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‘Shoo’… As Rawlings Gives Oko Vanderpuiye Cold-Shoulder (WATCH).


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It’s amazing how people show respect to their elders, particularly in times of need. Some tend to kneel or bow before their superiors while others resort to other humble means to display their respectful character.

This was exactly the case at the forecourt of Parliament House Thursday when President John Dramani Mahama went to deliver his last State of the Nation’s Address.

Present at the Legislative House were various dignitaries including Former President Jerry John Rawlings.

Arriving at the premises, an interesting event occurred when former President Rawlings was walking up the stairs leading to the entrance of the Legislative House.

For the Mayor of Accra, Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye, it must have been a mortifying moment captured in a video gone viral when he attempted to seize the opportunity to exchange pleasantries with the former President; and Mr. Rawlings openly rebuffed him.

Mr. Rawlings seems to have had enough of Oko Vanderpuiye and so blatantly refused to recognize the latter when he (Oko Vanderpuiye) approached him (Rawlings).

Watch the awkward moment below:

 

Flagstaff House Renamed Golden Jubilee House.

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The Flagstaff House – Ghana’s seat of Government – has been re-christened the Golden Jubilee House as Nana Akufo-Addo takes office from January 7, 2017.

The plush presidential palace was re-built in 2008 during the tenure of former President John Agyekum Kufuor. It was then known as the Golden Jubilee House until the National Democratic Congress (NDC) took over governance of the country in 2009 under the late president Prof. John Evans Atta Mills. Mills moved the office of the president back to the Osu Castle and later changed the sign in front of the building back to its original name claiming that the previous government had not used a Legislative Instrument to effect the change as required by law.

“Yes, we are going to use the name Golden Jubilee House to refer to the presidential palace instead of Flagstaff House. That’s how Nana Addo has referred to it throughout his campaign,” a top official of the incoming NPP government told Starrfmonline.com.

“Everybody should come and ride on the back of the Elephant. The Elephant has entered the White House let us get the elephant in the Jubilee House – Ghana’s seat of government,” Nana Addo said during the 2016 electioneering.

THE FLAGSTAFF HOUSE
Location: Accra
Inaugurated: November 2008
Cost: $30-50 million
Ranking: World’s 10th most beautiful Presidential palace

Background

When Prof. Mills came to power he refused to occupy the Flagstaff House, preferring the colonial edifice the Osu Castle as the seat of government. The house was temporarily used as offices for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until the presidency was moved there later in 2013.

The Flagstaff House has served as a residence and office to the President of Ghana. It was built on the site of a building that was constructed and used for administrative purposes by the British Gold Coast Government.

The current edifice was funded by the Indian government.

 

Full squad list of all 16 teams at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

 


GROUP A

GABON

GOALKEEPERSDidier Ovono (KV Oostende, Belgium), Yves Stéphane Bitséki Moto (CF Mounana), Anthony Mfa Mezui (without a club).DEFENDERS

Lloyd Palun (Red Star, France), André Biyogho Poko (Kardemir Karabukspor, Turkey), Aaron Appindangoye (Stade Lavallois, France), Franck Perrin Obambou (Mandji Stadium), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City FC, Wales), Yoann Wachter (CS Sedan Ardennes, France), Johann Serge Obiang (ESTAC Troyes, France), Benjamin Zé Ondo (Mosta FC, Malta)

MIDFIELDERS

Junior Serge Martinsson Ngouali (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Levy Clement Madinda (Nastic Tarragona, Spain), Guelor Kanga Kaku (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Merlin Tandjigora (Meixian Hakka FC, China), Didier Ibrahim Ndong (Sunderland AFC, England), Samson Mbingui (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Mario René Junior Lemina (Juventus Turin, Italy)

FORWARDS

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Malick Evouna (Tianjin Teda FC China), Denis Athanasius Bouanga (Tours FC, France), Serge Kevyn Aboue Angoué (Uniao Leiria, Portugal), Cedric Ondo Biyoghe (CF Mounana)

 GUINEA BISSAU

GOALKEEPERS

Jonas Mendes (Salgueiro/ POR), Rui Dabo (Cova da Piedade/ POR), Pape M’baye Fall (Agua Dulce/ SPA)

