• October 28, 2020

    Court summons Kennedy Agyapong over assassination claims against Ato Forson

    An Accra High Court has summoned Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong to appear before it to explain his claim that Ato Forson might be connected to an assassination.

    This comes on the back of a legal action taken by Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam MP, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson.

    NPP firebrand had alleged that the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Finance Committee contracted the suspects to execute the botched assassination attempt on the Gender Minister, Cynthia Morrison.

    The two have been arrested by the police.

    Speaking on Accra-based Net 2 TV on October 26, the Assin Central MP alleged that the suspects told the police that they were sent by Cassiel Ato Forson to undertake the act.

    “The boys mentioned Cassiel Ato Forson’s name to the police. Why is it that the police would not like to speak the truth? Ato Forson gave the boys to the parliamentary candidate Paul Ofori Amoah.

    “The parliamentary candidate is very calm but Ato Forson did that. He should come out and challenge me,” Kennedy Agyapong said.

    Kencity Media Ghana Ltd, owners of NET2 is the second defendant in the case.

    Kennedy Agyapong is expected to appear before the High Court in eight days according to the writ signed on October 27.

    “And take note that in default of your doing so, judgment may be given in your absence without further notice to you,” the writ read.

    The Assin Central MP is currently facing contempt charges at the Supreme Court after he allegedly went on live television to use unprintable words on a High Court judge.

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  • October 28, 2020

    Aggrieved NPP members withdraw contempt suit against Wontumi, Subin MP

    Fifty-one members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Subin Constituency of the Ashanti Region have withdrawn a contempt suit against the Ashanti Regional NPP Chairman and their Member of Parliament after an out-of-court settlement agreement was reached.

    The NPP members filed a contempt suit against the Electoral Commission and the party’s regional executives for going ahead to conduct a parliamentary primary to elect a candidate despite a court injunction.

    Both the complainants and defendants in the matter have now agreed to settle the matter out of court.

    The delegates claimed their names were removed from the party’s album and accused constituency executives and the Subin MP of plots to disenfranchise them.

    After months of court proceedings, the court presided over by Justice Senyo Amedahe ruled on the matter after both parties in the case agreed on an out-of-court settlement.

    One of the lawyers for the defendants, Frank Boakye Agyin in an interview with Citi News, said he hoped the party learned from this moment.

    “My caution is that any act being done in the name of the party should strictly adhere to democratic principles to allow every person claiming to be a member to contest or speak about events.”

    The Member of Parliament for Subin, Eugene Boakye Antwi, also called on party members in the constituency to bury their differences and work to help the NPP to retain power in the December polls.

    “After a torturous five months, with all these court cases hanging around necks, common sense has prevailed and the leadership of our party has intervened to withdraw the matter from court amongst other things,” he said.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Finance Minister to present budget for 1st quarter of 2021 today

    The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, will later today, Wednesday, October 28, 2020, present a budget to Parliament to cater for the first quarter of 2021.

    The expected presentation, known as Expenditure in Advance of Appropriation, has become a usual characteristic of election years to prevent transitional challenges in the smooth running of government for the first three months in the year after an election.

    Ahead of the presentation, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, served notice of intended heckling of the Minister if what he terms outstanding matters are not resolved.

    “The outstanding matters that the Minister for Finance should do for members, if he does not, today we will heckle him. We will subject him to an empty room today as part of the heckling then he will know we do not want to hear him.”

    The government in July this year presented a revised budget statement to Parliament for approval of an additional GHS11.8 billion to support the government’s expenditure for the rest of the year 2020.

    This was after the government projections for the 2020 financial year were affected by the economic implications of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Earlier this year, the Finance Minister announced that the government will require some GHS9.5 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation which may move the 2020 budget deficit to over seven percent.

    He also stated that this will be 2.5 percent of Ghana’s revised GDP, and there will be a “fiscal gap of GHS11.4 billion.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    NDC’s claims that Ghana has HIPC features baseless – Economist

    An economist, Dr. Adu Owusu Sarkodie, has challenged claims by some National Democratic Congress (NDC) actors that Ghana currently has the features of a Highly Indebted Poor Country even if it has not officially been classified as one.

    Speaking on Eyewitness News, Dr. Sarkodie said such assertions don’t “hold water for Ghana now as we speak because the indicators that Ghana used to subscribe to the programme [in 2002] are not the same.”

    He noted as an example that “the debt-to-GDP-ratio at that time was 182 percent. As we speak, it is about 68 percent.”

    To be eligible for the HIPC initiative, a country must be saddled with an unsustainable debt situation.

    Ghana took the decision to go HIPC under the Kufuor Administration.

    In February 2002, the country received $3.7 billion in debt service relief under the enhanced HIPC Initiative.

    The sustainability of public debt is measured by a number of factors including the debt-to-GDP-ratio, the interest burden, the burden on revenue and even the currency of debt, Dr. Sarkodie explained.

    Going by these parameters, Ghana definitely does not qualify for HIPC.

    “Even if the programme is still in existence and even if Ghana was a lower-income country, we would still have not gotten to the point where we would have to be forced to subscribe to the [HIPC] programme.”

    Whilst concerns about the performance of the economy are legitimate, the economist cautioned that critiques should be done in good faith.

    “We should not put the two together. Are you concerned about how things are going or you are concerned that we are in HIPC?”

    The spirit of recent critiques from the NDC has been called into question after some of its key members suggested that Ghana has again been added to the HIPC list.

    This has been refuted by the  International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    The government also rejected the claims about Ghana’s HIPC status and accused the NDC of engaging in misinformation.

    The HIPC initiative was launched by the World Bank and the IMF in 1996 to eliminate unsustainable debt in the world’s poorest and most heavily indebted countries.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Mogtari Bawa defends Mahama’s promise to free jailed small scale miners

    The spokesperson for former President John Mahama, Joyce Bawa Mogtari has defended a promise by her boss to free jailed small scale miners if voted into power.

    John Mahama on Thursday, October 22, 2020, promised to grant amnesty to Ghanaians currently behind bars for mining offences if he is voted into power on December 7, 2020.

    Mr. Mahama expressed concerns about why a Chinese national was freed while Ghanaians are imprisoned for the same mining offence.

    Speaking on Face to Face on Citi TV, Joyce Bawa stated that John Mahama has a plan that will help these offenders work legally and with the environment in mind.

    “Galamsey has had its very dire ramifications on the environment, on water bodies and many others, and yes, there was a time when these people were supposed to pay fines or be convicted. But, Mr. Mahama has a policy for small scale miners to continue to be granted these licenses but will be monitored, so they can undertake responsible mining.”

    She added that illegal mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ was borne out of a need for people to have a source of income and a livelihood.

    The spokesperson for John Mahama stated that some of the cases from galamsey will be looked into once NDC comes into power.

    “Some of the cases of galamsey will need to be revisited and reinvestigated. Some of these people have been unfairly held against their will. In my opinion, persons arrested for galamsey offences can first be fined, and then, if you’re unable to pay, you are made to serve a prison sentence. There were undertones of politics in the galamsey issue.”

    Mrs. Bawa reiterated that “If kingpins of galamsey like Aisha Huang are set free, why should Ghanaian indigenes, who have rights to those lands be serving 2-year sentences?”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Obetsebi-Lamptey interchange 92% complete; Jamestown fishing harbour 15% done

    The Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange, whose construction commenced in October 2019, after the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, cut the sod, is some 92% complete.

    Funding for this project, amounting to $135 million, was secured by the Akufo-Addo government and made possible by Export Credit Facilities from the United Kingdom and Spain.

    The Obetsebi Interchange is located at the intersection of the Ring Road, Graphic Road, and the Accra-Winneba Road. It has been a congested location for a very long time and a major source of worry for the commuting public.

    Additionally, the location has been experiencing perennial flooding for a very long-time, due to the inadequate capacities of the stormwater channels.

    It is for this and other reasons the Government of Ghana has sought to improve the capacity of the road through grade separation of the intersection and provision of additional stormwater channels.

    According to engineers on-site, the project entails the construction of an overpass over the intersection in the east to west direction and the improvement of the drainage system in the vicinity. It also includes the relocation of all public utilities along the corridor including electricity cables, Ghana water company lines, and telecommunication infrastructure.

    The second phase of the project, he told the President, would include the construction of an overpass in the north to south direction, and the improvement of some critical arterial road improvements.

    Jamestown Fishing Harbour

    President Akufo-Addo also inspected ongoing work on the Jamestown Fishing Port project, which has been made possible by a grant from the Peoples’ Republic of China to the tune of US$48 million.

    The project is revamping the old Jamestown Fishing Harbour enclave into a Fishing Port Complex with additional facilities.

    The works being undertaken on the project include the renovation of old breakwater and construction of a new section to a total length of about 500meters; dredging of the harbor basin to depths of up to -5metres for inshore outboard-motorized boats and canoes; and the construction of a boat repair workshop and shed, including mechanical repairs workshop area and cradle platforms.

    There would also be a new daycare center with about 60pupils capacity, for children of fisherfolk, and the presence of a cold store and midlevel fish processing facilities, including all the utility services systems – water, electricity, parking, driveways, and administration offices.

    The Project’s physical works began with the construction of a temporary area, near the Korle outfall, westwards from the Jamestown Harbour site, to relocate all the fisherfolks into the temporary area. Temporary works included earthworks, construction of a breakwater to protect canoes and prevent the influx of floating debris from the Odaw / Korle systems.

    Thus far, the contractor has also completed major site preparation works, set up temporary site offices, mobilized the requisite staff and equipment, demolished a substantial part of the fishing port area with concrete and foundation works ongoing briskly. Breakwater construction is currently going on.

    The approximate global progress of work for Jamestown as of September 30th is 15%.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Irate NPP supporters lock up ECG office over ‘dumsor’ at Bawumia event

    A group of NPP supporters at a party function

    Some supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party in Upper Manya Krobo Constituency of the Eastern Region locked the office of the Electricity Company in the area over an intermittent power cut during campaign tour office President Dr.Mahamadu Bawumia.

    The Vice President as part of his three-day campaign tour to the Eastern Region visited Asesewa on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

    However, there was a rainstorm in the area which led to power outage prior to the arrival of the Vice President and his entourage. The power was restored briefly but went off again when the program was about starting.

    This infuriated the youth who rushed to the ECG office to lock up the main gate of the office with their own padlock. The staff, according to eyewitnesses left their vehicles and jumped the walls to their various homes.

    “There was heavy rain so the power just went off so quickly we ordered one of our men to go to Amanfrom in Okere area so that if anything we switch to connect the power through Koforidua to Tinkong to Asesewa. So immediately the thing happened we tried that, the power came and reached Bisa Junction but there was another fault there, the high tension cable was brought down by a tree that fell on it so because of that we rushed to break the line at Akateng road to cut the line to switch before we had power.

    “But immediately we reached the office, the NPP supporters rushed us and locked the main gate with their own padlock. So we have to jump the wall before going home. They came here three times and tried to fight us. They brought their own padlock and even put red-danger there,” a staff of ECG told Starr News.

    The youth returned midnight to unlock the office.

    The Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer for ECG, Mary Eshun-Oppong, confirmed the incident to Starr News.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Ato Forson sues Kennedy Agyapong over claims he’s involved in assassination plot

    The Member of Parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam constituency, Cassiel Ato Forson has dragged the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong to court.

    Ato Forson is taking action against his fellow legislator over allegations that he is the brain behind a supposed plot to assassinate the Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison.

    Mr. Ato Forson initiated the legal processes against Mr. Agyapong and his Kencity Media on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

    In his statement of claim, Ato Forson said while he has not been mentioned in the charge sheet of the ongoing court case or invited by the police for questioning, Kennedy Agyapong went ahead to make libellous statements without any justification against his person.

    Kennedy Agyapong reportedly said on a show on his Net 2 television station that Ato Forson was the mastermind behind a plot to kill Cynthia Morrison.

    Mr. Agyapong claimed that the suspects had told the police during interrogations that they were contracted by Ato Forson, the Minority Spokesperson on Finance, to perpetuate the alleged crime.

    “…The boys mentioned Cassiel Ato Forson’s name to the police. Why is it that the police would not like to speak the truth? Ato Forson gave the boys to the parliamentary candidate, Paul Ofori Amoah. Truly speaking, the parliamentary candidate is very calm but Ato Forson did that. He should come out and challenge me,” Kennedy Agyapong reportedly said on the show.

    According to Mr. Ato Forson, the words of Kennedy Agyapong have injured his image and “brought his hard-won reputation into hatred, ridicule, odium, discredit, contempt, opprobrium and reproach and as such right-thinking members of the society question the integrity of the Plaintiff especially as a Member of Parliament and a former government official.”

    He prayed the court to ensure that Kennedy Agyapong and Net 2 TV retract and apologize for the comments within seven days and remove all such defamatory comments from their social media pages including YouTube.

    He also wants damages to the tune of GHS500,000 from Mr. Agyapong and GHS300,000.00 from Net 2 TV and additionally, “The sum of GHS600,000 as punitive damages against the defendants”.

    The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate in the Agona West Constituency, Paul Ofori Amoah, was last week charged for his alleged role in an attempt to assassinate the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Cynthia Mamle Morrison.

    He was charged with “aiding and abetting of activities of political party vigilante group contrary to regulation 4 of ACT 999(2019),” after cheques he signed were found with the key suspects in the alleged assassination plot at a hotel.

    Six suspected criminals who allegedly made an assassination attempt on the life of Mrs. Cynthia Morrison are in the grips of the Swedru Divisional Police Command.

    Four persons were earlier arrested on October 17, 2020, over the alleged assassination plot.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Unprecedented transformation ongoing in our regions – Ministers

    Five Regional Ministers under President Akufo-Addo’s administration have been touting government’s achievements in their various regions saying Akufo-Addo must be commended for steering the country’s economy back to where it belongs.

    Addressing the 5th edition of the Nation Building Updates in Accra on Tuesday 22nd October, 2020 on the theme “Rebuilding the Ghanaian Economy” the five Regional Ministers from the Western Region, Central Region, Northern Region, Volta Region and the Bono Region said the Akufo-Addo administration has made unprecedented strides in the area of education, infrastructure, jobs and agriculture that has helped to revive the country’s ailing economy.

    The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah applauded the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for creating equal opportunities for all in his Region. He said through government’s flagship Ghana Beyond Aid programme, the Western Region has seen 1.8% growth rate as a result of the heavy investment in the areas of agriculture, oil and gas and mining.

    According to him, “with 2014 to 2016 low GDP growth rate, policies and strategies introduced by the NPP Government resulted in significant growth of 8.1% in 2017 and 6.9. In 2019, only for COVID-19 to draw back on our growth tangent. For Western Region’s significant contribution to National GDP, investing to rebuild its economy directly translates into rebuilding Ghana’s economy and this, government has not failed in doing this since 2017.

    He noted that government has initiated series of entrepreneurial programmes to build the entrepreneurial capacity of graduate youth in the region in order for them to contribute their quota to the high growth agricultural and manufacturing sectors of the country. He also touted government’s achievements in building the George Grant University of Mines and Energy at Tarkwa, improving the facilities of the Takoradi Technical University and expanding the railway network in the region.

    Highlighting government’s achievement in her region, the Bono Regional Minister, Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, commended government for construction of a Youth Development Centre in Dormaa noting that plans are far advanced to construct another Youth Development Centre in Sunyani. In the area of agriculture, she emphasized that through the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), farmers in her region have benefited from improved and subsidized seeds which has increased yields in the region.

    “As at the end of September, 2020, a total of 467.47 metric tons of improved and subsidized seeds have been received and supplied to the farmers. In all a total of 16,387.37 hectares has been cultivated using seeds distributed to the farmers. Update of beneficiaries under the PFJ stands at 90,249 made up of 61,375 males and 28,874 females,” she said.

    The Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan said his region has benefited from numerous government interventions. An example these interventions he said are the numerous jobs created from the construction of the Ekumfi Fruit Juice Processing Factory and the Casa De Ropa Potato under the 1D1F government initiative. He noted that the Central Region has seen increased yields in Cocoa production as a result of government implementation of the Cocoa Productivity Enhancement Programmes for 2019 and 2020.

    Touching on the government interventions in the Northern Region, Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed praised the leadership of the President emphasizing that the resolution of the long term dispute in the region has helped bring about development and created a peaceful atmosphere in the region. He said the region has benefited immensely from government initiatives particularly in the area of agriculture. He said through programmes like the PFJ, the Northern Region is able to contribute significant amount of food items to feed other parts of the country.

    The Volta Regional Minister, Archibald Letsa, commended government for restoring the peaceful atmosphere in the region. He noted that aside bringing back the peace, the Akufo-Addo administration has created substantial amount of jobs, constructed roads, built schools and improved the standard of people living in the region.

    The National Building Update is a weekly event organised by government to provide accounts of its projects, policies and interventions since assuming office in 2017.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Gov’t to acquire AirtelTigo

    Bharti Airtel’s board on Wednesday cleared the sale of its Ghana joint venture –AirtelTigo- to the government of Ghana, and is taking an impairment charge of Rs184.1 crore for the transaction.

    “The parties are in advance stages of discussions for conclusion of the commercial agreement for the transfer of AirtelTigo on a going concern basis to the Government of Ghana,” Airtel said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The proposed deal would result in the government of Ghana acquiring 100% shares of Airtel Ghana Ltd, also known as AirtelTigo, along with all its customers, assets and agreed liabilities.

    AirtelTigo is a joint venture between ‘Airtel’ and ‘Millicom’ wherein Airtel holds a non-controlling 49.95% share in AirtelTigo.

    Airtel had merged its Ghana operations with Millicom in 2017, resulting in the second largest mobile carrier in the country. The merger was approved by the regulator subject to the condition that Ghana’s government will have the option to pick up a stake in the new entity in future.

    But the joint venture has fallen behind MTN and Vodacom in the country. Airtel has previously said that it will look at consolidation opportunities, including exit, in markets where it is not among the top two players.

    According to the quarterly results ending September 30, Airtel said its Ghana operations had a customer base of 5.1 million. The company has successively been posting losses for the past four quarters and the Ebidta for the quarter fell to Rs 8.8 crore from Rs 9.9 crore in the previous quarter ending June 30.

    Total revenue remained stagnant at Rs 118 crore during the quarter and data customers as a percentage of the total customer base also saw a dip to 56.2% during the period from 59.4% in the June quarter.

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  • October 28, 2020

    COVID-19: 97 asymptomatic cases discovered at KIA – Okoe-Boye

    Ninety-seven individuals who are asymptomatic to the deadly Covid-19 virus have been discovered at the Kotoka Internation Airport, Deputy Health Minister Dr Bernard Okoe-Boye has revealed.

    He disclosed that these persons presented negative PCR test results at the airport upon arrival without showing any Covid symptoms.

    This according to him was a result of government’s policy of ensuring travelers test negative twice before they are allowed into the country.

    The lawmaker was speaking to Starr News Ibrahim Alhassan on airport testing, touching on the pricing as well as the controversial issue of the service provider conducting the tests.

    He said, “when you look at the cost both timewise and money-wise, it was clear that the previous arrangement was more expensive and time was of the essence.”

    He also indicated that “the employer, the one who signed the contract with the service provider is the Ghana Airport Company Limited, just that Ministry of Health through port health at the airport worked closely because they, by law, handle our borders. So, it’s like a private-public partnership to make sure that the data is captured on our system.”

    On asymptomatic cases, Dr Okoe-Boye mentioned “as we speak, ninety-seven individuals who were all asymptomatic meaning they had no fever, they had no cough, they are like you and I, have been picked by the system as being positive. They also had negative PCR results. If you are familiar with laboratory science, laboratory science will tell you that between 0.1 to 0.3 percent of all tests that are done could be false negative or false positive. What it means is that .1 to .2 of results can be false, meaning its not what it tells you. That is allowed in science because it’s human beings who take the sample to go and do the procedure.”

    “And so when you look at Ghana’s figure, the last time I checked, the 97 people who are positive constitute 0.3 percent of all the 27,000 or so tests we’ve done for the travelers.”

    He added, “what it means is that the 0.1 to 3 that are missed at the jurisdictions are picked here in Ghana and so all those people who have complained that why the double testing regime of a negative and a negative, it is so because the president wants a very strict mechanism that will not upset our current covid situation.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    A/R: Eschew all forms of violence – Peace council to parties

    Sudan has seen its most violent week since the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April

    The National Peace Council in the Ashanti region has issued a stern warning to politicians who may want to secretly incite the youth into unleashing violence in the general elections.

    The Regional Chairman Rt. Rev Christopher Nyarko Andam gave the caution in a speech read for him during a community peace durbar organized by the National Cadet Corp in Kumasi.

    As part of efforts to maintain peace and stability during the electioneering period, the National Peace Council in partnership with the National Cadet Corps are in all the sixteen regions doing peace campaigns among the youth.

    The Ashanti region session threw the spotlight on the instrumental role of the youth in several conflict situations.

    The peace council warned politicians to eschew all attempts to manipulate them to orchestrate mayhem for their selfish gains during the December polls.

    Rt. Rev Nyarko Andam said “the youth play a major role in many conflict situations.  While they often are the sources of the conflict, in many cases such as chieftaincy dispute, political violence among others, the elders and the politicians, they hide behind the youth who then present themselves as the face of the conflict while being manipulated by the very antagonists, that the elders and the politicians.”

    He added, “there’s the need for the youth to eschew all forms of violence and let Ghana have peaceful and violent-free elections in the 2020 December 7 elections.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    We’ll transform and de-politicise the fisheries sector – Mahama

    John Dramani Mahama

    The Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has promised to transform and de-politicise the fisheries industry.

    Addressing fisher folks at Ayakpor in the Ada Constituency on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at the start of his five-day campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region, Mr Mahama bemoaned the collapse of the fishing industry under the presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo.

    He observed that the fishing industry has collapsed because the government has monopolised the distribution of premix fuel and subsidised outboard motors for its members and supporters who function as middlemen.

    “When the premix comes, they give to their party executives and they put their profit on top and sell it to the fishermen, and that is the problem with the NPP government and that is the problem with this administration.

    “Everything is about their party, it means anybody else is not Ghanaian and it is only they who are entitled to the opportunities this country has to offer”, Mr Mahama said.

    He was confident that the NDC will win the December 7, 2020 general elections to correct everything that has gone wrong within the fishing sector to create opportunity for all.

    He said fishermen would be made to take ownership of the premix fuel and share among its members, as well as the subsidised outboard motors.

    Mr Mahama has, therefore, entreated all to vote massively for him in the upcoming election to enable him create prosperity for all but not few, as being witnessed under President Akufo-Addo.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns

    Bartomeu has been president since Sandro Rosell resigned in 2014

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned under increasing pressure, but said he had accepted proposals for the club to join a European Super League.

    Fans had been trying to remove Bartomeu, who became president in 2014 and had fallen out with Lionel Messi.

    He stood down on Tuesday, along with the entire board of directors.

    In a leaving speech Bartomeu said Barca had begun proceedings to join a Super League to help its financial future.

    Last week, BBC Sport reported talks had taken place over the creation of a new £4.6bn European Premier League involving the top sides from across the continent, although discussions are at an early stage.

    La Liga president Javier Tebas responded to Bartomeu’s claims by saying it “confirms his ignorance about the football industry”.

    Tebas called it a “weak and imaginary competition which would be their ruin”.

    Bartomeu was due to step down in March, having served the maximum two terms as president, but was facing a vote of no confidence.

    More than 20,000 club members signed a motion to remove him.

    Resentment had grown against his leadership over the past year because of worsening finances and Barca’s decline on the pitch and their failure to win a trophy last season.

    Bartomeu also fell out with star player Messi in the summer after the Argentina forward handed in a transfer request.

    Messi failed to force a move and decided to stay, but said he felt deceived by Bartomeu, adding: “There has been no project or anything for a long time”.

    Barcelona are owned by their supporters, who vote to elect a president to run the club.

    Source: BBC

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  • October 28, 2020

    Akufo-Addo condemns Odododiodio clashes, calls for peace

    President Nana Akufo-Addo

    President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, condemned last weekend’s violent clashes between supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

    At a mini-rally at Odododiodio, as part of his tour of the Greater Accra Region., Mr Akufo-Addo said: “We want peace in Accra in the upcoming elections, we should allow everyone to go and vote in peace”.

    “It is not about fighting. If you [politician] have to used violence to win, then you don’t have anything for the constituents.

    “So, everyone who does that should be ignored and condemned. Elections are just a contest of ideas, and we don’t need violence to be able to do that.”

    “So, please, I beg of you, we don’t in violence in our country. We want peace. The world is watching Ghana in our upcoming polls and we should show them that we respect ourselves and understand democracy well”, the President said.

    On the same issue, veteran actor Fred Amugi has advised the youth of Odododiodio to remain united and not allow any politician or partisan politics to break their front.

    Video footages showed supporters on each side hurling crude weapons at their opponents in the fierce clashes just six weeks from this year’s general elections.

    People got injured in the disturbances.

    The police are investigating the matter

    Speaking on CTV’s breakfast show ‘Anopa Dwabirem’ on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, the award-winning actor urged the youth to unite.

    He said: “If there is a big man out there giving you some GHS50 or GHS20 and some weed for you to be high to hurt someone, when you come back to your senses and realise you’ve hurt your own brother, what will you do?

    “The Bible says: ‘Love thy neighbour as yourself’.

    “You are one people living together in one area. Don’t allow two or three people or politics to divide you.

    “Let me remind you that many of these politicians have their visas and air tickets ready, so, don’t allow yourselves to be used.”

    Meanwhile, Mr Nii Lante Bannerman, the NPP parliamentary candidate for the constituency has accused Mr Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, the incumbent MP of masterminding the attacks on the NPP supporters in the area at the weekend.

    Mr Bannerman is demanding the immediate arrest of all the persons involved in the melee else he and his supporters would defend themselves.

    Speaking at a press conference on Monday, 26 October 2020, Mr Bannerman said: “This violence in the constituency are explicitly orchestrated by the incumbent MP whose persona and character depict violence…

    “I hereby call on the police, as a matter of urgency, to arrest these NDC thugs, failing which our people will be left with no other option than to defend ourselves.”

    But Mr Vanderpuye has rubbished the claims, describing Mr Bannerman as a liar.

    He said: “What again do you expect? He’s a liar, he was born a liar, he has grown to become a liar and he will continue to lie all his life”.

    “He is lying like any person in NPP.

    “They lie from the head to the bottom, everyone amongst them lie.

    “I, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, organised what happened yesterday? It’s a shame.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    V/R: Opoku-Agyemang enstooled in Juapong

    Prof Opoku-Agyemang (seated) flanked by other queens

    The vice-presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang was, on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, enstooled as the Yingor (forwardness Queen) of all the traditional areas within the North Tongu constituency of the Volta Region.

    Under the stool name Mamaga Yongor I, the first female vice-presidential candidate was taken through the customary rites by the queen mothers of the various Tongu traditional areas and led by Mamaga Adzo Sreku IV of the Mepe Traditional Area.

    Mamaga Sreku explained that Prof Opoku-Agyemang deserves to be honoured, as she happens to be the first female vice-presidential candidate of a major political party.

    Speaking at a durbar held in honour of the candidate to usher her into the region for a three-day introduction tour, Mamaga Adzo Sreku also noted that the honour is necessary because of the developments the entire Tongu constituency benefitted from the government of Mr Mahama and the NDC administration over the years.

    Also addressing the running mate with her delegation from both regional and national levels, the Manklalo of the Dorfor Traditional Area, Togbe Manklalo Agnohla VI, commended the NDC for leaving no stone unturned in development matters of the Tongu constituency.

    He acknowledged projects such as water, schools from primary to secondary levels and roads, as some of the legacy projects of the erstwhile government of Mr Mahama, who is seeking re-election on December 7.

    The chief was, however, unhappy that projects that were started under the NDC administration have been abandoned by the Akufo-Addo-led government for the past four years.

    He mentioned the 540-m Volivo bridge, a government of Ghana and Japan-sponsored bridge on the Volta Lake, that is expected to ease transportation challenges between communities beyond the lake and the Eastern corridor road, Battor, Adidome and Juapong roads, as an example.

    Togbe Manklalo also indicated that, should Mr Mahama regain power in the December polls, the revamping of the Juapong textile company should be one of the NDC government’s priorities.

    He also spoke about the disturbances in the region staged by the Western Togoland secessionist group and the involvement of the state security.

    The chief, however, appealed to the Nana Akufo-Addo government to release “innocent people” who have been arrested in connection with the Western Togoland happenings.

    Prof Opoku-Agyemang expressed appreciation to the chiefs, queen mothers and the people of the area for the honour bestowed on her and the entire NDC party.

    She said she was marvelled at how the chiefs and the queen mothers praised the erstwhile NDC government and the Member of Parliament (MP) of the area, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, which, she noted, makes her work easier, as she tours other parts of the constituency.

    She, therefore, called on the people to vote for Mr Mahama and Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in the December polls.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    Ajumako NDC laments brutalities on members

    The Ajumako Enyan Essiam branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Ajumako Police and the Central Regional Police command of turning a deaf ear to complaints of brutalities allegedly meted to their members by thugs aligned with the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

    They have, thus, threatened that if the trend continuous they will have no option than to protect themselves.

    Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, branch Communications Officer of the party, Galahd Alex Alexander noted that the attacks on their members in recent times is geared towards rigging the December elections which he warned will be resisted fiercely.

    “The NPP is very determined to cause mayhem in our constituency and on election day just to get the chance to rig the elections but we will resist this one with our blood,” he said.

    He recounted a number of incidents where members of the party were attacked and yet nothing was done by the Police.

    “As recent as last week, they brought in 13 well-built men under the leadership of one man called Dan, believed and known to be a member of the Fante Crocodile vigilante group. These Dan-led thugs were brought in by the Central Regional NPP to survey the constituency and familiarise themselves well so they can cause violence and mayhem on the election day.

    “There was also an attack on Mr Galahd Andoh, our Communications Officer. This matter was accordingly reported to the Ajumako Police. Fortunately for the Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress, the attack on his person and that of his car took place in the full glare of the Police who were at the scene on that occasion.

    “It will interest you to know that just four days ago, (last Wednesday), our female supporter by name Dorothy Pamford was attacked, beaten and slapped several times by NPP supporters led by Samuel Quansah.

    “A case was also made against the lead attacker and same can be verified at the Ajumako Police station.”

    According to Mr Galahd Alex Alexander, these issues of attack and several others which were lodged before the Police have yielded no response. He, thus, warned that no such brutalities will be tolerated any longer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    NDC gov’t of ‘Akonfem’ and unequal opportunity, NPP gov’t for the masses – Bawumia

    Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

    Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has challenged the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to provide examples of their equal opportunity policies during their eight-year term.

    Speaking at a durbar at Kpong, in the Lower Manya Krobo constituency in the Eastern Region

    Dr Bawumia underscored that President Akufo-Addo’s administration has demonstrated that it is a government of equal opportunities.

    He said the NPP is the government of the masses and all Ghanaians.

    “We have provided equal opportunities for all Ghanaians through our economic policies and social interventions programmes such as one constituency one ambulance, one district one factory, one constituency one million dollars, Zongo Development Fund, NABCO, Planting for Food and Jobs, Free SHS, digitization, allowances to teacher and nursing trainees…” Dr Bawumia said.

    He continued: “Former President Mahama says he wants to come back to build a country of equal opportunities. I want to ask him what he did for eight years when he was in government as president and vice president?

    “Where were the equal opportunities they built for Ghanaians?”

    Dr Bawumia mocked that the “NDC is the government of Akofem and of unequal opportunity, they are the government of Akonfem. They cannot tell you not what equal opportunity they have given to our youth.

    “Unemployment is not equal opportunity, dumsor is not equal opportunity, cancellation of teacher training allowance is not equal opportunity, SADA akonfem is not equal opportunity, cancellation of nursing training allowance is not equal opportunity.

    “We are the party of the masses, the party of the people, the party of equal opportunities, the party of all Ghanaians.”

    Dr Bawumia, thus, urged voters to give President Akufo-Addo and NPP parliamentarians four more years to continue with and consolidate the transformation agenda that we have started.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 28, 2020

    It’s a lie – IMF denies Mahama’s ‘flawed’, ‘deceptive’ ‘Ghana back to HIPC status’ claim

    Former President John Mahama

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said recent claims that Ghana has gone HIPC is “flawed” and “deceptive”.

    “The HIPC Initiative is essentially closed for countries that have already reached the Completion Point. As you may recall, Ghana successfully reached the Completion Point in July 2004,” a statement from the IMF’s Resident Representative to Ghana, Dr Albert Touna-Mama, has said.

    According to the statement, the list of countries that have qualified for the HIPC Initiative since its inception in 1996 is regularly updated and must not be interpreted as a new HIPC list.

    “Any such interpretation is flawed and may be deceptive,” Dr Touna-Mama added

    He noted that the recent update of Ghana’s debt-to-GDP ratio “has not triggered any decision or action by the IMF.”

    The IMF’s clarification comes a day after Ghana’s former President, Mr John Mahama, who is also the presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), told different groups of professionals with whom he interacted on Monday, 266 October 2020, that: “The IMF, in its sub-Saharan Africa Regional Economic Outlook, forecasts the current rate at a frightening 76.7% of debt-to-GDP ratio”.

    “Officially”, Mr Mahama announced, “Ghana is back to HIPC status under Nana Akufo-Addo and Ken Ofori-Atta”.

    Subsequently, the government of Ghana, through the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, told journalists on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at the Nation Building Updates in Accra, that: “There are suggestions being spread, particularly on social media, that Ghana has been declared HIPC again and I am sure you would have noticed that a lot of persons are sharing materials on social media that the IMF or World Bank has declared Ghana HIPC or listed Ghana as one of the HIPC countries and it is a suggestion that the economy is not as good a shape that we claim it is.

    “For the avoidance of doubt and, because we have also mentioned that we are aware that some persons, in the weeks ahead of the elections, will seek to spread a lot of false information and fake news, it is important to quickly respond to it right here and right now.

    “Categorically, we say to you it is not true that Ghana has been declared HIPC or has been added to the list of HIPC countries”.

    IMF factsheet about HIPC

    Debt Relief Under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative

    March 25, 2020

    The joint IMF–World Bank comprehensive approach to debt reduction is designed to ensure that no poor country faces a debt burden it cannot manage. To date, debt reduction packages under the HIPC Initiative have been approved for 36 countries, 30 of them in Africa, providing $76 billion in debt-service relief over time. Three additional countries are eligible for HIPC Initiative assistance.

    Debt relief key to poverty reduction

    The HIPC Initiative was launched in 1996 by the IMF and World Bank, with the aim of ensuring that no poor country faces a debt burden it cannot manage. Since then, the international financial community, including multilateral organizations and governments, have worked together to lower to sustainable levels the external debt burdens of the most heavily indebted poor countries.

    In 1999, a comprehensive review of the Initiative allowed the Fund to provide faster, deeper, and broader debt relief and strengthened the links between debt relief, poverty reduction, and social policies.

    In 2005, to help accelerate progress toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the HIPC Initiative was supplemented by the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) . The MDRI allows for 100 percent relief on eligible debts by three multilateral institutions—the IMF, the World Bank, and the African Development Fund (AfDF)—for countries completing the HIPC Initiative process. In 2007, the Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB) also decided to provide additional (“beyond HIPC”) debt relief to the five HIPCs in the Western Hemisphere.

    Two-step process

    Countries must meet certain criteria, commit to poverty reduction through policy changes, and demonstrate a good track record over time. The Fund and Bank provide interim debt relief in the initial stage and, when a country meets its commitments, full debt relief is provided.

    First step: decision point. To be considered for HIPC Initiative assistance, a country must fulfill the following four conditions:

    1) Be eligible to borrow from the World Bank’s International Development Agency, which provides interest-free loans and grants to the world’s poorest countries, and from the IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust, which provides loans to low-income countries at subsidized rates;

    2) Face an unsustainable debt burden that cannot be addressed through traditional debt relief mechanisms;

    3) Have established a track record of reform and sound policies through IMF- and World Bank–supported programs ; and

    4) Have developed a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) through a broad-based participatory process in the country.

    Once a country has met or made sufficient progress in meeting these four criteria, the Executive Boards of the IMF and World Bank formally decide on its eligibility for debt relief, and the international community commits to reducing debt to a level that is considered sustainable. This first stage under the HIPC Initiative is referred to as the decision point. Once a country reaches its decision point, it may immediately begin receiving interim relief on its debt service falling due.

    Second step: completion point. In order to receive full and irrevocable reduction in debt available under the HIPC Initiative, a country must

    1) Establish a further track record of good performance under programs supported by loans from the IMF and the World Bank;

    2) Implement satisfactorily key reforms agreed at the decision point; and

    3) Adopt and implement its PRSP for at least one year.

    Once a country has met these criteria, it can reach its completion point, which allows it to receive the full debt relief committed at the decision point.

    Countries receiving debt relief. Of the 39 countries eligible or potentially eligible for HIPC Initiative assistance, 36 are receiving full debt relief from the IMF and other creditors after reaching their completion points. Three countries, which have been identified as potentially eligible for HIPC Initiative assistance, have not yet reached their decision points, but Somalia is making progress towards achieving this milestone in the coming months.

    Debt relief frees up resources for social spending

    Debt relief is one part of a much larger effort, which also includes aid flows, to address the development needs of low-income countries and make sure that debt sustainability is maintained over time. For debt reduction to have a tangible impact on poverty, the additional money needs to be spent on programs that benefit the poor.

    Boosting social spending. Before the HIPC Initiative, eligible countries were, on average, spending slightly more on debt service than on health and education combined. Now, they have increased markedly their expenditures on health, education, and other social services. On average, such spending is about five times the amount of debt-service payments.

    Reducing debt service. For the 36 countries receiving debt relief, debt service paid has declined by about 1.5 percentage points of GDP between 2001 and 2015. More recently, with the increase in public debt in LICs, debt service burdens have started to rise, although they still remain 1 percentage point below the pre-HIPC levels in 2017.

    Improving public debt management. Debt relief has markedly improved the debt position of post–completion point countries, bringing their debt indicators down below those of other HIPCs or non-HIPCs. However, many remain vulnerable to shocks, particularly those affecting exports, as seen during the global economic crisis. To reverse the recent increase in LIC public debt burdens and reduce their debt vulnerabilities, countries need to pursue cautious borrowing policies and strengthen their public debt management.

    IMF debt relief complemented by other sources

    About 44 percent of the funding comes from the IMF and other multilateral institutions, and the remaining amount comes from bilateral creditors.

    The total cost of providing assistance to the 39 countries that have been found eligible or potentially eligible for debt relief under the enhanced HIPC Initiative is estimated to be about $76 billion in end-2017 net present value terms.

    The IMF’s share of the cost is financed by bilateral contributions and resources from the Fund itself, mainly investment income on the proceeds from off-market gold sales in 1999. These funds were deposited to the IMF’s PRG-HIPC Trust.

    Resources available in the trust are currently insufficient to finance the cost of debt relief to the remaining two countries with arrears to the IMF which have met the initial conditions for debt relief and reached the decision point. The original financing plan did not include the cost of debt relief to Sudan and Somalia. In December 2019, the IMF Executive Board approved a financing plan that will help mobilize the resources needed for the IMF to cover its share of debt relief to Somalia. Should Sudan, make progress towards the decision point, there would be an urgent need to mobilize resources.  Eritrea is also eligible tor HIPC debt relief but does not have financial obligations to the IMF.

    Challenges remain

    The remaining pre-decision point countries face common challenges, including preserving peace and stability, and improving governance and the delivery of basic services. Addressing these challenges will require continued efforts from these countries to strengthen policies and institutions, and support from the international community.

    Another challenge is to ensure that eligible countries get full debt relief from all their creditors. Although the largest creditors (the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the IMF, the Inter-American Development Bank, and all Paris Club creditors) have provided their full share of debt relief under the HIPC Initiative, and even beyond, others are lagging behind. Smaller plurilateral institutions, non-Paris Club official bilateral creditors, and commercial creditors, which together account for about 26 percent of total HIPC Initiative costs, have so far only delivered a small share of their expected relief.

    Non–Paris Club bilateral creditors as a whole have delivered around 51 percent of their share of HIPC Initiative debt relief, but about one third of these creditors have not delivered any relief at all. While there has been some increase in the delivery over the past few years, the rate of delivery remains disappointingly low.

    The delivery of debt relief by commercial creditors has increased markedly in recent years through a few large operations supported by IDA’s Debt Reduction Facility buyback operations. Some commercial creditors have initiated litigations against HIPCs, raising significant legal challenges to burden sharing among all creditors, including the multilateral institutions. The number of litigation cases against HIPCs has been declining in recent years and flattened over the past few years.

    Given the voluntary nature of creditor participation in the HIPC Initiative, the IMF and the World Bank will continue to use moral suasion to encourage creditors to participate in the Initiative and to deliver fully their share of HIPC Initiative debt relief.

    The IMF and World Bank will also continue to improve their ability to monitor the delivery of HIPC Initiative debt relief. The IMF will continue to address issues related to participation in the HIPC Initiative during its regular consultations and other missions to creditor countries.

    List of Countries That Have Qualified for, are Eligible or Potentially Eligible, and May Wish to Receive HIPC Initiative Assistance (as of February 2020)

    Post-Completion-Point Countries (36)

    Afghanistan

    Ethiopia

    Mauritania

    Benin

    The Gambia

    Mozambique

    Bolivia

    Ghana

    Nicaragua

    Burkina Faso

    Guinea

    Niger

    Burundi

    Guinea-Bissau

    Rwanda

    Cameroon

    Guyana

    São Tomé & Príncipe

    Central African Republic

    Haiti

    Senegal

    Chad

    Honduras

    Sierra Leone

    Comoros

    Liberia

    Tanzania

    Republic of Congo

    Madagascar

    Togo

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    Malawi

    Uganda

    Côte d’Ivoire

    Mali

    Zambia

    Pre-Decision-Point Countries (3)

    Eritrea

    Somalia

    Sudan

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Source: Classfmonline.com

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  • October 27, 2020

    7 stunning photos of Kwesi Appiah’s last daughter

    Kwesi Appiah daughter

    Ex-black stars coach, Kwesi Appiah’s last born daughter celebrated her birthday on Saturday, October 24, 2020 and posted some very stunning pictures of herself.

    The lady named Mary Pearl is the last of 3 daughters born to the trainer and she thrilled social media on her 25th birthday.

    Dazzling in a silver dress, Mary Pearl Appiah posted a picture of herself on her birthday thanking God for healing her right in time for her special day.

    Captioning the post, ”I’m honestly soo grateful for my life. To think the beginning of this week I was admitted to hospital and didn’t know if I was even going to be able to even be well enough to celebrate my birthday to having a WHOLE 3 day Birthday!?? GOD, you’re actually amazing! #25onthe25th”, she showed her gratitude.

    However, below are 7 stunning pictures of the beautiful daughter of Coach Kwesi Appiah:

    1. She looks great in black
    Mary Pearll
    Mary Pearll

    2. The mirrors don’t lie. She looks amazing

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    marypearll

    3. Beautiful

    Kwesi Appiah daughter
    Kwesi Appiah daughter

    4. Dinner look

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    marypearll1

    5. She perfectly chose green to match with her naturally popping skin

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    marypearl

    6. As pretty as flowers

    mary pearll
    mary pearll

    7. Lovely

    Kwesi Appiah's daughter
    Kwesi Appiah’s daughter

    Meanwhile, retired Ghanaian professional footballer, Derek Boateng, for the very first time shared pictures of his beautiful family on social media.

    Celebrating his 18th wedding anniversary, the retired baller posted pictures of his family of five- his two sons, daughter, his wife and himself.

    derek boateng and family
    derek boateng and family

    The footballer and his sons sported black suits with a red flying tie while the ladies wore red gowns in such an adorable showing.

    SOURCE: GHPAGE
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  • October 27, 2020

    Ghana’s active COVID-19 cases increase to 487, deaths now 316

    Blood sample with respiratory coronavirus positive

     

    Ghana has recorded a steady increase in the number of active Coronavirus cases.

    The number of active cases as at Wednesday, October 21, had risen to 487 as compared to October 17’s 397 cases.

    The number of deaths has also risen to 316.

    An update on the Ghana Health Service’s website indicated that the number of cases recorded from international travels was 100 out of 35,036 tests.

    The number of confirmed cases now stands at 47,690, with 46,887 recoveries/discharges.

    The Greater Accra Region still leads in the number of active cases with 356.

    Five regions; North East, Northern, Oti, Savannah and Upper West Regions, have no active cases.

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  • October 27, 2020

    Nothing wrong with wives replacing late husbands into Parliament – NDC female PC

    The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Krowor Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Agnes Naa Momo Lartey, says she sees nothing wrong with the decision to replace dead Members of Parliament with their wives.

    She said if there is nothing wrong with men succeeding their wives in parliament, then there should not be any issues with it the other way round.

    Her comments come after concerns have been raised against the practice of replacing deceased lawmakers with their wives.

    For instance, Professor Ransford Gyampo of the University of Ghana, in a write-up, asked political parties to halt the trend where wives of Members of Parliament who die are made to succeed their husbands in Parliament.

    He said if care is not taken, very soon, some unscrupulous people who have marital issues with their spouse, may be plotting murder as a mean of getting selected to Parliament.

    The wife of the murdered MP for Mfantseman, Ophelia Hayford, has been selected by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to replace her late husband, Ekow Kwansah Hayford, who was murdered by armed robbers on Friday, October 9.

    “Finally, we must be in the know that the practice of asking widows to replace their dead husbands in Parliament may be dangerous and soon undermine quality representation, particularly, if the only driving force to push a certain segment of the citizenry to Parliament, is the loss of their spouse,” Prof Gyampo said in statement.

    But speaking in an interview with Berla Mundi on TV3‘s New Day on Monday, October 26, Madam Agnes Lartey said: “It is not about it being a good thing or a bad thing to do.

    “What I would have asked society to do is that the way we are looking at it  now, would it have been the same  perspective or would we have looked at it with the same lenses if it had been the men inheriting the positions of their wives. That is the question I would like to ask society.

    “I know it is a period of mourning and women go through a lot of challenges and so I don’t see anything wrong with it once the family agrees.”

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  • October 27, 2020

    EC deletes 30,000 names from voters register

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has deleted some 30,000 names from the voters register.

    The affected persons are said to have engaged in multiple registrations or were challenged and not cleared by the various district review committees.

    They have therefore been barred from taking part in the December 7 Elections and have further been barred from registering as voters for a period of time.

    The Public Relations Officer of the EC, Sylvia Annor, made this known in a radio interview on Citi FM.

    She said “The names of about 30,000 registered voters have been deleted or expunged from the provisional voters’ register because they are either on the exceptions lists or the multiple lists. The multiple list is made up of names of all those who engaged in double voting during the voter’s registration exercise.”

    “The exceptions list is made up of registered voters who were found guilty by the district registration review committees at the various district levels. They were challenged probably because they were under 18 years, non Ghanaians, or gave wrong locations. During registration, we went offline, so we did not detect immediately,” she added.

    She indicated that the list of affected persons would be provided at the various polling stations to prevent them from voting on December 7.

    “The fact that you were able to sail through at the registration centre because the registration officers were not connected to the main system does not mean that you will sail through. They cannot register for some time. The lists will be made available at the polling stations. On election day there will be the main register, multiple lists, and exception lists. It will be better not to go to the centre if your name is expunged.”

    Meanwhile, the EC has started the printing of ballot papers for the December 7 Elections.

    Seven printing houses in Accra have been selected by the EC to spearhead the exercise.

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  • October 27, 2020

    I won’t attend any award show that does not include money – Ofori Amponsah

    Musician Ofori Amponsah has called on colleague musicians to start boycotting awards schemes that does not come with cash but just plaques.

    Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Adom FM, Amponsah revealed that, musicians are the reason why award organizers gain money from sponsorship.

    He added that if there is nothing profitable than just a plaque, there is a need for artistes to spurn award schemes.

    According to him, plaques don’t bring money to him and this has made many artistes in Ghana financially unstable.

    “For me if someone calls me for an award and he/she does not give me money I won’t go. If they won’t give me anything valuable I won’t go. I have past receiving plaques. I have decided and I’m calling on all my colleagues to do same or else they are the same people who will laugh at us in future. It’s because of the musicians that the people come to fill the venue. It’s because of the musician that the sponsorship comes through. If there is a program and they can give out a house as the price, then why can’t they do the same for artistes?” he said.

    For him, he has already taken a decision on the issue but calling on his colleagues to have a rethink because they are enriching others while they suffer.

    Ofori Amponsah has been dormant in Ghanaian music scene for a long time, the “Otoolege” hitmaker recently released a new song titled “Changes”.

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    Source: primenewsghana.com

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  • October 27, 2020

    Linda Ikeji to support women who lost their businesses to violence and looters amid EndSARS protest

    One of Nigeria’s media mogul Linda Ikeji has promised to support some small scale businesses that were looted and destroyed in Lagos amid the EndSARS protests.

    Taking to Instagram, the blogger stated that she is willing to help all female entrepreneurs, whose businesses have suffered, to get their sources of livelihood back up and running.

    “…it breaks my heart to see women who have strived for years to stay afloat lose their businesses overnight,” Linda Ikeji wrote explaining why she took that step.

    She explained that with the effects of Covid-19 still lingering, it will be “unbearable” to watch these women struggle to pick themselves up alone.

    Linda Ikeji urged affected women to send her a mail with videos and pictures as their proof.

    “I have already set up a team to crosscheck all claims as we receive your emails. Once we confirm you’re truly a victim, I will do what I can and get others to also help. We are all in this together. We have to be our brothers keepers.”

    Linda Ikeji promised to also get in touch with her celebrity friends to also help some of these businesses.

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