Parliamentary Committee to invite IGP Dampare amidst plot allegations

The parliamentary committee currently investigating the alleged plot to remove Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, from his position has suggested that they may invite Dr. Dampare to address specific questions and concerns raised by witnesses, reports.

Chairman of the committee, Samuel Atta Akyea, conveyed this possibility to the press after the recent hearing, emphasizing the importance of presenting a comprehensive and unbiased report.

He stated, “This is because of the fact that what we should place before the plenary should not be shoddy and one-sided. If the presence of the individual will give relevance to the fact-finding exercise, we will do that.”

However, Mr. Atta Akyea did not reveal a specific date for Dr. Dampare’s potential invitation.

When questioned about the prospect of holding an in-camera hearing to obtain security-sensitive information from one of the key witnesses, Commissioner of Police (COP) George Alex Mensah, Mr. Atta Akyea did not dismiss the possibility. He commented, “If it becomes imperative that we should do it, we will because the man has a lot to say, but it would be improper to say so on air.”

During the last Friday’s hearing, COP Mensah, the Director-General, Technical, Ghana Police Service, accused IGP Dampare of being involved in the recording of a conversation discussing a plot to remove him from office.

COP Mensah’s allegations were explicit as he testified before the parliamentary committee investigating the audio containing the purported discussion.

He claimed, “he sent some people to do it, and after which he went for the tape. So, the tape, from my intelligence, is with the IGP and he caused it to be leaked.”

Source: Ghana Web

Akyode National Youth Association elects new executives

The Akyode National Youth Association has elected new executives to steer the affairs of the group for a four-year term (2023-2027).

The executives include Mr Peter Ntasah, President, Mr Godwin Mbowurah, Vice President; Mr Soklomo Lucas, Secretary; and Mr Prosper Mpeniasah, Deputy Secretary.

The rest are Mr Bayen Jonas, organizer; Mr James Gekpara, Deputy Organizer; Madam Asanyo Paulina, Women’s Organiser; and Madam Ndenke Dina, Deputy Women Organiser.

The new executives are expected to appoint a treasurer and a deputy.

Mr Ntasah, in his remarks, extended gratitude to the delegates for believing in his vision and giving him the opportunity to lead the youth for the next four years.

He thanked the outgoing executives for their contributions towards the betterment of the Association.

He pledged to continue from where his predecessors left off by empowering the youth through entrepreneurial-oriented schemes so that after school they would not depend only on the Government for jobs.

Mr Ntasah emphasised the need to give the youth skills training, especially those who may not get the opportunity to acquire formal education.

He asked the youth to stay away from all kinds of vices that may erode the peace in the municipality and deprive it of its development.

He urged them to project the Gekyode Akyode Community on the map ‘positively.’

Mr Oliver Cherewura, the outgoing President, congratulated the newly elected executives for their new positions, encouraging them to continue on the legacy bequeathed to them.

‘Even though being a leader comes with a lot of responsibilities and tolerance and with the support from the youth and leaders, we shall succeed,’ he said.

‘Gekyode Akyode can only develop if we come together as one, therefore, let’s not leave the burden on only the executives, together we come as one people towards a common goal, we will surely get there’.

Present at the ceremony were Mr Joshua Makubu, Oti Regional Minister, Mr Maxwell Quofie Blagodzi, former Oti Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Bright Kwame Lenwah, Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive, and representatives of the Konkoba and Ntrubo Youth associations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Watch Okyenhene’s furious warning to any person who dares to challenge the chief of Adoagyiri

The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, is arguably one of the most outspoken traditional rulers in Ghana, who has made news headlines following public outbursts.

The chief has been captured in a viral video issuing a strong warning to persons who want to challenge his authority.

Okyenhene, who appeared to have issued this warning after he was called upon by a chief of the people of Adoagyiri, promised to deal with anybody who challenged the new chief.

“We can now sleep well because the enemies and greedy people who wanted things to go south in Adoagyiri would not succeed.

“And when anyone is attacking him (the chief); when anyone is challenging his throne, which has been given to him by our ancestors, and he is not able to fight them he should come to me,” he said in Twi.

Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin vowed to help the Adoagyiri chief fight his enemies come rain or shine.

Source: Ghana Web

Ghana Lifestyle Awards celebrate outstanding personalities, organisations

An awards ceremony to recognise the selfless contributions of some selected individuals and organisations to the socio-economic development of the country has been held in Tamale.

The awards dubbed: ‘Ghana Lifestyle Awards’, was a celebration of individuals and organisations, who have shown exceptional commitment and excellence in their respective fields, fostering positive change and inspiring others in the process.

