‘Free SHS will create many Busias from poor families’

Wenchi (B/A)- Vice President DrMahamuduBawumia has said the adherence to the Danquah-Busia-Dombo Tradition has shown greater care for the vulnerable and underprivileged as it consistently seeks to implement policies and programmes tailored to meet their needs.

That Tradition, he noted, began governance under the Progress Party Government of Professor Kofi AbrefaBusia in 1969, and continued with President John AgyekumKufuor under the New Patriotic Party Government, with President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo now on the seat.

Ironically, the parties claiming to be of socialist inclination, today most visibly represented by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have rather sought to either impede or cancel such programmes, which went against the principles they claim to hold dear, the Vice President said.

Vice President Bawumia said this at a ceremony to celebrate the life and legacy of Prof. Kofi AbrefaBusia, the Prime Minister in the Second Republic, at Wenchi in the BrongAhafo Region on Saturday.

The Busia Government was the first government of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia Tradition. He left the blueprint for welfare capitalism, which other governments from the Tradition have implemented, especially the blueprint designed to ensure inclusive and holistic development for all, he said.

This blueprint led to the introduction of a number of programmes by the Busia Government, including the creation of a new Ministry to seek the welfare, training and employment of youth, culminating in the National Service Corps, and a Voluntary Work Camps Association, among others.

He also instituted a Social Security Fund for the construction of low cost houses, a Rural Development Fund to provide the rural areas with good drinking water, through the Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation, Latrine pits, markets and health posts.

The academic in DrBusia also saw to the building of Secondary schools across the country, introduction of experimental schools on pilot basis, which is now called junior high schools, provided free text books in all the schools, as well as free ‘Achimota’ sandals to pupils in middle school.

When President John AgyekumKufuor came into power in 2001, he continued with the Tradition by introducing initiatives such as National Youth Employment Programme, School Feeding Programme, Capitation Grant, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), free maternal care for all pregnant women under NHIS, and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) under which welfare grants are paid to the extreme poor.

President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo has continued with the philosophy of welfare capitalism by introducing initiatives such as Free Senior High School Policy, Planting for Food and Jobs, ‘One Village One Dam’, ‘One District One Factory’, ‘One District One Warehouse’.

We have also restored Teacher and Nursing Trainee allowances, which allowed qualified but needy persons to acquire employable skills but was cancelled by the Party, which claims to care for the poor – NDC. We have reduced the price of water and electricity, and established three Development Authorities to ensure development projects reach every community in Ghana.

”Under the Nation Builders Corps, 100,000 graduates will be engaged in seven different modules and be paid monthly while they gain the necessary experience to step out on their own.

This is a practical demonstration of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo’s commitment to caring for the vulnerable and needy in society. This Tradition, as envisioned by Prof Kofi AbrefaBusia, has continued to be socially responsible and has not sought to cancel programmes designed to make the life of the ordinary Ghanaian better, Vice President Bawumia said.

He said the late Prof. Busia would have been especially proud about the introduction of the Free Senior High School Policy.

Vice President Bawumia said: After we have provided for food, water and roads, one thing DrBusia would want us to do without fail is to ensure that every child in the country, regardless of where he or she lives, and regardless of his or her parents’ ability, gets the opportunity to go to school.

How else could a rural boy like DrAbrefaBusia grow up to become such a scholar? He believed and treasured the power of the mind and in the development in freedom of every citizen. There should be no barriers to the development of minds.

”It is a profitable social investment for the future. Imagine if DrAbrefaBusia did not get the chance to go to Mfantsipim School. Who then says that Free SHS is not good or it is not time for it to start?

The Vice President extolled Prof Busia’s vision and the principles under-pinning his politics, which continue to influence modern day Ghana.

DrBusia’s vision was founded on the principles of free governments, multiparty democracy, free press, the rule of law and principles of democratic accountability. This is, basically, what Ghana is practicing today. He wanted to build a democratic welfare state where people live in a social framework in which each is his brother’s keeper.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CSOs urged to participate actively in Green Climate Fund

Accra, Mrs Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, the Chairperson of the Kasa Initiative, Ghana, has urged civil society organisations (CSOs) to participate actively in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to create the right conditions for public and private investors.

The GCF is a financial entity of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Paris Agreement, dedicated to supporting global effort to respond to the challenges of climate change.

At the Second National Stakeholders Session for the CSOs on the GCF held in Accra, MrsOwusu-Koranteng said there was the need for the CSOs to fashion out climate-friendly projects or technologies that would attract public and private investors.

It was under the theme: Sharing and Learning: Towards a More Inclusive GCF National Process.

It was facilitated by Kasa Initiative, Ghana and CARE International, Ghana conveyors and co-conveyors of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 13), the platform which focuses on climate change.

Mr Peter Justice Dery, the Deputy Director of Climate Change at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, who chaired the function, said it was necessary for the public, private and CSOs to generate interest in climate smart programmes and technology.

He said they must also invite the GCF and Nationally Designated Authority (NDA) to share information.

Mr Peter Bruun Clausen, the Policy Advisor with CARE International, Ghana, said the GCF process in Ghana had come a long way in ensuring an inclusive decision-making process. Mr Sampson Samuel Ogallah, a Senior Climate Change Specialist at Solidaridad International, called for clear guidelines between adaptation and development proposals for effective participation in the GCF.

He called for the decentralisation of the GCF so that each region like Africa and Asia would have regional offices where proposals and projects could be reviewed and approved.

Mr Foster Gyamfi, a member from the Real Sector Division of the NDA Secretariat, hosted under the Ministry of Finance, said the NDA had resolved to involve more accredited CSOs in the GCF Technical Advisory Committee to ensure transparency.

Mr Solomon OcquayeTettey-Akpeng, the Deputy Head, Risk Management at Ecobank Ghana Limited, gave the assurance that the Bank would take opportunity at the next GCF board meeting to submit a proposal for the benefit of Ghana.

Resource persons at the function explained that the current GCF accreditation and proposal processes for Ghana are in two parts; Ecobank takes care of the credit and loans project component and the Social Investment Fund caters for the grants component.

Source: Ghana News Agency

African Bar Association appoints Ghana country representatives

Tema- Madam Fiona Asafu-Adjaye, Managing Partner, and Mr John David Merson, Partner, Adonten Chambers, have been appointed as Ghana country forum representatives for the African Bar Association (AFBA) commencing 5th July 2018.

The country representatives are expected to promote the activities of AFBA in Ghana for two years guided by AFBA’s philosophy which is to ensure the ‘Fearless voice of the legal profession.

Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo of Nigeria, expressed his delight on the representation of AFBA through Adonten Chambers, one of Ghana oldest law firms which was founded in 1926 by the late Sir Edward Asafu-Adjaye.

The AFBA was established in 1971 by a group of progressively minded lawyers from a Federation of National Legal Associations.

AFBA, as a body continues to seek and bring together independent professional legal bodies as well as lawyers in their individual capacities from around the continent of Africa.

It aims at creating the platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences in a friendly and congenial atmosphere for the pursuit and achievement of diverse professional interest.

During the 2018 Annual Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, participants from Africa and beyond deliberated on the African Union’s aspirations to be achieved by 2063 which included charting a path towards the transformation of the continent into a strong resilient global player and partner.

The AFBA Ghana Forum is positioned to continue to blaze the trial in legal matters on the continent especially the pursuit of African Union aspirations of 2063.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NALAG given ultimatum to deliver motorbikes to assembly members

Ho, The National Conference of Presiding Members has given a three-week ultimatum to the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) to release motorbikes to assembly members across the country.

A press release signed by MrAmuyao David Narh, Chairman, Mr Mathew MensahAtsrim, Secretary and all regional representatives, said the Conference would advise itself should NALAG fail.

It expressed worry about the alleged inactivity of elected representatives and asked NALAG to act in tandem with its Constitution in the execution of its mandate.

The release noted that NALAG Constitution had been sidelined, and referenced Article 9(1), which called for a national delegates’ conference every two years, rotated from region to region.

It, therefore, asked current executives of NALAG to organise biennial delegates’ conference a month from the date of the release.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Millennium Marathon Raffle Winners Get Garmin Sports Watches

Accra, The Eighth Special Raffle draw of the Big Millennium Marathon was held at Osu, over the weekend, with four new winners.

The National Lotteries Authority (NLA), which conducted a free and fair draw, saw Mustapha Abu, a designer from Nima, Ernest Kumah, an accountant fromTema and Derrick NiiNorteyDowuana, a Real Estate Agent from Osu as the three winners.

They were rewarded with expensive Garmin sports watches from Brandmania Ltd.

Mr. Joseph El-Aschker, brands manager said the sports watch checks sleep pattern, counts walking and running steps and heartbeat.

The executive director of the Millennium Marathon Sports Ltd, Ambassador Ashim Morton said the first 10,000 people to cross the finish lines in both the 5km and 21km would get special prizes.

He hinted that, the medals for all participants have been ordered from abroad and they would be landing soon.

He urged Ghanaians to comply with traffic rules and regulations on September 22, as the principal streets would be closed for the international event.

He praised the media for the massive publicity the Millennium Marathon has enjoyed this year and advised Ghanaians to join and be part of the historic event which has attracted runners from all over the world.

The ninth draw comes off at the Accra Polo Club on September 15, before the final 10th draw at the Black Star Square on September 22 where the Nissan Kicks SUV at stake will be driven home by a lucky person.

Source: Ghana News Agency