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Adom TV Apologises to Nana Ama McBrown after Nana Yaa Brefo’s infamous interview

After coming under a barrage of social media attacks following the type of questions Nana Yaa Brefo asked Nana Ama McBrown during an interview about the demise of late Bishop Bernard Nyarko, the TV station have offered her an unqualified apology.

Even though they decided not to be straight about the apology, it is obvious that Nana Ama was the one it was targeted at.

During the Thursday edition of the ‘Badwam’ show, the co-host of the program, Omanhene Kwabena Asante rendered an unqualified apology to people who have one way or the other been affected by their reportage and discussion about the death of the late top movie star.

Omanhene indicated that anybody who feels hurt by what happened, especially the award-winning actress/TV presenter should just note that it was not out of any malice and ill intention.

Source: Zionfelix

That’s unprofessional – Social media reacts to KiDi’s Accra FM interview ‘sack’

Nana Romeo of Accra FM has scolded KiDi live on air for appearing late for his interview.

During the confrontation between the two, which has since gone viral, the radio presenter told the singer that he has, therefore, cancelled the interview because they do not have enough time for it.

The “Say Cheese” singer, unhappy with the presenter’s utterances, apologized for showing up late and walked out from the studio. The situation has left Ghanaians divided with fans commending the singer for his composure whilst other praised Nana Romeo for calling to order.

Others say Nana Romeo’s act is unprofessional. The discussions around viral video have seen KiDi picking the number one spot on the trending list on Ghana Twitter, with tweeps sharing their thoughts on the scenario with others cracking light jokes from.

The singer at the other, has remained silent after the incident. The Lynx signed act who released a new EP, the Blue EP, only shared a picture of himself on social media and reminded his fans about out his latest project released a few days ago. “Love to everyone supporting and pushing my new project . #BlueEP is out Everywhere” he captioned the post below.

Source: pulse.com.gh

Galamsey: 1 dead, 14 arrested, 2 Toyota Landcruisers vandalized in Ashanti region

Fourteen(14) persons are in the grips of the Ashanti Regional Police Command for chasing some illegal miners from a mining site at Ntobroso in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti region, resulting in the death of one.

The group, who had stormed the mining town in two Toyota Prado Land Cruiser vehicles posing as a task force from the Minerals Commission are alleged to have been terrorizing and extorting money and gold from artisanal miners in that area for a long time, but luck eluded them on Wednesday.

One illegal miner died when he fell and drowned in the Offin River while fleeing from the group who had stormed the mining site in their two vehicles clad in security accouterments and wielding guns.

The deceased, popularly known as Nana Addo was a cobbler at Asuoyeboah, a suburb of the Kwadaso Municipality who had gone to the mining area in the company of other young men for greener pastures after he was unable to operate his shop during the 3 week lockdown on the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.

Speaking on Kumasi-based Angel FM on Thursday, Oboy Emma, a mobile phone seller at Adum Kumasi who was with the deceased hunting for gold when the group stormed the site said the disease fell in the river in his attempt to flee from the fierce group; they were two that jumped into the river but the other survived.

Youth of the Ntobroso town barricaded the road and accosted the group when they tried fleeing after noticing the death of the young man; their two land cruisers were seized and vandalized.

The District Chief Executive for Atwima Mponua, Hon Williams Darko said it took the intervention of the chief of Ntobroso to whisk the group of 14 into his palace for cover before the youth could lynch them.

He indicated that they have been arrested, fourteen in all and handed over to the Ashanti Regional Police Command.

Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah says the matter is being investigated and whoever falls foul before the law would not be spared after it was suggested to him that the group had links to the government and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Source: My News GH

Amidu’s age eligibility: Dominic Ayine got it wrong – Deputy AG

Godfred Yeboah Dame, Deputy Attorney-General (AG) and Minister for Justice, has indicated that his predecessor, Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, sought to mix up the terms Public Office and Public Service.

He explained that Article 295 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana defines the two expressions, namely, “Public Office” and “Public Service” differently.

According to the Deputy AG, the only qualification for a person to be a Public Officer is to draw salaries or emoluments out of public funds or the Consolidated Fund.

“Indeed Article 295 of the Constitution defines Public Office to be an office, the emoluments attached to which are paid out of the Consolidated Fund and then the Public Service also defined as any office in the civil service. So, you find that Public Service has broader elements in relation to the narrow definition of a public officer and this imply that there are many categories of public office holders,” he told Paul Adom-Otchere on Good Evening Ghana on Thursday.

He explained further that persons holding career offices in the public service thus retire at the age of 60 as clearly defined in Article 199 of the 1992 Constitution.

“The Constitution has a separate chapter devoted to the Public Services of Ghana and Article 190 (1) defines Public Services, and the first on the list is the Civil Service of government and it goes down to the Judicial Service, the CHRAJ, the Parliament of Ghana, the Audit Service amongst others,” he stated.

He noted that the President has the power under the constitution to appoint all public servants in Ghana. “So, Article 194 states that the power to appoint a person to hold an office in the public service of Ghana, is vested in the president upon the advice of the governing council given in consultation with the Public Service Commission.”

Lawyer Dame stated that the Attorney-General in the Ayine v Amidu case pointed it out that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) falls within the category of persons anticipated under Article 199 which stipulates the retiring ages of public service holders.

He said that Dr Ayine reduced the argument of Martin Amidu’s age into simple terms which implies that a public officer is a public servant and all public servants retire at the age of 60.

“That is a constitutional fallacy because not all public officers are public servants but indeed all public servants are public officers. So, public office has that broad umbrella,” he stressed.

He stated further that the Supreme Court distinguished that the Special Prosecutor, was appointed into the broad public office.

“Martin Amidu is a public officer because his salaries are paid out of the consolidated fund but Parliament in exercise of its powers enacted an Act of Parliament specifically making provisions for the manner of appointment of Martin Amidu,” said the deputy A-G. “The Act of Parliament gave a term of 7 years to the Special Prosecutor to retire.”

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Restaurants, bars in Ghana can open – GTA directs

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) appears to have eased the restrictions on some services following the president’s address last Sunday.

According to some guidelines issued on Monday, May 11, the Authority says hotels can operate as normal and host their guests.

This would, however, be subject to “specified elevated hygiene protocols” as well as social distancing.

The ban on social gathering, extended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his address last Sunday, saw restaurants and drinking bars closed though the former delivered pick-up services.

But the GTA in the guidelines said food chains and restaurants can operate sit-in as well as pick-up and delivery services while also observing the safety protocols.

“Drinking bars can operate while observing appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols,” it said.

But all night clubs must remain closed, it indicated.

“In all situations, hospitality facilities should observe the staff management and workplace protocols and precautionary measures on public gatherings with the view of achieving social distancing and hygiene protocols as spelt out in the Imposition of Restrictions (coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic) Instrument, 2020 (EI64).”

Later clarifying on TV3’s Midday Live on Wednesday, the Chief Executive Officer of GTA, Akwasi Agyemang, said the guidelines are only to clarify the Executive Instrument for operators and not that the restrictions are being eased.

Source: 3 News

Stonebwoy enters Billboard’s charts for the second time

Stonebwoy, has once again proven to be the best recording and performing artiste from Ghana, as his lead single “Nominate” featuring legendary American singer, Keri Hilson, off the chart topping “Anloga Junction” album made an entry to Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart.

The track-8 off the multiple award-winning musician’s fourth Studio album leaped to the 19th position on the 25 best-selling international digital singles chart in the United States. He was also ranked according to sales, streams, or airplay, and based on the popularity of the song and album in the United States and elsewhere across the globe. He becomes the first the Ghanaian to to make it to sales chart.

The song, produced by Andre ‘Dre’ Harris is a standout from the 15-track project, which the artist dropped on April 24, 2020. The project which comes off the album paired with a video directed by Denzel Williams follows the Ghanaian star and the American superstar to an auditioning hall where the two musicians played a role of judges as they view samples of performance by models who are aspiring to be crowned “Miss World Wide”. The video was shot in America.

On Anloga Junction, the Afro-dancehall don pulls off an ambitious task by folding his collaborators’ varied styles into his signature sound. Fellow Ghanaian Kojo Antwi fits the reggae feel of “Nkuto”, and the bass rhythm of “Bow Down” flows in sync with Nasty C’s energy.

Frequently singing in his Ewe language, particularly on the Keri Hilson collab “Nominate”, Stonebwoy always finds his way back to the unique style that has made him special.

However, released on December 12, 2017; the Epistles of Mama was dedicated to Satekla’s late mother by name Mrs Catherine Lucy Aku Ametepe Satekla. The 24 track album features Sean Paul, King Promise, Burna Boy. The album peaked at Number thirteen (13) on Billboard chart top 200 albums worldwide. In 2018 ‘Epistles Of Mama (EOM)’ was rated the second-best album in the world according to reggaeville. The Album was honoured by YouTube for hitting over 10 million views.

Source: stonebwoyb.net

10 previous govt appointees jailed for causing financial loss to the state

Corruption in Ghana has been common since independence.

There is a growing perception in Ghana that government-related corruption is on the rise.

Even though corruption in Ghana is relatively low when compared to other countries in Africa, businesses frequently quote corruption as an obstacle for doing business in the country.

Corruption occurs often in locally funded contracts, companies are subject to bribes when operating in rural areas.

Ghanaians have been occupied in recent weeks by the trial of former government appointees.

Under the administration of former President John Agyekum Kufour, many former government appointees were trailed and jailed on charges of corruption.

Though most of the jailed appointees belong to the opposition, that record of successfully prosecuting corrupt public officials stands unmatched.

Here are 10 previous government appointees that were jailed by the NPP for causing financial loss to the state.

1. Tsatsu Tsikata: Legal luminary and former Ghana National Petroleum Corporation boss, Tsatsu Tsikata was jailed in 2008 for causing financial loss to the state. He was said to have intentionally misapplied GH¢2,000 (20 million old cedis) to acquire shares in Valley Farms. Tsatsu was pardoned by President Kufuor before he exited office.

2. Mallam Issa: The People’s National Convention (PNC) member and former Minister of Youth and Sports was jailed in 2003 when monies that were in his car got missing mysteriously during a Black Stars World Cup Qualifier against Sudan in 2002. The money was $46,000.

3. Dan Abodakpi: In 2007, former Member of Parliament for Keta, Dan Abodakpi was jailed 10 years. sentenced him on three counts of conspiracy, two counts of defrauding, and two counts of willfully causing financial loss of $400,000 to the State.

4. Victor Selormey: The late Victor Selormey was a former deputy Minister of Finance and was accused of conspiring with the then Minister of Trade and Industry, Dan Abodakpi to divert funds of $400,000 meant for a project. But he was sentenced in 2001 for his involvement in the Quality Grain Scandal.

Selormey, who was convicted on all the six counts of defrauding by false pretense, conspiracy, and causing financial loss to the state arrived at the Nsawam Medium Prisons at exactly 4 pm amidst tight security.

5. Kwame Peprah: An Accra High Court sentenced former Finance Minister Kwame Peprah to 4 years in prison in 2003 for his role in the Quality Grain scandal. charged with conspiracy and causing financial loss of 20 million dollars to the State in a rice project at Aveyime in the Volta Region.

6. Abuga Pele: A former National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Abuga Pele was convicted in February 2018 and charged with a six-year jail term for willfully causing a loss of GH¢4.1 million to the state of Ghana.

The court also found Pele guilty of acting in a manner that resulted in the loss of the amount to the state.

The former MP was slapped with a lower sentence because the court held that there “was no evidence that he benefited from the proceeds of the crime.”nal Communications Authority (NCA) was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

He was jailed for his role in a “clandestine” purchase of US$4million cybersecurity equipment.

8. Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie: Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, a former board chairman of the NCA will also serve six years imprisonment for his part in the $4m NCA scandal.

Baffoe-Bonnie received more years because the court held that he personally benefited from the deal to a tune of $200,000.

9. Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman: A former Deputy National Security Coordinator also joined Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and William Tetteh Tevie for willfully causing financial loss of $4m to the state.

Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

The three were found guilty of indulging in acts that led the State to lose the amount in a deal purchase of a cybersecurity surveillance equipment, known as the Pegasus machine, for the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), which was sponsored by the NCA.

10. Philip Assibit: Philip Akpeena Assibit, a representative of the Goodwill International Group was jailed to 12 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of causing financial loss to the state.

Assibit will serve 3 years for dishonestly causing financial loss to the state and 12 years for defrauding by false pretense.

The conviction follows 4 years of a legal battle at the High Court, where state prosecutors and defense lawyers for the accused put forward evidence to advance their claims.

Assibit was jailed together with Abuga Pele. The two men were alleged to have connived to defraud the state of some ¢4.1 million but they had pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them.

Source: pulse.com.gh

The Church is not a business – Taki Yaboi

The Church is not a business Bishop Taki Yaboi the Presiding Bishop of the Victory Bible Church International has said.

According to Bishop Yaboi it is “wrong” for anyone to suggest the church is a business and a “lucrative” one for that matter.

This comes on the back of allegations that some churches especially what is popularly referred to as “one-man churches” have turned their places of worship into businesses where all sorts of miracle items are sold to members making the pastors rich overnight.

Speaking to this assertion on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Monday, 11 May 2020, Bishop Yaboi stated that churches are not businesses.

“It is wrong, what makes church business very lucrative? Church is not built for business but churches get involve in business agendas and so, church is not for business. I always tell people ‘come and try’ only for you to realise that what you think is not so,” he told show host Benjamin Akakpo.

Explaining why the number of churches in the country keep rising, Bishop Yaboi said: “We have many churches and more churches will be springing up because people want respite, people want a place where they could express themselves in the midst of difficulty, in the midst of challenging times and so people will speculate, people will have various kinds of ideas so since we have freedom of worship people will want to express themselves by starting to start a church and I don’t think people also take a survey of churches that close down, they only talk about churches because you’ll see the signboard and sometimes have they entered in to see what it takes to run a church, to manage a church?

“Many years ago, if you want somebody’s house or land to start a church, they used to give it to us for free but now [people are] thinking that we are making money. I wish everybody could be given the opportunity to start a church because when you start a church remember it’s not only the building, it’s the people who make up the church and you [pastor] becomes a lawyer, doctor, teacher and everything to people so it’s not necessarily that we’ve seen churches all around the place so it means that its become a business, its not a business its rather meeting some of the shortfalls that are in our country, in our community…”

Source: Class FM

ECG spends GH¢44.7m to end ‘Dumsor’

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is spending GH¢44.7 million to ensure reliable power supply in the Ashanti Region.

Of this, it would in the short term spend GH¢15.2 million to conduct extension and intensification power projects in the region.

In the medium term, plans are far advanced to use the remaining GH¢29.5 million to construct a sub-station at Agogo to help improve power supply in Konongo, Ejisu, Kumawu and nearby areas.

Part of the GH¢29.5 million will also go into the construction of a power switching station at Adansi Asokwa aimed at helping to improve service delivery of the ECG so that customers will be better served.

Managing Director of ECG, Kwame Agyeman-Budu, addressing journalists in Kumasi, stated that his outfit was determined to improve power supply in the Ashanti Region and make the frequent power cuts a thing of the past.

To help achieve its target, he announced that the ECG had decided to spend more to improve power supply so that customers would no longer complain about power cuts, with its attendant problems.

“Our prime aim is to correct all the faults that have been detected in the system, which usually leads to frequent power cuts, and that is why we have decided to spend this amount to make sure that our customers feel good,” he said.

The ECG MD, who was in Kumasi on Friday with some other officials of the company, said “ECG cherishes its customers and very soon their services would see massive improvement.”

Old Transformers

He said ECG had realized that most of its transformers in the Ashanti Region were old and could not perform well “so plans are in place to replace them with new ones.”

Mr. Agyeman-Budu also said faulty cables, insulators and other ageing equipment in the Ashanti Region, which were obstructing effective power supply, would be replaced without delay.

New Machines

According to him, the ECG had secured a new technology called VIT to easily detect faults, isolate and fix them without plunging an entire area into darkness.

He said ECG staff would henceforth use conductors to repair faults.

Mr. Agyeman-Budu stated that it was never the intention of the ECG to frequently plunge its customers into darkness, lamenting that the ECG even lost a lot of money whenever power supply was cut.

Source: Daily Guide Network

Nana Ama McBrown kneels before Bernard Nyarko’s mother at 1-week observance

It was a very emotional affair when Nana Ama McBrown and other Kumawood stars attended the one-week observance of Bishop Bernard Nyarko in Accra.

Following the passing of Bishop Nyarko at the Ridge Hospital on May 2, 2020, the family scheduled a one-week observance in line with Akan customs.

The one-week observance was held simultaneously in Accra and Kumasi with many Kumawood stars in attendance.

McBrown led a group including Christiana Awuni to go and commiserate with the bereaved family. One notable thing that happened when McBrown and her group arrived was when she had to talk to Bishop Nyarko’s mother, Auntie Ceci.

Appearing before the bereaved mother, McBrown knelt down before the woman as they talked.

Source: Peace FM