His Excellency President Akufo Addo in his 23rd coronavirus address tonight has stated categorically that funerals and weddings are from today banned.
This was in accordance to the presidents measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic which has taken a rise with a new variant of the novel virus.
He further stated that all the 16 regions across Ghana is now affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic with Ashanti, Greater Accra, Central Region, Bono Region among other recording higher numbers.
Meanwhile, the president highlighted that the British variant of the virus has been found in the country and the presidents pleads on all Ghanaians to abide by the coronavirus directives.
Federal Government of Nigeria Budgets N10.6bn For Transportation Of COVID-19 Vaccine
The Federal Government has budgeted N10.6 billion for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory.
According to a document seen by PUNCH, a total of N12.7 billion was budgeted as cost of transportation for the vaccine, procurement of PPE and AEFI kits.
In the document containing the budget details, Kano state has the highest budgetary allocation with N685.4million, while Lagos state, the epicenter of the pandemic, earmarked N558.6million for the transportation of the vaccine.
Bayelsa state has the lowest budgetary allocation for transportation with N121 million.
The budget was presented to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) alongside representatives of the federal ministry of health, on Thursday, in a meeting.
On Friday, Nigeria commenced its COVID-19 vaccination with doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which was first administered to health workers in Abuja.
The vaccination has been divided into phases. One of the phases includes the distribution of the vaccines to states that have met the requirements of storage and facilities.
As a result, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), which is the agency responsible for vaccines distribution strategy, budgeted N1.4billion for procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) while N373m was set aside for adverse events following immunisation kits (AEFI kits).
However, the NGF appealed to the federal government to support the logistics and inoculation activities to states.
“Following extensive discussions on the vaccine administration, governors called on the Federal Government to take necessary steps to support logistics and inoculation activities in states and resolved to take the following actions to ensure a smooth vaccine roll-out exercise across the country,” Kayode Fayemi, chairman of NGF, noted in a communiqué.
Ayew Brothers, Partey To Miss Black Stars AFCON Qualifier Against South Africa
Black Stars coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor is likely to be without some of his key players based in the United Kingdom ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier doubleheader against South Africa and Sao Tome later this month.
Black Stars captain Andre Ayew, Crystal Palace duo Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp, Thomas Partey, Tariq Fosu are likely to miss the game should their clubs block their move during the international break.
As part of the UK COVID-19 protocols, anyone that returns from countries on the Red List must quarantine in an airport hotel for 10 days, with no exemptions for elite athletes which many Premier League managers and coaches have raised concerns and are unhappy about.
Most coaches at this point in the season are not willing to release players for the upcoming international break due to the COVID-19 risk and quarantine regulations.
Thus clubs have the sole autonomy whether to release players or not which is backed by FIFA’s current regulations on releasing players amid the pandemic.
The Black Stars coach with the possibility of missing out on invited players is preparing with a squad dominated by locally based players ahead of the double-header.
The team broke camp on Wednesday and will reassemble after the league matches this weekend.
Ghana travel away to play South Africa on March 25, 2021.
FULL LIST: President Akufo-Addo swears in 28 new ministers
President Nana Akufo-Addo has sworn into office 28 of his 30 nominees for the various ministerial portfolios.
The swearing-in ceremony took place on Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Jubilee House in Accra.
The two sectoral ministers who could not be sworn into office are the Minister-designate for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta and Minister-designate for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Ebenezer Kojo Kum.
Ken Ofori-Atta is yet to attend upon the Appointments Committee to be vetted due to complications from COVID-19 while Ebenezer Kojo Kum was unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony due to ill-health.
Addressing the gathering, President Akufo-Addo said the approval of all the nominees presented to parliament proves the positive cooperation between the Executive arm of government and the legislature, expressing the hope that the relations will remain strengthened.
He further said he is confident that the ministers will work together with him to ensure progress for the country.
“The entire national followed keenly your individual interactions with the Appointments Committee. In those sessions you exhibited your capacity to act as ministers of state for all to see and justify to the county the confidence I have reposed in you to serve in government”
“I am confident that together we will work to realize the vision of the mandate given to me by the Ghanaian people in the victory of 7th Decemenr2020, a victory which yesterday, 4th march was unanimously upheld in the lucid well-considered judgement by a 7-member panel of the Supreme Court presided over by the Chief Justice,” the president said.
Nana Akufo-Addo further urged the new ministers to demonstrate leadership that will move the country forward and help the government achieve its vision.
“I urge you to provide leadership that will ensure that the work which we are embarking on, benefits the progress of our nation and help raise the living standards of our people. That is why we are here and that is why the Ghanaian people voted for us,” the president said.
He encouraged the ministers to always ensure broad consensus in the manner in which they implement decisions while in office.
Prior to delivering his address, Nana Akufo-Addo led the 28 new ministers to take the Oath of Allegiance, Oath of a Minister and the Oath of Secrecy.
The Ministers were subsequently presented with their instruments of appointment to symbolize their appointment before signing the oath book.
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