- Benjamin Azamati has broken Ghana’s 100m record
- The 22-year old record was broken when the sprinter won in less than 10 seconds
- Benjamin becomes the first Ghanaian world over to go under 10 seconds in 2021
Ghana, for the first time in 22 years, has had her 100 meters Olympic Games record defeated by no other than Sprinter, Benjamin Azamati.
Benjamin Azamati, broke Leo Myles-Mills’ long standing Ghana national record in the 100m and booked a place at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
This also makes Azamati the first man to go under 10.00s in 2021 world over.
He becomes the 3rd Ghanaian athlete to book a ticket to Tokyo after 100m and 200m runner Joseph Paul Amoah and triple jump athlete Nadia Eke.
In other news.
The Finance Minister-Designate, Ken Ofori Attah, says he was appointed by the President based on experience and not merit.
Taking his turn at the appointment committee , the finance minister-designate, stated that even though he had family and friends in the Akufo-Addo administration, their expertise and contribution to economic development were all that matter.
Ken Ofori Attah made these comments when the Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, Muntaka Mubarak, questioned him on his relations with Gabby Otchere Darko and other members of the presidency.
“Yes, Gabby is by cousin, but this does not take away what I have to offer and my expertise, Mr. Chairman,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister-nominee, Ken Ofori-Atta has stated that his key focus in becoming the minister is to reduce revenue lost to tax exemptions.
According to him, despite a lack of significant action in the last four years under his tenure his focus is still the same.
Answering to questions during his vetting, Ofori-Atta said under revenue generation, the issue of tax exemptions, alongside harnessing revenue from property rates and digitalisation “are going to be key areas for me.”
In March 2019, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta submitted the Tax Exemptions Bill to Parliament.
Cabinet also amended the process for approving exemptions to include compulsory clearance by the Ministry.
In other news, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the assurance that the government is working hard to purchase some 42 million additional COVID-19 doses by the close of 2021.
According to him, talks on the vaccine are far advanced to get them into the country.
This he said goes to say that by the end of the year, the entire adult population would be vaccinated.
“Government remains on course to procuring a total of 42 million vaccines to achieve its target of 20 million vaccinated Ghanaians by the end of the year,” the President said.
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