Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has urged Ghanaians to be proud of their country because ‘others wish to be like us.’
According to him, the year of return is proof that other people love the country, reiterating that the foreigners wouldn’t even think of coming if there was nothing good to be proud of in the country.
Speaking on Nkawkaw based Agoo FM’s Morning Show, Ene Nso Biom with Kwame Koranteng, the former president stated that the current president has done his best to ensure the economy becomes stable after inheriting an unstable one.
He added that Ghana has become the Gateway of West Africa because of good governance by the current government.
Advocating for the NPP party, Mr. Kufuor bemoaned how people always criticize issues which are politicized in the country and emphasized that without politics, the country cannot be governed well.
“When we came, the economy was flat on the ground until we rebuilt it,” he said.
Speaking on the state of the economy, he implored Ghanaians to be patient with the government since they are a work in progress with things falling into place gradually.
The former president added that since the NPP is still rebuilding the economy, changing government now will be a risk for the country and said he thinks it will be better for Ghanaians to let the current government continue.
He lamented on the state of the economy before he came to power stating that some cocoa farmers lost interest in cocoa farming because of taxation until his tenure when cocoa farmers started gaining interest in the crop.
He said the country has always been such a way that ‘NPP comes to fix, then NDC comes to destroy. He stated that this has been the norm.
He, however, praised the ‘good works’ of President Akufo Addo
When asked about Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Mr. Kuffuor stated that judging from the then TOR and when the NDC came to power it clearly shows how they destroyed the company.
He added that though the NDC nearly sold Tema Oil Refinery, the current president has found a way to revive it which obviously is gradually elevating to a good state now.
He therefore used the opportunity to wish Ghanaians Merry Christmas and happy new year
5.9m Ghananian Registered For Ghana Card so far-NIA
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.
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.
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
“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.”
Bawumia Preaches Peace, Unity In 2020
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.”