President Akufo-Addo Elected ECOWAS Chairman
Akufo-Addo Elected ECOWAS Chairman: The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been elected Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), at the 57th ECOWAS Summit held in Niamey, Niger, on Monday, 7th September 2020.
The President, who was elected unanimously by his peers, takes over the mantle of leadership from the President of Niger, His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, for a period of one year.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, their Excellencies Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama, who have enjoyed, in times past, a similar privilege, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Assembly for the honour, and assured that he will do his utmost not to let the side down, and discharge his duties to the best of his abilities.
“Excellencies, I am fully aware of the challenges which confront West Africa. Past leaders of ECOWAS have demonstrated their collective will and determination to drive the agenda of regional integration, opening up our economic frontiers, encouraging healthy competition amongst Member States, and ensuring that we adhere to our formative principles,” he said.
The President continued, “As much as considerable progress has been made since the establishment of ECOWAS, some forty-five (45) years ago, we are all agreed that there is much more to be done to consolidate the socio-economic and political gains made over the years.”
In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo noted that five immediate challenges face the regional organization of ECOWAS, for which Member States must address.
These, he said, are the continuing activities of terrorists in the Region concentrated, for the time being, in the Sahelian area, involving Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and the northern parts of Nigeria; the the COVID-19 pandemic, which has attacked the populations and economies of each Member States; the imminent coming into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area on 1st January 2021; the 2020 decision on monetary union within the ECOWAS space; and the consolidation of democratic governance in the turbulent conditions of the Community.
“The challenges, in these critical regional spheres, such as security, economy, trade, currency and health, must be addressed in a spirit of genuine co-operation and solidarity, if we are to succeed in overcoming them, which we can. In so doing, we must protect, at all costs, our freedom and independence of action, so that the development of our Community responds to the needs and aspirations of our peoples, and not to the goals of external agencies and forces. I am confident that, by the grace of God, I can count on the unstinting support of each one of Your Excellencies in navigating the immediate future of our Community,” he added.
The President urged his fellow Heads of State to recognise that the way forward is to implement regional decisions, such as the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, recognising that, ultimately, the benefits are in everyone’s interest.
“Those of us who believe strongly in integration can do no better than to give our full support to regional decisions. Through this, we will build institutional confidence and integrity in the structural organs of ECOWAS,” he said.
To this end, he admonished Members of the ECOWAS Community to “collaborate to ensure that we adhere to and maintain common values of governance, i.e. the principles of democratic accountability, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the rule of law. Such commonality will facilitate immeasurably the process of bonding amongst the peoples of our Community.”
In conclusion, he urged all in ECOWAS to “give enthusiastic support to Community decisions, and build rapidly our Community. Our peoples deserve no less, and the objectives of peace, progress and prosperity will, thus, be within our reach, realizing the historic purposes of ECOWAS.”
Over 1,000 reports on adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana received – GHS
Ghana Health Service GHS has received over 1000 reports on adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana so far
Adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines: Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has received about 1,000 reports of adverse effects from persons vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.
These are people vaccinated within 12 days of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achino, the Programme Manager of the EPI, told the Ghana News Agency that the reactions and complaints received by his outfit and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) were fever, sweating, headache, weakness, chills, and body aches, which were all expected.
The Programme Manager said the reports were not different from reactions and adverse reports from other countries and what was stated by the manufacturer in the vaccine package information.
Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said the complaints were received mainly through the complaints call the number provided on the vaccination card, the Med App, and a complaints link provided by the FDA.
He said data showed that as of 1900 hours on Sunday, March 14, nearly 404,000 persons had taken their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine from the 43 districts earmarked for the first phase.
Those vaccinated include front-line health workers, adults aged 60 years and above, and people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, and cancer.
The others are frontline security personnel, frontline government officials, the media, and all frontline workers in the formal sector.
A total of 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated against the virus, Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said, adding that females formed about 62 percent of the number vaccinated so far.
He said about 58,000 persons with underlying health conditions, 91,000 adults aged 60 years and above, about 68,000 health workers, 23,000 frontline security personnel, and more than 48,000 essential service providers had received their first jabs.
Similarly, more than 12,000 members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature, and 60,000 teachers aged 60 and above, more than 3,000 media persons, and 72,000 ordinary persons had been vaccinated.
