The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 12th September, 2017, paid a brief visit to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadou Buhari.
Addressing a press conference after the visit, President Akufo-Addo noted that “all of us have been very anxious about his (President Buhari) well-being, and it was very good news to hear that he had returned. We are Africans, and it meant that I had to come and see things for myself.”
President Akufo-Addo added that “I am very delighted to see that he has come back, and is very vigorous, and, as always, very engaged in the issues of the day. We had a good half an hour together; reviewing matters, both in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as matters to do with what is going on in the ECOWAS community.”
President Akufo-Addo and President Buhari also discussed matters bordering on the rapid expansion and growth of their respective economies, and the fight against terrorism on the continent and in the world.
The two leaders President also reiterated their commitment towards strengthening the ties of friendship that exist between the two countries during their respective tenures of office, and in the years ahead.
The visit by President Akufo-Addo is the second visit paid to the Nigerian President by a foreign Head of State, following his return from London after his 3-month medical leave.
President Akufo-Addo, on his arrival, was made an honorary citizen of Abuja by Muhammad Musa Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital of Abuja, and was handed a symbolic key to the city.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister for National Security, Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah; Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Charles Owiredu; National Security Adviser, Gen. Emmanuel Otchere; and officials of the Presidency.
The District Chief Executive for the Kwahu Afram Plains North in the Eastern Region, Hon. Samuel Kena has applauded the Hunger Project Ghana (THP-Ghana) for their insistent efforts aimed at improving the living conditions of Ghanaians in rural areas through tailored-programs that unite about 5 or more communities under what is termed as the Epicenter Strategy. The DCE who had spent most of his years in the district said, he has always admired the programs implemented by THP even before his appointment as the head of the Assembly because, the process unifies rural communities to pursue a common interest of ending poverty and hunger.
Hon. Kena pledged the preparedness of the Assembly to partner with THP-Ghana on upcoming projects, assuring them the Assembly’s involvement in the activities of The Hunger Project in the Area than they had before. He indicated that, it is towards this goal that the Assembly selected participants from the Mem-Chemfre Epicenter to be a part of a Trade Exhibition program being organized in the Regional Capital, Koforidua.
The Country Director, Mr. Samuel Erasmus Afrane who was inspired by the DCE’s admiration for his organization stated that, the major target of THP’s program is to help lessen the burden of the Local and Central Governments and ensure that rural people gain access to basic communal facilities and services. He was thankful for the unceasing support shown by the Assembly to safeguard THP’s programs.
Global Investors & Partners from Sweden and Norway arrived in the Country on 3rd September, 2017 on a five-day tour, projected to assist survey progress of Epicenters in some rural communities in the country. The group visited the Asenema, Odumase –Wawase, Nkawanda and the Mem-Chemfre Epicenters during their stay Ghana.
BY EKOW BURT-FLETCHER
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has completed investigations into over one thousand 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results that were withheld, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Agnes Teye-Cudjoe has revealed.
According to her, students whose results were withheld will be able to see if their results were cleared by end of day today [Tuesday].
“At the meeting, we decided to take action and by the close of work today when candidates go online and check their results, they’ll be able to know their fates.’’
“We’ve taken action on all the results so whether it will be released or cancelled, action has been taken. I’ll not be able to give details on how many have been cancelled and how many have been released now,’’ she told Accra based Citi FM.
WAEC withheld 1,298 subject results of some candidates who sat for the examination over alleged examination malpractices.
The Managing Director of Capital O2 a Ghanaian natural and herbal products manufacturing company, Rev. Benedict Otoo, has revealed that the company became very popular due to their living bitters products.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Managing Director said, the company which was started by the visionary, the late Daniel Otoo was due to his experience with herbal medicine.
According to him, his late father developed a health problem and tried herbal medicine which worked for him and because of that, he started Capital O2.
In his view, Ghanaians had faith and started using herbal medicine from the year 1990 after ''capital O2 demystified the use of herbal medicine’’, in Ghana.
He indicated that due to the hard work by the company in promoting and outdooring the use of herbal products, it has helped in establishing the faculty of herbal medicine at the KNUST.
Mr. Otoo stressed that, ‘’what makes Capital O2's natural and herbal products unique is that it sources its herbs both locally and internationally. The company also works with major regulatory bodies in Ghana to ensure that its products conform to international standards, thereby creating a sense of safety among its numerous clients’’
About the company
Capital O2 is a Ghanaian natural and herbal products manufacturing company incorporated under the Ghana Companies Code 1963 (Act 179) as a private limited liability company on 22nd March 2004. Mr. J. D. Otoo as the Managing Director. It started as an enterprise registered under Act 1962 (No. 151) on the 28th June, 1991 with J.D. Otoo as the promoter and progressively expand its activities to qualify as a medium scale enterprise.
The entire range of the Living Bitters products contains a potent formula which clears accumulated mucus and other toxins from the human system.
It is the most popular of all our products and has received numerous national and international awards and recognition.
Living Bitters is in its maturity stage, having first introduced it in 1990. It has metamorphosed into various shapes and sizes to ensure affordability by the majority of its users.
Other products by the company is the The Female Corrective Formula is a herbal food supplement rich in Leonurus Cardioca, Hydrastis Canadensis and Vibumun Opulus that offers nutritional support for women.
The company's clinical consultation services begin from the OPD where vital statistics are taken, and the observations are referred to the medical herbalist who may ask for a laboratory test where necessary. Based on the test results, the medical herbalist may prescribe medication and sometimes exercise and other therapies. Rescheduled visitation is also implemented for effective reviews. In extreme cases, patients are detained briefly for observation and where ailment is beyond our immediate influence, referrals may become necessary.
A 64 year old woman by name Madam Alice Asiedu, has met her untimely death due to the unavailability of an ambulance to transfer her to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on time.
Madam Alice Ansah who was involved in a severe accident, was transported all the way from Koforidua to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where she was supposed to receive treatment from her severe accident which reportedly damaged her legs, in a taxi.
Daughter of the deceased Abena in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the mother was transferred from the Koforidua Government Hospital due to her condition.
According to her, they requested for an ambulance however, the authorities at the hospital told them that they had called the ambulance to come and transport the mother to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital but the driver did not respond to the emergency and so ‘’the doctor asked that we charter a taxi to transport my mother to the hospital in Accra.’’
‘’My mother was in serious pain and so I had no other option than to hire the taxi to transport my mother to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. After we arrived at the hospital, the treatment we received at the hospital was extremely poor. They did not even offer us a bed to lay my mother on it. She was in severe pain but we were not attended to on time. I had to beg a nurse who was on duty at the hospital before she attended to my mother. However, she gave up the ghost even before a doctor could attend to her,’’ she explained.
In an interview with the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ambulance Service, Mr. Simon Yusif, he said, the current situation at the Ambulance service was nothing to write home about.
According to him, they received a call from the hospital to come and transport the deceased to Accra but they could not do so due to the condition of the ambulance.
He indicated that only two ambulances serve the entire Eastern region and they only transport patients to hospitals within the region due to its poor state.
He said every hospital should have access to an ambulance however; the situation we are faced with today gives more room for improvement.
Majority of the ambulances we have in the country, have broken down and the picture in the Eastern region is not different from other regions in the country.
He has therefore appealed to government to resource the Ambulance Service to enhance their work.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entreated beneficiaries of government’s free Senior High School to be proud of themselves.
In his address at the official launch of the flagship education policy, the president said the beneficiaries have every reason to be proud for enrolling in school for free.
He encouraged them to study and work hard, avoid negative social vices so they would be an asset for the state after their education.
‘’To our freshers who are about to start a new chapter in your education, you have every reason to be proud of yourself. Study and work hard and avoid all negative tendencies so that you grow up to be responsible citizens and an asset to this nation. Seize the opportunity of having the good fortune to be admitted into this school as pioneers of this exciting new venture in our national life.’’
Ghana he said needs the skills and talents of the beneficiaries adding, ‘’and I know you will not fail us.’’
Parents of over 400,000 students entering senior high school for the first time after qualifying from the junior high level, have been relieved of the burden of funding the education of their children at the senior high level as government rolls out the programme this academic year.
The president said the introduction of the policy has seen a drastic reduction in the number of graduates whose education is terminated at the junior high school level from over 100,000 to just about 36,000.
A Board Member of The Hunger Project-Sweden (THP-Sweden), Annica Sohlström, has expressed concern about the poor living conditions of people in the rural communities of Ghana. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbowradioonline.com, the Board member of THP-Sweden said the conditions of people in rural communities do not reflect the middle-income status attained by Ghana.
Annica Sohlström and a group of Investors and Partners with The Hunger Project-Sweden who were in Ghana on a five-day tour to four Epicenter-communities in the Eastern Region said she was quite surprised about the level of poverty in rural communities because of Ghana’s middle-income grade. “I mean they were not starving, they had enough to eat but the quality of the housing; they couldn’t afford using electricity, and how they cooked their food on open fire was quite surprising to me.” She said.
Annica indicated that, through the Hunger Project’s program in Ghana, political leadership at the local government levels could be strengthened, and partnership discussions with the Central Government opened up in the near future. The Board member made this observation after a four-day visit to some rural communities (Ohene-Akura, Mem Chemfere, Odumase, Wawase, etc.) in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
Throughout Africa, THP’s Epicenter Strategy mobilizes the population of a cluster of villages or communities within a 10km radius to create an epicenter or a central area from which community-led development originates and spread to the surrounding areas. Through this strategy, community members are guided to establish and manage their own programs to address food security, nutrition, health, education, microfinance and water & sanitation problems. Epicenters go through four distinct phases over a period of eight years on a path towards self-development and containment.
By Ekow Burt-Fletcher
Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has lambasted the previous National Democratic Congress’ (NDCs) for casting doubt about the implementation of the free senior high school.
The Minister chided teh previous administration for failing to pay arrears and capitation grant when they were in office promptly.
The NPP after taking over is paying for debt left by the NDC he stated.
‘’Chronic arrears are also being paid up to date’’, by the current administration, he said.
Delivering an address at the official launch of the policy, the Minister indicated that, the implementation would not have been possible without a visionary leader like President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Minister said the policy is an important step in ensuring that every Ghanaian child would benefit from free SHS especially those who would have stayed home due to the inability of their parents to afford it.
‘’This policy would not have seen the light of day without a determined, and focused driven leader…He [Nana Addo] was determined because he believed in the country and not political gimmickry. His focus was incredible, his resolve was complete and his mantra was the Battle is the Lord’s.’’
He described the president as an excellent leader and serving under him was nothing far from privilege.
‘’The days of young students being driven from class to go home for fees are over. That is indeed is the dream of the president and we at the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service are glad to be part of this legacy,’’ he added.
He indicated the president has also ensured that those who would be paying their fees enjoy a 20 percent bursary.
According to him, capitation grant which has been in ‘’chronic arrears’’ would also be paid promptly as well as feeding grant for handicapped students and those in the Northern part of the country.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially launched the free Senior High School at the West African Senior School here in Accra today [Tuesday] September 12, 20017.
Delivering his speech at the launch, the president said, government is collaborating with various agencies and partners to ensure that all students in Secondary School benefit from quality education to enable them to contribute meaningfully to the country’s development.
“A key component of the policy must be the provision of quality education, the government is collaborating with various partners to implement major programs and interventions such as the Secondary education Improvement Program, the expansion of physical infrastructure and free supply of core subject text books to students,” Akufo-Addo said while delivered in keynote address the launch of the Free SHS program in Accra.
The president added, the implementation of the free education would come with challenges despite the best preparations and efforts by government but it will not fail, he assured.
‘’We may falter but by the grace of the Almighty God, we shall not fail. For we will be ready with all humility to accept inputs and criticisms aimed at improving the policy.’’
The policy he said is not about the NDC or the NPP adding, ‘’the beneficiaries would not only be those belonging to NPP members and sympathizers, they would be Ghanaians from all walks of life and political persuasions. This is about Ghana and how best to build a progressive and a prosperous nation for this and future generation.’’
He charged the public to support the policy for its success. He encouraged the beneficiaries to study and work hard and avoid all negative tendencies so they would be an asset to the nation.
Private legal practitioner and one time presidential hopeful, lawyer Nkrabeah Effah Dartey has posited that the fight against corruption and illegal mining popularly known as galamsey, would be incomplete without the contribution of lawyers.
Lawyers he opined are pacesetters in the maintenance of law and order hence their contribution in the fight against corruption and galamsey cannot be ruled out.
He said, lawyers and the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) as a body that conduct inspections of Private Practice Chambers and Legal Departments, on its behalf, and certify them for its registration, is highly concerned about the two major issues and as a body, they have chosen these two themes for their annual conference this year.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the lawyer said, ‘’if lawyers who are pacesetters of the maintenance of law and order does not show interest in the fight against corruption, thievery and galamsey then the fight would be incomplete. We have to show keen interest.''
‘’Lawyers are concerned however, it also depends on the group the lawyer belongs to,’’ he stressed when asked if individually lawyers discuss the issue of corruption.
He also commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for admonishing lawyers to join the fight against corruption and galamsey.
The call by the president he added was timely and represented the position of Ghanaians.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished lawyers to support the fight against corruption and galamsey.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “if we do not get a handle on corruption, we will not be able to develop our nation. By the same token, if we do not win the fight against environmental hazards, especially the battle against the galamsey phenomenon, we will have no nation to speak of.”
The President made this known on Monday, September, 11, 2017, when he delivered his remarks at the National Conference of the Ghana Bar Association, in Sunyani, which is being held on the theme “Saving the Future Generation from the Scourge of Corruption and Environmental Hazards – The Role of the Legal Profession”.