12 killed in head-on collision on Cape Coast – Takoradi highway

Cape Coast, Aug. 04, GNA – At least 12 people have been confirmed dead in a gory accident at Eduegyei, near Ataabadze junction on the Cape Coast-Takoradi highway on Wednesday.

A middle-aged woman, yet to be identified, sustained serious injuries.

The head-on collision, which happened at about 1550 hours involved a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number WR 1347- 17 heading to Takoradi from Kumasi and DAF Truck with registration

Number GM 2570-12 heading to Cape Coast from Komenda-Junction.

Assistant Division Officer (ADO) II Abdul Wasui, the Central Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) told the Ghana News Agency that the DAF Truck overtook a vehicle in a poor visibility area due to smoke from a burning bush, and run into the Toyota Hiace bus.

He said the GNFS received a distress call at about 1550 hours from a police officer and the rescue team was quickly dispatched to the scene from Elmina GNFS station.

The team arrived at the scene at about 1558 hours and searched for survivors and found only the lady.

According to the PRO, the driver of the DAF Truck absconded after the crash and that the police had intensified surveillance to arrest him to face the law.

The GNA was told the injured was sent to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital for care and the dead, the Hospital morgue.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, is lacing his boots to contest the party’s flagbearer position ahead of the 2024 general elections. He says his desire to lead the party and run for the presidency is borne out of a commitment to humanity, given the political ideals of the NPP. “Today, I want to make it clear. As soon as the party allows for nominations to be filed for the flagbearer of the party, I will file”, he said on the Point of View on Citi TV on Wednesday. Kwabena Agyapong, who has contested the NPP flagbearership in the past, believes party members cannot lose sight of his long and dedicated service to the NPP because that makes him fit for the task ahead. “The party has rules and regulations, and we don’t need to jump the gun and when the time comes, you will know the warmth of the youth because my message resonates with them. They see, in me, the hope of our political tradition because I have worked under all the leadership of this party.” Kwabena Agyapong was suspended in 2015 with the party’s former National Chairman, Paul Afoko, and a former National Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, for misconduct. But the suspension was lifted six years later after a marathon National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. The lifting of the suspension restored him as a member of the party’s NEC, Steering Committee, and the National Council according to the party’s constitution. Today, he says he “feels the pulse of the people of this country and has empathy because of what I have been through”. “I have seen the daily trajectory of the Ghanaian people and I think that there is an opportunity to change that narrative”, Kwabena Agyapong further emphasized. Kwabena Agyapong was found guilty of violating Article 3(d) of the party’s constitution, which requires members to uphold the party’s decisions. He was also accused of engaging in “unilateral actions and activities without consultation with or seeking authorization from the NEC.” Despite his suspension, Kwabena Agyapong assisted in pushing President Akufo-Addo’s political ambition. Although hurt by the decision taken against him, he is prepared to bring his rich experience to bear to break the eight for the party. This he intends to do by creating that enabling environment to galvanize the needed support. “We need harmony to rejuvenate the base of our party and the enthusiasm of our grassroots, campaign and win the election. I believe that our party has a lot more core members, but we have to reach out to the neutrals”. Source: Modern Ghana

Accra, Aug 4, GNA – Following the enactment of the Public Holiday (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 968) by Parliament in March 2019, August 4 has been designated as Founders’ Day to celebrate and recongnise individuals who contributed to Ghana’s independence struggle.

The commemoration, which is marked as a public holiday in Ghana, replaced Founder’s Day, which was formerly celebrated on September 21, as the birthday of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

The Founders’ Day was first celebrated in 2019 with a public lecture at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, which Professor Bondzie Sampson, the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) delivered the first lecture.

Although the celebration also recognises the many unsung heroes who played important roles in the journey towards independence, six forbearers, who have been touted as “The Big Six” are highlighted as the “face” of the struggle.

The six are: Dr Kwame Nkrumah, J.B. Danquah, Emmanuel Obstsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori-Atta, Edward Akufo-Addo, and Ako Adjei.

The proponents of the Founders’ Day believe that August 4 is the most appropriate because it marks two important events in Ghana’s history- the formation of the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society by John Mensah in 1897 and the formation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947 by J. B. Danquah and George Alfred, also known as “Paa” Grant.

Activities for the day are also expected to encourage others to commit their lives to sacrifice for the nation.

President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo on Thursday morning posted a picture on his official Facebook page with the inscription: “Happy Founders’ Day.”

Many Ghanaians have since taken to social media to extend congratulatory messages to the country’s Founding Fathers.

Some political parties, including the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have since the institution of the Founders’ Day in 2019 opposed the move, expressing concerns that the celebration could erode the recognition of Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s achievements as the first President of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stop your new deception catalyst, NPP appointment of Supreme Court judges remain non-partisan – NPP Germany fires Inusah Fuseini

The NPP Germany branch has accused the main opposition NDC of peddling lies and deception following the recent appointments of some Supreme Court judges by President Akufo-Addo pending parliamentary approval.

President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, 26 July 2022, appointed four new justices to the Supreme Court bench.

A former Ranking Member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, Mr Inusah Fuseini, has expressed worry that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his view, continues to appoint his party members to the Supreme Court.

Reacting to the nominations on 505 News on Class91.3FM, Mr Fuseini made reference to an earlier appointment of Justices to the Court of Appeal by the president, in which two of the nominees were allegedly cited as being members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“It is definitely worrying that the president has chosen to appoint people who contested on his political party ticket in elections in the parliamentary primary and even parliamentary elections”, Mr Fuseini said.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday and signed by the NPP Germany Communications Director, Nana Osei Boateng, he noted that there is a stipulated criterion for which one must meet before he/she can be appointed to the Supreme Court as a Justice.

He added that there is nothing unlawful about the President’s decision.

“The modalities and procedures for appointment are engraved in the Ghana 1992 constitution and have not changed,” the statement added.

Lawyer Inusah Fuseini and some NDC folks have found a new deception catalyst in the appointments made by the President to the Supreme Court of Justice.

Their new lie and deception is that the President of the Republic is appointing NPP party folks to the position of Supreme Court Justice.

First of all, this is not factual. There is a stipulated criterion for which one must meet before he can be appointed to the Supreme Court as a Justice. The modalities and procedure for the appointment is engraved in the constitution and have not changed.

If the NDC had any sense of intellectual honesty in this matter, they should be challenging the wrong they say has been done, based on the constitution and the procedures not the persona of the appointees and their own classification of appointees as party people.

It is incongruous with what has been done and their duty as opposition.

Many citizens have kicked against their way of handling things. When Jerry John Rawling had power in 1992 under a new constitution, he appointed almost everyone on the Supreme Court panel, he appointed more than half of the judges in our courts before he ended his term in office. Does that have any bearing on the judges in their service to the nation? Absolutely no.

Inusah Fuseini and the NDC in their quest to taint government as selfish and planners of an unrealistic grand scheme finds this as another tool to derail the people of Ghana from focusing on nation building at this material moment.

The President shall continue in his seat and rule as President of the Republic and not of NPP. For the betterment of our nation and not for our party only. All naysayers and detractors can do all they can but the battle is still the Lord’s.

Building back together a prosperous Ghana!??

Source: Modern Ghana

‘I want to make it clear that I will file when party opens nominations’ – Kwabena Agyapong eyes NPP’s flagbearership race

Former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, is lacing his boots to contest the party’s flagbearer position ahead of the 2024 general elections.

He says his desire to lead the party and run for the presidency is borne out of a commitment to humanity, given the political ideals of the NPP.

“Today, I want to make it clear. As soon as the party allows for nominations to be filed for the flagbearer of the party, I will file”, he said on the Point of View on Citi TV on Wednesday.

Kwabena Agyapong, who has contested the NPP flagbearership in the past, believes party members cannot lose sight of his long and dedicated service to the NPP because that makes him fit for the task ahead.

“The party has rules and regulations, and we don’t need to jump the gun and when the time comes, you will know the warmth of the youth because my message resonates with them. They see, in me, the hope of our political tradition because I have worked under all the leadership of this party.”

Kwabena Agyapong was suspended in 2015 with the party’s former National Chairman, Paul Afoko, and a former National Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe, for misconduct.

But the suspension was lifted six years later after a marathon National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

The lifting of the suspension restored him as a member of the party’s NEC, Steering Committee, and the National Council according to the party’s constitution.

Today, he says he “feels the pulse of the people of this country and has empathy because of what I have been through”.

“I have seen the daily trajectory of the Ghanaian people and I think that there is an opportunity to change that narrative”, Kwabena Agyapong further emphasized.

Kwabena Agyapong was found guilty of violating Article 3(d) of the party’s constitution, which requires members to uphold the party’s decisions.

He was also accused of engaging in “unilateral actions and activities without consultation with or seeking authorization from the NEC.”

Despite his suspension, Kwabena Agyapong assisted in pushing President Akufo-Addo’s political ambition.

Although hurt by the decision taken against him, he is prepared to bring his rich experience to bear to break the eight for the party.

This he intends to do by creating that enabling environment to galvanize the needed support.

“We need harmony to rejuvenate the base of our party and the enthusiasm of our grassroots, campaign and win the election. I believe that our party has a lot more core members, but we have to reach out to the neutrals”.

Source: Modern Ghana

Our economy will bounce back stronger- President Akufo-Addo

Accra, Aug. 4, GNA-President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he is very optimistic that Ghana’s economy would bounce back stronger.

He said despite the current economic challenges, which had compromised the nation’s finances, the programmes and policies his administration had put in place would return the country to the path of growth and prosperity.

Speaking in Accra on Thursday at this year’s Founders’ Day Luncheon for senior citizens, the President was confident that the can do spirit of the Ghanaian, would be employed the efforts to resolve the country’s current economic malaise.

“Since the attainment of independence 65 years ago, we have bemoaned the fact that our nation has not leaved up to its vast potential and countries, especially those in south east Asia such as Korea and Malaysia which gained their independence at the same time as we did have outstripped us in terms of development”.

“Inspite of the many obstacles that we have had to surmount, including prolonged periods of instability and military rule, fuelled by several coup d’états, one thing I continue to be proud of is the can do spirit of the Ghanaian and our determination not to be backed down by events and allow the circumstances and challenges of today to shape our collective future” he said.

President Akufo-Addo stated that the government was taking measures, including seeking assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support the economy in the short term.

“I am confident that we will revive and revitalize the economy and put our nation back on the path of rapid economic growth, a scenario we had become accustomed to in the last three immediate years before the pandemic struck.

“This is a solemn pledge I am making to you. I remain resolutely optimistic about Ghana’s future which I continue to believe is bright” he stated.

The President announced plans by the government to confer national awards on Ghanaians who had distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor, especially those who are supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He disclosed that 19,752 individuals comprising Frontline and allied health workers, 32 religious bodies and institutions, eight members of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, would be conferred with Presidential Award of Honour for Meritorious Service.

Additionally, 16 members of the National COVID-19 task force, 12 trustees of the Ghana COVID-19 private sector fund and the inventor of the veronica bucket, would be conferred with the “Order of the Volta Companion. “

Also, 13 other Ghanaians would be presented with the Order of the Volta and Member award for strategic and individual leadership.

Fifty-seven others selected from the health sector, the Ghana Education Service, the Local Government Service and the Security Services would also be awarded the grand medal for operational excellence.

The remaining recipients include 58 members of the technical support team of the COVID-19 private sector fund and 26 companies who changed their production lines to manufacture hand sanitizers to lesson Ghana’s dependence on foreign imports.

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Akosua Osei Opare, Members of the Council of State, some ministers of State and senior government functionaries attended the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Checkout Asante Kotoko new home and away kits without Otumfuo’s image

Kumasi Asante Kotoko have announced changes to their 2022/23 kits, including the removal of the image of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The Porcupine Warriors honoured their king by emblazoning his image on their uniforms, but this decision drew criticism.

They were forced to remove the image from the kits they will be wearing next season.

“We have amended our 2022/23 Kits after further considerations in collaboration with Errea,” Kotoko announced on Twitter on Thursday.

The new kits don’t have Otumfuo’s image.

Source: Modern Ghana

Newcastle United preparing bid to sign Ghana star Kamaldeen Sulemana from Stade Rennais

Premier League side, Newcastle United are preparing a concrete offer to sign Ghana winger, Kamaldeen Sulemana this summer.

The 21-year-old has been on the radar of several European clubs following his impressive season with Stade Rennais in the French Ligue 1.

It was reported last two weeks that the Magpies are interested in signing the former Right to Dream Academy youngster to beef up their side ahead of the Premier League season which kick off on Friday.

However, a report by French outlet, L’Équipe, have reported that Eddie Howe’s side are now preparing a bid to sign the winger.

Sulemana joined the Ligue 1 side last summer from Danish side FC Nordsjaelland after making 43 appearances in and scoring 14 goals during his time in Denmark.

In his debut season in the French Ligue 1, the left-winger made 27 appearances in which the Ghanaian scored five goals and provided two assists.

Sulemana is a strong dribbler who likes to shoot from range and has a decent level of long-range passing, playing most of his career on the left-hand side.

He is also a full international for Ghana, having earned 11 caps for his national side but is yet to score for them.

Sulemana is expected to be named in Ghana’s squad for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Source: Modern Ghana

Yaw Preko set to take over Great Olympics as head coach as Annor Walker heads to Samartex FC

Former Ghanaian international, Yaw Preko is set to take over Accra Great Olympics as the new head coach ahead of the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season.

Annor Walker, who is the coach of the side has reportedly agreed on a deal to join newcomers, Samartex FC.

The veteran trainer will pocket $1000 a month according to multiple reports.

However, Yaw Preko who was the assistant coach to Annor Walker has been promoted to lead the team for the upcoming Ghalca top 6 as well as the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season which kicks start on September 9, 2022.

Great Olympics will be hoping to impress in the upcoming season having finished on the 5th position last season.

The former Black Satellites trainer has previously managed Hearts of Oak, Ifeanyi Ubah, and Medeama SC.

Source: Modern Ghana