‘Spirited’ Black Stars gear up for Liberia friendly after securing AFCON qualification

Following their successful qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, the Black Stars are not resting on their laurels. They are now preparing for an international friendly match scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, against Liberia.

The friendly encounter is set to take place at the Accra Sports Stadium and is part of Ghana’s efforts to fine-tune their squad for upcoming challenges.

In a thrilling match on Thursday, the Black Stars secured their AFCON qualification with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Central African Republic at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The goals from Mohammed Kudus and Ernest Nuamah sealed the win and bolstered the team’s confidence.

After the Central African Republic match, the players returned to the capital city, Accra, where preparations are underway for the friendly clash against Liberia. This fixture will provide an opportunity for the team to maintain their momentum and cohesion as they continue their journey.

Looking ahead, the Black Stars have a packed schedule, with two high-profile friendlies against the United States and Mexico slated for October. Following these friendlies, they will shift their focus to the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, which are set to kick off in November.

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1D1F: Savelugu rice factory fully operational – NPP

The Savelugu Constituency of the governing New Patriotic Party in the Northern Region has commended the government for its efforts in making the Savelugu Rice Factory operational and further helping to contribute to the prosperity and self-sufficiency of the nation.

The Savelugu Rice Factory is a key project under the One District, One Factory (1D1F) initiative.

The project has been warmly received and appreciated by the residents of Savelugu, a statement dated September7, 2023 and signed by Abubakari Yakubu Bob, the Savelugu Communications director of the New Patriotic Party said.

It added that ”One of the most notable achievements of the Savelugu Rice Factory is the creation of numerous job opportunities for the youth and local farmers in the region.”

It noted that by supporting local rice production and processing, this initiative has not only generated employment but has also improved the livelihoods of many individuals in the area.

Additionally, the statement said the Savelugu Rice Factory plays a crucial role in reducing Ghana’s reliance on imported rice.

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‘We will not let you down’ – YEA beneficiaries assure government

Beneficiaries under the Youth in Garment and Textile Module of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) have assured government of their determination to put the funds allocated them to good use and expand their companies.

The beneficiaries, who have received their funds, said the money will help them expand and accommodate a lot of the trainees by purchasing new machines, pieces of equipment and other tailoring materials to help with the smooth operation of the training processes.

These beneficiary companies gave this assurance when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kofi Baah Agyapong, and other officials from YEA carried out disbursement of funds to them in Ashanti Region.

So far, the YEA has disbursed funds to beneficiaries in the Greater Accra, Eastern and Central Regions.

Addressing the beneficiaries in the Ashanti Region, Kofi Baah Agyapong pointed out that management of the YEA has kick-started the disbursement of funds to some 500 small-scale dressmaking companies and 40 industrial garment and textile companies that were shortlisted to train 2000 trainees in dressmaking.

He mentioned the fund disbursement, under the Youth in Garment and Textile Module, was designed to bridge the skill gaps as well as create sustainable employment opportunities for young people interested in tailoring or dressmaking and ultimately contribute towards growth and development.

According to Kofi Baah Agyapong, each of the 500 small-scale dressmaking and the 40 industrial garment and textile companies received more than GH¢18000 and GH¢92000 respectively as funding support to begin the training.

He stressed that government is supporting the YEA’s “Youth in Garment and Textile” projects because of the significant role the garment industry plays in the country’s economy, contributing to export revenue, employment generation and culture preservation.

He averred that the project is in line with the President’s vision of sustainable job creation for the youth by ensuring the majority of the youth benefit from various programmes rolled out by the YEA which includes the Youth in Garment and Textile Module, hence the need for beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity created by the government.

“For this reason, the government is supporting the garment and textile industry to train the many beneficiaries who applied for the programme to sharpen their skills to reduce unemployment and also contribute to the economic growth of the country,” he said.

He however stated the beneficiary companies are required to have active bank accounts as a condition for the disbursement of the funds as monies will not be paid in cash or through mobile money.

Kofi Baah Agyapong said the YEA has approved little over one hundred (100) tailors and seamstresses in the Ashanti Region to benefit under the module.

According to him, 95 of those approved beneficiaries have submitted their bank account details for disbursement of funds urging the rest of the beneficiaries to endeavour to do so.

“Don’t pay any commission to any YEA official, Report to the police should anyone comes to you to collect part of the money,” he advised.

He also explained to the beneficiaries that the YEA will give every trainee beneficiary GH¢500 every month through their stay in training.

The beneficiaries, excited at the development, thanked the YEA and its CEO for the gesture and assured them they are ready to work with the funds so as to yield the needed results.

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‘The most fearful person to NDC is Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’ – Titus-Glover

Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, a former Member of Parliament for Tema West, has explained why the New Patriotic Party must elect Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on November 4 to lead them into the 2024 elections.

According to him, “the most fearful person to the NDC is Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia”, so believes the Vice President is the right choice for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He also mentioned some sacrifices made by Dr. Bawumia in ensuring the success and progress of the New Patriotic Party.

