NCCE ends 40 days of tax campaign at Akatsi

Akatsi, The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has ended a 40-day tax education in the Akatsi South District with a call on the citizens to honour their tax obligations.

Mr Godwin Agboada, the Akatsi South District Director of the NCCE, told the community members, civil society and religious groupings that the Central Government and local assemblies needed taxes for rapid socioeconomic development.

He said roads, schools, health facilities and potable water were all provided from tax revenue even in advanced nations.

Mr Agboada said the Assemblies’ and Members of Parliament’s Common Funds were generated through tax revenues from which scholarships were paid for students, support was given to disaster victims, and other social interventions were provided and called for compliance.

He said the tax revenue could also support the Government to successfully run the Free Senior High School Policy and the School Feeding Programme.

Mr Agboada said without tax revenue, the country’s national debt would increase and standards of living would drop.

He said tax defaulters risked prosecution and cautioned against reneging on such a constitutional obligation.

The campaign also targeted students in schools as agents to further reach people in the community.

The exercise, which started in October last year, with support from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), was on the theme: Tax for National Development � Our Tax is Our Future.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Curfew hours on Alavanyo and Nkonya renewed

Accra, The Ministry of the Interior has renewed the curfew hours imposed on Alavanyo and Nkonya townships from 1800 hours to 0600 hours, effective Sunday, January 28, 2018.

A statement signed by Mr Ambrose Dery, the Sector Minister, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the renewal of the hours was upon the advice of the Volta Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument.

It urged the people to use the established mechanisms to resolve their conflicts and disputes to ensure peace in the area.

The statement reminded the public that the ban on carrying arms, ammunitions or any offensive weapon is still in force and that any person found with arms and ammunitions would be arrested and prosecuted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Vice President’s photograph indicates he’s doing well

Accra, Outdoor photographs of a healthy looking Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, with his wife, Samira, were Saturday posted on Facebook indicating that he is doing well as reported by government officials.

The couple, dressed in trendy winter clothing, appear to be walking to their destination in London.

There had been public speculation about the state of health of the otherwise very active and hardworking Vice President since the Government issued the statement about his sudden illness and subsequent medical leave to London on Friday, January 19, 2018.

The Minority in Parliament has demanded a disclosure on his health condition, a demand described as hypocritical by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu.

Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Minister of Information, announced at a media conference last week that Dr Bawumia was doing well and would resume work soon.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Book on ‘Plight of two Orphans’ launched

Tamale, A book entitled The plight of two orphans, has been launched in Tamale with a call on parents to commit resources towards helping their children to unravel their potentials.

The book was written by a 14 year-old pupil, Miss Susana Korkor Tano, of the Little Flower School Complex in Tamale.

The Plight of two orphans is a tragic-comedy designed to encourage orphans or the less-privileged to endure any hardship and aspire higher to be successful in life.

Mr Caesar Abagali, the Northern Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency, who reviewed and launched the book, described it as a master piece, which all children must read to be able to endure and withstand unforeseen maltreatment.

He said society often seemed to neglect children who lost their parents at tender ages adding that support for those children must be a priority.

He said the 10-page book was also about torture, maltreatment and punishment that the two orphans suffered in the hands of their uncle after the untimely death of their parents.

What the book discussed still happens in this 21st century and I think the writer must be supported to write more of such stories for the public, he said.

Mr Abagali, also the Northern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists’ Association, appealed to parents to invest more in the education of their children and said society must support needy children for their dreams to materialise.

Mr Christopher Nasamu, a Representative of the Tamale Metropolitan Director of Education, commended the author for taking the bold step to write and publish the book saying; Such children must be monitored with keen interests because they have the potential to shape society through writing.

He appealed to teachers to encourage children to venture into the fine arts so that they would be creative and cultivate the habit of reading to improve themselves academically.

Alhaji Mohammed Abdulai Saddique, the Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association of Little Flower School Complex, advised parents to commit their resources to help their children unravel their potentials.

Ms Susana Korkor Tano described The plight of two orphans as a true story that happened in the Sefwi area in the Western Region, which touched her heart hence the decision to put it into writing so that those who maltreated children would stop.

She appealed for financial assistance to enable her to publish other works and gave the assurance that she would coach other children in the school to also write books.

Meanwhile, the first copy of the book was purchased at GHc500 whiles GHc4,000.00 was realised after auctioning the book.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Felix Klutse wins IFEJ’s Best Business Journalist 2017

Accra, The Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ), has held its Fourth Flamingo Awards for business and financial journalists and crowned Felix Dela Klutse of the Business Day Newspaper as the Business Journalist for 2017.

Mr Kluste also won the Best in Business of Health and the Best in Finance Reporting to become the Overall Best for the second time. He was the Overall Best Business Journalist in 2014, the maiden edition of IFEJ Flamingo Award.

He took home a citation, a plaque, an ipad and would have the opportunity to attend the World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC, USA.

Other journalists received awards for the various categories under the Flamingo Awards held on Friday, January 26, in Accra.

Mr Emmanuel Bruce of the Daily Graphic was adjudged the Best in Agribusiness Reporting, Mr Maxwell Akalaari Adombila of Graphic Business was the Best in Local Economy Reporting and Ms Francisca Dickson Arhin of GHOne TV won the Best in Business/Manufacturing Reporting.

The Best in Information and Communication Technology Reporting went to Mr Richard Nii Quaye Abbey of the Business and Financial Times and Best in Tourism Reporting went to Ms Rebecca Awuah of Ghana Television.

Ms Jessica Acheampong of the Daily Graphic won the Best in Extractive Reporting whilst the Best in Development Reporting went to Mr Kwabena Adu Koranteng of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper.

Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, the General Manager of Sustainability of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), pledged the continuous support for business and economic reporting.

He said GNPC was willing to collaborate with IFEJ to develop business and economic journalism.

Dr Maxwell Opoku Afari, the First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, said the importance of Financial Reporting could not be overlooked as it played a critical role in informing and educating stakeholders on new trends for socio-economic development.

Honorary awards were presented to Mr Daniel Otabil Koomson, Mr Kwami Ahiabenu, Professor John Gatsi, Mrs Philomena Johnson, and Madam Wendy Asiamah.

Mr Rayborn Bulley, the President of IFEJ, said the stories presented for the awards improved and this made it difficult for the panel to determine the winners of the various categories.

He expressed gratitude to sponsors and major stakeholders for the continuous support in empowering financial and economic journalists through IFEJ.

Professor Gatsi, who represented Mr Koomson, the Chairman of the Panel, said the panel received 31 entries and a five point criteria were used to determine the winners namely: Potential of the story or feature to generate public awareness and impact policy direction; The originality, creativity and initiative put into the story or feature; The quality of reportage; The language used; and The balance and fairness of the reportage.

Source: Ghana News Agency