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NIA’s Policy Approach To National Database Is The Greatest Scam

Following from available evidence, it is the position of STRANEK-Africa that regardless of the political and financial commitment by the government of Ghana towards the establishment of an extensive, reliable, robust and all-encompassing national identification scheme through the National identification Authority, if provisions are not made for capturing and registering at birth, all Ghanaians and resident foreigners born in Ghana as well, the ongoing National Identification Registration would be an exercise in futility and a wastage of precious but limited public resources. It is undeniable that an extensive, reliable, robust and all-encompassing national identification scheme for Ghana would enhance the development and formalization of the Ghanaian Economy, improve e-governance, identification of resident foreigners as well as improving the reliability and traceability of the identities of the bearers of the Ghana Card which is an important network in crime control, policy making and..

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A/R: Asokwa MCE Woo Farmers Into Local Rice Farming

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Asokwa Municipal Assembly of the Ashanti region, Akwannuasah Gyimah has charged residents within his municipality to engage in rice farming to reduce dependence on foreign rice in the country. He has charged farmers in the municipality to venture into rice farming as a measure to reduce importation of rice. Speaking at this year's farmers' day celebration held in the municipality, he stated that Ghana imports over GHS 4 million worth of rice annually; a trend he believes can be changed when more Ghanaians engage in its cultivation to ensure regular supply. “Each year, Ghana imports over 4 million Ghana cedis for rice alone. We can only change this when we engage in serious farming activities. This will significantly reduce the amount we spend on importation of rice. The government is, therefore, entreating small scale farmers especially to also engage in its production to help the economy grow”, he said. He further encouraged small ..

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Akufo-Addo Had No Power To Abort Referendum – Lawyer

A private legal practitioner, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo says President Akufo-Addo had no power in aborting the December 17 referendum. The President on Sunday, December 1, 2019 cancelled the December 17 national referendum which was meant to decide on an amendment of Article 55 (3) of the Constitution to enable political parties to sponsor candidates during local level elections. But speaking on Citi TV/FM's current affairs program The Big Issue, Mr Addo, referring to Article 290 (4) of the Constitution said the President's decision to terminate the referendum was unlawful because he did not have the authority to do so. “I have a problem with the President seeking to exercise power and authority that he has not been given. Once he initiated the process, he did not have the authority once the referendum was yet to be held to decide that midway, he was going to pull the Bill back. The constitution does not give you that power under Article 290(4). It says that a Bill for the ame..

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Old Man Shot Dead By Unidentified Assailant In Tingo

A 63-year-old man has been shot dead by an unknown assailant at Tingo in the Bole District of the Savannah Region. The deceased is an elder of the Pantra ethnic group of the Tinga community. According to the police, the deceased was in his room watching TV on Sunday when the unknown gunman shot through his glass window, hitting his chest and killing him on the spot. Attempts by the family who were in the compound at the time of the incident to trace the assailant was unsuccessful. The Bole District Police has since conveyed the body and deposited at the Bole government hospital for further investigation. ---

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Talensi District Gets Shea Butter Processing Facilities

World Vision Ghana (WVG) in partnership with the Government of Australia has commissioned shea butter processing facilities for the Kanibisi and Sheaga communities in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region at a cost of GH₵232,000.00. The intervention is to enable women in the beneficiary communities to take advantage of the abundance of shea nuts and leverage on the shea butter trade to improve and diversify their livelihoods. Speaking at the commissioning of the facilities at Kanibisi, the National Director of World Vision Ghana, Dickens Thunde said the projects were in response to their findings on the untapped potentials of shea nuts to meet the demand for shea butter. “Women in these two communities have indigenous knowledge and skills in shea nut and shea butter processing. This provides WVG with the opportunity to train the women on value addition and best practices in the shea industry to take advantage of the globally growing demand for shea butter, especially from ..

