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DAILY HERITAGE THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

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Chief of Air Staff cited

for contempt

NEWS DESK REPORT

THE CHIEF of

Air Staff, Air

Vice Marshall

Frank Hanson,

and the Ghana

Air Force have

been cited for contempt of court

in a land litigation case.

The Commercial Division of

the Accra High Court was expected

to hear the contempt application

yesterday but rather

adjourned it to July 9, 2020.

The adjournment was to allow

the Attorney General’s Office to

respond to the plaintiff ’s affidavit

in support of the contempt application.

NASTEC Ghana Limited, in

May this year, filed a contempt application

against the respondents -

- Ghana Air Force and Chief of

Air Staff -- for defying a court

order which restrains them from

developing a parcel of land which

is a subject of litigation before the

court.

The one-acre land in question,

situated near the Ghana Free

Zones Authority Head Office at

Labone, was fully and dully acquired

by NASTEC Ghana Limited,

a private security company,

from the Lands Commission and

it shares a boundary with the

Chief of Air Staff ’s residence.

Restraining orders

Per the affidavit in support of

the contempt application, the

court on May 18, 2020, while considering

the application for contempt,

restrained all parties in the

suit -- NASTEC vs Chief of

Army Staff and Ghana Air Force

-- from interfering with the land,

the subject matter of the dispute,

until the final determination of

the case.

But the respondent has since

gone back to the land and is developing

it, a situation which compelled

the plaintiff to file a

contempt application against the

respondents.

Plaintiff ’s affidavit in support

1. That the restraining orders

are very clear and all the parties

and their representatives have actual

notice that they have all been

restrained from dealing with the

land in any way until the final determination

of the matter.

2. That whilst the matter is still

pending in the honourable court,

•The site in question

the 2nd Defendant (Ghana Air

Force) and 3rd Defendant

(Chief of Air Staff) have flouted

the Orders of the Court and

have sent workmen and building

materials to the land, the subject

matter of the dispute and carrying

out construction works at a

frenetic pace in clear violation

and disregard of the Orders of

the Honourable Court.

3. That the 2nd and 3rd Defendants

who have the penchant

for using armed soldiers to intimidate

the Plaintiff on the land

cannot be prevented from their

illegal acts in any other legitimate

way unless the coercive

powers of this honourable court

are invoked.

4. That the posture of the

2nd and 3rd Defendants is

aimed at nothing but to interfere

with the administration of justice.

5. That the 2nd and 3rd accused

Defendants have behaved

and acted and still behaving and

acting in such a manner to show

utter disrespect for this Honourable

court and so they deserve

to be committed for

contempt of court and sent to

prison

Focus on education policy

• And stop private teacher licensing

BY PHILIP ANTOH

philip.antoh@dailyheritage.com.gh

THE EXECUTIVE Director of

Ghana National Council of Private

Schools (GNACOPS), Mr

Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, has called

on the Ministry of Education to

immediately stop the ongoing licensing

of private school teachers

and rather focus on educational

policy for private schools.

According to GNACOPS, until

the Ministry of Education and

Ghana Education Service (GES)

develop educational policy for private

schools which will regulate

their activities, licensing the teachers

will be a misplaced priority.

Mr Gyetuah said many private

schools operating in the country

had no Registrar General Department

certificate but rather holding

certificates given by GES with no

tin number, a situation he said was

worrisome.

“Until we establish an educational

policy for private schools to

regulate their activities and also

determine the kind of pay these

teachers must receive at the end

of the month, the licensing will be

useless,” he stated.

“In the absence of an education

policy for private schools, the

licensure of private teacher will

not yield any results because the

teacher will continue to earn

GH¢250.00 and GH¢300.00

monthly,” the Executive Director

stated.

This followed comments made

by the Executive Secretary of the

National Teaching Council, Mr

Christian Addai Poku, that the

council would not allow private

school teachers to teach if they

were not licensed.

Mr Poku was addressing the

media during the first batch of

teachers writing this year’s licen-

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NDC, EC D-day at

S/Court today

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh

ASEVEN-MEMBER

panel of the Supreme

Court will deliver

judgement in a consolidated

application

where the National

Democratic Congress and Mark Takyi-

Banson are challenging the compilation

of the electoral register by the Electoral

Commission.

