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Leaked Video of Seth Tekper exposes NDC hypocrisy and vindicates Bawumia on ‘Dumsor’

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Leaked Video of Seth Tekper exposes NDC hypocrisy and vindicates Bawumia on ‘Dumsor’

Leaked Video of Seth Tekper exposes NDC hypocrisy: Former Finance Minister Seth Tekper has made an honest admission which has vindicated Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in their clash with him over comparisons of effects of dumsor and Covid-19 on the Ghanaian economy, and governments’ socio-responses.

The controversy was ignited by former President John Mahama, who criticised government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and also added that government going for support to buffer the economy in the midst of the crisis was an indication of a fragile economy, contrary to government’s claim of having built a robust economy.

Vice President Bawumia hit back by making a comparative analysis of effects of two major crises Ghana has faced in the past few years; dumsor and Covid-19 and how the two Presidents which faced them, John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo responded to mitigate the effects on Ghanaians and business.

The Vice President’s comparative crises management analysis, and his challenge to former President Mahama to tell Ghanaians how he alleviated the suffering of Ghanaians during dumsor, irked the rank and file of the NDC, who have since launched scathing attacks on the Vice President for comparing the two crises and their effects.

But in a video, recorded on GHOne TV last month before the controversy ensued, the immediate past NDC Finance Minister, Seth Terkper made a candid admission which is not only in agreement with Dr. Bawumia’s position, but one which really vindicates him.

No difference in effects of dumsor and covid 19 on economy.

The program, on GH One TV’s State of Affairs, discussed the impact of crises on economies, and the former Finance Minister took viewers down memory lane to recollect recent crises that have hit Ghana’s economy, naming them as the 2007-2008 global financial crises, the “dumsor” energy crisis and the on-going Coronavirus crises.

Asked by the host whether the current trauma the economy is facing as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic can be compared with the dumsor crisis, Seth Terkper, responded in the affirmative, adding that under each of the crisis, businesses have gone down.

“Let me fast forward between Atta Mills and President Mahama. The main effects you’ll see, like we are seeing now, business was shut because of the power crisis (dumsor) because we were expecting the pipelines to be fixed. In the end, we took a decision for the badges of you remember. So this is how the badge story actually came.”

“So beneath dumsor, there were these real issues and then the investment in 10 field and Sankofa. I am saying businesses went down, employment went down and other things went down.”

The former Finance Minister noted that just as businesses suffered during the dumsor crisis, the Coronavirus is also having an expensive effect on the economy, adding that the effects may be dire if the virus persists as dumsor persisted.

“The difference now is it’s a disease that kept us at home; very expensive. That is the main thing but the effects may be pronounced and we hope that it doesn’t take two and half years like it took to fix the pipeline. There will be an effect on the economy, just as the global financial crisis had an effect.

“First of all if you’ll recall, there was a global financial crisis in 2007 and 2008 (Under Kufuor) so the Mills administration actually was the one to bear the brunt of the effects of the global financial crisis.”

“Then you will recall that during the last campaigning, the pipeline from Nigeria was raptured by pirate ship, which led to VRA buying gas. By then the crude oil price was very high and it disrupted a lot. Short of it was the power crisis but we used one word to christen it, “dumsor”.

“The more important thing is that the world goes through these crises and we have domestic For example when we have drought , we go through this (crisis) because our exports; in that case it is not the outside world which is not buying, but because of our production of cocoa goes down.

“These things happen and we must realize that it will happen again. And therefore, we must build the buffers and this explains why our focus was on the stabilization fund to stabilize the budget. The Mahama administration went to Parliament the first time to take 250 million Cedis; big at the time to help when the crude oil prices fell in 2014.

 


–: mynewsgh.com

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Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

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Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

One may wonder if strawberries can grow well in high-temperature regions like the Sub-Saharan regions. Though Strawberry per its agronomic classification can grow under both temperate and tropical conditions, it is also known that it thrives better under optimal temperate conditions.

A picture making rounds on Twitter shared by @NigeriaStories shows vast farmland of strawberries in Nigeria’s Jos.

Harvested Strawberry in Jos Nigeria | CREDIT: Twitter @NigeriaStories

This is good news for the West Africans. If governments are able to invest in greenhouse and biotechnologies, we will be able to grow virtually every type of temperate crop here so that the huge importation of foreign fruits and vegetables will be reduced or even stopped.

Strawberry Farm in Jos, Nigeria

Strawberry Farm in Jos, Nigeria | CREDIT: Twitter @NigeriaStories

Ghana has been investing in the development of Greenhouses for the production of certain tropical crops such as tomatoes, pepper, onion, and herbal spices.

In August 2020, the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo inaugurated 75 greenhouses as part of the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative in Ningo Prampram District in the Greater Accra Region, and Akumadan in the Ashanti Region. In his statement, the greenhouse farm is the biggest in West Africa and would produce 45,000 tonnes of vegetables, valued at GH¢11 million, annually.

Currently, produce from these facilities are being sold to Shoprite, the Farmers Market, Eden Tree, and many other grocery shops in the country.

The government of Ghana should look further into the growing of temperate fruits and vegetables such as Kiwi Fruit, Strawberry, Apricot, Broccoli, Apple, Asparagus, and many others which drain the country millions of US Dollars in importation.

 


Source: Accramail.com

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How to hide your MTN number when making a call

Have you been wondering if it’s possible to hide your phone number in order to make anonymous calls? Yes, it’s possible on MTN network.

Subscribers of MTN can easily hide their caller IDs at a fee. Before you proceed, note that spam control apps such as Truecaller have a function to block all calls from hidden numbers. If this function is activated on the recipient’s phone, it becomes impossible for you to reach that person with your phone number hidden.

Some mobile phones also have similar functions that allow calls from hidden numbers or anonymous to be rejected. Take note of all these before switching this module on your SIM card.

Now let’s dive into how to hide your phone number or caller ID if you are using an MTN number.

STEPS TO HIDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER WHEN MAKING CALLS

Follow these steps to activate this function

  1. Dial 1333 on your phone and listen to the voice prompt
  2. Set a new PIN code (4-digit)
  3. Confirm the set PIN code
  4. Open your messaging app
  5. Compose a new SMS by typing: clir[leave a space]activate[leave a space]PIN
  6. Sent the message to 1333
  7. The Caller Hide Feature on your SIM will then be activated.

After the Caller hide feature has been activated on your SIM, you have to dial *67 first and add the phone number you want to call. For example, if I want to call 02434540001, I have to dial *6702434540001.

Without adding the *67, your number will not hide on the recipient’s phone.

Cost of using this service

This is MTN CLIR/SO service and a monthly fee of GHC2 is deducted from your account once this is activated on your SIM.

Once again note that if the person you are calling has activated a rejection of CALLS FROM HIDDEN NUMBERS, your call to him or her will be rejected.

 


Source: Accramail.com

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Akufo-Addo assents bill to merge GIJ, NAFTI and GIL

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Akufo-Addo assents bill to merge GIJ, NAFTI, and GIL

A new Bill which seeks to merge the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL), and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) into a single university has received Presidential Assent.

The government commenced processes to merge the institutions into a fully-fledged university of communication studies in 2019, leading to the formulation of the University of Media Arts and Communication (UMAC) Bill to give legal backing to the merger.

It explained that the move would help create synergies and improve communication studies in the country.

The Rector of the GIJ, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, announced this at the fourth session of the 14th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the institute’s new campus at North Dzorwulu, Accra, yesterday.

Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ was excited about the development because it would provide opportunities to build on synergies and also safeguard the history and identity of each institution.

“As the firstborn of the institutions in this merger, and also the only institution in this triumvirate with a Presidential Charter to award degrees, we would like to assure the President that we are ready to provide the necessary leadership for the realization of our objectives,” he added.

Event

A total of 197 students graduated from the university. They consisted of seven Master of Arts Degree in Journalism and 86 Master of Arts in Public Relations students.

Thirteen others graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Media Management and 91 in Master of Arts Degree in Development Communication.

The Photo Editor of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GGCL), Mr. Douglas Anane-Frimpong, and a member of staff at the Adverts Unit of the GCGL, Mr. Azure Imoro Abdulai, were among the graduands.

Mr. Seshie Edem was adjudged the Overall Best Student in all disciplines.

Financial clearance

Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ had received financial clearance to recruit more staff in all departments to augment its staff strength.

“As a relatively young and fast-growing tertiary institution, we are still putting in place necessary structures and processes that require more staff and infrastructure,” he added.

The Head of Marketing and Communications at Stanbic Bank, Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu, who was the guest speaker, advised the graduands to continuously upgrade their skills to match up with the changing demands of the industry.

He also encouraged them to find creative solutions to everyday problems to give practical meaning to the training they had received for national development.

“The speed of change in the workplace over the past four years has been like none ever. Remind yourselves that the course of education never ends. Keep immersing yourselves in new knowledge and don’t be trapped in the orthodoxy of the past,” Mr. Afadzinu added.

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