We lost focus – Kotoko coach on Bibiani Gold Stars draw

According to Asante Kotoko’s assistant coach, Abdul Gazale, his team lost their focus during the final minutes of the game against Bibiani Gold Stars, resulting.

Abdul Gazale added that the performance was better than what he saw during their last game against Tamale City.

The Porcupine Warriror drew 1-1 with Bibiani Gold Stars on Sunday afternoon in their match week 30 game.

“The players did well today because it is better than what we saw in our last match against Tamale City. Technically we do things right and in some moments too we get it wrong. We took the lead in the first half which was a nice goal individual talent came up there Taylor was able to get an opening goal for us,” he said on Peace FM as monitored by Footballghana.com

“Unfortunately we lost our focus in the dying minutes of the game because we all agreed not to allow ball to get into the 18 yards but unfortunately Sherif didn’t do Sherif needed to close in the gap but he was rather moving back. Our opponent get the cross into the area and it resulted in a goal well we will take it like that it is part of the game we were expecting to win but unfortunately, we get the draw,”

Source: Ghana Web

We know you are hardworking and competent – NPP Greater Accra excutives to Joe Ghartey

It was all joy when Joe Ghartey met the Greater Accra Regional executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra on Thursday, May 4, 2023.

The meeting commenced with the singing of a repertoire of songs which ended with the gathering singing the NPP Anthem. Joe Ghartey told the gathering that he had come formally to inform them he was contesting to be flagbearer of the NPP. He told them that he had come to solicit their support.

The presidential aspirant presented a strong case for himself taking the Regional Executives through the work he had done as the Attorney-General, as Second Deputy Speaker and as Minister for Railways Development.

He said these positions in law and order, Parliament and infrastructure development had prepared him for the position of President.

On law and order, he said a country which does not practice the rule of law cannot develop. Equality before the law he said was critical.

Joe Ghartey stated that as Attorney General he not only believed in law and order but he also practiced using the law as a tool for social and economic engineering.

He said he was of the firm view that being an experienced legislator and a former Deputy Speaker he was confident that he would as President develop a good working relationship with Parliament for the benefit of the country.

On railways development he said he was glad he was given the opportunity to manage what is arguably the most difficult infrastructure sector to manage.

Joe Ghartey explained the by January 2020 the passenger lines form Takoradi to Tarkwa and Accra to Tema were operational. He said their operations were closed due to COVID.

The restrictions did not allow for the trains to run at full passenger capacity and therefore operating the trains was not sustainable.

In any event the decision had been taken to change all the old lines so it was decided that the service be halted.

Ghartey said the development of the Western Line was ongoing and the Tema to Mpakadan line was almost complete. He said that railway development would be a key part of his development agenda when elected as President.

Joe Ghartey mentioned other sectors that would receive attention by his government which he said would be lean and efficient with a maximum of 60 Ministers.

Joe Ghartey recounted his long association with NPP Greater Accra. He said he was so active that during the first term of Hon Jake Obetsebi Lamptey as Greater Accra Regional Chairman he was appointed Chairman of the Greater Accra Disciplinary Committee.

Joe Ghartey said from 1992 he had always worked tirelessly in the Greater Accra Region for the Party. Contributing resources at all levels and to several constituencies.

The Greater Accra Regional Executive were unanimous in the fact they knew Joe Ghartey and they were aware that he was hardworking and competent and wished him the best.

Joe Ghartey told the meeting he was the best person to be flagbearer of the NPP and as President Ghana would prosper.

Source: Ghana Web

We will picket until government pays us our money – Pensioner Bondholders

The Pensioner Bondholders Forum will resume picketing at the Finance Ministry today, May 8, and have vowed that they are not ready to back down until the Ministry of Finance pays all outstanding coupons and principals of bond investments.

The Pensioner Bondholders Forum’s convener, Dr. Adu Anane Antwi, claims that his group is willing to announce its presence at the finance ministry’s offices until their complaints are addressed, regardless of how long that may take.

“We’d be [at the finance ministry] until just as the exemption was granted us. Once we start, we would be there until the payments are made, no matter how long it takes,” he said in an interview on JoyNews.

Dr Antwi, who was a former Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), also noted that several attempts to get the finance ministry’s attention have proved futile.

“We’ve all we have to do to ensure that we get our payment but that has not been coming. We have written letters, we sent all that we have to do to the Ministry of Finance and it’s ot coming. And so we gave the ministry up to 28th April that was still not paid and we informed the police that we are starting out picketing today. We are ready now to start the picketing today,” he noted in an interview with JoyNews.

The Forum, months ago, appealled for government to exclude all pensioner government bondholders from the DDEP, as the programme’s impact on pensioners who are bondholders will be very severe.

Following some back and forth, the government decided to pay the retirees what was owed to them by a specific date.

However, the finance ministry failed to uphold its end of the arrangement after the deadline, which was April 28, 2023, elapsed.

Asked whether the group had received an explanation from the ministry as to why the payments have not been paid despite the assurance, he answered in the negative “no, no, not at all”.

“Since the 17th of April, we have not had any interaction, whatsoever,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Who will speak for the voiceless? The plight of journalists in Ghana

In recent years, the media industry in Ghana has been plagued by low salaries, poor working conditions, and even violence against journalists. Despite their critical role in shaping public opinion and holding those in power accountable, journalists in Ghana are often left to fend for themselves.

While some journalists have managed to rise to the top and enjoy the perks of the profession, the vast majority struggle to make ends meet. Many are not paid at all, and those who do receive a salary earn a meager average of just 3.90 cedis. This puts them at a severe disadvantage, as they are unable to support themselves or their families, let alone pursue investigative journalism that requires extensive resources.

Moreover, journalists in Ghana face a hostile work environment. They are often subjected to verbal abuse and harsh treatment from their employers, who fail to recognize their basic humanity and dignity. This can take a toll on their mental health and well-being, making it even harder for them to do their jobs effectively.

To make matters worse, journalists in Ghana are not adequately protected by the government. When they are attacked or threatened, there is often no recourse for justice. This leaves them vulnerable to further harm and discourages them from pursuing important stories that could expose corruption and wrongdoing.

It is time for the government to take action to address these issues. They can start by implementing policies that ensure fair wages and working conditions for journalists. They can also provide training and resources to help journalists improve their skills and pursue investigative reporting. Additionally, they can create mechanisms to protect journalists from violence and harassment, such as establishing an independent body to investigate attacks against journalists and hold perpetrators accountable.

Journalists are the backbone of any democracy, and their work is critical to the functioning of Ghana’s society. It is time for the government to recognize this and take steps to ensure that journalists can do their jobs safely and effectively. Only then can we truly say that we have a free and fair press in Ghana.

Source: Ghana Web

The sequel: Alan Kyerematen, stop your demons now!

I read a rather laughable rejoinder, pitifully destitute, in which one, E.G.Buckman, attempted to ruffle parts of the original article that I wrote a few days ago, which he dubbed, “Rejoinder – Alan Kyerematen: Stop Your Demons Now”! Try as he did to make sense, his unharmonious submission was akin to the mix of soft dung caused by acute dysentery albeit this time that of the buccal!

In fact, it seems to me that he beat about the bush in some form of unmelodious jazz, that didn’t even strike a note of honesty let alone drive home any meaningful point except to accuse me of being “the biggest bigot in town”!

Anyway, just to draw his attention to his hypocrisy, let me say that the blindness of faculty is a serious transition to foolishness in that he seemed to have forgotten that Samuel Ayeh Paye and Brian Buaben Asamoah were all over the media space rubbishing people of northern ethnicity and Islamic religiosity!

Have I ever written to downplay any ethnic group of a specific religious tradition? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Have I ever spoken or been captured anywhere on radio or print media where I have mentioned any tribe, culture, tradition, or spirituality derogatorily anywhere? CERTAINLY NOT! So whence is this accusation that can never come except from the stables of the donkeys?

I have every right to lambast any person, who treats people with disdain especially when such morbid discrimination is based on race, creed, heritage, or religion! Chapter 8, Article 62 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana details the qualifications of a Presidential Candidate with regards to citizenship, age and eligibility as a Member of Parliament (MP) – except disqualified as MP based on conviction of crime, incompetence and under death or imprisonment sentence specified in Article 94.

It states:

A person shall not be qualified for election as the President of Ghana unless—

(a) he is a citizen of Ghana by birth;

(b) he has attained the age of forty years

So why is this Buckman guy and his ilk being so feverish about the ascent of Dr. Bawumia when he is actually the clear favourite amongst the lot? In any case, let me remind them all that this erroneous phenomenon of ?duro woso has no place in contemporary politics and democratic thinking! Ghanaians are not going to vote based on queue basis, but rather on the competence of a person, who has brought innovation into their life.

Regarding Hon Alan Kyerematen and the attempted move to give him credit for the assembly plants and others, it is nothing but sour grapes because, without the President’s push and direction, he would not have done much. It is like giving credit to the reader of an article in lieu of the writer!

There was a tug-of-war in the first term of the NPP where Hon Alan pulled the mat from underneath the 1D1F secretariat, hijacking the policy, which went into limbo for some time after! He could not meet the target halfway! There was an initial plan to roll out over 300 projects, yet after six years in office, I am told he could not even roll out beyond 70!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I advise these unauthorised structures in the Alan camp who talk through balloon lips and Stonehenge teeth to project their candidate and argue the pros and cons in a decent debate that they seem to be bereft of ideas for!

It is only in the deviation from their ethnic and religious bigotry that they can find attentive ears to ponder over their submissions, otherwise, the mantra that “Bawumia is a Northerner and a Muslim” is deficient, 100% sub-standard, and belongs to the heaps at Korlegonor!

I have a saying that I would like to share with you, “Good luck to the ‘Ninnyhammer’ with their tomfoolery and good luck to the ‘good word’ with its delivery!”

Actually, I have replaced the word “simpleton” with Ninnyhammer” just to copy it from ACE the Lawyer! Herh, ?barima no nim bor?fo kasa!

Source: Ghana Web

Women and youth empowerment is my focus – Jim Morti

A leading contender in the Ketu South NDC parliamentary race, Jim Morti says, livelihood empowerment for women and youth of the area, will be his main focus when he wins the upcoming NDC primary on May 13 and eventually becomes the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area after the 2024 general election.

Jim Morti was speaking in an interview with the media at Aflao.

According to the businessman who has a wide range of expertise in mining, construction, transport and logistics sectors, and credited with several philanthropic and developmental projects within Ketu South and elsewhere, he has always been touched by the plight of the less fortunate in society hence his commitment to providing assistance in any way possible to the vulnerable to improve their livelihoods.

The aspirant who is taking a second shot at the primary in his home constituency, contested the slot in 2012, but lost narrowly to former deputy minister of Finance and NDC General Secretary, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey.

He returned to contest for the Ketu South Parliamentary seat in 2016 as an independent candidate, a decision he took following unbridled and unfounded allegations of fraud among others levelled against him by his own party members said to have had the backing of Kwetey.

Those ‘smear campaigns’ led to his suspension from the party in the constituency.

But the love he has for the people of Ketu South, Jim Morti said at the time, compelled him to stand for election as an independent candidate to show to the people of the constituency that he really meant business and had their interest at heart and that no amount of vilification and intimidation could stop him from working to improve the fortunes of his people.

He said those allegations, counter- allegations and smear campaigns were all false and baseless and were only geared towards tarnishing his image and reputation and to further prevent him from serving the good people of the constituency as their MP.

Jim Morti was however cleared of all those allegations and reinstated into the party after a committee set up to investigate the allegations found them baseless and out of merit.

The man Jim Morti, affectionately called ‘The Game Changer’ by his teaming supporters and well – wishers , believes he is ‘the man for the job’.

He has embarked on several developmental projects within the Ketu South constituency in his personal capacity as a well-meaning indigene of the area, over the years and says he would be better placed to do even more when he becomes the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

‘The Game Changer’ has been credited with the following projects which he personally executed during the run up to the 2016 general election which parliamentary slot he run for as independent candidate for the Ketu South Constituency.

Classroom block for Atsiaklorbor Basic School

Classroom block for Aflao – Anoenu Basic School

Agbozume Adawukope Water Project

Donation of 500 Plastic Chairs to the 5 Zones of the party

Donation of iron shed for motorbike riders at Kpoglu

Donation of a tractor to farmers in the constituency to assist them in ploughing their fields

• Assistance to 20 youth to acquire apprenticeship training in tailoring and hairdressing

The parliamentary aspirant disclosed that he was currently building a fruit processing factory at Agbozume in his bid to empower the youth in acquiring meaningful employment to improve their livelihoods.

He said the construction of a clinic facility was also underway at Klikor Tekpekope and expressed hope that when completed, the project would augment the shortfall in the provision of quality health care in the municipality.

The businessman and parliamentary hopeful has also earmarked the building of a coconut processing factory in the municipality in 2024 to process coconut which abounds in the Municipality in commercial quantities into various finished products for local consumption and for export.

On the issues of Kente weaving which is the main stay of the people of some traditional area, the Parliamentary hopeful said he would work with the relevant authorities to ensure that materials and logistics needed to boost the trade were provided for the artisans at affordable and subsidized rates to enable them remain afloat and maximize their incomes.

Jim Morti who is widely tipped by his supporters and a cross section of delegates to win the Ketu South NDC primary on May 13, urged all NDC faithful, especially delegates to ignore all those malicious allegations levelled against him in the past and vote massively for him on May 13, to enable him bring the needed change the people of Ketu South had been yearning for over the years.

“I want to use this opportunity to urge all members of our dear party, especially our cherished delegates who would be voting in the primary on May 13, to realize that the future of Ketu South lies in their hands – if we want to see the change we have been yearning and waiting for, then let’s do the needful, by voting for Jim Morti a vote for Jim Morti is a vote for change,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

Who wins Korle Klottey primaries? The ‘fight’ between Zanetor Rawlings and Meredith Naakai Lamptey-Addy

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is gearing up for the parliamentary and presidential primaries scheduled for May,13.

Ahead of this, GhanaWeb focuses on key areas of the contest and other issues regarding the contest.

One of such areas is females contesting incumbent colleagues in some constituencies.

Today’s feature focuses on the Korle Klottey Constituency.

The seat is currently occupied by the daughter of late former president, Zanetor Rawlings.

However, she is being contested by Meredith Naakai Lamptey-Addy, who is the daughter of businessman, philanthropist, Ghanaian Politician and a former member of parliament for the Klottey-Korley Constituency; David Lamptey.

Here are the profiles of both contestants in the constituency.

Profile of Zanetor Rawlings

Dr. Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings is a legislative member on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, the party founded by her father, Jerry John Rawlings, former president of the Republic of Ghana.

Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings was elected as Member of parliament for the Klottey-Korle Constituency in 2016 and has since retained the seat.

The MP was born in Ghana and had her basic education in North Ridge Lyceum and Achimota School. She later proceeded to Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast in 1995.

She had her tertiary education at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where she graduated as a medical doctor.

Zanetor has won the Klottey-Korle seat consecutively since 2016. This will be the third time she is contesting for the seat on the ticket of the NDC.


Profile of Meredith Naakai Lamptey Addy

Meredith Naakai Lamptey Addy, the daughter of the late business mogul and financer of the NDC Party; David Lamptey, is seeking to replace Zanetor Rawlings in the NDC parliamentary contest in the Klottey Korle Constituency.

Meredith Naakai Lamptey Addy whose father was also the Member of Parliament of the same seat in 1996 is seeking to continue the works of her late father.

In an interview with GhanaWeb’s Nimatu Yakubu Atouyese, she said, one of the reasons she is eyeing the seat is largely because of her concern for the prosperity of the people in the area.

“Over the years, a number of issues have continuously impeded development in the community. Some of these landmark challenges include the lack of viable job opportunities and the absence of effective structures to address the welfare needs of constituents.

“Despite some interventions made in the past, there is still more to be done. On that note, I shall as a matter of priority, if ultimately elected, work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that lucrative job avenues are made available to all; especially the youth. This will be accompanied by the creation of networking opportunities for self-development and capacity-building,” she said.

Meredith also added that she is seeking to strengthen the cracks of the party as it appears to be weakening in the constituency.

Meredith Naakai Lamptey Addy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science University of Ghana.

She also has a Master’s in Business Administration from GIMPA and is currently undertaking a Masters in Human Resource Management also at GIMPA.

She served as her father’s personal Assistant who was C.E.O of Sidalco group of companies, Dominion Oil, Radio and TV XYZ during her National service between 2008 and 2009.

She is currently serving as the Ranking Member of the NDC, National Business development committee, member of the NDC National Welfare Committee, Sports Committee and Ga Dangme caucus.

Meredith Naakai Lamptey Addy is also the Managing Director of Patmeco Ghana Limited, Game Idol printing and advertising and Worldwide Alliance Investment Limited which is also a real estate company owned by herself and her husband.

Source: Ghana Web

‘I said the foolishness is too much, I repeat it with my full chest!’ – Arnold tells Bro Sammy to the face

Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo has berated Brother Sammy once again over what he termed as a shameful means of promoting a gospel event.

Earlier on the United Showbiz hosted by MZGee, Mr. Asamoah-Baidoo chastised Sammy for recruiting a woman shaking her buttocks to promote the gospel singer’s album.

He heavily descended on Sammy while describing his conduct as a sheer display of madness.

A week after the remarks were made, Sammy appeared on the same platform where Arnold was also present as a panelist.

The two came face-to-face with each other and as expected, the atmosphere got tensed and heated when the issue was brought up for discussion.

Sammy bitterly lamented Arnold’s choice of words in his earlier criticisms but the journalist cum entertainment pundit insisted that he still stands by them.

“I am firmly standing by my position. I am not moving. With all my chest, strength, and vigor, I am standing by what I said. I Insulted him, I never did. Rather, I criticized the act,” Arnold said, insisting “There is a difference. I said the foolishness is too much, yes I said it, but I did not insult you.”

An unapologetic Arnold continued: “I said you are fooling with the gospel too much, the manner in which you are projecting Christ is stupid. In fact, all of you who indulged in that act, all of you who came up with that video, are not correct. I am telling you, it is foolishness.”

Arnold further buttressed his points with some biblical examples.

“Solomon wasn’t a fool but a point, he started acting foolish when he brought a lot of women into his life and started dealing with idols. David wasn’t a foolish person but when he went after someone’s wife, that act was a foolish act.”

Source: Ghana Web