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“Kufuor’s Appointment As UMaT Chancellor Well-Deserved” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described the decision by the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, to appoint the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, John Agyekum Kufuor, as its first Chancellor, as well-deserved.

According to President Akufo-Addo, it is entirely appropriate that the former President, who was responsible for ensuring that the Western University College of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, through presidential assent on 12th November, 2004, becomes UMAT’s first Chancellor.

President Akufo-Addo stressed that “it is a well-deserved honour, given in recognition of the immense work you did, during your time as President of the Republic, not only for UMaT, but also for Mother Ghana. Ayekoo. I commend the authorities of the University for this admirable gesture.”

The President made this known on Friday, 12th January, 2017, at the Investiture of former President Kufuor as Chancellor of the University, at a ceremony held at the UMaT Auditorium.

Applauding UMaT for the important role it is playing in producing industry-oriented graduates in engineering, together with its research findings, President Akufo-Addo stated that UMaT puts Ghana, a country rich in minerals and with a thousand (1,000) year history of mineral exploitation, in a strategic position to be a global leader in mining and its allied industries.

He commended the University also for its contribution to the fight against galamsey through the training of four hundred (400) small scale miners, with an additional thousand (1,000) more set to be trained this year, and the manufacture of “Sika Bukyia”, a direct smelting kit for the recovery of gold without the use of mercury.

Government, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the President noted, intends to facilitate the manufacture and sale of ‘Sika Bukyia’ to all licensed small scale miners.

With Government determined to exploit the country’s bauxite and iron ore deposits, with the Ghana Integrated Bauxite and Aluminum Development Authority set to spearhead this, President Akufo-Addo was delighted about the progress made in a novel technology being promoted by UMaT, which involves the use of plastic waste to upgrade bauxite ore to yield 90% alumina, as against the present grade of 40% to 45%.

“As a result of this technology, the value of the ore will increase some tenfold. The research work being undertaken here is invaluable, and will assist greatly in our nation’s quest to transform our economy from a raw material producing and exporting one to a value-added, industrialised economy,” he indicated.

It is for this reason that President Akufo-Addo congratulated the Vice Chancellor, the staff and team of administrators, for sticking to UMaT’s core mandate of engineering education, to complement efforts to advance the National Policy of achieving 60:40 student ratio for the Sciences as compared to the Humanities, through the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

“I wish to assure you that the Akufo-Addo Government will insist that the process of equipping UMaT with the requisite logistics, involving the rehabilitation and equipping of existing laboratories, and the construction of new buildings, that is currently ongoing, will be systematically pursued, to enable it deliver effectively on its mandate of teaching, research and service to the community,” he said.

The President continued, “I have been informed about the number of legacy projects on campus. The energetic Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, has assured me that, through the Minerals Development Fund, these legacy projects will be completed soon in commemoration of today’s event.”

With the Wassa Fiase Traditional Area donating 26 square kilometres of land to the University, for the construction of a 20,000 student capacity campus, President Akufo-Addo announced that “Government will give an annual special budgetary allocation of five million cedis (GH¢5 million) to the University for the realisation of the project.”

UMaT renamed

President Akufo-Addo congratulated the University Council of UMaT for its decision, in accordance with the Statutes of the University, to rename the institution after George Alfred Grant, the legendary Axim-born entrepreneur, ‘Paa Grant’.

“It is a most excellent decision, which has received the agreement of the President of the Republic, so that, once the parliamentary process has been completed, this University will be called the George Grant University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa,” he said.

The President explained that it is wholly fitting that “this great, modest man, who can lay legitimate claim to being the father of modern Ghanaian nationalism, should be properly honoured by a grateful posterity, i.e. by us who are the heirs and beneficiaries of the freedom he so valiantly fought for, especially by citizens of his native Western Region.”

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FUEL PRICES TO RISE BETWEEN THREE AND FIVE PERCENT – IES

The Institute of Energy Security has asserted that there will be a rise in the prices of petroleum products.

In a release copied to Ghanapoliticsonline.com, the IES states that fuel prices are expected to rise between 3% & 5%.

Read statement below;

14th January, 2018

FUEL PRICES TO RISE BETWEEN THREE AND FIVE PERCENT

REVIEW OF JANUARY 2018 FIRST PRICING-WINDOW

Local Fuel Market Performance
The first Pricing-window for January 2018 recorded interesting turn of events. The National Petroleum Authority’s (NPA) assurance of no price change at the fuel pumps was contradicted by a number of Oil Marketing Companies (OMC). Total Petroleum was the first to review prices upwards, followed by Shell (Vivo Energy), Petrosol, Nasona, Fraga Oil and SEL, from Ghs 4.49 to Ghs 4.67 for both Gasoline and Gasoil, representing a change of 4%. Total and Shell subsequently reversed their decision, currently selling at the previous price of Ghs 4.49 per litre. A large number of OMCs did not review prices at the pump. The national average prices for Gasoline and Gasoil currently is Ghs 4.47, with Benab Oil, Pacific, Lucky Oil and Zen Petroleum selling at the lowest price per litre at the pump.

World Oil Market Prices
Crude Oil prices continue to surge on the global commodity market, as Brent crude price currently averages at $67.70 per barrel, from a previous average of $63.78 per barrel, a rise of 6.12% within the last 14 days. Presently, Brent crude is selling at $69.87 per barrel; the highest price since December 2014.
Standard and Poor’s Global Platts benchmark indicates a jump in prices for both Gasoline and Gasoil. For the period under review, Gasoline prices recorded a change of 5.4%, moving from a previous average of $600.11 per metric tonne to close at $632.50 per metric tonne. Gasoil prices also recorded a 6.03% increase from a previous average of $568.72 per metric tonne.

Local Forex and Fuel Stock
The Ghana Cedi lost its value against the US Dollar. This is according to data compiled by IES Economic Desk from the foreign exchange market. The Cedi currently trades at Ghs 4.51 to a dollar, a 2.27% change from a previous rate.
In the last 14 days, total fuel imports received were 123,000 metric tonnes; 65,500 metric tonnes of Gasoline, 42,000 metric tonnes of Gasoil, 10,000 metric tonnes of ATK and 5,500 metric tonnes of LPG.

PROJECTIONS FOR JANUARY 2018 SECOND PRICING-WINDOW
With the indicators recorded; increases in Brent crude price, prices of finished products on the international oil market and the depreciation of the Ghana Cedi; the Institute for Energy Security (IES) expects these changed variables to impact negatively on fuel prices on the local market. The prices of Gasoline and Gasoil, as well as Fuel oil are likely to rise between 3 and 5%. It is clear the Price stabilization mechanism implored by the regulator may not be enough to forestall the persistent increases. It is important the government reviews the current Price Build-up and ensure the minimum strategic stocks are kept at all material times.

Signed: Richmond Rocson

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Police arrest suspects with bombs at Odorkor

Information gathered by Ghanadatabase.com indicates that the Odorkor Police have arrested suspects in possession of bombs and grenades.

The suspects are currently in custody as the police intensifies investigation. One of the suspects is to believed to be a member of ISIS

The matter has ignited comments on social media with people expressing concern about the safety of the general public.

A grenade is a small bomb typically thrown by hand. Generally, a grenade consists of an explosive charge, a detonating mechanism, and firing pin to trigger the detonating mechanism.The Odorkor Divisional Police command in Accra have arrested three individuals in possession of grenades, Kasapafmonline.com has gathered.

One of the suspects is believed to be a member of the dreadful terrorist group ISIS, police sources have said. They are currently in custody while investigations are ongoing.

The matter has ignited comments on social media with people expressing concern about the safety of the general public.

A grenade is a small bomb typically thrown by hand. Generally, a grenade consists of an explosive charge, a detonating mechanism, and firing pin to trigger the detonating mechanism.

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John Mahama’s Govt Did Not Resell Vehicles To Suppliers – Julius Debrah

Former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah has denied claims that the Mahama administration bought cars at expensive prices and later sold them back to the suppliers at low cost.

