President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has hinted of a probe into circumstances that led to the imbalance in the musical performances at the just ended 2017 CAF Awards night on Thursday.
The statement which commended the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said the confederation had agreed with its sponsors that, ‘’in pursuit of continental spread of the performers, to ensure a regional balance and a strong local representation of at least two musicians from the host nation Ghana-Kidi and Shatta Wale.
‘’However, that did not happen and there is the need for an explanation from them [organizers] on why that was the case in order to make next year’s event more successful,’’ the statement read.
Read the statement in full
CAF EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO GHANA AND PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Ghana President His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for attending the AITEO CAF Awards 2017 in Accra last night. We would like to acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to the event that made it lively as his thought-provoking message touched on some of the key things impacting the game in Africa. We would also like to thank the former President of Ghana, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo as well as Madam Clar Weah, the in-coming First Lady of Liberia, for representing her husband His Excellency George Weah at the event. We want to thank all the dignitaries that took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event and also to the people of Ghana for the big turnout. For the first time in the history of this awards ceremony, the legends of African football played a major role as they turned up in their numbers to grace the occasion. For those who were present and for those who could not come, we are grateful and we would like to assure them that we will deepen their contribution to the development of the game in Africa. Their presence helped to make this event a great success and their enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together very productive. For the nominees and award winners, we would like to congratulate all of them as they deserve the recognition they got. We want to encourage them and all the footballers across Africa to work harder this year to continue to hoist the flag of Africa wherever they find themselves. We would to thank all clubs that released their players for the event particularly Liverpool Football Club of England for their outspoken show of respect for African football by releasing their top players to attend the event even though they have an important matches few hours after the event in Accra. Our sponsors AITEO deserve big commendation as their significant support ensured the fantastic display last night. While praising their efforts we will be seeking an explanation from AITEO over the line-up of musicians for the event. We had agreed with them, in pursuit of continental spread of the performers, to ensure a regional balance and a strong local representation of at least two musicians from the host nation Ghana – Kidi and Shatta Wale. However, that did not happen and there is the need for an explanation from them on why that was the case in order to make next year’s event more successful.
A retired military officer who has ventured into farming at Kwahu Afram Plains in the Eastern region, Mr. Daniel Osei aka Castro, has admonished President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to consider setting up an Agricultural Infantry Battalion to help curb unemployment.
In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87,5Fm, the farmer said one major challenge confronting the nation is that, every Ghanaian wants to be engaged in a paid job.
Using the over 84,000 applicants seeking to join the Immigration Service, he said the unemployment situation was worrying and should all these unemployed youth be engaged in agriculture, we will produce more and reduce the importation of food from other countries.
Mr. Osei quizzed, if all these people are yearning to join the services, who are those going to produce the food we eat?
He stressed that without agriculture, we will not be able to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
In explaining the details of his Agricultural Infantry Battalion, he said the youth could be recruited under the army to make the programme more vibrant just like that of the late Acheampong who initiated his ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ programme.
Without jobs, crime rate will go up because the unemployed youth would need to eat and money to survive, he added.
Already, government has initiated its flagship agric programme, ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’.
The Planting for Food and Job Campaign a policy that has been introduced by the NPP Government to help address the declining growth of Ghana’s agricultural sector.
It is a five year long policy which is geared towards increasing food productivity and ensure food security for the country as well as reduce food import bills to the barest minimum.
It is also an avenue to modernize agriculture and make it a source of employment for the teeming youths.
The policy is built on five major pillars
1. Supply of Improved Seeds to farmers at subsidized prices (50% subsidy)
2. Supply of fertilizers to farmers at subsidized prices (50% price cut)
3. Free extension services to farmers (1200 extension officers from the five main agric colleges already enrolled onto the program. Additional 4,000 extension assistants to be mobilized)
4. Marketing opportunities for produce after harvest, (arrangements have been made to offer ready markets for farmers who will be participating in the campaign)
5. E-Agriculture (a technological platform to monitor and track activities and progress of farmers through a database system)
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018, met with leaders of the Christian community at the Flagstaff House, Accra, to discuss matters of mutual concern, at a closed-door meeting.
In wishing them a Happy New Year, President Akufo-Addo used the two-hour long meeting to explain, amongst others, Ghana’s recent decision to back the United Nations’ resolution, which called on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
President Akufo-Addo also reiterated his commitment towards strengthening the collaboration between Government and faith-based organisations throughout the course of his tenure of office, which has found expression in the 2018 budget.
