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I Would Have Been Single And Childless If Not For Mahama – Appiah Stadium

Maverick Kumasi-based serial caller of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Frank Appiah affectionately called Appiah Stadium has revealed that he owes much of his life to former President John Dramani Mahama.

He indicates that but for the intervention of the former president, he would still have been single with no child indicating that the president did a lot in transforming his life.

“If not for John Mahama, I would have no kid to call me father. He isn’t a herbalist or a pregnancy specialist but NPP activists humiliated me on air concerning the then barrenness of my wife…,”

“It was John Mahama who assigned a special doctor to examine her and after she conceived more than once…If John Mahama doesn’t come back, I will organize some people so we go and bring him back to contest against the NPP party. John Mahama must be respected…” he disclosed on Accra-based Fm.

Appiah Stadium has recently accused members of the NDC of trying to sabotage the return of former president John Dramani Mahama as the party’s flagbearer for 2020.

He was also reported to have claimed that former Communications Director at the Presidency, Koku Anyidoho took advantage of the ill health of the late President John Evans Atta Mills to sign fraudulent documents.

A livid Appiah Stadium threatened to expose the details of the shoddy deals if Mr Anyidoho dares him.

He wondered why Koku Anyidoho would work against the former President John Dramani Mahama’s bid to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2020 elections.

His comments come on the back of NDC’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Yunyoo constituency, Joseph Naabu who has chastised the former President John Dramani Mahama of being the cause of the party’s defeat in 2016 elections saying he is not the best bet for the party in 2020.

John Dumelo Caught With State Car

National Security operatives have caught popular movie actor John Dumelo with a vehicle belonging to the state and retrieved it from a spraying shop.

Dumelo was allegedly attempting to conceal the identity of the black V8 Toyota Land Cruiser with registration GE 8118 –16 when the operatives pounced on it at a garage at Abelemkpe in Accra where it had purportedly been sent for re-spraying.

The vehicle, with chassis number JTMHVOJ2F4159829, 2015 model with full option, has been parked at the Office of the President Annex for almost one month.

When the operatives invited him to the garage, he reportedly panicked and shook like rain-beaten chick, before surrendering the expensive vehicle without any protest.

The operatives, upon a tip-off, swooped on the garage a couple of weeks ago and got hold of the auto mechanic who told them that the vehicle belonged to John Dumelo.

He was then telephoned to come to the garage and upon arrival, he’s reported to have first said that he bought the V8 from a car dealer, Svani Company Limited, and claimed he was yet to complete the payment.

The operatives then keyed in the chassis number into a centralized computer system but the results showed that the vehicle was registered in the name of the National Security Secretariat which is a property of the Government of Ghana.

Sensing he was getting into trouble, he’s reported to have quickly changed his story, claiming that it was former First Lady Lordina Mahama who had given the V8 to him.

The security operatives immediately decided to crosscheck from the First Lady to ascertain the facts but the actor (Dumelo) reportedly pleaded with them to stop and just take the vehicle away.

The operatives’ checks at Svani Motors along the Spintex Road indicated that the company imported the vehicle for the National Security Council Secretariat and that the company is one of the several auto dealers used by the government to import vehicles for the state.

When the security personnel got to the garage, the vehicle had been dismantled and was going through re-modeling, including re-spraying – with parts allegedly imported from Dubai.

John Dumelo was said to have brought some spare parts from Dubai to enhance the looks of the vehicle.

DAILY GUIDE sources say he reportedly got two V8s from the NDC government, with his girlfriend driving one of them.

When he was asked to direct the operatives to the whereabouts of the other vehicle, he pleaded with them to allow him to travel to London and return to produce it.

According to sources, Dumelo had released the other V8 which is believed to be ash in colour to his girlfriend who is currently using it. He told the operatives that he was going to return it after the girlfriend had returned from a trip she had used it for. As at press time yesterday, the second vehicle had not been returned.

John Dumelo’s Reaction

When he was reached via telephone for his comments yesterday, John Dumelo said, “I wouldn’t like to comment about it.”

In 2012, he appeared subtly in the NDC campaign that saw Mr. Mahama winning the election in a controversial fashion following the sudden death of President John Evans Atta Mills.

He was very active during the 2016 election which sent the NDC packing into opposition; he was seen on several platforms campaigning for the party prior to the poll.

He was reportedly appointed operations director for ‘Agenda For Mahama’ – a pro-NDC youth group – and was given unfettered access to the various senior high schools (SHS) to campaign for President Mahama, although the NDC government had made it look as if he was on tour to campaign for a peaceful election.

De-Facto Youth Leader

At a point the NDC turned John Dumelo into a de-facto NDC National Youth Organizer and was made to speak at party programmes even after people like the founder, Jerry John Rawlings, had addressed the crowd.

He emphatically stated that then NPP flag bearer and now president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, could never be president because Mr. Mahama was going to retain power.

One of his Twitter followers asked him ,“@johndumelo1 what do you think about nana addo becoming the president of Ghana?” and this was John’s response:

“I have nothing against Nana Addo, but I only see one person being sworn in come January 2017 and it’s not him (Nana).”

Missing Vehicles

Last week, J. Ayikoi Otoo who was the Chairman of the Asset and Vehicles Committee for the NPP’s side of the transition team, confirmed that about 234 vehicles out of the list of over 700 vehicles presented to the NPP government by the opposition NDC were missing.

“We were able to identify 67 vehicles not listed, and so if you deduct the 67 vehicles from the 301 missing vehicles, we still have 234 vehicles that could not be accounted for so the figure that came from Mr. Arhin’s office is correct, and if they want me as the Chair to confirm, I am confirming, and I am saying the figure is over 200,” he told the presidential press corps.

 

Bribery Scandal: My Conscience Is Clear – Ablakwa

North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said he spoke the truth when he appeared before the Joe Ghartey Committee in regards to the bribery allegation levelled against the First Deputy Speaker of parliament, Joe Osei-Owusu, in connection with the vetting of Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko.

It would be recalled that the Speaker has set up a committee chaired by Mr Ghartey to investigate the bribery claims against the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament who was allegedly used as a conduit to bribe members of the Appointments Committee to pass Mr Boakye Agyarko as Minister of Energy.

The deadline for submitting the report has elapsed, but speaking to Class News, Mr Ablakwa, a key witness in the matter, said his conscience was clear because he spoke the truth when he appeared before the committee.

“As I stand before you, I have a clear conscience. Before God and man, I did not bear any false witness. I only spoke the truth and I know that I’m on the side of the truth and I sleep very peacefully when I go to bed every night because I spoke the truth. I bore no false witness against anybody. I have a very clear conscience and I’m not going to comment on the report and I’m not going to comment on the work of the Joe Ghartey committee until such a time that the Speaker lifts his embargo and we are able to discuss the report,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Mr Osei-Owusu, on whose insistence the Joe Ghartey committee was set up, believed the report would exonerate him.

He also asked the public to give the committee all the time they need to do a good job.

“I would have wished that it (the report) would have been completed by now, but I understand the exigencies of the work in parliament. All the members of the committee are also members of substantive committees. This is budget time and, before the budget, we went to State of the Nation debate. The clerks that are serving them are also serving other committees, so I understand the exigencies of the work here and I think it’s important they get the space to do what is right. Nobody should force them, nobody should push them. Let them take all the time they need. Even though parliament allowed them four weeks, I understand the previous week or so somebody said he had fresh evidence. If you don’t listen, it will become a basis for impugning the integrity of the report so we should give everybody the time and the space to provide whatever evidence that they have so that in the end you have a conclusion to the matter,” he stated.

“Supporting The Arts Is An Important Focus of Mine”- President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged his government’s support to resource the creative industry to enable them to effectively play their role in national development.

The President bemoaned that fact although the creative arts play an important role in the development of any nation, that sector is often neglected.

He also lamented the fact that most of Ghana’s books and history were either written or published by foreigners.

“Today, the most beautiful books on Ghana’s culture are predominantly written by foreigners or published aboard“.

To end this phenomenon, the President said his government intends to provide the needed resources and support the local book industry and to promote local authorship.

“My government has put in place plans to promote the literary arts by encouraging our writers and publishers to produce books that portray our culture,” he said.

The President made these commitments at the 10th Anniversary of Ghana International School’s annual drama night.

He reiterated the fact every nation is defined by its arts, culture customs and traditions and “Without acknowledging them we stand unable to face the rest of the world, unable to face ourselves”

“And it is for this reason that supporting the arts, ie giving arts and culture the requisite attention and incentives to flourish is an important focus of mine”, he added.

In furtherance of this, the President promised his government’s commitment to building ultra-modern theaters Takoradi, Tamale and Kumasi.

He stated that although Ghana is blessed with creative artists who are respected worldwide, the country has not done enough in awarding them appropriately.

He emphasised that in other parts of the world, creative artist are able not just to make a comfortable living of their work, but are among the highest earners in their respectively because their countries made proper provisions for them to thrive.

Why I Was Kidnapped Twice – Mr Ibu

Popular Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has disclosed why he was kidnapped on two occasions.

Mr Ibu said he had been kidnapped more than once, noting that he became a regular customer of kidnappers.

The comic actor said he was abducted twice because the kidnappers thought he was rich, adding that he would no longer show off on social media platforms to avoid being kidnapped again.

Speaking on The Gist show aired by Hiptv, Mr. Ibu disclosed that he chose to exhibit a modest lifestyle on and off the TV because of his past ordeals in the hands of kidnappers.

He said, “They say our job is about packaging but that does not apply to some of us again.

“Packaging no longer matters in the entertainment industry because of the fear of kidnappers, who could be made to believe that we are rich as being paraded on the screen.”

Ghana To Host Miss World Pageant

As part of the 60th Independence Day anniversary celebrations, there is the possibility Ghana might play host to the Miss World Beauty pageant this year.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Abu Jinapor, at the official launch of Miss Ghana @ 6O pageant held at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in Accra yesterday.

Speaking at the event, Mr Jinapor who also serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Planning Committee of Ghana@ 60 celebrations said the government is loyal in projecting a positive image of the country through the celebrations and the Miss Ghana brand is one of the suitable platforms to use to achieve the purpose.

Since the maiden Miss Ghana pageant in 1957 which was officially launched by the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the beauty pageant has been used to groom and train young ladies who have engaged in various developmental projects which have been beneficial to the country.

“The President has endorsed this venture and is committed to make this dream a reality. After 60 years, we can take the opportunity to sell the Ghanaian brand and I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to private organisations and Corporate Ghana to come on board and help fund the project.

“The Minister of Tourism and the organisers will be in charge of lobbying to make it happen. However, hosting Miss World involves a lot and if that could be attained, it will take the collective interest of all to make it successful. I want to employ all Ghanaians to come on board to make this celebration worthwhile,” he stated.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku reiterated the government’s support for Miss Ghana @ 60 and congratulated the efforts of past beauty queens in using their status to promote the country.

She acknowledged that the role of women in national development could not be underrated and as such, Miss Ghana must be supported to continue its good work of discovering beautiful and ambitious young ladies who play their part in the growth of the country.

Ms Inna Mariam Patty, CEO of Exclusive Events Ghana, organisers of the Miss Ghana pageant expressed her appreciation to the various governments who have significantly played roles in building the Miss Ghana brand.

She said 60 years of hosting the pageant is no mean achievement and could be attributed to the support it has enjoyed from Ghanaians.

According to Ms Patty a former Miss Ghana winner, the core idea, Beauty with a Purpose, has not changed though. “The role of women in society keeps evolving. There is, therefore, the need for a platform to showcase the emerging and challenging roles of women today,” she said.

The Miss Ghana beauty pageant was started by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 as an initiative to offer the “Independent” Ghanaian woman a platform to positively impact society.

It is the biggest and oldest national beauty pageant in Ghana. The winner represents the country at the Miss World pageant.

Monica Amekoafia who won in 1957 was the first Miss Ghana. Ghana debuted at the Miss World pageant with Star Nyaniba Anna in 1959.

The official launch attracted past beauty queens who were present to lend their support.

Gospel Star Ernest Opoku Denies Using Juju

Gospel musician Ernest Opoku has denied ever using black magic in his music career.

His denial follows a video that went viral recently with a self-acclaimed prophetess warning Mr Opoku to stop using charms.

In an interview with Hit FM’s Franky 5 on This Is Gospel, the musician refuted claims of using charms and accused the woman of peddling falsehood.

“You can’t just sit down and make baseless allegations about someone while it is not true.

“I do not use any charms; I do not know where to even consult fetish priests. I want the whole world to know all that what the woman said are lies,” he added.

Mr Opoku emphatically stated that he does not know the woman and has never spoken or been in contact with her before.

According to him, he had tried to contact the woman via social media so they could meet, but has not received any reply yet.

“I do not know who she is or where she is from, I sent a reply to her on Facebook but she is yet to reply. What I want is to meet her one on one so she shows me where I got my black magic from and also to reveal to me the fetish priest I consulted,” he stated.

Ernest Opoku urged his fans to disregard the unidentified woman’s utterances because she is hungry for fame and wants to ride on his back.

The musician who is currently in New York is hopeful he would win the male vocalist of the year award at this year’s Ghana Music Awards.

TRAILER: Actor Removes Tracey Boakye’s Underwear With His Teeth

Actress cum producer, Tracey Boakye and the cast for her new movie, The Devil Between My Legs are done with shooting for the film.

A trailer of the movie has been released and it showcases actor Samuel Ofori removing the a blue underwear of Tracey Boakye in a dark place.

What continued after that action is best watched than told in the full movie, The Devil Between My Legs.

The Devil Between My Legs’ directed by actor and movie director Samuel Ofori we hear will be premiered soon in Ghana.

Peacefmonline is reliably informed that this intense-filled dramatic film from Shakria Movies will be premiered at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi on Easter Monday, April 17.

It features stars like Van Vicker, Tracey Boakye, Samuel Ofori, Kani Gloria, Jessica Williams, Louisa Adinkra and many others.

Watch the trailer of The Devil Between My Legs below:

Ola Michael Condemns Free Film Streaming

Former Public Relations Officer of the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), Michael Ola, has threatened severe actions against certain persons who have begun uploading and streaming Ghanaian movies free of charge on social media platform, Facebook.

Speaking with to Showbiz last Friday, Michael Ola condemned the action of the streamers, one of whom has uploaded over 40 Ghanaian movies on his social media pages and streams them to thousands of followers online.

According to Michael Ola, he has taken steps to report the users to Facebook for copyright violation and though a few of these pages have been blocked by Facebook, the page of the alleged biggest offender who goes by the name, Daakyehene Nana Osei, was still active.

“When this news first came to my notice, I reported the pages of some of these streamers to Facebook and they were blocked.

However, the most prolific one belonging to Daakyehene was only blocked for a couple of days and it’s back online with even more followers,” he said.

Michael Ola questioned why Facebook revived the page when the owner of the page was blatantly violating the copyright of many movie producers in this country.

“I have no idea why the page came back online. That’s because I once used an artiste’s song for an advert and Facebook took down the advert and asked me to provide proof that I had permission from the artiste to use the song. Why then is this guy’s page online when he obviously does not own the movies?” he asked.

Michael Ola said he had reported the matter to the Ghana Police Service but they have expressed their inability to take action since the offender lives outside the country.

“I am monitoring the situation closely and arranging for the arrest of this guy the moment he sets foot in this country. He cannot be allowed to deprive movie producers of their hard-earned money simply to gain followers on Facebook.

As it stands, videos on Facebook do not earn any revenue so what this guy is doing is simply depriving film producers of income just to gain followers for his page,” he said.

Showbiz checks revealed that several Ghanaian movies, both old and new, including titles like Ebe Sesa and Double Trouble, are on Daakyehene’s Facebook timeline.

Giovani Caleb And Wife Welcome New Baby (PHOTO)

Media Personality Giovani Caleb is a father.

His wife, Mrs. Belinda Adjomah gave birth to a baby girl yesterday.

She posted a photo on Instagram of her daughter clad in pink holding on to her finger with the caption: “21.3.17 God of wonders.”

The Starr FM Presenter is yet to make an official announcement about the new addition to his family.

The couple got married in May 2016.

Metro Mass Bus Catches Fire At Kasoa (VIDEO)

A Metro Mass Transit bus with registration number GR 5182-15 was completely burnt by fire on Wednesday, March 22.

The fire on the Cape Coast-bound bus started when the vehicle got to Opeikuma junction and the 35 passengers on bound had to alight to escape the heat.

It took the intervention of personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to douse the inferno.

A passenger travelling on the bus told Accra FM that the bus took off from Kaneshie and the engine went off when the vehicle got to Sakaman junction.

“However, the driver did not get down to check the reason for the car’s sudden stop. When he started the engine, there were strange noises from the tyres but we still continued the journey. When we got to the [Opeikuma] junction, one tyre burst, so all the passengers decided to alight. Few minutes later, thick smoke started emerging from beneath the bus. When we checked, it was fire,” he narrated.

According to him, most of the luggage were retrieved from the car and no passenger was hurt in the incident, but the vehicle was completely burnt.

Metro Mass bus catches fire at Kasoa.

Posted by GhanaWeb on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AMA Calls For The Removal Of Structures

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has called on owners of structures on government lands to immediately remove them to prevent them from being demolished.

It mentioned some of the lands being encroached on as the East Legon Green Belt, the land along the Odaw River, Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama, Mensah Guinea, the Railway Station (Kwame Nkrumah Circle) VIP Terminal, the stretch from Avenor to Sikkens Bridge, Agbogbloshie, Glefe and Chemunaa.

A statement signed by Numo Blafo, the Head of Public Affairs, AMA, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said last year the AMA demolished unauthorised structures in those areas to allow for the free-flow of water to avert disaster but the people were rebuilding.

It cautioned hawkers to desist from plying their trade on and under footbridges for the free flow of traffic.

The statement said hawking on the road was against AMA Street Hawking Bye-Laws 2011 and the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2008 (Act 761) Section 29(2).

It called on vehicle owners to remove their abandoned cars on pavements and road shoulders and desist from turning the pavements into mechanical shops and garages.

The AMA warned that if the owners failed to heed to the call the vehicles would be towed and offenders surcharged

Marwako Pepper Man Runs For Cover

Lawyers for the Abelemkpe Branch Manager of Marwako eatery, Jihad Chaaban, have filed an application for disclosure directed at state prosecutors to furnish the defense team with all documents they intend to rely on for their prosecution.

According to Augustine Asafo Adjei, the request if granted, would assist them to put up a more informed defense for their client.

Jihad, 26, is before the court over an assault case.

The accused person is reported to have dipped the head of Evelyn Boakye, an employee of the facility, into blended pepper on February 26, 2017.

According to the prosecution led by Chief Inspector H.A. Hanson, the accused offensively conducted himself when he angrily called the complainant a “prostitute.”

Jihad is facing an additional charge of intentionally and unlawfully causing harm to Evelyn when he reportedly dipped her head in the blended pepper.

At the hearing of the case yesterday at the Abeka District Court in Accra, Chief Inspector H.A. Hanson opposed the application.

But the trial magistrate, Ms. Victoria Ghansah, ordered the prosecution to file their statement in opposition first thing this morning while both parties are expected to return to court at 1:00 pm today for the determination of the latest twist to the Marwako trial.

Meanwhile, the much anticipated further cross-examination of Evelyn Boakye has been shelved.

At the last sitting, the defence lawyers had expressed doubt over the actual substance the accused is alleged to have dipped the face of the victim into.

Augustine had claimed that the substance for which his client has been dragged before the court is a “sauce” but not raw pepper.

He said the material being a mixture of garlic, pepper, onions, ginger and tomatoes could not be described as pepper.

Joe Ghartey Committee To Submit Report

The five-member ad-hoc committee set up by parliament to look into the bribery allegation against the leadership of the Appointments Committee of Parliament is now ready to prepare its final report and present it to the plenary on Wednesday, March 29, subject to approval by the Business Committee.

It met yesterday and accordingly took fresh evidences from some members who applied to present them (evidences).
DAILY GUIDE on Tuesday reported that work of the ad-hoc committee chaired by the former second deputy speaker of parliament and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikado/Ketan, Joe Ghartey, had stalled because some members had decided to present fresh evidences to the committee in relation to the bribery allegation against the chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu.

The committee was finalising its work until the application for fresh evidences was made and for that matter, the committee sat yesterday to admit those evidences.

A communication from the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament and signed by Kate Addo, the acting director, said yesterday’s sitting took evidences from three witnesses but did not mention the names of those witnesses.

The committee was set up by the speaker of parliament following allegation by a member of the Appointments Committee and National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, that the then Minister-designate for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, gave each of the minority members on the Appointments Committee an amount of GH¢3,000 to facilitate the approval of the nominee.

The Bawku Central MP said the alleged bribe was channeled through the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joe Osei-Owusu, and the minority chief whip, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka; but the two leaders in parliament have vehemently denied such allegation.

The then minister-designate has also denied giving any bribe to facilitate his approval after the minority MPs had warned that they would not endorse his approval for tagging the former president, John Mahama, as corrupt when he appeared before the Appointments Committee.

Members of the public are very much anxious of the outcome of the ad-hoc committee’s work; and now the nation has been assured that the report will be presented to the House on March 29.

I Am Very Happy Akufo-Addo Is President – Former NDC Chairman

Former national chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Kwabena Adjei says he is very happy that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been elected President of Ghana.

To him, Nana Addo’s age [72years] makes him an endowed person with lots of experience to lead the country.

“I’m happy because he comes with a wealth of experience that will help and then a certain respectability from the elder people,” Dr Adjei said in a radio interview on Wednesday night on Accra based Starr FM.

Speaking to Bola Ray on his Starr Chat programme, Dr Adjei talked about varied issues, which in his view resulted in the defeat of the NDC in the 2016 Elections and how he lost his position as chairman of the party after leading it for 9 years.

To him, delegates of the NDC allowed their conscience to be influenced with money and hence they voted him out since he was not prepared to offer them money, something he said if not stopped, posed a great danger to the democracy of the country.

He said President Mahama for instance surrounded himself with “inexperienced” appointees who thought that people like Dr Kwabena Adjei was too old to be playing a part in the NDC’s campaign.

”Now it is like, he is too old, he is 74, so we the young ones must take over. You [Bola Ray] the young one sitting here if I ask you the history of Ghana, you will not be able to tell me,” Dr Adjei asked.

Following from this comment, Bola Ray asked him whether he was happy that President Akufo-Addo was in power.

His response was “Yes! I’m very happy because, you go to the net, [internet] and find out the number of leaders in the world, from 90 down… Mugabe, Queen Elizabeth right down, Trump is there, Buhari is there, I’m happy Akufo-Addo is in, he is my age, I’m older than Akufo-Addo by a few months.”

Following this, he also said he was not surprised that the NDC lost the election and that the party was certain to lose the elections after delegates failed to re-elect him [Adjei] for another term as chairman of the party.

“I wasn’t surprised [the NDC lost]…because when they [delegates] voted me out in Kumasi they voted the party out. It was a done deal [that the NPP will win]. I am not superstitious but I came to the party with my own style…and I had a way of relating to the people.”

Dr. Adjei popularly known by his peers as ‘Nkonya Terminator’ a.k.a. ‘Wayo Wayo’ said members of the party cut him out of the party’s campaign machinery and was prevented on several occasions from meeting the president to advise him on how to handle things.

“Nobody involved me in the campaign, I involved myself…no I wasn’t invited…I tried to get access to the President and I didn’t get access, when I noticed things were going wrong, I tried and tried and tried but I didn’t get access so I mobilized myself…and did what I could do,” the 74-year-old said.

[VIDEO] Ghost Of Daasebre Gyemenah Wants Reburial So He Can Rest In Peace – Family

Paternal family of late High Life Star Dasebre Gyamenah has disclosed that the music icon though buried has been appealing to old-time friends to ensure that he is buried again at where he was born.

At the death of Dasebre, his paternal and maternal family were divided in reaching an agreement on how, when and where the deceased should be buried. Their disagreement ended in the law court which birthed the decision for Daasebre to be buried at Anomabo Ndasimam in the Central Region which happened successfully.

However, the paternal family has a planned a new funeral for Daasebre with reason being that the deceased has been appearing to friends in their dreams, pleading with them to help him rest in peace by having a new funeral for him.

Godfred Oti and S.A. Owusu Boakye who are paternal uncles to Dasebre said “People tell us that he appears to them in dreams insisting we perform his funeral rites in Koforidua. He was born in Koforidua. He grew up and lived most of his life there. He built a house there. He stayed in Koforidua and he lived all his life there but was buried in Fante land (Central Region). ”

Watch full interview below of the paternal family laying bare the details of the funeral.

 

Ahouf3 Patri Speaks Like Robot With Dead Batteries…

Beautiful Ghanaian actress Priscila Opoku-Agyemang has carved a niche for her self in the movie industry as someone to watch out for, but her latest lead role in Delay’s Cocoa Brown Tv Series has attracted some criticisms.

Some hold the view that she is the replicate of Delay in the movie hence her character/role must match Delay’s extremely confident, eloquent and blunt demeanor which she lacks in the episodes aired so far.

In a twitter discussion of the view that the star-studded Cocoa Brown Tv series is actually interesting than the loud criticism it receives, a twitter user with the handle  @Jay_Kophy who appears to be watching the Series often, rather affirmed Cocoa Brown is actually boring because of how Ahoufe Patri talks.

 

Kofi Asamoah of Kofas Media somewhere last year has reportedly quit directing the series which now airs on Gh One Tv.

Moesha Boduong, Blaque Boy, Caroline Sampson, Root i, Shatta Michy, Eunice Banini, Akorfa Edjeani, Ahuofi Patricia, Kwaku Elliot, D Cryme, Nana Boroo and Evelyn Addo popularly known as Nina are all cast in the series.

No Tribe Is Not Dead – Nacee

For years now, gospel music group No Tribe has not been vibrant which has made many conclude that the group has collapsed.

The two leading members of the group, Nacee and Lord Bondize are rarely seen together performing at events as they used to when the group was active.

Lord organised an event this year and Nacee was not one of the headline acts and that sort of confirmed that the two are no more. Again, many have said the group is no more since Nacee is always in the news about his own projects and concert but the music producer says that is far from the truth.

The ‘Onaapo’ composer had a verbal war with Hitz FM’s Gloria Akpene Nyarko aka MzGee over the current state of the music group during an interview days ago. Nana Osei told Multimedia’s MzGee that No Tribe is busily preparing to release an album but the presenter failed to agree with him.

When MzGee listed several instances to prove that No Tribe is no more, Nacee also gave innumerable reasons to back his point that the group is still active.

According to the musician, the group takes three to four years to prepare an album so Ghanaians should keep their fingers crossed because they have something coming.

Read the conversation between Nacee and MzGee on whether No Tribe is collapsed or not below:

Nacee: No Tribe is there, we are getting ready to release an album.

MzGee: It looks like that is the same thing you keep saying every time we ask about No Tribe.

Nacee: Do you believe?

MzGee: I don’t believe anymore because Nacee is growing far away and far higher and bigger than No Tribe and I fear that the group can’t stand.

Nacee: If you have been following No Tribe, our first album was out in 2007, the next was out in 2010 and the last in 2014. So you just do the mathematics for the years we use to record album. The first is about three years and the second is about four years and from 2014 till now is just three years.

MzGee: My worry now is that the brand Nacee is growing bigger than the group. You’ve left your children behind and you are running faster than them and we are almost forgetting that you have children.

Nacee: No.! After the children are born, you take them to school and now they are lecturers on their own so they should be able to take care of themselves even if their father is not available.

MzGee: So what you mean is that you are waiting for the group to do things on their own?

Nacee: Now No Tribe is not 100% in my hands as I used to control and manage things. I have handled other things to professionals for them to also push the group to other levels so I don’t want things to be autocratic in the sense that when I say it is final.

MzGee: But do you notice that the group is dying?

Nacee: No, no.

MzGee: When was the last time you had a show?

Nacee: The purpose of No tribe is to feed the church praise and worship and we are still fulfilling the reason why the group was born. So it is not always being out there makes us relevant. Where we have to go and preach and sing the word, we are doing it.

Don Jazzy Explains Split With D’banj

Mo Hits records was by far one of Africa’s most successful record labels churning out superstars like D’banj, Wande Coal, D’Prince and many more. Behind the chart-topping record label were founders D’banj and Don Jazzy.

For years, the pair would release numerous number one records, solidifying their global status as hit makers in the international music scene.

“It was the most beautiful relationship ever. I do not think there has ever been a relationship that has lasted this long. We were together for over eight years,” Don Jazzy said as he sat down with Forbes Africa correspondent, Peace Hyde.

With the growing success, came the pressures of money, fame and soon, the dynamic duo’s loyalty was tested when a once in a lifetime opportunity came knocking. The group caught the attention of Kanye West and Rocafella records who made them an offer they couldn’t refuse, to join the infamous and highly successful American record label. It was a dream come true for D’banj, however, Don Jazzy believed that they should have taken a more cautious approach.

“I didn’t think we were ready for that level. It may take me a long time to get there but when the time is right I know it will be perfect. There was no way of joining the roc and taking my other artistes along with me and I couldn’t leave them behind and we need to be in position where we could make the right demands,” Don Jazzy added.

The pair had to take the difficult decision of going their separate ways after years of making hits together. The day was the worst day in business for Don Jazzy who shared his experiences with Peace Hyde on the Forbes Africa TVShow. His experiences led him to take a different approach with the way he runs his new record empire, Supreme Mavin Dynasty.

“I now make sure I have three year contracts with all my artistes after which they understand they are free to do whatever they want,” he disclosed. With new artistes like Korede Bello, Reekado Banks and Tiwa Savage under his imprint, Don Jazzy proves that he is still the most successful music mogul on the continent and his worst day is far behind him.

Parts Of Kasoa Highway To Be Closed For Asphalting

Engineers working on the Kasoa Interchange have served notice to temporarily close a portion of the N1-Kasoa highway from Wednesday, March 22 to Wednesday, March 29.

The closure is to allow for sealing of a make-shift U-turn right before the Kasoa Police Station “and also for the final asphalting of the Southern Part of the Western Highway Extension by Queiroz Galv?o construction”.

Diversions have been created for motorists.

Motorists driving from Winneba, Cape Coast and beyond towards Accra “can either use the Western By Pass to get to Accra or still drive through Kasoa and take RIGHT TURN upon reaching Amanfrom quarters to join the dualised road towards Accra”.

Police and safety personnel are expected to be on hand to assist motorists.

41 Police Recruits Sacked For Forgery

Forty-one police trainees have been dismissed from police training schools for allegedly using fake certificates to get recruited into the Ghana Police Service.

Out of the number, 22 trainees were dismissed from the Puwalugu Police Training School in the Upper East Region, 10 from the Kumasi Police Training School in the Ashanti Region, five from the Police Training School in the Greater Accra Region, two from the Police Training School in Koforidua, Eastern Region, while two were from the Ho Police Training School in the Volta Region.

The affected trainees, who have been arrested, were recruited on November 15, 2016 and had been in the training schools for the past four months.

The police trainees, who have been granted police bail, are said to have either altered results on their certificates or changed the names on the certificates.

Others were also found to have submitted certificates belonging to the opposite sex.

Investigations

Briefing the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the Director of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Mr Cephas Arthur, said the dismissal of the recruits was part of background investigation being undertaken by the Police Administration to prevent undesirable persons from the Ghana Police Service.

He said the process would continue to the end of the six-month training process for the newly recruited personnel in the various police training schools across the country.

“We are still doing background checks on the recruits that we have in our training schools and anytime we stumble on any fact that will make someone unsuitable to be a police officer, we will expel the person,” he said.

Verification

As part of the process to verify some of the academic credentials of the trainees, Mr Arthur said, the documents of the trainees were forwarded to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for assessment and verification and some of them were found to have been forged.

He said the trainees dismissed from the Police Training School in Kumasi had been put before the Kumasi Circuit Court and granted bail by the court to reappear next week.

The others, he said, who had also been charged for impersonation and forgery of documents, among other offences, had been granted police enquiry bail, while they were being processed for court.

Mr Arthur cautioned that the law would be brought to bear on all the expelled recruits for forging their academic documents, an act which was a criminal offence, and for deceiving public officers in the submission of their documents to be recruited into the Ghana Police Service.

Background

To qualify for police training, applicants are required to have obtained a WAEC certificate or higher, be Ghanaians between the ages of 18 and 25.

Applicants must also have an average height of 173 centimetres or 5.8 feet for males and 165 centimetres and 5.4 feet for females. Additionally, they should have no criminal record and be medically fit.

In February 2017, the Police Administration dismissed 206 new recruits who were undergoing training at the Pwalugu Police Training School in the Upper East Region because they did not meet the academic requirements for recruitment into the service.

Ghana Football Has No Direction – Avram Grant

Former Ghana coach Avram Grant has blasted the Ghana Football Association, claiming that football in the country lacks direction. Grant was handed the opportunity to manage the Black Stars, but his reign can be best described as unfulfilling.

His last flop was a frustrating fourth place finish, to the dismay of 25 million Ghanaians, at the 2017 Afcon in Gabon.

Barely a month after the expiration of his contract he shared his thoughts on the team and the future.

“With these great talent at the youth level especially, they deserve a treatment in the highest level today.

“Key subject is about direction and policies and Ghana need to continue with the process that it started with.

“Germany is a typical example and in 2014 they won the World Cup because they paid much attention to policies and directions from the scratch,” he added.

AMA Embarks On Massive Demolition Exercise Today

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has served noticed that it will commence a major operation to demolish illegal structures on government lands in parts of the capital from Wednesday, March 22.

In a statement, the AMA warned owners of structures along the Odaw River, Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama, the East Legon Green Belt, Mensah Guinea, Railway Station (around circle VIP Terminal), the stretch from Avenor to the Sikkens Bridge and other areas to remove them immediately before Wednesday’s operation.

The AMA in the statement also stated that the unauthorized parking of vehicles on pavements and roads especially by mechanical shops and car garage owners are to desist from such practices and remove all vehicles either on repairs or abandoned from the shoulders of roads.

According to the AMA, its officials will clamp and tow such vehicles and surcharge the offenders for the cost of removal.

Below is the full AMA statement

PRESS RELEASE

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) wishes to remind the general public especially all those who are putting up structures on government reserved lands such as along the Odaw River, Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama, the East Legon Green Belt, Mensah Guinea, Railway Station (around circle VIP Terminal), the stretch from Avenor to the Sikkens Bridge, Agbogloshie ,Glefe and Chemunaa where structures were removed last year and left fallow to enhance the ongoing dredging project to remove them immediately.

Furthermore, hawkers who have turned footbridges and the under-pass of over-head bridges into trading points are to stop these activities now. All those who are selling on pavements and roads in the Metropolis are being reminded that their activities are contrary to AMA Street Hawking bye-laws 2011.
While those hawking in the middle of the road are breaking the above mentioned bye-laws as well as the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2008(Act 761) Section 29(2).

All are again being reminded that it is an offence to dispose of refuse, especially e-waste in water ways.

In addition, the unauthorized parking of vehicles on pavements and roads especially by mechanical shops and car garage owners are to desist from such practices and remove all vehicles either on repairs or abandoned from the shoulders of roads. AMA officials will clamp and tow such vehicles and surcharge the offenders for the cost of removal.

Finally, removal of such structures shall commence from WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 2017 and they should know that constructing without permit is an offence punishable by law.

Kintampo Accident: Wenchi SHS Students Receive Counselling

Students of the Wenchi Senior High School are undergoing counselling following the death of 15 of their mates during the Kintampo Waterfall accident.

The dead, together with some 22 others who are seriously injured, were swimming at the base of the Kintampo Waterfall when a tree fell on them following an earlier rainstorm in the area. The incident is said to have happened on Sunday March 19 at about 4:30pm.

The headmaster of the school, Foster Boateng, speaking to Class News, said the counselling had become necessary because some of the students had been left traumatised after the incident.

“The counselling started this morning (Tuesday 21 March) …We started with a reverend minister who came all the way from Accra to have a word with them and that took at least one hour. After meeting the students she also met the staff to finish her session. Another committee will follow up from the Methodist hospital and the church,” he stated.

Mr Boateng noted that arrangements would be made for individual students to receive special counselling if the need arises.

“After today, we will see the attitude of the children and then maybe we do a follow up. If there should be the need for counselling for selected students we will do that,” he added.

Akua Donkor Thrills Court

Further cross-examination of Akua Donkor, founder of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) and failed presidential hopeful, in the case in which she is accusing four persons, including her driver, of robbery, took a dramatic turn yesterday.

This time round, Akua asked private legal practitioner, Vincent Aikins, to drop the English language and speak Twi for the hearing of the case.

The GFP founder, who was speaking through an interpreter, threw the court into spontaneous laughter when she again said that she did not know her destination, although she was heading to America on the night of the robbery incident.

She stated that the destination was on her ticket, adding that her purpose for the trip was to meet Ghanaian supporters of her party for interactions after the 2016 polls.

Asked what use it was to meet the supporters after the elections, Madam Akua Donkor emphasized that she was not voted for and as such was meeting the supporters ahead of the next elections, hoping to be voted as president of the country.

The accused persons are Yakubu Yusif, trader; the Central Regional Chairman of the GFP,  Banabas Kayase; driver/secretary of the party, Opoku Agyemang, trader and Abdul Razak Shaibu, a member of the GPRTU Task Force.

Two other suspected accomplices – Joe and Nuamah aka Lion – are currently on the run.

According to Chief Superintendent Duutu Tuaruka, the six persons on December 30, 2016 at Taifa in Accra, conspired to rob the GFP flag bearer.

The prosecutor said the accused persons at about 2:30 am at Sowutuom, a suburb of Accra, robbed Akua at gunpoint and snatched her travelling bag containing  plane ticket, Ghanaian passport, voter ID card, $30,000 and GH¢3,000.

Under further cross-examination in the court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, Akua Donkor said Banabas is not the secretary of her party.

The GFP founder denied that she reported the accused to the police as the secretary of the party.

Answering questions on Opoku Agyemnag, she said she’s not related to the accused, although they both hail from the same village.

She denied the assertion by the lawyer that Opoku Agyemang had asked for $400 to be given to Barnabas because she had not been paying him for his service as a driver.

Sitting continues tomorrow.

Boy, 18, Shoots Himself Dead

AN EIGHTEEN–YEAR-OLD man with no record of psychiatric disorder has shot himself to death at Sangnayili, a remote community near Bimbila, the capital of the Nanumba North District in the Northern Region.

Nwelgnel Yegbaja, allegedly shot himself in the left rib with a local gun at a farmland on Monday, sparking fresh sorrow among residents who were still mourning the death of another man killed by bushfire last week.

Assembly member for the Juo Electoral Area, Alfred Nchima, called the police after the deceased was found lying face down in a pool of blood.

Narrating the incident to the police, a brother of the deceased said they had scheduled a routine night hunting of birds before Yegbaja quietly left the house on the brother’s blindside.

The brother said Yegbaja left their house at about 8:00p.m. when they were preparing for the hunting and did not return until a search party found him dead in a bush with his weapon beside him.

He told the police he strongly believed that his brother committed suicide but was surprised because he had no records of mental disorder.

The body has since been deposited at the Bimbila Government Hospital morgue and the police have begun investigation into the circumstances that led to his death.

District Crime Officer ASP Ebenezer Peprah confirmed the incident, adding that the police had launched a wide investigation into the matter.

According to him, suicide cases are uncommon in the district and the police will interrogate broadly to unravel what prompted the incident.

Nana Addo Is Mandated To Appoint MMDCEs – Minority

The Minority leader in Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, has reminded the House of powers vested in the Executive (the President) to appoint Metropolitan and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the campaign season said it will recommend election of MMDCEs if elected into power.

President Akufo-Addo has already indicated that Ghanaians will start electing their MMDCEs in 2018.

But the Minority leader on the floor of Parliament Tuesday, March 21, 2017, took the opportunity to remind the Local Government Minister and Parliament that Article 43 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana makes it clear that the president has the sole power to appoint MMDCEs.

He says it would demand am amendment to effect any possible changes to that law since it is enshrined in the constitution.

3 Brothers Drown In Dugout At Ahoto

Three siblings, all boys, got drowned at Ahoto, a suburb of Atebubu Amantin in the Brong-Ahafo Region on Monday.

Michael, five, Solomon, four, and Joseph Ndoligma, drowned in a dugout during a downpour in the area.

Atebubu Amantin District Police Crime Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Simon Agbemazi, who confirmed the story, said the accident occurred when the mother of the children was washing outside their house.

He said the boys saw their grandmother going to a nearby village, and they followed her, but retreated to play around the dugout, which contained water.

ASP Agbemazi said as to how the three boys got drowned was yet to be ascertained, adding that the boys were found dead in the pool when their mother was looking for them to bath them for school.

The crime officer said the bodies were deposited at the Atebubu Hospital mortuary, but were later handed over to the family for burial, adding that investigation into the matter was ongoing.

‘Don’t Allow Foreigners To Take Over Retail Of Mobile Phones’

Some mobile phone dealers in Accra have threatened to shut down all Chinese mobile phone shops in Accra following what they described as an attempt by their Asian counterparts  to take over the phone retail  business.

According to the mobile phone operators, although the country’s laws only permitted foreigners to trade in the wholesale sector, the Chinese had ventured into the retail trade in a manner that was having a debilitating effect on local dealers.

“We will not allow this Chinese nationals to destroy our business. This is the only means for some of us to earn enough money to take care of our children.

“Now our distributors have decided to deal with this people instead of us. They are now selling the mobile phone accessories at the same price and sometimes even cheaper because they came as wholesalers,” Mr Michael Asamoah, who owns one of the many mobile phone shops at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, said.Another mobile phone dealer, Mr Dennis Tawiah, said they were worried about the development considering the fact that their Asian counterparts were more connected to take over the business from them”.

“The money these people are bringing into the business is so huge that we may not be able to compete with them. This is so unfair,” he said.

Mr Tawiah claimed that most of his colleagues were frustrated, adding that “our only solution is to take action against them.

Asked about the number of mobile phone dealers who are likely to be affected by the takeover, Mr Damian Otoo, said the entire mobile phone operators at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

“All of us at Kwame Nkrumah Circle will be affected by this takeover,” he said.

While the Ministry of Trade and Industry had in the recent past pledged to weed out foreigners in the retail business, the practice still persists.

The Ghana Union of Traders Association has been kicking against foreigners in the retail trade in the country for contravening the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre’s directive that bars foreign participation in lower levels of the retail chain.

Trading in Ghana

Under the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act, retail businesses are restrictive to only Ghanaians .

Section 27(1)(a-h) of the Act states that:

“A person who is not a citizen or an enterprise which is not wholly owned by a citizen shall not invest or participate in the sale of goods or provisions of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place

The operations of taxi or car hire service in an enterprise that has a fleet of less than 25 vehicles. The operations of a beauty salon or a barber shop

The printing of recharge scratch cards for the use of subscribers of telecommunication services. The production of exercise books and  other basic stationary. The retail of finished pharmaceutical products. The production, supply and retail of sachet water, and all aspects of pool betting business and lotteries, except football pools.

“We are not against any foreigner owning a business in Ghana. Our position is that they should keep to their side. They can do the wholesale but retail is our turf. We are determined to protect that turf,” he added.

Frustration

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr Stephen Cobbinah, said frustration was building up among dealers of mobile phones “who insist that their businesses could colapse due to a gradual Chinese takeover of the retail sector”.

According to him, information they picked indicated that Mobile Zone, which was the franchise holder of TECNO phones, had signed a contract with E-Gate Development Ghana  with 49 per cent and 51 per cent  shares ownership respectively to now distribute this time not only the TECNO phones, but two other phone brands ITEL and INFINIX.

He claimed that AROMA, a new company had also emerged to take up the distribution of accessories moving from shops to shops at the price far lesser or the same as the price that is given to them by the local business men.

Mr Cobbinah also accused some Ghanaian businessmen of fronting for the Chinese at the expense of local distributors.

Yamin Must Visit The Psychiatrist Soonest – Abronye DC

The Brong Ahafo Regional youth organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwame Baffoe affectionately called Abronye DC, has hit back at Joseph Yamin for linking him to recent disasters in the country.

He believes the former Deputy Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) is faced with some mental instability and needs to visit the psychiatrist before things get out of hand.

Abronye insists that Mr Yamin is getting mad and if immediate steps are not taken to get him treated, he may soon walk naked on the streets and further humiliate the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that is yet to get out of the shock of the December 7, 2016 election defeat.

Mr Joseph Yamin is alleged to have stated that the series of curses invoked by Abronye DC and cohorts is what is currently bedeviling the country leading to suicides and several accidents claiming lives of innocent citizens.

But in response Abronye DC explained that he has not killed anyone and could not have been the trigger to recent deaths in the country as claimed because no river deity was ever invoked in all his curses.

“My curses didn’t kill anyone. I didn’t even call on the name of the water god. How many of the kids do vote? They are not even up to 18 years. Joseph Yamin needs to visit the Psychiatric hospital. He needs to go check his brain. He can be wearing a suit but have issues at head. I am not ready to meet him. He might harm me…”

“In 2006 Abronye investment was the company renovating Kintampo falls to its fullest. We always looked for people to cut down the trees in a special way. Those are the trees that have outgrown to that level. The new government came to sacked us in 2008. If we were there till now we would have taken care of it…”

He questioned if deaths recorded during Mill-Mahama administration after Ambassador Ohene Agyekum invoked curses with eggs and schnapps should be blamed on the latter.

Akufo-Addo Can Appoint Minister For ‘Koobi & Momoni’ – Yamoah Ponko

Former Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu has said president Akufo-Addo has not violated any law by appointing over one hundred ministers in his government.

According to Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh, president Akufo-Addo has done nothing wrong with regards to his ministerial appointments so far as the constitution allows him.

Yamoah Ponkoh argues, the president has been given a mandate by Ghanaians to government and take decisions in line with the constitution and no one must question the exercise of the president’s powers.

There has been widespread public outcry over President Akufo-Addo’s appointment of 110 ministers to help him fulfill the plethora of electioneering promises to Ghanaians.

Out of the total 110, 20 are Regional Ministers and their Deputies, 40 ministers for various ministries, with 50 deputies.

By this number, the Nana Addo-led administration would have the highest list of ministers and deputies to serve in any government since the start of the fourth Republic.

Based on this backdrop, critics believe the large number of ministers will be a drain on the state purse – a position government has vehemently disagreed with.

However Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh insists, “this is not the matter of defending Akufo Addo, but I fully support him because he has not abused the powers giving to him.”

”The president can appoint over one thousand ministers and there will be nothing wrong with it because he has the mandate of Ghanaians to do so,” he said.

Yamoah Ponkoh charged, “Kwame, I say I can Akufo Addo can even appoint ministers for koobi and momoni and no one has the right to question him because Ghanaians have been giving him the mandate to do so.”

“At the end of his four year tenure, the same Ghanaians that voted for him will evaluate his performance and make a decision on him…so let’s allow him to exercise his executive powers,” the NDC stalwart stressed.

Mahama Will Mess Up The Economy The More If Given Another Chance – NDC MP

NDC Member of Parliament for Yunyoo, Hon. Joseph Bipoba Naabu, has made a startling revelation about why the umbrella family loss the 2016 general elections to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

In an emotional interview with some journalists of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPP), Hon. Naabu said another chance for former President of the Land, John Dramani Mahama will see the economy being messed up the more, insisting that the former Ghanaian leader should give way for another person to lead the umbrella family in election 2020.

Below is the transcript of excerpts of the said interview:

“Even though it is my government and I wish that we would have won the elections but it is because of our behavior and the President himself took things for granted and he thought he was going to win hands down but rather he lost heavily, massively.

Yes, I will say lack of competence and he was also not having control. People were just telling him lies within the Presidency. Take Omane Boamah – what experience has he got in politics? He should go and contest for elections in the constituency that he comes from can he win an election? But the President was listening to such people. That is the problem with the President. Those who were surrounding him were not telling him the truth – why should I say so?

He was the President and he went and contested with Nana Akufo-Addo and lost so miserably and so comfortably.

Now if President Mahama comes, what is he going to do? Is he the only person and why should it be he? I want to tell you categorically that if he comes, he will rather mess up more. And those people calling for President Mahama coming, they were the ones that he made them ministers, he made deputy ministers – they were the people who were made Chief Executive Officers. They are the people calling for him to come back. Why should we lose the Vice-President’s constituency? Why should we lose President Mills’ constituency? Why should Hannah Tetteh loss? So, my brother, President Mahama should give a chance for the NDC so that he will watch. I know however that he still have another chance to contest but I don’t think that if he comes it is good.”

NDC Plots To Ditch Mahama

The plot to ditch ex-President John Dramani Mahama for the 2020 presidential election by some powerful opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) members is thickening by the day.

The party’s leadership is currently embroiled in what can be described as a blame game following the massive defeat suffered by it (party) in the hands of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 7, 2016 general election.

Some of the top figures like Deputy General Secretary Koku Anyidoho and Anita Desooso, a vice chairperson, have reportedly made their intentions known by expressing their desire for another candidate for the 2020 presidential election apart from former President Mahama.

The NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Yunyoo in the Northern Region, Joseph Naabu Bipoba, has also joined the fray, saying John Mahama’s candidature is out of the equation just like former MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale.

The Yunyoo MP says the former president lacks “competence” to lead the NDC’s re-election bid in the 2020 general election. Nii Amassah Namoale also has called on Mr Mahama to rescind his decision to contest in the 2020 polls since he would not win the party’s primary.

“I will beat anyone who would contest with me, including John Mahama…,” he said on Accra-based Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme yesterday as the NDC gears up for re-organisation.

Bad Choice

Naabu Bipoba told journalists in parliament yesterday that former President Mahama would be a bad choice for the NDC.

“He was the president and contested with Nana Akufo-Addo and lost miserably so if President Mahama comes, what is he going to do? Is he the only person?” he asked.

The Yunyoo MP said former President Mahama is to blame for NDC’s shameful defeat in the 2016 general election because he surrounded himself with political neophytes like former Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, at the presidency “who told him nothing but lies.”

“People at the presidency were just telling him lies. Take Omane Boamah; what experience has he got in politics? If he goes to contest an election at where he comes from, can he win? But the president listened to such people,” he wondered.

Explosive Interview

Koku Anyidoho recently said in an explosive interview with GHOne TV that leadership in the NDC would have to rotate, indicating that the NDC might not front Mr. Mahama as its candidate in 2020.

Anita Desooso is also currently in a fierce ‘fight’ with some NDC members for saying that the party’s executives were undermined during the election s which the NDC presidential candidate managed only 44.4%.

Mr. Anyidoho reiterated his ‘love’ for Prof John Evans Atta Mills who died suddenly in July 2012, giving ex-President Mahama, who was then the vice president, the chance to contest the 2012 election without any opposition from within the party.

Axe To Grind

The Deputy General Secretary clearly showed in the interview that he has an axe to grind with ex-President Mahama.

When asked whether he loves President Mahama, Mr. Anyidoho rather brazenly reiterated his ‘love’ for President Mills and could only say that he only had a working relationship with President Mahama.

“I will never regret working for him… President Mills, I salute you in your grave. Nobody will take that away from me,” he said forcefully.

He then went on to state boldly that he loves the NDC as a party and that “leadership will rotate,” insisting that “I loved President Mills; I worked for President Mahama.”

Anita’s Crusade

Anita Desooso on the other hand, has vowed to help restore dignity to the party’s leadership by ensuring that the structures of the party are respected.

According to the former NDC National Women’s Organizer, the various groups formed to campaign for the second term for President Mahama caused the party’s defeat.

In the run-up to the crucial election, the NDC, with state resource at its disposal, formed many splinter groups to promote the second term bid for the president.

Groups likes Girls Girls for Mahama, Zongo Girls for Mahama, Zongo for Mahama, Youth for Mahama, Celebrities for Mahama, Mahama Ladies, I Choose JM, Ambassadors for Mahama, Doves for Mahama and others, were formed with massive resources at their disposal to prosecute the agenda which failed woefully in the end as Ghanaians overwhelmingly rejected Mahama.

Some have said the pro-Mahama groups even became more powerful in terms of campaign resources than the party’s structures, including the national executive.

So-called Groups

Anita told Kasapa FM recently that there was no doubt that the so-called groups contributed to the party’s defeat because the party’s structures were ignored.

“These campaign groups which emerged in the run-up to the December 7, 2016 elections contributed to our loss in that election. After these groups were formed, the structures that are known to the party rather suffered as they were denied resources,” she said.

Executives Shortchanged

She stated categorically that the party lacked the needed resources to project candidate Mahama saying, “The groups were rather benefitting as they went for funds from certain quarters, and while they were happy, the grassroots were complaining.”

Anita Desooso said, “Some of these groups could go to the Volta Region purporting to do campaigning, but went there to speak English instead of the Ewe language,” asking, “How can you do such a campaign?”

As a result, she asserted, “I’ve vowed to make sure that the NDC amends its constitution; whichever group it is should start from the structures…start from the branch level.”

NDC sources say apart from National Organizer Kofi Iddi Adams who doubled as the Campaign Coordinator of the failed Mahama second term bid and Siidi Abubakar, the National Youth Organizer, almost every powerful executive member is seriously working against the return of President Mahama as NDC candidate – including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Subtle Plan

There are also claims that Mr Johnson Asiedu-Nketia aka General Mosquito was instrumental in the formation of the 13-member committee being Chaired by Professor Kwesi Botchwey to investigate why the party lost massively in the December general election.

A source has said that the powerful General Secretary could be using the committee to prepare the grounds to contest as the party’s national chairman as he claims the current one – Kofi Portuphy – has become unpopular due to the fact that he is being accused of supervising the party’s humiliating defeat at the hands of the Akufo-Addo-led NPP.

Mahama’s Humiliation

The NPP’s candidate Nana Akufo-Addo made sure that President Mahama became a one-term president in the history of Ghana by flooring him ‘one-touch’ with 5,716,026 votes, representing 53.85% while Mr. Mahama secured 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40%.

The NDC has now entered into a new political dispensation as minority in parliament with only 104 seats against the NPP’s 171.

Minister Consoles Families Of Kintampo Waterfalls Accident Victims

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture , Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, wishes to express her sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims caught up in the unfortunate rainstorm that hit the Kintampo waterfalls on Sunday 19th March 2017, killing and injuring many.

The dead and injured, mostly students were part of different groups visiting the site.

”We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured who have been rushed to the Kintampo and Techiman General Hospitals”, she said.

The Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo District Assembly to ensure the families receive needed support and information.

The statement urges the media and the General Public to be circumspect in their reportage especially in the sharing of images of the dead and critically injured.

Akufo-Addo Off To Geneva

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has left Accra for Geneva in Switzerland where he is to attend the 5th Africa CEO Forum. The Forum will bring together CEOs of the largest African and international companies, political decision makers from more than 40 African countries and investors on the continent.

 

The president left Sunday and while there, he will hold meetings with Mr. Michael Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS; the Swiss Minister for Economic Affairs, Johann Schneider-Ammann; and with the Ghanaian community in Geneva. He is expected back home on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

World Bank To Withdraw Grant Support To Ghana

The World Bank will soon withdraw its grant support on water and sanitation to Ghana, Mr Charles Dzradosi, a Social Policy Specialist of UNICEF, has said.

This is because, for some years now, Ghana had not demonstrated any true political will to tackle sanitation problems in the country. Mr Dzradosi was speaking during the Brong-Ahafo Regional launch of the 2016 Ghana District Table (DLT) in Sunyani.

The DLT is a simple ranking tool showing national progress towards delivering development across the country’s 216 districts.

Mr Dzradosi said the World Bank did not understand why open defecation must still persist in the country despite its continuous assistance to eradicate the unhygienic practice. He said the World Bank was also not happy that many Ghanaians still lacked access to basic sanitary facilities, particularly household toilets.

Mr Dzradosi said a directive was required from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to push metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to tackle the issue of sanitation in a more proactive manner.

MMDAs must strictly enforced sanitation bye-laws and also ensure that enough public toilets are provided for the citizens, he said.

India To Help Ghana Build 400-Seater Capacity Parliamentary Chamber

Ghana’s wish to have a new Parliamentary Chamber to accommodate more people could soon materialise, following the decision of the Indian government to extend its assistance in that regard.

The 400-seater capacity new chamber will replace the present 275-seater capacity chamber which was configured in 2013 to accommodate more Members of Parliament (MPs).

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in India on the sidelines of the just-ended 12th Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Partnership in India that an Indian construction firm, Shapoorji Pallonji, which built the Flagstaff House from 2006 to 2008, had already put a team of architects on site for feasibility studies.

The studies, he said, would allow the company to present a proposal and drawings of the new facility to the leadership of Parliament to be studied for a possible approval.

The team, Prof. Oquaye said, had already submitted a preliminary report to Parliament for study, while work on the full proposal and drawing were being worked on.

The facility, to be constructed at a cost of $200 million and situated behind the Speaker’s block, will also have a 400-seater capacity public gallery, a side wings to accommodate other visitors, underground car parks, offices, cafeteria for MPs and a museum of Parliament.

Ghana’s development

India has been supporting Ghana’s development by providing assistance in setting up projects through the provision of lines of credit and grants.

The Indian government has over the years supported the building of the India-Ghana Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence for ICT, the Flag Staff House and the Komenda Sugar Factory.

Old chamber

The old chamber has had its structural integrity questioned in recent times in the wake of a rainstorm in February this year which ripped off parts of the roofing, causing rainwater to leak into the chamber.

The situation which interrupted work flow saw the Vice-President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, announcing that the government would consider the possibility of building a new chamber for Parliament.

The new facility, Prof. Ocquaye suggested, would make way for the old chamber to be converted into a museum or archive to hold everything that has got to do with Ghana’s history and a parliamentary library which could serve academic institutions and people wishing to go into politics.

The museum, he added, would contain speeches of various Presidents who had ruled Ghana since independence, the books they used, among other relics.

“India today is poised towards helping with Ghana’s railway redevelopment which will accelerate our economic transformation,” the Speaker suggested.

“It is in this spirit of co-operation that we decided to solicit their assistance in the rebuilding of the Parliamentary Chamber which is monumental and will forever stand in appreciation of the good relationship between the two countries, and we have no doubt Ghana will forever be indebted to India if the project comes to fruition,” he stressed.

He encouraged Ghanaian businesses to endeavour to enter into joint ventures with Indian companies for the benefit of the two countries.

The exchange of business delegations between the two countries in recent years has led to an increase in investments by Indian companies in Ghana in the area of construction, manufacturing, trading, services and tourism and in areas such as steel, cement, plastics, pharmaceuticals; and these, Prof. Oquaye maintained, would go a long way to solidify co-operations between Ghana and India.

Kintampo Waterfalls Incident “Very Sad” – Mahama

Former president John Mahama has commiserated with the families of the victims of the Kintampo Waterfalls tragedy.

Eighteen people have been confirmed dead in the incident after trees fell on them following heavy rains on Sunday. The victims were mostly students from the Wenchi Senior High School.

The Ghana National Fire Service and the Police including other disaster management officials went through torrid period to rescue trapped revelers.

“A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers,” an eyewitness told Starr News. “So far we have counted 19 people. Most of them are students of the Wenchi Senior High School. Others are tourists.”

About 20 others are receiving treatment at the Kintampo Government Hospital.

Mahama took to Twitter to console the bereaved families:

“Very sad news of tragic deaths at the Kintampo waterfalls. Sincerest condolences to families of the victims”.

Kintampo Falls Accident ‘Unfortunate’ – Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described as “unfortunate” Sunday’s incident at Kintampo Falls, extending his condolences to the families of students of Wenchi Senior High School and others who perished.

Eighteen people have been confirmed dead by Chief Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong, Divisional Police Commander of Kintampo.

The students, who were swimming at the base of the waterfall, lost their lives when a nearby tree broke and fell on them following an earlier rainstorm in the area.

Nana Akufo-Addo in a tweet on Monday said it was an “unfortunate incident”.

“I have learnt with great sadness, the unfortunate incident that occurred at Kintampo Waterfalls yesterday. My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident,” he tweeted.

Cyber Fraud: 30 Arrested, One Ghanaian, 29 Nigerians Involved

A suspected cyber crime syndicate was last Saturday busted by the Achimota Mile 7 Police in Accra. In all, 29 suspects, all Nigerians, were arrested in an early morning swoop on a house at Alhaji Tabora in Accra.

Retrieved from the suspects were 34 laptops and 48 mobile phones they allegedly used in committing crimes.

The suspects are also linked to a dead body that was found wrapped at the Apenkwa neighbourhood two weeks ago.

The suspects are aged from 21 to 30.

Another suspect, Peter Konadu Frimpong, 34, who was on top of a storey building videoing the police action, was also arrested.

The suspects

Among the suspects rounded up were Ike Ogu, 24; Ike Iduozi, 23; Blessing Adebayo, 25; Awudu Abdul Razak, 23; Daley Emmanuel, 26; Moses Madjaki, 30; Onaghnise Osahou, 24; Peter Andrews,25; Benjamin Akumeze, 25; Kelvin Osayi, 23; Oforufemi Adrigu, 25, Anthony Irughe, 22 and Kelvin Uche, 22.

Others were Timothy Irughe, 22; Elvis Uzeogbu, 24; Owen Zakari, 24; Joe Steve Obozu, 29; Festus Owubu, 25; Abraham Femi, 24; Suleman Abudu, 25; Abraham Femi, 24; Age Michael, 25; Philip Aghariaha, 25; Nathaniel Owobu, 27; Teddy Atigbin, 23; Henry Onege, 27; Daniel Ukuokolo, 21; Osas Uhuns, 22; Kelvin Ola, 23, Lucky Osahou,21 and Yakubu Dido, 26.

Tip-off

Briefing the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro II, said the police, acting on a tip-off, kept the house under surveillance before conducting the swoop.

He said the police met almost all the suspects busily engaged in fraudulent cyber activities during the swoop around 7 a.m. last Saturday.

“The suspects were all living in one big house where they undertake their nefarious activities,” he added.

Link to dead body

On the dead body found at Apenkwa which was linked to the suspected cyber fraudsters, DCOP Pinkro said a search on the body revealed that the victim had been killed somewhere and dumped at the place.

Information gathered by the police indicated that the deceased was one of the Nigerian suspects who had gone missing.

“The information was that he was beaten to death and wrapped and dumped there for leaking the group’s activities to a third party whom we cannot name. They saw it as a betrayal. We are investigating this case, in addition to the cyber crime cases,” he said.

The suspects will be put before court today, pending further police investigations.

Simultaneous swoop

In a related development, the Accra Regional Police Command, on March 10, 2017, simultaneously carried out swoops in all 14 of its divisions in parts of the city believed to be dens of criminals.

In the process, 112 suspects were arrested in areas including Adenta, the Odorkor Market, Kwashieman, Gbawe, Anyaa, Sowutuom and its environs, the Achimota Charcoal Station, Aborfu, the Santana Market, the Abeka Market, Kissieman, Akweteman, the Madina Market, the Redco Flats, Madina Zongo, the Madina Lorry Station, Madina Firestone, Adabraka, Tuobodom at Adabraka, the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Accra New Town.

Apart from the items, including electronic gadgets, retrieved from the suspects, the police found wrapped  substances suspected to be Indian hemp.

At Accra New Town, for instance, the police collected 179 wrapped dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, 61 wrapped whitish substances suspected to be narcotic drugs and 65 wrapped rock-like material suspected to be narcotic drugs.

Danger

Commenting on the suspected narcotic drugs seized, DCOP Osabarima Pinkro said: “It tells you the danger of people abusing drugs in the city. This is a contributory factor to the violent crimes, including murder, suicide and robbery.”

He said it was, therefore, important that the police conducted those swoops to get rid of criminals to make the communities safer.

“Police work thrives on information. What we want the public to do is provide us with information. They should give us information on the hideouts of these criminals. They know them; they live with some of them. If possible, they should come to me personally,” he appealed.

He urged the public to erase the perception that when they reported crime to the police, the police would turn around to reveal the identities of the informants to the criminals.    

National Alcohol Policy launched

Ghana has launched a National Alcohol Policy after years of working with key stakeholders to combine the fragmented laws that exist on the production, distribution sale, advertisement and consumption of the commodity.

The 33-page document would now set out a policy direction aimed at regulating the production, distribution sale, advertisement and consumption of alcohol, with the aim of minimising the negative impact of its consumption on the individual, family and society as a whole.

It was also to encourage and promote abstinence, reduce harmful alcohol consumption, follow global best practice, and inspire government to leader in ensuring total compliance.

The policy identifies major propriety areas for the reduction of alcohol related harms, and takes cognisance of data and information available from the World Health Organisation (WHO), and recognises best buy areas in reducing associated harm such as increased taxation, regulating availability and marketing and drink driving counter measure.

Other areas of focus include prevention and management of health effects and social services actions; surveillance, research, monitoring and evaluation; drink driving measures and capacity building, and also using locally designed cultural and social interventions in reducing these alcohol related harms.

The policy was launched in Accra by Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the WHO and the Baraka Policy Institute (BPI), a Think Tank established to promote social justice and national development.

Dr Kweku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health in an address, acknowledged all the stakeholders involved in the development of the Policy.

He said the harmful use of alcohol had been a cause for great concern globally and nationally, saying, presently the informal sector which produces alcoholic beverages with high percentages of ethyl alcohol was highly unregulated.

He said although several health disorders had been ascribed to the harmful use of alcohol, productivity losses was yet to be estimated for Ghana, but it was known that its abuse was of huge concern to a number of organisations including the health sector.

He cited some of the negative health effects as neuropsychiatric complications (mental health problems), liver and heart ailments, and diabetes, adding that the trend of non-communicable diseases, many of which had the commodity as the risk factor, was also on the increase.

Dr Agyeman-Manu said alcohol abuse had serious socio-economic effects, especially on families and communities, and its consumption was even worse in the unborn child, children and adolescents, “yet the seriousness of this issue does not seem to register with the public, thus not much has been done to regulate the sector”.

He said alcohol use though had been part of the Ghanaian culture and society, the current trend of consumption, and the inadequate regulation, especially on its advertisements, in both the print and the electronic media, was a source of worry.

He admitted that currently there were many policy issues and regulations on various aspects of alcohol including production and sale scattered in several legislations, and there was the need to pull all these and other policies into a single document, and also form a central coordinating body to ensure its implementation and enforcement.

Dr Akwesi Osei, the Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, in an overview of the Policy, said alcohol consumption accounted for about 3.3 million (5.9 Per cent) deaths globally in 2012, most of them being males.

He said it was estimated that 23.3 per cent of Ghanaians take alcohol, and of these a projected 2.1 per cent were found to be engaging in heavy drinking.

He said the Per capita consumption of alcohol among heavy drinkers stood at 20 litres in a year, which reinforces the need for special strategies to tackle production, sale and consumption of locally brewed alcohol in addition to strategies for the formal industry.

Both the WHO and the BPI pledged their full support to the immediate push for the development of a Legislative Instrument to make the Policy more biting, and also the establishment of an independent body such as the Ghana National Alcohol Commission to oversee the implementation of the relevant plans developed to achieve the strategies contained in the document in order to achieve the set objectives.

Produce Evidence Or I’ll Curse You – Ernest Opoku To Self-Acclaimed ‘Woman Of God’

Social media went rife few weeks ago when prophetess Donkor who is believed to be living in Europe took to the various social media platforms to name call some popular men of God and singers.

The prophetess said singer Ernest Opoku Junior, Prophet Owusu Bempah, Bishop Daniel Obinim are all not from God.

Ernest Opoku, one of such persons who was named as an imposter chided the woman for calling him names without proof of any kind to back her claims. He dared her to produce evidence to prove her claims adding that failure on her part to do so will attract a curse.

“She must be out of her mind to think I use charm, if you saw me using charms in your revelation, you should have personally contacted me and told me this rather than take to social media…..i will curse you if you are not careful because God has given me power over people like yourself”, he said.

The “Onyame nim” hit maker urged his fans and Ghanaians to disregard the unidentified woman and her utterances because it is obvious that she is hungry for fame and wants to ride on his back.

Kevin Prince Boateng Scores Eighth Goal In Las Palmas Victory

The Ghanaian was the star of the game as the Canary Islanders defeated Villarreal by the odd goal in Friday’s La Liga game.

It is unarguably Kevin-Prince Boateng’s best ever season. And the forward underlined it with his eighth goal in a 1-0 win for Las Palmas against Villarreal in the sole La Liga game of Friday.

The forward who clocked 30 last week just keeps getting better and he nodded home a cross from Dani Castellano in the 10th minute to open scoring for his side inside Estadio Gran Canaria.

He would be involved in another defining moment in the game, when nine minutes later, Victor Ruiz got a straight red for fouling the forward on his way to goal.

In the second half Boateng made a spectacular scissors kick which just shaved the outside of the upright as goalkeeper Andre Fernandez scrambled to a dive to ensure he was not beaten the second time.

Three seasons ago, Boateng scored six goals at Schalke in the Bundesliga before he fell out of form and failed to score in the next season.

When he returned to Milan in the 2015/16 season he scored just once in 11 appearances.

This term he has shattered his previous best and continues to raise the bar higher with every game.

Far from the young man who reveled in controversy and partying, the Boateng before us has found a new meaning to his life and is keenly delighting us with his immense talent.

Did he leave it all too little too late? It is a question that only he can answer.

Since being kicked out of the Ghana squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Boateng has expressed interest in returning to the Black Stars.

It is performances like this that continue to show how much impact he could make with the Black Stars who failed to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and face a tough task qualifying for the 2018 World Cup having picked just a point in two matches so far.

