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The Overlord of Mamprugu, Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, has expressed the heartfelt appreciation of the people of Mamprugu and the entire nation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for appointing, for the fourth time, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as his running mate ahead of the 2020 general elections.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rigworld Group, Kofi Amoa-Abban, the philanthropist noted for settling the long-standing feud between two Ghanaian dancehall heavyweights – Shatta Wale and Stonebuoy – has been appointed as a member of the Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club’s Board of Directors.

The appointment, according to a letter signed by Kofi Badu, Chief of Staff of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, the sole share-holder of the club, took effect from yesterday, July 1 2020.

Mr Amoa-Abban will serve for three football seasons as defined by the calendar of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Giving details of what is expected of the Board of Directors, Mr Badu explained: “the Board bears collective responsibility for all the acts and omissions of the Club and it behoves it to endeavour to adopt the most appropriate corporate practice in the conduct of its affairs.”

“The Board will be the highest decision making body, responsible to the sole share-holder for policy formulation as well as the exercise of active oversight over the management, development, financial control, technical direction and performance of the Club,” he said.

Youth development

The Board has also been directed to open up opportunities for social advancement of the youth in the country through sports.

“The sole share-holder tasks you to rebuild the Asante Kotoko SC brand both for its performance on the sporting field and as a viable and self-sustaining economic entity able ultimately to reclaim its pre-eminent position among the elite clubs of Africa,” the letter said.

In considering the building blocks needed for the sustainable future, you will accord priority to the establishment of an academy and initiate a social compact with our communities to provide a youth development programme which will become not only a flow of talent to feed our professional teams but opens up wider opportunities for the the social advancement of our youth through sports,” it added.

Other appointments

The CEO of Lexta Ghana Ltd, Martin Osei Kwaku Brobbey, and the CEO of Joshob Construction Ltd, James Osei Brown, have also been appointed onto the Board, bringing the total number to 12, from an initial nine-member board.

The 12-member board, to be chaired by Dr Kwame Kyei, CEO of Unity Group of Companies, includes Mr Jude Arthur; Mr Kwadwo Boateng Gyamfi, Board Chairman, Exim Bank; Mr Kwasi Osei Fori, Chief Executive Officer, Edmark Group/Rockshore Mining Limited; Kwabena Mensah, Corporate Lawyer; and Joseph Yaw Addo, former Director of Sports, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

The rest are Baffour Kwame Kusi, Ankobeahene; Mrs Evelyn Nsiah Asare, Director of Sports, Sunyani Technical University; Alhaji Abu Lamin, a businessman; Kofi Amoa-Abban; Martin Osei Kwaku Brobbey, CEO of Lexta Ghana Ltd; and James Osei Brown, CEO of Joshob Construction Ltd.

Danquah Institute, a public policy analysis, research and media training think tank, has called on Ghanaians, particularly residents of the Volta Region, to “reject and refute” the narrative that the Volta Region is under siege, as claimed by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Leading members of the party, including the Volta Caucus of the Minority in Parliament and their flagbearer, former President John Dramani Mahama, had alleged that the region was under siege, claiming that the government was seeking to intimidate residents and prevent them from taking part in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise.

The allegation of the opposition party stems from the routine deployment of the military to the country’s Eastern and other borders.

According to the Volta Regional Chairman of the NDC, Henry Ametefe, the military deployment signifies the government’s hatred for Voltarians and Ewes. He went further to declare war on the government and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

On Monday June 29, the NDC Minority Caucus gave the government a 24-hour ultimatum to withdraw the military from the area.

Visitation

However, the pro-government civil society organisation, after visiting some of the entry points into Ghana from Togo, has noted that the information churned out by the opposition party was at variance with the realities on the ground.

Addressing a press conference at Aflao yesterday, the Executive Director of DI, Richard Ahiagbah, said: “From Atikpoe to Shia, Honuta, Wli-Todzi, Agortime Todzi, Agortimekofe, Vudoaba, Ashanti Kpoeta, and here in Aflao township and entry points, we observed zero sign of intimidation of the people.”

“However, we found out in Ashanti Kpoeta that Hon Emmanuel Bedzrah, the NDC MP for the area, has not visited the area to assess the situation for himself. Ladies and gentlemen of the media, everywhere we went, this is the story. The NDC MPs are screaming war from the rooftop without first-hand estimate of what war they scream. 

“What is the rationale for the warmongering rhetoric, the ultimatum, and the claim of intimidation of Voltarians? The only first-hand observation the NDC MPs have to speak to is their post briefing visit to the main border in Aflao and Vudoaba in the Ketu South constituency; everything else they have told us from their press briefing is made up and hearsay,” he added.

He disclosed that the “voter registration in the Volta Region is taking place peacefully”, urging the people to disregard the NDC and its claims.

He further stated that the “masses of Ewes are gradually warming up to the political deception of the NDC in the Volta Region, and have particularly rejected, this time, the attempt to own Ewes and incite us against the government.”

Rule of law

Mr Ahiagbah further questioned why the NDC MPs sat in Parliament to pass the Executive Instrument (EI) 64 and 65, which gives the President the powers to protect the country’s borders in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic only to turn around later to fight the President for implementing the law.

“E.I 65 is a law passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, where Hon Emmanuel Bedzrah represents the good people of Ho West. So, it is disingenuous on the part of Hon Bedzrah, who voted to pass E.I 65 into law, to now come to the Volta Region to chant war and to issue a 24-hour ultimatum to the President to cease the enforcement of the law he passed,” he said.

“This tendency to undermine provisions of the 1992 Constitution is becoming one too many, and we must pause to find out from the NDC if it wants democracy, and with it, the rule of law in Ghana or not,” Mr Ahiagbah added.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, has inspected some ongoing developmental projects in Kwahu West Municipality to ascertain the progress of work.

Members of the opposition National Democratic Congress have been left confused following the conflicting directives coming from their flagbearer, former President John Mahama, and their National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, in respect of the party’s position on the upcoming voters’ registration exercise.

The Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has stated that the mass defeat of some experienced Members of Parliament (MPs) in the New Patriotic Party’s recent primaries is a setback to the governing party.

Some Members of Parliament and other parliamentary aspirants who lost in the governing New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries held over the weekend have congratulated their colleagues for winning the parliamentary slot.

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has explained that the sharp increase in the number of recoveries in Covid-19 cases in Ghana is backed by science, and in strict compliance with the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Asaase Radio yesterday, Dr Kuma-Aboagye said there has been a review of the global policy on Covid-19 recoveries, adding that the implementation of the reviewed policy is responsible for the sudden rise in the recovery figures.

"Global studies have shown that after ten 10 days, you are not able to share the virus; that is, even if you are positive, you are not able to infect anyone else whether you are sick or not. We have also noticed that if you are positive and you do not fall sick within the incubation period of 14 days, you are not likely to get sick again, so you actually clear the virus from your system.

“It is upon this that we looked at the policy globally and on May 27, WHO came out with the guidelines that anybody who after the 10th day is asymptomatic can be discharged because you cannot spread the virus," Dr Kuma-Aboagye said.

"For those who are sick, 10 days after being positive, if you can have three consecutive days of being asymptomatic, they can also be discharged," the GHS Director General added.

Figures

Ghana over the last 10 days has recorded consistent increases in recovery figures as compared to previous weeks since the virus was first detected in the country.

As of June 17, 2020, Ghana’s recoveries stood 4,410. On June 18, the figure rose to 4,548. As of yesterday, June 21, the official Covid-19 website of the Ghana Health Service, www.ghanahealthservice.org/Covid-19, puts the recovery figure at 10,074.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country stand at 13,717. By extension, the number of active cases in the country are 3,558, while 85 people have so far lost their lives as a result of Covid-19.

Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, Municipal Chief Executive of Savelugu, has stated that the achievement of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is what will secure his government a second term victory in the upcoming elections.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has commended the Registrar of the Scholarships Secretariat, Kingsley Agyemang, and members of his management team for the decentralization of the scholarship process.

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