The Ghana Medical Association, GMA, has called off it's intended strike.
A statement signed by GMA president said: "Government has agreed to unfreeze the market premium with effect from May 2013. Some percentage points increase on the current rate has also been agreed.”
The statement signed by President of GMA, Dr. Frank Ankobea said: “government has also agreed to give a detailed directive to all agencies and facilities to implement all the other aspects of the conditions of service that falls within their remit.”
“Following the agreement, the road map issued at Jirapa on Saturday, July 28, 2018, has been duly suspended by National Executive Council (NEC),” the statement added.
GMA planned to embark on an industrial strike action, which was supposed to start from tomorrow [Monday] August 6, 2018.
They threatened to withdraw outpatient services at public health facilities from Monday, August 6, 2018, unless government resolves outstanding emolument issues.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reaffirmed the commitment of his government to bring progress and prosperity to all parts of the country, in a balanced and inclusive manner.
Speaking at Ada, at the Asafotufiami Festival, on Saturday, 4th August, 2018, on the theme, “Mobilising Local Resources Towards Development and Growth of the Traditional Area”, President reiterated his belief that a prosperous, confident nation can be built through the effective exploitation of the country’s human and natural resources.
In furtherance of this, the President stated that, over the last nineteen (19) months, his government has worked hard to ensure a stable macroeconomy, and have, as a result, put in place measures that are formalizing the economy, reducing the cost of business, and improving the business environment.
“I know we are not out of the woods yet, but I can assure you, Nenemei and Naamei, that our nation is on the right path,” he said.
Mobilising the nation’s resources, he said, has meant the commencement of the rolling out of flagship policy initiatives such as the “One-District, One Factory” project, and the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”.
The implementation of the “One District, One Factory” policy, President Akufo-Addo noted, has meant that thirty-six (36) factories are at various stages of being operationalized, which will create tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
“The Lan Tianyi Soymilk factory, located at Asutuare, in Shai Osudoku, has been inaugurated, and is fully functional. I would urge the Ada East and West District Assemblies, as well as the Ada Traditional Council, to develop a strategic plan towards exploiting the vast potentials of the area to ensure residents benefit from their local resources,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo assured the Chiefs and people of Ada that Government is in the process of securing the necessary investment for the development of a modern salt industry, stressing that the Songhor Lagoon has the potential to produce salt in large-scale and commercial quantities, from its current status.
On the implementation of the Free SHS policy, the President stated that it provided 90,000 more children, in 2017, with the opportunity to gain access to senior high school education in 2017.
With 180,000 more children, representing a 31% increase, expected to be admitted into the country’s Senior High Schools, and with Government determined to make sure that “no qualified Ghanaian child is left behind”, President Akufo-Addo stated that Government is employing the Double-Intake System to address the deficit.
We are, first of all, going to recruit over eight thousand (8,000) more teachers in 2018 than we did in 2017. Secondly, we are going to employ a double track school calendar system for the new SHS entrants. Let me make it clear that this double-track system is not going to be applied to all Senior High Schools, but only to those whose current capacity will be exceeded by the numbers of admitted students.
He assured the Chiefs and people of Ada that Double-Intake system will not destroy the country’s education, as some people would want the Ghanaian people to believe.
“On the contrary, this system will reduce class sizes, it will increase the contact hours between teachers and students, as well as increase the number of holidays. Every bold, new initiative that is rolled-out will, perforce, experience hitches and challenges,” he said.
With the Asafotufiami festival held to mark the period of harvest, the President encouraged as many farmers as possible in Ada to join the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which is expected to cover one million farmers by 2020.
On addressing the country’s infrastructural deficit, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government has embarked on an ggressive public private partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both road and railway infrastructure.
“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours to the north, i.e. Burkina Faso, to the west, i.e. Cote d’Ivoire, and to the east, i.e. Togo,” he said.
Nonetheless, he assured the Chiefs and people that roads in Ada are receiving the undivided attention of Government, and work on all abandoned projects will commence very soon.
President Akufo-Addo appealed for unity amongst the people of Ada, and urged them to act in unity as one people collectively to lift up the fortunes of Ada.
“The primary task is yours, and I assure you that government will stand in full support with you so we deliver progress and prosperity to all our people,” the President added.
Eno-Konadu International School (EKIS Montessori) has organised its first anniversary and maiden ‘Speech and Prize-giving’ day ceremony.
The anniversary was attended by parents, pupils and staff of the school and was under the theme: ‘’Educating the Ghanaian Child Holistically”.
The ceremony was organised at the school premises in Pokuase on August 4, 2018.
The students’ entertained guests, which included their parents to a variety of activities such as drama, music and dance.
Proprietor of the school, Mr Elvis Ofori, in his address said the human capital and quality comes first before profits.
He indicated that when you deliver quality teaching and learning, parents would appreciate your efforts.
Establishing the school he explained was part of his dream to provide holistic education to the future leaders of the country.
The school he said does not only focus on academics but also provide their pupils with extra curricular activities including sports.
Some deserving pupils received awards for excelling in various subjects of study.
Both teaching and non-teaching staff also received awards for dedicated service to the school.
Eno-Konadu International School is a member of International Montessori Council, USA.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to implement targeted, deliberate policies to make Ghana self-sufficient in chicken production and save the nation from the huge poultry import bill.
This follows an announcement by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, that there was no maize imports this year after the implementation of policies such as the Planting for Food and Jobs which resulted in a bumper harvest.
The Vice President has therefore challenged the Ministry to replicate this success in the poultry sub sector to ensure a drastic reduction, if not an outright cessation, of poultry imports in the next few years.
