Asiedu Nketiah, Sammy Gyamfi other NDC gurus storm parliament as house debates Akufo-Addo ministerial nominees

A high-powered delegation of National Democratic Congress party officials has been spotted in parliament as the house debates a report on some persons nominated by the president for ministerial appointment.

Parliament is currently engaged in an extended sitting as part of the agenda of the house for today, March 23, 2023.

The house is debating the report of the Appointments Committee on some ministerial nominees who were vetted some weeks ago.

Earlier the house had to suspend sitting following some concerns raised by the minority side.

The minority prior to today had served notice of their disapproval of the nominees. According to the president on the back of the country’s current economic challenges must reduce the size of his government.

As the debate rages on, some officials of the opposition NDC including the party’s National Chairman Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, National Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi and the suspended Member of Parliament for Assin North James Gyakye Quayson have been spotted in the gallery of the house.

Source: Ghana Web

Andre Ayew, Mohammed Salisu left out Black Stars squad for Angola game

Black Stars captain, Andre Dede Ayew and defender Mohammed Salisu have been left out of Ghana’s squad for the game against Angola at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Black Stars coach, Chris Hughton earlier hinted that Mohammed Salisu could miss the first leg of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Angola.

However, it is unclear why Andre Dede Ayew who took part in all the training sessions has also been left out of the matchday squad.

While Andre Ayew is missing from the matchday squad, his junior brother Jordan has been named in the starting 11 alongside Kamaldeen Suleman, Mohammed Kudus, and Inaki Williams in Ghana’s attack.

In Andre Ayew’s absence, Arsenal’s Thomas Partey will take charge as the captain against Angola.

Below is Ghana’s starting 11 against Angola.

Source: Ghana Web

Angels envy humans because of sex and freedom – Ajagurajah

Leader of the Universal Spiritual Outreach, Prophet Kwabena Boakye Asiamah who is popularly known as Ajagurajah, has stated that angels are envious of humans because of freedom and access to sex.

He claims that while it is acceptable for people to have sex with their female partners, it is not permissible for angles to have an affair with another angle despite the fact that angels have feelings for one another.

Ajagurajah also claimed that some female angels come down to the earth from heaven in order to have affairs with men.

Speaking in an interview with Neat FM, on March 20, 2023, he explained: “If there was happiness up there, will they have come down here? …they don’t have the power to sleep with colleague angels…an angel cannot sleep with a fellow angel but they can sleep with demons. They don’t have the power to intermarry.

“Angels have sperms and female angels have vaginas and breasts. Female angels have also been descending to sleep with men and giving birth.

“Why is it that God doesn’t want angels to have sex? That’s why angels are envious of us, angels don’t like us…and most of them don’t like us … I have angels that are part of my (things) but they don’t like me…because we get some to eat (sex) and they don’t get some to eat. We’ve freedom and they don’t have freedom,” he stressed.

Source: Ghana Web

AngloGold Ashanti hands over community water systems to four (4) communities in Obuasi

To commemorate this year’s World Water Day themed ‘Accelerating change to solve water and sanitation crisis’, AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine on Wednesday, 22nd March 2023 commisioned and handed over community water systems to four communities: Ntonsua, Bidieso, Creeki, and Kwabrafoso in Obuasi, in the Ashanti Region.

The water systems, which cost over 2.5 million (two million five hundred thousand Ghana cedis), will provide clean water to the communities, thereby cutting short the long distances residents commute to get potable water, while resolving immediate and pressing sanitation and hygiene issues that has exacerbated by limited access to water.

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

At a ceremony to mark the day and commission the projects at Ntonsua in the Obuasi Municipality, Emmanuel Baidoo, Senior Manager – Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, emphasized the company’s commitment to water usage and sustainable development.

According to Mr. Baidoo, water is a critical resource for development, and AngloGold Ashanti is highly mindful of how they use water in their operations.

He again stressed that the company has intervened in ensuring that communities in Obuasi have access to clean water, using water from the Jimi River that has been treated and provided to communities through the Jimi Pipe Works.

However, he intimated that there are still several communities without access to the Jimi Pipe, hence improving water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities has been captured as key focus area in AngloGold Ashanti’s 10-year Socio-Economic Development Plan.

The water systems was developed in close collaboration with Municipal and District Assemblies, Assembly members, and community stakeholders to identify and solve community challenges.

Mr. Baidoo reaffirmed that AngloGold Ashanti is committed to sustainable development and improving the lives of community members. He encouraged community members to protect the company’s properties since it has contributed significantly to the local economy.

A representative of Nana Afrifaa Tokudwum III, Dompoasehemaa, Nana Akwasi Kotei Mfram Ankobeahene of Dompoase highlighted recent developmental projects accomplished by AngloGold Ashanti and urged the people to acknowledge their efforts. He thanked AngloGold Ashanti for contributing 100 bags of cement for the construction of a car park and the renovation of the palace at Dompoase.

Stressing on the importance of water as a source of life and health, he informed the people that plans have been put in place to maintain the water system in Dompoase therefore he urged the Ntonsua community to take good care of their water system.

A resident of Ntonsua revealed the supply of a clean drinking water has been a major challenge to the community hence the commissioning of the water system has been crucial. He said, “We remain grateful to AngloGold Ashanti because we will not travel long distances to access safe drinking water again”.

AngloGold Ashanti launched its 10-year Socio-Economic Development Plan last year to contribute to building socio-economically self-sustaining communities.

Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is among key investment areas that include Health, Education, Skills Development, Community Infrastructure, Agriculture, Industrialization and Entrepreneurship.

Source: Ghana Web

Antoine Semenyo scores late winner as Ghana defeat Angola in Kumasi

Antoine Semenyo scored a late goal to hand Ghana their second win in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers over Angola at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The Bournemouth striker climbed off the bench to score a scrappy winner as the Black extended their lead in Group E by three points and set off new manager Chris Hughton’s reign to a winning start.

Ghana have now recorded their fourth win over Angola in seven meetings and their second win in Kumasi over the Black Antelopes.

The four-time African champions will face the 2010 AFCON host again on March 27 in Luanda for the fourth-round fixtures of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

Angola had a good start to the game and made the first attempt on goal under 5 minutes after Gelson Dala’s ambitious strike got was saved by Lawrence Ati-Zigi.

The Black Stars slowly warmed themselves into the game and began to make incursions.

Mohammed Kudus could have put the home side in front inside the 7th minute but the Ajax man’s shot from inside the box went past the post by a whisker.

Ghana kept asking questions through half chances but the final balls were lacking.

Kudus came close again in the 27th minute with a shot from distance after going past two players but his effort was palmed away by the goalkeeper.

The first half did not see many big chances as both sides walked down the tunnel without finding the back of the net.

The second half started off like the first half until Ghana raised the tempo in the last 20 minutes.

Kamaldeen Sulemana, who had a good game, could have scored twice but his decision-making let him down on both occasions.

He initially blasted the ball into the crowd after a good cut-in before forcing the goalkeeper into a near post save in the second chance.

In the 81st minute, Thomas Partey brilliantly put substitute Semenyo through but the striker’s shot from a difficult angle hit the side of the woodwork.

Partey and Semenyo combined again through the channel but the Bournemouth forward’s shot went off target.

While frustration grew among the fans at the fully packed Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Semenyo, eventually, grabbed his deserved goal through a scrappy rebound from Kudus Mohaamed’s freekick inside stoppage time.

The goal was the last kick of the game as Ghana picked up the important win.

The goal is his second in the Black Stars shirt and also Ghana put a win away from qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Ghana, after three games, lead the group with 7 points while Central African Republic and Angola sit second and third respectively with 3 points each with Madagascar at the bottom with 1 point.

