General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: XYZFree SHS: NPP couldn’t have waited for all infrastructure to be in place – Wesleyplay videoDeputy general secretary, Alliance for Accountable Governance, Wesley OwusuThe deputy general secretary for pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), Wesley Owusu, has hit back at the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over its recent comments on the Free Senior High School policy. The footage has raised questions of the quality of education given these teenagers in the name of Free SHS, but Wesley does not believe quality has been compromised in the Senior High Schools. “Education cannot wait for all infrastructure to be in place before rolling out the Free SHS,” he contended. “what’s the point in having an empty school during vacation when there are students sitting at home?” he asked Kwame. To him, the free education is a tool for massive development in the country and should be embraced so well regardless of the challenges which are surmountable.
October 15, 2018 21:33 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.com$459m dedicated to Free SHS in 2018; 270k students benefit so far - Akufo-Addoplay videoPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-AddoPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reassured the nation of his government's commitment to put revenue from the oil exploration in the country to judicious use. As such the President boasted of using the funds to build and nurture the manpower of the nation, the youth through the flagship Free SHS policy that was kick-started in 2017. the Free Senior High School policy. In the 2018 budget, GH¢455.9 million of petroleum revenues was allocated to the Free SHS programme. Free SHS is ensuring that our oil revenues are being equitably distributed to our people, and not ending up in the pockets of a few.
October 15, 2018 20:48 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: ghananewsagency.org'Continue to blaze the trail for holistic education’ - Palmer BuckleArchbishop Charles Palmer-BuckleThe Patron of St. Augustine’s College, Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, has challenged the St. Augustine’s Past Students Union (APSU) to continue to blaze the trail for the continuous development of the College. The team was at the Archdiocesan Secretariat to pay a courtesy call on the Metropolitan Archbishop and the College Patron, following his appointment. The APSU President commended Archbishop Mathias Kobina Nketsiah, the immediate past Patron, for his immense support to APSU during his tenure. Mr Joseph Connel, the Headmaster, briefed Archbishop Palmer-Buckle on the current situation in the College, especially the challenges it was facing and steps being taken to address them. The Archbishop Palmer-Buckle expressed gratitude to the delegation for the visit and applauded the efforts of APSU over the years.
October 15, 2018 20:26 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: 3news.comUTAG president berates government for laying off retired university professorsDr. Harry Agbanu, national president of UTAGThe national president of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr. Harry Agbanu has expressed disappointment in government, accusing it of making senior lecturers above retiring age redundant. Speaking with Winston Amoah, host of Sunrise on 3FM, Dr. Agbanu pointed out that professors are assets to university education, condemning government’s directive laying off retiring lecturers. “The same government has written, demanding that 34 percent of all internally generated fund should be deposited in the consolidated account,” he noted. He lamented that, in most part of the world, it is unusual for universities to be barred from engaging the services of retired senior members. He noted that the way universities are being treated like public institutions is not the best.
October 15, 2018 18:33 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: 3news.comEven the Pope will be corrupted by political system in Ghana – Carl WilsonCarl Wilson, Former Chairman of the Confiscated Assets CommitteeFormer Chairman of the Confiscated Assets Committee says even the Catholic Pope is bound to be corrupted by the system of governance being run in Ghana if he is made the country’s president. “We know the Pope is an embodiment of holiness but the system will not help him but will rather make him corrupt,” Mr. Carl Wilson asserted. “You can bring the Pope and make him the president in Ghana and within one year, you will be calling the Pope corrupt”, he told Onua FM’s Yen Sempa hosted by Bright Kwasi Asempa on Monday. “The ship is not heading towards the right direction. The NPP ship is not heading into the right direction and people are calling for change.
October 15, 2018 17:48 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: Starrfmonline.comStop Yagbonwura before he plunges Bole into bloodbath – MandariwuraKofi Dzamesi, Minister of Chieftaincy AffairThe newly declared Mandariwura in the Bole tradition area, Abdulai Kant, has warned that attempts by the Overlord of the Gonjaland, Yagbonwura Tutumba Boresa II, to deny him the Bole skin will spark chaos that would claim lives. Abdulai Kant won a five-year-old Mandari chieftaincy dispute between him and his brother, Bukari Abutu, who was chosen and supported by the Yagbonwura. Mandari is an important community in the Bole traditional area, which has been, since the formulation of the Gonja constitution in around 1930s, considered the gateway to the Bole paramount skin. Abdulai Kant also insists he is the legitimate candidate to occupy the Bole skin because the judicial committee ruled in his favour. “It is our customary practice that any occupant of the Mandari skins moves automatically in the absence of the Paramount chief of the Bole traditional area.