It was organised by Hyperlink Group comprising Hyperlink Institute of Professional Studies, AfriTech Hub, Hyperlink Entertainment, Africa Research Centre for Information Security, and Change Foundation Ghana, in partnership with Twellium Industrial Company Ghana Limited among others.

Dr Anorld Mashud Abukari, Chief Executive Officer of the Hyperlink Group, speaking during the ceremony, said ‘this is the fifth edition of the Ghana Lifestyle Awards dedicated to celebrating efficiency and the resilience of the drivers of our socio-economic lifestyles.’

He explained that prior to the awards, prospective awardees were scrutinized with extensive background research on their lifestyles and contributions to issues of development.

He said, ‘some of the awardees were not voted for but nominated based on merit and excellence.’

The event saw Fine Rights Centre Enterprise adjudged the Star Achiever of the Ghana Lifestyle Awards, Songtaba was awarded the Civil Society Organisation of the Year, Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency was the Politician of the Year, Community Impact Personality of the Year went to Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama, Member of Parliament for the Yendi Constituency.

Dr Christiana Baah was the Sports Personality of the year, Alhaji Chris Yenbobiri Naa received Traditional Fashion Designer of the Year, Philanthropist of the year went to Mattew Amoah Silas.

The rest were Alhassan Abdul-Razak as Events’ Master of Ceremonies of the Year, Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency’s (SWIDA-GH) Female Leadership Mentorship Academy was adjudged Social Intervention Project of the Year, Security Company of the Year went to Modern Security Consult, Events Sponsor of the Year went to Twellium Industrial Ghana and Youth Personality of the Year was Mr Mumuni Sulemana, Northern Regional Director of the National Youth Authority, and Entrepreneur of the Year went to Mohammed Alhassan Clinton.

Alhaji Mohammed Ibn Umar, Chief Executive Officer of Zaa Multimedia commended Hyperlink Group for its consistency in inspiring individuals and institutions, saying the awards would help support the sustainable socio-economic development of the country.

Hajia Alima Sagito-Saeed, Executive Director of SWIDA-GH, urged awardees not to relent on their efforts at contributing to the overall development of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Watch Shatta Wale display his dancing skills at a party

Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has been spotted exhibiting his dancing skills during the launch of Patoranking’s Fire album in Accra.

The event took place on Monday, September 4, 2023, and saw the attendance of various artists and celebrities across the country.

Some of the renowned personalities present at the event include artiste manager Bulldog, popular musician Mr. Drew, and broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah among others.

The video shared by entertainment blogger, Nkonkonsa, on his Instagram page on September 4, 2023, showed Shatta Wale standing on the same platform with Patoranking dancing to one of his favorite songs.

Shatta Wale was left to showcase his dancing skills to the audience who seemed enthused by the dancehall artist and applauded him afterward.

Source: Ghana Web

Bugri Naabu concocted stories against me – Supt Asare

Superintendent George L. Asare, the third Police Officer involved in the alleged plot to remove Dr George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police, says Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, the former Northern Regional Chairperson of the New Patriotic Party, has concocted stories against him.

Taking his turn before the seven-member bi-partisan Committee probing the leaked tape on Monday in Parliament House, Superintendent Asare told the Committee some of the comments attributed to him were inventions of Mr Naabu and not directly from him.

According to Superintendent Asare, he went to Mr Naabu’s office on his invitation after the former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Northern Regional Chairman informed him that the government was looking for a new Inspector General of Police (IGP) and asked him for recommendations.

He said: ‘I went to Mr Naabu’s office on his invitation. He told me that the government was looking for a new IGP and asked me for recommendations which I named three Officers including COP Alex Mensah, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah and Christian Tetteh Yuhuno.’

‘Our visitation to the office was at the instant of Chief Bugri Naabu, I didn’t arrange for any meeting,’ he said.

Mr Naabu also the Paramount Chief of Namong in the North East Region in the Mamprugu Kingdom on Monday, August 28, 2023, during his public hearing by the Committee cited three Police officers as engaging in the plot conversation.

Three Police officers, Commissioner of Police, George Alex Mensah, Superintendent George L. Asare and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi Mr Naabu, as the trio he engaged in the conversation with at his office in Osu.

On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, a leaked audio recording, allegedly involving a Police Commissioner and a politician discussing a plot to remove IGP Dampare from the office circulated.

Consequently, the Minority Caucus in Parliament called for a probe into the leaked tape.

Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament therefore on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, constituted a seven-member bi-partisan Committee to probe into the secret recording of an alleged plot to remove Dr Dampare, IGP from office ahead of the 2024 general election.

The Committee, which has up to September 10, 2023, to report back to the House is made up of three members each from the Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, and a technical person.