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MPS Ignore Minister’s Directive To Reduce Tariff

Freight forwarders and importers would have to keep squeezing huge sums of monies to be able to clear goods at the Tema Port as management of the Meridian Port Services (MPS) have failed to heed to the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah’s directive. The sector Minister directed the Ghana Ports and Habour’s Authority (GPHA) and MPS to as a matter of urgency reduce the December 2 tariff increment to 40 percent. GPHA and the Meridian Port Services last week announced a 10.9 percent increase in cargo handling charges at the Tema Port but the increment was met with stiff opposition as freight forwarders complained that the increment was over 200 percent. This, however compelled the Transport Minister to convene an immediate emergency meeting between all stakeholders to get the issues resolved. The Minister at the end of the engagements directed GPHA to immediately reverse and reduce some of the charges implemented on December 2, which key among the intervention is for GPHA to reduc..

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Akufo-Addo Fly To Kenya For 9th ACP Group Summit

President Akufo-Addo left Sunday to attend the 9th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), being held in Nairobi, Kenya. President Akufo-Addo will deliver the opening remarks on behalf of the Africa Group, and later participate in the general debate of Heads of State and Governments. The Summit is being held on the theme “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism.” He is accompanied by the Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway; the Trade Minister, Alan Kyerematen and officials of the Presidency and Foreign Affairs Ministry. President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Tuesday, 10th December, 2019. ---Myjoyonline.com

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Man Fined ¢4.8k For Stealing ECG Meters

John Afadi after he had been convictedAn electrical technician in Kasoa, Central Region who stole meters belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana has been slapped ¢4,800 by the Accra Circuit Court. John Afadi, 27, was convicted on eight counts including interfering with the ECG system and stealing. The Court also asked Afadi to pay GH¢2,000 as compensation. Failure to pay the fine, Afadi would spend two years in prison. Manager of the ECG Prosecution Unit, Paul Assisi Abariga, said the Kasoa North District Technical Officer of ECG alerted the police after he received complaints from some individuals in Kasoa. The customers said ECG meters installed in their homes developed faults shortly after it had been installed by the convict. According to the prosecution, when the buyers detected the faults on the meters and contacted Afadi, he failed to fix the problem and avoided their calls. They then lodged complaints with the Kasoa North District of the ECG and they were informed ..

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42-Year-Old John Coffie Is 2019 Best Farmer In Obuasi 

John Coffie, a 42-year-old farmer from Adaase received the coveted award as the 2019 Municipal Best Farmer at the 35th National Farmers’ Day celebration held at Sanso in Obuasi. Mr Coffie who is a JHS leaver was given a certificate, tricycle, knapsack spraying machine, cutlasses, cloth and keysoap. It was a moment of pride for the man who specializes in vegetable production when he was pronounced winner of the highest municipal farmers’ prize. He attributed his success to hard work, perseverance and the enormous benefits associated with farming. He encouraged others, especially the youth to develop an interest in agriculture since it is lucrative. Not sounding complacent, he said, “I have set my sight on winning the National Best Farmer Award so I will not relent on my oars.” Touching on the challenges farmers in the municipality face, Mr Coffie mentioned the activities of illegal small scale mining commonly known as galamsey. He said the activities of illegal mining pose danger..

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Ga West MCE cuts sod for the construction of classroom blocks at Nsakina, Afuaman

The Ga West Municipal Assembly says providing infrastructure for quality education in the municipality will be prioritized. According to the Municipal Chief Executive, Clement Wilkinson, putting up extra classrooms for students in the area will tremendously impact education. Speaking to Citi News after cutting sod for the construction of six classroom blocks at Nsakina and three classroom blocks at Afuaman, Mr Wilkinson noted that though some of the classroom blocks in the municipality are not in good shape, measures are being put in place erect better ones. “Education in this municipality is very great and when it comes to results of BECE we on top so we have to improve the infrastructure for them to be more active in education. If you take a look at the classrooms, they are not so much conducive for the pupils and students and the new ones we are building will have washroom facilities and other offices in them. It is an important project which will aid in education a lot,” he state..

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