• September 18, 2021

    My Wife Knows I Have A Side Chick; They Respect Each Other – Odike

    Businessman and founder of the United People’s Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai Odike, says his wife knows he has a girlfriend and has no problem with that. According to the presidential hopeful, his girlfriend and his wife respect each other and have both agreed on their positions. Speaking to Nana Aba Anamoah on Starr Chat, he said, “I’m married and I have a girlfriend.  Both my wife and girlfriend know this”.

    He added: “My father was polygamous but I cannot sit here and lie to Ghanaians. If any man will be truthful to himself and God. You don’t need to swear to any woman that you are the only person,  no. I will never flatter anyone. But if  I found out that you are a suitable woman who can give me joy, sure. I expect my woman to understand me unconditionally and to love me as it’s required”.

    He also described women as the source of happiness and should be allowed to occupy high positions because they have the confidence to aid business development as compared to men. Odike revealed he is in support of the Affirmative action bill currently in Parliament and is disappointed that it has not yet been passed.

    Odike hopes to win the 2024 election and reign as President of Ghana so he can amend some portions of the constitution to allow for clear separation of power. His showings in previous presidential contests have been abysmal.

     

     

     

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  • September 18, 2021

    US-based Ghanaian musician Ghosh Man releases ‘Mekordadada’

    Ghanaian musician based in the United States of America, Ghosh Man, has released a new song titled ‘Mekordadada.’

    According to him, the song is about how people he started music with gave up on the dream, leaving just a few.

    “The song is inspired by hard work, dedication, ambition, and hope. Many people left the music game because there seemed to be no hope but due to determination, I am getting there. Giving up is never an option,” he noted.

    ‘Mekordadada’ was produced by me and mixed and mastered by Nii Quaye.

    The video was directed by Stuward of 12 Pixels studios.

    The beat was produced by beat demons, recorded by Ghosh Man himself in his studio but it was mixed and mastered by Nii Quaye.

    Source:citinewsroom.com
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  • September 18, 2021

    Alomo Sankwan Rocks Highway Joint Tonight

    A scene from the previous event

    The organisers of the ‘Alomo Sankwan’ road show will tonight hold a live band musical concert at the Highway Joint located at the Tetegu Junction near Weija in Accra to entertain music fans and consumers of Kasapreko Alomo Bitters.

    The much-hyped event will witness performances from some selected performing artistes as well as Pink 5 Band. The event will be streamed live on all the social media platforms such as You Tube, Facebook among others.

    As one enjoys free Alomo Bitters and meal at the event, fans would also stand a chance of winning lots of prizes from Kasapreko.

    According to the organisers, the idea is to bring family, friends, lovers, neighbours, students and people from all walks of life to one location where they can wine and dine with Alomo Bitters.

    The much-hyped event, BEATWAVES gathered, would provide music fans with good entertainment, free drinks and good music.

    Music fans who will grace the event will be given the opportunity to sample products from Kasapreko.

    There will be lots of give-aways such as Kasapreko branded T-shirts, aprons, caps, electronic gadgets and many more.

    By George Clifford Owusu

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    Source: dailyguidenetwork.com

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  • September 18, 2021

    KAB-FAM Rewards ‘Buy And Fly To London’ Promotion Winners

    Mikki Osei Berko (2nd left) in a pose with the winners

    KAB-FAM, headline sponsor of the Ghana Music Awards-UK ‘Buy And Fly To London’ promotion, has presented prizes to the winners at a ceremony held at offices of KAB-FAM at East Legon in Accra.

    The presentation ceremony saw KAB-FAM ambassador, Mikki Osei Berko, known in the showbiz scene as Dada Boat present various prizes to the lucky winners.

    Police Constable, Adjetey Richard Morgan, who emerged the ultimate winner was presented with documents to facilitate his trip to the United Kingdom to watch Ghana Music Awards-UK (GMA-UK) in London together with his wife.

    The first runner-up, Jacqueline Dufu, took home a table top fridge, whilst the third runner-up, Stella Asiedu took home a 32 inch Nasco Led television as her prize.

    Glad Adongo and Isaac Nsobila who emerged fourth and fifth respectively took home Toshiba microwaves.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Mikki Osei Berko said out of thousands of receipts received from the company’s twelve (12) branches, the five emerged winners of the promotion after a live draw.

    He revealed that more promotions would be introduced before the end of the year, and called on customers to be on the watch out.

    The ultimate winner, Constable Morgan, revealed that he was skeptical when informed he had won the trip to UK, however, his disbelief was later confirmed.

    “Initially, I didn’t believe, I thought it was one of those things, however it later turned out to be true upon hearing the voice of Mikki Osei Berko in a telephone call,” he disclosed.

    The winners expressed their appreciation to KAB-FAM for redeeming their promise to customers, and urged others to fully participate in the upcoming ones.

    This year’s edition of the GMA-UK would be held in London on Saturday, October 9.

    It is expected to attract a large number of Ghanaian music stakeholders which include artistes and their managers as well as international artistes from some selected countries in Africa, Europe and the United States.

