A football administrator Mr. Abbey Pobih has called for ceasefire between the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vandapuje.
The GFA President Kwesi Nyantekyi has described the Sports Minister's assessment of Ghana's Premier League as that of a serial caller.
Hon. Nii Lante Vandapuje had said that Ghana's Premier League was not attractive. But in a response to the comments by the Minister, Mr. Nyantekyi said the Minister spoke like a serial caller.
“If the league is not attractive, how did we record an amount up to four hundred thousand cedis in a single match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko? When we recorded these gate fees, we paid VAT on them so the government is also a beneficiary.
“The league is the most attractive sporting event in Ghana now ahead of cycling, athletics, volleyball and everything so there is nothing to even compare to it. This is a league that we sleep, dream and think about it and the interesting thing is that all the clubs are owned by private entities so the question is that what has the government being doing to help those teams and I expect the minister to be doing that and not to be criticizing the league without any facts probably like a serial caller.
“We must be very serious and adopt a professional approach to our analysis of issues and set out the facts so that people can make their own judgment,” the GFA said in in an interview with Accra based Asempa FM.
The Sports Minister in a latest response said, if the GFA President could describe him as a serial caller and that could be seen as something positive, time will tell. He said serial callers are humans and so he do not feel sad to it. According to him, if per his level of education, the GFA boss could describe him as a s serial caller, he would not say anything much.
The Minister said the fact based on which the GFA boss argued that the league was attractive was hollow, narrow and unsubstantiated. He added, the fact that attendance at the stadium was impressive because Hearts and Kotoko played does not mean that the league is attractive. He said, if there are allegations of bribery and match fixing and other challenges facing the league and yet someone would water down his claims that the league is unattractive, it is a matter for people to judge.
He said these challenges has affected the recruitment of quality players from the local level to the national level.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio's Kwame Tutu on the matter, Mr. Pobih urged the Minister and the GFA to hold their guns and allow sleeping dogs lie.
He said the Minister do not have any bad relationship with the GFA as some may say rather, he [Nii Lantey], has identified some challenges which he wants to address hence the confrontations he is encountering.
He explained that the former President Kufour in an effort to ensure that Ghana qualified for the World Cup for the first time, applied for sponsorship for the National Team and successfully had Goldfields to sponsor the team.
He said the former President also wrote to FIFA to ask why government after sponsoring the national team is not allowed to interfere with matters relating to soccer. However, Sepp Blatter who was by then the FIFA president, debunked the claims and urged the government to work hand in hand with their various football associations.
Mr. Abbey Pobih noted that Article 73 of the FIFA law was adopted by Ghana in which the Public Interest Committee was established with a five member interest committees including representatives from government to work hand in hand in the administration of football together with the FA, but under the reign of Kwesi Nyantekyi, that committee has not functioned the way it should, he added.
He has also asked people to ask Kwesi Nyantekyi why the Public Interest Committee is not working under his administration although its constitutional and binding.
The mandate of the Public Interest Committee he said, is to solicit for funds for the national team and because the committee is not functioning there is lack of accountability and transparency regarding companies sponsoring the national team.
Mr. Abbey Pobih posited that the GFA have grown horns because of FIFA's rule banning governments from interfering in matters bothering on soccer in countries.
On the issue of the suggestion by the Sorts Minister for local stars to be airlifted to play against Uganda to save cost, he said because by law the Ministry do not have the power to interfere in the selection process of players, and how money is disbursed, football administrators and experts needs to discuss the matter holistically and find the way forward.
Mr. Abbey Pobih blamed the GFA for being the cause of the brouhaha and challenges facing football administration in Ghana. He has therefore challenged Kwesi Nyantekyi to account to the people of Ghana on the various sponsorship by companies.
A Vice Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as weird the promise by the opposition New Patriotic Party's (NPPs) flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo to build a dam in every village of the Northern region.
Mr. Lee Ocran in an interview with Kwame Tutu said although Nana Addo's promise is a good idea, but one can only build a dam where there is a water body and when there is no water available, a dam cannot be constructed.
According to him, every dam that would be built has disadvantages since there would be possible flooding of farmlands and communities , with livestock and residents relocated.
''...This is a weird proposal by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. Maybe he should have consulted engineers before coming up with his promise. A dug out is different from a dam. A borehole is different from a dam. Dams are built to obstruct the flow of a river, either to collect the water behind it or to use is to generate power or to use it for irrigation or control flood. This is a technical matter and i felt he should have done his home work well
Mr. Ocran chided Nana Addo for going round and making promises which are not attainable. ''Nana Addo is going round making making promises that are not realistic. In the Northern region there are 210 villages, so are you [Nana Addo] going to build a dam in each of these villages? This is funny.''
When asked if his comment was not contradicting that of their National Campaign Coordinator, Kofi Adams and the Agric Minister who have both said that the idea was already being considered by President Mahama, he said he does not know where they got the idea from.
Mr. Lee Ocran said, at the time he was working with the irrigation department, the government was constructing dams which were specifically built in areas that had water bodies.
''How can you build a dam on a dry land? I don't know what they [Kofi Adams and the Agric Minister] are talking about. There should be a water body that flows that you can block it and use for whatever purpose you want.''
He asked the NPP to take a cue from the Weija dam and how it has impacted the lives of residents in the area.
''Nobody is saying that dams are not good but you cannot build it on a dry land. You cannot build a dam in every village. That is a weird proposal.''
Information reaching Nyankonton Mu Nsem indicates that residents in the Northern region are waiting anxiously for the arrival of the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo as he hits the region with his campaign tour.
The candidate is currently on tour the Upper East region and will today move to the Northern region, Bunkprugu to be precise.
Already residents we are told are going 'crazy' and waiting anxiously for the arrival of the candidate of the largest opposition NPP.
Nana Addo will later move to Nalerigu and Walewale the hometown of his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Motor riders according to Prince Kwame Tamakloe are jubilating and making merry to pave way for Nana Addo's arrival.
President John Dramani Mahama rounded up his campaign tour of the region just last week, where he described the opposition leader as a divisive dictator who has failed to unite his own party and so it would be dangerous to elect him as president.
President Mahama told the residents in the region that his achievements are unmatched hence he should be given the second chance to continue with his transformational agenda.
The presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo has promised to construct a district hospital for the people of Garutinpani district in the Upper East region if voted into office.
The presidential candidate who was given a rousing welcome urged the people to ensure that he goes to the Flagstaff House this election year to deliver Ghanaians from the incompetent hands of President Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo who is currently on tour of the region paid a courtesy on the Bawku Naaba where a durbar was held in his honour .
The presidential candidate said he will not disappoint Ghanaians if elected into office. He said, he will revive the collapsed National Health Insurance Scheme and other policy interventions which were introduced under former President Kufour but collapsed under Mahama.
Nana Addo continued his tour to Bongo where he also admonished residents to have faith in him and ensure that he wins the race massively.
Former presidential hopeful, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng who accompanied the presidential candidate, urged the residents to compare the achievements under former President Kufour and that of President Mahama and see who deserves their vote.
He also urged the residents to desist from acts that may destabilise this country. The election he added would peaceful only if Ghanaians commit to acts that would ensure that.
Justice Anthony who filed the report added that the NPP in the region were overwhelmed and has appreciated the people for coming out in their numbers to support Nana Addo.
The Editor-In-Chief of the Informer news paper, Andy Kamkam has described as unethical the publication by the African Watch Magazine that the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo is suffering from multiple health problems.
The August edition of the magazine said, Nana Akufo Addo has been battling with prostate cancer, acute kidney disease and an enlarged heart since 2013.
But commenting on the publication in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Andy Kamkam said the publication is needless.
He said at the time he was working for the late President Mills, the opposition NPP used some media houses to publish stories which suggested that the late Mills was not in good health and as an individual he disagreed with the stories and also disagreed with calls on candidates to publish their health records.
He said he bare no grudge against the publishers and that they own the report, but to him, and somebody who has conscience; if he had condemned this vicious cycle of politics why should he support it today. he quizzed further.
He said every individual on earth one way or the other maybe suffering from an health problem hence there is no need to use that against people who contest public office.
Andy Kamkam said so far as the practice by African Watch Magazine was not encouraged in the era of Mills it should not also be encouraged today.
''My position is simple. I don't think that playing with people's health records, making it an issue is something we should encourage. I disagree totally. I don't support it. I don't control the editorial policy of African Watch Magazine, i bare them no grudge because i use some of their publications when and necessary. I think putting people's record out is unethical and that is why I'm happy that the NDC has distance itself from the said publication.''
The seasoned journalist recounted how the President Mahama warned his followers to focus on the message and realistic promises by candidates and achievements and not to focus on the health of any candidate.
He said the media should rather focus their attention on the promises being made by candidates and subject it to serious critic instead of focusing on the publication putting the health records of a candidate out.
''To me i don't think this health issue is a matter,'' he underscored. Andy Kamkam stressed that the call by people to make their health records public is unconstitutional, needless and should not be encouraged or accepted by citizens.
''Is it a constitutional requirement for you to make your health records public when contesting for the presidency? If no, then its neither here nor there. Until the constitution is amended and this call is captured, to me its irrelevant...And i don't think these are issues i will support anytime any day. I condemn it and i won't be part of this discourse...I would have wished that we waste our energy discussing the various fanciful promises being made by the various presidential candidates especially Nana Addo's 1 village 1 dam policy because these are issues Ghanaians need to know. These are issues that needs to be interrogated.''
An elder of the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Amoako Tuffour has stated that, unlike the late President Mills who was visibly sick, the presidential candidate, Nana Akufo Addo is not.
His comments follow claims that Nana Akufo Addo is suffering from multiple health problems including cancer. He was also responding to claims that the opposition leader may suffer the same fate of Prof. Mills whose health was hidden when he contested for the presidency and later died while in office.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Dr. Amoako Tuffour said the late Mills was visibly sick and that we did not need magicians to tell us that the late leader was sick and fragile, but Nana Akufo Addo he said is not visibly sick hence the fate of the late Mills will not happen to him as alleged by his critics.
''I remember sometime ago that the late President Mills at an event which was held at the state house was greeting people and when he got to my turn, i stretched my hand to greet him but unfortunately, the late Mills had his hand somewhere else so i had to use my left hand to draw his hand closer to mine so he could greet me. He could not remember me so i had to call him with his nickname we used to call him at school before he could not remember me. I knew the late President had an eye problem but i did not expose it to the public.The late President was visibly sick and everyone who knew him was aware that he was visibly sick. Nana Addo is not visibly sick. Anyone with serious health problems is hidden from the public...A man who is touring the various regions and engaging the people cannot be said to be visibly sick. The propaganda is too much...Claiming that Nana Addo is sick or President Mahama is sick and may die is not for men to decide but God.''
He stated that the claims against Akufo Addo may have weakened anyone else due the political environment we are in, however, the three times presidential candidate is strong enough to withstand such vile attacks.
When asked if he supports the idea of presidential candidates making their health status public, he said, it is a good idea. However, due to the way and manner people fabricate stories to destroy the characters of others, he may not necessarily support the idea.
According to him, the idea of candidates publicly stating their health status maybe good for us in the future but per the current political environment, he would not support the idea.
In his view, the idea could be thought through for the future but not now. He said if people contesting public office should make their health status public, their stories would be twisted till it becomes true in the public's eye.
He recounted how some persons on Nana Addo's tour expressed shock seeing the presidential candidate because they were told they opposition leader had died.
Dr. Amoako Tuffour told the host that they also know someone who is also seriously sick but would not want to descend to the gutters like people are doing today.
''The idea of political leaders making their health status public is not a bad idea and i do not have any objection to it if it is lawful to do so. So i think we should consider it going into the future. One major challenge making it difficult for people to do that is because of false publication. Even when you are not sick, people fabricate stories about you being sick. You do not have cancer yet people say you have cancer...So if you publish your health status, it would give people an opportunity to twist the story and further, make claims that you bribed a doctor to falsify your report. The idea maybe good but the way and manner people will twist your story is worrying and not encouraging...This not the appropriate time to do it, it is a good idea, lets consider it in the future.''
A founding member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Amoako Tuffour has lambasted persons claiming that the presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has multiple health problems.
The presidential candidate Nana Akufo Addo has recently chided the National Democratic Congress (NDC), for making claims that he [Nana Addo] has serious health problems including cancer and stated that the vile campaign against him will not work.
An exclusive publication attributed to the African Watch Magazine has is that, the one time attorney general under the erstwhile Kufour administration has cancer, acute injuries, prostrate cancer and an enlargement of the heart.
But responding to the publication, the founding member of the elephant family and a close friend of Nana Akufo debunked the publication and described it as an attempt to malign and tarnish the image of the opposition leader
According to him, the Editor-In-Chief of the magazine who was a close friend of Nana Addo may be doing the bidding of some pay masters hence readers should treat the publication with the contempt it deserves.
Dr. Amoako Tuffour further alleged that those making the claims against Akufo Addo may have twisted the neck of a certain president dead, ungodly and do not have fear for the Almighty God.
The elephant member described Akufo Addo as a healthy and a strong man who cannot be easily broken down.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Dr. Amoako Tuffour said, ''I feel those claiming that Nana Addo has cancer are wicked, murderers, and may have twisted the neck of a certain president. We don't even know who killed the late President till date. Those claiming that Nana Addo has cancer do not have Ghana at heart, they are nation wreckers and they can bury people alive.''
Dr. Amoako Tuffour explained that, the health of Nana Akufo Addo should not be the main debate because the man has been appointed by God to transform this country hence his dis-tractors are doing anything possible to use this vile propaganda to destroy the opposition leader.
Fresh trouble is brewing at the Greater Regional branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) as members are demanding for audit from the Chairman and first Trustee, Mr. John Kofi Benstil and respectively Stephen Akoto.
The two according to members have presided over the branch for seven years but have not accounted for the stewardship.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Mr. John Kwesi Ansah, the branch secretary for Kaneshie said they wrote the Greater Accra branch of the GPRTU over the matter but all to no avail.
He said they later wrote a reminder but no response came so they wrote to National where the two officers were invited and after investigations, an Interim Management Committee (IMC) was set up to manage the affairs of the branch but the two went to court to seek redress.
Following the court action, the national executives he revealed admonished them to settle the matter amicably to ensure sanity.,
He said the national leaders advised them to elect him as chair and Mr. Akoto as vice chair, however, he Mr. Akoto opposed to the idea and demanded his removal so the old executive members takes over.
This he said was rejected by the national executives and after elections were conducted, new persons were elected but the old executives made attempts to remove them from office.
He added that they bought two new buses from a foreigner on hire purchase with about 8 months left to finish payment and take ownership of the bus, but their chairman and trustee allegedly withdrew and pocketed the money meant for the payment of the buses.
He said the buses are now in the custody of the foreigner and has vowed not to release the buses without the approval of Mt Akoto who is no longer in office. The case he added is now in court.
Mr. John Kwesi Ansah further alleged that Mr. Akoto and some other persons have threatened to kill them because they are pressing on them to account for their stewardship.
Mr. Akoto he indicated has formed a new transport union and per the constitution of the GPRTU, he do not reserve the right to meddle in the affairs of the union.