Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he will not disappoint those calling on him to contest for the presidential slot and represent the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2020.
Mr. Mahama, in a Facebook post said he has listened to the calls from the rank and file of the party and will not disappoint those calling on to contest.
He has indicated in the post that he is waiting for the party’s guidelines for the selection of a new leader for the party ahead of the 2020 presidential race.
He wrote: ‘’ To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.’’
He also used the opportunity to appreciate the role played by the leadership of the party towards its reorganization.
‘’I want to congratulate the rank & file and executives of our party, the NDC, at all levels for the commitment and work rate we have put into our reorganization efforts.
The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party is greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections.
We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines,’’ he indicated.
The Chiefs of Ahafo, in the Brong Ahafo Region, have expressed their appreciation to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his administration for the level of development they have witnessed since January 7, 2017.
The President of the Ahafo Traditional Council, Nana Ansah Adu Baah, Chief of Yamfo, on behalf of the Council, told President Akufo-Addo that despite being in office for 16 months, the President’s achievements have been overwhelming.
“Because of the policies you (President Akufo-Addo) have put in place, anyone can now say confidently that I am Ghanaian. When people state that they have not seen anything, we, in Ahafo, can boldly state that we have seen a lot,” Nana Ansah Adu Baah said.
The President of the Ahafo Traditional Council made this known on Saturday, 19th May, 2018, at Goaso, in Asunafo North constituency, when President Akufo-Addo met with “the Council of Zone B Chiefs”, on day two of President Akufo-Addo’s tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Cataloguing the achievements of President Akufo-Addo’s government in Ahafo, the Yamfo Chief stated that in the Tano North district, bungalows have been constructed for the Directors of Health and Education; together with the construction of several units of classroom blocks in the district.
“In Asutifi North, newly constructed wards have been built for the District Hospital; a doctor’s residence has been built; quarters for staff of the Asutifi North District Assembly have been built; a new market has also been built; and KVIP’s with small water systems have been constructed in twelve towns in the district,” the Chief added.
Additionally, Nana Ansah Adu Baah noted that in Asutufi South, nurses’ bangalows, a boys’ dormitory and a new lecture theatre have been constructed for the Dadiesoaba Nursing Training School. A CHPS facility, he added, has also been constructed at Apotoyuwa.
In Asunafo North, the Chief stated that the Asumura Bridge has been constructed, which has ensured that residents of the town are no longer cut off from other parts of the district during the rainy season.
“A fully furnished classroom block, fitted with a staff common room and KVIP facility has been constructed by this government at the Dominase L/A Primary School. Again, 3 separate classroom units, all with staff common rooms and stores, have also been constructed at Kofimirekrom. At Sekyerekrom, new classroom blocks have been constructed, which have been fitted with staff common rooms and KVIPs. CHPS compounds and nurses quarters have also been constructed in Pomaakrom,” he added.
As though this was not enough, the Chief revealed that a new 135 room market has also been constructed at Goaso, in Asunafo North.
Nana Ansah Adu Baah added that the Akufo-Addo government has constructed, in Asunafo South, a new CHPS compound in a town called Wejakrom. A new administration block, together with a new female ward, he said, has been constructed at Kukuom Health Centre. This facility was later commissioned by President Akufo-Addo.
In Tano South, the Chief of Yamfo stated that a fully furnished 3-unit classroom block has been built at Bechem, in addition to a CHPS Compound and nurses quarters all being built in BEchem.
“All these are examples of the projects you (President Akufo-Addo) have completed within the short space of 16 months of being in office, and we are very grateful to your administration,” he said.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stressed that by the end of his first term of office in 2020, his political opponents would have no campaign message going into the elections, as he would have fulfilled the promises he made to the Ghanaian people in run-up to the 2016 elections.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the same people who are saying his administration has done nothing over the last 16 months in office are the same persons who, prior to the 2016 elections, stated that free SHS was not possible, and described as lies the pledge to restore the nursing and teacher trainee allowances.
