Bantama residents laud Asenso-Boakye for 'Community Clinic' initiative
The Member of Parliament for Bantama in the Ashanti Region, Francis Asenso-Boakye has engaged residents of Adumanu. Described by many political watchers as the first of its kind in the country, the initiative is aimed at taking governance closer to the people by discussing diverse issues bothering on the development of the community with the Member of Parliament. Asenso-Boakye attended to about 400 residents of Adoato Adumanu and intends to engage a lot more of his constituents in subsequent sessions.
Ghana's non-monetized gold resources very problematic
Founder of corporate development company - Songhai Group, Hene Aku Kwapong fears Ghana may not be able to raise future revenue from gold production if steps are not taken to monetize the mineral resource as a long-term venture. South Africa lost its status as the continental leader in gold production to Ghana. Hene Aku Kwarpong further added that taking advantage of the monetization of mineral resources will serve the best interest of the country by building the capacity of the gold value chain.
Free SHS policy hasn't compromised quality education
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says the quality of Ghana's secondary level education has not been compromised in any way by the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy. Dr. Bawumia, a staunch Muslim, who was the special guest for the occasion, entreated Muslim youth to, in addition to listening to the Qur'anic interpretation, prioritise education by taking advantage of the FSHS programme to acquire knowledge and skills for a brighter future. Dr. Bawumia lauded the National Chief Imam and other Muslim clerics for their commitment towards promoting education among Muslim youth.
Ghana on track with management of mineral royalties
The MIIF CEO added that his outfit is positioning itself to change the public narrative by ensuring that Ghana's mineral royalties are managed properly to the maximum benefit of the ordinary citizen. Hene Aku Kwapong expressed fears Ghana may not able to raise future revenue from gold production if steps are not taken to monetize the mineral resource as a long-term venture. The US-based Ghanaian investor and former Vice-President of Deutchbank also courted support for the Agyapa Royalties Agreement stating that what needs to be done is the encouragement of citizens to have confidence in the monetization of the country's mineral royalties.
Government's new taxes on petroleum products unfair
Three of the new taxes which took effect on Saturday are as a result of the imposition of an Energy Sector Recovery Levy of GHS 20 pesewas per litre on petrol/diesel, 18 pesewas per kg on Liquefied Petroleum Gas and a Sanitation and Pollution Levy of GHS10 pesewas per litre of petrol and diesel. Mr. Asaga said it will be unfair for consumers to pay more for fuel as a result of the new taxes. Fuel prices have already risen by some 11% in the last two months and the new taxes could make an additional 5% rise in taxes which will be borne by consumers.
Roads Minister only constructing roads in his hometown
According to Kate Gyamfua, the sector Minister should not only be fixated on roads in his area. The Minister of Roads and Highways Kwasi Amoako Atta said in Koforidua on April 11, 2021, that, the government invested over Ghc10 billion in the last four years. Some of these sealants can be applied on graded roads and after two hours it is ready for use and it can last as long as any other road. So, the question we have to ask ourselves is why are we spending so much on this only one way of road construction which has huge economic implications.
Malaria vaccine trial reducing malaria infections among children in Dormaa, Sunyani
There is a reduction in malaria cases among children in the Dormaa Central Municipality and the Sunyani East Municipality of the Bono Region since the commencement of the malaria vaccine trials. Since the Malaria vaccine trials began in both the Dormaa Central and Sunyani Municipality of the Bono Region, there seems to be a decline in the number of children with Malaria. Selina Laryea, who is in charge at Reproductive Child Health at the Presbyterian Hospital at Dormaa Ahenkro noted that the malaria vaccine has really helped in reducing malaria among children in the Dormaa Central Municipality.
NPP's bane has always been the competence overflow
According to him, this makes appointments very nerve-racking as there are a pool of persons to choose from to be able to do the work. He said this creates problems for the appointing authority anytime he has to appoint people because the options are too many across all professional endeavours.
Be tolerant of criticism from media, CSOs
Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged the New Patriotic Party government to be more tolerant of dissenting views from media houses and Civil Society Organisations, as the world marks World Press Freedom today - Monday, May 3, 2021. Apart from Ghana's performance on world rankings, some have suggested that the closure of radio stations by the government further suppresses media. In 2019, two media houses affiliated with the National Democratic Congress(NDC) - Radio XYZ and Radio Gold were shut down for various infractions.
Christ Embassy's disregard for COVID-19 safety protocols unfortunate
President Nana Akufo-Addo's Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare has described as unfortunate the breach of COVID-19 safety protocols by members of the Christ Embassy church in Accra. Police in Accra are investigating the alleged breach of COVID-19 safety protocols at the gathering held at the Fantasy Dome at the Trade Fair Centre on Friday, April 30, 2021. According to the police, the event puts the entire country at a high risk of COVID-19 spread at a time when the country is working against a third wave of the virus amidst the challenges in getting jabs for the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
Ghana Gas has no hand in current power challenges
The Communications Director of the Ghana National Gas Company, Ernest Owusu Bempah says the company has no hand in the intermittent power outages being experienced in parts of the country. He said Ghana Gas has consistently delivered on its mandate to supply gas to the country's gas-powered plants to produce energy. Speaking at a press conference in Takoradi to announce Ghana Gas' upcoming Turn-a-Page Literacy project, Mr. Owusu Bempah described as false some recent publications that claimed that compressors belonging to Ghana Gas were not functioning hence affecting the supply of gas.
Allow local developers to handle affordable housing projects
The Executive Secretary of the Ghana Real Estates Developers Association, Mr. Samuel Amegayibor, is advising the government to consider local participation in executing affordable housing projects. He further criticized the government for competing with local housing developers. The Saglemi Housing project, which was commenced under the Mahama administration, has stalled due to a decision by the Akufo-Addo administration to probe the financial arrangements around the project.
Punish Christ Embassy severely for flouting COVID-19 protocols
The Member of Parliament for Akim Swedru, Kennedy Osei Nyarko, believes the Christ Embassy Youth Church should be severely punished for organizing an event without observing COVID-19 protocols. DSP Sheila Abayie-Buckman also cautioned the public to also adhere religiously to the COVID-19 protocols. The Akim Swedru lawmaker says the church must be punished severely to serve as a deterrent to others.
Use Public-Private Partnerships to procure COVID-19 vaccines
The Minority in Parliament is admonishing the government to consider Public-Private-Partnership arrangements to secure COVID-19 vaccines for Ghanaians. According to the group, the government hasn't put enough effort into securing the vaccines despite making budgetary allocations for them. The government has faced challenges in procuring additional vaccines to meet the initial eight-week window given to persons who received the first jab, to get their second dose.
Demolition of Takoradi Market Circle for redevelopment begins today
The demolition of the 93-year-old market circle in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region is expected to commence today, Monday, May 3, 2021. The demolition follows a final eviction notice to traders in the market to vacate the area, to pave way for the commencement of the redevelopment project. The closure of the market today is to enable the assembly to hand over the site to the contractor for the redevelopment project to commence.
Upper West Akim MP donates palm kernel processing machine to Mepom Palm Oil Company
The Member of Parliament for Upper West Akim, Frederick Adom Obeng has donated a palm kernel processing machine to the Mepom Palm Oil Company in the Eastern Region. For several years, labour-intensive methods of processing palm kernels, which are time and energy-consuming, we used, but with limited productivity. The Upper West Akim lawmaker presented the machine, which costs thousands of Ghana cedis to help the workers, mostly women, to boost productivity with less effort.
We'll deal with any church, organisation that breaches COVID-19 protocols
The Ghana Police Service has warned that it will pursue any organisation that flouts the COVID-19 safety protocols. This comes after a video, allegedly showing members of the Christ Embassy Youth Church flouting COVID-19 protocols at an event in Accra, went viral on social media. In an interview with Citi News, the Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, DSP Sheila Abayie-Buckman, said management and leaders of the church are currently being interrogated over the development.