Present at the meeting were Archbishop Philip Naameh, Rev.Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, Most Rev. Titus Awotwi-Pratt, Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, Rt. Rev. Asante Antwi, Most Rev. Justice Offei Akrofi, , Rev. Dr Samuel A. Nyampong, Rev. Dr Victor Okoe Abbey, Rt Rev. Dr Daniel Torto, Rt. Rev. Dr Seth S. Agidi, Bishop Addae-Mensah, Rev. Steve Mensah, and Rev Clement Anchebah.
The rest included Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, Dr. Mensa Otabil, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Rev. Emmanuel Owusu Bempah Rev. Joyce Aryee, Rev. Kusi Boateng, and Ps. Gideon Danso.
Also present were Rt Rev. Dr Hilliard Dogbe, Rt Rev. Anyani Boadu, , Rev.P. Dorcas Aidoo, , Rev. Paul Frimpong Manso, Bishop Samuel N. Mensah, Rev. E.T Barrigah, Rev. Felix Moses, Rev. Lawson K. Adjei, Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi, Prophet Dr Eric Ampe, Rev. Michael Martey, Rev. Mrs. Grace Agbotse, Rev. C. C. Coleman, Rev. Isaac Anaman, Prophetess Sarah Mbeah, Rev. Father Lazarus Anondee, Rev. Christopher M. Ahenkorah, Rev. Joseph Aboagye, Rev. Dr Michael Boadi Nyamekye, Rev. Canon Abraham Elijah Quarshie, Elder Renner Awatey Noah, Apostle Samuel Teye Doku, Apostle Anthony Anane, Rev. Dr Ahmed Kenneth Quarshie, Rev. Dr P. Addison, Rev. L. Addison, Rev. Prince Addae, Apostle J. Cofie, Rev. David Zun Gbey, Mr. Gabriel Moses, Pastor Emmanuel Okai, Rev. Samuel Tetteh, Rev. Father Kwame Larbi, Rev. Prophetess Janet Edusei, Apostle Eric Darko and Rev. C. Y. Annor.
The leaders of the Christian Community expressed satisfaction with the meeting, and called for more regular interactions with Government.
The Speaker of Parliament Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye has directed that a five member committee be set up to investigate the cash-for-seat saga.
The Speaker gave the directive after suspending sitting for 30 minutes and further directing the Minority to correct some errors in its motion.
Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye ruled there were grave procedural irregularities on the motion that made it “incompetent” and incapable of admission.
Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had asked the Speaker to dismiss the motion after he cited a number of irregularities on the motion paper.
But Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu said the motion was fit for consideration in the House.
The five member committee comprising Mr. Ameyaw Kyeremeh Sunyani East MP, Chair; New Juabeng South MP, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah; Adenta MP, Mr. Boabeng Asamoah al from the Majority’s side.
The two MPs from the side of the Minority were: Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi and Mr. Dominic Ayine.
Members of Parliament were recalled from recess for a special sitting today, Friday, over the issue upon the request of the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak.
Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye suspended the emergency sitting summoned today [Friday] and directed the Minority to correct procedural errors in the cash for seat motion.
According to the Speaker, the motion was incompetent and could not be admitted.
He, therefore, suspended sitting for 30 minutes to allow the Minority to amend its motion calling for a probe into the alleged sale of presidential seats to expatriates.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has transferred the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Rev. Jonathan Bettey to the Central Region for forging his promotional letter.
According to the Acting Deputy Director General of GES, Anthony Boateng, Rev. Bettey does not deserve the salary he draws from the state because he has not yet attained the level of a deputy director, as he holds himself.
Rev. Bettey has described his transfer as politically motivated but the GES clarified that, it was not based on political reasons but integrity.
“I and my Director General took office early part of last year(2017) and we had a lot of issues we were dealing with. Then someone alerted us that there are some staff whose promotion letter they suspect was fraudulent. So we started investigations into the matter and I invited him and he admitted that he’s never attended any interview for promotion to level of Deputy Director. He was asked where he got the promotion letter from and he said it was a gift from the former Director General to him. Can you imagine this,” Mr. Boateng said.
According to him, the issue would not have been made public if not for the way and manner the former PRO behaved.
The Managing Editor for the El Hajj newspaper, Aljahi Bature has passed on.
Alhaji Bature, a journalist with many years of experience and a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.
The family will officially issue a statement by 7 pm today [Friday] to announce arrangements for his burial in line with Islamic rituals.
The sale of e-vouchers to some 84,637 prospective applicants who applied to join the Ghana Immigration Service will cater for the cost of recruitment, the service has explained.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), for the service, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta explained that the money would go into covering the costs incurred during the recruitment process, among other things.
Over 84,000 applicants cross the country, on Thursday went through short listing.
But only 500 applicants are going to be enlisted out of the huge number. The public have lambasted the GIS for exploiting applicants.
But the PRO justified reasons for selling the number of e-vouchers.
He told Accra based Citi Fm that, “Today, for instance, we have rented the venues across the country and we are paying money for it. We are paying for hiring ambulances in case of emergencies, we are going to pay for the software we are using and other things that are going to happen along the line.”
He added: “As I speak now, I don’t even know the percentage that will be coming to the GIS. What we are spending, we delve into our own IGF [Internally Generated Funds] to support the process until it is completed.”
He further explained that, the GIS even “put a restriction on the duration of the sale [of forms]. We could have left it open for two months or three months to make money. People were even calling after we closed the sales to extend it.”
Governance expert, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, says it was about time a president in power together with all his appointees resigns three months into an election.
The expert who doubles as the Dean of Studies at the Local Government Institute, was of the view that, the incumbent will abuse incumbency, use state property to campaign at the expense of the tax payer.
Dr. Osae told Kwabena Agyapong on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, if we can amend our constitution so the government in power, will be made to resign three months into an election and hand over to a neutral body so we will give a level playing field to all other political parties.
He said ‘’…three months into an election, the government in power must resign and hand over to a neutral body. This will allow for a level playing field. If we do not allow them to resign, they will abuse incumbency. You cannot stop an official of government from using state property when campaigning. This will be at the disadvantage of the opposition. So we have to allow all appointees resign three months into an election.’’
He also expressed worry over the award of contracts by incumbent presidents who lose an election few days to their exit.
By amending the constitution and adopting my proposal, we will bring an end to all these abuse of incumbency.
He said we could allow a body like the Peace Council to manage the affairs of state until a leader is elected and transition is done and a new leader takes over.
He was responding to questions over Ghana's preparation towards the 25th anniversary celebration as a republican state.
A rehabilitation medical doctor has expressed concern about how sports men and women in Ghana and Africa are not able to continue their various sporting activities for long.
Dr. Kweku Laast of Care One Rehab said sports men and women should take their injuries while embarking on their various activities seriously to enable them live long even after their retirements.
Dr. Laast expressed the concerns at the launch of the ICONSPT 2018 Conference scheduled to take place in Accra from 2nd to 3rdMarch 2018.
ICONSPT 2018 aims to provide advanced post-professional clinical training for health professionals who are bone setters, Alternative Medicine Practitioners, Physiotherapist, General Herbalist Practitioners, massage therapists, with an emphasis on evidence-based research applications, progressive and comprehensive clinical practice.
It is also to upgrade participants practically through modern research applications to advance clinical practice and improve outcomes, for professionals, and provision of high-quality services to improve the health and wellness of our community at large.
Participants will have the skills, passion, and knowledge to become leaders, clinical experts, and practitioners of choice in areas of study (physical therapy).
Subject that would be treated include injury rehabilitation, orthopedics/spine/lower back, rehabilitation, sports and fitness injury strategies and high intensity training. The rest are cross fit, footwear and bare foot training, injury prevention, Olympic lifting and training and running injuries training.
Dr. Laast said “sports men and women must be given a second treatment when they are active or on retirement because sometimes, they live with depression so there is the need for capacity building for such people”.
The Deputy Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Saka Acquaye, who represented the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, noted that there are 43 different sporting disciplines in the and all of them need such capacity buildings to boast their participations.
“There are 43-sporten associations in the country and we shall write to all of them to at least, bring two people for this training”, he promised.
The Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Henry Joel explained that the “health plays a vital role for any individual on this earth. Nothing can be good, if the health is not good”.
“Healthy and physically fit person can enjoy their lives more beautifully and sports medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation are the subject which deals with all the health and physical related conditions of the athletes”, Mr. Joel explained.
He said “that is why ICONSPT 2018 Conference is the most precious event which is directly related to health and wellness, not only for the sports person/athletes, but also for the people who struggle in life. This is because, most of the diseases and disorders which are directly or indirectly related to the physical health and condition, ICONSPT is a towering forum which is related to sports, physical therapy and rehabilitation”.
Mr. Joel said “there is always lack of applied modern sports and physical therapy research in most African countries which impedes the rehabilitation and slow recovery rate of injured athletes as well as the very slow development of sports and weakens the performance level of athletes or sports men and women”.
Facilitators of the ICONSPT 2018 Conference are world renowned sports professors and doctors such as Prof Tyler Cuddeford who is a Professor of Sports/Orthopedics/Physical therapy and Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Programme at the George Fox University, USA, Prof Jeff Houck who is the Director of Research, Professor of Physical Therapy-George Fox University USA and Dr. C.J. Zita, is a Physiotherapist at Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Washington, USA and Dr. Ryan Mackenzie, expertise in sports and rehabilitation, injury prevention and coaching.