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Akufo-Addo calls emergency ECOWAS Summit in Accra today

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his capacity as the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called an emergency meeting of members.

The Extraordinary Summit of the Authority is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 30 in Accra.

Addressing journalists in Accra on Saturday, May 29, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said the Summit is to enable the West African leaders deliberate and take decisions on the evolving political and security situation in Mali.

“As you are all aware, the past few days have witnessed some worrying developments in Mali,” Ms Ayorkor Botchwey said.

“The arrest and detention of the President and Prime Minister of the Transition Government by the military has necessitated a re-evaluation of the strategies adopted by ECOWAS to bring normalcy to the country.”

She said President Akufo-Addo despatched a mediation team led by former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan to Mali on AU Day to assess the situation.

“His Excellency Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will, therefore, report to the Summit on the outcome of the mission.”

The former Anyaa-Sowutuom Member of Parliament said the move by the president demonstrates his unwavering commitment towards addressing the political situation in Mali.

“It would be recalled that barely a week after his assumption of office as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority, His Excellency the President, convened an emergency Summit, held at Peduase, in response to the military intervention, which saw the ousting of the then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on 18th August, 2020.

“That meeting took important decisions, including a demand on the Malian authorities to ensure that the Transition Government was civilian-led and should last for a period of 18 months, with effect from 15th September, 2020.

“The Summit also affirmed that once a civilian-led transition government had assumed office, ECOWAS within the context of its protocols will assist Mali to return to democratic governance.

“It is important to note that the President has since been at the centre of efforts, including mediation initiatives, to bring lasting peace and stability to Mali.

“It is hoped that all the political actors in Mali will support the outcome of the Extraordinary Summit to be held tomorrow in order to restore constitutional order in our sister country as soon as practicable.”

So far, 10 heads of state have confirmed their participation with Guinea and Cape Verde the only countries yet to confirm.

Senegal will be represented by its Foreign Minister while Benin is yet to indicate who will represent the country, Ghana’s Foreign Minister said.

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Accra: Disaster looms as articulated truck skids off Kwame Nkrumah Circle overpass [Video]

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An articulated truck with registration number GT 8387 X said to be carrying gallons of engine oil has skidded off the Kwame Nkrumah circle flyover.

The accident occurred on Friday, June 11 at about 9 PM.

Andrew, an eyewitness, told TV3’s Johnnie Hughes that the brakes of the truck failed, forcing the vehicle to recess.

The driver, in an attempt to navigate the vehicle towards the rail, burst a rear tyre and lost control.

The fire service and police were at the scene as of the time of filing this report.

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Source: 3News.com

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Green Ghana: Bole becomes green under the NHIA

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The Bole District Branch of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has today Friday June 11, 2021 planted sixty (60) trees as part of the National tree planting exercise led by the President of Ghana.

The Green Ghana project, which is a Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources initiative spearheaded by sector Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor, aimed to plant five million trees in a single day.

The Bole branch of the National Health Insurance Authority planted 60 various types of tree species on the premises of the NHIA led by the scheme Manager Mr. Mohammed Suraj-Deen and his staff.

Mr. Suraj-Deen, speaking to the media following a brief event to plant seedlings at the NHIS complex, noted that “in line with the President’s directive that government institutions and individuals should assist in greening Ghana, we have gone ahead to implement our own version of greening Ghana on the NHIS compound”.

“We planted trees which included acacias, thick and others. Already, we have started our own afforestation before the coming of greening Ghana and we are going to continue NOT only to plant trees but to take good care of them until they become matured and needs no care” Syrah-Deen added.

Earlier in June, 2021, President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve the country’s forest cover and the environment.

The President stressed that “We cannot sit by and watch as our trees, flora and fauna are wiped out. Our very existence is tied directly to the survival of trees. Without the oxygen produced by trees, we cannot survive as humans.

“Lend your support to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as it executes this ambitious national assignment. I will be planting a tree and I expect you too to plant one. Let us make Ghana green.

Story by: Osman Abubakari-Sadiq

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“Ghana is going to create 10,000 millionaires within the next 10 years” – Gov’t projects

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The govt of Ghana has projected that in the next ten years, Ghana will produce ten thousand millionaires.

This was made known by John Ampntuah Kumah, the Deputy Minister-designate for Finance following the policies the govt has implemented so far which is believed that in the coming years, it will yield good fruit.

According to him, this will be made possible through youth entrepreneurship, adding that tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), the government provided funding to more than 9,000 businesses that can scale up to employ more people with further support.

While addressing the Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to be vetted as a Deputy Minister for Finance.

“As the Chief Executive Officer of NEIP, I oversaw the training of 45,783 businesses on various business management practices under the Presidential Business Support Programme and also disbursed funds ranging from GHC 2,000 to GHC 100,000 for 9,350 businesses. These businesses are all doing well and if more capital is injected into their businesses they can scale up and become giants in their areas,” he said.

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