A 67-year-old woman has expressed her desire to enroll at the Junior High School level so she will benefit from the free senior high school introduced by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
The woman was spotted at the ongoing 26th National Delegates Conference underway at the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern region.
Reporting the grounds, Daniel Asuku said, the ongoing NPP delegates conference at Koforidua is yet to unleash all it has by way of surprises as a sixty-seven (67) year old Ama Gyimah from Manhyia in Kumasi is spotted in basic school attire with the inscription, FREE SCHOOL 2017. ‘’
‘’When we approached her, the old lady Ama said, she did not get the opportunity to enjoy education so she is taking the chance to enroll next year with a junior high school to qualify for SHS in the near future.
She stressed education has been the basis and the bedrock of most successful people. This is why she is giving no chances this time around.
The Kumasi based NPP fateful said she is also doing this to campaign for the free SHS programme to entice the younger generation to leave no stone unturned.
She is currently working with the waste management organization Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
By: Daniel Asuku
Composer of popular gospel song, ‘Awurade Di Masem Mame’, Mark Quainoo popularly known as ‘The Blind Messiah’, has said he has not benefited financially from his song which was released some 17 years ago.
He told GH Entertainment show host, Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome that, although the song is well known and was a hit, people rather made a lot of money from his sweat.
He revealed on the show that although he released cassettes, he did not benefit due to piracy.
‘The Blind Messiah’ said he recently received GHc300 from GHAMRO as a token but he has not received any royalties from the copyright organization.He also revealed he once took a loan from GHAMRO and was not sure if it formed the decison for him to receive the token of GHc300.
‘’People pirated my work and so I could not benefit financially from my hard work. The song was a hit song and because of that, people pirated the work without my consent. I once caught someone who had pirated over 6,000 copies and was selling it in Kumasi.’’
According to him, he is not financially sound as he is expecting. When told his song is still being sold, he said, ‘’I am not aware about this. For so many years, I have not manufactured any copies of my song and so, I am shocked people are pirating my work without my consent.’’
Meanwhile, Afia Papabi, female entertainment critic described the situation as sad and wondered why GHAMRO could give the musician a token. She also spoke vehemently against piracy and has appealed to producers to help the musician to rebrand the song so it will generate some revenue for the musician and his family of four.
''I will appeal to producers to assist the musician to rebrand the song and sell it so the musician can make some money. He has not retired from music and so I will encourage people to assist him,'' she stated on the show.
Reacting to the story, Agya Abraham, the administrator of GHAMRO said it was not best for him to discuss the issue of the money on radio because it is against the rules and regualtions.
He however apologised and indicated that if the musician took a loan from GHAMRO and he was to repay, he would be informed if the deduction is done. GHAMRO he explained is on course to serve members despite the challenges confronting the organization.
GHAMRO he added have a welfare scheme that is mandated to assist members who are faced with serious challenges. But aside that, we have a system called royalty advance where members are allowed to receive loans and are allowed to pay later.
Veteran actress, Grace Omaboe has eulogized the late veteran actor, Mac Jordan Amartey.
In an interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome on GH Entertainment, the actress said, the late actor has lived a great and responsible life.
According to her, the late Mac Jordan Amartey took good care of his children and so she was proud of the actor.
She described his death as a painful one but was happy his legacy was a perfect one that others can emulate.
The late actor died few days ago after a short illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Grace Omaboe said, ‘’his death is painful but he has struggled and I know God has given him a peaceful rest. Although he was not well, he was dedicated to whatever he was doing. He had plans of setting up an amputee soccer team. Mac Jordan was an interesting character and I am going to miss him. He was a hardworking teacher and an extraordinary actor. He was not violent, he was a responsible man and we loved him. He lived a responsible life and took good care of his children and family. He was so interesting and I pray to God to give him a perfect rest.’’
According to her, the late actor was not an alcoholic but loved food.
Mac Jordan Amartey has been in the Ghanaian movie industry for so many years, appearing in all-time favourite series such as “Idikoko”, TV Theatre productions and numerous Ghanaian films.
The legendary actor is also known for his numerous tiffs with actress Grace Nortey in almost all the movies the two starred in.
He was 82.
A representative of the UK Conservative Party, Dr. John Overt has questioned the rationale the flamboyant organisation of the New Patriotic Party’s national delegates conference held at Koforidua in the Eastern Region on Saturday.
He described as waste of resources the investment made into posters and banners by the contestants contesting the national elections of the NPP.
Dr Overt advised that the government should invest in the lives of the citizenry rather than the high expenses on peripheral matters.
"I came through the streets today and I saw so many posters of the wonderful candidates here. But I had to reflect. I think I saw more posters than the delegates at this conference and I wondered, ‘is this really the best use of our resources?’"
"We hope that the NPP can reach out more to the people," he added.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the executives who would be elected at th3 26th national delegates conference of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will have a daunting task in wining power for the party in 2020.
He also called on the party no to repeat the mistakes that saw the suspension of Paul Afoko, Kwabena Agyapong and Sammy Crabbe as National Officers.
He challenged delegates to elect persons who will unifier the party
‘’The events that happened in Tamale underlie the critical importance of selecting the right persons to manage our affairs for the future, i.e. for the next four years. The persons we elect today will have the daunting task of organizing our Party for the 2020 election in two years time. It is a huge challenge, and we need the right people to meet it. Let me repeat some of the words of my message to Conference: We must elect officers whose principal goals will be to unify the party, strengthen its base and machinery, work hand-in-hand with government, and ensure that we give this country good governance to bring progress and prosperity to all of our people. We must make sure that the post-Tamale events never occur again. We must maintain and safeguard the gains of 2016 by electing the right persons to do so,’’ he said.
He added: ‘’The last time we met in 2014 in Tamale to select our National Officers, we were in opposition, having lost the elections of 2008 and 2012. It was, thus, imperative that we elect officers who would unify the party, and mobilise all its talents and energies to lead us to the all-important victory of 2016. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Our party became embroiled in a series of unnecessary disputes that undermined the coherence of the Party. Fortunately for us, we benefitted from the Akan adage that the family that does not have elders is a family to be pitied. The Council of Elders, under the intrepid leadership of the veteran nationalist and statesman, C.K. Tedam, stepped into the breech, and initiated the process that led to the suspension of three senior elected national officers and a handful of others for anti-party activities. That decision saved our party, and kept alive our possibilities of victory. We owe the Council of Elders, especially its leader, C.K. Tedam, a great debt of gratitude for their action, an action whose validity, when challenged, was affirmed by the Accra High Court.’’
He commended the efforts of party officials for the victory chalked.
‘’We are equally deeply indebted to the National Officers who took on the responsibility of leading our Party in those difficult circumstances. Despite the constant taunts of our opponents – “how can they manage Ghana when they cannot manage their own affairs? “how can a divided party govern Ghana?” – these were the constant themes of John Mahama and the NDC’s campaign – they rose to the task, kept their focus, fostered unity amongst us, and helped lead us to a famous, historic victory, a victory that has brought us back to office to give us the opportunity to implement our age-old programme of transformation and development. We thank them profusely for their service to the Party and to the Nation. To all our outgoing national executives, Ellembele Blay Freddie Blay, Frederick Fredua Antoh, John Boadu, Sammi Awuku, Otiko Afisa Djaba, Kwabena Abankwah Yeboah and Kamal Deen Abdulai, I say a big ayekoo. Well done. Your names are written in letters of gold in the annals of our Party, and I will never cease to praise you for your stalwart defence of the interests of the NPP in its moment of peril.’’
Former President of the republic of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufour has advised the delegates and all party supporters to continue to live in the unity they currently find themselves because this is the only way they can achieve what they want.
According to the former president, popularly known as the gentle giant, the late J.B Dankwa, Dr. Busia, and Chief Dombo have left a great legacy that they must follow.
A legacy of good governance and prosperity and the only way they can achieve that is when they unite among themselves.
The former president who affectionately calls himself an uncle and the elder of the political party, also reminded the party folks of what the former chairman, the late B.J. da Rocha said, “that we are in a party doesn’t mean we are friends but at least we must share a common vision” and for this he asked all delegate whether elected or not to put away their differences and vanities for the better growth of the country and humanities as a whole.
He said if these were put in place, Ghanaians will continue to vote for the NPP with every election and they will become a party of the nation.
By: Yaw Okyere (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
President Nana Akufo-Addo has given the hint that he will on Monday July 9, 2018, lift the suspension placed on Deputy Sports Minister Pius Enam Hadzide.
He gave the hint whiles delivering his speech at the 26th National Delegates Conference ongoing at the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern region.
The president told the gathering the deputy minister has been exonerated after an investigation was conducted into his alleged involvement in the visa fraud saga that his Ghana’s participation at the recent 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia.
Mr Hadzide and the Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Robert Sarfo Mensah were suspended after preliminary investigations was conducted into the visa scandal.
The suspended deputy minister had denied any wrongdoing.
Mr Hadzide said he knows nothing about the scandal or how the 60 people who faked their identities got visas to Australia for the games.
Acting National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said, the party is currently being built in a way to sustain it in power for the next 60 years.
Addressing the over 6,000 delegates at the 26th delegates conference ongoing at the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern region, the man who is requesting delegates to maintain his as chair said, “The President keeps on telling us that we want to stay in power, not for just eight years, but for more than 60 years,” he reminded the gathering.
“We have chalked a number of very remarkable successes, but we cannot boast that we are completely out of the woods, that is why we need to be united, we need to be stable, we need to work together our focus as a party behind Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government, so that he continue to deliver the promises based on our manifesto, as we told Ghanaians.”
The 2018 Conference taking place at the Koforidua Technical University is themed: ‘Building a Stronger Party, Delivering Prosperity to Ghanaians’.
President Akufo-Addo was confirmed as president by the Electoral Commission on December 9, 2016. The three-time lucky NPP leader polled 5,716,026 to beat incumbent President John Mahama who had 4,713, 277 Electoral Commission's former Chairperson, Charlotte Osei announced Friday December 9, 2016 in the evening.
The Host of NPP National Delegates Congress and Chairman of the Eastern Regional Security Council, Eric Kwakye Daffour, has expressed his joy for the National Council and Executive Committee after they decided to select the Eastern Region, (Koforidua to be precise) to host the National Delegates Congress today (Saturday). “The feeling is very exciting. There are a lot of people around today, some of which are to sell various party souvenirs which would go a long way to promote the economy of the Koforidua Township. It is good news”, he said. Responding to the issue of security on the premises, the regional minister said, about 1500 security persons are on duty to ensure law and order at the premises. Adding, the security persons will ensure that, delegates are solely the only people to occupy the premises. Security is intact at Koforidua Technical University, he stressed. Security is solely dependent on an individual however, to ensure that law and order will be maintained, security measures in terms of strategies and personnel have been laid down to bring anyone who tries to cause chaos at the premises to book. On the issue of any requests for Eastern Region he wishes to ask of the President,Nana Akuffo Addo asked by Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio, since he is currently in the Eastern Region, the chairman said, as a native of Eastern region as the President is, he knows all that the region needs. “Today is a day set aside for elections and a whole lot. I am solely focusing on how delegates would be able to cast their votes and return to their various homes safelyas well as the success of the elections in general. I would not want to bother the President on other issues which can be scheduled for other times”, he said. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Former President John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the decision by National Chairman to secure a loan at Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) to purchase the 275 buses.
The president in a tweet questioned why the NPP after accusing his brother, Ibrahim Mahama of purchasing the bank, will turn around and secure a loan from the same bank in order to purchase the 275 buses.
The tweet read: ‘’ $11.4 million Freddie Blay buses ahead of NPP election financed by Universal Merchant Bank?
I thought Merchant Bank was sold to my brother, Ibrahim? So Ibrahim Mahama's bank financed the 275 buses for Blay & NPP? LOL!’’
According to reports, Mr. Blay, as a guarantor, paid 3 million dollars which constitute 30% of the total cost of 11.4 million dollars and has taken delivery of the first 100 mini-buses. The 275 buses is a plan which Freddie Blay put before the party as a means of ceating self-sustaining constituencies.
The buses will be given to STC to add to its operational fleet as a leader in long-distance transportation. A bank account is expected to be opened in the name of each constituency so that as the STC works with the buses it pays some monies to the constituencies to be used for running party activities, his campaign has explained.