You’re a preacher, poet, full of wisdom – Dr. Apaak congratulates Black Sherif

The Member of Parliament for Builsa South has extended a congratulatory message to the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Black Sherif.

Dr. Apaak described the musician and rapper as an authentic creative and deserving of the award.

He also described him as a musician, a poet and a preacher.

To him, the musician chants wisdom and reality and that has paid off at this year’s awards ceremony.

Black Sherif was crowned the 2023 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year.

He toppled seven others namely Piesie Esther, Sarkodie, Joe Mettle, Stonebwoy, Camidoh, KiDi and King Promise to win the top most award of the night.

The rap artiste also won the Best Music Video Award, Most Popular Song of the Year and Best Hiplife Song of the Year with Kwaku The Traveller.

In a tweet, Dr. Apaak congratulated him saying “Congrats Blacko. Keep your authenticity and simplicity, don’t try to be like them. Never forget your origins. You are a musician, a poet, and a preacher. You chant wisdom and reality. The sky is the limit. Looking forward to meeting you. I’m a huge fan!”

Source: Ghana Web

Telcos Chamber calls for lower power tariffs

The Ghana Telecommunications Chamber has intimated that the cost of power to ensure the smooth running of their services is expensive.

The CEO of the telcos chamber said the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission must give them some attention as far as their tariffs are concerned.

According to him, this is because the nature of the sector gives the impression that they may not need lower tariffs.

He added that this is not true because the aggregate of the power they consume is very high.

Ken Ashigbey made the call during the 21st Knowledge Forum series of the Ghana Telecommunications Chamber, on the theme: Empowering consumers through clean energy transitions.

Speaking to journalists, he said: “The interesting thing is that if you take the very bulk consumers of energy, for example, you take the mines, the steelworkers. They give them lower tariffs because of the volumes that they consume. The telcos by their very nature and the way we are, the towers are centered in various places the loads are small at our load centers but when you aggregate that, we are a huge consumer of power.

“Our proposal to the PURC is that they need to start looking at us the way they will look at the mines, those who are in the steelworkers. Apart from the volumes, it is also the social impact of what we do. The fact that telecommunication has become a utility. There is a need that we all work together to ensure that that service is available. If that is the case, then we can’t have it that the cost of power for us to generate one bit of data is more expensive than the cost of power to just chill my sobolo at home,” he added.

The CEO further added that the telecommunications sector contributes a significant amount to climate change, therefore, the need to discuss solutions that will centre on enhancing access to clean energy.

Ken Ashigbey said “However, we cannot run away from the implication of the climate change disaster facing the world, so as an industry we are committed to reducing the impact of climate change. The telecoms sector contributes to global emissions, particularly when you realize that there are over 54,000 base transmitter stations powered, in some cases 24 hours seven days a week, by generators. You can just imagine the emissions from these.”

Stakeholders in the energy sector who were present at the forum posited that Ghana is not exactly positioned for an energy transition yet. According to them, this is because some parts of the country still do not have access to energy.

Source: Ghana Web

Students of Washington and Lee University call on Ga East MCE

Some students from the Washington and Lee University, in the City of Lexington in Virginia in the United States of America (USA), have paid a courtesy call on the Ga East Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs Elizabeth Kaakie Mann, in Accra.

The 18 students have been in the country on an educational tour led by Dr. Stephanie Sanberg, an Assistant Professor of the School.

In a brief remark, the team leader, Dr. Sanberg, informed the MCE that their visit was primarily to help the students acquaint themselves with the history of slavery in Ghana.

Dr Sanberg, who first came to Ghana in 2009, indicated that her former school, Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan, had a relationship with the Ga East Municipality through a Sister-City Relationship programme between the two, Ga East and Grand Rapids.

‘Through the Sister-City Relationship programme with Grand Rapids, Calvin College adopted Adenkrebi and offered various volunteer services whenever students from the school came to Ghana, including stocking of their library with books and other learning and teaching materials, teaching, and painting of the school buildings, among others, while staying in the community.’

He appealed for a similar relationship with the City of Lexington.

Mrs Mann welcomed the students and emphasised the importance of Sister-City relationships and promised to ensure the formalisation of same with the City of Lexington.

She said the Assembly would focus on education, health, sanitation, tourism, and culture under the relationship

Mrs Mann led the team to visit the Frederiksgave Plantation and Common Heritage Site at Sesemi, about 3 kilometres from the Assembly Offices at Abokobi.

They were welcomed to the museum by Nii Akoto, Gyasetse of Sesemi, who conducted the team around the facility, highlighting the story behind the slave plantation established by the Danes in 1831, which was later discovered by an Archeologist at the University of Ghana, Dr. Yaw Bredwa-Mensah in 1997.

He said the National Museum of Denmark, in 2005, in collaboration with Dr. Bredwa-Mensah, Prof. Henrik Breuning Madsen, and Ecological Laboratories (ECOLAB) at the University of Ghana, launched the Common Heritage Project and later excavated the buildings of Frederiksgave, which was among eleven slave plantations established by the Danes in the Municipality during the slave trade in the Gold Coast era.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AMA adopts Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has adopted the Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon (AIHM) as part of activities marking the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of the Assembly.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sackey Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AMA announced this when he met the organisers of the event at her office last week.

Mrs. Sackey said they were impressed with the organization of the maiden edition last year, hence the decision to adopt the event, which also forms part of activities celebrating the Homowo festival of the Gas.

She said the 125 anniversary of the AMA is a year long plan and the race would be incorporated into the list of activities for the anniversary.

According to Mrs. Sackey they would provide the organizers with the necessary support to hold a successful event.

Mr. Henri Senyo Penni General Manager of Medivents Consult – organisers of the event expressed appreciation to the AMA for the support and the decision to adopt the event as part of the historic 125th Anniversary celebrations.

He said they were delighted with the support provided in the last race and looking forward to having more support from the city authority.

The Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon is part of activities marking the annual Homowo festival.

It is fixed for Saturday, July 29, from the Accra Sports Stadium through to some principal streets and end at the Mantse Agbona, James Town.

After a successful take off in the maiden edition, the organisers have decided to introduce 10 and 5 Kilomters categories in addition to the flagship 21-Kilometers.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kadjebi NIA Office appeals for collection of printed Ghana cards

Mr Angelo Fiawotoafor, the Kadjebi District Registration Officer, National Identification Authority (NIA), has appealed to those who registered for the Ghana card to go for their cards.

Mr Fiawotoafor said the relevance of possessing the card could not be underestimated, hence the need for everyone to own one.

A total of 2,010 people were registered when the office commenced work in November 2021.

The figure included 311 registrants enrolled in 2021 and 1,699 enrolled in 2022, Mr Fiawotoafor disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at Kadjebi in the Oti Region.

However, no registration had taken place as of end of April, 2023, he said.

Mr Fiawotoafor said of the number, 273 cards were collected in 2021 and 1,531 collected in 2022, leaving 101 yet to be collected as of April 30, 2023.

Attempts to reach applicants via phone to go for their cards proved futile as some of them had their SIM cards blocked, he said.

He, thus, appealed to the Assembly members and other stakeholders to help with the dissemination of information on the collection of the cards.

In other mass registration exercise where 1,781 Ghana cards were printed, he said: ‘Most of the applicants thought the cards would be brought to their registration centres, so did not come for it at office’.

‘Others said they did not have money to travel to the Kadjebi office for it, while other applicants are not in the jurisdiction.’

Mr Fiawotoafor said the office was liaising with the Kadjebi District Assembly to assist in the distribution of such cards and that 14 centres had been created for the distribution.

