Government has announced its intention to embark on a massive road construction project in 2020, describing the coming year as “The Year of Roads.”
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, made the announcement in Parliament on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, as he presented the 2020 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Akufo-Addo’s administration.
The announcement comes after days of violent protests in some parts of Ghana over poor road networks.
“Today the cry everywhere in Ghana is about the poor state of our roads. It is an unprecedented cry and it makes you wonder where all the roads in the NDC’s Green Book are,” he bemoaned.
“Mr. Speaker, this is why we are going to focus more on fixing our roads across the country in 2020 and beyond. To get the road sector moving and contractors back to work, government will pay 80% of all contractors,” according to him.
“Mr. Speaker, Ghanaians want action on our roads, not words or plans or Green Book claims about what has been done. We intend to swing into action and let our work do the talking for us,” he added.
He said Government has identified critical roads across each of the 16 regions and construction would begin on all these critical roads soon.
He added that “Cocobod has also secured funds to continue with ongoing and new cocoa roads.”
According to him, work on these roads will also commence soon.
“As part of our new initiative to complement the traditional execution of road projects, we have launched the Accelerated Community Road Improvement Initiative,” he said.
Just this month, he said, the Ministry of Finance released funds to the 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces, who are busy working on some roads in communities in Greater Accra.
The first phase of the Sinohydro arrangement, he announced, is finally taking off.
“We have also been able to mobilize the financing for over 150 roads nation-wide,” he said.
Ekumfi Fruit Juice Hits Parliament
There was excitement especially among Majority MPs in Parliament on Monday when the now popular Ekumfi Fruit Juice product known as “Eku Juice” popped up in Parliament during the 2020 budget debate.
The Minister for Information and MP for Ofoase Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, displayed the well packaged juice while contributing to the budget debate, focusing on the benefits of flagship programs introduced by President Akufo-Addo.
The Pineapple Juice from the Ekumfi Juice Factory is under the government’s One District One factory program.
Mr. Nkrumah told the House many of the flagship programs of the Government, including the factories under the 1D1F were yielding results.
“When we rolled out the 1D1F Program, there was a lot of mockery but that flagship program in addition to the stimulus package that was provided is beginning to bear fruit. I hold in my hands here Eku Juice from the Ekumfi Juice Factory soon to be rolled out onto the market. Another project of the Akufo-Addo administration in the Central Region which was subjected to so much ridicule, but today that flagship program is beginning to bear fruit” he said.
The $8 million project which officially commenced in March 2018 now has 400 workers including out-growers.
It is estimated that the Ekumfi Juice Factory would create 5,000 direct out-grower jobs within the community and its environs.
The factory can process about 300,000,000 packs of juice annually for the local and export markets and would generate close to GH¢530 million in revenue.
9 REASONS WHY KWAME JNR IS WINNING THE NASPA PRESIDENCY AT KUMASI METRO
Kwame jnr completed the university for development studies. Upon our observations and queries, he is known to be a vocal and an outspoken personality. Ready to take upon himself leadership roles and deliver them to satisfaction.
Before everything else, this young man proved his capabilities before the vetting panel by topping the presidency category at the same time his score is the highest recorded by the vetting panel.
Kwame jnr thinks NASPA needs to wear a new face. A face that will wet the appetite of service personnel and those ready to serve. Below are his policies which he believes will make NASPA transform.
Policy 1. Rewarding NSPs
National Service Personnel at post work so hard they deserve special rewards for their love for service. This will be in the form of the formation of Awards and Dinner Committee The committee will be mandated to organise a credible awards scheme that will reward the nominated persons at a dinner ceremony to be attended by all NSPs in the Metro.
Policy 2 Preparing NSPs for life after service.
The order of the day is for graduates to finish their year of service and join the unemployed graduates association. With Numerous opportunities available, NSPs in Kumasi Metro will be well positioned for life after NSS.
i Microsoft office literacy workshop
The Service Personnel in metro will be trained to build their capacity in MS Office Suite. This can enrich their CV’s for job opportunities.
ii Developing Hand Skills
Workshops will be organised to train Interested NSPs on how to make liquid soaps and shower gels, install decoders, epoxy, biogas disgester, bead making, makeup artistry et all.
With these various certified hand skills, the vision of Kwame Jnr to prevent graduate unemployment within the Kumasi Metro can be achieved.
iii Scholarship for Masters and Further Studies opportunities.
Numerous universities outside Africa and within the continent provide opportunities for students to pursue higher learning. How to know and when to apply for these Universities is what makes the difference. Experts will be invited as Resource Persons to educate NSPs in the Metro on how to apply for studies abroad on fully paid, partly paid and with job opportunities in these Universities.
Policy 3 Kumasi Metro Business Pitch
In support of the 1 District 1 Factory, the government provides assistance and cash to support business ideas that can transform lives in the society and employ individuals. Kwame Jnr led NASPA will liaise with the KMA, Manhyia Palace, Office of the Regional Minister and the Government to launch a business pitch in the metro for NSPs. The winners of the competition will receive grants to materialise their ideas with a monitoring and evaluation team assigned to make sure their ideas are sustainable. Wo mp3 wei na wo p3 de3n?
Policy 4 Miss NASPA Kumasi Metro
Various beauty queens have positively impacted society with their abilities to give back. Miss Malaika, GMB, Miss Ghana are all beauty pageants organised in the country. Through the office of the NASPA Kumasi Metro Women’s Commissioner and in collaboration with the Center for National Culture Kumasi, this beauty pageant will prepare interested females to build their potentials and prepare them for higher contests like the GMB , Miss Malaika et all.
Policy 5 Educational Trips
The service year will be boring if there are no socials to add a touch of relaxation to it. Educational Trips will be organised mostly in the festive seasons to give interested NSPs in the Metro a feel of such recreational areas.
Policy 6 Fast track Biometric Birth Certificate and Passport
Through the office of the NASPA Kumasi Metro executives, biometric birth certificate and passport will be made available to service personnel within the shortest processable time.
Policy 7 NASPA Week Celebration
A fun filled NASPA Week Celebration will be organised this year. Talk of *clean up exercises, health walk and screening, cooking and eating competition, football matches, donations, movie night, glow in the dark party, et all This year, the best is yet to come. Let us vote for Kwame Jnr Essumang No1 on the ballot for NASPA President
Policy 8 Purchasing of Backup Plant for the Secretariat
Issues with uploading details of personal for the timely releasing of the monthly allowance can be heightened when the office faces power outages during working hours. This backup plant will go a long way to assist the secretariat in executing their duties in the best interest of the service personnel in the metro.
Policy 9 See something say something
With the latest exposé on sex for grades scandal by BBC, the NASPA Kumasi Metro will not take chances with “Sex for Upgrades” in the Metro. Through the office of the Women’s Commissioner, a support group will be set to help protect the ladies especially from some of these happenings. So if you See something, say something to protect our ladies.
The above policies are the first ever thing to happen to NASPA. Especially eiwi the business development and awards.
We think if voted for, may change and bring a face for NASPA….
What is your view?
StarTimes Bundesliga School Set To Reshape Youth Football
Africa’s leading pay-TV service operator StarTimes, in collaboration with the German Bundesliga, has rolled out a project targeted at developing young football talents and coaches in Ghana.
Dubbed ‘Bundesliga Football School’, the event is a partnership project between Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and StarTimes, the official broadcaster of the German Bundesliga in all sub-Saharan Africa.
The Bundesliga Experience is a unique event which would give football fans in Ghana a taste of ‘football as it’s meant to be’.
The event allows local fans to experience a physical connection to Germany’s top-tier league through a number of fun and inclusive activities.
The Bundesliga Football School, which has been slated for December 14-18, 2019, is a new partnership model targeted at developing and promoting young talents worldwide. The approach is to join with national soccer associations, soccer leagues and professional clubs to encourage talented young soccer players at the local level.
Over the course of one week, soccer players (boys and girls) between the ages of 13 and 17 would receive targeted assistance in a series of compact training sessions and workshops, enabling them to showcase their talents.
The sessions would be run by experts and licensed coaches from the youth training centres of Bundesliga clubs with assistance from selected Ghanaian coaches.
Former German international Renate Lingor— together with other UEFA license A coaches such as Tobias Süveges of SV Werder Bremen, Arne Stratmann of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Bjoern Nass of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and head coach of the Bundesliga Football school, Birger J. Nass— would lead the course.
Ghanaian coaches would also benefit from the project which seeks to expose them to new methods of developing young talents and build a new working corporation as they work together with the German coaches.
Former German captain and a 1990 FIFA World Cup winner, Lothar Herbert Matthäus, would also be in Accra during the period in a tour campaign to encourage the young talents and share his footballing experience.
The German Bundesliga is a role model for youth development, with future talent emerging in the league every season.
In 2002, it became mandatory for all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs to have youth academies and since then, €1.6 billion has been invested by clubs in youth development.
The Bundesliga is, therefore, the perfect partner for this football school.
To participate in the Bundesliga Football School, Ghanaian football talents (boys and girls) between the ages of 13 to 17 who can confidently exhibit their skills should download the StarTimes ON APP from Google Play Store and follow the process on the homepage to register from now until December 1, 2019.
In a press launch held at Tang Palace Hotel today, Head of Marketing at StarTimes Ghana, Mrs. Akofa Banson, revealed the need to invest in the development of Ghana football.
“StarTimes, the brand that introduced affordable pay-TV to Ghanaians three years ago is seeking to give back to Ghanaians with this football school project through our partnership with Bundesliga. We will continue to improve our brand, offer more value to our customers and contribute our quota to the growth of Ghana football,” she added.
StarTimes is serving nearly two million users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 170 brand halls, 12,500 convenience stores and 11,500 distributors in more than 30 countries.
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