An aspiring National Youth Organizer and a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bright Essilfie-Kumi, has called for the the establishment of ‘NPP Communication Institute’ to train its communicators across the country.
Mr. Essilfie-Kumi said in every region and constituencies, the communicators appear on television and radio stations to defend and explain the policies of the government, so if they are not properly trained, defending the government will be difficult.
The NPP National Youth Organizer hopeful made the proposal in relation to Information Minister, Mr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid’s comments that government would expand its communication frontiers.
The Information Minister in a media encounter in Accra said the expansion would help the media to reach government officials for timely information.
According to the Information Minister, government had decided to appoint spokespersons for each of the five Cabinet Sub-committees including the Legal and Governance, Economy and Finance and Infrastructure, as well as Security and Social Services.
Mr. Essilfie-Kumi, who is a staunch member of the party (Ghana and USA) and President of Movers for Change (MOCHA), remarked: “why can’t we train and equip the old communicators of our party who know their stuff, polish their skills and maintain them”.
“We can then start paying them to be consistent with their work. We cannot afford to use them in opposition, dump and employ the so called professionals while in power”, Mr. Essilfie-Kumi cautioned.
The Youth Organizer hopeful explained that “this is why I propose the establishment of the NPP Communications Institute to admit, train, certify and produce communicators, then grant them the permit to speak on our behalf. Remember, communication covers wider spectrum of areas that require content, written and spoken materials with a bit psychology to adjust and pause where necessary. Training is the way to go”.
He explained that “the NPP Communications Institute, which is one of my policies is that, you and I know that in every region in every constituency, we have communicators who actually go on radio stations, TV stations trying to defend the policies of the party. Now, one thing is very obvious, defending a party policy or manifesto or whatever it is while in opposition is entirely different ball game from when you are in power and my agenda is very simple”.
The President of MOCHA noted that “the problem we have as I speak to you now is that, when we throw every policy out there, everybody goes out there and they try to dissect the mind of the policy makers, the media then carries them in different ways making the understanding difficult. These bits and pieces don’t come together because everybody speaks their mind from a different perspective but if we are able to train people on how these programs and policies intends to achieve, it will help all of us speak in a very centralized way.”
Mr. Essilfie-Kumi noted that currently what is happening in the party is that, “somebody may be in Kumasi or other towns and cities, talking about same programme the government has initiated and whatever he is saying is different from the guy in Accra, but when we train them, we build them, their speaking skills, build their content to communicate on behalf of the party on any medium being radio or TV”.
Afia Boadiwaa Fabrigas host of Social Media Trends on Away Bus on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, has lambasted regular guest on Kasapa FM's entertainment show, Nana Tuffour, for alleging that, Mr. Kwasi Ernest slept with her at the recently held ‘Bliss on the Hills’ at Kwahu.
An infuriated Fabrigas alleged that gospel act, Joyce Blessing and her husband Dave Joy paid him [Nana Tuffour] to fabricate the story in other to malign her.
According to her, Joyce Blessing was not involved in any car accident as reported by some media houses but rather fabricated the story for publicity stunt.
Fabrigas told DannyFii Abrantie that, because she had exposed the lies peddled by Joyce Blessing and her husband, they plotted with Nana Tuffour of Kasapa Fm to attack her integrity by claiming that, she went in bed with Mr. Kwasi Ernest, the CEO of Media Excel Production, organizers of the event, ‘Bliss on Hills’.
She has therefore asked Tuffour to retract and apologize for making a scandalous accusation against her or face her wrath.
Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi , has been honoured with the “Distinguished Model in Socio-Religious Development” Award by the Bureau of Research on Governance, Commerce and Administration (BORGCA). The main ceremony took place on the 24th of December, 2017 at Kempiski hotel Accra. The BORGCA presented the plaque to Prophet Kobi at his church on the 31st of December, 2017.
The founder of Glorious Wave Church International was recognized by this great institution for his precise prophecies over the years.
The BORGCA awards are among of initiatives to boost businesses and companies across the African continent
BORGCA, according to the organisers, is determined to recognize and promote individuals, companies and institutions in Ghana, regarding the PAN AFRICAN awards schemes.
“Our research, assessment and selection committees have seriously considered some selected individual and corporate organizations under our watch to unveil their excellent performance to the general public. It is necessary for us as an institution to disclose the reasons for which we awarded them,” according to the organizers.
Founded by Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi in 2000, Glorious Wave Church aka 'Gwave' is located at Sakumono Estate, behind Cable Gold building.
A rights group says Ghanaians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are effectively "second-class citizens" because they are criminalised and not protected from violence and discrimination. In its report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) quotes an unnamed 40-year-old lesbian from Cape Coast, who says: The government should recognise that we are human beings, with dignity, not treat us as outcasts in our own society. We want to be free, so we can stand tall in public and not deal with obstacles and harassment daily." Same-sex activity is illegal in Ghana under a colonial-era law. HRW says that although Ghana has not stiffened penalties against consensual same-sex in recent years, “homophobic statements by local and national government officials, traditional elders, and senior religious leaders foment discrimination and in some cases, incite violence.” The rights group is campaigning for this law to be repealed.
Private legal practitioner, Kofi Bentil, has asked government to return the two ex-GITMO detainees because their time ''is up''.
He has hinted of a legal action should government fail to update citizens on the stay of the two detainees.
Government in August 2017 ratified the stay of the two. Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway in 2017 informed the House, her ministry and other stakeholders will work on an “exit plan” by the time their two-year stay in Ghana expires January 6, 2018.
She stressed that there will be “no further obligation” to keep the two – Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby – “unless the two governments agree otherwise and in accordance with due process.”
The ratification came on a premise of a Supreme Court order after it ruled that their stay in the West African country is unconstitutional without parliamentary backing. Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby of Yemeni origin are among 17 detainees transferred from the prison camp in Cuba by the United States. The legal practitioner took to his Facebook and posted: ‘’Time to return the Gitmo 2. Their time is up. Please update us before we use the courts.’’
Advertisers and media houses have been warned by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to stop advertising alcoholic beverages during peak hours.
The authority is expected to serve notice to all stakeholders today, January 8, 2018 to begin the enforcement of the ban.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the FDA James Lartey in an interview said failure to comply will attract severe sanctions.
He explained that, advertisements on alcoholic beverages are supposed to be aired from 2000 hours to 0600 hours only hence the media, advertisers, manufacturers and importers of alcoholic beverages must take notice
According to him, the directive takes effect from January 1, 2018.
“Additionally, kindly be informed that all advertisements of FDA regulated products that would be approved by the FDA from January 1, 2018, are supposed to include the phrase – This advert has been vetted and approved by the FDA,” Mr. Lartey noted.
Armed robbers on Saturday ‘attacked’ Nollywood comedian, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, at his Lagos residence, carting away about N14.3m (about $39611) cash as well as properties.
Mr Ibu reported the matter to the Lagos state police at the weekend.
According to him, his wife was at home when the robbers invaded his house.
“According to my wife, the operation started at about 3am and lasted till about 4:25am this morning after which they left with all my property and cash,” Mr Ibu said on Saturday.
Mr Ibu is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented comic characters.
The Most Reverend Professor Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, the Anglican Archbishop of Kumasi, has admonished Ghanaians to rally behind the flag of Ghana and eschew all forms of acts that will divide the nation.
He made the call when he delivered a sermon at the National Thanksgiving Service held in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Ghana’s republican status.
In his sermon, the man of God said ‘’let us all rally around the flag of Ghana and support the president and government of the day and corporate Ghana for further development of the nation. Let us eschew all evil and divisive tendencies such as tribalism, ethnocentrism, greed, corruption, laziness and selfishness.’’
He also asked that we [Ghanaians] do away from parochial selfish partisan politics and politicization of policies but rather help develop and unite the nation because we are one people with a common destiny.
‘’United we stand, divided we fall. Every Ghanaian counts, every Ghanaian is important. Let us carry everybody on bvoard,’’ he added.
Most Reverend Professor Daniel Yinkah Sarfo said Ghana could become an industrialized country like the six target including South Korea and Malaysia and in doing so, ‘’we need to deliberately work towards that, work hard and make a lot of scarifies.’’
He said, for the next 25 years, what Ghana needs most is moral leadership.
‘’Ghana needs men and women who can exhibit kingdom leadership like the beatitudes of Matthew Chapter 5; that Ghana can nurture its citizens who are born again, fear God, and therefore have kingdom values in them; such as leaders who are disciplined, faithful, honest, reliable, righteous, law abiding and responsible citizens,’’ he said.
Ghana he added needs the kind of leadership that will promote hard work, unity in diversity, respect for human rights and intolerance for corruption.
The occasion was graced by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the three surviving former presidents of the country in the persons of Presidents Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama.
Also in attendance were the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia; the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye; the Chief Justice, Ms Sophia Akuffo, ministers of state, Members of Parliament, religious leaders and a cross section of the public
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is confident that with a spirit of reconciliation, fairness, integrity and hard work, the best days of Mother Ghana lie ahead of us.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “our goal has to be constant – to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of Ghanaians, who yearn for improvements in their living standards, in conditions of peace, security and solidarity, and to put Ghana onto the path to sustained progress and prosperity.”
“We can hope for a brighter future, because we are blessed with enormous wealth and human potential.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 7th January, 2018, at the Independence Square, at an inter-faith thanksgiving service held to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the establishment of the 4th Republic.
With the country experiencing the longest, uninterrupted period of stable, constitutional governance in our history, he stated that this period has banished the spectre of instability that disfigured the early years of Ghana’s existence, and the benefits are showing.
Cataloguing some of the benefits, the President noted that Ghana has witnessed sustained growths in the size of the economy; rising levels of per capita real incomes; systematic expansion of the private sector; and taken strong measures to try to protect our lands, water bodies and environment from the menace of environmental degradation.
Additionally, over the last 25 years, efforts to meet the most basic elements of social justice, i.e. education from kindergarten through to secondary school, and accessible healthcare to all our citizens, are ongoing.
The President indicated further that the under the 4th Republic, media freedom has been entrenched; attachment to the rule of law, probity and accountability, respect for individual liberties, human rights, the principles of democratic accountability and social justice have been deepened; and an environment in which government and regulatory policies attempt to enhance, rather than inhibit or frustrate, trade, commerce and investments is being created.
Democracy, equality of opportunity and respect for human rights, ideals which have stood the test of time, President Akufo-Addo said, have now found firm anchor in the country’s body politic.
This, he added, is evidenced in the election of 5 Presidents in the history of this Republic, and “even when there was disagreement with the outcome of an election, it was the Supreme Court, rather than the streets, that determined its result.”
Despite all these gains, the President indicated that Ghana has not reached the potential she should have.
“The biggest challenge we face continues to be eradicating widespread poverty. We still have challenges in the performance of our public services; we face threats, traditional and contemporary, to our nation’s security and social stability, in the form of chieftaincy conflicts, land disputes, ethnic conflicts, vigilantism, cyber security issues, youth unemployment, economic hardships, and corruption in our public life,” he said.
In addressing these challenges, the President told the gathering that “we have begun to take a deep look at the structure of our economy, and transform it, from a raw material producing and exporting one to a value-added, industrialised economy, with a modernised agriculture, to serve better our needs.”
He continued, “The era of Ghana’s industrialisation has dawned, so that we can trade in the global marketplace, not on the basis of raw materials, but on the basis of things we make, inspired by our sense of enterprise, creativity and innovation. It is the most effective way we can generate jobs and wealth for the masses of our people, and join the ranks of the developed, prosperous nations of the world.”
With Ghana’s obligation to the unity and integration of the region and continent remaining, President Akufo-Addo stressed that achieving functioning, common regional and continental markets will help consolidate the process of structural transformation of our economy, on which we are engaged, and will, thus, help open up the space for accelerated development.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said democracy in Ghana has stood the test of time and found a firm anchor in our body politics.
Delivering his address at the National Thanksgiving Service in commemoration of Ghana’s 25th anniversary as a republican state, the president said Ghana has seen the transfer of power from one president to the other through seven successful elections.
He said, even when there was disagreement in the 2012 presidential race, we used the courts to settle it instead of hitting the streets.
‘’Democracy, equality of opportunity and respect for human rights, ideals which have stood the test of time, have now found firm anchor in our body politic. We have had 5 Presidents in the history of this Republic – their Excellencies Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, John Evans Atta-Mills, John Dramani Mahama, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – with peaceful transfers of power from a governing to an opposition party on three separate occasions. Even when there was disagreement with the outcome of an election, it was the Supreme Court, rather than the streets, that determined its result,’’ he said.
He also commended the the erstwhile Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), the 1991 Consultative Assembly, the Movement for Freedom and Justice (MFJ), the pro-democracy organisations, civil society and religious bodies, whose collective efforts and agitations led to the birth of the 4th Republic.
He commended citizens saying, ‘’But today’s celebration, above all, Your Excellencies, esteemed clergy, ladies and gentlemen, is to the great credit of the Ghanaian people, the ordinary men and women who make up the fabric of the Ghanaian nation. 25 years ago, the Ghanaian people resolved to build, under God, a united nation, grounded in democratic values and the rule of law. We have gone a long way towards realising it, and I am confident that, with a spirit of reconciliation, fairness, integrity and hard work, the best days of Mother Ghana lie ahead of us. Together, we are laying the platform for the evolution of a new Ghanaian civilisation, which will give true meaning to the foundational values of freedom and justice on which our nation was conceived,’’ he added.