Where’s dishonest Prof. Steve Hanke; he’s suddenly quiet about the cedi bold performance – Presidential Staffer

A key member of the ruling NPP administration, Samuel Bryan Buabeng has taken a swipe at US economist, Prof. Steve Hanke, over the cedi’s sudden rise against the dollar.

The global economist has been on the nerves of Ghana’s government to dissolve its central bank and create a currency board because, to him, that is the only way the currency will be stabilized.

He has on countless occasions insisted that the cedi is sinking deep into the mud with no hope of stabilisation any time soon.

Meanwhile, the Ghanaian cedi last week bounced back stronger to become the best-performing currency in the world despite being described in the past 10 months as the worst on the currency market.

The cedi, which used to sell at GHS15 a couple of weeks ago, is now being sold around GHS10, an event many economists around the world have commended.

On that score, the Deputy Director of New Media at the President’s office is asking why the “prophet of doom” Prof. Steve Hanke has suddenly lost his voice.

“Prof. Steve Hanke is dishonest?! His sudden silence on the performance of the ? leaves much to be desired.

“It’s obvious he’s vociferous in propaganda than his academic concentration,” he wrote in a tweet on Wednesday, December 14.

Source: Modern Ghana

Osibisa drummer Solomon Amarki reportedly dead

Solomon Amarki Amarfio, a world-class drummer and founding member of the Osibisa band has reportedly died.

He died Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at age 84. Sports journalist, Yaw Ofosu who confirmed the sad incident tweeted, “Sol Amarfio. Master drummer, songwriter, composer and a member of the legendary Osibisa band! Rest in peace.”

His death is yet another blow to Osibisa which has lost other talented members as Kiki Gyan and Mac Tontoh

Osibisa is a Ghanaian Afro-Rock band, founded in London in 1969 by four expatriate African and three Caribbean musicians. Their music is a fusion of African, Caribbean, jazz, funk, rock, Latin, R&B, and highlife and it also played a central role in developing an awareness of African music among European and North American audiences in the 70s.

The Ghanaian founding members of Osibisa; Teddy Osei, Sol Amarfio (drums), and Mac Tontoh, Teddy’s brother, were seasoned members of the Accra highlife scene before they moved to London to launch their attack on the world stage.

Osibisa was the most successful and longest-lived of the African-heritage bands in London, alongside such contemporaries as Assagai, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Demon Fuzz, and Noir, and were largely responsible for the establishment of world music as a marketable genre.

Source: Modern Ghana

Election 2024: PPP forges alliance to oust NPP

The Progress People’s Party (PPP) is seeking to form alliances to wrestle power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the upcoming 2024 general elections.

The National Chairman of the PPP, Nana Ofori Owusu announced the party’s decision for the 2024 elections while speaking as a panellist on the discussion segment of the Ghana Yensom morning show hosted by Odehyieba Kofi Essuman on Accra 100.5 FM on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

According to him, the party is open to holding talks with any political party per the directives of the highest decision-making body of the party.

He said the party is open to alliances to oust the NPP in the 2024 general elections.

“We hope to form one strong alliance for the good of the country in the wake of the gross mismanagement and nepotistic tendencies exhibited by the NPP in government,” he charged.

Source: Modern Ghana

Stakeholders urged to address adolescents’ poor health challenges

Tamale, Dec 15, GNA – Mr Ernest Amoah Ampah, Programme Officer at the School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Unit, Ghana Education Service (GES), has advocated effective strategies to reduce the risk factors that contribute to the poor health of adolescents.

He said health workers should relate well with the young ones to enable them to detect mental health and other diseases early and provide treatment to limit their severity.

Mr Ampah gave the advice at a three-day training workshop to strengthen the capacity of SHEP Coordinators and Adolescent Health Focal Persons to effectively deliver Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights education under the SHEP Programme.

It was organised in Tamale by the Youth Advocates Ghana, and formed part of the Youth for Health (Y4H) project to identify schools to set up Adolescent Health Clubs.

“About half of lifetime mental disorders begin before the age of 14, and 70 per cent by age 24,” he said.

Mental disorders in adolescents tended to persist into adulthood and had public health significance.

Mr Emmanuel Ametepey, the Executive Director of Youth Advocates Ghana, urged stakeholders to strengthen capacities on adolescents reproductive health systems in Ghana and target both boys and girls to ensure no one was left behind.

He gave the background of the Y4H project and said it was one of the European Commission’s flagship programmes to expand access to life-changing adolescent sexual and reproductive health care in rural and hard-to-reach areas in six countries in Africa implemented from 2022 to 2025.

It sought to increase demand for access to high-quality, discrimination-free Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, increase public sector willingness to deliver and sustain high-quality information and services on those rights, and improve enabling policy and funding environment at the regional, national, and sub-national levels on the project.

Mr Ametepey said in Ghana, the project was being implemented by Marie Stopes Ghana and Youth Advocates Ghana in the Northern and Upper East regions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

COVID-19 is unpredictable, let us get vaccinated – Dr. Djokoto

Ho, Dec. 15, GNA – Dr Senanu Kwasi Djokoto, Acting Volta Regional Director of Health has called on the citizens to avail themselves for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination to stem the spread of the disease.

He asked the citizens to see participation in the vaccination exercise as their contribution to stemming the spread of the disease and protecting the country against its devastation.

Dr Djokoto, speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the novel coronavirus was unpredictable and that at any point in time there could be an upsurge, causing destruction in socio-economic activities.

The Director said engagements during the festive season could lead to the spread of the disease, hence it was important that the citizens use the available interventions, including taking the jab to protect themselves.

He said a total of 109, 000 people were targeted to be vaccinated in the ongoing exercise, starting December 14 to December 18, 2022.

Dr Djokoto said to ensure the effective execution of the exercise, a mobile team would be deployed into the communities to provide services to the people in the comfort of their homes.

Another team, he said, would be stationed in all health facilities in the Region to deliver the service to the people and urged the citizens to avail themselves to be inoculated.

The Director disclosed that the Volta Region currently has no COVID-19 case and appealed to residents in the Region to embrace the exercise to maintain the record and keep the Region safe.

Touching on the festive season, Dr. Djokoto said “we don’t want to see victims of road accidents in our hospitals” and therefore urged drivers to drive safely.

The Director said every citizen must be alive and enter 2023 in good health to contribute to the socio-economic advancement of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hajia Samira Bawumia receives a rousing welcome to Sunyani?

Sunyani, Dec. 15, GNA – The Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia touched on the tarmac of the Sunyani Airport at exactly 1045 hours on board the Ghana Airforce Flight GHF 581 to begin her day’s visit to the Bono Regional capital. 

Scores of women, mostly New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters and faithfuls from the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions gave the Second Lady a rousing welcome to the capital. 

As at 0800 hours, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, and Party faithful had arrived at the Sunyani Airport nicely dressed in an African wax print to wait for the arrival of the Second Lady.

Hajia Bawumia will pay courtesy calls on the Sunyani Traditional Council and the Chiraa Divisional Council in the Sunyani West Municipality. 

She is expected to interact with the chiefs and queens of the two traditional domains and later present medical items and equipment to the Regional Hospital in Sunyani.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CHRAJ’s investigation will exonerate me – Deputy Gender Minister-nominee

Accra, Dec 15, GNA – A Deputy Minister nominee for the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry, Madam Francisca Oteng Mensah, during her vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday, said she believes she will be exonerated by CHRAJ’s investigations on the conflict of interest allegations.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is investigating a conflict of interest issue concerning the purchase of quantities of hand sanitizers from the Adonko Company Limited by the National Youth Authority (NYA).

Madam Oteng Mensah, who is also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwabre East, told the Committee that she was the Board Chairperson of the NYA, whereas the Adonko Company Ltd belonged to her father and that she was a shareholder of the company.

She was responding to a question raised by Mr Alhassan Sayibu Suhiyini, the NDC MP for Tamale North, on whether she was aware of a conflict of interest investigation by the CHRAJ in relation to the NYA’s campaign to educate the populace on the COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic.

Mr Suyihini said the investigation concerns the budget approval of about three million Ghana Cedis to educate people on how to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Madam Oteng Mensah said per the practice, as the Chairperson of the Board, she could not be a member of the Entity Tender Committee and so she was not on the Committee.

“Secondly, I have no idea they were purchasing from Adonko Company Ltd at that time. It got to the time when we were in the peak of the COVID-19 season, in fact, if we all recall, getting access to sanitizers were a huge challenge, and so, at that point in time, everybody including even Members of Parliament were struggling to go anywhere that they could get sanitizers to give to their people,” she said.

“And so, at that point in time, in that state of emergency, nothing of that sort came to me and so, I find it difficult to accept that there is any conflict of interest, it was afterward that I got to know that they even purchased some number of sanitizers from Adonko Company Ltd.”

The nominee said the NYA did not purchase from Adonko Company alone, and that, per her checks, it also purchased from other companies like the GIHOC.

“On the issue of conflict of interest, I am sure CHRAJ is a competent body, and with their investigations, they will be able to come out and definitely exonerate me,” she said.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, reminded the nominee that Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution, provides that “A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts or is likely to conflict with the performance of the functions of his office”.

“You Chaired the Board Meeting, which approved the Three Million Ghana Cedis.”

In attendance at the vetting was the nominee’s husband, Mr Kwadwo Adade Amponsah, and some prominent chiefs including Barima Saasi Ayeboafo II, Chief of Mamponteng.

The Committee earlier vetted Hajia Lariba Zuweira Abudu, NPP MP for Walewale and Minister-Designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Affirmative Action Bill; a key bill I will look at’ – Gender Minister-designate

Accra, Dec 15, GNA – Ms Lariba Zuweira Abudu, the Minister-Designate, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, says the Affirmative Action Bill is a key bill she will look at when approved as the substantive minister.

She said currently, the citizens needed the bill and she was very sure President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would leverage the passage, especially when he was a gender champion of the time.

Ms Abudu said this on Thursday when she appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting.

Madam Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, a Member of the Appointments Committee and a NDC MP for Techiman North, asked for her opinion on what she described as “a long overdue bill.”

“Mr Chairman, so the bill is in cabinet, we will draw it and relay it. I have looked at it and I think that a lot of consultation has to be done with members of Parliament both females and males,” Ms Abudu said.

“When we come together we can do it. So I will knock on your doors to help me so that we can pass the bill.”

Ghana legislated an Affirmative Action Act in the middle of 1960, which allowed 10 women members to represent the regions of the country in the then Legislature.

The law recognised that women’s political participation was a critical component of democratic dialogue and social cohesion.

Women’s representation in all policy-making spaces in Ghana stands below the United Nations (UN) threshold of 30 per cent.

Currently, women’s representation in Ghana’s Parliament stands at 14.5 per cent, while in the District Assembly System, below five per cent .

The situation is no different in the government’s ministerial, ambassadorial, and board appointments.

The persistent low representation of women in these key decision-making spaces makes it nearly impossible for women’s effective contributions to Ghana’s development, despite Ghana signing on to various international protocols and conventions, pledging to ensure 30 to 40 per cent representation of women.

Responding to a question on the conditions and work nature of head potters, mostly called “Kayayei”, Ms Abudu, who is also an MP for Walewale on NPP’s ticket, said education was the only tool for enlightening the ladies who found themselves in that activity.

She advocated a policy where children would not be part of the “Kayayei” business and where they were 18 years and above, their activities would be carried out in a dignified manner.

She told the Committee that Information Technology was also another tool that she would employ to train the ladies.

“I believe it is the only brain between poverty and wealth and enlightenment,” she said.

“Once they have smartphones, they are going to be trained to sell tomatoes technologically with their phones, ” she said.

Born on May 12, 1966 in Walewale, Ms Abudu has a Masters in Leadership Development from the University for Development Studies, Tamale.

Source: Ghana News Agency