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•Dr Matthew


Minister of


•Bishop of the Northern Accra Diocese of the

Methodist Church Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof.

Joseph Edusa-Eyison, congratulating Very

Rev. Felix Tawiah Korankye Danquah while

Mrs Korankye Danquah showing appreciation

•Nii Lante Bannerman, Chairman of

Premix Fuel Secretariat

•The 800-seating capacity community centre

•Mr Derek Ohene

Assifo Bekoe

• Mr Emmanuel Kofi

Nti, Commissioner-

General of GRA

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Shake-up in Parliament


THERE HAS been a shakeup

in the leadership of

some Select Committees of

Ghana’s Parliament.

According to Starr News’ Parliamentary

correspondent, Ibrahim Alhassan,

the Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation

Committee and Bawku Central

Member of Parliament (MP), Mahama

Ayariga, and the Ranking

Member of the Health Committee,

Joseph Yieleh Chireh, have both been

booted out as a result of the shake-up.

Mr. Ayariga already serves in the

ECOWAS Parliament and reports indicate

that his absence is negatively affecting

his work as the Chairman of the

Subsidiary Legislation Committee.

He has been replaced by a former

Deputy Attorney General, Dr Dominic


Also Wa West MP, Joseph Yieleh

Chireh, who is a member of the Pan-

African Parliament, has been replaced

with Juaboso MP, Kwabena Mintah

Akandoh, as the Ranking Member of

the Health Committee.

• Ayariga, others removed

from Select C’ttees

From the majority side, Manhyia

North MP, Collins Owusu Amankwah,

replaces Yaw Frimpong Addo as the

Chairman of the Government Assurances


Mr. Ayariga already

serves in the ECOWAS

Parliament and reports

indicate that his

absence is negatively

affecting his work as

the Chairman of the

Subsidiary Legislation


•Mahama Ayariga, Bawku Central MP

MP builds 800-

seater community

centre at Nyanor


THERE WAS wild jubilation

by the chiefs and

people of Nyanor, a-

farming community in

the Upper West Akim

District of the Eastern

Region, when the National

Democratic Congress

(NDC) Member of

Parliament (MP) for the

area, Mr Derek Ohene

Assifo Bekoe, commissioned

an 800-seating capacity


community centre he had

built for the chiefs and

people in the area.

The project, which

cost over GH¢62,000.00

and paid for from the

coffers of the MP’s

Common Fund, brings

to four such social intervention


projects having been

completed in the constituency

by the MP.

According to the MP,

the project was in line of

his commitment to rendering

quality, reliable

and pragmatic social intervention

services to his

constituents, adding that

the community centre

would help promote social


Mr Bekoe said he was

conscious of the promises

he made to the constituents

before "my

tenure of office as your

MP and as you can see, I

won't renege on them. I

will continue to be selfless

in my service to

GRA boss, others not sacked


CONTRARY TO media reports that the

Commission-General of the Ghana Revenue

Authority (GRA), Mr Kofi Nti, has

been sacked, the Commission has issued a

statement to deny the report.

According to the Assistant Commissioner

in charge of Communication and

Public Affairs, Mr Kwasi Bobie-Ansah,

neither the Commissioner-General nor

two of his commissioners have been

cleared from office, adding that the publication

has no factual contents.

A five-paragraph statement issued by

the Commission signed by Mr Bobie-

Ansah said, “The attention of the Management

of the Ghana Revenue Authority

(GRA) has been drawn to a publication

with a banner headline “Big Changes At

•Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti,

Commissioner-General of GRA

GRA, Commissioner-General, Two Commissioners


According to the report, the publication

sought to create the erroneous impression

that the Commissioner-General

and two of his Commissioners had been

“cleared from office.”

It said management of GRA “wishes

to state that the publication does not reflect

the situation on the ground. The

publication has no factual basis because

the Commissioner-General and all his

Commissioners are still at post and carrying

out their normal duties of ensuring the

maximisation of revenue for national development.

“Management of GRA wishes to advise

the media that such misleading publications

affect the morale of staff and have

negative impact on revenue mobilisation.

It is therefore important for the media to

be circumspect in their report of such

sensitive issues,” it stated.

“We wish to emphasise that top management

and staff of the Authority are focused

on achieving the 2019 revenue

target. Therefore, such publications which

distract attention should be avoided.”

“Management of GRA

wishes to advise the

media that such

misleading publications

affect the morale of staff

and have negative impact

on revenue mobilisation.

It is therefore important

for the media to be

circumspect in their

report of such sensitive

issues,” it stated.




Wahala for teachers



Dr Matthew Opoku-

Prempeh, has said trained

teachers who have passed

their licensure examination

after their national service would only

be employed based on declared vacancies.

“Those who passed the licensure

exams at the end of their national service

shall then apply to the Ghana Education

Service for employment based

on declared vacancies,” he stated.

Dr Prempeh disclosed this in response

to a parliamentary question

filed by the lawmaker of Akatsi North,

Peter Nortsu-Kotoe.

Mr Nortsu-Kotoe was seeking to

know from the Education Minister

steps being taken by his ministry to absorb

all privately trained teachers into

the education sector as done by the

Ministry of Health.

• Employment after training

not automatic, says govt

• Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education

In a direct response to the

question, Dr Prempeh admitted he

did not know what pertains in the

health sector, nevertheless, he

went ahead to state that a total of

14, 160 trained teachers from the

Colleges of Education, both public

and private, were posted by the

Ghana Education Service (GES)

in 2017.

This was made up of 11, 733

from the public colleges and 2,427

from the private colleges. The private

colleges involved were the

Methodist College of Education,

Akim Oda, 54, Jackson College of

Education, Kumasi, 2084, Christ

The Church College of Education,

Kumasi, 46, and Cambridge

College of Education, Kumasi,


The rest were St Ambrose College

of Education, Dormaa

(which has since been absorbed by

the public education system), 31,

Holy Spirit College of Education,

Ho, 92, McCoy College of Education,

Nadowli, 86 and SDA College

of Education,

Agona-Ashanti, 55.

“Mr Speaker, this was the first

time ever that graduates of private

colleges of education were directly

posted by GES,” he stated.

The recent move, he said, followed

a reminder to the GES of

the National Service Act, which

requires graduates of all tertiary

institutions to undertake national

service before seeking formal employment.

“As a result,” he said, “all graduates

of colleges of education, including

those from public and

private, were registered by the National

Service Secretariat and in

collaboration with the Ghana Education

Service to undertake their

national service, which they are

currently undergoing.”

MP builds 800-seater community centre at Nyanor



"I will ensure that this constituency

takes its place when it

comes to development," the MP

declared amidst thunderous applause

from the constituents as

he commissioned the community


The MP maintained his

stance against political, social

and cultural affiliation, explaining

that his mandate was to serve

all persons within his jurisdiction,

irrespective of their political,

social, cultural and religious


He disclosed that his decision

to build a community centre

was born out of the realisation

that the

community lacked a place

to hold social events such

as durbars, community

meetings and funerals.

According to him, such

social events forge unity,

togetherness and common

purpose that feed into the

development of communities.

He noted that he was

hopeful the centre would

be used to maintain the

unity and peace prevailing

in the areas.

The MP added that the

centre would also serve as

a shelter for all and sundry

• The 800-seating capacity community centre

when it rains or when

the sun is high.

He explained further

that it would also relieve

the people of the burden

of hiring canopies

for such events.

The chiefs and people

of Nyanor community

commended the

MP for his commitment

to selfless service to


"You are always

there for us. Your commitment

to duty and

support for all manner

of people, especially the

vulnerable, is commendable,”


pointed out.

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•Abdelaziz Bouteflika, pictured here in 2017, has

not spoken in public since 2014

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term


Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed

the April 18, presidential

elections and said he will

not seek a fifth term in office.

President Bouteflika's candidacy

had provoked mass

protests across Algeria over the

past few weeks.

He has led Algeria for 20

years but has been rarely seen

in public since he suffered a

stroke in 2013.

No new date for the election

was set. A cabinet reshuffle

will happen soon, a

statement in Mr Bouteflika's

name said.

There was no suggestion in

the announcement that the

president intends to step down

before a rescheduled election.

Meanwhile, Algeria's Prime

Minister Ahmed Ouyahia has

announced his resignation and

had been replaced by Interior

Minister Noureddine Bedoui,

who has been tasked with

forming a new government,

the official APS news agency

reported. BBC



Rwanda, Uganda

ratchet up war of words


ROW between

Uganda's President

Yoweri Museveni

and his Rwandan

counterpart Paul

Kagame is showing little sign of


Over the weekend the two leaders

- who have traded accusations

of interfering in each other's affairs

in a row which eventually led to the

closure of their shared border -

once more traded harsh words.

