The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 23rd April, 2018, commissioned the refurbished Sekondi Fishing Harbour, at a ceremony in Sekondi, in the Western Region.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the completion of this harbour is critical, because the fishing industry is an important mainstay not only of many of the residents of Sekondi, but also of some two million Ghanaians across the country.”
The refurbishment of the Harbour, which was began by the Mahama administration in July 2016, and now completed by the Akufo-Addo government, the President said, “is evidence of the pledge I made in the run-up to the 2016 general elections that I will not abandon any project merely because it was started by a previous government.”
Whilst extending sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Japan, who, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), are responsible for the technical and financial support given to this project, President Akufo-Addo underscored the importance of the fishing industry to Ghanaians.
He stressed that the welfare of fisher folks in the country are important to his government, “that is why, upon my assumption of office in January last year, I appointed a full Minister to oversee the activities of the sector, just as was done during the period of the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor.”
With the first rehabilitation of the Sekondi Harbour taking place in 2005 under the Kufuor-led NPP government, with its attendant boost to the fishing industry, the President stated that this current refurbishment, which cost some US$20 million, has equipped the harbour with a lay-by wharf, access road to boats, a fish market shed, fuel dumps, an administration block, a fresh water storage tank and a state-of-the-art ice-making machine.
The ice-making machine has the capacity to produce some 30 tons of ice per day to preserve the catch, as against the previous capacity of 15 tons of ice per day, with the President expecting a substantial rise in the activities of our fisherfolk and traders in Sekondi, and in surrounding communities, following the completion of the Harbour.
President Akufo-Addo, thus, charged Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), responsible for supervision of the Harbour, to take good care of it, in order to protect the US$20million investment for current and future generations.
He also used the opportunity to reiterate the unwavering commitment of Government to protect the territorial integrity of our country, in the face of the activities of pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.
“We will not allow pirates or criminals to rob us of this hard-won reputation, and create a sense of insecurity on our waters. To the fourteen tuna fishing companies that are reported to have recently halted operations due to the menace posed by the pirates, I urge them to resume. They have the full assurance of Government of their protection and safety, as they go about their day-to-day activities. We will not leave them to fight this menace alone. The full force of the state’s security apparatus is being marshalled to curb the threats of piracy,” the President said.
The President also revealed that plans are underway for the construction of mini-fishing harbours and landing sites across the coastal belt of the country.
Already, Government has signed an agreement with the Chinese Government for the establishment of the Jamestown fishing port complex, at a cost of US$50 million, with construction scheduled to commence this year.
“Under the Fisheries Sector Infrastructural Development Programme, the Ministry of Fisheries will commence the development of three landing sites at Winneba, Mumford and Axim; rehabilitate three public hatcheries at Vea, Sankana and Dormaa-Ahenkro; rehabilitate three fish health laboratories at Takoradi, Koforidua and Kumasi; complete and commission the Anomabo Fisheries College; and refurbish the Tema Boat Yard to increase productivity of fisher folk,” he added.
As Co-chair of the Group of Advocates of Eminent Persons of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, President Akufo-Addo concluded by stressing that “even though we may have little or no control over climate fluctuations or changes, one thing we can have control over is our day-to-day activities.”
The President continued, “Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) methods are depleting our fish stocks. Our beautiful coastal wetlands are threatened by high volumes of plastic and metal waste that choke breeding habitats for fish. This must not be allowed to continue. Together, nananom, ladies and gentlemen, let us protect endangered species, achieve food security, and protect our oceans for the future.”
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has recalled Members of Parliament from their recess for an urgent business on the floor of the legislative house.
They are to sit on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27, 2018.
A memo issued to recall the members did not disclose the reason(s) for the urgent call but Minority Chip Whip, Muntaka Mubarak has revealed that members have been recalled to come and ratify the African continental free trade area agreement.
Ghana is hoping to host the secretariat for the free trade organization.
Parliament went on recess on Friday, March 23 and was expected to reconvene on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
A statement signed by the Speaker of Parliament, said “In Exercise of the Power conferred on the Speaker by order 42(3) of the standing orders of the parliament of Ghana, I, Right Honourable Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, do hereby direct that parliament shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, be recalled from the recess to sit from Thursday, the 26th Day of April to Friday, the 27th day of April 2018, at Ten O’clock in the forenoon each day, at Parliament House, Accra, to consider some urgent parliamentary business.”
An Accra High Court has ordered the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), to de-freeze all bank accounts of the former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Opuni. The court granted the request on Monday, 23 April. It is recalled that EOCO embargoed the assets of Dr Opuni, including his bank accounts during a probe into his administration of COCOBOD. Dr Opuni and businessman Seidu Agongo are facing 27 charges of willfully causing financial loss of GHS217million to the state, through three separate fertiliser supply contracts between 2014 and 2016. They have both pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The contracts were GHS43.1million (2013/2014 cocoa farming season), GHS75.3million (2014/2015 cocoa farming season) and GHS98.9million (2015/2016 cocoa farming season) totalling GHS217million through sole-sourcing, the state claimed, adding that procurement procedures for sole-sourcing were not followed.
Government will provide the necessary resources to the country’s tertiary institutions to expand their infrastructure to meet the expected rise in the student population following the implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) programme, Vice President Bawumia has assured.
The Nana Akufo-Addo government will also provide opportunities for continuous hiring and training of the necessary human resources to facilitate proper teaching and learning.
Speaking at the 22nd Congregation of the University of Education, Winneba on Saturday 21st April, 2018, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said government had been mindful of the expected increase in tertiary admissions and was working assiduously to provide the necessary funding to address the infrastructure challenges before the first batch of the FSHS complete in 2020 and seek admissions.
Began this academic year, the FSHS initiative aims to provide Senior High School education to every qualified Ghanaian child who completes the Basic level of education at no cost to parents in order to remove the barrier of finance which has undoubtedly deprived Ghana of many potential leaders.
“As a nation, we have a responsibility and an obligation to invest in our students and our schools. It is our responsibility to ensure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will to pursue education can still get the best education possible and should not be held back by financial constraints,” the Vice President underscored.
“Surely, Government knows very much that the free SHS policy inevitably means a boost in enrollment figures in our senior high schools. We are aware that this will consequently lead to a greater demand for expansion in tertiary education. Government, however, is prepared and ready to support higher education institutions to be able absorb these huge numbers. We will do our utmost best to improve upon facilities and offer adequate resources to these institutions to capacitate them to deliver on their mandates.”
Government, Vice President Bawumia indicated, is also broadening the national educational policy and optimizing resource delivery to attract more students and teachers.
“At the core of the education development and improvement plan of every nation is the teacher. A well trained, confident, and contented teacher is essential in the delivery of quality education. This is why Government is committed to the Teacher Professional Development Projects (T-TEL).
“I am told that the University of Education, Winneba currently serves as the only university in the West African sub region which has the mandate and capacity to train teachers in technical and vocational education through competency-based training (CBT). Government is therefore ever prepared to partner with you, UEW in your TVET programmes.”
A total of 16,153 students received Certificates, Diplomas, First and second Degrees and Postgraduate awards at the University’s 22nd Congregation.
Rainbow Radio International is by this article rendering an unqualified apology to Mr. Nana Opoku Kwarteng, father of late dancehall diva Ebony Reigns, over derogatory comments made against him on our entertainment show, GH Entertainment on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
We wish to apologize for any damages caused Mr. Kwarteng due the unsavoury comments by our guests and host on the show.
The show was not aired to denigrate or defame the character Mr. Kwarteng but we use this opportunity to apologize for the harm and pain caused the bereaved father.
We wish to also use this opportunity to console Mr. Kwarteng, for the death of his late daughter who was posthumously declared the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), Artiste of the Year.
We wish to assure Mr. Kwarteng that, Rainbow Radio will not publish, air or repeat the comments that has caused him considerable pain, harm, distress and embarrassment.
Private legal practitioner, Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, has demanded for the actual financial cost of having 998 presidential staffers.
The lawyer in an interview with Kwame Tutu, on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm quizzed if the president indeed presented to parliament the full list of the staffers because some individuals have raised eye brows over the issue.
President Nana Akufo-Addo last week presented before parliament list of the total number of staff working at the presidency.
The release of the list is in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires the President to submit annually to Parliament, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President.
The breakdown was given as nine ministers of state, 27 presidential staffers, 256 other/junior appointees and 706 employees of public/civil service staff.
These appointees are entitled to emoluments just as Article 71 Office Holders.
According to him, he has commenced an action at the Supreme Court seeking clarification on some of the benefits enjoyed by Article 71 office holders as well as other public servants in that category.
In his writ, the lawyer further wants presidential staffers who benefit from salaries, allowances, and privileges almost like an Article 71 office holders, to be stripped off such gratuities claiming it “is inconsistent with Article 71 and therefore unconstitutional.”
He is also seeking for “A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 17, 98 (1), and 71 of the 1992 constitution the approval by the President (on the recommendation of the Committee set up under Article 71) for the enjoyment of retiring benefits or awards by Member of Parliament on the basis of a model that does not oblige Members of Parliament to contribute to any pension insurance scheme, during their years of service in Parliament before drawing on public funds for the payment of their pension is discriminatory against all other public sector workers employees in Ghana, unfair, unconscionable and contrary to Article 17 of the constitution and therefore unconstitutional,” Mr. Agbemava stated in his writ.
