The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has condemned, in no uncertain terms, the recent attacks on some Ghanaian police officers, which have resulted in their deaths, stating that, it must no longer be allowed to continue.
Assuring the Police Service and the general public, President Nana Akuffo-Addo stated that, in so far as the nation governed under the rule of law, such criminal acts will not go unpunished explaining that, no one deserves to be killed under any criminal or extra-judicial circumstance.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 13th September, 2019, when he addressed the graduation ceremony of the 49th Cadet Officers Course of the Ghana Police Service According to him, personnel of the Police Service should not be seen as enemies, but rather partners in the fight against crime.
He expressed his pleasure in the seucrity service, as he noted that, the Police Administration has, in all these cases, acted promptly, and arrested the perpetrators, who are now facing trial. The Ghanaian people are expectant that such rapid arrests will also be carried out when the victims are ordinary citizens.
In the same vein, the President was expectant that, any police officer who breaks the law, and abuses the freedoms and human rights of any member of society must not be spared, and should be brought to face the full rigours of the law.
On the missing Takoradi girls, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “the families of the three missing Takoradi girls and the recently discovered fourth person, are waiting anxiously for news of their whereabouts from the Police Service, and I fervently hope the Police Service will respond soon.”
Government, the President reiterated, is determined to help create a security service, including the Police Service, that is professional and efficient in the discharge of its duties.
He added that, promotions within the service have to be based on merit, and not on political affiliation. The political affiliations of serving officers should manifest themselves only in the polling booth on election day. Once they don the uniform, the population expect them to carry out their duties impartially, without any political coloration.
President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that the political leanings of any of the commanding officers of the various security agencies, including the Police Service, are not his concern.
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Ghana Mine Workers Union Honors Ft. Lt. Rawlings.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has charged all Ghanaians to show responsibility to their environment and communities in our bid to confront the scourge of illegal mining.
In an address delivered after receiving a special award from the Ghana Mine Workers Union of the TUC at their 75th anniversary awards event on Friday, the former President who referred to illegal mining as one of the biggest challenges to the mining industry, said the damage to the environment and expensive infrastructure of already established large-scale mining concerns is incalculable. He cited the brazen abuse of the environment by ‘galamsey’ mining as a collective responsibility.
“There is no doubt that institutions have been weak and the commitment of successive governments even weaker because of shallow political expediency, but how do we, for instance, manage to send semi-industrial mining equipment and thousands of foreign nationals through our towns and villages into the thickets of our forests? Local people and traditional leaders are complicit. We like to blame central government but we never look for the log in our own eye and pluck it out!” the former President stated.
Flt Lt Rawlings noted that the biggest source of Ghana’s problems was a lack of noble sentiment and a patriotic sense of responsibility, stating that “until the average Ghanaian recognizes the need to show responsibility first to himself, his family, his environment and community, we will continue to experience economic, social and political poverty.”
Urging the membership of the Mine Workers Union to impact on their communities, the former President said they can be agents of change by using the anniversary to perform deep introspection of what they can do for Ghana.
“Let this be a period when many of your anniversary events are not about wining and dining but also about community interchanges that can impact on the scourge of illegal mining, indiscipline and corruption, which have become more of the norm than the exception.”
The former President said had British businessman and Chief Executive of Lonrho, Tiny Rowland been alive, he would have shared the award with him, describing him as a very special person who was perceptive, extraordinarily bold and courageous.
He said after the handover to Limann’s government in 1979, there were many attempts by the intelligence machinery in collaboration with Western embassies to persuade him to leave the country.
“My refusal to do so unleashed an avalanche of fabrications designed to assassinate my character as a prelude to my physical elimination. The Western intelligence machinery threatened to bury me alive. They very nearly succeeded,” he said.
Flt Lt Rawlings said he miraculously survived the various attempts to destroy him and returned to office to advance the national agenda.
Tiny Rowland, the former President said, also became a target of the West because he dared speak unspoken truths inviting Western wrath, revealing that the spear that was used to destroy Rowland was a Ghanaian who had ironically benefitted from the British businessman’s mentorship. Evil, he stated, had once again triumphed, adding; “If it weren’t for greed and love of power and control over God’s creation and freedom, humanity would not today be confronted with the challenge of global warming.
“He (Tiny Rowland) even took it upon himself to produce a documentary to vindicate Gaddafi over charges by the West,” former President Rawlings disclosed.
The former President also congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for making Africa proud by winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He said no one is more deserving and his choice enhances the image of the Nobel Peace body. He said he looked forward to the day when there will be a Mandela Justice for Peace Prize, a Pope John Paul Sacrifice for Peace Prize and a Mother Theresa Compassion for Peace Prize. He was also hopeful that unsung heroes such as Palestine’s Hanan Ashrawi will one day win the international recognition they deserve.
The citation accompanying the former President’s award stated, “Your Excellency, your personal involvement and commitment in salvaging the then declining/collapsing mining sector and transforming it into the enviable industry we see today is deeply appreciated. Your demonstration of excellence, high standards of ethical conduct, integrity and civic and social responsibility in those trying days made it possible for the mining sector to attract the needed Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) for its transformation. For this, the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union in particular and the entire mining sector will forever be grateful to you.
“The dynamic evolution of mineral laws and policies, under your leadership, led to a rapid growth of Ghana’s mining economy. Indeed, between 1983 and 1998, the mining industry brought approximately US$4 billion in Foreign Direct Investment to Ghana, representing more than 60% of all such investment in the country (Ghana Minerals Commission, 2000). The mining sector’s contribution to the nation’s gross foreign exchange earnings, under your leadership, also increased progressively from 15.60% in 1986 to 46% in 1998. In absolute terms, the sector generated US$ 124.4 million in 1986, and US$793 million in 1998 (Ghana Minerals Commission, 2000).
“For instance, between 1984 and 1995, there were significant institutional development and policy changes that offered generous incentives to investors to reflect the new paradigm. The establishment of the Minerals Commission in 1984; the promulgation of the minerals and mining code in 1986; the promulgation of the small-scale mining law in 1989 and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1994 were all to boost the mining industry in Ghana.”
Other award winners were Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as well as Comrades Dominic Forvie and Ebow Tawiah.
“NABCO Trainees Contributing Positively To National Development. – Nana Akufo-Addo
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the 100,000 young men and women recruited under the Nation Builders Corp (NABCO) initiative have made positive contributions to the growth and development of the country, a year after its inception.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “there is hardly any sphere of our national life in which the contribution of our young NABCO trainees is not being felt – education, agriculture, health, local government, the digitisation process, revenue mobilisation, and private sector activity.”
He stressed that “we are utilising our existing intellectual infrastructure to resolve domestic challenges, in the delivery of effective public services.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 17th October, 2019, when he spoke at the 1st Anniversary of the launch of the NABCO programme at the National Theatre, Accra.
Citing examples of the areas in which NABCO trainees have been of tremendous assistance, President Akufo-Addo noted that, 12,750 NABCO trainees are working on the National Digital Property Addressing System, which will lead to the tagging of homes across the country with a plate bearing the house number, street name and a digital address.
Again, in the fight against ‘galamsey’, over 200 NABCO trainees work with the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, with trainees being given skills in operating the surveillance drones procured, and currently working on acquiring their licences to become certified drone pilots.
“Our flagship policy for the renewal of Ghanaian agriculture, dubbed the ‘Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs’, has seen NABCO trainees work in areas such as extension services, seed and fertilizer distribution, and in mechanisation,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Towards enhancing revenue mobilisation, the President told the gathering, which included Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, that a significant boost had been witnessed with the co-opting of NABCO trainees.
“The Ghana Revenue Authority engaged nearly ten percent of the NABCO workforce within Ghana Customs and the Domestic Tax and Revenue Division. Information from Small to Medium Tax Offices relate positive stories of increased revenues, whilst officers of Ghana Customs take effective control of our borders and enforcements,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “The Ministry of Finance, in partnership with Oracle Ghana, is currently building the capacity of about 100 trainees to assist with the digitisation and the management of the systems deployed under the Public Financial Management Reforms Programme.”
The Judicial Service, he said, also has some 500 NABCO trainees supplementing its workforce across the country, with a similar workforce assisting the Births and Deaths Registry towards its reform and digitisation processes.
The “One District, One Factory” initiative, and many private sector institutions have trainees being put to productive use.
“Across all the sectors of our national life are examples of such positive stories of valuable contributions by our young NABCO trainees. We owe them these opportunities to help them realise their potential. Not only does this assist with their growth, but it also helps to secure our collective future,” he added.
First Lady, H.E. Akufo-Addo Launches Iron Defiency Awareness Campaign.
The First lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has made a passionate call for a comprehensive collaborative effort between the public and private sector to eradicate iron deficiency in the country.
She said although the solution to iron deficiency is within reach, the wide-spread prevalence of anaemia, especially among women and children, is indicative of the need for more effort to combat it.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo made the call when she joined stakeholders to launch the iron Deficiency Awareness Campaign as part of events to celebrate World Food Day, under the theme, “Healthy Diet for a Zero Hunger World”
An initiative of Nestle Ghana Ltd, the Iron deficiency awareness campaign dubbed “Live Strong with Iron’’ seeks to raise awareness and educate the public on the impact of iron deficiency and the need for proper nutrition in addressing it.
The Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (DGHS) estimates that 66% of children under five are anaemic, same as 42% of women in their reproductive age (15-49 years) and 45% of pregnant women respectively.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Mrs Akufo-Addo said malnutrition in both children and adult impact the social and economic progress of any country negatively as children with anaemia experience irreversible cognitive and developmental delays, while affected adults, experience decreased productivity due to fatigue and tiredness among other indications.
She said that even though health problems associated with iron deficiency increased the average healthcare costs for families and the country, a holistic approach which will require pooling the strength and expertise of the public and private sectors, would serve as an effective combative tool to eradicate the health menace.
“That is why as a woman, a mother, an advocate and First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, I am encouraged at the collaboration between the public and private sectors. This means we can leverage our collective strength to fight against iron deficiency in Ghana”, she added.
The First Lady was particularly complimentary of Nestle Ghana Ltd for leading this campaign to help individuals and families identify and eat foods rich in iron to help curb the deficiency”, stating that the solution to iron deficiency are all around us ranging from local and familiar farm produce to rightly fortified foods.
She pledged her support by rallying individuals, Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society, Consumer Protection Agencies, and Religious Bodies, among others to be ambassadors in the fight to eradicate Iron-Deficiency in Ghana.
On her part, Managing Director of Nestle Ghana Ltd. Philomena Tan said the iron campaign contributes to fulfilling Nestlé’s ambition to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030 in line with its purpose of “enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future”.
Re-register Your SIM Cards By June 2020 – Gov’t Orders Ghanaians
The Communications Ministry has directed that owners of SIM cards of various networks in the country re-register them by June 2020.
The directive, according to the ministry, is to fight fraud and other crimes in the country.
The sector minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful who made this known during the ministry’s turn at the regular Meet-the-press session said the re-registration window will be opened from January 2020 to June 2020.
She cautioned that persons who fail to comply with the directive will have their SIMs deactivated.
“It is quite clear that the current SIM card registration regime is deficient and fraught with many challenges, defeating the purpose of the SIM registration regulations. Mindful of this, cabinet earlier this year directed the Minister for Communications to instruct all telecommunication companies to fully comply with the law governing sim card acquisition which requires the presentation of a valid ID document prior to registration,” the minister said on Monday.
“The ministry has consulted all relevant stakeholders and hereby announces that from 1st January 2020, we would all be required to re-register our SIM cards. Any SIM card which is not registered will be deactivated by June 2020, giving a six-month time frame for this exercise. We entreat all citizens, residents and visitors to cooperate with us to ensure the success of this exercise for our collective security,” she added.
The early part of this year saw the Communications Ministry pledging to rectify all shortfalls that come with SIM card registration in the country.
The Ministry in a statement instructed all stakeholders including telecommunication companies to ensure strict compliance with the SIM registration and activation processes in line with the relevant statutory provisions.
Mobile users were also urged to confirm the status and details of their registration by dialing *400# on their mobile handsets and following up with their respective mobile networks to correct errors in the registration detail.
The use of wrongly registered SIM cards to perpetrate cyber crimes and other forms of fraud in the country has been on the ascendancy.
Despite efforts to deal with the problem, the situation has persisted.
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