Thursday, November 30, 2017

FREE SHS: There Are No Congestion In Schools---Minister To Critics

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Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has challenged political critics to name the senior high schools (SHSs) that are congested because of the Free SHS education policy. He said there is ldquo;no school rdquo; that the Free SHS Secretariat placed more students than the heads ldquo;admitted they can contain. rdquo; At a news co ...

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SLTF Pays Teacher-Trainee Allowances

A total of 28, 467 teacher trainees have been paid their monthly allowances as at November 24, 2017 for the 2017/2018 academic year.

According to the management of the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), allowances for October and November have been disbursed to all Colleges of Education that presented school lists on time.

A statement issued by the Trust to refute media reports of non-payment of the reintroduced teacher trainee allowance, the SLTF explained that for those colleges that presented their lists late, payment of both October and November allowances is being paid this month.

The statement, signed by George Ferguson Laing, Senior Public Relations Manager of SLTF said there have been some challenges with the data of some students including presentation of wrong SSNIT numbers, misspelling of names, wrong e-zwich numbers, and duplication of student data, adding that once these anomalies are corrected, the affected students will be paid all their outstanding allowances.

Also, it said many colleges are yet to present complete data of their first year students. Once this is done, they will be paid their outstanding allowances.

It explained that by the agreed timetable with stakeholders, allowances are payable at the end of every month in which trainees are in school.

The SLTF is committed to putting in place a rigorous disbursement system that will protect the public purse and serve its stakeholders efficiently, it said.

The statement indicated that prior to the reintroduction of the allowances, the SLTF which is now mandated by government to disburse the allowances, held extensive consultations with the Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) and the Teacher Trainee Association of Ghana (TTAG) to agree on the modalities for payment.

The SLTF also visited all 41 Colleges of Education who are benefiting from the allowance to educate the trainees on the conditions they need to satisfy to benefit from the allowance. For trainees to benefit from the allowance, definite conditions must be met by the trainees and their respective Colleges of Education.

Among the requirements, it said the trainees must be duly registered in the academic year in their institution, must obtain a SSNIT number and an e-zwich account number onto which the allowance is paid electronically.

The College of Education must in turn forward a list of all eligible students to the SLTF for verification and payment.

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64% Of Ghanaians Support Prosecution Of Corrupt Officials

A report by research network Afrobarometer has revealed that 64â„… of Ghanaians want the government to name, shame and prosecute officials who have misappropriated state funds.

The 2,400 respondents were emphatic they want government to retrieve monies wrongfully taken from the state kitty.
About 22% favour governments retrieval of stolen funds without prosecution while 9% would opt for prosecution without retrieval of stolen funds.

The study spanned seven days and was conducted to test public perception about government policies.
The report, released yesterday, said there is a growing trend where incumbent governments threaten to prosecute past officials while ignoring corrupt practices of its appointees.

The recent bribery claim levelled by pro-NPP musician A-Plus against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff was listed as one of the corruption-related allegations that have surfaced this year.

There is also the perception that some informal leaders, public and private sector officials are also corrupt.
But the perception is worse for public officials, the Afrobarometer study has said.

The Round 7 report, launched by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), said most Ghanaians perceive some informal leaders, public and private sector officials as corrupt. The perception is worse for officials in the public sector, the report said.

Most Ghanaians think that governments over the years have been very swift in prosecuting and punishing corrupt officials belonging to opposition parties. Nevertheless, majority believe the current government performed well in fighting corruption, it said.

The Afrobarometer was conducted to find out on what Ghanaian citizens idea about the fight against illegal mining, mob justice, political party vigilantism and corruption in the country. 

Moreover, on corruption, 59% Ghanaians said most or all police officials are corrupt; 38%, judges and magistrates; 35%, national government officials; and 32% for Members of Parliament. 

On illegal mining, the survey, presented by Daniel Armah-Attoh, revealed that Ghanaians disapproved of galamsey and endorsed alternative livelihood help by the government. 

It came out that 74% of Ghanaians said no citizen should be permitted to engage in illegal small-scale mining or ‘galamsey for any reason. 

Eight out of the 10 Ghanaians approve of the governments performance in clamping down on illegal small-scale mining.
Opposition to small-scale mining was weakest in the Upper East, Northern and Upper West regions.
Also, 80% approve of the concept that the government should be responsible for providing alternative livelihoods for former ‘galamseyers.

However, both rejection of ‘galamsey and approval of government performance are somewhat stronger among urban residents than their rural counterparts. 

In conclusion, Ghanaians strongly help the governments effort to eliminate illegal small-scale mining, according to the Afrobarometer.

On the findings on party vigilantism and mob ‘justice in media during the survey, it indicated that most Ghanaians believe it is wrong and punishable for party vigilantes to attack government appointees whose appointments they disagree with, as well as ruin state properties.

Most citizens approved of government prosecuting and punishing political party vigilantes without favour. In addition, majority of Ghanaians believe only the police should deal with suspected criminals.

Former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Justice Emile Short stated that the increase in the levels of corruption from 2002 till date in our state institutions is due to the weak institutions which are supposed to fight corruption. According to Short, Ghanaians dont take corruption serious, and the way multi-party system in Ghana is practiced promotes corruption. 

He said there should be a radical action from the government to fight corruption in the state institutions, as well as massive sensitisation of the public in fighting corruption.

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The Lie That Made God Nameless

We have gained no consensus as to whether we can even speak of ‘the name of God, and if so, what that name might be. â€"Professor David Cunningham, Theological Studies.

God said: I am Jehovah. That is my name. (Isaiah 42:8) Jehovah is a Hebrew name that means He Causes to Become. â€"Genesis 2:4, footnote.

Jehovah wants us to use his name. Call upon his name, states the Bible. Make known among the peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on high. â€"Isaiah 12:4.

Jesus used Gods name. In prayer, Jesus told Jehovah: I have made your name known to them [Jesus disciples] and will make it known. Why did Jesus make the divine name known to his disciples He continued: In order that the love with which you [God] loved me may be in them and I in union with them. â€"John 17:26.

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DOVVSU Manhunts Aduposo Wife-Beater

The Obuasi office of Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service has launched investigations into the brutal assault of Madam Amma Kyerewaa, a cripple, by her husband, Akwasi Kumah, at Aduposo in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region.

A source close to DOVVSU confirmed to The Chronicle at Obuasi yesterday: We have started investigations into the assault case reported to us by Madam Amma Kyerewaah.

Adding that efforts would be made to track Kyerewaahs assailant, who has, since the incident, gone into hiding with the three children by his estranged wife.

The Chronicle reported in its Friday November 17, 2017 edition of an assault of Madam Kyerewaah by her husband.

Akwasi Kumah destroyed the wheel chair of his wife, burnt her hair dressing equipment, and bolted with their three kids.

Speaking to Kyerewaah yesterday at her Ahansoyewodea family house when The Chronicle visited to find out about her condition, the soft-speaking woman reiterated her request for help in the form of a wheelchair and start-up capital to resume her saloon work.

She cursed Akwasi Kumah for placing her in her present predicament. I need my children to buy me the things I need from the market, and passionately appealed to DOVVSU to expedite investigations into the case and bring Akwasi Kumah to book.


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Work On Bolga-Bawku Road Halted

The Brazilian Contractor working on the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmako Road in the Upper East Region halted work on the project.

The contractor who started work in January 2017, has so far completed work on approximately 40km out of the 110km stretch. Work done on the remaining 70km is over 60 percent.

Apart from the vital role the road plays in the socio-economic activities of the districts and communities along the road, the lives of the over 500 people employed in the project and their dependants will be adversely affected if nothing is quickly done about the problem.

The Company is requesting the government to settle the amount owed it, before it can continue with the project.

Earlier this week, a group of youth drawn from the various districts and communities along the road, held a press conference where they called on the government to immediately release funds to get the contractor working on the road again.

In October, 2017, when the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo visited the Upper East Region, there was an indication that, the contractor had been given $100 million, but that seemed to have been exhausted and the government will have to do another payment, before the project could continue.

According to the spokesperson of the organisers of the press conference, Jarvis Avoka, their sources close to the Queiroz Galvao, had indicated that the Construction Company had so far raised over 10 Certificates and yet, not even half of the amount expected has been paid to them.

Following the 2016 polls and subsequent change in government, many citizens expressed fears about the fate of this project under our new President, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo. Indeed, there were claims and assertions suggesting that, the contract was reviewed downward in terms of form and structure and many amenities contained in the original design were removed.

Clearly frustrated by the governments feet dragging attitude and show of no commitment to the project, Queiroz Galvao, the main contractor having completed about 40km of the 110 km stretch has decided to halt work citing huge arrears they owed suppliers. Mr. Avoka said.

Some skilled and unskilled workers have been laid off due to non-payment of the Companys Certificates according to the group.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Justice and Attorney General and MP for Tempane in the Garu-Tempane District, Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has admitted that government owes the Contractor some money, but stated that efforts are being made to release some money to the Contractor as soon as possible.

According to him, the government knowing the vital role the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmako road plays in Ghanas economy and that of its neighbouring countries, is committed to the completion of the road and had not made any alterations to the original design as being speculated.

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Jay Z Admits He Cheated On Beyonce

Jay-Z has admitted he cheated on his superstar wife Beyonce after some time of rumour and speculation. The rap legend has dropped hints in some of his music that he was unfaithful to his wife, but he has finally revealed all in a chat with Dean Baquet from the New York Times. The rapper and entrepreneur also admitted that his time in therapy kept the so-called ‘power couple from getting divorced. He touched on his difficult friendship with Kanye, though he insisted he will always love West despite their little spats.
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127 Stranded Ghanaian Migrants Flown Home

One hundred and twenty-seven Ghanaians transiting Libya en route to Europe, have been brought back home from the Arab country.

They were part of thousands of African migrants kept at illegal camps in Libya.

The 127 landed at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday â€" around 9:30 p.m.

Their return follows an exposé by CNN of African migrants being auctioned as slaves.

The news shocked the world and many leaders including Ghanas Nana Akufo-Addo have condemned the incident.

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Libya Slave Trade: Foreign Affairs Minister summoned

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Michael Aaron Oquaye, has directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, to appear before the House and brief Members over the widely reported modern slave trade in Libya.

The Speaker has subsequently, tasked the Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Frank Annoh-Dompreh, to liaise with Madam Ayorkor Botchwey to conclude on the exact date she will be available to brief the House over the alleged slave auction in the North African nation.

His directive was spurred by a statement that was delivered on the floor of the House, Wednesday, by Annoh-Dompreh, who doubles as the MP for Nsawam-Adoagiri, calling on all actors that matter, including the United Nations, the Libyan Government, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a conclusive investigation into the alleged slave trade which has sparked an outrage around the world.

As a matter of fact, an immediate trip by the Foreign Affairs Minister and other stakeholders to the detention center in Libya where most of our own Ghanaian people are captured will not be out of place, he noted.

This, he added, will afford them the opportunity to better appreciate the situation and initiate appropriate intervention measures as soon as practicable.

Libya is a much touted and prominent route that serves as the main departure point for refugees hoping to reach Europe by sea.

Latest developments indicate that migrants and refugees living in Libya or passing through are being bought and sold in modern day slavery markets before being held for ransom or used as forced labour or for sexual exploitation.

They are subjected to a range of abuses.

Some of the migrants and refugees say they were traded in garages and car parks in the Southern city of Sabha,one of Libyas main people-smuggling centers.

Reports say, people are bought for between $200 and $500 and are held on average for two to three months.

The refugees and migrants, some from Nigeria, Senegal and the Gambia are captured as they head north towards Libyas Mediterranean coast where some try to catch boats for Italy.

Along the way, some become prey to an array of armed groups and people-smuggling networks that often try to extort extra money in exchange for allowing them to continue.

Most of them, according to reports, are used as day labourers in construction or agriculture.

Some are paid but a huge chunk of others are forced to work for no stipends at all.

A lot of the migrants who are unable to pay their captora are reportedly killed or left to starve to death.

Some are even buried without being identified by their families back home uncertain to their fate.

So far , statistics indicate that an estimated 26,886 migrants have crossed to Italy from different countries which is over 7000 more than during the same period in 2016.

More than 600 are also known to have died at sea while an unknown number perish during their journey north through the desert.

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Erdoğans Former Speech Writer Threatens Gülen Movement Over Zarrab Case

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Former speechwriter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and current ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Aydin Uuml;nal on Monday threatened G uuml;len movement people in Turkey, saying tougher days lie ahead as a result of a case against Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was arrested in Miami in March 2016 on ch ...

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Mahama Keeps Fit At The Gym On His Birthday

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Former President, John Dramani Mahama turned 59 today and decided to spend his morning at the gym to kip in shape. In a Twitter post, the former head of State advised Ghanaians to ldquo;exercise and keep to keep healthy rdquo;. 1585557541085 8628073684353.jpeg M ...

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Female Celebrities Must Be Decent In Their Work

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The Graduate Students rsquo; Association of Ghana (GRASAG) has implored female celebrities to be ambassadors of decency in their chosen profession. GRASAG Gender Commissioner, Saadatu Lawal Garbey said the promotion of decency will help to shape the minds of young girls to aspire for the best in life. In a statement marking the beginni ...

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

$1Million DANIDA Support For KNUST

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The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has received $1 million in grant from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The University is expected to use the money to facilitate the training of students to support sustainable national, regional economic and social development. The support is part of D ...

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Egypt Jails 16 As LGBT Crackdown Continues

Sixteen men arrested last month during a crackdown on homosexuality by the authorities in Egypt have been sentenced to three years in prison.

A court in Cairo found 14 of them guilty of "inciting debauchery" and "abnormal sexual relations" on Sunday. The other two were convicted on Monday.

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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa Offers Amnesty For Funds Stashed Abroad

Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has offered a three-month amnesty for individuals and companies to surrender public funds illegally stashed abroad.

In a statement, he said the government will prosecute those who fail to comply when the amnesty ends in February.

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NHIA Cautions Service Providers Over Illegitimate Claims

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has expressed concern that some Service providers in both public and private health institutions continued to accept invalid and inactive membership cards and process claims for reimbursement.

Some of them have also resorted to referring basic laboratory requests which were supposed to be done at their facilities to 'stand-alone' laboratories that went beyond their limit to render services they have not been accredited to render.

These were being done against numerous measures put in place by the management of the Authority to ensure that only legitimate clients were served by the various service providers to improve efficiency.

Ms Abena Asiaw Donkor, Senior Claims Processing Officer of NHIA, who made the observation during a stakeholder engagement in Cape Coast, said such practices were having a toll on the finances of the Scheme.

The meeting which was on the theme Ensuring the sustainability of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the role of stakeholders offered an opportunity to the Cape Coast District office of the Scheme to take stock of its operation in the year under review.

The stakeholders included owners and managers of health facilities that were registered with the NHIS as service providers, health personnel in-charges of Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compounds, traditional leaders and the media.

Ms Donkor encouraged the service providers to ensure that officers who worked on their claims were well trained.

She also advised them to establish small sub-committees within their facilities to go through the claims before sending them to the Claims Processing Centre (CPC) for processing.

In this vain, she said simple errors that were often detected at the CPC would be taken care of and ensure that the claims were worked on on time for payment to be done promptly.

Ms Donkor pointed out that the sustainability of the NHIS was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders and urged all to collaborate to ensure that only legitimate claims were processed and submitted for payment.

Mr. Francis Oti-Frimpong, Central Regional Director of the NHIA, said the over 3,500 and 330 accredited service providers of the Scheme respectively across the nation and the Region, clearly showed how enthused people were to come on board.

He said the NHIS was doing creditably well in relation to its main objective of granting financial access to its large subscriber base.

This, he said was as a result of effective structures that have been put in place but indicated that more effective stakeholder collaborations were needed to make the Scheme financially and institutionally sustainable.

Mr William Braku, Cape Coast District Manager of the NHIS, said the District could boast of more than 88,800 active members as at October this year.

He said although the Scheme encountered numerous challenges of delayed and irregular payment of claims to service providers, with innovative initiatives by management and commitments from Government, arrears were being cleared to the excitement of providers.

He added that measure had been instituted to ensure sustainable and regular reimbursement to its cherished service providers while steps were being taken to eliminate fictitious claims.

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Libya Slave Trade Scandalous – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has condemned the ongoing slave trade in Libya describing it as gross and scandalous abuses of human rights.

