Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has threatened to stage a walkout should the House consider any bill in legalizing same sex marriage in Ghana.
The academician and cleric says homosexuality is against his Christian faith and will not be part of any agenda to legalize same sex marriage.
“If anybody should bring such a thing to parliament and I have to preside over that I will rather resign than subscribe to this delusion,” Prof Oquaye told Paul Adom-Otchere in a yet to be aired interview for Good Evening Ghana current affairs programme scheduled for Thursday 10 May 2018.
The United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Prof. Philip Alston some few weeks ago described Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, as deluded over his comments on gay rights.
Addressing a group of religious leaders who paid a courtesy call on him in February this year, Prof. Oquaye insisted that the current crop of parliamentary leadership would not endorse an act that majority of Ghanaians abhor.
“If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micropause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing.”
Prof. Alston reacting to the comments said , “I believe that if he thinks there is not a very significant proportion of gay people in Ghana, he is deluding himself. You cannot wish away a physical fact. The percentage of gay people in any population is significant.
“I don’t think it is appropriate for politicians to publicly align themselves with hateful positions against any other population…I think if he comes out and says that people with a certain kind of sexual orientation are not allowed to be themselves in this country that is equally unacceptable, that is what human rights are all about.’’
However, the Speaker has threatened to give up his job as head of the legislature should it consider any attempt to legalize homosexuality.
Prof Oquaye said homosexuality is “very, very evil [and] dangerous [and] the church cannot allow it".
“God loves the sinner but He hates sin. We love them, we will teach them and get them out of that miserable situation,” Prof Oquaye added.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has launched the first mobile money payments interoperability system in Ghana.
This follows a challenge issued by the Vice President last year to the Bank of Ghana, the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), the Telcos and financial institutions to ensure that mobile money platforms were interoperable to make banking services more accessible to the large unbanked population, estimated to be about 70%.
Interoperability is the ability for customers to undertake money transfers between two accounts at different mobile money companies or to transfer money between mobile money accounts and bank accounts.
Addressing the launch ceremony for the first phase of the interoperability project in Accra on Thursday 10th May, 2018, an elated Vice President Bawumia praised the “hardworking Ghanaians and Ghanaian institutions” whose efforts had resulted in a platform that provides “a financial transactions engine that is versatile, efficient, robust, and enhances patronage.”
“It is a historic day for Ghana. A very big deal. We thank God for this day…This singular achievement reinforces President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s belief that with the right conditions and leadership, there is nothing we cannot achieve as a people.”
The launch of mobile money payment interoperability system is expected to largely eliminate the difficulties associated with traditional banking services, such as the difficulty in opening bank accounts, the high costs associated with maintaining a bank account relative to customers’ income levels, the need to have basic literacy, administration and record keeping abilities and English-language capacity to operate a bank account, and the sheer intimidating nature of banking halls.
Following today’s launch, customers will be able to move freely monies from mobile money to mobile money accounts across different networks. This means that customers who have mobile money accounts with say, MTN can easily transfer or receive money from other networks such as Airtel-Tigo or Vodafone.
Furthermore, mobile customers can move money from their mobile money accounts to bank accounts without any hassle, freeing up funds locked up in the telcom sector.
As well, from the bank side customers can move money from their bank account(s) to mobile money accounts.
According to Fintech experts, this will make Ghana one of the global leaders in the interoperability payments space.
Phase Two of the interoperability platform will complete the Financial Inclusion Triangle by allowing the movement of monies between and among Telcos, banks, and e-zwich accounts in a seamless manner - and the flow is back-to-back.
Also, upon completion of Phase Two, customers will be able to pull monies from bank accounts to their mobile money accounts. The ezwich integration is ongoing, and the central bank has instructed all Banks to complete the integration that allows customers to pull monies from bank accounts to their mobile money accounts by July 15 this year.
