Social Media has been awash with Ghana cards bearing the photographs of some Minority members of parliament.
The cards had the photographs of the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak; James Agalaga, the Member of Parliament for Builsa North; Isaac Adongo, the MP for Bulga Central and Akandoh Kwabena Mintah, the MP for Juaboso.
But the MPs have denied registering for the cards and described the ones circulating on social media as fraud.
The Minority had boycotted the exercise on grounds that the National Identification Authority (NIA), has refused to address concerns over an attempt to denationalize Ghanaians based on the criteria for the registration.
Reacting to the cards, the MP Builsa South, Dr. Apaak slammed NIA for the issuance of the fake cards.
‘’To think that the NIA and by extension Government, will fraudulently clone and use pictures and information of some members of the NDC minority from the parliament website to create and circulate FAKE Ghana cards is beyond belief! We have boycotted the card and that is it?
He wondered the NIA will engage in a ‘’fraud’’ swaying: ‘’If you want us on board add the voters ID as a primary ID for registration. Why will a state institution engage in such an act of fraud to deceive the people of Ghana? Is it not shocking that this is happening under an NIA boss, Prof. Attafuah, a lawyer, a human rights lawyer! This act of fraud is unforgivable. My colleagues whose images and information have used must sue the NIA without delay! Kai, you do this and want us to believe Nyantakyi was bragging?
Veteran actor, Psalm Adjetefio, popularly known as TT of Taxi Driver series fame who battled enlarged heart impediments has said he needs more support to manage his condition.
Speaking in an interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the renowned actor lamented over his health condition and called on Ghanaians to support him.
According to him, it was not his intension to come public with his condition but his health condition was deteriorating hence his decision to come public.
He also revealed his friends ignored and blocked his number when he was seriously ill. He said, I was always calling friends to help me but it got to a time some of them become fed up and blocked my number. Anything I called, their numbers were busy.’’
Psalm Adjetefio told the host he was consuming about 19 tablets on a daily basis but he is currently consuming between 7-9 tablets on daily basis.
The actor was recently declared dead on social media but he came out to vehemently deny the story.
He expressed gratitude to those who have helped him in diverse ways and also thanked the Delay’s Show saying, appearing on the show helped him because a number of people including students he taught helped him in diverse ways.
‘’But I still need help. I am appealing to Ghanaians to help me because I am still on medication. I still visit the hospital on regular basis and so I will appeal to the public to support me.’’
Former President John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the ongoing debate on the ‘No Bed Syndrome’.
The former leader in a tweet said he was attacked by his opponents over the investments made in the health sector and the construction of hospitals across the country.
Mr Mahama in the tweet described the death of a 70-year-old man, Anthony Opoku-Acheampong, over the lack of beds as a “very sad development.”
Mr Mahama says the ongoing debate is a reminder that providing infrastructure is key despite the then-opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) retorts that Ghanaians could not eat infrastructure like roads.
‘’Very sad development. There are some who said “we don’t eat roads! We don't eat hospitals!”
We must expand access to health facilities across the country,’’ he tweeted.
The 70-year-old man died in his car at the LEKMA hospital after seven hospitals in Accra turned him away over claims there were no beds.
Dr Norbert Chirase, a Ghanaian entrepreneur based in the USA has received the US President's "E" award for contributing to the expansion of the USA exports.
Mr Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, presented the award to the GTX Technologies LLC with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
A congratulatory letter to Dr Chirase and his GTX Technologies Company, said: “GTX Technologies has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with GTX Technologies’ significant percentage of export sales.
The company’s innovative development of products for different industries was also particularly notable. GTX Technologies’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”
GTX Technologies is a specialty manufacturer that develops and supplies natural ingredients that are organically registered with the USDA for organic food production; providing ‘organic solutions’ for a variety of customer requirements worldwide.
The products are used to enhance drinking water, beverages and skin care products, as well as for soil amendment.
Dr Chirase, the CEO of GTX Technologies told the GNA in a telephone interview that that, “Exporting is an important part of our sales. Buyers and consumers in foreign markets want quality products made in the United States, and we are honoured to receive the “E” Award.”
He said in total, Secretary Ross honoured 43 U.S. companies and organisations from across the country with the President’s “E” Award for their role in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside of US borders.
He explained that U.S. companies were nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the Department’s International Trade Administration.
He said with offices across the United States and in embassies and consulates around the world, the International Trade Administration lends its expertise at every stage of the exporting process by promoting and facilitating exports and investment into the United States; administering Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties orders; and removing, reducing, or preventing foreign trade barriers.
U.S. exports totaled $2.33 trillion in 2017, accounting for 12 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Exports supported an estimated 10.7 million jobs nationwide in 2016, according to the most recent statistics from the International Trade Administration.
About the “E” Awards
In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Criteria for the award are based on four years of successive export growth.
Dr. Norbert Chirase was born in Pungu, Nimbasinia in Navrongo, Ghana and attended basic school in Navrongo. He later attended the Tamale Secondary School for the Ordinary and "A" Level Certificates before proceeding to the US to pursue further studies.
He holds a B.S. in Biology at Portland State University, a M.S. of Animal Science from Washington State University, and a PhD in Nutrition from Texas A&M University. Dr. Norbert Chirase is a world-renowned expert on minerals and the effects they have on the body, with over 25 years of experience in the field. Most recently, he has pioneered in the research of naturally-occurring Fulvic and Humic mineral complexes.
Dr. Norbert Chirase started GTX Technologies, based in Amarillo, TX after finding intriguing biochemical properties with humic substances and their extracted derivatives through his animal research. During this research period, Dr. Chirase observed differences in biochemical properties among various manufactured fulvic acid and humic acid products.
In order to produce the highest quality humates --derived products at the lowest manufacturing cost, a liquid and powder fulvic acid production facility was established in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Chirase is associated with various humic and fulvic acid companies around the world and has introduced several patented products now in use.
Dr. Chirase is also a member of the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS), Humic Products and Trade Association (HPLA), actively involved with humic and fulvic acid research in biological systems. He holds several patents, and has been published in books and over 20 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has eulogized the National Chief Imam, Shaykh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu for his exceptional leadership exhibited as leader of the Muslim group in Ghana.
According to the president, the role played by the National Imam has contributed to the peaceful co-existence between Muslims and other religious groups.
Delivering his speech at the National prayers held at the Eid Mubarak celebration yesterday [Friday], the president said: I’’ pay tribute this morning to our learned National Chief Imam, Shaykh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, for his leadership and guidance of the Muslim Ummah in Ghana. Shaykh, it is to your credit that the Muslim Ummah continues to live in harmony with one another. We pray for Allah’s continuous blessing for you. If Islam is to live up to its accolade as a religion of peace, it behooves on all Muslims to embrace one another, irrespective of doctrinal differences.’’
Ghana he noted has become the envy of other African countries because of our peaceful co-existence.
He said: ‘’ Chief Imam, Ulama, when it comes to the spirit of living together, we are the envy of many nations. Today, many Muslim homes will play host to Christian neighbours and friends, as we all eat and drink and share in the glory of God. As a Christian President, I have a Muslim as my Vice President. I have a Cabinet made up of Muslims and Christians, and in which both Christian and Muslim prayers are said at every meeting. On 7th January this year, we celebrated 25 years of the 4th Republic, the longest lasting Republic of our history, holding for the first time in our national life on that day an official inter-faith service of commemoration and thanksgiving to God. Christian and Muslim religious leaders came together to conduct that service, in the presence of the four living Presidents of the 4th Republic, which I, daresay, was a beautiful moment for all Ghanaians. Such arrangements are rare in many countries around the world, and we ought to be proud of ourselves for being capable of doing such things. Even so, we must not be complacent. They say the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. I urge you to be on the look-out for trouble makers and hate preachers amongst us. The security agencies will not hesitate to deal with those who incite hate, not even if they do so in the name of Islam or Christianity.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the Muslim community in Ghana that his government remains committed to their welfare.
According to President Akufo-Addo, at last year’s Eid, he pledged the establishment of the Zongo Development Fund to help cater for the development needs of the Zongo communities, as promised in the 2016 NPP manifesto.
“I am happy to report that the Fund has been set up, and, on Monday, 11th June, I inaugurated its Board, under the chairmanship of a distinguished Muslim, the Chief of Nima, Alhaji Mohammed Farl, popularly called Nii Futa. Already, the Minister responsible for Zongo and Inner-City Development, the hardworking Hon. Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Siddique, MP for Madina, has been busy about his mission,” he said.
The President continued, “Development projects have started in many Zongo communities around the country. In Asawase, in Kumasi, for example, we have started the process of desilting the Pelele River that runs through the community. We are also building major drains in the community to stop the perennial flooding that occurs in the area, and cuts it off from the rest of Kumasi during the rainy season.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 15th June, 2018, at the Eid Prayers held at the Independence Square.
Apart from physical development, he stated that his government aims to roll out a comprehensive programme that develops the talents of young men and women in the Zongos.
Making reference to several Muslim footballing icons, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “we want deliberately to establish the conditions that allow our young talented Zongo youth to engage and develop their talents. To this end, the Zongo Development Minister is building Astro Turfs in Zongo communities to create a conducive environment for the training and development of sporting talent. The one being constructed in Madina, here in Accra, should be a good model.”
Additionally, the President stated that the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, continues to engage with Muslim communities around the country, so that Government is constantly keeping abreast with the challenges of Muslim communities.
“He just completed his annual Ramadan tour, that brought him to many of the mosques across all ten regions of Ghana. For the second year running, he has held an Iftar (fast breaking event) at the Jubilee House with Muslims of all persuasions. I want to assure you that this is a tradition we intend to keep so long as, by the grace of God, we inhabit the Jubilee House,” he assured.
On his Government’s commitment to education, the President urged Muslims to heed to the Words of the Prophet Mohammed, who said “knowledge is the lost property of a Muslim; let him seek it wherever he may find it.”
“My government is committed to making education accessible to all, so that we are not just educated for life, but Muslims also fulfil their our religious duty. I urge you to take advantage of the free Senior High School programme to ensure the education of your children, especially the Muslim girl. Government has also engaged some three thousand Arabic instructors to teach Arabic studies in schools,” he stressed.
Reiterating his passion for the development of women, President Akufo-Addo appealed to Muslims to pay as much attention to the education of female children they do to the education of male children.
The President paid tribute to the leadership of the learned National Chief Imam, Shaykh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, for his leadership and guidance of the Muslim Ummah in Ghana.
“Shaykh, it is to your credit that the Muslim Ummah continues to live in harmony with one another. We pray for Allah’s continuous blessing for you. If Islam is to live up to its accolade as a religion of peace, it behooves on all Muslims to embrace one another, irrespective of doctrinal differences,” he added.