The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that his government is done with the Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the Constitution, in Article 36(5), requires the President of the Republic to submit to Parliament within the first two years of his administration.
However, “this time, we have worked to ensure it is completed within the first year of my tenure of office. Cabinet has approved it for submission to Parliament. That will happen in the next session of Parliament that begins next week.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 26th September, 2017, when the Chairperson, Director General and members of the National Development Planning Commission presented the draft National Development Plan to him.
The President noted that the plan which has been submitted to him “presents my government and subsequent governments with a daunting task, not so much the implementation, but to stay on track and ensure we have the desired outcome. We must be able to monitor our progress, and redirect our paths when we seem to be deviating from them.”
With Ghana having celebrated its 60th independence anniversary in March this year, President Akufo-Addo noted that “in comparison to the likes of Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, countries which gained their independence around the same time as we did, it is evident that we should be further along in our national life than we currently are.”
He continued, “We must, therefore, make rapid progress, and do things to ensure that we achieve it.”
Without pre-empting the contents of the plan, President Akufo-Addo in stating some of his aspirations was hopeful of a Ghana with “a strong, buoyant economy that will provide decent jobs for all; and that our school leavers from secondary and university will not spend an inordinate amount of time, as they do now, to get a job or create one for themselves and for others.”
He added further that he was hopeful of that being a Ghanaian “will be associated with tangible benefits, such as free basic education, a good healthcare system, the rule of law and security in the country; and that, reciprocally, the citizens will exude levels of discipline and professionalism that engender efficiency in the management of our institutions and the development of our society”, amongst others
President Akufo-Addo was reassured that these aspirations meet substantially those of the National Development Plan submitted to him, plan you are submitting, adding “that we all agree that we must build a Ghana Beyond Aid.”
One thing which is certain, according to the President, is that “we must not and cannot fail in taking up this journey. We need to seek out those who are not yet convinced and bring them on board; and we need to have people to champion the different aspects of the plan, in particular the key milestones. We must figure out how we sustain the interest of key constituents, especially the youth, who will be at the helm of affairs in the not too distant future.”
President Akufo-Addo, on behalf of the people of Ghana, government, and on his own behalf, expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chairperson for the policy direction provided, and to the Director General, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, for the organisational and technical leadership that got this document out.
“From the little I know of the operations of the Commission, I am aware that each and every one of you, the members of the Commission, have made significant input into this document. Your experience and knowledge have no doubt been brought to bear in the drafting of the document. I wish, again, to thank you all for the contribution you have made,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo also expressed his “sincere appreciation for the collective decision you have made, without the compulsion of law, to submit your collective resignation to allow the principle of ‘new King, new Law’ to operate. It is a mark of high patriotism and I am grateful for it.”
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has congratulated warmly the players, technical and management team of the Black Stars B Team for winning this year’s West African Football Union Cup “in excellent style”, after defeating Nigeria by four goals to one in the finals.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the success of the Black Stars B team has proven that football in the country is not on the decline, as many would want Ghanaians to believe.
“All of Ghana is very proud of your achievement. In fact, yesterday, the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was with me here at the Presidency. He began our meeting by firstly congratulating me,” the President added.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 26th September, 2017, when the players, technical and management team of the Black Stars B Team paid a courtesy call on him to present the trophy won at this year’s WAFU competition.
The President stated that victory was chalked “on the principles of teamwork, hard work and everybody fighting for each other. That is the way football teams succeed, and that is the way we want our nation to succeed. All of us pulling together, working hard and co-operating to develop our country.”
He was hopeful that the team would “be the nucleus of a lot of success down the road.”
With the Black Stars B team, prior to the commencement of the tournament agreeing not to receive any winning bonus, President Akufo-Addo indicated government will pay a winning bonus of $100,000 to the entire team, in addition to the $100,000 prize money won.
On his part, the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, thanked President Akufo-Addo and his government for giving approval to the GFA to host the competition, stressing that “you can only host when you have certain approvals and guarantees from your government.”
He stated that this competition has boosted the local economies in Sekondi and Cape Coast, as many businesses in Cape Coast and Sekondi received huge patronage during the duration of the competition.
Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Professor Kwesi Botchwey and the entire membership have resigned en bloc.
