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A Portion Of Adentan Footbridges On The N4 Highway Is 82% Complete.

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According to www.georgebritton.com, a contracted construction company, First Sky Construction Company Limited is expected to fork out the construction of the one of the footbridges on the N4 Highway, precisely, Madina to Adentan Highway, as work is 82% complete.

First Sky Construction Company Limited(First Sky Limited) last year signed a contractual agreement with the Ghana Highways Authority, funded and inspected by the Government of the Republic of Ghana to construct ramps to footbridges at the Adenta-Ritz Junction(CH.8+204)

The signed and documented contractual agreement comes at the back after residents of Adentan-Madina amassed in their numbers to stage an unwarranted and uncontrollable demonstration to advocate for the construction of the footbridges on N4 Highway 

A total of 195 persons, including children and students, have since the beginning of this year been killed on the multiple highway with a speed limit of 100 kilometer per hour, according to the residents due primarily to the unavailability of safe crossing facilities on the road.

Lack of safety measures on the highway for pedestrians, nonfunctional street and traffic lights have been identified as the cause of most of the knockdowns on the highway constructed 11 years ago by the government.

These deaths triggered a campaign early this year for the six uncompleted footbridges as well as the street and traffic lights to be fixed but the government appeared adamant despite the cries of the residents.

Currently, the Adentan – Ritz Junction portion of the project, stretching about 9.5 km, is 92% completed with footbridge ramp, news men at georgebritton.com can undoubtedly confirm that to its readers.

The Resident Engineer, Mr Shamsu Deen Isah, told www.goergebritton.com that the projects were at different levels of development because every contractor had their individual work programme, which is within the timeframe they had been given to work.

He said a contractor may decide to complete with one side of the road before the other side while some may want to do both sides concurrently so one should not expect to see the same level of development at all sites of the projects.

Mr Shamsu revealed that, all contractors experienced some challenges, which led to the redesigning of the six projects, adding that, the levels of redesigning varied for each contractor, which partially interrupted the progress of work.

Mr Shamsu Deen Isah stated that, inasmuch as those challenges existed, all contractors would complete work as scheduled with some finishing earlier than the six months duration and others finishing right on time.

Though footbridge projects are capital intensive, government hopes to construct many more footbridge and access routes across the country. However, Good roads are essential for the development of a country. Today, the government is building more and more roads to gain access to the remotest parts of the country, which is welcome.

In spite of the phenomenal growth of virtual connectivity resulting from flourishing telecommunications, a good and reliable transport network remains key to national development.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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President Akufo-Addo Assures Of Equitable Distribution Of Infrastructure Across New Regions.

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his commitment towards ensuring that infrastructural projects are equitable distributed across the newly created regions, and not concentrated solely at the regional capitals.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “when I presented the Constitutional Instruments to the heads of delegations of the newly created regions, I indicated that developmental projects will not only be centered at the regional capitals.”

He continued, “There is going to be equitable distribution of regional infrastructure in every region. You, in Atebubu, will also receive your fair share of the infrastructure.”

The President was speaking at an interdenominational church service at Atebubu, in the Bono East Region, on Sunday, 14th April, 2019, when he commenced his 2-day tour of the newly created region.

Addressing the congregation, President Akufo-Addo noted that even though it has taken decades for the Bono East Region to be created, “we believe that God’s time is the best, and God ordained it to be that it should be during Akufo-Addo’s time, as President, that this region is created”.

Affirming his commitment to strengthening the capabilities of the Bono East Region, and, thereby, quicken its pace of development, the President indicated that the building housing the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) will be sited in Techiman, the capital of Bono East.

“The local government staff required to ensure the smooth operation of Bono East region, such as the Regional Chief Director, Regional Planning Officer, and the Regional Budget Officer, are already in place in Techiman. I will present eight vehicles to the Bono East Regional RCC on Monday, when I arrive at Techiman,” he added.

The President admonished the congregation and residents of Atebubu and the Bono East Region, in its entirety, to support the new regional Minister, Hon. Kofi Amoakohene, who will, in turn, work to bring growth and development to the region.  

Whilst in on his tour of the Bono East Region, President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on the Amantin hene, Nana Owusu Acheaw Obrempong II, Atebubu hene; Yeji manhene, Nana Pemapem Yaw Kabrese V; and the Supreme Leader of the Tijaniyya Muslim Council of Ghana, His Eminence Sheikh Khalifa Ahmad Abulfaid Abdulai Maikano Jallo.

The President commissioned a National Health Insurance Authority office in Atebubu, and also commissioned a newly constructed female ward at the Atebubu Government Hospital.

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The Meaning Of Easter.

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When you think of Easter, what comes to mind? If I’m being honest – the first thing I picture is the Duracell bunny – running a race to find Easter eggs, powered by the unstoppable Duracell batteries. The modern-day world turns a lot of special moments into saleable, marketable products. Easter eggs, Valentine’s Day cards, Christmas Presents…the list is endless.

If we pause for a moment, strip back all the stuff that the world throws at us, we can begin to consider what Easter is really about.

Have you ever done something that you regret? There are a lot of quotes floating around the internet about how we should never really regret something because it makes us who we are, and it teaches something etc etc.

But as nice as that sounds, sometimes the mistakes we make are so huge that we can’t sweep them under the rug and placate ourselves by saying that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes things happen because we make bad choices, and these choices turn into regret that can be very difficult to move on from.

I’ve had many such moments. I’ve said things and done things that I wish had never happened and if there’s ever a movie of my life made – you best believe I’m going to edit those parts out. We’ve all made terrible decisions, we’ve all hurt people that we care about, we ALL have things we regret. It’s a part of being human. In the end, we live in a hurting and broken world, that is full to the of brim hurting and broken people.

And that’s why we celebrate Easter. It’s not just a public holiday that means stuffing your face with excessive amounts of chocolate (although, yes, that is a great bonus), it’s about healing. It’s about forgiveness.

Over 2000 years ago Jesus, the Son of God, chose to willingly lay down his life. He died to pay the price for every single one of our sins and bad choices, which means that we can live free of regret: not because of a cleverly-worded quote but because Jesus exchanged our regret for freedom, our pain for joy and our worry for peace.

Although many of us know the story, it’s a difficult concept to grasp. That Jesus, dying on the cross and rising again three days later, means that we can be forgiven. That we can be free by simply accepting and acknowledging Him. That it isn’t about a 10-step plan to happiness, mindfulness or self-care: it’s about Jesus. That there’s nothing we could have done to earn it, or to deserve it, but that our freedom and salvation is a gift freely offered.

Because He loves us – and not in the way that humans love. We love with conditions, from a place of pain, from a place of past hurts and difficulties. Our love is broken and can never replace the love of God. He loves us completely, and unconditionally: there are no strings attached. He loves us because of who He is – not because of who we are.

So, leading up to Easter, as we celebrate the death and the resurrection of Jesus, I hope that you are able to remember that in Christ, you can find freedom, forgiveness, acceptance and peace

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“Goverment To Pass The Creative Arts Bill To Elevate The Sector” – President Akufo-Addo.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that, the current administration has arrayed all necessary structures for the enactment of the Creative Arts Bill in law.

According to the President, Akufo-Addo, the passage of the bill into law will involve the establishment of a creative arts fund to give assistance; be of service to the work of creative arts practitioners.

President Akufo-Addo made this revealation at the sixth Musicians Union Of Ghana(MUSIGA) Presidential Grand Ball at the Accra International Conference Centre on last Sunday.

The 6th MUSIGA Presidential Grand Ball was graced by distinguished public figures including the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo; the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia and the Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia; ministers of state, captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, musicians and MUSIGA executives

The 6th MUSIGA Presidential Grand Ball witnessed the honoring of six Music Industry Heroes including, Prof. Kofi Abraham, Pat Thomas, Naa Amanua, Asabea Cropper, Kwadwo Akwaboah and Abirekyireba Kofi Sammy.

The event also saw four Music Industry Pillars, Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban, Vodafone, 4Syte TV and Kwame Sefa Kayi and some distinguished personality, Ransford Antwi, founder of Space FM and Sun City Radio were all honored.

There were amazing performances by Patience Nyarko, Adina, Tic Tac and Samini who had the President dancing to his hit song Linda. Other performances were by Bob Pinodo, Asabea Cropper, Naa Amanua, Pat Thomas and Daddy Lumba who invited the Maestro Kojo Antwi on stage.

However, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo mentioned some projects to be initiated by his government to develop the creative arts sector including instituting a new national headquarters for the MUSIGA.

According to the President, he has instructed the Minister of Works and Housing to relocate the Union following the commencement of the Marine Drive Project at the current position of MUSIGA.

Meanwhile, President of MUSIGA, Bice Osei Kuffour popularly called, Obour called on corporate Ghana to continue to support the Union in its efforts to improve the lot of the ageing musicians in the country which was his vision eight years ago when he sought to become the MUSIGA President.

The onetime musician and road safety advocate, Obour urged the President Akufo-Addo to reintroduce music education at the basic level because of its potential to improve musicianship in Ghana and also its pedagogical benefits.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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UDS To Be Named After Rawlings?

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has taken note of publications in the media on a proposed Universities Bill to be submitted to Parliament.

The former President has taken particular note of the plan to re-name four universities after eminent Ghanaian personalities, including the naming of the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him.

When the proposal for the naming of the UDS was first brought to the former President’s attention by the Education Minister in 2017, he thanked the President and the government for the honour, but politely declined the offer because he had a long-standing principle not to have national monuments and facilities named after him.

Indeed in November 2015 when the then government of the day offered to name the Offshore Cape Three Points Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel after him he turned down the offer as well.

The former President has since the publication of the details of the new bill to be tabled to Parliament written to the Minister of Education to reiterate his position and kindly requested that the re-naming of UDS after him be withdrawn from the Draft Bill to be submitted to Parliament.

The former President once again thanks the President and all those who in diverse ways are keen on recognizing his contribution to the development of Education in the country.

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