Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey, the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry looking into the proposed creation of the new regions, has observed that chieftaincy disputes have the potential to impede the quest for new regions.
He urged chiefs in areas where the regions are to be created to endeavour and resolve the various chieftaincy disputes and land litigations.
He also urged the public to bury their political differences and embark on vigorous campaigns to be able to meet the constitutional voting requirement for the exercise.
Mr Brobbey, who is a retired Supreme Court Judge, gave the advice during a public hearing on the creation of the Bono East Region at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
He told the people that the Commission would have nothing to do if the people failed to obtain the 50 percent votes and the 80 percent voter turnouts during the referendum as required by the constitution.
Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, said the proposed splitting of the region would facilitate equitable distribution of development project particularly, in underserved communities.
He admitted that there are still deficits in educational and health facilities in the region hence the need for the people to forge ahead in unity and contribute their quota for the creation of the regions.
Mr Charles Konadu Yiadom, the Member of Parliament for Nkoranza South, said partisan politics slowed down development processes and advised the people to guard against that.
Oheneba Adjei Baffoe, the President of the Nkoranza Traditional Council, said the proposed creation of the Bono East Region will reduce illegal migration among the youth in the area.
He expressed optimism that if the Bono East is carved out, employment opportunities would be created for the youth to get jobs.
Professor Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah, the Vice Chancellor of the Nkoranza campus of Anglican University, lauded the proposed carving out of the Bono East region which would promote the growth of education in the area.
With the creation of the new region, the Vice Chancellor said universities and other tertiary institutions would spring up to enable students to easily access quality education.
Nana Kwadwo Adjei-Duffour, a former Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, expressed worry about bushfires which had become annual ritual in the area affecting food production.
He said there is the need to beef up security in the area to address the problem, saying that could be done if the region is created.
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said government is doing all in its power to provide the necessary logistics and resources to the Ghana Police Service to enable it discharge its duties effectively, especially in the wake of reports of indiscipline and lawlessness.
According to him, practical support, such as increased recruitment, rehabilitation and equipping of police stations across the country to standardize the infrastructure, as well as provision of protective gear, guns and ammunition would soon receive prominent attention.
He made the remarks in a speech he read on behalf of the President Nana Akufo-Addo at the 47th Cadet Officers’ Graduation Parade at the National Police Training School at Tesano, Accra on Friday February 9, 2018.
“We aim to build a robust, effective, efficient and disciplined police force. The policy of my government on law and order is to focus more on proactive and preventive policing, rather than reactive. We will do so by increasing both visibility and capacity. An initial amount of GH¢800 million, in the short term, will support the important task of reducing crime and increasing public safety
“Negotiations have just been completed for the rollout of Phase II of the Alpha Project, which will involve the deployment of 8,700 CCTV cameras in all 216 districts, with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.”
“In line with our plans to equip the Police better, at least, 1,000 new vehicles will be procured for the service this year. Already 200 pick-up vehicles have been allocated under Operation Calm Life, with 200 saloon vehicles to be delivered in six weeks’ time, with more to come.
“We are also on course to set up Special Police Units. Resources have been allocated for police kits, including protective gear and adequate quantities of other essential equipment, including guns and ammunitions. We also expect the Police to strengthen engagement with the communities they serve. We see that as being a more sustainable way of reducing crime,” President Akufo-Addo emphasized.
“This year alone, our programme is to recruit 4,000 more police personnel. We know that what matters most is not the number of police officers we recruit, but the number of officers we deploy, and how effectively they are deployed. We are improving the data analytics of the service to make policing more efficient and alive to modern trends in crime.”
The President challenged officers and men of the Ghana Police Service to work hard at redeeming its image, with the Service consistently ranked low in the annual corruption perception rankings of the Afrobarometer Survey.
“This is not right and it can no longer be the status quo. Citizens can only have confidence in the Police Service when our men and women in uniform are seen to be honest and would enforce the law without fear or favour.
“We all sleep, feeling safe, when the men and women of the Police Service work to keep our nation and our streets safe. The issue of law and order is particularly germane at this time when indiscipline, lawlessness and outbreaks of mob justice are threatening the rule of law.”
In all, 132 Cadet Officers were commissioned to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police.
Action Aid Ghana (AAG), a non- governmental organization (NGO) has launched a Governance youth group in the Upper East Region dubbed, Activista Ghana’- to mobilize and educate young people to engage in advocacy and campaigns to bring about a world without poverty and injustice.
Prior to the launch of the Activista, the participants were offered two weeks empowerment training in the areas of advocacy strategies and campaign networking and lobbying skills among others.
The participants, who were made up of diverse youth, were drawn from the various communities in the operation areas of the AAG.
Launching the group, the Regional Programme Manager of Action Aid Ghana, Mr. Alhassan Sulimana, stated that, although the youth and women formed majority of the country's population, they are often marginalized when it comes to opportunities.
He stressed that, any government that ignores the active involvement of the youth and women, in its developmental agenda, was bound to fail, adding it was against the background that AAG together with, its mother Union, Action Aid International, instituted the concept of the Activista as a global network to help fight against social injustice and poverty.
‘’It is part of Action Aid Ghana's objective (MO)3 in the country strategy paper V of increasing possibilities, claiming right by enhancing the capacity of young people to drive their development priorities under MO3. Action Aid Ghana will work with Activista to mobilize and support 28,000 youth to take purposeful and sustained action as leaders in their own right to shape more democratic nation that protects, respects and fulfills the right of the people living in poverty,’’ he explained
The youth-led activities of Activista Ghana includes policy and campaigns, advocacy, participation in governance, online youth mobilization through social media and feminist leadership, capacity building and enhancing international solidarity, built around a culture of volunteerism and empowerment.
The system uses the Human Right Based Approach (HRBA).
He mentioned that, Activista would be partnering with the Regional Development Programme- Action Aid Global platform, the National youth Authority and social movement.
The partnership is expected to help protect and promote the right of the youth, women and girls.
‘’With a vision to end poverty and defend the right of the people living in poverty, injustice, Activista will be mobilizing the youth from across our regional programmes to work with excluded people to claim their right and ensure a life of dignity,’’ the Regional Manager indicated.
At the local level coordinators will engage in decision-making with Activista members and the same will be done at the regional and national level.
Activista Ghana will be coordinated by teams in each of Action Aid Ghana's six regions namely, the Upper East, Northern, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Greater Accra and Volta Region.
The Municipal Youth Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Ms Clare Maar, on her part, commended AAG for forming the youth group.
According to her, the failure to allow youth participation in decision making is one of the major cause of marginalization and expressed strong optimism that, the formation of Activista –Ghana, would help address the solution.
By: Justice Anthony Issah
Controversial radio personality, Alfred Kwame Larbi popularly known as DJ Oxygen, has predicted more deaths following the death of the late dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns.
The deaths he stated would serve as a revenge from the side of Ebony’s father.
Explaining the spiritual connections to the death of the late Ebony Reigns who died through a gory accident Thursday evening, the CEO of Oxy FM said, the dancehall artiste got her talent from God but did not get strong spiritual protection.
He has also advised the family to bury the late Ebony to avert other serious calamities.
The family of the late Ebony, who was originally known as Patricia Opoku-Kwarteng, is going to revenge her death. If Ebony is not buried on time, we are going to witness more deaths,’’ he told host of GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
He questioned why Ebony’s Auntie was touching and fondling her breast before her departure.
Mr. Larbi who is also a spiritualist said if Ebony had listened to her mother and delayed or stayed as her mother requested, she would not have died.
The mother’s house he revealed is a den of witches and if we do not get a strong man of God to pray and destroy the powers, more deaths are going to be recorded from her mother’s side, he indicated.
Ebony died alongside a military officer and another female friend known as Franky. That lady was from the music kingdom that is where the occult operates. She was a lesbian and was a mission.
Ebony he asserted was also a member of the occult kingdom and her father is also not an ordinary man. But that is his personal life.
‘’It was planned in the spiritual realm for Ebony to die and they have achieved that purpose,’’ he added.
An Evangelist, Apostle George Akoteng, has prophesied that controversial self acclaimed dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, originally known as Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. and highlife musician Kwabena Kwabena, are going to die just like Ebony Reigns.
According to the Evangelist, the two musicians are now members of the occult kingdom and their assignment on earth has come to an end just like the late Ebony Reigns.
He told host Prince Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome that, Ebony, Shatta Wale and Kwabena Kwabena joined the occult kingdom to make them more popular.
The apostle said although the talent they have was God given, they joined the occult kingdom for power, fame and wealth.
The two musicians he added are stubborn and because of their stubbornness, they will die mysteriously just like Ebony Reigns.
The death of Ebony he noted would serve as a sign of warning to other upcoming musicians who are planning to join the occult kingdom for fame.
According to him, the manager of Ebony, Bullet, Bola Ray CEO of Empire Entertainment are all controlled by the occult kingdom.
‘’These musicians do not wait at God’s appointed time and because of that, they will die mysteriously,’’ he noted.
An Evangelist, Apostle George Akoteng, has said the late Ebony Reigns originally known as Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, was spiritually assassinated.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rainbow Radio’s Mr. Handsome, the Apostle said the late musician belonged to the occult kingdom.
He also revealed on the show that, all the prophets who prophesied about the death of the ‘Maame Hwe’ hitmaker but failed to pray against it and blamed it on the musician’s stubbornness are also fake prophets who derive their powers from the devil.
He was emphatic that, God does not reveal and allow the incident to happen when the prophet who prophesies it is from him.
Apostle Akoteng asked the host to cast his mind back to the mangled jeep and analyze how it occurred and would come to the conclusion that, the accident was not ordinary.
The Apostle added, Ebony was under assignment and because her assignment was over, that was why she died through the accident.
‘’Her case was a spiritual one. Her talent was God given but she was possessed by the spirit of stubbornness and for that to work, it was connected to her family.’’
He also prophesied that Shatta Wale and Kwabena Kwabena are going to be the next musicians to die like the late Ebony.
He said these musicians are now working for the devil although God gave them the talent they have.
‘’Ebony belongs to the demonic kingdom and those who promoted her and brought her into the lime light, were the ones who introduced her into that kingdom. She was belonging to the demonic kingdom. Look at her lifestyle and the way she was dressing. She was a demonic person,’’ he said.
‘’All these musicians are demonic. They do not allow God to uplift them although he gave them the talent. They will all be disgraced and condemned in the same manner the late Ebony was spiritually assassinated,’’ he concluded.
Female gospel act, Patience Nyarko, has declined to comment on the allegation of her dating her manager.
It was widely circulated that , Patience Nyarko who was signed onto, Kumi Wilson’s record company Trust Productions, was dating the man.
Wife of the manger, Madam Olivia, had accused the gospel act of snatching her husband.
But speaking to GH Entertainment’s with host Mr. Handsome, Patience Nyarko, declined to comment stating, this is something about my boss and his wife. I will not discuss it on radio. I respect my boss and so I will not comment on it. Because of the respect I have for my boss, I will not comment on it. You know I am not a soft person and will respond to any allegation leveled against me but with this story, I will not comment on it.’’
''The relationship between my manager Patience Nyarko is purely business. There is nothing to talk about,'' she stressed.
Purple Soul Multimedia, the new management for International Afro-Pop/Reggae Artist with showbiz name Luta, has said they saw talent in the musician hence the decision to sign him on.
A management member who accompanied him to the studios of Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Madam Lauren, told host Mr. Handsome that, they saw him as a very good product and we could easily market him well.
She said ‘’he is very good and has released hits upon hits. We saw him as someone who we could work with and that is why we sign him on. He is going to mentor underground artistes.’’
Madam Lauren added, the company is also into charity works, talent management, and events management. We are coming out with a talent show; the underground artistes, we are coming for them.’’
Luta who was formerly known as Luther said he was rebranding himself to reach higher heights so he could appeal to fans not only in Ghana but beyond the shores of Ghana.
He used to be known as Luther a.k.a. King of Hooks but he’s back with an all new image and sounds! He’s now known as Luta and he has released his first single titled ‘Dance With Me’ to start the year.
His signing with the new management will last for three (3) he told the host.
When asked whether he was a member of MUSIGA, he answered in the negative and noted that, ‘’when I was a member I did not benefit from anything so I just opted out.’’
Veteran Highlife Musician Mr. Appiah Kubi, has given a shocking narration of the struggle he is undergoing with his health.
The musician in an exclusive interview with Mr. Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, he started feeling unwell last year and took ill often.
According to him, he was admitted for several weeks at the Sunyani Government Hospital but after several labs, nothing was established.
Mr. Kubi further told the host that at the time, he was not financially sound and needed help so he approached the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) and was given GHc500.
The situation he noted worsened and due to that, he went to the Achimota Hospital where he was diagnosed with chronic kidneydisease.
Mr. Appiah Kubi is currently homeless and struggling to afford a three square meal.
He also told the host GHAMRO declined to assist him when he approached the organization for assistance when his situation worsened.
When asked how many of the musicians in the country have come to his aid, he said only Kaakyire Kwame Appiah has helped him.
Some of the known musicians he has helped include Grace Ashley, Tic Tac and other known stars who have released hit after hit.