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Energy Minister, Mr. Amewu Collaborates With Stonebwoy To Help Budding Artistes In Volta Region.

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The Honourable Minister for Energy, John-Peter Amewu has in a meeting enjoins Stonebwoy to help up and coming artists in his constituency in the Hohoe Municipality.

In an exclusive meeting yesterday in Hohoe at the minister’s residence, www.asiwomewrites.com gathered the Energy Minister employed Stonebwoy to help develop and build the careers of promising stars in his constituency in the Hohoe municipality as part of his capacity building agenda.

“The message is simple, we need music superstars in the Hohoe municipality. Building capacity is my agenda,” the energy minister, Hon. John Peter Amewu emphasized.

The minister again reassured the youths of helping them attain their heights in their various endeavours.

Hon. John-Peter Amewu by acclamation was also declared by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Hohoe Constituency as the Hohoe Constituency 2020 Parliamentary Candidate.

(Source: asiwomewrites.com)

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Nana Akufo-Addo Recognized Amongst The 100 Most Influential Africans, 2019.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - President of the 4th Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, according to the New African Magazine (an English-language monthly news magazine based in London), has been recognized and named as one out of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2019.

Akufo-Addo featured in the list which includes Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote for his significant and practical contribution on the continent, especially in the areas of education among others. The list is broken down into eight categories, of which the Business and Finance section leads with 28 entries, followed by The Arts and Culture, with 18 entries, and Politics and Public Office which has 15 entries.

The increasingly popular New African 100 Most Influential Africans listing provides a rapid review of some of the major events and developments across the continent through bite-sized highlights of achievements of individuals in various countries and most sectors of life. As in previous years, the list makes no distinction between Africans living and working in the continent and those in the diaspora. They all have roots to and in Africa. And as we always indicate, this list is not exhaustive.

Overall, Nigerians dominate this year’s list with 27 entries, followed by South Africa and Ghana, both with 9 entries. English speaking countries represented 65% of all entries, while at 42 entries, female representation is down from 50 achieved last year.

Some of the notable names on the list is the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and Alaa Salah, the 22 year-old Sudanese protester popularly referred to as ‘Lady Liberty’ – the architectural engineering student, who became the face of the people’s revolution in Sudan – that eventually brought down the iron-fisted rule of former leader Omar Al-Bashir.

Two sporting heroes also make this year’s top list, Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of South Africa’s national rugby team, who were crowned world champions in November, and of course Kenyan world record breaker Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon runner.

The full list can be found here

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“Passengers Will Verify If A Tro-tro Has Been Insured. VEEP, Dr. Bawumia

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Passengers will soon be able to check on their phones if the trotro or bus they are about to board has been properly insured, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed.

If all goes according to plan, the database of the National Insurance Commission (NIC) and the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA) will soon be integrated and go live in January 2020 to complete another plank of the Digitisation Agenda of the Nana Akufo-Addo administration as part of efforts to make accessing government services easier and corruption-free.

Speaking at a special National Insurance Commission Cocktail Reception which brought together key players in the insurance sector on Wednesday, 11th December, 2019, Vice President Bawumia noted that the insurance industry has very important roles to play in the digitization programmes of government, and since insurance is interwoven with the entire architecture of the economy, it is heart-warming to know that the industry is digitizing its operations.

“After meetings with the DVLA and the National Insurance Commission about creating better synergies between them, it is expected that the Motor Insurance Database will be connected to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) system in January 2020 so that before a vehicle is issued with a road worthiness certificate, it can be verified whether it has a valid insurance cover from a licensed insurance company.

“The Motor database will also make it possible for the travelling public to verify the authenticity of the insurance policies of commercial vehicles before they board such vehicles. All you have to do is to enter the number of the car on your phone, even if it is a ‘yam’ phone, and you can tell if the trotro or bus you are about to board is properly insured or not. You will know whether you are safe sitting in that car. This certainly brings better awareness and protection for the ordinary Ghanaian.

“The database will also help to stop the leakages from the insurance revenues through fake motor insurance stickers. Already, after the digitisation of the DVLA, the incidence of ‘Goro boys’ has been curtailed. Same thing has happened at the Passport Office. So we are getting there. The digitisation agenda, which is designed to make accessing government services easier, is on course.”

Vice President Bawumia noted that even though digitization brings significant advantages and opportunities, it also creates vulnerabilities which could be critical and therefore need to be carefully managed. Government, he added, is therefore taking several steps to protect the nation’s information infrastructure as part of the digitization programme.

“First of all, appropriate laws have been passed to provide the needed framework for the fight against cyber criminals. The Electronic Transactions Act and the Electronic Payments Act regulate and protect electronic transactions and payments. The Data Protection Act also protects the private data of government, citizens and businesses in Ghana.

“Secondly, a National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy has been developed to monitor and protect the nation’s cyber space. Again, the national SIM re-registration exercise scheduled for early 2020 is another initiative to mitigate cyber-crimes committed using mobiles phones.”

While commending the board, management and staff of the National Insurance Commission for a good job so far, Vice President Bawumia urged them to closely collaborate with the industry and relevant government institutions such as the DVLA and NITA to ensure that its digitization efforts are in sync with the government’s policy and strategies to help achieve the intended objectives and optimize the expected benefits.

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At-least 126 Members Of The Diaspora Have Been Granted Ghanaian Citizenship.

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Ghana has recently granted citizenship to at least 126 members of the diaspora who have been living in the country for years, according to the BBC. The decision is a part of the country's landmark 'Year of Return' celebrations which mark 400 years since the first African was sold at the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Channel Africa reports that President Nana Akufo-Addo spoke at a ceremony held this past Wednesday and said to the new Ghanaian citizens that, "You have the responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation, among the comity of nations, is, today, high." He added that relying on other countries for the development of Ghana was a "mind-set that [he wishes them] to discard, a mind-set of dependency and living on handouts".

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Ghana's 'Year of Return' is a tourist and investment initiative designed to attract the African Diaspora as 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Jamestown, Virginia. In September of last year, President Nana Akufo-Addo declared and formally launched the initiative at a ceremony in Washington D.C. saying that, "We know of the extraordinary achievements and contributions they [Africans in the diaspora] made to the lives of the Americans, and it is important that this symbolic year—400 years later—we commemorate their existence and their sacrifices."

The initiative is currently being spearheaded by The Ghana Tourism Authority, the Office of Diaspora Affairs as well as The Adinkra Group of the USA.

(Source: Okay Africa)

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Nana Akufo-Addo Presents 33 Armoured Personnel Carriers To Armed Forces.

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 5th December, 2019, presented a number of vehicles to the Ghana Armed Forces, in fulfillment of a pledge he made to them this year.

Presenting the vehicles at a ceremony at Burma Camp, President Akufo-Addo recounted a pledge he made to the Armed Forces on 21st March, 2019.

“I indicated, at that event, that, during the course of this year, we will provide the Army, in addition to the 138 staff and operational vehicles of various categories that had been supplied to you in February this year, with 30 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs),” he said.

The President continued, “I believe I have more than lived up to this promise, as I am here to present to you thirty-three (33) Armoured Personnel Carriers; forty-one (41) assorted Toyota vehicles; three (3) water tankers; one (1) self-loading recovery truck; one (1) refrigeration van; and five (5) utility vehicles for waste disposal and management.”

Government, he said, is constantly kept apprised of the needs of the Armed Forces, and, as the Commander-in-Chief, he is taking steps to ensure that their needs are met.

“We recognise that our vision of ensuring equitable distribution of development, progress and prosperity to all parts of the country can only be made possible in an atmosphere of peace and security. We are determined to continue in this vein, and meet the needs of the Armed Forces,” the President added.

He commended them for their outstanding performances in the recent joint security operation, KOUDANGOU, and in the on-going Operation CONQUERED FIST, which are intended to create a secure, peaceful atmosphere at the northwestern, northern and northeastern borders of the country.

President Akufo-Addo urged them to continue to collaborate with the Ministries of National Security, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance, and with the Ghana Revenue Authority, as well as all relevant agencies, to help maintain a resolute, robust front that will deter potential aggressors from having any thoughts of attempting to destabilise the country or derail the socio-economic gains chalked so far.

“As an institution noted for its discipline, I do not have to emphasise to you the need to pay particular attention to the maintenance of these vehicles, and to use them for the benefit of our country and its people,” the President added.

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