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Success of Stars, success for all

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his appeal to help raise $15 million to help prepare and position the senior national male football team, the Black Stars, for the 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the World Cup in the same year.

He has thus called on financial institutions in the country to assist in raising the amount for the two competitions as the collective effort would help the national team to be successful, bring smiles back on the faces of Ghanaians and secure honour for the country which would ignite and inspire success in all areas of national endeavour.

President Akufo-Addo made the call at a breakfast fundraising at the Jubilee House with captains of over 50 financial institutions to mobilise contribution for the national team.

The Stars require $25 million for their 2022 AFCON and World Cup campaigns, but the government had pledged to provide 10 million of that amount

 

Mobilisation team

The President introduced the team which is at the forefront of the mobilisation of the funds. It is made up of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Mustapha Ussif; the Deputy Minister designate for Youth and Sports, Mr Evans Opoku Bobbie; the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kurt Okraku, and former Black Stars defender, Sammy Osei Kufuor, representing the Coach of the Black Stars.

AFCON glory

Recounting the past glorious days of the Black Stars, crowned four times as African champions in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, President Akufo-Addo said the team was the dominant force in competitions, putting its name everywhere and making it a greater symbol of the country.

The President said next year would be exactly 40 years since the team last won the competition, although it had been in final and semi-finals several times in the last decade.

“I think that the Ghanaian spirit yearns for us to be once again the number one in African football and to come back from Yaoundé with the AFCON 2022 cup. The team qualified impressively for the AFCON and came tops of their group”

World Cup

President Akufo-Addo said in the same manner, the team had eight qualifying matches to play to make it to the World Cup in Qatar next year and the managers had decided to add two international friendlies in Europe as part of preparations for the participation in Qatar 2022.

Finance

The President said getting the team to the competitions and helping them to succeed would require resources, but the finances of the government even in the best of times were not the healthiest, coupled with the recent COVID-19, which meant that the public kitty had taken a very big hit which the government was gradually trying to repair.

“We will need your assistance for that final lap the team would run to bring the country the cup,” President Akufo-Addo said, stressing that without adequate support, it would be difficult to make good presentation at the championship.

He said he was aware some of the financial institutions were hit by the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic but some of them also did very well and stated that collectively they all pooled resources to assist the Black Stars

 

 

 

 

 

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The co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey is expected to move to Ghana in the coming weeks as he prepares to set up the company’s Africa headquarters in Accra.

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who made this known said the American technology entrepreneur will stay in Ghana for at least six months.

According to Owusu-Ekuful, the temporary relocation is to enable Dorsey to facilitate other operations of Twitter across the continent.

She said this in a radio interview on Accra based Asaase Radio Friday morning [April 30, 2021]

Wooing more investors

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said she is optimistic the move by the Twitter CEO will help attract other investors into the country.

“Jack will be based in Accra, so this will be his base while he visits the other countries on the continent and I am hoping that his friends would also follow him and see what he finds so special about Accra,” she said.

She added: “And they will enjoy it and love it here so that their businesses will also follow them here because when they see the fine country we have, and the very knowledgeable young people, excited about the opportunity and will take advantage of it.”

No job for the boys

 

The minister asked the youth to take advantage of the jobs being offered by the microblogging firm, adding that government will not influence any employment at the company.

 

“So, it is going to energise this whole space but go out there and apply, and it is not just limited to Ghana alone, so put in your application and you will be able to get there.”

Background

The American microblogging and social networking service Twitter on Monday 12 April announced that it has settled on Ghana to establish its Africa headquarters.

According to Twitter, it chose Ghana because “as a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate”.

It added: “Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.”

credit: Asaase Radio

 

 

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has explained that open-competitive tendering and best procurement processes led to a reduction in the cost per voter in the 2020 elections.

Those processes, it explained, opened up for other companies to bid for the various components of procuring materials for the 2020 elections.

It said with the exception of the printing of ballot papers and the procurement of indelible ink and biometric devices which had security implications, all other forms of procurement were done openly through the newspapers.

While it cost GH¢75.57 ($13) per voter in the 2016 elections, the EC spent GH¢44.66 ($7.7) per voter in last year’s elections.

That made the commission make total savings of GH¢523,409,980 or $90,243,100.

Read also: 2020 Elections highly successful — EC 

Explanation

 

Throwing more light on the cost reduction in an interview, the Deputy Commissioner of the EC in charge of Corporate Services, Dr Bossman Eric Asare, told the Daily Graphic that the reduction in the cost per voter was exactly 40.78 per cent.

That, he said, was against the backdrop of the 2020 mass voters registration exercise and the creation of 10,000 additional polling stations to reduce congestion at polling stations in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

He explained that the creation of 10,000 additional polling stations also led to the recruitment of more personnel.

 

Early procurement

Mr Asare said the EC started the procurement process very early in 2020, and that almost all the items required for the elections, with the exception of the extremely sensitive materials, were procured through open competitive tender.

He said the advertisements placed in the newspapers encouraged many people to apply.

 “Through this open, transparent process, the commission attracted largely new suppliers, who quoted prices that were both competitive and far lower than the previously dominant procurement approaches of single-sourcing and selective tendering,” he added.

Dr Asare said apart from conducting market surveys to get market prices, a number of tender evaluation committees were set up to evaluate each tender before selection was made.

Beyond that, he said, the EC held further discussions with the winners to beat down the prices.

According to him, the items procured met the quality standards required for the elections.

“In all these, if the amount spent on the COVID-19 is controlled, then the cost per voter would be less than $7,” he added.

 

 

 

 

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Former President John Dramani Mahama says that professionals in Ghana fear to identify with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) political party when the "vindictive" New Patriotic Party (NPP) is in power.

Speaking at the annual conference of the NDC’s Professionals Forum’s in Accra on Thursday, [April 29, 2021], Mr Mahama said the governing NPP is so "vindictive" that Ghanaian professionals fear associating with the main opposition NDC for fear of losing their jobs or being hunted by the government.

“I think one of the good things that Pro Forum has done is to increase the confidence of our professional groups in terms of being identified as being proud members of the NDC”.

"Before Pro Forum, Mr Mahama observed that “we had a lot of people who support the NDC but they hide under the covers and are not willing to show their faces as supporters of NDC”.

“Of course, you can understand why. With opponents who are so vindictive, I mean with many of them who are still in service, I mean showing their faces is often dangerous”, he noted.

According to him, “it’s not the same when NDC is in power”, explaining: “I mean people, very freely identify with the NPP when NDC is in power and they don’t suffer any adverse consequences for it”.

“It’s not the same when they [NPP] are in power”, he said.

“There’s a lot of vindictive hunting down of people who are believed to be NDC and taking them out of jobs. So, this confidence and pride is making more people join the Pro Forum and it’s a very good thing”, Mr Mahama said.

 

 

 

 

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The Ministry of Energy has reacted to the call by the Minority in Parliament to utilise $1 billion sovereign bond to resolve what it said was an energy crisis.

The Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, Mr John Jinapor, had urged the Ministry of Finance to utilise the $1 billion sovereign bond borrowed in 2020 to address the financial challenges of the energy sector

He also urged energy sector players to be proactive and inform electricity consumers who would be affected by power outages in advance so that affected customers could take remedial steps to mitigate the effects of such outages.

But in a response, the Ministry of Energy said, it shall not be drawn into a needles war of words that tends to politicise the situation.

"However, the Ministry welcomes constructive feedback from all sections of our society," it added.

"Government appreciates the patience of affected Ghanaians and respectfully craves their forbearance as these necessary works are undertaken in order to achieve their objective," it added.

 

 

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