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May 27, 2018
Franky 5, host of ‘This is Gospel’ on Hitz FM has described Okraku Mantey as an accomplished music personality. The contribution of Mr. Mantey he noted cannot be swept under the carpet because he has contributed immensely to the industry. He was reacting to comments by Lucky Mensah that, Mark Okraku Mantey is a novice and inexperienced when it comes to music. Okraku Mantey had said, the highlife musician is not a singer but Lucky Mensah, who was offended by the comments threw salvos at Okraku Mantey and described him as someone who hates him. He went on to slam him and doubted his credential as an established music producer. But jumping to the defence of Mr. Mantey, Franky 5 asked the musician to accommodate every criticism and rather focus on the positive side instead of being bitter. In his view, Mr. Mantey did not blatantly attack Lucky Mensah but praised him for his writing skills and added that, he could do better than what he is currently doing. Franky 5 told host of GH Entertainment, Mr. Handsome that, Mr. Mantey is someone who has worked with musicians he has criticized in the past.
May 27, 2018
Lucky Mensah has disclosed on GH Entertainment that, he decided to abandon the National Democratic Congress (NDC), due to the incompetence exhibited by the Mahama led administration. According to the musician, the leadership of Mahama did not bring the needed policies to change the lives of citizens hence his decision to join the campaign team of President Nana Akufo-Addo. He told Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, ‘’I decided to campaign for Akufo-Addo because Mahama was failing Ghanaians. He was not providing the needed leadership that was needed to give Ghanaians better opportunities.’’ The way ‘dumsor’ was affecting Ghanaians was terrible and so I decided to return to Ghana from Canada so I could campaign for Nana Addo to provide a better leadership and alleviate the economic hardship of Ghanaians. When asked if his support for Nana Addo affected his career, he answered saying, campaigning for Nana Addo affected my career in a way but I not disappointed. In September 2016, Lucky Mensah paid a visit to the residence of Nana Akufo Addo to present him with a copy of his latest track, ‘Yeresesamu,’ that seeks to support the party’s 2016 election campaign. In 2012, Lucky Mensah did ‘Atta Beye’ for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) but he has come out to say that the party gave him A Toyota Corolla instead of a 4×4 that was promised.
May 27, 2018
Renowned highlife musician, Lucky Mensah has slammed Mark Okraku Mantey for hating him for no reason. Speaking to Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome on Gh Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the ‘Come Back to Me’ hitmaker said, there is no bad blood between him and the music producer. But he is going around telling Ghanaians that, ‘’I don’t have a good voice. He is telling people I am not a musician. I don’t know what I have done to him but what I know is that, he hates me.’’ Lucky Mensah went on with his salvos describing Mark Okraku Mantey as an ignorant and inexperienced person when it comes to music. He said, Mark Okraku Mantey is an ignorant person. He knows nothing when it comes to music. I want to throw a challenge at him. He should join in a studio and lets battle and see who is musically good. Okraku Mantey is a small boy when it comes to music. He is a novice and cannot be a producer.'' According to the musician he has struggled to build a brand and a name in the industry hence will not allow someone who lacks the experience to kill his career for no apparent reason adding, ''I still insist that, Okraku Mantey is inexperienced. He has no track record so I will not allow him to kill my career.'' Efforts to reach Mr. Mantey to react to the issues raised by the musician proved futile.
May 27, 2018
Journalist Kweku Baako has disclosed on Newsfile today [Saturday] that, the raw investigate work conducted by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, is ten hours long. The editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper told Host Samson Lardi Anyenini that, because Ghanaians cannot be subjected to watch the ten long hour video, the Tiger Eye team will present to Ghanaians few hours to watch. He was reacting to the methods of investigation used by Anas to expose people in his videos. He also disclosed on the show that Anas has met the police to assist them with investigation. Mr Nyantakyi is alleged to have used the name of the President and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia to solicit millions of dollars in bribe, prompting the report to the police for investigations. The allegation came from a video recording, compiled by Anas’s Tiger Eye PI and the BBC, detailing alleged bribery in football administration both locally and foreign. Justifying why the president was allowed to watch the video ahead of the premiere date, the renowned journalist said once the president and the vice-president were mentioned by Nyantakyi as potential beneficiaries of bribe money, they had a right to know. It was to that extent only that the portions of the investigation concerning them were presented to them for viewing. Anas’ latest work, titled: “Number 12: When Misconduct and Greed Become The Norm”, is scheduled to air on June 6, 2018. It promises to expose greed and corruption in Ghana’s football. The video will be premiered at the Accra International Conference Centre on June 6 and 7, 2018. There will be three shows per day — 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The video will also be shown at the new GCB Auditorium at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi on June 9 and 10, 2018.
May 27, 2018
Vice president for Imani Africa, Koi Bentil, has lambasted government over the claims that, it needs GHC11 million for publicity purposes for the management of the Ghana Post GPS. Deputy Communications Minister, George Andah, has said more money is needed to create the needed awareness despite the GHc11 million allocated for the project. “The ¢9.4 million being spent on the national digital property addressing system has taken care of marketing and publicity so far, however, government may have to spend some more money on marketing and publicity. “This is to ensure that every Ghanaians everywhere knows about the Ghana GPS and can have their digital address,” he added. But commenting on the issue, Mr. Benstil described the demand as ‘’nonsense.’’ He posted on his Facebbok wall saying (Unedited): ‘’ Nonsense..... What you need is to do validation and get the system into use. No publicity is needed. Usage will create awareness !!! What are you doing with all the national service people. You can use Accra Digital Centre etc. is it incompetence or what??? Get off your asses and do this already. You are disappointing vp Bawumia.’’
May 27, 2018
Founding president for Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has disclosed a threat from some quarters in government following his demand for the abrogation of the controversial Kelni GVG contract. Mr. Cudjoe has demanded the resignation of Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu over the contract which he lamented is a duplication of the Subah Info Solution contract. He told host of Frontline, Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the contract awarded Kelni GVG, a Haitian originated company, to design, develop and implementation of a common platform for traffic monitoring, revenue assurance, and mobile money monitoring and fraud management—is wasteful and an avenue to milk the state’s coffers. Mr. Cudjoe wondered why the Ministry of Communications signed a new contract under the name of a common monitoring platform for a service that is already being rendered under an existing contract by a fellow government agency?” He said government cannot pay an amount of $89 million to Kelni GVG, in addition to a monthly $1.5 million to a company to provide services whose returns to the state is either negligible or non-existent. He maintained there was no point signing a deal with Kelni when the Telcos can provide the same information the company is providing. In his view, the contract would have made sense if the company was raking in revenues to the tune of $40 million a month, he argued, given the kind of investment government has made after it appointed the company. In a latest post on his official facebook wall, Mr. Cudjoe revealed that he received a message which read: "What am gathering concerning your utterances on the [GVG ] matter is not palatable. Just be on your guard and watch your movements and surroundings." However, the outspoken personality says he is unperturbed and that they will continue to demand for value for money. ‘’Just came in from a highly placed source from the Ministry of Interior.Well, well, well. We are by this notice going international then and put all our friends local and international on notice. The matter continues unabated.’’
May 27, 2018
A court in Cameroon has convicted seven activists from the country's English-speaking minority of rebellion and terrorism, handing them sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years. They include the group's leader, Mancho Bibixy, a radio presenter in the Anglophone North-West Region. Cameroon's English-speaking minority say they are marginalised by the country's Francophone majority. Separatists have been demanding independence. Correspondents say Mancho Bibixy's radio broadcasts are associated with a radical movement in the north-western town of Bamenda. The North-West and South-West regions are the two mainly English-speaking areas. He was one of several activists arrested in January after anti-government protests. On Friday, he was found guilty by a military court in the capital Yaounde of "acts of terrorism, hostility against the homeland, secession, revolution and insurrection" and jailed for 15 years, a reporter with AFP news agency said. He and his co-defendants were also ordered to pay a joint fine of $464,000 (£348,000) plus legal fees. Defence lawyer Claude Assira said the court's decision was "excessive and pointless" and would not resolve Cameroon's Anglophone crisis. Cameroon was colonised by Germany and then split into British and French areas after World War One. Following a referendum, British-run Southern Cameroons joined the French-speaking Republic of Cameroon in 1961, while Northern Cameroons voted to join English-speaking Nigeria. Source:BBC
May 27, 2018
Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh has said only 10 per cent of students who sat for the 2017 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) qualified to further their education. This was contained in a statement read on his behalf by the Director of Pre-Tertiary Education at the Education Ministry, Cathering Appiah-Piankoran is “very scary”. The speech read: “The recent one, 2017 WASSCE results, the assessment that we made, 432 schools out of 487 Senior High Schools that we have in the country only 10% of their students qualified for tertiary education, and it is also very scary.” According to the speech an assessment at Basic Education level where less than 2% of pupils in Class two cannot read. “The most recent early English and Mathematical assessment within the Ministry revealed that, in general less than 2% of those within the P2 in this country that we find ourselves, could not read fluently and this is very scary for us as a nation.’’ “These outcomes if not unchecked will go a long way in reflecting and affecting negatively outcomes of Senior High School levels,” she added. She was speaking at the launch of some projects to be undertaken by 9BS International in the Eastern Region as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She commended 9BS International for its role which is aimed at improving the standard of education across the country. Government she added is employing measures to raise the standards of education in the country.
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