The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has released the list of outstanding sports men and women for the 43rd SWAG Awards Night.
A statement signed by William Ezah, General Secretary of SWAG named
Daniel Nii Adjei - (TP Mazembe, DRC), Thomas Teye Partey- (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Christian Atsu - (Newcastle, England) and Richard Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia) as Nominees for the Footballer of the Year award.
The statement said, Thomas Abbey (Hearts of Oak), Amos Frimpong (Kotoko) and Stephen Sarfo (B. Chelsea) made up the list for another version of the Footballer of the Year Award designed for players in the Ghana Premier League and FA Cup and other local events competitions.
The statement said, the Association will in the second week of January officially launch the event at a ceremony to announce details of the awards night, which will also coincide with activities of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of SWAG.
Below is the full list of nominees;
1. Footballer of the Year:
Daniel Nii Adjei - (TP Mazembe, DRC
Thomas Teye Partey- (Atletico Madrid, Spain)
Christian Atsu - (Newcastle, England)
Richard Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)
2. Footballer of the Year (LOCAL)
Thomas Abbey (Hearts of Oak)
Amos Frimpong (Kotoko)
Stephen Sarfo (B. Chelsea)
3. Female Footballer of the Year
Priscilla Adubea (Ampem Darkoa Ladies)
Priscilla Okyere (Ampem Darkoa Ladies)
Ruth Appiah (LadyStrikers)
4. Professional Boxer of the Year
Duke Micah (WBC Int. Bantamweight Champion)
5. National Team of the Year
Local Black Stars
Black Sticks (female Hockey Team)
Golden Arms (Armwrestling)
6. Coach of the Year
Carl Lokko (Coach of Richard Commey
Yussif Abubakar (Aduana)
Carl Pierce (Weightlifting)
7. Association President of the Year
Mawuko Afadzinu (Table Tennis)
Herbert Mensah (Rugby)
Paul Achoe (Volleyball)
Charles Osei Asibey (Armwrestling)
Evans Yeboah (Badminton Fed)
Frederick Otu Lartey (Taekwondo)
8. Most Promising Star of the Year
Richmond Osafo (Weightlifting)
David Abagna (Wa All Stars)
9.Female Club of the Year
Ampem Darkoah Ladies
10. Male Club of the Year
Aduana Stars (GPL)
GRA Male Hockey team
11. Dedication and Valour
George Bankole (Handball)
Ofori Asare (Boxing)
12. Weightlifter of the Year
13. Discovery of the Year
David Akwei (Weightlifting)
Isaac Nii Amugi (Armwrestling)
Suzzy Dede Teye (Lady Strikers and Black Maidens)
14. Hockey Player of The Year
15. Golfer of the Year
16. Badminton Player of the Year
Emmanuel Yaw Donkor
17. Volleyball Player of The Year
18. Special Awards
Dr. Kojo Benjamin Taylor (Sanford)
Alex Asante (GFA)
Dr. K D Asante
Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum
Dr. Martin Engmann
19. Para-Athlete of the Year
Charles Narh Teye
Haruna Tahiru (Armwreslting)
20. Cyclist of the Year- Anthony Boafo Dankwa Boakye
21. Kickboxer of the Year - Alhassan
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, who has been advocating for persons engaging in illegal logging of rosewood in the Builsa South District and other areas to be prosecuted, has accused government of allowing illegal loggers to go unpunished after conniving with them.
The legislator before Parliament went on recess, asked the minister for Lands and Natural Resources, the quantity of rosewood impounded since the ministry announced the ban on harvesting and exportation of rosewood and how the impounded rosewood was disposed off.
The Deputy Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio said, the total volume of rosewood impounded since February,2017 to date is estimated at Four thousand Nine hundred and Eighty Six(4,986) metrics cubes and that is made up of Two hundred and Seventy Seven (277) containers.
The material was disposed of through public auction and the total amount realized was Two hundred and Ninety Five thousand, Four hundred and Fifty Seven Ghana Cedis (GHC295,457).
Dr.Apaak, further asked the deputy minister, in addition to impounded the illegally obtained and harvested rosewood, what additional action has been taken against those who were found to have been engaged in this illegality.
He asked: "Have they been arrested or prosecuted, and what happened to the containers and the vehicles that were used in perpetrating of this crime against the Savannah woodland forest?
The vehicles were also impounded and owners were made to pay a penalty of Five thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc5,000) before they were released to owners, after one month of seizure.
But reacting to the response, the former Presidential Staffer under former President John Dramani Mahama, said the penalty or fine was not deterrent enough and further suggested for such persons to be prosecuted.
Dr. Apaak also quizzed if the ministry or any of its agencies granted approval or permit to companies to salvage rosewood in any part of Ghana and also asked the minister, if government has plans to weigh the same vigor of war against those who are destroying the woodland Savannah forest as it is doing against those who are destroying our forest and water bodies within the contest of illegal small scale mining.
The Deputy Minister stressed that, government and the ministry was ready to collaborate with Hon.Dr.Apaak and all other members of parliament from the Northern Region who are facing these challenges, and fight the illegal operators of rosewood.
Organizers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), Charter House have announced opening of nominations and submission of works for "Ghana music Awards 2018.
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Gary Nimako Marfo, has said the assent the president gave to the Special Prosecutor Bill will help root out corruption in the public life of our country.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, if what the president assented to, is what will be operated then I can confidently say that, it will help in the fight against corruption.
He said the office should focus on both past and the current administration and point out acts that may be bad and deal with it.
He said, ‘’If the Special Prosecutor fails to deal with cases of the current administration, it may be seen as a way of only focusing on just the past. That cannot be the office of a Special Prosecutor. It should deal with both the past and present.’’
The astute lawyer said the independence of the Special Prosecutor Office, should make it possible to prosecute current government officials should they be embroiled in corruption.
He also disagreed with individuals who have argued that, the Special Prosecutor Office is a duplication of the Attorney-General’s office (A-G) saying, ‘’I don’t agree with them. The office of the Special Prosecutor does not mean the A-G will stop working. There are a lot of civil cases that the A-G will continue to pursue but the Special Prosecutor will only focus on one area and help uproot corruption in the country.’’
Lawyer Nimako stressed, the office should reflect a national agenda and not a in a way to serve a political party. We will follow with keen interest and ensure that the appointee is not politically influenced. The appointee should be bold and crack the whip on government appointees should they go wrong.
He called on Ghanaians to help the office of the Special Prosecutor succeed.
Signing the Bill for the establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor, on Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo stated that “my hope and expectation is that the establishment of this office is going to be an important step in our collective determination to root out corruption in the public life of our country.”
The President continued, “All of us know it (corruption) is a major bane in the development of Ghana, and, hopefully, this office will make sure that public officials, past and present, are held to account for their actions, and that corrupt acts will no longer go without investigation, and, if necessary, sanction, once due process has been respected.”
A Parish Priest of the Christ the King Church, in Accra, Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, has congratulated the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on some of the policy decisions he has taken since assuming office on 7th January, 2017, and urged him not to be disillusioned by his critics.
Congratulating President Akufo-Addo on the implementation of the Free Senior High School Policy, Rev. Father Andrew Campbell indicated that “as people involved in providing support to several needy children to get education, we are well placed to assess the impact of such a transformative policy on most families in Ghana, and also offer some comment.”
He continued, “Please, do not be disillusioned by your critics and the implementation difficulties you will encounter. Sir, you are on the right path and do have our full support.”
Rev. Father Campbell made this known on Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018, when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo, at the Flagstaff House.
Touching on the President’s decision and action on illegal mining, popularly referred to as galamsey, Father Andrew Campbell acknowledged that though a very difficult decision to take, President Akufo-Addo has managed to implement it, and deserves commendation.
“Please see it to the very end, which includes restoring degraded environment, including the water bodies and the vegetation, and facilitating the young ones involved to get skills training and sustainable employment. Importantly, make sure that Ghana never experiences this menace again by enforcing rules and regulations without fear or favour,” he added.
Rev. Father Campbell also congratulated the President on programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs, and the 1-District-1-Factory initiative, adding that “we are very interested in these programmes because of their employment generation potential, especially for our youth”.
The Parish Priest urged the President not to relent in his resolve to eliminate indiscipline, especially bribery and corruption from Ghanaian culture.
“We urge you not to look at persons, positions, relations and status in enforcing rules and regulations. This is the only way that the habit of discipline will be built. Additionally, Sir, as you punish wrong doing, try to reward right or honest behaviour, especially in public office. This, we believe, is a sure path to bringing about change.
“The change that Ghana needs, in our view, is about each and every Ghanaian behaving differently, and starting with those in leadership. We are solidly behind you.”
A senior lecturer from the Department of Finance, University of Ghana Business School, Dr. Lord Mensah believes that, Ghana’s revenue goes into decorating leaders and not better policies.
He made the comments in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm Wednesday.
He was reacting to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which expanded by 9.3 percent in the third quarter of 2017.
He said this shows a positive sign and an economy that ‘’is growing.’’
The figure represents a 0.3 percent increment from what was recorded in the previous quarter, and 4.7 percent higher than the 4.6 percent recorded in the third quarter of last year.
In monetary terms the economy (including the oil sector) is worth some GH₵53.1billion when adjusted to inflation, compared to the GH₵44.4billion it was worth in the same period last year.
Answering a question posed to him on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, on why we are not feeling the proceeds from our oil revenue, he said, the oil proceeds have some clauses attached to it.
In explaining further, he said when you ask why we are not feeling the proceeds; we need to also ask how many people are employed in that sector and whether we have created an intermediary within our oil sector.
He said, if the oil and gas industry experiences a growth, it is not inclusive hence that is why we are not feeling it.
Dr. Mensah stressed that we can feel the proceeds if government realign and invest the proceeds in social projects because they are mainly inclusive. So an example is the free SHS, health accessibility including subsidizing of healthcare among others.
He said most of the time; the chunk of the monies goes into decorations of our leadership. And when I say decoration of our leadership, you see leadership buying V8 which can be able to buy over 100s of computers for schools in our villages.’’
He said we generate the revenue alright but we do not invest them into better policies.
The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded 9.3 percent in the third quarter of 2017, anchored on growth in the industrial sector.
Commenting on what accounted for this quarter’s growth of 9.3 percent, Acting Government Statistician Baah Wadieh said: “This can be attributed mainly to the high growth rate recorded in the following sub-sectors: fishing grew by 57 percent during the quarter. Then we also have mining and quarrying, which grew by 40.8 percent, and out of this oil and gas grew by 72.2 percent. We also recorded substantial growth rates in the health and social works sector, of about 24 percent.
“Then there was also growth in the production of water and sewerage, 21.5 percent; electricity also grew by 15.3 percent; education expanded by 14.4 percent; public administration, defence and social security grew by 13 percent; and information and communication also expanded by 10.7 percent during the third quarter of 2017. And all these pushed up the overall growth rate of the economy for the third quarter,” he said.
Former President John Agyekum Kufour has reiterated his call for an extension of the presidential term arguing, the four-year term is not enough to make a meaningful impact as President.
He said in 2008, I suggested to Ghanaians to have extend the four year-term for a president so he will be able to implement his programmes and also plan the economy.
The former president said when we extend the term, Ghanaians will be able to see if the president can deliver on his promises within two years of his administration.
Mr. Kufour stressed if the person is unable to deliver, we will see how incompetent he is within three years then we will vote against the person after his fifth year.
It will no longer be based on ethnicity, religion, party affiliation but competence, he added.
He also expressed confidence in the current president and aksed Ghanaians to exercise patience for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He described the visitation by the various world leaders in 2017 as a sign of confidence they have in this administration.
Some of the world leaders who visited Ghana in 2017 include Qatari leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad arrived in Ghana in December 2017.
The reciprocal visit, followed one made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to Qatar earlier in the same month.
His visit was to deepen relations between both nations and explore areas of cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries and their people.
The Emir, during President Akufo-Addo's visit to Qatar expressed interest in seeing Ghanaian companies invest in Qatar, and was also keen on meeting with the Ghanaian business community during his visit to the country.
In November 2017, President Akufo-Addo, received Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II at the Flagstaff House.
This was the first time in Ghana’s history that a Danish monarch is visiting the country, and West Africa in general. Her visit to Ghana is at the behest of President Akufo-Addo.
The President used the occasion to thank the Danes for their generosity and support “which we treasure and value and have put to good use.”
Queen Magrethe II was pleased to be in Ghana and said she looked forward to deepening the ties between her country and Ghana.
The Asamankese Circuit court has sentenced Bright Antwi, to a fine of GHc1000 or in default, serve a six-month jail term in hard labour for chewing the mouth of an hairdresser.
The presiding judge, his Honour Ayitey Armah, found the accused guilty and described his action as unlawful.
Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our correspondent, Prince Collins Bening said, on December 25, 2017, Bright who is a student at St. Thomas at Asamankese, incurred the wrath of an apprentice who asked a customer to allow her make a call on her phone.
Bright is said to have ridiculed the lady for not having a phone and asking her customer to allow her make a call on her phone.
He also slammed the lady for not having a fiancée who could have bought her a phone.
The lady reportedly got angry and insulted Bright Antwi. The insults degenerated into a fight and in the process, Bright Antwi bit the victim’s mouth.
According to Prince Bening, Bright Antwi could not afford the fine hence was asked to serve his jail term.
The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) in collaboration with Ghana Boxing Federation, National Sports Authority and the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Tuesday morning opened a 4-day National coaches certification course at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium.
Aimed at sharpening the skills of coaches ahead of the impeding revival of the national boxing league, the training runs till Friday January 5, 2018.
Dignitaries present are the deputy Sports ministerHon Pius , Director General of the National Sports Authority Hon Robert Sarfo Mensah , Dep. Director Gen Mr Saka Acquaye the Director of sports Mr Abedu Wilson, Mr Peter Zwennes, Mr George Lamptey, the resource person coach Ofori Asare, Mr Moses Foh Amoaning and a host of coaches.
Former President John Agyekum Kufour has said it is not easy to fix a broken economy like the one left by former President John Dramani Mahama.
He said the current administration led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, took over a depleted economy.
According to him, he gets mesmerized each time he listens to the radio and hear people whining as if it takes magic to govern a nation or fix a broken economy.
Mr. Kufour said, every politician seeking for power, promises Ghanaians a better leadership and management of the economy on the premix that, he will meet a solid foundation.
However, that was not the case under Mr. Mahama because he left a broken economy.
‘’When you take over a broken economy, it takes time to fix it and deliver your promises.’’
He added, when you are unable to deliver on your promises within the period you promised, you will be seen as a lair but that is not the case especially when you inherit a broken economy.
He therefore admonished Ghanaians to have patience for the Akufo-Addo led government because he will deliver.
‘’Nana Addo is now fixing the economy. He will surely deliver. We need to give him time,’’ he said.
The former president ended by calling on Ghanaians to support the president to make the implementation of the free SHS successful since it will afford Ghanaian children an opportunity to access secondary education.
The commentary from people on the policy he noted does not augur well for the state.