Delivering a passionate message on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” morning show, Titus-Glover made references to when Dr. Bawumia resigned from his position as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana to join President Nana Akufo-Addo on his journey to wresting power from the then National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

He also cited how Dr. Bawumia gambled with his life for the NPP by abandoning job opportunities abroad to be Running Mate to President Akufo-Addo, then NPP presidential candidate in opposition, without knowing whether or not the party will come into power.

These sacrifices among other works by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as Running Mate and Vice President, to Titus-Glover, prove him worthy to become the NPP flagbearer.

“When you take Bawumia’s contribution in the national politics of our country, it’s unmatched,” he further cited.

He also refuted claims that Dr. Bawumia being a Muslim may affect the NPP’s chances of winning next year’s general elections in that the larger Christian population may vote against the party.

“Christians and Muslims in this country, we have lived for centuries together way back…Bawumia’s family, his biological siblings, they are seventeen (17). His father was a great man. Nine are Christians, eight are Muslims, right in his background in the family they blend. You think that with his background as a Muslim, he’s going to scatter Christians? Never! As a Vice President, he continues to engage more in the Christian community. You can’t even tell whether he is a Muslim…He’s loved by everybody,” he accentuated.

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‘Mad men’ edition of Comedy Express slated for September 9; features Ay Poyoo, Ablekuma Nana Lace, others

The Comedy Express event, known for its growing popularity among comedy enthusiasts, is gearing up for another exciting edition.

In this month’s edition, titled the ‘Madness Edition,’ attendees can anticipate an evening of excitement, with the charming Amma Serwaa and the hilarious Mr. Eventuarry serving as hosts.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2023, the event will feature performances by renowned comedians including Putogo, Oh Joo, Parrot Mouth, and DKB. The show is set to kick off promptly at 7:00 p.m. inside the Snap Cinemas (A.M.A Building).

In addition to these acts, the audience can look forward to special performances by AY Poyoo, Ablekuma Nana Lace, and DJ Azonto.

When asked about their potential impact on the show, DKB commented, “I believe everyone has their own level and style of humor. These three, however, bring an unconventional element to the comedy genre, deviating from the traditional comedic norms. Having them on the show will certainly add to the ‘madness’ we aim to achieve.”

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‘Legon Lecturers for Ken’ question how Bawumia will fulfill promise of 10 appointments to each constituency

A group of lecturers at the University of Ghana, Legon calling themselves the “Legon Lecturers and Professionals for Ken” has questioned how feasible it will be for Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to fulfill his promise of allocating ten appointments to each constituency when he is made the flagbearer of the NPP and voted into power in 2024.

The group of NPP-affiliated academics who are supporting the candidature of Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong questioned the honesty of the vice president in fulfilling such a promise, asking why the vice president kept such jobs, only to release them at a particular time if the jobs already existed.

“If the jobs are there already, why would Dr. Bawumia keep them and only release them at a particular time”, the group asked in a statement signed by its Secretary, Arc. Kwame Ofori.

The vice president promised to introduce what he calls “One Constituency 10 Appointments Policy”.

Under this policy, all 275 constituencies in Ghana will have the opportunity to have a representative on various government boards and agencies.

Interacting with some delegates of the party recently, Dr. Bawumia said that successive governments had often ignored the constituencies during appointments, and this had been a cause of concern for constituents.

However, these lecturers for Ken have doubted the ability of the vice president to create jobs for the unemployed Ghanaian youth, claiming that there is no evidence to show his track record of job creation in the country.

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“Does Dr. Bawumia have ANY experience in job creation? (We don’t see that in him because we haven’t had the evidence yet on how he has created jobs before)”, the group added.

The group’s membership which includes the former Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority (NDA), Alhassan Sulemana Anamzooya also

questioned the plans Dr. Bawumia has for the over 100,000 unemployed Ghanaians at the moment.

The group meanwhile had earlier congratulated the NPP presidential aspirant for his “exceptional performance” at the Super Delegates Conference of the NPP.

They endorsed Ohene Agyapong to lead the party to win the 2024 presidential elections.

Read the full statement below:

Legon Lecturers and Professionals For Ken, questions Dr. Bawumia’s Promise of Ten Appointments per a Constituency.

We, the Legon Lecturers and Professionals For Ken have observed with great concern Dr. Bawumia’s recent promise of ten appointments per constituency.

The questions begging for answers from the Vice President are:

Where would Dr. Bawumia get the jobs to give to 10 people in every constituency?

Are the jobs already available or these jobs are yet to be created?

If the jobs are there already, why would Dr. Bawumia keep them and only release them at a particular time?

Is Dr. Bawumia speaking about job appointments or government appointments?

Does Dr. Bawumia have any experience in job creation? (We don’t see that in him because we haven’t had the evidence yet on how he has created jobs before).

