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Bawumia Preaches Peace, Unity In 2020

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has delivered a New Year’s Message to Ghanaians.

Dr. Bawumia delivered the message when he served as the Special Guest of Honour during the Kaneshie District Presby Church’s Watch-night Service on December 31, 2019.

He shocked worshippers during the night to usher in the new year when he displayed an in-depth understanding of the Holy Bible.

Calling on Ghanaians to be peaceful and loving, the Vice President constantly made reference to the Bible about the importance of peace, unity and love.

He stated “as we start the year 2020, three things are so dear to our hearts as a people and we pray to the Almighty God to grant us these three things. We pray for peace, unity and love.”

According to him, “these three things are so important in the Bible. When you read Mathew 5:9 in the Bible, it says “blessed are the peacemakers for those are the sons of God.”

Dr. Bawumia added in his five minutes-plus address that “in Psalm 133, it talks about unity and it says, “behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to duel together in unity.”

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5.9m Ghananian Registered For Ghana Card so far-NIA

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The National Identification Authority (NIA) has so far registered 5.9 million (5,907,536) people as at the end of 2019 in the ongoing nationwide mass registration exercise.

Of this number, the authority has printed 5.1 million (5,167,994) cards.

Data from the NIA reveals that 3.3 million (3,323,839) of the printed cards have been issued to registrants while persons who did not receive their cards can pick them up at designated places.

The exercise which currently ongoing in the Ashanti Region has so far registered one million (1,015,259) people in the region as at the end of 2019.

In the Ashanti Region, 761,263 cards have been printed while 552,796 cards have been issued to registrants.

Meanwhile, the NIA has extended the mass registration exercise throughout the Ashanti Region from January 10 to 16.

The extension is intended to restore the two registration days lost in December last year (27 and 28) because of the Christmas holidays.

A statement issued by Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Mr Francis Palmdeti, the Head of Public Affairs of the NIA, said the extension also took into account the challenges it encountered in the first two days of the exercise in the region.

It said the move would also enable many prospective applicants in communities across the region who could not register because of the late arrival of some registration equipment to do so.

“NIA is concerned about the disturbing phenomenon of unusually large numbers of persons whose applications are ‘Awaiting Decision’ or have gone into ‘Adjudication’ and, therefore, have not had their cards printed and issued to them in the Ashanti Region.

“This situation frequently arises from discrepancies in the current versus previous biographic data of an applicant, particularly conflicts in date of birth, the spelling of names, change of names and addition of names without the requisite legal documentation backing them.

For instance, where an applicant presented July 1, 1987 in a previous NIA registration but indicates July 1, 1985, in the current registration as his/her date of birth, noting that conflicts such as change of date of birth are particularly manifest in data submitted to NIA currently, compared to data submitted to NIA previously.

The net effect of this situation is that tens of thousands of applicants are unable to get their cards and vouch for their relatives.

The statement indicated that the NIA’s technical system was sensitive and robust enough to detect slight variations in biographic data, as well as acute similarities in biometric data between two or more individuals.

“The system is designed to ‘arrest”’ all suspicious registrations in order to ensure that our National Identity Register is credible and dependable,” it said.

The NIA said adjudication and release of the cards of applicants with relatively “minor issues” are currently underway, and thousands of such cards have been printed and are ready for issuance.

Central, Western and Western North regions

The mass registration exercise is expected to commence in the Central, Western and Western North regions immediately after the Ashanti Region mass registration ends.

In addition, it is the expectation of the NIA that registration on the 16th and final region in the Eastern Region starts by late February to mid-March this year.

Meanwhile, it said the leapfrogging technique, which has been in use since the start of the mass registration exercise in the Greater Accra Region on April 29, last year, should help ensure that every nook and cranny of the Ashanti Region is covered.

That system has been applied in the Volta, Oti, Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper West, Upper East, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.

80% target

It said that although not every eligible Ghanaian can be registered during the mass registration phase, the NIA seeks to register 80% of the population aged 15 and above.

Therefore, the remaining registrable population of Ghanaians under 15, would be registered after the mass registration exercise.

More so, NIA would establish permanent NIA offices in each region, municipality and district by the middle of March, to ensure continuous registration.

It said prospective applicants will, at their leisure, visit NIA offices and get registered at no cost.

NIA staff will also visit schools, hospitals, maternity wards, CHPS-compounds and other birthing centres to register all Ghanaian children.

This way, all Ghanaians aged zero to infinity will be registered.

Starting later this month, NIA will also operate offices jointly with a number of cognate institutions such as National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Births and Deaths Registry, and the Ghana Statistical Service.

It noted that the co-location arrangement should enable applicants doing business at any of those offices to also register for the Ghana Card with ease and at no cost.

The authority entreated Ghanaians to provide evidence of bribery and corruption allegedly being perpetrated by some NIA registration staff to the appropriate quarters for investigation and the necessary action.

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GHS194,000 Worth Of Fuel lost In Tanker Fire Near Buipe Depot – BOST

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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.

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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.”

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We Will Win 2020; 72% Promises Fulfilled – Says Nana, Bawumia

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PRESIDENT NANA Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the volume of work and campaign promises he has fulfilled in his first term will secure him another four-year term in office.

Speaking at the national annual delegates’ conference of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) held at the Trade Fair site in Accra yesterday, the President said he considered the 2020 elections as a straight fight between him and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama.

Speaking under the theme: “We Have Performed Better; 4 More To Do More”, President Akufo-Addo said even though he was not complacent about the upcoming elections, he was sure of victory because Ghanaians would compare the records of his administration which has registered significant achievements for the economy such as low inflation rate, stabilisation of the cedi against the world’s major trading currencies, low interest rate and a host of other economic indices.

According to him, the erstwhile Mahama-led NDC government and its abysmal performance literally sent the economy of Ghana on its knees.

“Our opponents don’t have any record to come and defend; Ghanaians have already rejected them. Let us stay together and work hard. I am very confident that by December 2020, the EC would declare the NPP victorious,” he said.

He, therefore, urged the rank and file of the party to stay united, work hard and take the message of hope and development to every Ghanaian in the country.

The President further urged party members to stay united and eschew tendencies that would divide their ranks going into the election of party parliamentary candidates next April.

He said there was the utmost need that that contest was held in a peaceful, sensible and serene manner because the whole country would be looking at the NPP.

Whilst he was certain that the April parliamentary primaries would produce both winners and losers, he stressed the need for the party and its members not to make it rancorous and bitter to divide the party, but instead stay united with a common goal and ambition to keep the NDC in opposition.

In all, more than 6,500 delegates drawn from across the country attended the conference.

Vice-President Message

Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also gave an indication that the ruling NPP was ready to ensure a massive second term victory for President Akufo-Addo.

The Vice-President indicated that available records suggested that the NPP government had performed better than all previous NDC administrations hence the need to ensure the party stayed in power for some more years.

He stated that guided by the retrogressive state the country witnessed, post the 2008 general elections, the NPP had no reason to fail Ghanaians this time.

Listing some achievements of the party, the Vice-President indicated that available data at the disposal of the government suggested that the government, within its three years in government, had achieved 72 per cent of its manifesto promises.

That, he stated, was unprecedented in the Fourth Republic. He said the NPP, anytime it was in power, had proven to be better managers of the economy than its opponents. He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to give the President some “four more years to do more”.

He indicated that, for instance, on exchange rate, the current government had performed better than all previous NDC governments coming only second to the first term of the erstwhile Kufuor NPP administration.

“The average exchange rate depreciation on a yearly basis suggests that we have done 8.7 per cent as against the NDC’s 18 per cent. On the exchange rate, we have performed better,” the Vice-President said.

He further stated that on electricity tariff, the NPP government on the average had reduced tariff by about 10 per cent since it took power, saying “the NDC must be joking to think that it can perform better than us.”

He outlined other achievements of the government, challenging the NDC members to point to a single social intervention policy that they can boast of.

Conference

On Sunday, three major activities were held to climax the conference.

A special Sunday church service in the morning, and the main delegates’ conference before climaxing the whole conference with a mega rally at the forecourt of the Trade Fair Centre.

A special report was read by former President John Agyekum Kufuor on behalf of the party’s Council of Elders.

The Treasurer of the party, Abankwa Yeboah, also read the party’s financial statement to the over 6,500 delegates that were drawn from across all the 275 constituencies in Ghana, as well as the party’s special branches and wings such as the external branches, students wing, youth and women wing.

The party’s General Secretary, John Boadu, also used the occasion to give the annual report of the party per the dictates of the party’s constitution, highlighting some key achievements of the party for the past one year.

source:dailyguideafrica

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