The theme of this year’s conference is: ‘‘Non-communicable Diseases: Prevention and Management Dilemma”In the spirit of collaboration, this year’s conference will attract representatives from the Ghana Ministry of Health and the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Honorable Dr. Barfour Adjei-Barwuah, Ghana Ambassador to USA and Honorable Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to USA are the noted special guests. Several renowned academicians, medical specialists, and representatives from the public and private healthcare sector in Ghana are also expected to speak at the conference. Other presentations will focus on scientific research work, successful collaborative work in Ghana, and how to extend quality medical education to post-graduate students in Ghana. It also amplifies our commitment to improving healthcare in Ghana through medical education, public health initiatives and medical missions said Dr. Victor Owusu-Yaw, president of the organization.

February 25, 2018 00:22 UTC

General News of Saturday, 24 February 2018Source: kasapafmonline.comJailed Abuga Pele not a victim of circumstances – Inusah FuseiniFormer Roads and Highways Minister, Inusah Fuseini has dismissed claims that the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency, (GYEEDA) Abuga Pele was a mere victim of circumstances after his 6-year sentence by an Accra High Court. Mr Abuga Pele was on Friday February 23, jailed for willfully causing financial loss to the state, while businessman Philip Assibit was accused of defrauding by submitting false claims causing the country to lose GHC 4 million. Justice Asare-Botwe said prosecution proved beyond doubt that the former GYEEDA coordinator, Abuga Pele was guilty of 2 counts of abetment to crime and willfully causing financial loss to the state. “I think that Abuga Pele was not a victim of circumstances and I’m speaking as a lawyer and on the part of friendship that is founded on emotive relationship. I think I sympathize entirely with Abuga Pele but on the matter of law it’s clearly an afterthought.

February 24, 2018 15:32 UTC

Twenty-four hours later, Ghana Web TV hit the streets to find out the take of Ghanaians on the sentence. Majority described the sentence as too soft therefore called for a harsher sentence for the two. One Mallam who intimated about corruption said, “Nobody should allow corruption to dominate our system. Meanwhile a civil servant commended the government for such a ruling and advised newly-appointed Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu to jail all corrupt officials despite their party affiliations. He added that, “Even if that person is his father or mother, he should jail them….They should be given twenty years each.

February 24, 2018 14:37 UTC

“Kudos to John Dramani Mahama for having the boldness to prosecute his own people”, Nana Yaw Osei posted on his Facebook wall. A High Court convicted a former top government official, Abuga Pele and a private service provider, Philip Assibit, after they were found guilty of 19 counts including dishonestly causing financial loss to the state. The Court was satisfied that the prosecution had proved 13 of the 19 counts Abuga Pele faced ranging from aiding and abetting crime to willfully causing financial loss to the state. His counterpart Philip Akpeena Assibit who was CEO of Goodwill International Ghana (GIG) was found guilty of six of the 19 counts he faced including defrauding by false pretence. However, Lawyer Kwaku Paintsil, counsel for Philip Assibit has indicated he’ll file an appeal of the sentence against his client at the Court of Appeal.

February 24, 2018 07:30 UTC

General News of Saturday, 24 February 2018Source: mynewsgh.comI will kill the young man contracted to assassinate me - Kennedy AgyapongNPP Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency, Kennedy Ohene AgyaponThe New Patriotic Party(NPP)Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency in the Central Region, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has vowed to kill a young man who was allegedly contracted by some gurus believed to be members of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) to assassinate him about three years ago. According to him, he does not understand why the young man should continue to live since he accepted to take his(Kennedy) life for a paltry sum. The suspect, one Mumuni who is standing trial at the Tema Circuit A, and three others were said to have been contracted by some persons to kill Mr Agyapong. Despite being asked by the host of the programme to stop issuing threats to kill the suspect, the embittered Assin Central MP, maintained that he will go ahead by making sure that guy is eliminated. “I will kill this guy at all cost,” he said.

