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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has hinted that government has initiated procurement process for the award of contracts for the provision of some 69,500 mono desks, 13,100 bunk beds, furniture for dining halls, staff rooms of teachers, computer laboratories, and the provision of marker boards for classrooms. The move he explained is to help address the teething challenges under the free senior high school programme. Government he announced has also secured funding for the expansion and upgrading of facilities in 75 Senior High Schools across the country, with construction works on the existing Community Day Schools ongoing. He added, government, beginning this year, will also upgrade 42 Senior High Schools into model school status. The launch of the policy he said has helped beneficiaries have access to secondary education. “It is public knowledge now that, prior to the launch of the Free SHS policy, our children were falling out of the educational system at every stage in alarming numbers. Free SHS has enabled 90,000 more students gain access to Senior High School education in 2017, than in 2016,” the President indicated. He used the opportunity to caution persons sabotaging the policy and heads charging unapproved fees to desist from doing so or face his wrath. According to President Akufo-Addo, he knows there are a handful of reactionary elements in the country who are determined to undermine the Free SHS policy. He recounted how Government, together with the Ghana Education Service and the Council and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, has agreed to absorb all senior high school fees under the Free SHS policy. “No headmaster or headmistress, therefore, is to charge any unapproved or illegal fees, or charging fees already exempted under the free SHS policy. Government will make sure of this, and sanction any school head who flouts this directive,” he said. The President continued, “We have a sacred duty to our children, and to the generations beyond, in ensuring that, irrespective of their circumstances, their right to an education is preserved.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 17th February, 2018, when he attended the 60th anniversary celebration of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary, in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region.
Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho, is set to wrestle power with the current General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in their upcoming elections. The outspoken politician who worked under the late Professor John Evans Attah Mills, as the Director of Communications, is hopeful to emerge as victor in the upcoming race. It remains unclear whether his chief scribe, will contest as General Secretary of the party. Koku Anyidoho has been described as a fierce politician whose tactics in the political circles, have provoked a number of people including his political opponents. He is also a fierce critic of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), especially President Akufo-Addo, who he described during the campaign period as an embodiment of violence and corruption. The no nonsense politician would have to marshal all the strength within him to battle his boss who he has understudied, should he [Asiedu Nketia]. decides to contest the race. Koku Anyidoho, was appointed as former President John Mahama's special aide with the national security in 2014. He was recently elected to serve a four-year-term to a joint position of, Vice Chairman of the Council, and also, Chairman of the West African Sub Region. The NDC Deputy General Secretary was elected as one of the five Vice-Chairpersons; with the other four also serving as Chairpersons of the, East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, and the South Africa Sub Regions.
Karpowership Ghana Company Limited (a floating power plant) currently based in Tema will by the second quarter of the year relocate its 470MW Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan to the Sekondi Naval Base in the Western Region. The relocation is in line with government’s plans to ensure full utilization of gas resources from the Western enclave of the country. The Corporate Communication Specialist, Sandra Amarquaye, who briefed the media in Takoradi, said in view of the intended relocation, the company has held a series of stakeholder engagements with various community groups within the Sekondi and Takoradi Metropolis. The engagement sessions, she said, is in line with Karpowership principle of having transparent, trustworthy and sustainable relationship with its stakeholders. Ms. Amarquaye said it is also to sensitize stakeholders in the area about the operations of Karpowership and its contribution to communities, adding “ the engagement is to ensure our new stakeholders understand our business and how we operate, at Karpowership, we value our relationship with our local stakeholders”. She said the stakeholder engagement