Founder of All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, has cautioned the public to desist from using their mobile phones while charging.
The political leader in a viral Facebook video, narrated how his mobile device burst into flames five minutes after he reconnected it to its charged after answering a call.
Mr. Ayariga in the video said: ‘’ Early this morning after I received a call from a friend, I put the phone on charge and in less than five minutes the phone started burning
"As you can see, it's an S5 totally burnt and even the table on which it was lying got burnt.
So this thing is serious, please watch out do not use your phone while charging it... It's not a story, its reality," the former Presidential candidate stressed.
The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, has rubbished claims by traders and artisans who have been asked to vacate the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo, that they have been treated unfairly.
The Minister in a statement said, consultations between the affected persons, Office of the President and National Security were held and compensation packages agreed upon.
‘’It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met,’’ the statement said.
The statement also revealed that the president who did not want the national purse to be burdened, agreed to finance the packages from his own pocket.
‘’In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources,’’ the statement added.
He also added in the statement that, some artisans who were not part of the package wrote to the president and requested for compensation to which the president obliged.
Traders and shop owners around the private residence of President Nana Akufo-Addo have been given one week to pack out of the area.
The traders have been compensated with amounts ranging from GHc 3,000 to GHc 10,000.
Operatives from National Security visited the area on Friday and directed the traders to vacate the premises by March 15, 2018.
Some of the traders have described the compensation package as woefully inadequate and are demanding for more.
Read Below the full statement
Government’s attention has been drawn to news items on the media landscape, about the “eviction of traders” in front of the President’s House in Nima, and wish to state as follows:
1.Prior to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo becoming President of the Republic, there was a taxi rank, an artisanal shop and traders operating in front of his house. After being declared winner of the 2016 election, and before the President’s swearing-in on 7th January, 2017, the taxi drivers, on their own volition, moved their operations away from the President’s residence, realizing the implication of their operations for the security and safety of the President.
2.In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources.
3.A group of artisans, describing themselves as “the Junior Masters”, who were not beneficiaries of the initial compensation, in a letter to President Akufo-Addo, dated 25th February, 2018, appealed to the President to be included in the compensation package, a request to which the President has accepted.
4.It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met.
5.The National Security is continuing with the engagement process, in order to ensure that their movement is done in a manner that accommodates their welfare as citizens of Ghana.
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PhD)
(Minister for Information and Presidential Spokesperson).
A lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, an official said.
Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told AFP.
Two people died from their injuries, and 140 people were rushed to hospital and health centres.
Lightning also killed a student in the area on Friday, the mayor said.
The weather accident in the mountainous region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service.
"Doctors say that only three [more churchgoers] are in critical condition but they are getting better," Mr Francois told AFP on Sunday.
He said that in Friday's incident, lightning struck a group of 18 students in the area, killing one.
Three of the students remain in hospital while the rest have been able to return home, reports say.
The deadly church incident comes less than two weeks after the closure of more than 700 Rwandan churches for failing to comply with building regulations and for noise pollution.
Local news outlet Panor Actu reported (in French) that a number of the closed churches did not have required lightning rods - devices intended to protect a structure from a lightning strike.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, has admonished regional ministers and coordinating directors to make revenue mobilisation their topmost priority this year.
She said this would help improve service delivery to stakeholders, in particular, to build a better Ghana, adding that they must be able to identify the resources they need to implement their policies.
Hajia Mahama said this at the signing ceremony of the 2018 Performance Contract between the 10 regional ministers and regional coordinating directors in Accra on Friday.
She said the priority areas of the Contract include local revenue generation, education, infrastructural development, social protection, and institutional capacity development.
She said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s commitment to positioning Ghana Beyond Aid was driven by initiatives such as the “One District–One-Factory,” “One Constituency One Million Dollars,” and “Planting for Food and Jobs,” and that they would not see the light without strong local governance institutions to drive them.
“This is mainly because the point of implementation of these projects is at the metropolitan, municipal and district assembly levels, which you supervise, and it is, therefore, timely that the service sets realistic and achievable targets aimed at contributing towards the implementation of these flagship projects,” she said.
She urged the directors to use their experience over the years to guide and support the ministers to succeed and said government was appreciative of the numerous initiatives undertaken to drive administrative decentralisation and ensure effective delivery of quality service and would continue to support their efforts.
Hajia Mahama reminded both parties that it was their collective responsibility to ensure their success, urging the regional minister to support the directors to deliver on targets.
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson has expressed strong optimism that Ghana in the next ten years, accept the existence of gays, bisexuals, lesbians and the transgender community.
The Ambassador taking his turn on the '21 Minutes with KKB' show said the US struggled in the past before granting the rights for same-sex marriage and was hopeful Ghana will do same in the next decade.
