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Breaking news in Ghana this afternoon Monday 6th July, 2020


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1.Covid-19: Heavy security at Accra Girls SHS as parents troop there to withdraw their wards.

There is heavy security presence at the Accra Girls Senior High School (SHS) as some parents have trooped there to withdraw their children following the reported outbreak of COVID-19 in the school.


Classroom activities have come to a halt as the students are agitating to be taken home by their parents.


the students have staged a demonstration on campus calling on the authorities to allow them to go home.

Six students are said to have been infected with coronavirus.

The patients, all students of the school, were isolated at the school’s sickbay on Monday, June 29, 2020, together with some other students who also showed symptoms of COVID-19.

According to reports, six out of 11 students, who were tested for the virus, tested positive.

Health officials from the Ayawaso East Health directorate on Saturday, July 4, moved the students, who tested positive, to the Ga East Municipal Hospital for treatment.

The terrified students are demanding that they are allowed to leave the school to prevent them from contracting the deadly disease.

School authorities are yet to speak on the matter.


Final year SHS students returned to school on Monday, June 22 to prepare for their final exam after President Nana Akufo-Addo directed all schools in the country to be closed from March 16.


Final year students in tertiary institutions, as well as Junior High Schools, have also returned to school to prepare for their final exam.


2.Mahama likely to unveil running mate today; Check out names of people in the race

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama, is expected to officially unveil his running mate for the 2020 presidential elections today [July 6, 2020].


When the National Executive Committee (NEC) meets today at 11: am, Mr Mahama is expected to present either former Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, a former Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Isaac Bannerman Nii Moi Thompson, a former Minister of Health and Deputy Campaign Manager for the 2020 elections, Alex Segbefia or a former Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor as his choice of a running mate.The names of Mr Segbefia and Dr Thompson may surprise many followers because their names have so far not appeared in the list of speculations.


But among the shortlisted candidates, Prof Opoku-Agyemang stands tall with Mr Segbefia and Dr Thompson as the outsiders.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang

Mr Mahama is likely to settle on Prof Opoku-Agyemang and also break the cycle of male running mate and getting more females into mainstream political decision-making in line with the party’s policy.

If confirmed by the NEC, Prof Opoku-Agyemang, who is regarded as a woman of integrity, will become the first female running mate of the two leading political parties in the country [NDC and NPP].

Prof Opoku-Agyemang, appears to be in a pole position among all with her gender, record as the first female Vice-Chancellor of a university; the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and a trained journalist.


Professor Opoku-Agyemang’s association with the NDC began as far back as 1996 when, as the hostess of the popular Radio Gold programme, ‘Platform’, she interviewed then-President Jerry John Rawlings in the build-up to the 1996 presidential election.


The interview was so effective that many believe it was a major contributory factor to the landslide victory that President Rawlings won over Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor in that year’s election.


She also co-hosted the 2012 Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) sponsored presidential debates.


A gender activist told Graphic Online that although presidential candidates often talk about the important role of women in all spheres of national life and about the need for greater gender equality in Ghanaian politics, it all whittles away when elected.


“When it comes right down to it – all our candidates have found excuses not to act. They all trot out the stereotypical wisdom that “Ghanaians are not ready for a female president” and “even women will not vote for another woman” and that their Parties will rebel. In short, their gender commitment takes second place to electoral opportunity,” a party source said in support of Prof Opoku-Agyemang’s choice.Mahama for change


The source said Mr Mahama looks forward to changing that and demonstrate his commitment to naming a woman as his running mate.That, the source said, which had also been confirmed by multiple sources within the NDC, made Mr Mahama to take time in naming his running mate as he (Mahama) had to sell and get the buy-in of the movers and shakers in the Party. “JM firmly believes that the time has come to make real change. And he is confident that there are many women in the Party who have what it takes to lead the country forward,” another source stated.

Female potentials.


Mr Mahama had was choosing among NDC’s many accomplished female leaders who would best complement him as a candidate and then as a President.


It said names such as Ms Hanny Sherry Ayitey, former Minister for Environment and Vice Chairman of the NDC, Ms Hannah Tetteh, former MP, Trade Minister, and Foreign Minister; Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong; former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice; Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu (also a former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Vice-Chair of the NDC; Nana Oye Lithur, former Minister of Gender and Social Protection; Ambassador Edith Hazel; former Ambassador to Denmark and Dr. Valerie Sawyer, former Deputy Chief of Staff, have all come up.


Mahama meets Rawlings


On Saturday, July 4, 2020, former President Mahama met the founder of the party, former President Jerry John Rawlings to discuss issues. Although the details of the meeting remain a secret, Graphic Online believes the issue of the choice of running mate was also discussed.

Profile.


Prof. Opoku-Agyemang is the current Africa Board Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). She has been a FAWE member since 2014. She is a former Minister of Education in Ghana.


Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, the first female Vice-Chancellor of a public university in Ghana.


Before heading the university, she had since 1986 served as head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dean of the Board of Graduate Studies and Founding Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.


She was also the Academic Director of the African Diaspora Studies programme of School for International Training Study Abroad.In October 2009, she was elected Ghana’s representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board. She has been re-elected for a second time to UNESCO Executive Board.


She obtained her Diplôme Supérieure d’Etudes Françaises from the University of Dakar, Senegal in 1976, a B. A. (Hons) with a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively.


She has chaired more than twenty Boards and Committees, among them: the Council of the University College of Education, Winneba 1998-2002; Academic Committee of the Ghana Council for Tertiary Education; and was Joint Co-coordinator of the Specialist Program in English Language and Ghanaian Culture for Japan Overseas Co-operation Volunteers 1991-1993.


She has also chaired the Adjudication Committee, VALCO Literary Awards, Ghana 1993-1998; Board of Governors, Ghana Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-Ghana) since its founding in 1998; and, Board of Governors, Wesley Girls High School 1994-1998.


In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of quality education in Ghana, the Ghana Women of Excellence Award was conferred her.


She is a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences; University Teachers Association of Ghana; English Studies Association; African Studies Association, USA; African Literature Association, USA; and the International Fulbright Scholars Association.


She is the recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees; the Global Leadership Award; many national and international awards; she serves on several councils, boards, and committees and has published many books and articles. She is also a two-time Fulbright scholar and is currently a Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).She is from Cape Coast in the Central Region.

Segbefia


Mr Segbefia, who is a lawyer called to the bar, both in Ghana and the United Kingdom, is a former Deputy Chief of Staff, a former Deputy Minister of Defence and a former Minister of Health.


A former Chairman of the UK & Ireland Branch of the NDC, Mr Segbefia is currently the Director of International Relations of the NDC and Deputy Campaign Manager for the 2020 NDC Campaign Team.

Duffuor.


Although Dr Duffuor’s name has been on the cards, many insiders believe that with a court case hanging around his neck, he would be a detraction to the party’s agenda of recapturing power on December 7, 2020.


Moreover, he is said not to have been active on party matters ever since he left the position of Minister of Finance.

Nii Moi Thompson


A fine candidate by all standards, party sources tell Graphic Online that Dr Nii Moi Thompson is yet to warm himself into the party although he works on policy issues but publicly acknowledges to be a member of the Convention People’s Party.


Other candidates


The names of possible candidates such as ex-Finance Minister, Prof. Kwesi Botchway, the former boss of the Tema Oil Refinery and the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company, Mr Kwame Awuah Darko, former Interior and Agriculture Minister, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, former Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as well as the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Alex Mould, were also on the list.

3.Don Little cries to Akufo-Addo to bring him back to Ghana

Diminutive actor Don Little, known in real life as Steven Atanga, is homesick and wants to come back to Ghana.


He has joined the list of Ghanaian celebrities stuck in other parts of the world who desperately want to return to Ghana.In a video, Don Little said he is tired of living in the United States and wants to return home.The Kumawood actor begged President Nana Akufo-Addo to come to his rescue and bring him back to Ghana.


“I don’t like the way things are going here. President Akufo-Addo please come to my recue. I am tired, I want to come back home,” Don Little said.

4.Businesses in Ghana call for open borders over fall in economic activities.

- Concerns have been raised about a fall in business activities following the closure of Ghana's borders - Research has shown there is a shortage of raw materials and prices for such materials have increased - The World Bank earlier called on some countries to reopen their borders to allow for international trade .


The call follows a decline in economic activities and a shortage of raw materials. The shortage, per information available, has led to an increase in the prices of such materials in the country.The survey also revealed that even though some restrictions have been loosened, the general economic slowdown has led to challenges such as job cuts. In March, the government announced the closure of the country’s borders following the outbreak of the coronavirus. The closure, however, led to a fall in business activities as it led to a disruption of supply chains. The reason was that the closure would lead to an increase in prices and a shortage of essential commodities. Research shows that African countries heavily depend on imported medical supplies. About 94% of pharmaceutical companies in the region reportedly obtain products from outside of the continent’s borders.


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