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The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has received new beds at the Surgical & Medical Emergency unit. This is coming after the hospital suspended admission of new cases due to lack of beds at the facility. Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Hospital, Mustapha Salifu, has told the media on Thursday, 12 July 2018 that they have received new beds and, so, have started admitting fresh emergency cases. “We took delivery of beds yesterday for the new emergency unit. We are procuring some, other are donations,” he said. According to him, the facility is a 36-bed-capacity unit but they have 40 patients at the time of the interview. He further indicated that, the facility had in excess of 60 patients as of Monday, prompting the decision to temporarily stop receiving fresh cases. “The situation is better and the numbers we are seeing have reduced drastically but we are not out of the woods yet,” he added.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in the board for the Office of Special Prosecutor. The board is made up of representatives of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, the Ghana Police Service, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), and the National Security Ministry. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, President Nana Akufo-Addo admonished the board to help the government in its quest to fight corruption in the country. “When you foster that cooperation, you are not endangering your own particular functions and responsibilities. You are helping the office of the Special Prosecutor achieve the statutory end role the Parliament and the people of Ghana expect of the office.” In a response on behalf of the OSP governing body, Linda Ofori Kwafo said she and her colleagues will do all within their power to abide by the provisions of section 6(1) of the OSP Act 2017, (Act 959) as they go about performing their duties. She also pledged that the board is looking forward to discharging their functions to ensure that corruption is minimized in Ghana. The Governing Body of the OSP included the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, the Deputy Special Prosecutor, Cynthia Lamptey, Representative of the Audit Service , Addae Wireko-Tawiah, Representative of the Police Service, Director of Police CID, Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah, Representative of the Economic and Organized Crime Office, Charles Nana Antwi, Representative of the Financial Intelligence Centre, Kofi Boadi Boakye, Representative of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative, Charles Ayamdoo. The others are the nominee of the Minister responsible for National Security, Kwaku Domfeh and the female representative of the Anti Corruption Civil Society Organizations, Linda Ofori-Kwafo.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the end of his 3-day tour of the Volta Region cut the sod for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project, at Torgome, in the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region. With the country possessing 1.9 million hectares of irrigable land, only 210,000 hectrated is suitably developed, representing a little over 11% of the total area which can be potentially irrigated. That is why the Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project, in consultation with the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA), has selected for rehabilitation and modernization the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project (KLBIP), together with four other major public irrigation schemes. According to President Akufo-Addo, the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project will rehabilitate, modernise and expand the existing gravity irrigation scheme from four hundred and fifty (450) hectares to two thousand (2,000) hectares, i.e. more than four-fold. On successful completion of the project, water made available by the modernised and expanded dam should increase food production through increased cropping intensity as a result of a more reliable supply of water. This supply, the President said, will be directly available to 17 communities of a combined population of over 6,000 people, with some of the benefits to the neighbouring communities including increased earnings of smallholder farmers, through double-cropping under irrigated conditions, and the creation of jobs, in addition to the completion of various agri-businesses down the value-chain. “Based on a comprehensive evaluation, nine (9) crops have been selected for cultivation under the scheme. These are rice, maize, soya bean, cowpea, pepper, okra, cabbage, watermelon, and butternut squash. The irrigated area will be cropped twice a year, resulting in a two hundred per cent (200%) cropping intensity, and a total cropped area of four thousand (4,000) hectares per annum,” he said. To link small-holder farmers effectively to markets, the scheme will have provision for large farming enterprises with substantial technical, managerial and financial expertise and working capital. “This Project will cost the Ghanaian taxpayer an estimated twenty–five million, five hundred and three thousand, two hundred and ninety-six dollars (USD25,503,296). It is expected that the operation, maintenance and management of the scheme will be financed by irrigation water users in the scheme, through regular payment of irrigation service charges,” President Akufo-Addo noted. The President thanked all those who have been involved in one way or the other in the realisation of this Project, and urged staff of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project, the Consultant, the Contractor, the Chiefs and Elders and the members of the beneficiary communities to continue to play the roles expected of them to ensure that the project is completed on schedule. “We are determined to transform Ghanaian agriculture, and break with the recent, dismal record of decline and negative growth that has characterised the sector. That way, we can justify the huge investments that Government is making in the Project,” he added.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Koans Estate, Mr Kofi Anokye has suggested the decision by Freddie Blay, the newly elected chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to procure some 275 mini buses for the elephant family was a bad decision. In his view, President Nana Akufo-Addo should have stopped Mr Blay from engaging in that venture because it was not a good decision. To him, leadership is a difficult venture hence individuals who aspire to be leaders, should do so in honesty and be incorruptible. The mini buses were a voting buying scheme and for me, this thing must not be tolerated anywhere because people are also alleging that, the president supported him. ‘’How can you [Freddie Blay] fight corruption? People are having the perception that, delegates were bribed. It may not be the case but why you do you engage in such venture? President Akufo-Addo should have advised him. Drop that nonsense of telling the people you are going to buy them buses. It is a wrong move. If I were in that position, I would have stopped that man. The opposition will take you on because you have endorsed a corruption man. When there is no issue at stake, you don’t change a winning team. But when there are issues, you don’t engage in these things.’’ Mr Blay has slammed individuals who have criticized his decision to purchase the buses for the party. He described the call for a probe into his activities at the Ghana National; Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as foolish. Responding to the controversy about the funding of the buses, the former Ellembelle Member of Parliament clarified that he didn’t single-handedly fund the buses. “It’s not me sitting here buying it, I am doing it for the party as chairman with others…” Mr Blay said. On the allegations of vote buying, Mr Blay furiously shot down the claims; saying “it is amazing that people will suggest that”. “It’s very foolish for people to ask that,” he added. But reacting to it, Mr Anokye said, ‘’I am not an angel neither am I Christ. I am bound to make mistakes. I may be foolish but this is my opinion. I don’t want to go further. They claim he is a lawyer and yet these are his words. People are thinking that, there is something fishy.’’
The Accra High Court has put an injunction on the activities of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and has also appointed the Registrar of Companies to protect the assets of the association. The ruling by the court, presided over Mr Justice Samuel Asiedu, followed an application filed by the Attorney-General (A-G), which sought to restrain the activities of the association. The government through the A-G wanted the court to put an injunction on the GFA pending the determination of a petition to dissolve the GFA. It also prayed the court to appoint a liquidator who will protect the assets of the GFA until the determination of the petition to dissolve the GFA. In his ruling, Mr Asiedu said there was substance in the issues raised by the A-G and accordingly granted the A-G application. Per the court order, the registrar of companies, Mrs Jemima Oware, will take over the assets of the GFA until the petition by the A-G for the association to be dissolved is determined. The moves by the GFA to liquidate the GFA followed an expose by undercoverjournalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in which some officials of the GFA were alleged to have collected bribes. Former President of the GFA, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, resigned after he was implicated in the expose. Source: GraphicOnline
International Socrates Award winner and CEO of Koans Building Solutions, Mr Kofi Anokye has said the real estate sector is experiencing higher cost of production including cost of fuel, electricity, and other building materials is effecting the real estate sector. Eventually it is going to have a tearing effect on the government and I feel they have to check their fundamentals well. They have to either check their expenditure or other things pushing these ones upwards. I believe there are some expenditures government can avoid and still run the country and get some pluses. ‘’The real estate is not booming because of the factors of production. The interest rate has reduced to a level but the real estate sector is still saddled with challenges. Ghanaians are unable to purchase houses. That is the true picture. Import duties are still very high unlike the first administration of NPP led by former President Kufour. Kufour declared the golden age of business and so when you were doing business, you will see you are doing business,’’ he stated. He challenged government to take measures to address the difficulties because the private sector is struggling and crumbling. He said, although the current administration made an attempt to stabilize the cedi, it is still depreciating against the dollar. He made the remarks in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The excessive expenditure of government he lamented leads to high taxes and the private sector is struggling due to high taxes. Mr Anokye stressed, ''we will keep telling government the truth. We kept warning Mr Mahama and yet he failed to heed to the advice we gave him and that contributed to their defeat. I would continue to advice Nana Addo but he wound't listen that is fine...Once you asked me a question, I will answer.'' Kofi Anokye is the Chief Executive Officer of Koans Group of Companies. His a professional Engineer and a Building Consultant from the premier Polytechnic in Ghana- Accra Polytechnic Institute with HND in Building and Engineering Technology. He Holds B.Sc and MBA in Operations and Project Management from The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration- GIMPA. He holds a Degree in Law from the same institutions. Koans Building Solutions begun as small construction firm that focused on building residential facilities for individuals and corporate organisations The quality of service delivered paved the way for many individuals to engage the company. Fifteen years down the line, the company can boast of three complete Estate sites in Pokuase- ACP, Kuntuse and Okanata, just after Nsaweb on the Accra/Kumasi road. Koans Building Solutions is the fastest growing real estate company in Ghana credited with over thousand apartment buildings for all classes and categories of income.
Member of Parliament for Akwatia in the Eastern Region, Mercy Adu Gyamfi has underscored the need for families to start adopting family planning methods to manage their family size. This she said will help space out the duration within which children are born into families and also prevent unwanted pregnancies. Family planning is a right not a privilege, she emphasized. ‘’People without relevant information on these family planning methods out of ignorance criticize these methods. While others complain that the side effects are weight gain and dizziness, others say these pills and contraceptives cause irregular menstrual cycle, she added. The positive thing she said was that, one may be able to access these family planning methods and select the method which is favorable to the individual. “If a method gives you adverse effects, your health professional may assist you to access other alternatives that may be favorable”, she explained. Supporting this course, Leader of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and MP for Tamale South, Inusah Fuseni also indicated that, if family planning is adhered to, it can go a long way to manage how the country expands from time to time as a people. “We have a responsibility within our families to plan our families. This would invariably help to plan and manage the number of people in the country”, he emphasized. Many methods he said has been devised. He also said that it wouldn’t be out of place if we as a country go back to look at how our ancestors managed their families. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Former Volta regional minister, Helen Adjoa Ntoso has slammed President Nana Akufo-Addo for attacking the previous administration over the Eastern corridor road project. She said, the Eastern corridor road is not the only road in the region and that; the previous administration constructed and completed some major roads before existing office. According to the former minister, there are a lot of roads in the Volta region which the NDC completed but Akufo-Addo is talking as if he used only the Eastern corridor road when he toured the region. ‘’When people keep saying we did not complete the Eastern corridor road, I get amazed because there are major roads we completed and some we could not. I am highly disappointed in Nana Addo for what he said.’’ According to her, the NPP is playing political gimmick with the Eastern corridor road. ‘’Nana Addo should give reverence where is due. He is not appreciative of what the previous administration did. He should say the NDC did something but couldn’t finish and so we are coming to complete it. Nana Addo is not praising anyone and yet he is only coming to complete projects started by the previous administration.’’ President Nana Akufo-Addo has promised to fix the Eastern corridor road. Nana Akufo-Addo made the remarks while addressing the chiefs and people of Hohoe on Day two of his Volta Regional tour. According to him, his journey to that part of the country was a bumpy one owing to the terrible nature of the roads. He told the chiefs and people on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 that: “President Mahama was saying that the period of his office has seen infrastructural development that we had never seen in Ghana before, unprecedented infrastructural development, and then I said I don’t see these unprecedented development, everywhere I go, I was on bad roads, and he said I was asleep on the road and that is why I didn’t see the good development that had taken place. “Today, I’ve come on the eastern corridor road and I didn’t sleep one inch, I couldn’t sleep [because the road was bad]. We are going to fix it, Amoako Atta [Roads Minister] has told you he is going to fix it, we are going to fix it and it will not be for anybody to say whether somebody is asleep or not asleep, they will see that the roads have been fixed.” But Helen Ntoso has cautioned Nana Addo to be truthful and stop engaging in falsehood and political insincerity. ‘’What I am driving at is that, we [NDC] did something but we couldn’t finish. Nana Addo has come and will continue but Nana should not speak as if nothing has happened on the Eastern corridor road. That is what I am saying and will continue to repeat until people get to know that, something has been done.’’
The University of Ghana Medical Centre is set to begin operation on July 18, 2018. The Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said, the facility will only take referral Out Patient Department (OPD) cases in the short term. He further indicated that specialist services in three departments – Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) will come on stream by the end of the year. He also noted that the facility will start off with about 30-40 staff approved by the Ministry of Health. UGMC is a state of the art medical facility ,built to provide medical care to people in Ghana and the West African Sub-region. The University of Ghana Medical Centre(UGMC) as a quaternary level health facility with sub-specialist units in various.
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