President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo was among hundreds of mourners who visited Kumasi in the Ashanti Region last Friday to observe the one week gathering to after the death of Maame Ama Kwartemaa mother of the Chief of Staff, Hon. Frema Osei Opare.
The late Maame Ama Kwartemaa passed on at age 98 at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi after short illness.
The president was accompanied by his vice Dr.Mahamudu Bawumia, Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, Deputy chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Akoto Afriyie, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah, Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry, COCOBOD board Chairman, Hackman Owusu Agyemang, SSNIT Board Chairman, Dr Addo Kufuor, Monitoring and Evaluating Minister, Dr Akoto Osei, Communication Minister, Ursula Owusu, Common fund Administrator, Irene Naa Torshie, former Ashanti Regional Minister, S.K. Boafo as well as current Ashanti Regional Deputy Minister, Elizabeth Agyemang.
Kennedy Agyapong runs away
…Ursula, Attafuah open fire
In what could pass as the biggest anticlimax of the year so far, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central has completely distanced himself from reports that he had accused Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful of bribery.
Kennedy has also said he would neither co-operate with the Ghana Police Service nor provide the matter because some persons within the service had shown bad faith in handling the matter.
For almost two weeks, the allegation of bribery supposedly from Kennedy Agyapong, had been front page news and reports had suggested the Assin Central MP would this week storm the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Accra with his evidence that Ursula Owusu Ekufl under shady circumstances awarded a National Identification Authority (NIA) contract to a wrong company.
Bawumia’s paperless port takes off
The implementation of the Vice President’s much talked about paperless system begins today at the various ports in the country.
The policy is aimed at blocking revenue leakages and improve ease of doing business at the ports. The implementation of the policy was expected to take off by Friday, September 1, 2017.
But following the declaration of Friday, September 1, 2017 as a national holiday, the policy starts fully today, Monday September 4, 2017.
With the implementation of the policy, importers can now have their goods cleared at the ports in just four hours after fulfilling all documentary requirements.