Committee formed to investigate shady sale of State lands

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, on Friday, inaugurated a five-Member Committee to investigate the wanton sale of state and public lands between 2013 and 2016 without recourse to the head office of the Lands Commission.

The Committee, which is chaired by Dr Opoku Adusei, the Deputy Director of the Ghana Standards Authority, is required to submit its report to the Chairman of the National Lands Commission in two weeks.

Mr Benito Owusu Bio, a Deputy Minister of the Ministry, during the inauguration of the Committee, tasked them to investigate the 24 land transactions in the prime areas in Accra, given to private developers without proper procurement processes.

The Committee is also to investigate 25 transactions, which were declined, as well as  the veracity of some of the transactions, which were conducted based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Works and Housing to the purported leases.

The Deputy Minister noted that, under the MoU, the leases were just required to build some apartments for the Government in exchange of the lands at the prime areas.

He said: “Investigate whether or not the method for the selection of the purported Lessees followed the due procurement process as stipulated in the Public Procurement Act, 2003, (Act 663) and the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, 2016, (Act 914)”.

Mr Owusu Bio asked the Committee to ascertain whether or not the principle of value for money was considered as the basis of the MoU since the Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission was not engaged to assess and advice on the market value of the lands.

He entreated the Committee to assign very clear reasons to decisions taken on those transactions, in order to cure any mischief, perceptions and speculations.

The Committee is supposed to submit recommendations on the preparation of a National Policy to regulate redevelopment and in-filling schemes on State and Public lands across the country.

It is to advise the Government on the lifting of the ban on State and Public lands allocations and any other issue as the Committee may deem credible and fit to investigate.

The rest of the Committee members are; Professor Felix Hammond, Mr Kofi Dankwa Osei, Mr Alex Quainoo and Alhaji Sulemana Mahama.

Source: GNA

Gov’t must tackle youth unemployment – Chief Imam

The Chief Imam, Sheik Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has called on government to address the high unemployment rate in the country.

According to him, the current levels of unemployment in the country are worrying, and must be dealt with swiftly in 2018.

Speaking to Citi News, Spokesperson for the Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, also asked the government to prioritize the implementation of policies that will provide job opportunities for all.

“Unemployment is an issue and young people who are growing would have to have hope. When they go to school, they want to return and also do something for themselves so we want a situation where policy will be directed towards ensuring that greater opportunity is created.”.

The Christian Council of Ghana in its new year’s message also called on the government to prioritize the development of the youth by investing in them.

The General Secretary of the Council,  Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, who made the call said:“One area that attention must be given to is the development of our young people. Ghanaian young people are not lazy. They are determined, they want to work, but we must be a country that gives hope and opportunities to our young people and it should not be hope outside us, it must be hope within and those who have resources to invest, must invest in this country for young people to get employment.”

‘Foundation laid’

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently said that the government has put structures in place to ensure that the country’s unemployment challenges are addressed.

According to Nana Addo, despite inheriting an economy in dire straits, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration has worked assiduously towards ensuring that job opportunities are created for Ghanaians.

“We’ve had important challenges; Invincible and Delta Forces and the tensions at the grassroots of the party over jobs. I appreciate very much the anxiety over jobs. What I’m saying is that, the foundation has been laid for jobs. It has not been easy because we inherited a bankrupt economy, but because of the ingenuity of the people I’m working with, we’ve been able to lay a good foundation,” the President said in December.

Unemployment rate doubles in two years

Ghana’s unemployment rate stood at 11.9 percent in 2015, according to a report from the Ghana Labour Force Survey Report by the Ghana Statistical Service.

This was about twice the figure recorded in 2012/2013 (5.8%) based on the Statistical services strict definition of unemployment – where “one was not working, actively looking for a job and available for work.”

However, the definition changed for the 2015 studies which was based on a relaxed definition where “one was available for work and not working within the last seven days before an interview.”

The report, which is the first of its kind and most detailed, was designed to guide government’s plan in resolving the alarming rate of unemployment in the country.

‘Ghana’s biggest problem’

A survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA) also identified unemployment as the foremost problem confronting the majority of Ghanaians today.

According to the survey, urban dwellers, females, and the majority of people living in the Western, Eastern and Central regions, identified unemployment as their biggest problem in Ghana.

The survey, conducted between November and December, 2015, sampled 1,500 respondents from across the ten regions of Ghana, who were 18 years of age, and above.

By: Marian Ansah & Bobbie Osei/citifmonline.com/Ghana

Moses Abor for NPP youth organiser

Moses Abor for NPP youth organiser

The constituency youth organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ayawaso Central, Mr. Moses Abor, has declared his intention to contest for the position of Greater Accra Regional youth organiser of the ruling party.

Speaking at a mini-rally in Accra, Mr. Abor called on all the NPP fraternity not to wait until the 2020 general elections before campaigning. “We don’t wait in politics because the next general elections are just around the corner, we should all start campaigning for the party we all love”.

Mr. Abor, who has been appointed by the Accra Metropolitan Authority to head the busy hub of Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, appealed to the youth to continue to show the zeal and enthusiasm that brought the party to power.

He stressed that his work records are there for Ghanaians to admire, from his time as the Assembly Member for the Mallata electoral area and as the constituency youth organiser of the NPP.

“I initiated various programs as an Assembly Member to create awareness and encourage the people to be clean and ensure that sanitation is not taken for granted” he said.

Nick-named Junior IC Quaye, due to commonalities with the former Greater Accra Regional minister during the administration of President JA Kufour, he urged the party’s faithful and the public to respect the appointments of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. “We believe in him and his works that is why we voted for him, same as the ministers he has appointed” he added.

In another development, the Kayayei representative in Accra, Haruna Galadima, has lauded Mr. Moses Abor as their (Kayayei) protector in Accra against unscrupulous men who want to take advantage of them, especially at the Malata Market.

He revealed that Moses has participated in many outreach programs with non-governmental organisations for the future and welfare of the Kayayeis at the market.

Multi-lingual Abor speaks Gurunee (Frafra), Ga, Hausa, Twi, Ewe and Dagbani, which makes him favourite among the contestant in addition to his popularity.

World Bank ‘exposes’ Adwoa Safo

The World Bank has denied dealing with individuals for any development project.

Rather, it deals with governments and does not play any role in the internal politics of the day in any of the countries it operates in.

This was the response by the World Bank to a question posed by Joy FM’s investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni who was probing into claims by the Deputy Majority Leader Adwoa Safo that she lobbied the World Bank for the construction of the Kwabenya Senior High School.

Ms Safo, who is also the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons when she sought to take credit for a school project she hardly contributed to.

The MP is heard on tape telling constituents of Dome Kwabenya that she lobbied World Bank officials for the construction of the school project.

But for her role, the then NDC government would have built all the new Senior High Schools in NDC stronghold she told the constituents.

Her claims have been heavily disputed by former government officials, with an avalanche of trolls on social media.

The former Deputy Education Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was the first to deny her comment, stating the school in question was one of the 200 SHS the then government promised to build.

Out of the 200 it intended to build, the World Bank funded and completed 23, one of which was the Dome Kwabenya SHS.

He found it strange how the MP, who did not even bother to attend the opening of the school, will now find it worthy a project to claim credit for.

The NDC in Dome Kwabenya is angered by the claims.

The Deputy Constituency Chairman Isaac Lamptey said the claims by the MP are unfounded.

Describing her as a “chronic liar” Mr Lamptey said the Member of Parliament must, with immediate effect apologize for her comments.

Several efforts to get in touch with the MP for her comments proved futile.

source: myjoyonline

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Haiti PM visits Ghana

Pic;Mr.Alhassan presenting an award to Mr.Mr Laurent Savaldor Lamothe
Haiti PM visits Ghana
The former Prime Minister of Haiti, Mr Laurent Savaldor Lamothe, has visited Ghana to promote digital economy for emerging markets and financial solutions for governments to overcome debts and achieve sustainable growth.
Speaking in an interview in Accra, Mr Lamothe described Africa as a land of abundant human and natural resources and the preferred destination for trade and investments.
“It is important to promote the business links between us in the diaspora and our good brothers in Africa by connecting the two of us together through trade, sports and cultural exchanges” he opined.
He called on stakeholders to invest in building the local man power to effectively utilise what he called the enviable gift for Africa’s economic independence.
Mr. Lamothe, an economist, founded the LSL World Initiative, a global institution that provides assistance and solutions to developing countries to achieve development.
Revenue generated through the LSL World Initiative is used to focus on social and economic programs. The enterprise works with governments to provide solutions for them to implement their own financing mechanism through inovative financing for development .
Financing can be used to fund vital health and educational programs and economic self-sufficiency in the emerging markets.
During his tenure as the Prime Minister of Haiti investments in vital areas of the economy increased substantially.
Mr. Lamothe initiated a policy that targeted and benefit the poor in Haiti which included the construction and rehabilitation of schools, public buildings, bridges and roads.
During his visit to the country, he was honored by the Humanity Magazine International for his astuteness and industrious support towards the reconstruction of Haiti, after the devastating earthquake that hit the country in 2010.
Whiles receiving a certificate of honour from officials of Humanity Magazine International, he expressed his appreciation for an award from the land of his ancestry and praised Ghana as a shining example of democracy in Africa.

Mexican Ambassador Calls For Technical Cooperation With Ghana

The Mexican Ambassador to[1] Ghana, Her Excellency, Maria De Los Angeles Arriola Aguirre, has called for a better technical cooperation between Ghana and Mexico to promote investment between the two countries.
Ambassador Arriola Aguirre described Ghana as a safe investment destination, but to fully achieve its potential, there is the need to develop the human resource base of the country through education to build a prosperous economy.
“Education is a better means towards having a stronger economy” she said.

The envoy said this during interactions with the Chief Executive Officer of Start in Ghana Investment Ltd (SiGI), Mr. Yahaya Alhassan, in Accra. SiGI promotes investment between African countries particularly Ghana and Nigeria.

To realise a better technical cooperation, Ambassador Arriola Aguirre revealed that her embassy is currently working with universities in Mexico to sign bilateral agreements with their Ghanaian counterparts for exchange programs involving professors, researchers and students to help Ghana to have better skilled professionals especially in science, where her country has made significant progress.

In the agricultural sector, she pointed that Ghana can take full advantage of her arable land potentials just as Mexico, which represent the 8th largest agricultural economy in the world, did. The Mexican embassy is also encouraging Mexican agro-industries to invest in Ghana due to the good climate and free trade agreement existing here.

On the empowerment of women, she called for more participation of women in policy and decision making in government.

She said over the past ten years, the campaign for the advancement of women has gained greater international attention for gender equality and there has been progress though there is still much to be done.

According to Ambassador Arriola Aguirre her expectation is to see Ghana adopt a political equality system saying, “during Mexico’s 2016 election, the president, Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto, in consultation with Congress and all the political parties agreed to present 50% of Parliamentary Candidates as women. In the end, 40% of females were elected as Parliamentarians”.

She reiterated the need for educating children about the equality of both men and women including making laws for women’s rights to be respected. “Although we cannot change the law, we can change the culture and attitudes.

“On the World Women’s Day, it was established in Mexico that companies having women as Chief Executive Officers have 30% higher productivity level than their male counterparts, which contributed to the living standard of the people” she added.

Source;Ghana Eye

Fashion show for Kayayei initiated

A fashion show designed to champion the dignity of head-poters popularly known as Kayayeis found all over major cities in Ghana has been initiated in Accra.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaeye news site, the Greater Accra coordinator of the Pamela Bridgewater Project, Ms Evelyn Mokadza, said though the Kayayeis represent the disadvantaged segment of the Ghanaian populace “I can see happiness, beauty and pride in them and they are like any other women or girls and therefore need our sisterly and motherly attention or care”.

Ms Mokadza reiterated the importance of the fashion show as branding the value of the disadvantaged girls, apart from the awareness creation of what she described as the “neglect of our society”.

According to her, the show on the various media would bring much pride and respect for girls in Ghana, which she believes can have a psychological effect on the unscrupulous men who want to take advantage of their situation especially at night.

She stressed that, the Kayayei show would have a short outreach programs to educate and create awareness among the girls on how to prevent or report abuses and teenage pregnancy.

In early 2016, the organisation in partnership with its international associates successful staged a talent show for children in Ghana to unearth what the kids can do .The event was met with much interest across the country,

The Bridgewater project campaigns for the future and welfare of Kayayeis and children through training, education, advocacy, protection and research.

OdeefourOwusu Amoaye II shows the way in development

Chiefs and their elders have for centuries played significant roles in the development of Ghanaian societies and they have also served as the embodiment of our traditions and histories.

Significant changes witnessed in this country immediately after independence and in the latter part of the 20th century have led to the diminishing of the role of several traditional authorities.

One chief who has however remained very relevant in the face of the huge social, economic and political changes is the paramount chief of the Appiadu Traditional Area, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, OdeefourOwusuAmoaye II.

