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Dr. Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company, has won the ‘CEO of the Year Award’. This was at the second edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards, jointly organize by Globe Productions, the Transport Ministry, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Graphic Communications Group, in Accra. Mr. McDonald Vasnanie, CEO of Conship, was adjudged the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ with the ‘Promising Entrepreneur’ award going to Isaac Amoako-Mensah. Mrs. Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group took the prize for the ‘Reporter of the Year’. Over 40 shipping companies including Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Sea and Shore services Ghana Limited, Transglobal Logistics Limited, Benmarine Services Limited and Swissport Ghana Limited received prizes. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, applauded the initiative to recognize excellence in the shipping industry. The awards would serve as motivation to everybody – to up their game and improve the quality of client service. He underlined the government’s unswerving determination to create the right conditions and support local and private enterprises to succeed. This was vital to its drive towards job and wealth creation to put the nation beyond aid. Mr. Asiamah said the paperless system at the ports was meant to bring about efficiency and facilitate business operations at the ports. He encouraged the companies to continue to stick with best practices to expand and lead the nation’s socio-economic growth. Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of GSA, said the award was to recognize individuals and companies that played significant roles in the growth and development of the industry. It was also to acknowledge the key functions within the industry which promoted growth and sustainability. She announced that there was an 18 percent increase in demurrage payment in the first quarter of the year. That came to US$15.4 million dollars. Source: The New Crusading Guide

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An opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), presidential hopeful, Augustus Goosie Tanoh, has reiterated his resolve to win the trust of delegates and Ghanaians at large towards victory 2020. He said, it would be important for the NDC to restore its capacity as the great mobilising force for ordinary Ghanaians and the grassroots.’’ ‘’We need to empower the grassroots and go back to the original founding principles of the NDC. Not simply by sloganeering but by actual practice in terms of restoring the probity and accountability, development and social justice agenda,’’ he posited. He paid a glorying tribute to the late Professor Mills and described him as a champion of these principles and one who stood by same until his demise. He was speaking to the media after officially informing the Greater Accra regional office of his plan to start his campaign tour in the region today [Wednesday] at the regional party office AT Kokomlemle. The Greater Accra chairman, Mr Ade Coker and other executives of the party officially received him. The chairman said, the meeting was important because it would afford the candidate an opportunity to receive the green light by the executives to campaign in the region. The aspiring candidate described the meeting, which was held in camera, as successful. Delegates he noted have bought into his message in rebranding the party for victory 2020 through grassroot participation. The party he suggested has lost its key principles, which are probity and accountability, social justice and grassroots democracy. He is looking forward to restore these principles in order to strengthen the base of the NDC and make it more attractive for victory 2020. The aspiring candidate said, once we lose sight of these principles, we lose the faith with the people. ‘’We must restore our faith with the party people and the Ghanaian people. These principles are key to the development of our country.’’ Ghana in his view is in crisis hence the need for us to have a candidate with the requisite skills to save Ghanaians from the economic challenges they are facing. ‘’We are in a situation where the country is in crisis; everything is in crisis, health care is in crisis, the economy is in crisis, we have a problem with people between the ages of 15-24; 48 percent of them being unemployed. The woman are going to hospitals to give birth and lying on the floor, the kids are in school, bed bugs are sucking their blood; we don’t send our children to school for bed bugs to suck their blood. ‘’And so, if we remain faithful to these ideas and become purposeful through a solid organisation, solid leadership and solid grassroot mobilising power, there is not very the NDC cannot do to transform this country.’’ On the perceived overwhelming support former President John Dramani Mahama, is having over the other candidates, the aspirant said, there was an overwhelming perception in 2016 that he [Mahama] was going to win but lost. According to him, he is in the race to win and hopefully by end of the primaries, he would be declared as flagbearer of the NDC.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is confident of the success of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) progamme, explaining that in the National Builders Corps programme, the seeds for Ghana’s growth and future have been planted. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, when he declared the one hundred thousand young men and women recruited under NABCO ready for work, at an event at the Black Star Square, Accra. Describing the day as “a very happy day for me”, the President indicated that the NABCO programme represents the beginning of “the process of banishing the spectre of desperation, and restoring hope and dignity to our youth.” Commending the 100,000 NABCO trainees for not listening to the loud cries of the cynics and ‘Jeremiahs’ who cast aspersions on the programme, he indicated that the trainees “are going to assist in the realisation of Government’s vision of an educated population, an industrialised, robust and well-manged economy, the delivery of good governance, and, for the sustenance of all these, a reliable, skilled and efficient workforce.” Additionally, the NABCO trainees, President Akufo-Addo said, will be engaged in a structured work and learning programme environment, where, for every four weeks of work, one week will be dedicated to acquiring soft, future employability, and work readiness skills. “Within three years, NABCO trainees would have obtained 36 weeks of solid training and value addition to enable them transition smoothly into the world of permanent work. By this, we would have also addressed the very issue that keeps our graduates out of the labour market, in spite of their educational qualifications,” he stressed. The managers of the programme, the President emphasised, have struck up a partnership with the Council for Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (COTVET), and some universities, both domestic and foreign, for the validation of the content of the learning programmes, so that the trainees receive appropriate certification of their skills and training for their deployment. With exit strategies clearly defined, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the public services and institutions, having benefitted from the services of NABCO trainees over the three-year period, will, naturally, have opportunities that allow the retention of trainees, who have justified their value. Another pathway, the President added, is the building of an entrepreneurial base among the trainees, where five hundred business leaders will mentor 500 NABCO trainees under the Enterprise Ghana module. “A dedicated fund, amounting to the equivalent of their third-year allowances, is to be made available for them to start their co-operative ventures. An equivalent matching fund will be sourced from a private investor to complement the GH¢4.5 million fund,” he said. Again, trainees under the “Educate Ghana” module will have the opportunity to undertake further studies at the University College of Education Winneba, and University of Cape in the early childhood care and development sector, after which careers will be guaranteed. President Akufo-Addo admonished the NABCO trainees to be dutiful and productive in the areas they have been assigned, and demonstrate, on a daily basis, that they value knowledge as a basis for effective performance and productivity. “You must show your professional credentials through timeliness and punctuality, and, above all, live beyond reproach so you can discharge your responsibilities with efficiency, so that all, at the end of the day, can vouch for your integrity. Your performance will be monitored through an innovate mobile application, which will be deployed soon,” he added. NABCO trainees, the President reiterated, must bear in mind that Government is investing some GH¢3 billion of taxpayer’s money into this programme. “Your monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis is not free money, and you must earn every pesewa of it through hard work and dedication, which I am confident you will do,” he stressed. President Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians, who will feel the presence and contribution of the 100,000 NABCO trainees in their towns and villages, and in critical sectors of the economy to work with them, “and believe that, together, we can build a progressive and prosperous nation, the equal of any on the face of the planet.” Whilst paying tribute to the invaluable contribution of “my brilliant Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and his hardworking team” for the NABCO initiative, the President urged the 100,000 young men and women to help build a nation they will be proud of. “Live by the core values of knowledge, punctuality and integrity. Live as nation builders. Let us, together, fulfil the dreams of progress and prosperity that animated the great patriots whose toil and sacrifice brought us our freedom and independence,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The mass registration and issuance of Ghana card will start in November this year at Adenta in the Greater Region, the National Identification Authority has announced. The announcement will come as good news for some individuals have lambasted the NIA for the delays. But the Director of Public Affairs at the NIA, Francis Palmdeti said the mass registration has delayed because of insufficient Commissioners of Oath He indicated that more Commissioners of Oath are being brought on board to fast-track the process. The PRO told Accra based Citi Fm that, “Our requirement mandates that…when you don’t have the necessary documents, you should have a relative who has already registered to vouch for you under oath or two people who know you and can attest to the fact that you do not have the documents must also vouch for you under oath.” “We realized that the Commissioners for Oath available were not adequate for our work. Because we will be deploying a lot of our people across the country and the numbers that we will be deploying, we will need a commissioner of oath to be at all the centers.” He said the judicial service is currently recruiting extra commissioners for the NIA saying “as of last week they have finished conducting interviews for those commissioners and training them, after the training they should be ready to be deployed to assist us in the registration.” “That is why we haven’t started with the mass registration. But we have the equipment and the personnel. Once this commissioner for oath element is addressed, come November [2018] we will start registration of the general public, and we will start at Adentan.”
Veteran Ghanaian journalist, Mr David Ampofo, has called on government of Ghana to show our displeasure at the death of Turkish journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. He wants Ghana to take a strong stance against the death of the journalist to send a signal to the globe that, we do not entertain such inhuman actions. Saudi Arabia has been under intense international pressure to explain Khashoggi's apparent death, which has created a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and the West. Mr Ampofo said, he was shocked and disgust at the incident. He said, Ghana might not be able to do anything about this. However, we can talk and take a strong opposition against what happened.’’ According to him, he would never entertain an infringement on his right to free speech and liberty to express his opinion. In a sorrowful mood on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the outspoken journalist described the manner in which the journalist was killed as gruesome and unacceptable. ‘’This is sorrowful. I could not sleep over this matter. Some may say it does not concern me but the journalist is a human being, what happened to him was disgusting and horrific. Why should a journalist be subjected to this inhuman act.’’ He admonished Ghanaian journalists and journalists across the globe to protest the gruesome murder of the colleague journalist and show that, we will not accept this kind of thing’’. The individuals who killed Khashoggi he noted will not go unpunished and has urged the various journalist associations across the globe including Ghana to issue statements to condemn the act. Fresh reports coming indicate that It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die. A Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist's last moments told Middle East Eye that, Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said. Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said. "The consul himself was taken out of the room. There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him,” the source told MEE. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet. Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source told MEE.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has reiterated the resolve of the Nana Akufo-Addo government to transform Ghana within the shortest possible time through the implementation of policies and programmes designed to make Ghana a modern economy. According to Vice President Bawumia, after just 20 months in office, the Akufo-Addo Presidency has done more to digitise and formalise the Ghanaian economy and society than what has pertained in Ghana for several years. “The Akufo-Addo Government is doing things, life transforming activities and reforms, what we haven’t done as a nation over the past 61 years, in just in 20 months. We are implementing reforms that will provide the critical, soft infrastructure that will ensure that Ghana becomes a modern economy. “In just 20 months, we have implemented policies and programmes designed to formalise the economy and make life easier for both the ordinary Ghanaian and businesses. For instance today, through the use of technology, getting a Drivers’ Licence has been made easier and cut out the need to pay a middleman before accessing an essential service. This is certainly good for the ordinary Ghanaian and business.” “This government is building a new, confident, modern Ghana through the use of technology and the implementation of critical reforms. We have delivered in this short period, and will continue to deliver in the coming days, months and years,” the Vice President maintains. Vice President Bawumia touted the achievements of the Nana Akufo-Addo government in its short stay in office when he addressed participants at the UK-Ghana Investment Summit in Accra on Tuesday 16th October, 2018. Outlining a number of critical building blocks for formalisation such as ensuring unique identification (Ghana Card, to be rolled out nationwide soon), location (National Digital Property Addressing System-GhanaPostGPS implemented), seamless payment system (Mobile Payments Interoperability implemented), justice delivery (E-case tracking ongoing), improved access to education (Free SHS, E-education ongoing), and facilitating business operations (paperless port, E-registration of companies, etc), Vice President Bawumia maintained that the government was committed to moving Ghana beyond aid while creating the environment for the growth of the private sector. Other reforms, such as a streamlined, online process for passport acquisition, digitisation of all land records, injecting transparency into the procurement processes by making all processes easily trackable online, and the ongoing development of a national Emergency Number linked with the emergency services, fire and police services, and designed to give a caller’s location for faster response times were all part of the jigsaw, Vice President Bawumia stated. “In the area of health, processes are underway to ensure the speedy supply of urgently required blood and medication to isolated, hard-to-access communities through the use of drones. The processes should be completed soon, and I’m happy to say that Government is not paying a pesewa for this. It is being funded by the private sector,” the Vice President disclosed. Vice President Bawumia urged the investor-community to take advantage of Ghana’s business-friendly environment to engage their Ghanaian counterparts to set up shop, while pledging Government’s commitment to staying the course of formalisation “While we strive to make further efforts to make Ghana a leading business destination through the formalisation agenda, I will urge you to talk to your Ghanaian counterparts and explore ways we can work together to make Ghana better. Given what we have been able to do within this short period, you can be rest assured that we are poised to achieve even more.”
Residents of Ofankor in the Greater Accra region have been hit with acute water shortage. The affected residents have resulted to paying more in search of water, our checks has revealed. The residents say they are suffering. Students say they are unable to attend school because of the long queues they have to join. It is unclear what has caused the shortage and efforts to reach authorities to react to the story have not been successful.
Former National Security Advisor, Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah, has slammed former President John Dramani Mahama, for failing to consult him on any policy direction as his security advisor when he [Mahama] was president. He revealed at the launch of Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah’s campaign yesterday [Tuesday] that, Mahama did not consult him once on any policy direction he took. He was at the launch with other former ministers and appointees of Mahama to support Dr. Spio-Garbrah who admonished delegates at the La Villa Botique Hotel in Accra to elect him because he is incorruptible. Mr Nunoo-Mensah further revealed Mr Mahama failed to consult elders of his party, did things on his own and that alone caused his massive defeat. ‘’I am telling you here that, because he failed to consult the elders of the party, he was abandoned by the elders of the party.He threw all the good ones of the party away and that was why he lost the elections. He replaced us with younger people who he thought were better than the older ones. That was why he lost the elections. That is my explanation.’’’’ He told rainbowradioonline.com that, he chose to support Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah because he believes the diplomat, has what it takes to become leader of the NDC and subsequently become the president of the republic of Ghana. Speaking exclusively to this website, he said, Dr. Spio-Garbrah has the men, a solid team behind him who has what it takes to lead the NDC to victory 2020. The former military capo said, the NDC needs something better than a candidate who lost an election and coming back to seek reelection after he was defeated in a humiliating manner in 2016. ‘’If Mahama was good, why did Ghanaians reject him in 2016? Mahama lost because he was not good enough.’’ He opined, the former President did not have a good team behind him to support him. He was a poor leader and didn’t chose the right people to support him to win the elections.’’
The National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association has described the Cargo Tracking Note policy (CTN) as bogus. Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the association, Techie Addo, said the CTN will rather worsen the plights of importers than the benefits being claimed by the Ghana Revenue Authority. He accused government of acting in bad faith because it deceived importers after failing to absorb the cost for the CTN. Government has since introduce a scheme under the CTN where an importer that ships not more than three 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) into the country in a month would be exempted from paying any charges in relation to the CTN. CTN was introduced to help resolve huge trade malpractices that were orchestrated by government agencies and big firms during the clearing of goods at the country’s ports, the Revenue Officer said the three-TEU per month move would help lessen the burden on smaller importers. He was speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. A statement issued by the GRA on the CTN before it was started on Monday said: This is to serve notice that the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Note policy begins in earnest on Monday, 15th October 2018. From Monday, importers whose imports, from records, exceed thirty-six (36) Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per year will be required to obtain a CTN number in the country of export. This means any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is except for CTN compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers will also be exempt.” But the PRO for association believes the CTN is bogus and should be rejected by importers and all stakeholders involved. Speaking on duties, he lamented that, although import duties on spare parts have been removed, the duties have increased. Comparing the 2016 figures to that of this year, I can boldly state that the duties have increased in the highest proportion. He explained that, import VAT includes cost, insurance and freight and the VAT is always high and so, abolishing the import duty and the levies are still high, the duties would also go high. He also revealed custom officers on weekly basis review the exchange rate which is having a serious implication ion their businesses.
The Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has sued the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, for defamation. Kweku Baako is seeking reliefs including general damages in the sum of GH₵25million against Mr Agyapong. In his statement of claim, Kweku Baako states that, on July 18, 2018 and on several occasions thereafter, Mr Agyapong published several statements against him on Oman FM, Net 2 TV, Adom FM and Asempa FM which are defamatory. According to him, on certain occasions when the hosts of the programmes on which he made those defamatory comments against him asked him to retract or provide facts to back the claims he [Agyapong] made failed to do so. According to Kweku Baako, Mr Agyapong’s assertions have affected his image and reputation in the eyes of “right-thinking” members of the society. He is, therefore, asking the court to order Mr Agyapong to retract his comments and render an unqualified apology to him. He is also asking the court to place a perpetual injunction restraining Mr Agyapong, his agents, assigns and servants from further publishing any defamatory words against him. Kweku Baako filed the suit at the Accra High Court on Tuesday October 16, 2018. Meanwhile, ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a mentee of Kweku Baako has also sued Mr Agyapong for defamation and is asking the court to award general damages of GH₵25million against Mr Agyapong.
Presidential candidate hopeful, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has admonished delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress to give him massive endorsement in order to make it easier for the party to win the 2020 elections. He said, the delegates should avoid voting for any candidate with a tag of corruption, scandals and financial malfeasance. At a ceremony to officially launch his campaign, the diplomat said, Ghanaians are looking for someone who is incorruptible, clean and will stand test of integrity, probity and accountability. According to him, there is a great tsunami of change that is blowing in the NDC and that same wind of change that saw some NDC former executives lose their seats will be recorded in the upcoming flagbearership race which he will massively win. Dr. Spio-Garbrah told the gathering that, Ghanaians are not looking for a candidate who is only liked by the NDC but looking for a candidate who will also appeal to every Ghanaian voter. The aspiring candidate was hopeful he will beat all his contenders and emerge as candidate for the NDC. The delegates of the NDC he said are looking for someone with the requisite kind of experiences, a competent person and a flag bearer who can help to unite the party. He called on other candidates to focus their message on the internal primaries and stop deviating from the race ahead. He further called on the party to spend 10 percent of their campaign funds to conduct a research on who Ghanaians would want to vote for as president in 2020 from all the candidates contesting.
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