The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that the nurses, who picketed at the premises Monday morning, would be posted.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Robert Cudjoe, measures are being put in place to get the nurses posted to various health posts across the country.
He told Rainbow Radio that, “They [nurses] will be posted, it’s unfortunate they have come here and decided to picket in spite of the various meetings we have had with them. We are working towards getting them posted. Their coming here is unfortunate.’’
The nurses on Monday February 19, 2018 stormed the premises of the ministry demanding for immediate posting.
The nurses who completed in 2016 threatened to vote the NPP out of office because they’ve regretted voting for the NPP in 2016.
President of the coalition Samuel Asante earlier told Starr News they believe picketing will resolve their concerns.
“We know that our seniors embarked on picketing and they got what they want. And even the private nurses that they are yet to post, they embarked on picketing and they have started filing their postings forms.
“We have engaged government on series of meetings and we think that the only way to get results is picketing so over 2000 of our members are coming there to picket,” he said.
The Royal Ladies of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), winners of the 3oth edition of the Hockey Africa club for champions-Women’s Category, have presented their trophy to the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah.
The Mayor pledged his support for the team and commended them for chalking the feat for the country at the championship held at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey pitch in January this year, for the first time
According to him success in sports thrives on discipline and urged them to be disciplined, ensure team work and endurance in their quest to conquer the rest.
“This trophy should be the beginning of many trophies to come. The Government, the AMA and the city would always feel proud to be associated with you.
“Sports is no more played for leisure or pleasure, but as a tool for development and opportunities to promote development in a country”.
Mr Adjei also used the visit to announce of his intentions to visit the teams at the hockey pitch to discuss ways by which, his outfit would be of help to the teams and hockey development in general so that the various hockey teams would be able to compete in all international championships.
Ghana Police ladies at the tournament came third beating Kada Queens on penalties after the game ended 1-1. Strathmore did the double over Yobe Desert beating them 3-1 in the 5th and 6th place match.
The GRA men were 3rd whereas the Trustees of SSNIT came 4th.
Some angry members of the Unposted Nurse Assistants-Preventive and Clinical, on Monday stormed the premises of the Ministry of Health demanding immediate posting.
They told Rainbow Radio’s Daniel Asuku that, the Minister confirmed to them they were not going to be posted because they were not bonded.
He also alleged that the Deputy Health Minister, Madam Tina Mensah, gave them the assurance that, they were going to be posted this year.
However, the Minister says that was to calm our nerves after we staged our first picketing at this same venue.
Vice President of the Nalerigu branch of the aggrieved nurses, Sule Mohammed, said government lied to us. They promised to factor us in the 2018 budget but we are being told we cannot be posted because we were not bonded.
He questioned why private nurses were being bonded whereas public nurses have been neglected.
According to him, if the Minister could lie to them, then we can’t take the president seriously.
The angry unposted nurses expressed their disappointment and have threatened to vote the NPP out of office come 2020.
Chanting songs, they said, ‘’2020 we go show Nana. Your time will surely be up. Your time is up. We have regretted our votes. We are disappointed. We voted for you expecting change, but we are disappointed.’’
National President of the Association, Samuel Asante, decried the inability of government to post them after promising to do so in the first quarter of 2018.
In his view, the bureaucratic process in posting them should be ignored. ''I am looking forward for a financial clearance to ensure our members are posted,'' he said.
Political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mohammed Abass, has said President Akufo-Addo has shown commitment in his call for Africa and specifically, Ghana beyond aid.
He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the commitment of the president shows in his recent speeches and the call on African leaders to champion a continent beyond aid.
Mohammed Abass, said the inspiration from these speeches is premised on the vision of the president;bothering on leadership in Africa and Ghana to be specific.
He described Nana Addo, as an astute politician whose experience over the years, gives him enough knowledge and insight, into the challenges confronting the continent.
He noted, the concerns raised by the president, hinges on democracy, rule of law, self reliance, economic freedom among others.
The president he stated has shown commitment and the rest lies with Ghanaians to have the attitude and mindset to ensuring that, the call by the president, would be materialized.
He charged the Minority to desist from running down the government and rather focus on providing superior alternatives that could help us achieve our goals as a nation.
When asked whether we are witnessing any progress after one year of Nana Addo’s government, he said, it would be difficult to assess this administration after a year in office.
He was however quick to add that, there should be some signs that could show that we are on the right path.
He said the most important thing is to monitor the current administration to ensure they are on track.
He referred to the free senior high school policy and the fight against illegal mining popularly called galamsey, and the Special Prosecutor Office, as some of the bold decisions taken by the president.
‘’Nana Addo promised to do something about galamsey. Some individuals doubted him but he has proven everyone wrong. The galamsey demanded though measures which I think he equally met with the force that was required…On corruption, he promised to set up the Special Prosecutor Office and appointing Martin Amidu was also a bold and courageous step he took in the fight against corruption. His party members expected to appoint a party person but he did not. He rather appointed a member of the opposition party. That was a bold decision. Ghanaians criticized his decision to make senior high school free. They claimed he could not do it. But he has proven everyone wrong. That was a bold decision he took,’’ he added.
