As stated in the State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his government has commenced actions that will improve transparency in tariff setting, adding that “we aim to introduce very soon a new tariff policy that will reclassify consumer categories in order to protect lifeline and strategic industrial consumers.”The President assured the private producers of this project that Ghana will be a great place to do business under his watch, indicating further that the sector ministers will work with the private producers to address any challenges that may arise during the implementation of the project.“It is my expectation that they will be able to address these challenges satisfactorily, for they are all very competent in their domain, but, if, indeed, it becomes necessary, which I hope it will not, to go higher up the chain of authority, I want you to know that my doors will always be open. I do, on the other hand, insist that, on your part, you play according to the rules and regulations of the sector and the country as a whole,” he added.Whilst pledging to make electricity available under his administration, President Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians to make sure that electricity is used efficiently.“Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Switch off fans when not needed. Iron your clothes in bulk. These are just a few, simple actions we can all take. Not only will you be saving money for yourself, but these habits are acts of citizenship and common humanity. For the industrial customers, I urge you to use energy efficient machinery and equipment at your facilities. These human attitudes prove that, even when you have power, you care enough to save what you do not need so others, too, may have,” he added.About Bridge PowerBridge Power is a 400 Megawatt (MW) greenfield power and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import, storage, and transportation infrastructure project that will be located in Tema near the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR). The project will be capable of being fueled by LPG, natural gas, and diesel.Stage 1 will use five GE TM2500+ gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine in a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) configuration that will collectively generate 200 MW of power. Stage 2 will add another 200 MW through four GE LM6000 gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine, again in a CCGT configuration. Together, this will amount to over 17 percent of Ghana’s reliable generation capacity.Bridge Power is being developed by the Early Power Limited (EPL) consortium, made up of Endeavor Energy, a leading independent power development and generation company focused on Africa; Sage, a leading independent Ghanaian energy trading firm; and GE (General Electric), the world’s premier digital industrial company.Credit: Flagstaff House
The proliferation of law schools without adherence to requisite standards is a threat to legal education and the country’s democracy, the Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, has said.
“Some of these schools essentially do not have full-time faculties, are lacking in library facilities and simply do not have the wherewithal to run a good law programme,’’ the CJ stated during a ceremony in Accra yesterday at which 46 new lawyers were called to the Bar.
The newly qualified lawyers were taken through the legal undertaking by Mrs Justice Wood, who was presiding over her last lawyers’ enrolment ceremony as the CJ.
Currently, there are 12 institutions in the country that offer Bachelor of Law (LLB) programme, with the Ghana School of Law being the sole institute that offers a professional law programme.
The General Legal Council (GLC), the body mandated to regulate and oversee legal education in the country, in collaboration with the National Accreditation Board (NAB), has, however, commenced a process of evaluation and accreditation of faculties of law in the country.
The GLC, in a post on its website, indicated that the names of duly accredited schools in the country would be made public after the process.
Mrs Justice Wood said although the establishment of more law schools was commendable, it must be accompanied by better facilities and well-trained lecturers to ensure effective legal training.
“What this country needs are good lawyers, not just lawyers, for the sake of their production,’’ she added.
She attributed the proliferation of law schools in the country to economic consideration, adding that “the general thinking is that setting up and running a law school has become an economic proposition and entrepreneurs have seen in it an investment opportunity.”
Despite the efforts by the GLC and NAB to maintain standards in legal training in the country, the CJ stated that many owners of law schools failed to maintain standards after their initial accreditation.
On how best to curtail the practice and ensure that law schools implemented requisite standards, Mrs Justice Wood mentioned that the GLC was working on a number of reforms such as the establishment of an independent examination board to ensure that legal examination met international standards.
She also said, the GLC would engage in discussion with the relevant stakeholders to devise effective reforms for legal education in the country. She, however, indicated that any such reforms would conform to international standards and best practices.
“We are encouraged by the rather high level of interest shown by the public in law as a course of study and profession. But the interest must be matched by standards, and we are determined to ensure that standards are met and held,’’ the CJ said.
Advising the newly qualified lawyers, Mrs Justice Wood said legal practitioners must eschew all forms of vices such as greed, corruption and fraud.
“You are graduating at a time in our legal history when, more than ever, the perception of the public on the profession is somewhat negative,’’ she said.
Tension is currently mounting at Kyempo near Juaso in the Ashanti Region as the Queenmother of the town. Nana Obiyaa Akyim 3rd is being accused of trying to install a chief for the town without approval from the four (4) royal gates that are mandated to perform the rites for the installation of a chief.Spokesperson for the royal gates, Kwame Owusu in an interview said, the Queenmother was recently distooled for exhibiting actions which were contrary to the dictates of their tradition, however, she was pardoned and allowed to rule again.He explained, the Kokofuhene was the one who pleaded on her behalf and asked the royal gates together with the Queenmother install a new chief because it was vacant.But, she has gone outside the royal gates to pick one Kwadwo Owusu aka Adjiri from Akim Swredru to install him as a chief. She is doing that because she is afraid we will destool her again after the installation of the new chief, he said.Kwame Owusu pointed out that, the royal gates have two persons as candidate for the vacant stool and per tradition, any of the two could be installed as the new chief for the area.The two he explained are expected to meet and deliberate and come to a conclusion that, anyone who is selected will get support from the other.The two from the royal gates he said are, Yaw Bimpong, based in the US and Kweku Aboagye based in Accra.According to him, they want peace to prevail and will not want the Queenmother install the unqualified candidate since it will lead to a chietaincy dispute in the rea.Kwame Owusu said, the police have notified over the matter.
Rural Literacy through progressive reading to receive a major boost as The Steve Tenkamenin Awuyah Addae Foundation (STAAF) launches its organization and reading program on Saturday, 29th April 2017 at the Du Bois Center in Accra.*The launch will be presided over by the immediate past First Lady, H.E Mrs Lordina Mahama, Former Chief Executive of Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Professor of Comparative Literature at West Chester University, Pennsylvania, Prof Chris Awuyah and representatives from key governmental and non governmental institutions. Also in attendance are Diplomats, Traditional Rulers, Community leaders, individuals and Corporate Ghana.The STAAF Launch starts at 5:30 pm with participants and sponsor registration with speeches from the above mentioned names and the founder of this noble organization.About STAAFThe STAAF Foundation is a Non Profit Organization with the primary aim of improving literacy in rural areas by promoting the culture of reading to the general public. Founded by Steve Awuyah and supported by over 150 members and volunteers the foundation is seeking to raise funds to help build a library in Sokpoe, in the Volta Region and other rural areas. STAAF is recognized by the Department of Social Development of the Republic of Ghana.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has been appointed a Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE).The former president's appointment was announced on Wednesday by the United Grand Lodge of England Grand Master, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, who is the longest serving Grand Master.“Congratulations to Right Worshipful Brother, His Excellency John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, PGSwdB, former President of the Republic of Ghana, who has been appointed Senior Grand Warden by the Grand Master, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent,” the lodge announced on its Facebook page.The United Grand Lodge of England is the governing body for most freemasons within the UK, with lodges in other Commonwealth countries outside the United Kingdom.The United Grand Lodge of England claims to be the oldest Grand Lodge in the world, by descent from the first Grand Lodge formed in London in 1717.It is Headquartered in Freemasons’ Hall, London and is known to have more than 200,000 members.
Fifty (50) companies are to receive a stimulus package to revive them, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) has announced.
These were among over 100 businesses which applied for assistance under the package.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kyeremateg, announced this at the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Ghana business executive meeting in Accra yesterday.
The package is meant to revive local businesses which have been struggling over the past four years due to the power outages.
According to the Minister, the selected businesses were taken through a diagnostic exercise and screening, before they were finally accepted.
He said: “We have managed to screen over 100 businesses using a diagnostic exercise and have selected about 50 of them, which will be receiving the assistance very soon.”
The stimulus package captured in the 2017 budget, will provide technical and financial support for companies that are distressed or facing operational challenges but are deemed to be viable.
The Minister stated that $50 million had been allocated as seed fund, with an additional $150 million, to help the companies manage their debts.
The Asankrangwa Police Commander DSP Owusu Bempah, has described as shocking the murder of a six-year-old boy by his own father at Adidase near Amanso Amenfi in Wassa Amenfi district of the Western region.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the police officer said the residents are devastated, shocked and in a state of disbelief following the unfortunate incident.
The suspect Abdul Salam he told the host confessed killing his son for rituals.
He said, the suspect after interrogation confessed that he severed the head and left legs of the boy and buried it.
He said the deceased went missing for two days and a search by the unit committee of the area for him yielded no results but ‘’upon interrogation the suspect confessed that he murdered the boy to sell the head and the legs. He took us to the location, we exhumed the body and subsequently deposited it at the morgue.’’
DSP Bempah when asked if the suspect could be financially handicapped, he said, from what we saw, I don’t think, he will be financially unstable. His father has a very large cocoa farm and he [suspect] has also cultivated another cocoa farm. He is a hardworking man and so it has surprised residents why he murdered his own son.''
A 36-year-old man, Abdul Salam, has been arrested by the Asankrangwa Police for murdering his six-year-old son for rituals.
The suspect was alleged to have severed the head and left legs of the boy in what could be described as a ritual murder.
ASP Olivia Adiku who confirmed the story to the Ghana News Agency said the incident happened at Adidaase near Amanso Amenfi in Wassa Amenfi district of the Western Region.
She said the deceased went missing for two days and a search by the unit committee of the area for him yielded no results.
She said subsequently upon interrogation the suspect confessed that he murdered the boy to sell the head and the legs.
ASP Adiku said Salam was in Police custody for further investigations.