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Fri
22
May

I won't explain my absence at Dumsor vigil – Lydia Forson

Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has opted to remain silent on why she was conspicuously missing at the much-publicised vigil against the power crisis in the country.

The actress, who is one of the architects of the vigil, failed to appear at the well-attended vigil, #dumsormuststop, last Saturday.

There were several rumours that the Lydia had ditched the organisers and her colleagues and jetted off to the United Kingdom.

Thousands of Ghanaians poured onto the streets – from Legon old gate to the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange – Saturday to join celebrities Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, Prince David Osei, Barimah Sydney and others, to protest and press on the government to solve the crisis.

Apart from Lydia Forson, rapper Sarkodie was also absent from the event. Sarkodie missed out on the event due to a music video shoot with American hiphop star Ace Hood in Miami, USA.

Fri
22
May

No ban on cereals from Ghana – EU

The European Union has debunked media reports suggesting that the Union has banned or intends banning cereals, groundnuts and related products coming from Ghana.

It noted in a statement that in 2014, the volume of groundnut products exported from Ghana to the EU amounted to EUR 10.5 million.

The statement however explained: “The European Union is taking Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues seriously and is working together with Ghanaian authorities to prevent adverse health risks posed by possibly contaminated products.”

It further underscored: “The European Union, through the Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling (TRAQUE) Programme, is jointly with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) providing capacity building to export-oriented value chain operators. This includes local producers, traders and exporters.”

Below is the full statement

Fri
22
May

Farmers to embark on GMO demo at Asutuare

Farmer based groups and other Civil Society Organisations will on Saturday storm Asutuare, a farming community in the Eastern Region with a protest march against the GM Seed producing company Monsanto.

The event will be held concurently with similar ones taking place in more than 68 other countries across the world.

This year’s march will be led by The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, the General Agricultural Workers Union of the Trades Union Congress, the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development and the Agriculture Sovereignty Ghana.

Mr Ben Guri, Chairperson of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is expected to put the weight of the pan African body behind the march.

Fri
22
May

‘NPP suffering from rule of personalities’ - Asiedu Nketiah

General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is advising the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to stamp the rule of law in the party following the tragic attack on a regional party chairman, Adams Mahama.

Asiedu Nketia says the party should be built around the party’s constitution and not around personalities.

"If they are not careful rule of law will break down in the internal affairs of the party and that is dangerous for all of us......from the outside, I see that there appears to be a rule of personalities within NPP at this stage. They should all come together and move away from that one", Asiedu Nketia advised.

The NPP is undergoing an inquisition following the death of Upper East regional chairman Adams Mahama after two assailants attacked him with acid midnight Wednesday.

Fri
22
May

Legendary Gospel Musician Danny Nettey honored

Gospel music great, Danny Nettey, has been celebrated and honoured for his immense contribution to the development and growth of gospel music in Ghana.

The musician, who has been in gospel ministry for the past three decades, was honoured at a special concert dubbed ‘Celebration of Faithfulness’ at the National Theatre on Sunday.

The event, put together by KC Entertainment, in collaboration with Footprint TV, witnessed impressive performances from some of the biggest names in Ghanaian music.

Some notable gospel musicians, who have been greatly influenced by Danny Nettey’s ministry, took turns to entertain the hundreds who thronged the National Theatre for the concert.

Artistes, including Cwesi Oteng, Nii Okai, Joe Mettle, Ike Nanor, Eugene Zuta and Pastor Josh Laryea, performed to honour a man who has inspired their careers greatly.

Fri
22
May

‘I warned Adams about his safety a day before he died’

NPP Nasara Coordinator Kamal Deen Abdulai says at around 3pm Wednesday, he advised Adama Mahama to be “mindful of his security” but by midnight, Adams suffered a tragic acid attack May 21.

Speaking on the AM Show on Multi TV Friday Morning, he claimed, he passed on to Adams Mahama, information of impending danger.

He explains “as a brother when he [Adams Mahama] called me I didn’t mince words at all, I just told him this is a signal I have received”.

He said after cautioning him, he added that “above all be very prayerful.” He disclosed the late Mahama promised to be careful.

But eight hours late, at midnight Wednesday, two assailants poured acid on Adams Mahama after he rolled down the windows of his car to hear the assailants after they stopped him.

Sat
16
May

Tinny to sue Socrate Sarfo for defamation

Ghanaian rapper, Tinny has ordered movie producer, Socrate Sarfo to provide evidence to the fact that he has four children and four wives.

Socrate is alleged to have made the claim on Peace FM’s entertainment review show a couple of weeks ago.

Now the rapper wants Socrate to provide details of the customary or marriage by ordinance between him and the four women.

This, he said, should include names of the women and when they got bonded together as husband and wives.

Briefing a section of the media, Tinny noted that failure on the part of Socrate to produce this evidence to support his claim will lead to a legal tussle.

He said, “I will sue Socrate for defamation of character for failing to provide the requisite evidence.”

He said as a role model he needs to protect his brand and serve as good example for those who look up to him to emulate, adding that issues which will paint a negative image of him must not be countenanced.

Sat
16
May

Don't Bring Political Party Colours To Dumsor Vigil’

Ghanaian comedian DKB, has advised participants of the vigil dubbed, #DumsorMustStop to desist from coming to the venue in political party colours.

The vigil will come off Saturday night and it will start from the Old Legon Gate Bridge to Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, Accra.

According to him, “although the vigil has already been tagged as politically-inspired to paint the government ‘black’, we don’t have any cause to add to the hovering perception.”

“As already announced, the dress code for the vigil is all black, therefore whoever comes to the vigil premises with any political party colours will have her or himself to blame as the security will be on the lookout for partisan-minded persons,” he said.

The comedian, who is part of the personalities for the vigil, added that, “the challenges that has come in the wake of the announcement of the #DumsorMustStop vigil is enough and they are not in the mood to welcome anymore issues.”

Sat
16
May

NPP is comfortable in opposition – Pratt

Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt says the attitude being displayed by members and leadership of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) indicates that they are not ready to win power in 2016.

According to him, if the NPP was ready for power it will not be up in arms against its own people.

His comments are in relation to the current NPP's internal wrangling which was sparked by a Steering Council meeting organised without the presence of the Chairman Paul Afoko and the General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong.

Just this week, some youth of the party in the Upper East regional capital Bolgatanga were alleged to have assaulted the Chairman and the General Secretary accusing them of breaking the party's front.

Mr Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong had to seek refuge at a police station in the region.

The police had to resort to tear gas to disperse the violent crowd who besieged the police station.

Sat
16
May

‘Dumsor started from Acheampong’s regime not 2012’

A former Chief of Staff under the Rawlings regime has said Ghanaians must look at the bigger picture and focus on the real problem facing the energy sector in the country.

Nana Ato Dadzie insisted "the problem of dumsor did not start from 2012 but from Acheampong's time," and charged Ghanaians to keep an eye on what government is doing to resolve the crisis.

Ghana has been hit by a three-year power crisis that has led to many businesses collapsing, dozens of job losses, even deaths.

Some hospitals have been operating and sometimes delivering children in the dark because of dumsor.

The heat of dumsor has become unbearable so much that frustrated celebrities- actors, actresses, musicians, poets etc have resolved to pour out on the streets in a dumsormuststop vigil to protest against the crisis.

The decision to go on the vigil has been condemned largely by government spokespersons and some artistes as well.

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