Ghana Today - Information Gateway to Ghana - Ghana Today - Information Gateway to Ghana - Social News Ghana Today, The Information Gateway to Ghana offering the latest Ghana based news, sport, tourism, entertainments, music, dating and much more. http://www.ghanatoday.com Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:32:36 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Only 2% of primary two pupils can read – Report http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3546-only-2-of-primary-two-pupils-can-read-–-report http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3546-only-2-of-primary-two-pupils-can-read-–-report Only 2% of primary two pupils can read – Report

 

 

 

Madam Guitele Nicoleau, the Chief of Party on Learning on Thursday disclosed that less than two percent of children in primary two are able to read fluently in the Ghanaian and English languages.

She said about 20.4 percent of children in primary three read with minimum competency and proficiency in English. Madam Nicoleau disclosed this during the opening of a two-month Ghanaian language materials development writers’ workshop on learner’s project held in Tamale.

The learner’s project is being funded by USAID and implemented throughout the country aimed at supporting the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to improve on reading performance in the primary schools. She said the project policies would improve on teaching and learning materials as well as training and coaching of teachers.

She said stakeholders of the project would be monitoring and evaluating as a means of measuring progress and produce evidence which would also increase support for reading at the district, regional and national levels.

According to Madam Nicoleau, 1,700 circuit supervisors and language experts would be benefiting from the districts, while about 6,700 schools and 22,800 teachers would also benefit.

She mentioned that 1.1 million classroom blocks from Kindergarten one-two to primary two pupils would also benefit from the project.

Mrs Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, the Acting Deputy Director of Ghana Education Service, said the project would solve the national challenges of less reading of children in the country. She urged the Teachers and Directors of the schools to make use of the learning materials provided to them to enhance quality education in the country.

Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, the Senior Language Policy Advisor of Party Learning, stated that, Ghanaian languages should be used as a medium of instruction from Kindergarten to primary three to help the children learn how to read both the local and the English languages. James Dobson, the Director of Education at USAID, encouraged stakeholders and other partners to support the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to accomplish the goals of the project.

Source: GNA

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:17:25 +0000
We’ll have solid foundation to transform Zongos- Boniface http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3540-we’ll-have-solid-foundation-to-transform-zongos-boniface http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3540-we’ll-have-solid-foundation-to-transform-zongos-boniface We’ll have solid foundation to transform Zongos- Boniface

 

 

 

Minister Nominee for Zongo Development and Inner cities, Boniface Abubakar Siddique, has declared his resolve to establish a solid foundation for the transformation of Zongo communities by conscientizing the major stakeholders.


He said this when he was questioned on measures he will take to transform various Zongo communities across the country.

“What I expect is to set a very solid foundation for the total transformation of the inner cities and the Zongos. First of all, I need to embark on a serious conscientization. The mindset of the people, mindset of the government and its state agencies and departments.

Mindset of the NGOs and other non governmental institutions, and mindset of the whole people of Ghana; so everybody will be involved in helping to change the Zongos.”

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to transform Zongo communities through the establishment of what it called the Zongo Development Fund.

Asked how this fund will be accessed, the Minister nominee said: “I can assure you that my Ministry will not rush in getting things done. As I sit here, I know the processes that one has to take to have a fund established.

We need to bring a bill through the President to Parliament for consideration before the bill is passed as an Act before it can be accessed.”

He was however quick to add that, his Ministry will be given access to a facility to help carry out the Zongos transformation agenda while it works and waits for the fund to become accessible.

“I am still a baby under the presidency, and so I believe that my budget is still under the President which will be called a facility, and for the facility, I will be able to access to do the job; but if it is a fund it will take me some months, if not years to get it established….I believe while we are working on the funds, we will be accessing the facility which will help me do my job. “

About Boniface Siddique

Boniface Abubakar Siddique is 56 years old. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of Essex, MBA in Financial Management from the University of Exeter, MA in Conflict, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Center and a BA in Social 6 Sciences from the KNUST.

He worked in the Ministry of Finance for 14 years as an Economic Officer, eventually becoming a Senior Finance Officer. In politics, he has been a two time MP for Salaga from 2001-2009.

