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Mustapha Hamid Appointed As C.E.O Of National Petroleum Authority

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President Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as the chief executive officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), one of the most sought-after positions in government.

The NPA oversees all operations in the multibillion-dollar downstream petroleum sector.

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The appointment takes effect from 1 July 2021. The news was communicated in a letter dated 17 June.

Dr Hamid, 50, previously served in the first-term government of President Akufo-Addo as the minister of information and subsequently as the minister for inner-city and zongo development.

He also served as the deputy national campaign manager for President Akufo-Addo’s successful second-term bid in 2020 and was in charge of campaign communications.

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The NPA currently boasts of over 5,000 service providers and, according to 2020 estimates, an annual sales value of GHC22.23 billion (US$3.92 billion), which is roughly 6% of Ghana’s GDP.

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The industry works closely with international suppliers such as BP, Glencore, Vitol and Trafigura to supply approximately 80% of the petroleum products currently consumed in the country.

Dr Hamid will champion the mission of the NPA, which is to regulate, oversee and monitor the downstream petroleum industry in Ghana “for efficiency, growth and stakeholder satisfaction” and to ensure that its vision, which is to be a “catalyst for economic transformation and growth in Ghana”, is achieved.

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Nana Addo Bans Ministers From Traveling Abroad

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Nana Addo Bans Ministers From Traveling Abroad

President Nana Akufo-Addo has placed a one-month international travel ban on his ministers and deputy ministers.⁠

According to a new report by AsaaseNews, travelling is only allowed for medical emergencies. The directive by the President will be the second of its kind since he assumed office as President of the Republic in January 2017.⁠

On 21 June 2018, the president, in a letter signed by his Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, directed that all foreign travel by ministers, deputy ministers, metropolitan/municipal/district chief executives and heads of government agencies be suspended temporarily with immediate effect.⁠

“Guidelines in respect of future foreign travels aimed at minimising disruption to the government’s domestic work will be communicated to you shortly,” the 2018 directive said.⁠

The reason for this latest travel ban is not readily known.

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E-levy Proceeds Will Create Jobs For Over 11 Million People – Ofori-Atta

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E-levy Proceeds Will Create Jobs For Over 11 Million People - Ofori-Atta

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said proceeds from the 1.75% E-Levy, proposed in the 2022 budget, would ensure that over 11 million people are employed.

He noted that 58 percent of the country’s population are between 15 and 59 years, which is about 18million people.

“Of this number, 2.4million are in formal employment whilst the remaining 15 million are split between informal and underemployment”, stressing that 11 million people are with no clear path when it comes to employment opportunities.

It was held on the theme: “Building a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Nation; Opportunities for Ghana’s Youth”.

Ken Ofori-Atta contended that “for us as a government, our task is to ensure we extend opportunities to the youth. The consequences of having eleven million people with no clear path, undoubtedly, our recovery efforts hinges on tailored support to provide skills and funding to our young people to pursue their ambition to free them”, indicating that nothing is impossible.

“How do we as a nation move into an entrepreneurial stage to have an opportunity to contribute to national development? How do we reduce our debt and create employment?

How do we take care of our infrastructure and roads so that we open up the country and build good Internet systems to create opportunities for all? Why are we being resistant to the future? We have nothing to fear. Have we as a nation understood the times that we are in and are we ready to sacrifice to move to a whole different level”?

Ken Ofori-Atta emphasized that “When somebody tells you we shouldn’t go there, tell them, give me an alternative for this 11 million people who are at home and not working”.

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I Fear For My Life When I Sit In Chamber Sometimes – Afenyo-Markin

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I Fear For My Life When I Sit In Chamber Sometimes - Afenyo-Markin

Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin has admitted to living in fear of his life during and after some proceedings in the House.

According to him, some sessions which involve heated debate has sometimes culminated in threats of physical harm and abuse.

Speaking on the News File segment on Joy News, Afenyo-Markin alleged that the recent impasse over the 2022 budget statement has revealed a plot by the minority to physically abuse, Joseph Osei-Owusu who presided over a ruling as the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

“Sometimes I sit in the chamber and I fear for my own life. I fear for my life because one moment we are debating then you threaten someone that I will beat you.

You should call them out. Sam George is apologizing on behalf of the minority and majority, we don’t need you to apologise for us. With all due respect, apologize for your caucus. NPP has been gentle,” he said.

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