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Sep 18, 2018
Ghanaian legendary highlife musician, Rex Omar, has slammed the Ghanaian society for neglecting the creative economy. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today (Tuesday), the multiple award winning musician and President for the Ghana Music Rights Owners Association (GHAMRO) said, the only thing we cannot loose, as a country is the creative economy but unfortunately we have neglected it. Creativity he posited is not limited to music but everything that is associated with our lives. ‘’That is why we have allowed our Adinkra Symbols to be stolen by other countries and they are making money out it.’’ The musician who was speaking on how we can create job opportunities in the creative sector added, I wouldn’t be surprised if Koreans claim ownership of our Kente and its authentic designs. ‘’We are not setting our priorities right. That is why we have neglected our film industry. We have allowed our media to propagate other people’s culture. All TV stations are showing soap operas from India in Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana.’’ He quizzed, ‘’don’t we have actors in Ghana? Don’t we have filmmakers in Ghana? We have the human resource,’’ but we lack the will and have neglected the creative sector. The late Nkrumah he said had a vision for the future hence the setting up of the Ghana Film Institute (NAFTI), Ghana Film Company and other creative bodies but our current breed of leaders lack vision, frustrate people we have used state resources to train and so they leave the country and go elsewhere to serve. ‘’We claim to have a film industry; the very school that will train the industry people, is in a deplorable state. What informed Ghana to sell Ghana Film Industry to the Malaysians? What informed us? We have opened the airwaves with no restrictions and so everyone is bringing in anything. This will not happen in a civilized country. Who controls our culture? Who controls this country in terms of culture? We have politicized everything in Ghana. We have reduced our discussions to NPP and NDC and neglected Ghana. We have become people who love their political parties than their country.’’ Rex Omar said, greed, selfishness and partisan politics has worsened our plight as Ghanaians.
Sep 18, 2018
The Executive Director of Centre for Transformational Leadership, Mr Samuel Ayim, has challenged President Akufo-Addo, to walk the talk on the assurance that, all persons who contributed to the collapse of some seven local banks would be punished. The private legal practitioner, corporate governance professional and former Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated wondered why some professionals failed in their duties and allowed these banks to collapse. He attributed the collapse of the banks to negligence on the part of the Central Bank and the various professionals of the affected banks. Falsification of documents, lack of values and indiscipline he suggested also caused the collapse of the banks. He quizzed, ‘’ How do we explain the inaction and seeming complicity of state institutions and regulations while so-called professional bankers and their patrons and cronies drive our whole financial system into a ditch necessitating a near 12 billion Ghana cedis bailout by the sweat of our poor farmers and kayayei? The assurance given by the president he noted was good but admonished Ghanaians to impress upon the appropriate authorities to crack the whip where necessary. ‘’As a lawyer, I understand that you cannot pronounce anyone guilty until they have gone through the process. But the question we need to ask ourselves is, does the process even work? Does our law evenly apply to everybody? If you and I steal ‘agbilikaakro’ (cassava cake) on the street, you would have been beaten to death and the police will lock you up for years without trail. But what happens to so-called big men when they are involved? Very little is done…why should we even come this far? We have regulators who have the responsibility to monitor the banks. Did they go to sleep? The law has to work and it is important the law works so that people's hard won reputation can also be exonerated.’’ He went ahead to call for a new Ghana, a new Ghanaian leader who is ready to stand for the truth, honesty, hard work, humility, wise planning, common sense, self-discipline and generosity rather than the selfish pursuit of personal, family and friends gains at the expense of the corporate or national interest. We need leaders who value the people enough to work to add value to them not to take advantage of them of everything God has given to them, including their dignity. We need a shift from the poverty mentality which for me is the cause of the greed and corruption that has characterize all levels of leadership, even our churches.’’ The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the Ghanaian people that “those responsible for the sequence of activities that led to the ‘banking crisis’ will face the full brunt of the law if they are found to have broken the law”. According to President Akufo-Addo, “It is not right that the overwhelming majority of ordinary Ghanaians should pay for the actions of a greedy few, without sanction.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 15th September, 2018, when he delivered a speech at the 80th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, Legon. The President stated that “the so-called ‘banking crisis’”, and the collapse and subsequent consolidation of some indigenous banks have been caused by the cutting of corners, circumvention of the laws, flouting and non-adherence to regulations, apparently with the complicity of senior officials of the Bank of Ghana. The inefficient and poorly managed banks, as a result, required the robust intervention of the regulatory bodies to prevent the infection of the banking sector with these acts. Mr Samuel Ayim was speaking at the launch of the 2018 Live2Lead event slated for October 11-12, 2018 in Accra. The event will be held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Live2Lead 2018 will be addressed by world renowned and distinguished personalities including Carly Fiorina (Former CEO of Helwett-Packard and 2016 U.S presidential candidate), James Ebo Whyte (CEO/Artistic Director, Roverman Productions), Tyler Perry (World Renowned Filmmaker, Actor, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist), Debra Searle, MBE (Professional Adventurer and Serial Entrepreneur), Daniel Pink (Best Selling Author, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Drive and A Whole New Mind) and John C. Maxwell (Leadership Expect, Best and Coach-New York Best Selling Author and Speaker).
Sep 18, 2018
The second edition of Live2Lead has been launched with a call for a Shift to Value Based Transformational Leadership. At the press launch of the Live2Lead 2018, Executive Director for Centre for Transformational Leadership, Sameul K. Ayim, bemoaned the recent developments in Ghana including the collapse of 7 local banks, galamsey, intensity of fifth in our capital, the dehumanizing scenes in our hospitals saying, "these problems point to the need for a paradigm shift in the leadership construct that we have operated in Ghana". According to him, leadership is not just about occupying positions and enjoying huge fringe benefits. Rather, leadership is ‘’about adding value to the people we lead". In his view, if leaders cannot show that ‘’we are improving the lives of the people we are leading then we have no business accepting or contesting for leadership positions.’’ He wondered why endemic poverty was still affecting Ghanaians despite our enormous natural resources. ‘’…With all our natural resources endowments, how do we explain the endemic poverty among the vast majority of our people while few ‘create, loot and share’ the state coffers as if they are without a conscience? How do we explain treating sick and vulnerable on bare concrete floors while our leaders fly abroad for medical treatment? How do we explain pregnant women being carried on chairs to cross flooded rivers to the nearest (or shall I say Farthest) medical centre and thereby loosing their babies, just because we cannot construct simple bridges to facilitate transportation? ‘’Meanwhile, huge sums of money are squandered on ghost and uncompleted projects. How do we explain the inaction and seeming complicity of state institutions and regulations while so-called professional bankers and their patrons and cronies drive our whole financial system into a ditch necessitating a near 12 billion Ghana cedis bailout by the sweat of our poor farmers and kayayei? He further slammed pastors and ‘’so-called men of God giving out lotto numbers and magically conjuring cash while thousands of unsuspecting congregants, in their desperation and ignorance, flock to the so-called prophets as bees to honey, all in the name of God is still in the miracle business? The problems he enumerated he added have forcefully underscored the continuing relevance of Live2Lead which was first hosted in Ghana last year. Live2Lead is designed to deliver the very best leadership content to inspire and motivate leaders and their teams, help them connect with other influencers in the community and expand their business network with relationships that produce tangible results. Live2Lead is being simulcast in more than 300 locations across over 30 countries. The theme for this year’s Live2Lead is the SHIFT-addressing the shifts that leaders need to embrace in order to be successful and make the necessary impact. He called for a new Ghana stressing the need for a new Ghanaian leader who is ready to stand for truth, honesty, hard work, humility, wise planning, common sense, self-discipline (self leadership) and generosity (by which I mean the love and care for the followers rather than the selfish pursuit of personal, family and friends gains at the expense of the corporate or national interest.’’ Live2Lead 2018 will be addressed by world renowned and distinguished personalities including Carly Fiorina (Former CEO of Helwett-Packard and 2016 U.S presidential candidate), James Ebo Whyte (CEO/Artistic Director, Roverman Productions), Tyler Perry (World Renowned Filmmaker, Actor, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist), Debra Searle, MBE (Professional Adventurer and Serial Entrepreneur), Daniel Pink (Best Selling Author, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Drive and A Whole New Mind) and John C. Maxwell (Leadership Expect, Best and Coach-New York Best Selling Author and Speaker). The event is slated for October 11 and 12 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Participants will have a special bonus for the VIP registration including a night with Uncle Ebo Whyte as he talks about his own life and the shifts he has had to be where he is.
