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“Akufo-Addo is one of the wisest leaders in the world” – President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić applauds



“I learnt so many things from my friend, the President of Ghana, today speaking about world power. We completely share some positions about the necessity of the countries that need to co-operate in the independent sovereign, to make their own decisions independently…I fully agree he is one of the wisest men, one of the great erudite one can learn so many things from.”

These were the words of the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, on Monday, 11th October 2021, when he held bilateral talks with President Nana Akufo-Addo, on the sidelines of the ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

At the press conference, the Serbian leader indicated that Ghana and Serbia have pledged to build closer ties, and deepen the ties of friendship and the bonds of co-operation between the two countries, with the two nations resolving to co-operate in the areas of agriculture, defence, artificial intelligence and digitalisation, education, and the growth of their respective economies.

Touching on the areas of co-operation between the two countries, which include an increase in bilateral trade and the doubling of Serbian scholarship opportunities to Ghanaian students from 16 to 32, President Akufo-Addo stated that “we (in Ghana) know the important strides that you (Serbia) have taken in the world of digitalisation, as well as in artificial intelligence, and my understanding is that the majority of the young people who will come from Ghana will be in this area. I think it will be something that will be truly beneficial to our country.”

The President reinforced the necessity for such closer ties of co-operation between countries belonging to the Non-Aligned Movement, and the urgent need to deepen the bonds between Ghana and Serbia and, indeed, for smaller, like-minded states.

“The recent example about the use and deployment of vaccines has shown us an ugly aspect of international cooperation. Some people hoarded samples and made it impossible for others to be able to have access. I think these are areas where the co-operation between countries like ours could have a very significant impact on how the world develops,” he said.

The President continued that, “there is hopefully a bright future ahead especially between the two countries that see eye-to-eye on so many important issues of the International agenda; the most important being the urgent need for all of us to be able to drive our agenda, and not be the subject of anybody’s interests or wishes.”

On Ghana’s election onto the Security Council membership, President Akufo-Akufo thanked Serbia for the support of Ghana’s candidature, adding that “whilst there, our contribution will help improve the climate of the world and bring more positive developments on the global agenda. We count very much on Serbia assisting us in the manner in which you have indicated in your remarks so that we can produce good results from our membership there.”

He also expressed deep concerns about security in Africa, saying “the Jihadist insurrection and terrorist activities in West Africa are a matter of great concern to us, and there are areas where we believe we can beneficially cooperate with your country, with other like-minded countries, to find solutions. They are matters of very great concern to the stability of our region.”

On his part, President Vucic said, “I learnt so many things from my friend President of Ghana today speaking about world power and I fully agree he is one of the wisest men, one of the great eulogists one can learn so many things from as one of the great successors of the politics of such a great person as Nkrumah was.”

President Aleksandar Vučić thanked President Akufo-Addo and Ghana for the position taken regarding the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia, stressing that such a position is appreciated and respected by the people of Serbia.

“You know that in politics and international relations, nothing lasts shorter than gratitude but you will see when it comes to Serbia, we are incomparable, more loyal to our friends than many others and we will be able to return in the same manner of responsibility,” he said.

The Serbian leader continued, “We offer our construction companies if the people of Ghana are interested, and we are ready to buy tropical fruits and many other products from Ghana if they are interested.

“Generally speaking, politically wise, not that we have no problems, but we understand each other very very well, but we must work to talk to each other more often, to see each other more often, and to have more frequent contact and to act together in the international scenes.”

Source: Jubilee House Communication

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We will increase transport fares from October 28 – Association



A group calling itself the Concerned Drivers Association has served notice it would increase transport fares following recent hikes in fuel prices.

The Association says effective October 28, 2021, it would increase transport fares.

A statement issued by the Association said the increase in fuel prices is having a negative effect on the profitability of the transport operators.

“In spite of the fuel price hike, we have not increased our fares. We have shielded our passengers from paying more and bearing the cost, but we have reached a point that we are unable to carry on.”

The Association also claimed that the Ghana Private Road Transport Union has failed to represent their interest.

“We have also noticed our National executives, the GPRTU have failed the fight of fare increment, hence with effect 28/10/2021, we the regional executives will increase fares in our respective regions.

“We are deeply disappointed in the government for its inability to have kept assurances given to transport operators that it will ensure that fuel prices and spare parts remain stable.

“We wish to entreat our customers and the general public to bear with us in this situation as our transport business is reeling under a lot of pressure following an astronomical increase,” they added.


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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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Otumfuo Endorses Bawumia Presidential Bid



The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu appears to have endorsed Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the next President of Ghana.

In a tribute that seems like proverbs by the overlord of the Asante Kingdom sighted by DGN Online to the late mother of the Vice President, Otumfuo expressed worry over the late mother’s death which she should have been alive to see the future of Dr. Bawumia.

Even though it hasn’t been official but the Vice President as gathered is lacing his boots to contest the upcoming Presidential primary of the ruling New Patriotic Party with other members of the party.

The tribute on page 12 reads “How sad that she will not be around to see what the future holds for her son”, adding that “but indeed the matriarch can depart in response to the call of her creator in the knowledge that she has impacted upon her nation as few ever would in their lives and above all, that the nation will continue to enjoy the fruits of her endeavors long many generations to come”.

On Sunday, Walewale in the North East Region has been thrown into a state of mourning following the death of Vice President Dr Bawumia‘s mother, Hajia Mariama Bawumia.

The final funeral rites, which are currently underway in the town, attracted a mammoth crowd from far and near to pay their last respects.

President Akufo-Addo and the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Shaributu, among other dignitaries from all walks of life were present.

Also, the Asantehene represented by some prominent chiefs in his kingdom is legal to mourn with the Vice President.

The Asantehene, in his tribute to the mother of Vice President, Dr . Mahamudu Bawumia noted that “As we idolize and eulogize great men and great leaders, we so often fail to acknowledge the role of the faithful woman behind the molding of their mettle”.

The Asante Monarch noted that “But truly it is that behind every great man is the hand and the heart of a faithful and devoted woman”.

“And to a few women that go even greater honor of becoming the matriarch Irom who’s bosom dynasties grow and flourish”.

The tribute continues that “On that roll of honor belongs Hajia Mariama Bawumia. She not only was the steady heart behind one of the titans of politics in the North during the most tumultuous periods of Ghana’s history but her guidance and tutelage have also produced a family whose impact on Ghanaian politics will be felt for generations”.

“The seventh of eight children, Mariama was a bright and talented young girl who embraced education and worked hard from the LA Pnmary School in ner hometown, proceeded to the Tamale Middle School from where she successfully passed her common entrance to gain admission to the prestigious Wesley Girls High School on the eve of Ghana’s independence in 1957”.

He said “Mariama married one of the most prodigious politicians to emerge from the North, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, an indefatigable politician, lawyer, rigorous parliamentary chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board and later Chairman of the Council of State”.

Also “Mariama was not only the source of undying support and sustenance behind the husband but her guidance and tutelage have also produced a son who today occupies the second-highest position in the land, Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic”.

“She will forever be in our debt. Rest in perfect peace” the Asante King indicated

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