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The General overseer and head pastor of the Jesus Mission International Ministries, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Essel, has indicated that Ghana will soon become an Islamic state following the current trend of Christianity. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, this is not a spiritual decoded prophetic message but it follows an assessment of the current trend in the religion of Christianity. He said men of God are no longer preaching the gospel of salvation but rather focusing on the message of success principles. He said subjects that are taught in our universities for accountants and bankers, are what we see in our churches today. ‘’The subjects thought in our administration schools, are what we see being preached in our churches. Success principles which professors and emeritus teaches in our schools, have found its way in our churches instead of the message of salvation. So in all Christians now lack understanding of Christianity and when they are faced with problems, they easily convert to other faiths or religion. Take a look at what is going on; there are some areas you would not be allowed to put a church but you would be allowed to build a mosque. And so if you analyse all these things, you can conclude that, today people are no longer interested in Christianity.’’ He charged Christians not to give up their faith but keep on doing what the bible mandated us to do and spread the word of Christ, preach the salvation of Christ to win more souls for the kingdom. He also used the opportunity to advise Christians to make the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ meaningful and stop engaging in immoral acts. The death of Christ he stressed, ''is spiritual and an opportunity to renew our relationship with God hence, Christians should continue to remain faithful and holy to God.'' The second coming of Christ he warned will soon come hence, Ghanaians should look surrender and accept Christ as their Lord and personal saviour. Ghana he concluded would not benefit from the blessing goodness of God if we do not seek him.      
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has urged Ghanaians to sacrifice towards national development as Christ sacrificed his life on the Cross to save mankind.“We cannot do things for ourselves if we don’t sacrifice,” he said, adding; “as a nation, we shouldn’t be importing things always from outside; we must trade instead of begging for aid,” he said.He said President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s Administration would bring transformation that would involve everybody.“If we continue doing the same things then we don’t expect different results, therefore, we should do things differently in order to bring the needed change to our nation,” he said.Vice President Bawumia was the Guest of Honour during the Annual Good Friday Miracle Service organised by the Lighthouse Chapel International at the Black Star Square to mark the Crucifixion of Christ.He acknowledged the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to bring salvation to mankind which he described as “true love”, adding; ‘‘there is no greater love than to die for someone.’’ Vice President Bawumia, therefore, urged Ghanaians to learn lessons from Christ’s sacrifice for mankind and sacrifice for the development of the nation.“To pass your exams you need to sacrifice and burn the mid-night oil to learn because everything requires sacrifice and God will also reward you for your sacrifice,” he said.The Vice President assured Ghanaians that the Government would ensure peace and security for everybody irrespective of the person’s political affiliation. Dr Bawumia described Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, the Founder and General Overseer of the Lighthouse Chapel International, as an amazing Man of God who had allowed himself to be used by God to deliver the people from spiritual bondage.Bishop Heward-Mills, in his sermon, said mankind had become progressively evil after Adam and Eve sinned and separated themselves from God. Therefore, he said, God sent His son Jesus Christ to die as atonement for man’s sins.“Without the sharing of the blood, your sins cannot be forgiven, therefore, Jesus Christ sacrificed His life to save mankind. He is the way, the truth and the light and whoever believes in Him would have eternal life. No one goes to the Father unless through Him,” he said.Bishop Heward-Mills said Jesus Christ’s crucifixion brought salvation to the world and those who believe and accept Him as their personal saviour would have eternal salvation.He said Jesus demonstrated He is the true Son of God through various miracles including raising people from the dead, walking on the sea and opening the eyes of the blind. Bishop Heward-Mills led the congregation to pray for national unity, stability and peace and asked for God’s wisdom for the Government – the Judiciary, Legislature and the Executive.Some members of the congregation received healing during the prayer and deliverance service and gave testimony to the glory of God.The service attracted a large number of Christians to the Square who joyfully praised God and danced for His abundant mercies.Source: GNA
At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday’s bomb attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, activists say. A vehicle filled with explosives hit the convoy near Aleppo. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 109 evacuees from government-held towns were killed, along with aid workers and rebel soldiers. Many more were injured in the attack, the group said. The explosion shattered buses and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo. In his Easter Sunday address, Pope Francis called the bombing a “vile attack on fleeing refugees”. “May [God] sustain the efforts of those who are actively working to bring comfort and relief to the civilian population in beloved Syria, who are greatly suffering from a war that does not cease to sow horror and death,” he said. The bomb went off at Rashidin, west of government-held Aleppo, at about 15:30 local time (12:30 GMT) at the checkpoint where the handover of evacuees was due to take place. It happened when a vehicle loaded with food arrived and started distributing crisps, attracting many children, before exploding, the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Lina Sinjab said. She said it was not clear how the vehicle could have reached the area without government permission. But there is also no evidence that rebels were involved in the attack, as the government claims. It would not be in the rebels’ interest, our correspondent says, as they were waiting for their own supporters to be evacuated from the other towns. The planned evacuation was part of the so-called “four towns” deal, where civilians in towns under siege by both sides would be allowed to leave. It applies to government-controlled Foah and Kefraya, where the bomb struck, as well as rebel-held Madaya and Zabadani near Damascus.   There were fears of revenge attacks on evacuees from rebel-held towns, being moved under a deal. But the exchange later resumed, with coaches reaching safety on both sides. Evacuations were due to continue on Sunday. Rebels had earlier accused the government of breaching the terms of the deal, accusing it of trying to bring out more loyalist fighters than agreed, along with civilians. Foah and Kefraya, most of whose residents are Shia Muslims, have been encircled by rebels and al Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim jihadists since March 2015. Madaya and Zabadani, which are predominantly Sunni Muslim, have been besieged since June 2015 by the Syrian army and fighters from Lebanon’s Shia Muslim Hezbollah movement. – Source: BBC 
 Justice Jones Dotse, a Supreme Court Judge, has called on Notaries Public to understand their duties and regulations and perform them as requested in the Notary Act.    “As sworn public officials you play an important role in the prevention of fraud and protection of the parties involve by acting as an official unbiased witnessed in respect of some documents,” he added.Justice Dotse said this when he administrated the oath to 25 Notaries Public in Accra on Wednesday.He said under the Notaries Public Act, 1960 (Act 26), the Chief Justice is empowered to appoint to be a Notary Public any person, whom she considers fit and proper to discharge the duties assigned to that office by law or by the practice of commerce.He said the practice, therefore, had been and continued to be thatonly a lawyer of high moral character and proven integrity and now not less than 15 years standing as a lawyer was appointed as a Notary Public.“It is expected that you bring to bear on your new appointment as Notaries Public that experience you have gathered over the years in your profession as lawyers and officers of the courts in Ghana,” he added.He noted that the functions of a Notary Public, however, entail greater responsibilities and skills than oath taking including certifying documents, attesting to the authenticity of signatures, and performing official acts in commercial matters.“A person appointed to such a public office is expected to be a qualified and experienced practitioner trained in the drafting and executing of legal documents. Such a person ought to be a person of trust and fidelity, a person of some worth and dignity and a person well instructed in his business, adroit in framing acts and taking the examination of witness.”Justice Dotse said as Notaries Public they play an important role in the prevention of fraud and protection of the parties involved by acting as official unbiased witnesses in respect of some documents.He said: “As Notaries Public you may have to prepare important documents such as contracts, leases, power of attorney and articles of partnership, wills and other instruments.“You also have the authority to notarise documents anywhere in Ghana, but must not notarise a signature of a person who has not appeared before you.”He advised them to include on any document, their names, signatures, date of notarisation, affix their notary seal or stump to documents, as well as to maintain a register of all notary acts they perform and notify the judicial Secretary of any name or address changes for amendment to be made in the records. Source: GNA
The Convention People's Party (CPP), has admonished Ghanaians and leadership to use the Easter season to find ways in curbing the illegal mining activities in the country.The statement said: ''We entreat Ghanaians and our leaders to use this Easter festivity to reflect on how we can collectively work together to address the cruel destruction of our lands and rivers. We cannot mortgage our collective safety to our unbridle greed to mine gold everywhere. We definitely need to act timeously to address this albatross on our neck or risk killing ourselves.''It added: ''As Christians mark the Easter festivities, let us reflect more about what we can do to collectively build this country and maintain peace and stability.''     Below is a copy of the messageEASTER MESSAGE TO GHANAIANSThe Convention People’s Party conveys it warmest felicitations to all Christians in Ghana and the world, on the occasion of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.The narrative of Christ’s death, passion and resurrection, teaches us the essence of obedience, endurance, perseverance, humility and tolerance to accept and do God’s will, which ultimately brings victory and peace.The peace Christ shows the world during Easter, gives us the assurance that if we apply his gentle values of patience, prayer, and willingness to do the things that will promote the common good of humanity and serve God from our heart, we will progress as a society.Undoubtedly, liberating ourselves from the combined effects of neo-colonisation, and the challenge of bad governance, corruption, greed and wanton dissipation of our resources, should be our concern, but what is more is to strive as patriotic people ready to stand firm, defend our nation, protect and preserve it for ourselves and for future generation.The CPP certainly connects with Christ’s victorious resurrection from the dead and shares the believe that this Easter should symbolise the opportune time for Ghana’s authentic rebirth and true development in all spheres of her economy.The ‘Galamsey’ menaceWe entreat Ghanaians and our leaders to use this Easter festivity to reflect on how we can collectively work together to address the cruel destruction of our lands and rivers. We cannot mortgage our collective safety to our unbridle greed to mine gold everywhere. We definitely need to act timeously to address this albatross on our neck or risk killing ourselves.The Convention People’s Party takes exception to the recent impunity demonstrated by the Delta Force in Kumasi and other vigilante groups in the wake of the NPP assuming the reins of government. We condemn the attacks on the Law Court and the danger it poses to the rule of law and the ultimate effect it has on our peace and stability. We urge the Government to take swift and urgent steps to ensure Law and Order in our country and nib the incident of vigilantism in the bud.In same manner, we condemn the recent clashes in Agbogbloshie between aggrieved factions living in the area. We however, commend the security for its rapid response to forestall the peace, and call on people staying in the vicinity to be calm and conduct themselves peacefully. We entreat the factions to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to ensure peace prevails.As Christians mark the Easter festivities, let us reflect more about what we can do to collectively build this country and maintain peace and stability.May we be reconciled to God and one another in order to live peacefully.The CPP wish you all a blissful Easter and all the blessings that comes with it.May God bless our homeland Ghana.SignedProf. Edmund Nminyem Delle(CPP National Chairman & Leader)
The second deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has in an interview with the media said, it has been his childhood dream to be the President of Ghana.The outspoken legislator indicated that his basic school teachers are aware of his dream.According to him, his basic school teachers are aware of this long-nursed dream.Alban Bagbin added, it will not be a surprise to anyone if he joins the race as a candidate for the flagbearership slot for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2020.Responding to a question from the press he quizzed, “Won’t you be happy if I contest?''He added: “But for me, if you even ask my teacher M.A Seidu he will tell you that my dream from childhood has been to become a president so people won’t be surprised, but you will be happy to see me contest the presidency”.The MP for Nadowli-Kaleo constituency when asked if he will support the former president John Dramani Mahama as candidate had this to say: ''he has good qualities but we will have to go through primaries before we elect our candidate.''
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said the call for an early congress by some party members is nothing new.   According to him, the party's constitution makes provision for an early congress hence those calling for such are not calling for anything new.   He was responding to calls by some members of the party for the NDC to go for an early congress after the humiliating defeat in the 2016 general elections.   The former Lawra/Nandom National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Benjamin Kunbour, has noted that it would be in the interest of the party to hold early congress to select a presidential candidate for the 2020 election. Dr Kunbour said the NDC constitution should be ‘explored in times of challenges,’ adding that the time has come for the leadership of the party to “use those powers to resolve a number of issues, and I guess this is a useful thing we should be looking at.” Some groups affiliated with the party have also made the same call but responding to the call at a press conference held at the party's headquarters, Mr. Nketia said the party failed to respond to these calls because it is a constitutional provision and nothing new with the party.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that the fight against illegal mining popularly called galamsey is not a witch-hunt against Chinese nationals.  Speaking at Obomeng Kwahu, Eastern Region on Saturday the president said he law which criminalizes illegal mining will be enforced irrespective of any nationality.“We all know the laws of Ghana have no sympathy for nationality whatsoever. The law affects everybody including the Chinese. It does not give permits to visitors or anybody to engage in illegal mining. Whosoever is caught will be made to full rigor of the law.”“This doesn’t mean we have any qualms with the Chinese government or we hate the Chinese nationals. All I am saying is they should respect the laws of our land just as they do theirs,” President Akufo-Addo added.The comments came after the Obomenghene Nana Effah Opinamang III, made an appeal to the president to deal with galamsey to preserve our natural resources.The president stressed that his government will deal with the menace “once and for all in the history of our country.”“I will be meeting with my sector minister to discuss extensively on this galamsey issues and hopefully in the next coming days you will all see the changes.”
A teacher whose name was given as Teacher Kwadwo has sustained severe burns  after a lady,  Owusua who he reportedly jilted, set his room on fire.Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our correspondent Abdul Malik said, the suspect who is now in police custody, dated and was impregnated by the victim.However, the victim denied responsibility of the pregnancy and failed to cater for Owusua.Owusua, acting upon an information that, Teacher Kwadwo was preparing to tie the knot with another lady on Sunday April 16, 2017, stormed his residence, quarrelled with him and left.She allegedly returned at dawn when the victim was asleep and set the room on fire, Anokye said.''It took the intervention of neighbours for the victim to be saved. Residents told me they saw a thick smoke coming out from the victim's room and so, they forced the door opened and asked him [Teacher Kwadwo] to come out,'' Anokye added.According to him, the suspect has denied setting the room on fire but confirmed confronting the victim over his decision to marry another lady after impregnating and denying responsibility of the child. Meanwhile, the victim is on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Entertainment critic, Fred Kyei Mensah has slammed fellow critics for suggesting that gospel musician, Joe Mettle did not deserve the top most award at the 18th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) held at the Accra International Conference Centre last Saturday. Speaking on Rainbow Radio's GH Entertainment show, he urged Joe Mettle to continue doing his best since the ''space will be his limit.'' He said, Joe Mettle's ‘Onwanwani’ which won him the award was a hit song and he has done well for clinching the top most award. The artiste came under attack for winning the award. Some critics have suggested that he [Joe Mettle] did not deserve the top most award. But Uncle Fred as he is affectionately called came to the defence of the musician stressing that ''he has won the award and if you don't like it. he has already won it.'' Joe Mettle himself has also spoken about the attacks and said he is unperturbed. “I am one person; I try not to allow certain things to influence my path, I’m still who I am, certain things don’t really bother me like that, you need people like that, you can ignore. You will always have people like that and I think there is more to be done than what we have done, so if it was two times it has to be more than that so that those who never heard my songs will hear it more” “That force had a lot of influence in this win, the fact that the whole gospel community was behind me and it was beyond me and the whole push was beyond the fact that it was just Joe Mettle, it was a gospel thing…it was a Christian thing  and the support from the church was something else. I had told someone that if we had not won the night the love alone was too much”, Joe Mettle said in an interview.Joe Mettle beat E.L, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, MzVee, and Medikal to win the Overall Artiste of the Year. The ‘Onwanwani’ hit singer also beat Ogya Mensah, Afriyie, Akwaboah, Sonnie Badu, and Ernest Opoku to win the Best Male Vocalist of the Year award.
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