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Thousand And Twenty (1020) Communities In Ghana Without Mobile Signal To Be Covered By GIFEC

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CEO of GIFEC, Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante

The Government of Ghana under the Nana Akufo-Addo led administration has empowered the Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and the Ministry Of Communications (MOC) to help improve communication solutions especially in remote areas in a very unique way.

Since the universe is turning a digital globe, GIFEC which is taking up a pivotal role has introduced various innovative ways of executing the task of resolving electronic communication related challenges.

At a press conference in Accra, on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018 the CEO of The Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communications, Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante noted; “GIFEC has undertaken a number of rural-centered initiatives over the past years in unserved and underserved communities, all aimed at narrowing the digital gap.”

Outlining their achievements under the various rolled out initiatives, the CEO said, “Rural Telephony Project (RTP), through close collaboration with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) led to the following accomplishments over the years: 117 RTP sites constructed (2014 – 2016), 100 RTP sites constructed using UMTS 900 (2017), 85 repeater sites (May 2018), 900 communities covered and 200 RTP sites to be constructed by the end of 2018 of which 50 has already been completed.”

“Under the Cyber Laboratory programme; 819 Educational Institutions were provided with Computers, Printers, Scanners and Projectors while 120 Basic Schools are to be equipped with ICT Laboratories by the end of 2018”

Touching on the GIFEC Satellite Hub, which provides Internet Points of Presence in unserved/underserved communities through the installation of a VSAT Satellite Hub, he said, “100 VSATs internet sites have been installed, 25 RTP sites integrated into the hub, 82 CICs connected to the internet.”

He further eulogized MTN and Huawei for partnering GIFEC on its major task to provide rural areas with good Internet and voice services.

Narrating the ordeal people in the rural areas go through in search of the internet and clarity for voice calls, Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante said, “Most people in rural areas, mostly find it very difficult to get good receptions during the making of calls to their loved ones in the cities, as most have to either climb trees, or go to places where they can hear or get good call receptions.”

He also revealed, measures are being put in place to not only offer voice solutions during calls, but also offer better Internet (data) for one to surf the Internet even in remote areas whiles the businesses in the communities are educated on how to use social media to enhance, market and expand their business.

In the coming days, GIFEC will be increasing the reach of some new innovations such as the Emergency Call Centers which empowers Citizens to call and lodge complaints to government directly and get real time feedback and the Coding for Kids initiative; an arrangement to train kids to be able to use computers in programming and learning which already has 150 teachers trained as at June, 2018 and it is expected to train 1500 school children by the end of the first phase of the project.

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Flt. Lt. Rawlings Urges Burkinabe To Work Towards Sankara’s Ideals.

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has commended President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore for supporting the quest to create a lasting memorial park for late Burkinabe leader, Captain Thomas Sankara.

Making remarks after a solemn ceremony on Saturday to unveil a huge statue of Thomas Sankara at the Conseil de l’Entente in Ouagadougou where Sankara and twelve of his colleagues were assassinated on 15 October 1987, Flt Lt Rawlings who is the Honorary Chairman of the Sankara Memorial Committee, said Burkinabe must work together towards the progressive future Sankara envisaged for his people.

According to the former Ghanaian leader, Burkinabe should keep reminding themselves that noble people have died for their country, not only in the fight for independence but also in the fight for true freedom and justice.

The ceremony was addressed by President Kabore and other leading members of the Sankara Memorial Committee and attended by families of the late Sankara and the twelve who fell with him in October 1987.

Former President Rawlings who arrived in Burkina Faso on Thursday, February 28 earlier held meetings with the Sankara family and also chaired meetings with the Sankara Memorial Committee. On Friday he addressed a symposium where the main design of the Sankara memorial monument was unveiled.

After the unveiling of the statue on Saturday, the former President later took part in the closing ceremony of the 50th edition of the Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). Leading figures at the event included the Burkinabe President, Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.

The former President also called on the people of Burkina Faso not to allow the pain of the tragic circumstances that led to the demise of Thomas Sankara and some of his compatriots to be lost on the country.

The former President was equally grateful to the families of President Sankara and his colleagues for their presence at the ceremony.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Ghana’s 62ND Independence Celebration: Ebenezer Mission Academy Pupils Commemorate Anniversary In Grand Style.

