Ghana triumphed 6-5 on penalties against Niger on Wednesday to reach the final of the 2017 CAF U17 Nations Cup.
Striker Emmanuel Toku clinically scored the seventh kick in sudden to put the Black Starlets through.
Both sides played out a goalless draw at the Stade Port Gentil but the number of chances stacked up by the Starlets, gave narrow margin of victory a deceptive appearance.
In the first half, Edmund Arko Mensah came close to finding the back of the net but his effort missed the goal post by inches.
Captain Eric Ayiah shockingly mis-directed an effort after being put through on goal.
Late in the second half, Niger smashed the goal post from rebound free-kick.
An amount of $50,000 is set to be released for the construction of new accommodation facilities for the Army Recruits Training School at Shai Hills in the Greater Accra region.
This follows an order from the Defence Ministry.
The directive came after the Minister Dominic Nitiwul took a tour of the school and saw its deplorable nature.
The Minister addressing the media after touring the school said, “Even where the instructors themselves sleep, if they ask you to sleep there for even an hour, I am not sure you would want to sleep there.’’
According to the Minister, resourcing the school with better facilities will enhance the training of military men to protect the country.
He said, “we are going to get the $50,000 before next week to release and give them some something to work with in the meantime.” The money is expected to be released by the first Friday in June 2017 and beyond this disbursal, Mr. “I will talk to a few individuals, I will talk to a few corporate organisation who want to help.” “If we don’t have Armed Forces that is ready to protect, then we are better off not existing as a nation. Anybody could tear you into pieces. We surely have a problem and that problem will be sorted out. I don’t think that after for years, I want to come and see these kind of things happening.’’
The Deputy Health Minister, Tina Mensah has hinted that the Finance Ministry has given clearance to allow the allied health workers who picketed at the Ministry of Health since Monday to be posted.
The group of unemployed health professionals threatened to storm the Flagstaff House if they were not posted.
According to them they have not been employed since they left school about two years ago and thereby making life unbearable for them.
The group picketed the Ministry of Health on Monday after the ministry failed to honour its earlier promise to clear them for posting.
Government has been given a 21-day ultimatum to give clearance to allow a group calling themselves the Coalition of Technicians and Nurses of Ghana be fully engaged at various health institutions or incur their wrath with a series of demonstrations.
Their agitation was directed specifically to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA).
With a membership of some 500, the group says they have not been posted after the completion of their programme of study and National Service in 2011.
Addressing the press at Sunyani this week, leader, of the group Daniel Amoako said, ‘’ As veterinary technicians and nurse professionals, we cannot work without salaries. Unfortunately, however, those concerned and responsible for our engagement are doing nothing and are refusing to post us to the appropriate facilities to render our services to the nation.’’
President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thompson has underscored the need for the world to be concerned about the deteriorating nature of our ocean.
According to him, the world’s ocean is rapidly deteriorating hence the need for people to be concerned.
He was addressing the WebEx press briefing ahead of the Ocean Conference which is scheduled to take place from 5-8 June, 2017.
The High-Level Ocean Conference at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, will coincide with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day.
The aim of the conference is to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, which calls for efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
This conference is the first UN conference of its kind on the issue. It will mobilize action to reverse the precipitous decline of the health of the oceans and seas with concrete solutions.
He said, ‘’It is obviously clear that the ocean is in trouble. We [Humanity] have placed many woes on it. If you look at the state of fish stocks, you will see that we are pushing them to a state of unsustainability…Then we have the plague of plastics that humanity has put upon the ocean,’’ he said.
Mr Peter Thompson described the situation as horrific and a global problem which needs to be addressed.
By the year 2050 there would be as much plastic in the ocean as there is the life in the ocean, he cautioned.
He also touched on ocean suffocation stressing that, ''we are putting ourselves under incredible pressure by not changing our lifestyles.''
The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day.
The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs' summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.
The Conference shall:
Identify ways and means to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14;
Build on existing successful partnerships and stimulate innovative and concrete new partnerships to advance the implementation of Goal 14;
Involve all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as actions taken towards, the implementation of Goal 14;
Share the experiences gained at the national, regional and international levels in the implementation of Goal 14;
Contribute to the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by providing an input to the high-level political forum on sustainable development, in accordance with resolutions 67/290 of 9 July 2013, 70/1 of 25 September 2015 and 70/299 of 29 July 2016, on the implementation of Goal 14, including on opportunities to strengthen progress in the future;
The Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei has said the loan application was for the Ghana Gas project was not presented to Parliament.
The member of the Finance Committee said, the contract was not presented before parliament despite opposition from the Minority in parliament during Mahama's era..
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the Energy Minister will be summoned before parliament to give an update on the matter.
The Minister said although he could confirm that there was over pricing, they suspected something of that sort hence the reason why the former administration failed to bring it.
He said, parliament never signed the contract with SINOPEC but approved of the loan.
‘’The contract between SINOPEC and Ghana gas was not brought before Parliament despite concerns raised,’’ he said.
SINOPEC was to construct the Atuabo Gas plant at Ellembelle in the Western Region to provide gas to meet the energy demands of the nation in the midst of the power crisis.
The $1 billion project, was later completed in 2014 and commissioned in 2015.
It was producing over 140 million cubic feet of gas per day for the Aboadze Thermal Plant at the time.
On the issue of helicopters, the Minister said four out of seven helicopters purchased for the project are non-functional.
The seven choppers also bought for $100million, a cost which the minister said were over-priced.
He said, I believe the cost could be bloated for over more than $40 million.
The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has raised concerns over the whereabouts of the helicopters but the Ministry has directed PIAC to consult the Ghana Armed Forces on that.
Some top officials who served under the Mahama led administration are currently under investigation for allegedly taking $4 million from the accounts of the National Communications Authority (NCA) and failing to account for it.
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is conducting the probe, Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid has disclosed.
Speaking to Accra based Joy FM, the Minister said, said the three officials - Eugene Baffoe-Bonney, former Board Chairman of the NCA; William Tevie, former Chief Executive Officer of the NCA; Alhaji Osman, former Deputy National Security Coordinator – were aided by a private citizen, George Oppong to engage in the act.
According to him, the previous administration had contracted an Israeli company, NSO Group Technology Limited, to supply listening equipment at the cost of $6 million, to enable the authorities to monitor conversations of persons suspected to be engaged in terror activities. A local agent, Infraloks Development Limited, was also charging $2 million to facilitate the transaction, bringing the total sum to $8 million.
Mr. Hamid said National Security didn't have the money to fund the transaction, therefore, the NCA which has supervisory jurisdiction over the use of such equipment was asked to fund the project.
According to the Minister, the officials withdrew $4 million from the accounts of the NCA and paid $1 million into the accounts of the Israeli company.
According to the minister, the remaining $3 million was lodged in the accounts of George Oppong, who acted as a representative of the local agents, Infraloks Development Ltd. The entire deal was fronted by Alhaji Osman, the Minister claimed.
Soon after the National Democratic Congress lost the elections, the Israeli company approached the current administration for payment of the remaining $5 million owed it by the state. The state was compelled to investigate the transaction since there was no proof that the equipment was delivered.
Mustapha Hamid said further investigations by BNI “led to the retrieval of some equipment from a private residence purported to be listening equipment”.
“They took Four Million Dollars from NCA accounts and paid One Milion [Dollars] to Israeli company and then deposited Three Million in the accounts of the local agent, one Mr George Oppong and proceeded to share the three million dollars among themselves.”
The Information Minister gave a breakdown of how the remaining $3 million was allegedly dissipated: “Mr. Eugene Baffoe-Bonney took $200,000; George Oppong took $100,000; William Tevie got $150,000, Alhaji Osman received $70,000," with one other person receiving $500,000.
Mr. Hamid disclosed further that with the exception of Alhaji Osman, have admitted to taking the money and have been granted bail after the BNI took their statements.
Meanwhile, the whereabouts of Alhaji Osman, said to be the key architect of the deal, is unknown.
Mr. Hamid said the security personnel have virtually combed everywhere in the country including his village, but cannot locate him.
Mr. George Oppong according to the Minister, has refunded $1 million back to the state while Mr. Baffoe-Bonney pledged to pay a deposit of $40,000 back to the state as at last week. The rest have all promised to pay what they wrongfully earned, back to the state coffers.
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The main medical facility which serves as a referral hospital in the Upper West Akyem District (Adeiso and its environs) has only 8 beds, 5 for general cases and 3 for maternity cases.
This came to light during a phone interview with Dr Frederick Duah, the Deputy Medical Director for the facility on Rainbow radio 87.5fm this morning.
He was asked to outline some of the challenges confronting the medical facility.
The facility he noted records about 200 patients in a day.
The number he stated is on a higher side however, the challenges confronting them are enormous.
He further revealed that pregnant women are allowed to sleep on benches, the floor and also in the general ward due to the inadequate beds.
The medical officer said about 53 CHIP Compounds all refer cases to the medical facility but the materials and equipment there are ‘’seriously inadequate’’.
It has emerged that some nurses at the medical facility which serves as the referral centre for residents at Adeiso and its environs, are trading in the sale of drugs [black market] to patients who come to the facility.
The nurses according to an exclusive report filed by Rainbow Radio’s Prince Collins Bening, purchase variety of drugs from various drug stores and subsequently sell them to patients.
The practice he noted, has been ongoing for some time until the attention of the Deputy Medical Director, Dr. Derrick Duah was drawn to it.
According to him, the activities of the nurses affected the operation for National Health Insurance card bearers since the nurses prevented them from using the medical facility’s pharmacy.
When contacted, the Deputy Medical Director, Dr. Derrick Duah confirmed the revelation adding, he discovered the illegality after taking over office.
He explained, it is not allowed by law for health professionals to use a government facility to engage in such illegality.
‘’I wasn’t happy about the situation because it is not allowed by law to use a government facility to do business and sell drugs. I put in measures to halt this illegality.’’
He was however quick to add that, the situation has minimised and was not as serious as before-due to the measures he put in place.
When asked what could be contributing to the situation he said, a number of factors including the desire to make money could be a major factor.
Dr. Derrick Duah when asked if the offenders were punished said, they were sanctioned and made to desist from engaging in the illegal activity.