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We are marching forward with free SHS – President Akufo-Addo

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We are marching forward with free SHS - President Akufo-Addo

We are marching forward with free SHS – President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on Ghanaians to disregard attempts by critics to discourage the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy and support it.

He said the policy was one of the most important undertakings by his administration towards developing the human resource of the nation, and that the programme would receive unlimited support.

“We are marching forward with free SHS and we are not going back… My opponents, instead of supporting the initiative and joining hands, spend the whole time criticising it, it’s a pie in the sky… he cannot do it… he is deceiving Ghanaians”, President Akufo Addo said.

The President said this when he interacted with students of the Nkwanta Senior High school in the Oti Region as part of a working visit of newly created regions.

He mentioned the increase in enrolment in schools and the relief the initiative had brought to parents, and asked opponents of the policy to desist from baseless criticism.

“Now, we have done it, they are shifting it. They say I should have waited for the entire infrastructure to be in place.

“Ghana is moving forward. All those people who want to draw us back, am saying, the Ghanaian people want to go forward. Forget it!” President Akufo Addo said.

He said government was working to provide the needed school infrastructure with focus on dormitories and classroom blocks to end the double track system.

President Akufo Addo later cut the sod for the construction of a 300 capacity girls’ dormitory, a six unit classroom block, and a six-seater toilet facility under GETFund for the school, with a promise to address other infrastructural challenges.

Mr Wisdom Annang, Headmaster of the School said the free SHS programme had increased enrolment in the school by 30.8 per cent, and had taken the burden of feeding off the shoulders of school management.

He said the School, which was established in 1975, now had a student population of 1,898, and appealed to the President to provide a boys dormitory, an assembly hall complex, and a school bus.

Mr Annang noted that the School had cultivated 11 acres of its one kilometre farm land, and would need a tractor to contribute it’s quota to the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

President Akufo Addo said he was impressed with the emphasis; schools in Ghana placed on developing agriculture, and pledged to provide a tractor and a bus for the school as soon as possible.

He also said his administration would complete the dining hall complex abandoned by the previous government in 2011

Source: Ghananewsagency.org

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South African man attempts suicide on Ghana’s oil vessel

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South African man attempts suicide on Ghana’s oil vessel

A South African national on Tuesday attempted suicide on Ghana’s first oil vessel FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.

The man said to be a contractor reportedly jumped from the vessel into the waters for no apparent reason.

Divers with the assistance of some tugboats managed to resuscitate the man.

Operator of the Jubilee fields Tullow Ghana Limited has confirmed the incident in a statement issued.

“Tullow is aware of an incident offshore involving a contractor who jumped overboard the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah at 14:25 hours on Tuesday 18, June 2019″.

“Full Emergency Response procedures were activated, and the contractor was rescued at 14:33 hours. The individual received emergency treatment and is currently being managed by a medical team in Accra,” the statement said.

It added that “There was no Injury following medical assessment. Jubilee operations were not impacted”.

The statement said all relevant authorities have been contacted since the safety and security of all their workers are of utmost priority to the company.

Source: Africafeeds.com

 

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Foreign Affairs C’ttee invites Nigerian High Commissioner over xenophobia claims

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Foreign Affairs C’ttee invites Nigerian High Commissioner over xenophobia claims

The Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament has invited the Nigerian High Commission for further clarity on the recent statement on what they term as xenophobic attacks in the country.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Frank Annor Dompreh called on the public to be circumspect in their pronouncements about Nigerians in the country.

According to him, Ghana and Nigeria have an admirable relationship worth deepening for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Mr. Annor Dompreh was of the view that certain recent media publications about crimes committed by Nigerians in the country have not been up to standard.

“Particularly, we are guided by what is guided in the past, if you look into history, so we are threading cautiously, but unfortunately recent pronouncements in the media is not the best and we as a committee that has oversight when it comes to over-arching concerns about Foreign relations.”

He also appealed to the public to be measured in their comments and desist from engaging in xenophobic tendencies.

He also urged the police to go about their work without fear or favour.

“We want to appeal to the generality of the people of this country, the youth and the media. We should all be measured in our pronouncements, any arrest which has been effected by the Police, we will urge the police to do their work dispassionately.”

“We have sent a word to the Nigeria High Commissioner to Ghana. We will be meeting him, we feel that there is no course of worry, but generally we have to appeal to our own that we don’t want to dread any bad relationship between the two countries.”

Nigeria High Commission laments ‘xenophobic tendencies’ in crime reportage

The Nigerian High Commission in Ghana earlier expressed frustration with the nature of reportage of crimes involving Nigerians adding that it exhibits some form of xenophobia.

The High Commission in a statement said “xenophobic tendencies” had the potential to mar Ghana-Nigeria relations.

In the statement, Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Micheal Olufemi Abikoye, referenced reports involving Nigerians and criminal activity; including the recent kidnapping of two Canadians in Kumasi.

The involvement of Nigerians in high profile crimes in recent times is viewed as causing some resentment for Nigerians in Ghana.

“The Ghanaian Press, both print and electronic as well as social media seems to have enjoyed a field day in demonising Nigeria which for all intent and purposes, is seen as a fraternal brother to Ghana,” the statement notes.

The High Commission maintained that this line of reportage “has caused untold pains, agony as well as apprehension” to Nigerians in Ghana.

This has compelled it to “appeal to local traditional media and social media to be highly circumspect in such reportage.”

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Disguised male suspected kidnapper busted in Agona Nyakrom

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Disguised male suspected kidnapper busted in Agona Nyakrom

A man, believed to be in his 40’s who disguised himself as a woman, has been arrested by the Agona Swedru Divisional Police command for attempting to kidnap a kindergarten pupil at Agona Nyarkom in the Central region.

Reports gathered from the headmaster of the Agona Nyarkrom Methodist ‘A’ School, Mr Adokoh-Ghartey were that the woman came to the school premises and claimed the little girl was her granddaughter and needed medical attention.

“She mentioned a name that didn’t exist in the school’s records so we told her to leave because we had no such name as she mentioned but she later came back with a girl of about 10 years who pointed to one of the pupils as her granddaughter,” he said.

“We were compelled to call an elderly sibling of the said child to identify the woman but the child could not make her out so we asked her to come along with us to the police which she resisted and we had to force her to the station,” he narrated.

A witnesses, who also confirmed the incident, said the woman upon interrogation was found to be a man who had disguised himself as a woman.

Source: adomonline.com

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