Since his enstoolment at the tender age of 14 years in 1950 he has never relented in his efforts to bring development to his people at Appiadu, the Golden Stool and the nation as a whole.

Speaking in an interview with AgyenimBoateng, host of MemanNti program to be aired on Angel TV,OdeefourAmoaye II revealed how he has been privileged and inspired to serve three kings of the Asante kingdom, namely; Otumfour Sir AgyemanPrempe II, OtumfourOpoku Ware II and OtumfourOsei Tutu II.

Enumerating some of the interventions he has initiated to improve the lives of his citizens, Odeefour mentioned some school blocks he has constructed to boost the education of pupils and students in that traditional area.

He has also in the past and now continues to offer scholarship to brilliant students to pursue various programmes of study at the tertiary institutions and colleges of education. He is proud that his interventions in the educational sector are paying off as the beneficiaries of his generosity are now contributing to the development of Ghana in diverse ways.

The acute water challenges faced by the residents of Appiadu was also resolved following the construction of a mechanized bore-hole that pumps water into reservoir, from where the township fetch water for domestic and other uses.

OdeefourAmoaye II also constructed a state-of-the-art center for training of the youth in ICT to equip the youth to make them competitive in the global arena.

Other developmental projects include the construction of a community center for social and other gatherings and a spacious funeral and durbar grounds, where well-organized funerals are held by the townsfolks.

As a measure to compliment the efforts of the government in encouraging people to use the banking system, a microfinance scheme christened,Appiadu Microfinance, has been established for the community. This has come as a relief to the townsfolks who hitherto had to commute long distances to access any banking service.

OdeefourAmoaye II who expressed delight for having to represent OtumfourOsei Tutu II at several meetings and gatherings took the opportunity to advise other traditional rulers to join the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) to protect their environment for the sake of posterity.

He also advised politicians to shun away from corrupt practices and rather protect public purse and he also called on Ghanaians to support the administration of President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo to succeed and deliver on its mandate to the people of this country.

 

 

roles in the development of Ghanaian societies and they have also served as the embodiment of our traditions and histories.

Significant changes witnessed in this country immediately after independence and in the latter part of the 20th century have led to the diminishing of the role of several traditional authorities.

One chief who has however remained very relevant in the face of the huge social, economic and political changes is the paramount chief of the Appiadu Traditional Area, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, OdeefourOwusuAmoaye II.

Since his enstoolment at the tender age of 14 years in 1950 he has never relented in his efforts to bring development to his people at Appiadu, the Golden Stool and the nation as a whole.

Speaking in an interview with AgyenimBoateng, host of MemanNti program to be aired on Angel TV,OdeefourAmoaye II revealed how he has been privileged and inspired to serve three kings of the Asante kingdom, namely; Otumfour Sir AgyemanPrempe II, OtumfourOpoku Ware II and OtumfourOsei Tutu II

Enumerating some of the interventions he has initiated to improve the lives of his citizens, Odeefour mentioned some school blocks he has constructed to boost the education of pupils and students in that traditional area.

He has also in the past and now continues to offer scholarship to brilliant students to pursue various programmes of study at the tertiary institutions and colleges of education. He is proud that his interventions in the educational sector are paying off as the beneficiaries of his generosity are now contributing to the development of Ghana in diverse ways.

The acute water challenges faced by the residents of Appiadu was also resolved following the construction of a mechanized bore-hole that pumps water into reservoir, from where the township fetch water for domestic and other uses.

OdeefourAmoaye II also constructed a state-of-the-art center for training of the youth in ICT to equip the youth to make them competitive in the global arena.

Other developmental projects include the construction of a community center for social and other gatherings and a spacious funeral and durbar grounds, where well-organized funerals are held by the townsfolks.

As a measure to compliment the efforts of the government in encouraging people to use the banking system, a microfinance scheme christened,Appiadu Microfinance, has been established for the community. This has come as a relief to the townsfolks who hitherto had to commute long distances to access any banking service.

OdeefourAmoaye II who expressed delight for having to represent OtumfourOsei Tutu II at several meetings and gatherings took the opportunity to advise other traditional rulers to join the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) to protect their environment for the sake of posterity.

He also advised politicians to shun away from corrupt practices and rather protect public purse and he also called on Ghanaians to support the administration of President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo to succeed and deliver on its mandate to the people of this country.

Source;Ghana Eye