2023/2024 Ghana Premier League: Hearts of Oak beat 10-man Nsoatreman FC

Hearts of Oak made their home advantage count after beating Nsoatreman FC at the Accra Sports Stadium in matchday 2 of the Ghana Premier League.

The Phobians inflicted a 1-0 win over Maxwell Konadu’s outfit on Sunday, courtesy of Kashala Ramos Wanet strike.

The Congolese attacker wasted no time to shot his outfit into the lead in the much-anticipated encounter. Ramos, who enjoyed a descent preseason with the rainbow boys broke the deadlock after just 4 minutes into the clash.

Both teams created numerous goal-scoring opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net in a thrilling clash.

With no additional goal, the host cruised to victory to merit the three maximum points in the game.

The win ensured the Phobians are back to winning ways following a disappointing start to the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season that saw them lose narrowly to Real Tamale United.

Nsoatreman FC hoped for a win to maintain their winning run following a convincing 2-0 win against Bechem United but the Phobians proved to be a stronger opponent.

But it is important to note that Nsoatreman FC were reduced to ten men following red card to Philip Ofori. The 21-year-old was sent off after 35 minutes into the game.

Source: Ghana Web

Akufo-Addo is a ‘negative transformational leader’ – Ohene Agyekum

Stateman Daniel Ohene Agyekum has argued that it is not appropriate for Prof Frimpong Boateng to suggest Ghana has not had transformational leaders after Kwame Nkrumah.

Mr. Agyekum noted that there have been positive and negative transformational leaders over Ghana’s 66 years of existence and any conversation surrounding transformational leadership must be dissected with that in mind.

Speaking in an interview with Julius Caesar Anadem on Ultimate FM’s morning Show, Cup of Tea Morning, Ambassador Ohene Agyekum disagreed vehemently with Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, explaining that Ghana has had transformational leaders in both the negative and positive sense.

“I find it difficult to accept that after Kwame Nkrumah, we haven’t had a transformational leader. We have had different people at different levels as transformational leaders in their own rights. Professor Frimpong Boateng transformed Korle Bu. So he is a transformational leader. If he is talking about the Presidency and other political leaders, he needs to define the parameters within which one can claim to be a transformer or a transformational leader.

There should be a clear distinction in the area of the economy or other aspects of the development of this country” he premised his argument

“Yes, Kwame Nkrumah through his well-acknowledged, policies, vision and deliverables make him a transformational leader. He built the Akosombo Dam. The construction of roads and schools. He was transformational, and so have others who have played their roles too.

“Different leaders have done great things too for his country. Atta Mills, Mahama and Jerry John Rawlings have all served this country well,” he added.

Ambassador Agyekum however singled out the current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a negative transformational leader which must be placed on Ghana’s record.

“Akufo-Addo is a transformational leader, maybe in a negative way. Akufo Addo has transformed this country from a healthy environment to a bad state. Today our forest and water bodies, our cocoa farms have all been destroyed and continue to be destroyed”

“Yes, he is transforming this country but in a negative way. The transformation has a negative and positive dimension. The positive ones are what Kwame Nkrumah and others have done; the negative ones are what Nana Addo is doing” he explained.

Prof Frimpong Boateng had argued that only Kwame Nkrumah could be described as a transformational leader in Ghana’s history. But Mr Ohene Agyekum has disagreed with his assertion, insisting that transformational leaders have come after Kwame Nkrumah.

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorBiHouse: ‘Police did nothing wrong’ – NPP’s Charles Owusu insists

Charles Owusu has applauded the Ghana Police Service under the leadership of Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, for preventing the #OccupyJulorBiHouse protesters from picketing the Jubilee House.

The organizers, Democracy Hub, planned to demonstrate within the vicinity of the Jubilee House from Thursday, 21st to Saturday, 23rd September 2023 but the Police, in a statement, disclosed it had filed an injunction application at the court and waiting for it to determine the matter before taking any further action.

The Police yesterday arrested 49 protesters for violating the Public Order Act and also for unlawful assembly.

“The arrest was a result of the flagrant disregard of the court process served on the organisers of the Democracy Hub group, which seeks to prohibit them from embarking on a planned demonstration within the vicinity of the Jubilee House from Thursday, 21st to Saturday, 23rd September 2023.

“We would like to state that the Police do not take delight in preventing any group from demonstrating as the Service has a track record of providing security for demonstrations in the past. The exception, in this case, is the Police disagreement with the organisers on the venue, the Jubilee House, being a security zone,” parts of the statement read.

The Police cautioned the general public to “in the interest of public order and public safety to disregard any invitation by the organisers to take part in any unlawful demonstration until the determination of the matter by the court on the 26th September 2023”.

Charles Owusu, speaking on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” show, stated emphatically that there is nothing wrong with the action by the Police, thus commended the IGP and the entire Service for protecting State property.

“I feel that what they did is right…What the Police has done is a good thing. Every property we used State money to do, it behoves the person with authority to protect it to keep it safe,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorbiHouse: Apologize for illegally mistreating protesters – Kpebu to IGP

Legal practitioner Martin Kpebu has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, to apologize to #OccupyJulorbiHouse protesters who were unlawfully arrested, detained and manhandled on Thursday, September 21, 2023.

For him, the IGP ought to remember that he is only human and fallible so he should apologize to the protesters and to Ghanaians as a whole.

Mr Kpebu, who is also a lawyer for some of the arrested protesters.

Speaking on TV 3’s The Keypoints programme on Saturday , September 23, 2023, Mr Kpebu chided the IGP for the actions of his officers, remarking that the IGP will be praised if he does well and criticised if he does otherwise.

“It’s normal. You are a fine man, just that you are human and you will make a mistake…You mean well. Naturally, you are human. But the way you retrogressed our democracy on Thursday, please, that one, the minimum you can do is to render an unqualified apology because you have given a big blot on our democracy,” Mr Kpebu said.

Some 49 protesters who had congregated at the 37 Lorry Station in Accra to march to the seat of government in protest against bad governance were promptly arrested and taken away to various police stations.

The police have been condemned for the arrest and detention of the unarmed protesters.

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorbiHouse: Man demonstrates in ‘grand theft auto’ themed outfit

One protester has garnered attention for making a striking statement at the #OccupyJulorbiHouse through his choice of attire, inspired by the popular video game ‘Grand Theft Auto.’

The protester’s unique dress has sparked conversations about the diverse ways individuals are expressing their grievances during the demonstration.

While some protestors held placards and were clad in red and black attires, the said protestor was spotted wearing an outfit reminiscent of characters from the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ video game series.

The ensemble included the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Ata, Samira Bawumia, and the late Sir John

It also included a flying plane, showing allegations of the president’s interest in flying in private jets, the proposed National Cathedral, and a polluted water body depicting the devastating effect of galamsey on the various water bodies in the country.

The #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstration itself aims to demand accountability, transparency, and better governance from the government.

It was organised by a group called Democracy Hub for three days between September 21 and 23, 2023.

It gained significant traction and garnered support from various segments of the Ghanaian population throughout.

Source: Ghana Web

47-year-old class six pupil, Akraba Nana explains why he went back to school

Akraba Nana, a 47-year-old class six pupil explains how he was motivated to return to school after several years of dropping out and fathering seven other students.

The 47-year-old man narrating his story in an exclusive interview on Asaase radio indicated that, at the age of 14, he was compelled to drop out of school in class three briefly after the demise of his parent.

“I was in class three when I lost both parents [then] my future ambition crashed, and I had to leave school,” he said.

According to Akraba Nana, affectionately called, Schoolboy, after the demise of his parents, he was forced to move from one place to another in search of greener pastures and finally decided to settled in Akraba, a suburb of Cape Coast in the Central Region. While in Akraba, he quickly established himself as a head porter at the Kotokoraba Market.

Through it out, Akraba Nana said he took solace in music and realized he has a notch for making music and wanted to make the best out of his newly discovered talent.

Unfortunately for him, his inability to read and write made it impossible for him to script his song lyrics. Even more frustrating for him was, the inability of paid writers to write his songs without ambiguity.

“All those who wrote my songs for me did not write it exactly the way I wanted to bring out the lyrics,” Akraba said.

It was this challenge, the inability to write his songs that forced him to go back to school, Akraba revealed.

“The motivation to write my songs forced me to go back to school. After consultation with my wife, I decided to go back to school to be able to read and write.”

Akraba commutes close to a kilometer each day to the St. Paul Catholic School. He does that every morning in the company of his seven kids, four of them are his seniors, and two are his classmates.

Unlike other students who were admitted to Nursery One on the first day, Akraba had a waiver to begin his school journey in class three.

“The headmistress was admitting nursery students as at the time I was also seeking admission. Per the school rules, the window was opened for nursery students, [but] the headmistress allowed me to start in class three,” he recalled.

Source: Ghana Web

‘We have energy; we’ll come for you!’ – Ama Governor fumes at Akufo-Addo

Ghanaian social media influencer, Elorm Ama Ababio popularly known as Ama Governor has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fix the economic challenges Ghanaians are grappling with.

She fumed at the state of affairs in the country with regard to the humongous amount of money found at the residence of embattled former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah.

Speaking in an interview with JoyNews which GhanaWeb monitored, Ama Governor lambasted the Akufo-Addo-led government for the hardship bedeviling Ghanaians.

“We’ll fight to the end, you [Akufo-Addo] have to change something.

Something has to change because we’re not going anywhere.

“We’re young people, we have energy and we’ll come for you. No, because why is it that the amount of money that was found in our madam’s [Cecilia Dapaah] house, what did they do?

“They thanked her for her service and was on her way. Do you understand the reason why people were asking that question? Because according to the Constitution, if you’re in that kind of position [minister of state] she was in, you’re supposed to disclose how much you are making,” she said.

Ama Governor continued: “You’re supposed to disclose all of your property, declaration of assets. So that basically when at a later day we hear that you are in possession of a setting amount of money, then we’re like, where’d you get our money? Because it doesn’t tally your salary and your this and that.

“We’re not dumb, we’re suffering. We’re suffering every day. We don’t have jobs. Why are you even pushing us to go to university if you know that there’s no job?”Ama Governor quizzed.

The YouTuber was one of the many Ghanaians who hit the streets for the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest. The demonstration sought to drum home the need for the government to be accountable in the midst of economic hardship.

Source: Ghana Web

‘Right your wrongs’ – Military officer sends message to government on live radio

A man purporting to be an officer of the Ghana Armed Forces has sent a cryptic message to the government calling for corrective action to address the current economic hardship.

He stated that the government should use its time left to write the wrongs it has committed.

The message of the supposed military man came at the time a group calling itself Democracy Hub and some concerned citizens demonstrated for three days to draw the attention of the government to the hardship being faced by the Ghanaians.

In a message delivered live on Accra-based Hitz FM, the said military man who wishes to remain anonymous said it will be in the interest of the government to address these concerns promptly.

“Tell them that they should write those wrongs. I know what I am calling for. Tell them to right those wrongs. What is making this thing more serious is the fact that they are trying to tone down everybody to keep quiet,” he stated.

Calling from Burma Camp, the anonymous caller expressed concerns about the consequences of escalating taxes on goods and services, particularly how they impact the ordinary citizen.

He highlighted the burden placed on consumers and questioned the fairness of these tax hikes.

“Keep me anonymous, but I am calling from Burma Camp. Do you know something? Tell these people they still have time to write all those wrongs because all these taxes they are putting on everything at the end of the day, it goes back to the final consumer.

“When I hire an MC I am supposed to pay Ghc1,000.00. Now because of the taxation on their bill, it is going to take me Ghc1,500.00, how much is my salary as a mere soldier man,” the caller asserted.

Source: Ghana Web