The Ministry of Planning in collaboration with the United Nations has launched Ghana's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Indicator Baseline Report that will help facilitate the implementation, tracking and achieving 2030 SDGS.
In September 2015, World leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with a set of 17 Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets as the successor framework to the millennium development Goals (MDGs).
The 2030 Agenda seeks to complete the unfinished business of the MDGS, and to stimulate actions in areas of critical importance covering the three traditional dimensions of sustainable development social, economic and environment.
Deliverying his keynote address at the launch, Minister for Planning Prof. Gyan Bafour noted that in Ghana, the SDGS ans Agenda 2063 are being implemented and tracked through the decentralised planning system which assigns planning functions to the Ministries, Department, and Agencies (MDAS); and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies MMDAS, with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) as the apex coordinating body.
Government of Ghana he assured will partner the private sector, civil society groups and academia to achieve the targets.
The 17 new global goals will continue the work of the Millennium Development Goals, while going even further to address the root causes of poverty. They reflect the complexity and interconnectedness of today’s social, economic, and environmental challenges. To achieve the change we need, we have to address our challenges in an integrated way, and that’s what the new agenda does.
The world has the resources, the know-how, and the technology to create a prosperous, sustainable future, but we need to unlock the will and the investments to make it happen. All of us – from governments to companies to citizens – have the opportunity to get involved, and together, we can make progress happen.
The global goals serve as the world’s to-do list from 2016-2030. These goals form a shared agenda to end poverty, promote peace and opportunity for all, and protect the planet. Specifically, the 17 goals to be adopted in September are:
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
By: Afia Kwarteng
A political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mr Mohammed Abass says the only option left for us to deal with the existence of vigilante groups is the law court.
The various institutions of state including the police administration he said have failed woefully in cracking the whip on vigilante groups.
Undue political interference and lack of political will as well as lack of resources to help the police to deal with the matter, have also contributed to the problem, he lamented.
In his view, the existence of these unlawful groups is a threat to democracy and the nation.
Members of these groups he opined have been empowered because political leaders and government officials support them financially.
Allowing these groups to exist he added does not only threaten our security but the parties that formed them.
Controlling such groups is also difficult especially when their party is in power, he added.
He therefore wants the court to firmly rule that, the existence of vigilante groups is unlawful and unconstitutional and parties that violates such rulings should be punished.
The lecturer also called on Ghanaians to vote against parties endorsing such groups.
Two political science lecturers, Dr. Dominic Degraft Arthur-University of Development Studies and Mohammed Abass who lectures at the Kwame University of Science and Technology (KNUST), have slammed political parties and their leaders for entertaining vigilante groups.
The two lecturers have called on Ghanaian voters to punish political leaders who have openly declared their support for vigilante groups.
The two lecturers were speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on Frontline Thursday following the formation of the Hawks, Lions and other groups by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) few days ago.
Dr. Arthur was worried the emergence of vigilante groups will not help in deepening our democracy and will further threaten our country and destabilize our political process.
Democracy in Ghana he explained was a practice we copied from the developed world.
However, vigilantism is not part of the democracy practiced abroad.
The lecturer insisted the practice will not benefit the country hence the need for these groups to be disbanded.
‘’We need to punish all the political parties entertaining and supporting these groups. Otherwise we will continue to live in fear.’’
He warned the media may live in perpetual fear and soon can’t criticise political parties due the existence of vigilante groups.
On his part, Mohammed Abass also stressed on the same point as his colleague lecturer and called on Ghanaian voters to punish politicians and political parties who endorse vigilantism.
The existence of vigilantism he noted forms part of the abnormal politics in our democracy but given the fact that we are experiencing these practices; our democracy would be threatened in the future.
‘’I am in full support of the call on Ghanaians to punish politicians for the existence of vigilantism. Democracy is for the enlightened and so as Ghanaians who are enlightened, we have to discourage the vigilante groups because it is a threat to our democracy. The kinds of people being used are radical and those who formed them cannot control the people used for such groups’. Ghanaians have to kick against it and punish politicians entertaining them.’’
The inability of the security agencies to deal with the existence of vigilante groups shows that our institutions are weak and we need solutions to deal with the problem.
