Police place GHC5,000 bounty on man who fired ‘New Year gunshots’

Accra, Jan.2, GNA—The Police have placed GH₵ 5,000.00 bounty on a young man who allegedly fired gunshots unlawfully to usher in 2022 on New Year dawn.

A news brief from the Police, said they had intercepted a video in, which a young man was seen firing several shots of a firearm suspected to be AK 47 at ANC Mall, East Legon on Friday December 31, 2021, purportedly to welcome the New Year.

It said Police had taken a serious stance against the actions of the young man since it was a crime to discharge a firearm in public without lawful and necessary occasion under Section 209 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).

“The Police Administration after reviewing the video footage has placed an amount of Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵ 5,000.00) as a bounty for anyone who can provide information leading to his arrest to face prosecution,” the brief said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Break into fresh season with God—Christians urged

Cape Coast,— Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, the Cape Coast Area Head of the Church of Pentecost, says God will satisfy every need of Christians if they learn to break into a fresh season with their creator.

Christians would not be deserted by God, their lives would be guarded, guided, and gathered this year and they should also build string covenant ties with their creator.

Apostle Antwi was giving his New Year message in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast.

He said there were uncertain times at a point time in everyone’s life but in 2022 and the years ahead, people should learn to trust in the timing and understand God for who he is.

Life as a Christian, he said was not all rosy adding, “believe that he would take you through this season, look forward to receiving something good from God and seal it with a covenant seed this year”.

He stated that Christians should not give conditions to God because they could not twist his arms or change his plans but instead, they should make a vow and fulfil it and be certain that their request will be granted.

Apostle Antwi admonished all to peacefully co-exist with each other and exhibit tolerance at their workplaces, homes, and all other places they may find themselves.

“Let’s be lovers of harmony, forgive, be accommodating, live godly lives, be humble and be at peace with all” he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Diouf tells Senegal: ‘Believe and you will conquer Africa’

Former Senegal star El Hadji Diouf has told the current national squad they will win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time if they believe in themselves.

“You possess talent, you are preparing impressively, now believe and you will conquer Africa,” was his message ahead of the January 9 tournament kick-off in Cameroon.

Two-time African Footballer of the Year Diouf missed a shootout penalty when Senegal lost the 2002 final to Cameroon and the Teranga Lions reached the title decider again in 2019 only to fail against Algeria.

Here, AFP Sport puts the spotlight on the four Group B contenders with the winners and runners-up assured of last-16 places while the best four third-placed teams from six groups also qualify.

Senegal

Senegal have topped the African rankings for three years, but the star-stacked side have no trophies or medals to show off.

There is a belief that it is now or never for a team boasting a ‘spine’ of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Captain Koulibaly and Watford forward Ismaila Sarr were chosen by coach and former star Aliou Cisse despite still recovering from injuries and could miss some group matches.

The Lions are in arguably the weakest of the six groups and with a last-16 match against a third-place finisher likely to follow, the first serious challenge they face could be in the quarter-finals.

Guinea

As if rookie national coach Kaba Diawara did not have enough problems trying to fix a dysfunctional squad, junta leader Mamady Doumbouya has thrown a spanner in the works.

Addressing the Syli Nationale (national elephants), he told the squad they must repay state-funded preparation costs if they do not return to Conakry with the Cup of Nations trophy.

That is highly unlikely as Guinea fared dismally in recent 2022 World Cup qualifying, failing to win in six matches against Morocco, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.

Midfield has been a particular problem and Diawara, in his first head coach role, hopes Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita can trigger the dramatic improvement necessary to make any impact.

Malawi

Malawi were another team to perform woefully in the recently completed group phase of World Cup qualifying, losing five matches and finishing last of four nations.

Like Guinea, they reacted by changing coaches, demoting local Meck Mwase and hiring Mario Marinica, a 56-year-old Romanian who holds a UEFA pro diploma, the highest coaching qualification in Europe.

As the country prepares for a third Cup of Nations appearance, his message to the underperforming Flames emphasised speed: “Think fast, act fast, move fast.”