The Rwandan leader accuses

President Museveni of providing a

haven for people opposed to President

Kagame, a claim he denies.

“When I hear somebody say no

one can destabilise their country, I

agree. No one should actually be

destabilising that country but that

country should not also be destabilising

others,” President Kagame

said in an apparent response to

comments made by Mr Museveni.

The Ugandan leader had earlier

warned that anyone trying to destabilise

his country would not succeed.

“Uganda is stable. I have said

before that those who try to destabilise

our country do not know our

capacity. It is big. Once we mobilise,

you cannot survive if you are a

trouble-maker," he said.

In the past, the two leaders had

been quick to downplay the tensions

between their countries, often

leaving any public row to their officials

and supporters.

But Mr Kagame appears to have

seen them as a warning to him.

He said he had given up "begging"

Uganda to listen to his complaints

about militant groups

operating in Uganda and the mistreatment

of Rwandan citizens.

"You can shoot me with a gun

and kill me. But there is one thing

that is impossible; no one can bring

me to my knees," Mr Kagame said.


•President Uhuru Kenyatta

has repeatedly promised to

curb corruption

•Michael Flynn has admitted one count of lying to the

• Liberia


is rich in mineral deposits - and full of illicit mines

•Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (R) and Rwandan President Paul Kagame used to be close allies

World news in 4 stories

•MP or not, Kim Jong-un retains an iron grip over North Korea

North Korea elections: Surprise as

leader Kim Jong-un 'not on ballot’

NORTH KOREA'S election

has resulted in the expected

landslide win for its authoritarian

leadership - but in a big first

for the country, Kim Jong-un

does not appear to have been

on the ballot.

If confirmed, it would be

the first time a North Korean

leader has not run for its rubberstamp


The vote did see his sister,

Kim Yo-jong, elected to the

body, however.

The leader's younger sibling

has been gradually moving into

a more influential role.

North Korea's parliamentary

election is used by Pyongyang

to legitimise its rule,

but is condemned internationally

as a meaningless exercise.

Each voting slip has only one

state-approved candidate on it.

State media announced the

names of the 687 deputies

elected to the Supreme People's

Assembly (SPA) on Tuesday,

but Mr Kim's name was not

read out.

Rachel Minyoung Lee, an

analyst with North Korea specialist

website NK News, told

the BBC that his absence from

the list does not suggest a

weakening grip on power.

"This could be part of

North Korea's ongoing effort

to be perceived as a 'normal

state'," she said. "And in most

democratic countries, the president

doesn't concurrently have

a seat in the parliament.”BBC

Singapore, Australia, China, Indonesia ground Boeing's 737 MAX 8 as concerns mount


suspended operations of all Boeing

737 MAX aircraft in and out

of their airports on Tuesday, and

Indonesia and China grounded

their fleets of the U.S. planemaker’s

latest model after it suffered

a second fatal crash in less

than five months.

The scare has wiped billions of

dollars off the market value of the

world’s biggest planemaker, as the

Boeing Co share closed 5 percent

down on Monday, having fallen by

• Flight accidents are becoming a worry of late

as much as 13.5 percent at one


Nearly 40 percent of the in-service

fleet of 371 Boeing 737 MAX

jets globally is grounded, according

to industry publication Flightglobal,

including 97 jets in the

biggest market, China.

A day after an Ethiopian Airlines

passenger jet plunged to the

ground, killing all 157 people

aboard, the United States stressed

it was safe to fly the planes.

But a statement issued by Singapore’s

Civil Aviation Authority

(CAAS) showed question-marks

hanging over the aircraft after Sunday’s

disaster could not be dispelled

so fast.

“During the temporary suspension,

CAAS will gather more information

and review the safety

risk associated with the continued

operation of the Boeing 737 MAX

aircraft into and out of Singapore,”

the regulator said in a statement.






Divorce cases and role of clergy

GHANA is officially a secular

state and is thus neutral in

matters of religion, supporting

neither religion nor irreligion.

What this means is that there

is complete freedom of religion

because many Ghanaians are

deeply religious.

Therefore, the clergy is the

final place for respite for many

congregants when things get

out of hand in their homes.

Ministers of the Gospel of

Jesus Christ serve as servants

of the Almighty God and

intervene for the congregants

in the spiritual realm. They also

offer free counseling services,

including marriage, to the

congregants in times of


However, the Ghana

Statistical Service is reported to

have indicated that about

600,000 marriages contracted

in the country in a year

collapsed. The divorce cases are

prevalent in churches.

The trend is very worrying

and requires increased efforts

by Ministers of the Gospel

who blessed the marriages in

the first place.

Sadly, there is fire in the

church itself. Some criminals

parading as men of God are

muddying the waters for


They have hijacked almost all

the digital channels and are

busily deceiving people while

the National Communications

Authority looks on.

The clergy must urgently rein

in their ministers else the

country loses its moral

grounding. The resultant

effects of increase in divorce

cases are broken homes and

social vices.

We, therefore, should

collectively assist in protecting

the sanctity of the institution

of marriage and enhance


Premix Fuel Secretariat

makes GH¢7M profit



Fuel Secretariat

(NPFS), under the

Ministry of Fisheries

and Aquaculture Development,

has realised an amount

of GH¢7, 000,000.00 from 19

landing beaches across the country

for the first time in its history.

This was after the secretariat,

for the first time, enforced the provisions

in its LI 2233 Clause 27 (2),

which states that “each landing

beach committee shall open a bank

account for the fishing community

into which 53% of the proceeds of

margins from the sale of Premix

fuel shall be paid.”

But the Landing Beaches Committee

(LBCs), “which hitherto

could not account for any amount

in their accounts, presently have

been able to accumulate funds in

their accounts for development

projects in their communities.”

This was captured in the National

Premix Committee 2018 report

prepared by the National

•Nii Lante Bannerman, Chairman

of Premix Fuel Secretariat

Premix Fuel Committee in collaboration

with the National Premix

Fuel Secretariat, which said “The

NPFS can proudly confirm that

nationwide, there is over Seven

Million Ghana Cedis

(7,000,000.00) accumulated across

various LBC accounts in a little

over a year nationwide.”

As a result, however, some

LBCs have submitted proposals

for the construction of ICT centres,

libraries, fish markets, modern

public toilets, and hostel facilities

among other projects.

Restructuring NPFS

According to the report, as part

of the efforts to restructure and

enhance its corporate governance

system, the NPFS has recognised

the need to restructure its operations

for improved efficiency.

“In the year 2018, the NPFS

developed Conditions of Service

among other things to regulate the

behaviour of staff, standardize disciplinary

procedures, sanctions and

reward systems to improve the

professional behaviour of staff for

effective and efficient performance.

A new organogram to fit the

present operations of NPFS was

designed and staff roles realigned

to fit organizational structure.

“A new organizational logo was

designed and approved by the

NPFC. Subsequently, a workshop

was organised for all staff where

members were taken through training

on work ethics and optimal

performance,” the report captured.

Below are examples of LBCs

across the country with accumulated

funds as at August 31,

2018 for reference.


TEMA 308,700.74

GA MASHIE 106,480.00

CHORKOR 108,240.00

ADA EAST 145,200.00


ADA WEST 147,840.00

KEEA 293,920.00

CAPE COAST 140,800.00

AAK 83,600.00

MFANSTIMAN 223,520.00

NZEMA EAST 183,920.00

ELLEMBELLE 25,520.00

JOMORO 325,600.00

AHANTA WEST 233,200.00

SHAMA 212,080.00

SEKOND 275,440.00

ANLO/KETA 180,400.00

KETU SOUTH 159,280.00

LAKE REGION 2,068,880.00

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Why we need our answer scripts




WORK, we say, is

the only profession

that has no closing

time, nor starting

time. It has no limits;

and so long as one wants to, perhaps,

satisfy his personal goals on

this ladder, and probably put himself

at a certain pedigree in the society,

then one needs to sit with his

inanimate friends for hours so as to

grasp, reproduce and then pass tests

in order to achieve such pedigree.

In the course of cramming, one

is expectant of flying colours. At

this juncture, any form of unexpected

result calls for some psychological

battles of trying to ascertain

why the opposite happened when

the spirit, soul and body know that

it did the right thing.

