General Overseer of Trinity Revival Ministry, Upper Spring Temple, Father Tony aka Fada 1, has lambasted the Christian Council of Ghana for rejecting government’s sponsored pilgrimage.
The Christian Council has stated categorically that it’s not in the position to accept such a package from government.
It however stated that it will welcome the facilitation of pilgrims who desire to travel to Israel, the Vatican and other holy places through passport acquisition and major protocols but reiterated that allowing government finance the trip is something they will rightly reject.
General Secretary of the Council Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong “We have seen that several times because in 2012/2013 former President John Dramani Mahama made such moves but we rejected the offer. We told those coordinating that persons who want to embark on the pilgrimage should do that on their own accord. We have not changed our position on the matter. We thank government for the offer but the Christian Council of Ghana, the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Ghana Charismatic Pentecostal Councils will not accept their offer.’’
But commenting on the issue, Fada 1 slammed Council for rejecting the offer adding they should have accepted the offer on behalf of the Christian community.
The Council he said had no basis rejecting it and further threw salvos at the leadership of the Council accusing them of failed leadership, selfishness, greed and incompetence.
In his view, we will not have fake pastors going round if we had a competent Council with competent leaders.
The leadership of the Council he noted take unnecessary decisions and failed to work efficiently.
According to him, people are going through serious troubles hence engaging all forms of evil vices yet the Council have not taken steps to address such activities.
The man of God emphasized that it will be improper for people to describe the sponsorship by government as unnecessary.
The opportunity he added, will help pilgrims who will embark on the journey, and also promote religious tolerance.
The journey to him will afford Christians the opportunity to learn from these countries and be informed on the truth in Christianity.
‘’We can travel to Israel and learn from them; on how they worship God, on they dress and how they pray. There are pastors with different doctrines but when we travel or embark on this journey, we will learn a lot.’’
Father Tony used the pilgrimage embarked on by Muslims as example where he said, it has helped them maintain a unique from of teaching, dressing, form of worship because their leaders have gone to learn and passed onto them the teachings.
A chartered economist, Mr Amoah Darkwa has called for more details following announcement that the Chinese government has committed 15 billion dollars worth of investment to Ghana.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio, the economist said, on the face of it, the loan follows a partnership agreement and Ghana maybe doing a counterpart funding.
He said, Ghanaians should be asking what our commitment will be as a nation following the partnership because when we are unable to do our part, things will go bad for us.
The government of China has committed 15 billion dollars worth of investment to Ghana, Vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.
Speaking to journalists after returning from a four-day visit to the Peoples Republic of China he said: “The Peoples Republic of China and the State and Private Sector Enterprises have together committed to support the economic transformation agenda of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. So far the commitment that we received in China before leaving amounted to 15 billion dollars.’’
He added: “There is a possibility that within the next month or so there are some discussion that we couldn’t conclude and another 4 billion dollars will be added to that. Of course, we will follow these through.’’
He said: “At various meetings during the 4 day visit, leading Chinese companies and agencies of the government of China signed these MoU totaling about 15 billion. In the area of industrilisation for example the China National Building Materials Equipment Export and Import Cooperation signed a facility with the Private Sector led by the Association of Ghana Industries.’’
But commenting on the loan, Mr Darkwa said, this is not the first time we have received such a loan from the Chinese government and stressed the need for us to learn from our past and other countries.
He referred to the late Mills era where Ghana secured a loan $3bn loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) which is state owned, for major infrastructure development projects in Ghana.
The loan agreement was approved by Parliament in August 2011 amid controversy over the terms and conditions of the loan agreement, particularly, the collateralization of oil against the loan.
As a result, the minority in parliament (NPP) abstained from the vote but the majority had their way.
According to him, although the loan was approved by Parliament, we were unable to disburse all hence the need to learn from that past example.
‘’We should be guided by some of these factors and ask if we should be happy over the loan approved by the Chinese government,’’ he said.
Mr Amoah Darkwa said, from what he has read, it seems Ghana may use its resources as collateral just like we did during the era of Mills. This he lamented was worrying.
‘’The way government is collateralizing our natural resources with loan is worrying and problematic,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, he has indicated that government cannot roll out is flagship policies with one source of finance and will need other source of financing.
The Secretary of Umar and Imams in the Ashanti Region, Alhaji Saed has charged President Nana Akufo-Addo to discharge his duties diligently.
According to him, Ghanaians are of high expectations following the campaign promises by the president, who defeated an incumbent leader at the third attempt.
Ghanaians he said, will be glad and support the president if he is able deliver on his campaign promises.
Alhaji Saed said the hope in Nana Addo is stern from his resolution to discharge his presidential duties.
He said, Ghanaians are expecting Nana Addo to discharge his duties diligently.
He further commended the president for his resolve to strengthen the bilateral relationship with sister countries and appealed to him to continue with his good works.
The president he noted will gain support from Ghanaians if he’s able to fulfill his campaign promises especially the social intervention ones including the Free Senior High School.
He appreciated the role Nana Addo played in the previous elections which he contested before assuming the role as president after the December 7, polls.
‘’We are grateful to Allah for choosing Nana Akufo-Addo as the president of the republic of Ghana…We appreciate the manner in which his Excellency patiently waited with hope for three consecutive elections and later emerged as a winner…We are hopeful that he will be able to discharge his presidential obligations diligently. Our hope in him, is stern from his resolution to live up to his electoral promises.’’
He added: ‘’in his recent tour of the neighbouring countries is yet another indication that he is poised to build cordial relationship among sister countries…We also applaud his effort to clamp down on galamsey and the position taken by his administration in relation to the gruesome murder of the late Major Mahama.’’
The Chief of Assin Dansame in the Assin North District of the Central region has ordered for a corpse to be exhumed, just some a day after burial.
The situation from reports gathered caused tension to rise in the area.
According to information available to rainbowradioonline.com, the Chief carried out the action because the deceased did not participate in communal labour when he was alive.
According to the chief, since the deceased did not respect the laws of the town, he’ll be endorsing indiscipline and impunity if he allows the body to be buried in the town and as a result ordered the youth to exhume the corpse.
The mortal remains was left in the open at a footpath along the stretch of the cemetery.
The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) is calling for a full scale investigation into the sale of five million contaminated petroleum product onto the Ghanaian market.
It also wants the Head of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited to immediately step aside to allow for the investigation to be conducted.
This was contained in a statement released by the energy think tank.
Ghana is set to lose 7 million cedis in revenue following attempts by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) to sell contaminated fuel to some oil marketing companies.
Although BOST has denied the claims, ACEP wants a thorough investigation into the matter.
“The government should conduct a full-scale investigation into the sale of the off-spec product to establish the validity or otherwise of the transaction and provide sanctions to those found to have misconducted themselves. The Head of BOST should step aside immediately to allow the independent enquiry to occur unimpeded” ACEP said in a statement.
“Whiles the management affirms its right to decide who to do business with, it shouldn’t have done so without a simple due diligence about the capacity of the companies. If they conducted due diligence, it would have been clear that the companies did not qualify to participate in the industry.”
“BOST is a public company financed with taxpayers’ money and therefore has the responsibility to ensure that it does not engage in suspicious deals that lead to avoidable revenue losses, both to itself, government and consumers,” ACEP added.
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is unable to fight fires on high-rise buildings, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Prince Billy Anaglatey has said.
According to him, the modern equipment of the service cannot fight fires beyond five floors of any building.
“Unfortunately, with the high rise buildings that we have in Ghana now, some are as high as 20 floors and above, but the turntable ladder that the fire service has can take up to only the fifth floor, so what of the floors after the fifth floor?” he quizzed.
He observed “so you can agree with me that it will be more difficult for the Ghana National Fire Service to fight such fire since we do not have all the necessary tools used in fighting fire.”
“…So if those high rise buildings do not have the facilities that will assist the fire fighters to get to floors above the fifth floor, then I think we are in trouble. We are in trouble in the sense that, when we are able to get to the fifth floor we can only manage with our skills and expertise to get to the floors above that. This approach is not enough considering that life and property will be at risk. That is why the fire service has and will always continue to call on owners of such buildings to make sure they meet all the set standards. As an institution we would appreciate it if the owners of high rise buildings will strictly adhere to our fire safety regulations”, he spoke with Accra based Citi Fm.
Philipa Baafi Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has launched “How Well Are You?” an outreach free health screening and health talk programme.
The launch and free health screening saw hundreds of Ghanaians including traders, children, revellers and others thronged the forecourt of the West Hills Mall to benefit from the screening.
The aim of the screening and health talk is to educate beneficiaries especially, market women on the need to go for regular check due to the nature of their job and also know their health status.
The health campaign which is to be done nationwide will also talk to the women on malaria prevention and obesity and is expected to take place at markets and shopping malls once every month.
The Greater Accra Region is first to benefit from such programme and the team from the Ministry of Health and Philipa Baafi Foundation, have selected these markets to benefit from the programme in the next ten months, followed by the other regions. Some of the locations include:
1. Makola 2. Madina 3.Kasoa 4.Kaneshie 5.Ashaiman 6.Tema Community 1 7.Rawlings Park 8.Agbobloshie 9.Mallam Atta 10.Dome.
Minister of State at the Presidency In charge of Procurement, Hon. Adjoa Safo who launched the project said, it was important for individuals to do regular check-ups to help them know their health status.
The health campaign she added was a laudable one hence the support from the Ministry.
Improved health she noted will lead to a more productive workforce, reduce to man hours lost through ill health, reduce the burden on our finances of the country including the National Health Insurance Scheme.
According to her, to achieve the desired health outcomes, substantial investment is needed in the health sector.
On her part,ace and sensational gospel Ghanaian Musician and ‘Physicio and Occupational Therapist’,Philipa Baafi said the campaign forms part of her social-corporate responsibility.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged all Ghanaian Muslims to be wary of ideologues who may pervert a beautiful religion like Islam for selfish and destructive ends.
According to President Akufo-Addo, religion is a double-edged sword that can also be invoked for destructive purposes, and as such urged all Muslims to continue to hold hands in brotherhood and unity, for that is the essence of Islam.
“Whether you are Ahl-Sunna, Tijaniyya, Shia or Ahmadiyya, I remind you of the words of Allah as captured in Quran Chapter 3:103: And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah stretches out to you, and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for you were enemies and he joined your hearts in love, so that by his grace you became brethren…’”, he said.
The President made this appeal on Monday, June 26, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the at the Edi-ul Fitr prayers, at the Independence Square, his first Eid as President of the Republic.
Describing Ghana as a nation where people of different faiths live together in peace and harmony, the President urged Ghanaians to cherish this long-standing bond that exists amongst them and use it as a basis for advancing the cause of our country.
“On my part, I continue to commit myself to the principles of our Constitution, which enjoins on me fairness towards all Ghanaians, irrespective of their religious creed. As a Christian, I am deeply respectful of the Islamic faith, which, together with Christianity and Judaism, are called the Abrahamic faiths. We must, therefore, emphasise the things that bind us, rather than the ones that divide us,” he added.
Gender and Development
As the African Union Spokesperson on Gender and Development, and as a person fully committed to gender equality, President Akufo-Addo noted that one of the cardinal teachings of the Prophet Muhammad is gender justice.
He explained that before the advent of Islam, women in Arabia were treated as second-rate citizens, and female infanticide was rife.
“The Prophet restored the dignity of the woman, which we are required to uphold. It is not for nothing that the Prophet urges us to learn half of our religion from Aisha, a woman. This Prophetic admonishment resembles Kwegyir Aggrey’s oft-quoted statement that ‘if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’,” he added.