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TRAIN CRASH: SABOTEURING EFFORTS BY THE NDC?

The owner of the abandoned truck which caused accident on one of the newly secured trains has been jailed 6 months. 41 year old Abel Dzidotor is said to have pleaded guilty in court today to three out of the four counts leveled against him.

MR ABEL DZIDOTOR BEING ARRESTED BY THE POLICE

News reaching Daily Insights today reveals, the owner of the abandoned truck, Abel Dzidotor, is a staunch NDC member and a branch secretary for the National Democratic Congress.

  Mr Abel Dzidotor, parked the abandoned truck directly across the Tema-Mpakadan railway in a sharp rail curve. Despite emergency braking by the train driver, the train couldn’t be stopped in time thereby hitting the unattended vehicle causing the train crash. The train is part of the newly procured trains from Poland and was undergoing a test run.

NEWLY PROCURED TRAINS BY THE GOVERNMENT

Early this year, it was also reported that some unidentified people have vandalized transformers and stolen copper wires plunging the some communities into darkness. This could be attributed to a calculated attempt to sabotage the government’s developmental efforts to fuel the dissemination of  propaganda in order to score cheap political points.

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Government Constructs 526 New Basic Schools Since 2017: Africa Education Watch Confirms Accuracy of Performance Tracker Data

In a recent revelation, Kofi Asare, the Executive Director for Africa Education Watch, has affirmed the government’s commitment to education infrastructure development, citing the construction of 526 new basic schools since 2017.

A JHS Model School at Ejisu

Asare’s statement, made in response to a Facebook comment, sheds light on the progress made in expanding educational facilities across the country. The data provided by the government’s performance tracker has been confirmed as accurate by the Executive Director, adding credibility to the administration’s efforts in the education sector.

The construction of these basic schools signifies a significant investment in the future of the nation’s youth, providing them with access to quality education and improving overall literacy rates. Such initiatives are crucial in addressing educational disparities and ensuring equal opportunities for all children, regardless of their socio-economic background.

Furthermore, the confirmation of the accuracy of the performance tracker data underscores the government’s transparency and accountability in monitoring and evaluating its educational initiatives. It reflects a commitment to evidence-based policymaking and fosters trust between the government and its citizens.

A JHS Model School at Kwabenya

Asare’s endorsement of the government’s achievements in education infrastructure development serves as a testament to the progress made in the sector. However, he also emphasizes the need for continued monitoring and evaluation to ensure that these schools are adequately equipped and staffed to deliver quality education to students.

In a recent revelation, Kofi Asare, the Executive Director for Africa Education Watch, has affirmed the government’s commitment...
A science laboratory at a JHS Model School

The construction of 526 new basic schools since 2017 is undoubtedly a commendable achievement, but it is only the first step towards addressing the broader challenges facing the education sector. As stakeholders continue to work towards improving access to quality education for all, the government’s commitment to transparency and accountability will remain essential in driving positive change in the nation’s educational landscape.

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BAWUMIA’S TEAM EXPOSES MAHAMA ON EDUCATION

The Communication Directorate of the Bawumia Campaign Team led by Dennis Miracles Aboagye in a Press Conference this afternoon which centred on the Future of Education in Ghana has revealed that there is a possible threat in our education sector should former President Mahama be allowed to take over power once again. According to Dennis Miracles, the future of Ghanaian youth rests on the quality of today’s education and for that matter, we cannot allow education to be bastardized by the politics of an incompetent presidential candidate who failed as a president.

The Bawumia campaign is disdained about the recent attacks on the credibility of WASSCE results and the intelligence of the students as well as the efforts of their teachers and parents by the presidential candidate of the opposition NDC and former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama. The Bawumia campaign team in their official presser believes that former President Mahama’s unnecessary attacks on our education causes reputational damage to our education globally.

Dennis Miracles Aboagye in his presser emphasized the position of the NPP and its presidential candidate. The team believes that the NPP and Dr. Bawumia has the future of Ghanaian youth at heart and are poised to render Ghana ready for the 4th industrial revolution which would be achieved in the possible Bawumia government starting January 2025.     

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The banking industry has benefited from Ghana Card, according to Fidelity Bank MD

Julian Opuni, Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, has recognized and applauded the Ghana Card’s noteworthy contributions to the financial industry.

