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Media Urged To Assist State In Its Economic Recovery Drive- Information Minister



Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, is charging media practitioners to use a chunk of their time and space to direct people’s attention to the opportunities that are being created by the government.

“It seems that our only job is to hold government accountable. And to check public officials. Well, that is true, that is part of our job. But that it’s not our only job.

“We also have a responsibility to assist the state in the efforts to bring about growth, and to create opportunities for people,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah, said on Thursday when he engaged the media on a duty tour in the Western Region.

“I am in the Region for what we call in governance circles, a duty tour…every minister is required by the President during the year to embark on a duty tour, to examine how the agencies under his or her ministry, executing the mandate of the ministry, and also to give the necessary feedback with which we can shape government policies and programs”.

He said the security situation, particularly in the West African Sub-Region and the lots of terrorist insurgency attacks also needed media attention and education on the masses to be law abiding, help protect national interest rather than paying in to those involve.

“A lot of us are playing the ostrich, pretending it’s not happening. Not even talking about and not drawing the attention and awareness of the problem. I want to say that it is a matter which is a priority to the government and the government is spending a lot of money, resources and time on intelligence gathering and beefing up the logistics of our security agencies to better protect us.

The Ministry, Mr Oppong Nkrumah disclosed, was embarking on two media support programmes under the coordinated mechanism for the safety of journalists, a government sponsored initiative.

He said “the initiative being run by the National Media Commission sought to provide training for media personnel on how to protect themselves, educate the general public about the importance of the media, and the importance of freedom of media, so that the media could continue to work to help support the growth of democracy.

“The coordinated mechanism for Journalists also makes room for reporting abuses on the media and avenues to check, validate and make recommendations on sanctions…the Ministry is very happy to be supporting that with the assistance of our development partners”.

“Another component which is the media capacity investment programme,” he said, “looks at mobilizing support from academia and civil society organizations that provide training for journalists for continuous capacity enhancement”.

The Minister said, capacity was key to building the ability to do a better job, “all we are doing is mobilizing only to pay so that you can take those programmes”.

On Economic Recovery, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the government was hopeful to bring Ghana’s economy back on track after the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted how hard COVID-19 had dealt with Ghana, Africa and the world and the need for recovery programmes to reshape the socioeconomic stand of the nation for further advancement and growth.

“So, the primary focus of the government is to quickly recover the Ghanaian economy…Why? so that we can get back on a track that brings more expansion, so that those who are looking for jobs can get jobs, those who are looking for more incomes can get incomes, the development we are looking for in terms of infrastructure can also materialize”.

“The government’s primary objective now is to stimulate recovery of the economy, so that the Ghanian would be better off as quickly as possible”.

He said the government was focusing on three major things: Vaccines, injection of hundred billion capital into the economy and preventive etiquette.

On vaccines, the government hoped to vaccinate over twenty million Ghanaians, the government was using about three main instruments to vaccinate through; exploring diplomatic channels to get some vaccines as donations and develop or to produce vaccines in Ghana.

Also, government was stimulating the injection of cash into the Ghanian economy, with a net capital of 100 billion Ghana cedis raised by both government and the private sector.

The initiative, under the Ghana Cares Obatanpa project would create jobs and bring about a quick recovery and quick development.

Some 30 billion of that money would come from the government of Ghana Treasury and 70 billion from the private sector.

The Information Minister said continuous reminder on preventive etiquette was imperative to have quality lives that would drive the economic development aspirations of the country.

The government, he noted would require the partnership of the media in all three pillars of economic Recovery.

“We need the media to spread the word to help us fight the vaccine hesitancy to help us deal with all the fake news and disinformation.

“If the private sector’s 70 billion would be successful, we need the media ringing the bell every day on the role of the general public in helping to invest and if people are going to take better care of themselves, again, we need the media to help us channel this message out,” he said.


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Parts of Accra to experience power cut today (Check out Affected Areas)



The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has announced that there will be power outages (dumsor) in parts of Accra, today, Monday, October 25, 2021.

This is to enable it to undertake some planned maintenance works to improve service delivery.

The power outage will last between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Areas to be affected include Saasabi, Bawaleshie, Oyibi, Apollonia, Kordiabe, Aburi, Glefe, Gbegbeyise, Wiaboman, Mallam, Kokroko, Awoshie, Abasie and its environs.

Meanwhile, ECG has apologised for any inconvenience this may cause.

“ECG regrets the inconvenience that will arise out of this exercise.”

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Go and complete the E-block yourself if you’re tired – Akufo-Addo to Aflao Chief [watch]



President Nana Akufo-Addo has responded to an ultimatum by the Chief of Aflao, Togbe Fiti to complete the E-blocks in his community within four months.


According to the President, the chief is not in any position to issue such ultimatums.


In an exclusive interview on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme, the president said if the chief is tired of the e-blocks rotting away, he should go and complete it himself.


Responding to a question by the host Kwame Sefa Kayi, President Akufo-Addo said in Twi that Togbui Fiti should go and complete the project himself.


Yesterday, Torgbui Amenya Fiti handed the government a four-month ultimatum to operationalize the E-block high school facility in the area.


The GH¢9 million project, started under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, has 26 classrooms, five departments, and a science block.


Torgbui Amenya Fiti, who was speaking during a courtesy call by members of the Minority on the Education Committee, said the government’s approach to education was appalling.


“The next place for revenue generation after the Tema Harbour is the Aflao border. So I had to push former President, John Mahama to put up that structure. I had to be running from here to Accra, begging. Should we be begging for education? If we have to beg for education before people can go to school, then I don’t know what we call democracy at all. Look at the structure, it’s almost 90 percent complete. The thieves are having a field day, going in there to have everything removed at will.”


Watch President Akufo-Addo’s response in video below


Via : Atinka News

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Breaking: Western Togoland Leader Papavi Confirmed Dead



Leader of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), Charles Komi Kudzordzi, popularly known as Papavi Hogbedetor, is reportedly dead.

Family sources told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) Mr Kudzordzi died in the late hours of Friday, October 15, 2021, at a hospital in the Volta Region.

Until his demise, Papavi Hogbedetor was championing the separation of the “Western Togoland” from Ghana through his secessionist group, the Homeland Study Group Foundation.

After many failed attempts, he unsuccessfully declared independence for “Western Togoland” and was arrested for the first time and charged with treason.

Mr Kudjordji was arrested again for similar offences, airlifted from Ho to Accra and charged for treason with some of his accomplices.

He was again granted bail due to old age and after his release, heard days later declaring independence for Western Togoland and had since gone into hiding till information on his death.

He was born on April 7, 1934.

Source: GNA

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