The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the Government, and the leaders of Togo’s Opposition, to be guided, always, by Togo’s interests, as well as the interests of the Togolese people, in a bid to find a lasting solution to the on-going political impasse in that country.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the desire of the Togolese people “for a better life, their desire to live in security, their desire to live in freedom, and their desire to live in a state governed by the rule of law and principles of democratic accountability”, should be the desires that Togo’s political actors must fulfil.
“It is at this dialogue that will determine the future of this country. It is the Togolese people themselves, and not any outside forces, that will determine the future of your country. It is extremely important to recognise that the destinies of our own nations are in our own hands. Therefore, whatever emerges out of this dialogue must represent the solutions that the Togolese people are looking for,” the President said.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 19th February, 2018, at the opening ceremony of a political dialogue, being facilitated by him (President Akufo-Addo), and held between the Government of President Faure Gnassingbé, and the Coalition of 14 Togolese opposition parties, in Lome, Togo.
In urging the gathering to recognise that the spirit of accommodation, and the spirit of compromise, has to be at the very forefront of the preoccupation of every one gathered at the dialogue, the President explained that the national interest of Togo demands it.
“And, that has to be the overriding concern of participants in this dialogue – the national interest of the people of Togo. It is important for the self-respect of the Togolese people that their leaders are seen to be capable of arriving at solutions that will advance the interests of the people of this country,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The President noted that his job, and that of the facilitation team, whose membership is composed of the Minister for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah; deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Owiredu; Ghana’s Ambassador to Togo, Kwasi Owusu-Yeboa; Ambassador-at-large, Dr. Edward Mahama; former Secretary to President Kufuor and experienced, retired diplomat, D.K. Osei, is to assist in the process of finding a solution to the problems in Togo.
“I don’t have a position in this matter. Despite all the links between us (Ghana and Togo), I am not a Togolese and, therefore, I cannot have a position in this matter. I can only assist in bringing about, hopefully, a durable solution to the problems of your country,” President Akufo-Addo added.
Strong ties between Ghana and Togo
Expressing his appreciation in French to the political actors in Togo for allowing him to be part of a programme, that is essentially Togolese, President Akufo-Addo stated that “it is a mark of confidence you have expressed in your brothers and sisters from Ghana, of which we are grateful.”
Recounting the ties between Ghana and Togo, the President indicated that the links between Togo and Ghana are links that are drawn from history, from geography, and from ethnic and familial ties.
“We have been always each other’s keeper. At the very beginning of the independence of Ghana, when there were problems, many of the political activists in Ghana found refuge in Togo, and we have seen the same as happening that, wherever there are problems here (in Togo), people find refuge in Ghana,” he said.
The President continued, “Therefore, the interests of Ghanaians and of Ghana’s political leaders in the peace and stability and freedom of the Togolese people is something which is not negotiable. It has its roots in the history and links that I have already described.
“I have come here with no solution, prescription or magic wand to impose or prescribe any solution for the resolution of the crisis that has gripped your country these last months. My task is a simple one – to help assist in the dialogue that you, the various political actors of this country, have agreed to.”
President Akufo-Addo added that the outcome of the dialogue was critical to the future of Togo “so that peace, the stability, the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, which is the demand of the Togolese people, which, in fact, are the demands of the African peoples today, are realised here in Togo.”
Prior to the holding of the dialogue, President Akufo-Addo has, on several occasions, over the last 7 months, met with the President of the Togolese Republic, His Excellency Faure Gnassingbé, and with all the leaders of the coalition of 14 political parties, all with the purpose of setting the conditions the holding of Monday’s dialogue.
The Hunger Project-Ghana (THP-Ghana) in collaboration with the Ghana Health Services (GHS) on Monday, 19 February 2018commenced a five-day Training workshop in Koforidua, on accelerating interventions aimed at improving infant and young child feeding at the community level.The five-day training workshop on Community based Infant and Young Child Feeding running under the Maternal & Child Health Care project will help reduce the worrying maternal and child mortality ratio in the country considerably.
Fast-tracking interventions aimed at improving infant and young child feeding (IYCF) at community level is a key priority in the effort to improve survival, growth, and development of children with equity. However, in many communities, IYCF practices remain far from ideal. Caregivers often lack the practical support, one-to-one counselling and correct information. Community-based IYCF counselling and support can play an important role in improving these practices: it can ensure access to these services in the poorest and the most vulnerable communities with limited access to health care, and therefore become an important strategy for programming with an even-handedness focus.
Maternal and Child Health Project Coordinator at THP-Ghana, Stephanie Ashley, in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, said the training aims to equip participants with the required skills needed on Community Infant & Young Child Feeding and also on reproductive health. Stephanie Ashley added that project officers who will benefit from the training, are expected to lead behavioural change campaigns in their respective communities. ‘’Effecting behavioural change is quite challenging because some individuals are used to old methods and when they are asked to adapt to change, it becomes difficult. So the project officers and community health nurseswill be equipped with requisite skills so they are able to effect the change through the use of practical examples so the residents will be well informed on positive maternal child health practices,’’ she added. She also indicated that counselling will betailored tosuitthe resources available to community members in order for parents to appropriately feed the infant or the young child with what they can easily provide.
Fifteen (15) Community Health Nurses working in 15 epicenter clinics in rural Ghana and THP-Ghana’s Project Officers who are supervising the activities of THP Ghana at their various epicenters will benefit from this week-long workshop.
By: Ekow Burt-Fletcher
A 39-year-old cocoa farmer at Mangoase in the Western region, Agya Kofi, has allegedly chopped off the breast of his wife, Maame Serwaa, over GHc20.
Narrating the unfortunate incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our reporter, Odeshieba Kwadwo Wusu, said the breast fell off after the suspect slashed it.
According to him, the victim had returned from the farm and searched for the money but could find it. He later asked the wife whether she’s seen the money. Maame Serwaa told the husband she took the money and used it for housekeeping.
But the suspect who was infuriated reportedly slashed her breast with a sharp cutlass he used on his farm.
The suspect according to the victim, failed to give not give her money to keep the house hence her decision to take the GHc20.
Odeshieba added that, the victim was cooking when the incident occurred on yesterday [Sunday] evening.
She is currently on admission at the hospital whereas the suspect has gone into hiding.
Female dancehall artiste Ebony Reins originally known as Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng’s one-week celebration went into the history books as one of the ceremonies, that drew thousands of mourners.
The one-week celebration did not only draw personalities from the music industry but the political, film, television, radio and other areas in the country.
Apart from a government delegation, led by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Catherine Afeku, and the Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, there was a long list of celebrities, including Becca, Debora Vanessa, DCryme, Edem, Obrafuor, Superintendent Kofi Sarpong , Shatta Wale, Kofi Kinata, Bisa Kdei, Sarkodie, Ofori Amponsah, Moesha Badoung were at the ceremony.
Three other personalities whose names have been associated with three favourite local dishes, stormed the venue of the ceremony to mourn with family and friends of the departed soul.
There were: Veteran actress, Grace Omaboe popularly known as Maame Dokono, and veteran actor, Prince Yawson aka Waakye as well as controversial boxer, actor and musician Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko.
Ebony Reigns will be buried in Accra on Saturday, March 17.
The family announced the date at a heavily attended one-week observation held Sunday at the St. Martin De Porres School at Dansoman in Accra.
Ebony, 21, died February 8 along with two others in an accident while returning from Sunyani where she had visited her mother.
Franky Kuri, a close pal of Ebony and a dancer, and soldier L/C Francis Atsu Vondee, were the other two victims when the Jeep car they travelled in collided head-on with a VIP bus. The driver of the Jeep survived but is still on hospital admission.
New York-based Ghanaian Afro-pop and R&B star, Ded Buddy aka Qweci, has described royalties distributed by the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) as insignificant.
The artiste said the only amount of money he received following his 12 years long absence from the scene, was GHc100 as royalties.
''The amount really helped me because I used it to buy ‘Koko’,'' which literally means porridge, he said.
Ded Buddy who further revealed receiving GHc400 recently in royalties, described the amount as paltry because ''I am still working as a musician''.
‘’We [musicians] need our money. If you [GHAMRO] are collecting money, there should be money for the artistes,’’ he added.
According to him, he gets close to $1,000 every three months for writing just two lines of lyrics for a musician in America, some two years ago.
‘’We need to benefit as musicians. I don’t know what the problems are but we need to work and ensure artistes in Ghana benefit. Artistes are suffering and so GHAMRO should collect and distribute the royalties fairly.’’
Music in Ghana does not fetch me money. I run a media company, a fashion line located in the UK and other businesses. These are the things that fetch me money and not music in Ghana, he told the host when asked if he was making enough from music.
