Review National Medicines’ Policy every 5yrs – Fmr. Rector, college of Pharmacists


Senior Pharmacist and immediate past rector of the College or university of Pharmacists Benjamin Kwame Botwe has appealed to authorities to overview the coverage for the pharmaceutical marketplace every five decades.

This, in accordance to him, will allow the policy to be up-to-date with existing trends.

The time span among the second assessment in 2004 and 3rd in 2017 was13 years which he suggests was much too lengthy.

Pharmacist Botwe made this proposition at a maiden valedictory lecture held in his honour as the outgoing rector of the college, on Wednesday.

Talking on the policy, legal guidelines and governance of the sector, he stated: “the pharmaceutical sector in Ghana is ruled by the National Health and fitness Policy and this sets out the wide plan objectives for choice, strategic buying, quality assurance, use of drugs, world trade in prescription drugs, governance and implementation among the other individuals.”

“Indeed there have been 3 editions, two of which I was party to, in 1999 and 2004.  The 2017 just one was only 2 years ago and I do not have wasn’t into that.”

He went on “but I saw the folks who contributed and I read it from afar.  It is fantastic and it has turn out to be a doc that other African countries are applying as source paperwork to evaluation their personal national guidelines.”

Pharm. Botwe proposed “my point of view is that the evaluation need to not consider that prolonged once more.  Amongst 2004 and 2017 was way too very long. 13 decades, so much has handed less than the bridge and hence suggest that at most within just each five yrs, we want to critique our nationwide medications policy to mirror present tendencies.”

On drugs legislation, he mentioned, “having experienced the opportunity to be part of the progress of the African Union Product Regulation for medications regulation and acquiring supported and keep on to guidance a range of international locations to amend present laws or acquire and enact new kinds, I wish to propose that s new legislation on medicines, wellness technologies and relevant products be enacted, guided by the AU Model Law to stand on its personal and be noticeable.”

“After operationalization of a combined Food items and Medicine regulation for about 20 many years, the time has appear for evaluation of problems, usefulness and efficiency of both equally and to commence wondering of the environment up of a different Food items security Agency and a Medicines and Linked Goods Manage Authority.  This among other benefits facilitate the harmonization of medications handle methods in the ECOWAS region and also the continental harmonization. Countries like Tanzania that followed our instance in this area have a short while ago reversed and made separate organizations that all currently being extremely impactful. That has considerably accelerated the medications regulatory harmonization approach in the East African Neighborhood,” he famous.

He additional recommended “the time is now for a conclusion to be brought to the establishment of the Narcotics Fee. I am informed that the draft bill has been in the offing for much too extensive and Parliament may possibly have to have to consider its enactment to modernize our Drug Law Enforcement Procedure to satisfy present worldwide benchmarks.

Touching on human resource and training in the sector, he insisted that “the current Pharm D software are overtly scientific in nature and would would like that clearer career opportunities are specified for other alternatives. I know this method has begun but requirements to be accelerated. • The Specialized Universities that applied to give dispensing technician programs are proposing to start Bachelor of Technology courses. My get is that there is no want.”

Pharm. Botwe’s profession in the public support has span thirty-three many years which include National Provider at the then GIHOC Prescribed drugs Enterprise Limited. He then received full employment in 1988 at Pharmacy Headquarters and the Ghana College or university of Pharmacists where he is retiring as Rector.

Source: Ghana|Starrfm.com.gh|103.5FM

Road Safety Authority awaits policy direction on ‘Okada’ use


The Nationwide Highway Protection Authority (NRSA) has known as for a new coverage way on the use of bikes and tricycles for commerce in the state, adhering to the death of 732 folks involving January and December final yr.

That, it explained, was needed, in see of the popular use of motorcycles for professional and personal activities, a business enterprise acknowledged commonly as ‘Okada’.

“We assume that there really should be a new policy about the use of motorcycles and tricycles. This is for the reason that considerably as we imagine that the legislation has offered that it is illegal to use them for fare-spending, we see it taking place,” the Director in demand of Scheduling and Programming at the NRSA, Mr David Osafo Adonteng, advised the Daily Graphic.

Benefit

“Most people today have identified benefit for the use of motorcycles other people are stating that it is a supply of employment, many others imagine it is a way to survive — the younger males, for case in point.

“Others as well imagine it is a implies of public transportation that is aiding areas that are very deprived of general public transportation. Some also assume it is helping in healthcare shipping expert services in the rural locations. This indicates ‘Okada’ has now absent outside of common use,” he reported, and cited the use of motorcycles in the agricultural and educational sectors.

In accordance to him, motorcycles had still left the arena of use for non-public uses for industrial use and if Ghanaians were being not mindful, the scenario could escalate.

Ministry

“We be expecting the Ministry of Transport to arrive out quickly and give us a way as to the new policy on using bikes and tricycles in Ghana, and then the agencies dependable for its implementation — the NRSA, the law enforcement and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) — will arrive up with some regulatory mechanisms to be equipped to management the scenario,” Mr Adonteng explained.

Korle Bu admissions

Early this year, the Accident, Unexpected emergency and Orthopaedic Office of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital indicated that ‘Okada’ incidents topped street incident circumstances during the Christmas and New Calendar year time period.

On December 22 and 23, it stated, the country’s biggest clinic recorded 30 road incident victims, out of which 20 were being ‘Okada’ situations.
Amongst December 30, 2019 and January 1, this calendar year, the clinic recorded 79 auto situations, 58 of them involving bikes and a single bicycle case.

Implementation

The law enforcement, Mr Adonteng said, appeared handicapped when it arrived to the implementation of the law banning the use of motorbikes for professional reasons, looking at the situation on the floor.

“It indicates that there are problems relating to enforcement and I really do not feel that a regulation that are unable to be enforced really should cease to be effective,” he claimed.

He explained the Ministry of Transportation tasked the NRSA, the police and DVLA to go spherical the country and search at the magnitude of the issue of the use of bikes, noting that in the course of the rounds, they observed that the challenge was popular that it had absent , getting into into the region of economics.

Menace

Mr Adonteng mentioned the use of motorcycles was a menace in the region owing to their reckless use for professional functions.

He claimed even if the Ministry of Transportation gave acceptance for their use in the rural places, where there was deficiency of appropriate transport companies, “it even now has to be regulated under a rigorous regulatory regime”.

Don’t link us to licensure exam policy – GNAT


The Affiliation of Lecturers (GNAT) says it does not intend to get involved in the ongoing political dialogue about the controversial exams for lecturers in the nation.

It will come in the wake of stories that an executive member of GNAT has criticised former President John for promising to cancel the policy must the NDC win the 2020 polls.

In a assertion, GNAT stated it stands for the interest of its users and will not be drawn into political discussions.

Mahama claims he will abolish the licensure assessment for lecturers if he is elected as President.

” I will cancel licensure exams for academics. The Japanese corridor will be specified a big precedence,” Mr. Mahama stated between other claims.

Resource: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5

NIA’s Policy Approach To National Database Is The Greatest Scam


Adhering to from available evidence, it is the posture of STRANEK-Africa that regardless of the political and monetary motivation by the authorities of toward the establishment of an considerable, trusted, robust and all-encompassing countrywide identification plan through the Countrywide identification Authority, if provisions are not manufactured for capturing and registering at birth, all Ghanaians and resident foreigners born in as perfectly, the ongoing National Identification Registration would be an work out in futility and a wastage of cherished but constrained community means.

It is plain that an considerable, responsible, sturdy and all-encompassing national identification plan for Ghana would increase the progress and formalization of the Ghanaian Financial state, enhance e-governance, identification of resident foreigners as perfectly as strengthening the dependability and traceability of the identities of the bearers of the Ghana Card which is an crucial community in criminal offense handle, coverage building and powerful policing in the state.

Ghana’s attempt at developing a National identification Scheme dates again to 1973 when Ghanaians on the border areas of Ghana namely Volta, Northern, Higher East and Upper West, Brong-Ahafo, and parts of the Western Location have been issued Countrywide Identification Cards.

Quickly ahead, foreseeing the relevance of a countrywide identification infrastructure to the development of Ghana, the then Provincial Nationwide Defence Council (PNDC) through the Countrywide Commission for Democracy (NCD) endeavoured to resurrect and carry on Ghana’s 1973 national identification undertaking but their aspiration was shot down due to economic and monetary worries. Also, very crucial to Ghana’s present-day Countrywide Identification Scheme is the 2001 National Economic Dialogue held in Accra concerning 14th -15th May perhaps 2001 which prioritised the Ghana Nationwide Identification System (NIS) as a big plan problem.