While many teams heading to Cameroon are packed with Europe-based professionals, Malawi have only two, midfielder Charles Petro plays in Moldova and forward Francisco Madinga in Georgia.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe could be barred on Monday from competing at the Cup of Nations unless a state umbrella sports body reinstates the board of the national football association.

The Sports and Recreation Commission sacked the officials in November, alleging mismanagement, lack of financial accountability and the sexual harassment of female referees.

FIFA says a ban may have to be imposed on Zimbabwe unless the board regains control of the sport by January 3.

Add the absence of three key players — injured Marvelous Nakamba and Marshall Munetsi and retired Khama Billiat — and the outlook for the Knowledge Musona-captained team is bleak, if they get to play.

AFP predicts: 1. Senegal, 2. Guinea, 3. Malawi, 4. Zimbabwe

Source: Modern Ghana

Gallaxy release an Afrobeat EP masterpiece ”Afrocomb”

Accra,- Ghanaian music duo Gallaxy has released a new Extended Play (EP) titled ‘Afrocomb’. The Gallaxy duo who are popularly known as Chilky and Dav on this six-track EP masterpiece showcase their sublime lyrical prowess.

Accra,- Ghanaian music duo Gallaxy has released a new Extended Play (EP) titled ‘Afrocomb’.

The Gallaxy duo who are popularly known as Chilky and Dav on this six-track EP masterpiece showcase their sublime lyrical prowess.

The EP opens with a love song titled ”Odo” with some brilliant sound mix by Jaemally as well as some heartwarming love lyrics from the music duo.

The second track on the EP is a party song titled ”Kasa” and has some ear-catching chorus that lights up the song followed by some good tunes on EP.

The third and fourth track on the EP is a blend of Afro-beats and Highlife sounds, with some mesmerizing vocal delivery from the duo.

The last track on the EP ‘It’s a Party’ which was released back in December has been an instant hit racking some good numbers across streaming platforms.

The music duo who have been vibrant in the music industry for over a decade have churned back-to-back hit songs receiving numerous musical accolades.

Below is a video: Gallaxy-It’s A Party (Official Music Video)

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ajumako DCE cuts the sod for construction of road

Ajumako (C/R), – Rev Ransford Kwesi Nyarko, the District Chief Executive for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, has cut the sod for the construction of a seven-Kilometre road at Ajumako-Kromaim in the Central Region.

The stretch from Nkwatanum at Breman Essiam to Enyan-Abaasa which will be surfaced with bitumen is projected to be completed in the next six months to boost economic activities in the area.

The contract awarded to Messrs Nins Development Limited is being supervised by the Department of Feeder Roads.

Addressing a gathering at the sod-cutting ceremony, Mr Nyarko urged the contractor in charge of the project, Mr Daniel Teye to use local both materials and labour to build the project.

“Apart from the materials we don’t have here, every other thing should come from this town. Buy your cement, food, and water from the residents so that they can also benefit from your presence here. If you need carpenters, masons, and any other form of labour, they are all here,” he said.

The DCE also asked the contractor not to abandon the project halfway but rather do his best to complete it within the stipulated time.

Rev Nyarko further challenged the residents of Kromaim to put their political differences aside and support the project to succeed.

“Furthermore, this project can not succeed without the help of our traditional leaders”, he added.

The Chief of Kromaim, Nana Akyeramfo XII expressed gratitude for the project and urged that it should be completed in time.

“Government gave us a school block, water, and extended electricity coverage. But our major problem is the road and so we are thankful. But please consider the Denkyira and Mando roads too,” he appealed.

Nana Akyeramfo also appealed to the DCE to facilitate small-scale mining of minerals in the town to create employment for the youth and engender development in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s espouse truthfulness, honesty, and patriotism—Asantehene

Ajamasu (Ash),- Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, has advised the church to be resolute in promoting positive ethical values and practices in Ghanaian society.

According to him, espousing the sublime qualities of truthfulness, honesty and patriotism should be a priority for the Christian community given the fact that these virtues helped to shape society for the better.

Of the responsibilities given to Christians none was as important as the charge to salvage the society from evil deeds, the king observed, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Akyamfour Asafo Boakye Agyemang-Bonsu, Asafohene.

This was at a dedication service of the House of Power Ministry International, to officially unveil the church’s newly-constructed edifice at Ajamasu near Anwiankwanta in the Ashanti Region.

The facility, with a seating capacity of 22,000, was initiated by the Founder and Leader of the church, Prophet Francis Kwateng, with funding from the church members, philanthropists, and some corporate organizations.

The ‘Prophet Francis Kwateng Dome’ is meant to coordinate activities of the church in Ghana and beyond, especially in the area of evangelism.

The House of Power Ministry International, one of the fastest-growing churches in the country, is renowned for its evangelism outreach programmes intended to advance moral uprightness to transform society for the better.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu said Christians were agents of change, and it was expected of them, therefore, to bring the needed transformation to the people through their deeds.

He was hopeful the new facility would help expand the church’s activities for the benefit of the people.

Prophet Kwateng was glad the construction of the church had come to a successful end, saying it would help deepen the spiritual lives of members, their families, and the general public as well as many generations to come.

He lauded the members and donors for their contributions.

The Founder and Leader urged the members to take advantage of the serene atmosphere provided by the facility to strengthen their Christian faith.

Giving a brief history about the new church building, Prophet Kwateng said he secured the present land in 2012, and that, work on the project commenced three years later.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Free Inspiration Reaching Everyone donates to Santrokofi community

Hohoe (V/R),— Free Inspiration Reaching Everyone (FIRE), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has donated items to the Santrokofi community in the Oti Region.

The items, which included stationery, clothing, shoes, and toys for kids were presented to the chief and people of the community.

Mr Emil Acolatse, Founder of the Organisation, said the donation was to give to the community as one of the Organisation’s objectives.

He said the Organisation was also poised at helping the less privileged through sports as well as build capacity and skills in young people.

Mr Acolatse said they were set to organise the 3rd edition of the Inspiration Weekend Tournament, which was in collaboration with Make-Up Professionals would have teams and groups competing in various sporting events including basketball, volleyball, swimming, and water polo.

Nana Kofi Ollator IV, Kyidomhene of Santrokofi Traditional Area, on behalf of the community members, extended gratitude to the Organisation for their kind gesture and support.

He said the donation meant a lot to the children and the elderly of the community and urged the Organisation to always come back and help.

Mr Kofi Genfi, Member of the Organisation, noted that they were committed to their course and would come and ask the community members to willingly help them achieve their aims.

Other members of the Organisation used the occasion to encourage the children to dream big and focus on their studies to enable them to reach their goals.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GJA Elections: Further delay will hurt our brand – Affail Monney

Accra, Jan.2, GNA – Mr Affail Monney, President, Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has expressed concerns further delays in the Association’s national and regional elections will hurt the GJA brand.

In a New Year Message to GJA Executive Members, and shared with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Monney was worried that could also inflate the cost of campaign for aspirants.

His concerns come on the back of the seeming disagreements and controversies over the Association’s electoral register and other pressing issues, leading to a continuous postponement of the elections from 2020 to 2021 and now, 2022.

“The New Year presents a new opportunity , first of all , to forgive each other, love each other, respect each other, accommodate each other , and cooperate with each other.

“This will allow the lingering issues to be resolved and a time table produced for the elections to be held at the earliest time possible,” Mr Monney said.

He noted that failure by the GJA to hold the elections last year had led to “tenure elongation, spurious allegations , slanderous accusations, mutual suspicions and brutal assassination of each other’s character.”

Mr Monney reminded the Executive Members that prior to their assumption of office, they were “brothers and sisters” and worked collectively for the progress of the Association and the country at large.

Posterity, he said, would pass its final verdict on the performance and legacy of the Executive Members, adding “Never should we allow ourselves to be imprisoned by our immediate ugly past.”

“The slash and burn campaign style, which runs counter to the godly approach will be destined for disappointment.

“This reality should be lodged in our memory as we outstretch our limits and root for our candidates,” he said.

Mr Monney urged all members of the Association to remain resolute and that God would raise the next President and other officers of the Association who would be worthy of honour and fit for service.

Source: Ghana News Agency