultancy.

Pastor Otabils pastoral work has centred on issues relevant to Africa, although he has spoken internationally at various conferences and churches.

Pastor Otabil has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees for his work in various fields. He was also a recipient of a Millennium Excellence Award. In 2007, he was honoured by the Government of Ghana with the Order of the Volta (Religion).

Today, Pastor Otabils ICGC, which started at the Kanda Cluster of Schools in Accra, has grown to become one of the most popular churches with branches all across the country.

He is known for his wise sayings and motivational speeches.

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$72m SSNIT Software Not Surprising – Awuni

A former spokesperson of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Andrew Awuni, has said he is not surprised the Social Security and National Investment Trust (SSNIT) invested $72million in software because such is happening in many institutions across the country.

According to him, this is not the last time the country will hear news of institutions mismanaging huge sums of monies in the course of their operations.

His comment comes after the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) investigations into the $72 million software purchased by SSNIT.

There are concerns that the monies paid for the system have been overpriced, with ICT experts arguing that the cost for the application is outrageous.

The software system, which was undertaken in 2012, is, according to SSNIT, meant to provide customers with convenient services.

Speaking on Class91.3FMs Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Thursday, 31, 2017 Mr Awuni said: $72million software didnt surprised me. When I heard it, it didnt surprise me at all. And I dont think its the last time we are going to hear about [something like this].

I dont think this is the biggest amount of money [because] as at yesterday, I was hearing about another $150million that has been invested in some housing projects and a whole lot of things, so its not going to be the last time we are going to hear about this and its not just about SSNIT .

I think there are many other organisations in this country that could be even in a worst situation. Im not surprised at all. But you see, the difficulty is that as we speak today even with the $72million investment in the software, if you as a contributor want any information about your contribution with SSNIT, you may have serious challenges getting that information to the extent that the organisation themselves does not even know who is a contributor sometimes

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New Petition Against EC Boss Charlotte Osei Referred To CJ

President Nana Akufo-Addo has forwarded the new petition for impeachment filed against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo.

Confirming this, the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, revealed the petitioner to be one Douglas Seidu.

Mr. Seidu delivered his petition around August 18, 2017, and President Akufo-Addo referred the petition to the Chief Justice on August 29.

Once a petition has been brought to the Presidency trying to invoke the relevant portions of the Constitution with regards to the removal of the Chairperson a body like the Electoral Commission, the President has no choice but to forward the petition to the CJ, Mr. Arhin explained.

Without getting into details, Mr. Arhin outlined some of the grounds of the petition as being financial misconduct, incompetence, conflict of interest, breaches of the public procurement processes, amongst others. It is an eight-paged petition.

He [President Akufo-Addo] has done his part so we will just leave the rest to the Chief Justice to handle. For the Chief Justice, I am sure she has instituted her own processes to handle this, he added.

Earlier reports from the Daily Guide Newspaper indicated that at least 15 allegations have been leveled against Mrs. Osei in this new petition.

Some of the allegations involved the unilateral award of contracts by the EC boss in the run-up to the 2016 general election.

There is already a petition from unnamed EC staff, who are being represented by Lawyer Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang, against Mrs. Osei, which is pending before the Chief Justice.

The earlier petition leveled allegation, including the funneling of GH¢3.9 million to partition an office, the receipt of a Toyota Land Cruiser from the Mahama government, the expenditure of about $14 million when the Public Procurement Authority had authorised her to use only $7.5 million.

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Eugene Arhin Assures Both Asenso And Jinapor Will Get Fair Hearing

The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, expects the Presidents Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor, to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), following allegations of corruption made against them.

Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Arhin said it was only fair the two be allowed to state their case, per the laws of natural justice.

Definitely, the CID will obviously get in touch with them because I don't think they can settle the matter based on one side's story. Definitely, you need to find out what the other side's story is all about and as state investigative bodies, they are in the best position to draw a conclusion and bring the recommendations

You cant prosecute a case based on what one side presents. You need to listen to the other side as well and from there, we can form our own conclusions, he added.

These allegations of corruption came in the wake of President Nana Akufo-Addo's directive to security agencies to investigate any corruption allegation against his officials .

The allegations came from Kwame Asare Obeng, also known as Kwame A-Plus, who himself has been invited for questioning by the CID.

A-Plus took to Facebook to describe the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff as thieves and called them stupid though he did not substantiate his claims.

The CID also invited the NPP Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, who had also made similar corruption allegations.

Francis Asenso-Boakye has already rejected the claims made against him and Abu Jinapor.

Francis Asenso-Boakye (L) and Abu Jinapor (R)
CID probe will settle case
At the end of these investigations, Mr. Arhin said he expected closure to be brought to the matter, one way or the other, and if the claims of corruption are valid, then certainly, I am sure something will take place, i.e. prosecution or whatever the President will deem fit.

Whatever be the case, the President has made it clear that no allegation of corruption will be swept under the carpet. I am sure that everybody wants to find out the truth and get to get to the bottom of the situation. That is what this investigation is all about.

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Mr. Arhin also indicated that, the accused parties could sue for defamation if the corruption claims were found to be baseless.

If at the end of the day it is found that all these allegations were just completely baseless, I believe the people who have been accused of being corrupt have the right to take legal action against whoever it is that made those allegations because obviously, it is bordering on the lines of defamation.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Public Procurement's Exceeding GHC50m To Be Vetted By Presidency - Adwoa Safo

Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has revealed public procurements that exceed GH¢50m will now have to be approved by the Presidency.

She said the move is part of a directive from Cabinet that is aimed at ensuring accountability in public procurements.

Adwoa Safo made the revelations when she visited the Ministry of Education recently.

She commended the Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, for adhering to the procurement laws in the various procurement activities his office is undertaking for the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

She adds that in order to strengthen the capacities of local contractors, the government has made it a policy where 70% of all its contracts or projects shall be awarded to local contractors.

Out of this 70%, 30% of the contracts or projects shall be awarded to Persons With Disability (PWDs), women and those in youth employment.

It is a policy the government under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is committed to implementing. Very soon, my office will come out with how it is going to be done, she noted.

She further revealed ongoing efforts to harmonise the Public Procurement Acts (Act 663) and the Public Procurement (Amended) Act (Act 914) for easy reading and referencing.

An e-platform of all contractors involved in government projects will also be set up to enable assessment of performance of the these contractors, she said.

With this database, the citizenry could at any given time, assess the performance of all the contractors to know who is doing well and who is doing badly, Adwoa Safo explained.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

GH¢130m Jospong wastebins 'clear, calculated connivance to waste money' -GII

Ghana Integrity Initiative is calling for sanctions against government officials who approved the procurement of one million wastebins suspected to have been over-priced by GH¢130m.

Executive Director Linda Ofori Kwafo condemned the procurement contract handed to subsidiaries of Jospong Group of Companies as "a clear, calculated attempt to...waste our hard-earned resources."

Linda Ofori Kwafo
This follows Joy News investigations into the contract awarded in November 2016.

Investigative journalist Manasseh Azure found out one of Jospong's companies, Universal Plastic Product and Recycling Ltd, sold each of the 240litre bin to the state at GH¢258.

But a pro forma invoice from the same company quotes the price at GH¢135.

There was no open tender bid for the procurement as the Local Government ministry handpicked the five companies, explaining the ministry was under pressure to supply the bins.

The minister Collins Dauda explained, the litter bins were urgently needed because of the impending raining season.

In justifying the request to the Public Procurement Authority, the ministry warned, the bins if not procured as soon as possible could lead to an outbreak of Cholera. But Joy News has found out, the bins procured have not been distributed by the Assemblies and have rather been abandoned.

In a reaction, Linda Ofori is scandalised at this explanation and pointed out, there is nothing special about the litter bins to require sole sourcing.

"My brother what is high value about a waste bin that you have to go for single sourcing ", she told Joy News' Evans Mensah in an interview Tuesday.

"What was the emergency situation in this ," she demanded answers.

She faulted the managers of the Public Procurement Authority for failing to fully implement the law aimed at curbing public sector corruption. She said the PPA also failed to follow up on the distribution of the one million litter bins.

Linda wants the officials whether in government or former officials investigated and sanctioned if found culpable.

She said it is worrying for Jospong, once banned by the World Bank to be involved once again in the procurement scandals.

"We should be looking at what he did wrong as a company", she fumed. GII is baffled that the order for the litter bins was made from the Office of the President managed by the former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah under the Mahama government.

"You can see that people just connived one way or the other because we didn't need the dustbins" she said.

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I was protecting my Minister – Karbo defends ‘fight

Deputy Roads Minister, Anthony Karbo has brushed aside media reports of an altercation between him and officials of an excavator company.

News that the Lawra Member of Parliament had engaged in fisticuffs with some persons at the construction of a second tunnel connecting East Legon and Spintex, broke on social media on Monday and spread like wildfire.

However, responding to the claims on Eyewitness News on Tuesday, Anthony Karbo stated that the reports on the incident were misleading.

I woke up this morning to see videos on social media claiming that I was in some street rage but I was not, I was protecting my Minister, he said.

According to him, an initially amicable discussion between the Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta and the owners of the excavator companies turned sour when the companies were asked by the former to relocate.

Karbo claims that the owners attacked the Minister both verbally and physically leading to an altercation with some members of the Minister's security detail.

The road corridor belongs to the Ghana Highway Authority. Anyone who puts up any structure within the road corridor is a squatter. After visiting the site and getting a briefing from the contractor, said that in two weeks [the contractor] needs to move to the next section but those excavators parked there will create a problem. When I walked in with the Minister, fortunately, we realised that we knew some of the people. So in a very lively environment, we spoke and had a good time and then the Minister decided the addressed the situation and stated that we have given them two weeks to move, he narrated.

After the Minister made those comments, it didnt go well with the owners. I dont know what came over the man but he started attacking, insulting and assaulting the Minister. Its impossible for an ordinary citizen to attack a Minister without a reaction from the Police. The bodyguard of the Minister invited the [East Legon] Police who arrested the people, we have nothing to do with it anymore.

Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Attah (middle)
2 weeks to relocate
The Ministry for Roads and Highways has given two excavator companies a two-week ultimatum to relocate.

According to the Ministry, the operations of the two companies, Atpage Limited and Ottis Equipment Company, are impeding work on the site.

Karbo confirmed in an earlier interview with Citi News, that the Minister had directed that the excavators be moved in two weeks, by which time one side would have been done for the contractor to move to the other.

He stated that the presence of the excavators on the site was hindering the work of the contractors, adding that the directive was necessary despite discussions between the owners of the companies, the contractors and officials of the Highway Authority.

Our understanding is that the [owners of the companies] have been written to, there have been series of discussions between the Ghana Highway Authority and the owners of the heavy-duty machines. We came to inspect and it appears the contractors themselves have also had their discussions with them in respect of their work plan, he said.

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Presby Church Commends Gov't On Free SHS Policy

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) has commended the government on the efforts being made to roll out the Free Senior High School (SHS) campaign promise.

This was contained in a communique issued by the Church at the end of the 17th General Assembly held at the Ramseyer Training Centre at Abetifi-Kwahu in the Eastern Region.

The Acting Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Dr.  George O. Kwapong who read the communique on behalf of the Church noted that if the free SHS Policy was successfully implemented, it would bring relief to many families and ensure equity in access to secondary education in the country.

According to the Church, the free SHS if well implemented and managed would also hasten the human capital development of the country.  However,  the Church urged cautioned   in the implementation of what it described as laudable policy since in the past some of such well â€"meant social interventions to relieve the poor tended to benefit the rich instead.

The Church also drew the attention of government to the wide gap in quality in basic education between urban privileged schools and rural underprivileged ones. According to the PCG, leaving this gap unaddressed would continue to sustain the current situation whereby placing children in SHS is choose largely by the place of birth or where they grow up.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana also noted with delight the contribution the Christian community and other religious groups continue to make to the socio-economic, political and spiritual development of the country.

According to the PCG apart from the significant contribution to education, and health-care delivery, many churches continue to play their traditional roles in preaching, advocacy, counselling, peace initiatives and promotion of sound spirituality for human flourishing.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana therefore called the church universal to ensure that the Holy Bible remains the highest basis of the faith and conduct.

The Church expressed concerned about the spread of untrue doctrines, superstition, and occultism in the country and therefore admonished preachers to beware of the gradual shift toward motivational messages in the churches.

The PCG reiterated its previous call on the Christian Council of Ghana, the Catholic Bishops Conference, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, and all leaders of Christian institutions in the country to strengthen aspects of their institutional structures to deal effectively with the challenges that damage the image of the Christian Church in Ghana.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana, as a key stakeholder in the national developmental agenda, every year comes out with a communique at the end of its General Assembly with issues of national, ecclesiastical and human relevance.

This years General Assembly was held from August 18th to 24th, 2017 under the theme: ‘Let the Earth Hear. (Romans 10: 14-17).

The General Assembly, which is the highest decision making body of the PCG, attracted over 250 Commissioners, and Corresponding Members from all the 21  Presbyteries, both home and abroad.

Major highlights of the Assembly included the Official Opening Ceremony which the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was the Special Guest of Honour, Divine Service, Service to Commemorate the Faithful Departed and Plenary Sessions. The Assembly l also took decisions that would guide the activities of the Church in the coming years.

Furthermore the General Assembly, also reviewed activities of the Church in the previous year, planned for the ensuing year, and also served as a platform for fellowship, interactions and networking among Commissioners and Corresponding Members.

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'I Love Justin Bieber': Floyd Mayweather

Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather shared an unlikely friendship, becoming nearly inseparable after first linking up in 2012.

But as the pop singer, 23, has been reevaluating his life and attending church regularly, he is said to have cut ties with the championship boxer, even unfollowing him on Instagram which reportedly caused Mayweather to 'go nuclear,' according to a recent TMZ report.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Nana Addo promotes Ken Yeboah, six other DCOPs

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander,  DCOP Ken Yeboah has been promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police.

His deputy, AC Fred Adu Annim has also been promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

These promotions, done in consultation with the Council of State by President Nana Akufo-Addo, are to take effect from July 1.

These promotions come alongside the promotions of six other Deputy Commissioners of Police and 30 other Assistant Commissioners of Police.

The other newly promoted Commissioners to the rank of COP are Akuribah Yaagy, Director General/National Patrols; Rev. David Nenyi Ampah-Benyin, Central Regional Police Commander; Charles Kpapu Torkor, Commandant at the Ghana Police Command and Staff Collage; Maxwell Sakipasgo Atingane, Director-General/Motor Traffic and Transport; Bright Oduro, Director-General/Criminal Investigations and Osabarima Oware Pinkro III, Director-General/Research and Planning.

This brings the number of Commissioners of Police in Ghana to 14.

The 31 Assistant Commissioners of Police who have been promoted included officers from the general police pool and medical professionals.

The police administration, earlier in 2017, promoted 61 police inspectors to the rank of Chief Inspectors and 678 sergeants have also been promoted to the rank of Inspectors per regulations 37 of the Police Service Regulations 2012, CI 76. Those promotions took effect on January 1, 2017, however, there was to be no payment of arrears.

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We Will Provide Alternative Jobs For Unemployed Galamseyers—Methodist Church

The Methodist Church says it is ready to support government resettle illegal small scale miners into alternative vocations.

The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist church Most Reverend Titus Awotwe Pratt, gave the pledge in Obuasi on Sunday where a national conference was held to ordain new Priests for the Methodist Church.

It follows the cry for jobs in the once galamsey dominated areas after governments temporary ban on small scale mining across the country.

Most Reverend Titus Awotwe Pratt indicated that the anti galamsey campaign has been championed within the churchs teachings.

He pointed out that, We have been preaching and teaching against galamsey. We have a booklet that is used for Bible studies and in the past two to three years, there have been topics on galamsey.

We have taught our church members and everyone who cares to know that galamsey is bad and is destroying farms and water bodies.

Most Reverend Awotwe Pratt disclosed that all Priests in the church have been charged wherever they are stationed, to research and find out in the areas, if there are cottage industries that could be harnessed to help people and the church will be there to support with some funding, either through our banks or our own internal resources.

This way if a galamsey boy or girl is being told to stop galamsey, it means I have something to give them in place, he added.

He however insisted that the fight will be a mirage if it is not tied into governments ability to create more jobs through the one-district-one- factory initiative.

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Facebook Founder Welcomes Second Daughter

Mark Zuckerberg's wife Priscilla Chan has given birth to their second daughter.

Chan gave birth this month and the couple named the baby girl August.

The Facebook CEO shared news of the birth on Monday with an open letter and a touching photo of their daughter Max playing with her new sister.

'Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August! We wrote her a letter about the world we hope she grows up in, and also hoping she doesn't grow up too fast,' Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. 

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Ghana Needs Indigenous Developmental Module-Dr. Karikari-Ababio

The country's socio-economic development would only improve if it adopts an indigenous contextual and relevant development model.

Since independence, Ghana has always had the dependent model of development, which has caused the country to always be marginalized in technology and productivity.

Dr. Mathew Karikari-Ababio, a social scientist and researcher, said this in Accra at the launch of a book written by him entitled, "Dynamics of Underdevelopment ; The case of Ghana".

He said countries that had made significant socio-economic progress, succeeded because they came up with solutions based on their specific needs and circumstances.

Dr. Karikari-Ababio noted that technology was very vital to the development of any nation, saying "technology is the dividing line between developed and under-developed countries".

He said if we did not "cross the bridge of being marginalized in technology and productivity, we will make very little progress as a nation."

Dr. Karikari-Ababio said there was also a strong need to tie in the educational system to the developmental needs, and also have a fine grasp of the natural resource base.

Reverend Ama Afo Blay, a former Director General of the Ghana Education Service and a guest speaker at the launch, said finding natural talents and harnessing them was crucial to any nation's development.

She said once these talents were hooked to the socio-economic needs of the country that automatically resulted in progress.

Professor Jerome Djangmah, Chairman for the occasion and a former Director General of the Ghana Education Service, unveiled the book and said it was important that the book was well distributed within the academia and people in positions of policy making.

He said the book would by so doing, be well placed to make the kind of impact expected from it.

The seven chapter book, consists of 243 pages, and tackles in detail, the development needs of the country.

It takes into account the natural potential of the country among a number of other factors, and the way forward with respect to the socio-economic growth needs of the country.

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Planting For Food And Job Initiative Laudable - Reverend Minister

Reverend Robert Nelson Adayi, a pastor with the Holy Ghost Revival Assemblies of God Church, has lauded the "Planting for food and Job" policy mooted by the current Government to ensure food security and better living in the country.

He said "This initiative Ghana has introduced must be nursed and expanded to cover Africa to save its people and countries from the importation of plastic and junk foods".

The Reverend Minister who said this in an interview with in Takoradi noted that Ghana and for that matter Africa, cannot continue to live and depend on other countries for food and other diary products when there were vast arable lands and resources to grow sufficiently to feed the continent.

Rev. Adayi recounted speculated stories such as the supply of plastic rice and fish, corned beef from human flesh and carcasses of chicken and horses, adding, we should not allow this "When we have millions of cattle, goats and sheep to rear and arable lands to cultivate ".

He said it was also sad to hear rumours of cooking oil being extracted from drains and gutters of restaurants, when we have fertile land to produce groundnuts, coconuts and palm growing well in our lands".

He said this was the time Africans must rise to the occasion and stop the importation of these junks and help the planting for food and jobs initiative to flourish.

Rev. Adayi expressed worry about the spread of diseases especially food borne diseases due to the chemicals used in growing such imported food stuff.

"We cannot continue to toy with our health...we must turn to our own soil to produce natural food for ourselves, he said adding that , It is a call back to our own land".

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Deputy Chieftaincy Minister Asks Chiefs Not To Give License To Miners

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs in collaboration with the Central Regional House of Chiefs has embarked on a tour to the Central region to interact with traditional leaders on the need to end illegal mining (galamsey).

The Deputy Chieftaincy Minister, Hon Paul Essien has asked Chiefs not to offer licenses to miners though they are the custodians of the lands.

Addressing Chiefs at the Twifo Mampong Traditional Council in Region, he noted that it doesn't lie within the jurisdiction of the Chiefs to give out mining licenses.

According to him, there has been an increment of the allowance given to the paramount chiefs from Ghc 500 to Ghc 1,000 and there will be a discussion to ensure that all chiefs receive some allowance.

The allowance would be expected to motivate the chiefs to support government in the fight against illegal mining activities.

He called on the Chiefs to unite and assist the government.

"I sometimes get worried when the Chinese will come to our country to deceive us with a small money so they would ruin the lands with galamsey. They have gold in their country, can they ruin their lands and water bodies as they are doing here Can Ghanaians go to their country to do illegal mining (galamsey)," he said.

The Vice President of the Regional House of Chiefs who doubles as the Omanhene of Twifo traditional Council Obrempong Appiah Nuamah II, pledged the help and commitment of the traditional council to the fight against galamsey.

He also urged government as a matter of urgency to provide the region with taskforce as to support clamp down on the illegal miners in the Region.

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Drake Wears Rihanna Socks, And The Internet Can't Deal

The rapper recently posted an Instagram of himself lounging on the couch, wearing socks that feature the silhouette of his longtime love, Rihanna.
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‘Use Local Languages At Airport Alongside English, French

A lecturer in African and gender studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, has condemned the sole use of English and French languages at the departure and arrival lounges of the Kotoka International Airport.

She said the use of those languages without a corresponding Ghanaian language was one of the signs of the loss of identities as Ghanaians, as language was inextricably linked to identity.
When you leave Kotoka or arrive, you hear English, sometimes French. Never a Ghanaian language. Do we assume that all travellers should be speakers of a colonial language Prof. Adomako asked rhetorically.

She was speaking at her inaugural lecture as a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) last Friday.

Who are we

Speaking on the topic: Who are we and whose are we Identitying and transforming the nation, she sought to convince her audience about the loss of collective identities as Ghanaians and how that had eroded the capacity of citizens to have a positive self-image for the transformation of the country.

She argued that strong individual and national identities were vital for positive social and economic outcomes.

Identity crisis

Prof. Adomako said he was of the view that Ghanaians had mortgaged their personal and national identities, and the attendant state of confusion about who they were had resulted in an identity crisis.

She variously termed crisis as a state of schizophrenia about who we are, a loss of self-worth, a damaged self-image and the struggle to know who we are.

Using food, language, architecture, clothing and artefacts, she analysed how those areas had been relinquished to foreign influence, which in turn informed the standards Ghanaians lived by. 

She also endeavoured to whip up the passion of her audience for the return to and the perfecting of Ghanaian arts, literature and culture, as a means of regaining lost identities through what she termed a collective identity project.

Language policy

She said other African countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Swaziland had incorporated mother tongues as national languages, and wondered what made it difficult for Ghana to do the same.

The fact that English language is our main medium of exchange, when we know that millions of our citizens communicate in their own languages, means that not only do we disenfranchise them, but we dont also maximise their contribution to our society, she said.

Food, culture, arts

Prof. Adomako argued that the countrys huge food imports, including polished rice and those in supermarket shelves, were all indicative of the countrys collective loss of identity.

Identity is about who individuals believe themselves to be and food cultures are a core area through which we construct our identities, she said.

She said our contribution to the expressive and creative culture, such as dress, music, arts and architecture, was being erased from world history by others who appropriated, commercialised and sometimes denigrated them.


In reclaiming positive identities, Prof. Adomako proposed a return to the countrys indigenous ways of doing things, perfecting them to position them as viable alternatives to others.

Sher urged all to, therefore, get involved in strategically deploying the countrys culture for the benefit of all, while urging state institutions such as the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to be up and doing in getting all to have that positive identity.

The immediate past Vice-President, Arts Section of the GAAS, Professor Emerita Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf, who is also a fellow FGA, expressed the hope that the audience had taken lessons to reclaim their identity.

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470MW Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan Arrives In Ghana

Karpowership Ghana Company Limited has announced the arrival of the worlds largest Powership, the 470 MW Osman Khan to Ghana. The Powership will commence operating in the Tema fishing Harbor in September, and replace the 235 MW Aysegul Sultan powership.  

The arrival of Osman Khan powership is in consonance with the Power Purchase Agreement signed with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) requiring Karpowership Ghana Company Limited to provide a total of 450MW capacity and directly feed it into the national grid for 10 years.

A press release from the company said the 470 MW Powership will supply uninterrupted and reliable electricity at one of the lowest costs to Ghana for thermal power generation with its dual fuel engines and combined cycle power generation technology.

It said the powership will initially use low Sulphur Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) to generate electricity, and convert to natural gas as soon as local Natural Gas supplies become available, ensuring cost savings for Ghana.

The operations of 470 MW Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan will have a significant contribution to Ghanas electricity supply as the most reliable power plant in the country and create more employment opportunities, the company said.

Karpowership is a socially responsible company that is also committed to giving back to the community. Since it began operations in Ghana on December 2015, the company has engaged in several projects such as providing bursary for brilliant but needy students, providing school supplies, and furnishing a computer laboratory.

As a strategic partner, Karpowership Ghana Company Limited says it is committed to Ghanas development and will continue providing all Ghanaians reliable, sustainable, and affordable electricity, the release stated.

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Societal Pressures Will Be Recipe For The Collapse Of 1-District 1-Factory—Dr Think Twice

The Chief Executive Officer of Think Twice Foundation Ghana, Mr Ernest Birmeh, popularly known in the country as Dr Think Twice, a leading campaigner against negative forms of societal pressures is urging government to take very serious action against negative forms of pressures since is a leading factor to collapse and low productivity of many industries, factories and institutions in the country. He said this when he had a brief discussion with students of KNUST, residing in the famous Hall, Katanga Hall (university hall).

" The intended policies of His excellency Nana Addo's government is very laudable, however, if various policies are not put in place to check negative forms of societal pressures, the people will definitely collapse these factories. Ask why, yes pressures such as , when will you marry, when will you give birth, does your manhood works, prove it, how responsible are you without a child, one is not OK, what about males or females, why have you worked for years without putting up a building, buying a car, why haven't you attended my wedding, funeral, birthday celebrations, why have you been wearing few clothes, one shoe all the time, why no perming hair do, Rasta and millions more. Despite good reasons society has for doing so, is a big recipe for collapse of businesses, factories, inefficiencies in our systems in society, mention them". He said.

"How many factories owned by government still exist since Nkrumah's government to date He questioned. Animals don't collapse businesses or factories, humans behavioral patterns have a greater stake in everything" He fumed.

He further confirmed that, our cultural values which is characterised or deeply rooted with unnecessary forms of societal pressures has its entangled character in our political dispensations and its very alarming. The inefficiencies in our systems of society, our inability to manage our resources is solely emanating from huge unproductive forms of negative societal pressures which despite good reasons distract the human brains, prevent it from working efficiently, hence low productivity in the continent.

He is urging government, especially ministry of Gender and social protection and other departments to immediately team up with him and his team to work towards the management of these bogus pressures to ensure the brains of the workers are somehow stabilized to ensure effective sustainability of factories, institutions and others for the country. He said.

Currently all is set for take off with his team across the country to ensure the pressure is managed for the betterment of society. A press conference will soon be held, modalities that will be used to manage the pressures across the country will be announced. he concluded.

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We need Gods intervention – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has called on Christians and all Ghanaians to seek God's intervention in the affairs of government to help them work to the benefit of the country.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service on Sunday at the Wesley Methodist Cathedral in the Central Region after the New Patriotic Party's delegates' conference, Akufo-Addo expressed his commitment to ensuring development of the country.

We have to remember at all times that we need the intervention of the lord on daily basis in our life so that He can give us wisdom, courage, health, and compassion so that we can do our work to the benefit of our people of Ghana, he said.

He thanked the people in Region for their support to him and the party during the 2016 elections noting that the party took the decision to host the conference in Cape Coast in appreciation of their assistance in helping the party capture power at the 2016 polls.

When the counting was over, we discovered that the Central Region, not only has established the fact that it was a barometer but has given us an extraordinary vote of confidence. From 7 seats, we went to 19 out of 23, he said.

The 25th annual Delegates' Conference was to afford the party the opportunity to take stock of their achievements over the past few years and strategize for the years ahead.

As part of events at the conference, some proposals including the expansion of their presidential electoral college were made.

Only 5,000 delegates are allowed to vote for national officers at the party's congresses but the current proposal seeks to have the number increased to 150,000 to be at par with the number of delegates who vote for to choose a flagbearer at the party's presidential primaries.

The conference has directed the National Council of the party to set up a Committee to look into all the proposals for constitutional amendments and present a report on the various proposals at a subsequent conference to be held before the end of the year.

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Exton Cubic Grp Doesnt Belong To Ibrahim Mahama

Management of Exton Cubic Group Limited has denied media reports that the company is owned by business tycoon and younger brother of former President John Dramani Mahama, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama.

They were emphatic that Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has no linkage whatsoever with the company as purported by some powerful politicians over the few days.

Addressing a press conference in Accra, Communications Director of Exton Cubic, Sammy Gyamfi, described the claims as political witch-hunting and an attempt to ruin a Ghanaian owned company. This is not fair.

Leave Mr. Ibrahim Mahama out of this, he noted.

According to Sammy Gyamfi, Exton Cubic only hired Engineers and Planners (E&P) - a company which belongs to Ibrahim Mahama to work for them but their equipment were impounded by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah with claims of illegal mining.

We wish to state emphatically that those claims are untrue and a total misrepresentation of the actual facts of the issue. We wish to state unequivocally that Exton Cubic Group has never engaged in any illegal mining activity in Ghana, he said.

Sammy Gyamfi said when addressing the media following the seizure of trucks belonging to Ibrahim Mahamas E&P, which was undertaking preparatory works at the concession in Nyinahin.

The Group also discosed that the seizure of their equipment by government has resulted in a halt of the companys operations, resulting in losses of over $40,000 daily.

The groups Communications Director says they are in talks with their lawyers to take legal action against the agencies frustrating their efforts since they are suffering heavy financial losses over the halt in their prospecting activity.

Sammy Gyamfi, revealed they are ready, we have all our permits, Engineers and Planning have not committed any offence, Exton Cubic has not committed any offence, but we have been told by the minister that he is not ready to meet with us and that is why it has become a legal issue and we trust that our lawyers will deal with that.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, has said his decision not to allow Exton Cubic Group to continue mining bauxite at the Tano-Offin Forest Reserve in the Atwima Mponua District is in the interest of the country.

Mr Osei-Mensah seized the equipment and logistics hired by the company for its operations, and has vowed not to release the equipment until the Lands and Natural Resourcse Minister, John Peter Amewu produces documents to show they have been licensed to mine in the region. The equipment belongs to Engineers and Planners Co. Ltd, a company owned by Ibrahim Mahama, brother of former President John Dramani Mahama.

Some critics have argued Mr Osei-Mensah has taken an entrenched position to witch-hunt the brother of the former president, but the Minister insists his stance is not political.

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AASU Honours John Kumah At A Summit In Ghana

The All African Student Union (AASU) have honored the Chief Executive of National Entrepreneurship and Innovative Plan-NEIP at its 6th summit in Ghana for his extraordinary zeal of promoting students activism and entrepreneurship.

Lawyer Kumah was awarded among Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a prominent Nigerian entrepreneur and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gambia, ‎Prof. Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum.

Mr. Kumah who was the Chairman for the occasion admonished the union to unite for a common goal. He said Africa can only develop and achieve its dreams if physical land barriers and race are relegated to the background.

Africans need to come together as one to champion the development of the continent. As a union of African students, many of you may become leaders in your various countries and is incumbent for you to make African unity a priority. Dr. Nkrumah made one of the most inspirational speeches known in Africa and World politics.

The speech is usually remembered for ‘the often referred to statement, the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up to the total liberation of Africa. This statement was true and relevant at the time it was made and is even more relevant in modern times albeit in a different context

Lawyer Kumah advised the students to promote and lead the course of entrepreneurship in their respective countries driven by innovations for the betterment of the African continent.

The 6th All African Students union summit was held in Ghana with participants from all Africa countries in attendance.

The program was graced by the presence of the Minister of Education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh and the Youth and Sport Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

How I Lost My Fingers - Archbishop Duncan-Williams Tells It All

From the very humble beginnings, Duncan-Williams has risen to become a remarkable man of God who represents Ghana and Africa on an international level.

The Archbishop in 2017, was named by the New African Magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential Africans.

He is regarded as one of the richest pastors in Ghana and he is the first non-American to lead the prayer for the incoming President and Vice President of the United States during the inauguration.

All these and more achievements didnt come by chance. His life is a study of providence and destiny but it is also an application of persistence and the will to overcome all odds both physical and spiritual.

The Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of the Action Chapel International ministry Nicholas Duncan-Williams upon his many tribulations while growing up have revealed how his fingers got burnt and ‘chopped off.

In an interview with Bola Ray on Starr Chat,and as monitored by, the Archbishop Duncan-Williams said that While growing up, on multiple occasions, he nearly lost his life.He battled with spirits and was visiting shrines.He emphasized that, the thirst for success made him visit shrines for it.

Of all the battles in life, the spiritual battle is easily the most significant. It is always said that before anything of worth happens in the physical, it must be settled in the spiritual.It happened in the spiritual realm but sacrificed my fingers for it. he said.

Archbishop Duncan, known in many parts of the world as the Apostle of Strategic Prayers added that: at age 20 something significant happened.I had nightmares, hallucination and heard voices at home; spiritual voices contending with the voice of truth, grace. I was captured by the spirit, instructed by it to light a candle and dip my hands into the burning flame.

I obeyed without question but with pain. My lips at a point were sealed until the pain had become unbearable. My fingers darkened in the flames until they turned into ashes. My shouts attracted siblings who came and rushed me to Korle Bu Hospital where I was admitted for months.

That was his break. He had a spiritual encounter with God on his bed at the Korle Bu teaching hospital and everything changed. When grace finds you, it doesnt matter who or where you are.

Archbishop was born into a broken home, raised by a single mother. His twin brother failed to make it during birth. He lacked many things at birth including the love and protection of a father.

Food to eat was a struggle. Education was a luxury. He had little or none for all that. He pushed trucks, sold chewing gums on the streets to put food on the table.

He tried to go to America through Stowaway. He went to Abidjan jumped onto a ship headed for Marseille, France. He was caught and was to be fed to the sharks in the seas of Morocco but grace found him.

A man on board had a son called Nicholas and pleaded for him. They hid him in the dungeons of the ship until they got to Marseille. He disembarked safely worked at the port for a while but got caught and repatriated to Ghana because he had no papers.

Few weeks in Ghana, Nicholas run out of money and had to do another stowaway, this time to Israel, the land of promise. He went to Abidjan went on his knees with a fervent prayer to God asking God for a way in Israel. That, too, failed and he has repatriated again.

He is richer today but poverty was his great friend in the past; a preacher man today but he paid visits to shrines and encountered spirits in the past.

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Sanitation Ministry To Build 15 Waste Transfer Stations

A sum of GHc50 million has been released by the Ministry of Finance for the construction of 15 new mini waste transfer stations across the country.

This was revealed by the Minister of Sanitation, Joseph Adda when he addressed the media in Accra.

The Ministry of Finance has also released the sum of GHc50 million to construct 15 mini transfer stations, he added.

According to the Minister the waste transfer stations will support serve as a temporal site for sorting refuse before it is finally conveyed to dump sites.

Addressing the press on Thursday, Mr. Adda said the absence of such facilities nationwide contributed to the current filth in Accra.

He explained that mini waste transfer stations strategically located throughout cities and towns usually serve as stop gap measures for managing waste professionally before moving them to final disposal sites.

The country can only boast of only two of such facilities situated in Accra, built and managed by private waste management company, Zoomlion.

They are located at Achimota and Teshie.

Were clearing NDC government's GHc 892m debt

The Minister also complained that the Mahama government left behind a debt of about GHc 892 million.

He added that government has cleared part of the debt and is in the process of paying the rest.

In the immediate past, what has stood in the way of the timely and efficient provision of waste management services or the collection of refuse or garbage, for that matter, was an outstanding debt of GHc 892 million which the ministry inherited from the previous government owed to waste management companies.

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NADMO Warns Of Floods As Bagre Dam Is Spilled

The National Disaster Management Organisation is warning of a possible flooding in areas along the White Volta in the Upper East Region following the spilling of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso.

It has therefore asked farmers and residents in Bawku West, Talensi, Bunkprugu and other places in the catchment area to stay off their farms close to the riverbanks of the White Volta.

The Bagre Dam was spilled last Friday and NADMO says it could take three days for the flooding water to reach the catchment area.

Farmers in the area have defied the Ministry of Food and Agric buffer zone regulation to them to only farm 50 metres away from the White Volta.

NADMO says it has set up a 24-hour system to monitor the situation in the area. Issuing the flood alert at Galaka, a suburb of Sapeliga in the Bawku West District, National Deputy Director NADMO Abu Ramandan, said it is feared the flood would submerge some farmlands and settlements along the White Volta.

He assured that measures have been put on the ground to avert heavy impact but advised residents and farmers to be cautious.

Farmers who have farms along the riverbanks should cease going to their farms until the spillage is over. They shouldnt say they are going there to either continue with farming activities or to take their farm produce, he advised.

He warned the situation could be dangerous if people are not cautious during the period of spill, noting, the government of Ghana needs every single soul of Ghanaian.

Chief of Sapeliga, Naba Ayagiba Emmanuel Mbangiba , said the people were grateful to NADMO for alerting them but called for more education on the effects of the floods.

Director of NADMO for Bawku West, Moses Adukpam, underscored the need for NADMO to employ more staff to ensure effective running of the organisation.

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Ganja Man Grabbed With 136 Parcels Of Wee

A 32-year-old man is in hot waters after he was nabbed with 136 parcels which contained dried leaves, suspected to be Indian Hemp also known as ‘Wee.

The Mankranso Police, acting upon a tip-off, apprehended Kofi Berko in his house at Mpasaaso Number One in the early hours of Thursday and found the illegal items in three big fertilizer bags.

Berko was conveyed to the police station at Mankranso with the illegal substances.

Upon interrogation, Berko claimed ownership of the illegal substances, explaining that his supplier, who he failed to identify, was based in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The police would arraign him before court on Friday morning, the Ahafo Ano South District Police Commander, Supt. John Adusei, told DAILY GUIDE in an interview.

According to Supt Adusei, the police at Mankranso received countless reports from various people about the nefarious activities of Berko at Mpasaaso Number One, who was enriching himself.

Armed with the important information, he stated that the police placed surveillance on Berko, and on Thursday, around 5 am, they had the green light to confront the suspect, who was said to have taken delivery of quantities of Wee.

Supt Adusei noted that a group of policemen stormed Berkos house in a dawn raid and found three big fertilizer bags containing the parcels.

The Ahano Ano South Police Commander stated that the police removed the cellotape on one of the parcels and discovered the dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp.

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Government Ready With GHC 114 Million To Settle Caterers' Arrears - Otiko

The Akufo-Addo administration has made GHC 114 million available to settle the arrears owed caterers under the school feeding programme.

This is according to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba.

According to her:Concerning the caterers arrears, the NPP government has made provision for GHC114 million to pay the arrears, also for this year, GHC 200 million has been set aside for the school feeding programme.

She added that:So for caterers that we owe, the government will certainly pay you; but it will not be immediate because the processes have to go through.

‘So I am pleading to all caterers we owe that, the processes have started; and we will work on it as soon as possible to ensure that, those who did not cook for the 75 days we will deduct your monies and those who cooked throughout the 75 days, we will pay off your arrears. we are doing this to ensure value for money,.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Kwabena Agyepong attends NPP delegates conference [Photos]

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Suspended General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong was among the thousands of party faithful who thronged Cape Coast on Saturday to participate in the party's delegates' conference. He was seen clothed in an outfit made with with the NPP's red and blue colours. It is unclear whether Mr. Agyepong was at the conferen ...

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Internal wrangling cost NPP 17 parliamentary seats – Kyei Mensa Bonsu

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The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has said the governing New Patriotic Party could have won 17 extra parliamentary seats but for the internal wrangling that rocked the party prior to the December 2016 general elections. He lamented that the wrangling prevented more of their members from campaigning for the party. Any ...

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Assemblies Making Bylaws Against Child Marriages In Volta

Madam Comfort Ablometi, Volta Regional Director, Department of Gender has said Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region are making bylaws to mitigate child marriages.

Volta Region ranks second in teenage pregnancy with many of the cases resulting in child marriages to restore family honour.

Madam Ablometi who was addressing a stakeholder workshop in Ho on ending child marriage, said lack of law enforcement contributed significantly to the situation and urged community leaders and chiefs to help the Assemblies to stop the practice.

She noted that children involved in early marriages faced more socioeconomic challenges and called on stake holders to work towards the welfare of such children.

It takes a community to raise a child. Many of these children are dropping out of school and we need to support them, Madam Ablometi said.

Madam Alice Harlley, Regional Coordinator, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Police Service in a speech read on her behalf, urged the public to report issues related to child marriages to law enforcement agencies.

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Tamale Central Hospital Institutes Measures To Prevent Illegal Sale Of Drugs

Mr Abdul Fatawu, Administrator of the Tamale Central Hospital, has said the facility has instituted measures to prevent unscrupulous staff members from engaging in illegal sale of drugs and other consumables.

He said staff, who illegally sold drugs to clients were disciplined and transferred to other units where there was no opportunity to engage in such acts.

Mr Fatawu said this at a forum in Tamale organized by the League of Youth Association for Tamale Central Hospital, Tamale West Hospital, National Health Insurance Authority, youth groups and some assembly members to discuss concerns of unauthorized charges by the hospitals.

It was to foster dialogue between the hospitals and clients to avoid the confrontations that sometimes arise over issues of unauthorized charges at the hospitals.

Mr Fatawu said the Tamale Central Hospital did not encourage staff to illegally sell drugs to patients adding instances where patients were asked to buy definite drugs arose because of lack of consumables due to delays in reimbursement of health insurance claims.

He appealed to chiefs to stop interfering in disciplinary proceedings against staff of the hospital, who misconducted themselves.

He also urged members of the public to visit the hospital to seek clarifications on issues they considered inappropriate to ensure smooth running of the facility.

Mr Abu Inusah, President of League of Youth Association, said his outfit would sensitize community members on the operations of the hospitals to ensure quality health care delivery within the metropolis.

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GHS Struggles With Over-Aged Vehicles

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has been struggling with over-aged vehicles and this is said to be affecting its smooth running across the nation.

Mr. Ebo Hammond, its Deputy Director for Transport, said 52 per cent of the services fleet of vehicles was aged more than 10 years.

He also complained about the high number of casual drivers, it had been forced to rely on.

Out of the 990 drivers, 260 were not permanent employees and he said the situation needed to radically change.
He was speaking at the third annual delegates conference of the Health Service Drivers Association (HSDA) of Ghana in Kumasi.

The role of professional drivers in strengthening health service delivery was the theme chosen for the meeting.
It provided the platform for the drivers to discuss issues relating to their welfare and performance.

Mr. Hammond reminded them to continue to be disciplined and to remain professional to protect the services impressive road safety record.

The GHS Director of Administration, Mr. Kofi Poku, said the drivers had been important to the effort at ensuring efficient healthcare delivery.

He encouraged them to accept to work hard and with passion in help of the vision of comprehensive and accessible primary healthcare.

They should make sure that the vehicles were properly kept, show respect for road traffic regulation and to exercise extra caution on the road.

Nana Boakye Yiadom Ababio, the Nkwantakesehene, who chaired the conference, said the GHS efforts at achieving set targets could struggle if the drivers were not well motivated.

Mr. Charles Nkansah, President of the Association, suggested the running of regular professional training for the drivers to enhance their competence.

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15 Celebrity Couples Who Met On Movie Sets Before Falling In Love

Im a total sucker for a fine love story.

Whether they played fictional romantic pairs onscreen or not, its heartwarming to see affection blossom between actors and entertainers when the cameras stop rolling. And for the couples below, each movie or TV show is essentially a time capsule of the moment they felt that first spark together.

Sure, some of them waited a bit before making their moves, but that doesnt make the costars love stories any less adorable. While most of us probably try not to mix business and pleasure, the pairs below just couldnt support but be drawn to each other.

Whether it was the rocky reunions between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor or how we all seemed to be along for the ride while Blake Shelton wooed Gwen Stefani on The Voice, theyve all pulled on our heartstrings over the years.

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Hurricane Harvey: Texas Battered By High Winds And Rain

Hurricane Harvey has slammed into Texas with initial winds of up to 130mph (215km/h) battering coastal areas.

The biggest storm to hit the US mainland in 13 years is moving slowly, with 16.43in (42cm) of rain reported in one area.

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Samsung Boss Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Corruption

A court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung's billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption.

Lee was convicted of bribery in a scandal that also saw the impeachment of South Korea's former president.

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Clashes Over Guru Rape Verdict Kill 12

At least 12 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north India.

The victims are believed to be Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers. Angry supporters are rampaging through Panchkula town, near Chandigarh.

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27-Year-Old Adjudged Best Midwife In Brong Ahafo Region

Anna Bosomtwe, a midwife at the Sampa Government Hospital in the Jaman North district has been adjudged the best midwife in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Miss Bosomtwe, who has almost four (4) years experience up her sleeves in midwifery,was awarded with a citation from the Minister of Health, Dr Kwaku Agyemang Manu, and a set of medical diagnostic and delivery tools.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr Timothy Letsa, who handed her the award at their 2017 mid-year review, in Sunyani, noted that the award which was sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was to award hardworking midwives in all the ten regions of Ghana and encourage others to work hard to reduce child morbidity and maternal mortality.

The acting medical Superintendent of the facility, Dr Philip Taah Amoako, described the 27 year old Midwife as a person who works with dexterity and professionalism at all times.

A part of her citation that portrayed her as caring and a team player also pointed that: "her selflessness and volunteerism performances led her to be trained on ultrasound scan to enable her identify and confirm high risk pregnancies for timely intervention to save Mother's and babies."

Ann stated that she is motivated by the passion she has for her job and is always happy whenever she helps her patients.

To her colleagues, she advised them to "do to others what they will expert others to do to them [nurses] in times of need".

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GIS Ordered To Give Indian Businessman Temporary Stay

An Accra High Court has ordered the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to issue embattled Indian businessman, Ashok Kumar Sivaram, a temporary residence permit.

The processes for the issuance of the permit will begin on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017 at the office of the immigration service in Accra.

Justice Naa Adoley Azu, who presided over the case on Friday, 25 August 2017, advised that the rights of Mr Sivaram be respected so far as he remains in the country.

An Accra High Court had earlier quashed the deportation of Mr Sivaram by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry, after the Ministry had accused him of fraud.

He had been deported on allegations of fraud relating to his acquisition of a fake marriage certificate to enable him stay in Ghana â€" a claim the Indian denies.

Mr Sivaram later petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, saying he was being harassed by Mr Dery, as well as the Comptroller of the Ghana Immigration Service, Kwame Takyi, and Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Operations, Laud Afrifa.

Mr Sivaram accused the three men of conspiring to dispossess him of his own firm, Jai Mai Communications Limited, and hand it over to his business partner, thus doing everything possible to deport him from Ghana.

Meanwhile, the three Ghanaian officials have rejected claims they are harassing Mr Sivaram.


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Well only prosper with industrialization – Akufo-Addo

Ghana may take a longer time to progress if it does not move from exporting raw materials for foreign revenue instead of adding value to them.

This trend according to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been the norm since time immemorial adding that it has even become worse.

In 1928, 70 percent of our foreign exchange earnings were from gold, cocoa and timber. Figures in 2016 from the Bank of Ghana's Monetary Policy Committee revealed that this situation has not changed but has rather worsened.

He said almost 80 percent of the country's foreign exchange earnings in 2016 were from gold, cocoa and oil.

This is not right and cannot and should not continue.  There can be no future prosperity for our people in the short, medium or long term if we continue to maintain economic structures which are dependent on the production and export of raw materials. We must add value to these resources and we must industrialize, he added.

President Akufo-Addo made the remark on Friday when he launched government's much hyped One-District-One-Factory initiative at Ekumfi in the Central Region.

At the event he said another sure way of fast-tracking Ghana's prosperity is to industrialize.

We need good jobs with good income but the truth must be told; unless we industrialize with the goal of adding significant value to our primary products, we cannot create the necessary numbers of high paying jobs that will enhance the living standards of the mass of our people. Raw material producing economies do not create prosperity for the masses. The way to that goal, the goal of assuring access to prosperity is value addition activities in a transformed and a diversified modern economy. In order words, industrial development of our country, he added.

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Immigration Service Ordered To Grant Indian Businessman Residence Permit

An Accra High Court has ordered the Immigration Service to issue Indian businessman, Ashok Kumar Sivaram a temporary residence permit while dealing with his legal issues.

According to the court presided by Justice Naa Adoley Azu, the businessmans rights must be respected.

The judge further asked the applicant to appear before the Immigration Service on Tuesday for the process to be completed.

The courts order follows contradictions by the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Kwame Takyi and the AGs representative, Jasmine Armah over the regularization of businessmans stay in Ghana.

While Mrs Armah insisted the businessman did not appear in person before the Immigration Service for regularization of his stay as ordered by the court, the Comptroller General, when put in the witness box told the court that Mr. Sivaram had appeared before him.

An Accra High court had earlier indicated that the Interior Minister breached the rule of natural justice by refusing to give the plaintiff a hearing after he had accused him of allegedly committing fraud.
The court on July 31, 2017, quashed the deportation of Mr. Sivaram by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry.

According to the court, the Interior Minister exceeded his jurisdiction by determining fraud against the Indian businessman without recourse to the court.

But Mr. Sivaram, since his return to the country has not been given a visa despite a court order.

The Indian businessman has also petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to call the Minister of Interior and the Comptroller of the Ghana Immigration Service to order over what he termed as harassment by the two.

Mr. Sivaram said he was constantly being harassed by officials of the Ghana Immigration Service and he believes his frustrations are part of a grand scheme to transfer interests in his company, Jai Mai Communications Limited, to his business partner.

The Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service, Kwame Asuah Takyi has, however, rejected accusations that he is conniving with the Interior Minister to frustrate the Indian businessman.

Weve no agenda against Indian businessman

Meanwhile, the Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service, Kwame Asuah Takyi has rejected accusations that he is conniving with the Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, to frustrate an Indian businessman.

He has misled the public. He has thrown dust into the eyes of the public. What would the Minister of Interior, honorable Ambrose Dery, gain by interfering in the business of a foreign expatriate why should he Mr. Takyi asked in a Citi News interview.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Confusion Rocks AgogoAs Oil-Cash-Funded School Project Disappears

A 6-unit classroom block partly financed with oil money at the Agogo District Assembly Savior School complex cannot be traced even though completion of the project has been captured in the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA), investigations conducted by the New Crusading GUIDE  has revealed.

This follows attempts by members of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), together with members of the Institute of Finance and Economic Journalists (IFEJ), to monitor projects in the District listed to have been undertaken with money from the oil revenue.

According to PIACs report, over GHS14 million was invested in the construction of 127 six-unit classroom blocks, between 2011 to 2016; out of the GHS70.9 million of the oil revenue that is stated to have been spent on educational infrastructure across the country.

But local authorities at the Asante Akyem North District could not establish oil funded projects in the Agogo area, including the 6-unit classroom block which had been listed to have been funded, partly with oil money.

The District Coordinating Director, Mr. Anthony Kwanin, interacting with members of PIAC, lamented the lack of involvement of local authorities in the award and supervision of some of these projects.

He explained that their lack of involvement made it difficult to do any monitoring or supervision of any sort saying, We often become aware of the projects when some of the contractors have issues with community members and require our assistance to resolve the situation.   

The Director of Education at the District, Mr. Ernest Kwadwo Afari, in an interview said his office was unaware of any such project or had records to show on the project, and also raised similar concerns that they are not put on notice of projects they even benefit from.

It was revealed that, normally, the provision of infrastructural facilities for pre-tertiary institutions is the responsibility of the central government through the district assemblies.

However, it was established that local assemblies, over the years, have raised issues that when projects are awarded from the central government level the district offices are often not furnished with any of the details of the contract.

Mr. Kwadwo Afari said the education office is not informed at all of any details of projects awarded from Accra until maybe when the project is being handed over when they are called to be part and take over the project.

We only see that there are projects ongoing in schools but as to the details of the project we may only get to know about the project when it is handed over.

Asked if he was aware of the construction of a 6-unit classroom block at Agogo Savior Primary School, he said I have seen a project ongoing at the D/A Savior Schools, which is about 70 to 80 percent complete but I do not have any details to confirm if that is the said oil funded project. I dont have any document on where the project came from, the contractor, the consultant involved, the source of funding and the others.

He explained that education office had no role in the supervision of the construction of educational facilities except to write to the local assembly or the relevant agencies for support in the event of any defects or damage to such buildings.

But he added that they are made aware and often involved in projects funded by the District Assembly.

Meanwhile, according to some PIAC officials, request for details on the project from the Ministry of Education was disregarded while the Ministry of Finance could only state that GHS87, 424.21 was allocated through the ABFA to the project. 

A member of PIAC, Dr. Nyarko-Otoo, said the lack of information and involvement of people at the local level in the award and execution of such projects makes the people ineffective to track or monitor to ensure the right thing is being done.

The situation, he said, deterred the efforts of accountability institutions, like PIAC and the others, to track projects executed with oil money. He wished the Ministries would be detailed in their reports in order to assist the work of PIAC.

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