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Jan 19, 2018
The first lady of the republic of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commissioned the ultra modern new mother and baby unit today [Friday] at Kumasi. The facility which was completed over a five-month period is made up of a maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. It comes with a total built area of 2,722 square meters and will allow the staff and patients to have adequate spaces for the different types of procedures. In her speech, the first lady Mrs. Akufo-Addo reiterated the statement made by her husband President Akufo- Addo that, Ghana should be country beyond aid.   The occasion was graced by the wife of the Asantehene, her Ladyship Julia Osei Tutu II, the Asante regional minister, Simon Osei Mensah, Archbishop Duncan Williams, some ministers of state, MMDCES Aamong others.   The Rebecca Foundation project started after a Joy News documentary revealed in March 2017, shocking rate of mortality at KATH partly due to overcrowding. The Rebecca Foundation found it pragmatic to build immediately a less costly 10million cedi facility.       By: Kwabena Amoateng
Jan 19, 2018
The Minority in Parliament has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of undermining the agreement that resulted in the construction of the University of Ghana Medical Hospital.   This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu. Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Health to take over the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).     The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Robert Cudjoe confirmed the directive and indicated further that, the move was in the interest of the public.   The directive came after a stand-off between management and school officials.   But the Minority has expressed their displeasure at the situation.     ‘’We of the NDC Minority in Parliament wish to call on the Nana Akufo Addo/Bawumia led Government to desist from undermining this agreement that has resulted in the construction of this magnificent hospital which to all intents and purposes, is poised to function as a teaching and learning Hospital of Excellence in Africa.     In particular we urge the Ministry of Health to stop interfering with and to take its hands off the management and control of the affairs of the Hospital and allow the University of Ghana to take full control as stipulated by the agreement with government on its construction for the good of this nation and the people for whose benefit it was constructed,’’ the statement said.               Below is the full statement   PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINORITY NDC PARLIAMENT ON THE TRUE STATUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA HOSPITAL     The National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority in Parliament is shocked and dismayed at efforts by the Minister of Health to distort and misrepresent the terms, understanding and rationale that underpinned the establishment of the University of Ghana Hospital.   This Hospital had been part of a bigger plan of the University of Ghana to develop a comprehensive Medical Centre towards achieving independence in medical education, research and care in a sustainable manner. The prime mover of this idea, the late Professor Charles Easmon, first Dean of the Ghana Medical School, together with Professor Honda of Japan anticipated funding from JICA for implementation of this medical complex. The Noguchi Memorial Institute was constructed in 1979 to mark the beginning of the development of that project.   The rest of the plan was held in abeyance till 2011 when our late President, Professor Evans Atta Mills cut the sod for the building of the hospital for the University. Other projects for the complex including a School of Biomedical Sciences, a Dental School, Nursing and other buildings for other allied health institutions for which reason a College of Health Sciences had been established were to follow to fully implement the plan. Witnessing the sod-cutting was the Chancellor of the University of Ghana, His Excellency Kofi Annan.   Under President John Evans Atta Mills and through the Ministry of Education, funding was secured for the project from a Bank in Israel. The construction Agreement was executed in October 2012 and Construction began in 2013 and the 1st Phase of the project was completed and commissioned by President Mahama on 4th January 2017 during which the hospital was formally handed over to the University of Ghana.   In 2015, the University of Ghana signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health in respect of the ownership, management and continued funding requirements of the University of Ghana Hospital and to entrust ownership of the hospital fully to the University of Ghana.   As part of this agreement and in order to insulate the College of Health Sciences from limitations that the University Act imposes on Management, a special purpose vehicle company was to be incorporated with a Board that answers to the University Council. Government under the agreement was required to nominate two members to the UGMS Board to represent Government.   Additionally, a business and investment plan was to serve as a basis for the performance milestones for agreed deliveries to meet revenue, maintenance and accreditation and service delivery benchmarks. The resulting financial model developed also underpins the request for an additional $48million loan requested from Government by the University of Ghana for the purposes of operationalizing the hospital, completing critical works in Phase 2 and kick starting a financial sustainability agenda for the hospital. This loan was expected to be paid back through operations of the hospital within a 15-year period. It is important to note that a cabinet memo was submitted to Government in 2016 and resubmitted to the present administration in 2017.   