-Pledges to extend $1.7 billion facility to Ghana
By Daniel NONOR, Accra
THE World Bank will, in the next two years, extend close to $1.7 billion and other resources to Ghana to help boost the Ghanaian economy, Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice-President for Africa has noted.
THE First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has expressed government’s commitment to solving the challenge of unemployment and increasing the avenues for female employment and economic wellbeing.
“I am, therefore, glad to note that the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is vigorously pursuing strategies to provide industry demand-driven skills to our youth. This will make them participate meaningfully in the labour market; making them locally productive and globally competitive,” Mrs Akufo-Addo said.
From Adwoa Okyere DARKO, Kumasi
THE President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo, has assured Asanteman, and, indeed, the people of Ghana, that the pledges he made during the electioneering period were not mere campaign platform talk, but are pledges that will be fulfilled during his tenure of office.
According to him, the fulfillment of these pledges remain the surest way to creating jobs and wealth for the people of Ghana, as well as returning the country onto the path of progress and prosperity.
HER Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, daughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will arrive in Ghana this evening as part of a two-country visit to West Africa that also encompasses Sierra Leone.
This visit, The Princess Royal’s third to Ghana, will celebrate the unique friendship between the UK and Ghana as it marks its 60th Anniversary of Independence.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, in a statement said the visit would also reinforce the strength and depth of bilateral relations.
FORMER British Prime Minister Tony Blair has expressed optimism that President Nana Akufo-Addo can fix Ghana and lead the country to greater heights.
Mr Blair, who is in Ghana on an official visit, said the expectations of Ghanaians from the President Akufo-Addo presidency is enormous but he is confident that the President will fulfill his promises.
Addressing the media after a closed-door meeting with President Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House, Mr. Blair said “it’s a pleasure to be back in Ghana. I’m delighted to come back with you as President of Ghana. I congratulate you not just on your election but for your vision for Ghana.
VICE-PRESIDENT Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said government would soon enact a legislation to provide permanent funding for the Zongo Development Fund to ensure its sustenance.
He said the legislation would enable successive governments to allocate financial resources towards the Fund without giving excuses.
He said the establishment of the Fund was in line with the Government’s agenda of transforming the country, saying; ‘‘no budget of Ghana has dedicated funds for the transformation and development of Zongo communities since independence’’.
THE Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, has underlined the need to provide strong support to adolescents to enable them to make right life choices.
She noted that technological advancement had brought in its wake increased access to information and that was why it was prudent to provide them with some protection – guide them from pitfalls.
Speaking at the launch of the national reproductive health advocacy week celebration in Kumasi, she noted that that many adolescents increasingly continued to be exposed to risks and pressures with little or no support.The theme
By Daniel NONOR, Accra
GHANAIANS need to keep a proper balance between religiosity and the right attitude to work in order for the country to build that new economy it has so desired over the years, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has suggested.
The President bemoaned a growing phenomenon among Ghanaians where hard work has been substituted for miracles and an overly religious attitude to work at various work places in the country.
This phenomenon, he said, is fast eroding the practical aspect associated with religion, such as hard work, cleanliness, respect for the Lord, which equally paid dividend, aside its core mandate of redeeming souls.
“Today, an increasing number of people seem to think that success in all fields of endeavour is dependent on miracles and not hard work. We come to work and spend the first hour and more not on the job we are paid to do but on prayers.
MRS Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of Aviation, yesterday reiterated government’s commitment to partner the private sector to establish a national carrier that would restore the national pride.
She said the government would do everything possible to establish the national airline which would also create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.
The minister said government had started initiatives to ensure the safety and security of the country’s airspace that would meet international standards and, therefore, make Ghana the hub of air transport in the West African sub-region.
THE Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) has debunked media reports that Ghana risks being blacklisted over anti-money laundering policy.
According to GIABA, the report is misleading and should be disregarded.
It explained that Ghana is the first GIABA Member State to be evaluated under the on-going GIABA Second Round of Mutual Evaluations.
By Daniel NONOR, Accra
VICE-PRESIDENT Dr Mahamudu Bawumai has called for investigations to continue to ascertain the real cause of the Kintampo Waterfall disaster that claimed 20 lives, while government figures out what to do for the bereaved families.