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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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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the last 21 months, the time in office of his administration, has been inspiring, and has impacted positively on the life of every Ghanaian and in every part of the country. According to President Akufo-Addo, “We have shown, over the last 21 months, that the destiny of Ghana is safe in our hands. We have proven, by all accounts, to be good managers of the Ghanaian economy, and we have made significant progress in all aspects of our nation’s life.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018, when he addressed a conference held for the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives at the Institute of Local Government Service Campus, at Obgojo. “Whether it is in the economy, where we have increased the GDP growth rate from 3.6% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017, and have engineered a decline in inflation and interest rates; or in education, where we have implemented the Free Senior High School policy, which has enabled 270,000 more Ghanaian youths to access Senior High School, than they otherwise would have done,” the President said. He noted that, in health, his administration has revived the National Health Insurance Scheme, so that the NHIS card is, once again, meaningful; “or in agriculture, where we have instituted the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which ensured that, this year, we did not import a single grain of maize into the country.” President Akufo-Addo added that his administration, through the reduction in utility tariffs, has brought relief to the Ghanaian people, and “spurring on business and industry, through significant reductions of utility tariffs, contrary to the experience of the previous 8 years which had witnessed systematic increases in utility tariffs.” In spite of these modest successes, the President reminded the MMDCEs that “if you who are gathered in this room do not perform creditably in the next two years, then our best efforts will come to naught.” President Akufo-Addo urged for effective partnership between Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies, which are in close proximity to each other and located in one functional geographical area, as they represent the best way to dealing with issues such as sanitation, transportation, disaster management and security, amongst others. “Currently, such a system is being implemented in the Accra Metropolitan Area. Together, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and some municipal assemblies in Accra, are working to deal with the vexed issue of sanitation. This collaboration has achieved significant results so far. The heaps of rubbish that were once permanent features in the assemblies in question are no longer in existence,” he added. President Akufo-Addo urged the MMDCEs to also pay particular attention and help in the effective delivery of our flagship programmes such as Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs, and the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, which is providing the equivalent of one million dollars per constituency to finance capital expenditure for infrastructure and other facilities in the localities. “The challenge is very much for you to take advantage of these programmes to bring change to your districts. You have the opportunity, through these policies, to change your districts from places where people move from, to places where people move to, and I entreat you to help ensure the effective implementation and the sustainability of these flagship programmes in your districts, municipalities and metropolises,” he added. The President noted further that a Referendum to remove the entrenched clause of Article 55 of the Constitution to permit direct popular election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives is one the cards. Additionally, Government is in the midst of the process of regional reorganization to accommodate popular demand for the creation of new regions to bring governance closer to the doorsteps of the people. “If the people of Ghana endorse our quest to make governance at the local level more democratic, you should brace yourselves to face the electorate directly to account for your stewardship and justify your positions as the Chief Executive of the Metropolis, Municipality or District. I believe your performances in office should put you in good stead,” the President stressed.
Political science lecturer, Dr. Dominic Degraft Arthur, has stated emphatically that, former President John Dramani Mahama as candidate for 2020, will not inure to the benefit of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). The lecturer who lectures at the University of Development Studies (UDS) said, there is nothing in politics like an unfinished business and so; Mahama’s claim of returning for an unfinished business should not be taken serious. In explaining his point he argued, ‘’in national politics, there is nothing like an unfinished business. You came to serve; you have done your part and left power. You have no business coming back for an unfinished business.’’ He went on to say: ‘’Mr Mahama would have been elected as president in 2016 if he had an unfinished business to complete like he is claiming today. Ghanaians felt Mahama had finished his business and had nothing better to offer.’’ He opined that although Mr Mahama will win the internal primaries, he will be a ‘’cool chop for the NPP. With Mahama as candidate in 2020, the NPP will win the 2020 easily. What is going to be his [Mahama] message? He should step down and rather support a fresh face. He should give his support to a new face to allow the party win the 2020 polls.’’ Dr. Degraft Arthur underscored the need for the 12 candidates contesting to also consolidate and allow four people to contest to make their chances of winning the 2020 polls brighter.