Sep 18, 2018
Kweku Adoboli, the banker convicted of the UK’s biggest fraud, has been given a last-minute reprieve from deportation as a judge awarded a judicial review of his case. Adoboli, 38, was found guilty in 2012 of fraud that lost his employer UBS $2.3bn (£1.8bn), and he was due to be deported to Ghana on Tuesday. He was facing deportation because he had never applied for British citizenship despite having lived in the UK since he was 12. Under UK law, if a foreign national has been sentenced to more than four years in jail “the public interest requires deportation unless there are very compelling circumstances”. Adoboli, who left Ghana when he was four, was sentenced to seven years for the fraud and served half that time. Adoboli’s deportation appeared all but sealed earlier on Monday when the immigration minister, Caroline Nokes, refused to intervene to review the deportation order, despite appeals from 132 MPs and a petition signed by more than 73,000 people. Nokes said the decision to deport Adoboli had been “upheld independently, at several stages, by the courts” and it would be inappropriate for her to act. With the hours ticking down to his departure, Adoboli’s lawyers submitted an application for a judicial review of his case in a last-ditch attempt to prevent his “banishment” from his friends and family in the UK. Adoboli had already had an application for judicial review rejected by the courts, and his lawyers were not confident the final attempt – made on public interest grounds – would succeed. But a judge granted the appeal for judicial review and injunction against deportation. Adoboli’s lawyers expect him to be freed from an immigration removal centre near Heathrow airport within days and released on bail until the outcome of the judicial review, which could take several months. Adoboli’s lawyer, Jacqui McKenzie, said: “Common sense has broken out: sending a 38-year-old man to a country where he has not lived since the age of four was always madness, given that he has lived in Britain since the age of 12 and the UK is where his friends and partner live and where his family life is based. It is unquestionably his home. Let’s hope that will be the judgment, as and when it is made.” Hannah Bardell, Adoboli’s MP, who had led a campaign to keep him in the UK, said on Twitter: “A really incredible result, we never gave up hope and we’ll keep fighting!” In explaining her decision not to intervene to prevent the deportation, Nokes said: “Although Mr Adoboli’s offence was not one of violence, he committed a serious offence and this was reflected in the length of his sentence. Financial crime, like all crime, has an impact on the society that we live in and the public expects robust action to be taken against foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crime. “After consideration of all the individual circumstances of his case, the Home Office was satisfied that Mr Adoboli’s case does not meet any of the exceptions in the 2007 [Borders] Act and a deportation order was served on him on 22 July 2014. The decision to deport him has been upheld independently, at several stages, by the courts. His application to appeal to the court of appeal was dismissed on 28 June 2018 and on 13 August his application for a judicial review was refused.” Nokes said the government was “committed to a fair and humane immigration policy” and she rejected the suggestion that Adoboli’s treatment was similar to that of the Windrush generation of immigrants. “The Home Office recognises the weight of dissatisfaction towards the treatment of the Windrush generation and officials are working hard to put this right,” she said. “I do not believe that the issues faces by the Windrush generation, who were legally resident in the United Kingdom but did not have the documentation to prove it, are analogous to Mr Adoboli’s case.” Nokes has previously blocked at least two British citizens on Twitter when they asked for her assistance after the Home Office failed to respond to their complaints or appeals from their MPs.
Sep 18, 2018
The Metro Chief Executive (MCE) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah together with the Presiding Member of AMA, Hon. Alfred Adjei ,Metro Director of Education, Madam Margaret Frimpong-Kore and some officials from AMA have visited some basic schools today to mark ‘My First Day at School’. The visit was to interact and welcome fresh pupils entering basic school, to share his experiences, encourage and present some stationary as part of efforts to help sustain their interest in school. Some schools the team visited included the Accra Sempe A and B Primary School, Calvary Methodist 1 Basic School in Adabraka, Kaneshie 4 primary school, Abossey Okai Methodist school and St. Michael and all Angels Basic School, korle gonno. As part of the AMA’s vision to promote education, the Mayor distributed pencils, erasers, drawing books, a pack of crayons, 5 exercise books, and snacks to each child who was in school for the first time to aid in the learning process and to boost their excitement towards school. Hon. Adjei Sowah indicated that the Accra Metropolis housed over 164 Kindergartens with over 2,500 enrollments this year adding that it was a national policy for government officials and senior members of society to visit kids on their first day at school. He expressed excitement towards the pupils’ preparedness to school and assured them of the Assembly’s assistance and encouraged the pupils to be punctual at school. “My duty today is to come and see how you are faring and to give you a special gift. Next time when I come here, I will give you another gift so it means that you have to come to school every day,” he said. The MCE reiterated government’s commitment in ensuring higher educational standards by encouraging children to take their education seriously and also to remove all barriers in education such as fees, feeding, school uniforms and other educational materials. He added that, since government was trying largely to cover some of these barriers, parents should have the confidence and interest to send their children to school and that no parent should have an excuse of not sending their children to school. The Head teachers of the various schools expressed appreciation to the MCE and his team and asked for more support.
Sep 18, 2018
Some supposed witches have planned to hold their annual conference in the Brong Ahafo region this year. Plans and targets by the witches include attacking expectant mothers in hospitals, young girls planning to abort their pregnancies as well as travellers. The witches according to Pastor Daniel Ansu, head pastor of Gethsemane Prayer Camp are R planning to spill blood hence the need for Ghanaians to prayer to avert their evil plans. He admonished Christians to prayer fervently to ensure God protects his children from the evil ones. The witches are also plotting to increase their numbers by recruiting more children.
Sep 18, 2018
Rev. Prof. Fr. Anthony Afful-Broni has been inducted into office as the 4th Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba. His appointment is however coming at a time when there are controversies surrounding the appointment. Before his appointment, Prof. Afful was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Delivering his address, the new Chancellor promised to increase the University’s student population to over 70,000 by next academic year. He also promised to ensure that the infrastructure of the school is improved upon. On his part, Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba, Prof Nicholas Abekah, said the Council put Prof. Afful-Broni to stringent leadership tests which he duly passed. He added that the investiture is a testimony that sanity has returned to the campus of the University. The programme had in attendance President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Nenyi Ghartey, the Omanhen of the Efutu Traditional Area, Rev. Palmer Buckle, the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan and other dignitaries. Prof. Afful's tenure will end on September 30, 2021.
Sep 18, 2018
Dr. Ebenezer Mensah Ashley, an economist, has said, Ghana has an economic module, which is moving from a tax base economy to a production base economic approach. He was responding to a question posed to him by Frontline host, Kwame Tutu on whether Ghana has an economic module. The module he explained involves the expansion or widening of the tax net and encouraging more production to reduce the dependence on imports. Dr Mensah Ashley said, the country would benefit if we have more businesses expanding so owners will pay their taxes instead of increasing the tax rate. ‘’A production base economy is one that creates more jobs. That is our focus now as a country. It is an economic approach that will benefit Ghanaians if well executed.’’ He indicated that people are discouraged in paying their taxes when it keeps increasing but when it is reduced or stabilized at a reasonable rate, people would be encouraged to pay, he insisted. Commenting on the recent Ghana’s rating from ‘B-‘ to ‘B’, he said, this is positive for the country. ‘’This is a clear indication that we have strong economic fundamentals,’’ he suggested. Ghana he added is gradually meeting the three major requirements earmarked for the single currency for the sub-region. West African leaders in February this year reaffirmed their political will to meet the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) single currency programme by 2020. The leaders made the commitment at the fifth meeting of the Presidential Task Force on the ECOWAS single currency programme in Accra, Ghana. President Akufo-Addo at the programme urged African leaders to work towards achieving the convergence criteria needed for the implantation of the single currency. The four primary criteria to be achieved by each member country are: A single-digit inflation rate at the end of each year, a fiscal deficit of no more than 4% of GDP, a central bank deficit-financing of more than 10% of the previous year’s tax revenue and gross external reserves that can give import cover for a minimum of three months. Commenting on the criteria, Dr. Ashley Mensahconfidently said, Ghana is on track at meeting these key requirements based on our strong economic fundamentals. The idea to have West Africa spend the ECO was birthed two decades ago. ECO is the proposed name that ECOWAS Monetary Zone plans to introduce. The aim is to merge ECO with West African CFA France, which is used by French-speaking members of ECOWAS, and then ultimately create a common currency for West Africa.
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