NCE intensifies educational programme on terrorism

Yendi (NR)- The Yendi National Commission For Civic Education (NCCE) has intensified sensitization on preventing terrorism in Ghana and the Yendi municipality of Northern Region in particular.

Ghana’s Anti-Terrorism Law Act 762 of 2008 seeks to combat terrorism, support and detect acts of terrorism to protect the resources and financial services of Ghana from being used to commit terrorist acts and to protect the rights of people in Ghana to live in peace, freedom and security.

Mr. Osuman Kasim, the Yendi NCCE Director said this when they called on Ya-Na Abukari II the Overlord of Dagbon at the Gbewaa Palace to introduce the new Director and to inform him about the educational programme.

He said it was important for the public to report all people with questionable characters to the local law enforcement or security authorities for action and there was the need for them to be vigilant on their homes and report suspicious activities or crimes without fear of retribution.

Mr Kasim said a research carried out by NCCE revealed that violent and extremist were out to destroy some of West African Countries that had nothing to do with democracy as they were targeting Ghana through its borders with neighbouring countries of Burking Faso, Togo, Cote-d’IVoire amongst others.

He said sensitization programme would enable them to identify the extremists and the NCCE had selected seven districts in northern region; Tamale Metropolitan, Yendi Municipal Assembly, Nanumba North Municipal Assembly, Nanumba South District, Savelugu Municipal Assembly and Saboba District Assembly to carry out the sensitization in all the communities.

He said the exercise was sponsored by the European Union (EU) to help NCCE to carry out the sensitization of the public and appealed to Ya-Na to call on Civil Society Organizations, (CSOs), and politicians to support NCCE to carry out its constitutional mandate.

YA-Na Abukari II, advised the new officer to work hard in collaboration with the chiefs and called on government to ensure that all convicted criminals especially armed robbers were imprisoned to reduce the fear of terrorism.

He urged the NCCE to educate people along the country’s borders within their neighboring countries.

In related development the Kuga Na Abdulai Adam II at his palace reminded the officials of NCCE that their work was just like the chiefs who sensitized their people on programmes and policies of the Government when the need arises.

He said it was unfortunate that during the Population and Housing Census exercise the chiefs were not pre-informed to sensitize their people and chiefs adding it was important the information got to the chiefs before any exercise started.

Mr Kasim said the extremists used the unemployed youth to carry out their criminal activities and NCCE was working with chiefs, the opinion leaders and other security groups to sensitize the public.

He also met the military, the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) to brief them about the programme to be carried out in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CAF holds draw for 2021 AFCON tournament in Cameroon

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) is currently holding a ceremony for the draw of the Group Stage of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

The delayed tournament is set to be hosted in Cameroon in January 2022 with participation from 24 qualified national teams from various countries.

Today’s draw that has assembled football greats and accomplished officials from all over the continent is being held at Yaounde Conference Centre.

At the end of the ceremony, the 24 qualified teams will be divided into six groups of four teams each.

Stream the draw in the attachment below sources from CAF:

Source: Modern Ghana

Aglican Priest involved in students-kissing saga suspended

 The Reverend Father Balthazar Obeng Larbi, the Chaplain and Lawyer of the St. Monica’s College of Education, Asante Mampong, observed kissing some students at a Church service, has been relieved of his post pending investigations. Venerable Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah, the Executive Director to the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ghana, told the Ghana News Agency that it was necessary to relieve the priest of his duties of teaching the gospel pending investigations.

“He has been relieved of his duty …the right administrative action to take,” he stated.

Dr. Ahmoah said the Church would deal with the issue in accordance with the norms and values of the Anglican communion, where morality was extremely revered in the Church.

He said while investigations were ongoing, efforts were also being made to engage the students involved through counselling sessions to avert psychological issues.

The Chaplain was seen in a viral video, fully dressed in his green cassock and kissing three female students on the lips, one after the other, in the presence of a cheering congregation.

The Church has set up a five-member committee to investigate the conduct of Rev Larbi.

Some members of the College community expressed worry about the viral video, which they said portrayed the priest in a negative light.

The incident has since attracted widespread condemnation from some members of the public and civil society groups.

However, some members of Asante Mampong Diocese have said Rev. Larbi was a disciplinarian who did not condone irresponsible behavior.

