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The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been appointed the Board of Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, a statement signed by Frank Agyei-Twum, Director of Communications at the office of the Vice President has said. The statement said: ‘’ The 17 member Board, which includes Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International; Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); John Pullinger, UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS), and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, United Kingdom; and Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, World Bank Group, is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed.’’ The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) is a global network bringing together governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations dedicated to using the data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Read Below the Statement The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has been appointed to the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, based at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, United States of America. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) is a global network bringing together governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations dedicated to using the data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 member Board, which includes Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International; Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); John Pullinger, UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS), and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, United Kingdom; and Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, World Bank Group, is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed. The Board is set to hold a two day working session from 10-11 July, 2018, and in line with his duties and obligations, Vice President Bawumia left Accra on Sunday 8th July, 2018 for New York to participate in the 2-day meeting. Vice President Bawumia will also hold discussions with Deputy UN Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed on a number of issues including Enhancing advocacy for improved statistical capacity in Africa, Financing the implementation of high level commitments to statistics and Digitization of data for SDG monitoring. He is also expected to have a town hall meeting with the Ghanaian community in New York. Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia returns to Accra on Friday 13th July, 2018. Signed Frank Agyei-Twum Director of Communications Office of the Vice President
The Minority in Parliament is demanding for an immediate forensic audit into the accounts and activities of the National Petroleum Corporation due to what they have termed as vulgar opulence and obscene vote buying its chairman, Freddie Blay who was on Saturday elected National Chairman for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). The Minority is of the view that, the conduct of Mr Blay and the NPP has not only angered majority of Ghanaians but has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation. The statement which was signed by Ranking Member, Mines and Energy Committee, Adam Mutawakilu said, the Minority said the Minority was in a state of shock after the blatant and unconscionable show of vulgar opulence and vote buying of the most obscene kind by the newly elected chairman. ‘’The conduct of Mr. Freddie Blay and the NPP in engaging in historic levels of profligacy has not only angered the vast majority of Ghanaians, it has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation and brought untold shame upon Ghana. Dr. John Hayward of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party could not help but chide the NPP leadership calling on them to rather invest in reaching out to the people and addressing their concerns instead of splashing money on lavish political campaigns.’’ According to the Minority, ‘’ For someone who manages our oil and gas reserves, one would have expected the highest form of modesty and prudence in outlook, however, the unconscionable extravagant purchase of 275 buses for NPP constituency executives after depositing his so-called personal funds of US$3 million in an US$ 11.4 million transaction which has sparked national outrage at a time Ambulances are in short supply and proceeding further at the congress grounds to share hordes of cash to delegates plus the distribution of tonnes of goodies in the form of branded snacks and other consumables does not only mark a new low in our country's democratic credentials but demands of us to rise as responsible citizens who care about the future of our dear nation. It is for this reason we demand an immediate forensic audit into our country's hydrocarbons.’’ They have also challenged President Akufo-Addo to investigate Mr Blay although they say he was his favourite cxandidate. Read Below the Full statement PRESS RELEASE MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE FORENSIC AUDIT INTO THE ACCOUNTS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE GHANA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION FOLLOWING THE VULGAR OPULENCE AND OBSCENE VOTE BUYING BY ITS BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR. FREDDIE BLAY AT THE JUST ENDED NPP DELEGATES CONGRESS The Minority in Parliament is in a state of shock after the blatant and unconscionable show of vulgar opulence and vote buying of the most obscene kind by the newly elected Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Mr. Frederick Worsemao Armah Blay at the just ended National Delegates Congress in Koforidua. The conduct of Mr. Freddie Blay and the NPP in engaging in historic levels of profligacy has not only angered the vast majority of Ghanaians, it has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation and brought untold shame upon Ghana. Dr. John Hayward of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party could not help but chide the NPP leadership calling on them to rather invest in reaching out to the people and addressing their concerns instead of splashing money on lavish political campaigns. We take judicial notice that the newly elected NPP Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay is not a mere private citizen but a high ranking public official having been appointed by President Akufo-Addo as the Board Chairman of the prestigious Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) since last year. For someone who manages our oil and gas reserves, one would have expected the highest form of modesty and prudence in outlook, however, the unconscionable extravagant purchase of 275 buses for NPP constituency executives after depositing his so-called personal funds of US$3 million in an US$ 11.4 million transaction which has sparked national outrage at a time Ambulances are in short supply and proceeding further at the congress grounds to share hordes of cash to delegates plus the distribution of tonnes of goodies in the form of branded snacks and other consumables does not only mark a new low in our country's democratic credentials but demands of us to rise as responsible citizens who care about the future of our dear nation. It is for this reason we demand an immediate forensic audit into our country's hydrocarbons. Many in Ghana including members of Freddie Blay's own political party such as Mr. Stephen Ntim and Dr. Amoako Baah are legitimately asking for the source of Mr. Freddie Blay's sudden wealth. Ghanaians have not forgotten how only a couple of years back, Mr. Freddie Blay's generosity could not be located when the party in which he was Vice Chairman failed to service a much lower Prudential Bank loan of GHS 2 million which was the subject of heated internal party wrangling which spilled over into the public domain. The Minority recalls how in March this year, we had cause to criticize a rather problematic GNPC work programme for 2018 when it was laid for the approval of Parliament. We objected to the use or shall we say misuse of US$13.4 million to renovate the GNPC office in Accra, construct a new office also in Accra for US$20 million, build another office in Takoradi for US$10 million, erect a transit quarters for the comfort of GNPC staff in Takoradi for US$ 1.9 million and an amorphous allocation of US$ 100 million for so-called agric roads. The gross misconduct of Mr. Freddie Blay fueled by his insatiable desire for political power no matter the cost, renders him unsuitable as the man to remain in charge of our oil and gas resources. Ghana is not safe! The Minority in Parliament therefore demands that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, though complicit as it is well known that Mr. Blay was his most ordained and favoured candidate, commissions an immediate forensic audit to be carried out by an independent internationally acclaimed audit firm. We also demand that Mr. Freddie Blay be made to step aside as GNPC Board Chairman in the interim ahead of the forensic audit so as not to interfere with proceedings. The Minority hereby serves notice that if President Akufo-Addo fails to commission the requested forensic audit within the next two weeks, we shall vigorously explore other avenues within and without Parliament to seek redress and safeguard our country's precious oil and gas resources. Signed, Adam Mutawakilu (MP) Ranking Member, Mines and Energy Committee [8th July, 2018]
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuf-Addo has described General Overseer and Founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil as a very good friend. According to him, the renowned man of God has become one of his advisors and his counsel has been of great advantage to him. He made the remarks in a speech at a thanksgiving service held at the Jesus Temple branch of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at Adweso in Koforidua today [Sunday]. The president who described the polls as free, fair, transparent and credible said, ‘’your General Overseer is my very good friend. He is one of the influential personalities in the country who protect and advice me. He is a great man of God.’’ He also used the opportunity to appeal to the church to pray for his administration as well as the newly elected executives of the party. The party donated a cash amount of GHc10, 000 to the church. The service was under the theme, ‘’Stewardship and Scriptures.’’ Mensa Otabil is a Ghanaian theologian, philanthropist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur. He is the founder of International Central Gospel Church headquartered in Accra, Ghana. He is also the founder and Chancellor of Central University College, and CEO of Otabil and Associates, an executive and Leadership Growth Consultancy. He currently oversees the International Central Gospel churches, which has a network of local assemblies in Ghana, Europe, the United States, Canada and other parts of Africa. He also serves as the senior pastor of Christ Temple, a ministry of the International Central Gospel Church. His work has centered on issues relevant to Africa, although he has spoken internationally at various conferences and churches.