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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Frances Essiam as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GCMC). Her appoint was confirmed in a letter by the Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko. She was active in the 2016 campaign where she formed Women for Change, went round the country and campaigned for Nana Addo. A letter dated 8 May signed by Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko communicated the appointment to Ms Essiam.   “You are, therefore, appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited. Please accept my congratulations on your appointment,” the letter added.    
The District Chief Executive for Zabzugu in the Northern Region Hon Ahmed Abukari Iddrisu has revealed that illegal felling of trees in the area has become rampant and if not curtailed, it would negatively affect the lives of both humans and animals in the area. Hon Abukari Iddrisu made this known in his confirmation address to the people of Zabzugu in the northern region. He explained that, just as illegal mining also known as “galamsey” has become the menace in some towns in the southern part of Ghana, same way has illegal felling of trees become a major predicament in the Zabzugu district of the northern region, this he said, would retard the development in the district. When Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe spoke to some of the residents within the district, they explained that they practice the act because they cannot afford liquefied petroleum gas and also burning charcoal out the trees serve as jobs for them. They have however promised to do replanting in order to avoid the negative effects of their activities. Illegal feeling of trees also referred to as deforestation have negative effects on all living things; these include Increase in global warming, soil erosion, floods, and wildlife extinction among others.   Mr Ahmed Abukari Iddrisu popularly known as Adakwa was confirmed Wednesday, May 12, 2017 as the new district Chief executive for the Zabzugu district of the northern region after an overwhelming endorsement by the Assembly members of the area.   By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe 
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that it is in the laboratories and workshops of Technical High Schools that students will get the opportunity to expand their imagination, and develop the skills that would equip them for the modern world.   According to President Akufo-Addo, his government will not “turn the Free SHS into a process that simply churns out young people that would not be equipped to cope with the modern world”, stressing that “a High school educated child without any skills would be even more frustrated than a child that ended her education at the Junior High School.”   He, therefore, assured that his government will “ensure that our High Schools and their teachers are equipped to deal with the white heat of science and technology that rule today’s world.”   President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, May 13, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the 33rd Anniversary and 2nd Speech and Prize Giving day celebration of the Mafe-Kumase Senior Technical School, at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the Volta Region.    The President noted that the joblessness and underemployment that have blighted the lives of Ghanaian youth will be overcome, “when we provide laboratories and workshops and the qualified teachers that would turn out skilled school leavers.”   Every new policy his government has sought to introduce, like 1-District-1-Factory, and 1-Village-1-Dam, he said, requires skilled people to make them work.   “Science, technology and technical skills rule agriculture and the entire food industry, and that is where the jobs are. Remember the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which I rolled out recently at Goaso in the Bring Ahafo Region? Science, technology and technical skills rule industry, and you rule yourself out if you are not appropriately equipped. That is why we are insisting on the policy of One District, One Factory,” he added.   To this end, the President assured that his government will prioritise a change in attitude of the country’s education system that would pay deserved attention to skills training, adding that “the provision of laboratories and workshops would be paramount. This would involve huge investments in infrastructure and the proper training of teachers.”   Many schools like Mafe-Kumase Sec Tech   President Akufo-Addo noted that there are many schools around Ghana that are in the same situation as Mafe-Kumase Senior High Technical School, where, though they tend to be called secondary-technical, the technical bit is often more in hope than in reality.   “A particularly sad tell-tale sign of these schools is the unavailability of laboratories and workshops. We call them technical schools, and they do not have laboratories and workshops and the children do not have the opportunity to do the practical component of the courses they take,” he said.   He continued, “They take courses in technical drawing, building construction, clothing and textile, animal husbandry, applied electricity, without workshops. Some might consider that as an impossibility, but it is happening in our schools. Unfortunately, it is the reality for the majority of our schools, and this is the reality for Mafe-Kumase Sec-Tech. It shames us all that 60 years after we gained our political independence, many of our schools are in this state.”   In order to start the process of “trying to turn the technical in the name of your school into a reality”, President Akufo-Addo pledged the construction of “a modern, well-equipped workshop”, which, he added, will be appropriate structure to mark his visit to Mafe-Kumasi Sec-Tech.     With the Japanese government helping to build a science laboratory in the school, President Akufo-Addo was confident that “the addition of a modern and well-equipped workshop complex would transform your school.”
The Accra District Court has dismissed a case against Engineers and Planners and its Chief Executive , Mr Ibrahim Mahama over non payment of social security contribution.   The court dismissed the case after the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) withdrew the case against the business mogul.   SSNIT dragged the company,  Mr Mahama and three other directors to court for failing to pay over Gh¢1million in social security contributions and a penalty for failing to pay the contribution.   Lawyer for the company, Ms Nancy Amartefio, prayed the court to dismiss the case because Engineers and Planners had already paid more than Gh¢2million to SSNIT in excess of the amount owed, Hawkson reported.   The prosecutor, Ms Leena Adomah Boakye, explained that the company paid the debt on April 28, 2017, a day before the case was heard in court .   She, however, informed the court that her superiors had instructed her to withdraw the case.     Mr Ibrahim Mahama himself, a junior brother to former President John Mahama was in court on Saturday morning. Credit: Graphic
David Adjaye, a renowned Ghanaian-British architect, , has been honoured with a knighthood for his services to architecture, as part of Queen Elizabeth’s biannual honours programme. He received his award from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the official ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. According to him, he was “deeply honoured and delighted to have received a knighthood for my contribution to architecture, and absolutely thrilled to be recognized for a role that I consider a pleasure to be able to undertake.” “I would like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for this incredible privilege, which I see as a celebration of the potential architecture has to effect positive social change.” In an official statement The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace said: “David Adjaye is recognized for his contribution to architecture and design. He is one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK. His designs include the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo in the shell of a disused railway station and the Whitechapel Idea Store in London where he also pioneered a new approach to the provision of information services as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and numerous private commissions. His most recent major achievement was the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.”     about David Adjaye Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents. In 1994, he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000, and immediately won several prestigious commissions all around the world. Adjaye Associates now has offices in London and New York, with projects throughout the world. These include the Aishti Foundation shopping and cultural complex in Beirut (2015), the Alara concept store in Lagos (2014), and a new headquarters building for the International Finance Corporation in Dakar. In September 2016, the architect celebrated his 50th birthday and completed the largest project in his career to date – the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture on Washington DC’s National Mall. Adjaye has taught at the Royal College of Art, where he had previously studied, and at the Architectural Association School in London, and has held distinguished professorships at the universities of Pennsylvania, Yale and Princeton. He is currently the John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard. 
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, lauded the choice of Presidentr Nana Akufo-Addo as the new Chief Justice (CJ), Justice Sophia Akuffo. The first female Commissioner who was speaking at a SHE Summit held in Accra, called on women to support their fellow women to succeed in the fields.  “Women need to be kinder to each other, we need to be more supportive of each other, we need to be more understanding,” she said. “I remember as soon as Justice Akuffo’s name came up, one comment was that we just had one female [as Chief Justice] so we can’t have another. So I thought; we usually have male after male, but it’s never an issue. But one woman after another becomes an issue all of a sudden, and you will find other women following and before you know it, they are going to be saying all kinds of things about her.”   According to her, “if the women commit to supporting other women and recognize that holding those offices is a major sacrifice, I think we will be a lot more successful.”   The president yesterday [Friday] appointed Justice Sophia Akuffo as the CJ. She will be taking over from Justice Theodora Wood will is due for retirement in three weeks.    
The Minister of the Interior has renewed the curfew imposed on the Alavanyo and Nkonya townships, from 8:00pm to 5:30am, effective Sunday, 14th May, 2017. This decision was taken on the advice of the Volta Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument. contextly_sidebar id=”8vTFN8ovJqFenTGfEhuNXs0Q6ogJrlxm”]According to to the Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery , the government will continue to express its appreciation to the Chiefs, Elders, Opinion leaders, Youth and people of the area for their efforts in ensuring peace in the area.[ He urged the people in the two towns to use the established mechanisms for the resolution of all their conflicts and disputes. It reiterated that, the ban will affect all persons in the two towns and their environs. “Any persons found with weapons would be arrested and prosecuted”, he  added. This comes after a 15-year old boy was killed at Alavanyo. The deceased, a native of Alavanyo Deme, was gunned down by some unidentified men who invaded the community on Thursday May 11, 2017. It is unclear if today’s shooting is linked to recent clashes between the Alavanyo and Nkonya faction which left three people dead. In April, three people from Nkonya were killed by some assailants which resulted in the suspension of the Paramount Chiefs and Queen Mothers both traditional areas indefinitely by the Volta Regional House of Chiefs for their failure to maintain peace between the two traditional areas.     Source: GNA
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Birim North district in the Eastern region, Mr. Raymond Nana Dartey says he will adopt measures to curb the increasing cases of teenage pregnancy among school girls in the district. Mr Dartey made this known to Rainbow Radio’s Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah in an interview. He expressed concern about the high teenage pregnancy cases, which had resulted in school dropouts. He said education should be the utmost priority to the residents especially parents. He opined that, there was the need for the district to intensify sexual and reproductive health education for the youth so they can make informed choices.   The DCE opined that, there was the need for young girls to be educated. He lamented over the fallen standards in education within the district and has pledged to do his best in maintaining a higher standard. Education he stressed is the surest way to give young people the confidence and skills to excel. The DCE who until his appointment was based in the US said he decided to come down to help the current administration manage the country following the president's call some few months ago.  
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Kwabibirim district of the Eastern region, Mr. Seth Antwi Bosiako has pledged to reintroduce the President’s Special Initiative (PSI) for palm kennel in the area. In his view, when the initiative is revived it will create opportunities for residents in the district. He revealed that Ghana would have raised enough revenue from the PSI on oil palm if the previous administration carried through with the programme introduced under the erstwhile Kufour administration.  The programme was then headed by Mr. Kyerematen as the Minister for Trade and Industry. Key among the projects under PSI was the Ayensu Starch Factory located at Bawjiase in the Central Region which produces starch, a major industrial raw material for export to Europe and America. The cultivation of Oil palm- which is said to have a bigger potential than industrial starch, was increased to about 100 hectares under the programme. The programme was halted about the NDC took over office in 2014 but the MCE says he will revive it to benefit the residents. Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah he said, his mandate will be to create job opportunities that will generate income for development in the district. Mr. Bosiako said he will be working under what he has termed ‘Let’s Create and Share for the Community’. That is what we are coming to do. We have to work hard and find other sources of revenue to develop the district. We will work in line of the policies of President Nana Akufo-Addo,’’ he added.    He further pledged to carry out his mandate in a non-partisan manner.  He concluded by expressing his gratitude to the Assembly Members for the overwhelming endorsement.    
The chief of Ngleshie Amafrom Nii Kwashie Gborlor IV has charged traditional leaders to focus on development. He said apart from political leaders, another crop of leaders who can spearhead development in this country are traditional leaders. According to him, the days of depending on the government for everything are over, hence the need for traditional leaders to develop strategies to help transform their communities. Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Banahene Agyekum, he indicated that, if traditional leaders are able to initiate development projects, it will bring about a long-lasting cordial relationship between them and their subjects. He also admonished them to eschew any form of selfishness and avoid seeking their own parochial interest. Traditional leaders should avoid engaging in worthless things which do not benefit their people and the nation in anyway, he added. He made the remarks at a graduation ceremony at the University of Professional Studies where he graduated with a Diploma in Chieftaincy and Leadership. Nii Kwashie Gborlor IV said, education is highly important and will enlighten an individual hence was fortunate to undergo the training program which he believes will enhance his leadership skills as a traditional leader. Leaders need to plan properly and for me I believe the training will go a long way to help me as a chief, he stated.  The training was organised by the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II.    
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