Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has rubbished suggestions that he entrapped Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former Ghana Football Association boss in his latest Number 12 explosive investigative piece.
Anas also took a swipe at those who have criticized his approach and secret filming of people in order to expose their corrupt acts.
The journalist went on to say he never forced Mr Nyantakyi to voice out the comments he made in the video.
“This was unsolicited. I’m not a football person…People make it seem as if I forced him to speak. He gave me the information. I didn’t even ask for it… By the time we could say jack, the man had mentioned and dropped names,” he stated..
“Those who think we just carry the camera and do what we do, it is untrue. We play by the rules that is why are able to play on the international stage. Again, we will open up ourselves for scrutiny. People have spoken about entrapment and all that… they make specific reference to our encounter with Kwesi Nyantakyi. The man [was] welcomed from the Airport, he gets into his hotel room and the first thing he tells us is how to scam the GFA, it gives us a proper procedure, something I did not even know and takes you through a lecture on how you can form a shell company to fleece money of the investors,” Anas added.
Anas was speaking at a public forum at the University of Ghana earlier today [Thursday]. According to Anas, he did not force Kwesi Nyantakyi to make the damning claims.
Kwesi Nyantakyi who has resigned from his position as president of the GFA, President of the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B, FIFA Council, Vice President of CAF, and FIFA Associations Committee Member, was captured on tape allegedly taking bribe to influence his work .
He is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The Financial Intelligence Centre directed all banks and non-financial institutions to provide details on Nyantakyi.
Anas, has petitioned EOCO, BoG, Attorney-General (A-G) to probe Mr Nyantakyi over alleged money laundering.
Award winning movie director, Kobi Rana, has said his latest movie; ‘My Name is Ramadan’ is a great movie that will help Ghana break through the international market.
The movie he noted narrates the struggles young people go through. It also talks about crime, tramadol abuse, security among others.
The movie he explained will also kill the negative perception people have about residents in Zongo communities and will motivate the young ones to be inspired by the positive stories of Zongo residents.
‘’My Name is Ramadan’ is a big movie and will take Ghana to the globe. The movie will send Ghana to international film festivals. It is a great movie,’’ he stated.
Funded by the Zylofon Arts Fund, the movie titled ‘My Name Is Ramadan’ also features award-winning actors, Kalsoume Sinare and Umar Krupp.
Maame Serwaa, Anthony Woode, Nana Poku Jnr and JKD also played roles in the movie.
Produced for his RANAway production, ‘My Name Is Ramadan’ will show on 15th, 16th, and 17th June, 2018 in Accra and Kumasi simultaneously.
Venues for the premiere are the Silver Bird Cinemas and the West Hills Mall in Accra, and the Watch& Dine Cinemas at the Kumasi Mall.
The movie shows at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm at all Cinemas.
Meanwhile, he has described Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy as ‘’very talented’’ actors.
In an exclusive interview with Sokoohemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the director-cum actor said, working with these two dancehall artistes ( in separate movies) was a great experience.
‘’Both of them are very funny. They are very humble. Working with them was exceptional. Shatta Wale was very humble and was willing to learn. Stonebwoy was also great. He had a lot of ideas,’’ he said.
Renowned music producer cum musician, Danny Beatz known in real life as Daniel Owusu Agyapong has challenged ladies to feel free and propose to him.
Appearing on the mid-morning show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the controversial artiste told Sokoohemaa Kukua that, there are a lot of ladies who are in love with him but are unable to approach him.
Danny Beatz said, ‘’the ladies feel me but they are unable to approach.’’
When asked if he will accept a proposal from a lady, the musician said ‘’why not. If I feel your vibe, I will accept it. If I find a lady and there is some mutual connection between us, why not.’’
Danny Beatz also told the host he is ready to settle but with a lady who he feels the vibe between them is right.
‘’If the vibe is right, I will settle. My answer to your question on whether I am ready to settle is a capital YES. A lady should be responsible. When you are preparing for marriage as a lady, you have to be responsible.’’
On whether he will marry a showbiz person, Danny Beatz said ‘’if the vibe is right, why not.’’
