The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will leave the country on Friday, 15th September, 2017, to lead Ghana’s delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Whilst there, the President, as co-Chair of the Advocacy Group of Eminent Persons for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will participate in a series of SDGs events, and also deliver a speech on the theme “Africa Beyond Aid”, at the 5th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development, at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, a statement issued and signed by Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin said.
President Akufo-Addo will also hold bilateral talks with some colleague Heads of State, as well as with some CEOs of important global enterprises. At an event organised by the Africa-America Institute, on 19th September, the President will receive the “National Achievement Award” on behalf of the people of Ghana.
On Thursday, 21st September, President Akufo-Addo will deliver his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, and hold a meeting with UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on Friday, 22nd September.
He will be accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo; Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, MP; Minister for Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba; Deputy Minister for Energy, Mohammed Amin Adam; and officials from the Presidency.
President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Sunday, 24th September, 2017.
Kenneth Ashigbey the Managing Director of state-owned Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), has resigned from the company.
According to sources, Mr. Ashigbey through an internal memo resigned his position to the staff.
The memo read: “I have followed your concern about the rumours of my resignation. Such a concern is legitimate because I owe you a duty to inform you that if I have resigned, and I admit that you should be the first to know. I am sorry for leaving you in suspense this while…The truth is that, I have tendered my resignation to my employer, the NMC. However, they are yet to respond to my letter. This is the reason why I have not officially informed you of my decision. I believe courtesy demands that I receive the feedback before I announce it. I am still awaiting that response and I will inform you accordingly.”
Mr. Ashigbey joined GCGL in November 1, 2011.
Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, an engineer and communications expert, is a product of St Augustine’s College, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, where he graduated in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and holds a Masters in Business Administration.
He was a General Manager at Joy FM from 2003 to 2006, Managing Director of Optimum Media Prime (OMP), Accra from 2007 to 2010, and was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Multimedia Group Limited (MULTI TV).
Songstress Mzbel says her assertion in 2016 that the current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was never going to ascend the presidential seat, was because of the faith she had in former president John Dramani Mahama.
The musician said she was sure Mr. Mahama was going to win however, the NPP won and Nana Addo is the president today.
I was confident Mr. Mahama was going to win and Ghanaians were going to vote massively for him but he lost and I have accepted the defeat.
The controversial musician said I was disappointed the NDC lost but my feeling does not matter.
She revealed on GH Entertainment that because of supporting John Mahama, she is no longer receiving support towards her charity work.
Speaking to Agyemang Premepeh, the musician said she had written letters to various state institutions including some ministries to appeal for support but she was turned down.
She said, I do not want to blame Nana Addo because he was not the one i sent the letters to. I was getting support in the past but things have changed now. I am not receiving support like in the past.
The Global Human Capital Report 2017 has ranked Ghana as the second highest number of human capital in Sub Saharan Africa.
Rwanda placed first with Cameroon and Mauritius ranking third and fourth respectively.
According to the report the aforementioned countries topped the list within the sub-region because they “have developed more than 60 percent of their human capital.”
The report added: “This places them ahead of the Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa and South Asia regional averages, and on a par with the lower half of the East Asia and the Pacific region and Index global average.”
Ghana’s success according to the report was premised on the successes to bridging “education and employment gender gaps.
“The two top-ranked countries in the region, Rwanda and Ghana, owe their comparatively strong performance to, respectively, almost completely closed education and employment gender gaps and significantly improved educational attainment of the country’s younger generations.”
The report also cited some economies including Nigeria and Ethiopia which it “face a range of human capital challenges, including low levels of literacy and basic education.”
Below is a summary of teh report
A cluster of countries in this region, including Rwanda (71), Ghana (72), Cameroon (73) and Mauritius (74), have developed more than 60% of their human capital. This places them ahead of the Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa and South Asia regional averages, and on a par with the lower half of the East Asia and the Pacific region and Index global average. Other economies, however, such as Nigeria (114) and Ethiopia (127), face a range of human capital challenges, including low levels of literacy and basic education. With an overall average score of 52.97, the Sub-Saharan African region is the lowest-ranked region in the Index.
In total, the Index covers 29 countries from this region, of which five are from the upper-middle income group, eight from the lower-middle income group and the remaining 16 from the low-income group. Despite this comparatively high regional diversity in income levels, the Sub-Saharan African region exhibits a number of similar patterns across all age groups and aspects of its human capital potential profile. In particular, Sub-Saharan Africa scores highly on the Deployment subindex, due to high labour force participation, with five of the top 10 countries hailing from the region. However, with below-average Capacity and Know-how subindex scores, the region as a whole has much to benefit from developing a greater share of its human capital from deployment beyond routine occupations.
The two top-ranked countries in the region, Rwanda (71) and Ghana (72), owe their comparatively strong performance to, respectively, almost completely closed education and employment gender gaps and significantly improved educational attainment of the country’s younger generations. Like Kenya (78), both countries benefit from the stock of know-how embodied in large medium-skilled employment sectors and comparatively strong education quality and staff training, laying the foundation for building their future human capital potential. However, all three countries still have room for further improvement in their secondary education enrolment rates, ensuring this progress is shared as broadly as possible across their populations.
Southern African countries—Botswana (91), Zambia (80), South Africa (87) and Namibia (99)—are particularly successful in building the future human capital potential of their youngest generations, outperforming the rest of the region on the Development subindex. Yet they perform below the regional average when it comes to deploying their current workforce. Among them, South Africa (87), the Sub-Saharan African region’s second largest economy, has the continent’s highest share of its workforce in high-skilled occupations and is well-regarded for its staff training, but underperforms when it comes to school quality.
Ranking in the lower midfield of the region, Nigeria (114), Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, has a relatively large pool of tertiary-educated workers, especially among its older generations, and comparatively strong staff training. However, it simultaneously records low primary and secondary education attainment across all age groups and one of the lowest current primary school enrolment rates globally, pointing to excessively uneven human capital outcomes and the untapped opportunities of pursuing a more inclusive human capital development approach.
The lowest-ranked high-population country in the region, Ethiopia (127), ranks fourth from the bottom on the Index overall—ahead only of Senegal, Mauritania and Yemen—with low performance on the Capacity and Deployment subindexes due to high unemployment and underemployment across all generations.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has received his National Identification Card, dubbed the new “Ghana Card”, at a ceremony held at the premises of the National Identification Authority, on Friday, September 15, 2017.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the new identification card signals the dawn of a new day in biometric identity management in Ghana, and the virtues of a public-private partnership arrangement in meeting the country’s development needs.
The President indicated that the launch of the card “constitutes a practical demonstration of the fulfilment of yet another promise of my party, the New Patriotic Party, made during the 2016 campaign.”
The campaign promise, he recounted, was that “we would modernise and formalise the Ghanaian economy through the establishment of a credible national database, and using the National Identification System (NIS) as the primary identifier, as prescribed by law.”
Despite several years of demonstrated inability to do so, the National Identification Authority (NIA), under the tenure of an NPP administration, the President said, is about to commence the registration and instant issuance of national identity cards to all Ghanaian citizens, both at home and abroad, as by law prescribed.
“My presence at today’s event, together with the Vice President of the Republic highlights the seriousness to which my government attaches to the National Identification System project,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He continued, “With my fullest endorsement, Vice President Alhaji Bawumia has ably spearheaded the technical and legal processes that have enabled the Government to decide how to proceed with the goal of achieving a National e-ID system for Ghana, which is beyond needless controversy and polemics.”
President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the proliferation of biometric systems by other government agencies that are mandated by law to access information from the National Identity Register.
Assigning the collection and custody of biometric traits to a single institution, he explained, “is safer and in line with current trends. By statute, the NIA is under obligation to ensure the accuracy, integrity, confidentiality and security of data it collects.”
Advantages of the card
President Akufo-Addo noted that the new Ghana Card is a great improvement over the previous one, and meets all international standards required of such identity documents.
“For example, the national identity card has been enhanced to take advantage of new technologies such as tactile elements for the blind, chip embedding technology and iris capabilities in addition to taking all 10 fingerprints of an applicant,” he said.
Additionally, with a 128 kilobyte capacity, the Ghana Card will enable other stakeholders to run their applications on the national identity card. Ultimately, the card would replace the sectorial identity cards in circulation, and shall be the only card to be used in transactions where identification is required as provided by law.
“This registration exercise is also unique in the sense that it would involve the registration of ages 0-5. This is a historic opportunity for us to sanitize and rationalize birth certification in Ghana and ensure social inclusion right from birth,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Whilst congratulating Identity Management Systems Ltd (IMS), who are partnering with NIA to ensure the efficient roll-out of the NIS Project, the President reiterated the commitment of his government to supporting and enhancing the capacity of Ghanaian companies and businesses to be the giants in their respective areas of operation.
President Akufo-Addo reminded the stakeholders to ensure the integrity, security and confidentiality of identity data collected.
“It is important that the data collected is made available only to persons or institutions authorized by law to access the data and used only for the purposes for which the data was collected,” he added.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has reffered to the dismissal of two head teachers over alleged extortion under the implementation of the free Senior High School as harsh.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) on Thursday sacked two head teachers and interdicted six others for allegedly charging illegal fees under the free secondary school policy.
The embattled headmasters are Wisdom Blazu of the Pentecost SHS in the Eastern Region and Assistant headmaster of Daffour Senior High School Rev S.P Eleworkor. They are to be re-posted outside their respective schools back to the classroom to teach.
But General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong said the action by GES Council was taken in a rush.
In the view of GNAT, the affected head teachers could have been given a softer punishment instead of just dismissing them which he believes could dent the image of the Service.
Speaking in an interview, he said, “I think GES really rushed in taking such harsh decision. In cases like this, the best they could have done is hand them a softer punishment and if in the process they are found guilty, then harder punishment can follow else you can’t sack them just because of a mere allegation.’’
Ghanaian female musician, Mzbel has revealed that she almost got married to a Nigerian businessman some fear years ago but had to call off the wedding because the man was already married.
The musician in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, plans were far advanced but they had to truncate the preparations because the man was married but did not inform her about it.
Mzbel told the host that it took the wife of the Nigerian man before she got to know that he was married with two children.
According to Mzbel, the woman called her on phone, appealed and advised that she calls off the planned marriage because the man was still legally married to her.
The woman asked me to call off the wedding and told me to exercise patience and that at the right time; God will get me a man of my own.
She said, after the call she reflected on the issue and gave up the man because she felt she was going to be a burden on the woman and her children.
Mzbel said, ‘’the woman called and said, I know my husband did not tell you he was married with two children. Please call off the marriage because we need him as a family. And so when someone call to tell you this, what will you do?’’
‘’So I gave up and moved on,’’ she added.
Mzbel reiterated that she is only interested in dating older men due to their maturity and discipline.
When asked if the men that dates her are unmarried, she said, I do not necessarily ask men whether they are married or not because I go in with all my heart.
NDC Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Hon. Inusah Fuseini has revealed that until the day of the controversial Tamale peace walk, he never knew the organizers neither did former President John Dramani Mahama.
Former President John Dramani has been lambasted by some party supporters and senior members of the NDC, for organizing what they termed as a ‘’needless peace walk’’.
He has also been described as an arrogant person who does not have regard for party structures and one such individual who attacked the president on Rainbow RADIO Radio 87.5Fm was Andy Kankam, the Editor-In-Chief of the Informer Newspaper.
But responding to the comments on the peace walk, Hon. Fuseini expressed his displeasure saying, he sometimes become disappointed at the comments by some members of the party.
‘’I’ve read and heard some of the comments and sometimes I become very disappointed. To be honest with you, apart from the day the unity walk was organized, I did not know the organizers. And I can tell you as a matter of fact that former President Mahama had no idea who the organizers were.
Explaining how the event was organized he said, ‘’ I saw the event on a platform and whiles I was trying to see what the whole thing was about, I received a call inviting me to the event and when I asked, I was told it was being organized by the National Organizer and former KMA boss, Kojo Bonsu. They also requested the attendance of former president and when I asked why they wanted him to attend, the organizers told me that the region would be celebrating the Damba dance and when he [Mahama] comes, he will participate in the festival. So I called the former president's office and they asked about the organizers but I asked if it was necessary for him to know the organizers since it was his region and has become a senior statesman in the party and was the one who represented the party in the 2016 presidential election. So he agreed to participate.’’
He insisted that the peace walk was not about campaign launch but it was about removing the despondency from people after the party’s defeat.