Vice President Bawumia issued the challenge when he launched the 34th National Farmers Day on Friday 3rd August, 2018 in Accra.
This year’s weeklong celebration, which would take place at Tamale in the Northern Region, is under the theme “Agriculture: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid.”
While commending the Agriculture Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and his team for the successes chalked under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, including, according to the Minister, the ending of maize imports because local production had met national demand, Vice President Dr Bawumia urged the Ministry to replicate their success in the poultry sector.
“I want to challenge the Ministry for Food and Agriculture, and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, that yes, you have announced that we’ve stopped importing maize this year, so very soon, in the next couple of years, I want you to announce that we’ve also stopped importing chicken. That is the challenge that I want to give you in the next couple of years.
“We have to pursue a very deliberate policy intervention to make sure that we can grow and eat our own chicken.”
Vice President Bawumia underscored the key role agriculture would play in achieving President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, emphasising that it was time to “engineer a sustainable agricultural development path that would assure both national and household food security, improved rural livelihoods and make Ghana agriculture competitive in the world market.”
In this light, government would continue and expand the implementation of ongoing agricultural programmes such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, which would see the number of direct beneficiaries rise from 200,000 in 2017 to 500,000 in 2018, Dr Bawumia disclosed.
“Government’s approach and strategy for the development of Ghana’s agriculture, is holistic and transcends the PFJ initiative. Equally important interventions are being rolled out in the irrigation sub-sector in pursuit of the One Village One Dam programme. Under this One Village One dam programme, which is being implemented in the three northern regions, we expect about 570 dams to be constructed by next year.
“The increase in agricultural productivity means we have to focus on processing and that is why we have the One District One Factory flagship programme and this is also on course.
“We also know that the road sector is a major area in terms of the challenges that the agricultural sector generally faces. In the 2017 budget we outlined what we call the Akufo- Addo plan for Economic Transformation which was largely focused on improving agricultural productivity. At the heart of this programme was to make sure that critical roads across the whole country were fixed so that agricultural produce could move to market. We have so many parts of the country where poor roads are a major inhibiting factor to agriculture.
“Thankfully, following the initiation of this programme we have seen, recently announced, that we are going to invest close to a billion dollars in road infrastructure starting this year, under the Sinohydro barter facility that we have arranged,” Vice President Bawumia indicated.
Chairman for the National Hajj Board, Sheik IC Quaye has disclosed that it would have been impossible for the current administration to organize the 2017/2018 pilgrimages without the GHc31 million-debt left by the previous government.
Addressing pilgrims at the Hajj Village on Sunday, the board chair said the current administration attaches some importance to Hajj hence its move to ensure pilgrims are able to embark on the holy journey.
Sheik IC Quaye said government has also kept the fare at GHc15, 000 just like that of 2017.
He said the actual fare is GH¢19,500.00, but government has absorbed GH¢4,500.00 of the cost to enable more pilgrims to perform the Hajj.
He indicated that there was also an increase in social amenities as well as accommodation, transport, flight fares, catering and general service fees, but with the reduction of taxes and interventions, Ghanaian pilgrims are paying the lowest fare.
The first batch of 435 prospective pilgrims left Tamale Airport for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Nine flights have been scheduled to take-off from the Tamale Airport.
Ghanaian lightweight contender Richard Commey warmed up for a potential world title shot against IBF champion Mikey Garcia by battering journeyman Yardley Cruz into submission Sunday dawn.
The scheduled eight-round clash was on the undercard of the Andre Berto and Devon Alexander welterweight clash at NYCB LIVE, home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Overwhelming favourite, Commey (27-2) proved the bookmakers right, recording a TKO 30 seconds into the second round against the Mexican Cruz.
Just to prove he still had more energy in his tank, Commey celebrated by doing push-ups with his boxing gloves still on, in the centre of the ring.
Commey who is reported to be the mandatory challenger for Garcia improved his record to 27-2, 24 KOs.
Twenty people have died after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, police say.
The plane - a Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT - was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when it took off on Saturday afternoon.
Operator JU-Air said it was saddened by the news and it had set up a helpline for relatives. It has suspended all flights until further notice.
The cause of the crash is not yet known.
In a news conference on Sunday, the police said that the passengers were aged between 42 and 84 years old and that the relatives of all but one of the victims had been contacted.
An eyewitness told Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes that the "plane turned 180 degrees to the south and fell to the ground like a stone".
The aircraft came down on a mountainside about 2,540m (8,333 ft) above sea level, police say.
JU-Air runs sightseeing tours on its squadron of German-made vintage aircraft.
In another crash on Saturday, a family of four including two young children were killed when a small plane came down in central Switzerland.
A man has been found hanging on a tree at Winneba Junction near the Kantanka Automobile Company Limited.
Narrating the incident to the Ghana News Agency, the Chief Superintendent Godfrey Tetteh Adjirakor, Winneba District Police Commander, said they received a phone call from a good Samaritan on Tuesday morning that someone has committed suicide in the neighbourhood of the Kantanka company.
Chief Superintendent Adjirakor said he dispatched a team of policemen who went to the scene and found a man dressed in a blue jeans trouser with a white T-shirt and hanging on a branch of a tree.
The Commander explained further that, an inspection was conducted on the body and a thorough search was also done in the area but nothing was found to identify him and even reach a family member.
Chief Superintendent Adjirakor said the body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Trauma and Specialist Hospital in Winneba for preservation and autopsy.
He said a photograph of him would be published in the media for his family members to identify him and collect the body for proper burial.