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licensing exam for all prospective teachers in Ghana.

According to the National Teaching Council (NTC) passing the license exams is a must The National Teaching Council (NTC) of the Ministry of Education has instituted a licensing exam for all prospective teachers in the country. According to the communique by the NTC, starting from the 2017/2018 academic year all prospective teachers will write a professional examination before they are recognised.

In a letter dated May 3, 2018 and signed by the Executive Secretary of the NTC, Dr. Evelyn Oduro, said: “passing the Licensure Examination is one of the conditions for the issuance of Professional Teaching License and Registration Numbers to qualified trained teachers”. The statement also noted that the first batch will write their exams on July 25, 2018.
The letter further indicated that fees and charges for the said exams will be communicated to students in due course. There was a wave of panic and confusion among the various teacher unions when the issue came to the fore last year, but the NTC insisted the move was to enforce discipline and eliminate non-performing teachers from the system, in accordance with the new Teachers Licencing Policy under the Education Act 778 (2008).


Development Capital Partners to advise Asamoah Gyan on investments

New York-based investment advisory firm, Development Capital Partners (DCP) has been chosen to advise Ghanaian footballer turned entrepreneur, Asamoah Gyan on his growing investment portfolio.
Gyan Investments Ghana Limited is the holding company for the business interests of Asamoah Gyan including Baby Jet Airlines, Mama Vits Investments Ghana Ltd, Baby Jet Promotions and Goldstar Consult Ltd.
The partnership which ostensibly is aimed at helping grow the Ghanaian economy, which officials of Gyan Investments believes will also help secure funding for projects in Ghana.
The advisory services will cover the entities under the group including the yet to be launched, Baby Jet Airlines.
The signing ceremony took place on Friday in the United States of America.
Commenting on the deal, the CEO of DCP Andrew Naylor, said “Asamoah Gyan is a high profile personality both in Ghana and internationally and we are delighted to have been chosen to support the development of his business portfolio including Baby Jet Airlines”.
Sammy Anim Addo, CEO of Gyan Investments, said “We are delighted to have the support of DCP in the development of Asamoah Gyan’s investment portfolio”.
The executives of both parties present at the signing ceremony were as follows: Richard Bouma Chairman of DCP, Charles Roskelly Chief Operating Officer of DCP,Joseph Marteye Business Development Director – Ghana of DCP, Kissi Agyebeng Managing Partner of Cromwell Grey Counsel for Asamaoh Gyan.
Baby Jet Airlines is currently undergoing processes to be granted an air carrier license which will enable it start operating in Ghana’s domestic aviation space. It recently announced recruitment of staff for the airline company.
Development Capital Partners, LLC (“DCP”) is a New York-based investment manager with an exclusive focus on frontier and emerging markets. The firm’s primary strategy is to make long-term investments in a concentrated portfolio of businesses operating in Africa.


“Ghana Stands Ready To Beat Malaria” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the effective execution of the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, as well as the introduction of other innovative strategies, means that “Ghana stands ready to beat malaria.”

Speaking at the Malaria Summit London 2018, on Wednesday, 18th April, 2018, on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, President Akufo-Addo stated noted that the fight against malaria in Ghana is an age-old one.

“According to the Ghana Health Service, malaria tops Out Patient Department cases, and is responsible for the death of three children, every day, in the country. Indeed, in 2016, 10.4 million cases of malaria were recorded in a population of some 30 million people,” he said.

The President continued, “Although the figure from 2016 represents an improvement over that of 2015, we recognise that a lot of work has to be done in reducing prevalence of malaria to the barest minimum.”

Reiterating the “solid, decade-long work and advocacy undertaken by my fair lady, Rebecca, Ghana’s First Lady, through her Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation”, the President stated that this has reinforced his conviction that Ghana’s aim of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75%, by the year 2020, is attainable.

Ghana’s goal, through the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, he said, is to achieve and sustain near-zero malaria deaths, and, ultimately, a malaria-free Ghana.

Key interventions of this Plan, the President outlined, include integrated vector management; malaria case management, including malaria in pregnancy; integrated community case management; seasonal malaria chemoprevention; integrated support systems, including  advocacy and behavioural change communication; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; and the strengthening of health systems.

“Additionally, Government is providing tax exemptions on anti-malarial commodities, adopting measures to deal with antimalarial drug resistance, and implementing policies to mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, that impact on malaria transmission,” he added.

Ghana’s strategy, the President told the gathering, is based on innovation, as Ghana is one of the first countries to adopt the new generation of insecticides for indoor-residual spraying, as well being one of the three countries testing the new malaria vaccine.

“I am confident that the effective execution of this Plan and strategy would mean that Ghana stands ready to beat Malaria” he concluded.

source: presidency.gov.gh


Ghana Making Steady Strides to Boost Power Supply – Former GRIDCO Boss

Ghana has made steady strides to overcome the power challenges and restore regular and constant electricity supply to all parts of the country, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gridco, William Amuna, has said.
“Through our collective effort, we have been able to restore electricity supply to Ghana. Today, we have over 25 percent of our installed capacity on standby and we do not import power,” he said at the Ghana Industrial Customer Workshop held in Accra.
It was on the theme: “Electrification as a Catalyst for Growth,” and brought together energy experts from across Siemens to share insights into the most advanced technology suited to regional requirements.
Mr Amuna said the development had led to Ghana exporting power to La Cote d’Ivoire, Benin and Togo in recent weeks.
However, he advised that the country must watch the growth in domestic demand so as to avoid her going back to the challenges in the past.
Mr Edmund Acheampong, the CEO of Siemens Ghana, attributed the current economic growth to the stability in electricity supply.
“In 2015…as my fellow Ghanaians will recall, at the highest of the energy challenges in Ghana, we all saw the crippling effect it had on the economy.
“However, from late 2016 till date we see gradual improvements in the supply of electricity for industrial and domestic use [and] we are beginning to see the Ghanaian economy revitalised as a result,” he said.
Provisional estimates from the Ghana Statistical Service showed Ghana’s economy grew by 8.5 percent in 2017, bringing to the fore the importance of electrification as a catalyst.
Mr Acheampong said with a growing population and the Government plans for scaling up industrialisation, the country’s energy needs would expand, adding that Siemens stood ready to provide the technology and solutions to boost supply.
“Siemens is here to provide the cutting age technology and solutions for Ghana as the need for adequate power generation and supply for both domestic and industrial use becomes more urgent with the increasing population numbers,” he said.
Making reference to Siemens legacy in Ghana over the past two years in oil and gas, industrialisation and energy, Mr Acheampong said through the partnership with local firms his outfit was contributing close to 330 megawatts of power onto the national grid.
In addition, he said Siemens was supplying three compression trenches to support the gas compressing station.
Together with Rotan Energy, Mr Acheampong said Siemens would develop and build the most “efficient” and environmentally friendly thermal plant in Ghana with the capacity of about 660 megawatts.
Mr Andreas Pistauer, the Senior Vice President of Power & Gas, Sub-Saharan Africa, said it was essential to keep the market informed about the latest offerings.
“Ghana is a strategic partner for us in West Africa and we value every touch point and interface with our country partners,” he said.
source: ghanaweb


Ghanaian politicians love slogans but lack implementation capacity – UN expert

A UN human rights expert has commended Ghana as a champion of African democracy and a country which has achieved some important development milestones.
But says unless growing inequality and continuing high poverty rates are addressed the country will fall far short of meeting the key UN Sustainable Development Goals, including the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030.
“Ghana is at a crossroads and must now decide whether to continue existing policies that will further enrich the wealthy and do little for the poor, or to make fiscal adjustments that would lift millions out of poverty and bring them into the agricultural economy in ways that would contribute significantly to economic growth,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston, at the end of a 10-day fact-finding mission to the Greater Accra, Northern, and Upper East regions.
“The benefits of record levels of economic growth experienced over the past decade have gone overwhelmingly to the wealthy, and inequality is higher than it has ever been in Ghana,” said Mr. Alston, who examines the human rights implications of poverty in countries around the world.
The most recent official data from the Ghana Statistical Service for 2012-2013 revealed that almost one-quarter of the population were living in poverty and one person in every 12 in extreme poverty. Three-and-a-half million of those in poverty are children, with more than a third of them in extreme poverty.
“Spending on social protection is surprisingly low by the standards of most comparable African countries, and very little is spent on social assistance,” explained Mr. Alston.
“With a thriving economy and the option to start collecting some of the existing but unpaid taxes that currently exist, choosing to eliminate, or not to eliminate, extreme poverty is a political choice for Ghana,” the UN expert said.
The Special Rapporteur continued: “Ghanaian politicians are immensely fond of, and very good at, creating slogans to describe complex but appealing programmes. But there is little doubt that the appetite for such slogans has already far outrun the capacity for realistic implementation.”
“The challenge going forward is for the Government to choose its real priorities, make sure that social protection is among them, and to be more transparent about potential costs and possible funding sources,” Mr. Alston stressed.
The Special Rapporteur’s final report on his visit to Ghana will be presented to the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2018.


Amanpour: Women everywhere should be able to speak freely about sex and love

When we started filming the CNN Original Series “Sex & Love Around The World,” I was both curious and nervous about what we might find.

It turned out that all along my journey, no matter the country, culture or religion, I heard stories about sex and family honor being used as weapons to silence women and keep them under control. Religion, politics and tradition are often in a conspiracy against love, sexuality and free choice, especially for women.
And yet, I was also encouraged to see signs of change. Everywhere we went, women were having more of a say about sexual satisfaction, consent and connection, and young people were reshaping the idea of modern love.
This series was meant to look at sex and love from the perspective of women who have not always been heard — and frankly, who have not always been asked these types of questions. I wasn’t sure that anyone would actually agree to speak with me on camera, but I was pleasantly surprised by how vocal women were and how much they were willing to share!
I learned so much talking with dozens of everyday individuals in cities around the world, including a former porn star in Delhi who had just adopted a baby girl, a host in Tokyo who is paid to simply entertain lonely women in sexless marriages, and an actress in Accra who happened to fall in love with a married man.
So it was quite distressing to hear that one of our contributors, Moesha Boduong, has been the target of public shaming by the Ghanaian press and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Numerous media outlets in Ghana have taken to villainizing this young woman based on an excerpt of the conversation included in a 1 minute, 30 second video of “Sex and Love.”
As the host and the namesake of this series, I feel compelled to speak up on behalf of our contributor. I want people to recognize Moesha’s right to speak up and the courage she showed by sharing such intimate details about her personal life.
As a woman and a journalist, I’m hurt and angry to see such an innocent woman condemned by the press and by many people on social media in this way. It’s to the point that Moesha is not sure she can return to Ghana safely. I am so surprised to see this happening in Accra, a city that has rightly got so much attention recently for being one of the most economically and politically successful capitals in Africa. Indeed I was heartened while I was in Accra, listening to a speech by the President himself, defending the rights of the free press to report fully, accurately and fairly.
Moesha Buduong
That is what we did, with help from the many wonderful Ghanaians who participated in this beautiful story. It was a range of women, young and mature, single, married, divorced, widowed, Christian, Muslim, Vodun, a bead seller, an OBGYN (obstetrician-gynecologist), even a market queen: Everyone acknowledged that love in Accra is complex but no one judged the choices another woman makes in the pursuit of love and happiness. And in this city that calls itself the most religious in the world, we spoke to men, too, including the Archbishop of the Action Chapel megachurch who told us “We don’t put women down in our society. We don’t do that. I’m surrounded by women. The success of my ministry, many, many ways I can equate it to the women around me.”
I urge my colleagues in the Ghanaian press to reserve judgment for the whole episode, and for the people to understand that all must be seen in context, not judged on one excerpt.
I also respectfully urge the President of Ghana and the minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection to stand up for the rights of one of their own who was simply enjoying a carefree, boisterous and mostly humorous conversation with me.
I want women all over the world to know they can and should be able to talk about matters of sex and love without fear and without shame.
Source: CNN

Ghana Ready to Share Development Experiences with Liberia – VP Bawumia

Ghana is ready to share her development experiences with Liberia and will be willing to lend a hand to her West African neighbour as she seeks to move on from the devastating war of a few years ago.
The ties between Ghana and Liberia will also be strengthened as the two nations explore ways to share knowledge and help meet the aspirations of their citizens.
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, made these commitments when the Vice President of Liberia, H.E. Jewel Cianeh Howard Taylor, paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House, Accra on Tuesday 17th April, 2018.
Citing the challenges the Nana Akufo-Addo government faced when it assumed office about 15 months ago and the strides made since then, Vice President Bawumia assured H.E. Jewel Taylor that her country’s fortunes could be turned around with dedication and hard work.
“Issues such as stabilising the macro economy, restoring business confidence and making the education curriculum relevant to the needs of the people of Liberia are key”, Vice President Bawumia stated, adding “ensuring value addition to agricultural products and a policy of infrastructure development and industrialisation would also go a long way to provide jobs for the youth.”
On her part, H.E. Jewel Taylor indicated she and her team are in Ghana to learn from her experiences and share ideas on how to develop Liberia and the subregion as a whole.
They would also explore the possibility of engaging the services of retired Ghanaian doctors and teachers to help strengthen the capacity of Liberian institutions, according to the Liberian Vice President.
H.E. Jewel Taylor expressed the gratitude of Liberians for Ghana’s assistance during the war period and even after, when a large number of refugees were hosted at Buduburam in the Central Region, declaring, “Ghana has become like home to us.”
source: presidency.gov.gh


“Ghana Is A Haven Of Peace, Stability” – President Akufo-Addo To UK Investors

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has told investors and business leaders from the United Kingdom that Ghana is the ideal place in the West African Region, and on the Continent, to invest and conduct business.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “Ghana is a haven of peace, security and stability, a country where the principles of democratic accountability are now firmly entrenched in its body politic, and where the separation of powers is real, to promote accountable governance.”

Delivering the keynote address at the 2nd edition of the UK-Ghana Investment Summit, organized by the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, 17th April, 2018, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his government is keen on establishing a business-friendly economy to attract foreign direct investments to exploit Ghana’s great potential on mutually satisfactory terms.

Stressing that investments are protected in fact and in law in Ghana, the President assured that “the rule of law in Ghana is not a slogan, but an operating principle of state development. We want to participate in the global market place, not on the basis of the exports of raw materials, but on the basis of things we make.”

He continued, “We want to bring greater dignity to the lives of millions of people in Ghana. We want to build a Ghana Beyond Aid. I believe very strongly that Ghana is on the cusp of a new, bold beginning, which will repudiate the recent culture of failure.”

Private sector key

President Akufo-Addo indicated that his Government is of the firm conviction that the role of the private sector in the development of our national economy is crucial, adding that “it is the very essence of our economic philosophy, and has been so for 70 odd years.”

In furtherance of this, he stated that over the past 15 months in office, his administration has set about putting in place the measures needed to reduce the cost of doing business and improve the business environment in Ghana.

The President noted that “our actions have resulted in the growing stability of the macro-economy and the cedi, reduction in inflation, and an abolition of nuisance taxes whose aim is to shift the focus of the economy from taxation to production.”

The “effective economic policies” put in place, he said, have ensured that the fiscal deficit, which stood at 9.5% at the end of 2016, has been reduced to 5.6% at the end of 2017, and is projected to go down to 4.5% in 2018.

Inflation, the President added, has declined from 15.6% at the end of 2016 to 10.4% at the end of March this year, and is expected to decline even further to an end-of-year single digit target of 8.9%with economic growth increasing from 3.6% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017.

The President stressed that “as a result of appropriate policy, and the normalisation of the power situation in Ghana, these interventions have also led to the revival of Ghanaian industry, from a growth rate of negative 0.5% in 2016 to 17.7% in 2017. Interest rates are declining, and we are now witnessing a more stable cedi, our national currency. Our macro-economy is growing stronger.”

At the same time, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that Government has implemented specific measures which are leading Ghana and her economy into the new digital age.

These, he said, include the introduction of an e-business registration system, a paperless port clearance system, a digital addressing system, a mobile interoperability system, and a national identification card system, all of which are designed to formalise the Ghanaian economy, reduce the cost of doing business, and facilitate interaction between businesses and their clients, particularly in a technology-driven era, where connectivity through digital services is an important element in achieving competitiveness.

Infrastructural Development

A key challenge of Ghana’s economy, like many other economies in Africa, the President said, is its infrastructural deficit.

He told the gathering that Ghana is embarking on an aggressive public-private-partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both the country’s road and railway infrastructure.

“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours to the north, i.e. Burkina Faso, to the west, i.e. Cote d’Ivoire, and to the east, i.e. Togo. We believe that this is an area where British technology and expertise would be very welcome,” he said.

He added that “there are several projects in roads, water transport, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum and gas, renewable energy, the exploitation of our mineral wealth of bauxite, iron ore and gold, and the ICT sector, amongst others, which are being structured to attract private sector financing.”

Source: presidency.gov.gh


Chinese residents in Ghana goes to the aid of Juaso

The General Secretary of the Ghana Association of Chinese Societies, Mr Stephen Shum, said education is the most powerful tool a country can use to change the standard of living of its citizens, communities and the country as a whole.
He said it was very essential to invest heavily in the education of the youth from the early ages as that was the right way to ensure the future development of the country.
Mr Shum made the statement at the handing over ceremony of the renovated Mariam Thompson Pre-School building at Juaso, a community in Fanteakwa South District.
The facility is managed by the Student and Youth Travel Organization (SYTO), a non-governmental organization, and the renovation was supported by the Ghana Association of Chinese Societies, the Ghana Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Kibi Goldfields Limited.
He said the provision of quality education was capital intensive and despite the human resources governments invested into education, the rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion of facilities also involved much.
He therefore called for the need for public spirited persons and organizations to join efforts with government and local assemblies to provide quality education for the teeming youth.
Mrs Mercy Lartiokor Djanie, General Manager of Students and Youth Travel Organization (SYTO), said her outfit’s vision for the school was to train the young children to be environmentally friendly, so that growing up they would assist in the protection of the natural vegetation of the Juaso community and its environs.
She said through quality education, such knowledge could be imparted unto young ones at the early stage so that they can appreciate nature and understand the benefits of the environment.
The Assistant Director in Charge of Supervision at the Fanteakwa Education Directorate, Mr Adu Ameyaw said most schools in the district were faced with situations where both the Junior High and Primary School buildings were in good shape.
However many pre-school buildings in the District were either under trees or in a dilapidated structure.
The Public Relations Officer of Kibi Goldfields Limited, Mr Richard Fordjour, said his outfit intended to support schools with infrastructure and give scholarships to brilliant students from the community for their tertiary education.
He said his outfit will continue to engage with the schools in its catchment areas to identify various challenges facing them and help them solve the problems.
The Headmaster of the School, Mr Emmanuel Kwabena Amponsah, said currently the School has a total population of 75 pre-school children.
He said the rehabilitation exercise will help to increase the enrolment, since it was the only pre-school in the community and will also help solve the plight of members of the community in commuting long distances to nearby communities to access pre-school education.
As part of the ceremony, a nine member Chinese medical team lead by Liu Cheng Long undertook medical screening exercise for the community members.
Residents were screened for their eyes, blood pressure, heart function and other related health issues.
Source: GNA


Police, others ordered to immediately enforce ‘action plan’ to deal with road accidents

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has approved an action plan compiled by the ministers of Interior, Transport and Roads to deal with the upsurge of road accidents in the country, a release from the Information Ministry has said.
The three-pronged approach involves Education, Enforcement and Engineering, said the release issued in Accra on Monday, April 16 by a Deputy Information Minister, Perry Okudzeto.
The ‘Education’ approach plans to “resource the National Road Safety Commission to scale up public education and sensitisation on road safety with an additional GHC 6.5 million from the Road Fund”
At least 18 people died in separate accidents in the Northern Region over the weekend, however, reports indicate a gory accident on Monday has claimed 10 more lives.
The Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police service has revealed in a report that an average of six people die in road accidents every day in Ghana.
Head of Education, Research and Training at the MTTD, DSP Mr Alexander Obeng who made the revelation on Monday blamed irresponsible driving for the situation.
The second approach to deal with road accidents, as stated in the action plan, involves:“a. Enforcement of Road Traffic Laws by the Police through spot fines by automation of MTTD operations. b. Partner with private towing companies and Nationwide Traffic Management and Enforcement Limited (NTMEL) to vigorously enforce regulations.”
Government plans to resource the Ghana Highway Authority and allied agencies “with at least GHC335 million a year to provide signage and road markings for roads over a three-year period.”
The police and the Road Safety Commission and other sector agencies have been asked to start enforcing the action plan with immediate effect.
Source: myjoyonline.com