A man of God who is best known for the propagation of the existence of heaven and the admonishment of Christians to live a sin-free life has made a shocking revelation which may call for the needed attention of the government.
Prophet Francis Kwarteng who is the General Overseer of the House of Power Ministries on Thursday revealed that the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s actions some long years ago is causing the country a great harm.
According to the Prophet, the woes of the country can be attributed to the bringing in of a god called “kankan nyame” by Dr. Nkrumah so many years ago.
Prophet Kwarteng indicated, “Since the introduction of that god by Nkrumah, the god has never seized to be in charge of Ghana. And because of this, though Ghana can boast of lots of minerals like gold, timber, diamond, etc, the country will still struggle in terms of finances if leaders of the country do not do the needful in terms of Biblical directives”.
The revelation came during the Church’s one week program dubbed “Mpuntuo Mmere”. The Prophet said, that god spiritually has been fighting the country hence, the country’s predicaments. He indicated the country Ghana needs to pay a debt owed that god in order to be free from it otherwise; the country will continue to be under its watch and control.
The prophet said the revelation was revealed to him by God and that, it was imperative for the leaders of the country to be aware of the situation.
“If we don’t pay, the “kankan nyame” will take all our monies. If we don’t pay, Ghana will continue to suffer because the country needs to settle that god in order to be free from it” he averred.
Meanwhile, some attendees of the event have called on the present government under the leadership of President Nana Akuffo-Addo to heed to the call of the Prophet by seeing him and doing the needful for the betterment of the country and its populace.
Ghana National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has praised Twellium Industrial Company Limited for their effort towards the second edition of the National Quran Recitation Competition, encouraging the public to patronize their products.
Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, who endorsed the Quran recital competition called on Muslims to fully support the organisers of the programme because he believes it would in turn educate them on the doctrines of the Quran.
He also encouraged the Muslim youth to continually recite the Holy Quran during this Ramadan period.
Twellium Industrial Company Limited is the producer of Rush Energy Drink, Verna Mineral Water, Run Energy Drink, Planet, among other products.
The competition is a two-day event and would be held at the Accra International Conference Center on May 25, 26, 2019.
The International Day for Biological Diversity was marked at Ghana Academy of Arts and Science in Accra to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
The international theme for the 2019 edition is our biodiversity, our food, our health and local theme, promoting our indigenous foods and medicines catalyst for achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda.
It also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on earth, while contributing to sustainable development goals 15 (life on land), 14 (life below water) 2 zero hunger),3 (good health and wall-being ),13 (climate action), 6 (clean water and sanitation), simultaneously.
Globally, countries have witnessed the disappearance of a number of indigenous crop varieties and medicines. With the decline, agro-biodiversity is disappearing and also essential knowledge of traditional medicine and local food. Research has indicated that, the loss of diverse diets is directly linked to disease or health risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, malnutrition and also has direct impact on the availability of traditional medicines.
According to Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the minister for environment science, technology and innovation who graced the occasion, ‘even in homes, parents are under pressure to serve junk food at the expense of our rich and nutritious indigenous dishes made with ingredients such as kontomire, mushrooms, snails, etc, due to their busy schedules.
On a large scale, the problem has been compounded by the effects of climate change and the use of arable land for construction and other purposes.
Government efforts in realizing this have resulted in the conservation of indigenous food crops, vegetables and medicinal plants in some institutions in Ghana’’.
Contrary to what has been widely known and accepted as a standard measure and expected period of commencement and completion of structural projects particularly dams, it has emerged that some dams currently being constructed under government’s One Village One Dam policy are being started and completed in less than one week.
This is according to residents of some communities in the Upper East region who have expressed shock and disappointment at the manner in which the dams are being constructed.
Community members of Dachio and Kajolo both in the Upper East region say they were ‘wowed’ by the execution of the projects in their respective areas in less than a week.
Expressing their disapproval in an interview with A1 Radio’s Joshua Asaah, the residents say what has been done does not qualify as dams and cannot be helpful to them as expected.
“How can you construct a dam in less than a week, in fact in four days” a Male community member quizzed.
Out of a total of 140 dams allocated to the Upper East region, only 40 have been constructed with some at various stages of completion with each dam estimated to cost Two hundred and Forty Thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢240,000).
Meanwhile, Former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Professor David Millar has described as a failure governments One-Village One-Dam initiative currently being implemented in the Northern part of the country.
Speaking in a documentary interview by Bolga based A1 Radio’s reporter Joshua Asaah, Professor David Millar, a development consultant and founder of the Millar Open University said the implementation of the One Village One Dam programme has been characterized by misplaced priorities, inappropriate siting and poor construction which have virtually negated the purpose and essence of the initiative.
“Some of them are misplaced. You don’t go giving a village that has a dam another dam and go to a village that has a whole river that doesn’t dry and give them a dam” he said.
A federal grand jury last week indicted a Fulton man on charges of passport fraud, falsely claiming U.S. citizenship and illegally voting.
Michael Nana Baako, a 50-year-old Ghanaian native, was a physician who practiced in Maryland hospitals and had his own clinic. The indictment was unsealed Wednesday upon his initial appearance at federal court in Baltimore.
Prosecutors said that since around 2001, Baako and a non-citizen significant other have lived in Howard County, where they raised two American-born children.
On or around Dec. 5, 1995, both Baako and his significant other applied for non-immigrant visas, which they received from the U.S. embassy in Accra. That following year, Baaka at least twice used his Ghanian passport to enter the country. Around that same year, he applied for certification of his Ghanaian medical education in the U.S. In 2001, he was licensed to practice in Maryland.
In 1998, Baako and another woman were legally married in Virginia. She filed a petition for his naturalization. In 1999, Baako made a sworn statement to immigration officials saying that he was born in Ghana and was not an American citizen. The following year, the petition was denied by officials who concluded the marriage was a sham, entered into only for immigration purposes.
In 2002, Baako and his later significant other applied at a post office for a passport on behalf of a child. On that form, Baako again admitted he was not an American citizen. In 2004, he and the mother submitted “diversity visa” applications, but failed to appear for an interview with U.S. officials in Ghana, as the application required.
In 2005, Baako allegedly registered to vote at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, swearing under penalty of perjury he was an American citizen. He then allegedly voted in approximately 10 elections for federal candidates, including seven general elections.
In 2007, Baako went to a post office in Fulton to submit a passport application and allegedly lied under penalty of perjury that he was an American citizen born in North Carolina. He allegedly did the same at a post office in Columbia the following year. He allegedly stated his parents were born in North Carolina and said the mother of his children was born in South Carolina. He provided a sworn affidavit from another individual claiming he was born in North Carolina. The person claimed he was friends with Baako’s parents and was one of the first to see him after his birth.
Baako was then issued an American passport based on this information. He used the passport for international travel on several occasions, prosecutors said.
In 2009, he and the mother of his children applied for a passport on behalf of their other child. He allegedly presented himself as an American citizen. In a subsequent interview with State Department officials, he allegedly said he was born in North Carolina. He allegedly repeated the false claim on a passport renewal for his older child.
In 2018, he submitted an application to renew his own passport, repeating what prosecutors said was a false claim. In an interview with State Department officials that June, he allegedly said he was born in North Carolina and moved to Ghana when he was a baby. He allegedly lied to officials about never having applied for an immigration benefit and that he never submitted any documents to obtain naturalization.
Baako faces up to 10 years in federal prison on each of the four counts of passport fraud, up to three years for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, and up to one year for each of three counts of illegal voting. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher ordered him held pending a detention hearing on May 10.
While Republicans including President Donald Trump have complained of non-citizens voting, a 2017 analysis by the left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice found all voter fraud incidents, including non-citizen voting, to be rare. A voting integrity commission convened by the Trump administration found no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud.
As Part of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Foundation’s core objects towards providing sports infrastructure, the Foundation has cut sod to begin the construction of an Artificial Turf at Suhum Roman Park in the Suhum Municipality of the Eastern Region.
Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, General Manager, Sustainability, who joined the Member of Parliament and chiefs of the area at the sod cutting ceremony to commence work on the pitch, said the Foundation plans to do six (6) artificial turfs every year for the next four years.
According to him, the turf which is a “modern Barcelona standard type” will serve as a playing field for the school, the entire community and its environs.
He stressed that the field is proven to provide the most grass-like playability and thus urged the authorities to take good care of it, added that, it will also to help cut down cost involved in sending national teams outside the country to train due to lack of professional pitches.
Dr. Sarpong noted that, the pitch when completed will comes with a fence, four (4) floodlights and a standby generator to provide light in the evenings when there is light out which will make the facility usable at all times.
Other places that will be benefiting from this project include; Efiekuma in Sekondi in the Western Region, Asokwa and then the Brong Ahafo Region. The Tarkwa T &A Park is also set to be converted into an artificial Pitch with major improvements all over.
He also explains that the GNPC which has been a long-term financier of the Black Stars has seen that they should come up with lasting projects and invest in them to benefit the country for the long-term rather than just financing National teams to play matches outside of the country.
”The GNPC uses oil money to support the Black Stars and in carrying out its CSR activities but because the oil may not be there forever, it is essential that environment and social amenities that will benefit society. Particularly provide sporting infrastructure that will be of long-term benefits to the public” he noted.
He noted that, the GNPC as part of it cooperate responsibilities is putting up six artificial turfs for some communities across the country and 40 classroom blocks in support of government’s Free Senior High School policy before the commencement of the 2018/2019 academic year through its Foundation.
The Member of Parliament for the area, Frederick Opare Ansah who facilitated for the pitch explained that, the government is committed to the development of the youth hence doing its possible best to give them the assurance.
According to him, he is optimistic that, the pitch when completed will go in a long way to unravel hidden talents for the country.
Opare Ansah explained that, ‘’ In the quest of developing the constituency in all sectors, this recreational center will boost the teeming youth in the area of sports’’.
Opare Ansah, further urged his constituents especially those who will be taking care of the pitch to ensure timely renovations are done to sustain it for a long time, and also called on them to support the government in its policies.
The project which is expected to be completed in the next six months as the Suhum one is the fifth among the others across the country.
When it comes to an action as involuntarily as sneezing, there is little we can do about it. When we feel the urge to cough or sneeze, our reflex reaction is to cover our mouth with our hands.
But what if we told you that you have been sneezing the wrong way all along and no, we are NOT kidding?
As a society, we have been taught since childhood to say “excuse me” and “I am sorry”, whenever we cough or sneeze.
But what we are NOT told (or we have conveniently forgotten) is that when your body is clearing out the airways with a sudden expulsion of air out of the nose and mouth, you are not supposed to use your hands as a cover. You need to change the way you sneeze
Yes, we know that nobody is carrying tissues or handkerchiefs all the time and sneezes do come unannounced. But if you sneeze on your hands, it actually becomes really easy to transfer those germs to someone else, from doorknobs, taps to handrails.
“If somebody sneezes into their hands, that creates an opportunity for those germs to be passed on to other people, or contaminate other objects that people touch,” Dr Vincent Hill, chief of the waterborne disease prevention branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What should you do instead?
Thankfully, the solution is not that difficult. If you do not have a tissue or napkin handy, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve (not on your palms) or in the bend of your arm. The important thing to remember is that you will still need to WASH your hands after sneezing.
Did you know that this hygiene etiquette, issued by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has been around for more than a decade? Yeah, no kidding. So the next time you have the urge to expel a million bacteria out of your airways, we suggest that you steer clear of using your hands.
Actress Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante is not relenting on her effort to push for vigilante groups to be scrapped from Ghana’s political scene.
She has given the government a grace period of one month to ensure that all political militia groups are wiped out.