DEFENDERS

Emmanuel Mendy (Ceahul/ ROM), Rudinilson Silva (Lechia Gdansk/ POL), Juary Soares (Mafra/ POR), Agostinho Soares (Sporting Covilha/ POR), Mamadu Candé (Tondela/ POR), Eridson Mendes Umpeça (Freamunde/ POR)

MIDFIELDERS

Nani Soares (Fekgueiras/ POR), Jose Mendes Lopes Zezinho (Levadiakos/ GRE), Bocoundji Ca (Reims, France), Tony Silva Brito (Levadiakos/ GRE), Toni Silva (Levadiakos/ GRE), Piqueti Djassi Brito (Braga/ POR), Idrissa Camara (Avelino/ ITA), Jean Paul Mendy (Quevily-Rouen, France), Francisco Santos Junior (Stromgodset/ NOR), Lassana Camara Sana (Academie Viseu/ POR)

ATTACKERS

Joao Mario Fernandes (Desportivo de Chaves/ POR), Abel Issa Camara (Belenenses/ POR), Amido Baldé (Olhanense/ POR), Frederic Mendy (Ulsan Hundai/ South Korea).

CAMEROON

GOALKEEPERS

Fabrice Ondoa (FC Séville, Spain), Jules Goda (AC Ajaccio, France), Georges Mbokwe (Coton Sport de Garoua).

DEFENDERS

Nicolas Nkoulou (Lyon, France), Ambroise Oyongo (Impact Montréal, Canada), Mohamed Djeitei (Nastic Tarragona, Spain), Fai Collins (Standard Liège, Belgium), Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui (Slavia Prague, Czech Rep.), Adolphe Teikeu (Sochaux, France), Jonathan Ngwem (FC Progresso, Angola), Ernest Mabouka (MSK Zilina, Slovakia).

MIDFIELDERS

Sébastien Siani (Ostende, Belgium), Georges Mandjeck (Metz, France), Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian, Scotland), Franck Boya (Apejes).

ATTACKERS

Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas, Turkey), Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient, France), Jacques Zoua (Kaiserslautern, Germany), Edgar Salli (Saint-Gallen, Switzerland), Karl Toko-Ekambi (Angers, France), Clinton Njie (Marseille, France), Robert Ndip Tambe (Spartak Trnava, Slovakia), Christian Bassogog (Aalborg, Danemark).

BURKINA FASO

GOALKEEPERS

Germain Sanou (Beauvais/France), Koffi Kouakou (Asec d’Abidjan/Côte d’Ivoire) and Aboubacar Sawadogo (RCK/Burkina Faso)

DEFENDERS

Bakary Koné (Malaga/Spain), Ernest Congo (IZK Khemisset/Morocco), Issouf Paro (Santos/South Africa), Patrick Malo (Smouha/Egypt), Issoufou Dayo (Racing Club Berkane/Morocco), Yacouba Coulibaly (RCB/Burkina Faso) and Steeve Yago (Toulouse FC/France)

MIDFIELDERS

Bakary Saré dit Bouba (Moreinrense/Portugal), Abdou Razack Traoré (Karabukspor/Turkey), Blati Touré (Omonia Nicosia/ Cyprus), Adama Guira (RC Lens/France), Charles Kaboré (Krasnodar/Russia), Alain Traoré (Kayserispor/Turkey) and Cyrille Bayala (Sheriff Tiraspol/Moldovia).

FORWARDS

Jonathan Pitroipa (Al Nasr/UAE), Prejuce Nakoulma (Kayserispor/Turkey), Aristide Bancé (ASEC d’Abidjan/Côte d’Ivoire), Jonathan Zongo (Almeria/France), Bertrand Traoré (Ajax d’Amsterdam/Holland), Banou Diawara (Smouha Club/ Egypt) and Issoumaila Lingani (Happoel Ashleon/Israël).