Meanwhile, award winning movie director and actor, Kobi Rana- who was also on the show to promote is latest movie, 'My Name Is Ramadan', says men should not be forced to get into marriage.
He is of the view that, men should be allowed to be prepared and marry people they love so they can build a strong relationship and a strong family.
He told Sokoohemaa Kukua he is not ready to settle but will do so when he is prepared.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has extended felicitations to Muslims as they prepare to celebrate this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow [Friday].
A statement which was issued and signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah said ‘’ As the nation in general, and our Muslim brothers and sisters in particular, prepare to observe the Eid tomorrow, it is the wish of the NDC that the festive day will be observed in joyful solemnity; remembering the prayers and cries that were made to Allah.’’
He asked that peace and more blessings will pour on Muslims as they celebrate this special day.
‘’May the peace and guidance of Allah be upon Mother Ghana now and always, and may this period of the Festival of Breaking Fast, pour more blessings upon our dear Country, Ghana.’’
Read Below the statement:
Blessed Eid-ul-Fitr To All Muslim Brothers And Sisters
It has been a month-long period of, intense fasting and prayers by all Muslims, and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), extends our heartfelt felicitations to all Muslims who allowed the teachings of Islam to put them through the period of, denial, abstinence, penitence, as well as self-sacrifice.
We give immense thanks to Allah the Merciful and Most High, for seeing all our Muslim brothers and sisters through the sacrificial period of prayers and fasting , and we congratulate them for living by the tenets of the Holy Quran.
As the nation in general, and our Muslim brothers and sisters in particular, prepare to observe the Eid tomorrow, it is the wish of the NDC that the festive day will be observed in joyful solemnity; remembering the prayers and cries that were made to Allah.
May the peace and guidance of Allah be upon Mother Ghana now and always, and may this period of the Festival of Breaking Fast, pour more blessings upon our dear Country, Ghana.
(General Secretary, NDC).
Thursday, June 14, 2018.
The District Chief Executive of the Upper Manya Krobo District, Hon Felix Nartey Odjao has applauded The Hunger Project-Ghana’s commitment to fight poverty and hunger through sustainable community-based programs using the epicenter strategy. Speaking at the One-Day Stakeholders Orientation Workshop on early Child Marriage, The Upper Manya Krobo D.C.E described the Epicenter as one of the most important facilities in the Upper Manya District because of its diverse significance in empowering the lives of people in the district.
The Hunger Project-Ghana on 13th June, 2018 organized a one day Stakeholder Orientation Workshop for Participants or members of the Konkoney Epicenter under the Her Choice Project. The Hunger Project Ghana has been working under the Her Choice Project to bring to an end early child marriage in eight other epicenters, adding on Konkoney as the ninth epicenter. The long term objective of this program which has been running since 2016 is to create a child marriage free communities in which young girls and women are free to decide if, when and whom to marry.
Speaking at the Workshop, the Country Director of THP-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Afrane tasked parents to do all they can to support the girl child by providing their basic needs.
The Upper Manya Krobo District Community Health-Based Planning Services (CHPS) Coordinator under the Ghana Health Services, Emmanuel Sackey shared with participants of the workshop the health hazards of early child marriage and teenage pregnancy. He cautioned that, this societal ill might lead to continuous mal-nutrition if not uprooted from our communities.
The Project Coordinator of the Her-Choice program, Patricia Osei Amponsah took participants through the outline and objectives of the program. She also called on the various stakeholders to support the program in order to sanitize our communities of this canker which continues to breed poverty and hunger.
Also present at the workshop were representatives from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DoVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, department of Social development, Birth and Death, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, the Coordinating director of the Upper Many Krobo district, community leaders, teachers, nurses and some community partners.
Story: Ekow Burt- Fletcher
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called on the Ministry of Health to ensure the successful implementation of the Accident and Emergency Services Guidelines developed in 2011 since it will help end the 'No Bed Syndrome'.
This was contained in a statement issued by the association following discussions that have followed the death of the late Anthony Opoku Acheampon, the 70-year-old-man who died after being turned away by seven hospitals due to the ‘no bed syndrome’.
According to the GMA, the phenomenon of ‘no bed syndrome’ has plagued the country for many years and has therefore requested the health ministry to take steps to resolve the challenge.
The GMA in the statement described the situation as ''a constellation of both largely systemic and in some occasions individual factors.’’
The statement also made reference to other factors including lack of functional emergency departments in hospitals and clinics and lack of proper referral/feedback systems and inadequate ambulances and dysfunctional ambulance system; lack of proper intra and inter hospital communication, referrals and feedback; very limited bed capacities for emergency care; deficiencies in bed management systems and patient flow in hospitals; ill-equipped emergency rooms (ERs); inadequate number of trained ER professionals and other support staff, lack of clear guidelines for triaging and managing emergency cases and upfront payment for emergency services rendered.’’
On the individual factors, the GMA referred to poor attitudes of health personnel and frustrations of the ill motivated and understaffed health workers.
In proposing solutions, the GMA called on government through the Ministry of Health to increase funding for the health sector and emergency services in particular; the training of emergency health personnel must be up-scaled to be able to man existing ERs and also new ones.
The Ministry of Health they suggested as matter urgency expand emergency services and equip both old and new ones. The private sector must be encouraged to expand their emergency services. Currently, the private sector offers minimal emergency services.
‘’There must be improved linkages and referral systems between health facilities. The ministry should enforce its policy guidelines on emergency centres directly without going through the agreed levels of care; Internal policy and MoH guidelines must be strengthened so that payment would not be required before emergencies are rendered; Emergency room workers must be educated and re-oriented to maintain the attitude required for such personnel.’’
The statement which was signed by Dr. Titus Beyuo, Assistant General Secretary urged the media to exhibit circumspection and sensitivity to the ethical and socio-cultural norms in reportage on healthcare issues.
‘’The sensationalism and vilification of healthcare professionals in these reports without recourse to the root causes these unfortunate heath outcomes have the tendency to create despondency in otherwise dedicated staff and cause demoralization.’’
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has given the strongest indication that the House will not lower its standards in the recruitment of research assistants.
The MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza Governs first raised the issue and asked when research assistants were going to be employed for legislators.
But responding to the issue, Majority leaders, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu observed that, some members compromised on the requirement of a minimum of second degree for these assistants and this is not good for the legislators, he lamented.
Delivering a ruling on the floor of the house, Prof. Oquaye directed the clerks of the house to issue letters to the research assistants who meet the qualification threshold by next week Wednesday.
“This must be compatible with the overall interest of Parliament because we want to complement people…The work of these assistants will impact on the overall work of Parliament so please find a person who falls within the standard as clearly laid down. It means therefore that Parliament as an institution is not going to compromise over that standard,” the Speaker indicated.
Binatone Ghana, a leading brand in household electronics as part of its corporate social responsibility,has made a donation to the disabled soccer team, Skates Soccer at Abossey Okai Zongo today (Thursday).
The donation is to aid the Skaters celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr after the month long Ramadan.
Speaking to the media, the CEO of Binatone Ghana, Mr. Venu Babu said that, the program is intended to extend greetings to their families prior to the special occasion and to present some food items such as rice, oil, meat to enable them celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
Mr. Venu Babu used the opportunity to also wish participating teams in the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2018 well. The competition is scheduled for the last week in September.
Binatone is the official sponsor for the 2018 AFCON Skate Soccer Challenge.
Commenting on the sponsorship, the CEO admonished the participating teams to put in their best.
When asked the team he expects to lift the cup he jokingly said: “I wish Ghana would take the cup because we are in Ghana”.
On the cost of the items donated, the Binatone CEO said “the value of the gift does not matter instead, it is about how much you care as well as the appreciation intended to express”, he stressed.
Eight (8) African teams are participating in the AFCON Skate Competition. The teams are: Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, Benin and Ivory Coast.
By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
The Director of Corperate Affairs for the National Service Secretariat, Mr. David Prah, has warned the Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to shut-up or he will be arrested again and be made to face firing squad.
David Prah was commenting on the brouhaha surrounding the criteria for registration and issuance of the Ghana card and comments passed by Mr Anyidoho.
The Deputy General Secretary of the NDC has posited that, the Coalition for Sovereignty of Ghanaians will resist any attempt to exclude the voter’s ID card as a document for registration of Ghana card.
Koku Anyidoho said, ‘’ ‘’On Tuesday we shall put our deep thoughts and position on the matter and follow up with actions beyond the press conference. We shall keep the agitation alive and the whole idea is that, we shall resist oppressors rule with all our will and might forevermore. Any attempt to make some Ghanaians more Ghanaians than others, shall be resisted. All Ghanaians are equal. We are not going to have any animal farm type of Ghana; four legs good, two legs bad…This attempt by the Akufo-Addo administration to create an animal farm; four legs good, two legs bad-some Ghanaians are more Ghanaian than others; an elitist society. No it will not happen. It shall be resisted with all our will and might forevermore.’’
‘’We shall keep the agitation alive and make sure that, we build bigger and better consensus going forward to resist this thing- That only passport and birth certificate; it is not that we are against the principle of the Ghana card. All we are saying is that, let us broaden the space for greater inclusion and stop creating confusion,’’ he said.
But reacting to the claims by Mr. Anyidoho, Mr. Prah cautioned him to shut-up or risk being arrested.
‘’Koku Anyidoho is not someone we have to take serious. He does not make sense when he talks. He talks just like the size of his stomach.’’
When he was told he was attacking his opponent personally, Mr Prah said, ‘’it is a personal attack because what he said was an attack on Ghanaians. His comments were senseless. He is a joker. We will arrest him again. We will not entertain his unguarded statement. We will arrest him and make him face firing squad for inciting Ghanaians against the government. The constitution of Ghana does not allow violent displays that will led to the distraction of property. His comments were unfortunate and senseless.’’
He further took his gun at the NDC for engaging in unnecessary political tension in order to paint the ruling government black after robbing the state.
‘’We don’t have to entertain these criminals. We don’t have allow them to deceive Ghanaians after their mismanagement, corruption and incompetence,’’ he added.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inaugurated the “Ghana Beyond Aid” Charter Committee to give substance to the Ghana Beyond Aid concept, as promised during this year’s May Day Celebration in Kumasi.
Pursuant to this, the President said, the committee “will set out a charter which will present the true meaning, purpose and also the calendar of implementation that will allow the country to reach her goal.”
The committee, chaired by Senior Minister Hon. Yaw Osafo Marfo was inaugurated on Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 at the seat of the presidency, Jubilee House.
Delivering his remarks, President Akufo-Addo stated that once the charter is developed, it “will be subjected to the scrutiny of Parliament, so that it becomes a policy document that will guide the actions of government, as well as the actions of the various stakeholders in our society.”
The members of Committee drawn from varying sectors of the governance structure also include the Minister for Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, MP; Minister for Planning, Hon. Prof. Gyan Baffour, MP; and the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, MP.
The rest are drawn from the Trades Union Congress, the Private Enterprise Foundation, the Ghana National Association of Teachers, as well as the Association of Ghana industries.
Notwithstanding this composition, the President charged the committee to, in the course of their deliberations, co-opt other relevant stakeholders into the deliberations of the committee.
He said “It cannot be right that sixty years after Kwame Nkrumah hoisted the flag at the old polo grounds, the budgets of our country are still dependent on external assistance largely because we have not been able to develop our economy to an extent that we are unable fund things by ourselves.”
The President continued, “We should be in a position to fund our own activities, then, we will have control of ourselves.”
He stressed that “for the sake of dignity and pride, as a country, as a people, we need stand up for ourselves and say that we are looking up to ourselves. This is important for our self-esteem.”
President Akufo-Addo was hopeful that the charter will be drawn in such a way that all the estates and social groupings of Ghana will be able to find resonance from it, “and that it will become a mobilizing instrument to be able to develop Ghana.”