• August 17, 2019

    ‘MOYO, MA PA MI NA’ – NIGERIANS CRY OUT AS NOLLYWOOD ACTRESS, MOYO LAWAL SHOWS OFF

    Nollywood actress, Moyo Lawal who is famed for her incredible body shape has once again caused a social media frenzy after she sharing a seductive video of herself.

    The curvy Nollywood actress who was playing around was seen crawling in the video. Towards the end, Moyo Lawal shocked fans when she laid down and opened her legs wide.

    “Sabi this is how they use to do in music video 🙈… if you don’t like play play , just ignore and move on ……………. …….p.s let me even gist you ….

    That is how my iphone frustrated me this night sha , if I was aggressive, I will have broken it 🧟‍♀️……… ……… if I say Samsung is better now ….Awon iphone fanatics will come for me , I kuku use both of them ……… ……… ….. goodnight 😘# ML

    Check out the video below:

    The award-winning actress has definitely given her fans something to talk about. See how Nigerians reacted below:

       

     

     

     

     

    source: dailyadvent

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  • August 17, 2019

    ‘IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME, IT’S TOYIN’ – NOLLYWOOD ACTRESS, WUNMI TORIOLA CRIES OUT AFTER TOYIN ABRAHAM’S FAN DID THIS

    Nollywood actress, Wumi Toriola who is currently pregnant has cried out after a fan of her “arch-enemy” Toyin Abraham, wished her death in childbirth.
    This is coming barely 24 hours after Wumi Toriola joined Nigerians to congratulate her colleagues, Toyin Abraham and Kolawole Ajeyemi on the birth of their son in an Instagram post. She shared a picture of the new parents at the baby shower and wrote;

    “Children are heritage from the Lord,offspring a reward from Him .psalms 127 vs 3.congratulations to the Ajeyemis @toyin_abraham on the arrival of their Prince ,God bless the new born.”

    Pregnant Wumi Toriola calls out Toyin Abraham and a Toyin Titan who wished her death in childbirth

    Not long after this, a heated exchange between her and some fans of Toyin Abraham occurred after she shared a photo with Seyi Edun who is dating Toyin Abraham’s ex-husband Adeniyi Johnson.

    An overly enthusiastic fan of Toyin Abraham referred to as a ‘Toyin Titan’ took to the comment section of her Instagram page to wish her death in childbirth. Wumi Toriola didn’t take this evil wish lightly as she immediately posted the ‘threat’ on her Instagram page.

    In an open letter, she declared that if anything bad happens to her, Toyin Abraham and her fans should be blamed. She also “warned” Toyin to allow her have her own child in peace, since she is also a mother now. Check out the screenshot below:

    Pregnant Wumi Toriola calls out Toyin Abraham and a Toyin Titan who wished her death in childbirth

    Still in fear, she took to her page to post another prayer in which she directed God to deal with her enemies. She wrote:
    “Oppose those who Oppose me ,Lord and fight those who fight against me.Take your shield and armour and come to my rescue.Lift up your spear and war ax against those who pursue me,promise that you will save me ,MAY THOSE WHO TRY TO KILL ME be DEFEATED And DISGRACED,may those who plot against me be turned back and Confused.Psalm 35vs 1 to 4.Amen”
    To dissuade Nigerians from airing their opinions, she went on to deactivate the comment section. Check out the screenshot below:
    source: dailyadvent
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  • August 17, 2019

    Kofi Asamoah Spoke The Truth, Whites Have Sense Than Blacks – Moesha Buodoung

    Actress Moesha Bodoung has expressed her support for movie producer Kofi Asamoah’s very controversial comment about black mentality.

    Kofi Asamoah in an instagram video said whites were wiser and sensible than blacks and that is why their countries are developed and Africans continue to live in poverty.

    This sparked public outcry with many people including actor Van Vicker calling him out.

    Commenting on an instagram post by zionfelix about the video, Moesha admitted what Kofi said wasn’t far from the truth and queried why people would attack the Kofas Media boss for saying the obvious truth.

    The bootylicious actress branded people condemning Kofi as hypocrites who hide and make the same utterances.

    source: zionfelix
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  • August 17, 2019

    There’s Nothing Wrong With My “Whites Have Sense Thank Blacks” Comment – Kofi Asamoah

    Kofi Asamoah, CEO of Kofas Media

     

    KOFAS media boss Kofi Asamoah has finally defended his comments about black mentality.

    Speaking on Zylofon FM with Sammy Flex, he explained his utterances were not out of malice or disrespect but out of a desire to better ourselves as people.

    According to him lots of people who are privileged to travel outside or experience the western world share the same thoughts.

    The successful movie producer said “blacks have wisdom and natural resources but we lack the impetus to utilise our wisdom to better our lives”.

    Kofi alluded that the mere fact that blacks were forcefully taken to the western countries during the slave trade is a clear indication that blacks have sense.

    Kofi revealed his comment about former president Kwame Nkrumah was on the lighter side and asked Ghanaians to disregard that portion of the statement.

    He asked Ghanaian citizens to look deeper into his comments and work collectively to make Ghana into the country everyone desires.

    source: zionfelix
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  • August 17, 2019

    Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh replaces Berla Mundi at Gh One TV; set to host her show

    Gh One TV has fast moved on from Berla Mundi and already introduced a new face who will be hosting Berla Mundi’s show.

    Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh

    Berlinda Addardey announced her departure from EIB yesterday and revealed that she’s now joining Media General, where she’ll be a host on TV3.