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rubbished allegations made by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Aseidu Nketiah. Addressing the media, the Director of communications to the party Mr Yaw Boabeng Asamoah, stated emphatically that, under no circumstances has the government spent the acclaimed $6.8million dollars for the investigation and also has not taken Money from UNDP but rather just a technical advice in fighting against corruption. Mr Asideu Nketiah on Tuesday alleged that “The NDC has credible information that an amount of, at least, $6.8 million has so far been paid by the NPP government under President Akufo-Addo’s watch, to these private firms to carry out work that’s already being done or has been completed by state agencies”, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said. He added; “Meanwhile, the taxpayers’ money is being spent on state agencies like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO), the Special Prosecutor’s Office, the Auditor-General’s Department and the Attorney General’s office. Any of these [institutions] could have carried out these audits.” But Mr Asamoah slammed Mr Nketiah for peddling falsehood in order to generate sympathy for himself in order to make it easier for him to win the General Secretary position. He also alleging that Mr Nketiah is finding it difficult to convince delegates to maintain him as general secretary and because of that, he held a press conference to peddle lies against governed. He admonished the NDC chief scribe to allow the state institutions investigating the number of corrupt deals perpetuated by former appointees of Mahama to deal with the matters. He challenged the NDC to provide evidence to buttress their claims or forever remain quite. Also on the helicopter allegation he explained that, the one the vice president used for the donation in the Northern region, was not from Ghana Gas but rather from Ghana Airforce.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that the rationalisation of the banking sector, undertaken by his Government, has ensured that deposits of one million, one hundred and forty-seven thousand, three hundred and sixty-six (1,147,366) Ghanaians were saved. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the new Standard Chartered Head Office on Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018, President Akufo-Addo added that noted that his administration assumed the reins of office in January 2017, with the country’s banking sector in deep trouble. According to him, some banks were saddled with high non-performing loans, $2.4 billion energy sector legacy debts, and were also thinly capitalised, and, as such, were unable to underwrite big ticket transactions. “With time, even more toxic problems emerged, such as systemic widespread abuse, poor, irresponsible governance practices, liquidity challenges, circumvention of banking laws, all with the apparent complicity of some high-ranking officials of the Bank of Ghana,” the President said. He continued, “There were situations where directors of banks took depositors’ monies, lent those monies to themselves or to their own businesses, and failed to pay back. This led to liquidity challenges and the inability of these banks to pay back when the depositors came calling.” The President noted that the banks, caught up in these malpractices, became insolvent, and relied on liquidity support from the Bank of Ghana. What this meant was that, President Akufo-Addo explained, without injection of liquidity from the Bank of Ghana, these were bound to fail and collapse, with depositors losing their entire savings, and all their workers losing their jobs. The intervention of his Government and the Bank of Ghana, the President said, prevented a banking crisis, with GH¢12.7 billion of public funds, made up of an GH¢8 billion bond issued by the Ministry of Finance, and GH¢4.7 billion of liquidity support from the Bank of Ghana, being injected into the seven banks that failed. “These measures saved not only the deposits of one million, one hundred and forty-seven thousand, three hundred and sixty-six (1,147,366) Ghanaians and their businesses and the people they employed, but also minimised job losses in the banking sector,” he added. President Akufo-Addo reiterated that the rationalisation and clean-up of the financial sector were necessary to safeguard the health and strength of the economy. “I have said it before, and let me reiterate, that those responsible for the sequence of activities that led to the ‘crisis’ will face the full brunt of the law, if they are found to have broken the law, and suffer all the consequences prescribed by law,” the President stressed. Banking sector Speaking on the role of the banking sector to the progress and prosperity of the country, the President noted that “when banks do not become mere profit-making enterprises, but see themselves as partners with Government actively to build a heathy and stronger economy, then we would be making significant progress.” He indicated that the perennial problems of the slowdown in credit to the private sector, high bank lending rates, and financial exclusion continue to be matters of great concern to Government and are being addressed. Firstly, the President noted that the introduction of the National Financial Inclusion and Development Strategy (NFIDS), which is currently before Cabinet, should help increase the penetration of financial services from 58% in 2013 to some 85% by 2023. Secondly, Government, he added, is working with financial institutions and regulators to promote digital finance, mobile money usage, and formalise the Ghanaian economy. With mobile money penetration in Ghana being the second in Africa, and, with reforms to our payment system, the President was hopeful that Ghana will have a strong competitive edge in the region for financial innovation and access to credit. “The introduction of the mobile money interoperability platform, launched in May this year, resulted in GH¢12.5 million worth of transactions within the first month alone. Currently, mobile money transactions are worth GH¢155.8 billion, up from GH¢78.5 billion in December 2016, representing an increase of 98.5%. We are moving our country’s payment systems from being a pre-dominantly cash-based one to an electronic one,” he added.
