Ghana Black Stars are not pushover — Nigeria Head Coach

The Head Coach of the Super Green Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen has praised the Black Stars for putting up a vintage performance in the first leg of the World Cup playoff between Ghana and Nigeria in Kumasi.

He said his team was determined to qualify for the World Cup in Abuja on Tuesday but admitted that the Black Stars were not pushovers who could easily be brushed aside.

Briefing the media during the post-match press conference in Kumasi, Coach Eguavoen said Nigeria had to play above themselves to secure qualification in the return encounter.

“Ghana is a very good team known for ball circulation and I would say physically not too strong, but we were surprised today they were physically strong, and we had to respond on that one,” he admitted.

He said he was confident of qualification for Nigeria and would deploy the needed tactics to defeat the Black Stars at home.

“We wanted to win here but we could not and settled for a draw which means our ambition is still on course,” he told the media.

He said Ghana enjoyed early dominance and his team did not react quickly, saying that he would work on that ahead of the crucial return leg.

He applauded his players for their fighting spirit and adherence to tactical instructions and underlined the need to do more to overcome the Black Stars back home.

Coach Otto Addo said Ghana was not leaving anything to chance and that the team was going to Abuja with a winning mentality, adding that the pressure would be on Nigeria because any away goal could hurt their chances.

He said the results did not change anything and that Ghana’s chances of qualifying remained intact despite drawing at home.



Source: Modern Ghana

‘What stops you from investing to ensure Ghana grows’ — Financial Analyst questions gov’t

Finance and Insurance Analyst, Edgar Wiredu has questioned why government is not investing to ensure the country grows.

According to him, government must focus on generating more revenue internally to avoid borrowing.

Speaking on the Key Points show on TV3 on Saturday, Edgar Wiredu said; “When you generate revenue you don’t need to go about borrowing. What stops the government from also investing to ensure that we grow in this country?

“What the Ghanaian is talking about is the high cost of rent, food, and water. These are issues confronting us.”

Speaking on the same platform, Economic Policy Analyst, Dr. Kabiru Mahama urged government to invest in agriculture, trade, and industry to propel Ghana to develop.

He said once that is prioritised, even when the country’s economy is hit by external shocks, it will be able to absorb any pressures and continue to grow at an appreciable level.

“Agric, trade and industry and finance will make this country succeed. External shocks will be there but we will be able to sustain our growth for a very long time,” Dr. Kabiru Mahama shared.

This follows the constant attribution of the country’s economic challenges to the Coronavirus pandemic and Russia’s attack on Ukraine.



Source: Modern Ghana

Christians asked to show visible evidence of Christlike life in themselves

Rt. Rev. Samuel Ofori- Akyea, Tema Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, has asked Christians to let their Christian lives reflect in their behaviour.

Rt. Rev. Ofori-Akyea made the call at the official opening of the first biennial general meeting and 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Association of Methodist Men’s Fellowship of the Tema Diocese of the Church in Ho.

The three-day meeting, which is on the theme, “Discipleship: Living the transformed life in Jesus Christ,” is attended by over 150 delegates from 15 Circuits in the Diocese.

Rt. Rev. Ofori-Akyea said living a transformed life in Christ meant a total surrender to God in totality and not, “a matter of entertainment, dancing and singing in church alone.”

He admonished Christians to turn away from sin and detached themselves from earthly pleasures and rededicate themselves to the service of God.

“Let us not succumb to the power of Satan who exercises his authority in this world,” he advised.

He advised them to do away with arrogance, pride and self-sufficiency and rather be humble, faithful and protect their integrity as Christians.

Mr Robert Andrew Taylor, Diocesan Chairman of the Fellowship said the leadership of the Fellowship was working assiduously to revive all dormant branches and circuit councils.

He said the fellowship in the Diocese achieved a growth rate of 13 per cent by increasing the branches from 49 to 57, circuit councils from 14 to 16 and membership rose from 1,376 to 1,581.

Mr Taylor said the Fellowship had plans to build a 200-seat capacity church auditorium for Mount Sinai Society, New Land in the Ashaiman North Circuit.

He disclosed that the Ho section of the Diocese would become a fully-fledged Diocese in October.

Mr Alfred Sakyi, Lay Chairman of the Diocese, in a fraternal message said living for Christ could only occur effectively when one allowed the Holy Spirit to lead him.

He appealed to people to assist the Church to achieve its Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2028 dubbed “Agenda for Revival and Growth.”

“As men of this church, you will continue to be relied upon as key resource providers in the areas of finance and human resources,” he said.

Mr Sakyi hinted that the 25th Annual Synod of the Diocese would culminate in the election of a Bishop of the Ho Diocese and concurrent election of Lay Chairmen for the Tema and Ho Dioceses would be held in Ho.

There were fraternal greetings from other groups in the Church.

The occasion was announced earlier with a float through the principal streets of Ho Municipal.



Source: Modern Ghana

Bawku: Man attacked by gunmen in Buabula; shot in the leg

A herdsman has reportedly been shot in the leg in Buabula, a suburb of Bawku, in the Upper East Region by gunmen.

The attack happened on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Per information gathered, the victim who is said to be in his early 40s was approached by some yet-to-be-identified men who ordered him to lie down.

The herdsman who had stepped out with his animals to graze refused to lie down and after some exchanges decided to run.

The unknown gunmen fired at him injuring his leg.

Nearby military petrol who heard of the gunshots rushed to the scene to provide assistance to the victim.

He was subsequently rushed to the Presbyterian Hospital in Bawku where he his receiving treatment.

The security in Bawku has taken over the matter and investigation is underway to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

Bawku and its surrounding communities remain heavily guarded by military following the renewed chieftaincy and tribal conflict.

There have been multiple shooting incidents in the last few weeks leaving many dead and others injured.



Source: Modern Ghana

Eschew political interest, selfishness, discrimination and self-colonialism for the larger interest of Gonjaland — Hajia Safia urges Gonjaland Youth

The Savannah Regional women organizer for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hajia Safia Mohammed, has urged the leadership of the Gonjaland Youth Association (GLYA) to eschew any form of parochialism for the larger interest of Gonjaland.

She made these remarks in a statement on the occasion of the annual congress of the Gonjaland Youth Association held at Daboya in the North Gonja District this year.

She expressed optimism that the energetic and competent leaders of the association will work assiduously towards bringing development to the Savannah Region through collaborative advocacy.

This she believes can only be achieved when leadership of the association eschew political interest and every form of parochialism and look for the larger interest of the people of Gonjaland.

“It is my optimism that our energetic and competent leaders of our vibrant association will work assiduously towards bringing development to our infant Savannah Region through their collaborative advocacy and lobbying skills”.

She continued, this can only be done when we eschew political interest, selfishness, discrimination and self-colonialism and look for the larger interest of our people in Gonjaland”.

Find the full statement below:


Once again, one of the vibrant and well known youth groups across the African sub region is meeting to take stock and deliberate on the challenges and the way forward for the development of our beloved region, the Savannah Region and Gonja Land in broad-spectrum.

As we meet today, let’s take advantage of this annual gathering of vibrant young men and women of our beloved home, young and dear region to make her a great one through the in-depth and well thought through decisions that are to be reached.

The association over the years have proven to be one of the key decision making body in all critical development and social issues in Gonja Land with their prompt intervention to very serious matters that boarders of livelihood, security among others.

It is my optimism that our energetic and competent leaders of our vibrant association will work assiduously towards bringing development to our infant Savannah region through their collaborative advocacy and lobbying leadership skills. And this can only be done when we eschew political interest, selfishness, discrimination and self-colonialism and look for the larger interest of our people in Gonja Land.

Once again I wish all Gonja landers especially the youth well in this gathering and May Allah lead us to take critical decisions that will inure to the benefit of all Gonja landers.

I will also want to use this opportunity to congratulate the newly elected leaders/executives of the Gonja Land Youth Association and say better luck next time for the other competitors who are unfortunately did not get the nod to lead this time round. There is no looser here, we only have winners.

As new leaders/executives I wish to implore you to continue the legacies the predecessors left behind. Also endeavour to continue to partner with our revered B’wurebi (Chiefs) and all stakeholders to help resolve the pockets of land and chieftaincy disputes dotted around in our young but promising region to ensure absolute peace.

As you may be aware Gonja Land over decades ago has been noted to be one of the most peaceful traditional area with our robust succession plan and resolution of disputes. It is still not far fetch to keep this glory despites the pockets of land and chieftaincy disputes. With the support, determination and hard work of the Gonja Land Youth Association, we can.

I also wish to encourage the newly elected executives to bring on board the outgoing executives to tap their rich experience for a better K’Jakpanana.


Source: Modern Ghana