Ghana is in reverse gear under Akufo-Addo – John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has disclosed that the country is currently in reverse gear under the Akufo-Addo-led government.

According to John Mahama, the unprecedented hardship being experienced by Ghanaians is enough proof of the country’s retrogression.

Speaking to party delegates in Drobo in the Jaman South Municipality of the Bono Region as part of his two-day “Building the Ghana We Want Together” campaign tour, Mr. Mahama asserted that the NPP won power against the backdrop of several promises which they have failed to fulfill.

“This government when in opposition made so many promises in a bid to win political power. They promised One Village, One Dam, One Constituency One Million Dollars, and One District One Factory but what we see now is different from what they promised and the hardships we are witnessing have proven that they lied to us”.

He indicated that instead of building on the gains of the previous administration, the current government has caused the country to move backward in every sector.

“The NDC under my tenure laid a solid foundation but this government has failed to consolidate the gains we made. Ballooning public debt has culminated in the government’s inability to honour its debts obligations showing that the managers of the economy have failed.

He charged the delegates to give him the nod to lead the party since he has the experience and the proven track record to win power for the NDC and to put the country on the right track again.

“There is a chance to save this country and we can do it by helping the NDC to win power again and by that I am begging you to give me the mandate to lead the NDC in that regard since I have the experience and the demonstrated record”.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC primaries: Rashid Pelpuo details how the youth paid for his nomination form, endorsed him in his absence

Member of Parliament for Wa Central constituency, Rashid Pelpuo has detailed how some youth in his constituency contributed monies to pick forms to contest his seat for the fifth time in parliament.

According to him, he is convinced he is the chosen one amongst his contenders as the people in Wa Central have shown and continuously expressed confidence in him.

He said the said youth picked his NDC primaries form and went around about 200 constituencies to endorse before he got to his constituency.

Speaking in an interview with Nimatu Yakubu Atouyese, the MP said he is not worried about contests because that is what democracy means.

“…with the confidence I am gathering from the people, I can say that I am already a chosen person but that is not enough. I am looking for not just being chosen but representing the very interest of the people, bringing in what they want into the community to satisfy the broad majority of people who are there.

“I will say that I am thankful for the huge support I am getting, can you imagine that the youth themselves contributed money to get the NDC primaries form of GHc5000 and said keep your money, we will do it for you. They gathered money, gave it to my campaign team and then went to take the form on my behalf then even before I got there, they had gone around the whole constituency, met the 200 branches and got them to sign to endorse me. This all shows the high level of support they have for me and the confidence they have in me and the blessings I receive from them,” he said.

Rashid Pelpuo has served as the Member of Parliament for Wa Central for the past 18 years.

He is seeking to retain the seat again despite a keen contest by Hudu Mogtari, former FDA boss and Lawyer Wahid Bampuori-Iddrisu, former presidential staffer under the NDC.

Despite this keen contest, Rashid Pelpuo believes he will win the contest.

The Wa Central seat will be keenly contested but critics have suggested that Lawyer Wahid’s team may be too slow and seems drowned in the cross-fire between Rashid Pelpuo and Hudu Mogtari’s teams.

Source: Ghana Web

The law has no definition for First Lady; Presidents can designate anyone as First Lady – Lawyer

Renowned Ghanaian lawyer, Benjamin Tachie Antiedu, has revealed that the law has no definition for the term “First Lady” in Ghana’s governance system.

In an interview on the Happy Morning Show with Samuel Eshun, the lawyer explained that the President can designate anyone as First Lady.

Mr. Antiedu explained that in Ghana’s governance system, it has become customary for the president, who is the head of the executive, to refer to his wife as the First Lady. However, he pointed out that since the country’s fourth republic, Ghana has not had a polygamous president, and identifying one wife as the First Lady could be challenged.

“Since practice, especially in the Fourth Republic, has it that the President also acknowledges his wife as the First Lady, it’s always the First Gentleman and the First Lady—the President and his wife. However, coming from the Fourth Republic governance system, we haven’t had a president who is polygamous. So as to whether to identify one wife as the First Lady will be challenged and controversial,” he said.

He added that customary law marriages are part of Ghana’s marriage system, so there could be a number of wives, but the president would have to identify one as the First Lady.

