Don’t Move To Big Clubs …Saani Tells Starlets

The communications director of the Ghana Football Association, Sani Daara has advised current Black Starlets players to consider playing for smaller teams abroad than to dream of moving to bigger teams at their stage. The Black Starlets recently participated in the Africa U-17 tournament held at Gabon and emerged as runners up.

The brilliant performance displayed by the young Ghanaian footballers have sparked speculations that these starlets would move to top clubs in Europe.

Clearly, the players would want to play at the top level and want to join big teams in Europe, “It is every player’s aim to move to high level, so we pray after the world cup, we get big teams like Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester and others to play,” Bismarck Owusu Terry revealed.

“My aim after world cup is that I can get a big club to play like Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United,” Emmanuel Toku the number 10 shirted man added. But Saani Daara, who doubles at the deputy General Secretary at the GFA, has counselled these potential football greats to be very careful about the clubs they aspire to play.

He argued that the teams these young players commit their future to will determine the success of their career.

Speaking to Onua FM, he cited: “We can check the players who moved to Real Madrid, Adiyah moved to AC Milan, they never allowed them to play, where is he now?”

He further advised the parents of these players to be very vigilant and be mindful about the clubs selected for their wards.

“The parent of these children should be extremely vigilant. For me my wish is that these young players should ignore the big teams chasing them, if they agree for big teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid to sign them, they will not allow them to play,” he cautioned.

“History tells us that our players who were transferred to so-called small teams got benefit from their move and the nation also benefited…Consider Michael Essien, he started from Bastia, before Lyon, then later he moved to Chelsea, Stephen Appiah started at Udinese, Juventus and moved to Fenerbache, Kwadwo Asamoah also moved to Udinese, before Juventus” .

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

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

NDC activist fumes over dismissal of DVLA workers

Pic;Mr Abdul Basit Swallah
NDC activist fumes over dismissal of DVLA workers
An Accra-based leading advocate for the minority National Democratic Congress, Mr Abdul Basit Swallah, has expressed his anger over the dismissal of 100 members of staff of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kwesi Agyeman Busia.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra,Mr Swallah described as unfortunate and wickedness the overwhelming trend of firing Ghanaians from their jobs by the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
He opined that the actions being  perpetrated by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to alienate state employees who are perceived to be members of the NDC is worrying.
“Our research team’s interaction with the sacked victims from the various public institutions across the regions revealed that most of the victims voted for the ruling NPP and to think of punishing supporters of the NDC is a counterproductive measure to nation building” he said.
He described the comment by Mr Busia that the sacking of the 100 workers is not politically motivated as the joke of the century.
He asked if the DVLA chief has ever been jobless or witnessed a Christmas or Id-ul Fitri celebration without food on the table.
According to him the decision to deny the sacked staff their sources of survival is cruel and also creates a pathetic and worrying environment in the country.
Mr Swallah, who once served as an officer in the British military, charged the CEO of the DVLA to recall the sacked workers with immediate effect in the interest of the their households.
According him, the continuous silence of President Akufo-Addo  on many issues including the firing of professionals, notably the Medical Director of the newly created Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Dr.Thomas Anaba,  is a clear indication that policies are not pursued in the national interest but in the interest of the NPP

Source;Ghana Eye.

Haruna IddriStar continues to Shine

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is celebrating 25 years of existence and contribution to the development of the country and this also include contribution to the advancement of constitutional democracy.

By far the party is the most successful political entity in Ghana for winning four electoral contests since 1992. The electoral successes of the NDC have been made possible due to the presence of hardworking and noble men and women.

The caliber of young and dedicated men and women, who have assumed leadership roles on the side of the NDC in Parliament, gives clear indication that the party would have another successful 25 years ahead.

One person who has palpably shown that he can steer the affairs of the party in Parliament is Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, and it comes as no surprise that he was elected by his peers to serve as the leader of the minority.

Many who have known Hon. Iddrisu, 47, from his days as a vibrant student leader, would bear testimony to the fact that the Tamale South legislator is cut for his role and would be the one to make the NDC a formidable parliamentary minority in the interest of Ghana.

Indeed since January 7th of this year when he assumed his new role, the former minister of communication, trade and industry, and employment and labour relations has not disappointed his party folks and independent observers, who all laud his leadership capabilities.

It therefore came as no surprise when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address in late February duly acknowledged the qualities inherent in the minority leader.

Since the 4th Parliament in 2005 of the 4th republic, Hon. Iddrisu’s contribution to debates on the floor of the House has been commendable and despite being a young legislator then, he was never intimidated by the presence of some heavyweights, who include the current President.

Haruna’s success as a politician can to a large extent be attributed to his broad and open mindedness. Albeit a lawyer by training and practice, he is always eager to seek for knowledge outside his scope of training.

No wonder his grasp of matters of information, communication and technology (ICT) earned him the admiration and respect of late President John Evans Mills, who subsequently appointed Hon. Iddrisu as Minister of Communications from 2009 to 2012.

His period as Minister of Employment and Labour Relations saw unprecedented industrial actions by almost all the labour unions in the country. However, with a profound appreciation of the social and political dynamics at play in Ghana he was able to handle all these labour agitations.

He remains about the only high ranking member of the NDC who has little to no bad media image and widely respected by his political opponents for his intelligence and oratory skills.

Many political commentators have long predicted an Haruna Iddrisu presidency in the near future. Reading the political tea leaves, one is but tempted to reason with these political commentators.

In the past rumours filled the media space that Hon. Iddrisu had fallen out with former President JJ Rawlings and in the early days of the John Mahama administration newspaper pages were filled with rumours that he is not in the good books of the third John of the NDC gospel.

In all these thick rumours he moved on, and if recent happenings are anything to go by one can say without fear of contradiction that the minority leader occupies a place of pride in the books of former Presidents Rawlings and Mahama.

One thing that would not be a rumour is the fact that government and the majority side in Parliament would never have it easy as the minority front in the House led by Hon Iddrisu will give them a good run for their money and make sure that Ghana triumphs

Source;Ghana Eye

‘Spent force’ Amidu an appendage of NPP – A.B.A Fuseini

Hon.Martin Amidu

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Martin Amidu should not be taken seriously on his comments relating to the discharge of the eight members of the Delta Force, a private security arm within the New Patriotic Party (NPP), because he is doing the bidding of the governing party, Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, has said.

According to him, Mr Amidu does not deserve attention from well-meaning persons in Ghanaian society for serving as the conduit for the NPP’s mischievous acts.

The eight members of the pro-NPP vigilante group Delta Force were arrested and arraigned for storming a live court session in Kumasi and freeing 13 of their members who were standing trial for yanking out the President’s appointed security liaison in the Ashanti Region.

However, the State Attorney in Kumasi advised the police who were prosecuting the matter to drop the case since they could not adduce evidence against the eight accused persons.

The Minority in Parliament has condemned the released of the eight and urged that they be immediately re-arrested and prosecuted.

Mr Amidu waded into the controversy via a statement saying the State Attorney did an “excellent job” and did not need to have consulted the Attorney General before giving that advice. “The Ashanti Regional Office was, therefore, perfectly within the exercise of its prosecutorial discretion to deal with the case without further reference to the Attorney General in Accra,” he noted.

But speaking on the 505 programme on Class91.3FM hosted by Emefa Apawu on Friday May 19, Mr Fuseini said: “He is a politically spent force, and I am not sure we should be giving him the line that he doesn’t deserve. He clearly should be treated with the contempt that he deserves and I honestly don’t think that he is a serious political force that anybody must waste a lot of time on, because everybody knows that he is nothing more than an appendage of the NPP, the NPP used him as a conduit for their mischief and I’m sure we should dismiss him with all the contempt that he deserves.

“Looking at this particular issue, it is shocking that somebody who claims he is a dedicated citizen of this country, that in the face of this flagrant abuse of the intelligence of Ghanaians this is a person who can stand up and say that what the Attorney General has done, which is to demean and impugn the integrity of our judicial system, is what should be praised.

“Martin Amidu says that we should heap praise on the Attorney General for this glaring and crass incompetence that has been exhibited. The Attorney General’s office which is tasked to gather the requisite evidence and successfully prosecute the matter, what is the Attorney General therefore?

“If the Attorney General cannot gather evidence and garner the requisite level of prosecution that will give us convictions, what is the use of spending the tax payer’s money on the Attorney General, two deputies and Director of Public Prosecutions and an array of attorneys? It is a shame that the likes of Amidu are talking in the manner that they are talking.”

Source; classfmonline.com