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed gratitude to God for the successful organization of the 26th National Delegates Congress which was held at the Koforidua Technical University on Saturday July 7, 2018. He described the election as free, fair and transparent. He was speaking at the thanksgiving service held today [Sunday] July 8, 2018, at the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at Adweso, Jesus Temple Branch. He appealed to the church to pray for his administration and most especially, Freddie Blay, the newly elected National Chairman. The president indicated that, the newly elected executives have been elected to give the NPP victory in 2020 and beyond hence the need for the church to pray for the leaders of the party. The NPP yesterday [Saturday] elected new executives who will manage the affairs of the party for the next four years. Mr Freddie Blay, a former legislator and First Deputy Speaker was elected as Chairman. John Boadu, Sammy Awuku, Nana Boakye were elected as General Secretary, National Organizer and Youth Organizer respectively. The president had earlier issued a statement to congratulate the newly elected officers and underscored the need for unity for victory 2020 and beyond. The statement read: ‘’I congratulate warmly the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Freddie Worsemawu Blay, Ellembelle Blay, and the other National Officers who were elected at the Party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, on Saturday, 7th July, 2018. The Party is to be commended for the efficient and successful manner in which the election of new officers, who are to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years, was conducted. We have shown, once again, that we are the Party that has an abiding faith and belief in multi-party democracy. I have, on occasion, stated that internal party contests are not about winners and losers. They are about the Party winning. In adhering to the time-honoured tradition, values and principles of the NPP, I urge all to rally in unity behind the new National Officers of our Party, and ensure that we record another famous, historic victory in the 2020 elections, so we can effect the social and economic transformation of our nation that our people require, and, thereby, help deliver progress and prosperity to them. I thank the officials of the Electoral Commission for their assistance in supervising the election. May God bless the NPP and us all, and bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.’’
President Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated the newly elected national executives for the ruling New Patriotic Party. The congratulatory statement also called on party supporters not to see anybody as winners or losers but rather unite and get victory for the party. ‘’‘I have, on occasion, stated that internal party contests are not about winners and losers. They are about the Party winning. In adhering to the time-honoured tradition, values and principles of the NPP, I urge all to rally in unity behind the new National Officers of our Party, and ensure that we record another famous, historic victory in the 2020 elections, so we can effect the social and economic transformation of our nation that our people require, and, thereby, help deliver progress and prosperity to them,’’ it said. Read below the statement from the president I congratulate warmly the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Freddie Worsemawu Blay, Ellembelle Blay, and the other National Officers who were elected at the Party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, on Saturday, 7th July, 2018. The Party is to be commended for the efficient and successful manner in which the election of new officers, who are to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years, was conducted. We have shown, once again, that we are the Party that has an abiding faith and belief in multi-party democracy. I have, on occasion, stated that internal party contests are not about winners and losers. They are about the Party winning. In adhering to the time-honoured tradition, values and principles of the NPP, I urge all to rally in unity behind the new National Officers of our Party, and ensure that we record another famous, historic victory in the 2020 elections, so we can effect the social and economic transformation of our nation that our people require, and, thereby, help deliver progress and prosperity to them. I thank the officials of the Electoral Commission for their assistance in supervising the election. May God bless the NPP and us all, and bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong. ……signed…… Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President of the Republic
Mr Freddie Blay has been elected as the National Chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the party’s 26th National Delegates Conference held in Koforidua on Saturday July 7, 2018. He polled 3,021 to beat Mr Stephen Ntim and Dr. Ricard Amoako Baah. The two polled 2,558 and 18 votes respectively. John Boadu was also elected as General Secretary of the party with 4,227 votes defeating his main contender Richard Ahiagba who polled 1,274 votes. The National Youth Organizer position went to Nana Boakye who managed to poll 423 as against Dominic and Kamal’s 243 and 107 respectively. Sammy Awuku the immediate past National Organizer was elected National organizer with 4,914 votes defeating Sulemana who had 466 votes and Emmanuel Kodua who had 146 votes. Abdul Aziz, Kate Gyemfua were elected Naasara Coordinator and Women’s Organizer respectively. Mr Abankwa Yeboah was elected as Treasure whereas Rita Asobayire, FF Anto and Chairman Omarie Wadie were elected First, Second and Third Vice respectively.
A 67-year-old woman has expressed her desire to enroll at the Junior High School level so she will benefit from the free senior high school introduced by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo. The woman was spotted at the ongoing 26th National Delegates Conference underway at the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern region. Reporting the grounds, Daniel Asuku said, the ongoing NPP delegates conference at Koforidua is yet to unleash all it has by way of surprises as a sixty-seven (67) year old Ama Gyimah from Manhyia in Kumasi is spotted in basic school attire with the inscription, FREE SCHOOL 2017. ‘’ ‘’When we approached her, the old lady Ama said, she did not get the opportunity to enjoy education so she is taking the chance to enroll next year with a junior high school to qualify for SHS in the near future. She stressed education has been the basis and the bedrock of most successful people. This is why she is giving no chances this time around. The Kumasi based NPP fateful said she is also doing this to campaign for the free SHS programme to entice the younger generation to leave no stone unturned. She is currently working with the waste management organization Zoomlion Ghana Limited. By: Daniel Asuku
Composer of popular gospel song, ‘Awurade Di Masem Mame’, Mark Quainoo popularly known as ‘The Blind Messiah’, has said he has not benefited financially from his song which was released some 17 years ago. He told GH Entertainment show host, Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome that, although the song is well known and was a hit, people rather made a lot of money from his sweat. He revealed on the show that although he released cassettes, he did not benefit due to piracy. ‘The Blind Messiah’ said he recently received GHc300 from GHAMRO as a token but he has not received any royalties from the copyright organization.He also revealed he once took a loan from GHAMRO and was not sure if it formed the decison for him to receive the token of GHc300. ‘’People pirated my work and so I could not benefit financially from my hard work. The song was a hit song and because of that, people pirated the work without my consent. I once caught someone who had pirated over 6,000 copies and was selling it in Kumasi.’’ According to him, he is not financially sound as he is expecting. When told his song is still being sold, he said, ‘’I am not aware about this. For so many years, I have not manufactured any copies of my song and so, I am shocked people are pirating my work without my consent.’’ Meanwhile, Afia Papabi, female entertainment critic described the situation as sad and wondered why GHAMRO could give the musician a token. She also spoke vehemently against piracy and has appealed to producers to help the musician to rebrand the song so it will generate some revenue for the musician and his family of four. ''I will appeal to producers to assist the musician to rebrand the song and sell it so the musician can make some money. He has not retired from music and so I will encourage people to assist him,'' she stated on the show. Reacting to the story, Agya Abraham, the administrator of GHAMRO said it was not best for him to discuss the issue of the money on radio because it is against the rules and regualtions. He however apologised and indicated that if the musician took a loan from GHAMRO and he was to repay, he would be informed if the deduction is done. GHAMRO he explained is on course to serve members despite the challenges confronting the organization. GHAMRO he added have a welfare scheme that is mandated to assist members who are faced with serious challenges. But aside that, we have a system called royalty advance where members are allowed to receive loans and are allowed to pay later.
Veteran actress, Grace Omaboe has eulogized the late veteran actor, Mac Jordan Amartey. In an interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome on GH Entertainment, the actress said, the late actor has lived a great and responsible life. According to her, the late Mac Jordan Amartey took good care of his children and so she was proud of the actor. She described his death as a painful one but was happy his legacy was a perfect one that others can emulate. The late actor died few days ago after a short illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Grace Omaboe said, ‘’his death is painful but he has struggled and I know God has given him a peaceful rest. Although he was not well, he was dedicated to whatever he was doing. He had plans of setting up an amputee soccer team. Mac Jordan was an interesting character and I am going to miss him. He was a hardworking teacher and an extraordinary actor. He was not violent, he was a responsible man and we loved him. He lived a responsible life and took good care of his children and family. He was so interesting and I pray to God to give him a perfect rest.’’ According to her, the late actor was not an alcoholic but loved food. Mac Jordan Amartey has been in the Ghanaian movie industry for so many years, appearing in all-time favourite series such as “Idikoko”, TV Theatre productions and numerous Ghanaian films. The legendary actor is also known for his numerous tiffs with actress Grace Nortey in almost all the movies the two starred in. He was 82.
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