Model club volleyball team coach, Anane Abubakari, has revealed that they train in a church premises, Saint Francis of Asisi at Awoshie before they play the ongoing greater Accra volleyball matches.
In an interview on Rainbow Sports with Isaac Mortey, Mr Abubakari indicated that, the team lacks facilities hence the training in a church premises.
The soft spoken coach continued: ''its really worrying,when there is a church programme we have to shift our training to lebanon house to continue our training. We don't have a choice to manage the premises till the end of this season.we are negotiating with Odorgonno senior high school to use their premises but the fee they are demanding is too much and we cannot afford it,we thought the school could benefit from our presence but that was not in their mind.
Narrating his story he said, we have discussed it among the technical team and the management. We expect them to put it before the manager. The manager came to watch our training and has admitted that, the facility was not to our advantage.
The manager is doing everything possible to find a place to build a volleyball court for us to play and rest before going home.Model club is languishing on the 14th of the league table in the mens division of the greater Accra volleyball league
By: Isaac Mortey
The Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Sophia Akuffo, has sworn into office Ms Cynthia Pamela Akotoaa Addo as the new Judicial Secretary
She is taking over from Justice Alex Berchie Poku-Acheampong who is assuming a new duty on the Court of Appeal Bench on October 8, 2018.
Prior to her new job, she was the Deputy EXIM Bank Director but resigned over the weekend to take up this new job.
She was sworn into office today [Tuesday] and the appointment takes immediate effect.
A press statement issued and signed by Grace Tagoe, Director of Communications at the Judicial Service said
“She [Akotaa Addo] is a highly skilled professional known for creativity, exceptional organizational ability, resourcefulness, innovation, proven financial management skills and timely completion of major projects and assignments,”
The statement added Ms. Addo is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the Bar of England and Wales and the International Bar Association, having been called to the Bar of England in 1989 as a member of Lincoln Inn and the Ghana Bar in 1997.
She joins the Judicial Service from the Ghana Export Import Bank (Ghana EXIM Bank) where she was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Finance and Administration.
“It is our expectation that the Ms. Addo will be given all the cooperation and support by the people of Ghana that will enable her to carry out her functions as Judicial Secretary effectively and efficiently.
“By her appointment, Ms. Addo becomes the 16th Judicial Secretary since the First,” it added.
The First Lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump has donated a phototherapy machine to the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital.
The machine will be used in the treatment of neonatal jaundice in babies.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the hospital, Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo described the equipment as of the best in the world.
“This particular equipment is one of the best in the market and so we are very excited that it has been donated.
“This one is going to add to the number of phototherapy equipment that we have which is going to go a long way in saving the lives of babies who develop that complication of jaundice during the neonatal period,” Dr Srofenyo added.
Mrs Trump also donated hampers and gifts to mothers and children at the Child Welfare Clinic of the Hospital.
The US First Lady is on her first solo trip to Africa. She will spend two days in Ghana deliberating on issues on child health with Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo and other child health agencies in the country.
Neonatal jaundice, is a common condition in newborn babies, affecting about 50% of term and 80% of preterm babies, research has shown.
Phototherapy is often used to reduce levels of unconjugated bilirubin that may result in acute or chronic brain damage.
The General Overseer of the Hezekiah Prayer Ministries, Pastor Kwabena Owusu Adjei, has challenged General Overseer of the Glorious Word Power Ministry International, Prophet Owusu Bempah, to a spiritual battle.
He [Pastor Adjei] is willing to sacrifice his calling, church and ministry in the challenge in order to make former President John Mahama win the 2020 polls and President Akufo-Addo lose.
The man of God told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he is ready to send Mr Mahama to the Jubilee House and ensure that Nana Addo is walked out of the presidency.
‘’I am challenging Owusu Bempah to a spiritual battle. If Mahama is elected flagbearer, I will sacrifice my ministry and calling and see to it that, he is elected in 2020 as president and see President Nana Addo lose. Prophet Bempah should show me the power he possesses.’’
‘’Owusu Bempah is not God to declare the winner of an election. Just like Mahama won the 2012 polls, he can win it in 2020. It is not Owusu Bempah who will determine winner of 2020. If Owusu Bempah is strong and one who is spot on with prophetic directions, he should advice and direct the president to turn the economy around.’’
‘’He [Bempah] is a disgrace to the prophetic ministry. He is disgracing God. He is one of the prophets making people insult men of God. If he is the one who prophesied about Nana Addo’s victory in 2016, then I am challenging him to this spiritual battle on who will win the 2020 polls. I am willing to sacrifice everything and see to it that, Mr Mahama enters the Jubilee House.
He descried the high level of economic hardship, collapse of local banks and businesses; job loses and slammed the ruling government for failing to deliver on their campaign promises.
He wondered why Nana Addo and his appointees have contracted loans when they spoke against it in 2016 and promised not contract loans.
‘’Where was Bempah when Bawumia lied to Ghanaians? Ghanaians are suffering, women are suffering, children are suffering, contractors are suffering, those who have worked are not being paid. The rest cannot also find jobs to do.’’
The Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman, has been described as a thief, corrupt and a man lacking the integrity to be holding his current position.
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, at a press conference on Tuesday described Professor Dua Agyeman as a man with bad record.
He recounted how the board chair was allegedly sanctioned by the Ghana Institute of Chartered Accountants for allegedly forging an audit report for a company in 1983. ''How can you ask a thief to go chase a thief? This is impossible. We [NDC] were amazed when Professor Dua Agyeman was appointed the board chair. It is shocking for President Akufo-Addo to appoint him despite being aw3are of his record as a dishonest man.''
He was reacting to a forensic audit report conducted into some state institutions including the Ghana Gas Company.
The sum involved in the malfeasance at the Ghana National Gas Company, under the management of George Sipa-Adjah Yankey, according to the report is close to GHC400 million. Included in this is an alleged financial loss to the nation in respect of the purchase of helicopters from China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC).
According to the summary of the audit report, the helicopters were “never…used for the purpose of its purchase”, causing a financial loss of $54,800,000 to the state. Also, equipment for the helicopters were never delivered even though a sum of $5,958,366.76 was paid as part of the contract price. Again, a sum of $300,000 paid for abnitio training cost was “not fully utilised for its intended purpose.”
The summary audit report also captures procurement irregularities of GHC34, 451,650.22 and GHC42, 351,110.17 respectively involving contracts with Memphis Metropolitan Limited and Kingpok Company Limited.
The report further cites procurement irregularities in contracts with Worral Lees and Associates and Technip UK Ltd and another payment to Tullow Ghana Ltd involving the sums of GHC1, 713, 375, 21 and $4,108,378.60 respectively.
The last procurement irregularity involves a contract of GHC6, 688,986.56 awarded to Adeabs Catering Services.
Reacting to the report, Mr Nketiah described the report as fake, which was conducted by fake auditors with state resources amounting to $6.8 million.
“The NDC has credible information that an amount of at least $6.8million has so far being paid by the NPP government under President Akufo-Addo’s watch to these private firms to carry out work that’s already being done or has been completed by state agencies.”
He added “the taxpayers’ money is being spent on state agencies like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), the Special Prosecutor’s Office, the Auditor General’s Department and the Attorney General’s. Any of these [institutions] could have carried out these audits.”
Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah slammed the ruling government for using its operatives to denigrate former appointees of former President John Dramani Mahama.
He also claimed that one of the helicopters used by Vice President Bawumia to distribute relief items formed part of the helicopters bought by the former administration.
He further slammed Professor Dua Agyemang saying, he is dishonest and vindictive and acting in an irresponsible, illegal manner and responsible for the miss-governance in Ghana.
He further charged government to fight the ‘’one-one-corruption scandal by speedily, thoroughly and properly investigating the Kelni GVG and the Ministry of Communications scandal, the StarTimes deal, the $2.5 million GPS scandal, the National Identification scandal, the alleged Nyantakyi corruption scandal exposed by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas among others.
''We should be serious in the fight against corruption. We cannot joke with corruption. We have to be serious about the fight against corruption. We are appealing to government to account to Ghanaians, show us details on the companies employed to conduct the fake forensic audit.''
He concluded by stressing that, former appointees of the NDC are law abiding but will not subject themselves to illegal audit firms when they already cooperating with EOCO on same matter.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused government of blowing $6.8 million on illegal firms to conduct illegal forensic audit to denigrate former appointees of former President John Dramani Mahama.
General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, told journalists on Tuesday they have ample evidence to prove their case.
According to him, “the NDC has credible information that an amount of at least $6.8million has so far being paid by the NPP government under President Akufo-Addo’s watch to these private firms to carry out work that’s already being done or has been completed by state agencies,” said the General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia Tuesday at a press conference.
