Akufo-Addo to commission NABCO recruits today

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President Nana Akufo-Addo will today, Wednesday, officially commission recruits for the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) initiative.

The program seeks to employ 100,000 of the country’s graduate youth in various sectors of the economy.

Today’s event will see the beneficiaries who went through successful interviews placed to start working.

Finding jobs for the country’s youth was one of the major campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

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Critics of government have however said the NABCO initiative is not sustainable.

But government insists NABCO, which is one of its many interventions will help deal with youth unemployment.

About NABCO

President Akufo-Addo launched the Nation Builder’s Corps as an alternative job creation opportunity for the country’s jobless graduates.

The programme is expected to create 100,000 jobs in seven sectors of the economy including health, education, agriculture, and ICT.

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It also forms part of government’s commitment towards addressing the high unemployment in the country.

The programme, which will be managed by the office of the President, will focus on alleviating shortfalls in public service delivery.

The beneficiaries will be engaged for three years and they are expected to earn a monthly stipend of GH¢700 each.

The modules are Feed Ghana, Educate Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Heal Ghana, Enterprise Ghana, Digitise Ghana and Governance Ghana.

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Trainee nurses, midwives kick against NABCO

But the Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association, are unhappy with the programme saying government should employ them permanently instead of recruiting them on NABCO.

In May, the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Akugri Gaddafi, stated on Eyewitness News that the remuneration package for nurses in the programme is unfair, suggesting that newly-employed certificate nurses earn about 1, 100 cedis, while diploma and degree nurses earn between 1, 600 cedis and 1, 800 cedis, all much higher than the 700 cedis persons employed under the scheme are set to earn.

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We’re doing in 20 months what hasn’t been done in 61 years – Bawumia

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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has reiterated the government’s resolve to transform Ghana within the shortest possible time through the implementation of policies and programmes designed to make Ghana a modern economy.

According to him, after just 20 months in office, the Akufo-Addo Presidency has done more to digitize and formalize the Ghanaian economy and society than what has pertained in Ghana for several years.

“The Akufo-Addo Government is doing things, life-transforming activities and reforms, what we haven’t done as a nation over the past 61 years, in just in 20 months. We are implementing reforms that will provide the critical, soft infrastructure that will ensure that Ghana becomes a modern economy.”

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“In just 20 months, we have implemented policies and programmes designed to formalise the economy and make life easier for both the ordinary Ghanaian and businesses. For instance today, through the use of technology, getting a Drivers’ Licence has been made easier and cut out the need to pay a middleman before accessing an essential service. This is certainly good for the ordinary Ghanaian and business.”

“This government is building a new, confident, modern Ghana through the use of technology and the implementation of critical reforms. We have delivered in this short period, and will continue to deliver in the coming days, months and years,” the Vice President maintains.

Vice President Bawumia touted the achievements of the Nana Akufo-Addo government in its short stay in office when he addressed participants at the UK-Ghana Investment Summit in Accra on Tuesday 16th October, 2018.

Outlining a number of critical building blocks for formalisation such as ensuring unique identification (Ghana Card, to be rolled out nationwide soon), location (National Digital Property Addressing System-GhanaPostGPS implemented), seamless payment system (Mobile Payments Interoperability implemented), justice delivery (E-case tracking ongoing), improved access to education (Free SHS, E-education ongoing), and facilitating business operations (paperless port, E-registration of companies, etc), Vice President Bawumia maintained that the government was committed to moving Ghana beyond aid while creating the environment for the growth of the private sector.

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Other reforms, such as a streamlined, online process for passport acquisition, digitisation of all land records, injecting transparency into the procurement processes by making all processes easily trackable online, and the ongoing development of a national Emergency Number linked with the emergency services, fire and police services, and designed to give a caller’s location for faster response times were all part of the jigsaw, Vice President Bawumia stated.

“In the area of health, processes are underway to ensure the speedy supply of urgently required blood and medication to isolated, hard-to-access communities through the use of drones. The processes should be completed soon, and I’m happy to say that Government is not paying a pesewa for this. It is being funded by the private sector,” the Vice President disclosed.

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Vice President Bawumia urged the investor-community to take advantage of Ghana’s business-friendly environment to engage their Ghanaian counterparts to set up shop, while pledging Government’s commitment to staying the course of formalisation.

“While we strive to make further efforts to make Ghana a leading business destination through the formalisation agenda, I will urge you to talk to your Ghanaian counterparts and explore ways we can work together to make Ghana better. Given what we have been able to do within this short period, you can rest assured that we are poised to achieve even more.

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Nigerian sentenced for assaulting teachers

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David Simon Chukwu, 45, a Nigerian based in Dzodze in the Volta Region has been sentenced to a fine of GH¢1, 800.00 by an Aflao Circuit Court for assaulting a teacher of the Roman Catholic Central Basic School at Dzodze, in the Ketu North Municipality.

He pleaded guilty to being on premises for unlawful purpose and assault of public officer and was fined GH¢600.00 and GH¢1, 200.00, or go to jail for three and six months respectively in default’.

Both sentences run consecutively.

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Chukwu however pleaded not guilty to the third charge – also assault of public officer, and the Court, presided over by Mr. Ali Baba Abature, adjourned the case, remanding him in police custody till October 17, this year for the prosecution to prove his guilt on the third charge.

Mr. Michael Akemo, a Detective Police Inspector of Aflao told the court that the complainants, Ben Dzata and Godwin Dzelu, headmaster and Teacher respectively of the RC Central Basic School both resided at Dzodze, where the suspect, a trader also resided.

He said at about 1230 hours after the school’s second break on Tuesday October 9, this year, a pupil reported to Mr Dzelu, the class six teacher that he was referred to as a bastard by another pupil-Felicia Chukwu, Chukwu’s daughter.

Mr Akemo said Mr Dzelu sent for Felicia Chukwu, a class four pupil, but she refused to show up, prompting Mr Dzelu to follow up and met her at a portion of the compound where he whipped her for refusing to answer his call.

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Felicia Chukwu sneaked home and called his father, who fuming with anger, stormed the class of the teacher who was then busily teaching and angrily demanded to know from him why he should whip his daughter.

The teacher approached Chukwu to explain the issues to him, but the suspect rather gave him a hefty slap on his left cheek in the full glare of his pupils, and when the teacher drew back, he (Chukwu) pursued him fuming.

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The issue attracted other teachers and pupils of the school, resulting in total confusion, during which the headmaster, Mr. Dzata, drew closer to Chukwu, to appeal to him to stop the advance, but Chukwu held him by the hand and swung him off resulting in him (headmaster) crashing his forehead against one of the windows there.

Mr Akemo said the headmaster in the process sustained a swollen forehead while the class teacher had tenderness of the cheek and the police, who were quickly called in, rescued the teachers and apprehended the suspect.

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GNAT appeals to MMDAs to construct teachers’ bungalows

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The Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been urged to construct teachers’ bungalows in deprived communities to solve the residential accommodation problems facing them in the country.

This would motivate teachers to accept postings to work in rural communities to improve on the standard of education in those areas.

Mr. Ebenezer Asare-Baah, the Nkoranza District Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

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He noted that most teachers posted to rural areas refused due to lack of accommodation and bad road networks, and urged the MMDAs to tackle the problems.

Mr. Asare-Baah said with the provision of residential accommodation, teachers had no excuse to refuse postings to serve in rural areas.

More so, he added that the problem of lateness and absenteeism among teachers in deprived communities would also be addressed.

Mr. Asare-Baah regretted that during rainy seasons, many teachers serving in rural areas had to walk or ride bicycles for several kilometres to attend classes and expressed dissatisfaction about the contributions of Parent Teacher Associations towards the development of education in the Nkoranza Municipality and Nkoranza North District.

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He observed that ensuring quality education was a shared and collective responsibility and appealed to parents to support teachers and expressed concern over high teenage pregnancies and alcoholism among students in the two areas.

Mr. Asare-Baah also advised teachers to upgrade themselves to be able to cope with the various educational reforms the country was going through.

 

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Master the cheap date without being cheap

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The bill arrives for dinner. Yikes. You didn’t anticipate spending that much money. But what can you do? Taco Bell didn’t seem like the best way to impress your date. Good thing you have your credit card.

Does this scenario sound familiar? How much do you spend on dating each year? Have you ever done the math?

According to a recent study from Match.com, singles spend an average of $1,600 per year on dating. The amount can vary by a few hundred dollars depending on where you live and your gender (men spend more than women).

For some, that is a big chunk of their annual income. But what can you do? How can you reduce the cost of dating without seeming cheap or just avoiding the dating scene altogether?

The answer is simple—you need to make a shift. You need to move from dates that are rich in cost to dates that are rich in creativity. Here are few suggestions on how to be an expert at cheap dates without seeming cheap:

1. Know your state and national parks. Spend hours discovering the beauty of your local parks together. You will have ample time to get to know your date as you wander on the trails and exploring other activities the park offers. And they are cheap. Parks sometimes have a minimal entry fee but many are free.

2. Be a community calendar guru. Is a concert a good option? Usually. What about a free concert? Absolutely. Towns and cities often hold events like festivals, exhibits, and concerts for their community members. And they are often free. Keep up with your local community calendar (and maybe community calendars of neighboring towns). You may spot an upcoming event that is perfect for your next date.

3. Be smart. Looking for an intelligent and cost-effective activity? Consider going to a museum. History, science, and art museums are places that can prompt some great conversations. At every turn, there is a something new to view and discuss. They also rotate out exhibits, so there are reasons to return for another date. And, of course, museums are usually inexpensive.

4. Avoid making a meal the centerpiece of your date. Dinner is usually the most expensive part of a date. We invest in the meal because it is often the centerpiece of the date. So don’t make dinner the focal point. Instead, make eating a necessary evil. Plan your date in such a way where you must “grab a quick bite to eat” so that you can spend time doing something else (like going to a community event, park, or museum). This planned “quick bite” tends to cut costs without making you seem cheap.

5. Know your way around small towns. Discover the towns that are around you. Spend your time exploring the shops. Sit down and people watch. Find out what the locals recommend and try it. Have your own small-town adventure for the day.

6. Know how to use a stove. Okay, I know that I said to avoid making dinner the centerpiece of your date. Here is the exception—when making dinner is the date. Pick out a recipe that you and your date want to try. Go to the grocery store and pick out the ingredients. And then try to make it. Even if the meal doesn’t turn out like the pictures, you can still have a fun and inexpensive time making a meal together.

Dating has its financial costs. So find ways to be frugal without coming across as cheap. Make a shift. Move away from dates that are rich in costs and toward dates that are rich in creativity.

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GNAT appeals to MMDAs to construct teachers’ bungalows

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The Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been urged to construct teachers’ bungalows in deprived communities to solve the residential accommodation problems facing them in the country.

This would motivate teachers to accept postings to work in rural communities to improve on the standard of education in those areas.

Mr. Ebenezer Asare-Baah, the Nkoranza District Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

He noted that most teachers posted to rural areas refused due to lack of accommodation and bad road networks, and urged the MMDAs to tackle the problems.

Mr. Asare-Baah said with the provision of residential accommodation, teachers had no excuse to refuse postings to serve in rural areas.

More so, he added that the problem of lateness and absenteeism among teachers in deprived communities would also be addressed.

Mr. Asare-Baah regretted that during rainy seasons, many teachers serving in rural areas had to walk or ride bicycles for several kilometres to attend classes and expressed dissatisfaction about the contributions of Parent Teacher Associations towards the development of education in the Nkoranza Municipality and Nkoranza North District.

He observed that ensuring quality education was a shared and collective responsibility and appealed to parents to support teachers and expressed concern over high teenage pregnancies and alcoholism among students in the two areas.

Mr. Asare-Baah also advised teachers to upgrade themselves to be able to cope with the various educational reforms the country was going through.

GNA

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Missing pianist believed to be buried by wrong family

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A grieving Canadian family has accidentally buried the wrong body.

It was an error that only came to light when the missing relative thought to have died returned home months after the funeral.

Police believe the body belonged to pianist Scott Cushnie, 80, who has been missing since August.

Friends and family of the Toronto musician say if he were alive, he would have “had a laugh” and they hold no hard feelings towards the other family.

The coroner’s office says the body is being exhumed so a full identification can be carried out.

How did the mix-up happen?

Mr Cushnie’s long-time friend Andrea Reid told the BBC that she got a call from police last week explaining that they believed they had found him – and that they thought he had been accidentally buried by the wrong family.

Police told Ms Reid a man died in hospital last August, after an ambulance driver spotted him falling on the sidewalk.

Meanwhile, another family was also searching for their loved one. Police called them to identify the body in the morgue, and the body was released to their care. Police have not identified the family for privacy reasons.

“When he died he was released to his family and they made funeral arrangements,” police spokeswoman Jenifferjit Sidhu confirmed.

How the families were told

Months later, the man the family thought they had buried returned alive, leading police to contact Ms Reid, who had been leading the search for Mr Cushnie.

“In a lot of ways this was actually a big relief, because I wasn’t under the impression that he was alive any more and my fears about what could have happened to him were running rampant,” she said.

“To know that an ambulance was right there when he had his accident, and he was given immediate care, and he’s been cared for this whole time, was actually a really nice comfort.”

Who was Mr Cushnie?

Mr Cushnie was well known in Toronto’s music community. Born legally blind, he played piano professionally in blues and rock bands since the 1950s, and shared the stage with greats such as Aerosmith and Duane Allman.

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Image captionScott Cushnie (foreground) has played piano professionally since the 1950s

Ms Reid formed a close friendship with Mr Cushnie over music. He became her piano mentor and taught her the blues. She also became his de-facto manager, helping him book gigs and get to appointments.

He was living in an independent senior’s flat in Toronto when he went missing, and was in good health.

Mr Cushnie leaves behind two sisters and several nieces and nephews.

A need for closure

“It is such a strange situation,” said his niece Liz Hale. “We’d like to talk to that other family.”

Ms Hale said there is no ill will about the mistake, but that speaking to them would help give them closure.

“My mom and his other sister especially are really saddened by it all, and we are just hoping that we can move on, and celebrate his life with his friends and fellow musicians.”

The coroner’s office is still working on identifying the body that was buried, but Ms Reid says there is little doubt in her mind that it is him. She saw some of the effects that were collected, and recognised his house keys.

Ultimately, she believes Mr Cushnie would find the mistaken burial funny.

“He was a man with an incredible sense of humour… if he had read about this story he would have had a laugh,” she said.

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SAMCF condemn attacks on Tijjaniyya Muslim youth

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The Sheikh Abdullah Maikano Charity Foundation (SAMCF) has condemned an attack on some Muslim youth believed to be from the Tijjaniyya sect a couple of weeks ago.

The youth had gathered in front of a mosque after Friday prayers when they were attacked by some other Muslim youth who accused them of making uncomplimentary remarks about the chief Imam.

In a statement chronicling similar attacks on the sect, the SAMCF said “we at the SAMCF have been watching with great concern how silent our national leaders from across the socio-political space have remained.

“Our fear is that our youths, ie the Jallo youth have an amazing mobilization power and if care is not taken, one of these days we may have a security crisis on our hands.”

The group concluded their statement by expressing disappointment at “the ineptitude of our so-called Muslim Leaders/ elders to get to understand the real issues being raised by his Eminence Mawlana Sheikh Ahmad Abul-Faid Maikano (R) and tackle it head-on.”

Below is a copy of the full statement:     

We at the Sheikh Abdullah Maikano Charity Foundation (SAMCF) wish to condemn the recent attacks on Tijjaniyya youths associated with His Eminence Mawlana Sheikh Abdullah Maikano (R) affectionately called Jallo(R).

We have observed the recent spate of brutal attacks on a congregation of unarmed Tijjaniyya Muslims who were observing the wazeefa (one of the daily Litanies) in a masjid in Sabon Zongo, one of the suburbs in Accra. This was followed with another attack on an Imam (Alhaji Toure), who was on his way to lead prayers in a local mosque again in Nima. A third attack happened in Darkuman, Accra where some lovers of the Jallo fraternity were attacked with machetes leaving some among them with severe injuries. The perpetrators of these attack made a video of one of the incidents which is making rounds on social media. Fortunately for the law enforcement agencies, these criminals are known people surprisingly, they have gotten away with this crime without being reprimanded whatsoever.

The SAMCF is a duly registered Non-Governmental Organization and operates mainly in the Northern belt of the country. We are the Umbrella Organization for all youth organizations associated with the spiritual guardianship of the Grand Successor of Sheikh Abdullah Maikano Jallo(R), His Eminence, Sheikh Ahmad Abul-Faid Maikano (R) affectionately called Khalifa.

Not long ago, same dastardly acts were perpetrated in Accra and Kumasi on the same group of Tijjaniyya scholars, elders, and youths. Where some Mallams were attacked in the presence of their family and students in Asokore, Kumasi and other places.

 We wish to draw attention to how the Venerable Sheikh Abdullah Maikano (R) himself was a victim of several assassination attempts which saw several close associates of his meeting their untimely deaths. It appears as though the people who conspired and plotted the several attempts on the life of the Founder of the Tijjaniyya Muslims Council, Sheikh Abdullah Maikano Jallo (R) have resurfaced and perhaps are not comfortable with the increase in the followership of Jallo more than a decade after his demise. They should have realized by now that nobody has the power to undo whatever has been pre-destined by Allah in the affairs of Jallo and surrender to what Allah wills.

We at the SAMCF have been watching with great concern how silent our national leaders from across the socio-political space have remained. Our fear is that our youths, ie the Jallo youth have an amazing mobilization power and if care is not taken, one of these days we may have a security crisis on our hands.

We wish to indicate that the Jallo followership constitutes that the majority of any single Muslim group or fraternity in the country. We are the only Muslim group in the Ghana which congregates annually with the intention of reciting the Holy Quran with the intention of asking Almighty Allah to sustain the Peace the country enjoys continually. This is the reason why the Jallo youth have heeded to calls from their Leadership to remain calm. It should be noted that they are only calm, but they have the capacity and tenacity to face their adversaries boot for boot if the leaders from the other camp and other well-meaning people including the Police and other law enforcement agencies do not intervene.

The SAMCF has cited reports from some bloggers, and have seen videos of some individuals purporting to be Islamic leaders who purportedly gathered in the Abossey Okai Central Mosque and organized a Press briefing to announce that they have banned all Mawlid gatherings under the spiritual guardianship of the Tijjaniyya Muslim Council led by His Eminence Mawlana Sheikh Ahmad Abul-Faid Maikano (R).

The SAMCF wishes to laugh away this wishful outbursts and call on the Jallo youth that they should ignore that announcement and continue to heed to the guidance of His Eminence Mawlana Sheikh Abul-Faid Maikano (R). That, the Abossey Okai Central Mosque where that purported meeting took place is not a courtroom. And that, it is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can make such a call.

We are shocked by the ineptitude of our so-called Muslim Leaders/ elders to get to understand the real issues being raised by his Eminence Mawlana Sheikh Ahmad Abul-Faid Maikano (R) and tackle it head-on.

By this statement, the SAMCF wishes to commend the Jallo youth in Accra and other parts of the country for their calm disposition and continuously keeping faith with their leaders.

In conclusion, we wish to remind all and sundry that this year’s Mawlid of Sheikh Ahmad Tijjaniyya which is commemorated annually in Prang will come off on the 20th October 2018 which is 2 weeks away. Let’s meet there to show the whole world how formidable we are.

Long Live Mawlana Sheikh Abdullah Maikano Jallo (R)!! Long Live Mawlana Sheikh Ahmad Abul-Faid Maikano (R) !! Long Live the Entire Household!! Long live Ghana!!

SIGNED

Baraka Amanu Maikano – President SAMCF

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Kokomba Market fire: One person in critical condition

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 One person is currently in critical condition at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after her property and other structures at the ‘Konkomba’ Market in Accra was ravaged by fire

Residents believe the fire Tuesday, which has affected more than 200 people might have been caused by an electrical fault.

Joy News’ Ernest Kojo Manu who was at the scene reported that almost half of the make-shift properties within the market was consumed by the fire. 

One of the affected persons said he was at work when he was called that his structure was burning. He rushed back only to realise his place has been raised to the ground. 

“I live here with my two children and my wife and we don’t know where we are going to sleep this evening,” the devasted man said. 

For Alhassan Abdul Razak, who said he is a security guard, he was not able to salvage any property as he stood in shock watching his property consumed by the fire. 

“I was sleeping outside because I was on the night shift when I heard about the fire. Luckily for me, I was able to save my wife and two-weeks-old baby but my uniform and everything is gone,” he said. 

According to some angry residents, who fetched water to help the officers of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to put out the fire, the story would have been different. 

“We won’t have lost our properties and structures if the Fire Service people had come early to put out the fire,” a woman who had cried her eyes out said. 

But officers of the GNFS said until the residents relocate or restructure the neighbourhood very little can be done to help them in case of any disaster.

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