sessions enabled the company to interact with the Sekondi and Essikado Traditional councils, the inshore fishing association, fish traders and processors association, fishmongers and the media. Ms. Amarquaye said the arrival of company two years ago, it has engaged in some major projects such as providing bursary for brilliant but needy students, adopting and fully furnishing an ultra-modern computer laboratory as well as providing storage water tanks to schools, hospitals, police stations and fisher folks within the Tema Manhean community. Ms. Amarquaye said as a strategic partner, Karpowership was committed to Ghana’s development and would continue to provide all Ghanaians reliable and affordable electricity. For his part, the Acting President of the Sekondi House of Chiefs, Nana Kwesi Badu II, lauded Karpowership for the engagement, stressing that Karpowership efforts at contributing to sustainable power supply in the country was well appreciated’. “In fact, Karpowership has done well by coming to our home to tell us about the Powership, we will tell the members of the community about the Powership and hope that you will keep us informed about all you do”. Karpowership is the only owner, operator and builder of the first Powership (floating Power Plant) fleet in the world. Currently, the company has over 2500 employees, owns and operates 15 Powerships with an installed capacity of 3 GW and 5 GW Powership under construction. Karpowership is operational in Ghana, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Zambia via Mozambique. SOURCE: GNA
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says no headmaster or headmistress of any Senior High School in the country is to charge any unapproved or illegal fees, or charge fees already exempted under the Free SHS policy. According to President Akufo-Addo, he knows there are a handful of reactionary elements in the country who are determined to undermine the Free SHS policy. He recounted how Government, together with the Ghana Education Service and the Council and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, has agreed to absorb all senior high school fees under the Free SHS policy. “No headmaster or headmistress, therefore, is to charge any unapproved or illegal fees, or charging fees already exempted under the free SHS policy. Government will make sure of this, and sanction any school head who flouts this directive,” he said. The President continued, “We have a sacred duty to our children, and to the generations beyond, in ensuring that, irrespective of their circumstances, their right to an education is preserved.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 17th February, 2018, when he attended the 60th anniversary celebration of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary, in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region. Addressing a gathering of staff, students and alumni of the school, the President indicated that a government may not be able to make every citizen rich, but with political will and responsible leadership, a government can help create a society of opportunities and empowerment for every citizen. “I know no better way to do so but through access to education. Any country, that aims to transform itself into a modern productive player in the global marketplace, must get its educational policies right,” the President said. He noted that citizens can only make informed choices, if they are empowered with the capacity to make those choices. Education, he added, is a key to human development, transforming a country, widening life’s options for individuals and society as a whole, and is a tool for the development of the nation and of a healthy democracy. It is for this reason, the President stressed, that on 12th September, 2017, he launched the Free Senior High School policy. “It is public knowledge now that, prior to the launch of the Free SHS policy, our children were falling out of the educational system at every stage in alarming numbers. Free SHS has enabled 90,000 more students gain access to Senior High School education in 2017, than in 2016,” the President indicated. Without the implementation of this policy, he explained that the spectre of 90,000 young men and women, without any employable skills, and thrown onto the streets, would have further entrenched a future of hopelessness for Ghana’s youth. Addressing the teething challenges confronting the Free SHS policy, the President told the gathering that procurement processes are currently on-going for the award of contracts for the provision of some 69,500 mono desks, 13,100 bunk beds, furniture for dining halls, staff rooms of teachers, computer laboratories, and the provision of marker boards for classrooms. “Again, funding has been secured for the expansion and upgrading of facilities in 75 Senior High Schools across the country, with construction works on the existing Community Day Schools ongoing. Government, beginning this year, will also upgrade 42 Senior High Schools into model school status,” he said.
