Asante Kotoko: Prosper Narteh Ogum satisfied with stalemate with Karela United

Asante Kotoko coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum has said he is satisfied and impressed with the performance of his players in their stalemate against Karela United.

The Porcupine Warriors were welcomed to the CAM Park in the matchday five games on Sunday.

Kotoko were however hoping to keep their winning streak intact but dropped two points against Karela United with midfielder Richard Boadu being sent off.

The former WAFA coach gave his view on the red card, stating he only saw his player win the ball but it happened already and had to implement something to contain them after going a man down.

“I think from where I stood, I saw Agadas getting the ball but maybe the referee was very closer so he had a clear view,” he reiterated after the game.

“We had no option than to make some tactical variations and also changes by bringing in Keyekeh and Sheriff to contain their pressure after the red card,” he added.

Kotoko still sit top of the league log with 13 points.

Source: Modern Ghana

Saboba Drowning Accident: Case adjourned to December 13

Tamale,–The case involving the headmaster at the centre of the drowning of nine students in the River Oti at Saboba in the Northern Region has been adjourned to December 13, this year, to allow more time for the prosecution to conclude its investigations.

When the case was called at the Tamale Magistrate Court on Monday, the prosecution prayed the court to adjourn the case as it was yet to conclude investigations into the matter.

The defense counsel (lawyer for the accused) did not raise objection to the request neither did he also ask for bail for his client, Emmanuel Chingya, who has been charged with manslaughter.

The Judge, therefore, granted the request of the prosecution.

The accused, will, therefore, remain in prison custody and reappear on December 13.

On Friday, November 12, between 1200hrs and 1300hrs GMT, nine students of the St. Charles Lwanga Junior High School (JHS) drowned in the River Oti when they were crossing the river from the Mwagbar bank to the Kpanjol bank, a distance of about 100 metres, in the Saboba District.

The accident happened when the two canoes on which they were travelling collided and capsized.

They were forms one and two students.

One of the drowned students was a Togolese national.

They were part of 31 students of the school, who earlier crossed the river to the Mwagbar village to harvest rice for the Headmaster of the school, Chingya.

Following the accident, Chingya was arraigned at the Tamale Magistrate Court on Monday, November 15, charged with manslaughter, and was remanded into prison custody pending further investigations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Air Force Methodist-Presbyterian Church marks 50th Anniversary

Takoradi Air Force,– The Air Force Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Takoradi has held its 50th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service to thank God for His steadfast love and kindness as it redefines aspirations to reflect prevailing conditions.

The occasion was graced by members from the rank and file of the two Garrison such as the Garrison Commander, Commodore Samuel Walker; Air Commodore Agyen Frimpong, Base Commander – Air Force Base, Takoradi; Air Commodore K. K. Pumpuni (Rtd), Lt Col Robert Kwegyir Sagoe (CO UNMISS Ghanbatt 8), Rt Rev Col John K. Otoo and AVM Frank Hanson, Chief of Air Staff.

The 50th Anniversary ceremony which was under the theme, “Raising Transformational Leaders for the Growth and Development of the Church” was also attended by members from other sister churches.

Rev Capt (GN) Paul Adjei Djan, Director of Religious Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in a sermon bemoaned the current moral decadence in the country and said it behoved on the church to raise leaders who would bring transformation to the nation.

He charged the church to embrace itself and prepare for the greater work ahead since the time was perilous than before especially, at a time when the nation is battling with whether or not to accept LGBTQI .

“For me, the church must let its voice be heard. LGBTQI poses a great challenge to the church, though I know none of us will succumb to it. If there was any time that the church had to intensify its outreach and discipleship ministry, it is now”, he reiterated.

According to him, though Christians sought and asked from God they did not find or receive because they did not offer sacrificial services and added that if Christians want to attract God’s favour and blessing then they must adopt sacrificial living.

Rev Capt (GN) Djan noted that the attitude of sacrifice has eluded Christians and citizens in general and called for the need to embrace the habit of sacrifice which was an utmost service to God to attract the blessings of God.

Mr Frederick Agyemang, Western Regional Coordinating Director who represented the Regional Minister in a speech deemed the theme as appropriate after the Church Council realized that the current distribution of the Church’s membership and leadership was skewed towards the elderly, hence the need to nurture the youth to take up leadership positions.

He said this agenda could not have been set at any other time than this, especially, as there seems to be a general concern for fallen moral standards among the youth of today.

He said equipping the young ones with effective Christian ministry was necessary to guarantee a better future for the Church and the nation as a whole adding that raising leaders for generational succession was therefore in line with the Lord and Master Jesus’ command to man on discipleship.

“It is about believing and investing in people; a call to imbibing sound biblical principles into others in our quest to becoming good ambassadors of Christ. And interestingly, Jesus Christ himself demonstrated incredible confidence in the potential of people which allowed him to use them for higher purposes”, he stated.

Mr Agyemang underscored the need to have faith in the capability of the youth to deliver, entrusting them with responsibilities, and encouraging them to take charge of their lives.

“My advice for you is that, if you are entrusted with a responsibility, it is because you can be trusted. You should therefore be resolved to prove yourselves deserving anytime there is the opportunity to serve. Remember, you are the labour God is looking to work with; may you never fail your generation”, he urged.

Very Rev Flying Officer Francis Lord Fynn who gave the Chaplain’s Status Report said the church has embraced the spirit of service to its community and giving meaningfully to its neighbours and the disadvantaged in its area of operation.

He said the church started the Berea Academy school in 2014 with eight (8) pupils but has now grown to be big with a current enrolment of 412 made up of 211 boys and 207 girls spanning creche to the JHS 1.

He lamented that youth development in the current socio-economic situation in the country and the Barracks particularly posed numerous challenges to the church and that it was prayerfully looking for ways to help and motivate them and give them the desired push to develop their social, creative, intellectual and musical talents to address most of the challenges they faced.

He announced that one of the ways the church intends to put in place to whip up the interest of the youth in the church and those in its operational area was the music talent development programme which would be handled by trained professional musicians who would be engaged by the church.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Immigration Service intercepts 1,490 parcels of suspected weed

Nyive (V/R),- The Nyive Sector Command of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), has intercepted 1,490 parcels of suspected Indian hemp in the Atikpui community in the Nyive border enclave.

The parcels, packaged in 19 sacks had 14 sacks containing 80 parcels each, a sack containing 65 parcels, two sacks containing 82 parcels each, one sack with 71 parcels, and one with 70 parcels.

The compressed square-shaped parcels had inscriptions such as “3”, “BX”, “Boss”, and “5” on them.

Chief Superintendent Abdulai Zakaria, Nyive Sector Command of the Service, said the sacks were intercepted at about 0000 hours of Sunday, November 28, based on surveillance and monitoring that they did.

He said they moved swiftly to the spot, which made them intercept the “gargantuan” parcels.

Chief Superintendent Abdulai said as they picked the goods and were about to leave the community, some folks of the community began to advance towards them, which led them to discharge warning shots to disperse them.

He explained that when the officers got to the spot, the goods were waiting to be transported, adding that, the suspects took to their heels to neighbouring Togo when they sensed the presence of the officers.

Chief Superintendent Abdulai said it was suspected that an unregistered “Royal” branded motorbike found at the spot was used to escort the goods.

He said it was the second time a consignment of the sort was intercepted within the Command and warned that people engaged in such illicit business would be followed wherever they went.

“We know they also have intel as we also have surveillance on them. As they monitor us, we also have surveillance on them and will definitely catch up with them.”

Chief Superintendent Abdulai urged the public to volunteer information and assured that their confidentiality would not be disclosed.

He praised the Municipal Chief Executive, the Chiefs, and the entire community as well as sister agencies for their cooperation.

Assistant Inspector, Mr Felix Klu-Adjei, Volta Regional Public Relations Officer of the Service, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that communities must understand the relevance of the operations of GIS at the various border posts in ensuring solid security and the protection of the country against eminent terrorism and organised crime.

The confiscated parcels were handed over to the Head of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) in the Region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stanbic Bank supports 46th SWAG Awards

Stanbic Bank Ghana has presented a cheque of GHS 20,000 to the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) in support of the 2021 SWAG Awards to be held on December 17, 2021.

Presenting the cheque to Executives of SWAG, Head of Brand and Marketing at Stanbic Bank Ghana, Mawuko Afadzinu, said the bank’s support for the sporting fraternity is in recognition of the fact that sports are a critical pillar in the country’s development.

“Stanbic Bank’s relationship with SWAG dates back to some 15 years ago and it is in recognition of the fact that the sporting fraternity is a critical pillar of the country’s development; not only does it drive wellness, but it also feeds into the passion of the nation and has so much influence on the positivity in the country. We haven’t been able to quantify this positivity but it is there for all to see. So, our association with SWAG is not by accident. It is very intentional and there is a clear design behind it. Our support will not stop now. Indeed, we are looking forward to demonstrating the value you bring to the country so that we even increase the level of sponsorship we give to SWAG,” Mr. Afadzinu said.

“Stanbic Bank is delighted at the opportunity to partner with SWAG It is an opportunity that we have and we are glad we still extended that opportunity to us. It is not something we take lightly, we consider this relationship a very valuable one, so we are glad to be here today to support you as you recognize the efforts of our sportsmen and women. We will continue to find other ways of ensuring that sports blossoms in the country because if truth needs to be told when sports is good, the mood of the country lifts,” Mr. Afadzinu added.

The President of SWAG, Kwabena Yeboah, on behalf of the association thanked Stanbic Bank for the support they have given to the sports fraternity and the activities of the association over the years. He said, “We want to show our appreciation to Stanbic Bank for their continuous support for our activities. We don’t take this lightly at all because SWAG does not generate funds. We are a group of journalists who have taken it upon ourselves to honor distinguished sportsmen and women every year.”

Without outfits like Stanbic Bank, who appreciate the need to honor the sportsmen and women who look up to the SWAG Awards every year, it wouldn’t have been possible. A number of institutions drag their feet when it comes to supporting the SWAG Awards but we are very appreciative of institutions like Stanbic Bank who share our vision and passion and support us relentlessly,” Kwabena Yeboah added.

SWAG, the umbrella body for the sports media in Ghana, is the body solely responsible for honoring Ghanaian sportsmen and women who excel both locally and internationally. The SWAG Awards have been held every year since 1973. The 2021 SWAG Awards Night will be held on December 17, 2021, at the Accra International Conference Center.

Source: Ghana Web

Design a life you love! Apples & Pears presents ‘Brunch & Learn’ in Accra

Did you hear about the new brunch and network event that took place last Saturday? It was hosted by Apples & Pears with the intention to connect entrepreneurs in Accra, as well as those from all over the world. The main goal was to create an in-person and virtual space to support entrepreneurs in the building of sustainable businesses.

For those just starting out in the business world and needing that extra support, this is just the type of event that can support you and really catapult you forward. An appreciative attendee reflected on the proceedings, “I must admit, it was very insightful and the energy was positively charged up. In all thought…it was a great pleasure meeting everyone.”

Indeed the atmosphere was eclectic, warm, inviting, buzzing with excitement in anticipation of this launch. Sparkling with energy, just so, as this was the very first launch of an event of this kind for Apples & Pears. This exciting event coincided with the Ladies Entrepreneur Group, the essential boot camp to empower businesswomen and female entrepreneurs through mentorship, networking, and skills-building to help take them to the next level.

Indeed, the participating speakers embraced and enjoyed everything the event had to offer, Dr. Ashley Milton spoke of the event, “I feel like I have sisterhood in Ghana after this weekend. So I just want to keep the same energy in motion and wish all you ladies a wonderful and productive week!

As the grind continues, I pray for our collective strength and tenacity as we continue to show up, ready, capable, and as our full selves in the many hats that we wear. And that we have a sisterhood of Queens that will help fix our crowns when they get shifted as they sometimes do.”

Topics that were covered by the vivacious speakers included, “How to Design a Sustainable Business Model Post Covid”, presented by Tonisha Tagoe, and “How to Design a Life You Will Love”, presented by Vanessa Gyan & Mina Evans-Anfom. An excited attendee commented about the overall event, “It was educational and I got a chance to get to know new people. Above it all, it was a beautiful experience.”

Attendees had the opportunity to purchase products from an array of vendors on-site (with Ghanaian-made products), as well as indulge in the delight of a three-course meal and complimentary drink. Tonisha Tagoe, the owner of Apples and Pears and creator of this Brunch and Learn the concept, said of the event, “I think this event was essential and was very much needed for our community of entrepreneurs. All attendees have had the opportunity to be a vendor, which can help boost business. Register as soon as possible for this aspect. We also provide good opportunities for vendors to receive training.”

A little more information on the Brunch and Learn series

The Brunch and Learn Series was initially established online and has now grown into an all involving, in-person, hybrid event, mixing the element of brunch with business knowledge. This inaugural event connected entrepreneurs in Accra, digitally to entrepreneurs all over the world. The main goal was to create an in-person and virtual space to support entrepreneurs in the building of sustainable businesses.

Are you an entrepreneur with an interest in connecting with other like-minded women within the industry?
Are you desiring to learn from the best?
Are you looking for a fun but serious approach to business networking?

Don’t miss the next event, which is happening on December 18th, 2021!

Remember that the Brunch and Learn event will be held on the third Saturday of each and every month, and you can participate as an attendee, vendor, or speaker.

Source: Ghana Web

Government to establish ultra-modern tourism school next year

Accra,- Government, with the support of the World Bank will establish an ultra-modern tourism school, by close of next year, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, has disclosed.

He said the school would equip industry players with the requisite skills to meet the demands of the industry.

“Next year we would cut the sod for construction to begin immediately, and we want to make it one of the best, to train people across the sub region,” he added.

Dr Awal made this know during the inaugural Public Private Partnership Forum (PPPF) for industry players and inauguration of the steering committee for the forum, in Accra.

The forum, on the theme: “Shaping the future of tourism in Ghana through collaboration and partnership,” is expected to be a quarterly engagement of industry players.

Dr Awal said tourism was a government led industry driven by the private sector, hence the need to have such fora to engage the private sector often to collaborate and make the industry better than it was.

He said government had also decided to improve some attraction sites and by the end of next year, eight iconic tourist sites would be completed in addition to the refurbishment of five Centre for National Cultures.

He said government would continue to do its best in relation to provision of infrastructure, incentives and environment to grow the industry and urged the private sector to take advantage of it, and contribute to the development of the sector.

The sector Minister urged stakeholders to support government and the Ministry, saying, “We want result driven entrepreneurship. Help us make Ghana the most preferred brand in Africa and tourism would be at the centre stage providing jobs and contributing to GDP.”

He encouraged all to make it a point to vaccinate because tourism strives on arrivals and travels, hence for the sector to bounce back as expected, all must be encouraged to vaccinate in other to be able to move from one destination to the other.

Madam Bella Ahu, President, Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF), said tourism was largely dependent on the private sector and as such much attention must be paid to the sector.

She noted that COVID-19 affected the industry badly, and in order to prevent such impact on the sector, a tourism relief fund, backed by legislation, must be set up from the one per cent tourism levy to help government and for industry players to access in dire times.

Madam Ahu said the Hotel Catering and Tourism Training Institute (HOTCATT) must be upgraded to be competitive in terms of equipment and gadgets to provide skills training to industry players. A replica of that must also be provided in all regions.

She noted that there was a gap between industry and academia and as such industry players must be involved in curricular construction for graduates to fit into industry.

The GHATOF president also advised that, the gap between the implementing body and industry must be closed, ensuring that industry players were ably represented on the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) board.

Mr Akwasi Agyeman, Chief Executive Officer, GTA, said the forum was to create the platform for engagement to discuss issues of mutual benefit to both public and private industry players, and create modules for tourism growth.

The Minister later inaugurated an eight member steering committee including members from both the private and public sector as well as academia.

Members of the committee include Madam Josephine Ohene Osei, Dr Geoffery Deladem Tamakloe, Mr. Kwesi Eyison, Dr Edward Ackah-Nyamike, Mr Seth Ocran, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, Mr Isaac Asiam, Mr Kwadwo Odame Antwi, Prof Kweku Boakye, and Naa Ashiorkor Otoo.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Your irresponsibility caused your 2022 budget rejection; accept defeat’ – Minority jabs Majority

The Minority caucus in Parliament has taken swipe at the Majority side following the latter’s posturing after the rejection of the government’s 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

It said aspersions on the character of the Speaker, Alban Bagbin by members of the Majority is in bad taste and must not be tolerated.

In a statement, the caucus urged the Majority not to split hairs over the ruling by the Speaker that led to the disapproval of the budget but rather acknowledge their fault of imposing unnecessary taxes that are aimed at overburdening the ordinary Ghanaian.

“The Minority is shocked and disappointed at the recent attack of the Rt. Hon Speaker by the Majority Leader in his attempt to explain away their inability to show leadership in the House during the consideration of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy. The Minority wishes to strongly advise the Majority Leader and Government to accept defeat, acknowledge the rejection of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy by Parliament and focus on discussions on how to save the country from an imminent economic crisis”, parts of the statement read.

Last Friday, Alban Bagbin announced that the Budget Statement presented to the House on Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has been rejected as it was put to vote despite a walkout by the Majority side of the House.

This came about after the Minority members who were left alone in the Chamber won a voice vote when the motion for the approval of the budget was posed.

“Clearly, the No’s have it. The motion is accordingly lost”, the Speaker ruled.

The decision did not go down well with the Majority. It accused the Speaker of unconstitutionally rejecting government’s Budget. It argued that the action of the Minority and the Speaker of Parliament breaches provisions of the constitution and standing orders of the House.

But the Minority believes, the Majority should have itself to blame because “it is the height of irresponsibility that the Nana Addo/Bawumia Government could not marshal

the full strength of their Members of Parliament (MPs) to defend their 2022 budget before Parliament.”

The NDC caucus maintains only a reversal of the taxes in the budget will have it approved thus asking the Majority to do what is needed.

“Parliament has duly rejected the 2022 Budget. Until and unless the Government removes the draconian taxes and revises contained in the rejected budget, the NDC Members of Parliament remain unable to support such policies”, the statement signed by Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu added.

Source: Modern Ghana