The use of drones for the distribution of drugs and blood to hospitals across the country was expected to start in September 2018 but Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has given a new timeline.
The second gentleman of the land in April this year announced that, Ghana will by September 2018 use drones to distribute blood and other essential medicines to remote parts of the country as part of efforts to ensure quality healthcare delivery. But the vice president says the project will start in 2019.
Speaking at the 2018 Annual Health Summit in Accra, the Vice President said the government would sign a Memorandum of Understanding this week to put the technology into effect.
“We by the grace of God; there is ongoing discussions, we are looking at innovative ways to deliver blood supplies as well as essential medicines to remote areas. As the rains come in, some areas are going to be cut off… Do we allow mothers to die because we can’t have blood supplies or essential medicines? Ghana this week, will be signing an MOU and by the middle of this year or by September, we will join Malawi and Rwanda with using drone technology to deliver blood supplies and essential medicines. So we are going to do so that this year,” he said.
But speaking at a forum organised by the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) on Thursday, stated that the move will take off in 2019.
“By early 2019, we will be joining Rwanda in using drones to deliver critical medical products. Blood products, medical cargo, emergency vaccines, life saving and other essential medicines on demand to every part of the country regardless of the terrain or road infrastructure.”
The Ministry of Health some few months ago signed a Letter of Intent with the developer and operator of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, popularly known as drones, to offer a drone-enabled supply chain solution in Ghana that will ensure secure, reliable and timely deliveries of essential health care products to hospitals and other health facilities.
The Service, which will be designed, installed and operated by USA-based Zipline International Inc. in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, will leverage technology to improve the supply chain of critical medical supplies, reduce waste and save lives.
Zipline was one of the many companies with cutting-edge technology who met and held discussions with the Vice President and the founders and leaders of a number of Ghanaian ICT firms a few months ago during H.E. Dr Bawumia’s working visit to Silicon Valley, California, USA.
A number of companies based in the ICT hub of Silicon Valley have also indicated their readiness to explore partnership opportunities with their Ghanaian counterparts after the trip to design and implement Ghanaian solutions for Ghanaian challenges.
A meeting between officials of the Ministry of Sports and FIFA officials has been suspended indefinitely, PRO for the ministry of sports, Elvis Adjei- Baah has stated.
According to him, officials from FIFA wanted to meet with GFA officials before meeting with the sports minister but were informed a court injunction has prevented GFA from carrying out any activity in the name of the FA.
Officials from FIFA were expected in the country on Thursday (June 21) ahead of a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah which would have decided Ghana's membership status after an announcement by the government to dissolve the Ghana Football Association.
Speaking to Graphic, the PRO said: "The meeting has been postponed, for now, till further notice.’’
"Well, we have craved the indulgence of FIFA to postpone that meeting so that it will afford us more time to satisfy our internal processes and consultations".
"We have no idea (where the FIFA team are) because we sent this notification to them on Wednesday through various channels but the unfortunate thing is that they have not replied.
"Aside from that, when they were coming the itinerary was that, they were to meet the GFA on Thursday then government on Friday but we made them aware of an injunction on GFA officials and their functions and that such a meeting was an illegality".
The Supreme Court has asked the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo to file her written response to the suit challenging Ghana's defence cooperation agreement with the United States of America in seven days.
Ghana's defence agreement with the US is to allow US military and civilian personnel access to certain facilities in Ghana and provide them privileges, exemptions and immunities equivalent to those accorded to the administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961
Ghana is expected to benefit from aid package amounting to $20million from the USA in the areas of training and grant.
But the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Yaw Brogya Genfi thinks that was a bad deal for Ghana.
He has subsequently gone to the Supreme Court asking that the agreement should be nullified, as the ratification by Parliament, in his opinion, is unconstitutional.
His argument is that, the agreement is invalid because the President of Ghana failed to execute the agreement as prescribed by Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution before sending it to Parliament for ratification.
The writ filed on Monday, March 26, 2018 has the Attorney General Gloria Akuffo and Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul as the first and second defendants.
According to Mr Genfi, the two government appointees breached several laws in their bid to have the controversial Ghana-US military agreement ratified.
A Principal State Attorney who represented the AG in court on Thursday applied for an extension of time to enable the AG file a response.
The Ghana Police Administration has selected some 2,000 interested individuals for medical screening, a statement from the security firm has said.
The prospective applicants are expected to pay an amount of GHc400 as cost for the screening, the statement added.
The statement signed by David Eklu, police PRO said "All qualified applicants are to note that the cost of Medical Examination is Four Hundred Ghana Cedis [GH₵400.00]. Details of the cost will be made available when they report for the medical screening. Meanwhile, applicants notified for each day of the screening will be required to report at the Police Headquarters, near the Ghana National Fire Service Headquarters on the Ring Road, Accra before they proceed to the Police Hospital."
The statement further directed that all enquiries or concerns about the recruitment process should be addressed through the official Ghana Police Service social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and its live-chat page on the website - www.police.gov.gh.
The screening will start on Monday June 25-July 5, 2018.
Ghanaian male gospel musician, John Winner is calling on Christians to stop being judgmental in order to win more souls for the kingdom of God.
In an exclusive interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome; the gospel musician said the reason why people are unable to come to church and listen to God’s word, is because Christians are judgmental.
He disclosed on the show that he smoked marijuana popularly called ‘wee’ for a period of 14 years until he had an encounter with the savior Jesus Christ and accepted him his Lord and savior.
John Winner said it’s been 8 years since he stopped smoking and his encounter with God has been an amazing journey for him.
‘’I was smoking wee. I smoked wee for 14 years. That was my past. I started smoking from my senior secondary school days…The feeling for smoking is no more there. I went through a serious deliverance and it was my first love. I became seriously sick but I got my healing. I will not say marijuana is evil but for me; health wise it is not good for me. It was not good for me. It didn’t harm me but health wise, it was not good for me. I don’t regret my past because it makes me who I am.’’
The talented musician says there are people out there who are looking forward to give up their evil deeds but the approach to winning such souls, has been a major challenge for Christians.
He advised evangelists and Christians not approach people in a judgmental way but approach people with a method that will make them reflect upon what they have heard and the Holy Spirit will take over.
He described his style of evangelism and music as a radical one that is intended to win more souls for God.
‘’I use music as a major platform to win more souls. I use a style to compose music that can be played in a club so I will be able to get to the street and win more souls for God,’’ he said.
Preaching the word of God is about hope and an opportunity for people to have a relationship with him.
‘’This a major revelation and very radical and rough,'' he concluded.
Born John Oppong Inkoom, the artiste recently released a video of his single ‘Big God’, directed by Phamous Films.
Acting General Secretary for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has advised General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, to vent his anger on the Minority in Parliament over the criteria for the Ghana card registration.
The aspiring general secretary in the upcoming NPP national executive race says the Minority in parliament endorsed the Act that paved way for the National Identification Authority (NIA), to demand for birth certificate and passport as documents for the registration and issuance of the Ghana card.
But the NDC and other political parties including the PNC, APC and UFP are against the criteria and want the NIA to consider the Voter’s ID card as part of the documents.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he suggested the cold blooded war that hit neighboring Côte d’Ivoire may hit Ghana should the NIA fail to allow such category of Ghanaians register.
"We will not agree with the NIA to exclude the Voter’s ID card…Why should Ghanaians be prevented from registering? If people will sit somewhere and prevent Ghanaians from registering, then it would be better not to register. People fight with their blood in places where these things have occurred. Go to Côte d’Ivoire, one man, Alhassane Outtara prevented somewhere from registering his name. It brought civil war in that country and the country was destabilized for more than ten years. It took several efforts before the country was stabilized and today, the man who was prevented is the president of that country.’’
"The people you are preventing from registering their names, do you know the number of presidents in that number?" he queried.
But reacting to the comments, John Boadu slammed Asiedu Nketiah and advised him to blame the Minority for failing to address the issues before the law was amended and passed.
