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Ghana to honour memories of first President Nkrumah tomorrow

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Ghana will honour the memories of her first leader Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah tomorrow, Tuesday September 21, 2021 for his outstanding contribution to national liberation and development.

In that regard, the Ministry for the Interior earlier in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, and signed by the Minister Mr Ambrose Dery, declared the aforementioned date a statutory public holiday, and urged the public to observe it as such nationwide.

The day is usually marked with lectures and events to commemorate the achievements and legacy of Dr. Nkrumah.
However, when it falls on a weekend, the following Monday is observed as a holiday.

The Convention People’s Party, which was founded and led by Dr. Nkrumah as part of measures to mark the day, will organise a symposium to commemorate Dr. Nkrumah’s 112th birthday on the theme: “Relevance of Nkrumahism in Addressing the Socio-economic Challenges of Ghana Today”.

Prior to the passing of the Public Holiday Amendment Bill into law in March 2019, the holiday on September 21 was known as the “Founders’ Day”, however the Founder’s Day is now celebrated on August 4.

Dr. Nkrumah was born on September 21, 1909, at Nkroful in the Western Region to Opanyin Kofi Nwiana Ngolomah and Madam Elizabeth Nyaniba.

He attended Achimota School and also trained as a teacher. He sought advanced studies from 1935 in the United States and attained a B.A. Degree from the Lincoln University in 1939.

He also received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1942, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 and a Master of Arts in Philosophy in 1943.He was later awarded a Doctor of Philosophy.

Britain, after the bond of 1844 and wars of annexation took control over parts of the territory now called Ghana, naming the patchwork British Gold Coast.

Britain was weakened by World War II and following a rising desire for independence, the Gold Coast was put on the path to independence with the Convention People Party sweeping all pre independence elections and independence election. Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence, on March 6, 1957.

Dr. Nkrumah was the key driving force behind the independence of Ghana from British rule in the post war era.

Among the notable remarks he made which echo in through time and space was one on the day that Ghana achieved her independence, “At long last, the battle has ended! And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever”.

He also made the African liberation struggle a Ghanaian task when he declared that,”Our independence will be meaningless until it is linked up with the total liberation of the African continent.”

Thousands of Ghanaians had gathered at old polo grounds now the Nkrumah Mausoleum to see and hear their first leader declare independence at midnight having established the Ghana News Agency hours earlier.

In 1960, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr. Nkrumah was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republic was proclaimed on July 1, 1960.

In February 1966, while he was on a state visit to Vietnam and China, his government was overthrown in a military coup d’état by a section of the military and police.

Dr. Nkrumah was offered a home in Conakry, Guinea and never returned to Ghana. He died in April 1972 at Bucharest, Romania.

In September 2009, the former President John Atta Mills declared September 21 (the centenary of Kwame Nkrumah’s birth in 1909) as the Founder’s Day, a statutory holiday in Ghana.

Dr. Nkrumah ensured that the Ghana Flag designed by Madam Theodosia Okoh, was adopted when the nation attained independence.

The colours of the flag – red symbolize bloodshed during the liberation struggle; green stands for beauty, agriculture or vegetation; yellow represents mineral wealth; and the Black Star represents African freedom and identity.

In an interaction with some Ghanaians, Ms Hannah Ashiokai, a student with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, said: “Dr.Nkrumah did so well per what I have heard and some of his works I’ve been shown. Even with the courage with which he spoke, if we get a President like him again, I believe Ghana will progress”.

Mr Thompson Gator, a business man, said: “Although, there are some people who believe otherwise, I know for sure that we can never get any President again like Dr. Nkrumah. He loved his country and Africa as a whole and believed in us”.

Mrs Ama Serwaa Darko, a trader said: “Although I sympathize with another political party now, I believe in the ideologies of Dr. Nkrumah and his CPP. The problem is, I can’t tell if the current CPP leadership has that courage and pure heart that Nkrumah had to serve”.

Source: GNA

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

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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.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“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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