The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that Government will honour the late John Henry Mensah with a state burial, which will be held on Friday, 17th August, 2018.
This announcement was made on Tuesday, 7th August, 2018, when the family of the late J.H. Mensah paid a courtesy call on the President at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency.
In his brief remarks, President Akufo-Addo noted that J.H Mensah mentored him and many members of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, as well as many of the Members of Parliament who entered the House in 1996.
“From the days of Presidents Nkrumah through to Busia, and eventually Rawlings and J.A Kufuor, if there be anyone worthy of mention to have served his country well, then,” the President said.
He, thus, described J.H. Mensah’s passing as “a huge loss to this nation”, and assured the family, therefore, that a befitting burial ceremony will be given to him.
J.H Mensah, until his death, was a founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party. He served the country from 1953, till his passing on 12 August 2018, at the ripe old age of 89. His last official appointment was in 2005, when he was appointed Senior Minister by the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor.
In the not so recent past, under the watch of former President John Dramani Mahama, Ghana suffered a crippling power production deficit that was christened Dumsor- similar to the power crisis under former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
The deficit was the result of previous years of not adding any significant megawatts of production capacity to our generating plants, as against an increase in the power demand by homes and businesses, spurred by population growth and industrial expansion.
The NDC administration worked tirelessly and relentlessly to find a sustainable solution to the crisis that was affecting not only individuals but also businesses.
Dumsor was on the lips of everybody. Any problem, including domestic accidents, was blamed on Dumsor. Ghana was approaching a tipping point.
President Mahama was bent on solving the problem, ensuring that the quest to find a solution was not left to his ministers only, but to the technocrats and engineers as well. For a country that once prided itself as an exporter of power to neighbouring countries, how could we not have enough to feed our distribution lines? While the political opposition, civil society and some groups kept laying into the Government, accusing it of failing to deal with the challenge, the President and his team were also busy at work, day and night, to fulfil the promise to solve it.
Truth was that, Dumsor was simply a problem of inadequate power generation to meet demand. President Mahama despite the pressure remained optimistic that he would not only solve the challenge, but would more importantly institute measures and strategies to catapult Ghana to become a net exporter of power again.
Here was a man, a leader of the people, who was running out of time, with a crucial election coming up. In the midst of well laid-out plans to begin the construction of new power plants, completion of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant to supply cheaper gas to feed the existing and new plants, signing of new PPAs with defined timelines, start of work on a plant for the VRA at Kpone among others, Government also began work on bringing in mobile power ships to ameliorate the situation.
These are expensive, especially giving our subsidized power tariffs, but critical. That is how Ghanaians got to know about Karpower and the now famous Ameri power plants. Gradually, the excruciating pain of Dumsor started to disappear, and by December 2015, Ghana was out of Dumsor as promised by President Mahama. This was even acknowledged by the current Vice President in one of his typical attacks on Mr. Mahama in the middle of 2016. The lantern processions by some celebrities and demonstrations by ‘civil society’ groups, the politicization of Dumsor as though it was a problem generated by John Mahama when he assumed office, was going to be over.
But no, this was not the case.
With elections underway in about a year the NPP found a new punching bag, Ameri. They alleged without credible evidence that the deal was laden with corruption, and that Ghana had been short-changed. While many independent institutions including Pricewaterhouse were contracted to review the agreement and found it to be above board, Ameri, which was one of the strategic tools of getting us out of Dumsor, became the new whipping boy for the opposition.
A dirty campaign ensued and soon even Ghanaians forgot that they were once under Dumsor. It was all about corruption involving Ameri, and many spoke without credible facts. As history would have it, the election came and went; lies and false promises won over a developmental and national agenda well laid out to move our country to the next stage, and currently, what do we see?
1. The KarPower agreement, a temporary power solution that the then opposition said was unfavourable to the country gets extended for even more years in a deal that stinks of corruption.
2. Ameri, whose agreement the then opposition used as a campaign tool, together with Karpower, are the plants sustaining Ghana’s power generation today.
3. After all failed attempts to further blacken the Ameri deal and the company, Ghanaians were shocked at news that a plant that would become the property of the country in less than three years, had been fraudulently willed to a middle company chosen by agents of President Akufo-Addo for a further 15 years.
4. The shockingly inept agreement was hurriedly approved by the President, by Executive Order, in what has become yet another major corruption scandal in these twenty extremely eventful months of Akufo-Addo’s administration.
Thanks to the resistance of the ordinary Ghanaian, staff of the Volta River Authority, the opposition NDC and many others, the blatant attempt to hoodwink the country by the NPP government had to be abandoned. It was clear to even previous allies of the government that this was a massive case of well coordinated corruption by the men at the top.
Embarrassed, called out, and desperately trying to cover up, the President, true to his family and friends’ nature, is using his nephew to feign ignorance and claim he was misled. But was he? How was he misled? How could he even have been misled? How would he have had the executive order signed if indeed he was misled? Is that how he operates at the presidency? To protect himself, the Minister for Energy has been sacked. Is that the end of the latest attempt to defraud the people of Ghana by the President, his men and ministers?
The writer, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, is a lawyer and Special Aide to HE John Dramani Mahama, a former President of Ghana. She is also a former Deputy Minister for Transport.
Political science lecturer at the Methodist University, Dr Osei Bonsu has expressed shock over the dismissal of Mr Boakye Agyarko as Energy Minister.
Commenting on the issue today [Tuesday] on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the lecturer said, the deal which was sent to parliament for approval did not only have the signature of the former minister but the president of the republic.
Dr Osei Bonsu questioned, how the deal had a presidential signature and was agreed upon to be sent to parliament for approval.
He quizzed further why the president failed to sanction a cabinet meeting with the Finance Ministry, Attorney General and other technocrats in the energy sector to probe the matter before rushing to relive the ‘’finest’’ minister.
He opined that, it was not fair on the part of the president to take such a decision and has demanded for more heads to roll over the controversial deal.
In his view, the sacked minister is one of top three ministers who have performed well since they were appointed by the president.
Dr Osei Bonsu therefore suggested that, it would be better for the president to reshuffle his ministers to bring development into the country rather than having more ministers who are not performing.
He has appealed to the president to reinstate Mr Boakye Agyarko.
The Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko has been sacked, following the controversy surrounding the review of the Ameri power deal.
A press statement signed and issued by Mr Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency on Monday evening, August 6, said President Akufo-Addo by a letter dated August 6, 2018, "relieved the Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko, of his position, with immediate effect."
"President Akufo-Addo has asked Mr Boakye Agyarko to hand over his office to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr John Peter Amewu, who will act temporarily as Minister of Energy, until a substantive appointment is made," the statement said.
"The President wishes Mr Boakye Agyarko well in his future endeavours," the statement added.
Assistant coach of the national under 20 team, the Black Satellite of Ghana, Nurudeen Ahmed has praised his side’s performance against the young squirrels of Benin on their African Youth Championship qualifier last Saturday at the cape coast sports stadium.
The former Wa All Stars Gaffer spoke exclusively to astute sports journalist Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi on Rainbow Radio concerning their preparation in their second leg qualifier against the young squirrels of Benin in Cotonou and their upcoming friendly against Cheetah FC on Wednesday.
The soft-spoken coach said ‘we have organized a friendly against Cheetah FC to correct our mistakes we made against the Beninoise in the first leg encounter.
He further said, we created a lot of chances and we missed them and our crosses were not in targeted areas hence this friendly against Cheetah FC.
Ghana plays Cheetah FC tomorrow [Wednesday] to improve upon the fitness of the players amid the current impasse in Ghana football. Coach Nuruden urged the nation to rally behind the team in other for them to qualify for the African Youth Championship in Niger 2019. Ghana won by 3-1 goals with Richard Danso scoring a brace.
By Isaac Mortey (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
American International Empowerment Lecturer, Recording Artist, Author, Conference Host and Entrepreneur, Dr. Juanita Bynum has confirmed that she will be attending the 2018 Tehillah event.
