The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana, on Monday, 26th June, 2017, for 3-day official, State Visit to the Republic of Zambia, at the invitation of its President, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
President Akufo-Addo will hold bilateral talks with President Edgar Lungu, aimed at deepening the bilateral ties between the two countries, as well as exploring other areas of co-operation to the mutual benefit of the two peoples, a statement signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications said.
Whilst in Zambia, the President will visit Ndola, a city in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, where he will be the Special Guest of Honour at the 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair.
He will be accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway MP, and officials of the Presidency and the Foreign Ministry.
President Akufo-Addo and his delegation will arrive in Ghana on Thursday, 29th June, 2017, the statement concluded.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has commended Muslims for a successful Ramadan.
In a statement the party said: "It is hoped that they are able to maintain this same lifestyle in the other eleven months of the year since the Allah they served in the month of Ramadan is the same Allah today and forever.’’
The statement urged Muslims to pray for the president and his team so they perform as promised Ghanaians.
The statement said: ‘’ Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to be able to deliver on the overwhelming mandate of the Ghanaian people. We also call on them to commit the nation and indeed every single Ghanaian into the good hands of almighty Allah for His mercy and grace.’’
Read full statement below:
NPP CONGRATULATES MUSLIMS ON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF RAMADAN FAST AND WISHES THEM EID MUBARAK
As Muslims in Ghana and across the globe climax the end of Ramadan with the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr today, the NPP congratulates them on this milestone occasion and wishes them a successful Eid (Eid Mubarak). Eid-Ul-Fitr, otherwise known as "feast of the breaking of the fast" is an important festivity celebrated by Muslims all over the world to mark the end of the holy month of fasting.
It is characterised by merrymaking, alms-giving and the observance of Eid Prayers to thank almighty Allah for seeing Muslims through the holy month of Ramadan, during which time, they intensified their supplications and good deeds. It is hoped that they are able to maintain this same lifestyle in the other eleven months of the year since the Allah they served in the month of Ramadan is the same Allah today and forever.
As much as Muslims have every reason to mark this day with feast and the making of merry, the NPP calls on them especially the youth to exercise significant moderation and circumspection in their celebrations so that at the end of the day, no injury is recorded nor life, lost. The party is also happy to observe that for the first time in several years, this year's Ramadan was devoid of the legendary 'dumsor crisis' and killer economic conditions which make it uncomfortable for the Ghanaian Muslim in the exercise of this religious right.
Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to be able to deliver on the overwhelming mandate of the Ghanaian people. We also call on them to commit the nation and indeed every single Ghanaian into the good hands of almighty Allah for His mercy and grace.
Once again, Eid Mubarak to our Muslim constituents here in Ghana and across the globe. May ALLAH bring you joy, happiness, great fortunes and prosperity on this blessed occasions.
Barka Da Sallah
General Secretary (Ag)
Sampson Ahi, a former Deputy Minister for Works and Housing has taken a swipe at the current administration for failing to complete the an official bungalow for the Vice President.
The Member of Parliament for Bodi constituency said, he is shocked by government’s seeming neglect of the project and has challenged it to complete the project.
“…If there are issues, they should raise the issues and address them for it [residence] to be used as duty post of the current Vice President and the subsequent Vice President of our country. If there are issues with it, they should take the necessary steps to rectify it and then continue with the project. If there has been overpayment they know what to do to get the money back and if the contractor has not been paid, they know what to do.”
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia had expressed shock after finding out that the official residence under construction for the country’s Vice Presidents, would cost the country $13.9 million dollars.
Speaking at the Action Chapel Good Corporate Governance Initiative in January this year, Dr. Bawumia said upon enquiries as to why the construction of the Vice President’s official residence was delaying, he was told that the state owed the contractor who worked on the project, an amount he later found was close to 14 million USD.
“There is this whole brouhaha about the Vice President’s residence, so in the context of discussing this issue , there is supposed to be a Vice President residence under construction officially, so to speak. So I asked a question as to why this project is being delayed and they said the contractor is owed a lot of money and I asked how much is this money, and I am told it is actually a lot of money. And I asked ; how much is this house actually costing and I was shocked when I was told. Can you believe in Ghana we are building a house to house our Vice President, and this house is supposed to cost 13.9 million dollars.” “I mean what sort of a house is this supposed to be?Is the gate made of gold?The pavement of gold?The blocks of gold?A house in Ghana for 13.9 million dollars?I could not believe it. How many boreholes could we have done…?Of course, I am 100 percent sure it did not go through competitive tender, otherwise we would have known about it. It was most likely sole-sourced, and there it stands uncompleted at the moment. This is just an example of many contracts that we do not have value for money for.”
The Greater Accra Regional branch of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has extended felicitations to Muslims as they celebrate Eid ul-Fitr today [Monday].
The statement which was signed by Victor Quashie Adonoo the NDC’s Greater Accra Regional Secretary said: ‘’ The Greater Accra Regional NDC further wishes to commend all Muslims for their selflessness and commitment towards unity and peaceful co-existence among all faiths in the region.’’
Below is the full statement
Greater Accra Regional NDC wishes Muslims well at Eid ul-Fitr festival
On the occasion of the Eid ul-Fitr festivity, which is a celebration of one month of devotion and obedience to the will of Allah, the Greater Accra Regional Branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) wishes to extend fraternal greetings of peace and blessings to all Muslims in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana especially the Zongo Caucus of our great party.
The Greater Accra Regional NDC further wishes to commend all Muslims for their selflessness and commitment towards unity and peaceful co-existence among all faiths in the region.
During this solemn occasion, I urge all Ghanaians in the region to please pray for the prosperity of our great nation, Ghana and rededicate ourselves to the virtues and ideals of peace, love, honesty, justice, equity, piety, humility and service to mankind.
There is no doubt that a greater manifestation of these virtues and ideals in our lives will immensely help us to become a more united, peaceful, secured and a progressive nation. Let us use this occasion to forgive those who have wronged us in one way or other.
Also, Let us reach out in love and compassion to fellow Ghanaians who are in distress at this period of our nation’s history.
I wish you well, as you celebrate Eid ul-Fitr.
Barka da Salla!
Long live NDC!!
Long live Ghana!!
Victor Quashie Adonoo
NDC Greater Accra Regional Secretary
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has in his message to Muslims on the celebration of Eid Mubarak called for them to hold onto the virtues they cultivated during the period of fast.
The statement said, ‘’ On this auspicious occasion, let us hold on to the virtues we have cultivated in this holy month of worship and sacrifice. The virtues of love, patience, empathy, sacrifice and building bridges with people of all faith, race and nationality.’’
He also asked for prayers for Ghana to be stable, peaceful and prosper.
Below is the full message:
Eid Mubarak message from Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.
I congratulate my Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of Eidul Fitir, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This is indeed a great occasion to show gratitude to the Almighty Allah for taking us through a very successful period of fasting and to show kindness to our fellow human beings.
On this auspicious occasion, let us hold on to the virtues we have cultivated in this holy month of worship and sacrifice. The virtues of love, patience, empathy, sacrifice and building bridges with people of all faith, race and nationality.
Let us also pray for our beloved country Ghana; let us pray for peace, unity and prosperity. Let us rededicate ourselves to the service of the Almighty, to the service of humanity and to the service of our nation, Ghana. May the Almighty Allah be our guide and guard in everything wedo.
Barka da Sallah!
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Coco-Cola Company under its Water and Development Alliance, (WADA) programme, have provided sanitary facilities to be used by about 5,400 students within the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly. The partners constructed seven latrines and provided potable water to five schools, trained more than 40 teachers on healthy hygiene behaviours and latrine facility maintenance.
They also provided 40 hand washing stations and established school hygiene clubs. Mr Anthony Chinebuah, a Representative of Coca-Cola at the official commissioning of the facilities at Tanokrom Primary and Junior High School, said the sustainability of communities was directly linked to the business growth of the company. The five-year project implemented by Global Communities is to accelerate sustainable improvement in water and sanitation access and improve hygiene behaviours. It would also leverage on Public Private Partnership Investment to magnify the impact of US government funding, improve sanitation infrastructure for schools and health facilities. Mr Chinbuah said, “we know that we cannot have a viable business, where our people live, work and play are not healthy and economically viable…we want to make sure children grow up healthy to develop their full potential, and we believe the provision of water, sanitation facilities and promotion of hygiene are critical to achieving this”, he added. Mr Emmanuel Odotei, USAID representative was happy that the facilities had been completed on schedule to be used by the various beneficiaries. “We are pleased to see these facilities completed and ready for use here at Tankrom and at the four other schools in the Metropolis and Ahanta West district, they are an example of what great partnership looks like between public and private sectors”, he added.
The government of China has committed 15 billion dollars worth of investment to Ghana, Vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.
Dr. Bawumia pointed out that Ghana was able to secure the commitment due to new financing model designed by the Economic Management Team.
Speaking to journalists after returning from a four-day visit to the Peoples Republic of China he said: “The Peoples Republic of China and the State and Private Sector Enterprises have together committed to support the economic transformation agenda of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. So far the commitment that we received in China before leaving amounted to 15 billion dollars.’’
He added: “There is a possibility that within the next month or so there are some discussion that we couldn’t conclude and another 4 billion dollars will be added to that. Of course, we will follow these through.’’
He said: “At various meetings during the 4 day visit, leading Chinese companies and agencies of the government of China signed these MoU totaling about 15 billion. In the area of industrilisation for example the China National Building Materials Equipment Export and Import Cooperation signed a facility with the Private Sector led by the Association of Ghana Industries.’’
President Nana Akufo-Addo has paid an informal visit to Nigeria where he called on the acting President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo ahead of next week's AU Summit.
He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, National Security Minister Albert Kan Dapaa and his Executive Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo.
The president in a tweet said: ‘’ I paid an informal visit to Nigeria this afternoon where I called on the acting President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo ahead of next week's AU Summit.’’