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Re-register Your SIM Cards By June 2020 – Gov’t Orders Ghanaians

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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.

(Source: citinewsroom.com)

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Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings To Attend The ’30 Black Stars’ Awards Gala In Houston.

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On Friday, November 15, 2019, 30 distinguished African-American business leaders and professionals will be honored at the inaugural 30 Black Stars Conference and Awards in Houston, TX.

Launched earlier this year by Face2face Africa, the initiative seeks to advance diversity and inclusion by recognizing the cultural shift taking place in the country and how businesses and corporations can harness it for innovation and global competitiveness.

This year’s honorees represent over 15 nationalities and come from various industries including finance, technology, healthcare, media, law, entrepreneurship, and more

For the past 8 years, Face2face Africa has been a leader in celebrating black audiences with innovative platforms and events that connect, inform, celebrate and empower communities globally. ‘30 Black Stars’ is a continuation of our commitment, as we champion diversity and inclusion by highlighting the impact of black professionals and business achievers in this country.” said Sandra A. Babu-Boateng, CEO of Face2face Africa.

The event will include a D&I panel discussion, a cocktail/networking reception, and an awards ceremony honoring the 2019 30 Black Stars. Former First Lady of Ghana Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston are a few of the special guests that will be in attendance.

For more information about the honorees, program, and tickets, visit
www.30blackstars.com. or contact 30blackstars@f2fafrica.com

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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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J.A.K. Foundation Launches Giant Uplugged Charity Concert, Set To Build An Arts Theatre.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA - The John Agyekum Kufuor (J.A.K.) Foundation, an independent, non-partisan development oriented institution inspired by the founder’s vision, has officially instituted a musical concert dubbed, Giant Unplugged Charity Musical Concert in honor of the Ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor and to raise funds for establishing an endowment fund to support the John A. Kufuor Foundation in completing its flagship leadership programs over infinite years, precisely the arts and theatrical projects.

The ultra- modern Kufuor center for Leadership and Governance, a facility under construction on the campus of University of Ghana Legon when completed would seat 500 people in its state-of-the-arts auditorium and other facilities such as conference halls, library, 15 offices plus a presidential suit, 5 seminars and mentoring halls, and recreational and restaurant facilities. This would be the center for all activities of the foundation. From the Kufuor scholars program to the annual lectures among others.

The launch which was hosted at the residence of the former president at Tetteh Quarshie, Accra will see the main event being stage on the 7th of December, 2019 at the Fantasy Dome, La, Accra. The concert is expected to raise funds to complete the project and also help produce leaders imbued with a strong sense of patriotism; leaders who are innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers and knowledgeable in their respective fields of endeavour. It is a program known for its excellence in grooming transformational leaders of tomorrow.

The event was attended by notable and illustrious creative and art pratictioners, including actors and musicians, thus, Prince David Osei, Kalybos, Bisa Kdei, Captain Smart, Lucky Mensah, Coach Kwesi Appiah, Salma Mumin, Prince Yawson aka Waakye, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, Bob Smith Jnr, Bismark the Joke, Fiifi Coleman, Harold Amenya, Legendary Kwame Ampadu etc.

The former president envisions an establishment of a peaceful, well governed and economically sustainable society in Ghana and Africa on the pillars of the foundation -leadership, governance and economic development. H.E the Chairman of the foundation believes that “Good leadership results in good governance which leads to good socio economic development” thus the foundations focus to develop good leadership characteristics among the youth of this country through it’s programs.

Last year, in raising 80 million Ghana Cedi’s, the foundation plans to allocate amounts for its projects as follows; 5 million dollars will be used to construct an ultra-modern center for leadership and governance, while the remaining 10 million dollars will be invested into an Endowment fund. The returns on the investment in this fund will be used in the running of various projects of the foundation. These projects include: The Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP), The Kufuor Young Entrepreneurs Network, Annual lecture Series on Governance and Development, The Kufuor Election Observers Groups, andThe Kufuor Prize for Best Community Leadership.

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“Gov’t To Criminalise Bad Social Media Posts. – Ursula Owusu

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The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that government would soon criminalise the sharing of inappropriate social media content.

Addressing stakeholders on the second day of the National week celebration of the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019, being held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful cited sexual images as an example of inappropriate content, adding that all should comply with the domestic laws, when passed, to avoid being penalized.

The Minister said there would be sufficient provision in the law to protect children/adolescents from online abuse.

She, therefore, called on the public to be wary of such messages, delete as soon as they received them, and avoid passing them on.

“The Ministry is working with the Attorney General, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, among others to come up with the framework on child online development and welfare within the shortest possible time,” she said.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful explained that most children had become active users of the internet for learning but are unfortunately facing a lot of challenges, which affects their human rights and, therefore, the need to protect them.

She said most of the laws of Ghana were enacted before child online protection came up, as a result, sufficient laws should be put in place to protect children being abused on the internet.

“Government has increased awareness among children across all the regions and by the end of October, 40 schools would have been reached,” she said adding that cybersecurity policy would be reviewed to meet international standards.

The Minister also called on corporate bodies to support government since it was in their collective interest to protect the children.

On her part, the second lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, said a collaborative effort was essential to protect children from online predators.

Quoting UNICEF's research done in 2016, she said four out of ten children had seen sexual images and half of the 2000 children used in the survey expressed online abuse by adults.

She, therefore, called on government, educators, civil society organisations, international development partners to come up with policies and legislation to protect young internet users.

Hajia Samira commended the Ministry of Communications for initiating channels whereby victims who feared reporting to the police could report to in order to seek redress.

“Parents have to be abreast with the use of the internet in order to guide their children on its usage as their children mostly were knowledgeable than them,” she advised.

Madam Afisah Zakaria, the Chief Director of Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, called for the monitoring of service providers of sex sites to protect children from accessing those sites, stating that the law would soon be enshrined with strict penalties so that sending, retaining, and sharing of such contents would be punishable by law.

The programme which was in the theme, “Demonstrating Ghana's Cyber Security Readiness,” brought together security agencies, heads of departments, school children and others to discuss Child Online Protection (COP) and develop a framework to curb the risk posed to young people for using the internet.

(Source: citinewsroom.com)

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