Source: Ghana News Agency

COMOG urges citizens and stakeholders to support the passage of Anti-LBTQI bill

The Coalition of Muslim Organisation Ghana (COMOG), has urged all citizens and stakeholders to fight for the passage of the anti-LGBTQI bill in parliament for a better future generation.

Hajj Abdel Manan Abdel Rahman, the National President of COMOG said the passage of the bill would help protect the sanctity of the religion of Islam, cultural values and the welfare of children.

He said the passage of the bill would also help to inculcate good societal values, ethical principles among the youth and young ones which would shape the future for a better country.

He said this at an anti-LGBTQI sensitisation programme held at Ningo-Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, while noting that the LGBTQI act would cause public impact such as health, lifestyle, and issues of equality, which would cause more financial harm to the economy.

He said it was expedient to support all personalities especially members of parliament, both NPP and NDC sponsoring the bill to ensure its passage in the shortest possible time.

He urged all delegates across the political divide (NPP/NDC) to consider the interests of Ghanaians and elect candidates who would associate themselves to the fight against the act of desecration of cultural values and belief systems.

He also called on all other faith-based groups to support the crusade against the obnoxious practice of LBTQI+ in Ghana. ‘COMOG is ever ready to lend its support to any individual or group in the struggle to ensure that Ghana is ridden off this Satanic LGBTQI+ menace’, he added.

Mr Iddrisu Abdullai Alhassan, National President of Ghana Muslim Students’ Association (GMSA), in his remarks said majority of Ghanaians were in favour of the passage of the anti-LGBTQI bill and there was the need to ensure that students were not being forced to take part in any gay act.

He said there would be sensitisation programmes held in schools to preach moral values to students and protect them from gay and lesbian acts.

He urged students in the Ningo-prampram district to rally behind Mr Samuel Nartey George, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram Constituency, to be in power for the passage of the anti-LGBTQI bill laying before Parliament.

‘We are not here to do politics, but we are here on a divine mandate and a moral obligation to appreciate what is right for all, especially for the youth’ he said.

COMOG is an Islamic organisation where Islamic issues and matters related to the Ghanaian Muslim are discussed and debated on for concrete solution.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Maj. Mahama Trial: Charles Kwaning denies involvement in lynching

Charles Kwaning, one of the alleged murderers of Major Maxwell Mahama has denied his active involvement in the lynching of the Army Officer.

The State identified the accused person in the amateur video wearing a red T-shirt and a long-short holding at one point a gun and on the other hand a stick, but he denied his own identity.

Kwaning was answering questions in a cross-examination by Mrs Frances Mullen-Ansah, Chief State Attorney.

The prosecution insisted that the person in the video with the red T-shirt and a pair of long shorts was the accused.

When a photo album was handed over to the accused person to identify himself, he could not, indicating that the person in the picture was not him.

The prosecution suggested to the accused person that, he was the one in the video, holding a gun, still wearing a red T-shirt and a pair of long shorts but Kwaning denied, saying, ‘I cannot see the face of the person but in any case, my gun was folded.’

The State pointed to the accused person that he actually took active part in the lynching of the Major, but he denied saying, he was there but he only helped in preventing people from hitting him with cement block.

The prosecution suggested to the accused person that in his statement to the Police in Kasoa, he indicated that he was not at the crime scene but when he got to the Police Headquarters, he stated that he was at the scene, but Kwaning said he told the Police at all times that he was at the scene.

He said it could be that the Police in Kasoa did not capture what he truly said.

Fourteen persons are standing trial at an Accra High Court over the killing of Major Mahama, who was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion, at Burma Camp.

The late Major whiles on duty at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region on May 29, 2017, some residents allegedly mistook him for an armed robber and lynched him, ignoring his persistent plea that he was an officer with the Ghana Armed Forces.

The accused persons are William Baah, the Assembly member of Denkyira-Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah, alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame a.k.a Abortion, Charles Kwaning a.k.a Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor.

The others are John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.

Source: Ghana News Agency