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‘Let’s Encourage Efforts By ECOWAS Members To Produce COVID-19 Vaccines’ – President Akufo-Addo



The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nana Akufo-Addo, has hinted at frantic efforts being made by some member states to produce COVID-19 vaccines.


The ECOWAS Chair says the move is aimed at tackling the situation at hand rather than depending solely on foreign aid.


Speaking at the opening session of the 59th ECOWAS summit in Accra on Saturday, 19th June, 2021, President Akufo-Addo said the pandemic has had a devastating effect on economies in the sub-region, hence the need for close collaboration among member states to address the concern.


“All the countries in the region have taken delivery of some vaccines, supplemented by procurement by some member states. I thank foreign friends of the community who have contributed to funding the initiative.”


“We note, however, that the quantities received are wholly insufficient. We must thus continue to work on the purchase and production of vaccines in our region. We have to encourage members of our community such as Nigeria, Senegal, and my own country Ghana who are making the efforts to produce their own vaccines. We cannot afford to be naked the next time.”


We have difficulties with vaccination; Nana Addo admits struggle to access vaccines

President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has stated that Ghana is facing challenges with its vaccination programme due to the difficulty in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines.


Speaking at an SDG forum at the Jubilee House recently, President Akufo-Addo disclosed that the government has put together a team, led by former Environment, Science, and Technology Minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, to work out modalities that will see to the production of vaccines in Ghana.


“We have obvious difficulties as far as the vaccination programme is concerned. Unfortunately, we are the victims of this worldwide shortage of vaccines that poor and less advantaged nations are experiencing by not having access to the vaccines.”


“So, that of course is a major challenge for us, the procurement logistics and the issues involved in it.”


Minority files an urgent motion for bi-partisan probe into Sputnik-V deal

Ghana’s attempt to procure additional vaccines from Russia for its national inoculation exercise through middlemen at a higher cost has generated controversy in the country.


The Minority in Parliament has tabled an urgent motion calling on the house to commission a bi-partisan probe into the procurement of the Sputnik-V vaccines.


Ghana took delivery of 650,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility in addition to 50,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the Indian government, and 165,000 from MTN for its mass vaccination program.


The country has since been struggling to get more vaccines to immunize its target of 20 million people.


‘I had an obligation to protect lives’ – Health Minister justifies Sputnik-V deal

Meanwhile, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, has justified the procurement of Sputnik-V vaccines despite concerns about the cost involved.


“I had an obligation to try to see how we can arrive at our herd immunity. When we started looking for vaccines to procure, intermediaries were not part of our agenda. We were looking at what we will get from COVAX. We could not have waited between March and August because we were in the second wave, and we were dying more than when we had the disease in 2020.”


“Basic economics will tell you that in terms of scarcity, the market is the suppliers’ market. He or she dictates the price, not the buyer. I am surprised. We all learned these things at O-level, so why should I be a subject of ridicule?”he asked.



J A Kufuor made you rich with GH¢80million contract – Captain Smart to Kennedy Agyapong



Popular Ghanaian media personality, Captain Smart, has rubbished claims by the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong that he is a self-made millionaire.

The host of Onua FM morning show alleges that Kennedy Agyapong owes his wealth to former President John Agyekum Kufuor who gave him an GH¢80million contract years ago.

Captain Smart adds that the particular contract was for Kennedy Agyapong’s firm to supply air-conditioners to ministries and other government agencies, which proceeds formed the bedrock of Kennedy Agyapong’s success.

On the Thursday, July 22 edition of his show, Captain Smart challenged Kennedy Agyapong to provide evidence of the wealth he acquired before the John Agyekum Kufuor era.

He however dismissed assertions that Kennedy Agyapong’s riches were due to the sale of drugs

“When people rose against you that you sold cocaine I told them it is not correct. I know how you were once beaten in Texas. When you were in the US you weren’t selling cocaine.

“It is JA Kufuor who gave you an GH¢80million contract to supply air-conditioners to ministries and agencies across the country. If all Ghanaians had the benefit of such contract, everyone would be rich. And you had the effrontery to insult JA Kufuor, a hand that fed you. I’m not scared of you so don’t try intimidating me he said.

