• Monday, August 20, 2018

PREZ LAUNCHES PAN-AFRICA CHALLENGE TODAY

The president of the republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo has stated that he will today launch a new Pan-African Challenge that will drive and reward African innovations.

In a twitter post, President Akuffo-Addo, noted that Africa Innovates for the SDGs will award 10 outstanding African innovators who present exceptional solutions that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Today, I will launch a new, pan-African challenge that will drive and reward African innovation targeted at achieving the SDGs! #Africa Innovates for the SDGs will award 10 outstanding African innovators who present exceptional solutions that contribute to achieving the #SDGs!”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

President Akufo-Addo Makes Changes to his Government

President of the republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reshuffled appointees in his government as Mustapha Abdul Hamid heads for Zongo and Inner City Development Ministry.

Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, who used to be the Minister for Information, has been reassigned to man the Ministry for Inner City and Zongo Development, once occupied by Boniface Abubakar Saddique, who has been made a Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President while Madam Paulina Tangoba Abayage, who was Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy has been recalled and made the Upper East Regional Minister-designate.

In a statement released and signed by the director of communication at the presidency Eugene Arhin, these changes by President Akuffo-Addo takes immediate effect.

Below is the full list

  1. John Peter Amewu, former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and acting Minister for Energy, is now Minister for Energy;
  2. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Minister for Lands and Natural Resources;
  3. Kofi Adda, Member of Parliament for Navrongo constituency and former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, is now Minister for Aviation;
  4. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, former Minister for Aviation, is now Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources;
  5. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Member of Parliament for Ofoase/Ayirebi constituency and former Deputy Minister for Information, is now Minister for Information designate;

    6. Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, is now Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection designate;

  6. Paulina Tangoba Abayage, former Ambassador to Italy, is now Upper East Regional Minister designate;
  7. Evans Opoku Bobie, Member of Parliament for Asunafo North constituency and former deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
  8. Martin Oti Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North constituency, is now Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
  9. Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament for Madina constituency and former Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, is now Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President;
  10. Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President;
  11. Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, is now Deputy Minister for Information;
  12. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy Minister for Information, is now Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports; and
  13. Otiko Afisa Djaba, former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, is now Ambassador-designate to Italy.

According to the statement, President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the Ministers-designate for Information, and Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Regional Ministers-designate for Upper East and Brong Ahafo, as well as the deputy Regional Minister-designate for Brong Ahafo, so they can assume their respective offices as quickly as possible.

 

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

“Government Will Not Change Law On Same-Sex Marriage” – President Akufo-Addo.

“And, let me assure that this Government has no plans to change the law on same-sex marriage. We have no authority, and we will not seek any authority to do so.”

These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 9th August, 2018, at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church, in response to an appeal made by Rev. Dr. S.K. Ofori, Moderator of the Church, for Government not to bow to pressure, internal or external, to legalise same-sex marriage.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s Synod, “Effective Discipleship – the Cross and Our Commitment”, the President stated that Government and the Church, two institutions who both hold out promises for a better tomorrow, have a duty and responsibility to work together to improve the condition of the people.

According to President Akufo-Addo, Ghana has a young population that is no longer willing to wait for the long-promised improvements in their lives, and, thus, believes that Government and the Church can work to raise the pace of development to meet the needs of the people.

Whilst not against the building of magnificent cathedrals or mosques, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I believe also very much that the towns and cities should have paved roads, good sanitation and beautiful homes for the people to live in, when they go to worship.”

Whilst encouraging the youth to hear the call of the Lord to become priests, prophets, preachers, President Akufo-Addo noted further that “we should also spur them on to become engineers, scientists, carpenters, masons, plumbers, mathematics teachers, tailors, etc., because we must have a properly functioning society to be able to worship in peace.”

Recounting the contribution of the Church to the development of the nation, he noted that the churches were seen as leading the drive for development, as they built and ran schools and hospitals, led the campaign for good sanitation, and preached and practiced.

With the public looking on as priests compete to show who is the more powerful and who is the richer, and with the public looking on as some of the churches appear to forget about the poor and the vulnerable in society, and concentrate on being outrageous, President Akufo-Addo stated that “it is not surprising that there are calls for taxes to be imposed on church incomes.”

He added that “When you step out of the charity sphere, out of education and out of healthcare, you are putting yourself in the line of the taxman.”

Education and hard work, the President said, have been shown to be the surest path to success for both individuals and nations, “and our country would not make any progress if the Church should contradict and undermine this principle, by preaching miracles as the answer to our needs.”

It is, thus, in the interest of the country that its resources are pulled together to build a happy and prosperous nation.

“I know that the Church can be very influential, and make a dramatic difference in education, health and sanitation. The same enthusiasm that you are able to marshal to grow and increase your numbers, that same enthusiasm can help to build Ghana. Let us join hands together and build the happy and prosperous Ghana we all want. It is well within our reach,” President Akufo-Addo concluded.

President Akufo-Addo Begins 5-Day Tour Of The Ashanti Region

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will from Friday, 10th August, 2018, embark on a 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region.

Following earlier visits to Brong Ahafo, Western, Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West, the 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region forms part of the President’s ongoing nationwide visit.

President Akufo-Addo will visit the Manhyia South, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Bosomtwe, Bantama, Sekyere Central, Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo, Mampong, Subin, Ahafo-Ano South, Kwadaso, Atwima Kwanwoma and Oforikrom constituencies

Beginning with a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace, President Akufo-Addo is expected to launch the Kumasi Roads Facelift Programme at Atonsu in the Asokwa Constituency and visit the Vesta Oil Factory at Bosomtwe.

He will also inspect ongoing works on the Manhyia-Bantama Asphalt Overlay Project at Abrepo in the Bantama Constituency.

Other engagements will include interactions with the Chiefs and religious leaders of the region, inspection of ongoing construction works of a 1-District-1-Warehouse project at Mampong, cutting of the sod for the construction of the Wioso-Mpasaaso Road Project.

On Monday, 13th August, 2018, President Akufo-Addo will launch the Youth in Afforestation Programme, and also inspect ongoing works on the Trede-Ahodwo Road Project, as well as visit a 1-District-1-Factory Project site in Kaase.

Before ending his tour, the President will participate in the 29th Biennial General Council Meeting of the Assemblies of God Church, to be held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

The President will end the tour of the region on Tuesday, 14th August, 2018.

AGYARKO SACKED

Following the controversy surrounding the review of the Ameri power deal, the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo has relieved the Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko of his position.

In a press statement issued and signed by Director of Communications at the Presidency Mr. Eugene Arhin, on Monday evening, August 6, 2018, stated that “President Akufo-Addo by a letter dated August 6, 2018, relieved the Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko, of his position, with immediate effect.”

Reports making the round indicated that Mr Agyarko had misled the government in the Ameri deal review. In view of this, Mr. Agyako has been under growing public pressure to resign with workers of the Volta River Authority being the latest to call for his dismissal.

According  to the workers, the Minister had demonstrated he “is absolutely not on top of his job” after he reviewed a 2015 deal entered into by the Mahama-led administration which the Akufo-Addo government promised to review because the $510 million deal was over-priced by $150m.

But with about two and a half years for the 5-year deal with Dubai-based Company Africa & Middle East Resources Investment Group (AMERI) to run out, the Energy Ministry announced the deal has been revised as the government promised.

Under AMERI II, the deal is now a 15-year contract to be taken over by a new company Mytilineos. The ministry claimed the reviewed deal will save the taxpayer $405m, a claim which the Africa Center for Energy Policy has called misleading.

ACEP has said rather than making any savings, the new deal will cost the taxpayer $937.5 million. Critics have expressed shock at what they described as a blatant rip-off.

The minister “has paid the ultimate price” for a reviewed deal, Eugene Arhin said.

 

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

Abossey Okai Community Engulfed in Filth

The residents of Abossey Okai, a suburb of Accra have bemoaned the slow rate at which the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is handling the collection of waste in the area.

According to the concerned inhabitants, the waste gathered during July’s “National Sanitation Day” has not been collected, a situation they describe as appalling.

A tour around the area by Wise TV’s Gideon Ansah revealed that the refuse has been left there for a longtime which gives residents the right to add their households refuse to it.

The refuse does not only breed mosquitos, but the stench and other airborne diseases that emanate from the garbage are very disturbing. The residents are therefore pleading with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to as a matter of urgency help salvage the problem.

It would be recalled that the national sanitation day program which was instituted by the Mahama-led administration, was an intervention to rid the country off filth but so far can one say the program has not achieved its mains and objective.

 

 

 

Source:Gideon Ansah/wisetvonline.com

Implement Policies To Make Ghana Self-Sufficient In Poultry – Dr Bawumia Charges Agric Ministry

The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to implement targeted, deliberate policies to make Ghana self-sufficient in chicken production and save the nation from the huge poultry import bill.

This follows an announcement by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, that there was no maize imports this year after the implementation of policies such as the Planting for Food and Jobs which resulted in a bumper harvest.

The Vice President has therefore challenged the Ministry to replicate this success in the poultry sub sector to ensure a drastic reduction, if not an outright cessation, of poultry imports in the next few years.

Vice President Bawumia issued the challenge when he launched the 34th National Farmers Day on Friday 3rd August, 2018 in Accra.

This year’s weeklong celebration, which would take place at Tamale in the Northern Region, is under the theme “Agriculture: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid.”

While commending the Agriculture Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and his team for the successes chalked under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, including, according to the Minister, the ending of maize imports because local production had met national demand, Vice President Dr Bawumia urged the Ministry to replicate their success in the poultry sector.

“I want to challenge the Ministry for Food and Agriculture, and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, that yes, you have announced that we’ve stopped importing maize this year, so very soon, in the next couple of years, I want you to announce that we’ve also stopped importing chicken. That is the challenge that I want to give you in the next couple of years.

“We have to pursue a very deliberate policy intervention to make sure that we can grow and eat our own chicken.”

Vice President Bawumia underscored the key role agriculture would play in achieving President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, emphasising that it was time to “engineer a sustainable agricultural development path that would assure both national and household food security, improved rural livelihoods and make Ghana agriculture competitive in the world market.”

In this light, government would continue and expand the implementation of ongoing agricultural programmes such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, which would see the number of direct beneficiaries rise from 200,000 in 2017 to 500,000 in 2018, Dr Bawumia disclosed.

“Government’s approach and strategy for the development of Ghana’s agriculture, is holistic and transcends the PFJ initiative. Equally important interventions are being rolled out in the irrigation sub-sector in pursuit of the One Village One Dam programme. Under this One Village One dam programme, which is being implemented in the three northern regions, we expect about 570 dams to be constructed by next year.

“The increase in agricultural productivity means we have to focus on processing and that is why we have the One District One Factory flagship programme and this is also on course.

“We also know that the road sector is a major area in terms of the challenges that the agricultural sector generally faces. In the 2017 budget we outlined what we call the Akufo- Addo plan for Economic Transformation which was largely focused on improving agricultural productivity. At the heart of this programme was to make sure that critical roads across the whole country were fixed so that agricultural produce could move to market. We have so many parts of the country where poor roads are a major inhibiting factor to agriculture.

“Thankfully, following the initiation of this programme we have seen, recently announced, that we are going to invest close to a billion dollars in road infrastructure starting this year,under the Sinohydro barter facility that we have arranged,” Vice President Bawumia indicated.

 

 

 

 

“We Will Bring Progress & Prosperity To Ghana” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reaffirmed the commitment of his government to bring progress and prosperity to all parts of the country, in a balanced and inclusive manner.

Speaking at Ada, at the Asafotufiami Festival, on Saturday, 4th August, 2018, on the theme, “Mobilising Local Resources Towards Development and Growth of the Traditional Area”, President reiterated his belief that a prosperous, confident nation can be built through the effective exploitation of the country’s human and natural resources.

In furtherance of this, the President stated that, over the last nineteen (19) months, his government has worked hard to ensure a stable macroeconomy, and have, as a result, put in place measures that are formalizing the economy, reducing the cost of business, and improving the business environment.

“I know we are not out of the woods yet, but I can assure you, Nenemei and Naamei, that our nation is on the right path,” he said.

Mobilising the nation’s resources, he said, has meant the commencement of the rolling out of flagship policy initiatives such as the “One-District, One Factory” project, and the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”.

The implementation of the “One District, One Factory” policy, President Akufo-Addo noted, has meant that thirty-six (36) factories are at various stages of being operationalized, which will create tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

“The Lan Tianyi Soymilk factory, located at Asutuare, in Shai Osudoku, has been inaugurated, and is fully functional. I would urge the Ada East and West District Assemblies, as well as the Ada Traditional Council, to develop a strategic plan towards exploiting the vast potentials of the area to ensure residents benefit from their local resources,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo assured the Chiefs and people of Ada that Government is in the process of securing the necessary investment for the development of a modern salt industry, stressing that the Songhor Lagoon has the potential to produce salt in large-scale and commercial quantities, from its current status.

On the implementation of the Free SHS policy, the President stated that it provided 90,000 more children, in 2017, with the opportunity to gain access to senior high school education in 2017.

With 180,000 more children, representing a 31% increase, expected to be admitted into the country’s Senior High Schools, and with Government determined to make sure that “no qualified Ghanaian child is left behind”, President Akufo-Addo stated that Government is employing the Double-Intake System to address the deficit.

We are, first of all, going to recruit over eight thousand (8,000) more teachers in 2018 than we did in 2017. Secondly, we are going to employ a double track school calendar system for the new SHS entrants. Let me make it clear that this double-track system is not going to be applied to all Senior High Schools, but only to those whose current capacity will be exceeded by the numbers of admitted students.

He assured the Chiefs and people of Ada that Double-Intake system will not destroy the country’s education, as some people would want the Ghanaian people to believe.

“On the contrary, this system will reduce class sizes, it will increase the contact hours between teachers and students, as well as increase the number of holidays. Every bold, new initiative that is rolled-out will, perforce, experience hitches and challenges,” he said.

With the Asafotufiami festival held to mark the period of harvest, the President encouraged as many farmers as possible in Ada to join the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which is expected to cover one million farmers by 2020.

On addressing the country’s infrastructural deficit, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government has embarked on an ggressive public private partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both road and railway infrastructure.

“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours to the north, i.e. Burkina Faso, to the west, i.e. Cote d’Ivoire, and to the east, i.e. Togo,” he said.

Nonetheless, he assured the Chiefs and people that roads in Ada are receiving the undivided attention of Government, and work on all abandoned projects will commence very soon.

President Akufo-Addo appealed for unity amongst the people of Ada, and urged them to act in unity as one people collectively to lift up the fortunes of Ada.

“The primary task is yours, and I assure you that government will stand in full support with you so we deliver progress and prosperity to all our people,” the President added.

President Akufo-Addo Gets Award For Ghana’s Port Reforms

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been honoured for his “personal and government’s commitment” to modernising Ghana’s ports, which have positioned them as the preferred maritime trade gateway to West and Central Africa.

The special award was conferred on President Akufo-Addo by the African Port Award (APA) Foundation in Accra on 31st July, 2018 at the ongoing 39th Council & Conference of Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) in Accra.

The conference is being attended by the Directors of ports in 15 West and Central African countries as well as representatives from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and other key stakeholders in the management of ports.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia received the award on behalf of President Akufo-Addo.

A citation accompanying the award, read: “Special Award to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, in recognition of his personal and Government’s commitment to modernising Ghana’s ports in terms of infrastructure and ICT to position them as the preferred maritime trade gateway to West and Central Africa.”

In brief remarks, the President of the Foundation, Guy Manouan, praised President Akufo-Addo for the “quality work” being undertaken at the ports, which have made them more attractive for maritime trade.

“On behalf of the APA Foundation, I would like to express our gratitude to your Excellency for all the quality work being achieved for the ports of Ghana to raise their performances at the highest levels.”

Ghana’s ports have undergone major reforms in the 18-month tenure of the Nana Akufo-Addo government, including the implementation of a paperless clearing process and a drastic reduction in the number of regulatory agencies undertaking inspections from 16 to 3, dramatically improving the turnaround time for clearing of goods, reducing cost and bringing about greater efficiency.

 

 

 

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