Jimmy Cobblah named new King Faisal head coach; ex-player Godwin Ablordey returns as assistant

Struggling Kumasi King Faisal Football Club have appointed former Black Satellites head coach, Jimmy Cobblah, for the rest of the 2022/2023 season.

Cobblah, who is a former Inter Allies gaffer takes over from Serbian trainer, Branko Bozovic, who was fired on Monday after a run of poor results.

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jimmy James Corbblah as our new Head Coach. Welcome, Jimmy!,” a club statement read.

He will be assisted by ex-club Captain, Godwin Ablordey, who was previously team manager at Asante Kotoko.

In a club statement, King Faisal said it was optimistic that the two coaches would give the team a lift in terms of results.

“We are delighted to confirm that former player Godwin Ablordey has returned to the club as Assistant Coach!,” the club said in a statement.

The Kumasi-based club has endured a frustrating start to the Betpawa Premier League losing all three matches to Berekum Chelsea, Aduana Stars and Great Olympics.

Jimmy Cobblah returns to the Ghana Premier League for the first time since he left Inter Allies in 2016.

His first game with King Faisal will be a derby against Kumasi Asante Kotoko when the suspended league resumes.

 

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

‘We will beat Mozambique to qualify’ – Black Meteors coach Ibrahim Tanko vows

Black Meteors head coach, Ibrahim Tanko has assured that his side will qualify ahead of Mozambique in the U-23 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

Ghana will take on Mozambique in the second round of the qualifiers for the U-23 AFCON later this month.

The winner will play in the final qualifying round for the 2023 AFCON finals in Morocco.

Ahead of the game, Tanko says they will qualify ahead of Mozambique.

“We are playing Mozambique from the 21-23 October away and we hope by then, we have a solid team to present.

“We know it is not going to be easy but we hope that we are going to qualify because we are working hard.

“There is no injury but we are waiting for Danlad Ibrahim and other players to join and so far, everyone is training hard,” he told the GFA website.

As part of preparations for the game, the Black Meteors defeated Ghana Premier League side Dreams FC by 2:0 in a friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Goals from Ishmael Dede and Hagan Frimpong gave Black Meteors the victory.

 

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Hearts of Oak: David Ocloo names starting XI against ASR Bamako in CAF Confederations Cup game

David Ocloo has announced Hearts of Oak’s starting XI for their CAF Confederation Cup game against ASR Bamako this afternoon.

The Ghana Premier League powerhouse were exempted from the round of qualifiers but will face the Malian giants in the first leg of the second round of the preliminary games.

Ocloo has made few changes in the starting lineup as Fatawu Mohammed, Daniel Kordie, and Eric Ofori Antwi returns to the team with Daniel Afriyie Barnieh.

The game has been scheduled to kick off at 16:00GMT.

Squad below:

  • Eric Ofori Antwi (GK)
  • Dennis Korsah
  • Fatawu Mohammed (C)
  • Konadu Yiadom
  • Mohammed Alhassan
  • Caleb Amankwah
  • Daniel Kordie
  • Gladson Awako
  • Seidu Suraj
  • Daniel Afriyie Barnieh
  • Junior Kaaba

 

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Policy rate hike will further exacerbate inflation — AGI

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) says the recent increase in monetary policy rate by the Bank of Ghana will further exacerbate the country’s inflation contrary to what the central bank envisaged.

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana on Thursday October 5, 2022 announced an increase in the Policy Rate by 250 basis point to 24.5per cent.

Governor of the Bank of Ghana said the move was to check the rising inflation rate in the country.

AGI however views the increase in the Monetary Policy Rate to 250 basis points as worrying.

AGI believes the rate hikes will make it more expensive for local manufacturers to borrow from the banks which will eventually push cost of doing business in the country further up.

Speaking on the Kumasi-based OTEC 102.9 FM’s morning show Nyansapo on Friday October 6, 2022; the Chief Executive Officer of AGI, Seth Twum Akwaboa said, the decision is not in the best interest of local industries.

“We at AGI were shocked to see further increase in the policy rate, because we know it will create many problems for Ghanaian businesses.

“It is evidently clear that, the policy rate which was used as a tool by the central bank to check high inflation has woefully failed in the last three years, so we find it difficult to comprehend why BoG keeps increasing the rate.

“The belief is that the central bank is trying to deal with the inflationary situation we are facing, so they are essentially trying to mop up excessive money in the economy. But where is the excessive money?

“Our feeling is that the central bank does not have the data to pursue some of these policies they are pursuing. Which data are they basing all of these decisions on?” he quizzed.

He appealed to BoG to rather find lasting solutions to the consistent fall of the Ghana Cedi against other major trading currencies to help reduce the cost of production.

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana hosts Development Africa Conference

Mrs Margaret Jackson, Convener for Learning and Development Africa (L&D) has called on the corporate world to inculcate inclusion and diversity in their learning programmes for staff as part of capacity building.

Mrs Jackson said at the two-day first hybrid and third Learning and Development Africa Conference in Tema on the theme: “Leaving No One Behind in Learning and Development-The Practicalities,” which was monitored by the Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) in Tema.

The conference explored possibilities to empower the corporate world to use Learning and Development practitioners in Africa to achieve an all-inclusive programme, to get practical with the hope of using dialogue and experience sharing to better understand how to encompass diversity, and inclusion in learning programmes.

The first hybrid and third Learning and Development Africa Conference which was powered by Rainbow Consult, also explore the potential to invest in learning and development while ensuring that no individual was left behind in organizations.

Mrs Jackson said the topics tackled in the two-day conference which included re-strategizing for L&D in light of the global trends, and how to prevent the great talent exodus in organizations.

She said participants were also equipped on using technology for wider accessibility and promoting diversity and inclusion, and the role of using mobile apps among others in micro-learning, as well as the use of L&D as a tool to build and support a Neurodiversity workforce.

Mrs Jackson explained the gender lens perspective, empowering employees with disabilities, employee upscaling, and reskilling, and how to manage generational diversity at the work place among others were discussed.

Dr. Peter Bamkole, the Director of the Enterprise Development Centre of Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria, speaking on brain drain said some of the reasons for professionals leaving the African continent was economics.

He explained that economic hardship was forcing many to seek for better lives in developed countries.

Dr. Bamkole said health was another push factor, stating for instance, that during the covid-19 era people were worried about their health and travelled outside for care as Africa was the last continent to get a vaccine.

He indicated that other reasons were social, family related, as well as peer influence.

He added that Covid-19 did not necessarily change things happening in Africa such as brain drain but rather accelerated what was there and brought to the fore what people were not seeing as learning and development practitioners.

He said it was the responsibility of practitioners to understand and develop new strategies for their staff as people now want flexibility at work without restrictions as they now want to do remote working.

He indicated that now workers go for competence over loyalty, and do not want to be limited by boundaries, knowing that money was not everything and they could optimize their earnings.

Dr. Bamkole urged the management of organizations to treat their staff differently based on their outputs and give them flexibility to work instead of boxing them all together with policies adding that “when the mind is at peace, talents will flourish.”

Mrs Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, Chief Executive Director of the Ghana Enterprise Agency (GEA), delivering a keynote address said the world was changing and would continue to change adding that the only way for people and organizations to rise up to the challenge was to continuously learn and develop themselves,

Mrs Yankey-Ayeh noted that to reshape the future of the country, it was important to learn at all times.

She, therefore, called on Learning and Development practitioners to think of how they would utilize digital tools to include everyone in benefiting from learning to fit into the current evolving scope of work.

She said there was a need for pro-activeness in designing new solutions for learning and development for the youth, women and persons with disability.

Mrs Yankey-Ayeh stated that “the youth can’t be left behind, the way they do things has changed, they now sit on their phones for long, how do we take learning to them using digitalized tools.”

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Invest in Artificial Intelligence to solve corruption – Dr. Kpodar

Dr. Chris Kpodar, the Executive Director at Solomon Investment Ghana Limited has recommended to African Governments to invest in Artificial Intelligence for an everlasting solution to corruption.

He explained that without effective public scrutiny, the risk of money being lost to corruption and misappropriation is vast, which makes it necessary for African governments to invest in Artificial Intelligence.

Dr Kpodar who is also the Chief Technical Advisor, Centre for Greater Impact Africa, (CGIA) emphasized that the ability of Artificial Intelligence applications to work would radically reduce or remove manual operations which forms the fertile grounds for corrupt practice.

“Artificial Intelligence has the capacity to reveal or even predict corruption or fraud that previously was nearly or completely impossible to detect. Dr. Kpodar stated.

Dr Kpodar who served as Consultant for Africa and the Middle East advising governments and companies on investment stated at a forum organized by the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office and monitored by the Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) in Tema.

Speaking on the topic: “Artificial Intelligence and sustainable development,” Dr. Kpodar who is a global Artificial Intelligence Specialist said using artificial intelligence as an anti-corruption tool calls for redesigning systems, especially those that are previously prone to bribery and corruption, and building in transparency, integrity, and trustworthiness.

He indicated that Artificial Intelligence is the modernization of all traditional, experience, as well as tested methods of investigation that cannot be influenced by the machine applied.

Dr. Kpodar however commended the government for initiating the digitization system, “digitization is a prerequisite for Artificial Intelligence deployment as an anti-corruption weapon”.

He admitted that even though corruption remains the biggest canker existing in society, Artificial Intelligence is the key to solving the problem.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Manager reiterated the appeal for all Ghanaians to join in the campaign to stop the canker of corruption for the preservation of the nation’s future generation.

“The redemption of Ghana from corruption would immensely benefit not only the present generation of Ghanaian children but even those yet unborn because it would create a very strong foundation to make the economy resilient and buoyant,” he said.

Mr Ameyibor said the fight was a shared responsibility that required the immense contribution of everyone.

He also entreated both public and private institutions to partner effectively with the media in their programmes and activities to prevent the incidence of corruption.

 

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

We can’t throw our laws to the dogs; IGP must immediately move in to stop Akonta Mining – Martin Kpebu

Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu is urging the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare to go after Akonta Mining and halt its activities.

The Mining company reportedly owned by the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Chairman Wontumi was recently ordered to stop mining in a reserved forest

The Minerals Commission last Tuesday affirmed that Akonta Mining Limited has neither a mining lease nor mineral right and permit to undertake any mining operations in the Tano Nimiri Forest Reserve.

A report by Joy News has revealed that Akonta Mining nicodemusly sneaked backed into the Forest.

“We have scouts that are sending us regular updates and Akonta Mining is still there. They broke the barriers and entered the forests three days ago,” Joy News reporter Erastus Asare Donkor disclosed on the News File programme on Saturday.

Speaking on the same platform, Lawyer Martin Kpebu urged the IGP to take action and move in to stop Akonta Mining.

He said although there is no problem with mining, illegal mining must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

“IGP should move in and haul Akonta Mining in. This is so shameful. We can’t just throw our laws to the dogs.

“We want sustainable mining but right now, we must first take control,” Lawyer Martin Kpebu stressed.

Just last Wednesday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo held a crunch meeting with the National House of Chiefs and the MMDCEs to discuss the galamsey menace.

After calling on the Chiefs to help him fight galamsey, President Akufo-Addo warned that no MMDCE will be spared if found guilty of illegal mining.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Galamsey fight: My former employee instigated the “false” Anas’s exposè against me — Charles Bissue

Former Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining Secretary Charles Bissue has revealed the brain behind the bribery exposés published by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye P.I. group against him.

Mr. Bussue has alleged that the video was a plot by an employee he fired while in his position as the Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, whom he identified as Francis Owusu Akyaw.

He noted that the aggrieved employee decided to pull him down.

According to him, the money he was seen taking in the exposè was a donation by the Ashanti regional chairman of the ruling NPP, Bernard Antwi Bosiako, better known as Chairman Wontumi, for the party’s then Western Regional Organiser, Abdul Ganiyu.

The former Western Regional Secretary to the ruling NPP further intimated in a statement that the employee in question has confessed to sponsoring the fake video, which was featured in the 2019 exposè by Anas and his team.

“The public has been misled to accept and believe the narrative put by Anas Aremeyaw Anas about the money I was seen taking in the video.

“As I have said countless times, that money was not a bribe, and I did not make any demands whatsoever from any operative or beneficiary of illegal mining while I served on the IMCIM,” he said.

“It was uncovered that a former employee of the IMCIM, Francis Owusu Akyaw, whom I fired for unsatisfactory conduct sponsored the video recording of the documentary. Francis Owusu Akyaw admitted to the Police of having commissioned that recording,” he stressed.

According to him, “the money in question was a donation from the NPP Chairman of the Ashanti Region, Bernard Antwi Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi, to the then NPP Western Regional Organiser, Abdul Ganiyu for a party event organised in the Western Region.

“For the malice and character assassination that Anas and his sponsors had in mind, the public was denied the audio recordings and full disclosure of the purpose of that money handed to me.”

Find a copy of his 4-paged statement below:

CHARLES BISSUE

Plot 3 Bronyikrom, Sekondi, Western Region

Email: [email protected]

6 October 2022

GALAMSEY FIGHT AND NDC’S RENEWED ATTACK ON GOV’T AND MY PERSON

My attention has been drawn to the scathing attack on my person by the National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi in his press conference that responded to President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s renewed assurance in the fight against illegal mining.

In that press conference aired on various media platforms on Thursday 6 October 2022, Mr. Sammy Gyamfi malign and traduce me by referencing a rather doctored and propaganda-induced documentary authored by Tiger Eye P.I’s Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Sammy Gyamfi stated the documentary provides evidence of me “demanding and collecting bundles of money, bribes and abusing his office to facilitate illegal mining activity”.

He continued to speak certain untruths about the works of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) where I served as a Secretary.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have responded to this matter given the fact I have long been exonerated by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service on this fraud allegation levelled against me.

I am glad the President in his address at Manhyia Palace on Wednesday, 5 October 2022, charged that we, as Ghanaians, and all other stakeholders, tackle this galamsey menace without any partisanship and other political favours.

I, therefore, will proceed in all candidness and truth about my work at the IMCIM and other matters including the infamous “missing excavators saga” which is being bandied around to defame the government of President Akufo-Addo and the NPP. As put by Sammy Gyamfi, the impression following the Anas’ documentary, indicated that I “compromised the government’s effort in fighting galamsey.”

My silence on these matters had reached its peak.

I speak the truth as a Ghanaian and sworn on my reputation to avert the minds of the good people of this country to the facts of these matters so that we can finally put an end to this political game-play.

We are in a digital age, and the internet never forgets hence the need to clear every iota of untruth about these matters.

Posterity will always be the judge.

Allegations of Fraud

  1. The public has been misled to accept and believe the narrative put by Anas Aremeyaw Anas about the money I was seen taking in the video.
  2. As I have said countless times, that money was not a bribe, and I did not make any demands whatsoever from any operative or beneficiary of illegal mining while I served on the IMCIM.
  3. The money in question was a donation from the NPP Chairman of the Ashanti Region, Bernard Antwi Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi, to the then NPP Western Regional Organiser, Abdul Ganiyu for a party event organsied in the Western Region.
  4. For the malice and character assassination that Anas and his sponsors had in mind, the public was denied the audio recordings and full disclosure of the purpose of that money handed to me.
  5. It was uncovered that a former employee of the IMCIM, Francis Owusu Akyaw, whom I fired for unsatisfactory conduct sponsored the video recording of the documentary.
  6. Francis Owusu Akyaw admitted to the Police of having commissioned that recording.
  7. His nomination for the parliamentary candidate in the Juaben Constituency was subsequently declined as a result of this.
  8. This same Francis Owusu Akyaw is a named beneficiary of a mining firm [DML, as named in the leaked will] co-owned by the late Sir John of the Forestry Commission.
  9. On 18 July 2021, I petitioned the National Executive Committee of the NPP about the activities of some party people that are comprising the effort in the galamsey fight. The President and his Vice, the Chief of Staff, the General Secretary of the party, and the Chair of the National Council of Elders were all copied in this letter.
  10. The CID conducted a thorough investigation into this matter by inviting all actors captured in the video including the author, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
  11. The Special Prosecutor then, Martin Amidu also advanced his investigations, where I, the person sponsored by Owusu Akyaw to take the secrete recording, Anas and his lawyer, Kissi Adjabeng [now the Special Prosecutor] were duly interrogated.
  12. All evidence, as suggested by Anas and his team made no proof of me taking a bribe nor circumventing the process in the issuance of licenses and permits to miners, as in the case of ORR Resources.
  13. I believe Mr. Martin Amidu concluded his investigations into the matter, and duly captured his report and findings in his handing over notes to his successor, Mr. Kissi Agyabeng.
  14. It will be recalled that Mr. Amidu indicated in his report on the corruption risk assessment on the Agyapa Deal that there was an “issue of identity” in the corruption allegation against me.

Missing Excavators and Prof Frimpong-Boateng’s Dealings

  1. Until January 2019, all confiscated earth-moving equipment was in the custody of Operation Vanguard. All confiscated equipment was parked at the various premises of the District Assemblies.
  2. Reports filed by Operation Vanguard indicated they confiscated 258 excavators throughout their operations at the time.
  3. In addition to this, Operation Vanguard removed 211 control boards of excavators which they were unable to evacuate from the mining sites.
  4. It is not true, that 500 excavators were seized during the 2-year ban, as earlier reported by the Chairman of the IMCIM, Prof Frimpong-Boateng. The misinformation on the part of the Chairman, and his reluctance to correct the misinformation smacks of a deliberate agenda to discredit persons assigned to this task.
  5. As Chair of the IMCIM, Prof Frimpong-Boateng was privy to every report about the confiscated equipment, and as such wasn’t expected to have committed such a blunder.
  6. On the 6th of February 2020 following this blunder, I addressed a letter to Prof Frimpong-Boateng suggesting measures in dealing with the misinformation and the resulting political mess. The President, Chief of Staff, and all members (Cabinet Ministers) of the IMCIM were duly copied in this letter.
  7. Prof Frimpong-Boateng must clarify matters regarding administrative decisions and directives he gave Ekow Ewusie in the handling of the excavators.
  8. It is equally important that he is made to answer all other allegations in this matter, and the dealings of Symphony Mining Limited, and River Restoration Limited during the days of the IMCIM.

Involvement of MMDCEs in Galamsey

  1. Sammy Gyamfi avers the then Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hadjia Alima Mahama stated she had knowledge and evidence of MMDCEs who were complicit in the illegal mining activities.
  2. It is rather unfortunate such misinformation has been allowed in our media space. I was present at the retreat for MMDCEs where the Honourable Minister is reported to have made that statement.
  3. In nowhere did she suggest there was evidence to reports [speculations/rumours] of the involvement of MMDCEs in illegal mining.
  4. The Minister briefed on the happenings on the ground, cautioned the MMDCEs not to act in a manner that will thwart the effort of the government, and did add that any person complicit in this illegal business shall be uncovered soon and made to face the full rigours of the law.

The Successes of the IMCIM

The IMCIM which was commissioned by the President in 2017, is one of the most responsive and innovative measures ever taken to address the menace of illegal mining in Ghana. The IMCIM was composed of 10 cabinet Ministers; with representation from the Lands and Natural Resources, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Water and Sanitation, Local Government and Rural Development, Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Regional Re-organisation and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Interior, Defense, and Information.

  1. The committee offered practical solutions for regularising and sanitising Ghana’s small-scale mining industry.
  2. The roadmap which was produced and commissioned by the President offered curative measures to restore water resources and degraded lands, deepening transparency in the mining licensing regime and permits.
  3. It developed the blueprints for the Community Mining Programme, and the Alternative Livelihood Programme.
  4. Instituted an enhanced surveillance mechanism via the Galamstop to provide real-time data on compliance of mining firms or groups across the country.
  5. As part of the IMCIM’s surveillance strategy, a total of 655 earth-moving equipment were tracked.

The government knowing all these cannot allow the NDC to continue to mislead and court negative emotions of the people against it, in this galamsey fight. The NPP government under President Akufo Addo has demonstrated commitment to dealing with the crisis, however, there have been some shortcomings resulting from the negligence and self-centeredness of persons entrusted with the duty of sustaining the effort in eradicating illegal mining.

It’s about time we revisit the recommendations of the IMCIM, and operationalize all infrastructure that has been left dormant.

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana