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Oct 17, 2018
Multiple award winning rapper, Sarkodie has described self-acclaimed dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as a fool. The diss song title ‘My Advice’ has already gone viral and sparking mixed reactions from social media users. Sarkodie in the song asked Shatta Wale known to have beefed a number of musicians to snap out of his foolishness. He also asked the dancehall artiste signed onto Zylofon Music to keep quite because he will soon remain irrelevant. “Your brand [is not] strong enough, If it is strong then keep quiet. You will soon [leave]…You showed d***, one day you will show buttocks. The last thing [that I] want is attention,” he rapped. Sarkodie questioned the dancehall artiste’s claim to wealth and asked him to stop wearing cheap jewellery. “Who gives an f*** about your chicken change property…f*** all the bragging and chill because honestly your whole bank account couldn’t buy you one tear rubber [Range Rover] Evoque but you claiming supremacy,” he jabbed. The rapper in the freestyle and alleged that the dancehall artiste is gay.
Oct 17, 2018
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the contract of the newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police James Oppong-Boanuh by a year. The Deputy IGP was due for retirement but his contract has been extended a statement form the president said. A letter dated October 4, 2018 and signed by the Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary to the President on the contract extension read in part “With reference to your letter dated 17th September 2018, and a Memo dated October, 2018, from the Minister for the Interior on the subject matter above, I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has granted you a one-year contract of service as Deputy Director-General of Police, effective 8th October 2018, to 7th October 2019. I take this opportunity to congratulate you once again. Kindly indicate your acceptance or otherwise of this appointment, within 14 days of receipt of this letter. Please accept the President’s best wishes” The Deputy IGP position, which is part of the Police Service Regulations under Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) 76, has been vacant for many years. Per Article 199 Clause 4 of the 1992 Constitution as amended by Section 6 of the 1992 Constitution Act 527, 1996 (Amendment), the President has the prerogative to extend the service of a public officer on reaching the retirement age of 60 years. Clause 4 of the amended Act provides that: “Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, a public officer, who has retired from the public service after attaining the age of 60 years, may, where the exigencies of the service require, be engaged for a limited period of not more than two years at a time but not exceeding five years in all and upon such other terms and conditions as the appointing authority shall determine.”
Oct 17, 2018
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has offered another opportunity to the 31,196 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates who failed to make the grade for admission to senior high schools (SHSs) and technical institutes this year. The candidates can register for the 2019 BECE for Private Candidates to improve on their grades to enable them to benefit from the free SHS policy next year. The Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, told the Junior Graphic that first-time candidates as well as those seeking to improve on their grades have between October 1 and November 30, 2018, to register for the BECE for Private Candidates. This year, 31,196 candidates could not be placed in SHSs and technical institutes (TIs) because they scored Grade Nine in either Mathematics or English Language. About 490,514 out of a total of 521,710 candidates who sat for the BECE this year qualified to be placed in SHSs and TIs for the double track educational system. They included those who sat for the private BECE in February this year. Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said it was the expectation of WAEC that candidates; including those who would be rewriting the exam and others who would be first-time candidates would take advantage of the opportunity given them to pursue secondary education. “There is an opportunity for those who sit for the private BECE to benefit from the free SHS. In fact, this is a chance for them. I would, especially encourage the first-timers; those who have never written the BECE before to take advantage of this as well,” she said. Asked whether the candidates would benefit from the government’s programme of free registration, Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said no, explaining that the candidates themselves would have to bear the full cost of the registration for the examination. She said candidates who want the government’s support would have to go back to their former junior high schools (JHSs) so that their names would be added to the list of candidates of their former schools for the 2019 BECE for School Candidates. She explained that candidates who wrote the private BECE were not required to register for all the subjects but could register for only the subjects they did not perform well in when they sat for the school BECE. “If you want to register, you have to go online to our (WAEC) website and go through the requirements. “I would like to advise candidates who go to Internet cafes to register to provide their correct details, especially their dates of birth and the spelling of their names. This is because we have had situations where some candidates come back to complain that their names and dates of birth were wrong,” she said. According to her, candidates should not just leave their details with cafe operators to register them but should personally take part in the process to ensure that their details were correct. The 2019 BECE for Private Candidates will be the fifth since the inception of the initiative which began in 2015 with 1,181 candidates. In 2016, 1,418 candidates sat for the examination while there were 1,379 candidates in 2017. Last year recorded the highest number of candidates of 11,856 which could have been as a result of the introduction of the free SHS policy. The private BECE would be written from February 11-15, 2019. Source: GraphicOnline
Oct 17, 2018
Award winning female vocalist, Jane Awindor, better known by her stage name Efya, says she is not interested in dating and will only prefer wealthy men. The multiple award winging songwriter told Sokoohemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, she is currently not dating and not ready to date. However, she will accept proposals from wealthy men if she decides to date, she told the host. When asked why she is not dating the musician said, ‘’I am not interested.’’ She further explained that her reason why she requires a wealthy man, is because she is already making money and not interested in the wealth of the man but requires love and affection. Meanwhile, she has expressed her desire to direct movies. According to her, her love for movies is unmatched and deep rooted in her blood.
Oct 17, 2018
One of Ghana’s local banks, Prudential Bank has asked customers to disregard information circulating on social media that the bank is on the verge of collapse. The bank in a statement described the publication as false and asked customers and the general public to ignore the fabrications calculated at destroying the bank which has existed for more than 20 years. The bank further states that it has never experienced any liquidity problems nor has it gone to the central bank for any liquidity support in its 22 year history. The story circulating on social media has alleged that the bank had failed to meet the need requirements and regulations. However, the bank in its statement rubbished the claims and insisted that it has complied with the requirements for quarterly and annual financial publications and monthly submission of returns to the bank of Ghana.
Oct 17, 2018
As part of efforts to harness Ghana’s renewable energy drive and reduce its over-reliance on electricity, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that feasibility studies are currently underway to move a number of government institutions to solar power. Dr. Bawumia noted that government has taken this decision in order to wane off most state institutions completely from the use of electricity. He added that this move by government is a major effort at doing away with high cost of electricity. He mentioned that the Jubilee and Parliament House, are the major two state institutions that will soon be connected to solar power energy. He added that all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s) including hospitals, schools police station will follow the move. Ghana Renewable Energy Fair Speaking at the 4th Ghana Renewable Energy Fair organized by the Energy Commission on the theme: Renewable Energy: Exploiting Energy Resources at the District Level, Dr. Bawumia mentioned that the cost of renewable energy has drastically reduced and thus important government takes advantage to convert all state institutions to solar power. “By making sure that the energy sector is financially self sufficient, government must move more towards solar power so that we don’t get burdened with more electricity bills that government finds it difficult in paying”, Dr. Bawumia said. Government to open bid for solar development project In the attempt to increase the solar energy component of the national energy mix, the Vice President mentioned that government will soon open bidding for the development of cost effective scalable solar power project to harness Ghana’s renewable energy sector. He noted that the project is aimed at accelerating the development of many grid solutions in off-grid and island communities in the country which would focus on lighting, irrigation, agricultural and other economic activities. “The project will be subject to competitive bidding to enable us adopt the most efficient technologists and also achieve the value for money”, Dr. Bawumia said. Rooftop sola development project The Vice President referred to the fallen prices of solar panels, saying rooftop solar system has become increasingly accessible for domestic and business use; government has introduced the National Rooftop programme to facilitate the adoption of panel system in various homes. As a result of this, Dr. Bawumia said government has decided to widen the scope of the programme to include the installation of Solar PVs system for some selected off-grid rural communities. He further urged the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority to consider the use of cost-effective utility scale renewable energy technologies in their irrigation schemes for areas that are remote from the national grid. Owing that the high price of power, Dr. Bawumaih said it is the goal of government to reduce the cost of electricity tariffs from 18 cents per kilo watt hour (per kWh) to under 10 cents per kilo watt hour (per kWh). Ministry of Energy, ECG Vice President noted government’s goal at reducing the cost of energy generation is on course as the Ministry of Energy and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been tasked to use competitive tendering procedure for procurement of renewable energy. According to him, the winner of the tender will be guaranteed a power purchase agreement, connection agreement and government enhancement to ensure that the state gets value for money.
Oct 17, 2018
A driver has lost his life through a fatal accident at the Dominase junction this morning, Rainbow Radio’s Nana Yaw Asare has reported. According to him, a cargo loaded with scraps from Takoradi to Accra with registration number AW 8148-12 collided with a Hyundai grace trotro with registration number GW 9285-18. The driver of the Hyundai grace died on the spot and body has been sent to the Winneba government hospital, he said. His name was given as Abdul Jalilu. The deceased according to the police was sleeping   behind the wheels, veered off his lane and crashed into the cargo car.  Meanwhile, the cargo driver escaped unhurt. ASP Paul Ankan, the police commander  decried the speed at which drivers who ply the road drive at. He advised drivers to be guided by strict motor traffic rules, be disciplined in order to avoid accidents on our roads.
Oct 17, 2018
The Ashanti regional Minister, Simmons Osei Mensah has denied insulting Northerners as alleged in a viral audio circulating on social media. A viral audio circulating on social media has been attributed to the minister. The content of the audio cannot be published by this website due to the content. However, the minister has disassociated himself form it saying it is an attempt by some faceless individuals to denigrate him. Read the full statement below PRESS STATEMENT  My attention has been drawn to a malicious and fake audio circulating on the various social media, especially, on Whatsapp and Facebook platforms and purportedly coming from my end. The contents of this said audio seen on these platforms had my name attached to it to the effect that I made those disparaging comments; comments which are so tribal, comment which can break the peace and cohesion of this country. The audio also seemed to suggest that I, Simon Osei Mensah, had replied to a supposed post by someone (mentioned in the audio as Akamba.) First, I wish to state emphatically that the voice is never mine, and again, I have never been on any platform whatsoever with that name mentioned in the audio. There is no semblance of this voice and that of mine. I see this as a lazy job from desperate political opponents who are bent on soiling my reputation. I see this as a clear handy works of my detractors who are just not happy with me and my stern resolve to fight corruption in the region. Those who have known me and those who have come close to me even in these short time I assumed office as the Regional Minister for Ashanti, can attest to it that I hate tribal politics as well as anything that can threaten the foundation of peace on this country. Let me also state categorically that this will not in anyway slow me down or bruise my resolve to lead this region and make it a better place. I, therefore urge the general public to disregard this audio, as it is not true. My humbling beginning has taught me how to live with people, irrespective of tribe, social or economic class. This government and it's appointees are clearly aware of how we came to power, and the massive endorsement that the party received from our non- Alan brothers and sisters, and, it will be politically suicidal to go that tangent. Let me once again assure the public that I, Simon Osei-Mensah, have never, and will never descend in such gutters with anyone, irrespective of the provocation. We are one people with a common ambition; an ambition to see a prosperous nation, an ambition to see Ghana move forward, to see the youth get sustainable employment and, an ambition to make Ghana work again. Thank you. Signed Hon. Simmons Osei Mensah Ashanti Regional Minister
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