The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, is demanding an immediate response from President Akufo-Addo why his administration allegedly paid an amount of $6.8 million in order for private firms to conduct forensic audit, which could have done by the Auditor-General at no cost. The MP was reacting to the press conference addressed by General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah who accused government of spending $6.8 million on a ‘’bogus forensic audit’’ to denigrate former appointees of the erstwhile administration. Mr Asideu Nketiah on Tuesday alleged that “The NDC has credible information that an amount of, at least, $6.8 million has so far been paid by the NPP government under President Akufo-Addo’s watch, to these private firms to carry out work that’s already being done or has been completed by state agencies”, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said. He added; “Meanwhile, the taxpayers’ money is being spent on state agencies like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO), the Special Prosecutor’s Office, the Auditor-General’s Department and the Attorney General’s office. Any of these [institutions] could have carried out these audits.” Reacting to the allegation, Dr. Apaak wondered if government’s decision was to enable them benefit financially. He said: ‘’ So if the AG could do this, why do you pay $6.8m to private companies to do a job that the state already pays the AG to do? Is it a case of chop chop or is it because the AG refused the attempt to use him in concocting allegations against JM and his appointees? Mr. President, your decision to employ private audit firms to do work that should be done free can't be taken for granted, especially so when you, until this misinformed move, had very positive things to say about the work of the Auditor General. ‘’ Read Below his piece Hon. Dr Clement Apaak writes: Mr. President! How could the state expend such an amount, $6.8m, when we have a very competent, fearless, bold and no nonsense Auditor General? Sir didn't you commission the AG to conduct a forensic audit on road contracts awarded by the previous NDC government? Here is what you said Mr. President, in relation to the work of the AG in your second media encounter earlier this year: " We have had to subject 11 billion cedis of arrears, bequeathed to us in 2017, to a process of audit review and validation. The audit service has certified payments to the tune of GH¢5.5 billion, and rejected about GH¢5.7 billion cedis, representing a potential savings of 51% on these outstanding commitments. This shows the validity of our criticism that so much of contracts awarded in the Mahama era were inflated, and apparently, in some cases, non-existent". So if the AG could do this, why do you pay $6.8m to private companies to do a job that the state already pays the AG to do? Is it a case of chop chop or is it because the AG refused the attempt to use him in concocting allegations against JM and his appointees? Mr. President, your decision to employ private audit firms to do work that should be done free can't be taken for granted, especially so when you, until this misinformed move, had very positive things to say about the work of the Auditor General. Sir please see your own tweet below titled Auditor General's Report#SONA2018, it an indictment on you! In all honesty you owe Ghanaians an explanation! I remain a citizen! Dr. Apaak M.P, Builsa South
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs. Delese Mimi Darko has received the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) award for her Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the Prevention and Control of Nonconmmunicable Diseases (NCD). The award was presented to Mrs Darko at the third High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, 27th September 2018. These awards, presented by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes, WHO, are the first ever to be given out by the UNIATF and they were initiated earlier on in the year to recognise Governments, Institutions or Individuals making an outstanding contribution to NCD-prevention and control. Non-communicable diseases are usually diseases which are not transmitted but last for long periods of time and progress slowly. NCDs include mental disorders, alcohol and drug addictions as well as cancers and heart diseases to name a few. These diseases are a leading cause of death globally. In the light of the alarming statistics associated with NCDs, the UN Secretary General established the task force in 2013 under the leadership of The World Health Organisation (WHO) to coordinate the activities of relevant UN organisations and other inter-governmental organisations in supporting the realization of the commitments made by the Heads of States and Governments back in 2011 to respond to NCD epidemics worldwide over the period 2013 – 2020. In 2018, nominations were invited for individuals and organization in the following categories for the first ever awards: Ministries of Health Ministries Outside Health United Nations Country Team Mrs. Darko won the award for An Outstanding Individual in Ministries outside Health. Her name was amongst an impressive list of winners including a President, Ministers, a First Lady and senior government officials across the world and has put Ghana firmly in the forefront on the continent for the significant progress made in controlling NCDs by her and her team at FDA over the years. Mrs. Darko is a world-renowned and globally recognized regulator with expertise in safety monitoring and consumer protection. She is a pharmacist by profession with over 27 years experience in regulation of medicines with respect to clinical trials, marketing authorization and post-approval safety monitoring of medicines. Her opinion is sought across the world by the affiliate institutions of the World Health Organization as well as the African Union and the West African Health Organization. Her hard work and effort with the support of a dedicated team has positioned Ghana’s FDA at the forefront of medical products regulation and patient protection. This has resulted in Regulators from several African Countries visiting Ghana to understudy the regulation of herbal medicine, clinical trials and pharmacovigilance and recently the food regulation system. In addition to being CEO of FDA, Mrs Darko is a founding member of the African Vaccines Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of AVAREF. The sterling work of the team at Ghana’s FDA has led to interest in and support from key global players like the UK Department for International Development, the WHO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, WAHO and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative(IAVI). The award to Mrs. Darko also reflects the hard work and contributions being made by several Ghanaians in the control of NCDs and should spur more Ghanaians to join the noble and important task of rolling back these diseases
Political science lecturer, Dr. Dominic Degraft Arthur, has called on aspiring presidential candidate hopefuls in the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC), internal race to rescind their decision and support a candidate if they want to win the 2020 polls. In the view of the lecturer, some of the candidates who have declared their intention to contest, are not presidential material and lacks what it takes to be elected as president of Ghana. He believes the party should prone the number from 12 candidates to 4 so the party would elect a viable candidate who is experienced, strong and with a firm political background. He was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm but failed to give specific names. The lecturer was worried some politicians who are inexperienced monetize our electoral system both internally and externally to win power. The situation he lamented has become a tradition and sometimes we vote people who lack the political record, experience, skills and competence to hold sensitive positions. Using parliament as an example, he said, some MPs lack the skills, competence and maturity to work in the legislative House and that has become the major challenge confronting the House. ‘’I will reiterate that, majority of the individuals who have declared their intention lack the experience, qualities and the needed requirement for the office of president. The candidate should be a matured politician with a strong background. The NDC should also look out for a candidate with a solid parliamentary experience and one with a track record in Ghana’s politics.’’ ‘’The NDC needs a candidate that is strong, firm and one with the needed capabilities to manage the office as president.’’ About 12 persons have expressed interest in the presidential candidate slot. Apart from former President Mahama, who wants a second shot at the presidency, former Rector of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah and Second Deputy Speaker and NDC MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, are all in the race. Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester A. Mensah, former Central Regional Minister and NDC MP for Cape Coast South, George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, are also contesting. Augustus Goosie O. Tanoh, who abandoned the NDC ahead of the 2000 general election, which the NDC lost to then opposition NPP, has also joined the race. A lawyer and NDC Communications Team member called Elipklim Agbemava, a banker and oil and gas consultant, Nurudeen Iddrisu and one David Dotse Kwame Kuwadah have all declared intention to challenge the former president. Stephen Atubiga has also declared to contest.
Ghana's former Ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr. Tony Aidoo has thrown salvos at the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for failing to live by its social democratic principles. The NDC stalwart said the NDC as a social democratic is expected to consider policies and programs that inure to the wider and larger majority of the population rather than using elections as a circulation for the elites who only come into office for their selfish interest. In his view, only the elites benefit from the politics practiced in Ghana. “The welfare of the mass population has not mattered much to the political leadership as much as their own parochial welfare and every change of government is nothing but a change of an elite to replace the previous administrations elite,” “The gap between rich and poor continues to widen. We should ask ourselves how much wealth can an individual, a politician, create, in order to create wealth for even generations unborn at the expense of contemporary populations under circumstances in which a large majority of our people are indigent. Speaking at a conference at a conference organised by The Progressive Intellectuals in Accra on Tuesday, 2 October 2018, on the theme: “Rethinking Political Leadership in Ghana” he added “…And we ask ourselves what is the value of the democracy? Is this the democracy that is beneficial to the masses or to the few? This is the question.’’ He has also revealed why he stopped attending congresses organised by the umbrella family. “Our congresses never extended to the discussions of policies and programmes. It was only for elections; elections of party officials and flagbearer whose razzmatazz ends and we go. We never had time to discuss policies and programmes,” he said.