“One by one we are keeping our promises. Free SHS is now a reality. In September this year, the Free SHS policy will cover new entrants, in addition to those who will then be in SHS 2. By September 2019, it will cover all students in Senior High Schools across the country. Teacher and nursing trainees are also receiving their allowances. We have also retired a large chunk of the NHIS debt left by my predecessor, and the NHIS is working,” he said
The President continued, “To those who say they are still not seeing anything, they should wait and watch me. By the end of the four years, they will have nothing to say. They will acknowledge that we came to work for the development of Ghana.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 19th May, 2018, when he visited the Asutifi South, Asutifi North, Asunafo North and Asunafo South constituencies, on day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.
As part of his tour, President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of an administrative block for the Asunafo South District Assembly; and inspected the newly constructed bridge for residents of Asumura in the Asunafo North constituency.
President Akufo-Addo also commissioned the newly constructed special ward at the St. Theresa’s Hospital at Hwidiem in Asutifi South; and inspected the 68-bed hospital and semi-detached maternity block, which is under construction at Kenyasi in the Asutifi North constituency.
Highlife artiste Kurl Songx says he felt dumb founded when he got the opportunity work with multiple award winning musician, Sarkodie.
Appearing on GH Entertainment today [Saturday], the ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ singer said, ‘’I don’t know the word to use because at a point I was dumb founded.’’
He added: ‘’you can’t get Sarkodie on your song.’’
The musician who is signed onto Kaywa said, through the good relationship Kaywa has with Sarkodie, he got the opportunity to work with him.
Kurl Songx said, the original plan was to feature Sarkodie on ‘Whistle’ but after working on the song, Kaywa played Jennifer Lomotey and Sarkodie fell in love with the song and decided to feature on it.
Kurl Songx have four songs to his credit and featured Sarkodie on two namely, ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ and ‘Whistle’.
The 2016 MTN Hit maker winner Kurl Songx says he is still the leader of the praise and worship team at church.
In an interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ hitmaler said, ‘’I am still a chorister. I lead the choir.’’
The artiste, who fellowships with the Grace Aflame Chapel Ghana, claims that he sings in church because he owes his life to God and that is the reason he gives his all to Him when he is in the church.
The singer who is currently promoting his new song ‘Trumpet’ said he was not expecting to be on top of his game that early after winning the hitmaker.
According to him, he gave himself 5-10 years so he will prepare for the industry because there were equally great musicians and he least expected to blow in that manner.
‘’I knew I had to work hard. It was not as if I was not working hard. I knew there were other talented musicians that was why I gave myself ten years.’’
When asked the musicians he looks up to, he mentioned Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, Akwaboah and a lot of people.
‘’I was inspired by their works when I was young. They are still making it. These people inspire me a lot. These people were deep and their songs are timeless,’’ he added.
He urged young artiste to venture into highlife music because that is our identity as Ghanaians.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that effective September 2018, second year students will not be allowed to pay fees because the free senior high school will extend to them.
The president made this revelation at a durbar in Busunya in the Nkoranza North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region as part of activities marking his 3-day tour of the area, saying “Free SHS has come to pass. In September, second year students will be rolled onto the programme.” The free SHS programme which was rolled out in September 2017 has been fraught with some challenges.
He also gave an assurance that the free SHS will be sustained despite the challenges.
Some few days ago, the president said the use of some of the country’s oil revenues to fund the Free Senior High School policy, which is guaranteeing all Ghanaian school-going school access to senior high school education, is most appropriate.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “We are using some of the income from our oil revenue to fund the programme. I believe strongly that this is the most equitable and transparent use of the oil revenue, instead of it finding its way into the pockets of politicians and bureaucrats.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 11th May, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Oxford Africa Conference, at the University of Oxford.
This year, the Akufo-Addo government has announced that it will spend some GH¢453 million ($103 million) of the country’s oil revenue on funding Free SHS, more than double the amount spent last year on funding the policy.
Addressing the gathering on the theme “Enough Rhetoric: Catalysing an Era of Concrete Action”, the President stated that his administration has embarked on shifting the emphasis in education to ensure that science, technology, engineering and mathematics drive all sectors of the economy.
“We are committing resources to basic and applied science and engineering to ensure that we are able to meet the critical need for technicians and engineers. This process encompasses also a scaling up of technical, vocational and education training to supply the skills needed to build a modern economy,” he added.
As of March 2018, 62,422 Ghanaians were identified in different cities and detention centres in Libya, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix has revealed.
That number, it said, ranks Ghanaians in Libya fifth after Egyptian, Nigerien, Chadian and Sudanese nationals out of 38 different nationalities in that country.
Since June 2017, a total of 706 (661 men, 45 women) Ghanaians stranded in Libya have been assisted to return home voluntarily with the majority of the returnees, 70 per cent, being returned from various detention centres in Libya, while the rest are from the cities.
“The number of Ghanaians returning from detention situations in Libya still remains high, highlighting the need for continued interventions to ensure their protection,” the IOM Chief of Mission in Ghana, Ms Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, said in a statement.
She noted that the priority of the organisation “is to ensure the safe and dignified voluntary humanitarian return home for all Ghanaians in need in Libya. At the same time, we need to mobilise all possible resources, financial and in-kind, to make those returns sustainable for migrants and their communities."
Last Tuesday, IOM, the UN migration agency, in partnership with the Government of Ghana and the airport authorities, facilitated the return of 148 Ghanaians home by means of a charter flight from Libya.
The group, which included four women and two children, arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra in what it said was the fourth charter flight organised by IOM through the European Union (EU)-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.
Traditionally, it said, the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Greater Accra regions were the main areas of origin for Ghanaian returnees.
It, however, indicated that the Western Region had become the second most popular region in terms of the number of returnees, 18 per cent, in recent months.
IOM Ghana’s return and reintegration support from transit countries such as Libya, Niger and Mali is part of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Ghana, begun in June 2017.
It is funded through the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) and is implemented by IOM in collaboration with the Government of Ghana.
The IOM says given the continued insecurity and maltreatment of migrants, particularly in detention centres, it will continue to provide the option of voluntary humanitarian return to Ghanaians and other migrants in Libya and other transit countries, and continue to coordinate with the Government of Ghana to ensure smooth processing and registration upon arrival and subsequent reintegration into their communities of origin.
As part of its Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme from Libya and other transit areas, the IOM conducts pre-departure interviews and medical examinations for all those who decide to return home, and facilitates the acquisition of travel documents.
Upon their arrival, all returnees are screened by Port Health officials, registered by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and inspected by the Ghana Police Service’s Bureau of National Investigations and Criminal Investigations Department.
They are subsequently registered by the IOM, given food and water, as well as pocket money for immediate needs. The IOM also provides migrants with buses to local transport hubs.
Returnees will have the opportunity to benefit from reintegration assistance which can consist of counselling, referrals to services (including psychosocial and medical) and other support — as needed and depending on the services available in the country.
The innovative integrated approach to reintegration assistance was rolled out by the IOM in West and Central African Region under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative combines support for returning migrants and their home communities.
It aims to mitigate possible tensions by involving local communities in the reintegration projects and raising awareness to address the potential stigma of returning home.
As such, projects can be community-based, collective or individual for vulnerable migrants.
Ghana’s public debt has hit GhC145 billion as of February this year, the Central Bank has announced.
Per the figures, government spent about GhC3.5 billion from September to December last year, according to the latest Summary of Economic Data released by the Central Bank after a review of development in the economy by the Monetary Committee of the Bank.
The data puts external debt at GhC76.9 billion with domestic debt at GhC68.2 billion.
The total debt is expected to go up in the coming months due to moves by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to issue two separate bonds to help retire mature debt and also finance some critical projects in the economy.