In court yesterday, Takyi-Banson and

his lawyers had 10 minutes to move the

application while the Attorney General’s

Department also had the same time to

respond.

The parties in the case that has been

consolidated are NDC and Mark Takyi-

Banson, an individual, against the EC

and AG.

• Franklin Cudjoe, IMANI

The panel chaired by Chief Justice,

Kwesi Anin Yeboah, after hearing the parties,

adjourned the case to today.

IMANI disappointed

Meanwhile, IMANI Ghana’s brief to the

apex court as a friend to the court was dismissed.

The court said they

had made public statements

showing their support to one

of the parties in the matter.

IMANI has expressed disappointment

in the decision

of the Supreme Court to dismiss

their amicus brief in the

case involving the Electoral

Commission and the opposition

National Democratic

Congress over the voter’s

register.

“On the onset (sic) of this

application, we did say we

were at the benevolence

more or less of the law, so

what they decide to do, we

will live with it. It’s just that

we’re disappointed though

that they didn’t even consider

the brief itself,” IMANI

president Franklin Cudjoe

said.

He explained: “We think

they would have benefitted

greatly from it but the laws

have spoken and we can’t

quarrel with that; we just

have to live with it but I

hope that the decision they

arrive at eventually would be

a decision everybody can live

with within this country, otherwise

I’m just disappointed

and I’m sure my colleagues

here are equally disappointed.

“This was an introduction

to how cases are determined

in court. I was quite awed.

Even at some point I was

laughing all through but I

guess lawyers know their

trade and the judges also

know their trade, so you can’t

fault them. They did what

they had to do but I think

that to suggest that the amicus

was just not neutral was a

bit far-fetched really”.

The parties which came

together to present the brief

were Alliance for Social Equity

and Public Accountability

(ASPEA), Conservative

Policy Research Center

(CPRC) and Institute for

Liberty and Policy Innovation

(ILAPI).

“This was an introduction

to how

cases are determined

in court. I

was quite awed.

Even at some

point I was laughing

all through but

I guess lawyers

know their trade

and the judges

also know their

trade, so you

can’t fault them.

They did what

they had to do but

I think that to suggest

that the amicus

was just not

neutral was a bit

far-fetched really”.

Focus on education policy

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sure exams at the St Louis

Teacher Training School in Kumasi

when he said the council

would soon phase out the situation

where teachers without professional

teaching licences teach

in private schools throughout the

country.

Collaboration

According to him, the teaching

council is collaborating with proprietors

of private schools on a

roadmap to dismiss unqualified

teachers whose names are on their

payrolls.

He further stated that it would

soon be impossible for private

schools to employ teachers who

had not written the compulsory licensure

exams.

However, GNACOPS has advised

the NTC, which is under the

auspices of the Ministry of Education,

to annul its decision to

suspend private school teachers

who have not been certified

through the licensure exam as

“they can’t roof a building with

no foundation.”

In another development, the

council has raised issues of personal

protection equipment not

supplied to various private

schools in the country, especially

in the Ashanti and the three Bono

regions, where authorities of GES

say they will supply the schools at

the end of this week.

Mr Gyetuah said out of the

365 private senior high schools in

the country, only 115 were reopened

because the rest of the

schools had no final students as a

result of the Free Senior High

School policy.

“We thank the President, Ministry

of Education and GES for

disinfecting all private schools in

the country against the spread of

Covid-19,” Mr Gyetuah stated.

He noted that their visit to private

schools in these four regions

indicated that the confidence level

of the students had dwindled and

it was difficult for even friends to

play with one another because of

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Sintex GH¢1.5b petroleum revenue not

accounted for since 2017

– PIAC chairman passes on

BY SENANU DAMILOLA WEMAKOR

AN AMOUNT of

GH 1.5 billion

petroleum revenue

cannot be accounted

for in the

2019 fiscal year,

the Public Interest and Accountability

Committee (PIAC) has disclosed.

According to the committee,

out of the GH 2.7 billion accrued

to the annual budget funding

amount, the state only used

GH 1.2 billion, with the remaining

GH 1.5 billion not utilized

and not accounted for.

Technical Manager for PIAC,

Mark Agyemang, told Starr News

“we do not actually have any clear

explanation on this. They asked

the ministry for an explanation,

and as at the time we were filing

the report, the ministry couldn’t

provide us with an explanation.”