    Some of the artistes billed for the event include Fameye, Akwaboa Jnr, Kweku Darlington, Kofi Jamar, Gyakie, Medikal, Mzbel, Ohemaa Mercy, Keche, DopeNation, Jessica, Frebetha, John Oppong, Wiyaala and a host of others.

    The ceremony, organisers stressed, will be a unique experience for music fans who will attend the event.

    This year, Kuami Eugene leads the nominations with 13 nominations, while Mr Drew and Medikal follow closely with 10 apiece.

    Rapper Sarkodie will be considered for the top award in eight categories, while reigning Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year, Diana Hamilton, and Yaw Tog received eight nominations each.

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    Source: dailyguidenetwork.com

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  • September 18, 2021

    $4.9bn fresh loans: Buhari, Osinbajo zones get highest project allocations

    •North-West, South-West ahead other regions with four mega projects

    •Six zones listed as beneficiaries of $62m NASS solar power infrastructure

    North-West and South-West, the geopolitical zones of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, respectively have the highest number of projects allocated to them among the projects that will be funded with the fresh external loans the President is asking the National Assembly to approve for his regime, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

    Buhari had asked the National Assembly to approve fresh external loans of $4.05bn and €710m for his regime.

    He also sought the legislature’s approval for grant components of $125m in the 2018-2020 external rolling borrowing plan.

    These were contained in a letter addressed to both chambers of the National Assembly and read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, respectively on Tuesday on the floor at the resumption of plenary.

    Buhari in the letter, dated August 24, 2021, explained that the projects listed in the 2018-2021 Federal Government Borrowing Plan would be financed through sovereign loans from the World Bank, French Development Agency, EXIM Bank International Fund for Agricultural Development, Credit Suisse Group and Standard Chattered/China Export and Credit in the total sum of $4,054,476,863 and €710m and grant components of $125m.

    According to the President, a summary of some key projects in each of the six geopolitical zones that will be funded by the loans and a summary on the expected impacts on the socio-economic development of each of the six geopolitical zones were attached to the letter.

    According to the breakdown obtained exclusively by our correspondent, 13 key projects each to be funded with the loans were listed for the North-West and South-West, making them the geopolitical zones with the highest number of projects.

    The President is from Katsina State in the North-West while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is from Ogun State in the South-West.

    Our correspondent, however, noticed that most of the projects that were listed for the two zones are projects that are common to all the geopolitical zones or more than two zones, leaving only one project that is peculiar to the South-West and two that are peculiar to the North-West.

    The only project peculiar to the South-West is the Lagos-Ibadan railway modernisation project (Apapa-Tin Can Island Ports Project); while the two that are peculiar to the North-West are the Kaduna Bus Rapid Transport Project and the Kano-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi Rail Line.

    Apart from the North-West and South-West that have 13 projects each, 11 projects each were allocated to the North-Central, North-East and South-East while 10 projects were allocated to the South-South.

    Curiously, however, the provision of 17 megawatts hybrid solar power infrastructure for the National Assembly complex which is to be funded with the $62,120,000 to be provided by Standard Chartered Bank/China Export and Credit (SINOSURE) was listed as item 9 for all the six geopolitical zones as beneficiaries.

    This is despite the fact that the impact of the project was stated in one of the documents as “to address the National Assembly complex’s power supply deficit and to reduce higher overhead burdensome cost of running and maintaining fossil fuel generators (25 megawatts installed capacity) to power the National Assembly complex.”

    Besides the projects peculiar to the geopolitical zones, however, are many others that have all the geopolitical zones as beneficiaries.

    They include the $750,000,000 World Bank’s facility for State Fiscal, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programme for Results: the $400,000,000 Nigeria COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project – Additional Funding; the $700,000,000 Agro-Climatic Resilience in Arid Zone Landscape Project; and the $700,000,000 Nigeria Sustainable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Project.

    Others are the €100,000,000 National Identity Management Project; the $500,000,000 Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project; the $276,981,586 three power renewable energy projects and the $200,000,000 Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project, among others.

    The PUNCH had reported on Friday that five bodies would jointly provide the $4,054,476,863 component of the loan.

    They include the World Bank – $3,250,000,000; China Exim Bank – $225,120,000; IFAD- $50,000,00; European ECA/KfW/IPEX/APC -$190,255,276; Bank of China -$276,981,587; and Standard Chartered Bank/China Export and Credit (SINOSURE) – $62,120,000.

    The Euro component of €710m will be provided by AFD – €210,000,00 and Credit Sussie Group €500,000,000 while the World Bank will provide the grant components of $125m.

    Part of Buhari’s letter to the National Assembly had read, “I write on the above subject and submit the attached addendum to the proposed 2018-2020 external rolling borrowing plan for the consideration and concurrent approval of the Senate for the same to become effective.

    “The distinguished Senate President may recall that I submitted a request on the 2018-2020 borrowing plan for the approval of the Senate in May 2021.

    “However, in view of other emerging needs and to ensure that all critical projects approved by the Federal Executive Council as of June 2021 are incorporated, I hereby forward an addendum to the proposed borrowing plan.

    “The projects listed in the external borrowing plan are to be financed through sovereign loans from the World Bank, French Development Agency, EXIM Bank and IFAD in the total sum of $4,054,476,863 and €710m and grant components of $125m.

    “A summary of some key projects in each of the six geopolitical zones and a summary on the expected impacts on the socio-economic development of each of the six geopolitical zones are attached herewith as Annex II and III.”

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  • September 18, 2021

    Yobe housewife allegedly poisons 3 stepsons to death

    The Police in Yobe has arrested a 22-year-old housewife, Khadija Yakubu, for allegedly poisoning her three stepsons to death.

    One other child who suffered from the poisoning was left in critical condition

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 18, 2021

    Proposed List of MMDCEs Out

    The committee mandated to assess persons whose names came up for the position of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives(MMDCEs) have released their report which has since been submitted to the President.

    The list is expected to be announced by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.

    These were disclosed by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin.

    “Expect the list to be announced by the Minister very soon,” he wrote on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, September 15.

    Delay in nominating Chief Executives for the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) has been a matter of concern to many groups and individuals.

    See attached the list of nominated persons by the Vetting Committee for the various assemblies: 

     

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  • September 18, 2021

    Travel ban, plus all 6 ECOWAS decisions against Guinea’s military junta

    The Authority of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has adopted six main actions against the military junta in Guinea, Conakry.

    After a meeting in Accra on Thursday, September 16, 2021, the ECOWAS Authority has moved to place a travel ban on all the members of the military junta in Guinea and their immediate family members.

    ECOWAS has also placed a freeze on the financial assets of the coup makers and their immediate family members.

    The regional economic and political bloc has also directed the military junta to conduct presidential and parliamentary elections within six to enable the country to return to constitutional rule.

    Below are all six decisions taken against the military regime in Guinea.

    1. to uphold the suspension of Guinea from all ECOWAS governing bodies until the restoration of constitutional order;
    2. to ensure the conduct of presidential and legislative elections within six (6) months in order to restore constitutional rule in the Republic of Guinea;
    3. to impose sanctions, in accordance with extant ECOWAS Protocols, of travel bans on the members of the CNRD and their family members and of freeze of their financial assets;
    4. to call on the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, and other multilateral and bilateral partners to support the implementation of these sanctions;
    5. to ensure that no member of the CNRD is allowed to contest in the presidential election;
    6. ECOWAS to accompany Guinea in the swift resolution of the crisis and in the preparations for the elections.

    Alpha Conde was ousted and detained on Sunday, September 5, by soldiers led by Col. Mamady Doumbouya.

    In an address on the state broadcaster, Col Doumbouya said: “We have taken all measures to ensure that he has access to health care and he is in contact with his doctors. Everything will be fine.”

    Col. Doumbouya reportedly held a parallel meeting in Conakry during the ECOWAS deliberations.

    While promising to return the country to constitutional rule, he has said there were issues critical to the Guinean masses that would occupy the attention of the military regime.

    On the political situation in Mali, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads and State and Government said it remains deeply concerned about the slow pace of preparations for the elections scheduled for late February 2022 in the Republic of Mali.

    The Authority has requested a plan from transitional authorities for elections in February next year by end of October 2021.

    “The Authority decides to impose targeted sanctions against persons or groups of persons whose actions have a negative impact on the transition timetable, as decided by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. These sanctions would include travel ban on such persons and their family members and the freezing of their financial assets. To this end, the Authority instructs the President of the ECOWAS Commission to compile and submit a list of such persons and groups of persons,” the ECOWAS Authority stated.

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    Source: primenewsghana.com

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  • September 18, 2021

    Stop Snubbing Female Afrobeats Artists – Yemi Alade

    Nigerian Afrobeats star Yemi Alade told the BBC’s Africa Daily podcast that the African music scene is incredibly male-dominated and that people should give female artists “a chance”.

    “I would say to any female that is already a part of the Afrobeats industry trying to make her way to just continue. I don’t think we should feel bad as much that it is male-dominated.”

    She said that the men are “miles ahead” of the women, as historically they were the group who were allowed to make music.

    “It’s only normal that their numbers are more than us for now.

    “What we just need to do now is to make sure that we actually shine a light on the females – and stop snubbing them and stop overlooking them.”

    Yemi Alade’s music videos have had millions of views online and she has worked with artists from the likes of Beyoncé to Angelique Kidjo.

     

     

     

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  • September 18, 2021

    Guinea coup: ECOWAS’ ultimatum for return to democratic rule not feasible – Col Festus Aboagye

    Security analyst Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) has expressed pessimism over some of the measures agreed at the ECOWAS Extraordinary meeting regarding Guinea’s September 5, coup.

    According to him, the six-month ultimatum for the military junta to return the country to constitutional rule is not feasible.

    “It’s not a very simple matter of throwing away the constitution that was reengineered by Condé, which served as the proximate cause for his overthrow and then restoring the former constitution, he said.

    The event hosted in Accra on Thursday, also led to ECOWAS imposing a travel ban on the military leaders, their family members and supporters. The financial assets of members of the military junta have also been frozen.

    The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kissie Brou, told the media after the Summit that the decisions of the sub-regional bloc will be communicated officially to the military rulers.

    However, Col. Festus Aboagye believes that ECOWAS has missed the plot.

    The retired military officer insists the 6-month ultimatum leaves little room for processes towards restoring democratic rule.