    The former Gh One TV presenter was hosting “The Late Afternoon Show” on the station and now, Dr Caryn Ohemaa Afia Kobi Prempeh has been revealed as the new host of the show.

    Ohemaa is reportedly related to the Asantehene and she is a medical practitioner as well who runs Cervical Cancer NGO in Ghana.

    Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh takes over Berla Mundi's showDr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh takes over Berla Mundi’s show

    Bola Ray, EiB Newtwork C.E.O, with other Gh One TV staff like Nana Aba Anamoah have shared flyers on social media which indicates that Ohemaa is the new face to join the Station after Berla’s exit.

    Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh, a General Practitioner at Clarion Health International and an advocate of Cervical Cancer awareness is the host of The Late Afternoon Show. Akwaaba Ohemaa, Otumfuor’s baby girl. Odehye3 ahuof3hemaa a neho tes3 nwira fitaa. Akwaaba Obrempong” Nana Aba Anamoah wrote.

    See their posts below.

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  • August 17, 2019

    New monitoring, evaluation system rolled out for malaria control programme

    The Vector Control Unit of Zoomlion Ghana Limited and the Ministry of Health have rolled out a new monitoring and evaluation system for the National Malaria Control Programme geared towards achieving greater impact for the programme.

    The new system was introduced at a training organised in Takoradi for stakeholders executing the National Malaria Control Programme

    The monitoring systems which will help measure the quality of the work done by the use of sentinel surveillance of both the larvae and adult mosquitoes will track the progress of how larval source management is reducing the mosquito population.

    Mr Ferguson Duvor, a Data Manager with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) who led the session on “Monitoring and Evaluation of Larval Source Management” explained to participants that 10 permanent larval breeding sites will be used as sentinel sites for larval surveillance in all selected districts.

    He said data from these sites will be collected on a monthly basis to give an idea on how larval source management is reducing the density of mosquito larvae in water bodies. For adult mosquitoes “CDC light traps will be set in 10 houses in selected districts for adult mosquito surveillance. Samples of the adult mosquitoes will be collected monthly and data from these sites will give an indication of how larval source management is reducing the density of adult mosquitoes, as a proxy of malaria transmission,” Mr Duvor pointed out.

    He said an environmental management approach is very key in reducing mosquito population hence the need for the public to keep their environment clean to avoid favourable breeding sites for mosquitoes.

    A Senior Vector Control officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr Enoch Mintah touted the exercise as productive and will help enhance the technical knowledge of stakeholders executing the mosquito control program in the various communities.

    He said participants of the training program were districts and municipal environmental health officers, malaria focal persons, district managers and spraying team leaders of Zoomlion in the Western Region.

     

    Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | GN

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  • August 17, 2019

    No pupil will be sacked for not wearing new uniforms – GES

    The Ghana Education Service (GES) says no pupil will be sacked for not wearing the new school uniforms for Junior High School students when the academic year starts in September.

    Commenting on its implementation, the Director-General of GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa said the old uniform will be phased out over a three year period.

    He noted that further discussions will be held at the regional level to ensure no such disruption occurs.

    We are phasing it out over a three year period and when we meet with our regional directors, we are going to discuss that as well so that we won’t have a situation where students will be sacked out of class because they have not purchased the new school uniform.”

    “Come September, we hope that they will be on the market for parents to procure and I believe that the points where people buy the uniforms, they should be on the market for them to be procuring.”

    The new uniform, which faced some criticism when it was announced, will have a striped shirt with the Ghana flag, a graduation cap, a certificate and books printed in it to be worn over a khaki skirts’ for girls and over khaki shorts for boys.

    The service has explained that the flag printed in the shirt symbolises patriotism, the graduation cup and certificate stood for intelligence and superiority while the book depicts knowledge for empowerment.

    The cost of the uniforms will be borne by parents though the government will cater to students in deprived areas in line with existing arrangements.

     

    Post Source : citinewsroom.com | Ghana

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  • August 17, 2019

    Gabon’s Ali Bongo makes first live public appearance after stroke

    The 60-year-old attends commemorations in Libreville on eve of Gabon’s anniversary of independence from France.

    Gabonese President Ali Bongo (C) attends a wreath-laying ceremony in Libreville [Steve Jordan/AFP]
    Gabonese President Ali Bongo (C) attends a wreath-laying ceremony in Libreville [Steve Jordan/AFP]

    Gabonese President Ali Bongo has appeared live in public for the first time almost 10 months after suffering a stroke, walking with a stick as he attended ceremonies in the capital, Libreville.

    The 60-year-old, whose every move has been scrutinised for signs of ill health, attended commemorations on the eve of Gabon’s anniversary of independence from France in 1960, the AFP news agency reported on Friday.

    The appearance marked the first time Bongo had been seen in public outside the presidential palace since his illness in October last year, except for occasions that were filmed and edited by government or state media.

    A smiling Bongo spoke with security officers before laying a wreath at the tomb of Leon Mba, the first president of the small oil-rich country.

    Bongo walked with a stick and an aide helped him to climb several steps. The ceremony lasted half an hour, which was shorter than in previous years.

    Long absence

    Speculation about Bongo’s ability to rule Gabon mounted after he suffered a stroke on October 24 while in Saudi Arabia. He was in the kingdom to attend an investment summit and speak alongside other leaders but was not seen during the discussion.

    Who is Gabon’s Ali Bongo?

    After receiving initial treatment in Riyadh, he was flown to Morocco for treatment where he stayed for several months. During his extended absence, the army quashed an apparent attempted coup by a small group of renegade soldiers.

