Attacks on Security Personnel: Gov’t will make sure robbers are punished

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed Government’s strongest indication to deal decisively with the recent attacks on security personnel by armed robbers.

Dr Bawumia noted that the recurring attacks on security agencies and operations by armed robbers were unacceptable.

The nation in recent times has witnessed gruesome murders of police officers providing security for bullion vans of some banks.

A recent incident occurred at an oil filling station in Ablekuma in the Greater Accra Region.

‘I want to assure our soldiers and Policemen that the recalcitrant elements will be punished, by suffering the consequences of their actions irrespective of how long they evade arrest,’ he assured.

Vice President Bawumia gave the assurance during the joint graduation of the Senior Command and Staff Course 44 and Master of Science in Defence and International Politics of the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College (GAFCSC) in Accra on Friday.

‘We will also ensure that we place your safety and welfare at the centre of all government decisions,’ Dr Bawumia added.

Commenting on terrorism insurgence in the Sub-region, the Vice President said the threat of terrorism remained an imminent challenge to Ghana and cited the recent attacks in the sub-region as a case in point.

The determination of the terrorists to expand beyond landlocked Sahelian countries, where the insurgency has devastated thousands of lives and property in the last decade.

The chieftaincy conflicts and tribal clashes among several others made the citizens susceptible to exploitation by terrorist groups, Dr Bawumia said, and thus, underscored the need for everyone to remain vigilant to halt the menace.

Dr Bawumia therefore referred to the Ministry of National Security’s anti-terrorism campaign dubbed: ‘See Something, Say Something’ aimed at creating public awareness and sensitizing citizens on issues of public safety and security consciousness.

The Vice President lauded the graduands for distinguishing themselves among their peers and reminded them of the enormous responsibility placed on them to maintain and improve their professionalism in their respective institutions.

Dr Bawumia pledged the Government’s determination to provide the infrastructure and logistical needs of the College and urged the College’s Control Board and the Military High Command to introduce innovative modules to challenge the ingenuity of the youth, particularly the Government’s digitalisation agenda.

‘It’s refreshing the vision of the College to run another master’s Programme in Security Studies and a PhD in Defence and International Politics,’ the Vice President said.

Major General Irvine Nii-Ayitey Aryeetey, the Commandant of the GAFCSC, in his welcome remarks, lauded the graduands for their hard work and resilience during the 11-month rigorous training.

‘This is a significant milestone in your professional career, and you should be immensely proud of

The Commandant entreated them to leverage the skills and knowledge acquired to shape their respective institutions and for the good of the society.

In all, 85 students passed out of which 25 were from 11 allied nations including Nigeria, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and La Cote d’Ivoire.

They pursued courses in Defence and International Politics, International Politics and Diplomacy, Concepts of Security Research Methods, International Law, Human Rights and Conflicts in Africa and Terrorism and Counter Terrorism.

Major Kojo Octhere Prempeh of Ghana Army was adjudged the Overall Best Graduand and took home a giant trophy, a book and 43-inch LD television.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Support us to give befitting burial to our son – Family

The families of James Lutterodt are calling on all sympathisers to help them give their son a befitting burial.

The late James Kwabla Edem Lutterodt, who was one of the students that represented Keta Senior High Technical School in the 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz competition that saw KETASCO reaching the finals, died on July 3, 2023, after a short illness.

Mr Bendorf Akwetey Luttterodt, an uncle of the deceased told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that two days had been chosen for his funeral to allow ample time for mourners coming from various areas, to pay their last respect to the young national hero.

He said there would be a pre-burial service on Friday 8th September 2023 at Tema Community 1, community center from 0900 hours.

His body would later be transported to the KETASCO park where the funeral and burial service would be held from 0900 am on Saturday September 9, after which the mortal remains would be laid to rest at the government cemetery at Vui-Keta.

Mr Bendorf apologised to the public for the change of date ‘We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the change of date from August 19 to September 9, we are very sorry.’

Edem, prior to his demise, was a Computer Science student at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UNDP Ghana inaugurates Youth Sounding Board to promote inclusive development

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has inaugurated its ‘Youth Sounding Board’ to offer the youth the opportunity to contribute to sustainable development, particularly in Africa.

The aim is to empower young people to hold government and development partners accountable for their commitments to youth development.

It is to ensure that the voices of Ghana’s young population are heard, considered, and integrated into UNDP’s programmes.

The Board Members, composed of 12 influential young individuals, would play an essential role in advising UNDP on strategies for engaging young people in the implementation of its country’s programme for 2023-2027.

Speaking at the inauguration in Accra, Dr Angela Lusigi, UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana said, ‘Our new Youth Sounding Board is a consultative platform that embodies inclusivity, diversity, and active participation of Ghanaian youth in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.’

She said it was a significant milestone in their commitment to youth inclusion in the conceptualization, design, and delivery of UNDP interventions and the work of the UN in Ghana.

According to her, it was the hope of UNDP that these young voices, their ideas, and solutions would influence the direction of development for a better, inclusive, and more prosperous Ghana.

The UNDP Resident Representative said young people aged 15-35 years represent approximately 34 per cent Ghana’s population, and 50 per cent of Ghana’s population was under the age of 20, adding that the ‘youth must be fully engaged.’

Dr Lusigi said that UNDP was currently providing integrated support to transform the ecosystem for growing Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in Ghana, particularly those led by Youth and Women, stating that they could thrive and harness opportunities within and beyond Ghana’s borders through the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.

She said jobs remained the most significant challenge in Ghana and UNDP has invested in creating an enabling environment at local level for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises to thrive.

Dr said it was also ensured that workplaces were free from discrimination, adding that ‘the 42 young innovators, who have received over $500,000 and capacity development support are running thriving businesses in the Agriculture, Education, Health, Waste Recovery and Cosmetics sectors.’

She, therefore, appealed to the youth to join the UNDP Ghana and together to build the future saying that ‘you’re participation matters, your voices matter, and your dreams for a better, inclusive, and prosperous Ghana matter.’

Ms Josephine Agbeko, City Advisor for Inclusive Climate Action, said they would recognise the mandate given to them to influence UNDP’s programmes to be inclusive and commit to bringing their skills and knowledge from diverse fields onboard to ensure that this was a truly consultative platform.

Ms Grace Annabi, a Member of the Youth Sounding Board and a teacher promised to speak on behalf of her colleagues especially those living with disabilities and make them know that disability was not inability.

The UNDP Youth Sounding Board serves as a milestone in fostering inclusive development by channeling the aspirations, insights, and dynamism of the Ghanaian youth, which forms about 50 per cent of the country’s population.

The initiative embodies UNDP’s unwavering commitment to amplify youth perspectives and facilitate an environment where the youth’s inputs propel tangible changes.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prince Debrah to contest Korley Klottey NPP parliamentary primary

Mr Prince Appiah Debrah, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary candidate for Korley Klottey in the 2020 general election, has filed his nomination forms to contest in the parliamentary primary to be held in September 2023.

With a funfair, supporters of Mr Debrah joined him as he went to the party’s Constituency Office at Osu, in Accra, to file his nomination, hopefully, to be elected to represent the NPP in the 2024 general election to wrest the seat from the National Democratic Congress.

The aspirant was received by Madam Juliana Aboagye, the Korley Klottey Constituency Chairperson of the party.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Debrah called on the other aspirants to maintain unity and support the winner in the march towards victory in 2024.

He said all the aspirants belonged to the same party and, as such, there was no need to quarrel and intimidate one another during their campaigns.

Mr Debrah expressed the hope that he would win the election due to the feedback he was receiving on his campaign tour in the constituency.

‘This is a pointer to the fact that the people in the Constituency want to change the narrative… regarding the old stock,’ he said.

Mr Debrah said there were many challenges in the Constituency with regard to infrastructure, job creation and tourism potential, adding, ‘I am sure I am the one to lead the party to victory.’

The 2020 NPP Parliamentary candidate is a businessman who had provided jobs to some of the youth.

‘With this, I am the best candidate and I urge the delegates to vote for me to lead the party,’ Mr Debrah said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

ECOWAS is committed to justifying its relevance for member states’ citizens- Deputy Director

The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) is committed to justifying its relevance and benefits to the citizens of member states.

Mr Wilson Adja-Kwesi, Deputy Director, Regional Integration Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, gave the assurance when he led a team of officials from the Ministry, to pay a courtesy call on Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyan, the Bono East Regional Minister at Techiman on Friday.

The visit preceded a one-day workshop organised by the Ministry in collaboration with Media Response, a non-governmental organisation and the Bono East Regional Coordinating Council, to educate stakeholders on the role of ECOWAS in providing the needed peace in the West African sub-region.

Mr Adja-Kwesi said the purpose of the visit alongside the workshop was part of efforts by ECOWAS to engage stakeholders to help in promoting peace and development among the people in member states.

Mr Adu-Gyan commended the team for the visit, saying that ECOWAS had created fertile grounds to promote protocols that allowed for free movement of citizens from one member state to the other, to engage in all manner of developmental activities.

He called for the commitment of stakeholders, including civil society groups, security services, religious bodies and traditional authorities to support the ECOWAS to achieve its goals for the purpose of promoting development of the citizens of its member states.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Culture: musician Philbill says unlawfully detained in Europe

Cameroonian artist, Philbill says he is being unlawfully detained and his passport confiscated in Germany by Rosette Loe, of Newol entertainment.

Diyani Bill Munyenge, popularly known as Phillbill says he was hired by Newol entertainment for a European tour that was scheduled to take place this August but unfortunately he was not booked enough.

He made the revelation in a live video on his Facebook page on Thursday August 17, where he explained:

“Rosette Loe of Newol entertainment is the one who brought me here for my European tour but unfortunately the date was not yet known and she proposed I stay with her friend in Switzerland. A proposal I turned down because I enjoy privacy and so I rpaid my way back to Cameroon because there were no performance days booked.”

He further says while in Cameroon, the lady informed him that he had performance dates and so should return to Germany for a tour. To his greatest surprise upon arrival, there was no tour.

“As I discovered that there were no dates booked yet, I asked what should be done. She took my passport claiming it was to establish a residence declaration but kept me in an apartment. Here in my apartment there is no food. She complained that there were no funds for it and that she had spent a lot and so I decided to take on the charges again.

“She kept on assuring me, telling me that I cannot perform just anywhere because I am not just any celebrity. Even my manager proposed 6 dates which she all rejected.

“This lady doesn’t want me to go out and even if I’m going out, it should be with her or her team.”

Phillbill further says he discovered that the tour was already a failure and wanted them to part ways after the treatment he received from his business partner. He tried in vain to get his passport. He adds that he had a performance in Nuremberg, Germany but couldn’t make it because Rosette was retaining his passport.

Philbill announced he has filed a complaint at the Police. This he says was after Rosette and her team made a recent outing which he considered was damaging to his career and defamatory.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Angola prepares for SADC free trade

The country, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, is preparing diligently to face the free trade challenges of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), whose rotating presidency was assumed Thursday (17 ) by Angola.

According to the minister of Agriculture and Forestry, António de Assis, the Executive is working on creating conditions for the national business community in the agricultural sector to produce on an acceptable scale to supply the region’s market.

The official made these statements Thursday to the press on the sidelines of the visit he pays in the northern Malanje province, which aims to create conditions and assessing the levels of rice production in the Songo region, with emphasis on the municipality of Luquembo.

António de Assis stressed that trade, as one of the main challenges in the integration of SADC countries, Angola will do everything to compete for the region’s economic markets, but he would not elaborate any further.

Angola takes over the leadership of SADC for a one-year term and defined as the motto of its mandate “Human and financial capital: the main factors of sustainable industrialisation in the region”.

In addition to Angola, SADC comprises the Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

BNA warns against sale of tampered with copies of Financial Institutions Law

National Bank of Angola (BNA) warns the public about the sale, on public roads, of adulterated printed copies of the Law on the General Regime of Financial Institutions.

This is the Law nr.14/21, of May 19, Law of the General Regime of Financial Institutions, which defines the guiding principles of the financial system.

The Law also regulates the process of establishment and the exercise of financial institutions, the exercise of the activity of supervision, corrective intervention, resolution, sanctions and dissolution and liquidation.

In a statement reached ANGOP, the Central Bank says that it took notice of the existence of tampered with copies of the referred Law on August 14, 2023, as part of the permanent monitoring of the financial markets.

The Central Bank considers that the non-conformities contained in the aforementioned copies distort the legislator’s thinking and lead to the inadequate application of the above Law.

National Bank of Angola urges its recipients to refrain from acquiring the Law on the General Regime of Financial Institutions and other financial legislation in inappropriate places

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)