The global gospel artiste in a video recording said she has gathered information that, some individuals doubt she would be coming to Ghana for the event.
But the female musician in the video encouraged people to visit her official website and confirm for themselves on www.juanitabynum.com.
Aside from the televangelist, Nigerian recording gospel artiste Prospa Ochimana known for hit song ‘Ekuweme’ is also one of the artistes expected to perform at this year’s Tehillah Experience happening on August 12.
The musician in the video said: ‘’Hello everybody, I know there’ve been plenty of talk as to whether I am coming to Ghana or not. I am coming to Ghana and I want you to join me on August 12…I look forward to seeing you there…Ghana I am on my way.’’
Dr. Juanita Bynum sits as President of Juanita Bynum Ministries and CEO of Juanita Bynum Enterprises, with headquarters in New York City.
Over the last two decades, Dr. Bynum has become a fixture of inspiration, hope, and new life and served as an example to men and women around the world.
With accomplishments including being a New York Times Best Selling Author, Platinum Recording Artist, Awarded Actress and Television Host, as well as a record-breaking Conference Host.
Tehillah Experience is organized annually by Ohemaa Mercy Ministries.
Ghanaian gospel musician, Ohemaa Mercy who is originally known as Mercy Twum-Ampofo has showered praise on her husband who double as the manager.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on the mid-morning show, the musician disclosed the husband was the one who encouraged her during her challenging times.
According to the worshipper, she almost gave up her music career but the husband encouraged and supported her.
She was on the show to talk about her career, marriage life and 2018 Tehillah event slated for Sunday, August 12, 2018.
Ohemaa Mercy said in the most difficult times, they stood with each other, helping each other and ministered together at some point.
In her view, suffering is part of Christianity but it does not mean God has forsaking you. In life, you will not have at all rosy, it may be sour, sweet and bitter but all in situations you have to trust in God.
She recounted the difficulty she went through and one that made me become a ‘’hospital prisoner’’ and it took a former student of my husband who used his fees to pay for my medical bills.
The husband who accompanied the celebrated musician also disclosed that he proposed to Ohemaa Mercy after they completed teacher-training college.
Ohemaa Mercy released her first album in the latter part of November 2004. Entitled Adamfo Papa, the album enjoyed massive airplay after its release, which brought Ohemaa into the limelight. She won seven nominations for the 2006 Ghana Music Awards but did not win any of the awards. She later won the Discovery of the year for the Gospel Music Awards the same year.
In 2007, the gospel minister released her second album, Edin Jesus. Ohemaa Mercy sold 875,000 copies six months after releasing the second album making it the best-selling album of the year.
The Edin Jesus album gave Ohemaa Mercy 10 nominations for the 2008 Ghana Music Awards. This was the highest number of nominations so far in the history of the awards scheme. At the event she managed to take home three awards: Gospel Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year and Gospel Album of The Year. In the same year she won a Grand Medal During the National Honours Award from the ex-President of Ghana, John Kufuor.
In 2010–11 Ohemaa released her third album, Wobeye Kese, which again was the highest selling album and topped all the major chat shows in the country. Four months after its release this album again won her four nominations at the 2014 Ghana Music Awards.
She won the Gospel Artiste of the year and in Canada the same year was Gospel Artiste of the Year-Canada. She was nominated the Best Female Artiste West Africa the same year for the Africa Gospel Music awards in London.
Ohemaa Mercy has performed on major platforms with electrifying performances that have earned her a huge fun base, not only for the love of her music but also for her stage performances.
Ohemaa has shared the stage with renowned international artistes such as Andrae Crouch, Israel Houton, Don Moen, Darwin Hobbs, Juanita Bynum, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, to mention a few. With her latest album Aforebo, Ohemaa Mercy has six successful albums to her credit.
American International Empowerment Lecturer, Recording Artist, Author, Conference Host and Entrepreneur, Dr. Juanita Bynum will be attending this year’s Tehillah’s event.
Announcing Dr. Bynum’s presence at the 2018 Tehillah Experience recently, Ohemaa Mercy wrote on Facebook that “finally I can confirm with excitement that my mother and mentor Dr. Juanita Bynum will be our guest for Tehillah Experience 2018, the 5th Anniversary on the 12th of August. It’s going to be another special encounter and just can’t wait. Ghana get ready !!!”
The people of La Dadekotokpon have commended the leadership of the Economic Fighters League for their attempt at uniting the people through games.
This was during a Women's game event organised by the Fighters La Dadekotokpon Cell as part of activities marking the Homowo festival.
The games, which have generated wide interest, will go on for 8 weeks and an eventual winner will be chosen.
The Economic Fighters League is a grassroots movement mobilising the people of Ghana to fight for economic freedom.
Speaking at the event the leader of the movement, CiC Ernesto Yeboah told the thick gathering that "economic freedom in their lifetime" was the reason why the Economic Fighters League has been born but to attain this it was important that the people are united.
Hinting of possible Regional demonstrations dubbed #FightForJobs, he said they were going to call for regional processions for all those who are unemployed to test the claim of mass unemployment in the country.
He urged all those who need jobs to heed when the call is made.
The leader of Fighters also noted that apart from jobs the people also deserved quality education and health care and a good pension but these have been denied them because the system cares more for the greed of a few than for the basic needs of all.
The leader of the La Dadekotopon Cell, fighter Isaac Adjei, affectionately known as Sessay, urged all contestants to put in their best knowing that they are representing their clans, while also remembering that it's just a game meant to unite the people.
Credit: Economic Fighters League
Farmers in the Northern Region have complained bitterly about the delay in the supply of fertilizers under the Planting for Food and Jobs Program initiated last year.
Reporting, Northern Regional Correspondent, Prince Kwame Tamakloe said, the fertilizers needed to support the farmers’ crops to ensure the needed yield have been denied them.
The farmers have already registered their names for fertilizers, but the government has denied farmers in the area these fertilizers.
“Over 2000 farmers who registered this year for these fertilizers have not received any fertilizers. Many of these farmers are likely to run into great losses. If care is not taken, famine may occur in the country. The fertilizers would not be of any use to the farmers if it does not come by the end of this month”, he stated.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Ministry of Education has said the double-track school calendar is a temporal intervention until the needed infrastructure is in place.
Sector minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh addressing the media at Meet the Press series today [Tuesday], said, not all senior high schools will be on double-track school calendar.
The track he explained is to allow schools to accommodate more students within the same facility and its often motivated by its potential to reduce overcrowding as well as to save costs relative to the new school construction in the short term.
Government will need between GHc300-GHc340 million annually to successfully implement the policy.
He added that only 400 of the estimated 670 Senior High Schools would run the double track system.
He explained that the schools that have been oversubscribed by students would be the ones to run the system since the students are more than the available infrastructure.
According to him, even if we have all the funds we cannot build quick enough for 2018 entrants.
A total of 472,000 new students, representing an increase of some 31%, are to be admitted into the various Senior High Schools across the country.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh explained the schools were chosen because they are the most sought after by students per statistics from the West African Examination Council.
Inhabitants of Bekwai in the Ashanti Region has expressed their displeasure at the neglect allegedly exhibited by the Member of Parliament, Mr Joseph Osei Owusu affectionately called Joe Wise.
They have claimed that their MP, who is also the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, has failed as an MP for the area. He has not lobbied to ensure any developmental projects in the area.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Agyemang Tamakloe, these residents claim that this has affected their standard of living because the area has seen no developmental projects such as roads, schools and hospitals.
“We always cast our votes, so if he would not come to our aid and give us good roads, he should not step foot here to campaign for votes. He has indeed failed us, so we don’t think we would retain him as Mp, they told the media.
All efforts to get the MP to come to their aid have proved futile. They have further pleaded with government to come to our aid to help us with some amenities so that we can have a better standard of living.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)