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Manso Adubia MP Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo, has stated on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the deep cracks within the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is nothing new. The legislator who was contributing on a submission made by former La Dadekotopon MP Nii Amasah Namoale, that he is being attacked and insulted for expressing his interest to contest former President John Dramani Mahama said, the deep cracks within the party has become more visible due to their humiliating defeat. Nii Amasah Namoale had lamented the increasing  attacks both through social media and phone by some supporters of former President Mahama. The former MP told Kwame Tutu that the situation can affect their chances in 2020 if it is not addressed. Contributing to the submission Hon. Addo insisted that the NDC currently suffering from unity crisis and the ripple effects are yet to come. He said, the NDC described itself as a solid block and lambasted Nana Addo for supervising a divided party and told Ghanaians that he [Nana Addo] was incapable of managing Ghana. He quizzed why the NDC will embark on a unity walk after telling Ghanaians how strong the party was. According to Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo, the former president did not only give the NDC a humiliating defeat but has caused division within the party. ''They claim to have organized a unity walk but isn’t it a paradox? Every sane human being will conclude that former President Mahama did not only suffer a humiliating defeat but he has divided the party.’’ The peace walk he posited was used to test the waters and to see if the former president was still popular. The NDC he added is going to find it difficult to unite their front because an explosion has already occurred within the party. ‘’Former President Mahama is going to face a fierce competition because a lot of candidates are interested in the presidential seat. He will not have it easy as a candidate,’’ he said.
One of the major electoral casualties in the 2016 parliamentary election that shocked some individuals, was the defeat chalked by former La-Dadekotopon constituency MP, Nii Amasah Namoale. The outspoken politician who is nursing a presidential ambition failed in his quest to retain his seat in this year’s general elections after polling 38,504 votes. He was beaten by Mr Vincent Sowah Odotei, former Chief Executive Officer of Accra Hearts of Oak football club who garnered 40,126 votes. However, speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Nii Amasah Namoale said he lost the election because of NPP’s fraud. The former legislator said, his failure to seek legal redress was personal despite pressure from his supporters who felt same. ‘’There are people who are claiming that I could not defeat the NPP candidate. Fine, but let me tell you the history of La Dadekotopon, nobody loses an election in La Dadekotopon with less than 5000 votes, nobody. The history of La Dadekotopon is that every person who comes gets only a term; I took my seat from the NPP and not NDC. Yes I have lost by courtesy of some of my own people by 1600 votes. People were telling me to go and protest but I say I won’t protest because the NPP knew there were a lot of fraud but I say I won’t protest…At least to keep my credibility intact.’’ He also took his gun on supporters of former President Mahama for attacking and mocking his presidential ambition due to his inability to maintain his seat. He fiercely quizzed if the former president did not lose his seat to Nana Addo adding, ‘’if someone has lost an election, that is not the person’s end.’’ He also called on supporters of Mr. Mahama who are clamoring for his return, to desist from insulting people who have expressed interest in contesting the former president. In his opinion, the situation if not curtailed could make the NDC go into the 2020 elections with a divided front.
The National Identification Authority has outdoored a new national identification card, with the promise to launch its massive registration exercise in the coming days. This was done at a press briefing held by the authority yesterday [Wednesday]. Executive Director, for NIA  Professor Ken Agyemang Attefuah said the Authority is prepared to embark the exercise projected to formalise Ghana’s economy. “The National Identification Authority is ready to provide Ghanaians with a modern robust national identification system and a smart ID card that will meet the modern aspirations of the people of Ghana and carry us into the future.’’ The official launch is expected to be done tomorrow [Friday] September 15 by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The launch will officially pave the way for the rolling out of the new identification process. According to NIA, the exercise will start with the security agencies, schools, banks and the population in the Greater Accra Region. The Central, Western and Brong Ahafo regions will follow after the Greater Accra. All other regions will follow later. Margins Group through a private public partnership was tasked to make the new cards and new identification system. According to the company’s CEO, Moses Baiden, the new card is the most secured Identification card with about 14 international security features and It also has a multi-purpose function. Another new feature of the card is the passport and ECOWAS logos on it, which allow it to be used in place of a passport across ECOWAS member countries. He added that, the new card is that apart from it being a national identification card, it will also be linked to one’s bank account to enhance modern payment systems and has a life span of 10 years.New Identif
Presidential hopeful and former MP for La-Dadekotopon constituency, Nii Amasah Namoale has taken a swipe at former President John Dramani Mahama over the recent peace walk organized in Tamale. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the former legislator posited that, the peace walk was not sanctioned by the structures of the party however; he was castigated by his own party supporters who are associated with the former president. The parallel groups formed by the NDC caused our defeat in 2016 and for the party to win 2020 as proposed, then the  structures of the party should be respected. The man who is seeking to defeat Nana Addo in 2020 should he be given the nod, described the organizers of Mahama’s peace walk as Ngo that is not recognized by the party. ‘’Have we sold our party franchise to a unity walk? There is nothing wrong if we organize a peace walk but have we sold our franchise to the NGO? We are to heal the party but in doing so, we msust  make sure we use the party structures.  He was emphatic that some individuals in the party will not allow the NDC to be hijacked for the second time. ‘’We need to respect the chairman of the party. We cannot just be there and see people organize a unity walk and call every NDC member to join. There is nothing wrong if they are organizing it for the NDC,’’ but they need to respect the party structures.’’ He quizzed, ‘’were you in collaboration with the regional executives? If you were in collaboration with the executives, no problem but we will not entertain the situation where people want to hijack the party; some of us will talk because we won’t allow the party to be hijacked for the second time again.’’
An Executive Member and the Central regional chairman for the Conference of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS), Mr. Fred Asare is insisting that, government must expand the coverage of the free senior high school to cover them as well. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said government should rather allocate the funds for the free SHS to the beneficiaries so they will choose between the private and public schools. He told the host, if that was done, the challenges encountered with the placement would have been prevented. He lamented why government has neglected the private schools despite their collaborations in the past. He gave the hint that private second cycle schools will have no option than to lay off graduate teachers in their schools should government fail to address their concerns. Mr. Asare said, CHOPSS has engaged with the Ministry of Education and government on the implementation of the policy ''and so we are surprised that we have been neglected. When asked why private schools charge exorbitant fees as compared to public schools, he explained, we have different private schools. We have those that charge in dollars because they write foreign exams. We also have the main stream private schools with moderate fees because we all write WASSCE just any other public school. Our fees are moderate,’’ he stressed. He also suggested that government can subsidize the fees charged by CHOPSS. At a press conference yesterday [Wednesday], CHOPSS expressed its disappointment with the effect the policy is having on admissions in private schools, with reports that enrollment of first-years has dropped significantly. National Secretary of CHOPSS, Joseph Dzamesi, said the free SHS policy has rendered them jobless. “What is to happen to the millions of Ghana cedis that have been invested into our schools. What is to happen to 10,000 plus Ghanaian workers who are employed in our schools,” he questioned. “Our schools should be tagged private and the parents should be informed that when a private school is selected, the students would have to pay the school fees,” Mr. Dzamesi stated. “With this, a student who may not be happy with his or her placement or a student who is not able to find a school that he or she likes may select a private school on the website and go to that private school.”
A parent by name Yaa Pomaah, is alleging that a teacher at the Adahomasi secondary school in the Ashanti region, requested an amount of GHc900 to manipulate the system to her ward be admitted as a boarder. According to her, the school  have refused to admit candidates who are residents in and around Kumasi as boarders. She said, the school says only candidates from other regions would be admitted as boarders. She made the disclosure in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. Parents she lamented are worried that, their wards have to resort to hostel facilities for their wards.  This she explains ''is the best because our wards would not be under any strict supervision. Another parent expressed his frustration over the inability for his ward to gain admission into the school as a boarder. He asserted that the distance from their house to the school is far hence the ward cannot go in as a day student. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has cautioned parents whose wards have qualified for the 2017 Senior High School (SHS) academic programme not to pay school fees to heads of institutions. The caution, according to the deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has become necessary because government was taking care of all such expenses. “As a matter of fact, Parents’ Teacher Association-levied fees like utilities, development levy, and even teacher motivation were going to be paid by the government, as a result, we’ve made it abundantly clear to headmasters that money should not be the reason why a student should not go to school, therefore no parent should receive a bill,” he told the media at a press conference a week ago.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, presented credentials to 3 Ambassadors and a High Commissioner to safeguard and promote the image and interests of Ghana at their respective postings. According to President Akufo-Addo, the four persons have been carefully chosen to become our High Commissioner and Ambassadors, adding that “they are eminently fit to represent Ghana in their respective places of accreditation, which have expressed satisfaction at their appointments.” “I refer to Mr. Edwin Nii Adjei, who is going to Canberra as our High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of Australia; Nana Kwesi Arhin, who is going to Algiers as our Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria; and Mr. Ramses Joseph Cleland, who heads to Bern as our Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation,” he said. The fourth, the President added, is “Oheneba Dr. Akyaa Opoku Ware, a well-known medical practitioner, and, as her name connotes, a scion of the great Ashanti dynasty, will be off to the historic city of Moscow as our Ambassador to the Russian Federation.” In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo reminded the envoys of the onerous responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation today amongst the comity of nations is high. “You represent a country that, as a result of the commendable conduct of the Ghanaian people, is regarded as one of the most stable on the continent, a beacon of democracy, which is governed by the rule of law and respect for individual liberties, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability. You are the most visible symbol of our country out there, and in all your actions you must guard jealously our country’s image. I am confident this is a charge you will uphold,” he added. Describing them as the “chief promoters of Ghana’s commercial interests”, President Akufo-Addo noted that they have the responsibility to drive private sector investment into Ghana. “Remember vividly the slogans of our flagship programmes, 1-District-1-Factory; 1-Village-1-Dam; Planting for Food and Jobs. They are descriptions of our commitment to the rapid development and transformation of the nation’s industrial and agricultural sectors. We are determined to create the appropriate macroeconomic environment which will attract domestic and foreign investment into these, the real sectors of our economy. You have to help in that exercise,” he admonished. The President further urged the envoys to strive to develop cordial working relations with the professional Foreign Service officers they will find at their duty posts, stressing that they have invaluable experience and knowledge of the terrain, which should help them work effectively. “You will need their assistance, and they will need your guidance and leadership. Mutual respect is the key to harmonious working relations. Again, your rapport with the Ghanaian communities in your respective countries will be vital to your prospects of success. They will be counting and looking up to you to champion not only our nation’s interests, but theirs as well. Do your best not to disappoint them,” the President added. Whilst working to strengthen the ties of co-operation that exist, as well exploring other areas of effective co-operation, President Akufo-Addo urged them to recall at all times the objective of government – “to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, a Ghana which has an honest system of governance free of corruption, and which is self-reliant and exploiting its own resources with hard work, enterprise and creativity, to build the free, prosperous Ghana of the dreams of the founding fathers of our nation.”
The African Union Commission has lauded government’s implementation of the Free Senior High School education policy. According to the Commission, the policy will be  a sure way of ensuring the growth of the country and Africa as a whole. Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission, Ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey, gave the commendation while speaking at an UNCTAD-organised High-Level Panel Discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, which had Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia in attendance. “Africa has the largest number of young people, and this commission has at its theme Education, Education, Education. It is in that spirit that I would like to commend the government of Ghana, at the risk of sounding unduly nationalist, that the SHS programme, the free compulsory secondary school programme that they have introduced, is really an idea whose time has come, and Ghana is to be commended for it” Ambassador Quartey said. “We would like to have a literate and a numerate Africa. We want an Africa where illiteracy is a thing of the past. With a literate and numerate Africa, the continent would be ready now to imbibe technology, apply science and technology, and find solutions.” The panel discussion, organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), is under the theme “Accelerating Progress in Building Productive Capacities in Least Developing Countries and Other Vulnerable Developing Economies”. It brought together a team of decision makers and world leaders including Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD; Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High-Representative and Under-Secretary-General for OHRLLS, New York; and Ms. Hu Xiaolian, Chairman, China-Exim Bank. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, 12th September, 217, launched the Free Senior High School policy, describing the programme as the means to creating a society of opportunities and empowerment for every citizen. At a ceremony at the West Africa Senior High School, President Akufo-Addo noted that he made the Free SHS pledge “because I know that knowledge and talent are not for the rich and privileged alone, and that free education widens the gates of opportunities to every child, especially those whose talents are arrested because of poverty.” President Akufo-Addo noted that the countries that have made rapid progress around the world put education at the heart of their development, referencing the transition to publicly funded high school education by the United States in the mid nineteenth century. “It must have been a daunting prospect at the time – paying for the education of so many children, for such an extended period of time out of limited public resources, transferring a potential workforce away from immediate productivity for an investment like schooling. But the experiment paid off,” the President said. He continued, “America set herself up for 20th century success, creating a workforce fit for rapid economic development, which has inspired the emergence of the most powerful economy so far known to human history. Indeed, other nations, who began their lives as independent states at the same time as we did, like Singapore, Malaysia and Korea, have emulated a similar model and have also achieved great economic success. In fact, in their case, they followed Japan’s excellent example.”
The Member of Parliament for Agona East constituency, Maame Pokua has lamented increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in her constituency. She has identified the need for prevention, support systems, and the need for research on sexual reproductive health and adequate information for people living in her constituency to prevent the rate of teenage pregnancy. She also decried the rate of school drop outs due to the situation and emphasized the need for stakeholders including parents to put efforts in minimizing the rate. Teenage pregnancy is defined as an unintended pregnancy during adolescence. A female teenager can be pregnant as early as age 12 or 13, although it is usually 14 or older.
The Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) has been tasked to investigate the undocumented purchase of some 30 ambulances estimated at $2.4 million, under the Mahama administration, to the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) for investigations. 30 out of 200 ambulances procured by the Ministry of Health in 2016, did not meet specifications, compelling the ministry to suspend the purchase and distribution of the ambulances to government hospitals. The Health Minister Kweku Agyemang Manu, at a press briefing said  during the transition period, it was noted the ambulances were supplied but the ministry did not accept them because it was not fit for use. The Minister said, “So I wrote to the Ministry of Finance and they said that they had paid for the Ministry of Health, but the Ministry of Health installation doesn’t show any payment, and we kept on getting information that the ambulances had been paid for.” He added that, the company which was awarded the contract to supply the ambulances, Big Sea, also has no documentation indicating any payment for the ambulances. “At this stage, I don’t I have any option but to refer it to authorities that can do further and better investigations away from the ministry.” “The search we have done so far from the Ministry of Finance indicates that these vehicles were not procured from any loan facility arrangement so it was like we paid from the consolidated account and that is where we are… So far as they refused to accept the vehicles, that means nobody should have paid to the vendor or the supplier so we want to find out who they paid the money too.”
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