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Elegantly dressed in their beautiful traditional and African print attires, pupils of Ebenezer Mission Academy has commemorated Ghana's 62nd independence day anniversary in grand style at the school's premises in

Adentan, a suburb of the Greater Accra Region.

Aside the display of the country’s culinary art, the pupils of Ebenezer Mission Academy wore their local fabrics and African prints, which the country is famous for. The climax of the event was marked by the preparation some of local dishes, including Waakye and prayer of intercessory for the nation Ghana. The performance captured some of the virtues that the people hold in high esteem.

Using the image of a black and proud pupils, the display of the traditional dishes and beautiful traditional tells a story of a country that is generously endowed by nature and whose people are united and resilient. The occasion highlighted the tourism potentials of the country and beckons on the world to come and savor the enormous beauty of Ghana.

Ghana was the first country south of the Sahara to gain independence from British colonial rule and it was very significant in terms of the overall independence of Africa. As the great Dr Kwame Nkrumah proclaimed at exactly 12:00AM on 6 March 1957 at Independence Square: “ We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves.

Ghana was the first country, where the British established oil plantations followed by Malaysia in the nineteenth century. The story goes that Mr Alexander Cecil Goff established the first oil palm plantation near the coast of Ghana in the early 1900’s. The Malaysians came to Ghana to learn about oil palm plantation cultivation, the production techniques and also took away seeds. Today Malaysia is the second largest exporter of palm oil and accounts for 39 % of world palm oil production accounting for over 10 billion USD of Malaysia’s gross national income. Ghana on the other hand saw a total collapsed of the palm oil industry.

Speaking to www.georgebritton.com’s Journalist Gerrard-Israel, the Assistant Headmaster of Ebenezer Mission Academy Mss. Sylvia Quarshie, stated that, the month March is noted to be a vital month in the history of Ghanaians, as it is the month the nation gained independence from it colonial master.

According to her, marking Ghana's independence day celebration ahead of 6th March and demonstrating the sense of the patriotism amongst the pupils, learners who are enrolled at the educational institution are to present themselves in African and Traditional print to commemorate the independence day celebration.

Mss. Sylvia Quarshie also revealed that, since the pupils of the educational institution are from a heterogeneous background and various cultural homes, dressing in the African or Traditional attire also has the objective of elevating the Ghanaian culture to its diaspora and the African descendent at large.

However, some learners enrolled at the educational institution expressed their pleasure in commemorating occasion. Form 3 student, Mss. Nyarko Sylvia, stated that, she is happy representing her culture to mark the anniversary. She urged her colleague and Ghanaians to champion of course of freedom and right.

Elimelch Seddoh also shared his experience, stating that, he wants the nation Ghana to relatively grow strong and be peaceful, adding that, Ghana is a great nation, so Ghanaian citizens should neglect any negative information and inculcate the sense of positivity on the minds of its patrons, urging them to have high hopes in the leaders.

Berryl Bortey Quami expressed her towards the management of the school, according to her, the management of the school has given them the opportunity to showcase demonstrate their God given talent to the world, she encourage her colleagues to also take up the mantle to elevate the Ghanaian culture.

Founder of Ebenezer Mission Academy, Apostle Patience Evelyn Sabuki reiterated that, in preparation towards Ghana's 62nd Independence Day Anniversary and the grace and love of God on the nation Ghana, there is a need to showcase their appreciation to God through their African and Traditional prints.

Apostle Patience Sabuki appreciated New Patriotic Party administration led by, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo effort in initiating the Free Senior High School policy, however, she made a plea to government allocate excess mechanisms to make the education sector more comfortable for students, to alleviate the level of illiteracy in the country.

In advocating for the construction of footbridges, pedestrian crossing, street lights and road markings, the Minister of God urged the government to fix the deplorable state of the roads, fix the footbridges and also provide road safety security to ease the stress students have in crossing the road to attain knowledge in schools.

Founder of Ebenezer Mission Academy, Apostle Patience Evelyn Sabuki later in her remarks, saluted the pupils for their roles in the actualization of the country’s Independence 62years ago. She stated that the struggle toward the Independence of Ghana was not carried out by Ghanaians alone, but also by every African within the territorial space.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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ABLE Initiative Donates To 1964 Independence Day Celebrations Bomb Victim, Elizabeth Asantewaa.

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Ghana witnessed a tragedy on 6th March, 1964 when a bomb exploded at the Accra Sports Stadium during an Independence Day Celebration. An innocent minor, Elizabeth Asantewaa, while she was presenting a bouquet of flowers to the President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was the unfortunate victim when it blew her up instead of the target, the President of Ghana. She has since been through countless episodes of treatments, the most prominent being her trip to London for a surgery which was sponsored by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah after he took keen interest in her case, thereby making it a point to take care of her and handle all expenses. Unfortunately, he could not do so after he was overthrown in 1966, and later passed on to glory. Fifty-three years on, after the demise of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ms. Elizabeth Asantewaa’s health has deteriorated as she has been neglected by subsequent governments.

Mr. Samuel Awunor, the founder of ABLE Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization that seeks to aid and support Persons living With Disabilities, chanced upon Ms. Asantewaa’s story and considered it an obligation to make her a priority for the Initiative. On 3rd March, 2019, he, together with Mr. Nathaniel Mensah, known in showbiz circles as ‘Ajeezay’, and other members of ABLE Initiative paid a visit to Elizabeth Asantewaa at her Dansoman Residence to interact with and present certain items to her.

Her predicament, indeed, is one to make mention of. As a victim of circumstance and with no one to readily come to her aid, she considers herself neglected and abandoned by the Government of Ghana. Due to her amputated limb and the other barely able to maintain her weight, she is unable to move and thus restricted to her porch. In our bid to assure her of our loyal support to her, she expressed bitterly how other private bodies have trooped in and out of her residence and assured her of same but have unfortunately failed to carry out their promises. It is our utmost desire, at ABLE Initiative, that Ms. Asantewaa is provided at least, with such basic necessities of life as a comfortable place to lay her head since she is confined to her mat day in and out as a result of her inability to walk. “They say material things are vanity, but sometimes they are necessary” she opined. All she needs now is some constant care and a consistent source of livelihood. A renewal of her hope in Ghana is worth considering, nevertheless, since her love for her country led her to this state. We therefore plead with all to provide any form of assistance to Elizabeth Asantewaa, be it cash or kind. Your kindness will go a long way to put a smile on her face and revive her hope in humanity.
Do reach out to her through the following medium;

Mobile money number : 0249495454
Account Details​: Nathaniel Mensah

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Nigeria Decides: Akufo-Addo Congratulates Buhari.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has extended warm congratulations to His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari for his second successive term, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to President Nana Akuffo-Addo, the teeming Ghanaian people made an expression of approval and commendation to the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for peacefully re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term at the helm of affairs.

The President of the 4th Republic of Ghana made this expressions via his twitter feed after the The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria declared President Buhari as the President elect for Nigeria.

''The Ghanaian people, their government and I extend warm congratulations to His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) on his re-election, for a second successive term, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the elections of Saturday 23rd February, 2019'' - He tweeted…

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term at the helm of Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer, the electoral commission chairman said on Wednesday, following an election marred by delays, logistical glitches and violence.

The president won by 3.9 million votes, having garnered 15.2 million to Atiku’s 11.3 million. The election turnout was 35.6 percent, the electoral commission said, which compared with 44 percent in the 2015 presidential election.

This is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s collated figure of votes from all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory released on Wednesday morning.

Though INEC has not formally declared Buhari as the winner as of the time of writing this report, the President has met all the requirements the constitution requires a candidate to meet before such could be declared the winner.

According to the constitution, a presidential candidate must have nothing less than 25 per cent of votes cast in at least two-thirds or 24 states of the federation. The candidate should also have majority votes in the election.

With the figure released by INEC at the national collation centre in Abuja on Wednesday morning, the incumbent President has more than 25 per cent of the election in over 24 states. He also defeated his closest rival with 3,928,869 votes.

Atiku also had 25 per cent of the total votes cast in over 24 states but lost the poll when the simple majority rule condition is applied. While President Buhari won in 19 states, Atiku won in 17 states and the FCT.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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