“Take it cool because I’m not scared of you. Show Ghanaians document of the house you owned in 1975. You became rich when JA Kufuor became President of this country. We know but you had the effrontery to insult JA Kufuor. He made you who you are today,” he added .


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First Lady commissions new First Atlantic bank waiting lounge at Korle-bu hospital



First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commissioned a new waiting lounge at the Korle-Bu teaching Hospital in Accra.

The one hundred and fifty (150)-seater capacity lounge, constructed by First Atlantic Bank, upon a request by Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo will serve visitors and relatives of patients detained at the Emergency wards of the hospital, namely the Accident Emergency Department, Trauma Unit and the Paediatric Intensive Care Units.

In a brief speech to commission the facility, Mrs. Akufo-Addo who is also Executive Director of The Rebecca Foundation recalled that in May 2019 when she commissioned the Rebecca Akufo- Addo Paediatric Intensive care Unit constructed by the Rebecca Foundation, she observed with worry that though Korle Bu is the largest Hospital in the country with about Two thousand (2000) beds and close to one thousand five hundred visits a day, it lacked a decent waiting area for visitors and relatives of patients who were detained at the Hospital’s emergency wards.

She said the sad state of already traumatized visitors having to wait under trees and other uncomfortable places for news of their hospitalized loved, ones urged her to work through the Rebecca Foundation to request the First Atlantic Bank to provide a decent waiting area to offer comfort, safety, peace of mind and protection against the vagaries of the weather, to visitors and relatives of the hospital’s patients.

“I expressed my desire to find a solution to Dr Okoe Boye, who was the Board Chair of Korle Bu at the time. We approached some corporate institutions, including the First Atlantic Bank, to build a waiting area for Korle Bu. Fortunately, our proposal for a waiting area was in line with the Corporate Social objectives of the bank. The Managing Director of the First Atlantic Bank, acknowledged the enormous relief that such a project would bring to citizens, who have to wait as their relatives and friends undergo medical care”.

The waiting lounge is fitted with washrooms and other auxiliary facilities that may be needed by visitors including banking solutions to those who might require financial services.

The First Lady charged the management of Korle-Bu Hospital to ensure that the place is well maintained while entreating visitors to the facility to keep it clean and adhere to all hygienic protocols.

Managing Director of First Atlantic Bank, Mr. Odun Odunfa said his institution in meeting their corporate social responsibilities is very proud to associate with the First Lady and The Rebecca Foundation to execute humanitarian projects to enhance the welfare of society and assured Mrs. Akufo-Addo of his bank’s continuous support to the Rebecca Foundation.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu, Dr. Opoku Ware Amposah, on behalf of management and staff of the hospital expressed their profound gratitude to the First Lady and Management of First Atlantic Bank for a beautiful facility which he said will go a long way to provide some comfort to relatives and friends of patients in their Emergency wards.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo also used the occasion to visit the Rebecca Akufo-Addo Paediatric and Intensive Care Unit (PICU) which was also constructed by the Rebecca Foundation on the premises of the Korle-Bu hospital to observe the facility’s usage and maintenance by patients and management.

She expressed satisfaction at how well the facility has been maintained and encouraged management to continue with their exemplary maintenance culture to ensure that such facilities stand the test of time.

She also assured all present that the Rebecca Foundation is committed to the well-being of Ghanaian women and children and will continue to work earnestly, in their interest.


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Busted! Net2 TV drops fake certificate of Captain Smart online



NET2 TV has dropped a fake certificate of Ghanaian popular journalist Captain Smart on Facebook.

Captain Smart after picking up a beef with Kennedy Agyapong has become a sworn enemy to the loudmouth MP and his media house.

Just recently, he warned Kennedy Agyapong to get himself prepared because he’s ready to match him boot for boot. He said that Kennedy Agyapong was fighting for the right of the citizens and so he decided to pay deaf ears to him but things are getting out of mind and therefore needs to react.

Even though we cannot state clearly that it is because of the raffle between the two that has triggered the media house to post the certificate of him, you need no rocket scientist to tell you that Kennedy Agyapong is behind it all.

More so, one cannot state emphatically if the certificate is truly fake.

However, check it out yourself.


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