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Ministry of Foreign Affairs begins investigation on mistreatment of Ghanaians in China

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Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh and Chinese Ambassador to Ghana
Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh and Chinese Ambassador to Ghana

In our earlier reportage on issues of mishandling of Ghanaian nationals in some parts of the world, we noted with urgency on how some Ghanaians in China have been mistreated in the wake of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. Following our publications among many, it has come to our attention that, the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has engaged the Chinese Government through the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana and its Embassy over the week.

In a new development, the Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri Constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh has disclosed that, he met with the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana over reports of mistreatment of Ghanaians in China. According to him, they both agreed to constitute a committee to investigate the reports and find a lasting solution on the matter.

“I met the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana over reports of mistreatment of Ghanaians in China, Guangdong Province supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a special task force to investigate all reports. Complaints are settled daily.” He disclosed.

According to him, “During the pandemic, the Province will take no legal action against illegal migrants, including no arrests, no penalty and no repatriation.”

Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh also added that, the local government has put in place special packages for African tenants who have been discharged from self quarantine including free accommodation. “African tenants discharged from quarantine receive assistance from local government in securing accommodation” He assured.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs indicated that, the Chinese Government has introduced some new and special measures in some sectors to address the challenges faced by Africans in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. “The Chinese Govt has introduced undifferentiated service measures in nine industries including health, education, catering, transportation, tourism, hotel, shopping mall, residence and housing leasing industry to solve the common problems encountered by Africans.” He explained.

In conclusion, Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh revealed that, his outfit has been reliably informed on some positive development on how Ghanaian nationals in China were treated, saying the situation is now calm. That notwithstanding, he will keep watch over reports and news on the subject matter. “I am reliably informed the situation is much calmer now. However, I will keep an eye on events as they develop.”

Jerry John Rawlings Made Ghanaians Lazy – Kennedy Agyapong

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Business man and the Member of Parliament for the Assin Central constituency Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has revealed why many  Ghanaians are lazy.

In an interview on Yfm, Kennedy Agyapong revealed that the former President of the Republic of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings is remote cause of the laziness of many Ghanaians.

During the interview, the Member of Parliament was asked if he thinks  information on how to do business is not available to the youth or  they don’t just want to listen. In his answer, Kennedy said

The perception unfortunately in this country that ‘sika duro’ is there when we were growing up was there but the person who worsened the situation was ex president Rawlings. He made people lazy and over dependent on government because when he came, he killed and collapsed successful Ghanaian businesses in this country.”

He explained that when he came yo power,  he killed or force certain business owners to run away from the country and allowed their workers to take over the businesses and run and as the employees don’t know the thinking that went into the setting up of the businesses they end up collapsing them.

He further added that “Rawlings created the impression that the business owners were cheating their workers. He indoctrinated Ghanaians to the extent that everything was about Government. So you’ll see that today, most of our people have become beggars.”

He finally concluded that “anyone who depends on government will never succeed in life because, what the government has, she has to share to everybody”

BELOW IS THE VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW WITH HON.KENNEDY AGYAPONG ON YFM

 

BoG has Printed Gh¢5.5bn to finance GoG’s Operations and is Planning to Print even more – Ato Forson

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Cassiel Ato Forson,
Cassiel Ato Forson,

According to the Member of Parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency in the Central Region and a former minister for Finance Cassiel Ato Forson, lthe Bank of Ghana has printed GhC5.5bn to finance GoG’s operations and is planning to print even more.

He said despite President Akufo-Addo’s vociferous public debt politics in opposition, he has added some Gh¢116 billion to Ghana’s public debt.

He argued that, analyzing the summary of Economic and Financial Data for May 2020 put out by the Bank of Ghana reveals that in just 3 years and a few months, the current government increased Ghana’s debt from Gh¢120.3 billion in December 2016 to Gh¢236.1 billion by 31st March 2020.

Ato Forson also said “It is even more troubling to note that if the public debt is shared among all Ghanaians, each of us owe a whopping GhC7,836.00.” 

Below Are Other Observations He said he realized that he highlighted are below:

  • First, it is wrong for the Bank of Ghana to express the actual public debt as at 31st March 2020 as a percentage of the projected GDP for end of the year, that is December 2020 which creates an obvious erroneous impression.
  • Secondly, BoG is using December 2020 projected nominal GDP of GhC398,048 billion instead of the official projected nominal GDP of GhC385,251 billion which the government shared with the IMF in April 2020.
  • In effect, the Bank of Ghana is deliberately using a higher Nominal GDP to create the false impression that government’s nominal debt as percentage of GDP is low. This is intellectual dishonesty and dangerous not only to Ghanaians but to the investor community. This is not only shameful but goes a long way to damage the otherwise reputable image of the BoG.
  • Bank of Ghana should be reminded that it is not a political institution but an important technical and professional institution of State whose reputation is very crucial to Ghana’s economic progress.
  • I therefore call on the BoG to as a matter of urgency come clean and rectify what is now an exposed plot to deceive Ghanaians and the investor community.
  • Thirdly, I wish to draw the attention of the Governor and the Minister of Finance to Section 30 of the Bank of Ghana Act, 2002 (Act 612) as amended by the Bank of Ghana (Amendment) Act, 2016 (Act 918) regarding the breach of the ceiling for central bank financing that has occurred.
  • The 2019 Domestic Revenue was GhC51,988.01m and 5 percent of this is about GhC2,599.40m
  • Regrettably, the Bank of Ghana has already disbursed GhC5.5bn to finance Government of Ghana’s operations without recourse to the laws of Ghana.
  • In clear terms, the Bank of Ghana has printed GhC5.5bn to finance GoG’s operations and is planning to print even more. This is a flagrant breach of the Bank of Ghana Act.
  • The Minority in Parliament therefore cautions the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, that there are consequences for his actions.
  • In any case, why has the Bank of Ghana become an extension of the Ministry of Finance? Instead of government aggressively embarking on fiscally austere measures such as pruning down the size of government by cutting down the number of government appointees to make savings, government is rather stampeding the resources of the Bank of Ghana at will.
  • It is time to end the financial recklessness and give way to prudent and credible management of the economy to avoid this #TotalFailure

Nana Addo’s Government increased Ghana’s Debt by Gh¢116 Billion in less than 4 years – Cassiel Ato Forson

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Cassiel Ato Forson,
Cassiel Ato Forson,

According to the Member of Parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency in the Central Region and a former minister for Finance Cassiel Ato Forson, despite President Akufo-Addo’s vociferous public debt politics in opposition, he has added some Gh¢116 billion to Ghana’s public debt in just 3 years and a few months.

He added that, analyzing the summary of Economic and Financial Data for May 2020 put out by the Bank of Ghana reveals that Ghana’s total debt stock as of March 2020 stood at GhC236.1 billion thus an increment from Gh¢120.3 billion in December 2016 to Gh¢236.1 billion by 31st March 2020 which is an increment of Gh¢116 billion in just 3 years and a few months.

Ato Forson also said “It is even more troubling to note that if the public debt is shared among all Ghanaians, each of us owe a whopping GhC7,836.00.” 

Below Are Other Observations He said he realized that he highlighted are below:

  • First, it is wrong for the Bank of Ghana to express the actual public debt as at 31st March 2020 as a percentage of the projected GDP for end of the year, that is December 2020 which creates an obvious erroneous impression.
  • Secondly, BoG is using December 2020 projected nominal GDP of GhC398,048 billion instead of the official projected nominal GDP of GhC385,251 billion which the government shared with the IMF in April 2020.
  • In effect, the Bank of Ghana is deliberately using a higher Nominal GDP to create the false impression that government’s nominal debt as percentage of GDP is low. This is intellectual dishonesty and dangerous not only to Ghanaians but to the investor community. This is not only shameful but goes a long way to damage the otherwise reputable image of the BoG.
  • Bank of Ghana should be reminded that it is not a political institution but an important technical and professional institution of State whose reputation is very crucial to Ghana’s economic progress.
  • I therefore call on the BoG to as a matter of urgency come clean and rectify what is now an exposed plot to deceive Ghanaians and the investor community.
  • Thirdly, I wish to draw the attention of the Governor and the Minister of Finance to Section 30 of the Bank of Ghana Act, 2002 (Act 612) as amended by the Bank of Ghana (Amendment) Act, 2016 (Act 918) regarding the breach of the ceiling for central bank financing that has occurred.
  • The 2019 Domestic Revenue was GhC51,988.01m and 5 percent of this is about GhC2,599.40m
  • Regrettably, the Bank of Ghana has already disbursed GhC5.5bn to finance Government of Ghana’s operations without recourse to the laws of Ghana.
  • In clear terms, the Bank of Ghana has printed GhC5.5bn to finance GoG’s operations and is planning to print even more. This is a flagrant breach of the Bank of Ghana Act.
  • The Minority in Parliament therefore cautions the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, that there are consequences for his actions.
  • In any case, why has the Bank of Ghana become an extension of the Ministry of Finance? Instead of government aggressively embarking on fiscally austere measures such as pruning down the size of government by cutting down the number of government appointees to make savings, government is rather stampeding the resources of the Bank of Ghana at will.
  • It is time to end the financial recklessness and give way to prudent and credible management of the economy to avoid this #TotalFailure

 

I have been looking at the Summary of Economic and Financial Data for May 2020 put out by the Bank of Ghana. It is…

Posted by Cassiel Ato Forson on Sunday, May 17, 2020

 

 

Kidi & Accra Fm Saga: I would have Vandalized Everything At the Accra Fm Studio if I were Kidi’s Manager – Bulldog

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Ghana Bulldog
Bulldog

The manager  Shatta Wale Lawrence Asiamah also called Bulldog has reacted to Nana Romeo’s sacking of Kidi from Accra FM by their mid morning show host Nana Romeo.

In an interview with Nana Adwoa Annan on Atinka FM, Bulldog fumed that, what the radio show host did to musician Kidi is very bad and uncalled for because Kidi will not be given anything for the interview so, the radio presenter shouldn’t have gotten angry over him arriving late.

ALSO READ: Video: How Kidi was “Sacked” from Accra Fm for Arriving Late for An Interview

See, this will never happen to Shatta Wale…it will never happen; Like I will vandalize everything in the studios because the boy (Kidi) the brand ambassadors for one of the big companies in Ghana; Samsung so, it’s a disrespect to the Samsung brand. If I have a charcoal company and I want to sign him as my brand ambassador I will be thinking twice,” Bulldog added angrily.

BACKGROUND

Popular Ghanaian Musician Dennis Nana Dwamena, better known as KiDi was scheduled for an interview on Thursday  14th may,2020 on Accra 100.5 FM at 11:00 am with Nana Romeo.

However, the interview did not come on because the musician Kidi arrived late and the host of the program Nana Romeo and his production team decided not to hold the interview with him because Kidi always arrives for radio interviews on their station very late.

BELOW IS THE VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED ON ACCRA FM BETWEEN KIDI AND NANA ROMEO

 

 

 

Bullet ( Rufftown Records) to Part Ways with Fantana

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A letter sighted by coverghana indicates that Rufftown records in preparing to part ways with one of it’s signers Francine Nyanko Koffi also known as Fantana.

Over the last two days, the Rufftown signee Fantana made certain allegations that Bullet made her lie on numerous entertainment platforms just to make Wendy Shay look good in the eyes of the public.

In the letter signed by Ricky Nana Agyemang also known as Bullet, the record label is inviting Fantana to a request for  a mutual termination meeting with the management of the record label  on Monday 18th may, 2020.

“The management of Rufftown Records’      attention has been drawn to two separate incidents that have taken place in the last two days on Instagram video by your good self In these live broadcasts, you made certain statements and raised issues which in the view of management seeks to dent the hard-earned reputation of the company within the music industry.
In view of this, management would like to request a meeting between yourself and
management to enable us commence discussions on your future dealings with the record label.”  The letter indicated 

Rufftown records part ways with Fantana

 

Wendy Shay is a Local Champion-Fantana

 

 

Dr. Bawumia Gifts his Class 3 teacher a Brand New Tractor

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The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has gifted one of his lower primary school teachers a brand new tractor.

According to the information available to coverghana.com.gh, this gift from the vice president to Mr kolanbik Jacob Duut who taught him in primary 3 is to thank him for vital role he played in his education at the   Sakasaka Primary School in Tamale.

The presentation of the tractor was done by the MP of Bunkpurugu and North East Regional Minister, Hon. Solomon Boar on behalf of the Vice President in Nakpanduri.

According to the 75 years old former teacher, the Vice President;

“Dr. Bawumia was brilliant and inquisitive. He was always asking questions and I am not surprised about how high he has risen in life. I am so proud as his teacher,”

Indeed “all professionals can boast but a teacher taught them all” as affirmed by the renowned economist Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana through this gift to his primary school teacher.

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EC’s huge expenditure warrants urgent audit of past similar expenditures – IMANI Africa

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The founding president of IMANI Africa Mr. Franklin Cudjoe in a statement has indicated that, there is the need to probe into the activities of the Electoral Commission of Ghana regarding the new voter management system among others.   The renowned think tank believes that, according to audit reports from the office of the Auditor-General Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo over the years, there are serious issues with the integrity of the Electoral Commission’s assets management hence the need to audit them.

Adding his voice to discussions on voter register, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe noted that, part of IMANI’s concerns has been revisited to clarify issues to the general public.

IMANI Africa said “Concerns about the integrity of the electoral process, and particularly the security of voting mechanisms, have necessitated considerable investments running into tens of millions of dollars for the rollout of technological infrastructure.”

“At the core of this infrastructure is a set of technology tools which has collectively come to be known as the Biometric Voters Management System (BVMS), comprising, in the main, of biometric voter registration machines (BVRs), biometric verification devices (BVDs), automatic biometric identification software (ABIS), very small aperture terminals (VSATs), Voter Management System software and hardware (VMS) and datacentre equipment.”

Mr. Franklin Cudjoe stated that “In the last decade and half alone, Ghana has incurred expenditure in excess of $200 million on this platform, its precursors and ancillary systems. An amount well beyond what we have spent on similarly critical aspects of national life, such as storm drainages, public health research and climate change mitigation.”

Comparing the expenditure of the Electoral Commission of Ghana over the years, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe outlined that, “Indeed, spending on the electoral process was US$138 million in 2008, and $267 million in 2012. Four years later, an almost identical figure of $269 million was spent on the election. Between 2012 and 2016 major procurements were made for the purposes of acquiring specialized tools to verify the identity of voters, as well as handle and manage the data of the ever-growing number of voters.”

On public audit report by the  Auditor-General Mr. Domelevo, the think tank advocate said the “Recent audits by the Auditor-General in the period between 2015 and 2018 have flagged serious problems with the integrity of the EC’s asset management and the quality of its asset registers, systems seriously critical to safeguarding and conserving this country’s meagre financial resources whilst ensuring the sound discharge of the EC’s mandate.”

“In the midst of these lingering concerns about the quality of the EC’s asset management practices, the EC has stoked controversy with an announcement that it intends to discard the entirety of its current biometric voter management system, and has indeed begun awarding contracts to procure a brand new system (BVMS) at a potential cost in excess of $80 million.” The report explained.

Mr. Franklin Cudjoe also disclosed that, they are of the carefully researched view that such expenditure warrants an urgent audit of past expenditures to ensure that these cost escalations are not driven by maladministration of assets, negligence, or much worse, malfeasance.

In concluding statement, IMANI Africa said the “Electoral Commission (EC) insists that new gadgets, many procured within the last 4 years, according to audits conducted by the Auditor-General and Ministry of Finance records, have suddenly become obsolete, despite the limited use to which such devices have been intermittently applied over the period”

Source: Coverghana.com.gh

To tackle Covid-19, keep trade free and support innovation, says international think tank coalition to gov’t

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The international think tank coalition of 31 members are calling on government to keep trade free and support innovation to help tackle the Coronavirus pandemic. In a report issued by the think tank group, they indicated that, “as member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) gather on May 17, 2020 in Geneva for the World Health Assembly, a global coalition of 31 think tanks today calls on government to commit to open trade, collaboration and innovation in the fight against Covid-19.”

According to them, “the united declaration calls for a range of measures to safeguard supplies of essential medical goods and support innovation for future Covid-19 treatments and cures. Import tariffs are applied by many countries on medical supplies and personal protective equipment, driving up prices and reducing availability. These should be abolished permanently.”

The international think tank said “Governments should also commit to avoiding export bans, which are exacerbating global shortages of
essential medical goods by disrupting global manufacturing supply chains. Customs red tape should be
reviewed to keep goods crossing borders as quickly as possible, the declaration urges.”

Innovation is crucial to finding a long-term solution to a newly identified disease like Covid-19. That includes the invention of new therapeutics and vaccines, but also their mass manufacture and rapid distribution throughout the world. The think tanks call on governments to support needed innovation by facilitating
the cross-border flow of epidemiological and clinical data related to Covid-19.
They should also avoid pre-emptively removing intellectual property rights from any new vaccines or treatments that emerge.

The world needs more companies to join the quest for new treatments and
vaccines, not policies that send a strong signal to stay away. Intellectual property rights are vital to support coordinated mass manufacturing scale-up and global distribution. “We are concerned that many countries are looking to the failed ideas of the past to address the crisis. Barriers are being erected that are deepening shortages of medical supplies, undermining innovation and hampering efforts to beat the disease. The situation is compounded in relatively poor and poor countries, where health patients are being failed by the lack of investment in domestic health care infrastructure” says Franklin Cudjoe, founding president of IMANI Africa.

“Now is not the time for countries to look inwards. The crisis will only be resolved, and economies will only
recover, if countries are allowed to trade and collaborate freely with each other” Cudjoe concluded.

Note: Below is the report and all the 31 think tanks endorsing it, please click here .

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Re: NDC deputy communications officer of Oti Region resigned to join NPP

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Following the presidential executive instrument for the creation of six new regions across the country making a total of sixteen (16) region in Ghana, political parties in Ghana have also extended their scope of leadership to those newly created regions. Oti region as one of the newly created regions from Volta Region is believed to be a strong hold or world bank of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Interestingly, there was a social media publication sighted by Coverghana.com.gh on Sunday, 17th May, 2020 alleging the resignation of the NDC Deputy Communications Officer of the Oti Region Mr. Odeneho Kwame Abraham Boafo from NDC and joined the New Patriotic Party (NPP). According to the statement, the reason alleged for the resignation of the Deputy Communications Officer was that, the President of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo-Addo is doing great work within the Oti Region.

Responding to the issue, the Deputy Communications Officer of the region Odeneho Kwame Abraham Boafo noted that, he has not, and will not in anyway resign from a hardworking political party, to join a corrupt, nepotistic and a failed NPP.

“There’s the above story heading going viral on social media that, I Odeneho Kwame Abraham Boafo, Oti regional deputy communication officer for the great NDC has defected to join the inept, corrupt, immoral and crazy NPP which has nothing for the good people of Ghana but rather creating fertile grounds for genocide to render Ghanaians as refugees in other countries, with their desperate quest to maintain power.” He clarified.

According to Mr. Odeneho Kwame Abraham Boafo, so far as the Oti region NDC is concerned, he is still the proud Deputy Communications Officer for the region. He vehemently dissociated himself from the fake news items circulating on social media for his resignation from the NDC party.

“I want to emphatically made it clear with no equivocation that, I Odeneho Kwame Abraham Boafo is still the deputy communication officer for the NDC in Oti region and very proud, I say a big thank you to the delegates of Oti region for that great honor.” He explained.

He clarifies issues on the subject matter by saying, he was not the person who defected from the NDC but rather the Nkwanta South Constituency Deputy Communications Officer Mr. Abdul Salam Osman, who was appoint to act in that office temporarily.

“The Gentleman who defected to join the NPP is called Abdul Salam Osman who’s was an appointed deputy communication officer for the Nkwanta South Constituency, and not for Oti region.” He further explained.

The substantive NDC Deputy Communications Officer for the Oti region with the needed alacrity called on the general public especially the NDC members and sympathizers to ignored the fake publication in his name.

“I therefore plead with the general public to treat this malicious, fictitious, vexatious, incredible and false story about me Odeneho Kwame Abraham Boafo with the highest contempt it deserves.” He appealed.

Mr. Odeneho Kwame Abraham Boafo categorically stated that, he shall head to the law court to seek for deformation should the fake news published in his name go a very long way to tarnish and discredit his persona.

“I won’t hesitate to consider legal action against the source stated below, if this story persists further to dent my reputation.” He disclosed.

“I know I’m an albatross on the neck of the NPP in the country and the Oti region, so their desperate efforts to frustrate my followers and lovers.” He further added.

He also said, the fight for a change of government will continue until a new president H.E John Dramai Mahama is elected and sworn into office. Until then, he will not rest in the discharge of NDC activities leading to victory in the upcoming 2020 general elections.

“This hustle will continue until the next president of the republic John Dramani Mahama is reelected to continue his passionate and genuine fight against corruption as well as his economic expansion efforts to develop and turn the Ghanaian economy into a buoyant economy.” he assured.

Finally, he revealed that, his checks and investigations show that, the fake news was published by Peace FM.

“My checks indicates, the source below reported that malicious and untruth news about me, defecting to the Npp, and they must be warn!” He disclosed.

South Tongu District Football Association chairman donates PPEs to residents

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The Football Association Chairman of the South Tongu District Mr. Francis Quashie Agbedeke, who also doubles as a communication team member of the South Tongu NDC, announced that his outfit has been able to supply about five-hundred (500) nose masks to the Assembly members and Unit Committee members of the constituency. He further noted that a section of Okada guys (motor riders) in the area were also not left out in the distribution.

“By grace of Jehovah, am able to support with about some 500 nose masks to the Assembly/unit committee members of our constituency. A section of Okada guys, and interest groups were not left out.” He announced.

South Tongu District Football Association chairman supports residents with PPEs
South Tongu District Football Association chairman supports residents with PPEs

Giving a detailed breakdown of the donation, Mr. Agbedeke noted that, 40 Assembly Members and 200 Unit Committee members within the South Tongu District in the Volta Region of Ghana received the masks including other residents.

He added that, as communicator, who advocated for supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Assembly Members and Unit Committee members but yielded no result, he took it up himself to provide them with at least the mask.

Mr. Francis Quashie Agbedeke revealed that, the PPEs which was his personal  funded project cost his an amount of one thousand five-hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢1,500). He also said, the production of the masks were supported by one Mrs. Berther Kpormegbe, a fashion designer within the constituency.

South Tongu District Football Association chairman supports residents with PPEs
South Tongu District Football Association chairman supports residents with PPEs

Receiving the materials on behalf of Assembly Members, Unit Committee Members and other residents were Hon. Gbedzi Innocent, Hon. Avuwada Thomas and Mr. Havor Christian.

Mr. Agbedeke also disclosed that, his outfit will in no time supply additional over 10,000 mask to residents of the South Tongu District.

“I know it won’t be long over 10000 of the constituents who are either front line or vulnerable will get their share as we lobby for such purpose.” He disclosed.

The South Tongu Football Association Chairman is by this calling on everyone to assist the needy, vulnerable and poor individuals in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Finally, he added that,  Ghanaians need to collectively fight the Coronado so that our schools and sports activities will resume.

Residents of Lawui community in Akatsi South battle with cattle for drinking water (VIDEO)

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The Residence of the Lawui community in the Akatsi South District of the Volta Region of Ghana are battling with cattle and other animals for potable drinking water. Information available to Coverghana.com.gh revealed that, the community members share the only source of drinking water with animals for the past three (3) decades.

The Lawui community, according sources is made up of over two-thousand (2,000) inhabitants who are noted for farming as the main source income, depend largely on a community dugout for drinking water for over thirty years. It was said that, for many years, the residents of the area continue to drink from unclean wells and other traditional sources of water with its associated water borne diseases.

Hon. Wisdom Akpabli, the Assembly Member of the Wute Electoral Area of Akatsi South Constituency and some residents over the years have appealed to stakeholders within the District for potable and standard boreholes and pipes for the communities but couldn’t get any befitting source of drinking water, to improve the sanitation situation in the communities.

According to the Assembly Member of the area, the community has two unsafe boreholes. He said, one of the boreholes serving over 2,000 people in the area can only produce an average of 30 buckets of water a day and the other one which could also not run throughout the day is not tasty and safe for drinking due to its nature. As a result, the community members had to rely on the thirty (30) years old unclean dugout for survival.

Reporting to Coverghana.com.gh, the Assembly Member indicated that, the dugout and the boreholes that serve many purposes to residents are not protected as a result, waste and other human excreta from upstream easily made its way into such sources of drinking water with its resultant health implications.

Hon. Wisdom Akpabli disclosed that, on one occasion, it took him for about three (3) hours to prevent cattle from entering the only source of drinking water for the community

The Assembly Members, chiefs and the people of the area are calling on stakeholders, civil groups, non-governmental organisations, corporate institutions and philanthropists within and outside the Akatsi South District to come to the aid of the communities by providing a standard and potable drinking water for residents in order to improve on water and sanitation issues in the area before things get out of hands.

Adding to that, the Assembly Member noted that, the communities within his area do not have adequate electrification project and face constant power outages. He also said, most of the communities in the area have poor road networks and are extremely deplorable and required graveling to facilitate the movements of people and their economic activities, hence appealed to government to assist them.

Watch below some videos of cattle sharing water with the community residents.

 

EPUC-TEIN Chapter constructs an ultramodern scenic shed for EPUC students

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The Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College (EPUC) in Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana has constructed an ultramodern scenic shed for students.

According to the leadership of TEIN, they have purposely constructed the shed in responding to the plight of students of E.P University Campus, Ho, following their difficulty in finding a conducive environment to do group discussions, assignments and other academic activities outside lecture halls.

EPUC-TEIN Chapter constructs an ultramodern scenic shed for EPUC students
EPUC-TEIN Chapter constructs an ultramodern scenic shed for EPUC students

Coverghana.com.gh in an interview with the EPUC-TEIN President Mr. Godson Agbemakplido revealed that, the project which was completed by his administration, the 2019/2020 year batch of the institution commenced during the 2014/2015 administration.

He categorically said, the structure was initiated by EPUC-TEIN 2014/2015 administration under the good leadership of lady president Bless Onyehe and built by Eric Nunekpeku 2015/2016 and by dent of hard work, EPUC-TEIN 2019/2020 has completed and made it ready for students’ use.

EPUC-TEIN Chapter constructs an ultramodern scenic shed for EPUC students
EPUC-TEIN Chapter constructs an ultramodern scenic shed for EPUC students

The President also told Coverghana.com.gh news team that, the University Management, lecturers, students and everyone in the university were very pleased and excited with the project. According to him, the university populace were happy for the positive initiate of TEIN in attending to a dire needs of the university students.

Mr. Godson Agbemakplido has noted that the Evangelical Presbyterian University College is one the newly established institutions in the Volta Region that faces numerous infrastructure challenges. The University is still at its state of development to meet the needs of students and lecturers, hence the decision of TEIN executives to build the shed.

EPUC-TEIN Chapter constructs an ultramodern scenic shed for EPUC students
EPUC-TEIN Chapter constructs an ultramodern scenic shed for EPUC students

In handing over the project to the institution for students use, “the executives therefore take the opportunity to advice the student populace to always keep the place neat and tidy and post no bill on any part of the structure when school activities return to normal after the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The president of TEIN- EPUC Mr. Godson Agbemakplido entreated all TEIN members of the University to constantly pay their monthly dues to support the upcoming infrastructural projects of TEIN. ” l hereby call on all TEIN members of the institution to always pay their monthly dues since more of these projects are in the incubation period of hatching.” He appealed.

EPUC-TEIN President panting and labeling the project
EPUC-TEIN President panting and labeling the project

In conclusion, the president thanked all his executives and TEIN membership for their support towards the completion of the scenic shed on campus. “Ayekoo to all EPUC-Tein 2019/2020 executives and members. YOU ARE MY LIFE BLOOD!! It is through your selfless dedication, commitment and effort that we are realising our goals.” He praised.

Nana Yaa Brefo Resigns from Multimedia Group Limited ,Gives Reasons for Resignation

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Television show host with the Multimedia Group Limited Nana Yaa Brefo Danso has announced her resignation from the Multimedia Group Limited after working with the institution ( specifically Adom TV and Adom) for 10years.

Nana Yaa Brefo made the announcement of her resignation from the company on her Instagram today 16th may, 2020 gave reason that she wants to follow other dreams.

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Her resignation adds to the list of personalities who has left the company in recent times such as Manasseh Azure Awuni and Afia Pokua.

She said “I want to say a very big THANK YOU to MultiMedia and my colleagues. Also want to my fans for the support, really appreciate also thank those who did not like me, you made me grow during my 10 years stay at Multimedia, (Adom TV ). I BOW OUT of Multimedia to follow other dreams.Thank You all for been there. Akpe”

BELOW IS HER INSTAGRAM POST 

 

Accepting Everything from the Government without Questioning is weakness of the mind – Manasseh Azure Awuni

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Investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni
Investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni

According to the new figures released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Friday, May 15, indicate that 1,460 out of the 5,638 people who contracted the Coronavirus disease have recovered.

Following this announcement, many Ghanaians have been asking questions as to why the sudden increase in the number of persons who have recovered.

One of such persons who is asking questions as to why the sudden increase in the number of recoveries is renowned investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni.

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In a Facebook post, Manasseh said that the news of the recoveries is obviously a good news but it is not wrong to ask questions as accepting everything from the state or government without questioning is not a strength of character. It is a weakness of the mind.

BELOW IS WHAT MANASSEH AZURE AWUNI WROTE ON FACEBOOK 

When I saw the latest number of Covid-19 recoveries, I was happy, but the first question that hit me was: “how did it happen”government’s ? I’m not doubting those responsible for putting out the figures, but I need to know how the testing of those being treated is done before they are declared fit. Are they done based on each patient’s state of health and they are announced as and when they test negative for the second time or they are done in bulk for which reason we had this exponential rise in recoveries in one day?

It is not wrong to ask questions. It’s not wrong to interrogate figures. If all along we’ve been recording single and low double digits of recoveries, and one day we are giving such a huge figure, one is inclined to seek further explanations. And it won’t be wrong for those who put out the figures to give that information.

Whenever there was an abnormal rise in the number of reported cases, we were given reasons. For instance, we were told how a factory in Tema led to the rise on one occasion. They told us why some figures were up abnormally because of the mandatory quarantine and testing.

So spare those asking questions the insults.
It is obviously good news, and we must celebrate. But any honest person, including those insulting Joyce Bawa Mogtari, would admit that their first reaction, after seeing the figure, had some elements of surprise and questions about how it happened. If you decide to take it without interrogating the figures, it’s your right to do so, but don’t vilify those who need further explanations.

Accepting everything from the state or government without questioning is not a strength of character. It is a weakness of the mind.

It is not patriotism. It is fanatism.

 

 

 

Video: Wendy Shay Gives fans Free Show of her ‘Oranges’ as She workout

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Ghanaian Afropop  singer signed with Rufftown Records  Wendy Addo known by the stage name Wendy Shay has made a Facebook video that has got many of her followers talking.

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In the video, Uber Driver hit maker is seen working out to release stress wearing a short and a brassiere with the text “Above the video, She made, she wrote Some artiste can create news but can’t create hit songs. Ask how much Betplanet paid me…You don’t do hit songs with big teeth .I make money and fuck y’all”

Some artiste can create news but can’t create hit songs Ask how much Betplanet paid me…Mit große Zähne macht man keine Hitsongs Ich mach Kohle Und scheiß auf euch alle #ShayGang4lyf #SHAYGANG

Posted by Wendy Shay Official on Saturday, May 16, 2020

 

However many of his followers have been reacting to the video saying that “you know that Muslim people are your fans too and you are posting this kind of video what is worry with you in this Ramadan”

 

Ramadan: Volta NDC donates food Items to Hohoe Zongo Caucus

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Ramadan is the holy ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during which Muslims fast between the break of dawn until sunset; they also refrain from drinking liquids, smoking and having sexual relations. This year’s Ramadan celebrated has been largely affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana. A situation many Muslims expressed worry over due to the hardship created by the Coronavirus worldwide.

The Volta Regional National Democratic Congress (NDC) following the Ramadan, an occasion celebrated by Muslims, has made some donations to the Hohoe Zongo Caucus.

The Volta NDC revealed that, team donated some twenty (20) bags of sugar and other food items to the community to support them in the ongoing Ramadan.

Professor Margaret Kweku the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Hohoe Constituency during a short ceremony where the items were presented used the occasion to entreat all Muslims to remember Ghana and the constituency in their Holy fasting and prayers for protection against COVID-19. She also assured the people of victory come December 7th and also asked them to remain steadfast.

In attendance where the presentation was made were the Chairman of the NDC Caucus Members of Parliament Hon. Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah who is also the MP for Ho West, Hon. Benjamin Kpodo MP for Ho Central, Hon. Bernice Adiku Heloo MP for Hohoe, Professor Margaret Kweku the Parliamentary Candidate for Hohoe constituency together with the NDC Volta Regional Organizer, the Volta Regional Zongo Caucus coordinator and some Hohoe constituency executives led by their chairman Hon. Anni Bansah on Wednesday 13th May, paid a curtsey call to the Zongo community in the Hohoe Municipality.

Hon. Ablakwa offers cash compensation package to private school teachers

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Following the Coronavirus outbreak in Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has, on Sunday, 15th March, 2020 ordered for the closure of all schools across the Country to help prevent the spread of the virus among students. Since the closure of the schools, private school teachers among many across the country have been calling on President Akufo-Addo’s government to make available some relief packages and if possible consider payment of salaries to all private school teachers. This many Ghanaians considered appropriate waiting for an official communication from government.

Though, the government is yet to announce a relief package for private school teachers following their appeal, the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) 2020 manifesto team and a Ranking Member on Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has announced that, he has met the leaders of private school staff following their calls for support in the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who severed as the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary under for President John Dramani Mahama’s administration said, after listening to the vulnerable teachers, and concerns raised by them, he has put plans in place to pay a total of five hundred and seventy (570) teaching and non-teaching staff from forty-five (45) private schools within his constituency by May ending.

“In the unfortunate circumstances, I have notified the leadership of private schools of a new MP’s initiative to offer a cash compensation package to all 570 teaching and non-teaching staff at the end of this month (May).” He announced.

According to him, it was shocking to him that, such private school teachers have not received salaries since March after schools were closes down.

“I have been in touch with the leadership of the 45 private basic schools in my beloved constituency to find out how they are coping with the exigencies of the times and to express my solidarity. Sad to hear that unlike their counterparts in the public sector, teaching and non-teaching staff have not received salaries since March, thanks to COVID-19.” He disclosed.

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has noted that, he has secured assurance for the vulnerable private school teachers and promised them that, non of them will be dismissed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana. “I am particularly delighted that I have also secured assurances that no teacher would be laid off in these difficult times.” He assured.

“We are all in this together. We defeat COVID-19 together and we rise from the ashes together.” He concluded.

Assist us to identify a ‘twerking nurse’ in a viral video – GRNMA directs

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The leadership of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association in a pressor issued on Friday, 15th May, 2020 has directed all districts, regional and their general membership to  assist identify the said individual found twerking in a viral video while in a professional nurse uniform.

The press statement which was signed by the FWACN, FGCNM President Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo and FGCNM General Secretary David Tenkorang-Twum has condemned the art of the said nurse in the video. Though cannot ascertain as to whether the person is nurse or not, the act is unprofessional and does not conform with the codes of ethics of their profession. The association is also calling on the nurses and midwives to act professionally in the discharge of their duties. Below is the full statement.

COMMUNIQUE ON TWERKING ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY A “NURSE

The attention of the leadership of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has been drawn to a video clip on Social Media, which projects a “nurse” twerking in her uniform.

It is not clear who this individual is, whether indeed she is a Nurse and which health facility she works or it is just someone simply dressed in Nurses uniform.

The GRNMA strongly disapproves of such capers by Nurses and Midwives and regards the twerking in a professional unform as an unacceptable conduct and a disgrace to our noble profession. Such practices do not reflect the ethics, etiquette and standards of our professions and therefore the GRNMA vehemently disassociates itself from the video.

In view of the above, the leadership of the GRNMA is directing all District and Regional Executives as well as the general membership to assist in the identification of the said “nurse” if indeed she is one and provide the Head Office with any information that can assist in investigation by contacting the GRNMA National Public Relation Officers.

Nursing and Midwifery are noble professions and as such all Nurses and Midwives in Ghana are advised to desist from such unacceptable behaviour especially when in uniform in order to protect the dignity of the profession.

SIGNED

PERPETUAL OFORI-AMPOFO (FWACN, FGCNM) PRESIDENT

DAVID TENKORANG-TWUM (FGCNM) GENERAL SECRETARY

Watch below the video of an unrecognized nurse twerking in a professional nurses uniform.

It Appears the only reason why floating voters would vote for NDC is because they are Unhappy or Dislike NPP – Counsellor Daniel Fenyi’s Open letter To NDC

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A LETTER TO NDC

Dear NDC,

1.It appears the only reason any floating voter should vote for you is if they dislike or are unhappy about the NPP.

2. Well, maybe a political science professor can explain how logical that works. I am Counsellor Daniel Fenyi, an educationist and counsellor.

3. The concerns I raise below, I believe, might be a cursory representation of the average Ghanaian’s feeling about the NDC and I hope they shape your public disposition henceforth.

4. In Ghana, “personality” is an integral part of the seriousness people attach to issues. For example, the average Ghanaian literate class will listen to a Kwesi Botchwey or a John Gatsi response to a Bawumia comment than an Adongo’s. Can you hibernate the likes of Okudzeto, Kwakye, Gyamfi, etc at least, for now? You produced for Ghana the first Professor president and I know you have several intellectually integrous people. Pay some attention to the “personalities” you front.

5. The most popular Ghanaian now is Akufo Addo, just as it was Mahama in 2016. The NPP, with the popularity advantage, has gone ahead to name their Campaign team. Asiedu Nketsiah and your communicators, anytime they are asked about the NDC’s running mate, contends that the NPP does not even have a flagbearer. Look, NDC is too much all over the place. Can you be a little strategic? In the face of any right thinking Ghanaian, it’s like you don’t really know what you are about. No message, no running mate, no clear plan, NOTHING! It’s like the only reason any floating voter must choose you is when they dislike the NPP!

6. The Covid’19 has become the “new normal” campaign platform. On this “new normal” platform, Akufo Addo has given “take away” messages like free/reduced light and water bills, 88 new hospitals, posting of environmental health workers, etc even if they are false. Mahama has equally mounted similar virtual platforms, but has there been any ‘take away’ message? NO. Please, work on “catch phrase”, it’s a relevant part of political communication.

7. I like your Covid’19 Team membership, very great personalities and astute academicians, even though they’ve done nothing impactful yet. Can you intentionally “scout” for more of such people? I mean, intentionally build a strong “intellectual force” who can appeal to the critical mass and, the propagandist boys who’ll muddy the waters and sweep the non-critical.

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8. You have sacked Allotey Jacobs, honestly, it’s a great decision. The man was almost doing the bidding of the NPP. Can you intentionally raise intellectually strong “neutrals” with affinity to the party to do your bidding just as Kweku Baako is doing for the NPP? Raise such people! In fact, NDC, you need to sit down and JUST think! How many CSOs do you have? Find a way to reach the political apathetics.

9. How are you mobilising your TEIN groups? Yes, tertiary institutions are on break for obvious reason but I believe you can still do something with TEIN. Mobilise them for action. They are youthful and active and internet freaks. You can use them to push the virtual agenda.

10. The scandals around your flagbearer are one too many. Work on them. In politics, “perception”, not necessarily the “truth” is enough to win or lose to elections. Give Ghanaians “issues”, not mere “presence or noise”, so we can compare parties well.

Yours truly,
Counsellor Daniel Fenyi,
Counsellor/Educationist.

Twerking in Professional Nurse Uniform is Unacceptable – GRNMA

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The Ghana Registered Nurses’ and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA) has issued a communique on the trending video on social media which shows a nurse in uniform tweaking.

In the communique, the association indicated that they can’t confirm if the person in the video is a Nurse or it is just someone simply dressed in Nurses uniform and therefore the GRNMA is directing all District and Regional Executives as well as the general membership to assist in the identification of the said nurse’ if indeed she is one.

“The GRNMA strongly disapproves of such capers by Nurses and Midwives and regards the twerking in a professional uniform as an unacceptable conduct and a disgrace to our noble profession Such practices do not reflect the ethics, etiquette and standards of our professions and therefore the GRNMA vehemently disassociates itself from the video.” the association added.

 

The association also cautioned all Nurses and Midwives in Ghana are advised to desist from such unacceptable behaviours especially when in uniform in order to protect the dignity of the profession.

BELOW IS THE COMMUNIQUE

WATCH VIDEO OF THE NURSE BELOW

 

 

 

 

John Mahama donates PPEs to Hohoe Municipal Hospital

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The former President of the Republic of Ghana who is currently the flagberear of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), H.E John Dramani Mahama, through Professor Margaret Kweku the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Hohoe constituency and a member the NDC COVID-19 Response Team has on 13th May, 2020 donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Hohoe Municipal Hospital in the Volta Region of Ghana.

According to our sources, the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency Professor Margaret Kweku on behalf of the former president donated the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Hospital; thirty (30) pair of Wellington boots, a cartoon of hand gloves ( 10packs),  and twenty-eight (28) sets of overall coats, hand sanitizers, face masks and other health consumables.

In a short ceremony to officially hand over the materials to the Hospital Management, Professor Margaret Kweku, commended the health workers for putting in their best to safe lives. She also encouraged them to put in their efforts to help fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic in Ghana.

The Medical Superintendent of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital who received the PPEs of behalf of the Hospital management was full of praises and extended their appreciation to the Former President. He mentioned that, the timing of the arrival of the Personal Protective Equipment was was very apt, since the coronavirus has created fear and panic among the general public and all health workers.

Present at the Occasion for the presentation of the PPEs were Hon. Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzra the chairman of the Volta Members of Parliament caucus, Hon. Benjamin Kpodo the Ho central MP, Hon. Siki Abibu the NDC Volta Regional Organizer, and the Volta Regional Zongo Caucus Coordinator Hon. Emmanuel Bedzra who led the team, revealed the intents of President John Dramani Mahama on how he wants the whole of the Nation to get the Covid-19 crisis behind it.

After the donation, the team also visited both the quarantine and isolation/treatment centers in the Volta Region.

Video: AY POYOO ‘Enjoying’ himself with Two Beautiful Ladies

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After several weeks of putting out his comedy skits and enjoying  great attention from Ghanaians, fast-rising social media sensation, AY POYOO has already started enjoying himself with Ladies.

The Poyorians master who calls himself ‘The Face of Ghana Rap has since this short space gained a sizeable fan base with over 3,000 followers on Twitter.

The rapper who doubles as a comedian
released a number of music videos
portraying a rural setting in Ghana.

As his videos started to gain traction
online, the rapper was invited to
popular media houses including Adom
TV and GHOne TV among others which have added to his fame.

As it is said that honey always attracts bees, AY POYOO in a video sighted by coverghana  has started enjoying the company of women within this short period of his appearance in the limelight.

WATCH AY POYOO ENJOYING HIMSELF

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Essien is a Legend, Comparing him to Thomas Partey is Disrespectful – Stonebwoy

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Ghanaian Dancehall and Afropop  artist Livingstone Etse Satekla, better known by his stage name Stonebwoy has reacted to the viral argument on social media comparing two Ghanaian footballers, Michael Essien and Thomas Party.

In an interview with Atinka TV, Stonebwoy described the comparison as disrespectful and that he doesn’t think even Thomas Partey endorses such a comparison.

The dancehall artist cautioned Ghanaians to stop comparing Thomas Partey to Michael Essien in order not to pit them against each other.

Some football-loving Ghanaian put up posts on social media to compare Thomas Partey and Michael Essien and this has triggered a wild debate in the country.

Thomas Teye Partey, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Ghana national team. He has spent most of his career with Atlético Madrid, making over 150 competitive appearances and Michael Kojo Essien is also Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Sabail in the Azerbaijan Premier League as a midfielder.

WATCH VIDEO BELOW 

I don’t think Thomas Partey endorse this disrespect. Ghanaians like this arguments because it gives them happiness but Essien is a legend and I’m sure Thomas Partey was inspired by people like Michael Essien. People shouldn’t say it for it to seem Partey is the one behind it. I know Partey very well, he is humble and respectful and I don’t think he will approve of this. Essien is a senior man and Partey is doing his part and representing us. So let us not compare the two”.

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Verdict: Ghana’s voter register can’t be bloated. This is why – IMANI’s Bright Simons

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There are speculations all over Ghana, where some section of Ghanaians both within and abroad, on the media suggesting that, the Voter Register system of the Electoral Commission of Ghana is easily to be bloated ahead of the December 2020 polls if proper measures are not put in place.

The Vice President of IMANI Africa Mr. Bright Simons in his statement copied to Coverghana.com.gh outlined some reasons he thinks the Ghana’s Voter Register cannot be bloated. According to him, the electoral systems in Ghana cannot be easily triggered with because Ghana has more urbanization, arbitrary rise and fall of registered voter numbers, voter to population ratio is definitely high in Ghana compared to other African countries among many. He has also put out verified data in a prints to support his points. Read below his full statement.

1. A demographic analysis does not really support the “bloating” theory of our voter register.

2. The “demographic structure” argument (the number of voters in relation to the total population and in relation to the age spread) is usually made to suggest that the “bloating” is recent and that it benefits specific parties.

Verdict: Ghana's Voter Register Can't be Bloated. This is why - IMANI's Bright Simons
Verdict: Ghana’s Voter Register Can’t be Bloated. This is why – IMANI’s Bright Simons

3. Yet the rise and fall of registered voter numbers is quite arbitrary as far as the data is concerned, ‘peaking’ and ‘troughing’ when different parties win at the polls.

4. The voter to population ratio is definitely high in Ghana compared to other African countries, but it is not high compared to the situation in other regions, including in regions with a strong ‘youth bulge’.

 

5. And it is important to bear in mind that Ghana’s high ratio dates back to 1992, and is therefore of historic provenance.

6. The variance across countries and regions may be driven by the degree of sophistication of the electoral system and local political factors, both of which may be influencing the motivation of voter-age citizens to register and the capacity of electoral management bodies to implement mass voter registration drives.

7. That Ghana is also more urban than many of its peer countries has an impact on the effectiveness of voter registration mobilisation.

8. Moreover, in 2016 when we took a keen interest in this matter, Ghana’s population pyramid (see attached chart) indicated a voting-age population of more than 17 million (perhaps as high as 62.5% of the population), which would make Ghana fairly typical in Africa based on a ratio of how many voting age citizens are on the electoral roll (a lot of commentators rely on the 40% below 15 years stat from the 2010 census, but the aggregate has changed as we are aging as a society, and the computation is a bit problematic).  Linear population growth would suggest the number is now about 19 million.

9. So the evidence swings both sides, an attitude in line with the complexity of the data on the subject as evidenced by the annexes to this post.

10. In one of the attached charts you  would see that Indonesia has 243 million or so people in total but 190 million voters. India has 1.25 billion or so people but 815 million voters. We need the best demographic distribution before we can assert bloating or calculate its extent.

COVID-19: JM’s brother Ibrahim Mahama donates food items to visually impaired pensioners

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COVID-19: John Mahama's brother Ibrahim Mahama donates food items to visually impaired pensioners  
COVID-19: John Mahama's brother Ibrahim Mahama donates food items to visually impaired pensioners  

The biological brother of the Former President John Dramani Mahama who is the Chief Executive Officer of Engineers & Planners Limited, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has joined donors across Ghana and donated assorted food items to the visually impaired workers who have gone on retirement in some parts of Ghana.

Mr. Rafik Mahama, the special aide to Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has disclosed the news on his social media handles to have delivered the food items to Ghana Federation of Disability Organization (GFDO) on behalf of his boss on Friday, 15th May, 2020.

According to a reliable and well-verified sources, the food items which cost an undisclosed huge sums of money include; one-hundred (100) bags of rice, seven hundred and twenty (720) bottles of cooking oil, seven hundred and twenty (720) cans of mackerel and seven hundred and twenty (720) cans of tomato paste.

COVID-19: John Mahama's brother Ibrahim Mahama donates food items to visually impaired pensioners  
COVID-19: John Mahama’s brother Ibrahim Mahama donates food items to visually impaired pensioners

Mr. Rafik Mahama,while delivering the assorted food stuffs noted that, the donation from his boss Mr. Ibrahim Mahama was to extend supports to all visually impaired persons who are hopeless in the midst of the widespread Coronavirus pandemic due to their disability.

“This is to supports the visually impaired whose movement and livelihood have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic because of their inability to move around because of the social distance and other restrictions imposed by the government.” He explained. 

In receiving the food items which cost an undisclosed huge sums of money was the Board Chairman of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organization (GFDO), Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah on behalf of the Federation. He, after receiving the items extended the Federation’s appreciations to Mr. Ibrahim Mahama and his team for the donations and supports extended to the less privileged visually impaired persons.

Mr. Rafik Mahama also revealed that, his boss Mr. Ibrahim Mahama also made a second donation to St. James Catholic Church-Osu. According to him second donations consist of fifty (50) bags of rice, three hundred and sixty (360) cans of Mackerel, three hundred and sixty (360) cans of tomato paste and three hundred and sixty (360) bottles of cooking oil.

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According to the donor, the donation programme was designed purposely to help the community members through the church. He added that the, the church was tasked to distribute the assorted food items to every individual homes within their catchment areas. The Church was used to avoid receivers of the items crowding at one place in order to receive food items.

Since the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has been donating food items, health consumables, monies among many to the vulnerable, the poor and needy across Ghana. “This is part of series of donations that has been done ever since the pandemic started in March. In April, similar donations was done across the Muslim and Christian communities. The food items were distributed to 10,000 households across the affected areas.” He added.

Full text of NPP’s Counter Press Conference on Election 2020 Rigging Allegations by the NDC

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PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP), READ BY PETER MAC MANU, NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN

DATE: 14TH MAY, 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, good afternoon! We have invited you here this afternoon to respond to aspects of the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) press conference that was held this afternoon. The main thrust of their argument is that the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) are in a conspiracy to rig the 2020 elections in favour of the NPP. It is within the rights and competence of both the EC and the NIA to respond to the main thrust of the NDC’s accusation.But it is important we make it clear that the NPP is and cannot be part of any conspiracy whatsoever to rig the 2020 elections. The NDC has sat together to plan and have finally come out with the details of their fake conspiracy theory against the NPP. A fake conspiracy does not become a credible conspiracy just because an opposition that is afraid of losing a free and fair contest says so.We want the people of Ghana to ask the NDC this simple but important question: so what is it about the 2012 voters register that the NDC is so determined to protect it from being replaced? What is in that 2012 register that the NDC is threatening civil war if it is changed for a better one?

Why is the NDC placing its entire electoral fortunes on that controversial register which was compiled under their term in office?

Please, remember that this is the first time ever that any opposition party in Ghana has complained and complained so loudly against the compilation of a new voters’ register. Under President Rawlings, the EC compiled a new register and the NPP in opposition supported it. Under President Kufuor, the EC compiled a new register and the NDC then under John Atta Mills did not complain. In 2012, under President John Atta Mills, the EC set out to compile a new register and the NPP did not only welcome it, we were constructive in pushing for features to enhance its credibility.

It is that same register that the Supreme Court later ruled that it was wrong for the EC to accept the National Health Insurance Card as an ID source for registration in 2012. We set out in opposition to campaign for that discredited register to be changed. The NDC in government opposed our campaign. It was not done. But we did what any responsible political party must do; we organized ourselves and prosecuted our campaign and the people of Ghana gave us the highest numbers of Parliamentarians and the highest margin of nearly one million votes in the presidential election.

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Our focus since then has been to justify the confidence that the Ghanaian people reposed in us by fixing the economy that the NDC rigged and with Akufo-Addo giving the people the caring and decisive leadership which John Mahama is not capable of delivering.

The NDC National Chairman said this afternoon that the NPP set out to rig the 2020 general elections immediately we took office in 2017. Well, Ghanaians know better. The focus of President Akufo-Addo and his Government upon assuming office was to fix the economy that President John Mahama and his NDC rigged in their 8 years in office. It remains our focus, to manage the crisis caused by Covid-19 in a way that the Ghanaian economy and society will come out of this crisis stronger and more united. The plan of the NDC is nothing more than to fabricate grounds for chaos, disunity and fear. They are doing this because they do not have a good candidate and a good story to tell voters in December.

It is that record of a rigged leadership under John Dramani Mahama that the NDC must be afraid of bringing back to face the Ghanaian people for their votes and not any fake conspiracy to rig the elections against them.

NDC must be reminded that the NPP, as an opposition party, beat the NDC in 2020 ––and by the largest margin ever in Ghana’s history against an incumbent president in Ghana’s history.

It is not the fault of any Ghanaian that the NDC chose to bring back as their presidential candidate for 2020 the very man on whose hands the NDC suffered their biggest defeat in their history. It is not the fault of NPP that the NDC chose to bring back as their 2020 presidential candidate the very same man who gave Ghana the worst economic growth performance since 1994. It is not the fault of President Akufo-Addo that the NDC has very little confidence in their own chosen Candidate for 2020, John Mahama.

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We do not need the EC to rig an election in our favour. A government that has put some 1.3 million children to school, (who if NDC was in power would be on the streets) does not need an election to be rigged in its favour. A government that has restored industry and is creating jobs for the people does not need an election to be rigged in its favour. A government that has put 100,000 unemployed graduates to work does not need an election to be rigged in its favour.

A government that puts the interest of the ordinary Ghanaian first, whether it is in protecting the money of millions of depositors, or absolving the cost of electricity and water of 30 million Ghanaians, to ease the sufferings of the people when there is a crisis, such a government does not need an election to be rigged in its favour.

The President continues to show leadership and commitment to the welfare of ordinary Ghanaians and it is this which gives us confidence that the Ghanaian people will recognize his leadership and performance and allow the party that knows how to deliver to continue.

We intend to fight and win in December based on our performance.

Let me repeat, Ghanaians must find out why the NDC is so against the compilation of a new register which promises enhanced security features, such as facial recognition. What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC holds sacred? What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC claims if it is replaced, they will never win an election? In what way did they tie their electoral fortunes to the maintenance of a discredited register? They ought to tell us. What is it about the 2012 register that the NDC claims they are prepared to foment trouble if it is replaced?

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, Ghana since the establishment of the 4th Republic has had registers compiled at various stages of our journey towards perfecting our democracy: 1992, 1996, 2004, 2012. So basically, we have had new registers compiled every eight years since 1996. And for each of those exercises the idea has been to introduce features that are better than the previous one with the view to secure the sanctity of the register. So why is the NDC afraid of an improvement in the security and soundness of the register?

We have elections in December, and President Akufo-Addo has made it clear that elections must and will be held as scheduled as far as the Government is concerned. The NPP is not afraid to face the electorate. Assuming, for the sake of argument, that the coronavirus is still with us like now in seven months’ time – and that is a possibility – will the NDC be against the holding of the elections? There are some over 1,000,000 odd young people who have attained the age of 18 since last year. They have a right to be registered. And so, the EC will register them. How is this registration going to be done? Or is the NDC suggesting that we disenfranchise all these people? The EC has a mandate to conduct elections in December.

The NDC should be constructive in discussing how at least the over one million Ghanaians who will be old enough to register to vote this year will be done, even under this period of social distancing. It is important that we support the EC in all the processes that will lead to delivering free, fair and credible elections.

Not only is the NDC against the compilation of a new voter’s register, they are similarly against the issuance of National Identity Cards. The tried in 8 years to issue a national ID but were not competent enough to get it done. The benefits of having a national ID are varied and far reaching.

In South Korea and Mauritius for example, where citizens and foreign residents are properly documented, National IDs have helped to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. For instance, in the course of its six-week lockdown in Mauritius, residents have been permitted to go out for basic necessities according to the alphabetical order of their surnames.

Currently there are no active cases in Mauritius. Such an innovation would be difficult to implement in Ghana without proper citizen and resident identification. Everyone knows who lives in their homes. We can identify them. Parents can identify their children and wards by name and by face.

Every entrepreneur knows who works in their company. If it’s a big organization, they provide them with ID cards. Even the NDC has ID cards for their members. So why is the NDC so against a project that seeks to do for all our citizens and residents what the NDC has done for its members? So why is the NDC against a national project that seeks to do what the NDC has done for itself?

We understand and appreciate that there are potential risks associated with bringing people together to register for the national ID. The NPP would like to encourage the NIA to share with the public their coronavirus risk mitigation strategies.

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, we call on the NDC to face up to the realities of the time and convince the Ghanaian people why they must bring an inept, clueless and incompetent Mahama back to power after he run down the country in the manner that he did. We didn’t elect their flagbearer for them. They elected him. If they find that he is an albatross around their necks, they should not be making excuses way ahead of the election in order to justify his loss in December which is inevitable.

We will end by saying that we support the compilation of a new register but will leave that decision for the EC to make. However, with or without a new register, the New Patriotic Party is prepared to campaign and win the endorsement of the overwhelming majority of the Ghanaian people once again in the next polls, based purely on what we are delivering to protect and improve the lives of the people in every corner of the country. May God bless our homeland Ghana and make her great and strong.

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Prof. Kwesi Yankah Elected an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Prof. Kwesi Yankah
Prof. Kwesi Yankah

The Minister of State in charge of tertiary education and a former Pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana Professor Kwesi Yankah  who is also member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences has been elected as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences founded in 1780 is dedicated
to honoring excellence and leadership,
working across disciplines and divides, and
advancing the common good. Members of
the Academy represent today’s innovative
thinkers in every field and profession,
including more than two hundred and fifty
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Some notable members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King. International members include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela among others.

The Induction weekend is currently scheduled for October 9-11, 2020, pending guidance from US public health officials.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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You Encourage and challenge me – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah celebrates Uncle Ebo for his Support

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The Member of Parliament for constituency and the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has celebrated renowned Ghanaian playwright, author and motivational speaker, James Ebo Whyte, popularly known as Uncle Ebo Whyte for the positive impact he has made on his life.

In a tweet he posted  Kojo Oppomg Nkrumah revealed that uncle Ebo Whyte      have done more for him than anyone could ever imagine and  has been a great source of motivation for him for over ten years and always challenges and pushes him to do more.

“James Ebo Uhyte has been been a voice in my life for over a decade. He whips me, encourages me, challenges me and pushes me. Uncle dames thanks for the call tonight. You have done more for me than u could ever imagine.”

Uncle Ebo Whyte is a playwright, author and motivational speaker. Ebo Whyte started his career as an artistic director with a theatre group. He is currently the creativeheada at Roverman productions.

Uncle Ebo Whyte

 

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COVID-19: Ghana records 1,460 recoveries, 28 deaths and 5,638 positive cases

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There is a good news for Ghana while its Coronavirus pandemic recovery cases has risen from 674 to 1,460 in the late hours of Friday, 15th May, 2020.

Aside the large number of Coronavirus recovery cases, Ghana has also recorded another one hundred and eight (108) confirmed positive cases making the total cases rose from 5,530 to 5,638.

In reference to the new Ghana Health Service update, the latest 108 positive cases recorded has the following breakdown; 44 cases from Accra, 26 from Western Region, 16 from Central Region, 12 from the Northern Region, and 10 in the Ashanti Region.

According to the Ghana Health Service data, four (4) Coronavirus positive patients have been confirmed dead making the death rate rose from 24 to 28.

The Ghana Health Service statistics also outlined a Regional breakdown of the entire Coronavirus cases in the country. Below is the data as presented.

Greater Accra Region – 4,248

Ashanti Region – 798

Central Region – 210
Eastern Region – 99
Western Region – 87
Western North Region – 57
Volta Region – 34
Northern Region – 31
Oti Region – 26
Upper East Region – 26
Upper West Region – 21
North East Region – 2
Bono Region – 1

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced that, the Republic of Ghana is making progress in Coronavirus pandemic recoveries. According to him, some large numbers of COVID-19 recoveries are coming in.

The Information Minister who announced the news on his official social media handles on Friday, 15th May, 2020 has notes that, the Ghana Health Service will, in no time announce a good number of Coronavirus patients who have successfully recovered.

He added that, the fact that we are expecting good number of recoveries does not mean Ghanaians and government should let down their guard and live without care. He reiterated that, everyone must continue to observe the precautionary measures as outlined by World Health Organization, Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We are making progress. Some good recovery numbers are coming in. Ghana Health Service should be announcing soon. Doesn’t mean we can let down our guard and live without care. Let’s keep observing the preventive etiquette.” He explained.