Furthermore, the key objectives in the Employer’s Requirements of the Commercial EPC Contract captured the prime objective of providing for Ghana’s medical professional training requirements in a sustainable manner and to limit brain-drain and, at the same time, address problems relating to effective replacement of an ageing faculty at the College of Health Sciences. To achieve independence in human resource capacity development, the agreement also covered recognizing the hospital as a quaternary facility and receiving patients referred from the tertiary level and other health care institutions. With that, Ghana would be quite self-sufficient in health care at all levels for any citizen including high-level executives. This will greatly reduce our medical evacuation bills. Added benefits of the facility include attracting international collaborative research, offering opportunity to doctors and other health workers from neighbouring countries to receive specialist training and providing medical tourism for patients.   It is worth pointing out also that all important requests on matters related to this venture had been made by the University of Ghana through the Ministries of Health and Education which also facilitated and sponsored a joint cabinet Memo for Cabinet discussion and approval. This was so because the University of Ghana operates through the Council for Tertiary Education and the Ministry of Education. The Health Ministry was involved primarily because of linkages to this Hospital through the referral chain and in areas of development of the human resource for health for the Ghana Health Service. The fact that this project involves and partners both the Health and Education sectors cannot be overemphasised.   Arrangements by the University of Ghana to operationalize the hospital are far advanced. These started with the determination of staffing norms and a request to the Ministry of Finance for financial clearance to recruit staff.  Having received permission to recruit a total of 800 to commence operations, the University embarked on an on-line application process followed by interviews.  What is urgently needed from Government now is the approval of the loan for Phase 2 to ensure that a start-up capital is available to operationalize the hospital.     This is why the Minority regards as unfortunate the overt gestures of the Minister of Health to derail well thought out plans by several governments over the years and to claim and wrestle ownership of the Hospital from the University of Ghana.  The latter has the mandate to produce quality health professionals for health care delivery and to prosecute research to address national health challenges which ultimately would lead to improved health security for the nation. No government, including the NPP government, should therefore attempt to politicize health. The nation will suffer greatly from that in lack of sustained development programmes to promote quality health and health care.   We of the NDC Minority in Parliament wish to call on the Nana Akufo Addo/Bawumia led Government to desist from undermining this agreement that has resulted in the construction of this magnificent hospital which to all intents and purposes, is poised to function as a teaching and learning Hospital of Excellence in Africa.     In particular we urge the Ministry of Health to stop interfering with and to take its hands off the management and control of the affairs of the Hospital and allow the University of Ghana to take full control as stipulated by the agreement with government on its construction for the good of this nation and the people for whose benefit it was constructed.     In the face of this we have made this statement to inform all Ghanaians of the efforts being made by the NPP government to alter plans to implement fully the medical complex envisaged at the University of Ghana. God bless our homeland Ghana.           SIGNED BY     HON HARUNA IDDRISU     MINORITY LEADER
Jan 19, 2018
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has lambasted President Akufo-Addo for failing to secure Ghanaians.   In mincing no words, the outspoken politician who is popularly referred to as General Mosquito,  said he feels scandalized that after the appointment of an ‘elephant size’ government, the state is unsecured.   The impunity, lawlessness, vigilantism are just but few of the insecurity scenarios in the country, he said.   Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said it was only under this government that Ghanaians witnessed the appointment of 110 ministers. We witnessed the appointment of a National Security Minister and his Deputies, Interior Minister and his Deputies, National Security Coordinator and the Defence Minister and his Deputies yet we are witnessing an unprecedented killing of police officers, and military personnel. ‘’What is the current security situation with all these appointees? What is the result? If this is the record for appointing these ministers then you have failed woefully. Your own party youth organizer, Abronye was also attacked. We are not safe and if Ghanaians don’t complain about the security situation in the country, then we will have ourselves to blame,’’ he added.       Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that, his administration will do what it takes to protect citizens.   The President, in a reaction to the recent arrest in Accra of three suspects with explosives, told the media that the security agencies had scaled up their alertness, and “we are not letting our guards down”.   “Ghana is safe and sound…and we would ensure that, that reality is maintained,” the President stated, adding that, the security agencies would be adequately resourced to handle any emerging threat to the security of the country.
Jan 19, 2018
The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated. ……signed…… Eugene Arhin Director of Communications      
Jan 19, 2018
Comedian and braggart, Togo Borga says his net worth is more than that of the CEO of Zylofon Media,  Nana Appiah Mensah, known to have pumped millions into the signing of some music acts in Ghana.   Appearing on the Away Bus Show on Thursday, Togo Borga, went ahead to describe the CEO’s wealth as paltry and could not be compared to his wealth.   He went ahead to brag that he has signed music acts including Wutah, Guru and bought his NKZ brand. The next personality he intends to sign onto his brand was Burla Mundi, host of the Late Afternoon Show, on GH One TV and King Ayisoba, an indigenous Ghanaian music act.   The Zylofon Media CEO recently purchased a $66 million private jet.   Zylofon Media is a multimedia entertainment company established to supply profitable ,acceptable,audio and visual entertainment to diverse domestic and international consumers. The company is committed to professionally produced impeccable creative arts works that would be domestically edible and also transcends borders.     Nana Appiah Mensah is a Ghanaian entrepreneur with a vision and drive to cause change in the status quo of the world’s economy. This is translated in a proven record of business successes and a passion to grow the personal economy of people globally. Raised by a banker and a businesswoman in Cape Coast in Ghana; Centre for British colonial administration and business capital of the Gold Coast (Ghana); which became the hub for national commerce during the British colonialism by 1700, now the cradle of Ghanaian education, and until 1877 when the capital subsequently moved to Accra.   n 2013, he contributed greatly in the establishment of Menzgold Ghana Company Limited with the objective of “converting paper money to GOLD”;-a means to maintaining real value and purchasing power, as the sure means to CREATE ONE’S OWN ECONOMY, which is void of external control; overly dependence on external factors that one do not have control over. With a political background stretching from colonial governance to contemporary Ghana, he has been oriented with political virtues and values that has shaped him into a republican and a democratic legalist; he subscribes fully to the rule of law and in upholding fundamental human rights and freedoms as enshrined in Chapter five (5) of the Constitution of Ghana, 1992 and by extension, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Jan 19, 2018
Former Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, has issued a detailed publication dubbed, ‘’Four Years of Equitable Access to Quality Education (2013-2016)’ to highlight the achievements of the former Mahama led administration.   The publication dwells largely on the achievements of the NDC from 2013-2016 in the areas of education management and administration, basic education, secondary education, non-formal education, technical, vocational education and training , inclusive and special training and tertiary education. In the area of Accelerated ICT Education and in the bid to improve upon ICT at the basic level, 81,000 basic school teachers were trained to enable them acquire the requisite skills in the use of ICT in teaching and learning.   A total of 54,500 laptops were procured and distributed to basic school teachers and 60,000 laptop computers were distributed to public schools across the country, the publication noted.   The publication also touted the passage of bills that were designed to respond to the ‘’challenging dynamics in professional education, education sector decentralization, book development, adult education, tertiary and vocational education, The bills passed and assented to by Mr. Mahama included: Technical University Act, Act, 2016 (Act 992), University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD), Chartered Institute of Taxation Act, 2016, The National Commission for Tertiary Education Bill, National Accreditation and Qualification Authority Bills, 2015, Ghana Book Development Council Bill and The Chartered Institute of Bankers Bill, 2015.    To facilitate the management of education delivery the Mahama led administration procured and distributed 500 vehicles to the educational institutions-senior high schools, universities, colleges of education and polytechnics, the former minister stated.   Under the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), the Mahama led administration rehabilitated 345 KG classrooms, constructed 1,347 KG blocks and provision of 1,875 KG tables and chairs.   The publication also touched on the expansion of government’s social intervention programmes with the introduction of free footwear for needy pupils, distribution of 787,485 school uniforms to pupils in public in selected deprived communities.   It further touched on the total amount of GHc95.2million released in the 2012/2013 academic year across the country for the payment of capitation grant adding, over 5.5 million pupils in 38,714 public basic schools are benefiting from the capitation grant.   According to her, an amount of GHc  61.3million was spent subsidize the cost of registration for 1,651,687 candidates for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). The move she noted increased GHc 14.0 per candidate in 2010 to GHc 44.10 in 2016, ‘’while at the same time the total number of candidates increased from 350,000 to 460,900.   The former administration also completed 1,129 classroom blocks, 739 toilet blocks, 73 teacher accommodation blocks, 472 urinals, 622 schools (rehabilitated) and 82 boreholes.   A total of 12.8 million core text books, 2.5 million dictionaries were procured and distributed under Mahama. Aside that, 472,800 teachers’ notebooks, 653,700 class attendance registers and 4,994,328 boxes of white chalk and 180,000 boxes of coloured chalk were also distributed. ‘’The number of primary schools has increased by 24.9 percent from 17,881 in 2008/09 to 22,335 in 2015/16. Similarly, enrolment in primary schools increased from 3.7 million to 4.3 million,’’ the publication said.              
Jan 19, 2018
Morning show host for Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm’s Frontline- Kwame Tutu, has in a letter to the president, called for the Military to be invited to help in dealing with the sanitation situation in Ghana.   He further called on the president to declare the sanitation situation in the country a national crisis.   Mr. Tutu further expressed his worry at the failure on the part of President Akufo-Addo, to touch on the sanitation situation in the country.   He said ‘’Mr. President, I write to you to declare the poor insanitary condition of the country a national disaster immediately invite the military and the other emergency agencies to deal with this situation. Also put in an effective strategy to ensure the nation does not fall into such a situation again.’’     Read Below his full letter to the President           OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO Dear Mr President, I salute you this day and trust you are in good shape spintnally and physically. Mr. President this is my first letter to you on your assumption of office a year ago. I have thousand to write to from now. My letters are not ''love affair ''but to draw attention of your good self and high office to myriads of pertinent national and international concerns.   I therefore pause here to wish you a happy new year Mr President.   Sir I was invited to the year meet the press ritual, but could not catch the eye of   the moderator to put a question to you.   I seize the opportunity to therefore write to you.   Mr President, I listened to you with rapt attention the many issues you touched on as a prelude to the Q and A section of the event, but  conspicuously missing from your speech was the state of the poor sanitation in the country.   I trust you do know Mr President, that the health of citizens’ is paramount, and nothing can be achieved without good health.   Mr President if you do take briefing from your Health Minister and Director of Health Service, you may be shocked by the statistics of death from highly preventable diseases in this day and age. Mr. President may I ask why you failed to touch on the shameful poor sanitation in the country? Are you not troubled or concerned? Sir, you have established the Ministry of Sanitation and Water resources to deal with the matter under discussion plus a profound statement you made of making Accra the cleanest city. The situation however keeps deteriorating, citizens live in filth, the health of citizens is in serious danger, and disaster lurks in the shadows. Mr. President, I write to you to declare the poor insanitary condition of the country a national disaster immediately invite the military and the other emergency agencies to deal with this situation. Also put in an effective strategy to ensure the nation does not fall into such a situation again. Mr. President, may citizens also know what the 2017 budget for sanitation also used for? I hope my letter will get immediate response from you. Thank you.   Yours Faithfully, Kwame Tutu Host 'Frontline' Rainbow Radio 87.5fm Accra-Ghana      
Jan 19, 2018
A Deputy Energy Minister, Joseph Cudjoe, has justified reasons why government reviewed some 24 power purchase agreements, which has led to the termination of 11 power deals and the rescheduling of 8 others.   The move has enabled us to save the government treasury about $7 billion in excess capacity charges over a 13-year contract period, he reiterated.   In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Cudjoe, described the agreements as ‘’bad and dubious’’ and with high capacity charges’’.   The legislator said the figure would have collapsed Ghana’s economy and wondered why a government  signed such agreements.   President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday at his media encounter revelaed that, that an Industrial Development Tariff has been approved for industry to enhance its competitiveness. To this end, a new rate of US$6.50 per Million British Thermal Units (MMBtu), as against the previous rate of US$8.84 per Million British Thermal Units (MMBtu), has been established, representing a 26.5% reduction. “In addition, a review of 24 power purchase agreements, which has led to the termination of 11 power deals and the rescheduling of 8 others, has enabled us to save the government treasury about $7 billion in excess capacity charges over a 13-year contract period,” he said. The Deputy Minister said the action taken by government was in the ‘’best interest’’ of the state because it was serious for us to waste such an amount of money and ‘’should Mahama have won, we would have paid for the amount. The previous administration would have also increased electricity tariffs should they have won the polls and ‘’so Ghanaians should thank God for kicking the NDC out of power.’’   Meanwhile, a former Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Energy Ministry, Edward Bawa, has refuted the claims by the president.   In a rebuttal, he described the claims as propaganda and populist.   According to him, there has not been any significant change after the NPP took over from the NDC.    
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