Dreams FC books G-8 final with Hearts of Oak

Accra, Dreams FC have beaten Medeama SC 6-5 on penalties in the second semifinal game of the ongoing G-8 tournament at the cape coast stadium on Thursday to book a titanic final with Accra Hearts of Oak.

Dreams FC, who finished second behind Kumasi Asante kotoko in the Group A of the tournament, by this win have booked a mouthwatering G-8 final with Accra Hearts of Oak on Sunday 21st January, 2018 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium after Hearts beat Kotoko 4:2 on penalties in the other semifinal game on Wednesday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Dreams FC started the game more purposeful in the first half of the game and looked the better of the two sides but wasted goal scoring chances.

With the Second half seeing an end to end action, both teams came close to scoring but the game eventually ended 0-0 and both sides had to settle on a penalty shootout for a winner to play Hearts of Oak, who had qualified already.

Isaac Amoako, a former Kumasi Asante Kotoko goalkeeper was the hero for Dreams FC as he saved a penalty to see Dreams FC into the final game.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana holds Urban Forum to strengthen governance and management

Accra, The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development through its Urban Development Unit has organised the Ghana Urban Forum (GUF) in Accra to provide inputs that would strengthen Ghana’s urban governance and management.

The forum was to enhance policy dialogue among national government actors, local government functionaries and practitioners, community representatives, civil society entities, private sector interest groups and other stakeholders and provide the opportunity to deliberate on emerging urban development challenges in the country.

It was on the theme: Localising the New Urban Agenda: Promoting Spatial Planning as a Pre-requisite for Ghana’s current Industrialization Drive and served as a prelude to the ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9) schedule for February 7-13, 2018 in Malaysia to ensure the development of inclusive, safe, and resilient cities, thereby reducing inequality and poverty in many cities around the world.

The WUF 9 is on the theme: Cities 2030, Cities for All: implementing the New Urban Agenda.

Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development said the theme for the forum was relevant because there was a global consensus that appropriated urban planning strategies and policies that would contribute significantly to economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability and resilience.

He said industrial development was closely intertwined with urbanisation, as industrial production occurs in urban, sub-urban, or peri-urban areas.

Mr Amoah who is also a Member of Parliament for Akwapim South in the Eastern Region said the existing land tenure system in the country made it difficult for businesses to own or rent land to establish their presence and government need to digitise land administration to make the process of interrogating titles and registering land simpler for stakeholders.

He said Ghana was going through a difficult stage of transition from rural to a more service based national economy adding that, National economic and regional development policies have not delivered quality jobs and investment to districts and regional economies.

The Deputy Minister said, the successful implementation of the One District One Factory policy is tied to addressing challenges associated with the land tenure system.

Dr Christine Evans-Klock, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Ghana said the new urban agenda recognised urban and spatial planning strategies as having the potential to transform cities and accelerate inclusive economic growth.

She said Ghana’s achievement in developing urban policy was impressive and that the country remained one of the few countries in Africa to have developed such policies and had the opportunity to continue that leadership by over-coming implementation constraints.

Dr Evan-Klock identified implementation constraints as inadequate financial resources, issues with accountability and challenges faced with partnerships.

She said: Great plans without the means to implement them do not have much impact but financial constraints call for innovative solutions, not shelving the plans because the funds did not easily materialise.

Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry said the spatial planning of urban cities had faced major setbacks on what was captured in document and the reality on the grounds.

He said the heart of the country’s industrial transformation was the District level and had led to the development of a District Industrial transformation policy.

Mr Lindsay said the district industrialisation policy by government would be driven down to the districts and admonished all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to identify industrial zones in their areas.

He said: If we can identify industrial zones in all MMDAs that will be enough, adding that a District Implementation Team has been put in place to ensure the implementation of the policy.

Mr Ishmael Ashitey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister said the importance of spatial planning cannot be overemphasised as it has contributed to achieving a balance in urban development.

He said spatial planning could help in ensuring that nature was protected and natural diversity promoted as well as contributed to interpreting nature’s protection into the thriving of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Source: Ghana News Agency

FDA collaborates with Uganda National Drug Authority

Accra, The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has hosted a delegation of six people from the Ugandan National Drug Authority (NDA) as part of efforts to strengthen the collaboration between the two institutions.

A statement issued by the FDA and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the Ugandan NDA representatives came to Ghana between January 15 and 16, to understudy the FDA’s Regulatory processes with emphasis on the regulation of Herbal Medicines.

The team aimed at leveraging on the best practices in regulation for which FDA has distinguished itself in Africa.

The team which was made up of four Board Members and two members of staff, including the Chief Executive Officer of the NDA and the Director, also looked at other regulatory practices and processes including; the regulation of food, medical devices, food safety management, Information Management systems and Quality Management systems.

According to the statement, the visit also afforded the team the opportunity to understand the legal framework underpinning the FDA’s activities.

The statement said the Ugandan team visited the Mampong Centre for Plant Medicine Research to observe at first-hand how the regulation of Herbal Medicine commences with safety aspects of Herbal Medicine.

These collaborations are as a result of the FDA’s standing in Herbal Medicine Regulation in the World, the statement added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CENTRAL BANK CALLS ON BANKS IN GHANA TO IMPROVE RISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

ACCRA, The Bank of Ghana has called on banks in the coutry to improve the quality of their risk management systems, corporate governance and internal control practices.

Grace Akrofi, the Special Adviser to the Governor of the central bank, said here Wednesday that with the implementation of sound risk management practices, banks would be able to assess and set aside the appropriate capital needed for inherent operational risks as required under the capital requirement directives and the global Basel ll and III framework.

Speaking at the launch of the Royal Bank’s fifth Anniversary celebrations, she said the BoG would also ensure that the banks complied with the international financial reporting standards (IFRS). “This is to guarantee uniformity in the presentation of financial accounts and accompanying notes to financial accounts,” she added.

She said the new minimum capital requirement offered valuable opportunities for consolidation within the banking industry and she encouraged small and under-capitalised banks with corporate governance challenges among others to merge and consolidate their operations.

She said the BoG was of the view that there were more benefits to be gained from consolidation, hence, its bias in encouraging mergers in the industry.

Akrofi said the consolidation process was expected to lead to emergence of big banks to help finance high-valued projects that would be transformative for the economy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Pathologist ordered to produce late MP’s autopsy by February 8

Accra, An Accra District Court has ordered the pathologist who conducted autopsy on Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, J. B. Danquah-Adu to produce his autopsy report by February 8.

This was after Dr Lawrence Edusei, the pathologist who is currently on retirement had told the court that he was working on the report adding that he had so far received pictures from the Police that would help him write the report.

On January 4, this year, Dr Edusei appeared before the court after three subpoenas for him to appear before the court for failing to issue the full autopsy report on the late MP.

The pathologist however explained to the court that he could not produce the report because he had been burgled and as a result he had lost about one thousand reports.

Dr Edusei however told the court that when he procure the photographs and other vital materials he could recollect and put together the report on the later MP.

Writing the report would demand additional work to be done. I need to get access to the pictures, take my time and recollect what I saw and put same into writing, the pathologist said.

The Prosecution recounted difficulties in accessing the pathology report of the victim, hence the delay in prosecuting the matter.

J.B Danquah Adu was murdered in his apartment in 2016 at Shiashie.

Two suspects, Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bosso, were subsequently arrested and charged with murder following the incident. Their pleas have not been taken and they have been remanded into Prison custody.

The facts of the case, as presented by DSP Amegah, were that the deceased MP lived with his family in a one-storey house at Shiashie, near East Legon, a suburb of Accra, whilst Asiedu and Bosso lived at Agbogbloshie, also in Accra.

About 23:40 hours on February 8, 2016, the MP arrived home in his private car driven by his driver.

The driver had handed over the ignition keys of the car to Danquah-Adu and left for home, after which the MP retired to bed in a room located on the first floor of his house.

At about 0100 hours on the same night, Asiedu and Bosso, armed with a catapult, a cutter and a sharp knife, went to the legislator’s house.

Bosso is said to have assisted Asiedu to enter the house by scaling the fence wall on the blind side of a security man who was fast asleep.

On entering the house, Asiedu picked a ladder and climbed onto a porch on the top floor and entered the MP’s bedroom through a window, whilst Mr. Danquah-Adu was sleeping.

Whilst Asiedu was searching the room, the MP woke up and held him. There ensued a struggle, during which Asiedu stabbed the MP in the right chest above the breast.

The MP consequently held the knife, and Asiedu pulled it through the MP’s hand, making a deep cut in his palm.

The legislator, who bled profusely, fell by his bed, after which Asiedu stabbed him several times on his right chest and neck.

On realizing that the MP was dying, Asiedu left the room and took with his three iPhone smart phones.

Meanwhile, the struggle between the MP and Asiedu had drawn the attention of the security man in the house, who alerted other security men in the neighbourhood.

Having been alerted of an impending danger, Bosso took to his heels, leaving Asiedu behind.

However, Asiedu managed to descend from the top of the house and jumped over the electric fencing on the walls of the house into an adjoining house and escaped.

Source: Ghana News Agency