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.
Gospel musician, OJ has dismissed assertions that, the Artiste of the Year handed fellow gospel artiste Joe Mettle, has redeemed the industry from their unworthiness in winning the top most award.
Speaking to Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment Saturday, the celebrated musician said, before the inception of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards eighteen years ago, gospel musicians were already singing.The likes of Tagoe Sisters, Mac Abraham and other seasoned musicians were doing music.
Some pundits have said Joe Mettle has redeemed the gospel industry from their inability to win the top most award at the annual prestigious awards ceremony.But he debunked the suggestions adding, the awards ceremony works with a scheme and the scheme decides who and what gets a nomination.OJ described Joe Mettle as humble and dedicated person. He asked critics to stop making any further comment over the awards so it will court any negativity around the musician.
Joe Mettle made history last week Saturday after he was declared Artiste of the Year at the 18th edition of the awards ceremony.
The ‘Onwanwani’ singer beat competition from E.L, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, MzVee, and Medikal win the most sought-after award.
Apart from the Artiste of the Year award, he beat Ogya Mensah, Afriyie, Akwaboah, Sonnie Badu, and Ernest Opoku to win the Best Male Vocalist of the Year award.Mettle also won the award for the gospel act of the year.
Ghana Football Association spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie-Daara has hinted that his boss Kwesi Appiah will be named CAF vice president.Newly-elected president Dr Ahmad must appoint two deputies for his first tenure.Nyantakyi, who is a CAF Executive Committee and FIFA Council member, is said to be one of the trusted men of the Madagascan.''It clearly shows that our work is being recognized by CAF, very soon we will have someone from Ghana taking up the position as the assistant CAF president or be named as one of the assistants,'' Daara said on TV 3's Warm up show.Credit: ghanasoccernet.com
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has hinted that government will soon implement the proposal made by Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference to use concrete for road construction nationwide instead of asphalt.Speaking at the Lighthouse Chapel’s 2017 Good Friday Miracle Service, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, described the proposal as “pure wisdom” and noted that the Ministry Roads and Transport were undertaking the comparative analysis and costing of the proposal.The Ghana Charismatic Bishop's Conference in press release in March admonished the Nana led administration to increase road tolls and further suggested that the proceeds be used to improve roads.Using the Tema Motorway as an example, the Bishop's Conference said it is a concrete road that has served Ghana for decades.According to the proposal, this new road network was to be built using concrete; specifically 10 inches of concrete with the width of three lanes 12 meters wide, for several miles.“We will consider doing this and it will be transformational because as for laying concrete, we can all do it in Ghana. You don’t need to get anybody to come and lay concrete for you. Any mason from any village can come and lay the concrete and go on,” Dr. Bawumia said.He revealed that a kilometre of a concrete road will cost $3.8 million and that of asphalt will cost $2.8 million after costing was done, adding ''but the concrete road will last for 40 years whilst the asphalt will last for only 10 years.''He said: “… So $3.8 million for 4o years and 2.8 for 10 years – the economics is very simple. So we are very excited and with the help of the Roads Ministry very soon we should be able to announce the new transformation in our road construction in Ghana.”
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has debunked assertions that the stability of the cedi against some major currencies is artificial.Addressing the press at State House over the week, the Minister said government has been consistent in tackling the variables of revenue and expenditure. “I think in the end it really depends on us as a people in terms of the confidence we have to be able to be more productive as a people. We as a government, the president is quite clear we should work extremely hard and look at all the indices that create stability and that’s what we are tackling,” he stated, adding: “I’m not sure that there is any issue of artificiality in this because all we have done has been consistently tackling the variables of revenue, expenditure. Capping the earmarked funds was important because it gave us fiscal space and I guess we have to work with labour unions to get some good stability and as we focus on the debt and the debt continues to come down we should be able to sustain it.”The Ministry he added is obeying directives from the president stating, “We’ve been working hard since we came. The president was clear that we should be in a hurry and we should create the environment in which the private sector will be able to perform and there will be more predictability in the way in which the economy runs and how people will plan,” he added.He said, “the budget clearly indicated what I term a preferential option for the poor, at the same time a private sector-led growth. So by abolishing those taxes and creating the tax relief, clearly I think it created economic freedom for people to feel energised and for the entrepreneurial spirit of Ghanaians to come out. So I know with that energy we began to see a pickup in productivity.”He said: “The Bank of Ghana went on to reduce the interest rate by 200 basis points and that’s a good indicator of where things are going and then we are also quite blessed with the relationships and networks we have to be able to reduce some of our debt to about $2billion, and I think that kind of cemented the fact that the momentum is building. There is both domestic and international confidence in what we are doing and my suspicion is that we also do administrative things to tighten our sources of foreign exchange,” Mr Ofori-Atta said.
The Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweeku Baako has posited that former president John Dramani Mahama is more competitive for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and stands tall among all other persons who would be vying for the presidential slot in 2020.He was speaking on the Joy News Analysis programme, Newsfile on Saturday, he said: “Honestly, if I look at all the names coming up, I still don’t see any of them more competitive… Spio Garbrah, Goosie Tanoh and my own friend from Dadekotopon… who says he is prepared to only defer to Joshua Alabi… none of them is as competitive as John Mahama in my candid opinion.”When the host asked if Joshua Alabi could be competitive he had this to say: '' “it would be unfair for me to comment … but if you force me, none of them is as competitive as John Mahama in my candid opinion”“They should wait for the Kwesi Botchwey report, I have heard a lot of leaders here and there talking, some are positioning themselves for party positions, some are looking into 2020. It is a human element, it is so difficult to subject people to a certain regime of discipline that keep quiet, don’t show the ambition."Meanwhile, the former president has said, his decision to contest in 2020 is in the hands of God.Speaking the National Executive Council on Wednesday at the party's headquarters, the former president said: “Whether I will contest or not is in the hands of God. Let’s concentrate on strengthening the party and making it battle ready for whoever we choose to lead us in 2020.“An excellent Jockey can fail if the horse is not healthy…..On my part, I will support whoever leads us into 2020 as much as I will expect if I lead you into 2020”.Mr. Mahama at a National Executive meeting of the party on Wednesday added “the 2016 election is over, but as a party we live to fight another day,” adding that “God and Ghanaians will vindicate the NDC in 2020”.
The founder and presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election for the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Nduom has in his Easter message said, Ghanaians need leaders who are doers.He said we need leaders who are doers to right their wrongs, fix their problems and lead them to the light of the new dawn.Ghanaians he noted are tired of listening to and reading about hope when they face senseless deaths on their roads, in their hospitals and homes and when politically clothed groups act with impunity, and when their farms and rivers are destroyed.The business magnate said: “The Easter season is upon us again, Christians and non-Christians alike. Some words will be repeated all over the world by religious leaders, politicians, friends and family – ‘new beginning’, ‘renewal’, ‘fresh start’, etc. Some nations will be asked to give peace a chance. People will be asked to give a little to feed the poor. In Kwahu, some people will just want to give fun another chance, and will try very hard to play hard all in the name of Easter.“So this Easter I am listening and reading. But the people are tired of listening to and reading about hope when we face senseless deaths on our roads, in our hospitals and homes; when politically clothed groups act with impunity; and when our farms and rivers are destroyed.“All we need are few doers to right our wrongs, fix our problems and lead us to the light of the new dawn. Jesus was a doer. Happy Easter!”
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu has revealed that government has received some 70 excavators from illegal miners as part of efforts to end the menace popularly called galamsey.
Speaking to Accra based Citi Fm, the Minister said the excavators were turned in voluntarily by their owners.“The advocacy is going on well nationally... so collectively, we are all doing well as a country. We are still sending signals to people that it is not right, and they need to mine in a more sustainable way for the environment and that is what we have been doing so far.”“We have seen a huge number of withdrawals from some of the illegal miners. In the Western Region, about 75 excavators have so far been captured, and these things have been going on all over the country.''Government has given a three-week ultimatum for illegal miners to end their activities or force would be applied in stopping them.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to launch the national ‘Planting for Food and Job programme’ at Goaso, capital of the Asunafo Municipality in the Brong-Ahafo Region on April 19.Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, disclosing this, explained that the programme was a new initiative and intervention introduced by the government to promote national food security and job creation.He said under the programme, farmers would be motivated to engage in maize, millet, beans and other crop farming in commercial quantities.The interested farmers y would be provided with free seedlings and other agricultural inputs and agro-chemicals such as fertilizers at reduced prices, Mr Asomah-Cheremeh made this known at the launching of the KVCL/Dizengoff partnership project in Sunyani.He said the government had already engaged about 4,100 agric extension officers who would provide technical advice and other extension services to the farmers to boost production.The partnership is an Agric project being implemented by the Kofi Vinyo and Company Limited (KVCL), an agribusiness company based at Kwatire in the Sunyani West District, and Dizengoff Ghana Limited, dealers in agric inputs and agro-chemicals.Under the partnership, Dizengoff Ghana will bring its products to the door-step of farmers in Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions at reduced prices.Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh said the government had also put in place measures, and that it would not be difficult for the farmers to sell their produce as the government would buy them at their farm gates.The Regional Minister noted that, the government’s proposed one-district-one factory project could not be successful if it failed to give the agric sector the needed attention.He expressed discomfort about the unscrupulous activities of illegal loggers in most of the forest reserves in the region, and urged traditional rulers to support the Regional Security Council to arrest the situation.Source: GNA