I Owe Mourinho A Life Time Gratitude – Sulley Muntari

Former Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari admits that he can’t thank Jose Mourinho enough for giving him the opportunity to play for the Nerazzurri and experience the joy of winning a treble.

During his time at Inter, Mourinho signed the Ghanaian midfielder in the summer of 2008 from Portsmouth and Muntari went on to become an important player at the San Siro under the Portuguese’s tutelage.

In one of the best seasons in Inter’s history in 2009/10, Muntari played a pivotal role in the middle of the park as Mourinho won the treble of Serie A, the Champions League and the Italian Cup with the Nerazzurri.

Currently at Serie A club Pescara, the midfielder admits that owes a lot to the current Manchester United manager as he gave him the opportunity to play for a club of Inter’s size and experience the feeling of completing a treble with the club.

Muntari was quoted as saying FcInterNews.it: ”I owe so much to Jose Mourinho.

”He gave me the chance to play for a big club at Inter and we won the treble in 2010.

”I will thank him for my lifetime.”

Nana Addo’s 110 Ministers Will End Corruption – Abronye DC

Brong Ahafo Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, also known as ‘Abronye DC’ has slammed top National Democratic Congress (NDC) activists who are insisting President Nana Akufo-Addo’s 110 ministers seems absurd in comparison with the number of ministers of former heads of states.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday presented to Parliament 50 deputies ministers and four others to serve as Ministers of State at the presidency and ministries, bringing his total number of ministers to 110.

The appointments have been described as the highest in the country’s history and been followed by widespread criticism from the public.

But Kwame Baffoe in an interview with an Accra based Neat FM said the motive behind the ‘large appointees’ are to check embezzlement of funds to protect the public purse from corruption unlike the previous NDC government.

“The public procurement embezzlement is to be checked. Nana Akufo-Addo wants to protect the public purse. Nana Addo has come to stop corruption…” he maintained.

He maintained that, President Akufo-Addo wants to have eyes at all angles to manage monetary issues hence the will to end corruption in order to improve the standard of living of the people unlike the NDC government who wants the people to suffer whiles they make merry over taxes.

“He wants to have eyes at all angles deemed to be corrupt to be corrected by his government. They [NDC] believe Ghanaians should suffer so they gain. But Nana Addo doesn’t want that. This NPP government is not coming to spend from the coffers of the people but to end corruption…” he noted.

Nevertheless, the NPP Youth Organizer confirmed that, there is no way the reduction of salaries of the ministers will erupt corruption since the NPP party are in to work for the people.

“All the ministers’ salaries will be reduced. Some said it will bring corruption. All those appointed are solid members in the party and won’t worry about money but work hard for the nation…” he said.

Akufo-Addo Might Need Ministers For WhatsApp, Facebook – James Avedzi

Deputy Minority Leader, James Avedzi, has mocked President Nana Addo’s appointment of over 100 Ministers to steer the affairs of his government, saying he may as well appoint Ministers specifically for Whatsapp and Twitter if need be.

Various organisations and groups have criticized the President for taking such a decision which they believe will among other things burden the public purse and also worsen corruption.

Speaking on the Point Blank segment of Eyewitness News, Mr. Avedzi questioned the rationale behind some of the President Nana Addo’s appointments.

Citing examples to support his argument, he questioned why the President appointed four persons just for the Ministry of Information

“Do we need four Ministers at the Ministry of Information? What are they going to do?What are the job contents?What is the end result?How will the four Ministers at the Ministry of Information impart on the welfare of Ghanaians ….?”

Asked whether it was wrong for the President to appoint four persons for the Information Ministry since they will be performing specific roles, he said: “ If that is the argument to go by, then he might need more Ministers for the Ministry of Information. It means he might need a Minister for Whatsapp who will be monitoring the Whatsapp page, he needs a Minister for Facebook, he needs a Minister Twitter. I don’t think he needs four Ministers at the Ministry of Information. There is going to be redundancy. They will not do anything. They will use our salaries to pay them and that is just too much.”

He wondered whether the President took into consideration the huge burden his decision will have on the public purse before resorting to such a move.

“Let’s take the number of Ministers and let’s analyse them one after the other. The Ministry of Information, which has a substantive Minister and three Deputy Ministers …These Ministers are going to rely on the scanty resources of this nation. These Ministers are going to be provided with accommodation, these Ministers are going to rely on state resources to perform their roles.

These Ministers are going to be provided with office accommodation.”

E-Procurement Starts In June To Check Corruption

The new Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority, Agyenim Boateng Agyei, has given indication that the introduction of electronic system in the award of government and public contracts will start by June this year.

The system is expected to help reduce corruption, by increasing transparency of tendering processes, improve coordination between ministries and agencies to develop uniform standards, and increase competition between private sector firms for public sector contracts.

The nation lost a great deal of funds through blatant abuse of the procurement process under the previous Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government, which witnessed unprecedented awards of huge contracts through sole-sourcing.

A research conducted by the Danquah Institute indicated that the country had lost over US$1.93 billion through soul-sourced contracts since 2010.

According to the think tank, its findings suggested that an estimated 65% savings could have been made if those deals had been subjected to competitive tendering.

Last year alone, the previous Mahama-led administration blew over GHC223 million on 93km cocoa roads, all of which were awarded through sole-sourcing.

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority was also alleged to have committed the nation to a loss to the tune of about GHC5 billion as result of sole sourcing of contracts.

In order to avert a reoccurrence of these kinds of avoidable loss to the state, President Nana Akufo-Addo, his maiden State of the Nation Address, reiterated that his administration would strictly adhere to the procurement law, as part of the determination to protect the public purse.

“Mr. Speaker, my government will enforce the procurement law. We will insist on open and competitive bidding for power capacity procurement. This will not only reduce the cost of power projects and ensure value for money, but will also address the problem of unplanned procurement,” he said

According to the new CEO of the Public Procurement Authority, they will be conducting audit of companies that do not ordinarily submit their procurement processes for the necessary action to be taken on them.

Mr Boateng Agyei disclosed this when Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia paid a visit to his office yesterday.

Dr Bawumia said the Nana Akufo-Addo-led NPP government was delighted with the move to introduce electronic system of procurement in the award of government and public contracts.

The Vice President explained that the arrangement formed part of efforts to bring transparency into governance and the fight against corruption.

Police Commander Busted For Gold Fraud

DSP Emmanuel Basintale, commander in-charge of the East Legon Police Station and six other junior police officers have been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service for their alleged involvement in a gold fraud.

The seven police officers, according to police reports, connived with seven civilians to defraud some gold buyers to the tune of GH¢1,666,000.

The other suspects are RSM John Sovor, Corporal Baleto Buafuor, Lance Corporal Ignatius Asamoah Mensah, Detective Lance Corporal Cyrus Conduah, Detective Corporal John Maloni Juaba – all stationed at the East Legon Police Station and Detective Sergeant Charles Owusu Boateng of the Achimota School Police Station.

Their civilian counterparts are suspects Anthony Yaw Osei aka Wofa Osei, George Yeboah, Frederick Kofi AppIah aka Nana Adjei and William Hanson.

The rest are Nana Kofi Mensah, Joseph Boakye and Nana Adjei.

Four others, including a supposed queen mother of Tarkwa, are said to be at large and on the wanted list of the police.

Facts

Confirming the story to DAILY GUIDE, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Police Public Relations Officer, said the police personnel and their civilian counterparts were arrested for their involvement in two separate gold fraud cases being investigated by the CID.

The first case was between the suspects and a gold dealing company called Green Global Resource Limited, a licensed company dealing in the purchase of gold in Ghana for export, while the second victim is an Indian national.

Green Global Resource on November 10, 2016, reportedly contacted one Adedayo Jelil Adedotum, a businessman, who has a track record in the purchase of gold to assist them buy gold.

Mr. Adedayo then arranged a meeting for officials of the company and suspects Courage Gegepe and one Frank, who claimed to be a gold seller, at a hotel in Accra.

During the said meeting, Courage allegedly offered for sale to the Green Global officials 20 kilograms of gold at USD31,000 per a kilogram.

The gold was tested at the bank and found to be of real gold worth 20 22karats purity but when the bankers wanted to effect payment to the sellers, the said queen mother declined, adding that too many people in the bank had witnessed the transaction.

Another meeting was scheduled to take place at a hotel at Roman Ridge in Accra the following day for the payment to be made.

On November 12, 2016, the suspects booked a private room at a hotel where the buyers came again to complete the transaction.

Two of the bars were below 22 karats and so another negotiation of GH¢282,000 was offered for it.

Courage and the queen mother reportedly left with the money and a police pick-up with four police officers identified as RSM John Sovor, Corporal Baleto Baafuor, Lance Corporal Ignatius Asamoah Mensah, Detective Lance Corporal Cyrus Conduah and one George Yeboah entered the private hotel room to arrest two sons of the queen mother and the officials of Green Global Resources for stealing gold.

The police then took possession of all the 13 gold bars and transported the arrested persons to the East Legon Police Station.

DSP Basintale then inspected the 13 gold bars which were then in safekeeping at his office in the presence of the arrested persons and locked the office.

When the case was later transferred to the CID headquarters for investigations, the senior police commander was requested to present the evidence and when the gold was tested at the headquarters, it was discovered that the 13 bars were all fake gold.

Findings

Superintended Arthur said police investigations revealed that the police arrested the suspects at the hotel based on a report made by one George Yeboah that his 13 bars of gold had been stolen by the said queen mother and her cohorts at a hotel.

Officials of the said hotel, when contacted by the police, said the said George Yeboah, the complainant, never lodged any complaint of theft to them while lodging at the hotel.

He said further checks also revealed that the policemen and the district commander conspired with George Yeboah, Courage Gegepe, Wofa Yaw and the queen mother and the others to defraud the buyers  and that even though the 13 bars were pure gold, they were later swapped with fake ones while in the possession of the district commander.

In a related development, DSP Emmanuel Basintale, together with the same junior officers and a police officer at the Achimota School Police Station, allegedly used the same modus operandi to collect three kilograms of gold worth GH¢366,300 from an Indian identified as Rajendra  Kuma Dadhich.

Nana Aba Anamoah Appoints Nyce Media As Her Managers

Nana Aba Anamoah, a broadcast journalist and a media icon, has appointed Nyce Media as her official managers.

By this appointment Nyce Media becomes the sole point of contact for all Nana Aba’s official engagements outside of her employment with EIB Network and her media school, SN Media Learning Tree.

Nyce Media is a total communications and event management company that specializes in event creation and management, as well as brand and reputational management.

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Marwako Assault: Victim Admitted For Psychiatric Assessment

The victim at the centre of the Mawarko saga, Evelyn Boakye, has been admitted at the psychiatric department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

According to a source close to her family, she has been experiencing suicidal tendencies.

She is said to have been receiving treatment over the past few days. But she was admitted yesterday [Thursday] when her situation worsened with serious abnormalities after she left court leading to her admission.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the assault victim, Francis Xavier Sosu, has indicated he intends to file a civil lawsuit against Mawarko Fast Foods after an Accra Magistrate Court on Thursday, granted bail to Jihad Chabaan, the supervisor who has been charged with assault.

Mr. Chabaan is alleged to have dipped Evelyn’s face into blended pepper at the Abelemkpe branch of the fast food chain. The Management of Marwako suspended the supervisor after the allegations emerged.

The Lawyer noted that the suit and any related actions will be on the instruction of the victim and her family.

Jihad Chaaban
The Police granted Mr. Chaaban bail to the sum of GHc 20,000 with two sureties, and as part of his bail conditions, he is expected to report to the Tesano District Police Station every Tuesday and Friday.

The magistrate court adjourned the case to March 20, 2017, to allow the defence counsel continue the cross-examination of the victim.

Michael Essien’s Wife, Akosua Puni Buys Italian Club

Michael Essien’s wife has bought a third division Italian football club at an auction.

Akosua Puni Essien, who is married to the former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder, bought Como for £206,000 (€237,000).

The price does not include the training centre or the Calcio Como brand, and the team will now be known as FC Como. A club statement says Puni Essien will return to Como soon and that she is ‘honoured to be part of a club which has 110 years of history.’

According to reports, she bought the club at a bankruptcy auction held by FC Como Limited.

Como were relegated from Serie B last season. They are currently in seventh place and on course for the promotion playoffs.

The Italian club plied their trade in the Serie A in the 2002-03 season but this was followed by three consecutive relegations. Then things got a whole lot worse as the club was declared bankrupted late on in 2004.
However, thanks to FIGC regulation, a new entity was allowed to admit into the 2005-06 Serie D.

Meanwhile ex-Ghana international Essien has recently joined Indonesian side Persib Bandung.

Indonesian media reported on Tuesday that Essien has signed a one-year deal at the start of the new league season with an option to extend for one more.

COMO FACTS


Founded – 1907 (refound – 2005)
Division – Lega Pro (third division)
Position – seventh
Manager – Fabio Gallo
Ground – Giuseppe Sinigaglia
Capacity – 13,602

 

Soldiers Beat Civilians In Takoradi

Some men, believed to be military personnel in the Western Regional capital of Takoradi Monday night allegedly bullied some innocent civilians near Amanful Main Spain, a suburb of Takoradi.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the purported military personnel went berserk at the Amanful area and allegedly assaulted anyone they met on the street.

According to sources, the supposed military men, numbering about 20, were retaliating an alleged assault on one of their colleagues the previous day.

Some people also alleged that the security men took the action because a mobile phone belonging to one of their colleagues was snatched by somebody at the Amanful area.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the military person, whose phone was purportedly stolen, went back to the barracks and informed his colleagues about the incident.

The military men then reportedly mobilized themselves, stormed the area and manhandled anyone they set their eyes on.

One of the assailants was identified as a former goal keeper of a football club who is believed to be among the new recruits.

In the process, about 10 male residents in the vicinity sustained various degrees of injury.

The victims later reported the case to the police with the help of the assembly man for the area and were given forms to attend to hospital for treatment.

A police source confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE and stressed that the case was under investigation.

Meanwhile, some residents in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis have vehemently spoken against the alleged brutality by the purported military guys, stating that the days when the military brutalized the civilian population were over.

It would be recalled that some few months ago about 20 personnel of the Ghana Air Force base in Takoradi went on rampage at the Kwesimintsim Police Station in the Western Region, attacking two police personnel on duty.

“The military is there to protect and defend the people and the territorial integrity of the nation at all times and not to brutalize civilians or other security agencies,” a resident pointed out.

We’ll Investigate GH¢24m Debt – Hajj Board

The National Hajj Board says it will push for an investigation into the GH¢24 million Hajj debt owed by the previous board to the Suadi Arabian government.

At a press conference the Chairman of the Hajj Board, Sheihk I C Quaye said part of debt was owed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which means Ghana could forfeit its Hajj slot because of the debt.

“The chairman of the previous Hajj Board, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tanko, has presented a handover notes to the new board with a debt overhang of almost GH¢25 million being outstanding payment to be in respect of 2015 and 2016 Hajj.

“But pilgrims must rest assured that a solution has been found and the pilgrimage to Mecca shall surely come off as planned. The appropriate state institutions shall take over the debt issue for further investigation,” he added.

The chairman added that in spite of the crippling debt, the board has maintained the cost of the hajj package at $3,450 dollars an equivalent of GH¢15, 000 which will come with additional incentives.

As part of measures by the board to ensure a successful Hajj, he indicated that six flights will airlift pilgrims from the three regions of the north. He said “The Tamale International Airport will be used to lift pilgrims from the Northern part of the country.”

Suspected Thief Tied To Electric Pole

A suspected thief believed to be in his late 20s was lynched at Site 4, a suburb of Community 1 in Tema by unknown assailants on Wednesday.

The unidentified man was tied to an electricity pole with fractured legs and multiple wounds on the body behind the Roman Catholic Church.

The arms of the suspect were fastened to the pole, and he was partially stripped naked by the unknown assailants.

Police personnel in the area were said to have conveyed the body to the Tema General Hospital morgue pending autopsy.

The police launched investigations into circumstances surrounding the death of the man.

He was said to have been found by a resident who raised an alarm to draw the attention of others to the scene.

Passersby and some residents trooped to the scene to catch a glimpse of the deceased who they said terrorized the residents in the area.

Interestingly, residents claim they did not hear any shouts, adding that that he might have been killed elsewhere and later tied to the pole.

Obed Oquaye, Assembly member for the Ashiboi Electoral Area, told DAILY GUIDE that he received a distress call from residents at about 6am.

According to him, “I quickly called the Community Police Crime Officer who professionally and quickly rushed to the scene to investigate the matter. The corpse was later conveyed by the police to the morgue.”

He appealed to residents to desist from instant justice, urging them to arrest and hand over suspects to the police for proper investigations to be carried out.

This, according to him, would go a long way to help the police to investigate and prosecute criminals in the area.

25 Pictures Of Kejetia That Clearly Defines The Phrase “Survival Of The Fittest”

Kejetia is the busiest market in the Ashanti region.

The place is so busy they even have what they call, “human traffic”, a situation where the whole place becomes choked with humans, thus preventing free passage. These pictures explain things better.


1. This an aerial view of the market.

Umbrellas. #kumasi #kejetia

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2. A small preview of the human traffic.

#kejetia #kumasi #largestmarket in West Africa

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3. And this…

Went to the market yesterday. Apparently the biggest in West Africa #Kumasi #Kejetia #AfricanGirlLovingAfrica

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4. Those are not ants but humans.

5. Where all classes shop.

Gear up. getready . . Shoutouttomyfavwax #ghanawax #akosombo#vlisco #ghanafabric #ghana#kumasi#kejetia

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6. When it rains.

7. The perfume supermarket.

Perfume seller #Kejetia market #Kumasi #Ghana

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8. Smiling in the sun.

9. Not the same for everyone though.

10. Sellers own the street.

Arise and Shine is Friday✨ #gh#kumasi#centralmarket#kejetia#ghana#werepgh

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11. The beads section.

12. Fashion on the streets.

13. Kakra a yebedi nti.

14. Still we hustle.

15. This is the routine every day.

16. Hustle mehn.

17. The place for all your needs.

18. The clothes section.

Fabric live. Kumasi. #ghana #fabrics #shopping #patterns #colours #kejetia #market #obruni #africa

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19. This…

20. Arrangement be what.

#WaxPrint #Ankara #ntoma #AfricanPrint #GTP #AfricanFashion #Fashion #Pagne #Ghana #Makola #Kejetia #EfikyireGang

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7 Astonishingly Beautiful Photos Of Abedi Pele’s Daughter, Imani Ayew That You Won’t Be Able To Stop Looking At

Legendary Ghanaian footballer, Abedi Pele is mostly known for his sons because of football.

Happy birthday DAD❤️ it's ur day BOSS 🙏🏾👑 Thank you for everything .. GOD bless u MAESTRO 10… ❤

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⚽️❤️ 🇬🇭 @jordanayew9

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Abedi, however, has an astonishingly beautiful daughter called Imani Ayew.

With the family 😘😘❤️❤️ @jordanayew9 #ripjehad

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Here are 7 lovely photos of Imani Ayew that you won’t be able to stop looking at.

1. Red lipstick.

Photo: Graphic.com.gh

 

2. Lovely.

Photo: Graphic.com.gh

 

3. Beauty in the dark.

Photo: Graphic.com.gh

 

4. Different shades of Imani.

 

5. Selfie time.

 

6. Simply beautiful.

 

7. Astonishingly mindblowing

New Witness For Ruby Cocaine Houses

The state has withdrawn a subpoena directed at the Head of the Town and Country Planning Department of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to testify in the case in which it is seeking to confiscate assets purportedly belonging to Ruby Adu-Gyamfi aka Nayele Ametefe.

According to the prosecution, there was a problem with the earlier order requesting the witness – Kwadwo Yeboah – to appear before the court.

Although the case was heard in chambers yesterday, sources say the court granted the application by the state to withdraw the subpoena.

It said another officer from the assembly whose name had not been made public, would be subpoenaed.

The Accra Financial and Economic Crimes Court presided over by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa,  adjourned the hearing until April 25, 2016.

Witnesses

At the previous sitting, lawyers of the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) told the court that the prosecution intended to subpoena its next witness to testify in the case.

Mr Kwadwo Yeboah would have been the second witness in the case in which Madam Adubofour, mother of Nayele Ametefe, is claiming ownership of the two storey buildings situated at East Legon and Dzorwulu in Accra, confiscated by the state.

A Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) investigator (name withheld) who was the first witness of the state at the last hearing, told the court that the properties at East Legon and Dzorwulu are not the only properties belonging to Nayele Ametefe (Ruby Cocaine).

He said under cross-examination by Peter Dadzie, lawyer for Madam Adubofour, NACOB had also pasted seizure notices and filed for confiscation of another property located at Pease in the Ashanti Region.

The NACOB investigator said the recommendation for the confiscation of the said property was based on “intelligence in relation to the stated property,” adding that verification from state institutions like the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Lands Commission affirmed his suspicion.

Although the witness said he had not obtained any evidence to buttress his claim, the investigator insisted that he (witness) acted within the confines of the law.

In an answer to a question, the NACOB investigator argued that anything the respondent (Nayele) was associated with was under suspicion.

But Mr Peter Dadzie disagreed, indicating that the suspicion was wrong and was not informed by any evidence.

In the view of the lawyer, the owner of the building at Dzorwulu which houses the Night Angels stores of Nayele, had filed for notice of claim and had produced land titles in the court, an assertion the witness said he was not aware of.

For this reason, the lawyer stated, “I suggest to you that you did a very bad job because a simple investigation or search at the Lands Commission could have shown that the building housing Night Angel did not belong to the respondent.”

The witness said the seizure was for the stores and not the whole property.

Evidence

The NACOB investigator has over the weeks been telling the court among other things, that checks at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) did not name Adubofour as the owner of the two storey buildings situated at East Legon and Dzorwulu.

Led in evidence by Wendy Yeboah, lawyer at NACOB, the witness stated that after the arrest and subsequent conviction of Nayele in London, UK, he was tasked to identify the assets of the convict.

He said he identified one property at East Legon and the other at Dzorwulu – which is a shop – adding that after that “I requested for the property rate from AMA.”

The NACOB undercover investigator indicated that he further requested from the AMA how names were placed on property rates and what goes into that.

The witness stated that AMA responded to the said request and got to know Adubofour after NACOB had pasted seizure notices on the stated properties.

“Per the checks done at the AMA in relation to the property rate, Adubofour’s name is not listed as the owner of the property,” he disclosed.

Background

The state has filed a motion on notice for the confiscation of the purported illegal properties belonging to Nayele, who is currently serving a jail term in Britain for transporting 12.5kg of cocaine to that country.

JB Killers For High Court

The Accra Central Magistrate Court has committed two persons being held over the murder of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North for trial at the High Court.

They are Daniel Asiedu, 19, aka Sexy Don Don, trader and Vincent Booso aka Junior Agogo.

The court, presided over by Magistrate Stephen Owusu, was convinced that the suspects had a case to answer in the death of the NPP MP.

Sexy Don Don has been slapped with the charge of murder while Agogo faces the charge of conspiracy to rob.

The prosecution held that Agogo at about 1am on February 9, 2016 at Shaishie at East Legon in Accra conspired with Sexy Don Don to commit murder.

Sexy Don Don, according to the prosecution on the same day and time intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of the MP.

Agoogo, according to the prosecution’s Bill of Indictment, did not enter the house of the MP because of a misunderstanding with Sexy Don Don on which house to rob.

Committal

Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), said the accused persons are friends and that Sexy Don Don talked to Junior Agogo about the plan to embark on a robbery expedition.

She said the two got to the house of the deceased in the wee hours of February 9 where Sexy Don Don identified the MP’s house.

The DPP said Junior Agogo disagree with Daniel on which house to rob,  resulting in a dispute between the two, adding that the misunderstanding became pronounced so Daniel asked Junior Agogo to hand over all the tools for the operation.

Ms Obuobisa contended that Daniel entered the house of the deceased at 1pm and noticed that that light in the room of the deceased was on but had no metal bars to prevent him from entering.

The court heard that Daniel grabbed a ladder and climbed onto the porch and entered the room through the window.

She said the deceased, who had returned home at 11:40 the previous day was fast asleep.

Daniel, upon entering the room, started searching the room and in the process the deceased woke up in an attempt to stop him from taking anything from the room.

“Daniel who was armed with a knife stabbed in the neck and chest of the deceased several times and he collapsed, the accused also sustained several cuts.

The prosecutor said Daniel took three Iphones and jumped out of the house through the adjourning house.

The security man later discovered the ladder against the wall raised an alarm to help the MP who was in a pool of blood.

Report from the hospital said the MP died of over bleeding and multiple stabs.

The prosecutor said Dainel sent the phone which had passwords on it for decoding but the person saw blood stains and some pictures on it and became suspicions.

Ms Obuobisa indicated the repairer realized that the pictures on the phone were identical to those that accompanied news of the death of MP.

She said fingerprints marks lifted from the crime scene were identical to that of Daniel while DNA analysis on the blood also matched that of the accused.

Denials

Sexy Don Don spent over an hour vehemently denying the entire averments of the prosecution, insisting that he did not kill the MP.

He stated, among others, that the caution statement from the police was not the true reflection of what he told the police upon his arrest.

Sexy Don Don claims that the phones of the deceased were only shown to him at the Central Police Station where he had gone to lodge a complaint in another case.

He said the supposed GH¢2,000 believed to have been given to him as his part of the money from the contract for the murder of the MP was his business capital.

The judge, upon questioning, identified a lot of loopholes in his long narration to the court.

He wondered whether the seven caution statements taken from him by the police were inconsistent with what he told the police.

Daniel claimed Junior Agogo was only brought to him in the court as his accomplice in the crime.

The accused denied telling the police that MP’s security knew something about the case.

But the judge said there are many inconsistencies in the accused person’s testimony before the court.

The judge asked him whether he did not tell the police that he was contracted by an NDC female MP to kill the MP for GH¢2,000.

Mr. Owusu noted that Daniel had a case to answer for which reason he committed him to the high court for trial.

In the case of Junior Agogo, the court held that there were no inconsistencies between his testimony and the statement he gave to the police upon his arrest.

Junior Agogo said he did not enter the house of the MP with the accused.

Exhibits

Meanwhile, the State has compiled a long list of exhibits to establish its case against the accused persons.

They include the post-mortem report of the deceased dated February 12, 2016, forensic DNA report dated April 12, 2016, blood stained T-shirt of Daniel, a catapult, knife, 3 iphones, among others.

Nana Obiri Boahen, a Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, who sat through the proceedings, said the case was of utmost interest to the state and the party.

Marwako Assault: Lebanese Supervisor Granted Bail

An Accra Magistrate Court has granted bail to Jihad Chabaan, the Marwako supervisor who has been charged with assault. He was remanded last Wednesday, March 8.

The magistrate court, Presided over by Victoria Ghansah, adjourned the case to March 20, 2017, to allow the defence counsel continue the cross-examination of the victim, Evelyn Aboagye.

The prosecution today [Thursday], led the victim through her testimony to the court. In her testimony, Evelyn Aboagye narrated the events leading to her alleged assault by the defendant.

The prosecution ended its cross examination today [Thursday], but the defendant’s lawyer, Julio De Medeiros, was unable to complete the cross examination of the victim.

The prosecution also announced that it may call at least five witnesses to testify in court. Jihad Chabaan is alleged to have dipped the victim’s face into blended pepper at the restaurant. 

 

 

22 Police Recruits Sacked For Presenting ‘Fake’ Certificates

A total of twenty-two police recruits undergoing training at the Pwalugu Police Training School in the Upper East Region have been sacked.

The twenty-two recruits made up of fourteen women and eight men, were sacked for allegedly presenting fake admission letters and certificates for admission to the school.

Speaking to Citi News, the Commander of the Training School, ACP Victor Adusei Poku, explained that, the sacked recruits who had spent three months in the school were being investigated together with their colleagues by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) to ascertain the genuineness of their certificates used for the admission.

He added that, “WAEC confirmed as fake and doctored the certificates” used by the affected recruits for their admission hence their dismissal.

“About twenty-two of police recruits were withdrawn because some of their admission letters they brought to the school, after vetting them on WAEC website, we realized that, they had their own names with their own certificates, but they took other people’s admission letters. And others too doctored their grades to meet our standard requirements so they were exposed by WAEC representatives and so we have dismissed them,” he added.

ACP Victor Adusei Poku noted that, they realized that the indicted recruits were almost halfway in completing the training, “we withdrew them from active participation of the six months training” adding that “we have also profiled them and taken their statements and given them self-recognizance bail.”

“Their offences are misdemeanor so we have written to the Attorney General office for the necessary advice,” ACP Poku added. He further advised the public especially those seeking to be enlisted into the service, to use genuine certificates for the process or else when caught they will face the full rigors of the law.

“It appears to me that, these are people who knew that they do not qualify by our standard, yet they find any means to join the service. Sometimes they pay huge sums of money for people to get them into the service only to be swindled. That fact that one is unemployed doesn’t mean that, the small money you have, you must use it to buy your way into the service, in the end you will be exposed and if not lucky you could be prosecuted,” the Police commander explained.

Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi Appointed Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture

President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi as Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The Member of Parliament for Gusheigu in the Northern region was among the 54 names released by the President, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, to Parliament for approval as Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers.

Hon. Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi holds Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics) from Clark Atlanta University, Masters in International Affairs and Development (MIAD), Clark Atlanta University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Ghana.

He will assist Honourable Catherine Afeku with stable policy environment for effective mainstreaming of Ghanaian culture into all aspects of national life and to ensure the strong emergence of a vibrant creative economy to improve and advance the tourism industry.

The Ministry is to facilitate the interface between government, implementing bodies in tourism, culture and the creative industries as well as international and civil society partners.

Kofi Adjorlolo’s Girlfriend Flaunts Wedding Gowns In A Pre Wedding Photo Shoot

Victoria Lebene Mekpah, the young actress described as “energy drink“, whom Counselor Lutterodt says will kill Kofi Adjorlolo out of their romance, has sent some strong wedding signal of a possible blessed union between the two soon.

Lebene has been spotted in France for a vacation purpose and certainly something good is coming out from her stay in the city of love.

Victoria, who is known on social media as That Ghanaian Diva, has posted photos of herself in wedding gowns and captioned it “pre wedding shoot” upon which she asked fans to help her choose one gown. If speculations are anything to go by then it means the two are going to disobey Counselor Lutterodt’s warning and get married soon.

The veteran Ghanaian actor lost his intended wife in 2011, just before he could tie the knot with the 49-year-old Charity Nyarko. But certainly Lebene has brought back hope for Mr. Adjorlolo to be a married man as the two on countless times promised to get married.

Passenger Comfort Is Paramount – Aviation Minister

New Minister for Aviation, Ms Cecilia Dapaah says her ministry is upbeat about securing the comfort of passengers travelling through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and all regional airports in the country.

The Minister during a familiarization tour of facilities at the airport gave instructions for the bathrooms to be made more baby-friendly.

Ms Dapaah apprised herself with the workings of on-going structural projects and interacted with passengers on arrival and due to depart Accra.

After meeting Management and staff of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Ms Dapaah said she was impressed with the high morale of the workers and assured them of her ministry’s support.

“My interaction with staff of GACL was a very lively one and I can confidently say that the prospects are bright” the Minister told this reporter in an interview.

Staff at the airport, she indicated were professionals and were up to their various tasks.

She stated further that she had been briefed about the statuses of the regional airports in the country however she had to visit each of them to be able to ascertain their readiness to meet the needs of the travelling public.

Fifth Freedom Traffic rights

In an interview with this paper, the Minister revealed government’s intention to renegotiate existing Fifth Freedom Traffic Rights as it firms up plans to establish a new national airline to serve the West African market.

“We haven’t granted all and what we have granted are for a specified period so after the period elapses we will renegotiate and get the best for Ghana,” she said.

The exercise of Fifth Freedom Traffic Rights on the continent has led to increased intra-Africa city pairing and passenger traffic in the West Africa sub-region.

By virtue of the Fifth Freedom traffic rights, large European, American and Gulf carriers, are able to operate flights directly from their respective bases into Accra and then fly into a neighbouring West Africa country before flying back to their bases via Accra.

South African Airways (SAA), Emirates, and Moroccan national carrier-Royal Air Maroc, all have fifth freedom traffic rights that allow them to fly from their home bases to Accra and then service other destinations in the sub-region from Accra.

Doctor Warns Against Consumption Of Cow Meat

The Programme Manager of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme, Frank Bonsu, has warned that Ghanaians stand the risk of contracting tuberculosis with the over consumption of cow meat from uncertified sources.

According to Dr Bonsu, recent studies have shown that tens of thousand of cattle slaughtered tested for biovine tuberculosis, an infectious disease that affect the lungs of the animals which could be transmitted to humans when consumed.

He therefore asked Ghanaians to “desist from drinking unpasteurised milk and buying meat from uncertified places.”

He further called on stakeholders to enforce stricter monitoring of abattoirs in the country to ensure that meats sold to the public were wholesome for consumption.

Dr Bonsu gave the caution in Accra yesterday when he launched the World TB Day which falls on March 24 on the theme, “Unite To End TB.”

He explained that the prevalence of tuberculosis had shot up globally to be the 6th killer disease, adding that in Ghana, the disease claims about 9000 lives annually, with 20 people dying of the disease everyday.

“Out of these numbers, 33 per cent of them are women; 10 per cent are children and the rest are men. Statistics also show that the prevalence is high among the aged, between 65 to 74 years, who die of this infectious disease which is four times higher than the numbers we expect in a year, indicating that as a country we are taking TB for granted,” he stated.

He attributed the high prevalence to environmental factors including urbanisation, overcrowding, poor ventilation and issues of stigmatization, which mostly dissuade people from reporting early to health facilities for treatment.

Dr Bonsu said it was necessary that government took the ‘leadership role’ in ending the disease in the country, by allocating more resources to create awareness on TB to ensure zero deaths of persons infected with the disease.

The National TB Ambassador, Eunabobrim Prah Agyensaim VI, bemoaned the myths and derogatory stories that surround the disease and leads many infected people to their early grave.

He said his vision as national ambassador was to raise awareness on TB to make Ghanaians more knowledgeable about the disease and to offer immediate help to infected persons to protect the human resource capacity of the country.

He urged the media and corporate organisations to help the fight against TB, saying “we are all at risk of contracting this deadly disease and we must put hands together to end it by the 2025 global TB target year.”

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis, its causes and prevention to ensure that the World is free of the disease.

TB is an infectious bacterial disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis which mostly affects the lungs and it is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, spits or sings.

The disease is curable when detected early and its symptoms include fever, weight loss, night sweats, tiredness and loss of appetite.

Energy Minister Calls For Treatment Of All Human Excreta

Mr Boakye Agyarko, Minister of Energy, has called all Ghanaians to join hands to develop legally and socially binding commitments to ensure the treatment of all human excreta by 2019.

Mr Agyarko said this would address the country’s huge sanitation and health problems, as well as create thousands of sustainable jobs, clean energy and improve healthy agriculture practice across the country.

He made the call on Tuesday in a speech read on his behalf during the commissioning of the Safisana Waste to Energy Treatment Plant at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.

The project is supported by the African Development Bank and the government of Netherlands.
He stated that such a decree must be supported with the needed investments from all related Ministries.

The Energy Minister announced that his outfit would consider the allocation of at least 10 per cent of financing facilities for rural electrification under the National Electrification Scheme to renewable energy-based mini-grids and standalone solar home systems in island, lakeside and sparsely populated communities nationwide.

He noted that priority would be given to increasing local content and participation in the renewable energy sector, adding that waste-to-energy would also receive intervention in the National Renewable Energy Master Plan (NREMP) with massive boost through the legally binding commitment.

Mr Agyarko gave the assurance that the government would continue with ongoing renewable energy projects by the previous administration particularly, the 200,000 National Rooftop Solar Programme, the SECO funded mini-grids for the Ada-East District, and the AfDB off-grid project under GEDAP III, among others.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, said the treatment of human excreta must start with the provision of toilet facilities for all households as according to him about 75 per cent of households resort to open defecation.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng said it was about time separation of waste policies were enforced to ensure that organic raw materials were made available for treatment.

He gave the assurance that he would push for segregation of waste at the seat of government, ministries, departments and agencies.

Mr Raymond Okrofu, Country Manager of Safi Sana Ghana Limited, said the plant was designed to process 30 tonnes of organic waste consisting of solid organic from the markets, households, restaurants, as well as faecal and slaughterhouse waste daily.

Mr Okrofu added that the 30 tonnes translated into 2.2MW of electricity which was fed into the national grid under the feed in tariff arrangement.

The plant, he stated, also produced about two tonnes of organic fertilizer daily, as well as organic vegetable and fruits seedlings in its greenhouse in addition to serving as a research and knowledge centre.

Court Orders The Arrest Of Mumuni For Assaulting A Police Officer At Flagstaff House

An Accra Circuit Court has issued a warrant for the immediate arrest of Mumuni Jabil of the New Patriotic Party’s Invincible Forces.

Jabil has been accused of assaulting a public officer contrary to section 205 (A) of the Criminal Offences Act, Act 29, 1960.

He is alleged to have led the group of men who assaulted a police officer on January 9, 2017 at the Flagstaff House.

Jabil is said to be 45 years old, dark in complexion and hails from Tamale in the Northern Region.

A police wanted notice issued and signed by ASP Joseph B. Darkwah, Public Relations Officer of the CID asked anyone with information on Jabil to contact the CID Headquarters on telephone numbers 024 0 666 594, 027 7 311 866 or report to the nearest police station.

Narrative

A video had gone viral on social media and sections of the mainstream media suggesting that a police officer at the Presidency had been brutalised by some unidentified men on the premises of the Flagstaff House.

The incident reportedly happened on President Akufo-Addo’s first day in office at the Flagstaff House after his inauguration on January 7, 2017.

In the video, the police officer, identified as ASP Nanka Bruce, sought refuge in a police vehicle to avoid further molestation by his attackers.

The police officer, who was believed to be part of the guards at the Flagstaff House during the John Mahama administration, was stopped and brutalised, forcing the police officer to run for his life.

The three-minute video showed senior police officers struggling to restore order, but to no avail.

Reactions

Since that incident, social commentators and political activists, especially from the other side of the political divide, have called for full-scale investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the alleged brutality.

While giving the assurance that effective investigations would be done on the issue, Mr Mustapha Hamid during a visit to Graphic Communications Group Limited recently expressed reservations about the manner in which the tape alleging the brutality was put into the public domain.

“It is wrong to send a tape about happenings at the Flagstaff House to the public. So our investigations will be comprehensive and will include all those angles,” Mr Hamid said.

He indicated that no stone would be left unturned to get to the root of the matter.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service is investigating the matter hence the bench warrant for the arrest of Mumuni Jabil.

Wisa Case Adjourned To April 12

An Accra Circuit Court has adjourned the case of Eugene Ashe, aka Wisa, a Hiplife Artistes’ who is accused of displaying his penis on stage to April 12.

This was after the court was informed by his counsel, Mr Jerry Avernogbor that his client had travelled out of the jurisdiction and may be there for some days.

Defence counsel provided details of his visa and travelling documents to show that he was on a national assignment outside the country.

The Court, presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, therefore obliged defence counsel’s prayer and adjourned the matter.

Wisa, of the “Ekikimi” fame, has been charged for allegedly exposing his penis while performing at the Accra International Conference Centre on December 24, 2015.

He has, however, denied the charge of gross indecent exposure and is on a GH¢8,000.00 bail with one surety.

Prosecution said on December 25, 2015, the Accra Regional Police was alerted over a nude video posted on the Internet from an unknown source, in which Wisa intentionally exposed his penis, while performing live on stage.

According to the prosecutor, Detective Inspector Judith B. Asante said the Police contacted the managers of Ashe to produce him at the Regional Police Headquarters for investigations, which they did.

The prosecution said investigations into the matter disclosed that on December 24, Airtel Communications Company and Citi FM, an Accra-based radio station, organised an event dubbed: “December to Remember,” which included the accused as a guest artiste.

In the course of the show, the accused, while dancing with a female dancer identified as Monica Kumadeh, suddenly removed his penis out of his pair of jeans and began to caress the buttocks of the dancer.

Free Haircuts For Police Personnel

Personnel of the Ghana Police Service will beginning Friday 17th March, have a grooming session where they will have free hair cuts.

The service will be repeated every Friday.

A Police Wireless Message signed by the Director General of the Ghana Police Service, COP Ransford Moses Ninson said the Police Administration has given approval to the Marketing Manager (Hair & Care Company) to mount tents in Police Headquarters premises and offer the free haircuts to the personnel.

DVLA Goes Mobile

The anxiety and anticipation that precedes a visit to any of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) offices to assess services would soon be a thing of the past following the introduction of the DVLA Express Mobile Service (DEMOBS).

Demobs, a flagship project initiated by the DVLA seeks to provide services closer to customers in the comfort and convenience of their locations.

It also extends to where DVLA does not have operational facilities to render the needed services required by clients.
How does it operate?

DEMOBS is led by an experienced Technical Manager who coordinates activities, together with other staff members, move in a state-of-the-art DVLA branded van to specific locations where they render services such as; acquisition of learner driver’s licence, renewal of learners’ driver’s licence, issuance of international driving permit, upgrade of driver’s licence, renewal of driver’s licence and replacement of driver’s licence among others.

The services are available during week days between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The service which targets corporate institutions, tertiary institutions, organised Driver’s Unions and other recognised groups such as the Ghana Private Road Transport Union, is also catching up with communities such as Ellembelle in the Western Region, Afram Pains and Asamankese in the Eastern region, Agona-Dunkwa in the Central region and many other areas.

How can one assess the service?

To access the service, institutions, group of persons, corporate bodies that request the services are to write to DVLA indicating the time, venue and date for the Authority to visit their location. To be eligible, there should be a minimum of 20 people available to access the services.

Since its inception, DEMOBS has brought a lot of relief to many as they access the services stress-free and with ease at their own time.
Benefit to clients.

The introduction of the service has afforded workers who are unable to make time off their busy schedules to do so at their own convenience and at their own time.

It provides customer-focused services and saves customers from being exploited by illegal operators (goro boys and girls).

By this initiative, DVLA hopes to improve its service delivery and convince the public to patronise and provide feedback to enhance its effectiveness and efficiency.

DVLA remains a force to reckon with as a public organisation under Ministry of transport to promote good driving standards and ensure road worthiness.

The Authority’s focus is to ensure best practices for licensing drivers and vehicles to promote road safety and environmental sustainability, while pursuing integrity, excellence, professionalism and reliability in service delivery. Its vision is to become a reputable organisation with internationally accepted standards for driver and vehicle licensing.

Established in 1999 by an Act of Parliament (Act 569) the Authority has gone a step further in its schemes of operation by introducing a number of initiatives including state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate the printing of drivers licenses, state of the art data and customer centres among others.

Women Warned Against Routine Use Of Feminine Wash

Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Ridge Hospital, has asked women to desist from using feminine wash to routinely clean their vagina as it may have long term effects on them.

He said the vagina, by its nature, had lactobacilli which produced lactic acid and helped to protect it against reproductive tract infections hence the continuous use of these feminine wash products killing the natural mechanisms.

Dr Srofenyo, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said: “This is a worrying situation since the long term repercussions is not yet known because the products are new”.

He said feminine wash should only be used by ladies when prescribed by a doctor as medication.

Dr Srofenyo expressed concern about the rate at which feminine wash are being advertised through the media which is contributing to the abuse and endangering the life of users.

He said in the past women lived without those products and they were able to keep and protect the vagina neatly and safely because of its natural secretion.

Dr Srofenyo said some pharmaceutical companies had identified that some ladies had vaginal care challenges, therefore they have found a smart way of pushing into the market some ‘dangerous’ feminine washes.

He said there were lots of bacteria inside the vagina which protected it and thus, advised that women should visit the hospital when having vagina discomfort and challenges for proper medication.

He, therefore, advised women not to use any perfumed soap, antiseptics or other products in the name of keeping the place neat and smell good as the vagina would clean itself using its natural means.

Some of the feminine wash products include; Luvet,V-Firm, perfumed soap, antiseptics, pills, medicines, Joy Ointment, and GPI G’Private.

The GNA interacted with some ladies who use the products and they said the products were good and had helped them to boost and maintain their healthy vagina.

Ms Felicia Annor, a student, said she used antiseptic to wash her vagina to prevent odour especially during menstruation.
Ms Gloria Fosu, a businesswoman, said she used Luvet and V-Firm to prevent her from contracting candidiasis.

Ms Amina Okine, a teacher, said she used the ointment to always make the place smell nice and prevent any discharges.

Court Grants Bail To Two NDC Executives Charged With Fraud

A Half Assini magistrate court presided over His Worship Abdul Majeed has granted bail to two National Democratic Congress (NDC) Constituency Executives in the in the Jomoro District of the Western region.

The two including Constituency Chairman Gideon Koniba and Deputy secretary Augustine Ofori Andoh are facing charges of defrauding by false pretenses after they were alleged to have taken various sums of money from fishermen in the area under the guise of giving them outboard motors in return.

The suspects who were arrested and remanded last week but granted bail today when they made an appearance in the sum of GH¢ 500,000 and are expected to reappear before court on April 14, 2017.

At the time of going to the press, the two were yet to meet the bail conditions as no one showed up to stand surety.

Gideon Konibah and Augustine Ofori Andoh are alleged to have taken various sums from the fishermen under the guise of providing them with outboard motors late last year.

The two were arrested after an official complaint was lodged by the chief fishermen Emmanuel Odwiri and during a party meeting at Agona Nkwanta, in the Ahanta West District of the Central region they were picked up.

Both are howver opting for an out of court settlement promising to refund either refund monies of victims or give the outboard motors as promised.

Daniel Asiedu Committed To Stand Trial For Killing Abuakwa North MP

The Accra Central District Court on Wednesday committed Daniel Asiedu, the man accused of killing the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa- North, J. B Danquah- Adu to stand trial at the High Court.

The court, presided over by Mr Stephen Owusu held that based on the facts of the case and Asiedu”s own submission, there was a case for him to answer at the High Court.

Earlier, Asiedu had denied killing the former in court.

According to him he was lured by his in-law, whose name he gave as Kwame, to the Accra Regional Police Command where he was arrested for killing the former legislator.

Asiedu made the statement at the start of his committal proceedings at the Accra District Court on Wednesday morning.

Facts

Asiedu was arrested on Thursday, February 11, 2016, in a special operation led by the Accra Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare.

He allegedly confessed that he stabbed the MP to death.

Upon his arrest, three mobile phones, two of which were believed to belong to the late MP, were retrieved from the suspect.

The facts of the case, as presented by the prosecution, were that the MP, Mr Danquah-Adu, lived with his family in a one-storey house at Shiashie, near East Legon, in Accra, while Asiedu and Bosso lived at Agbogbloshie, also in Accra.

About 11:40 p.m. on February 8, 2016, the MP arrived home and went to bed in a room located on the first floor of his house.

About 1 a.m. that same night, Asiedu and Bosso, armed with a catapult, a cutter and a sharp knife, went to the legislator’s house.

Bosso is said to have assisted Asiedu to enter the house by scaling the wall on the blind side of a security man who was fast asleep. On entering the house, Asiedu climbed onto a porch on the top floor with a ladder and entered the MP’s bedroom through a window.

While Asiedu was searching the room, the MP woke up and held him. There ensued a struggle, during which Asiedu stabbed the MP in the right chest above the breast. The MP consequently held the knife, and Asiedu pulled it through the MP’s hand, making a deep cut in his palm.

The legislator, who bled profusely, fell by his bed, after which Asiedu stabbed him several times on his right chest and neck.

On realising that the MP was dying, Asiedu left the room and took with him three iPhones.

Meanwhile, the struggle between the MP and Asiedu had drawn the attention of the security man in the house, who alerted other security men in the neighbourhood.

Having realised the impending danger, Bosso took to his heels, leaving Asiedu behind. However, Asiedu managed to descend from the top of the house and jumped over the electric fencing on the walls of the house into an adjoining house and escaped.

Govt Presents Tax Reduction Bill To Parliament

The government yesterday took a giant step towards giving tax cuts to businesses and reducing the cost of doing business with the presentation of four tax-related bills to Parliament for amendment.

The bills are the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the Special Petroleum Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the Special Import Levy (Amendment) Bill, 2017, and the Customs and Excise (Petroleum Taxes and Petroleum Related Levies) (Repeal) Bill, 2017.

The Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, presented the bills to Parliament and the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, subsequently referred them to the Finance Committee of Parliament for consideration and report.

The amendment of the bills will give the government the legal backing to reduce taxes for businesses as contained in the 2017 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

Purposes of bills

The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2017, seeks to provide for the exemption from tax of the gains from the realisation of securities listed on the stock exchange.

The Special Import Levy aims at removing levies payable on specific imported goods, while the Customs and Excise Bill seeks to repeal petroleum taxes and petroleum related levies.

The Customs and Excise (Petroleum Taxes and Petroleum Related Levies) (Repeal) Bill, 2017, is to repeal custom and excise levies on petroleum products.

Budget recall

During the presentation of the 2017 budget on March 2, 2017, Mr Ofori-Atta announced a number of tax cuts that the government intended to offer businesses.

He described some of the taxes as “nuisance’’ taxes, which had low revenue yielding potential.

He indicated that the decision to remove some taxes and reduce others was to give tax reliefs for businesses.

AMA Uses Brute Force On Traders

A local government expert has said the brute force unleashed on traders and slum dwellers by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) under the out-gone National Democratic Congress (NDC) was a major factor in the party’s defeat last year.

According to Issaka Amon Kotei there is no doubt that AMA under the leadership of Alfred Oko Vanderpuije who is the current NDC MP for Ablekuma South made the Mahama-led NDC administration unpopular among the electorate especially those in the central business district of Accra.

He told Accra FM in Accra yesterday that Vanderpuije allegedly ignored advice by development planners and local government experts to adopt what he called “a more acceptable and sustainable approach towards solving the issue of people selling on the streets as well as shantytown residents.”

“The crude tactics employed to drive traders off the streets and eject slum dwellers incurred the wrath of the people and others who depended on them for survival, resulting in the massive defeat of the NDC during the general election.”

Commenting on the re-emergence of hawkers on pavements in violation of by-laws prohibiting selling on streets and how to solve the protracted problem, Mr. Kotei said, “There is no political direction in the districts at the moment because there are no district chief executives or MCEs and so everybody is doing what he or she likes.”

He said “when the MCEs take office, I am sure they will not allow anybody to sell on the streets simply because their government is in power; it will not happen. When that happens, it will mean the MCE will be the most useless metropolitan chief executive in the country, because that is not acceptable.”

“On a long-term basis we need to plan how best we can resolve people selling on the streets.”

Meanwhile, the incoming Metropolitan Chief Executive Nii Adjei Sowah is promising to vigorously pursue a better waste management strategy to minimize floods in the capital.

He said he was considering recycling the waste system by deploying modern technology to deal with the massive waste generated on a daily basis.

Nii Sowah expressed optimism on Joy FM that he would be able to solve the problems but admitted he would need the support of every resident to make that happen.

Time To Grow Industry, Agriculture – President

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed the determination of his government to ensure the growth of the country’s industry and agriculture, stressing: “it is only by growing our economy that we can solve the problems of our economy, principally youth unemployment.”

According to the President, his government took over an administration that had already collapsed and as such, there was the need for a new direction.

“Our first task is to revive our economy, and put it on the road to growth and expansion. We want to grow our industry and our agriculture, and have a solid financial system that will support the growth of these two sectors,” he said.

The President this determination yesterday when the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa, Tony Elumelu, paid a courtesy call on him, at the Presidency, to congratulate him on his victory in the December 2016 elections.

The President noted that the private sector was the way forward for the country and that his government’s first budget had spelt out clearly how it would handle the sector

“We have removed the many impediments there are for businesses. We want to signal to the private sector that we mean business. We are counting on UBA to have a good understanding of where we are going, and be in a good position to fund some of these critical developments in industry and agriculture,” President Nana Akufo-Addo stated.

Sounding optimistic about the Ghana’s future, the president told the UBA Chair: “we want to build a Ghana beyond aid. We are tired of being beneficiaries of handouts and charity. We want to be able to stand on our own two feet and deal with our issues ourselves.”

The President expressed his gratitude for the visit of the UBA Chair, adding: “we are all in admiration of the work you’ve been doing, not just concentrating on Nigeria, but, looking beyond the borders to countries like Ghana and beyond.”

With UBA being the first Nigerian bank to set up in Ghana, during the era of President Kufuor, largely as a result of the positive business atmosphere created in the country, President Akufo-Addo noted that he was keen on recreating a pro-business climate in Ghana to spur on development.

“UBA is the kind of partner that we are looking for to assist us in the delivery of our vision and mandate,” he noted.

He assured that neither his government nor his appointees were in office to compete with business men, reiterating that they were in office to facilitate and increase business confidence in Ghana, and, by that way, develop the country rapidly.

Tony Elumelu, for his part, assured the President of his bank’s support for the growth and development of the critical sectors of Ghana’s economy, as government seeks to return the nation back onto the path of progress and prosperity.

According to Tony Elumelu, investor confidence in Ghana is rising, following the pro-business and pro-private approach taking by the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo. This, coupled with policy initiatives announced in the 2017 budget, is making Ghana the investment destination in the region.

“We are very happy about all of this, and we would like to associate ourselves with your government and support you to succeed, both in banking and in other sectors of the economy,” he said.

With UBA engaged in other ventures such as real estate, hospitality, oil and gas, and the generation of power, and with 30 branches in Ghana, Tony Elumelu noted that the bank is the biggest generator of electricity in Nigeria today. He also recounted how, during the era of the Mahama administration, UBA supported government to the tune of $1.1 billion

On the government’s 1-District-1-Factory policy, the UBA Chair indicated that his bank was prepared to support government in the realization of this vision, as well as help in boosting the country’s revenue generation.

“Africa lacks economic independence, and people like you, Mr. President, can provide the new hope for Africa and we will stand by you. You have in us willing and capable partners who are proud and happy to identify themselves with you,” he added.

NADMO Gets New Director General

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Act, 2016 (Act 927) has appointed Mr Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh as the NADMO Acting Director-General.

A statement signed by Mrs Adelaide Anno-Kumi, the Chief Director of the Ministry of the Interior on behalf of Mr Ambrose Dery, the Sector Minister and copied to the Ghana News Agency indicated.

The statement said Mr Petere Wuni Baaga and Mr Abu Ramadan have also been appointed as the Acting Deputy Director-General.

The statement said Mr Archibald Cobbinah has been appointed as the Acting Greater Accra Regional Coordinator whilst Mr Kwabena Nsenkyire has been appointed as the Acting Ashanti Regional Coordinator.

It said their appointments take effect, pending their confirmation in accordance with Article 195 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

It said pursuant to Section 7 (1) (a) of the National Disaster Management Organisation Act 2016 (Act 217), President Akufo-Addo has also appointed Brigadier-General K Opong-Kyekyeku as Chairman of the National Disaster Management Organisation pending confirmation in consultation with Council of State.

Deputy Ministers Vetted

Deputy Regional Minister-designate for the Northern Region, Solomon Namliit Boar, has proposed the setting up of a Peace Fund to help sensitise the people of the region on the need to always maintain peace and help promote development.

The deputy regional minister-designate made the proposal yesterday when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament and was asked how he could help to deal with the incessant disturbances –  either chieftaincy or land disputes – which are undermining the peace and development of the region.

Other deputy ministers-designate, who were also vetted by the committee were Elizabeth Agyeman, former MP for Oforikrom, for the Ashanti Region; Gifty Eugenia Kusi, former MP for Tarkwa, Western Region and Elizabeth Sackey, former MP for Okaikoi North, Greater Accra Region.

Mr Boar said the fund would be used to engage religious and traditional leaders to hold educational programmes, especially for the youth of the region, to avoid such conflicts and protect their future and interest.

He said some religious bodies have started such peace advocacy campaign in the Northern Region and that it was absolutely important for such Peace Fund to be set up to help broaden the peace agenda and also involve many stakeholders in the efforts to minimize the chieftaincy and land conflicts in the region.

He told the committee that he would work closely with the regional minister to help promote development in the area.

Mr Boar mentioned lack of potable water for the people of the region as one of the major problems facing the people and said that he intends to engage many of the Non-Governmental Organisations to provide a number of boreholes for the people.

Mr Namliit Boar said the ‘one village, one dam’ policy of the government would also help provide constant source of water for all-year-round farming in the Northern Region.

The Deputy Northern Regional minister-designate, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bunkpurugu, said he would also ensure that felling of trees that is seriously degrading the land in the north is controlled to make the land support improved farming.

One area Mr Boar said was of great concern to him is how children of the Northern Region would get access to formal education, especially the females, stressing that he would also devote a lot of his attention to improving access to education in the region for all children of school going age.

Western Region

The Deputy Western Regional Minister-designate, Gifty Eugenia Kusi, who was also vetted, assured the Appointments Commitment of her unalloyed support for her regional minister whom she described as affable and very understanding, and promised to work closely with him to promote the development of the region.

When she was asked whether she would be able to work with the regional minister without any form of conflict, having been a member of parliament for a long time, the nominee said, “We are already bonded and have good relationship. I promise on my honour to be faithful and loyal to my regional minister.”

When she was asked about her opinion as a heath expert on the rising cases of suicide in the country, the deputy regional minister-designate said the recent suicide phenomenon is very disturbing and sad.

She said it was very important for the government to increase budgetary allocations to the psychiatric hospitals in the country to help extend their services to the Ghanaian populace.

She also noted that counseling departments in the various educational institutions, especially secondary and tertiary levels, should be strengthened.

“The day-to-day activities of these counseling departments must be strengthened and extended to all students,” she suggested.

Ms Kusi said it was also important for teachers in institutions to always get closer to students to know their problems so that they could be assisted with the best of counseling.

On the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in the Western Region, Gifty Kusi, who was a former Member of Parliament for Tarkwa/Nsuaem, said she would play an advocacy role for teenagers to either abstain from sex and concentrate on their education or to have protected sex since it is an undeniable fact that most teenagers are very active sexually.

Greater Accra Region

The Deputy Minister-designate for the Greater Accra Region, Elizabeth Sackey, said she would collaborate with her regional minister to push the development of the region forward.

Ms Sackey, who was a former MP for Okaikwei North, said she would play an active role in ensuring the empowerment of women in the region, especially those along the coast.

She explained that empowerment of women starts with good educational background and so she would advocate for girls to enroll in schools; and with the school feeding and capitation grant in place, many girls would be attracted to attend school instead of staying at home.

She said she would work in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to organize workshops and sensitisation programmes for women groups to help empower them and also help them set up business ventures.

The Deputy Minister-designate for the Ashanti Region, Elizabeth Agyemang, said she would concentrate her efforts in assisting vulnerable women in the region and also help promote girl-child education.

According to her, she would assist her regional minister in fighting the menace of illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, “which is assuming alarming proportions in the region.”

She also promised to encourage women to go into farming since it is a profitable venture, using herself as an example.

Asiedu Nketia Is Confused – Agya Koo Hits Back

Renowned Kumawood actor Alexander Kofi Adu affectionately called Agya Koo has hit back at critics including General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia for criticizing the 6th March Drama staged at the Independence Square.

The actor who scripted and directed the entire drama himself is angry that the NDC stalwart said it was needless for the drama in already packed programme that kept guests waiting for several hours.

But Agya Koo said the comments of Mr Asieu Nketia smack of ignorance and manifest the views of someone who is confused closing his sense of judgment politically.

After the staged Drama by Agya Koo, Akrobeto, Maame serwaa and other kumawood actors and actresses during the 6th March parade at the Black Star Square, Kofi Adu seems not to be a happy person with regards to the raging controversies.

This Video Of Angel Obinim Asking Gamblers To Call Him For Betting Tips Is Pure Laughing Gold

Bishop Daniel Obinim is a popular man of God in Ghana.

bishop obinim

 

The Bishop, known by many as Angel Obinim because of claims that he is one of God’s angels, has a lot of controversies surrounding his acts.

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The latest is a video of him asking gamblers to come to him for betting tips after one of his members gave a testimony on winning big.

Ghanaians can’t handle the self-styled Bishop’s comments after the testimony.

Adisadel Reduces Intake …

Adisadel College in the Central Region will reduce by 50 per cent its regular admission for the 2017/2018 academic year. This policy, according to the headmaster, began in the 2016/2017 academic year. Adisadel College reduced its intake from 920 students in the 2015/2016 academic year to 423 for the 2016/2017 academic year, a percentage reduction of 54.

 

Speaking at the College’s 107th anniversary and Speech and Prize Giving Day, headmaster William Kusi Yeboah said the situation was agreed upon by stakeholders of the school due to “inadequate accommodation facilities” and, more importantly, the dissolution of one of the houses, New House One. Mr Kusi Yeboah maintained that until accommodation facilities and other infrastructural needs of the college improve, it will continue to reject students. Adisadel College is not the only school in the Central Region that has vowed to reduce intake of first year students in the 2017/2018 academic year. Adisadel College are the defending champions of the National Science & Maths Quiz Ghana National College, Academy of Christ The King and Wesley Girls High School have all gone the same way.

 

Mr Kusi Yeboah indicated that stakeholders of the College as a way of maintaining their enviable academic prowess won’t sacrifice quality they have fought for over the years for quantity. Despite these infrastructural challenges, Minister for Works and Housing Samuel Atta Akyea, an old boy and the Guest Speaker, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a very good reason for implementing the free senior high school in Ghana despite the meagre resources. “After all, it is the educated mind at every level that will ultimaely drive GDP upwards.” Mr Atta Akyea, also a Member of Parliament, commissioned a dining hall that was remodelled and constructed by the 1992 year group.

Primary School Girls Engage In Prostitution…

Teenage prostitution is on the ascendancy in Tumu, in the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region, as some basic school girls have formed peer groups, and are engaging in the illicit act.

The unfortunate practice, which was revealed by a study conducted by the Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), said some of the prostitution groups go by names such as “Sexy Vampires:”, Awilo” and “Kampala”, with operative slogans like “it is our business, and men shall suffer.

According to the research, drivers of heavy duty vehicles who come to Tumu, and those transiting to Burknia Faso, are the main patrons of the teenage prostitution service.

The Chief Executive Officer of SILDEP, Mr. Moses Damani Luri, revealed this during the celebration of the International Woman’s Day at Gwollu, in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region.

He said the study revealed four major factors – culture, attitude, poverty and information gap, and illiteracy, as being responsible for the practice.

Mr. Luri, therefore, called on the government to intensify social intervention programmes, including the “one district, one factory,” “one village, one dam” the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), family planning, civic education, and law enforcement among other interventions, to mitigate the effects of these social vices.

He also called on the security services, chiefs and opinion leaders in the area to rise up and act, in order to nib the practice in the bud.

The CEO of SILDEP said the International Women ‘s Day was celebrated to commemorate the contributions of gallant women to the advancement of society across the world.

“Therefore, tackling gender-based violence is as strategic way to advance women’s rights and empowerment in several areas, ranging from health, education, work, freedom from violence, and participation in public life,” he said.

He said it was for this reason that SILDEP was implementing the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) project, in collaboration with Plan International Ghana, in the upper west region to sensitize girls and other stakeholders to become conscious of the rights of the girls child and protect them.

He said the five-year project (2016-2020), despite its regional focus, had been working extensively in the Wa West , Sissala East and Sissala West District, because of the peculiar issues the three districts presented.

A staff nurse and HIV counselor at the Gwollu hospital, Mr. Alidu Fuo, who sensitized the women on HIV and AIDS, in 2016, no HIVcase was recorded during antenatal care services at the hospital.

He noted, however, that in march 2016, nine HIV cases comprising three males and six females from the ages of 19 to 48, were recorded, adding that HIV/AIDS was, therefore, with them, hence the need for all to exercise sexual responsibility.

Woman Commits Suicide At Clinic In Eastern Region

Another suicide case has been recorded in the country, this time in Eastern Region.

A middle aged woman whose name was only given as Leticia committed the act on the compound of the Ekye Amanfrom clinic in the Eastern Region.

Citi News’ correspondent, Neil Nii Amatey reported that the woman was found hanging on a rope by a water reservoir at the clinic in the Afram Plains South District.

“According to the security man on duty at the clinic, he suspects that Leticia committed the act last night after paying a visit to her mother who was on admission on the clinic,”.

Although the cause of her act is not yet known, Nii Amartey said some sources close to the situation said the deceased might have taken the decision because her husband allegedly divorced her “after she recovered from a short mental ailment.”

Six suicides in 3 weeks

This suicide brings to six the number of suicide cases recorded in Ghana within the last three weeks.

Similar ones happened at New Tafo in the Eastern Region, the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Achimota among other places.

Invest in mental health to reduce suicides – Dr Osafo

A clinical psychologist and suicidologist at the University of Ghana, Dr. Joseph Osafo, has bemoaned the lack of support for mental health related issues in the country.

According to him, this situation has contributed to the increasing trend of suicide in the country.

‘Koobi’ Sellers To Sue Minister

Sellers of salted fish (koobi) at Yeji in the Pru District of the Brong Ahafo have threatened to sue the Minister of Environment Science and Technology, over his claim that, koobi sellers use formalin to preserve their fish.

According to the sellers, since the pronouncement by the sector Minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, their business had been affected badly.

The koobi sellers also did not know what the future holds for them as their business was gradually going down.

“Our customers from Sunyani, Kumasi and Accra are no longer patronising koobi, because when they buy and send to their respective destinations, people do not buy”

Leader of the salted fish sellers at Yeji, Mrs. Juliana Gidisu said, “what the minister said is not true. I have not seen such a medicine before. Where are we going to get such medicine from? From the mortuary or the market. He just wants to destroy our market. We want him to come on radio and TV to retract what he said or we would sue him.”

Final Year SHS Student Found Dead Near Hotel Pool

A final year student of the Mando Senior High School in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of the Central Region was found dead Sunday after a pool party.

Prince Sam, 20, was said to have joined the party organized by a rural bank at the Nsaakoa Hotel in Ajumako Onwane. But fate did not smile on him as he was found dead by friends.

Residents say this is the third time in a row someone has died in March at a pool party at the venue.

Speaking to Onua 95.1FM’s Kwame Kakarba, grandmother of the deceased said OD1, as he was affectionately called, “was killed by friends”.

Maame Abena Akuaa said he had left home on Saturday night and had stayed late with friends. The body has since been deposited in Breman Asikuma Hospital mortuary.

President Nana Addo Commends Miss Ghana Organisers

The Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo has commended the Miss Ghana organization, the oldest pageant in the country.

According to the President, he was impressed with the organization’s various social interventions which has been spearheaded by various winners of the pageant.

He said the Miss Ghana pageant “is of real value to Ghana.” The President was speaking at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 when Exclusive Events Ghana, Organisers of the Miss Ghana pageant paid a courtesy call on him.

The organization congratulated the President on his victory in the December 2016 elections and on Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary.

The visit was to afford the organisers the opportunity to inform the President of the plans for this year’s pageant (in line with the Country’s 60th independence anniversary) and the future hosting of the Miss World pageant in Ghana.

Inna Mariam Patty, CEO of Exclusive Events, who led the delegation which included three former pageant winners, told the president that the Miss Ghana pageant, over the years, had succeeded in promoting Ghana onto the world stage.

The former queens present were Sheila Azuntaba – Miss Ghana 1996, Afia Marfo – Miss Ghana 1998, Selasie Kwawu – Miss Ghanan 2001.

He also commended the past award winners for their commitment to the Miss Ghana projects.

The Chief Executive Officer of EEGL said winners of the pageant, also concentrated their efforts on the aged, educational, health and environmental sectors of the Ghanaian economy, stating that one of the flagship projects undertaken by the Miss Ghana organisation is the Don Bosco Street Child Project.

“We helped acquired a 10-acre land and built a hostel, where a lot of street children and those who cannot afford to pay their fees are given technical and vocational education. In the last 10 years, we have trained a lot of youth who can also contribute their quota to society,” she said.
With regards to healthcare projects, Inna Patty mentioned that several previous Miss Ghana winners had contributed immensely to minimise infant and maternal mortality rates, especially in the three northern regions.

On the environmental front, she revealed that pageant Organisers have partnered with the Forestry Commission to carry out various tree planting exercises across the country.

She also indicated that “we are hopeful that the proposal of having national support to host the world event (Miss World pageant) will be given a favourable consideration. Countries lobby to host this prestigious event annually, as it generates millions of dollars in revenue and investment for the successful country. We are hopeful that in the nearest future Ghana, will be ready to host such an event.”

President Akufo-Addo, who thanked the delegation for the courtesy call, further described the Miss Ghana beauty pageant as “an event that promotes and sells the country.”

It is for this reason that the President added that the Miss Ghana pageant “is something that should be of concern to all ” since it promotes Ghana as a viable investment and tourism destination.

Foolishness Causing Recent Suicides – Counselor Lutherodt

Counselor Lutterodt who expressed no pain about the current happenings said “I am not saddened by what is currently happening in the country because as for me I see it be complete foolishness on the part of those who do that”.

Speaking on Accra-based station, Kasapa Fm last Saturday, he said most parents are not bringing up their children properly hence the numerous suicides.

He indicated that until children are brought up the right way and parents keep an open eye on their children, such unfortunate incidents will linger on.

Counselor Lutherodt said some parents for fear of losing their children to the world provide them with almost everything they ask for thinking that would make them satisfied.

He said children must be brought up the hard way by making them understand that not everything is gotten on a silver platter.

Recently there have been reports of suicides involving university students and a Junior High School student.

Mahama Can’t Be President Again – Rev. Owusu-Bempah

Controversial Man of God, Isaac Owusu Bempah has revealed that John Dramani Mahama can never be president again because he been rejected by the Almighty God.

According to Owusu-Bempah, Mahama has no blessing from to lead Ghana and must resist following calls from supporters of the National Democratic Congress [NDC] to lead the party in the 2020 general elections.

He adds, the former President should focus on doing other things that would benefit the good people of Ghana and reject calls by party faithful to lead the NDC in 2020 since attempt to contest President Nana Akufu Addo will lead him into ”total embarrassment.”

He however denied claims that he hates Mahama saying, ”I don’t hate John Mahama and he knows that”.

He added, ” He Mahama can’t be a president on this earth again. If he visits any true man of God he will tell him exactly what I have said so he shouldn’t waste his money in 2020”.

”I have advised him and if he takes my advice it will help a lot. Mahama didn’t have any spiritual backing from God hence his failure to impress Ghanaians during his presidency.”

”Mahama is a nice person but I have advised him not to contest for re-elections in 2020 because there is no way he could be elected as President of the republic of Ghana again.”

Rev. Owusu Bempah was speaking on Abusua Nkomo hosted by Kwame Adinkra on Monday in reaction to comments made a session of NDC party members to reconsider John Dramani Mahama as the party’s Presidential aspirant come 2020.

NDC Fights Mahama Girl

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) appears to be in disarray following the massive humiliating defeat in the 2016 general election as members, including a Deputy General Secretary of the party, Koku Anyidoho, attacked Joyce Bawa Mogtari, spokeswoman for former President John Mahama.

Joyce Bawa Mogtari, former Deputy Minister for Transport, had sought to suggest that the NDC wouldn’t be bothered, should the New Patriotic Party (NPP) continue to rule Ghana for the next eight years – a statement which has apparently angered the rank and file of the party.

Joyce, speaking on Starr Chat, last Wednesday, Joyce disclosed that for the NPP to rule from 2016 to 2024 is normal and shows the beauty of Ghana’s democracy.

“Well, I don’t really mind if NPP rules for eight years; it’s democracy and really not an issue. When they lost, you can imagine how they felt when we moved into the Flagstaff House and I know the feeling… We’ve all been there and that is the beauty of our democracy,” the former president’s spokesperson stated.

Supporters of the NDC however, were demanding clarification on Bawa’s stance indicating that the party had still not risen up from the humiliating defeat it suffered in the hands of the NPP in the 2016 elections.

Countering the statement made by Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Koku Anyidoho, deputy general secretary of the NDC, posits that the former isn’t the official mouthpiece of the party and entreated the general public to take her comment with a pinch of salt.

“Our own investigations show that we are ready to come back to power in 2020…she has just shared her thoughts which don’t reflect the views of the NDC.  She has no authority to speak for the NDC…Our National Chairman is our leader and the secretariat is still working,” Koku said.

Mr. Anyidoho advised Mogtari to stick to her job of speaking for ex-president Mahama and not to assume a new role of speaking for the party.

“She can speak for the former president but shouldn’t speak for the NDC. The former president only announced she speaks for him but the party hasn’t said so. She only expressed her views and not that of the party,” he said.

The deputy communications officer of the NDC, Fred Abgenyo, said also on Asempa fm that the party’s headquarters was overwhelmed with phone calls and complaints on Thursday after Bawa’s threatening views.

Mr Agbenyo expressed, “As far as the party leadership is concerned, we are well prepared and that, by God’s grace, by 2020 we’ll come back to power and that is what we are focused on. I cannot even tell whether what the spokesperson of the former president said was the position of former President Mahama or her own views that she expressed.”

Motgari’s U-Turn

However, Madam Joyce Bawa Mogtari after being blasted by some of her own party officials, claimed she was misinterpreted over the  statement attributed to her.

According to Bawa, she is not the mouthpiece of the opposition NDC, for which reason she could not claim that the party is not ready for the 2020 elections.
In a statement issued to clarify the matter, she said, “I have read with some disappointment, news reports attributed to some officials of our party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in which I am accused of stating among others that the NDC is not ready for the 2020 national elections.

“While no such statement was uttered by me on the Starr Chat, a personality chat show on March 08, 2017, let me also state that I have never stated or ever claimed that I am the spokesperson for the NDC or that I speak for the party.”

“I remain a proud member of the NDC. My presence on the Starr Chat was, however, in my personal capacity on the occasion of the 2017 International Women’s Day.”

“In response to a question about the plans of HE John Mahama, I indicated that I had no discussions with him about contesting the next elections, and added that whether he contested the 2020 or the 2024 elections, he would still be a relatively young man and be able to contest.”

“The host of the show then interjected to ask whether that meant I ‘know the NPP will have eight years,’ to which I responded that it wouldn’t really matter because among others, that was the beauty of our democracy.”

She added, “The above cannot, by a stretch of anyone’s imagination, be a statement from me, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, that the NDC is not ready for 2020 or that I will be happy with an eight-year rule for the NPP.”

I Haven’t Endorsed Any Event To Celebrate Me – Ex Prez Mahama

The Office of the former President, John Dramani Mahama, says it is unaware of an upcoming event to celebrate him.

There has been an advert announcing an event slated for the 18th of March, 2017 intended to celebrate the ex president for his sterling performance in office.

But a statement signed by Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Special Aide to Mr Mahama said: “while the former President appreciates the kind thoughts of the initiators of the said event, he has directed me to indicate that he is unaware of the said programme, he has not been informed or invited to any such programme, and he has not provided any form of endorsement for the programme.”

Name Politicians Who Sacrificed Human Lives For Power – Yammin Charges Owusu-Bempah

Former Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports is challenging Founder and Leader of Glorious Word Ministry to mention names of politicians in Ghana that buried human beings alive in exchange for political power during the 2016 elections.

According to Joseph Yammin, Rev. Isaac Owusu-Bempah and other “NPP pastors” are the reasons why Ghana is under spiritual curse leading to blood baths on the road on suicide among young ones.

Joseph Yammin alleges, Owusu-Bempah and other pastors who ganged up and prayed for Nana Akufo Addo also performed some rituals that are now hurting the country spiritually.

He was speaking on Abusua Nkommo hosted by Kwame Adinkrah in response to claims by Rev. Owusu-Bempah that recent cases of suicide cannot be blamed on Akufo Addo but occult forces.

He said, “Kwame, Owusu-Bempah should tell us what he and the other NPP pastors did behind the scenes to help Nana Akufo Addo win the elections.”

“Apart from praying for Akufo Addo, they were involved in some secret ritual sacrifices on behalf of Akufo Addo which is the reason why the country is witnessing mysterious loss of human lives especially the youth,” he alleged.

“If this is the kind of pastors around Akufo Addo, no wonder Ghana is suffering these senseless deaths. Some of these respected men of God are supposed to inspire us rather than hate president Mahama during his tenure. These people never liked president Mahama and hated him so much,” he added.

“Today, I have stopped listening to some of these pastors such as Mensah Otabil, my own former Moderator, Ebenezer Martey and the rest because there is no sense in whatever they say…there is not a single piece of sense. You can see that their minds have been crowded with hatred for President Mahama. They don’t make sense because of the hatred they had for Mahama,” Yammin charged.

Ladies, 22 Natural Hairstyles You Can Rock Instead Of Wigs

The Natural Hair Movement is an era of fearless, beautiful men, women, and children sporting their hair in its natural state. For those of us who want to stay true to our roots and still have options for changing up our personal style with no chemical shame, these 21 hairstyles (in no particular order) are some of the most popular in the world among the #teamnatural crowd.

Two-Strand Twists

This look is a must try whenever going natural. It’s super easy to create and can make your curls last for days. Here are 5 simple steps to creating two strand twists.

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Finger Coils

The clean, polished look of finger coils gives us an innocent play on Shirley Temple circa 1935 in The Littlest Rebel. These ringlets are super playful, fun, and a gorgeous way to display fresh coils.

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Inverted Bob

Not everyone wants to be team “long hair don’t care”–and the bob has just the amount of sophistication and sexiness to prove that short cury hair is awesome, too. Sometimes referred to by stylists as the stacked bob or angled bob, this style is more popular during hotter seasons when we need to get all that heavy, curly hair off our neck in the heat! Be sure to look for a salon that specializes in natural hair.

 

 

 

 

 

Blowout

Whenever you need a trim or just want a fluffier, fuller mane for a few days, the blow-out is perfect. And what else is great is the fact that it isn’t necessary to use heat in order to achieve this look. There are many different kinds of blowouts–Dominican, Japanese, and Brazilian, and the heatless blowouts are among the most common. NEXT: Safe, Natural Hair Straightening Tips

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Wash-and-Go

This is probably the most popular of the bunch because it is usually considered the easiest hairstyle for naturalistas. Here are Devri’s tips to achieving curl definition with a wash-and-go.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DEVRI VELAZQUEZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box Braids

Janet Jackson made this hairstyle popular by her role in Poetic Justice, and ever since, we’ve been hooked. The box braids takes us naturals back to the 90’s when style was a perfect blend of sassy yet beautiful (think Dionne in Clueless).

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Heatless Waves & Curls

Believe it or not, re-texturizing hair does not necessarily call for hot styling tools like a flat iron or curling wand. When us curlies feel like changing up our hair’s natural texture temporarily, we turn to easy-to-use tools like perm rods, flexirods, or Curlformers. The look won’t permanently alter our hair, and there are many tutorials to help us achieve this look with ease.

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Bantu Knots

With bantu knots, you can get the definition and voluminous curls you want. This protective style is an easy way to retain moisture in your mane while looking cute and ready for a night out on the town!

MORE: Evelyn’s Bantu Knot Tutorial

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Fro-Hawk

Growing out your TWA can be tedious for the impatient naturals out there. The frohawk is a great way to hide the awkward middle stages of growing your natural hair out by pinning it up into a faux hawk and pairing with some big hoop earrings for a street chic look.

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Roll, Tuck, & Pin

Whenever you’re looking for a simplistic style that protects end from climatic damage, this one is it. The roll, tuck, and pin is a pretty way to give coily hair a break from constant styling, brushing, and product junkyism.

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Pineapple

The pineapple method was created by the curly community right here on NaturallyCurly.com! A lot of us use the pineapple method to protect our curls while sleeping. As the natural hair community continues to grow and boast of its pride for our hair, a lot of us are leaving the house like this with no worries! It’s a fabulous and simple look when there’s not a lot of time in the day to style.

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Flat Twists

The flat twist has been around for a long, long time. Even before the natural movement started taking flight, we all used to do flat twists on our relaxed and weaved hair to protect it from damage and over styling. Nowadays, naturals have turned this once juvenile look into one that can be adorned with an elegant flower or other hair accessory to jazz it up. Create this beautiful flat twist updo.

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The Cinnamon Roll Updo

This classy ‘do may look difficult to create, but it doesn’t have to be! The cinnamon roll can be worn to important events, or even date night with your hubby. Your face will be beautiful and the cinnamon roll updo will compliment it without overshadowing your whole look.

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High Bun

While exercising those extra pounds off in the new year, or attending an important meeting with colleagues, the high bun is versatile for many occasions. It’s another protective style that doubles as a nifty way to mask split ends. MORE: 4 Easy Styles To Hide Your Split Ends

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Goddess Braids

Extremely similar to the halo braid, this updo is a chic and sophisticated look that a lot of natural brides are sporting. MsDanti shows us in a few easy steps how to achieve this regal look.

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Twist-Out

As a natural, the twist-out is one of our go-to styles whenever we want lots of volume and hold in our curls. Depending on the products used and the size of the twists, this look varies and is extremely popular among naturalistas everywhere.

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Pompadour

This ‘do is classic, but made more modern and edgy with Janelle Monae’s debut in the new millennium. Now natural ladies everywhere want a fierce pompadour updo to show just how big their big hair can get.

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Afro

We will also adore the ‘fro for tons of reasons. One is because to us, it epitomizes the era of true texture self-love. And us curlies have our own ways to decode what type of afro we are rocking: from the TWA (teeny weeny afro) to the BAA (big a** afro). They say the higher the hair, the closer to heaven…then Aevin Dugas must be holier than thou.

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Natural Hair Bow

The hair bow is a frisky and cute take on a classic bun. For long-haired naturalistas, you may also use a weave hair bundle similar in texture to your natural hair to get the look while still rocking your coils and protecting your ends for the day. Watch how Cassandre Beccai creates her stylish natural hair bow on YouTube.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KEEP IT KINKY

 

 

 

 

 

Dreadlocks

Affectionately called ‘locs’, naturalistas all over the world have made this lifestyle commitment to a process called “locking”, in which natural hair is twisted and held together on a regular basis until the hair strands eventually stick together as one big strand. The length and thickness all depend on your maintenance and type of locking process you choose. Of course, patience is above all, as it may take years to get your desired results.

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Marley Twists

This protective style earns its name from its island vibe, and is popular among curlies in the warmer months of the year. If you can handle long installation time (usually 6 to 8 hours), marley twists (similar to havana twists) are a great way to flaunt your natural hair while adding length as well.

Akufo-Addo’s Kyebi Supremacy Agenda Cause Of ‘Separatist’ Agitation – Koku Anyidoho

Deputy General Secretary of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho is blaming President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the ongoing Western Togoland State agitation by the Separatist due to his Kyebi supremacy agenda.

According to him, since the President was sworn into office he has been trying to hype the late Dr J.B Dankwa who contributed nothing to the development of this country.

Three men in the Volta region were arrested and charged with treason with the possibility of facing death penalty if they are convicted.

The group has been advocating for the restoration of the Western Togoland which they claim stretches from parts of the Northern region, Upper East, Volta region down to the Gulf of Guinea.

Speaking with Kasapa News, Mr Anyidoho indicated that, they are not separating from Ghana as earlier reported but want the world to know their contribution towards the development of this nation.

He said, it will be better for the President to stop giving the unnecessary hype to Dr J.B Dankwa who did not play any role in the struggle of the country’s independence.

Mr Anyidoho questioned if the laws of the country are against freedom of association saying the Separatist called Homeland study group foundation cannot be described as illegal and that they are only trying to tell and write the history of Ghana.

‘We are observing to know the outcome of this, Ghana belongs to all of us, and the court said they cannot be charged with treason as proffered by the police. What offence have they committed by joining a group? I as a Voltarian, am observing with keen interest. But that group cannot be called secessionist it’s not an illegal group. The President mentioned J.B Dankwa’s name throughout his speech during Independence Day celebration. What was the role of J.B Dankwa in the attainment of Ghana’s independence?, the President downplayed the role of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and praised J.B Dankwa instead, that is the why the group also want to re-write history. What is wrong in this step they are taking?

If there is a President who wants to pursue Kyebi supremacy agenda and impose J.B Dankwa on us, then its important Voltarians also look into their history and see where they are coming from,’ he fumed.

According to him, Voltarians are part of Ghana and will continue to be with a voice.

He reiterated that the group is not asking for secessionism as speculated by a section of the public.

Politicians Sacrificed Human Beings Prior To 2016 Polls – NDC Communicator

A communications officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region, Godwin Bobobee believes the recent suicides in the country’s institutions could be the repercussions of ritual killings by various political actors prior to the 2016 elections.

He alleges that prior to the 2016 polls; politicians were consulting shrines and other spiritual deities for political power and protection and could have sacrificed human beings to fulfill the evil promises made to the gods.

To this end, he sees the recent spate of suicides as something spiritual which should not be overlooked and must be dealt with through prayer from powerful men of God.

There have been reports of suicide deaths in the various university campuses and other places with at least four confirmed cases

Psychologists have blamed the situation on depression suffered by the deceased persons which could have triggered them to commit such acts with the latest being a final year student of the University of Ghana (UG), Jennifer Nyarko.

But the NDC communicator in the Ashanti Region thinks politicians might have used the blood of innocent citizens to purify the gods.

He therefore asked religious believers to pray against any unfortunate deaths since the country cannot afford to lose the youth who will take leadership of the country in future.

The aspiring regional Youth Organizer of the NDC who spoke to mynewsgh.com asked the youth to rise against politicians who believe it is only through the use human of blood a political party can win power.

Nana Addo On Why He Always Generate Controversy…

President Nana Akufo Addo has said he has always sparked controversy in his political life because he’s never been a dull politician.

According to him, over 30 years of actively engaging in politics, anytime he speaks his pronouncements have continuously caused debate among a large section of Ghanaians.

The President made the comments while addressing an audience at the Ghana Unity Ball 2017 on Thursday March 9, in reaction to claims by his critics that he skewed Ghana’s history about the struggle for independence.

In his speech during Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary on 6 March, Nana Akufo-Addo said the UGCC, forebears of his current party, NPP, “met to demand independence from the British and 70 years after that event, one still marvels at the clarity of thought and the passion that they displayed.”

“Some of the names of that momentous day have survived in our written history and folk memory. Five of them are on our Ghanaian currency: Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori-Atta; Ebenezer Ako-Adjei; and Edward Akufo-Addo. Kwame Nkrumah, the sixth of the Big Six on the currency, was to join them later,” the President, who is the son of Edward Akufo-Addo and nephew to J.B Danquah, narrated.

He said, the struggle for independence started in 1844 and was only capped by the efforts of several others in 1957.

But the Convention People’s Party (CPP), founded by Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah, however, has taken offence at President Akufo-Addo’s account of events and accused him of misrepresenting Ghana’s history to placate his father, uncle and the UP political tradition.

In a response to his critics, President Akufo-Addo said: “This has been a very strange week. On Monday, I made a speech to the country which I tried to speak about how we became Ghana. And like everything I say, it’s ended up in controversy. But that is how it should be. A politician who doesn’t generate controversy is a dull politician.

“The amusing part of it is that the people who did not live through the independence era, young people who came much after, claim that I distorted the history of Ghana and belittled the role of Kwame Nkrumah. The one man there who actually lived through the era, [who] was here in Ghana at the time, embraced me as having enhanced the image of Kwame Nkrumah. And that tells you everything about Ghanaian politics. That is President Mugabe. He gave me a big hug.”

Where Is The $663m Conti Project Cash? – O. B. Amoah Quizzes NDC

Member of Parliament for Akwapem South, Hon. O. B. Amoah is questioning the immediate past NDC government about the whereabouts of the US$663,229,496 they promised Ghanaians of raising to finance the construction of the Accra Sewer and Storm Drainage Alleviation works, popularly known as ‘Conti Project’.

The project was aimed at improving storm water flow, drainage and sewer systems in the Accra Metropolitan Area with a primary focus on works within the designated flood zones in the Odaw Basin and the Korle Lagoon to alleviate the frequent flooding and improve sanitary conditions.

The focus was to tackle priority drains needing construction and upgrade drains in the following areas: Odaw Upstream, Mataheko, South Kaneshie, South Awudome, Onyasia Tributaries, Nima Main and Nima Tributaries, Sukura/Mampon Drain and the Industrial area drain.

According to the Akwapem South law maker, even though Parliament on October 25, 2012, approved all the agreements covering the project, till date Ghanaians have no knowledge about the whether the said money was released or not.

“It is only under the NDC that they promises to solve the flood situation and said that they have gone for US$663million and went ahead to take the President to the site to cut the sod for the commencement of the project. Mr. Speaker, as we speak now, not a Cent has come to this country”, he noted.

Hon. Amoah made this observation, Thursday, March 9, 2017, when contributing to the debate on the 2017 Budget on the floor of Parliament.

The project, Kasapafmonline.com learnt also received further Preliminary Commitment from the America Export Import Bank in March 2013 with the contract subsequently signed between the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the contractor – Conti on June 11, 2013.

The contract sum was in two folds; a loan agreement of US$538,299,497 between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the United States of America for the construction of the Accra Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Drainage Alleviation Works project; and a loan agreement of US$125,000,000 between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and Standard Chartered Bank for the construction of the Accra Sewer and Storm Water Drainage Alleviation Works project.

Then Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda wrote to Parliament on July 22, 2015 in response to a request for further information about the said project by the MP for Akwapem South that while the loan was being processed, preliminary works commenced immediately after the signing of the contract along the Korle Lagoon Ecological Restoration Project (KLERP) to forestall the occurrence of flooding.

The work he added was executed by Conti’s local partners with the government advancing some payments to the said local partners in June 2015.

He further told Parliament that the project has since 2015 been put on hold pending the completion of the loan processes which were still going.

Hon. O. B. Amoah commenting further told the August House that failure on the part of the NDC to secure the loan for the Conti project among others made the umbrella family’s legacy under local government very abysmal.

“NDC bequeathed us with weak decentralization, poor waste management services, congested and dirty urban communities, poorly managed assemblies, poverty and its associated deaths”, he noted.

He said the NPP under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will do far better than the NDC did, stressing that the 2017 Budget will vindicate him.

“We are promising that there should be a national urban policy and under this we are saying that with the geographic info systems, we will develop a better addressing system more especially, we are addressing fiscal discipline, and we are promising fiscal transparency, fiscal accountability and priority at the local level. All these were missing under the eight years administration of the NDC”, he stressed.

Allocating GH¢500m To Presidency Wrong – Ablakwa

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said the allocation of some 500 million Ghana cedis to the presidency is too high, and cannot be justified. The MP has accused the presidency of defying the country’s austere conditions to allocate a huge amount of 1.5 billion cedis – the highest ever allocation to the presidency in the history of the country.

This is in spite of the fact that, about one billion of the 1.5 billion is going to be used for several of the government’s special projects announced in the budget statement. Speaking to Citi News’ Duke Mensah Opoku, the former Deputy Education Minister said there is no purpose tied to these funds especially when the governing NPP is claiming that the budget for several sectors has been cut down.

“The justification which honourable colleague Members of Parliament sought to provide cannot be justified. We are talking about a staggering 1.5 billion, an allocation of 1.5 billion cedis. If you look at the 2016 budget, the allocation to the office of government machinery was in the region of 700 million cedis.

Now if you come to even combine 4 year allocations; 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015,if you combine all those allocations to the office of government machinery , you will get 1.3 billion. It is still less than 1.5 billion cedis which has been allocated in just one year to the office of government machinery, and the point I was making is that, this is the year that the President and the Finance Minister are appealing to Ghanaians that there are too many rigidities in the budget.”

llocations meant for special projects In response, the Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng, explained on Eyewitness News that over one billion of the amount allocated to the presidency will be used for special projects. “GHC 1.56 billion has been allocated to the office of the President, the question we are asking is that, what are we using it for?

In this year, we are rolling out many fresh initiatives. One district,one factory; one village, one dam, the Zongo Development Initiative and all those special initiatives whose cost come up to about 1 billion, are all sitting in the budget of the office of the President so the 500 or so that Honourable Okudzeto is talking about is what is left for the office of the government machine to do the traditional things”

He wondered why Okudzeto Ablakwa will raise concerns about the amount of money going to the presidency when an excess of 700 million went to the same office just last year. “…Just last year, after allocation, actuals, government allocated in excess of 700 million to the office of the President which is more than the 500 that we are allocating this year, so I find it very hard to understand why anybody will be interpreting this. It is lower than what was done last year.”

NDC Communicator To Release Book On NDC’s Humiliating Defeat

The Ashanti Regional Communications officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abdul Samed Akalilu is authoring a book to reveal secrets about the party’s embarrassing defeat in the 2016 polls.

Mr. Akalilu who was the regional spokesperson for the 2016 elections is accused of pocketing monies and other souvenirs meant for grass root supporters of the party.

Former Deputy Ashanti Regional and regional campaign coordinator, Hon. Andy Ocran was also accused of losing touch with senior members of the party in the region, hence their overwhelmingly defeat.

As a result, some disgruntled members of party locked up the party regional office immediately after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took office from NDC to show their displeasure at their leadership.

However, the former spokesperson and communications director has revealed he will soon outdoor a book on reasons that caused the party’s defeat.

The book with its full content, mynewsgh.com understands, has been given to Prof. Kwesi Botchwey’s committee which is tasked to investigate the party’s pitiable lost at the polls.

The title of the book is however unclear.

When published, it will be the second time a party under this Fourth Republic is publishing a book after elections.

Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy of New Patriotic Party (NPP) published one after party lost power in 2008 with a title: “Chasing the Elephant into the Bush.”????

Nana Names Mayors

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will appoint chief executives for metropolitan assemblies in Accra, Kumasi, Tamake and Takoradi in the coming days.

Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, stated that the committee, led by Mac Manu, had successfully vetted MMDCE aspirants.

“We are done with vetting of people who are hoping to be appointed as metropolitan chief executives for places like Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi. It is now left with the president to select people he thinks can best manage the metropolis and bring the needed development,” he noted.

Musa Superior, an aide to President Akufo-Addo and Nii Adjei Sowah, Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the NPP, have been tipped for Tamale and Accra respectively.

According to Mr. Boadu, the names of MMDCEs for the other assemblies would also be released by the Presidency in the coming weeks.

Six regions

He announced that the vetting committee, of which he is a member, had completed the vetting of hopefuls in six out of the 10 regions in the country. Mr Boadu stated that the vetting committee would soon complete the four remaining regions.

Reject bribe

The acting NPP General Secretary flatly debunked reports that some MMDCE aspirants had bribed members of the vetting committee.

According to him, the vetting committee doesn’t have any control over who becomes MMDCE.

The NPP guru indicated that “no party member can help you to get appointment as MMDCE, it is only President Akufo-Addo, who has that sole right so don’t try to bribe anyone”.

2016 WASSCE: Over 2,000 Candidates Cheated

Very Reverend Dr Sam Nii Nmai Ollennu, the Head of West African Examination Council, National Head Office, has said that 2, 293 candidates cheated in last year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He said with the aid of the new anti-malpractice software, Item Differentia Profile (IDP), developed by the West African Examination Council (WAEC), candidates who were identified to have cheated in the core subjects namely English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science also had their relevant subject results cancelled.

“In spite of the interactions with candidates during our sensitization programmes and engagement with stakeholders, quite a number of malpractices were recorded in the 2016 WASSCE.

“Consequently, for the 2016 WASSCE for school candidates, 11,277 candidates lost various subject results, whilst 647 candidates had their entire results cancelled,” Rev Ollennu made the observation at the 2016 WASSCE Distinction Awards held in Accra on Thursday.

The WASSCE Distinction Awards is a scheme on the WAEC calendar that honours candidates who obtain a minimum of grade eight A1’s in every year’s WASSCE.

Rev Ollennu therefore appealed to supervisors and invigilators to be more vigilant going forward.

“We wish to pledge that we will put in all the necessary arrangements to ensure the examinations are conducted successfully.

“We wish to affirm our commitment to the fight against examination malpractices in general and the conduct of leakage-free examination in particular,” he said.

According to Rev Ollennu, an analysis of the results for the 2016 WASSCE for school candidates indicated that candidates performed better in all the core subjects during the examination than they did in 2015.

He, however, revealed that based on the Chief Examiners report, Ghanaian students performed poorly at trigonometry, geometry, logarithm and story questions in Mathematics adding that “Yet no efforts seem to be directed at improving the situation until recently when the Ministry held seminars for teachers of least performing schools,” he said.

For the awards winners for the various programme, Ms Sedinam Adwoa Botwe, of the Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast won a cedi equivalent to 400 dollars from the Ghana National Office of WAEC, a laptop, a certificate and a plaque for her school for being the best General Arts Student, while Ms Domuah Ailleen of Akosombo International School received the same prizes for being the best Business student with Master Kpodo Courage of Anglican Senior High School receiving similar awards respectively after excelling as the best visual Arts Student.

Master Pius Kyere, formerly of St James Seminary Senior High School was adjudged the overall best student in Ghana.

For his prize, Master Kyere smiled home with 600 dollars from the WACE endowment fund, 400 dollars for being the overall General Science student, a full scholarship through tertiary education from Universal Merchant Bank (UMB), a personal account by UMB, a cash prize of GH¢ 2,000 from Mr Dares Mills, the Member of Parliament for Berekum, a laptop from UMB, certificate and a plaque for his school.

Taking the second overall best student award in Ghana, Master Benjamin Bortey Sango, formerly of Accra Academy Senior High School, received 500 dollars from the WAEC endowment fund, GHC 200 cash prize and GHC 300 investment amount from First Banc, a laptop from UMB and a plaque for his school.

The overall third prize winner, Master Richmond Kwame Mensah, a former student of St James Seminary Senior High School received 1,000 dollars and a laptop from BOND.

Meanwhile, two candidates who were awarded would take international awards in Nigeria.

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, lauding WAEC for the initiative said it was in line with government’s objective of shifting focus of education from merely students passing exams to being citizens who could think critically and compete with their counterparts over the World.

He urged the awardees to continue to work hard as they had done previously.

“Strife to work harder and continue to improve as candidates do not need to engage in malpractices or cut corners to excel,” he advised.

Dr Opoku Prempeh pledged of the ministry’s assistance to put in resources that would improve the sector.

The sector minister commended teachers, parents, school heads of awardees for being the source of inspiration to the young ones.

He expressed the expectation that more students would receive more of such award going forward taking into consideration the massive investment government had been doing in the private sector.

Bemoaning the rate at which examination malpractices continued to be a setback befalling WAEC over the years, called on stakeholders to collaborate with the council for its goal of establishment to be met.

Some of the awardees who spoke to the Ghana News Agency expressed happiness at their recognition, thanked their parents and teachers for their support and called on other students to make hay whiles the sun shines by marrying their books and giving birth to success.

Last year’s WASSCE was conducted for 274,262 candidates. This number consisted of 141,524 males and 132,738 females.

The total number was an increase of two per cent over the 2015 candidature of 268,812.

Three hundred and forty-four candidates out the number that sat for the 2016 examination met the criterion for the awards, that is to say 344 candidates obtained eight grade A1’s.

The candidates were from 887 schools and included 58 visually-impaired candidates.

AU Not Doing Enough For Africa – Emile Short

The Africa Union (AU) is not doing enough for Africans, a former boss of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short, has said.

His comments come on the heels of the AU’s silence on the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the death of African migrants who embark on perilous journeys to Europe and the crisis in South Sudan.

Speaking on World Affairs on Class91.3FM on Friday 10 March, Mr Short noted that the AU needed to do a lot more to stem the tide of conflict on the continent.

“Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the African Union is not doing enough for Africans. I see the African Union as an organisation that is more interested in its own solidarity. Take for example migrants who are going from Libya and are taking such risks and are perishing on the sea. What is the African Union doing about it? You don’t hear much about it. The countries that are affected, what are they doing to stop this rush of migrants?” he asked show host Dr Etse Sikanku.

“Take a look at the situation in South Sudan. What has the African Union done about it? You have two individuals who have engaged in this ethnic war. Famine has been declared in South Sudan recently, thousands of people have been displaced, women and children have been killed, raped, and it’s such a tragedy. There are so many conflicts raging on the continent and I think the African Union needs to do a lot more to stem the tide of this conflict.”

Mr Short was of the opinion that the problems in some African countries was “a question of poor governance” and suggested that Africa go back to Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Africa High Command policy of having an African army “that can step in to deal with some of these situations”.

Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital In Havoc

The Ankaful Psychiatric hospital in the Central region owes its drug and food suppliers over 4.5 million Ghana Cedis, forcing the hospital management to run on inadequate supply of drugs and food.

The situation has led to an increase in patient attacks on nurses.

The various wards at the over 50-year-old facility, have also developed structural cracks and have poor electrical wiring systems thus leading to electrocution at the wards.

A similar situation at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital last year led to the temporary closure of the facility.

Watch GHOne News’ Alice Aryeetey’s report on what the patients of the Ankaful Hopital have been saying about the state of the mental healthcare system.

Prez Akufo-Addo & First Lady Dance At Ghana Unity Ball (Video)

The smiles on their faces and the ease with which they danced at this year’s Ghana Unity Ball communicated a clear message of a husband and wife having a good time on the dance floor.

President Akufo-Addo and his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo were a delight to watch at the dinner setting as they danced to some patriotic songs.

The Ghana Unity Ball is the brain child of Most Reverend Ing Dr Dan Markin. It is envisioned as a mobilisation platform for national cohesion.

The objective is to create an opportunity for all Ghanaians regardless of ethnicity, religion, political affiliation and culture to see themselves as one people with a common destiny.

 

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Kumawood Stars Attack Asiedu Nketia

Kumasi-based movie actors and actresses have attacked the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr.Johnson Aseidu Nketia over comments he made against them.

“Mr. Aseidu Nketiah does not know importance of sending a girl child to school hence, NDC condemnation of government’s free education policy”, spokesperson for Agya Koo, Mr. Atta Aboakye told mynewsgh.com

A team from Kumawood on the Independence Day staged play at the on the importance of the education of the girl child.

But the chief scribe of the opposition party, Mr. Aseidu Nketia described the “educative and hilarious” performance as “unnecessary, and waste of time”.

According to him, most of the foreign dignitaries present did not speak and understand the medium of communication used by these actors.

Responding to what appears to be an attack on local movie production, the spokesperson bemoaned the “political stance” always taken by Mr. Aseidu Nketia against some personalities in the movie industry.

He stated that their work is to amuse, educate and inform the public on issues that will benefit the people of this county.

‘1-District, 1-Factory’: NDC MP Lobbies For ‘Gari’ Factory

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Upper West Akim Constituency in the Eastern Region has implored his colleague MPs to be proactive on President Akufo-Addo’s promises to the people of Ghana.

Derik Darko Ohene Assifo Bekoe said the President has promised constructing one factory for every district but if the leaders such as MPs and Municipal, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) sit idle waiting for the President to construct the factories, it will never come to pass.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP was speaking on Onua FM’s Ghana Dadwene on Thursday, March 9 hosted by Nana Yaw Opare.

The former DCE for Upper West Akim said “the President said he will do one district one factory. You sit and see if President will bring it. You must lobby before they can come and that is what I am doing”.

He said he will sit down with his people to determine what factory will be suitable in the constituency.

“We must start looking for lands. We must do a proposal. We must get the raw material in place before the President starts the factory,” the MP explained. Proposed factory Mr. Ohene Assifo Bekoe said “we can establish a gari factory there because the best gari comes from Adeiso”.

“We manufacture the best gari in Ghana. If you want the best gari, come to Adeiso because we export gari to Nigeria and even European countries.”

Mugabe Knows I Didn’t Skew Independence History – Akufo-Addo

93-year-old President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has borne me out as not having twisted or skewed the history of Ghana’s independence struggle contrary to what the “young” critics are saying, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.

In his speech during Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary on 6 March, Nana Akufo-Addo said the UGCC, forebears of his current party, NPP, “met to demand independence from the British and 70 years after that event, one still marvels at the clarity of thought and the passion that they displayed.”

“Some of the names of that momentous day have survived in our written history and folk memory. Five of them are on our Ghanaian currency: Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori-Atta; Ebenezer Ako-Adjei; and Edward Akufo-Addo. Kwame Nkrumah, the sixth of the Big Six on the currency, was to join them later,” the President, who is the son of Edward Akufo-Addo and nephew to J.B Danquah, narrated.

According to him, the struggle for independence started in 1844 and was only capped by the efforts of several others in 1957.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP), founded by Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah, however, took offence at President Akufo-Addo’s account of events and accused him of distorting Ghana’s history to placate his father, uncle and the UP political tradition.

Speaking on the controversy, Kwame Nkrumah’s daughter, Samia, said: “Kwame Nkrumah himself said the independence struggle started before him,” but added that her father’s role was the most “significant”.

“We agree that there were so many other people [in the independence struggle] but his [Nkrumah’s] role was significant. Nobody can take that away from him.”

Ms Nkrumah said on Accra-based Citi FM on Wednesday that: “If I were giving that speech, I would have given Kwame Nkrumah more prominence. All the records show who the main catalyst was. Kwame Nkrumah had a vision… even though he came to collaborate with UGCC [United Gold Coast Convention], but we know from history he was going to come down anyway.”

“Kwame Nkrumah had a particular pan-African vision for our independence, so, he was bound to be the catalyst. So yes, thousands were instrumental, but he was the catalyst and let’s give him is due,” the former CPP Chairperson said.

In a response to his critics, President Akufo-Addo told an audience at the Ghana Unity Ball 2017 on Thursday, 9 March, that: “This has been a very strange week. On Monday, I made a speech to the country which I tried to speak about how we became Ghana. And like everything I say, it’s ended up in controversy. But that is how it should be. A politician who doesn’t generate controversy is a dull politician.”

“The amusing part of it is that the people who did not live through the independence era, young people who came much after, claim that I distorted the history of Ghana and belittled the role of Kwame Nkrumah. The one man there who actually lived through the era, [who] was here in Ghana at the time, embraced me as having enhanced the image of Kwame Nkrumah. And that tells you everything about Ghanaian politics. That is President Mugabe. He gave me a big hug,” he added.

16 Unusual Things On A Man’s Body That Women Find Attractive

When it comes to men saying all the things on a woman’s body they find attractive, the list will never end.

Women are also attracted by sight and get attracted by the things on a guys body too. Here are 16 unusual things on a man’s body that a woman finds attractive.


1. Lower Back Dimples.

There are two little holes on the lower back and it will surprise you to know that these actually make some women go crazy when they see it on a man. Some women really admire it on men.

2. Manhood Veins.

To a man, this is something normal but to a woman, it makes her go nuts.

 

 

3. A Man’s Butt.

You might think only men go crazy when they see woman’s butt, women also feel same too especially when it is sizable and firm.

 

 

4. Red Lips.

Something some women just can’t have enough of.

 

 

5. Dimples.

Men see it on women and go crazy, same way women feel too.

6. The Bulge.

As a man, you might see a camel toe and go haywire but assume a woman wouldn’t be bothered when she sees your bulge right? Well, you’re wrong, some women get extremely excited when they see a man’s bulge.

 

 

7. Diastema.

This is the gap in-between the two front teeth. We love it on women and they also find it super attractive when it’s on a man.

8. Beard.

Need we say more…it is obvious now.

9. Chest Hair.

We don’t know what women really find attractive about this especially when they shave theirs.

10. Hairy Arms And Legs.

A woman will go for waxing and go crazy for the hair on a man’s body.

11. Six Packs.

This is obviously clear these days. What is attractive about it anyway?

12. Triceps And Biceps.

We believe this actually makes them feel protected.

13. Hands.

When you have wide hands, some women really find it attractive.

14. Fingers.

The bigger and longer your fingers, some women just can’t have enough of it.

 

15. Feet.

Bigfoot wins the war here.

 

16. Darker Skin Tone.

Women prefer to have lighter skin tone but will prefer a man with a much darker skin tone than hers.

‘Akufo-Addo Distorted History To Favor His Father’ – Yammin

Former Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports is accusing president Akufo Addo of attempting to destroy Kwame Nkrumah’s legacy while glorifying his fathers and masters.

According to Joseph Yammin, Nana Akufo Addo tried hard to revise Ghana’s history to glorify his (Akufo Addo’s) political ancestors and to portray Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as “a nobody” so far as Ghana’s history is concerned.

Joseph Yammin, also a former Deputy Ashanti Regional minister was responding to a speech delivered by president Akufo Addo during Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebration on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko.

Delivering his speech Monday to mark Ghana’s 60 independence anniversary from colonial rule, President Akufo-Addo revived the debate whether Ghana should have founding fathers as demanded by the NPP elements or a founding father as insisted by the CPP.

According to him, the independence struggle had been started by members of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) 10 years before it was granted.

He listed Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori-Atta, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, and his father Edward Akufo-Addo as the main people who had met the British to demand independence.

The President added that it was when the UGCC leaders decided they needed a full-time person to man the party’s affairs that they brought in a younger nationalist Mr. Nkrumah.

“Soon thereafter, on 28the February, 1948, the notorious and senseless killings of three ex-servicemen, Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey…which, undoubtedly, quickened the pace of the independence movement,” he said.

However Yammin has faulted the president for “deliberating distorting history to favour his father and political ancestors.”

“The President started his story with the contribution of the Gold Coast Aborigines Rights Protection Society (ARPS) of 1897, only to rope in the role played by his father and close relations such as J.B. Danquah.”

“But I am not surprised…from the one we told Ghanaians that Akufo Addo’s desire to become a president is borne out of haste to project his family and friends,” he alleged.

Joseph Yammin explains, “we were all here when his cousin, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta during budget presentation spent much time greeting his family members and other relations…tell me if this is not family and friends business.”

Barca Does The Unbelievable! Defeats PSG 6-1 At Home To Go Through After 4-0 1st Leg Result

Barcelona simply displayed magic on Wednesday night as they did what no other team had done before in the history of the UEFA champions league- they beat French club PSG, 6-1 at the camp Nou after suffering a 4-0 thrashing in the first leg.

It all looked like a bad day for PSG from the beginning of the match as they set up defensively, resting talisman Angel di Maria in the first half and various defensive mistakes led to Barca’s first goal – a strike from Luis Suarez on the third minute.

Moments later Barca scored again, through a strike from Luis Suarez, before Lionel Messi scored just after halftime leaving Barca just a goal behind to equalize. But Edinson Cavani then hit a crucial away goal for Paris Saint-Germain, denting Barca’s hopes.

Barca needed three more goals to qualify . Score 3-1 (agg 5-3). Barca mounted more pressure on PSG and in the last 15 minutes scored three goals, a beauty from Neymar, another penalty from Neymar and the last of which was a die minute goal in 5minutes extra time by Sergi Roberto. Score 6-1 (agg 6-5) !

The role the referee played in Barca’s win arguably can’t be denied (2 penalties and 5mins extra time at home) but the Spanish club can find solace in the fact that they’ve broken history – and they are in the UEFA champions league quarter finals.

Tonto Dikeh Cries Profusely During Interview… Says Husband Is Still Sleeping With Rosey Meurer (VIDEO)

In an exclusive interview with media personality, Azuka Ogujiuba, actress Tonto Dikeh wept as she spoke about her failed marriage to her estranged husband, Oladunni Churchill. According to Tonto, she does not regret her marriage and didn’t grant the interview to discredit her ex-husband. She stated that she indeed suffered domestic violence while she was with Churchill.

“The domestic violence is real. How I lived to suffer it and go through it over and over again, I do not understand. Alot of people have blamed me. A lot of people have said a lot of things. I stayed back in my marriage, not because of my child, but because I loved my husband with all of my heart. I stayed because he begged me to stay a couple of times. I stayed because I just didn’t want to give up. I didn’t want to give up on the marriage just like that.” Watch the video after the cut…

She shared photos and even a video of herself after she was physically abused by her ex husband. Tonto says sometime ago when they were in Ghana, she had to run to the Nigerian Embassy after he had physically abused her

“I also have pictures in Ghana. The Nigerian embassy in Ghana has pictures of me. I had to run to them at some point. The reason I can’t release those pictures is because I was stark naked. My husband has humilated me so much and for anybody to tell me I am lying against my husband, that even hurts me more”.

Tonto says if she had her way, she would love to delete everything about herself on the internet because of her child

“If I had my way, I would like to delete everything. I would like to delete my whole existence because of my child because I know that the internet never dies. He is going to grow up, he is going to read them and it is going to hurt him@.

The mother of one says associating her with drugs is the most hurtful misconception people have of her.

“Something that has really hurt me in recent times is someone associating me with drugs as a mother. That hurt me so much because nobody sees how good of a mother I am. Nobody knows the sacrifices I have made for my son. I do a drug test almost every month. I write a letter to my son every month on his birthday about how much he has changed my life, how much he has made me a better person, about how I have stopped so many things for him. That really destroyed me. That really broke me into a million pieces. That is the worst thing I have heard”.

Tonto says she is aware that her ex-husband PA, Rosey Meurer is sleeping with him

“I am aware of her. I am aware she is sleeping with my husband. I am aware my husband is taking care of her. I am also aware that she is the reason why my husband abandoned his son with me for close to two months just before the big foundation thing we did in December because he took her on a trip. No she is not my husband’s sister. My husband is not her brother. She doesn’t know me. I have never spoken to my husband about her before but I do know their story and I do know that they are in love. It is not just a mere relationship. I have picrtures of them being on a trip abroad together, that is something my husband has never done for me or his family. Where that hurts me more was that I watched my husband make every single dime that he owns. I know the sacrifices that I have made for my family. All I expect was for him to be good to his family. Women are not the porblem I have with husband”she said

She denied allegations that she physically assaulted her mother in-law.

 

Watch the interview below.

John Dumelo Named Brand Ambassador For South African Airways

South African Airways, has signed on actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist John Dumelo as its brand ambassador.

The Actor wrote in a Facebook post: “Brand ambassador for @flysaa! Signed and sealed….together let’s explore the world with @flysaa! #melomoment #Godisgood #melotourist.”

 

He has since featured in television series such as, “Sun City” and “About To Wed”, he is fast becoming an household name in the film industry featuring in a first movie titled “The King is Mine”, where he played the role of a King in 2008. Since then, he has acted in over 80 movies with elites like Ramsey Noah, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Jackie Appiah, Majid Michel and Nadia Buari.

He won Joy FM’s Best Ghanaian Actor in 2009. John has been nominated for Africa’s Most Promising Actor by AMMA 2010 for his role in “Heart of Men,” and also, another nomination for Best Actor by Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in “The Maidens.”

John has won Africa’s Most Outstanding Actor 2011 at the Afro Australian Movies and Music Awards in Dec 2011 in Australia. He also won the Best African Actor Award at the African Entertainment Awards in April 2012 in Malaysia.

He recently did a Hollywood movie with Hollywood star Kimberly Ellis in Ghana In spite of his popularity, John remains humble and modest:

Till I Die I’ll Insist Mahama Should Apologize To Ghanaians – Otiko

Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba continues her political tirade against Former President Mahama over the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority(SADA) fiasco.

“Till the day I die, I still insist that President Mahama should apologize to Ghanaians, because I personally was affected by poverty and I know its implications” Otiko said Wednesday in an interview on Accra-based Asempa FM.

Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba maintained she had no apology for former President John Mahama for comments she made during the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) campaign in 2016.

Madam Otiko Djaba is reported to have described the former president as “wicked, evil and someone with a heart of the devil” prior to the 2016 elections.

The issue which came up during her vetting almost threatened her appointment, as the minority in parliament irked by Otiko’s stance on the matter vowed not to approve her by consensus. But Madam Djaba stood her grounds and was finally approved by majority vote.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen political programme, Madam Djaba who was annoyed when activists of the opposition party relaunched calls for her to still apologize to Mahama for her harsh comments stated that she still can’t be forced to render apology to Mahama over her convictions about the past leader.

“Nobody was prosecuted on the issue of SADA. The NDC government has still not accounted for how the SADA money was expended and the big scandal on the Guinea fowls.

“The vetting is over. If anybody else has to apologize to Ghanaians, personally is President Mahama who should apologize.”

NDC Sacks Four Executives In Upper West Region

The National Democratic Congress, (NDC) has sacked four of its executives in the Lawra Constituency in the Upper West region for contributing to the party’s poor performance in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections which saw the defeat of its parliamentary candidate, Bede Ziedeng.

The four include the Constituency Secretary, Philip Bagyo, Deputy Youth Organizer, Sampson Botee, Women’s Organizer, Hajia Bintu Alhassan, and the party’s Communication Director in the constituency.

According to the party, they were sacked because they supported the dismissed former Member of Parliament of the area, Sampson Abu, who contested as an independent candidate in the last parliamentary elections held on December 7, 2016.

The Lawra Constituency Chairman of the NDC, Joshua Lotaa, said the actions of the dismissed executives contributed to the defeat of the party’s parliamentary candidate Bede Ziedeng.

He noted that, the constituency secretary as well as the other executives, received money and logistics from the party to boost their campaign, yet failed to utilize the resources for the purpose to which they were given.

“The Secretary received resources as well as a brand new motorbike to do party work for the constituency, but he never campaigned for the party. All that he did was to campaign for the independent candidate and at the end of the day we lost the seat. So after the election during the review, everybody accused the secretary of breaching the party constituency for his action, same with his other colleagues – All of them received money for campaign,” he said.

The party in a separate statement announced the replacement of the dismissed executives with the following:

“Madam Mary Zimaal has been appointed as the Constituency Women Organizer to replace Hajia Bintu Alhassan whilst Madam Seraphina Banongwie has also been appointed Deputy Constituency Women Organiser to replace the late Agnes Sorinye. Mr Yussif Zakaria has been appointed Deputy Constituency Youth Organizer in place of Mr. Sampson Botee. Mr Michael Tangkur has been elevated from Deputy Communications Officer to Constituency Communications Officer whilst Mr Muazu Adams has been appointed Deputy Constituency Communications Officer.”

“Mr Frederick Yirlabuor, Alhaji Baba Wawaa, Aloysious Daanoma, Clovis Saame, Nicholas Nangzie, and Faatol Dominic, have all been appointed as members of the Executive Committee of the party in accordance with article 49 of the NDC constitution,” the statement added.

Following the NDC’s poor performance in the 2016 election, the party formed a 13-member committee to investigate the cause of the party’s historic defeat.

The committee was tasked to submit its report within 90 days after its inauguration.

I’ll Pursue Programmes That Will Empower Women – Nana Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo says his administration will undertake initiatives that will empower Ghanaian women to achieve their full potential. The President said his government has already started rolling out some social intervention programmes that will empower women, and make their lives better.

Speaking at the Ministry of Gender, Women and Social Protection as part of activities to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday, the President said Ghana will be a better place if “our women are protected and empowered.

“As you all know, this year, the free SHS policy will come on and this will help women. The NPP has put in place programmes and policies that will make life better for the Ghanaian woman. You have a strong and dedicated Minister who is always talking about the rights of women. If she continues this way, I am sure Ghanaian women will be better.” Meanwhile, the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has pledged to advocate for an increase in women participation in politics.

This she says would help in mainstreaming gender issues whilst promoting women empowerment and equality. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the International Women’s day celebration, the First Lady bemoaned the low level of women participation especially in decision making, thus her resolve to use her influence to improve the situation. “The world economic forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. But we cannot wait that long. That is why the idea of being bold for change is so important.

We need more female voices in politics and policy making. We need more female voices in academia, industry, business, finance, agriculture, the arts and many more areas. It’s going to be an arduous battle, but I believe we are up to it.”

Majority, Minority ‘Fight’ Over Budget

The Majority and Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday slugged it out as they began a debate on the Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the 2017 financial year.

The contention was more on the gross domestic product (GDP) projection, revenue targets, expenditure projections and other indicators captured in the budget presented by the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, to Parliament on March 2, 2017.

As anticipated, the Majority described the budget as a goodwill message that would grow the economy, lower the cost of doing business, support the growth of local businesses and create jobs.

But the Minority described the budget as a deception devoid of actionable measures and policies to achieve the set targets.

The Minority argued that the removal of import duties would open the floodgates for the importation of more goods that would offer unfair competition to locally manufactured goods and consequently lead to the collapse of local business.

Majority’s support

The MP for New Juaben South and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, who moved the motion for the commencement of the debate, described the budget as the best budget so far that would move the country out of its current predicament.

He said the budget was concise, business-friendly and people-centered, which had resonated in the country, including Abossey Okai, Tudu, Suame and across the country’s borders.

Dr Assibey-Yeboah said the budget, which indicated the government’s decision to remove some taxes and reduce other taxes, would lower the cost of doing business, spur economic growth and create jobs.

That, he said, was unlike the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government that imposed taxes on so many areas, including savings, withholding tax, duty on petroleum, and Value Added Tax (VAT) on real estate sales.

Dr Assibey-Yeboah said in 2017, the economy was projected to grow at 6.5 per cent, and indicated that it was the first time in six years that the country would be recording such an economic growth.

He said the $1 million that would be given to every constituency annually would give the constituents the opportunity to determine the sort of development they needed in their respective areas.

Besides, he said, there would be a $219 million stimulus package for industry, and another $219 million for the development of zongos.

Dr Assibey-Yeboah said the one district, one factory project would grow businesses, create jobs and “make Ghana work again.”

The MP for Ofoase/Ayirebi, Mr Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, said the budget focused on five challenges that the government had outlined measures to tackle.

He mentioned the considerable debt overhang and rising interest payment, the expenditure overrun and accumulated arrears, the revenue under performance, growth which was falling and limited capital investment as the challenges.

On the current depreciation of the cedi, he argued that in the first quarter of every year, the cedi depreciated on the average by five per cent.

Minority’s criticism

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ajumako/Enyan/Essiam and former Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, said the budget had serious deficiencies which raised doubts about the attainability of the targets.

Besides, he said, the projections in the budget were disappointing despite the expected growth in the economy.

He said the expected economic growth would be driven by growth in the oil sector by 39 per cent but not through any effort on the part of the government.

For instance, Mr  Forson said the agriculture sector was projected to decline from 3.6 per cent in 2016 to 3.5 this year, the education sector would go down from 7.9 per cent  in 2016, 6.7 per cent this year, while the health and social services would reduce from 9.8 per cent in 2016 to 5.3 per cent this year.

“I was expecting to see the impact on GDP projections. I did not see anything like that”, he said.

The MP for Ketu South, Mr Fifi Fiavi Franklin Kwetey, said the budget had lofty objectives and wondered how the government would be able to walk the talk.

He said the removal of import duties would allow the flooding of the country’s market with competitive goods.

That, he said, would defeat the government’s objective of unleashing the creative capacity of Ghanaians.

Mr Kwetey, who was a former Minister of Food and Agriculture, said the minister failed to remove duty on raw materials, remove the Energy Sector Levy, or reduce corporate tax from 25 per cent 20 per cent, which were campaign promises.

On the one district, one factory policy, he said “the problem is not about establishing factories, but the issue is about ensuring that the conditions are in place to make them viable.”

Touching on the free senior high school (SHS) education policy, Mr Kwetey asked the government to be cautious as the full implementation would require GH¢3.6 billion annually, which would destroy the country’s economy

Jealous Lover Who Burnt Ex-Girlfriend, Three Others Arrested

The jealous former boyfriend who could not withstand the sight of ex-girlfriend in a room with another man and allegedly set the room on fire killing the girl and three others has been arrested by the police in Kumasi.

Godfred Yamma, 26, who also sustained some injuries from the fire was arrested at a hideout at Maase in near Atimatim in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday around 1pm.

According to the police, Yamma has been referred to the hospital for treatment under police guard.

On Sunday, around 1am, Yamma allegedly went to the house of his ex lover, Effia and poured petrol in the room.

Effia, her two children; Adjoa 17, Junior, 8 and Effia’s new lover were sleeping.

Yamma after spreading the petrol in the room turned on the gas cylinder in the kitchen and lit a fire, locked and locked the doors behind him.

An eye witness who saw Yamma and tried to rescue the victims was not spared as Yamma poured petrol on her. She is responding to treatment.

In the process about 18 adjoining structures in the area referred to as Frafra Lane were razed down by the fire.

Nana Addo Appoints Maame Afia Akoto As Dep. Executive Secretary of MASLOC

President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Maame Afia Akoto as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).

She’s a staunch member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and has served as the party’s deputy Communications Director until her appointment.

Maame Afia Akoto was instrumental in the campaign that ensured the NPP’s victory in the December 7, 2016 general elections.

Robert Mugabe Misses Kwame Nkrumah

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has indicated he misses Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah.

Speaking to journalists in Accra on Tuesday as part of his visit to Ghana for the 60th Independence anniversary celebrations, Mr Mugabe said it was a great betrayal to the African cause when Kwame Nkrumah was ousted and had to die in exile.

He said Nkrumah, more than anybody, shaped the course of Africa’s liberation and he really misses him.

Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary was also attended by Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé and the Vice President of Zambia, Inonge Wina.

Mr Mugabe has a connection with Ghana, having served as a teacher in 1958 and married a Ghanaian, Sally – his first wife of blessed memory.

A day after the Independence parade, he told journalists he came to Ghana to join in the “wonderful celebrations”.

“I still preach Kwame Nkrumah and preach him as a revolutionist whose leadership inspires others,” he said.

Mr Mugabe who witnessed the early days of Nkrumah’s presidency also shared some thoughts on Nkurmah and said he tried to do his bit to help some African countries to also liberate themselves.

He recalled the Ghana-Guinea-Mali association as part of Nkrumah’s efforts at uniting Africa and briefly sang the Ghana-Guinea-Mali song.

Water Prices To Go Up – Ghana Water Company

The Ghana Water Company will in the coming days announce an increment in water prices to make up for rising treatment cost arising out of the gravity of pollution of its sources of raw water.

The latest decision comes on the back of the shutdown of some water treatment plants in some parts of the country, including Ashanti, Eastern, Central and Western regions.

The shutdown was necessitated by the activities of illegal miners in these regions, which has caused the sources of water for the water company to be polluted, resulting in high cost of treatment cost.

Reports of acute water shortage surfaced last week in the affected regions due to the pollution of some river bodies by illegal miners popularly referred to as galamsey operators.

Head of Ghana Water Company, Stanley Martey told 3FM the severity of the pollution demands a lot more treatment, making the cost of production very high.

“Because of the severity of the pollution, treatment has become very expensive, and the PURC has no option than to increase the prices in the coming days”, he revealed He has urged all to join in the fight against galamsey. He said: “The fight against galamsey is one that involves all of us.

The chiefs should be cautious in giving out the lands and we as citizens should also ensure that, we do all possible to stop their activities, through dialoguing”.

I Will Abolish Kayayei Business – Otiko

Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba has said that she is aiming at bringing to an end the head portering business, otherwise known as ‘Kayayei’ in the country.

Over 50,000 head porters mainly from the three northern regions are scattered in various market centres across the country.

These persons, mostly women and children under the ages of 18 carry the wares of shoppers from one point to the other and are paid meagre sums for the work done.

The lack of employment opportunities in the three northern regions which has led to acute poverty and impoverishment of the inhabitants of these regions, has been said to be the main driving force behind the movement of the women and children to the middle and southern belts of the country to carry items.

In recent times, local Assemblies and certain municipalities were charging them between 50 pesewas and GHC 1.00 as tolls.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta announced during the presentation of the 2017 budget that the government intends to abolish this toll.

This move, which has received widespread commendation and celebration by head porters in particular, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba said on Adom TV’s Bedwam forms part of efforts by the Nana Akufo-Addo led to help alleviate poverty in the country.

The biggest, she said would be the total abolition of the Kayayei phenomenon. She revealed that plans are in place for the government to train women involved in Kayayei business to equip them with other skills.

“We have contacted this German company which is helping to develop a truck-like vehicle for carting goods at the market centres instead of people carrying it on their heads, so the Kayayei phenomenon would be abolished soon…,” she said.

International Women’s Day

A woman’s place is not entirely in the kitchen

The responsibility of cooking shouldn’t land on the shoulders of the woman while she is busy equally working to empower herself and financially support the family,

Opinion: It is an honour to be born a woman; and I am proud of the virtuous and industrious woman I have become. Just as I know my rights, I clearly understand and know the roles and responsibilities of being a woman.

So, for Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, to say to the press – right next to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, one of the world’s most powerful women that his wife “belongs to my kitchen” I was offended.

Aisha Buhari has every right to speak against her husband and his work in leading her country. Her intellect should not be dismissed, nor should she be ‘put in her place’.

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The world has evolved and development has stretched towards  Africa and my beloved country, Ghana, has benefited immensely.

In Ghana, those days where children joyfully and enthusiastically sat around bornfires to hear Anansesem and other folktales as foretold by our grandfathers has gradually faded in most parts of the country.

We have shifted from playing oware, ampe, ludo and other games to online games; playing with unknown people all over the world.

Some Ghanaians children have never tasted local delicacies such as ‘fufu’, ampesi, fante fante peculiar to the various ethnic groups in Ghana. They usually have foreign dishes at their beck and call.

After gaining independence, most of the lifestyle choices of Ghanaians and other indigenes of Africa has shifted to the Western cultures.

Men and women, whether working class or entrepreneurs are working assiduously to make ends meet for their family.

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Notwithstanding, some men still believe we, the women, belong to the kitchen. For centuries, men have been the mouthpiece for us, stealing our ideas as we chat in the bedroom and ‘other rooms’ and publicly taking credit for it. No wonder ‘behind every successful man is a woman’, as the saying goes.

So for Buhari to speak of his wife like that was out of line.

The era where a woman’s place is in the kitchen is over! In this 21st century, just as a woman has the responsibility to cook for the family, a man can also cook for the family. The kitchen, one of the essential parts of our home where cooking as an activity is executed belongs to every member of the family.

Cooking shouldn’t be wrapped around the neck of the woman while she is equally working to empower herself and financially support the family.

Women are gradually rubbing shoulders with men in music, politics, movies, education and other disciplines.

Should a woman always be bound to the kitchen while a man goes to work, purse weekend courses to upgrade himself?

I believe what a man can do, a woman can try and attain the same and even at a higher level or slightly lower. Simply because men and women have different strengths and weaknesses.

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However, a man can cook tasty and healthy meals as a woman can. Men shouldn’t detach themselves from kitchen duties and glue women to those responsibilities as if that is the only place women’s intellectual guts work better.

The role of some educated women and some entrepreneurs towards ensuring the nation’s development can’t be understated. They are serving as mentors and life coaches for other women and some men to empower themselves. Some women are also maintaining healthy relationships with their family and friends while fusing work and home duties.

Aisha Buhari is the best. Imagine where Africa and the rest of the world would be if we had a few more of such “First Ladies”.

They have been successful because their families understood the need for them to empower themselves not spend all her lifetime getting acquainted to the kitchen.

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The kitchen may be one of our favourite places in the house simply because the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – and women like to eat too!

Nonetheless, we also love spending time to study, sit behind our laptops for useful purposes, and work hard to achieve other relevant life goals. Just like men.

The kitchen is not entirely where a woman belongs.

International Women Day: Surprise your love with delicious fruit cake

Ingredients

  • Flour

  • Margarine

  • Sugar

  • Eggs

  • Baking soda

  • Butter

  • Sugar

  • Insulfured molasses

  • Milk

  • Salt

  • Packet of mixed fruit

Method

  1. Soak cherries, mango, cranberries, currants, and citron in 1/4 cup rum for at least 24 hours. Cover tightly, and store at room temperature.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 6×3-inch round pan or loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.

  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; mix into butter and sugar in three batches, alternating with molasses and milk. Stir in soaked fruit and chopped nuts. Scrape batter into prepared pan.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons rum.

  5. Cut out one piece parchment paper and one piece cheesecloth, each large enough to wrap around the cake. Moisten cheesecloth with 1 tablespoon rum. Arrange cheesecloth on top of parchment paper, and unmold cake onto it.

  6. Sprinkle top and sides of cake with remaining rum. Wrap the cheesecloth closely to the surface of the cake, then wrap with paper. Place in an airtight tin, and age for at least 10 weeks. If storing longer, douse with additional rum for every 10 weeks of storage.

Let’s talk about commitment, the ultimate relationship goal

What are your biggest relationship ideals? Which relationship traits would you tag as your most desired ‘goals?

Throw this question to the average Nigerian millennial, and the list each will provide, after little or no thought at all, will most likely include the normals – faithfulness, good humour, loyalty, godliness, great looks, maturity – hell, some will even include deep pockets in this list [not judging].

Narrow down the question, and ask these same people to choose just one thing which a partner must have, one particular trait, which in their opinion is key to every great relationship and the response will very likely be faithfulness – a response totally expected, totally understandable.

Throwback to when love letters used to be a thing
Faithfulness is wrongly treasured above all other relationship traits (Retror)

The average Nigerian above 16 has heard, read, seen and maybe experienced how unfaithfulness rips the soul out of relationships and how it has brought the comfortable walls of several happy marriages crashing down like the biblical tower of babel.

Stories abound, evidence is in the overabundance of cheating girlfriends and philandering husbands with tongues easily pliable towards effortless lies, and eyes quick to send false remorse cascading down their cheeks.

Much like the way a blacksmith tirelessly hammers metal to shape, stories like the recent hurtbae episode, or the one about the lady who left her fiancée on the eve of their wedding have bent opinions towards the resignation to the idea that faithfulness, because of its scarcity and rarity, has to be the most treasured of all relationship goals, and that when you find it, you’ve found it all and nothing can possibly go wrong with your relationship that can’t be fixed.

To cherish and to love To cherish and to love

(Hot Issues)

For others who do not rate faithfulness that highly, their idea of the ultimate relationship goal would probably be to get a partner who is loyal, totally mature or, given the present economic situation in Nigeria, and the ever-present aspiration to a better life, one who has really deep pockets.

While all these aren’t entirely wrong, there is a greater ideal, something of a holy grail of relationship goals, an erroneously underrated trait in relationships – commitment.

A logical explanation for why commitment is not as seriously sought as faithfulness can be found in the common idea in the relationship sphere that a Nigerian guy [and babe] is theoretically always likely to fuck you over and do you dirty [especially if he’s yoruba].

There are relationship issues that are just as unhealthy for your relationship as infidelity
It is believed [quite rightly] that the average Nigerian guy is always 70% ready to fuck you over (Redbloggy)

This has contributed to the frenzy for seeking faithfulness above every other trait, because, as numerous twitter tales and divorce files show, lack of it is what ruins relationships more than all other reasons.

Commitment is what makes you stay with someone, and actively do all it takes to make your relationship with them work, no matter how difficult it seems, or how much sacrifice it requires of you.

Words that bear very close similarity are dedication and devotion.

This is how commitment trumps other desirable relationship traits – it’s encompassing, an omnibus trait which has others as its components.

Why do men fear commitment to relationships?
Commitment is an encompassing, omnibus trait which has others as its components. (Image of Love)

Being truly committed to a relationship will, of course, cause you to stay faithful, loyal, honest, act mature, give all you have and basically apply yourself to making sure that the relationship works.

Finding a partner who is only mature, or possesses just one of these traits to the detriment of others, is like rejecting a balanced meal in favour of one heavy on carbs, fat or protein.

Why clamour for a partner who has eyes for only you, stays ‘faithful’, but doesn’t create time for you and treats you like shit?

Why women run from commitment to a relationship
He has eyes for only you but still treats you like shit – does that seem OK to you? 

Why look out for a partner who has just a part of what you need to thrive in a relationship when you can have the whole package?

To the question of what you need most in a relationship, commitment is the only true ideal – and not only should you seek this in a partner, be ready to give it too, because to whom the ultimate is given, the ultimate is expected.

Things to know before starting a relationship on social media

There are loads of stories that show clearly that love can be found on social media.

Uncountable marriages began with an ‘hi’ on Facebook, Instagram was where some others found the bone of their bones, and many others can share stories of true romance which they found on Whatsapp.

Don’t get carried away though, for every rosy love story which began by typing the right words at the right time, there are many others that got snuffed out before its embers could glow.

So, before you try to initiate a relationship with that pretty babe or buff guy you’ve been crushing on, these are five things you should know;

1. It could be a glorious success…

As already stated above, love lives in the Nigerian atmosphere and with good Internet connection and a nice chunk of luck, you can tap into it.

If you’ve found someone online whose persona has caught you in a web of attraction, don’t be afraid to say something, it could be the beginning of great things for you.

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Ladies, don’t be afraid to slide in his DMs.

Glad I did back in 2014 ❤

2. Or maybe an epic failure

Just as you could create a fairytale romance, you could also experience failure. Sometimes, the guy or girl might be taken, or they could have no interest in social media/Internet relationships.

It’s a game of half chances… you win some, you lose some.

3. You might not like them in person

Sadly, some people are not as fun in person as they are on social media.

Thanks to filters and other picture-editing tools, some other people have a different look on their social media pages and another one in real life.

This is referred to as being ‘catfished.’ Catfishing is the act of luring someone into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.

You gotta watch out for those ones, too.

4. You could get curved

When you get curved on social media [mostly on twitter and Instagram, it means that someone intentionally rejected you with an intention to ridicule you or make a mess of you.

This is common with ladies [of course] and they often say no to you in the rudest, insulting and shadiest manners possible. That’s actually what makes it a curve.

What happens on social media does not always stay on social media (Daily Motion Media)

5. Your privacy is at stake

This often comes directly as a result of being curved. When some babes curve guys [or when it happens the other way round] they sometimes take screenshots of the curve and put it on their timeline for all to see.

So after reading both versions above, whose side are you on?

(If the option you want is not here, ignore the poll)

Don’t be surprised to also see the sexting you had with a girl on Whatsapp ending up with Subdelivery Man on Twitter, or being posted on other blogsites such as you-know-where.

Why you should make the first move on that guy you like

We all know the relationship chain of events – boy likes girl, girl shows disinterest, but boy doesn’t back down and continues earnestly in his pursuit till girl finally gives in and says yes to him.

This is ‘love’ as we know it, the modus operandi of dating and relationships until now.

These days women are being actively encouraged to go after guys they like, and more babes are beginning to fall in line with the idea that a man does not need to make the first move… a woman can do it and with the result of a recent study, it appears that doing this has a big advantage.

Asking out a guy will often yield great result (FarrahGray)

According to xoNecole, women are more likely to have a better relationship if they make the first move.

This is based on a study carried out by dating site OkCupid, the result of which reads “women who reach out first have a better chance of success [in resulting relationships].

“When women are proactive, there’s a big win,” says OKCupid’s chief product officer, Jimena Almendares tells ABC News.

What every relationship needs to thriveplayWhen women are proactive, there’s a big win (Inspiredbythis)

“This is data that is showing that if they actually speak up, they have so much to gain.

With the prominece of the hashtag in the early part of 2016, female Twitter users were encouraged and emboldened to initiate private conversations [DMs] with guys and express romantic interest in them.

 Most of the results were very favourable, with many leading to marriages and serious ongoing relationships as shown by another recent Twitter hashtag

So, there you have it, ladies, shake off your reluctance and fear; approach that guy – on social media or in real life – and declare your romantic interest in him.

It appears your chances of getting him are very high. And you know what they say, fortune favours the brave.

Amnesty International joins chorus – demands full probe into Marwako assault issue

A representative of Amnesty International in Ghana has weighed into the conversation regarding the Marwako Foods and demanded that a full scale probe be initiated.

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Amnesty International joins chorus - demands full probe into Marwako assault issue

The assault incident at Marwako Fast Foods has garnered a hefty criticism from the Ghanaian populace to the extent of attracting attention from the country’s political elite, this in in the character of the Gender Minister, and Labor Minister.

But speaking to 3news on Tuesday, Acting Director of Amnesty International, Ghana, Frank Doyi, urged authorities to make a detailed inquiry of the matter in order to rectify the issue and bring the perpetrator to book..

“Amnesty International will like to call on the law enforcement agencies particularly the police to take urgent action on the matter to thoroughly investigate the issue, speak to the relevant people involved both the employer and other workers who may have witnessed or who may have been present at the time this woman was unfortunately submitted to this kind of inhumane treatment”.

He added that “…and if the police is satisfied with their investigations and they have sufficient information to suggest that there was a clear act of assault, violation of the right of the woman then we will encourage the police to follow due process and present the case to court for the matter to be looked into”.

10 Amazing Aerial Shots Of Ghana Will Make You Fall In Love With This Country All Over Again

Ghana is beautiful no doubt.

Check out amazing shots of Ghana that’ll make you fall in love all over again.


1. Cape Coast Castle.

cape coast castle

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

2. Dimples Junction, Dzorwulu.

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Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

3. World Trade Center, Accra Ghana.

world trade center accra

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

4. Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Accra.

circle interchange

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

5. Keta, Volta Region.

keta

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

6. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Accra.

kwame nkrumah mausoleum

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

7. Royal Senchi, Eastern Region

royal senchi

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

8. National Theatre, Accra

national theatre accra

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

9. Asafo/Kejetia, Kumasi.

asafo kejetia

Photo: Emmanuel Bobbie/Facebook

 

10. Kantamanto.

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Here Are Photos Of The New Ghana @ 60 5 Cedis Note

Ghana will have two different GH¢5 notes circulating in the system starting Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

This is the old Ghana Cedi note.

NEW GHANA CEDI NOTE

 

It has the big six J.B. Danquah, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Kwame Nkrumah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and William Ofori Atta.

This is the new GH¢5 note.

ghana at 60 cedi note

 

The new note which has upgraded security features is part of the Bank of Ghana’s 60 years celebration.

Ghana’s new 5-Cedi note has James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey on it.

ghana at 60 cedi note

 


9 Countries That Share Similarities In Dishes With Ghana

Most Ghanaians actually think our local food is only unique to us and is not common anywhere but this is actually not the case.

Here are 9 countries who share similarities in dishes with Ghana.


1. Nigeria

If there is any country out there that we share a lot of similarities in food with, then it is Nigeria. In fact, there is no much difference between most of their food and ours. We have Konkonte they have Amala, we have Fufu, they have Akpu, we have Koose, they have Akara, we have Korkor, they have Dodo, we have Atwomo, they have Chinchin, we have Waakye, they have Ofada, we have Ayooyo soup, they have Ewedu soup. You also remember jollof right?

2. Egypt

You’ll think Ghana is the only country that eats Ampesi (Yam or Plantain) with ntrowa froy3 (garden egg stew), well for your information, it is common in Egypt too, just that they eat theirs raw without adding oil to the garden egg stew.

3. Brazil

During the World Cup in Brazil, Ghanaians decided to export local food to Brazil only to get the shock of their lives when they got there and realised they have Banku and Okro stew, Kenkey and Fish and even Yaka Yaka.

4. India

India shares a lot of similarities with us when it comes to food, that is why it is easy for them to mingle with us. However, some food they share with us which is quite mind-boggling is “Kpokpoi” and “Eto”. Although theirs come with a different name, it is the same ingredients and recipe.

5. Togo

Just like Nigeria, Togo also shares a lot of similarities in dishes with us and just as we have “Akpele” they have it too. Most of the foods in the Volta Region are the same in Togo plus more.

6. Benin

Benin also has a lot of dishes similar to ours.

7. Burkina Faso

The Burkinabes also have Tuo Zaafi and Ayooyo soup among others just like we do.

8. Cote D’Ivoire

The Ivorians also have Fufu and Palm nut soup and they also love rice and okro stew.

9. Mexico

Ghana is not the only country that eats Kontonmire stew, the Mexicans have it too.

 

Unfortunately, I Haven’t Prepared To Testify- Okudzeto Ablakwa Reveals

As one who has fought his way up to be called as witness to testify in the ongoing bribery scandal, many would have expected Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa to have seriously studied and pieced together facts, that would exonerate him before the committee investigating the bribery case.

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency was earlier, denied an opportunity to testify in the bribery case by the five-member committee approved by Parliament.

He corroborated an allegation by another minority member of Parliament, Mahama Ayariga that the Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko attempted to bribe members of the Appointments Committee to ease his approval through the chairman of the committee, Joe Osei Owusu.

He however managed to overturn the verdict through his lawyers when they wrote a letter to the committee indicating that the testimony given by the first witness, Hon. Osei-Owusu were not exactly true hence the need for him (Ablakwa) to defend himself.

Mr Osei-Owusu had informed the committee that Mr. Ablakwa had told him the torrid allegation was a joke prompting the latter to react to the news through his lawyers.

But Hon. Ablakwa explained that he is “very hurt” about the kind of testimony Hon. Osei-Owusu shared when he appeared before the special committee investigating the bribery allegations.

“..I want to go and set the record straight. I don’t know why Hon. Joe Osei Owusu did that to me. Last time he did that to Hon. Ayariga and now, he has done the same to me”, he sadly said.

In an intriguing interview on Radio Gold, Hon. Ablakwa shockingly revealed that he has not taken any extra classes or made time to prepare to face the committee when called upon.

According to him “When you are speaking the truth, you know the truth and you are only recounting the truth; you don’t need any preparation. It is all about what you have seen, what you know; so you don’t need any preparation.”

The former deputy Educational Minister noted that he would have made time to prepare the Joe Ghartey led committee if he had previously told a lie.

“So when you are telling lies or fabricating stories that is when you always have to remember and cast your mind back to the lies you told previously to know you are consistent”, he said.

He added that ever since the scandal broke out, he and his other colleagues; notably Hon. Mahama Ayariga and Hon Alhassan Suhuyini have been speaking the raw truth.

“We have been speaking the truth to this matter always and it is all about individual opportunity to recount the truth. There is no need for any preparation”, he added.

Praye ‘Stole’ My Name – Salti Paulette Alleges

It’s quite unusual for a female musician to accuse a male musician of stealing her name, but Salti Paulette has opposed that perception by facetiously accusing defunct hiplife group; Praye of stealing her name.

Known in real life as Paulette Broohm, Salti Paulette shot to fame after contesting in the maiden edition of popular TV reality show; TV 3 Mentor (Mentor 1) with the likes of Okuraseni Samuel, Andy, Hakeem, Ruth, Isaac, Martin etc.

Explaining how the multiple award winning Praye group–comprising of Tintin, Tietia and Honeho, who are also noted with the hit song ‘Angelina’, stole her name, Salti Paulette quipped to razzonline.com that:

“We all know the English word for Praye is Broom–and am called Paullette Broohm so Praye stole my name—actually, during my school days I wanted to use the name ‘Praye’ but I found out that they (Praye group) were using the name already. I initially wanted to sue them, but I realized that Broom is spelt without an ‘H’.

Saiti Paulette who released her maiden album in 2010, is currently out with her newest single “Go Crazy’ that features Nigerian born Olumide. Most entertainment pundits have tipped the ‘Go Crazy’ song to have the potential to easily break into the international music scene.

27 Very Funny Things Passengers Fight Over In Trotro

Trotro is the most common form of transportation in Ghana. It serves the masses and can be exciting AF.

We decided to ask our OMGVoice community on Facebook, some of the funniest things people fight over in a Trotro and we couldn’t help laughing at the responses. Walk with us.


1. We start with some tip.

 

2. This is where things start escalating.

 

3. Driver wants to enjoy small.

 

4. This thing always brings about a brawl.

 

5. There is always a problem with change.

 

6. Scent attack…..

 

7. When they miss your bus stop, you should prepare for trouble.

 

8. This is the ultimate definition of borement.

 

9. Madam!! This one de3, if e go worry a, charter taxi…hassle man no dey flex oh!!

 

10. Hahahahha!!! Fresh note wahala.

 

11. For the where?

 

12. Yeah! The window fight..lol!! 

 

13. Especially when they start snoring or drooling…Jesus!!!

 

14. Ahh! Where have you been all this while?

 

15. They decide the bus stop.

 

16. We call it “fly oh! fly”

 

17. When they try to play smart with the fares.

 

18. When a mate reminds you that you’re still poor.

 

19. Hahahahahaha!!! ibi you, you go try am?

 

20. Waste of time kwa.

 

21. This is a real problem yet they won’t do anything about it.

 

22. Imagine…

 

23. This thing eh!!

 

24. And they’ll make you aware they’re reading with you.

 

25. This thing always turns into a fight, front seat keke.

 

26. They won’t say sorry too.

 

27. Oh! Charley!! Then you start thinking of how much a car will cost self.

A Plus Set To Marry This Weekend

Comedian/Rapper, Kwame Asare Obeng popularly known as A Plus who is known for his controversial political songs is set to tie the knot this weekend, Nkonkonsa.com can confidently confirm.

A close family source to the controversial Rapper, has confirmed to Nkonkonsa.com that the “Letter To Parliament” hit maker is all set to marry his longtime lover , Violet .N.A.Bannerman who is a popular Fashion Blogger/Celebrity Stylist.

Nkonkonsa.com can also confirm that A-Plus and AkosuaVee will begin their marriage process at a traditional wedding in Accra on Saturday February 25, 2017 at Akosua’s family residence in Accra. Their flamboyant white wedding which is expected to be talk of town is scheduled to take place in May this year.

The “Aben B3 Bon” hit maker has being giving hints of their upcoming marriage on social media. He made the first announcement on Sunday February 19, 2017 with this suggestive post.

“Enough!!! Owner!!!! Done!!! Akosuavee Ab Bannerman!!! Signed!!! Sealed!!! Delivered!!! #Wife!!!”.

He further shared the post below indicating that his ex-girlfriends have started ignoring him after he made the first announcement.

“My grandfather, ɔpanin Kwaku Duku married 18 women. They never fought…. they lived happily together till he died at 98 years. I posted a picture of just one wife and all my girlfriends have stopped picking my calls kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa today’s women paaaa diɛ bɔi….. Masre saaaaa Ok cool. You people can go If I was your brother will you ask me to eat jollof for the rest of my life? Herh Ghana girls #Ababullshit so nyin The picture diɛ I won’t stop posting Stiiiiill @akosua_vee #Comfortablelead fa fa wei so ka ho “.

A-Plus and Akosua Vee have been together for sometime now and have decided to make it official.

Gambia’s President Frees ‘All Prisoners Held Without Trial’

As The Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country and ordered the release of all prisoners detained without trial.

“Orders have already been given for all those detained without trial to be released,” he said during his official inauguration ceremony at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, a town 20km from the capital Banjul, on Saturday.

As a result, a total of 171 inmates in the tiny West African nation’s notorious 2 Mile Prison were set free. They were all detained without trial some time during former President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule.

Jammeh’s tenure was marred by clampdowns on dissenting views, enforced disappearances and detention without trial, creating a climate of fear. Hundreds of people were jailed for their political views and thousands of others were forced to flee the country.

“This is a day of victory for Gambian politicians who for decades faced arrest and intimidation from the security services,” said Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, reporting from the capital, Banjul.

“Among Gambia’s new cabinet are men and women that have spent time in the Mile 2 prison,” he said.

“Many politicians have either died in custody or gone missing after being taken to jail.”

Jammeh clung to power, creating a political crisis that forced Barrow to be inaugurated in January in Senegal, which surrounds Gambia except for its coast.

International pressure, including the threat of a regional military intervention, led Jammeh on January 21 to finally accept his election defeat and fly into exile in Equatorial Guinea. Hundreds of thousands welcomed Barrow’s return to Gambia days later.

Barrow has pledged to reverse Jammeh’s repressive policies and promised to keep The Gambia in the International Criminal Court, rejoin the Commonwealth, and free political prisoners.

At Saturday’s ceremony, Barrow also said that his government will undertake key constitutional and legal reforms and announced that he would highlight them in his first address to the National Assembly.

“It [the legal reform] intends to enforce constitutional provisions that are entrenched to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens,” he said.

Barrow said the attorney general and minister of justice will receive information regarding all those who went missing. “An appropriate commission will be established to conduct inquiries into their disappearances,” he said.

Barrow has also promised to establish a truth and reconciliation commission.

“The release of Mile 2 prisoners, many of whom have been victim of abuse from security forces, is the first step to redress the miscarriages of justice in the Gambia,” said Al Jazeera’s Haque.

“It’s a moment many in Gambia have been waiting for.”

Bill Gates Warns The World To Prepare For Bio-Terrorism

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, Bill Gates spoke at the Munich Security Conference in Germany where he said,
“It’s time to redirect some of the money the world spends on weapons to prepare for a looming threat: terrorists with pathogens.

He’s warning that the threat of bio-terrorism is “right up there with nuclear war and climate change.” He says it’s now necessary for the world to prepare for what he considers to be one of its largest existential threats: the next pandemic.

“Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years” he said.
The most recent pandemic was even more deadly than that, Gates pointed out. A flu outbreak that occurred naturally killed between 50 million and 100 million people in 1918.

I Do Not Love Nana Addo…I Respect Him – Ex-Prez Rawlings

Former president JJ Rawlings has once again declared his confidence in President Akufo-Addo to deliver.

He said the former Foreign Minister has “certain principles and values” which could help in the fight against corruption.

“We are very fortunate also that somebody like Nana Akufo-Addo has emerged over here. People think I love that man to high heavens. No. But I respect him for certain principles and values,” Rawlings, who served Ghana for about two decades, said when a group of movie actors paid a courtesy call on him at his Ridge residence.

“I will continue to pray and sincerely hope that he will devote possibly even 30 percent of his time, 70 percent for the development and project etc. but at least 25 to 30 percent he would probably need more than that to fight corruption and corruptible tendencies,” the former military leader opined. Nana Akufo-Addo, who won the December 2016 elections after a third attempt, assumed office in January 2017 as Ghana’s 5th president under the Fourth Republic.

He beat former president John Dramani Mahama in a historic poll which gave him a comfortable majority in Parliament.

Govt To Re-direct GETFUND, GNPC Cash To Fund Free SHS – Kweku Baako

Veteran journalist Kwaku Baako says the NPP government has a clear vision on how it intends to fund its free SHS campaign promised expected to cost GHC 3.6 billion annually.

He said even before the NPP won political power in December 2016, the party’s 2016 flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo had revealed it would use monies from the GETFUND and petroleum revenues allocated to the Ghana National Petroluem Corporation (GNPC).

The source of funding for the NPP’s 2016 campaign promise to provide free education became a subject of discussion the past week.

It was the Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo who first suggested government could use the Heritage Fund estimated to be about $268 million to fund the programme which is estimated to cost GHC3.6billion yearly

But this Fund according to the law is reserved for a generation of Ghanaians who are expected to find Ghana’s petroleum resources depleted.

Using the fund now would deprive the next generation of savings reserved for them, critics say. Clarifications have come from the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta who has assured critics that government would not touch the Heritage Fund.

The funding for free SHS was however a subject of discussion on Joy FM/MultiTV’s political news analysis show Newsfile Saturday.

Managing editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper Kwaku Baako said the NPP has not been unsure about where to find money to pay for the policy.

“Let’s not create the impression that all along the NPP had not indicated sources of funding”, he said and referred to Akufo-Addo’s presentation at the IEA Evening Encounter.Quoting a statement read by Akufo-Addo, the veteran journalist read “He says a percentage of the oil revenues allocated to the GNPC, and for the funding f the budget as well as a greater percentage of the GETFUND will be used for the funding of the programme”.

The GETFund was established on 25th August, 2000 in accordance with ACT 581. GETFund received an allocation of GH¢843.9million in the 2015 budget.

On the other hand, Ghana has earned $3.208 billion from petroleum revenue for the production of 161.7 million barrels of crude oil between 2011 and 2015.

Giving further details, Kwaku Baako said the NPP had committed to slash by half, a 30 percent allocation of oil revenues given to the GNPC which is used to for research into onshore oil discovery and capacity building. As at 2015, the GNPC has $968.8 million in oil cash.

Referring to a document, he indicated that the NPP government plans to fund free SHS by using 60 percent of oil revenues dedicated annually to support the budget.

Ghana’s oil monies dedicated to the budget is to fund 12 priority areas. Government is free to choose any four of these areas to fund for three years. They include road/highway projects, water resources, transportation infrastructure, agricultural modernisation, works and housing and educational infrastructure.

The NPP had expressed disappointment that oil revenues are “spread thinly” on several projects and programmes and plans to consolidate these monies to pay for this social intervention programme.

The government also wants to re-direct 40% of GETFUND allocations and dedicate this to free education. GETFUND is blooded with 2.5 percent VAT.

“So it is not as if they hadn’t had any idea as to where they will tap in to finance the program” Baako finished.

But deputy Finance minister Mona Quartey while pleased about the existence of a plan nonetheless warned that slashing 50% of monies meant for GNPC will hurt the country’s push to develop its oil and gas potential.

“With an oil and gas industry still nascent and you want to cut GNPC allocation? That is going to affect so many things” she said.

On his part, Executive Director of Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) Dr. Steve Manteaw expressed discontent about what he believes is a fixation with Ghana’s oil revenues.

He believes an over-reliance on oil cash is a symptom that Ghana could be suffering from the Dutch disease.

He said revenues accruing from oil is to only 3% of total government revenue it collects in a year. He is worried that “we are abandoning the 97% and we are chasing just three per cent. Let’s be careful”.

He however backed the plan to use oil funds but added government must also look at revenues from gold exports.

He said he was against the use of the Heritage Fund and called on government to go the Ugandan way of imposing a free SHS tax.

How oil revenue is distributed

The Petroleum Management Act (PMA) spells out the distribution plan for petroleum revenue government receives. It divides the cash into the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA), Ghana Heritage Fund (GHF), Ghana Stabilisation Fund (GSF) and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

In desending order, the ABFA receives the highest percentage of 40%, followed by the GNPC which bags 30%. The GSF is allocated 21% while the GHF received nine per cent.

Between 2011 and 2015, the ABFA  has received $1.42 billion; the GNPC, $968.8 million,the GSF, $604.35 million and the GHF, $249.92 million.

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has provided details of how oil revenue dedicated to the budget has been spent. The breakdown include road/highway projects, GH¢745.009 million; water resources, works and housing, GH¢72,156 million; educational infrastructure, GH¢70,214 million; transport infrastructure, GH¢105,066 million, and agricultural modernisation, GH¢328,784 million.

The state of GETFUND

The Fund is grown through a 2.5 percent VAT on goods and services. Section Four of the GETFund Act, 2000 (Act 581) stipulates that states that government allocates the 2.5% within 30 days of receipt of all the VAT invoices.

But delays in payments is common. Between 2005 to 2013, the delays could take between two to nine months before government releases allocations.

The GETFUND has also been in arrears for sometime now. In 2014, a High Court ruled that the Finance ministry pay GH¢500 million arrears accrued from June 2013 to July 2014 to enable the statutory Fund meet its responsibilities.

As at January 2015, the arrears had dropped to about GH¢325 million.

Ghana spends at least 30 per cent of the national budget on the educational sector, a figure that is expected to increase under the NPP government.

Top 10 Ghanaian songs of January 2017

January has been impressive month even though it’s been a long one. Just like last year, we have had bunch of songs churned out every week.

This year, Shatta Wale started off with many tunes. Young rapper, Amerado, dropped two tracks in one month and received praises from rap legends; Okyeame Kwame, Reggie Rockstone and Edem.

New Reggae artiste, David Oscar, made his presence known with a classic Reggae tune titled “Legal Tender” featuring BEFTA award-winning singer, Lyricl.

Stonebwoy, E.L, Donzy, Ebony, Knii Lante, Macassio, Samini, and other musicians have made their presence known with new singles.

We bring you top 10 songs that hacked the airwaves in January 2017.

P.S: THE LIST IS IN NO ORDER.

1. Okyeame Kwame – Adonko feat. Kwabena Kwabena

2. Stonebwoy – Enku Lenu (Prod. by Awaga)

3. Amerado – I Am (Prod. by Azee Burner)

4. Ebony – Poison feat. Gatdoe

5. Edem – Ride With Me feat. Seyi Shay (Prod. by Magnom)

6. E.L – Too Much Money (Prod. by PEE Gh)

7. Samini – Winner (Prod. by JMJ)

8. Shatta Wale – Fufui (Pound It) (Prod. by Willis Beatz)

9. Edem – Gbevu (Remix) feat. Coded, Joe Frazier, MzVee, Gemini, Cabum, Feli Nuna & EL

10. David Oscar – Legal Tender feat. Lyricl (Prod. by Kilo Beat)

Nduom Advises The Akufo-Addo-Led Govenment

The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has advised the government to tackle immediately what is needed before  attempting  to do what is desired.

He explained that for example, health facilities, schools, roads, water, bridges and  electricity were more required immediately than the idea that the “government is setting up a digital migration company that will manage the channels for revenue.”

Dr Nduom noted  in his recent Facebook post  that there were more ‘socially responsible’ and ‘necessary economic problems’ which the government must channel its efforts at solving.

“We must do what is needed before we attempt to do what we desire. Health facilities, schools, roads, water, bridges and electricity are more needed!” he declared.

Dr Nduom, who broke his silence after the  2016 election with this post, urged the government to  nip  the  idea to set up a digital migration company to collect revenue in the bud.

Nduom advises government

Dr Nduom, who is also  an astute businessman,  explained on his Facebook wall that a terrible idea would remain terrible no matter how it was polished, advising government to  postpone the idea to set up a digital migration company to collect revenue.

He said he found the idea being promoted on the Internet, with articles written by a well-known media person on how  government would generate revenue.

How the company operates

“That company will take commission for all content encrypted so that the more content and the more subscribers that pay for content, the more revenue at hand for government.

“For instance in a particular month, if 10 million Ghanaians have each paid two cedis for content, ranging from people who watched Ghana’s Most Beautiful on TV3, plus those who viewed entertainment programmes, news programmes and special event programmes, the government receives commissions and fees for being the spectrum operator, and  those monies can be used to run the system to reduce the burden on tax money.”

However, Dr Nduom, who seemed unconvinced about the idea, asked how the government could set up a digital migration company to collect revenue. “Why? Bad, bad idea. Let’s nip this in the bud,” he stressed.

The 2016 flag bearer of the PPP was of the view that the government had more socially responsible and necessary economic problems to solve, instead of channelling  its energy on what was desired but wasn’t a necessity.

Nana Addo, Mahama To Attend Adama Barrow’s Inauguration

President Nana Akufo-Addo and former President John Dramani Mahama will today [Saturday], be in The Gambia to attend the inauguration of President Adama Barrow.

The ceremony will take place at the main stadium in the country’s capital, Banjul. This comes after President Barrow was sworn into office as The Gambia’s third President in The Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, following long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down despite his electoral defeat. Yahya Jammeh eventually stepped down under pressure from ECOWAS and the AU, and is in exile in Equatorial Guinea. President Barrow’s inauguration today also coincides with the 52nd Independence Anniversary of the small West African Country.

 

Former President John Mahama was an ECOWAS Co-Mediator in the efforts towards resolving the election dispute that followed the December 01, 2016 election.

Kudalor, Kofi Boakye To Be Honoured

The immediate-past Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. John Kudalor alongside 10 other people are to be honoured for dedicated services to the nation.

Micjoy Advertising together with Academic Diary Newspaper would be presenting them with prizes at a ceremony to be held at the Golden Tulip in Kumasi, on Monday, February 20.

Mr. Michael Nana Ampong, President of the Advertising Company, mentioned Commissioner of Police (COP) Kofi Boakye, out-going Ashanti Regional Commander, Mr. Joseph Kor, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr. Osei Darkwah, President, Ghana Telecom University College, and Ms. Christiana Sabotey, Principal of the Saint Monica’s College of Education, among those who would be receiving awards.

He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, it was a recognition of hard work and distinguished service.

“We believe it is high time we honoured our living heroes to inspire and motivate the youth to give it their all to bring progress to the country.”

Pastor Sentenced To 20 Years In Jail For Defiling A 13 Yr-Old Girl (Photo)

A pastor at Domeabra near Pokuase in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region has been sentenced to 20 years in prison with hard labour for defiling a 13-year-old girl.

Pastor Vincent Kete pleaded guilty to defiling the daughter of his friend of 25 years.

Presenting the facts in court, prosecutor Inspector Kofi Atimbiri said the accused called the victim to his room on Tuesday, February 7 and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

The accused and the victim’s father, as friends, lived in a single room in a mission house of their church. The pastor told an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku that his action was the work of the devil and does not know what came over him.

He was sentenced on his own plea.

Obinim’s Video Tape Shown In Court

The trial of Bishop Daniel Obinim, the Founder of God’s Way International Church and two of his pastors began in an Accra Circuit Court with the complainant mounting the witness box.

The two other pastors are Kingsley Baah and Solomon Abraham have been charged with abetment.

Madam Irene Abotchie-Nyahe, a private legal practitioner, recounted that how the video of Bishop Obinim and the two other pastors received criticisms at an international human rights conference in the USA.

According to Lawyer Abotchie-Nyahe, this was after the video was aired at the conference noting that the behaviour of the accused persons brought Ghana’s image into disrepute as the country.

She alleged that International firms such as Amnesty International called on Ghana government at that time over the video.

The complainant who was led in evidence by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah said in the video, Bishop Obinim and his two pastors administered about 40 strokes on the two victims.

The complainant who is also the Director of Legal Assistance Network, a Human Rights organization, said she knew Obinim as a leader of the God’s ways International Church and he appeared on OB TV channel.

The witness told the court that “personally she did not know the victims in the video” but she could identify them whenever she sees them.

She mentioned the Victims as Eliasu and Agyeiwaa explaining that Section 4 and 6 of the Domestic Violence Act enabled her to file the complaint against the accused persons.

The witness, who is also an Executive member of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), said some vulnerable people were asked in the name of God to remove their clothes, others are beaten and stamped by some men of God.

She said her organisation became worried over such behaviours and as such on March 15, last year launched a programme dubbed: “Stop the abuse in Church”.

The legal practitioner said under the programme, various abuses were documented and same presented to the Attorney General for action to be taken.

On August 17, last year, the witness said her father was not well so she was in the house when she saw on OB TV channel Obinim violently abusing the victims in the presence of his congregation.

Witness said while watching the video she became traumatised so she informed a colleague at the office about it.

“Having composed myself the following day, I watched the video, adding, same had been captured on a Compact Disc (CD) and pen drive and a laptop.

“My Lord I wish to tender same in evidence,” the complainant said.

Soon after tendering the video, it was shown in court.

The complainant said she went to the Tema Regional Police to lodge a complaint.

The witness alleged that Kingsley Baah, the second accused person went to a private radio station and he admitted abusing the victims.

The witness alleged that from the video it was clear that Obinim knew about the victim’s (female’s) pregnancy yet portrayed to the whole world the pregnancy was revealed to him in a dream.

Bishop Obinim has been dragged before the Court for allegedly assaulting two adopted children – a 14 year old girl and a 16 year old boy who lived with him in the presence of his congregation.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been granted bail in the sum of GHC10,000 with one surety each.

The Prosecution narrated that the complainant, Irene Abochie-Nyahe, was a legal practitioner residing at Community 17, Lashibi.

It said on August 17, last year, at about 1700 hours, the Accra Branch of the Church held a service, at which Bishop Obinim claimed he had a revelation from God that the two alleged victims were engaged in pre-marital sex and the 14-year old girl was pregnant.

The prosecution said Obinim said the victim was in the process of aborting the pregnancy, therefore, the Holy Spirit had directed him (Obinim) to chastise the (teenagers) in the presence of the congregation.

In the full glare of the church, Obinim allegedly removed his belt and assaulted them.

In the process, his two pastors, Baah and Abraham, prevented the female victim from running away from the said punishment.

The prosecution said the victim could not bear the pain, hence she sought refuge with Mrs. Florence Obinim, but her husband asked her to stay away.

He said the assault only stopped after Obinim became content with the alleged punishment.

The matter was adjourned to March 10 for lawyer for Obinim to cross-examine the witness.

Police Officers Storm NDC Secretary’s Home To Seize Tundra

Fifteen police officers in six patrol vehicles have stormed the home of Mr Fame Derek Djisam, the NDC’s Communication Secretary for the Trobu constituency, to seize a 2012-registered 2008 model Tundra.

The officers said they had reports that the car was a stolen state asset.

Mr Djisam told Class FM Friday, 17 February that despite pleading with the officers to allow him to produce documents covering the car, they insisted on towing it away in the presence of his 75-year-old mother and children.

“It’s complete madness, I mean it’s complete madness,” he fumed.

Mr Djisam said the car “is privately owned, I bought it from an expatriate” but used it to help the NDC in the 2016 election campaign.

He insisted the car was not given to him by the NDC. “Are they telling me if you do your private business, you can’t help your party?” Mr Djisam wondered.

He said he had spoken to his lawyer to sue the police officers who said they were part of the assets taskforce set up by the presidency to retrieve stolen state vehicles and other assets.

The cars of NDC members including Kofi Adams and James Agyenim-Boateng were recently seized in similar fashion. The CID on Thursday returned all five cars to Mr Adams. That of Mr Agyenim-Boateng is yet to be returned.

New British High Commissioner to Ghana Unveiled; Jon Benjamin Out (Photo)

The Foreign Office of the UK has announced the appointment Lain Walker as Her Majesty’s British High Commissioner to Ghana.

 

Lain Walker thus replaces Jon Benjamin, a man whose tenure in Ghana as a diplomat has been deemed controversial due to some of his utterances and actions. The Foreign Office made the announcement on its official Twitter handle on Friday February 17, 2017. Lain Walker has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the past 6 years, spending four of those years as Director of the Board. As a law graduate from the University of Dundee, his experience is wide-ranging, including a consulting role for PwC, a two year stint in the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit as a policy lead in transformational government and a four year role at EY (formerly Ernst & Young – one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms).

 

Ghana and Britain have quite a strong connection dating back to pre-independence era, and have thus valued the relationship and deepened it at every point for their mutual benefit.

More Shake-Up In Police As ASP Tanko Moves To Tamale…

Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, has made yet another changes in the top police hierarchy less than a month after his appointment.

This is the third in series of major changes made in the Service since he was appointment on January 25 by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

In a statement signed by Mr Apeatu, Ashanti Police Command PRO, ASP Yusif Mohammed Tanko has been sent to Tamale to head their Communications Department as PRO.

I Would Have Won Council of State Election – E T Mensah

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, Enoch Teye Mensah has dismissed claims that his last minute decision to back out of the Council of State elections was due to fear of defeat in the elections.

According to him, he would have won hands down should he have contested in the elections adding that, the massive support he had from some delegates and NDC party members would have earned him a place in the Council of state but for his decision to resign due to personal reasons.

“I can give you the list of the delegates that were rooting for me and so if anybody thinks that because I was going to lose that’s why I pulled out, it’s absolutely not correct, I would have cleared it”, he stated.

Speaking on Joy News, E.T Mensah indicated that the assertions are “totally wrong”, and that his decision to back out at the last minute was based on the council of his grandchildren among other things.

He explained that his grandchildren expressed displeasure about the many insults that surfaced on social media following his decision to contest for the Greater Accra Region slot in the Council of State elections. They advised him to withdraw since his bid to serve was generating negative reactions from the public.

“I decided to withdraw because of my grandchildren, some grandchildren in the U.S, they picked some of the insults, some of the things that were said, they had no idea, they spoke to their daddies, and the first grandson and the younger ones all signed, they said “Grandpa, this is not worth it, you want to serve and when people engage in this kind of mischief, why should you? I was touched by the young ones, so you have to listen to them”, he explained.

E.T Mensah stated that aside the immense support he had from members of the Council of Elders of the NDC, Greater Accra Region, and members of the NDC Ga-Adamgbe group, his experience and expertise in the political field was ample qualification for him to have won a slot as a representative for the Greater Accra Region at the Council of State. According to him, the “mischief” being played out by some persons also contributed partly to his withdrawal from the race.

“it is absolutely wrong, I’ve won several elections, I’ve been a Member of Parliament for 20 years, won elections and I’ve ran various races left and right and I go into them and win, before I sit and do my analysis….the mischief was too much”, he said

Enoch Teye Mensah came under massive criticism after he made public his intents to join in the race as a representative for the Greater Accra Region at the Council of State.

Few days after the public announcement, ET Mensah registered his decision to “back out” citing the reason for his last-minute decision as personal. In a letter written by him on Wednesday February 15 2017 and addressed to the Regional Electoral Director of the Electoral Commission, he stated;

“I wish to inform you of my decision to withdraw from the council of state slot for the Greater Accra Region. My reason for withdrawing from the race is personal. Thank you for your kind consideration.”

Kofi Adams Vehicles Not For The State – Police Confirms

The Ghana Police Service has confirmed that the five cars seized from the residence of the National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Kofi Adams, are not owned by state.

This follows detailed investiations carried out by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service to establish the ownership of the said vehicles.

The Police have since released the cars to Mr Adams Thursday afternoon.

The Public Relations Officer of the C.I.D, ASP Benefo Darkwa confirmed the news to Kasapa News Thursday evening.

“He cooperated with us throughout the investigations and at the end based on the evidence, we’ve come to the conclusion that the cars are not state cars. We’ve returned all the cars to him.”
About 15 soldiers wielding AK 47 assault rifles reportedly stormed the Tema residence of Kofi Adams over a fortnight ago, seized two Land Cruisers and three pick-ups.

The soldiers went to his house in the company of some officials of the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA) and made away with the vehicles.

Some New Patriotic Party (NPP) activists defended the raid, saying the seized vehicles were owned by the state.

We Won’t Touch Heritage Fund – Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said the Akufo-Addo government has no intention of touching the Heritage Fund to bankroll the Free Senior High School policy.

“We are not going to touch the Heritage Fund to be able to support the free SHS education,” Ofori-Atta told Accra-based Joy FM.

Mr Ofori-Atta’s clarification follows a comment by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo that the government may rely on the oil kitty to fund the Free SHS policy.

Mr Osafo Marfo stated at a forum in Accra on Tuesday 14 February that: “We have to make an amendment to say that X per cent of the Heritage Fund, or the Petroleum Fund will be used to support second cycle education. If we think that industry requires a certain stimulus that will enable jobs to be created and you are creating a job to build Ghana, you can look at it and put in a certain amount. We are [also] looking at agriculture.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently assured Ghanaians that his government “will fund the cost of public Senior High Schools for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards”.

Spelling out the details of the policy, “so that no one in Ghana is left in any doubt”, President Akufo-Addo explained: “By Free SHS, we mean that, in addition to tuition, which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees, no utility fees; there will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free.”

The president added: “Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level. I also want to state clearly again that we have a well thought-out plan that involves the building of new public senior high schools and cluster public senior high schools”.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, February 11, 2017, when, as the Special Guest of Honour, he delivered a speech at the 60th anniversary celebration of Okuapeman School.

On Thursday, the Minority in Parliament said it will resist the use of the Fund to fund the programme scheduled to start in September this year.
“We join the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians and civil society groups to register our strongest disapproval and objection to this idea. We wish to state emphatically that we shall resist any attempt to amend the Petroleum Revenue Management Act. …A lot of thinking and consultation was put into this Act which was led by the Finance Ministry. International development partners were consulted and lessons were drawn from the best practices in oil producing countries the world over. The Act is a product of national consensus and has both executive and legislative approvals,” former Deputy Finance Minister Cassiel Ato Forson told journalists on Thursday, 16 February at a press conference organised by the Minority in parliament.

Meanwhile, policy think tank IMANI Africa’s Patrick Stephenson has said Ghana needs about $600 million per annum to fund and implement the Free Senior High School programme introduced by the Akufo-Addo government.

Speaking to Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Thursday, 16 February, on the proposed means of funding for the programme, Mr Stephenson said the “total proceeds that we have sitting in the Petroleum Fund now – some rough computation suggest we have a little over $300 million. How much do we need to invest in free education annually? Rough computations suggest something in excess of $600million if we have to do it right and do it well. Now if you decide to go and take the resources out of your Petroleum Fund, clearly it still doesn’t fix your entire financing problem that you need and all of that is gone in just a year. Not that it’s a bad thing in itself, you should be able to demonstrate, for example, that it’s going to be sustainable for the long term and whatever they are putting in there goes in there, but we haven’t heard all of these things.”

The Ghana Heritage Fund was established in 2011 by Section 10 (1) of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, 2011 (Act 815). It is meant to serve as an endowment for future generations. It is not supposed to be touched until after 15 years of its establishment.

Each year, nine per cent of oil revenue is deposited into the fund. According to figures from the Bank of Ghana, in the first half of 2016, the Heritage Fund received US$5.79 million while the Stabilisation Fund received US$13.52 million.

In the second half of 2016, Heritage Fund received US$6.85 million, while the Ghana Stabilisation Fund received US$15.99 million.

As of December 2016, the Heritage Fund had accrued US$262.57 million, making up eight per cent of total revenue from oil proceeds distributed to the Petroleum Holding Fund (PHF) and the Ghana Petroleum Funds (GPFs).

The Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) received a total of US$1,473.45 million representing 43 percent of the total revenue while the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) received a total amount of US$1,057.30 million equivalent to 31 percent of total revenue.

The Ghana Stabilisation Fund (GSF) received an amount of US$633.87 million (18 per cent).

Akufo-Addo Use Of Heritage Fund Fatal – Haruna Iddrisu

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu says government’s decision to tap into reserved oil revenue known as Heritage Fund to finance its free senior high school (SHS) policy would be fatal for Ghana’s future.

He said the use of the Fund, which is nine percent of Ghana’s oil revenue, might compromise the safety of the country because it was set aside to serve as a buffer during challenging economic times.

“Education is key to development, key to eradicating poverty, [and] key to improving the employability of Ghanaians regrettably not on the use of the Heritage Fund,” he told Joy News Wednesday.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said it would use the Heritage Fund, which is one of three funds created by the Petroleum Revenue Management Act (815), to fund its flagship free SHS programme.

Addressing the 60th Anniversary of Okuapemman SHS at Akropong Akuapem last Saturday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said government would implement the policy coming September.

“By free SHS, we mean that in addition to tuition, which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees. There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free.

“Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level,” he explained.

Days later, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo in an interview with Joy News said government would use the Ghana Heritage Fund to finance the policy which is starting in the 2017/2018 academic year.

The decision has triggered sharp criticisms from opposition political parties and some civil societies who believe the purpose of the Fund would be defeated if government use it.

Section 10 of the PRM Act 815 states that, “A Ghana Heritage Fund is hereby established. (2) The object the Ghana Heritage Fund is to (a) provide an endowment to support development for future generations when petroleum reserves have been depleted; and (b) receive excess petroleum revenue. (3) The Ghana Heritage Fund shall receive from the Petroleum Holding Fund a percentage petroleum revenue which be determined by Parliament as savings for the purpose of this Act.”

Mr Iddrisu who is a former Employment Minister said there is already prioritisation for education which is supported by the Ghana Education Trust Fund which receives 3.5 percent of Value Added Tax (VAT).

“If you make promises without weighing the magnitude you will be caught in the quagmire the NPP is making to Ghanaians,” he said.

The NPP, he believes “did not thought through the programme” which explains the decision to use the Heritage Fund which he conceived as an “insurance against non-renewable.”

Mr Iddrisu said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) would be looking forward to scrutinising the economic policies of government.

“It means that they have already given some indications that they may not be able to honor their campaign promises. We will monitor quite closely it is early in the day and disappointing too early for them not to be believed that they did not prepare for their promises,” he said.

‘Chelsea Target’ James Rodriguez Insists He Is Happy at Real Madrid Despite Fringe Status

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez, a player who seems to have been branded a ‘Chelsea target’ for eternity, has insisted that he remains keen to stay at the Bernabeu despite still not being a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane.

Speculation regarding James’ future at Real surfaced last season after alleged fallings out with the French coach. Injury has also hampered the player since he moved to Madrid in 2014, and it was often suggested last summer that agent Jorge Mendes was working on a transfer.

Real Madrid v Sevilla - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 First Leg

It was heavily claimed Chelsea were interested at that time, while Manchester United have also been credited with interest in the past as well.

But for the time being at least, it seems that Colombian national hero James, winner of the 2014 FIFA Puskas award for a stunning volley against Uruguay in the World Cup, is satisfied with his current situation and doesn’t appear to be pushing for a transfer.

“I think that everything is fine, Real is a great club and I always wanted to play here. The good and bad times always come, but I want to stay here long (term),” he is quoted as saying by the Metro in the wake of Los Blancos’ Champions League win over Napoli this week.

Real Madrid CF v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

James played 76 minutes of the 3-1 win, starting his first game since early January. He’s played in five of the seven club’s European games so far this season, but only 10 of 20 in La Liga.

That being said, the 25-year-old is still actually Real’s leading assist maker in away games in 2016/17. He has laid on five goals in all competitions away from the Bernabeu, ahead of Lucas Vazquez (4) and Toni Kroos (3).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Hat-Trick Seals Comfortable Red Devils Win

Manchester United ran out 3-0 winners against Saint Etienne in the Europa League on Thursday night, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic stealing the headlines once again with a hat-trick to sink the French outfit.

Ibrahimovic put United ahead in the 15th minute in fortunate circumstances, with his low free-kick taking a heavy deflection off of French defender Vincent Pajot. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the English side as many had predicted though, with the pacy Monnet-Paquet causing problems against a seemingly nervy United defence.

Both goalkeepers were on top for the majority of the match, with Saint-Etienne keeper Stephane Ruffier and United’s Sergio Romero each making key saves when called upon. 

Manchester United v AS Saint-Etienne - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg

As the game progressed, the French side were visibly more fatigued than their opponents and United took advantage, with the pace of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard causing problems for a tiring Saint Etienne defence. And their persistence was rewarded in the 75th minute, after a nice run and pass from Rashford fell to the feet of Ibrahimovic, who stroked home from 6 yards out. There was just time for Zlatan to seal his hat-trick in the 87th minute, burying a penalty in to the bottom left hand corner after he was fouled in the area.

United looked shaky from the kick off, with Eric Bailly in particular misplacing a number of passes in dangerous areas, allowing Saint-Etienne to test keeper Romero early on. United looked shell shocked, with the French outfit picking gaps in their defence more than a few time within the first 10 minutes of the game. However, their momentum would soon been halted, albeit in fortunate fashion. Ibrahimovic’s low free-kick took a huge deflection off of Pajot, with the defence unable to clear as the ball trickled slowly across the line.

FBL-EUR-C3-MAN UTD-SAINT ETIENNE

Saint Etienne didn’t roll over after conceding first, and Senegalese midfielder Henri Saivet tested Romero in the 31st minute – the Argentine keeper coming out on top with a number of solid saves.

The second half started much like the first, with Saint Etienne looking threatening on the break against a United defence seemingly more interested in attacking than keeping the French outfit out. However, it was Jose Mourinho’s changes that really tipped the scales in United’s favour, with the pace of Rashford and Lingard proving effective against a tiring defence.

Just as it looked like United may be taking just a one goal lead to France next week, Rashford burst through the Saint Etienne back line and squared a ball for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who tapped in from point blank range.

As if anybody expected anything less, it was Zlatan who made and scored the penalty to seal a 3-0 win, which arguably flattered United. However, Mourinho will be pleased with the way that his side took their chances, and it is difficult to see Saint Etienne overturning a three goal deficit in the return fixture next Wednesday evening.

Ebony Poses Topless On Her Birthday

Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, whom you might know as Ebony Reigns for some time now has classified herself as a new Afro Dance Hall Artiste but in actual sense is she?

We ask this because music expert Mark Okraku Mantey says even Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy are NOT dance hall artistes so we wonder if Ebony who shows her skin more than her music is one.

Information today is that the ‘Kupe’ lightweight-hitmaker is marking her birthday today (yesterday) so in her own wisdom it is appropriate to show us her almost half butt with tattoos all over body to get our attention and it ‘kinda’ worked.

This is not the first time Ebony is trying to show us more than we are suppose to see on the streets BUT she once said boys/men should stop seeing her as a bad girl and stop sending her nudes in her DMs in return yet she keeps arousing them.

List Of Regional Council of State Representatives

Elections for regional representatives to serve on the Council of State took place on Thursday across the country. Two representatives each from the 216 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, constituted the electoral college which elected the various regional representatives to the Council of State.

Over 100 aspirants contested for a place on the Council, which is enjoined by the 1992 Constitution to counsel the President in the performance of his functions. The election nationwide, largely came off without hitches, except in the Upper East Region, where voting commenced late after confusion had erupted over a lawsuit against the process.

The elected regional representatives are:

*Eunice Jacqueline Buah, Western Region
*Kwadwo Agyenim Boateng, Brong Ahafo Region
*Yakubu S. Nantogmah, Northern Region
*Agona Akrofosohene Nana Owusu Achiaw, Ashanti Region
*Richard Babini Kanton IV, Upper West Region
*Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani, Greater Accra Region
*Robert D. Mosore, Upper East Region
*Obrempong Appiah Nuamah II, Central Region
*Francis Albert Seth Nyonyo, Volta Region
*Nana Somuah Mireku- Nyampong, Eastern Region

Prior to the election of the regional representatives, President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed 11 persons to the Council of State including former Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson and a former President of the Ghana Bar Association, Sam Okudzeto.

The eight other appointees are: the Jaubenhene Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Nana Kofi Obiri Egyir II, Mrs. Alberta Cudjoe, Alhaji Aminu Amadu, Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, Alhaji Sahanun Moqtar, Mrs. Georgina Kusi, Alhaji Sule Yiremiah and Mr. Paa Kofi Ansong.

President Akufo-Addo also appointed General J.B. Danquah, a former Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces, and Nana Owusu Nsiah, a former Inspector General of Police, to the Council pending Parliamentary approval.

The President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, is also an ex-officio a member of the Council, in line with Article 89(2)(a)(i) of the constitution. The Constitution also dictates there must be former Chief Justice on the council but there is no living former Chief Justice, thus President Akufo-Addo was unable to propose a name for the approval of Parliament.

Ghartey Committee Hears Ayariga, Agyarko Today

Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga will be appearing before the Ghartey Committee today, Friday 17 February, as the body continues its probe into a bribery allegation Mr Ayariga made against the leadership of the Appointments Committee and Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko.

Also to appear before the committee are Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak and Mr Agyarko.

The committee, at its maiden sitting, heard the testimony of Mr Osei-Owusu as the first witness.

At that hearing, Mr Osei-Owusu claimed North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa confessed that the allegation was cooked by the Minority to get back at the Majority and the governing New Patriotic Party for accusing former President John Mahama of corruption.

Mr Osei-Owusu told the five-member ad hoc committee formed by the Speaker of Parliament to probe the issue: “In the conclave, after they had shown that they [Minority] were satisfied and were willing to withdraw their objection and agree for their report to be amended that Hon Osafo Maafo and Boakye Agyarko be passed by consensus, we were going to leave and I said: ‘No. There was this allegation already in the public domain, and Honourable Ayariga is the one alleged to have made that allegation, so, we should discuss that matter after meeting.’ All the Minority members said was [that]: ‘Mr Speaker, cool down, cool down’. And I said: ‘How can I cool down? This allegation is already in the public domain’. It was at that point that Okudzeto Ablakwa said, ‘Because Agyarko said our president (Mahama) was corrupt, we were spreading the corruption allegation’. The mood in the room changed afterwards.”

Mr Ayariga, on Friday 27 January, claimed a quantum of money was given to Mr Osei-Owusu by Energy Minister-designate at the time, Mr Boakye Agyarko, to be distributed to Minority MPs on the Appointments Committee with the intention of influencing them to give him the nod so he could be sworn in as Minister.

Mr Ayariga, who is a member of the Appointments Committee, told Radio Gold in an interview that the Minority MPs rejected the GHS3000 each which was enveloped for them when they later found out that the money was coming from Mr Agyarko as a bribe.

According to Mr Ayariga, the Minority MPs first accepted the money because they were under the impression that the money was their sitting allowance but got alarmed and decided to return the money after they heard rumours that the money was coming from Mr Agyarko.

“We were expecting our committee allowances from the chairman, so, when we were called by our leader to come and take our money, we took it knowing that that is our allowance, so, as for the quantum we cannot tell how much money he [Mr Agyarko] might have given to the chairman, so, there are all sort of speculations about what sort of quantum he is alleged to have given, but what we know is what came to us as individuals, that is what we can bear testimony to: whether it’s GHS1 or GHS2, no matter how small it is, what we know is what was given to us and we found out later that it was coming from him, so, as for the quantum, it’s not important. For me the most important thing is that we were expecting to be given our committee sitting allowances, and we were promised by our chairman that it will come very soon, and we were called to pick up money from our Whip, we picked it up and assumed that it was our allowances and then later we heard rumours in the house and we called our leader and asked him: where is the money coming from? He said it came from the Chairman but chairman said it was coming from Boakye Agyarko, so, that is where we realised that we can’t take money from Boakye Agyarko, so, we asked him to take his money back, we are not interested. The quantum is insignificant, even if he had brought GHS1million, we will still return it to him,” Mr Ayariga alleged.

The bribery allegation followed the reluctance by the Minority side of the Appointments Committee to recommend Mr Agyarko for passage over certain comments he made against former President John Mahama during his vetting.

All the actors named by Mr Ayariga in the bribery scandal have denied anything of the sort ever happened. Mr Ayariga and two other colleague MPs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Alhassan Suhuyini, subsequently petitioned the Speaker to probe the matter since they insist there was an attempted bribery.

Bribery Allegation: Ablakwa’s Request To Testify Granted

A request by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, to appear before the committee probing bribery allegations against the leadership of Parliament’s Appointment Committee has been granted.

Mr Ablakwa was not originally scheduled to be heard by the committee, but an official request he made to the Joe Ghartey-led committee — through his lawyers — seems to be struck the right cord.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa will be seeking to debunk a claim by one of the MPs implicated in the allegation that he (Ablakwa) confessed to fabricating the scalding allegations.

Mr Ablakwa on Thursday requested to testify as a witness in the bribery claim that was first made by Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga.

Ablakwa’s Lawyers in a letter addressed to members of the 5-member committee tasked to investigate the alleged scandal, said, “we have been instructed by our client to convey to you, which we hereby do, his desire to appear before your committee to be heard on the above allegation and to provide evidence that would assist your Committee to reach a fair and true conclusion on this substantially important matter of public interest.”

“Our client further instructs us that, it has come to his notice that your committee has decided to limit the number of witnesses to be called to give evidence and that he has not been named as one of such witnesses.”\

The request by Mr Ablakwa to testify follows revelations by Chairman of the 5-member committee, Joe Ghartey, on Wednesday that Mr Ablakwa will not be among four witnesses that will be called to testify at the public hearing of the committee.

Mr Ablakwa’s Lawyers had promised to advise their client to resort to other constitutional and legal options available if he is refused the opportunity to be heard by the committee.

I’ll Sue Obiri Boahen – Kofi Adams

The National Organiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kofi Adams, will take legal action against the Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, and a host of other defamers in connection with reports that he (Adams) stole state vehicles, his aide Ibrahim Yahaya has said.

“I don’t think we will go beyond Monday [February 27] without filing a suit at the court suing some individuals who came on air to allege that he has tampered with chassis numbers on the vehicles and he has stolen state vehicles. I think Monday will even be far. Very soon.

This comes after it emerged that the five cars seized by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service have been released to Mr Adams after he had provided all the necessary documents covering them to ascertain ownership of the cars.

Confirming the release of the cars, Mr Yahaya added that the individuals who had earlier levelled wrong accusations against Mr Adams would be made to answer in court.

Asked by the host of the programme who the individuals in question were, Mr Yahaya said: “Obiri Boahen is the number one person. The rest of the people I will not like to disclose their names but then we will sue them. Nothing is going to stop us.”

The said vehicles include two Toyota Land Cruiser V8s with registration numbers GS 7451-12 and GN 7796-16 respectively and three Nissan Hardbody Pick-Ups with registration numbers GM 842-16, GM 823-16 and GM 846-16, respectively.

On 1 February, 15 armed men dressed in military fatigues, suspected to be army personnel, stormed the private residence of Mr Adams and seized all his vehicles in the company of four alleged National Security officers and personnel from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

According to Mr Adams, who said he was in Dubai during the incident, the soldiers ransacked his Tema Gulf City home and drove away the five cars.

The cars, according to the soldiers, were suspected to belong to the state and were taken to the Flagstaff House.

National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah later called Mr Adams to apologise to him saying the action was not sanctioned by officialdom. Mr Kan-Dapaah ordered the return of the cars but Mr Adams insisted they be taken to the police for inspection and an inventory taken before he could take them back. The CID, however, held onto the cars until Mr Adams was compelled to write to the IGP to demand his vehicles back.

The Pick-Ups are in the name of Japan Motors while the two Land Cruisers are in the name of Mr Adams.

Education Minister Should Be Sacked – Teachers Union

Teacher unions have protested against threat by the Education Minister; Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh that basic and second cycle school heads who record 90 percent failure in their schools final exams will be sacked.

The unions accused the minister of failing to identify problems that confront the educational sector before making that pronouncement. The Education Minister while addressing heads of senior high schools (SHS) in Kumasi as part of a two-day familiarization visit to the Ashanti Region emphasized that any school head who superintends over a failure of over 90% cannot be allowed to stay in office.

Reacting to the issue on Onua FM on Thursday, the General Secretary, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), David Ofori Acheampong said “it is not right to blame teachers”. He asserted, “We should blame the government for this because go to schools in Accra and find out, only KGs have printed syllabus.

The rest are on pen drive and teachers will be called to come for it and print them.” He said “the logistics are not there so if they will sack teachers, then the minister himself will be sacked because it will mean all those in the chain of command did not do their work well and that is not the way to go”. “If we want to find the way to solve it, that is not the way to go and we shall not wait for such thing to happen.

The previous government did the same. They never saw anything good in teachers and that is not the way to go”, he lamented. David Acheampong said “this will not happen in the country and we are ready for them”. The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Christian Addai Poku also remarked, “I am surprised about the comment and it is really unfortunate”.

“On what bases did he said 90%. How about the teachers, workers and the people who are going to work?” he queried. He said “we need to motivate them and not threaten them. You don’t just conclude that because the children failed, the headmaster is the cause”. Mr. Addai Poku explained that “if you duel on the headmasters alone, it does not make sense. If that is his agenda, then we have a problem. If he is going to use threat to achieve his goals, then there is a problem”.

MP Killers Bill Of Indictment Almost Ready- Police

The Police say the bill of indictment on the two suspects involved in the murder of J. B. Danquah Adu, Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North is almost ready.

Superintendent Francis Baah, the prosecutor, told the District Court that “the Bill of indictment has almost been concluded and what was left with is the process of service.”

The prosecutor made this known when Daniel Asiedu aka sexy dondon and Vincent Bosso aka junior Agogo appeared before the District Court presided over by Mr Ebenezer Kweku Ansah.

Asiedu, and Bosso are being held for the murder of the late MP in an incident which occurred on February 9, 2016, at the MP’s Shaishie residence.

Bosso has been charged with abetment of crime but pleas of the two have not been taken.

Superintendent Baah said he had had instructions from the Attorney General’s (AG) office and he has carried them out and forwarded same to the AG’s office.

According to him he had been in touch with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and from the bill of indictment Bosso would be charged with abetment of robbery.

The prosecutor therefore prayed the court to enable him to get in touch with defence counsel, Mr Augustines Obuor to be served.

The court, therefore, adjourned the matter to March 2.

According to Mr. Baah, the Prosecutor; on February 8 2016, at about 2340 hours the deceased came home in his private vehicle driven by his driver, Samuel Berko Sarkodie.

Prosecution said the driver after parking handed over the ignition keys to the deceased and left for his residence at Kasoa, while the deceased retired to his bedroom.

He said at about 0100 hrs, Asiedu and Bosso who were armed went to the house of the deceased where Asiedu entered the bedroom of the deceased through the window when he was asleep.

“Asiedu began to search the room but the noise woke up the deceased who held him. Asiedu resisted and stabbed the deceased on the right chest above the breast”.

The Prosecution said the deceased held the knife while Asiedu pulled the knife through the deceased hands creating a deep cut in his palm.

Prosecution said the deceased who was bleeding profusely fell by his bed helpless while Asiedu stabbed him several times on the right chest and neck.

Realizing that the deceased was almost dead, Asiedu left and took away three iPhones of the MP.

The Prosecutor said the security man who heard a strange sound in the house alerted other security men within the vicinity.

Mr. Baah said Bosso realising the danger took to his heels leaving Asiedu behind.

Asiedu, however, managed to descend from deceased room to the back house, climbed one of the poly tanks in the house and jumped over the electric fence into the adjoining house and escaped.

He said the security man then called the police emergency line and informed them of the situation.

When the Police arrived the victim was already dead and his body was conveyed to the Police Hospital mortuary.

On February 15, an autopsy report from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital gave the cause of death as “” Exsanguination and multiple stab injuries on the anterior and chest.”

Prosecution said Police investigations led to the arrest of accused persons who stated that their aim of going to the house of the deceased was to steal.

The Prosecutor said Asiedu explained that the deceased struggled with him when he entered the room and this compelled him to use the knife on him.

21 Drug Peddlers Busted In Tema

Tema Regional Police Command led by the Deputy Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kwaku Boadu Preprah, last week Saturday arrested 21 suspected drug peddlers and also retrieved 21 motorbikes suspected to have been stolen.

The operation, according to the Public Relations Officer for Tema Regional Police Command, ASP Juliana Obeng, took place at Tulaku, Ashaiman and Community 25.

The 21 suspected drug peddlers and users were between the ages of 18 and 51.

The operation was part of a routine intermittent swoops, organised by the command, to rid the Tema region of bad nuts and miscreants who do not allow law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties.

Out of the number of the people arrested, 10 have been screened and released, while the other 11 were still in police custody assisting in investigations.

The 21 motorbikes have however, been retained while investigations are ongoing.

ASP Obeng reiterated the command’s readiness and preparedness to continue with the fight against crime and make the Tema region a safe haven for its indigenes and also stated that these operations will continue unabated.

The command sounded a word of caution to criminals within the region to desist from acts of lawlessness since the long arm of the law will get to them and deal with them appropriately.

She added that timely and accurate information from members of the public is a good recipe for the fight against crime and therefore crave the indulgence of the general public who have information that will lead to the arrest of deviants within the society to furnish the police with such information to reduce the incidences of crime in the Region.

Govt Orders Suspension Of Nurses Recruitment

Government has ordered the suspension of the ongoing recruitment of nurses into public health institutions.

A statement signed by the Health Minister Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said : “I wish to request that you suspend all recruitment activities for the 8,634 nurses and other health staff until further notice”.

The statement however added: “The suspension is not a cancellation but to allow the ministry of Health to finalise all issues related to the financial clearance”.

Meanwhile, financial clearance for the recruitment of the nurses was given by the erstwhile Mahama government in November 2016.

The recruitment exercise has been ongoing since last week.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday, the spokesperson for the Health ministry Tony Goodman said the directive to suspend the exercise was issued to the various human resource units of the ministry on Wednesday, February 15.

KTI Brutality: Sack Police PRO, SWAT Commander – Napo

Minister of Education Mathew Opoku Prempeh is calling on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) COP David Asante -Apeatu to sack the Ashanti regional public relations officer of the police command ASP Yusif Tanko and the SWAT commander Supt Christopher Klormegah.

His calls comes on the back of students of the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) who were severally assaulted by the police on Tuesday.

Police say the students went on rampage after winning Inter Schools and Colleges competition (Interco) and vandalised police patrol cars, blocked roads and pelted stones at police.

The students accused the police of firing live bullets and tear gas.

But speaking on Abusua FM’s Abusua Nkommo hosted by Kwame Adinkra, the Minster accused Supt Klormegah and ASP Tanko of telling lies about the brutalities calling on the IGP to transfer the two from the region.

According to him, the two have been peddling falsehood that police men on duty did not fire guns as speculated by the aggrieved students.

The minister of Education warned that he will stage a demonstration for the dismissal of the two if the IGP refuses to sanction them.

He cited that the KTI incident adds up to two cases where Supt Klormegah had supervised police brutalities describing him as a ‘disgrace’ to the police service.

Dr Opoku Prempeh questioned why police rushed to KTI dormitories to beat up teachers and students who didn’t even go to the stadium.

‘He should have told us the truth so that a warning or an advise would have been given, but he lied about the incident, how can such a person continue to wear police uniform, but I am not surprised, Klormega is the same person who brutalised students in Kenyase. ASP Tanko too just goes about peddling falsehood.

No civilian has reported to the police that his/her car was smashed by the students, the police in Asokwa are even surprised that he and other police went to the dormitories of KTI when he wasn’t in charge. I am not saying that when children go wayward, they shouldn’t be punished, but it should be done the right way. I will write a letter to the IGP to sack ASP Tanko and Supt Klormega,’he fumed.

According to him, government didn’t supply them uniforms to cause mayhem in the region saying some of the students had to break walls to run from angry police.

According to him, the SWAT commander has the tendency of killing people if members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) go on demonstration.

‘He will kill people and government will be blamed, they should be sacked, he can be compared to somebody who dupes people in Kejetia,’ a livid Minister said.

Why Men Lose Interest In Relationship

It’s a painful experience to be deeply connected with a man, only to find him pulling away and losing interest.

Have you ever been with a man who seemed to really like you, only to begin distancing himself and saying he really wasn’t ready for a commitment?

Why is it that he ends up marrying the next woman he dates? Was he lying when he said he wasn’t ready for a commitment?

The answer comes down to deep emotional attraction.

In all likelihood, he was not lying when he said he wasn’t ready for a commitment. In fact, unlike women, a man’s default mode is that he is not ready for (or even looking for) a commitment.

It takes a special kind of deep emotional attraction for a man to feel compelled to keep a woman in his life with a shared promise of committed intentions for the future.

Knot represents a connected couple.What creates that intense emotional bond for men?

I can tell you one thing for certain. Men experience relationships for what they are here and now, in the present moment.This is a stereotype, but because there is so much truth in it you would be foolish to ignore its implications for your relationship.

Research with men and women in the early stages of dating relationships has shown that women typically consider themselves to be “in a relationship” by the time the third date rolls around.

In contrast, men do not consider themselves to be “in a relationship” until several months of exclusive dating have occurred.

Even when he’s exclusively dating one woman, a man will be surprised when his counterpart suggests the relationship is exclusive. Why is that?

Again, it comes back to the fact that men tend to spend less time plotting and planning the course of their lives in terms of relationships. Men do not define their lives (as much) by where things seem to be going in a relationship.

For your man to reach a point where he desires a committed relationship, something very significant must occur first.

He must experience an intense emotional attraction that causes him to feel less alive when he is not in your presence.

Ghana Not Ready For Free SHS – Peter kotoe Nortsu

Ghana is not ready to start the implementation of the much hyped Free Senior High School (SHS) Programme promised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, says Member of Parliament for Akatsi North, Peter Kotoe Nortsu.

The Akatsi North legislator cited infrastructure deficits in various second cycle institutions to back his assertion.

Although he expressed optimism about the proposed policy by the NPP government, he doubts if it can be sustained.

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday, February 11, at the 60th-anniversary celebration of Okuapeman School in the Eastern Region announced that the Free SHS Programme promised by the NPP will commence in September this year.

Nana Akufo Addo also indicated that government is going to fund the cost of all who qualify for entry into the various public SHS.

Speaking in an interview with Samuel Eshun on the Gold Power Drive on Radio Gold, Mr. Peter Kotoe Nortsu noted that, although former President Mahama laid the foundation of the policy, there are a lot to consider before its implementation.

“If you ask me: Are we are ready for the free SHS? I will say no, we still need to build more schools in the system. Free SHS means free admission, free textbooks free, boarding and free meals. You just have to wake-up and take your bag and go to school. That’s where we will have the challenges because we would still need funds to put up more schools since we have infrastructure deficits,” he observed.

Mr. Peter Kotoe further called for the need to get a holistic approach to providing free education as it is stated in the Constitution.

Nana Addo Appoints Sam Okudzeto, Adjiri Blankson, 9 Others To Council of State

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed legal luminary, Sam Okudzeto, former Accra mayor, Stanley Adjiri Blankson, Dr Margaret Amoakohene and eight others to the Council of State.

 

The eight are Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabenhene, Nana Kofi Obiri Egyir II, Mrs Alberta Cudjoe, Alhaji Aminu Amadu, Alhaji Sahanun Moqtar, Mrs. Georgina Kusi, Alhaji SuleYiremiah, Mr. Paa Kofi Ansong. President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, becomes an ex-officio member of the Council in furtherance of Article 89(2)(b).

 

Meanwhile, the president has in accordance with Article 89(2)(a)(ii) and (iii), appointed General J.B. Danquah, a former Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces, and Nana Owusu Nsiah, a former Inspector General of Police, to the Council.

 

A statement signed and issued by the acting Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin said “Since there is no living former Chief Justice, the President is unable to propose a name for the approval of Parliament, in accordance with Article 89(2)(a)(i)” The composition of the Council will be completed with the election of the representatives due to be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Bribery Scandal: ‘The Truth Is On Our Side’ – Ablakwa

One of the accusers in the case of the alleged bribery scandal against Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says they are ready for Wednesday’s sitting.

The five-member investigative ad-hoc committee formed by Parliament to investigate the bribery scandal is set to commence public hearing from Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

The committee was set up on January 31 by the Speaker, Professor Mike Oquaye to investigate the alleged attempted bribery by the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, after it was revealed by the Member Parliament for the Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga that he tried to induce the Minority on the Appointments Committee with GHc 3,000 each to approve his nomination.

Even though many, including Civil Society Organizations, have questioned the decision by Parliament to investigate itself, the Joe Ghartey committee is set to hear the case on Wednesday.

Speaking on Radio Gold Tuesday, the North Tongu legislator said he still stands by the bribery allegations.

“We are so ready. When the truth is on your side you don’t need any preparation. We have been waiting for this day to come and we are not changing our position. Hon. Agyarko attempted bribing us. I was given an envelope which contained money and our leader asked us to return the money which we did. That is the truth. Nothing but the truth,” he said.

The committee is to investigate whether or not the Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu, had taken money from Mr Boakye Agyarko and given it to the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka-Mubarak for further disbursement to Minority Members on the committee as bribe.

The MPs expected to appear before the committee includes MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu and Tamale North MP Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini.

Mahama pull out of 2020 election polls

Ghana’s immediate past President, John Dramani Mahama, has yet given the strongest indication he may not be a candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress for the next presidential polls.

Since his recent advice to members of the NDC to stop arguing over whether he will make a comeback and rather, focus on reorganizing the party; it seem its now obvious, the ex-president may have reasoned with his immediate family and the advice of his late father, Mr Emmanuel Adamah Mahama, to quit “when the applause is loudest”

Short of confirming he firmed up on decision not to make a comeback in 2020, Mr Mahama last week in faraway Kenya told a Nairobi audience, his decision was reinforced when he attended the inauguration of his successor, President Akufo-Addo, on January 7 this year. “Last month, I attended the inauguration of president Akufo-Addo. When I exited my vehicle and my arrival was publicly announced at the Black Star Square, there was a loud round of applause… again; I thought of my father and those words – ‘leave when the applause is loudest’.

The Ghanaian ex-president made this profound revelation when he delivered a lecture on democracy and rule of law in Africa in Kenya as guest speaker of the “Mindspeak” series.

An astute political pundit who wants to remain anonymous, interpreting Mr. Mahama’s reference to his father’s allegory; “leave when the applause is loudest”, told this paper that, the ex-Ghanaian leader was signaling his disinterest in leading the NDC into the next presidential election. He added that, “I wouldn’t be surprise to hear former President Mahama formally announce his retirement from active any time soon”.

Mr Mahama narrated how he has drawn useful lessons from his father’s “leave when the applause is loudest” advice which, he said, was contained in a letter his late father, Mr E.A Mahama, who was also a former Commissioner in the Nkrumah regime, wrote to then Gen.

Ignatius Kutu Acheampong to pat him on the shoulder for some radical decisions he took during his reign as Head of State.

“Despite the fact that Col. Acheampong had come to power by way of coup d’état, my father was hopeful that unlike a typical coup maker, he might have Ghana’s interest at heart instead of his own. In fact my father was so hopeful that he sat down and wrote Col Acheampong a letter, telling him exactly that. In that letter, my father also decided to dispense a little bit of political wisdom. He advised Col Acheampong to remember to leave when the applause is loudest,” Mr Mahama narrated.

General I.K Acheampong was later disgraced when he was deposed in a palace coup, stripped of his military title, and eventually; executed following the coup by the Armed Forces Revolutionary council led by Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.

After failing to secure a second term bid in last year’s election despite posting positive and unmatched infrastructural projects, there have been calls on Mr Mahama to make a comeback in 2020. National Organizer of the NDC, Kofi Adams; MP for Odododiodoo, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuije and others have all vowed to prevail on him to contest the 2020 elections.

But the Mahama family has been reported to have advised the ex-president not to make a comeback in 2020. A younger brother of the ex-president and CEO of Engineers and Planners, Mr Ibrahim Mahama told The aL-hAJJ “John has given his all in to NDC and Ghana and we think it is just fair that we allow him to rest. We were very supportive and instrumental in convincing him to partner late Prof Mills, and when the time came for him to contest for President; we supported him and advised him to go for it…now we have again advised him not to make a comeback in 2020”.