Ghana@60: Gov’t sets August 4 as day to celebrate Ghana’s birth

The Ghana@60 anniversary committee has set aside August 4, to celebrate the birth of Ghana.

According to the committee, the 4th of August is a very significant day in the history of Ghana and as such, the day ought to be celebrated as Ghana marks its 60th anniversary.

Addressing a press conference at the Flagstaff House Wednesday, the Deputy Chief of Staff and member of the Anniversary Committee, Abu Jinapor, said the formation of the first Nationalist Political movement in Ghana, United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) on the 4th of August 1947 by Paa Grant and his colleagues heralded the country that we have today.

He underscored that the Democratic tenets such as Freedom of Speech, Rule of Law and respect for the fundamental human rights were conceived on August 4.

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To that end, the Anniversary Committee has decided to organize a memorial Church service at Saltpond in the Central region where the UGCC was formed.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will be the Special Guest of Honour at the Memorial Service.

Later in the day, a lecture will be delivered by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Qquaye under the topic “4th August, Ghana’s day of Destiny”.

Source: Ghana | Starrfmonline

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Ghana @60 celebration: Government spends GH¢5.26 million so far

The government has spent GH¢5.26 million so far on the 60th independence celebration of Ghana.

A Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, told Parliament on Thursday that the Ministry of Finance released GH¢5.26 million towards the celebration.

Ghana @60 match, Hearts-Kotoko receive GH₵50,000

The “Ghana: 60 Years On” Planning Committee has announced a GH₵50,000 cash prize for the winner of a two-leg match involving rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Initially, the two teams were expected to receive only GH₵50,000 each as appearance fees for the “Ghana: 60 Years On” President’s Cup slated for May 1 and May 28 at the Accra Sports Stadium and Kumasi Sports Stadium respectively.

We must break out from poverty and aid dependency – President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said after 60 years of independence, Ghana must think big and break away from being an aid-dependent and charity-driven economy.

“I want us, in Ghana, to break out from our aid-dependent and charity-driven economic outlook.

“I want programmes that will be dynamic in content and help us to think big and be dissatisfied with remaining poor,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo made this known yesterday when he delivered the keynote address at the 4th Rotary International District 9102 Conference in Accra.

The President, who is a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Club, Accra South, stated that programmes designed to help the poor and the vulnerable must have clear-cut exit strategies.

He said the citizenry must not unduly rely on long-term aid programmes, stressing that such programmes and initiatives must be structured to enable beneficiaries to exit and lead independent lives.

LEAP

Making reference to the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) initiative, the President said: “I remember when the LEAP programme was envisaged and introduced under President Kufuor. We were clear in our minds that whereas we wanted it to cover all those who would qualify under the definition of the programme, it was meant to be a hand-up, not a hand-out.”

“If someone has to go on the LEAP programme, it should not be for the rest of that person’s life. There should be a definite time limit to being a LEAP beneficiary, and the beneficiary should be able to stand on his or her own after the stated period,’’ the President added.

Focus of Rotary

Touching on the “Six Areas of Focus of Rotary,” President Akufo-Addo noted that members of the Rotary Club had always been well placed to influence events and policies in Ghana.

In the area of health, he stated that the infection rates of poliomyelitis, one of the six childhood killer diseases, had been reduced from an annual  350,000 cases in over 125 countries, to just 75 cases in only three countries.

That feat, he noted, was achieved with the involvement of Rotary.

“You have taken on the other great killer of our part of the world, malaria, and I wish to congratulate Rotary on your Roll Back Malaria project. It does look as though we are finally making headway in the fight against malaria. This is also the result of collaboration between the government and non-governmental organisations,” he said.

On water and sanitation, President Akufo-Addo stated: “I am pleased to learn that you have started the second phase of a US$6 million Rotary International/USAID Water Collaboration. We could not ask for a better partner than Rotary as we seek to implement our government’s programme to provide potable water and good sanitation for all our people.”

Another area of focus of Rotary was basic education and literacy, where the President stressed that “education is the only way to give a good head start and provide equal opportunities for all our children.’’

“This government believes that a lot hangs on the success of our education programmes, and we welcome enthusiastically all the help that we can get from organisations such as Rotary in delivering quality education to our people,” he told the gathering.

Partnership

President Akufo-Addo charged Rotary to partner with the Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development so as to develop and initiate projects which would help people in the rural areas.

He also urged Rotary to partner the government in the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme, which was launched in Goaso in the Brong Ahafo Region last Wednesday, and also in the implementation of the one-district-one-factory programme.

“It is a programme in which private sector participation is essential. Come and join us make a success of it. You have a lot of people with good business acumen and experience among your ranks. There are a lot of opportunities and I invite you to join us bring prosperity to our people,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that “we are determined to build a new Ghanaian and African civilisation, where the rule of law works, where individual liberties and human rights are respected, and where the principles of democratic accountability are the foundation of public policy. “

“We are determined to forge a new Ghanaian and African who is neither a victim nor a pawn of the world economic order, but who will be a dignified member of a successful, thriving, prosperous society,” he said.

Source; Ghana | Graphic.com

Ghana @6o Commemoration: Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visits Ghana

I am very pleased to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, daughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will visit Ghana from this evening as part of a two-country visit to West Africa that also encompasses Sierra Leone.

This visit, The Princess Royal’s third to Ghana, will celebrate the unique friendship between the UK and Ghana as it marks its 60th Anniversary of Independence.

It will also reinforce the strength and depth of our bilateral relations. Ghana is marking its 60th Anniversary with themes of reflection, celebration, challenge and togetherness. Its partnership with the UK embodies just that – built on deep social and cultural ties and a shared future.

It is therefore fitting that The Princess Royal’s visit will mix tradition and modernity as she meets His Excellency The President, Nana Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Royal Palace in Kumasi and host a reception with guests from different walks of Ghanaian society, including His Excellency former President Kufuor.

The Princess Royal will undertake a wide-ranging programme that builds on her previous visits in 1998 and 2011. It focuses on empowering women who act as role models for others, exploring the importance of support for girls, female education and entrepreneurs in delivering Ghana’s future.

 She will pay a visit to an award-winning enterprise, benefiting from a DFID programme called ENGINE, which has so far supported 49 micro and small enterprises across a range of sectors, from indigenous cosmetic products (such as Black Soap and Shea Butter) to environmentally friendly and sustainable bamboo bicycle frames.

The Princess Royal will experience first hand the challenges micro and small enterprises face but also what is possible with the right determination and help.

The Princess Royal will interact with students in remote schools in Greater Accra through an innovative distance learning programme – delivered by the Varkey Foundation – that is bringing quality education to thousands of children in rural areas through funding from the UK.

The Varkey Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world. Similarly, The Princess Royal will meet young girls and women who are members of CAMA girls’ alumni network. They have been supported by Camfed – a UK funded, non-profit organisation that supports young girls to go to school and empowers young women to step up as leaders of change.

The Princess Royal will also commemorate links between the UK’s and Ghana’s Armed Forces, partaking in a ceremony at Christiansburg War Memorial alongside the Minister of Defence.

She will also meet with senior members of the Ghanaian military, veterans, cadets and successful women working in the Ghana Armed Forces.

The visit will offer an opportunity to celebrate the range of people-to-people links that underpin the bilateral relationship, including volunteers as The Princess Royal visits the local operations of some of the charities and Non-Governmental Organisations of which she is patron, which include VSO International and Opportunity International UK. And she will meet with a number of UK volunteers including the alumni of UK-sponsored scholarship programmes, Chevening, Commonwealth and the Queens Young Leaders. All of whom make a significant contribution to the bilateral relationship.

The UK and Ghana already enjoy a special relationship, a unique friendship steeped in history and built upon deep social, cultural and inter-personal links. And both nations are adapting quickly to the shared challenges ahead of them. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal’s visit to Ghana comes at an exciting period for the UK/Ghana relationship. As we reflect on the past 60 years, The Princess Royal’s visit is a fantastic opportunity for us to reinforce the strength and depth of bilateral relations and look forward to the next 60 years.

Op-ed by: H.E. Jon Benjamin

(British High Commissioner)

 

Ghana @60 continues to receive support, BEIGE Capital gives GHS 60,000

The BEIGE Group, a financial services provider has presented a cheque for GHS60,000.00 to the Ghana @ 60 Planning Committee.

The donation is targeted at supporting the plethora of activities lined up for the yearlong celebration.

Presenting the cheque on behalf of The BEIGE Group, Mr. Charles Odonkor, the Deputy Managing Director of BEIGE Capital Savings and Loans, one of the subsidiaries of The BEIGE Group, lauded calls by the government to corporate Ghana to support the 60th Independence Celebration activities. Thus, the company felt the need to contribute its quota towards the Diamond Jubilee activities as a worthy gesture.

“We are more than happy to contribute our quota towards this important landmark of ours. The nation’s success is our success, thus contributing towards such an agenda is in the right direction. We are therefore prepared to support the government in mobilising for Ghana’s future,” he said.

He added that BEIGE is a Ghanaian owned company and it will not hesitate to support the celebration of such an important milestone in the history of the country.

Receiving the cheque, the Chairman of the Ghana 60 years on Planning Committee, Mr. Ken Amankwah commended BEIGE for its magnanimous contribution and show of patriotism.

Mr. Amankwah called on other corporate bodies to emulate the example of BEIGE to enable the committee to achieve the goals set for the year-long activities.

The BEIGE Group is a financial services provider with business interest in Banking, Pensions, Insurance and Investment.

–Joy News

Why President Akufo-Addo did not wear Ghana@60 cloth – Jefferson Sackey

The Spokesperson for the Ghana@60 planning committee, Mr Jefferson Sackey has responded to queries on why President Akufo-Addo did not wear the Ghana@60 anniversary cloth at Monday’s colourful parade at the Independence Square.

In a radio interview on Adom FM, Mr Sackey said the President first wore the anniversary cloth when he attended the premiering of the Independence struggle documentary and therefore his decision to wear the smock was not deliberate.

“President Akufo-Addo’s decision not to wear the Ghana@60 cloth was not deliberate. The anniversary is a year-long celebration and not a one day event and I know that subsequently, our President would definitely be in the Ghana@60 cloth for all to see.”

“Even when former President Nkrumah was declaring Ghana as an independent country, he wore a traditional smock just to show how Ghanaian he was,” he said.

There has been discussions with some questioning why the President, his wife, Rebecca as well as the Vice President and his wife did not wear the anniversary cloth.

Reacting to the issue, Mr Sackey urged Ghanaians to keep calm since there would be several opportunities for the President and his members to put on the cloth.

–Graphic Online