A month-old-baby has been buried alive together with a goat at Tebula, a community the Upper West Region.
The dead body of the infant was discovered Sunday morning by residents in the area at in the cemetery.
Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Abubakar Nuhu narrating the incident said, the sad story has shocked residents who have accussed a mallam in the area.
According to him, the infant was discovered dead.
Other items discovered aside the body and goat were a red band, maize and other items used for ritual purposes.
The traditional leader in the area he noted was informed and has since ordered individuals responsible for the act to confess or face the wrath of the gods.
Traditional leaders have announced a libation ceremony on Monday to invoke the anger of the gods on those who committed the crime so the laws of Ghana will deal with them.
The race towards 2020 is gathering steam as the various political parties are regrouping and reorganising their base for the task ahead. Opinions have it that the race will be fiercely contested between the NDC and the NPP.
So far 11 powerful flagbearer hopefuls have emerged from the NDC hoping to be given the mandate to lead the party into the 2020 elections. Some of the hopefuls include Hon. Sylvester Adinam Mensah a former Liaison officer of the National Mobilization Program which eventually gave birth to the NDC in 1992, to wit, Mr Sylvester Adinam Mensah qualifies as a foundation member of the NDC and as well a former CEO of the NHIA, Hon. Alban Bagbin a cadre and longest parliamentarian and former minister of state and currently a deputy speaker of parliament, Prof. Joshua Alabi a former campaign coordinator of the late Prof. Mills of blessed memory, Former president John Mahama, Mr Goozie Tanoh, Dr Spio Garbrah etc.
Delegates are confronted with several factors as to who amongst the list of 11 stands a better chance to lead the party to victory come 2020. As all the other hopefuls qualify to serve as president for two continuous terms, former president Mahama alone has only one term (4 years) to serve as president if elected in the 2020 general elections.
The concentration must not be on attaining power immediately in isolation but rather attaining power, remaining in power for long and putting Ghana on a solid economic and development path. This can only be possible if the NDC chooses any of the flagbearer hopefuls apart from former president Mahama to lead the party into the 2020 elections.
The NPP led by H.E Nana Addo and Bawumia are putting Ghana on a path where economic hardship has become the order of the day. They have introduced a limping Free SHS which has come to stay, a problematic Planting for Food and Jobs, a dinosaur one village one dam, cash-draining Nation Builders Corp (NaBCo), a Ghana of one day one scandal, skyrocketing prices of goods and services, collapsing banking sector, etc.
Clearly, the NPP stands the chance of losing political power to the NDC come 2020 with these barrage of hardships Ghanaians are facing. Governance is about continuity in deleopment and for that matter most of the reckless social interventions introduced by the NPP needs to be reviewed and properly alligned to the priorities of the larger population of Ghanaians and as well the size of the Ghanaian economy. This is a herculean task that cannot be achieved just within 4 years. For this reason former president Mahama does not fall within the category of potential presidents to lead Ghana to the promise land.
From hindsight, former president Kufuor made a proposal to parliament to consider extending the 4 years per term of presidential office since he believes that the 4 years of a term was not enough to make any significant achievement. Former president Mahama himself during his campaign tour in 2016 described former president Kufuor's proposal as sensible and went ahead to advocate for a second term for himself to enable him achieve significantly. Former president Rawlings also made similar observation and called for an extension to 5 years per term.
Clearly, all these former presidents strongly believe that 4 years is not enough for any president to make significant achievements and this presupposes that should the NDC present former president Mahama not much developments can be achieved within 4 years. It makes sense to rather consider a new face who is well-cut with loads of strategies to transform and inspire hope within the rank and file of the NDC, and whom the NDC can rally behind solidly in 2020 to win power and govern for a 8 year period.
The suggestion that if former president Mahama is not even able to perform within the 4 years if elected president, his vice will continue is moot. This is because it is virtually impossible to campaign on the records of a former president who failed to perform hence the NDC risks losing power again in 2024.
Considering the aforementioned challenges, the NDC is better positioned to elect Hon Sylvester Adinam Mensah whose age, party knowledge, profession ( Strategic management anfinancial expert) and other qualities represents a best fit for the top job.
Author: Osabutey Emmanuel
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has attributed the impressive 8.36% growth witnessed in Ghana’s agricultural sector in 2017 to effective policy making and implementation by his government.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “when you look at where we were, and what has happened since, it is largely because the policy has been properly aligned, in my view.”
Speaking at the 2018 Africa Green Revolution Forum, a platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move African agriculture forward, on Saturday, 8th September, 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda, the President noted that between 2014 and 2016, Ghanaian agriculture witnessed an average growth, over the period, of 2.5%.
Indeed, in 2014, Ghana’s agriculture grew at 4.65%, 2.78% in 2015 and 2.95% in 2016.
President Akufo-Addo explained that this situation meant that Ghana’s population growth of 3% per annum was outstripping growth in agriculture, resulting, therefore, in deepening poverty and increased rural-urban migration, with its attendant social and economic pressures.
Again, with the value of food imports into Ghana increasing from $344 million in 2007 to GH¢2.2 billion in 2016, the President stated that “the same amount of money we earned from cocoa in 2016, i.e. GH¢2.2 billion, was being used to pay for food imports. When that happens, you know it is as a result of policy failure.”
He told the gathering, which had the President of Rwanda, His Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, Deputy President of Kenya, His Excellency Mr. William Ruto, and the Prime Minister of Gabon, Emmanuel Issoze-Ngodet, as part of a panel, that “what we decided to do to revive Ghanaian agriculture was to devise a programme, which we call Planting for Food and Jobs.”
The programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, he added, is anchored on five main pillars.
These are the provision of improved seeds, the supply of fertilizers, the provision of dedicated extension services, a marketing strategy and the use of e-Agriculture.
Additionally, financial instruments such as the Bank of Ghana’s “Ghana Incentive Based Risk Sharing Agricultural Lending scheme”, with a fund of some GH¢500 million the President explained, is targeted at reducing risks of investments and promoting agriculture financing.
The results of these polices, the President stressed, have had a dramatic impact on the food crop yields.
He indicated that there was an increase in the production of maize, from 1.9 metric tons per hectare in 2016, to 3 metric tons per hectare in 2017; an increase in the production of rice, from 2.7 metric tons per hectare in 2016, to 4 metric tons per hectare in 2017; an increase in the production of soya, from 1.2 metric tons per hectare in 2016, to 2.5 metric tons per hectare in 2017; and an increase in the production of sorghum, from 0.8 metric tons per hectare in 2016 to 1.8 metric tons per hectare in 2017.
“The end result has been a significant increase in agricultural output and productivity in 2017, our first year in office. 8.36% was our growth rate in agriculture. For me, the first and most obvious area of success has been policy making and implementation,” he added.
Credit: The Presidency
The adherents of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition have shown greater care towards the needs of the vulnerable and underprivileged, much more than the avowed socialists, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated.
This tradition, which began governance under the Progress Party government of Prof Kofi Abrefa Busia in 1969, and continued under President John Agyekum Kufuor under the New Patriotic Party government, and is now being continued under Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has consistently sought to implement policies and programmes specifically tailored to meet the needs of the ordinary person.
Ironically, the parties claiming to be of socialist inclination, today most visibly represented by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have rather sought to either impede or cancel such programmes, which gives the lie to the principles they claim to hold dear.
Vice President Bawumia made the assertion while speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the life and legacy of Prof Kofi Abrefa Busia, Prime Minister in the 2nd Republic, at Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region on Saturday 8th September, 2018.
“The Busia government was the first government of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition. He left the blueprint for welfare capitalism which other governments from the tradition have implemented, especially the blueprint designed to ensure inclusive and holistic development for all” the Vice President indicated.
This blueprint led to the introduction of a number of programmes by the Busia government, including the creation of a new Ministry to seek the welfare, training and employment of youth, culminating in the National Service Corps, and a Voluntary Work Camps Association, among others.
He also instituted a Social Security Fund for the construction of low cost houses; a Rural Development Fund to provide the rural areas with good drinking water, through the Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation, Latrine pits, markets and health posts.
The academic in Dr Busia also saw to the building of Secondary schools across the country; introduced Experimental Schools on pilot basis, which is now called Junior High Schools; provided free text books in all the schools, as well as free ‘Achimota’ sandals to pupils in middle school.
“Dr. Busia also saw the future development of Ghana in terms of rural industrialization if we are to prevent the phenomenon of rural-urban migration and what that means for national development. In his mind, unmanaged population drifts away from rural areas in search of greener pastures can only mean creating the very same conditions of poverty, unemployment, poor housing, under-provision of social amenities that they are trying to escape from,” Dr Bawumia maintained.
When the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition returned to power in 2001, President John Agyekum Kufuor, Dr Busia’s protégé, introduced initiatives such as National Youth Employment Programme, School Feeding Programme, Capitation Grant, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), free maternal care for all pregnant women under NHIS, and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme under which welfare grants are paid to the extreme poor.
“President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has continued with the philosophy of welfare capitalism by introducing initiatives such as Free Senior High School Policy, Planting for Food and Jobs, ‘One Village One Dam’, ‘One District One Factory’, ‘One District One Warehouse’.
“We have also restored Teacher and Nursing Trainee allowances, which allowed qualified but needy persons to acquire employable skills but was cancelled by the party which claims to care for the poor, NDC. We have reduced the price of water and electricity, and established three Development Authorities to ensure development projects reach every community in Ghana. Under the Nation Builders Corps, 100,000 graduates will be engaged in 7 different modules and be paid monthly while they gain the necessary experience to step out on their own.
“This is a practical demonstration of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo’s commitment to caring for the vulnerable and needy in society. This tradition, as envisioned by Prof Kofi Abrefa Busia, has continued to be socially responsible and has not sought to cancel programmes designed to make the life of the ordinary Ghanaian better,” Vice President Bawumia declared.
The late Prof Busia would have been especially proud about the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy, Vice President Bawumia believes.
“After we have provided for food, water and roads, one thing Dr Busia would want us to do without fail is to ensure that every child in the country, regardless of where they live, and regardless of their parents’ ability, gets the opportunity to go to school.
“How else could a rural boy like Dr Abrefa Busia grow up to become such a scholar? He believed and treasured the power of the mind and in the development in freedom of every citizen. There should be no barriers to the development of minds. It is a profitable social investment for the future. Imagine if Dr Abrefa Busia did not get the chance to go to Mfantsipim School. Who then says that Free SHS is not good or it is not time for it to start?”
The Vice President extolled Prof Busia’s vision and the principles under-pinning his politics, which continue to influence modern day Ghana.
“Dr Busia’s vision was founded on the principles of free governments, multiparty democracy, free press, the rule of law and principles of democratic accountability. This is basically what Ghana is practicing today. He wanted to build a democratic welfare state where people live in a social framework in which each is his brother’s keeper.”
A workshop to develop a Climate Change Action Plan for the City of Accra has ended in Accra with a call on stakeholders to appreciate the challenges and opportunities climate change presents and to target emissions reduction measures. This will enable Accra to achieve a low carbon future and to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The three day workshop, designed to provide a platform for stakeholders to share and exchange knowledge on climate change interventions was organized by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and C40 Climate Leadership Group of which Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah is one of two Vice Chairs for Africa on the Steering Committee, with support from Ricardo Energy Environment and Sustainable Energy Africa.
The main objectives of the workshop, included developing evidence based climate action targeting decisions on emission reduction, identifying climate action priorities for Accra, explore possible future city-level greenhouse gas emissions through a range of policy and technology deployment scenarios as well as analyze the actions required to achieve different emission reduction targets.
In an address, Mr. Tom Buckland a representative of Ricardo Energy Environment, said the aim of the workshop was to build capacity around scenario planning and how it could inform climate action planning in Accra.
Representatives from various sectors, departments within AMA and civil society organizations worked on providing the basis from which Accra can move forward and refine its climate action planning based on skills, knowledge and tools.
"This is the first of three workshops that we are running in the city and the idea is to help Accra develop a Paris Agreement Compliant Climate Action Plan". He added that the workshop focused on identifying the effects of greenhouse emissions and looked for possible impacts on the city in the future to consider what Accra might look like in 2050 under different scenarios.
A Program Officer of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mrs.Juliana Bempah said that climate change was posing a lot of challenges to national development, indicating that, Ghana was actually experiencing a lot of climate change.
She stressed on the need for Accra to focus on greening initiatives that could improve on air quality and water conservation.
Mr. Desmond Appiah, the Chief Sustainability and C40 City Advisor to the Mayor of Accra stressed the need for all sectors and departments to collaborate in the efforts at addressing the challenge of climate change. He called for improvements in data quality to inform emissions reporting, scenario modelling and identification of transformative mitigation and adaptation actions to tackle and prepare the city to address climate change.
He also addressed the need to integrate local level actions with actions implemented at the national level through a robust and agreeable framework for vertical integration to deal with climate change.
Dr Felix Addo Yobo of the National Development Planning Commission shared the elaborate framework on climate change and guidelines which is a part of the development planning process for MMDA's