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Mahama blew GHC35 million on a single trip to U.S – Fadi Dabbousi defends Akufo-Addo

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Passionate supporter of President Akufo-Addo and vitriolic critic of opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), Fadi Dabbousi has come to the staunch defense of President Akufo-Addo following criticism with regards to his spending of some GHS168 million on his presidency for the three-quarters of this years, arguing that the President is making massive savings compared to what pertained under former President John Dramani Mahama.

Some Ghanaians have been critical of the President following revelations that the Office of the President spent about GHS168 million from January to September this year on its activities. The expenditure of over GHC 62 million on foreign travels has especially got tongues wagging.

But Mr. Dabdousi is of the opinion that the leakage of the document to the public( which he suspects has been done by NDC members) is attempt to cast the Chief of Staff, Ms. Akosua Frema Osei Pare, and the Presidency in bad light because of sour grapes — the NDC members were not allowed to unduly benefit from money meant for the presidency.

“It has come to my attention that a certain document purportedly leaked by an NDC criminal in the registry of parliament or one of the NDC parliamentarian fools that cannot spell their name right is making the rounds. It talks about the total expenditure of Jubilee House to the tune of 168 million Ghana Cedis. It is imperative to understand that other than the mischief intended to cause a barrage of defamatory posts and comments on the person of the Hon.

Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare, this document seeks to malign the office of the President for not allowing stray dogs to get any of that to put in their pockets. They never would have gotten and no one would get!” Mr. Dabbousi indicated in a rejoinder on the expenditure of the Presidency.

He then argues that the expenses are a drastic reduction from that under John Dramani Mahama’s presidency, alleging that it is only a one-fourth of what Mahama spent within a year.

“Truth be said that the expenses of Jubilee House under the watch of Madam Chief of Staff do not amount to more than 20% of the annual expenses under NDC’s John Mahama. That said, Ghanaians must know that in 2012, President Mahama spent over $6 million US Dollars on a single trip to the USA when he visited CNN and posed for a Samsung Photoshoot.

That amounts to some 35 million Ghana Cedis, and that is just one single travel for a week. Besides that, on diaries alone, John Mahama, whose bidding the traitors are doing, spent ten million US Dollars, amounting to some GHs57 million.

Put the two instances together, and the fantastic travels to Dubai alone ballooned the expenses of John Mahama’s Jubilee House to over 600 million Ghana Cedis over the course of the year.

Keep in mind that 600 million Ghana Cedis at the time was the equivalent of approximately $200 million US Dollars as against the much discussed NPP’s GHs 168 million which is equivalent to some $30 million US Dollars, a reduction of $170 million US Dollars that helped sustain the Free SHS for the year.

This reduction in annual expenses made possible by the Chief of Staff’s watch over the national kitty is enough to build two of Mahama’s much-inflated circle/Dubai interchange! Saa p3p33p3!!!” He stressed.

Mr. Dabbousi then went on to accuse the former President and his government of spending wastefully on the office of the president such as procuring diaries and buying cars for influential persons such as chiefs and others.

 

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies

Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

A South African woman by the name Gosiame Thamara Sithole at age 37 has given birth to 10 babies in one pregnancy. This breaks the Guinness World Record held by Halima Cissé, a Malian, who gave birth to nine children in Morocco.

Gosiame successfully gave birth to her decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria last Monday.

Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, said that her pregnancy was natural and wasn’t on fertility treatment.

Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Ms. Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough at the beginning” and she had prayed for a healthy birth, with many a sleepless night worrying about what was to come.

“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself, but was reassured by doctors that her womb was expanding.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole

Gosiame Thamara Sithole when pregnant at a later month
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A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC News that Ms Sithole has had 10 babies – 5 via natural birth and 5 via caesarean section.

“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.

Most pregnancies involving large numbers of babies end prematurely, says BBC Africa’s health reporter Rhoda Odhiambo.

Multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments – but in this case the couple say they conceived naturally.


CREDIT: BBC

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Is abortion legal in Ghana?

By law, abortions in Ghana are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.

Abortion in Ghana is faced with serious stigmatization to the extent that people who patronize it feel ashamed to make it known. This makes it difficult to capture accurate information on abortion incidence and unintended pregnancy in official records. This in effect has had a negative impact on planning reproductive health services in the country.

The legal status of abortion in Ghana

  • According to Ghanaian law, abortions are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.
  • Despite efforts by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to expand postabortion care and safe abortion services, several factors impede the use of these services. These include stigmatization of abortion, poor knowledge of abortion’s legal status among the public and medical professionals, misperceptions about the safety of legal abortion, and inadequate access to services.
  • Many women in Ghana seek illegal abortions, which vary widely in terms of safety. Complications from unsafe abortions contribute substantially to Ghana’s high maternal mortality, which was estimated at 310 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017.

 


CREDIT: Guttmacher Institute

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

Abedi Pele owns Izwe savings and loans: Former Ghana star, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew has revealed that he owns the biggest microfinance company in the West African country.

According to the Olympique Marseille legend, he is the owner of Izwe Savings and Loans, a microfinance company that has been in existence since 2011.

Speaking to the French ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie, he said his decision to set up a microfinance business was to lessen the burden on the ordinary Ghanaian.

“I have done so many things but my character is very calm, I am always in the dark and I believe in that,” he said.

“I have been in the country working very hard, I have a microfinance company which is very huge and number one in the country called Izwe Loans.”

“We give loans to teachers, military, police to support them in their daily lives.

“They have to send their children to school and so we give them these loans to manage and buy things for their children,” he stated.

Pele is one of the best footballers to have ever emerged from the country. He was part of the 1982 squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations.

He also won the Champions League with Marseille and also emerged as Africa’s best player of the year four times.

 

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