“Meanwhile,” he added, “the taxpayers’ money is being spent on state agencies like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), the Special Prosecutor’s Office, the Auditor General’s Department and the Attorney General’s. Any of these [institutions] could have carried out these audits.”
The chief scribe of the umbrella family disclosed that although former appointees of Mr Mahama have subjected to investigations by EOCO, they have received letters from these illegal firms including Baffour Awuah and Associates to appear before them.
The press conference was in response to a recent forensic audit report issued by cabinet and signed by Board Chairman of the Audit Service, Mr Dua Agyemang.
The report among other things uncovered procurement irregularities amounting to a whopping US$137,861,127.15 at Ghana National Gas Company during the erstwhile administration of John Mahama by a private firm, Morrison and Associates.
The forensic audit of Ghana Gas further detected that helicopters purchased from China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) by Ghana Gas “have never been used for purpose of its purchase.”
According to the audit report in possession of Starrfmonline.com, as a result of the situation, a whopping amount of $54,800,000 has gone down the drain as “financial loss to the state.”
It added: “Abnitio training cost not fully utilized for its intended purpose” amounts to US$300,000, making a total of US$61,058,366.756.
The report which has been submitted to President Akufo-Addo and his cabinet also detected procurement breaches worth US$34,451,650.22 and US$42,351,110.17 in contracts with
But the NDC says the report is fake, and violates the authority of the Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo who was asked to sign the report but refused because eit was illegally conducred.
The Minority has raised concerns over the cancellation of the Commissioning of Terminal 3, which was scheduled to take place today [Tuesday].
President Akufo-Addo was to be the special guest of honour but the much-publicised event has been called-off.
Although the postponement has not been confirmed by government, the Ranking Member on the Transport Committee in Parliament, Kwame Agbodza has said parliamentarians have been informed about the cancellation.
“The value we’ll derive, the mileage we’ll get for showcasing Ghana at this stage, is not something we can pay for. We are going to lose for actually pulling the plan last minute…. I am told that flight is fully booked simply because Ghanaians and others are coming in to showcase Ghana a big way. It is a big thing… I think this is a shame and government must answer the questions.”
On his part, the Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Okudzeto Ablakwa said: ‘’ As Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, I am terribly worried about what this pettiness does to brand Ghana and the ramifications for future strategic partnerships with the international business community with its resultant effect on the already struggling Ghanaian economy. And as for our official ties with the United Arab Emirates; if what I am picking up is exactly the case, then we must begin to tighten our seat belts for the turbulence ahead in our diplomatic relations.’’
The newly constructed Terminal 3, which started operations last month, cost the nation cost $275 million.
The new terminal was constructed to ease the pressure on the existing two terminals and is expected to handle up to five million passengers a year, with an expansion potential up to 6.5 million passengers.
The new terminal at KIA is designed to meet the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements based on optimum service level.
The new terminal comprises five levels spread across an area of 45,000m².
The terminal features six contact stands for Code E aircraft and two additional remote stands.
The new terminal have capacity to process 1,250 passengers at peak hour, a large retail and commercial area, three business lounges, six fixed links and seven air bridges expandable to eight, and parking space with capacity to handle more than 700 cars.
The departure level of the terminal feature 56 check-in desks, 30 passport control counters, of which four will be e-gate positions, and eight security lanes.
The arrival level houses 24 immigration counters, four e-gate positions expandable to eight, and four reclaim devices.
A fully automated baggage handling system designed in accordance with the latest European Civil Aviation Conference Hold Baggage Screening (ECAC HBS) requirements has also provided to handle 3,500 bags an hour.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO), for Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr Kwesi Amenya, has disclosed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, COCOBOD incurred GHc2 billion debt for subsidising the price of cocoa in 2017.
COCOBOD he decried has not been able to break even and any attempt to increase the price of cocoa could have financial implications on COCOBOD.
He told morning show host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, COCOBOD explained to the farmers it could not adjust the price but maintain it.
The farmers accepted the explanation, he said.
The PRO argued that the decision was the only laudable alternative since Ghana is the only country, out of the 22 cocoa producing countries, to have maintained its producer price despite the decline in the FOB price.
''We incurred a debt of GHc2 billion in 2017 for subsidising the prices. We have not been able to break even and any attempt to increase the price will further increase the debt,'' he added.
COCOBOD has maintained the price of cocoa due to the drop of world market prices.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joseph Boahen Aidoo disclosed this at the 2018 Cocoa Day grand durbar on Monday, October 1, 2018.
He indicated “the fall in cocoa price at the world market by 40% is now a public threat and must be of concern to every well-meaning Ghanaian. The FOB price of cocoa was GHC 728.38 per bag in 2016/2017 whiles the producer price at that time was GHC 475 per bag. Even though the FOB (World Market) price dropped GHC 527 per bag in 2017/2018, the Akufo-Addo government decided to maintain the same producer price of GHC 475 per bag,”
The Chairman of the Government Assurance Committee and member of the Agric Committee in Parliament, Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, has suggested an increment in cocoa prices would collapse Ghana COCOBOD.
He was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm over the concerns raised by some cocoa farmers following the decision by COCOBOD to maintain the price of cocoa today [Tuesday].
The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has announced that the Producer Price of cocoa for the 2018/2019 cocoa season will remain at GHC 475 per 65kg bag despite the drastic fall in the commodity’s price on the international market.
Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen Aidoo disclosed this at the 2018 Cocoa Day grand durbar on Monday, October 1, 2018.
But some farmers are worried that the prices were maintained instead of an increment.
Responding to these concerns, the MP for Manso Adubea said, government does not determine the commodity price on the market.
The price on the world market he lamented has dropped drastically. However, government decided to maintain the price instead of reducing it.
According to him, price of cocoa was GHC 728.38 per bag in 2016/2017 whiles the producer price at that time was GHC 475 per bag. Even though the FOB (World Market) price dropped GHC 527 per bag in 2017/2018, the Akufo-Addo government decided to maintain the same producer price of Ghana.’’
He added: ‘‘any attempt to increase the price of cocoa will collapse COCOBOD. It will collapse COCOBOD because we have to subsidise. Already, they have subsidised for years. There is nothing anybody can do about it. COCOBOD has done extremely well considering the prices of other countries.’’
He slammed the Minority for capitalising on the issue and politicising it instead of addressing the core issues.
He described it as immoral politics.
He has also assured framers the committee will impress upon COCOBOD to increase the price should the agreement between Ghana and Ivory Coast goes through successfully.
The Strategic Partnership Agreement binds the two countries in even closer intimacy and demands that they work together to enhance their chances of attaining progress and prosperity.
The Abidjan Declaration – which is devoted to the cocoa economy – seeks to pursue a common strategy and a sustainable solution for the improvement of prices for cocoa producers in the two countries.
On Production and Research, the two neighbouring countries agreed to forge closer collaboration between Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), and National Centre of Agronomic Research (CNRA) in Cote d’Ivoire; agreed to work together towards the adoption of good practices for adaptation and mitigation of the adverse effects of climate change based on experiences of the two countries.
The two countries are responsible for 60% of the world’s cocoa output.
First Lady of the United States, s expected to arrive in Ghana today, Tuesday October 2 for a two-day official visit.
She is for the first time visiting four African countries namely Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in a bid to promote child welfare.
Her visit according to government will deepen the relation between Ghana and the US as well as tourism.
“In Ghana, she is focusing on children’s welfare and development primarily because our First Lady is doing a lot of work in maternal healthcare,so we expect her in town at 10am on the 2nd of October… All in all her visit is expected to boost tourism and Ghana US ties”, he noted.
The two- day visit will see Mrs. Trump visit the children’s unit of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital to acquaint herself with strides Ghana has made with regards to child healthcare and possibly find ways of assisting.
“Upon arrival, she will join the First Lady of Ghana to visit the Ridge hospital children’s block to observe some of the efforts that are being made by the government of Ghana to improve child healthcare and to explore ways by which her office can also partner the various agencies in Ghana that are also doing a lot in improving child welfare and development.”
She will also pay a courtesy call on the Chief of Cape Coast in the Central Region and visit some tourist sites there to boost tourism.
“On the second day of her visit, she will make a visit to the Cape Coast Castle after an initial courtesy call at the Cape Coast palace. We expect that her visit to the castle will aid us in the various efforts we are making to promote a number of tourist sites here in the country.”
“I’d like to take a moment and thank the First Lady of Ghana for being with us today. Mrs. Akufo-Addo, I look forward to visiting your country and know we will find ways to continue working together even after my visit. In Ghana, USAID’s programs have focused on healthcare by supporting efforts to expand the coverage and quality of healthcare for mothers and newborns, and educating women and young children about the importance of proper nutrition.”