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Mr. Charles Gyamfi crowned National Best Farmer 2019.

The 58-year man named Ghana’s Best Farmer at the 35th edition of the awards. Mr. Gyamfi has been a farmer all his life. This year’s ceremony was held in the capital of the Volta Region, Ho.

He went into farming after completing his secondary education. He has been farming for 25 years.

This is not the first time Mr. Gyamfi has been recognized in his farming exploit. He is a former National Best Cocoa farmer.

The man from the Tano North District in the Ahafo Region can boast of diverse crop plantation as well as animal rearing. He grows crops like cocoa, cassava, palm, maize, eggplants, and citrus fruits. He also has cattle, goats, and poultry. He owns five boxes of beehives and 3 fish ponds that produce Tilapia and catfish.

The father of five produces fruit juices with produce from his farm and the cassava serves as a rich ingredient for gari which sells well in his community and the country at large.

His win comes with a $100,000 prize package. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented the cheque to him.

He takes over the mantle from Mr. James Obeng Boateng from the Brong Region who won the 35th edition.

Mr. Gyamfi thanked the president and everyone who made it possible to deservedly win this award.

Philomena Tenge from the Eastern Region won the national best female farmer and Ayuba Jibrila from the Ashanti Region walked away as the national best youth farmer.

Congratulations to Mr. Gyamfi and all the winners.

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GFA anounces the start of the 2019/2020 season.

The Ghana Football Association has confirmed the start of the new season for Ghana’s football. The country has been without football since June 2018 after the Number 12 expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which brought to light the rot in Ghana’s football. The world’s football governing body FIFA took over the administration of football in Ghana after the former GFA boss, Kwasi Nyantakyi was banned from any football activity.

A group of people led by Dr. Kofi Amoah was appointed by FIFA to form the Normalization Committee and they introduced the NC Special Competition.

After the election of the new GFA president, the new administration has released the draft calendar for the 2019/2020 season.  The calendar gives details of all activities leading to the commencement of the new football season. That is, from player registration to submission of jerseys and venue to workshop for clubs among others. The new season is for the Premier league and the lower leagues.

The new football season is set to start on 21 December 2019 and expected to end in July 2020. The 35-week league will see clubs battle it out for the ultimate prize. The new league season promises to be exciting as clubs prepare for it.

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2019 has been a good year for Ghana – Finance Minister.

The Finance Minister (Mr. Ken Ofori Atta), in accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution and section 21 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) presented the budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

During his presentation, he stated that the government has been able to achieve significant structural changes that have led to economic growth and stability.

According to him, the economy was in bad shape when they took office from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2016 but for the competent leadership of H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, the economy is moving in the right direction. He said the economy they took over had a banking sector that was comatose with a decline in the Agriculture sector, high-interest rate, and high youth unemployment.

He stated that the government has been able to stabilize and restore sanity in the financial sector through the massive clean-up of banking and non-banking sectors.

Mr. Ofori Atta said that the government in 2019, was able to achieve and continue its flagship programs i.e free SHS, one district one dam, Nation-builders Corps (Nabco), etc. He stated that 1.2 million students will access free SHS by 2020 and about 97000 graduates have been enrolled onto Nabco where about 48,000 and 49,000 trainee teachers and nurses respectively have received their allowance and 55,000 nurses have been employed.

He said that signals for economic growth are positive and the country is on the right tragectory to achieve significant growth in 2020.

Click here to download the full 2020 budget statement.

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GFA decides: Kurt Okraku eleceted as new GFA president.

The Ghana Football Association has elected Mr. Kurt Okraku as the new FA President. Mr. Okraku will be incharge of football administration for the next four years.

Kurt had votes out of the 120 total votes cast. The election went to the second round after none of the candidates was able to obtain the 50% plus one vote. Mr. Kurt Okraku had 44 votes, Mr. George Afriyie had 40 votes, Mr. Fred Pappoe had 6 votes, Mr. Yaw Amponsah had 27 votes, Amanda Clinton 0 vote and Mr. George Ankomah Mensah also had 0 vote.

Ms. Amanda Clinton and Mr. George Ankomah were automatically eliminated from the race in the second round. Mr. Fred Pappoe also dropped out of the race and this meant, three candidates were left to contest at the second round.

At the second round, Mr. Kurt Okraku was able to garner 59 votes whiles Mr. Afriyie and Mr. Amponsah obtained 43 votes and 16 votes respectively. The 59 votes did not guarantee Kurt the win as it only represented 49.6% of the total votes which was less than the required 50% plus one vote.

The election had to go to another round to decide between Mr. Okraku and Mr. Afriyie. However, Mr. George Afriyie conceeded defeat and congratulated Kurt as the winner.

As per the statutes of the the GFA, Mr. Okraku could not be confirmed as the winner since he was unable to get the 50% plus one vote.

At the end of the third round of voting Mr. Kurt Okraku had 93 votes out of the 97 votes cast which represented 96% of the total votes. Mr. Okraku was declared the winner of the elections by the elections committee of the football association.

GFA vote to increase the number of premier league clubs.

The first agenda at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) extraordinary congress was issues relatng to litigation. Accra Great Olympics and King Faisal FC took the GFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and the ruling from CAS was for the GFA to re-instate the two clubs in the premier division.

The congress was divided as some members opposed to the Normalisation Commissions'(NC) proposal to increase the number of premier league teams for the 2019/2020 season to accomodate the two teams and put an end to the litigation issues . According the proposal by the NC, if congress is not satisfied with the 18-team league it can revert to the 16 team league after the 2019/2020 season by relegating 5 clubs.

Lawyer Ntow Fianko was of the view that increasing the number of Premier League clubs will need an amendment in the statutes of the GFA rules so he raised the motion to shelve the proposal of the NC. However, Mr. Randy Abbey had a different view and he sought to advice members to be a little flexible and less legalistic with the issue so that they can ratify the proposal of the NC. He further stated that it will help the new Football Association to start on a clean slate.

The house took a vote and 64 members out of the 120 voted for the motion to increase the number of Premier League teams from 16 to 18 teams for the 2019/2020 season.

Do you think the decision to of the congress to increase the number of teams in the premier league is the best?

Ashanti: Police butcher driver, 33 in Adomfe.

The incident is said to have happened on Tuesday.

Some residents at Adomfe in Asante Akyem South District who witnessed the incident have been narrating the incident in separate radio interviews on how the said policemen allegedly beat and butchered the driver.

Speaking to Accra based Starr FM, for instance, an eyewitness said about seven police officers with three in uniform stormed the area for an operation and had an altercation with the deceased.

They were said to have pushed him to the ground, kicked and punched him in the face before some of the policemen started butchering him with a machete.

The Assembly Man for the area, Samuel Kofi Boadu told Starr FM that the policemen who were on patrol were reportedly searching for one Mr Kankam and another Yaa Yaa who live in the area.

He said since they did not find these individuals, they ransacked their homes and did not find anything as well.

He said when they were returning from the girl’s place, they met two guys and grabbed them.

One of them is said to have asked what he had done, and in trying to explain, they started beating him up, and one of the policemen went to the patrol vehicle and took a machete to attack him.

He said after cutting the person, those around there started approaching the police, and on realizing that the mob was increasing they started giving out warning shots, about and put the victims in the patrol vehicle and sped off. 

Mr. Boadu said he called the district police commander to find out but got notified that no police personnel was deployed to the area.

The District Police Commander for the area, Superintendent Anyani Andrews has since confirmed the incident and explained that the policemen involved are not from his station, but from the Konongo Division.

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German Ambassador to Ghana hints at a “made in Ghana” Volkswagen.

The diplomat, Mr. Christoph Retzlaff has hinted in a post on twitter about a possible “Made in Ghana” car by Volkswagen in Ghana.

This was as a result of a reaction to a post by arbitez.com where it was revealed that the German Car makers had unvieled a “made in Rwanda” volkswagen.

Mr. Retzlaff tweeted “Great News. Soon we will see the first “made in Ghana” volkswagen here in Ghana with and Dendeon

The reason behind Mr. Christoph Retzlaf’s tweet is not yet known but since he is Germany’s Ambassodor, he might be privy to information about such as investment.

The Kigali assembly plant of the largest European manufacturer, Volkswagen, has started production of its vehicles this Wednesday, June 27. Several models will be assembled on this site with an initial target of 5000 vehicles per year that the manufacturer intended for the modest local Rwandan market by focusing on several urban mobility solutions. In the medium and long term, Volkswagen is targeting the regional market with other sites under construction in neighboring countries.

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This will be a major boost to the economy if they really establish such a plant in Ghana. If Mr. Retzlaff words are anything to go by, then Ghana should expect a Volkswagen assemby plant here.

Do you think Ghana is ready for its assembly plant? post your comments below.