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WordDigest: He Is On Your Side

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He is on your side
“And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, Tomorrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.

And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one” [Exodus 9:5-6] KJV

God did exactly what he said to do to Pharaoah in verse five (5) of the text under discussion.

In other words, God in His wisdom had set an appointed time to illustrate to Pharoah His power over everything.

Dearly beloved, you are not alone in what seems to be forsaken battles per human estimation. Whatever situation you find yourself today, give it time for Christ Jesus is still on your side. No matter the situation our God will speak and act.

He will do exactly what he has promised you at the appointed time. It may delay but wait for it.

Be encouraged and expect greater things from Lord Jesus because He is on your side.

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Boris Johnson in Paris for Brexit, Iran talks with Macron

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France’s President Emmanuel Macron will host his British counterpart Boris Johnson for a working lunch to discuss Brexit and Iran ahead of the G7 meeting in France this weekend.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in Paris a day after Berlin offered a glimmer of hope that an agreement could be reached to avoid a chaotic “no deal” Brexit.

On the second leg of his first foreign visit since taking office, Johnson will meet president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee palace to press home his message that elements of the UK’s impending divorce from the European Union must be renegotiated.

But Johnson is likely to face a tougher audience in Paris than in Berlin.

Macron on Wednesday dismissed Johnson’s demands that the EU reopen negotiations on the Irish border, saying that the bloc had always been clear it would not agree.

“Renegotiation of the terms currently proposed by the British is not an option that exists, and that has always been made clear by (EU) President Tusk,” Macron told reporters in Paris.

At the weekend, all three European leaders will meet US President Donald Trump, a vocal supporter of both Brexit and Johnson, and the leaders of Canada, Italy and Japan at a G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz.

The talks come after Merkel on Wednesday told Johnson in Berlin that an agreement could even be possible within “30 days” for Britain to leave the EU, if a solution could be found to the thorny issue of the Irish border.

The British prime minister has been adamant that he will not accept the “backstop” border plan agreed under his predecessor Theresa May and warned that the UK will exit the EU on 31 October, even at the cost of economic turmoil.

What the backstop?
The backstop is a mechanism to avoid border checks between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of the UK, with checkpoints there removed as part of a 1998 peace deal on the divided island.

But critics have derided the plan because it would temporarily keep Britain in the EU customs union.

In Berlin, Johnson again stressed his view that the backstop “has grave, grave defects for a sovereign, democratic country like the UK” and added that the provision “plainly has to go”.

Merkel said that the mechanism was always meant as a “fallback position” to protect the “integrity of the single market” for the period in which the other 27 EU members and London define their future relationship.

In the search for a solution, she said, “we have said we would probably find it in the next two years, but maybe we can do it in the next 30 days, why not? Then we are one step further in the right direction”.

Johnson told Merkel that he welcomed the “very blistering timetable of 30 days,” adding that “I’m more than happy with that”.

He added: “I just want to be absolutely clear with all our German friends and the German government that we in the UK want a deal, we seek a deal, and I believe we can do that.”

“Wir schaffen das,” he quipped, borrowing Merkel’s signature German phrase on managing the 2015 refugee influx that translates to “we can do it”.

Johnson, in a “do-or-die” gamble, has insisted Britain will leave the EU on 31 October , no matter whether it has ironed out remaining differences with the bloc or not.

Ahead of his Berlin visit, Johnson reaffirmed in a tweet that “we’re going to leave the EU on 31 October and make this country the best in the world to live in”. The message was adorned with a Union flag.

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UN Economic Commission For Africa – Statement On Rwanda

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UN Economic Commission For Africa – Statement On Rwanda

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, through its African Centre for Statistics works with its member States to improve the production, dissemination and use of quality statistics for evidence-based planning and policy-making in support of Africa’s structural transformation, the sustainable development agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, the Africa we want.

Over the years we have witnessed Rwanda’s consistent efforts in developing and strengthening its statistical system and improving the quality of official statistics. Using international principles and recommendations, the country has formulated the National Strategy for Development of Statistics for the period of 2014/15-2018/19 in its determination to improve data and statistics. In economic statistics, the country has made tremendous progress in the production and dissemination of statistics, such as the Supply-Use Tables, to help validate GDP estimates. It has also worked with development partners, including our African Centre for Statistics, to continuously build the technical capacity of its staff members.

With the increasing demand for statistics, especially in this era of SDGs, more will be demanded of national statistical offices to continuously review the methodologies including identifying new data sources for areas where critical data may be lacking.

GDP measurement and compilation is a complex undertaking, entailing the use of different sources of data, including data from household expenditure surveys to measure household consumption and poverty estimates. Household survey data are complemented and/adjusted with additional source data, to get the complete Final Household Consumption as an input to GDP. Rwanda uses (standard) international methodology as prescribed in the 2008 SNA for this purpose.

ECA is committed to continue its support to member States to improve and adhere to internationally accepted statistical norms and standards, including reviewing the robustness of the statistical system in order to continue producing reliable, quality and timely statistics which comply to UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, Strategy for Harmonizing Statistics in Africa and the African Charter on Statistics.

We welcome objective discussions which further support the strengthening of the statistical system of Rwanda.

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Mahama Is A ‘Terror’ To Free SHS — Wontumi

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The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly, known as “Wontum” has described Former President John Dramani Mahama as an enemy to NPP flagship policy Free Senior High School.

According to him, Mr. Mahama who has been against education appears confused and lacks the knowledge to review the free Senior High School policy if he comes back to power.

“John Dramani Mahama and his NDC have nothing better to offer Ghanaians, they are coming only to steal, kill and destroy. Go and read Kwasi Botchwey report and you will see the kind of person John Dramani Mahama is, he is confused” Chairman Wontumi stated in an interview monitored by thepressradio.com on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

The response of Chairman Wontumi follows the comments made by the former President that a future National Democratic Congress (NDC) under his watch would review the Free SHS policy to make it better.

The former President who was speaking at the official opening of the 27th Annual Presidential Delegates Congress of the Ghana National Union of Technical Students on Wednesday in Kumasi said “I am determined to make the free SHS a beneficial learning experience more than the current miserable condition our children are facing under Nana Akufo-Addo.”

