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NABCO Salary To Be Increased In 2021 – Check What Government Is Willing To Pay

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The management of the Nation Builder’s Corps (NABCO) programme have been able to resolve the challenges which confronted the salaries of some 9,235 beneficiaries and there seems to be a salary increment cone this year 2021. 

Information disclosed to www.GhanaCNN.com senior author Rita Edochie indicates that government is making a possible salary increment to these teachers just to motivate workers under this corps.

Though some beneficiaries of the programme have complained of non-receipt of their monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis even as their colleagues on the same programme had received theirs.

The information gathered in an upclose explained that the difficulties encountered by the programme called for a halt in further processing of the payroll for the data sets to be corrected.

The information added, NABCO secretariat sent messages to beneficiaries to correct their data for it to be rekeyed into the system so that they can be paid.

The information further stated that salaries for NABCO beneficiaries for 2018 were fully funded in the 2021 budget and payments commenced for some 77,907 beneficiaries is estimated at Ghc720.00.

Salary Challenges Addressed – Below is the statement

Good morning and thank you for honouring our invitation to this Press Briefing. It is our first edition for the year and we are excited to have it in the Eastern Region Capital Koforidua.

Let me use this opportunity to wish you all a happy new.
This morning there are two (2) briefs we have for you.
NABCO resolves challenges with outstanding stipends

The Nation Builder’s Corps program has completed the resolution of challenges it encountered with processing of stipends for some 9,235 beneficiaries.

It will be recalled that in the past week some beneficiaries have complained of non-receipt of their monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis even as their colleagues on the same program had received theirs.

NABCO stipends for 2018 were fully funded in the 2018 budget and payments commenced for some 77,907 beneficiaries. However, some 18,001 beneficiaries unfortunately did not receive their stipends for various reasons as outlined below.

The difficulties encountered called for a halt in further processing of the payroll for the data sets to be corrected. Indeed, the NABCO secretariat sent messages to beneficiaries to correct their data for it to be rekeyed into the system.

The secretariat informs us that 9,235 of them have now corrected their data and thus will be paid this week. Their December and regular stipends are also programmed to be paid immediately afterwards.

Another 8,766 still have outstanding data issues and are encouraged to correct their data as requested of them in messages sent to them so they can be paid as soon as possible.

It must be noted however that some 2,105 have been found to be already employed on other government programs such as YEA, NSS, Forestry Commission Payroll, MOH Nursing Training Institution or already employed in other sectors. The Secretariat informs us that such persons will be exited from the program.

Additionally, since October 2018 a total of 1,098 have also notified the secretariat of an intention to exit to other employment schemes. These voluntary exits are expected to continue as government continues to recruit into the public services. This will create more vacancies on the NABCO roll and will give the secretariat room to onboard persons who are on the waiting list and have not been placed yet.

It is for this reason that even after placing the first about 100,000 beneficiaries, others were left on a waiting list. Those on this waiting list who have not been placed may be placed as vacancies open up based on the aforementioned reasons.

Being on the waiting list or even being placed does not mean a beneficiary is bonded as some have speculated. Entry onto and exit from the program is purely voluntary.

NABCO encourages beneficiaries who desire to stay on the waiting list to indicate same on the NABCO recruitment platform online.

Government secures 60million dollars for the implementation of the phase 2 of the University of Health and Allied Sciences Project.

Government has secured a 60 million dollar facility for the implementation of the Phase 2 of the University of Allied Sciences Project at Ho in the Volta Region.

Under the bilateral agreement between the two countries the project is expected to enhance higher education on medicine, promote advanced medical care and also provide jobs for the Health Sector.

In September 2015, the first phase of the University funded by the Chinese government was officially handed over to Ghana.

The first phase covered a land area of 10.386 square metres and comprised the school of basic and biomedical science, lecture halls, libraries, student housing facilities and senior staff residential area.

Phase 2 will cover a total floor area of 29,200 square meters with the following content;
The central Administration block

The school of Nursing and Midwifery duty and equipment Room as well as supporting facilities such as the desks, chairs and computers as well as teaching aids for medical specialty.

The Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta and the Chinese Ambassador Wang Shitin have signed an MOU to that effect.

Government is pleased about this agreement and wishes to work together to enhance the already strong and cordial relations between Ghana and China while deepening our commitment to expansion in education, Health Care and infrastructure.

2021 NABCO Employment 

According to information gathered from government, NABCo will announce a possible date for new employment update.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Hot Daylight Robbery: Armed Robbers Attack A Forex Bureau Opposite Osu Police Station (Video)

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Hot Daylight Robbery: Armed Robbers Attack A Forex Bureau Opposite Osu Police Station (Video)

A forex bureau located directly beneath the Honeysuckle building, a popular restaurant in Osu, was attacked by armed robbers during the day.

According to information gathered by GhanaCNN.com, the restaurant is located directly opposite and adjacent to the headquarters of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Fire Service, and Ghana Immigration Service.

From the video, the armed robbers who stormed the scene with a motorbike entered the Forex Bureau where they took some cash, fired some warning shots, and fled on their bike.

A tweep, Queku_P replied to a tweet on the incident saying, “I was there when this incident happened, I was from the Oxford street, just at the roundabout there are policemen when I got to the entrance of the police headquarters, I slowed down, I saw the policemen at the gate looking at what was going one without any action.“

 

 
 
 
 
 
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List Of Popular 5 Star Rated Hotels In Kumasi – Video and Photos

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Many people are with the belief that hotels are a place where only lovers find to make themselves relaxed when they feel like doing it away from home.

on another funny side, a hotel is a place where prostitutes are hooked and booked.

This mindset is neither here nor there and so this article from GhanaCNN. com looks at the most valuable hotels in Kumasi, Ghana, and the reason why one must visit such places for relation and pleasure.

To start with, a hotel is a place where one goes to find relation or pleasure. Some of the popular 5 star-related hotels in Kumasi are:

Golden Tulip Kumasi City, located in Kumasi, has an outdoor pool and free WiFi. There is a garden with a picnic area and a sun terrace on the property. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar while working out in the fitness center. Guests can also take advantage of free parking.

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The hotel’s air-conditioned rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some apartments have a balcony, while others have a dining area and a living room. Guests can grab a snack from the minibar and unwind in the seating area. The rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Specifically, Kumasi Airport is a 20- minute drive from the property. Golden Tulip Kumasi City offers airport shuttle services to its guests.

Homey Lodge is located in Kumasi, 7 kilometers from Baba Yara Stadium, and features a restaurant, free private parking, a bar, and a shared lounge. This property offers room service as well as a terrace to guests. The air-conditioned rooms have a garden view, a desk, and free WiFi.

All of the hotel’s guest rooms include a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a shower. Each guest room has a wardrobe.

A continental breakfast is available to Homey Lodge guests. All language is spoken in this luxurious 5 star hotel.

Kumasi City Mall is 6 km from Homey Lodge, while Manhyia Palace is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kumasi, 9 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Golden Bean Hotel, located in Kumasi and 1.7 kilometers from Presbyterian Mission, has an outdoor swimming pool, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. This property’s amenities include a garden, a terrace, and a bar. The property has a restaurant, and Market is 3 kilometers away.

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Rooms at the property include a desk. Golden Bean Hotel has some units with city views, and each room has a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Each room in the hotel has air conditioning and a flat-screen television.

Golden Bean Hotel is 3.5 kilometers from Kumasi Cultural Centre.

Couples love the location, giving it an 8.6 for a two-person trip.

All languages are well understood.

Oak Plaza Suites is located in Kumasi, 1.9 km from Baba Yara Stadium, and features an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a fitness center, and a garden. This property has family rooms as well as a terrace for guests. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.

Air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchen, a dining area, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a bidet, and a shower are standard in the hotel’s units. All guest rooms will include a desk and a kettle.

Breakfast is served à la carte at Oak Plaza Suites.

Kumasi City Mall is 800 meters away, and Manhyia Palace is 5 kilometers away. Kumasi Airport is 6 kilometers away from Oak Plaza Suites.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Government Contracts Another Firm To Buy 5 million Sputnik V Vaccine At This Cost Per Dose – Full Details

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Government Contracts Another Firm To Buy 5 million Sputnik V Vaccine At This Cost Per Dose - Full Details

More controversy keeps coming up regarding government’s procurement of Russia’s Sputnik V for Covid-19 vaccination in the country.

In a document sighted by Myjoyonline.com, the Health Ministry has contracted another supplier, S. L. Global Limited to purchase five million doses of the drug at $26 per dose.

Digging further into the 20-page document, the Ghanaian owned company serving as the intermediate is to deliver the vaccines in batches; one million doses each month until the fifth month when the country would have had the enough doses for inoculation.

Among other things, the agreement was that the purchase will not include transportation, storage and other charges; thus, the cost is likely to rise.

“None of the seller or any of its connected persons shall be subjected to any liability under this agreement or otherwise for any lose suffered by the buyer or any person whatsoever including patients, resulting to the use of the product,” part of the agreement read.

Thus, in a letter dated March 16, 2021, the Health Ministry beseeched the Finance Ministry to support it raise $130 million to be used to pay for Covid-19 vaccines, which were being procured through some third parties.

This comes barely a week hours after an investigation by a Norwegian newspaper uncovered that government is buying the Sputnik V vaccine for $19 per dose from the businessmen instead of $10.

The report revealed that government has signed a contract for the purchase of the Sputnik V vaccine with an Emirati official who it said was involved in the controversial Ameri power deal and a Norwegian citizen charged with money laundering in Norway.

Publishing its findings on www.vg.no, VG further revealed that government has signed the purchase contract for 3.4 million doses of the vaccine after it received an initial 16,000 doses from two business men on March 3, 2021.

“It is March 3, and the moment of truth for Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu (65). A flight from the Emirates is taxiing to the terminal in Accra, the capital of Ghana, where the Minister of Health is waiting. Out step two men: One is a Sheikh and second cousin of the ruler of Dubai. The other has been on the run from Norwegian police for years.

“Boxes containing a total of 16,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V are unloaded from the plane and placed in front of the Minister of Health. Six days later, the Ministry of Health in Ghana signs an agreement with the Sheik. They announce that they have reached an agreement regarding the purchase of 3.4 million vaccine doses. No price is publicly disclosed,” parts of the report read.

According to the publication, when the Ministry of Health was contacted to respond to the story, “a group of bureaucrats” told the newspaper that their job was to pay at the end of the day after the contract had been signed.

The Ministry of Finance in response to the story said the vaccines were purchased to “protect” people.

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, when asked why he purchased the vaccine for $19 per dose, was quoted as saying: “I don’t know. You know, you are confronted with “the good guys” from the West not giving you any assurances of supply [of vaccines], and you have 30 million people and are to save lives.

“You know, it’s easy to sit somewhere else and say: Why are you doing this? But you need to make sure you protect your people. You manage that as well as you can. This is all a contrived and manufactured crisis, because clearly there are enough [vaccines] to go around if only there was equity and justice in what we are doing.”

Following this reportage, the Minority in Parliament has called for a thorough investigation into the matter indicating that the pricing of the product is a rip off to the country.

But government in statement said it has rather successfully negotiated downwards the price of the Sputnik V vaccine from a higher price.

According to the Health Ministry, the $19 price is as result of government’s direct negotiation with a businessman rather than seeking to obtain the vaccines on a government to government basis which is cheaper yet difficult to push through.

Also, the Chairman of Parliament’s Health Committee, Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie dispelled claims that government has been swindled in the deal to procure the Sputnik-V Covid-19 vaccine.

He argued that producers of the vaccine do not deal directly with government, as such, middle men are being used causing an increase in the original price of $10 per dose which is the factory price.

With this in mind, Dr Afriyie argued that concerns being raised about the ‘abnormal’ price is misplaced since government is doing its best to acquire the newly developed vaccine that will save the country and the citizens from the deadly pandemic.

“We have not been swindled as a State. Even though we are in a desperate state to get vaccines, the policy of government which is a very good one is to get business persons to go into the Sputnik V space.

“Yes, the factory price is US$ 10, but when you get expatriates, and it gets out of the factory, there are a lot of factors that come in, including the profit, commission and freight to Ghana. So you don’t expect a vaccine that costs US$ 10 at the factory to be the same price when it arrives in Ghana, especially when a middleman is getting it,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has warned government against engaging suspicious middlemen in its desperate bid to secure vaccines.

“We have received similar concerns regarding other vaccines with intermediates selling it at a much higher price than what the manufacturers are selling it. There is a lot of substandard and falsified Covid-19 products being commercialized out there. So contact the manufacturers to make sure that the intermediate is legal,” the WHO representative said.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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