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Franklin Cudjoe Takes on Ursula Owusu Over Ministerial Appointment



Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful should not be retained as Communications Minister in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s second administration, Franklin Cudjoe, President of Imani Africa has said.

Mr Cudjoe believed that the Ablekuma West lawmaker performed poorly at the ministry hence, should not be reappointed in any ministerial capacity.

The Imani boss, who rated her performance 30 percent, however, believes that she remains an asset to the nation, therefore, should be given a lower role to play.

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“I don’t believe she should be retained as Minister of Communications, maybe a much lower, lesser role to play within the government because she is still a good asset. I think she was a poor minister when it comes to Communications, especially from 2018 and 2019 going.

“Some of the decisions she maneuvered were very poor. She had poor relations with her constituency which are the telcos, poor policy planning and poor revenue making for the country. These are things that make me think that she deserves 30 percent,” he said while speaking on the Key Points on TV3 in relation to the impending ministerial appointments to be done by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Regarding the Finance Ministry, he said the former Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, will have a tough time at the Appointment’s Committee of Parliament if he is re-nominated for the same post by President Akufo-Addo.

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According to him, although competent, Mr Ofori-Atta will be grilled especially by the National Democratic Congress members on the committee following some deals including the Agyapa Royalties agreement that he introduced on behalf of the Government of Ghana.

The Imani boss described the Agyapa deal as bad and poor judgment on the part of Mr Ofori-Atta.

Mr Cudjoe said: “I know Ken is going to go into chopping room, the opposition is going to chop him up and they have a line of arsenals they are going to throw at him.

“Some of them will stick but eventually real politics will play and I think he could be retained. The president has no choice, I don’t think he has anybody else to really choose.”

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He further rated the performance of Mr Ofori-Atta 65 percent when he was the Finance Minister in President Akufo-Addo’s first term.

He told host of the programme Abena Tabi that before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana the local economy was doing well due to the hard work done by the Finance Minister.

“There are few notables that the president cannot do without and loyalty is key. [The President] is also looking at technical competence and the Finance Minister is obviously one of them.

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“There are many hanging swords around the Finance Minister’s neck. The likes of PDS and Agyapa, Kelni. These are notable badly done deals that unfortunately haven’t led to some good legacies of the Finance Minister.

“Having said that though, you can’t take from him the fact that he is technically competent. The macroeconomic indicators were looking better up until we had Covid.

“I am sure he himself has had some remorseful moments to look back and say:’Can Agyapa be done differently? Can you probably change the name and then make sure that you bring it back to the table in a manner that is very conciliatorily, that everybody’s views are well addressed and all of that’?”

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These agreements, he said, stained the reputation of Mr Ofori-Atta.

“Knowing the Finance Minister, when he wants to do something he goes ahead to do it but with these three incidents, I have given him some moments to reflect on them.

“I think he must have done about 60 to 65 percent well per my analysis, and so, if he is given the nod he must ensure that he is leaving a better name than he left the last four years in office,” he said.



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks



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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.



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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland



Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.




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