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KGL Group awarded for outstanding customer services

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Alex Dadey, Executive Chairman of KGL Group of Companies, receives the award

KGL Group, the licensed online lotto marketing company responsible for the running of National Lottery Authority’s official short code *959#, has been presented “The Most Outstanding Customer Award” by the management of Stanbic Bank  Limited.

The award was presented to Alex Dadey, Executive Chairman of KGL Group of Companies, by Nana Dwomoh Benneh, a management member of the bank when a delegation from Stanbic Bank Limited paid a courtesy call on the KGL Group at the Company’s head office at Labone, in Accra.

Partnership

Receiving the award, Mr Dadey disclosed that the KGL Group and Stanbic Bank Limited have had discussions about a possible partnership to share expertise in all areas for customer benefits and satisfaction.

According to him, the partnership is to bring the expertise of KGL Group in the digital space fully on board, aimed at improving the quality of service of the Stanbic Bank Limited, and other institutions which KGL Group is currently working with, including the National Lottery Authority (NLA).

Mr Dadey listed some achievements of KGL Group in the last three years of existence, especially in the digitalization space, with an employee strength of over 100 personnel.

On behalf of Stanbic Bank Limited, Nana Dwomoh Benneh also said that the partnership between KGL Group and Stanbic Bank Limited is aimed at improving the services beyond the regular banking traditions in providing services to customers and clients.
He said the two institutions have grown together as service providers, adding that there is the need to maintain and strengthen the relationship between them in order to promote the business they both run for the benefit and satisfaction of customers and clients.

The KGL group

The KGL Group comprises KGL Technology Limited, a licensed online lotto marketing company responsible for the operation of *959#, and a sister company, KEED-NLA, responsible for the operation of *987# known as Lucky 3.

KGL Group has been at the forefront of providing topnotch technical services as well as lending world class expertise to its partner companies such as the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and others.

The Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Finance, recently launched three key policy initiatives: the National Financial Inclusion and Development Strategy, the Digital Financial Services Policy and the Cash-Lite Roadmap.

These three policy initiatives are aimed at strengthening financial inclusion and accelerate the shift of the economy to digitalization.

In line with the aforementioned three policy initiatives, KGL Group has positioned itself well to become one of the best platforms in order to support the government and other organisations to achieve the digitalization policy and also compete fairly on the global market.

MP ASPIRANTS, CONSTITUENCY EXECUTIVES MUST DEFEND GAINS, NOT DISRUPT FOCUS

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NPP flag

In one ominous cycle, it is emerging that the saga of constituency executives and inward-looking parliamentary candidates, which combined in 2008 to disrupt the focus of the New Patriotic Party in an election in which they were favourites, is here with us again.

That, unfortunately, indicates that party activists on the ground, who ought to know better, with history as their guide, are the very people committing acts that tend to undermine the governing NPP and oil the weapons of the opponent, in dimming the party’s positive aspirations to maintain power in 2020.

What therefore appears to be normal, friendly and democratic exchanges during constituency, regional and national exercises to select parliamentary candidates, are turning cancerous sores that are refusing to go away – even when the leader of the party and President of the nation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called for a truce.

That, in the opinion of the Daily Statesman, doesn’t only show respect, but also in several respects dishonours the governing party, which has shown magnanimity and tolerance in managing conflict during these turbulent congresses and follow-up mediation sessions.

For a party in power with a huge record of success to be assailed with disunity is the last to be tolerated or encouraged, when the party’s opponents, hell bent, are fighting tooth and nail, using fair and foul means, to dislodge it from power.

Larger picture

What those fanning the flames of disunity fail to grasp is that every party has a philosophy that guides its operations and structures, which undergird its vibrancy and relevance. That is aside of the crucial fact that you need to win elections before you can enjoy any material rewards.

That is why it is important that all the forces and groups embroiled in the discordant decision to run as independent candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections must wise up to the fact that peace and harmony at constituency level is in the mutual interest of the governing party and all players.

Prospects

Additionally, it is important to remind members of the governing party about the history the party is making, not only in building a globally resilient economy and attractive investment destination, but also as a governing party poised to hand over power to itself in 2024 – with 2020 well in the basket.

Worse still, when such interest groups persist in having their way, when logically and lawfully they know that the party is greater than them, we believe they should not blame themselves when the family decides that ‘enough is enough’.

Fortunately, we have cases like Akwatia and Korle Klottey where sanity has prevailed, and the resultant healing processes are working wonders to help the NPP retain or capture the seats. And, we hope others may yet fall in step with the dictates of the leadership of the party.

Heeding the President’s appeal

It is against that background that we call on the aggrieved persons to look at the larger picture and respect the President’s appeal for calm and unity, in lighting up the party’s collective path towards a well-deserved victory in 2020.

While we believe a couple of such aggrieved persons may have grounds to complain, we still believe “every dog has his space and opportunity for people who don’t give up”.

As they themselves would admit, the NPP is a one big family capable of creating space for all its sons and daughters around the country.

It may hurt, but we must understand that the game of politics and democracy, for that matter, also requires tolerance and consensus.

‘Skirt and blouse’ voting may be a characteristic of the NDC, not a virile and vibrant party like the NPP. That’s why we call on the constituency executives to refrain from taking sides and help build confidence on the grounds, in helping the party to retain power.

Ketu North NDC kingpin leaves party few days to election

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Goldenberg Wovenu

With barely 50 days into this year’s general elections, defections and resignations have been hitting the opposition National Democratic Congress in key constituencies, bringing to doubt the unity of the party.

The latest is the party’s Ketu North Deputy Constituency Youth Organiser, Goldenberg Wovenu. The resignation of the NDC kingpin in one of the party’s strongholds has come as a surprise to many, and has also come to cement the notion that the NDC is in turmoil, heading for a crash in the December 7 general election.

Mr Wovenu is reported to have resigned from the party over report of misunderstanding and disunity in the party.

The NDC youth organiser, who has served the party for 11 years, rising from the branch level to the constituency level, in a letter to the constituency chairman and secretary of the party, said “as the laws of our country allow the association of citizens to a political party by choice”, he has decided to resign from the party.

“It has been great working with you and lessons learnt will not be forgotten in a haste,” he stated in his resignation letter.

Personal decision

Confirming the decision to the Daily Statesman, Mr Wovenu stated that he resigned on reasons he would want to keep personal for now, saying he would make the reason public in a later date.

It is not clear whether he will be joining the governing New Patriotic Party or any other political party, but he confirmed that rescinding his decision to re-join the NDC is not an option on the table.

EC to compile transferred/proxy voters list from tomorrow

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has scheduled the compilation of transferred voters and proxy voters’ list for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections from Tuesday, October 20 to Thursday, October 22, 2020.

The Commission has explained that this is to afford all registered voters the opportunity to exercise their voting rights.

Students, members of the security services, the sick and those absent from the constituency have been considered for the move.

Transferred voters list

A statement from the EC indicated that a registered voter who is a student or a member of the security service on special duties and is a resident in a constituency, other than that in which he or she registered, may apply to the returning officer of the constituency where he/she is resident for his/her name to be entered onto the transferred voters’ list of a polling station in that constituency.

It therefore directed all applicants under this category to provide physical proof of the new residence and “shall sign a declaration by the Returning Officer before assignment to a new polling station.”

“Note that the transferred voters’ window is available to students and personnel of security agencies only. As such, each of these categories of persons is required to provide a form of identification to authenticate their status,” it maintained.

Voting by proxy

The Commission also noted that a registered voter who due to ill-health or absence from the constituency will be unable to vote on the polling day may apply to the returning officer of the constituency or the Commission for the name of the selected proxy to be entered onto the proxy list.

“The applicant shall complete a proxy form in quadruplicate. The proxy form would be endorsed by the returning officer and a copy will be given to the said applicant,” the statement said.

A person appointed as a proxy may vote in the elections at the polling station where the registered voter was assigned to vote at the time of registration. The provision relating to voting procedure shall apply.

A person shall not appoint more than one person as a proxy to vote on his/her behalf at the election.

The EC further said that a person whose application to vote by proxy is accepted and endorsed by the returning officer of the constituency or the Commission shall not vote in the election in respect of which application was granted.

Gov’t to hold national conference on implementation of AfCFTA agreement

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Government will hold a two-day national conference in Accra, from tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20 to October 21 2020 on the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

The national conference is being organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and the National AfCFTA Coordination Office, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission (UNECA).

A statement issued in Accra by the Ministry of Trade and Industry said the theme of the conference is “Empowering Ghanaian Businesses to harness the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement under the framework of the National Export Development Strategy (NEDS)”

The statement said “the National Conference will bring together relevant stakeholders from the private and public sectors in Ghana to discuss Government of Ghana’s export development interventions aimed at empowering the private sector to harness the benefits of the AfCFTA”.

Ghana’s commitment

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to open the 2-day conference, and he will use the opportunity to articulate Government’s commitment to the AfCFTA and to the empowerment of the private sector to boost Ghana’s trade with Continental Africa, as trading is scheduled to start on January 1, 2021.

Participants will include CEOs in the business community, senior policymakers, parliamentarians, representatives from academia and civil society organisations, development partners and the media.

The first National Conference on AfCFTA was organised by Government in August 2019.

Alleged plot to kill NPP MP foiled

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MP for Agona West, Cynthia Mamle Morrison

Few days after the gruesome murder of the New Patriotic Party’s Member of Parliament for the Mfantseman constituency, Ekow Quansah Hayford, police in the Central Region have foiled what could have been the murder of another NPP MP in the region.

The Agona Swedru Divisional Police Patrol team, on Saturday October 17, at 10: 15 pm, arrested four persons alleged to have been contracted to kill MP for Agona West, Cynthia Mamle Morrison.

The four, Saddick Abubakar, Gordon Kunya, Isaac Addea and Dauda Fatau, were arrested based on intelligence gathered by the police that some men, whose movement looked suspicious,  were lodging in a  hotel at Swedru.

Arrest

Confirming the arrest to the Daily Statesman, Central Regional Police PRO, ASP Irene Oppong, said the Police patrol team, upon the intelligence gathered, proceeded to the hotel and found the suspects lodging in rooms 8 and 9.

“Their rooms were searched and a knife was found on Dauda Fatau. A cutlass was also found in room 8, being occupied by Isaac Addea and Fatau Dauda. A search was also conducted in room 9, occupied by Gordon Kunya and Saddick Abubakar, and a lighter and two packets of Razzler were also found in the room,” she disclosed.

NDC candidate involved?

ASP Oppong further disclosed that two open bank cheques for the sum of GHC5000.00 each were also found on Dauda Fatau and Gordon Kunya.

Even though the Police PRO would not disclose the alleged involvement of the NDC parliamentary candidate for the area, Paul Ofori Amoah, in the scheme, saying preliminary investigations have not confirmed that, sources within the Regional Police Command said the suspects mentioned the name of the NDC PC as the one who brought them to the area.

Though Mr Amoah, in a media interview, has admitted that he knows the suspects, he has flatly denied claims that they were plotting to eliminate the sitting MP.

Meanwhile, the Police say the suspects have been “detained and exhibits retained for further action”.

Deaths of NPP leaders

The alleged attempt on the life of the Agona West MP, who is also the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, comes at a time some NPP members have died in less than two weeks.

The MP for Mfantseman, Ekow Hayford, was shot dead on Friday, October 9, 2020 by some assailants while returning home from a campaign trip on the Abeadze Dominase-Abeadzi Duadzi-Mankessim road.

A week later, on Friday, October 16, 2020, the party’s parliamentary candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu, Abu Kamara, also died in a tragic car crash. He was also returning to Tamale after a campaign tour when the incident happened. The party’s youth organiser for the Odododiodio constituency, William Walters Bruce Tagoe, on Friday, also died under strange circumstances.

Replacement

Meanwhile, the NPP has confirmed Mrs Ophelia Hayford, widow of the late Mfantseman MP, as the party’s 2020 parliamentary candidate for the area.

The decision was taken by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at its meeting yesterday, in line with Article 12 of the NPP constitution.

The National Executive Committee also, in accordance with Article 10(10)(1) of the party’s constitution, empowered the National Steering Committee to find a replacement for the party’s late parliamentary candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu, Mr Abu Kamara.

“The party also wishes to place on record that it had officially notified the Electoral Commission of this sad development and requested for a 10-day extension of the nomination period in line with Section 13(4) of C.I. 127 within which period, the party shall file Mrs Ophelia Hayford as its Parliamentary Candidate for the Constituency. The party will equally do so to be able to file a new candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu,” a statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, John Boadu, said.

“The decision to settle on Mrs Ophelia Hayford as replacement for her late husband was taken after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, including the constituents of Mfantseman. Mrs Hayford had been a strong pillar in the political life of her late husband, and, certainly, her selection as his replacement can only be a step in the right direction,” the statement added.

 

President urges Ghanaians against complacency in Covid-19 fight

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President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the goal of the government is to ensure that there is zero active cases in the country, as it continues to stay on course in the Covid-19 fight.

He has accordingly cautioned Ghanaians to continue to comply with the strict hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing protocols in order to defeat the virus and avoid a second wave of infections.

Addressing the nation yesterday from Peduase Lodge in the Eastern Region, after having just completed the last Cabinet Retreat of Government for the year, the President said, “I have said before, let us continue to look out for one another, and remain each other’s keeper, and I am confident that, by doing so, we will emerge victorious in the fight against COVID-19.”

Doing something right

According to the President, Ghana, compared to other countries, seems to be doing better in the fight against the virus.

“When you take a close look at the measures some other countries are having to take, including imposing night-time curfews and partial lockdowns, declaring state of emergencies, limiting the numbers of people permitted at public gatherings, and mandatorily fining persons for not wearing masks, all in the bid to contain the second wave of the virus, we, in Ghana, have been spared all these developments and restrictions. We must, thus, be doing something right,” he said.

This, President Akufo-Addo attributed to the effectiveness of government policies as well as the cooperation from the general public.

“The science and data tell us that the trajectory of the virus in Ghana mirrors that of an epidemic with reduced disease activity. Our daily infection rates are no longer in the hundreds as they were sometime back. Presently, they are in the tens, averaging 25 new cases per day, in the course of last week. This is in sharp contrast with what is happening in the countries that are experiencing a second wave of infections, where, in some instances, new infections and hospitalizations are, sadly, in the thousands per day,” he said.

Cases at airport

He, however, warned that despite the successes, “we should always rather err on the side of caution, and continue to observe the protocols that have brought us to where we are.”

President Akufo-Addo stated that he is committed to just not limiting the importation of the virus, but stopping it as well and also reducing its impact on social and economic life.

He disclosed that since the re-opening of Ghana’s airport on September 1, 2020, some 30,564 passengers have been tested, from which 92 have tested positive.

“All 92 are asymptomatic cases, whose status, but for the test, would not have been detected, and would have spread the disease amongst the rest of the population. I am aware that some are calling for Government to extend the PCR negative test period before boarding the flight from three days to at least five days. I believe, in the context of the second wave of infections that is engulfing so many countries of Europe and America, that we have to insist on the three day period. It is better to be safe than sorry,” he said.

The President further revealed that government has seen to the expansion of Covid-19 testing facilities, from the initial two to 16, which include those of private sector providers.

“Additionally, some hospitals across the country have been equipped with the capacity to test for COVID-19. We now have more dedicated treatment facilities for dealing with the disease, and have also improved considerably the availability of PPEs for our health workers. It is reassuring that we no longer have news of shortages or lack of PPEs,” he said.

Economy

President Akufo-Addo said reports from the Bank of Ghana indicate that the Ghanaian economy is recovering faster than initially anticipated, with consumer confidence bouncing back strongly.

“Business confidence has also increased, reflecting the improving macroeconomic conditions, stability in the exchange rate, lower input prices, moderation in lending rates, and positive industry prospects. Consumer spending, industrial consumption of electricity, and construction activities have all reached pre-lockdown levels, whilst tourist arrivals and port harbour activity are gradually edging upwards,” he stressed.

As of Friday, October 16, according to the President, the number of active cases had declined further to 398, with 46,664 persons fully recovered from the virus, putting Ghana’s recovery rate at 98 per cent.

He said 13 more deaths have occurred, bringing the total number of deaths to 310, out of a total number of 510,074 persons tested. The rate of death stands at 0.5 per cent, which still remains low.

 

NDC campaigners suffer hooting from electorate

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Many Ghanaians continue to show their disapproval of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) ahead of this year’s general election.

With few days to the general election, the opposition party’s campaign is being met with rejection from some Ghanaians, with some showing their disapproval of the party by hooting at them.

The party’s running mate, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, was recently shocked in the Western Region when she was left standing in her open-top V8 SUV alone with barely nobody around to wave to her.

This was followed by a poor showing at the flagbearer’s campaign in the Bono region, forcing him to retreat to Accra to adopt new style of drawing people to meet him.

Tip Toe Lane hooting

The recent one in the many of the disappointments is the electorate hooting at the party’s campaign team at Tip Toe Lane, in Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Accra.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, some members of the NDC are seen using mounted loud speakers on a vehicle to sell the party’s message to some passers-by and traders at Tip Toe Lane.

However, every word of the team was met with a loud cheer of ‘away-away’ from the crowd.

The crowd, some of whom could be heard speaking in the video, expressed their anger at the NDC for trying to poo-poo the life-changing policies of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when the NDC, during their eight years tenure, did not do anything meaningful to change the lives of the people.

A voice, heard running commentary on the hooting incident, was also heard outlining some life-changing policies of the Akufo-Addo government such as the Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs, free water and electricity, one ambulance, one constituency, among others.

He was further heard asking Ghanaians to reject the NDC and retain the Nana Akufo-Addo government come December 7.

Other places

Recently at Koforidua, the Eastern regional capital, residents were seen hooting at an NDC campaign vehicle, prompting the campaign team to turn back on their original route.

Again, in September, in Kumasi, the NDC flagbearer, Mr John Mahama, had a hard time dealing with market women when he visited the Ashanti Region to take part his party’s town hall meeting.

The leader of the NDC was severely hooted at when he drove around some streets to exchange pleasantries with the market women.

The market women, coming out in their numbers, left their wares and jeered and booed at the former President whilst chanting the governing NPP’s ‘Four more to do more.’

CVM boosts Akufo-Addo’s campaign

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Members of the Concerned Voters Movement (CVM) have boosted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s campaign by leading a street campaign that seeks to mobilise votes for the President.

The CVM campaign is in support of the NPP’s retail campaign strategy that seeks to use different campaign styles to target individual voters directly.

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the governing New Patriotic Party has adopted what it calls the retail campaign.

As part of the retail campaign, the party uses house-to-house campaign style to interact directly with people who can be easily reached, while volunteer groups within the party known as V20, use the street campaign style to communicate to individuals who are moving in vehicles or busy locations.

Members of the V20 showcase placards that capture specific achievements of the Akufo-Addo-led government at busy locations.

CVM campaign

To support this campaign, CVM on Tuesday visited the Kwame Nkrumah interchange to interact with some voters as well as display placards that capture the government’s achievement.

Dubbed “Razak Kojo Poku says Vote for Nana Akufo-Addo and NPP Parliamentary Candidates”, the placards give specific reasons why Ghanaians must vote for the NPP.

Some of the placards read “Razak Kojo Poku says Vote for Nana Akufo-Addo and NPP Parliamentary Candidates because they have delivered NABCO”, “they have delivered free electricity”, among others.

Rationale

President and founder of CVM, Razak Kojo Poku, in an interaction with the Daily Statesman, said the CVM campaign is in support of many of such campaigns being done by other V20 groups.

“A lot of our colleagues are doing same, but what we have not focused on is that attention has so far been on only the President, and not the parliamentary candidates. President Akufo-Addo will need majority of MPs, hence the need to add them to ours,” he said.

“Again, we have realised that many of the placards do not focus on specific reasons why Ghanaians must vote Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP. Why should we vote for the NPP? There must be reasons, and that is what ours seek to achieve,” Mr Kojo Poku told the Daily Statesman.

He called on Ghanaians to support the call to retain President Akufo-Addo and the NPP to continue to do the good works they are doing for Ghana.

“President Akufo-Addo has proven that he is a president of vision, and must, thus, be given the opportunity for four more years to do more for Ghanaians,” he added.

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