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Ghana signs $66 million agreement with China in respect of James Town Fishing Port Complex

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Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta

Ghana and China have signed agreements totaling $66 million to support the Jamestown Fishing Port Complex and the implementation of projects, including the second phase of the University of Health and Allied Sciences.

Under the bilateral agreement, China is providing a grant of about $16.0 Million to Ghana for the implementation of projects including the Phase 2 of the University of Health and Allied Sciences.
As regards the Exchange of Notes on Jamestown Fishing Port Complex, China is providing an amount of about $50 million for the implementation of the Project.

The project is in three major parts, involves the dredging (about 118,000 cubic meters) harbour basin and shipping channels; construction of hydraulic structures (about 1,200 meters) composed of berths, Seawall and a breakwater; and construction of administration, production and supporting facilities, including an office building, kindergarten, trading market, processing area, commercial area and other production and supporting facilities.
The project is expected to enhance the productivity of the fisher folks and create about 1,000 job opportunities for the teeming youth in the community.

Finance Minister Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta signed Ghana and Madam Sun Baohong initialed for China.
Mr. Ofori-Atta said the signing marked another important milestone in the bilateral economic relations between Ghana and the People’s Republic of China as it reaffirmed commitments and determination to broaden and deepen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

He said Ghana currently was at a stage in its development trajectory that required massive investments.
“Indeed, if we are to achieve this aspiration, there is the need for that critical mass of resources to push the economy beyond aid right from the onset of the implementation of strategies to get there,” he said.
Mr. Ofori-Atta said the government was striving hard to ensure macroeconomic stability that would help create the enabling environment for accelerated economic growth to catapult Ghana beyond aid.

On her part, Madam Sun said China and Ghana have been very important development partners, saying bilateral trade between Ghana and China last year reached 6.67 billion US Dollars and it ranked sixth among 54 African countries.
“China is Ghana’s largest trading partner and what is worth noting is that Ghana’s export to China surpassed 1.85 billion dollars and registered an increase of over 41 percent,” she said.

Last year, China’s financial investment in Ghana reached $123 million and they have invested in 25 projects, the number of the projects ranked top among all the foreign investment countries.

Madam Sun said China 80 satellite TV project to 300 Ghanaian villages would be implemented in May while the James Town Fishing Port Complex would kick off within this year.

“We are doing feasibility studies on phase two of University of Health and Allied Sciences now and we are going to do the feasibility for Cocoa Processing Project in Sefwi Juaboso, and we have begun the implementation of donation of police vehicles and equipment,” she said.

She said China fully supported Ghana Beyond Aid initiative of the government and we wish that this aspiration will be realized with the help of international partners.

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What Kwesi Nyantakyi said in Anas’ video

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Kwesi Nyantakyi

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday ordered the arrest of President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, for defrauding by false pretences.

Nana Akufo-Addo ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to arrest Mr Nyantakyi after being privy to investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 undercover documentary, which exposed the GFA president; using the name of the president fraudulently.

Below is what the GFA boss allegedly said in the video:

“Ghana is the easiest place to do business. All you have to do is to give the President of Ghana $5m and the Vice President $3m. I have the President in my pocket. I see him every day. As for the refs, all you need is to give them GHC20 and girls and they are sorted”

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Thomas Partey reveals his favourtie food that inspires him

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Thomas Partey

Whether it’s yams for Usain Bolt or Egusi soup for Anthony Joshua, a big carbohydrate diet has always been an essential part of strong athletic performances.

Of course, the overall diet of a professional athlete is meticulously selected to ensure they maintain their well-cut out physiques that is necessary for optimal efficiency.

But when it comes to food, it is a hard fight to stay away from guilty pleasures. And if you are

Black Stars and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, that guilty pleasure is konkonte and groundnut soup.

“I get more inspired by eating konkonte and groundnut soup,” Partey revealed moments after lifting the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in Lyon when asked what food inspires him.

“The dish is made from dried and pounded cassava and is popularly called ‘face the wall’ in Ghana. Konkonte is especially popular in southern Ghana where Partey hails from.

Eating home-made food, however, is not the only way Partey, 24, stays in touch with his home country as he also revealed he is constantly using social media to connect with friends and family.

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Order to arrest Nyantakyi: What we know so far

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Kwasi Nyantakyi

The President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to arrest the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi after watching investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 investigative piece which focuses on corruption in Ghana football.

The GFA president we understand is being arrested on grounds of defrauding by false pretenses and influence peddling.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas has scheduled 6 June to premiere the undercover piece which took him over two years to put together but information from sources who have watched snippets of the investigative piece have revealed exactly Kwesi Nyantakyi did in the video.

The GFA President allegedly met some businessmen in Morocco to broker a sponsorship deal for the Black Stars. The business moguls aside their interest in sports also wanted to invest in other sectors of the Ghanaian economy.

Kwesi Nyantakyi is alleged to have asked the businessmen to pay some bribes which in his wisdom will give them unimpeded access to the President and his vice Mahamudu Bawumia.

“Ghana is the easiest place to do business, all you’ve to do is to give the President $5m and Vice President Bawumia $3m. l’ve the Prez in my pocket, l see him every day. As for refs, all you need is, give them GHS 20 and girls. And they are sorted”, Nyantakyi supposedly said.

The President and his Vice were not the only names Kwesi Nyantakyi allegedly mentioned in the video. Suspended Deputy Minister of Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide and Deputy Chief of Staff, Asenso Boakye were also mentioned as people who could facilitate a meeting between the businessmen and the President.

Kwesi Nyantakyi was promised a million-dollar reward package if he pulls off the deal.

The businessmen gave him $65,000 for showing up.

Unbeknown to the GFA President, the businessmen were undercover agents of ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Kwesi Nyantakyi was also caught on camera with some members of the GFA having fun with some female students from one of Ghana’s universities in a private jet.

Nyantakyi facing 25-year jail sentence

Kwesi Nyantakyi could be imprisoned for up to 25 years if found guilty of defrauding by false pretenses.

This is because, the offense of defrauding by false pretenses is a 2nd degree felony which carries a sentence of at least 25 years in prison.

Kwesi Nyantakyi has been President of the Ghana Football Association since 2005.

He is currently the first vice president of the Confederation of African Football and an Executive Council member of FIFA.

Kwesi Nyantakyi could lose all these positions should he be found guilty of the charges.

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