The lawyer in his reliefs is also seeking “a declaration that on true and proper interpretation of Articles 98(1), 95 (6), 44 (2) and (3), 155 (1), 68 (4), 194 (5), 187 (14), 199, 203 (3)(c), 208 (3) (c), 233 (1) and 71 of the 1992 constitution, gratuity and pension is payable under the 1992 constitution after a full and final retirement of a public servant from public service and not intermittently while he/she is still in public service.”
In his view, presidential staffers are not listed under Article 71 Office Holders hence it will be unconstitutional to make them benefit as such.
He has posted his Facebook page to express his opinion on the list saying: ‘’Protecting the public purse has become a mere slogan. We do not know the actual financial cost of having 998 presidential staffers since the president forwarded mere names to Parliament. Some have questioned the integrity of that list saying it is incomplete. How does our Parliament find out if it’s a complete list or not and truly perform its oversight function in this regard with mere names? Submitting only 10 names would still not be ideal since the purpose of reporting to Parliament with a list includes the regulation of the financial cost of staffing the presidency. Adding actual figures would help accountability and transparency since the list would later be verified by the Auditor General’s report to Parliament. The story below shows that Trump’s list to congress includes the salaries and allowances of his staff. We wish the president would also tell us how much it is ACTUALLY costing Ghanaians to have 998 staff under him alone.’’
Violence against women does not only pose danger to the victim but to families, communities, and economies.
Worldwide, one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime.
Globally, the call to ending violence against women has been organized annually to intensify awareness towards that fight.
In view of this, young filmmaker, Dela Finn, has shot a short narrative film ‘ABUSED’ to help raise awareness’ about violence against women.
'ABUSED, is a Short Film based on the issues of Violence Against Women happening around the Globe.
‘ABUSED’ is a short narrative film which tells the story of a lady - DZIFA who suffered domestic violence and lost her baby in the process. Three (3) years later, after rebuilding herself, DZIFA decides to empower other women going through similar situation by narrating her trauma and advising the general public.
The beautiful film stars Joyce Everest, Nelson Mandela Jnr, Rebecca Wornu, Nomo Esther Dede, Celestina E. Dogbey, Kpodo Rose, Nana Yaa Danso and Gloria S. Britwum.
The film was written and directed by Dela Finn and produced by Deland Films.
Screenplay was by Stella Mawulorm and the genre is drama.
‘ABUSED’ will premiere at the Global Cinemas on May 19th, 2018.
The Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has assured unemployed graduates to wait patiently especially health graduates as the President, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, will ofcially launch the Nations Builders program on May 1, 2018.
He was speaking at a stakeholders and the media at the 2018 Health Summit at the Labadi Beach Hotel today [Monday].
The vice president told the gathering that government is very cognizant of the importance of making sure there is adequate staffing of the health facilities.
‘’On May 1st, the President is going to be launching the Nation Builders Corps where we want to provide work for our tertiary graduates to help in nation building. We have seven modules for the National Builders Corps and one of the modules is the health module.’’
He bemoaned the number of qualified nurses who have not been engaged after years of graduating from school and gave an assurance that, some 10,000 health professionals would be recruited under the health module.
‘’We have quite a number of nurses and health assistants who are sitting at home. They’ve qualified for years and have not been engaged. And we have now engaged the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and we will be prepared to recruit up to 10,000 nurses and health assistants, to be part of the National Builders Corps for a contract of up to three years to provide health services for our people…’’
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also lauded the ministry of Health for their proposed digital system to ensure quality health care delivery in Ghana.
About 100,000 graduates who have completed their national service are expected to be engaged under NABCO this year.
The modules are Feed Ghana, Educate Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Heal Ghana, Enterprise Ghana, Digitise Ghana and Governance Ghana.
In the case of the Revenue Ghana module, the graduates would work with the Ghana Revenue Authority to help in the collection of revenue, he said, while under the Heal Ghana module, nurses who had been at home for years without jobs would be engaged to work in the health sector.
In respect of the Enterprise Ghana module, graduates would be assigned to various private sector enterprises for jobs and skills training, as well as development, while in the Digitise Ghana module, graduates would be posted to the IT sector for the Digital Ghana agenda; the transformation agenda, where they would be attached to the National Identification Authority (NIA), the Ghana Post, the Births and Deaths Registry or the Land Title Registry to work, he said.
In the case of the Governance Ghana module, the graduates would be attached to various local authorities.