The convoy of the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin was involved in an accident at Osino, along the main Kumasi-Accra Highway Sunday afternoon.
Eyewitnesses said a tipper truck run into the last vehicle in the convoy, forcing it off the road at Osino in the Eastern region.
The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin was returning to Kyebi after a visit to Kumasi where together with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, they participated in a golf tournament.
The Okyenhene is unhurt and is currently at the Ofori Panin Fie at Kyebi.
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“It’s just one of the cars in the convoy, it’s nothing serious and nobody is hurt. The Okyenhene is safe in his palace right now,” a spokesperson in the Okyenhene's Palace, D.M. Ofori Atta told Starrfmonline.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has slammed former President John Dramani Mahama over a recent tweet on the depreciation of the Ghana cedi.
The second gentleman of the land is claiming that, the former president lacks understanding on matters relating to cedi depreciation.
“I understand the difficulty of the former President in appreciating the currency depreciation debate. I would try to simplify the explanation for him,” he wrote.
the Vice President stated that “in the entire 8 years of President Kufuor’s (NPP) rule from 2001 to 2008, the price of the Cedi relative to the dollar moved from GHc0.7 to GHc1.2, representing a depreciation of 72%”.
On June 12, 2018 Mr Mahama posted on Twitter "Today, GHC4.7 to $1. Weak fundamentals?".
Reacting to the tweet, the Vice President wrote:
It has been brought to my attention that former President Mahama has recently been talking about exchange rate depreciation.
The former President's comments once again, sadly demonstrate his lack of understanding on key aspects of our economy.
I understand the difficulty of the former President in appreciating the currency depreciation debate. I would try to simplify the explanation for him.
The data on the performance of the Cedi over the years shows that the Cedi is recording one of its best performances in the Fourth Republic under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The depreciation of the Cedi against the US dollar is one of the lowest in the first year of any government since 1992. The data is clear on this indisputable fact.
An equally instructive fact to note is that the NPP has demonstrated to be by far better managers of the Cedi than the NDC. In the entire 8 years of President Kufuor’s (NPP) rule from 2001 to 2008, the price of the Cedi relative to the dollar moved from GHc0.7 to GHc1.2, representing a depreciation of 72%. However, in the 8 years rule of both Presidents Mills and Mahama (NDC) from 2009 to 2016 the Cedi depreciated by 247%, moving from GHc1.2 to GHc4.2. Such higher rate of depreciation in less than a decade is simply unacceptable and signifies high levels of incompetence.
Although it is early days, there is much optimism for a more stronger currency under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Converse to the first 18 months of many governments in which the Cedi depreciated by more than 10%, the first 18 months of this government has recorded a marginal depreciation of 7%.
The reason for our relatively strong exchange rate performance is that our economic fundamentals (which Mr. Mahama sought to question) under Nana Akufo-Addo are strong. Much stronger than the mess he left us. The deficit is lower, inflation is single digit, the debt to GDP ratio is declining, interest rates are declining, our foreign exchange reserves are healthy, business confidence is rising and economic growth is increasing.
The graphics below tell the story. I hope the former President takes his time to read the facts.
The Acting Director of International Relation for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Emmanuel Danso Attafuah, has in a father’s day message commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for taking Ghana from its slump barely 18 months of winning political power.
He commended the president for rolling out social intervention policies and programs to impact the entirety of our body politics.
According the message, the social intervention policies by the president are ‘’significant, winning public and international acclaim. It is befitting therefore that we celebrate you and wish you a happy father’s day on behalf of all and sundry, we acknowledge and salute you, we also wish you well as you put your own hands to the plow to secure our nation a better fortune.’’
Read Below the full statement
THE PRESIDENT, FATHER FOR ALL
On the occasion of this day, we celebrate you as Father of our great nation. 18 months ago, our citizenry through their democratic franchise endorsed you to lead our nation out of it's slump. Since then, you have not failed to roll out far reaching policies and programs to impact the entirety of our body polity. Your social interventions are significant, winning public and international acclaim. It's beffiting therefore that we celebrate you and wish you a Happy Father's Day! On behalf of all and sundry, we acknowledge and salute you, we also wish you well as you put your own hands to the plow to secure our nation a better fortune.
Emmanuel Attafuah Danso, Acting Director of International Affairs
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that from the 2018/19 academic year, which begins in September 2018, all Colleges of Education in the country will be upgraded to University Colleges.
Additionally, from September, President Akufo-Addo indicated that a 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree will be introduced in the University Colleges.
“These Colleges will, initially, be affiliated with the University of Cape Coast, and, subsequently, to other public universities. This means that, eventually, a first degree will be the minimum requirement for teaching at any level of our education system”, he said.
Currently, many teachers who complete the three-year Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) at the Colleges of Education go on, later, to do a two-year top-up first degree, by distance learning, at the University of Cape Coast.
This means that, in addition to the extra amount of money spent on getting a degree, it takes trainee teachers not less than five years to get a degree.
“With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education degree, you would now obtain your first degree at the end of your schooling. This ensures that you enter the teaching service as university graduates, with an increase in your earning capacity,” the President added.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 16th June, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the 170th anniversary celebration of the Presbyterian College of Education, in Akropong, in the Eastern Region.
Stressing the importance of teachers, the President indicated that all modern, successful nations that have experienced extraordinary results in the formation of human capital and economic development, such as Singapore, Finland, Korea and Canada, have shown that teacher quality is the single most important determinant of their success.
He, therefore, indicated that “for us also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a crop of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy.”
In addition to this year's 11% increase in basic salaries for teachers, the President revealed that Government has cleared all arrears, accrued between 2013 and 2016, owed teachers with respect to travel allowances, transfer grants and overtime allowances.
“Presently, Government is no longer accruing arrears. We have instituted an insurance package for teachers with SIC Life, which has been agreed on with the teacher unions. We have reinstituted teacher trainee allowances. Government intends to restore the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed, and make it an attractive career choice,” he added.
With Government focusing on improving the quality and strengthening the quality of technical and vocational education and training, the President indicated that his administration has, thus, begun the supply of equipment to boost the capacity of the Colleges of Education that specialize in technical and vocational teacher training.
Mampong Technical College of Education, some four days ago, benefitted from the provision of two thousand, five hundred and eighty-six (2,586) pieces of assorted Science, ICT, Technical and Vocational equipment.
President Akufo-Addo assured that all other Technical Colleges of Education, including the Presbyterian College of Education, will, in the course of the year, receive their due share.
“These reforms form part of Government's vision to transform the country's education delivery system to meet the needs of a 21st century economy, and to produce a skilled and confident workforce to drive the nation’s agenda for industrialisation and modernization,” he added.
The National Identification Authority (NIA) has described the Ghana cards bearing the photos of some Minority MPs and circulating on social media as fake.
The NIA called on the public to disregard the fake cards since it does have in its record the registration details of the affected persons.
The cards had the photographs of the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak; James Agalaga, the Member of Parliament for Builsa North; Isaac Adongo, the MP for Bulga Central and Akandoh Kwabena Mintah, the MP for Juaboso.
But the MPs have denied registering for the cards and described the ones circulating on social media as fraud.
The Minority had boycotted the exercise on grounds that the National Identification Authority (NIA), has refused to address concerns over an attempt to denationalize Ghanaians based on the criteria for the registration.
Reacting to the cards, the NIA said: ‘’ NIA has no evidence of having registered any Minority MP;2. NIA has not issued a Ghana Card to any Minority MP; 3. NIA has no evidentiary basis to consider that it issued the purported Ghana Cards; 4. Neither the A.g Executive Secretary nor any NIA authorised Registration Official has anything to do with the creation and circulation of the said pictures which can only be photoshoped. And The purported Personal Identification Numbers on the cards fall completely outside the unique numbering system and scope of NIA.’’
Read the full statement below:
FAKE GHANA CARD PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The National Identification Authority (NIA) has noticed with profound regret pictures circulating on social media purporting to be photos of Ghana Cards issued to some Minority Members of Parliament by NIA, following their alleged secret registration for the cards. The NIA wishes to put the following facts on record for the attention of the general public:
1. NIA has no evidence of having registered any Minority MP;
2. NIA has not issued a Ghana Card to any Minority MP;
3. NIA has no evidentiary basis to consider that it issued the purported Ghana Cards;
4. Neither the A.g Executive Secretary nor any NIA authorised Registration Official has anything to do with the creation and circulation of the said pictures which can only be photoshoped.
5. The purported Personal Identification Numbers on the cards fall completely outside the unique numbering system and scope of NIA.
6. The pictures on the cards also don’t conform to NIA picture requirements.
7. NIA is acutely mindful of its obligations to respect and protect the integrity of all personal data entrusted into its care by the citizenry. Effectively ensuring all-round compliance with data protection laws and policies will remain a core concern of NIA; and
8. NIA is a creature of statute and is determined to obey the existing laws of the Republic of Ghana in implementing the National Identification System Project. It has no need to, and will never resort to any unfair, devious and illegal methods of persuasion in its bid to get all Ghanaians to register for the Ghana Card to ensure social and economic inclusion.
The Authority therefore states emphatically that the said CARDS ARE FAKE and should be disregarded.
The security, confidentiality and protection of all data in our custody therefore remains assured.
While this statement is meant to deny the Authority’s knowledge, involvement or connection with the fake cards, the Authority will soon issue a comprehensive statement covering the technical and operational processes involved in the issuance of the Ghana Card.