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Ghana and Portugal sign defensive and economic treaties

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Ghana and Portugal sign defensive and economic treaties

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Portuguese colleague, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, have inked bilateral cooperation agreements in the fields of defence, political consultation, and commerce.

President Akufo-Addo stated that this fresh type of interaction will help to improve the friendship and cooperation connections between Ghana and Portugal.

President Akufo-Addo stated at a joint press conference in Lisbon, Portugal, with President Marcelo Rebelo De Sousa on Tuesday, 18th July 2023, that the move “is borne out of a decision by Ghana to turn our back on our old economy, which has been dependent on the production and export of raw materials, and also dependent on aid.”

According to President Akufo-Addo, “We want to build a value-added, industrialised economy with modernised agriculture, which is neither victim nor pawn of the world economic order. We want our relations with Portugal and, indeed, the rest of the world, to be characterised by an increase in trade and investment cooperation.”

He added that “This is the way to develop healthy relations between our two countries, and put Ghana at the high end of the value chain in the global marketplace, and create jobs for the teeming masses of Ghanaians, particularly the youth.”  

He added that the discussions also focused on expanding multilateral political, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges and cooperation, as well as the need to promote a better world by addressing global issues related to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Towards this end, “We have noted with satisfaction the value that the Ghana-Portugal Business Forum scheduled to be held tomorrow will add to our investment initiatives, he said.”

President Akufo-Addo further disclosed that the President of Portugal has also “resolved to give voice to Ghana’s cause and interests within the European Union. We, on the other hand, will also help to facilitate the provision of a platform for enhanced economic engagement between Portugal and the member countries of ECOWAS. This should boost the trade volumes, and help bring prosperity to our peoples.”

On global security, he stated that, with US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron publicly calling for UN Security Council reforms in line with the Ezulwini consensus, they are looking forward to the leaders of the three (3) other Permanent Members throwing their support behind the reform process.

He assured President De Sousa that Ghana will “collaborate with Portugal to find solutions to challenges such as the eradication of widespread poverty, elimination of irregular migration, insecurity and human rights violations, terrorism and violent extremism, human and drug trafficking, piracy, as well as climate change and its attendant, negative impact on the environment and livelihoods.”

The City of Lisbon Council

President Akufo-Addo was presented with the keys to the city of Lisbon by Deputy Mayor Filipe Anacoreta Correia at the Lisbon City Council.

In his speech, the President remarked that history teaches us that “a rich trading partner operating within a fair trading system brings far more prosperity to both sides than the exploitation of a poor partner.”

It is for this reason, he continued, that “I have come to Lisbon to advocate for increased investment and trade between our two nations. Trade relations between Ghana and Portugal have evolved through history, and it is clear that a new paradigm has to be defined, which will be dependent on the structural transformation of the Ghanaian economy from a raw material producing and exporting economy, to a value-adding, industrialising economy.”

He was confident that, “this will enable Ghana trade at the high end of the global value chain, dealing in products we make and grow. Out of this, a robust trading system between Portugal and Ghana will be created, which will generate mutual prosperity for the peoples of the two countries.”

These observations, he stated, were based on the fact that “we, in Africa, are agreed that we have to be self-reliant, and shed the image of beggars living on charity, aid and handouts, and make better and more intelligent use of our abundant natural resources, in order to pull ourselves out of poverty and attain prosperity.”

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Minority seeks investigation into GH¢68.5 million reportedly spent on photocopying WASSCE ‘Pasco’

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Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them study sufficiently for the WASSCE. Mr. Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.

The Minority in Parliament is pushing for an inquiry into an alleged GH¢68.5 million spent on photocopying old questions for WASSCE candidates in 2020 and 2021.

The Ministry of Education allegedly spent GH¢33.6 million in 2020 and over GH¢34 million in 2021 for this reason, both through single-source procurement.

Speaking to the media, Ashaiman Member of Parliament Ernest Norgbey urged the Special Prosecutor to thoroughly investigate what the caucus believes is a potentially corrupt practice.

“We cannot countenance this, and this is fraud. If this is not corruption, what else will be corruption? A photocopy costs GH¢78 per paper, and GH¢59.10 per paper, totalling GH¢68.5 million, what are we doing? And so, we in the Minority are taking strong exception to this, and we are saying that the Special Prosecutor must look into this matt
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said in Parliament on Monday, March 4, that the government used the money to photocopy old questions for SHS students to enable them to study sufficiently for the WASSCE.

Mr Adutwum informed Parliament that the government acquired the previous questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to assist pupils ahead of the WASSCE.


“To help prepare the final year Senior High School students for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Ministry has procured 446,954 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00. The procurement will be funded from the Free Senior High School Account

“Mr. Speaker, in 2020, Government through its efforts to help students amidst COVID-19 to prepare for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination procured 568,755 past questions for students to try their hands on before sitting for the actual exams.”

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Political scientist tells Akufo-Addo: Be tough and consent to anti-gay bill

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Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo's first role should be to defend Ghana's national interests and cultures. He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians' aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community. "LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians' interests before any other country.

Professor Alidu Seidu, Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, has encouraged President Akufo-Addo to resist international pressure and sign the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill.

Parliament enacted the measure on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, making LGBT activities illegal, including promotion, advocacy, and funding.

In an interview with Citi News, Prof. Seidu emphasised the significance of President Akufo-Addo prioritising national interests while upholding Ghana’s cultural norms, which typically prohibit same-sex unions.

He emphasised the power of LGBTQ lobbyists in America and Europe, highlighting the tremendous pressure they exerted on their governments to impose similar attitudes and practices on other countries.

Prof. Seidu emphasised that as president, Akufo-Addo’s first role should be to defend Ghana’s national interests and cultures.

He emphasised the necessity for the president to consider Ghanaians’ aspirations, even if they differ from those of the international community.

“LGBTQ activists in America and Europe are extremely powerful and are putting pressure on their governments to impose these attitudes and habits on other nations, therefore I believe that the president [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] puts Ghanaians’ interests before any other country.

“It is his utmost responsibility to protect our national interests and culture as president. And so if the people of Ghana are saying this is what they want but the international community is saying that it is not what it wants, he has to weigh the options.”

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Power crisis: We had a maintenance hiccup – ECG boss

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"We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel." You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It's a machine. "The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it's a machine issue that we were trying to fix," he said. Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public. "I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement."

Samuel Dubik Mahama, Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has ascribed frequent power disruptions in Accra and other locations to maintenance concerns rather than fuel-related problems.

Numerous neighbourhoods have been experiencing inconsistent power supply for several weeks without prior notification from ECG.

Speaking on Starr FM on Thursday, February 29, 2024, Mr Mahama informed listeners that ECG is working hard to rectify the issues and restore electricity to the impacted areas.

According to him, the current challenges are mostly related to severe maintenance concerns, not fuel shortages.

“We are experiencing major maintenance issues; the current issue has nothing to do with fuel.” You rely on a power plant to generate around 360 megawatts, and at 4 p.m., the gas emergency safety valve malfunctions. What are you doing? It’s a machine.

“The machine failed us and we kept on saying that it’s a machine issue that we were trying to fix,” he said.

Recognising the impact of the mechanical breakdown on the power supply, he apologised for the lack of timely contact with the public.

“I must apologise to Ghanaians, when it started we should actually have the confidence to have a chat with everybody and put out a statement.”

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