    In May, he sacked his vice president and minister of forests after a scandal erupted over the smuggling of precious timber in the country, three-quarters of which is forested.

    Ten members of Gabon’s political opposition, civil society and trade union movement have filed a suit requesting Bongo be assessed to see whether he is medically fit to continue in office.

    A lower court dismissed the case in May, saying that only the two houses of parliament, or the Constitutional Court acting at the behest of the government, were empowered to determine whether the president was unfit.

    But the Court of Appeal on Monday said it would hear an appeal by the plaintiffs and set a date for it -August 26.

    Bongo is scheduled to make a televised speech on Friday evening and then attend on Saturday an annual military parade to mark the country’s independence.

    Opposition figures have urged the public to turn out in large numbers on Saturday to gain a closer look at his health.

    Bongo took office after an election in 2009 that followed the death of his father, former president Omar Bongo, who became head of state in 1967

    In 2016, he was narrowly re-elected for a second term by a few thousand votes, defeating opposition challenger Jean Ping after a campaign marred by bloody clashes and allegations of voter fraud.

     

     

     

     

     

    SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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  • August 17, 2019

    Nigerian gov’t ordered to pay $9bn to private gas firm

    A British judge has ordered the Nigerian government to pay $9bn in assets to a small private company.

    The firm, P&ID, had reached a deal with the Nigerian government in 2010 to build a natural gas plant – but the deal fell through two years later.

    P&ID then sued the government for failing to provide the gas or install the pipelines it had promised to build.

    The firm was first awarded $6.6bn (£5.4bn) in 2017, but the London court has now added $2.4bn in interest.

    According to the firm’s website, the deal would have allowed it to “build a state-of-the-art gas processing plant to refine natural gas…[that] Nigeria would receive free of charge to power its national electric grid”.

    The firm said it had accrued interest of $1.2m a day as a result of the collapsed deal, but the government’s legal team said this was “manifestly excessive and penal”, AFP reported.

    The final amount of more than $9bn is equivalent to about 20% of Nigeria’s declared foreign reserves of $45bn.

    The government also told the Commercial Court in London that English courts did not have the authority to rule on the dispute.

    Nigeria argued that as the original deal was made under Nigerian law, “the seat of the arbitration was Nigeria”.

    But Justice Christopher Butcher disagreed, and ruled in P&ID’s favour.

    “I am prepared to make an order enforcing the final award,” he said in his ruling statement. “I will receive submissions from the parties as to the precise form of order appropriate.”

    The judge’s decision converts the 2017 arbitration award into a legal judgement, which allows P&ID to try to seize assets from Nigeria.

    Andrew Stafford QC, the barrister representing P&ID, told Reuters the firm would “begin the process of seizing Nigerian assets in order to satisfy this award as soon as possible”.

    Nigeria’s solicitor general Dayo Apata said the government would appeal against the decision.

     

    Source: BBC
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  • August 17, 2019

    Cronyism, exceptionalism killing local financial institutions – Wereko-Brobby

    Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby

    Former boss of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby has bemoaned the growing canker of cronyism in the country noting that it is the underlying factor for the collapse of banks and financial institutions.

    He believes strongly that the lack of supervision on the part of regulators and failure to hold people accountable is causing local financial institutions to fail.

    The retired engineer, speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile show with Samson Lardy Anyenini, noted that “Clearly there is poor supervision, clearly nobody is held responsible and it sends a very bad signal.”

    He was reacting to the Bank of Ghana (BoG) revoking the licences of twenty-three insolvent savings and loans companies and finance house companies.

    Dr Wereko-Brobby observed that “We seem to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted. Here we are we have a Bank of Ghana which has got a supervision division,” which it is supposed to have sustained supervision and all “these companies are supposed to submit regular returns of their activities [and] they are supposed to be checked.”

    “It seems all the fine rules that we have are always stepped aside largely because of cronyisms and exceptionalism and really until we begin to take to task those who we entrust to make sure things are done properly we are going to get into this mess all the time,” the active citizen added.

    Dr Wereko-Brobby was worried that banks that have external supervision “are not running into these problems but it is only the local banks who we seek to support that run into these problems where they are not properly supervised, where are there are cronies, church members” running them.

    The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has also appointed Eric Nipah as a Receiver for the specified institutions in line with section 123 (2) of Act 930.

    According to a statement from BoG, “The revocation of the licences of these institutions has become necessary because they are insolvent even after a reasonable period within which the Bank of Ghana has engaged with them in the hope that they would be recapitalized by their shareholders to return them to solvency.”

    The central bank explained in a press release Friday, that the revocation of the licences was necessary since their shareholders have been unable to recapitalise them from insolvency over a reasonable period of time.

     

    Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Ernest Dela Aglanu (dela.aglanu@myjoyonline.com | Instagram @citizendela)

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  • August 17, 2019

    BoG’s $62m cash transfer claim false – Nduom

    The Founder and owner of GN Savings and loans Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has dismissed claims by the Bank of Ghana that over $62 million were illegally transferred to a related company, International Business Solutions, in the USA.

    GN Savings and loans and 22 other companies in the savings and loans sector were on Friday closed down by the Bank of Ghana.

    The BOG in a statement said “The revocation of the licences of these institutions has become necessary because they are insolvent even after a reasonable period within which the Bank of Ghana has engaged with them in the hope that they would be recapitalized by their shareholders to return them to solvency. It is the Bank of Ghana’s assessment that these institutions have no reasonable prospects of recovery, and that their continued existence poses severe risks to the stability of the financial system and to the interests of their depositors.”

    In particular reference to GN Bank, the BoG stated that a “recent Bank of Ghana investigation conducted at GN revealed that a significant amount (USD62,255,516.93, GBP718,528.59 and EUR4,200) of depositors’ funds held with GN had been transferred to International Business Solutions (another company owned by Groupe Nduom and which is based in the U.S.A) without any documentation to support such transfers in breach of section 19 of the Foreign Exchange Act 2006, Act 723, Section IV of Bank of Ghana Notice No. BG/GOV/SEC/2007/4, and subsequent Bank of Ghana Notices issued in August 2014 prohibiting such practices.”

    However, in a response Dr. Nduom described the claims by the Central Bank as “either gross negligence on the part of the BoG, or a egregious misrepresentation of the truth designed to drag our name in the mud.”

    Below is Dr. Nduom’s full post on his Facebook wall

    “The information about International Business Solutions is false. International Business Solutions has two main business lines. Management Consulting and Import/Export. All of the funds mentioned are comprised of payments of invoices for goods and services that were rendered in Ghana.

    “To use it as justification for any regulatory action is either gross negligence on the part of the BoG, or a egregious misrepresentation of the truth designed to drag our name in the mud.

    “The BoG has all the documents for every pesewa transferred out of Ghana and there was absolutely nothing wrong with engaging in an international business. The real scandal is the GHS 2.2 Billion Cedi portfolio that the Ministry of Finance has held hostage for over two years.

    “Their refusal to acknowledge and pay these debts is what they are using to destroy a strong Ghanaian company.”

     

    Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM

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  • August 17, 2019

    Anlo chief set to mediate Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute

    The Awoamefia of the Anlo State, Togbe Sri III

    The Awoamefia of the Anlo State Togbe Sri I II is set to mediate in the Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute in the Northern region, protracted since 1994.

    The latest intervention for peace was announced by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo during his tour of the region.

    The President wants to see a replication of the success chalked by a group of eminent chiefs led by the Asantehene in bringing peace to Dagbon, elusive since 2001 after a bitter, fatal dispute over chieftaincy.

    The mantle for this endeavour is now on the Awoamefia of the Anlo State who pitched the proposal for mediation to the president who at the durbar praised the use of customary mediators in chieftaincy conflicts.

    The Awoamefia of the Anlo State, Togbe Sri III and Asantehene, Osei Tutu II

    The President rallied some goodwill from the chiefs and people of the Nanumba land, urging them to support the Awoamefia when peace talks commence.

    Two royal gates – Dasana Andani family and Nakpaa Naa Dawuni family have been in an acrimonious and violent struggle over the rightful ruler of Bimbilla.

    It followed the murder of Naa Dasana Andani in 2013.

    Three institutions have all declared the Dasana Andani family, rightful rulers of Bimbilla. The Supreme Court in May 2018 affirmed the decision by the National House of Chief in 2014.

    The National House of Chief’s ruling was also an affirmation of an earlier Northern Regional House of chiefs ruling in favour of the Dasana Family.

    Despite the emphatic declarations, Bimbilla remains a flash point for conflict.

    The regent of Bimbilla, Nyelinboligu Naa Yakubu Andani Dassana earlier in his speech, raised concerns about what he described as the disregard of the Supreme Court verdict on the chieftaincy issue of the Nanumba Kingdom.

     

    Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com

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  • August 17, 2019

    The Late Afternoon Show: EIB announces new anchor

    Popular GH One talk show, The Late Afternoon Show, previously anchored by Berla Mundi, will now be hosted by Dr Caryn Agyeman Prempeh, management of EIB Network announced.

    It follows Berla Mundi’s departure.

    The announcement comes a day after Berla Mundi disclosed via an Instagram post that she was leaving EIB Network.

    Profile of new host

    Prempeh, “a medical doctor with interest in Global Public Health focusing in Preventive Medicine and Female reproductive Cancers, especially cervical cancer in Ghana,” arrives relatively unknown in media circles, but is, her handlers are confident, more than capable of filling Mundi’s shoes.

    An alumnus of St Roses Secondary School, Headington Girls School, Oxford, University College Of London, School Of Medical Science (KNUST), Queen Mary University of London, Prempeh is the founder of the CERVIVA non-profit, aimed at creating awareness and educating women on Cervical Cancer.

    She currently practices with the 37 Military Hospital – Accra, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital-  Kumasi, and Abenkyiman Hospital – Kumasi, and is Resident Medical Officer at the Claron Health International – Accra.

     

    Source: Ghana|Starrfm.com.gh|103.5FM

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  • August 17, 2019

    Can Zimbabwe’s president fix ailing economy?

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    Emmerson Mnangagwa stands accused of failing to make good on his promises after taking power.

    Emmerson Mnangagwa came to power in Zimbabwe with promises of change and reform.

    The rule of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, had been marked by economic collapse and crackdowns on dissent.

    But nearly two years since Mnangagwa took charge, little has changed.

    The economy is still struggling, while rights groups say abuses are continuing and critical voices are being silenced.

    The main opposition party defied a government ban to hold protests on Friday, but these were violently broken up by the police.

    So, how will he deal with growing public anger? And are reforms enough to fix the economy in Zimbabwe

    Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

    Guests:

    Chipo Dendere – Professor of African studies at Wellesley College

    Patricia K Chinyoka – Spokeswoman for The Movement for Democratic Change in the UK and Ireland

     

     

     

     

     

    Source: Al Jazeera News

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  • August 17, 2019

    Make a hit before 30 – Kafui Danku advises the youth

    Ghanaian actress, Kafui Danku, has advised her young followers below the age of thirty to strive and chalk some success financially or in their career before they clock thirty.

    Kafui Danku

    The actress, who is marking her birthday today, dropped the advice in a lengthy social media note, in which she explained the rationale behind her thought.

    Read her post below and share your thoughts with us.

    I know I’m so blessed, infact I’m a walking GRATITUDE list ! But this 30’s is beginning to get a little scary Let me share this with you : it’s so easy to be lazy when you think you’re young ; a little over 10 years ago, I wouldn’t feel a pinch of guilt if I slept 20 hrs a day, I was reluctant to taking advantage of all the hours in a day, I was so content when I should actually be up and cracking … the small positive results from my little efforts made me feel so cool, but these days I can’t even sleep in ; the moment I realise it’s morning and I’m still in bed the way my heart skips is not funny at all, so if you’re reading this in your twenties, this is a wake up call for you to be up and cracking… make a “hit” before 30, I guess you know what I mean and come thank me later with only 20%. Don’t be discouraged if you’re above 30 and feel like most goals haven’t been met yet , I’m reminding you that at any given moment of the journey, you have the power to say: this is not how the story is suppose to end ! Cheers to life and more blessings 

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  • August 17, 2019

    Let’s support 24 remaining savings & loans companies – Association

    The Ghana Association of Savings and Loans Companies (GHASALC) is calling on the public to support Savings and Loans companies that have been cleared to continue operating following the clean-up of the sub-sector by the Bank of Ghana.

    The Association says the public must remain calm and continue to do business with the companies that are currently operating.

    The Bank of Ghana on Friday, August 16 announced that the licenses of 15 Savings and Loans Companies and eight Finance Houses had been revoked after they were found to be insolvent.

    Among the 15 are some well-known institutions that hitherto, appeared to be operating normally.

    For a few others, their collapse was not surprising as for several months their customers were unable to retrieve their savings.

    Key among those whose licenses were revoked was GN Savings and Loans company which several months earlier, known as GN Bank, opted to be downgraded in the Bank of Ghana’s clean-up of the universal banking sub-sector.

    According to the Executive Secretary of GHASALC, Tweneboah Kodua Boakye, the development was expected.

    “We have been expecting this all this while because there were a number of institutions that were suffering as a result of these uncertainties in the market,” he said in an interview on Eyewitness News.

    He said the 24 remaining savings and loans companies that were not affected by the Bank of Ghana’s action must be supported to succeed.

    “There was an unfounded list going round but now the central bank has settled this. From the BoG list, it means that there are 24 savings and loans companies left in the market to do business. So we want to encourage the public to remain calm. This has happened and we were all expecting it. Let us support the companies that are left. Let’s support the system and the receivership process. If we are able to do this, I am very confident that the sector will be stronger,” he added.

    He said the Association will do its best to ensure that the challenges that saw the 15 savings and loans companies lose their licenses, will be not be encountered by the remaining institutions.

    “The issues that the central bank has identified and published, we will make sure that the remaining institutions will not fall into those challenges so that the industry will be stronger to serve the interest of the depositors and general public,” he said.

    Mr. Tweneboah Koduah Boakye said training programs have been started for savings and loans companies to ensure that they comply fully with the directives of the Bank of Ghana.

    “We have already started training our members and institutions in the law Act (930). We are also training the Board Members of the institution to ensure they comply with the law and directives. We have also been engaging the central bank on what should be should be done to strengthen the industry. So we will continue with all these processes that we have started and so we want to encourage our members to respond to our call.”

    List of companies whose licenses were revoked

    Post Source : citinewsroom.com | Ghana

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  • August 17, 2019

    HFFG calls for involvement of youth in HIV interventions

    Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), a Ghanaian not-for-profit non-governmental organization focused on empowering women, children and the youth, is calling for the active involvement of young persons in the planning, development and implementation of HIV interventions in Ghana.

    Over 30% of all new HIV infections globally are estimated to occur among young persons between the ages of 15 to 25.

    Also according to the National HIV/AIDS/STI Control Programme (NACP), there were 2,062 new HIV infections among the adolescent in Ghana in 2018.

    But per the Ghana Demographic Health Survey (2014), knowledge about HIV prevention among young people within this age group stands at 22.15%.

    This, according to the NGO calls for the prioritization of youth-focused interventions aimed at reducing HIV infections among the Ghanaian youth.

    “Most HIV interventions are looking at the general population. In as much as this is good, we believe special interventions should be tailored to suit the needs of young people, especially those living with disabilities, and HIV,” the Executive Director of HFFG, Mrs. Cecilia Senoo , said at a recent two-day strategic meeting with thirty young HIV advocates drawn from the Eastern, Ashanti, Central and the Greater Accra Regions.

    She also called on the Government of Ghana to fast-track the implementation of the Ghana AIDS Fund which she hopes will increase Ghana’s domestic resources for HIV and AIDS interventions, and address the country’s co-financing obligations.

    These young advocates groomed by HFFG under the Global Fund NFM2, Community Systems Strengthening project which has the Ghana-West Africa Program to Combat AIDS and STI as the PR, are to serve as youth leaders who will push for the involvement of young persons in the planning and executing of HIV interventions in Ghana.

    According to her, almost everyday HFFG receives reports on adolescents and young persons living with HIV who default in taking their medication whilst in school.

    Some of them, she said are unable to take care of themselves due to the fear of stigma and discrimination.

    “To end the HIV epidemic as a country by 2030 requires that no one must be left behind. Young people need HIV testing services that are accessible and appropriate. Those living with HIV need treatment, care, support and positive prevention services. HFFG is an organization with the youth at heart, that is why we are building their capacity to a level where they can make meaningful contribution to the national response for HIV and AIDS,” she said.

    Representatives from the National HIV/AIDS/STI Control Programme (NACP) and Network of Persons Living with HIV (NAP+ Ghana), SWAA Ghana and NSA Ghana were also at the meeting to offer support to the young advocates.

    Also present to encourage the young  advocates were Ms Linda Mafu, Head of Political & Civil Advocacy Department at the Global Fund, Geneva, Olive C. Mumba, the Executive Director of Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service (EANNASO), Tanzania, Carol Nawina Kachenga and the Executive Director of Citam Plus, Zambia among others.

    Ms. Linda encouraged the young ones to focus on their education and fight every stigma they may face.  She said young people especially adolescent girls and young women are at the heart of the Global Fund’s interventions.

    She updated them on the GF’s 6th replenishment of raising 14 billion dollars from partners and 46 billion dollars from domestic resources to save 16 million lives of persons living with HIV, TB and Malaria.

    She congratulated HFFG for leading this innovative intervention to empower and draw attention by stakeholders to young people living with HIV.

    Recently two of the young advocates groomed by HFFG were selected to be part of 40 young African leaders (AfNHi Youth Cohort) who will amplify the voices of young people on HIV prevention research advocacy and domestic resource mobilization across the continent.

     

    Source: Hope for Future Generations
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  • August 17, 2019

    Melcome donates to Police, Immigration service

    The Melcom Group of Companies has extended its kind gesture to the Ghana Police Service and their sister counterparts, the Ghana Immigration Service.

    As part of the benevolence, both agencies received donations worth thousands of Ghana Cedis from the Melcom Group.

    The first donation saw the Ghana Police Service receive three motorbikes from Melcom.

    This, the company say is in recognition of the job of the police to ensure a peaceful society.

    Receiving the donation on the behalf of the service, the Acting IGP James Oppong Boanuh commended Melcom for a great work done and promised that, the items will be put to good use.

    The second donation was to the newly created Public Affairs Department under the Kotoka International Airport Command of the Ghana Immigration Service.

    Items presented by Melcom included water dispenser, Portable Mi-Fi speaker, double door refrigerator, 32 Inch digital satellite TV.

    he rest are two swivel chairs, an office cabinet, two office desks, two wall clocks and a 3in1 seated airport chair.

    In his address to the media after the donation, the director of communication of Melcom Group of Companies, Godwin Avenorgbo said the exercise was part of Melcom’s 30 years of successful business in Ghana.

    He added that, the two agencies were targeted because of their selfless sacrifice aimed at ensuring internal security as well as securing the country’s borders.

    Mr Avenorgbo further charged the personnel to cultivate good maintenance culture.

    He also called on other corporate entities to emulate the good example of Melcom Group of Companies.

    On her part, the Airport Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration ACI Edith Penelope Quaye commended Melcom and pledged that the items will be utilized to the good of Ghana.

    She also promised that the items will be carefully maintained.

    Godwin Avenorgbo also used the opportunity to educate the public on Melcom’s latest Scratch and Win Promotion.

    He announced that Melcom has started a promotion targeting the security service and the public and for every GH¢100.00 worth of items bought, one qualifies for a scratch card with a secret code to be texted to the short code, 1788 on all networks.

    He said every month, raffles would be drawn and lucky winners would win items such as cars, laptops refrigerators, fans, among other items. The promotion ends on 31 August.

    ABOUT THE KIA-GIS PR UNIT

    The Public Affairs Officer of the Kotoka International Airport Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service, ASI Barbara Sam said the creation of the new public affairs unit was in conformity with the overall decentralization drive of the service.

    She added that, they will execute their mandate of public awareness creation and projecting the image of the service.

     

    Source: Anass S. Seidu| citinewsroom.com
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  • August 17, 2019

    Full List of licensed Savings and Loans companies as at August 16

    Executive Secretary of the Ghana Association of Savings and Loans companies, Tweneboah Kodua Boakye

    The Bank of Ghana (BoG) says about 25 Savings and Loans companies and 11 finance houses are currently in good standing and would, therefore, remain operational in the country.

    The BoG on Friday revoked the licences of twenty-three insolvent savings and loans companies and finance house companies in the country.

    According to a statement from BoG, “The revocation of the licences of these institutions has become necessary because they are insolvent even after a reasonable period within which the Bank of Ghana has engaged with them in the hope that they would be recapitalized by their shareholders to return them to solvency.”

    Check the full list of the Savings and Loans companies in good standing below:

    1. ABii National Savings and Loans Ltd
    2. Adehyeman Savings and Loans Company Ltd.
    3. Advans Ghana Savings and Loans Ltd.
    4. Asa Savings and Loans Company Ltd.
    5. Assurance Savings and Loans Ltd.
    6. Bond Savings and Loans Ltd.
    7. Best Point Savings and Loans Ltd.
    8. Bayport Savings and Loans Plc.
    9. Direct Savings and Loans Ltd.
    10. Equity Savings and Loans Ltd.
    11. Golden Link Savings & Loans Ltd.
    12. Golden Pride Savings and Loans Ltd.
    13. Izwe Savings and Loans Ltd.
    14. Jins Savings and Loans Ltd.
    15. Letshego Ghana Savings and Loans Plc
    16. Multi Credit Savings & Loans Co. Ltd.
    17. Opportunity International Savings and Loans Co. Ltd.
    18. Pacific Savings & Loans Co. Ltd.
    19. Pan-African Savings and Loans Company Ltd.
    20. Progress Savings and Loans Ltd.
    21. Services Integrity Savings and Loans Ltd.
    22. SIC Life Savings and Loans Ltd.
    23. Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans Company Ltd.
    24. The Seed Funds Savings and Loans Ltd.
    25. Utrak Savings and Loans Ltd.

