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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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A new development policy designed by the Ghana Education Service (GES)to streamline the teaching profession in the country will see teachers undergo a year induction course after completing their training colleges of education. The training is geared towards enhancing quality in the educational sector. Speaking in an interview with the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the GES Rev Jonathan Bettey said, the one year induction training course is meant for pre-tertiary teachers. The Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management Programme (Teacher Career Path and Promotion System) is meant to improve upon teaching and learning in Ghana. According to him, before they can achieve that, they have to build the capacity of the teachers to deliver well when in the classroom. The training programme he explained will be a continuous in service training which offer teachers the opportunity to upgrade themselves  to promote quality teaching and enhanced learning outputs. Rev. Jonathan Bettey revealed that, they had piloted the project and the beneficiaries are delivering their best after their benefited from the training and was optimistic that, when the programme take its full course, it will enhance upon the delivery in the classroom. The training he further noted will also provide the standards for effective preparation of all pre-tertiary teachers in response to changing trends in the educational sector. Commenting on the issue of arrears owed teachers, he said all efforts are underway to get teachers paid as soon as possible and pleaded with affected teachers to exercise patience as process of getting them paid is underway.  
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been challenged to defend themselves on allegation that there are importing arms and ammunition into the country to create chaos and violence should they lose the elections. Mr. William Adamudzi, Nsawam Adoagyiri constituency Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), is alleging that the elephant party are currently importing guns and other offensive weapons into the country with the aim of leading an uprising after they are defeated in the general elections. Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, Mr. Adamudzi said he is ready to face off with the NPP and has dared the party to deny or confirm the allegation. According to him, he will strip the party naked if the should deny the claims. He warned the NPP not to do anything funny since they are under surveillance and will be jailed should they violate our laws. ''The NPP should send me anywhere they want to. I will prove to them that they are importing arms and ammunition to destabilise the country because they are well aware that they will lose the elections.'' He told the host that his allegation is true and will not hesitate to repeat it when he get the chance. According to him, the plot by the NPP to destabilise the nation, will see not see the light and has cautioned them to be careful. When asked if he was not just making an unfounded allegation, he answered in the affirmative saying, ''this not an allegation. their own party chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko confirmed it. His interview with the African Watch Magazine confirms my allegation. Have you not read the magazine? Where you not in Ghana when he [Paul Afoko] accused the party of importing Serbians to train their supporters?'' he asked the host. Mr. William Adamudzi described the NPP as 'sick people who are only campaigning on radio with the hope of winning the elections instead of going round to engage the electorate.
National Democratic Congress' (NDC's) Chairman for the Nsawam Adoagyiri Constituency, Mr. William Adamaudzi says the commissioning of the four (4) bore holes by the vice presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is not news to be given an attention. The Chairman, in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM opined that, he felt disappointed that the former deputy governor of the Central Bank sought to gain attention with the commissioning of the bore hole. Mr. Adamudzi said, his parliamentary candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections has personally drilled seven (7) bore holes for some selected communities in the constituency to resolve the water crisis. He explained that, the water crisis that hit the constituency was not knew and government he added had taken steps to resolve the crisis. Nsawam Adoagyiri was hit severer water crisis as their only source of drinking water, Densu dried up due to activities of farming activities by the residents along the banks, which  caused sand on the farm land to be washed into the river, causing the water level to drop.  Residents during the period depended on rain water as their source of drinking water. The shortage caught the attention of some prominent personalities including Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to visit the constituency with a pledge of drilling four (4) bore holes. The project was commissioned in the constituency yesterday but Mr. William Adamudzi said that the project is not news for them since their parliamentary candidate, Madam Benedicta drilled seven (7) therefore he sees no reason why Dr. Bawumia should be lauded for his initiative. In his view, Ghanaians should not waste their time on the project commissioned by the vice presidential candidate. He described the NPP as a party of 'sick people' feeding on lies, propaganda and falsehood to deceive Ghanaians in voting for them to rule this country.
A policy tin thank group STRANEC has called on all stakeholders and policy makers to consider spreading the tentacles of presidential debate forums and in the larger sense giving the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)a chance. Giving the NCCE a chance to host the presidential debate will not be inconsistent with her functions stipulated in the 1992 Constitution and the assumed monopoly enjoyed by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) will be deflated as NCCE is capable enough to host the presidential debate, the group said. According to STRANEC, they appreciate the strides IEA has brought to bear so far as the democratic dispensation leading to national development is concerned. However, we believe it is time to give the NCCE a chance as we believe public institutions in Ghana must be made to function fully which in a way will strengthened them. Executive Member of the group, Nii Tettey Tetteh in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem said, the NCCE taking the baton to host the presidential debate will urge them to open the flood gates for all political parties qualified per the modalities of Electoral Commission to participate in the debate rather than a select few which is unconstitutional and this he added, will as well be not termed as abuse of rights of presidential candidates. Nii Tettey Tetteh strated thaat the IEA, does not have the locus staandi to display such misconduct by whipping the NCCE in line as NCCE is equally qualified to perform exactly what IEA does. Answering a question whether the NCCE is not cash strapped, affecting their basic responsibility of education, and whether they can add on another function which is demanding, he said the NCCE should be giving the chance to hold the debate since they can do so without any difficulty as perceived.  
Due to the challenges encountered by prospective applicants in filling their application forms online, the Police Administration has changed the online address for applicants to fill their forms. Some applicants had expressed their frustration in filling the forms online. Director of Public Relations at the Police Service, Supt. Cephas Arthur in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5FM said, they had taken note of the challenges and has changed the address to solve the challenges encountered by the applicants. According to him, they had challenges with their service providers but the problem is now resolved. The new address is Https://police.gh.services  Applicants are to take note of the change and act accordingly. Prospective applicants last week Wednesday besieged the various branches of the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) nationwide, with the hope with purchasing the e-voucher to enlist into the service. The sale of the vouchers is still ongoing with long queues of prospective applicants seen on daily basis waiting to lay hands on the a voucher. The Inspector General of Police John Kudalor had earlier indicated that it will embark on an electronic recruitment in order to avoid scams associated with recruitment in the service. The police indicated that forms will not be sold for the recruitment exercise, and urged Ghanaians to report suspicious recruitment activities to the nearest Police Station or the CID Headquarters.  Applicants are to purchase a for GHC 100 and then fill out their details online since the mode of application is done only online. Receiving of applications will cease on May 31, 2016.  Over 17, 000 vouchers have been sold so far.
Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri Hon. Frank Annor-Dompreh has accused government of mismanaging a grant of 11 million Euros given it by the Belgium government, which was meant for an expansion of a water project in the constituency. According to him, the inability of government to account  for the money and embark on the project, led to the water crisis in the constituency some months ago. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, the legislator said the failure on government to judiciously manage the grant, and invest it in the expansion project contributed to about 90 percent of the water crisis in Nsawam Adoagyiri. The Belgium government he revealed, planned of adding an additional amount of 5 million Euros to the grant, but rescind their decision due to government's inability to account for the first grant released to Ghana. Hon. Frank Annor Dompreh added, the thievery, corruption and mismanagement in the Mahama led administration nearly led to severe dangers due to the water crisis they encountered as a people. He lauded the vice presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamaudu Bawummia, for commissioning four bore holes in the constituency to help resolve the water crisis. The former deputy governor of the Central Bank some months ago pledged to drill four boreholes for the constituency after they were hit with severer water shortage as their only source of drinking water dried up. The boreholes were commissioned yesterday by the vice presidential candidate at a short ceremony. The MP said, the initiative by Dr. Bawumia and said it confirms the vision he and his presidential candidate, Nana Addo have to transform this country. He chided President Mahama for failing to release their MPs Common Fund with arrears dating back 2014, a situation he said has staled development in the constituency. According to him, he had personally constructed about five (5) public toilets in some selected areas in the constituency as it remains one of their daunting challenge for them. He said, the constituency lacks access to this facility and faulted government for failing on his mandate in providing constituents with the needed facilities to make live easier.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, NPP Vice-Presidential Candidate has commissioned four (4) borehole projects for the people of Adoagyiri, in fulfilment of a promise made in February by himself and on behalf of NPP Presidential Candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, to fund the development of the four boreholes to help bring relief to the people of Adoagyiri, who have been facing an acute water crisis since late 2015.   Two (2) of the boreholes were developed in the Adoagyiri township, while the other two (2) were developed in the Adoagyiri Zongo.   On Saturday, Dr. Bawumia also commissioned a Public Toilet project, fully funded by himself, for the people of Sagnarigu in the Northern region.   With residents facing the worst water crisis in decades, Dr. Bawumia paid a visit to Adoagyiri and its environs on February 19th to ascertain for himself, the seriousness of the situation, what had accounted for the hardships the people had been burdened with and to interact with residents on how they were coping with the current dire times. Dr. Bawumia who expressed deep concern for the plight of the people, immediately pledged that the NPP’s Presidential Ticket, will fund the development of four (4) boreholes for the community to act as an emergency relief to the crisis, which had completely disrupted life for residents and especially women and children.   “On behalf of Nana Akufo-Addo, we are happy to have been able to contribute our little quota to help the people of the area and help bring relief. We thank the Chiefs and People of Nsawam and Adoagyiri also for your cooperation which made this project possible”, Dr. Bawumia said at the palace of the Nsawam Chief before proceeding to commission the boreholes.   Member of Parliament for the area, Frank Annoh Dompreh who accompanied Dr. Bawumia, was excited that Dr. Bawumia and Nana Akufo-Addo had come to the aid of the people of Adoagyiri in their most desperate time and urged the people of the Nsawam – Adoagyiri Constituency to rally fully behind the NPP’s Presidential Ticket and vote massively for Nana Akufo-Addo as the NPP had demonstrated that it cared and would obviously do more once elected into office.   The Queenmother for Nsawam, Nana Awoyaa Amankwah, who is Acting as Head of the Traditional Council, was elated about the development of the boreholes and thanked Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia for the show of concern and for delivering on their pledge.   “We were suffering so much but thanks to you, I can now get water to drink and to bath. With what you have done, I know you can do bigger things for us and this is why I will support you wherever you go,” Nana Hemaa Awoyaa Amankwah said.   Dego Gets Borehole  Dr. Bawumia, together with MP for the Akwapim South Constituency, Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah, also commissioned another borehole in Dego, a community in the Akwapim South Constituency, which was also facing severe water issues.   Even though Dego was not part of the original pledge, the Chiefs and elders of the town, made an appeal to Dr. Bawumia on hearing of his pledge to Adoagyiri.   Speaking at Dego, Dr. Bawumia noted that with the unprecedented resources that had come into the country in the last seven years, the State should have been able to solve such basic issues to make life comfortable for the people of Ghana; but that due to corruption and mismanagement, the people of Ghana were now faced with unbearable suffering and worsening in the state of amenities and Social Services.   Sagnarigu Chief & People Thankful to Dr. Bawumia for KVIP  The Chief of Sagnarigu, Naa Yakubu Abdullai, has expressed utmost gratitude to Dr. Bawumia, for delivering on his promise and putting up a KVIP (Public Toilet) for residents of the Sagnarigu Community in the Tamale Metropolis who had lived without such a basic necessity for years despite several complaints to the government.   “I thank you so much for this great gesture. You have shown that you are a man who fulfils his promises and my people thank you for this big gift and for the speed in putting it up. Thank you and God will continue to bless you for what you have done for Sagnarigu even in opposition,” Naa Yakubu Abdullai said.   The Chief made these comments at the Commissioning of the KVIP in Sagnarigu, which was put up in a matter of months after the Chief, Elders and people of the Community appealed to Dr. Bawumia to help the community get a public toilet during a visit to the Community in January this year.   Despite the fact that the Chief, Elders and People requested Dr. Bawumia to help the community in this regard, if elected as Vice-President, Dr. Bawumia realising the need for this basic amenity immediately, pledged to fund the construction of the Public Toilet immediately.   Addressing a large crowd of residents, who gathered to witness the commissioning of the Public Toilet, speaker after speaker, noted the inability of the government to build the facility for the area and pointed to a six-year old uncompleted building which was supposed to be a Public Toilet put up by the government, but which had been abandoned for years despite the desperate plight of the people. Source: NPP Communications
Convener for a group calling itself Ghana Must Know Forum, Hopeson Adorye  has chided President John Dramani Mahama accusing him of modernising  419 scam by using technology to illegally diverting $250 million of the proceeds from the $1 billion Euroband for his campaign ahead of the 2016 general elections. ''President Mahama modernises 419 scam in Ghana with the use of technology to rob Ghanaians.'' The leader of the group alleged that, President Mahama is presiding over wide spread corruption in his government by allowing the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper to divert state funds into a UBA account. Addressing students of the Accra Polytechnic last week, Dr. Bawumia accused government of diverting about $250 million of the total proceeds from the nation’s $1 billion Eurobond it issued in 2015 to a private account at the United Bank of Africa (UBA). According to him, the fund was not yet operational. However the Finance Minister at a news conference  to respond to Dr. Bawumia’s claims, said “government acted within the law”.  Meanwhile, Hope Adorye says the response by the Finance Minister is laughable and questionable. He said, the group is calling for the immediate resignation of the Minister so he could be prosecuted by breaching section 53 of the Bank of Ghana Act. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio,the convener alleged further that, their investigations had revealed that the diversion was to enable government to make profits, transfer it to the personal account of President Mahama so he shares it among his cronies and allies. Hopeson Adorye could understand why government should invest the money into a UBA account, when some Ghanaian banks are on the verge of collapse. Corruption in this Mahama led administration had turned to thievery he added. He charged Ghanaians to rise up and fight the deep rooted corruption in government so save this country from collapsing. Hopeson Adorye was of the view that, Ghana is currently sinking and if care is not taken, the ripple effects will be unbearable. He noted, it makes no sense for government to invest the money in a private bank and go back to loan that same money with an interest of 24 percent. The excuses the Finance Minister gave he stressed was shallow therefore the media should dig deeper to find out more.  
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the belief by most Presidents that a second term in office is all but guaranteed, even though they have clearly failed, is beginning to become a thing of the past in the politics of Africa.    With 2016 marking the end of the second consecutive term of the NDC, since 2009, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that since the advent of the Fourth Republic in 1992, Ghana has seen two transfers of power from one democratically elected president to another from a different political party.   However, with 2016 marking the end of the second consecutive term of the NDC since 2009, the NPP flagbearer explained that “like in Nigeria, it marks also the end of the first full term of a vice president elevated to the highest office, after serving out the term of a deceased President.”   According to the NPP flagbearer, “what we, in the NPP, have to do like the APC did in Nigeria, is to mobilise the majority of Ghanaians to ensure that there is no automatic second term for a non-performing President.”   Nana Akufo-Addo was speaking at the E-lection Bridge Africa Conference organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Alisa hotel, Accra, when he made this known. This event brought together experts from sub-Saharan Africa and Germany to build a bridge between players in modern political communication, and provide a forum to share ideas, practices and successes.   Describing the 2016 elections as a critical one for Ghana, “critical not only because it signals the end of an incumbent party’s second term in office”, Akufo-Addo stated that determining the future direction of Ghana and the wellbeing of the people is even more critical, i.e. “whether we let things continue to deteriorate, as they have been doing, or stop the sinking ship, and change course.”   Making reference to The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, which stated that one of the biggest threats to democracy in the world “is the anxious mood of our times”, the NPP flagbearer noted that Ghana, likewise, finds herself in an anxious mood.   “With a president desperate for a second term, yet pulled down by his own unimpressive track record since 2009, and with Ghanaians clamouring for a change in their circumstances, the stakes are very high. Nigeria showed the way in April of last year and we hope this will turn out to be a lesson that Ghanaians can learn from our neighbours; that change is, sometimes, needed after just one full term,” he added.    The calls for change in Ghana, according to Akufo-Addo, stem from widespread despondency, brought about by severe hardships, rising cost of living, high levels of youth unemployment, collapsed businesses, low real wages, and increasing poverty, which is partly the result of a 4 year old energy crisis, all under the leadership of President Mahama.   With Ghana’s public debt shooting up by 1,000% in 7 years since the NDC took office, GDP growth rate reducing from 8.4% in 2008, without oil, when the NPP left office, to 3.9% in 2015, under the NDC, when Ghana is now an oil producing nation; and with agriculture and industry, which should be the key drivers of the economy, doing very badly, Nana Akufo-Addo stressed that change was, indeed, imperative.   “Unemployment, especially amongst the youth, is widespread. The macroeconomic indicators are troubling to say the least. Inflation is on a persistent upward trajectory, currently over 19%, and so are bank lending rates well above 30%. The cost of utilities, particularly electricity, poses major challenges for the ordinary budget. The cedi is now a weak currency, which has destroyed the confidence of our traders,” he noted.   Instead of proffering solutions to these myriad of problems, so as to assuage the fears of Ghanaians, Nana Akufo-Addo stated the Mahama government’s only reaction has been to throw a ‘green book’ in the face of Ghanaians, hoping that all the problems will be solved by this.   “This book supposedly sets out a record of its infrastructural projects, many of which have turned out to be artists’ impressions and non-existent on the ground. Others are the work of the former NPP government. The ‘green book’ fails to tell Ghanaians why the economy has degenerated so markedly under the management of a government that has received more monies, in terms of revenues, taxes, and loans, than any other government in our history, and what is being done to fix it so Ghana can be put back onto the path of progress and prosperity. The return of the country into the embrace of the IMF is eloquent testimony to the difficulties the Ghanaian people face.Ghanaians are clearly in an anxious mood,” he stressed.      
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) April report on parties that uses abusive and indecent language on radio has seen the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) come top on the chart. The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) came second with Progressive People's Party (PPP), New Labour Party (NLP), National Democratic Party (NDP), Convention People’s Party (CPP) and People’s National Convention (PNC) following in that order.   Below is the full statement The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released the first report of its campaign language monitoring project. The report, which is based on monitoring of 516 programmes on 40 radio stations for the period April 18-30, 2016, names political parties whose officials, affiliates and supporters used abusive language; individuals and radio presenters who used abusive language; and radio stations on which the indecent expressions were used.   A total of 87 incidents of indecent expressions were recorded on 18 out of the 40 radio stations monitored. Officials, affiliates and supporters of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) topped the list of culprits with a total of 27 incidents. The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) followed with a total of 16 incidents. The others were: Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the New Labour Party (NLP) – four (4) each; National Democratic Party (NDP) – two (2); and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and People’s National Convention (PNC) – one (1) each.   For the radio stations, 18 out of the 40 monitored, recorded incidents of indecent expressions. Accra-based Montie FM topped the list with 22 incidents followed by Oman FM with 15 incidents, and Adom FM and Diamond FM with seven (7) each. All the incidents of indecent expressions recorded on Adom FM were also recorded on Nsawkaw-based Tain FM.   “It is regrettable to have programme presenters not only allowing their platforms to be abused by politicians but also being the abusers themselves,” said Abigail Larbi-Odei, MFWA’s Programme Manager for Media and Democracy.   The monitoring report is the first of several to be issued by the MFWA before, during and after the 2016 elections (April – December). Under its “Issues Not Insults” campaign, the MFWA and its team of monitors are on a daily basis, monitoring and tracking indecent expressions used by politicians and activists on selected radio programmes. The campaign also involves monitoring and reporting how presenters/moderators on the selected stations handle their programmes and whether or not they allow their platforms to be used to abuse others.   The project which will be expanded to cover 70 radio stations across the country by July 2016 is being implemented with funding support from OSIWA, STAR-Ghana and the EU (through Socioserve Ghana).  
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