According to Antiedu, the law does not regulate who the President can designate as First Lady, and so he has total freedom to nominate anyone he desires. He explained that the law is silent on the matter, and the President is free to do whatever he wants.

“The law is kind of silent on that topic, but the practice has become one more of people under ordinance marriage, whereas with customary law he would have to choose one, and to that extent, there’s total freedom to nominate anybody and announce to the public that this is the First Lady. I’m sure that can even change down the line; in the course of time, someone else can take that role. So there should be that allowance for him to nominate another person as the First Lady,” he added.

The lawyer, however, stressed that a Ghanaian president will be mindful of cultural settings and moral obligations before making any engagements known.

“We are naturally and obviously mindful of our cultural settings and how we admire positive or lawful engagement. Politically, it will influence the person to normalize it before announcing it to the public. Technically, once the law does not regulate, you’re free to announce anybody as First Lady,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Mining industry women from Geodrill empower Ofoase Kokoben SHS girls

Girls at Ofoase Kokoben Senior High School (SHS) in the Ashanti Region have been encouraged to take up courses in male-dominated fields, such as mining to contribute to the development of the country. As part of activities marking International Women’s Day (IWD), female workers of mining and drilling services company Geodrill Limited visited the school and interacted with the students, sharing their experiences in the field and explaining why they should consider technically-related courses. Antoinette Ankutse, of Geodrill, in an interview, said, ‘As part of International Women’s Day, we went to advise and empower the girls regarding courses to be pursued at the universities. We are into mining, and we wanted to use ourselves as a case study for the girls to realize that it is possible.’ She expressed optimism that the engagement would encourage the Ofoase Kokoben SHS girls and others across the country to take a cue from the female workers of Geodrill. ‘In general, females should not be pushed into secretarial and clerical work but rather directed towards the technical fields,’ added Ankutse. The students thanked the female employees of Geodrill for taking time out of their busy schedules to empower them about their future careers. Earlier on, Geodrill ran a staff consultation as part of the IWD to discuss greater community engagement to encourage women in mining. Among some notable female staff of Geodrill Company are Bernice Gbadam, Doris Danso, and Becky Elithia, the first woman to work in Geodrill, the first woman to obtain a Geodrill driving permit, and the first woman to pursue an accounting program, respectively. International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 around the world to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Geodrill has long set out to be a leader in championing strong economic, social, and governance principals that drive the company’s activity. Increasing the percentage of women employed in the company is a clear target measured in the company’s annual ESG Impact report.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Charles Bissue’s Case OSP ordered to file statement of case within 14 days

An Accra High Court has ordered the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to file its statement of case within 14 days in its legal tussle with Charles Bissue, former Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM). This was after the OSP had failed for the second time to file its statement of the case in a suit filed by Charles Bissue against it. Counsel for the OSP, Isidore Tuffour prayed for the court to grant him ample time to prepare and file the statement of the case citing the office was handicapped in respect of resources in managing legal matters. According to Isidore Tuffour, he had just been appointed by the OSP to represent it in this matter owing to some constraints the office is facing. ‘I have just been appointed to fill that void,’ he told the court. At the Court today, Counsel for the plaintiff [Charles Bissue], Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah said the 1stDefendant’s (OSP) excuse was not tenable. Counsel for the Plaintiff said the failure of the OSP to file its statement of the case over the past two months ‘smacks of a deficit in candour.’ ‘At no point has the first Defendant not been represented by Counsel in this matter before his appointment. Counsel was coming to the court to represent the 1st Defendant, knowing they could prosecute this matter. Indeed, the Special Prosecutor himself is a lawyer, so coming to the court to say you have not been able to file your statement of the case over the two months since this matter was instituted, smacks of a deficit in the candour of the 1stDefendant’s office,’ he added. Baffour Awuah, however, admitted on grounds of satisfying legal protocols and in the interest of justice, that an adjournment is considered to enable the OSP to file its statement of the case. Additionally, Plaintiff’s counsel the OSP has resorted to using the ongoing judicial process in respect of its prosecution of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority (NDA) and others, as an excuse for its failures. He prayed the court grants the Plaintiff a chance to file a reply to the case’s statement filed by the 1st Defendant. Justice Olivia Obeng Owusu, who presided adjourned to April 17, 2023, to enable the OSP to file his statement of the case. Charles Bissue who earlier filed an application on December 23, 2022, and subsequently amended the applicationon January 4, 2023, to restrain the OSP from investigating and prosecuting him over allegations made by Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a corruption documentary; ‘Galamsey Fraud’ that was published in February 2019. Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his private investigative firm, Tiger Eye P.I were joined to the suit as 2ndand 3rdDefendant, respectively. Mr Bissue argued among others that, an attempt to investigate the matter would amount to a review of an investigation long concluded by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service. Subsequently, and through his lawyers, a supplementary application was filed against the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Adjabeng, over a conflict of interest and bias in this case. The OSP filed a conditional appearance and affidavit in opposition to the application on January 11, 2023, arguing the case be struck out. With this, it was expected of the OSP to file a statement within 14 days (about 2 weeks) after filing the conditional appearance. But this was never pursued by the OSP. On January 24, 2023, Counsel for the OSP told the court they were finalizing their statement of the case, and as such pleaded for more time to respond appropriately. It was with this plea the court granted an adjournment to 13 March 2023 hoping to be furnished with the statement of the case to enable it to advance the matter.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Women multimedia artists discuss opportunities of ICT in arts

A group of women, multimedia artists have held a roundtable on opportunities of ICT in arts within the context of the COVID-19 lockdown as part of the celebration of the 2023 International Women’s Day in Accra. This year’s celebration is on the theme ‘DigitAll Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.’ Thirteen women professionals, who are leaders in their fields of expertise presented their experiences at the discussion session. They were Mardey Ohui Ofoe, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker; Akwele Suma Glory, multimedia artist; Adwowa Ammah Tagoe, art educationist and painter; Gladys Adinyira Wuaku, Sculptor and art educationist; and Kjersti Augland, human rights advocate and art collector. The others were Nana Adwoa Frema Amoabeng, painter; Franka- Maria Andoh, author and filmmaker; Victoria Sophia Adoe, painting; Ezema Ngozi-Omeje, ceramist from Nigeria; Peace Enyonam Baku multimedia commercial artist; Adwoa Amoah, painter and curator; and Edinam Atatsi, performer. Madam Akwele Suma Glory, the President of the Women’s Arts Institute Africa (WAiA) in her welcoming address encouraged participants to share their experiences to identify challenges and opportunities so that women artists could develop activities to address the challenges and adequately prepare to take advantage of the opportunities. Victoria Sophia Adoe, a Painter recounted how she used the social media to regularly publish her works during the COVID-19 lockdown, saying; ‘The posts generated interest among my audience which led to business opportunities. A participant from Nigeria Ezema Ngozi-Omeje said ICT has played a facilitating role for women artists to highlight their works during the COVID-19 lockdown, adding; ‘Many online competitions came up and it created the opportunity to produce work albeit with other challenges such as working materials.’ Other speakers at the meeting also presented their experiences. Ms Franka-Maria Andoh, the Chief Executive Officer of Josies Cuppa Cappuccino expressed gratitude to the participants for sharing their experiences and hoped that the actions that emerged from the meeting would be implemented to support women in the arts. The meeting was supported by josies Cuppa Cappuccino and other members of the Women Arts Institute Africa.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Malta Guinness WPL review Hasaacas regain Southern Zone top spot, Ridge City holds Army Ladies