Music he posited can generate so much revenue for the country because ''music is broad and concerts are broad. If you want to join music, join it fully, he admonished.
He charged stakeholders including event organizers, GHAMRO, MUSIGA and all others to work hard to position the industry at the level it should be.
He called for reforms to ensure artistes benefit from their hard work.
Ded Buddy, said music has always been part of him but his long absence was to allow him pursue higher learning.
He disagreed with those arguing that, music does not fetch enough revenue for artistes and challenged the host to ask the top notch stars including Shatta Wale, Sarkodie and others to tell him how much they charge per show.
An Accra High Court (Criminal Division) has ordered the release of the Achimota student who shot and killed his girlfriend last year.
Presiding judge, Justice Kofi Dorgu, the trial of the accused exceeded the six months period as stipulated in the Juvenile Act.
The court has therefore ordered that the judgment by the Juvenile court be quashed and the accused discharged.
According to the judge, there was a miscarriage of justice because the juvenile court delivered a verdict without waiting for a social enquiry report.
Section 24—Social Enquiry Report.
(1) Where a juvenile is charged with an offence, the juvenile court shall order a social enquiry report to be submitted to the court which shall be taken into account by the court in the making of an order.
(2) The social enquiry report shall be prepared by a probation officer who shall visit the home of the juvenile.
(3) The social enquiry report shall include particulars on the background of the juvenile, the present circumstances of the juvenile, the conditions under which the offence was committed and recommendations for sentence.
(4) The social enquiry report may include a recommendation that the matter before the juvenile court be referred to a child panel established under the Children's Act, 1998 (Act 560) but the referral shall only be in respect of a minor offence.
(5) The court shall ensure that the contents of the report are made known to the juvenile and a copy shall be made available to the juvenile or the legal representative of the juvenile.
(6) The court may request an oral report from the probation officer in addition to the social enquiry report.
(7) If the court does not follow the recommendations given in the report, written reasons shall be given as to why the recommendations have not been complied with.
The 17-year-old convict was found guilty for manslaughter by the Accra Juvenile court for shooting and killing a female colleague.
He was sixteen years [minor] at the time of the incident on January 4, 2017 and so the case was heard in camera.
He is said to have gone for his father’s gun which was under a bed with the intent of shooting in the air, but ended up killing his friend, Lily Donkor, who was also a third year student of the same school.
The facts as narrated in court were that on January 4 last year at about 2pm the deceased Lily who lived at Cantonments visited the convict at Community eight in Tema.
While there, prosecution said the convict went to his father’s room and picked up his father’s single barrel gun and shot the victim in the abdomen.
The convict told the police that he intended shooting into the air however the gravity of the gun changed course and hit the deceased.
According to the prosecution, a neighbor heard the gun shot and went to the scene only to see the victim lying in a pool of blood.
The victim was taken to the Port Clinic in Tema. However due to the condition of the victim, she was transferred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra where she died on admission.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that the nurses, who picketed at the premises Monday morning, would be posted.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Robert Cudjoe, measures are being put in place to get the nurses posted to various health posts across the country.
He told Rainbow Radio that, “They [nurses] will be posted, it’s unfortunate they have come here and decided to picket in spite of the various meetings we have had with them. We are working towards getting them posted. Their coming here is unfortunate.’’
The nurses on Monday February 19, 2018 stormed the premises of the ministry demanding for immediate posting.
The nurses who completed in 2016 threatened to vote the NPP out of office because they’ve regretted voting for the NPP in 2016.
President of the coalition Samuel Asante earlier told Starr News they believe picketing will resolve their concerns.
“We know that our seniors embarked on picketing and they got what they want. And even the private nurses that they are yet to post, they embarked on picketing and they have started filing their postings forms.
“We have engaged government on series of meetings and we think that the only way to get results is picketing so over 2000 of our members are coming there to picket,” he said.
The Royal Ladies of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), winners of the 3oth edition of the Hockey Africa club for champions-Women’s Category, have presented their trophy to the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah.
The Mayor pledged his support for the team and commended them for chalking the feat for the country at the championship held at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey pitch in January this year, for the first time
According to him success in sports thrives on discipline and urged them to be disciplined, ensure team work and endurance in their quest to conquer the rest.
“This trophy should be the beginning of many trophies to come. The Government, the AMA and the city would always feel proud to be associated with you.
“Sports is no more played for leisure or pleasure, but as a tool for development and opportunities to promote development in a country”.
