Loan Officer grabbed for stealing

Accra, Aug. 18, GNA- A 23-year-old Loan Officer who was allegedly given fuel coupons by his employer to sell to customers but ended up squandering the proceeds, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Benjamin Odoom pleaded not guilty to stealing.

The court presided over by Mr K.K. Obiri Yeboah admitted Odoom to bail in the sum of GHC 25,000 with two sureties.

The court also directed the prosecution to file disclosures and adjourned the matter to September 7.

Inspector Jonas Lawer, the Prosecutor, narrated that the complainant Iddrisu Sumayatu was a businesswoman with Suais Enterprise at Ablekumah, Accra, and the accused person worked with the firm.

Inspector Lawer, said in June 2021, the company gave Odoom fuel coupons valued at GHC25,000 to go and sell to their customers and render accounts.

The prosecution said the accused person after collecting the coupons went into hiding and efforts to locate him were unsuccessful. 

However, the prosecution said on August 15, this year, the accused person was arrested at his hideout and a complaint was lodged with the Police.

The prosecution said the same day, the accused person in his investigation statement admitted to selling the coupons to a fuel filling station for GHC16,400 and misappropriated the proceeds.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘I once ate faeces before I was given food’ – Celestine Donkor recounts cruel treatment by former madam

Celestine Donkor, an award-winning Ghanaian gospel musician has recounted the bad treatments she suffered in the hands of her madam as a housemaid.

According to the seasoned musician, extreme poverty drove her to work as a housemaid in several households.

In an interview with the Accra-based Rainbow Radio, monitored by Modernghana News, she revealed that she used those menial jobs to support herself and her impoverished family of 15 children.

“I was serving people as a house help. So that was how I grew up. Living with different kinds of people formed a very important part of my life because I experienced different things at different levels.

“Some of the people I stayed with were very good to me. They took me in as their own daughter. There was no feeling like an outcast. And there were others who made me like rejected and less human,” she said

Celestine Donkor also revealed that she eventually ended up in the hands of a very cruel woman, where she worked as an assistant maidservant.

Mrs. Donkor claims that the “wicked” woman once made her eat her baby’s faeces she was given due to hunger.

“I lived with a woman in a compound house, helping her with chores. She already had a maid, so I was the assisting maid. One day after doing all the maid’s chores, she refused to give me food to eat.

“When our madam’s baby pooped in its diaper, she took off the soiled diaper and said I should eat the faeces before she gives me food. I was so hungry that I ate the baby’s faeces. I have never shared this because I feel it’s embarrassing,” she stated.

Source: Modern Ghana

Graduates without a job, defending people that made them jobless’ – Peter Okoye slams APC supporters

Popular Nigerian singer, Peter Okoye of P-Square fame has thrown shades at unemployed graduates who are still rooting for the ruling party to continue in the next general elections.

The father of two via his social media platform wrote, “A graduate with no job. You manage to buy a smartphone and come on social media and start defending who made you jobless.”

This message has got a lot of fans reacting in different ways.

Jnr Pope wrote: “The thing shocks me, I swear down.”

Ojuwolestudio wrote: “Very deep. Imagine defending someone that stole the wealth of the nation. Money that should have been used for infrastructure, and healthcare, they took all for their unborn children. ASUU is still on strike oh. You better wake up youths!”

StanleyNanka: “This is the definition of madness and misplacement of priorities.”

Source: Modern Ghana

I’m not bothered about not winning awards; after all my music is always trending – King Promise

Born Gregory Bortey Newman and known in showbiz as King Promise, Ghanaian highlife, R&B and Afrobeats singer seemed unconcerned about not being recognized with an award despite his hard work.

According to him, he isn’t bothered since his last award in 2019.

In an interview with Deloris Frimpong Manso, also known as “Delay,” on her Delay show, which Modernghana News monitored, the “Ginger” playmaker revealed that some industry players aren’t happy with him, which is why they haven’t given him an award.

But, to him, even in the midst of all of these, his music remains relevant, which is the most important thing to him.

“I have heard stories like ‘he thinks he’s too good for the industry, so they are teaching him a lesson. But that’s not the case. As I said, I’m fully Ghanaian to the core. And anything I do to the rest of the world is me representing Ghana.

“It’s not like it bothers me, but at the end of the day, when I wake up after the awards, I’m the one trending, not even their awards. And I’m like, Ah, my fans are not happy. And that one bothers me,” he said.

He adds “why is everyone talking about it? Because everyone knows that I deserve it.”

He believes he has done more than any other artiste should have done to win an award both in the country and around the world, with some international nominations.

“Apparently, for the criteria, you must have an album and have your own concert. I have Promise land and an album doing crazy numbers. But they didn’t. When I didn’t have an album, they nominated me. So I’m like, where’s the problem? What is really happening?” he quizzed.

Source: Modern Ghana

Nigerian actor Moses Armstrong denies rape allegation

Nollywood actor Moses Armstrong has denied rape leveled against him.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, he distanced himself from the allegation saying he has never raped before.

“Nothing Pass God. If you believe, you will receive.

Nothing Pass God. I did not rape anybody. I don’t rape…I have never raped…And I will never rape. I’m back stronger and better…I’m happy I went to prison, God went with me,” he wrote.

“The experience is awesome. You will hear it soon. Blessings to all of you Angels that believed in me. Love you all deeply. #ONELOVE #AkwaIbomFinest,” he added.

Armstrong was arrested by men of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command in June for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.

Reacting to the news at the time of his arrest, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, described the case as “a very serious one.”

“To get involved with a child as young as 16yrs is not something I and the association I do not represent, would not stand for. This is a very sad development involving a member of ours, but I wouldn’t want to comment any further on this case,” he said.

Moses was subsequently granted bail but he will be returning to court to defend himself very soon.

Source: Modern Ghana

Chamber of Commerce, Development Bank Ghana build capacity of 1000 SMEs

Accra, Aug. 18, GNA – Some Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from the first phase of a business capacity building workshop aimed at boosting the competitiveness of the private sector.

Overcoming the ravages of COVID-19, the workshop will provide the business owners and managers the needed tool to improve on their commercial operations and enable them to remain competitive.

The workshop organized by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI), in collaboration with Development Bank Ghana (DBG), will train businesses to scale up their operations as well as adopt operating models that better position them to access loans from DBG’s participating financial institutions.

The workshop will be replicated and organised in five locations, Accra, Koforidua, Tarkwa, Takoradi, and Cape Coast.

Participants will have access to five pillars of the Ghana Integrated Financial Ecosystem (GIFE) digital platform which are: the SME Financial Empowerment Platform and Marketplace and Financial Trade Corridor.

Others were connected digital financing, reputational building, and equity growth.

Mr Clement Osei-Amoako, the President of GNCCI, said the SMEs contributions were critical to the sustainability of the economy as they contributed 70 per cent of the country’s GDP despite the many challenges.

“The Chamber’s rationale for this collaboration is informed by its deep insight and foresight of the persistent issues affecting the business community,” he said.

He urged member firms to maximise the unique opportunity offered by the GIFE, the digital platform within the five pillars.

He said participants were taken through Environmental, Social and Governance practices, focusing on other areas like financial management System and Accessing DBG 3-year loan / Introduction Participating Financial Institutions, Risk Management (Financial, Non-Financial, Strategic) and Marketing and Market Development Strategies.

Mr. Osei-Amoako said the contributions of the Chamber to the growth and development of the Ghanaian private sector cannot be overemphasized.

Accordingly, the GNCCI has yet again taken a bold initiative to collaborate with DBG, to first and foremost, empower its member firms with the requisite business skills to scale-up their business operations and enhance their attractiveness to access long-term capital.

He said the Chamber’s robust analytical framework that periodically mobilises business diagnostics data allowed it to document and track the growth and performance of businesses, industries, and policy institutions in Ghana.

The President said the Chamber remained dedicated to the growth and prosperity of businesses through its cutting-edge business support.

Mr Michael Mensah-Baah, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DBG, said small business owners often had no access to the long-term capital they needed to grow and were seen as too risky by the banks.

“Our business model allows us to leverage the networks and existing infrastructure of banks and financial institutions that partner with us to provide business advisory services and training in addition to financing,” he said.

The Deputy CEO said the DBG had designed a system to relieve the bottlenecks that had hindered the availability of long-term, competitively priced loans to Small and Medium Enterprises in Ghana.

He said, “addressing the lack of long-term financing that drives the kinds of investment that will lead to sustainable growth, is a gap that must be addressed.”

He said the Bank employed a wholesale banking model where it provided funding to eligible financial institutions to on-lend to Ghanaian businesses in targeted industry sectors.

“DBG has identified agribusiness, manufacturing, ICT, and high-value services as the catalytic sectors of the economy to focus on,” he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers agree to 2-year, $97.1 million extension

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension that includes a player option for the 2024-25 season, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN on Wednesday.

The extension, which includes a 15% trade kicker, makes James the highest-earning player in NBA history with $532 million in career guaranteed money, surpassing Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant.

James is ineligible for a no-trade clause because he agreed on an extension — not a new deal. But the new contract’s starting salary of $46.7 million, the 15% trade kicker and James’ stature as one of history’s great players likely make him a Laker for as long as he chooses.

James had been entering the final season of his contract (worth $44.5 million) and now joins All-Star Anthony Davis with the ability to negotiate new deals with the Lakers or become free agents in two seasons.

With the deal, the four-time NBA champion and MVP and 18-time All-Star eliminates concern that he could enter free agency next summer.

Despite approaching 38 years old, James remains an All-NBA-level player and the centerpiece of the Lakers’ contention hopes.

Source: Modern Ghana