Founder and General Overseer of In Him Is Life Church, Reverend Isaac Opoku popularly known as Obotour has said the decision to practice occultism, freemasonry and the illuminati is not an evil practice.
He told Rainbow Radio’s Danny Fii Abrantie on the Away Bus show that, occultism does not mean an evil act rather it explains hidden wisdom or knowledge and the study of the truth.
Occultism he said is a deeper truth that exists beneath the surface. It can involve such subjects as magic, astrology, spiritualism, extra-sensory perception and numerology.
According to the man of God, before we criticize occultism as an evil practice, we have to decode the meaning of the word.
He claims that the innovation including travelling to space, manufacturing of mobile devices and other technological devices are done by people who have searched and been exposed to the hidden knowledge which is occultism.
He was however quick to add that, there is the practice of occultism which involves blood sacrifices and human killings to make money for those involved in such practices.
‘’In this world, we have good and evil. We have genuine men of God and those using black magic to deceive people. There are traditional priests who are good and those who are evil. And so, you have to understand that, in everything, there is good and evil.’’
‘’Africans are unable to develop machines for x-ray, we are unable to develop gadgets like mobile phones and those who are able to do that are occults. Numerologists, astrologists are all occults,’’ he explained further.
He added, anything that talks about wisdom, knowledge is illuminati and anyone who have such traits are all enlightened and usually referred to as alumni or alumnus.
‘’We have something we refer to as alumni (former students of a tertiary institution) and that is illuminati. The word alumni come from the word illuminati meaning light. People who are illuminati are wise people and have studied something. Referring to Ephesians 1:18 to buttress his argument he said, the quotation which reads: ‘’ I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.’’
The man of God went on to state that, ‘’an illuminati is someone who uses the wisdom of this earth to speak to people and get them to understand something. But we have the negative aspect. And so what I said was that, we need to understand there is a positive aspect of the illuminati.
Freemasonry he concluded is a good practice but they are others who are applying rituals which make it evil but it is the study of hidden knowledge, he emphasized.
Fast rising musician, Samuel K. Appiah who is popularly known in the showbiz circles as AjinQwa, has justified why he is rebranding all the hit tracks of his brother, Lord Kenya who is now a renowned man of God.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Danny Fii Abrantie and Wabingy Samuel on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the rapper indicated that, he never agreed with Lord Kenya when he ordered radio and television stations to stop playing his songs because of his new found love for the gospel.
The family he explained has been gifted with rap music and so he has decided to rebrand the songs by Lord Kenya including ‘Sika Baa’, ‘Born Again’ among others.
AjinQwa said, Lord Kenya who is my cousin. He is a born again Christian but his music still lives on. I have a lot of his works in my possession and I can’t keep them anymore and so I want to rebrand them. I want Ghanaians to know that, Lord Kenya, is a born again Christian but his music still lives on. I do not agree with Lord Kenya when he ordered radio stations to stop playing his songs because he mentored and trained me. Lord Kenya trained me and if he gave this order, it means he wants me to stop my career and I don’t think I can stop this career. Music is food for the soul, you can’t stop music and the rap is in the family,’’ he posited.
According to the rapper, he has worked with Lord Kenya for more than twelve (12) years adding, ‘’I want to tell Ghanaians that, I am coming to take over from where Lord Kenya left off. I will treat Ghanaians to great tunes from my cousin.’’
He has released a rebranded version of 'Sika Baa' featuring Mighty Shy and produced by Beat Gad.
Some three members of the Privileges Committee have fortified by order 164 (4) of the rules Parliament disqualify themselves from the ongoing investigations involving the contemptuous comments allegedly made Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong against the House and Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
The three in a statement indicated that, they have a relationship with the contemnor because he [Kennedy Agyapong] is the Caucus Chairman for the MPs in the Central region.
‘’We are unable therefore to discharge our duties without bias. Please accept our decision to recuse ourselves.’’
The four MPs are as follows: Madam Cynthia Morrison, MP Agona West; Naana Eyiah, MP for Gomoa Central and Samuel Nsowa-Djan, MP for Upper West Denyira.
Last month, Mr. Agyapong reportedly described Parliament as “useless” for having Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu as its Majority leader.
He was billed to appear before the committee today [Tuesday] but the process was postponed due to the challenge.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Joseph Osei Owusu explained that the public meeting had to be suspended for the committee to meet privately to make a determination on the way forward.
This was after Mr Agyapong’s lawyers raised objections over the processes and the nature of the hearing.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has ordered for all flags to fly at half-mast in memory of the late former vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
According to Graphic Online, President Akufo-Addo has also announced a full state burial for the late Vice President.
Consequently, government has opened a book of condolence at the Accra International Conference Centre and all Ghana High Commissions.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur is reported to have collapsed at the Air Force Gym early Friday and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Profile of Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur:
Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, born April 29, 1951, was an economist, academic and politician who was the fifth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from August 6, 2012, until January 7, 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama.
Previously he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
He was sworn in as Vice-President on August 6, 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana.
He was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in. This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on July 24, 2012.
Economics and consultancy:
Amissah-Arthur was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975.
He later joined the Economics Department as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978, going on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988.
He had also been a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (August 1981 – July 1983).
He went into politics until 1997. He worked as a consultant for the World Bank in The Gambia. He also served as a consultant for the Netherlands' government education project in Ghana.
He then worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
From 1983 to 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey, in the Provisional National Defense Council government.
Subsequently, he was Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to March 1993. From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance in the Rawlings government after the establishment of a constitutional rule until March 1997.
Amissah-Arthur was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by President John Evans Atta Mills. He held this position until August 6, 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills.
Amissah-Arthur is married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with two children. He is a Christian and is known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.
The Senior Minister, Nana Yaw Osafo Marfo together with the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako Attah, have led the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the much anticipated Pokuase Interchange and Lacal Roads Project located at the northern part of the Accra city.
Construction of this interchange has been necessary since it is expected to ease traffic congestion that has burdened road users all this while.
The state can be quoted to lose some revenue since majority of workers spend hours traveling that part of the Accra-Kumasi main road. Other inconvenience has been known to include pedestrian safety.
Speaking on behalf of the President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the Senior Minister, Mr Nana Yaw Osafo Marfo noted any commuter who uses that stretch of road in recent times suffers a level of hazards.
Many people he added are on seeking more roads and interchanges to ease road travel across the country and government is determined to doing that. Engineers he said are working vigorously deal with the challenging situation on Ghana's road network.
The project, he made known was started by the previous administration and since governance is a continuous process, the current government is ensuring its successful completion to give the Pokuase community a facelift. As the project promise to provide enough job opportunity for the youth, it is also aimed at relieving the over ten thousand workforce held in traffic daily of their stress for economic booster.
Mr. Osafo Marfo charged the Chinese construction firm Zhongmei Group to deliver as expected because Ghanaians expect of them nothing but quality. Government is also monitoring with eagle's eye to have value for money.
Roads and Highways Minister, Hon. Kwasi Amoako Atta said the consequences of road conjunctions has been a major concern to the ministry and that government is poised to having them tackled step by step. With the ministry's chunk of expert engineers, it is well positioned to do the eagle's eye monitoring on behalf of government and the people of Ghana.
The government of Ghana and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed an agreement for the Accra Urban Transport Project, which includes the construction of a three-tier interchange at Pokuase on the Accra-Nsawam road.
The project will cost $94million. Out of this, the AfDB will provide about $83million and the remaining $11.7m will come from the Government of Ghana.
The interchange is expected to ease traffic flow considerably and shorten travel time for commuters.
By: Daniel Asuku
The Objective Media Forum has issued a statement to express dismay at the attempt by ‘’some faceless’’ individuals who are bent on tagging some heads of some state institutions as corrupt.
The forum in the statement said they have gathered information that, the next target to be tagged as corrupt by these individuals is the CEO of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP), lawyer John Kumah.
The forum has cautioned the ‘’faceless individuals’’ to desist from engaging in their unsubstantiated allegations and allow the hardworking John Kumah to work.
‘’We wish to categorically state that, Mr John Kumah is incorruptible, a renowned lawyer and an Entrepreneur who owns several businesses.
He holds a bachelors degree in Economics at the University of Ghana and Obtained his LLB in law from 2009-2011 and continued to the Ghana School of Law at Makola from 2011 to 2013.
The exceptional leadership qualities of lawyer Kumah has transformed NEIP and projected it to be one of the most enviable state institution being managed by a vibrant youth,’’ the statement said.
The statement also commended the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), lawyer Konduah and head of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), lawyer Alhassan Tampuli.
The statement touted their achievements and described them as exceptional individuals who have transformed their offices.
Read below the full statement:
The Objective Media Forum is expressing dismay at the attempt by some faceless individuals to fabricate and concoct unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against some hardworking heads of some state institutions.
Our attention has been drawn to an attempt by some faceless individuals to tag the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP), lawyer John Kumah, as corrupt.
We are gathering information to the effect that, these individuals are bent on using some newspapers in the country to carry out their evil machinations.
This is an unfortunate plot meant to denigrate hardworking people appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
We wish to categorically state that, Mr John Kumah is incorruptible, a renowned Lawyer and an Entrepreneur who owns several businesses.
He holds a bachelors degree in Economics at the University of Ghana and Obtained his LLB in law from 2009-2011 and continued to the Ghana School of Law at Makola from 2011 to 2013.
The exceptional leadership qualities of lawyer Kumah, has transformed NEIP and projected it to be one of the most enviable state institution being managed by a vibrant youth.
One of the major transformations is the NEIP Greenhouse Estate Project which is the largest Greenhouse Estate in Africa. Currently we have installed 75 greenhouse domes at the Dawhenya irrigation site in the Greater Accra Region.
He is also on course to ensuring that, the objective of NEIP which is providing an integrated national support for start-ups and small businesses. is achieved.
NEIP primarily focuses on providing business development services; startup incubators and funding for young businesses to enable them grow and become successful, is achieved.
Another hardworking individual we want to single out is the head of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Lawyer Justin Kodua Frimpong, who has brought a facelift at the agency.
He recently declared war over corruption, a major threat to the successful running of YEA.
Lawyer Koduah is also working assiduously to help fight the unemployment menace which had for many years, forced several Ghanaian youth to go wayward.
The last but not the least person we would to commend is lawyer Alhassan Tampuli, the head at the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
He has also exhibited high sense of integrity, transparency, tenacity and competence. His competence has brought growth at the NPA nad by this statement, we will stress the need for the faceless individuals targeting these individuals to desist from the evil plots.
Lawyer Alhassan Tampuli, who hails from Gushegu in the Northern Region, has been described as a highly efficient personality who rendered invaluable services to the Transition Team, especially at the peak of their assignments.
Lawyer Alhassan Tampuli, 41, is a graduate of the University of Ghana Business School and Faculty of Law, University of Ghana.
He was called to the Ghana Bar in 2011 and holds an LL.M in Energy and Environmental Law from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Lawyer Tampuli had a stint with the National Service Scheme (NSS) and rose to the rank of Deputy Head of HR and Acting Director of Postings.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed 4 new Supreme Court judges following the retirement of some judges at the apex court of the land.
The president in a letter dated July 3, 2018 and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, named them as Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau, a justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Agnes M.A. Dordzie, also a justice of the Court of Appeal, Professor Nii Ashie Kotey, a former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana and Nene A. O. Amegatcher, a private legal practitioner and former President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).
The letter also read: "Upon receipt of the Judicial Council's advice and in accordance with my duty under Article 144 (2), I consulted with the Council of State by submitting the names and curricula vitae of the nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court," President Akufo-Addo's letter to the Speaker of Parliament stated.
"The Council of State has notified my office that the consultation process for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court is now complete," it added.
"I am therefore in accordance with Article 144 (2) seeking the approval of Parliament for the appointment of the nominees as Justices of the Supreme Court. Their curricula vitae are hereby attached."
"Mr Speaker, it is my respectful hope and expectation that the approval of the nominees will proceed expeditiously, to enable them to assume office as soon as practicable.’’
There are now 12 justices at the Supreme Court.
They are the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo, Mr Justice William Atuguba, Mr Justice Julius Ansah, Mrs Justice Sophia Adinyera, Mr Justice Jones Dotse and Mr Justice Anin Yeboah.
The rest are Mr Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Mr Justice A.A. Benin, Mr Justice Sule Gbadegbe, Mr Justice Yaw Appau, Mr Justice Gabriel Pwamang and MrsJustice Vida Akoto Bamfo.
Parliament’s privileges committee has postponed the hearing regarding the alleged contempt charges against Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong.
The committee's public hearing was suspended because some members applied to recuse themselves from the hearing.
According to Mr Joseph Osei Owusu, the Chairman of the committee, the public meeting had to be suspended for the committee to meet privately to make a determination on the way forward.
"My attention has been drawn to some members of the committee applying to be excused. Standing orders say that the Committee will determine, whether we accept or not. Indeed, we cannot do that determination in public. To that extent, we will bring proceedings to a close," he said.
Counsel for Kennedy Agyapong, Afenyo-Markin told the committee that, committee members who granted interviews on the matter have injured the reputation of Mr Agyapong and as such must recuse themselves from the proceedings.
Mr Afenyo-Markin said: "A friend of the committee is also quoted with respect as having said a prima facie case has been established against the honourable Kennedy Agyapong.
"And I read, after a meeting a member of the Committee Mr Samson Ahi told journalists that the Committee had determined that there was merit in the complaint. Mr Speaker, when you bring a matter before a Committee for determination, you do not go outside the Committee's remit to broadcast to the world that you have found evidence prima facie to indict the respondent.
"Mr Speaker as we speak, there is no report properly laid before the house for the plenary to determine whether or not a prima facie case has been determined. Therefore, we contend that these members including the complainant having granted interview to the press have injured the reputation of the Honourable Kennedy Agyapong and have further prejudiced the outcome of the hearing which is before you today.
"We accordingly submit that considering all these the said members since they have not had reason to question the publication by Graphic (Daily Graphic newspaper), they should recuse themselves from the proceedings else the likelihood of bias becomes of grave concern to us. Because they have already predetermined what they think is meritorious and that they have already gotten the media to think in one way or the other against the respondent."
By: Rainbowradio with additional files from GraphicOnline
A 25-year-old man, Paa Kwesi has been apprehended by the Kasoa Police command for allegedly defiling a 5 years old girl (name withheld).
According to Mrs Eliszabeth Kumi, the mother of the victim, she sent the ward to buy groundnut but on her way going, the suspect convinced the 5 years old girl to follow him.
Paa Kwesi alleged sent the victim to an uncompleted building and reportedly had sex with her through the anus as well as the vagina, today [Tuesday] July 3, 2018 at Amanfrom Top Town.
It has become almost normal for citizens to dump refuse indiscriminately at any location where possible.
People litter the environment and go unpunished. Ghana after 58 years of being a republican state, has not experienced any form of changes in our sanitation issues.
It is heartbreaking that the same people who complain about the filth in the country are the very people who make Ghana filthy.
It is much threatening that structures put in place to ensure that filth is cleared has also turned a deaf ear to issues as these.
Above is a refuse scene at the Graphic Road in Accra where beneath the overhead has turned into a refuse site and rubbish are been burnt there. It is further alarming that this same miniature refuse site has become a way through which motorists use.
Last year, similar practices by citizens were reported by Rainbow Radio 87.5, where reports stated that these practices wore the cement construction at Mallam off.
It is disheartening that the exact practice is reoccurring beneath the overhead of the Graphic road this year.
Government is therefore urged to put all the necessary drastic measures in place to put the authorities in charge to stop these practices on its toes.
Ghanaians are therefore urged to re-orient their minds on the manner in which they indiscriminately spread refuse throughout the country.
For Ghana to become accommodating for its citizens with merely the absence of diseases is dependent on each Ghanaian.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)