President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called on his fellow African leaders to prioritize education.
Delivering the keynote address at a public forum on transformative governance in Africa, organised by the Kukah Centre, in Abuja, Nigeria, President Akufo Addo said ‘’the urgent responsibility we face is to make our countries, our continent attractive for our youth to see as places of opportunities. It means we must provide education, education and education. It means our young people must acquire the skills that run modern economies.’’
He also admonished them to emulate the implementation of Ghana’s free senior high policy introduced by his administration in 2017.
He said although some youth may want to seek greener pasture in foreign countries, with the requisite skills acquired through education “they would not have to risk drowning in the Mediterranean sea, they would be headhunted and treated with dignity.’’
‘’I hesitate to prescribe policy initiatives for other countries, but, on the matter of education, I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending that all African countries adopt the policy of free compulsory education from kindergarten to senior high school. This is one of the most important things we have to do, if we are to make the transformation from our current state of poverty to prosperity’’
‘’Lets make things better for our people especially our youth so they stay here and work to develop the continent.
Government has secured financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance to employ fifty (50) State Attorneys, Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo has announced.
The move according to the Minister will augment and strengthen the delivery of justice in the country.
She gave the hint at Bolgatanga during a familiarization visit in the Upper East Region on Thursday.
According to the Minister, “We have problems with staffing, vehicles, office equipment and accommodation confronting the justice delivery system. I have tried to explain that there have been some neglect, but as of now there are constraints with money and by the time government finishes servicing the loans and meeting statutory obligations, we would have much left to share but whatever little we get we will try to use it in such a manner that all my offices will get something to work with.”
“In respect of staffing, we have be given approval to recruit about Fifty (50) Attorneys, they are going through the recruitment process, and once the process is completed we will send some lawyers to the Upper East Region. In the meantime, I have asked the National Service Secretariat (NSS) to post to my office all lawyers who are newly enrolled and will not have performed their National service yet so we can use them to support Attorneys in the regions,” the Minister added.
The tour was to enable her have first hand information about the challenges confronting state attorneys in the discharge of their duties in the region.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ministry of Health (MOH), Robert Cudjoe, has said, the Medical Director for the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Eugene Dordoye, has been asked to step aside.
The decision was reached at an emergency meeting following an impasse at the facility.
Staff of the facility embarked on a strike in protest against the director. They accused him of poor managerial skills and poor human relations.
They demanded from government to sack the medical director due what they described as inhuman treatment of workers.
The PRO told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, the accusation against the director bothered on his managerial skills.
He is currently undergoing a month-long managerial training and after the training, he would be assessed and if he qualifies, he may be asked to go back as the director or we may reassign him, the PRO added.
The staff had said Dr. Dordoye’s presence at the facility endangered their mental and physical health.
Among other things, they accused him of putting them through emotional and psychological stress.
Former Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dade Kotopon, Hon. Nii Amasah Namoale. has said Professor Joshua Alabi, will be the next President of Ghana.
He made this statement on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm with host Kwame Tutu, today [Friday].
The Former Assistant Director for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture stated that, even the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, is aware that Prof. Alabi will be the next President of the republic.
He however noted that, they are currently campaigning at the grass-root and so far the people have been receptive.
The former legislator told the host that, although some members of the party have expressed their disagreement with having Prof. Joshua Alabi being the flag-bearer, and have even criticized him, he remains the obvious choice.
“The NDC did not lose the election but rather it was our people who did not go out to vote, we out-number the NPP”, he added.
“We believe that our campaign message which is, if you were not satisfied with Mr. A come and listen to Mr. B, maybe that could change your ideology and that is going to make us win come 2020.
Mr. Amasah ended by saying, “ I believe strongly that Professor Alabi will be the next President of the Republic of Ghana”.
Professor Joshua Alabi was the Vice –Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra(UPSA) and has held various high profile portfolios.
He was a Member of Parliament for the Krowor constituency in the Greater Accra Region from (1997 to 2001).
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Zylofon latest signee, Shatta Wale, has said nobody can scare him with death because he believes his name, Shatta means, God.
Speaking to Sammy Flex on Zylofon FM, Friday in reaction to the various prophecies proclaiming his death, the self acclaimed dancehall artiste stressed, I believe my name Shatta means God and because of that, nobody can kill me.’’
A number of prophets including Minister George Akoteng, has prophesied that, the dancehall artiste would die just like Ebony.
But the artiste says he will not die and no prophecy from ‘’fake prophets’’ will scare him.
He has also challenged the police to arrest with immediate effect, the prophets prophesying his death because their prophecies are threats and not from God.
He asked the prophets to stop calling the name of God in vain with their fake prophesies.
‘’They [prophets] are trying to make people believe in something. And you see, that thing leads to evil…They are using means to be popular. What they do is that, they capitalize on celebrities and release fake prophecies about them so they would have more members in their church,’’ he suggested.
