Mr. Bampil Badeabo Moses (B.B Moses) has been elected as Presiding Member for the Garu District Assembly.
He polled 14 out of the total of 20 vote of Assembly members present representing 61 per cent.
Mr. Philip A. Atambugri , Assembly member for Garu Natinga electoral area and Mr. Joseph Agbango the Assembly member for Kugri Natinga electoral area who had filed their nomination to contest for the position withdrew 30 minutes to the second round.
The Deputy Regional Minister of the Upper East, who double as MP for Zebilla Constituency, Mr. Frank Adongo Fuseini, advised Mr. B.B Moses to live up to expectation of the Assembly members who have wholeheartedly voted for him.
Mr. B. B Moses, in his acceptance speech thanked members for electing him and pledged to work hard to justify the confidence they have impose in him.
He urged them to bury their differences and work towards the development of the Assembly.
By: Justice Issah Anthony
Award winning investigate journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has decried the lack of interest in investigative journalism on the part of journalists, a situation he blamed on the risks associated with the work.
The journalist who is expected to premiere his latest expose ‘Number 12’ told Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyapong at the World Press Freedom day event that, investigative journalism has suffered and continue to suffer some drought. Drought in the sense that, we have more people flying out than people coming in and this is not with respect to only Ghana,’’ he lamented.
The drought he said is not only limited to Ghana but Nigeria, Kenya and other countries.
Known for his judicial bribery expose, Anas Aremeyaw Anas said, some of them are thinking of getting new fire brands in.
‘’So if you have your work inspiring people to want to do,’’ what you do, ‘’it is heartwarming but again, the caution ought to be there that is not about wearing a mask and walking happily. It comes with real risk and the risk is not to your person, is to your friends and to everybody around you.’’
Anas Aremeyaw Anas was happy to hear that, ‘’there is a change where students will say; we want to be like you, we want to do what you do. It’s great but clearly, there are difficulties, with it and the first interest is what they have said that they want to do it. We have to nurture that interest and keep pushing the frontiers and encouraging them whiles we keep telling them that, is not going to be easy.’’
He spoke passionately about how it has become difficult for him to be restricted to certain activities.
He said: ‘’I can’t even define what a family is so I don’t have an answer to it. It is really difficult. I mean your days will be restricted…When there is a normal holiday for everybody; you cannot have it because your movement ought to be restricted to certain places. You have to be extra careful. So you get the satisfaction from your work that keeps you going as a human being.’’
A communications officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Eric Appiah-Adjei, is alleging that, a bodyguard of Tina Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Health, is selling and renting guns to armed robbers.
He made the allegation when he appeared on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on Thursday.
When he was cautioned against the allegation; he went on to emphasize that, Tina Mensah’s bodyguard rents and sell guns to armed robbers.
He said: ‘’Rainbow Radio is not responsible for this statement. Eric Appiah-Adjei should be held responsible for this allegation.’’
Eric Appiah-Adjei, who strongly defended his position went on to add that, the bodyguard of the deputy minister selling the guns is a police officer but failed to mention the name.
‘’Have you not heard that Tina Mensah’s bodyguard is selling and renting guns to armed robbers? This is not an allegation but a fact. Eric Adjei said it not Rainbow Radio. The bodyguard is Tina Mensah’s bodyguard and they have covered it up. How can a minister’s bodyguard engage in such a criminal act? I want to emphasize again, Eric Adjei said it and not Rainbow Radio,’’ he concluded.
Member of the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPPs) communication team, Justice Yussif, has described the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as nation wreckers.
The former administration he told Kwame Tutu has caused the nation to bleed due to the alleged corrupt practices under former President John Dramani Mahama.
He slammed the NDC for kicking against any social intervention programmes initiated by government just to score cheap political points.
‘’The NPP is focused on creating opportunities for the youth in order to solve the unemployment situation in the country. The NDC was incompetent, lacked ideas and could not solve the challenges that confronted the nation. They rather engaged in corrupt deals and practices which caused the nation to bleed.’’
Justice Yussif was reacting to claims made by NDC communicator, Eric Appiah-Adjei who made fun of the newly created Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo).
The NDC he said destroyed the school feeding programme, the Mtero Mass Transit (MMT) sacked workers and filled the positions with the party supporters but the NPP is expanding and creating better opportunities for all.
‘’We are using NaBCo to create jobs with seven different modules. Going forward, the Ghanaian youth will enjoy under the ruling NPP government,’’ he said.
Eric Appiah-Adjei, a communication team member with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has renamed the National Builders Corps (NaBCo) as Nana Addo and Bawumia Corruption.
The communication officer is alleging that NaBCo is going to be used as an avenue by President Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to engage in corrupt activities.
Although government has explained that NaBCo was initiated to employ some 100, 000 graduates in seven different modules, the NDC communicator has rubbished the claims insisting that, the initiative will be used for corrupt practices.
He appeared on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm hosted by Kwame Tutu today [Thursday].
‘’The NaBCo created is Nana Addo and Bawumia Corruption Organization. It is another create, loot and share created at the presidency. The corruption that is going to be recorded under this initiative will be unprecedented.’’ He alleged.
He accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of scrapping the Paid Internship Module developed by the former NDC government under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), so they can use the Builders Corps to steal from the state.
He challenged President Akufo-Addo to use his ministers as beneficiaries for the nation builders’ initiative instead of insulting Ghanaians with NaBCo.
The Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) is a government initiative aimed at addressing graduate unemployment in Ghana.
The scheme will this year employ 100,000 graduates under seven modules; namely, Educate Ghana, Heal Ghana, Feed Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Digitize Ghana, Civic Ghana and Enterprise Ghana.
Placement in the NaBCo will last for a period of 3 years under a stipend of GH¢700 every month.
The NaBCo is opened to all Ghanaians who have discharged their national service obligations.
Ashesi University College has been granted a presidential charter, a statement has announced.
The charter granted will make the institution an independent degree-granting institution.
The Charter will be formally presented at Ashesi’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony.
The statement which was signed by the Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Prof Kwesi Yankah, said the Charter was granted after a thorough assessment of the University’s facilities and qualifications by the National Accreditation Board.
“After a rigorous review of the university’s teaching and learning infrastructure, curriculum, finances, staff qualifications and governance, the National Accreditation Board presented a report to the Ministry of Education endorsing Ashesi’s readiness for independence from the University of Cape Coast, with which it has been affiliated,” the statement added.
The university which applied for the charter in January 2016 has reacted to the news saying: “the Presidential Charter is recognition of the University’s quality, strength, and impact on higher education in Ghana and beyond. ”
About Ashesi University
The mission of Ashesi University is to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa. The University was started in 2002 with a pioneer class of 30 students and Bachelor Degree programmes in Business and Computer Science. Today, the institution has nearly 2000 students and alumni, with additional Bachelor Degree offerings in Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronical Engineering. Ashesi is now recognised as one of the finest institutions of higher education in Africa, with a curriculum is grounded in a multidisciplinary core, that teaches critical thinking, design thinking, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership.
Ashesi is recognized for its excellent graduate placement, with almost all of its graduates receiving job offers, starting businesses or entering graduate school within six months of graduation. Ashesi’s graduates are considered as some of the most career-ready in Africa, and are ranked among the best educated in the world.
Ashesi has been celebrated in Ghana and around the world for its impact on higher education. In 2007, the founder of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah, was awarded The Order of the Volta, one of Ghana’s highest national awards, for his exceptional contributions to Ghanaian higher education. In 2012, the University was ranked among Ghana’s ten most respected organizations in a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of CEOs. In 2017, Ashesi also received the World Innovation Summit in Education Prize, one of the world’s biggest prizes in education, awarded by the Qatar Foundation.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has encouraged media owners to invest in the capacity building of journalists to ensure efficiency and professionalism.
President Akufo-Addo made this known when he delivered a speech at the World Press Freedom Day Awards Dinner, held at the Kempinski Hotel, on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018, on the theme "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law".
The president whose efforts led to the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law said, in order to guard against unprofessionalism, misinformation and sensationalism, media owners in particular must ''invest continuously in building the capacity of their staff''.
The president believes the media ‘’has immensurable power to build up the confidence and values of our societies and institutions and therefore ought to be assisted in being on top of its game at all times.’’
He used the opportunity to encourage media practitioners across the globe not to sacrifice their integrity for any reason.
‘’I call on practitioners the world over also to take a second look that the power they will, and the responsibility they owe society with the view; to ensuring that they do not sacrifice integrity and the future of our societies for today’s headline or breaking noise,’’ he appealed.
Ghana is hosting over 700 journalists to commemorate the 2018 World Press Freedom Day.
The three-day event has plenary sessions where journalists will have the opportunity to discuss the current challenges affecting the media especially issues about press freedom and freedom of expression.
The press freedom day is a day which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
The day which is marked on May 3 every year was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991 which in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence
The Church of Pentecost has elected its area Head of Koforidua, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, as the new Chairman of the Church of Pentecost (COP), to take over from Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah who retires this year.
The new chair received 147 ‘Yes’ votes to take from the current boss who is expected to retire on May 5, 2018, with four voting ‘No’ out of the total 151.
The General Council went ahead to confirm him 994 "Yes" votes as against 14 "No" votes out of the total 1,058. One person abstained from voting.
The church will on August 26, 2018 hold a retirement service at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) at Gomoa Fetteh for Apostle Prof Onyinah who is retiring after 42-years of service.
Seasoned Ghanaian journalist and one time host for television programme, ‘Time with David’, Mr. David Ampofo, has underscored the need for media owners to provide journalists with better remuneration and incentives.
Mr. Ampofo, who says he is no longer an active practicing journalist, bemoaned the poor remuneration given journalists and the need to improve upon it.
Reacting to a question on why he decided to retire from active practice, the renowned journalist said, because Ghanaian journalists are not paid better remuneration, some go on to pursue other opportunities.
He told Frontline host on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, unlike other foreign countries where journalists get better remuneration and incentives, they practice for many years but the system in Ghana is not the best to stay on for a longer period.
When asked to assess the difference between the period when we had the Criminal Libel Law and after the repeal of same, Mr. Ampofo said, we have done our best despite the challenges that persists.
Nation building he said requires the role of journalists and in discharging our duty, we have to exhibit high sense of professionalism.
The challenges confronting the media today he added has to do with standards.
He said, ‘’there is so much irresponsible journalism and that is what we must help address.’’
Mr. David Ampofo who was also asked if the media is setting the agenda answered saying, the answer is a mixed because we have some doing their best whereas others are shallow and dabble in politics in order to favour government for their own selfish interest.
On a scale of 1-10 over the past 10 years, he scored the media 6 saying, the performance over the period is a plus but emphasized the need for us to continue doing our best since there is more room for improvement.
The Ashanti regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has reacted to published reports that, some officials of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), went on their knees to apologise to the overlord of the Ashanti kingdom Otumfour Osei Tutu.
Photos of some senior NPP officials have gone viral on social media with these officials kneeling and begging the traditional ruler who is reported to have expressed his displeasure over some issues.
According to reports and a publication by myjoyonline.com, there are active attempts from some people close to government to pitch him against the Akyems.
Acting General Secretary, John Boadu and Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, party Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, and Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization, Kwabena Senkyire trooped to the Manyhia Palace pleading with the revered Ashanti King to spare the governing party his wrath.
The publication went on to state that, the Asantehene who appeared visibly angry minced no words during the outburst, which lasted about three minutes.
Shocked at the anger of the Asante Kingdom's overlord, the linguists quickly intervened to calm the situation.
But when contacted to react to the issue, the regional mister confirmed to host Kwame Tutu that, some officials appealed to the Asantehene when he communicated his displeasure about an issue to them.
He however, failed to give details on what may have triggered the action of the NPP officials on grounds that, the issues discussed at the royal palace, remains at the place and cannot be discussed on radio.
‘’I will not go into the details of the issue. I am not going to discuss that issue. Any issue that was discussed at Manhyia cannot be discussed on radio. I don’t want to go into it. We apologized to the royal ruler on behalf of the party but I cannot go into details. If the king wants to discuss or is seeking to make the issue public, he will do so himself,’’ he stressed.