Kotoko move to second place after surviving early scare in Kumasi

Kumasi, Dec. 21, GNA – Kumasi Asante Kotoko came from behind to beat visiting Berekum Chelsea at the Baba Yara Stadium in their match day nine encounter of the betPawa Premier League.

The Porcupine Warriors restored parity on the stroke of the first half through Ivorian Import, Serge Eric Zeze after conceding the first goal in he 28th.

Steve Dese Mukwala scored the match winner 22 minutes after recess to secure a hard fought victory for Asante Kotoko.

The win takes Kotoko to the second spot on the log with two points separating them from the league leaders, Aduana Stars.

The match started on a slow tempo as both teams cautiously built their attacks wary of being punished in the event of losing possession.

As a result, no decent chance was created in the first 15 minutes leaving the two goalkeepers virtually doing nothing in between the sticks.

It was on the 18th minute that Richmond Lamptey came close to finding the opener when he unleashed a long strike from outside the box, missing the cross bar by inches.

Two minutes later, Lamptey was set up in the box by George Mfegue who went round his marker with ease before locating the former Inter Allies playmaker whose effort was blocked by a defender of Berekum Chelsea.

The visitors, however, found the back of the net on the 28th minute against the run of play when Andrew Appau gifted the ball to Emmanuel Sarpong just outside the box.

The midfielder made no mistake as he planted the ball beyond goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim having benefited from the poor clearance by Appau.

The lanky defender who appeared to be having a bad day was immediately replaced with Serge Eric Zeze whose presence forced Justice Blay to take over the defensive duties of Appau.

Zeze’s introduction made immediate impact when he score the equaliser on the stroke of the first half to the delight of the home fans.

It was a beautiful build up on the edge of the box which was initiated and finished by Zeze after exchanging quick passes between himself, Mfegue and Steve Dese Mukwala.

The Porcupines sustained the pressure in search of their second goal but the visitors held on until referee George Mawuli Vormawor brought proceedings to an end.

Berekum Chelsea resumed the second half determined not to leave Kumasi without a point as they made three quick substitutions just four minutes after the break.

But it was Kotoko who dominated the early exchanges forcing goalkeeper Gregory Obeng Sekyere to make two-point blank saves in the first ten minutes of the second half.

Mukwala put Kotoko ahead for the first time in the 67th minute when he beautifully connected home a freekick from Enoch Morrison with a powerful header.

After taking the lead, Asante Kotoko controlled the game by keeping possession while taking advantage of spaces behind midfielders of their opponents as they chased the ball.

With three minutes to full time Kotoko scored another goal through Mukwala but it was adjudged offside by referee Vormawor after which no goal was scored by either side.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Try certain things and take risk; that’s how we get to learn – Kofi Kinaata to colleague musicians

Martin King Arthur, widely known as Kofi Kinaata, one of the most thought-provoking fante rappers in Ghana, has revealed why he decided to do more singing than his normal rap lately.

Kinaata revealed that he just wanted to move out of his comfort zone, which is rap and try different things.

Another reason cited by the singer for his switch, he said was his zeal to make sure more people relate well with his fante tone, adding that when he raps non-fante people do get it well.

“I started as a rapper; I wasn’t in a box, so I decided to think out of the box and say it’s music which is big, so let me try everything some, so I said let me try singing,” he said in an interview with Doreen Avio on Accra-based Hitz FM.

According to him, he was aware he “will be criticized if I don’t sing well, but I’m okay should criticisms come, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.”

The award-winning singer seeing how successful his partial switch has been good told his colleagues to try new challenges.

“The little advise I want to give is that feel free and get out of your comfort zone, try certain things, take risks and that’s how we get to learn,” he stated.

The “Everyday” hitmaker added, “If you are starting something, you will start from somewhere, so if you don’t challenge yourself or free your mind and be open to trying other things, you wouldn’t even know your strength.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Clergy, critics of NDC always quiet when NPP is in power – Toobu

Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West Constituency in the Upper East Region, Mr Peter Lanchene Toobu, believes the true colours of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was to make noise in opposition and deliver nothing while in government.

Mr Peter Lanchene Toobu painted this picture of the NPP while speaking in an interview with Odehyieba Kofi Essuman, host of the Ghana Yensom morning show on Accra 100.5 FM on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

According to him, people who are not politicians including pastors find their voices when the NPP is in opposition.

He said some of these pastors take the noise to the hilt by offering politically tainted prayers and preaching.

He said that coupled with this, the party elements make all manner of noise which turns out to be “much ado about nothing.”

He noted that all these pastors artificially lose their voice when the NPP is in government.

