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Oct 20, 2017
The Damango Agric College has been closed down following the boycott staged by students at the school over the restoration of their allowances.   Vice Principal  of the school, Abdulai Mohammed, said “Our students are currently agitating for restoration of their allowances by the government, and for that matter they decided that may be one of the ways to see government to listen to them is to vacate campus.”     “This is the third week running, but staff and all lecturers are on campus and they are doing their normal duties, except that lectures are not ongoing just because of the absence of the students.” “We are actually helpless in the sense that, the decision that they took is a nationwide one, and that is what their union (ASU) has asked them to do.”   “On our part, we are ready to teach, but then once they are not there we can only attend to some other administrative duties. It is not the best of situations for us, but we still going on with the other activities around.”
Oct 20, 2017
The Acting Chief Fire Officer, Ekow Blankson has revealed plans to embark on a One-District-One well equipped Fire Station to augment government's One-District-One-Factory project.   This is to ensure all round safety in the country.   Mr. Blankson, in an address at the opening address of the 11th Conference of Directors and Regional Commanders, of the service on the theme Transformational Leadership for Efficient Service Delivery.     He noted the service does not have adequate Personnel Protective Equipment, but his leadership would ensure strengthening human resource capacity building among other things so they can attain full international standards in the near future.    The three day conference is made possible to brainstorm on how to deal with issues of human resource capacity building, solutions to logistical constraints, safety of firefighters during emergency response. Other areas are improving personnel welfare and improving fire safety standards in the country.   He touched on the 7th October gas explosion at Atomic Junction in Accra that claimed about seven lives leaving more than 132 injured, consoling with victims and at the same time congratulated fire service personnel for the tireless exertion of duty to save the situation from causing further harm.   On behalf of the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery, his deputy, Hon. Henry Quartey opened the conference and said government is set to do anything possible to deal with the devastating fire outbreaks and all sort of disaster that suffer the nation in recent times. The minister sounded quite relieved when he revealed that per fire service statistics, Ghana recorded 3,377 fire outbreaks in the last three quarters of the year 2017 as compared to 5,638 cases in the same period in 2016 showing 41% decrease. The cost of damage of fire this year is estimated to an amount of about GHC 26,962,322.23 whilst that of 2016 stood at GHC 90,935,819.40.  The conference is said to end on Friday, 21st October, 2017.   By: Daniel Asuku
Oct 20, 2017
The Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Heather Cameron has lauded the government of Ghana for launching the digital address system.   Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm after the official launch, she described the system as an important initiative. According to her, the system will contribute towards Ghana’s socio-economic growth. President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday launched the address system at the Accra International Conference Centre. The president in his address said the system will help formalize our economy. The location-based system will provide an effective means of addressing every location to facilitate the implementation of key government policies. Vokacom, a Ghanaian Information Technology firm, designed the system at the cost of 2.5 million dollars. The digital address system will be a precursor to the National Identification Authority’s Ghana card. Commenting on the address system, the Canadian Commissioner said, ‘’Congratulations to the government of Ghana for this important initiative and I can think of lots of potential both social and economic.’’   She added that, the digital system will help female entrepreneurs get their addresses registered, and also help them assess credit. That is one example that comes to mind. I can also think of students that are applying for jobs to be able to have an address, will be very important. The impact for women and the youth following the launch of the system, will be significantly important, she stated. Heather Cameron also expressed her happiness over the efforts by the government of Ghana in ending early child marriage in the country. She said, we were very pleased with the efforts that are being made in terms of the fight against early child marriage.     She further commended government for the policy on agriculture saying, we hope that women farmers are going to benefit from the work Ghana and Canada are doing together.
Oct 20, 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo today [Wednesday] launched the Digital Addressing System. The president in his address touted the system as the dawn of a new era. He said the address system will also help in formalizing and industrializing the economy.   The location-based system will provide an effective means of addressing every location to facilitate the implementation of key government policies. Vokacom, a Ghanaian Information Technology firm, designed the system at the cost of 2.5 million dollars. The digital address system will be a precursor to the National Identification Authority’s Ghana card. President Nana Akufo-Addo said “Today marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. We are launching a solution to our locations and addressing problems. “This will ultimately, change the way we do business. The project born from a partnership of the Ministry of Communications and Ghana Post will give the country a trustworthy database of addressing.”   “With this new system, every property in Ghana will have an address and can be accounted for,” Akufo-Addo stated, adding the era when landmarks or food joints were used to give directions is over. “With this new system, the location of the blue kiosk, the ‘waakye’ seller or the ‘koko’ seller will have an address,” the president stressed, noting that “the Property Addressing System also means that the ‘koko’ seller can now open a bank account.”
Oct 20, 2017
A former vice chairman for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti region, Alhaji Sani has lambasted management of the state-owned State Transport Corporation (STC) for not being creative and innovative enough to face today’s transport business. He was responding to the impasse between STC and VIP over a piece of land. Both transport companies were fighting over a piece of land at the heart of the city in Kumasi.   The clashes started at the Asafo bus terminal where some workers of the VIP Group prevented drivers of STC from using an area close to their terminal. They also prevented a bus load of passengers from taking off.     Leaders of the VIP had said the land belongs to them, hence their refusal to allow STC to operate on it. Commenting the saga, Alhaji Sani encouraged the management of the company, to think outside the box. In his view, the state-owned company wants to ambush operators of VIP. The company he noted should have advertised their services in a vigorous manner so the public will patronize their services but they have not done that rather they want to use a shortcut to improve their services. They should sit down on think, he added.   Meanwhile, the  Ashanti Regional Security Council has directed management of the State Transport Corporation (STC), to suspend operations at the Asafo bus terminal in Kumasi, until the conflict with operators of the VIP buses is resolved.
Oct 20, 2017
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Water Company (GWCL), Mr. Stanley Martey has said the company will treat government’s indebtedness as a bad debt.     He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the company will retrieve all debt owed them.   The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Honorable Joseph Kofi Addah at an event to launch the new e-billing system said, GWCL is owed 850 million Ghana cedis with 42% by domestic customers while 58% is owed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies urging that the new system is much convenient and forthcoming in paying bills as it is assumed that the current system is not convenient not because they are broke.        Mr. Clifford Abdallah Brimah underscored that the new system is as a result of adopting technology in the world and indicated it can be accessed 24/7 by smart phones , IOSplatforms and through partner banks.       He indicated that the new transformation and digitization of their paper billing system to the E- billing and payment system is in line with the vision of the president and second to Ghana Port and Harbor Authority (GPHA) to roll on the paperless system ensuring efficient delivery.       Mr. Martey said the new system will assist them to retrieve their monies from those owing them including government.
Oct 20, 2017
Students at the Kwadaso agric college have staged a boycott in class over allowances. The students are demanding from government to restore their allowances before they will return back to class and learn.   The President of the school’s Students Representative Council (SRC), Stanley Mensah, stated that, the action had become necessary because of the apparent disregard for Agric students across the country by the government. In an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, “We think that either somebody is not being fair or something is wrong somewhere. That is why we believe that all the students have to come together, leave the premises of the school until the Ministry is done with the processes to get our allowances for us. We are not being treated fairly, and are not being regarded in the country, so there’s no need for us to be on campus. We took our books and our things and vacated the premises of the school. As we speak, if you go to Damongo, Kwadaso or any college in Tamale, the schools are virtually empty and nobody’s there,” he said. “Nobody will say that if you do this, it won’t affect anyone because it will. We’ve left the time for learning and we’re concentrating on the [allowances]. We are not getting direct employment like the teachers and the nurses. We feel that we’ve been neglected and devastated, and nobody’s speaking on our behalf. Management of the school don’t do anything to help us because they feel they are public servants and how can they talk about allowances when they receive their pay. They aren’t ready to do anything for us.” Meanwhile, The Member of Parliament (MP) for Manso-Adubia constituency, Ashanti region, Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo has promised to see to it that the scrapped allowance for agric students is fully restored. He was however, disappointed in the over 4,000 agric students who besieged the Ministry of Agriculture Wednesday to demand from the Ministry restoration of their allowance.   He told Kwame Tutu a week ago after the students picketed at the premises of the agric ministry.
Oct 20, 2017
A group of trained doctors who have not been unemployed after their training have expressed their frustration over the failure of government to post them. In a letter, the doctors who completed their training in 2014 said, all efforts to secure financial clearance for their absorption have proved futile, whiles many hospitals lack doctors, putting the lives of patients at risk.   Spokesperson for the group of doctors, Dr. John-diego Kosoe said, ‘’Most of us graduated from University of Ghana Medical school (about 120) with the rest from UDS, UCC, UST-SMS and a few foreign trained folks. We graduated in 2014, others in early 2015. We undertook the compulsory 2yr housemanship training which ended in May/June 2017. I personally did my first year in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Second year in the district, Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Akuapim Mampong. I completed my last rotation in May 2017. We subsequently submitted our log books, a pre-requisite for permanent registration with the Medical and Dental Council. They intern forwarded the list of all in good standing to the MoH for financial clearance so we can be absorbed permanently to help bridge the current gap in doctor/patient ratio. Follow-ups to MoH were initially fruitless until recently, by myself on 9th Oct, 2017 showed that they’ve forwarded same to MoF. Checks at MoF shows otherwise though. Below is the full letter the doctors wrote to Bernard Avle   Hello Mr. Avle Hope you’re doing good by God’s grace. This email is to inform you of my plight and some other 244 MEDICAL DOCTORS who have been home for past 5-6months awaiting ,o get financial clearance to be absorbed into the public sector. BACKGROUND; 1. Most of us graduated from University of Ghana Medical school (about 120) with the rest from UDS, UCC, UST-SMS and a few foreign trained folks. We graduated in 2014, others in early 2015. 2. We undertook the compulsory 2yr housemanship training which ended in May/June 2017. I personally did my first year in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Second year in the district, Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Akuapim Mampong. I completed my last rotation in May 2017. 3. We subsequently submitted our log books, a pre-requisite for permanent registration with the Medical and Dental Council. They intern forwarded the list of all in good standing to the MoH for financial clearance so we can be absorbed permanently to help bridge the current gap in doctor/patient ratio. 4. Follow-ups to MoH were initially fruitless until recently, by myself on 9th Oct, 2017 showed that they’ve forwarded same to MoF. Checks at MoF shows otherwise though. CONCERN: 1. Ghana as a country has a very huge deficit with regards to Medical Doctors, for how long should we continue to waste this youthful age waiting for clearance? I’m personally interested in Psychiatry (so called neglected Medical field in Ghana). I’ve been to Pantang psychiatry where they need over 6 Medical Officers, same with Accra Psychiatry Hospital. It’s even worse at Ankaful. At the moment Ankaful Psychiatry has only one active Medical Officer at that facility. They are all willing to take doctors through Mental Health Authority but can’t do so until we’ve been cleared by the MoH/MoF. Mr. Avle, same can be said for all our District Hospital’s and even the Korle-bu’s and 37’s in Accra 2. Out of frustration, I know 3 of my colleagues who contracted huge personal loans and left the country for Germany, just to hustle out there, to do German language courses and get absorbed into their system. Let’s not forget all these loans add up to the None Performing Loans crippling our economy. Lot more are leaving for the southern Africa nations, USA, UK etc. 3. Six months at home, as an unemployed doctor puts undue pressure not just on us, our dependents but the entire nation. MY OWN MOTHER HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED FROM KRACHI TO HOHOE JUST TO BE ATTENDED TO BY A DOCTOR EARLY THIS YEAR, SHE ALMOST LOST HER LIVE. WHY? BECAUSE KRACHI GOV’T HOSPITAL HAD NO DOCTORS. How many more do we have to let die/have sub-standard care due to lack of doctors in our hospitals, especially district Hospitals! How long Avle?? MISCONCEPTION: 1. Recently, I heard some politicians, including Prof. Akosa paint it as if the doctor patient ratio is as a result of low production from the various training institutions, I beg to defer. Even if it does over 245 of us home if employed will change the outcome. Avle, how long do we have to die as Ghanaians because there are no doctors in our facilities? How long must I wait as a Medical Doctor to get clearance to work? 5-6months and counting!!! EXPECTATION FROM YOU; Your advocacy and media enquiry into such an important issue might help in getting 245 Ghanaian doctors employed in Ghana, thereby improving our health sector. (Current net salary of a Medical officer is about Ghc 3980, it will take far less to get every district in Ghana +1 MO than what is being splashed on student allowances) I am #UnemployedDoctor I am bitter for the Health sector I am bitter for Psychiatry I am honestly loosing hope in our nation Avle Thank you Dr. John-diego Kosoe Tema
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