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Dr. Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company, has won the ‘CEO of the Year Award’. This was at the second edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards, jointly organize by Globe Productions, the Transport Ministry, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Graphic Communications Group, in Accra. Mr. McDonald Vasnanie, CEO of Conship, was adjudged the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ with the ‘Promising Entrepreneur’ award going to Isaac Amoako-Mensah. Mrs. Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group took the prize for the ‘Reporter of the Year’. Over 40 shipping companies including Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Sea and Shore services Ghana Limited, Transglobal Logistics Limited, Benmarine Services Limited and Swissport Ghana Limited received prizes. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, applauded the initiative to recognize excellence in the shipping industry. The awards would serve as motivation to everybody – to up their game and improve the quality of client service. He underlined the government’s unswerving determination to create the right conditions and support local and private enterprises to succeed. This was vital to its drive towards job and wealth creation to put the nation beyond aid. Mr. Asiamah said the paperless system at the ports was meant to bring about efficiency and facilitate business operations at the ports. He encouraged the companies to continue to stick with best practices to expand and lead the nation’s socio-economic growth. Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of GSA, said the award was to recognize individuals and companies that played significant roles in the growth and development of the industry. It was also to acknowledge the key functions within the industry which promoted growth and sustainability. She announced that there was an 18 percent increase in demurrage payment in the first quarter of the year. That came to US$15.4 million dollars. Source: The New Crusading Guide

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 10th August, 2018, at the start of his 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region, cut the sod for the commencement of the Kumasi roads facelift project. The project, funded by the Government of Ghana, Road Fund and the French Development Agency, will ensure that 260 kilometres of roads within the Kumasi Metropolis, Ejisu Juaben, Sekyere East, Bekwai and Mampong municipal areas, witness major improvements. Speaking at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo noted that the present state of roads in the Kumasi does not befit its status as Ghana’s 2nd largest city, the reason why Government is committed to improving quickly the condition of the roads in Kumasi, and by extension in the Ashanti Region. That is why Government, through the Ministry of Roads and Highways, has begun work on some critical roads in the region. These include the Kumasi Drainage and Roads Extension Project, which involves the construction of the lake road into a two-by-two dual carriageway, from the Coca Cola bottling plant to Dompoase junction; lining of the Sissai River for two kilometres, to reduce the incidence of flooding; construction of critical bridges and footbridges over the Sissai river to connect communities along the river; and asphaltic overlay of ten kilometres of roads within the project area. Additionally, the President indicated the facelift project will involve the rehabilitation of 100 kilometres of roads within Kumasi and Mampong, and the construction of over 100 kilometres of highways and feeder roads in the Region, all funded by the Sino-Hydro facility. The project, he added, will also take into account the remodelling of the four roundabouts, between Ejisu and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and also asphaltic overlay on 135 kilometres of roads within the Kumasi Metropolis, to deal with the issue of potholes, and, thereby, give the roads in the Metropolis a new lease of life. “Let me use this occasion also to announce that, before the end of this year, construction works will begin for the dualization of the road from Accra to Kumasi,” President Akufo-Addo said, much to the delight of the gathering. On other road projects in the offing include the construction of the Tamale interchange, which will be the first interchange in the North, the construction of the Suame Interchange, the PTC interchange in Takoradi and the completion of the Sofoline project. President Akufo-Addo urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways and its implementing agencies to ensure that adequate and proper supervision is given to all the works being undertaken, and, thereby, guarantee value for money. “I urge all those whose properties might be affected by the various projects to co-operate with the Ministry of Roads and Highways and other relevant state institutions in accessing the compensation due them. We shall ensure that fair and adequate compensation is be paid to all persons and properties that shall be affected,” he added. These projects, the President said, represent an exciting phase in the infrastructural development not only of Asanteman, and, but, indeed, of the entire country. “We are on the cusp of a bold, new beginning, and I urge all Ghanaians to join hands with Government as we strive to bring progress and prosperity to all parts of our country,” he added. Prior to the ground-breaking ceremony, President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to inform him of his 5-day tour of the Region, and the activities he will be undertaking whilst in the Region. The Asantehene, on his part, thanked the President for the gesture of his visit, and wished him well during the tour.
Political science lecturer at the Methodist University, Dr Osei Bonsu-Wusu has underscored the need for the current administration to reform the ministerial appointments just like the public sector reforms. Reacting to the reshuffling done by the president, the lecturer said, he was not surprised but was expecting the number of ministers to have reduced drastically to save us some money. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he opined that, the ‘obolo size’ governance practiced in the country is having a negative impact on our public purse hence the need for us to reform the ministerial appointments. On the reassigning of Mr Kofi Adda, Dr Bonsu-Wusu said he gathered information that, the former minister was not allocated with the needed resources to work and that affected his performance, adding, it would have better to keep him at the ministry than reassign him because the new person will also under perform if she is not allocated the needed resources. The President Nana Addo is guided by Article 78 (2) of the constitution in making his appointments. President Nana Akufo-Addo has currently appointed a total number of 112 people to serve as ministers, ministers of state and deputies in his administration. Out of the total 110, 20 are Regional Ministers and their Deputies, 42 ministers for various ministries, with 50 deputies. By this number, the Nana Addo-led administration would have the highest list of ministers and deputies to serve in any government since the start of the fourth Republic.
National Youth Organizer for the opposition Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Divine Nkrumah has slammed President Akufo-Addo for failing to decrease his appointees when he had the opportunity to reshuffle. Mr Nkrumah said, although the constitution allows the president to appoint without a cap, it did not also mean he should just be appointing anyhow. In his view, the reshuffling was nothing to write home about and can best be referred to as a ''colour mixing theory''. Divine Nkrumah said he was disappointed in the president because Ghanaians will not benefit from the appointments. Making reference to the sanitation ministry, he said, the minister who has been reassigned to the Aviation ministry failed woefully. The number of ministers he added should not exceed 40 considering the population size of Ghana. He reiterated the need for Metropolitan, District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to be elected. The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made the following changes to the composition of his government, with immediate effect : 1. John Peter Amewu, former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and acting Minister for Energy, is now Minister for Energy; 2. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Minister for Lands and Natural Resources; 3. Hon. Kofi Adda, Member of Parliament for Navrongo constituency and former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, is now Minister for Aviation; 4. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, former Minister for Aviation, is now Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources; 5. Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, former Minister for Information, is now Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development; 6. Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Member of Parliament for Ofoase/Ayirebi constituency and former Deputy Minister for Information, is now Minister for Information designate; 7. Hon. Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, is now Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection designate; 8. Paulina Tangoba Abayage, former Ambassador to Italy, is now Upper East Regional Minister designate; 9. Hon. Evans Opoku Bobie, Member of Parliament for Asunafo North constituency and former deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate; 10. Hon. Martin Oti Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North constituency, is now Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate; 11. Hon. Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament for Madina constituency and former Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, is now Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President; 12. Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President; 13. Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, is now Deputy Minister for Information; 14. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy Minister for Information, is now Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports; and 15. Otiko Afisa Djaba, former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, is now Ambassador-designate to Italy. ''President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the Ministers-designate for Information, and Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Regional Ministers-designate for Upper East and Brong Ahafo, as well as the deputy Regional Minister-designate for Brong Ahafo, so they can assume their respective offices as quickly as possible,'' a statement signed by Director of Communications at the presidency said.
Eastern regional chairman for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Tawiah Boateng, has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo honourably resign because he has disgraced Ghanaians and his own people in Akyem. He was reacting to the dismissal of Mr Boakye Agyarko as the Energy Minister over the renegotiated Ameri deal. Dismissing Boakye Agyarko he lamented was an attempt to save the president from embarrassment. The executive approval given the renegotiated deal he said was not only disgraceful but an indictment on the president. On the reshuffling of ministers, the regional chairman said he is sad that the president failed to reduce the number of appointees but increased it by 2. He slammed the president for failing to justify why he has increased the number and reasons for reassigning and appointing new persons. On the Information Minister Dr Mustapha Hamid being moved to the Zongo and Inner Development, he said, ‘’after Dr Hamid did all the dirty jobs for Nana Addo, peddling lies to save the government from being embarrassed, he has been asked to go to the Zongo Ministry.’’ He was expecting Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Trades Minister; Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Asenso to be sacked due to the number of scandals and corruption allegations levelled against them. ‘’Nana Addo has also disgraced himself and Ghanaians. He should have sacked himself. He signed the deal and later said he was misled? He should have sacked himself and not Agyarko. The disgrace he has brought on Ghana is unprecedented,’’ he added.