“When Ghana is quiet, you need nobody to be told that the NPP is governing,” he disclosed.

“Yes! Look at what is happening with the construction of the National Cathedral yet these pastors are mute,” he added.

He said when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by former president Mahama was in government, the NPP in opposition made all manner of allegations against the then government only to come to power and repeat the same mistakes they spoke about.

He then stressed that there is relative silence when the same NPP is in government.

“This government has gone to the contingency vault to withdraw funds for the construction of the National Cathedral,” he charged, adding that funds cannot be withdrawn from the vault for projects that will last for four years and more.

He predicted that this government will end up using GHS3 billion on the project and it will still be at the foundation levels.

“This is not an era for building a cathedral for God when people are hungry,” he asserted

Source: Modern Ghana

Unless you import fans from Benin – Netizens threaten to boycott King Promise’s upcoming concert

Gregory Bortey Newman, known widely in showbiz as King Promise, has incurred the wrath of many Ghanaian showgoers.

The anger comes when the singer refuses to show up at “Wizkid Live Accra” concert, a recent show in Accra that had the singer’s friend, Wizkid, as the headliner.

His refusal to show up follows the Nigerian singer’s no-show record, which made fans really disappointed after they paid huge sums of money to attend.

His reason for the action, as cited in his apology note, was a “safety issue,” which seems to have worsened the case, as netizens thought he just wanted to obey the command of his “boss,” Wizkid, and disappoint his people.

Even though he clarified in a recent interview that his allegiance is to his country and not Wizkid, many Ghanaians have decided to boycott his upcoming “Promise Land” concert on the basis that he may refuse to show up after they have paid for tickets.

They have called on him to go and “import” fans from other countries to attend the show, indicating that his tickets, which go for GHS500 and GHS250 for VIP and regular respectively are very expensive coming from a “small” artist like him.

Source: Modern Ghana

Kyei Mensah-Bonsu proposes establishment of committee to assess economic impact of loan agreements

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is proposing the establishment of a committee of Parliament that would probe the impact of loan agreements by the government.

The Minister who doubles as the Majority Leader in Parliament says the functions of the Finance Committee of Parliament are limited and cannot assess the economic impact of loans on the country.

He made the call during an engagement with the core leadership and selected committees of Parliament.

“There should be a committee on the economy that will determine for Parliament, the impact of any loan that the nation will be taking. The Finance Committee has some functions like that, but they don’t make any referral of the impact of loans on the economy. They only talk about the terms and conditions. 10 or 15 years from now, we will wake up to the reality “, he said.

Parliament has been encouraged to do more in order to ensure value for money when signing international agreements, including loans.

It has become ostensible for Members of Parliament to become acquainted with the law and international best practices to ensure that the state benefits fully from all international agreements.

There have been instances where the state has been short-changed in some agreements brought before the House due to gaps in the conditions of some agreements, thereby affecting the economy.

It is for this reason, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is pushing for this move.

He also advocated for core committees in Parliament to be chaired by members of the opposition. This, he says, will ensure proper checks and balances.

“Parliament is as strong as its committees make it. The structure of our committee’s system is not helping us to grow our parliament. When we have a system where all committees are headed by the members from the ruling party, certainly you will have this dividend, you will really lower the standards of parliament”.

Source: Modern Ghana

Mentioning Jesus during orgasm is sin, He’s not the person sleeping with you – Prophet Kumchacha

The founder and leader of Heaven’s Gate Ministries, Prophet Kumchacha, has described as sinful having sex and mentioning Jesus’ name.

According to him, it is tantamount to mentioning Jesus’ name in vain which is against the scriptures.

Speaking on Okay Fm, he quoted Exodus 20:7, to buttress his point saying, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who taketh his name in vain.”

“You are not serious if you mention Jesus’ name, the Holy Spirit’s name during the process of getting your orgasm. It simply means you are not a serious person. You don’t mention Jesus’ name in such duties, the bible says don’t mention His name in vain,” he said.

“Jesus is not the person sleeping with you. We don’t use God’s name in such a disrespectful manner. Jesus has nothing to do with having your orgasm,” he added.

Source: Modern Ghana

2023 Budget: Parliament approves GHS114.78 million for Information Ministry

Parliament has approved GHS114.78 million for the implementation of programmes and activities of the Ministry of Information and its agencies for the 2023 Financial Year.

The items of the allocation include employment compensation – GHS111.16 million, goods and services – GHS2.78 million, and capital expenditure – GHS840,000.00

For the fiscal year 2022, the sum of GHS151.89 million was appropriated by the House to the Ministry of Information and its agencies, which was later revised to GHS143.30 million.

Out of the revised budget, the Ministry and its agencies expended a total of GHS90.38 million as at the end of November, 2022.

The policy objectives in line with the Ministry’s National Medium-Term Development Plan (2022-2025) include deepening democratic governance, strengthening transparency and public accountability, and promoting the fight against corruption and economic crimes.

Agencies under the Ministry of Information include the Headquarters of the Ministry, the Ghana News Agency, the Information Services Department (ISD) and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

Mr Vincent Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister forInformation, who moved the Motion for the approval of the Ministry’s budgetary allocation, in his comment on GBC’s debts issues before the court said public resources could not be used to settle that, therefore, the Corporation had to generate resources to settle that.

“…. And, therefore, working with the Board and Management of GBC, we have been exploring ways by which an arrangement can be made to settle a part of the outstanding (debts) and then moving forward, there will be a new arrangement that will be in consonance with the law put in place,” he said.

“So, Mr Speaker, we expect that between these two extremes, we would be able to bring an end to the annual debt issues of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.”

Mr Sylvester Matthew Tetteh, the Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication, and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngleshie-Amanfro, said the Committee noted the achievement of the Ministry of Information regarding the Government flagship programmes (GOVCOM) being implemented by the Ministry.

He said these programmes being implemented comprised the Minister’s Press Briefing, Mass Media Campaigns, Reach on Social Media, Nation Building Updates and Amplified.

He said it was, however, noted that out of the Ministry’s request of Six Million Ghana Cedis submitted to the Ministry of Finance for the implementation of the GOVCOM activities in 2023, only a paltry sum of GHS600,000.00 (representing 10 per cent) had been allocated; stating that the Committee considered these programmes very critical to consolidate the nation’s democracy and good governance and should be continued.

“In this regard, the Committee implores the Ministry of Finance to source additional funding to sustain the implementation of the programmes.”

He said the Committee noted the precarious financial circumstances of the Ministry of Information and its agencies, especially the GBC, and accordingly, strongly requested the Ministry of Finance to arrange additional funding to support their operations in 2023.

Contributing to the debate on the Motion, Mr Alhassan Bashir Alhassan Fuseini, the Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication, and National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Sagnarigu, said the Information Ministry had the onerous responsibility of having to sensitise the people of the country about Government Policies and programmes, as well as serving as the feedback.

He said the Government could have the best of all intentions and others, however, it still had to get the mechanisms for conveying that information to the people.

He said many of the agencies under Ministry were dealing with obsolete equipment and that there was the need for the Government to do more to retool them.

Mr Iddrisu Haruna, the Minority Leader in Parliament and NDC MP for Tamale South, in his contribution, noted that the Minister of Information needed support in order to communicate Government and its policies well.

He said he was disappointed at what he was seeing in terms of the budgetary allocation and budgetary resources to the Ministry of Information.

He called for the repositioning of the GBC like the BBC and CNN to make sure that GBC itself functioned more effectively on a digital platform.

The Minority Leaders said GBC was very capable of making it if given the needed support by the Government.

Source: Modern Ghana

Kizz Daniel’s Accra concert cancelled

A well-publicised concert by Nigerian musician Kizz Daniel in Accra on December 23 has been cancelled.

The concert dubbed, the ‘Kizz Daniel Live’ concert was to take place at the Untamed Empire Event Garden, Spintex, Accra.

However, days before the event viral reports say organisers have cancelled it. It is not clear why but organisers were reported to have said it was due to circumstances beyond their control.

The concert was being organised by Play Network Africa and Pepperdem Ministries but unfortunately, Kizz will no longer be performing.

The cancellation has come a week after Nigerian musician Wizkid failed to perform to his fans in Ghana at his own planned concert dubbed, Wizkid Live.

Meanwhile, reports from Nigeria indicate that Kizz Daniel’s bodyguard has thrown his fan off stage. A trending video has shown the unfriendly moment the bouncer of the famous Nigerian musician, flung a man who came up the stage and attempted to dance with the musician.

According to a Dailypost report, the viral video captures the moment the singer’s bodyguard unleashed his wrath on a man who attempted something unusual at the singer’s concert recently.

In the clip, Kizz Daniel could be seen performing and dancing to his ‘Cough (Odo)’ hit track when suddenly a man rushed onto the stage and began to dance. While Kizz Daniel smiled at the man’s dance steps, his bodyguard, who didn’t welcome the intrusion, immediately showed up and urged him to leave the stage.

The man refused to step out gently and rather, he began dodging the bouncer and kept dancing. It didn’t take long for the bouncer to get hold of him, hijack him from the back and throw him forcefully into the crowd, which left many people screaming.

Source: Modern Ghana