What plans does Dr. Bawumia have for the over 100,000 jobless Ghanaians at the moment?

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Why won’t Dr. Bawumia bring the jobs now to alleviate the sufferings of unemployed Ghanaians be they delegates or otherwise?

How do we describe Dr. Bawumia who claims to have a solution to the unemployment situation at the grassroots, yet still allows them to suffer until they vote for him?

Is Dr. Bawumia being honest with Ghanaians regarding this promise of ten appointments per constituency?

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‘Do you deserve to be president?’ – Nana Akomea condemns Mahama over comment against judiciary

Nana Akomea has slammed former President John Dramani Mahama over his recent statements about the Judiciary.

Former President Mahama, speaking at a meeting with NDC lawyers last Sunday, accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of packing the courts with Judges who are members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“Our lawyers, some of you must be prepared to go unto the bench, I know that some of you have very lucrative legal practices you will not want to leave and go onto the bench. But you can see what the current President has done, he appointed the largest number of judges onto the bench. More than 80 towards hundred and counting.

“He’s packed the court and we know that they’ve packed the court because they want to avoid accountability after they have left office. So all manner of people who have been known to be partisan, to have been executives of their party who are in the legal profession have been leapfrogged onto the Superior courts and other places,” Mr. Mahama said.

But Nana Akomea has refuted these claims and asked Ghanaians to vehemently condemn the former President’s outburst at the Judiciary and the President.

“What President Mahama said should be condemned by every right-thinking Ghanaian,” he said and stressed Mr. Mahama’s statement is “dangerous”.

“Every person who believes in our democracy should condemn it. For the first time in our history, you have someone who wants to be President say he will appoint his party members to the court. It is unprecedented”, he added.

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He wondered how Mr. Mahama intends to become President of Ghana again if what he seeks to do is to pack NDC members to the bench.

“Someone who has been a former President of the country and wants to become President again, you tell Ghanaians that, when elected, you will come and pack the court with NDC people…This is the reality that the Ghanaians are faced with, that you have somebody seeking power so he can pack the courts. It’s a declared intention,” he blasted the former President and asked; “Do you deserve to be President?”

The STC Chief Executive Officer also found Mr. Mahama’s behavior towards State institutions unacceptable as he made reference to some unsavory comments that the former President has made about institutions that don’t do things to favor him.

Making reference to Mr. Mahama’s ridicule of the Supreme Court Justices after their verdict in the NDC 2020 election petition went in favor of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akomea stressed it’s become “a consistent behavior of President Mahama to damn State institutions”.

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‘Juju’ scare hits Kejetia market as section of traders call for installation of CCTV cameras

Section of traders at the New Kejetia Market have expressed concerns over their security, both spiritually and physically.

Most of these traders who operate their trade on the first floor of the market said that the lack of CCTV cameras within most parts of the market makes things worse. They said the planting of charms and the intrusion of suspected criminals put them in fear.

Their current calls and concerns follow an alleged planting of suspected charm (juju) at the back of a woman’s shop and other places recently.

According to them, the planting of charms in addition to thievery in the market put them in fear.

Blaming all those unfortunate occurrences on poor security systems, the disappointed traders urged authorities to fix CCTV cameras and provide quality security for them.

“We have some of the CCTV cameras around some places within the market but in our area here we don’t have. Even some of the CCTV cameras we can see in those places do not function. This is a big source of worry but because it is about security, we can’t speak much. But the truth is that most of the cameras function well except a few of them. However, the major challenge we have here is that there are many places in which we don’t have cameras”, one of the traders said.

He further disclosed the real cause of the current occurrences by indicating that, “the late presentation of the local government minister’s committee report has been one of the causes. We told the committee all these issues during our meeting with them. If they had presented it, it would come to light for the authorities to resolve”.

Another trader said, “When we were coming here, they informed us that there were cameras here but we came only to observe that all those statements were lies. We came here the other to see that someone had entered this market, dug the ground and hidden something in front of someone’s shop. If there were cameras here, the person would have been caught on tape. The situation is only creating fear and panic for us, and that’s very worrying”.

“This is the only one I have personally seen but we hear news of such incidents. There is a woman who recently complained of a similar incident. Someone had hidden a charm near her shop. Many are the incidents that occur here but because there’s no camera, we can’t see anything”.

Meanwhile, Akua Agyeiwaa, a trader at the market who was said to have recently experienced a similar “juju” plantation at her store said she recently arrived at the market to see some juju(a charm) planted at the back of her shop.

She further revealed that this had not been the first time they had experienced such a juju scare”.

Other traders who expressed fear over the incidents called on the authorities to tighten security in the market by fixing CCTV cameras and providing more competent security officers.

“We know there are some security officers here. But if they were competent enough, why would some criminals be able to enter the market and plant juju’? We owe our shops but live in fear due to many of these juju juju things”, a disappointed female trader who gave her name as Alice posed this question in an interview with GhanaWeb.

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