He said the claims which are being spread by one Thomas Kusi Boafo are false and must be disregarded.

In a statement, Mr. Debrah said “Kusi Boafo among others claimed in the video, that it was the practice under the immediate past regime to buy expensive vehicles and have the suppliers buy them back at ridiculously low prices. In one instance he claimed that a vehicle bought for US$ 165,000 was sold to the supplier at US$ 2,500 after six months”.

The issue of the number of vehicles bequeathed to the Akufo-Addo government by the Mahama administration has become contentious.

Below are details of the statement by Mr. Debrah

My attention has been drawn to a number of claims by one Thomas Kusi Boafo in a video purported to be from a submission he made on radio regarding the number of vehicles bequeathed to the Akufo-Addo government.

Kusi Boafo among others claimed in the video, that it was the practice under the immediate past regime to buy expensive vehicles and have the suppliers buy them back at ridiculously low prices. In one instance he claimed that a vehicle bought for US$ 165,000 was sold to the supplier at US$ 2,500 after six months.

He also spoke about vehicles sold prior to the exit of the previous government.

For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to state as follows:

1) Under no circumstance and at no time during my tenure as Chief of Staff or the previous government was any such vehicle either bought or sold at the price quoted by Kusi Boafo. His claims in that regard are therefore totally false and malicious.

2) On the matter of vehicles bought by ex-government officials, Mr Kusi Boafo and his principals are aware of a long-standing policy under which salon cars aged two years and above are permitted to be bought by departing government officials. This policy has been in existence since the advent of the fourth republic and persons benefitting from it are made to pay a commensurate value objectively determined by professional valuers.

It is surprising, and perhaps underscores the malicious intent of Mr Kusi Boafo, that he failed to disclose vehicles bought by members of the Kufour administration on the eve of their exit from office under the same policy and processes in 2008/2009.Many of the beneficiaries of that policy happen to be high-profile members of the Akufo-Addo government.

These latest false claims follow similar claims by the Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, which are all false.

They also appear to be a rehash of untruthful claims made by Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, to the effect that over 200 vehicles could not be found at the Presidency.

We wish to assure however, that we stand prepared to correct such misimpressions and expose the mischief therein.

Julius Debrah

Former Chief of Staff

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Social media users ‘blast’ Mahama over ‘photoshopped’ tweet

In the wake of an alleged comment made by America’s Donald Trump, ex-president John Mahama has attracted some ‘heat’ unto himself over a picture tweet he made concerning the issue which has enraged many Ghanaians and Africans in general.

Ex-President John Dramani Mahama made an earlier tweet which read, “Africans and Haitians come from ‘shithole’ countries? Isn’t Trump demonstrating that he’s nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of ‘Make America White Again’? I congratulate Botswana for showing the way. Our AU Presidents must respond strongly to this insult.”

The former president who had early on called out Donald Trump as a ‘racist’ for his “shithole” comment took to Twitter in a recent post which read, “Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?”.

Sometime last year, a photo of Donald Trump being shown an African map and the location of Ghana went viral on social media. Some people were of the view that Donald Trump was impressed with Ghana’s economy and wanted to know exactly where it was on the African map.

Some people, therefore, used the photo as propaganda to promote the NPP’s administration. It was however revealed that the picture had been photoshopped; meaning that it was fake. To make it easy to spot, all the countries on the map had the name, “Nambia”.

John Dramani Mahama’s tweet was therefore treated by other social media users as an ‘attack’ on the NPP administration and they did not take kindly to it.

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John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?

11:32 AM – Jan 13, 2018
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America’s president, Donald Trump made world headlines when he was reported to have referred to Haiti and Africa as “shitholes”.

Many people have come out to criticize Donald Trump over the claim and even the African Union issued a statement to register its displeasure over the incident.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took to his social media handle with a post which read, “The language of US President Donald Trump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. Ghana is certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.”

Here are some of the responses on ex-president Mahama’s tweet:

13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

Abdul Karim Bassit
@bassit30
So you were jealous. A whole ex president talking like a serial caller just to be relevant.The President of USA erred and we are demanding an unqualified apology period

11:44 AM – Jan 13, 2018 · Tarkwa, Ghana
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

Edem (艾丁)
@edem_dogbey1
Mr President, check the photo you posted…. ”Nambia”… 😒

12:09 PM – Jan 13, 2018
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

Kofi_GodAlone
@lyrical_jadon
I’m i the only person who thinks this image is photo-shopped?? @JDMahama big man you start dey act like a jealous ex..lets observe and watch the country move forward..wei dierrr 3nboa

12:14 PM – Jan 13, 2018
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

lordsackitey
@lordsackitey
Ex-president making fun of ur own country. This show that you don’t think of the country first.

12:28 PM – Jan 13, 2018
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

Richie Selasie Gollo
@therealselase
Has the former President’s account been hacked??

11:47 AM – Jan 13, 2018
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

Africa Links
@africalinx
This too you’re bringing politics inside, don’t you have people who does pictures analysis in your office to realised this picture is fake…Gosh

1:27 PM – Jan 13, 2018
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

Nissify.com🇬🇭
@NissifycomGH
Former President, Did u check the map before tweeting? Is Africa a continent or Namibia? What was the aim of this tweet? Please stop being bitter. Until the rotten tooth is pulled out, the mouth must chew with caution. Perhaps, you had an opportunity to make Ghana better.

3:27 PM – Jan 13, 2018
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

Mensa Sarpon
@NanaYawMensa
Wow…. i don’t believe u can say this.

2:09 PM – Jan 13, 2018
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13 Jan

John Dramani Mahama

@JDMahama
Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September? pic.twitter.com/Z8Y6sG4DBK

__FarGo__🎱🏀🚀®
@CoolerVibes_091
Do we have turn everything into politics

8:45 PM – Jan 13, 2018
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Isaac Adongo adjudged best performing minority MP in 2017

ISAAC ADONGO ADJUDGED BEST PERFORMING MINORITY MP IN 2017

Isaac Adongo adjudged best performing minority MP in 2017
A performance appraisal survey on members of parliaments (MPs) has adjudged MP for Bolgatanga Central, Hon Isaac Adongo, as the best performing minority MP for 2017.
The survey, conducted by indigenous research and investigation company, FAKS Investigation Services, found that of the 3,702 respondents sampled, 90.1 percent of them scored Mr Adongo as the best performer among the () MPs on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He was followed by Hon Laadi Ayii Ayamba, MP for Pusiga, who scored scored 88.7 percent
Overall, the survey, which assessed the performance of some politicians and public servants in 2017, adjudged MP for Tamale South Constituency as the overall best MP in 2017.

First timer
FAKS Investigations said the survey was conducted between October and December and sought the opinions of Ghanaians as to which Ministers, Deputies, Regional Ministers, MPs, PROs, among others, had done exceptionally well and need to be recognised.
This is the sixth time that FAKS is announcing assessment results on the performance of politicians and public servants. Hon Adongo, although a first time MP had endeared himself to many Ghanaians, especially sympathisers of the opposition NDC, with his witty debates and superior arguments, on issues in the economy and governance.
His emergence as best performing minority MP makes it the first time that a representative of the Bolgatanga Central Constituency has been given such recognition. His predecessor and former MP, Hon Opam Brown Akolbire, was repeatedly ranked at the bottom in previous surveys.
Hon Adongo, a chartered accountant by profession, has been one of the few vocal MPs on the NDC side, taking on the government on a number issues bordering on its handling of the economy and governance.
It is understood that his approach to and understanding of issues, superior contribution to debates on the floor of Parliament and ability to proffer alternative policies in the year made him stand out among his peers.

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President Akufo-Addo Nominates Martin Amidu As Special Prosecutor

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has nominated Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu as the Special Prosecutor, subject to the approval of Parliament.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, by letter dated Thursday, 11th January, 2018, exercised her power of nomination, and submitted to him, for his acceptance, the name of Martin Amidu as the proposed Special Prosecutor.

“I have accepted the Attorney General’s nomination, and will, in turn, submit for Parliament’s approval, when it reconvenes on 23rd January, 2018, for its first meeting of this new year, the name of Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu to be the first Special Prosecutor under the law”, the he added.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 11th January, 2018, at a press conference, at the Flagstaff House.

The President told the media that the appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor is because he is fully convinced that Mr Martin Amidu, “a prominent legal personality, who held the high office of Attorney General of the Republic in the government of the late President Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills, has the requisite integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibilities of this new office.”

President Akufo-Addo recounted the commendation given by the Supreme Court to Martin Amidu for his public spiritedness in the case of Amidu vrs Attorney-General, Waterville & Wayome [2013-2014] 1 SCGLR 112 @ 166.

It will be recalled that in that judgement, per the respected Judge, Dotse JSC, the Supreme Court stated that “…The role of the Plaintiff, Martin Alamisi Amidu, a distinguished former Attorney-General of this country, needs to be highly commended as was done in the lead judgment of the court. The Plaintiff, in my opinion, must be highly commended for his vigilante role in protecting the wanton dissipation of the public purse…”

The Court also, in a related suit, had this to say about Martin Amidu: “… the Plaintiff (that is to say Mr. Amidu) is to be commended for his public spiritedness which has fuelled his meticulous and industrious presentation of this case…”

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that he could also, personally, vouch for the public spiritedness of Mr. Amidu.

“We were on opposite sides in a series of landmark constitutional cases in the period leading up to and in the early years of the 4th Republic, well known to students of constitutional law, which helped shape the evolution of the Constitution of the 4th Republic. As Deputy Attorney General, as he then was, he conducted those cases with the fairness which should be a cardinal feature of the conduct of any self-respecting lawyer,” he said.

The President noted further that Mr. Amidu has indicated his willingness to accept the appointment as Special Prosecutor.

“I, thus, have the honour to submit to Parliament, when it reconvenes, the name of Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu, for its approval for appointment as Special Prosecutor,” the President said.

He was hopeful that the praiseworthy speed and dispatch, with which Parliament acted on his nominees for ministerial appointment last year, will characterise its handling of this nomination to enable Mr. Amidu, as soon as possible, enter into office to begin the important work that awaits him.

“I congratulate him on his deserved nomination, and wish him Godspeed in the valiant efforts he will undoubtedly be making to enhance the quality of governance of our country. The Ghanaian people will be the beneficiaries of that,” the President concluded.

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Watch Parliamentary Probe on Cash for Seat Scandal

Watch Parliamentary Probe on Cash for Seat Scandal

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Kafui Danku unveils her first Book; Silence is Not Golden (PIctures +Video)

Ghanaian actress Kafui Danku has successfully unveiled her first book titled “Silence is Not Golden” at the AH Hotel,East-Legon in Accra on Wednesday, 10th January, 2018.

The unveiling of the Book which was categorically organized for press men hugely attracted the cooperation of Ghanaian media.

In a separate interview with AttractiveMustapha.com, the divalicious Kafui Danku explained that the Book enumerates practical solutions on marriage problems and catalogues her personal experience which will help women deal with marital issues appropriately.

She also revealed that as an actress, she will definitely come out with a movie to dramatize the content of the Book so her fans should be expectant.

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Rahim Banda named as Free SHS and Ghana Job Bank Ambassador

Ghanaian movie star Rahim Banda has been named as Ambassador for Ghana Job Bank and the Free Senior High School Scheme rolled out by Government of Ghana.

The announcement was made by Nana Aba Anamoah at a ceremony organized by Ghana Job Bank to unveil their Ambassadors.

Reliable information gathered by AttractiveMustapha.com indicates that Rahim Banda was officially appointed as the Free SHS Ambassador by the Ministry of Education last month.

JOB BANK is a platform for both public and private sectors to post their job listing in the job bank. To ensure credibility with the posting of jobs,

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