2024 Election: Give Bawumia a chance – Former President Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has asked the citizenry to give Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), a chance as President to showcase his capability for the country.

He said Dr Bawumia possessed what it took to succeed and deliver the country from its current social and economic quagmire.

‘He is hallmarked by humility and the temperament requisite for the job leading the country in search of a way forward,’ Mr Kufuor said.

The former President made the appeal at the ‘Dr Bawumia Speaks’ held at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), in Accra, on Wednesday, where the Flagbearer outlined his policies and vision for the country if elected as President in the December elections.

Mr Kufuor noted that, globally, there was scarcity of quality leadership that understood the current technological innovations and the geopolitics of the time.

Ghana, he explained, needed a leader with vision in the current complex world who could marshal the new technologies to pick the requ
isite manpower to propel the country to growth.

The former President said Dr Bawumia was unique because he understood the issues of the time and had knowledge of the technologies required to solve those challenges.

Mr Kufuor said: ‘We happen to be living in times where the whole world is in a flux. leadership is very, very scarce, quality leadership.

‘If anybody aspire to be a leader without command of the new technologies, like digitalisation and also without a deep grasp of geopolitics, I tell you, he may be a good man in terms of mastering some of the old disciplines like economics, politics and all that, but I tell you very likely they will be found wanting sooner than later.’

He added that the Vice President had ‘this instrument under his belt – digitalisation, geopolitics, and additionally, we have seen him perform loyally under President Akufo-Addo and has been also in the public view since he got selected as the vice presidential candidate in 2008.’

Former President Kufuor also described the Vice
President as a man with the right ‘humility and temperament’ for the job as President, and appealed to Ghanaians to give the Vice President a chance.

‘Ghana has come to a crossroads and I’m serious here. It’s not the normal regular politics we want, we want a leadership with vision even in the complex world I have talked about, the leader that will be able to marshal the new technologies to pick the requisite manpower,’ he said.

He added that: ‘We must get people of competence to work with him to find our way out of the confusion our society and economy has plunged into.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chiefs’ involvement in vested lands affecting government business- Lands Commission

Mr Benjamin Jojo Adu-Hanson, the Bono Regional Lands Officer, has expressed concern about the interference of chiefs in vested lands, which has become a hindrance to the government’s operations because of frequent break out of land disputes.

According to him, the allocation of vested lands must be carried out by the Lands Commission in the best interest of the Government.

Mr Adu-Hanson who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, mentioned issues like double/multiple land sales, land disputes and litigation that have been plaguing Sunyani and its surrounding areas as well as other jurisdictions nationwide in recent years, saying they should be addressed with urgency to promote government business.

He explained that Sunyani lands were considered vested lands, and according to the law, it was the President of the Republic who was responsible for managing all vested lands, as stated in Article 257 of the 1992 Constitution, but the ‘allodial owners being the chiefs, become the
beneficial owners.’

Mr Adu-Hanson emphasized that anyone seeking land allocation in Sunyani must go through the Lands Commission, which had been the established practice for years and had successfully minimised litigation.

He however, expressed worry that in the past four to five years, the chiefs and the ‘usufruct families’ had taken on the responsibilities of the Lands Commission, resulting in a surge in land disputes in Sunyani and its surrounding communities.

Mr Adu-Hanson stated that the entire Sunyani land was considered stool land, under the ownership of the traditional authority, saying the stool had subjects known as ‘usufruct families’ who had been farming on the land for many years, protecting it on behalf of the stool.

However, he added that a worrying trend had emerged where chiefs had started selling those lands and consequently the usufruct families had also begun to sell the lands, resulting in double/multiple ownership claims and subsequent confusion and disputes.?

Mr Adu-Hanson cited a
situation where chiefs, usufruct families and the Lands Commission were all attempting to claim ownership of a piece of land, saying such situations arose because the land was not registered and documented by the Commission and was assumed to be vacant.

He, therefore, called for collaboration among the chiefs, the usufruct families and the Lands Commission to find mutually beneficial solutions to land allocation and management in the region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NGO, partners highlight progress, challenges in Early Childhood Education

Children Believe and its partners have commemorated this year’s International Day of Education to highlight the progress, challenges and way forward for Early Childhood Education with emphasis on the five regions in the north and the country at large.

During the event held in Tamale, the Regional Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coordinators from the Northern, North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West regions took turns to make presentations on the status of ECE in their regions.

Their presentations showed that while many ECE facilities were in a deplorable state, many of them lacked water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, age-appropriate furniture, overcrowded classrooms with low number of trained teachers and attendants amongst other challenges.

It came to light that about 152 kindergarten classroom blocks were needed to create a positive learning environment for children in the North East Region, and the situation in the Northern Region was not different as many kindergarten pupils had no age-app
ropriate chairs and desks.

The situation deprived children the strong foundation in education as well as demoralised some parents from enrolling their children in Early Childhood Education.

Mrs Esenam Kavi De Souza, the Country Director, Children Believe, a child -centred development international non-governmental organisation, called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to prioritise ECE in their annual plans and budgets to improve the sector.

This year’s International Day of Education was on the theme: ‘Learning for Lasting Peace’.

Mrs De Souza cited weak accountability in education management across the various levels, inefficient planning and management of issues related to teacher training, deployment, retention and attrition as some of the challenges affecting the implementation of the ECE Policy in the country.

Others are overage and underage enrolment, creating inefficiency in the system, and inadequate budgetary allocation for service delivery and infrastructural provision.

She urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to intensify efforts geared towards ensuring that teachers trained in ECE were posted to those classes to serve for the benefit of the children.

She spoke about Children Believe’s interventions in the ECE sector saying: ‘In pursuit of our mandate to break barriers to education, the Ghana programme invested 70 per cent of our annual programme budget for this year into ECE (which includes lower primary).’

Mr Isaac Atta-Baah, the Principal Programmes Officer, Early Childhood Education, Ministry of Education, contributing to a panel discussion on the presentations of the Regional ECE Coordinators, said the Ministry was working to increase the budgetary allocation to the sector from the current 10 per cent to 15 per cent.

Madam Priscilla Andece-Walters, Acting Head, ECE Unit, GES, expressed need for communities to support efforts at addressing some of the challenges at the Early Childhood Education level.

Hajia Katumi Natogma Attah, the Northern Regional Director of
Education, appealed for recruitment of trained ECE teachers for the region to make for the shortfall.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘We are ready to listen to all stakeholders’ – Kurt Okraku

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is ready to listen to all stakeholders as it takes pragmatic steps to halt the dwindling performance of the Black Stars, Mr. Kurt Okraku, President of the GFA, has assured.

‘All our stakeholders must stand shoulder to shoulder with us. In good times and in bad times we are ready to listen to all stakeholders,’ he said at a press briefing in Kumasi.

Flanked by members of the Executive Committee, Mr. Okraku said, ‘We have reflected a lot since our last AFCON game against Mozambique, which had led to several far-reaching decisions. ‘

According to the GFA President, it had been a reflective period, adding that the FA had to be decisive in taking decisions that would positively impact football in Ghana.

‘We want to see the Black Stars and all our national teams play good football and win games including all local clubs,’ he further stated.

The process to achieve that goal, he indicated, included engagements with stakeholders to get the needed feedback to be able to rollout
the ideas and strategies to bring back the love for the national teams.

Mr. Okraku said investing from the basic to the top level of the game was the way to go and that his administration would not shy away from that reality.

Touching on the development of the local league, the GFA President said with the right investments, the league would grow and players would stay in the domestic leagues.

‘We have sent proposals to government so our players can stay longer and fight for a place in the nation team. It is our belief that the government would support our call and push for a paradigm shift,’ he noted.

On the perception that the FA is anti-media, the President debunked the notion, saying that no Executive Committee had had more journalists than the current one.

‘This GFA administration is media friendly and our door is always open to engage the media but we have to ensure that we are within the confines of the rules,’ he pointed out.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Omitting mothers from National Pledge, gender-insensitive -Adwoa Safo

Madam Sarah Adwoa Safo, the New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, has called for the recognition of women in Ghana’s National Pledge.

She explained that the inclusion of the clause, ‘through the toils of our fathers’ in the National Pledge without mentioning mothers underpinned the role women played in Ghana’s independence struggle and was gender insensitive.

‘Mr Speaker, the National Pledge talks about ‘through the blood and toil of our fathers’ and omits mothers, but the mothers also toiled for this country, and it is gender insensitive.

‘Even when we are referring to the country, we call it our motherland, but when it comes to the National Pledge, and we are referring to the struggles and toils, we omit our mothers, and I want to draw your attention to it so we look at it as a country so that we become more gender-sensitive when it comes to our National Pledge,’ she said on the floor of Parliament.

Ms Safo made the call following the House’s implementation of its new Standing Orde
rs requiring Members of Parliament to recite the National Pledge before proceedings.

Order 69 of the new Standing Orders of Parliament enjoins Members of the House to recite the National Pledge at the first sitting of every week of a Meeting.

The new Standing Orders also required heads of state of institutions to directly be on the Floor of the House to answer questions related to their agencies.

She therefore urged Parliament and the relevant stakeholders to critically assess and make the necessary amendments if needed.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parents urged to invest in their children

Mr Dominic Yao Dzanado, the Ghana Education Service (GES) Director at Anloga in the Volta region has urged parents to equip their children to provide the necessary basic for their children’s education.

He explained the basic items to include school bags, pencils, exercise books, novels, and other learning materials to champion the development of their children.

00Mr Dzanado, in an interaction with the Ghana News Agency on developing and improving the educational system in the area, said parents have key roles to play in shaping the lives of their children.

‘Parents must not leave their children solely on the teachers and the government, they must be responsible in educating the young ones,’ he stated.

He added that parents have the responsibility to advise, control, punish, and guide their wards to be good future leaders.

‘The government cannot provide all children’s needs for their studies. They must support them, especially after school, on weekends, and holidays,’ the Director noted.

Mr Dzanado furth
er advised parents to take full responsibility and invest in their children beyond the Free Education Policy ‘since the government can not solve all their demands.’

He also urged teachers within the area to go the extra mile to serve as role models.

‘You are considered as the bedrock of raising the standard of education in the country,’ he added.

Mr Dzanado also appealed to stakeholders, chiefs, individuals, philanthropists, heads of institutions, and the government to help provide the necessary resources to improve the level of education in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘This is not the Black Stars we want to see’-GFA President

Mr. Kurt Edwin Simon Okraku, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has expressed disappointment in the Black Stars team following their early exit at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The senior national team once again put up an abysmal performance at the continental party, after failing to secure a place in the Round of 16 stage for the second time in a row.

Speaking at a Media Presser in Kumasi, the GFA President said ‘We saw our Black Stars in Abidjan and this is not the Black Stars we want to see. I want to see our Black Stars and all our national teams play good football and win games’.

According to him, the period between the team’s last game against Mozambique till date had been a tough for the Executive Council as they seek to find solutions to get the Black Stars in good shape.

He said the GFA was committed to bringing back the lost glory of the team, hence the need to give the public a listening ear to brainstorm on the way forward.

Mr. O
kraku said the only way to begin the journey was to invest in the basics of football to the top level.

‘If we want our national teams to be successful, the journey starts from the very foundation of football and that is why we have brought back colts football being played across ten regions.’

He revealed that the football body would in the coming weeks outdoor a four-year Men’s Football Strategy from its Football DNA policy, which was launched in 2023.

The project aims at growing football in both the male and female categories, with ages ranging from seven to 23.

It also seeks to develop the coaching and playing philosophy of Ghana Football going forward.

Ghana is currently on a hunt for a new Coach to take charge of the Black Stars after former Brighton gaffer Chris Hughton could not live up to expectations.

Source: Ghana News Agency