He also said the practice ongoing in the North African country is also mockeries of the alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union (AU), of which Libya is a member.

It has come to light that hundreds of Africans are being auctioned in modern day slave markets in Libya for $400 per person as Libya is the main transit hub for illegal immigrants and refugees seeking to reach Europe.

Contributing to the barbaric act, Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: The current slave auctions of Africans in Libya are not only gross and scandalous abuses of human rights, but are also mockeries of the alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union (AU), of which Libya is a member.

The ongoing act has been widely condemned across the world with a call on the African Union to step in to put an end to the menace.

Meanwhile, it has been disclosed that no Ghanaian has been sold as a slave in Libya. Some 168 Ghanaians detained in Libya had been arrested on illegal immigration charges and were already being held in the detention camps. They have however been brought back home through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

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Ghanas Economy Beyond Aid Depends On Entrepreneurial Empowerment – Danish Minister

Mr Anders Samuelsen, the Danish Foreign Minister has said Ghanas quest to develop its economy beyond aid depended highly on empowering its entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses.

He said an expanded economy built on the back of entrepreneurs would create more jobs for unemployed young people.

Mr Samuelsen who accompanied the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II on a two-day visit to Ghana made the remark when he was hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Accra.
It was to create a platform for promising young entrepreneurs to engage the Danish Minister on the prospects and challenges of entrepreneurship in Ghana.

The Danish Minister was accompanied by Ms Susanne Hyldelund, Danish Secretary of State, Mr Anders Kaldan Helstrand, Private Secretary, Mr Peter Eilschow Olesen, Deputy Head of Mission, Danish Embassy, Accra and Ms Anne Moller Ege, Press Advisor.

At the meeting were young Ghanaian entrepreneurs who cut across various sectors including; technology start-ups, cosmetics, food and beverage, cloth designs, shoe making, furniture, water provision and lifestyle products.

Mr Samuelsen told the youth that: The future belongs to you. You are your countrys young population and entrepreneurship is in you. Entrepreneurship creates unique opportunities to create something special that can lead to economic growth, job creation and solve problems of your country. You are those creating the future. It takes a lot of resilience.

During an hour interaction with the Minister and his entourage, the participants shared their challenges which included; the lack of skilled personnel, financial support, lack of training and the current educational system that is disconnected from the needs of industry.

Mr Samuelsen said it was inspiring to meet promising young entrepreneurs in Ghana with great spirits to change things around them as well as to create businesses that meet the needs of society.

What we have been able to do in Denmark is to make it very easy to begin a new business. We have more or less everything online such that you can easily register your businesses without difficulties, he said.

He said Denmarks entrepreneurial ecosystem was one that promoted young businesses through capacity building and financial support, adding that; for instance, the countrys Innovation Fund Denmark annually selects young entrepreneurs whose business ideas receive coaching and funding to become growth companies.

Mr Samuelsen said the Innovation Fund Denmark invests in the development of new research-based knowledge and technology creating growth and employment in Denmark, stressing that; The Fund provides risk capital that enables innovation and partnerships, where companies, universities and public authorities work together on challenges facing society today.

With Denmark pushing to shift the paradigm of its economic ties with Ghana from aid to trade, Ghanaian governments vision could transit the country from aid to trade, which meant new businesses from Ghanaian and Danish investors, he said.

He said Danish help to Ghana over the last 30 years through its aid agency, DANIDA, covered areas including; fine governance, skills development, rural finance and business advocacy.
Contributing to the discussions, Mr Amfo-Akonnor, a restaurant owner at Biishville, said that Ghanas educational system was full of theory and lacked practical training that would awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people.

Ms Israella Mansu, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mansuki Ghana Limited, a cosmetic company, speaking on capacity building said a training programme she attended in the United States, organised by the US Department of State changed her fortune of GHc300 start-up to over GHC 1 million today.

Mr Alex Adjei Bram, the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hubtel Limited, a mobile and Internet value added service provider said the way forward to growing entrepreneurship in Ghana was to provide an enabling environment, saying one that taxes did not stifle growth but entrepreneurs supported to expand and employ others.

Dr Charles Mensa, the Board Chairman of the IEA in a welcoming address said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addos vision of Africa Beyond Aid tied with Denmarks policy of aid to trade could be very successful if Ghana is able to add value to its products or manufactured goods and services.

He said: Using our abundant labour and with proper guidance and help for technical partnerships, these young people can create the new Africa that we all aspire to see. The Africa that adds value to its resources creates more jobs for its young people.

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NSS Starts Mandatory Insurance Policy Deductions...

The National Service Scheme(NSS) will still go ahead to implement the mandatory GH₵ 15 deduction from the allowances of  all National Service Personnel (NSP) across the country as contribution to an insurance policy package, despite threats to sue  the National Service Secretariat over the move.

Earlier, Convener for a group calling itself the Concerned National Service Personnel Association of Ghana, Agbodo Williams revealed theyd gathered enough signatures from personnel all over to start a legal challenge against the move by the NSS and the National Service Personnel Association.

Notwithstanding the legal threats, the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme(NSS) has directed all Regional Directors to ensure the deduction effective this month.

A circular sighted by and signed by the Director of Administration, Paul Appiah Owusu charged Regional Directors to deduct the amount before submitting payment vouchers.

I am directed by the Executive Director to inform you that the National Service Personnel Insurance Policy Premium Deduction will take effect from 1st November 2017. You are required to deduct GH₵ 15 monthly premium from all National Service Personnel allowance before Submitting the payment vouchers to the Internal Audits.
The Insurance package covers death, injury, medicals among other serious implications that may affect the wellbeing of personnel during the year of service.

According to the agreement, insurance company like Glico will be required to pay a claim of GHS15,000 to the next of kin in case of death of any personnel during the period of service.

In the event of personnel becoming temporary disabled for a period not less than one month due to accidental injury, the insurance company would also pay the affected NSP GHS3,000.

According to the board chairman of NSS, provisions of the National Service Scheme Act, 1980, Act 426 approves the package after vigorous and wide scrutiny and consultation.

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Slave Trade In Libya 'Gross and Scandalous...' – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has condemned the alleged trading of African migrants in Libya.

CNN reported that hundreds of African refugees and migrants passing through Libya are being bought and sold in modern-day slave markets.

According to reports, the trade works by preying on tens of thousands of vulnerable people who risk everything to get to Libya's coast and then across the Mediterranean into Europe - a route that's been described as the deadliest route on earth.

Journalists working for CNN discovered several such slave markets in the country's interior, proving what experts had feared for a long time: migrants trying to reach Europe via Libya continue to be subject to abuse.

Surprisingly, the African Union, ECOWAS and other bodies are yet to react to the story; making one wonder; why the loud silence.

Reacting to the story in a tweet, President Akufo Addo said: The current slave auctions of Africans in Libya are not only gross and scandalous abuses of human rights, but are also mockeries of the alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union (AU), of which Libya is a member.

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Ghana Card Issuance Generates Controversy In Parliament

The issuance of the National Identification Card popularly referred to as the Ghana card has generated a huge debate on the floor of parliament with some Minority MPs and their counterparts in government trading war of words over the matter.

The ID card which was part of the numerous promises by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is meant to be the primary ID card that citizens will use to access all essential services in the country and for trips within the West African sub-region.

The card is also expected to be the only valid ID for application for a bank account, passport, telephone number, property acquisition, drivers license and many more.

On the floor of the house on Tuesday, November 28, this took centre stage as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George, questioned why only the President had access to the card leaving equally critical personalities like the Vice President, Speaker of Parliament and the sector Minister of Communication and her deputies out.

But Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul on a point of order, said that was not the case.

Speaking to Class news, Sam George said this was one classic example of a failed administration whose leader, President Akufo-Addo had reneged on honouring its numerous promises to the citizenry.

The NPP must admit failure of a promise that they made to the Ghanaian people to vote for them, he said.

But Deputy Communications Minister, Vincent Sowah Odotei in answering some of the questions raised by Mr George indicated that the national ID card system has started and by the close of this year, the process to ensure that all citizens of Ghana get the cards would have been sorted so that everyone has an ID card.

For him, the argument by Mr George is presumptive because the year has not ended and tells the propaganda [the MP] is trying to allude.

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Health Minister Asks For 3 Months To Deal With Ankaful Crisis

Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has asked the agitated nurses of Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital to give him three months to investigate allegations levelled against the medical director at the facility, Dr Eugene Dordoye.

