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Fix Anum-Boso Road Now; The Role of The Government and The People of Boso and Anum

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The statement; “distance is not a barrier” is usually said because there is a good road to link two group of people or individuals.

However, where there are no good roads, distance does not just become a barrier but a life long threat of transportation.

The people of Anum and Boso are Guans who are settling around the Volta Lake in the Asuogyaman District of Ghana. The Asuogyaman District was created under the local government act LI 1431 in 1988 after its separation from the Kaoga District whose capital was Somanya.

The Asuogyaman District has been divided into six area councils in line with the provisions of the Local government act 467 (1993). These area councils are: Anum, Boso, Frankadua/Apeguso, Atimpoku, Gyakiti and Akosombo. The predominant occupation in the Asuogyaman District includes fish farming, trading and crop farming. The Anum-Boso road links the Asikuma and Peki junctions to Anum, Boso, Kpalime and the Dzemeni market, a large market at the banks of the Volta Lake serving the Southern part of Ghana with the supply of fish products and others.

The Anum-Boso geographical area houses the prestigious Anum Rural Bank and schools like Anum Presbyterian Senior High School and my Alma mater; Boso Senior High Technical School and other great institutions in the area which have produced many top talents to the world of work and academia.

The second cycle schools in Anum and Boso are preferable choices of most parents in Accra, Tema, Ashaiman and other parts of the country for their wards due to the discipline, excellent academic performance and a cool breeze weather in the neighborhood which is good for learning.

In my visit to Boso Senior High Technical School with other old students on 3rd July 2021, it started raining cat and dog from the Asikuma junction till we got to Tosen.

On our way, we realized that the Bitumen on the road from Osebeng to Boso has been removed to be reconstructed by the government and has been left to the mercy of the weather till now and its condition keeps getting verse.

I asked someone living about when the Anum Boso road wore that shameful uniform of poor roads and he told me it was done around October 2020 when the country was getting ready for General Elections in December 2020 with the promise of immediate reconstruction.

My question is, was the reconstruction of the road just a political campaign promise or what?

The people of Anum and Boso have been crying for the government and investors to open up businesses in the area to create employment hence reducing rural-urban migration.

However, with the current state of the road, many investors would be inhibited from even visiting this beautiful place not to think of investing there.

The general patronage of public transport on the Anum and Boso road has reduced drastically due to the porous nature of the road. A colleague and I had to sit at the back of a motorcycle from Anum to Asikuma junction before getting a public transport to Accra.

I doff my hat for the bankers, clergy, educationists and traders who keep travelling in and out of the Anum-Boso area to render services to the indigenes of the area.

I am calling on the paramount chief of Anum and Boso traditional areas, the Boso and Anum area councils and the youth from this area who are either living there or living in other places to join hands and hold the Asuogyaman District, the Department of Roads of the Eastern Region and the government of Ghana accountable for the roads and demand that it would be fixed in no time.

We are citizens of Ghana and the national cake should be shared equally in order to reach Boso and Anum.

We have been taken for granted for so long. Arise people of Anum and Boso and demand the fixing of your roads now.

Source:Daniel Nseboah Amoah (A native of Boso), Accra

Email: daniel.nseboah@st.gimpa.edu.gh

Contact: 233547078904/ 0202430546

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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Deputy-General-Secretary-of-the-Trades-Union-Congress-TUC-Joshua-Ansah

After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

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“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

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