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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 Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has presented some food items and drinks to the Ga Stool Houses towards the celebration of this year’s Homowo Festival. The items, which were presented by a team led by the Asheidu Keteke, Sub Metro Chairman Mr. Raymond Tetteh on Wednesday, included maize, palm oil, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and undisclosed sum of money. Mr. Raymond Tetteh, presenting the items explained that the presentation is expected to support the leaders and chiefs of the various stool houses cater for the people in the community during the festive period. Nifa of Otublohum Nii Dzan We, Naa Tsetse Agyeman IV, who accepted the items on behalf of the people of Otublohum expressed appreciation for the kind gesture. Naa Tsetse Agyeman IV advised the youth to celebrate this year’s festival in a peaceful way. The Akanmajen Mantse, Nii Ayikai III, who also received the food items on behalf of the people of Akanmajen expressed gratitude for the generosity extended to them and prayed for God’s mercies for the country as a whole. Other traditional houses including Sempe, Abola, Asafoatse Mankata,Sakumo Tsoshishi , Nai Wulomo, Gbese, Korle Wulomo, Asere Djorshi,and Atukpai also received similar items.
75% of Ghanaians are ready to travel outside the country should they get the opportunity, a report Pew Research Centre has indicated. The survey was conducted in six out of 10 countries that contributed the most to the numbers of immigrants to the US. “Between February and April 2017, Pew Research Center surveyed in six of the 10 countries that have supplied many of the sub-Saharan immigrants now living in the U.S. Four of these countries – Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Kenya – are also among the top 10 origin countries for sub-Saharan migrants to Europe.” “The survey asked respondents whether they would go to live in another country, if they had the means and opportunity. At least four-in-ten in each sub-Saharan country surveyed answered yes, including roughly three-quarters of those surveyed in Ghana (75%) and Nigeria (74%),” the report said. Per the report, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa were the top immigrant suppliers in the US. High unemployment, political instability, and low wage rates were the major reasons respondents attributed to the desire to travel outside Ghana. The challenges raised according to the report are expected to worsen due to high fertility rate and the corresponding high population growth. Out of the 42% Ghanaians who are yearning to migrate abroad in the next five years, four-in-ten (41%) identify the U.S. as their intended destination, while three-in-ten (30%) name a country in the EU, Norway or Switzerland.
The Ministry of Interior has justified the spending of over Ghc 26,000 on the provision of internal security at the ministry. The Ministry has been indicted by the 2016 Auditor General’s report for spending that amount on the services of a private security firm instead of using personnel from the Ghana Police Service. The Minister Ambrose Dery appearing before the Public Accounts Committee justified why the private security firm, Magnum Force Security. The report has described the move as waste of resources but in explain why the ministry hired a private security firm, the minister said, “If you take two members of the Ghana Police Service to be within the ministry to perform these petty roles, I daresay it will be an under-utilization of an essential and limited resource.” The decision to hire the private security he noted was to free up police officers to undertake other critical policing activities for the state. “We cannot have an armed policeman to make sure the doors are closed….you may want to think of Ghc 26,000 being an extra cost”. “If you want to see the cost of having two police officers there, you need to deal with the opportunity cost,” he said..
The Conference of Heads of Private Secondary Schools (CHOPSS) has predicted collapse of the private schools in two years. This they lamented will lead to massive job losses. Public Relations Officer (PRO) for CHOPSS, Naphtali Kyei-Baffour told Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, over 10, 000 teachers will loose their jobs. The decision by government to exclude them form the implementation of the free senior school policy he said should be blamed. The double-track policy he opined is not the solution to manage the 181, 000 expected students this academic year. ‘’Double-track is not the best option in this situation. It would be a useless exercise if we are included.’’ He pointed out that assuming each school takes averagely 500 students, the 250 private schools on the verge of collapse could absorb more than two-thirds of the extra students for which reason the new policy has been introduced. Private secondary schools can absorb more than 200, 000, he touted. ‘’Come next two years, close to 60-70 per cent would have collapsed. The reason why some are surviving is because the schools have form two and three students. If these students complete their courses, the schools would be empty. If the schools collapse; we are working with more than ten 10, 000. They will all loose their jobs,’’ he decried. The introduction of the double track system for Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the 2018-2019 academic year will not destroy or disrupt the country's education system, President Akufo-Addo has said. On the contrary, the system will reduce class sizes, increase contact hours between teachers and students, as well as increase the number of holidays. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo explained that the deployment of the double track system would however, not be applied to all Senior High Schools (SHSs) but to those whose capacity would be exceeded by the number of students admitted into them this academic year. President Akufo-Addo said every bold new initiative that was rolled out produced hitches and challenges, and was inspired by the famous Chinese adage which said "A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step," adding that government had taken the first step and would deal with the challenges as they came, and that that it was government's desire and commitment that no child was left behind in attainment of at least, SHS level.
