Nana Asiamah Hanson, also known as Bulldog says government should also think of acquiring more hospital beds for humans just as they’re taking steps to build a cathedral for God.
Speaking on Hitz FM in reaction to the death of veteran actor ‘Waakye, the CEO of Bullhaus Entertainment said “these are things that our people in power should look at – we are building a church for God, I think we should get beds for men.”
This comes after veteran actors Grace Omaboe and Bob Smith Junior stated that the lack of vacant beds in certain hospitals in Accra led to late actor Prince Yawson’s death.
According to the actors, when Prince Yawson’s health situation got critical, he was quickly rushed to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where they were told that there were no beds available.
The actor was then rushed to the Ridge Hospital, only to be given the same story: ‘no beds’.
astly, the actor, popularly known as ‘Waakye’, was taken to the 37 Military Hospital, where he was sustained for a few hours before he bit the dust.
Prof Ransford Gyampo, a lecturer at the University of Ghana Political Science Department has blamed Ghana’s problems on wicked leadership.
According to him although most of the country’s leaders are well exposed of developments elsewhere, they’ve put a blind eye on accelerating the development of Ghana.
He said Ghana has now become hopeless despite the political assurances and hope given the masses ahead of the 2016 elections.
To Gyampo, even though a few members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) continue to shout about ‘breaking the 8’ they do not have the belief that they can make history in Ghana’s political sphere.
“The problem in Ghana is wicked leadership. Our political elites have service passports and they‘ve all travelled before. They’ve seen how others have developed their countries. But have hidden under the cloak of public ignorance about what pertains elsewhere, to do little or nothing for us,” he said in a post shared on social media.
“Publicly, a few paint an impression that a certain EIGHT is gonna be broken but in reality, they are focused more on “packing” rather than governing in a manner that sacrifices the quest for legacy in governance. It’s not about breaking any EIGHT; and it’s not about packing for a possible exit. “
A businesswoman, Asiata Oladejo, has prayed a Mapo customary court in Ibadan, Oyo State, to grant her divorce on grounds that her husband, Abidemi, was undependable because he abandoned her at the mercy of armed robbers when they were attacked.Asiata made the submission on Wednesday in the divorce suit filed by her.
She told the court that, ”My Lord, I am yet to recover from the shock I experienced when a gang of thieves caused uproar in our house.
”He (husband) hid in the toilet; leaving me panting in front of the robbers who terrorised the entire residents of the house.
“My lord, when the thieves arrived at around 1am, my husband was nowhere to be found to defend the children and I.
“He hid in the toilet. He came out when they had gone and he wants us to continue living in that house.”
She said that she begged him to rent another apartment, but he refused, and also accused him of being a womaniser.
Abidemi, who is a fashion designer, told the court that his wife was ill-tempered.
He said, ”She comes to my shop unannounced to torment me.
”It is true that I hid in the toilet when armed robbers attacked our house. All the attempts I made to bring her back home failed because she said she was unnecessarily scared.”
He prayed the court to grant him custody of the three children of the union because he had been a responsible father.
The president of the court, Mrs S. M. Akintayo, granted the order restraining Asiata from threatening, harassing and interfering in the private life of Abidemi.
But she granted custody of the three children to Asiata, noting that she was in the best position to cater for them.
She further held that, “Both petitioner and respondent shall be responsible for the education and other welfare of the children.
“In addition, Abidemi shall pay a monthly feeding allowance of N20,000 for the children’s upkeep.
“Both of you must maintain peace and order.” She, however, noted that there was no marriage to dissolve between the couple because their union could not be considered valid as it was not in accordance with the customary laws of Nigeria. (NAN)
Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has emerged as a contender for the NPP’s flagbearer contest ahead of Ghana’s next presidential elections.
Speaking in an interview with Suncity Radio, Kennedy Agyapong who recently announced his decision to contest the NPP race said he would have no issue beating Alan Kyeremateng and Dr Bawumia.
He emphasized that he will equally beat former President John Dramani Mahama, who is tipped to be the candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress in 2024.
“As for Mahama, he is a missing piece. I will beat him. I will beat Mahama hands down. Because he has failed the North. If you bring the vice president, I will beat him. Dr Bawumia, I will beat him hands down.”
For Dr Bawumia, the Assin North MP, said recent developments which have affected Ghana’s economy have made him unpopular and that it would be a risk for the NPP to put him up for a presidential contest.
“He has done very well but for 8 years in government. Any vice president who has been in the position for 8 years and later sought to take up the presidency, only 3% in the world has been successful in that attempt. Why would NPP take a risk like that? That is why I have come in. Dr Bawumia is a fantastic man but the global downtown and the Russia-Ukraine war has made every government unpopular. So why do you want to take a risk like that? That is why I have decided to contest,” he added.
According to Kennedy Agyapong, there is no better candidate for the NPP flagbearer than himself, as his contributions over the years to the party have been unmatched. This, he said, is beside the fact that he was a founding member of the NPP.
“We were the founders in 1990. I first gave $300,000.00 to Adu Boahen. Who says he is a member of the party more than I am? Who is claiming it is now their turn (to lead)? Which man in the party has committed financial resources to the party more than Kennedy Agyapong? Which man has dedicated himself to defending the party and has been vilified for that more than Kennedy Agyappng?” he questioned.
The MP affirmed that he remains committed to attaining the presidency and that his tenure will see the creation of more employment opportunities and development for the country.
Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, has teased President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over his seeming loss of touch with the prevailing economic crunch.
Addressing a press conference on August 3, he lamented the surge in prices of goods on the market adding that it was at an unprecedented rate.
Making comparisons of the prices of goods sold in 2016 and now, he said that the purchasing power of Ghanaians has been reduced due to inflation under the current administration
“We are not saying prices must come down. Prices will obviously go up because of inflation but just look at the quantum of increases that we are witnessing now…unprecedented,” Sammy Gyamfi said.
He lamented further about how dire the situation is to the extent that President Akufo-Addo’s once favourite drink, Kalypo, has seen an astronomical increase in price.
Sammy Gyamfi mentioned further that the President may not be aware of the development since he has now stopped drinking the product.
“Even the President’s once favourite drink, Kalypo, which he drank for fame in 2016 at a cool price of 50 pesewas is today being sold for a whopping GH₵2.50p. How can parents afford to keep their kids happy with Kalypo when Kalypo is now being sold at such a prohibitive price? President Akufo-Addo may not be aware of this because now he does not drink Kalypo again,” he remarked.
The economy in recent times has experienced a nosedive which has necessitated the government to seek an IMF programme.
The government has partly blamed the ravages of Covid-19 and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war as reasons for the challenges while assuring that it is implementing measures to mitigate its impact.
Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) on Wednesday, July 13 announced that inflation for June hit 29.8 per cent.
What’s stopping Ghana from running 24-hour Economy ? — Samuel Aryeequaye questions Gov’t
Acting Central regional chairman for the Liberal Party Of Ghana and 2020 parliamentary candidate for Agona East, Samuel Aryeequaye has joined the tall list of people calling on the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to introduce 24 hours working shift system in Public Sector to improve productivity and reduce unemployment.
Speaking on Atinka Television’s Weekend political talk show ‘Oman Mu Nsem’ hosted by Nana Owoahene Acheampong, the politician cum businessman said this will increase the workforce of the nation.
“Ghana run an eight-hour economy. We go to work at 8 am, and we close at 5 pm, and we shut the business and everyone goes home meanwhile we need to create more employment. And so if even we added one more shift, you can imagine the number of people we can employ. Government can give industries a tax incentive to do additional work to increase productivity.”
In order to assure responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness in service delivery at all levels of government, the new strategy would, among other things, restructure the procedures and increase the ability of the people who deliver the public service.
Additionally, he proposed the implementation of “input and output analysis” to track employees, which, if carefully implemented, would increase the nation’s GDP and better position the government to pay employees’ salaries.
He claims that this is one of the key secrets to the prosperity and lower unemployment of almost all western nations.
Since the unemployment rate in the nation has risen to worrying levels, the government has been contemplating a number of alternatives, he thinks attention should be paid to this suggestion
President Akufo-Addo, says the effects of the Slave Trade have been devastating to the African continent and to the African Diaspora.
According to him, the entire period of slavery stifled Africa’s economic, cultural and psychological progress.
Speaking at the Reparations and Racial Healing Summit on Monday, 1st August 2022, President Akufo-Addo stressed that reparations for Africa and the African diaspora are long overdue.
