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A chartered accountant Jason Gyimah, has indicated in an interview that, the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) which is a microfinance apex body responsible for implementing the Government of Ghana’s (GoG) microfinance programmes targeted at reducing poverty is not longer a national policy but a political policy. He said although MASLOC and other governmental programmes were ideally established to help alleviate poverty, unfortunately those aspects of our policy has become a political policy. ‘’If it is a national policy, every government would have continued from where their predecessors left off but when a new government assumes office, they abandon projects undertaken by previous administration all in the name of politics. If we don’t change our ideas and how we manage these programmes, we will continue to be where we are,’’ he said. He called for a change in mindset, spend within our means, develop a saving culture so we can raise a new generation of billionaires. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the education system has been structured in a manner that, every young person would want to work for people instead establishing their own businesses. ‘’We need to change our objective and perspective on how we see things. Our system does not encourage people to set up their own businesses. We need to raise and encourage people to create or set up their own businesses,’’ he told the host.
Nigerian Gospel Sensation Steve Crown has revealed his first ever collaboration was with Ghanaian Gospel musician Celestine Donkor and it was exciting working with her. This revelation came about when the host of the mid-morning drive on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM, Sokoohemaa Kukua called Steve Crown via telephone to surprise Celestine Donkor who was being interviewed. In the phone conversation, Steve Crown mentioned that Celestine is such a wonderful musician and he really enjoyed working with her. Asked the number of collaborations ‘You Are Great’ hit maker has done so far, he said this is his first time collaborating with a gospel musician. He disclosed that he hasn’t regretted collaborating with a great Gospel Minister like Celestine Donkor. The title of their collaboration is ‘Bigger’ and it is enjoying massive airplay already. The song promises to be one of the biggest songs yet by Celestine Donkor. By:FESTUS A.HAMMOND (Intern)
Four people, including the former Director General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Mr Ernest Thompson have been indicted by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) for causing financial loss to the state. The others are Mrs Juliet Hasana Krama, CEO of Perfect Business System (PBS), John Hagan Mensah, former OBS Project Manager at SSNIT and Caleb Afaglo who was General Manager of Management Information Systems (MIS) at SSNIT. The chairman of the board of SSNIT, Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor made this known at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, reports Graphic Online's Maxwell Akalaare Adombila. The move followed a complaint to EOCO that Perfect Business System (PBS) whose Chief Executive Officer and Director is Mrs Juliet Hasana Krama was contracted for the procurement of an Operations Business Suite (OBS) for SSNIT. The complaint alleged that a total amount of about $70million was paid to PBS in respect of the OBS project. It said the original OBS contract sum was $34milion but at the time the project was completed the contract sum had shot up to $66.8million and Gh₵36 million. This meant that at the end of the OBS project, an additional amount of $32 million and Gh₵36 million was paid to PBS. Five suspects including Thomas Sampson Owusu were subsequently arrested for investigations. However, four of them, Ernest Thompson, Mrs Julet Hasana Krama, John Hagan Mensah and Caleb Afaglo after the EOCO investigations have been charged with willfully causing financial loss to the state. Source: GraphicOnline
Female gospel musician Celestine Donkor has opined that majority of gospel musicians in Ghana are performers and does not have what it takes to minister songs. In an exclusive interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the musician who is popularly referred to as Gospel Soldier said, to be honest there are performers in the industry but very few can minister their own songs.’’ The artiste who would be hosting the seventh edition of her annual Celzial Praiz Concert this year noted that, ‘’when you bill a Ghanaian gospel musician on the show, the following year, you struggle to get another artiste on the bill because of the caliber of artistes I expect look out for.’’ Celestine Donkor when asked the kind of caliber of musicians she looks out for said, ‘’I usually look for ministers. I look out for musicians who can minister. I am not looking for people who will come and perform and show us what they are wearing. We want them to minister their own songs. And so looking at the kind of artistes we have in Ghana, they are few. The performers are mrve but those who can minister and give an impact to people who attend shows are just a hand full.’’ She made reference to Mary Ghansah, Daughters of Glorious Jesus as some of the musicians who are pioneers and ministers whose songs have had impact on lives. The current breeds of gospel musicians in Ghana are only interested in the money and not the impact or ministration. ‘’The relevance in gospel music today is less and we need to step up our game. Some of them are focusing on what will make their songs hit songs and not the impact it will have on people,’’ she added. She recounted how some people send her messages of breakthroughs and positive impact her songs have had on their lives. Celestine Donkor, said music has been a blessing for her because she has received gifts and blessings from people including a car, a land among others.
Samuel Joachim Bokeem, a Kumasi-based sports pundit has questioned why we must we set committees to investigate small scandals, waste money on the committees while there is National Security Secretariat, EOCO, and the CID? Samuel Joakeem Bokeem aka Sammy B, was reacting to the recent visa fraud scandal that characterized Ghana’s participation at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games held in Australia. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline Wednesday, Sammy B said although Ghana won a medal at the event, we have been embarrassed by the fraud. The committee set up to investigate the matter he opined is being used to shield some people. ‘’You went to Gold Coast, brought one medal but you brought a bigger scandal that affected the image and integrity of Ghana sports and Ghanaian journalists.’’ Politics he lamented ''is being roped in and so it has become an issue of governance''. In his view, we’ve seen numerous scandals that have rocked the Sports Ministry and yet nobody has been punished. He suggested to the host that, offenders who are close to our presidents go unpunished when they are caught up in scandals at the Sports Ministry The problem at the ministry he indicated is a structural problem and runs through the civil servants up to the leaders at the top. Chairperson for the National Sports Authority (NSA) Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, has been suspended by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo in relation to the deportation of some 60 Ghanaians, during the just ended Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. He is the third official to be suspended over the scandal after similar sanctions were handed to the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, and the acting National Sports Authority (NSA) Director-General, Robert Sarfo Mensah. A statement signed by the Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin explained that “the decision was communicated to the Board Chair by the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday, 17th April, 2018, following the absence from the jurisdiction of the President, who is attending the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, United Kingdom.” “Just as in the cases of the suspension of the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide; and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Safo Mensah, the decision to suspend Kwadwo Baah Agyeman has been taken following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some sixty (60) Ghanaians, who had allegedly attempted to enter Australia by false pretences at the 21st Commonwealth Games,” the statement added. Commenting on the suspensions Sammy B said, ‘’the president has taken a good step but we will not entertain any cover up. We should get to the bottom of this matter because this issue has disgraced the country in gargantuan proportions. This is a very big disgrace to the country. We do not want to see a repeat of the Maputo example. We expect a better outcome,’’ he added.
Gospel musician Celestine Donkor has eulogized legendary boxer Azumah Nelson for his contribution that saw her through senior high secondary. She revealed on the mid-morning show with Sokoohemaa Kukua that, after junior high school, she was faced with serious economic crisis hence she lost the opportunity to attend her first choice school. According to her, ''although I passed and my name was part of the first ten students, I could not attend Labone because I did not have the resources. By the time I got the money, the school had closed admission.’’ She went on to state that she had no choice than to attend Nsanyinya Senior Secondary School because ''I did not want to sit at home.’’ Celestine Donkor further revealed that, through her song ministration, her school mother took her to her church for an all night service where she met Azumah Nelson who gave her a scholarship that saw her through secondary school. The singer applauded the renowned boxer for the opportunity he gave her to go through secondary school. She was sharing devotion on the need for Christians not to give up no matter the challenges they may be going through.
Is the world not in a frame of mind to express gratitude to Putin and Russia for not firing back at those Western vessels? I have spent many hours pondering over what to say to Macron and Theresa May. What to say to the knowledgeable statesmen and women of the world. What to say to the masses of this world whose ignorance and belief in the Western propaganda and deceit would have emboldened Macron, Theresa May and the blowman in the White House to do what they did Friday night. I don’t know what I can say or do to make people wake up to the fact that Putin and Assad are innocent of the charges leveled against them. What can I say to people around the world to make them realise that Macron, Theresa May and presumably Trump should all be aware that two other countries very much aligned to Britain, France and the US have been responsible for this gassing operation all this while. If the masses of this world and the supposed intelligentsia cannot even see which two nations could very well be guilty of this gassing operation then they do not deserve the freedom and justice that is slowly but surely being curtailed by the savagery of capitalism. The British have told this lie in a hysterical and passionate manner, while the French have told theirs in a cold and calculating manner. If Theresa May, Macron, Trump, Boris Johnson, some selected personnel around them and their intelligence machinery are prepared to subject themselves to the polygraph test to prove to the world that they did not know that the allegations they were directing at Putin and Assad were false, and Putin and Assad to also prove their innocence which I believe in, I will spend the rest of my life apologizing to them (West) and wage a campaign telling the world what monsters Putin and Assad are. If Assad the supposed monster were to be subjected to a polygraph test, I believe and I know that he will pass the test…his truth will pass the polygraph test. If Putin of Russia were to be subjected to a similar test, I believe and I know his truth will also pass the polygraph test. I also believe and know that if President Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson were also subjected to the same test on a polygraph, their truth will fail the test and they know it. Assad and Putin are no saints but they definitely are not guilty of this monstrosity brewed in a Western pot. Events of this kind have been staged many a time by warmongering nations and exploited for their own political ends. Wars have broken out following the staging of these kinds of deceitful events. The last well known example was the one the US staged at the UN. By the time the truth had been established, America and her so-called allies had prosecuted the war against Iraq with its indefensible consequences. On 11th April 2017, a similar staged gas attack was orchestrated right on the verge of a joint Assad/Putin victory in the Syrian conflict and the global outcry fed into Western agenda. Almost to the date of the anniversary of this atrocious crime, it has been committed again when the Assad government has just about won the war. The most recent attempt to stage and accuse Russia and more directly Putin was on British soil but was fortunately exposed by another British institution. What other evidence did the world and its statesmen and women need to recognize the intentions of some of these Western nations? We all remained silent risking the probability of a World War. Is the world so unaware of how close we came to the outbreak of war? We may therefore not be in the correct frame of mind to recognize the need to express our gratitude to God, Putin and Russia for the restraint they have exercised in this provocation. We must also congratulate the Russian and Syrian military for intercepting most of the recent missiles. How could Theresa May, have fallen for this act? How could the capitalist West feel threatened and intimidated by a Russian leader who has earned the true respect, admiration and loyalty not only of his people, but the world at large? The leadership of both China and Russia are providing the needed international stability while the US and her allies find their feet and their moral compass. The leadership of China and Russia appear to have adopted a sympathetic and supportive role to enable the West recover. In spite of this, the West and her allies are abusing human rights with downright impunity and insensitivity. The cool-headedness of Putin as opposed to the desperation and sometimes hysterical behaviour of certain Western leaders has made a heroic figure of Putin well beyond his borders. A fine opportunity to create a better and stable world based on freedom, justice and morality is being undermined, being rejected in what appears to be a desperate attempt to restore a Cold War climate. Can’t leaders of this world speak out? For those of us in the developing world, we only need to remind ourselves of the powers that kept the brutal apartheid regime propped up for so long. A cursory glance at the fate of Palestinians and Yemenis should tell us the callous creature that the savagery of capitalism has turned out to be since the collapse of the bipolar authority. America and her allies have over the years appeared determined to maintain a unipolar power no matter what it takes through incidents of unjust wars, wanton provocation, intimidation and casting of judgement without trial. If integrity, truthfulness and justice must give way to falsehood and deceit to enable them control and rule the world, so be it and to hell with it. If the integrity of intelligence operatives and others can be subjected to polygraph tests to ascertain their integrity and truthfulness, what puts politicians and others above the truth in circumstances of this nature? – By: Jerry John Rawlings
Private legal practitioner, Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, has challenged African leaders to rise up against any foreign influence that will force them to legalize same sex marriage in their respective countries. His comments is coming after British Prime Minister, Theresa May, admonished its colonized African states to remove anti-gay laws from their statutory books. Addressing the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London today [Tuesday], Prime Minister, Theresa May said, she “deeply regrets” the UK’s role in introducing the anti-gay laws. The Prime Minister told the gathering that the UK’s role seems to have resulted in a “legacy of discrimination, violence and even death,” in some of its former colonies. “I’m all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.” “Yet there remains much to do…Nobody should face discrimination and persecution because of who they are or who they love. The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible,” she said. But reacting to the issue on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the lawyer said our cultural values frowns on same sex marriage. He told the host that it will not be possible for Ghana to legalize same sex marriage despite the foreign pressure because ‘’we are an independent state and have our way of making laws and reforming and developing our own society.’’ ‘’They can bring their good sides which we can adopt but we will not accept,’’ this bad conduct which is also a bad social vice. It is bad and unacceptable,’’ he added. The lawyer went on to stress on the need for African leaders to reject any kind of comments in the face of foreign leaders who try to impose on them the need to legalize same sex relationships. He described as disappointing the inability of our African leaders to respond and reject these calls with the urgency it deserves. ‘’If we are to defend our nation and defend the independence our fathers won for us, then the way to go and is to address specific issues and not to indulge in general meaningless diplomatic language.’’ He said. Ghana he explained can argue on grounds of customary law because it is part of our laws, ''no one can force Ghana to remove anti-gay laws''. He said, Ghana had already banned gay relationships before the British came to Gold Coast. ‘’She [Theresa May] was speaking as if homosexuality was accepted here and they brought a law to change it…At the time they came to the Gold Coast, homosexuality was already banned. So I am saying that, the law they brought was just a coincidence. They didn’t bring anything new. So she shouldn’t talk as if we were in a bad situation and they came to reform it and now they want to take us back to that bad situation. I find it very unfortunate for such a statement to made. And it is even worse for the leaders to be sitting and be listening to these things and refusing to respond…It was very unfortunate,’’ he jabbed. Lawyer Agbemava, said the laws we have in Ghana are enough and homosexuality is not something we should accept and anything we can do to reject it should be done.
The Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Anwhiaso Traditional Area, and President of the Western regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, has asked President Akufo-Addo, not to lift the ban on small scale mining due to the undue pressure mounting on him. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the traditional ruler said he has gathered intelligence that the president is under pressure to lift the ban. ‘’But I want to appeal to the president not to bow to the pressure being mounted on him to lift the ban on small scale mining. He should allow our water bodies to regain its natural state before lifting the ban,’’ he said. Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II also called on the Association of Small Scale miners to exercise patience and allow the government to bring an end to illegal mining activities and stop putting pressure on the president. Government, in January 2017 placed a ban on small scale mining for a period of six months. The ban was however extended in October 2017, for another three months, which ended in January 2018. But speaking at an awards ceremony by the Bureau of Research, Governance, Commerce and Administration, the Lands and Natual Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu explained that his outfit had to extend the ban again after small scale miners failed to meet the target set for them to have it reviewed.
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