Following the President, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first reshuffle of Ministerial positions, the former Minister of Aviation who has now become the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has commented on fond memories Ghanaians should have as she leaves the Aviation Ministry. Speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5 today (Friday), she emphasized that a lot of work has been done in the Aviation Ministry. She said that they have been able to achieve the vision of the current government in terms of aviation. She explained,” The vision of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo is to make Ghana the aviation hub in the whole West Africa and I believe we have reached that point. This month, I received an award as the best aviation member. We have received the loan for Tamale terminal building. We are also on the one at Kumasi. On the terminal three, we were also working diligently on it. She indicated that all these are enough evidences of the good work towards making Ghana the aviation hub in West Africa and a lot of work that has been done as she takes on the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Deputy Majority Chief Whip of Parliament, Moses Anim has slammed persons engaging in same sex relationship. The legislator in an interview Friday said, animals in the animal kingdom do not accept homosexuality so why should human beings entertain such acts? Homosexuality he noted is unacceptable, un-Ghanaian, unbiblical and culturally disgusting. Reacting to the assurance given by President Akufo-Addo that he will not endorse homosexuality at the Synod of the Global Evangelical Church, the MP said, Nana Addo is a God fearing man who upholds his Christian values and will not endorse such an ungodly act. Moses Anim further noted he was not surprised the president gave the assurance because it will never be endorsed. Legalizing gay rights he stressed will never be endorsed, entertained and encouraged in Ghana. ‘’I will ask those calling for gay rights and gays to go to the animal kingdom and practice their gay life. But I am convinced the animals will not even entertain their distasteful act.’’ He called on Ghanaians to pray for such individuals so they will have a change of character from their evil ways. President Akufo-Addo addressing Synod of the Global Evangelical Church said his administration has no plans to legalize gay marriage. He said, ‘’let me assure that, this government has no plans to change the law on same sex marriage. We have no authority and we will not seek any authority to do so.’’ The president who described himself as a Christian in politics stressed that he cannot endorse homosexuality, adding, ‘’I am a Christian in politics and will continue to be so. A politician who is deeply influenced by Christian values.’’ For him, it will be in our interest to pull our resources together, to build a happy and prosperous nation. I know the church can be influential in making a dramatic difference in education, health and sanitation.’’
The newly appointed Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Morrison has said her appointment came to her as a surprise. The legislator for Agona West told Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm Friday she had travelled on an official duty with the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and got to know about her appointment upon her return from the journey. She pledged to work in the interest of unprivileged, elderly people, women and children. The legislator is one of new faces being introduced after the first ministerial reshuffle by the president. She is taking over form Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba who has been appointed Ambassador designate to Italy. Mrs Cynthia Morrison told the host the gender thing is so much on her heart and as an advocate, she hates to see people especially children being abused or molested. She is looking forward to work with individuals and stakeholders in the sector to succeed. Mrs Morrison is known to be an advocate for the aged and physically challenged persons. She organizes free health screening annually for her constituents and has been advocating on gender issues in parliament.
The newly appointed Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Cynthia Morrison, has promised to intensify efforts to remove child beggars from the streets. The Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, who has been appointed as minister-designate said she would look at the blueprint used by the former minister, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, and intensify the efforts. According to her, it is not only risky for children to used as beggars but unlawful and affront to the fundamental human rights of the victims. The gender activist told Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, she will work to ensure that the rights of children, women, elderly and unprivileged are protected. The Ministry of Gender in June 2018 rolled out an ambitious programme to remove child beggars from major cities nationwide. The five-year programme is expected to rid the over 6,000 children roaming the streets across the country. The ministry called on Ghanaians to support the initiative so it will succeed. Coordinator of the ‘Operation Clear Children off the Street’, Richard Adjetey, in an interview said, “To ensure the sustainability of this programme, we must have a very good policy framework on it. For instance, if you take interventions like the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty [which has a policy framework]...we must also have both the policy and legal framework for this project. “We must also see it as an intervention. It’s very critical if we really want to ensure that these children get off the street,” he said. The legislator who is expected to vetted and approved by parliament assured the president of her dedication and hard work. She commended the president for the trust imposed in her. When asked how she received the news, the first time parliamentarian said she was least expected the appointed although it was not shocking.
The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, is demanding an apology from President Akufo-Addo over circumstances leading to the executive approval given the controversial renegotiated Ameri deal. The legislator is of the view that, the dismissal of Energy Minister, Mr Boakye Agyarko, should not an end to the controversy hence the need for the president to render an apology to Ghanaians. He is also questioning the basis upon which the executive approval was granted. He raised a number of questions including why Nana Addo’s Executive Secretary, Asante Bediatuo issued a letter announcing that, the president has approved the deal although it later turned out the president was misled. Dr Apaak a former presidential staffer is opining that the explanation from the seat of government is not only strange considering the fact that, the approval has not been withdrawn despite claims the number one gentleman was mislead. He said: ‘’Ameri Double Track: Mr. President you owe Ghanaians an explanation and an apology. Sacking the Energy Minister raises more questions than you can imagine. Let's be honest Sir, the Minister could not have been the only person responsible for what your outfit claims he did, which caused his sacking. Look, for a deal to have been brought before parliament with your approval, executive approval is no joke: Such will imply that you, Mr. President, agreed, that your advisers agreed and your key staff agreed. If not, on what basis did you grant your approval, executive approval. Is it the case that your executive Secretary was part of misleading you; did he sign the letter granting your approval without your knowledge or authorisation? It just does not add up Mr. President. Sir, it is strange that the only time the Jubilee House, your office; spoke about this was via the statement firing the Minister? And truly you have not told us exactly how you were misled? Sir, were you misled? As I write now Sir, the dubious renegotiated agreement has not been withdrawn, no letter to that effect has been written by your good self to parliament withdrawing the atrocious deal. I remain a citizen.’’
Economist, Mr Jelili Jerry Afolabi has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to consolidate a team of experts to probe and prosecute all offenders who contributed to the collapse of some seven local banks. Reacting to the Bank of Ghana report on the collapse of Capital and UT banks, the economist told Kwame Tutu that, the issues and allegations from the report is not only criminal but condemnable. The faces and figures behind the saga he noted are respected persons in society and for them to be implicated in the banking brouhaha raises a lot of questions. The issues he indicated would have serious implications for the country and paint Ghana in a bad light globally. ‘’I will be surprised if they [culprits] get away with this. It is criminal, it is not acceptable and totally condemnable. It is a serious indictment for the integrity and credibility for the country Ghana.’’ For him, we should not look at the issues from only the Capital and UT banks perspective because we are looking at the country Ghana and how the international world looks at the country Ghana. Mr Afolabi said: ‘‘your financial system determines your wellbeing as a country. And so, if things like these are going on in your financial sector as a the country, don’t expect any serious investor to bring his money…If the banking sector system is so corrupt and preside over fraudulent activities like this, then Ghana as a nation should be ashamed.’’ A Bank of Ghana report has indicated that Capital Bank failed to use an amount of GHC195 million to revive the ailing bank. While still under distress but having received the bail-out, the board approved an expenditure of ¢2.6M and $50,000 on “re-branding.” The board also “ratified” a proposal to increase the fees and benefits of directors, including two first and business class air tickets for all members of the board. The publication is also indicating that some 130m was transferred to Alltime Capital, a transfer that needed some explanation from the CEO Ato Essien who said the transfers were "strategic," and “highly classified information.” The transfers were expected back into the bank by March 2016 - in five months, he said with additional assurance from the chairman, Dr. Mensa Otabil. Alltime Capital, all this time, was however acting as an arranger for the transfer of the ¢130m to two other companies. Reacting to the issues, Mr Afolabi stated that he had received calls from friends from other countries abroad who have expressed shock. ‘’I am telling you how Ghanaians would be described by foreigners when we travel most especially the president. He would be seen as someone presiding over scandals in the financial sector in his country.’’ ‘’They are reading these things because it has gone viral,’’ he added. He added: ‘’President Akufo-Addo as a lawyer should consolidate a team and deal with these people drastically. You have to do it to send a damage control report to the international world. You have caused a total mess in your financial institution. Banks are collapsing; seven banks within two years. That is one; it is a wrong signal to the international world. Secondly, it comes out that; it did not just collapse, but it is out of ignorance and out of the selfish interest of management and directors who were supposed to be presiding over these banks.
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