Hassacas Ladies pledges to make Ghana proud in maiden Caf Women’s Champions League participation

Evelyn Nsiah Asare, the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of Hassacas Ladies has vowed that her outfit will make Ghana proud in the maiden Caf Women’s Champions League.

After emerging as the National Womens League champions, Hassacas will represent the country in Ivory Coast where the tournament will be staged.

Hasaacas Ladies have been drawn against Nigeria’s Rivers Angels FC and Niger’s AS Police de Niamey in Group B of the WAFU Zone B qualifying series of the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Nsiah Asare reiterated that her outfit is determined to leave a mark at the tournament.

“We are determined to make Ghana proud at the tournament,” Nsiah Asare, who is a member of Asante Kotoko management told Asempa FM.

“We were strong in the Women’s League and we will improve on that before the start of the tournament.

“We have made some few signings and with their addition to the team, we will surely leave a mark.

“This is the maiden edition of the tournament but with the support we have received from Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, individuals and other bodies, we will surely make Ghana proud,” she added.

Meanwhile, Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has donated $10,000 to Hasaacas Ladies ahead of the tournament.

The first zonal qualifiers are scheduled to take place between July 17 and 30.

Source: Modern Ghana

Refund all allowances paid to you since January 2009 – John Boadu Charges Lordina Mahama

The General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party, John Boadu, has charged the wife of former President John Dramani Mahama, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, to refund all monies or allowances paid to her between January 2009 and June 2021.

In a one-on-one interview with Paa Kwesi Schandorf on TV Africa on Tuesday, 13th July, 2021, Mr. Boadu admonished Mrs. Lordina Mahama to replicate the gesture made by Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

“Schandorf, let me say this emphatically. Former President Mahama’s wife, Lordina Mahama, must, as a matter of urgency, refund all monies paid to her since January 2017 till now. Those she received as far back as 2009 should also be refunded. The monies she has received from that time till now would amount to GHC3.2 million.” JB said.

The call on Lordina Mahama to refund monies paid to her as allowances come after Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Hajia Samira Bawumia decided to refund all monies paid to them since 2017.

The Ghanaian media landscape has been awash with criticisms of the Ntiamoa Commission’s decision to regularize allowances paid to First and Second Ladies, whether past, present or in future.

An impression was created by a section of the general public including the TUC, NDC and some civil society organizations that only Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Hajia Samira Bawumia are beneficiaries of these allowances being turned into salaries.

These misconceptions and vitriolic attacks have led to the First Lady and Second Lady declining the decision of the Committee and indicating her decision to refund all monies paid to her since January 2017.

Source: Modern Ghana

Kumchacha defends Prophet Badu Kobi after football prophecies backfired

Founder and Leader of Heaven’s Gate Ministry, Prophet Nicholas Osei well known as Kumchacha has descended on some session of the Ghanaian public for calling Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi of the Glorious Wave Church International ‘fake’ over his recent football prophecies that failed to manifest.

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the man of God prophesied that the spirit of the Lord has revealed to him Brazil would triumph over Argentina to win the 2021 edition of the Copa America competition. At the end, his prophecy didn’t come true, the opposite rather happened, Argentina beat their Brazilian counterpart to a loan goal to pick the trophy.

The next day, he also prophesied that England would win the Euro 2020, that also happened in the opposite, their counterpart rather lifted the trophy on penalty kicks.

Many social media users have since questioned the God of football who directed him and opened his eyes to such statements wrapped as prophecies, calling him fake among other unpleasant descriptions.

But Kumchacha says people cannot use the two prophecies from the man of God against him because he was just a messenger sent to deliver a message to the populace.

Speaking on the ‘Best Entertainment Show’ on Monday morning, Prophet Kumchacha said it becomes hypocritical on the part of the critics to ignore the several prophecies from the man of God which has come into full manifestation.

According to him, critics cannot use just the recent two against his personality and many years of expertise as a Prophet.

“God did not lie. I’ve also seen people criticizing and calling Prophet Badu Kobi fake based on that – that shouldn’t be the response. When a driver gets an accident in his 20 years of expertise in driving, it doesn’t mean he is not a driver. A fake pastor is one who worships idols and deals in rituals. If a prophecy from a pastor turns out the opposite, it doesn’t make the person fake. The spirit with Ghanaians is PHD. They like pulling others down. Isaiah 38:1 reveals a prophecy which went the opposite due to fervent prayers for intervention – are we going to call Isaiah also fake? You can’t understand God. He works every second. He changes his ways and means every minute.

“If God sends me today to deliver a message to somebody, I’m just a messenger on that score, afterwards how do I become responsible for the message failure to manifest? We can’t understand God. He is a man of his own. He does things without any persons understanding and approval, it doesn’t make the messenger or prophet fake. Badu Kobi is not fake, we can’t judge and call him fake because of a failed prophecy. Why can’t Ghanaians also use several prophecies of the man which has come into fulfillment against him? Why use just one of two of his prophecies which had the opposite response against him? That’s the PHD I spoke about earlier,” he said on Okay FM.

Source: Modern Ghana

Tokyo 2020: Prophet Badu Kobi warned not to prophecy on Ghana’s medal chances by an athlete

The Founder and General Overseer of Glorious Wave Church International, Emmanuel Badu Kobi has dominated the local media for the wrong reasons after several of his ‘prophecies’ failed to materialise.

Prior to the Copa America final, the renowned prophet who was comfortably sitting his car prophecied that Brazil would triumph over Argentina.

However, Lionel Messi and his lads recorded a 1-0 win over Brazil, with Angel Di Maria scoring the lone goal.

Again, Badu Kobi switched focus to the just-ended 2020 European Championship.

According to him, God revealed to him that England would beat Italy at Wembley Stadium.

However, the Azurri won on penalties beating the Three Lions 4-3 on penalties.

These failures have left a number of other sports stars quite apprehensive as any ‘prophecies’ of success for any team or athletes by Badu Kobi seem to end in pain instead.

Prophet Badu Kobi has, however, has been trolled by on social media after his failed prophecies.

One of Ghana’s representatives for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Joseph Paul Amoah, has implored Prophet Badu Kobi not to prophecy on Ghana’s medal chances.

Joe Paul Amoah is one of 14 athletes who will represent Ghana at the Tokyo Olympics and will compete in the 200m and the 4x100m.

Source: Modern Ghana

Ogilvy Africa grows creative leadership, appoints Alex van Niekerk as group creative director

Leading marketing and brand communications network, Ogilvy Africa, has named Alex van Niekerk as group creative director. Based in Nairobi, Alex joins the network’s creative leadership team to a portfolio of brands managed by Ogilvy Africa from Kenya and select countries across SSA.

Alex is a highly accomplished creative having won over 50 awards at festivals such as Cannes Lions, Clios, D&AD, One Show, London International Awards, Loeries, and several others.

Speaking of the appointment, Vikas Mehta, CEO – Ogilvy Africa, said “Top-of-the-line creative talent across marketing disciplines is an essential ingredient to our One-Ogilvy recipe. Over the past 12 months, we’ve made a deliberate effort to further strengthen competencies across communication, content, experience, and PR&I with fresh talent who thinks digital-first. Alex’s appointment is another important step in that direction. With his track record of continued excellence, we hope to see him further raise the bar in how we drive growth for our clients.”

With over a decade of experience at some of South Africa’s top agencies, Alex started his career with the red and white at Ogilvy Cape Town and later became creative director at the King James Group, where his work contributed to both agencies reaching #1 rankings by the Loeries Panel including Digital Agencies of the Year respectively.

He has created and executed world-class campaigns for some of the region’s leading brands for clients such as EABL, Ford, Sanlam Investments, Santam Insurance, SAB, Netflix, Pick n Pay, Johnnie Walker, Carling Black Label, Volkswagen, Audi, and Comedy Central, to name a few. His previous experiences at both traditional and digital agencies mean he brings to the table concepts that truly transcend disciplines.

“What excites me most about rejoining the organization, which in many ways has had a profound impact on my development as a creative leader, is to see the resilience and conviction with which the team here has upheld the standards of creative excellence that Ogilvy has always stood for.

In a time where finding ways for brands to make meaningful differences in people’s lives has become more complex and challenging than ever before, it speaks volumes to the talent and ambitions of our agency, as well as the potential for new innovation that lies in front of us in finding solutions for the problems our clients are facing. I’m looking forward to the ride”, said Alex.

Source: Ghana Web

You won’t lose your funds – BoG to dormant account owners

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has debunked claims making rounds on social media that, persons with dormant accounts will lose their funds if the accounts are moved to the Bank of Ghana after a period of inactivity.

These claims come on the back of a recent directive issued by the Central Bank on unclaimed balances & dormant accounts for banks and specialized deposit-taking institutions.

According to the claims on social media, customers needed to reactivate their dormant accounts as soon as possible, or risk losing their funds when their dormant accounts are transferred to the apex bank or at best endure a tedious process in getting their monies back once it’s transferred to the Bank of Ghana.

But in a new statement issued in response to the claims, the Bank of Ghana assured that no one whose dormant account is transferred to it will lose their funds.

Customers or their legal representatives can make claims for the funds by presenting all relevant documentation.

The Bank of Ghana added that identification and claiming of funds at the Bank of Ghana is not a tedious process.

The Bank of Ghana’s directive on unclaimed balances & dormant accounts for banks and specialized deposit-taking institutions issued a few months back, seeks to ensure that balances in accounts that have been left unattended to for over a period of time are managed under a special account, to be referred to as the dormant account register.

The directive by the Bank of Ghana which is pursuant to Section 92 of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016, explained that a dormant account could be a current or savings account with credit balances and their derivatives with no ‘customer-initiated activity’ by the account holder or a third party on the account holder’s behalf for a number of years.

The funds in a dormant account according to the directive shall be transferred to the Bank of Ghana after five (5) years of inactivity for continuous protection.

Customers whose accounts fall in this category are encouraged to contact their bankers to reactivate the accounts.

As a proactive measure, the Bank of Ghana’s Directive urges banks and SDIs to contact customers whose accounts are dormant to reactivate such accounts.

The directive, among other things, also added that, banks and SDIs will publish accounts that remain dormant for a period of five (5) years on their websites and in two (2) daily newspapers as a means of notifying account holders who may not have reactivated their accounts.

Source: Modern Ghana

Let’s use ”reward them, let them do more” approach to fight corruption – GII

Accra, – Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, Executive Director, Ghana Integrity lnitiative (GII), an advocacy organisation dedicated to fostering public awareness on the fight against corruption, has recommended the use of awards system approach in the fight against corruption.

‘‘We are not saying an award system alone is going to minimize corruption, but we say it is complementing our efforts. In this current award system, we don’t punish but actually reward by praising and letting the public know the good works of most people. It is preventive,’’ she said.

Mrs Ofori-Kwafo said this at the launch of the 2021 Ghana Integrity Awards (GIAwards) sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy in Accra under the Multi Stakeholders Business Integrity Forum project to recognise outstanding individuals, private and public sector institutions making a significant contribution to combat corruption in the country.

She said the awards were part of GII’s contribution to the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), which sought to create a sustainable democratic Ghanaian society founded on good governance.

The Executive Director noted that the country had made significant strides in addressing the problem of corruption although it was faced with many challenges and needed to do more.

She said the risks from corruption were a major concern for private enterprises, whether they were confronted with demands for bribes, faced with competitors acting corruptly or undermined by employees violating their codes of conduct.

Mrs Ofori-Kwafo described the situation as worrying and appealed to responsible companies to adopt and implement clear anti-corruption policies and effective anti-corruption procedures to ensure that they identified and mitigated the risks of corruption to protect their reputation, shareholders and host communities.

Mrs Mary Addah, Programmes Manager, GII, said awards were very vital tools in both the public and private sector and had the potential to serve as anti-corruption tools.

She said it would build an individual’s esteem, identity, status, and reputation and would serve as an incentive, help establish role models, spread information about successful and desirable behaviour and create loyalty.

The Programmes Manager said, this year’s award would also recognise private sector institutions (small and large scale) applying integrity standards and effective corruption prevention mechanisms within their institutions and the country.

She stated that the Awards would be in six categories namely: Policy and Administrative Reforms Transparency and Social Accountability, Efficient Public Service Delivery, Effective Internal Controls Enforcement, Business Integrity, and Integrity Personality of the Year.

Mrs Addah said nominations would be opened from July to September, voting from September to October, evaluation from October to December with the Awards Night coming on December 9, 2021.

She said details of the awards and nomination process could be found on the website: www.ghanaintegrityinitiative.org, Facebook:@GhanaIntegrityAwards, Twitter:@ghintegrityawds and via telephone: 0302760884.

Mr Richard Quayson, Deputy Commisssioner, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), said the awards must aim at awarding integrity and not popularity and must be presented to deserving persons.

He advised that the award be devoid of politics because the key part of creating the awards was transparency and commended GII and its partners for the initiative.

The Ghana Integrity lnitiative (GII) as part of efforts at promoting anti-corruption in the public life launched and instituted biennial integrity awards in Ghana dubbed the ‘Ghana Integrity Awards’ (GIAwards) in 2019.

Source: Ghana News Agency