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The final funeral rites of the longest-serving queen of the Ashanti Kingdom, Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem, has commenced at the Manhyia Palace, Monday.
The 4-day ceremony which started at midnight on Sunday includes the performance of a number of rituals at the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Asantehene, before her interment on Thursday.
The queen’s body is expected to lie in state at the Manhyia Palace until burial on Thursday.
Today, Monday, January 16, all the Chiefs in the Asante Kingdom will file past the body of the queen to pay their last respect until 11 am.
After 11 am, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will file past his mother’s body after which he will receive commiserations from sympathisers.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Kings and Chiefs outside the Asante Kingdom are expected to file past the body of the queen.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, the former Presidents, Ministers, Government officials and other dignitaries are also scheduled to file past the queen’s body on Tuesday.
Dignitaries from Swaziland, Seychelles, Là Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and other countries are also expected to file past the queen on Wednesday.
At 11:00 am on Thursday, the queen’s body will be taken to St. Cyprians Anglican Church for a Burial Mass.
Only accredited person will be allowed in the Church Auditorium.
A giant screen mounted at Jubilee Park will display events at the church auditorium for the general public.
After the church ceremony, the queen’s body will be marched through designated streets to Bantama for a wreath-laying ceremony.
The body will then be taken to Breman for burial.
Meanwhile, the Manhyia Palace has directed inhabitants of Kumasi and its environs to stay indoors especially on the night of Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday.
However, a statement signed by the Asantehene’s Chief of Staff, Kofi Badu, utility and essential service providers – the Electricity Company of Ghana, the Ghana Water Company and personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service – are exempt.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s mother passed away at her palace in November last year.
She passed away at the age of 111 years.
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The Manhyia Palace has revised a directive on the movement of people on the burial of the Asantehemaa, Nana Serwaa Kobi-Ampem.
An earlier order which required that residents stay indoors on from 8:00PM on Thursday, January 19 to 4:00AM on Friday, January 20, will not apply to essential service providers.
A statement released by the Palace said workers of the Electricity of Ghana, the Ghana Water Company Limited as well as officers from the Ghana Fire Service are “…excluded from any restriction of movement and are to be allowed to perform their duties without any hindrance on the night of Thursday, 19th January, 2017.”
Funeral arrangements for the late queen mother will start on Monday, January 16, 2017, with the laying in state of the body.
Burial is expected to take place from the night of Wednesday to the early hours of Thursday.
New study indicates pesticides 24 times higher than Bureau of Indian Standards norms
“The levels in some samples exceeded the BIS standards by 140 times for the deadly pesticide Lindane, a confirmed carcinogen” “Heptachlor, banned in India, was found in 71 per cent of the samples, at levels four times higher than BIS standards” “
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Wednesday came out with a new report on the levels of pesticides in soft drinks available in the market.
The report indicated the presence of an average of three to five different pesticides in all the samples, 24 times higher than the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms, which have been finalised but not yet notified.
The latest CSE study is based on tests conducted on 57 samples of 11 soft drink brands from 25 different manufacturing plants of Coca-Cola and Pepsico, spread over 12 States.
The levels in some samples for instance, Coca-Cola bought in Kolkata exceeded the BIS standards by 140 times for the deadly pesticide Lindane, a confirmed carcinogen.
Similarly, a Coca-Cola sample manufactured in Thane contained 200 times more of the neurotoxin, Chlorpyrifos, than the BIS standard, said Sunita Narain of CSE releasing the report here.
Three years after the centre released its first findings on pesticide residue in soft drinks, the new study shows that nothing much has changed and soft drinks remain unsafe and unhealthy. Even the directions given by the Joint Parliamentary Committee have been disregarded: standards for safety have been finalised but blocked because of opposition by the companies, Ms. Narain alleged.
In 2003, the average level of pesticide residue in samples from Delhi was 34 times above the same BIS standard, but this time the CSE has found pesticide residue as high as 52 times in bottles brought in Kolkata and 42 times in bottles bought in Nainital and Gorakhpur. Similarly, bottles bought in Mumbai, manufactured in Thane and Nagpur, allegedly had residue 34 times above the BIS standard.
Heptachlor, banned in India, was allegedly found in 71 per cent of the samples, at levels four times higher than BIS standards.
The average amount of pesticide residue found in all the samples was 11.85 parts per billion (ppb) or 24 times higher than the BIS standards for total pesticides in soft drinks (0.5 ppb). Pepsi Cola contained 30 times higher residue on an average, while Coca-Cola contained 27 times higher than average.
Endorsed by JPC
The current study was conducted by the same Pollution Monitoring Laboratory of CSE that had tested the samples in 2003, and the methodology was endorsed by the JPC despite doubts raised by the cola companies over the veracity of the tests. This time further improvements had been made, and the laboratory now had ISO 9001:2000 quality management system accreditation and it was equipped with state-of-the-art GS-MS equipment, Ms. Narain said.
In February 2004, confirming the unsafe levels of pesticides in soft drinks, the JPC had directed the Government to set standards for these residues in the products. Since then, BIS has, in its sectional committee, met over 20 times to deliberate on the standards, and in October 2005 the standards were finalised.
Ms. Narain alleged that the final standards were being opposed by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on the ground that more research needed to be done. In this respect, she quoted a letter written by the Union Health Secretary to his counterpart in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. The letter was written on March 29, 2006 the day the standards were to be formally finalised. The standards were finalised, but not notified, Ms. Narain said.
Other heads of state will do same.
The First lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Second Lady; Samira Bawumia and other dignitaries shake hands with President Akufo-Addo.
He prays for good health for the president and the very best for Ghana.
He concluded by reiterating his best wishes to Akufo-Addo. He thanked the people of Ghana for receiving citizens of Cote D’Ivoire during difficult times.
He appealed to the political leaders as well as the citizenry to support president Akufo-Addo as he takes over as president.
“Indeed, with democracy there is no peace and without peace there is no sustainable development.”
He recounted the pleasant relationship they have had, adding that he is pleased with what they have achieved together for the consolidation of peace and security.
He said the people of ECOWAS will always be indebted to you for the important work he accomplished as chairperson of ECOWAS.
Preisdent of Cote d’Ivoire delivering his speech
“Long live Ghana, long live ECOWAS, Long live Africa.”
On behalf of the authority on heads of states and governments of COWAS we congratulate you, your vice president and the people of Ghana.
She looks forward to hosting Akufo Addo in may to Liberia in May when the heads of states summit will be held.
“We applaud your long time working commitment to peace and democracy.”
Madam Sirleaf says ECOWAS has no doubt that you continue the actions that makes Ghana a peaceful country.
“We welcome you to ECOWAS and look forward to the contributions you will bring to our discussions
“Actors may change from time to time, but the spirit of unity and peace of ECOWAS remains alive.”
“You Ghanaians make us proud,” she said.
She commended the Electoral Commission and all stakeholders for conducting preaceful, fair and transparent elections.
Congratulated President Mahama for his show of statesmanship and reminded him that he has a lot more to do even out of power.
“Thank you for demonstrating to all that indeed there is life after power,” she said.
President of Liberia and head of ECOWAS, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivering a goodwill message on behalf of ECOWAS.
Speech ends. Akufo-Addo walks back to sit on the presidential throne.
Thank you all for making me president and may God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.
Our nation will work when the marginalised and catered for and treated with respect.
There will be discipline for all and not just some.
I see exciting times ahead. The rule of all will be apllicable to all and not jsut some.
I assure you who that i will advance my conviction with civility. I will call for responsiblity. this is my solemn pledge.
“I ask you to be responsible citizens not spectators,” Akufo-Addo
It is time to dream again. We must create wealth ad restore happiness to our nation.
He reiterates that his governement will reduce taxes.
Ghana is open for business again, he said
President Akufo-Addo says he will protect the public purse.
He said public service is just that, service, and not an avenue for making money.
Akufo-Addo promises not to left the people of Ghana down as he takes over the affairs of the state.
Akufo-Addo commends ex president Mahama’s show of statesmanship when he conceeded defeat. He wished Mr Mahama and his family well.
“This is the day the Lord ahs made and we will rejoice in it,” President Akufo-Addo.
Akufo-Addo delivering his first speech as president.
The 21 gun salut by the military taking place to welcome the Commander in Chief. This is done by the military as way of showing their allegiance to the new president.
Akufo-Addo takes the oath of allegiance. He is led by Chief Justice Theodora Wood.
Dr Bawumia signing the book of oath. The book serves as evidence that he is vice president. The Chief Justice will also sign the book to give validity to the oath.
Dr Bawumia taking his oath of office. He is led by the Chief Justice.
Speaker invites Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood to administer the oath of office for vice-president-elect Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.
Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye is calling Parliament to order after he suspended the House last night. He will announce the dignitaries present and then the real event will begin.
Akufo-Addo takes his seat right beside the presidential stool. He will seat on the presidential stool after he is sworn in as president.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has arrived with his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo
President of Nigeria Mahamudu Buhari is also at the Square.
Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and his wife, Samira Bawumia have arrived at the Square.
Newly elected speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye has arrived at the Black Star Square.
Ex President John Dramani Mahama and his wife, Lordina Mahama as well as ex vice president Kwesi Amissah Arthur and his wife, Matilda Amissah Arthur are all present at the grounds.
Former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor together with their spouses are also seated.
Hundreds of people are expected at the Black Star Square for the official investiture of Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Saturday.
The event will feature parades and cultural display performed before the crowd that would be made up of some African heads of state and Presidents from some European countries.
Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn in by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood as required by Ghana’s Constitution.
President-elects are expected to be sworn in by January 7, a month after the nation’s general elections on December 7.
So far, 15 heads of state have arrived to grace the occasion, among them are presidents from Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Liberia, Equitorial Guinea, Togo.
There will also be representatives from 13 states across the world in the country to witness Akufo-Addo’s investiture.
President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouatara, who is a special guest to the ceremony arrived about 30 minutes ago.
The Inauguration Day schedule is below:
BRIGADIER GENERAL EMMANUEL OKYERE – NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere is a military engineer and holds an Executive
Master’s Degree in Governance and Leadership from GIMPA. He’s also a graduate of the
Ghana Military Academy, has a solid military background, having done almost 40 years
of distinguished service with the colours.
He served in various capacities in both the military and local government. He served as
the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly from 1995 to
1996; and from 2006 to 2010, he was the General Officer Commanding the Southern
JOSHUA KYEREMEH – NATIONAL SECURITY CO-ORDINATOR
Joshua Kyeremeh is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology, and a former Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). He
worked at the BNI for about 22 years, where he served at command levels in the
Northern, Upper East, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions. He also served as head of the
the Bureau. He rose to become the Deputy Director BNI and
ultimately, the Director BNI from 2005 to 2009.
AKOSUA FREMA OSEI-OPARE – CHIEF OF STAFF
Akosua Frema Opare, 69, is a development consultant and a
labour and employment expert, with 40 years of
experience in these fields. She holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Home Science from the University of Ghana, and
a Master’s degree in Foods, from the University of Guelph,
Canada. She was a lecturer at the University of Ghana,
Legon, from 1976-1982; Consultant for the United Nations
in the ‘Women in Fisheries’ programme in countries such as
Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Namibia. She was also
Deputy Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment
from 2005 to 2008, under the government of President
John Agyekum Kufuor. She was a two-term Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon.
She is married with 4 children.
NANA BEDIATUO ASANTE – SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT
Nana Bediatuo Asante is a 53 year old lawyer with over 20
years experience practicing law. He was educated in Ghana,
the United Kingdom and the United States, where he
obtained a Doctor of Law degree from the New York
University of Law. He was called to the bar in New York,
Ghana and is a member of both bars.
He is currently the Managing Partner at Ampem Chambers, a
corporate law firm in Ghana.
He is married with four children.
VICTOR NEWMAN – DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Victor Newman is 69 years old. He is an economist, consultant,
financial and research analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Agric Economics, with postgraduate qualifications in
development planning and budget and financial management. He
has worked at the Economic Research and Planning Services of the
Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Western Castings Limited, and
the Ghanaexim Economic Consultants. From 2008 till 2016, he has
served as the Director of Research for the President-Elect’s
He is married with four children.
FRANCIS ASENSO-BOAKYE – POLITICAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT & DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF
Francis Asenso-Boakye is 39 years old, and holds a B.Sc.
degree in Development Planning from the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has a
Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration
degree from the Michigan State University, and a
Certificate in Public Sector Management from Tulane
University, Louisiana, USA.
He is a development planning, project management, and
policy specialist, with over 15 years of wide-ranging
professional experience in his field, and has worked at
the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, Global
Media Alliance, Delta Acquisitions, USA, and the Ghana
Free Zones Board, amongst others. Francis AsensoBoakye has been Political Assistant to the President-Elect since 2008.
He is married with 3 children.
SAMUEL ABU JINAPOR – DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF
Samuel Abu Jinapor is 33 years old. He first graduated from
the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He earned a
Bachelor’s of Law from the Faculty of Law, University of
Ghana, in 2010, and was subsequently called to the Ghanaian
Bar as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana
in 2012. In addition, Mr. Jinapor is expected to earn a
Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) in Alternative Dispute
Resolution (ADR) from the Faculty of Law, University Of
Ghana, in May, 2017.
He is a member of the reputable commercial and corporate
law firm, Messrs. Kulendi @ Law. He has been, since, his
undergraduate days, a close aide of the President-Elchild
He is married with one child
AMBASSADOR HASSAN AHMED – DIRECTOR OF STATE PROTOCOL
Hassan Ahmed is 62 years old. He holds a Master’s Degree
from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and has
been a career diplomat with Ghana’s Diplomatic Service for
34 years, having served in Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Cuba and
Japan, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission. He was Chief
of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the
President-Elect was Foreign Minister. His last posting was to
the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he served as Ghana’s
Ambassador from 2008 to 2012.
In 2013, he took an appointment with the United Nations as
the Head of Office for the United Nations-African Union
Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Khartoum, Sudan, a
position he still holds.
He is married with four children.
EUGENE ARHIN – DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Eugene Arhin is 33 years old. He graduated from the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2006 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering. He
worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Materials
Engineering for a year, and joined the Danquah Institute as a
Research Analyst in 2008. He was with the Institute until
February 2014 when he became Press Secretary to the
President Elect.He is married with one child.
LORD OBLITEY COMMEY – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Lord Oblitey Commey, 48, is an accomplished entrepreneur and
an astute politician known for his tactical, operational and
organisational acumen. He was National Organiser of the New
Patriotic Party (NPP) for eight years. Prior to that, he served as
the Greater Accra Regional Secretary for the party.
In 2012, he was Director of Operations for the NPP presidential
campaign, and, in 2016, he worked in the office of the
President-Elect as the officer responsible for Monitoring and
He is married and has three children.
SARATU ATTA – PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
Saratu Atta is 53 years old. She is a graduate of the University
of Warwick, UK, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics
and International Studies. She worked as a Securities Trader at
First Securities Discount House in Lagos, Nigeria from 1993 –
1997, and then went on to establish her own security printing
company in Lagos. She was appointed NPP Campaign Secretary
in 2008, and has been Office Manager and Executive Assistant
to the President-Elect since 2009.She has one child
CLARA NAPAGA SULEMANA TIA – PRESIDENTIAL STAFFER
Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana is 30 years old. She is a
graduate of the University for Development Studies, and
holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated
Development studies, specialising in social, political and
historical studies. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs for a year, and has also worked on contract with
the Ghana Health service and the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on maternal health issues.Shewas a campaign aide to the President-Elect during the
2016 electioneering campaign.