37 Military Hospital receives beds from Philanthropist

Accra Mrs Cynthia Adjei, the Chief Executive Officer of Lysaro 3L Company Limited, dealers in magic detergents, on Tuesday donated 30 beds, assorted detergents and toiletries worth GH70,000.00 to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

She explained that she was compelled to donate after her sick mother could not secure a bed to sleep on when she was referred to two hospitals in Accra.

MrsAdjei noted that although the 37 Military Hospital did not have a bed for her sick mother at that time, the Hospital did not turn her away but offered her the needed services.

She said because she was hit by the No bed syndrome, she decided to give the items as her widow’s might to support the operations of the Hospital.

MrsAdjei said she had purchased over 140 quality beds and two other ambulances to support the health sector in the country.

She appealed to individuals who could lend a hand to donate to community health facilities so they could offer improved services.

Brigadier General Michael AkwasiYeboahAgyapong, the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, who received the items, commended MrsAdjei for the donation.

He said the Hospital did not only lack beds but also needed mattresses and space.

He said the beds could also be used as Cardiac beds for resuscitation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

The Civil Service endorses Punctuality Campaign

Accra- Nana KwasiAgyekum-Dwamena, The Head of the Civil Service on Tuesday endorsed the punctuality campaign and underscored the need to improve supervision at the various workplaces to check lateness and enhance economic productivity.

The punctuality campaign, being spearheaded by the volunteers of Punctuality Ghana Foundation, a civil society organisation, had already been endorsed by President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo towards achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid.

MrAgyekum-Dwamena said punctuality was critical to national development since it affected every aspects of life and pledged the Service’s commitment to support the campaign.

He called on workers of the Public and Civil Services to change their attitudes to work since they were the fuel for powering the private sector.

He said the introduction of electronic system would help reduce human interface at the workplace, which would enhance productivity and reduce corruption, saying; If we are diligent as a nation, we will be a great nation.

He noted that mismanagement of time was one of the greatest resources going waste, which had heeded to the President’s call by introducing biometric clocking-in-and-out to check lateness within the Service.

Additionally, he said, the Service being the Central Management Agency of the Government, had developed service delivery brochures to guide the delivery of public services in a timely manner.

He said one of the key elements in the performance agreement deliverables for the Chief Directors of the Civil Service, was to stick to time, which he said was the only way the country could chalk successes like Japan, Korea and other developed nations.

Nana Agyekum-Dwamena said attitudes have been ingrained in us with some being cultural and there was the need for Ghanaians to change their attitudes to work and time.

He cited instances whereby about people have to wait for long hours just for the arrival of a senior official before kick starting a programme.

Such a phenomenon he described as unfortunate since it would not engender economic productivity and development.

Nana Agyekum-Dwamena acknowledged some challenges faced by workers of the Civil Service due to resource constraints, and assured the Service’s commitment to make the campaign successful.

The punctuality campaign comes on the back of the poor attitude to work and poor time management, which is a setback to the country’s development agenda.

The Volunteers of Punctuality Ghana Foundation was established on March 8, 2017, and started a public campaign in June last year to whip up public consciousness to abide by time in support of President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo’s call for punctuality to work.

Mr. Emmanuel Amarquaye, a Punctuality Crusader, who is spearheading the campaign, said it aimed ensuring that Ghana became the most efficient African nation in the world in terms of service delivery.

He gave the assurance that the Foundation would facilitate government’s efforts at increasing revenue mobilisation, minimising corruption and attract foreign investment, as well as ensure the overall economic development of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

The Civil Service endorses Punctuality Campaign

Accra- Nana KwasiAgyekum-Dwamena, The Head of the Civil Service on Tuesday endorsed the punctuality campaign and underscored the need to improve supervision at the various workplaces to check lateness and enhance economic productivity.

The punctuality campaign, being spearheaded by the volunteers of Punctuality Ghana Foundation, a civil society organisation, had already been endorsed by President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo towards achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid.

MrAgyekum-Dwamena said punctuality was critical to national development since it affected every aspects of life and pledged the Service’s commitment to support the campaign.

He called on workers of the Public and Civil Services to change their attitudes to work since they were the fuel for powering the private sector.

He said the introduction of electronic system would help reduce human interface at the workplace, which would enhance productivity and reduce corruption, saying; If we are diligent as a nation, we will be a great nation.

He noted that mismanagement of time was one of the greatest resources going waste, which had heeded to the President’s call by introducing biometric clocking-in-and-out to check lateness within the Service.

Additionally, he said, the Service being the Central Management Agency of the Government, had developed service delivery brochures to guide the delivery of public services in a timely manner.

He said one of the key elements in the performance agreement deliverables for the Chief Directors of the Civil Service, was to stick to time, which he said was the only way the country could chalk successes like Japan, Korea and other developed nations.

Nana Agyekum-Dwamena said attitudes have been ingrained in us with some being cultural and there was the need for Ghanaians to change their attitudes to work and time.

He cited instances whereby about people have to wait for long hours just for the arrival of a senior official before kick starting a programme.

Such a phenomenon he described as unfortunate since it would not engender economic productivity and development.

Nana Agyekum-Dwamena acknowledged some challenges faced by workers of the Civil Service due to resource constraints, and assured the Service’s commitment to make the campaign successful.

The punctuality campaign comes on the back of the poor attitude to work and poor time management, which is a setback to the country’s development agenda.

The Volunteers of Punctuality Ghana Foundation was established on March 8, 2017, and started a public campaign in June last year to whip up public consciousness to abide by time in support of President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo’s call for punctuality to work.

Mr. Emmanuel Amarquaye, a Punctuality Crusader, who is spearheading the campaign, said it aimed ensuring that Ghana became the most efficient African nation in the world in terms of service delivery.

He gave the assurance that the Foundation would facilitate government’s efforts at increasing revenue mobilisation, minimising corruption and attract foreign investment, as well as ensure the overall economic development of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Don’t cooperate with non-state investigative agencies

Accra- The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked its former government officials agencies not to cooperate with any non-state investigative agency.

This comes in the wake the recent audit report by a private firm that said more than US$800 million was misappropriated by state agencies under the previous Administration.

The Ghana Gas Company’s Board, for instance, was indicted for supervising the purchase of helicopters for US$100 million, which did not offer value for money.

But addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, the NDC General Secretary, berated the report, terming it illegal.

He said under the country’s 1992 Constitution, the Auditor General, was the only person authorized to audit state agencies.

Where, for some good reason, such audits have to be carried out by private firms, the Auditor General’s consent has to be sought.

Indeed, it is the Auditor General who is supposed to choose the firms and authorize them on their mandate, he added.

Mr. Asiedu-Nketia said they found it curious that in the said audit report was signed by Professor Edward Dua-Agyeman, the Chairman of the Audit service Board.

He claimed the government spent US$6.8 million of tax payers’ money on private firms that conducted an assignment that was either being done or already completed by state agencies and demanded an explanation.

He said the government should justify why those monies were paid when state investigating agencies had been mandated to do the same job.

The NDC therefore wants to ask what is the justification for these parallel investigations; what is the justification of our tax money and for paying a huge amounts to private firms to do exactly what the state agencies are in the process of doing when these state agencies are under resourced; who are the real and ultimate beneficiaries of these huge payments.

Mr. Asiedu-Nketiah accused the government of engaging in witch-hunt adding that, this was stopped.

He advised that the government rather focussed its energy and effort on fixing the economy.

He also called for thorough investigation into alleged corruption involving current government’s officials.

These allegations should be properly investigated by the constitutionally mandated state investigative agencies and the findings published and appropriate sanctions applied.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Don’t cooperate with non-state investigative agencies

Accra- The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked its former government officials agencies not to cooperate with any non-state investigative agency.

This comes in the wake the recent audit report by a private firm that said more than US$800 million was misappropriated by state agencies under the previous Administration.

The Ghana Gas Company’s Board, for instance, was indicted for supervising the purchase of helicopters for US$100 million, which did not offer value for money.

But addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, the NDC General Secretary, berated the report, terming it illegal.

He said under the country’s 1992 Constitution, the Auditor General, was the only person authorized to audit state agencies.

Where, for some good reason, such audits have to be carried out by private firms, the Auditor General’s consent has to be sought.

Indeed, it is the Auditor General who is supposed to choose the firms and authorize them on their mandate, he added.

Mr. Asiedu-Nketia said they found it curious that in the said audit report was signed by Professor Edward Dua-Agyeman, the Chairman of the Audit service Board.

He claimed the government spent US$6.8 million of tax payers’ money on private firms that conducted an assignment that was either being done or already completed by state agencies and demanded an explanation.

He said the government should justify why those monies were paid when state investigating agencies had been mandated to do the same job.

The NDC therefore wants to ask what is the justification for these parallel investigations; what is the justification of our tax money and for paying a huge amounts to private firms to do exactly what the state agencies are in the process of doing when these state agencies are under resourced; who are the real and ultimate beneficiaries of these huge payments.

Mr. Asiedu-Nketiah accused the government of engaging in witch-hunt adding that, this was stopped.

He advised that the government rather focussed its energy and effort on fixing the economy.

He also called for thorough investigation into alleged corruption involving current government’s officials.

These allegations should be properly investigated by the constitutionally mandated state investigative agencies and the findings published and appropriate sanctions applied.

Source: Ghana News Agency