Controversial female musician, Mzbel originally known as Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah, has suggested the manifestation of tongues is ‘’senseless’’.
Speaking in an interview on Away Bus on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, the musician said, ‘’tongues is senseless. It is not what we are told it is by our preachers.’’
In her view, Christians who believe in tongues have been misled by their preachers and following wrong doctrines ‘’because the bible does not support what Christians are doing. It does not make sense. It is not backed by any good spirit. It does not make sense. What they manifest in church is a joke. But you cannot blame them because they have been misled.’’
She admonished preachers to give their followers the true doctrines in the bible and stop deceiving them.
Tongues she opined refers to different languages and not the manifestation of what we see in churches today.
Making reference to Acts 2:4 which reads: ‘’All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them,’’ the musician said, the disciples did not speak in the tongues taught by modern day prophets but they spoke a foreign language which was understood by those who were original citizens of that land they were because they were asked to go to the world and make disciples of all nation and so the spirit of God, allowed them to speak in different languages which the people understood.
‘’Excuse me to say, the tongues manifested in our churches today, is senseless and Christians are being misled by their preachers.’’
She has however disputed claims of her denigrating against the Christian faith but only expressing the knowledge she has acquired.
Mzbel has released a single title ‘Tongues’ and hoping it becomes a banger.
General Brigadier Nunoo-Mensah has said he is sincerely worried about Ghana’s future.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the former military officer said, ‘’I am worried because of the unemployed graduates and those peddling on the streets to sustain themselves.
Mr. Nunoo-Mensah said he would not want his children to peddle on the street and will do anything to give his children a better future.
When asked why he expresses fear about the situation he said, the state of Ghana today is far worse and the June 3rd 1979 is far better than what we experience today.
He said, if we have freedom of speech today and Ghanaians are financially handicapped, what will be the essence?
Political leaders in this country he noted are not committed in providing the needed leadership to alleviate the challenges Ghanaians are confronted with.
‘’I am 81 years and will admonish the next generation to be worried about their future,’’ he lamented.
Former John Agyekum Kufour says he wants the nation be shocked about the evil practice of some corrupt football officials after watching ‘Number 12’, the latest investigative piece from Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In a minute video shared by Anas on facebook and twitter tagged ‘’ A slice of #Number12. #IamAnas #SayNoToCorruption’’ the former president expressed disgust at the greed and misconduct on the part of officials who manage football in the country.
‘’I believe Ghana is a country of laws and investigations should be put to work, and of course the outcomes be applied strictly to law.’’
‘Number 12’ is showing at the International Conference Centre tomorrow [Wednesday] and Thursday June 6th and 7TH, 2018 respectively.
The screening is showing four times a day; 3pm, 5pm, 8pm and 10 pm.
Meanwhile, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released an exclusive video of the 'Number 12' investigative piece.
This video, according to the BBC, will be an 'earthquake' which will shake the very core of Ghana football forever.
‘’An earthquake is coming. #BBCAfricaEye is about to bring you the inside story about @anasglobal's explosive investigation into football. Will the game in Africa ever be the same again? #number12 #WorldCup’’
Anas Aremeyaw Anas has been respected as the most feared investigative journalist in Africa. Having used deep investigative skills to uncover grave cases of corruption in Ghana and across the African continent.
The investigative journalist uncovered so many corrupt practices from the Tema Ports, Judiciary, Police department and now the Ghana Football Association.
There is no denying the fact that so many people want to clear Anas off their path.
He is an investigative journalist and would do everything possible to get in his way and if possible annihilate him. It is for this reason that Anas would always have to watch his steps just so he does not risk losing everything he spent years building.
Vice President for the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mrs. Linda Asante-Agyei, has disclosed to Rainbow Radio 87.5FM that, investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas notified them of the threats of death sent to him by some faceless individuals.
Speaking in an interview, she said, the GJA issued the statement because Anas who is a member of the association was being threatened due to his latest Number 12 piece which will be premiered tomorrow [Wednesday] June 6th, 2018 at the International Conference Centre.
‘’Anas is a member of the GJA and the threats were serious. The threats were serious because the family (wife and children) were at risk and so we had to issue a statement. The threats gave the location to his residence and so we had to issue the statement to call on the security to protect him.’’
She explained, because of the style of journalism Anas does, he goes undercover and so he cannot be exposed or unmasked. And so, for anyone to threaten him and give directions to where he resides will expose him to danger.
Mrs. Linda Asante-Agyei condemned the circulation of the ‘’fake photos’’ of Anas Aremeyaw Anas and wondered why those behind the circulation will put the lives of other individuals at risk.
She also disputed claims of selective approach in the way the GJA works following suggestions by some individuals that, the GJA issued a statement to admonish journalists to be balanced following an investigative piece on Zoomlion which was conducted by Manasseh Azure adding, the two are different and cannot be the same.
A statement signed by President of the Association, Affail Monney, said Anas "at a very young age has rendered invaluable services to the nation" and therefore requires a 24-hour watch.
Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has vented his anger on Anas describing him as an extortionist, blackmailer and corrupt journalist.
He has threatened to expose Anas Aremeyaw Anas through ‘’Who Watches the Watchman’ a video he claims captures corrupt deals by the world acclaimed journalist.
He also slammed the modus operandi used by Anas describing as entrapment.
But the GJA says the method is not problematic as suggested by some individuals.
‘’Whatever be the case, Chapter 13 of the GJA Code of Ethics fully justifies the means by which Anas conducts his investigative works on the ground of national interest.
The GJA wishes to remind the nation of Ghana’s enviable first position on the World Press Freedom Index 2018 and the enormous economic benefits it holds for the nation. This achievement was not procured on a silver platter; it was earned through our collective resolve to promote press freedom in the country, as captured under Chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution. In that same spirit of unity of purpose, we must collectively resist acts, much less death threats on journalists that have the tendency to undermine our press freedom status and collective good.
Even before the premiering of the undercover expose, Anas’ investigative piece has already generated international interest. And so it is important for us to conduct our affairs in a manner that would bring dignity, not disgrace, to Ghana. The whole world is watching us,’’ the GJA statement issued last week said.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says towards his government’s goal of reaching gender equality, a directive has been issued to the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) to ensure that 50 percent loans disbursed are given to women engaged in small-scale farming and businesses.
According to President Akufo-Addo, Government has also put in place a deliberate policy of strengthening the capacity of local businesses by ensuring that 70% of all government-funded contracts or projects are awarded to local contractors.
“Out of this, initially 30% of the contracts or projects are being awarded to women,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, when he delivered an address at the 2018 Women Entrepreneurship Summit, organised by the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), at the Movenpick Hotel.
Again, with Ghana’s farming population consisting of greater numbers of women than men, the President stated that it is certain that more and more women will be involved in government’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs.
“Women empowerment has been given a tremendous boost by the implementation of our Free Senior High School policy. Last year, ninety thousand more students, the majority of whom were girls, entered senior high school, than in 2016,” he said.
He continued, “Our educational reforms are encompassing also the scaling up of technical and vocation education training, which will benefit many young girls, to equip our youth with the skills necessary for the construction of a modern economy.”
Whilst his government concentrates on economic and educational reforms aimed at women empowerment and entrepreneurship, the President stated that his government is not overlooking the critical importance of enhancing women’s participation in the governance of the country.
“We are making systematic efforts to meet our goal of gender parity in the distribution of public offices, both at the centre and at the districts, for we see the two sides of political and economic reform as two sides of the same coin for promoting gender equality and women empowerment,” he said.
On the restructuring of the NBSSI undertaken by Government, President Akufo-Addo noted that Ghanaians will shortly see an institution with a renewed drive on providing first class enterprise development services to MSMEs.
“It will co-ordinate all programmes designed to integrate the MSMEs into agricultural and industrial value chains with market linkages to investment opportunities, being promoted by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, under our flagship “One District, One Factory” initiative, and other industrial initiatives, and by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture under the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs,” he said.
Realisation of SDG No. 5
As co-Chair of the SDG Advocates Group of Eminent Personalities, President Akufo-Addo noted that the realisation of SDG No. 5, by the target date of 2030, requires all government to work towards gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
“The reality in Ghana is that, despite some significant progress, we still have some way to go towards the realisation of this goal. Indeed, the role and participation of women in the economic and political landscape have not been to the desired levels,” he said.
The President noted that, in spite of this, over the past decade, the number of women entrepreneurs has increased considerably.
“Be they in agro-processing, creative arts, textile or clothing design, the financial or trading sectors, women entrepreneurs have become an important part of the entrepreneurial landscape, with latest figures from the NBSSI indicating that 44% of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are owned by women,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo was confident that this number can be increased if more women entrepreneurs are given the maximum push and support in their endeavours.
“Women’s economic empowerment is one of the world’s most promising areas of investment with almost instant results, i.e. the reduction and eventual eradication of poverty and widespread unemployment,” he stressed.
The family of the late Major Maxwell Adams Mahama has expressed profound gratitude to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his exemplary show of leadership following the demise of their son a year ago.
“We as the family who have felt it [President’s interventions], who have received it, are here today to tell you exactly how we feel about what you have done for us, and to thank you. Let me say that if we could put weight on words, today you would have needed a crane to lift our ‘thank you’, because we are very grateful”, Ahmed Zakaria Sakara, the head of the family stated.
The family of Major Mahama made this known when they paid a courtesy call, on the President, at Jubilee House, on Monday, 4th June, 2018.
Expressing the appreciation of family, Mr. Ahmed Zakaria Sakara stated that, “we are all aware that when this incident happened, your government was just five months old. If it was a baby, the government will still have been trying to acclimatize itself with the environment, but the people of Denkyira Obuasi didn’t have the courtesy to give you that opportunity, so you were plunged into the problem.”
He continued, “The whole country was sad, the military was angry, the family was angry and sad. However, through your intervention, through the Ministry of Defence, the Chief of Defense Staff, everything was brought that under control.”
The family also thanked President Akufo-Addo for promoting, posthumously, the late Maxwell Mahama to the rank of Major, honouring him with a state burial, and the establishment of the Major Mahama Endowment Fund, into which the President made a donation of GH¢50,000.
“As we speak today, all the processes have taken place and the fund has been launched,” he added.
Speaking on the family’s request to erect a monument of Major Mahama, they were happy to note that just the Minister of Defense has cut the sod for the commencement of work on the monument.
Relatedly, the delegation suggested that the death of the young soldier should be used as a catalyst to effect some reforms in the criminal justice system, for which the President readily consented.
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, said the show of appreciation by the family should be directed to the people of Ghana.
“I was a vehicle for expressing their regret, their sadness, their revulsion, and their grief,” he added.
Still in a consolatory mood, the President said “all of these – the recognition, the support of the state, the various arrangements, they can never take away from the loss which is felt by some people in this room with greater poignancy than others.
Concluding, he said “we have all learnt a lot of lessons from what has happened, especially the Armed Forces, and I am hoping that those lessons will guide us to do things better.”
Former President John Dramani has slammed the Multimedia Group over a publication of an alleged $8 million embattled GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi reportedly gave in support of his [Mahama’s] campaign.
A publication by myjoyonline.com indicated that, the former president of Ghana’s name has popped up in the ongoing controversy which has been termed by many as “Nyantakyi Scandal” in connection with an $ 8 million bribe.
But Mr. Mahama has accused the media firm of engaging in political propaganda.
He posted: ‘’Over the years people fought & in some cases paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today. When a supposedly respected media house like Multimedia allows itself to be used for political propaganda, it besmirches our common honour & the sacrifices we’ve made as a people.’’
“This lie and many desperate acts over the last few days cannot and will not exonerate President Akufo-Addo from the various acts of wanton corruption and the revelation that Nyantakyi is captured on the said tape making, including asking for various sums of money from people on his behalf”.
As part activities earmarked for the 2018 celebration of the World Day Against Child Labour, a media launch was today [Tuesday] held at the International Press Centre.
The launch is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child protection and an opportunity to gain awareness.
This year, the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) puts a spotlight on the global need to improve on the safety and health of young workers and also to end child labour.
Executive Director for the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Briamah, who chaired the launch, decried the low reportage on child labour related issues.
He underscored the need for the media to show keen interest in child labour related issues and also dedicate a desk to champion such issues or factor child labour related issues in the human rights reportage.
Child labour he noted is cancerous hence the need for the media to play a critical role in fighting against it.
‘’First of all, we need to take keen interest in the issue of child labour. And it requires that, we learn about it, we study it and at least develop some expertise on the issue in order to be able to report on it quite diligently. The second is that, in our newsrooms, we need to prioritize this fundamental problem that confronts our nation because if it is about development, we cannot leave this behind…’’
The media must also hold our duty bearers accountable because we all have a responsibility but I believe that, our policy implementers have a responsibility to lead this effort…’’
He added: ‘’the other point is our role in tracking and following and of course at all times to make sure our resources are being used judiciously…’’
President for the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Affail Monney, urged practitioners to tell stories to help expose perpetrators of child labour offences so they can be prosecuted.
Article 19 of the GJA Code of Ethics he stated enjoins journalists to protect children.
Practitioners he advised must pursue a ‘’comprehensive journalism’’ and ensure problems are solved.
Representatives from the International Labour Organization (ILO), ICI, Ghana Employers Association and Trades Union Congress-Gh in their remarks challenged the media to highlight child labour issues on constant basis.
Dr. S.B Amponsah, Director of Special Duties at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), delivering the key note address on behalf of the Deputy Labour Minister said, we need better laws and policies to help fight against child labour.
Child Labour he said remain a critical national issue which the current administration is addressing ‘’but will the support of the media.’’
As part of its efforts to eliminate child labour, the MELR has successfully launched the phase two of the national plan of action for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour.
Proposed activities for the celebration is the National Labour Sustainability Dialogue slated for tomorrow [Wednesday] June 6th, 2018 and National Durbar on Tuesday June 12th, 2018.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in 2015, include a renewed global commitment to ending child labour. Specifically, target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the global community to: "Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms."
This year, the World Day Against Child Labour and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work shine a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
A taxi driver was bitten in a gruesome manner after by an Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) worker yesterday [Monday].
He was stopped by the A.M.A workers claiming he violated the rules so his car has to be towed.
In traffic around national theatre, the A.M.A worker tried taking out the taxi driver’s key from his moving car which led to the biting of the driver on the head after the quarrel became gruesome.
A police was present immediately after the incident and settled part of the issue.
Currently, the taxi driver’s car, keys and license have been seized and the AMA staff has is refused him back his documents.
He is currently waiting on the police to take measures after reporting the issue.
By: Nicholas Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
A five-member delegation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Parliament led by the Chairman and MP for Nsawam / Adoagyiri, Hon Frank Annor Dompreh, has embarked on a visit to the country's mission in South Korea as part of the oversight duties of Parliament .
Other Members of the delegation are Hon Kwaku Ampretwum Sarpong Vice Chairman of the Committee and MP for Mampong, Hon Dr Francis Bawaana Dakura MP for Jirapa , Hon Dr. Clement Apaak MP for Builsa South and Hon Patrick Yaw Boamah MP for Okaikwei Central and Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation.
The delegation discussed a wide range of issues with officials of the country's mission such as economic diplomacy, staff welfare and attitude towards work , rendering efficient service to Ghanaians in South Korea and ensuring proper maintenance of the country's properties at the missions .
Speaking at the meeting, Hon Frank Annor Dompreh said the President Nana Akufo Addo has the interest of Ghanaians in the diaspora at heart and is working tirelessly to address them such as the high cost of clearing goods at the port . He therefore advised Ghanaians abroad to give the President their maximum support to realize his vision for the country.
Hon Frank Annor Dompreh also emphasised the need for the country to acquire its own properties ( buildings ) in countries where it has strong bilateral relations rather than renting buildings for its missions in those countries.
He also suggested to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take steps towards a review of the conditions of service of staff of the country's missions which have remained same for the past 25 years . Hon Frank Annor Dompreh from South Korea.
The delegation has already paid similar visits to Ghana's missions in Belgium, France and the United States of America and will be embarking on similar visits to the country's missions in China, Nigeria , Kenya and Rwanda as part of the oversight duties of Parliament.
By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo