Minister commends Military for commitment to terrorism fight

Accra, June 5, GNA – Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, the Minister for National Security has commended Military personnel deployed in the Northern region for their commitment against threats of terrorism.

“The personnel of the Unit have stayed true to their constitutional mandate to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ghana at all times,” the Minister noted in a statement from the Ghana Armed Forces after a high-powered security delegation visit to the 11 Mechanised Battalion Area of Operation in Bawku and Mognori Detachments in the Upper East Region.

The visit was necessitated by the emerging threats of terrorism along the northern frontiers of the country and national efforts against the threats.

Mr Kan-Dapaah said the Government was aware of the challenges the personnel faced and efforts that had been made to deliver the necessary resources to enable them work effectively and efficiently.

The Minister encouraged the personnel to remain professional, hardworking and vigilant and continue to protect the north eastern frontiers of the country.

Lieutenant Colonel Minta-Agyemang, the Commanding Officer, 11 Mechanised Battalion, briefed the Minister and his entourage on the operations, training and logistical matters in the operational area.

The Ghana Armed Forces with sister security services have embarked on several counter-terrorism training exercises and operations with the collaboration of their international partners in recent years to deter and rid the country of any terrorist element or threat while protecting the citizenry and national assets.

They are: Exercise Eagle Claws, Exercise Burning Arrow and Operation Conquered Fist.

The delegation visited Pulmakom Detachment to ascertain at first hand, boundary issues with neighboring countries and the total welfare of troops.

The delegation include: Mr Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister and Head of the Regional Security Council, Mr Edward Kwaku Asomani, the Deputy National Security Coordinator, and Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, Chief of the Army Staff.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Study to clear fallacy about Christ – New Ministers told

Accra, June 05, GNA – The Reverend Gideon Populampu, Director of the Ramseyer Training Centre, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Abetifi in the Eastern Region, has asked new ministers of the Church to help clear fallacies about the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“We live in an age where some supposed men of God claim they are teaching the word of God but many of those teachings are adulterated, blatant lies, fallacy and misinterpretations of the scripture.

“To learn right is to commit to the teachings of Christ. Make every necessary effort to learn, study and resource yourself to show yourself approved and be able to explain the word to humanity with the intervention of the Holy Spirit,” he said.

Rev Populampu gave the advice when the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana commissioned 28 new Ministers of the Church who had completed various honours at the Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra and gave them license to operate in the name of the Church.

As they took their first assignments, the Director admonished them to heed the counsel of the Senior Ministers in humility to be guarded to serve better.

“There’s the tendency that those who are coming into ministry would think they know it all because they can speak and preach. That is not the case, make yourselves humble enough so the Holy Spirit can explain to you what you don’t understand or remind you what you learnt and forget,” he added.

Rev Populampu said the journey would come with issues, problems, challenges and from places they least expected, however, he asked them to focus on God to be their guide.

“For this world is rough and rubble so the only thing that causes us to keep going is the peace of the Lord,” he added.

Speaking on the use of social media, he entreated the ministers to ensure that they led their congregations and young ones to use the platforms responsibly.

The new ministers pledged to be diligent, prayerful and study the Bible and asked for God’s guidance.

They also pledged to discharge their duties, preach only Christ, administer the sacrament, and support the poor, sick and weak in the Church and society at large.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Inauguration of internal audit committees for RCCs/MMDAs slated for June 6 – 13

Accra, June 05, GNA – The Internal Audit Agency (IAA) has scheduled June 6 – 13 for the mass inauguration of audit committees of Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.

A statement signed by Dr Eric Oduro Osae, the Director-General of the IAA, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the inauguration of the first batch of seven regions would take place on June 6 in the various regional capitals.

These include the Upper West Region; Wa, Upper East and North East regions; Bolgatanga, Northern and Savannah regions; Tamale, and Western and Western North regions; Takoradi.

The Volta Region would have its inauguration on June 8 in Ho, while June 9 would be for Oti Region; Dambai, Ashant Region; Kumasi, Bono, Ahafo and Bono East; Sunyani.

The statement said the Greater Accra and Central regions would have theirs on June 10 in Accra and Cape Coast, respectively, whereas the Eastern Region is slated for June 13 in Koforidua.

The statement said Sections 86-88 of Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 2016(Act 921) requires Covered Entities including MMDAs and RCCs to have audit committees to support them implement and adhere to sound financial controls and systems in the use of public funds.

“It has, however, come to the attention of the IAA that most MMDAs and RCCs are currently functioning without properly constituted Audit Committees (due to expiration of tenure after exhausting the two-term mandatory period provided for by the PFM Act),” it said.

“The IAA ,established by the Internal Audit Agency Act, 2003(Act 658) is mandated under the Guidelines for Effective Functioning of Audit

Committees(2017) issued by the Minister for Finance to ensure that Covered Entities have functioning Audit Committees.”

The inauguration is in line with the important corruption prevention role of audit committees established under Sections 86-88 of the PFM Act 2016(Act 921) in the financial governance of RCCs and MMDAs.

This includes pursuing management to implement recommendations and producing annual status of implementation report on recommendation contained in an internal audit report; Parliament’s decision on the Auditor-General’s report; Auditor-General’s Management Letter; and the report of the internal monitoring unit (D/MPCU or RPCU) particularly, in relation to financial matters raised.

The statement said the MMDCEs were encouraged to support the process for improved Financial Governance of the RCCs and MMDAs.

“It must be noted that, it is an offence under Section 98(1d) of the PFM Act 2016 (Act 921) for a Local Government Authority (RCC or MMDA) or a Covered Entity to operate without a properly constituted Audit Committee.”

“The IAA entreats all and sundry, especially the Internal Auditors across the country, to support the inauguration for improved governance and effective use of public funds.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bishop Attakruh confirms 87 Catholics to be soldiers of Christ

Takoradi, June 5, GNA – Most Reverend John Baptist Attakruh, Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic Diocese, Sunday entreated Catholics to renew their faith and increase evangelisation of the Gospel to enhance the growth and development of the Church.

He said it was time for Catholics to see themselves as born again Christians and allow the Holy Spirit to guide and guard them in their endeavours, especially in the areas of evangelisation.

Bishop Attakruh made the call in a sermon at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral in Takoradi, as part of his first pastoral visit to the Parish where he was the Parish Priest.

The visit coincided with the celebration of the feast of Pentecost, and he, therefore, tasked Christians to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to manifest in their activities and strive to lead humble and dignified lives.

The celebration also saw the administering of the Sacrament of Confirmation to 87 Catholic faithful, comprising 31 males and 56 females.

Bishop Attakruh urged the newly confirmed members to be soldiers of Christ and the Church by fighting and defending its teachings and doctrines.

He reminded them that the Sacrament of Confirmation was not the end of their Christian responsibilities, but time for them to work harder for Christ and evangelise the world.

He asked the faithful to appreciate and take pride in whatever gift God has given them and ensure they nurtured it to bear fruits that would be helpful to them and society.

He admonished Catholics to be prayerful and find time to read and study the Bible and apply the teachings to their lives.

Bishop Attakruh tasked parishioners of the cathedrals to lead lives worthy of emulation since the Cathedral Parish was the seat of the Bishop, which went with a lot of responsibilities.

The occasion also saw the induction of the new Pastoral Council members and the introduction of the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Lawerance Prah, to the parishioners.

The mass was attended by members of all the 17 societies and associations in the Parish.

Source: Ghana News Agency