The race for the 202223 Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League (WPL) title got exciting over the weekend as Army Ladies lost the Southern Zone top spot to Hasaacas Ladies after recording a disappointing 0-0 draw game against Ridge City. The security side, who had been unbeaten in their last nine games, were expected to put up an impressive performance against bottom-placed Ridge City who had been abysmal in their first Premier League campaign. Ridge City, nicknamed the Panthers came into the game as underdogs but shot-stopper Dorothy Prempeh Baffoe pulled some fantastic saves in between the sticks to record theirthird point this season. Army now sit second on the table with 26 points and would hope to pick all points against Berry Ladies this weekend with five games to go. At the Gyandu park in Takoradi, Coach Yusif Basigi’s Hasaacas Ladies struck Thunder Queens with two unanswered goals to complete their long-awaited mission of going top of the zone. The Doo ladies, who emerged victors of the zone last season, were still confident of making yet another record as they eye to represent Ghana in Africa. Jennifer Kankam Yeboah, Maafia Nyame, and Emmanuella Johnson were once again on the scoresheet as Faith Ladies defeated Berry Ladies 3-0 at the Carl Reindorf Park on Saturday. The win gives Faith Ladies 24 points, two points behind leaders Hasaacas Ladies and Army Ladies. After picking up a point in their last encounter last weekend, the security side, Police Ladies managed to hold Soccer Intellectuals at the Eduyaw Assasan Park on Saturday while debutants, Essiam Socrates Ladies played a 1-1 draw against Ladystrikers. Elsewhere in the Northern zone, bottom-placed Fabulous Ladies gave champions Ampem Darkoa Ladies a tough test to split points in a 2-2 draw encounter. Fabulous despite the struggle this season is thankful to Princess Owusu who has been a solid player up front netting goals week in and week out with 10 goals so far in the season. It was a goals galore encounter at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium on Saturday as Pearl Pia Ladies triumphed over visitors, Candy Soccer Academy 4-2 to catch up with leaders Ampem Darkoa Ladies who have 24 points after drawing against Fabulous. Stella Nyamekye’s last-minute thunderbolt secured a point for Dreamz Ladies against Tamale Super Ladies on Saturday as they held the Tamale-based side 1-1. AshTown ladies found a way to defeat Northern Ladies by a lone goal over the weekend to climb to seventh position while fifth-place Supreme Ladies beat Prisons Ladies, 1-0 at the Bantama Astro Turf. Betway Ghana is a development partner of the Malta Guinness WPL.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Slain Imoro Sherrif Court remands six over robbing him, selling his phone

The Ashaiman Circuit Court has remanded into Police custody six persons accused of playing various roles in the robbery of Imoro Sherrif, the trooper of the Ghana Armed Forces, who was murdered at Ashaiman Taifa. The Court presided over by Mr Simon Gaga, remanded them to reappear on March 27, 2023 for the pre-trial stage. The accused persons, Samuel Tetteh, and Abubakar Sadick, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime, and robbery, while Ibrahim Abdul Rakib, Safianu Musah, Yussif Mohammed, and Gafaru Abdul Karim pleaded not guilty to a charge of dishonestly receiving. The court remanded the accused after Mr Alhassan Abdul-Fatahi, counsel for Rakib, Musah, Mohammed, and Karim laboured in vain to convince the Court in his application for bail. The bail application was refused on the grounds that the accused had no permanent place of abode, with the Prosecutor, Superintendent Sylvester Asare, Director Legal, CID Headquarters, citing the severity of the case In opposing the bail application, the prosecution said the accused resided in a kiosk, which according to the Law, did not qualify for a permanent abode. He added that the nature of the accusation, evidence, and its severity should be taken cardinal in granting bail to the accused. He also submitted that the human rights of the accused were also subject to the public interest, stressing that, ‘If this matter before the court does not pass the test for a public interest, then the phrase public interest has lost its meaning in law.’ Presenting the facts of the case, Supt. Asare said on March 4, 2023, the Police received information on a male adult found lying dead at Ashaiman Taifa. He added that a team of Police Officers upon reaching the place retrieved a blood-stained knife, a backpack containing an iPad, Ghana Card, NHIS card, and a military uniform belonging to the victim who was a soldier with the Third Battalion of Infantry at Sunyani. He said investigations revealed that the slain soldier went to visit his female friend at Ashiaman Newtown at about 2230 hours on March 03, and left for his home at about 0130 hours on March 4. However, he was allegedly attacked by Tetteh and Sadick at Ashaiman Taifa with the purpose of stealing his mobile phone. He added that the two succeeded in stabbing him and robbed him of his iPhone, explaining that the stolen phone was, subsequently, sold to Ibrahim for GHS300.00, who re-sold it to Safianu for GHS350.00. The Prosecution said Safianu claimed to have also sold the phone to Mohammed and Karim. The Prosecution, therefore, pleaded with the Court to remand the accused persons, while the investigation continued.

Source: Ghana News Agency