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These 15 Regions Have No COVID-19 Cases

Ghana’s COVID-19 active case count has dropped to 47, a month after the easing of preventive measures including the wearing of facemasks in public places.

This was contained in figures published by the Ghana Health Service which also indicated that all the 47 active cases were located in the Greater Accra Region with the remaining fifteen regions of the country having no active cases of the illness.

When the revisions to the COVID-19 prevention measures were announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 27, 2022, the country had 72 active cases and over 13 million vaccinated persons.

Since then, the country has as of May 10, 2022, administered a million more doses (14,944,182).

Among the preventive measures that were revised included a return to full capacity in-person activities such as church services, mosques, conferences, workshops, private parties, events, cinemas and theatres provided that the audience and all participants are fully vaccinated.

Additionally, President Akufo-Addo also directed that outdoor functions and sporting events, entertainment spots, political rallies and funerals could resume at full capacity provided that all persons at such events are fully vaccinated at those venues.

He directed that handwashing and hand sanitising points be made available at venues where events were held in full capacity for vaccinated persons.

Ghana has recorded 161,280 cases of COVID since the first case was recorded in March 2020 with 1,445 deaths.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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The Bible Influences My Decisions — President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that his vision for the country and Africa’s transformation is heavily influenced by the Bible.

“I am a Christian who is in politics and unashamed of asserting my Christian faith as part of my political calling and I freely admit that my vision for my country, and Africa’s transformation, is heavily influenced by the Bible,” he declared.

President Akufo-Addo made the declaration yesterday at the inaugural Africa lecture by the Museum of the Bible at a museum in Washington, DC, capital of the United States of America.

Family

He said he was born into a family with deep Presbyterian convictions, with his maternal ancestry, including his great-grandparents, being part of the pioneer evangelists of the Presbyterian faith.

“My paternal ancestry encompasses iconic 19th Century Presbyterian priests, whose evangelical ministries remain enduring legacies and inspirations for successive generations of Presbyterian priests,” the President said.

He said he was baptised a Presbyterian and changed to Anglican because of schooling, but added that Anglican or Presbyterian, the Bible was a focal point in their home and his parents found an apt scripture for every situation that came up in their lives.

Adulthood

President Akufo-Addo said whether as a lawyer or a politician he had always tried not to lose sight of the fact that his Christian faith should be an integral part of the practise of his chosen profession.

He added that the public had the perception that being a lawyer could pose problems that might be difficult to reconcile with being a Christian.

Law and Bible

The President cited an often-quoted advertisement on a billboard for a law office in an American city to illustrate the bewilderment with the law that many people face.

Reading the advertisement: “Just because you did it doesn’t mean you’re guilty,” the President said lawyers would readily understand the point but “we can also appreciate the mischief that this will cause among the public”.

President Akufo-Addo noted that Christianity was a way of life and a legal practice covered all aspects of their everyday lives, and quoted “The Ivory Gate”, a legal novel by Sir Walter Beasant in which the author painted a most optimistic view of a lawyer in contrast with the way lawyers are usually portrayed in other books.

“The solicitor is always engaged in considering how best to guide his fellow-man through the labyrinthine world. He receives his fellow man at his entrance into life as a ward; he receives him grown up as a client; he advises him all his life, at every step, and in every emergency,” excerpts of what the President quoted read.

Politics

Speaking about politics, President Akufo-Addo said it was no less turbulent in the last 45 years, adding that he was dissatisfied with the condition of life of the majority of the people and that was why he struggled to get the opportunity to do something about it.

“The story of my struggles to become President of my country is well known. My experiences have been a testimony of God’s love, and a vindication of the words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as quoted at Matthew 19:26, which states “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

National Cathedral

President Akufo-Addo noted that his faith in God was also the motivation for what he described as “a priority of priorities that we are undertaking in the country”.

“This is the construction of the National Cathedral of Ghana, which first brought us to this venue three years ago, in February 2019,” the President declared.

He explained that the National Cathedral addressed a missing link in Ghana’s architecture by providing a formal space for the religious activities of the state.

“Designed by the iconic global Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye, who designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture here in Washington DC, the National Cathedral provides an interdenominational space for worship and will serve to insert God at the centre of our nation building efforts,” President added.

He said they had integrated a Bible Museum and Biblical Garden as part of the project.

President Akufo-Addo stated that the Bible Museum of Africa and Biblical Gardens of Africa extended the National Cathedral project, which would transform Ghana, whose over 70 per cent population was self-proclaimed Christians, into a major centre of Christianity in Africa.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Otto Addo Released By Dortmund To Coach Ghana At World Cup

German side Borussia Dortmund have given Otto Addo the green light to coach Ghana’s national team during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.

The coach made the confirmation last Monday in a podcast by Hamburger Abendblatt, a German newspaper in Hamburg.

“I have received permission from Dortmund,” confirmed Addo, who led the Black Stars as interim coach in the qualification playoffs with Nigeria two months ago.

Conditional release

The Dortmund talent coach will also be allowed to lead Ghana’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers beginning with a Group E clash with Madagascar in Cape Coast on May 29.

“Under certain conditions, it is possible that I manage the international windows in June, September and also the World Cup,” said the former Ghana international who became the frontrunner for the vacant job after successfully leading the final phase of Ghana’s World Cup qualification campaign.

Dortmund’s Sporting Director and one-time teammate of Addo at the Die Schwarzgelben (Black and Yellows), Sebastian Kehl, said he agreed to the coach’s request because he [Kehl] “does not want to deprive Otto Addo of this opportunity” to lead Ghana at football’s highest stage, having previously played for the country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

The green light by Dortmund paves the way for the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to open contract talks with the 46-year-old coach as the substantive national team manager.

GFA President, Kurt Okraku, was in Europe last month to engage the coach on the vacant job and also get the permission of his employers Dortmund who released him to assist former Ghana coach, Milovan Rajevac, successor to Charles Akonnor, during the group phase of the World Cup qualifiers last year.

President’s appeal

After Ghana’s qualification, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appealed to the FA to ensure that the Addo-led technical team, comprising assistants George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani, goalkeepers’ coach, Richard Kingson, and the Irish-Ghanaian technical advisor, Chris Hughton, are maintained for the World Cup in Qatar.

Ghana will meet Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H of the 2022 World Cup.

Born in Hamburg to Ghanaian parents, Addo has been the talent manager at Borussia Dortmund since 2019, but was promoted to first assistant coach last season during the short tenure of former head coach, Edin Terzic, who is now the Technical Director of the Bundesliga giants.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Use Your Executive Powers To Grant Workers At Least 20% ‘COLA’ – TUC To Akufo-Addo

Organised Labour has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to use his executive powers to grant workers at least a 20 per cent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in the wake of the economic hardships being experienced in the country.

Addressing the 2022 May Day parade at the Black Star Square in Accra on Sunday, the Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Dr Yaw Baah speaking on behalf of Organised Labour made the special request to the President.

“With the rising cost of living due to high inflation, we will like to appeal to you [President Akufo-Addo] to use your executive powers to grant a cost of living allowance (COLA) of at least 20 per cent to all public service workers.”

Dr Baah said the appeal was not only for those on the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) but also for the Armed Forces, the police, prisons, immigration, fire and all the security and intelligence agencies. “The cost of living allowance must also be extended to workers in the private sector who are earning just GH¢365 a month.

“We also expect that this COLA will be extended to all those pensioners on the SSNIT scheme who are earning just GH¢300 per month. Mr President the proposed COLA will not only cushion workers and pensioners from the harsh effects of inflation but even more importantly, it will prevent mass poverty in this country among the working group who are contributing so much to the development of our country.

“Mr President, Ghanaians are suffering too much, this is not the country that was envisaged by our leaders who fought with their tears and blood to gain independence for us. God has endowed us with gold, diamond, forest, ocean, oil and other resources, therefore, nothing can justify the high incidence of severe poverty, destitution and suffering in Ghana today, 65 years after independence.”

“It is obvious to us that the numerous IMF programmes in Ghana did not work, it is also clear to us that the partisan approach in dealing with Ghana’s problems is not working. What we need is our own homegrown solutions, supported by all the major stakeholders in the economy, including the executive, parliament, judiciary, workers and their unions, the business community, farmers, traders, NGOs, political parties and civil society organisations. We are confident that Mr President together we can transform our economy into a more resilient and prosperous one which can provide job for the youth and improve standard of living in all the 16 regions of the country.”

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Agbogbloshie Redevelopment Scheme Ready

A proposed re-development scheme has been developed for the land on which the demolished Agbogbloshie Market in Accra was situated.

Intended to give the area a facelift, the scheme is yet to be submitted to the seat of government, the Jubilee House, for further suggestions, inputs and approval.

In the meantime, there is a contractor on site erecting a fence to secure the land.

While awaiting approval from the Jubilee House, the contactor, who has already gone through the Public Procurement Authority, has started digging the foundation for the fence wall.

Throwing light on the proposed re-development, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, told the Daily Graphic that the overall plan was to bring immense life to the area.

Securing land

Mr Quartey said the primary activity now was securing the vast land to prevent encroachment.

“We’ve secured a contractor who has moved to site and I am sure that you will see more action any moment from now.

“Let me assure all that the fence wall will be completed in six months, and once we agree on the re-development scheme with the various agencies, you’ll see a new Agbogbloshie that we will all be proud of,“ he said.

Agbogbloshie redevelopment

He said the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) did not demolish the market just for the sake of it but to ensure that what replaced it fitted into the development plans of Accra.

In the meantime, the regional minister said, a portion of the land had been allocated for an Agenda 111 hospital project.

He disagreed with suggestions in some circles that the redevelopment of Agbogbloshie had delayed.

Visit to Agbogbloshie

When the Daily Graphic visited the site yesterday, the contractor had started the fence wall and was busily digging the foundation.

The contractor had also put up offices at the site.

Nonetheless, we saw a vast stretch of land intact and waiting to be developed.

The demolition

On July 1, 2021, Mr Quartey led security personnel to clear market women and scrap dealers from the Agbogbloshie Market, one of the country’s biggest markets, as part of the ‘Make Accra Work’ initiative.

Many shops and makeshift structures were razed to the ground.

Onion traders there had since been resettled at the Adjen Kotoku Market.

During the exercise, Mr Quartey said no one would be allowed to return to the demolished Agbogbloshie Onion Market.

“Read my lips — no one is coming back; it is done and no one is coming back,” he stated.

Operation clean your frontage

In a related development, the regional minister yesterday inaugurated the Operation Clean Your Frontage Secretariat in Accra, with an assurance that there would be full implementation of sanitation by-laws that had been passed to keep the city clean.

The secretariat, located at Asylum Down, is aimed at bolstering the government’s campaign to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

It will be a one-stop shop for all activities under the campaign and will include a Regional Call Centre, as well as the regional office of the city.

The centre is a centralised office managed by national service persons who will receive direct communication on sanitation-related complaints and reports and relay same to all the 29 assemblies as and when they are received from the public for redress.

Summons

Responding to the frequently made statement by residents of the capital that it was the duty of assemblies to clean communities, Mr Quartey said a by-law had been passed.

Subsequently, he warned that when the city response team “swing into action” next week, it would issue summons to persons who flouted by-laws on sanitation, “and you will pay.”

“If you do not pay, they will take you to court,” he warned.

On the two-week ultimatum given by traders doing business along the Odaw River and at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and its environs to demonstrate on the streets to register their displeasure with what the RCC was doing, Mr Quartey said he was strongly opposed to the threat by the traders.

“Respectfully, I want to serve them notice that they will not even last one week,” he warned.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Pricing, Advertising, Payments In Foreign Currency Illegal Without Authorization – BoG

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has reminded the public that companies, institutions and individuals are prohibited from engaging in the foreign exchange business, pricing, advertising, receipting or making payments for goods and services without authorization.

The BoG in a public notice dated April 5, 2022, said this is in accordance with the Foreign Exchange Act, 2006 (Act 723), which states that companies, institutions and individuals are prohibited from:

i. engaging in foreign exchange business without a licence issued by Bank of Ghana; or

ii. pricing, advertising, receipting or making payments for goods and services in foreign currency in Ghana, without written authorization from the Bank of Ghana.

Violations

The bank said such violations were punishable on summary conviction, by a fine of up to seven hundred (700) penalty units or a term of imprisonment of not more than 18 months, or both.

The notice reiterated that the sole legal tender in the country is the Ghana cedi.

“Bank of Ghana, in collaboration with National Security and Law Enforcement Agencies, will continue to clamp down on illegal foreign exchange operations. All offenders shall be dealt with in accordance with the law,” the notice reads.

The BoG further urged the general public to report any violations witnessed.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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SHS Placement: Parents Commend Education Minister, Ask For Reporting Date Extension

Some parents and stakeholders in the country’s educational sector have lauded the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, for the peaceful and event-free school placement exercise this year.

While commending the Minister for the smooth exercise, they have, however, appealed for an extension in the reopening date for fresh students of senior high schools (SHSs).

Following the successful placement of BECE 20221 candidates by the Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), all successful SHS One students are expected to report to their respective SHSs or technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools today, Monday, April 4, 2022, to begin their academic year.

However, some parents are appealing for the rescheduling of the opening date to enable them to complete the process of enrolment.

“I would like to appeal to the Ministry of Education to consider extending the time for reopening for SHS One students. This year, the placement system was smooth, but the reporting date is too close. We had hoped we would have about four weeks to prepare, but we are required to report today.

“Although it is free SHS and our children will report without having to pay any fees, there are still some things we need to get for them, and that is why we are asking for a consideration of the reporting date,” some parents who spoke with the Daily Graphic said in interviews.

Smooth exercise

Unlike previous exercises which saw parents and guardians and their children and wards frustrated over various challenges, this year’s exercise has passed without many incidents, much to the relief of parents.

According to them, apart from the placement exercise being peaceful and event-free, they were also particularly happy that they did not waste much time at the various resolution centres across the country, as the staff there worked hard to ensure that parents and guardians did not spend too much time at the centres.

“This year, there was so much improvement in the placement process. I think that is what we all expect — that each year there will be improvement in the process. I commend the Minister of Education for supervising this,” a parent said.

With the objective of making the exercise more efficient, convenient and seamless for students and parents, the Ministry of Education, through the Free Senior High School (SHS) Secretariat, put in place some measures.

Among the interventions were the change in the time of school selection from before the BECE to after the examination and the establishment of call centres to receive complaints from parents with challenges after the placement.

That seems to have helped to reduce the incidence of concerned parents and students converging on the Black Star Square, where the Free SHS Secretariat set up to attend to the immediate past CSSPS exercise.

Relieved parents

A parent who went to the centre to have her child’s school changed from one region to another expressed satisfaction with the service.

“Having watched what had happened during previous exercises, I was concerned about how my issue was going to receive attention. But when my daughter and I went there, we were attended to and we did not have to spend the whole day there.

“Thankfully, we got our issue too resolved. I’m a single parent and my daughter was placed in a school in Sunyani. I told them about the challenges and we got an equally good school in the Eastern Region and I’m very grateful,” she said.

Mr Appiah Adomako Kusi, the Country Director of CUT International, lauded Dr Adutwum and all the other stakeholders for putting in place various remedial measures to ensure that the exercise took place smoothly for the good of all stakeholders across the country.

“For the first time since the introduction of the free SHS policy, the reports that usually came up after the placement had been very minimal and most parents who went to the various centres did not have to go there many times or spend long hours there before having their issues resolved,” he said.

Mr Kusi, however, wondered why the opening date for first-year students was not extended due to the late commencement of the self-placement exercise nationwide.

“Most parents and guardians in the country will be very happy if the opening date for first-year students is extended for some two weeks, so that parents can have ample time to prepare their children to go to school,” he said.

He also appealed to the Education Ministry to ensure that something was done about the supply of foodstuffs to schools, so that students could stay in school peacefully without food shortage.

Madam Sheila Mantey, a trader at Adabraka in Accra, said the teams used this year should be maintained to continue rendering such good services to parents each time there was school placement.

She also added her voice to the call for the opening date to be extended for two weeks to afford parents and guardians ample time to purchase the needed items for their children and wards.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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World Cup 2022: Ghana Plays Portugal, Uruguay And Korea Republic

Ghana has been drawn against Portugal, Uruguay and Korea Republic in the 2022 World Cup which comes off in Qatar.

The Black Stars will play their first game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, then face off against Luis Suarez’s Uruguay and play their last group game against Korea.

Ghana’s journey to the World Cup

After eight years without an appearance on the world’s biggest international stage, Ghana has made a return to the 2022 World Cup to be hosted in Qatar.

Drawn in a group with South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe it did not come as an easy task. Ghana began its World Cup qualifiers on September 3rd, 2021, at home against Ethiopia.

Mubarak Wakaso’s 35th-minute goal was enough to secure the Black Stars its first win of the qualifiers.

Three days later Ghana had to face South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg but unfortunately lost to Bafana Bafana by a 1-0 scoreline.

Returning to play at Cape Coast stadium on the 9th of October 2021, the Black Stars had a convincing 3-1 victory against Zimbabwe and went to Harare to secure a 1-0 victory as well.

Ethiopia after losing to South Africa home and away needed to find themselves back in contention for the only qualification spot. Playing at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, a neutral ground. Both nations went home with the points shared after a 1 -1 draw.

It came down to Ghana and South Africa fighting for first place to qualify for the next round. Ghana came out victors at the Cape Coast stadium.

Drawn against Nigeria in the playoff round of the qualifier, Ghana drew goalless at Baba Yara Stadium and qualified on the away goal rule in Abuja after a 1-1 draw.

After the World Cup draw on Friday, April 1, 2022, Ghana was drawn in Group H with Portugal, Uruguay, and the Korea Republic.

The Black Stars faced Portugal in the 2014 World Cup, hosted in Brazil. Unfortunately, the Ghanaians could not match the Portuguese as they lost by two goals to one, causing the Black Stars to exit the competition with just a point.

Uruguay also brings back 2010 memories, as La Celeste denied Ghana its chance of qualifying to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup kind courtesy of a handball from Luis Suarez to deny Ghana a 120th-minute goal scoring opportunity. This could be a revenge moment.

The Black Stars are yet to face the Taegeuk Warriors of South Korea in the World Cup.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Who Has Qualified For The World Cup So Far And When Is The Draw?

Ghana became the first African country to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022) on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their playoff in Abuja.

Ghana progressed to the finals via the away goal rule after the game ended 1-1 on aggregate.

So far, a total of 27 countries have qualified for the World Cup, leaving five slots open to complete the 32-team line-up for the mundial.

They are; Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, IR Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Morocco, Netherlands, Qatar, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Remaining playoffs

Five countries have also qualified for the remaining playoffs;

Qualified for the Asian play-off are Australia and United Arab Emirates.

Qualified for the Oceanian final are New Zealand and Solomon Islands.

Qualified for the intercontinental play-offs is Peru.

When is the World Cup group stage draw?

The draw will take place on Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar at about 5 pm.

Not all the teams in the draw will be known when it is made with the two winners of the inter-confederation play-offs yet to be decided, and with either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine still to come through UEFA’s qualifying playoff.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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President To Deliver State Of Nation Address Wednesday

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is scheduled to deliver a message on the State of the Nation (SONA) to Parliament on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

This is in accordance with Article 67 of the constitution that states that the President shall give the State of the Nation Address at the beginning and close of every parliamentary session.

The Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, announced this when he presented the business statement of the House for the 10th Week yesterday.

“Pursuant to the convention of this House, Honourable Members are urged to be punctual and accordingly be seated in the chamber latest by 9:15 a.m, as it may not be courteous for members to enter or exit the House after the President has taken his seat in the chamber to deliver his address,” Mr Annoh-Dompreh said.

Debate on SONA

He stated that a motion to thank the President for the Message of the State of the Nation would be moved on Thursday, March 31, 2022 and time would be allotted to members to make contributions, eight from each side of the House.

He said the two leaders together with two members, one from each side of the House, would conclude the debate on the SONA on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Sitting on Saturday & Monday

Mr Annoh-Dompreh said with regard to the exigencies of the time, the House would sit on Saturday, April 2, 2022 and on Monday, April 4, 2022.

He added that sittings of the House might also be extended to ensure that business scheduled for the week under consideration was completed.

Bawku conflict

Mr Annoh-Dompreh, who is also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, said the Ministers for the Interior, Defence and National Security would also appear before the House on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 when sitting resumed to apprise the House of the renewed clashes between disputants to the Bawku conflict.

That, he said, followed a directive given by the Speaker on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Source: Graphic.com.gh