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The Editor-In-Chief of the Informer News Paper, Andy Kankam, has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP,) for playing ‘Hide and Seek’ with DKM customers. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Andy Kankam said, it is becoming increasingly clear that politicians in their quest to win political power and to wind wink voters, make fanciful and Utopian promises. He said politicians make admirable but impracticable promises just to win power. Andy Kankam said, the current NPP administration in 2016 capitalized on the microfinance scam that hit the country and lambasted former President John Dramani Mahama for the challenge and went further to promise to retrieve the money. ‘’The NPP communicators campaigned on it that former President Mahama’s incompetence caused the problem and even said he was the owner of the company. Aside that, President Akufo-Addo went to Nkoranza and promised to retrieve the money for the depositors who had their money locked up. Nana Addo told them that all he needed was their vote so he will retrieve the money for them, but seven (7) months down the line, what is happening?   President Nana Addo in 2016 assured defrauded customers of some microfinance companies in the Brong Ahafo Region that he will retrieve all monies they lost if he elected.     Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was then presidential candidate gave the promise during his interaction with the chiefs and people of Busunya in the Nkoranza North constituency, to end his 5-day tour of the Region.   DKM Microfinance Company and four others, namely Little Drops Financial Services, God is Love Fun Club, Jaster Motors and Investment Limited and Care for Humanity Fun Club, which turned out to be Ponzi schemes, took deposits from clients, paid huge unsustainable interests on the deposits and later bolted with clients' investments when the companies became insolvent.   It is believed that some customers died out of frustration while some have become completely bankrupt, living as paupers.   ''Efforts were made by the previous government to pay the depositors but Nana Addo capitalized on that and won the polls after promising to retrieve the money and so why are they now playing hide and seek with the affected victims,'' he said.   Andy Kankam noted that Ghanaian voters are now sophisticated and wild awake and will not waste time in voting out any government that fail on their promises. Meanwhile, the spokesperson for DKM customers, Mr. Mahama denied that nothing has been done. He said, 80 percent of customers whose deposits ranged between GHc1-10,000 have received their deposits. According to him, only 20 percent of depositors have not received their deposits whereas those who deposits are above GHc10,000 had their deposits reviewed and would be paid. 
Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, Dr. Gyeile Nurah, has underscored the need for the local poultry and livestock farming sector to be boosted. According to him, the move will not only create employment but lead to self sufficiency in meat production. He made the remarks when he delivered the key note address at the official launch of the ‘Poultry and Livestock Barbecue Festival’, slated for October this year. Ghana he lamented ‘’is deficient in meeting the meat requirements. Currently, we consume an average of 225,000 metric tons of meat annually and interestingly, the country produces only 30 percent of the requirement.’’ The import on annual basis is about $200 million and meat intake in Ghana, is one of the lowest in the world adding, Ghana’s per capital intake is from 12-14kg whiles the FAOs recommendations is 39kg. The demand for livestock products he noted has been estimated to double by 2020, meaning, there is a large gap for meat products making a strong case for the livestock and poultry sectors. He commended organizers of the event and assured them of the Ministry’s support stating that, the Ministry will encourage people to invest in the meat production industry. He charged stakeholders to identify value added activities that will support the necessary investments in production and processing. The establishment of meat processing plants and barbecue festivals he opined provide opportunities for value addition. ‘’The producers of barbecues should think of themselves as members of the food chain that process and market products to consumers,’’ he said. Livestock and poultry producers should also produce table ready meat instead of raw meat, he said.   On his part, Dr. David Edjah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Polive Consultancy, organizers of the festival said, it will be an annual event that will create bigger and better market for the poultry and livestock industry. The event such will be  connecting them to associations like Ghana Chefs Association and others. The festival is also intended to break the gap between research, academia and stakeholders so that research findings will be readily available. The event will also help link poultry and livestock farmers to government’s planting for and jobs campaign.  The event  is in collaboration with the Poultry Farmers Association and the National Farmers and Fishermen Association of Ghana. He said, we will encourage stakeholders to support the event to make it a success.   Polive Consultancy he said is a marketing, advertising and a media firm registered under the Registrar General.   The event was also used to launch the Women in Poultry , Greater Accra Chapter.
Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo has said agricultural transformation is key to government’s transformational agenda. Government he said will  continue to  provide conducive investment environment  and support to farmers. The distribution of agricultural machinery at subsidized prices to farmers, the recent fifty (50) percent fertilizer and seed subsidy and provision of inputs on credit under the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ to farmers for production of maize, rice, sorghum, soya bean and vegetables he said remains part of the expanded programmes of government. The one-district-one-factory project will see to the construction of warehouses in many districts and which will further foster agro-processing are all aimed at encouraging our farmers to increase production and productivity in the agricultural sector, he said. He made the remarks at the official launch of the 33rd National Farmers Day Celebration. The economy of Ghana he said depends on the success of agriculture. According to him, it is a shame that when one goes through the annual budget, the allocation to support agriculture has not been the best. The Senior Minister said if we want to develop as a country, we have to prioritize agriculture.   Government of Ghana he added has recognized the importance of agriculture and will give much attention to it. He stressed, it is a must because government of Ghana must ensure the country is self sufficient when it comes to food. Food security he noted remains the number one priority to every nation and in promoting industrialization, agriculture must play a key role. Governments’ agenda for development he said, was premised on four thematic areas namely; Macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability, Infrastructure Development, Accelerated Industrial Development and Agricultural Transformation. The farmers day celebration he said, is undergoing some remodeling to reflect and showcase better contributions of farmers fisher folks as well as developments in the agriculture sector in general. A committee of technical experts from relevant national organizations has been tasked to remodel the celebration.   The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘’Farming for Food and Jobs’’.
The Four (4) Day Educational, Sensitization and Awareness creation program on early child marriage & Child rights protection christened “Girls & Boys Camp” under the “Her Choice Project” has come to an end. The program which runs under The Hunger-Project Ghana assembled 105 participants, 34 patrons and 7 Girl Child Coordinators from 34 schools in the Central & Eastern Regions. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Camp, the Eastern Regional Director of Girl Child Education at the Ghana Education Service (GES) Mrs. Cynthia Anim, tasked participants of the camp to put into exercise what have been taught during their stay at the camp. She applauded the initiative by “The Hunger Project-Ghana aimed at eradicating early child marriage in the country and pledged the commitment of the GES to support. The Regional Director of Girl Child Education in conclusion assigned Coordinators of the “Her Choice Project” to broaden their reach to enable educate other communities about this canker. Director of Partnership Building & Resource Mobilization at “The Hunger Project Ghana”, Mr. Isaac Olesu Adjei also extolled the participants, girl child coordinators and patrons for their 100 percent representation at the four-day Girls & Boys Camp. Speaking on behalf of the Country Director, Mr. Olesu Adjei charged teachers to embark on an out-reach program that will help monitor the progression of their students outside the confines of the school. In Conclusion the Project Coordinator of the Her Choice Project, Mrs Patricia Osei Amponsah assured the Girl Child Coordinators at the district level of the Hunger Project’s readiness to assist them in totally eradicating Early Child Marriage in the country.    
