Jerry John Rawlings Foundation congratulates all the gallant warriors

In commemoration of this year’s anniversary of the June 4, 1979, uprising, the Jerry John Rawlings Foundation has congratulated all the gallant warriors, both living and dead and the millions of sympathizers of the June 4 process.

The Foundation in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency urged all Ghanaians to learn to symbolize the true meaning of patriotism – the feeling of love, devotion and a sense of belonging to one’s country.

It said the practice of living a life devoid of distortions of value and faith and believe that hard work, sacrifice, and selflessness is what makes countries great.

‘Let us appreciate the true meaning of probity and accountability as often highlighted by President Rawlings and exorcise the cancerous spirit of corruption out of our social fabric,’ the Foundation said.

The statement said on June 4, 1979, 44 years ago, a group of young military men led by Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, compelled by the difficult and turbulent circumstances of the period, and representing the angry mood of the people, took up arms and removed the leadership of the then Supreme Military Council II.

It said June 4, 1979, had been preceded by the abortive May 15, 1979, uprising, also led by Flt Lt Rawlings, who subsequently became the Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), which ruled Ghana for three months, before handing power to a democratically elected civilian government.

It said Ghana was bent on its knees, the economy was in an inflationary spiral, the prices of goods and services mushroomed at an alarming rate and traders and intermediaries were capitalizing on the situation by hoarding scarce essential commodities to exacerbate the skyrocketing of prices and skim off the offensive profits that came with it.

It said events of May 15 coupled with the famous ‘Leave My Men Alone’ court address by Flt Lt Rawlings and justification for the attempted mutiny, would become the spark to light the anticipated revolutionary flame.

It noted that the tense political atmosphere in the country exhibited both in civilians and personnel in the barracks, coupled with a failed economy, was like a room filled with gas and all it took was a spark.

It said the prison broke, and subsequent rise to power of the AFRC on June 4, 1979, was thus a culmination of deep-seated anger and discontent.

It said June 4, 1979, changed the face of politics in this country.

it reiterated that President Rawlings and his government introduced a system of decentralisation that gradually devolved into the District Assembly concept, which is an integral part of the 4th Republic’s governance structure.

The statement said aggressive policies were implemented to support traditional export industries such as cocoa and gold as well as the diversification of export content.

It said good security was a priority with the institution of agricultural policies that gained global attention and notable mention by the World Bank’s Development Report of 1999-2000.

‘As we celebrate the 44th anniversary of this day, we remember all the gallant men who sacrificed their all to end the decade of decadence.’

It said this was a day to honour the souls of all who sacrificed their lives during the turbulent period.

‘We also honour all the gallant heroes who have joined their maker during the past 44 years. Ayekoo gallant heroes for your patriotism.’ The statement said.

The statement said in 2020, President Rawlings left this world, placing all Ghanaians in a state of national mourning. It noted that, however, the souls of this gallant warrior and many of his compatriots live on.

It said on June 4, 2020, he had this poignant statement to make about June 4, 1979: ‘We must be reminded that, we are a country borne out of demanding situations where some had to toil and shed their blood.

‘The positive disruptive force and energy of June 4th was not a product of any political movement or action.

‘The spontaneous eruption on that fateful day represented the unadulterated spirit of liberation that was collectively sought after, as a nation at the brink of collapse.

‘Nothing more has signified or exemplified the patriotism and resilience of Ghanaians than in those difficult moments.

‘Many were those who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods in order to bequeath to subsequent generations a more just society with equal opportunities for all, irrespective of their religion, tribe, ethnicity, political or educational status.

‘We must never forget our past nor erase the memories of where we came from. Commemorations like this allow us to ponder, reflect and re-examine ourselves – our conduct and policies, and to see if these have properly been aligned to our core values of probity, accountability, integrity, and social justice.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

World Food Programme and MTN support farmers to increase food production

The World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the MTN Ghana have registered farmers in selected communities in the Sissala West District with each of them expected to receive GH?3,900.00 to increase food production.

The WFP are also to undertake the Songhai Agriculture Initiative project to create jobs for the people in the district.

The WFP project formed part of efforts to contain the influx of Burkinabes in the district, Madam Aisha Imoru Batong, the District Chief Executive of the Sissala West District announced at the fourth session of the assembly held in Gwollu.

She appealed to the assembly members to educate farmers on the implementation of the interventions as it would help them expand their farms and produce sufficient food for domestic consumption and for export to earn more foreign exchange to improve the economy.

Madam Batong announced that as part of efforts to complement WFP interventions, the assembly had launched a District-Wide One Tree, One Household project to help mitigate the negative impact of climate change.

The Forestry Commission was supporting, the initiative with the provision of seedlings to plant more trees to green the area and reverse the effects of climate change of recent times.

She encouraged residents to embrace the project and ensure seedlings planted survived to increase the tree population to protect the ecosystem.

Talking about finances, she said the assembly had received GH?204,361.83 as its share of the fourth quarter of the District Assemblies Common Fund for 2022, while Internally Generated Fund for 2023 stood at GH?60,781.00.

She appealed to the assembly members to intensify education in the communities to encourage the people to pay their taxes regularly to raise more revenue to undertake development projects.

Madam Batong said the assembly had also received 229 laptop computers from the Ministry of Education, which were distributed to Basic School Teachers, while Vibrant Villages, a non-governmental organisation also donated 52 dual desks to basic schools in the area.

On security, she said the occurrences of violent extremists and the influx of Fulani Herdsmen and their cattle into the district from neighbouring Burkina Faso on daily basis was threatening the people in the area and the Ghana Police Service had deployed 33 Units and provided with vehicles and motorbikes to counter any threat of terrorism.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gov’t committed to protecting Anglogold Ashanti’s concessions, clamp down illegal activities – Jinapor

The government has assured the management of Anglogold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine of providing the needed protection of its concessions by warding off all illegal activities that threatens their operations.

Mr Samuel Abu Jiapor, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources who gave the assurance, said the mining laws would be enforced, adding that, ‘persons are not allowed under any circumstances to invade or attack AngloGold’s concession.

‘ Addressing the media during a working visit to the Anglogold Ashanti in Obuasi, Mr Jinapor said lack of employment could never be a justification for illegal invasion of Anglogold’s concessions.

‘If you do as these illegal miners have done, you face the full rigours of the laws. You will be arrested, prosecuted and the law will take its course,’ he warned.

The Minister’s visit followed an unfortunate incident last week when some illegal miners invaded the concession of the Anglogold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine.

Mr Jinapor was in Obuasi to meet Municipal and District Security Councils of Obuasi and Obuasi-East, Traditional Leaders, and the leadership of Anglogold Ashanti as part of efforts to find lasting solution to the perennial problem.

According to the Minister, the Mine was of great importance to the national economy, which was why it was put under care and maintenance in 2016 because of such issues.

He said the government was working closely with Anglogold Ashanti and other stakeholders to find alternative livelihood support and employment through community mining.

The Minister expressed satisfaction about the outcome of the visit and said the Ministry would follow up and find sustainable and workable solutions to the problem and avoid the reoccurrence of the mishap.

Mr Eric Asubonteng, Managing Director, Anglogold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, confirmed a total of 96 unauthorised persons had so far been arrested and handed over to the police following the incident.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adamus Resources, Dzata Cement, and Ghana Gas supports Africa Armwrestling Championship in Accra

The 12th edition of the Africa Armwrestling Championship scheduled to be held in Accra later this month has received corporate support from three outstanding organizations.

Adamus Resources Limited, a Ghanaian owned mining company presented an undisclosed cheque to the Local Organising Committee (LOC), towards the event that brings together the best pullers on the continent.

Ms Angela List, the Chief Executive Officer of Adamus expressed her delight in supporting the event and said the gesture formed part of her company’s corporate social responsibility to develop and promote sports especially the ones that receive less funding both locally and internationally.

The LOC also received financial support from indigenous cement manufacturing company, Dzata Cement to assist the LOC in hosting a successful championship.

The CEO, Mr Ibrahim Mahama, commended the federation on how far they had developed and promoted the sport in the last years.

He wished the Armwrestling leadership well in hosting a successful event and

hoped for a host and win championship for Team Ghana.

Ghana National Gas Company, popularly referred to as Ghana Gas, known for hugely supporting sports development and promotion, also has come good to aid the Ghana Armwrestling Federation getting Accra ready for Africa to host the rest of Africa.

Dr K.D. Asante, the CEO of Ghana Gas, a former athlete, and the President of Ghana Hockey Association applauded the federation for the challenge to host the rest of Africa.

He said hosting Africa was expensive, but it helped grow the sport, encourage participation, improve equipment and infrastructure and thus called on Ghana to support Armwrestling.

The LOC Chairman, Mr. Adjei Sowah on behalf of his committee and the Ghana Armwrestling Federation expressed his profound gratitude to the Adamus Resources, Dzata Cement and Ghana Gas for coming on board to support them.

He assured them of Ghana hosting an eventful championship by utilizing the funds received for their intended purposes.

He appealed to other corporate institutions to emulate the above-mentioned organisations for Ghana to warmly receive Africa by visiting the LOC’s secretariat located in the MIKADDO Plaza next to Kama Industries and Vaniado at Labone.

The 12th edition of the Africa Armwrestling Championship will take place between June 21-25, 2023 at the GNAT Hall in Accra is being organized by the Ghana Armwrestling Federation with technical support from the Armwrestling Federation of Africa (AFA) and the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF).

The Africa Armwrestling Championship is a qualifier to the World Combat Games to be held in Saudi Arabia in October, World Armwrestling Championship to be held in Kazakhstan in August, and the 2024 Africa Games to be held in Ghana in March.

Over 300 athletes and officials from the continent are expected in the country within the period to battle for honours and supremacy.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Portuguese bank agreed to finance road rehabilitation works

Portuguese bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) has agreed to fund the rehabilitation works of roads in some regions of Angola.

The contracts of works, that will cover the provinces of Cabinda, Moxico and Zaire, are part of strengthening cooperation between Angola and Portugal.

The work will include the 250 national road, in the Lumeje-Cameia-Lucano section (Moxico), on the Cacongo-Miconje axis (Cabinda) and conclusion and repair of the Nzeto-Soyo highway (Zaire).

The financing contracts were signed this Monday by the Angolan Finance minister Vera Daves, the chairman of the Executive Commission of the Caixa Geral de Depósitos bank Paulo José Semedo and the Portuguese Prosecutor João Manuel de Castro Placido Pires.

A total of 13 legal documents were signed in the presence of the President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, and the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, who is visiting the country for the second time, after 2018.

António Costa has been in Angola for an official visit, at the invitation of the President João Lourenço.

Angola and Portugal established diplomatic relations on 9 March, 1976.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola/Portugal: New agreements boost cooperation

Angola and Portugal strengthened bilateral cooperation after the two countries signed Monday in Luanda 13 new agreements, including a strategic cooperation programme.

These are legal instruments linked to the Finance, Higher Education, Infrastructure, Media and Defence sectors.

In the presence of the Angolan President, João Lourenço, and the Portuguese Premier, António Costa, both countries signed the agreements that include the Programme of Strategic Cooperation (PSC) 2023-2027, which strengthens the Portugal-Angola credit line.

The package of agreements features the Memorandum of Understanding between the Sines and Algarve Ports Administration (Portugal) and Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Barra do Dande (Angola).

In the new PSC, the sectors of education, health, justice and security were mentioned as priority in the new package.

The Understanding also aims to promote cooperation in areas such as tourism, administrative modernisation, cooperation with the private sector, as well as human capital qualification.

The previous PSC (2018-2022), estimated at €535 million, had an overall execution rate of 122 per cent.

Also on Monday, the two States signed the Bilateral Technical Cooperation Protocol between the Angolan Telecommunications Institute (INACOM) and the Portuguese National Communications Authority (ANACOM).

In the field of Media, the two countries signed the Protocol between the Angolan Training Centre for Journalists and the Portuguese News Agency (LUSA), for professional training.

As part of António Costa’s second official visit to Angola, contacts are also planned with representatives of over 100 Portuguese companies.

These are companies linked to the construction, banking, financial, retail, energy, agri-food, technology and communications sectors.

According to figures from Angola’s National Statistics Institute, trade between the two countries has seen variations in recent years, influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Angola and Portugal established diplomatic relations on 9 March, 1976

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

President Lourenço meets with Portuguese Premier

Angolan leader João Lourenço is meeting Monday, in Luanda, with Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa.

João Lourenço received the Portuguese Premier in a welcoming ceremony with military honours, in which 21 cannon salutes were fired.

The Head of the Portuguese government and President João Lourenço are expected to speak to the press at the end of the meeting.

Talks between delegations of the two countries and the signing of bilateral cooperation instruments are also to take place Monday.

During the two-day visit, several bilateral cooperation agreements are to be signed, including a new strategic cooperation programme and a credit line reinforcement.

The Portuguese Prime Minister’s agenda for Monday includes visits to the Luanda/Bengo Special Economic Zone, where Portuguese businesspeople will be received.

For Tuesday, António Costa is scheduled to visit Banco Caixa Angola bank, the São Francisco do Penedo Fortress, as well as the Portuguese School of Luanda.

There is a strong presence of Portuguese companies operating in Angola in sectors such as construction and banking.

Portugal is also an important exporter of food products and beverages to Angola.

As for Angola, it is the main African investor in Portugal with activities ranging from energy, telecommunications and banking.

Considering their dynamism, bilateral relations are considered positive and have been growing over the years.

There are nearly nine thousand Portuguese companies exporting to Angola, although commercial exchanges have declined significantly in recent years, due to the difficulty in accessing foreign currency and the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the last three years, exports of goods from Angola to Portugal represented a total of 1.2 million US dollars against 4.5 million US dollars in imports.

The figure represents a negative trade balance of about 3.3 million US dollars.

Angola and Portugal established diplomatic relations on March 9, 1976.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angolan president pledges to pay off debt with Portuguese companies

Angolan President João Lourenço announced Monday in Luanda the Government commitment to fulfill its financial obligations related to the debts with Portuguese companies.

The Angolan Statesman said this issue deserves attention and the country is working to fully address it as soon as possible in order to reassure those Portuguese committed to the Angolan market.

During the official talks with the Portuguese delegation, headed by Prime minister António Costa, the President João Lourenço praised the cooperation with the European country.

The Angolan President referred to the signing of 13 legal instruments, still today (Monday), that will boost the exchange between the two countries.

João Lourenço said that a Summit of the Community of the Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) will take place soon to assess the latest developments conducted by the organisation.

The Summit will also focus on planning of the future actions that contribute to the consolidation of the foundations on which relations within the organisation are based.

President João Lourenço said that the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries has undertaken initiatives that deserve to be highlighted and that bring people together, without barriers.

He expressed concern, “in this troubled world,” about the situation in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Sahel countries.

As for the way the West is handling the situation in Libya, without consulting African institutions, the Angolan President described as imprudent, irresponsible and wrong, judging by the instability created in that country.

João Lourenço advised “wisdom and great restraint” in the resolution to the old conflicts, such as those in the Korean peninsula, Israel-Palestine, to which new ones are being added such as those in the Taiwan Strait.

The President of the Republic defended an immediate end to the war between Ukraine and Russia, in favour of the sovereignty and integrity of the attacked country.

The Angolan Head of State called for the need to build a peace based on strong, fair and lasting foundations between the two countries and the whole of Europe and to banish forever the spectre of war in Europe, the stage of the two great wars that the world has ever known.

João Lourenço blamed the invasion of Ukraine by Russia for the biggest humanitarian, food, energy and security crisis the world has ever known.

The Portuguese Prime Minister arrived this Monday in the Angolan capital for a two-day working visit, aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)