He bemoaned the fact that the subject of reparations “becomes a debate” only when it comes to Africa and Africans.
According to the President, when the British ended slavery, all the owners of enslaved Africans received reparations to the tune of 20 million pounds sterling, the equivalent today of 20 billion pounds sterling, but enslaved Africans themselves did not receive a penny. Likewise in the United States, owners of slaves received 300 dollars for every slave they owned; the slaves themselves received nothing.
Indeed, in the case of Haiti, the country had to pay reparations amounting to $21 billion to French slaveholders in 1825 for the victory of the great Haitian Revolution, the first in the Americas and the Caribbean which freed the slaves.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “Native Americans have received and continue to receive reparations; Japanese-American families, who were incarcerated in internment camps in America during World War II, received reparations. Jewish people, six million of whom perished in the concentration camps of Hitlerite Germany, received reparations, including homeland grants and support”.
He contended that, “So, it is time for Africa, 20 million of whose sons and daughters had their freedoms curtailed and sold into slavery, also to receive reparations.”
Whilst reiterating that no amount of money can restore the damage caused by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its consequences, which have spanned many centuries, the President stated that “nevertheless, it is now time to revive and intensify the discussions about reparations for Africa. Indeed, the time is long overdue.”
He, thus, asked participants at the Summit not to overly concern themselves with modalities for the payment of reparations, but, rather, work to establish, unequivocally, first the justice in the call for reparations.
“And, even before these discussions on reparations conclude, the entire continent of Africa deserves a formal apology from the European nations involved in the slave trade for the crimes and damage it has caused to the population, psyche, image and character of the African the world over,” the President added.
With the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, having taken the lead in the reparations debate, President Akufo-Addo urged the African Union to engage with “our kith and kin from the diaspora”, and form a united front to advance the cause of reparations.
“The discourse on reparations cannot succeed without emphasis on racial healing. We need to heal from the wrongs of the past in order to capitalise on the opportunities that await us in the future,” he added.
Ningo Prampram Member of Parliament, Samuel Nartey George, has said that the decision to block unregistered SIM cards in Ghana will discourage investors from injecting capital into the telecom space in Ghana.
He said some quick loan customers who are yet to settle their debt have decided not to pay and are waiting for their SIM to be blocked.
If any businessman observes this situation, that person is likely to shy away from investing in the sector because one day, due to government policy, he may lose all his capital investments, he said.
Speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday July 30, Sam George said “You have quick loan customers who have taken facilities and people are holding back and not wanting to pay, they are saying, okay, if you want to deactivate my SIM, let’s deactivate it.
“It is a disincentive for you to attract investor into the tech space. Don’t forget that this quick loan has created a space for a new cadre of small scale businesses, people who take ¢500 or ¢1000 and turn it around and run businesses and pay these facilities back.
“The quick loan, at times, has put food on the table of families, you can’t underestimate the value of this. Right now, industry players are going to be scared. How do I put in money into an industry like OTT [Operate Over the Internet] when a policy directive one day could cost me millions or billions of dollars. These are the kind of policy incoherence we need to talk about.”
He further said the decision by the government not to extend the deadline for the SIM reregistration is mere talk.
In his view, the deadline will be extended.
The Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Madam Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, served notice that the deadline remains Today Sunday, July 31.
It was earlier pushed forward from 31st March to 31st July.
“More time will be required to update the SIM Registration App for the registration of diplomats, while a Self-Service SIM Registration App is also being developed to facilitate registration of SIM cards for Ghanaians resident abroad.
“This will be operational by mid-April,” a statement issued by Madam Owusu-Ekuful said on Tuesday, March 22.
Addressing a forum in Kumasi on Friday July 22, she appealed to all persons who are yet to re-register their cards to do so before the deadline.
“I therefore appeal to them to do so before the 31st of July,” she said.
But Sam George said “What she said in Kumasi is just talk, it is not true, she will extend it.”
Sam George further noted that some persons are unable to link their Ghana Card to the SIM. When they attempt to do, they receive the invalid input notification, a problem he said is due to system inefficiency.
Also, he said, there are long queues at the registration centers making it cumbersome for people to register.
“You haven’t resolved all these and you are going to punish them for your inefficiency, is that not arbitrary? Is that not capricious?” He asked.