Next this, the Countrywide Identification Authority was founded as a result of an Act of Parliament, the NIA Act, 2006 (Act 707) which gave the NIA the important lawful backing on which to function. To fulfil their mandate of gathering, processing, storing, retrieving, disseminating personalized knowledge of Ghanaians both resident and non-resident, lawfully and

long lasting resident foreign nationals to facilitate Ghana’s improvement , the Nationwide Identification Sign-up Act, 2008 (Act 750) was passed.

Even while quite a few institutional makes an attempt and reforms have been created by successive government to create a Nationwide Identification Method for Ghana, the concentration has mostly been on presently born and residing Ghanaians both equally in Ghana and abroad and overseas legal or lasting inhabitants in Ghana with very little or no endeavor produced at developing an integrated technique that captures at delivery and allocate long lasting identity numbers to Ghanaians and resident international nationals born in Ghana. Where this sort of an attempt has been manufactured, it has been nothing extra than rhetoric.

Adhering to from the over, it is the place of STRANEK-Africa that irrespective of the political and financial dedication by the govt of Ghana in the direction of the establishment of an intensive, responsible, sturdy and all-encompassing countrywide identification scheme by means of the Nationwide identification Authority, if provisions are not made for capturing and registering at

beginning all Ghanaians and resident foreigners born in Ghana as properly, the ongoing Nationwide Identification Registration would be an work out in futility and a wastage of important but confined public resources.

This plan doc focuses on pinpointing the weaknesses in the technique adopted by the NIA, highlights some ideal techniques globally and advocate feasible approaches of mitigating the foreseeable and recurring economical burden on the Ghanaian taxpayer and our minimal means.

The Scandinavian Design (Sweden, Denmark, Finland etcetera.): Mitigating Double Monetary Jeopardy on Ghana

To guarantee that their Nationwide Identification Method do not put up with any setbacks as well as double monetary jeopardy, when a little one is born in Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Finland and so on.), the hospital studies the birth to the respective Scandinavian Tax Administration/Countrywide Population Sign up. These Tax Administrations then assigns the child a Countrywide identification

amount and sends a request or notification to the mom and dad (Father and Mom) to opt for a identify for the baby.

The notification shall state who the father of the baby is, or point out who the mom has named as the father of the little one in the function that paternity has not but been established. In circumstances in which paternity has not nevertheless been proven or where the mothers and fathers are not cohabiting, the notification of delivery shall be despatched both equally to the Countrywide Inhabitants Sign up and to the routine maintenance enforcement company (can make decisions on boy or girl maintenance if the mother and father do not make a private agreement).

After the mom and dad have responded to the request (which is mandatory), the child’s title is registered by the respective National Tax Administration Place of work. The Tax Administration then

sends a birth certificate to the child’s parents in the mail. However, in the event that a child is born devoid of a medical professional or midwife in attendance, the mother herself or mom and dad should notify the Tax Administration/Nationwide Population Sign-up of the birth. More so, when a child is born whiles the mum or dad is briefly staying abroad, she shall notify the respective Tax Administration inside of a single month of the child’s arrival in Scandinavia. This is for the reason that a boy or girl acquires his/her Scandinavian citizenship by start if a single of the moms and dads is a Scandinavian citizen at the time of the delivery and topic to the nationwide rules of the region of the reverse associate in particular when the youngster is born abroad. Notification shall also be specified when the little one is stillborn. Pursuing from the higher than, it is distinct that the Scandinavian Nationwide Identification Process focuses on capturing and assigning to every single little one born in Scandinavian or to Scandinavian guardian(s) a Nationwide identification Quantity at delivery. Not only have they harnessed the benefit of an integrated nationwide identification Plan, but they have also applied child and parental advantages as incentives to get kids born in and outside Scandinavian registered into their respective National Registers.

Making use of Incentive Model to Augment Ghana’s Countrywide Identification Plan.

To create a comprehensive and dependable Nationwide Identification Scheme (Databases), it is not prudent to location the authorized burden and outcomes solely on the father or mother(s). Even although Births and Fatalities Registration Demands and Techniques in Ghana requires mothers and fathers to sign up their freshly born infants not afterwards than 12 months in the district exactly where the beginning transpired, STRANEK-Africa recommends that the Federal government of Ghana by means of the Ministry of Wellbeing and the National Identification Authority introduce an incentive scheme to get moms and dads register

the start of their young children, specifically people whose childbirth occurred outside the healthcare facility, in the absence of a registered health practitioner or midwife or an unregistered healthcare facility or at home, young children born to younger moms (involving 15–19 years), young children whose moms have no official

instruction, moms who reside in rural places and mothers in the poorest prosperity quintile. This is since of proof from Dake and Fuseini’s (2018) examine titled Registered or unregistered?

Degrees and differentials in registration and certification of births in Ghana set up that “home births and births that were not assisted by a health-related skilled ended up noticed to have the cheapest proportion of registered and certified births”. This incentive package can be in the kind of a lump sum that parents acquire at delivery or youngster aid for the 1st two yrs. This will in no question motivate parent(s) to sign-up their freshly born toddlers to the closest clinic or to the Delivery and Loss of life Registry in the respective districts they gave beginning. By so executing, the NIA will protected and seize the facts of all newly born infants in Ghana. In other phrases, the NIA will thrive in securing the incredibly major medium through which new ones join the Ghanaian Culture.

On the other hand, in situations exactly where paternity is or has not been determined, the Section of Youngsters underneath the Ministry of Gender, Kids and Social Security ought to collaborate with the Ministry of Wellness and Ghana Police Company to move in to perform the desired DNA Check to create the paternity of the child. Not only is the paternity of the baby wanted to create his/her nationality at beginning, but also for the reason that Write-up 7 of the United Nations Conference on the Legal rights of the Kid signed on 20th November 1989 (which arrived into power on 2nd September 1990) and which Ghana is a signatory to, states that each boy or girl has the suitable to be “registered right away just after start and shall have the suitable from birth to a name, the ideal to get a nationality and as considerably as feasible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents”.

In the circumstance of hospitals and clinics throughout the state, STRANEK-Africa endorses placing similar but rigorous duty on hospitals and clinics where childbirth takes place. These establishments will have to be required by legislation to report each individual childbirth to the Birth and Dying Registry or the NIA in their respective districts by way of an integrated registered portal. Failure to do so

really should also catch the attention of the wanted sanctions and penalty. This is pretty critical to setting up, strengthening and retaining Ghana’s Countrywide Identification Scheme () as effectively as whipping in line the really institutions that issue when it arrives to the key medium via which new types be a part of the Ghanaian Modern society.

The Double Economical Jeopardy
Taking into consideration the questionable expense of the NIA undertaking ($1.22billion) about a fifteen-calendar year period of time, 1 would only be expecting NIA to initially secure the quite medium as a result of which new types sign up for the Ghanaian Society. Nonetheless, the reverse was finished.

STRANEK-Africa has combed by means of all the publications, policy paperwork and tactics of NIA given that January 2018 but have uncovered almost nothing (no actionable policies and measures) taken by the NIA to register recently born Ghanaians whiles embarking on their badly assumed strategy of registering 1st, currently residing and present Ghanaians. To our shock, the NIA on 27th April 2018 in a push meeting browse by its Executive Secretary (Ken Ateffuah) declared the countrywide mass registration of qualified Ghanaians for the Ghana Card starting up with the Larger Accra Area amongst Monday, 29th April, and Saturday, 6th July 2019, Volta and Oti locations from July 15 to August 1 Northern, Savannah and North East Locations – August 13th to September 2nd, Upper East and Higher West Areas from September 12 to 29, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo- Oct 10th–30th, Western Region and Western North – November 11th to December 2th, the Ashanti Location from December 10th to January 31st, 2020, Jap Region from February 12th- March 4th and Central Location from March 13th-31th 2020.

Our issue is, thinking of that childbirth in Ghana was somewhere around 1,239,767 in 2018 with 973,313 live births and 266,454 fatalities (excluding unreported childbirth and loss of life), will the NIA be likely back to sign up the close to about one particular million childbirth that would happen in between 6th July 2018 (start out of mass registration) to March 31st 2020 (conclude of mass registration) all matters staying equal.

In conclusion, it is the position of STRANEK-Africa that if the item is to develop a in depth and secured National Databases, why not emphasis on developing and extending to all registered health and fitness centres, all districts places of work of the Start and Death Registry the necessary infrastructure to securing and registering new-births (the incredibly main medium by way of which new types be part of the Ghanaian Society)?

Taking into consideration the total of Taxpayers funds expended on the NIA’s National Identity Sign up Venture and the approach adopted by the Kenneth Attafuah led NIA, STRANEK-Africa will not mince words and thus, with all certainty describes and pronounces the strategy

adopted by the NIA as the best Fraud and disservice in the background of Ghana if they do not change their class of way. This is mainly because the emphasis of NIA’s Ghana Countrywide Card registration and National Register (databases) find to realize a specified political purpose in the small operate other than establishing a in depth national identification plan for Ghana right now and past.

Suggestions for Strengthening the Countrywide Databases

1. Making the Ghana Countrywide ID a requirement for admission at all concentrations of Training in Ghana: To mitigate the threat of this necessity from deterring or currently being a disincentive for mother or father to mail their youngsters to faculty, STRANEK-Africa endorses the NIA and the Start and Loss of life Registry of Ghana at the district amount liaise with all institutions of education (both equally personal and general public) at all levels. In this case, the directorate of faculties would be demanded by law to report to the NIA and the Start and Death Registry of Ghana at the district degree, admitted

students with out a Nationwide Identification Amount and or a Birth Certificate. Following this, the NIA and the Birth and Loss of life Registry at the district level will just take the desired methods to sign up the people and the required motion taken to charge the parents (Guardian) if the children are beneath 18 decades. A typical case in point is in Australia exactly where birth certificates are usually required for a assortment of purposes like school enrolment, motorists licence, work and Govt advantages and entitlements.

2. Incentivising the Educational facilities: Creating an incentive scheme aimed at gratifying educational facilities for their effort and hard work and the variety of people today registered through them.

3. Strengthening and demanding by law the accountability of health and fitness services in Ghana at reporting each and every childbirth to the Beginning and Demise Registry or the NIA in their respective districts. Failure to do ought to be subject to a good.

Signed.
Emmanuel Osei
Director of Policy and Political Affairs
Party Membership Administration Marketing consultant
University of Bergen, Norway
+47 412 45 303
Nii Tettey Tetteh
Govt Director
+233 559 042 914
Electronic mail: [email protected]

BoG maintains policy rate at 16%


Dr Ernest Addison, Governor of Lavatory

BY ROSEMOND BOATENG ADDAI

THE Financial institution of (Bog), just after its 91st Financial Plan Meeting, has determined to manage its financial policy amount at 16%.

When briefing the media in Accra yesterday, Dr Ernest Addison, Governor of Bog, described that the conclusion was due to hazards to the inflation outlook which were broadly balanced.

He stated the most up-to-date forecast demonstrates that inflation would stay in just the concentrate on band in excess of the forecast horizon, barring any unforeseen shocks.

“Inflation anticipations, derived from the surveys, continue being rather anchored in solitary digits and core inflation (excluding vitality and utilities) is anticipated to stay at lower amounts,” he included.

The Governor said in the domestic economy, the indicators of economic activity were exhibiting sturdy trends.

In accordance to him, the bank’s Composite Index of Financial Exercise (CIEA) has revealed constant growth alongside favourable business and client sentiments.

He said “Gross Domestic Merchandise (GDP) expansion is projected at 7.% at yr close, supported by anticipations of elevated output in the sectors, and the continued implementation of progress-oriented govt flagship tasks. Personal expansion is rebounding and will guidance advancement in the outlook.”

Extra coverage measures

Dr Addison said the Lavatory, for a start off, was discovering a amount of new prudential and market place carry out regulatory measures to assistance foster more opposition in the banking sector and in the support reduce lending charges.

“To more supply amplified exercise in the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, the Bog is environment aside two per cent of the bank’s most important reserve to guidance focused lending to SMEs as section of the Business Credit Plan announced in the 2020 price range,” he claimed.

According to him, these money will be held at Lavatory and will be obtainable to banking companies that participate in the scheme.

The coverage level has been managed to 16% given that the commencing of the yr.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Rosemond Boateng Addai

 

 

 

Monetary Policy Committee maintains rate at 16 percent


Accra, Nov. 25, GNA
– The Monetary Coverage has stored its plan amount unchanged at 16
% for the fifth session in a row.

Addressing a push
meeting in Accra on Monday to announce the fee final decision soon after a assembly of
the committee, Dr Ernest Addison, reported regardless of hazards to the inflation outlook
currently being broadly well balanced the Committee determined to retain the plan rate at 16
% while monitoring developments likely ahead.

He mentioned inflation
was projected to keep within the medium-term target of 8±2 % around the
forecast horizon.

Headline inflation
declined from 7.8 p.c in August 2019 to 7.6 % in September, and has
given that inched up to 7.7 % in Oct on the back of the current upward
adjustment in administrative rates of electricity and drinking water.

“Inflation
expectations for organizations, people, and the fiscal sector, appear to be
effectively-anchored in single digits in spite of a slight choose-up in the Bank’s
measure of main inflation (headline inflation excluding gasoline and utilities),”
Dr Addison mentioned.

On the global
commodities sector, Dr Addison claimed favourable commodity price tag developments,
together with increased oil generation volumes, impacted positively on the
trade account.

In the period
January to September 2019, exports stood at US$11.7 billion (3.3 per cent once-a-year
expansion) though imports started recovering, reaching US$10. billion (2.5 %
annual growth).

This effects is a
more advancement of the trade surplus, which stood at US$1.68 billion (2.5
p.c of GDP), in contrast with US$1,557.32 (2.4 percent of GDP) in the very same
interval in 2018.

Latest transfers
enhanced, ensuing in a more reducing of the latest account deficit to
US$829.5 million (1.2 percent of GDP), as opposed to a deficit of US$1. billion
(1.5 per cent of GDP) in the exact interval of 2018.

Dr Addison reported the
present account deficit was financed by major inflows into the money
account, reflecting largely from the Eurobond proceeds and cocoa personal loan inflows.

The over-all stability
of payments recorded a surplus of US$878.9 million (1.3 % of GDP) over
the review interval, as opposed with a deficit of US$757. million (1.2 per cent of
GDP) in the former calendar year.

Gross
Reserves (GIR) greater by US$1.67 billion to US$8.70 billion as at November
15, 2019, offering cover for 4.2 months of imports. This compares with the stop
of December 2018 place of US$7.02 billion (equivalent to 3.6 months of
import include).

On the foreign
trade industry, the Ghana cedi depreciated by 10.4 per cent against the US
greenback as at November 21, 2019, in contrast with an 8.1 percent depreciation for
the corresponding period of time in 2018.

Against the British
pound and euro, the Ghana cedi cumulatively depreciated by 11.2 p.c and 7.4
per cent respectively, when compared with 2.6 p.c and 2.8 percent above the
corresponding period in 2018.

Provisional data on
the execution of the spending plan from January to September 2019 indicated that full
profits and grants amounted to GH¢36.3 billion (10.5 percent of GDP) in comparison
with the projected concentrate on of GH¢42. billion (12.1 % of GDP).

The profits
shortfalls had been from both tax and non-tax resources. Overall expenditures,
which includes arrears clearance was GH¢51. billion (14.8 p.c of GDP), down below
the focus on of GH¢56.1 billion (16. per cent of GDP).

These developments
resulted in an in general fiscal deficit (on a dollars foundation) of 4.5 per cent of GDP
versus the focus on of 4.1 per cent of GDP for the period. The primary equilibrium
also recorded a deficit of .3 % of GDP from a programmed surplus of
.1 % of GDP. The deficit was financed from each domestic and external
sources.

In line with these
developments, the stock of general public personal debt rose to 60.3 p.c of GDP (GH¢208.6
billion), at the stop of September 2019 in contrast with 56.8 p.c of GDP
(GH¢170.8 billion) at the stop of September 2018.

Of the whole debt
stock, domestic debt was GH¢101.4 billion, of which GH¢11.2 billion (3.8
percent of GDP) represented bonds issued to aid the money sector clear
up, although external debt was GH¢107.2 billion, with a share of 51.4 p.c in
the overall general public personal debt.

GNA

Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda Becomes Policy Direction For Africa—UNDP


Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda Becomes Policy Direction For Africa—UNDP

The United Nations Growth has adopted President Akuffo Addo’s Ghana Beyond Support as the new coverage direction for the overall African continent.

The UNDP at a Superior-Amount Dialogue with African influencers in Accra billed African leaders to harness means on the continent by means of creative imagination and innovation that will increase ’s financial state.

The software was themed, ‘Africa’s Income for African Growth: A Upcoming Outside of Support.’

The dialogue also employed means in deriving the finest outcomes from the implementation of the Africa Continental Absolutely free Trade Agreement and chances thereof.

Director at the Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP, Ahunna Eziakonwa lauded President Addo for demonstrating the way.

“I want to thank President Akufo Addo for sounding the clarion call assiduously and continuously doing the job in direction of this purpose,” she reported in a statement.

President Akufo Addo on his aspect reiterated the require for Africa to take its fate in its arms.

“I am insisting that we stop believing that our deliverance will come from benefactors. I am insisting that we take our destiny in our individual arms and do the job to carry us to where we do not glimpse for or assume charity”.

International Labour Migration Policy Coming


Minister of Employment, Will work and Housing, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, has hinted that the country will shortly have a policy that would control the export of labour to other nations around the world.

In accordance to the sector minister, the proposed Ghana International Labour Policy, presently right before Parliament sub-, will control illegal labour and assure the welfare of Ghanaian labour migrants, when accredited.

“Just a short while ago I direct a team from my ministry to satisfy the Parliament sub-committee to go over the labour migration strategy. If it sees the favour of Cabinet, then really shortly, we will have the Ghana Global Labour Migration Coverage which will seek to control Ghanaians that are doing the job outdoors,” Mr Baffour Awuah.

It is almost two yrs given that federal government put a ban on the export of neighborhood labour to nations around the world these types of as Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar because of common experiences of abuse of the rights of Ghanaians in those people countries.

But Mr. Baffour Awuah, speaking at the opening of the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) career honest in Accra the transfer will make certain the youth of the place have sustainable employment each inside and exterior the country.

“The alternatives are there previously we have signed a bilateral arrangement with Barbados to export nursing staff to the nation. We are also obtaining countries like Japan, United Arab Emirates, Canada and so quite a few other nations who want to have people from Ghana to come and do the job,” he reported.

Main Executive , YEA, Justin Kodua Frimpong, claimed the profession profession good falls in line with the Agency’s flagship ‘Job Centre’ and ‘The operate abroad’ programs geared towards creating sustainable work for the youth.”

He reported the Company believes there are various alternatives outside the confines of Ghana which the youth can fill consequently the partnership to prepare them for these types of roles.

The two-working day profession fair is in partnership with the long-lasting mission of Ghana to the UN and the United Nations Office of Human Assets (OHR).

Themed, “Creating consciousness in member States about Career alternatives and internships in the UN,” the celebration is aimed at making consciousness about position prospects and internships for the youth in the UN Method.
It also contains ability making and networking with civil modern society businesses and academia with the perspective to setting up know-how on UN recruitment procedures and maximizing potential clients for passing UN interviews.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

NYA holds validation for National Youth Policy


NYA boss Sylvester Tetteh

The Countrywide Authority has held a nationwide validation draft of 58 frameworks statement which will be implemented as the coverage.

The Main Govt Officer of the Countrywide Youth Authority (NYA), Sylvester Tetteh talking at the validation identified as for the advancement of an productive and very well thought as a result of coverage to have interaction and respond to the needs of the youth.

According to him, the current Countrywide Youth Coverage in its present-day form is not in shape to serve the function.

“There is the want to align the present plan with ’s advancement agenda as well as other pertinent Global Growth Protocols and Frameworks these types of as the United Nations Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 of the African Union,” he stated.

Talking at the Nationwide Validation of the Draft Countrywide Youth Coverage at Accra Electronic Centre, the C.E.O said that the present era of youthful men and women constitutes the biggest populace the planet has at any time seen.

“The process has been incredibly inclusive considering that the inception of the evaluation method. This hinged on the perception that no voice is much too tiny and no opinion is irrelevant. What we expressively desire is what can function for the excellent of our youth and country”, he stated.

He further pointed out that 1 in each and every 3 below the age of 30, and ninety percent (90%) of youthful individuals are dwelling in establishing nations around the world predominantly Asia and Africa.

“The condition for Ghana is not diverse. About 11.5 million of Ghana’s present population that is 38.8% according to the Ghana Statistical Support is within the youth cohort,” he additional.

Mr Tetteh also discovered that, the facts in the existing was dependent on the 2000 Populace and Housing Census by the Ghana Statistical Support.

“There is the want to capture the most latest data available using the 2010 Population and Housing Census to reflect latest tendencies in Ghana’s population demographics”, he claimed.

The NYA above a yr has been operating assiduously to craft a responsive youth plan that will engender the participation of Ghanaian Youth in Nationwide Growth as perfectly as facilitate the realisation of their desires and aspirations. The course of action has been really rich and participatory correct from the details-sharing classes, to the consultative classes with important stakeholders at the regional and national concentrations.

Mr. Tetteh disclosed that the closing drafting will be introduced to NYA for review and submission to the Minister for Youth and Athletics by stop of the year 2019.

“I am self-confident that the ultimate drafting of the plan statements primarily based on the inputs will be performed by the guide and Specialized Committee”, he extra.

Mr Evans Inkoom, Chairman of the technological committee in an interview with Starr Fm claimed, the 58 drafted statements mostly highlights difficulties regarding: Economic empowerment of youthful folks, youth wellbeing and nicely staying, Training, expertise advancement and innovation, youth participation and governance, cross chopping and mainstream, institutional framework for youth improvement and major youth development.

Resource: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/Prince Essien

 

Let’s also consider quality in Free SHS policy—Sheikh Barry


By
Alexander Nyarko Yeboah

Tema, Nov. 15, GNA –
The Federal must insist on the superior quality of college students as it
endeavou   rs to give all Ghanaian
kids an option to be educated by the totally free SHS coverage.

“Even although the
no cost SHS would assistance the weak and susceptible to go on their training,
governing administration need to have a system to test the maturity amount of pupils that
are made by the system,” says a Renowned Ghanaian Academician, Sheikh
Labaran Salifu Barry.

Sheikh Barry instructed
the Ghana News Company (GNA) in an job interview at Tema in a response to the
schooling aspect of the 2020 funds statement as offered to Parliament by Mr
Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister.

Sheikh Barry
insisted that even nevertheless the want was to get as quite a few folks as feasible
educated in Ghana, it was important to be certain that the quality of pupils
created was the function of the exercise, not just the numbers.

Sheikh Barry claimed
in excess of liberalization in any of nationwide existence could guide to collapse of
the sector if not adequately managed incorporating, “Where there is growth, there
will be a risk since the generation of top quality final results could be
compromised”.

He cited the
growth of tertiary education in Ghana as an case in point of how expansion introduced
in corruption in the perception that the private universities minimized requirements by
admitting “unqualified” candidates.

Sheikh Barry
explained that expansion in every sector by Ghana’s Advancement Associates
obtained outstanding results and benefited people nations around the world simply because the expansions
had been gradual and continues, “And in that perception, we ought to have experimented the
no cost SHS policy in advance of increasing it to the total nation”.

From the reading of
the funds, enrolment of the secondary stage of schooling increased
considerably by 43 for every cent concerning 2016 and 2018.

At the conclusion of the
2018/19 tutorial calendar year, whole beneficiaries for the two cohorts were 794,899
college students.

This selection is
projected to get to 1,264,000 with the addition of the 3rd cohort, and would
be the greatest quantity of students concurrently enrolled in the public secondary
schooling process in Ghana.

GNA

Government Insurance Policy For Entertainers Is Needless – Music Producer Kwasi Ernest


New music Kwasi Ernest has rubbished plans by
govt to institute coverage guidelines for individuals in the imaginative arts
business.

The initiative by the Ministry for Tourism, Arts and Lifestyle
to insure players in the Inventive Arts to permit them to have
comfortably outdated age has been achieved with mixed reactions from varied angles.

According to the ministry, the go had grow to be essential in
the gentle of the sorry point out of some veterans in the innovative sector, a
range of who have experienced to publicly beg for support. The proposed insurance
plan will cater for well being, pension deals, injuries on set etcetera of resourceful
arts gamers. Mr. Kwasi Ernest is a person who thinks this transfer isn’t a laudable
a single.

In an interview with Zeal on Homebase Tv set, he expressed his
disbelief in the reported insurance plan scheme and lamented the weak remuneration
procedure in the marketplace ought to fairly be looked at.

He stated, “I individually don’t in any one doing
insurance coverage for old musicians. If i have a great work, ill cater for myself and my
relatives without the need of anyone’s enable. No other job in the country is handled
this way so why are points distinct with the artistic arts?”

He pressured the stage that individuals in the marketplace are
absolutely fed up with deceits from successive governments.

Study to assess efficiency of T3 Malaria Policy launched


By
Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, Nov. 14, GNA
– Three organisations have collaborated 
and released a analysis review to assess and evaluate the efficiency of the
Check, Treat the Keep track of (T3) Malaria Plan in .

The associates are the
Alliance for Reproductive Overall health Rights, Kintampo Well being Investigate Centre and
the Anglican Diocesan Development Aid Group.

With support from
Coffy International, the review seeks to really encourage a greater Malaria Handle
, which permits folks to get the right intervention, at the correct time
and in the suitable spot.

Mr Peter Meyers of
Coffy Worldwide, at the launch of the Investigate study, in Accra on Thursday,
reported his organisation was hopeful to aid a associate-led understanding.

In 2012, the Environment
Overall health Group introduced a new initiative known as T3, Examination, Take care of and Keep track of
as a framework for Malaria Regulate and elimination.

Ghana adopted the T3
initiative in 2013, and made rules for implementing the policy.

Mr Meyers stated the
coverage sought to encourage a shift from fever invariably equated with Malaria to
the testing of each suspected circumstance in advance of therapy.

“Seven yrs just after
the start of the T3 coverage, it is necessary to evaluate and assessment the
effectiveness of the coverage in facilities”.

The examine would assist
fill proof gaps and implementation of the T3 coverage, aid discussions
about proof and advocate for investment decision in Malaria Command and Administration.

The examine will be
carried out in the Nzema East Municipality and Mpohor District, Kintampo North
Municipality and Kintampo South District in the and Mamprusi and Jirapa
Municipalities.

Nii Ankonu
Annorbah-Sarpei of the Alliance for Reproductive Overall health Rights, in a
presentation on the Introduction to the T3 study tactic mentioned, it would
lead to developing the capacities of different important well being Stakeholders to
boost effectiveness.

He said they would
work with a joint evaluation crew of health directorate staff, local
govt at the District Assembly stage and local community associates to collect
info, utilizing cellular telephones or tablets.

GNA

Engage in policy-based arguments, not rants


Politics of Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Supply: citinewsroom.com

Henry Nana BoakyeHenry Nana Boakye

The governing New Patriotic Occasion (NPP) has challenged the Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC) to interact in -primarily based conversations.

The NDC at a news meeting on Tuesday accused President Akufo-Addo of running a household and friends’ governing administration, following criticizing the former NDC administration of exact same.

The get together put out a record of people today serving in several positions in federal government who are allegedly relevant to the President, the Vice President or some of the President’s appointees.

The bash even named for the enactment of a regulation to halt these nepotism in govt.

“The enactment of anti-nepotism laws to aid test abuse of ability in the improvement of the nepotistic of President Akufo-Addo, his appointees and any unexpected recurrence is lengthy overdue in Ghana,” the NDC’s Nationwide Communications , Sammy Gyamfi experienced explained.

The Countrywide Youth Organizer of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, stated the NDC could have carried out far better.

“The persons of the Volta Area, also have their youngsters heading to secondary college for free. Without a doubt out of the 1.2 million learners at this time having fun with Senior Higher University, it is approximated that the 100,000 of these figures are from the Volta Area. They saw how the NHIS scheme immediately after the NPP cleared the above 1 billion credit card debt. Farmers in the Volta Region are key beneficiaries of the Planting For Food items and Work policy. They have observed some of their younger graduates remaining enrolled on NABCO and I keep declaring that as the National Youth Organiser, NABCO is a existence-conserving policy.

“This is the modify the nation voted for in 2016 and this is the that the 16 areas of Ghana are arranging to preserve and increase upon. This is because we are 1st to admit that there is a lot a lot more perform forward of us. Ghana requirements a President who enjoys undertaking the career. Not the just one who just enjoys the added benefits of the business as we observed with John Dramani Mahama. We are complicated the NDC that we want plan-primarily based, suggestions-primarily based arguments, not ranting or building sound.”

You’ve Deliberately Made Nepotism A Policy Under Your Gov’t – NDC To Akufo-Addo


You've Deliberately Made Nepotism A Policy Under Your Gov't – NDC To Akufo-Addo

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has stressed that President Akufo Addo has made nepotism as a his government.

The national Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi in a statement said, “It is clear that, President Akufo – Addo has made nepotism a deliberate policy in his administration…”

He said this at the 6th edition of the Moment of Truth series held at the national headquarters of the party today.

Sammy Gyamfi noted that the President who was then flagbearer deceived the people of Ghana when he stated at an NPP Delegates Conference in Kumasi on January 17, 2016 that he “… will not operate a family and friends’ government,” but appears to be doing the worst in the history of Ghana politics.

The vociferous Communications Officer further indicated that there are over 50 appointees in the Akufo-Addo’s government who are either families, friends, business or cronies of the President and the Vice including their Ministers and other appointees.

He concluded that due to the President’s institutionalization of nepotism, the enactment of an anti – nepotism legislation will help in the checking the abuse of political power as in the case of President Akufo-Addo.

Read full statement below:

A MOMENT OF TRUTH PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE UNPRECEDENTED NEPOTISM UNDER PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO, ADDRESSED BY THE NATIONAL COMMUNICATION OFFICER OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC), COMRADE SAMMY GYAMFI.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019

INTRODUCTION

Good morning to you all, distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the press. On behalf of the National Democratic Congress, I welcome you to the Sixth edition of the Moment of Truth series. As always, we thank you for honouring this invitation despite your busy schedules.

These regular engagements, afford us the opportunity to critically assess the performance of the deceptive and corrupt Akufo-Addo government in all areas of our national life – by separating truths from lies, facts from fiction, and good governance from bad governance in order to help Ghanaians demand accountability from their duty bearers.

Friends from the media, this afternoon, we shall discuss a very important subject. One that is not only critical to good governance, but also fundamental to the fight against corruption. We shall talk about nepotism – The ongoing Family and Friends governance of President Akufo-Addo and its disastrous effects on Ghana.

NEPOTISM

Simply defined, nepotism is the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. The practice is considered to be unethical, largely due to its conflict with the values of fairness and good governance. In governance, nepotism is even more dangerous due to its potential to compromise transparency and the fight against corruption as we have seen under this Akufo-Addo government.

Friends from the media, after our meticulous investigations into appointments made by President Akufo-Addo since the year 2017, we submit that the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government is the most nepotistic government in the sixty-two-year history of Ghana and we dare say, the world. Even Idi Amin Dada – the Butcher of Uganda, Jean-Bedel Bokassa and Mobutu Sese Seko – the looter of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) will envy President Akufo-Addo’s unprecedented brand of nepotism and clannism.

CANDIDATE AKUFO-ADDO’s FALSE ALLEGATION AGAINST PRESIDENT MAHAMA AND HIS FAKE PROMISE IN 2016

Members of the inky fraternity, it is important at this stage to give a brief historical context to this whole discussion about nepotism.

You may recall, that at an NPP Delegates Conference in Kumasi on Saturday, 17 January, 2016, then Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, made a solemn promise to the people of Ghana that, “I will not operate a family and friends’ government.” At that meeting, the NPP leader chided then President John Mahama for running what he called “a family and friends’ government,” and promised that should he win power, he will not operate same.

It is instructive to note, that at the time the current President was accusing former President Mahama of running a family and friends’ government, the NDC government, then, had only one appointee with any form of familial relations with the former President. That appointee was Hon. Joyce Bawa Mogtari (former Deputy Minister of Transport and a distant cousin to the former President).

Despite this notorious fact which was known to candidate Akufo-Addo, so loud were the accusations of nepotism against the erstwhile NDC administration, that Prof. Stephen Adei (a friend of Akufo-Addo, former Rector of GIMPA and now Chairman of the NDPC) had cause to accuse former President Mahama of running a government full of what he called “northerners”.

Distinguished friends from the media, as fate will have it, the man who accused the decent NDC administration of nepotism, now occupies the highest office of the land, and has a chance to keep his own vow made to Ghanaians in 2016. And what do we see? His promise not to operate a family and friends’ government now lies in tatters; trampled upon with indescribable contempt.

NEPOTISM: A DELIBERATE POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

Indeed, contrary to his campaign promise, President Akufo-Addo has normalized the culture of nepotism in his government. He has given true meaning to nepotism by surrounding himself with a plethora of family members, friends, loved ones including his former lovers all in furtherance of his state-capture agenda.

President Akufo-Addo has equated his powers conferred on him by the 1992 Constitution to hire and fire, to mean excessively and capriciously dispensing generosity to family, friends, kinsmen and loved ones. With flippant abuse of his powers and privileges as President of Ghana, he has appointed such people into various juicy positions in his government in a way never seen in the history of this country.

Similarly, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and other key government functionaries have also joined the President in this race to the bottom. Taking a cue from their boss, they have joined the nepotistic practice of abusing the power to appoint to satisfy their families and friends.

Ladies and gentlemen, our checks have revealed that there are over fifty (50) persons in the Akufo-Addo government, whose appointments can be related to their families, friends, business or close connections to Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Bawumia, their Ministers and other appointees. This unprecedented but unenviable practice injures good governance, and breeds corruption.

Ladies and Gentlemen, below are but a few of the examples which demonstrate the classic and unprecedented nepotism that President Akufo-Addo is presiding over.

THE CLASSIC EXAMPLES OF NEPOTISM UNDER PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, among Akufo-Addo’s uncountable relatives in government is Nana Asante Bediatuo, his cousin from Kyebi, who serves as his Executive Secretary. Bediatuo is not alone! He is joined in government by his father, Kofi Darko Asante, who chairs the Governing Council of GIMPA, his mother, Mrs. Vida Asante, who is the head of the Presidential Household and his brother, Kwesi Kuntu Asante, who sits on the Board of Ghana Hostels. In addition, Nana Asante Bediatuo’s sister, Lauretta Asante (marital name, Otchere), is one of the three Deputy Directors-General at SSNIT who have been appointed by this government.

Other relatives of President Akufo-Addo who currently occupy various positions in his government include, Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance, Samuel Atta Akyea, Works and Housing Minister, and Kwesi Amoako Atta, Minister for Roads and Highways, all of whom are cousins of the President.

Friends from the media, in an unprecedented move, President Akufo-Addo has made his own daughter, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, a member of the Creative Arts Council.

Ladies and Gentlemen, a major striking feature of Akufo-Addo’s nepotistic governance style is the ever present quartet made up of two appointees: Ken Ofori Atta, the Minister of Finance; and Duke Ofori Atta, brother of Ken Ofori Atta and a staffer at the office of the Chief of Staff, and also two non-appointees: The President’s younger brother, Edward ‘Akufo-Addo (Bumpty); and their nephew, Gabby Asare Okyere Darko – the de facto Prime Minister who per our sources, controls the President’s interests in government.

It must be noted that, even though ‘Bumpty’ and ‘Gabby’ do not hold formal positions in government, the two are the President’s closest advisors. Gabby, in particular, is considered as the most powerful man in the Akufo-Addo administration, second only to the President. Bumpty on the other hand, as revealed by our investigations, is the President’s main man in Ghana’s Energy sector with numerous interests.

Furthermore, the wife of Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, and in-law of the President, Nana Adjoa Hackman, is not left out of the sharing of the spoils, as she has been appointed to the Board of the GNPC – a key institution which pivots Ghana’s petroleum sector. Also, Mr. Ekow Hackman, brother of Gabby’s wife, Adjoa Hackman and hence Akufo-Addo’s son in law, has been appointed as the Board Chairman of BOST.

To add to the litany of familial relations of the President in government, and the unholy firm grip that the Akufo-Addo family has on the energy sector of Ghana, another cousin of the President, Rhodaline Baafour-Gyimah has been made a member of the Board of the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL). In addition, Mrs Baafour-Gyimah’s husband – a brother-in-law of the President – Mr. Alex Baafour Gyimah has also been rewarded for his relations with the President by being appointed to chair the Board of the Gaming Commission.

Also, another cousin of President Akufo-Addo, Nana Fredua Ofori Atta has been made Chairman of the National Theatre Board.

Ladies and gentlemen, in furtherance of his legendary practice of nepotism and clannism, Nana has not left out his paternal side from his distribution of state positions. Dr Edward Kwapong, the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the current Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Miss Gloria Akuffo are all paternal relatives of President Akufo-Addo.

Quite apart from the above-enumerated, President Akufo-Addo also has a long catalogue of relatives and friends deeply embedded at the Presidency. This was revealed after our careful perusal of the list of Presidential Staffers presented to Parliament early last year. Among them is his nephew, Michael Ofori Atta, who operates under the title of Director of ECOWAS. It is very puzzling to us what this role entails, given the fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration already has able hands to handle the affairs of the sub-regional body on behalf of the government of Ghana.

Still on the unprecedented list of Presidential staffers which has sent many tongues wagging for some time now, is another nephew of the President, William Ofori Atta, who bears the title of an “office assistant”, while yet another relative of the President, Alice Ofori Atta, has also been drafted in as a “protocol officer” at the Presidency.

In a move to further entrench nepotism, contrary to his euphonious rhetoric whilst in opposition, a relative of the first lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who goes by the name Gabriella Arafua Reindolf, has also found space on the gargantuan list of Presidential staffers as “Deputy Director, Hospitality”.

Furthermore, both Akosua Newman and Victor Newman her husband have been appointed to the presidency. Victor Newman is another paternal relative and long-standing associate of President Akufo-Addo. Whereas he is currently a Senior Presidential Advisor, his wife serves as an “Executive Assistant” at the Presidency.

Still on the record-breaking list of staffers is Shirley Laryea, who has been appointed as an Assistant Office Administrator at the Office of the President. Her husband, Mr. Gaddy Laryea is a known long-standing friend of the President.

Ladies and gentlemen, in what comes across to us as a romantic twist to this tale of family and friends, President Akufo-Addo has made Madam Virginia Hesse, who is known to have a daughter with him, Ghana’s ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Clearly, President Akufo-Addo has shown that he is not a man of his words and cannot be trusted.

Friends from the inky fraternity, several high-ranking officials in this government have taken a cue from the president in this very unenviable practice. One of such is the Finance Minister and cousin to the President, Ken Ofori Atta, who has also assembled a cast of close friends, relatives and business partners in many public financial institutions in order to have an unparalleled influence over the sector.

For example, a sister-in-law of the Finance Minister, Eno Ofori Attah, has been made Deputy Managing Director of SIC Financial Services, while another family relative by name Alice Ofori Atta, currently heads the Tema Development Corporation (TDC).

To further strengthen his hold over Ghana’s financial sector, Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh, a known protégé of the Finance Minister, has been appointed to the position of Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It must be added, that Ogbarmey Tetteh is a former Vice President of Data Bank, co-owned by Ken Ofori Atta.

Another former staff of Databank, Deila Awo Assimeh, a Company Secretary to Data Bank, has also been rewarded as a member of the SEC Board.

There is no gainsaying that these two acolytes of the Finance Minister have been strategically placed to make it very difficult, if not impossible to hold the Finance Minister to account for any aberrations of the law regarding the SEC. Therefore, it is not surprising to the financial sector in Ghana and to us in the NDC that Databank is almost always deemed worthy transaction advisors to the Finance Minister in most of our recent issuance of sovereign bonds. To all intents and purposes, the operations of Databank, which is co-owned by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, now extends into the domain of the Finance Ministry, which he heads.

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, the despicable practice of nepotism by the Akufo-Addo government has assumed perhaps a bigger centre stage at the Finance Ministry. Our investigations have revealed that Hon. Ken Ofori Atta, who heads that Ministry, has supplanted a number of highly-qualified and seasoned technocrats, and in their stead, placed middle level cronies from Databank to occupy top roles responsible for implementing government’s economic and financial policies.

One of such persons is his nephew, Michael Asare Bediako, who has been planted as his Special Assistant at the Ministry.

Other erstwhile Databank staff who now sit comfortably at the Finance Ministry and other agencies under it include Ernest Akore, a former non-executive director at Databank, who is now a Board Member of the Ghana Revenue Authority. Another is Sampson Akligoh, who was once a Vice President at Databank in charge of Research. He now heads the Financial Sector Division of the Finance Ministry.

Others include Felicia Gyamfi Ashley, a former Human Resource manager at Databank who is now a member of the Entity Tender Committee of the Finance Ministry, and Ntiwaa Daaku Kwakye, also a former staff of Databank who has also been fixed at the Finance Ministry.

This brazen nepotism has obviously incurred the wrath of many senior staff of the Finance Ministry, who are incensed by the continuous recruitment of several Databank staff at the Ministry.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Need I add more?

Even Charles Adu Boahen, one of the three Deputy Ministers at the Finance Ministry, has arguably more than a mere working relationship in government with the Finance Minister. His business partnership with Ken Ofori Atta dates back to the purchase of shares in Enterprise Group previously held by Sanlam, a South African investment firm, by Black Star Holdings Limited, a company which was founded by Hon. Adu Boahen. These two men now have an opportunity to continue drinking from the same pot at the Finance Ministry.

Indeed, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta who recently infamously described innocent investors in Menzgold as “greedy”, continues to exhibit arguably the obscenest avarice ever witnessed in our political annals.

Apart from the above examples, the Finance Minister has additional sea of strategically-placed allies in key state financial institutions, with whom he shares close ties of friendship and business interests.

Among them include Keli Gadzekpo, a long-standing acolyte and co-founder of Databank and head of the Enterprise Group, and Madam Comfort Ocran, both of whom now sit comfortably on the Bank of Ghana Board – the Board which has engineered the collapse of 420 financial institutions and rendered thousands of breadwinners jobless. Keli Gadzekpo also doubles as chairman of the ECG Board of Directors.

Another associate of the Finance Minister, by name Lynn Allotey Gadzekpo, sister-in-law of Keli Gadzekpo, has also been appointed to the Bank of Ghana Board. Also, on the prestigious Board of the Bank of Ghana is Dr. Kwame Owusu Nyantakyi, a brother- in- law of the President (married to the First Lady’s sister).

Others among the Databank cohort are Yoofi Grant, current CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, who between 2009 and 2012 was an Executive Director in charge of Business Development and Private Equity Division at Databank. Yet another former Databank employee, is Michael Addotey Addo, who is now a Deputy Director-General at SSNIT.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is very instructive to note that in sharing the spoils of power to family, friends and loved ones, the Vice President Dr. Bawumia neither opposed it nor recused himself. Dr. Bawumia’s father-in-law (father of Second Lady, Samira Bawumia), Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, has been made Ghana’s envoy to the United Arab Emirates. We also must add, that Alhaji Ramadan’s son; who is Dr Bawumia’s brother in-law has also been appointed as a Deputy Director-General of NADMO. Additionally, Mumuni Abdulai Bawumia, a brother of Vice President Bawumia, has been appointed as Technical Advisor to the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Derry.

Learning from President Akufo-Addo and Bawumia, various ministers of state in this government have also diligently followed these shameful footsteps of their bosses by also dispensing generosity to their families and friends.

Beyond Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Ken Ofori-Atta, specifically, the man who actually leads this pack is the Senior Minister, ‘friend’ and defender of Aisha Huang of China, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo. Even though Mr Osafo Marfo discouraged NPP footsoldiers and the youth of Ghana from seeking jobs in the public sector because it is choked, his two sons are comfortably serving in the public sector.

Ladies and Gentlemen, these privileged sons are: Kwadwo Gyamfi Osafo Marfo, who now serves as Deputy Director-General and Acting Head of Cyber Security at the NCA, and Kofi Bosompem Osafo Marfo (also his son), who is now a Deputy Director-General of SSNIT.

Let’s stay a little while longer at the National Communications Authority. The Hon. Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has conveniently fixed two of her allies, namely Olivia Quartey and Prince Sefah, as Deputy Directors-General in charge of Managerial Operations and Operations respectively. It still remains a mystery as to what these two nebulous roles actually entail within the scheme of things of the NCA.

By the same token, the Director General of the NCA – Joe Anokye, has not stopped short of drafting several of his apparatchiks into various positions at the Authority. These include but not limited to: Kwame Gyan, Nathan Musah, Collinson Nii Clottey Oko, Charles Ronald Sanny, Nelly Debrah, Josephine Adu-Fowaa and Harry Mcninson.

Friends from the media, over and above these despicable nepotistic appointments, at the Party level, the wife of the National Chairman, Freddy Blay (Gina Blay), is now Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany, while the son of the speaker of Parliament, Mike Ocquaye Jnr, is Ghana’s representative to India. Our investigations also revealed that the Speaker’s daughter, Maria Edith Ocquaye, has recently been made the Head of Corporate Affairs for the National Petroleum Authority

Also, Akosua Manu, daughter in law of Peter Mac-Manu, Board Chair of the GPHA and Former Chairman of the NPP has also been appointed as Deputy CEO of the National Youth Authority.

Last but not least, at the Fisheries Ministry sits the ever-present Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye (MP), under whose watch about GHS22 million worth of premix fuel was defalcated in a massive scandal in 2017. Indeed in 2017 alone she superintended over about 200 cases of premix fuel diversion. At the heart of these stinking scandals was her brother, Joseph Botchwey, whom she appointed as Administrator of the National Premix Secretariat. He functions alongside her nephew, Elikem Sewordor, who is the Southern Volta Coordinator of the Premix Secretariat.

NEPOTISTIC BUSINESS DEALINGS

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, a natural consequence of this unprecedented level of nepotism, is total state capture. Beyond planting his relatives and close friends in top positions, President Akufo-Addo has opened up the public purse for total scramble by these family and friends. He has ensured their total dominance of several sectors of the Ghanaian economy to the detriment of other Ghanaians who are better qualified and in a much better position to execute government jobs.

The object of this is to enrich himself and his close relatives contrary to his claim that he did not come to power to enrich himself.

In some instances, contracts and jobs won legitimately by genuine contractors and service providers have been taken away from them and given to relatives of the President.

For the sake of brevity, we will provide just a few examples to buttress this point.

1. HOW PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO TOOK OIL SUPPLY CONTRACTS FROM BOST AND GAVE IT TO A COMPANY ASSOCIATED WITH HIS BROTHER, BUMPTY.

When President Akufo-Addo came to office in January, 2017, Goil and other state entities in the petroleum sector were supplied finished products by BOST, a state-owned entity. As soon as President Akufo-Addo took office, a company called Stratcon Energy, was hurriedly formed in 2017 and has taken over the supply of oil products to GOIL, BOST, TOR and VRA.

If you are wondering, ladies and gentlemen, how a company formed only in 2017 can secure this lucrative contract to supply oil to all these state entities, look no further. Stracon Energy is owned by the husband of Adeline Akufo-Addo, daughter of President Akufo-Addo’s brother Edward ‘Bumpty’ Akufo-Addo. Only this familial connection with President Akufo-Addo could have guaranteed this deal.

2. HOW PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO GAVE PUBLIC FUNDS TO HIS BROTHER IN LAW TO INVEST IN A HOTEL PROJECT.

In December, 2018, President Akufo-Addo allowed the state-owned Ghana Infrastructure and Investment Fund (GIIF) to partly finance a private hotel project being undertaken by his brother in law, Dr Kwame Nyantakyi Owusu (married to the President’s wife’s sister) at the Airport City in Accra. This is one more example of the sort of nepotism and cronyism being practiced by President Akufo-Addo.

Ladies and gentlemen, the above are but a few of the monstrous levels of nepotism taking place in the family and friend’s government of President Akufo-Addo.

The question is: where did ‘Ama’ Ghana go wrong? What sin has Ghanaians committed to be subjected to such crude governance which Idi Amin Dada – the Butcher of Uganda, Jean-Bedel Bokassa and Mobutu Sese Seko – the looter of Zaire never dreamt of?

CONCLUSION

Ladies and gentlemen, as I have already indicated, the classic and numerous examples of nepotism cited are but a few of the plethora of family, friends, loved ones and cronies’ appointments which have characterised the deceptive and corrupt Akufo-Addo government.

It is clear that, President Akufo-Addo has made nepotism a deliberate policy in his administration and we can safely say without any equivocation that, the Akufo-Addo government is the most nepotistic in the world.

These family and friends’ appointments have also exposed the hollowness and deceptive nature of the President’s infamous rhetoric in Kumasi, in 2016, when he vowed not to operate a family and friends’ government. Simply put, President Akufo-Addo has failed to translate his words into action. His style of governance continues to expose his weaknesses with each passing day.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have brought these to your attention for Ghanaians to see the extent of abuse that President Akufo-Addo has subjected the public purse to. Apart from having an extraordinarily-bloated government with 124 Ministers and over 1000 Presidential staffers, he appears to have made family connections a key pre-requisite for appointments into his government.

This has predictably spawned several conflicts of interest situations, clear acts of corruption, victimization of existing businesses, arm twisting and extortion. Indeed, the business community is on its knees and at the mercy of these family and friends’ cliques.

Thus, the festering culture of patronage and corruption ongoing in this Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government does not come as a surprise at all. The rising corruption we are witnessing today is truly and inextricably linked to the excessive practice of nepotism by President Akufo-Addo. His inability to crack the whip on his errant and corrupt officials cannot be divorced from the ties of family and friendship that binds him and his appointees together. The biggest question for us therefore is, how can our nation overcome corruption when our President practices one of its inseparable bedfellows called nepotism? Your guess is as good as mine.

It is our hope that over and above what many Ghanaians know already, these revelations will dawn on Ghanaians, that President Akufo-Addo, contrary to his lofty and dovish rhetoric in opposition, is supervising the capture of the state in furtherance of familial interest. All the desperate attempt made to shield him from public scrutiny and the sanctimonious claims of incorruptibility are but a tenuous smokescreen behind which real damage is being done to our nation.

Anti-Nepotism Law

Ladies and Gentlemen, in view of the institutionalization of nepotism by President Akufo-Addo, the enactment of an anti-nepotism legislation to help check abuse of political power in the advancement of the nepotistic agenda of President Akufo-Addo, his acolytes and any unforeseen recurrence is long overdue in Ghana.

This law, can take the form, and even be an improvement of section 3110 of title 5, of the United States Code, which forbids a public official from appointing a relative to a civilian position in the agency over which that official exercises jurisdiction or control.

To this end, we call on Civil Society Organisations and all well-meaning Ghanaians to join us, as we advocate the initiation and passage of an Anti-Nepotism Law for Ghana.

We contend that, notwithstanding the enormous constitutional powers conferred on the President to hire and fire, such powers must not be exercised in a whimsical manner in furtherance of the interest of family members, friends and cronies. And, we believe that the time has come for Ghana to enact an Anti-Nepotism law that imposes clear restrictions on the employment of close relatives, as it’s done in other jurisdictions.

Thank you for coming and may God continue to bless our homeland Ghana.

Signed.

SAMMY GYAMFI

National Communications Officer

Child & Family Welfare Policy Records Positive Impact


Regional MMDA and NGO companions at the instruction workshop

An intervention by UNICEF in some chosen districts in the Bigger Accra Region, underneath the Boy or girl and Spouse and children Policy of Ghana and the Nationwide Gender Plan, has served in lessening the exploitation of kids.

Creating this regarded through a 7 days-long teaching for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Wellbeing at Dodowa, District Chief Executive for Shai Osudoku, Daniel Akuffo, shared the effect of the intervention in his district.

He claimed it has assisted protect against violence, abuse and exploitation of small children whilst protecting them from all varieties of damage.

“The intervention is well timed considering that my District is fast urbanizing with people from Accra locating this position as the alternative destination, and we all know urbanization will come with its have worries,” Mr. Akuffo extra.

He also stressed the heightened ranges of awareness of baby protection problems that communities in the district have recently recorded, owing all to the input from the new Policy.

Mr. Akuffo even so known as for continuous and dedicated aid from companies so that they can raise the coverage from the 33 communities currently benefiting to all 200 communities in his district.

Performing Regional Director for the Department of Local community Enhancement, Vera Allotey, outlined the a number of routines that have been undertaken to the implementation of the Safety Device Package in 255 communities in 6 districts of the region.

“Twenty-3 thousand, 7 hundred and eleven (23,711) contributors have been reached and sensitized as a result of intensive local community engagement finished from November 2018 to February 2019,” she explained.

She added that even though the actions they had established in area had not been relatively thriving in dealing with the difficulties, a response in the form of new established of equipment and supplemental modules on Adolescence, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender and SGBV have been produced and finalized for production.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

Government to improve on Free Senior High School policy – Veep


By
Jerry Azanduna, GNA

Bawku (UE) Oct. 29,
GNA – Dr Alhaji Mahammudu Bawumia, the Vice President has explained govt will
carry on to offer the essential sources to make improvements to the Free of charge Senior Superior University
plan for top quality education in the country.

He mentioned training
was the bedrock of nationwide advancement, and an region in which the human resource
was produced, for this reason government’s commitment to channel the chunk of the
nation’s sources to earning it vibrant.

Dr Bawumia said this
in a speech go through on his behalf by the Upper East Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Frank
Fuseini Adongo, at the 55th speech and prize- providing day of the Bawku Senior
Large College in Bawku, Higher East Area.

Speaking on the
topic, “Academic Good results through Self-discipline, Co-Procedure and Commitment of
Stakeholders”, the Vice President mentioned it was in line with government’s
to reshape the educational method for task creation and socio-financial
transformation of the state.

“We are fully commited to
giving sufficient infrastructure to enable instructional establishments offer
quality education to the of the country”, he reported, and urged the pupils
to target on attaining self-building techniques via the new curriculum currently being
rolled out and built to change from the concept dependent discovering to realistic
studying.

He said as portion of
efforts to market instructing and learning, government by its unexpected emergency
projects, delivered the with a single-storey dormitory block for the
girls and six-device classroom block for teaching and discovering.

A six-unit classroom
block with an office and store accommodation hooked up was handed more than to the
college, even though a six-unit flat for teachers accommodation was also done and
would soon be handed over to the school by the Nationwide Petroleum cooperation,
he reported. 

The Reverend
Sylvester Agalga, the Performing Headmaster of the school appealed to govt
and other stakeholders to proceed to guidance them to increase on its
infrastructure, logistics and other instructional features together with h2o and
sanitation, road network, and transportation among other factors.

About 64 learners
were being presented with awards for exceptional tutorial efficiency, with Ms Rukayatu
Abdullah Jambedu as the ideal scholar for the 2018 West Africa Senior Substantial
Faculty Certification Evaluation (WASSCE) while Learn Eliasu Bansi Yahaya took
the best executing university student for the 2019 WASSCE.

A set of brass band
tools was presented to the university by DCOP Patrick Attampugre Akologo of the
Law enforcement Services, to market its added-curriculum activities.

A plaque with
quotation of recognition was offered to Major Typical William Azure of the
Ghana Armed Forces (GAF)and Mr Patrick Attampuggre Akologo Deputy Commissioner
of Law enforcement (DCOP) of the Ghana Police Company for their determination and
dedication as aged pupils in direction of the growth of the faculty.

GNA

Rawlings awarded for introducing policy reforms to mining sector


Organization Information of Sunday, 20 October 2019

Resource: Myjoyonline.com

Rawlings Mining1.jfifThe citation remaining presented to previous President Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has been honoured by unionized mine workers for spearheading massive reforms in the mining through his tenure.

The award scheme which coincided with the Ghana Mineworkers Union’s 75th Anniversary sought to recognise and honour distinguished statesmen who have played major roles in shaping the mining sector.

In accordance to the quotation that accompanied the award, Mr Rawlings initiated and implemented intense insurance policies to encourage expenditure into the minerals economic system in Ghana.

The previous President immediately after getting the award singled out some previous ministers who labored with him for praise.

“The likes of the late Comrade Ebo Tawiah, Fred Ohene Kena, who not long ago passed Dr Kwesi Botchwey, Kwame Peprah, to mention a several, played incredibly substantial roles in making sure the revitalisation of the mining sector,” he claimed.

On his section, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko-Brobbey highlighted the contribution of the mining sector to the financial system.

He also hinted designs to think about mounted-phrase employment for mine staff.

Secretary Normal of the Trades Union Congress TUC Dr Yaw Baah, requested to protect the sector to guarantee it carries on to contribute to the improvement of the state.

Some other personalities involved Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the late Dominic Foevie and Ebow Tawiah, a previous member of the Provisional Nationwide Protection Council (PNDC).

School feeding policy is for pupils, not teachers


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The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Safety has explained to lecturers to end complaining about the food items they get from caterers utilizing the Feeding Programme.

Cynthia Morrison said the caterers are only doing the academics a favour for the reason that the programme covers only school young children.

“There are a good deal of lecturers and we are predicted to give them food. These instructors from time to time demand from customers particular desire, demanding meats and stuff, which is further than what we are supposed to present. In the meantime, they are not aspect of this feeding programme,” she stated.

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Photo: Cynthia Morrison is Gender Minister.
A single of the caterers, Nana Kakyere Serwah, raising challenges with persistent grievances from some academics about the foods served them stated, “there are about 36 instructors in each and university, which is equal to 1 comprehensive course of college students. We hope the government will deal with this problem so that they will be material with the tiny we provide them.”

Reacting to the concerns of the caterers, the Ministers for Gender, Children and Social Defense reported caterers feed instructors at an additional charge to by themselves so the teachers ought to lessen their anticipations.

“If the caterers are supplying them (lecturers) food, then they (teachers) are only performing them a favour. They were not at first section of the concept. The food stuff is supposed to be for the faculty children and so if they are partaking in it then they should no matter what is provided to them,” the Minister advised JoyNews in an interview.

The Gender Minister was talking at a capability creating workshop in the Kwabre East municipality of the Ashanti Area.

Madam Morrison is also anxious about the inclination of a section of the public to paint a bad picture of the programme.

“Often, you hear of terrible foodstuff someplace and the media carries it as if it is almost everywhere. And I’m happy you are in this article, go all around and glimpse at the food. But you know bad information sells, so with what we have observed currently, distribute the information that College Feeding is accomplishing incredibly very well,” she urged journalists.

Storage amenities and hygienic kitchens also came up for dialogue at the event.

A portion of the general public has complained about the unhygienic nature of some kitchens. Sometimes caterers have been compelled to cook dinner in open up areas.

One particular of the caterers, Endurance Owusu Amponsah, reemphasises the issue and laments about how they have to prefinance to make presentable kitchens or spend for clear water at their own cost.

Patience Owusu Amponsah reported caterers sometimes wander kilometres to get clean drinking water with no guidance from educational facilities.

“Receiving a presentable kitchen area is highly-priced and we will not have water services in several of the educational facilities,” she stated.

The Minister desires Ghanaians to enhance government’s effort and hard work by creating these facilities via communal labour.

School feeding programme
The intention of the School Feeding Programme is to provide a very well-organised, decentralised intervention supplying deprived college young children with nutritionally sufficient, locally created foods thereby lessening poverty as a result of improved household incomes and effective local economic enhancement.

It is run by the Ghana Faculty Feeding Programme Secretariat in partnership with worldwide agencies which include the Planet Lender, the World Foods Programme, the Partnership for Kid Growth and UNICEF, as effectively as corporations which includes Canadian Global Growth Agency (CIDA), the US Agency for Worldwide Progress (USAID) and the Dutch embassy.

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