The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government towards ensuring that the country’s farmers reap much greater value from their toil.
According to President Akufo-Addo, startling statistics have revealed that, with Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire accounting for more than 60% of the world’s cocoa output, the two countries, together, earned some $5.75 billion out of the sale of cocoa beans in 2015.
This, the President said, means that the farmers whose toil and sweat produced 60% plus of the world’s cocoa, earned 5.75% of the global value of their activity, from a chocolate market which was worth some $100 billion in 2015.
This, the President stressed, “cannot, and should not continue.”
It is for this reason, the President revealed, that “the time has now come for us to enter into different kinds of commercial interests. We are looking to seeing more of the processing and value-enhancing aspects of the development of the cocoa industry here in Ghana. That is a major preoccupation for my government, and we are fashioning policies to this end.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 30th October, 2017, when the Europe Chocolate Category President of one of the world’s largest snacks companies, Mondelēz International, Inc., Mary Barnard, paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency.
Mary Barnard’s call on the President was to familiarise herself with the company’s operations in Ghana, and also to expand the company’s “Cocoa Life” project, which “works with partners to transform communities by linking improvements in productivity with progress towards development goals.”
The ‘Cocoa Life’ project aims to “provide knowledge and skills to improve cocoa families’ livelihoods and opportunities, inspiring a new generation of growers.”
President Akufo-Addo noted that Ghana’s association with companies like Mondelēz International should make it possible for some of the company’s operations, i.e. the manufacturing of some of their chocolate brands, to be done in Ghana.
This, the President explained, “will be a significant step forward for us to realise greater value for our farmers. Inasmuch as consumers are interested in knowing the sources of supply of their cocoa and be satisfied with the quality, our farmers are also now also very interested in the other end of the market, and interested in what can be done to increase their share of the value chain. It is a matter that is of preoccupation of our government.”
President Akufo-Addo noted that the general posture of his government is to ensure the value-enhancing aspects of the exploitation of the country’s natural resources, and move Ghana away from being a mere producer of raw materials.
“It served as for certain periods of our development, it cannot continue to serve us going forward into the 21st century,” he added.
Mary Barnard assured President Akufo-Addo that whilst Mondelēz International does not “own all aspects of the supply chain”, the company is committed to discussions and partnerships with Ghana to help “develop the incomes of farmers.”
Gospel singer, composer and worship leader Francis Agyei has revealed on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he has not received any royalties from the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), for the past 15-20 years.
The musician who has 10 albums to his credit made the revelation in an interview with Agyemang Prempeh on Saturday.
The ‘praise and worship’ leader, said, it’s been a while I received royalties from GHAMRO. It’s been more than 20 years I received royalties from GHAMRO he said.
The first album of Mr. Agyei was released in 2013 but has since 1996 being doing music.
Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) is a Collective Management organization approved under Copyright Act 690 and LI 1962.
It is the sole Ghanaian copyright entity licensed by law to undertake collective rights management for musical works, sound recordings and performances. Its Certificate of Approval to operate as a Collective Management Organization for Music Rights was signed on December 23rd 2011 by Ghana's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
Ghanaian male gospel musician Francis Amu, says his songs are more popular than him.
The energetic singer, composer and worship leader told Agyemang Prempeh on GH entertainment that, he is currently working hard with his management to get him known like his songs.
He made the remarks after entertainment critic, Sally Frimpong had suggested to him that, he needed to work on his popularity because his songs were more popularly than he was.
When asked if he’s made enough money from music since he started, he said, yes, I have made enough from music.
''Music has really helped me. I did the music not because of money but because I wanted to work for God and when you work for God, he will open more avenues for you.''
Francis Agyei begun his music career in 1996.
He currently has 10 albums to his credit and has won a number of awards as a gospel artiste.
Entertainment show host, Agyemang Prempeh on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm has been commended by panelists for projecting television reality show ‘Di Asa’, aired on Digital Television Channel, Atinka TV.
The show which is organized by Atinka Media Village recently, is arguably one of the widely watched television reality shows in Ghana today.
Appearing on GH Entertainment regular panelists, Kwame Ashong, Sally Frimpong, Kwasi Ernest and Fred Kyei Mensah commended the host for his review of the show.
The panelists also commended the originator of the show and indicated that, the show is a form of entertainment and exercise for the participants.
“Di Asa” which is aimed at engaging plus sized market women in a dance competition will also educate the market women on how to live a healthy life as a plus sized woman.
The 13 –week competition will award a saloon car, a Kia mini truck (Abossey Okia Macho) and a tricycle (Aboboyaa) to the first, second and third winners respectively.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of a controversial re-run of the presidential election.
He won 98% of the vote with turnout at just under 39% - less than half that recorded in August's vote, according to the election commission.
The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, pulled out of the re-run and urged his supporters to boycott it.
Mr Kenyatta was also declared the winner in the August vote, which was annulled because of "irregularities".
The re-run was suspended in 25 constituencies amid security fears. The commission said those results would not affect the final outcome so it could proceed with its announcement.
Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati described the latest vote as "free, fair and credible".
Kenya's opposition now has seven days to mount a legal challenge, and Mr Odinga says he will make an announcement on Tuesday.
Deputy Executive Director for the National Service Scheme (NSS), Gifty Oware Aboagye has justified why they have suspended payment for some 8,000 personnel.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she said some of the affected personnel failed to register for the National Identification Authority (NIA) card.
She explained that the NIA together with NSS produces the card for personnel and after that, they verify and authenticate before payment is made.
According to her, those who have not registered can go the various regional offices and register so they are verified before their allowances for September and October are paid.
‘’They should do the right thing by going to the various centres across the regions and register. If they do that, they will receive their allowances for both September and October,’’ she said.
Allowances for some 8,000 National Service personnel have been withheld over suspected fraud.
A statement from NSS said, 57 persons have also been arrested in Tamale, and are being investigated by Police.
‘’Management wishes to assure all national service personnel that auditing of payment vouchers for October, 2017 personnel allowances have been concluded, and that, payment would be done immediately the biometric validation is also concluded. Management wishes to appeal to the general public to assist the Scheme by providing information to the security agencies on people who are impersonating for national service,’’ the statement.
The statement further stated that, ‘’Management wishes to assure all national service personnel that auditing of payment vouchers for October, 2017 personnel allowances have been concluded, and that, payment would be done immediately the biometric validation is also concluded. Management wishes to appeal to the general public to assist the Scheme by providing information to the security agencies on people who are impersonating for national service.’’
On Friday, 27th October 2017, hundreds of people gathered at the Domi-Achiansa Epicenter situated off the Suhum - Asamankese road, in the Suhum – Kraboa - Coaltar District to witness the self-reliance celebration of six-cluster communities that have worked assiduously to mitigate hunger and poverty in their communities with the support of The Hunger Project-Ghana (THP-Ghana). The celebration marked an important milestone in the lives of the people of the six communities under the Domi-Achiansa Epicenter as The Hunger Project-Ghana completed its program of collaborative partnership to help lift rural people out of poverty in Ghana.
The Hunger Project – Ghana, on May 5th 2009, commissioned the Domi-Achiansa Epicenter project to guide the people develop through a program which has the purpose of improving the living conditions of rural people struggling under harsh societal conditions. The Epicenter Strategy has its thrust in self-help co-operative efforts. Under this strategy, THP-Ghana collaborated with the cluster of communities to establish the Epicenter infrastructure which has such basic facilities as a Clinic to cater for the health needs of the people; a Micro-credit Facility where credit/loans can be accessed to support economic activities like farming and trading; a Conference Hall for social education and awareness creation programs on health, nutrition, sanitation and other issues. The Clinic also has a Quarters for a resident mid-wife and health workers.
The strategy imbibes unity among the people since it brings about 5-15 communities under one program in the pursuit of development. The Domi-Achiansa Epicenter has been an important hub for the six communities since its establishment because the people no longer travel about 10km to neighbouring towns in order to seek medical attention. The Epicenter has also helped to train people in vocational skills such as soap-making, hairdressing and others. Farming has also been significantly improved by the efforts of trained agricultural extension volunteers. The Women Empowerment Program (WEP) builds up capacities of women to take up strategic positions in society and become part of decision making bodies.
Speaking at the celebration, the Country Director of The Hunger Project-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Erasmus Afrane stated that he was enthused about the confidence demonstrated by community members to act as agent of their own development. He tasked the people to hold onto the zeal to develop demonstrated in the last nine years under the watch of The Hunger Project especially, now that they have been declared self-reliant. He however, pledged the continuous support of his organization even though they are on their own.
The occasion was graced by the presence of Nananom (Chiefs) from the six communities, The District Chief Executive and Directors of Education and Health at the District Assembly, Opinion Leaders and people from the neighbouring communities who whole-heartedly pledged their support to the Epicenter’s continuous development even as their time with The Hunger Project has comes to an end.
Source: Hunger Project-Ghana
A private legal practitioner, lawyer Maurice Ampaw has vowed to sacrifice his life to ensure the strict enforcement of our laws.
The lawyer in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, illegality is thriving in the country yet when you rise up to defend such illegalities, you are destroyed by people in power.
According to him, people come up against you and describe you with different names when we decide to fight for the ordinary Ghanaian.
‘’People will begin to victimize you and when you are a lawyer they plan to destroy you. The president of the day and his appointees will come after you, they will destroy you. We are living in an evil Ghana with evil leaders managing the country. I am not talking about the presidency alone but every aspect of leadership including pastors, politicians and others. There are so much evil in the system and those who are evil, are the ones honoured for their evil deeds,’’ the lawyer said.
The ordinary Ghanaian he noted can only speak their mind and pressure leadership to do the right thing and as a lawyer, he will not be afraid to continue attacking leaders to do what is lawful.
He was responding to a question on what Ghanaians can do in terms of enforcing the laws of state and the issue of child beggars.
The rate of child prostitution, child beggars and other evil vices among children the lawyer said have increased because we have a failed and broken system.
''Citizens cannot enforce the laws; they can only complain and put pressure on those responsible to do it. However, when you do that, you will be victimized and be an anti-society. Evil men are presiding over the sate and most of them are in leadership. They will kill everything and destroy everything. Those who rise up and fight for the poor, those who want justice, they will fight you, they will attack you, they will discredit you, and they will go after you. They will make sure you are rendered nobody…But they dare not, they should bring it on; some of us are ready to die and lose our lives. We don’t care. That is our calling… The nation is rewarding evil and the honest people are looked down upon. No wonder the president will do everything to honour their own, and it is not about Nana Addo alone. All governments are praise singers. They honour their own, those who helped them win power; they will honour them, whether they are evil or good,’’ he concluded.
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Maurice Ampaw, has lambasted the president, his appointees at the Gender Ministry and other state officials for turning a blind eye on the plight of street children.
The controversial lawyer believes that the state has failed woefully in the implementation of policies to rid off child beggars from our streets.
Lawyer Ampaw in an interview with Kwame Tutu said, the state rather waste money on conferences, seminars and talk shops on child issues.
He said stakeholders are lined up at these seminars, paid per diems, eat fried rice and drink other assorted drinks at the detriment of these children.
He wondered why the number of street children keeps increasing when we have people at the helm of affairs.
‘’I think the institutions responsible for curbing child labour and ensuring the best interest of the child have failed woefully. We are not seeing anything from these institutions. The police have failed to arrest these beggars although it’s against the Local Government Act. They are only interested in stopping cars and extorting money from them. We have enough laws and institutions to deal with these things but it seems nobody cares,’’ he said.
‘’Ghana is not interested in the welfare of children, We have a broken system with failed institutions…Look at the number of NGOs we have in the country yet we have not addressed these issues. They go abroad and solicit for funds with the aim of sponsoring these children yet these children are on the streets.’’
Government will always claim that they are addressing the issues yet we have not resolved them. The Ministry of Gender should roll out a programme to stop child begging in the country. We should apply the same energy in the fight against galamsey in the fight against child beggars. We only enjoy mediocrity; we honour people who lack integrity. We don’t have people with the competence to manage social protection in this country. We have a Minister and a President, the Mayor and others driving bodily on our streets but neglect these children on the streets. We have failed as a country. We joke about everything
‘’Those leaders who are awarded for the contribution to national development are fake. They have done nothing for the country. Aside Kwame Nkrumah and other few leaders, the rest are all fake. They are awarded yet we have not seen anything solved. Go and look at the policy on children in the manifesto of NPP, it is beautiful on paper but after almost a year in office, we have seen nothing done for these children.’’
He lamented that the children of Ghana are hopeless, have no future, suffering and it seems we don’t care as a nation.
Executive Director of Child Rights International, a child-centered civil society group, Mr. Bright Appiah says Ghana has not been able to create the avenue for children to be in the classroom.
He was responding to the increasing rate of child beggars on some major streets in the capital.
The organization he noted recently conducted a research work and from what they gathered, some foreigners from Chad, Egypt, Burkina Faso and other countries are part of those begging on our streets.
Mr. Appiah called for the repatriation of such individuals if the state cannot cater for them.
The Social Welfare he also lamented has been under resourced to discharge its duties.
The budget approved for them is nothing to write home about in terms of the services they have to discharge, he stated.
He called for a radical law to deal with the issue adding, the law allows for foreigners begging on our streets, to be arrested.
Ghana is due for embarrassment if we are unable to address the issue of child beggars, he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
Mr. Appiah explained that the various sector ministries must deal with this issue especially where it has to do with the foreigners.