The Scholarship Secretariat has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Koc University in Turkey to provide scholarship to Ghanaian students to study in the university. The Registrar of the Secretariat, Mr Kingsley Agyemang, signed for his outfit while the President and Rector of Koc University, Professor Dr Umran S. Inan, signed on behalf of the university. The agreement involved scholarship packages, ranging between 50 to 100 per cent. It will be fully funded by the awarding institution with the secretariat as the coordinating agency. The programme will cover Master’s and PhD courses. The MoU follows similar agreements with other institutions in the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), South Korea and Canada, among others. Koç University is a private non-profit comprehensive research institution that offers a world class educational experience in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the highest-ranking university in Turkey based on Times Higher Education rankings for 2018. It is also ranked the 8th best university in Europe. Assurance Mr Agyemang assured staff of Koc University that, Ghanaian students had proven record of excellence in institutions they attended around the world, adding, “For a state like a Ghana to sponsor a student, it means that student is of high quality.” He said the secretariat was established to help develop human capital for the country and that it had so far discharged its mandate creditably. Mr Agyemang also explained that, as part of efforts to improve the education sector in the country, the government had converted Polytechnics into technical universities and diploma awarding colleges of education into degree awarding status. He said the National Accreditation Board has also directed all university lecturers to at least, attain PHD status. “What this means is that we would have to ensure lecturers acquire PHDs to facilitate effective teaching and learning in the universities. Competence For his part, Dr Inan said following the sterling performance of Ghanaians in many spheres of life in the world, he had no doubt about the competences of Ghanaian students. The Ghanaians ambassador to Turkey, Salma Frances Mancell-Egala, who witness the ceremony, expressed delight that Ghana was the first country in Africa to sign such an MOU with the best university in Turkey.
The Member of Parliament for Asunafo South, Mr Eric Opoku, has slammed the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), for deceiving cocoa farmers on the price of cocoa. The Ranking Member on the Cocoa Affairs Committee of Parliament is alleging that that, the price of cocoa increased slightly in 2018 and did not decrease as claimed by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD). He told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the price of cocoa in 2017/2018 decreased by 30 per cent but has increased slightly for the 2018/2019 cocoa year. In explaining his point, he said, farmers are not given the original price of cocoa because government subtracts all its cost of subsidies, salaries and cost of fertilizers and resale same for farmers. The legislator insisted government is cheating cocoa farmers. In 2017, the Minority in Parliament accused government of offering cocoa farmers a terrible deal with its decision not increase the cocoa producer price due to a fall in world market prices. The minority argued that, government must utilize the cocoa stabilization fund established by the previous government, to cushion farmers instead of the insensitive approach the COCOBOD intends to use. The situation Mr Opoku said has not changed indicating that, the erstwhile Mahama government established a Cocoa Stabilization Fund with annual contributions as a risk mitigation mechanism against declines in international cocoa prices. The MP said, the previous administration’s primary objective was to use the stabilization fund to apply it to sustain the earnings of cocoa farmers and to cushion them, should the market price begin to decline. He is challenging government to account for the use of the stabilisation fund during the period when the price of cocoa went up. He is also calling government to seek advice if they are unable to work in the interest of farmers. Government has maintained the guaranteed price it pays farmers at GH₵7,600 per tonne for the 2018/19 main crop harvest. Agric Minister, Dr Afriyie Akoto made the announcement whiles addressing cocoa farmers and other stakeholders in the cocoa industry at the 2018 Cocoa Day event. He said the decline in the price of the commodity on the international market, which had forced all the other 21 producing countries to slash their producer prices, made it impossible for the government to review the producer price upwards. Cocoa price on the international market in recent times has reduced from US$3,300 per tonne to US$2,100, representing a decline of about 40 per cent.
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