The committee is chaired by Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, an NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South with Mr James Agalga, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Builsa North as the Vice-Chairman.

It has Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah, NPP MP for Okaikwei Central; Madam Ophelia Mensah, NPP MP for Mfantseman; Mr Eric Opoku, NDC MP for Asunafo South and Mr Peter Lanchene Tuobu, NDC MP for Wa West as members of the Committee.

While Dr Isaac Lartey Annang, a lawyer and a human rights activist, is a technical person appointed by Mr Bagbin.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We are doing a lot of work, but you are too busy with comparisons – Medikal fires critics

Ghanaian rapper Samuel Adu Frimpong, popularly known as Medikal, has weighed in on the ongoing discussions surrounding the nation’s music industry and the support artistes receive.

Speaking candidly on a live Twitter spaces discussion with Cookie Tee, Medikal stressed the significance of collaboration between artistes and event promoters when it comes to organising and promoting shows.

He emphasised the need for artistes to actively engage in marketing their events by sharing promotional materials, videos, and engaging with their fan base.

He also pointed out that promoters play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of shows.

Medikal added that artistes should not solely focus on their earnings but also consider their brand image and the overall experience they offer to their fans.

“As an artiste, whenever you have an event aside, you doing your part, you doing the promo, posting the artwork, doing the video like and making an engagement or engaging like involving your fans in there.

“You have to make sure that the promoter is also doing his part. Because if you’re taking your money to go to your show and then that’s it, then you’re not thinking about your fans, you’re not thinking about your brand.

“Because you go and you have a failed show or a low attendance, it goes against you as an artiste. So that one is from both sides. I don’t think there’s any artiste in the world who would just want to do his show and take his money,” he said.

Medikal also stressed the importance of artistes effectively promoting themselves using social media.

Using hawking as an example, he encouraged artistes to market their work thoughtfully and ensure a professional presentation.

He emphasised that the presentation of an artiste’s work can significantly impact its perceived value. Regardless of the price, artistes should strive for a polished and appealing presentation.

“It’s not just music, even if you hawk on the streets, you have to do what you have to do to make sure you make sales. So you have to make sure you market yourself well. And put your thing out well for people to see. The exhibition has to be clean. If you sell yourself for 100 cedis, they will buy you for 100 cedis; if you sell yourself for 1000 cedis, they will buy you for 1000 cedis.

So just put yourself out there but nicely,” he advised.

Medikal further emphasised the active role in promoting Ghana on the international stage.

He acknowledged that artistes are not obliged to champion Ghana wherever they go but do so voluntarily because they believe in the country’s potential.

“We are doing a lot of work but you are too busy with comparisons so you can’t even see our work. We are actually putting in a lot of work.

We preach Ghana wherever we go; it’s not even necessary because we could have just collected our money and left, but we do it anyway. That’s what he was trying to say; he was trying to say that if we come together, we can build the nation and make the impossible possible,” he argued.

Medikal’s insights shed light on the challenges and opportunities within Ghana’s music industry, especially in light of debates over the state of the Ghana music industry and its performance as compared to the Nigerian music industry.

Source: Ghana Web

Bia East MP donates to four communities for projects

Mr Richard Acheampong, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bia East Constituency in the Western North Region has donated cash and other items to four communities in his constituency to support them undertake various community-initiated projects.

The beneficiary communities are Asemnyinakrom who received GHS12,000 for the construction of an Information and Communication Technology laboratory, Amoatengkrom who had GHS10,000 to build a CHPS Compound, Adabokrom also got GHS20,000 to support the re-roofing of a mosque in the area and Abotareye received 100 pieces of plastic chairs for social gatherings.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr Acheampong said the donations were all made from his share of the MP’s common fund.

He said the donations were in response to an appeal made by the beneficiary communities during a visit to find out firsthand information about their developmental needs.

According to the Bia East MP, education and health played critical roles in the growth of every society, hence, the need to support projects meant to enhance education and health in the communities.

‘I will continue to spread and support development projects across the length and breadth of the constituency irrespective of the location,’ he added.

Mr Doe Peter, Assembly Member for Asemyinakrom Electoral Area, thanked the MP for his continuous support to the electoral area and the constituency as a whole.

He cited the construction of a CHPS Compound at Achiase as one of the projects being executed by the MP and said it would help improve healthcare service delivery in the area upon completion.

The Assembly Member, however, appealed to the government through the Bia East District Assembly to provide potable drinking water for Old Achiase, Kwakuboar, Adu Aboagyekrom and Amuzukrom all within the Asemyinakrom Electoral Area since those communities lacked portable drinking water.

Source: Ghana News Agency