Second Lady Mrs. Samira Bawumia, has reassured teachers that government will prioritize their welfare to help improve upon the quality of education for Ghanaian children.
The Second Lady, who read a speech on behalf of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, at the 68th Speech and Prize-giving day of the T. I Ahmadiyya Senior High School in Kumasi, said: “The importance of the teacher to education can never be underestimated, that is why the NNP government believes in a teacher first policy. Therefore, we are introducing several reforms in teacher training skill upgrade and improving teaching and learning to deliver quality education outcome for our children.’’
She admonished teachers to support the free senior high school policy to make it successful.
“Be diligent in your dealings with the children and encourage them to take their studies seriously, be effective role models for them because at their impressionable age, how you conduct yourself will have a huge impact on their lives,” she said.
Mrs. Bawumia said government has also secured funding for the expansion of facilities in some 75 senior high schools.
Education she noted should be accessible to every Ghanaian child irrespective of their financial circumstances.
The development of every nation she stressed, is anchored on education and our human resource capital is our greatest asset hence the need for us to capitalize on that for our own benefit.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings, believes President Akufo-Addo’s appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor, shows his seriousness in the fight against corruption.
Speaking in a meeting with the new Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno, Mr. Rawlings said: “the appointment of Amidu as Special Prosecutor from outside his own party shows the President is serious. It vindicates some of us. No developed country should hold back in assisting our country to improve the lives of our people.”
He also admonished the Japanese government and other developed countries to refrain from holding back in offering support to Ghana.
Mr. Rawlings commended for its support to Ghana over the years.
According to him, while globalization has created much wealth it has also led to a great deal of impoverishment , due to the unequal distribution of wealth caused by the ‘savagery of capitalism’ as stated by Pope John Paul II in one of his pastoral letters.
“The inequalities created by capitalism and the impunity of political power may be leading to the emasculation and helplessness of the mass of people on the one hand and on the other it will no doubt and definitely be triggering outrage, anger and hatred which translate into acts of violence, suicidal tendencies, terrorism and pockets of political instability,’’ he noted.
He added: “Others need to learn a few lessons from countries like Japan, China, South Korea and a few others that have held on to the humility of power. The culture of respect for the people is what has helped to prevent the arrogance of power. Though our (Ghana’s) culture of respect is not supposed to be any different, we have not been able to prevent impunity. It is about time we woke up to the negatives of the savagery of capitalism and tyranny of the misuse of wealth.’’
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has hinted that government has initiated procurement process for the award of contracts for the provision of some 69,500 mono desks, 13,100 bunk beds, furniture for dining halls, staff rooms of teachers, computer laboratories, and the provision of marker boards for classrooms.
The move he explained is to help address the teething challenges under the free senior high school programme.
Government he announced has also secured funding for the expansion and upgrading of facilities in 75 Senior High Schools across the country, with construction works on the existing Community Day Schools ongoing.
He added, government, beginning this year, will also upgrade 42 Senior High Schools into model school status.
The launch of the policy he said has helped beneficiaries have access to secondary education.
“It is public knowledge now that, prior to the launch of the Free SHS policy, our children were falling out of the educational system at every stage in alarming numbers. Free SHS has enabled 90,000 more students gain access to Senior High School education in 2017, than in 2016,” the President indicated.
He used the opportunity to caution persons sabotaging the policy and heads charging unapproved fees to desist from doing so or face his wrath.
According to President Akufo-Addo, he knows there are a handful of reactionary elements in the country who are determined to undermine the Free SHS policy.
He recounted how Government, together with the Ghana Education Service and the Council and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, has agreed to absorb all senior high school fees under the Free SHS policy.
“No headmaster or headmistress, therefore, is to charge any unapproved or illegal fees, or charging fees already exempted under the free SHS policy. Government will make sure of this, and sanction any school head who flouts this directive,” he said.
The President continued, “We have a sacred duty to our children, and to the generations beyond, in ensuring that, irrespective of their circumstances, their right to an education is preserved.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 17th February, 2018, when he attended the 60th anniversary celebration of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary, in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region.
The Attorney General (A-G) has set up a constitutional review committee to review the 2012 & 2016 constitution of the Ghana Music Rights Owners Organization (GHAMRO).
The committee chaired by Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame, has four weeks to complete their work.
Stakeholders including music right owners, members of GHAMRO and other persons who have any input for the review committee, are to present same within the period of its work.
This was revealed on GH Entertainment by an Executive Member, Kwesi Ernest, on GH Entertainment on Saturday with Mr. Handsome as host.
The review will be addressing inconsistencies and prepare it for adoption by the highest decision-making body of the organisation within a period of one year.
Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho, is set to wrestle power with the current General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in their upcoming elections.
The outspoken politician who worked under the late Professor John Evans Attah Mills, as the Director of Communications, is hopeful to emerge as victor in the upcoming race.
It remains unclear whether his chief scribe, will contest as General Secretary of the party.
Koku Anyidoho has been described as a fierce politician whose tactics in the political circles, have provoked a number of people including his political opponents.
He is also a fierce critic of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), especially President Akufo-Addo, who he described during the campaign period as an embodiment of violence and corruption.
The no nonsense politician would have to marshal all the strength within him to battle his boss who he has understudied, should he [Asiedu Nketia]. decides to contest the race.
Koku Anyidoho, was appointed as former President John Mahama's special aide with the national security in 2014.
He was recently elected to serve a four-year-term to a joint position of, Vice Chairman of the Council, and also, Chairman of the West African Sub Region.
The NDC Deputy General Secretary was elected as one of the five Vice-Chairpersons; with the other four also serving as Chairpersons of the, East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, and the South Africa Sub Regions.
The one week celebration of female dancehall artiste, Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng also known as Ebony Reigns was marked today [Sunday] at the St. Martin De Porres school here in Accra.
The location was flooded with Ministers of State, Musicians, Actors and Actresses, Family and Friends.
Tourism Minister, Catherine Afeku, in her speech at the described the death of Ebony Reigns, as a great loss to the Creative Arts Industry.
According to her, Ebony was doing very well to lift the image of the Creative Arts industry very high until her sudden demise, which she noted, is a big blow to the showbiz fraternity.
Ebony Reigns lost her life in a tragic car accident on Thursday, February 8, 2018, on the Sunyani-Kumasi road when returning to Accra after visiting her mother.
The ‘sponsor’ hit maker died alongside two others, a close friend and a military officer who according to her father was her bodyguard.
Karpowership Ghana Company Limited (a floating power plant) currently based in Tema will by the second quarter of the year relocate its 470MW Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan to the Sekondi Naval Base in the Western Region.
The relocation is in line with government’s plans to ensure full utilization of gas resources from the Western enclave of the country.
The Corporate Communication Specialist, Sandra Amarquaye, who briefed the media in Takoradi, said in view of the intended relocation, the company has held a series of stakeholder engagements with various community groups within the Sekondi and Takoradi Metropolis.
The engagement sessions, she said, is in line with Karpowership principle of having transparent, trustworthy and sustainable relationship with its stakeholders.
Ms. Amarquaye said it is also to sensitize stakeholders in the area about the operations of Karpowership and its contribution to communities, adding “ the engagement is to ensure our new stakeholders understand our business and how we operate, at Karpowership, we value our relationship with our local stakeholders”.
She said the stakeholder engagement sessions enabled the company to interact with the Sekondi and Essikado Traditional councils, the inshore fishing association, fish traders and processors association, fishmongers and the media.
Ms. Amarquaye said the arrival of company two years ago, it has engaged in some major projects such as providing bursary for brilliant but needy students, adopting and fully furnishing an ultra-modern computer laboratory as well as providing storage water tanks to schools, hospitals, police stations and fisher folks within the Tema Manhean community.
Ms. Amarquaye said as a strategic partner, Karpowership was committed to Ghana’s development and would continue to provide all Ghanaians reliable and affordable electricity.
For his part, the Acting President of the Sekondi House of Chiefs, Nana Kwesi Badu II, lauded Karpowership for the engagement, stressing that Karpowership efforts at contributing to sustainable power supply in the country was well appreciated’.
“In fact, Karpowership has done well by coming to our home to tell us about the Powership, we will tell the members of the community about the Powership and hope that you will keep us informed about all you do”.
Karpowership is the only owner, operator and builder of the first Powership (floating Power Plant) fleet in the world.
Currently, the company has over 2500 employees, owns and operates 15 Powerships with an installed capacity of 3 GW and 5 GW Powership under construction.
Karpowership is operational in Ghana, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Zambia via Mozambique.
Ghanaian actor, director, satirist, talk show host, and author, Kweku Sintim Misa aka KSM, has lambasted prophets who predict the death of celebrities and known personalities in the country.
He referred to their prophecies as irresponsible, childish and foolish.
He wondered why the prophets only prophesy about doom and not anything good.
In his view, their prophecies lack common sense and blamed Ghanaians for entertaining such prophets who claim to be working for God.
He challenged them to ask God to direct them on how we can fix our ailing economy.
KSM described their prophecies as predictive prophecies stating, they only say these celebrities are going to die but when they pray against them, they will not die. What kind of childish behaviour is that? Some of these prophets are so ridiculous and I challenge them to meet me on my show so I challenge them with what I have learnt.
He said, he does not believe these prophets are worshiping the God he knows because the God he [KSSM] knows is no respector of persons.
On the death of Ebony Reigns originally known as Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, he quizzed why the prophets failed to see the death of the other persons who died alongside the musician.
Death he stated is evitable and the prophets prophesying the death of people will also die.
The celebrated actor had earlier posted on his Facebook expressing his displeasure about these prophecies. He was speaking to GH Entertainment with host, Mr. Handsome.
Read his post below:
OPEN LETTER TO THE MIGHTY PROPHETS
Dear mighty and powerful prophets of Ghana. I know God talks to you directly when you are “in the spirit” as you put it.
I beg o. I have one small request.
Please, next time you are in the spirit and God talks to you, I beg o, can you ask him to tell you how Ghana can fix the unemployment wahala. I beg many of our youth are looking desperately for jobs. I want GOD to give you a prophecy on how to fix that. Then come and prophesy.
Kindly ask God to tell you how we can make Ghana a great nation. I beg o, please ask God how we can make our economy great wai. When he or she tells you, then come and give us some prophecy on Ghana becoming a great nation.
Finally, tell God, that I plead with him or her in all humility, that he should stop telling you ONLY about how and when people will die. Tell God, that I respectfully speak on behalf of many Ghanaians when I say that we are tired of our mighty prophet’s obsession with people who are going to die.
If I may be bold for a second, it’s your fault, God. Today you reveal to them that an important King about to die, next you reveal to them that many journalists are going to die, then you tell them many celebrities are about to die… we even heard that you revealed that one of the first ladies was going to die. Oh God, I beg, can’t you give them something else to tell us that will EMPOWER US? We need it, God. There are so much negativity and hopelessness, we need something to UPLIFT US.
Please I mean no disrespect but we are sick and tired of all these PROPHETS OF DOOM!!!!
This is my small request.
cc: ALL THE PROPHETS OF DOOM.
“YA BRE MO”
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Charter House, organizers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), George Quaye, has revealed on GH Entertainment that, self acclaimed dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale has filed his nomination for this year’s awards.
Speaking to Mr. Handsome on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, George Quaye, said Shatta Wale, filed his nominations just like any other artiste did. The board is going to work on all the nominations, and announce to the public the final outcome,''he added.
He indicated that, Ghanaians would know whether the controversial artiste who recently signed onto Zylofon Music, would make it onto the list of nominees.
The organisers have made some changes in the category definitions for the 2018 edition of the awards.
One of these is the change in name and voting pattern for the Most Popular Song of the Year category. That category is now known as ‘Song of the Year.’
The 100 percent voting for the category has been scrapped. The previous definition states: “the Most Popular Song of the Year is the songs adjudged 100% by the General Public as the most popular song released in the year under review, irrespective of genre. The song must have enjoyed a lot of patronage and generated the most excitement during the year.”
However, in the new definition, the Board has 30% voting power, the Academy 30% and the remainder 40% is reserved for the general public.
The 2018 VGMAs is scheduled for 14th April, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre.