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Why Ghana needs a new presidential jet : a look at Presidential jets of neighboring African countries

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Why Ghana needs a new presidential jet : a look at Presidential jets of neighboring African countries

Why Ghana needs a new presidential jet: As the debate to procure a new and bigger presidential jet for the President of the Republic of Ghana continues, we are privileged to see the Presidential jets of our neighboring countries who are attending the ECOWAS 59th ordinary session in Accra.

A look from the Kotoka International Airport has revealed the various Presidential jets from other neighboring ECOWAS leaders who are attending the session.

The Presidential Jet of the Nigerian President

The luxurious aircraft used by President Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, to travel to Ghana to attend the ECOWAS meeting is Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 737.

This luxurious jet has a seating capacity of between 25 and 50 passengers with a master bedroom, a bathroom with showers, a conference/dining area and a living room, along with state-of-the-art security equipment for the safety of the president.

Presidential jet nigeria

Presidential jet Nigeria

The aircraft is nicknamed “Eagle One” and is marked NAF-001. The BBJ 737 is believed to cost between US$90 million and US$150 million. There is no doubt that the Nigerian government could afford this luxurious jet looking at the countries GDP which is one of the highest in Africa.

Ghana needs a new presidential jet - Gulfstream V-SP - Presidential Jet Nigeria

Gulfstream V-SP – Presidential Jet Nigeria

Aside this jet, the government of Nigeria also have another jet Gulfstream V-SP in its fleet of aircrafts which is mostly used by the foreign affairs minister for international travels.

Presidential Jet of Cote D’Ivoire

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana’s neighboring state to the west, arrived in Ghana in the Ivorian presidential jet, an Airbus 319.

President of Cote D’Ivoire's jet

Ghana needs a new presidential jet – Presidential Jet of Cote D’Ivoire

The Airbus 319 is a member of the Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus.

The Airbus 319 is capable of carrying between 124 and 146 passengers.

President of Cote D’Ivoire's jet

Gulfstream-IV – Presidential Jet of Cote D’Ivoire

The government also have smaller jet Gulfstream-IV for travels within the sub-region.

Presidential Jet of the President of Niger

The Nigérien president, Mohamed Bazoum, travelled to Ghana in a Boeing 737-700. 

This luxurious jet is worth USD 40 million and according to the Boeing website, the airline provides its users with superior reliability, fuel efficiency and high-value returns. 

Although with a population of nearly 18 million, and about 60% of the populates living below the poverty line, the government of Niger saw the need to procure this expensive aircraft.

President of Niger's jet

Presidential Jet of the President of Niger

The jet can carry at least 126 and at most 149 passengers.

Looking at these countries who are not too far from Ghana and the kind of jets they own for presidential assignments, Ghana should indeed be at the critical point of decision making in procuring a new jet for the president.  Do you think Ghana should a new presidential jet?

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Shelter Afrique, Africa’s finance and housing ministers issue joint declaration on mass housing

The Yaoundé Declaration aims to tackle the continent’s affordable housing crisis

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Yaoundé, Cameroon: July 1st, 2021 – African Ministers and Heads of Delegation of Ministries in charge of Housing and Urban Development, African Finance Ministers, the Directors and Management of Shelter Afrique, and representatives of international, regional and national institutions, the private sector and civil society, have agreed to enhance mechanisms for the mass production of decent and affordable housing in the continent to achieve social and economic development.

In a communique termed ‘Yaoundé Declaration’ issued at the 40th Annual General Assembly of Shelter Afrique held in Yaoundé Cameroon from 21 to 24 June 2021, the participants resolved to address the challenges that have hindered the efforts to provide decent and affordable housing in Africa.

In reference to the declaration, Shelter Afrique Group Managing Director and CEO Andrew Chimphondah lauded the participants for making the ‘bold-step’ adding that the Yaoundé Declaration had turned a new page in Africa’s quest for housing-for-all.

“According to a research by Shelter Afrique’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) the overall shortage of housing in Africa is estimated at 56 million housing units.  Out of this, more than 90 per cent are in affordable housing bracket.  The solution to resolving this shortage lies in a well-coordinated and collaborative effort among all stakeholders, including governments, multilateral institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.  I’m happy that the Yaoundé Declaration has highlighted some of these challenges and all stakeholders, including governments, are willing to address the shortage as a matter of urgency,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

Housing Crisis

Most African countries are currently facing a housing crisis driven by high population growth, increased urbanization, poor urban planning, dysfunctional land markets, rising construction costs, proliferation of informal settlements, and underdeveloped financial systems.

The declaration addresses in details the issues of leadership and governance, policies and legislation, coordination, land systems, finance and taxation, capacity building, and adoption of new building technologies.

“Effective policy and legislations is a critical in addressing all these challenges as this will tackle issues around quality control in the delivery of decent and affordable housing, provision of housing to the vulnerable groups, land tenure system, adoption of construction technologies, and even financing. That is why we settled on Four Decades of Housing Policies in Africa as the theme for our 40th Annual General Assembly as we look forward to the next 40 years of affordable housing,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

To ensure the implementation of the resolutions contained in the declaration, the delegates appointed six-member team headed by Shelter Afrique Head of Legal Services Ms. Houda Boudlali and UN Habitat Regional Advisor Dr. Claude Albert Meutchehe Ngomsi as facilitators.  

The duo will be assisted by Shelter Afrique Head of Policy, Research and Partnership Dr. Muhammad Gambo and Shelter Afrique Regional Business Manager Edmond Adjikpe as rapporteurs, and Shelter Afrique Ag. Company Secretary Natasha Koli, and Shelter Afrique Head of Communication & External Affairs Babatunde Oyateru as members.

Each member State will be required to designate an interlocutor to report the implementation of the recommendations to the members of the monitoring group who will report on the status of implementation of the resolutions at the next session of the 41st General Assembly of Shelter Afrique in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Member countries in attendance who passed the resolution adopting the declaration include Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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From left – Cameroon’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development Hon. Célestine Ketcha Courtès (centre) raises Shelter Afrique flag as she assumes the chairmanship of Shelter Annual General Meeting (AGM) Bureau at the Company’s 40 AGM held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, flanked by Shelter Afrique Chief Executive Officer Andrew Chimphondah (left) Kenya’s Transport, Infrastructure and Housing Cabinet Secretary James Macharia – who is the immediate former Chairman of Shelter Afrique AGM.

 

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Shelter Afrique Chief Executive Officer Andrew Chimphondah addressing delegates at the Company’s 40 AGM held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where the Yaoundé Declaration was issued.

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

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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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BREAKING: Prophet T.B. Joshua Is Reportedly Dead

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Prophet T.B. Joshua Is Reportedly Dead

Prophet T.B. Joshua Is Reportedly Dead: Popular Nigerian televangelist and prophet, Temitope Balogun Joshua aka T.B. Joshua, has died, family sources, who did not want to be quoted (as an official statement was still being prepared), told Peoples Gazette.

According to reports, the founder of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), T.B. Joshua, died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church. He was 57.

The cause of his death was not immediately disclosed to us at the time of filing this report, but family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed forthwith.

Prophet T.B. Joshua reigned for several decades as a fiery preacher on television, using his platform to attract a large number of Christians from across the world. Emmanuel TV, run by Prophet T.B. Joshua’s SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations, available worldwide via digital and terrestrial switches.

In 2014, his church was at the center of a multi-national investigation following a section of his church headquarters in Lagos collapsed, leaving dozens killed and many more injured.

Prophet T.B. Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his demise.

Details later….

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