The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MoFARI) has outlined a week-long activities to mark the 54th African Union (AU) Day, on the theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth”. Activities to mark the Day, which falls on Thursday, May 25, include a Health Walk from the premises of MoFARI, on Saturday 20, through the Liberation Road to the Flagstaff House and back to the MoFARI through the Switchback Road, Civil Aviation Social Centre and the Airport Round About. There would also be a What Do You Know Quiz Programme in the studios of Ghana Television on Sunday, May 21, and sustained Media Engagement on the celebration through radio and television talk-show from Monday, 22 to Wednesday, 24 May. The events would culminate in a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Fore Court of the State House on the morning of May 25, by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps. The curtain would be drawn on the celebration with a cocktail reception in the evening of Thursday, May 25, at the Accra International Conference Centre, where the Africa Diplomatic Corps is invited to come along with their country dishes to share with all participants. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the AU, was founded on May 25, 1960, in Addis Baba, Ethiopia. Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was a pillar as one of the Founding Fathers of the OAU, which was formed in the week of the collective quest by African leaders, at the time, to work together in seeking the political emancipation of the African continent from the shackles of colonialism and the ills of imperialism. Mr Mohammed Habibu Tijani, Deputy Minister, MoFARI, speaking at a media launch of the event, said the celebration of the AU’s 54th Anniversary would afford member countries the opportunity to take stock of the achievements and failures of the Organisation. He said the OAU was a very bold and successful initiative by African leaders in response to the aspirations of the African people to achieve their quest for self-self governance.
“In championing the cause to totally liberate the Continent from the shackles of colonialism, the Body has encountered huge challenges to state formation and nation building that found expression in various conflicts on the Continent,” he stated.
“Africa has also had its fair share of the ills of dictatorships and bad governance that have not augured well for the attainment of the progress desired by the Continent. “Subsequently, the African Union was formed in July 2001, with a shift in focus from political to socio-economic emancipation of the African Continent.
“In all this, it has always been underscored that the conditions of peace, security, democracy, and good governance are the fundamental requirements for successfully pursuing the new vision for the socio-economic renewal of the African Continent.” Mr Tijani explained that these reflections towards achieving the Pan-African vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing dynamic force in the global arena”, culminated in the adoption of the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and its flagship programme the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the early 2000.
He said these initiatives were meant to foster democracy and good governance as well as deepen regional cooperation and integration on the African Continent. “Subsequently and during the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU in 2013, African leaders adopted a solemn declaration in agenda 2063, which is a set priority areas for the development of the Continent over a 50 year-horizon”. He urged Ghanaians to be conscious of this fact in order to avail themselves of the mindset and interventions necessary to actualise the collective vision of the OAU/AU in their lives. Mr Francis Albert Yankey, the Chief Director, MoFARI, said over the past 54 years, the AU, despite its shortcomings, had chalked some successes such as the promotion of continental integration , peace and security.
Some motorists (tipper truck drivers) at Ashalaja in the Ga South Municipality are up in arms against the chief in the area.
They have accused the said chief Nii Solomon Obendey, whose stool name was Nii Akwanor IV, of scheming some youth in the area to extort monies from them.
According to the drivers, they are charged between GHc 30 and GHc 50 before they are allowed to use the metal bridge and when they wind sand in the locality.
One of the affected drivers speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi said, the boys burst their tires, crash their windscreens when they decline to pay the charges.
He told the reporter that, although they have reported the incident to the police and district assembly, nothing has been about it.
Meanwhile, the chief has refuted the claims stressing that he only charge GHc10 which he revealed goes into developing the locality.
In a related develop the poor network in the area is affecting residents in the area. Poor drainage system is also part of their concerns as the area floods when it rains.
A 25 year-old man, Patrick Kwaku is wanted by the Achimota Mile 7 Police for stealing an amount of GHc30, 000 belonging to his employer, a trader at Ofankor Timber Market.
The Director of Public Affairs for the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Cephas Arthur in a press release said, the suspect bolted with the said amount when he was asked to deposit it in the employer’s account.
The statement said, ‘’the Amasaman District Magistrate Court, has issued a warrant for his arrest.
‘’The suspect is 5 feet 2 inches tall, dark in complexion, stoutly built, has medium eyes and small ears. He was last seen in an ash T-shirt over a white pair of trousers at Timber Market on 11TH May, 2017,’’ the statement revealed.
