National Youth Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sidii Abubakar says he would have been appointed as the Board Chairman for the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) should the party had won power.
He was responding to claims held by party supporters that he has not distinguished himself like Sammy Awuku.
Sidii Abubakar said the only major problem he had was to deliver victory for the party and if he had won victory for the NDC, he would have been appointed the board chair of YEA or more better appointments would have been given to him.
He emphasized that the contention now ''is to congratulate Sammy Awuku and encourage him to serve all the youth of Ghana and not a a selected few.''
He admonished Sammy Awuku not to use his position to only give jobs to members of the NPP at the detriment of other Ghanaians.
He asked him to serve the youth of this country adding, ‘’he [Sammy Awuku should use his office to serve the youth of this country and not only NPP members.’’
He also took the opportunity to commend President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for appointing Sammy Awuku.
According to him, the president deserves commendation for appointing a young person to serve on the board as chair of YEA. However, it is not the first time a youth in his [Awuku’s] caliber has been appointed because former President John Dramani Mahama appointed young persons including Okudzeto Ablakwa and Felix Kwakye Ofosu who exhibited exceptional leadership qualities in their various capacities.
‘’It was something President Nana Akufo-Addo emulated from former President John Dramani Mahama and the late President Mills.’’
He said, when Ablakwa was appointed, people lambasted him that he will fail however, he proved his critics wrong and has become a gem in Ghanaian politics whereas Felix Kwakye Ofosu distinguished himself when he was appointed to serve.
One of the Tourism Ambassadors appointed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Kaakyire Kwame Appiah says he is unaware of his job description despite being appointed.
Speaking to Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the controversial musician said he was yet to receive his letter indicating his terms of reference.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture appointed him [Kaakyire] and Evangelist Diana Asamoah as tourism ambassadors.
In a letter signed by the minister, Catherine Ablema Afeku, the two musicians have been asked to use their talents to promote sustainable tourism through music, arts, and culture.
Information available indicates that the ambassadors including Daddy Lumba have also been asked to help promote Ghana's tourism.
“I write to officially confirm your appointment as Tourism Ambassador for Ghana.
"We at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture look forward to a fruitful relationship that will promote Ghana’s Domestic and International Tourism through your efforts,” a section of the appointment letter sent to the musicians read.
But when asked the specific duties he will play he said, I am not aware of the duties. I am yet to be assigned my responsibilities.
The Member of Parliament for Pru East Kwabena Donkor has called on Presdient nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to revoke the appointment of Sammy Awuku the Board Chairman for the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) because he does not qualify.
The legislator in a statement said although he recognizes the leadership qualities of the Youth Organizer of the ruling party, he does not meet the requirement to chair YEA.
He said, ‘’While recognizing that Sammy Awuku is a young man with leadership potential, he at the present moment does not meet the requirements for the position of Board Chair of YEA. Both the letter and spirit of the law is very clear.
He stressed, ‘’Act 887, the Youth Employment Agency Act, 2015 states 'a person of recognised standing and experience in administration and human resource development or training as the chairperson' Act 887 Sect 4, sub section 1a.
‘’While Sammy Awuku may qualify to chair other Boards without this specific provision, appointing him to Chair the YEA is an error.
And I humbly call onHis Excellency the President to rectify this error,’’ he said.
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has made a proposal to the government to levy tobacco and alcohol to fund the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
According to the Authority, the proposal is one of the options of finding additional sources of funding to sustain the NHIS policy, since the 2.5 percent NHIS levy collected under the Value Added Tax (VAT), and the 2.5 percentage Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions appear to be adequate.
Dr. Samuel Annor, Chief Executive Officer of the NHIA, said this when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to respond to some violations contained in the 2015 Auditor General’s Report in relation to the National Health Insurance Scheme.
The PAC is currently holding public sittings on the Report of the Auditor General for the Public Accounts of Ghana for the year ended 31st December, 2015.
Dr. Annor also explained that the reason for the suggestion to tax alcohol and tobacco is borne out of the fact that the nation is likely to spend more in treating people with alcohol and tobacco related illness thus affecting the programme.
He said providing additional source of funding to sustain the programme would go a long way to end the cycle of indebtedness of the NHIS to its service providers.
Dr. Annor also acknowledged that, confidence in the NHIS was waning as a result of gradual decline in the renewal of the cards over the last two years, saying that, it is a huge concern.
He explained that the number of subscribers to the scheme reduced from 11.3million in 2015 to 11 million in 2016.
Dr. Annor, however noted that, over the last three months, there has been some improvement in the number of subscribers to the scheme, and expressed the hope that the increase would continue for some time to come.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has asked the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to restore its integrity before the 2020 elections.
The founder of the umbrella family in an interview with TV3 said, “We don’t like to hear it, but I keep repeating it. We have to go back and seize the moral high ground and I believe we know what we have to do.’’
The former president said he would want the party wrestle power form the NPP in 2020 however, the NDC did not seem ready for that and it was necessary for them to address it.
“I would very much want to see the NPP beaten, but do we have what it takes? Do we have the capacity to be able to wrestle power from them? That is the issue we should be addressing. We should be looking at this question a lot more seriously than we have done so far.”
“We know what we have to do, but I don’t think we are prepared to confront it or that is what I have noticed about some of our people,” Mr. Rawlings stated.