EC to accept only Ghana Card as proof of citizenship in next voter registration

Accra,- The Electoral Commission (EC) says it is ready to adopt the Ghana card as the only document to prove one’s citizenship in the next voter registration exercise.

Dr Serebour Quaicoe, Director, Electoral Services at the EC, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the Commission had already reached a consensus with the political parties and was waiting for an amendment of the registration laws by Parliament to give legal backing to the move.

He said when the law is amended, persons who did not have the Ghana card would not be able to register to vote because the law would not allow the use of passport or guarantors as substitute for the Ghana Card.

“We are going to amend the law to incorporate that. What it means is that going forward, anybody who turns 18 and want to register, you have to come with evidence of the Ghana card to show that you are a Ghanaian and 18 years then we will register the person. You can’t use your passport or guarantors when the law is amended,” he said.

The EC’s last voter registration exercise was conducted in June 2020, ahead of the general elections.

In that registration exercise, the EC accepted the Ghanaian passport and Ghana card as proof of citizenship. Persons who did not have both documents were made to provide two guarantors who had already registered to get registered.

The National Identification Authority, as of October this year, said it had issued cards to about 12 million Ghanaians.

Dr Quaicoo said the EC was still reviewing the 2020 elections and is working closely with the political parties and stakeholders to implement reforms to enhance the country’s electoral management processes.

“Our doors are open for proposals and recommendations and if it is in accordance with the law, we are going to assess it together and if possible, we will add it to our reforms,” he said.

Article 51 of the 1992 Constitution grants the EC the power to, by constitutional instrument, make regulations for the effective performance of its functions, and in particular, for the registration of voters, the conduct of public elections and referenda.

The 2020 voters registration exercise was governed by the Public Elections (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Regulation, 2020 (C.I. 126), which was passed by Parliament in June 2020.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gladson Awako finally returns to Hearts of Oak training after Teshie Youth Chief intervention

Midfielder Gladson Awako has finally resumed training with Hearts of Oak after months of failing to show up.

The former Berekum Chelsea ace was reported to have told the hierarchy of the club he is not interested in playing for the club due to spiritual attacks.

Despite signing a two year deal with the reigning champions, the 30-year-old is yet to feature for the club.

However, the controversy surrounding his absence seems to have ended after the intervention of Teshie Gbugblah Oblahiaaa Mantse (Youth Chief), Original Nii Martey Laryea I, inspired him to return to change his mind and rejoin his Hearts Oak teammates.

On Tuesday morning, the U-20 World Cup winner started training with Hearts of Oak’s youth team, Auroras.

He was spotted at the training ground on Tuesday morning ahead of a big return to the senior team.

His return to the team is a huge boost for the Phobians who have had a difficult start to the Ghana Premier League campaign losing one and drawing three.

The reigning Ghana Premier League champions will play host to Algerian side JS Saoura on Sunday in the CAF Confederations Cup final playoffs.

Source: Modern Ghana

Female teachers urged to build brands for themselves

Ejisu-Abankro (Ash),- Female teachers have been entreated to strengthen their skills and build professional capacities that will distinguish them in society.

This will contribute to their professional development and empower them socially and economically, Mrs Irene Duncan-Adanusa, a former General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has said.

“Look at your capacities and build a career path in the job market, that is what a modern day teacher must do,” she noted, adding that, advancement in the world of technology best positioned teachers to distinguish themselves.

Mrs Duncan-Adanusa was speaking at the 5th quadrennial GNAT Ladies Society (GNATLAS) Delegates’ roundtable 2021 at Abankro in the Ejisu Municipality of Ashanti.

It was held on the theme: GNAT@ 90: Surviving as a reliable and vibrant teacher union in the 21st century; the female teacher in contemporary teacher unionism.

The meeting, among other things, sought to take stock of GNATLAS activities and set targets for the years ahead.

It was also to adopt strategies to improve the professional competencies of female teachers to make them more effective for quality education delivery and to pass resolutions on critical issues affecting the progress of women in the association and society at large.

Mrs Duncan-Adanusa said mentorship and teamwork were critical in bringing out good leadership in societies and advised the teachers to work in teams in mentoring others for quality educational outcomes.

She called on the female teachers to stay united and eschew all forms of backbiting, adding that, the GNAT over the years had been one of the formidable unions in Ghana and beyond through a united membership.

The Reverend Mrs Hannah Odjenma Botchway, National Patron of GNATLAS, said female teachers should not hide behind and belittle themselves as women.

They should build self-confidence and rise to take up leadership positions and bring their influence to bear wherever they find themselves in society.

She told teachers to adopt healthy lifestyles, tolerate one another and live lives worthy of emulation.

Ms Lily Otoo, National GNATLAS Gender Coordinator, highlighting some activities of the event said it was to network with each other and discuss issues to safeguard coherent and effective educational policies which situated the national development interest above others.

It was also to review GNATLAS positions in various issues confronting the country’s educational system.

Ms. Otoo called on members to rally behind the Association to become more visible, vibrant, and reliable in the activities of GNAT.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Former DCE for Sekyere East granted bail over stealing allegations

Juaben (Ash),– The Asante Juaben Circuit Court has granted a GH¢300,000.00 bail with three sureties, to the immediate past District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sekyere East, Madam Mary Boatemaa Marfo, for stealing.

Madam Boatemaa Marfo pleaded not guilty to the charge and the court presided over by Ms Rose-Marie Asante, ordered her to deposit her travelling passport to the court’s registry, have two of her sureties justified, and reappear before it on December 21, this year.

Police Chief Inspector Effah, prosecuting, told the court that the complainant, Mr Akwasi Sarpong was the Manager of God-Can Engineering Company, which undertakes electrification projects in the Ashanti region.

He said in the year 2018, the complainant was awarded a rural electrification contract to extend electricity to some suburbs of Effiduase and was given 266 eight-meter electric poles, worth GH¢206,160.00, by the Ministry of Energy.

The prosecutor said the complainant informed the accused of his intention to keep the poles at her official residence for the fear of thieves and she agreed.

Chief Inspector Effah said the complainant could not convey the poles at the scheduled time to commence the project due to some reasons which were beyond his control.

However, when the Ministry of Energy finally ordered him to commence the project, he went to the residence to convey the poles but could not find them.

The prosecution said after several attempts to get the former DCE to show him where the poles were, failed. The complainant made a report to the Effiduase Police, where the accused was invited and her caution statement taken.

Chief Inspector Effah said the accused was charged by the Police after investigations into the case.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2022 WCQ: FIFA to release verdict on South Africa’s protest against Ghana

FIFA will today release its verdict on the protest lodged by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) regarding the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

SAFA lodged a protest to the world football governing last week, claiming that there was match manipulation and bribery in their defeat to the Black Stars at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in the final round of games.

The defeat eventually ended the Bafana Bafana’s dreams of booking a place in the playoffs.

SAFA is calling for the Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye to be banned and also ordering for a replay of the game.

Following the allegations, the Ghana Football Association [GFA], however, have weighed into the matter and last week launched a scathing attack at SAFA.

GFA has accused SAFA of blatantly disregarding the rules of protest after the game and called on FIFA to dismiss the frivolous claims.

The GFA is also urging FIFA to impose a huge fine on SAFA for bringing the World Cup brand and the reputation into disrepute.

Portions of the letter read “It is very clear that the request by the South African Football Association in their second letter that – “We will be forwarding all the relevant documents and a detailed complaint within the next 72 hours” – is misplaced and violates the clear FIFA provisions.

“Consequently, we, therefore, call on the respected FIFA Disciplinary Committee to dismiss the purported protest with a punitive fine and a huge cost”.

The Ghana FA finally described SAFA’s protest as a fishing expedition with no merit.

Despite the attack on SAFA, the GFA have also submitted their defense of the accusations by SAFA.

Ghana is aiming to return to the Mundial having missed out in the last edition hosted in Russia in 2018.

Source: Modern Ghana

GCB commits more funds into sports development

GCB Bank Limited has committed almost GHc500,000.00 to the development of sports this year.

Of the amount, GHc200,000.00 has been donated towards the development of women’s sports and the establishment of the women’s sports excellence center being spearheaded by the Ghana League Clubs Association (GALCA) in collaboration with the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

The bank also contributed GHc100,000.00 towards the Black Stars’ preparation for the 2022 World Cup and African Cup of Nations tournaments.

The bank also announced its headline sponsorship for two key Golf Tournaments in the country with an amount of GH¢20,000.00 and GH¢68,500.00 respectively – the Royal Golf tournament in Kumasi which is under the distinguished patronage of His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II, Asantehene, and the Bok Nam Kim Golf Tournament at the Air Force Officers’ Mess East Cantonments, Accra.

This year’s competitions will be a gathering of the crème de la crème of golfers and promises to be exciting.

The bank’s contribution towards sports development forms part of the Bank’s five key thematic areas of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which sports play a cardinal role.

The Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Kofi Adomakoh, noted that GCB’s involvement in sports development is to cement its place as the Bank that celebrates excellence in all facets.

He said as the Bank with a rich national heritage, GCB prioritizes sports in its strategic focus in the interest of Ghanaians.

Head of Corporate Affairs of GCB Bank, Mr. Emmanuel Kojo Kwarteng, explained that the Bank is contributing to the development of less patronized sporting activities.

Source: Ghana Web

Ecobank donates 100 laptops to KNUST in support of the less privileged students

Ecobank Ghana has donated 100 laptops to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at a presentation ceremony held in Kumasi on Thursday, November 18, 2021. The donation is to aid learning and research on campus.

The donation is the first batch of 300 scheduled laptops and is in fulfillment of the bank’s commitment to supporting the Vice Chancellor’s vision of providing laptops to less privileged students in the university.

Presenting the laptops on behalf of the bank, the Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, Mr. Dan Sackey, said, “As a country, as a people and as a business, we have all had to evolve to face the challenges of COVID-19.

Ecobank has embraced technology over the years and took a deliberate step earlier to invest in technology prior to COVID-19, and this has stood us in good stead enabling us to serve our customers well in the wake of a pandemic. This donation therefore fully aligns with our objectives, and we are extremely delighted at this opportunity to provide less privileged students with the required technical support to enhance learning and research.

We see this as an opportunity to invest in the nation’s younger generation, who, by virtue of their financial circumstances, cannot afford such essential gadgets to improve learning. We are today presenting to you 100 laptops to mark our commitment to this project with a further provision for 100 laptops every year for the next 2 years.

We believe that this donation will go a long to ensure that we have an all-inclusive student’s participation in academia irrespective of financial status. We, therefore, count on the beneficiaries to put these laptops to good use, as they complete their various courses and venture into the commercial, and government world of business.”

Additionally, Ecobank offers a suite of solutions that comprehensively address the financial needs of Educational Institutions. From Creche to University, Ecobank provides Collection and Payment Solutions, Financing Solutions, Business Credit and Prepaid Cards, as well as Google My Business, to grow our customer’s online presence.

In response, the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson who received the laptops on behalf of the university, said, “We are very excited about this donation because it fulfills our mandate which we believe cannot be actualized all by ourselves.
We intend to work with our partners and stakeholders to drive its achievement, and we see Ecobank as one of our true partners in this regard. We really do cherish and appreciate this commitment from Ecobank. These laptops will go to the brilliant but needy students through a very stringent screening process.
It is our hope that the relationship between Ecobank and the beneficiaries will go beyond these laptops with Ecobank even offering internship opportunities for these students. Indeed, we as an institution, look forward very much to continuing to embrace this mutually beneficial relationship with the Bank.”

Source: Ghana Web

Achieving clean Ghana: More compost and recycling plants crucial – Deputy Speaker of Hungarian Parliament

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament in Hungary, István Jakab, has underscored the need for Hungary and Ghana to work closely to ensure that more compost and recycling plants are built to help in achieving the government’s vision of a clean Ghana.

According to him, Hungary’s relationship with Ghana dates back to some sixty years (60) ago, adding that when the two countries form more partnerships they will bring about transfer of technology, knowledge and expertise in the waste management sector.

The Deputy Speaker of Hungary’s Parliament made the observation when he visited the Kumasi wastewater treatment plant in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region on Monday, November 22, 2021.

He was conducted around the facility by the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and some of his top management members.

The Kumasi wastewater treatment plant is a collaboration between the (JGC) and its Hungarian partners and the government of Ghana.

István Jakab, who is officially visiting Ghana for the first time gave the assurance that the Hungarian government will not only support the government of Ghana but private businesses as well.

According to him, the Hungarian government will continue to support Ghana’s education sector, stating that already about 100 Ghanaian students have been offered scholarships by Hungary.

The Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Tamás Endre Fehér, who was also part of the Hungary delegation to Kumasi, commended JGC for the project and wished JGC more successes in all its business endeavours.

For his part, the Executive Chairman of JGC, Mr Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, was happy about the long relationship between Ghana and Hungary.

He said the relationship between the two countries spans over a period of sixty-one (61) years.

He used the chance to commend President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his government’s immense support for private companies in the waste management sector.

Furthermore, he praised the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) for its collaboration with his group.

According to Dr Siaw Agyepong, the wastewater treatment facility in Kumasi is in operation and has engaged about 60 workers with 95% of them from the Bosomtwe District.

“About 70 to 80 tracks come to discharge waste water daily,” he revealed.

Source: Ghana Web