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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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Public Relations Officer (PRO), Conference of Heads of Private Secondary Schools (CHOPSS), Mr Naphtali Kyei-Baffour, has described the double-track-calender introduced by government under the free senior high school policy as a useless exercise. Speaking at Dialogue on Education Policy in Ghana on the theme, ‘’Unpacking the Double Track System: Implications for sustainable Financing and Prospects for Educational Quality in Ghana’ today [Wednesday], Mr Kyei-Baffour said, the exercise would not be necessary if private senior schools have been factored. He said, there are over 200 private senior high schools in the country and if they had been considered, the double track system would not have been factored. According to him, private secondary schools would be able to absorb over 120,000 students out of the estimated 181, 000 new entrants. In an analysis, he said, if government post about 500 students to private secondary schools, over 120, 000 out of the 181, 000 would have been resolved. ''Some of the private schools can absorb more than the 500, which means that, the headache of 181, 000 leading to double track wouldn’t be necessary, he added. Mr Kyei-Baffour stressed that, CHOPSS have what it takes to help government avoid the double-track by absorbing some of the students. The private schools he indicated are willing to charge the same fees as public schools. He further slammed the Ministry of Education for failing to consider the inputs of CHOPSS before the implementation of the education policy. He told the gathering at the event that, CHOPSS made a number of recommendations before the implementation but government flatly ignored these inputs. Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said that government will not post students to private schools but will continue to dialogue on the way forward. Using the implementation of the Free Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), he said, the policy did not collapse the private sector and so why are owners of private schools complaining over the free SHS? ‘’Students have selected schools they want to go to. They did not include private schools…It is not going to be an easy exercise …So at this time, I have to say that it is not going to possible,’’ he added. Government is making efforts to introduce a double track calendar system to be implemented this September to create space for that batch of students who will report to school this September. According to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the double track system would not destroy the educational system but, on the contrary, reduce class sizes, increase contact hours between teachers and students and the number of school holidays. He explained that the number of students admitted would not apply to all schools but those whose current capacity would be exceeded. The exercise was organised by Daily Graphic with support from CDD-Ghana, Star Ghana, UKaid, DANIDA and European Union.
Deputy Education Minister in charge of secondary education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has described the resist of the Basic Education certificate examination (BECE) as an excellent idea. The deputy Minister said the policy which was introduced by the previous National Democratic Congress administration, was a novel idea that afforded students who failed their BECE to resist their examination and have the opportunity to enter secondary school. Speaking at the Dialogue on Education Policy In Ghana under the theme, "Unpacking the Double Track System:Implications for sustainable Financing and Prospects for Educational Quality in Ghana", the Minister commended the previous administration for the policy. He was however quick to add that, the new administration introduced the free registration for all BECE students in public schools because government realised the dropout rates in junior high schools were high. In 2017, an estimated 36, 849 Junior High School (JHS) students who failed to achieve the required pass marks to be placed in Senior High School were allowed to resit the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). The students failed to score Grade 9 in either English or Mathematics in the exams.
Two persons have died at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) following the decision by medical officers to embark on an emergency strike action. Reporting from the hospital Wednesday, Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe told Kwame Tutu that, all medical officers including doctors and other workers are currently on strike following the attack on the hospital’s CEO, Dr David Kolbila. The staff of the hospital according him would only resume work if authorities assured them of maximum protection. Meanwhile, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has threatened to embark on a strike action and withdraw all services at various hospitals if concrete steps are not taken to deal with perpetrators involved in the attack. A statement by the GMA issued yesterday [Tuesday] said, “The GMA would like to place on record that if concrete step are not taken to deal with this canker, the GMA will not hesitate to ask its members to stay off the hospital premises until their safety can be assured.’’ “The GMA condemns in no uncertain terms these acts of barbarism and lawlessness and calls on government not to reward such acts by kowtowing to the demands of these misfits. However, the perpetrators should immediately be brought to book by the Security Agencies. It is important that the Traditional and Religious Leaders come together with other stakeholders to quickly deal with this matter and nip this canker in the bud,” the GMA added in a statement signed by its Vice President, Frank Serebour. The Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching hospital in the Northern region Dr David Zaawumya Kolbila was allegedly assaulted by members of an NPP affiliated vigilante group Kandahar Boys after they stormed the hospital. The incident occurred Monday morning, Rainbow Radio’s Northern regional correspondent Prince Kwame Tamakloe reported. The CEO’s office was locked and the key taken away by the irate group which accuses him of incompetence.
Former President of the Pan-African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK, Isah Ahmed Wemah, has suggested most crimes amongst the youth today could be avoided and those problems solved if leaders got more interested in the activities of religious bodies like the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission. Speaking at the 2018 Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK that was held in UK, the religious leader bemoaned the lack of interest on the part of some African countries in participating in functions organised by the community. Responding to a question on how PAAMA could help in minimising gun and knife crimes as well as other social vices, he said, PAAMA has imbibed into African communities especially the youth the need to desist from such unlawful practices. However, some countries don’t turn-up and those who have failed to participate have recorded high rates in social vices. PAAMA he said frowns upon crime, violence and lawlessness and members have been constantly reminded on the need to desist from such acts. ‘’If we invite people and they do come, especially the grown ups and their children, and they mingle with our children and ourselves, they will see that, what they see out there which is making them wayward is nothing because if you live in this world and you don’t know where you are going, that must be something wrong with you.’’ He slammed the media for not showing interest in the positive stories about the Muslim community. When asked if political leaders could collaborate with religious leaders to confront violence, and whether they are being ignored, the former PAAMA leader said, ‘’I wouldn’t say there are being ignored but I know they are not coming forward. Whenever there is a function like the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; where are the newspapers, where are the television crew? Where are the media people? Why don’t they come to those functions and spread this word. But if they hear one Muslim from somewhere else has done something negative that is what they spread. They are spreading only negatives. When they come to this community, all they can spread is positives. But they don’t like the positives.’’ Ahmed Wemah said true Islam has no hatred for anyone but love for all. He eulogised the late Mr Addo, the first chairman, who he took over from and commended him for the role he played in uniting Africans. The ceremony offered over 35,000 participants from more than 90 countries an opportunity to increase religious knowledge and promote a sense of peace and brotherhood. The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, graced the occasion.
Management of Menzgold Ghana has assured customers that the company is responding to matters over their operations with the relevant authorities. The statement further asked customers to disregard what management described as unbalanced reportage by the media. The company also assured customers that Menzgold is here to stay and will not collapse. According to the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Menzgold, which is known as a precious minerals trading company, is carrying out unlawful transactions by taking deposits. In a public notice issued by the BoG, it said the company has no authority to engage in what it says are the “solicitation, receipt of money or investment and the payment of dividends or returns to its clients.” The central bank maintained that MenzGold is in breach of section 6(1) of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930). Read Below the full statement PRESS RELEASE Interesting as the last few days have been, the Management of Menzgold Ghana would like to thank its cherished customers for your continuous partnership and faith in us. Your relentless show of support in these trying times have strengthened our business and renewed us with fresh energies to serve you even better. We assure you of our unwavering resolve to deliver the best in our line of business and just as we never have, we will not fail to deliver on our mandate. Menzgold Ghana would also like to call on our customers to disregard any and all negative and unbalanced media reportage. Rest assured we are following all matters with keen interest and will react at the appropriate time. As a law abiding institution, we are in consultations with all relevant Government Institutions to iron out all possible quandaries and come out with a more robust system that will serve you even better and ensure that all your interests are well secured and protected. We call for calm in these moments and assure all customers and potential customers that Menzgold is here to stay. God bless you and God bless Ghana. Signed Management, MENZOLD GHANA
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has threatened to embark on a strike action and withdraw all services at various hospitals if concrete steps are not taken to deal with perpetrators involved in the attack on Dr. David Kolbila, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH). A statement by the GMA issued today [Tuesday] said, “The GMA would like to place on record that if concrete step are not taken to deal with this canker, the GMA will not hesitate to ask its members to stay off the hospital premises until their safety can be assured.’’ “The GMA condemns in no uncertain terms these acts of barbarism and lawlessness and calls on government not to reward such acts by kowtowing to the demands of these misfits. However, the perpetrators should immediately be brought to book by the Security Agencies. It is important that the Traditional and Religious Leaders come together with other stakeholders to quickly deal with this matter and nip this canker in the bud,” the GMA added in a statement signed by its Vice President, Frank Serebour. The Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching hospital in the Northern region Dr David Zaawumya Kolbila was allegedly assaulted by members of an NPP affiliated vigilante group Kandahar Boys after they stormed the hospital. The incident occurred Monday morning, Rainbow Radio’s Northern regional correspondent Prince Kwame Tamakloe reported. The CEO’s office was locked and the key taken away by the irate group which accuses him of incompetence. Meanwhile Dr. David Kolbila has been reinstated.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called for the Church and Government to collaborate in the collective agenda of uplifting the moral, political, spiritual and economic life of the Ghanaian people, and, thereby, help accelerate the pace of development in the country. According to President Akufo-Addo, “We want a partnership which is founded on common values of service to mankind, of love and solidarity with our fellow human beings, and of truth, honesty and integrity. If we focus on these values, it will enable us to lift up our country and fulfill the word of God, and realise the promise of immortality that Christ offers to all true believers.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 14th August, 2018, at the end of his 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region, when he addressed the 29th Biennial General Council Meeting of the Assemblies of God Church, held at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Welcoming the support of the Assemblies of God Church on some Government initiatives, such as in sanitation, education and the building of the National Cathedral, the President noted that these are positive examples which must be emulated by all churches in the country. Whilst reiterating his determination to ensuring that every Ghanaian child gets a minimum of secondary school education, President Akufo-Addo explained that education is the most important contribution he can make to the welfare and progress of Ghana, and he is determined to do so. “Education is a tool for development, and not for self-serving partisan political debates. This tool is what all of us should commit ourselves to, that every young person in this country, no matter where they are in Ghana, no matter the circumstances of their parents, have access to education,” he said. President Akufo-Addo continued, “We don’t know what village is going to produce the Ghanaian Einstein, and if we have that perspective, then we will support the initiative that makes it possible. The first year of the Free Senior High School ensured that 90,000 more young men and women got into school than they did the year before.” Thus, the spectre of at least 100,000 young men and women dropping out of the educational system at the level of Junior High School was one he was determined to stop. With 180,000 more students expected to be enrolled in Senior High Schools across the country in September, the President told the gathering that his government has had to “devise intelligent solutions as to how we could use the existing infrastructure to cater for this additional number of people”, i.e. the Double-Track system. To the members of the General Council, President Akufo-Addo indicated that he has no difficulty asserting his Christian faith, stating, unequivocally that, “I see myself as a Christian in politics and as one whose political views are deeply influenced by his Christian values.”
A businessman is on the run after he was declared wanted by Dubai Police for fraud. According to the 2016 Auditor General's report, the businessman, Kennedy Agyapong, allegedly brought the ladies to be sold as maids after he recruited them from Ghana to the Emirates to serve. Responding to the issue, Director of Finance at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Bismark Amoako said, the mission is yet to locate the man to pay AED1,000 as monies Ghana's Dubai Mission spent on the ladies. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, added that, over 20 Ghanaian football supporters who were abandoned by their agents at the just ended Russia World Cup, were airlifted by the Nigerian government together with hundreds of Nigerians who were equally stranded. Ayorkor Botchway lamented over the lack of funds to cater for emergency situations such as stranded citizens. Chairman for PAC James Klutse Avedzi however assured his committee will recommend creation of an expenditure line for such exigencies.
A private legal practitioner who has declared his intention to contest as presidential candidate on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress, lawyer Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, has waded into discussions over the role of board of directors of companies following the collapse of local banks. The lawyer who says he represents the face of the youth and hope for Ghana, in a post said, board of directors are supposed to protect the interest of customers when shareholders go to sleep. He literally meant that, board of directors cannot exclude themselves from scandals that hit their companies. His post is coming after Dr Mensa Otabil reacted to the collapse of Capital Bank, where he was the board chair until it became insolvent. The man of God in his statement said he cannot be guilty of the collapse because he was not involved with the day-day management of the bank. However the lawyer thinks otherwise. According to him, some board of directors lack the understanding of their core mandate. The post read: "the Board of Directors is actually the final authority in any company. It is the organ the shareholders trust to protect their money and other interests. When the shareholder sleeps in the afternoon the board member is supposed to be wide awake. However many Board members do not understand their role and the consequences or liabilities that come with their function. It is a heavy duty. When courses are structured for their education most are not interested because they don’t see the “benefit”. Benefit in this context is what immediate income will such education bring or what do they they stand to lose immediately if they don’t participate. Once the company can pay salaries everything is okay." He added: "But on the day of reckoning the Managers are mostly full of excuses and are able to produce documents showing approvals by the Board and the Directors are rather left in a quagmire. It’s all about standards and principles. Always insist on the right thing being done and do not trust. If you choose to trust still double check." In his view, "the world has lost the love for one another and one is hardly able to completely trust. In any case trust in business should only take you as far as your due diligence report. I hope all directors in Ghana will learn from this hard lesson in corporate governance presented by the Bank scandal and take their function more seriously."
The Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Company Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah, has apologised for describing the Bank of Ghana as a joke. This was contained in a twee by the businessman on his official twitter account. Mr Mensah a week ago described the Central as a joke after they described his operations as illegal and cautioned the public against operating with them. According to the BoG, Menzgold is breaching the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930). The Bank of Ghana in the notice signed by Mrs Caroline Otoo, Secretary to Governor Dr Ernest Addison, reiterated that Menzgold Ghana Limited is not licensed and has no authority to engage in the solicitation, receipt of money or investments and the payment of dividends or returns to its clients which is captured in the Act. The Menzgold boss last week posted: "TODAY'S JOKE: Bank of Ghana, so now you dey do propaganda???? I beg paa "Tell Ghanaians exactly what happened with the 5 or so collapsed banks you duly LICENSED & SUPERVISED for years. Please don't attempt to use our dear Menzgold to cover up?. I beg make we think!". But he has apologised in a new tweet saying: "Owing to the fallible nature of man, i sincerely apologise for my initial reaction to the Bank of Ghana press release". Mr Mensah also revealed that his company is engaged and cooperating with the BoG and other state agencies to resolve their issues. "We've engaged & are cooperating with the BoG and other state agencies, to cordially resolve in the interest of our beloved Republic of Ghana.#GhanaShallProsper," he added.
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