Mr Robert Cudjoe, the immediate past Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Health has denied been reassigned.
According to him, he remains the PRO hence the media should treat the statement issued to announce his removal as PRO with contempt.
He has lamented of plot by some individuals to see him ousted on grounds that he is not a member of the ruling party.
Meanwhile, he has released a nine-page document he wrote in 2016 expressing strong optimism of victory for NPP and President Nana Akufo-Addo.
“If some think I am not an NPP so, they can push me out, read this document that God inspired me to present to Nana Addo few months to the 2016 elections. Sadly, I got his bodyguard's contact but later, my calls didn't get to him. I have kept it to myself all this while. Its my secret document. I am making it available because of the thinking of some that. I am not an NPP and that, the statement I made that the UGMC would be opened this year 2018 was meant to undermine the government. The media should judge it for themselves.”
The statement issued to announce his removal read: “The Ministry of Health wishes to inform all media houses, its stakeholders and the public that Mr Elorm Ametepe has been posted from the Information Services Department (ISD) as the new public relations officer (PRO) of the Ministry of Health.
“Mr Ametepe replaces Mr Robert Cudjoe, who has been re-assigned to the Information Services Department (ISD) at the Ministry of Information.
“You are, therefore, by this release kindly requested to direct all public relations related matters and enquiries through Mr Elorm Ametepe on telephone number 0559383045.
GHALCA Chairman Kudjoe Fianoo has touted his achievements after taking over the mantle a year ago.
Mr Fianoo said, officials of GHALCA in the past looked like ‘goro boys’ because the office they worked in did not represent that of a serious association.
However, plans and policies adopted by his team have changed that negative narrative, he posited.
According to him, ''this executive is looking forward to leave behind a solid legacy so GHALCA will be attractive to the corporate world and make it easier for sponsors to put in their resources to sponsor their activities.
He recounted how staff of GHALCA had to struggle in working due to the lack of an office space.
‘’It was a shame for us to be moving to offices of our potential sponsors because we did not have an office but the current leadership of GHALCA has done it best to change this and rebrand and reposition GHALCA.’’
Meanwhile, he has also touched on the upcoming GHALCA Tournament slated for this month.
Kudjoe Fianoo met all team owners over a possible upcoming competition and explains it comprises of thirty clubs with fifteen from the Division One and the other fifteen from the Ghana Premier League.
The tournament requires a home and away encounter between two teams starting from first round known to be the knockout stage.
The final eight clubs that will remain in the competition would be divided into two with four basing in Kumasi for their matches and other four in Cape Coast, he said.
The Chairman stated clearly about the prize money for the winner of the Tournament, which is an amount of GHC40, 000 and the runner up, takes home an amount of GHC10, 000.
Kudjoe Fianoo was speaking to Isaac Kweku Worlanyo Wallace on Rainbow Sports.
By: Justice Abban
More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, an aid agency says.
Two rubber boats set off on 1 September but one of the vessels deflated and sank, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.
The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km (62 miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli.
MSF says the group is now being held in "arbitrary detention".
The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel.
It appears to be the largest migrant death toll in the Mediterranean in several months.
In early June, 112 people reportedly drowned after a boat sank off the Tunisian coast. Later the same month, the UNHCR said that 220 people had died in three separate incidents over the course of two days.
Over 1,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Many more have been rescued, although Italy, a primary destination for migrants travelling from Libya, has recently started to refuse entry to migrant ships.
The numbers of those crossing the Mediterranean has fallen from the peak of over one million in 2015, but the journey is becoming deadlier: while fewer deaths have been reported, more people are dying as a proportion of those who reach Europe.
Although these numbers do not include the increasing numbers who are now being returned to Libya, the rise can be explained by the shift from the shorter sea route between Turkey and Greece in 2014-15 to the much longer and more dangerous route between Italy and Libya.
Meanwhile, concerns remain for migrants who remain in Libya, with reports emerging late last year of sub-Saharan African migrants being kidnapped for ransom or sold as slaves in the northern African country.
Libya remains unstable since the overthrow of long-term leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Hundreds of migrants held in detention had to be moved after deadly clashes broke out in the Tripoli in late August, while gunmen also attacked the National Oil Corporation on 10 September.
The Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP) has inaugurated a 9-member Technical Committee to come up with a working document towards the establishment of three sports colleges in the Coastal, Middle and Northern belts of the country.
The inauguration of the Committee, chaired by the Technical Advisor of the Ministry, Dr Emmanuel Owusu- Ansah is part of the process towards the fulfilment of the Government’s manifesto promise of establishing three sports colleges to bridge the gap between academia and industry while addressing the many challenges confronting the sports sector. This will be done in collaboration with the private sector.
Inaugurating the Committee, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah explained that the setting up of the sports colleges has long become necessary owing to the fact that the country does not have a single college that is accredited to run world-class academic programmes to meet the growing demands of the industry.
The National Sports College, Winneba, which was set up in 1984 has the responsibility of training and re-training the country’s human resource in the sector among others.
This situation, the Sports Minister believes is hugely affecting the opportunities that sports industry offer to young people who are desirous to pursue academic programmes in the sector.
Isaac Asiamah expressed confidence in the members to come out with expertrecommendation in executing this project. He, therefore, urged the committee to expedite action on their work, adding “it is my hope that the committee’s working document would be ready in two months”.
Dr Owusu-Ansah, on behalf of the Committee, thanked the Minister for the confidence reposed in them and assured that the committee would work assiduously to bring this vision into fruition.
Other members of the Committee are Mr. Frank Quist, Chief Director of the Ministry, Prof. Reginald Ocansey of the School of Education and Leadership (SEL), University of Ghana, Kwame Amponfi, National Sports Authority (NSA) and Mr. David Agorsor, Director, Policy, Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPBME) of the Ministry.
The rest are Magnus Rex Danquah, Sports Consultant, Mr Henry Tackey, a representative from the Attorney-General’s Department, Mr Noah Bagerbaseh Bukari and Mrs Diana Addae from the National Sports College.
The first batch of students of the double-track system have started reporting to the various schools they were placed.
The schools have also positioned themselves to receive the students.
The first batch of the Green Track students are expected to spend 81 days in school while the Gold Track (second batch) will report on November 8, 2018.
Nyankonton Mu Nsem visited a number of the schools to find out how the process has been.
Whiles some parents complained bitterly of delays and their frustrations, others commended government and described the track as good.
Other parents who preferred their wards to be placed as boarders but were placed as day students, have expressed their willingness to pay for the fees to have their wards admitted as boarders.
A parent speaking from the St. Johns Senior High School was furious the ward was denied a boarding facility.
She said, ‘’I am not a poor woman and I am willing to pay my ward's fees so why deny him boarding and give him day when I can pay the fees myself. The process is not the best. Why should some have boarding and others day? Some of us are willing to pay. If you cannot run the system effectively, why frustrate parents?’’
She spoke to Rainbow Radio's Afia Kwarteng, who also reported parents were not happy because the Gold and Green Tracks, have been missed up for the registration instead of allowing only the Green Track students to report.
Reporting from Tamale, Prince Kwame Tamakloe said, a female student was wrongly placed in a boys school.
According to him, out of the 50 schools in the region, only 40 were running the double-track system.
The process he added was slow and parents complained bitterly.
From the Presbyterian Boys School in Accra, Daniel Asuku said parents had brought in their wards to register.
Some parents were worried at the slow pace the registration was going and called on authorities to intervene.
Parents from some schools in Kumasi where Kwabena Amoateng reported lamented the cost of extra items they had to purchase for their wards.
A parent said, ‘’it would have been better for us to pay the fees than what we are witnessing today. The items I was presented with amounts to over GHc1, 000. This amount could have paid my ward’s fees.’’
A total of 189,323 candidates on the Green Track have so far printed out their placement forms for the admission process, while 173,971 candidates on the Gold Track have also printed their placement forms for the admission process.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) released the placements of 423,134 students who successfully made it under the 2018 Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
The placements were released on Wednesday (September 5, 2018).
The release from the GES means that 67,382 students who have qualified to SHS could not be placed under the system because they could not be matched with any of their school choices.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has assured that all 67,382 students who have not been placed under the computerised school selection placement system (CSSPS) will have schools by the end of the week.
The GES has directed first-year students who have not been placed to visit www.cssps.gov.gh to choose from a number of available schools with vacancies.
has activated a second portal on which BECE candidates who are not able to print their placement forms to go through the admission process can do so.
The two websites are the cssps.gov.gh and myjhssresults.net.
The decision of the GES to add another website, which was used last year by the candidates, is in response to the number of candidates who are unable to print out their placement forms because the first website, cssps.gov.gh, is slow.
Prices of chop boxes in the Sefwi Yawmatwa Electoral area in the Western region have increased astronomically due to the implementation of the free senior high school policy.
The situation has made if difficult for some parents to afford the chop boxes for the wards who have been placed under the free senior high school policy.
Following this, the Assembly Member of the area, Mr Abass Mohammed, has donated 800 chop boxes to students who have been placed as boarders under the double-track system.
He has been commended by parents, beneficiaries and traditional leaders for his kind gesture, which residents say will go a long way to assist parents and students especially to go to school without hindrance.
The residents in the area are predominantly cocoa farmers and because the harvest season is not due, majority of them, were unable to buy the chop boxes for their wards.
Mr Mohammed in an interview disclosed that, his aim was to support the beneficiaries in accessing secondary education, which is now free, without any hindrance.
He has pledged to provide any form of support to needy but brilliant students to ensure they get access to quality education.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has disputed stories saying he has endorsed certain personalities contesting for various positions in the upcoming National Democratic Congress’ internal polls.
A statement issued and signed by the Communications Director of the former leader, Kobina Andoh Amoakwah said, Mr Rawlings ‘’… wishes to make it clear that he has not endorsed any individual or group vying for roles in the party.’’
He has however reiterated the need for party supporters and delegates to elect committed patriots ‘’… whose object and focus is to re-establish the noble core of our tradition and values.’’
The statement further urged the media to ‘’… crosscheck information concerning the former President before publication to avoid the dissemination of false and propaganda related material, especially during the campaign for national office holders in the NDC.’’
Read the full statement belwo:
The attention of the office of former President Jerry John Rawlings, has been drawn to publications in the media claiming the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has endorsed certain personalities who are campaigning for the roles of party flagbearer and national executive officers.
The Founder of the NDC wishes to make it clear that he has not endorsed any individual or group vying for roles in the party.
He reiterates that the consultative process which was initiated by the Council of Elders will not be stampeded. This should allow the party to pave way for the emergence of true and committed patriots, whose object and focus is to re-establish the noble core of our tradition and values.
The media is urged to crosscheck information concerning the former President before publication to avoid the dissemination of false and propaganda related material, especially during the campaign for national office holders in the NDC.
Kobina Andoh Amoakwa
International relations expert , Professor Kwame Agyenim Boateng, has predicted the legacy of late former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan will forever live on.
The selflessness, dedication and service to mankind he noted will boost confidence of people and encourage them to come over to Ghana to learn about him.
He also challenged authorities to help in telling the positive stories and the good works the late diplomat championed.
This he said will help dispel all the negative stories told about Mr Kofi Atta Annan.
Africa, the third world and advanced countries he posited benefited immensely during the tenure of Mr Annan as Secretary General.
The lecturer who lectures at the Kings University College, underscored the need for children to be educated and informed about the works of the illustrious son of Ghana adding, ‘’even if we have to put up a statue of Mr Annan, in all the ten regions or something significant to inform and teach our children about the man who put Ghana and Africa on the map as a UN Secretary-General, it will be a bad idea.''
‘’This will encourage young people to emulate his example and pursue a path that would help them achieve similar exploits.’’
The mortal remains of the late Mr Annan arrived in Accra on Monday at the Kotoka International Airport.
Ghanaians are filling past his body at the Accra International Conference Centre today [Tuesday].
Filling past and paying of last respect by dignitaries including recognized groups, Chiefs, Members of Parliament and Ministers of State on Wednesday September 12, 2018.
Burial Service and Final Interment on Thursday September 13, 2018.
Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi, in central Ghana, Africa, on April 8, 1938. Since 1960 Ghana has been a republic within the British Commonwealth, a group of nations dependent on Great Britain. Named for an African empire along the Niger River, Ghana was ruled by Great Britain for 113 years as the Gold Coast. Annan is descended from tribal chiefs on both sides of his family. His father was an educated man, and Annan became accustomed to both traditional and modern ways of life. He has described himself as being "atribal in a tribal world."
After receiving his early education at a leading boarding school in Ghana, Annan attended the College of Science and Technology in the capital of Kumasi. At the age of twenty, he won a Ford Foundation scholarship for undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied economics. Even then he was showing signs of becoming a diplomat, or someone skilled in international relations. Annan received his bachelor's degree in economics in 1961. Shortly after completing his studies at Macalester College, Annan headed for Geneva, Switzerland, where he attended graduate classes in economics at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales.
Following his graduate studies in Geneva, Annan joined the staff of the World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations. He served as an administrative officer and as budget officer in Geneva. Later UN posts took him to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and New York City, New York. Annan always assumed that he would return to his native land after college, although he was disturbed by the unrest and numerous changes of government that occurred there during the 1970s.
Annan became the Alfred P. Sloan fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the end of his fellowship in 1972, he was awarded a master of science degree in management. Rather than return to Ghana upon graduation, he accepted a position at the UN headquarters in New York City.
In 1974 he moved to Cairo, Egypt, as chief civilian personnel officer in the UN Emergency Force. Annan briefly changed careers in 1974 when he left the United Nations to serve as managing director of the Ghana Tourist Development Company.
Annan returned to international diplomacy and the United Nations in 1976. For the next seven years, he was associated with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He returned to the UN headquarters in New York City in 1983 as director of the budget in the financial services office. Later in the 1980s, he filled the post of assistant secretary-general in the Office of Human Resources Management and served as security coordinator for the United Nations. In 1990, he became assistant secretary-general for another department at the United Nations, the Office of Program Planning, Budget, and Finance. In fulfilling his duties to the United Nations, Annan has spent most of his adult life in the United States, specifically at the UN headquarters in New York City.
Annan had by this time filled a number of roles at the United Nations, ranging from peacekeeping to managerial, and the 1990s were no different. In 1990 he negotiated the release of hostages in Iraq following the invasion of Kuwait. Five years later, he oversaw the transition of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) to the multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), a UN peacekeeping organization. In this transfer of
responsibility, operations in the former Yugoslavia were turned over to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
In recognition of his abilities, Annan was appointed secretary-general, the top post of the UN, by the UN General Assembly in December 1996. He began serving his four-year term of office on January 1, 1997. Joining him was his second wife, former lawyer Nane Lagergren of Sweden. She is the niece of the diplomat Raoul Wallenberg (1912–c.1947), who saved thousands of European Jews from the German Nazis during World War II (1939–45), when American-led forces fought against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Annan and Lagergren were married in 1985. The couple has one child.
The Ministry of Health has appointed Mr Elorm Ametepe as the new Public Relations Officer.
He takes over from Mr Robert Cudjoe who has been reassigned to the Information Services Department at the Ministry of Information.
The new PRO according to a statement issued by the Ministry said, Mr Ametepe was posted from the Information Services Department.
The statement further directed the media to direct all public relations related matters and inquiries through Mr Ametepe.
It concluded by thanking all its stakeholders and partners for the continuous support.
On August 7, 2018, Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Premeph announced government was going to absorb cost for extra classes for students under the double-track system under the free senior high education policy.
Addressing the media at the meet the press series in Accra, Education Minister Mathew Opoku Prempeh said the government was adopting the system while putting in measures to build enough educational structures.
During the implementation of the policy, the Education Minister said, “government is going to provide per head GHC50 to every student as academic intervention, where the teachers if they have to organize extra lessons in Maths and English, will not charge their students.
“The government will give them money to be able to pay for the extra classes.”
He added that for students who will be on the green track, breaking frequently, “we are organizing to have extra classes at home and give them work when they are going home so that they can fulfil it.”
He added government “will provide centres in the constituencies for them (students) to engage [and] meet teachers.”
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service who has said government will not organize extra classes for students has contradicted his statements.
Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, addressing the press on Monday, the GES director said the extra vacation classes ‘’is not part of the consideration’’ of government.
He was responding to a question on whether plans have been adopted to keep students under the green track busy after they complete their first semester.
In answering he said, government considered a number of options including sending linking students to industry so they could learn.
‘’We looked at a lot of options…It is possible that we could organise the extra classes in churches. But what we saying now is that vacation is vacation, government, GES would not want to interfere with students vacation.’’