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Apr 29, 2017
The Acting Public Affairs Director for Ghana’s Parliament, Madam Kate Addo has told the press that, the letter from the British High Commission involving some four Members of Parliament in the alleged visa fraud, was communicated to the Speaker in January. According to her, the Speaker after receiving the letter initiated an action in resolving the problem. The Majority Leader had also promised to resolve the matter before the letter leaked, she added. ‘’The letter is addressed to the Speaker of Parliament and was brought to him as far back as in January. When the information got to the Speaker, he didn’t rest on it, he sort to find out what really was the problem and to resolve it. The Majority Leader   also took steps to resolve the matter…the Majority Leader had promised the out-gone British Commissioner  that he was going to get to the bottom of the matter. There’ve been back and forth with him. He was expecting that the matter will finally be resolved before it went into the public domain. Now that the matter is out of the grasp of Parliament, he informs me that he is limited as to what he can do.’’ She revealed, the Speaker who is currently out of town has promised to deal with the matter.   The Speaker she revealed has spoken to all the affected MPs. According to her, the Speaker believes the allegation is an affront to the standard and integrity of the August House.   Some of the members she added have confronted Jon Benjamin to register their displeasure and ‘’I think we should look at it in that holistic manner and hear from everybody when the House resumes.’’ “I have word that some of the members mentioned have actually confronted the outgone British High Commissioner to register their displeasure and to state that the facts were not as they have been presented….that some of the facts are not what they are or what actually transpired. Three sitting Members of Parliament and one former MP have been cited a visa fraud. This was contained in a letter from the UK's High Commissioner to the Speaker of Parliament. The MPs according to the letter used authorised persons and their diplomatic passports to apply for visas for persons who stipulated by their visas.   The MPs cited are: Richard Acheampong, MP for Bia East in the Western Region, Joseph Benhazin Dahah, MP for Ntotroso in the Bono Ahafo region, Johnson Kwaku Adu, MP for Ahafo Ano South West, in the Ashanti Region and George Boakye, former MP for Asunafo South in the Bono Ahafo region.    
Apr 29, 2017
President Akufo-Addo has stated that he is against illegal mining and will do all possible to stop it no matter the consequences.He made this known on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, when he commissioned the Akyem Wenchi Educational Circuit Community Information Centre, at Soabe, in the Eastern Region, the very first project he is commissioning as President of the Republic.He explained that the negative impact of illegal mining cannot be overlooked and stressed that he will not be shaken by threats of an election defeat.Some small scale miners including those in the Ashanti Region are kicking against the decision by government to halt galamsey in the country.“I haven’t said that I am going to stop mining. Mining has been done for decades in this country by several generations. I am only saying that, I am against those mining without legal backing. Illegal mining, that is what I am against. Today, Kyebi, Abirem, it’s a sad sight to behold. Mining along the water bodies cannot continue if we want to preserve nature and our system. I have been told some of the people engaged in illegal mining, have threatened to vote against the NPP in 2020, if I crack the whip on the culprits. I am more concerned about fulfilling God’s purpose and devising measures to propel the nation’s development. That’s my focus and not election related issues.”
