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The Founder and General Overseer of Alive Chapel International, Bishop Elisah Salifu Amoako has underscored the need for junior pastors to submit themselves when learning under great men of God. According to him, training moves one into the realms of professionalism, however, people fail under training due to indiscipline, greed, hatred, pride and insubordination. Speaking to Nat Sankofa Tete Arthur on Rainbow radio 87.5Fm on his Stories of Life segment he said, people fail in the process of training and without training you will fail. Without training you cannot survive.’’ He revealed to the host that he never went to a bible school but trained under Prophet Amoako. He said, ‘’I did not attend a bible school but trained under Prophet Amoako. The bible says when the servant is well trained, you become like your master but you cannot go beyond your master.’’ Comparing the Disciples of Christ and how they were described as Christ-like disciples, he said, it was because they have been with Christ. The renowned prophet stressed that without proper training, you will fail even in your marriage. Some men lack training, they have normal basic school knowledge but they lack wisdom and proper training. They lack discipline, humility and respect because they were not  properly trained .’’ ‘’God took me through the process of training; there is no bible school which is better than serving under a man of God. Bible school gives one the theory but the real impartation is derived from serving. Elijah served Elisha, he did not attend a bible school. The sons of the prophet who went to a bible school failed…Joshua served Moses and after he died, God called him and used him.’’ Prophet Salifu Amoako had this advice for the current generation. ‘’I want to advice the current generation; your greatest opportunity is to have a great man of God; sit under a great man of God and serve a great man of God. Anything great can make you great, anything great can impact your life,’’ he concluded.    
Former Gender and Social Protection Minister under the erstwhile Mahama led administration, Nana Oye Lithur has in a congratulatory message described the yet to be confirmed Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo as one of Ghana’s finest legal brains. The legal practitioner and human rights activist in a Facebook message said, ‘’Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo.Congratulations.I am proud of you.I am happy for you.More importantly Ghana has one of its finest legal brains as a Chief Justice nominee. May God chart your path so that justice will roll like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream in Ghana.’’ According to media reports, the Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo will be confirmed as the second female Chief Justice today [Friday] by the president. If confirmed, she will be taking over from Her Ladyship Theodora Georgina Wood who will be retiring in June this year.   The former Minister in the statement said, ‘’ You were strict,efficient,hardworking,no nonsense and compassionate as head of chambers.One of the few female senior lawyers heading a law firm in those days.You had left Mobil Ghana as their solicitor and set up the law firm Akuffo &Co.You groomed us all in your law firm to become sharp lawyers.Shiela Minkah Premo,Kwame Akuffo and I.We had to be excellent, professional in our approach, punctual to meetings and perfect!.’’   Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution provides that “the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.   Article 144 (2) provides that “the other Supreme Court justices shall be appointed by the President, acting on the advice of the Judicial Council, in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.   Below is the full statement from Oye Lithur    I remember in 1994/95 when I walked into your office and you told me that President Rawlings had nominated you as a Supreme Court Judge.In a reflective mood,you told me it was a call to serve Ghana. You had done so well as Chairperson of Civil Aviation Authority.The airport saw massive transformation under your leadership.Under your tenure you zoned and developed the Holiday Inn airport area, the airport saw a major expansion and you set up the Aviation Social Centre. There was an uproar within the Ghana Bar Association about the President's nomination .I distinctly remember the objection by the late ED Kom.You have proved them wrong. You were strict,efficient,hardworking,no nonsense and compassionate as head of chambers.One of the few female senior lawyers heading a law firm in those days.You had left Mobil Ghana as their solicitor and set up the law firm Akuffo &Co.You groomed us all in your law firm to become sharp lawyers.Shiela Minkah Premo,Kwame Akuffo and I.We had to be excellent, professional in our approach, punctual to meetings and perfect!. You excelled at the Supreme Court and African Human Rights Court.   Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo.Congratulations.I am proud of you.I am happy for you.More importantly Ghana has one of its finest legal brains as a Chief Justice nominee. May God chart your path so that justice will roll like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream in Ghana.
A Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has refused to comment on calls by Victor Smith to clean and clear all the current crop of leaders for failing to secure victory for former president Mahama. The former Ambassador to United Kingdom under Mahama slammed the current executives and noted that there not selflessness enough. Victor Smith who failed in his parliamentary bid in 2016 said, ‘’NDC needs a new crop of die hard, selfless, national executives, people with conviction to lead the party. The party must vote out the current national leaders.’’ But when asked to comment on the call by Victor Smith, the deputy scribe of the NDC said, as an elected executive of the NDC with a mandate up to 2018; at this time that the NPP is under serious pressure, I will not waste my time discussing NDC internal matters. My soul will punish me if I engage in any NDC internal matters, to take the pressure away from the NPP.’’ The party he added is waiting for the Kwesi Botchwey report and that 2018 is coming for everybody to contest. I am interested in continuing to pile pressure on the failing NPP.’’ Koku Anyidoho speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, it was very sad at this time that the party [NPP] is under pressure and they have to pile more pressure on them, some individuals are scheming to divert attention. The fierce critic of President Nana Akufo Addo stressed that, the renewal of the mandate of party executives is the hands of delegates and grass root and not in the mouth of anybody. But they will judge by the extent which we focus on piling pressure on NPP and not piling pressure on the NDC itself.’’ He said, if party members’ respects the constitution of the party they will not be engaging in matters like what Victor Smith is doing. Koku Anyidoho lamented that the party has said time without number that, individuals who are aggrieved should respect the committee set up to review the defeat.   According to him, party members interested in contesting for positions should channel their energies in helping the NPP sink and fail rather than attacking the party [NDC]. ‘’The NPP is failing, the NPP is sinking. So those who think we must come back in 2020 must help us sink the NPP first. Those who think 2020 we must come back and are in a hurry must help us sink the NPP first. If the NPP does not sink, we are not coming back.’’    
‘’If the National Democratic Congress (NDC) wants to win the 2020 elections, then we will have to field former president John Dramani Mahama again,’’ Victor Smith former Ambassador to the United Kingdom has said. According to him, the former president who was defeated by President Nana Akufo-Addo is the best chance for the NDC because he’s tried and tested. In his view, the humiliating defeat of the NDC were as a result of certain factors and the way certain affairs were managed. Victor Smith noted that the deliverables for Ghana to make progress forward; the president did well. We are all witnesses to that.'' He was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm where he was asked if he will support those calling for a new candidate or those rooting for the return of Mr. Mahama in 2020. The NDC he stressed must deal with the challenges within the party and maintain Mr. Mahama if the party want to return in 2020 but bringing a new candidate in 2020, will mean that, we do not want to return in 2020 but 2024. If we want to just try 2020, then we can afford to put forth a new candidate so if he doesn’t win, he can be advertised for the future,’’ he stated.        
Ghana’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom under the erstwhile Mahama led administration, Victor Smith has called on delegates within the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to vote out the current leaders. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the leadership of the NDC were not dedicated enough to retain the party in power. The former MP aspirant is reported to have singled out the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia to be voted out. But the Diplomat said he did not single out any one rather, ''I said if we are going to the polls, we change the executives, we should clear and clean the stables so we can get new dynamic team to give us a victory in 2020.’’ When asked if the current crop of leaders failed to impress him with their work he said, ‘’I don’t think there were selflessness enough. They did not dedicate themselves for the party. They failed to help the president at the time of the battle. We would not have lost if they were dedicated enough.’’ He added, ‘’I look at the team work. We work as a team and when the team fails, they should be all be washed away for a selfless team to be elected. NDC needs a new crop of die hard, selfless, national executives, people with conviction to lead the party. The party must vote out the current national leaders   ’’ When pushed further to name someone or individuals for any position, he said, he will not profess anyone but believes there are capable, competent and selfless people within the party to form the new crop of leaders to give the NDC victory in 2020. The current team cannot carry the party along, he stressed.      
Mr. Eugene Asante Ofosuhene has been appointed as the Acting Controller and Accountant General. Mr. Ofosuhene will replace Mr. Seidu Kotomah who was appointed by ex-President Mahama. A statement from the Finance Ministry said, “Mr. Ofosuhene comes to this position with a wealth of experience.” He was the former Deputy Controller and Accountant General, and was responsible for management of the Government Treasury. He is a Public Finance Expert and has consulted for the World Bank on the assignment, ‘Strengthening the role of Public Private Partnerships in the Local Government Assemblies’. Mr. Ofosuhene is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K. & Ireland) F.C.C.A and Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) Ghana. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance option) from the University of Ghana. He is also a graduate of the London School of Accountancy. Mr. Seidu Kotomah has since been reassigned to the Ministry of Finance.                  
A Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo, has been nominated for appointment as the new Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana.   She will take over from the sitting Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who retires on June 9, 2017.         Ms Justice Akuffo, who has a master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Harvard in the United States of America (USA), has been a justice of the Supreme Court since 1995.   Deep-throat sources told the Daily Graphic that the Council of State has approved her nomination.   President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will officially announce Ms Justice Akuffo’s nomination at a press briefing at the Flagstaff House today.   The sources said she had since received her letter nominating her to the office of the fourth most powerful person in Ghana.   Her nomination will be forwarded to Parliament for approval when the house resumes by the end of this month.   The appointment   Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution provides that “the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.   Article 144 (2) provides that “the other Supreme Court justices shall be appointed by the President, acting on the advice of the Judicial Council, in consultation with the Council of State and with the approval of Parliament”.   The race   The Daily Graphic gathered last Tuesday that Ms Justice Akuffo was the top on the list, followed by Justices Jones Dotse and Anin Yeboah.   All the three justices have served creditably on the Bench and been part of or led judgements in landmark cases.   Lawyers and members of the Bench who spoke to the Daily Graphic on condition of anonymity spoke highly of all the contenders and were unanimous in their views that they all deserved the position.   Profile of Ms Justice Akuffo   Ms Justice Akuffo has served as a justice of the Supreme Court for the past two decades.   She has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force.   In January 2006, she was elected as one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and was re-elected until 2014 when she served as the Vice-President. She is the immediate past President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.   She is on the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council and has held membership of several organisations, including the Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.   Her publications include The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process - The Ghanaian Experience, presented to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002).       Retirement   Justice Sophia Akuffo is the second most senior judge on the highest court of the land after Mr Justice William Atuguba, who is billed to retire next year.   The Daily Graphic also gathered that the President was confronted with making a choice from senior justices and the lot fell on Justice Akuffo and Justice Atuguba.   Although Justice Atuguba is the most senior, if appointed the new Chief Justice, he will serve only for about a year and retire.   Consequently, President Akufo-Addo, upon consultation with the Council of State, settled on Justice Akuffo who has more than two years to her retiring age and has a high international experience.   The office of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana will become vacant with effect from June 9, 2017, when Mrs Justice Wood leaves office after 40 years of service to the nation. Source: GraphicOnline      
Mr. Freddie Blay the Acting National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP),has been appointed Board Chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). Dr K. K. Sarpong, Managing Director of GNPC, and Mr Kwabena Kwakye, a radio show host at Oman FM, are members of the newly constituted board. The other members are Naa Prof J. S. Nabilla, former president of the National House of Chiefs and Wulugu Naba, Mr Yaw Kyei, Nana Adwoa Hackman, and Ogyeahohoᴐ Yaw Gyebi II, Paramount Chief of Sefwi Anhwiaso and President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs.   This was contained in a letter signed by the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Osei Opare and addressed to the Minister of Energy made this known.   The newly constituted board will be sworn into office soon.
A Tutor at the Bagabaga college Education in Tamale, who was also the former secretary for the New Patriotic Party in the Zabzugu District, Mr Ahmed Abukari Iddrisu popularly known as Adakwa has been confirmed as the new district Chief executive for the Zabzugu district of the northern region with an overwhelming endorsement by the Assembly members of the area. The occasion also saw the election of a new presiding member for the area in the person of Richard Binpong. In his victory speech, the new DCE called on everyone in the district to support him in delivering his duties and have promised to avail himself for correction and guidance that would make him a successful leader of the district. "As the DCE for Zabzugu, I call on everyone including our revered chiefs to give me your support in other to deliver." He stated. Speaking to Rainbow Radio's Prince Kwame Tamakloe, a former DCE for the Zabzugu District, Alhaji Omar Abdul-Wahab said, the victory of the new DCE is a victory for all of them, explaining that, the people of Zabzugu are one, regardless of their political affiliation and have stated that, he together with other past DCE for area would give the total support to Mr. Ahmed Iddrisu to ensure his success. In attendance for the confirmation, was the Northern regional minister Mr Salifu Saeed, the northern regional secretary for the NPP, Mr Sule Salifu, former DCEs, students, staff and the management of the Bagabaga college of education among others. The Northern Regional minister on behalf of the President, Nana Akuffo Addo, congratulated the DCE and thanked the Assembly members for endorsing the DCE and have also called for their support for him to be able to deliver and have reiterated that it is their support for the DCE that would make President Nana Akuffo Addo's one, district, one factory, one village one dam, one constituency, one million dollars and the free Senior High School education policies become beneficial to the people of Zabzugu.     By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
The nominee of President Akufo-Addo appointed as the Metropolitan  Chief Executive (MCE) for Ga East, Janet Tulasi Mensah had to bag her hopes in the second round of confirmation by the Assembly Members after she failed to secure two-thirds majority of the votes in the first round of voting. In the first round which some described as shocking and unfortunate, she managed to get  YES-8,  NO-6 and 1 REJECTED after 14 Assembly Members voted. Not the plea from the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashietey could convince them to confirm the nominee in the first round. However, the Assembly Members after meeting with the Minister and some regional NPP executives for more than an hour, returned to give the nominee 100 percent endorsement. In her speech after she was confirmed, Madam Tulasi Mensah commended the Assembly Members and promised to serve with humility. The Ga East Municipal Assembly she noted will be the best among the assemblies under her leadership. According to her, she will ensure that the policies of the president are pursued in the assembly.    
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