New Danish king takes over as Queen Margrethe gives up throne

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, gave up the throne on Sunday to her son Frederik, who was then proclaimed the new king of Denmark by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

The 83-year-old signed her abdication declaration, after a 52-year-reign at a meeting with the government in Copenhagen on Sunday, as television footage from Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish parliament, showed.

The former crown prince then symbolically took his mother’s place at the table. ‘God bless the king,’ said Margrethe, as she left the hall, then drove back to Amalienborg Palace, the official residence of the Danish royal family.

Margrethe stunned Denmark by announcing in her New Year’s speech, that she would be abdicating on January 14, and that she intended to hand over the throne to her eldest son.

She justified the move with a major back operation that she underwent in February. The operation made her think about whether it was time to pass on the responsibility to the next generation, the monarch said in her New Year’s
speech, which is traditionally watched closely by the Danish population.

The move is extremely unusual in Denmark: unlike in the Netherlands, for example, it is generally not customary in the Scandinavian royal houses to abdicate before death.

According to the royal house in Copenhagen, the last time a Danish monarch voluntarily abdicated the throne in this way was in 1146.

Margrethe herself had repeatedly emphasized, that she wanted to fulfil her office until her death, until she made the surprise announcement.

Frederik differs from his mother in many ways.

While the queen is considered a creative soul with a great passion for art and high culture, the heir to the throne is a rock music fan and a sports enthusiast, who has run several marathons, an Ironman and went on a months-long dog sled expedition through Greenland.

Crown Princess Mary, from Australia, who is set to become the new queen, is noted for her commitment to global women’s rights, and sustainability.

The couple, seen as a dynamic duo, ha
s four children, including the now-crown prince, Christian.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akatsi South: Decomposing body of a man discovered on a farm at Gefia

Residents in and around Ayitikope, Gefia, and Kpohegah communities in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region have been thrown into a state of shock after a lifeless decomposing body of a 45-year-old man, was found in a groundnut farm at Gefia.

The deceased, whose name was given as Mr Seth Agbolosu, was said to have been found dead on Saturday, January 13 at about 1230 hours.

Mr Jonathan Atsah, an eyewitness, in an interaction with the Ghana News Agency, said a woman who went to farm on that day raised the alarm after discovering the body of the deceased.

‘His death is suspicious, and how long he had been here since the body was almost decomposing,’ he stated.

He said a close check on the body of the deceased revealed some signs of blood oozing from the nose, ears, and mouth.

Mr Atsah said the deceased was a native of Ayitikope and married to a woman at Gefia.

‘The deceased could have been killed by some unknown assailants since there are visible marks on the body.’

Information gathered by th
e GNA also indicated that the deceased had been missing for days before his lifeless body was found on the farm.

The issue has since been reported to the Akatsi South Police Command for action.

However, the police at Akatsi are yet to comment on the incident.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Legislative Instrument to support Ghana’s kidney transplant system in the offing – Kutortse

Mr Eric Seddy Kutortse, Executive Chairman First Sky Group, has disclosed that the company is leading processes to finalise a workable legislative instrument to support Ghana’s kidney transplant system.

He said a draft statement for discussion had been created under the supervision of the Ministry of Health by organ transplantation experts.

However, the text is yet to be evaluated by stakeholders in parliament for consideration as a workable legislative instrument to support Ghana’s kidney transplant system.

Speaking at the 21st thanksgiving service of the Group, Mr Kutortse said the efforts being led in partnership with Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital was to raise awareness among key stakeholders and get input for the document.

He said while individuals with end-stage kidney disease in Ghana could now access kidney transplantation as a treatment option, the surgery required donor kidneys, whether deceased or alive.

‘Unfortunately, there is no recognised legislative support in Ghana for organ transplant progr
ammes,’ he added.

‘As a result, there is a requirement to create a legislative instrument that will support and encourage the establishment of a long-term transplant programme in Ghana,’ Mr Kutortse said.

He reiterated the First Sky Group’s commitment to helping the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital establish a kidney transplant centre.

He said a joint working committee from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the First Sky Group had been working tirelessly to see to the take – off and completion of the project by the end of 2024.

In 2023, First Sky Group fully sponsored kidney transplants executed primarily by a team of Ghanaian specialists, an exercise which was very successful.

‘To date, our support for free dialysis for the more than 300 patients, since we took on that responsibility in 2016 is more than Thirty-Two Million Ghana cedis (GHC 32m) and we don’t intend to give up until the terminal solution which is the establishment of a kidney transplant centre is completed,’ Mr Kutortse said.

He said although
2023 was not favourable globally for businesses, leading to the collapse of some businesses and very minimal growth of others, First Sky Group businesses were sustained and even saw marginal growth.

He attributed the success to the abundant grace and love of God functioning in us to break new grounds, turn fallow fields into profitable experiences and lead the corporate entrepreneurial narrative in job and wealth creation through employment, innovative solutions and hard work.

Touching on 2024 general elections, Mr Kutortse urged Ghanaians to with resolute energies, firm effort, fortitude and purpose, preserve the collective peace, ‘mindful that we are one people, one nation with a common destiny.’

‘This plea to protect our collective future underscores the significance of the harmony and resilience in building a flourishing nation. And by God’s grace, I pray that we will sail through 2024 peacefully to the admiration of the world,’ he added.

Mr Kutortse said the Group would continue work on the construct
ion and completion of three ultra- modern church auditoriums in the Tema district, Volta and Ashanti Regions.

‘We will also go back to our rural area evangelism programme targeted at eliminating churches in classrooms and under trees. For the next two years, we intend to build about fifty (50) church buildings for those churches. We hope to start from the Ga rural areas,’ he said.

Mr Kutortse said the GROUP remained focused on creating job opportunities through which to lead people to Christ, especially the youth, creating wealth to support God’s Kingdom Business and men of God and bringing relief to humanity, the poor and needy as well as ensuring the well-being of management, staff and families.

In his sermon, the Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, urged Ghanaians to count on God’s faithfulness despite the difficulties the country might be going through.

He lauded the corporate social responsibility contributions of the First Sky Group in the area of
dialysis support for patients and in the planting of churches.

The theme for this year’s 21st Annual and Thanksgiving service was ‘The Faithfulness of the Lord Never Ceases.’ It was chaired by the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana Rev. DR. Stephen Yenusom Wengam.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Aide to former President Mahama urges media to help fight corruption

Madam Joyce Bawah Mogtari, the Special Aide to former President John Dramani Mahama, has urged the media to take up the challenge of fighting against pervasive corruption in Ghana by holding public officers accountable.

She entreated the media to exercise their power of creating a forum for public discussion on critical national issues to influence public opinion.

Madam Mogtari said this in Wa at the weekend during the 10th-anniversary celebration of Sungmaale FM, a Wa-based Islamic Community Radio, on the theme: ‘Impact of Media to Sociopolitical and Cultural Development in our Community’.

She also appealed to the media to help create a more transparent and fair electioneering by spotlighting political corruption, educating, informing and engaging the masses towards ensuring ‘a clean and fair electoral process in 2024.’

‘Political corruption is one of the key things that actually militate against our policy and pro-poor initiatives,’ she said.

‘It is, therefore, the responsibility of our media and espec
ially those in power to hold each other accountable and expose corrupt practices as we go along.’

Madam Mogtari, in her keynote address, said globally, the media was known for its significant contribution to advancing democratic principles for national development through the protection of human rights and the formulation and execution of policies.

Constitutional provisions such as the freedom of expression, freedom of the media and protection of the rights of media actors were to ensure that they operated independently without ‘fear of censorship and intimidation,’ she said.

Madam Mogtari, however, expressed regret that all press freedom indexes pointed to ailing press freedom in Ghana in recent times.

‘Life as a lawyer actually made me realise more than ever the power of the media and how it shapes public sentiments and opinion.’

‘The media has the power to influence the way people think, the way we act and the way we vote.’

Commenting on the NDC’s 24-Hour economy policy proposal, she said it had the
potential to revolutionise the Ghanaian economy and create job opportunities, which would lead to a significant reduction in unemployment and underemployment in the country.

She, thus, implored the media to inform and educate the public about the proposed policy by highlighting its potential benefits, including shaping the future of the nation.

Madam Mogtari commended Sungmaale FM for its role in promoting the cultural and social development of the community it served and helping to shape public opinion on important issues.

Alhaji Rashid Mahmoud, a Board member of Sungmaale FM, said the radio station prided itself on the impact it has made on the lives of the people.

He appreciated the pivotal role of the public, sponsors and partners in the success it had chalked over the past 10 years of its existence.

Mr Ubeidu Siddique, the Upper West Regional Director, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), reiterated the role of the media in educating and informing the public on important na
tional and community matters.

He said Sungmaale FM had lived that role by offering airtime to CHRAJ to educate the public on substantive issues of interest at no cost to the Commission.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mount Olivet Methodist Church marks 50th anniversary

The Mount Olivet Methodist Church at Dansoman in the Ablekuma West Municipality, has celebrated its 50thanniversary for the successes chalked since its inception.

The year-long celebration was on the theme: ‘Discipline: Sustaining the Legacy of Jesus Christ; Impacting Lives for 50 years. Thus far and beyond.’

It has earmarked a few activities such as lectures on the theme which would be carried out by the lecturers at the Methodist University, musical concert, and children evangelism in the communities.

Others are Bible quiz, Methodist songs and their meanings, special donations of assorted items to the Dansoman Polyclinic and thanksgiving service.

Reverend Christopher Nyarko Andam, Superintendent Minister of Mount Olivet, in a sermon dubbed; ‘Heaven shall be open onto you to see the glory of God,’ said it behoved every Christian and church leaders to put into practice the doctrine of the Bible for effective propagation of the gospel.

He said the maintenance of such high moral standards, especially among
Christian leaders was also necessary since it would enable them to be focussed in overcoming the challenges of the world and social vices in the Ghanaian society.

Rev Andam expressed optimism that depending on God for everything, remain committed to His work, and continue abiding by His words by spreading the good news, a lot of people who have not been reached with the gospel would change.

‘It is an honour to sacrifice yourself to God’s work and He will in turn pay you for the glorification of His name,’ and that; ‘it also serves as a blessing which is more gracious than to receive.’

Rev Andam quoted the Bible saying; ‘The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy Lord in His season, and to bless all the work of thine hand and thou shall lend unto many nations, and thou shall not borrow.’

He admonished Ghanaians to desist from all forms of politics of which divide the country and contribute to strengthening the bond of unity among citizens, saying; ‘Ghana cannot pr
ogress without peace and stability’ and called on political leaders to be agents of peace in all that they do.

The Minister appealed to the Electoral Commission to look at the role they can play to ensure unity at various levels and be firmly resolved to act accordingly to bring about the peace everyone was yearning for.

Mrs Ursla Ekuful, the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West who graced the occasion in the company of Mr George Bray, Municipal Chief Executive donated an undisclosed amount to the Planning Committee of the Church.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gospel Ministers urged to lead a Christ-like life

Ministers of the gospel have been urged to portray the life of Christ in their daily lifestyles to help encourage other people to accept and belief in the teachings of the gospel.

Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Yinka Sarfo, former Anglican Bishop of Kumasi and metropolitan Archbishop of Ghana, who made the call, said it was also important for gospel Ministers to let their lives influence and encourage the youth to enter the Christian ministries to receive the blessings of God.

He was speaking at a ceremony to consecrate Reverend Joseph Evans Amoako Otchere, Founder and General Overseer of Triumphant Church International Commission, as Bishop, by the Association of Bishops and Apostles of Ghana at a ceremony at Obuasi

The consecration ceremony was conducted by His Lordship, Bishop Dr. Maxwell Paul Appiah the President of the Association.

Archbishop Yinka Sarfo said he was particularly excited that despite the challenges in the way to the Kingdom, men and women continued to brave the storm to do God’s work and
win souls for Christ.

He said ascension to the bishopric was a high call to service with additional responsibilities and urged the new bishop to guide and guard his flock and ensure that they all entered the kingdom of God.

Bishop Joseph Evans Amoako Otchere, speaking to journalist after the service, said his upliftment in the work of God was a testament of long years of dedication, perseverance, and commitment to the service of God.

He appealed to up-and-coming men of God to concentrate on winning souls for Christ and not follow money.

‘I would not have been a man of God or a full gospel minister if it were all about money.

I left my well-paying job at Ashanti Goldfields Corporation to do God’s work’, he stated.

He implored the country’s leaders to embrace the word of God and put efforts in developing the country to improve the lives of the citizens.

Born 75 years ago, Bishop Joseph Evans Amoako Otchere hails from Kwapia in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region.

He holds a Diploma in Theolo
gy from All Nations for Christ Bible Institute.

He has over 50 years of experience in the gospel Ministry of which the last 45 years had been full time.

Bishop Amoakoh Otchere, resigned from Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, now AngloGold Ashanti in 1979 to respond to the call of God.

He became a new convert whiles he was a wind driver at the Obuasi Mine.

He had to leave his lucrative job at AGC and forfeit promotion into senior staff position to become a man of God.

He founded the Triumphant Church International Commission, a vibrant charismatic ministry which was incorporated in 1996 and has several branches in two regions in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chiefs remind the government to construct Upper East Regional Airport

The Chiefs, Tindaanas, (Landlords) and people of the Upper East Region have reminded the government of its promise to construct an airport project in the region to boost the local economy and drive sustainable development.

They said the construction of the airport in the region would not only open the region for economic growth, create employment for the youth and reposition the country to tap into the potentials of the Sahel region, but would be a great legacy for the people to remember and a fulfilment of its promise to the people.

‘We would like to kindly remind His Excellency the President, Nana Akufo-Addo that in the run up to 2016 elections, he visited the Sumbrungu Chief’s Palace and made an earnest promise that he will complete the airport if he were voted into power.

‘He again reiterated this promise in Bongo when he came to cut sod for commencement of the One-Village-One-Dam project.

‘Having been elected as President and almost ending his second term, we would like to also make a passionate appe
al to him to honour his promise by pooling resources to continue and complete this partly developed site into a functioning airport.’

Naba Sigiri Bewong, Paramount Chief of Sakote in the Nabdam District, made this appeal on behalf of the chiefs, tindaanas and people of the region at a durbar dubbed, ‘From silence to action: Bolgatanga airport’s 30-year journey’ to increase advocacy for the construction of the project

The construction of the airport in the Upper East Region begun in the late 1970s and early 1980s where about 2,8853.72 hectares of land was earmarked at Anateem, a suburb of Sumbrungu in the Bolgatanga Municipality for the project.

Series of feasibilility studies and technical assessments had been done on the area which revealed its suitability for the construction of the airport, however, successive governments had failed to materialise the project creating anger and disappointment among the residents of the region.

The Paramount Chief indicated that the Chiefs and Tindaabma of the community
in the spirit of development and patriotic nationalism, willingly released the land for the project and relocated at their cost but it was unfortunate that after several decades there was nothing concrete to show.

‘Farmlands and other economic trees such as Shea nuts trees were destroyed to pave way for the projects, hence rendered many farmers and women economically inactive since their source of livelihoods were dependent on farmlands and economic trees,’ he stressed.

‘We wish to emphasise that the discovery of gold, oil and industrial clay and other minerals in commercial quantities in the Upper East Region makes the construction of an airport a necessary

pre-requisite to catalyze investment and propel development of the region which had lacked behind for so long,’ he said.

Naba Patriotic Ayimbila Asaliya, the Chairperson of Bolgatanga Airport Development Committee, a group of non-partisan citizens which facilitated the durbar, explained that all stakeholders must support the advocacy for the construct
ion of the project.

Mr Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, lauded the efforts the stakeholders in the region for working together to develop the region and added that although some efforts had been made, he would work with them to increase advocacy to attract support for the airport project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Two persons granted bail over alleged fraud

Two persons, who allegedly took GH?37,000.00 from a farmer under the pretext of supplying him with soft drinks, but failed, have been put before an Accra Circuit Court.

The accused persons are Justice Mamor, a 43-year-old trader and Mustapha Alhassan, 61.

Mamor and Alhassan are jointly held for conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by false pretence.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Court presided over by Mrs Halimah El-Alawa Abdul-Baasit admitted the accused persons to GH?40,000.00 bail each with two sureties to be justified.

It directed the accused to deposit their Ghana cards at the Court registry.

‘Accused persons should report to the Police every two weeks until otherwise stated,’ it added.

The matter has been adjourned on February 12, 2024.

The facts presented by Police Inspector Rosemond Ayane were that the complainant, Mr Tali Ndibadon, a farmer, resided at Kpandai in the Northern Region, while Mamor and Alhassan were residents of Kokomba, Accra.

The prosecut
ion said on November 14, 2022, Mamor met the complainant, whom he knew at Kpandai and the complainant told Mamor that he wanted to buy soft drinks in large quantities to be sent to Kpandai to sell.

It said Mamor told him he knew someone who could supply them with any quantity of the drinks he wanted.

The prosecution said Mamor met Alhassan and told him his brother had come from the North with a lot of money and wanted to buy drinks so he wanted him (Alhassan) to team up with him (Mamor) so they could collect the money from the complainant.

It said Alhassan agreed so they collected a cash amount of GH?37,400.00 from the complainant to supply him with the said drinks.

The prosecution said after the accused persons had succeeded in taking the said amount from the complainant, they went into hiding until December 6, 2023, when the complainant met Mamor at Agbogbloshie and caused his arrest.

It said Alhassan was later arrested, and they admitted the offence in their caution statement to police.

Source: Ghan
a News Agency