A court in Pakistan has given a 24-year-old man, Imran Ali, four death sentences for raping and murdering a six-year old girl last month. Zainab Ansari's body was found in a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur, south of Lahore, on 9 January. Her murder triggered outrage across the country, including riots against alleged police incompetence in which two protesters died. The victim's father was in court to hear the verdict, amid heavy security. Zainab's killer has also been linked by police and the chief minister of Punjab province to the murders and assaults of other girls in the area. Ali's alleged crimes stretch back at least a year and angry residents say authorities should have been quicker to identify him as the perpetrator. Ali will be tried over the rest of the cases later, government prosecutor Ehtisham Qadir Shah told Reuters news agency. Dozens of witnesses testified against Ali in the trial, where forensic evidence including DNA and polygraph tests was also presented. His lawyer had withdrawn from the case after Ali confessed, reports say. Ali was handed death sentences for kidnapping, rape, murder and an act of terrorism, a life sentence for sodomy and a large fine. He now has a 15-day window in which he may appeal against the verdict. Police were under huge pressure to find who killed Zainab and the other children. Zainab's family say the police did not take action during the five days from when she was reported missing and her body was found. Relatives recovered CCTV footage of her last movements. The video, which showed a girl being led away by a man, was circulated widely on social media. Ali, who lived near Zainab, was arrested by police on 23 January. Source:BBC
University of Ghana Law Professor Raymond Atuguba has been lambasted by some Supreme Court judges for his latest research work on rulings by the apex court from the year 1992. Presenting his findings at the 2018 Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Law Conference in Accra on Thursday, 15 February 2018, Prof Atuguba explained that the research was based on hundred political cases in Ghana adding "it is not a coincidence". “Judges were voting less according to who appointed them at the beginning of the Fourth republic in 1993. A number of reasons accounted for that. First, we had a new constitution and some of the cases were very clear. So a lot of them will give unanimous judgments, so whether you were appointed by an NDC government or NPP government, you joined the unanimous decision in saying that this provision of this law is contrary to the constitution. Then in the middle, somehow the Supreme Court lost its way after the first years and the judgments started becoming clearly on the lines of party appointments," he explained. He continued: "Overall, the data reveals that 14 out of 22 NDC (National Democratic Congress) appointees, making up 64 percent of the party’s appointees to the Supreme Court have given judgments in favour of the NDC. The NPP (New Patriotic Party) was more successful with 13 of their 16 judges giving a majority judgment in their favour, so 81 percent consistency". However, his findings angered some Supreme Court judges who were present including the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo. According to the Chief Justice, “under the constitution, a judge will be appointed during somebody’s time… and that somebody will belong to one party or the other.” The decisions taken after such appointments by the judges, she said, were subject to any political interpretation by anyone. “But so long as it is in line with the law and it is sound and follows the facts,” the Chief Justice. She cautioned the professor against comparing foreign judicial systems to Ghana’s, saying “be careful what you’re importing into our environment, they are used to that, we are not.” Meanwhile, the law professor has welcomed the lambast saying anytime critical analyses are conducted, they meet opposition from interest groups who may not be pleased with the findings. the negative reaction from the judiciary is not new to Prof Atuguba, saying "words are just nothing to me". "The first time I did a critical analysis of the police the next morning eight fully armed officers were dispatched by the IGP to arrest me from my office," he said. "What should we do with these analyses? Should we stop doing them, should we have another way of funnelling it to the public, what should we do?" he asked. "I will never insult anyone, not to talk of the judges, I am engaged in a critical analysis of our political institutions [and] critical analysis always meets opposition," he added.
National Organizer for the opposition Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Divine Nkrumah, has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for failing to uproot corruption as promised Ghanaians. The outspoken political leader told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.Fm that, the corruption, thievery and mismanagement that saw the NDC leave power, is still hovering around the current government. Divine Nkrumah said Ghanaians have not witnessed any significant change since the NPP won political power and if care is not taking, we will witness worse cases of corruption under the NPP government. ‘’The NDC as an opposition, lacks the integrity and cannot be the option for Ghanaians. The ruling NPP has also failed miserably, he added. The party has provided Ghanaians with great political leadership and our move to criticize government and ensure competent leadership, cannot be compared to any party. He slammed government for the ‘’insignificant reduction’’ in the Special Petroleum Tax from 15%-13% and questioned why the ruling party is making noise over the reduction. ‘’Nothing has changed in Ghana. It is only the driver who has been changed but the corruption witnessed under the previous administration is still going on,’’ he concluded.
