Commission of Inquiry begins hearings in the Western Region

Accra, The Commission of Inquiry into the Creation of new regions has said it would hold public hearings in the Western Region from 12th to 16 December.

A statement signed by Mr Jacob Saah, Secretary to the Commission and copied to the Ghana News Agency said members of the public can partake in the hearings at the following times, dates and venues.

1000hrs– 12th December: Akroma Plaza, Takoradi

1000hrs– 13th December: Methodist Church Auditorium, Enchi, Aowin-Suaman District

1000hrs– 14th December: Methodist Church, Wassa Akropong, Wassa Amenfi District

1000hrs�- 15th December: Catholic Church, Adaborkrom, Bia East District

0930hrs– 16th December: Catholic Pastoral Centre, Wiawso, Sefwi Wiawso Municipal District

1430hrs�- 16th December: Christ Apostolic Church, Biabiani, Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District

Source: Ghana News Agency

Basigi invites 23 players for camping ahead of Cameroon game

Accra, Head coach of the nation under-20 female team, the Black Princesses coach Yusif Basigi has invited twenty three (23) players to camping at the Ghana Center of Excellence Prampram.

The camping which started on Sunday, December 10, is to prepare for the last huddle of the qualifiers against Cameroon in January for the 2018 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) in France.

The invited player are; goalkeepers – Martha Annan, Esther Agyeman and Anabel Bansah, with defenders as; Gladys Amfobea, Justice Tweneboah, Blessing Agbomazi, Philicity Asouako, Cecila Hagan, Bridget Adu, Linda Amoaku and Florence Annor

The midfielders are; Grace Asantewaa, Helena Obeng, Olivia Anokye, Grace Acheampong, Ernestina Abambila, Kunduck Peterson and Mary Entoah

Priscilla Adubea, Ruth Anima, Vivian Adjei, Rafia Alhassan and Ernestina Ayisi makes up the attackers invited.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nana Amamfo-Nyansa Kyeame launches book on cultural practices

Accra, A 131 page-book titled: “Twer3 Kronkron ne Amammer3”, which seeks to educate the Ghanaian populace on good cultural practices that has been discarded due to Christianity and modernity, has been launched in Accra.

The title of the book which is translated in English as ‘The Bible and Culture’ was authored by Nana Kwarteng Amamfo- Nyansa Kyeame, a broadcast Journalist and a Marriage Councellor.

The book written in Twi, a Ghanaian local dialect covers 71 chapters.

It was born out of the Sankofa show hosted by Nana Kyeame on Vision 1 Fm, an Accra based radio station which airs on Saturdays from 1400 – 1700 hours.

Speaking at the launch, Nana Kyeame said:” the success of every nation depended on its culture therefore there is the need for Ghanaians to go back to their root.

He said that a lot of Christians have thrown away their cultural practices because they think its devilish but that was not the case.

He said a research shows that many of these practices are contained in the Holy Bible hence its not a sin to practice them.

He said mobilising resources for the production of the book was not an easy task “the book had to come out because I believe it is a good book and would transform the lives of many “, Nana Kyeame said.

He urged every Ghanaian to get a copy of the book from Vision 1fm’s front desk at a price of GHC 30 and at the various bookshops in the country.

Reverend Issac Oppong, a Pastor of Anointed Pentecostal Church who chaired the occasion, called on Ghanaians to get a copy of the book because it spells out how God want people to live on earth.

He said “most of us have deviated from the way God wanted us to live on earth” hence this is the opportunity for us to learn and go back to our roots.

Mr Danso Abeam, the Chief Executive Officer of Givers Scientific Herbal Clinic and sponsors of the Sankofa show, said that his outfit deemed it fit to sponsor the program because its educational qualities.

He urged other organisations to also sponsor programs of such nature not only for third benefit but that of every Ghanaian.

The book is part of the author’s project of making known to the Ghanaian populace, the connection between the Holy book and culture.

This is the second book the Author has released since the commencement of the project four years ago.

Last year (2016), the Author released a book title “Words of Wisdom” which according to him, was accepted by many Ghanaians.

The Author, out of the same project has formed a religious organisation known as Sankofa, a group that seeks to educate people on traditional culture and Christianity.

Nana Kyeame has practised Journalism for 17 years and aside his career as a broadcast Journalist, he also holds a Diploma in Auto Engineering.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Fighting corruption is fundamental for good governance – US Anti-Corruption Advisor

Accra, Fighting corruption and preventing and combating corruption is fundamental for the promotion of good governance, Mr Kellen McClure, Anti-Corruption Advisor, United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), has said.

He said the US partnership with governments in Sub-Saharan Africa and with civil society had the concern as an important part of their engagement.

And we look forward to continuing that engagement and you know, really working and to work with the people of countries across the region to promote integrity and transparency and accountability within the public sector, Mr McClure said during a telephonic press conference in Washington, which was monitored by the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

Aside Mr McClure, another key personality, who took part in the telephonic conference was Mr Robert Leventhal, Deputy Director, Office of Anti-Crime Programmes, INL.

The programme, which was held on the eve of International Anti-corruption Day, December 9, discussed the Department of State’s anti-corruption policies and initiatives � including the December 4-6 Global Forum on Asset Recovery — and its anti-corruption programming in Africa.

The United States directly engages other countries to promote anti-corruption and good governance, internationally recognized anti-corruption standards, sponsors reform programming to bolster public sector integrity, accountability and transparency, and contributes to building the architecture for cross-border cooperation to combat corruption.

To sustain this effort, INL engages in high-level diplomacy, develops and implements technical assistance programs, and reinforces the important role played by civil society, the media, and the business community.

Mr Leventhal said every year governments and citizens around the globe use December 9th to highlight the importance of combating corruption, underscore their progress and identify remaining challenges.

He hailed the inaugural Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR), which came to a successful conclusion in Washington D.C.

He said the GFAR, which was co-hosted by the US and the United Kingdom, objective was make asset recovery more effective.

Leventhal said GFAR was one important example of the leadership role that the US plays in combating corruption internationally.

At the Global Forum on Asset Recovery just a couple days ago, Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nigeria to return $ 321 million in stolen assets, he said.

He said: The US has long recognised that the negative impact of corruption affects all aspects of society and touches the lives of all citizens. And over the years, we’ve learned that the impact of corruption extends far beyond the borders of the country in which it takes place.

Kleptocracy, or high-level corruption, breeds instability by driving a wedge between government and the people.

It turns institutions meant to serve the people into tools for exploiting them and this can leave many feeling disempowered and convinced that the system is rigged. And this can open the door for transnational organized crime and extremist groups to exploit this frustration for their own purposes.

Leventhal said the US Anti-Corruption Foreign Assistance Programmes include capacity-building for governments to create stronger laws and more effective institutions to investigate, prosecute and secure convictions and to put in place measures to prevent corruption, foster oversight and promote government integrity and transparency.

On his part, Mr McClure lauded the Switzerland and Nigeria, Memorandum of Understanding on the return of this money at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery.

He said one of the things that was abundantly clear through the conversations between the Nigerian and the Swiss and the World Bank, was that about asset recovery does take time but there were certain lessons learned over this process.

And some of these lessons learned are these discussions need to start as early as possible. It’s really incumbent upon the countries to build trust in this partnership between them so that this dialogue can take place, he said.

Mr McClure said it was always helpful to involve others in the process where possible and where appropriate, including civil society.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Apostle Professor Asuming-Brempong advises Christians to be diligent

Accra, Apostle Professor Samuel Asuming-Brempong, the Chairman of the Ghana National Council of the Great Commission Church International (GCCI), has advised Christians to be industrious and meticulous wherever they find themselves.

He said there was dignity in hard work; therefore, Christians must strive to do their best at whatever their hands find to do.

Apostle Prof Asuming-Brempong gave the advise on Sunday in his homily at the climax of the GCCI annual Prayer, Praises and Anointing Service (PPAS) in Accra.

The service was attended by congregants from the various branches of the Church in and around Accra-Tema area.

The annual PPAS is held to pray, praise and thank God for his goodness towards the Church, and to anoint the congregants for greater works.

Speaking on the topic “Seeking God’s Promotion”, Apostle Prof Asuming-Brempong said “the God we serve is a good God”; and that he expects his children to be hardworking.

He noted that hard work leads to promotion, honour and dignity.

Apostle Prof Asuming-Brempong said having wealth was good, but Christians must not use corrupt practices and illegal means to acquire wealth; stating that God does not like people who swindle others.

He also appealed to Ghanaians to fear God and eschew the evil canker of corruption adding that “what shall it profit a man, when he gains the whole world and loses his soul”.

Apostle Prof Asuming-Brempong reminded Christians that God had endowed them with gifts, and that they were accountable to God as stewards of the gifts.

Quoting from the Bible, Apostle Prof Asuming-Brempong said when Christ ascended to heaven after his resurrection, he gave gifts unto the Church such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.

He urged Christians to awake their God-given gifts and talents, and put them into practice.

Apostle Prof Asuming-Brempong said promotion was from God, and that God would promote Christians who utilise their gifts and talents in his service.

Source: Ghana News Agency