Mr Adjei also used the visit to announce of his intentions to visit the teams at the hockey pitch to discuss ways by which, his outfit would be of help to the teams and hockey development in general so that the various hockey teams would be able to compete in all international championships.
Ghana Police ladies at the tournament came third beating Kada Queens on penalties after the game ended 1-1. Strathmore did the double over Yobe Desert beating them 3-1 in the 5th and 6th place match.
The GRA men were 3rd whereas the Trustees of SSNIT came 4th.
Some angry members of the Unposted Nurse Assistants-Preventive and Clinical, on Monday stormed the premises of the Ministry of Health demanding immediate posting.
They told Rainbow Radio’s Daniel Asuku that, the Minister confirmed to them they were not going to be posted because they were not bonded.
He also alleged that the Deputy Health Minister, Madam Tina Mensah, gave them the assurance that, they were going to be posted this year.
However, the Minister says that was to calm our nerves after we staged our first picketing at this same venue.
Vice President of the Nalerigu branch of the aggrieved nurses, Sule Mohammed, said government lied to us. They promised to factor us in the 2018 budget but we are being told we cannot be posted because we were not bonded.
He questioned why private nurses were being bonded whereas public nurses have been neglected.
According to him, if the Minister could lie to them, then we can’t take the president seriously.
The angry unposted nurses expressed their disappointment and have threatened to vote the NPP out of office come 2020.
Chanting songs, they said, ‘’2020 we go show Nana. Your time will surely be up. Your time is up. We have regretted our votes. We are disappointed. We voted for you expecting change, but we are disappointed.’’
National President of the Association, Samuel Asante, decried the inability of government to post them after promising to do so in the first quarter of 2018.
In his view, the bureaucratic process in posting them should be ignored. ''I am looking forward for a financial clearance to ensure our members are posted,'' he said.
Political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mohammed Abass, has said President Akufo-Addo has shown commitment in his call for Africa and specifically, Ghana beyond aid.
He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the commitment of the president shows in his recent speeches and the call on African leaders to champion a continent beyond aid.
Mohammed Abass, said the inspiration from these speeches is premised on the vision of the president;bothering on leadership in Africa and Ghana to be specific.
He described Nana Addo, as an astute politician whose experience over the years, gives him enough knowledge and insight, into the challenges confronting the continent.
He noted, the concerns raised by the president, hinges on democracy, rule of law, self reliance, economic freedom among others.
The president he stated has shown commitment and the rest lies with Ghanaians to have the attitude and mindset to ensuring that, the call by the president, would be materialized.
He charged the Minority to desist from running down the government and rather focus on providing superior alternatives that could help us achieve our goals as a nation.
When asked whether we are witnessing any progress after one year of Nana Addo’s government, he said, it would be difficult to assess this administration after a year in office.
He was however quick to add that, there should be some signs that could show that we are on the right path.
He said the most important thing is to monitor the current administration to ensure they are on track.
He referred to the free senior high school policy and the fight against illegal mining popularly called galamsey, and the Special Prosecutor Office, as some of the bold decisions taken by the president.
‘’Nana Addo promised to do something about galamsey. Some individuals doubted him but he has proven everyone wrong. The galamsey demanded though measures which I think he equally met with the force that was required…On corruption, he promised to set up the Special Prosecutor Office and appointing Martin Amidu was also a bold and courageous step he took in the fight against corruption. His party members expected to appoint a party person but he did not. He rather appointed a member of the opposition party. That was a bold decision. Ghanaians criticized his decision to make senior high school free. They claimed he could not do it. But he has proven everyone wrong. That was a bold decision he took,’’ he added.
The president's quests to see Ghana beyond aid took a centre stage when he recently hosted the French Prime Minster.
He said: “We can no longer continue to make policies for ourselves…… on the basis of whatever support that the western world or France, or the European Union can give us. It will not work. It has not worked and it will never work,” he stressed.
“We have to get away from this mindset of dependency. This mindset of ‘what can France do for us?’ France will do whatever it wants to do for its own sake, and when those coincide with ours, ‘tant mieux’ [so much better] as the French people say…Our concern should be what do we need to do in this 21st century to move Africa away from going cup in hand begging for aid, for charity, for handouts. The African continent, when you look at its resources, should be giving monies to other places. We need to have a mindset that says “we can do it”, and once we have that mindset we’ll see there’s a liberating factor for ourselves,” says President Akufo-Addo.