    Guinea coup: ECOWAS' ultimatum for return to democratic rule not feasible - Col Festus Aboagye

    Speaking on the AM Show on Friday, he explained that specific arrangements after the best-case scenario of an ideal democracy will mean a stipulated period for political campaigns and a credible election.

    On the back of this, the security analyst maintained that the target read out at the meeting in Accra, is too ambitious.

    “We know what it takes to run elections in this country. You need to allow time for campaigning. There’s got to be a law on political parties. You need now to get the logistics and infrastructure in place. It’s possible that a new commissioner for elections is going to be appointed. Six months is not even optimistic,” he added.

    Guinea coup: ECOWAS' ultimatum for return to democratic rule not feasible - Col Festus Aboagye

    He also expressed resentment about the attitude adopted towards conflict resolution, describing it as counter-productive.

    “The attitude that the ECOWAS has adopted once again, is to sit in the capital of the chair and then read out demands on a state that has been overthrown. And that we have said is counter-productive,” he argued.

    “This meeting in Accra yesterday should have now appointed a very high-level mission of diplomats to go back to Guinea to engage the leaders.”

    Col. Aboagye believes it is not too late for ECOWAS to take the feasible steps to “right the wrongs that Condé effected on the state.”

    The now-ousted President Condé, in October 2020, won a controversial third term after pushing through a new constitution in March 2020, which allowed him to sidestep the country’s two-term limit.

    The 82-year-old’s bid for a third term was condemned by the opposition and described as an abuse of power.

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  • September 18, 2021

    PEFTI Ibadan students feature in WAP programmes

    Barely a year after the resumption, students from the Ibadan campus of PEFTI Film Institute have begun the journey into stardom, as they have been featured in several projects of Wale Adenuga Productions, including ‘Superstory’, ‘The Village Headmaster’ (a partnership between NTA and WAP), and ‘Papa Ajasco and Company Reloaded’.

    According to the Managing Director of PEFTI, Abiola Adenuga, “We are proud of the achievements of our students in Ibadan, as their works as actors and crew members are being watched by millions of viewers on DStv,  StarTimes, GOtv, FreeTV, Play, MyTV, NTA Network, AIT Network, STV Network and other popular  TV  platforms. We look forward to celebrating with them as they begin to win awards in Nigeria, and worldwide. Registration is still ongoing but intending students are advised to hurry to our campus or visit our website as there are limited slots available.”

    The establishment, which is approved by the Federal Ministry of Education, offers three and six-month courses including, Professional Practical Training in Acting and Presentation, Script-Writing, Costume and Make-up, Digital Photography, Cinematography, Film Editing, Music, Choreography, Producing and Production Management, and Directing, as well as a wide range of skill acquisition programmes.

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  • September 18, 2021

    Guru never paid me, working with him was a waste of time – Kweysi Swat

    Contemporary Ghanaian highlife singer, Francis Obeng Appianing, popularly known by his stage name Kweysi Swat has made some revelations about his split from Guru NKZ.

    The upcoming musician was a bit emotional when he spoke about his work experience with Nana Yaw Adjei Yeboah Maradona popularly known as Guru on Hitz FM’s Daybreak Hitz.

    Kweysi told Andy Dosty on Friday, September 17, 2021, that he stayed with Guru for 18 months, during that time he wanted fame eagerly.

    “I do agree, at that time I was buzzing and really wanted to be out there. I was hyper at that time,” he said.

    The singer said he was featured in a lot of songs by GURU but he never had an album or EP of his own.

    Kweysi said that Guru always spoke about how he manages 13 to 15 artistes but those artistes never come out of the fame light.

    He further said Guru is a failure and doesn’t know how to groom his artistes.

    “He always told me to relax and that there are other things in line for me. He always signs many artistes and fails with them. They go and never come back to work with him,” he said.

    Kweysi tells the interviewer that he was forewarned but he didn’t listen because he had always wanted to work with the rapper.

    “They told me, where you are going is slippery,” he recalls.

    The singer said he worked with Guru for over a year and never got paid because they never signed any agreement.

    Because of that he felt it was time to leave and do his own things.

    Kweysi Swat said he has released a couple of songs and videos on YouTube with the help of some good people who love and believe in him and his works.

    The singer believes working with Guru was a waste of time and talent.

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  • September 18, 2021

    Incredible Zigi storms Accra Mall with Guinness Ghana’s Black Shines Brightest flash mob

    In between the daily deluge of late afternoon stress, shoppers, workers, and passersby at the Accra Mall were entertained to an energetic flash mob performance led by none other than Ghana’s dancing sensation, Incredible Zigi.

    The flash mob which generated waves and trended on social media is an ode to Guinness Ghana’s Black Shines Brightest Campaign and a means to call on Ghanaians to join the new and exciting wave of up-and-coming cultural change-makers within Ghana and Africa at large.

    Onlookers could not hide their amazement and excitement as many who were present pulled out their phone cameras to record a moment that would never come back but only be etched in their minds as one of the most memorable.

    ‘Black Shines Brightest’ is a new Pan African campaign celebrating the iconic black liquid enjoyed all over the continent for over a century.

    This new campaign is inspired by the bold and unique black beer of Guinness stout and brings together passionate and creative individuals to celebrate the spirit of Guinness and its home across African market energetic and empowering the campaign celebrates individuals coming together, fizzing with optimism, creativity, and potential and the flash mob performance fell nothing short of portraying the creativity of individuals coming together with so much energy and pizzazz to
    dance to a tune that tells the whole of Ghana and Africa that indeed Black Shines Brightest.

    Throughout the campaign, Guinness is working with real culture makers from across the continent who demonstrate how Black Shines Brightest in a range of different ways.

    These individuals will create moments, events, and content to be enjoyed by everyone and as the Ghanaian brand influencer, Incredible Zigi has proved that he is indeed a real culture maker through his recently gone viral dance challenge and storming Accra Mall with arguably the most energetic flash mob performance ever seen in Accra._

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  • September 18, 2021

    ‘Accept MMDCE nominees in good fate’ – Buaben Asamoa urges

    The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on all stakeholders to accept in good fate, persons who will be nominated as Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has presented his list of nominees to the Local Government Ministry for publication.

    The government has been criticised for the lack of progress in appointing new MMDCEs nine months into a new administration.

    However, the Presidency has refuted assertions that development at the local level has been stalled due to the delay in appointing MMDCEs.

    Addressing the media on Friday, September 17, 2021, the Director of Communication at the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa charged all stakeholders to welcome the yet to be announced list of MMDCE nominees.

    “We expect all stakeholders, especially party executives at the grassroots level, to accept the list that will be released in good fate.”

    “Every nominee on the list is selected by the President, and we expect party grassroot executives to trust his judgement and support the approval process for these nominees. Of course, not everyone will have their preferred choice, however, we believe that as much as possible every eligible candidate must have had a fair bite of the election process.”

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  • September 18, 2021

    TOTAL 28149 POSTS Climate Change Adaptation: Ghanaians Plant Over 5m Seedlings to Rescue Depleted Forest Cover

    President Akufo-Addo started the nationwide environmental exercise by planting a seedling at the seat of government.

    On June 11, 2021, the Ghanaian public undertook a nationwide environmental exercise by planting over 5m seedlings to help salvage the country’s depleted tree cover.

    Led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the exercise saw people from all walks of life, including celebrities, state officials, school children, religious and business leaders, planting seedlings in different parts of the country.

    The seedlings were provided by the government (Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources) through the Forestry Commission (FC) for the exercise dubbed, “Green Ghana Day”.

    “This is time for action,” said Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor during the official launch of the exercise, in Accra. “We are sitting on a time bomb.”

    He lamented that the country’s forest cover had depleted as a result of “Galamsey” – a local term for illegal small-scale gold mining- and the harvesting of trees for different purposes.

    “Illegal small-scale gold mining and indiscriminate felling of trees without proper reforestation have led to huge environmental degradation in the country,” said Mr. Jinapor.

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Ghana is one of the tropical countries with the highest percentage of rainforest loss in the world.

    The country’s current forest cover stands at 1.6 million hectares (about 4 million acres) from 8.2 million hectares (20 million acres) in 1900, according to government’s statistics.

     

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  • September 18, 2021

    Creative Arts Industry Needs Investments

    Rising music sensation, Abyna Morgan, has said that one of the major ways to strengthen the Ghanaian creative arts ecosystem is through massive investments.

    According to the female vocalist, Ghana is endowed with so many talented creative artistes in various fields and supporting their crafts would create employment opportunities for the masses.

    Abyna Morgan in an interview urged the government, corporate bodies and businessmen to invest in talented persons in music, comedy, acting, among others arts.
    This, she said, would boost the tourism industry, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which has had a negative impact on tourism.

    “I believe the creative arts industry has a lot to contribute to the Ghanaian economy but we don’t seem to concentrate much on that area. A lot of unemployed young people out there are gifted with various amazing talents which are yet to be annexed.

    “I urge all policy makers and businessmen to explore the creative arts industry by investing massively and I believe the unemployment situation in the country will be reduced,” she said.

    She noted that there are various plans by the Creative Arts Council to make the industry rejuvenated but moves had to speed up to bring relief to all industry players.

    She added that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more imperative for creative artistes to get the needed assistance to enable them to excel in their craft.

    The sensational vocalist recently released her debut single titled ‘Catch A Vibe’, produced by Darlington and Scratch, which has been trending on social media over the past weeks.

    Abyna Morgan is currently promoting her ‘Catch A Vibe’ single which is readily available across various digital music platforms.

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  • September 17, 2021

    CIIG to dismiss members defaming insurance sector through unethical behaviours

    Justice Ofori, Commissioner of Insurance

    The Chartered Insurance Institute of Ghana (CIIG), umbrella body of insurance practitioners, has vowed to dismiss members engaged in all manner of unprofessional practices in the industry.

    According to the institute, unethical practices bordering on corporate governance are making the industry unpopular – a reason for the low public confidence in insurance.

    Speaking to JOYBUSINESS at a seminar on ethics organized by the institute ahead of its 2021 induction ceremony slated for 17th September 2021 at 5pm at the Alisa Hotel, Council Member of the CIIG, Shaibu Ali said the industry does not sell tangible product but service and promise to pay claims in the unlikely event of an accident or incident to a policyholder, hence the need for utmost good faith by insurers cannot be over-emphasized.

    “If you’re selling a car or a house policy, the person buying will look at the car or the house, but if you’re selling a service they look at you so if you’re not professional, you will not survive”, he said.

    Mr. Ali added, “we will not leave any stone unturned; we’ll punish if we have to punish, we’ll suspend you if we have to suspend you and we can even completely dismiss you from the association if we have to do that because insurance for a long time has had a bad name.”

    The CIIG took inductees through a seminar on ethics ahead of their induction. The seminar was led by former President of the institute, Rev Bishop Asante Marfo-Ahenkora.

    In his lecture, he admonished practitioners to uphold integrity as part of the profession’s codes of conduct.

    According to him, there should be ethics in the kind of relationship insurers have with their customers.

    He said “claims payment is a marketing tool and not to lower payouts because it is unethical to do so.”

    As regards pricing, Bishop Marfo-Ahenkora warned that undercutting by some companies is ‘hurting’ the industry. He has urged the regulator and key players in the industry to take a critical look at curbing the practice.

    Meanwhile the National Insurance Commission (NIC) has urged insurance practitioners to live by utmost good faith if they want to win the trust of investors and customers.

    Induction ceremony

    The induction ceremony will be the second edition after a two-year break after the maiden edition in 2019.

    New members will be offered with membership certificates to become recognized and certified professionals of the industry.

    It is slated for the 17th of September 2021 at the Alisa Hotel.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 17, 2021

    ECOWAS imposes travel ban on Guinea coup leaders

    Leaders of West Africa regional bloc ECOWAS have imposed travel bans and a freeze of the financial assets of Guinea’s coup leaders and their families.

    The sanctions are expected to put more pressure on the military junta to restore constitutional rule.

    The decisions were announced after an extraordinary summit in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday.

    The regional bloc also wants the junta to conduct elections within six months and insists that none of the military leaders should be allowed to contest the polls.

    The leaders however expressed their willingness to support the country through the transitional process.

    They have called on the Africa Union, the UN, and their international partners to help enforce the travel bans and financial sanctions against the junta and their families.

    They’re also demanding the unconditional release of the ousted President Alpha Condé.

    An elite military united headed by Col Mamady Doumbouya seized power in Guinea nearly two weeks ago, accusing the government of mismanagement and corruption.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 17, 2021

    Police Service celebrates Bono East Anti-Robbery Taskforce

    The Bono East Regional Anti-Robbery Taskforce is the toast of the Police Administration following its work in fighting all forms of robberies in the region.

    The Administration in a Facebook post Thursday, said the taskforce led by Superintendent Al-Meyao Abass Kwarasey, has per its aggressive operations in the area and other regions drastically reduced highway robberies and other serious offences in the last month.

    “Their intelligence-led operations holistically cut across the region with mounted presence and constant patrols on the routes of Techiman-Kintampo-Buipe, Kintampo-New Longoro-Techiman, Kintampo-Zamrama-Prang-Yeji and Atebubu-Kwame Danso-Kajeji among others”, the post said.

    “Today, the Police Administration (PA) wants to commend and celebrate the Anti-Robbery Taskforce (ART) led by Superintendent Al-Meyao Abass Kwarasey for their work in fighting all forms of robbery in the Bono East Region.

    “Their operational work, which is one of the initiatives of the current PA, has been adequately complemented by the Bono East Regional Command led by DCOP Moses Asabagna Atibillah and the Command is duly commended as well.”

    The post, with accompanying photos of members of the taskforce in action, explained that “As part of their operations, the team regularly meets chiefs and members of the communities in the region to deepen the partnership in a collective effort to fight crime”, and while the chiefs and people for their support and cooperation in combatting crime, the Administration reminded all that “Fighting crime remains a partnership and the police are deeply committed to fighting crime with the help of the public.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 17, 2021

    We’ll arrest and prosecute persons engaged in light fishing – Hawa Koomson

    Image: Voice of America

    Fishermen engaged in light fishing will be arrested and prosecuted, the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hawa Koomson has warned.

    Such an action, she says, has become necessary to bring an end to the act.

    It is estimated that three million Ghanaians depend on the fishing sector for their livelihood.

    Fishing is considered not just an economic activity, but also an important element of the culture and traditions of the fishing communities.

    Over the past few years, the sector has been confronted with a number of challenges that have the potential to further worsen its performance. They include illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing.

    Already, Ghana has received a formal warning from the European Union and the country risks sanctions if drastic measures are not implemented.

    Currently, the government has suspended the supply of premix fuel to some four landing beaches in the Central Region.

    According to the National Premix Fuel Secretariat of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture  Development, the decision is a punitive measure for light fishing and other illegal fishing practices perpetuated by fishermen despite an earlier caution by the sector minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson.

    The affected landing beaches are British Komenda, Moree, Abandze and Dago.

    Addressing the media after the inauguration of an eleven-member board of the Fisheries Commission, Hawa Koomson said all will be done to ensure light fishing and other illegal fishing methods are brought to an end.

    “The premix fuel is not meant to be used by generators, but they keep using it for such machines. So if you are involved in light fishing then the only way we can prevent you from doing so is to stop giving the premix fuel, so we have asked the suppliers not to give the fishers in the communities engaged in the activity the premix fuel so that they will not have it in abundance to use it for light fishing until they come to the agreement that they will stop the act, and we actually believe that they will”.

    “While we have suspended the supply, we will keep arresting people found in the act. Their gadgets will be seized, they will be taken to court and then prosecuted”.

    The Chairperson of the eleven-member board is Professor Francis Nunoo. Other members of the board are Dr Michael Arthur- Dadzie, Esq., Mr Kofi Asumadu Apenteng, Commodore Godwin Livinus Bessing, Mrs Lydia O Essuah, Nana Jojo Solomon, DR Mrs Ryby Asmah, Ing. Wilson Kwabena Darkwah, Mr Stephen Adjokatcher, Mrs. Levina Owusu, and Mr. Augustine Acheampong Otoo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 17, 2021

    This man turned an airplane into his home and the inside looks pretty special

    You should see the inside of this airplane!

    Bruce Campell, a 64-year-old retired electrical engineer has always had a very creative vision. When he was in his early twenties, he bought a 10-acre piece of land for 23,000 dollars in the woods of Hillsboro, Oregon with a very clear vision on what to do with it. He took an old airplane and a big piece of land and turned it into the most unique home on earth.

    Wait until you see the inside! Keep reading below.

     

    Innovative plan

    Ever since he was young, Campbell has had an affinity for tinkering with old objects and creating new things. His plan for this piece of land was to use it as the place to build a home for himself, a home he wanted to fashion out of several different freighters. It seemed to be a very innovative plan, but then Campbell heard about a home someone else had built. About two decades after he first came up with his plan, Bruce Campbell heard about Joanne Ussery, a hairdresser from Mississippi. She’d bought a Boeing 727 and transformed it into a home. Her previous home had burned down, so she chose to renovate a functional airplane next to a quiet river. This made Campbell think and he decided to change his plans.

    And he changed them quite drastically! Keep reading on the next page to find out how Campbell made a home out of airplane and to take a look at the pictures!

    This man turned an airplane into his home and the inside looks pretty special

    Boeing 727

    In 1999, Campbell decided to buy a Boeing 727 aircraft from Olympic Airways for a whopping 100,000 dollars. When he’d bought the plane, he needed to transport the enormous vehicle to the forest in Oregon. Since the plane had to be imported from Athens, Greece, this transportation turned out to be a bit of an issue. The transport costs eventually added up to about 120,000 dollars, which meant that he basically paid 220,000 dollars for the plane. To him, though the plane was worth every single penny.

    Interior

    The inside of the plane has all the comforts you might need. A lot of the original elements of the plane have been kept the way they were, like some of the original seats as well as the toilet. Campbell even added a washing machine and a sink.

    This man turned an airplane into his home and the inside looks pretty special

    Modest

    The Boeing 727 offers a lot of space, but Campbell lives quite modestly in his unusual home. He sleeps on a futon, cooks using a microwave and a toaster, eats mainly cereals and canned food, and builds a lot of improvised equipment himself.

    Accomplishment

    We’re not sure if we’d like to live in this plane like Campbell does, but we’re definitely impressed with what he managed to do! Just look at this airplane; doesn’t it look cool? It must feel so good to accomplish something huge like this.

    Take a look at the video below to see the entire interior of this amazing airplane home:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 17, 2021

    New directors of GOIL promise to improve the company’s profitability

    Newly appointed directors of GOIL Company Limited have promised to prioritize the improvement of the company’s share value along with profitability during their tenure.

    Shareholders of GOIL at an Extraordinary General Meeting voted for and ratified the appointment of four individuals as new directors.

    The four include Mr. Reginald Daniel Laryea, Mr. John Boadu, Madam Angela Forson and Mr. Edwin Provencal.

    The share price of GOIL as captured on the Ghana Stock Exchange started the year at GHS1.50 and ended Wednesday, September 15 at GHS1.60.

    This represents an appreciation of about 7% from January to September 2021.

    The Ghana Stock Exchange meanwhile returned a gain of over 40% for equity investors over the same period.

    In an address to shareholders and the media after their appointment at the Extraordinary General Meeting, Mr. Reginald Daniel Laryea, the new board chairman, noted that elimination of waste and an improvement of profitability amongst others will be key priorities for his new team.

    “I can promise that together with my team we are going to commit to making GOIL a better place than we found it. I can assure you that our predecessors led by honourable Bartels have done a great job to bring GOIL this far. Of course, we want to strengthen systems that work well, eliminate waste, welcome greater profitability and ensure proper corporate governance. We will also not lose sight of shareholder value. The value of the share will be one area that we’ll try to improve upon.”

    Out of the four new directors, Mr. Reginald Daniel Laryea, Mr. John Boadu, and Madam Angela Forson are government representatives while Mr. Edwin Provencal is a BOST.

    The four will be replacing former board chairman Mr. Kwamena Bartels along with three other board members, namely Mrs. Beatrice Prempeh, Mr. Robert O. Amankwah and Mrs. Philomena Sam.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 17, 2021

    Accra-Tema Beach Road reconstruction progresses

    Road surfacing work on a portion of the stretch

    Contractors working on phase one of the Accra-Tema Beach Road reconstruction are optimistic that the project will be completed on schedule, despite the delay in the relocation of utility lines and the demolition of structures within the construction path.

    Work on the 16-kilometre project, which starts from the Independence Arch of the Black Star Square in Accra through Osu, La and Teshie to Nungua, is being undertaken by China Ganzu International Corporation for Economic and Technical Cooperation (CGICETC).

    Currently, the single carriageway is taking shape as a dual carriageway.

    Ongoing works include the construction of a bridge — which has reached the power foundation level — at the A-Life Junction at Teshie, necessitating road diversions in the area.

    The second phase of 10.6 kilometres spans Nungua to Tema Community Three.

    The 26.6-km project is estimated at $100 million, with China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Company Limited (CRMBEGCL) being the other contractor.

    Known as the Beach Road Expansion Project – Phase One, it is expected to be completed by December next year to serve as a major alternative route to the Accra-Tema Motorway.

    The scope of work includes a two-way, four-lane urban road, traffic signal system and related auxiliary works, as well as a three-tier interchange at the Nungua Barrier.

    Work in progress

    The Administrator at the CGICETC, Ms Tracy Tao, said the project had been divided into three sections, with Section One spanning Nungua to Teshie and sections Two and Three starting from Teshie to La and La to the Black Star Square, respectively.

    She revealed that Section One of the project, which was more than 30 per cent complete, was expected to be completed by the end of the year.

    She indicated that Section One had had to contend with the relocation of some electricity and water lines, as well as the the removal of some underground fuel tanks of some fuel stations along the stretch.

    Ms Tao indicated that the construction firm was awaiting a clearance permit to have the fuel tanks removed and expressed optimism that the project would be completed within schedule.

    She said there were no immediate plans to demolish buildings along the stretch, adding that the company had received active cooperation from the local people and various government agencies, including the Department of Urban Roads.

    A commercial bus driver, Mr Adjetey Annang, said the ongoing works had come as a big relief, stressing that it was already easing traffic and travelling time on the road.

    “I am of the hope that this will not be one of the many projects that start speedily and halt along the way,” he said.

    Background

    In August last year, the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, cut the sod for the reconstruction of the Accra-Tema Beach Road.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • September 17, 2021

    Kali Uchis teams up with avant-garde pop princess Amaarae for ‘Sad Girlz Luv Money (Remix)’

    With their breathy, poised delivery and moody sensibilities, Kali Uchis and emerging Ghanaian American singer Amaarae are fitting bedfellows on the latter’s remix of “Sad Girlz Luv Money.”

    On the original, a cut from Amaarae’s first full-length project, The Angel You Don’t Know, she and Moliy — another artist with Ghanaian roots — coo about dollars and pleasure to a beat that pulses as steadily as their pursuit of both.

    The song is sexy in its slinky percussion, often dropping out to give way to brief glimmers of keys and the performers’ delicate vocals. Subdued and shrouded in whispers that are at once easy and intense, “Sad Girlz Luv Money” insists upon the power of softness.

    Moliy trills, “Get the fuck outta my way, I’m gonna get paid,” like a gentle push to the side.

    While Moliy spearheads the original, the remix presents a stronger and satisfying integration of its three singers from the beginning, with quick verses from Kali and Amaarae before rolling into the heart of the song from Moliy.

    On Kali’s longer turn, she ups the song’s sex appeal in English and Spanish (“I walk like I know my pussy dangerous,” she says), and Amaarae follows suit.

    But for all their lust and allure, their independence remains the heartbeat of “Sad Girlz Luv Money.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SourceRolling Stone

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  • September 17, 2021

    11th Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards nominations opened

    Nominations for the 11the edition of the Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards (GITTA 2021) have been opened.

    In its 11th year, the Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards which has been the Oscars of Ghana’s ICT industry for over a decade will once again celebrate and showcase disruptions, innovation and cutting-edge technology in the ecosystem.

    The awards will recognise digitisation across all sectors, including the Public Sector, Banking, Telecoms, ICT, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health, and all others involved in digitisation.

    This year’s edition of the prestigious awards is scheduled to be held in October this year.

    GITTA was created as a strategic platform to recognise, reward, and showcase the pioneering ICT initiatives, driving Ghanaian private and public sector innovation, with a vision of setting a benchmark to the sub regions’ wave of development in ICT.

    “We cannot underestimate the role of technology and digitisation and its importance to national development and the development of the entire continent of Africa.”

    “We will be looking out for organizations that are at the forefront of innovation, disruptions and cutting-edge technology which is constantly transforming the lives of the modern day Ghanaian and African at large”, he buttressed

    GITTA will shine the spotlight on those working across the information technology industry and innovators who have worked tirelessly to deliver top notch technological innovations that ultimately achieves incredible successes for their clients.

    It promises to be a night of great entertainment, good food, and networking which should not to be missed by industry players and stakeholders; especially in a time where technology has played a major role in navigating the world through the difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Entries are open to all organizations and bodies within Information Technology space across Africa.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SourceJoy Business

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