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Former players and teammates of Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu have paid glowing tributes to the Hellas Verona star after announcing his retirement from international football.

The 30-year-old broke the news of his retirement on New Year's eve, after three years away from the Black Stars.

Agyemang-Badu in a statement released on social media revealed that he wants to focus on club football.

"Although it's been a while I've been out of the national team, I'm here today to say the nation has been very excellent to me throughout my career with the national team," he wrote.

 

 

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General Overseer of the Alive Chapel International, Bishop Elisha Salifu Amoako has predicted the death of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in 2021.

Prophesying during his 31st watch night church service, he said God took him to the Bank of Ghana and Finance ministry buildings where he saw obituary posters of the Finance Minister boldly fixed on both walls

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The trading phase under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signed by 54 of the 55 countries in Africa, is set to begin from January 1, 2021.

The deal unites an estimated $3 trillion market, and could help to realise more than $84 billion in untapped intra-African exports, according to a new report by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

African leaders at a virtual summit in early Dece,mber held that trading start on 1 January 2021 as scheduled on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement and requested institutions to provide technical and financial support for its implementation.

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A pressure group affiliated with the governing New Patriotic Party, Patriotic Reform Movement says it has sampled the views of 2,500 party supporters nationwide and have come up with a list of officials who need to be kicked out of government in order to keep the prospect of maintaining power in 2024 alive.

According to the group pushing for major reforms in the NPP, one of the major reasons for the near defeat of the party in the parliamentary elections of the 2020 general elections was as a result of the poor conduct and bad attitude of some government appointees.

The groups say it gathered through its survey the individuals who will cause the party to lose the 2024 elections very badly if they are allowed to serve in any capacity in the next government to be formed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his second term.

 

Such individuals will cause widespread apathy and will cause members to stay away and in severe cases leave the party. 2500 party members were interviewed across the 16 regions of Ghana and ten particular names were often mentioned,” the group in a statement said.

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The Ashantis are part of the Akan tribe in Ghana. They are the most populous. They are very industrious, intelligent, although teased by some of the members of the other tribes for being obviously less formally educated but very pompous in Ghana. This mockery of the Ashantis, although is an attempt to belittle them, is a fact that needs addressing. It cannot be overlooked. The Ashantis had once been the finger that fed the nation with our timber, cocoa, gold and now with our bauxite yet, some people hate us for a reason or the other.

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu Il is through an admonition to a group of Ashantis he had recently met, probably on his trip abroad, asked them to unite and be one another's keeper in every sense of the word. He advises them to be proud as Ashantis and be able to say it in public, and in defence of one another same as done by the other tribes for their members. Why should we feel shy portraying ourselves as Ashantis and defending our cause same as other tribes do?

 

The Ashantis have psychologically been made to feel guilty and accused of all sorts fabrications just to hold them down. This is what Otumfuo is asking the group of Ashantis he met to shrug off, that negative psychological effect on their minds. If the members of other tribes can come out publicly to identify with their values, help their kind and pursue their collective tribal agenda, why not the Ashantis?

Most of the Ashantis are by nature selfish, I must confess. They see life as a competition which they should win hence always seeking the downfall of their fellow Ashanti. This is an established fact that I can put my head on the block for its assertion and veracity.

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Meet the evergreen, elegant, affable, and hardworking first female chief of staff of the Republic of Ghana, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare. Auntie Frema, as she is affectionately called, has been the aide-de-camp of President Akufo Addo since January 2017 when he assumed the reins of power.

Auntie Frema brought to the presidency some 40 years of experiences from the field of academia, politics, development consultancy, labour and employment. In the field of development consultancy, Auntie Frema has once been a consultant for the United Nations in the ‘Women in Fisheries’ programme in countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Namibia.

In the Academia, Auntie Frema has had stints with the University of Ghana from 1976 to 1982 where she lectured at the department of home science. She eventually rose to become the head of the department before departing the University in 1982.

In politics, Auntie Frema has been a long standing close confidant and ally of the then Candidate Nana Addo Akufo Addo.

She served as the director of conflict resolution of the 2012 NPP national campaign team. She also served as a two-term member of parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuguon constituency from January 2005 to January 2013.

With her expertise in labour and employment, President Kufour also appointed her a Deputy Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment in his administration from the year 2005 to 2008.

 

 

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The Parliament of Ghana has announced a programme outlining activities to dissolve the 7th Parliament and inaugurate the 8th, as well as inaugurate President elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The activities are strictly by invitation, according to a press release issued by Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo.

According to the release, the current 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana will stand dissolved at midnight of January 6, 2021.

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President Buhari this morning delivered his 2021 speech to Nigerians. In the speech, the President vowed to re-energise and restructure the security architecture of the country. He also promised to work with the legislature to turn the passion of young Nigerians into fruitful ventures. 

President Buhari added that his government has heard and has listened to the demands of the #ENDSARS protesters and that the government is committed to fulfilling the five demands. 

Full speech below

''My fellow countrymen and women,

First, I would like to thank and praise the Almighty who saw us through the year 2020 and has given us the opportunity to witness the start of another new year. We especially thank God because the year 2020 was one of the most trying years since our existence as a Nation.

2. This can also be said about all other nations around the world, due to the challenges posed on our collective humanity by the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

 

President Buhari this morning delivered his 2021 speech to Nigerians. In the speech, the President vowed to re-energise and restructure the security architecture of the country. He also promised to work with the legislature to turn the passion of young Nigerians into fruitful ventures. 

President Buhari added that his government has heard and has listened to the demands of the #ENDSARS protesters and that the government is committed to fulfilling the five demands. 

Full speech below

''My fellow countrymen and women,

First, I would like to thank and praise the Almighty who saw us through the year 2020 and has given us the opportunity to witness the start of another new year. We especially thank God because the year 2020 was one of the most trying years since our existence as a Nation.

2. This can also be said about all other nations around the world, due to the challenges posed on our collective humanity by the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

 

3. While acknowledging that 2020 was a very tough year, we saw this year put to test our national resilience and ability to survive these tough times and also gave renewed hope that we will again brave any storms that lay ahead in 2021 and beyond.

4. As we celebrate the opportunity before us in this New Year 2021, we must also acknowledge the passing away of our brothers and sisters who didn’t make it into this New Year. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

5. We must remember that we also celebrated the historic occasion of our sixty years as an independent and sovereign country on October 1st 2020. In the spirit of hope and gratitude, I would like to remind us again that as a country on the difficult journey to nationhood and greatness, we have confounded the many pundits at home and around the world who never gave the newly-born country that emerged unto the world stage on 1st October 1960 a chance of surviving much longer than a few years.

6. Yet, here we are, 61 years by the next anniversary in October, and not only are we here, we are standing tall in the comity of nations as one country united under the will of God and also actively growing that indivisible Nigerian spirit that has enabled us, year after year, decade after decade, to weather all stormy waters and emerge stronger and better where others have fallen and disintegrated. This nation, this Nigeria will survive and thrive.

7. In this journey to nationhood, we have experienced the highs and lows. 2020 indeed came with a lot of challenges ranging from security and economic issues across the regions to understandable protests that were mainly led by our youths and served notice to the demand for police reforms and accountability. This government heard, this government listened and this government is committed to fulfilling the five demands of our youths, fully understanding that we all wish well for Nigeria.

8. In the midst of all these challenges, I had initially pledged that as your elected President and Commander-in-Chief, I would ensure that these ongoing challenges will be faced head-on with renewed determination and with all the appropriateness and urgency required. Your voices have been heard and we would continue to listen to you, and all the key stakeholders who are committed to the unity of Nigeria to ensure that every region of this nation is safe for us all, while guaranteeing that the future is also secure for the coming generation.

9. I wish to also use this occasion of New Year to reaffirm my commitment to the people of Nigeria, especially the youth who need our collective encouragement and support. In securing this nation we need to secure the future of our youth

10. Our young people are our most valuable natural resource, at home and abroad. Their ingenuity, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is evident to all. Many of our young people are excelling in various spheres of life including sports, entertainment, information and communication technology, commerce and are globally recognized as achievers.

11. As a Government we are committed to actively engaging with the creative energies of our young people. In this regard, we will partner with the legislature to develop an enabling environment to turn their passions into ideas that can be supported, groomed and scaled across regions. This will create vast opportunities in fintech, agriculture, business process startups and in the entertainment industry.

12. The year 2021 will indeed be a year where we will work to reinforce the hopes of fellow Nigerians in the vision of a united and progressive Nigeria. This administration would continue focusing on delivering key strategic priorities under our “SEA” – (Security, Economy and Anti-Corruption) Agenda. Some of the key priority areas we would direct our attention and strengths to include:

 

ON THE SECURITY:

13. Re-energizing and reorganizing the security apparatus and personnel of the armed forces and the police with a view to enhance their capacity to engage, push back and dismantle the operations of both internal and external extremist and criminal groups waging war against our communities in some parts of the country.

14. In line with the current security challenges, we are facing as a Nation, I would like to reiterate the promise I made recently when over 300 of our boys abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara were successfully rescued by our security operatives.

15. The professionalism shown by our Security Forces and the collaboration from all stakeholders across both State and Federal Governments that led to the successful rescue of the boys is proof that Nigeria has the internal capacity to decisively deal with terror attacks on our citizens.

16. However, we recognize that we rapidly have to move to a more proactive and preemptive posture to ensure that these sorts of traumatic incidents do not become a norm. Our administration is fully aware of the responsibility we have to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians, and we will not relent in learning and adapting to changing threats to our national security and civic wellbeing.

 


ON THE ECONOMY:

17. Our focus is on revamping the economy through the national economic diversification agenda that supports the primary goal of national food self-sufficiency. This has helped reduce the growing food related inflationary figures and have in considerable measure positively impacted our food security status during the long months of the pandemic lock down.

18. We are also currently rebuilding our national infrastructure base and, in the process, introducing transformation through the rehabilitation, modernization, and expansion of the railway system, national roads and bridges both in rural and urban centres, alongside the airports and seaports.

19. The reforms we have put in place in the power sector would guarantee increased efficiency in our drive to significantly expand the generation and distribution of electricity for use in homes and factories.

20. As an administration we are currently undertaking a series of special interventions designed to boost job creation and support the entrepreneurial drive of our youths.

21. With the recent opening of our borders, we expect that the pent-up demand of legitimate cross-border and international trade will boost the fortunes of the many small businesses and agricultural enterprises that depend on Nigeria’s trade and commerce.

22. The message to our West African neighbours is that Nigeria is once again fully open for those willing to conduct business in a fair and equitable way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leader of Alive Chapel International, Prophet Salifu Amoako has prophesied that the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan John Kojo Kyerematen will be chosen over Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the next flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party.

Prophet Salifu told his congregation during December 31 watchnight service that while he was in the spiritual realm, he saw two main personalities – Dr. Bawumia and Alan Kyeremanten - being shown to the NPP fraternity.

According to him, Alan Kyerematen’s hand was lifted, as a sign of his victory but an unknown person who appeared disgruntled with the choice tried to force his hand down from behind.

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The Minority Caucus of Ghana’s Parliament has presented what it describes as evidence of rigging of the recently-held general election to some international partners from the United States of America and The United Kingdom.

It is part of the Caucus’ series of transparent engagements on its fundamental concerns about what it deems a flawed December 7, 2020, presidential and parliamentary elections.

The session with the American and British partners was held at Parliament on Wednesday, 30 December 2020 led by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and Second Deputy Speaker Alban S.K. Bagbin.

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