Energy Minister leads sector delegation at 13th session of IRENA Assembly in Abu Dhabi

Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh is leading an energy sector delegation at the 13th session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The platform brings together Heads of State, Ministers and energy decision-makers among its membership and states-in-accession, as well as, multilateral organizations, global stakeholders and private sector players.

Ghana will use this opportunity to seek strategic private-sector partnership pursuant to efforts at scaling up the penetration of renewable energy in its generation mix by 2030.

The Ghanaian delegation will also participate in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2023, where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to deliver a statement relating to energy, technology and climate change.

Ghana’s energy security in the overarching context of fully optimizing energy resources at its disposal remains the top most priority of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and therefore using every opportunity, locally and internationally to deepen the frontiers of these efforts.

Source: Ghana Web

PL: Isak earns Newcastle last-gasp win over Fulham after Mitrovic penalty reprieve

Club-record signing Alexander Isak came off the bench to earn Newcastle United a last-gasp 1-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, with the hosts grateful for an extraordinary penalty slip from visiting forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Newcastle, without a goal in their previous two league matches, again struggled to break down their opponents in the first half at St James’ Park, with Callum Wilson twice denied by Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Those missed chances looked like they would prove to be costly after Fulham won a penalty midway through the second half for a foul on Bobby Decordova-Reid, following a VAR review.

However, as former Newcastle striker Mitrovic slipped as he struck the spot kick and hit the ball against his standing foot before finding the net, the goal was ruled out because he had touched the ball twice.

It looked like Newcastle would have to settle for a third successive Premier League goalless draw, before Isak arrived right on cue to head home the 89th-minute winner, sparking wild scenes of celebration in the north east.

The victory ensured Newcastle climbed back above Manchester United into third in the standings on goal difference, one point behind champions Manchester City in second. Fulham stay sixth.

Newcastle have 38 points from 19 games — their most at the half-way mark of a season in the competition since 2001-02 (39), when they finished fourth.

“The goal was a special moment,” coach Eddie Howe told Sky Sports. “So pleased for Alex. You want to hit the ground running at a new club and he did before the injury. He had to wait and watch the team do well in his absence. He’s worked hard. For these moments the work was worth it.”

Four of Fulham’s seven league defeats this season have come to goals conceded in the final five minutes of games, including each of their last three defeats in the league. This is twice as many winning goals conceded in the final five minutes as any other side in the 2022-23 competition.

“So many things to say about the ref’s performance,” Fulham coach Marco Silva told Sky Sports. “But first I will say that I am really proud of the players and my team. We had ambition, quality, desire and showed why we are doing so well this season.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Allegations against Deputy NLA boss untrue – Group

Happyghana.com has received a copy of a press release issued by Friends of Horma Akaisi Miezah (FOHAM) with respect to allegations made against Ms. Horma Miezah.

In their response, they call on the public to disregard such allegations and attempts being made by alleged known future contenders of the Essikado-Ketan constituency parliamentary seat in the 2024 elections to affect her candidature negatively.

They also invite all persons to provide evidence to their claims which they believe is nonexistent. Below is the full text of the release.

Read the release below

The attention of Friends of Horma Akaisi Miezah (FOHAM) has been drawn to a misleading statement purported to be coming from Messers Ebenezer Cudjoe and David Oscar Amoah, who served as the Party’s 2020 NPP collation agents for parliamentary and presidential elections respectively in Essikado-Ketan Constituency (EKC).

In summary, they allege that Ms. Horma Miezah was caught in a leaked tape alluding that the NPP manipulated the 2020 parliamentary elections in favor of the incumbent MP, Hon. Joe Ghartey, during her engagement with some constituency polling station executives and electoral area coordinators between December 27, 2022 and January 2, 2023. As a result, we deem it appropriate to respond accordingly, as it borders on matters of Truth, Honesty, Misrepresentation, Party (NPP) cohesion and Image at large.

To start with, we condemn any attempts by both internal and external political detractors to bring down her hard-won and enviable reputation to the mud. It will not and cannot wash. Hence, we entreat her cherished and loyal supporters, the rank and file of the Party, especially those in the Essikado-Ketan Constituency and the general public to disregard and treat with the utmost contempt such a sinking and baseless allegation.

This allegation is purely untrue, concocted and disingenuous just to cause disaffection and resentment against her very good self and her political ambition to contest for the Essikado-Ketan parliamentary seat in 2024 when nominations are opened.

We wish to, emphatically, state that their allegations against Ms. Horma, the Deputy Director General for the National Lottery Authority (NLA), the Western Regional Treasurer, NPP and parliamentary hopeful is and remains the figment of the imagination of her political opponents and detractors in and outside the constituency.

To this end, we present the substance of the issue at stake:

1. Ms. Horma, in a spirit of Party fraternity and the yuletide, held a public gathering to share some Christmas gifts to our hard working Party faithfuls in the Essikado-Ketan constituency in her personal capacity.

2. At the said gathering, she took the opportunity to address the participants for more than 45 minutes.

3. During her address as the Party’s Regional treasurer, she reminded them, among others, on how the Party nearly lost the Essikado-Ketan constituency seat but for the vigilance of some Party hierarchies in the constituency and the region like herself.

4. In her speech, she recounted how the constituency voted massively for Nana Akufo-Addo but the same could not be said of the parliamentary candidate.

5. In 2019, she was part of those tasked by the regional body to coordinate Sekondi, Wassa East, Shama and the Essikado-Ketan constituencies. She was in fact the leader of the regional team that worked tirelessly in the listed constituencies to help retain the parliamentary seats for the NPP.

From the foregoing, we want to emphasize and clarify the thrust of her message with the following facts and figures from the 2020 presidential and parliamentary election results:

This Ms. Horma reiterated to buttress her point on the need for the party to choose a solid candidate that can help maximize the parliamentary votes going into the 2024 elections. So we are at a loss as to how anybody can attribute such statements to mean that she was stating that the NPP manipulated the 2020 parliamentary elections in Essikado-Ketan constituency.

We therefore call on those detractors to produce the said audio in their possession in which Ms. Horma is to have categorically stated that the NPP manipulated the 2020 parliamentary elections in favor of Hon. Joe Ghartey. Or they should desist from such evil and unhealthy internal Party discourse and campaign, which has already failed and pronounced dead on arrival. Even their said leaked tape attributed to Ms. Horma, as the basis of their unsubstantiated claims, is 1 minute 54 seconds in which there is not the slightest hint of their frivolous allegations. The said meeting was public and Ms. Horma entreated party faithfuls on the need to eschew petty bickering, work hard together and choose the right candidate for the constituency in 2024 to enable the NPP break the 8.

Furthermore, we also know the campaign of their “promise and fail” candidate in the constituency has flopped and therefore the reason why his campaigners have resorted to evil machinations and vilification against the obvious choice of the people in the constituency.

The press release dated January 8, 2023, which was signed by Oscar Amoah the assistant constituency secretary is bogus, lacks merit and is not the true representation of the constituency executives as our investigations have revealed that none of the executives were aware of his malicious agenda to destroy the hard earned reputation of the Regional Treasurer and also cause disaffection to her and the party in general.

We therefore call on the Constituency and Regional Party to immediately commence investigations into his actions and ensure the necessary sanctions are meted out to deter party executives from bringing the name of the party into disrepute for personal gains.

Finally, we wish to bring the attention of the people of Essikado-Ketan, Westerners and Ghanaians that the NDCs’ joining her internal political detractors to sing that baseless and discordant allegation chorus against her knowing very well that they had even withdrawn their petition in court due to lack of evidence, is evident of their fear that the candidature of Ms. Horma Miezah will spell doom for them in 2024.

Hence supporting the candidature of an NPP candidate whose reputation has been heavily dented to make their work and campaign easy. Rest assured, the NPP, a party of repute, will not allow any candidate who in his pursuit for power will go to all ends, using dubious means such as even discrediting the party and people he hopes to serve to lead any campaign in his name.

Source: Ghana Web

Agenda 111 hospitals: Enough of your slogans; take Ghanaians seriously – Mahama lambasts gov’t

Former President, John Dramani Mahama has hit out at government over its inability to complete any of its Agenda 111 hospitals.

In a post on social media, the leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) bemoaned how none of the Agenda 111 hospitals have been completed although the project has entered its fourth year.

According to John Dramani Mahama, President Akufo-Addo’s government must stop taking Ghanaians for granted and begin to take the citizenry seriously.

He also wants the government to put a stop to the plenty promises and sloganeering.

“The ‘Agenda 111’ hospitals promise is in its 4th year, yet not a single hospital has been completed to support quality health care delivery. This is contrary to the lofty promise made in 2020. The NPP must learn to take Ghanaians serious. Enough of the slogans,” ex-President Mahama posted on Twitter on Saturday.

The government launched the Agenda 111 Hospital projects a few years ago to improve health infrastructure in the country after the sector was exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government promised to build health facilities in the 16 regions.

Source: Modern Ghana

Invite dismissed Chiana SHS students to ‘presidency’ and talk to them – Nortsu-Kotoe to Akufo-Addo

The ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Kwasi Nortsu-Kotoe, is calling on President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to invite the dismissed eight students of the Chiana Senior High School (SHS) to the presidency to give them some counselling.

He said this can be done after the students had finished serving their punishment.

According to him, the invitation will create room for the President to discuss extensively with the students why he didn’t allow their education to be truncated but intervened.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) in a statement on January 13, 2023, made a U-turn and referred the dismissed eight students of the school to the committee after the President intervened in the matter.

Eight students of the school were dismissed for using some unprintable words against the President in a viral video in 2022 following the hardships in the country.

But speaking on Eyewitness News with Selorm Adonoo, the ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament opined that, “Finally, the school authorities can recommend any other punishment. There’s one other thing I would like the President to do again, that is to invite these eight students to meet with him for him to talk to them so that they will know that as a father of the nation, he intervened just because he didn’t want their education to be truncated. If this is done and students all over the country see it, they will know that tomorrow if any of them do such a thing, they will not have the opportunity to be treated like that”.

Asked if the President will not be glorifying the students’ actions, the legislator for Akatsi North Constituency in the Volta Region said, “no it depends on what the President will tell them. If a child misbehaves and the father talks to him/her on the consequences, at times they become agents of change”.

Source: Modern Ghana

PSG threaten to quit Parc des Princes stadium after Paris mayor refuses to sell

Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday threatened to quit the Parc des Princes ground, which has been their home for almost 50 years, after city officials refused to sell the stadium to them.

City mayor Anne Hidalgo said in an interview published in Saturday’s Parisien newspaper that the stadium “is not for sale” and “will not be sold” to Qatari-owned PSG.

However, a spokesman for the club said he was “disappointed and surprised” that the city wanted to “turn Paris Saint-Germain and their supporters out of the Parc des Princes”.

“The mayor is forcing PSG to leave its home.”

He added: “Everyone loses in the position taken by the mayor. PSG is now forced to find alternative options to relocate the club.

“This is not the outcome the club, nor its supporters, were hoping for.”

PSG has made acquisition of the ground in the city’s leafy western suburbs a condition for carrying out modernisation and expansion works to the tune of 500 million euros.

‘Not welcome’

In November, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told Spanish sports daily Marca that PSG was “no longer welcome” at the Parc des Princes, adding that they were looking at “other alternatives”.

“They are pressuring us to leave,” he said, insisting that the Qataris had “invested 80 million euros” – before Euro 2016 – in a stadium which “is not ours”.

The club has already put in one offer to buy the ground but according to Hidalgo’s deputy Emmanuel Gregoire, it only amounted to 40 million euros.

“It’s cheaper than Paredes,” he joked in reference to the Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes who cost PSG 47 million euros when he joined in 2019.

Inaugurated in 1897 then remodelled in 1972, the former velodrome, with its 48,000 capacity, has been home to the Parisian club since 1974.

The current 30-year lease kicked in in 2014.

“It is a firm and definitive position,” added Hidalgo on the city’s stance.

“It is an exceptional piece of heritage for Parisians.”

Her team have said they are ready to discuss the ground issue, even if the sale is not her “priority option”.

“We must support PSG in its desire and its need for renovation, for increasing capacity, for modernising the Parc,” she said, adding that “part of the stadium is on the ring road so we cannot dig”.

Source: Modern Ghana

Capitation grant inadequate to support inclusive education-GFD

The Ghana Federation of Disability (GFD) has called on Government to increase grant allocation for schools to support inclusive education and enhance effective administration of schools.

