President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced the second batch of 12 ministerial nominees, creating three new portfolio’s which will enable him to prosecute his agenda to accelerate development in Ghana. He told a media briefing at his Flagstaff House office here Wednesday that he had forwarded the names of the nominees to Parliament for approval. Anthony Akoto Osei, a former finance minister from the President John Kufuour era and MP for Old Tafo, has been nominated to be Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, one of the new portfolios which will be part of the Office of the President. Dan Kwaku Botwe, a computer analyst and political strategist is the Minister-designate for Regional Re-organisation and Development, while Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boating, a cardiologist, has been named Minister-designate for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. John Peter Amewu, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman for Volta Region (Province), has been nominated Minister for Lands and Natural Resources while Otiko Afisa Diana, a gender activist and women organizer of the NPP is the Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection. Ignatius Baffoe Awuah, the Minister-designate for Employment and Labour Relations is an accountant and the MP for Sunyani West, Joe Ghartey, a former Attorney-General in the Kufuour Administration and Second Deputy Speaker in the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, is the Minister-designate for Railways Development. Kwesi Amoako Atta, a businessman and MP for Atiwa West, has been nominated as Minister for Roads and Highways, Kweku Ofori Asiamah, is the Minister-designate for Transport, while a lawyer, gender advocate and the MP for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Akuful, is the Minister-designate for Communications. Former energy minister and MP for Navrongo Central Joseph Kofi Adda is Minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources, one of the new portfolios created by the President, Samuel Atta Akyea, a lawyer andlMP for Abuakwa South, has been designated as the Minister for Works and Housing. President Akufo-Addo will announce a final set of ministers-designate on Thursday. Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK Zczc GHANA’S BLACK STARS HAVE PROBLEM SCORING, SAYS COACH AHEAD OF AFCON 2017

The head coach of Ghana’s national football team, Avram Grant, says the Black Stars have a problem scoring goals, which must be worked on before the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017) begins in Gabon on Saturday.

Ghana, who take on Uganda in their opening Groupd D match on Jan 17, are preparing for the tournament at their training camp in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and defeated Bunyodkor Club from Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly match.

Grant said in an interview Wednesday that the team created a lot of chances in the friendly but lacked the ability to convert their chances. The team has been creating a lot of chances but has not been able to convert them, as much as I would need them to,” he said.

In our previous games, we created a lot of chances, but the percentages on capitalizing on the chances created are not good. Throughout our training, we have been working a lot on finishing in front of goal to fine-tune the team and for individual players as well.”

The coach, however, noted that the players are responding very well to training and is hopeful the team would perform well.

I am glad we scored two goals from the friendly and I know we will get even better, because if you don’t create chances you cannot score goals, which is very important.”

Ghana won with goals from captain Asamoah Gyan and Frank Acheampong.