For some years now, after rolling

myself so deep into the academic

fibre of this country, I am beginning

to believe that our examination

bodies are simply trying to downplay

the intelligence, the emotions,

the toiling efforts, and the physiological

abilities of great minds in

this country.

In fact, I was flabbergasted

when I learnt that a professor I

knew way back on campus had very

low grades during his undergraduate

studies. He then decided to pursue

his postgraduate degree in a foreign

country, and his new university had

to write to his home university to

clarify issues as to why he graduated

with such poor grades. The long

and short of it is that during his

postgraduate studies, he had wowed

his new tutors. They marvelled at

his level of intelligence. His level of

intelligence was not a match for

most of their brilliant students;

meanwhile he graduated with third


Just last week, out of two hundred

and eighty-four (284) students

who had gone through almost four

years of law studies in our universities,

passed all their university

exams, surprisingly got sixty-four

(64), representing 23%, to pass the

General Legal Council exams. It

that not amazing and insulting? Bear

it in mind too that most of them

had already completed their undergraduate

programs before going to

study law. So, what happened?

It is on record that almost half

of the finalists who sat for the 2018

WASSCE failed woefully. The question

then is, were those students

•David Adu-Tenkorang

using a syllabus different from that

of WAEC? Are those students

taught by the same teachers who

graduated with certificates from our

best teacher training institutions?

Are the over 50% of students

across the nation so dumb to the

extent that they all made F9? I made

an interesting observation that the

district in which I reside has been

the last for three consecutive years.

However, a student who happens to

have been part of these batches of

WAEC acclaimed “failures” had

first class, and even came out as the

overall best student in the last graduation

in one of our public universities.

Isn’t it interesting that we begin

to ask these examination or professional

bodies a lot of questions?

The long and short of it all is

that I am calling on the examination

bodies to peacefully hand in the answer

scripts that they marked and

the marking schemes back to the

examinees. Yes! If they really believe

that the results that they did

publish are error-free and for that

reason very credible, then they are

to hand in the marked answer

scripts and the marking schemes

back to the examinees when the results

are released.

In fact, there is so much doubt

of credibility when the results are

released. How can astute students,

who even graduated with first class,

fail professional exams? Enough of

the “methodologies of how to answer

law questions and WASSCE

questions.” Do the examiners find it

really easy marking the WASSCE

scripts? How can WAEC examiners

mark the over three million answer

booklets and then take them

through all their herculean

processes in just three months (June

to August)? That does not tally.

I believe our examination bodies

should re-examine their

processes in order not to sacrifice

souls and render powerful brains

useless and cause others to think

that they are toying with the lives of

intelligent citizens of our beloved


As our noble president said, and

it has been upheld by the luminary,

particularly those in academia and

technocrats that “resources do not

develop nations, but rather great

minds do”, our examination bodies

should be careful in order not to

cause great minds in this beautiful

country of ours to wither. These examination

bodies should not give

cause to be seen as destroying lives

and overly abusing their powers.

Enough of that!

After the marking of the scripts,

let them hand in our answer scripts

and marking scheme. We want to

see our mistakes, and then prepare

adequately to never commit such

mistakes again in our subsequent


The writer is a teacher and a

post-graduate degree holder fr om

the Kwame Nkrumah University

Science and Technolog y, Kumasi



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Importance of Shea butter

• Moisturising

The concentration of natural

vitamins and fatty acids in

Shea butter makes it incredibly

nourishing and moisturizing for

skin. It is often used to remedy dry

skin and to help protect the skin’s

natural oils.

• Reduces inflammation

A 2010 study found that due to

its cinnamic acid and other natural

properties, Shea butter was anti-inflammatory.

One compound in

particular, lupeol cinnamate, was

found to reduce skin inflammation

and even potentially help avoid

skin mutations. This also makes it

beneficial for some people with


• Skin smoothing

Shea butter aids in the skin’s

natural collagen production and

contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and

linolenic acids that protect and

nourish the skin to prevent drying.

With long term use, many people

report skin softening and strengthening

as well as wrinkle reduction.




Vodafone pays hospital bills for 108 patients



GHANA, a telecommunication


provider, through its

annual Homecoming

program, has in six years running

settled the medical bills of 108 patients

who were struggling to raise

funds to pay their bills.

The latest payment which

forms part of the payments for the

108 patients took place at Korle-

Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The event, which occurred on

March 5, 2019, was a charitable

deed done by the company to enable

patients who had been detained

for not being able to settle

their bills to celebrate the independence

holiday at home.

In all, the company spent

GH¢250, 000.00 on the hospital

bills of patients detained at Korle

Bu Teaching Hospital and other

patients in various regional hospitals

in the Central, Volta, Northern,

Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and

Western regions.

Speaking to the media shortly

after the event, External Affairs

Director at Vodafone Ghana, Mr

Gayheart Mensah, said the gesture

formed part of the Vodafone

Health Initiative.

Mr Mensah said the Health Initiative

of Vodafone Ghana Foundation

is aligned with the

• Mr Gayheart Mensah (L), External Affairs Director at Vodafone Ghana,

interacting with nurses and patients at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

Sustainable Development Goals,

which calls for good healthcare for

all and is meant to support the

government in improving the

healthcare of citizens.

The Principal Nursing Officer

in charge of the Neurosurgical

Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching

Hospital, Mrs Emelia K. Okai, on

behalf of the patients at the Korle

Bu Teaching Hospital, thanked

Vodafone Foundation for their


According to her, the Foundation,

for years now, has been assisting

patients who cannot pay their

medical bills, for which they are

grateful, but like Oliver Twist, Mrs

Okai asked for more support in

the future.

White clay poses cancer risk — Researchers


known locally as

‘hyire’, poses potential

cancer risk. That is one

of the outcomes of a

study by scientists at

the Kwame Nkrumah University

of Science and Technology

(KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana.

The researchers found levels of

heavy metals such as lead, over

three times the required daily intake

for a normal adult.

The consumption of clay, especially

among pregnant women and

children, has been reported in several

countries across continents,

particularly in Africa.

Studies have reported on countries

such as Cameroun, Congo

and Nigeria (in Africa), parts of

India, China and the Philippines

(in Asia) as well as those in the


Many reasons, including nutritional,

religious and cultural, have

been linked to the habit.

A 2013 study indicates 28 per

cent of women of reproductive

age in Ghana eat averagely 70

grams of clay daily.

White clay benefits are said to

include the ability to absorb dietary

and bacterial toxins associated

with digestive tract


However, in 2014 researchers in

Johannesburg, South Africa, found

pregnant women who eat clay to

be at risk of anaemia and other

health conditions.

For the study at KNUST, 30

pieces of baked, ready -to -eat

white clay samples were randomly

obtained from 10 markets in the

•White clay



Kumasi metropolis.

The clay was found

to contain essential nutrients

such as potassium,

iron, calcium and


Toxic metals like lead

and arsenic were also

detected in the current


The World Health

Organization (WHO)-

permitted maximum tolerable

daily intake,

which is estimated on

the assumption that an

Studies have reported

on countries such as

Cameroun, Congo

and Nigeria (in

Africa), parts of India,

China and the Philippines

(in Asia) as well

as those in the Americas.

adult who weighs 60 kg consumes

70 g of white clay a day, indicated

that the levels of lead and arsenic

substances in the samples are

far above the tolerable values

set by the WHO.

“The consumption of

these clays by adults and children

over a long time poses a

potential health threat due to

the likelihood of accumulating

for a long period.

“These high levels of toxic

metals (lead and arsenic) render

the clay unwholesome for

human consumption,” observed

Dr Marian Asantewah

Nkansah, the lead scientist on

the study at KNUST.

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• Dr Williams Anarfi Sarpong (R) in a chat with an Executive Member of Alleem Business

Alleem Business appoints

WASK CEO Ambassador

THE ALLEEM Business Congress in the U.A.E

has appointed Chief Executive Officer of the

WASK Group of Companies, Dr Williams Anarfi

Sarpong as its Brand Ambassador for 2019.

Dr Sarpong popularly called Dr WASK

received the ambassadorial appointment at the

recently held 4th Annual Water and Energy week

celebration in Dubai.

Dr WASK will serve as the face and voice of

Alleem Business Congress, build brand

recognition, and successfully promote products

and services in Africa.

He will also communicate and engage partners

in Africa in meaningful ways to increase the brand

awareness and generate new opportunities for

interested companies to be part of the subsequent


The event brought together over 300

participants from about 35 different countries to

share their views and experiences in their various

fields of business.

In attendance were government officials from

around the world, stakeholders in the water and

energy and academics.

There were 14 speakers who did exclusive

PowerPoint presentations on the water & energy

situation in their various countries.

•The cleared site

Dr WASK, who was also a proposed speaker at the for the

event, made a presentation on Sustainable SHS

Livelihoods in Africa.

On day one, presentations and deliberations

centered on different aspects of water and energy;

stimulated meaningful debate on challenges in

handling water and energy and diverse ways for

solving the menace.

Day two was allocated for the Excellence

Award Night during which the Alleem Business

Congress honoured few partners and sponsors for

being part of their success story.

Dr WASK being the only black speaker was

accompanied by some executives of the WASK

Group of Companies. They are Mr Williams

Benjamin Anarfi, Mr Benjamin Nana Adomako

Kufour, Mr. Benjamin Amusah and Ms. Joyce


Berekuso celebrates

Ohum festival after 8yrs’ dispute

THE CHIEFS and people of Berekuso in the Eastern

Region have celebrated their annual Ohum Festival

amidst drumming, dancing and the firing of muskets.

The festival was put on hold for eight years due to

chieftaincy disputes in the town.

As a result of amicable settlements between all

factions, the festival, which was celebrated peacefully,

under the theme: ‘Unity and Peace for Development’,

drew a large crowd from all walks of life including


The festival is an occasion that brings to the fore,

political, social and religious ways of life. It is a time

when the chiefs within the traditional area reaffirm

their loyalty to the Twafo Stool, thereby, strengthening

the bond that binds them together.

The chiefs and the people used the occasion to

settle disputes and differences that tended to

undermine the unity of the area, and also afforded the

people the opportunity to go back to their root and

be rejuvenated for the years ahead.

Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Minister for Roads and

Highways in an address read on his behalf said,

government had secured a 24 million-dollar Kuwaiti

fund for the rehabilitation of roads in the area.

He said plans were also far advanced for the

government to upgrade all the senior high schools in

the community.

Mr Amoako-Atta commended the people for the

peaceful celebration of the festival and expressed the

hope that this would bring development into the area.

Mr Samuel Ayitey, Deputy Eastern Regional

Minister urged them to do away with chieftaincy

disputes to ensure the rapid development of the area.

He urged them to use the occasion to champion

the cause of peace and unity.

Mr Frank Aidoo, Akuapem South District Chief

Executive appealed to parents to take active interest in

•Odeefuo Oteng Korankye II,

Berekusohene sits in state

the education of their wards to enable them grow to

become useful citizens.

Odeefuo Oteng Korankye II, Chief of the town

appealed to the government to construct the

Kwabenya-Kitase road, which had become a source of

worry to motorists and pedestrians and also provide

the town with a senior-high school and a market to

make life comfortable for the people.

He commended the government and the sons and

daughters of Dagbon for their peaceful role in the

enskinment of the new overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa

Abukari Mahama II and was of the hope that the

enskinment would bring development into the area.

Amnesty Intl Ghana organises

‘Balance for Better’ dialogue

• Calls for priority for women’s issues



THE DEAN of Faculty of

Law at the University of

Professional Studies, Accra

(UPSA), Prof Kwame

Frimpong, has said there is

the need for Ghanaians to

give priority to woman and celebrate

their right because they form an integral

part of society.

According to him, Ghanaian women

form a greater fraction of the

development and the struggle for

advancement in life, hence the need for

attention and protection of their civic


Prof Frimpong made these

statements last Friday, March 8, 2018 at

UPSA during a joint stakeholder’s

dialogue organised by Amnesty

International, Ghana with support from

Human Rights Advocacy Centre on

International Women’s Day held in


The event drew scores of women

from all over the country to dialogue on

issues relating to their plights, bringing

them to the attention of the general

public and mounting pressure on policy

makers to respond to their needs.

Delivering his address dubbed ‘Public

Dialogue on Ghana's Gender Balance on

2019 International Women's Day,’ Prof

Frimpong, called on Ghanaians,

especially policy makers to give priority

to women issues to equip them


“If you understand that the woman

is the same as a man, and is a human

being then there’s no need for us to talk

about gender discrimination. We don’t

need to have separate rights for others or

deny others of equal rights,” he stated.

International Women’s Day, is a day

set aside to celebrate women across the

globe, highlight on issues of women and

also used to accelerate gender parity.

This year’s celebration was on the theme

‘Balance for Better’ which resonates with

goal 5 of the Sustainable Development

Goals stressing on Gender Equality and

the need to end all forms of

discrimination against women and girls.

According to the campaigns and



at Amnesty


Ghana, Mr Samuel

Komla Agbotsey, the reason for

organising the event at the UPSA

campus was to give the students the

opportunity to have a feel of human

rights and add to their theoretical bank

of knowledge.

In her solidarity message, the

Executive Director of Human Rights

Advocacy Centre, Ms Cynthia Nimo-

Ampredu appealed to President Nana

Akufo-Addo to ensure that appropriate

measures are taken to holistically address

issues of women empowerment.

“We call on His Excellency, who is

also an internationally recognised gender

champion and his government to

prioritise women empowerment,” she


She called on the government to

effect the amendment of labour Act

2003 to increase maternity leave

from three to months so as to

promote job security for

women as well as take

radical steps to see the

passage of the

Property Rights of

Spouses and the

Intestate Succession

and Affirmative

Action Bills.

The staunch

women’s rights

advocate also demanded

that the government takes

deliberate steps to increase

women’s representation in

Parliament to at least 30% and to

address the systemic challenges

experienced in the implementation of

the domestic violence act.

The three-hour programme also

witnessed a panel discussion which

brought together members drawn from

government, civil society groups, gender

activists, academia and Amnesty

International Ghana to deliberate on key

issues affecting women.

Dr Maame Gyenkye –Jandoh, Senior

LEKMED marks 6th KG march past at KROMA



Municipal Education Directorate

(LEKMED) has held its sixth

kindergarten march past as a

prelude to commemorate the 62nd

Independence Day Celebration, on

the theme ‘Celebrating Peace and


The sixth event, which was the

first of its kind at Nungua under

the newly-created Krowor

Municipal Assembly (KROMA),

attracted 18 kindergarten schools in

the municipality.

Mrs Gloria Naa-Ahinee Clerk,

the Municipal Director at the

Ghana Education Service while

addressing the gathering urged

parents to enrol their kids in school.

According to her, with the right

•Panelists at a discussion session

Inset: Prof Kwame Frimpong delivering his


•KG pupils waiting for their

turn to do the march past

foundation, children would grow to

become great achievers adding that

the purpose of the KG march past

is also to instil some nationalism

into the children and also attract

children who are home to be in


She however commended the

teachers at the pre-school level

within the municipality for their

commitment and hard

work urge parents to

support the course.

In a statement delivered

on his behalf, the

Municipal Chief Executive

of KROMA, Mr Joshua

Bortey, said the assembly

with do whatever possible

in pushing education to the

level of acceptance.

On her part, the Early

Childhood Coordinator at


Owusuaa Amo Yeboah

expressed satisfaction at

the level of attendance but

also said the heavy

downpour took the shine

away from the March pass.

The march past which was later

called off commenced with

traditional, Islam, and Christian

prayers led by pupils from LEKMA

Lecturer and Head of Political Science

Department of the University of Ghana,

Legon led participants through an

overview of Ghana’s journey in ensuring

Gender Balance, while the Former

Minister of Gender, Children and Social

Protection, Nana Oye Lithur gave an

overview of Gender and Human Rights

and how its understanding could help

promote Gender Balance for a better


The Deputy Board Secretary of

Amnesty International Ghana, Maame

Akosua Asare, presenting on the topic

‘Balancing for Better: The Role Of

Young People In A Fast-Changing

World,’ charged the youth to help

empower themselves in order to change

the negative mindsets people have about


On her part, the former Minister of

Gender, Children and Social Protection

called on all and sundry to make

deliberate and conscious effort to change

the gender narrative to remove barriers

to women’s empowerment where ever

they find ourselves.

“I believe when we do this, we can

fast-track the change that we all desire,”

she posited.

A curtain was drawn on the event

after social interactions and networking

session which witnessed various

insightful questions, comments and

contributions from participants all geared

towards trouble shooting and professing

solutions on how to deal with women’s


1&2 Primary KG, St. Augustine’s

Basic KG, and the United Church

Prep. KG.

The dignitaries gathered at the

event were treated to a variety of

cultural performances which

includes poetry and dance by pupils

from Precious Savior Academy and

Wingston International School KG.

Participating schools

Participating schools were St.

Peters Anglican Pre-School,

Nungua LEKMA ‘7’ KG, Nungua

Ebenezer Methodist KG, Quaye

Nungua Roman Catholic KG,

Wingston International School. KG,

and Nungua Central KG.

The rest are, LEKMA 1&2

Primary KG, United Church Prep

KG, St. Augustine’s Basic KG,

Precious Savior Academy, Nungua

Methodist ‘1’ Basic, and Nungua

LEKMA ‘1,2 and 7’ KG.

•Nana Agyei Donkor, development chief of

Gomoa Buduatta community

MP charges

Gomoa Buduatta

chiefs to focus on


MEMBER OF Parliament

(MP) for Gomoa East

Constituency in the Central

Region, Mr Kojo Asemani

has indicated his readiness to

work with the various chiefs

and traditional office holders,

particularly the development

Chief (Nkosoohene) for

Gomoa Buduatta community,

Nana Agyei Donkor to

quicken the pace of socioeconomic

development and

growth in the area.

For this plan to become

successful, the law

maker called for unity among

chiefs and people of Gomoa

Buduatta community for

massive development, adding

that ‘let us work together as

one people to help promote

sanitation, education, security

and health."

He added that his outfit

would work hand in hand

with Nana Agyei Donkor and

the people to see to the

wellbeing of the people at

Gomoa Buduatta.

Mr Asemani made the

statement when he joined the

chiefs and people of the area

to celebrate this year's

annual Akwambo festival

of the people Gomoa


On his part, Nana Agyei

Donkor I charged indigenes

of Buduatta and Ghana as a

whole to work towards

peace, unity, togetherness in

order to promote socioeconomic

growth and


According to the chief

who doubles as the Chief

Executive Officer of Alpha

Investment and properties,

the Gomoa Buduatta

community lacks social and

infrastructure developments,

therefore would do his

possible best to promote

development in the area.

"I will work with my

people and stakeholders to fix

the falling standard of

education, because education

in my community is one of

my top-most priorities at such

I have established

Nkosoohene Educational

Fund to sponsor brilliant

children in society," he noted.

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SG Ghana shares group’s

strategy for growth in Africa

• Details what the group offers Ghana



Ghana, a subsidiary of Societe

Generale Group, has engaged

with key stakeholders, from

both the private and public

sectors in Ghana.

The business fourm’s objective was to

discuss how the bank could support the

country’s agenda for development.

The event, on the theme ‘Grow with

Africa’, saw all the experts of the company

in global finance; markets; transaction

and payment services; and structured

finance interact with some government

ministries, agencies, regulators and customers

on natural resources; structured

finance and asset financing; positive impact

finance; trade finance and cash management;

and capital markets.

The seminar was followed by workshops

at which the various experts from

the company had more intimate discussions

with selected stakeholders.

The main objective of the program

was to foster development of the

economies and populations through

multi-dimensional support for Small and

Medium Enterprises (SMEs), infrastructure

financing, innovative financing solutions

and financial inclusion.

According to Societe Generale, one of

the initiatives is the creation of SME centers

across Africa to provide resources

for business development.

Mr Alexander Maymat, Head of

Africa, Mediterranean Basin & Overseas

Region for Societe Generale Group, explained

that the creation of the centres

came in addition to the bank’s decision to

increase access to credit to support

SMEs, which are the cornerstone of

African economies.

He said infrastructure financing is another

key aspect of development in

Africa, especially in energy, transport,

water and waste management, and even

the development of smart cities.

He added that the company had plans

to double its workforce dedicated to

structured financing by the end of 2019

and increase its financial commitment related

to structured finance in Africa by

20% over the next three years.

•Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsey (L), Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr

Alexander Maymat, Head of Africa, Mediterranean Basin & Overseas

Region for Societe Generale Group, and Mr Hakim Ouzzani, Managing

Director, Societe Generale Ghana, seated at the commissioning of the SG

Home of Business

“Societe Generale’s experience in

Ghana is an exciting one; the country is

developing fast and so are the needs of

our clients. Clients are finding in Ghana

their own way to consume banking products

and services, and we believe that our

unique positioning, which combines

knowledge of the local economies and

the expertise of an international banking

group, is the key to support the country’s

development,” Mr Maymat said.

He also pointed out that on promoting

development through financial inclusion,

the objective is born out of the

strong conviction that there is a real need

for alternative banking models to accelerate

financial inclusion across Africa.

He said “80% of the African population

remains unbanked and microfinance

remains crucial to integrating this section

of the population that has not accessed

the traditional banking system. In this

vein, new distribution models that use

mobile devices are a more practical approach

to servicing this unbanked population.”

Mr Hakim Ouzzani, Managing Director,

Societe Generale Ghana, explained

that under innovative financing, and with

a special emphasis on agricultural industries

and energy partnerships, the bank

was planning to provide access to a range

of banking and non-banking services that

are healthcare, education, advisory and

many more to one million farmers over

the next five years.

“This target is being made possible by

YUP, the bank’s online mobile money

platform that brings finance to the

doorstep of everyone,” he added.

He also said Societe Generale’s desire

to contribute to sustainable development

in Africa is also driven by the initiatives of

the bank’s corporate foundation for solidarity.

He said “the foundation has already

supported close to 100 projects promoting

professional integration in 14 African

countries, and the budget it dedicates to

projects in Africa will be considerably increased

over the coming years.”

The management also commissioned

a business centre known as ‘SG Home of

Business’ at the Osu branch in Accra.

Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsey, Deputy

Minister of Trade and Industry, said the

SG Home of Business would help businesses

in the country to stand on their

feet through the advisory role that would

be played by the bank since the government

does not have the finances to support

all of them..

“If our strategy of government is in

industrial transformation of companies

and as a case if 90% of all businesses in

Ghana are micro- and small-scale businesses,

then we know they have employed

85% of our people in the country and it

means that in order to transform our

economy we must transform our SMEs

and one of our key need of SMEs is finances

so this place is directly one of the

places,” he said.

Taxify now Bolt

TAXIFY, THE leading single app and is currently

working on ex-

European on-demand

transportation platform, panding the scooter

is changing its name to sharing service across a

Bolt and introducing a number of European

new logo.


The update brings Mr Uche Okafor,

the brand identity in Regional Manager for

line with the company’s West Africa, Bolt, explained

that “while

broader vision of transportation

that has already

expanded from our mission, we’ve also

we’ve made progress on

ride-hailing, with cars started to outgrow parts

and motorbikes, to of our brand, including

scooter sharing. the name. Given our

In a release, Mr ambition to solve transportation

problems on

Markus Villig, CEO and

co-founder of Bolt, an increasingly broader

speaking on why the scale, we want the brand

company chose to make •Mr Christian to reflect Chammas, the company’s

CEO, Vivo Energy

the change, said, “Taxify

was launched five years

ago with a mission to

make urban transportation

more convenient

and affordable. Our

first product was a taxi

dispatch solution that

gave the company its

original name.”

The Estonian-born

tech company has

evolved in leaps and

bounds since its inception

to now serve 25

million customers in

over 30 countries globally,

making it a leader

in Europe and Africa.

It was also the first

company to bring ridehailing

and scooter

sharing together in one

future rather than the


“Our new name,

Bolt, stands for fast, effortless

movement – exactly

what the

experience of getting

around in a city should

be, be it by car, scooter

or public transport. It

also underscores our

belief that the future of

transportation will be


The new brand will

be gradually rolled out

across Bolt’s global markets

in the coming

weeks. Bolt users will

not need to take any action

as the app will update


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Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about

anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for

yourself —Henry James

NDC’s Dr Kwabena Adjei passes on

AFORMER National

Chairman of the opposition


Democratic Congress

(NDC), Dr Kwabena

Adjei, has passes on.

He died Tuesday morning at the

Greater Accra Regional Hospital, formerly

Ridge hospital, a highly placed

source at the party confirmed to the


The politician who was the chairman

when the NDC won power in

2008 had been battling with a protracted

sickness first reported in the

media in August 2015.

He died three days after marking

his 76th birthday on March 9, 2019.

Dr Adjei graduated with a PhD

(Research Methods and Statistics in

Psychology) from the University of

Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K in


He ventured into politics in 1978,

getting elected as a Council Mmember

of the Jasikan District Council in the

Volta region.

The Psychology lecturer’s political

decline began after 2014 after he lost

his National Chairmanship post to

• Dr Kwabena Adjei,

a former NDC National


Kofi Portuphy.

It ended his bid for a third tenure

after first winning the position in 2005

while the party was in opposition. He

was re-elected in 2009.

Dr Kwabena Adjei popularly called

‘Wayo Wayo’ is remembered for his

controversial August 2010 comment ‘

there are many ways of killing a cat.’

He said it in response to the serial

losses the NDC government under

late President Mills suffered in court.

1978/1979: Elected Council Member:

Jasikan District Council, Jasikan,

Volta, Region, Ghana.

1979-1981: Parliamentary Candidate

Biakoye for the Popular Front


1986-1987: PNDC Deputy Secretary

(Deputy Minister of State) for the

Volta Region, Republic Of Ghana.

1987-1992: PNDC Deputy Secretary

(Deputy Minister of State) for Industries,

Science & Technology,

Republic Of Ghana.

1998/1992: Member Of Committee

Of Secretaries (The PNDC Cabinet),

1992: Key Member since the

founding of the National Democratic

Congress (NDC) in 1992.

1993/1996: Member of Parliament

(MP) for the Biakoye Constituency,

Parliament of the 4th Republic Of


1993/1994: First Deputy Majority

Chief Whip: Parliament of the 4th

Republic of Ghana.

1994: Majority Chief Whip: Parliament

of the 4th Republic of Ghana

1994: Deputy Minister for Lands

& Forestry: Republic Of Ghana.

1994/1996: Minister for Lands &

Forestry: Republic Of Ghana.

1996/2000: Member of Parliament

(MP) for the Biakoye, Parliament of

the 4th Republic of Ghana.

1997/1998: Cabinet Minister for

Lands & Forestry, Republic of Ghana.

1998: Cabinet Minister for Food &

Agriculture, Republic of Ghana.

1998/2000: Leader of The House

(Majority Leader): Parliament of 4th

Republic of Ghana.

1998/2000: Minister for Parliamentary

Affairs, Forth Republic of


Chairman of Business Committee,

Parliament of the 4th Republic of


Member of Select Committee, Parliament

of the 4th Republic of


2001/2004: Member of Parliament

(MP) for the Biakoye Constituency,

Parliament Of The Fourth Republic

of Ghana.

Member of Finance Committee,

Parliament, Republic of the 4th Republic

of Ghana

Member of Health Committee,

Parliament of the 4th Republic of


2005: National Chairman of the

National Democratic Congress


2009: Chairman of Ghana Education

Trust Fund (GETFund).


• Former President John Mahama


Pursuant to Order 172 (3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament, the general public is hereby notified that the under-listed persons have been nominated

by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana for Ministerial and Deputy Ministerial appointments. The Appointments Committee of Parliament

would consequently, hold Public Hearings to consider the nominations.

The nominees are as follows:

i) Mrs. Evelyn Arna Kumi-Richardson

ii) Hon. Kofi Amoakohene, MP

iii) Hon. Salifu Adam Braimah, MP

iv) Hon. Solomon Namliit Boar, MP

v) Hon. Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, MP

vi) Hon Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, MP

vii) Mr. Kwasi Owusu Yeboah

viii) Hon.SiakaStevens,MP

ix) Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere, MP

x) Mr. Samuel Yeyu Tika

xi) Mr. Tahiru Tia Ahmed

xii) Hon. John Benam

xiii) Hon. Alex Tetteh, MP

xiv) Mr.JohnsonAvuletey

xv) Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, MP xvi) Dr.HafizBinSalih

xvii) Hon. Naana Eyiah, MP

xviii) Hon. Alex Kodwo Korn Abban, MP xix) Hon.YawAfful,MP

Minister for Bono Region

Minister for Bono East Region Minister for Savannah Region Minister for North

East Region Minister for Western North Region Minister for Western Region

Minister for Oti Region DeputyMinisterforBonoRegion Deputy Minister for

Ahafo Region Deputy Minister for Savannah region

Deputy Minister for North East Region Deputy Minister for Northern Region

Deputy Minister for Western North Region DeputyMinisterforVoltaRegion Minister

for Tourism, Arts &Culture MinisterforUpperWestRegion Deputy Minister

for Lands & Natural Resources

Deputy Minister for Health DeputyMinisterforAviation

The Committee hereby invites written Memoranda on the nominees from the general public. The Memoranda should reach the address below

not later than Wednesday, 13th March, 2019.




Attendance at the Public Hearings shall be strictly by invitation.

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Methodist Church inaugurates Kwabenya

Circuit, inducts Supt. Minister



Northern Accra Diocese

of the

Methodist Church

Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof.

Joseph Edusa-Eyison,

has urged Ghanaian youth to

focus on living a chaste life.

This, he indicated, was one of

the surest ways to end the problem

of political vigilantism currently facing

the country, adding that, it will

be appropriate for the youth to consult

the elderly, or the church, in the

case of Christians, before they take

certain decisions in their lives.

Speaking to the press at a ceremony

to inaugurate the Kwabenya

Circuit of the Methodist Church,

and the induction of the Superintendent

Minister of the Circuit at

the Mount Sinai Methodist Church,

Atomic, Kwabenya, Accra, Rt. Rev.

Prof. Edusa-Eyison stressed that

there was the need for the youth in

the country to be educated properly

to appreciate the good things in life.

“As a youth, especially the Christians,

you must try and live your life

as a good Christian. If you are in

school concentrate on your studies

and do well, and if you are working

then concentrate on the work that

God has given to you. Try and do

well so that you will not put yourself

into this political vigilantism”.

“The people who encourage

them to engage in these acts, where

are their children? The youth must

take cues from this,” he said.

On how the church could help

the youth to live an improved Christian

life, Rt. Rev. Prof. Edusa-Eyison

was of the opinion that the church

must continue to educate the youth

on the importance of living a worthy

Christian life.

He said, “We need to help them

to appreciate how far they’ve come

and help them to realise the qualities,

gifts and talents that God has

blessed them with.”

He stated that, the Methodist

Church of Ghana is focused on

helping the youth of the country,

and indicated that, “we acknowledge

the status of the youth.”

Touching on the inauguration of

the Kwabenya Circuit, Rt. Rev. Prof.

Edusa-Eyison said the initiative will

help the church to spread its duties

to help the growth of Christianity in

the communities in particular and

the country as a whole.

“We like to always encourage

people to live in unity and love one

•Bishop of the Northern Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Edusa-Eyison, congratulating Very

another, because these are things

that, when you are not careful,

would be lost on the people,” he explained.

The Presiding Bishop of the

Methodist Church Ghana, The Most

Rev. Dr Paul K. Boafo, congratulated

the leaders and members of

the new Circuit and charged them to

sustain the zeal to do the will and

work of God at all times.

“Let not your enthusiasm for the

work of God end with the inauguration

of the Circuit, but be renewed

every day so that the Lord will add

to your numbers daily”, he said.

“Go all out to the communities

and call the wanderers home to

Christ Jesus. Remember, you have

no business whatsoever but to win

souls,” he reminded the congregation.

For his part, the newly inducted

Superintendent Minister of the

Kwabenya Circuit, The Very Rev.

Felix Tawiah Korankye Danquah

called on members of the Circuit to

help him and the church as a whole

to discharge their duties to the glory

of God and the benefit of humanity.

According to him, his pre-pastoral

training has equipped him for

the task ahead, and added that, “As a

Methodist, you have to go through a

lot. So before you are selected and

inducted as a Superintendent Minister,

you must have gone through the


The Member of Parliament for

Dome-Kwabenya, Ms Sarah Adwoa

Sarfo, who was a special guest at the

ceremony, expressed her gratitude to

the Methodist Church for its decision

to make the Kwabenya section,

a Circuit.

She called on members of the

Rev. Felix Tawiah Korankye Danquah while Mrs Korankye Danquah showing appreciation

Methodist Church and Christians in

general to pray for the President and

his government for the wisdom and

strength to develop the country.

“If we don’t

rely on God for

directions to execute

our duties, it

will be difficult

for us [government].

She presented

a gift to the Circuit

saying, “We

bring this offering

to ask for God’s

grace upon the

President, Nana

Addo Dankwa

Akufo-Addo and

his government”.

The ceremony

attracted many

senior Ministers

of the Methodist

Church Ghana,

politicians and

other dignitaries.


Kwabenya Circuit

The decision

to carve

Kwabenya Circuit

out of the Dzorwulu

Circuit was

confirmed in

2018 and the approval

was given

during the 10th

Biennial/ 48 Annual


of the Methodist

Church in


The Circuit is

made up of the

Kwabenya Hills Nursery Society, Ascension

Methodist Church, Grace

Methodist Church, Victory

Methodist Church, and the

Narhman Methodist Society, with

Mount Sinai Society as the Circuit




Rob Photography

advises youth to

pursue careers

B4Bonah part

ways with Mim

Life records



BUDDING GHANAIAN rapper, Fredrick

Amoako Bonah, known by his stage

name B4Bonah has parted ways with his long

time record label, MiM Life Records.

This comes after minor misunderstanding

between the artiste and management of the

record label. What the misunderstanding entails

is really not clear but our sources tell us

B4Bonah is no longer willing to work with

the record label.

Speaking to host DJ Nyaami on WE

DEY VIBE on SVTV Africa, manager for

B4Bonah, Eric Asmah, aka Hulk, disclosed

that there was no bad blood between the

artiste and management.

"As I am talking to you now, B4Bonah is

no longer under Mim Life Records. Oh there

is no bad blood between management and

the artiste, it's just a minor misunderstanding

and it's unfortunate we have to part ways

with him."

Hulk added that, "We didn't sack him.

B4Bonah, after returning from The UK, decided

not to work with us again after five

years of signing him, and because we're family,

we can't prevent him from going. We wish

him the best in all his endeavours."

B4Bonah in 2014 signed a 5-year contract

with Mim Life Records, which is expected to

end sometime this year.

The rapper, under MiM Life Records, associated

himself with some top-notch

artistes in Ghana such Sarkodie, M.anifest,

and Dr. Cryme.



PHY, known in real life

as Robert Augustus

Abban, has advised

young men and women

to pursue careers they love and put

in all the efforts to prove themselves

experts in their chosen fields.

In an online interview with the

DAILY HERITAGE, he continued

that since it is difficult for

any government across the globe to

provide jobs for the teeming youth,

the youth should choose careers so

they can save themselves and their

governments the worries associated

with unemployment.

Rob, who has become a household

name and one of the most

sought-after photographers in recent

times following his biggest

breakthrough as one of the official

photographers at Ghana Music

Awards UK, Ghana FIFA Awards

2018, Rapperholic and Bhimnation

Concert 2018, Kaya Tour, 3 Music

Awards and AFRIMA Awards, said

“as young people, we need the

combination of good education and

skills relevant in today’s world in order

to be able to enjoy the comforts of


Now in The Netherlands for what

he calls “a special project”, Photography

asked the youth “to work for

money rather than being obsessed

with the mentality of making money

through unacceptable means”.

•Robert Augustus


Early Life:

Abban, whose traditional name is

Nana Kow Dadzie, was born on

March 29, 1989 at Saltpond in the

Central Region, Ghana. He had his

basic school education at the SS Peter

and Paul Anglican and later to

Mfantsiman Basic DA School. Rob

and his four siblings found themselves

in a family of academics where their

great grandfather is world renowned

mathematician, Professor Francis Ampenyin

Allotey, now of blessed memory.

The thought of pursuing photography

made him to enrol at Zepto Professional

Training Institute, Accra –

Ghana, where he studied it full time

with high level of focus and determination.

Upon graduation he started

practising his trade and through hard

work he has become the professional

photographer he is known for today.


He has established Rob Multimedia

in Accra to provide professional photography

services at such events as

wedding and engagements, on the

fields of blogging, tourism and journalism.

Rob says some people do not make

the attempt to try anything new despite

the abundance of opportunities

out there let alone doing it for free. He

said he did his internship at Solid Multimedia,

where he was made to file a

vacant position as the acting head of

media. He said he

gained some experience

and was later

engaged in active

service with award

winning E - Jam

Records in 2011 as

the head of media

promotion, where

he promoted the

likes of Sarkodie, D

Cryme, Chemphe

and Eno Barony

when they were

signed under the


He said working

with Dr. Osei

Kwame Despite,

Chief Executive Officer

of Despite

Group of Company,

on his birthday donations

as the official


added a significant

value to his credibility

and personality in

general and shot him

to the corporate

world as a professional



Rob says aside personal gratification,

he plies his trade in line with the

tenets of his profession focusing on

the biggest goal of putting Ghana on

the world market.

Brand Association

He says his profession has opened

doors of opportunity for him to work

with Ghana Music Awards, Ghana and

UK, S-Concert, Ashaiman to the

World, Empire Entertainment, Bhimnation,

Sarknation and other such

events as the official photographer.

Award nomination

Ghana Event Awards - Best Event

Photographer, 2018 (Nominee)

MiPROMO Awards -Most Influential

Media Personality, 2018 (Nominee).




Africa Digital Awards launched



organized by Third Eye Media,

launched the Ghana edition of the

awards in collaboration with Stanbic

Bank’s Business Incubator at

Stanbic Heights, Airport, Accra, on Friday, March

8, 2019.

The scheme seeks to award and recognize any

individual or company that uses the digital space

to impact the society.

According to the founder and Chief Executive

Officer of ADA, Foster Kofi Sam, the

awards scheme targets persons and companies in

the media, telecom, finance and e-commerce


He added that, “There will be a couple of

events and activities that we will organize to celebrate

and recognize digital players in Ghana that

are leveraging digital innovations and inventions

to impact society positively. There will be a Digital

Summit and a corporate e-sports event among

other activities before the main awards”

Mr Sam also said Africa’s Digital Space is all

about collaborations and through the awards they

seek to push for the Free Trade continental

agreement with governments and the private sector

to make Africa a full-blown digital economy.

“The awards, through strategic partners,

would also train about one million youth in various

digital skills and about 500,000 women in

Digital Finance to make them employable as well

• Dr Thomas Mensah (L), Chairman of the event, Foster Sam, (M), CEO of Africa Digital

Awards, Mr Emmauel Gamor with other dignitaries at the event

as use technologies in transacting business,” he


Foster Awintiti Akugri, who is part of the

awards jury and also a representative of Stanbic

Bank’s business incubator, said supporting Africa

Digital Awards is part of the Bank’s plans to

push for a bigger digital transformation for its

customers in various African countries and they

look forward to great event in June and called for

corporate Ghana to support this initiative.

Dr Thomas Mensah, who was the chairman

for the Launch, said the Awards would travel to

countries like Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya,

Rwanda, South Africa and other Africa countries

before the Pan African event in an African city.

The launch saw personalities from companies

like Total Ghana Limited; Stanbic Bank, Ghana;

Immigration Service; and Chanzo Capital. The

category that intrigued lot of patrons at the

launch was the category to recognize, reward and

celebrate the use of the digital system in governance

in Ghana.

ADA has seven technology experts who are:

Dr Thomas Owusu Mensah, world renowned

Fibre Optics inventor, Foster Awintiti Akugri,

Business Incubation, Stanbic Bank; Alice K Mensah,

George Kwabena Appiah, Regina Honu,

Emmanuel Gamor, CEO of KANEA; and

Manny Bortey

The categories for the awards include:

1. Best News Portal

2. Best Use of Social Media

3. Online Editor of the Year

4. Entertainment Site of the Year

5. Digital Artiste of the Year

6. Best Digital Bank

7. Fintech Innovation of the Year

8. Most Outstanding Digital Financial Services

9. Best Banking App for Ghana

10. Best Telecom in Customer Service

11. Telecom of the Year

12. Best Digital Education Platform

13. Ecommerce Platform of the Year

14. Social Media Personality

15. Most Innovative AgriTech App

16. Best Use of Digital for Travel and


17. Best Innovation for Health

18. Best e-governance platform

The Africa Digital Awards Ghana edition is

slated for June 27 – 29, 2019 with activities such

as Ghana’s first Digital Summit, Corporate e-

league and the Awards Night.


R2bees, iPhone DJ,

others thrill thousands

at maiden edition



THE maiden edition of #RexonaColourthon

took off last

Saturday at the University of

Ghana’s Africa Union Hall otherwise

known as Pentagon.

The event involved thousands

of students walking from

the Pentagon hostel to the

Evandy Hostel and back.

“As the world is speeding up,

we are slowing down. Most

people find themselves sitting

most of the day. As a brand, we

want people to break out of

sedentary lifestyles and get

moving. We believe the more

you move, the more you live.”

said Vanessa Kavi. “The walk is

to get Ghanaians to live happier

and healthier lives, whilst using

Rexona to stay confident

throughout their daily activities.”

Rexona propagates movement

and assures everyone of

staying fresh no matter how

much they move. And the usage

of colour is the celebration of

our assortment of variants we

offer, she added.

On Saturday, March 2, participants

in the first edition

#RexonaColourthon, apart

from walking, engaged in vigorous

aerobics, health talk and

Giant Bull riding among others.

Multiple award-winning duo,

R2bees, budding rapper CJ Biggerman,

iPhone DJ and DJ

Neizer took the audience spellbound

treating the participants

to back to back music

The RexonaColourthon train

is expected to make stops at the

Kwame Nkrumah University of

Science and Technology –

KNUST and the University of

Cape Coast in coming months.

Participants can visit www.RexonaColour to participate.

Maybelline New York announces DJ

Cuppy as Ghana’s ambassador


world’s leading cosmetics brand, is excited

to announce Florence Ifeoluwa

Otedola, famously known as DJ Cuppy,


Ghana and for Nigeria.

An international DJ, musician

and philanthropist

with a rapidly increasing

fan base, Cuppy is well

known around the

continent and recognized

for her

skills on the

turntable, her philanthropic

work and

warm personality.

“As a young

African female, [I see

that] it is an honour for

me to be able to represent

and join the Maybelline New

York family! As (sic) a teenager,

Maybelline was my first ever makeup

purchase,” said Cuppy.

“It is exciting to be a voice for not

only myself but for every other young

girl who wants to feel appreciated and

valued in their various communities. We

are strong, beautiful and capable of exceeding

expectations and that to me is

what Maybelline stands for. I could not

be prouder to represent them and make

it happen.”

Cuppy joins an impressive lineup of

international ‘IT GIRLS’ who have

helped shape the identity of the iconic

Maybelline New York brand.

“Cuppy embodies the determination,

passion and dream of making it

happen in New York City,” said

Sekou Coulibaly, Managing


L’Oréal West


Born in


Nigeria in





began at a

young age.

By the time

she turned 18,

whilst attaining a



BSc Economics at Kings

College London, she was already producing

her own tracks and DJing around

the world. To this date, Cuppy’s DJ skills

have taken her to over 30 countries and

has allowed her to perform for Presidential

inaugurations, including one in


Cuppy’s open-format DJ style and

unlimited genre catalogue takes audiences

on an exuberant journey. She is

praised for her ability to seamlessly fuse

global tunes, relating with any diverse

crowd. With her lovable personality and

undeniable hard work ethic, she has

quickly risen and continues her pop-cultured

supreme lead role as an international

pan-African brand. In 2015,

Cuppy embarked on an eight-country

tour of Africa called ‘Cuppy Takes

Africa’, now a TV show on FOX.

In 2017, she released her hit debut

single, ‘Green Light’, which won the

hearts of Cuppy fans around the world.

2018 saw Cuppy follow up with ‘Vybe’,

‘Currency’ and ‘Werk’. In 2018, Cuppy

established her own foundation, Cuppy

Foundation, which makes education accessible

to those less able to afford it.

Cuppy has worked with some of the

biggest and most exciting international

organizations and publications and is

well known for her charitable and philanthropic


This partnership seeks to foster inclusiveness

and empower all to make it


Maybelline New York launched in

Ghana in 2015 and in Nigeria in 2013,

taking West Africa as the fastest-growing

makeup brand in sub Saharan Africa.

In 2018, Maybelline New York in

Ghana was named the Makeup Brand of

Year during the annual Ghana Makeup

Awards. In Nigeria, the brand continues

to activate consumers through experiential

activations. The brand continues to

inspire urban women in West Africa to

beauty and takes trends from the catwalk

to the sidewalk.





Louis van Gaal

retires at 67



manager Louis van

Gaal has retired

from football, with

England striker Marcus

Rashford among those to

pay him tribute.

The Dutchman, 67,

handed an 18-year-old Rashford

his professional debut

for United in February 2016.

Van Gaal's successful

managerial career included a

Champions League win with

Ajax, as well as league titles

with Barcelona and Bayern


"I am a pensioner now. I

have no ambition to be a

technical director or a TV

pundit. My

wife Truus

gave up her job

for me 22 years

ago and followed

me when

I went abroad.

I told her I

would quit as a

coach when I

turned 55, but

instead kept

going until I

was 65.

"She is entitled

to have a

life with me

outside of

football. I can

say she is very

happy. I think I

could have worked as a technical


During his first coaching

job with Ajax, Van Gaal

added three Eredivisie titles,

the Uefa Cup, Uefa Super

Cup, Intercontinental Cup

and a Dutch Cup to his

Champions League success

in 1995.

He also won the Super

Cup with Barcelona, along

with two La Liga titles and

the Copa del Rey, before collecting

another Eredivisie

with AZ and the German

league-and-cup double with

Bayern Munich.

Van Gaal had two spells

as manager of the Netherlands,

guiding them to third

•Louis van


place at the 2014 World Cup.

His final managerial job

came at Manchester United,

winning the FA Cup in 2016

before being sacked.

Several United players

paid their own tributes.

"Thank you for opening

the door and trusting in me.

Enjoy retirement boss," said

Rashford on Twitter.

Manchester United teammate

Anthony Martial said:

"Thanks for everything

coach!! It was an honour to

learn from you!"

And Chris Smalling

added: "Enjoy your retirement


Wimbledon’s Kwesi Appiah

happy with Black Stars return


Kwesi Appiah, has reiterated he is

"honoured" to be back to the

Black Stars after being out of the

team for four years.

The 28-year-old has been included

in Coach Kwesi Appiah’s

24-man squad for the final Africa

Cup of Nations qualifier against

Kenya in Accra on March 23.

Appiah was invited into the

team by former Ghana coach

Avram Grant for the 2015 Afcon,

where he excelled at the tournament

after making four appearances

and scoring a goal as Ghana

finished second.

However, the former Crystal

Palace forward has since then been

overlooked largely due to recurring

injuries but Coach Appiah has

handed him invitation to justify his

form against Kenya as he prepares

to name a fearsome team capable

of winning the 2019 AFCON in

Egypt in June this year.

•AFC Wimbledon striker,

Kwesi Appiah

Sogne Yacouba gets

maiden national

team call-up


striker Songne Yacouba

has been handed his

debut call-up by the

head coach of Burkina

Faso ahead of their

2019 Africa Cup of Nations

qualifier against


The energetic forward

earned the invitation

following his

sparkling performance

at the Ghana Premier

League side since joining

them in 2018.

Burkina Faso will

face Mauritania in their

last Group game in the

2019 Africa Cup of Nations


Yacouba will not be

part of the Asante Kotoko

team that will face

Zesco United in Zambia

due to suspension.

He becomes the

fourth Asante Kotoko

player to earn a national

team call-up for the

2019 AFCON qualifiers

after Kwame Bonsu,

Amos Frimpong and

Felix Annan.

Yacouba has netted

two goals with two assists

in his nine appearances

for Asante

Kotoko in their CAF

Confederation Cup


Meteors’ coach invites 10 foreign-based

players ahead of qualifier against Gabon

HEAD COACH of the Black

Meteors, Ibrahim Tanko, is reported

to have invited 10 foreign-based

players to

strengthen his team ahead of

their 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of

Nations against Gabon.

Ghana will host West

African counterparts Guinea in

the first leg of the qualifiers at

the Accra Sports Stadium on

Saturday, March 23.

Last month, coach Tanko

commenced preparations at

the Ghanaman Soccer Centre

of Excellence ahead of the

crucial clash with 24 localbased


According to media reports,

the former deputy FC Koln

trainer has included 10 foreignbased

players to bolster the

squad for the match.

The reports indicate that

Yaw Yeboah, who was a key

cog for the side in the victory

against Togo in first round of

the qualifiers, has been called


St Gallen duo Majeed

Ashimeru and Musah Nuhu

have also been handed call-ups

following their swashbuckling

performances in the Swiss

Super League.

The invited players are expected

to touch down in the

country between March 15 and


Check the full list of the

10 invited players below:

Benjamin Tetteh (Sparta

Prague, Czech Republic), Isaac

Twum (IK Start, Norway),

Kwabena Owusu (Salamanca

CF, Spain), Musah Nuhu (FC

St. Gallen, Switzerland), Majeed

Ashimeru (FC St. Gallen,

Switzerland), Kingsley Fobi

(UD Ibiza, Spain), Yaw Yeboah

(CD Numancia, Spain), Joseph

Paintsil (KRC Genk, Belgium),

Gideon Mensah (SK Sturm

Graz, Austria) and Osman

Bukari (AS Trencin, Slovakia).

This year's edition of the

U23 Africa Nations Cup will

be staged from November 5 –

22, 2019 in Egypt.

The tournament will determine

which three African

teams will compete at the 2020

Summer Olympics men's football

tournament in Tokyo.

•Black Meteors

Coach Ibrahim


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