GHANA: PRES AKUFO-ADDO PLACES TEMPORARY TRAVEL BAN ON GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

ACCRA– Ghana President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, has stopped all ministers of state and government officials from traveling abroad until further notice.

The directive on a temporary ban was contained in a press statement signed by the chief of staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, has warned that the only minister allowed to travel will be the minister for foreign affairs and regional integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.

It is not clear what may have caused the president to take this action but YEN.com.gh is picking from the statement that the continuous travels of ministers, deputy ministers, MMDCEs and heads of government agencies are “disrupting government’s domestic work”.

This action by the president follows concerns that have been raised by critics over the culture of government officials traveling around the world instead of staying in their offices to work.

In fact, YEN.com.gh has recently published a story on how a former deputy CEO of the Ghana Tourism Development Company resigned because her superiors were traveling so much at the expense of work that has to be done.

Ohenea Akua Manfo, also known as Akua Blakofe, fumed that her boss, Kojo Antwi, does not want to work but rather travel across the world and take per diems.

“There are no management meetings. He just travels, travels and travels. If I see his driver, it means he is in the country but if I don’t see his driver then that means he is not in the country,” she said on the Facebook page.

President Akufo-Addo is not exempt from this criticism. In fact, the opposition NDC has accused the president of causing financial loss to the state by traveling more than any other president in the history of Ghana’s fourth republic.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

GHANA: PRES AKUFO-ADDO PLACES TEMPORARY TRAVEL BAN ON GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

ACCRA– Ghana President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, has stopped all ministers of state and government officials from traveling abroad until further notice.

The directive on a temporary ban was contained in a press statement signed by the chief of staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, has warned that the only minister allowed to travel will be the minister for foreign affairs and regional integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.

It is not clear what may have caused the president to take this action but YEN.com.gh is picking from the statement that the continuous travels of ministers, deputy ministers, MMDCEs and heads of government agencies are “disrupting government’s domestic work”.

This action by the president follows concerns that have been raised by critics over the culture of government officials traveling around the world instead of staying in their offices to work.

In fact, YEN.com.gh has recently published a story on how a former deputy CEO of the Ghana Tourism Development Company resigned because her superiors were traveling so much at the expense of work that has to be done.

Ohenea Akua Manfo, also known as Akua Blakofe, fumed that her boss, Kojo Antwi, does not want to work but rather travel across the world and take per diems.

“There are no management meetings. He just travels, travels and travels. If I see his driver, it means he is in the country but if I don’t see his driver then that means he is not in the country,” she said on the Facebook page.

President Akufo-Addo is not exempt from this criticism. In fact, the opposition NDC has accused the president of causing financial loss to the state by traveling more than any other president in the history of Ghana’s fourth republic.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

UN REPORT FINDS MILLIONS OF GHANAIANS NOT BENEFITTING FROM BOOMING ECONOMY

GENEVA– A United Nations report finds millions of people in Ghana are not benefiting from the country’s booming economy, but remain mired in poverty.

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has submitted the results of his 10-day fact-finding mission to Ghana in April to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

U.N. Investigator Philip Alston says Ghana is the fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the three fastest growing economies in the whole world. He says this success is making the rich richer, while a high proportion of the population continues to live in poverty.

He says the poor are losing out amidst the country’s growing wealth because Ghana spends 50 percent less than its peer countries in Africa on social protection.

According to him, most of the country’s resources are being plowed into private investment projects designed to make the wealthy better off. He says this policy comes at the expense of providing better employment opportunities and welfare benefits for the poor.

So, the risk is that Ghana continues to be the great economic success story in the continent, but that very little of the wealth will trickle down to a fairly extensive number of Ghanaians, who continue to live in poverty, said Alston.

Statistics show one in five Ghanaians live in poverty and one in eight live in extreme poverty. Alston says he finds it particularly troubling that 28 percent of children live in poverty.

He said Ghana has a very big problem of corruption and the failure of the government to collect taxes strips the country of important revenue.

That means that they do not have revenue for additional spending.So, they need to crack down seriously on corruption and on tax evasion and some of the resulting money, even a small part of it needs to be actually spent on these social protection programs, said Alston.

In response, Ghana notes inequality often affects rapidly expanding economies such as its own. But, it says the government is committed to reducing poverty and to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating poverty by 2030.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

UN REPORT FINDS MILLIONS OF GHANAIANS NOT BENEFITTING FROM BOOMING ECONOMY

GENEVA– A United Nations report finds millions of people in Ghana are not benefiting from the country’s booming economy, but remain mired in poverty.

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has submitted the results of his 10-day fact-finding mission to Ghana in April to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

U.N. Investigator Philip Alston says Ghana is the fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the three fastest growing economies in the whole world. He says this success is making the rich richer, while a high proportion of the population continues to live in poverty.

He says the poor are losing out amidst the country’s growing wealth because Ghana spends 50 percent less than its peer countries in Africa on social protection.

According to him, most of the country’s resources are being plowed into private investment projects designed to make the wealthy better off. He says this policy comes at the expense of providing better employment opportunities and welfare benefits for the poor.

So, the risk is that Ghana continues to be the great economic success story in the continent, but that very little of the wealth will trickle down to a fairly extensive number of Ghanaians, who continue to live in poverty, said Alston.

Statistics show one in five Ghanaians live in poverty and one in eight live in extreme poverty. Alston says he finds it particularly troubling that 28 percent of children live in poverty.

He said Ghana has a very big problem of corruption and the failure of the government to collect taxes strips the country of important revenue.

That means that they do not have revenue for additional spending.So, they need to crack down seriously on corruption and on tax evasion and some of the resulting money, even a small part of it needs to be actually spent on these social protection programs, said Alston.

In response, Ghana notes inequality often affects rapidly expanding economies such as its own. But, it says the government is committed to reducing poverty and to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating poverty by 2030.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK