VGMA 23: Kidi tops all, bags five awards

Accra, May 8, GNA – After winning 3Music’s Artiste of the Year award earlier in the year, Kidi has been adjudged Artiste of the Year at the 23rd edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

The “Touch it” hitmaker beat off competition from King Promise, Sarkodie, Joe Mettle, Kuami Eugene, and Black Sherif to win the topmost award on Ghana’s biggest musical night.

Kidi also won four awards on the night, including Most Popular Song of the Year, Album/EP of the Year (Golden Boy), Best Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year, and Best Afropop/Afrobeats Artiste of the Year.

Black Sherif, who has had a tremendous start to his music career, won the Best New Artiste of the Year and the Best Hiphop Song of the Year with his “Second Sermon” groundbreaking single.

Stonebwoy who was making a return to the awards scheme after a two-year absence, grabbed the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, Music for Good and the Vodafone Green Award.

The Best Highlife Artiste of the Year award went to Akwaboah, while the Highlife Song of the Year award was won by Kofi Kinaata (Thy Grace).

Joe Mettle who won the 2017 VGMA Artiste of the Year, was adjudged the Best Gospel Artiste at this year’s awards ceremony, while Ohemaa Mercy’s “Ote Me Mu” won the Best Gospel Song of the Year.

The two-day awards gala witnessed some historic musical performances from Stonebwoy, Kidi, Mr Drew, Sefa, Camidoh, Amerado, Black Sherif, Wendy Shay, Obrafour, D Black, Samini, Kelvynboy, among many others.

Full list of award winners:

Most Popular Song of the Year – Kidi

Album/EP of the Year – Kidi (Golden Boy)

Best Afropop/Afrobeats Artiste of the Year -Kidi

Best New Artiste – Black Sherif

Best Hiphop Song of the Year – Black Sherif (Second Sermon)

Record of the Year – Amaarae ft Molly

Best Afrobeat Song – Sefa (E Choke)

Best Highlife Song – Kofi Kinaata (Thy Grace)

Best International Collaboration – Gyakie (Forever Remix) ft Omah Lay

Best Hiplife Song – Okyeame Kwame (Yeeko)

Best Rap Performance – Lyrical Joe

Best Collaboration of the Year – D Black (Enjoyment Minister)

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Kidi (Touch It)

Vodafone Green Award – Stonebwoy

Music for Good – Stonebwoy

Traditional Artiste of the Year (Non-voting Category) – Nii Tettey Tetteh

Instrumentalist of the Year – Joshua Moszi

Male Vocal Performance of the Year – Amazing God by Kwaisey Pee

Female Vocal Performance of the Year – Where You Are by Niella

Songwriter of the Year – Praise by Fameye

Best Video of the Year – Nyinya by Bosom PYung

Producer of the Year – MOGBeatz

African Artist of the Year – WizKid

Lifetime Achievement Award – Agya Koo Nimoh

Unsung Artiste of the Year – Gambo

Source: Ghana News Agency

Customs auction process not shrouded in secrecy—Yadjayime

Tema, May 8, GNA – Customs Division’s auctioning process of goods has no secrecy, Mr. Justice Yadjayime, a Supervisor at the Vehicle Valuation Unit at the Customs Technical Services Bureau (CTSB) of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has stated.

He told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on the sidelines of a forum organized to educate stakeholders on the process that the auction process followed a transparent standard operating procedure, explaining that allocations of uncleared cargoes were permissible by law.

“If you look at the Customs Act 891, Section 93, it empowers the Commissioner or Commissioner-General to use auctions or dispose of with any other method including allocation,” he noted.

Reacting to some issues raised by freight forwarders and customs brokers on the Customs Auction Regime in Ghana, Mr Yadjayime disclosed to the GNA that perishable goods do not go through the stated processes for auctioning as they could be given out at any time to avoid spoilage.

He urged importers and their agents to get accustomed to the customs laws about auctions to have a better understanding of the processes.

Meanwhile, the Customs Brokers Association of Ghana (CUBAG), and the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, have called for transparency and fairness in the auction process as they believed the ongoing operations of a certain syndicate negatively affect the proper auction process, and this they said has confused importers and agents at the country’s ports.

Nana Fredua Agyemang Ofori-Atta, Acting President of CUBAG said despite the existence of the standard operating procedure, sometimes we encounter some Customs officers and procedures which seek to perpetuate underhand dealings.

Mr. Ofori-Atta said, “People come in the name of all forms of institutions, like National Security, with letters and claim such entities have allowed them to take certain things, there are too many of them.”

He said the alleged syndicate has mastered the art of fishing out high-value goods among the goods, and right at the end of the 14-day grace period for clearance, they were able to gain access to such uncleared cargoes.

He stated, “There are even instances, where the importers have managed to pay for the duty at the last minute and are in the process to find funds to pay for the accrued rent, but before they realize, the containers are nowhere to be found.”

Mr. Jonny Mantey, Chairman of the Tema Chapter of GIFF on his part said all they wanted was some clarity within the auctioning space, adding that if he had paid and granted restoration of his cargo, what were the processes he must go through to redeem his cargo.

“What is in the law, Act 891, is not what pertains today on the ground. So, it is important we look at this matter critically to ensure that people who have no business in the port do not come near overstayed cargoes,” he said.

Mr Mantey added that “there are occasions where one is granted restoration by customs, but upon arrival in the port, the container is not there. This suggests there was an allocation that was done without customs knowing. How do we fix this puzzle?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Entrepreneurship: Youth urged to venture into animal rearing

Accra, May 08, GNA – Mr Michael Opuni Frimpong, Acting General Manager, Agrihouse Foundation, has urged young people who have interest in entrepreneurship to venture into the animal rearing value chain.

He said the sector was profitable and had a lot of economic prospects for young startups ranging from the rearing of animals to trading in animal products and animal feeds.

Mr Frimpong said this on the sidelines of the 2022 Ghana Chicken Festival (GhaChick) event in Accra organised by the Agrihouse Foundation.

The event highlighted the significance of Ghana’s poultry industry and brought together stakeholders in the poultry value chain.

Mr Frimpong said they could begin their poultry business by starting with backyard rearing.

He said rearing of animals was less costly and required less capital as compared to other entrepreneurship ventures.

“Often, when people decide to go into agriculture entrepreneurship they only think of crop farming and not animal rearing. Nonetheless, the latter has become a profitable venture where most youth could venture,” he stressed.

Mrs Akosua Kyerewaa, Executive Director of Miss Agriculture Ghana Foundation, also encouraged young ladies to go into agriculture value chain, especially the rearing of poultry.

She called on government and policy makers to regulate the importation of chicken into the country, saying, it was affecting the local chicken industry.

“Government can allocate some quota to local producers in the supply of chicken products, at least 50 per cent, through policy,” she said, and stressed that the taste for foreign imported chicken was affecting the local chicken industry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Unity Square at dawn

Winneba, May 8, GNA – Commissioned by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on October 19, 2021, the Unity Square at Winneba is one of the sightseeing centres within the Effutu Traditional Area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MOBA cuts sod for construction of eight-lane Athletic tracks for Alma Matter

Cape Coast, May 08, GNA – The Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA) has cut the sod for the construction of an international standard eight-lane titan tracks, expected to be completed next September.

The project formed part of the MOBA’s initiative to build a sports complex to aid in improving sporting activities at the Mfantsipim School and the Cape Coast Metropolis at large.

The track is the third phase of the proposed four-phased “Kwabotwe Center for Sports Excellence” project being sponsored by the Association.

The first was a GHC 1.2 million basketball court followed by a GHC 1.6 million FIFA-standard football pitch.

Mr Eric Yankah , Chairman of the Sponsoring Year Group (SYG) indicated that, the project was a well formulated five-year development plan to facilitate sporting activities in the Metropolis.

The Association will in addition, provide a 160,000-litre water supply system to benefit the school.

“We cannot do the athletic tracks and leave out the most important need of the school, we want to double up and add 80,000 litres to the already existing 80,000 to ensure uninterrupted water flow in the school”, he indicated.

Rev Ebenezer Kobina Aidoo, Headmaster of the School, noted that giving back to one’s alma mater had over the years sustained and improved standards of schools and elevated societal development.

“We are getting nearer to having a sports complex which is second to none, Kwabotwe will have something to be proud of.

“Solving the challenges of water shortage is my heartbeat because it will reduce the struggles of staff and students,” he added.

Rev Aidoo pledged his commitment to help the association realise its objectives and appealed to all past students to buy into the idea of enriching their alma matter.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Excess of 14,097 prison inmates in Ghana

Accra, May 08, GNA – The Ghana Prisons Service says as at May 2, this year, the country recorded inmate excess of 14,097, out of the national authorised figure of 9,945.

Isaac Kofi Egyir, Director General, Ghana Prisons Service, said the issue of overcrowding remained a challenge to the Service as large number of inmates competed for limited resources daily.

The Director General (DG) of the Ghana Prisons Service said this in a speech read on his behalf by Gloria Essandoh, Chief Legal Officer of the Service, at a day’s training programme for court reporters in Accra.

The training was under the theme: “Understanding the Criminal Justice System of Ghana for Effective Rapportage.”

The DG said the Service was taking measures to reduce overcrowding and ameliorate prison conditions and called for support of all stakeholders.

He mentioned the construction of 240 capacity camp prison at Ejura in the Ashanti region by the Church of Pentecost and the construction of three other camps in Nsawam, Obuasi and Damango as some of strategies to fix the challenges.

The DG lauded the Justice for All Programme by the Judicial Service, which had led to reduction in the numbers in some prisons.

He said the rate of over crowding had reduced from 72.41 percent in 2007 to 35.11 per cent as at September 2021 and attributed the reduction to activities of the Justice for All Programme.

The DG recounted that the Justice for all Programme had led to the admission 1,563 persons to bail, while 180 persons had been convicted, and 28 persons referred to the Psychiatric Hospital among others.

The DG said the Service was also developing a health policy to strengthen healthcare to ensuring optimum health for both inmates and officers.

On education, the Ghana Prisons Boss, said in the year 2018, a total of 420 inmates made up of 349 prisoners and 71 juveniles had been enrolled into formal and informal education.

“In the year 2020, there were 250 adults and 23 juveniles in Senior High School across the country.

“A total of 500 adults and 84 juveniles were in Junior High Schools. Some 34 of them comprising 28 juveniles sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination and recorded 100 per cent pass.”

Mr Jonathan Osei Wusu, Executive Director, POS Foundation, said the training was to help reporters understand the processes in reporting on Criminal Justice issues.

The training was under the auspices of POS Foundation, the Judicial Service and Open Society Initiative for West Africa.

Source: Ghana News Agency