The president's quests to see Ghana beyond aid took a centre stage when he recently hosted the French Prime Minster.
He said: “We can no longer continue to make policies for ourselves…… on the basis of whatever support that the western world or France, or the European Union can give us. It will not work. It has not worked and it will never work,” he stressed.
“We have to get away from this mindset of dependency. This mindset of ‘what can France do for us?’ France will do whatever it wants to do for its own sake, and when those coincide with ours, ‘tant mieux’ [so much better] as the French people say…Our concern should be what do we need to do in this 21st century to move Africa away from going cup in hand begging for aid, for charity, for handouts. The African continent, when you look at its resources, should be giving monies to other places. We need to have a mindset that says “we can do it”, and once we have that mindset we’ll see there’s a liberating factor for ourselves,” says President Akufo-Addo.
Aker Energy has struck a deal to acquire Hess’ Ghanaian business for £70million.
Hess’ interests in Ghana include a 50% stake in the deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block, which sits in a “prolific petroleum region”.
Aker Energy is targeting about 400 million barrels through a floating production, storage and offloading vessel.
The company expects to submit a field development plan this year with first oil to follow in 2021.
Aker Energy is 50-50 owned by Norwegian holding company Aker and TRG, a company owned by entrepreneur Kjell Inge Rokke.
Aker president and chief executive Oyvind Eriksen said: “Aker is pleased to have been invited into this joint venture by TRG and looks forward to exploring the opportunity of building a significant E&P activity in Ghana inspired by what Aker has achieved on the NCS.
“The Aker Group is uniquely positioned to combine technological know-how from the upstream oil and gas industry with its extensive experience in the oil services to deliver a successful fast-track project.
“We are looking forward to partnering with the GNPC and have high expectations for what we can achieve together.”
The chief of Kpobiman, Nii Tetteh Mensah Kootse I has advised kingmakers in the traditional areas of the country, to install legitimate occupants of stools as chiefs rather than the wealthy in society in order to prevent any form of disputes that has the tendency to disrupt peace and development in society.
Speaking in an interview with some journalists at his one year anniversary, the Kpobiman Mantse said, most chieftaincy disputes within various parts of the country, occurs as a result of the inability of kingmakers to enstool deserving people as chiefs.
He lamented, often times our kingmakers choose individuals who cannot legitimately be associated to the throne but would use their wealth as a bargaining chip to become chiefs.
He said " I was marked 15 years ago by the Tetteh Mensah family to become the chief and so everybody within the family knew it and also knew that I was the legitimate person, unlike other traditional areas where two or three people may emerge as chiefs creating tensions and factions among the kingmakers and eventually leading to divisions among families".
The chief also advised the youth who constitute the highest percentage of the working population to work hard to acquire wealth and desist from engaging in negative practices to acquire wealth " The youth need to be patient in their attempt to make money. It is one step at a time; you cannot acquire all these in a day. We have all become children before, but no child has ever become an adult before and so they should listen and move gradually and not to think of taken any short route to making wealth. These shortest routes may sometimes lead to death". He noted.
Nii Tetteh Mensah Kootse I further added that preparations are underway to put up a clinic for the people of Kpobiman and surrounding communities to help address their health needs.
By Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah
The Director in-charge of Education, Research and Training at Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Alexander Obeng, has blamed indiscipline on the part motorists with regards to accidents on our roads this year.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he lamented over the disregard for road and traffic regulations which he stated have caused some major accidents in the first part of the year.
He encouraged drivers to respect road regulations and exercise restraint on our roads to prevent avoidable accidents.
He said, the police would be swift in arresting and arraigning drivers found to be endangering lives of other road users.
His comments come on the back of an accident at the Avenor Junction where two vehicles crashed leaving one of the vehicles burning into ashes.
He blamed the accident on negligence on road signage and indiscipline.
Second Lady Mrs. Samira Bawumia, has reassured teachers that government will prioritize their welfare to help improve upon the quality of education for Ghanaian children.
The Second Lady, who read a speech on behalf of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, at the 68th Speech and Prize-giving day of the T. I Ahmadiyya Senior High School in Kumasi, said: “The importance of the teacher to education can never be underestimated, that is why the NNP government believes in a teacher first policy. Therefore, we are introducing several reforms in teacher training skill upgrade and improving teaching and learning to deliver quality education outcome for our children.’’
She admonished teachers to support the free senior high school policy to make it successful.
“Be diligent in your dealings with the children and encourage them to take their studies seriously, be effective role models for them because at their impressionable age, how you conduct yourself will have a huge impact on their lives,” she said.
Mrs. Bawumia said government has also secured funding for the expansion of facilities in some 75 senior high schools.
Education she noted should be accessible to every Ghanaian child irrespective of their financial circumstances.
The development of every nation she stressed, is anchored on education and our human resource capital is our greatest asset hence the need for us to capitalize on that for our own benefit.