IMANI Alert: What the President’s State of the Nation's Address should address

No economy can sustainably provide the social, political and cultural public and private goods if the economy is not working. The expectation therefore, is for the presentation by the President to provide the real context and performance of the economy along these sound economic measurement indicators. EnergyA key component of the economic recovery strategy is the recovery of the power sector to supply sustainable and affordable power to the individual and corporate consumers. HealthcareClosely linked to the economy and education is the health sector; the health of the nation is its wealth. IMANI will provide a full review and assessment of the presentation by the president within time, to engender proper contextual conversations around the emergin

February 21, 2017 07:44 UTC

Free SHS: Don’t shy away from using Heritage Fund – NMCSJ

“Government should not shy away from utilising any available fund, to implement the Free Secondary School policy. “The government should not be afraid to resort to it as a source of funding the Free Education policy. Free education is the only sure way that every citizen can benefit from the oil money.”Read National Media Center’s full statement on the Free SHS policy. Government should not shy away from utilizing any available fund, to implement the Free Secondary School policy. The Free SHS policy should not be looked at as a political policy, but a collective national agenda.

February 21, 2017 05:54 UTC

'Stephen Atubiga for President 2020' posters pop up

Politics of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Citizen Korsi'Stephen Atubiga for President 2020' posters pop upStephen AtubigaPosters of two-time failed parliamentary candidate aspirant of the National Democratic Congress in the Binduri Constituency, Mr Stephen Atubiga, as presidential candidate for the 2020 elections on the ticket of the main opposition party have started trending on social media. The campaign posters show a smart looking Stephen Atubiga dressed in glitzy black suit, white inner shirt and ‘designer’ red tie to match with a blend of the red, black, white and green colors of the NDC at the background interspersed with the inscriptions “Stephen Atubiga for President 2020” and “the visionary man, the grassroots choice”. Mr Atubiga announced his presence on Ghana’s political scene when he contested the 2012 NDC parliamentary primary in the Binduri constituency but lost by three votes. Determined to achieve his dream, Mr Atubiga made another failed attempt in 2015 to contest the 2016 parliamentary election on the ticket of the NDC in the Binduri constituency. Relentless on seeing the NDC retain power, he joined the party’s campaign team and toured the length and breadth of the country with then President Mahama.

February 21, 2017 04:01 UTC

Commendation to director-general of Ghana health service:

The Times further quoted a section of the statement that noted conclusively that “The Ghana Health Service therefore wishes to put on record that these allegations are completely false as no vehicles have been stolen or missing from the Service”. It is in this regard, that I wish to add my voice of commendation to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira for his exceptional leadership by standing up for the integrity of the Health Service and interest of the Ghanaian public. God bless the Ghana Health Service! God bless the Director-General of the Health Service Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira! Story by: Mathias Aboba The writer is former Communications Officer @Regional Health Directorate Upper East Region.

February 21, 2017 03:17 UTC

Samuel Abu Jinapor living up to expectation

My conviction for asking him to be calm was rooted in the fact that, first of all, Nana Addo is someone who always gets his decisions right. And I believe we all clearly heard Nana Addo making public articulation of this when he officially introduced him [Samuel] to the media at his Nima residence. Personally, I have christened Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, an ANTI CORRUPTION CAMPIGNER, due to his unwavering abhorrence to the practice which he always articulated on campaign platforms. And it is this aspect of their roles that I believe Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, for the short period he has been in office, is actually making tremendous waves. My prayerSwearing-in the last batch of his substantive ministers on Friday 17th February, 2017, His Excellency Nana Addo admonished them to project his “IDEAS, VISION and VALUES”.

February 21, 2017 03:17 UTC



RE: Soldier detained for leaking Flagstaff Hse. cop brutality video

Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: Lungu, Prof.RE: Soldier detained for leaking Flagstaff Hse. And so, it is now up to President Akufo Addo to direct that his team come clean without any further delay. Who exactly behaved as if they owned the Flagstaff House while he was the President of Ghana. Soldier detained for leaking Flagstaff House cop brutality video, (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Soldier-detained-for-leaking-Flagstaff-House-cop-brutality-video-511830). SUBJ: RE: Soldier detained for leaking Flagstaff House cop brutality video.

February 21, 2017 03:17 UTC

International social justice day: in light of decent work

Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: Blege, AlexInternational social justice day: in light of decent workAlex BlegeFebruary 20 every year is celebrated as International Social Justice Day and the theme for this year’s celebration is, “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), decent work is productive work for women and men in conditions of freedom, equality, security and human dignity. Decent work is a human rights issue and as such features in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, which states “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. In line with the SDGs, decent work hinges on four pillars: employment creation, social protection, rights at work and social dialogue. There must be a deliberate attempt at promoting decent work through concerted efforts of all trade unions and state institutions for the achievement of decent work for all.

February 21, 2017 03:08 UTC

Functional illiteracy at Accra passport office

In 2011, my old passport expired and I paid 120 dollars and filled in passport forms from the Ghana High Commission. I had witnessed on his passport forms for him to renew his passport. Are there any lawyers on Ghanaweb to come to my rescue to help stop this rot at the Passport Office in Accra? Employees at Ghana passport office should sit up. We have had the hang of such crap from the Passport Office.

February 21, 2017 02:57 UTC

Free SHS and the heritage fund vocabulary of my computer.

Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: HassanFree SHS and the heritage fund vocabulary of my computer. File photoFor some time now on the tongues of those who are citizens and civil society organizations is the term “heritage fund”. Heritage fund has become famous because of the fulfillment of a key campaign promise. They promised a lot but the free senior high among a potpourri of free things was outstanding. Perhaps, he didn’t want his presidential ambition to die naturally because he was not specific on the Heritage fund as the resource.

February 21, 2017 02:57 UTC

Our MPs and journalists must pronounce words acceptably

Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Columnist: Pacas, IdrisOur MPs and journalists must pronounce words acceptablyThis article is written in response to the widespread and gross mispronunciation of two words during this early part of 2017. Combining those two pieces of information, we ‘acceptably’ pronounce chassis as ‘sha-si. How can teachers and parents guide their schoolchildren to pronounce words acceptably? Notice again that a student who pronounces words by the spelling will pronounce sow as /soh/, which refers to the verb. Thank your teacher ‘elephantly’ if you could acceptably pronounce all six words discussed thus far [GNEISS, CHASSIS, KOWTOW, ARE (noun), SOW (noun) and CORPS].

February 21, 2017 02:57 UTC

We’re guilty of environmental abuse; let’s change – Minister

General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: GNAWe’re guilty of environmental abuse; let’s change – MinisterProfessor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and InnovationProfessor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Innovation, on Monday, asked Ghanaians to be safety conscious and change their attitudes for a safe environment for the wellbeing of all. He explained:“We have to change our attitudes; there must be a change like President Akufo-Addo said, we should not be spectators but be active participants”. He reminded the EPA officials that they had a major role to play in leading the crusade of keeping a safe environment. “We have a better way of helping women who make charcoal in a place like Sissala in the Northern Region. As part of the Minister’s visit, a staff durbar was held where the Minister interacted with the staff of the Agency to know their peculiar issues and challenges.

February 21, 2017 02:57 UTC

NPP-USA Responds to Nzema Chiefs on Ghana Gas.

Diasporian News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: NPP-USANPP-USA Responds to Nzema Chiefs on Ghana Gas. NPPThe attention of NPP-USA has been drawn to a statement by some chiefs of the Nzema area kicking against the appointment of Dr. Ben K .D Asante as Acting Chief Executive of Ghana Gas. The overriding deciding factor must always be on competence, and from that standpoint, not too many come close to Dr. Asante. ÂDr. Ben Asante has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. In fact, NPP-USA’s imprint on the discovery of commercial quantity petroleum that ushered in a bona-fide oil and gas industry in Ghana cannot be denied.

February 21, 2017 02:54 UTC

Krobos angry with NDC over 'Agyarko conspiracy'

General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: Daily GuideKrobos angry with NDC over 'Agyarko conspiracy'Boakye Agyarko, Energy Minister‘Krobos for Change,’ a group made up of Krobos residing in the Western Region, has vented its spleen on members of the minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament. According to the Krobos, the minority have subjected two of their (Krobos’) blood relations – Boakye Agyarko, Minister of Energy and the Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba – to public ridicule. Some minority members in parliament accused Mr Boakye Agyarko of attempting to bribe them, ostensibly to have his nomination approved – after he had gone through the vetting process. The allegation came hours after the minority had refused to support the approval of Mr Boakye Agyarko and Osafo Maafo (then Senior Minister-designate) after raising concerns over some statements he (Agyarko) made before the committee. “We know Boakye Agyarko very well; he is not corrupt.

February 21, 2017 01:29 UTC

GHS500,000 to maintain Buipe bridge

Regional News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: dailyguideafrica.comGHS500,000 to maintain Buipe bridgeKwasi Amoako Atta interacting with the project manager at BuipeThe Minister of Roads and Highway, Kwasi Amoako Atta, has stated that government will spend GH¢499,000 for the emergency maintenance of the Buipe bridge in the Central Gonja District in the Northern Region. The minister hinted that the rehabilitation on the bridge would be cheaper because there would be no external consultants or engineers, but rather engineers from the sector. According to the minister, the Buipe bridge is in a critical stage and must be worked on as quickly as possible. Ghana Highway Authority has announced the closure of the Buipe bridge in the Northern Region to enable repair works to be carried out on the bridge. The road minister stated that there are serious challenges with the Buipe and Yapei bridges and something must be done about it to save the bridge.

February 21, 2017 01:29 UTC

Dr. Nduom warns politicians to stop stealing state assets

General News of Tuesday, 21 February 2017Source: ATVDr. Nduom warns politicians to stop stealing state assetsDr Papa Kwesi NduomThe spate at which the state loses assets when there is a change of government has been condemned by the 2016 flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom. The PPP stalwart in an address on ATV’s Ghana Great and Strong show bemoaned the practice of taking home assets which belong to the state. His concern stems out of the refusal by some individuals to return various state assets, including landed properties and vehicles, to the state. In his view, we wouldn’t progress as a nation if we continue to shortchange the nation by buying state properties which haven’t been properly valued. It is on this note that Dr. Nduom called on both politicians and civil servants to put a stop to the practice of forcefully owning properties which belong to the state.

February 21, 2017 01:11 UTC



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