Newly appointed Deputy Information Minister, Pius Hadzide has slammed individuals politicising the collapse of some local banks and the decision by government to allocate funds for the consolidation of these banks. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm Thursday, the former deputy minister of sports who was last week reshuffled to the Information Ministry, was worried why the Minority Spokesperson on Finance Cassiel Ato Forson, is politically analysing the decision by government. He has therefore refuted suggestions that government is rolling out anti-local bank policies and embarking on actions detrimental to local banks. ‘’The politicisation should be widely condemned by all Ghanaians. Government has no intention of collapsing local banks. We have rather taken steps to prevent such scandals in the future.’’ He described the scandal as ‘’inherited crisis’’ and because of that, government is outlining measures to prevent future occurrences. Government is committed to protecting the interest of Ghanaians, he said. The Bank of Ghana revoked the banking licences of five banks appointed a Receiver over their assets and liabilities. Deposits and selected assets and liabilities of these banks have been acquired and assumed by a new bank – Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited. All deposits of the five banks are safe and have been transferred to the Consolidated Bank. Customers can carry out their business as usual at their respective banks, which will now become branches of Consolidated Bank. The Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act of 2016 (Act 930) allows the Government to establish a bridge bank for the purpose of acquiring some or all of the assets and liabilities of a failed bank, if necessary, to maintain financial stability. The Government’s decision to establish Consolidated Bank is in the best interest of depositors and the financial system as a whole. It ensures that deposits and other systemic liabilities are transferred to a clean bank to allow depositors and other customers continue to have access to critical banking services. It also ensures that the banking sector maintains a strong indigenous Ghanaian presence. The government has also issued a bond totaling GHc5.6 billion to cater for bad assets of the four banks.
Economist and Risk Analyst, Dr Francis Atsu has posited that, plans by government to prosecute persons who caused the collapse of some local banks in the country is only an exercise meant to deceive Ghanaians. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the economist said, nothing positive would come out from the issue and all those who have caused the mess would go unpunished. The decision by government to inject GHc5.6 million into the consolidation of the collapsed banks should have been given a parliamentary approval, he opined. Dr Atsu said, the unilateral decision by government was not the best adding, the people representatives should have approved of it since they represent Ghanaians from all the 275 constituencies. Explaining why he said the investigations being conducted would amount to nothing, he asked, ‘’have you witnessed the prosecution and jailing of corrupt people in the country before? Information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has said that the government was fully committed to going full throttle to clean up the sector once and for all. Addressing a press conference yesterday [Wednesday], he said, “The challenges in the sector come in various forms — there are those who have their own challenges with the normal recoveries and there are those who literally went in to dip their hands into depositors’ money — and so for those who have been found culpable, sanctions will be brought to bear.'' “These objectives are being achieved simultaneously and it is being done in strict compliance with the legal and international best practices that are known to us,” he added. But the Economist in an interview asked Ghanaians to forget about a positive outcome because we are not ready to deal with corrupt people. ‘’The decision to prosecute people is a laudable one but I can confidently say it will amount to nothing. Nothing positive is going to come out of this. We are only interested in prosecuting ordinary people but scared to deal with corrupt politicians,’’ he added. ‘‘Some people see themselves as above the law and so they do things anyhow. If we do not allow the law to take its full course, then we are in for serious crisis.’’ Another economist, Jelili Jerry Afolabi is calling for an independent probe into the matter. He is also calling on government to appoint independent investigators like Transparency International to assist us so the offenders would not influence those who would be in charge of the probe. The government has already pumped GH¢7.9 billion into emergency liquidity support for the distressed banks and to protect depositors’ funds. This is in addition to the GH¢450 million used to capitalise the Consolidated Bank, the newly established entity that has absorbed the assets of the liquidated banks.
The Ministry of Inner and Zongo Development is currently undertaking 34 projects to improve Zongo communities, outgoing Minister, Boniface Abubakar Saddique has disclosed. He made the disclosure at the handing ceremony to the incoming minister, Dr Abdul Mustapha Hamid. The projects the former minister said include the construction of drainages, classrooms among others. Staff of the ministry were also introduced to the former Information Minister at the ceremony yesterday [Wednesday]. Mr Saddique said his ministry had implemented projects including the rehabilitation of schools, soccer pitches, drainage channels and water and sanitation facilities. He also disclosed that the ministry had also constructed Astroturf pitches at places such as Madina, Kibi, and Walewale which are between 75-95 per cent complete. He admonished staff of the ministry to cooperate with the new minister in order for him to discharge his duties and implement the policies to alleviate the poverty in Zongo communities. The new minister in his response said, ‘’I am impressed about the ministry had done over the years, this would serve as a challenge to me in the discharge of my duties.’’ Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has worked in various capacities as a Strategy Planning Manager and Client Service Manager with various Advertising and Marketing Companies such as the Media Majique and Research Systems and Ghana Advertising and Marketing Company. He also worked with and edited newspapers such as the defunct High Street Journal and the Daily Statesman. He was also the News Editor at Choice FM, a radio station based in Accra whose frequency was eventually sold to the Dr. Kwabena Duffuor media group and has now become Kasapa FM. Hamid is the former minister for information. Before his appointment as minister for information in March 2017, he was a Lecturer at the Department of Religion and Human Values of the University of Cape Coast.
The Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anaesthetists working at the Tamale Teaching Hospital have withdrawn their services following the attack on the hospital’s CEO, Dr Akobila. A statement issued to that effect explained that the attack has created a volatile and an unsafe working environment for its members at the hospital. They are therefore demanding the arrest and prosecution of the individuals who staged the attack. They are also demanding the restoration of calm and peaceful working environment. Signed by Mr Jacob M. Wumbei, National President and Mr Fredrick Kwame Kporxak added that, they want authorities to ‘’ensure safety and security of all CRAs in TTH.’’ Four persons suspected to be part of the group that attacked the Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), Dr. David Zaawumya Akolbila on Monday were arrested by the police yesterday [Wednesday]. The four, said to be members of the Kandahar Boys, a Tamale-based vigilante group affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) were picked up from the base at Aboabo, a Tamale suburb on Wednesday afternoon. But they were later released due to lack of evidence. Dr Akolbila, has since been able to return to work after the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed, led members of the Northern Regional Security Committee (REGSEC) to the hospital on Tuesday to reopen the CEO’s office.
Newly trained teachers have issued a statement demanding exemption from the lincensure examination. The statement signed by Eric Tetteh among other things started that, "Universities and colleges of Education must ensure that the design and content of their pre-service programmes and their delivery allow student teachers to be successfully assessed against the standards by the end of their period of training." The National Teachers Council (NTC) of the Ministry of Education in 2017 announced that teachers will now have to pass a special examination before being granted the licence to teach. The move, according to the NTC, is to enforce discipline and eliminate non-performing teachers from the system, in accordance with the new Teachers Licencing Policy under the Education Act 778 (2008). The NTC is mandated by Education Act 2008 (ACT 778) Section 7 to license teachers in Ghana. The sole purpose of a licensing examination is to identify persons who meet the demands of the National Teachers Standards and possess the minimum knowledge, competencies and experience necessary to deliver effectively in the Ghanaian classroom. The Licensing Examination shall focus on major areas of professional values, practices and knowledge identified in the teaching standards enshrined in the PTPDM policy. Read Below the full statement WHY NEWLY TRAINED TEACHERS SHOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM THE LICENSURE EXAMINATION The absence of cohesion and pressure is the hallmark of the nations' administration. The Nation believes in rule of law and for that matter we believe any concern citizen will help rise red flag on this matter. Friends of the Media, licensure examination on newly trained teachers is clear indication that; Unemployment rate is going to shoot up, sabotage the education system, destroy education system, add newly trained teachers to NABCO, degrade educational institutions by rendering them useless, paying the price of the restored allowance if the NPP administration and other stakeholders do nothing about this. Because according to the National Teachers’ Standard for Ghana Guidelines, you realize that newly trained teachers were not captured. 1. These guidelines on teachers’ standard draws on consultancy commissioned by the National Teaching Council (NTC) with support from Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) in Ghana to tertiary institutions. 2. These three domains and aspects indicate in clear terms what teachers should know, value and do, and intersect with one another to help a teacher competent enough to teach at the end of their four – year initial teachers training. As stated in page 11 3. Student teachers must be realistically and fairly assessed against the standards in accordance with what can be reasonably expected of teachers still learning to teach. 4. Universities and colleges of Education must ensure that the design and content of their pre-service programmes and their delivery allow student teachers to be successfully assessed against the standards by the end of their period of training. 5. Finally, they recognized that intensive professional development workshops will be required to prepare teacher educators to effectively prepare student teachers to deliver on the standards. MATTERS ARISING 1. No materials to learn for this examination. 2. No personnel to take us through NTC course. 3. Indexing 4. Did they consult trade unions as to whether newly trained teachers should also write this imposed examination? 5. According to Augustine Tawiah they were to register all teachers, start orientation in January. 6. During our orientation upon our admission, we were not told of this whole policy. 7. Thirty eight (38) external examinations from UCC is enough. Friends of media, we want to ask one simple question. The 9,000 teachers who have been given clearance to teach in this double track system, are they going to write license exams? If the answer is no, then are we newly trained teachers the target? Giving us license will not solve any problem in the education system. The main problem has to do with the fact that no Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs), Limited Classrooms, Poor Services of Conditions of Teachers, Desk, Chair, Computer Lab, Science Lab, White Maker Board. These are the things stakeholders should pay attention to. Then they can talk of Licensing Teachers. If after all these things teachers do not display the required competencies then they think of sanitizing the education system. Finally, let us not allow newly trained teachers to handle this issue. The government, stakeholders and trade unions should all come together since this is a national issue and it may go a long way to bring negative impact to our nation. We are counting on your usual cooperation Thank you ERIC TETTEH (0248218107/0559762085) (Greater Accra Representative)
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the BreatheLife Accra Project and the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) for the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) to address short lived climate pollutants and arising health challenges associated with pollution. The BreatheLife Accra Project which is a World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) environment led initiative to reduce air pollution for health and climate benefits was launched today at the AMA’s City Hall. The Chief Executive Officer of AMA, Hon. Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah who launched the campaign said an assessment conducted to appreciate the primary source of pollution revealed that waste, transportation, household energy sources and industrial pollution were the main sources of emissions in Accra and therefore if well-coordinated plans were not developed and implemented, Accra’s sustainable development would be affected. He revealed that the project which would be piloted in four communities in two sub metropolitan areas including Jamestown and Agbogbloshie in Ashiedu Keteke ,Mamprobi and Chorkor in Ablekumah South would include community durbars, house to house sensitization on burning of waste, promotion of green space development and the improved awareness and training on the importance of switching to clean cooking stoves. “The areas identified for the pilots for the three pillars of this program are artificial parks in schools and communities, a focus on waste through waste segregation piloting in communities and schools and the health professionals’ sensitization in Jamestown, Agbogloshie, Mamprobi and Chokor are most appropriate,” he stressed. He further revealed that as part of actions his administration had taken to address the challenges identified, the AMA would launch a major greening and open space development project in the metropolis in the next couple of weeks. “Last year, we piloted a waste segregation program in basic schools in Osu Klottey sub metro and have introduced further waste segregation in all government second cycle institutions within the AMA, undertaken major decongestion within the central business district which led to the reduction in waste generation by 30% and improved traffic movement by close to 25%. I launched a waste management rapid response program which provided an avenue for citizens to report areas and spots of illegal waste dumping for rapid evacuation,” he added. Hon. Adjei Sowah indicated that the introduction of a national Air Quality Management Plan was apt to guide and provide a framework for everyone in targeting actions to improve the air quality in Accra. He added that the breathelife campaign was in sync with aspirations to improve the quality of life of city dwellers which would target some of the worst affected areas of poverty, pollution and increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases. Dr. John Pwamang, Acting Director of EPA, who presented the Air Quality Management Plan for GAMA stressed that for the EPA to achieve its key functions of prescribing standards and guidelines relating to all forms of environmental pollution including the discharge of waste and the control of toxic substances into the environment, it conducts air quality and vehicular emissions to monitor programs in various parts of the country with support from USAID, WHO, DANIDA, UN Environment, World Bank among others. “Currently, the EPA Ghana has 15 functional air quality monitoring stations and 10 low cost air sensors located in Accra. The monitoring stations are located along 10 major road routes, 2 residential areas and a commercial area of Accra,” he revealed. Dr. Pwamang indicated that the air quality data from EPA Ghana showed elevated levels of Particulate Matter (PM) that exceed WHO health guidelines in residential, commercial and industrial areas of the GAMA. “Ghana’s first AQMP focuses on GAMA because of current conditions as characterized by roughly 10 years of PM monitor readings, present an unacceptable health burden for the pollution of Accra and are not in line with international standards for air quality. Also the health burden of high PM concentrations estimated 400 deaths per year in 2014 has clear economic implications for GAMA that presents a direct social and economic cost for respiratory health treatments. Without action, economic growth could lead to higher emissions in the vehicle and industrial sectors which would worsen air quality over time,” he stressed. He further revealed that the AQMP was developed in collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in order to take advantage of USEPA’s significant and broad experience in air quality management.
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