‘’He [Suspect] is suspected to be hiding in Koforidua, Kumasi, Cape Coast or Accra. Anyone with information with information on his whereabouts should kindly report to the Achimota Mile 7 Police or nearest Police station or call MTN and Vodafone short code 18555 for a handsome reward,’’ the statement concluded.
Controversial hiphop artiste Kwaw Kese has challenged any artiste in Ghana to provide evidence or bank statement to prove that they have $ 1 million in their account.
Speaking from the studios of Rainbow Radio in UK, the Abodam hit maker said, from his point of view, there is no single artiste in Ghana who can boost of $ 1 million in their account.
‘’From where I am coming from, I am not sure we can get a single musician with such an amount in his or her account.’’
He was responding to a question posed to him by the host on whether he agrees with the assertions that no Ghanaian musician is worth $ 1 million.
When asked what will inform an artiste to hype themselves despite their ‘weak financials’ he said, some of these rappers and stars don’t have anything to show or particular talent to display and so they use the lie to generate more fans.
‘’I am referring to hiplife artistes, anyone who will make claims of having $ 1 million in his or her account is a lair. They should provide us with their bank statement or account so we can verify.’’
When asked by the host to name any highlife artiste who could have such an amount in his or her account he said, I cannot determine that but I don’t think so. If the person is worth $ 1 million, you will see it from his or her lifestyle. If you have $ 1 million at least you should drive a $ 100,000 car. Your lifestyle will show that you are worth $ 1 million.’’
The artiste when asked if he forms part of celebrities who rent cars, he debunked it adding, he is wealthy enough to purchase his own car.
Mad Time Records Boss and King of the Streets, Kwaw Kese says it was good for him to take some time off and bring out the best.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Fiifi Pratt on Rainbow Radio in the UK, the controversial musician said, he’s back with full vim and there is no going back for him.
He told the host that it was tactical for him to take time off ''because you cannot do the same thing all the time''.
‘’I took like a year off and we are back with full vim,’’ he stated.
Kwaw Kesse originally known as Emmanuel Botwe described his latest work as massive.
‘’It was only last year that Ghanaians did not have any works from me but I was loud in 2015 and 2014,’’ he said.
The hiphop collaboration dubbed Katiboom from Kwaw Kese features other acts like Medikal, Pappy Kojo,Yaa Pono and Ball J on this one.
KatiBoom is a jam produced by Ball J. The musician revealed to the host that he's currently in the UK to promote his latest work.
The Chairman for the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Barimah Dr. Ofori Ameyaw says the assurance given by the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia that, government would put in place appropriate policies to improve ports efficiency for accelerated national development, is long overdue.
Vice President Bawumia who delivered a keynote address at the Port Efficiency Conference in Accra on the theme: “Improving Port Efficiency and Trade Facilitation in Ghana” on Wednesday said, inefficiencies and man-made bottlenecks had direct bearing on the tax revenues collected at the ports.
The Vice President further directed all Customs barriers on the roads to be removed effective September 1, this year, and the personnel deployed elsewhere.
This is to enhance trade facilitation between Ghana and its neighbouring countries.
But commenting on the latest development, the Chairman of GUTA indicated, although the directive was laudable it is long overdue.
Stakeholders he lamented have complained over the inefficiencies at the ports and human interference which affects competitiveness of the ports and businesses.
He said, we have complained bitterly over these challenges for far too long and so we will applaud government for the directive.
Per the directive the ports would go paperless to prevent man-made bottlenecks and improve automation by September.
‘’This is a good directive and we are happy about it. This shows that they have listened to our plight and taken the necessary step to address them.’’
The directive in his view will boost investor confidence and encourage more exporters and importers to use our ports and ease the way of doing business and trade.
Sex before marriage is something that Christians abhors and the bible undeniably condemns adultery and sexual immorality.
1 Corinthians 7:2 clearly includes sex before marriage in the definition of sexual immorality and condemn sex before marriage as sinful.
However, Apostle Dr. Owusu Kwakye has advocated for sex before marriage.
The Founder and General Overseer of Christ Powerful Church, referred to instances where tests are carried before one does something.
According to him, sex before marriage has sustained the marriages of unbelievers yet Christians who abhors sex before marriage, are divorcing because of bad sexual lifestyle in marriage.
“Having sex before marriage is no big deal but some pastors have made it sinful. I see all of them as hypocrites,” he said.
He described as “hypocrisy and double standards” the caveat put on couples getting ready for marriage by pastors in the name of staying holy.
In his view, the beliefs Christians hold have affected marriages because of the Church.
‘’We have destroyed marriages. We have destroyed marriages with the bible and the Church…Don’t you taste the soup to check the level of salt in it before eating? Even if you will not have sex, inspect his manhood to see if you can take it.
According to Apostle Dr. Owusu Kwakye, couples who want to marry must be sure they are sexually compatible before they tie the knot.
But Ghanaian acclaimed marriage counsellor, Reverend George Lutterodt disagreed with the Apostle.
According to him, it is not biblical and a man of his caliber should not lead such an advocacy.
He blamed the church and lack of sex education to challenges in Christian marriages today.
When Nyankonton Mu Nsem hit the streets to sample the opinion of the public, majority of them were against sex before marriage.
Others however raised concerns about trust as one of the major challenge confronting would be couple to have sex before marriage.
‘’Ghana has changed but as a woman when you met a man who propose marriage, you should be joined in holy matrimony before having sex,’’ a woman said.
Another contributor said, ‘’You should not have sex before marriage and any man who demands sex from a lady before marriage have no good intention and will break up with you after satisfying his sexual desire.’’
One lady shared an experience where a lady married a guy only to find out later that, he was impotent but was unable to divorce him because of her Christian belief.
The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul has ordered an immediate investigation into the cost of a new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp valued at $6 million.
The Minister after a tour of some military installations in Accra described the figure as outrageous hence the need to investigate and review the cost.
According to him, government will review most of the Public-Private Partnerships, such as the cemetery, put in place by the previous administration. “I am also reviewing some of the PPP [Public-Private Partnerships] projects undertaken by the previous government because clearly, there were problems with them. I am not satisfied with some of them. I have asked them to redo it, like the cemetery,” the Minister said. “I think the cost [of the cemetary] is too much. It is $6 million. It is outrageous and I will look critically into it. I have already asked them to start an immediate investigation into it. At least we can save something to put into the accommodation for our troops.”
The cemetery is being constructed as an alternative to the Osu Military Cemetery, due to its limited graveyard space.
The Greater Regional Hospital aka Ridge Hospital which was commissioned few days ago has been shutdown, rainbowradioonline.com has gathered.
The shutdown from reports gathered follows the ensuing administrative tension between the embattled medical director of the facility, Thomas Anaba and the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu.
Thomas Anaba who has been removed as the Medical Director of the newly refurbished Greater Accra Regional Hospital has refused to go back to the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, his original place of work before taking up the new post at Ridge.
The embattled officer argues he went through a competitive tender to secure his new appointment and cannot be transferred back to UDS since the conditions of service there is not same as that of the Ghana Health Service.
Patients who visited the facility today [Friday] were turned away.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has said it is not aware of the closure of the multi-million medical facility.
Speaking to Accra based Citi Fm the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Robert Cudjoe said, “This is a big hospital and a lot of work must go on, but as to whether it has been shut down again, I have no idea because we opened it just this Wednesday… No information has come to us that someone has reported and has been refused to be taken care off. That has not come to my attention. If it is then probably, we will know what to do later on.”
Award winning investigate journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas says his latest piece which he has described as the most challenging will expose some 60 bad people in the country.
According to him, these individuals are going to be jailed for their actions.
The journalist gave the hint while speaking at the Third Lecture Series of the 60th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana on the theme; “Vandalism and Democracy”.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas who was retained as the Most Influential Young Ghanaian for 2016 in a ranking poll organised by the reputed rating establishment Avance Media, said, “And now about the most challenging work that I’ve done, as I speak to you now I’ve some 60 people and I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do but it is there. It is coming and none of the 60 people have done anything good for Ghana.’’
He was responding to a question posed to him about the most challenging work he has ever done.
But Anas did not state categorically when the video will be released and the crime the 60 people have committed.
Anas has won critical acclaim for his work advocating for basic human rights such as the right to not be held in human slavery or servitude and for his work exposing corruption.
His investigative works have won him worldwide acclaim, including President Barack Obama highlighting his virtues in a speech during a 2009 visit to Ghana: "An independent press.
In September 2015, the CEO of Tiger Eye PI exposed corruption in the judiciary where some lower and higher court judges were dismissed.
About twenty of the Magistrate and Circuit Court judges implicated in the judicial scandal were removed from office following the expose by Anas.