CPP Chair files to contest flagbearer race

Accra, Nana Frimpomaa Akosua Sarpong Kumankumah, the Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), has filed nomination to contest the upcoming flagbearer race of the Party.

The Chairperson was the first among four candidates that had picked nomination forms to file her forms at the Party’s headquarters in Accra Monday evening.

Accompanied by some members of the Party, Nana Kumankumah presented her forms to Wing Commander Patrick Sorborjor, the Chairman of the CPP Congress Committee in the presence of members of the Committee.

Nana Kumankumah was the running mate to Dr Abu Sakara, who contested the 2012 presidential elections on the ticket of the CPP.

She was subsequently voted as Chairperson of the CPP in 2020 and has occupied that position till date.

Speaking to journalists after filing her forms, Nana Kumankumah said she was confident that members of the CPP would vote for her to lead the Party for the 2024 presidential elections.

She expressed optimism that she would be able to break what she described as the ‘monopoly’ enjoyed by the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress since the commencement of the 4th Republic.

She said her vision was also to ensure that the Party won seats in Parliament, adding that she had identified some constituencies that the Party could win with the right strategies in place.

‘I am the woman of the century for the youth of this nation. I am here because I believe in Ghana. I have taken up this mantle to ensure that I give the youth an alternative vehicle to vent their frustration in a constructive way,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

IGP storms Tamale ‘midnight’ to interact with residents

Tamale, The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare on Sunday night stormed the Central Business District of Tamale to interact with some residents, who gathered along the street.

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) got to the main town around 22:30hrs GMT, there were groups of people along the street with heavy Police presence from the NEDCo office area to the Access Bank area.

The GNA saw the IGP, flanked by some of his lieutenants, interacting with the people and inquiring their impressions about Police operations in Tamale and what they thought the Police should be doing to deepen collaboration with them to promote law and order.

The IGP’s presence drew large numbers and some of the people were elated seeing him interacting with ordinary people along the street.

As of 22:50hrs GMT when GNA left the main town, the IGP was still in the area interacting with the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UMAT TEIN WOCOM calls for removal of taxes on sanitary pads

Accra, Madam Enam Gomashie, the Women’s Commissioner (WOCOM) of the Tertiary Educational Institutions Network of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), has reiterated the call on the Government to scrap taxes on sanitary pads to make them affordable for the average Ghanaian woman.

The Commissioner said sanitary pads were a major avenue of ensuring menstrual hygiene, hence the need to make it accessible and affordable to ensure good healthcare for females.

‘In marking Menstrual Hygiene Day, we join calls for the taxes on sanitary pads to be scrapped so the product is made affordable,’ she stated.

In a press statement made available to the Ghana News Agency, Madam Gomashie said menstrual hygiene must be prioritised to protect the wellbeing of women.

She said it was rather unfortunate that recent happenings in the country had made menstrual hygiene a difficulty and an issue of luxury for most women and young girls, saying: ‘This increment in the cost of the sanitary pads is significantly due to the excruciating taxes placed on the product.’

The statement said Dr. Bawumia, in 2020 promised Ghanaians during the Manifesto Launch of the NPP that the government would eliminate import duty taxes on sanitary pads to improve health conditions particularly for girls and said: ‘This promise turns out to be another political gimmick by the Vice President.’

It said the import duty tax on sanitary pads had been increased by 20 percent instead of eliminating it.

The statement also indicated that aside from the increment in import duty tax, Value Added Tax had also been increased significantly.

It said some young girls were unable to access quality education as their male peers and some women were unable to live healthy lives due to poor menstrual hygiene arising from the unaffordable nature of sanitary pads.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Let’s maintain operation clean your frontage,’ Queen mother

Sunyani, Nana Akosua Duaa Asor Sika Brayie II, the Paramount Queen Mother of the Sunyani Traditional Area has implored residents to sustain the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ initiative by the Sunyani Traditional Council.

She said now that the exercise had been launched, the people must clean the frontages of their houses and workplaces daily to make the quarterly major clean-up exercise of the Sunyani town just a formality.

Nana Brayie II made the appeal in an interview with the media after the launch of the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ and clean-up exercise organised by the Sunyani Traditional Council on Saturday in Sunyani.

Though an initiative of the Council being spearheaded by the Paramount Queen Mother, it is jointly being supported by the Sunyani Municipal Assembly and the Council of Bono and Ahafo Association of North America (COBAANA).

The six-hour exercise that spanned 0600 hours and 1200 noon covered the sweeping of the principal streets and desilting of gutters alongside the streets and in the central market within the central business district of Sunyani.

Personnel of the security services, particularly the Ghana National Fire Service and the military participated as well as traders and shops operators also showed commitment of participation as all shops were closed while commercial vehicles too did not operate during the period.

She expressed the satisfaction that the exercise was an improvement on maiden one in terms of participation and enthusiasm to deliver and therefore urged the residents to continue the ‘good work’ of always keeping their environments clean.

Dr DeGraft Kwafo, the Chairman COBAANA said the cleanliness of Sunyani was important to them as an association, hence the group supported with rakes, brooms and shovels and expressed the desire to support further with dustbins, wheelbarrows and other needed tools and equipment to make the exercise even easier and more pleasurable.

He said residents required more education to sustain the exercise, saying ‘we have to sensitize the public that keeping the city clean is important, so all should be inclusive,’ alongside with the enforcement of by-laws to serve as deterrent to those who might not want to ever take part.

Mr John Ansu Kumi, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive announced the Assembly was ready to sensitise and educate the public about the by-laws and the related punishments and fines applicable to each offense.

He hoped once the by-laws were being implemented effectively and recalcitrant residents punished accordingly, residents would fully participate for the ‘city’ of Sunyani to remain always clean.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Angola available to boost cooperation with Rwanda

Angolan Government expressed Monday its availability and commitment to reinforce cooperation ties with Rwanda, with stress to economic, commercial, political-diplomatic and cultural areas.

The country’s will was expressed during an audience the President João Lourenço granted to the outgoing ambassador of Rwanda, Wellars Gasamagera.

The meeting allowed Rwandan diplomat to present farewell greetings to the Angolan statesman, after three and a half years term in the country.

Speaking to the press at the end of the meeting, the Rwandan diplomat considered the cooperation relations with Angola “excellent”, taking into account the regular political consultations between the two countries on matters of stability and peace in the countries of the Great Lakes region.

“We have also held political consultations at regional and international level”, said Wellars Gasamagera, who highlighted the importance of the legal instruments between both countries.

Bilateral Agreements

Angola and Rwanda signed nine legal instruments, including agreements to avoid double taxation, extradition, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, transfer of convicted persons, memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Livestock development.

Stress went also to the memoranda of understanding on Local Government, Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Health Cooperation, as well as the memorandum of understanding on the National School of Administration and Public Policy and the Institute of Management of Rwanda.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

2021-Opinion on General State Account submitted to Parliament

The Court of Auditors (TC) delivered the Technical Opinion on General State Account (CGE) for 2021 to the National Assembly (AN) on Tuesday.

The document, which contains 98 recommendations, of which 59 are from the previous year, was delivered by the TC Interim Counselor Judge Domingas Alexandre Garcia to the National Assembly Speaker, Carolina Cerqueira.

The CGE Opinion contains recommendations for the institutions that receive money from the General Budget (OGE) to improve the technical and legal aspects, on preparation of accountability reports in the coming financial years.

Respect for the principles of good governance

The Parliament Speaker, Carolina Cerqueira, stated that the move allow “us to comply with a legal provision as part of the inspection of National Assembly.

The goal is to ensure the transparency and accountability of public affairs and

respect for the principles of good governance “.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Kz 25 billion Employment Fund to start this year

National Employment Fund (FUNEA), approved Tuesday by the Cabinet Council’s Economic Commission, will start this year with values of around Kz 25 billion, bringing together all financial resources for employment in a single body.

To be managed by a financial entity selected through a public tender, the Account Fund will be sustained through the extraordinary resources from the National Treasury.

These are resources that stimulate active employment policies, such as the Petroleum Fund, donations, income from the operation of the Fund itself, based on interest, rents and profits, as well as applications.

After its publication, soon, in the Official Gazette, the entity will enter into force and it is expected that it will implement the projects related to employment that, at national level, will be made possible in all sectors of activity.

The minister of Public Administration, Labour, Employment and Social Security (MAPTSS), Teresa Dias, said through a public tender, the institution to be selected should use the policies of the Executive and the statute of the Fund.

The official told a press conference, at the end of the Economic Commission meeting, chaired by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, that a management team will be created to approve the projects, so that the financial institution can release the resources.

With the creation of FUNEA, the Government will mobilise all the financial resources linked to the employment initiatives, which were previously carried out by several ministerial departments, and many of the times, repeated.

Meanwhile, the minister said that project will cover mainly the young people as the majority affected by highest rate of unemployment in Angola, currently estimated at five million inhabitants.

Dias assured the availability of 25 billion kwanzas to cover the remaining six months of this year.

“This money is already guaranteed for the end of the year, and every year we will have resources allocated to the Fund via Treasury resources,” she said, but did not disclosed the amount for each year.

The social partners are also called upon to inspect this Executive initiative on the National Employment Fund.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Parliament speaker, Ambassador Nelson Cosme discuss inter-parliamentary cooperation

National Assembly Speaker Carolina Cerqueira Tuesday in Luanda discussed with the Angolan ambassador to Egypt the 147th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), to be held in October this year in Luanda.

The Angolan diplomat brought a message from the leader of the House of Representatives of Egypt to Carolina Cerqueira, expressing recognition for the formal invitation to attend the major event, to be held in Luanda.

“We are pleased with the fact that we are among the first representatives of the Angolan State to receive the invitation from the National Assembly Speaker, Carolina Cerqueira, to her Egyptian counterpart,” he said.

Ambassador Nelson Cosme considered the symbolic move crucial for the strengthening of the inter-parliamentary corporation and the strengthening of the friendship ties between the two parliamentary institutions.

The 147th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is scheduled for October this year, in the country’s capital, Luanda.

The event, taking place under the theme “Parliamentary Action for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, is expected to gathered about 1,400 parliamentarians from 172 countries and 150 speakers of parliaments from around the world.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)