October 15, 2018 16:18 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: Starrfmonline.comFree SHS ensuring equitable distribution of oil revenues – Akufo-AddoPresident Akufo-Addo speaking at the launch of the GOGLR 2018President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated his administration is using the country’s oil revenues to create assets, and not waste it on consumption and the accumulation of debt. According to President Akufo-Addo, “we are investing revenues from oil in one of the most ambitious social programmes of our country’s history, i.e. In the 2018 budget, GH¢455.9 million of petroleum revenues was allocated to the Free SHS programme.”The President stressed that “Free SHS is ensuring that our oil revenues are being equitably distributed to our people, and not ending up in the pockets of a few. Government, he added, has launched the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme, which is empowering local firms to play progressively active roles in the oil and gas value chain through capacity development, and financing and partnership support. Laws such as the Petroleum Exploration and Production (Data Management) Regulations 2017, LI 2257, the Petroleum Exploration and Production (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulations 2017, LI 2258, and the General Petroleum Regulations, he said, have also been passed.
October 15, 2018 15:45 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: classfmonline.comAssemblies looting state through fuel coupons - GroupHajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Local Government and Rural DevelopmentA pressure group, Coalition of Progressive Assembly Members (COPAM), has called on local assembly heads across the country to stop looting the state through fuel coupons. The group, in a press release, pointed to how its investigations into audit reports of most Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country, unearthed a growing strategy by some MMDCEs to loot funds from the MMDAs through fuel coupons. Below is the full statement:COALITION OF PROGRESSIVE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS (COPAM)STOP LOOTING ASSEMBLY FUNDS THROUGH FUEL COUPONS, COPAM TO MMDCEsCOPAMs investigation carried out on the Audit Report of most MMDAs across the country reveals a growing strategy by some MMDCEs to loot funds from the MMDAs through fuel coupons. This act of corruption is having a great toll on Assemblies Internally Generated Funds (IGF) at the expense of developmental projects in the various Districts across the country. The abuse of the directive by some MMDCEs has created the avenue for many MMDCEs to syphon monies from the Assemblies under the guise of purchasing fuel coupons for the Assemblies fleet of cars.
October 15, 2018 15:22 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: The PresidencyFree SHS ensuring fair oil money use – Akufo-AddoPresident Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-AddoPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his administration is using the country’s oil revenues to create assets, and not waste it on consumption and the accumulation of debt. According to President Akufo-Addo, “we are investing revenues from oil in one of the most ambitious social programmes of our country’s history, i.e. In the 2018 budget, GH¢455.9 million of petroleum revenues was allocated to the Free SHS programme.”The President stressed that “Free SHS is ensuring that our oil revenues are being equitably distributed to our people, and not ending up in the pockets of a few. Government, he added, has launched the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme, which is empowering local firms to play progressively active roles in the oil and gas value chain through capacity development, and financing and partnership support. Laws such as the Petroleum Exploration and Production (Data Management) Regulations 2017, LI 2257, the Petroleum Exploration and Production (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulations 2017, LI 2258, and the General Petroleum Regulations, he said, have also been passed.
October 15, 2018 15:00 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: kasapafmonline.comDouble-Track intervention saves 200,000 JHS leavers – Transport MinisterMinister of Transport, Hon. “Between 2013 and 2016, about 100,000 children every year who passed their BECE and were placed in Senior High Schools did not take up their place. This meant that in one decade, we would be saddled with about 1 million citizens whose highest point of education would be junior high school. The Minister of Transport who himself is an old student of Ghana Senior High School represented the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the Special Guest of Honour. He made a passionate appeal to President Akufo-Addo through the Minister of Transport to assist the school to get a bus.
October 15, 2018 14:03 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: Myjoyonline.com'Robbing Assemblies': Anti-corruption campaigners worried over stalled prosecutionLinda Ofori KwafoAnti-corruption campaigners are worried about the apparent lack of prosecution of persons involved in the “Robbing the Assemblies” scandal, a year after the documentary was aired. In a three piece investigative documentary titled “Robbing the Assemblies” Manasseh Azure Awuni discovered how 11 Jospong companies were single sourced for a ¢98 million fumigation contract in flagrant violation of the procurement law. On Saturday October 13, Manasseh Azure Awuni was awarded the West African Journalist of the year during the West Africa Media Excellence Awards on account of that investigation. Linda Ofori Kwafo said something urgent must be done in prosecuting the case. Ofori Kwafo said the government must inform the citizens about the current state of the investigations on the matter.
October 15, 2018 13:52 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: Myjoyonline.comWeija dam spillage: Residents unwilling to relocateNADMO has constantly advised residents to relocateResidents near the Weija dam in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region have one again been gravely affected by the dam’s spillage but they are unwilling to relocate. The Natural Disaster and Management Organisation (NADMO) has constantly advised them to relocate but the residents say they have nowhere else to go. A pregnant mother who only identified herself as Edem told Joy News that the recent spillage nearly claimed her life and that of her child. Her four-year-old son, Godwin, nearly drowned last Monday when water from the dam was spilt. According to the reporter, residents of Tetegu, one of those communities in close proximity of the dam, has flooded many times.
October 15, 2018 13:41 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: classfmonline.comI’ve not betrayed Mahama, Kojo Bonsu – FritzFormer Minister of Information, Fritz BaffourFormer Minister of Information, Fritz Baffour, has rejected suggestions that he has betrayed former president John Dramani Mahama as well as former Kumasi Mayor Kojo Bonsu, by endorsing Mr Alban Bagbin for the flag bearer slot of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). Mr Baffour pointed out at the press conference that some people thought he was peeved for not getting an appointment under Mr Mahama’s tenure. To him, “It is not the question of turning my back on the previous president [Mr Mahama]”, adding: “He is someone I know and I respect and the fact that he is standing [for the flag bearer slot] is very much his right”. “Kojo Bonsu and I have been friends dating back a long time and he knew that I was with A.S.K. So, as I said, I am a member of the NDC and I went as a member of the NDC and I have not dumped him [Mr Bonsu],” he explained.
October 15, 2018 13:41 UTC
Politics of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: Graphic.com.ghSpio-Garbrah seeks Rawlings’ blessings in Flagbearership raceThe visit was made by Dr. Spio-Garbrah and some members of his campaign teamDr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a leading contender in the flagbearership race of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has paid a courtesy call on the Founder of the party Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings at his residence in Accra. The visit by Dr. Spio-Garbrah and some members of his campaign team, among other things, was aimed at formally announcing to the former President his intention to seek the mandate of the electorate to lead the party in the 2020 general elections and to ask for the founder’s blessings in the race. He further reiterated his call for the Kwesi Botchway Report or relevant portions of it to be made available to interested groups in the party in the spirit of openness and fairness. He said the seven-point agenda included “strengthening the youth wing of the party through education and jobs creation; creating a credit union for all NDC members; and creating a welfare fund to support the needy in the party.” “Through this programme we hope to empower the youth of the party and help the needy thereby making the party more attractive to the general populace” he added. Dr. Spio-Garbrah will officially launch his campaign bid on Tuesday the 16th of October, 2018 to lead the NDC into the 2020 elections having toured the length and breadth of the country over the last couple of months to solicit for support from party executives and well-meaning individuals.
October 15, 2018 13:30 UTC
General News of Monday, 15 October 2018Source: citinewsroom.comNIA workers abandon job over non-payment of salariesCEO of the National Identification Authority, Professor Ken AttafuahSome workers of the National Identification Authority (NIA), have deserted their posts over the non-payment of salaries. The workers, who have been engaged since May 2018 to work on the implementation of the Ghana Card, say they have not been paid for the past two months. Some of the contract workers who spoke to Citi News say the situation is taking a toll on them. One of the workers aggrieved workers said, “we’ve worked from May till September.. NIA has been able to pay us for May to June, so what has happened to our payment from July to August?. The Chief Executive Officer of the NIA, Prof. Ken Attafuah in a reaction at the time said he had directed that all the staff be paid immediately.
October 15, 2018 13:18 UTC