The National Sports Authority Council Director General, Majeed Bawa has refuted claims that occupants at the SA Hostel were not given prior information over their eviction.
The occupants of the Hostel have been informed to vacate the premises by September 7, 2018 to pave way for renovation works.
Mr. Bawa in an interview with Isaac Kweku Worlanyo Wallace of Rainbow Radio said they had informed the occupants three times in the year of 2015 but to no avail, besides the Regional Youth Centre of Excellence in collaboration with the NYA does the renovation.
This bold step is taken for national teams to camp at the NSA Hostels in Kaneshie during national team events.
According to Majeed Bawa, the contractor was ready in March but the occupants were still occupying the hostel meanwhile they were given up to 15th of March to leave. He then stated they only gave accommodations to the occupants for only three months due to how hard it is to find a place to rent an apartment in Accra, which is a temporal transit.
He also refuted claims by some of the occupants who have alleged NSA owed t
Hoe however confirmed the NSA is only owed some of them allowances and efforts were underway to get them paid.
Occupants at the NSA Hostel have asked to vacate the premises by September 7th, 2018 to allow renovation works start.
A notice at the facility has directed all the occupants to hand their keys to the NSA.
By: ABBAN JUSTICE ABRAHAM (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
A self styled pastor based at Kasoa Newtown in the Central region, Sir Morrison, has allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl.
The victim [name withheld] is said to be battling for survival after she was paralysed by the unlawful act of the suspect.
The suspect a teacher at the Ultimate School Complex is said to have fingered the minor before he allegedly defiled her.
Rainbow Radio’s Nana Yaw Asare gathered from his investigations that, the victim was late during an extra class organised by the teacher last Saturday. So Sir Morrison asked the class to go outside with the exception of the victim.
He then started questioning the victim why she was late and later sent her to another classroom where he allegedly fingered her several times.
Mother of the victim, Abena Bedu told our reporter the teacher after fingering the victim made an attempt to have sex with her but found it difficult.
In the process, the victim fell from the table to the ground, a situation she suggested caused her paralysis.
The victim has been referred to the Winneba Trauma Hospital but the parents have not been able to send the girl to the hospital due to financial constraint.
‘’My daughter went to school on Friday and told me their teacher asked them to come for extra classes on Saturday. After coming back from classes on Saturday, I realised she was not herself and so I sent her to a clinic and was told she had being raped. I asked her several times but refused to tell me who raped her. She later confessed her teacher did that to her. We later reported the issue to the police and the suspect was arrested. My daughter has been referred to the Winneba Hospital but I am unable to send her because I don’t have the resources for that,’’ the mother indicated.
The Kosoa Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) DSP Florence Annaman confirmed the story but said she was at a workshop and could not talk to our reporter.
About 25 commanders from the Ghana Armed Forces’ 64 Regiment Special Unit have successfully gone through a three-day special Counter-Terrorism Training by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).
This was a special collaboration between Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Led by a team of seven officers from the IDF, the GAF commanders received training in the areas of shooting ranges, Krav maga (an Israeli self-defense and fighting system), and skills building for dealing with hostage situations.
At the closing ceremony on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the participants were awarded with certificates of appreciation and participation.
The team also exhibited a practical demonstration of the acquired skills to Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, Ghana’s Minister of Defence, Air Commodore Wayoe, the Chief of Defence Staff, Col. Ako Adjei Deputy Director, and H. E. Shani Cooper, State of Israel’s Ambassador designate to Ghana.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, H. E. Shani Cooper expressed delight in the military cooperation between the State of Israel and the Republic of Ghana, and stressed on more future military cooperation to strengthen relations between Israel and Ghana.
“It is evident that the State of Israel and the Republic of Ghana have similar challenges and we hope there will be more opportunities to exchange ideas in our military cooperation,” she said.
Hon. Dominic Nitiwul also emphasized on the need to strengthen military cooperation between Israel and Ghana.
“The fight against terrorism has become a global issue that requires well-trained security forces to fight the menace. This collaborative training between the Ghana Armed forces and the Israeli Defence Force is a step in the right direction which adds to our efforts to ensure our preparedness and capacity building.”