He added, “And mind you, this

is not the first time; it started from

somewhere (sic) 2013. The annual

•Ken Ofori-Atta (L), Minister of Finance, and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana

budget funding amounts were

not utilized and were not accounted

for. But then, this is

not the first time consecutively;

it has been three years running.

“The first time was in 2017

and now it has grown to

GH¢1.5 billion and the question

one would ask is, where is the

money?”

“Because these monies were

actually programmed for certain

projects or activities to be undertaken.

Have they been taken,

and even if they are not taken,

where is the money programmed

for such activities?”

He concluded that “as we are

speaking, we have not had a

concrete explanation from the

Ministry of Finance. We’ve

pushed buttons, we are actually

trying to have a meeting with

them on Thursday, Probably at

that meeting, they would give us

some explanation. But as at the

time of completing this report,

we sent several letters but they

didn’t give us any explanation

and this is the third consecutive

year.”

&Env.

Two Mawuko Girls SHS students isolated

TWO STUDENTS of

the Mawuko Girls

High School in Ho

have reportedly been

isolated by school

authorities over fears

they have contracted coronavirus.

Sources at the school told Starr

News the Covid-19 response team

in the region was called in to assist

in isolating the students.

Meanwhile, Ho Central Member

of Parliament (MP), Mr Benjamin

Komla Kpodo, has

lamented over the unavailability of

personal protective equipment for

schools in the region.

On a tour of all seven public

schools within the Municipality,

the MP noted that no PPE had so

far been received from the government,

a situation he describes as

alarming.

He urged students to be very

critical of their own safety.

The MP donated Veronica

buckets, hand sanitizers and locally

manufactured nose masks to be

distributed to the students in all

seven senior high schools, namely

Mawuli Senior High School,

Mawuko and Ola Girls, Taviefe

Senior High School, Sokode Sec.

Tech, Shia Senior High School and

the Tanyigbe Senior High School.

Meanwhile, Ho Central Member

of Parliament (MP), Mr

Benjamin Komla Kpodo, has

lamented over the unavailability

of personal protective

equipment for schools in the

region.


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NEWS

DAILY HERITAGE DIGITAL THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

Robbers kill pregnant wife, stab

3-year-old daughter in Kumasi

APREGNANT

woman has died

after she suffered

knife wounds during

a robbery attack

at

Heman/Ampatia New-Site, an

urban community at Santasi in the

Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.

The incident occurred on Saturday,

June 20, 2020 at about

1:30a.m., the police told Dailymailgh.com.

The deceased, Juliana

Adusei, 31, was declared dead by

the officers at the scene.

Police at Suntreso District,

which is investigating the case, are

appealing to residents in the area

to volunteer information as a serious

search for the three-member

gang has begun.

Attack

Surviving victim and husband,

Pastor Francis Adusei, had told

the police that the armed men invaded

their home while he was

asleep together with his wife and

his three-year-old daughter on

that fateful day.

“They were three young men,

two wielding kitchen knives and

the other holding a pistol. They

pushed him inside his bedroom

and demanded that he handed

over all the monies he recently

withdrew from the bank,” a family

member narrated to the media.

The family member further

said the attackers, who appeared

not satisfied, after they were

handed over a cedi equivalent of

$1,000 booty, stabbed the couple’s

three-year-old daughter in the abdomen

after they were told that

they had no money left in the

house.

“The poor little girl started

bleeding profusely and so the

mother, who could not withstand

her daughter’s ordeal, attempted

to overpower the robbers but unfortunately,

she was also stabbed

at the right side of her neck. She

fell unconscious and died minutes

later,” one of the family members

narrated as she shed tears.

The robbers had fled the scene

•The residence where the robbery took place

when the police arrived. The officers

examined and later conveyed

the body to the Komfo Anokye

Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.

The little girl who survived the

knife wounds was also rushed to

the same hospital and is responding

to treatment.

Family members and sympathizers

have been at the house to

console the grief-stricken Adusei,

who is the founder and leader of

Mountain Zion International

Church.

Residents want abandoned

police station operated

The community has over the

years been recording a number of

unresolved murder cases. The latest

incident brings the death toll

to four, after the bodies of three

others were discovered at separate

locations last year.

Residents are already worried

and fear they could be the next

victims if authorities in the

Atwima Kwanwoma District do

not step up security in the area.

“If we can revive the watchdog

committee that will be helpful because

where we are now, we are all

worried. The situation is very appalling

and I pray authorities to

come to our aid,” 67-year-old Victoria

Abareman said.

The Assembly member for the

area, James Sarfo, has appealed to

authorities to make an abandoned

police station operational.

“It appears our security can’t

be guaranteed. The community

has built a police station in this

town but personnel are yet to be

deployed to man it, and so as you

can see, it has been taken over by

weeds and reptiles. We pray that

one day this project will serve its

purpose,” the Assembly member

said.Dailymail

Two arrested over demolition at

Nigeria High Commission

THE CRIMINAL Investigations

Department (CID) of the

Ghana Police Service has arrested

two persons in relation

to the demolition of a building

on the premises of the Nigeria

High Commissioner in Accra.

The two, according to a

press release issued by the CID,

were arrested on Monday, June

22, 2020, and had been charged

with conspiracy to commit

crime, to wit: unlawful entry

and causing unlawful damage.

“The Criminal Investigations

Department, in the course of

investigation on Monday, June

22, 2020, arrested two persons

involved in the demolition of a

building on the premises of the

Nigerian High Commission in

Accra.”

The arrest comes after a

building under construction

which is said to belong to the

Nigeria High Commission in

Accra was reported to have

been demolished by some

armed men on Saturday, June

20, 2020.

•The scene after the demolition

The Paramount Chief of the

Osu Traditional Area, Nii

Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, refuted

the claim that a building

demolished at West Ridge in

Accra over the weekend was

situated in the Nigerian High

Commission.

According to him, it was on

a piece of land belonging to

the Osu stool, which the high

commission had trespassed

upon and that there had never

been a purchase of any tract of

land from it by the Commission.

“The said parcel of land belongs

to the Osu stool and is to

be used for purposes only

agreed upon by the stool and

its council of elders,” a statement

he issued in Accra last

Sunday said.


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Editorial

We need standardised education

THE GHANA Education Service

(GES), working under the Ministry

of Education, is an institution of

state charged with responsibilities including

providing and overseeing

Basic education, registering, supervising

and inspecting private pre-tertiary

educational institutions;

submitting recommendations to

the Minister of Education for educational

policies and programmes;

and registering teachers and updating

the register of all teachers in the

public system.

The functions of GES as stated

above include the authority to register,

supervise and inspect private

pre-tertiary educational institutions.

The actions to be taken to discharge

these duties are in the bosom of

GES itself but are definitely made

known to all stakeholders so that

there is sanity in the system.

The DAILY HERITAGE can

infer that, at least, actions involved

in “supervise and inspect private

schools” would include those that

would have to do with ensuring that

privates schools too have teachers

who do not only teach but also adhere

to demands of professionalism.

And this would include the GES ensuring

that the private school teachers

take the licensure examination,

having taken instruction from the

Ministry of Education.

Therefore, it becomes curious to

hear the Executive Director of

Ghana National Council of Private

Schools (GNACOPS), Mr Enoch

Kwasi Gyetuah, calling on the Ministry

of Education to immediately

stop the ongoing licensing of private

school teachers and rather focus on

educational policy for private

schools.

His comment is said to be in response

to one made by the Executive

Secretary of the National Teaching

Council, Mr Christian Addai

Poku, that the council would not

allow private school teachers to

teach if they were not licensed.

According to GNACOPS, until

the Ministry of Education and

Ghana Education Service (GES) develop

educational policy for private

schools which will regulate their activities,

licensing the teachers will be

a misplaced priority.

Mr Gyetuah says many private

schools operating in the country

have no Registrar General’s Department

certificate but rather certificates

given by GES with no tin

number, a situation he said was worrisome.

However, it is said that GNA-

COPS has advised the National

Teaching Council, which is under the

auspices of the Ministry of Education,

to annul its decision to suspend

private school teachers who have not

been certified through the licensure

examination.

There seems to be some misunderstanding

between GNACOPS

and the educational authorities and

that must be resolved. This is because

whether delivered in a public

or private school, education must be

of a standard set by the institutions

of state whose duty it is to safeguard

that standard.

Therefore, we wonder why GNA-

COPS wants to avoid the licensure

examination at a time that has become

of the criteria to assess teachers

in the country. There must be

harmony in the education system so

that we do not further undermine

the already questionable standard of

education in the country.

Covid-19 big blow to our activities

•Chairman of Ghana Electrical Dealers Association states

BY PHILIP ANTOH

philip.antoh@dailyheritage.com.gh

THE NATIONAL

Executive of

Ghana Electrical

Dealers Association

(GEDA) has

stated that Covid-

19 has impacted negatively on

their activities in the country.

Speaking to journalists in Accra,

the 2nd Vice-Chairman of

GEDA, Hajia Munia Buari, expressed

worry that the outbreak of

the Covid-19 pandemic had not

only slowed down their business

but dealt a devastating blow to

them.

"Honestly, business has been

very slow because a lot more people

now do not come to trade with

us due to Covid-19," she said.

In addition, Hajia Buari said

members of GEDA had not been

able to import electrical materials

from China either because of

travel restrictions brought about

•Worker of Zoomlion

disinfecting Opera Square

by the Covid-19 disease.

That, coupled with the low patronage

of their business, has dealt

a severe blow to GEDA members,

she stressed.

Hajia Buari made the observation

when her association engaged

Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL)

to disinfect its business space

around the Opera Square, Accra,

also known as Cowlane, on

Wednesday.

The exercise started around

7:00 a.m. and saw Zoomlion

Ghana Limited deploy one of its

boom atomisers and a disinfection

crew with knapsack spraying machines

to disinfect the area.

The crew disinfected the two

lorry terminals at the Opera

Square, and open spaces along the

Old AMA Traffic light, Judicial

Service, the Ghana Post Office,

and the Rawlings Park areas and

the Cowlane Central Mosque.

Also disinfected were about 400

shops and stores at Opera Square.

Hajia Buari explained that

GEDA engaged Zoomlion to undertake

the exercise to protect

their members and also keep their

customers who come there to

trade with them safe from the

pandemic.

“And even before the announcement

of the partial lockdown

in some parts of the

country, GEDA had ensured that

all its members religiously implemented

the Covid-19 preventive

protocols.

“All shops/stores under our

umbrella association were to have

Veronica buckets together with

liquid soaps and alcohol-based

sanitisers to be used by them and

their customers. And I must confess

that our members have fully

complied with these protocols,”

she said.

The 2nd vice-chair of GEDA,

however, indicated that effective

Thursday, June 25, the association

would enforce the wearing of

nose masks.

“In fact, any of our members

who fails to comply with this directive

would not be allowed to

trade in the area!” she cautioned.

She disclosed that the association

had also put in a request for

Covid-19 stimulus package for its

members.

“And if this package is made

available to us, we believe it will

cushion members of GEDA from

the harsh brunt of the Covid-19

pandemic on our business,” Hajia

Buari said.

In a brief remark, the General

Manager, Zoomlion Ghana Limited,

Greater Accra Region, Mr

Ernest Morgan Acquah, explained

that the essence of the exercise

was to keep the Opera Square,

which is the trading hub of

GEDA members, safe and clean

from the attack of the Covid-19

disease.

However, he contended that

the disinfection was only one of

the measures in the war against

Covid-19.

Against this backdrop, he entreated

members of GEDA to unfailingly

observe the other

Covid-19 safety protocols, which

include regular washing of hands

under a running water, practising

social/physical distancing and

using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

“The adherence to these protocols,

together with the disinfection,

will help protect GEDA

members and its customers from

the virus attack,” he advised.


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Politics

DAILY HERITAGE THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

NPP Primaries

Another MP falls at Kwadaso

ANOTHER SIT-

TING Member of

Parliament (MP)

has lost his seat in

a delayed primary

of the ruling party

which was held yesterday in the

Ashanti region.

Dr Samiu Nuamah lost his slot

to Dr Kingsley Nyarko in the

Kwadaso primaries, which were

held Wednesday afternoon.

The incumbent garnered 158

votes as against the victor’s 172. A

third aspirant pulled 48 votes.

The MP’s defeat brings the

number of losing incumbents in

the NPP primaries to 42.

Meanwhile, Political Science

lecturer at the University of

Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo,

has said the defeat of incumbent

MPs at the primaries of the ruling

New Patriotic Party is a good

omen for parliamentary representation.

According to him, the situation

will serve as a wake-up call to MPs

who neglect their representative

function.

He also noted that a number of

MPs who were protected by the

party to go unopposed would also

have lost if they were contested.

Prof Gyampo is of the view

that MPs must be able to combine

the responsibility towards their

constituents with their lawmaking

roles.

“But then, we are also saying

that what has happened in a way is

a good omen for parliamentary

representation as in those who refused

to protect the fiduciary trust

that was reposed in them by the

people. Those who refused to

provide adequate mechanisms to

boost representation have been

taught a certain lesson that, in my

view, is good,” he told host Regina

Borley Bortey on

Shaping the Nation

show on Starr FM.

He stressed: “And

I’m saying that if others

had not been protected

to go

unopposed, they

would have also

fallen. So I think this

is a lesson for the incoming

ones and then

those that have been

protected, they should

also sit up. And nothing,

in my view, is

going to be lost even

if we have new people,

nothing will be

lost.

‘If people are really

smart and they

want to learn, it’s a

matter of weeks. Parliamentary

practices can be

Google-searched and you will just

be able to be socialized and you

will be able to make your mark on

the floor of Parliament.”

About 40 MPs lost their seats

in the primaries of the ruling

party which were held on Saturday,

June 20.

“But then, we are

also saying that

what has happened

in a way is a good

omen for parliamentary

representation

as in those who refused

to protect the

fiduciary trust that

was reposed in them

by the people.

Music can pay well – Drizzy Bangz

BY ERICA ARTHUR

Growing Ghanaian

artiste

DrizzyBangz,

signed under

‘Camp What

Records’, says

the music industry can be very lucrative

here in Ghana, if the education

of the music business is

taught intensively by industry

players.

According to him, music in

other parts of the world is what

most of the artistes feed on, unlike

here in Ghana where some of

our artistes and industry players

do not see the business part of

the music, which is really disheartening.

He adds that this leads to the

high ratio of musicians depending

on the government in their old

age.

In an interview, he says, “Most

music records work with artists

based on their vocal strength or

their talent to sing with clean

voices without telling them about

the music business, and there is a

very simple answer to this. Many

• DrizzyBangz

artists fear business; there’s

music and there’s the music

business.

“To put it better, the business

of music. The two are not

the same. A person can be a

great musician but if they don’t

apply proven business strategies

to monetize their music, they

will never make it in the music

business. Many artists like to

make music for the love [of it]

and not for the money. You

can’t go far in the music business

if you don’t care about

money.

He added that some people

do break into the music business

but lack understanding of

the business, which in turn becomes

their downfall.

“The music industry is a billion-dollar

industry with investors,

shareholders, and

debtors. Labels need to pay all

of these people. Furthermore,

contracts aren’t written to be

fair; they are written for a zerosum

gain. New artists sign these

contracts without proper legal

representation and are trapped in

non-favourable deals. Labels have

the option to shelve (stop supporting)

these artists for various

reasons.”

Drizzy emphasized that in

order for today’s artists to make it,

they need to accept the fact that

they are entrepreneurs and

make a product (song) that

gains the attention of investors

(managers, publishers,

labels).

“The artist must find some

success on their own, so they

can increase their bargaining

power. When an artist understands

the business of music,

their chances of success increase,

and opportunities are

readily found.

“Why don’t talented musicians

ever become rich and famous?

It doesn’t matter how

good you are if people don’t

know you exist. It takes the

distributive and promotional

capability of large professional

organizations to make celebrity

artists. Until you get discovered

and work your way up

through the cracks, and perhaps

stepping on a few necks,

then you’ll remain a fly on

Youtube forever.”

Drizzy, who says he is inspired

by Chris Brown, developed

his music passion at a young

age and grew up with the aspiration

to be a musician. “I was

keenly inspired by the type of

music I grew up listening to. I do

Alternative RNB and sometimes

Afro-pop, depending on the

mood. When it comes to creating

music, I deal ideally with emotions.

So get me the beat I set the

mood. Then I am good to go. I

just have to get carried away by

the tempo”.

The artiste recently released a

single ‘I Lied’, on which he featured

Fayorsey and would like to

be on a musical project with A.I,

Show Dem Camp and other big

names in the musical scene worldwide

According to him, the music

journey has just started for him

and “I’ll urge music lovers to keep

their fingers crossed for more

thrilling jams from me”

Drizzy, who followed a threeyear

diploma course at the International

School of Aviation, has

other great tunes like ‘Boys Nda’,

which are all available on Spotify,

audiomacks, Soundcloud, and

other music streaming sites.

He advises his fellow artistes

to “never give up”, while his plan

is to impact the industry and to

put Ghana on the map.


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We’re struggling in Congo

• Black Stars player begs Prez for repatriation

FORMER HEARTS of

Oak midfielder Torric

Jibril is the latest

Ghanaian player to

share his ordeal on

how Ghanaian players

are suffering in Congo in the

wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, the situation

in Congo has worsened due

to political unrest in the country

and for this reason, he is pleading

with the government to come to

their aid.

Borders of the country remain

closed and have, therefore, prevented

Ghanaians outside to

travel back home.

A number of Ghanaian players

in Ethiopia, including former

Black Stars defender Lee Addy

and other 22 other players,

were spotted in a viral video

pleading with the government

to come to their aid as they

had been left stranded.

Therefore, the call by Jibril,

who currently plays with TP

Mazembe, has come to confirm

the dire need for the President

of the country, Nana

Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,

and, for that matter, the government,

to repatriate Ghanaians

stranded abroad.

“In fact, things are going

bad ever since the virus came.

The rent for our apartment has

expired so we don’t know what

to do now. We were waiting for

the President to lift the ban but

it did not happen, so I am

pleading with him to turn to

us.

“At a point in time there were

Ghanaians in Congo who are not

footballers but as I speak our

money has finished and that we

cannot support them anymore.

“When you come here there is

serious political unrest, so we

want the government to help us,”

he said.

According to him, the

situation in Congo has

worsened due to political

unrest in the country

and for this reason,

he is pleading with the

government to come to

their aid.

•Former Hearts of Oak midfielder Torric Jibril

Saha advises Partey

to join Man. United

FORMER MANCHESTER

United legend Louis Saha has

urged Ghana and Atlético

Madrid midfielder Thomas

Partey to join the club in the

summer.

The 26-year-old is enjoying

his best season in La Liga

with Atletico

Madrid and with his release

clause set at just €50million

(£43.5m), it is no surprise he

is on the radar of several

clubs.

Partey, who has three years

left on his contract, has made

28 league appearances and

scored twice in this campaign.

"He’s a top player. He’s a

defensive presence and a

tremendous prospect.

Whether he can make an impact

right away remains to be

seen, as we have McTominay,

Fred, and Matic," Saha told

Compare Bet.

"However, we have seen

the impact that someone like

Fabinho has had on Liverpool.

He has mastered that

position. Fabinho has improved

the players around

him.

"This guy is a rock, he defends

in such a way that allows

the Liverpool frontline

to play their game, knowing

he’s protecting the defence.

Perhaps a Fabinho-like player

is already at United, but if

not, then we need to find

someone, whether that’s

Thomas Partey or anyone

else."

Atlético Madrid, meanwhile,

are working on a new

deal to tie down the player

until 2026 (his current contract

runs until 2023) and

want to increase his clause to

a more prohibitive €100m

(£87m), according to reports

in Spain.

David Luiz signs new one-year

contract at Arsenal

•David Luiz, Arsenal Defender

ARSENAL DEFENDER David

Luiz has agreed a new one-year

contract with the club.

Defenders Pablo Mari and

Cedric Soares will also join the

Gunners permanently at the end

of their loan deals, from Flamengo

and Southampton respectively.

Meanwhile, midfielder Dani

Ceballos has extended his loan

deal from Real Madrid until the

end of this season.

"I am really happy that we will

have these players in our squad for

the future," said the Premier

League club's technical director

Edu.

"They have been part of the

long-term technical plan [manager]

Mikel [Arteta] and I have developed.

They bring the right balance

to our squad."

Brazil centre-back Luiz, 33,

joined the club from Chelsea last

year but was sent off during Arsenal's

return to Premier League action,

in a 3-0 defeat at Manchester

City, last week.

"David is a really important

player for us. He has played most

of our matches this season and

has been important for the team,"

added Edu.

"His passing, his communication

with the team on and off the

pitch - he helps everyone."

Spanish centre-back Mari, 26,

and Portugal right-back Soares, 28,

will complete their moves when

the transfer window opens next

month.

•Thomas Partey, Black Stars midfielder

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