GROUP B

ALGERIA

GOALKEEPERS

Raïs Ouhab M’bolhi (Antalyaspor -Turkey), Malik Asselah (JS Kabylie), Chemseddine Rahmani (MO Béjaïa)

DEFENDERS

Mokhtar Belkhiter (Club Africain -Tunisia), Mohamed Rabie Meftah (USM Alger), Aïssa Mandi (Real Bétis – Spain), Hicham Belkaroui (Espérance de Tunis -Tunisia), Liassine Cadamuro (Servette Genève -Switzerland), Mohamed Benyahia (USM Alger), Ramy Bensebaïni (Stade Rennais -France), Faouzi Ghoulam (SSC Napoli – Italy), Djamel Eddine Mesbah (FC Crotone -Italy)

MIDFIELDERS

Adlène Guedioura (Watford FC – England), Saphir Taïder (Bologna FC -Italy), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04 – Germany), Mehdi Abeid (Dijon FCO -France), Yassine Brahimi (FC Porto -Portugal), Rachid Ghezzal (Olympique Lyonnais -France)

ATTACKERS

Islam Slimani (Leicester City FC – England), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City FC – England), Hillal El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb -Croatia), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd -Qatar), Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht – Belgium)

 SENEGAL

Goalkeepers: Khadim N’Diaye (Horoya AC, Guinea), Abdoulaye Diallo (Çaykur Rizespor, Turkey), Pape Seydou N’Diaye (ASC Niarry Tally).

Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Cheikh M’Bengue (Saint-Etienne, France), Kara Mbodj (Anderlecht, Belgium), Zargo Toure (Lorient, France), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes, France)

Midfielders: Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham, England), Cheikh N’Doye (Angers, France), Papakouli Diop (Espanyol, Spain), Henri Saivet (Saint Etienne, France), Papa Alioune Ndiaye (Osmanlıspor, Turkey), Mohamed Diame (Newcastle, England)

Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool England), Keita Balde Diao (Lazio, Italy), Moussa Konate (FC Sion, Switzerland), Famara Diedhiou (Angers, France), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke, England), Ismaila Sarr (Metz, France), Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce, Turkey)

 

ZIMBABWE

GOALKEEPERS

Donovan Bernard (How Mine), Tatenda Mkuruva (Dynamos), Takabva Mawaya (Hwange)

DEFENDERS

Costa Nhamoinesu (Sparta Prague, Czech Rep.), Bruce Kangwa (Azam FC, Tanzania), Elisha Muroiwa (Dynamos), Hardlife Zvirekwi (Caps United), Oscar Machapa (AS Vita Club, DR Congo), Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport United, South Africa), Lawrence Mlanga (Chicken Inn), Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn)

MIDFIELDERS

Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Williard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Kudawashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows, Afrique du Sud), Marvelous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland)

ATTACKERS

Cuthbert Malajila (Bidvest Wits, South Africa), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg, South Africa), Tinotenda Kaderwere (Djuargardens, Sweden), Knowledge Musona (Oostende, Belgium), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang, China), Mathew Rusike (CS Sfaxien, Tunisia), Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

TUNISIA

GOALKEEPERS

Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance), Rami Jridi (CS Sfaxien)

DEFENDERS

Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt) Aymen Abdennour (Valencia, Spain), Siyam Ben Youssef (Caen, France), Hamza Mathlouthi (CS Sfaxien), Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (Rizespor, Turkey), Chamseddine Dhaouadi (Esperance), Slimane Kchok (CA Bizertin), Zied Boughattas, Hamdi Nagguez and Zied Boughatass (Etoile du Sahel)

MIDFIELDERS

Ferjani Sassi (Esperance), Larry Azouni (Nîmes, France), Naim Sliti (Lille, France), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland, England), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor and Hamza Lahmar (Etoile), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar),

FORWARDS

Ahmed Akaïchi (Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain)

GROUP C

COTE D’IVOIRE

GOALKEEPERS

GBOHOUO Sylvain (TP Mazembe – RD Congo), SANGARE Badra Ali (AS Tanda – Côte d’Ivoire), SAYOUBA Mande (Stabaek – Norway)

DEFENDERS

AURIER Serge (Paris SG – France), BAGAYOKO Mamadou (St Trond VV – Belgium), BAILLY Eric (Manchester United – England), DELI Simon (Slavia Prague – Czech Rep.), KANON Wilfried (ADO Den Haag – Holland), KONE Lamine (Sunderland AFC – England), TRAORE Adama (FC Basel – Switzerland)

MIDFIELDERS

ANGBAN Victorien (Granada CF – Spain), DOUKOURE Cheik (FC Metz – France), KESSIE Franck (Atalanta Bergamo – Italy), N’GUESSAN Yao Serge (AS Nancy Lorraine – France), SEREY DIE Geoffroy (FC Basel – Switzerland), SERI Jean Michaël (OGC Nice – France)

ATTACKERS

BONY Wilfried (Stoke City FC – England), GRADEL Max Alain (AFC Bournemouth – England), KALOU Salomon (Hertha Berlin – Germany), KODJIA Jonathan (Aston Villa FC – England), PEPE Nicolas (SCO Angers – France), SIO Giovanni (Stade Rennais – France), ZAHA Wilfried (Crystal Palace FC – England)

TOGO

GOALKEEPERS

Kossi Agassa (without club), Baba Tchagouni (FC Marmande, France), Cédric Mensah (Le Mans, France)

DEFENDERS

Serge Akakpo (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Sadate Ouro-Akoriko (Al Khaleej, Saudi Arabia), Djene Dakonam (Saint-Trond, Belgium), Gafar Mamah (Dacia, Moldovia), Maklibè Kouloun (Dyto, Togo), Hakim Ouro-Sama (AS Togo Port, Togo), Vincent Bossou (Young Africans,Tanzanie)

MIDFIELDERS

Alaixys Romao (Olympiacos, Grèce), Matthieu Dossevi (Standard Liège, Belgique), Floyd Ayité (Fulham, England), Henritsè Eninful (Doxa, Chypre), Lalawele Atakora (Helsingborgs, Sweden), Prince Segbefia (Goztepe, Turkey), Ihlas Bebou (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany), Franco Atchou (Dyto, Togo), Serge Gakpe (Genoa, Italy)

ATTACKERS

Emmanuel Adebayor (without club), Fo Doh Laba (Royal Club Berkane, Morocco), KOMLAN AGBENIADAN (WAFA SC, Ghana), Razak Boukari (Chateauroux, France)

MOROCCO

GOALKEEPERS

Munir Mohammadi (Numancia, Spain), Yassine Bounou (Real Saragosse, Spain), Yassine El Kharroubi (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

DEFENDERS

Medhi Benatia (Juventus, Italy), Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton, England), Marouane Da Costa (Olympiakos, Grèece), Fouad Chafik (Dijon, France), Hamza Mendyl (Lille, France), Nabil Dirar (Monaco, France), Amine Attouchi (WAC Casablanca).

MIDFIELDERS

Youssef Aït Bennasser (Nancy, France), Mounir Obbadi (Lille, France), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord Rotterdam, Holland), Faycal Fajr (Deportivo La Corogne, Spain), Mbark Boussoufa (Al-Jazira, EAU), Sofiane Boufal (Southampton, England), Nordin Amrabat (Watford, England), Mehdi Carcela (Grenada, Spain).

ATTACKERS

Khalid Boutaïb (RC Strasbourg, France), Youssef En-Nessyri (Malaga, Spain), Rachid Alioui (Nîmes, France), Youssef El Arabi (Lekhwiya, Qatar), Aziz Bouhaddouz (Sanit Pauli, Germany).

 DR CONGO 

GOALKEEPERS

Nicaise Mulopo Kudimbana (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Ley Matampi (TP Mazembe), Joel Kiassumbua (FC Wohlen, Switzerland)

DEFENDERS

Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle, England), Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town, England), Issama Mpeko (Kabuscorp, Angola), Joyce Lomalisa (Vita Club), Vital N’Simba (Bourg-Péronnas, France), Fabrice N’Sakala (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Chris Luyindama and Merveille Bope (TP Mazembe), Jordan Ikoko (Guingamp, France), Marcel Tisserand (Ingolstadt, Germany)

MIDFIELDERS

Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich, England), Neeskens Kebano (Fulham, England), Rémy Mulumba (Ajaccio, France), Hervé Kage (Kortrijk, Belgium), Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City, England), Paul-José M’Poku (Panathinaikos, Greece), Jonathan Bijimine (Cordoba, Spain), Wilson Kamavuaka (Panetolikos, Greece)

FORWARDS

Cédric Bakambu (Villarreal, Spain), Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City, England), Firmin Mubele Ndombe (Vita Club), Junior Kabananga (Astana, Kazakhstan), Jordan Botaka (Charlton Athletic, England), Meschack Elia and Jonathan Bolingi (TP Mazembe), Ricky Tulengi (DCMP), Jeremy Bokila (Al-Kharitiyath, Qatar)

GROUP D

GHANA

GOALKEEPERS

Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars) and Fatau Dauda (Enyimba, Nigeria)

DEFENDERS

Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke 04, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), (John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

MIDFIELDERS

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria)

FORWARDS

Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli, UAE) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke 04, Germany)

UGANDA

GOALKEEPERS

Salim Jamal (Al Merrikh, Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Saint George, Ethiopia), Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

DEFENDERS

Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Isaac Isinde (Unattached), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda)

MIDFIELDERS

Khalid Aucho (Baroka FC, South Africa), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids, USA), Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh, Vietnam), William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), Tony Mawejje (FC Thotur, Iceland), Hassan Wasswa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T, Vietnam), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

FORWARDS

Geoffrey Massa (Baroka FC, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finland), Geoffrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda)

EGYPT

GOALKEEPERS

Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek), Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly)

DEFENDERS

Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City – England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al-Ahli – Saudi Arabia), Karim Hafez (Lens – France), Ahmed Hegazy (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ahmed Dweidar (Zamalek), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Omar Gaber (FC Basel – Switzerland).

MIDFIELDERS

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal – England), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek), Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahly), Amr Warda (Panetolikos – Greece), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City – England), Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Royal Mouscron – Belgium).

FORWARDS

Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Braga – Portugal), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ (Al-Ittihad – Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Salah (AS Roma – Italy).

MALI

GOALKEEPERS

Soumaila Diakité and Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien de Bamako), Oumar Sissoko (Orléans, France)

DEFENDERS

Ousmane Coulibaly (Panathinaikos, Greece), Hamari Traore (Reims, France), Molla Wagué (Udinese, Italy), Salif Coulibaly (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mohamed Oumar Konaté (RS Berkane, Morocco), Mahamadou N’Diaye (Troyes, France), Youssouf Koné (Lille, France)

MIDFIELDERS

Yves Bissouma (Lille, France), Mamoutou N’Diaye (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Lassana Coulibaly (Bastia, France), Yacouba Sylla (Montpellier, France), Samba Sow (Kayserispor, Turkey), Adama Traoré (AS Monaco, France), Sambou Yatabaré (Werder Bremen, Germany)

FORWARDS

Moussa Marega (Vitória Guimarães, Portugal), Kalifa Coulibaly (Gent, Belgium), Moustapha Yatabaré (Karabukspor, Turkey), Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace, England), Moussa Doumbia (Rostov, Russia).

 

Ghana Cocoa Board Outlines Interventions To Boost Cocoa Production

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Ghana, the world’s second largest cocoa producer has put in place a number of interventions and best agronomic practices which will almost double output of the chocolate ingredient within ten years.

Ghana’s cocoa industry, touted as the nation’s economic back-bone will receive a further boost in its average annual cocoa output to over 1 million tons from the current 800,000 tons, Noah Amenyah, Snr. Public Affairs Manager of the Ghana Cocoa Board, the regulator said in an interview in the capital, Accra.

Ghana, which lost its position as world’s largest producer of the chocolate ingredient  to Ivory Coast, its West African neighbour due to factors including diseased tree stock has distributed over 120 million free high yielding hybrid seedlings to farmers in the last two years to re-cultivate old farms and replace aged trees.

“The execution of the interventions started with the cocoa farm rehabilitation programme which sought to eradicate diseased cocoa farms as well as old unproductive farms. Such cocoa trees are being cut and replaced with early bearing, high yielding and disease tolerant hybrid seedlings,” Amenyah said.

In the current 2016/17 crop year, COCOBOD is again nursing 60 million hybrid seedlings in over 332 nursery sites across all the cocoa regions for free distribution to cocoa farmers. We expect to add an estimated 50,000 hectares of cocoa farms this year. Thus 500,000 hectares would have been established within the ten-year period,” Amenyah stated.