The Ministry for Health and that of Education have been admonished to ensure that sign language becomes an examinable course in the health  and teacher training institutes.     This call was made by a group of young people from five (5) Regions in Ghana; the Northern, Ashanti, Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo and Upper East Regions, who participated in the maiden edition of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights conference held in Tamale from the 9th to the 13th of August, 2017 for young people between the ages of 15 and 25.     The conference with the theme “Promoting Peaceful Environment for Enhanced Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Service for Young People”, was organized by NORSAAC; an NGO based in the Northern Region, in collaboration with government agencies like National Youth Authority, Ghana Health Service and Ghana Education Service and other civil society organizations; Youth Empowerment for Life, and Global Platform Ghana-ActionAid. It was funded by RFSU, OXFAM, SIMAVI, Plan International Ghana.     The young people deliberated on the policy environment, the practice of service delivery for young people, reproductive health needs, among others and seek to draw the attention of the government to the many problems they identified.     The young people also suggested some youth friendly solutions to the problems they identified.   Below is the full write-up of the communiqué presented at the closing ceremony of the conference. COMMINIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF 5- DAYS CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS FOR YOUTH IN GHANA, HELD ON AUGUST 9TH -13TH, 2017 AT TAMALE GIRLS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (PAGNAA) IN TAMALE We young people from five Regions in Ghana; Northern, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Upper East Regions have mobilized each other to the number of 217 within the ages of 15 to 25 years for five days conference on our sexual and reproductive health needs. This conference was organized by NORSAAC in collaboration with government agencies like National Youth Authority, Ghana Health Service and Ghana Education Service and other civil society organizations; Youth Empowerment for Life, and Global Platform Ghana-ActionAid. It was funded by RFSU, OXFAM, SIMAVI, Plan International Ghana and held at Tamale Girls Senior High School (Pagnaa) in Tamale from 9th -13th August 2017. This conference dubbed NORGHA 2017 focused on; comprehensive sexuality education, comprehensive abortion care, Family planning services, youth friendly services and youth literacy in Ghana. The theme for the conference was “Promoting peaceful Environment for enhanced Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and service for young people”. The conference among others aimed at creating a safe space for youth to critically reflect on policy gaps, reflect on youth friendly solutions and to engage service providers on the desired change for enhanced youth friendly services. Having deliberated on the policy environment and the practice of service delivery for young people reproductive health needs, we draw the attention of his Excellency the President of Ghana through the Northern Regional Minister, Honorable Salifu Saeed on the following issues; •        There is inadequate monitoring, evaluation and supervision of infrastructures available to provide services for young people •        Inability of health providers to understand the health needs of the physically challenged especially the death and dumb due to language barriers •        Teachers skills on comprehensive sexuality education have not been recognized as a relevant course at the teacher training institutions resulting in the low knowledge, skills and information of teachers on Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Coupled with this, current subjects of the Ghana Education Service curriculum have little content on comprehensive sexuality education thus limiting students’ awareness of their bodies. •        In many cases, teachers found as culprit of sexual harassment are not disciplined by relevant authorities. Consequently, the rate of teenage pregnancy, child marriages, rape, defilement is still rampant in many schools. Yet the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit is not available in all districts and are not well resource to responds to cases of violence. •        Non-functional counseling units in the various schools contributes greatly to the effects of sexual and reproductive health issues that students are bedeviled with. •        There is still a significant number of unfriendly health care service providers who push young people away from health centers leaving us vulnerable to peer misguidance. Yet nothing is done to health care providers who deny young people services or are not friendly to them when they visit health centers. •        Unavailability of some essential family planning commodities in the country. This is coupled with inadequate capacity building for health personnel to administer the services to clients at the health centers due to funding challenges. •        Most youth friendly centers are just structures without adequate personnel and materials to deliver the required services. •        Safe abortion services are unaffordable hence increasing the rate of risky and unsafe abortions. •        Students do not have access to libraries to improve their reading and literacy skills. Many schools do not also have infrastructure that promotes teaching and learning.   We do acknowledge that young people lack the interest to push for the effective implementation of appropriate policies that will reduce these issues, but we believe in the power of democracy where the chosen leaders must deliver the required services of the citizens. Honorable Minister, it was not so long ago when you were young. We are sure you faced similar issues as we are facing today. Does it need to continue? And for how long do the young people of Ghana need to face these issues? We therefore demand that; 1.      Parliament must make or amend policies to ensure conformity in the definition of youth as well as guidelines and protocols that ministries use in providing services to young people in Ghana. 2.      The Ministry of Health must be directed to ensure that the construction plan for every health facility must include a youth friendly center and should be equipped with essential equipment, personnel and materials for effective service provision to young people. 3.      The patient charter must be made visible at all health facilities and health personnel should be well educated on the charter by the Ministry of health. 4.      Policy restriction on the category of health personnel who should provide certain health services can be reduced with effective rationalization of health personnel at health facilities, especially at youth centers. In addition, referral systems of cases should be effective among health institutions  5.      The Ministry of Education must ensure that Parent-teacher Associations and School Management Committee must be effective. Heads of Schools must be accordingly directed to use Parent-Teacher Association to educate and encourage parents to speak and allow education on sexuality for children. 6.      There must be defined refresher trainees for all health service providers on service provision for young people. 7.      The Ministry for Health and that of Education must be directed to ensure that sign language becomes an examinable course in both health personnel and teacher training institutes. 8.      Comprehensive Sexuality Education must be incorporated into the curriculum for both teacher trainees and students. This must include continual review of the relevance of textbooks as well as replacement of outmoded text books. 9.      All districts must have at least one functional public library with computers, internet connectivity and a professional staff. 10.    Voluntary peer educators on Comprehensive Sexuality Education should be part of the counseling units in schools. 11.    Teachers who sexually harass students must face the full vigor of the law devoid of any political, institutional or religious barriers. 12.    The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit must be well established in all districts and resourced to carry out its mandate. 13.    Family planning is an essential need for all families and must therefore be absorbed by the National Health Insurance Scheme. Honorable Minister, we look forward to working with you and your team on the above demands. Signed on behalf of the 217-young people in the NORGHA 2017 conference; DATE         NAME        REGION    SIGNATURE 12th August, 2017       Abubakari Fadila         Northern    12th August, 2017       Edu Evans                            Greater Accra      12th August, 2017       Cynthia Sonbodon Kamirta Ashanti      12th August, 2017       Agyei Kwadjo Shadrach       Brong Ahafo       12th August, 2017       Rashida Dauda               Upper East        By: Prince Tamakloe               
The Council of State has, unanimously, informed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that there is a substantial demand for the creation of new regions, after studying the petitions for the creation of new regions which were forwarded to the Council. The Council has, therefore, advised President Akufo-Addo to appoint a Commission of Enquiry “to inquire into the need and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation of the new regions.” Nana Otuo Siriboe II made this known on Tuesday, 15th August, 2017, when the Council of State held its 2nd meeting with the President of the Republic, at the Flagstaff House. According to the Chairperson, the Council of State, on the 29th of June, received a communication from the President seeking the Council’s advice on the creation of new regions, as stipulated in the Constitution. The communication, he said, contained copies of the petitions from the Chiefs and people of the Western, Northern, Brong-Ahafo and Volta Regions “from where the demands from the creation of new regions had been the most vociferous”. After meticulously going through the petitions, which the Chairperson of the Council of State stated, numbered some 312 pages with accompanying maps and statistical data, the Council was also briefed by the Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, Hon. Dan Kwaku Botwe, on his interactions with the Chiefs and peoples of the four regions. “The Hon. Minister did impress the Council with the elaborate home work he has done on this exercise including the extensive literature review on Ghana’s geo-political structure,” Nana Otuo Sriboe II said. He continued, “Mr. President, the Council of State has the honour to inform you that, having studied the petitions submitted and the detailed briefing by the Hon. Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, it is of the unanimous opinion that there is a SUBSTANTIAL DEMAND for the creation of new regions.” Welcome development Describing the gesture as extremely welcome, and an indication of the Council of State’s determination to work closely with the Executive to the benefit of the Ghanaian people, President Akufo-Addo also thanked the council for the expeditious manner in which it has assisted the Presidency in the task of populating the Executive and State institutions of the country. “I am emboldened in taking this step (creating new regions) by the support that you have emulated in the response to my request. I think that the quality of people who are assembled in this Council of State, expressing themselves unanimously on this, is a very important development in the history of our country, and I have to express my gratitude towards you for doing that,” the President said. Having received a favourable response from the Council of State, the President is mandated by the Constitution to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the need for the creation of the new region. Should the Commission be convinced that such a need pertains, it will recommend the places and issues for a referendum. The matter will then be referred to the Electoral Commission for a referendum to be held according to the recommendations of the Commission. It was President Akufo-Addo’s hope that, when established, “the Commission of Inquiry would also work as expeditiously as you (Council of State) have done. I think that matters like this are matters that ought to be determined with dispatch, so that the body politic of Ghana can gain some stability in knowing exactly what is the next step ahead of us.” The Council of State has, unanimously, informed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that there is a substantial demand for the creation of new regions, after studying the petitions for the creation of new regions which were forwarded to the Council. The Council has, therefore, advised President Akufo-Addo to appoint a Commission of Enquiry “to inquire into the need and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation of the new regions.” Nana Otuo Siriboe II made this known on Tuesday, 15th August, 2017, when the Council of State held its 2nd meeting with the President of the Republic, at the Flagstaff House. According to the Chairperson, the Council of State, on the 29th of June, received a communication from the President seeking the Council’s advice on the creation of new regions, as stipulated in the Constitution. The communication, he said, contained copies of the petitions from the Chiefs and people of the Western, Northern, Brong-Ahafo and Volta Regions “from where the demands from the creation of new regions had been the most vociferous”. After meticulously going through the petitions, which the Chairperson of the Council of State stated, numbered some 312 pages with accompanying maps and statistical data, the Council was also briefed by the Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, Hon. Dan Kwaku Botwe, on his interactions with the Chiefs and peoples of the four regions. “The Hon. Minister did impress the Council with the elaborate home work he has done on this exercise including the extensive literature review on Ghana’s geo-political structure,” Nana Otuo Sriboe II said. He continued, “Mr. President, the Council of State has the honour to inform you that, having studied the petitions submitted and the detailed briefing by the Hon. Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, it is of the unanimous opinion that there is a SUBSTANTIAL DEMAND for the creation of new regions.” Welcome development Describing the gesture as extremely welcome, and an indication of the Council of State’s determination to work closely with the Executive to the benefit of the Ghanaian people, President Akufo-Addo also thanked the council for the expeditious manner in which it has assisted the Presidency in the task of populating the Executive and State institutions of the country. “I am emboldened in taking this step (creating new regions) by the support that you have emulated in the response to my request. I think that the quality of people who are assembled in this Council of State, expressing themselves unanimously on this, is a very important development in the history of our country, and I have to express my gratitude towards you for doing that,” the President said. Having received a favourable response from the Council of State, the President is mandated by the Constitution to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the need for the creation of the new region. Should the Commission be convinced that such a need pertains, it will recommend the places and issues for a referendum. The matter will then be referred to the Electoral Commission for a referendum to be held according to the recommendations of the Commission. It was President Akufo-Addo’s hope that, when established, “the Commission of Inquiry would also work as expeditiously as you (Council of State) have done. I think that matters like this are matters that ought to be determined with dispatch, so that the body politic of Ghana can gain some stability in knowing exactly what is the next step ahead of us.”  
The Minority in Parliament has urged Bank of Ghana (BoG), GCB Bank, PwC and the Ministry of Finance to ensure strict  adherence to the distinct benefit of the purchase and assumption (P&A) transaction, of UT and Capital Banks so that no single depositor losses his or her investment. ‘’Needless to say, should this happen, it will result in an unforeseen burden on taxpayers instead of the original owners of UT and Capital Banks,’’ the statement from the Minority said.     ‘’Again, we urge BOG to ensure that the acquiring bank (GCB), which is the largest indigenous bank, with both public and private shareholders, is not overburdened unnecessarily with non-performing loans and impaired assets. We recall that the NDC Government, in recent past years, took a deliberate policy action to pay the TOR debt owed to GCB which helped to restore the Bank’s balance sheet to its current healthy status, and also not to interfere in GCB's operations. It is our hope that past and future transactions involved in this indirect liquidation will not be clouded in another secrecy, on grounds of “market sensitivity”, the statement added.   Below is the full statement         For immediate Release. MINORITY STATEMENT ON THE RECEIVERSHIP OF CAPITAL BANK AND UT BANK. Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen of the press. 1. Thank you very much for honoring the invitation at a very short notice. 2. We note that the BOG has approved a “purchase and assumption” (P&A) transaction between UT Bank, Capital Bank and GCB. This can be viewed as a relatively smooth takeover of the banks rather than the earlier speculation of a simple and forced liquidation which would have had a devastating effect on the economy. The P&A transaction follows other precedent approaches that had been used to deal with difficult banking situations in the country, for example, the setting up of the Non-Performing Assets Recovery Trust (NPART), and the winding down of the Bank for Credit and Commerce (BCC) , Bank for Housing and Construction (BHC) and Merchant Bank. 3. We also note that during the press conference on the P&A transaction, the Governor of the BOG, assured the nation that the approach has a distinct benefit where customers will suffer no losses. The acquiring bank (GCB) will increase its market share while the productive financial assets of UT Bank and Capital Bank will be maintained. 4. We take note the news and urge all depositors and customers of UT Bank and Capital Bank to exercise restraint while we patiently monitor the activities of the acquiring bank (GCB), BOG, and the receivers (PwC). 5. We strongly urge these three institutions, (BOG, GCB, and PwC), and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) that could assume any ultimate fiscal risks under the Banking laws, to ensure strict adherence to the distinct benefit of the purchase and assumption (P&A) transaction, so that no single depositor losses his or her investment. Needless to say, should this happen, it will result in an unforeseen burden on taxpayers instead of the original owners of UT and Capital Banks. 6. Again, we urge BOG to ensure that the acquiring bank (GCB), which is the largest indigenous bank, with both public and private shareholders, is not overburdened unnecessarily with non-performing loans and impaired assets. We recall that the NDC Government, in recent past years, took a deliberate policy action to pay the TOR debt owed to GCB which helped to restore the Bank’s balance sheet to its current healthy status, and also not to interfere in GCB's operations. It is our hope that past and future transactions involved in this indirect liquidation will not be clouded in another secrecy, on grounds of “market sensitivity”. 7. Ladies and gentlemen, it will be recalled that the NDC government introduced a number of structural measures that sought to strengthen the financial sector and to protect depositors. Notably among them is the Ghana Deposit Protection Act, 2016 (Act 931). This Act established the Deposit Protection Scheme (Insurance), the Deposit Protection Fund, and Deposit Protection Corporation. The Act seeks to protect depositors from potential losses resulting from the occurrence of an insured event. It is also to support the development of a safe, sound, efficient and stable banking system in Ghana. We urge the BOG to, as a matter of urgency, start implementing the provisions of this Act without further delay. 8. The NDC government also enacted the Specialized Deposit Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930) to facilitate the development of the financial sector, and provide an appropriate and robust legal framework to deal with emerging risk and vulnerabilities in the banking system. The Act addresses supervisory and regulatory gaps to enable the Bank of Ghana superintend over financial service providers in the micro-finance industry. The Act also ensures financial consumer protection, promotion of innovation, and financial inclusion. 9. CONCLUSION: Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, we wish to end with two observations. First, it is important for BoG to further strengthen its supervisory and monitoring responsibilities. It is unimaginable to think that these two (2) banks had won several enviable awards at recent high profile ceremonies. 10. The minority, as a matter of urgency, will be requesting, through the Rt. Hon. Speaker, that the Minister of Finance, and the Governor of Bank of Ghana be invited to brief Parliament about the development and to give assurance that the depositors will suffer no loss. 11. We also urge Bank of Ghana to conduct an investigation as to what occasioned this development. Thank you. Signed Cassiel Ato Forson Ranking Member, Finance Committee of Parliament 15th August, 2017    
India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, M.J. Akbar, has applauded the policies and programmes being implemented by the government of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Describing President Akufo-Addo as “a father of democracy in Africa”, Mr. Akhbar indicated that the government and people of India celebrate the ongoing contributions made by President Akufo-Addo to Ghana’s development. “We celebrate also the fact that your programmes and policies, evidenced in your signature policies, about villages, agriculture, are indicative that you are as close to the people of your country as you always have,” Mr. Akhbar said. He continued, “Unfortunately, in human history, sometimes, power distorts the relationship between the powerful and the people. But your commitment to the people, and your constant search for ways and means in which you can improve the lives of your people is the spine around which your government operates.” Mr. M.J. Akbar made this known when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the Presidency, on Tuesday, 15th August, 2017, on the occasion of India’s 70th independence anniversary. The Indian Minister noted that “today is not only a celebration of the last six or seven decades, but is also a celebration of the next 6 decades, and the birth of a new partnership that will make Ghana such a valuable destination for India.” It was his hope that Ghana and India will build bridges in the immediate future, that will have the strength to transform the two countries. “Together, we defeated colonisation. Together, as partners, we must define the future of the 21st century, by lifting our nations and taking them to the economic and equity forefront of the world. Our responsibility is to give the generations of the future an equally dramatic change so that we can also belong to, what is conventionally called, the best of the First World,” he added. M.J. Akbar presented a donation from the Indian government to the tune of $1 million for the renovation of the Flagstaff House, an edifice which was financed and constructed by India. Strong bonds of co-operation Expressing his delight at the visit at of the Minister, President Akufo-Addo noted that the synergy between Indian and Ghanaian freedom was deliberate. “The people who began the struggle for our nation’s freedom were heavily influenced by events in India. Indeed, it was exactly 11 days before the 15th of August that they met in Saltpond to begin the battle for Ghanaian freedom, and they did so because they were conscious of what was taking place in India,” he said. He continued, “Many of them, in fact, had close friendships with many of the leading lights of the Indian Nationalist Movement, and thought it would not be right to announce the struggle for Ghanaian freedom after Indian independence. So they did everything possible to assemble in Saltpond, even if it was 11 days before India’s independence.” President Akufo-Addo conveyed the appreciation of the Ghanaian people for close and warm relations enjoyed between the two countries, the symbol of which is the Flagstaff House. He also applauded the impact being made by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, not just domestically but also on the international scene, and also the contribution to the development of Ghana being made by the Indian community resident here. President Akufo-Addo also thanked the government and people of India for the $1 million donated for the rehabilitation of the Flagstaff House. The President was hopeful that in the course of his and the administration of Prime Minister Modi, Ghana and India would explore further “avenues of economic intercourse and development. There is so much our two countries can gain from stepping up the quality of the value of exchanges between our two countries, which currently stands in the region of $3 billion.”     Source: presidency.gov.gh
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, cut the sod for the construction of a new cement grinding factory, at the Tema Freezones enclave. Congratulating the Board, Management and Staff of CBI Ghana, and their partner, Lafarge-Holcim, for taking the decision to invest in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted that laying the foundation stone for the cement grinding factory signals the beginning of a long-term partnership between Ghana and CBI. Since taking office some 7 months ago, the President stated that his government has taken a lot of measures to correct the economic mess inherited, with some of the macroeconomic figures beginning to show some improvement. “We will know we are making real progress when the improved figures lead to an improved business atmosphere and more investment that lead to the creation of jobs,” he stated. The President, thus, indicated that he took it as a veritable vote of confidence in the steps his government is taking to make the private sector flourish, that a company, like CBI, has taken the decision to enter Ghana’s economic space, and, therefore, welcomed them heartily. “As the latest entrant to the sector and supported, as you are, by Lafarge-Holcim, the world’s leading cement manufacturer, we expect CBI to bring the latest advanced cement grinding technology to Ghana. I look forward to the construction of what we expect to be a state-of-the-art cement grinding factory, to diversify the sector, promote healthy competition, and improve product standards,” he stated. The President assured that his government, will, on its part, continue to ensure that the sector gets the regulatory support and the business-friendly environment it needs to thrive. Indicating that cement forms the backbone of infrastructure development, which contributes about a quarter of Ghana’s GDP, President Akufo-Addo noted that the consumption of cement is guaranteed to increase by leaps and bounds as his government deals with growing urbanization, the huge deficit in our housing needs, and the anticipated rise in government and private sector infrastructure development projects. “The local manufacture of cement will help create jobs and reduce the drain on our foreign exchange reserves from having to import cement,” he added. With government indicating that it is considering a transition to the use of concrete for the construction of more durable roads in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stated that “we shall be needing even more cement than before. I am assured by CBI that the Supacem brand cement is strong and suitable for road construction.” President Akufo-Addo was also comforted to learn that CBI Ghana will be using the highest environmental standards and raw materials in the production of its Supacem cement. He hoped that CBI Ghana will tap into the international expertise of its partner, Lafarge-Holcim, and bring transfer of technology and knowledge to the benefit of Ghana. “With your affiliation to Lafarge-Holcim, the world-leader in cement manufacturing, operating in 90 countries, 30 of which are in Africa alone, we hope to see in-flows of knowledge, global best practices and technical-skills into Ghana’s cement and related sectors,” he said. Stressing that job creation ranks as his government’s highest priority, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “we look forward to the CBI cement factory creating hundreds of jobs, and we are glad to learn of CBI’s commitment to training its employees and to technology transfer.” The President was confident that CBI Ghana “will be a responsible employer that treats your employees with dignity and pays maximum attention to their health and safety needs and the environmental impact of the factory.”     Source: presidency.gov.gh
    The Awutu Traditional Council within the Awutu Senya District of the Central Region is determined to put aside anything including conflict that has hindered them to embark on their colourful annual Awubia Festival.     The festival has been on a halt since the last three years but chiefs say this is unfortunate and should not be allowed to continue, hence, the move to ensure the people embrace the event that brings descendants of Awutu home for merry making wherever they find themselves at the end of every August when there's also abundance of bread in the land out of their good labour.     The decision by the chiefs and elders to celebrate the festival this year, was made possible after the law court lifted an injunction placed on the celebration of Awubia following misunderstandings amongst some factions that might have emanated from the sale of sacred pieces of land including portions of their royal museum to developers.   Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Nkabomhene and chairman for this year's occasion, Nai Kwame Banafo II said,  the Awutu State cannot allow conflict to split its people apart. Based on this, this year's Awubia festival shall be observed under the watch of Tufohene Nai Adawu Duaquaye VII.   He has therefore entreated the children of Awutuland and well-wishers to rush home for yet another memorable occasion from 30th August-6th September, 2017 regardless of where they live across the globe.   "Conflict hinders peace and development so there's no way we can entertain such in our mist. We are poised to unite to forge on as a people of common destiny as ever", Nai Banafo II stressed. This year's festival, which will see its grand durbar on Monday, 4th September, is well packaged with existing activities and is on the theme: Emphasizing Peace and Development.    It will be a week of cultural expression and activity that will celebrate the successful achievement of a bumper harvest, which the people of Awutu refer to as “Bia”, and the ceremonial offering of thanks to the gods and ancestors .   The chiefs and people of Awutu will also use the occasion to mourn and remember loved ones who have passed away during the course of the year and subsequently make merry.     By: Daniel Asuku 
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