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I’m Not What People Think I’m – Amidu

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Special Prosecutor Nominee Martin Amidu has said he is not as fearful as people think he is.

“It’s all about perceptions. If people don’t know you they have some perceptions of you and that is the problem. When people come close and they get to know me, they know I am not what they think I am.

“I may not have a smiling face or handsome face but I have a heart that loves people. I’m not the person that people think I’m,” Amidu responded to a question that wondered why he appears fearsome to some people during his vetting in Parliament today.

Mr. Amidu however emphasised he will pursue cases in the nation’s interest and will create room for those who are willing to return looted funds if they satisfy certain conditions.

“The office will be reasonable and act in the nation’s interests. If a person agrees to get the money back, ensuring they do that is better than imprisoning them and feeding them with state funds until they grow old and are pardoned,” the former deputy attorney general said.

About Martin Amidu

Martin A. B. K. Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills.

Amidu, a member of the NDC, served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government.

After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.

In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both, however, lost to President John Kufuor that year.

 

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Stop picketing; we’ll employ 32,000 nurses this year – Gov’t

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Government has told graduate nurses to stop picketing at the Health Ministry as plans are far advanced to employ them this year, 2018.

Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, at a news conference on today [Tuesday], said the Finance Ministry has given clearance for them to be employed. He however did not state specifically which month they will be engaged.

“This year, government is employing 32,000 health professionals, and out of that 27,000 are nurses. The 32,000 are graduates from 2014 to 2016, who are going to be employed, these are people who were left unattended to by the previous administration and we are going to employ them.”

This comes after a new group of graduate nurses picketed at the Ministry of Health asking to be employed by government.

Picketing at the Health Ministry to demand employment has become a common phenomenon for various health professionals in the country especially in the last three (3) years.

The about 200 graduates who picketed at the Ministry on Monday say several appeals to the Ministry of Health to engage them after they completed school in 2016, have not yielded results.

Some of the nurses were clad in red and wielded placards with messages that urged government to immediately address their concerns.

The aggrieved students were prepared to spend the night at the Ministry if authorities failed to post them, but they were dispersed by police personnel, only to return to the Ministry today [Tuesday].

Last week, another group of bonded unemployed nurses and midwives staged a protest at the Ministry of Health to demand posting.

They said they have been idling at home for the past two years after successfully leaving school and completing their mandatory national service.

But Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid at the press conference said the picketing must stop because the Health Ministry will soon be posting them.

“Once the paper works are done, the Health Ministry will begin to post them across the country.”

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Roads to be closed for 5th ECOWAS Presidential Task-force meeting

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The Accra Regional Police Command has announced a temporary closure of some roads in Accra ahead of the 5th Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Presidential Task-force meeting.

The Presidential Task-force meeting on a single currency for the West African sub-region, will be hosted in Ghana and chaired by President Akufo-Addo.

It will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre from the 21st of February.

In a statement signed by the Public Relations officer for Accra Regional Police Command, the Police said there will be a temporary closure of the Osu Cemetary Traffic Light on the Castle Road to AU Circle, intermittent closure on the Independence Avenue through 37 interchanges to AU circle.

The Regional Police Command urged the general public to cooperate with the police for effective traffic management.

“The general public is urged to cooperate with the police to ensure effective traffic management.Any inconvenience that these arrangements would cause is deeply regretted ”

In attendance will be the Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, H.E. Alhassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Niger, H.E Issoufou Mahamadou, the Governors of Central Banks and foreign Ministers from the ECOWAS.

The Presidential Task-force meeting will be preceded by two meetings namely: The 6th Technical Meeting of the Presidential Task Force and the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of the Presidential Task Force.”

Representatives of the Ministries of Finance and Economy of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, Niger and Nigeria, Central Banks of ECOWAS Members State and the regional institutions involved in the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Programme (EMCP), namely the ECOWAS Commission, UEMOA Commission, West African Monetary Agency (WAMA), West African Monetary Institution (WAMI) BCEAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will be in attendance for the Technical Meetings.

The meeting will provide a platform to deliberate on issues related to the ECOWAS single currency Programme and review strategies to accelerate the single currency by 2020.

The single Currency programme is in line with the vision of ECOWAS to transform the sub-region into an economic and monetary union.

“ECOWAS was founded with the aim the transforming the sub-region into an economic and monetary union. This led to the adoption of the Community Authority of the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Programme (EMCP) in July 1987.”

The last ECOWAS single Currency Programme was held in Niamey, Niger in October 2017.

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Let’s Work Together To Promote Healthy-Living – First Lady

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First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has urged individuals and institutions “to work together to promote healthy-living among all people living in Ghana, irrespective of their social setting.”

Mrs. Akufo-Addo made this call while launching Rotary Club’s 2018 Rotary Family Health Days campaign at the Osu Presbyterian Church Hall in Accra.

The three-day health programme by Rotary intends to provide critical health services to 50,000 underserved women, children, and families in 50 deprived communities across the country.

In her address, the First Lady commended Rotary for their initiative adding that with their proven record of success in addressing health needs of various communities in the country, she is confident they will achieve their target for this initiative.

She also commended them for their “work in the construction of clinics and the provision of medical equipment and supplies, clean water, sanitation facilities and training of health staff” and encouraged them to have greater and better collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Education and Sanitation and Water Resources.

The First Lady also noted that as a country we should never lose sight of the fact that “health is one of the most precious commodities on earth” and it should be prioritized at all times.

She emphasized that “most nations put a high premium on health and our country is no exception” because we all know “health is wealth.”

She said that though many interventions have been put in place to improve healthcare delivery in Ghana, “government alone cannot provide all the health needs of Ghanaians” and for this reason, it is imperative for each and every one to do whatever they can to support those efforts to ensure quality healthcare for all.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo indicated that the two foundations she is involved with Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation and Rebecca Foundation have been guided by this fact and they have taken on the challenge to help improve healthcare delivery especially towards maternal and child health leading to recent construction of Mother and Baby unit for Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi as well as CHPS Compound for Nyanshegu, Tamale.

She added that Rebecca Foundation is currently “helping to build a hostel for parents of children receiving cancer treatment at Korle Bu” and “also plan to build a paediatric intensive care unit for the children’s block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.”

She commended all Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society organizations for their enormous time and resources invested in improving health outcomes for Ghanaians.

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