Professor Kwesi Botchwey made the announcement at a meeting with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
“…And now our work having been done, Mr. President; this is the most important part of our mission, we as a commission, chaired by me will like to collectively stand down — bring our tenure as a commission to a close,” he said.
He explained to the president that the membership decided to step down so the president will have the opportunity to recompose, recast the commission in accordance with your own vision and priorities as well as the supreme interest of our country.”
“Mr. President I’d like to at this stage present to you the documents of the plan including the national long term plan itself and a summary of its highlights and crucially the infrastructure plan and its highlights. And finally this is work in progress Mr. President; we can’t seem to suggest that we’ve written everything. We have put the plan document in as close to completion as possible. But we recognize that it may require further review, further work and we are happy as a group to help in any way that we can to bring to complete such a review if necessary,” he stated.
The membership was made of 24 members including the chairman.
The membership is as follows:
Dr. Kwesi Botchwey – Chairman
Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye – Vice Chairperson
Dr. Nii Moi Thompson – Director-General
Mr Ebenezer T. Anuwa – Greater Accra Region
Prof. Seth O. Asiama – Ashanti Region
Dr. Ato Quarshie – Central Region
Mr Joseph D. Kobinah – Western Region
Mr Ntim-Adjei Jacob Buabeng – Brong Ahafo Region
Mr. George D. Abdul – Eastern Region
Prof. Seidu Al-hassan – Northern Region
Amb. Donald A. Adabre – Upper East Region
Dr. Emmanuel K. Derbile – Upper West Region
Dr. Edith Tetteh – Volta Region
Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi
Mr. Kwame Peprah
Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa
Dr. Fritz Gockel
Mr. Steve Akuffo
Mr. Charles Abugre
Prof. David Millar
Dr. Dzodzi Tsikata
Nana Oye Mansa
Dr. Nii Noi Ashong
Mr Kwame Jantuah
The Meteorological Agency has warned against a thunderstorm which it said is approaching the country from neighboring Togo.
The agency in alert issued Tuesday said areas across the country to be affected include Accra, Tema, Adenta, Sege and Battor.
Other areas expected to be affected include, Old Ningo and Sakumono.
Kete Krachie, Yendi, Tamale, Akwatia, Kumasi, Winneba, Agona Swedru, Mankessim and its environs are expected to be affected as well.
“A moderate thunderstorm and rain-bearing cloud system observed over the southern half of Togo is expected to move west to produce rains over the country accordingly,” the statement said.
A staunch member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Frank Kwaku Appiah popularly called Appiah Stadium has been arrested by the Kumasi police to assist with investigations into his tagging of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a drug addict.
It is alleged that Appiah Stadium in a recent interview suggested that the president smokes marijuana popularly referred to as wee.
Appiah Stadium according sources is being transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
According to the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng Appiah Stadium was arrested on Tuesday following orders from their National Headquarters in Accra.
“We got instruction from the national headquarters to help them with the arrest of Appiah Stadium and that is exactly what we have done. As I speak to you, Appiah Stadium is on his way to the national CID headquarters. When we arrested him, immediately we put him in a car off to Accra,” she said
The Chief Executive Officer for Women in Programming, a non-governmental organization, Roxanne Mawunyo Akorley has charged the government to support women in ICT.
According to her, the field of ICT and software programming has been mainly dominated by men and it’s about time government gives preference to women in that field.
She spoke with Nyankonton Mu Nsem at the launch of her NGO ‘’Women in Programming’’.NGPO
She has decided to empower women and help them develop the skills in the development of apps for android devices as well as website hosting and development.
She further revealed it’s very challenging because she is solely financing everything.
She bemoaned the corporate world’s unwillingness to sponsor such a noble course.
Ghana is set to host the first ever Africa Air Expo which is scheduled to take place in Accra from 24 to 26 October 2017.
This was disclosed by the Minister for Aviation Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah in a press conference.
According to her, it’s the objective of this government to make Ghana an aviation hub within the West African sub-region.
In view of this, it’s important for the aviation industry to organize an event such as the air expo in order to showcase the different opportunities available in the aviation industry in Ghana and Africa.
She further revealed the enormous benefit Ghana stands to gain by hosting the Africa Air Expo.
The Aerospace and Aviation Exhibition for West Africa, will bring together major players in the Aviation industry under one turf.
About 150 companies providing aviation-related services are expected to display latest innovations in the sector.
