General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.com400 Senior High Schools to run double tracking system - Education Ministerplay videoEducation Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh addressing the press400 out of the total 696 senior high schools will run the double tracking system, Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh stated that the 400 schools were selected based on oversubscription by students, which are likely to suffer an infrastructural deficit. Addressing the media at the Meet the Press series in Accra, the Education Minister said that the double tracking system is a temporary initiative to enable government absorb excess students while setting up more classroom blocks to address the infrastructural challenges. “Not all senior high schools will be on the double track calendar - 400 out of 696. Background on the double track systemThe double year-round system divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks.
August 07, 2018 16:07 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comAMERI deal: Akufo-Addo covering up his shame; he wasn’t misled – MogtariJoyce Bawah Mogtari is Special Aide to former President John MahamaSpecial Aide to former President John Dramani Mahama, Joyce Bawah Mogtari has questioned claims President Akufo-Addo was misled into approving the controversial AMERI deal. A publication by pro-government newspaper, ‘The Statesman’ suggested that the government had made a U-turn with the renegotiated AMERI deal after it gave its approval for Parliamentary consideration. Although a statement from the Presidency failed to give reasons for his dismissal, reports suggest it is in relation to the renegotiated Ameri deal. Reacting to the development, Mogtari in a statement said Akufo-Addo couldn’t have been misled. As part of the deal, AMERI was to build the power plants and operate them for 5 years before transferring it to the government.
August 07, 2018 15:59 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: yen.com.gh5 key reasons why Akufo-Addo sacked Boakye AgyarkoBoakye Agyarko, Former Minister of EnergyNews of the sacking of Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, seems to have dominated the airwaves since it was officially announced by the Presidency. Following the fallout from the controversial AMERI deal, President Akufo-Addo decided to relieve Mr. Agyarko off his duty as minister of energy. The sacking of the energy minister has come as no shock, especially for those who have closely monitored the situation. AMERI deal threatened to divide the partyThe fallout from the AMERI deal created factions within the NPP. Reports from certain quarters claimed that the sacked energy minister was interested in even becoming the NPP’s flagbearer in the 2020 elections.
August 07, 2018 15:22 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: 3news.comSack Nana Bediatuo over failed Ameri deal – MP tells Akufo-AddoNana Bediatuo [L] in a chat with Akufo-Addo during the 2012 Election PetitionMember of Parliament for Bongo, Edward Bawa is asking President Nana Akufo-Addo to sack his Executive Secretary, Nana Bediatuo Asante, for his role in the botched ‘renegotiated’ deal that has cost Mr. Boakye Agyarko’s job. Parliament was forced to suspend consideration of the bill covering the new deal as it failed to come with the requisite document. Commenting on the issue Tuesday following the dismissal of the Energy Minister Monday, the MP said Nana Bediatuo should be sacked for failing to do due diligence. “If the Minister of Energy is going, the Executive Secretary should also be going. In his view, Nana Akufo-Addo should not be commended for sacking just the Energy Minister.
August 07, 2018 15:18 UTC
Sports World News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: bbc.com'Loftus-Cheek is a fantastic player' - HazardEden HazardThere may still be question marks over his own future at Stamford Bridge, but Eden Hazard has been quick to call for team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek to stay at Chelsea. Speaking to the Evening Standard, the 27-year-old said having Loftus-Cheek in the team would be a "bonus". "Ruben is still young, of course, but I think if we can have him in the team this season it’s a plus for everyone," the Belgian playmaker said. He is young, he is powerful. The future will be top for him.”Loftus-Cheek, who played for England at the World Cup in Russia, spent last season at Crystal Palace on loan, but is expected to challenge for his place in the Blues' starting line-up this season.
August 07, 2018 12:45 UTC
Boxing News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comIsaac Dogboe, Emmanuel Tagoe fight will happen - Paul Dogboeplay videoThe fight between Dogboe and Tagoe is one many will love to seeFather and trainer of WBO Super Bantamweight champion, Isaac Dogbe, Paul, has given the clearest indication yet that the much talked-about fight between his son and former IBO Lightweight champion Emmanuel Tagoe, will happen sooner than later. The sticking point for many boxing watchers is this: both boxers are not in the same weight division (Dogboe is a super bantamweight while Tagoe is a lightweight) and it could be dangerous for both to fight at catchweight. Speaking at the pre-bout press conference of the Dogboe vs Otake bout, Paul Dogboe who is the father and trainer of Isaac Dogboe said “Baba Jet Promotions is doing a good job in Ghana boxing and I believe they have a couple of guys on their label. But regarding Asamoah Gyn’s boxer fighting Isaac Dogboe, that is about four weight divisions because Isaac is Super Bantamweight. For now though, Isaac Dogboe hopes to make a successful first defence of his WBO Super Bantamweight belt when he takes on 37-year-old Japanese Hidenori Otake, the at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
August 07, 2018 12:00 UTC
The former leader John Mahama brought some two men representing the sheikh to Namibia - seeking to clinch possible energy deals with yet another African nation: Namibia. The said company are the owners of Ameri Group also known as the Africa Middle East Resources Investment Group LLC. One was Ameri Group CEO Maher Al Alili, who is also CEO of the sheikh’s private office. He also indicated in the interview that, Mr Mahama is still in contact with Ameri Energy. ‘’John Mahama travelled to Namibia to try to settle some energy deal for the sheik’s company in Namibia.
August 07, 2018 10:30 UTC
Politics of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comI'm ready for the Presidency - Elikplim Agbemava tells NDC leadershipElikplim Agbemava is a member of the NDC and a Presidential hopefulIt appears former President Mahama may not have a field day in his desire to take over the reigns of leadership of the National Democratic Congress in his bid to attempt the Presidency one more time. One of such persons is lawyer Elikplim Agbemava. He added that several cases of corruption under the watch of the former president makes him unfit to lead the National Democratic Congress and indeed Ghana as a whole. In a letter addressed to the leadership of the NDC, Elikplim Agbemava said his desire to lead the NDC is borne from a desire to make the NDC "a strong political force for national development". Read below Elikplim Agbemava's letter to the leadership of the National Democratic Congress
August 07, 2018 09:45 UTC
In a deleted Facebook post, Nana Damoah alleged that the sacked energy minister, Boakye Agyarko, was not entirely to blame for controversies surrounding the controversial Ameri deal as there are other people involved. Boakye Agyarko's reaction:The sacked energy minister, Boakye Agyarko, has hinted of reacting to his firing by the president in the coming days. Barely hours after the decision by the president to sack him, Boakye Agyarko says he would soon respond in due time. Background:The $510 million Ameri power deal was signed between the Mahama led government in 2015 at a time when the country was experiencing the power crisis. This power deal was to help bring Ghana out of the energy crisis which had cost the country millions of cedis.
August 07, 2018 09:00 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: classfmonline.comEC staff chase Charlotte Osei into Amidu's guillotineCharlotte Osei is former chairperson of the Electoral CommissionSome staff of the Electoral Commission have petitioned Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu to probe former EC Chair Charlotte Osei for allegedly causing financial loss to the state. The staff, whose petition was what resulted in the dismissal of Mrs Osei and her two deputies: Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, and subsequent appointment of Mrs Jean Mensa by President Nana Akufo-Addo, claim that Mrs Osei, during her tenure, signed dubious deals involving Aerovote, STL, Dreamoval, and Quarzar. The petition signed by Mr Forson Ampofo and Mr Godsway Dadjoe, said: “The procurement activities include the engagement of Sory@Law and Associates for the Commission; the award of several contracts to STL; the two contracts for the partitioning and consultancy service of the new office block; the three contracts awarded for the construction of pre-fabricated district offices of the Commission and consultancy services thereof; the two contracts awarded to Dreamoval Ltd… and finally the two contracts awarded to Quazar Limited from South Africa”. The petition said these contracts were awarded by Mrs Osei “contrary to the Public Procurement Act”. The petitioners are also demanding that Mrs Osei be probed in connection with her acquisition of a new Head Office for the EC while in office.
August 07, 2018 08:48 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comMy side would be heard when the dust settles – Boakye AgyarkoFormer Energy Minister, Boakye AgyarkoFormer Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, who was relieved of his duties Monday evening says he will tell his side of the story when tensions calm. The dismissal of the former minister comes after the President was allegedly misled into approving the new AMERI deal which had been rejected by Parliament through an Executive Order. A statement from the presidency signed by Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin stated that Boakye Agyarko had been relieved of his position with immediate effect. Though the statement did not state the reason for his dismissal, many are certain the renegotiated AMERI deal is the reason. The Energy Minister who has been quiet over the issue, broke his silence Tuesday morning after his dismissal, posting on his Facebook wall that “When the dust settles my side would be heard.
August 07, 2018 08:37 UTC
It also claimed that the then Director-General of the GHS, Dr Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, had connived with Dr Awoonor-Williams for the vehicles to be appropriated. DecisionIn its decision, CHRAJ found that the vehicles belonging to the regional health directorate could, indeed, not be accounted for when Dr Awoonor-Williams was transferred. Dr Awoonor-Williams and Dr Appiah-Denkyira’s conduct was, however, found not to constitute an abuse of power or corruption. Dr Agyeman-Mensah issued a directive reversing Dr Issah’s appointment, moved Dr Awoonor-Williams to Accra for Dr Issah to take his place in Bolgatanga in order to retain Dr Mahama in the Northern Region. It also charged all vigilante pressure groups, political, ethnic or religious, who were not part of the public service to desist from interfering with any activity to do with the public service.
August 07, 2018 08:15 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: kasapafmonline.comPolice investigate threat on life of Energy Ministry PRONana Damoah claims he was threatened by Herbert KrapahThe East Legon Police Command has commenced investigations into the alleged threat on the life of the Communications Specialist at the Energy Ministry, Nana Damoah. According to Nana Damoah, Mr Krapah warned him to desist from peddling falsehood about New Patriotic Party (NPP) Stalwart and cousin of President Akufo Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko if he values his life. Speaking to Kasapa News, Nana Damoah stated that he’s informed certain senior members of the party about the development and was told that the issue was being handled but nothing was done about it, hence his decision to report the matter to the police as he fears for his life. “He sent me a message warning me to be careful, later he sent another message warning me to stop peddling falsehood against Mr Gabby Asare Otchere Darko and that if I don’t stop there’ll be a showdown. All my interviews are public, I’ve not once in any of my submissions in public discourse mentioned the name of Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, so I’m extremely surprised that this is what is going on.”
August 07, 2018 07:07 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comAgyarko Dismissal: Something about sacking doesn’t add up – Ace AnkomahAce AnkomahPrivate Legal practitioner and political activist, Ace Anan Ankomah seems to be suspicious about the manner in which Energy Minister Boakye Kyerematen Agyarko was given the sack by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Boakye Agyarko was yesterday relieved of his duties by President Akufo-Addo. The John Mahama administration in 2015 signed a contract with Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group (AMERI) Energy, to rent the 300MW of emergency power from AMERI. Theophilus Tetteh Ahia lauded the action stating that it was an inevitable decision by the president. To him, Agyarko’s dismissal did not come as a surprise because the Energy Minister failed to engage key stakeholders including the VRA in renegotiating the deal.
August 07, 2018 05:37 UTC
Sports News of Tuesday, 7 August 2018Source: Nyanfeiku AndorBlack Princesses get massive support in France despite defeatSupporters posed for the camera with the Ghana flagGhana experienced its first defeat as France walloped the black princesses of Ghana by 4 goals to 1 at the ongoing female FIFA under 20 world cup. Its excitement brought many Ghanaians in France and across to Vannes, Brittany to cheer the young ladies of Ghana up. Speaking to the coach of the princesses, Yusif Basigi, made it clear to the media that, he is proud of the performance of the Princesses and that, the ability to progress to the next stage is possible. Michael Essien, former Ghanaian international, Majeed Waris black stars player and Yusif Chipsah were there to support and rally behind the young girls. One man supporter, Abraham Boakye founder and president of Ghana supporters and his group were there as well.
August 07, 2018 04:30 UTC