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Morning show host for Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kwame Tutu, has lambasted Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) for their recent Afrobarometer survey which favoured President Nana Akufo-Addo for election 2020. According to him, the report could have come six months before the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls or three years after Nana's rule. His comments were in relation to the latest Afrobarometer survey report which suggests majority of Ghanaians still prefer the NPP to the NDC. The survey report which was released by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) revealed that about half of the respondents would go in for the ruling NPP if elections were to be conducted today. According to the report, 49% of those surveyed said they would vote for the NPP, whiles only 22% said they would vote for the NDC. However, commenting on the report, the outspoken morning show host said, the survey is needless. He charged them to rather focus on surveys on why young people are going into prostitution, why people are experiencing extreme poverty. He further opined that, the survey released would allow the important bread and butter issues to be neglected. Kwame Tutu. said the two major political parties are unwilling to speak to Ghanaians on relevant issues that can help the nation develop and the survey will worsen that agenda. ‘’I believe in surveys because I am trying to be an academic and surveys are very important for learning. But this current survey is needless and coming at the wrong time. The CDD should conduct a survey on sanitation, they should conduct surveys on poverty and why children are into prostitution due to poverty. You should conduct surveys on relevant issues…The NPP and NDC are not ready to discuss important issues in the country and so you always set us in an election mood…These surveys can come maybe three years after Nana Addo’s administration. That would have been fine…We are not going into an election so why do you ask if elections were held today,’’ he quizzed.
The Ministry of Health has announced the commencement of the 2018/2019 Health Training Institutions Admissions. This was contained in a statement issued and signed by PR for the ministry, Robert Cudjoe. The statement said the commencement will start from Monday, April 30th to June, 18th 2018. The cost of the form the statement indicated remains GHc100 adding ‘’there are no hidden charges like the cost of verification of results and the sale of EMS envelopes’’ The statement added: ‘’The Ministry wishes to inform all prospective applicants that this year’s application will also be done online just like that of last year. The sale of the Codes will be done at all the branches of ADB and GCB Banks nationwide.’’ Information on instructions on how to fill the forms the statement concluded will be provided later.
CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report. The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place over Easter weekend, unnamed officials said. Mr Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang. But this unexpected and clandestine meeting would mark the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000. “We have had direct talks at… extremely high levels,” Mr Trump said from Florida, where he is hosting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The president added that he gave his “blessing” for talks between the South and North to discuss a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War. South Korea has also signalled that it may pursue a formal resolution of the conflict. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and Mr Kim are scheduled to meet at the end of April. What do we know about the ‘secret meeting’? The news that Donald Trump’s nominee for US Secretary of State had travelled to North Korea for a clandestine meeting with Mr Kim was first reported by The Washington Post newspaper. Very little is known about the talks other than that they were to prepare for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit. According to the paper, the meeting took place soon after Mr Pompeo was nominated as secretary of state and is attributed to two anonymous sources “with direct knowledge of the trip”. Source: BBC
Barbara Bush, the matriarch of an American dynasty spanning decades who was the second woman to be both the first lady and the mother of a president, died Tuesday. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the Bush family. The family said two days ago that Bush wouldn't seek any further medical treatment after a series of recent hospitalizations. Bush was married for 73 years to the nation's 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and was the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush; another son, Jeb, is a former governor of Florida. She was considered an asset on the campaign trail, known for her wit and her emphasis on family. The former president, who is 93, "of course is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years," McGrath said Tuesday night. "He held her hand all day today and was at her side when she left this good earth." "Obviously, this is a very challenging time," McGrath said. "But it will not surprise all of you who know and love him that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family." The only other woman to have been the wife and mother of presidents was Abigail Adams, whose husband, John Adams, was the nation's second president, and whose son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth. In a statement, George W. Bush called his mother "a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions." "I'm a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother," the former president said. "Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes." Jeb Bush said in a statement: "I'm exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush." President Donald Trump said in a statement that Bush "will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well." Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until Saturday, when Bush is scheduled to be buried. Source: www.nbcnews.com
Alex Ntiamoah’s Bukom based Box Office Boxing Promotions, is coming up with another mouth watering package scheduled for the Bukom Boxing Arena on Friday, April 27. At a Press Conference held on Tuesday at The Gym to introduce the boxers on the international bill with two World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa titles at stake, Alex Ntiamoah said the event is another opportunity to Ghana’s quality boxers like George Ashie and Raymond Commey to re-launch their careers and propel them to the world ranks. He said Ghana has crack boxers and ‘The Tiger’s Roar’ is a day never to be missed as sensational George Ashie would be facing a tough South African opponent, Michael Mokoena for the WBO Africa Lightwight title, while Raymond Commey faces Isaac Sackey for the WBO Africa Jr. Featherweight title. Michael Ayitey Powers will clash with Enoch Quaye aka Gbese Bruno who last climbed the ring 11 years ago in a crucial weight contest. Other fighters on the bill are fine boxers like Prince Octopus Dzanie and Michael Obodai Sai. Mr. Samir Captan, WBO representative in Ghana, advised the boxers to do their best to ensure that they grab the chance to fight for world titles next year. Meanwhile, entertainer, musician and dancer, Papa Row has promised another wonderful show on the bill. Rates for the fight are 20ghc for popular stand, 50ghc for VIP and 100ghc for VVIP. Among the sponsor for the event are The Gym, Trust Emporium, Ghana @61 Secretariat, Paradise Pac, Jet Link, 29 Photo Studio, MTK, and Tune Africa. By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
The Ashanti Regional Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Ken Yeboah, says he has surprised those who doubted his competence when he was transferred to the region as commander. The commander said some individuals held the view that he would be unable to fit into the shoes of COP Kofi Boakye who once managed the region. COP Ken Yeboah, said for the thirteen months in the region as police commander, the security situation has improved and his record has proven his critics wrong. He was addressing a gathering at an awards ceremony organized to recognize personalities who had distinguished themselves and contributed to developmental projects in their communities as well as individuals in government. He said, ‘’I have done marvelously well and the award is going to spur me on with all my officers to work hard so that when I even live here, which I am sure I will be living soon because of my rank... I am the only commander with the rank as COP.’’ Founding president of Micjoy Advertising Company Limited-organizers of the event, Mr. Michael Ampong, stressed the need to acknowledge the contribution of people than for us to wait till their die before honouring them.
Some staff with the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT) have petitioned the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu to investigate the managing director, Bennet Aboagye, over alleged corrupt deals. The aggrieved workers in their petition said the director and his personal assistant, Mr. Yiadom Kessie of openly requesting “for bribes or commission before awarding contracts to suppliers or signing cheques to pay suppliers for services they rendered.” The petitioners say they subsequently “planted a third ear at some strategic locations with the hope of having firsthand information about what the MD, his personal assistant and some key players in this scandal do, say and planned to do, and the revelations uncovered are mind-boggling.” “The third ear revealed among others, malpractices involving the intended purchase of 300 buses from China…the purchase of electrical products, sale of MMT scrap buses among others,” the workers added in the petition. They also accused him of bribery to the tune of GHc60,000 in order for them to keep mute over a recording which could implicate him. Meanwhile, the embattled director has refuted the claims noting that he is being blackmailed by his accusers. “All this while, Lawal was trying to portray that he was only playing an intermediary role and that he was innocent and rather intervening on our behalf. According to him, it was a group led by one Bawa which was behind this deal. It is important to note that, the said Bawa once called Mr. Kessie on phone, and threatened him to pay the money, else, he would regret the consequences of failure to comply,” Mr. Aboagye said in a memo.’’ He further explained that the accusers gave Lawal GHc20,000 in order for him to “bring the recording before final payment would be made” but the blackmailers refused. “Dr. Amoako Tuffour called me that the security coordinator was now prepared to give us the recordings and to take his balance. For that purpose we should meet in his office at East Legon at 9:00am.” “ Lawal only presented a pendrive to Mr. Yiadom Kessie.” “Initially, Dr. Amoako Tuffour rejected the pendrive and demanded to have the entire recording device. Lawal then promised that, having received the full amount in hand now, he would present it to his ‘people’ and return by 5:00pm with the full recording device. After offering the final balance of GHc20,000 to Lawal, Dr. Amoako Tuffour himself took pictures of the money being handed over to Mr. Lawal as evidence. Since then, he never showed up.” “Interestingly, Lawal who acted as an intermediary initially is now the petitioner in this case. It is very clear from the threatening letter and the note he wrote on the copy of the Criminal Check Report that Lawal was incensed by MD’s decision to report the matter to the police, and true to his word, he has come up with damaging fabrications to dent my image,” he added. The Special Prosecutor has promised to investigate the matter after receiving the petition.
The world indeed has become a global village where no nation can survive in isolation without the interdependence of other nations close to its boundaries or far away its shores. According to the UN population statistics in 2011, world population was projected to reach 7.6 billion in 2018. However, many population experts believe this figure could be underestimated. As the population grows, many goods and services in the form of material resources or human resources are needed to keep the world in survival. Geographically, countries are endowed with specific resources by nature and man creation. Land, Labour and Capital are the main factors considered in any production systems of developed and developing countries. These factors however, are very limited and therefore proper combination of these factors is needed for developing a powerful economy. Nations that are limited in some factors especially the mobile factors such as raw materials, industrial products and well trained labour, tend to focus on purchasing these factors from other nations to boost the economy in order to sustain survival of its people. This leads us to the concept of importation of goods and services and economy of scale. With the concept of economy of scales, nations produce best what their resources can produce and therefore may lead to specialization of production in some aspects of the world production. However, where these goods are exported to or imported from depends largely on bilateral relations of the country, distance, specialization and the strength of the economy normally measured by the Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) as explained in the gravity model of international trade. The above introduction is very clear that importation is not evil in concept but what is imported is the problem. From the Ministry of Fisheries report of 2017, Ghana consumes over 950,000 metric tons of fish annually, currently imports over 60 percent of its fish. Ghana in 2016 imported $135 million worth of fish because of the reduction in the country’s fish stock. Again, the Ghana Poultry Annual Report of 2017 estimated that broiler meat is expected to increase by 14,000 tons to 158,000 tons due to insufficient domestic supply and rising demand. U.S. poultry meat exports to Ghana hold over 35 percent market share. Competition from Brazil and the European Union has been increasing; however, U.S. poultry enjoys brand loyalty advantage over its competitors The Economic Observatory Complexity (OEC) report of 2016 revealed that, Ghana exported $10.5B and imported $11B, resulting in a negative trade balance of $508M. In 2016 the GDP of Ghana was $42.7B and its GDP per capita was $4.29k. The top import origins are China ($4.67B), the United States ($831M), the United Kingdom ($749M), India ($712M) and the Netherlands ($485M). In the just read 2018 budget of the Republic of Ghana, Imports in Ghana increased to 3240.90 USD Million in the third quarter of 2017 from 3027.47 USD Million in the second quarter of 2017. Imports in Ghana averaged 2676.06 USD Million from 2003 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 4747.16 USD Million against 4118.30 USD Million export in 2017. Most of the basic goods imported to Ghana such as rice, tomatoes, cookies, cosmetic products, snails, chocolate, sugar, cooking oil, table eggs, meat and meat products, shoes, jute bags, soft drinks, toilet papers, tooth brush, paints, roofing and building materials, used clothes and other items that can potentially be produced in Ghana. These were done in the early days of our liberation from colonial rule and early post-independence, where we once had a tomato factory at Pwalugu, Jute factory in Kumasi, Sugar factory in Komenda, Fish processing and Roofing nail factory in Tema. If these goods were produced in pre and post early independence, what then stops Ghana from producing same when we are now an oil giant second to Nigeria in West Africa? Can we focus on industrializing Agricultural and adding value to our raw export? Yes, it is possible. The Government's policy of 1 District 1 Factory is a good initiative but should not just be a usual campaign gimmick. However, care must be taken because government has no business in doing business to setting up factories for industrialization. The discovery of oil was thought to have brought relief to poor Ghanaian just to realize that more than 80% revenue accrued on oil is to the benefit of the expatriate community involve in the mines. Yes! We lack the capacity in terms of Human and Material resources to exploit our own mines but what are we doing as a nation in the coming years? Can’t we train more experts in the oil and gas field to take over? It is possible and some Universities are already thinking and implementing this idea for a prosperous society. By: HARUNA GADO YAKUBU BSc Agric, MSc Animal Nutrition (Student) and Research Fellow, ILAPI
The Board Chair for the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr. Kwadwo Baah Agyekum, has been suspended. A statement issued and signed by Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin said the suspension took effect April 12, 2018. The statement read: ‘’The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 12th April, 2018, suspended from office, with immediate effect, the Chairperson of the Board of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyeman.’’ According to the statement, ‘’This decision was communicated to the Board Chair by the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on Tuesday, 17th April, 2018, following the absence from the jurisdiction of the President, who is attending the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, United Kingdom. ‘’Just as in the cases of the suspension of the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide; and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Robert Sarfo Mensah, the decision to suspend Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyeman has been taken following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some sixty (60) Ghanaians, who had allegedly attempted to enter Australia by false pretences, at the 21st Commonwealth Games,’’ the statement added It concluded: ‘’The three officials, together with the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah; and the Chef-de-Maison for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mr Mohammed Sahnoon, are to assist the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Service in the ongoing investigations into the matter.’’
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