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Free SHS: No Serious Manifesto Will Scrap Double-Track – Kweku Baako Criticizes NDC Manifesto Committee

The Managing Editor of the New crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has questioned the research methodology of the committee that put together the NDC manifesto, specifically the educational sector.

According to him, had they done a good job, they would not have put the scrapping of the double-track system in the manifesto.

” . . truly, I thought the agitation on double track which I said was propagandist ought not to find its way into any serious manifesto if indeed the manifesto team was researching and knew that there’s a time frame; this thing is transitional…”

“It’s needless agitation but it’s borne out of the earlier targeting of double-track in order to devalue the free SHS policy . . . leading them to put it in the manifesto without seriously thinking thoroughly about it,” he indicated on Joy Newsfile programme.

The NDC says even though the free SHS has come to stay, the double-track system will be scrapped when they assume office.

In its 2020 People’s Manifesto, it indicated that, “we have every plan and desire to make the free SHS much better by ensuring that numerous challenges are addressed and that higher operational and academic standards are introduced and sustained. To do this, we will abolish the double-track system.”

Kweku Baako had mentioned on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo‘ that it will be wrong for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to scrap the double-track system.

He said even if they will scrap it, they should indicate a time frame because taking off the double-track system at once will mean ‘killing’ the free SHS policy.

“Double-track is essential, though a transitional feature of the Free SHS, you toy with the idea that you’ll cancel but you don’t give a time frame. I think this government gave a time frame (5 years) to phase out double-track system. This was a pragmatic reaction to a herculean task. The NDC should tell us when they will cancel the double-track system. What is the time frame, one, two, or three years? In fact, it is an unrealistic proposition, it ought not to be canvassed. If you put this in your manifesto and you proceed on that you’ll within a year collapse the system.” 

Martin Amidu Steps In… Demands Information On Agyapa Deal From Parliament

“This office will be concentrating on any potential of the said transaction(s) to promote and facilitate the suspected commission of corruption and corruption-related offences and advise the government accordingly” a portion of the statement read.
Agyapa deal
The Agyapa deal generated lots of controversies and tussle between the ruling government, the opposition and some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
The deal which started in June 2018 when Parliament passed the Minerals Income Investment Fund (Act 2018) to manage the equity interests in mining companies and also receive royalties on behalf of the Government of Ghana generated controversy when on August 14, 2020, the Majority MPs secured the numbers to pass the agreement causing the Minority to stage a walked out.
Meanwhile, government insists the deal is for the country’s own good

Remind Ghanaians of ‘the bleak’ situation we inherited – Akufo-Addo to NPP communicators

President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged communicators of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to remind Ghanaians of his government’s achievements in the past three-and-a-half years as the country goes into another general election.

In a virtual meeting with the party’s 2020 Campaign Communications Advisory Team via Zoom on Sunday, 12 July 2020 from the Presidential Villa where he is self-isolating over COVID-19 fears, the President said: “We need to set before the Ghanaian people clearly, the situation we inherited on the 7 of January 2017”.

“It is critical”, the President stressed, “because, without that reference, it is difficult to measure the quality of the achievement”.

“You have the records: dumsor, high rate of inflation, low rates of growth, widespread unemployment, a certain level of demoralisation in the country; and within three years, this very bleak economic narrative has been transformed”, he reminded the communicators.

President Akufo-Addo also urged the team to drum home the government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think there is a need to continue stressing the need for respecting the COVID-19 protocols. We are in government and it is very important that, that aspect of our concern about the need for our people to be safe comes out positively in everything we say. People have to take the protocols seriously.”

Ahead of the President’s virtual meeting, the Campaign team had issued a statement urging the communicators to focus on the government’s records.

The statement, signed by Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Deputy Manager of the NPP’s 2020 Campaign Team, said: “The President of the Republic of Ghana and presidential candidate of the NPP and the 2020 campaign team, wish to remind its faithful that the party’s philosophy of positive engagement still holds valid”.

“We, therefore, urge all who speak for, or purport to speak for the party, to refrain from attacking political opponents. We specifically ask that no reference should ever be made to opponents’ ethnicity, religion or gender”.

“We shall campaign on our record and win. Indeed, there is enough to speak about with regard to our record. We cannot beat our opponents in the politics of calumny. Let us, therefore, refrain”.

GHS194,000 worth of fuel lost in tanker fire near Buipe depot – BOST

The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has estimated the value of product lost in a fire incident that occurred near its Buipe Depot at GHS194,760.00.

Initial reports suggested that three fuel tankers were consumed by fire at the truck park of BOST’s Buipe Depot in the Northern region on Friday evening, January 3, 2020, but a statement from the company said four Bulk Road Vehicles [fuel trucks] were instead affected.

The statement said three of the affected trucks belonged to the Ghana Oil Company Limited, GOIL, while one was for BF Energy.

The statement signed by Marlick Adjei, the Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at BOST noted that two out of the four BRVs “contained 36,000 liters of diesel (AGO) and 36,000 liters of petrol
(PMS) respectively.”

“At the current price of GHS5.41/liter, the value of the product lost is estimated at GHS194,760.00,” the statement noted.

“The fire occurred at the truck park of the depot and not within the depot. It started late in the evening and took a combined force of the depot technical staff and fire officers from the Damongo and Tamale Fire Stations to bring it under control around 10 p.m,” BOST added in the statement.

Cause of fire unknown

BOST in the statement noted that “the exact cause of the fire has not been ascertained as at now and investigations are underway. We shall furnish the public with the details once the technical team completes the investigations.”

The Buipe depot is the central fuel holding point of BOST serving the Savannah, Northern, North-East, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana.

It receives products through river barges (via the Volta Lake) and through Bulk Road Vehicles (BRVs) loaded from the Accra Plains depot of BOST.

The statement assured that “though a sizable volume of products loaded for OMCs, were destroyed in the incident, product supply in the northern regions and the general operations of BOST as a company will not be negatively affected.”

Court orders MTN to produce Mahama Ayariga’s audio chat as Amidu pursues him

An Accra Circuit Court yesterday, ordered the Managing Director of Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) to produce audio conversation of Mahama Ayariga, Member of Parliament for Bawku Central and an officer of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The court gave the order at the request of Special Prosecutor (SP) Mr Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu.

Mr Amidu told the Accra Circuit Court “2” presided over by Mrs Ruby Naa Adjeley-Quayson that the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) had already obtained an order to conduct forensic examination on three mobile phone numbers from the Director General of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.

He urged the court to exercise its powers under the Electronic Transaction Act, Act 2008(Act 772) of Section 100, 101 and 103.

Mr Amidu who is known for his tough stance against corruption recently hinted that he would soon start prosecuting corruption-related cases.

In moving the motion for an order directed at the telecom giant to produce the conversation between the lawmaker and the officer at GRA, the SP said the information he wanted was between December 2018 and January 2019.

Consequently, the Presiding Judge, Mrs Ruby Naa Adjeley granted the order and asked MTN to produce the said audio conversation dated December 1, 2018, to January 6, 2019.

It is not clear what Mr Amidu is seeking to do with the information, however, deep throat sources told the Ghanaian Times that the SP may press charges against the duo if he gathered enough evidence.

At the time of filing this story, a staff of the OSP was in court to take the order and serve on MTN.

In August 2018, Mr Amidu reported the legislator to the Economic and Organised Crime Organisation (EOCO) for allegedly attempting to block his investigation on him.

Mr Amidu alleged that the Bawku Central MP had sent chiefs, pastors and opinion leaders to intercede on his behalf.

The OSP was created by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in fulfilment of a key campaign promise to instil discipline in public office and protect the national purse.

On the eve of the nomination of the SP, President Akufo-Addo declared that the mere mention of the name Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu would put fear in the heart of public office holders.

The establishment of the OSP generated controversy and heated debate about the necessity of the office as some have held that the office was created to witch-hunt political opponents.

