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Don’t be used as agents of political tension – YPN President to youth

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Don’t be used as agents of political tension – YPN President to youth

Mr. Stephen Asiedu and the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare in a discussion

Mr. Stephen Asiedu and the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare in a discussion

President of the Young Professionals Network (YPN), Mr. Stephen Asiedu has urged the youth not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to instigate violence in the country’s general elections in December.

Mr. Asiedu said the youth must put the future of the country first rather than working to satisfy the parochial interest of individuals who are mostly aged and will soon fade out of the system.

According to him, if the youth allow themselves to be used by politicians to plunge the country into a state of insecurity, then there will be no future for generations to come.

Speaking exclusively to electionandbeyond.com, the YPN President said as part of activities to get campaign messages across to the youth, the group would continue to engage in advocacy and direct interactions with the youth to help them understand the various laws that govern the electoral processes.

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“The youth is the future of our country and oftentimes during elections and electoral processes they end up being used by political actors for the parochial interests of these politicians. We have advised that the youth should always look at protecting the future for themselves because if you do not do the right thing they will plunge the state into insecurity”, he cautioned.

Mr. Stephen Asiedu believes the good counsel will go a long way to help the youth in staying out of trouble before, during and after the elections.

“We will continue to engage the youth through advocacy and direct engagement to observe the very laws that govern this whole process. Let us not be used as agents of conflict but follow the rules and laws. We must make sure we are protecting our right and the right of every legitimate voter and try at all times to prevent violence because that is the only way we can safeguard the peace that we have enjoyed over the years”, he stated.

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He indicated that YPN has already begun its advocacy on social media interacting with the youth and urging them to help maintain the peace in the country considering there is already the COVID-19 pandemic hovering around.

On why he joined the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare when she toured ten registration centres in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency on Sunday, August 2, 2020, he explained that “the Chief of Staff from her days as MP and Lecturer at the University of Ghana has been an ambassador of peace and beacon of hope for people in that constituency. I see her as a mother so when I found out she was stepping out to register and tour some constituencies, I just felt it was in order to support her.”

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“She is one of the patrons of YPN and she has continually been our backbone. She has been a mother and a mentor to most of us and going forward we hope we can achieve more with her for the benefit of our members and the country as well.”


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Ghana, Switzerland to strengthen ties on mining, forestry

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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor has said the government is focused on fostering closer collaboration with the Swiss government to further strengthen bilateral relations.

Key among the areas for collaboration were the adaption of best responsible mining practices and afforestation.

Mr Jinapor explained that the preservation of Ghana’s forest cover is critical saying that the government, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources was working to protect and manage the country’s natural resources as well as reduce the impact of deforestation on climate change.

The Minister stated this on Monday, 27 September 2021 when the Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Philipp Stalder called on him in Accra.

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Mr Jinapor further highlighted efforts being made by Ghana to develop an efficient land administration system.

On the Greening Ghana initiative, the Minister commended the Swiss Ambassador for leading his team to plant trees and touted the many areas of cooperation the two countries can work at.

He said the Greening Ghana programme will be scaled up next year.

For his part, Mr Stalder said there is room for investment under the Paris Agreement in the protection of the environment and mitigation against climate change.

He explained the relevance of mining in the development agenda of both countries and pledged to work with the government to tackle the issues relating to deforestation and climate change.

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We’ll end shortcuts in procurement – Ameyaw-Ekumfi

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The Chairman of the newly-inaugurated Board of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Ekumfi, has promised to end “shortcuts” in procurement at the ministries, departments and agencies of the state.

Professor Ameyaw-Ekumfi said for the public purse to be truly protected, procurement irregularities needed to be weeded out.

“We are going to work with the law and all the shortcuts in procurement will be done away with to assist the President and his government in ensuring that the public purse is indeed protected,” Prof Ameyaw-Ekumfi said.

He gave this assurance at the swearing-in ceremony of the nine-member board in Accra on Monday, 27 September 2021.

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Other members of the Board are Diana Asonaba Dapaah, a Deputy Minister of Justice, Frank Mantey, Hayford Amoh, Ernestina Swatson Eshun, Dr Alhassan Iddrisu, Samuel Richard New Baidoo, Isaac Kofi Amoah and Patricia Sarfo.

According to Prof Ameyaw-Ekumfi, a former Education Minister in the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor-led government, issues of procurement remain sensitive to the Ghanaian hence the need to treat same with diligence to give the citizenry value for money.

The Auditor-General reports over the years, he observed, have been replete with procurement breaches causing the state thousands of cedis; a trend he said the Board he chairs would be working to eliminate.

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A Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr John Kumah, swearing in the Board said it plays an essential and pivotal role in the application of the public financial management regime and the members must strive to live up to that expectation.

“You have an enormous task not only in ensuring that the Authority successfully achieves its mandate but also work to improve its image and the procurement profession in our country,” Dr Kumah, MP, Ejisu charged.

The government, he said, expects the Prof Ameyaw-Ekumfi chaired Board to “be one which continuously strives for innovation and sustainability in the conduct of procurement through electronic systems to ensure greater transparency, accountability and value for money”.

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'Blatant lie': Mahama, Ofosu-Ampofo's hands clean in fake pregnancy saga – NDC

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'Blatant lie': Mahama, Ofosu-Ampofo innocent in Taadi fake pregnancy, kidnapping saga – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as a “blatant lie”, claims by one Ernest Owusu Bempah that former President John Dramani Mahama and the party’s national chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, masterminded the recent alleged kidnapping of a “fake” pregnant woman in Takoradi in the Western region.

The NDC, in a statement, said the tone and substance of the baseless accusation show that Mr Owusu Bempah had the support of the government “to spew this wicked, malicious and contemptuous accusation in order to reduce the heat the government has drawn to itself as a result of its manhandling of national security challenges and the apparent loss of a firm grip on governance”.

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The statement noted that Mr Mahama and Mr Ofosu-Ampofo do not have any hand whatsoever in the happenings in the Western Region, nor are they linked in any way to any of the characters in that alleged kidnapping saga.

The party has, thus, called on its supporters and the public to treat the claim by Mr Owusu Bempah with utter contempt as there is no merit in same.

The party further called on its supporters to constantly hold the Akufo-Addo government to account and to remind the government to honour its sacred duty of securing the lives and properties of Ghanaians.

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According to the police, 28-year-old Josephine Panyin Mensah faked her nine-month pregnancy and kidnapping to save her marriage.

Before she confessed, Mr Bempah, at a press conference, accused Mr Mahama and the NDC National Chairman of being behind her kidnapping.

Ms Mensah, now a suspect, appeared in court for the first time on Monday, 27 September 2021, but pleaded not guilty.

She is facing two charges of deceiving a public officer and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and panic.

She was admitted to a bail bond of GHS 50,000 with two sureties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Akufo-Addo 'luxury' trips: 'Our morale very high; no disquiet in air force' – GAF

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Akufo-Addo 'luxury' trips: 'Our morale very high; no disquiet in air force' – GAF

The Ghana Armed Forces has said the morale of its personnel has never been so high contrary to claims by North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s preference for chartering ‘luxurious’ jets for his foreign trips, is raising concerns among the air force.

In a recent open letter to the president, Mr Ablakwa said: “Ghanaians deserve and demand to know from you why you prefer alien luxury aircrafts operated by foreign crews when our celebrated Air Force professionals with unquestionable loyalty trained at significant expense to the taxpayer guarantee better security for our presidents — an action creating considerable disquiet within the ranks of the Ghana Air Force”.

However, the Ghana Armed Forces said in a statement signed by Commander Andy La-Anyane, Acting Director Public Relations, that: “We wish to state unequivocally that this allegation is untrue and without basis”.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, the morale of personnel, not only in the Ghana Air Force, as is being alleged, but the entire Ghana Armed Forces, has never been at a very higher level”.

Read the army’s full statement below:

RE: THERE IS DISQUIET WITHIN THE RANKS OF THE GHANA AIR FORCE – ABLAKWA ALLEGES

The attention of the Ghana Armed Forces has been drawn to a disturbing story carried on Ghanaweb on Tuesday 28 September 2021 which was sourced from the Facebook timeline of Honourable Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, alleging “there is some form of disquiet within the ranks of the Ghana Air Force with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s preference for luxurious aircraft operated by a foreign crew”.

We wish to state unequivocally that this allegation is untrue and without basis.

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For the avoidance of doubt, the morale of personnel, not only in the Ghana Air Force, as is being alleged, but the entire Ghana Armed Forces, has never been at a very higher level.

Personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces appreciate the numerous additions that the government has made for the smooth running of operations, including accommodation for troops and their families, vehicles to enhance mobility, review of salaries amongst many others.

Troops also appreciate the efforts being made by the government in retooling the Force with the acquisition of a number of platforms including warships for the Ghana Navy, Armoured Personnel Carriers for the Ghana Army, various aircraft including a strategic lift for VIPs for use by the Ghana Air Force and many others.

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It is also important to state that the fighter squadron of the Ghana Air Force is currently being retooled by the government to augment the professional posture of the Ghana Air Force.

The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to advise the general public to treat the allegations of disquiet within the ranks of the Ghana Air Force with the contempt it deserves.

Additionally, we wish to entreat all Ghanaians, including politicians, not to drag the Ghana Armed Forces into partisan politics. Our mandate as captured in the 1992 constitution is to defend the territorial integrity of Ghana and we should be allowed to focus on our mandate.

Finally, we wish to assure the general public once again that the morale of troops is very high. 

SIGNED

ANDY LA-ANYANE

Commander

Acting Director Public Relations

 

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Gov’t to fit LPG cooking systems in over 1,000 public institutions

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Gov’t to fit LPG cooking systems in over 1000 public institutions – Dep Energy Minister

Deputy Energy Minister Andrew Egyapa Mercer has said the government intends to fit Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cooking systems in over 1,000 public institutions, especially high schools, colleges, prisons and clinics.

According to the Sekondi Member of Parliament, the government shall also facilitate the provision of access to about 20,000 commercial caterers, including service providers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

Speaking at a virtual dialogue on Clean Cooking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of his boss Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Mr Mercer said these efforts are under the aegis of the ‘LPG for Development Programme’.

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“Implementing the LPG4D will lead to 10-14 million more people using LPG, about 12,000 to 19,000 lives saved, prevention of cumulative deforestation of 127 million to 221 million trees, reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 9.2 million metric tonnes and reduction of Black Carbon equivalent emissions by 16.63 million metric tonnes together with the economic value of $ 47.74 million,” he said.

He continued that “the overall economic benefit of LPG for Development Programme would be immense and the government would have achieved its goal of 50% access to LPG by the year 2030 and by so doing, take a giant step in the transition to clean energy in Ghana”.

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Mr Mercer indicated Ghana’s acceptance of the call to action on clean cooking for all and said clean cooking will be a priority in the country’s national planning.

“We seek the support of member states in achieving these ambitious declarations,” he added.

 

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'Blatant lie': Mahama, Ofosu-Ampofo innocent in Taadi fake pregnancy, kidnapping saga – NDC

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'Blatant lie': Mahama, Ofosu-Ampofo innocent in Taadi fake pregnancy, kidnapping saga – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as “blatant lie” claims by one Ernest Owusu Bempah that former President John Dramani Mahama and the party’s national chairman Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo masterminded the recent alleged kidnapping of a “fake” pregnant woman in Takoradi in the Western region.

The NDC in a statement said the tone and substance of the baseless accusation shows that Mr Owusu Bempah had the support of the government “to spew this wicked, malicious and contemptuous accusation in order to reduce the heat the government has drawn to itself as a result of its manhandling of national security challenges and the apparent loss of a firm grip on governance”.

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The statement noted that Mr Mahama and Mr Ofosu-Ampofo do not have any hand whatsoever in the happenings in the Western Region, nor are they linked in any way to any of the characters in that alleged kidnapping saga.

The party has, thus, called on its supporters and the public to treat the claim by Mr Owusu Bempah with utter contempt as there is no merit in same.

The party further called on its supporters to constantly hold the Akufo-Addo government to account and to remind the government to honour its sacred duty of securing the lives and properties of Ghanaians.

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A 28-year-old woman, Josephine Panyin Mensah according to police report faked her nine-months pregnancy and kidnapping to save her marriage.

Before she confessed, Mr Bempah at a press conference accused Mr Mahama and the NDC national Chairman of being behind her kidnapping.

Ms Mensah, now a suspect appeared in court for the first time on Monday, 27 September 2021 but pleaded not guilty.

She is facing two charges of deceiving a public officer and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and panic.

She was admitted to a bail bond of GHS 50,000 with two sureties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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