Earlier in a statement, the Church said it was saddened by the incident and would thus initiate thorough investigations immediately into the action of the priest.

The statement requested that anyone seeking further clarifications on the matter should contact the Executive Director to the Metroploitan Archbishop of Ghana, Venerable Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah on 0244 351338.

Source: Ghana News Agency

W need commitment to improve reproductive health practices-Population Officer

Accra,- Mrs Nana Ama Obuobi-Donkor, Assistant Regional Population Officer, has called for more support and funding from government and donor agencies to enhance reproductive health education in the country.

Mrs Obuobi-Donkor said an enhanced reproductive health practice was important in regulating population growth and improving on the quality of life of the citizenry.

The Assistant Regional Population Officer made the remarks at the commemoration of the 2021 National Population Day held at the Weija-Gbawe Municipality in Accra.

The programme was on the theme “Prioritising reproductive health is the answer to rights and choices.”

The theme emphasised the rights and choices of an individual to access reproductive health practices without any hindrance.

The day is observed to monitor the country’s population demographics and its relation on social, economic and national development.

Mrs Obuobi-Donkor explained that reproductive health was a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being of the reproductive system and its functions.

She said reproductive health had implications on economic development as it regulated population growth and fertility control.

“With fewer births each year, a country’s working-age population grows larger relative to the young dependent population thus with more people in the labour force and fewer children to support, a country has a window of opportunity for economic growth,” she added.

She said to overcome the challenge of overpopulation; we should focus on population management to ensure growth of existing resources.

She called for strengthened integration of reproductive health service into the country’s national health care service.

Dr Abena Okoh, Weija-Gbawe Municipal Health Director, called for increased education and empowerment for women on the benefits of family planning systems towards national development.

“We need to educate our women, families and communities on the importance of family to their lives and national development,” she said.

She said family planning was integral in achieving less child mortality, and improving the well-being of children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Estate Developer swindles church member over Malawian visa and ticket

Accra,- A 32-year-old Estate Developer, accused of swindling his own church member over a Malawian visa and air ticket, has appeared before an Adentan Circuit Court charged with fraud.

Selwyn Kove has however denied the charge.

He has however refunded GH¢5,000.00 out of the GH¢13,750.00 he collected from his church member and complainant.

The Court presided over by Sedinam Balokah has admitted Kove to bail in the sum of GH¢50,000.00 with three sureties to reappear on August 30.

Narrating the facts of the case, Chief Inspector Maxwell Lanyon said the complainant Theodora Odai, was a banker residing at Nungua while accused resided at Adenta.

Chief Inspector Lanyo said both accused and the complainant were church members of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church, Adabraka branch founded by a Malawian.

Prosecution said the Church normally organised weekly conferences in Malawi for members and non-members across the globe.

On February 11, this year, the complainant expressed interest in the conference and a pastor of the church introduced accused to the complainant.

In the same year, Chief Inspector Lanyo said Kove demanded and collected GH¢13,750.00 from the complainant under the pretext of securing her a Malawian visa and plane ticket.

Prosecution said as soon as the accused collected the money, he failed to honour his promise and went into hiding.

The Prosecutor said Kove was however arrested and he pleaded through his lawyer to refund the money in a month’s time but he had since refunded GH¢5,000.00.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Christians and Muslims worship together at New Edubiase

New Edubiase (Ash),– As part of efforts to promote inter-religious harmony and peace in the Adansi South District, the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission have held a joint church service at New Edubiase.

The service brought together the worshippers from the Ahmadiyya and the Adventist faith to share the word of God who is the creator of mankind.

Pastor S.K Yeboah, New Edubiase District Pastor of the SDA church told the Ghana News Agency after the service that it was important for Christians and Muslims to have good relationships in their communities.

He said though they had different beliefs, Christians and Muslims had a common goal, which was to have a peaceful rest with their creator one day.

Pastor Yeboah said to make the occasion memorable, all the Adventists wore Muslim attire while the Muslims were given copies of the Holy Bible.

Sheik Ishak Agyir, Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission at New Edubiase, recounted how members of the SDA church had been generous to Muslims in the community.

He said members of the church had been visiting them during Salahs and other Muslim festivities and pledged to work together to promote peace and harmony among members of the two religions in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Acra-Tema Motorway Expansion: Road Ministry has not breached the constitution

Accra,- The Ministry of Roads and Highways has denied breaching the constitution in awarding the Accra-Tema Motorway Extension Project to construction firm Mota-Engil Engenharia E Construcao Africa S.

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Mr Governs Kwame Agbodza, Ranking Member on the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, had accused the Ministry of not seeking parliamentary approval before awarding the Project to the Portuguese construction firm, Mota-Engil Engenharia E Construcao Africa S.A.

He also alleged that Mota-Engil was not qualified to undertake the project on Design and Build basis, adding that Ghanaians were capable of executing the Project, hence the Contract must be immediately cancelled and repackaged for local contractors.

However, the Ministry in a statement signed and issued by Mr Nasir Ahmed Yartey, Head of Public Relations, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said the assertions and conclusions were inaccurate and misleading.

Explaining the details of the contract, the statement noted that the Ministry in December 2020, signed a Commercial Contract with Mota-Engil.

It said the Commercial Contract as a standalone could not be sent to Parliament without the complement of a Financial Agreement because as of now, the Financing arrangements were yet to be concluded.

The statement said it was therefore premature for anybody to claim or suggest that the Minister and for that matter, the Ministry had breached the law, when the documents to be submitted to Parliament were not finalized.

“The signing of a Commercial Contract for internationally funded projects with conditions precedent before its submission to Parliament is not unusual,” it added.

The statement also explained that as an active promoter of local content, 40 percent of all works on the Accra-Tema Motorway Extension Project, were reserved for local contractors.

However, it stated that, out of the 23 companies which expressed interest when the competitive bidding process was launched in December 2018, none was Ghanaian.

“It is therefore not accurate to give the impression that Ghanaian companies were excluded,” the statement explained.

The scope of work of the project entails a 10 – lane 19.5km motorway (4 lanes of reinforced concrete freeway, 6 lanes of Urban Highway), Reconstruction of Tetteh Quarshie to Apenkwa (5.7 km), Remodeling of Tetteh Quarshie, Apenkwa and Achimota Interchanges, Construction of 5 new Interchanges (Lashibi, Abattoir, Teshie Link, Fiesta Royale and Neoplan junction), 14No. Pedestrian Footbridges, Toll Plazas and Streetlights.

The statement said “It is simplistic and ignorant for anybody to do a simple calculation of cost over kilometres and conclude that the cost of the Accra Tema Motorway Extension Project is over bloated without recourse to the actual scope and works involved in the Project.”

It added that the Government through the Ministry of Roads and Highways was working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and all other relevant stakeholders to ensure that no mandate was side stepped and to obtain value for money in the interest of the nation.

“The accusations levelled against the Ministry are frivolous, groundless and amounts to palpable falsehood. The Ministry of Roads and Highways hereby informs the general public that the non-factual and misleading comments of Hon. Governs Kwame Agbodza should be disregarded,” the statement said.

On the La Beach Road Completion Project, the statement also explained that the Commercial Contract was signed in September 2012 with similar Conditions Precedent, adding that “The Cabinet and Parliamentary Approvals were secured in November and December 2018 respectively and the Contract became effective in 2019.”

“Again, on the Accra Intelligent Traffic Management Systems Project, the Commercial Contract was also signed in September 2012 with similar Conditions Precedent. The Cabinet and Parliamentary Approvals were secured in November and December 2018 respectively and the Contract became effective in 2019,” the statement said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I’m behind the death of TB Joshua – Afia Schwar brags in new video

Afia Schwarzenegger is probably losing her cool after this new video she recorded and shared on Instagram captured her blowing incongruent theories.

Afia whose middle name should have spelt ‘controversy’, introduced herself as a troublemaker to those watching her for the first time after which she revealed that she is responsible for the bad things that happen in Ghana including the death of high-profile personalities.

The TV and radio personality said she’s behind the death of the late Prophet TB Joshua.

Interspersing her video with a burst of sinister laughter, Afia Schwar said she has reached a point in life where nothing, including what people say about her matters to her anymore and proceeded to use obscene language to her perceived haters.

Source: Modern Ghana