It is worth noting however, that the COCOBOD’s impressive efforts aimed at increasing production and creating sustainable jobs for farmers and the youth are being undermined by the activities of some business concerns and individuals both local and foreign.

 


These groups sometimes work through Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who undertake similar ventures of raising cocoa seedlings in some cocoa growing areas for distribution to farmers at a cost, this underscores the profit-making motive of such organizations and the individuals involved,” Amenyah added.

“It is a great source of worry,” Amenyah said. “Farmers need not incur the cost of seedlings, we have the Cocoa Health and Extension (CHED) and Seed Production Division which produces free seedlings,” he said.

“This is the reason for which COCOBOD encourages farmers to source their early bearing and high yielding seedlings from respective Cocoa Health and Extension (CHED) and Seed Production Division nurseries sites,” he said

“We don’t only supply free seedlings to farmers but also have a holistic program which provides free fertilizers to improve soil fertility and free mass spraying exercise against pests”. The Mass Spraying Programme has also seen massive improvement in its structure and form over the past years, he stated.

Of great concern is ageing cocoa farmers, poor road network in cocoa-growing areas and access to education. COCOBOD has therefore introduced the Youth-in-Cocoa Initiative, Cocoa Roads Rehabilitation programme, COCOBOD Child Education Support Programme and also improved upon the cocoa farmers’ wards’ Scholarship Scheme as a way of addressing these issues while at the same time, promoting cocoa sustainability issues.

Ghana Cocoa Board’s modules and programmes have been carefully developed to reduce cost to farmers and improve livelihood of farmers,” Amenyah said.

 GFA Confirms Kick-off Date For 2016/2017 Football Season.

The Ghana Football Association has confirmed the calendar for the 2016/2017 Football Season at its Extra-Ordinary Congress in Accra.

Delivering his opening address at the Congress, GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, revealed that the 2016/2017 Ghana Premier League 2016/2017 will kick off on February 4, 2017, while the GN Bank Division One League will kick off on February 3, 2017.

He also revealed that the season will be preceded by the traditional season-opening Super Cup, and the re-introduced Gala Competition, which is making a return after a sixteen-year hiatus.

The Super Cup between Premier League Champions, Wa All Stars and FA Cup winners, Bechem United, will be played on the 22nd January 2017 in Tamale.

The Gala, which will be played among Premier League clubs will be played in Kumasi on January 28 and 29 in Kumasi.

The GFA President revealed that hosting of the Gala will be rotated in subsequent editions to allow fans in other regions to also have the chance of seeing newly signed players by Premier League clubs.

Source: Ghanafa.org

 

Good bye Nii Lante; the Minister who dragged the title ‘honourable’ into the gutters

Nii Lante Vanderpuye

As a young football writer, I shall always remember Nii Lante Vanderpuye for one thing; LIES. Yes I will never forget the reign of Nii Lante as Sports Minister because he dragged the image of the office into huge disrepute, compelling many to take their dictionaries again to look for the real meaning of the title ‘honourable’ while discerning minds could not stand his speech; either he insults, insinuates or pass derogatory comments about others.

Hope you remember the famous cow-dung theory as well as the ‘no short person will ever be president of Ghana’ comment? Well these are but a few. Perhaps he is one major reason why the NDC government lost last month’s elections woefully.

Apart from passing these comments and behaving in an embarrassing manner in public, just like the famous kakai stage concert he staged, Nii Lante again smeared the ‘honourable’ title with lies and vindictiveness such that the new generation felt the meaning of honourable is a liar. Don’t be in a rush to read, I’ll chronicle the major open lies by Nii Lante for all to see. Don’t be emotional, just read with an open mind. All what I am about to say were spoken words of Nii Lante. Forgive me for mentioning his name without the honourable title. You’ll understand me after reading this piece and then appreciate that Nii Lante does not deserve the title ‘honourable’.

Ahead of Ghana’s game against Rwanda in the 2017 Afcon qualifier, Nii Lante said there was no money to buy tickets for Black Stars players to fly down and play the final group game of the qualifier with Amavubi claiming the little money at the Ministry was meant for the Black Maidens and the Paralympic team for Rio. The Black Maidens were heading for the U17 World Cup in Jordan while the Paralytic team was also leaving for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Readers, both teams have returned from their respective events and still nothing was given them. The Black Maidens had to even cry on radio that even cash to buy pads were not available when they were in Jordan. For the paralympic team, they had to rely on friends and philanthropists to make it to Rio.

So where was the money Nii Lante saved from the Black Stars game? No tickets were purchased and no bonuses were paid. Now, there was little money which was not used to buy tickets according to Nii Lante. So where did that little money as well as the bonus for the Stars go, such that both the paralympians and the Black Maidens had to cry for public support? With this, you don’t need to be told Nii Lane is a liar.

Recently, Nii Lante said the President had ordered the Ministry of Finance to pay the Black Queens. When the ladies demonstrated and petitioned the ministry, he said they will be paid in full before Christmas. Today is 6th January and they have still not been paid. Did he mean 2017 Christmas? Did the President even order the Finance Minister to effect such a payment? Assuming without admitting that the outgoing President did, what happened to the ‘before Christmas’ deadline Nii Lante gave? Another lie. Don’t be shocked yet. The real shocker awaits you. Keep reading.

Following Kwesi Nyantakyi’s ascension to the FIFA Council seat, Nii Lante in an interview told Ghanaians that Kwesi Nyantakyi had informed him before the election that he (Kwesi) will step down as FA Boss if he wins the FIFA Council seat. This was a strange revelation because every level headed and rational follower of Ghana sports knew the relationship between Nyantakyi and Nii Lante. So for Nii Lante to disclose this, some of us knew the man was lying because his attitude was in sharp contrast with Nyantakyi’s and there was no way Nyantakyi could discuss his ‘secret’ with him.

Not long after Nii Lante’s dubious disclosure, Kwesi Nyantakyi challenged him publicly to tell the whole world where and when he (Kwesi) told him (Nii Lante) that he will be surrendering his FA President seat upon assuming the FIFA Council seat. The man who was supposed to be an honourable person and truthful coiled like a wet chicken. Our elders say truth is one but he who lies will keep lying. Nii Lante the liar was defenseless after Kwesi Nyantakyi exposed his lies. Nii couldn’t defend himself. Can we call such a person honourable?

In another development, Nii Lante told the whole world on Nhyira FM that upon assuming office, Black Stars Welfare Officer Saban Quaye and Team Doctor, Dr. Baba Adamu officially petitioned him to get them their share of the Jeep Chirokees that were given the Black Stars after their 2015 exploits in Equatorial Guinea. He said he had a written petition from the two. Saban Quaye angrily disputed the man who was supposed to be an honourable, Nii Lante, to publish the petition for all to see or see himself as a blatant liar. Sadly, Nii Lante coiled again, this time like a church mouse.

About two months ago, the Ghana Weightlifting Federation took some athletes to the International Weightlifting Championship in Malaysia where they returned with close to 20 medals. Before the team left, the federation needed just about $30,000 to support their travelling arrangements. Myjoyonline reported that “The Black Cranes had to raise funds from the public to participate in the competition”, in a story published on 26/10/16 under the headline Weightlifting: Amoah targets more medals after first Gold for Ghana.

The ministry could not get them the support but strangely enough the minister was on Nhyira FM claiming glory for the achievement of the weightlifters’ achievement.

Not long afterwards, the weightlifting federation debunked his claim of supporting them to achieve that success. Nii Lante again, trying to reap what he did not sow. Well, I was not shocked because once a liar, always a liar. Nii Lante ayekoo! How do you lie to the World that you sponsored their trip to Malaysia when you did nothing about that? He said same about the National Cricket team and they also debunked.

In his maiden meeting with the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), Nii Lante Vanderpuye said “I’ll never discuss Black Stars bonuses on air. I have to show them respect not to discuss it in public. Whatever I have to do must be discussed with them first before it comes out.” That story was published on Ghana soccer net under the headline Respect: Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye will not discuss Black Stars bonuses in public.

Amazingly, Nii Lante obnoxiously discussed the subject in the media with the impudence it deserved. He was even the one to raise the subject for discussion. He discussed the bonuses of the players on TV3 and went further to project it on GTV.

If this must be the attitude and conduct of an honourable person, then everyone will not be wrong to equate the title to a LIAR.