Dr. Amponsah-Achiano encouraged the public to keep adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing a nose mask, observing social distancing, washing hands with soap under running water, or sanitize hands frequently.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It has an incubation period of four to six days and fatal, especially for those with a weakened immune system, the elderly, and the very young.
It could also result in pneumonia and bronchitis.
President Akufo-Addo swears in Regional Ministers
President Akufo-Addo swears in Regional Ministers
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged newly-sworn regional ministers to help ensure peace, law, and order in the regions Swearing in the 16 regional ministers at the jubilee house on Thursday, March 11, the president encouraged them to provide leadership and work hard to help transform regional economies
Most of the regional ministers are first-timers with only a few retaining their positions in the second term of the Akufo-Addo’s administration.
President Akufo-Addo challenged them to be tactful in managing issues of security to ensure peace
He again charged them to coordinate effectively with MMDCEs, chiefs, and opinion leaders to transform the living conditions of the people
Volta regional minister Dr. Archibald Letsa who spoke on behalf of his colleagues promised to live up to expectation.
Meet the beautiful daughters of Nana Akufo-Addo: The president of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo has been in office since 7 January 2017.
He first ran for president in 2008 and again in 2012 which he lost to the late former president John Evans Atta Mills.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was born in Accra to the Edward Akufo-Addo and Adeline Akufo-Addo.
He began the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics course at New College, Oxford in 1962, but left soon afterward.
He also read Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1964, earning a BSc(Econ) degree in 1967.
He is currently married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo after he lost his first wife and they are blessed with five(5) adorable daughters who rarely appear in public.
The five daughters are Gyankroma Funmi Akufo-Addo-, Edwina Nana Douka Akufo-Addo, Adriana Dukua Akufo-Addo, Yeboakua Akufo-Addo, and Valerie Obaze.
We have taken the pain to sample pictures of these girls so you can once again have a glance at their beauty since coming by their pictures is no easy task…
AMAZING! Prof. Frimpong Boateng still performs an open heart surgeries for free on weekend
Despite blazing the trail at MESTI as a cabinet minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng still finds time to save lives by performing open-heart surgeries on weekends.
In a country where virtually all politicians insist on being addressed as “Honorable”; where the cabinet ministers work hard to produce results lest they be “embarrassed” at cabinet meetings because the president is reported to usually “know more about” the sector ministries; and where high egos amongst some ministers are not exactly lacking, meet Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) who prefers the title of “Prof” to “Honorable,” and who performs open-heart surgeries for free on Saturdays.
It is an uneventful Saturday morning in Accra, and the trotro drivers are being their usual annoying selves. For everyone, this is just another Saturday, but to a young boy of about ten, life is in balance. A part of his heart’s circuitry is “undeveloped” and needs repair to keep him alive. One mistake in this complex process and Ghana’s population will reduce by one.
Thus for close to eight hours, a team of Cardiothoracic surgeons led by Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng labored. The first surprise was how these doctors and their assisting nurses are able to stand on their feet for hours without losing an iota of concentration. “On that table, you don’t think about anything else but the mission at hand so how can you lose concentration,” asked Prof in response to our inquiries.
“But you can’t cheat nature; when you stand on your feet for that long, you get tired,” asked our DNT reporter. “Well that’s true, but on that table, that has never been an issue,” Prof responded.
After close to five hours, Prof finally takes a break and a standby surgeon takes his place to join the two (much younger) ones who were working with him. By this time it is well past mid-day and Prof sits on a bed in another room to take his lunch. Half an hour later, the body is tired and he takes an unplanned nap on a chair.
Back at the operating Theater, the three young surgeons, all of whom were trained by Prof, are continuing with the complex procedure. They eventually complete the surgery and sew the young man up. Prof is now back at the theater to oversee the finishing of the surgery.
At one point when somethings on the floor were getting in the way of operations as they were wheeling in the transport bed that would take the young patient into the ICU, Prof actually bends down and clears it up himself just in time. Yes, a Cabinet Minister was picking up debris from the floor of the operating theater to make way.
After the entire operation was finished and the monitor showed the patient’s vital stats in order, Prof finally sat down for the exclusive interview with DNT’s Jermaine Nkrumah.
Watch Diaspora Weekly on DNT this Saturday at 9 am as we place you inside the operating theater where Ghana’s Cabinet Minister Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng practices his gifted skills every weekend when ministerial duty is not calling.
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