According to him, the story published on a number of portals about him threatening to burn down churches was misconstrued because he referred to only Prophet Nigel.
He posited, if the police fail to arrest the prophet, then it means they are planning with him.
Shatta Wale is proposing to own the asset of the prophet who predicted his death if his prophecy does not materialize.
‘’I am bold…nobody can scare me with death. Why should I fear a man who will also die because he predicted my death?
Shatta Wale, revealed on the show that, he once visited a mallam to help him acquire wealth but the mallam declined to help him and said, God has already blessed me with wealth and I did not need his help.
The Managing Director of the National Investment Bank (NIB), Mr. K. Asamaoh has refuted claims by Appeaduhene Nana Kwadwo Dekye Ababio III, that he is using military personnel to intimidate him over a pipe laying project at his [Nana’s] residence.
The traditional leader whose apartment is in direct opposite that of the Manager, also accused Mr. Asamoah, of destroying an ongoing pipe laying project he [Nana Ababio III] has initiated for some apartments in his area.
He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the bank manager has on four occasions, destroyed the project, and used the military to intimidate contractors working on the project.
But reacting to the story, the NIB Manager denied in all terms the story as narrated by the traditional ruler.
He also denied hiring people to dump human excreta into the project and rather laid the blame on the traditional ruler, stating that, the pipe laying project he undertook and laid through his [Manager’s] gutter, was to dispose of human excreta from his apartment.
He asked the public to disregard the story and treat with the contempt it deserves.
The only gospel act signed onto Zylofon media, a creative arts and entertainment conglomerate, Joyce Blessing, has described her experience at the record as good.
Speaking to Danny Fii Abrantie on the Away Bus Show, the ‘I Swerve It’ hitmaker said working with Zylofon feels good.
She also used the opportunity to appreciate all the other record labels she has worked with, stating, working with all my previous labels has been good just like Zylofon.
Zylofon media, in June 2017, signed on to its record label Joyce Blessing.
Joyce Blessing is noted for songs like ‘Heavy Price,’ ‘Mensei Da,’ ‘Nyame Aguama,’ the latest ‘Agye Bum,’ among others.
Her contract with Zylofon would last four years and the deal includes distribution, promotion, production and marketing as well.
She had a message for persons she referred to as her enemies and asked God to forgive them for fabricating lies about her.
Joyce Blessing, told the host that she is preparing for a tour and also release of singles this year.
As part of efforts by the Centre for Democratic governance (CDD), to foster integrity in public Administration and to ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of government development projects, the centre has rolled out preliminary monitoring and evaluation of Infrastructure for Poverty eradication programme (IPEP).
In an interview with the media after the presentation of the report to stakeholders in Accra, research officer and team leader, Mr. Mohammed Awal, said although IPEP is significantly different in terms of structure and focus, it does not depart too far from several other several initiatives over the years there is therefore the need for Ghanaians to understand how IPEP is been implemented across the various constituencies in the country.
The IPEP tracker by the CDD comes on the backdrop of the NPP's 2016 elections manifesto promise of allocating 1 million dollars of the national capital expenditure budget to each electoral constituency with the objective of enhancing capital infrastructure by expanding capital structures at the constituency level.
According to the research officer, the findings of the monitoring exercise looked at stakeholder awareness about the programme, observation of the composition and activities of the 10 member Adhoc committees and also the validation and reporting of constituency Infrastructure Needs Assessment.
Some of the key findings of the report was that the level of awareness about the basic idea of what the IPEP intervention is among stakeholders was somewhat very high but however noted that some key informants, particularly bureaucrats at the regional and district levels had very little or no knowledge about the various projects under IPEP. On the issue of the activities of the ten member regional Adhoc committees, the research indicated that although majority of informants said they had heard about its inauguration, many also had little knowledge in the activities undertaken by the committees. It further stated "the composition of the committees was dominated by partisans of NPP than technocrats and information about the membership and how they were selected was limited to only few people(Regional Minister and Regional and constituency NPP party Executives)" Among the policy recommendation was that the District Assemblies are not used as conduits to offer financial support to party financiers " There is an urgent need to ensure that, DA's are not used as a political party vehicle to dispense patronage to individual party financiers, communities and organisations in a manner that distracts it from its mandate and sets it up to fail". its stated. The Executive Director of CDD, Prof. Kwesi Prempeh on his part said the the objective of the CDD- Ghana IPEP tracker project among others is to ensure efficient and good corporate management of public funds allocated to the IPEP through sustained monitoring of the implementation of the IPEP programmes. He also stated that it will also help government to address some of the challenges that are bound to occur in its implementation before its kick start 'especially when the constituency would want to be used for development instead of District". he added. By: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah