Government can’t be blamed for IMF move – NPP Group

Accra, July 03, GNA – The NPP National Advocacy Association of Ghana, a group associated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says the Government cannot be blamed for its decision to engage the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.

The Association said the move had become necessary in the wake of the seeming global economic crisis that had reversed the positive gains recorded by the Akufo-Addo Government in recent years.

In a statement signed by the Association’s National Secretary, Dr Michael Kojo Kyeremateng, and shared with the Ghana News Agency, it accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of “frustrating” the passage of the E-Levy, which was intended to shore up Government’s revenue in a bid to revive the economy.

It said the NDC lacked the moral right to criticise the Government’s engagement with the IMF, saying that the Government’s inability to realise the revenue targets from the E-Levy was as a result of the opposition’s campaign against it.

“In the quest to get the economy back on its feet, the Government introduced the E- Levy, which was and is the only remedy to help Ghanaian economy bounce back.

The Association urged the citizenry to support the Government’s decision to seek IMF support as it was in the interest of the nation.

“We advise and encourage Ghanaians to think through this and see the works of the opposition against the E- Levy to its success, making the NDC to push for their agenda.

“Politics that affect good policies should not be accepted by Ghanaians,” it said.

The Ministry of Information on Friday, July 1, 2022, announced that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had authorised the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to commence formal engagements with the IMF, inviting the Fund to support an economic programme put together by the government of Ghana.

A statement issued by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said: “this follows a telephone conversation between the President and the IMF Managing Director, Miss Kristalina Georgieva, conveying Ghana’s decision to engage with the Fund.

“At a meeting on June 30th, 2022, cabinet indicated its support for the decision,” the statement said.

“The engagement with the IMF will seek to provide balance of payment support as part of a broader effort to quicken Ghana’s build back in the face of challenges induced by the Covid-19 pandemic and, recently, the Russia-Ukraine crises,” it added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

President Akuffo Addo and wife bid farewell to former first lady of Ghana

Akropong (E/R), July 03, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo joined mourners at the Christ Presbyterian Church at Akropong to bid farewell to the late Mrs Emily Akuffo, former First Lady of Ghana.

The President was accompanied by Mrs Frema Osei Opare, Chief of Staff; Mr Seth Acheampong, the Eastern Regional Minister and other Ministers of State and Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Defence Staff.

Former President Dramani Mahama, leading members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC); Mrs Bola Obasanjo, former First Lady of Nigeria who represented her husband former President Olusegun Obasanjo, were among the high profiled dignitaries who attended the funeral to bid farewell to the widow of his late friend and former Head of State General FWK Akuffo.

The late former First Lady, a teacher by profession, who became First Lady from July 1, 1978, to June 4, 1979, was born in 1934.

After the death of her husband, she spent the ensuing years at Akropong, her hometown.

Reverend George O Kwapong, former Akuapem Presbytery Chairman of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in a sermon reminded all to pay attention to some three facts of death to guide them in life.

“Death is blind, death is deaf and death is bulky. When death appears no one can lift it because it is heavy and can’t be done away with,” he said.

Rev. Kwapong, therefore admonished all to always make the right decision no matter their status, political affiliation and religious background to stay in the right path.

Tributes penned down by President Akufo-Addo and former President Olusegun Obasanjo described her as a woman of virtue who stood firmly behind her husband and, “became a father and mother in one for their children after the painful demise of her husband.”

In a tribute, the four children of the former lady praised their mother for being their strength and pillar when they lost their father some 43 years ago.

The casket containing the mortal remains of the late former first lady was draped with the national colours red, yellow and green.

She was interred at a private destination.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nana Yaw Amponsah hopeful of building a solid foundation for Kotoko

Accra, July 3, GNA – Nana Yaw Amponsah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asante Kotoko has reiterated his ambition to build a solid foundation to make the club enviable in the country.

Speaking at the 2022 edition to the Ghana Football Awards, the CEO said he was happy the club had been able to win the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League title but he would not be over excited about for the fact that many CEO’s of Kotoko have achieved same.

“The feeling is good, but we are not over our selves, it’s not a first time Kotoko is winning the league, we are record holders in terms of league triumphs and as I said many have come before me and done it, our project is based on putting the pieces together for others to continue,” he said.

According to him, laying down a foundation for others to take over was the main goal of the board as they seek to put an end to the culture of new executives starting from ground zero whenever they come on board.

He urged football authorities to invest in the youth to help unearth talents to represent Ghana in future.

Nana Yaw Amponsah after being appointed as the CEO of Kotoko in 2020, has been able to transform the team in terms of team development and structures.

The former GFA Presidential aspirant won the CEO of the year at the Ghana Football Awards for two conservative times, winning it in 2021 and 2022.

Having supported the club in previous years, Asante Kotoko swept away five awards at this year’s Ghana Football Awards winning the Male Team of the year and Head Coach of the side, Prosper Ogum also winning the Coach of the Year Award.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MCE calls for stakeholder cooperation in developing Ho Sports Stadium

Ho, July 03, GNA- Mr. Divine Bosson, Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has called for stakeholder collaboration towards addressing challenges affecting the development of the Ho Sports stadium.

The facility, a known landmark of the Municipality and a popular venue for football games, had failed to progress beyond an undeveloped pitch and an open spectator stand since it was established decades past.

Mr. Bosson who was opening the 2022 Volta Regional Division Two Middle League on Monday, said the Assembly had considered the facility, and looked forward to enhanced stakeholder commitment towards its development.

“The Assembly is aware of the current pathetic situation of the Ho Sports Stadium and my desire to support the relevant authorities to help in addressing them have not received the needed co-operation yet,” he said.

The MCE noted revived interest in sporting activities in the Region, and the rejuvenation of football and other sporting clubs, and assured that his office would help deliver the needed attention for a fully developed sports industry.

“Let me use this opportunity to say that my office will stop at nothing but support and promote sports activities holistically,” he stated.

Mr. Bosson commended club owners, coaches and others holding up the sports, and asked sportsmen not to “relent in their efforts, but with perseverance, sacrifice, and absolute reliance on God, the sky will be the starting point”.

The middle league pits eight teams from the Volta and Oti Regions against each other in what would produce one to represent the Region at the Division One League.

Mr. Daniel Agboka, Regional Football Association Chairman, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the organisation of the tournament was being enhanced to help raise the standards of the teams “technically, administratively and sports wise”, while business opportunities in the arena were being explored.

“The euphoria around football in the Volta region has been down but it is being awakened”?he said, adding that the performances of the various clubs were being assessed, and hinted at the institution of an award scheme for sports in the Region.

Mr. Agboka said stakeholders begun converging on developing the stadium, and noted the commitment of the football association.

Meanwhile, works on government’s new 5,000 capacity sports complex for the Region had stalled at about 70 per cent, and overgrown with weeds.

In the opening match, Ho-based Vora FC lost 0:1 to Young Desert Warriors from Nkwanta in the Oti Region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Imperial General Assurance opens new branch at Weija

Accra, July 03, GNA—Imperial General Assurance has opened a branch at Weija in Accra to enhance service delivery to existing and potential clients within the area and its environs.

The opening of the branch forms part of the Company’s strategic plans to set up new branches in other locations across the country to bring its insurance products and services to the doorstep of the citizenry.

Mr Robert Wugah, Managing Director of Imperial General Assurance, said the Company had met the new minimum capital requirement of GHC 50 million sets by the National Insurance Commission (NIC) and was happy to reach Ghanaians wherever they were with its life-changing services.

He said the new capital injection into the Company had positioned it to expand its operations across the country to serve the needs of the insuring public.

“In furtherance of our expansion drive, our Tema and Takoradi branches have also been relocated to ultra-modern offices. These offices have an adequate number of staff and resources to respond to the increasing demand for our insurance products in these markets,” he added.

Ms Rita Apau, Head of Core Supervision at the NIC, who represented the Head of Supervision, said the opening of the Weija branch would bring about growth and expansion to make the Company solid and sustainable.

Touching on some of the interventions the NIC was implementing to sanitise the insurance industry, she said the Commission, in line with enhancing Market Conduct supervision, was enforcing the Claims Guidelines, which provided general timelines for the timely settlement of genuine claims.

“With the creation of the Motor Insurance Database, the Commission is determined to enforce compliance with the set market motor rates and also actively enforce strict compliance with the No Premium, No Cover directive,” she added.

Imperial General Assurance is a wholly-owned Ghanaian insurance company that handles all kinds of general insurance businesses.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Osiem circuit emerges winner in Reading and Spelling contest

Akyem-Tafo, July 3, GNA – Osiem circuit in the Abuakwa North education directorate has emerged winner for the maiden Basic Reading and Spelling contest for early grade.

The winning circuit would represent the Municipality in the Regional Reading and Spelling contest to be organised in August 2022.

The contest organised by the Ghana Library Authority was on the theme: “Learn to read, read to learn,” for pupils in Primary one, two and three (lower primary)

The other participating circuits; Old Tafo, Kukurantumi main, New Tafo main, Kukurantumi South, and New Tafo South circuits were given certificates of participation.

Madam Abena Gyamera, Director of Education in the Abuakwa North Municipality, said the contest was organised in collaboration with the municipal education directorate with support from the United State Agency for International Development (USAID).

She said, being able to read and understand was the surest way to answer examination questions to curb exams malpractices.

” I urge teachers and parents to read to the children at the early stage because at that stage children show interest in reading and voluntarily pick up a book,” she said.

She tasked parents to buy reading books including picture books and expose their children to it especially after close from school to prevent them loitering about.

Mr Evans Korletey – Tene, Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Library Authority (GLA), said education was the fundamental right of every Ghanaian child and the libraries exist as knowledge resources hub to provide the needed literacy support.

He said the Ghana Library Authority had so far commissioned 110 public libraries in the country of which Eastern Region has 20.

The GLA has developed a library App to provide electronic reading materials to the public by downloading it from playstore for every Ghanaian to get connected to knowledge with thousands of free reading materials for all ages.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Beefing offers rappers the platform to prove their worth?- Strongman

Accra, July 3, GNA – Ghanaian rapper Osei Kwaku Vincent, popularly known in showbiz circles as “Strongman,” says beefing offers artistes the opportunity to showcase their prowess in rap to their opponents.

Ghanaian artistes engaging one another in verbal feuds through music has become very common in the music industry and often gains more traction from music lovers.?

According to the multiple-award-winning rap?artiste, beefing provides the platform, where a rapper can pour down his emotions and showcase how much better you are than rap opponents.

In an interview with GNA Entertainment, Strongman said: “Beefing is a place to pour your emotions and prove to your opponent that you are a better?rapper.

“With how beef is relevant, it depends on who you are beefing or how people are interested in that beef, but for me personally, I don’t like beef?though, but as a hard rapper, you can’t take beef from your activities,” he said.

When asked about why he featured sensational singer?Mr.?Drew for his buzzing hit single “Sing Your Name”, Strongman revealed that he was thrilled with the vocals of??Mr?Drew and felt he was the right person for the feature.

Strongman added that he plans to drop an?Extended Play?(EP) later in the year and that all fans should be on the lookout for some good music.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Patrick Mintah adjudged Martial Artist of the Year

Accra, July 3, GNA – Mr. Patrick Mintah, a sixth-degree black belt holder, has been adjudged the Reg Gwira Martial Artist of the Year.

He received this accolade at this year’s African Goju Martial Arts Institute Awards Ceremony held at the Bukom Boxing Arena on Saturday.

Mr. Mintah also won the Donald Gwira Breaking Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the growth of African Goju over the years.

“I am delighted to be recognised as the Martial Artist of the Year and this adds an extra burden to keep the legacy of African Goju going.

“It is my desire to open more Goju clubs in Ghana and get more youth trained in the art of self-defense. Hopefully, we can train thousands more in the future,” Mr Mintah said.

African Goju, founded by Professor Danny Gwira in 1985, is an art of self-defence that teaches one to be tough in order to be able to withstand punishment and stay disciplined.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Professor Danny Gwira, who is also the founder of the Martial Arts Institute, congratulated all new inductees into the African Goju and South American Goju Hall of Fame, urging them to do more to grow the arts.

“The members of this year’s Hall of Fame had one thing in common and that is their unconditional love and devotion to the Martial Arts Institute, to African Goju, South American Goju and myself; without which I would have found it much harder to have achieved today.

“The Martial Arts Institute, African Goju, and South American Goju are now established and will continue to be there even after my death. For that reason, I will be forever grateful to every one of you for the thirst you exuded in wanting to learn and the joy you gave me. Your names will forever be enshrined in the annals of the Martial Arts Institute,” said Grandmaster Danny Gwira.

Inductees into the African Goju Hall of Fame include Duke Banson (1984), Caroline Gwira Anane (1987), George Heward-Mills (1988), Donald Gwira (1990), Ohio-Michael Elakhe (1998), and Harry Gwira (2000).

Others include Godwin Oziegbe (2011), Henry Akpode (2014), Mosses Kwesi Baiden Jnr (2020) Michael Boateng Mensah (2022, and Umai Henry Lopentz (2022).

Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States and a renowned politician, also received an honorary black belt for his contribution to the growth of martial arts in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency