The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that agriculture remains the fuel that powers all our activity in Ghana, and has assured farmers, food crop farmers, fish farmers and livestock farmers that they will all have the support and respect they deserve from his government.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “if we are to make any meaningful change in the lives of people, our efforts must be directed at agriculture. The majority of people can only feel a change in their lives when we develop agriculture.”
To this end, the President has stressed that “we need to raise agriculture to a higher plane to be able to improve on the quality of life for our people.’
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 15th October, 2017, when he celebrated the 41st Kobine Festival, with the Chief and people of Lawra, in the Upper West Region.
Addressing the gathering at the festival, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the decline witnessed by the sector in recent years, resulting in food becoming unnecessarily expensive in a country that is blessed with fertile land.
“Our production methods are not modern, and income levels of farmers and fisher-folk remain low, making the sector unattractive to the youth as a viable means of livelihood. Indeed, the poorest people in our country are engaged in food crop farming,” he lamented.
With Ghana making some progress, especially in the cocoa sector, the President stated that not enough progress has been made in the production of staples, like rice, maize and soya.
“Agriculture should not be a single-crop industry. Farming is a business and it is a profession that must be promoted and studied like all other professions. Ghana has the unique potential to feed her growing population, meet the raw material requirements of our processing industries, achieve food security, and compete successfully as a leading supplier to countries around us and beyond,” he said.
It is for this reason that his government launched its flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs.
The Programme, according to President Akufo-Addo, has has ensured the provision of improved seeds, the supply of subsidized fertilizers, the provision of dedicated extension services, a marketing strategy and the use of e-Agriculture.
Compared to production in 2016, the programme is targeted to increase the production of maize by 30 per cent; rice by 25 per cent; soybean by 25 per cent; and sorghum by 28 per cent.
“In anticipation of a bumper harvest, the National Buffer Stock Company Limited has been resourced to provide ready market for farm produce. This will ensure that our farmers are paid minimum guaranteed prices, to make farming a viable venture.
The Agricultural Development Bank, and some selected rural banks, have been engaged to make sure that farmers are paid promptly for their produce,” the President indicated.
Through the 1-District-1-Factory policy, the President noted that government, in partnership with the private sector, will soon establish agro-processing factories, which will make use of the produce of farmers.
The goal of the agro-processing factories, he explained, will be to provide ready market for farm produce, reduce post-harvest losses, add value to our produce, and, importantly, also create jobs.
“These interventions are geared towards boosting farmers’ incomes, increasing productivity, developing sustainable employment opportunities, and creating a sustainable value chain in the sector.
I am, therefore, using this platform to re-echo my invitation to the private sector, to partner us through public private partnerships, to help provide the requisite infrastructural base to transform the agricultural sector,” he added.
Development of Lawra
Addressing the concerns of the Lawra Naa, Naa Puowele Karbo III, President Akufo-Addo noted that work is progressing steadily on the Lawra-Han-Tumu Road, and the Lawra-Hamile road.
Following his announcement of the upgrading of Lawra from a District into a Municipality, during his recent tour of the Upper West Region, President Akufo-Addo noted that the road network is being opened up to ensure a more planned municipal capital.
Government, he added, will soon set up a Solar Power Plant to augment power supply in the district, and also ensure the construction of the Dikpe Bridge, which has already been captured in the budget of the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
On the Kambaa Irrigation Project, President Akufo-Addo revealed that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, last year, engaged the services of a consultant to undertake a feasibility study of the Project.
“If the feasibility report is favourable, action will commence on it, as soon as possible, under the 1-Village-1-Dam programme,” he assured.
On the request for a Cultural Village, the President stated that he has asked the Lawra District Chief Executive to liaise with the Lawra Traditional Council to identify and secure a site for the construction of a Cultural Village, for onward submission to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for necessary action to be taken.
Taking note the Lawra Naa’s comments on climate change, and the need to strengthen the response of local government authorities to the threat, President Akufo-Addo assured that they will be acted upon.
The President informed the Lawra Naa that the Government, with the assistance of the Government of Canada, is purchasing 3,000 motor bikes and 250 pickups to resuscitate the extension services to the farmers.
Editor-In-Chief of the Herald Newspaper, Larry Dogbe has alleged that the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the National Service Boss, Mustapha Ussif and Mr. John Kumah, head of National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan (NYEIP) , John Kumah has blown $150,000 on a US trip.
According to the paper, the trio wasted the money on a 3-day workshop at Boston-Massachusetts in the United States of America.
Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong sit-in host for Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Larry Dogbe insisted that the workshop was being held at Sloan School of Management located at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
He also indicated that the course the trio went to study is taught at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) which is under the Flagstaff House.
He further stated in the interview that, details from the Bank of Ghana reveal that the money was transferred from the accounts of National Service Scheme into an account belonging to the Bank of America in New York last week Tuesday October 10, 2017 on the orders of the NSS boss who is currently in the US with eleven others including John Kumah.
He went ahead to state that Mr. Kumah received a letter informing him about his selection to be on the trip.
According to him, John Kumah ‘’is to be equipped with leadership skills, governance, among others.
Meanwhile, John Kumah has denied the claims and slammed the herald Newspaper describing it is unfortunate.
The story he noted, was fabricated and currently he is still in Ghana and has not travelled to the United States as alleged by the newspaper and its editor.
He called on the general public to treat the publication with the contempt in deserves.
Former National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) MP for the Afram Plains North in the Eastern Region, Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye, has died.
The former legislator died at the SSNIT hospital in Accra on Saturday night at age 41.
He was born on November 23, 1976, and comes from Bomasarefo in the Eastern Region.
The late former MP, who lost the NDC primary for his constituency in 2015, had been battling a short illness.
Female musician, Becca is set to organize a concert to mark a decade in her career as a musician.
Her new record label, Zylofon Music is organizing the event titled ‘Becca Unveiled Ten Years and Counting’.
In an interview with Agyemang Premeph on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Becca said, the concert is to appreciate her fans for the support over the decade.
‘’When God blesses you to a point, you have to show appreciation to him and this show is basically for my fans. It is just to show love and to mark the day. Celebrating ten years is not a small thing. It is to go back to my history and say thank you to the people who have supported me over the past ten years. Aside the ten years, I want to say thank you to everybody,’’ she said.
Becca originally known as Rebecca Acheampong said the show is also meant to raise funds for her charity work.
The concert is slated for October 21, 2017 at the National Theatre.
Featuring the tall list of artiste at the concert are Ghanaian acts Stonebwoy, M.anifest, Trigmatic, Kwabena Kwabena, Mvzee, Joyce Blessing, Edem, Mr. Ezi, Patoranking, Ice Prince, Kumi Guitar, Kidii among others.
Born Rebecca Acheampong, Becca is a singer and actress. Born August 15th, 1984, in Kumasi the Ashanti region, West Africa Ghana as the first girl and fifth born of nine children from a religious Christian family.
Becca may be a good singer but it doesn’t end there she also plays the guitar and is a talented actress.
She’s also set up a rescue organization which is aimed at raising funds to help promote the awareness of children affected by HIV AIDS as well as imprisoned children in Ghana and hopes to go beyond Africa and around the world.
A building contractor by name Stephen has vowed to place a curse on a lady who he dated and had a child with.
The building contractor told Agyemang Prempeh on Rainbow Church Sunday that, he had planned to curse the lady so she will die because he realized the child was not his 15 years later.
According to him, the curse he was going to place on the lady, will also affect his family including mother and father and any other person who will go near her corpse.
On the reasons why he took the decision, he said, ''I was once married but my wife died. I decided not to marry again but my colleagues at work, started mocking me and made fun of me. They were changing women here and there but I did not want to do that. But later I got a lady, we dated, she visited me once and we had sex then later, she told me she was pregnant. I knew I was not the father of the child but because of the experience I had in the past, I accepted the pregnancy and took care of the lady and the child for 15 good years. However, the lady has since two years ago, taken the child away. As I speak to you, I do not know the whereabouts of the child. She has given the child to another man and claim that man is the father of the child. I fathered the child over the past 15 years. This is why I want to kill her.
‘’As I speak to you now, I have purchased schnapps, eggs, I have her picture, that of the child and the new boyfriend and I am planning to go and kill her. I need your advice because I am confused and do not know what to do. People are advising me to give to God but I ask them, why do I have to give it to God upon all what the lady did to me? Why should I give it to God? I want to kill her, I have spent a lot of money on the child and so the only thing that can change my mind is to be paid the money I spent on the lady and the child,’’ she told Agyemang Prempeh on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
Stephen called into the show after Agyemang Prempeh had finished preaching on the need for Christians to be prepared for the judgment ahead of us and that; every being is going to account for their deeds on earth after death.
Agyemang Prempeh allowed callers to contribute on the issue and he was asked to let go. Some others suggested that, he [Stephen] needs counseling to ensure that, he heals from the pain he’s gone through.
The police have issued a statement announcing the closure of three major streets in Accra due to the visit of the President of Cote d’Ivoire Alassane Dramane Ouattara tomorrow [Monday] October, 16, 2017.