‘’It was not about campaign launch. It was not about even the campaign of former President Mahama for the NDC for the flagbearership. It was how to work on the psyche of the people, how to remove the despondency and disappointment from the NDC and it supporters that emerged after the defeat. How do we show that this party is still as relevant as it was in power as it is now in opposition? How do we ginger up the people to know that anything in future is people?
He emphasized that if you have a veritable institution, it doesn’t matter
Constitutional and Legal Committee chairman, Hon Ben Abdallah has explained that the Special Prosecutor will have a security of tenure for seven years when appointed.
‘’The Special Prosecutor will have a security tenure of office of 7 years renewable for another term without any new appointment or removal unless for a stated reason.
Aside that, the prosecutor will be solely responsible for any decision in terms of investigation and prosecution, he added.
He gave the hint in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Friday].
The Special Prosecutor source of funding would be from Parliament through an independence fund so the office will not depend on government, he said.
He said they have started engaging stakeholders on the Special Prosecutor Bill and the contributions from participants have been exceptional.
Parliament he noted has not regretted suggesting for the stakeholder engagements.
He said the major concern from participants, have been the independence of the appointee with people stressing the need for the prosecutor to truly independent from any political influence.
The MP for Offinso South said the office shall not be under any agency or institution to allow its true independence adding, the office shall initiate prosecution against people and can also be prosecuted by others.
On the call by others for existing bodies like EOCO and CHRAJ to be strengthened instead of the Special Prosecutor he said, countries like America have practiced it and it has helped them because the Attorney General is always attached to the presidency and so it makes it extremely difficult to prosecute state officials.
The office shall be operated with integrity and it will inure to the benefit of the state, he opined.
The Committee he said was still open for further contributions and submissions.
‘’This is a good law we should all encourage. It will not be made for only a particular group of people but every Ghanaian will see its benefit. The level of understanding is highly commendable because people are really reading and analyzing its contents,’’ he noted.
The Bill is part of a promise by the president to create an independent Special Prosecutor Office which shall see to the prosecution of corruption cases in the country.
The president believes the appointment of a Special Prosecutor will lead to an independent prosecution of corruption cases.
Per the Bill, the person to be appointed as the Special Prosecutor must have relevant expertise in corruption matters. The persons to be prosecuted must also be deemed to “public officers and politically exposed persons.”
However, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has questioned who the political exposed persons are.
“Who are politically exposed persons?” Haruna Iddrisu asked adding, “What is even more important in the long title for our purposes is when you say prosecute these offences on the authority of the Attorney General. Which Attorney General? “Where then is the independence that you promised?”
Prof. H. Kwesi Prempeh of the Center for Democratic Development is also questioning why the bill gives the Special Prosecutor must only preside over corruption issues that involve large sums of money.
The Communications Director for Concerned Teachers Association, Norbert Borborchie has indicated that it is not early for the intended strike action over their tier 2 pension.
According to him, they can n o longer entertain further delays like it was experienced under the Mahama led administration.
Forum for Public Sector Registered Pension Scheme has given the government up to September 29, this year, to transfer funds belonging to it from the Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) with the Bank of Ghana (BOG) into the accounts of the four fund managers responsible for the public sector occupational pension scheme or they will declare a nationwide strike September 29.
“We reiterate our frustration and disappointment with the manner the government and its agencies have reneged on its commitment to an out-of-court settlement negotiated in February 2016,” the Chairman of the forum, Mr Isaac Bampoe Addo, stated.
Speaking on the intended declaration, Mr. Borborchie told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, they have met with the current administration over the matter however; no seriousness has been attached to their concerns.
The Minister of Labour he said is supposed to be in charge of their pension but the president is on a mission to appoint the Finance to be in charge of their pension.
President Akufo-Addo he added has also not responded to their letter sent to him.
He said, the current administration after winning power promised to apply the law in this matter but they are yet to fulfill that promise.
Mr Borborchie indicated further under a defined contribution scheme, the contributor’s benefits were at risk, depending on earnings from investments, therefore, any delay in releasing funds belonging to the forum would not augur well for retirees.
The forum, which is made up of unions and associations, comprise the Health Services Workers Union, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), the Ghana Physician Assistants Association and the Ghana Hospital Pharmacists Association.
The rest are the Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anaesthetists, the Ghana National Association of Teachers, the Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana, the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOGSAG) and the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG).