Communications Bureau Latest News 22 October 2018
“It is my sincere desire that we set the tone for Ghana and Sierra Leone to search continually for ways to co-operate, irrespective of who is at the helm of affairs of our respective countries. I have no doubt, however, that, together, the two of us can forge a new, strong partnership for cooperation between our two nations for the mutual benefit of our two peoples.”
These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when he held an official lunch in honour of the President of the Republic of Sierra, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, at Jubilee House, on Monday, 22nd October, 2018.
Proposing a toast his Sierra Leonean counterpart, President Akufo-Addo noted that the historical and cultural ties between Ghana and Sierra Leone are borne largely out of trade and education, dating back two centuries.
“Mr. President, your presence in Ghana should spur our two nations on to develop stronger ties and explore several areas of co-operation to the mutual benefit of our two peoples,” he said.
Having followed, with keen interest, the structural programme being embarked upon by President Maada Bio’s administration, President Akufo-Addo stated that he was, particularly, happy about his “Free Quality Education” initiative.
“I urge you to stand firm and see it through, regardless of the opposition you will face. For us in Ghana, our Free Senior High School education policy, within the first two years of its implementation, has ensured that 270,000 more students, whose education would otherwise have been truncated for financial reasons, have access to secondary education,” the President said.
Additionally, President Akufo-Addo also lauded the Sierra Leonean President’s initiatives in the area of agriculture, aimed at enhancing food security for the people of that country.
“It was also good to see Your Excellency sign the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, during the 31st African Union Summit, in Nouakchott, Mauritania. I will, respectfully, urge your Government to see to the expeditious ratification of the Agreement, so that we can quickly reach the minimum threshold of ratification by twenty-two-member states, that will enable the CFTA to come into effect, and permit our continent to take advantage of its huge market,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He continued, “This will present great opportunities to increase intra-African trade, create jobs, enhance incomes, and put the continent onto the path of progress and prosperity. In so doing, it is equally important for us to take the necessary measures that will make our regional market of ECOWAS effective, as a sound building block for the success of the CFTA. If our regional markets work well, our continental market will work well.”
President Akufo-Addo also assured President Maada Bio that, in the spirit of the excellent relations between the two countries, such assistance, as within Ghana’s modest means, to support the education, health, sanitation and other initiatives of his government, will be forthcoming.
“The details and modalities will be worked out shortly, and the commitments will be upheld,” the President assured.
With West Africa confronted with significant security challenges, particularly the terrorist menace that is engulfing the Sahel sector, President Akufo-Addo noted that “we are required to be resolute and find, together in the region, the necessary economic, political and military means to reverse this pernicious development, and bring peace and stability to the lives of all our people in our region.”
He also urged President Maada Bio to work hand-in-hand with Ghana on the process of UN Reform, especially of the UN Security Council, as set out in Africa’s Common Position on UN Reform, based on the Ezulwini Consensus.
“Let us work to correct the longstanding injustice that the current structure and composition of the UN Security Council represent for the nations of Africa,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Ghana is aiming to replicate China’s development model, which has seen her, over the last three decades, creating progress and prosperity for the masses of the Chinese people.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “we are witnessing, today, how China’s aggressive development of the market economy, on the wheels of industrialization, in this new era of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”, has lifted some half a billion people out of poverty, creating the world's largest middle class in the process.”
Ghana, the President said, is “inspired by this model, and are trying to replicate same, through, inter alia, our industrialisation policy of “1-District-1-Factory”, and an increase in agricultural productivity through the programme for ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’.”
He made this known on Tuesday, 4th September, 2018, when he addressed the roundtable meeting of Presidents and Heads of State at the 3rd Summit of the Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), in Beijing, China.
Congratulating His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping on the holding of the Summit, President Akufo-Addo noted that both sides of the aisle, i.e. China and Africa, recognize that a win-win situation for their respective peoples is the desired outcome.
With China being Ghana’s largest trading partner, and, indeed, for the majority of countries in Africa, the President noted that the continent is grateful grateful for the support, i.e. financial and technical, given to African countries over the years, and implementation of the commitments made by China at recent FOCAC Summits, which have benefitted the peoples of our continent considerably.
“We believe that the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, proposed by President Xi Jinping, will further intensify Chinese commitment to Africa’s development. Last night’s message from President Xi, in his opening statement at this Summit, involving the allocation of a comprehensive package of support for Africa’s development, including a $60 billion fund, is a powerful reinforcement of that commitment,” he said.
The President continued, “I have urged others not to ignore Africa, and I am glad that China is, most certainly, not ignoring our continent.”
With the World Bank projecting that six of the world's ten fastest growing economies this year, including Ghana’s, are in Africa, he indicated that the continent is rich in natural resources, and in possession of nearly 30 percent of the earth's remaining mineral resources.
To this end, the President stressed that the resolve of his Government is to build a value-added, industrialised economy with a modernised agriculture, trading in the global marketplace on the basis of things it makes, and chart its own self-reliant, independent path within the world economic order.
“We believe that effective co-operation with China will help us attain this goal. Indeed, we want our relations with China to be characterised by an increase in trade and investment co-operation, and not by the export and import of raw materials,” he said.
This, he believed, is the way to develop healthy relations between Ghana and China, and, thereby, put Ghana at the high end of the value chain, and create jobs for the teeming masses of Ghanaians, particularly the youth.
President Akufo-Addo, in conclusion, told his colleague Presidents that “we are determined that this new era of Ghana-China, and Africa-China relations will reaffirm the principles of solidarity, mutual trust and respect, which have anchored those relations, and which will assist us deliver progress and prosperity for our peoples.”
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Thursday, 30th August, 2018, to lead the Ghanaian delegation for a State Visit to the People’s Republic of China, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.
The purpose of the visit is to deepen further the already strong relations that exist between the two countries, as well as explore other areas of co-operation to their mutual benefit.
Whilst in China, President Akufo-Addo will also attend the 3rd Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), and address an investment forum of Ghanaian and Chinese business leaders, to be held in Shangdong Province.
Also, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame, President Akufo-Addo will, from the 6th to 7th September, participate in the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), being held on the theme “Lead, Measure, Grow: Enabling new pathways to turn smallholders into sustainable agribusinesses.”
The President will return to Ghana on Saturday, 8th September, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, on Friday, 24th August, 2018, paid a courtesy call on the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency.
Welcoming Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Asantehene, since 1999, has visited each of his predecessor Presidents of the 4th Republic, and was happy that “this is the first time that we have seen such a powerful delegation of Asanteman here at Jubilee House.”
President Akufo-Addo used the opportunity to thank the Asantehene for the role he played in ensuring that the events of 7th December, 2016, were given a peaceful outcome.
“I know all that took place behind the scenes, the role you played in making sure that everything went very smoothly in our country, and that the stability and peace, which has become associated with our nation, was maintained. The Ghanaian people will continue to be grateful to you for your intervention,” he said.
The ability of the Asantehene “to reduce tension and smoothen things over”, according to the President, was again evident on Thursday, 23rd August, 2018, during the 75th anniversary celebration of the death of Nana Ofori Atta, at Kyebi.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that the presence of Otumfo in Kyebi is a signal that despite “the attempt on some people’s part to put problems between the two traditional states”, i.e. Asanteman and Okyenman, there is no problem, adding that “on the contrary, unity and solidarity were the watch words in the relationship between the two states.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the lesson that was given in Kyebi is a lesson that should be taken across Ghana about the need for unity amongst our people, and for us to understand that, yes, we may be of diverse origins, history and culture, but essentially we are part and parcel of the Ghanaian family, and that is what we need to hold on to, to maintain the unity, coherence and stability of our nation.”
The events at Keybi, the President added, should be a signal to the people of Ghana of the Asantehene’s commitment to the “One Ghana Project”, and it is one for which the Ghanaian people appreciate and thank him for.
For his part, the President noted that the events of Kyebi signalled also his determination to ensure that all parts of the country are touched by the programme of transformation and development that his government is committed to.
“Every part of Ghana will benefit from my mandate. We don’t want it to be a mandate that will be exclusive to one side or another, so that when things need to be done, they will be done on their merit, and not as the result of any particular inclination for one set of Ghanaians or another,” he added, the reason why he was happy to commission the Kumasi Roads Facelift Project, which will construct and rehabilitate some 260 kilometres of roads in the Kumasi Metropolis.
In thanking Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for “the steadfast support given the government over the implementation of the Free SHS policy”, he noted that it has not been an easy matter for the nation in finding the resources and the determination to do it.
“But, I believe, if for nothing, my period on the stage of Ghana should be identified with ensuring that every Ghanaian child, no matter the circumstances of their birth, no matter where they live in our country, has access to a minimum of secondary school education, to be able to propel them to live in the 21st century.”
“It is a commitment I made, and I am not turning back on it. It is a commitment the Ghanaian people have accepted as part of the educational architecture of the country,” the President stressed.
President Akufo-Addo was equally grateful for the Otumfuo’s support for the fight against illegal mining, popularly referred to as galamsey, and reiterated the commitment of Government to win the fight, and ensure “the sanitization of our environment, of our water bodies, that all of us want to see.”
The President was also confident that under the leadership of the Asantehene, a solution will be found to the Dagbon impasse.
“I am hoping that, very soon, the people of Ghana will hear from your lips that a roadmap has been finally agreed upon, that will allow us to come out of this crisis, and install a new Ya Naa in furtherance of the peace and cohesion of Dagbon. It will be one of the most important contributions that you can make to the stability of our nation.”
He assured Otumfuo Osei Tutu II that his administration will give him whatever support is required for this important task.
“My wish is that, when the story of our country’s history is being told, it should be said that it was during the time of two friends, Otumfuo Osei Tutu and President Akufo-Addo, that Ghana and Asanteman were put on the path of progress and prosperity,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Sunday, 29th July, 2018, to lead the Ghanaian delegation to the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, which is being held in Lome, Togo.
The meeting of the Heads of State will take place from 30th to 31st July, 2018, and will, amongst others, witness the election of a new Chairperson of ECOWAS.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway MP, and officials of the Presidency and the Foreign Ministry.
The President will return to Ghana on Tuesday, 31st July, 2018, and, in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, to lead the Ghanaian delegation for a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa, on the invitation of its President, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa.
The purpose of the visit is to deepen further the already strong relations that exist between the two countries, as well as explore other areas of co-operation to their mutual benefit.
The President will return to Ghana on Friday, 6th July, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 4th May, 2018, reinstated, with immediate effect, the suspended Upper West Regional Minister, Alhassan Suleman, following the completion of Police investigations into the attack on the Upper West Regional offices of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), in Wa, which led to the suspension.
President Akufo-Addo’s decision is informed by Police investigations, for which a report dated 22nd February, 2018, was submitted to the President, after which a thorough assessment of the report was undertaken.
The report exonerates the Regional Minister from any wrongdoing in the unfortunate incident of 31st January, 2018, including attempting to pervert the course of justice. Nine (9) persons – Kamal Ismail, Bongaamwini Issahaku, Salifu Seidu Adnan, Abdulai Hakeem, Suglo Nugu, Dakura Peter, Nuhu Mohammed, Kasim Dramani and Issah Salifu – who are alleged to have been responsible for the criminal action have been arraigned before court for prosecution, having been charged with the following offences:
1. Conspiracy to commit crime to wit assault contrary to Sections 23 and 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
2. Assault contrary to Section 84 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
3. Conspiracy to commit crime to wit threat of harm contrary to Sections 23 and 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29);
4. Threat of death contrary to Section 74 of the Criminal Offences Act, 196, (Act 29); and
5. Rioting contrary to Section 196 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).
The judicial proceedings in the matter are ongoing.
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President Akufo-Addo Appoints Chief Executive Officers And Deputy Chief Executive Officers Of The Development Authorities
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appointed, in accordance with applicable laws, the following persons to act as Chief Executive Officers and Deputy Chief Executive Officers of the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities.
COASTAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
NAME POSITION PROFESSION
1. Samuel Attah-Mensah Chief Executive Officer IT Professional
2. Jerry Ahmed Shaib Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
3. Bob-Charles Agbontor Deputy Chief Executive Officer Quantity Surveyor
4. Mona Gertrude Effah Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
5. Emmanuel Affram Anim Deputy Chief Executive Officer Administrator
MIDDLE BELT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1. Joe Danquah Chief Executive Officer Administrator
2. Joyce Opoku-Boateng Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lawyer
3. Vincent Frimpong Manu Deputy Chief Executive Officer Development Practitioner
4. Alexander Ferka Deputy Chief Executive Officer Accountant/Banker
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1. Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun Chief Executive Officer Agricultural Economist
2. Lariba Zuweira Abudu Deputy Chief Executive Officer Teacher
3. Osmani Aludiba Ayuba Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chartered Accountant/ Banker
4. Stephen Yir-Eru Engmen Deputy Chief Executive Officer Development Practitioner
The appointees are to act pending the receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing Boards of the Development Authorities, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission. The three Development Authorities are tasked with the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) – the Programme which will ensure the disbursement of the equivalent of $1 million per constituency per year, in fulfillment of President Akufo-Addo’s 2016 campaign pledge.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the outgoing Ambassador Extraordinaire and plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Ghana, Mrs Sun Baohong, who has come to the end of her 4 year duty tour of the country, to be a strong advocate for Ghana, when she returns to China.
“When you go back to China, you will be the voice of Ghana in high circles in China, and continue to promote this strong relationship between our two countries,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The President made this known on Tuesday, 10th April, 2018, when Mrs Sun Baohong was honoured with a farewell lunch and a citation, at the Jubilee House, by President Akufo-Addo.
Explaining the rationale for the honour, President Akufo-Addo stated that Mrs Baohong had become “a great friend of our nation, and whose tour of duty here in Ghana has witnessed a significant and tremendous expansion of co-operation and friendship between the Peoples’ Republic of China and Ghana.”
The President noted that Ghana-China relations date back to the very early years of Ghana’s independence, and were rekindled in the period of the leadership of President John Agyekum Kufuor, in the year 2001 to 2008, resulting, amongst others, in the construction of the Bui Dam.
“Everybody who is an objective and impartial observer of the happenings in the country would agree that these last four or five years, where our guest of honour has been the Chinese Ambassador, have witnessed a truly remarkable development in this relationship,” he said.
The President how the outgoing Chinese organised an official visit to China for the then Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, now Vice President of Ghana
“It was an unusual event. The leaders of the opposition are not usually the beneficiaries of official largesse from governments in power, because we know how tricky crossing that line can be. But she recognised, and the Chinese government did too, that Ghana is an increasingly vigorous democracy, and the possibility always existed that their invitee would be what he is today, the Vice President of the Republic,” the President said.
He continued, “She had the foresight, and it struck me, at the time, as an unusual gesture of friendship and solidarity, and I felt that when the occasion came, I should say so in public of how much I appreciated that gesture.”
President Akufo-Addo also made reference to “her final act of her tour of duty”, as Mrs Sun Baohong executed, with the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, a series of agreements where China has offered $66 million to Ghana for the construction of the Jamestown Fishing Port Complex.
“It is an important initiative to see to the revival of that part of Accra, which has falling into significant decline. That initiative, when it becomes real, will make a large impact on the lives of the people of Jamestown. The balance will go into the completion of the next phase of the University of Health and Allied Sciences,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that Ambassador Sun Baohong “went that extra mile for Ghana”, adding that “that is what, in the brief period that I have seen here, has been the hallmark of her period as Ambassador to Ghana.”
Expressing her appreciation, the outgoing Chinese Ambassador, thanked President Akufo-Addo for the “extremely friendly gesture”.
She stated that “It demonstrates your Excellency’s strong commitment to promoting China-Ghana friendship, and further development of our relations. I have only fulfilled my duty as an Ambassador whilst, Your Excellency, the government and people of Ghana have given me much more.”
Singling out Ghana as one of China’s largest trading partner, and main source of foreign investment, she said the bilateral trade volume had risen from $5.6 billion USD in 2014, to $6.68 billion in 2017, with Ghana’s exports to China reaching a historical $1.85 billion mark.
She lauded Chinese investments in Ghana, saying, “The Chinese side has implemented a dozen of major coperation projects through grants and loans. Those projects have made important contribution to Ghana’s economic development and improvement of people’s livelihood.”
Concluding, she stated that, “I came to Ghana with hopes and dreams, yet I leave the country with friendship and honour.”
The President of Republic of Liberia, George M. Weah, has extended a passionate appeal to the Government of President Akufo-Addo and people of Ghana to help Liberia to progress and succeed.
“I am young, I agree, but you are my big brother, and I know that you will help Liberia to succeed,” he appealed.
The Liberian President made this known on Friday, 6th April 6, 2018, when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, as part of a two day visit to Ghana.
The purpose of the visit, in the words of President George Weah, is to “renew the bonds of friendship and solidarity that there are between the Liberian and Ghanaian people.”
According to him, “Liberia came a long way, and without Ghana we will not be standing here today. Ghana hosted us, today we can never repay, we just have to make sure that our people continue to relate cordially, and I can assure that the relationship that has existed between our governments will also be mutually beneficial.”
Expressing his appreciation for the role President Akufo-Addo has played in strengthening the African Union, he noted that “when we travel to AU meetings, like we did the last time in Addis Ababa, you realize that when a big brother speaks, you look and listen to him, and you know what is to be done.”
Continuing, he pledged to work towards strengthening the existing relationship between Ghana and Liberia, saying “Ghana is my home, and we are here not to just come sight-seeing but to reassure you that the relationship we have will be sustained and strengthened.”
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, referenced the longstanding, personal relationship between himself and President Weah, which predates their current respective presidencies, and described the Liberian leader “as a symbol of the progress that Liberia is making after the trauma of the civil war.”
He said, “I have known him for some time because we share many characteristics, one of which has been persistent efforts to arrive at where we are today. I believe it was a set time as it was mine. One of the things that I have discovered about him is his honesty and also his commitment to the welfare of his people. That is what has brought him this far.”
Commending the efforts of former President of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he said, “the first female elected leader on our continent did a great deal of work in trying to consolidate the peace, after the years of the traumatic civil war. And one of the most important outcomes of that process of consolidation is that she was able to organise elections which allowed for the first time, I believe, in over 17 years, a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected leader of Liberia to another.”
The President continued, “That is the measure of her achievement, and it is also a measure of how far Liberia has come to put its past behind it, and, in doing so, she chose as her successor a man who is already world famous in his other life as a sportsman, and who has now become a symbol of the hopes of the majority of the people of Liberia, especially of its youth.”
President Akufo-Addo also touched on the happenings in the Region, and asked for a realist view of the imminent threats and opportunities confronting the Region.
“The world is going through some difficult moments, all kinds of new arrangements are appearing, and we, here in the West African region, must continue to deepen the contacts, the links, the friendships between us in West Africa, so that the challenges of the 21st century, the challenges of rapid economic growth, inclusive economic growth that makes it possible for all our people to be part of the process of development, so that we can successfully meet those challenges within the context of democratic values and democratic institutions.
So it is a particularly happy day for us in Ghana, and for me personally to be able to welcome to our country this famous man who, even before he became a president, was a household word in Africa,” President Akufo-Addo concluded.