NPP Executive Council member calls for peaceful conference

Alhaji Masawudu Osman, the Third Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has called for peace ahead of the party’s special delegates conference scheduled for August 26.

The congress is to select five out of the 10 presidential aspirants to contest for the party’s presidential primary on November 4.

The contestants are Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, Mr Alan John Kyeremateng, Mr Boakye Agyarko, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Mr Joe Ghartey, all former ministers.

The rest are Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, former General Secretary of the party, Mr Francis Addai-Nimoh, former Member of Parliament for Mampong, and Mr Kojo Opoku, an energy expert.

Alhaji Osman, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday, urged the delegates and aspirants to avoid utterances and actions that were likely to create disunity among the rank and file.

‘Your words should unite the people rather than divide them,’ he said, adding that no politician should incite followers to cause harm to others.

Alhaji Osman said per the records, the NPP had been successful throughout its polls and that the August 26 and November 4 elections would not be any different.

‘I am requesting all and sundry to exhibit good manners during these elections for the country to enjoy a smooth and peaceful transition,’ he said.

He advised the delegates to vote for winnable candidates to enable the party to ‘break the eight’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC demands?resignation of BoG Governor, deputies

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked the Governor of the Bank of Ghana and his deputies to step aside, accusing them of ‘mismanaging’ the Central Bank.

The NDC accused the leadership of the Central Bank of ‘unleashing economic hardship and financial distress on the suffering people of Ghana’.

Addressing a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader in Parliament, faulted the leadership of the BoG for the Bank’s GHS60 billion loss incurred in 2022.

‘…We call for the resignation of the Governor of the Central Bank within 21 days from today. We are resolved to embark upon popular action to occupy the Central Bank.

‘The March to Ensure Accountability will begin in 21 days if the Governor of the Bank of Ghana does not do the needful and pack bag and baggage out of that sacred institution that he has so desecrated,’ he said.

Dr Forson also accused the BoG of writing-off a GHS 48.4 billion, about half of Ghana Government’s indebtedness to the Central Bank, without parliamentary approval.

‘This is illegal and criminal and the NDC Members of Parliament will not allow this to pass,’ he said.

The BoG has explained that its decision to take a 50 per cent haircut on government’s debt saved the economy from collapse and sent a positive signal to external partners.

The BoG incurred a loss of GHS55.12 billion in 2022, largely as a result of the government’s Domestic Exchange Programme (DDEP) after its non-marketable holdings of Government of Ghana instruments, including long-term stocks, a COVID-19 Bond and overdraft, which were subjected to a 50 per cent haircut.

Also, the Bank’s other claims (holdings of marketable instruments) were exchanged under similar terms as other financial institutions under the DDEP, leading to an impairment of GHS48.40 billion in 2022.

In addition, the Bank incurred revaluation losses on its foreign assets and liabilities due to exchange rate depreciation, leading to a total loss of GHS55.12bn equity in 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GTA Ladies club donate to Apam orphanage home

As part of programmes lined up for 2023, the Ladies Club of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has donated item worth over Ghc5,000.00 to the Apam orphanage Home at Mayera, a suburb in Accra.

The donation which was funded from funds raised from a silver collection from GTA staffs and managements across the sixteen regions of the country, was to show some love to the children in the home.

The Apam orphanage Home is a private registered social welfare home owned by a Ghanaian evangelist and philanthropist.

It houses over sixty orphans from the Ghana social welfare between the ages of one to 20 years and provides education to over 30 needy children in the community.

Mr Francisca Kuukuwah Yanneyba Quansah, President GTA Ladies Club, said the items donated included three bags of (25kg) rice, three packs (175pieces) of T-roll, 20 bags of Sachet water, a box(4 gallons of 5litres) of Frytol cooking oil, a box of sanitary pad, seven packs of soft drinks, seven boxes and 15 packs of biscuits, three bottles of Dettol, 21 pieces of bathing soap, nine bars of washing soap, three bags of washing powder.

The rest are four bails of dresses, two bails of shoes/snickers, half bail of school and dressing bags, 65 sachet of Cowbell beverages, one box mini size (24 tins) of tin tomatoes, four packs (100 pieces) of fan milk product and Ghc 1,000.00.

Mr Daniel Obimpeh, the caretaker of the home, expressed appreciation to the Club and extend an invitation to the public to emulate the kind gesture of the club.

Some of the children who have been trained to play musical instruments entertained GTA staff.

The GTA Ladies club is an all ladies group with a membership of over 100 women drawn from the sixteen regional offices across Ghana with the objective of exchanging views and ideas aimed at improving the welfare of female staff, promoting image enhancement of ladies, assisting management in pursuance of basic object of the Authority and offering constructive suggestions and criticism to management.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ya-Na cuts sod for new Yendi Assembly complex block

Ya-Na Abukari II the Overlord of Dagbon has in collaboration with the Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu cut sod for the construction of a three-storey Assembly complex block for Yendi Municipal Assembly.

He said the replacement of the 40-year-old Assembly block was apt as the old one could no longer accommodate the growing population of workers.

Ya-Na Abukari appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to endeavor to complete the Yendi water project initiated in 2021 to solve the water challenges of the area.

He called on the people of Dagbon to live in peace with each other and gave the assurance to support the Regional Minister to provide land for more projects for the area.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister said the new assembly complex was a cherished project because of how the Overlord of Dagbon Ya-Na Abukari II had developed interest it.

He said he had tasked the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive Alhaji Hammed Yussuf to follow-up and appealed to the Yendi MP Alhaji Faruk Aliu Mahama to contact the Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund for the project.

He thanked Ya-Na for providing them a land for the project and appealed to the Contractor to do quality project they were looking for and he would visit the project regularly when construction begins.

Alhaji Hammed Abubakar Yussuf the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive said currently the Assembly shared a block with Municipal Directorate of Ghana Education Service (GES), which was inadequate to accommodate them.

He said the Assembly would bequeath the existing block to the Municipal Directorate of GES to enable them to perform their duties effectively after its rehabilitation.

He said the project was funded by the District Assemblies Common Fund.

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama Member of Parliament for Yendi constituency said the ground breaking project fitted well into their grand vision of building a new city in Yendi.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Passport Office receives modern I.T. equipment to enhance service delivery

The Office of the Senior Presidential Advisor has under the Public Sector Reform for Results Project (PSRRP) presented Information Technology (IT) equipment to the Passport Office in Accra.

The presentation formed part of an ongoing reform project in the public sector through the PSRRP by the Government of Ghana with funding support from the World Bank to enhance service delivery in the sector.

The PSRRP, a four-year programme from 2019 to 2023, seeks to improve access, quality and accountability of delivery of administrative services provided by selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The project covers 13 selected entities, all public sector institutions, including the Passport Office as one of the frontline service delivery agencies.

The other MDAs are the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, Births and Deaths Registry, Office of the Head of Civil Service, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.

The rest are Public Services Commission, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Monitoring and Evaluation Secretariat, National Information Technology Agency, and Public Sector Reform Secretariat.

The IT Equipment presented to the Passport Office is estimated at US$ 1,323,139.17 and comprised a 50 – Dell Optiplex 7400 All-in-One Desktop Computers, ten Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 Servers, ten APC Smart-UPS SRT 5000V A Uninterruptible Power Supply systems, and 60 Canon EOS 4000D Digital Cameras.

Others are 60 Multi-Functional Portable Lightweight Aluminum Camera Tripods, 70 Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II Scanners, 60 Topaz Fingerprint / Signature machines, and 20 Samsung 2.0 HP Split Air Conditioners.

Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior Presidential Advisor, at the presentation, said the Passport Office in Accra and its offices across the country were being supported for efficient service delivery.

He said other equipment, including modern passport printers would be provided to the Office before the end of year.

‘We believe these activities and support to the Passport Office will provide the needed reforms and enhance services delivered to the citizens, ‘ he said.

Mr Mohammed Habib Idris, Director of Passport Office, assured that the equipment would be put to good use.

‘We will make very good use of them for the greater benefit of delivering efficient services particularly on the timely issuance of passports.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ho Teaching Hospital gets paediatric emergency unit

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, has commissioned a paediatric emergency unit for the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Ho Teaching Hospital.

The facility is a conversion of the mother and baby unit of the Department and would provide comprehensive emergency care for all children with acute medical and surgical needs.

Dr Letsa said the Government recognised the needs of the Teaching Hospital and would offer the needed support.

His office had recommended the paediatric unit to a US-based non-profit organisation for support, which should help provide some medical equipment, he said.

‘The success of the hospital is our success because the health of the people is important to us,’ he said.

Dr Richard Bright Danyoh, the Acting Head of Paediatric and Child Health Sub-BMC, said the absence of a dedicated unit made dealing with emergency cases cumbersome, forcing stakeholders to work towards its establishment.

‘A missing link to wholistic care, where staff are prep up for emergencies and real time feedback can be made to facilities as well as planned referrals carried out, has been absent, specifically for children.’

‘This unit is established to offer 24/7 emergency care to children; a well designated structured area for care,’ Dr Danyoh said, noting how the unit would improve coordinated care for children.

He commended the staff for sacrificing to keep the unit operational, with the nurses agreeing to work beyond the eight-hour shift.

‘Our joy is that the next child that walks into our new emergency will receive improved, coordinated and timely care. Children are our future. And we all must strive and make them strive,’ he stated.

Dr Lord Mensah, the Head of Paediatrics, said it was a dream come true as the project had been earmarked since the inception of the paediatric care unit of the Hospital.

Mary Kutsi, Nurse Manager of the Department, said staff had been psychologically prepared for emergencies, handling more than 100 cases since the unit was completed in May, and which ‘shows judicious use of the place’.

‘We hope to do better and render more services expected of us,’ she added.

Professor Kasu, the Director of Medical Services of the Hospital, promised to work to garner resources to provide additional doctors and staff for the Department, and assured also that operating protocols would be updated to reflect new practices in care.

Present at the commissioning was Dr John Tampouri, the Chief Executive Officer of the Teaching Hospital. An artist’s impression of an ultramodern complex for the Department was showcased at the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency