2023/24 GPL: Preview of FC Samartex vs. Aduana Stars

FC Samartex FC will begin their 2023-24 campaign in the Ghana Premier League from home, where they tackle Aduana Stars at the Nsenkyire Stadium in Samreboi on Sunday afternoon.

The Timbers start their second top-flight journey under the tutelage of new coach Nurudeen Amadu, who took over from Annor Walker. Walker guided the Timber Boys to finish 10th in their maiden season.

Amadu will lay down a positive atmosphere to his reign once he opens the new season with a victory over Aduana in front of home fans.

Samartex have made significant additions to their squad with the signing of Ebenezer Ocran from Karela United FC and Baba Hamadu Musa.

Baba Hamadu comes in with a lot of hype around him after netting 20 goals in the Division One League last season. He was awarded the overall best player in the division.

Aduana missed out on the Ghana Premier League title last term in the latter stages of the campaign, having led the table for several weeks. They aim at going for the ultimate again this season.

This means the Ogya Boys must kick start their 2023-24 season by claiming the maximum points on Sunday with their very first win against Samartex in the league.

Aduana drew blank against the Timber Boys in the Premiership last season, drawing 2-2 in Dormaa Ahenkro and losing 1-0 at the Nsenkyire Stadium.

There have been changes at the technical head of the club following the departure of Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabin. He has been replaced by Yaw Acheampong.

The Fire Boys welcome back attacker Bright Adjei on loan from Tanzanian club Singida Fountain Gate.

Source: Ghana Web

Akufo-Addo has collapsed COCOBOD and shortchanged cocoa farmers – Eric Adjei

The Deputy Spokesperson for the NDC in the Bono Region, Eric Appiah Adjei has chastised the Akufo-Addo government for impoverishing cocoa farmers in the country with its poor policies.

Speaking on Dwaboase on TV XYZ, Adjei told host Kwame Minkah that Ghana COCOBOD, the body mandated to manage the affairs of cocoa, one of the most important crops in the country, has rather worsened the plights of cocoa farmers most of whom live in rural areas.

He alleged that COCOBOD since the assumption of the NPP government in office, always misapply funds from syndicated loans acquired to purchase cocoa beans and rather give the hardworking farmers peanuts.

Eric Adjei was speaking to the controversies that have greeted the announcement of a new producer price for the 2023/2024 cocoa season by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

“Today, cocoa prices have increased from GH¢12,800.00 to GH¢20,943.00 per tonne and GH¢1,308.00 per bag, the President announced last week.

This translates into a 63.5 per cent increase from the current price of GH¢800.00, making it the highest to be paid to cocoa farmers across West Africa in some 15 years, according to the President.

But Eric believes some GHS 1500 must be added to the price of a bag of cocoa for every farmer.

Source: Ghana Web

8 fathers to converge on The Maker’s House for 8 days as Experience Confab nears

Some of the country’s finest preachers of the gospel whose works transcend the continent, will lead thousands of worshippers to converge on the Destiny Arena of The Maker’s House Chapel International, between October 1 and 8, 2023, for the much-anticipated Experience Conference.

The prominent Fathers of the land will be taking turns to preach, teach, lead worship as well as avail themselves as vessels to lead strategic prayers, perform miracles, heal the sick and liberate the distressed and the nation from bondage.

Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of Action Chapel International, Nicholas Duncan-Williams will be joined by great apostles in Ministry including the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil; the Founder and Leader of Perez Chapel International, Archbishop Charles Agyinasare and the Founder and General Overseer of the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry (CEM), Dr Steve Mensah.Experience Conference 2023

Other mighty men on the bill are the Founder and General Overseer of Living Streams International, Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Markwei; General Overseer of the Global Revival Ministries, Rev. Dr. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi as well as the Founder and Senior Pastor of All Nations Church in Atlanta, Georgia and General Overseer of the Living Springs International Churches, Dr. Frank Ofosu-Appiah.

They will be hosted by Senior Pastor of The Makers House Chapel International, Dr. Michael Boadi Nyamekye, who has been described by many as one of the vibrant and inspirational preachers in the Kingdom business.

The 2023 edition of the Experience Conference which is on the theme: ‘Jesus, the miracle worker’, will take place daily from 6:30pm at the Destiny Arena of the Maker’s House Chapel International, adjacent the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, Kwabenya-Atomic-Down, Accra.Experience Conference 2023

The Experience Conference which begun in 2013, is the flagship annual international conference of The Maker’s House Chapel International which brings together many people, irrespective of their political affiliation, colour, race and ethnicity under one roof to commune and have an encounter with God.

Source: Ghana Web

Branch manager of oil firm in Nsawam faces court for alleged funds theft

The manager of the Onyxma Energy Oil branch in Nsawam, Godwin Apoteng, is in court over accusations of stealing company funds.

According to an Asaase Radio report, the company’s operations manager, Eric Donald Duvor, Apoteng said the accused was hired in April to oversee the Nsawam branch and was entrusted with GHC53,000, which represented the sales made on August 1, 2023.

According to the operations manager, the accused was to deposit this money into the company’s bank account in Nsawam, located in the Eastern Region.

But things however, took a suspicious turn as Apoteng claimed that while he was on his way to the bank in a taxi, someone pointed out to him that the bag containing the money was open, and he discovered that GHC20,800 had gone missing by the time he reached the bank.

This incident raised eyebrows but it did not end there.

On September 11 , 2023 Apoteng was given another sum of GHC86,171 to deposit into the company’s bank account.

He later reported that while on his way to the bank, some armed robbers attacked him and made off with the money.

Management of the bank became deeply concerned about these repeated incidents and reported the matter to the Nsawam police, leading to Apoteng’s arrest.

Apoteng has been brought before the court, with the case set for Friday, September 15.

Source: Ghana Web

BPA aims to build hydro plants on Pra, Ankobra and Tano rivers – CEO

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) said it plans to build hydro plants on the Pra, Ankobra and Tano rivers as part of efforts to boost the capacity of hydro solar power to the national grid.

Chief Executive Officer of Bui Power Authority (BPA), Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi taking his turn on GhanaWeb TV’s BizTech said the dams would serve as run-of-the-river dams instead of reservoir dams.

“Government has given the us these rivers in the Western Region to ensure that we can construct these hydro plants and God has been very to us in giving us these natural rivers to support the building of more hydro plants,” he told Ernestina Serwaa Asante.

“We are not just looking at hydro plants but looking towards the wind energy space which can be harnessed throughout the day and night…Should this be achieved, we can add both solar and wind energy to our country’s energy mix but as we speak we are currently more interested in solar hydro energy,” Dzamesi added.

He however emphasized that the BPA is first company in West Africa to actually hybridize solar and hydro energy sources together.

“A lot of countries have not done that. We are about the first if not in West Africa, the whole of Africa. We are the first to be able to do that and that anybody who wants to learn about that thing should come to us…,” the CEO added.

Source: Ghana Web

Bolga East Constituency: NPP betrayed me – Rockson Bukari

New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart and former Upper East Regional Minister Rockson Bukari is optimistic about the chances of the party’s parliamentary candidate of the Bolgatanga East Constituency, Mathew Silas Amoah, winning the 2024 parliamentary election.

He noted that even though some NPP members in the Constituency failed to give him the needed when he ran for the seat in 2012, he is confident that the youthful and philanthropic Mathew Silas Amoah will win the seat for the NPP for the first time.

Mr Bukari made the remarks at the Popular Acclamation Ceremony of Matthew Silas Amoah as the Parliamentary Candidate for the Bolgatanga East Constituency on the ticket of the NPP for the 2024 General Elections held on September 10, 2023.

“When I was running for the seat, there was no unity in the party[NPP]. My own people voted against him. I know them. They made Ayine[ the NDC candidate] beat me heavily….But our gods, our ancestors are fully behind him[ Mathew Silas Amoah]. He is going to win. You the young are the future. He is your age mate and he is here to help you. He is very generous. And so let’s support him. Vote for Silas Amoah as your MP,” he appealed.

The Bolgatanga East Constituency was created in 2012 and has been held by the NDC’s Dr Dominic Ayine ever since. Mathew Silas Amoah is seen as a formidable opponent capable of winning the seat for the NPP.

Source: Ghana Web

Applicants stranded as malfunctioning EC equipment slows process

Many applicants in parts of the Eastern region have been left stranded daily at various district offices of the Electoral Commission due to their inability to register.

Most of the applicants are from far villages who travelled to the EC offices to register in the ongoing voters registration exercise but were unsuccessful due to system challenges with the biometric registration machine that continue to slow the exercise.

In the Upper Manya Krobo district, for instance, many are left stranded every day at Asesewa, the district capital due to their inability to register.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2023, which is the first day of the exercise, only 28 applicants were registered due to network challenges and power outages.

On the second day, 85 out of over 150 applicants who traveled far and near over 2 hours from their villages to the registration center were able to register.

Ninety-five (95) out of over 200 applicants were registered the next day.

As at 4:50pm on Friday only 82 out of over 150 have been registered.

Many of the applicants who were unable to register had to find places to sleep, having been given numbers by EC officials to return the following morning.

In the Asuogyaman Constituency, a similar situation is happening.

The registration exercise has been fraught with network challenges and malfunction of the registration equipment.

At New Juaben South, the District EC officer Kofi Asante Owusu said registration is being conducted online and offline due to an unstable network.

By the end of the fourth day, a total of 462 applicants had been registered in New Juaben South.

On Tuesday 35 were registered.

129 were registered the following day.

On Thursday, 166 applicants were registered while 132 registered on Friday.

Source: Ghana Web

Bank of Ghana conflicted in ADB-NIB acquisition – Isaac Adongo

The ranking member for Finance Committee of Parliament, Isaac Adongo has accused the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison of engaging in conflict of interest in the reported move to allow Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) to acquire the National Investment Bank (NIB).

Dr. Addison has stated the liquidity challenges of NIB makes it difficult to continue to operate on the strength of its current books.

Consequently the Central Bank Governor disclosed as part of the conditions of the IMF facility options are being explored to find solution to the troubles of NIB.

Reports are rife that the government has settled on a decision to allow ADB to acquire NIB.

Isaac Adongo explains the Bank of Ghana through its 100% owned Financial Investment Trust owns 64% stake in ADB therefore any move to hand NIB over to the bank amounts to conflict of interest.

The Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central MP who is opposed to such a move wants the Central Bank to rather capitalize NIB and ensure it operates on its own.

Speaking to Starr News Mr. Adongo argued that the Bank of Ghana cannot on its own liquidate the bank without recourse to Parliament according to section 22 of Act 612 of 1963 which established the NIB.

“The Bank shall not be placed in liquidation except pursuant to an Act passed in that behalf and then only in such a manner as the Act shall direct” the Act states.

Mr. Adongo has therefore warned any attempt to liquidate NIB through the backdoor will be illegal and that will be heavily resisted.

Source: Ghana Web