     

    Source: Ghana | JoyBusiness | JAD

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  • August 17, 2019

    Zoomlion, Health Ministry to deploy technology to map mosquito breeding sites

    Waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will soon deploy a technology to map mosquito breeding sites in communities.

    The initiative was disclosed at a training programme organised for stakeholders executing the larviciding exercise in the Ashanti Region.

    The mapping technology which will locate all water bodies in a specific area and record their GPS coordinates by the use of a tablet will track possible mosquito breeding sites thereby hastening the application of the bio-larvicide to such water bodies.

    Mosquitoes are among the deadliest disease vectors in the world with the ability to transmit and spread very dangerous diseases to humans causing millions of deaths every year.

    A technical vector control officer with the National Malaria Control Program, Mr Christian Atta-Obeng who took participants through how to use the mapping technology explained that the application software known as EpiInfo vector surveillance helps in collecting useful data on breeding sites which helps to undertake effective larval source management.

    Mr Abel Djangmah, a Senior Vector Control Technical officer of Zoomlion explained that mosquito vector-borne diseases are becoming a global health threat to humanity hence the need for the country to develop effective larval source management preparedness plan to confront diseases transmitted by mosquitoes head-on.

    He said available data from the Ghana Health Services indicate that malaria cases are plateauing in some health facilities whilst some of the mosquitoes are either developing resistance to in-door residual spraying insecticides or biting people before they go to bed at night.

    He urged participants to make good use of the scientific knowledge gained from the training to enhance their larviciding activities in their communities and improve the health conditions of residents in the Ashanti region.

    The participants include district and municipal environmental health officers, malaria focal persons, district managers and spraying team leaders in the Ashanti Region.

     

    Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | GN

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  • August 17, 2019

    Work on Keta Port project to begin in 2020 – GPHA boss

    Physical work is expected to begin on the Keta Port and Harbour project by August 2020.

    The Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Micheal Luguje announced this during a visit by the Governing Board and leadership of the Authority to the Port site in Keta.

    Addressing the Chiefs and People of Keta, the host community of Ghana’s proposed third port, Director General of the Ghana Port Authority, Micheal Luguje said the authority is almost through with pre-feasibility activities.

    “We are honoured to be witnessing this day…From the port authorities point of view, several works have been done already and by this time next year (August 2020), we should see some physical works going on here,” Mr Luguje announced.

    The project according to the GPHA boss will be funded largely by the private sector with the Port Authority being the “landlords and technical partners”.

    Addressing initial concerns over the appointment of a Port director for the Keta Port which is yet to be constructed, MCE for the Keta Municipality, Godwin Effah indicated that Government “Acted in the interest of the project by dedicating somebody who will be responsible for the pre and post-construction activities around the port. The appointment was rather meant to expedite the process towards the construction of the port and not a waste of money,” Mr Effah Said.

    There was also some confusions over whether it was the jetty port promised by the Diamond Cement Company that was being adopted by the Government but the GPHA Director-General explained that “apart from their jetty, we said there is a wider project of a Port in Keta. And so if they will be comfortable living within the wider port of Keta and if they are okay with it, we will be fine with it. We are engaging with them and we are told they are considering the terms and condition.”

    The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa pleaded with the port authority to consider dredging the lagoons in the area as part of revamping the economic prowess of the community.

    “The government of Nana Akufo-Addo promised and is delivering on it, we are happy about it. We as a region promise our unflinching support for the project. We also want to draw the attention of the GPHA to the dredging of our lagoons which has become one of our teething challenges in the south. Business in the Anlo area will be well revamped when the port comes and the lagoons are also dredged,” Dr Letsa indicated.

    The Regional Minister also encouraged the Chiefs of the Anlo State to be hospitable to the workers.

    The Chief of Kedzie, Togbui Joachim Accolatse expressed gratitude to the president for making efforts to fulfil the age-old promise of a Port for the Keta Community saying the community is ready to support the government to achieve its aim of establishing a third Port in Ghana.

    The Awomefia of the Anlo state, Togbui Sri said the Anlo expressed the hope that the project, when started, will bring jobs.

    The Board Chairman for the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Mr Peter MacManu said: “the most important thing which is the signing of the executive instrument has been done by the president clearing the way for work on the port to begin in earnest”.

     

    Source: By: Benjamin Aklama | citinewsroom.com | bkaklama@gmail.com | Ghana | @bkaklama
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  • August 17, 2019

    Ghana’s Windows blackboard teacher and his students have a rewarding outcome

    A lot has changed in the life of Richard Appiah Akoto in the fortnight since he posted photos of himself on Facebook drawing a Microsoft Word processing window on a blackboard with multi-colored chalk, to teach his students about computers—which the school did not have. The photos went viral on social media and media stories like Quartz’s went all around the world.

    Akoto, 33, is the information and communication technology (ICT) teacher at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the town of Sekyedomase, about two and half hours drive north of Ghana’s second city, Kumasi.

    The school had no computers even though since 2011, 14 and 15-year-olds in Ghana are expected to write and pass a national exam (without which students cannot progress to high school) with ICT being one of the subjects.

    COURTESY: RICHARD APPIAH AKOTO
    Viral sensation and tech hero.

    The story of the school and Twitter pressure from prominent players in the African tech space drew a promise from Microsoft to “equip [Akoto] with a device from one of our partners, and access to our MCE program & free professional development resources on.” To fulfill this promise, the technology giant flew Akoto to Singapore this week where he is participating in the annual Microsoft Education Exchange.

    FACEBOOK/AKOTO
    Richard Akoto at the Microsoft event in Singapore earlier this week

    He posted on Facebook [where he goes by the name Owura Kwadwo Hottish]: “Just arrived in Singapore for the Microsoft Global Education Exchange Summit. Looking forward to learn something new.”

    Many have called for Akoto to be given Ghana’s ‘Best National Teacher’, an annual award for teachers that among other things comes with a prize of three-bedroom house at a location of choice.

    While Akoto has been described as an inspiration for teachers in Africa, what he does is symptomatic of an under-resourced dysfunctional public school system. Across the continent, many poor parents are forced to choose private schools over free public primary schools due to this lack of resources in government-owned schools.

    source: qz.com/africa
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  • August 17, 2019

    Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79

    Peter Fonda, the star, co-writer and producer of the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider, has died at the age of 79.

    In a statement, his family said he suffered respiratory failure due to lung cancer, and died peacefully at home in Los Angeles.

    His older sister Jane Fonda added: “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family.

    “I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”

    Peter Fonda was part of a veteran Hollywood family. As well as being the brother of Jane Fonda, he was also the son of actor Henry Fonda, and father to Bridget, also an actor.

    Easy Rider, in which Fonda appeared alongside its director Dennis Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson, became a cult classic and earned Fonda an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

    Fonda played a biker in the film – a role he would take up a number of times throughout his career.

    The film, the first counterculture movie to be a huge hit, touched a nerve for America’s youth, the BBC’s Peter Bowes reports from Los Angeles.

    Goodfellas actress Illeana Douglas tweeted a tribute to Fonda, and to the film – which she said “depicted the rise of hippie culture, condemned the establishment, and celebrated freedom”.

    Almost 30 years later he was nominated for another Oscar – this time, in the Best Actor category for his 1997 film Ulee’s Gold.

    Later in life he put his efforts into environmentalism, and in 2012 he co-produced The Big Fix – a film about the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon.

    “While we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the family’s statement said.

    “In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

     

    Source: BBC

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  • August 17, 2019

    GAF vehicle in near-fatal crash; three injured

    A vehicle belonging to Ghana Armed Forces has been involved in a near fatal accident at Teacher Mante New Town along the Eastern Region stretch of the Accra to Kumasi highway.

    The accident occurred around 3:37 pm Friday, 16 August, 2019.

    Three Military personnel onboard the vehicle sustained various degrees of injuries with one reported to be in critical condition.

    All the victims were rushed to the Nsawam government Hospital for treatment.

    According to an eyewitness, Robert Azaglo, a Staff of Ayensuano District of the National Disaster Management Organization, the Military officers were traveling from Accra direction towards Kumasi but suddenly the Vehicle veered off the road and summersaulted.

    The accident comes few days after a similar accident at Zebilla in the Upper East Region which involved Ghana Armed Forces armoured Vehicle with registration number 19 GA 08 which killed one Military personnel onboard and injured two others.

     

    Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Kojo Ansah

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  • August 17, 2019

    GN Savings would’ve been liquid if govt paid its debts – Nduom

    The Chairman of GN Savings and Loans, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, says his company would have been highly liquid if the Ministry of Finance and other government agencies had paid debts owed to it.

    The BoG on Friday, August 16, 2019, revoked the licences of GN Savings and Loans and 22 other insolvent savings and loans companies and finance house companies.

    According to the BoG, GN Savings and Loans, despite its reclassification from a universal bank to a savings and loans company in January this year, the company was unable to resolve its liquidity crisis.

    But in a statement, Dr. Nduom stated that “Given the detailed information provided to the BoG nearly a year ago, these statements are inconsistent with our discussions with both the BoG and the Ministry of Finance (MoF).”

    He added “Our position is that GN Savings is not only solvent, ​but would be highly liquid if the MoF simply ordered itself and other government agencies to quickly pay amounts owed to GN Savings and other related entities​. We expect this matter to be resolved in due course.”

    Below is the full statement

    It has come to the attention of Groupe Nduom Limited, the entity representing the  interests of the majority shareholders and founders of GN Savings Limited, that documents are  circulating that purport to be from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) regarding the receivership of GN  Savings Limited.

    Please note the following:

    1.1. Neither shareholders nor management of GN Savings have received any official  communication from the BoG regarding receivership.

    1.2. If these documents are indeed genuine, the statements within regarding GN Savings  are wildly inaccurate. Given the detailed information provided to the BoG nearly a  year ago, these statements are inconsistent with our discussions with both the BoG  and the Ministry of Finance (MoF). We are aware that the MoF has previously  confirmed that balances due to GN Savings and other related parties are far in  excess of the amounts quoted in the communication from the BoG.

    1.3. Our position is that GN Savings is not only solvent, ​but would be highly liquid if  the MoF simply ordered itself and other government agencies to quickly pay  amounts owed to GN Savings and other related entities​. We expect this matter  to be resolved in due course.

    1.4. GN Savings and all other concerned stakeholders will respond with more detail  shortly, but in the meantime, we pray that all customers and stakeholders remain  calm while we work through this matter with the relevant parties.

     

    Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM

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