According to the police, the roads from the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue towards Accra central, the Atta Mills Highway [from James Town towards Osu] and the Liberation Road towards the central business district, will be sealed off at 11:00 am.
The roads will be re-opened after the procession, the Police said in a statement Sunday.
Those from the Madina, Legon and Airport areas using the Liberation road will be made to turn right at the 37 Hospital Roudabout to Kaokudi through the Kanda Highway to link up on the Barnes Road to Accra central. Motorists from the Achimota enclave heading to Accra central will be diverted to the Dzorwulu area on the Obasanjo Highway through the Kanda Highway and link up on the Barnes Road.
Interplast Ghana Limited, the Ghana Reinsurance Company (GRC), and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), has donated a total of GH¢75,000.00 towards the 33rd National Farmers’ Day celebration scheduled for December 1, this year.
Interplast Ghana Limited donated GH¢30,000.00, the GRC presented GH¢25,000.00, while the GRA gave out GH¢20,000.00 in support of the celebration, which seeks to honour farmers and fisher folks.
Presenting the sponsorship package on behalf of Interplast Ghana Limited, Haidar Malhas, the Irrigation Services Manager of Interplast, said Ghanaian farmers continue to play active roles in the economy of Ghana, and that his company is willing to bring farmers to acceptable professional levels.
He said, “We believe farmers deserve the support, and we believe that Interplast can assist the Government in their planning.”
Presenting the sponsorship on behalf of the GRC, Mrs. Mary Ohene-Adu, said her company found it significant to sponsor the celebration “as a way of supporting government to recognize and reward our gallant farmers.”
On behalf of the Commissioner-General of GRA, Madam Sophia Godwyll and Madam Antionette Tettevi at the Communication and Public Affairs Department presented the cheque saying it was to show appreciation to farmers.
Madam Sophia Godwyll said farmers have helped the development of the country with their productivity in the agricultural sector.
Dr Gyiele Nurah, the Minister of state in charge of Agriculture and Chairman of the Planning Committee of the National Farmers Day, expressed gratitude to the three corporate bodies for their donation.
He said: “I stand on behalf of the Government of Ghana, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and on behalf our gallant farmers to thank all three companies who have kick-started the donations to be able to achieve our goal.”
He called on more companies to emulate the good examples of these three companies so that this year’s celebration will honour our farmers in grand style.
The 33rd National Farmer’s Day was launched on August 16 with the announcement of the sponsorship packages for corporate institutions to support the celebrations.
The sponsorship package starts with the bronze sponsor, which starts with GH¢10,000.00 and below and such sponsors would get acknowledgments in the media, a special certificate of sponsorship at the Sponsors’ Awards Night as well as a photo opportunity for presentation of packages to the Minister for Food and Agriculture and for the media.
Ghana is set to ratify the Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention, by the end of the 2017, to enhance the country’s resolve to combat cybercrime.
Albert Antwi-Boasiko, the National Cyber Security Advisor, told journalists at a media encounter in Accra on Thursday, that the document for ratification was at the Cabinet awaiting approval.
He expressed optimism that it would be ratified by Parliament by the end of this year.
As at December 2016, 52 countries had ratified the Convention, while a further four states had signed the Convention, but are yet to ratify it.
The Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe, is the only binding international instrument on the issue and increased cooperation among nations.
It is the first international treaty seeking to address internet and computer crime by harmonizing national laws and improving investigative techniques.
It serves as a guideline for any country developing comprehensive national legislation against cybercrime.
It was drawn up by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, with the active participation of the Council of Europe’s Observer States like Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States.
The Convention and its Explanatory Report was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at its 109th Session on 8th November, 2001.
It was opened for signature in Budapest, on 23rd November 2001, and entered into force on 1st July, 2004.
Cyber Security Week launched
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Communications haw launched the National Cyber Security Week to scale-up public awareness on cybercrime, and sensitize the populace on the country’s preparedness to deal with the phenomenon.
The Week-long programme would commence from October 23 to October 27, 2017, under the patronage of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Vincent Odotei-Sowah, a Deputy Minister of Communications, who launched the Week, said it would offer an opportunity to share information and engage key stakeholders on how to ensure effective and robust cyber security ecosystem in the country.
It is on the theme: “Securing Ghana’s Digital Journey”, which would create a platform for cyber security vendors, and service providers to showcase their services to the public at the Accra International Conference Centre and Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence.
It would afford stakeholders the opportunity to discuss pertinent topics such as Cyber Security Governance, Child Online Protection, Cyber Hygiene and Awareness, Cyber Security Solutions and capacity-building workshops on the topics.