Banks link individual Ghana Cards to bank accounts

Following his meeting with the Oxford Business Group, Julian Opuni, the MD of Fidelity Bank, gave a statement in which he highlighted the significant progress the Ghana Card has achieved in enhancing security protocols and thwarting financial sector fraud.

He praised the Ghana Card’s contribution to cleaning up the financial industry, but he also emphasized the card’s robust biometric capabilities, readability of real-time data, and easy integration with other systems. He also mentioned the card’s role in supporting accurate Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance and anti-money laundering initiatives.

The Ghana Card

He also discussed how the Ghana Card has changed the risk profile of government securities, which could eventually make banks more interested in financing from the private sector.

Additionally, Mr. Julian Opuni mentioned the critical role the Ghana Card has played in enabling digital transactions, particularly the interoperability of mobile banking and mobile money, which he said is moving the nation closer to a cashless society.

Julian Opuni

“By utilizing the extensive database, both fintech and traditional banking institutions may provide a range of financial services and encourage cashless transactions. Because of these developments, entry barriers are reduced, especially for those from low-income backgrounds, and the financial ecosystem becomes more inclusive. In an interview with the Oxford Business Group, Opuni stated, “The Ghana Card provides accessible formal identification, especially for those in remote areas, by streamlining the online and in-person account opening process.”

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EX-PRESIDENT BUSTED IN ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI SAGA

Ex-President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday, January 25, 2024 visited the people of Obuasi as part of his Ashanti Regional tour, which commenced on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Otumfuor exposes John Mahama

The ex-president in his address to the chiefs and people of Obuasi, said his government revived the AngloGold Ashanti – Obuasi Mine in 2014. This comment caught the attention of many on social media and traditional media.

Shortly after ex-president John Mahama’s commentary, a viral video of the king of Asanteman, Otumfuo Osei Tutu – II in 2019 was seen addressing attendants thanking H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government for their superb inputs in reviving the AngloGold Ashanti after so many failed attempts by previous government.

Our Research Desk delve deeper into the issue and came across a document on Tax Concession Agreement for the Obuasi Mines Redevelopment between the Republic of Ghana and AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited, which was dated 27/11/2017. In the said document, the Republic of Ghana granted about $300M tax waiver to the AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited amidst other incentives to aid the realization of the redevelopment project.

Our desk also came across a video of the Chief Executive Officer of AngloGold, Alberto Calderon at the commemoration of the first gold pour, praising the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his assurance and relentless efforts to see the operation of the Obuasi mine. Chiefs and the good people present also heaped praises on the President for such a phenomenal job.

Mahama busted

Ex-President John Mahama has come under heavy criticisms after he has been, what the majority claim to be exposed. Scores of Ghanaians are of the view that the ex-president must rise to the occasion and act as a statesman.

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Credible Mahamudu Bawumia: A Compelling Contender Poised to Secure Victory in the NPP Presidential Primaries

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In the highly anticipated NPP presidential primaries, one candidate stands out as the clear favorite: the most credible politician, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

Most credible politician, Dr. Bawumia

With consistently high approval ratings and a reputation for economic prowess, Dr. Bawumia has positioned himself as the most experienced and qualified contender in the race. As a vice president, he has played a crucial role in steering Ghana’s economic growth by championing innovative reforms like digitalization of government services. Additionally, his down-to-earth demeanor and unwavering commitment to public service has made him a popular figure among his contemporaries, especially for his dedication to improving the lives of marginalized communities. While facing competition from other candidates, such as Alan Kyerematen and Kennedy Agyapong, Dr. Bawumia’s strong track record and widespread appeal makes him the frontrunner in the upcoming NPP presidential primaries.

  1. Unwavering Approval Ratings:
    Recent polls conducted by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (GCDD) indicates that Bawumia’s approval rating is 62% with his best opponent, Alan Kyeremanten trailing at 38%. This substantial margin reflects the trust and confidence Ghanaians place in his ability to lead and effect a positive change.
  2. Unparalleled Experience and Qualifications:
    Dr. Bawumia’s six-year tenure as vice president, coupled with his extensive prior government service, underscores his unparalleled experience and qualifications. His profound understanding of Ghana’s economy and the challenges it faces positions him as a candidate who can navigate complex economic landscapes with confidence and expertise.
  3. A Populist Leader for All Ghanaians:
    Dr. Bawumia’s appeal extends beyond his economic acumen. Ghanaians regard him as a relatable and honest leader who genuinely cares about their concerns. His down-to-earth nature and approachability have fostered a connection with citizens across the nation, further enhancing his popularity and trustworthiness.
  4. A Resilient and Experienced Campaign Team:
    Dr. Bawumia’s campaign team, comprising seasoned professionals, has meticulously devised a winning strategy for both the primaries and the general election. Their experience and expertise in mobilizing support, coupled with Dr. Bawumia’s popularity, provide a formidable force that positions him favorably in the race.
H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