He was however quick to add that, the US is not impressing upon Ghana to legalize homosexuality but believes the country will accept the community in the next decade.
“We are not asking that homosexuality be legalized, I want to be firm about that, I hope that within the next decade or so that every Ghanaian, regardless his sexual orientation will enjoy the same rights and be treated the same way”, he stated.
He added: “This is a long process and it was a long process in my country. Homosexual marriage has only become law in recent years and prior to that when I was growing up, nobody talked about homosexuality. Everyone who was gay suffered enormous discrimination and that has changed in the United States because people have a better understanding of the science and issues. I think that as Ghanaians gain a greater understanding of the science and issues, they’ll also be very tolerant because this is a very tolerant country and this is one area where Ghana’s tolerance seems very limited”.
He has also stated in the interview that there are far more gays in Ghana than what citizens know of.
“I think there are far more gays in Ghana than Ghanaians realize but because of societal attitudes they keep their sexuality very private," the diplomat said as he took his turn in an interaction with GhanaWeb editor Kwabena Kyenkyenhene Boateng on '21 minutes with KKB'.
“For these socio-cultural issues, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that much impact on public opinion that will say; change it,” he stated.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has pledged the commitment of his government to increasing the contribution of the solar energy to the country’s energy-mix.
Despite an abundance of sunshine in Ghana, with many parts of the country enjoying high levels of solar irradiation (5.524 kwh/m2/day), all year round, President Akufo-Addo noted that solar energy only contributes 1% to the energy mix, as opposed to 59% from fossil fuels, and 40% from hydro.
“On the basis of my country’s specific needs, Government is keen on developing utility-scale solar energy projects, as well as accelerating the development of mini-grid solutions in off-grid and island communities for lighting, irrigation and other economic activities,” President Akufo-Addo said.
To this end, and in keeping with Ghana’s commitments under the Paris Agreement, the President outlined some solar energy programmes for implementation by 2030, which include the attainment of utility-scale solar electricity from about 22.5 megawatts to 250 megawatts.
Additionally, the President stated that 200,000 solar systems for households, commercial and government facilities in urban and selected non- electrified rural communities will be installed, as well as the establishment of 55 mini-grid electrification systems with an average capacity of 100 kilowatts.
These systems, he stressed, will be based on solar PV technology, which will be hybridized with other generation options to serve islands and off-grid communities.
The deployment of two million solar lanterns to replace kerosene lanterns, currently being used by our rural non-electrified households, the President assured, will be done.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 11th March, 2018, at the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance, held in New Delhi, the capital of India.
A major strategy to achieving these targets in Ghana, the President told the gathering, is to build the relevant domestic capacity in the manufacture and assembling of solar energy systems and accessories within Ghana.
“This will also help create job opportunities for our vibrant and hardworking youth. Ghana is a haven of peace and security. My government is keen on building the most business-friendly environment for investment, especially for investment in the renewable energy sector,” the President said.
He continued, “Our country is endowed with great potential, where security and the rule of law are upheld, where investments are secure, and, by the end of the year, we are projected to be the fastest growing economy in the world.”
Establishment of ISA
President Akufo-Addo attended the International Solar Alliance Summit at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron.
The Summit, which was attended by 25 Heads of State and Government, provided a dedicated platform for co-operation amongst solar resource rich countries, aimed at realising “the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting the energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.”
In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo noted that “the establishment of the International Solar Alliance, in our view, is very appropriate in today’s circumstances. That is why Ghana did not hesitate in ratifying the framework agreement of this noteworthy Alliance.”
He was confident that “together, we can ensure the satisfactory performance of the ISA Framework Agreement, and, thereby, make the laudable objectives of the International Solar Alliance reality.”
Information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com has it that, dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy has fired warning shots after a crew from Zylofon Music, attempted to retrieve hiss benz from him.
The crew according to eyewitnesses stormed the Paloma Hotel where the a mini concert was being organized and attacked the musician and his team.
The Zylofon crew was reportedly led by Bulldog.
A younger brother of the musician, who was at the concert is said to have been injured and has made a complaint of assault and theft against Bulldog born Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson at the Nima Police station.
Eyewitnesses said Bulldog’s men hit Stonebwoy's brother, snatched his wallet containing an unspecified amount of money and attempted to seize the musician's Mercedes Benz.
Speaking to Accra based Joy FM, the artiste said he sent his brother to his car to go and bring him his clothes only to here the commotion between him and the team from Zylofon.
"They hit [my brother] on the lips, they took the car keys from him and they sat in the car...if not for my bodyguard, they would have driven my car away and that would have been something else," he recounted.
"I think in this country so many people are taking the law into their own hands because certain people in authority give them their support," he said.
Richard Commey has won the IBF lightweight eliminator with a 6th Round knockout of previously unbeaten Alejandro Luna.
The referee stopped the fight after Luna who suffered a broken jaw, went down for the second time in the 6th round (1:45 sec) into the seventh round.
Commey with this win earns a title shot and a chance to redeem his loss against the Champion Robert Easter.
Commey improves to (26-2 23 KOs).
Luna saw first defeat in 23(22-1,15KOs)
The Ghana Boxing Authority has congratulated him for this sweet victory.
According to the GBA, ‘’the real deal is ahead against Robert Easter Jr who controversially won the title against you some 18months ago. This will be a sweet revenge to be emerged as the IBF LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION. We wish you all the best and once again Happy birthday and CONGRATULATIONS.’’
Chancellor of Perez University College, Bishop Charles Agyinasare, has urged government to support private universities so they can provide quality skills for students.
Speaking on the sidelines at the sixth congregation ceremony held at the Perez Dome in Accra on Saturday, 10 March, the renowned man of God said, government can support private universities in terms of equipment they need, infrastructure and others, adding, it will help the private universities to serve as an alternative for those who are unable to enter into government owned schools.
The Bishop posited said a nation that fails to invest in the training of its youth has no future and so if we want to have a solid foundation for the future, then government should partner or collaborate with private universities to help transform the country.
On the success of the school he said, the investment, motivation of students, hardworking faculty and staff have played a major role.
The ceremony was under the theme: 'The Entrepreneurial University: A Model University for the 21st Century’.
Bishop Agyinasare who founded Perez Chapel International, in his speech encouraged the graduands to be problem solvers.
‘’We live in a time when many people are graduating from our institutions but there are no jobs waiting for them.
The inventors and entrepreneurs who have done exploits in their generation, were all people who were confronted with situations and had no choice but to come up with a solution to the problems that confronted them… I assure you that there is currently no draught of problems in this country and continent, so your services will certainly be needed. With the number of needs we have, stop lamenting the high rate of joblessness, and instead be an entrepreneur!
About Perez University College
Perez University College was started as a Bible College in September 1992 in Tamale, Northern Ghana by Bishop Agyinasare.
It was then called World Miracle Ministerial College (WMMC) and later Miracle Ministerial College (MMC) when it was relocated in Accra when the founder moved in 1994. In 2013, the institution’s name was changed to Perez College (when the Church’s name was changed to Perez Chapel) with authorisation from the National Accreditation Board.
On November 15, 2015 Perez Chapel International acquired Pan African Christian University College, the first accredited private University College in Pomadze-Winneba, in the Central Region of Ghana. It is located off the Swedru-Winneba highway, about a kilometer or five minutes’ drive from the Winneba roundabout. Despite its close proximity to Winneba in the Effutu Municipality, administratively, it falls under the Gomoa East District Assembly. Currently, Perez University College has two schools: School of Business (SOB) and School of Theology (SOT).
The vision of Perez University College is to be a Top Class Christian Entrepreneurial University that has Local, National and International influence.
Perez University College (PERUC) is devoted to training students to be critical thinkers, morally sound, entrepreneurial in outlook and able to provide solutions to societal challenges.
Faith – faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and faith to move the mountains of society.
Honesty – honesty that distinguishes our students and staff from the multitude of un-ethical leaders in society.
Excellence – a touch of excellence in the quality of education and academic leadership that is provided.
We maximise your God-given potential for dedicated service to transform society.
Raising effective leaders to impact their generation.
Some aggrieved residents at Kasoa in the Central Region have threatened to take the law into their own hands and unleash mayhem on land guards should the police fail to protect them.
According to the aggrieved youth, their lives are in danger due to activities of land guards in the area.
Spokesperson for the aggrieved youth [name withheld] told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, residents at Millennium City, Adade and other communities are living in fear because the land guards come around to terrorize and rob them of the valuables.
He also alleged that when these suspects are arrested and handed over to the police, they are released through a collaboration between the law enforcement agency and leaders of the land guards.
''Some are even processed for court but they are later released and their leaders will call me and tell me that, their boys would be released. What they told me has come to pass and I believe the land guards are linked with some of the judicial service staff as well as the police,'' he alleged.
The aggrieved youth he noted will not allow the activities of land guards to continue in the affected areas and ‘’even if government will not deploy massive security to come and help us, we will take the law into our own hands and any land guard who will come here, we are going to kill him. The youth are concerned and are not in support of the activities of land guards. We want to the media to help us and carry the information across the nation,’’ he stated.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in November 2017, declared war on land thugs blamed for loss of lives and properties in parts of the country.
The menace, he said, will be tackled from a policy issue while National Security takes up the security component of the menace.