Source: Ghana Web

African leaders must raise critical issues affecting continent at US summit -Dr Kwesi Jonah

African leaders participating in the upcoming second summit for democracy in the United States must seriously consider the broader geopolitical context of the forum to make informed decisions and contributions, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr. Kwesi Jonah, has said.

“They must set out to put issues that are relevant to the needs of the continent. Even though America is hosting this conference supposedly because of democracy, I think given the particular geopolitical context in which we find ourselves, this conference is about more than democracy.”

He said other powerful countries in Asia and Europe had been on a charm offensive trying to get African countries to denounce the current global order in which there is American dominance, hence the need for African leaders to make the right decisions and choices that would benefit the continent.

Dr. Jonah was speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times ahead of the summit, which will be co-hosted with the governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Zambia.

The event slated for March 28-30, 2023, will assemble world leaders in a virtual, plenary format, followed by gatherings in each of the co-hosted countries with representatives from government, civil society, and the private sector.

Dr. Jonah, who is also a former lecturer at the University of Ghana, said he believed there were critical issues bothering Africa that needed to be heard at such a forum for the necessary assistance from the west.

He said there was a backward movement of democracy on the continent of Africa, adding that “this is reflected in three key areas, firstly coup d’état, secondly removal of presidential term limits and finally the political dividend of democracy.”

“I believe the participating African leaders at this summit should look at these three key areas and push for a refreshing state of democracy on the continent. Recent cases of political instability and coup d’état happening on the continent are alarming and very worrying, from Sudan, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Mali, among others.”

Dr. Jonah said for many young people in Africa, democracy as in the election of representatives into parliament, electing a president and enjoying constitutional rights, among others, were all good but the expectations and the hope of the young people were that with the institution of democracy on the continent, there would be better economic prospects.

“For these young people, they expect to graduate from school to meet jobs waiting for them, but unfortunately, our democracy has become a jobless democracy.”

Dr. Jonah noted that “the economic prospect for young people on the continent was becoming increasingly difficult and in recent times as one can see by Ghana’s own situation, the economic situation has deteriorated so very bad. Ghana is not alone, so many African countries find themselves in this dilemma, Zambia is worse and so for the young people, democracy and better economic prospects have not matched hand in hand.”

Asked if there was any perfect democracy being practised in the world, he said “there is nothing like a perfect democracy in the world, democracy even in the so-called advanced countries, there is still room for improvement, but the good thing about the advance democracy is that they themselves know that their democracy should be constantly improved, there should be more liberties to citizens amongst others.”

Source: Ghana Web

Akufo-Addo wants to convert EC into NPP HQ annex – Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu has lambasted president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over his recent appointment of a known New Patriotic Party (NPP) activist as an Electoral Commissioner.

The lawmaker holds that doing so was unpatriotic and extremely reckless, adding that it amounted to Akufo-Addo’s resolve to turn the Electoral Commission into a branch of the NPP’s head office.

In a social media post dated March 22, 2023, the lawmaker also proposed a way through which the Minority in Parliament can resist the appointment of Dr. Peter Appiahene, who is a patron of one of NPP’s tertiary education wing, TESCON.

“With Prez Akufo-Addo’s unpatriotic & extremely reckless determination to convert Ghana’s Electoral Commission into an NPP HQ annex, would NDC MPs in Parliament be wrong in refusing to approve the budget of the EC until TESCON Patron Dr. Peter Appiahene is dropped? Your thoughts,” his post read.

Akufo-Addo appoints NPP man, two others as EC commissioners

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday (March 20) swore in three new Electoral Commissioners at the Jubilee House in a brief ceremony.

The three were: Dr. Peter Appiahene, Salima Ahmed Tijani and Rev Akua Ofori Boateng.

Source: Ghana Web

Agric Minister woos rice investors in Thailand to Ghana

Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture (in charge of Crops), Mr. Yaw Addo Frimpong, has urged investors in the Thailand rice value chain to come and invest in Ghana.

He said such an investment will mutually benefit both Thailand and Ghana, adding that the former has the experience and the technology to support Ghana to become self-sufficient in rice production.

Mr. Addo Frimpong, who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Manso Adubia Constituency in the Ashanti Region, was speaking at the Thailand-Ghana Business Conference at the Grand Fortune Hotel, Bangkok, Sunday, March 19, 2023.

The conference, which brought together captains of Thailand’s rice industry and the Ghanaian delegation to Thailand, led by the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, was on the theme: ‘Ghana-Thailand Business Forum; Partnership for Sustainable Rice Production in Ghana’.

Members of the Ghana delegation included experts and researchers in various fields drawn from the University of Ghana, Legon, University of Cape Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Center for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crop Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), the Ghana Rice Farmers Association, the Competitive African Rice Platform, traditional rulers, metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) and private entrepreneurs with the focus on rice, fertilizer, maize, cassava, and poultry as well as executives of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC).

According to the deputy Agric Minister, as a leader in rice production, Thailand can support Ghana in its efforts to close its rice consumption demand gap and produce in excess to export to countries within the West African sub-region.

“Our [Ghana’s] consumption demand for rice is between 1.2 million and 1.4 million metric tonnes of rice per annum and with this huge gap, the Ghana government together with the small-scale rice farmers are only able to do 600,000 metric tonnes,” he said.

He explained that the business forum was a continuation of the rice project that was started some five (5) months ago.

This process, he said, was initiated through the instrumentality of the Executive Chairman of the JGC, Dr. Siaw Agyepong.

Following the huge gap in the demand for the consumption of rice in Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo tasked the Ministry of Agriculture and all in the private sector to go to any length to ensure self-sufficiency of rice in the country, he said.

Mr. Addo Frimpong, therefore, commended the initiative by the private sector being spearheaded by the JGC to go into large-scale rice production in Ghana, adding that the government of Ghana has given its full support to the project.

He went on to stress that this project will help fill the rice consumption gap in Ghana.

He was also particularly excited at the level of enthusiasm shown in the Ghana-Thailand rice project by stakeholders in Thailand.

“Apart from that, the interest that has been shown by all stakeholders in the rice industry in Thailand is quite remarkable,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Asian African Consortium (AAC), Dr. Mrs. Adelaide Araba Agyepong, who is the wife of Dr. Siaw Agyepong, stressed the need for an all-hands-on-deck approach to make the President’s vision of boosting rice production in Ghana a reality.

“Evidence shows that the vision of ending rice importation in Ghana goes beyond Jospong Group of Companies,” she noted.

She indicated that from the inception of the project (last year-2022) till now, a lot of efforts have been put in by her outfit towards actualizing the rice project.

“Key among the activities accomplished include the following: the setting up of the Asian African Consortium, as a company to drive the rice project; the engagement of high government officials including the President of the Republic of Ghana; meeting key sector ministers; key rice sector players and many others,” she pointed out.

Mrs. Siaw Agyepong underscored that the forging of strategic partnerships was fundamental to the project’s success.

In this regard, she announced that a fully-furnished National Rice Office for the project has been set up in Accra.

Three zonal offices in Koforidua, Kumasi, and Tamale for the southern, middle, and northern belts respectively will also be ready soon for the project. Adequate and suitable lands have been acquired across the country and are ready for cultivation,” she further revealed.

She was upbeat that the visit to Thailand will help concretize and firm up the plans for implementation “as soon as we get back to Ghana.”

In a brief remark, the Executive Chairman of the JGC, Dr. Siaw Agyepong, added his voice to the call by the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture to captains in the Thailand rice sector to come and invest in Ghana.

He stressed that Ghana was a peaceful and safe haven to do business, assuring them that their investments would be protected.

“I am inviting you to a prosperous country; a peaceful country; a leader in the West African Sub-region, and; a leader in the whole of Africa, especially in the area of peace and stability,” he assured.

Source: Ghana Web