Nana JD Releases “Yawheh” – a New Single

Fast rising young gospel act, Nana JD is set to release another spirit-filled single titled “Yahweh”.
The song according to him points to God as the Most Supreme, Saviour and Provider. It calls on humanity to commune with God. It is a movement and a clarion call on believers to return to God.
“For me the song goes beyond rhythm and words. It is for the praying knees, wailing hearts and the ones craving for intimacy with the Most High”- he stated.
Nana JD spearheads the annual extended and spirit-filled worshipful event, “Foros Timis” (My Homage to Jesus). The event has seen massive move of God over the years.
Yahweh which features Japhet Adjetey comes at the back of other powerful singles such as  “Use me Lord” and “Great is your Name”.
Yahweh releases on Monday September 21 on aftown, iTunes, Google Play and Deezer among others.
Stay tuned!
Source: Bernard Brown


“Political will needed to ensure justice in murder of 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia”

A former judge of the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Emile Short, has stressed the need for an active political will in ensuring that justice is done in the gruesome murder of some 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia.
He has, therefore, called on the government to summon the political will in ensuring that former President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, who is accused of murdering 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia in 2005, is extradited to stand trial in Ghana since the current political and security situation in The Gambia will not be conducive for such a trial.
Justice Short’s call comes at the heel of newly discovered evidence that point to complicity at the highest level of ex-Gambian President Jammeh’s government in the murder of some 44 Ghanaians who were on their way to seek greener pastures in Europe.
Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International last Wednesday, said a paramilitary unit controlled by then Gambian President Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaians, Nigerians and other West African migrants in July 2005.

President Akufo-Addo’s assurance

Addressing the event to formally announce a campaign by human rights groups, both locally and internationally, for the alleged perpetrator of those murders, former President Yahya Jammeh, to be brought to justice, Justice Short said the coalition of human rights groups involved in the matter had called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to apprise him of the recent developments.
The President, he reported, had said it
Justice Short recounted the story of a recent past President of Chad who was convicted for crimes that took place under his leadership; and stressed that Africa would showcase its independence when people who were responsible for crimes, no matter how influential, were subjected to justice administration.

The legal basis

Providing the legal basis under which ex-President Jammeh could be extradited to stand trial in Ghana, Justice Short said some had raised questions that Jammeh allegedly committed those crimes while he was in The Gambia, and that he was currently in Equatorial Guinea which was outside the jurisdiction of the courts of The Gambia and Ghana.
Mr Short indicated that ultimately, if the government decided that it ought to go ahead with the prosecutions, then there were underlying issues for consideration.
Per the facts of the case, Justice Short posited that the abductions, killings and unknown whereabouts of some of the persons constituted forced disappearances both under international and Ghanaian laws.
was a matter that was of importance to him and the entirety of Ghanaians.
The Criminal Offences Amendment Act 2012, he said, incorporated the crime of enforced disappearance and Section 12 of the amended act criminalised enforced disappearance.
With that situation in Ghana, he questioned the applicability of the law to persons outside the borders of the country’s courts as was the case of Mr Jammeh whose actions took place outside of Ghana’s jurisdiction, in The Gambia, and was currently in Equatorial Guinea on political asylum.
He, however, added that Ghana, being a signatory to international conventions and treaties on such crimes, which enjoined member states to hold those involved in those crimes accountable, the country’s courts were jurisdictionally capable of prosecuting those crimes regardless of where they took place.
Source: graphic.com.gh


NPP without aid; Blay to lead party venture into transport business

The governing New Patriotic Party would soon be entering the transportation business as an avenue to generate income to run the party at the grassroots.
The acting NPP National Chairman, Freddie Blay, who is seeking election as National Chairman said, he is leading talks with a financial institution to procure 275 buses for nationwide distribution.
Each constituency is to get one bus, he said on Joy FM Super Morning Show Friday and explained, each constituency will hire out the buses to generate income needed for the constituency.
Financing a party is any leader’s biggest headache he said, and pointed out that other parties are collapsing because of a lack of resourcefulness.
The NPP which has won three president elections since Ghana returned to democratic rule in 1992, is not immune to the challenges of other struggling parties.
The NPP, he said, raises money through dues and other fundraising activities. It also depends on donations from individuals and interest groups.
But he said the party must find innovative ways to raise money because “the party is not a church” to depend on charitable spirit of its members and sympathisers.
The procurement of Toyota Hiace buses is one of such innovations he wants to introduce in the party.The cost of a Toyota Hiace bus hovers around $46,000.
The 76-year old politician would not give details but hyped the idea as something even its rival the NDC may like to adopt.
Freddie Blay said the presidency is put under pressure to give appointments or contracts to big-financiers. This, he said, affects the president’s ability to make merit-based appointments.
“We must give space to the presidency” he said, and explained it is the duty of the party to “stop that pressure” on the president to reward campaign financiers.
Freddie Blay has been acting as National Chairman since November 2015 after the elected leader, Paul Afoko, was suspended over what some say are his questionable loyalties to the party.
Freddie Blay entered parliament in 1997 on the seat of the Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) as MP for Ellembele constituency and was elected Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 1997 to 2001.
After 11 years in Parliament, he crossed carpet to the NPP in 2008 and has since enjoyed an unlikely rise in the party.
He was elected First Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2005 under the NPP government of President John Agyekum Kuffuor but lost his seat in 2008 to the NDC.
The seasoned politician wants to crown his sterling political career by leading the NPP into the 2020 elections.
Source: myjoyonline.com


Issues Emanating From the TOR Saga

It has emerged that the idea of building a new 150,000 to 160,000 barrels-per-day-capacity refinery, after which the existing infrastructure of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) will be decommissioned and converted into a tank, was discussed as far back as December 13, 2017.
Information gathered by The Finder indicates that Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko discussed the issue with five, out of the eight, members of the TOR board.
The Solicitor Secretary of TOR was also present at the meeting. The agenda of the meeting included courtesy call, sulphur content of TOR products, preparations to restart TOR machines, the state of the refinery, as well as strategic direction of the refinery.
And as part of the strategic direction of the refinery, the building of a new refinery was discussed without opposition from anyone present.
This is in sharp contradiction to comments by the Managing Director of TOR, Isaac Osei, who denied knowledge of any such discussions.
Workers of TOR and the Tema District Council of Labour have descended heavily on Agyarko, accusing him of making the intention public in faraway America without the knowledge of the board, management and staff of the refinery.
According to information, the Minister agreed with the Board of TOR that the refinery needed a new refinery to replace the aged one, built in 1962.

Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko
Agyarko asks TOR to look for a partner
Consequently, Agyarko asked TOR to look for a partner to invest in the new refinery for TOR, which would be built next to the existing refinery.
New refinery to cost about $3 billion
According to estimates, the strategic partners are expected to invest between $2 billion and $3 billion to set up the new refinery.
3-4 Years to construct new refinery
It is estimated that the construction of the new refinery would take about three to four years to complete.
TOR will continue to operate throughout the period of construction of the new refinery.
Existing TOR staff to work in new refinery
When completed, all existing staff of TOR would work in the new refinery while more people would be employed as the new refinery is about three times bigger than the capacity of the existing TOR.
After the new refinery, which is expected to process between 150,000 and 160,000 barrels of crude a day is commissioned, it would need a huge tank farm to support the operations of the new refinery.
Decommissioning of old TOR. The proposal is to use the space of the decommissioned old TOR to build the tank farm for the new TOR refinery.
Managing Director of TOR, Isaac Osei

New refinery tank farm to hold 4 months’ supply of crude oil

This is critical because the new refinery would need tanks that can store about four months’ supply of crude oil, which translates into about 18 million barrels at any point in time.
120,000 Barrels of crude oil a day
Ghana consumes 120,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
TOR refining 20,000 barrels per day
However, TOR is only able to refine 20,000 barrels of crude oil per day, with the hope of scaling up to 45,000 barrels a day.
100,000 Barrels deficit currently
The current 20,000 barrels per day leaves a deficit of 100,000 barrels of refined products per day the country has to import.
Financial health of TOR
The financial health of TOR is not known as information indicates that the refinery has not submitted any audited accounts for over three years now.
With ageing equipment and small capacity, the profitability of the refinery is in doubt.
Source: The Finder


TEMA: Tema will be safe this raining season, NADMO

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has assured residents of the Tema Metropolis of a flood free raining season.
Mr Ebenezer Cudjoe, Tema Metropolitan Director of NADMO, told the Ghana News Agency that three major storm drains in the area has been successfully dredged.
Mr Cudjoe said NADMO in collaboration with the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) dredged the Communities 5, 18 and 20 storm drains which often overflows leading to flooding and threat to life and property in the areas whenever it rained.
He explained that the Community 18 and 20 storm drains carried water from rivers Mamahuma and Onukpa Waahe from Ajirigaano near East Legon in the Greater Accra Region into the Sakumo lagoon and subsequently into the sea.
He added that the Community Five drain also carried flood waters from the area and its environs into the Sakumo lagoon and the sea.
According to him, it was their aim to dredge all major drains that linked the various rivers in and around the Metropolis into the sea adding however that his outfit was waiting for the release of the next tranche of money to fully complete clearing.
Other water bodies that carry rain water through drains in the Metropolis into the sea are Rivers Ozoku, Gbeemi and the Chemu lagoon.
While the Ozoku River connects from the Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO) down into the Chemu Lagoon, river Gbeemi carried water from the Adjie-Kojo under bridge into the Sakumo Lagoon.
The Chemu Lagoon, he added, also carried flood waters from the Tema timber market drain into the sea.
He indicated that all Assembly Members in flood prone areas had been tasked by NADMO through the Assembly to embark on special clean-up exercises targeted at clearing all drains in their areas.
Mr Cudjeo appealed to residents who were fond of dumping their refuse into drains whenever it was about to rain to desist from the act as it also contributed to flooding.
He added that some developers also built on water ways, an act that could spell doom for residents during the raining season saying a resident filled the front of his house at Tema Community Five while another at Lashibi Vivian Farms area walled his house leading to the flooding of houses around them.
He said residents who may be trapped in their homes or in any part of the Metropolis during the rain should call NADMO officials for assistance on the following toll-free numbers; 999, 0202014040, 0299350303, 0299350244, and 0299350620.
The Tema Metropolis has a total of nine flood prone areas with Tema East mostly the Newtown area burdened with eight and Tema central having one.
The flood prone areas are: Chemu lagoon, VALCO down, Zigenshor, waterland, parts of Bankuman, Acheampong village, Abonkor area and storm drain around GTMC, and Community Six SOS down.
The Tema West Municipality has 18 flood prone area which including Community 17 roundabout, Community 18 washing bay joint, Community 20 Awudu Issaka down, Klagon, Sakumono Ramsar site, Abbatoir bridge, Aponkye clinic and Devtraco.
Ten safe havens made available by NADMO in case of flooding in the flood prone areas are Eastern Naval Base, Lighthouse Church -Newtown, Mexico School, Grace Outreach Church, Stanley Business College, Bethel Prayer Camp, St Augustine’s Catholic, George Gunn Int. Academy, Victorious Child Ministry and the Adjei-Kojo public school.
Source: GNA

TEMA: Bola Ray donates to SOS village

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EIB Network, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi, widely known as Bola Ray, has donated items worth thousands of cedis to the Tema SOS village. The media personality, who doubles as the boss of music record label Empire Entertainment, made the donations on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Bola Ray visited the facility to donate a host of products to aid in the day-to-day care of the children at the facility.
He was joined by a team from EIB Network and Empire Entertainment to donate assorted drinks, bottled water, and many other goodies. The TV and radio presenter also took time to interact with the caretakers of the facility as well as the children under care. He further joined some of the kids to dance, before availing himself to take pictures with all who were present at the donation. Bola Ray actually visits the Tema SOS village every year to make various donations to the children.
Source: Yen.com.gh

TEMA: Jewel Ackah is Dead

Legendary Ghanaian composer and high-life musician, Jewel Ackah, who has been battling stroke and other ailments, has died.
He died at his Tema Community 11 home Friday at about 7:00pm, his son, Francis Ogoo confirmed to 3news.com.
He was 73.
Jewel Ackah has for the last decade been battling stroke and other sicknesses which caused his face and body to bloat.
In 2016, he told Accra-based Onua FM that “I have been battling with stroke, leg pain and I mean so many things. I just give thanks to the Almighty God for even bringing me this far.
“At first, I couldn’t walk nor speak. For now, I am able to walk a little but not all that good as compared to the first,” he said

Jewel Ackah [L] with some of the country’s music legends
ut his condition later deteriorated again; a situation that caused family members to seek his discharge from the 37 Military Hospital in Accra two weeks ago.
Until his discharge, the legend whose decades of music covered highlife and gospel, was unable to speak or walk, 3news.com gathered from close family sources.
A group photo of Mr. Ackah and some of the players in the industry when they visited him a year ago.
“He was moved from the hospital last two weeks because he could not talk and his condition was not getting any better” TV3’s entertainment reporter Owusu Worae who spoke to a family source told 3news.com
Jewel Ackah was noted for composing the popular National Democratic Congress anthem, ‘Arise’.
Prior to his demise, he accused the party of neglect, claiming he had not received support from them after all the years of sacrifices.
“NDC does not give money; they neglected me even in power. After that composition, I became a typical NDC. I did the song for free, and if I were supposed to charge for it will be over billions of cedis,” he told Adom FM last year.
Source: 3news.com

New guidelines for placement of candidates into SHSs out

The Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) has introduced new policy guidelines for the placement of candidates of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) into senior high schools (SHSs) and technical institutes (TIs).
The policy guidelines, which aim at ensuring the smooth placement of BECE candidates, follow a review of last year’s placement exercise undertaken by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES).
“We have received some policy guidelines from the Ministry of Education and there is a new paradigm shift from the guidelines that were implemented last year. We are the policy implementors and so whatever comes from the ministry is what we will use,” the National Coordinator of the CSSPS, Mr Mark Sasu-Mensah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra.
He said the improved policy guidelines were developed out of the challenges encountered during last year’s placement exercise.
Giving an explanation of the guidelines, he said all second-cycle school had been grouped into public SHSs, public technical/vocational institutions, private SHSs and private technical/vocational institutions.
“Candidates must select a total of five schools in their school selection process. They must, in addition, select programmes and residential status of their choice. This is compulsory because some schools have boarding facilities, while others have provision for both day and boarding students, with others still being day or community schools,” he said, adding that “failure to follow instructions will result in the computer rejecting one’s selection”.
Mr Sasu-Mensah said the public SHSs are in four categories: A, B, C and D, adding that the guidelines required BECE candidates to choose only one school from Category A, which has 55 schools regarded as top institutions or popular and were oversubscribed.
He said Category B had 220 schools and candidates had the opportunity to choose two schools from the category.
Category C had 363 schools and candidates could choose up to four schools from that group, he said.
With regard to Category D, he said candidates were compelled to choose a school from that class.
“Category D is the group from which candidates must compulsorily choose a day school. In choosing a school from here, it is important for candidates to choose a day school in their catchment area. I’d like to stress that it is compulsory and every candidate has to do that.
“If you live in Madina, for example, you can choose a school like the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon because PRESEC, Legon is both a day and a boarding institution. This is irrespective of whether you have chosen PRESEC, Legon in Category A. The same applies to schools in other areas,” he said.
For the technical, vocational education and training (TVET) schools, Mr Sasu-Mensah said a candidate could choose all his five schools from that section.
He said as soon as a candidate chose an SHS from categories A, B or C, the person would have to satisfy Category D by compulsorily choosing a day school from the group.
He said after going through the process of selection, candidates would have to arrange their schools in an order of preference.
Mr Sasu-Mensah said candidates who desired to attend private schools were also free to do so.
He appealed to candidates, parents, teachers and district examination officers to be meticulous in their selection of schools, since problems encountered in the past were as a result of the wrong selections done by them.
“I beg all those who feed the choices and data of candidates into the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) system to be extra careful in their work because failure to do what was required would affect the selection done by the candidates,” he said
About 500,000 candidates from16,060 public and private basic schools from across the country will be taking part in this year’s BECE.

“Gov’t Clears Gh¢1 Billion Out Of Gh¢1.2 Billion NHIS Inherited Debt” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that his administration is reviving the strength of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which, under the Mahama government, was being strangled by debt.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “of the GH¢1.2 billion debt we inherited, the equivalent of $300 million, we have paid, in the last 15 months, GH¢1 billion, the equivalent of $250 million.”

He added that payments to service providers, since his government took office in January 2017, are current.

As a result, “the Scheme is regaining its effectiveness, so that for a minimum amount, subscribers can have access to a wide range of medical services.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 21st April, 2018, when he delivered the keynote speech at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit, on the theme “Africa at Work: Educated, Employed, Empowered.”

Addressing a packed gathering, President Akufo-Addo noted that the urgent responsibility confronting the continent is to make African countries attractive for African youth, and for them to see the Continent to see as places of opportunities.

“It means we must provide education, quality education and skills training. It means our young people must acquire the skills that run modern economies,” he said.

The President indicated that with the African Union’s Agenda 2063, titled The Africa We Want, calling for an education and skills revolution to meet the human resource needs for inspiring Africa’s socio-economic development, he noted that the AU has, quite correctly, placed high premium on science, technology and innovation as critical ingredients to the achievement of Agenda 2063.

“The provision of education for our young people should not become an ideological tussle. We should never have to make a choice between basic education or higher education. We should never have to rely on the World Bank or any other institution to decide for us where the emphasis should be in our education needs,” the President said.

Whilst stressing that education is the key to Africa’s development, he noted that African countries must run their economies to be able to fund the education of African children.

“We should not get into arguments with donor agencies about our priorities. We must set our own priorities, and we must accept that we should provide the funds to translate our plans into reality,” he said.

The President continued, “That is why, despite the bleak economic situation my government inherited, we decided to implement immediately the pledge we had made about providing Free Senior High School education. The most dramatic aspect of its implementation has been that 90,000 more students entered senior high school in September last year, the first term of the policy, than in 2016.”

He was confident that “if we stop being beggars, and spend Africa’s monies inside the continent, Africa would not need to ask for respect from anyone. We would get the respect we deserve.”

President Akufo-Addo also revealed further that, in Ghana, whereas the indications are that the economic dividends are on the horizon, there are other areas where the nation is thriving.

The media in Ghana, he said, has come into its own, and what used to be called the culture of silence has been replaced with a cacophony that now worries some.

“I have said it before, and I believe it bears repeating, I would much rather put up with a reckless press than a monotonous, praise-singing one. A democracy has no place for a media that does not keep public authorities on their toes,” he added.

He stressed that “I am a firm believer in a strong and vibrant media, and I have no doubt that it is a force for good, no matter how irritating and how irksome they can be and often are. They provide the avenue for the other point of view.”

In concluding, he indicated that “our success story and changed narrative come with building our economies that are not dependent on charity and handouts.  Then we shall put an educated, employed and empowered Africa to work, and repudiate the recent culture of failure. We shall then take our rightful place in the world.”

source: presidency.gov.gh

George H.W. Bush Stays By Wife Barbara’s Side, Sitting By Her Casket & Greeting Mourners

George H.W. Bush kept his late wife company by sitting next to her casket as mourners came forward to pay their respects.
The former president, 93, sat in his wheelchair next to Barbara Bush’s closed casket at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on Friday, one day before her invitation-only funeral.
A touching photograph of the Bush patriarch depicted him gazing at the former first lady’s metallic casket which was decorated with pink, yellow and purple flowers.
Bush’s daughter, Dorothy, stood by her father with her hand on his shoulder as she also gazed upon her mother’s casket.

George H.W. Bush Gazes at Wife Barbara’s Casket Before He Greets Mourners

Despite it being a sad time, Bush took delight in greeting small children in the procession of people paying their respects to him and his late wife, as seen in a photo captured by his spokesman Jim McGrath on Twitter.
George H.W. Bush greets mourners as they paid their respects for the loss of his wife, Barbara Bush Jim McGrath/Twitter
Thousands of people visited the church on Friday, with many of them wearing pearls in a nod to the former first lady’s signature accessory. She died at the age of 92 on Tuesday.
Her casket was brought to the church on Friday morning and people began lining up early at the nearby Second Baptist Church to undergo a security screening before being taken to St. Martin’s for the viewing, according to Click2Houston.
The funeral will be attended by numerous notables, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, and the former first lady’s family, including former President George W. Bush, and wife Laura. President Donald Trump will not attend the funeral, in order to “avoid disruptions,” but First Lady Melania Trump will attend as a representative of the White House.
The former first lady selected three people to deliver eulogies at Saturday’s funeral: son Jeb Bush, friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham.
The Bush family matriarch was widely praised for her sharp wit and devotion to her family, including to her “broken-hearted” husband, who held his dying’s wife hand as she slipped away Tuesday.
But the former president assured the public to “cross the Bushes off your worry list” after her death, noting that “we have faith she is heaven, and we know life will go on — as she would have it.”
source: people.com