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AU delegation to assess Ghana’s preparedness to host AfCFTA Secretariat

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A delegation from the African Union Continental Free Trade area (AfCFTA) arrived in Accra on Monday to assess Ghana’s bid to host its Secretariat.

Ghana is among six other countries that have put in a bid to host the AfCFTA Secretariat, which aims at establishing a single market across the Continent.

The rest are eSwatini, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar.

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, received the 10-man delegation led by Ambassador Rosette Nyirinkindi Katungye, an Advisor on Regional Integration at the Bureau Office of the AU Chairperson, shortly after arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.

The Information Minister said the delegation was in Accra to inspect Ghana’s preparedness as one of the countries bidding to host the Secretariat.

He said Ghana was looking forward to grabbing the opportunity to host the AfCFTA Secretariat, which would bring several benefits to the nation.

“In the coming days Ghanaian officials will take them round on an inspection to show our preparedness. If you have the secretariat in your country, it is a huge deal which will bring many opportunities for the growth of this country” he told journalists.

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area is a planned free trade area outlined in the AfCFTA Agreement among 49 of the 55 African countries.

President Akufo-Addo in March last year appended his signature to the three legal instruments namely; the Agreement establishing the Continental Free Trade Area; the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the Kigali declaration which established the AfCFTA.

Source: GNA

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Go for Ghana Card – Volta NDC to supporters

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Mr James Gunu, the Volta Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged Ghanaians, especially supporters of the Party to fully participate in the Ghana Card registration exercise, which commenced in the region on Monday, July 22.

He said, “the Volta Region NDC wishes to encourage all and sundry, including party faithfuls, to participate in the ongoing Ghana card registration exercise. Ghana card is not for any political party, it is for all of us, so everyone must take part, even though the exercise was not given enough days”.

Mr. Gunu was addressing supporters of the party at a “revival rally” on the theme, “mobilizing all available resources for victory 2020”, on Sunday at Agbozume, in the Ketu South constituency of the Volta Region.

He asked followers of the NDC to encourage their households to register and ignore any acts of “intimidation” from opposition parties.

Mr Gunu called for unity in the Party ahead of the Parliamentary Primaries and urged members to accept outcomes of vetting of aspirants and elections of parliamentary candidates.

Mr. Bright Kumordzi, Ketu South Constituency Chairman of the NDC, appealed to all delegates to choose the best candidate for the parliamentary seat and commended aspirants in the Constituency for working together in peace.

The fund raising rally brought together some branch executives, former and present constituency executives as well as all the parliamentary aspirants in the constituency, to at mobilize resources towards attaining the 2020 agenda of the party.

Source: GNA

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Government says GH¢3b road projects to start nationwide

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Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – Minister of Information

Government has announced plans to start road infrastructural development in the second half of the year, amounting to GH¢3 billion.

Road projects are expected to see a major boost nationwide upon the resumption of the cocoa roads projects.

It will be recalled that cocoa road projects were discontinued for audit and re-scoping and proper alignment of funds to execute them.

Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, announced this at a media briefing in Accra.

He said upon completion of the audit exercise, some road projects have been terminated and others re-scoped, while others have been handed over to the proper agencies such as Highways and Urban Roads to execute.

He said funding is being made available for the commencement of those projects, with the assurance that contractors would be paid for work done.

He said more than three billion Ghana cedis of cocoa roads are set to commence under the new programme in cocoa growing areas across the country.

Other road projects funded through the Central Government budget and road fund are expected to pick up during the year, he added.

He said the LEKMA roads and others have already been given out on contract and contractors are already mobilising to site.

Source: GNA

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Group to check misuse of drugs in Sabon Zongo formed

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Zongo  Against Drug (ZAD), a civic pressure group, has been formed at Sabon Zongo in the Ablekuma Central Municipality, to check misuse of drugs by the youth in the area.

It also aims at championing the cause of sensitising the youth about the dangers of drugs, its consequences and help them to abstain from it.

Mr. Abdul Rahim Salifu Ango, Chairman of the group and a Clinical Psychologist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, told the Ghana News Agency that, the group would create awareness among the muslim youth in Accra, on avoiding negative practices in society and to uphold high moral principles.

ZAD, he said, is a non-partisan group, whose membership cuts across the political divide, adding that, it comprises opinion leaders of the community and some chiefs too.

He said it seeks to stimulate action among policy makers and the public to recognise and take pragmatic measures to discourage the youth on deviant and immoral acts.

Mr. Salifu Ango said Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools presented more opportunities for the muslim youth and there is the need to prepare themselves to play meaningful roles in the country.

He said ZAD intends to work in partnership with private and public sector institutions as well as international Non-Governmental Organisations(NGOs) committed to the same goals.

He expressed the hope that the media would continue to play its critical role of informing and educating the public about the concerns of ZAD.

Source: GNA

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