Mr George Frimpong, the Central Regional President of GFD, said government’s inability to release the capitation grants on time was another hitch adversely affecting quality academic work.

Schools he noted were not able to provide teaching and learning materials for students due to the unavailability of funds.

The capitation Grant is a policy initiated by the government to eliminate extra fees and charges at the basic school level.

Speaking at the Regional Child Protection Committee meeting and dissemination of Ghana report to UN, Mr Frimpong said children living with disability were struggling to access education, hence the need for Government to prioritize inclusive education in the country.

The meeting was geared towards accessing the wellbeing of such children in the Region, identify the challenges confronting them and devise strategies to address the issues for their growth.

It was organized by the Department of Children with representatives from the Department of Gender, National Youth Authority, Ghana AIDS Commission, Ghana Health and Education Services attending.

Others were the Ghana Immigration Service, the Legal Aid, the Narcotics Control Commission, and the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE).

He said children with special needs required and deserved special care and attention to unearth their talents and potential to enable them to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country in future

‘The capitation fund is inadequate, and so children accessing inclusive education suffer because they do not get the needed support from the state which should prioritize their needs, and there must be a way out to help them’ he added.

Mr Frimpong said the current educational system was a hindrance to PWDs achieving their full potential, adding that “if the environment is friendly, we can participate fully and contribute to development.”

Hence, he called for a comprehensive mechanism to address factors militating against the progressive march of PWDs in general to improve their standard of living.

Ms Grace Kensah, an Assistant Programs Officer at the Department of Children, said protection of children was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders in the country.

Violence against children, she noted, was widespread and therefore all institutions should be further strengthened to help resolve and reduce the menace to its barest minimum.

Ms Kensah called on parents to prioritize the safety and protection of their children and urged the public to report any form of child abuse to the appropriate institutions.

Mr David Allan Paintsil, an Assistant Director at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), said the healthy development of children was crucial to the wellbeing of every society.

Children, he observed, were vulnerable and therefore, activities geared towards their development should be supported by all.

Reports reaching the RCC, he indicated was that parental neglect was high in the Region and it was time to bring all hands-on deck to fight the menace.

“Proper parenting is the surest way of producing quality children for the community and country as a whole” Nr Paintsil added.

Source: Modern Ghana

2022 CHAN: Annor Walker not deterred by past Ghana achievements

Head coach of the Ghana national team, Annor Walker says the team is not fixated on Ghana’s previous run in previous TotalEnergies African Nations Championship tournaments, but his side is fully focused on this year’s edition which they have control over.

The Black Galaxies coach was speaking from the Chahid Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine, where Ghana will officially kick off their CHAN campaign against debutants, Madagascar on Sunday evening, at 20h00 GMT.

The west African giants come into the tournament as one of the strong contenders of the competition, having reached the finals twice during the 2009 and 2014 editions respectively.

Asked on whether he believes this current squad can go all the way and lift the trophy that has eluded them at the last hurdle on two occasions, Walker said he does not want to put pressure on his players by reminding them of previous results but wants his side to focus on doing well and making Ghana proud.

“We have seen what the previous squads have done, and it is truly remarkable. However, the past is behind us, and we are looking forward to what is here in front of us, which we have control over. We are looking forward to getting to the finals and yes lifting the cup. With that said, we are not thinking of the past, but we are thinking of the present and what is ahead of us,” said Walker.

The coach also touched on the exciting talent and diversity of the squad that he has assembled for the tournament, saying that people will see what the rest of the clubs in Ghana have to offer in so far as local talent is concerned.

“I have players who are playing in Division 1 of Ghanaian football that I have included in the squad. I did not only select players from the big clubs as many people expected. From looking at the squad, we can safely say it is represented by at least ten different clubs from Ghana, which is why I believe this tournament is important in that, it exposes local talent for the world to see”, concluded Walker.

The coach was joined by his captain, Gladson Awako, who said the team had prepared well ahead of tomorrow’s clash and that the confidence in the camp is quite high amongst the squad.

“We are here to compete. No one goes into a competition to lose. We are confident and looking at the camp, each player is looking good and confident. Our preparations have gone very well, and we played two competitive friendlies in Egypt as well as here in Algeria to fine-tune our preparations. If we carry on with the same momentum, I think we should have a good tournament”, said Awako.

Source: Modern Ghana