President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Yaw Amoateng Afriyie, the son of the late Sir John as Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

Amoateng Afriyie’s appointment is subject to the constitutionally required advice of the governing Board of the GIPC in consultation with the Public Services Commission.

He is expected to assist the newly constituted Board and Chief Executive Officer, Yofi Grant, and existing Management to ensure Ghana’s post-covid recovery anchors on competitiveness, innovation, and the Board’s broader objectives aligning with Ghana’s international obligations.

Profile

Prior to his appointment, he worked in various senior capacities in the United Kingdom and Ghana as a Management & Political Risk professional.

He possesses considerable experience in commercial, tactical and strategic issues affecting business and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Until recently, he was Managing Director of Elmina Advisory Limited, a Ghana-focused government affairs consultancy advising blue-chip companies and global consultancies to assess opportunities and manage the impact of politics and policy, macroeconomics and security in Ghana.

He has also worked as Head of West Africa at Africa Matters Limited (AML), a London based Africa focused consultancy; a Research Analyst at Conservative Campaign HQ – International Office; Researcher at Africa Practice, London; an External Consultant at FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm; and an Anglophone West Africa Freelance Contributor at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Afriyie holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business from The Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford, a Masters Degree (MA) in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Amoateng Afriyie is an enthusiastic amateur golfer who plays to a handicap of 12. He is equally passionate about the arts, music of various genres, current affairs, and other sports, including football and Formula 1.

Who is Sir John?

Sir John passed away on July 1, 2020, after a short illness.

He was a Ghanaian lawyer and politician who held a top position in the party of the current ruling government.

During the John Agyekum Kufour administration (2001-2009), he was appointed head of legal services at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and was later made to act as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the corporation.

He held several other positions including serving as general secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) from 2010 to 2014.

Prior to his passing, he was the CEO of the Forestry Commission.

General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu has called the bluff of some party supporters who have threatened to stop the 2021 Annual Delegates Conference slated for Kumasi in the coming weekend.

During a march on the party’s Ashanti Regional Secretariat last week, a group of party faithful calling themselves ‘Asanteman Nkosuo NPP Mpuntuo’ warned national executives to consider another venue for the Annual Delegates Conference or face their wrath if they insist on holding the 3-day event in Kumasi.

But reacting to the concerns raised by the group in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM monitored by Mynewsgh.com on Monday, party scribe John Boadu described their threats as “empty, laughable and anti-party”.

“Who are they to say that they would stop the whole party from holding our conference in Kumasi; they simply have no power to do so and I think if they are real party supporters, they would not be behaving this way. It’s funny that they think they can stop the party from going on with the conference”, he said.

John Boadu challenged the members of the group not to expect any special considerations for job placements but rather take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by the government to apply for jobs like any other Ghanaian would do.

He said the government cannot provide jobs for everybody at a go, but it has provided adequate opportunities for the Ghanaian youth to get employed into the various sectors including security, health, education and entrepreneurship.

The General Secretary also said adequate opportunities would be provided for youth entrepreneurship in the proposed “YouStart” initiative in the 2022 Budget.

Source: MyNewsGh.com

The membership of the group consists of identifiable groups like motor riders, Adum Petty Traders, NAFOP, and the Mamprusi Youth Association from all the 47 constituencies in the Ashanti Region.
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The protesters said they have not benefitted anything for their efforts at bringing the party to power since 2016; they accused the government and party executives of sidelining their members for appointments and various recruitments into the public sector, leaving them to the mercy of hunger and hardships.

“We have gained nothing from the NPP since we toiled for the party to assume the reins of power in 2016. We are currently at the NPP party office, and we have a place here. We are here to ask Chairman Wontumi, who is the Regional Chairman, that has there not been any benefit for the party’s identifiable groups since 2016”, Chairman of the group, Issah Ababio told journalists on the day of the protest.

Cape Coast Court of Appeal on Monday dismissed Assin North MP, James Gyakye Quayson’s application for referral to the Supreme Court for interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Constitution.

The court also refused Mr Gyakye Quayson’s application to file additional supplementary grounds of appeal.
The two applications which suffered dismissal were filed by Tsatsu Tsikata counsel for the embattled MP.
Background

The Assin North MP, appealed for stay of proceedings after the trial Judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye dismissed earlier application. Unfortunately for him, the Appeal Court he turned to also dismissed the application.
Counsel for the petitioner raised a preliminary objection to the motion for stay of proceedings on the grounds that the Court of Appeal lacked jurisdiction to grant motions for stay of proceedings since C.I. 132 has revoked rules 27A and 28 of C. I. 19 which were the rules upon which the Court of Appeal could grant an application for stay of proceedings.
Counsel for James Quayson, Justin Pwavra Teriwajah, argued that per the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of The Republic v. High Court; ex parte Magna International Transport Limited [2017-2018] 2 SCLRG 1024, the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal to grant an application for stay of proceedings is two-fold: Inherent jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal; and Jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal based on rules 21, 27, 27A and 28 of C. I. 19.

He explained, the Court of Appeal’s power to stay proceedings doesn’t mean that the Court of Appeal can no longer grant applications for stay of proceedings.
He submitted that it only means that the court’s power to grant applications for stay of proceedings is now based only on the inherent jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal.

The panel of three judges unanimously dismissed the application of the applicant for a stay of proceedings.

The judges then advised counsel for the applicant to test the law at the Supreme Court in respect of his contention that despite the revocation of rules 27A and 28 of C. I. 19 by C. I. 132, the Court of Appeal still has inherent jurisdiction to grant motions for stay of proceedings.

The NDC had filed a notice of appeal at the Cape Coast High Court over judgement on the 2020 Parliamentary Elections in the Assin North Constituency of the Central Region.

The judgement by Justice Kwasi Boakye annulling the results of the elections and demanding fresh elections to replace James Gyaakye Quayson, whose citizenship was questioned at the High Court by mason Michael Ankomah-Nimfah of Assin Bereku.

NDC’s National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo had described the judgement as a travesty of justice while the party’s leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, had hinted at heading to the Supreme Court for review of the High Court’s decision.

On Monday, August 2, the party was at the Cape Coast High Court to file the notice of appeal.

In the notice to the Court registrar, the NDC said it was dissatisfied with the judgement, citing errors by Justice Boakye in delivering that judgement.

“The High Court erred in law when it held that an election petition in the High Court is a competent procedure for challenging the decision of the [EC] to clear [the MP] for the 7th December, 2020 Parliamentary election,” one of the grounds of appeal noted.

It also said even the order by Justice Boakye lacks constitutional backing.
It is, therefore, seeking from the Court of Appeal a declaration that the judgement by Justice Boakye is void for having been issued out of jurisdiction, among other reliefs.

The outspoken Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Gregory Andrews, will bring his service to an end next week, the Australian High Commission has announced.

A Facebook post by the commission adds that Gregory Andrews will be returning to Australia with his family.

Gregory Andrews, during his service, showed keen interest in Ghanaian culture and food, spoke about the rich Ghanaian culture he has enjoyed since he came to Ghana, and said it has had a positive impact on his family.

But Andrews came under fire in February, for attending and commissioning the opening of a community centre set up by LGBTQ+ Rights Ghana in the capital city of Accra, which was later closed down following an anti-gay uproar.

This activity led a team of 8 MPs, headed by Samuel Nartey George, to jointly submit a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities in the country.

The bill is dubbed the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 and is currently being considered in parliament.

As the bill was presented before parliament, Gregory Andrews is reported to have posted that “to protect human rights sometimes our culture needs to adapt and that doesn’t mean being a different culture, it means accepting people for who they are, especially when they are not causing harm to anyone else.

“That is why on the LGBTQ+ issues, Australia will really encourage Ghana’s Parliament not to pass legislation that would discriminate the LGBTQ+ community or remove their rights or make it illegal for people to advocate for their Human Rights.”

In response to his comments, Sam George threatened to beat the diplomat. “I warned him that I’ll beat him in this town.”

When he was asked why he would do that, Sam George said “Why can’t I do that? If he decides not to behave like a diplomat, I will treat him like a non-diplomat.

Mr Andrews has however remained silent for some time now due to an unknown reason.

Below is the post by the commission

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Evangelist Elijah Nyame, the man of God at the centre of the exhumed story in Nyameyiekrom, a farming community in Ahanta West Municipal, has warmed that anybody who will try to arrest him for trying to resurrect the mother will die before he returns from cells.

He says he has the direction of God to do what he is doing, that is why he has gone to bring the dead mother from the cemetary to resurrect her.

According to him, he has been preaching from his infancy till now and has built that relationship with God such that God wants to use him to do miracles starting with the mother. He has given me several orders in the past, but people did not listen to me, so He wants me to start with my mother.

“Someone died a year ago, and I went to tell them that they should allow me to resurrect him because God told me that he is not dead. But they refused. But God told me He wants to make them know that He and me are not liars.

“So I have the power to resurrect my mother, and it is not only my mother that I will resurrect. There are thousands that I will resurrect after my mother’s,” he told Nana Yaw Kumi of Skyy Power FM, Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Responding to why people should believe him when he has failed to do so in the past, Evangelist Elijah said, that has not happened because people have refused to have faith in what God can do.

“Look, when they said they won’t allow me to resurrect the boy, God said I should insist. The person whom they said is dead, had a warm body; and he was moving his eyes. How can that happen? So I knew I could ressuret him but the family said no,” he said.

He revealed that by following up on God’s guidance, his father who has bee sick for sometime now has been healed after he exhumed his mother.

“God told me that if I won’t go and exhime my mother, then she will kill my father. Just when I brought my mother’s body front the cemetary, my father who has been seriously ill for two weeks now, has gotten up from the bed and even made his way to the farm. Ask everyone here,” he said

According to him, God will cause his mother to come back to life in His own appointed time.

“Yes My mother has not resurrected, but God has given me a direction and I will do it the way He has asked me to. He says I should be cleaning the bones continuously and in His appointed time, he will resurrect her,” he stated.

Source: westernghnews.com

Getting to know one’s HIV status is a difficult thing for many people. It comes with lots of panic and to the point that many people even collapsed getting to know that they are HIV positive.

Due to the Psychological effects and emotional trauma people go through, coupled with stigma, many people do not want to test at all.

As the world marks World AIDS Day on the theme “End inequalities. End AIDS”, we take a look at the life of a person living with HIV in Tarkwa in the Western Region to know how life has been after testing positive.

For the purposes of this story, I decided to give her the name.

For Akosua Mansah (not her real name), knowing that she was HIV positive was not a worry to her at all, because she was aware that there are drugs that could keep her safe in order to live long.

How she got to know

Haven been treated for typhoid for a long time in 2014 without any result, prompted doctors to test Akosua Mansah for HIV, after which she tested positive.

“I was sick and went to the hospital and they give me medicine for typhoid fever. I took the drug for some time, but I was not getting better. So, I went back to the hospital and reported that I was not getting better after taking the drugs. The doctor told me he will test for HIV, and I said okay. The results came and I was positive”, Akosua Mansah told Ghanaweb.

But that was not a problem to her at all, because she was given a medication that could suppress her viral load.

“I was not worried, knowing that I was positive, because I know that are drugs that will make look good”, she said.

Marriage

According to Akosua Mansah, “before I got to know my status, I was not married. But along the line, a gentleman approached me for marriage. I told her of my status and he accepted to marry me”.

She added that we went to the hospital to check his status and he was negative. We were then advised on what to do in order not to infect him with the virus.

God has blessed them with a five-year-old child who is also HIV-negative. This is because she took her drugs religiously.

U=U (undetectable means untransmittable)/Treatment

Through the continuous intake of HIV medication, one is able to reduce the viral load to the point where the virus is undetectable. At this level, the person cannot transmit the virus to anyone. And this is termed as (U=U). undetectable means untransmittable.

Akosua Mansah said after taking Tenofovir Lamivudine Dolutegravir (TLD), a combined drug for treating HIV, her viral load was suppressed to the point that the virus was not detectable, “so I was able to give birth to an HIV negative child.

Speaking in an interview, The ART Nurse at the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital Gifty Konadu indicated that Akosua Mansah was unable to transmit to her husband and child because she constantly took her drugs.

She explained that “as we notice that you are positive, we take you through counseling and tell you that you can give birth to a baby who is negative, so to achieve that you have to take the drug called Tenofovir Lamivudine Dolutegravir very well”.

She said if one is able to take the drug very well, the viral load will be suppressed within six months, “so within a year, we expect that the viral load will be less than twenty or the virus will be undetectable. At this level, you can have unprotected sex with your partner without infecting him or her. And this is termed as U=U (undetectable, untransmittable)”

“On the other hand, if you don’t take your drug well and do not follow advise, you will not meet the target so within six months if we ask you to go to the lab your virus will be above thousand and this means that the possibility of transmitting the virus to your partner or child is very high”, she added.

The 95-95-95 agenda

It is estimated by UNAIDS, that by 2030, 95 percent of people living with HIV will know their status, 95 percent of such people will be on treatment and 95 percent of people on treatment will have their viral load suppressed. This is known as the 95-95-95 target.

As a result of this, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the USAID Care Continuum Project has concentrated its activities in the Western Region and Sefwi Wiawso to accelerate Ghana’s progress in attaining the 95-95-95 goal by achieving epidemic control in these regions in Ghana.

To this end, the HIV Focal Person in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality in the Western Region, Rhoda Gyapong is encouraging all to go out and test in order to know their status.

According to her, “if you get tested and you are negative you can move on with your life, but if you are positive, then we give you the necessary counseling and referral to start your treatment”.

Rhoda advised the public to remain committed to the ABC way of prevention; Abstinence, Faithful and Condom usage.

Stigma

Commenting on Akosua Mansah’s situation, she said hearing about Akosua’s case is encouraging. This is because many people find it difficult to test, not to even talk of getting to know that they are HIV positive due to the psychological effects and stigma from society.

But for Akosua Mansah, the issue of stigma has not been a problem to her at all. This is because it is only her husband and mum who are aware of her status.

She explained that “when they told me I was HIV positive, I took it easy, apart from my mum and my husband nobody knows about it. So, nobody can point a finger at me that I have HIV. So, I don’t have any problem when it comes to stigma’.

She added that “my husband loves me very well because he always reminds me to take my drugs always, and I eat well, that is why I am healthy”.

While thanking the staff of the HIV Unit at the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital, Akosua Mansah urged people who are HIV positive not to hide but rather go to the hospital in order to get drugs that will make them live longer.

 

Story by Thomas Tetteh/westernghnews.com

The trainees of the Npp government flagship program, Nation Builders Corps have called on H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Addo to ensure they get their September and October stipends since the Christmas festivity is getting closer.

The over sixty thousand trainees expressed their bitterness to the press in an interview today.

They stated that, the Chief Executive Officer for the Program Dr. Ibrahim Anyars has betrayed them ,since he has refused to honor the promise he made about some months ago.

“We feel neglected and cheated by the authorities of the scheme, we are family men and women, honestly , we find it very difficult to survive since we have not been paid for the past three months , we are pleading with government to expedite the payment for us”, they noted.

Besides, the frustrated trainees argued that, they were convinced and coerced by their Coordinators to campaigned and voted for the Npp government to reward them with permanent jobs , but suddenly, the Npp government has turned them down.

“We have become topic for discussions in our societies over the President failure to honor his permanent jobs promise, we have the prerequisite requirements to be recruited as permanent staff ,so we are appealing to the Npp government to honor its promises”.

In conclusion, the trainees questioned the essence of the career pathway program they were told to enrolled into.

“What is the essence of the career pathway exit program the secretariat told us to follow ? We are frustrated now and calling Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to add their voices to our plea”, they emphasized.

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Former Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, has advised Ghanaians not to fall for former President John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) telling them not to make an attempt to bring them back into power.

Kwamena Duncan called on Ghanaians to wait on President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia as he works to enhance the progress of the country.

He expressed confidence in the President to transform Ghana’s economy.

“I have confidence rather in this pair, in the capable hands of Akufo-Addo and Bawumia to take us back, to bring us back on track and we will get there. This is just first year of the four-year term, we will get there! . . . Let us continue to have faith in President Akufo-Addo and Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia that this economy will be brought back on track,” he said on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme.

To him, choosing former President John Mahama is to choose hell.

“The good work that Akufo-Addo and Bawumia did between 2017 to 2018, the COVID has succeeded in consuming a major, major part of it. And I want to reckon and acknowledge that it’s made the system hot a little, but if you ever told me that there was a certain alternative and that alternative is in former President Mahama and NDC, my goodness! I would rather you send me to the bottomless pit of hell. Take me there because we saw what they could do and what they did,” he stated.

The Minister for Energy and MP for Manhyia South, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, also known as NAPO, has strongly refuted claims of ethnic bias in relation to his recent comments on radio regarding the Keta Sea Defence Wall Project.
It will be recalled that in the afternoon of 2nd December 2021, the Minister granted an interview to Asempa FM’s ‘Ekosii Sen?’ radio programme.

In particular, in discussing the Keta Sea Defence Wall project, the Minister berated the NDC for abandoning the people of Keta for eight years during their administration, noting that the project never found expression in any of the then government’s eight budgets. He was emphatic in stating that “ I support the Finance Minister finding space withing the coffers to fund the Keta Sea Defence Project. I support that 100%”.

However, what the Minister said he found objectionable was the opposition NDC insisting that unless the government found a budget line for the project because it is in their stronghold, they would not approve of the budget, describing this as ‘holding a gun to government’s head’, in which case he would, as a Kumasi MP, also lead Kumasi residents in a demonstration to press for their needs arising out of flooding situations if the hostage-taking were to yield fruit.

According to sources close to the Minister, this simple, logical argument by the Minister on political hostage-taking that has deliberately been given an unfortunate ethnic twist through a selective airing of the tape by elements in the NDC to imply that he was against the Keta Sea Defence project and would lead a demonstration against it should it be included in the budget.

It must be placed on record that over the years, the Minister has worked with individuals and teams both in Parliament and Cabinet from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and never has this been an issue in those relationships.

According to the source, is sad and unfortunate that Dr. Prempeh’s political opponents, in a desperate attempt to deflect their party’s failure to decisively dealing with the Keta Sea Defence project, find it expedient to project him in a negative ethnic light to generate ill-feeling towards him, the NPP and the government.
The source concluded that Dr. Prempeh remains focused on his mandate as a Minister and Member of Parliament and continues to believe in social justice as a core value in projecting the interests of all Ghanaians.