The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has held bilateral discussions with his Angolan Counterpart, His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries.
Addressing a joint press conference with President Lourenço on Friday, 9th August, 2019, President Akufo-Addo noted that the bilateral talks have “put Ghana-Angola relations on a new level.”
The President noted that the two leaders have resolved to collaborate on all fronts, “working for the eradication of poverty in Africa, for the integration and unification of the continent, for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and for the search for global peace and security to promote sustainable development around the world.”
With President Akufo-Addo being the first Ghanaian President to visit Angola, he indicated, at the joint press conference, that their meeting centered on boosting the political and economic relations, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, as well as co-operation at the multilateral level.
“Our deliberations also centered on driving investment opportunities, domestic and foreign, into our two countries, and the need for enhanced co-operation and partnership in our development efforts. Towards the realization of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we touched on the need to promote a better world, and addressed global issues relating to the 17 Goals,” he added.
The President expressed the appreciation of the Ghanaian people and their Government to the Government and people of Angola for the support Ghana received in her bid to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Whilst the two leaders held closed door discussions, the ministerial teams of the two countries also held discussions aimed at deepening the bilateral relations between the two countries, and exploring, in detail, areas of possible co-operation between Ghana and Angola for the mutual benefit of their two peoples.
The discussions, in the areas of education, trade and industry, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, environment, science and technology, petroleum and hydrocarbon activities, and tourism, were held in an atmosphere of fruitful cordiality.
“As a result, we have agreed to revive and convene the 6th Session of the Permanent Joint Commission for Co-operation between our two countries, within the next two months, to be held in Luanda. The Commission serves as the legal framework for addressing the trade and investment concerns of our two countries,” President Akufo-Addo noted.
Just as the early leaders of Angola and Ghana were united by their common struggle to free their peoples from foreign domination and exploitation, the President stressed that “so we are united in our determination to win the battle for rapid economic development, by helping to transform our economies from dependence on the production and export of raw materials into value-adding, industrial economies, anchored on the things we make and grow.”
It is this transformation, he explained, “that will give us the best opportunity to derive maximum benefit from our abundant natural resources, and from our participation in the African Continental Free Trade Area, and help bring progress and prosperity to our peoples.”
President Akufo-Addo applauded President João Lourenço for the efforts he is making to consolidate the process of national reconciliation and multi-party democracy in Angola.
“These are worthwhile initiatives, and we can only urge him to remain steadfast in this quest. The work being done to establish accountability is, clearly, in the right direction, as it will help drive the important agenda of economic transformation of Angola,” he added.
President Kagame Meets Young Rwandans To Plan For Next 25 Years.
President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has met over 3000 young Rwandans as part of his “Meet the President” series.
Wednesday’s meeting took place at the Rusororo based Intare Conference Arena and was also broadcast to thoe not able to be at the Arena.
The gathering was aimed at providing the opportunity for Kagamae to engage with the young generation on the national aspirations for the next 25 years.
Inspired by the country’s Vision 2050, Kagame encouraged the youth to be self-driven to consolidate the gains the country has made over the last couple of years.
He said “There is no better place, there are no better people to have this conversation with, than here and with you. It is your choice to refuse to be stepped on and say ‘I am my own self’.”
Paul Kagame has constantly come under attack from the West for human rights abuses and restricting political opposition.
He however told the youth to always refuse to be dictated on what to do as Rwandans.
Kagame asked them to stand up for their rights and choose to do what they want to do and claim their spot in the world.
“As we work for development, as we work for our country to be secure, to be stable, to be free, to be really the best that we want to be and we are capable of being, you can’t wait for somebody else to come and do some of these things for you,” Kagame said.
He adds that “You can’t outsource certain things. You can’t outsource values, principles, hard work, all these are things you must face and do.
When I say you, I mean me as well, so we…You must understand the world we live in, it is not very kind, it is very harsh. There is no one out there, who is thinking on your behalf about how to solve your challenges.”
Kagame also spoke about what he calls the western propaganda, asking the youth to partake in the fight against western stereotype on Africa.
“That is why I really want us to be together in this fight, because it is a fight for who we are and who we want to be. It is a fight about ourselves, about Rwandans, about Africans,” he said.
Kagame adds “We have been downtrodden largely because of ourselves. Because we have not addressed some of the things that people build on to look down upon us.”
He added; “We are still far from where we want to be but surely we don’t want to be where other people want us to be”.
“If we don’t develop the mind-set that all these things we are trying to achieve are good for us, that we are not doing this because we want to impress anybody, then everything else we discussed, impressive as it was, will be wasted.”
“Gov’t Will Install Free WiFi In High & Tertiary Institutions. – Dr. Bawumia
The government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will later this year begin the piloting of free wifi policy for universities and senior high schools.
This was announced by Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia when he joined the youth of Ghana to celebrate the 2019 International Youth Day (IYD) under the auspices of the National Youth Authority at the Anagkazo Bible School in Mampong, Eastern Region on Wednesday, 14 August 2019.
Dr Bawumia said the Ghanaian youth over the years have made significant contributions towards the development of the country and, therefore, it is only right and apt that the government and the entire Ghanaian society show greater commitment towards their welfare.
He noted that the government has demonstrated through the introduction and implementation of innovative policies to transform the education system and make it more accessible to the young people.
“We will continue the path of helping the Ghanaian youth in diverse ways to make life in Ghana better for them,” he stated.
Inspired by the performance of the Mamfe Methodist Girls students who won the 2019 International Robotics Competition in the USA, Dr Bawumia challenged the Ghanaian youth to have the mindset of “possibilities” because “they are as good as, and, in many cases even better than their peers in the more advanced countries.”
Saudi Arabia To Build Medical University, 42 Senior High Schools for Ghana – Dr. Bawumia
The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has announced that following an appeal by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the King of Saudi Arabia, the Goverment of Saudi Arabia has agreed to assist Ghana in the construction of a Medical University and 42 senior High Schools.
The Medical University will be established in northern Ghana.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which would fund the construction of the Medical School, would also provide funds for the construction of 42 senior high schools throughout Ghana to increase access to education for the youth, especially girls.
Vice President Bawumia underscored Government’s commitment to providing more opportunities to disadvantaged communities in Ghana, including the Zongo community, when he addressed Muslim faithful on the occasion of 2019 Eid al Adha celebration at the Independence Square in Accra on Sunday August 11, 2019.
The proposed construction of the Medical School comes a few weeks after Vice President Bawumia secured an agreement with the Government of Cuba for the training of 40 qualified students, drawn from the Zongos and other deprived communities, as medical doctors in Cuba.
“There are many brilliant students from the Zongo and other deprived communities who have had their dreams of becoming doctors shattered due to lack of funding. This programme would come as a welcome opportunity for such students to realise their God-given talents. And Insha Allah, this partnership between the Governments of Ghana and Cuba will produce more doctors from Zongo and other deprived communities in the country” he explained.
“I'm also glad to announce that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has accepted another proposal by the Government of Nana Akufo-Addo to establish a Medical School in the Northern Region of Ghana.
“Establishing a Medical School will significantly reduce the scarcity of doctors and other medical personnel in the northern part of the country. This giant step to advance the health needs of the Ghana, together with Government's other initiatives on education, vocational skills, sanitation and infrastructure development in the Zongo communities, which are being driven through the Zongo Development Fund, clearly underscore Government's vision for the Zongo community.”
Vice President Bawumia urged Ghanaians to be on the lookout for any persons who might seek to destroy the peace and unity Ghana enjoys, saying “We should remain vigilant in our communities and neighbourhoods. We must watch out for agent provocateurs, who will want to breach the peace in order to undo all the successes that we have chalked in our developmental journey this far.
“Ghana continues to remain an island of peace in a troubled region. We must not let that slip from our hands. Let us report any suspicious characters in our communities to the security agencies, so that the name of Islam is not soiled on the altar of some political goal that misguided elements may seek to achieve.”
Vice President Bawumia commended the organisers of this year’s Hajj Pilgrimage, noting that they have done such a good job that “not many people even know that some of our brothers and sisters are in Mecca for the Hajj,” unlike previous years when organisational challenges were the order of the day.
The Vice President called for prayerful support for the nation, emphasising, “As I have always done, I wish to, once again, request your support and prayers for President Akufo-Addo, myself and the government so we will continue to remain focused in our quest to successfully steer the affairs of our beloved country for the well-being of citizens.
“On behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Government of Ghana, I wish all Muslims across the country the very best as we mark the sacred occasion of Eid Al Adha.”
President Akufo-Addo Applauds Decision To Name U.E.N.R After Prime Min. Busia.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has applauded the decision by the Governing Council of the University of Energy and Natural Resources after Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia, Prime Minister of the Government of the 2nd Republic.
The decision was taken by Governing Council of the University on 3rd August, 2018, in accordance with the Statutes of the University.
“The decision is an excellent one, which will receive the blessing of the President of the Republic, so that, once the parliamentary process has been completed, this University will, thereafter, be called the K.A. Busia University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The President continued, “It is wholly fitting that this great man, who viewed freedom as a great ally of progress, should be properly honoured by a grateful posterity, and, especially, by citizens of his native Bono Region.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, Dr. Busia believed that individual freedoms were not just about the space and ability to speak freely, associate and assemble freely, and to vote freely, seminal as they are, but also about their capacity to stimulate enterprise, creativity and innovation, and, thereby, provide the inspiration for rapid economic development.
“I am sure that you can appreciate what a special moment it will be for me to be the President who will have the privilege to assent to this decision. Long may we cherish his memory!”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 10th August, 2019, when he delivered the keynote speech at the 4th Graduation Ceremony of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, in Sunyani, in the Bono Region.
The President assured the gathering that his Government is determined to promote tertiary education in the country as a means of equipping the citizens with the tools vital for national development, adding that “we will continue to support institutions such as U.E.N.R.”
Government, he assured, will continue to initiate policies and programmes to enhance the capacity of graduates from the country’s tertiary institutions to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the nation.
“It is my expectation, and that of the Ghanaian people, that U.E.N.R will continue to produce graduates who are moulded to take on the opportunities and possibilities for higher achievement, through innovation and creativity, in today’s science and technology-led, knowledge-driven global economy, and who will, thereby, help generate prosperity for the mass of our people in our time,” the President stressed.
Whilst urging the 2019 graduating class to impact the world positively, he reminded them of the role they have to play in the development of the country, and in the realization of the vision of moving Ghana to a situation beyond aid.
The flagship programmes rolled out by government, such as “1-District-1-Factory”, “One-Village-One-Dam”, “Planting for Food and Jobs”, in addition to the exploitation of our strategic resources of bauxite and iron ore deposits, amongst others, President Akufo-Addo said, are geared towards building a Ghana Beyond Aid.
The President applauded the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG) for bringing its year-long impasse with Government to an end.
“Last Wednesday, an agreement was reached with UTAG, and I would like to express appreciation to members of UTAG for their show of solidarity and commitment to the nation’s development,” President Akufo-Addo said.
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