The NDC and their surrogates he noted cannot do anything and are only making ugly noises.
The NIA has said only birth certificates and passports will be used as identification for acquisition of the card, as provided for by the National Identification Amendment Law 2017 (Act 950). As a result of the above and to achieve a full enrolment, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has recruited and trained 2,700 commissioners of oath to operate alongside staff of the NIA during the registration for the Ghana Card. The NDC last week issued a statement calling on the NIA to accept voters’ ID card as a form of identification for the registration.
A delegation from FIFA has been dispatched to meet with the sports ministry over government’s plans for the dissolution of the Ghana Football Association.
Speaking on the issue, a well-known football administrator, Mr. Takyi Arhin said, FIFA is very busy with the world cup at Russia but the government still insisted that, they wanted to seek audience with them.
The delegation, he said would come not only to listen to the side of the government but also people in football as well.
Afterwards, there would be a roadmap like that of what happened in Nigeria.
“Why do people want to dissolve the GFA? Is it meant for political expediencies? he asked.
At Customs and Judiciary when there were similar cases, the individuals were dismissed while the organizations remained. Alfred Obeng of BOST was dismissed but BOST still operates. Similar instances can be said of former MP for Asinafo North and main boss at the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo and RSVO in Ashanti Region, Joshua Mensah he stressed.
“We all accept that there is rot at the GFA and that we need total overhauling.I am for the reforms but one cannot put the cart before the horse”, he added
“Is it because the President of GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi mentioned the names of the President, Vice President and some ministers at the hem of affairs”, he further asked.
“FIFA deals with federations not government. FIFA will let government know that it cannot interfere in GFA and that, the set committee is dead on arrival. The Sports Minister,Isaac Asiamah who is not on top of the business would be exposed to the truth by FIFA”, he emphasized.
Mr. Takyi Arhin also hinged on the fact that the situation would indeed affect the transfer of players in foreign countries.
“There are a whole lot of players lined up to be transferred into other foreign teams. Foreign teams in Ghana would look at Ghanaian players with a suspicious eye full of disbelief. A player who may bid for $1 million may now be bid for half $1 million because of the cases of corruption in the Ghana football”, he lamented.
“If the Sports Minister was on top of the game, he would have advised management on the institution of the committee.Government is bent on dissolving the GFA because of the names mentioned by Kwesi Nyantakyi. They are relieving the pressure off their shoulders because they are aware Ghanaians are angry with the GFA. This he said he thinks informed the setting of that reform committee. Government is in no place to set a committee for reforms”, he stressed.
Concluding he said, let’s wait for all that the government has for us. If government still pursue its aim of dissolving the GFA, we would also not fold our arms, we have a legal team who would meet them in court.
Adding, he said he thinks that considering the events that have unfolded, government would not have that moral courage to pursue that agenda.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
An aspiring Naasara Coordinator in the upcoming national elections of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sulemana Akakpo has said, Zongo communities are the embodiment of every society.
Zongos he noted have always been special in our lives and the major political issues, are in the Zongo communities and there is nothing government can do without the Zongos.
Zongo constituents he said are a united people; they have focus, have self love, vision, we have intelligent people and we are also sincere.
Sulemana Akakpo said there are a lot of qualities in the Zongo communities but politics has over the years caused disunity and mistrust but ‘’thank God Nana Addo has created a special ministry to bring us together so we will sell our culture to the world so they will know we have a great culture,’’
Appearing on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the aspirant told Kwame Tutu that, the Zongo communities forms a population of the Ashanti region and if any political party gets 50 per cent from the Zongos, ‘’you are automatically forming government.’’
According to him, there is no government that is ready to give attention to the Zongos but President Akufo-Addo has taken Zongo project as a priority.’’
For him, when communities are well developed, it will generate enough revenue for the country through tourism and culture.
‘’If we are going to take Zongo serious, the only tourism Zongo can give us is Zongo Gangara. Lets us modernized it and sell it to the foreigners and see the revenue it will generate for us,’’ he stated.
‘’People pay plane tickets and come to Ghana for the Zongo Gangara. Let us modernize it and make it attractive so it will generate more revenue for the country…We have a lot of talents in our Zongos and Nana Addo has asked that we develop these talents and export them for money.’’
Zongo Gangara is a special ceremony of Zongo chiefs that follows the Sallah celebration.
The Zongo Development Fund and Ministry he posited needs proper coordination so they can help fulfill Nana Akufo-Addo’s promise for the Zongo communities.
‘’We don’t want to revisit the SADA case. I am saying this because Zongo is bedeviled with a lot of challenges…The CEOs appointed should work as a united body and push this agenda of Nana Addo forward,’’ he advised.
Contesting a position being fought by 13 others, he expressed strong optimism in winning the race due to his experience and sacrifices for the party.
Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has slammed the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), for making ugly noises over the mentioning of President Akufo-Addo’s name by Kwesi Nyantakyi in the Anas expose.
The Coalition of Inter Party Coalition comprising the NDC, APC, UFP and PNC have called for an independent body to probe President Akufo-Addo, his Vice and all other ministers mentioned in the Anas tape.
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the General Secretary of the NDC says there two major issues from the Nyantakyi’s confession but only is being pursued with regards to the Ghana Football Association.
He wants the president and his vice as well as the ministers mentioned to be dragged before a commission of enquiry so they will be examined and cross examined.
But reacting to the issues raised, John Boadu slammed Mr Nketiah and wondered why the NDC and the other parties have failed to go to court if they believe the president is corrupt.
He wondered why the NPP has been excluded from the Coalition suggesting that, the intention and objectives of the coalition is geared towards national agenda but only an attempt to denigrate the ruling party.
‘’What can we do to satisfy the NDC? What was the outcome from the Commission of Enquiry that investigated the Brazil brouhaha? That commission wasted our public resources. Is that the kind of commission they want us to set up? What did Nyantakyi say to warrant this commission?
In his view, the call is a needless and unwarranted one.
‘’If the coalition feels Nana Addo is their target, they should take him to court,’’ he stated.
General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nkekiah, says we need an independent commission to investigate President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia over the Nyantakyi’s comments in the Anas expose.
The president and his vice he suggested should be dragged before the commission so they will be examined and cross examined over the issues raised by Kwesi Nyantakyi who was captured on tape allegedly taking bribe.
The former Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss is currently being investigated for allegedly defrauding by false pretences.
The lawyer and longest serving GFA boss in the latest expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, bragged about how he and the investors [Tiger Eye] could take over the country if he [undercover agent] is able to give him $11 million to split among some top government officials including President Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. He disclosed in the secret recording that, the President will be willing to talk business should he [businessman] dole out some amount of money. The President was to receive an amount of 5 million dollars, while 3 million would go to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, while the Minister and his deputy would receive an amount of 2 million and 1 million each. “I can promise you that I can take you to whoever is important in Ghana “We will meet them one on one and then you can give the money to them personally “Give them something small for starters with your own discretion and when you get the big contracts we can go back and give them more money. “When we do this we will take over the whole country,” he said.
Making reference to these comments, Asiedu Nketiah said, the president has ignored this side of the Nyantakyi’s comments and only focusing on the GFA.
‘’There were two major issues but the one that embarrassed us was the one about the presidency and his ministers. He [president] has abandoned this one and focusing on the GFA. He is the president and cannot investigative his own case. We should have a commission of enquiry so the president and his people, will appear before that commission. The major issues Nyantakyi raised were true. He [Nyantakyi] revealed the top secrets of this government. Nyantakyi who was a former GFA boss and CAF member was not bragging as suggested. Nobody will believe that he was bragging,’’ he said.
‘’We cannot ignore this issue, we need to investigate it,’’ Asiedu Nketiah told the host indicating that, the position represents that of the Inter Party Coalition comprising of the All People’s Congress (APC), People’s National Convention (PNC) and United Front Party (UFP) and NDC.