Feed the Future and CRS marked the 3rd Annual Ghana Soybean Kick-Off Event in the Northern Region.
The 3rd annual Ghana Soybean Kick-Off event has taken place today October 16, 2017 at the conference hall of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute in Nyanpkala in Tolon district of the Northern region.
The event saw the participation of about 200 participants cut across industrialists, farmers, processing firms, development organizations among others to showcase the latest advances in soybean development in Ghana and Africa at large.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Mawuli Asigbee the Agricultural program manager at the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Ghana, who are the in- country coordinating partner for the Soybean Innovation Laboratory (SIL), said the program is aimed at identifying new technology to support the improvement of the yield of soybean production in the country.
He said the CRS for the past 7 years have been working with the Ghanaian people to tackle poverty with a holistic approach including projects that improve child and maternal health; increase access to clean water and sanitation; scale up farm production; and enhance community level savings and general livelihood development.
Meanwhile a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) food security Specialist at the event, Ms. Grace Sebugah said, that through Feed the future, USAID partners with the Government of Ghana and research institutions, including Savanna Agricultural Research Institutions, have worked to improve soybean breeding, production, and utilization in the Ghana and Africa as a whole.
“SIL's work to strengthen the soybean value chain from start to finish provides valuable contributions to support the Ministry of Food and Agriculture's planting for Food and jobs initiative” Ms. Sebugah added.
However, Dr. Peter Goldsmith a Principal Investigator at the SARI revealed that, Feed the Future's Innovation Laboratory for Soybean value chain research program, has resulted into an overwhelming improvement in soybean production in the country especially in northern Ghana.
The 2017 annual Ghana Soybean Kick-Off Event was organized by Feed the Future in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI),and the World Food Program(WFP) with fundings from USAID and under the theme: “Showcasing Innovations and Technologies to Improve Soybean Yield”
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Fire has engulfed the storehouse of the Walewale government hospital in the Northern region, Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe has said.
Reporting the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Tamakloe said, drugs worth thousands of Cedis have reportedly been destroyed by the blaze with many patients running for their lives.
No death has been recorded, he added
The cause of the fire is not yet known he indicated.
Meanwhile, officials of the fire service have arrived at the scene and working to put out the flame.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has scrapped its current biometric register and currently preparing to adopt a manual form of registration. National Chairman of the party, Kofi Portuphy at a media encounter announced the decision was unanimous by the National Executive Committee (NEC).
He said, ‘’In line with the wishes of the majority of our party members and in the wake of recommendations made by the Election Review Committee led by Prof. Botchwey, the NEC, which is the highest decision making body after congress, unanimously voted for the scrapping of the register which was used to conduct our internal elections last year.’’ NEC he said decided to adopt the manual process of capturing the names of members, at all branches nationwide. The decision to scrap the biometric register he indicated was because the biometric register, did not meet the required standards to make it qualify for a biometric register.
The new process to be adopted is intended to restore integrity to the party’s register and it will become the basis of the new process that the party is going to capture the names of our members. Party members he stated were not happy with the registration exercise conducted previously and the dissatisfaction caused ‘’us a lot in the last election and we have no option but to discard the old register and create a new one which will have a lot of integrity and will also b accepted by all. He stressed that the new process will revive all branches of the party and to also make the branches the most important entry point as far as membership is concerned.
‘’All party members who are desirous of having their names in the register, must ensure that they identify their branches and register at the branches.’’ NEC he added approved of the timetable for their polls. The branch membership registration is slated for November-December 2017 with branch elections in last week of January, 2018. Constituency elections will be conducted from 24-25 of March, 2018. The regional, youth, women, Zongo caucus is for June 2-3, 2018, regional elections is to held between June 9-10, 2018. National youth, women and Zongo caucus to be held from 13-14 July,2018 and the national elections 27-29 July, 2018. Meanwhile, the party will from tomorrow [Wednesday] embark on move to engage the branches and educate members on the re-registration exercise.
Residents and traders at Tudu have expressed their dissatisfaction at the activities of pepper traders in the locality.
According to the aggrieved residents and traders, the activities of these pepper traders are having serious effect on them especially their eyes.
They told Rainbow Radio’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi that, the situation is terrible and appealed to authorities to rectify the situation.
They told him that, they are unable to breath, and constantly cough.
One of the trader said the landlord who rented the place for an hotelier and decided to use the space for a wholesale however, the place has been turned into a market space for pepper trading.
‘’We have complained and reported the issue to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) but they have not acted on it.Tut We want them to relocate the traders so we can be free,’’ one of the traders said.
A forensic investigation expert, Kudzo Akpabey has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to investigate alleged fraud in the 198os DC10-30 Aircraft purchase.
He has mentioned officials of the Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Transport and Ghana Airways in that year over the purchase of the 30 aircraft for the state.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the investigations which took them over the past ten years, established that there were fraudulent documentations over the purchase of the aircraft.
The original price for the aircraft he said was roughly $41 million dollars but after the payment was made, there were fraudulent documentation which inflated the cost to $ 111 million that went into private pockets.
The period he indicated was under late Liman and former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Mr. Akpabey said, those who orchestrated the fraud are still alive and must be prosecuted and monies retrieved.
The former finance minister at the time he noted is still alive, officials who worked at the Bank of Ghana and Ghana Airways are still alive.
‘’We want the president to set up an inquiry because we’ve done the forensic audit already. The letters written were fraudulent letters. The Bank of Ghana, the Ministry of Transport, the price escalation schedule were all fraudulent.’’
The tax expert told the host that, it took them some time before they got hold of the various documents involved and the investigations comprised of experts from aviation and other professionals.
He said, the Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport, the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company and perhaps top officials of Ghana Airways, together massively defrauded the state of Ghana in the 1980s of up to $111 million ($70 million plus $41million), $601million in 2017 money at 5% p.a with respect to the purchase of a DC10-30 aircraft (dubbed ANA). The Boeing Aircraft Company later acquired the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company in the mid-1990s.
He stressed that, the fraud by these institutions, puts the 1980s $111million total corruption at up to $601million in 2017 money at 5% p.a. There is an urgent need for presidential inquiry into the DC10-30 aircraft acquisitions and payments…Such a presidential inquiry, amid nationwide publicity, would warn present and future state officials not to attempt any such fraudulence, as such fraud could one day, be discovered even decades later.
The police at Atebubu Amantin in the Central region has shot and killed an armed robber in a gun battle.
According to the police, the deceased was a Fulani herdsman and was part of a team of robbers who attacked a Metro Mass Transit bus Monday evening.
Narrating the incident to the media, the police commander Supt. Edward Konyei said, three men with guns attacked the bus which was travelling from Sunyani to the Central region.
According to him, the robbers fired at the wind screen of the car but the driver of the bus, failed to stop. Unknown to the robbers, there were police escorts on board the bus and so they also returned fire Monday evening.
He revealed that, the police visited the crime scene Tuesday morning and saw the body of the deceased who he said was between 32-33 years.
The body has since been deposited at the Mampong Government Hospital morgue.
Meanwhile, he has admonished residents to be on the alert and report any suspicious person to the police so they can be arrested and investigated.
Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho says in terms of capabilities; having worked at the presidency, having run campaigns, having understudied the current general secretary for the past three years, he believes he is capable to step in the shoes of Johnson Asiedu Nketia.
The maverick politician has expressed his interest to contest the general secretary position at the national level should the party open nominations.
He says his boss; Mr. Nketia will hang his boots after serving as general secretary for the past 12 years.
He told Kwame Tutu that, his boss has given him his blessings to contest because he will no longer contest.
‘’Asiedu Nketia gave me his word sometime ago that, he will no longer contest after serving his third term as general secretary.’’
When asked if he’s capable to take over from general mosquito as he’s popularly called, he said, I have climbed the ropes quite well and given the opportunity, we can continue to work for the party.
The decision to contest he revealed was not just personal but came from all quarters of the party and from those who believe he can serve the party well.
He described Mr. Nketia as the pillar of the NDC whose contributions to the party have been enormous adding, the role as general secretary is not an easy job and Asiedu Nketia has done his best.
‘’It is not an easy job and general Mosquito continue to remain a colossus in the NDC. He is a pillar of knowledge, a pillar of strength, a pillar of history. I mean as for that one, no one can take it from him. He has done a great deal for this party as general secretary for the NDC and so if he says he will not go again and one has understudied him, then it will be proper for me to contest.’’
Koku Anyidoho stressed that, it will be a great disservice to the party if he fails to use his knowledge and experience to serve the party.
‘’One does not want to be selfish and so given the opportunity, one will continue to serve.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has applauded President Alassane Ouattara for his show of statesmanship, in the aftermath of the verdict passed by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries of the two countries.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “we realised there was a delicate moment, when it came to this dispute over our maritime border.
But, your statesmanship, friendship and regard for the interests of our two countries, made it possible for us to overcome that delicate moment, and use it as a basis for forging even stronger relations between us.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 16th October, 2017, during bilateral talks with President Alassane Ouattara, at the commencement of the latter’s 2-day official visit to Ghana.
Whilst expressing his and the gratitude of the Ghanaian people for President Ouattara’s visit to Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted that “there are a lot of things we need to do to bring our two nations into greater intimacy, than we have in the past.
Acknowledging the political will on the part of President Ouattara to deepen and strengthen the bonds of friendship with Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted that “it is for us, on our side in Ghana, to complement it.”
The President continued, “There is a bright future, if we are able to get our various darts in the correct row. The Ghanaian people continue to be very supportive of all the initiatives there are to improve our ties with your country.”
President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of Ghana to translate the “technical decisions” agreed on paper “into concrete decisions that affect the lives of the people, and that is what is most important. At this juncture in our history, we have a historic opportunity to being our two countries together.”
President Alassane Ouattara, prior to his discussion with President Akufo-Addo, received a rousing welcome Ghanaians, as he was driven through the principal streets of Accra, amidst spontaneous cheers and chants from hundreds and hundreds of Ghanaians who lined up to welcome him.
Prior to President Ouattara’s departure, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the two leaders will address a joint press conference.
They will also sign a bilateral agreement, and inaugurate a joint commission for the implementation of the recent ITLOS judgement on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.