Government appreciates the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform, and will continue to provide the necessary logistics to enable them discharge their duty of ensuring law and order and protecting the nation’s borders, the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured.
According to the President, ongoing operations such as CALM LIFE, COW LEG and VANGUARD, designed to deal with the menace posed by land guards, destruction being wreaked on farms and farmers by nomadic cattle herders, and illegal mining popularly known as galamsey will also continue to receive special attention to ensure their success.
President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance in a speech read on his behalf by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the 2017 General Headquarters West African Soldiers Social Activities (WASSA) Celebration of the Ghana Armed Forces held at Burma Camp, Accra on Wednesday 21st February, 2018.
“The Government and people of Ghana continue to applaud and cherish the sacrifices that the Ghana Armed Forces make to contain armed robbery and other violent crimes through joint patrols with the Ghana Police Service” the President stated.
“Your continued efforts in keeping our borders safe; your response to natural disasters; protection of our maritime domain and air space to secure our strategic assets; the provision of health services to many Ghanaians in areas where you are deployed; your protection of the environment, particularly in safeguarding our river bodies against illegal mining operations under Operation VANGUARD; and your continued community assistance programmes that bring smiles to faces of the deprived in our society are all greatly appreciated,” President Akufo-Addo added.
“We would continue to support these operations to ensure that their objectives are achieved. The hazards of the operations are well appreciated but I have faith in your professional competence.”
The President continued: “In the later part of last year, upon the advice of the National Security Minister, Operation CALM LIFE was re-launched and charged with additional mandate to curb activities of violent land guards.
“Following the re-launch, we provided Two Hundred (200) new Toyota Pickup vehicles for the operation. I wish to assure you that additional vehicles and other logistics required to ensure the success of the operations would be provided in due course to ensure that our cities, roads, streets and communities remain safe for citizens to go about their activities freely.”
The President commended the ongoing efforts to deal with the unruly activities of nomadic herdsmen, particularly in the Agogo and Drobonso areas, where there have been reports of looting and other antisocial behavior, and served a warning to all nation wreckers that the law would catch up with them.
“To those criminal groups, environmental degraders, and all whose activities pose security threat to our country, I wish to advise that opportunities exist in the economy for them to channel their energies into more productive and rewarding enterprises that will earn them a decent livelihood.”
President Akufo-Addo expressed the nation’s condolences to the families of the men and women who have lost their lives while discharging their duty of protecting the State, and pledged the full might of the state in bringing the perpetrators to book.
“I commend you for your patience in allowing due process of the law to take its course when the late Major Maxwell Mahama was murdered in May last year.
“We are all aware that 14 accused persons are currently on trial. I want to reiterate here, that various state agencies including non-government agencies are seriously educating our populace on the need to stop ‘mob justice.’
“I also want to recall the recent murder of Sergeant George Boakye and to assure you all that our Police Service is investigating the matter in order to bring the culprits to book.
“At this juncture, may I recall the unfortunate death of the two policemen who were recently killed while on Operation COWLEG in the Ashanti Region and the five soldiers who sustained various degrees of injuries when they were shot by nomadic herdsmen in Agogo in Asante Akyem North district of the Ashanti Region.
“My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and speedy recovery to the injured. Ghana is grateful for your sacrifices, and we will ensure that the law is applied to the fullest extent possible.”
The 2017 General Headquarters (WASSA) Celebration of the Ghana Armed Forces was attended by past held at Burma Camp, Accra on Wednesday 21st February, 2018.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the introduction of a single currency in West Africa will, amongst others, help remove trade and monetary barriers, reduce transaction costs, boost economic activity, and raise the living standards of the peoples of the Region.
Delivering the opening address at the 5th Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on the ECOWAS Single Currency, held in Accra, on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo noted that it has been nearly twenty years since the idea for the establishment of a single currency for ECOWAS was proposed.
“We have had challenges along the way towards the attainment of the convergence criteria required for the single currency to come into effect. We have also chalked some significant successes to this end. Nonetheless, we remain determined to have a single currency,” President Akufo-Addo said.
To this end, the President urged ECOWAS Member States to renew their commitment to the ratification and implementation of the relevant ECOWAS Protocols, such as the Protocols on the Free Movement of Persons, Goods and Services, the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS), and the Common External Tariff (CET).
Trade, he stressed, cannot thrive in an environment of insecurity, indicating that the efforts of West African leaders must also be directed towards maintaining regional peace and security, democracy and good governance, as well as the strengthening of the ties of co-operation that exist amongst countries in the Region.
President Akufo-Addo commended the systematic efforts being made by the countries of the G5 du Sahel, and by the Buhari government in Nigeria, to degrade and diminish the capabilities of the jihadists and Boko Haram, terrorist groups who are threatening the security and peace of West Africa.
West Africa’s quest for a single currency, the President stressed, is not intended to boost trading of goods produced in third party countries.
“It is meant to encourage production of goods and services within the region. It is, thus, incumbent on us to strengthen the productive base of our economies, and to improve agricultural productivity and industrial production,” he said.
The President continued, “With a population of some 350 million, which is expected to increase to 500 million in the next 20 years, and with a total GDP of some US$600 billion, there is a viable market ready to absorb the goods, which will be produced by our industries.”
With the target date for the introduction of the ECOWAS single currency set for 2020, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that the Ministerial Committee of the countries belonging to the Presidential Taskforce have reviewed the roadmap for the ECOWAS single currency, and have accelerated the processes for the creation of the single currency.
President Akufo-Addo, thus, urged his colleague Presidents to examine the conclusions and recommendations of the Ministerial Meeting and emphasize the need to put in place measures to implement the revised roadmap to achieve the objective of starting the single currency programme in 2020.
“It is for this reason that I entreat Your Excellencies of the Task Force, and the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, to give presidential assent to the implementation of the revised Roadmap that will be adopted in our meeting. We need to ensure that the ECOWAS Commission is provided with the needed resources through the set-up of the Special Fund for financing the activities of the revised roadmap,” the President said.
He also called on other ECOWAS Governments to take all measures to ensure that the macroeconomic convergence criteria, a key prerequisite for the introduction of the single currency, is consistently met, as this will invariably require marrying the convergence targets with national macroeconomic targets.
“It is my hope that, as we shape the future of ECOWAS, we are positioning West African enterprises to compete effectively in the global space. There are many amongst us, who cannot accept that it is only Asians who can engineer their transition from poverty to prosperity in a generation. We should be determined to emulate that in our generation in West Africa, and ensure that succeeding generations will be neither victims nor pawns of the world order,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The GCB Bank Limited, as part of efforts to increase customer retention, improve its market share has launched a brand ambassadors’ drive to achieve that objective.
Briefing the media at the launch, Head of Corporate Affairs of GCB, Madam Tyra Obuobi said, the inauguration of the ‘Golden Eagle Ambassadors’ who are workers of the bank, will mark the beginning of change, a change that will yield excellent results.
According to her, the initiative will propel the bank into its set objective to becoming the leading bank in the country and also increase its market share.
The brand ambassadors who are staff of the bank in all parts of the country, are expected to among other things spearhead business development in their respective localities.
They are to ensure excellent service and to showcase GCB as a unique brand in their communities, she added.
The theme for the launch was “Be prepared to stir passion among stakeholders both within and outside the bank".
The goal of the bank has always been to be the leading financial services provider in Ghana through a commitment to superior service and best practice. Our commitment to our country and its heritage, values and future are demonstrated every day through the actions that we take as an organization. This has not, and will not, change.
The bank in January 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Attijariwafa Bank Group (AWB), Morocco’s largest financial institution to broaden and consolidate financial transactions in Ghana, ECOWAS and beyond.
Under the partnership, the two institutions will operate as correspondent banks, facilitate trade finance, deepen capital markets and jointly organise business missions designed to enhance trade and investment between Morocco and Ghana.
Other areas of interest being explored between the two reputable strong financial institutions with the financial muscles to carry out big deals include, retail banking, insurance, consumer finance, corporate and investment banking.
President of the Cashew Farmer’s Association, Nana Boaponsem, has stated that the cashew crop generates 40 percent of total revenue from the agric sector.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu, host of the Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5 fm today [Wednesday], he stated that, the cashew crop needs a lot of resources in order for it to be processed into a finished product.
Therefore, it has become a crop only for the rich and has become a lucrative venture.
However, he was very glad that the Nana Addo’s government, has rolled out a 10 year cashew development project, adding that it shows the commitment of the president towards cashew farming and job creation.
Nana Boaponsem further indicated that, the cashew crop has numerous economic benefits which could help build the Ghanaian economy.
Meanwhile, he revealed that even before Nana’s 10 year cashew development plan, the former president Kufour’s administration had introduced the cashew development project which saw the fumigation of about 10,000 acres of cashew farms by the Export Promotion Authority.