But Wontumi said “former president comments have exposed his hypocrisy and lack of knowledge on matters concerning education. You have been in office for 8years if you can review the Free SHS policy and make it better why couldn’t you do it”.

Adding that, he (Mahama) can only turn good things into bad and eventually collapse it.

“Mahama can only turn good things into bad. He won’t add anything to the free SHS. He would only create problems for the policy and strangle it for it to die. When Former President Kuffour implemented National Health Insurance Scheme the same Mahama and his NDC told us that they would bring one time premium but the NPP administration inherited a 1.2 billion Cedis debt left behind by the NDC,” he emphasised.

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St Johns Hospital And Fertility Center Donate’s Ambulance To Ghana Prisons Service

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The St. Johns Hospital and Fertility Center founded by the Member of Parliament for Effiduase-Asokore Constituency Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, as part of the social responsibility donated an ambulance to the Ghana Prisons service by the acting CEO, Madam Maame Yaa Antwi on behalf of the workaholic legislator and hospital.

During the presentation ceremony the acting CEO said, “St John’s hospital and fertility center is committed in seeing to a healthy Ghanaian populace and will continue to do everything possible to see to it that, health care delivery gets to all facets of the country.”

The Director-General in charge of Prisons, Mr Patrick Darko Missa thanked the acting CEO and St Johns Hospital’s management for their kind gesture towards the service and charged other institutions and health facilities to emulate St Johns Hospital and fertility Centers.

Again, Mr Patrick Darko Missa the Director-General of Prisons Service added that the donation is timely as most of their health facilities have been upgraded without an ambulance service.

Checks by this portal indicate this is the second of its kind within the year. The hospital some months ago also donated an ambulance to the Ghana Immigration Service to help in the health care delivery of the service.

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People’s Democratic League Call To Peaceful By-Election In Constituency 110

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People’s Democratic League Call To Peaceful By-Election In Constituency 110

In a genuine democratic culture, elections are periodically held to serve two purposes. First, to promote the constitutional human right and freedom of voters to elected their leaders of their choice in order to manage their affairs and secondly, to create an enabling environment for candidates to canvass eligible voters to vote them in a peaceful, free, fair and honest electoral process. However, elections in Sierra Leone far from achieving these purposes, they are contentious and by extend, divide the electorates along ethnic and regional politics.

The yet to be conducted by election for constituency 110 in the Western Area of Sierra Leone is just a piece out of the ice berg. The election for the constituency has been slated for August 24, but the unprecedented campaign in the last few weeks was marred by dramatic twists and turns, including violence, hate speeches and acrimony leading to the date announced for the holding of the by election for constituency 110.

To the People’s Democratic League (PDL), malicious and well-funded hate campaign is referred to any speech, gesture, conduct, writing or display which can incite people to political violence or prejudicial action. Hate speech campaigns are the tools being employed in constituency 110 as political weapon to ridicule, slander, vilify and abused the social media to mislead public opinion or insult the conscience of the Sierra Leonean nation. This has left the people in constituency 110 and other parts of the country more divided today. If this continues, the consequences would be harmful to the country’s current peace and democracy, as well as to any meaningful development programme.

It is worthy of note that the absence of clearly articulated laws against hate campaign during electioneering period has further make mockery of our democracy. More worrisome is the fact that, the weakness of the extant institutional and administrative mechanisms (like Parliament, Judiciary, NEC, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Democracy, the PPRC, among others) for the enforcement of existing laws. This is so because our parliamentarians whose conducts are meant to be regulated by these laws are the ones who design the electoral regimes; and at times their actions are at variance with the welfare of the Sierra Leonean people. Lack of institutional, administrative, and financial autonomy has reduced the country’s cherished institutions into a tool for the advancement of the political interests of big political gurus.

The recent chaos and political violence that characterized the political parties’ campaign in constituency 110 is highly unfortunate and regrettable. These must not be allowed to be repeated anywhere in the country. The existence of different parties is necessary in a democratic society, where diverse political views are shared in a peaceful and healthy environment. The existence of an opposition in a democratic country should not be a license to create to violence. The PDL is not aligned to any political party but speaks in relation to its patriotic zeal to see that Sierra Leone moves forward. We believe politics everywhere affect the day to-day lives of the people, and therefore the PDL has a role in consolidating peace and promoting democratic good governance in Sierra Leone.

We urge our political leaders to stay away from hate speeches that could trigger violence during and after the by-election on August 24. We urge Sierra Leoneans to continue to uphold a peaceful environment where non violent actions give expression. We appeal to our youth never be allowed to be used as political purveyors of violence against each other or as agents of hate and vilification through social media. We therefore urge our youth to use the social media wisely and morally to disseminate the message of peace and patriotism.

Through this statement, the People’s Democratic League (PDL) commends the constitutional and democratically-elected government of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone police and other stakeholders in the steps that they have taken so far on the road to violent-free by election in constituency 110. It is indeed commendable that NEC and the government have taken further steps to ensure security of the public during and after voting in constituency 110 by election on August, 24.

As a peaceful and freedom-loving political party, we appeal to stakeholders with a direct link to electoral processes such as law enforcement agents to carry out their duties without fear or favour; for political parties to shun violence and hate speeches and to respect the constitutional human rights and democratic freedom of the people of Sierra Leone; to the media to stay non-partisan in the national political divide. We call upon traditional leaders as custodians of our culture to be non-partisan. We call all Sierra Leoneans to pray for continued peace and development of our nation.

Peace!
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Alimam Bakarr Sankoh
Leader and National Chairman
People’s Democratic League (PDL)

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Accra Animation Festival Announces Animation du Monde 2020 winners

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The first edition of the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) recently wrapped after shining a spotlight on African animation as well as hosting the third leg of the Pan-African Animation du Monde preliminary rounds.

With each passing round of the competition, creators and animators have delivered higher and higher quality work, and yet only three will progress to the Continental Finals taking place at DISCOP Johannesburg later this year.

The winners from AAFFia, in no particular order are Meet the Igwes by Chekwube Okonkwo (Nigeria), JujuCups by Selorm Dogoe (Ghana) and Message Beats by Natasha Nayo and Lizz Johnson (Ghana).

Kenya and Nigeria are next in the Animation Du Monde program. The fourth round of the Pan-African Animation du Monde will be taking place at Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) after entries closed on August 11th.

The Sub-Saharan circuit of Animation du Monde 2020 preliminary rounds will come to a close in Nigeria at Lagos Comic Convention (LCC) from 19 – 21 September 2019. Entries for LCC are currently open and close 5 September 2019 .

Once the Lagos Comic Convention prelim is concluded, the next stop for the prestigious pitching competition is the Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg in November 2019, where the 15 finalists (3 from each of the 5 regional prelims) will compete for the honour of being 1 of the 2 winners selected to represent the continent and compete against their global counterparts at Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest. & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA) in 2020.

On the back of the recent news that Africa will be honoured at Annecy/MIFA 2020 as part of the Africa 2020 Creative Season, this represents arguably the biggest opportunity for African creators to showcase their talent and content on a global stage.

Nigeria is home to the largest comic book market in Africa. The creative industries have been able to leverage the largest population on the continent and the second largest film industry in the world by volume, Nollywood, to build this success. Although animation is fairly new to the region, an event like LCC has shown that there is a hunger for content from the continent. As a sister industry to animation, comics have been able to lay a solid foundation for creatives to work from.

The maiden preliminary round of Animation du Monde hosted at Lagos Comic Convention in 2018, brought some of the best animation talent to the fore. Dami Solesi, one of the Continental Winners of the competition, came through the LCC 2018 prelim to pitch her idea at Annecy/MIFA 2019.

Dami had the following to say about her experience; “Going through the Annecy/MIFA pitches has opened my eyes to a new world of content production and how I can bring my ideas to life. From the onset at the LCC, my project was constantly being refined at each stage. At DISCOP Johannesburg, meeting with each of the experts and the infallible contribution that each expert made towards the project. They even provided opportunities beyond the competition and I’m still in communication with many of them as regards updates on my project. I believe every single creative who has an idea should definitely apply for this because going through the process, whether you win or not your project would be refined.”

Events such as AAFFia and Lagos Comic Convention highlight the importance of audience access to animation, without which the industry will not be able to grow and evolve. Animation du Monde plays an important role in increasing animations’ profile amongst audiences by providing education, networking, and opportunities for creatives to market their ideas. This relationship between audience and creatives is the foundation of the animation industry.

As the Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA looks towards its 60th year in 2020, where they will be celebrating Africa as a region of honour , it is important to create the platform for creatives to showcase their work. And, next year, show the world what Africa is capable of!

The competition regulations can be viewed HERE . If you have a project that you would like to enter, please click HERE . Who knows, you might represent Africa at the Animation du Monde 2020 Grand Finale in Annecy!

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Aphia Sakyi Outdoors Exclusive Year of Return Fashion Line

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Having toured fashion shows across the globe and collaborated with American celebrities; Ciara, Tiffany Haddish and Janet Jackson, award winning Ghanaian fashion designer Aphia Sakyi is set to introduce her latest accessory collection, dubbed ‘STILL I RISE’.

When asked what inspired this new fashion line, Aphia quoted a famous liberation quote enshrined on the walls of the Elmina Castle.

She averred in a very calm tone, “In everlasting memory of the anguish of our ancestors, our latest collection labeled ‘STILL I RISE’ tells the story of African humanity through our luxurious accessory pieces.”

May those who died, rest in peace.

May those who return, find their roots.

May they never again perpetrate such injustice against humanity. We the living, vow to uphold this.

The new collection, according to Aphia is intended to honor black liberators of African descent in commemoration of the Year of Return.

Aphia hopes this new collection will afford her further global impact and compliment her long time conviction of supporting talented but needy fashion designers to materialize their ambitions.

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Miss Metro Ghana Launches Campaign To Tackle Sanitation

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Anita Mwinisonaam, the 2018 winner of Miss Metro Ghana beauty pageant, has launched a campaign in the Upper East Region to help address the problems associated with water and sanitation.

Miss Metro Ghana, a special initiative of the Miss Metro Ghana Foundation, is aimed at crowning a queen annually, who will be an advocate to educate members of the public on the negative effects of filth, as well as champion the adoption of good sanitation practices.

The objective is to further complement government’s effort at attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goals three and six, which aim at ensuring good health and well-being, and achieving clean water and sanitation for all by 2030 respectively.

The project, which will employ behaviour change communication approach, seeks to instil good attitudes in the youth, especially children, and make them ambassadors of the campaign, as well as engage key stakeholders to amplify the voice against indiscriminate littering of the environment.

Ms. Mwinisonaam said she contested and worked to win the crown because she has the passion for good sanitation practice and the zeal to improve sanitation, as it is disheartening to see people die from filth and unsafe water-related diseases.

“According to the World Bank report in 2012, about 19,000 Ghanaians, including 5,000 children below the age of five, died as result of poor sanitation practices and Ghana’s economy lost about GH¢420 million in that year and the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ghana Health Service indicates that one person dies of malaria every three hours,” she disclosed.

Ms Mwinisonaam, who suggested attitudinal change as the most effective weapon to tackle the phenomenon, said the project will target 40 basic schools and 40 religious bodies across the 15 municipalities and districts in the region in a bid to educate people on how human activities adversely affect health and welfare of people.

The Regional Director, Community Water & Sanitation Agency (CSWA), Mr. John Godson Aduakye, said the sanitation menace is the biggest problem confronting the country, adding that only 15 per cent of the entire region has good sanitary environment.

The Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Winfred Ofosu, explained that the consequences of poor sanitation ‒ resulting from human activities such as illegal mining, open defecation and indiscriminate dumping of rubbish, among others ‒ are enormous.

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Ghanaian writers celebrate Toni Morrison at e-Ananse Library

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A number of renowned Ghanaian writers have celebrated Toni Morrison for her immense contribution towards the concept of reading.

She was celebrated at the offices of e-Ananse library located in Osu last Wednesday.

The event which started off around 7 pm on Wednesday evening saw six writers, namely Bisi Adjapon, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kofi Akpabli, Mamle Kabu, Empi Baryeh and Nana Awere Damoah taking patrons through all the concepts of Toni Morrison books.

Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University.

Why Celebrating Toni Morrison?
Writer and Publisher Kofi Akpabli indicated that the celebration of Toni was needed because of the experience she placed in her work.

”Celebrating and remembering the legacy of Toni Morrison was needed because she has just passed, and it’s such a big loss to the community of writers. She charted a path that made the lives of black people more palpable. Prior to her, people had had issues understanding what the black situation was.

”She showed an inner way of depicting the real identity of black struggle. For Christ sake, this is the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize. She deserves every sort of celebration. She was just marvelous”, he said in an interview with THE NEW PUBLISHER, and hailed the idea behind the establishment of the Ananse Libraries’.

According to him, reading is one of the most fundamental skills one needs to learn to be successful in life.

”This is my first time at such an environment. It’s very unique. The idea is brilliant. The fact that the Ananse story is going to be told in digital terms, in more audio terms, as well as current technology is more exciting. I think we need more of such to boost the habit of reading in the country.” he indicated.

Year Of Return
The celebration of Year of Return in Ghana to mark 400 years since the first black slaves landed in Jamestown, Virginia, also contributed in bringing people from the diaspora to the Toni Morrison celebration.

They included Nicole Jonas, Simmons Ari Parker, Madam Jonas White, Rosaria Marvin, Bozoma Saint, among others.

”We are here to learn more about Ghanaian music and also about the African roots. We’ve heard the name Toni Morrison before, but we never knew all these exclusives about her personality. We are happy to be part of this celebration. We look forward to more”.

The celebration happens to be the third edition of the e-Ananse book reading session in Osu. Previous editions were directed by Stevie Nii-Adu Mensah, author of ‘It’s Cold oo’ and Madam Bisi Adjapon, author ‘Of Women and Frogs’.

e-Ananse Library Mission
The e-Ananse Libraries are to help revitalize Ghana’s reading culture and provide people with the tools to compete in the 21st Century by giving them access to high-quality contemporary literature, state-of-the-art computing facilities, and world-class literary events.

Each library has an e-Ananse technology hub, christened the Innovation Hub, which is equipped with internet-enabled PCs to give library-members access to the full range of resources available on the World Wide Web.

West Blue Consultancy aims at using the concept to help improve the standard of education in the country.

The General Manager, Mr. Kingsley Abeyieh, said the libraries are opened every Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

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Cardi B Exposes Boobs To Promote Her New Movie

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Cardi B exposes boobs to promote her new movie. American recording artist, Cardi B has shared a steamy hot photo of her boobs to promote her new movie, ‘Hustlers‘.Cardi B would be portraying her previous lifestyle as a stripper and dancer prior to mainstream success in 2015. The photo is a scene from the movie called Hustlers. It features acts like Jennifer Lopez and Keke Palmer.

 
 


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Man Pranks His Girlfriend By Pretending He Had Another Girl At Home – Her Reaction? See VIDEO

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A man pranked his girlfriend by setting up a dummy to make it look like he had another woman in the house. The girlfriend’s reaction when she walked in will have you watching the video multiple times. In the viral video, the man can be seen putting the dummy in place as he awaited the arrival of his girlfriend. He then lay back on a chair and waited until he heard her footsteps.  

When he noticed she was approaching, he stood and got close to the dummy, touching it, as though he were fondling a woman.  

His girlfriend walked in on this sight and didn’t miss a bit. She immediately leaped towards the man and the “side chick”, jumping them in one swift, athletic move. As she did, she raised her feet and kicked the dummy’s head. 

Her quick reaction has amused Instagram users but what people find most amusing is the kick she aimed at the head of the “side chic”. Most said if the dummy were a real woman she would have suffered some serious injuries. 

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Customs Seize Marijuana Worth $2.3 Million Hidden In Red Pepper – PHOTO

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US Customs officers have seized nearly four tons of marijuana worth $2.3 million hidden in a consignment of jalapeno peppers. A sniffer dog alerted officers to a trailer with a shipment of peppers in San Diego on the border with Mexico.
 
According to the Customs and Border Protection, “a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as jalapeno peppers.” Officers at Otay Mesa cargo facility found 314 packages of marijuana weighing 7,560 pounds (3.4 tonnes) mixed among the jalapeno peppers.
 
“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” said Otay Mesa Port director Rosa Hernandez. The acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan also shared image of the seized marijuana on his verified Twitter handle and hailed the officers for a job well done.
 
CBP has seized 113 tons (103 tonnes) of marijuana so far this year, along with 41 tons of cocaine and 27 tons of methamphetamine. In July authorities seized nearly 20 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $1 billion from a ship at the port of Philadelphia in one of the largest drug busts in US history.

 
 
 
 

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Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Split After 6 Years of Dating

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The relationship between Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx has been percolating below the surface of public knowledge for years, and now that it finally appears to be confirmed, it’s all over.After six years of relationship speculation, E! News and PageSix have both confirmed with sources that Holmes and Foxx separated back in May. A source from the music industry also told Peoplethat the couple has split. Reps for Holmes and Foxx have not commented, but that’s nothing new.

 
 


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1.4bn MoMo Transactions Between 2017-18 – Dep. BoG Governor

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The volume of mobile money transactions in the country jumped by more than 40 per cent from 982 million to 1.4 billion transactions between 2017 and 2018, Dr. Maxwell Opoku-Afari, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana has said.To this end, Dr Opoku-Afari said Ghana’s progress in migrating to electronic payments has been phenomenal.

“In less than a decade, we have increased the number of financially included persons from 41 per cent in 2014 to 58 per cent in 2017, and most of the jump emanated from mobile money patronage. For instance, the volume of mobile money transactions jumped by more than 40 per cent from 982 million to 1.4 billion transactions between 2017 and 2018,” he said in his key note address at the 2019 Digital Banking Summit held in Accra on Monday, 19 August 2019.

Speaking on the theme: “Digitisation of the Banking Sector – En route to a Cashless Africa” Dr Opoku-Afari noted that with the advent of technology, conservative banking operations has given way to dynamism and competition as innovative financial services and product are constantly being churned out.

He said currently, banks are not only competing among themselves for financial services but also with nontraditional providers such as financial technology companies (fintechs).

These developments, Dr Opoku-Afari said raise important issues on banks’ business models that would appropriately deal with the increased levels of competition in the industry.

“Faced with these challenges, banks are adopting collaborative strategies and leveraging on opportunities to partner new payment service providers or existing players in the delivery of financial services,” he stated adding that “in the mobile money space, financial technology companies, banks and mobile money operators have collaborated to introduce value added services such as digital credit, savings and investment, online payment platforms, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) services, mobile banking services, Quick Response (QR) codes, Point of Sale (POS) devices, termination of inward remittances into mobile wallets or bank accounts, and agency banking services.”

He noted that although digitisation provides great potential for the banking sector to offer products and services that hitherto was not regarded as feasible the transition to a digital economy requires re-orientation of the sector to meet consumer demand.

Dr Opoku-Afari stated further that although Ghana has made enormous stride in achieving a cashless society, the next key area is to enhance public confidence.

He said: “Despite the successes achieved so far, some consumers still lack awareness and confidence in electronic payments. In this direction, the various stakeholders are undertaking continued consumer education and financial literacy to build confidence and help in fraud reduction.

“GhIPSS and stakeholders in the payment industry are also building a fund to support consumer education. Also, on a regular basis, payment service providers are educating the public on how to avoid scams in the use of the newly deployed payment products and services.”

The Bank of Ghana, he noted, is fully committed to the cash-lite agenda which ties in with the Government of Ghana’s digital economy agenda.

“So far, we have seen the introduction of the biometric national identification system and the digital addressing system which are all supportive of our quest to drive digitised financial transactions. As the central bank, we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of these initiatives. Of course, there will be challenges, but with firm commitment, we will eventually reduce the dominance of cash in transactions and improve the efficiency and security of payments for a more inclusive society,” Dr Opoku-Afari concluded.

 
 
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Hurray, the full complement of the Free Senior High School policy of the NPP administration under the leadership of Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic would have materialized. We are told by the President that by the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year, 1.2 million children from the Junior High School system would have been offered admissions to the various SHSs throughout the country since the policy began in the 2017/1018 academic year.Undoubtedly, some of these children of ours would have missed the opportunity to have secondary education but for the policy of the NPP. I have stated in this column on a number of occasions that many otherwise brilliant kids of my generation did not have the opportunity to access secondary education because of financial difficulties. Only four of us out of my class of 35 who completed the Middle School the same year struggled to enter the secondary school.

I am sure along the line so many other children missed the boat for financial reasons. This generation, under the Akufo-Addo administration is lucky to enjoy a system that opens up the opportunity for them to go beyond the JHS education. The figures given by the President gives an average of 400,000 students per year since the programme began. In 2020, the first batch of the products of the Free SHS policy would sit their exams. I do not want to be cynical here in terms of what their performance would be but whatever the case might be, about 400,000 graduates would exit as the first batch of the programme.

My question here is what will be the next stage for these children? Obviously, some of them would proceed to the available universities in the country while just a few from wealthy families may proceed to other tertiary educational institutions outside the country. I understand that the total available space in the nation’s tertiary institutions or post SHS educational institutions, namely, the universities, Polytechnics (which are now universities as well), Nursing Training institutions, Colleges of Education (Teacher Training colleges) and other allied training institutions put together can only engage 130, 000 graduates from the various SHSs.

Now if the vacancies are filled by the exceptional students, what happens to the average and below average graduates of the SHS whose numbers may amount to about 200,000? Where do we place them? What do we do with them? How have we prepared them to continue to the few Technical Schools available even if those schools are equipped enough to offer them the artisanal skills that will make them self -reliant in the job market?

In this era of very limited job opportunities for even those who have left various educational institutions, where would those who would not be able to move on to the next academic ladder go? Sadly, in this country, once a child enters the secondary school, the perception is that he or she cannot move backwards to learn the everyday skills which our society has reserved for the illiterates, semi-literates or school dropouts.

We do not counsel and prepare the minds of the children to accept the fact that they can go ahead to equip themselves with other skills after secondary school that will open up job opportunities for them or make them masters of their own. The truth of the matter is that modern trends have made it a little bit difficult for stark illiterates to engage in some types of artisanal occupation. For example, to detect faults in many vehicles today require the use of technology which they call diagnostic machines. Stark illiterates may not be able to handle such machines or equipment.

Plumbing and many other skills hitherto reserved for the illiterates have become full time professional jobs that require a certain minimum level of education for a practitioner to be more adept to the job. Electrical jobs on both vehicles and households can no longer be done very well in modern times by illiterate artisans. These and many other skills are in regular demand on a daily basis yet, a sizeable number of our young men and women out of school at various levels are looking up to government for jobs that do not exist.

The state has not done anything to encourage young graduates from SHS and beyond to spend a little time to learn some skills so they can live by them. Indeed, the state would not encourage them because it is not ready to invest in the formal sector institutions and the informal sectors of training to encourage our young ones to learn any form of skills. For example, the Suames and the Kokompes in this country are the places where about 90% of vehicle owners, service and maintain their vehicles. What are the states of these places?

They are so filthy and unattractive to the young ones who may otherwise want to learn some skills after school. What are we doing to upgrade these places so that the young ones would take advantage of the immense opportunities available to them in these areas? The housing sector, both at the individual levels or as Estate Development has two major components in modern houses-Tiling and what has become known as the POP (Plaster of Paris).

Our reality is that the best tilers and operators of the POP are from the Republic of Togo. What is so special about these skills that Ghanaians cannot acquire them for their own survival?  The answer simply is that, the nation is not even identifying these opportunities, let alone creates the right environment for the youth to take advantage of.

Since the 1990s, a substantial number of young people in the United Kingdom are rather going to the Polytechnics to learn artisanal skills after their A’ levels instead of taking £50,000.00 loans for university education. They are making more money as Plumbers and Electricians than they probably would have made as Medical doctors. This is a fact. What we have done is to politically change institutions traditionally created to offer middle level technical skills into the humanities.

Meet many of our young people from the now Technical Universities and many of them are graduates of Marketing, Purchasing and Supply, Human Resource Management, Procurement etc. No one is doing Production, what are they going to market, purchase and supply and to whom? We are training and producing human resources for convenience sake and not for the benefit of those we are training and for the nation generally.

We have 1.2 million young people who are going to come out from our Senior High Schools in the next three years, what preparations are we making as a nation to mould them in a manner that will make them more productive and less reliant on government for white colour jobs which do not exist? Should we fail to redirect the thoughts of the products of the SHS, and push them into the system as business as usual, we cannot manage the outcomes of the social upheavals that the otherwise brilliant idea of ensuring secondary education for our young people may bring in its wake.

“It is , thus, inevitable that from 2020, when the first batch of free SHS students graduate, our universities and other tertiary institutions would be confronted with the challenge of higher numbers of students seeking admission,” the President is quoted.

We know the problems ahead of us, what are the solutions? I have proffered a few above, if they are worth considering, so be it.

Daavi, three tots for the day.

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Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah aka NAM1, has been briefed about the deaths of some 23 customers of the company.A customer of the gold collectible firm stormed a press conference that was being addressed by NAM1 on Monday, August 19, 2019, in Accra and seized the opportunity to point out the trauma that Menzgold customers have had to endure throughout the company’s legal battle and closure.

Timothy Enoch said aside the 23 dead, some customers were also bedridden.

He said “all I will also have to say boss is that, we have had a lot of patience to wait.”

“As urgent as possible, as he may be able to offer, should be done quick. So that whatever that needs to be done with government, be done so that customers are paid within the shortest time possible.”

“We can say on record that, 23 customers have died. Most of them too are bedridden,” he said.

There was a minute of silence for the departed customers.

NAM1 had earlier pleaded with government to among things unfreeze his accounts and that of Menzgold.

He also urged the Attorney General’s Department to help Menzgold retrieve some $39 million reportedly owed it by a Dubai company, Horizon Royal Diamonds.

Furthermore, he asked government to indicate clearly which institution in Ghana should be in charge of the supervision of gold trade

NAM1 stated that the assistance from government will help Menzgold pay its customers, giving the impression that Menzgold may not be able to pay its customers its request was met.

He thanked Government and the regulator “for not sparing the rod and spoiling the child.”

NAM 1 was recently released from police custody after an Accra High Court reviewed his earlier GH¢ 1 billion bail condition.

He was earlier standing trial in Dubai after his arrest there in connection with an alleged fraudulent gold deal.

Menzgold Ghana has been facing legal battle since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ordered it in September 2018 to halt its ‘illegal’ deposit taking business with the public.

NAM1 is believed to have traveled to the Emirates to retrieve the $39 million accordingly owed him by the Dubai firm to settle Menzgold clients.

Unfortunately, he ended up being arrested and has been standing trial in Dubai.

 
 
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Nana Obranu Ogyedom Kwesi Atta, the Paramount Chief for Gomoa Afransi, has purchased the first copy of Patapaa’s ‘Pa2pa Scopatumanaa’ album for Gh¢60,000.00. GNA reports that the Chief purchased the 16-track album during its launch on Friday at the Swedru Sports Stadium on August 16.Patapaa, known privately as Justice Amoah, recruited the likes of Articlewan, Sista Afia, Stonebwoy, Medikal, Kwaw Kese and Fameye on some songs of the album.

The album has some interesting song titles including ‘Chensee Tafri Mu’, ‘Ebeye Yie’, ‘Mene Woara’, ‘Wo Ho Aba’ which features Kwaw Kese and Fameye as well as ‘Chaskelen’.

Patapaa rocked the Swedru Sports Stadium with his Scopatumanaa flow. He was supported by performances by Kwaw Kese, Wendy Shay, Articlewan and Kofi Kinaata on the night.

Explaining the album title in a tweet before the show, Patapaa said he wants the world to know he is the originator of the #scopatumanaa term which has taken social media by storm.

He added that the album is for the international market and will soon top charts across the world.

Patapaa tweeted: “My #Pa2PaAlbum is for the international market and will soon top charts in the world… I want the world to know I’m the originator of the worldwide term #Scopatumanaa and that’s why the need to grab the album and listen to what I have for the world”.

Pa2pa Scopatumanaa is available on all music streaming platforms.

 
 
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A policeman has been shot dead by alleged armed robbers at Manso Abodom Dome in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti region. The cop whose name was only given as Ben was shot dead on Monday, 19 August 2019 around 5:30pm.He was shot in the head by the gun men. The body has been deposited at the Agroyesum hospital morgue awaiting autopsy.

A police source confirmed the incidence to Class News’ Ashanti regional correspondent Elisha Adarkwa.

 
 
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The race to become the Inspector General of Police (IGP) must not be seen as a do-or-die affair for relevant candidates, the immediate past IGP, Mr David Asante-Apeatu, has said.He said jostling for the highest position in the Ghana Police Service could come with the application of all means possible to outmaneuvre one another, noting that it would not hold good for the working relationship established among the senior officers over the years and by extension the image of the service.

Addressing congregants of the St George Catholic Church at the Police Training School in Accra at a farewell and thanksgiving service held in his honour on Sunday (August 18, 2019), Mr Asante-Apeatu stressed: “Do not strive to achieve this aim at all cost at the expense of the decades of friendship that you have built, for what is written is written and it shall come to pass”.

Appreciation

While expressing his appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for appointing him to serve as IGP, he also thanked all who worked with him during his tenure at the helm. The former IGP said looking at the calibre of senior police officers, “I can say the President has the finest array of people to choose from to become the IGP”. He added: “I can see many of you becoming IGPs while I am alive”. Integrity, Mr Asante-Apeatu pointed out, was about doing the right thing when no one was watching.

Bad ones

The former IGP admitted that there were a few bad lots in the service who consistently tarnished the good name of the Ghana Police Service. He urged police personnel to build their communication skills and enhance their communication with the public.

“Reorienting your interpersonal communication skills is essential to how we are perceived as a world-class police. Research has proven that effective communication with the citizens has become more important than the number of arrest made in a period or our screaming sirens on the streets,” he said.

He pointed out that people were watching the police and so they must endeavour to live up to expectation, no matter where they found themselves

Credibility

Mr Asante-Apeatu said all that the Ghana Police Service had was its credibility. “Our credibility is all we have. If you mess up, it affects every single one of us, and the people insult all of us together when they should be praising all of us instead,” he said.

Citing the incident of Corporal Agatha Nana Nabin, a police woman who was shot on duty at a checkpoint on the Tamale -Kumbungu road on

July 30 , 2019 by some occupants of a vehicle she had stopped to inspect that night, Mr Asante-Apeatu noted that police personnel risked their lives to protect the citizenry and such “martyrs” must be honoured.

Achievements

He mentioned some of his achievements as the successful investigation of serial murders, establishment of a crime scene management unit for the service and the re-introduction of the marine police. Mr Asante-Apeatu, donning a cream suit, was presented with a citation after which the clergy prayed for him and his family.

Homily

In a homily, the Chaplain General of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police Very Reverend George Arthur, urged the former IGP to use the early days of his retirement period to reflect on his achievements and failures by taking a retrospective view of his career in the police service and his leadership as the IGP.

He urged Mr Asante-Apeatu to reconcile with those he inadvertently offended in the service and outside the service. “This world is a cycle. You will surely meet or encounter them somewhere. You may even need their service or support in future. No human being is an island,” he said.

He urged office holders to use their positions to reconcile, unite, restore peace and build the society.

 
 
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YOUTH MUST KNOW SERIES: Mahama And NDC Are Threat To Free SHS Policy—Nana Boakye

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The National Youth Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye says the sudden U-turn of Former President John Mahama on ‘Free SHS Policy’ is clear show of deceptive, shrouded in treachery and should not be given a listening ear.

According to him, the unexpected utterances made by Former President Mahama whiles speaking at the 27th Annual Residential Delegate Congress organized by the Ghana National Union of Technical University Students in Kumasi contradicts the moldy entrenched hostility exhibited by the NDC against the Free SHS Policy since 2008.

Addressing the media at a ‘Youth Must Know Series’, the National Youth Organiser said “For the avoidance of doubt and in the spirit of making it known to the youth of Ghana, the NPP youth wing, without a shred of equivocation, asserts that the seeming endorsement given to Free SHS policy by former president Mahama is driven by ill-faith, deception and opportunism borne out of former president Mahama and the NDC’s innate tendencies to subtly associate themselves with good things and to benefit from same.”

According to him, Former President Mahama and the NDC in 2012 sponsored over 46 radio and television adverts against the Free SHS policy. Their vicious advances against the policy assumed fearsome crescendo when in the lead up to the 2012 elections, a tape purported to have the voice of the respected Man of God, Pastor Mensah Otabil was doctored and thrown into the airwaves in furtherance to their vile attempt to discredit the policy.

Nana Boakye further disclosed that the Youth Wing of the NPP can boldly state that Ex-President Mahama and the NDC if given another opportunity to lead this nation will deliberately collapse the free SHS policy and re-direct the funds into dubious contracts that will directly put money into their pockets than benefit the millions of Ghanaians.

“Former president Mahama on November 23, 2012 told the people of Okere in the Eastern Region that “Free SHS will collapse the education system of Ghana. He at UCC in 2016 said, ”The Free Senior High School by the NPP is a political gimmick. The Former Head of State at the NDC’s Tarkwa unity walk strongly rejected the Free SHS policy stating that it is unwise to implement it.” he stated.

Information gathered indicates that Former president Mahama on November 25, 2017 stated that “Lalasulala Free SHS will fail” likewise on his presidential primaries tour said to Akufo-Addo’s ”Free SHS is not working. Former president Mahama again on October 1, 2018 reiterated his aversion to Free SHS stating that it will undergo a review and hinted on the possibility of the policy being scrapped because to him it is unthinkable to spend 2 billion Ghana cedis in free SHS and that it is seriously constricting government’s budget. The then Minister of Education, Lee Ocran, on 10th September, 2012 said ”Free SHS can only be possible in 2032, in 20 years time.”

The National Youth Organiser further disclosed that the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga, who on September 26, 2016, said ”Choose Mahama’s education policy, it is better than Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS.

“Hajia Joyce Zeinabu, then National Women Organizer of the NDC in 2016, November 20, had this to say, ”Free SHS will breed teenage pregnancies”. The General Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah is on record to have said on October 1, 2018 that Free SHS is shambolic and that it will have to be scrapped. The National Chairman of the NDC, Elder Ofosu Ampofo also on 18th December, 2018 said “Double Track system is causing teenage pregnancy”. NDC MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza, on June 19, 2018 said ”Over concentration on Free SHS stifling funds meant for flood prevention,” he outlined.

Nana Boakye further revealed that Hon. Adam Mutawakilu, NDC MP for Damango said ”Blame the mysterious deaths at KUMACA to overcrowding as a result of Free SHS”.

Speaking on the Constitutional Provision, The National Youth Organiser said “It does appear that deliberately, former president Mahama, overtime, has been breaking his neck to hoodwink Ghanaians with the notion that Free SHS is a constitutionally mandated policy and not the idea of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo for which the NPP must be commended for implementing same. The fallacy and intellectual poverty inherent in this line of argument does not only make Mr. Mahama look ridiculous but also demonstrates that the NDC as a party has been very wasteful and extremely disappointing in their performance when they were in power and for that matter should never be allowed, for even a day, to run this country.”

He mentioned that its been 28 years since the promulgation of the 1992 constitution out of which the NDC has had 16 years to govern this country.

“It is therefore humiliating that the NDC, albeit the more years they have had to rule this country than any other party, has failed woefully to implement the supposedly constitutionally mandated Free SHS policy. Is it not interesting that it has taken President Akufo-Addo less than one year to do what the NDC couldn’t do in 16 years. These two narratives points to one conclusion, that the NDC are bad managers of the economy and lack the requisite skills set and competence to accelerate sustainable economic growth and development whilst the NPP exudes the competence to put on a spurt massive life-saving and transformational pro-poor policies for enhanced living standards and shared prosperity,” he stated.

Addressing the media on Double Track System, he highlighted that the NDC have sought to bastardize the Double Track System due to their lack of understanding on how it operates.

“Government introduced the double-track system following the commencement of the Free Senior High School policy as a temporal measure to contain the overwhelming number of students amidst limited infrastructure. Statistics from the Ministry of Education indicate that in 2017 and 2018 alone, about 270,000 Ghanaian Children who but for the timely intervention of Free SHS would have been thrown out unto the streets, have been enrolled into the various senior high schools across the country. What the Government sought to do with the Double Track System was to bring closure to the age-long narrative where pupils who qualify and are willing to access Senior High School are denied because of limited space,” Nana Boakye noted.

Further checks reveal that it is important to underscore that the Double Track System has not only allowed for the maximum use of infrastructure but has reduced class size and increased contact hours.

“This arrangement, in no doubt, will lead to an increase in the quality of our SHS education, culminating into the churning out of an army of smart and intelligent young SHS graduates to help in the building of a great country. It is on this premise that the astute and respected Ghanaian educationist, entrepreneur and Founder of ASHESI University, Mr. Patrick Awuah commended the government stating that “the double-track system is a cleaver idea” and that the “idea has the potential of not only helping Ghana really solve the problem of access, but become a model for the rest of the continent”.

Modern Ghana is learning that however, as characteristic of Former President Mahama and the NDC to have been persistent in their dishonest conduct of criticizing the Double Track System without providing alternative ideas. The open ridicule and deliberate distortions of the facts by the NDC relative to the Double Track System only reaffirm the belief of many Ghanaians that the NDC lacks the requisite knowledge and competence to contribute to nation building. To prove their worth, former president Mahama and the NDC should, with alacrity, disclose to Ghanaians their alternative comprehensive and detailed plan for Free SHS. The irresponsible name-calling and careless use of semantics like “review” as their action plan only exposes the poverty in their understanding of the policy and uncertainty about what they intend to do about the policy.

“For the former President Mahama to say in his speech he will assemble all stakeholders to provide him with solutions on the Free SHS policy demonstrates clearly he does not have any meaningful contribution to the free SHS policy, but he is only desperate to associate himself with the success chocked by the policy,” Nana Boakye revealed.

Explaining the unprecedented infrastructure projects in some Senior High Schools (SHSs), he disclosed that the Youth wing is happy to report to the youth of Ghana that the well calculated attempt by the government to expand access to senior high schools and eliminate the Double Track system is yielding positive results as new projects have reached final stages of completion.

He said, “At least some 804 facilities which started in 2017 under the Senior High School Intervention Projects (SHSIPs) are expected to be ready for use by the start of the 2019/2020 academic year.”

It is believed that the projects consist of the construction of new classroom, administration and dormitory blocks, as well as assembly halls, science laboratories and toilet facilities. This massive infrastructure expansion in existing SHSs delivered in a short period is unprecedented. You would recall that the NDC said it will take 20 years to put up such massive infrastructure projects to permit the implementation of the Free SHS policy.

“It is therefore refreshing to underscore that, within 3 years President Akufo-Addo has achieved what would have taken Mr. Mahama and the NDC 20 years to realize,” he stressed.

On the provision of Learning Materials, the National Youth Organiser mentioned that for the first time in 10years, learning materials like core textbooks, supplementary readers, uniforms, house-cloths, house-dress, technical drawing equipment, PE kits, notebooks and exercise books were supplied for free.

On Jobs on the Wheels of Free SHS, he said “In 2018, a total of 8,000 additional Teachers were employed to take care of the additional number of students resulting from the successful implementation of the Free SHS Policy. This recruitment is independent of the regular recruitments that have been done by government since 2017 that have resulted in the posting of over 59,000 newly recruited teachers. The NDC has no shame that by virtue of Free SHS, several thousands of young people who were unemployed for years due to the bad economic management of the incompetent and corrupt Mahama government are now gainfully employed.

Modern Ghana is that the new policy is motivating many teachers to enhance performance. Until the assumption office by HE Nana Addo Dan0kwah Akufo-Addo, pupils in SHS were billed an amount of money as Teacher Motivation fee. This arrangement largely brought undue financial burden to parents and much inconveniences to students who defaulted in payment as they were made to leave class and sometimes examination halls.

Nana Boateng said “We have picked up intelligence about a grand scheme being orchestrated by the NDC to run down the Free SHS Policy and other smart educational policies being implemented by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service (GES). We are reliably informed that in the coming days, a group of retired educationists and members of the academia as well as former leaders of Teacher Unions with allegiance to the NDC would be part of the sinister game, which is to be coordinated by some known opposition politicians.”

He cautioned the general public is admonished to be on the lookout for such unpatriotic and callous members of the society and as they have done in time past, treat their acts with utmost contempt.

“We entreat Ghanaians to remain steadfast in their support to government on the many policies being implemented. A critical analysis of the utterances of former President Mahama and other NDC functionaries relative to the Free SHS policy and double track system gives an obvious conclusion that they have been confused and bereft of ideas since they were in charge of government for 8 years to date,” he recalled.

The National Youth Organiser further stated that the party is informed by reliable sources close to the NDC that Mr. Mahama had to be compelled to backtrack on his decade hostilities against the policy.

“They have failed in their diverse plots to dishonestly demonize the Free SHS policy for Ghanaians to be demoralized about same. Free SHS will heavily influence voters in deciding on which party to vote for in the upcoming 2020 general elections judging from the massive numbers of young people who turnout to register in the just ended EC’s Limited Registration Exercise,” he said.

The National Youth Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Henry Nana Boakye challenged Ghanaians, especially the Youth to never trust Former President Mahama to sustain the implementation of the Free SHS policy.

“We are aware that Mr. Mahama and the NDC canceled Teacher Trainees and Nursing Trainees allowances. Some newly trained health professionals for over 4 years have been let off the hook. The massive endorsement from religious and traditional leaders and the testimonies about the Free SHS policy from parents and well-meaning Ghanaians, provide enough grounds for Ghanaians to vote for the NPP to prevent the NDC from destroying these transformative and progressive policies in future,” Nana Boakye stated.

The National Youth Organiser lauded the President, HE Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and his team for their visionary leadership that in September, 2019, over 1.2 million Ghanaians access second cycle education, free of charge.

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