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Sale of nursing admission forms suspended; no reasons assigned

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student nursesThe Ministry of Health has ordered health training institutions across the country to cease the sale of admission forms to people wishing to pursuing nursing and its related courses.

No reasons have been given for the immediate suspension of the sale of the admissions forms for the 2017/2018 academic year.

A memo dated January 18, 2017 and signed by Chief Director of the Health Ministry, Dr. Afisah Zakariah, suggested the directive, which was given earlier, is being flouted by the training schools.

“The attention of the Ministry has been drawn to the continuous sale of application forms for admission into various Health Training Institutions for 2017/2018 academic year.

“This is in spite of a directive from the Ministry for the suspension of the sale of forms until further notice,” the memo, which was copied to the government Transition Team on Health read in part.

It has thus asked all principals and heads of the various sales outlets across the country to suspend the sale of the forms forthwith until the Ministry authorises same to proceed.

“Principals would be held personally responsible for breach of this directive,” the memo stated.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

Nunoo

Joblessness cause of illegal seizures of state institutions – Nunoo-Mensah

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NunooFormer National Security Advisor, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, says high rate of unemployment should be blamed for the recent illegal seizure of state properties and institutions by some perceived supporters of the New Patriotic Party.

“The underlining cause is that there are young men roaming the streets who have no jobs; have nothing to do. If they were busy, they’d not have the time to go and seize toilets,” he argued.

Following the declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the winner of the December 7, 2016 presidential election, some alleged supporters of the NPP have been taking over the management of some public toilets.

Others have also been taking over some offices of the National Health Insurance,  Youth Enterprise Agency and toll  booths across the country.

At least some six persons have been arrested in the BrongAhafo region while the NPP Vice Chairman of the Trobo constituency in Greater Accra region has also been arrested for leading some persons to seize a tool booth.

Speaking on 3FM on the issue of takeovers, Brig. Nunoo-Mensah condemned the acts which has become a cycle after every election year.

He gave an instance where a public toilet he renovated in Winneba in the Central Region was taken away, noting the country is full of people who only want money but “do not want to sweat”.

“If your party is in power, you are supposed to enhance the reputation of your party and not to be fooling around while we look on and do nothing about it.

“We have a new generation of people who for some reason (are abusing opportunities). The reasons are many, I may be part of that reason because we had rough lives we did not want our children in the modern generation to suffer so we pampered them,” he observed.

He said there is the need to enforce the laws of the land and the issue must be address as a political crime by the security, noting “there should be no pampering in enforcing the law; wrong is wrong.

“If you seize toilets because your party is in power, the law must take its cause. Ghana is not a lawless country. It is apolitical crime because the perpetrators are hiding under the guise of the NPP to perpetrate that and leadership must stop it immediately”.

Brig. Nunoo-Mensah also called for the empowerment of the Police by the current government to take what he calls courageous political actions to stop the activities of these miscreants.

“Most of the our security Heads were appointed by the outgone government and are afraid to make any move to deal with those breaking the law because they will be perceived as elements of the previous government operatives,” he noted.

He grounded his argument on the fact that the Chief of Staff issued a directive to the IGP to deal with any such elements but that directive was met with an amount of protest by some NPP members.

“If they could rebel against the Chief of Staff, how do you think they’d have reacted to the IGP without a backing from the Presidency? How then do you think these party members would have reacted to the IGP for taking action without such backing from the Presidency?” he asked.

He argued the Police has now been empowered hence have no excuse to allow the indiscipline continue.

By Mercy C. Adjabeng|3news.com|Ghana

Prosper Bani Ksi

Former Interior Minister Prosper Bani applauds Ghana troops to The Gambia

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The immediate past Minister for Interior, Prosper Bani, has hailed Ghana’s decision to send troops to augment Ecowas’ force in the attempt to oust Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh.

Ghana is sending 205 combat troops to The Gambia to join the sub-regional mission, which aims at forcing President Jammeh out of office if he does not step down.

Speaking on Onua FM’s Yen Sempa on Wednesday, Mr. Bani said “I want to applaud the Armed Forces for such a move because Yahya Jammeh must heed to the people of the Gambia”.

“Ghana is a legitimate member of ECOWAS and we will not be doing justice to the continent if we pull back,” he said.

He added: “The people of Africa have chosen democracy and so if their will has resulted to the change of government, then it is up to Jammeh to heed to that”.

The former Minister told the host, Bright Asempa, that “should the forces of ECOWAS enter the Gambia, there will loss of lives and destruction of property so I will support extensive diplomatic resolution to the problem”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem died Tuesday after 39-year reign

Asantehemaa goes home

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The final burial rites for the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, are scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 19 after days of traditional funeral rites.

The rites began on Monday, January 16, when the 13th queenmother of the Ashanti Kingdom was laid in state.

Dignitaries from all walks of life trooped to the Manhyia Palace to file past the late queen, who was also mother to Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Asantehemaa (1h)

Asantehemaa (1d)

Asantehemaa (1a)

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia were at the Palace on Wednesday to pay their last respect.

Before the burial at Breman, a church service, originally scheduled to be held at the St Cyprian Anglican Church, will be held at the Manhyia Palace Gardens.

It will be followed by a procession along the streets of Bantama.

TV3’s reporters William Evans Nkum and Catherine Frimpongmaa say frantic preparations are ongoing for the service.

“So far, so good,” they observe.

The late Serwaa Ampem II reigned for 39 years. She was 111. She died on Monday, November 14.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

 

Korle-Bu

Korle-Bu board questions management members for paying themselves GHC153K bonus

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Korle-BuFour board members of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital have questioned the basis on which the Hospital management members paid themselves a total amount of GHC153,000 as bonuses without recourse to the board.

Investigations by 3FM’s Sarah Parku unraveled the payment of over GHC100,000 to the nine management members including the chief executive officer, Dr Gilbert Buckle who received GHC21,000.

Seven other management members, who are directors,  received GHC17,000 each while the Head of Internal Audit of the Hospital also received GHC 13,000.

Chief executive of Korle-Bu

Chief executive of Korle-Bu

But the four members of the board have expressed surprised at the payment saying they only approved GHC100 for each of the over 400 employees of the Hospital as for end of year party.

According to the four who were government appointees on the Korle-Bu board, the Hospital’s management never submitted to it any proposal for the payment of bonus to the directors and management members under its two-year tenure.

The board indicated that in view of the financial difficulty faced the Hospital, it never operated any bonus scheme.

“It therefore came as a shock to the four Government Appointees that a colossal amount of over GHC100,000  had been paid to only nine directors, six of them executive  directors on the Board and very much aware that  such a proposal should have come to the Board for consideration at the last meeting of the Board held on January 4, 2017,” they said.

Making reference to ethical behaviour and best practice of corporate governance, the board held that directors of public institutions lacked the capacity to determine their own compensation and pay without recourse to its board.

“As such the payment of the so called allowance to themselves [Korle-Bu management] is a flagrant violation of these principles and practices,” the board stated, and dissociated itself from what it described as “unauthorised payout” to the management members.

“We, the four Government appointees on the erstwhile Board, are convinced that the conduct of the CEO and the eight Directors amount to exercise of bad judgment and insensitivity to the citizens of Ghana and the 4000 workforce and current and future patients of KBTH,” they held.


Read the full statement issued by the four members of the board  

PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE FOUR GOVERNMENT APPOINTEES ON THE ERSTWHILE BOARD OF KORLE BU TEACHING HOSPITAL (KBTH).
Re: UNAUTHORISED PAYMENT OF GHC 153,000 TO THE CEO AND 8 DIRECTORS OF KORLE BU TEACHING HOSPITAL (KBTH) .

The attention of the four Government Appointees on the erstwhile KBTH Board has been drawn to a story making the headlines to the effect that over GHC 100,000 had been paid to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Gilbert Buckle and EIGHT (8) Directors of the hospital as end of year bonus.

We wish to place on record that the Board approved only GHC100 per employee of KBTH for End of year party and Awards Night as part of Employee Recognition program and a motivation strategy.

It must be reiterated that Management never submitted to the Board any proposals for the payment of bonus to the staff including the Directors and management for the two years tenure of the dissolved Board because KBTH does not operate any bonus scheme as a result of its precarious financial situation.

It therefore came as a shock to the four Government Appointees that a colossal amount of over GHC100,000  had been paid to only nine Directors, six of them Executive  Directors on the Board and very much aware that  such a proposal should have come to the Board for consideration at the last meeting of the Board held on January 4, 2017.

It is instructive to note that the recently dissolved Board assumed the leadership of KBTH at a time the institution was in turmoil and dire financial straits. The Board during its tenure and over the last two years worked strenuously even as it was confronted with monumental challenges from within in its efforts to solve the myriad problems facing the country’s Premier Referral Hospital.

Our preoccupation was to get KBTH to work and transform Korle Bu to the Centre of Excellence that it is meant to be. The Board’s resolve resulted in the establishment of the Korle Bu Trust Fund in 2016 to mobilize some financial resources to invest in physical structures, equipment and general facilities that Korle Bu urgently needs to deliver an improved patient care that was the vision of the Board.

The Board took some strategic initiatives to revamp the dysfunctional financial system aimed at plugging all the financial leakages that had plagued the hospital over the years resulting in lack of consumables, inadequate equipment, malfunctioning of others and total lack of others. The focus of the Board was to instill fiscal discipline in the management of KBTH finances and that revenues collected should be efficiently utilized especially on patient care.

The Board during its tenure implemented some key strategic initiatives to improve revenue collection in an institution which was not change-ready. The following were accomplished:

1. Cash point billing and collection of revenue by two Banks instead of one bank to improve efficiency in revenue collection.

2.  Phasing out of the collection of unapproved fees  into unauthorized departmental accounts to leverage revenue collection

3. The Board as part of the fiscal discipline measures decided on the following:
a. No travel by the Board outside Accra to conduct Board Business
b. No international travel by any non-Executive Board members during the 2 years tenure.

The Board to incentivize staff introduced free Medical care to staff and four dependants in March 2016 and approved Employee Provident Fund to be rolled out in March, 2017.

Huge financial resources would be required to sustain these staff welfare benefits and for nine Directors of KBTH to dole out GHC 153,000 to pay themselves an allowance of GHC21,00O to the  Chief Executive, Dr. Gilbert Buckle and GHC17,000  each to 7 other Directors and GHC 13,000 to Head of Internal Audit, at the expense of a workforce of  close to four thousand employees who toil to generate the internal revenue and  at the blind side of the Board  lacks equity, fairness, and transparency .

Ethical behaviour and best practice of corporate governance posit that Directors of a public sector institution do not have the capacity to determine their own compensation and pay without recourse to its Board as such the payment of the so called allowance to themselves is a flagrant violation of these principles and practices.

In as much the four Government appointees on the erstwhile Board disassociate themselves from the unauthorised payout to the CEO and nine Directors, the good people of Ghana, who constitute the shareholders of KBTH, we believe, need answers to the following questions:

1.Who authorized the payment to the CEO, Dr. Buckle and the other eight Directors who are all non –clinical staff?

2. What criteria was used to determine the nine beneficiaries out of approximately 4000 workforce of KBTH?

3. Why no payments were effected during the two years tenure of the erstwhile Board and payment was effected at the time the Board was exiting?

4. Whether in the name of good conscience, equity and fair play they have been fair to Mother Ghana and the clinical staff who work under strenuous conditions to save lives and make money for KBTH for the CEO and other eight Directors to spend on themselves instead of patient care which is the core business of KBTH?

In conclusion, we, the four Government appointees on the erstwhile Board, are convinced that the conduct of the CEO and the eight Directors amount to exercise of bad judgment and insensitivity to the citizens of Ghana and the 4000 workforce and current and future patients of KBTH.

The beneficiaries who constitute the leadership and management of KBTH by exercising this bad judgment have lost all the moral authority to provide the transformational leadership KBTH is in dire need of to sustain the reforms the erstwhile Board initiated.

If decisive and prompt action is not taken KBTH will drift back into the near ungovernable state the immediate past Board was confronted with when it assumed duty in September 2014.
Signed,

Prof Anthony Mawuli  Sallar
(Past Board Chairman)

Other Past Government Appointees
Mr. Henry Atta Paidoo.
Hon Kempes  Ofosu Ware.
Mrs Perpetua Kafui Annan.

ISSUED on Wednesday 18th January 2017.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

Korle-Bu Xmas bonus saga: Minister-designate to seek briefing

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Kwaku Agyeman-ManuHealth minister-designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, is to request for a report on the payment of over GHC600,000 as Christmas bonuses to the staff and management members of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

Investigations by 3FM’s Sarah Parku uncovered the payment of GHC100 to each staff of the Hospital as motivation while management members took home a total of about GHC17,000 as intramural allowance.

Findings from the investigations showed the Chief Executive of the Hospital received GHC 21,000.

According to the Board of the Hospital, which has confirmed the payment, it only approved the GHC100 for the staff, noting the extra payment for the management members was without proper approval.

Commenting on the matter, the minister-designate described it as “worrying,” noting he would immediately request for briefing on the issue even before his vetting.

“We are still in transition, I’m gathering a lot of information from the Ministry and what I will do immediately is to call for a brief report on the matter to see what is actually happening there,” he told TV3’s Komla Klutse.

He said should he be confirmed after his vetting, he would commission what he termed “serious auditing to be done there” with the view to finding a quick resolution to the matter.

“Corporate governance won’t allow management or the chief executive to take away anything without the board’s approval; that’s the bottom line.  So that will be a breach if that is the correct information you’retrying to put up,” he noted.

Mr Agyeman-Manu said it will be a “serious, serious infraction” if the allegations turn out to be true, noting in that case, sanctions may be applied quickly.

“As for what the Board approved, if there’s any liability or responsibility, that will go to the entire board and I think they have the privilege to actually approve bonuses for staff depending on their performance but for Chief Executive and management to take away bonuses without the Board’s approval, I wouldn’t know so I will ask the authority that granted that approval if it is from themselves, then it is a problem; serious breach of corporate governance, and it may even be against our financial laws,” he argued.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

The military says it will be on standby to stop any violence that may arise

Reserve Defence Minister position for ex-military chiefs – Kofi Kapito

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The military says it will be on standby to stop any violence that may arise

The military says it will be on standby to stop any violence that may arise

The Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Protection Agency Kofi Kapito is advocating a shift in paradigm in relation to appointing a civilian to supervise the country’s Defence Ministry.

According to him, the practice is tantamount to “putting square pegs in a round hole”, which he said should be stopped.

He claimed on Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa that appointing people who are not experts to head ministries is contributing largely to the underdevelopment of the country, since politicians appointed to those sectors add nothing or little to the sector.

Kofi Kapito is therefore appealing to governments (present and future) to consider appointing at least a former military officer to head the Defence Ministry.

“Let me explain something to you, Ghana here we are lucky, elsewhere in the developed countries, civilian will not be appointed to head a security agency, how much more a whole Defence Ministry. It is unheard of; it does not work like that. Those that we say we are following (USA & Europe) in terms of democracy are not appointing civilians to the positions of security chief but Ghana the situation is different,” Kofi Kapito asserted.

The Consumer Protection Agency boss contended that the position of a Defence Minister, whose duty vastly will be dealing with military, should either be reserved for a retired military officer or a senior most serving officer who is in the best position to understand the dealings and operations of the country’s defence mechanisms.

“The fact that you hold position in parliament as Chairman or Ranking Member of the Defence Committee, is not an automatic guarantee that if your party forms government you should be made the defence minister that is retrogressive,” he said

Ministry of Defence is the governmental department responsible for defending the Republic of Ghana from internal and external military threats and promotion of Ghanaian national defence interests.

By Bright Dzakah |OnuaFM|3news.com

King Mohammed VI

King Mohammed VI postpones trip to Ghana

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King Mohammed VI

His Majesty King Mohammed VI, of the Kingdom of Morocco, has postponed his planned visit to Ghana.

He was expected to arrive in Ghana on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for an official visit.

But a statement by Eugene Arhin Acting Director of Communications, Flagstaff House Communications Bureau, announced:

“Unfortunately, His Majesty the King, Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, has had to postpone his scheduled visit to Ghana. A new date for the visit will be communicated in due course.”

The visit was aimed at deepening the existing cordial relations between Ghana and Morocco, as well present an opportunity to define new areas of co-operation that would serve the mutual interests of the two countries.

He was expected to hold bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo before his departure.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Kaneshie Home

Ellen Aldrich Trust supports Kaneshie Home

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The country’s oldest social home, the Ghana Society for the Socially Disadvantaged (GSSD) located in Accra has witnessed its biggest facelift in recent times following the refurbishment of its male dormitory by an international charity organisation, The Ellen Aldrich Trust (TEAT).

The NGO replaced dirty and tattered mosquito nets, spoilt ceiling fans, provided 20 student mattresses and repainted the entire facility. The Trust also replaced the bathroom and toilet facilities and donated a 32-inch television to the home at a cost of GHC 25,000.

The refurbished dormitory was handed-over to the management of the centre at a brief ceremony in Accra.

The centre was established by a joint initiative by the Ministry of Health and Department of Social Welfare in 1958 as the Ghana Cripples Society or the Kaneshie Cripples Home charged with the responsibility of enhancing the quality of life for the physically challenged and socially disadvantaged by providing them with free residential vocational training in tailoring, dressmaking, leatherworks and computer education.

Since its inception, the centre has been drawing its sponsorship and funding from the Ghana National Trust Fund and the Department of Social Welfare, two sources that have dwindled over the years, compelling the centre to fall on the benevolence of individuals and non-governmental organisations.

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With a current student population of 26, the centre is faced with challenges including the ability to provide set-up equipment and funding for students who successfully graduate as well as providing a an accommodation for graduated students who do not have families to go to.

Addressing the emotional handing-over ceremony, a celebrated Ghanaian sports journalist  Charles Osei Assibey who chairs the TEAT team in Ghana described as a slur on the conscience of Ghanaians, the total disregard for the care and support of the socially disadvantaged.

According to him, TEAT was set-up to give meaning to what he described as “star power” while immortalising the humanitarian gestures of the late American philanthropist, Joseph Aldrich and his wife Ellen.

He pledged the continuous desire of the Trust to partner the centre and other socially disadvantaged organisations to offer care and support for deprived and needy persons across the country.

He told the ceremony, TEAT would consider a post-training package for graduating students to “enable them face life squarely” without being dependent on anyone.

The Manager in-charge of the Centre, Seth Appeagyei commended the Trust for the support and challenged other well-meaning individuals and organisations to emulate the gesture by TEAT.

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The Chairman of the Management Board of the centre, Anthony Mensah said the support offered by TEAT has been “ a huge relief “ to a financially challenged institution.

He said that as part of its 5-year action plan, the society has embarked on separate projects to construct Staff Accommodation Facility, a Career Resource Centre and introduce additional vocational training programmes.

The ceremony was witnessed by some personalities including Prof. Mercy Newman of the Ridge Hospital Christian Services Group; a Board Member of the centre, Madam Muriel Gilbertson and a former Minister for Employment & Social Welfare, Madam Cecilia Bannerman.

The Ellen Aldrich Trust (TEAT) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and non-faith based charity organisation dedicated to the improvement of lives for the poor, the needy and the marginalised around the world. It was incorporated in January 2017 after an initial idea mooted by Millicent Boateng, a Ghanaian social worker living in the United States of America and named after the late Frank Joseph Aldrich, a U.S humanitarian and his wife Ellen.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

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Akufo-Addo has to secure 80% votes to create new regions

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Local government expert, Dr Oduro Osae says the biggest hurdle the current government must overcome in order to fulfill the promise of creating new regions is to be able to get the 80 percent of the voters to vote in favor of the new regions.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo during his campaign tour promised to create new regions, which he followed with the creation of Ministry for Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Special Projects.

But speaking to 3FM News, the local government expert explained that government should be able to mobilize 50 percent of voters in the regions to be affected and further get 80 percent of the people who voted to vote in favor of the president’s position.

“I think the biggest hurdle is securing the 80 percent and that should be part of the work of the commission of enquiry and the Electoral Commission…”

Government therefore has to convince the voters of the need to create the new regions.

“The government would have to do a lot of sensitization. The government would have to do a lot of awareness creation. The government would have to convince the people beyond reasonable doubt why the government think that they need it because if you are not able to convince them it will extremely difficult for them to get the 80%.”

Dr Oduro Osae is however hopeful the minister designated for regional reorganization, Dan Botwe will do a good job.

“It is doable it can be done but the task is herculean,” he underscored.

Article 5(2) of the 1992 constitution of Ghana states:

If the President, upon a petition being presented to him and, on the

Ad vice of the Council of State, is satisfied that there is substantial demand for

(a) the creation of a new region; he shall, acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State, appoint a commission of inquiry to inquire into the demand and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation, alteration or merge.

By  Joab Brown|3FM|3news.com