Vice President Bawumia challenged the financial institutions, the Telcos and the Fintechs to find very innovative ways of turning mobile phones and the mobile money platform into vehicles of economic emancipation for the many players in the huge informal sector. He also challenged the stakeholders to extend the reach of mobile money interoperability beyond the shore of Ghana.
“From here our next focus is to venture into the cross-border arena, so that there will be an effective and efficient payment system to support sub-regional and in deed intra African trade. I know there are smart ICT firms and people in Ghana, and I know you can do it”.
The Governor of the Bank of Ghana and his two deputies, all two deputy Ministers of Communications, Chief Executive of GhIPSS, Chief Executives of telcom and Fintech companies as well as other industry players attended the launch.
The General Overseer of the Glorious Wave Church International, Prophet Badu Kobi has issued a statement to rubbished claims by controversial radio owner, Alfred Kwame Larbi that, he [Kobi] was promised a private jet by former President John Dramani Mahama to denigrate President Akufo-Addo.
The statement which was issued by the Communication Directorate of the Church also disputed claims that he confronted Mr. Larbi and bribed him to denigrate Akufo-Addo.
‘’ It is never true as alleged that Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi, aka DJ Oxygen was bribed by Prophet Badu Kobi with a stolen car and money to tarnish the image of the then flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akofo Addo.
‘’ It is never true as alleged by Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi, aka DJ Oxygen that sincere and prudent Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi is a notorious criminal and car stealer,’’ the statement said.
Alfred Kwame Larbi alleged that Prophet Kobi allegedly instructed him to carry out the agenda in order for him to win favours from Mr. Mahama who was at the time President of Ghana. Mr. Larbi who is popularly called DJ Oxygen said, the prophet was expecting a private jet from Mahama and because he felt ‘’I could help in that agenda, he wanted me to destroy Nana Addo.’’ He has also threatened to sue individuals who are pushing the story of him being a gay because ‘’the story is false and unfounded. I am being tagged a gay because I refused to do the prophet’s bidding.’’
But Prophet Kobi has described the claims as diabolic and urged his church members and family to dispute them.
Read Below the full statement
The General Overseer and Founder of Glorious Wave Church International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi with extreme dissatisfaction with assertion by Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi, aka DJ Oxygen, of Oxzy FM during his discussion on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM (Reported by Rashid Obodai Provencal May 06, 2018), wishes to state as follows:
1. It is never true that Prophet Badu Kobi was expecting private jet from former president John Mahama, which as alleged, influenced his line of prophecies in order to malign and destroy President Akufo-Addo. Prophet Badu Kobi’s prophecies are direct declarations from God.
2. It is never true as alleged that Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi, aka DJ Oxygen was bribed by Prophet Badu Kobi with a stolen car and money to tarnish the image of the then flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akofo Addo.
3. It is never true as alleged by Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi, aka DJ Oxygen that sincere and prudent Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi is a notorious criminal and car stealer.
4. Therefore, Prophet Badu Kobi condemns the association of his name to the deliberate falsehood being perpetrated by Mr. Alfred Kwame Larbi, aka DJ Oxygen and gives him three working days to retract and apologize on the same platform and other ten selected media platforms by Prophet Badu Kobi.
5. Prophet Badu Kobi wishes to inform the general public, church members, family and loves ones to treat the above diabolic lies and allegations with the contempt they deserve. Prophet Badu Kobi’s focus is on promoting the Kingdom of God and preparing His people for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless Ghana.
Signed Communication Team
Cc: All Media Houses
Zylofon Music has reiterated that dancehall signed artiste, Stonebwoy is till with the record label and has not left.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Zylofon Music, Arnold Asamoah Baidoo in an interview with said the BHiM Nation boss is still with Zylofon Music.
This is coming after the dancehall artiste told the media that anyone who wants to work with him should not go to Zylofon Music but should come to him or his personal manger.
However, Arnold Asamaoh Baidoo told Accra based Hitz Fm that “I would be lying if I do state that there is no issue between Stonbwoy and the record label.”
He revealed further that lawyers of Zylofon Music and the Baafira hitmaker’s management have had meetings to put matters to rest so they were surprised to hear him make such a statement in public.
“Stonebwoy is still a Zylofon recording artiste and there is no dispute about it. I remember on March 13, there was a relase by or for the label outlining all the celebrities under the brand and Stonebwoy’s name was in there. On March 23rd, there was another release which actually specified that if there is any organisation/firm that would want to engage Stonebwoy as an artiste, the person must seek the approval of Zylofon Music and that still stands. As far as we are concerned as a label, Stonebwoy is still signed to us.
I would be lying if I do state that there is no issue between Stonebwoy and the record label. Over the period, the legal team of Zylofon Music and Stonebwoy’s team have been meeting to resolve the seeming issue that exists betwen the two entities so we were actually surprised that he went ahead to make those statements to the effect that his management should be contacted for bookings.” Arnold said.
He added: “we have given this to our legal team which is led by Kwame Boafo Akuffo and with time we are going to issue a statement in regard to the latest declaration by Stonebwoy because we believe as a label, it is important we respect contract and responsibilities both parties have in the contract so you guys will hear from our legal team.”
Controversial musician Mzbel has been involved in a minor beach accident.
The ‘16 years’ hitmaker and some friends were having fun at the Labadi Beach in Accra when the unfortunate incident happened.
A video by zionfelix.com showed how Mzbel and a lady friend were riding the quad bike until the unfortunate happened.
Mzbel’s friend lost control and run into the bike of the musician, leading to her quad bike somersaulting and was quickly rushed to a hospital in Accra. Reports say she is responding to treatment.
Mzbel has always played controversial music and followed it up with controversial comments that are sure to get her fans talking.
By: Darlington Cray
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has called for an upward review of the rents charged on government bungalows.
Speaking at a PAC's sitting in Ho today the Chairman of PAC, Mr James Avedzi, said the current rents on government bungalows at the districts were not economical.
He said the review of the rents should reflect the realities on the ground.
Mr Avedzi made the call following responses by the district chiefs executives and financial directors in the Volta Region at the PAC sitting in Ho on low rents charged on government bungalows.
The Financial Director of the Kejebi Municipal Assembly, MacGeorge Apetorgbor, told the committee that rent on a two-bedroom apartment at Kejebi was GHc14 a month, which occupants failed to pay.
Mr Avedzi urged auditors to monitor the renovation that occupants of government bungalows made.
That, he said, was to ensure that the cost of the renovation was not inflated.
Mr Avedzi urged the assemblies to take steps to retrieve all the outstanding rent arrears and report same to auditors for verification.
According to the report, the financial memoranda for district assemblies, finance officers were required to support their payments with invoices or other vouchers.
The affected districts are Agotime-Ziope, Biakoye, Central Tongu, Hohoe, Keta, Krachi East, North Tongu and South Tongu.
By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
The Ashanti regional public relations officer of Ghana police service, ASP Juliana Obeng has confirmed to Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Amaoteng that, one suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of a final student at Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School (OKESS).
According to him, due to the nature of the incident police are holding on to the name of the suspect.
She assured parents and guardians who are trooping in their numbers to take their wards back home to exercise patience with the school authorities as police are doing their utmost best to protect the students from any future occurrences.
She maintained that police personal are currently on duty to ensure peace and stability at the school.
A Geologist, John Asafo Akowuah has reiterated his call for government to regularize the activities of small scale mining since it will generate revenue for government.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the environmentalist recounted how Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia described government of Ghana’s ‘carried interest’ in mining operations, which is usually 10 percent, as “virtually useless”.
He explained that the 10 per cent has been so because our major mining industry is operated by foreigners and due to that, they send the revenue generated to their home countries.
And in order to address the challenge he has challenged authorities to make sure that we make our small scale mining sustainable.
‘’When we sustain the small scale mining, the locals or miners will generate revenue and even if they don't get profits, their resources will remain in the country, it will circulate in the country and boost our local economy. Unlike the large scale miners, their resources go to their home countries,’’ he said.
John Asafo Akowuah emphasized that small scale mining is a lawful activity and reserve for Ghanaians but galamsey is artisanal mining and has not being given a lawful backing.
‘’Some people are depending on artisanal mining for their livelihood…I will encourage government to regularize small scale mining so we can get entrepreneurs who will invest in the sector so in some few years, we will have Ghanaians in large scale mining to boost our local economy.’’
He further admonished government to adopt an effective reclamation exercise before granting or regularizing activities of small scale mining.
He said during mining, elemental mercury is used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
The mercury is mixed with gold-containing materials, forming a mercury-gold amalgam which is then heated, vaporizing the mercury to obtain the gold.
The processes can be very dangerous and lead to significant mercury exposure and health risks hence the need for us to consider reclamation and characterization.
Mine reclamation is the process of restoring land that has been mined to a natural or economically usable state. Although the process of mine reclamation occurs once mining is completed, the planning of mine reclamation activities occurs prior to a mine being permitted or started.
Mining companies and miners are expected to take responsibility for the management or reclamation of a mined site.
It is estimated that a reclamation exercise takes between 5-10 years or more and the process involves rehabilitation, cleansing and revegetation.
The Ghana Health Service has issued an alert over a potential outbreak of cholera in the country.
A statement signed by the Director-General, Anthony Nsiah-Asare said: ‘’Cholera is one of the diseases of national concern because of the potential it has to cause outbreaks and major epidemics. As the rains have started to set in at certain locations of the country and will be getting to the peak season very soon, with the other existing prevailing risk factors, the risk for cholera outbreak is very high.’’
The statement added: ‘’This correspondence is to inform the general public to be cautious and to do their best to prevent and protect themselves against cholera. Cholera is a preventable disease provided that safe water is made available and proper sanitation practices are adhered to… Signs and symptoms of Cholera are frequent diarrhoea with or without vomiting. Cholera spreads when faeces and/or vomitus of an infected person contaminates the water or food of another person and it is swallowed.”
The Ghana Health Service stressed on the need for the public to practice good hygiene and said although the disease is preventable “by improved environmental sanitation, personal hygiene and drinking safe water. Frequent hand washing with soap under running water is also recommended.”
On behalf of the Ga Traditional Council, its acting Public Relations Officer (P.R.O.), Nii Lartey Anum Tetteh has addressed the press indicating the acting president of the council, Nii Dodoo Nsaki has received a letter from the president of Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI which he (the recipient) has accordingly replied on the 8th May, 2018.
Although details of the letter written on 2nd May, 2018 was not given to the press, the council accepted the fact that there are some issues with who to be the Ga Mantse and that there are two people among whom one may ascend the throne.
The council is therefore on the waiting side to work with whoever emerge victor to be installed chief.
Meanwhile, the Ga Traditional Council believes that certain decisions should be taken with their consent but not imposed on them to accept some directives instead of seeking their knowledge for such things. It indicates, the council is okay working with the acting president who has served since the past nine years.
In the said reply letter to the president of the Regional House Chiefs, the acting president of Ga Traditional Council seems to be jabbing Nii Dowuona vi for not having full control of the region and has failed to seek means of tackling its petty challenges. It also revealed the president who doubles as the Osu Mantse is battling it out with some two other heirs of his throne who wish to take his position as he still reign.
Nii Dodoo Nsaki expects the registrar of the National House of Chiefs to address him on the STATUS OF GA MANTSE not a chief of equal rank or less.
The Otublohum and acting president of Ga Traditional Council further observed the Ga State is currently enjoying peace under his watch and he believes members of the council from whom he taps power are relaxed with him and it will take them to ask him vacate his position when necessary. He added in the letter, someone who has not been taken through the traditions of the Ga people cannot ascend the throne.
Per the information given by the acting P.R.O. the media is on standby for further detailed information from the council concerning the issues surrounding this whole brouhaha.
By: Daniel Asuku