He emphasized that, the cashew business is very lucrative and when properly managed, it would create employment for a lot of Ghanaians, noting that a clear example of a cashew success story was himself.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 20th February, 2018, launched the 10-year Cahsew Development Plan, in Wenchi, in the Brong Ahafo Region, a plan aimed at diversifying Ghanaian agriculture.
Recounting a commitment he made on 19th March, 2016, at Suma Ahenkro, in the Jaman North constituency, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the over-reliance of Ghanaian agriculture on the production and export of cocoa, in contrast with the situation in neigbouring Cote d’Ivoire.
He noted that Cote d’Ivoire has succeeded in diversifying its agriculture, which included the production and export of other cash crops, and, as a result, earned that country some $12 billion from the export of agricultural produce in 2015.
“To that end, I reiterated my commitment to assist in diversifying Ghanaian agriculture, and transforming, amongst others, cashew into a major cash crop and foreign exchange earner for Ghana. This morning’s event, ladies and gentlemen, is the beginning of the realisation of this vision,” the President said.
By: Adnan Osman (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Ambassador of Australia to Ghana, Andrew Barnes, is looking forward to seeing the Ghanaian teams perform well during the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Australia.
As his wife and he are really keen on swimming, he was especially excited to see the Ghanaian swimming team. He encouraged them to raise the flag of Ghana high as they represent it her at the Olympics.
Mr. Barns thinks "that Ghana has got a great future in swimming".
Furthermore, he was happy to welcome a Ghanaian Hockey Team for the first time and hopes that the men's team will catch up to the success of the women's team.
He said, it is a great honour for Australia to be hosting the 2018 Olympics adding, they’ve got great hopes for the Ghana swimming team.
By Jannick Steinacker (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will hold its Ordinary Session of Congress on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at the GFA Secretariat in Accra.
The meeting starts at 14:00 (2:00 pm).
Delegates are expected to convene at the venue at the said time to review the activity report for the just-ended football season and to usher in the new season.
This is in accordance with Article 23.3.1 of the GFA Statutes, which states that "The GFA Congress shall meet in ordinary session once every football season, normally before the commencement of the season."
The GFA sent notice of Congress to its members earlier of the Association in accordance with Article 23.3.3 of the Statutes before its postponement.
Counsel for Accra Great Olympics, Amakai Amartefio, has hinted that, the team will go back to court should the Ghana Football Association (GFA), fail to fully implement the directive by the Accra High Court.
The court on Wednesday dismissed an application for an interlocutory injunction filed by the embattled team.
The court presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah, said third parties and other stakeholders of the league would suffer if the injunction is upheld.
The Human Rights Court 2 maintained that Olympics could adequately be compensated if the league is allowed to progress.
Speaking in an interview with Isaac Worlanyo Walalce, the lawyer who doubles as Board Chairman, for the club said the court advised them to seek amicable solution.
He said the club would hold the ‘olive branch’ and demand from the GFA to apply the rules but if they fail to do so, the club will go back to court.
He indicated that the substantive matter has not been heard and the judge directed the two parties to go settle the matter out of court.
The court told us to go and settle the matter but if we can’t settle, we are to come back for an expedite hearing.
‘’If the rules are applied fairly, nobody would come to court,’’ the lawyer told Rainbow Sports.
Lawyer Amartefio, stressed that the team has always given the GFA an opportunity to do the right thing and initiating the court processes was not done in bad faith but to seek a just resolution of the matter.
‘’All the clubs must know that we are fighting for all of them, because what is happening to Olympics today, can happen to anyone of them. So they shouldn’t think that we are against any club just because we are against the GFA,’’ he added.
The High Court in Accra has dismissed an interlocutory injunction application by Accra Great Olympics Club Limited against the Ghana Football Association, Rainbow Radio’s Wallace Worlanyo Wallace has reported.
According to him, the presiding judge, Justice Anthony Yeboah, in his ruling said third parties and other stakeholders of the league would suffer if the injunction is upheld.
Justice Anthony Yeboah at the Human Rights Court 2 also maintained that Olympics could adequately be compensated if the league is allowed to progress.
The team prayed the court to place an injunction on the start of the 2017/2018 Ghana Premier League pending the determination of a protest involving two other clubs by the Ghana Football Association's disciplinary committee.
The Wonder Club suffered demotion from the elite division having finished 15th on the League table at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Olympics have been fighting for boardroom points ever since the League came to an end.