“We are giving the government one month to disband vigilante groups. And when I say government I mean everybody who is part of the leadership and management of Ghana. This includes all the key political parties that are represented at Parliament,” she said.
Juliet who embarked on a peace walk against political vigilantism today, Tuesday from the African Regent Hotel to the Parliament House told Citi TVshe would keep walking until her request is granted.
“If by one month time nothing happens, we will keep on walking. I hope Ghanaians will join me and raise their voices against vigilantism,” she noted.
Juliet, who is also the Executive Director of Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) presented a petition to Parliament after the walk.
The petition was received by Ebenezer Ahumah Djietror, Principal Assistant Clerk in Parliament and Kate Addo, Acting Director of Public Affairs in Parliament on behalf of the Clerk of Parliament, Emmanuel Anyimadu.
According to Juliet Asante, she is scared about what could potentially happen with the emergence of vigilante groups in Ghana.
She urged all Ghanaians to wake up and speak against the menace than wait till it festers.
Public concern over political vigilantism has been growing over the past few years with some high profile incidents from groups affiliated to the two major political parties in the country; the governing New Patriotic Party and the opposition National Democratic Congress.
Recent conversations on vigilantism come on the back of the violence that took place during the by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon a few weeks ago.
In the meantime, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has called on political parties to disband their vigilante groups or else he would put in place a legislation to force the parties to do so.
The estimated cost of the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill should not hinder key stakeholders from ensuring its passage, a group calling itself the Coalition has said.
The implementation of the RTI Bill in Ghana has been estimated to cost GHc 750 million over five years, according to a report by Parliament’s research department.
The report sighted by Citi News indicates that the cost will revolve around the setting up of an RTI Commission.
The breakdown of cost includes funds for boards, administrative expenses, district administrative expenses, district office facilities and a head office.
The group, which is made up of Right to Information Coalition, Occupy Ghana and the Media Coalition on RTI in a statement said it is imperative for the government to ensure that the Bill is passed, given that the benefits it presents outweigh the estimated cost.
“We welcome the efforts of Parliament to cost laws that would improve the lives of Ghanaians. To us, this is a sign that the country is readying itself for the passage of the Bill into law.”
“The coalition hopes that this was done to other laws like the Creation of Regions and the creation of Office of Special Prosecutor. It is, however, important to state that cost should not be an obstacle not to start the implementation of RTI. We must take into consideration the fact that transparency through RTI regime will save the country more than GHC750 million.”
Below is the statement from the group
PRESS RELEASE – FEBRUARY 26, 2019
BENEFITS OF RTI LAW FAR OUTWEIGH IMPLEMENTATION COST
The Right To Information Coalition, OccupyGhana and Media Coalition on RTI together called ‘THE COALITION’ have sighted a document prepared by the Research Department of Ghana’s Parliament.
The contents of the document estimated the cost of financing the setting up of the Information Commission and operating it for the first five years at GHC750 million.
We welcome the efforts of parliament to cost laws that would improve the lives of Ghanaians.
To us, this is a sign that the country is readying itself for the passage of the Bill into law.
The coalition hopes that this was done to other laws like the Creation of Regions and the creation of the Office of Special Prosecutor.
The coalition will follow up with the research department to understand the basis of its calculation and its understanding of the infrastructure required for the implementation.
It is, however, important to state that cost should not be an obstacle not to start the implementation of RTI.
We must take into consideration the fact that transparency through RTI regime will save the country more than GHC750 million.
The Auditor General in its 2016 Liabilities of MDAs disallowed GHC5.4 billion that would have been paid by Ghanaians.
Some of those disallowances were based on poor recording keeping.
Following surcharges, he has already retrieved GHC61 million.
The RTI Coalition has fought hard for an information commission to adjudicate disputes between the state and citizens before it goes to the high court.
Without the commission, citizens will have only recourse to the high court if they are denied by a public institution.
This is why there are commissions in India, South Africa among others.
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