He therefore expressed his appreciation to the State of Israel and the Israeli Defence Force for their initiative to share their vast experience in counter-terrorism with Ghana.
Meanwhile, Col Aviezer Segal, the Israeli Military Defence Attache’ to Africa, shared that, the Israeli Ministry of Defence is ready to collaborate with Ghana’s Ghana Ministry of Defence to share expertise.
“Throughout the years, Israel addressed its threats by maintaining its technological superiority supported by world leading defence industries and training methods. I hope this training will bring the two countries to more cooperation and collaborations in the world of defence, security, training and know each other better,” he added.
The Minority leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, is advocating for a severance package to be given all workers who have lost their jobs due to the collapse of some local banks in the country.
Parliament he suggested must be interested in the banking sector for the public good.
He said, we should be interested as a country in what we can do with regards to the collapse of the banks and the outcomes ‘’to restore the dignity and reputation of our financial institution’’.
Haruna Iddrisu was also worried over panic withdrawals that have hit some of the banks following the collapse of banks.
He emphasised the need for the regulatory body and its regulations to be respected in order to protect and safeguard the sector.
He spoke against political interference in the banking sector and passionately reiterated the need for those who have lost their jobs, to be offered severance package so they can sustain themselves and families.
Parliament is currently probing the collapse of the banks.
It met with the Finance Ministry and officials of the Central Bank yesterday [Wednesday].
PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG are to meet with the Finance Committee today [Thursday].
The Securities and Exchange Commission and National Insurance Commission are expected to meet the committee tomorrow [Friday].
The probe is being held in-camera.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has postponed its national delegates conference from October 23 to November 3, 2018.
The deadline for the submission of nomination forms has also been postponed from September 5, 2018 to September 29th.
The decision was reached after a Council of Elders meeting on Wednesday.
The Conference will be held at Trade Fair Centre, Accra.
General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah addressing the media on Wednesday said: “The committee reported to us and we needed to take this decision in consultation with the Council of Elders. It has been accepted that the national congress be held in Accra at the International Trade Fair Centre.”
“But there was a little hitch, the trade fair facility is not going to be available to us on the 20th of November. The earliest we could get to book the place was on the 3rd of November and so the Council of Elders has agreed that the date of the Congress be shifted to 3rd of November, he explained.
A private legal practitioner, lawyer Elikplim L. Agbemava has filed a suit at the Supreme Court of Ghana to challenge the licensure exams and the establishment of the National Council for Curriculum Assessment and National Inspectorate Board is unconstitutional.
The lawyer is invoking the original jurisdiction of the apex court and praying the court to declare that upon a proper interpretation of Article 17 and 296 of the 1992 constitution the Guidelines and procedures for the Licensure Examination for only newly trained teachers is discriminatory, arbitrary, an abuse of power and inconsistent with the 1992 constitution and therefore unconstitutional.
He also seeking ''a declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 190 (1) (a) and 3 of the 1992 Constitution, Parliament lacked the power to create new public institutions that
is, the National Teaching Council, National Inspectorate Board and the National Council for Curriculum Assessment to manage Ghana’s educational system; (ii) A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 190 (1) (a) and (3) of
the 1992 constitution, the Education Service established under Article 190 and the
Ghana Education Service Act of 1995 (Act 506) is the only and sole public body mandated by the 1992 constitution to manage, administer, execute and regulate an educational system (including setting professional standards for teachers) in Ghana that will
produce well balanced individuals with the requisite knowledge skills values aptitudes
and attitudes to become functional and productive citizens for the total development and
the democratic advancement of the nation as envisaged under the Education Act of
2008 (Act 778); (iii) A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 190 (1) (a) and (3) of the 1992 constitution the creation of the National Teaching Council, National Inspectorate Board and the National Council for Curriculum Assessment is unconstitutional; (iv) A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Art 17 and 296 of the 1992
constitution the Guidelines and procedures for the Licensure Examination for only newly trained teachers is discriminatory, arbitrary, an abuse of power and inconsistent with the 1992 Constitution and therefore unconstitutional; (v) A declaration that the a “trained qualified teacher” is a person who has sat and passed all the modules, contents and methodology of the various course of the Colleges of Education as established by the Colleges of Education Act, 2012 and certified by the University of Cape Coast or the National Accreditation Board National Teaching
Council’s and “registered” by the Ghana Education Service as a person qualified to teach at the pre-tertiary level and not by virtue of any licensure exam supposedly organised by the National Teaching Council established under the Education Act, 2008 (Act 778) as amended; (vi) An interim injunction directed at the National Teaching Council, its assigns and delegated authorities to stop, cease or halt the ongoing registration and intended examination of only newly qualified teachers pursuant to the Guidelines and procedures for the Licensure Examination until the final determination of this suit and (vii) Any other orders that the court deems fit in the exercise of its equitable and legal
The ''Capacity in which Plaintiff is bringing the action is as follows: The Plaintiff brings this action as a concerned citizen of Ghana in terms of Article 130 and 2(1)
(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992,'' his suit read.