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says it remains the only political party with the ‘magic wand’ to turn things around in this country. Touting itself as the best alternative and third largest political party and second largest opposition party, Divine Nkrumah, the Youth Organizer said, since its inception some six years (6) ago, they have been able to turn the fortune of the party around. In his view, the PPP is today more relevant than some existing parties. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Divine Nkrumah, said the party will dedicate its 6th anniversary to the hardworking youth in the party. The youth he stated have done so well in making the PPP what it is today. As part of the celebration, we will dedicate the celebration to the youth. We have dedicated two days for some youth led activities. On the 24 of February, 2018, the party will donate assorted items to inmates at the Nsawam Prison, he said. The party will also continue to remind government on the need to provide jobs for the unemployed youth, provide proper education for the youth because when there are no jobs for The party has also earmarked February 25, 2018 for a national conference of students, party leaders, members and other participants to take stock of their achievements and way forward. The PPP he stressed is the best alternative as compared to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). A political party is not only about winning power but it is about providing the best alternative and speaking the truth without fear or favour when leadership provided by state officers, is not the best. About PPP The formation of the PPP followed a declaration made on 28th December 2011 by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for progressive and independent-minded people to rise and cause to be formed an alternative political movement to compete for political power for a major transformation of the Ghanaian society. The interim leadership of the progressive movement began a nationwide campaign to recruit members to form Interim Regional and Constituency Executives. The team visited all the ten regions of Ghana. In January 2012 the party submitted an application to the Electoral Commission (EC) for registration in accordance with the Political Parties Act. It is instructive to note that, after the receipt of the official registration forms from the Electoral Commission, we were able to complete and submit the forms to the EC within 48-hours. The party received its provisional certificate on Friday 3rd February 2012. The PPP convened its first National Convention on 25th February 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The final certificate was received on Thursday 15th March, 2012 from the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The national head office building is located at Asylum Down, Accra.
A non-governmental organization, Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP,) and it stakeholders has organized a program aimed at raising awareness towards ending forced marriages in Ghana among head porters popularly referred to as ‘Kayayeis’. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), for the organization, Aku Xornam Kevi, explained that,and the training which was funded by UNFPA and PAYDP was to empower the girls to stand up for the sexual and human rights. The training which was based on integrated module, took the participants through sexuality, sexual and human rights. The participants she indicated were also taking through skills training in the areas of beads making, soap making, different types of flour among others. An App namely, ‘Kaya Made App’ has also been developed to provide a platform for the beneficiaries to sell their products, she announced. The organization she said have constructed two multi-purpose centres with one more in the offing to help the participants to have access to sexual reproductive health information, sales and exhibition centres, training facility among others. She said government would not be able to do everything hence the need for private bodies to assist in helping the vulnerable in society.
President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called on his fellow African leaders to prioritize education. Delivering the keynote address at a public forum on transformative governance in Africa, organised by the Kukah Centre, in Abuja, Nigeria, President Akufo Addo said ‘’the urgent responsibility we face is to make our countries, our continent attractive for our youth to see as places of opportunities. It means we must provide education, education and education. It means our young people must acquire the skills that run modern economies.’’ He also admonished them to emulate the implementation of Ghana’s free senior high policy introduced by his administration in 2017. He said although some youth may want to seek greener pasture in foreign countries, with the requisite skills acquired through education “they would not have to risk drowning in the Mediterranean sea, they would be headhunted and treated with dignity.’’ ‘’I hesitate to prescribe policy initiatives for other countries, but, on the matter of education, I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending that all African countries adopt the policy of free compulsory education from kindergarten to senior high school. This is one of the most important things we have to do, if we are to make the transformation from our current state of poverty to prosperity’’ ‘’Lets make things better for our people especially our youth so they stay here and work to develop the continent.
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