As the NPP presidential primaries draw nearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia emerges as the leading candidate, backed by his remarkable approval ratings, extensive experience, and wide popularity among Ghanaians. With a proven track record of economic management, his ability to introduce vital reforms, and an unwavering commitment to public service, Dr. Bawumia embodies the qualities desired in a leader who can guide Ghana toward progress and prosperity. While facing competition from other candidates, the strength of Dr. Bawumia’s candidacy, supported by his exceptional qualifications and the dedication of his campaign team, positions him as the frontrunner and a formidable contender for the presidency of Ghana.

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A demon has entered the NDC- Zanetor Rawlings exclaims

The daughter of the late president, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, Zanetor Rawlings, has urged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to rid itself of any residual “demons” in order to win the impending 2024 elections.
Zanetor Rawlings, a lawmaker, emphasised the need for the NDC, which she described as the result of the revolution, to undergo a careful self-examination when she gave a fervent speech at a church in Cape Coast on June 3 to mark the beginning of the 44th-anniversary commemoration of the June 4 Revolution.


She emphasised that any harmful influences that may have slowly crept in over time must be removed from the celebration.
“If the NDC is to rescue this country by 2024, we must clear ourselves of any demon that entered while we were not paying attention,” Zanetor Rawlings declared, encouraging her party members to reflect on their conduct and align themselves with the June 4 Uprising’s values.
The arrest and prosecution of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and other junior military officers by the leadership of the Supreme Military Council II (SMC II) prompted the June 4 Revolution, also known as the June 4th Uprising. Following a failed coup attempt on May 15, 1979, the former president and his colleagues were charged with mutiny.


During his trial, Jerry John Rawlings offered a variety of reasons for the failed rebellion. He emphasised the denial of pay to junior military commanders, pervasive corruption among Supreme Military Council officials, bad governance, economic challenges, and general populist dissatisfaction. Furthermore, he cited indiscipline within the Ghana Army as a crucial contributing element to the revolt.

The demand by Zanetor Rawlings for the NDC to exorcise its demons reflects the spirit of the June 4 Revolution, which attempted to confront these issues and bring about constructive change in the party.

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OH, LORD! BLESS AMA GHANA WITH A MAN OF VISION

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It’s yet another time of the season and an opportunity in the life of a patriotic Ghanaian to exercise their franchise. However, on the side of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the battle to lead the party to break the eight has already begun.


A few of the patriots appear to be unaware of the fact that, since we are electing a candidate for Ghanaians to buy into his, the most crucial factor to examine is our chances and how marketable our candidate is, instead, some enjoy giving themselves false hope and promoting tribal bigotry – what a shame.
Literally, for a virtuous woman who wants to determine how good her cassava is, she puts it on fire. In the case of the NPP and breaking the eight mantras, we do not need God to descend from the Heavens to remind us to elect a marketable, relevant and visionary person as the flagbearer to ride on the back of the mighty elephant for victory in the 2024 general elections.


Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the vice president of Ghana who not long ago officially joined the NPP flagbearership race by picking up his nomination forms is among the bigwigs projected to succeed Nana Addo, the President of Ghana.
Not that I am discouraging anyone ooo, hmm, but you all would attest to the fact that for the past few weeks, the declaration of support for Dr. Bawumia by CEOs, chiefs, party chairmen, grassroots and party faithful including the hierarchy of our party has been overwhelming, this should send a clear signal – indeed the signal is connecting. This is not to stop any candidate because our party believes in democracy and equal opportunities.
Until Dr. Bawumia himself withdraws from the race, which I know for sure won’t happened, no man born out of a woman can rule him out unless He who gives life.


Dr. Bawumia continues to give us hope for how far he has made the office of the vice president relevant.
It is quiet unfortunate how some of us didn’t witness the regime of some past vice presidents since independence, however, we’ve read and heard about their impacts, all thanks to records.
Unlike his predecessors, Dr. Bawumia has not limited himself to the constitutional role of merely being a representative of the president at meetings and events, however, he has fronted numerous transformational projects; this has not only brought light to the NPP but has also impacted the lives of Ghanaians who were bereft of hope. A case is when one Dr. Emmanuel Achampong, a lecturer of U.C.C nearly lost his flight from Germany to Ghana but for the timely intervention of the Ghana Card.
Not forgetting the initiatives Dr. Bawumia has spearheaded aiming at leveraging technology to improve service delivery and create a more efficient economy, the reason he is called Dr. Digital.


It is evident that Dr. Bawumia has not only given the vice presidency new relevance, but has also set a precedent for yaanom to reshuffle their leadership in parliament for the economic battle come 2024 as stated by Asiedu Nketia.
Dr. Bawumia even as a vice president has already done more, just imagine when he is made the main man.
Why would God not bless Ghana with such a leader?
The scriptures even say by their fruits we shall know them.
Do not be deceived, connect to the signal!

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Competent Bawumia was my reliable source of inspiration during my darkest moments as President- Akufo Addo

In a televised speech to the country on May 28, 2023, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo thanked Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for serving as his deputy.


The Vice President was singled out by the President for his continuous support during trying times, despite the President’s acknowledgment of the crucial role played by government authorities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am indebted to the Ministers of State, officials of the Presidency, led by the Chief of Staff, the Parliament and the Judiciary, and all the members of the brilliant COVID-19 Taskforce. I must make special mention of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was my reliable source of support in the darkest and most trying moments,” President Akufo-Addo stated.


In addition, President Akufo-Addo thanked a number of people, organisations, government agencies, and the labour movement for their support in Ghana’s fight against the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana was officially proclaimed over by the President at the speech. “In general, since the first case was confirmed in our nation on March 12, 2020, there have been two million, five hundred and thirty-eight thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight (2,538,198) positive cases from two million, five hundred and thirty-eight thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight (2,538,198) tests,” he said, providing the statistics.


Additionally, President Akufo-Addo spoke on the COVID-19 vaccination campaign’s success, noting that 25 million, 170 thousand, 388,2 doses of the vaccine had been delivered. Ten million, five hundred and thirty-six thousand, four hundred and twenty (10,536,420) persons have received their full dose of the vaccine, or 52.7% of the twenty million (20 million) people who were targeted, he continued. Moreover, booster doses were given to 4,599,883 (four million, five hundred and ninety-nine thousand, eight hundred and eighty three) persons.


These facts served as the basis for the significant choices reached on May 17 by the COVID-19 Taskforce, which was presided over by President Akufo-Addo. The President declared that all COVID-related limitations at airports and entry points have been eliminated, bringing the situation in terms of health entrance requirements back to what it was before COVID.
In addition, President Akufo-Addo emphasised the recently secured $3 billion IMF economy assistance facility, which he hopes would help Ghana’s economy recover from the pandemic’s effects.
But President Akufo-Addo didn’t waste any time in emphasising that the IMF loan won’t put an end to the country’s economic problems right away.

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COMPETENT BAWUMIA UNVEILS STATE OF THE ART FINANCIAL SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER

The most credible Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia on Wednesday commissioned a state of the art Financial Industry Command Security Operation Centre (FICSOC) in Accra.


The project established and operated by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) is a key component of systems to address the challenges of cyber security is the first of its kind in West Africa and Africa as a whole.
The FICSOC is said to prevent, rapidly detect and share information as well as respond to possible cyber threats targeted at the financial industry and ultimately the country at large.
Dr. Bawumia noted that all banks are connected to the FICSOC and receive real time security alerts, intelligence and traffic analysis on cyber threats.


He congratulated the BoG as usual for setting the pace in Africa as well as charging the financial players to take full advantage of the capabilities of the FICSOC, while continually strengthening in-house security operations.
The directive was implemented gradually over a 36-month period with strong monitoring and control among authorised banks.


As these organisations worked to fully implement the directive, it became clear that the Central Bank needed to set up an industry Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system to allow those organisations implementing SIEMs to send logs and alerts, as well as aggregate data and reports.

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