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Africa's post-pandemic economic growth

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In Cameroon, an eco-friendly coal production plant was set up a few years ago thanks to Eric Tankeu. One of its objectives is to reduce the use of wood, its derivatives and of liquified petroleum gas by the population in order to adopt an organic and healthy gas. The products have become popular in the economic capital and Eric Tankeu wants to increase production and conquer the north of Cameroon.

- Uganda: Reinventing Banana Fibres -

In Uganda, a startup is reinventing banana waste. Fibres obtained from the stems enable Texfad, a local company, to manufacture fabrics and synthetic hair extensions.

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The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, has described those who are not enthused about government’s Agenda 111 as witches.

For him, the country lacks good healthcare infrastructure and if government has now decided to construct more hospitals, he cannot understand why people should be pessimistic about the initiative.

Agenda 111 is a government initiative which aims at making Ghana the centre of excellence in health care by 2030.

The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 cut the sod for the commencement of the construction of the Trede District Hospital in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti Region

The ceremony formed part of the Agenda 111 to construct 101 district hospitals in districts without district hospitals, two psychiatric hospitals for the middle and the southern belts, seven regional hospitals and the rehabilitation of the Accra psychiatric hospital.

Each of the hospitals would be built at the cost of $12.8 million and another $4.8 million would be spent to equip them bringing the total cost of each of the hospitals to $17.60 million and it is expected to be completed within 18 months.

According to the president, about $6 billion is spent annually by Africans to seek medical care abroad and was hopeful that when completed, the sector could generate about $2 million to the country’s GDP annually.

Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante, who was speaking at a programme in the Central Region, expressed worry over how some Ghanaians have allowed politics to clout their thoughts on good initiatives.

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The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has waged a war against foreigners who attempt to acquire Ghanaian passport through dubious means.
It has, therefore, repatriated 52 foreign nationals who attempted to acquire Ghanaian Passport by false declaration.

 

In the last nine months, GIS has prosecuted over 35 foreign nationals who were subsequently fined a total of GHC91,360.00.

Those prosecuted include eight Ghanaians, Nigerians, 17, South Africans, 1, Congolese,1, Togolese, 4, Beninese, 1, Cameroonians, 1, Sierra Leoneans, 1, and two Ivoirians.

Head of Legal at He said the foreign nationals acquired genuine source documents such as the birth certificates from the Births and Deaths registry, Ghana Cards from the National Identification Authority and voter ID cards from the Electoral Commission with the assistance of their local collaborators.


He said the source documents were presented to the Immigration Service as proof of citizenship for the acquisition of Ghanaian passport.

Country’s image

“Such actions go a long way not only to dent the image of the country among the comity of nations but also to erode the integrity of such documents”, he said.




The GIS had earlier arrested 79 people in the Volta Region allegedly for engaging in illegal

GIS, Chief Superintendent Adolf Aboagye-Asenso, said in an interview that the local accomplices of those repatriated were on the run, and that the GIS would spare no effort in arresting them.

 

He said the foreign nationals acquired genuine source documents such as the birth certificates from the Births and Deaths registry, Ghana Cards from the National Identification Authority and voter ID cards from the Electoral Commission with the assistance of their local collaborators.

He said the source documents were presented to the Immigration Service as proof of citizenship for the acquisition of Ghanaian passport.

Country’s image

“Such actions go a long way not only to dent the image of the country among the comity of nations but also to erode the integrity of such documents”, he said.


The GIS had earlier arrested 79 people in the Volta Region allegedly for engaging in illegal business.

They include 72 Togolese, four Nigérien nationals and three Ghanaians.

The Volta Regional commander of the GIS, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration Peter Nantuo, said the foreigners had been living in Ghana without permits and had been engaging in illegal online trading activities.

Last warning


“The GIS will never let the region and the country down, especially when drugs, cyberfraud, Q-Net [the controversial online ‘network marketing organisation’] are trying to take root in the region.

“Don’t deceive yourselves that maybe there’s a claim that the border is porous. It is not true. That does not mean we do not man or patrol our borders,” DCI Nantuo said.

“You people will go back right now to Togo. If you like, come back, and I will prosecute and jail you in Ghana.

“When you come, do something better. You cannot come and engage in something we all know is criminal and you think we should turn the other side? It will not work,” he said.

He advised foreign nationals who had interest in coming to Ghana to “come in through the right way, with the right travel documents. Come and do lawful business and nobody will worry you. But this everyday crime, petty crime business, I can assure you that you will not know peace so far as you engage in it.”

 

The immigration chief also cautioned landlords to be mindful of individuals to whom they rent out their properties, and asked them to do proper background checks on potential tenants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ashanti Regional Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) has arrested about 220 tricycle and motorcycle riders in the last two days.

The special operation emanated from a directive from the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), following the rampant accidents involving these means of transport on roads in the metropolis.

It is estimated that for every four cases of road accidents handled at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit, three of them comprised either a tricycle or motorcycle.

Superintendent Emmanuel Adu Boahen, the Regional MTTD Commander, briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, said offenses leveled against the riders related to overloading, riding without helmets, and licenses, and riding in between lanes.

They were rounded up from the Municipalities within Greater Kumasi, including Asokore-Mampong, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Suame, Asokwa, Old Tafo and some suburbs of the Kumasi metropolis.

“We are processing these culprits to be arraigned,” he stated, stressing that the police had impounded all those tricycles and motorcycles without a valid license.

 

The REGSEC in a recent statement expressed concern about “the blatant way riders flout traffic regulations with impunity, resulting in deaths and injuries to innocent citizens.”

“Not only are the activities of the riders of these tricycles on our roads and highways a nuisance to other road users, but also pose several risks.

“They ride recklessly and engage in dangerous and wrongful crossing of other road users,” the statement lamented.

 

 

 

 

 

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Congo will takeover Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC's) rotating presidency in 2022, succeeding neighbors Angola. The oil cartel's secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo was in the central African country this week where he met with the country's leaders.

"I would like to reassure investors that we in OPEC will continue to work for the leadership of African countries in this organization," said Barkindo during a press conference.

With 2.9 billion barrels of oil reserves and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the Congo is driving development across the entire energy value chain. Congo's state oil company SNPC has emphasized the role that natural gas will play in alleviating poverty and positioning the country as a regional energy hub.

In recent years, the country has seen a drop in oil revenues due, among other things, to production cuts imposed by OPEC amid concerns that producers Total and Eni are cheating the country.

To broaden its tax base, the government has canceled tax and customs exemptions granted to oil companies for more than 30 years, a move welcomed by activists.

Congo is the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and Angola, with an estimated production of 336,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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Sunday, 05 September 2021 00:00

Taliban Declare China Their Closest Ally

Taliban officials have declared China as their closest ally in the international community.

The militants say Beijing is “ready to invest in and reconstruct” Afghanistan and describe the nation as their “principal partner".

Zabihulla Mujahid, the spokesman for the group, stated the Chinese would help to revive Afghan copper mining. He also praised the Chinese for their One Belt One Road investment project which has forged forward despite criticism from western countries.

China is one of the few countries which did not evacuate staff from their Kabul embassy in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover.

It was also been reported that a Taliban delegation visited China in July for talks with the foreign minister Wang Yi, in Tianjin.

Mr. Mujahid told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “China is our principal partner and for us represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity because it’s ready to invest in and reconstruct our country.

“We hold in high regard the One Belt One Road project that will serve to revive the ancient Silk Road.

“Beyond that, we have rich copper mines which thanks to the Chinese can be brought back into production and modernised.

"China represents our passport towards the markets of the whole world.”

His comments come after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab declared that Britain won’t be “recognising the Taliban at any time in the foreseeable future.”

But he said there was a need for "direct engagement" with the group, to ensure UK nationals and Afghan allies could leave Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated the message, adding that if the Taliban wanted to engage with the West then “the first priority for them for us is safe passage for those who want to leave".

Raab also said that evacuation flights from Afghanistan could resume “in the near future” after talks with leaders in Qatar.

 

 

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National Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, has welcomed the CDD report on corruption involving the Akufo-Addo administration.

CDD's new survey indicates a majority of Ghanaians have lost confidence in President Nana Akufo-Addo to fight corruption.

According to the survey, 62% of 2400 Ghanaians interviewed by the CDD lack confidence in the government.

“While Ghanaians are split (48% vs. 48%) on the government’s ability to ensure that rule of law is upheld in the next four years, majority [of them] are not confident in its ability to protect the country’s financial resources (53%) and curb corruption and official impunity (62%).”

But to Yaw Buaben Asamoa, the survey is rather an indication that Ghanaians have noticed the good works of the government.

Speaking during Peace FM's ''Kokrokoo'' programme Friday morning, Mr. Buaben Asamoa noted that the government is tackling corruption head-on.

He asked Ghanaians to continue to be confident in President Akufo-Addo, not pay attention to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who he argued has nothing better to offer Ghanaians.''We know what NDC can do, nothing!'', he stated, adding, "we're solving corruption. We're not afraid to say we're working about it . . . continue to have confidence in the NPP, for we will cause a major transformation in the country''.


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Former Head of Monitoring at the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu, has waded into discussions regarding a recent survey conducted by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) about the Akufo-Addo administration.

The new survey reveals that majority of Ghanaians lack confidence in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fight corruption.

Sixty-two (62) percent of 2,400 Ghanaians interviewed in the CDD post-election survey conducted between May 23 and June 3, 2021 indicate a lot of the citizens don't trust the President to “protect the country’s financial resources and curb corruption in the next four years.”

“While Ghanaians are split (48% vs. 48%) on the government’s ability to ensure that rule of law is upheld in the next four years, majority [of them] are not confident in its ability to protect the country’s financial resources (53%) and curb corruption and official impunity (62%).”

Making his submissions on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' programme, Charles Owusu raised concerns about the corrupt practices not resolved by the incumbent administration.

To him, the government should be seen practically tackling corruption, but in reality, the government is not doing much as those who have to be punished are left off the hook.

He singled out the former National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Abuga Pele who was sentenced to a six-year jail term but has been pardoned and freed by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Mr. Pele, a former Member of Parliament for Chiana/Paga in the Upper East Region and a businessman, Philip Akpeena Assibit were both sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison on February 23, 2018 for their involvement in the GH¢4.1 million GYEEDA scandal.

Charles Owusu believed the Presidential pardon sends a wrong signal to the public.

He questioned why high-profile personalities found guilty of corruption are pardoned while ordinary Ghanaians who commit offences rot in prisons.

Speaking to host Nana Yaw Kesseh, Charles Owusu admonished the government to treat corruption with extreme seriousness and punishment saying, "corruption should be like death sentence. When we weigh corruption, it should be just as death sentence".

 

 

 

 

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Charles Owusu has issued a stern warning to Ghanaians who use insults to address national issues.

He descended on this type of the citizenry while commenting on the recent kind gesture by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, towards the National Cathedral.

The board of trustees of the National Cathedral Secretariat has rolled out the “ketewa biara nsua” initiative to raise funds to build the edifice.

Ghanaians are being encouraged to make a GHC 100 donation towards the project.

The National Chief Imam, on Thursday, August 26, made a GHC 50,000 donation to the National Cathedral project when the board of trustees paid a courtesy call on him at his office.

But the Chief Imam has come under criticisms following his donation.

Speaking on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' programme, Charles Owusu noted that some of the criticims are insulting and therefore wondered why some people cannot make their arguments devoid of insults.

He lambasted the public generally for raining invectives on the leaders of the nation including the National Chief Imam who he reminded Ghanaians about his able leadership and long life.

"Let's be careful for the Bible says everything is permissible for me but not everything is beneficial," he warned.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

 

 

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