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Minister for Employment and Labor Relations Hon. Baffour Awuah Is In Stable Condition – Special Aide

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The special aide to the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations has revealed the Minister is in stable condition and responding to treatment after surviving from a fatal accident over the weekend at Dumasua off the Sunyani Nsuatre road.

Speaking to Collins Apraku Fresh Aluta on Service in the Morning, Mr Thomas Agyekum Kyeremeh hinted Hon Ignatius Baffour-Awuah is receiving treatment at Brong Ahafo Regional Hospital in Sunyani.

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“Currently, he is responding to treatment and in a stable condition. He had a cut on his head and minor injuries on his leg ands right arm. Three among the other four who were on board have been discharged leaving Chairman Evans Kusi Buadum who is still on admission with the minister” he said.

Touching on the cause of the accident, Mr Agyekum-Kyeremah noted it was an error on the part of the truck ahead of their vehicle which they collided with.

“The driver of the tipper truck failed to show any sign of diversion, therefore his driver wanted to drive pass the vehicle ahead of him causing the collision. With this circumstance, one of the front doors of the vehicle got dismembered. The minister fell off the vehicle as it somersaulted several times. We thank God all the occupants are still alive” he narrated.

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He however noted the minister is thankful to God and all well wishers.

“Despite the troubling nature of the incident, it has been a moment where he has experienced the true love of God for him and he expresses profound gratitude to all wishers who have called and trooped in to the hospital to wish him speedy recovery. The Chief of Staff, Interior minister, Health minister, Deputy Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Sunyani East MP, The Sunyani West MCE among others have all called or visited him to check on him and he is really pleased with their kind words anHon Ignatius Baffour-Awuah

This incident brings a big blow to the government as some labour unions have embarked on labour agitations while others are threatening to follow suit.

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Described as an integral pillar in this current government’s administration by the president during his two day tour in the Bono Region, Hon Baffour-Awuah is described by union leaders as a man with humility who is also abreast with masterful negotiation skills with which he used in calming the storms of the labour front in his first tenure and this current tenure.

 

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Government spent GH¢40.4 billion on education between 2017 and 2020 – President Akufo-Addo

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“EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION INCREASED BY 95% IN MY TIME” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“So great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”

These were the words of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, when he delivered a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

Addressing the gathering at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that GNAT is what it is today because of the work of its past and current membership and leadership, and he assured that, under his administration, the work undertaken by the membership and leadership of the Association will not be in vain.

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The President, thus, used the opportunity to thank all teachers in the country for the work they did, and continue to do, in ensuring that the education of Ghanaian children, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been truncated.

“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said

According to President Akufo-Addo, his vision of a modern, competitive, Ghanaian economy, spearheaded by indigenous entrepreneurs, with productive employment for the great majority of its citizens, requires skilled economic actors, and to get there, the nation needs an educated workforce.

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“Through the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, we are ensuring that value is being added to the intellect of every Ghanaian child. This is our surest way of succeeding in adding value to the Ghanaian economy, thereby helping to create acceptable, well-paying jobs for the young people of our country,” he said.

The President continued, “For us, in Ghana, also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a group of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy and nation”.

Outlining the many initiatives implemented by Government since 2017, he stated that his government has restored, since coming into office five years ago, and continues to pay, teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

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“In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries over the last five (5) years, my government is, for the first time in our nation’s history, paying a professional allowance to teachers. We have abolished the three (3) months’ pay policy for teachers, we have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected,” he said.

He stressed that to prevent undue delays in promotion of qualified teachers, Government will, in 2022, improve on the conduct of the aptitude test instituted by the Ghana Education Service, leveraging on lessons learnt from the one conducted in 2021.

Affordable Housing for Teachers

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“Government is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental. I am fully aware that one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase homes where they intend to retire,” he said.

Through a subsidised loan programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country, stating that the Ministry of Education is working with the National Service Scheme on this.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for teachers.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country. This, as we all know, is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good beginning,” he added.

Touching on the vexed issue of laptops for teachers, President Akufo-Addo was glad the supply of laptops was appreciated by teachers, and promised that the other related matters of concern will be addressed.

“Good relations between GNAT and my government are matters of importance to me, and I will do my best to promote such relations,” he added.

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Source: The Presidency

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