Apr 29, 2017
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government to providing the youth of Ghana with a functional, ICT-driven educational system, that constantly responds to the challenges and evolution of modern science and technology.According to President Akufo-Addo, “my government’s focus is to work to provide every school and community with an ICT infrastructure to keep them in touch with global trends, and also equip our youth with the skills that will be necessary in Ghana’s economic transformation.”He made this known on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, when he commissioned the Akyem Wenchi Educational Circuit Community Information Centre, at Soabe, in the Eastern Region, the very first project he is commissioning as President of the Republic.In his brief remarks to the gathering, the President noted that his government, as is stated in the NPP’s manifesto of 2016, intends to improve the facilities and the curriculum for ICT education at all levels. Government, he added, also intends to ensure that all teachers have ICT competence.“I am delighted, therefore, to commission this project, because it is the first to put into expression the NPP’s commitment on ICT and Education,” he said.He continued, “I am certain that this community information centre will have a positive impact on learning in the Akyem Wenchi Educational Circuit, and will increase flexibility so that students can access education, regardless of time and geographical barriers,” he said.President Akufo-Addo noted that “if a student studying in one of our communities, for example, wishes to find out what the latest technology in electroplating is, his or her problems could be minimized if he or she had an opportunity to use a computer equipped with the services of the internet. This is because a world of rich and abundant knowledge will lay before him or her at the click of an icon on a computer.ICT in education has a multiplier effect, by enhancing learning and providing students with new sets of skills; by reaching students with poor or no access (especially those in rural areas); by facilitating and improving the training of teachers; and by minimizing costs associated with the delivery of traditional instruction.”Thus, to enhance access to information to users of the Akyem Wenchi Information Centre, the President revealed that the Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has equipped the centre with access to free internet services.“In the not too distant future, the free WiFi coverage policy will be extended to senior secondary and tertiary institutions nationwide dedicated to learning, administration and enhancing the capacity to do research,” the President assured, much to the delight of the gathering.President Akufo-Addo challenged the youth of Soabe to take advantage of the opportunities that will be afforded to them by the facility.“You are living in perhaps the most exciting time in our history, so please make the best out of it. Some say this is our time. I say this is your time and tomorrow will be the time of your children.  We want to build a new Ghanaian civilization, where fair opportunities are given to all to live dignified, productive lives by dint of their hard work, creativity and sense of enterprise. It is a bright period in the Ghanaian journey,” he noted.The Information Centre, constructed by the Prof. & Mrs. S.K.B. Asante Educational Trust Fund, boasts 40 desktop computers.The Information Centre is not the only project undertaken by the Prof. & Mrs. S.K.B. Asante Educational Trust Fund in this town. In 1996, the Fund was responsible for the electrification project of Soabe. Adjoining communities, such as Akyem Wenchi and Kusi, have also been beneficiaries of scholarship packages for students, the construction of 13 teachers’ quarters, a library and a modern police post.
Apr 29, 2017
In-coming Black Stars coach, James Kwesi Appiah has held a closed-door meeting with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo. The meeting which was held on Tuesday at the Flagstaff House precedes Appiah’s official announcement as coach of the senior national team. The 56-year-old is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), an appointment which has the blessing of President Akufo-Addo. Appiah’s visit to the seat of government precedes a similar trip to the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Monday where he interacted with the Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah and other officials of the ministry. The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko defender will also be in charge of the local Black Stars will begin his official duties on May 1. Appiah arrived in the country last Friday after leaving his post as coach of Sudanese side Khartoum after two and a half seasons in charge.   Source: footballghana.com    
Apr 29, 2017
The President of the Ghana Golf Association Mike Aggrey,  has described the 2017 Youth Golf Championship as successful and a competitive event. Speaking to Rainbow Sports he said, unlike their senior counterparts, all 42 entrants took part in the tournament.It was very encouraging to see that, he added.According to him, the winner in the scratch division won with 84 gross which is a very good score on a course which has a par of 72.''He played 12 over the course par without a handicap which was very good. The second place also played 84 and the winner won during the play off or sudden death as say in golf. It was a very competitive event and the third place person played 85 gross. It was very close for the top three.''He further explained that, the winner for the handicap category won by 64 net followed by 65 net and 70 net. ''Again, I think the activities were very encouraging,'' he hailed.Francis Kwarteng from Ankobra golf club was first in scratch event followed by Stephen Abongo also from Ankobra, and Richard Ofori, from Benso taking the 3rd position. In the handicap category, Papa Anninful came top who has Nsuta as mother club, Mahama Yaku, placed second from Ankobrah club and James Anabah, from Ankobrah golf club all in the Western Region of Ghana. When asked if Ghana has a future in golf, he expressed strong optimism that the winners are not far from the international mark considering what he has witnessed internationally. ''With the little bit of training and practice, we can get that crop of golfers to make our country proud in the sport of golf adding,  these winners will form the core team for Ghana who will be representing Ghana in British junior open championshipHe stressed, the junior open is this and  every other year so the next one would be held in 2018 at  the home of golf, St. Andrews.In conclusion he said, ''I want to put on record that of the 42 players that came, all of them came from the less endowed clubs...No player from Accra, Achimota, and Tema took part in the event- and it was very unfortunate because if people are of the view that, golf is ailing in the big clubs and you are unable to encourage your youth to  participate in the event; don't forget that this event was fully paid for... Nobody paid for anything, so it was not about cost. We took care of everything. So i find it very disappointing that the big clubs failed to participate and I am going to write a letter to admonish them.'' 
Apr 29, 2017
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has missed his second cabinet meeting in a row, the Premium Times newspaper reports. It says that Information Minister Lai Mohammed told reporters that the president was absent because he wanted to rest.   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo chaired the meeting instead. Mr Buhari returned to Nigeria last month after being in London on sick leave for nearly two months. On his return he said that further medical checks would be needed, but he did not disclose the nature of his illness. President Buhari's absence from today's meeting has fuelled speculation about his state of health, the BBC's Chris Ewokor reports.      Source:BBC
Apr 29, 2017
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inaugurated the 19-member Governing Board of the Ghana AIDS Commission, at a brief ceremony at the Presidency, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.   The Governing Board, which is chaired by President Akufo-Addo himself, as stipulated under the Ghana AIDS Commission Act, 2016 (Act 938), is to provide support, guidance and leadership to the AIDS Commission – the body tasked to ensure the elimination of HIV and AIDS in Ghana.   Delivering a brief address to the gathering, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the world has come a long way from the 1980s when the first case of AIDS was diagnosed.   “Based on the advances on the frontiers of science and immense efforts at addressing the epidemic, it is now common knowledge that being HIV positive is not a death sentence. Being infected with a virus does not mean progressing to AIDS. This is due to availability and easy access accessibility to antiretroviral drugs. Now people living with HIV can leave health, long and productive lives,” he said.   He continued, “Through our collective efforts, we have achieved a steady decline in prevalence from 3.6% in 2003 to 1.6% in 2015. However, it is important to indicate that, whereas the general population enjoys a low prevalence, there are some populations that have enjoyed high prevalence levels.   “For example, among female sex workers, the prevalence is 7%, and for men who have sex with men, the prevalence is 17.5%. These, undoubtedly, point to the need for us as a people to extend HIV preventions to all segments of our population to ensure that no one is left behind.”   Currently, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Commission is implementing the National Strategic Plan, 2016-2020, which is in alignment with the global, joint United Nations programme on AIDS, UNAIDS.   The targets of the National Strategic Plan, according to the President, “require that by the year 2020, 90% of all people infected with HIV will know their HIV status. 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. 90% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will be virally suppressed.”   These targets, the President noted, “are aimed at eliminating aids by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals #3, which ensures health and wellbeing for all at every stage of life”, adding that  Ghana has also adopted the World Health Organisation’s “Treat All policy”.   With financial support from “friends of Ghana” to the AIDS Commission dwindling, the President revealed that the “National HIV/AIDS Fund is expected to be mobilized, especially from the private sector, to provide reliable and adequate funding to the national response to HIV and AIDS.”     President Akufo-Addo also charged the board to use their “resourcefulness, hard work and commitment” to achieve the targets set for themselves, “including that of office space.”
Apr 29, 2017
An auctioneer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Alex Agyei  on Wednesday shocked members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after confessing that he has auctioned 24 vehicles without recourse to laid down process. He told PAC that he sold off the vehicles of the ministry with the connivance of the officials. Of the 24 vehicles sold, the auctioneer said he made a profit of GHC 33,000. He appealed for forgiveness after admitting wrong doing. “Since that time that all this things came, I have changed the whole process…from now onwards, everything is in the right order and whatever I have done should be forgiven…” His plea was drew a comment from the Chairman of the Committee, James Klutse Avedzi who pointed out to him that, he has breached the law by not following the laid down procedures.   “If you have changed, which means that you have admitted what you did was wrong so any punishment applicable then should be meted…you will be laughing but at the appropriate time, you would not laugh…,” he told him.
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