The Finder – IGP charges police PROs to be on top of their job.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has advised personnel of the Public Affairs Directorate (PAD) of the Ghana Police Service to be dynamic in discharging their duties, and in disseminating key information to the public.
According to him, this would leave very little or no room for members of the general public to resort to wrong sources for information, which often created the forum for misinformation, slandering and character assassination.
He averred that it is the expectation of the service that communicators will be technologically up to date, professionally agile and socially conscious in performing their duties.
“As a result, the service, under my leadership, is pursuing a robust transformation aimed at actualising the vision of the service, that is- to be a world-class Police Service capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services up to the standard of international best practice,” he added.
Exports: free zones bag $30.9bn
…in 2 decades and employs 30,357 workers currently
AVAILABLE data reveal that companies operating under the Ghana Free Zones Board (GFZB) have generated a total of $30.9 billion from exports as of the end of 2016 since the programme started in 1996.
This means that on the average, the companies generated $1.5 billion from exports each year for the two decades of operations.
The economy is still developing, and the need for export earnings to support national expenditure, which is substantially denominated in convertible currency, is so overwhelming.
Analysts believe that if the Free Zones Concept was effectively rolled out and roped in Ghanaian entrepreneurs, the impact on stability of the cedi, growth of the economy, job creation, among others, would have been felt better.
According to the data, capital investments by Free Zones companies between 1996 and 2016 also amounted to US$3.4 billion.
We must domesticate the Ghanaian economy – Osafo Maafo
Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, has asked all stakeholders to come on board to domesticate the economy to make Ghanaian businesses play a key role in resolving the challenges.
“Ghana must play a leading role, and this means that our laws must support the private sector, together with the captains of the industries, so that the Ghanaian will be on the steering wheel directing the economy,” he said.
He, therefore, charged the captains of industries and the banking sector to get involved in providing solutions to the economic challenges.
Mr Osafo-Maafo said this at the opening ceremony of the sixth edition of the Ghana Economic Forum at the Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel in Accra.
My govt is fulfilling campaign promises – President Akufo Addo
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his seven-month-old government is already fulfilling the promises and commitments made to the Ghanaian people in the run-up to the December 2016 elections, despite the economic mess inherited by his administration.
President Akufo -Addo, “When we came into office, we were met with huge debts and no money. It is for this reason that we put in place the appropriate measures to strengthen our monetary system, so the development we promised the people can be met.”
The President noted that the Asempa budget read in Parliament by the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, in March, has ensured that the country’s finances have been placed on a solid footing, and is gaining strength to ensure the fulfilment of his government’s promises.
Varsities told to maintain old fees for now
The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) has directed the management of public institutions to maintain the 2016/2017 academic year fees and charges while parliamentary approval is sought for any adjustments for this academic year.
A statement issued by the council, and signed by the Executive Secretary, Professor Mohamed Salifu, said: “The proposed fees and charges for the 2017/2018 academic year have been collated for consideration and approval by Parliament.
“This is in accordance with the requirements of the Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (Act 793) and Amendment Instrument 2016 (L.I.2228).”
It said following the decision of Parliament on the proposals, some adjustments may need to be made to the 2016/2017 levels to reflect the approved levels for implementation.
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