In the 2019 Budget Statement, the government allocated GH¢180 million to the OSP to be used to resource it and strengthen it to fight against the canker of corruption.

Akufo-Addo’s ‘impressive’ performance giving Mahama sleepless nights – CVM boss

Founder and President of Concerned Voters Movement (CVM), Razak Kojo Opoku, has opined that the “impressive performances” chalked by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the past two years has come as a shock to former President John Dramani Mahama.

A statement signed by the CVM’s boss, reiterated that Akufo-Addo’s notable mode of governance is giving sleepless nights to John Mahama and members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to him, “President Akufo-Addo’s administration within the past two years has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he [President] is more committed to lasting legacies that will benefit every Ghanaian.”

He lauded President Akufo-Addo for his successful implementation of the Free SHS flagship program.

Razak Kojo Opoku added that, “The Free SHS has now become ace and renowned global policy adopted by other countries around the World”.

The statement further commended the president for implementing some flagship programs such as One District One Factory, NEIP, Planting for food and jobs, NaBCO among others.

Below is the full statement

AKUFO-ADDO A MAN WITH THE POSITIVE LASTING LEGACIES

Two years of his administration, President Akufo-Addo has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is more committed to the implementation of positive lasting legacies to the benefits of current and future generation of this Country.

Some of these positive lasting legacies include;

1. Peace of Dagbon and Enskinment of New Yaa Naa

The perfect role played by President Akufo-Addo towards the successful implementation of the Dagbon peace plan initiated by former President John Agyekum Kufuor will forever be one of the most favourite of Posterity.

Akufo-Addo’s tenacity, humility, tolerance, patience, resolute will, the rigorous behind the scenes negotiations and commitment of resources towards ensuring the peace of Dagbon, performance of funeral services for the two former overlords of Dagbon and subsequent enskinment of new Yaa Naa for the Dagbon Kingdom has been highly appreciated by the people of Dagbon, Northern Region and Ghanaians as a whole.

2. Successful Implementation of the Free SHS Policy

Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS Policy is an excellent educational insurance policy which is superior and evergreen with the potential to completely change the destiny of the future generation of Ghana.

The Free SHS has now become ace and renowned global policy adopted by other Countries around the World.

In the next 3 to 10years, Ghana’s Data Literacy Index will be one of the very best in the World.

President Akufo-Addo fully understand and appreciate the concept of Human Capital Development and Empowerment.

Generation upon generation will be very proud and grateful to President Akufo-Addo for the Free SHS Policy.

3. Successful Enforcement of Article 36

Any serious minded President just like President Akufo-Addo will never joke with the full implementation of Article 36 of the 1992 Constitution. The Economic and financial emancipation, management of the national economy, encouragement of Private Sector Growth, creation of enabling environment for the advancement of the Private Sector,

employment opportunities and the general wellbeing of Ghanaians are rooted in Article 36 of the 1992 Constitution.

In line with the implementation of Article 36 of the 1992 Constitution and Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda, NPP Government under President Akufo-Addo has successfully implemented the following top-notch initiatives;

a) One District One Factory Policy

b) NEIP

c) Planting for food and Jobs

d) Rearing for Food and Jobs

c) NABCO

d) 20m Ghana Cedis as seed money for the newly created Regions

e) Stimulus Package to Factories collapsed under John Mahama’s Government

f) Re-opening of Obuasi Gold Mine as promised.

The question many Ghanaians are asking is that, is Akufo-Addo the good governance or good governance is Akufo-Addo?

Akufo-Addo is too good, his impressive performance is giving sleepless nights to John Mahama and members of the NDC.

Signed!

Razak Kojo Opoku

CVM Founder and President

Tiger Eye boys took me to an uncompleted building, threatened me with a pistol – Ex Anas boy

The former Tiger Eye PI staff seeking police protection has revealed how he was abducted by his former colleagues to an uncompleted building at Tse-Ado a suburb of Accra and gun shots were fired in his face just to scare him.

He was speaking exclusively to Adakabre in an audio MyNewsGh.com has obtained.

He revealed that one agent of Tiger Eye PI named Muda whom he knows and has worked with before, abducted him from his home in Accra and took him to a construction site at Tse-Ado owned by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

He said this was at a time the Tiger Eye team believed he has been divulging information about their work to Kennedy Agyapong.

According to him, when they got there, the Muda guy took out a pistol and fired 3 loud warning shots over his head. He said when he started screaming and asking the Muda guy whom he had considered a brother why they wanted to kill him, the Muda guy did not utter a word but walked away.

According to this Ex Anas staff who is currently under Police protection, he later received a threatening text message from Anas’ wife and Anas PRO, one Saddick Abubakar that he will die if anything happens to Anas Aremeyaw Anas because they believed he (the yet unnamed agent) has been working closely with Kennedy Agyapong to bring Anas down.

He disclosed that Anas’ wife told told him point black that she will make sure he dies if anything happens to Anas following Kennedy Agyapong’s exposés.

He said when Kennedy Agyapong started revealing more deadly secrets about Anas, Tiger Eye team including Anas accused him of leaking information to Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong and once again more threats started coming in.

He is currently under witness protection helping to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of his colleague in Ahmed. He said he and Ahmed were very close and even though he left Tiger Eye, their friendship was still good and had revealing whatsapp conversations almost daily.

7 Ways your first love is still affecting you now

We all remember the firsts in our lives. Our first day of school, our first day in college, and our first day at work — but out of all the firsts what really sticks in our head is our first love.​

But why is first love such a big deal after all?

 

According to Art Aron, the Psychology professor at the State University of New York, “Our first experience of something is going to be well remembered, more than later experiences. Presumably, there’d be more arousal and excitement, especially if it’s somewhat scary. And falling in love is somewhat scary — you’re afraid you’ll be rejected, you’re afraid you won’t live up to their expectations, afraid they won’t live up to yours. Anxiety is a big part of falling in love, especially the first time.”

First love experience is also magnified in our brain because our brain and bodies are flushed with all the chemicals and love hormones for the first time and the novelty of the experience sticks in our head.

“I think from a biochemical point of view, you are experiencing certain hormones you haven’t felt before. It’s like going through puberty; it’s physical, it’s emotional, it’s intellectual. It can even be spiritual for some people,” explains dating expert and psychologist Melanie Schilling.

Our first love relationship is also “formative” because it becomes a blueprint for how we define love. It becomes a sort of template against which all our successive relationships are measured.


Whether we get to spend the rest of our lives with our first love or not, these are the beautiful gems of wisdom we can take away from our first love experience:

1. It shows us what it feels like to deeply connect with someone.

Our first love experience shows us what it feels like to deeply connect with someone and what emotional support and intimacy feel like. Regardless of how the relationship ends, it gives us a chance to experience the entire spectrum of all the beautiful emotions that love entails.

2. We learn how to put others before ourselves.

Our first love teaches us to look beyond ourselves and extend ourselves for another. It teaches us what it feels like to love someone unconditionally. It teaches us how to put our ego aside and grow together. These are invaluable lessons that help us in any successive relationships that we form in life.

3. We learn how to communicate and work out our problems.

Our first love is the learning ground where we navigate how to communicate and work out our problems. We get to learn what works and what doesn’t through trial and error. It teaches us how to create a safe and loving space for healthy communication.

4. We realize what we want in a relationship and what our deal breakers are.

Our first relationship helps us to explore ourselves and increases our self-awareness. It helps us to discover our liking and preferences. It makes us realize what we want and value in a relationship and what our absolute deal breakers are. All these learning help us to choose our partners wisely next time.

5. It inspires us to be a better person.

First love has the intensity and a childlike innocence. The sheer magic of first love and companionship makes us want to believe in the goodness of the world. We want to become a better person and give back that love many folds.

6. We understand the difference between infatuation and mature love.

Our first love experience teaches us to differentiate between infatuation and mature love. We realize that love doesn’t mean spending every waking minute together or being co-dependent. It teaches us that the butterflies in the stomach fade away and real love requires work. We learn to embrace honesty, vulnerability, acceptance, companionship and working as a team. We learn that mature love is when two people come together and support each other to become their highest possible version without losing their individuality in the process.

7. We realize we can survive heartache and love again.

There is no denying the fact that the heartbreak after our first love relationship is excruciatingly painful. But we learn to survive the heartache and move on. It teaches us that if we can open up our hearts to love once, we can do it again and wisely next time around.

 

Eclipse of the heart

“Prepare for my mid-semester exams.”

It covers everything we have done. My duty is to give you the big picture so that young intellectuals like you will search for the rest.

 

I can’t give you everything here. We shall meet again on Monday.

Have a fruitful weekend.”

Those were the words of my Political Thought II lecturer, Mr Henry Yartey.

It was a hectic day; everyone in the lecture hall looked tired and the anxiety to leave the lecture hall was running apace.


As we made our steps out of the hall, the sound of the raindrops on the roof of the building could wake up a dead body.

Trust me; it was louder than the snoring of an old soldier from Anomabu.

It rained so heavily that no one dared to walk out of the building.

We were all stuck in the Central Classroom Block of KNUST and our dream of getting back to our hostels and halls came to naught.

I decided to walk to the entrance to check if the rain was stopping but it wasn’t.

As I stood there with my hands folded on my chest, she came to stand right beside me.

Did I hear you say who? Well, a pretty lady I had targeted since first year but never had the courage to approach her.

At that moment I told myself: ‘Felix there will be no other sterling opportunity to interact with this angelic damsel than today, so be bold and talk to her.’

As I made an attempt to approach her, I could feel my heart beat in my foot, my blood pressure if checked at that moment would have proven that I was living close to the margin of death.

But do I have to let this opportunity go away? No! I had been walking alone ever since I came to KNUST.

The only friends I had were those old friends from senior high school, and I went to a boys school, Presec-Legon.

So do the math.

Do I have to be walking alone always? Don’t I need a female friend?’ These and many other questions started racing in my head.

I started rehearsing what to tell her if I got to her.

I started poaching fleeting looks at her just to attract her attention.

Finally, I mastered the courage of Yaa Asantewaa. As I walk towards her, my legs started shaking, my bollocks shrunk and almost vanished but I never gave up.

‘Hello! My name is Ntenhene Felix. I fumbled and the Felix sounded like “Ferish”. I had to speak in tongues to regain my mind. Lordina was her name.

“Felix, how may I help you”? She asked me and I responded: “Oh nothing.”

Everything I had rehearsed vanished.

On opening my mouth, the only words that could come were: “Lordina, don’t you think it will be appropriate if the government of Ghana provides university students with umbrellas?”

She stared at me in an unusual way, which made me know that indeed I had asked a very silly question.
Like Kalybos would say,’ “me di nkwasia s3m”. I was totally off track.

The conversation proceeded and I kept asking silly questions and giving silly answers.

At the end we got to know each other and we exchanged contacts.

I got to know that she was my course mate and resided in Queens Hall.

As the conversation got deeper, a shuttle arrived and students started boarding it because the rain never showed any sign of stopping.

She requested that I should board the shuttle with her since I was also going to Republic Hall which was just a stone’s thrown from her hall.

I declined the request with the reason that I wanted to walk as a way of exercising my body but in reality, I had no pesewa in my pocket.

She insisted and I reluctantly agreed and boarded the shuttle.

As I sat in the car I almost felt I was travelling from Cape Three Points to Kulungugu – a journey between the Southern and Northern part of Ghana, how to handle the embarrassment should the driver ask me for my fare was what I was thinking about.

A few metres away from where I had to alight, I started searching through my pockets pretending I was about to pay for the fare.

After a thorough search, I just shouted “essssh my money is missing.”

Everyone in the shuttle turned to look at me. Lordina asked me “Felix, how much?” and I responded “oooh is actually a hundred dollar note.”

I told her not to worry and in a very kind way she paid for my fare.

I alighted at Republic Hall and as I walked to the entrance, I felt as if I was surrounded by 10 dwarfs.

In the morning, I received my first call from Lordina who said she just wanted to check up on me and would want me to assist her in studies.

I had to impress Lordina and so before we went to the library, I read through all my notes.

I was eager to show Lordina my mental prowess.

Memorisation of terms and formulas was the order of the day. As we were studying, she suddenly paused and asked me: “Felix what is the meaning of Rights to Euthanasia.”

I looked at her in dismay and said “Your honour, what is wrong with this girl?” I couldn’t even pronounce the word, to think about the meaning.

So I told her: “I don’t know please,” and she never asked me a question again till we closed from the library, not even a single question relating to the things I memorised.
I never gave up but continued to study with her. I almost felt like I was the best friend in the world. Within a space of time our friendship blossomed and we fell in love with each other. I always wanted to propose to her but inferiority complex was my greatest obstacle.
I decided to rather resort to expressing my love through actions instead of words. I began to flood her with precious gifts. I spent all my money on buying her pizza, ‘shawama’ and took her to lavish restaurants almost every weekend at a time when I couldn’t afford fish anytime I bought kenkey. I sometimes bought her expensive fruit juice and went to bed on an empty stomach.

It was a windy Saturday evening. We went to the library to study for our end of semester exams. As we were studying, dumsor visited us in a grand style.

The librarian ordered that we left the library because there was no assurance on the visiting hours of dumsor.

We were both unwilling to leave and sat in the dark at a very far end.

I turned and our eyes met; it was eye ball to eye ball. Our emotions hoisted and I held her hand. I became very emotional and unconsciously told her:
“Lordina I am in love with you” and in a very soft voice she replied, “Felix I love you too but hmmm…..the truth is that I am a mother of two children.”

My breath quickly dropped and my mind went shut.

So I asked her, “Pardon?” pretending I did not hear what she said.

You mean you are a ‘born two’?

I became frozen in my chair. The librarian told us to leave.

As I walk down the stairs, I missed almost every staircase.

We didn’t talk to each other till we departed at the Royal Parade Grounds.

I went to my room quietly; no amount of jokes could make me smile.

I couldn’t make it to church the following day and as I walked to my bed, I began to think about how to pay the GH¢1000 I borrowed from a friend to spend on Lordina.

The school fees I sacrificed to buy her an iPhone at a time when I was using a ‘Techiman Yam’ phone, I mean Nokia 3310N.

The more I thought about it the more I wanted the world to come to an abrupt end.

Do I have to let her go? Or it doesn’t matter if she had two kids already…these and many other questions bogged me down.

Durex recalls condoms over durability issues

British condom-manufacturer Durex has announced a recall of its products from shelves in Germany and Singapore over concerns they do not meet the required standards for protection.

In Germany, the recall of certain latex-free condoms was posted on the company’s website a week ago along with similar recalls in Britain and elsewhere.

If customers have experienced the condom failure the company refers them to the advice on the packaging to “seek doctor or pharmacist assistance as soon as possible.”

Durex says customers can send back unused condoms or return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Information on identifying possibly defective condoms can be found on the Durex websites in Britain or Germany.

In Singapore, the company issued a recall for three batches of its Real Feel condoms here, after these condoms failed to pass its shelf-life durability tests.


The recall was initiated last Wednesday (Aug 1), said Durex in a statement on its Singapore website.

“Our internal testing has shown that a limited number of non-latex Real Feel condoms may not meet the international ISO standard throughout their shelf life,” said Durex.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you.”

The Real Feel condoms made earlier this year, with the batch numbers 1000433144, 1000438055, and 1000422259, are affected. The batch numbers can be found on the bottom of the packs or on the foil wrapping of individual condoms.

Durex said that there was no immediate safety concern for consumers and that those who used condoms from the affected batches have “no reason to be worried”.