February 24, 2018 07:07 UTC

The essence of “loyal opposition” lies in the importance of acceptance of electoral defeat and engaging in constructive politics that advance and as well as protect the development and progress of the nation. Such is our proud heritage, the exemplary lives of Dr Nkrumah and Dr Limann. It is their moral compass that guides the CPP in its loyal opposition. Loyal opposition translates to tranquillity in governance and progressive development continuing where the previous government left off, without rancour and bitterness, in the supreme interest of the nation. “Dr Nkrumah continued’’.

February 24, 2018 06:00 UTC

General News of Saturday, 24 February 2018Source: ghananewsagency.orgGYEEDA case: Court jails Abuga and AssibitPhilip Assibit (left) and Abuga Pele(right)A Financial Division of Accra High Court on Friday sentenced Mr. Abuga Pele, the former National Coordinator of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) and Mr. Philip Assibit, the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill International Group (GIG) to a total of 18-years imprisonment. Convicted on all the 19 counts levelled against them, Mr Pele would serve six years for abetment of crime and four years for wilfully causing financial loss to the State. The sentences will run concurrentlyWhile Mr Assibit would serve 12 years for defrauding by false pretences and three years for intentionally misapplying public property and dishonestly causing loss of public property. Mr Pele and Mr Assibit, a representative of GIG were tried on various charges of causing financial loss to the State to the tune of GH¢4.1 million. The court presided over by Justices Mrs Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe delivering the 52-page judgment said the prosecution was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the convicts.

February 23, 2018 18:45 UTC

General News of Friday, 23 February 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comWe’re ready to file appeal against court judgment - Lawyer for Phillip Assibitplay videoLawyer for Philip Assibit , Kwaku PaintsilCounsel for Philip Assibit has hinted of filling an appeal against the conviction of the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill International Group, Philip Assibit. According to him, the court presided over by Justice Afia Serwaah Asare Botwe did not give his client, Philip Assibit enough time to confer with his counsel to negotiate payment of the embezzled monies. You cannot ask a lawyer to confer with the client in a glare of the court in five minutes and expect us to come out with something reasonable. In an interview with the press, he stated that they are ready to file an appeal against the conviction of his client as soon as possible. Delivering her judgment, Justice Efia Serwaa Botwe said the prosecution provided enough evidence in proving their case.

February 23, 2018 18:22 UTC

General News of Friday, 23 February 2018Source: Prosper AgbenyegaEx-UTAG President threatens Effutu Omanhene, Council ChairmanMember of the University of Education, Winneba governing council, Dr. Samuel Ofori BekoeA member of the University of Education, Winneba governing council and former UTAG President Dr. Samuel Ofori Bekoe has threatened to kill the Omanhene of Effutu Traditional Area and council member Nenyi Ghartey VII, chairman of Governing Council Prof. Emmanuel Nicolas Abeka, Ag. The meeting which was held to discuss the council's “Fact Finding Committee Report” saw Dr. Bekoe throwing some tantrums. It is unclear what might have triggered Dr. Bekoe to behave in a manner uncharacteristic of a council member. A complaint was later lodged at the Winneba Police station by the Effutu Paramount Chief, Nenyi Ghartey VII, the Council Chairman, Acting Vice Chancellor and other council members. The council member and senior lecturer simply refused to allow the police into his house.

February 23, 2018 17:37 UTC

Such early sign is in sharp contradiction of the Weah-led governments promised to run a government which will not stifle political opponent. Weah is not conversant with the fact that foreign policy is an offshoot of domestic policy, and not the other way around. The domestic policy objectives of a state are its national interests that are sold by its diplomats as the foreign policy. Aside from selling our sovereignty to France, it is unclear what the mission of President Weah to France was. That is why President Weah violated all diplomatic norms when he openly read a long speech begging France to make Liberia her sphere of influence.

February 23, 2018 16:18 UTC

General News of Friday, 23 February 2018Source: citifmonline.comYour independence is assured – Nana Addo tells Amiduplay videoPresident Nana Akufo-Addo in a pose with newly sworn-in Special Prosecutor, Martin AmiduContrary to suggestions that the Office of the Special Prosecutor may not achieve much because there’s likely to be some executive influence, President Akufo-Addo has reassured Martin Amidu, that the independence of his office will not be compromised by the executive or any other arm of government. The President gave the assurance when he swore in Mr. Amidu today [ Friday] at the Flagstaff House, as the country’s first special prosecutor. He said the office will be provided with the needed assistance to effectively deal with corruption and eliminate same. The president reiterated that, the office of the Special Prosecutor will work line in with the citizens’ wishes to fighting corruption by discharging its duty without fear or favour. “I have given Mr. President my word of honour that I will discharge the duties of the burdensome you have entrusted to my care with similar integrity and honour with your support.

February 23, 2018 14:37 UTC

This is because memories of the role Georgina Ayamba, a Deputy Upper East Regional Women’s Organiser of the NPP, popularly called “Mama Gee” in the north, played in the heavy downfall of some giant NDC lawgivers at some umbrella strongholds in 2016 are still fresh in several minds. As for 2020, NPP— we are going to get more seats because Ghanaians have seen the good work that we have done so far. Debutant Isaac Adongo bagged 25,042 votes, which stand for 51.41%, to beat NPP’s Rex Simeon Asanga who polled 15,610 ballots that correspond to 32.04%. With this record, I will do better if I’m given the nod as a Regional Women’s Organiser. Tributes to NPP’s smart ladies, best wishes to aspirants at tomorrow’s constituency pollsAccording to the NPP’s Upper East Regional Secretary, Cletus Ayambire, 3 of the region’s 15 constituencies will not take part in Saturday’s (tomorrow’s) nationwide constituency elections.

February 23, 2018 14:26 UTC

General News of Saturday, 24 February 2018Source: thebftonline.comGovernment to equip universities to absorb free SHS graduatesEducation Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku-PrempehGovernment is engaged in necessary stakeholder consultations to equip universities to tackle expected increase in the number of tertiary students in the next three years, as a result of its flagship Free Senior High School Programme, Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh has assured. “We are committed to ensuring that all higher education institutions in the country get their fair share of development projects to enable them all meet their obligations more effectively. He also called on all tertiary institutions to present to his ministry, their plans on how the expected increase in student numbers will be handled, as well as their expectations of government in that regard. “The university has strategized to generate income to cover teaching, research, infrastructure, maintenance, and development, as well as service and administration. The challenge is how to diversify the sources of internally generated funds and reduce the burden of students even as they make fair contribution,” he said.

February 23, 2018 13:30 UTC

Business News of Saturday, 24 February 2018Source: thebftonline.comAfenyo Markin advocates taxes to finance free SHSAlexander Afenyo-Markin (MP. The Effutu MP made the proposal in a statement on the topic: “Why Tax For Free SHS Education” on the floor of the House. Again, he argued that the imposition taxes for funding key policies worked in the cases of GETFUND, NHIS and others and will work for the free SHS if introduced. BackgroundThe NPP in its 2012 and 2016 manifestos promised to introduce free SHS when it wins political power to govern the nation. Upon winning, the 2016 elections the Akufo-Addo led NPP Government introduced the much touted pro poor free SHS policy beginning with first year students in September, 2017 for the 2017/2018 academic year.

February 23, 2018 12:33 UTC

Health News of Friday, 23 February 2018Source: mynewsgh.comGovernment doesn’t have money for Healthcare - Central Regional Health DirectorDr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, Central Regional Director of Ghana Health ServiceThe Central Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah has called on all stakeholders in health to commit to working extra hard to achieve the health sustainable development goals without relying on resources from central government since the government does not have enough money for healthcare delivery. According to the Director, his directorate has been depending on donor agencies to determine what exactly to do with the funds receivedDr. Nang Beifubah indicated that it is time Ghana Health Service starts looking within for the needed resources to complement efforts of the government and take ownership of their destinies in terms of health. “To this effect, a catalog of all stakeholders will be compiled or be reviewed to identify areas of comparative strengths and competencies for effective engagement for improved service delivery in the ensuing years” he added.

February 23, 2018 08:26 UTC