The companies expected to exhibit various products include government departments, airport companies, airlines, flight school academies, charter solutions cargo handling services, military and defense among others.
The Airshow will be held at the Kotoka International Airport and there will exhibition hall for display of latest technologies in the industry.
We want the payment of redundancy packages for all workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) before the power company is privatized, the Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) has demanded.
The workers during a picketing at the premises of the Trades Union Congress today [Tuesday] hinted of a legal action if their grievances are not addressed by government.
General Secretary of PUWU Michael Adumatta Nyantakyi said: “This action is being done to draw government’s attention to our issue that we think that the payment of severance to staff of ECG should be considered under the ongoing arrangement where they want to give out the company to a private operator. And from what we have read, what they are planning to do is that they will move the staff from ECG to go and work for the private operator, and we think that under the labour law, such arrangement should require the payment of what the law calls redundancy pay.”
“We want the government to know that it is something they cannot run away from. If they are embarking on this activity, then they must also respect the rights of the workers and also do the right thing,” he added.
The government of Ghana has entered into an agreement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) under the Power Compact Two to privatize the operations of the ECG.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has expressed concerns over the agreement on the premise of possible job losses making the process stall.
While lack of expertise continue to hinder Ghanaian companies from exploring opportunities in the oil and gas sector, government splashed a whopping GH¢317 million (GH¢317,109,617) on capacity-building between 2011 and 2016.
Despite this colossal amount, Ghana continues to grapple with skilled technical labour – giving room for expatriates to snap lucrative jobs in the sector.
Capacity-building is one of the four priority areas that benefit from the yearly allocation of oil revenues, which are to be directed at initiatives to enhance the skills of Ghanaians to be able to manage the oil and gas sector.
However, after more than seven years of oil exploitation, it is difficult, if not impossible, to mention how these allocations have helped sharpen the skills of Ghanaians to take advantage of technical employment opportunities in the sector.
It is estimated that out of the GH¢317 million allocation made for capacity-building, about 70% was used to fund various social interventions in the education sector while part was given as support to state-controlled financial institutions.
The little part of the money that went into capacity was also used to mostly sponsor Ghanaians to travel outside for Masters programmes in oil and gas.
Sadly, most of the beneficiaries return to Ghana only to remain jobless because the industry is not in need of their services since they did more of academic work.
Institutions such as Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), National Youth Authority (NYA)which have been rocked by corruption scandals have all received substantial amounts of the capacity-building money.
2011 – GH¢750,000allocated for capacity building
In 2011, government allocated GH¢750,000 which was used to build laboratories at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to train students studying petrochemical engineering.
2012-GH¢111.6m allocated for capacity building
For 2012, over GH¢111.6million (GH¢111,656,738) was allocated for capacity-building.
GH¢35m for MASLOC(2012)
The Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) received GH¢35million of the capacity-building money to give out as loans.
Even though this money has not been returned to state purse, MASLOC is broke as monies disbursed to people have not been paid back.
Over GH¢100 million being loans given to beneficiaries have still not been recovered by Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).
GH¢15.9m for NYEP(2012)
The National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) was given GH¢15.9million(GH¢15,907,952).
GH¢10m for NADMO(2012)
An amount of GH¢10million was provided to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO)to purchase relief items.
GH¢11.9m to purchase of goods and services for MoFA (2012)
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) was allocated GH¢11.9million (GH¢11,984,020) for the purchase of goods and services.
GH¢10m for ICT training for persons with disability(2012)
An amount of GH¢10million was earmarked for the training of 5,000 persons with disability in Information Communication Technology ((ICT).
GH¢8.1m for LEAP(2012)
The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) received GH¢8.1million to disburse to beneficiaries.
GH¢5m for Venture Capital Trust Fund (2012)
A total of GH¢5million was given to financial support to Venture Capital Trust Fund.
GH¢4m for skills training in road maintenance (2012)
The government also gave GH¢4million (GH¢4,092,048) for skills training in road maintenance.
GH¢5.3m for Ghana Living Standards Survey (2012)
An amount of GH¢5.3million (GH¢5,373,418) was used to fund Ghana Living Standards Survey.
GH¢2m for MUISGA (2012)
The Musician Union of Ghana (MUISGA) received GH¢2million as support to the creative industry.
GH¢2m for Exim Guarantee Company (2012)
Exim Guarantee Company Ghana Limited rebranded into Exim Bank received GH¢2million as recapitalisation.
GH¢1.7m for Lands Ministry (2012)
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources was given GH¢1.7million (GH¢1,790,000).
GH¢445,300 for NYA (2012)
The National Youth Authority (NYA) also received GH¢445,300.
2013 – GH¢20.1m
In the year 2013, government allocatedGH¢20.1million (GH¢20,183,359) for capacity-building.
GH¢10m for Venture Capital Trust Fund (2013)
The Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) again received GH¢10million as financial support.
An alleged corrupt scandal at the VCTFhas caused the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) to open investigations.
According to the Daily Guide newspaper, the Development Assistance Fund (DAF) and the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created under the VCTF to give funding access to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) were allegedly used as an avenue to steal state funds.
Currently, only about 7% of a whopping GH¢18.26 million invested by the government between 2010 and 2015 has been recovered and GH¢32 million is still outstanding.
GH¢2m for Exim Guarantee Fund (2013)
Exim Guarantee Fund was also allocated GH¢2million in 2013.
GH¢8.1m for Petroleum Commission (2013)
The Petroleum Commission received GH¢8.1million (GH¢8,183,359) to support its operations.
2015 – GH¢101.4m allocated for capacity-building
For the year 2015, an amount of GH¢101.4million (GH¢101,482,290)was disbursed for capacity-building.
GH¢34.5m for SHS subsidy(2015)
Out of this amount, GH¢34.5million (GH¢34,557,175) was allocated for the payment of Senior High School (SHS) subsidy and implementation of progressively Free SHS.
GH¢23.5m for School feeding(2015)
Also, GH¢23.5million (GH¢23,531,764) was used to pay for school feeding.
GH¢16.6m for capitation grant(2015)
In addition, government also used GH¢16.6million (GH¢16,647,366) to pay for capitation grant.
GH¢15.5 for BECE (2015)
An amount ofGH¢15.5million (GH¢15,543,500) was also used as subsidy for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
GH¢4.5m for SHS, Primary school capacity-building(2015)
An amount of GH¢4.5million (GH¢4,510,904) went into the payments to improve capacity at Primary and Secondary Schools.
GH¢3.8m for school uniforms (2015)
Payment for the supply of school uniforms in four regions accounted for GH¢3.8million (GH¢3,898,647).
GH¢2.2m for HR Audit (2015)
Government also allocated GH¢2.2million (GH¢2,236,276) as the payment for Human Resources audit activities.
GH¢556, 655 for stationery (2015)
An amount of GH¢556,655 went into the printing and transportation of stationery to seven regions.
2016 – GH¢83m allocated for capacity building
Last year , an amount of GH¢83million(GH¢83,037,284), which was set aside for capacity-building, was given to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
Source: The Finder
Communications team member of the ruling New [Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Kwame Asafo Adjei has bemoaned the politicization of increment in the price of petroleum products.
He was of the view that, we should not do politics of convenience rather politics of conviction.
A thorough assessment by Daily Graphic has revealed that for every litre of petrol now sold at GHc4.39, there was a tax component of GH2.17 constituting about 49 percent of the ex-pump price.
‘’This means that with the current daily national consumption of about 10.2 million litres of both petrol and diesel, the government bags GHc27.132 million a day,’’ a portion of the Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Graphic said.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers has lamented over the development and has further called for a review of the prices.
However, commenting on the issue, the Nana Kwame Asafo Adjei said government has little control over the pricing of fuel.
He also debunked rumours that government has deliberately increased the prices because there are three major components of fuel increment namely our exchange rates, taxes and internal market prices.
He indicated that the internal market component is a demand-and-supply function, which is often affected by other geographical developments across oil producing countries.
This position he took was exactly the same position the Energy Minister took when he was asked why the increment.
He added, ‘’I am appealing to Ghanaians to stop politicizing the price of fuel. It is not the best, unfortunate and will lead us nowhere.’’
The NPP in 2016 mounted pressure on the former NDC administration to reduce fuel prices.
On a campaign platform the then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo said: “The economy has been mismanaged so much that with the weak currency we have, these crude oil prices don’t translate into a reduction in petroleum prices in Ghana. With four more years of Mahama, and when crude oil prices begin to climb, which they are bound to do, what is going to happen to us in Ghana? Our economy will be in tatters.”