He also served as Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment and Northern Regional Minister. He is married with three children.

Source:citifmonline.com / Marian Ansah

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:20:46 +0000
Over 200 State Cars Missing…Nana Addo Forced To Use His Private Vehicle! http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3539-over-200-state-cars-missingnana-addo-forced-to-use-his-private-vehicle http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3539-over-200-state-cars-missingnana-addo-forced-to-use-his-private-vehicle Over 200 State Cars Missing…Nana Addo Forced To Use His Private Vehicle!

 

 

 

Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin says over 200 official cars are nowhere to found at the seat of government, Flagstaff House.

The cars, which he said are part of the presidential pool of official vehicles, are missing from the Flagstaff House garage.

Subsequently, he said, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been forced to use a 2007 model of a saloon car within Accra.

“President Akufo Addo is currently using a 2007 BMW model purchased by the state during the Ghana @50 celebrations...That is what he is using. So where are the cars?” he questioned.

Speaking on NEAT FM’s morning show dubbed Ghana Montie Eugene Arhin intimated that the president, when going on a long journey outside the capital, uses his own private vehicle for such official duties.

“Just this last week Saturday, the president had to use his private Land Cruiser for an official duty in Kyebi. That is the same Land Cruiser he used during the campaign time” he told host Kwesi Aboagye

He strongly held the belief that government’s decision to set up a committee to retrieve state assets suspected to be in the possession of some individuals in the previous administration will yield fruitful results.
  
Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/Peacefmonline.com

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:17:45 +0000
Our current economic difficulties will soon be a thing of the past – President Akufo-Addo http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3536-our-current-economic-difficulties-will-soon-be-a-thing-of-the-past-–-president-akufo-addo http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3536-our-current-economic-difficulties-will-soon-be-a-thing-of-the-past-–-president-akufo-addo Our current economic difficulties will soon be a thing of the past – President Akufo-Addo

 

 

 

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured that Ghana, under his leadership will be returned onto the path of progress and prosperity, adding that “very soon the difficulties in our economic circumstances are going to be a thing of a past”.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “steps are going to be taken very soon, in my own address to the nation, and in the first budget, to let the Ghanaian people know that the commitments we made in order to get their mandate were not just hollow words and that there was every intention to live by those commitments. Those commitments, in our vision, are the way forward for the progress and prosperity of our country.”

The President made this known on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, when the Standing Committee of the National House of Chiefs paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency.

In his response to remarks made by the President of the House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, President Akufo-Addo noted that the “business” of political leaders is to capture the spirit of the time and make policy for the furtherance of the interest of the people.

“It is the considerations of the public sector which should guide us. We should never put ourselves as competitors with people in the private sector. I want to assure you, and through you to all the Chiefs of our country, that to the extent that I have control over those I am working with, that is going to be the situation,” he said.

He reassured the Chiefs that “there will be no situation whereby Ministers, deputy Ministers, or members of government are going to see themselves as competitors to the private sector. Our business is to make the policy, define the rules and regulations that will make the private sector flourish and grow.”

Touching on the development of entrepreneurship, which was a central feature of Togbe Afede’s remarks, President Akufo-Addo stated that the development of entrepreneurial talent “is a make or break for our country”.

He noted that “if we can find young, Ghanaian men and women who have that sense of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and given the right framework, our country can make it and our people prosper.”

It is only through the development of entrepreneurial talent in Ghana, according to the President, that “we will be able to emulate others who have come from the same conditions as ourselves, and, yet, are today enjoying advanced standards of living. I speak of our brothers and sisters in Asia. I cannot accept that the Asians can do something we Africans cannot do. We can do it, and the opportunity is there for us.”

The President, in concluding, urged the citizenry to continue to cherish the institution of Chieftaincy and assured that his administration would find a way to make this institution a feature of our governance system.

“There are many things we need your assistance in – protecting our environment, providing a solid base for the education of our youth, amongst others. We need each and every one of you gathered here to help in the development of our country,” he ended.

Source: Flagstaff House Communications Bureau

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:57:18 +0000
I’ll improve financial management to end ‘dumsor’ – Agyarko http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3534-i’ll-improve-financial-management-to-end-‘dumsor’-–-agyarko http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3534-i’ll-improve-financial-management-to-end-‘dumsor’-–-agyarko I’ll improve financial management to end ‘dumsor’ – Agyarko

 

 

 

Ghana’s Energy Minister-nominee, Boakye Agyarko has attributed the incessant power cuts popularly known as ‘dumsor’ in the country to poor financial management and structuring as well as inadequate fuel to power the country’s existing plants.

According to him, the country has the human resources with technical ideas to address the power situation, however, it has failed to properly manage its finances in the sector.

Mr Agyarko made the assertion when he appeared before Parliament’s Appointments committee on Monday [January 24] to be vetted for the ministerial office.

“Dumsor is not a function of installed capacity. Dumsor is a function of your ability to procure sufficient feed or crude, or gas to power the plants. Dumsor can also be a situation where power plants particularly, thermal plants because of money are not undergoing their regular cycle of maintenance so they go past their firing hours, it reduces efficiency and hence they start having problems. The power plants at aboadze are having that kind of problems,” Mr Agyarko said.

He said an Energy Ministry under his leadership will improve the financial management and structuring of the energy sector to end the country’s energy woes, assuring that the government will move the country from the current state of erratic power supply to an “ideal state of uninterrupted power delivery”.

“We believe that we are moving from dumsor to a steady state of power supply to the ideal state of uninterrupted power delivery. The problem of dumsor in our estimation is not a technical problem. We have some of the best brains and technical people in our energy sector in Africa. The problem with dumsor is principally, one of money. The energy sector we find now is seriously cash-strapped to the extent that we now live in a debt merry go round.”

“In trying to end dumsor, we have to improve the financial management and structuring within the energy sector and that is what I commit to do,” he added.

Ghana has in the last decade suffered severe power crisis. Successive governments have failed to adequately address the challenge that has crippled many industries and led to the collapse of some.
Energy sector stuck in ‘merry go round debt’
Mr Agyarko at the vetting stated that the country’s energy sector does not generate enough revenue to effectively deliver its mandate, Minister nominee for Energy and Petroleum, Boakye Agyarko has said.

According to him, “the energy sector we find now is seriously cash-strapped to the extent that we now live in a debt merry go round.”

He added that, the energy sector lacks the resources to ensure regular maintenance that will enhance power supply.

Source: citifmonline / Jonas Nyabor

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:46:28 +0000
I Have Been Fair’- Vetting Committee Chairman http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3532-i-have-been-fair’-vetting-committee-chairman http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3532-i-have-been-fair’-vetting-committee-chairman I Have Been Fair’- Vetting Committee Chairman

 

 

 

The chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu, has said he has been fair to both sides on the committee, contrary to claims he is stifling the Minority side from probing ministerial nominees.

The MP for Bekwai constituency has served notice he will continue to stick to the rules governing the vetting process.

“In all fairness it’s only about two or three instances that I’ve overruled… I think the charge is really unfair,” Mr. Owusu remarked.

Rashid Pelpuo, the Member of Parliament for Wa Central has chastised the chairman following a fracas that ensued between him and the MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini.

Mr. Owusu stopped the Tamale North MP from asking question Monday during the vetting of Energy minister-designate, Boakye Agyarko and this infuriated Mr. Pelpuo.

The minority, the Wa Central MP noted, took serious exception to Mr. Owusu’s behavior as he was “autocratic” by rudely stopping the Tamale North MP in his remarks.

However, Mr. Owusu said Suhuyini was breaching the rules of Parliament because he was making reference to events which have nothing to do with the nominee.

“… People may conceive things in their minds, but they must make them relevant. It is unacceptable in Parliamentary practice to name persons who are not available to answer…,” Mr. Owusu told Accra-based Joy FM.

Meanwhile, a ranking member of the Appointments Committee and minority chief whip Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka has pointed out that Suhuyini flouted the rules of the committee with his question to the energy minister-designate.

“In all fairness to the Chair, Hon. Suhuyini did not frame his question well. He flouted the rules of the committee. He flouted the rules and we couldn’t have defended him,” he told Nii Arday Clegg, host of the Morning Starr.

Source: Starrfmonline

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:36:20 +0000
Tema Jubilate Over Nana’s Victory http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3519-tema-jubilate-over-nana’s-victory http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3519-tema-jubilate-over-nana’s-victory Tema Jubilate Over Nana’s Victory

 

 

 

THE WHOLE Tema Metropolis has exploded into wild jubilation, moments after the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei declared the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the President-elect of the country.

Though the jubilation started the moment President John Dramani Mahama was reported to have conceded defeat, the euphoria hit a crescendo long before the Electoral Commissioner made the official announcement.

Nana Akufo-Addo defeated the incumbent President John Dramani Mahama and five other candidates in his third attempt at the presidency.

Out of 10,781609 total valid votes cast, Nana Akufo-Addo, according to the EC, polled 5,716,226 (53.85 per cent), while closest challenger, President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) polled 4,713,277 (44.40 per cent).

Flags of the NPP were visible at every corner of the three constituencies in Tema namely Tema West, East and Central as supporters of the party  went to town with their excitement running across the streets of the central business district; Community One, Tema Newtown, Sakumono, Lashibi, Community 7, Community 4 among others, dancing to the party’s campaign songs.

Interestingly, some other supporters were seen in the buckets of pick-up vehicles and motorcycles tooting their horns and blowing vuvuzela to mark the victory which had been long in coming.

NPP paraphernalia had completely become a hot cake as the party supporters rush to purchase them.

In Ashaiman, an NDC dominated area, scores of NPP supporters were seen openly jubilating after the declaration of Nana Akufo Addo’s victory.

Some of the teeming supporters who spoke with the DAILY GUIDE noted that the victory was anticipated hence their over-excitement.

They indicated that though their Parliamentary Candidate Alhaji Labaran Yakubu Barry, was not able to recapture the seat from the NDC, they were enthused about the votes that the party polled.

Evaluating the overjoyed mood within the municipality, the jubilants claimed though they were sure of Nana’s victory, they least expected President Mahama to concede defeat.

Prior to the declaration, party supporters in the metropolis were gripped with serious apprehension, waiting for almost 48 hours for the declaration of results of the presidential polls in the general election.

The delay saw many people staying glued to their radio and television sets waiting for the announcement from the EC Chairman.

While some people were monitoring the declaration of the election results on radio sets or their mobile phones, others could not take their eyes off their television sets in their homes and offices.

Source: Daily Guide / Vincent Kubi

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:08:02 +0000
Akufo-Addo to appoint special prosecutor to deal with corruption http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3518-akufo-addo-to-appoint-special-prosecutor-to-deal-with-corruption http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3518-akufo-addo-to-appoint-special-prosecutor-to-deal-with-corruption Akufo-Addo to appoint special prosecutor to deal with corruption

 

 

 

The President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated one of his initial priorities would be to establish the Office of a Special Prosecutor as part of measures to deal with corruption.

The move, according to him was intended to "separate politics from criminal investigations."
Nana Addo won last week’s Presidential Elections convincingly by a 54 per cent margin as against incumbent President John Mahama’s 44 percent, a first time a President has failed to win re-election in Ghana.

Outgoing-President John Dramani Mahama at the inauguration of a Transition Team on Sunday which will supervise the smooth transfer of power to Nana Addo's administration.

In his first media interview with the BBC’s Akwasi Sarpong which was monitored by Graphic Online, Nana Addo talked about his top priorities as President.

Tackling corruption

A big part of Nana Addo’s presidential campaign was about uprooting corruption and when Akwasi Sarpong asked him how he intends to deal with that and does he intend to prosecute people from the previous administration, Nana Addo said: “We have decided that as much as possible we want to take the politics out of it.”

He said they have put out a number of ideas which were in their [NPP] manifesto and in the things that “I’m saying about institutional reforms, personal examples that myself and leaders of our party and government have to give, it’s a mix of ideas that we believe will go a long way to reducing the incidents of corruption in our national life.”

Special Prosecutor

This, according to Nana Addo was to ensure that, “screams of witch-hunting etc. don’t arise by establishing an Office of Special Prosecutor of somebody who will be independent of the Executive and somebody whose remits will be to investigate and tackle issues of corruption.”

“… and hopefully that person is going to be somebody who commands respect of the society and at the same time has an independent mind to make the decisions.”

“What we have to be careful of in our situation is, one, to witch-hunt, but at the same time, we ought not to give the impression that those of us in political life are somewhat have some sort of immunity from investigation merely because we are politicians, I don’t think that will be right, we are citizens of Ghana first and foremost," he noted.

Economy

Nana Addo also indicated his plans to tackle the economy saying turning around the economy would be his top priority.

When asked how he felt about winning the elections, he said, “First of all I was grateful to Ghanaians for giving me the opportunity and also for the fact that the issues that I thought were the issues facing our people have been endorsed by them, that I was right in my analysis of where we are and what we needed to do and what the problems were.”

“I don’t want to sound smart but it is a certain satisfaction for a politician when your analysis is proven right by events.”

When asked what were his top priorities, Nana Addo said, “It has to be to get our economy moving again. The Ghanaian economy has been in a nose-dive for the last five years, low growth, widespread unemployment, huge debts, that’s the reality of our situation in Ghana, and especially the unemployment among the youth has reached alarming proportions and if we don’t find a method of dealing with it, our country will … be running towards all kinds of problems along the line.”

Appointees

Giving hints of who was likely to be part of his government, Nana Addo said his appointees have to have the fundamental connect to the group of ideas that are set out in the manifesto.
“Secondly of court, their competence, their capacity to master the briefs that are going to be given to them and carry them out.”
“Thirdly the commitment to the Ghana Project, the loyalty to Ghana, you are coming to work for the people of Ghana and not for yourself.”

Source: Graphic.com.gh

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:58:30 +0000
Kofi Annan Relases A Press Statement On Ghana’s Elections http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3516-kofi-annan-relases-a-press-statement-on-ghana’s-elections http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3516-kofi-annan-relases-a-press-statement-on-ghana’s-elections Kofi Annan Relases A Press Statement On Ghana’s Elections

The former Secretary General of the United Nations, His Excellency Kofi Annan has released a statement commenting on the just held general elections in Ghana.

“I want to congratulate the Election Commission, its staff and the people of Ghana for conducting a good election on 7 December, worthy of our democratic tradition. I also applaud the support and the diligence of the electoral observers – national and international.

I call on the candidates, their parties and their supporters to remain calm until the announcement of the final results by the Election Commission. There is no reason for incitement.

In the spirit of democracy, I call on the losers to concede as quickly as possible to defuse tensions and allay uncertainties. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the five candidates who have already done so in light of the preliminary results and clear trends.

The people of Ghana are waiting and watching, let’s not disappoint them.”

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:21:57 +0000
Court to give judgement on PNC case against EC next week http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3502-court-to-give-judgement-on-pnc-case-against-ec-next-week http://www.ghanatoday.com/news/social-news/item/3502-court-to-give-judgement-on-pnc-case-against-ec-next-week Court to give judgement on PNC case against EC next week

 

 

 

An Accra High court has set November 10, 2016 to give its judgment on a suit brought before it by the People’s National Convention (PNC) challenging the disqualification of its presidential candidate, Dr. Edward Mahama, by the Electoral Commission (EC).

 

In the suit, the party argued that the Commission violated its rights of natural justice and administrative justice by not giving them the opportunity to correct errors which they never knew of.

The PNC also accused the EC of not acting fairly as a referee in the upoming general elections.

The EC on the other hand has asked the court to dismiss the suit of the PNC stating that the errors of the party are ones which cannot be corrected and because it did not follow the right procedure.

The EC disqualified Dr. Edward Mahama on the grounds that some of the subscribers who endorsed his nomination forms from the regions, forged signatures while others endorsed more than one candidate.

But the party had vowed to fight the EC with all its might.

Date abridged

The Accra High Court last Tuesday abridged the the date for the hearing of the PNC’s suit to today, November 4, 2016.

The court presided over by justice Norvisi Afua Aryeni took the decision in order to deal with the PNC’s suit in an expeditious manner due the closeness of the 7th December elections.

 

Source: citifmonline/ Fred Djabanor

 

 

 

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evans@ghanatoday.com (kwame) Social News Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:06:44 +0000