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Daughter of Asante-Akyem Central MP hangs herself in a hostel

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An 18-year-old Adwoa Agyarkwa Anyimadu- Antwi , a student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, was found hanged in a hostel Friday morning in what is suspected to be a suicide.

The deceased is the daughter of the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem Central, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, and was a first year student of the university  where she was studying chemical engineering.

Her body has since been deposited at the KNUST Hospital.

A family source who confirmed the incident to 3News Friday evening declined to give further details.

Unconfirmed reports say she hanged herself because she could not endure the stigma of having failed one subject.

The suicide note said to have been left by Adwoa

Adwoa was said to have left a suicide note in which she apologised to her parents for not being the kind of girl they wanted her to be.

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Assembly members, others schooled on monitoring budgetary allocations

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A day’s workshop on how to monitor budgetary allocations  to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) has been held in Tamale for some assembly members and community-based organisations in the three northern regions.

The capacity building workshop was aimed at equipping the participants to be able to track how resources allocated to various assemblies are expended.

It was on the theme ‘Building Transparency, participation and feedback around local government plan and budget processes’.

Northern Regional Manager of CDD, Paul Osei-Kuffour, observed that in many African policies, budgets and plans have traditionally been esigned away from the public view.

He indicated that budget transparency in the country has predominantly focused on national government with minimal attention paid to sub-national structures such as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs)

He said bureaucrats and teams of experts have provided little opportunity for inputs from ordinary community members, which he said, overlook the needs of various societal priorities, especially marginalized groups such as women and person with disabilities.

Mr Osei-Kuffour said although Ghana is among the few sub-Sahara African countries rated high on budget transparency, the country’s performance has declined from an average of 54% in 2010 to 51% in 2015 and challenged the citizenry to hold government accountable.

The Regional Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Shani Abul-Razak said one of the major obstacle that derails the development of the country is the bureaucracy, which he said hinders development at the district level.

He therefore appealed to assembly members to be non-partisan to enable them hold Chief Executives, whose personal decisions are deemed final, accountable to the people.

The Director said information indicates that some assemblies write minutes of meetings that never took place.

By Zackaria Abdul Kadiri|3news.com|Ghana

PEF to support Akufo-Addo’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’

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The Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) has declared its readiness to partner the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in the implementation of the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs Programme’.

PEF says its interest in the programme will primarily be focused on adding value to the raw agricultural products to come out of the programme.

Executives of PEF made the pledge when they interacted with the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto and Minister of Business Development, Mr. Mohammed Awal, at a roundtable discussion last Wednesday.

The aim of the meeting was to seek more clarity about government’s flagship Agriculture Policy and to explore avenues of investment opportunities.

The Federation was particularly delighted at the efforts by government and the Ministry of Agriculture to increase production of local crops for both domestic and industrial consumption.

The discussion further touched on the strengthening of regional ties in terms of commodity exchange in order to enhance trading in the West African sub-region.

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto reiterated the commitment of government to partner the private sector in the development of the economy.

He said the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme would be private sector-driven, assuring that the government will comprehensively engage corporate bodies whose activities have direct link to agriculture.

The Minister for Business Development, Mr. Mohammed Awal, also touched on the proposed 20 million-dollar package set aside by government in the budget to support the growth and development of the private sector.

By Edward Kwabi|3news.com|Ghana

N/R: Chiefs apologise to Tamale Hosp. over attack by Kandahar boys

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The Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani, has sent a delegation of chiefs from the Northern Regional Traditional Council to the Tamale Teaching Hospital to render an unqualified apology to management.

The august visit by the delegation led by the Guntingli Naa Kamaldeen Shahadu was to also assure the staff of the Hospital of their preparedness to defend and protect them against any further untoward action by any youth group in the region.

Other members of the delegation were Secretar to the Gukpegu, Chief Mohammed Rashad Abdulai, Secretary to the Chief of Commence, Dakpama Mohammed Abdul Rashid, Registrar of the Northern Regional Traditional Council, Mohammed Adam Garba.

“The Regent together with the overlords of the other kingdoms in the northern region have also asked us to render an apology to staff and to assure you that last Tuesday’s incident will be surely be the last of its kind,” Naa Kamaldeen Shahadu told management of the hospital.

He said the traditional council was pleased with the fact that management did not allow Tuesday’s near violence action to affect healthcare delivery.

“It is with great joy that the Regent sends us to you to first of all thank you, the management, for not allowing the actions of our sons deter you from attending to the sick,” he said.

Some members of the Kandahar vigilante youth group stormed the Hospital at about 2:00pm Tuesday 22 February 2017 claiming they have intelligence that some other youth group was planning to storm the facility to forcefully eject the C.E.O from his office.

They consequently locked the office of the chief executive and it was until Thursday at about 11: 29am that the office was opened following an intervention by the Police.

The delegation revealed the Regent Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani summoned the Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah, to instruct them to make sure staff and the facility is protected.

Chief of Wurishie Adam Lansah advised management to work together by protecting the image of the facility, stating the fact that the reasons given by the vigilante group, Kandahar,  reveals there are bad nuts among staff who provide falsehood to the public.

The delegation was saddened by the absence of the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Psper Akangbon at the meeting, and pleaded with management to deliver the apology  message to him.At the meeting were director of Medicals, Dr Abass Adam, Head of Human Resource Mohammed Misbao, Director of Pharmacy, Hamidu Abdulai, Deputy Administrator, Tanko Iddrisu, Director of Finanace Karim Kuuri, Acting Public Relations Officer Ahmed Fareed.

Responding to the delegation, Dr Abass Adam said some doctors and nurses fled the hospital as a result of the Tuesday incident but assured the chiefs that management will facilitate their return to the work.

“Our doctors who aren’t from here left. We called them and assured them of their safety but your coming will boost their confidence and we believe they will return soon once we send this information to them,” he said.

The delegation took the opportunity to tour the various wards and interactyed with some nurses and patients on admission.

By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana

Capital & More boss is Microfinance Personality of the Year

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Mrs Oppong-Tawiah [ third from right] in a group photo with some staff of Capital & More

Managing Director of Capital and More Microfinance Company Limited, Akosua Oppong-Tawiah, has been adjudged the best Microfinance Personality of the Year 2016 for her outstanding contribution and expertise to the financial sub-sector.

She has over the years helped in designing specially crafted products and services to meet specific needs of the unbanked in Ghana, particularly women and traders, something that continue to make significant contributions to the end user and society.

Mrs Oppong-Tawiah received a plague and a citation for the award, which was given her at this year’s National Women in Finance Awards; Ghana’s prestigious and first-ever award that seeks to recognize deserving female professionals in the financial industry.Organised by the National Women in Finance Magazine, the award scheme since also seeks to inspire, motivate and coach the current and next generation of women finance professionals to aspire to greater heights of individual and corporate excellence.

The MD dedicated her award to women and the Ghana Microfinance Companies (GAMC), which she is an executive member.

“As a female managing director, I made it my business to stand out… It hasn’t been easy but I thank god for the support that I have from my family, from the awesome staff of Capital and More,” Mrs Oppong-Tawiah said in her acceptance speech.

She said it was humbling and an honour to have been adjudged the Microfinance Personality of the Year 2016, noting that the award would spur her on to do more to enhance access and reach to her business.“Winning this award has made me more aware of the importance of microfinance to Women empowerment and poverty alleviation.

“As the microfinance personality of the year, I’m challenged to do my best in terms of  staying compliant with regulations and improve  Capital and More’s capacity to serve people who are financially excluded and the under-banked,” she told 3News in an interview.

She said she would strive to improve the working knowledge of the staff members of Capital and More in order to focus on wealth creation for the company’s valued customers.

Credential

Mrs Oppong-Tawiah has been the managing director of Capital and More since June 2015, and been responsible for the management and implementation of the company’s strategic vision to ensure shareholder value.

MD of Capital & More, Mrs Oppong-Tawiah

Prior to that, she was the Business Development and Corporate Sales manager for  ESICH Life Assurance Company Limited for over three years, having served as served as an Assistant Manager at Ecobank Ghana Limited for over three years.

She holds an MBA in International Finance, Mergers and Acquisition from the De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Ghana.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

Police hunt for 16-yr-old student for attempted murder; teachers live in fear

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The form one student who attempted to murder his teacher at Birim in the Nsuta District of the Ashanti Region is wanted by the Police.

The 16-year-old, Richard Koduah of the Birim B/A Junior High School, is said to have fled the town after the foiled murder and has since not been seen.

Teachers in the school are now leaving in fear and some are said to be unwilling to attend classes until the boy is arrested.

The Police have meanwhile cautioned his parents to either bring him or provide information that will lead to his arrest.

Background

Koduah was punished by his teacher, Sandra Oparebea, for absenting from school without permission.

But in his bid to payback his female teacher, he surreptitiously entered the teacher’s room into the roof carrying a knife and machete. The incident happened last Saturday at about 12:30am at a time that Ms Oparebea, was asleep.

Narrating her ordeal and how she managed to escape death, Ms Oparebea told Onua FM that while asleep, she heard some unusual noise from her roof which woke her up.

According to her, she wondered what was the cause of the noise. Not long, she said her co-tenants, who heard the noise, started knocking at her door to find out if she was alright.

She said her co-tenants joined her to search where the strange noise was coming, only to find Koduah on the roof holding a knife and machete. Koduah was said to have confessed to them that he was there to murder Ms Oparebea.

A report was made to the Police and the school authorities but Kodua has absconded in a bid to avoid arrest.

Fear

But the teachers say they are frightened by the incident and fear for their lives.

Ms Oparebea told Onua FM Thursday that her other colleagues are reluctant to go back to their classrooms to teach .

Though the school authorities have tried to calm down the teachers, that appears not to have been effective.

The teachers say they suspect Kodua’s parents may know his whereabouts because they have made no attempt finding him.

By Esther Efia Asare|Onua FM|3news.com|Ghana

Shareholders of $1.5b Tema Port Expansion project meet Akufo-Addo

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Shareholders of the 1.5 billion-dollar Tema Port Expansion project on Thursday called on Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to congratulate him on his election and assumption of office as the President of Ghana.

The shareholders,  Bolloré Transport & Logistics, APM Terminals and Meridian Port Services Ltd, were led by Cyrille Bolloré, Chairman of Bolloré Transport & Logistics who they have been buoyed up by the vision and determination of President Akufo-Addo to ensure that the private sector regains its right of place in Ghana’s economic setup.

He applauded President Akufo-Addo “for taking Ghana into a new era of business development.”

He told the President that Bolloré Ports, a subsidiary of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, is the number one port infrastructure operator in Africa and is also the leading container terminal management company on the continent.

Together with APM Terminals and Meridian Port Services Ltd, he indicated that the financing required to execute the Tema Port Expansion Project had been secured, and the project is currently ongoing.

Mr Bolloré sad the expansion of the Tema port would improve Ghana’s trade competiveness, facilitate trade growth and improve revenue mobilisation. The project, he added, will allow Tema Port to accommodate some of the world’s largest container ships, and improve cargo handling services and capacity.

Upon its completion, Cyrille Bolloré added the project will enhance the position of the Tema Port as the leading maritime hub in the region.

Mohammed Samara, CEO of Meridian Port Services, the executing contractors of the project, told the President that the project falls within the GPHA Master Plan for the development of Tema Port, under the Concession Agreement that was granted in 2004.

Under the project, Samara indicated that a project to upgrade the Accra-Tema Motorway into a six-lane, modern highway along with improved, connecting arterial roads, would be undertaken.

This project, he added, will be financed solely with funds from the shareholders.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the group for the courtesy of their visit and stated that the major preoccupation of his government is the creation of a good business climate for businesses to thrive.

He was, thus, pleased that companies like Bolloré Transport & Logistics, APM Terminals and Meridian Port Services Ltd. have thought of Ghana as the place to do business and invest.

With the port expansion project having commenced in the last few months of the tenure of the previous government, President Akufo-Addo assured that his government, having convinced itself of its viability and immense benefits of the project for the economy, will not abrogate the contract.

“If we can convince more and more companies like yours to invest in our country, then we can thrive as a nation. Be assured that the presence of a new government does not mean the abrogation of genuine contracts entered into by the previous government. You have my support to proceed,” he added.

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Nana Addo picks Kokofu as FC boss, Dr. Nsiah GHS director, Osei Prempeh GOIL CEO

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Former Member of Parliament for Bantama, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, has been appointed the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission while Dr Nsiah Asare has been given the Ghana Health Service directorship job, 3News can confirm.

An investment consultant, Stephen Amoah, who is also the Ashanti regional Organiser of the New Patriotic Party has been appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to head the Microfiance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC)

Former Member of Parliament for Nsuta-Kwamang , Osei Prempeh is also to head GOIL as the Chief Executive Officer

 

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Ghana’s economy faces further downgrade as debt hit GHC122billion

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An economist, Courage Kinsley Martey, is warning Ghana’s economy is likely to be downgraded further by international rating agencies.

His prediction is premised on the country’s rising debt.

Ghana’s total debt stock had risen from GHc9.5 billion in 2009 to GH¢122 billion by the end of 2016, representing 74 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), per figures from the Finance Ministry.

Ghana is currently rated B3 with a negative outlook by Moodys, B negative with a stable outlook by S&P and B with a negative outlook by Fitch. But there is fear the economy’s rating will still go down.

Speaking with 3FM business, economist Courage Kinsley Martey “Currently,  our credit rating is not the best and our current rating is about 6 notches below investment grade.

“If we do not show some commitment to fiscal discipline and our debt continues up, then we will be downgraded further,” he added.

He argued a further downgrade of the economy can cause a dip in investor confidence in the country.
“This means that there is a great warning to investors that, an investment in Ghana is great risk”, he added

By Grace Asare|3news.com|Ghana