The examinations applies to all teachers who hold the Diploma in Basic Education (DBE), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) or a post-graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) who want to be employed by the Ghana education service.
Executive Director for Social Impact Studies, Richard Kojo Elimah says government should not be faulted over its decision to into a $2 billion Bauxite for Infrastructure barter arrangement with the Sinohydro Corporation of China.
The number of years would be based on the value of the mineral, he explained.
He said Ghana has usually not benefited from our resources because we do not add value to them and export the raw material with its low value.But this new deal would move away from that and I think it is a positive move we should all support.
Dr Mahamaudu Bawumia, the Vice President has justified the bauxite agreement explaining that the barter is an example of the innovative, out-of-the-box thinking influencing the government’s approach to national development.
This arrangement seeks to leverage a fraction of Ghana’s bauxite resources to address the infrastructure challenges, and will provide a wide variety of projects including hospitals, bridges, interchanges, roads, affordable housing, rural electrification, and many others in line with government’s development agenda.
Speaking at the 2018 Ghana Economic Forum in Accra on Wednesday 5th September, 2018, Vice President Bawumia stressed that Sinohydro’s mandate is to construct infrastructure, not engage in mining, and dismissed suggestions that the Nana Akufo-Addo government had sold Ghana’s bauxite to China for $2 billion.
Rather, government has set up a holding company which will soon enter into a joint venture agreement with potential mining companies, refineries and off-takers from across the world who have the capacity, to establish the bauxite mines and refinery, and the proceeds from Ghana’s share of the refined bauxite will be used to pay for the infrastructure.
“What this arrangement does basically, is to say that we agree with Sinohydro that they provide us with our choice of infrastructure worth $2 billion. The Sinohydro Corporation which is going to provide the infrastructure is not the company that is going to mine the bauxite and they are not taking our raw bauxite. In other words, Sinohydro is not a mining company,” Vice President Bawumia emphasised.
“Rather, government in our plans has set up a holding company backed by an Act of Parliament called the Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Company that will soon enter into a joint venture agreement with potential mining companies, aluminum refiners and off-takers to establish the bauxite mines and refinery.
“After mining and refining, Government of Ghana will then use her share of the refined bauxite to pay-off whatever cost of the infrastructure provided by the Sinohydro Corporation. This will only happen after a period of three years and on condition that Sinohydro has completed the infrastructure projects that the people of Ghana has asked them to do.”
Mr Elimah who said was not holding briefing for the Vice President, was hopeful the approach by government might inure to Ghana’s benefit.
He underscored the need for Ghana to add value to our resources including cocoa and gold so we could generate more revenue as compared to what we have today.
‘’We have not benefited from our natural resources because of value addition. We have concentrate on adding value to our raw materials and generate more resources.’’
‘’If the explanation given by the Vice President about the Sinohydro Corporation with China is the true representation of the deal, then I think it would benefit Ghana if it is followed through. For him to say that ‘’government in our plans has set up a holding company backed by an Act of Parliament called the Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Company that will soon enter into a joint venture agreement with potential mining companies, aluminum refiners and off-takers to establish the bauxite mines and refinery’’, is a good point.’’