The staff including nurses and casual workers at Ankaful accused Dr Dordoye of gross disrespect exhibited towards workers as well as mismanagement of the hospital's funds.

They want Dr Dordoye removed from post as soon as practicable. This culminated in their sit down strike last week which has affected healthcare delivery at the facility.

However, after a meeting with leadership of the workers for over three hours on Tuesday, 28 November 2017, the minister appealed to them to exercise patience while his office looks into the issues before deciding the fate of Dr Dordoye.

President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Kwaku Asante Krobea addressing the inflamed nurses after his meeting with the minister asked that the nurses wait patiently for the three months, for their concerns to be addressed.

He said: The minister intentionally and strategically is buying time because if it is about the administration of the place, it is not only the interest of nurses that is at stake because there are other staffs also. So the minister will strategically buy time and meet all of them but I‘ve told him as for nurses, we are in the greatest number [that is] 65 to 70 per cent of people working in that hospital are nurses so he must listen to us more and he has accepted it. So let us listen to his words, let tensions tranquil down. Count on me to lead you in this battle to win it. The minister may wish to listen to them [other hospital staff] also. The minister has given a timeline of three months [to settle the matter].

Mr Krobea, to allay the fears of victimisation against the nurses during the three months waiting period said Dr Dordoye cannot intimidate anybody, if he does so within this period, he has worsened his case.

The staff were however not happy with the three months period and said they would choose the way forward after they meet.

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ECOWAS Supports Ghana's Mensa-Bonsu For ICC

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has pledged his help for Prof Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu for the post of Judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

ECOWAS Commission President Marcel de Souza, stated this in Abuja, Nigeria, while speaking with Edward Mahama, Special Envoy of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to statement issued by the Commission and made available to the Ghana News Agency, Commission President de Souza promised to inform and request the help of ECOWAS Member States and the African Union for the candidacy of Mrs Mensa-Bonsu for the post, despite the late announcement of the candidacy.

He urged the Special Envoy of the Ghanaian President to query President Akufo-Addo to make a case for the Ghanaian candidate before his African and European counterparts at the 5th African Union-European Union Summit scheduled for 29 - 30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire.

I will engage in necessary advocacy and lobbying with ECOWAS Heads of State and Government to help your candidacy, despite the fact that time is short because of the late announcement of your candidacy, given that the next West African Heads of State Summit will be held on December 16, 2017, he said.

Elections for ICC judges would be held from December 4 to 14, 2017, at the 16th session of the Assembly of States Parties, which would be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

Apart from the Ghanaian Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, on list A, the Beninese Reine Alapini Gansou is also a candidate for the post of judge at the ICC, but on list B.

Marcel de Souza expressed the hope to see the two candidates from the Community appointed to the positions which would be an honour to ECOWAS.

He hoped that in future, West African citizens vying for positions would announce their candidacies well in advance.

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Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Gets New Board

The substantive advisory board of the Ghana Network of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (NAP+ Ghana) was, on Monday inaugurated with a charge on members to provide expertise on NAP+ Ghana's vision and strategic direction.

They were also tasked to encourage people to test and know their status, and when tested positive, victims should be enrolled onto the association for proper healthcare services to be accorded them, Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), who administered the oath of the office of the 11-member board said.

She stated: "As we are aware, keeping stock of drugs, spreading the benefits of people knowing their status, suppressing virus of pregnant women to their children for unborn babies to be safe is what NAP+ Ghana has been advocating all these years and the new board will continue."

The Board is chaired by Dr Isaac Annan, the Director of Human Rights at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

Other members are; , Mr Stephen Ayisi Addo, of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), Mr  Edem Dafeamekpor also of NACP, Madam Angela Trenton-Mbonde, the Country Director of UNAIDS and Mr Henry Najai, Director of John Snow Institute.

Others are; Nana Adjoa Nortei-Adu, the Communication Manager of West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF), Madam Gifty A.D marley also of WAAF, Mr Cosmos Ohene-Adjei, the Acting Director, Technical Services GAC, and Mr Emmanuel Suurkure Beluzebr, the President of NAP+ Ghana.

Dr Adu-Gyamfi noted that the board which would serve for four years also had the responsibility of mobilising, working and catering for all persons living with HIV by ensuring their free drugs were served on time.

Touching on the World AIDS DAY scheduled for December 1, the Director General of the GAC, advised the citizenry to get tested, know their status, and get treatment and stay with it.

The global theme for this year's World AIDS DAY is "The Right to Health."

Mr Isaac Annan, the new chair elect called for help from other members for NAP+ Ghana to serve its purpose of establishment adding; "I accept and appreciate the enormity of the task and I know the goals will be met."

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Woyome Scandal: Lawyer Takes On Government Over SC Ruling Contrary To African Court Order

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The integrity of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been attacked after Supreme Court (SC) ignored an order by the continental court, to halt actions against businessman Alfred Woyome. Law lecturer with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Justice Srem Sai has questioned why the NPP signed up to th ...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

About 168 Ghanaians Detained In Libya Are Not Slave Trade Victims

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The Foreign Affairs Ministry says some 168 undocumented Ghanaian detainees discovered in Libya were not victims of the reported slave trade. In a statement Tuesday, the Ministry said the detainees were arrested on ldquo;illegal immigration charges and were already being held in detention camps. rdquo; ldquo;In view of the discovery, ...

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Ho School Of Hygiene Demonstrate Over ‘Alawa

Students of the School of Hygiene in Ho Tuesday besieged the premises of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council to demand a restoration of their allowances same as what has been done for nursing trainees in the country.

Clad in red arm bands, the aggrieved students marched from the school premises with placards amidst brass band music to the Regional administration, protesting their exclusion from the payment of the allowances.
According to them, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 election campaign promised to restore the allowances to trainees of all health training institutions including those hygiene schools and it was therefore surprising that, they have been left out.

During the campaigns last year, Nana Akufo-Addo told us in Accra that, if we support him to come to power, he will restore the allowances of all health trainees not just nursing and midwifery trainees. So were shocked with this selective restoration.  We as hygiene students are also part of the health trainees in this country, one student told Graphic Online during the protest march.


A petition presented to the Regional Coordinating Council by Students Representative Council secretary, Mr. Kweku Afful, stated that, their leadership together with the principals of the Schools of Hygiene in Accra, Tamale and Ho participated in a stakeholders forum organised by the Ministry of Health in August 2017 on the restoration of the allowance, where they presented details including valid bank and ezwich accounts in anticipation of the allowance payment.

However, since the restoration of the payment in September 2017, no student from the hygiene school has receive a dim and petitions to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation as well as Ministry of Health has yielded no positive response, he added.

Mr. Afful also hinted of a nationwide sit down strike by the students in the coming weeks if their concerns were not addressed satisfactorily.


The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Maxwell Blagodzi, who received the petition on behalf of the Regional Minister, assured that, their concerns would be appropriately addressed and urged them to exercise restraint.

Your demonstration today for me is a clear testimony that the restoration of the allowances to the nursing and teacher trainees is something very significant government has done in this country and youre in no way going to be left out of these allowance process. I want to give you the assurance that this petition would be given the needed attention, he stated.

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National ID, Digital Property Address Will Reduce Loan Interest Rates – Dr Bawumia

The average interest rate of 29% on loans in Ghana as at September 2017 is among the highest in Africa, with banks citing the risk of default as a major factor. In contrast, borrowers in Botswana pay about 7%, while Mauritian banks charge an average of 8.5%. South African banks charge an average of 10.25%, according to figures from their central banks.

Speaking at the 21st National Banking Conference, organized by the Charted Institute of Bankers, in Accra on Tuesday November 28, 2017, Vice President Bawumia explained that Ghana has one of the highest mortgage-to-income ratios in the world and high interest rates because of the largely informal nature of her economy, and the reforms being undertaken by the Nana Akufo-Addo government are meant to address this challenge.

Dr Bawumia, who is a former Central banker, said banks are unable to lend at low rates because of the risks associated with lending to an unknown quantity, hence Governments decision to introduce measures such as the National ID card and the Digital Property Addressing system to make it easier to identify and trace borrowers and thereby reduce the risk premium.

As bankers, weve always realised that high interest rates makes it difficult for customers to pay, and it makes the banking system very fragile.

Banks face many problems. The risk that customers present: they come to you, you don't know what their history is, there is no unique ID for an individual customer; you cannot tell.

The credit reference system is not really robust so you don't know exactly what their history is, how many banks theyve taken loans from and they havent paid, whether there's been a change of name in the middle; you are presented with an unknown quantity and sometimes somebody opens an account today and they want to borrow money that same afternoon.

The risk is quite high that you're facing because you are dealing with depositors funds but you don't know who they (borrowers) are, and you dont know where they live, so we (government) basically said you need to at least put these fundamentals in place before you can really expect a sustainable decline in interest rates that can be driven by proper risk assessment through credit rating agencies and so on.

If we cannot uniquely identify individuals in our economy or and also uniquely identify where they live it becomes a very chaotic environment to do banking and therefore the risk premium will continue to be high, and even though you are bringing down the deficits and bringing down the T bill rate, you are not going to see the impact on the lending rate in particular. When you don't see the impact on the lending rate it means that it makes it tougher for your customers to pay back the loans in general, and so the fragility of the banking system is there.

He added:

This is what is really driving some of what we are doing. Nobody is going to push you as a country to have a national ID system or to have a working address. Nobody's going to push you but you have to make sure that you have those as the soft infrastructure to help your banking industry and to help industry as a whole.

This is what is driving the issue of the national ID card. The National Digital Property Address System has also been launched. Preparations are underway for the mass issuance of the national ID card so that we can really trace customers, we can build a robust credit reference agency and together these will be very fundamental to reducing interest rates and strengthening the stability of our financial system and our banking system.

The Vice President urged banks to play a greater role in growing and strengthening Ghanas economy, while assuring of governments commitment to ensuring macro-economic stability.

I challenge banks to be relevant to the economy by extending loans to the productive sectors particularly the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises. As a government, we are committed to improving the economy through the pursuit of prudent financial management policies.

The future of banking is bright but we have a lot to do together as key stakeholders in the industry. Let us pursue banking reforms and policies that will strengthen prudential and regulatory oversight to maintain a resilient banking sector.


The 21st National Banking Conference is under the theme Building a Robust and Sustainable Banking System in Ghana. It is being attended by heads of banking institutions in Ghana, as well as current and former Governors of the Bank of Ghana.

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State Oppose Aisha, Four Others Bail Variations

The State has filed a reply opposing the motion to vary the bail conditions of Aisha Huang and four other Chinese, who have been accused of engaging in illegal mining in the Ashanti Region.

Sitting at an Accra High Court on Monday, Ms Mercy Arthur a State Attorney from Attorney Generals Department said they have filed an affidavit in opposition to the motion to vary the bail conditions.

Aisha Huang and her four accomplices namely: Gao Jin Cheng, 45; Lu Qi Jun 39; Habin Gao, 26; and Zhang Pen, 23; contend that reporting to the Police and the Ghana Immigration Service twice a week in Accra was a challenge.

The motion is before the court presided over by Mr Justice Iddrisu Abduallai and was filed on November 17.

Ms Huang was granted bail in the sum of GH 500,000.00 with two sureties each to be justified by the court presided over by Mr Justice Ekow Baiden.

The four others namely Gao Jin Cheng, 45; Lu Qi Jun 39; Habin Gao, 26; and Zhang Pen, 23; were also admitted to bail in the sum of GH 500,000.00 with one surety each. Each surety is to be justified.

Aisha, aka Aisha, or Yaa Asantewaa, has additionally been accused of providing mine help services without valid registration with the Minerals Commission.

As part of the bail conditions, they were to report to the Police and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in Accra twice every week.

Moving the motion for variation on Monday, Mr Bernard Owiredu Donkor told the court that his client visit to Accra twice a week has brought untold hardship on them since they would have to have travel to Accra and rent hotels before presenting themselves to the Police and GIS.

According to Mr Donkor the hotel bills of his clients were eating them up and they did not know when the matter was going to end.

He said the financial stress was also affecting the lawyers fees.

Mr Donkor prayed the court to allow them report to the Police and GIS Regional Command in Kumasi adding that fair trial meant that parties are not overburdened with situations.

Counsel expressed his surprise at States decision to oppose the motion, adding that the alleged offence took place at Kumasi and the application was not a waste of the courts time.

Ms Arthur then prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable her to file supplementary affidavit after counsel for Aisha had moved his motion for variation of bail conditions.

According to the state Attorney, she ought to consult the Police and GIS adding she did not hear from them before filing the affidavit in opposition.

The court then told her that she could only file supplementary affidavits based on points of law.

The court however adjourned to November 30 for state to be heard.

Aisha and her accomplices have been accused of undertaking their activities at Bepotenten in the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region.

Aisha is also accused of providing excavators to small scale mining companies around February 2015 to May 2017 without a valid license from the Minerals Commission; and also providing illegal employment to foreign nationals.

The accused were rounded up by the GIS in the Ashanti Region and they were, consequently, transferred to Accra by the GIS for further investigations.

On May 9, this year, Aisha and her supposed accomplices were put before the High Court On November 17 this year; defence counsel filed a motion on bail variation.

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First PHOTOS Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle After Engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the American actress, have been photographed for the first time since their engagement was announced.

The couple posed hand-in-hand for the world's media in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon.

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What Not To Do At Your Office's Christmas Party

The work Christmas party is notorious for people getting a little too excited and letting more than their hair down. While some of things people get up to are hilarious others are dumb, or just downright dangerous.

The problem is, what happens at the Christmas party definitely doesn't stay at the Christmas party. Your antics will follow you back to work and no doubt impact your reputation, if not career.

So, as you head off to your work Christmas party this year, plan to have fun but to also keep it tidy. No doubt your HR department will have plenty to do in the new year without you adding to their load.

Eight things people have done that I highly recommend you avoid are listed below. No prizes for guessing, excessive alcohol consumption was involved in most.

What not to do at your work Christmas party:

1. Fall over.

Of course, we all have accidents but if you fall over while drinking, it's not a fine look. This one can be especially problematic if you're in sight of someone in a position to influence your career. Even staggering a little can draw unwanted attention to your intoxicated state.

2. Throw up.

Vomiting at the Christmas party, especially where people can see you, is likely to be a problem for your reputation. Expect to be highly unpopular come Monday if you struggled to hold down your alcohol and dinner. Eat before you drink and pace yourself.

3. Break things.

Overly boisterous behaviour at the Christmas party usually ends in tears. Broken bones, bruised egos and damaged property too easily happen when people let things get out of hand. Climbing on things is usually where the trouble starts.

Unless you're there for an organised team-building event and are asked to, climbing on tables, chairs, photocopiers and any other object not made for standing on, is probably not a fine idea. If you've been drinking it's definitely not.

4. Reveal too much.

An accidental undies 'reveal' due to an expertly executed pirouette on the dance floor may be okay, but ending up with your dress above your head because you're drunk and have fallen over definitely isn't. Think carefully about the culture of your organisation and tone of the event before choosing what you'll wear. Some outfits are best left for a nightclub.

5. Get naked.

No, the nudie run definitely isn't a fine Christmas party idea. Neither is having sex in the bathroom or skinny dipping in the ocean. No matter how amorous or free-spirited things become, keep your clothes on.

6. Steal grog.

Accept when the party is over, that it's over. Apart from it being against the law, it's really not okay to take without asking. Especially when you have already been given so much. This one happens a lot. The bar is closed, the crowd is being moved along and someone decides it's a fine thought to stock up on beverage supplies.

7. Get 'agro'

No one likes the person who gets aggressive and spoils everyone's fun. If you tend to get inflamed when you drink, then don't drink. It really is that simple. If you have a gripe with another member of team, decide to stay away from them if you can't keep things civil. Picking a fight at work is never okay and that extends to when you're at a work function.

8. Lecture the boss.

It really does make me laugh how often people determine to give their manager or CEO constructive feedback while at the Christmas party. Of course being open to feedback is critical but most people aren't that open to hearing it when you're slurring your words or being overly opinionated.

Contemplate the reaction of the CEO I know who was told by a member of his team: "You really could be a much nicer guy, then people would want to work for you".

Let's face it. Work Christmas parties wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun if people didn't let go just a little. The last thing we want is for everyone to be all serious and 'buttoned up'. It's definitely a time to relax and have fun, just remember it's a work event so a modicum of decorum is in order.

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Make Homosexuality 2020 Campaign Message And Ill Turn Gay - Maurice Ampaw

Celebrity Lawyer Maurice Ampaw, has dared the President of the republic of Ghana on his stance on homosexual in the country and challenged him to make that his 2020 campaign message.

If the president thinks he is courageous enough and help homosexuality, he should go ahead and use it as his political campaign message come 2020 general elections. He should promise he is going to make it legal and see. He dared

The controversial lawyer dared the president that, he will turn gay should Nana Addo obtain 10% of the total votes with such a campaign.

On Kumasi-based, Sika Fm, he dared the president: Tell him, if he gets event 10% of the total votes in that election, I Maurice Ampaw will turn a gay. I dare him.

Homosexuality is considered one of the highest sins in any African community. Some leaders in the African continent have criticized the devilish act saying it has no roots in their countries.

Former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills clearly set the record straight by saying Ghana was not going to accept that.

The President of the Republic of Ghana,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo in an interview with Aljazeera made a ‘controversial statement regarding homosexuality in the country.

During the interview, the journalist said, I want to query you, what is happening in your country, and homosexuality which I believe is illegal and punishable in your country. Why is homosexuality still illegal in your country

Nana Addo in responding said, This is the socio-cultural issue if you likeI dont believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], lets then have a new paradigm in Ghana.

The journalist again asked if the President would get behind but he answered, I think it is something which is bound to happen.

However, this comment from the president did not go down well to most Ghanaians. Some say he is in help of the ‘devilish act of the society with various groups condemning his response.

Lawyer Maurice Ampaw said that homosexuality undermine Gods will of proclamation.

The European Court, made up of 47 juries in the year 2016, passed a judgment on homosexuality stating clearly that, homosexuality is not a normal thing in the society therefore it is never discriminatory for a country to denounce its legality.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

I Will Withdraw Akufo-Addos Spiritual Protection If Homosexuality Is Legalised – Prophet Tawiah

Founder and leader of Church of Rabbi, Prophet Kwabena Tawiah has said he would withdraw all help he has for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and possibly move from the country if homosexuality is encouraged.

In an interview with Kofi TV, Prophet Kwabena said his prayers played a major role in securing the President his seat and added that any action towards accepting gayism displeases the spiritual forces he works with and prays to.

Before the elections, I said so many things called several spirits to secure a calm election for the country so that the young can have a safe place to grow in the future. It is because of the future God made Nana Addo become President, and so if he goes back to say he is going to let such things happen, then I dont know what he is thinking. Those of us who work in the spiritual world know there is no spirit in Ghana that supports homosexuals, he said passionately.

President Nana Addo in an interview with Al Jazeera said homosexuality what something bound to happen in Ghana even though he did not have it on his agenda as a president to encourage it.

I think it is something that is bound to happen like elsewhere in the world, It is not so far a matter which is on the agenda, he noted.

The presidents acknowledgement on the topic has received major disapproval from stakeholders and even the supposed gay community in the country, mostly because it defies most of our cultural and religious beliefs and the homosexuals believe it will subject them to public ridicule.

Prophet Tawiah also suggested that the Presidents words might have been misunderstood but maintained that if the President decided to accept homosexuality, a majority of the populace comprising, Christians, Muslims, Traditionalist will fight against it.

Maybe we did not understand the presidents words. Maybe he saying it is bound to happen means when a group tries to pressure government there are people who are also going to oppose it. Muslims, chiefs, traditionalists, prophets and others will rise against it. So, I believe the larger sect are against it and it is nonsense. he mentioned.

He described the act as ‘sinful and ‘dirty and emphasized that I will disassociate myself from him and every spirit that I used to pray for him with, I will revoke them and will never go back. It is dirt and it makes the nation suffer, and it destroys the land. Our laws and our land hate it. If the NPP encourages this thing, the disgrace that will befall themI will disassociate myself from them. And the spirits I work with will be revoked and I wont stay here.

In Ghana, there have been several advocates pushing for a complete ban on homosexuality while some others have argued for it to be legalized.

Homosexuality is illegal in about 30 African countries and has laws that reprimand individuals caught in the act.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Food Sovereignty Ghana In Court Again Over GMOs

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Civil Society Group Food Sovereignty Ghana has sued government again over plans to commercialise Genetically Modified Foods in the country. The group in a fresh suit dated November 23, against the National Biosafety Committee and four others, is seeking declarations on whether required processes and laws have been adhered to in the ongoin ...

By Ghana Leaks Blog

OFFICIAL: Prince Harry's Fiancee Shows Off Her Gorgeous Engagement Ring!

Here comes the future royal bride and groom!

Just hours after announcing their engagement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markleappeared together at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon to celebrate the happy news, pose for their official engagement photos and record a television broadcast due to air on Monday evening.

The royal couple held their photocall in the Sunken Gardens, which was one of Princess Dianas favorite places. When asked by the press how they feel, Harry replied: Thrilled. Very glad its not raining! Markle then added: So happy.:

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Monday, November 27, 2017

Woyome Gets Relief As African Human Rights Court Orders Ghana Stay

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The African Human Rights Court has ordered the government to halt steps to retrieve an amount of cent;51 million said to have been wrongfully paid to businessman Alfred Woyome. In a decision that will come as a huge relief for the applicant, the court said the attempt by the government to sell the properties of the businessman is likely ...

By Ghana Leaks Blog

I Dont See Ghana Legalising Homosexuality – Speaker

Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye said he does not see Ghana legalising homosexuality since majority of Ghanaians are against the practice and parliament will yield to what Ghanaians want.

His comment comes on the back of President Akufo-Addo's comments that legalising homosexuality is bound to happen in the country if a strong case is made for it.

Nana Akufo-Addos remarks which have been greeted with mixed reactions by the populace, sought to suggest that even though legalising homosexuality is not a matter on the agenda, its bound to happen, if a strong coalition emerges.

Reacting to the development in an interview with journalists, Prof Oquaye said: He [Akufo-Addo] said he will yield to what the people of Ghana want and of course parliament will also yield to what the people of Ghana want. I say Ghanaians; we have our culture so we will not want that. There are Christians who will not want that, we are Muslims and we will not want that so where will it pass to come, that is my conclusion as a social scientist. It is against Christian ideas, its against Muslim principles and it is also against our moral upbringing, so I dont see how that is going to happen so dont tell me about ifs because I dont see it

Meanwhile, Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has said the government of Ghana does not intend to legalise homosexuality.

Mr Hamid in an interview with Joy FM on Monday, November 27, explained that the comment by Mr Akufo-Addo is not an endorsement of homosexuality or plans for its legalisation.

Governments position on homosexuality is that it is unacceptable now in Ghana and since law is premised on custom, what it also means is that we cannot make it legal, Mr Hamid stated.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Bikinis, Booze..The Intimate PHOTOS Prince Harry's Fiancee Does Not Want You To See 

Meghan Markle has achieved every little girl's dream and bagged herself a real prince, having announced her engagement to Prince Harry this morning.

But apart from being happy for her, the actress' millions of fans might be a bit disappointed she's now becoming a member of the Royal Family.

Why Because her social feeds have got a little bit boring this year.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Prince Harrys Stunning Tribute To Diana With Fiancees Ring

Prince Harry has paid a magnificent tribute to his mother Princess Diana in the engagement ring he has given to Meghan Markle.

According to reports, the prince designed the engagement ring which features a gold band set with a large diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds which have been taken from Dianas ‘personal collection.

The engagement ring was made by Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to Her Majesty The Queen.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

You Cant Tell Me My Fufu Is Nasty Because You Like Waakye – Gay man To Critics

A caller into Joy FM who said he is gay says the strident criticisms in Ghana against homosexuality are hypocritical because some of the critics are themselves gay.

Edwin, not his real name, says he is incensed at how speaker after speaker has denigrated them [gays] following President Akufo-Addos interview with Aljazeera on Sunday.

In that interview, the president said although legalising homosexuality was not on his governments agenda, the law could be changed if enough pressure is brought to bear.

This is a social, cultural issue, I dont believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, lets now have a new paradigm in Ghana.

At the moment, I dont feel, I dont see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying that is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda, the president told Aljazeeras Jane Dutton.

The Christian Council of Ghana, obviously unimpressed by the presidents comments, in a swift response, said there was no way homosexuality could be ligalised in Ghana.

Its General Secretary Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni Frimpong said no amount of pressure will change their stance because homosexuality is against the countrys social and cultural values.

But the conversation did not end there, on Monday on Joy FM, private legal practitioner Moses Foh-Amoaning did not only critique the presidents comments but also criticized those who seem to be in favour of a legalisation.

He said the problem is purely a psychiatric problem and the persons suffering from it should be given the needed attention rather than elevating it to a point of legalization.

The difficulty is the elevation of what is clearly a psychiatric problem. If all of us became homosexuals, how would we protect the fundamental human right which is the right to life, he queried.

But this comment together with the many others he made on the show seemed to have angered Edwin, who called into the show expressing his displeasure.

His problem was not with Mr Foh-Amoaning alone, but all persons whose comments on the issue seem to portray gays as non-human for their sexual preference.

Edwin says he is proud to be gay and like any other person in the country, they have rights and deserve to be treated properly.

It is my fantasy, I like eating fufu, you like eating waakye, do I come to tell you your waakye is nasty and is against my fufu that I like We also have rights.

What you like will be different from what another person likes, that doesnt mean what they like is wrong, Edwin queried.

When reminded that the laws of the country are against unnatural carnal knowledge, he said as long as their sexual preference does not harm any other person, the criticisms are unfounded.

For him, liking or wanting to be with other men is a personal decision and no one should stop him from making that preference.


By Ghana Leaks Blog

Akufo-Addo's Stance On Gays "Not Different" From Mahama's – Emile Short

President Nana Akufo-Addos recent comments on homosexuality during an interview with Al Jazeera are not dissimilar from former President John Mahamas, former Commissioner on the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Emile Short, has said.

In his interview, President Akufo-Addo said changing Ghanas laws to legalise homosexuality is not a matter which is "on the agenda" but "bound to happen".

Asked by the interviewer about why Ghanas laws still criminalise homosexuality, Nana Akufo-Addo said: This is a socio-cultural issue, if you like, adding: I dont believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], lets then have a new paradigm in Ghana.

The Ghanaian leader, however, said: I think that it is something that is bound to happen.

Asked by the interviewer: Whats going to provoke it, whats going to make it happen President Akufo-Addo said: Oh, like elsewhere in the world, the activities of individuals [and] groups.

He recalled how countries such as England, which, in the past, abhorred homosexuality, have over the years succumbed to pressure from LGBTQI lobbyists to amend their laws to accommodate same-sex relationship.

I grew up in England; I went to school as a young boy in England and I grew up at a time in England when homosexuality was banned there, it was illegal and I lived in the period when British politicians idea it was anathema to think about changing the law and suddenly the activities of individuals, of groups, a definite awareness, a definite development grew and grew and grew stronger and it forced a change in law. I believe those are the same processes that will bring about changes in our situation.

The president, however, pointed out that: At the moment, I dont feel and I dont see that in Ghana, there is that strong current of opinion that will say: ‘This is something that we need even deal with. Its not, so far, a matter which is on the agenda.

Mr Akufo-Addos predecessors, presidents John Mills and Mahama were confronted with similar issues on homosexuality while in office.

Prof Mills said in connection with the issue: I, as president, will never initiate or help any attempt to legalise homosexuality in Ghana, after UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in 2011 that aid would be cut to countries which failed to respect gay rights.

Also, Mr Mahama told the Scottish Parliament during a visit while in office that: My country is a secular one made up of Christians, Muslims and traditional believers. None of these sects accept gayism and lesbianism. As a leader once the people I rule abhor these things, I cannot accept these cultures on the grounds of human rights. Despite our challenges, our nation stands paramount against any other foreign aim," adding that: Most Africans frown at the concept of legalizing homosexuality as it defies every aspect of their socio-cultural and religious principles."

Asked by Executive Breakfast Show host, Moro Awudu, in an interview on Class91.3FM on Monday, 27 November whether Mr Akufo-Addo should have been as emphatic as Mr Mahama was on the matter, Mr Short said: What the President [Mr Mahama] said is not very much different from what President Akufo-Addo said; namely that Ghanaians as a people generally we frown upon such behaviour.

Mr Short added: I think it is vital to draw a distinction between the behaviour and the person involved in that behaviour. So the law criminalises unnatural carnal knowledge which some have interpreted to mean sexual relationship with homosexuals. The law does not criminalise the mere person being a homosexual if you dont have any evidence that he has engaged in unnatural carnal knowledge and our law also does not permit same-sex marriage. So there are different dimensions or levels to the problem. And then when people talk about human rights, what rights are they referring to; is it the right to life, is it the right to social and educational services I think any meaningful discussion should discuss these individual rights separately so that there is a meaningful discussion and people are educated as to what the law really prescribes, but if we all talk generally about homosexuality, you will befuddle the issues, you create confusion in the minds of people as to what youre talking about

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Pop Stars, Society Girls and Models...Prince Harry's Fmr. Girlfriends Revealed After Announcing Engagement...

He's regarded as one of the world's most eligible bachelors and as Prince Harry is taken off the market, there's little doubt he's broken the hearts of women across the nation.
But none will feel the hit quite as much as the roll call of exes that the red-headed royal has accumulated over the years.

The party-loving Prince has stolen the hearts of a plethora of genetically-blessed women, including lingerie models, TV presenters and pop stars.

From sports presenter Natalie Pinkham to long-time love ChelsyDavy, we look back at the ones that got away - and lost out on the tiara to Meghan Markle.

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BREAKING NEWS: Prince Harry and Girlfriend To Marry In The Spring

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have today announced they are engaged and will marry early next year after days of fevered speculation that he had proposed to his American girlfriend. 

The couple will appear together on national TV in the UK for the first time this evening to discuss their engagement and whirlwind relationship of 16 months.

Harry, 33, who revealed a year ago he had fallen for the actress after a four to six month secret relationship, proposed to Meghan, 36, in London earlier this month.

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‘We Are A Lot In Ghana – Lesbian

A Ghanaian lesbian, Patricia (not her real name), has disclosed that even though society frowns on homosexuality, there are many same-sex relationships in Ghana.

According to her, legalisation of the practice by Ghanas parliament will be meaningless if there is no state protection for homosexuals against stigmatisation and lynching.

I think that it is not about the activism, mind you there is a lot of us out there; there is a lot of us and Im sure you know a couple who you dont even know are [engaged in homosexualism], she told Class FM Monday, 27 November.

In the wake of the comments by President Nana Akufo-Addo in a recent interview with Al Jazeera that changing Ghanas laws to legalise homosexuality is not a matter which is "on the agenda" but "bound to happen, Patricia was of the view that: If it is legalised, people will lynch you if you come out [to disclose your sexual orientation]. This is Africa and an African mindset is different, we are not ready to accept a lot of things like that even though things are changing.

She added: When we get protection, I mean it is OK. With the security and backing of the state, then we are ready to speak for others just like us, but without that you will come out and the next day someone will stone you.

Meanwhile, Patricia has indicated that no man has been able to make her reach orgasm ever since she became sexually active, thus her preference for women as sexual partners â€" the only way she reaches orgasm.

Patricia, who said she has been a bisexual for a long time, now wants to be a full-fledged lesbian and says but for the stigma and illegality of same-sex marriages in Ghana, she would have settled down with her female sweetheart.

She emphasised that having had sexual experiences with both men and women, I dont find men naturally attractive anymore, adding: Kissing a girl is very different, the lips are really soft. The first time was a bit awkward but I just went with the flow.

She added that on the aspect of having sex with a woman, she gets to understand her body more probably because of similarities in the body and knowing where to go and touch and the experience is out of this world.

All the time that I was with a man, I didnt know how to cum and they didnt know how to do anything with me, she complained.

For her, she will not engage in any amorous relationship with any man again but rather do the tomboy thing.

Patricia, who said her big sister is also engaged in lesbianism in the UK, said her family does not know about the sexual orientation of the two of them, as their mother will be disappointed about the development.

She said she does not want to conceal it anymore but how to go about it publicly is challenging because Africans will not accept us. You cant even display public affection [with your same-sex partner] because you could get stoned. Even if it is legalized, it is going to take the society a long time to accept you.

For her, she will prefer travelling outside Ghana to settle in a country where same-sex marriages are accepted and practised without any stigmatisation or discrimination.


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New Law In The Offing For Fuel Distribution – Energy Minister

The Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, has announced that the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) is drafting regulations to cover crude oil and petroleum product supply and quality control.

Mr Agyarko said any service provider, who would go contrary to the new law, will upon summary conviction, be fined up to 15,000 penalty units or imprisoned for up to five years.

He said licences of such defaulting service providers could also be withdrawn after the conviction.

The Minister made the announcement in Parliament on Thursday while responding to questions posed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Pru East, Dr Kwabena Donkor and the NDC MP for Bongo, Edward Bawa on measures being put in place to ensure that laws, regulations and guidelines on specifications for petroleum products are complied with to ensure the protection of consumers at the pumps.

The Minister said currently there are two measures in place to ensure consumer product quality and protection of consumers at the final dispensing point.

These measures are quality checks on imported products and the petroleum product marking scheme, he said.

He said quality certificate from the loading port is checked for compliance with national standards, adding that quality certificate based on test conducted an independent laboratory at least 24 hours before discharge is checked for compliance with national standards.

Random samples are drawn from storage tanks of Bulk Supply Points during unannounced visits by the authority from time to time and the samples with national standards, the Minister noted.

According to the Energy Minister, products that are not compliant with national standards are not allowed onto the market.

Touching on the petroleum product marking scheme, the Minister said, Petroleum products at the retail outlets are tested during random monitoring following customer complaints for compliance with marker concentration

The Minister told Parliament that special monitoring policies such as tracking of Bulk Road Vehicle (BRV) have been put in place for the transportation or lifting or naphtha, condensate, low tax or subsidized and export products to prevent the diversion of the products to retail outlets.

He said sanctions would be slapped on Oil Marketing Companies which do not comply with the NPAs marker concentration, stressing that the national security agencies were collaborating to curb the dumping of substandard or unauthorized products onto the market.

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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Engaged

Prince Harry is to marry American actress Meghan Markle, it has been announced, with the Royal family flocking to congratulate the couple.

Clarence House confirmed the much-anticipated news that the Prince, 33, and his 36-year-old girlfriend are engaged in a statement on Monday morning.

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Demonstration To Hit Asanko Gold MiningResidents Say Enough Is Enough

At a time government is doing everything possible to bring sanity into the small-scale gold mining sector in the country, some mining firms continue to mine in clear violation of the rules and regulations government their operations.

One of such mining companies which have come under the spotlight of abusing peoples rights through their operations is Asanko Gold Mining Co. Ltd located at Manso Koninase in the Amansie West District of Ashanti Region.

According to the residents of Manso Koninase they have been subjected to serious human rights abuses through the activities of Asanko Mining Co. Ltd which began gold mining operations in the town in the year 2012. They added that managers of the company have virtually taken them for a ride. A visit to the town by this reporter reveals important damages have been caused to several buildings which have resulted in cracks as a result of the blasting from the company with several other properties running into several millions of cedis destroyed.

As if that was not enough this reporter also saw how river Ayensu the only source of drinking water for the town which links to River Offin has been deliberately blocked and now serves as a bleeding ground for mosquitoes.

Residents therefore have no source of drinking water but management has failed to provide at least one borehole water project for them. Residents also accuse the company of not properly disposing off their waste materials which finds its way to the town.

They are also constantly bombarded with smokes coupled with noise and the dust from the blasts but worst of all the companys activities have collapsed a number of buildings while the resettlement of affected residents has been in limbo since the death of one resident during the resettlement exercise.


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90th Anniversary Symposium Of Dr. Hideyo Noguchis Arrival In Ghana

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This year marks the ninetieth anniversary of the arrival Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, a renowned Japanese Scientist, in the then Gold Coast (Ghana).TheNoguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, located on the University of Ghana campus at Legon, was establishment in 1979 as a gift from the Government and People of Japan in honour of this great scie ...

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More Desks And Beds Coming For FREE SHS--Akufo-Addo Assures

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The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed that provisions are being made to supply Senior High Schools in the country with desks and beds. This he said will bring some relief to the schools who are struggling to accommodate students due to the increase in enrolment as a result of the Free SHS policy. Speaking at the 68th ...

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Zimbabwe Ex-Finance Minister Chombo In Court

Zimbabwe's former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, taken into custody by the military after it took power, has appeared in court in Harare.

He faces corruption and abuse-of-power charges from his time in local government, his lawyer says.


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OFFICIAL: KABA To Be Buried On December 16

The family of the late Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong (KABA) has announced the day for his burial and the final funeral rites.

According to the family, he will be buried on December 16.
This was disclosed by the family head, Elder George Nyarko, at the one-week commemoration of the late presenter at the forecourt of The Multimedia Group Limited at Kokomlemle in Accra on Saturday.

He said the funeral rites of the late journalist will take place from December 15 to December 17, 2017.

He however, explained that the family was yet to choose where the late journalist would be buried.

KABA was the host of Asempa FMs afternoon political show, Ekosii Sen, until his death on November 18, 2017, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

He left behind a widow, Valentina Ofori Afriyie and a daughter.

Meanwhile, former President John Kufuor, businessman Ibrahim Mahama and owner of Despite Group of Companies among others, have donated towards the late KABAs funeral.

Also present at the week-one commemoration was the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

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Starbow Plane Crashes At Kotoka International Airport

Information reaching points that a Starbow flight has been involved in an accident at the Kotoka International Airport with some people injured.

Reports suggest the plane veered off the tarmac as it attempted takeoff.

Our source indicates that about 5 people have been sent to the hospital for treatment while others have been left traumatized.

An eyewitness in a brief chat told, I idea I was going to die.

In 2015 passengers on board a Tamale-bound aircraft of Starbow airlines had the scare of their lives when the aircraft, BAE with registration 9GSBB, crash landed in Tamale although no injuries were recorded.

In 2014, two people were injured after a Takoradi bound Starbow aircraft made an emergency landing.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gender Minister Reiterates Government's Commitment To Empowering Women

The Government has taken concrete steps to enhance the lives of women and creating an enabling environment for their progress and advancement, Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has said.

She said the National Gender Policy focuses on mainstreaming Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment in all Ghanas developmental efforts.

Madam Djaba made these remarks at an International Leadership Conference for Women in Higher Education in Accra.

The event was organised by the Association of African Universities (AAU), to climax its African Universities Week Celebration.

It forms part of the AAU's 50th Anniversary Celebration on the theme "[email protected][1]: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development in Africa".

The one-day intensive leadership conference, aimed at empowering young women in higher education to reach their full potential and aspire to leadership positions in their chosen fields.

The Gender Minister noted that governments Free Senior High School (SHS) policy provided an excellent opportunity for all young girls to get SHS education and prepare themselves for leadership positions in the near future.

I am particularly excited about this initiative because it has put so many girls who would have ended up as street girls, in prostitution, or married off, or as house helps in school; thus ensuring we leave no one out, she added.

Madam Djaba said her Ministry believes that empowering women and achieving gender equality was fundamental to the realisation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

She said Ghana is at a point where empowering women and promoting womens rights was not only vital for national development, but vital for the achievement of the SDGs.

She said the President of the Republic of Ghana who is the African Union (AU) Gender Champion is strongly committed to creating opportunities for women, as such, all and sundry should avail themselves as women to make life better for themselves and their families.

The Gender Minister said, moreover, Ghana was committed to increasing the participation of women in governance and public life from thirty to forty percent by 2020 as proposed in the Affirmative Action Bill.

Ms Djaba called on the public to condemn negative practices that impedes the development of women and children, especially issues concerning child marriage, female genital mutilation, violence against women, human trafficking, rape and defilement.

This will ensure that our female population is protected and given the requisite push to the very top or occupy enviable positions in our country, she said.

Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile, the Secretary General of AAU, said the conference would create a important stage for the sharing of knowledge, ideas and cutting-edge skills required for success at leadership positions.

He said AAU has been instrumental in building the capacity of member universities through its flagship programmes, among them being Leadership Development Programme, University Advancement and Quality Assurance Workshops.

Prof Ehile said these were all geared towards providing quality education to speed up the continents development; and in advocating and assisting to create research and education networks in Africa to negotiate higher bandwidth at cheaper prices for Higher Education Institutions in Africa.

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